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Ai accused of damaging camera outside his home

Maverick artist Ai Weiwei said yesterday he had been summoned by police for allegedly damaging surveillance cameras outside his house.

He denied intentional damage, but admitted a provocative prank designed to mock the authorities.

Tuesday, 17 January, 2012, 12:00am

Donations to pay Ai's tax bill reach 4.7m yuan

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei says the overwhelming response from supporters keen to help him foot a 15 million yuan (HK$18.3 million) tax bill is a vote of defiance in the face of government persecution.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Bailed Ai Weiwei breaks media silence

A state-run newspaper published a feature-length interview with Ai Weiwei yesterday - the first of its kind since the outspoken artistactivist was released on bail in June - as tax evasion investigations continue into a firm linked to him.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Focus turns to 3 friends missing since April

Ai Weiwei says he is 'very worried' about several friends and associates who were taken into custody in April after he was detained.

The artist-activist, released late on Wednesday after 81 days in detention, said by phone yesterday that he had no new information about the four.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Ai Weiwei out on bail, 'admits tax evasion'

Artist-activist Ai Weiwei was released on bail last night, with police saying it was because he had confessed to tax evasion and was suffering from chronic illness.

The decision was also made 'in consideration of the fact that Ai has repeatedly said he is willing to pay the taxes he evaded', Xinhua quoted police in Beijing as saying.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Lawyer offers to assist Ai Weiwei

The family of detained artist and activist Ai Weiwei have not decided whether to hire a lawyer to prepare for possible charges of tax evasion, although a lawyer friend is ready to help.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

A case of nonsense

To borrow the words of Alice when she found herself in Wonderland, the case of the avant-garde artist Ai Weiwei is getting curiouser and curiouser. He was detained on April 3 at Beijing airport just as he was about to board a plane for Hong Kong and, for days, there was no news of his whereabouts or what charges he might face.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Absolute power

Multitalented artist Ai Weiwei was one of the Chinese government's greatest assets in its quest for 'soft power'. His imaginative, diverse artworks and his vivid, outspoken personality not only made him a world celebrity but also suggested that the 'people's democratic dictatorship' fostered impressive artistic achievement as well as phenomenal economic development and military prowess.

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Ai Weiwei under attack in propaganda offensive

Detained artist Ai Weiwei was accused of plagiarism in state media last night and described as a 'third-grade' artist who only protested to seek media attention.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Interrogators threatened me, says Ai's assistant

A female assistant of maverick artist Ai Weiwei, who is in her 30s, says she was threatened and verbally abused by a plain-clothes police officer and denied access to the toilet during four hours of interrogation at a Beijing police station on Thursday.

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Ai Weiwei investigated for suspected economic crimes

Beijing last night said police were investigating maverick artist Ai Weiwei for suspected economic crimes - the first official confirmation of his detention since he was stopped from boarding a flight to Hong Kong four days ago.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Arrest made to stop me hosting feast: activist

Artist and rights activist Ai Weiwei says he has been placed under house arrest in his Beijing home to prevent him hosting a symbolic feast at his Shanghai studio tomorrow.

6 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Viva AI AI

Singer AI blasts back onto the J-pop scene with her seventh album Viva AI, an enjoyable hip hop/soul record. Before making it big in Japan, AI was a professional singer and dancer in Los Angeles, even landing a job as a dancer on Janet Jackson's 1999 Go Deep video.

26 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

J-pop diva is back with a bang

Singer AI blasts back onto the J-pop scene with her seventh album Viva AI, an enjoyable hip hop/soul record.

Before making it big in Japan, AI was a professional singer and dancer in Los Angeles, even landing a job as a dancer on Janet Jackson's 1999 Go Deep video.

12 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Anxious wait for the result of interviews

A few dozen students and a sprinkling of parents wait anxiously for the results of their associate degree programme interviews in a third-floor room at the Polytechnic University, complete with yellow-shirted student counsellors and free snacks.

2 Aug 2006 - 12:00am