China open letter calls for political reforms

Deutsche Welle, 27 February 2013

In an open letter to the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, intellectuals have demanded the government ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which it signed in 1998.

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China shrugs off accusations of jamming BBC broadcasts

The Guardian, 26 February 2013

Officials dismiss corporation’s statement condemning blocking of its English-language World Service radio broadcasts

China has brushed off accusations of jamming the BBC’s English-language World Service radio broadcasts a day after the broadcaster announced the interference.

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Uyghur Scholar Faces Heart Problems After Grilling

RFA, 25 February 2013

Chinese police are intensively questioning a prominent Uyghur scholar and have refused to allow him to see a doctor despite his complaints of heart problems triggered by the continuous nature of the interrogations.

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Shinzo Abe accuses China’s rulers of using island disputes to retain power

The Guardian, 24 February 2013

Japanese PM says Beijing’s educational system fuels hostility over rival territorial claims

China has a “deeply ingrained” need to spar with Japan and other Asian neighbours over territory, because the ruling Communist party uses the disputes to maintain strong domestic support, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said in an interview.

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After China’s multibillion-dollar cleanup, water still unfit to drink

Reuters, 21 February 2013

(Reuters) – China aims to spend $850 billion to improve filthy water supplies over the next decade, but even such huge outlays may do little to reverse damage caused by decades of pollution and overuse in Beijing’s push for rapid economic growth.

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Chinese cyberspies have hacked most Washington institutions, experts say

The Washington Post, 21 February 2013

Start asking security experts which powerful Washington institutions have been penetrated by Chinese cyberspies, and this is the usual answer: almost all of them.

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China’s Online Thieves

The Wall Street Journal, 20 February 2013

Mandiant Corp., the network security firm hired by the Journal and others hacked by the Chinese government, has released compelling evidence that the People’s Liberation Army conducted hacking attacks on 115 U.S. corporations over the last seven years.

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US firm accuses China of supporting hacking operation

DW-World, 19 February 2013

A US-based cybersecurity company has released a report detailing nearly 150 incidents of hacking, which it said the Chinese military led. China has dismissed the claims as “groundless” and irresponsible.

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