This Week in China
Top Story TEH ENG KOON/AFP/Getty Images Bombs exploded in two public buses Monday in the southwestern city of Kunming, killing at least two passingers and injuring 14. Officials refuted reports that bizarre text messages had preceded the bombings, and said Tuesday that no evidence had been found linking the bombings to the Beijing Olympics. On ...
Bombs exploded in two public buses Monday in the southwestern city of Kunming, killing at least two passingers and injuring 14. Officials refuted reports that bizarre text messages had preceded the bombings, and said Tuesday that no evidence had been found linking the bombings to the Beijing Olympics.
On Wednesday, officals tripled the reward for information related to the bombings to 300,000 yuan (around $43,500). Meanwhile, the city of Beijing said it would step up bus-security measures, and Shanghai, which is hosting Olympic soccer matches, announced it will install security cameras on 1,600 buses.
Western TV networks are pushing back agianst constraints on Olympic coverage.
Hotels in Beijing are slashing prices as the anticipated tourist onslaught fails to materialize.
Some U.S. Olympians may wear masks in Beijing to protect their lungs from pollution, much to the chagrin of their hosts.
The opening ceremonies will employ “green fireworks” designed to limit pollution.
Guess who’s not invited?
Officials will allow approved protests in designated city parks during the Olympics; the crackdown on Internet dissent, however, continues. Entertainers deemed a threat to China’s sovereignty are no longer welcome, either.
China and Russia ended a decades-long border dispute.
Although 86 percent of Chinese are happy with their country’s overall direction, more than a third see Japan and the United States as enemies.
A Tibetan living in Beijing is suing the Chinese government after being denied a passport for three years.
U.S. companies are keeping a wary eye on a new Chinese antitrust law.
A coal mine flooded in southern China, trapping 36 miners and killing at least seven.
China has more smokers than the United States has people. Unsurprisingly, China’s anti-smoking campaign is not having the desired effect.
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