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  1. Wider reforms needed to tackle corruption

    Posted Feb 18th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Dismissed Communist Party railways secretary Liu Zhijun had been in charge of the monumental high-speed rail network, a lynchpin of the government's drive to change the nation's economic ... is being investigated for 'violation of discipline'- a euphemism for corruption. Liu's removal reminds us of the depth of the problem posed by corruption on the mainland and also ...

  2. Two tragedies rain on relay

    Posted May 05th 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... at government deficiencies and inertia. The central government is now under increasing pressure to sack Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun over the crash, and do the same to the top provincial officials ... businesses and little transparency, which gives rise to rampant corruption, mismanagement and accidents. In January, a high-speed train killed 18 maintenance workers. In May 2006, Mr Liu ...

  3. Empty chair and a standing ovation in honour of Liu

    Posted Dec 11th 2010, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu in Oslo Jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo was yesterday honoured as this year's Nobel peace laureate in a moving ceremony in Oslo, with his conspicuous absence poignantly ... by a standing ovation. 'We regret that the laureate is not present here today. He is in isolation in a prison in northeast China. Nor can the laureate's wife, Liu Xia, or his closest relatives ...

  4. Liu supporters in Oslo rally on eve of Nobel ceremony

    Posted Dec 10th 2010, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu in Oslo Supporters of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo braved freezing temperatures in Oslo on the eve of the award ceremony to protest against Beijing's crackdown on human ... on the mainland and to show our support for Liu,' said Yang Jianli, a US-based mainland dissident who spent five years in prison for his pro-democracy activism. 'We can't forget he is still ...

  5. Tearful Liu dedicates prize to martyrs

    Posted Oct 11th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporters Jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo said he would dedicate the prestigious award to those who sacrificed their lives to the country's democratic cause in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. 'The award is first and foremost for the Tiananmen martyrs,' a tearful Liu Xiaobo told his wife Liu Xia, who saw him yesterday morning in a brief visit ...

  6. Liu's kin add to calls on G20 to press Beijing

    Posted Oct 27th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Pressure is building on Beijing to release jailed Nobel Peace Prize- winner Liu Xiaobo, with Liu's brothers yesterday adding their voices to calls on the Group of 20 ... Jimmy Carter, have already called for Liu's release. Meanwhile, the mainland media continued its shrill criticism of Liu's selection. The Foreign Ministry stressed yesterday ...

  7. HK relishes freedom to debate Liu Xiaobo

    Posted Nov 02nd 2010, 12:00am by John Carney, Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu and John Carney A flurry of celebrations and debates over jailed Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo are being held in Hong Kong in the run-up to his award ceremony next month. This contrasts sharply with the mainland, where the long-time dissident scholar remains a taboo subject. Mainland authorities have pulled out the all stops to bar the news about Liu from spreading. ...

  8. From young dreamer to veteran dissident, Liu has no regrets despite paying a heavy price for his ideals

    Posted Jan 31st 2010, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu 'I have no enemies and no hatred,' Liu Xiaobo said of the law enforcers who put him behind bars, 'because hatred would erode one's wisdom and conscience, would destroy society's tolerance and humanity and obstruct a country's liberalisation and democratisation'. That was part of a statement Liu intended to be read out at his trial last ...

  9. Liu's sentence a grim warning to dissidents

    Posted Dec 27th 2009, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... behind bars those who criticise it. Liu Xiaobo was on Friday sentenced to 11 years in jail for 'inciting subversion of state power' through six of his pro-democracy articles published ... were within the realm of free speech, which is protected under the Chinese constitution, the court said Liu had breached the limits of tolerance. 'Liu Xiaobo... published libellous ...

  10. Nobel Prize winner is a true patriot

    Posted Nov 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I am very happy that imprisoned human rights activist Liu Xiaobo received this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The committee cited his 'long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.' Liu has been fighting for human rights on the mainland for a long time. His award was built on sweat and tears. Liu was charged with 'inciting subversion ...




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