Senators assail China’s “abusive” poultry duties

Originally published by Reuters, 12 Oct 2010

By Doug Palmer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two senior Republican senators on Tuesday urged the Obama administration to ask China to withdraw duties on U.S. poultry they said were part of a larger pattern of unfair trade practices by Beijing.

“China is one of the major beneficiaries of the global trading system, and it needs to understand that the abusive application of its trade remedy laws is increasing tensions and further undermining our bilateral relations,” Senator Charles Grassley and Senator Orrin Hatch said in a letter to top U.S. trade and agriculture officials.

U.S. poultry producers complain they are the victims of unjustified Chinese retaliation because of President Barack Obama’s decision last year to slap a 35-percent duty on tire imports from China at the behest of a U.S. union group.

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China and Liu Xiaobo: the weakness of strength

Originally published by Open Democracy,11 Oct 2010


The award of the Nobel peace prize to Chinese rights activist Liu Xiaobo is a landmark moment. In January 2010, Kerry Brown assessed Liu’s significance – and Temtsel Hao anticipated this moment

The Chinese writer and prominent legal activist Liu Xiaobo was subject to the travesty of a brief court process on 23 December 2009 and given a brutal sentence of eleven years’ imprisonment two days later. The decision ended a year of uncertainty surrounding the dissident, who in December 2008 had publicised the call for civic rights and freedoms known as Charter 08; his trial came six months after he was placed under “house arrest” (at a detention centre which in fact was not his normal place of residence), itself six months after he was arrested and placed formally under investigation over his role in the charter.

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Wife of Chinese Nobel winner hopes to accept his award though she remains under tight guard

Originally published by The Canadian Press, 12 Oct 2010

By Tini Tran

 BEIJING, China — The wife of the imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo said Tuesday she hopes to travel to Norway to collect the Nobel Peace Prize on his behalf, though for now she can only leave her Beijing home under police escort.

 China, meanwhile, claimed the award was an attack on the country and an attempt to change its political system, and retaliated by cancelling another set of meetings with the Norwegian government.

 In brief interviews by phone, Liu Xia said her husband has started receiving better food since the Oslo-based Nobel committee announced the award last Friday — honouring his more than two decades of advocacy of human rights and peaceful democratic change that started with the demonstrations at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989.

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Chinese activist dedicates Nobel prize to Tiananmen victims

Originally published by AFP,09 Oct 2010

NEW YORK — Liu Xiaobo, the first Chinese citizen to win the Nobel Peace Prize, has dedicated his award to the “lost souls” who died during the repression of the Tiananmen pro-democracy movement, an international rights group said Sunday.

 The US-based group Human Rights in China (HRIC) quoted Liu Xiaobo’s wife Liu Xia, and said she had been placed under house arrest by authorities in Beijing shortly after speaking to her husband.

 “This award is for the lost souls of June Fourth,” the group quoted Liu Xiaobo as telling his wife, referring to the 1989 crackdown by the Chinese government on student protesters in Tiananmen Square.

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China cancels meeting with Norway minister over Nobel

Originally published by Reuters,Oct 11 2010

By Walter Gibbs and Joachim Dagenborg

OSLO (Reuters) – China on Monday canceled a meeting with a Norwegian minister because of the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s award of the peace prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, Oslo said.

Fisheries Minister Lisbeth Berg-Hansen and a delegation were already in Shanghai preparing for a long-scheduled meeting on Wednesday to discuss trade in seafood between the two countries when China canceled it, her ministry said.

China’s embassy in Oslo was not immediately available for comment.

Berg-Hansen will continue to take part in seminars and other events at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, her ministry said. But she would no longer meet China’s vice-minister of fisheries on Wednesday in Beijing, said Ragnhild Imerslund, spokeswoman for Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Human rights lawyer demands resignation of China Supreme Court leader

Human Rights in China denounced egregious violations of basic freedoms by the country’s highest court. Lawyer Yang Jinzhu’s statement to the court demands on what basis it comes to its decisions. Full text of statement.

Originally published by Spero News, 09 Oct 2010  

 On September 30, 2010, Yang Jinzhu a well-known criminal defense lawyer in Hunan province, China, posted an article online, titled “If One Dares to Ask – What Reigns Supreme in China?”, in which Yang asked the President of the Supreme People’s Court, Wang Shengjun, to resign.

Yang charged that the Court, in authorizing the September 26 execution of Fan Qihang , an alleged crime boss in Chongqing, while ignoring evidence that Fan’s confession was obtained through torture, blatantly violated provisions that the Court itself issued on evidence. Yang also announced a non-violent protest campaign that he will begin on October 8. (See below for Human Rights in China’s English Translation of Yang’s article.)

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Celebrating Nobel, woman arrested for splashing champagne

Originally published by  the CNN Wire Staff, 11 Oct 2010

Protestors celebrate Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize near the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong on Friday.

Protestors celebrate Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize near the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong on Friday.

Hong Kong, China (CNN) — A woman celebrating the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident has been charged with assault for accidentally splashing champagne on a security guard outside the Chinese central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong.

“The officer walked up as I was opening a bottle of champagne and he was splashed,” said Ip Ho-yee, 22. “It was a minor incident. I never guessed that opening a bottle of champagne would lead to this.”

Ip, who was arrested Sunday afternoon, made her comments in Cantonese.

The security guard was not injured, but he made a complaint, so Ip was arrested and charged with common assault, said Hong Kong police spokesman Lawrence Li.

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Nobel Winner Meets Wife

Originally published by RFA, 10 Oct 2010

By  Xin Yu

Liu Xiaobo dedicates his prize to Tiananmen Square “martyrs.”


Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia in a photo taken in Beijing, Oct. 22, 2002.

HONG KONG—Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo wept when told of his award and immediately dedicated it to the “lost souls” and “martyrs” of China’s bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, according to his wife.

Liu Xia said in a Twitter message that she had been allowed by Chinese authorities to meet with her husband, now serving an 11-year sentence for subversion in a prison in the northeastern city of Jinzhou, Liaoning province, about 300 km (190 miles) from Beijing.

She said that prison officials told Liu Xiaobo he had won the Nobel prize a day after the announcement was made by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo on Oct. 8.

Liu Xiaobo then said, “This award is for the lost souls of June Fourth,” referring to the hundreds who died in the June 4, 1989 Chinese military crackdown at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Liu Xia told the U.S.-based group Human Rights in China.

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