Official Xinhua News reported on August 23, 2007, that eight kilograms (17.6 pounds) of uranium are missing, while four Chinese men are on trial for trying to sell uranium that can be used to make nuclear weapons. The Hong Kong based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy reported Friday August 24, that as many as 20 people may have become ill as a result of contact with the uranium.
On January 1, 2008, a group of democratic activists outside China founded the China Interim Government. The founding document, the Declaration of the China Interim Government, states that the goal of this interim government is to serve as a catalyst for the disintegration of Communist rule in China.
”All political objectives of the China Interim Government can be summarized as follows: dispel Marxist-Leninist ideals; reconstruct China; negate tyranny and establish civil rights; adopt the rule of law; protect human rights, freedom and democracy; create a constitutional government; respect the autonomy of ethnicities; and found a federal republic.”
On December 1, 2007, Future China Forum released a public statement on the preparation for the establishment of the China Interim Government.
Source: Future China Forum, January 1, 2008 http://bbs.futurechinaforum.org/viewtopic.php?t=29497&sid=73748aa720c75e153b77efa287598eac
According to an Observer article on December 25, 2007, starting from 2008,
The article cites the following factors:
· Short-term crisis: The skyrocketing price of resources, coupled with social inequality
· Long-term crisis: A cross-the- board recession, given the constraints of limited land resources
· Crisis of Rule by Man: The one-party political system does not produce people with integrity.
· Justice Crisis: Courts are fatally overrun with corruption.
The article concludes that hope lies with the people. One of the goals of the rights movement will be to put a referendum in the constitution.
Source: Observer Magazine, December 25, 2007. Secret
One local avian flu case can quickly become the alarm for the entire country, warns Outlook Weekly of Xinhua.
On December 7, the Epoch Times reported that, on December 6, a Chinese government employee publishing an open letter to Chinese leaders Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao and Wu Bangguo, urging them to bring former Chinese dictator Jiang Zeming and his Shanghai Gang to justice.
China’s Premier Wen Jiabao visited Wenlou Village in Henan Province on Friday, November 30, when World AIDS Day was approaching. It is a village heavily plagued by AIDS. Before Premier Wen’s arrival, local authorities not only put a group of activists and outspoken AIDS patients under house arrest; they also arranged for 1,600 policemen to dress up as villagers to welcome Premier Wen.
Xinhua News reported on August 21, 2007, that the directors of China’s Family Planning Association at the provincial levels held a meeting in which they discussed that China’s family planning work faces eight challenges .
In 1997, colleges in China combined the tracks for the tuition system. Previously there existed two tracks: one track was that most college students paid nothing or only nominal fees for a college education; the other track was that some students financially supported their college education. Various scholars have found that since the two tracks were combined, most students have had to pay the full tuition. College tuitions across the country have skyrocketed.