First thing China, August 28

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 August, 2012, 6:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 August, 2012, 3:05pm

Keywords: CCTV, Tao Wei, Uichiro Niwa, rape, Wang Guoqiang, NPC

CCTV sports commentator found dead
The body of former football player and CCTV sports commentator Tao Wei was found in his hotel room yesterday morning in Jinan, Shandong province. Police in the city confirmed Tao's death through their official Sina Weibo microblog account at just after midnight and wrote shortly after 3am that the ongoing investigation has yet to uncover any signs that Tao was murdered.

Japanese envoy attacked in Beijing

Yesterday afternoon in Beijing, an embassy car carrying Japanese ambassador Uichiro Niwa was blocked by two vehicles, one of which was carrying a man who ripped the Japanese flag from Niwa's car before fleeing. According to Kyodo News, China's Foreign Ministry has apologised following a formal protest submitted by the Japanese embassy, and pledged to make every effort to prevent the recurrence of such an attack. No suspects have yet been identified.

Fujian official charged with rape of minor

The director of a letters, petitions, and stability maintenance office in Ningde, Fujian province, was formally arrested last week on charges of raping a minor, local media reported yesterday. An investigation was launched on August 18 after the parents of the alleged victim, a 13-year-old girl, contacted police, who say You made an immediate confession.

People's Daily confirms disappearance of party secretary

In response to recent online rumours that Wang Guoqiang, party secretary of Fenghuang, a county-level city in Liaoning province, fled the country earlier this year with 200 million yuan (HK$243.98 million), People's Daily disclosed yesterday that Wang is "in trouble" and that the position of Fenghuang party secretary currently sits unfilled.

Healthy amendments made to draft Mental Health Act

At the 28th session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which got underway yesterday in Beijing, an amendment made to a proposed revision of China's Mental Health Act dictates that only individuals with severe mental illness who pose a danger to themselves or their families can be institutionalised without their consent. The current lack of such a clause allows for severe abuses of psychiatric facilities throughout the country, wherein people ranging from petitioners to homosexuals to business rivals have been forcibly committed for a fee. Other amendments including strengthening privacy protections for patients and their family members.