Police footage of Beijing migrant worker moments before 'suicide' sparks cover-up claims

Yuan Liya is seen in video footage shared by police (left) and photos shared online (right). Photo: Screenshots from CCTV, Sina Weibo

Police surveillance footage said to show a young migrant worker moments before she fell to her death has sparked accusations of a cover-up after she appeared to be wearing different clothing to that photographed by witnesses at the scene.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Street protest after Anhui police bust pyramid scheme

Ponzi scheme participants block a road in Hefei, Anhui, on Saturday. Photo: Screenshot from Sina Weibo

Hundreds people involved in a pyramid scheme in Anhui blocked a road in Hefei, the provincial capital, to protest against a police crackdown on the scheme's operators, fearing the loss of their investment.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

We've given up all hope: Chinese activist ends campaign to send daughter to school

A recent photo showing the arrests of activists at the Hupo school. Screenshot from Sina Weibo.

Zhang Lin, a long-time activist in Anhui, has given in and ended a campaign against a local government decision barring his 10-year-old daughter from attending school because of his political background.

"We have given up all hope of getting her back to school in Hupo," he said. "It's very sad, but we need to give in so the people who are still detained are released."

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese activist in legal fight as daughter still kept from school

It has been more than 40 days since Zhang Anni, 10, last went to school after she was taken away in the middle of class by four alleged police officers and prohibited from returning.

9 Apr 2013 - 3:41pm 1 comment

Rights activist sues Anhui police over illegal detention of daughter

Zhang Lin, 49, who was previously jailed for leading student hunger strikes in Anhui in support of the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy movement, lodged his case with provincial prosecutors on Friday.

26 Mar 2013 - 2:30pm

China Digest, August 23


12,000 bikes rolled out

23 Aug 2012 - 7:25am

Anhui couple sacked over sex orgy photos

An official from Anhui's Hefei University and his wife, a schoolteacher, have been sacked after being linked to a sex photo scandal that has been unfolding on the internet for a week.

15 Aug 2012 - 3:16am

World's press descend on intentionally quiet Hefei

The world's media has descended upon Hefei , a bland, industrial city in the eastern province of Anhui , as the nation's most sensational criminal case in decades opens in the city today.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:14pm

Top mainland resorts get back to peasant roots

Even as recently as five years ago, hotel owners and property developers on the mainland would have scoffed at the idea of using traditional village architecture as a point of inspiration.

But in what appears to be a gradual shift in the world of design on the mainland, a new aesthetic is emerging - and it is steeped in centuries-old constructions.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Housing incentives make Wuhu first to ease curbs

The city of Wuhu in the southeastern province of Anhui has announced measures to help 'genuine' home buyers, as opposed to speculators. It is the first city to ease housing curbs this year.

11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Anhui Conch cements tripling of net profit

Anhui Conch Cement, the mainland's largest cement manufacturer, saw net profit more than triple to 5.98 billion yuan for the first half of the year, largely due to a boost in cement prices and sales volume. The group produced 70.84 million tonnes of cement - a year-on-year growth of 12.8 per cent compared with 2.1 per cent for the whole country.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Culture of brilliance

China has been a source of pearls for millennia and today it dominates the global market in the freshwater cultured variety, accounting for about 95 per cent of the world's production.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Farmers abuse growth sprays to boost income

The use of growth enhancers in tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables has been uncovered in several provinces on the mainland, according to state media, but government officials seem to have little idea of whether such enhancers are being used excessively or of their possible health implications.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Telecoms man sentenced to death

A former senior executive of China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile phone operator, was last month sentenced to death with a two-year suspension for accepting millions of US dollars in bribes from industrial giant Siemens, according to a report in the Caixin Century Magazine.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Making sense of links between business and government

In China, something that appears to make no business sense usually makes a lot of sense, a red-chip company chairman once told this columnist.

In a country where business interests are deeply intertwined with local governments and banks, he could not be more correct.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am