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Kirsten Tatlow

From factory worker to international sophisticate

Clocking in day after day at a giant military factory in Nanjing in mainland China where she worked for 10 mind-numbing years in the 1980s, Zhang Lijia dreamt of escape.

Sunday, 24 February, 2008, 12:00am

Tiananmen anniversary takes the heat out of Xiamen plant protests

Xiamen was quiet for the second day in a row yesterday after environmental demonstrations rocked the coastal city last week, with marchers unwilling to do anything on the highly sensitive 18th anniversary of the suppression of the 1989 democracy movement.

5 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Uneasy calm after protests in Xiamen

Police stand by amid chemical plant row

Xiamen settled into an uneasy quiet yesterday with riot police maintaining a low-key but unmistakable presence at major roads and intersections near city government headquarters, the target of two days of protests.

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Clashes mark second day of chemical plant protest

Xiamen residents fear factory will destroy their 'green' city

Protests against government plans to build a toxic chemical plant close to a densely populated area of Xiamen continued yesterday, smaller but just as passionate as the day before.

3 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Fights erupt after political beating

Two men badly beat the wife of a popular challenger for a seat in a local people's congress in a Zhejiang village as the couple strolled in Huaxi at 7pm on Monday, according to locals.

6 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Kidding the system

Qiao Jie sinks her slim frame onto a large, black sofa in a small meeting room at Peking University Third Hospital's reproductive-health centre. It's late on a Friday afternoon and the director of the mainland's leading fertility clinic, still wearing her round, light-blue surgical hat, has had a busy week creating life.

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Ray of hope

Ma Chaohun was desperate. The farmer from impoverished Ningxia, in northern China, had been sentenced to death after killing his wife in the belief she was having an affair. As he awaited the end of his life on death row, his concerns were not for himself, but his two sons.

5 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Farmers pay a heavy price in victory over factories

Nearly a year after the village of Huaxi in Zhejiang province was rocked by a massive riot against the government, the target of villagers' anger - chemical factories built on illegally taken farmland - lie empty, a rare victory for the farmers.

Yet Si Xiaoyan , 31, is paying a heavy price for that victory.

3 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Village voices

WEARING A SIMPLE black top and demure string of pearls, Zhang Jingjing doesn't look like the fearless public- service lawyer that she is.

6 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Driven crazy

The sight of a navy Buick people-carrier pointing the wrong way down the street was not, in itself, surprising in Beijing's anything-goes traffic. What was surprising was that the driver appeared to be in trouble with the police.

22 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Test case sets precedent

Since its inception in 1997, the Network (Research Centre) for Combating Domestic Violence has taken on 15 test cases of domestic violence in an effort to draw attention to the problem and establish legal precedents.

13 Feb 2004 - 12:00am