Chen Guangcheng

Briefs, December 2, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 December, 2012, 3:16am

People's Daily blasts shamed party boss

A signed commentary on the website of the Communist Party's mouthpiece People's Daily has put disgraced Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai on par with Lei Zhengfu , a Chongqing official at the centre of a sex tape scandal. Bo and Lei served as two prominent examples of how "empty talk can endanger the country", a phrase coined by new party chief Xi Jinping in a speech delivered on Thursday pledging national renewal. "Corrupt officials like Bo Xilai and Lei Zhengfu have made use of all sorts of rhetoric when they were in power … but in private they were like flies flying around only for their own benefit like dogs without shame," it said. Lei was fired after a video clip showing him have sex with an 18 year-old mistress was circulated online. Staff Reporter

US attacks jailing of blind lawyer's nephew

The United States on Friday criticised Chinese authorities for jailing the nephew of blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, saying he was the victim of a deeply flawed legal process. The family says the nephew, Chen Kegui , used a kitchen knife to defend himself when authorities barged into his home in the middle of the night. Three people were wounded. He was jailed for more than three years Friday. "We are deeply disturbed about reports that Chen Kegui , the nephew of human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng, was tried and convicted today in a legal proceeding in China that lacked basic due process guarantees," State Department spokes- woman Victoria Nuland told reporters. Agence France-Presse

Palace unearthed near famed emperor tomb

China has unearthed the ruins of an ancient palace near the tomb of the country's first emperor that was already famed for its terracotta soldiers, state media said yesterday. The discovery is the latest at the mausoleum, which dates back more than two millennia and became one of the greatest modern archaeological finds after a peasant digging a well stumbled upon the life-size warriors in 1974. The palace "is the largest complex ever found at the cemetery", Xinhua reported. Qin Shihuang, a ruler during the Qin dynasty (221-207 BC), presided over China's unification and declared himself its first emperor. The palace is believed to extend 690 by 250 metres, Xinhua reported, citing Sun. Agence France-Presse