Category Archives: China

China | DPRK missile launch provokes new military tensions at Korean peninsula

The Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement Tuesday that the DPRK fired off a ballistic missile into its eastern waters from an area near Banghyeon, North Pyongan Province in the DPRK’s northwest at around 9:40 a.m. local time (0040 GMT).

China | Downpours, floods wreak havoc in Chinese provinces

BEIJING – Heavy rains and ensuing floods since June 22 have affected more than 2 million people and left 13 people dead or missing in Zhejiang and Guizhou provinces, civil authorities said Tuesday.

China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have jointly issued grade-IV emergency responses and have sent teams to assist in disaster-hit areas.

China | Right to communicate violated: Labour Activist has been detained and isolated for 16 months

Chinese labour activist Meng Han was sentenced to a prison term of 21 months by Panyu District Court of Guangzhou City on 3 November 2016, for “gathering crowds to disrupt public order” as he helped organize workers to defend their rights. He was then sent to serve his sentence in Shaoguan Prison of Guangdong Province and is expected to be released in September 2017. Together with the detention prior the sentence, Meng has been detained for over 16 months. Since his detention on 3 December 2015, his family has attempted to visit him over a dozen times but in vain. No matter it was the No.1 Detention Centre of Guangzhou or Shaoguan Prison, the authorities denied his family’s rights to see him. In late March 2017, Meng’s parents visited Shaoguan Prison again and were told that Meng had been going through education and therefore could not be visited. Frustrated, his family made various complaints at the Bureau of Public Security and never received any feedback. Now, they start to feel extremely worried about Meng’s conditions.

China | Jiaolong plumbs deepest region of the ocean

The Jiaolong, China’s manned submersible, dived in the Mariana Trench on Tuesday, making the first of a series dives for the third stage of the country’s 38th oceanic expedition.

The craft reached a depth of 4.8 kilometers at 9:49 am and remained submerged for about nine hours in all, said Tang Jialing, the pilot of the Jiaolong.

Hong Kong | Labour Activist has been detained and isolated for 16 months

A Statement From Hong-Kong’s Workers Organisations

On April 2017 a group of Hong-Kong labour activists issued a public call after a local labour activist was detained.

Chinese labour activist Meng Han was sentenced to a prison term of 21 months by Panyu District Court of Guangzhou City on 3 November  2016, for “gathering crowds to disrapt public order” as he helped organize workers to defend their rights. He was then sent to serve his sentence in Shaoguan Prison of Guangdong Province and is expected to be released in September 2017. Together with the detention prior the sentence, Meng has been detained for over 16 months. Since his detention on 3 December 2015, his family has attempted to visit him over a dozen times but in vain. No matter it was the No.1 Detention Centre of Guangzhou or Shaoguan Prison, the authorities denied his family’s rights to see him. In late March 2017, Meng’s parents visited Shaoguan Prison again and was told that Meng had been going through education and therefore could not be visited.