Saturday, October 21, 2006
On Oct. 21st, this blog reached a milestone: 50,000 visits since the blog was launched in late May, 2005. This is of course nothing compared with the millions of visits to some other blogs, but for a niche blog, maybe not too bad.
A Xinhua item dated Oct. 20 reports as follows:
A minor government officer in Southwest China has been arrested for mocking officials in mobile and internet messages, reported Friday's The Beijing News.
Qin Zhongfei, an official with the Pengshui county education commission in Chongqing, sent a satirical poem to several friends by phone and internet in August.
The poem poked fun at three local leading officials for embroiling the county in "fierce conflicts between officials and the people".
Ma Ping, former head of the county Party committee and one of the three officials satirized in the poem, was detained at the end of August on charges of corruption.
Local police visited Qin later that month, ransacked his office and later took away his computer. He was detained on charges of "slander".
During interrogation, Qin insisted that the poem did not target anybody specifically and was not written out of any political motive.
Meng Dehua, deputy Party head of Pengshui county, was quoted as saying that "Qin's problem is serious. It even involves illegal association." But he did not give details to back up the assertion.
Qin has obtained bail and is awaiting trial.
The Southern Weekend report (in Chinese) is here.
This case has the potential to develop into something of a cause celebre; apparently there has been no central government decision to suppress reporting. Let's see what happens.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I recently got hold of the comments submitted by the American Chamber of Commerce People's Republic of China (AmCham-China) on the draft Labor Contract Law. The comments don't specify which version of the draft they are commenting on, but it seems to be the version dated March 20, 2006. Here are the relevant documents:
- Labor Contract Law (March 20, 2006 draft) (in Chinese)
- AmCham-China comments (April 19, 2006) (in English and Chinese)
I have received the following announcement:
Call for Submissions
The Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs
commenced publication in 1981 under the auspices of the Chinese
(Taiwan) Society of International Law. The Yearbook publishes on
multi-disciplinary topics with a focus on international and
comparative law issues regarding Taiwan, Mainland China and
cross-strait relations. In addition, the Yearbook is considered to be
one of the foremost publications in the world concentrating on issues
of greater China.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Activist lawyer Gao Zhisheng, detained in mid-August and formally arrested (daibu 逮捕) on Sept. 21 (daibu in Chinese criminal procedure is a technical term that does not correspond to the practical question of whether you have been forcibly detained by the police), has now finally been told the charge against him: inciting subversion. For the full New York Times story, click here (free registration required).