China Law & Crime
Troops, cameras, radiation: China preps for North Korea crisis
China builds up presence at Doklam, army chief Gen Rawat says it is temporary
Chinese police arrest tablet thief after his foul-smelling clothes lead them to his door
Chinese Police Dynamite Christian Megachurch
China's 5th generation fighter jet J-20 takes part in first combat exercises
Huawei wins China patent lawsuit against rival Samsung
China's legal move into train station hits Hong Kong rule of law, bar chief says
Yu Wensheng: China human rights lawyer arrested on school run
2018-01-19 11:33:20 A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer has been detained while walking his child to school, his family says. Yu Wensheng, a vocal critic of China's ruling Communist Party, was seized by about a dozen people, including a Swat team, after he left his flat with his son on Friday morning, his wife said. Mr Yu has called for open presidential elections and constitutional reform   Read More ...
Agni-5 missile test launch poses fresh worry for China
2018-01-19 10:22:15 The successful test-firing of nuclear-capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-5 on Thursday has not gone unnoticed in Beijing, with security experts warning that most of China’s northernmost parts are now within striking distance. Thursday’s launch was the fifth test of the missile which has a range of 5,000 to 6,000 km. However, China’s security experts were skeptic about the missile range   Read More ...
India tests powerful new long-range ballistic missile amid tensions with Pakistan and China
2018-01-19 09:07:09 India has tested a powerful intercontinental missile amid rising tensions with neighbouring Pakistan and China. The nation’s defence ministry said the Agni-5 was successfully launched as part of efforts to build a nuclear deterrent. The missile was fired from a mobile launcher on Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal, off India’s eastern coast, the ministry said. It travelled around 3,000 miles over 19 minutes   Read More ...
India’s Ballistic Missile Test Is a ‘Direct Threat,’ a Chinese State-Owned Newspaper Says
2018-01-19 09:01:18 India’s test this week of a long range intercontinental ballistic missile with the capability of hitting China’s eastern coastal cities constitutes a threat to regional security, a China’s state-owned newspaper has declared, calling for increased Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean to counter its regional rival. The ballistic missile test, India’s fifth, “poses a direct threat to China’s security as well as a big challenge to the global efforts of nuclear-nonproliferation,”   Read More ...
Troops, cameras, radiation: China preps for North Korea crisis
2018-01-19 08:45:17 DANDONG, CHINA (AFP) - China has ramped up security along its border with North Korea, installing new surveillance cameras, deploying extra security forces and operating radiation detectors as it braces for a potential crisis. Bellicose rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang has raised fears in China of a conflict that could send millions of North Korean refugees across the 1,420-km border, and of nuclear fallout that could hit Chinese towns   Read More ...
Shanghai extends legal aid to foreign suspects
2018-01-19 08:30:10 Shanghai has promised to extend legal aid to foreign suspects, local justice authorities said. In 2017, legal aid was provided to foreign suspects in 119 criminal cases, up 19 percent from the previous year, said Zhang Ming, deputy director of Shanghai Legal Aid Center. Most foreigners who received aid were suspected of theft, fraud and drug trafficking, Zhang said. Starting last October, China launched a pilot program to ensure all criminal defendants have access to defense lawyers for their trials   Read More ...
Agni-5 missile test launch worries China
2018-01-19 08:21:04 The successful test-firing of nuclear-capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Agni-5 on Thursday has not gone unnoticed in Beijing, with security experts warning that most of China’s northernmost parts are now within striking distance. Thursday’s launch was the fifth test of the missile which has a range of 5,000 to 6,000 km. However, China’s security experts were skeptic about the missile range   Read More ...
Troops, cameras, radiation: China preps for North Korea crisis
2018-01-19 07:30:15 DANDONG: China has ramped up security along its border with North Korea, installing new surveillance cameras, deploying extra security forces and operating radiation detectors as it braces for a potential crisis. Bellicose rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang has raised fears in China of a conflict that could send millions of North Korean refugees across the 1,420-kilometre border, and of nuclear fallout that could hit Chinese towns   Read More ...
China detains rights lawyer critical of President Xi Jinping: wife
2018-01-19 06:36:23 Yu, a Beijing-based lawyer and activist, has repeatedly criticized the ruling Communist Party over a sweeping crackdown on rights lawyers and activists, which has seen hundreds detained and dozens arrested in recent years. “I have not received any legal document about his detention and don’t even know what crime he is suspected of committing,” she said. Xu added that she is in the process of searching for a lawyer to defend Yu if necessary, but many of those lawyers she knows in Beijing also have problems with their licenses   Read More ...
Police Bust a Chinese Mafia in the Country That Invented the Term
2018-01-19 06:24:49 Photo ROME — Police officers in Italy swooped down on a Chinese mafia organization on Thursday, arresting 33 people on suspicion of running a criminal enterprise that dominated the transport of Chinese products in Europe, financed with money from prostitution, gambling and drugs. The mass arrests captivated attention in Italy, where the term mafia originated, and provided a glimpse into the extensive economic tentacles of Chinese gangsters in Europe   Read More ...
India test-fires long-range ballistic missile amid perceived threats from China and Pakistan
2018-01-19 06:13:56 NEW DELHI – India tested its longest-range intercontinental missile on Thursday, the nation’s defense ministry said, as part of efforts to build a nuclear deterrent against neighboring Pakistan and China. The 5,000-km range (3,107-mile) Agni missile was tested from an island in India’s eastern coast in the Bay of Bengal, the ministry stated on its official Twitter account. It said the launch was “a major boost to the defense capabilities” of India   Read More ...
Italian prosecutors break up Chinese transport mafia
2018-01-19 05:47:04 MILAN (AP) -- Italian law enforcement has broken up a Chinese organized crime ring that used money from criminal activities to force its way into European trucking companies and control the movement of Chinese-made goods in much of Europe, anti-Mafia prosecutors said Thursday. Top anti-Mafia prosecutor Federico Cafiero de Raho told reporters in Florence that the organization used mafia methods, including intimidation, extortion and violence   Read More ...
All criminal cases to have defense lawyers
2018-01-19 05:17:58 China will expand nationwide this year a pilot project assigning criminal defense lawyers to represent defendants in criminal cases who don't have lawyers to protect their human rights, a senior official from the Ministry of Justice said. In October, the Supreme People's Court and the Ministry of Justice jointly decided to conduct the pilot program for all criminal defense cases in eight provinces and municipalities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Henan and Guangdong   Read More ...
DPRK urges U.S., S. Korea to permanently stop joint military drills
2018-01-19 05:17:18 The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Thursday urged the United States and South Korea to permanently stop their joint military exercises. The official daily Minju Joson said in an article that some days ago, the United States officially announced that it would postpone the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military maneuvers this year. "It is nothing but a cheap trick of the U   Read More ...
UN chief warns of increasing threats of weapons of mass destruction
2018-01-19 05:16:01 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday warned that threats posed by weapons of mass destruction seem to be gathering force in today's world. Global anxieties about nuclear weapons are at the highest level since the end of the Cold War; trust on nuclear and other issues between the United States and Russia continues to ebb; the Iran nuclear deal is being questioned; the use of chemical weapons in Syria seriously challenges the global taboo against these weapons of mass destruction, Guterres told a high-level debate at the Security Council on weapons of mass destruction   Read More ...
Defense lawyers to cover all criminal cases in China
2018-01-19 05:11:08 China will expand a pilot project nationwide this year to ensure all criminal cases to have defense lawyers, said a report on Friday's China Daily. The project will assign criminal defense lawyers to represent defendants in criminal cases who do not have lawyers to protect their human rights, said Zhou Yuansheng, director of the Department of Directing Lawyers and Notarization with the Ministry of Justice, the newspaper said   Read More ...
Former CIA agent’s arrest follows US spying debacle in China
2018-01-19 05:10:43 WASHINGTON: The third arrest in one year of a US official suspected of helping Chinese spies has bared the tense battle between the two superpowers' intelligence agencies. The arrest late Monday by US authorities of former Central Intelligence Agency agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee was reportedly linked to Beijing's brutal dismantling five years ago of the CIA's network of undercover operatives and informants inside China   Read More ...
Britain's new stealth jet fighter to be operational in 2018: British Ministry of Defense
2018-01-18 09:00:52 The first of Britain's new fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets will be operational from British land bases by the end of this year, a spokesman for the British Ministry of Defense (MOD) said Wednesday. "The program is on target to achieve Initial Operating Capability by December 2018, meaning that UK F-35s will be able to operate from land bases from this point," said the spokesman   Read More ...
Tillerson says U.S. to maintain military presence in Syria
2018-01-18 09:00:33 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the United States will keep its military presence in Syria. "It is crucial to our national defense to maintain a military and diplomatic presence in Syria," Tillerson said in a speech on the Syria issue delivered at Hoover Institute at Stanford University, California. Nearly all territory in Iraq and Syria once controlled by the Islamic State (IS) has been liberated, and the IS has not been able to regain one foot of that ground, Tillerson said in the speech which was released by the U   Read More ...
Renewal of accord with U.S. raises questions over Japan's nuclear plans
2018-01-18 08:01:24 The renewal of a Tokyo-Washington agreement on the use of nuclear energy has sparked fears that Japan may take the chance to make nuclear weapons, experts said. Japan and the United States decided on Wednesday to automatically renew their agreement on peaceful uses of nuclear energy in July when the 30-year pact is due, Japanese media reported. Japan will be more under the sway of the U   Read More ...
Handsome policeman who was hero in rescue becomes Chinese heartthrob - ASEAN/East Asia
2018-01-18 07:47:31 Dozens of women and their parents have called a police station in China trying to organise dates with a handsome young police officer who saved the life of a woman threatening to jump from a high building. The calls were made to a station in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province to get contact details for Wang Haobin and ask if he was single, the Qianjiang Evening News reported   Read More ...
Russia starts shipping S-400 air defense missile system to China
2018-01-18 07:41:24 MOSCOW - Russia has started delivering its S-400 surface-to-air missile system to China under the terms of a contract signed in 2014, the TASS news agency cited an unnamed source in the Russian military-industrial complex as saying on Thursday.   Read More ...
Russia starts shipping S-400 air defense missile system to China: TASS cites source
2018-01-18 07:39:55 MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has started delivering its S-400 surface-to-air missile system to China under the terms of a contract signed in 2014, the TASS news agency cited an unnamed source in the Russian military-industrial complex as saying on Thursday.   Read More ...
Shanghai continues to crackdown on fireworks
2018-01-18 04:30:40 Shanghai Public Security Bureau has investigated and prosecuted 76 cases of illegal firecrackers and confiscated 4,810 boxes of illegal fireworks between December 1, 2017 and January 14, 2018. Fourteen people are presently being held under administrative detention, and 22 under criminal detention, thepaper.cn reported Tuesday. According to Shanghai police, while strengthening the publicity of new regulations against setting off fireworks in the city, they will conscientiously crack down upon anyone using or selling illegal fireworks   Read More ...
China: 'Cold War thinking' behind Vancouver N. Korea meeting
2018-01-18 03:45:38 BEIJING (AP) -- China on Wednesday said "Cold War thinking" was behind a meeting of U.S. allies on how to deal with North Korea's nuclear threat, adding that the gathering risks splitting international opinion over the issue. China was not invited to the 20-nation conclave in Vancouver and foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said excluding it and others involved in the matter would not be helpful to finding a resolution   Read More ...
Nanjing police bust fake train ticket ring(1/3)
2018-01-18 03:02:01 Railway police officers check counterfeit train tickets in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province on January 17, 2018. Nanjing railway announced that they have apprehended an organized gang who were making and selling counterfeit train tickets. The police seized 425 fake train tickets, 2,300 blank tickets, one computer, and one train ticket printer. (Photo/Xinhua)   Read More ...
Chinese military to be subject to stricter discipline: senior official
2018-01-18 02:31:30 The Chinese military will be subject to "stricter" discipline checks as efforts to root out corruption, a senior military official said Wednesday. Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), said at a meeting of the CMC's discipline inspection commission that the armed forces under the Communist Party of China (CPC)'s absolute leadership will unwaveringly follow the Party's call to strengthen governance   Read More ...
China revamps military inspections
2018-01-18 02:01:40 Revised regulation to deter corruption, disloyalty: expert. China's top military leadership body has institutionalized military inspections by publishing a revised regulation that experts said on Wednesday will deter corruption and disloyalty. "Military inspection work faces a new situation and that's why the CMC (Central Military Commission) decided to revise the proposed regulation of CMC inspection work, which was published in September 2013, into the latest version," an official from the commission's leading group office of inspection work told the PLA Daily on Wednesday   Read More ...
Cold War thinking harms efforts to resolve Korean Peninsula issue: FM spokesman
2018-01-18 02:01:33 China said Wednesday that Cold War thinking would undermine joint efforts to seek a proper resolution for the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and create a division in the international community. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the remarks at a routine press briefing when asked to comment on the Vancouver meeting, which calls for maximum pressure on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to force it to end its nuclear and missile programs   Read More ...
China introduces toughest ever regulation on land reclamation
2018-01-18 02:01:12 China has introduced its toughest regulation on land reclamation along the country's coastline, vowing to demolish illegally reclaimed land and stop approving general reclamation projects. The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said Wednesday that it would demolish or shut down all illegally reclaimed land and illegally established waste discharge outlets that damage the marine environment. Lin Shanqing, deputy director of the SOA, said at a press conference that reclamation projects that did not concern the national economy and people's livelihoods would not be approved in future   Read More ...
Spies fear former CIA officer may not face justice for suspected role in exposure of agents in China 
2018-01-18 01:47:01 Veteran U.S. spies were elated to learn of the arrest this week of a suspect in a long-running mole hunt within the CIA’s ranks. But their mood was tempered by skepticism that the man will ever face charges for what some believe is his role in the exposure and deaths of several CIA agents in China, according to current and former officials   Read More ...
China builds up presence at Doklam, army chief Gen Rawat says it is temporary
2018-01-17 22:20:13 Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday that the Chinese military has carried out a “mostly temporary” buildup in Doklam, the site of a tense standoff between the two countries last summer, even as media reports cited new satellite images to say that the infrastructure included a “full-fledged” military base. “They have carried out some infrastructure development, most of it is temporary in nature   Read More ...
Ex-CIA officer arrested after US spy network is exposed in China
2018-01-17 19:10:18 A former CIA officer has been arrested and charged as part of an alleged espionage scandal investigators claim resulted in the collapse of the US spying network in China and the deaths or imprisonment of up to 20 agency informants. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, a naturalised US citizen, was arrested earlier this week after arriving at JFK International Airport in New York   Read More ...
FBI detains man it says betrayed US spies in China
2018-01-17 18:19:03 Washington: A former CIA officer suspected by investigators of helping China to dismantle United States spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the US Justice Department said. The collapse of the spy network was one of the US government's worst intelligence failures in recent years. The arrest of the former officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, capped an intense FBI inquiry that began around 2012, two years after CIA informants in China started dying or being imprisoned   Read More ...
Ex-CIA officer arrested for trying to pass classified information to China
2018-01-17 17:42:51 US authorities have arrested a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer accused of disclosing top secret information to China. The man could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if convicted. the DOJ said in a statement. Last year, a NYT investigation revealed that Chinese authorities either killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012 following a massive intelligence breach at the agency   Read More ...
China accuses U.S. of "Cold War thinking" with N. Korea summit
2018-01-17 15:13:09 BEIJING -- China on Wednesday said "Cold War thinking" was behind a meeting of U.S. allies on how to deal with North Korea's nuclear threat, adding that the gathering risks splitting international opinion over the issue. China was not invited to the 20-nation conclave in Vancouver and foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said excluding it and others involved in the matter would not be helpful to finding a resolution   Read More ...
Police in China seize record US$33.2m in fake cash: Report
2018-01-17 12:30:48 SHANWEI, Guangdong: Police in China have carried out the country's largest seizure of fake banknotes, local media reported. Notes with a face value of 214 million yuan (US$33.2 million) were seized in China's Guangdong province and 14 suspects were arrested following a police investigation that began in March last year, the Southern Metropolis News reported on Tuesday (Jan 16). Police had been looking into suspected counterfeiting in cities including Shanwei, Jieyang and Shenzhen, according to the paper   Read More ...
Bonhomie between India, China has returned post Dolklam; but one needs to be always prepared: Army Chief Bipin Rawat
2018-01-17 12:29:04 Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, who last week claimed that there had been reduction in the number of Chinese soldiers in Doklam plateau, said on Wednesday the bonhomie between India and China had returned, even though the Army was prepared for all eventualities. Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue, Rawat said he didn’t visualize any serious trouble at the northern border. “I think the bonhomie (between India and China) has returned to what was prior to the Doklam standoff, so I don’t visualize a very serious trouble   Read More ...
'Cold War thinking' behind Vancouver N. Korea meeting
2018-01-17 11:45:55 BEIJING (AP) — China says "Cold War thinking" is behind a meeting of U.S. allies on how to deal with North Korea's nuclear threat, adding it risks splitting international opinion over the issue. China was not invited to the gathering in Vancouver and foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Wednesday said excluding it and others involved in the matter would not be helpful to finding a resolution   Read More ...
China: 'Cold War thinking' behind Vancouver N. Korea meeting
2018-01-17 11:45:49 BEIJING – China says "Cold War thinking" is behind a meeting of U.S. allies on how to deal with North Korea's nuclear threat, adding it risks splitting international opinion over the issue. China was not invited to the gathering in Vancouver and foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Wednesday said excluding it and others involved in the matter would not be helpful to finding a resolution   Read More ...