Briefs, November 21, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 3:27am


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KMT chair silent on Wang Yi's prospects

Kuomintang honorary chairman Wu Po-hsiung has refused to say whether he expects the mainland's Taiwan affairs director, Wang Yi, to be promoted. The pair met in Fujian yesterday, the first high-level meeting between the KMT and the Communist Party since the latter elected a new leadership last week. "Wang has made a tremendous contribution to cross-strait relations in recent years and the [mainland] leadership heeds his advice," Wu said, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency. "We would be able to see [any reshuffle] in a few days." Staff Reporters


Red song rebel loses labour camp appeal

A court yesterday rejected a wrongful imprisonment lawsuit filed by a village official against the authorities in the southwestern city of Chongqing for sentencing him to a labour camp after he criticised the government. Ren Jianyu, 25, was freed from a re-education-through-labour camp in Chongqing on Monday. He served 15 months in jail for attacking the "red songs" campaign championed by the city's disgraced party chief Bo Xilai, lawyer Pu Zhiqiang said. Reuters


Tibetan herdsmen burn to death in protest

Two more Tibetans have burned themselves to death in the mainland, state media and a rights group reported yesterday. It is part of a wave of protests against Beijing's rule. The two herdsmen self-immolated in Gansu yesterday and Qinghai late on Monday, bringing the total of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire since 2009 to at least 77. AFP, AP