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Human Rights Torch Relay in Mainland China

The large population of petitioners, a.k.a fang min, is becoming one of the biggest headache of Beijing regime before the Olympic Games. Recently, photos have appeared on overseas Chinese websites that petitioners are holding signs of Human Rights Torch Relay, a global Olympic campaign exposing Chinese regime’s human rights violations.

Source: Epoch Times, April 24, 2008
Boxun, April 24, 2008


The Ninth China Information Security Conference

The Ninth China Information Security Conference took place on April 22, 2008, hosted by the China Center for Information Industry Development (CCIID) [1] and China lnfoworld. According to a Xinhua report, it was also “supported and guided” by the Professional Committee of Computer Security of China Computer Federation [2], the Institute of National Security Technology [3], the Information Security Research and Service Center under State Information Center [4], the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center [5], and the China Information Technology Security Certification Center. Liu Liehong, dean of CCIID, said that the goal of the national information industry is to “establish a credible environment and order for the Internet world.” Yan Ming, ex-director of the First Research Institute under the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), pointed out that securing information related to national security is facing outstanding challenges and increasing opportunities.

Source: Xinhua, April 24, 2008

[1] An agency under Ministry of Information Industry (MII)
[2] An agency affiliated with the Eleventh Bureau of Ministry of Public Security
[3] The only research institute under Security Committee of CCCCP (Central Committee of Chinese Communist Party) and National Security Bureau (NSB)
[4] An agency under National Development and Reform Commission
[5] An agency under MII

Three Provinces to Install Third Generation Nuclear Power Stations

According to the Changjiang Daily, Ouyang Yu, an academician of China Academy of Science and also known as the “Father of Nuclear Power,” disclosed a plan to build third generation nuclear power stations during the period of “Twelfth Five-year Plan.” The new generation nuclear power stations, to be constructed in Hubei, Hunan, and Jiangxi Province, are said to be more secure and economical. Ouyang said that China is capable of second generation nuclear power technology. At the present, there are 11 large scale nuclear power stations with a total capacity of 9.11 million kilowatt.

Source: China Central Television, April 24, 2008

People’s Daily: Paula Dobriansky Ignorant Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

Following the publication of U.S. undersecretary of state Paula Dobriansky’s  article “The way Forward in Tibet” on April 21 in Washington Post, People’s Daily (overseas edition, circulating among overseas Chinese) published a commentary article to counter Paula’ Dobriansky’s argument of resolving the current Tibetan crisis through dialogue. The article, under the title “Ignorant Coordinator for Tibetan Issues,” repeated Chinese regime’s harsh rhetoric against the Dalai Lama and accused Paula Dobriansky of siding with Dalai Lama. It says Paula’ title of being the coordinator of Tibetan issues is a self-claimed entertainment that nobody recognizes. At the end of the article, the author questions: "This ‘coordinator’ who once attended 2007 Brussels ‘International Conference of Supporting Tibetan Organization’ does not even know Dalai Faction’s activities of sabotaging Olympics? … Is (Paula) cheating herself or cheating others?"

Source: Xinhua, April 23, 2008

Angola to Become China’s Largest Supplier of Crude Oil

According to the recent statistics from General Administration of Customs, Angola is replacing Saudi Arabia as the largest oil exporter to China. In the first quarter of 2008, China imported 8.48 million tons of crude oil from Angola, a year-over-year growth of 55.1%, while the purchase from Saudi Arabia was 8.18 million tons, with a daily average of 0.68 million barrels. In the past 6 years, Saudi Arabia has been the leading provider of crude oil to China. In 2007, Saudi’s oil export was 26.33 million tons, or 0.528 million barrels. Although China is the second largest energy consumers around the world, it still heavily relies on coal as the main energy source. The crude oil consists 20% of the country’s total energy needs.

Source: Oriental Morning Post, April 23, 2008

Students in Hefei Confined to Campus Amid Government Concerns of Social Unrest

Hundreds of thousands of college students in Hefei, Anhui Province, have been ordered to stay on campus according to Boxun. On April 18, 2008 tens of thousands of students took to the streets protesting outside the French chain store Carrefour in Hefei. The momentum continued on April 19. On April 20, the authorities ordered that students must not leave campus, except for in the case of an emergency and with the permission of their instructors.

Earlier, President Hu Jintao reportedly directed the Minister of Public Security to rein in student protests following the showing of Paris residents’ support for the Dalai Lama and Tibetan monks. Hu’s move was viewed as signs of his concerns that the protests might get out of hand, as happened during the June 4th student movement in 1989.

Source:, April 22, 2008, April 20, 2008

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