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By Teng Jing Xuan / Jan 18, 2019 05:20 PM / Politics & Law

Photo: Xinhua

Photo: Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Beijing’s new administrative center in outer district Tongzhou Friday, according to state news agency Xinhua.

This is Xi’s third stop on his trip to the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, or Jing-Jin-Ji area, this week.

China had planned for years to shift its administrative center out to Tongzhou — around 20 kilometers east of downtown Beijing — in an effort to rein traffic congestion and air pollution in the capital’s denser inner districts.

The new location opened last Friday, and at least 35 city-level departments have already completed the relocation, CCTV said.

Related: Xi Pays 2nd Visit to Xiong’an, Emerging North China Sub-Center


By Charlotte Yang / Jan 18, 2019 10:36 AM / Politics & Law

People attend a vintage Moutai liquor auction in Shanghai in 2011. Photo: VCG

People attend a vintage Moutai liquor auction in Shanghai in 2011. Photo: VCG

Kweichow Moutai, a fiery, sorghum-based liquor, has long been a fixture of Chinese state banquets and the tipple of choice for government officials.

But it’s also known for creating headaches for China’s corruption watchdogs, with expensive bottles of Moutai often misappropriated or used as bribes.

Authorities in Guizhou province, where Moutai is produced and where many officials have been caught illegally reselling the liquor, published a document Thursday detailing five rules forbidding locals to use Moutai for personal gain.

Officials and their family members must refrain from engaging in Moutai businesses, the document says. Officials cannot use their position to help others to get permits to sell or resell Moutai. With some exceptions, they also cannot accept or give Moutai as a gift.

Moutai is the liquor that China’s Premier Zhou Enlai toasted U.S. President Richard Nixon with to celebrate China’s opening to the U.S. in 1972.

But the liquor’s public image has taken a beating since China began a nationwide corruption crackdown in 2012. Moutai, along with Shanghai-made Chunghwa cigarettes, is now used as a shorthand for corruption in onscreen political thrillers.


By Teng Jing Xuan / Jan 16, 2019 12:58 PM / Politics & Law

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Photo: VCG

Canada has formally asked China for clemency in the case of Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, who was sentenced to death for drug smuggling by a Dalian court Monday, AFP reported.

“We have already spoken with China’s ambassador to Canada and requested clemency,” Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday, according to AFP.

Canada issued an advisory for its citizens traveling to China Monday, warning of potential “arbitrary enforcement of local laws,” just hours after China announced the verdict on Schellenberg. Schellenberg’s case is the latest diplomatic tussle between the two countries after the December arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei.

Read Caixin's complete coverage of Huawei


By Dave Yin / Jan 16, 2019 04:56 AM / Politics & Law

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Photo: VCG

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel advisory for Canada Tuesday afternoon, warning Chinese nationals to “fully evaluate the risks” of traveling there in the near future in the latest clash between the two countries.

Citing the "arbitrary detention" of a Chinese national in Canada at the request of a "third-party country," the U.S., the Foreign Ministry published the warning on one of its official WeChat accounts following Canada’s warning about China to its own travelers hours earlier.

The Foreign Ministry’s wording echoed that of the travel advisory issued by Ottawa Tuesday morning after a Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death on drug-smuggling charges.

A court in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian announced the death penalty for Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, convicted of drug trafficking, in what is seen as a major escalation of a diplomatic row between Beijing and Ottawa. The Sino-Canada faceoff started with Canada’s arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on the request of the United States. China since detained two Canadians last month on suspicion of endangering national security.

Related: Canada, Complaining of ‘Arbitrary’ Law Enforcement, Warns on Travel to China


By Tanner Brown / Jan 14, 2019 09:04 PM / Politics & Law

Canadian Robert Schellenberg has been sentenced to death for drug smuggling, the People's Daily reported Monday, citing a ruling from the Dalian Intermediate People's Court.

Full coverage: Canadian Sentenced to Death for Drug Smuggling

By Teng Jing Xuan / Jan 11, 2019 05:12 PM / Politics & Law

No white picket fences here. Tongzhou, Beijing, is seen from the air on Dec. 23. Photo: VCG

No white picket fences here. Tongzhou, Beijing, is seen from the air on Dec. 23. Photo: VCG

Beijing’s municipal government officially moved into its new suburban home with a dawn flag-raising ceremony Friday, CCTV reported.

The Chinese capital has planned for years to shift its administrative center out to the outer Tongzhou district in an effort to rein in population growth, traffic congestion and air pollution in Beijing’s denser inner districts.

Urban planners estimated in 2015 that the relocation would take as many as 1 million people — including civil servants and their families — out of central Beijing.

Tongzhou is around 20 kilometers east of downtown Beijing. Since its selection as the city’s second “downtown” area in 2015, Tongzhou has seen a housing boom followed by tightened restrictions on newly-arrived residents.

Government offices began moving out of central Beijing in December, and 35 city-level departments have already completed the relocation, CCTV said.


By Teng Jing Xuan / Jan 11, 2019 10:32 AM / Politics & Law

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

China now allows residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to apply for elementary and middle school teaching qualifications on the Chinese mainland.

Applicants will need to have permits to travel to the Chinese mainland, China’s Ministry of Education said Thursday.

In August, the Chinese government announced that Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan residents would no longer need work permits to work on the Chinese mainland.

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By Zhao Runhua / Jan 09, 2019 12:09 PM / Politics & Law

Press conference after the attack. Photo: VCG

Press conference after the attack. Photo: VCG

The man who attacked 20 Beijing schoolchildren with a hammer Tuesday was a frustrated maintenance worker at the school, local authorities said.

The 49-year-old man’s labor contract with the school was set to expire this month, according to the local government in Xicheng, the central Beijing district where the attack took place.

On Tuesday, the man used a hammer to attack students at the No. 1 Affiliated Elementary School of Beijing Xuanwu Normal School. He injured 20 students, several of whom required intensive care, said Li Jia, deputy secretary of the party committee at Xuanwu Hospital. No deaths occurred.

Wang Shaofeng, head of the Xicheng government, didn’t directly connect the attack with the man’s work contract, but said the man was “unsatisfied” and had “vented.” According to Wang, prior to the attack, the school was in talks to help arrange a new job for the man.

A school spokesperson denied any employment dispute with the man.

At a press conference after the attack, Liu Yuhui, director of the Beijing Municipal Education Commission, urged education institutions to “activate internal safety checks,” including crew inspections. District head Wang bowed to apologize for the tragedy.

Related: Man Attacks Beijing Primary School Students With Hammer


By Zhao Runhua / Jan 08, 2019 03:48 PM / Politics & Law

A man with a hammer attacked children at a primary school in Beijing Tuesday, injuring 20, police said.

Three of the victims were “badly injured” — though authorities said their wounds were not life-threatening.

Police have arrested a suspect, but said a motive was not yet known.

The attack took place at the No.1 Affiliated Elementary School of Beijing Xuanwu Normal School, in central Beijing’s Xicheng district, according to a local police Weibo account.


By Han Wei / Jan 08, 2019 01:52 AM / Politics & Law

Sun Bo. Photo: VCG

Sun Bo. Photo: VCG

Sun Bo, the former general manager of the state-run China Shipbuilding Industry Corp., was arrested on criminal charges of bribery and abuse of power, China's Supreme People's Procuratorate, the nation’s top prosecutor, said Monday.

Sun’s case got wide attention as overseas media reported that he was also investigated for leaking national secrets.

Sun became of the general manager in March 2015 of China Shipbuilding, which built China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.

Sun was expelled from the Chinese Communist Party and stripped of all public positions in mid-December on suspicion of taking bribes and committing severe disciplinary violations. He was placed under party investigation in June 2018.


By Han Wei / Jan 08, 2019 12:56 AM / Politics & Law

Wang Qishan.Photo: VCG

Wang Qishan.Photo: VCG

Vice President Wang Qishan will represent China and deliver a speech at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month, China's Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The ministry didn’t confirm whether a meeting between Wang and U.S. President Donald Trump would take place on the sidelines of the conference. Citing an unidentified source, The South China Morning Post reported during the weekend that Wang and Trump are likely to meet during the Jan. 22 to 25 Davos event.

“I do not have any information about it," Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press briefing.

Such a meeting would be the second high-level conversation between China and the U.S. in the two months since Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke in December in Argentina. China and U.S. officials resumed trade talks in Beijing Monday, the first face-to-face meeting since Trump and Xi agreed to a 90-day tariff truce in December.

Leading China’s delegation, the vice president will deliver a speech and meet with Davos forum founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab and other representatives at the meeting, Lu said.

Wang will speak on issues ranging from the Chinese economy to economic globalization, according to Lu.


By Tang Ziyi / Jan 07, 2019 11:02 PM / Politics & Law

Liu Zhonglin.Photo: Caixin

Liu Zhonglin.Photo: Caixin

A man who was wrongly imprisoned for 25 years has received compensation of 4.6 million yuan ($670,000), the highest such award ever granted in China.

Liu Zhonglin, who was wrongly convicted in 1990 in the murder of a female villager in Dongliao county in Liaoyuan, Jilin province, was released after completing his sentence in 2016. In 2018, a Jilin court changed the original sentence of Liu to innocent because of the absence of evidence.

On Monday, the Intermediate Court of Liaoyuan released the compensation of 4.6 million yuan, including 2.62 million yuan compensation for infringement of personal freedom and 1.98 million yuan for mental distress.

Liu had filed an application to the court in May asking for 16.7 million yuan, which included 7.9 million yuan compensation of infringement upon the personal freedom.

Liu’s lawyer said it is “unfair” and “unreasonable” for a person who is wrongly imprisoned to get compensation for infringement of personal freedom that is equal only to the current average wage.


By Tang Ziyi / Jan 07, 2019 06:15 PM / Politics & Law

Authorities in China have punished hundreds of people in a recent campaign to crack down on train-seat stealers.

CCTV reported that 452 suspects were detained because each had occupied another passenger’s seat and refused to move when requested. In one, a woman was reportedly detained for five days after lying across three seats and refusing to get up.

The campaign follows several cases that went viral on Chinese social media recently. On social media site Weibo, the hashtag #高铁霸座女# — “high-speed rail woman hogs seat” — has been viewed more than 500 million times.

Related: Gallery: China Falls for New Internet Meme


By Tang Ziyi / Jan 07, 2019 12:23 PM / Politics & Law

Quanjian CEO Shu Yuhui in 2015. Photo: VCG

Quanjian CEO Shu Yuhui in 2015. Photo: VCG

Eighteen suspects from a Tianjin supplements maker have been detained after accusations the firm claimed its products could cure cancer without the need for chemotherapy, contributing to a child's death.

The suspects, from Quanjian Group Co. Ltd. — including CEO Shu Yuhui — are under criminal detention over allegations of “illegal pyramid selling” and misleading advertising, media reported.

Police began investigating the company on Jan. 1, after an article went viral on China's internet accusing the firm of exaggerating the benefits of its products.

The article claimed that a 4-year-old girl died from cancer in 2015 after her parents decided to replace her medical treatment with herbal products made by Quanjian.

Related: ‘Miracle’ Herbal Cures Accused of Contributing to Child’s Death


By Zhao Runhua / Jan 07, 2019 11:34 AM / Politics & Law

China said that in the second half of 2018 it arrested 441 suspected criminals that had fled abroad.

Of these, 165 surrendered to Chinese law enforcement, according to the Central Discipline Inspection Committee (CDIC), the Communist Party corruption watchdog. Authorities did not say how the remaining 276 were apprehended.

This round of arrests began in August 2018, after Beijing said that public servants who had fled abroad would receive lighter punishments if they voluntarily returned to China.

An unknown number of individuals on the list had also had “red notice” arrest warrants issued by Interpol, the global law-enforcement organization, China said.

Ex-officials continue to be a focus of China’s anti-corruption efforts. Of the 441 arrested recently, 117 were public servants, CDIC said. In 2014, China announced that 6,694 allegedly corrupt officials had been arrested from 2008 to 2013.

Related: In Chinese Corruption Cases, Who’s Taking What?


By Zhao Runhua / Jan 04, 2019 06:04 PM / Politics & Law

The main suspect in the high-profile August killing of a Chinese ride-hailing passenger pleaded guilty to intentional murder, rape and robbery during his trial in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, on Friday.

The man, a former Didi driver surnamed Zhong, allegedly raped and killed a woman who had booked a ride in his car through Didi's Hitch service in August. The killing triggered an investigation into the company’s safety mechanisms and a nationwide panic about ride-hailing apps like Didi.

According to local prosecutors, Zhong had planned to rob passengers in order to pay back gambling debts. Zhong attempted to rob one female passenger on Aug. 23 but failed. Then, on Aug. 25, Zhong threatened another passenger during a ride, then assaulted and killed her.

The trial was not opened to public. The release date of the final court decision has not yet been disclosed.

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By Zhao Runhua / Jan 03, 2019 06:11 PM / Politics & Law

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Photo: VCG

One of the most notorious serial killers in Chinese history was executed this morning. Gao Chengyong, the killer behind 11 confirmed murders, was executed in Gansu province in north-central China.

His death was confirmed by the Intermediate Court of Baiyin, a city in Gansu.

From 1988 to 2002, Gao raped and killed 11 women in Gansu and Inner Mongolia, and mutilated many of their bodies.

But he eluded police for years — and was caught only in 2016. He pleaded guilty in 2017 and was sentenced to death in March 2018.

Gao’s hometown — the Chenghe village in Lanzhou — was shocked to discover that he was behind the gruesome crimes, as he seemed to be honest, quiet, and innocent, residents said.

After being arrested, Gao once told police that he repeatedly dumped genitals he cut off from victims' bodies into the Yellow River near his village.

Gao never apologized to any of his victims’ families.


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By Tang Ziyi / Jan 02, 2019 04:39 PM / Politics & Law

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Photo: VCG

A man who allegedly tried to sell the user data of 600,000 rail passengers for a mere $20 is under criminal detention, police said this week.

Police said the man had illegally purchased the data, and then attempted to sell the information online for $20.

The data up for sale included real names, ID numbers, phone numbers and email addresses of passengers, local media reported

Police also said the man used the data to find the contact information of an additional 4.1 million people who were connected to the original compromised accounts.

The leaked data originated from state-owned China Railway's ticketing platform China Railway initially denied there had been a leak on its platform. The company has not commented since police announced the arrest.

Stolen info comes cheaply in China. The data of 5,000 online lending users were sold for $60 in December, local media reported.


By Zhao Runhua / Dec 31, 2018 02:12 PM / Politics & Law

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Photo: VCG

Defendants and detained suspects will be able to meet with lawyers online in Beijing beginning Jan. 1, in what the government says will improve legal rights and increase efficiency, China Youth Daily reported.

Communication facilities have been set up in three districts in Beijing, and qualified lawyers can go to designated public security offices to remotely meet with their arrested clients for up to two hours.

Participants must submit a valid appointment request two working days before an expected meeting. First-time meetings between a client and a lawyer must take place in person, the report said.

To ensure privacy, the public security departments said they will turn off all recording and monitoring devices, and no other personnel will be present during meetings — though Caixin had no way to confirm the veracity of those claims.

Initially, Mandarin Chinese will be the only available language for the remote consulting.

Pilot projects were tested earlier for feasibility. During a trial consultation on Dec. 12, a lawyer from top Beijing law firm Dentons provided legal assistance to a client whose mother initiated the remote talk.

Beijing aims to deploy the project across the city, but gave no specific timeline. The city is also testing WeChat appointment-making functions for the project.

Related: Police Apologize for Harassing Caixin Reporter


By Zhao Runhua / Dec 31, 2018 11:26 AM / Politics & Law

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Photo: VCG

Apps are hungry for your data. Some of them are a little too hungry.

The Internet Society of China (ISC), a non-governmental organization backed by China’s internet watchdog, has just released a list of 14 apps (see below) that seek to "excessively collect user data.”

ISC urged app developers on the list to contact the agency as soon as possible to discuss their user privacy issues. Investigators will then release follow-up actions they deem necessary.

This isn’t the first red flag waved about potentially data-violating apps in China. On Nov. 28, the China Consumers Association said that 91 out 100 apps it tested had problems related to excessive collection of user data.


 14 Apps That Excessively Sought User Data, According to ISC:




QQ Music


Excessive text message solicitations

Kuwo Music


Excessive text message solicitations

NetEase News


Excessive voice recording requests

Shuqi Novel (online reading site backed by Alibaba)


Excessive location identification requests

Ctrip Travel


Excessive contact list requests

Tongcheng Travel (
(affiliate of Tencent-backed Hong Kong-listed Tongcheng-Elong


Excessive text message solicitations

Kuaishou (Tencent and Sequoia Capital China backed short video sharing app)


Excessive text message solicitations



Excessive text message solicitations

Huya Livestream


Excessive text message solicitations

Huajiao Livestream


Excessive user contact list requests

Panda Livestream (


Excessive text message requests

Youdao (online dictionary backed by NetEase)


Excessive location identification requests

Youdao Translator


Excessive location identification requests

Wannengkan (web browser assistance backed by Baidu)


Collecting personal information without user approval

Data from

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