Jailed journalist Ching Cheong has been moved to a reform-through-labour centre where his family is expected to be able to visit him. Ching's journalist wife, Mary Lau Man-yee, said yesterday she had received a letter from the centre, the Tianhe prison in Beijing, notifying her of the transfer, which took place on December 26. She said Beijing authorities had also confirmed they had received the family's petitions for Ching's release on medical parole and for his transfer to Guangzhou to serve his jail sentence, making it easier for the family to visit him. According to regulations, she said the family would be allowed to visit Ching at Tianhe once a month, but she needed to find out exactly when they could do so. Ching is expected to stay in the centre for one to two months before he is transferred to another prison to serve out his five-year term. Although news of the transfer closely follows Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's visit to Beijing last week, Lau said she did not think the two were linked. Winding up his four-day tour on Friday, Mr Tsang would not say whether he had raised Ching's case during his meetings with state leaders, although he said the case had always been in his mind and pledged to continue working on it 'for the remainder of my term'. In November, Beijing Higher People's Court upheld the verdict of a lower court, which in August found the 57-year-old chief China corespondent for Singapore's The Straits Times guilty of spying for Taiwan and jailed him for five years.