Originally published by Epoch Times ,21 Sept 2010
By Matthew Robertson
Petitioners that arrive in Beijing from around China have been through it for years. They are approached by men wearing security badges, bundled into a car, their cell phones and IDs confiscated, and then they wind up in a “black jail.” Days, weeks, or months pass until officials from their hometowns have them escorted back home with the help of a special security officer.
Black jails sound bad, and they are bad. Held there without the knowledge of their families or friends, those detained in them may be beaten, tortured, tied up, raped, etc. Conditions are squalid; food is terrible, toilets foul.
While some are forcefully repatriated to their native provinces, other petitioners may be set free in Beijing. While many never find out where they were detained, some piece together a picture of the locations based on the road signs and their memories. Some of these individuals were recently interviewed by journalists from Caijing, a well-known magazine based in Beijing.
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Originally Published by AFP, 21 Sept 2010
STRASBOURG — Europe will press China to make progress on human rights and the need to open up its markets at a summit in Brussels next month, the European Union’s trade chief said Tuesday.
“Human rights are the silver threads of EU foreign policy,” European Union Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht told the European parliament in Strasbourg.
“Even though significant differences continue it is important that we discuss human rights and the rule of law during the upcoming summit,” he said.
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Originally published by RFA,20 Sept 2010
By Michael Lelyveld
China will pursue its long-term interests with Japan despite border incident, experts say.
A protester carries a cake calling for Japan to get out of the Diaoyu islands outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing, Sept. 18, 2010.
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BOSTON—A heated dispute over offshore borders is likely to be only a temporary setback to relations between China and Japan, U.S. analysts say.
Despite friction over Japan’s detention of a Chinese fishing vessel in contested waters of the East China Sea on Sept. 7, the two Asian economic powers are seen as having too much at stake to risk their overriding interests.
“There is a tremendous amount of activity between China and Japan,” said Kenneth Lieberthal, director of the John L.
Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution in Washington.