Chinese man gets 14-month jail term for defacing Mao portrait

A Chinese court has sentenced a man to 14 months in jail for defacing the giant painting of Communist leader Mao Zedong displayed near Beijing`s Tiananmen Square, state media reported.

China mourners mark Zhao anniversary under tight surveillance

Chinese mourners on Saturday marked the 10th anniversary of the death of ousted Communist leader Zhao Ziyang under tight surveillance by the authorities, which the reformer's top aide derided as "a mockery of the rule of law".

Hong Kong media magnate Jimmy Lai quits after democracy protest arrest
Hong Kong media magnate Jimmy Lai quits after democracy protest arrest

Hong Kong publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing, has stepped down as editor-in-chief of the Apple Daily after being arrested for refusing to leave a key pro-democracy protest site in the centre of the city.

Security paranoia: '10,000 pigeons body-searched in China'

The 10,000 pigeons released in a ceremony today for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.

Chinese broadcaster `displays anti-Communist messages`

A Chinese cable television service broadcast censored Tiananmen crackdown pictures and messages condemning the ruling Communist party, locals said, in what appeared to be a rare hacking attack.

In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future

As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbour erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronised nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water`s edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.

China charges seven activists after Tiananmen memorial: Groups

Chinese police have charged seven activists who held a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, rights groups said today.

The activists were formally accused yesterday of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" in the central province of Henan, the US-based group Chinese Human Rights Defenders said in a statement citing relatives.

China shows graphic footage of Xinjiang militant attacks

Chinese state television on Tuesday showed dramatic footage of what the government calls terror attacks by Islamist militants from the far western region of Xinjiang, as it steps up its propaganda campaign to counter an upsurge in violence.

Multiple Xinjiang executions no answer to violence: Experts

When China put 13 people to death in one day for terrorism offences in mainly Muslim Xinjiang, it raised the spectre of the mass executions of years past. But experts say Beijing`s "strike hard" campaign is unlikely to curb mounting violence.

China sentences three to death for Tiananmen Square attack

China sentenced three people to death on Monday for a deadly attack at Beijing`s Tiananmen Square last October, state television reported, an incident blamed by the government on Islamist militants.

Chinese party newspaper says Western democracy only brings chaos

China`s top newspaper on Monday warned against aping Western-style democracy just a week after the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, pointing to Thailand and Ukraine as examples of the kind of chaos the system can bring.

China to deport Australian artist after Tiananmen remarks

A well-known Chinese-born Australian artist will be deported from China, Australian officials said on Friday, after he spoke about the 25th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing`s Tiananmen Square.

Information blackout ahead of Tiananmen anniversary condemned

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has condemned the violation of freedom of information in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in the form of detention of journalists, censorship on social media and rendering Google and other web services inaccessible.

Dalai Lama, on Tiananmen anniversary, urges China to embrace democracy

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama marked the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing on Wednesday by urging China to embrace democracy and offering prayers for the protest "martyrs".

White House urges China to account for Tiananmen victims

The White House on Wednesday urged China to account for those who were killed, detained or went missing in connection with the crackdown around Tiananmen Square 25 years ago and said it honored the memories of those who gave their lives in that protest.

China in security clampdown on Tiananmen crackdown anniversary

China deployed its vast security apparatus on Wednesday to snuff out commemoration of the suppression of pro-democracy protests around Tiananmen Square 25 years ago, flooding the streets with police as censors scrubbed the Internet clean of any mention of the crackdown.

Troops `laughing` in Tiananmen crackdown: US document

Troops deployed from China`s provinces laughed as they shot randomly at pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, according to a US account declassified Tuesday for the 25th anniversary.

Wary China keeps close watch as Tiananmen anniversary arrives

Twenty-five years ago, Wang Nan took his camera and headed out to Beijing`s Tiananmen Square, where tens of thousands of people had gathered calling for democratic reforms.

China defends Tiananmen crackdown on eve of 25th anniversary

China defended the bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing`s Tiananmen Square on Tuesday, the eve of the 25th anniversary, saying it had chosen the correct path for the sake of the people.

China blocks Google sites ahead of Tiananmen anniversary: Group

Several Google websites have been blocked in China ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, a censorship monitoring service said.