The HRIC Daily Brief is a daily selection of news stories and commentary related to human rights in China, drawn from Chinese- and English-language news and online media sources that we monitor daily. In addition to headlines and source links, HRIC also provides English translation of Chinese headlines.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Censorship and Surveillance (审查和监控)

审查和监控被中宣部追杀多次改名的记者庞皎明辞职记 (Caixin reporter forced to “resign” after changing his name many times to avoid surveillance)
Radio France Internationale, December 27, 2013

Consumer Product Safety (消费品安全)

China tightens infant formula rules in food safety drive
Reuters, December 25, 2013

Corruption (腐败)

社科院反腐蓝皮书公布中国2013年反腐十件大事 (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Blue Book publicizes 10 major anti-corruption events of 2013), December 27, 2013

China unveils anti-graft plans, focus on protests, reforms
Reuters, December 25, 2013

30高校年度三公经费近7000万 浙大最高逾千万 (30 universities spent nearly RMB 70 million [approx. $ 12 million] a year on perks for school officials, over 10 million for Zhejiang University alone)
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2013

Education (教育)

China to unveil college enrollment reform in 1H 2014
Global Times, December 27, 2013

Environment (环境)

China far from meeting environmental targets
Wall Street Journal, December 26, 2013

发改委报告称中国60%城市空气质量不达标 (Official Chinese report states that 60% of cities suffer from air pollution)
China News Service, December 27, 2013

ICT (信息和通信技术)

工信部向11家民营企业发放虚拟运营商牌照 (China’s official telecommunications watchdog licenses 11 private companies to operate mobile virtual networks)
Wall Street Journal, December 27, 2013

International Relations

With Suu Kyi and China, it’s complicated
Irrawaddy, December 24, 2013

June Fourth (六四)

Widow of China’s purged leader dies at age 95
Associated Press, December 26, 2013

赵紫阳夫人梁伯琪去世 享年95岁 (Liang Boqi, Zhao Ziyang’s wife, dies at age 95)
South China Morning Post, December 27, 2013

Land, Property, Housing ( 土地、财产、房屋)

Homeowner’s ‘Cannons’ Warn Demolition Teams: No Closer
New York Times, December 27, 2013

See the pictures
河南荥阳现防拆闹剧:老汉制“大炮”摆房前屋后 (Elderly Henan man mounts homemade cannons around his house to resist demolition)
China News Service, December 27, 2013

Political and Economic Reform (政治经济改革)

We should not worship Mao as a god, says China’s president
The Telegraph, December 26, 2013

Chairman Mao's old home to reopen inside luxury mall
The Telegraph, December 26, 2013

China cancels plans for Mao's 120th but in one village, his spirit lives on
The Guardian, December 26, 2013

For Mao’s birthday, a changing China cashes in and celebrates — carefully
Associated Press, December 25, 2013

Society (社会)

贫富分化成2013最热社会问题 两极收入差20多倍 (Official stats show highest paid in 2013 earned 20 times that of lowest)
China News Service, December 27, 2013

Related Tencent weibo post:
李尧鑫, December 27, 2013
何至百倍,已有几千倍的差距了,不能以平均来计算。 || 老于: 我认为数据极不准确!收入最高的百分之十少算年收入超百万最低的年收入仅一万余差距达一百倍之多,天地之别!除非```````````!

Opinion ( 观点)

特写:一个中国记者的靖国神社印象 (A Chinese reporter’s impression of Yasukuni Shrine)
British Broadcasting Corporation, December 27, 2013