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Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice: Distrust in Justice System Common Among People

Sheng Deyong, Deputy Chief Justice of the China Supreme Court said, "Currently, some people distrust the justice system, and the feeling is becoming a common sentiment in society. This is a very dangerous phenomenon."

Mr. Shen made the comment at a conference held from August 10 to 14 in Beidaihe, Hebei Province. 

Source: People’s Daily, August 19, 2009

Li Yuanchao: Safeguard Party’s Core Leadership in State-Owned Enterprises

On August 15 and 16, Li Yuanchao, CCP Politburo member and head of the CCP Central Organization Department, visited several major state-owned enterprises in Beijing. He emphasized the importance of advancing Party organization work in state-owned companies and "transforming the Party’s political advantage into the company’s scientific development advantage."

His lecturing tour includes stops at Sinopec, China Unicom, the Beijing Second Commerce Group, and the Beijing Public Transportation Group.  

Source: Xinhua, August 17, 2009

Party Leader Rebukes Debate on Freedom of Speech

Jia Qinglin, Chairman of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the Number 4 Party leader, published a strongly worded article to scold those who call for freedom. In a article published in Party Magazine Qiu Shi (Seeking the Truth) on January 16, 2008, Jia wrote:”(We must) continue to uphold the correct political direction, steadfastly walk along the unique Chinese socialist political road; build a solid defense against Western Two-party or Multi-party system; against the Two-House, Three-Power Center system and various other wrong ideas.”

Jia’s comment was a clear attempt to squelch the recent debate on freedom in Chinese official media.

In January 2009, three articles in Chinese Media stirred up great interest among Chinese people:
Beijing Daily (January 13):“Seeking the Truth Cannot Separate from Freedom of Speech”;
People’s Daily (January 13): “How Could Government Officials Survive Internet Scrutity” ;
Yan Huang Chun Qiu (January, 2009): “Constitution Politics: The Demand for China’s National Revival” .

These articles and the fact they passed the censor, and Jia’s quick rebuttal were seen as a sign of heated debate among Chinese top leaders.

Source: Yazhou Zhoukan, February 2, 2009

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice under House Arrest

According to an official of China’s Justice Ministry, Xiao Yang, the former Chinese Supreme Court Chief Justice, was house-arrested in November 2008 for corruption.

Per unconfirmed internet sources, Xiao and his deputy, Associate Chief Justice Huang Songyou were involved in a corruption network that stole up to RMB 150 billion yuan (USD $22 billion).

Xiao, as the chief justice, is said to be a vice-premier rank official. He was a member of the 15th and 16th Communist Party Central Committee, Minister of Justice from 1993 to 1995, and served as Chief Justice for two consecutive terms from 1998 to 2007.


Mainland China Newspaper Publishes Unusual Article to Defend Freedom

On October 30, 2008, Nan Fang Daily published an article by Du Guang, a retied party official. The title is “Why do they slander democracy and freedom?” The author criticized an article “Democracy in the Fists” in “Beijing Evening” on October 22, 2008. The latter article cited recent incidents in Taiwan and Thailand to ridicule democracy and freedom in other countries. This is an old tactic used by the Communist party since Mao’s era to belittle western values. What’s usually about Du Guang’s article is his strong defense of universal values such as democracy, freedom, equality and human rights. When talking about the role of Chinese media, he wrote: “What common understanding (among medias) should be achieved? Is it maintaining a complete agreement with the Party and be the Party’s tamed tool, or forming a common understanding on universal values?”

Source: Nan Fang Daily, October 30, 2008

Olympics: Approved Protesters Missing

Following the government’s regulations that demonstrations would be allowed in designated parks during the Beijing Olympics, Mr. Li Jincheng and Mr. Liu Xueli applied for and obtained permission to protest in World Park. They were told to come to the authorities to get their written permission on August 9.

But on August 8, Mr. Li mysteriously disappeared near the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic Stadium. The other organizer, Mr. Liu, was also missing. Their protest permit has been invalidated.

Source:, August 10, 2008

Killer’s Final Words Blame the CCP for his Action

Tang Yongming, a 47 year old man from Hangzhou City, jumped to his death after attacking two Americans and their Chinese tour guide with a knife on August 8, the opening day of the Olympics. An American man was killed and his wife seriously injured.

In a note he left, Tang Yongming said: “The reason I take this extreme action is not cruelty and craziness, I want the world to pay attention to Chinese people’s pain suffered under the Communist Party.”

Source:, August 10, 2008

Olympics: Four Foreign Protesters Expelled

Four human rights activists from U.K. and U.S. were arrested and expelled from China today. On August 6 at 5:47 a.m., three men and one woman managed to hang two banners on light posts. One banner said “Tibet will be Free”; the other said “One World One Dream Free Tibet”. Per Xinhua News, police arrived within 12 minutes and arrested them.

A spoke person of the Beijing Olympics Committee said: “their behavior is unacceptable and illegal.”

The two British citizens have boarded a Frankfurt-bound plane; the two Americans were flying to San Francisco.

Source: BBC, August 7, 2008