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Chinese staff of Nike, Adidas subcontractor slam conditions

 
In Dongguan, in southern China, the workers of the world’s largest producer of athletic shoes are seething. They accuse their employer, the Yue Yuen corporation, of making them sign contracts that fail to provide any kind of social protection. Read more...
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Chinese authorities crack down on petrochemical plant protesters

 
The Chinese authorities have clamped down on all information related to a protest movement against a petrochemical plant in Maoming, southern China. On Sunday, a march had led to clashes with the police. Read more...
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Why China's elite 'are butchering tigers'

 
Watching caged tigers be killed and butchered is becoming a spectator sport for wealthy businessmen and government officials in southern China, where tigers symbolise power. Read more...
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Taiwan students fight to shed light on shady govt dealings

 
Student protests in Taipei over a controversial trade accord between China and Taiwan turned suddenly violent Sunday night. Students stormed the Executive Yuan, and several hours later, were evicted by riot police armed with water cannons. Our Observer, who joined in the protests, says that students are demanding increased government transparency. Read more...
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Chinese “re-education camps” change name, but practices remain

 
This fall, Chinese authorities announced the abolition of “re-education through work” camps (“laojiao”), believed to be centres where dissidents are arbitrarily detained and tortured. However, some recent detainees report that these centres still exist but under a different name. Read more...
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'Urban ninjas' climb China's tallest skyscraper in death-defying feat

 
Two Russian photographers – and self-proclaimed ‘urban ninjas’ – have taken daredevil stunts to breathtaking new heights. Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov both secretly climbed Shanghai and China's tallest skyscraper… and filmed their daring exploit. Read more...
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Disputes involving foreigners in China viewed millions of times online

Amateur videos of disputes between foreigners and Beijing residents have been spreading on the Internet like wildfire this past week. Online and in the street, tensions are boiling over. Read more…

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