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Asia Cast for the week ending Friday 29th July

Posted by Rich Crankshaw on Saturday, July 30th, 2011
 
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Indonesia's Supreme Court is considering whether to jail the manager of independent broadcaster Radio Era Baru in a case brought about due to pressure from the Chinese regime. Should Gatot Machali be jailed, it would set a worrisome precedent for Chinese influence on free expression in Southeast Asia.

- Questions over China high-speed rail crash,
- Ai Weiwei breaks silence,
- Court deliberating Indonesian radio manager case, and
- Worst-in-a-century floods hit South Korea.

But first our SOH focus on China.

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ET/NTD-In the aftermath of the deadly high-speed train collision in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, complaints from family members of the victims have intensified. The regime

Asia Cast for the week ending Friday 22nd July

Posted by Rich Crankshaw on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
 
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Snow leopard in captivity: Wildlife Conservation Society researchers discovered this rare species Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor between Tajikistan and Pakistan. (by wwarby/Flickr)

In this bulletin:

- Beijing executes corrupt former officials,
- Greenpeace targets sports brands using polluting Chinese factories,
- New book examines Beijing

Asia Cast for the week ending Friday 15th July

Posted by Rich Crankshaw on Saturday, July 16th, 2011
 
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Malaysian police use tear gas against protesters calling for electoral reform in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday July 9, 2011. (James Chow/The Epoch Times)

In this bulletin:

- Beijing’s glory projects turning sour,
- Grow-your-own taking off in Chinese cities,
- Tibetans jailed for celebrating Dalai Lama’s birthday, and
- Malaysia defends heavy handed reaction to protests.

But first our SOH focus on China.

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NTD-A new highway in China

Asia Cast for the week ending Friday 8th July

Posted by Rich Crankshaw on Saturday, July 9th, 2011
 
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While Sydney, Australia is looking to increase its green credentials with a project aimed at saving companies in the CBD money on power, heating and cooling, Sydney and several other Australian cities have rocketed up the chart of the most expensive places to live.(By Jinsonocx/Flickr)

In this bulletin:

- Beijing’s migrant population reaches 7 million,
- Xinjiang tense around riot anniversary,
- South China Sea row continues, and
- Australian cities some of the most expensive.

But first our SOH focus on China.

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ET-Official figures show Bejing

Asia Cast for the week ending Friday 1st July

Posted by Rich Crankshaw on Friday, July 1st, 2011
 
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The snubfin dolphin (Orcaella heinsohni), just one of the 1,060 new species recorded in New Guinea by the WWF. (Isabel Beasley/Wikimedia)

In this bulletin:

- China slammed for extending journalist’s detention,
- Beijing tested by torrential rain,
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Support keeps independent Taiwan broadcaster on-air, and
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World’s largest tropical island yields new species.

But first our SOH focus on China.

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NTD-Press freedom advocates have criticised the Chinese regime for sentencing a journalist to eight more years in jail. Qi Chonghuai was expecting to be released Saturday June 25 after having served a four-year sentence.

But on June 9th authorities in northeastern Shandong Province extended his term. They found him guilty of the same charges he was accused of four years ago.

After Qi Chonghuai exposed local corruption in 2007, he was convicted of extortion and blackmail. While in prison, he also wrote articles about the ill treatment of inmates, which were published on overseas news services. Qi himself was beaten in prison and forced to do hard labour.

On June 9th, authorities accused him again of extortion and blackmail, plus an additional charge of stealing advertising revenue from a former employer. They found him guilty and extended his sentence to eight more years.

International media advocates have condemned the move.

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NTD-Torrential rains left much of Beijing paralysed Thursday June 23. Residents struggled to make it home, with parts of the subway system closed and treacherous road conditions.

Now Beijing

Asia Cast for the week ending Friday 24th June

Posted by Rich Crankshaw on Saturday, June 25th, 2011
 
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Hong Kong - financial hub of Asia-Pacific and the city you're most likely to find new millionaires in. (By Dennis Wong/Flickr)

In this bulletin:

- China’s economic growth not increased happiness,
- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei released by authorities,
- Hong Kong leads surge in Asia-Pacific millionaires, and
- Australian’s touched by Dalai Lama’s words on compassion and kindness.

But first our SOH focus on China.

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NTD-A letter smuggled out of China has detailed the harassment and beatings suffered by blind Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng and his family.

It

Asia Cast for the week ending Friday 17th June

Posted by Rich Crankshaw on Saturday, June 18th, 2011
 
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Thousands of people clashed with security forces on the night of June 12, over the beating of a pregnant migrant worker by police outside of the southern China city of Guangzhou. (Weibo.com)

- Bombings stun Chinese officials,
- Southern China flooding hits millions,
- Taiwan’s main parties unite behind independent broadcaster, and
- Special Olympic athletes make history.

But first our SOH focus on China.

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ET-A string of recent bomb explosions targeting government buildings throughout China continue to stun officials. The bombings include five incidents in Fuzhou of Jiangxi Province and, most recently, one in the northern municipality of Tianjin.

While authorities attempt to block the news and divert attention, the spotlight of public opinion persists in illuminating the incidents.

The latest explosion on June 10, in front of the Tianjin Municipal Government, resulted in two minor injuries. A person with insider information told Sound of Hope Radio a petitioner had detonated two homemade bombs. Our source, who wished to remain anonymous said authorities responded by sending a large contingent of police for crowd control and to prevent the news from getting out.

The Epoch Times website looks at the significance of the explosions in terms of protest in China.

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ET/NTD-Security forces have broken up protests sparked by the beating of a pregnant migrant worker by police in southern China’s Zencheng City. A curfew was also in force.

Migrant workers from Sichuan Province, unhappy for a long list of reasons, plan to strike for a month.

According to report from the Hong Kong-based newspaper Apple Daily, Chinese authorities mobilized 2,700 soldiers on the night of June 12 and another five thousand police on June 13.

From late June 12 to early June 13, tens of thousands of Zencheng residents took to the streets in protest and clashed with police.

Zengcheng is around an hour’s drive from Guangzhou, the affluent capital of Guangdong Province, which produces about a third of the country’s exports.

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NTD-Millions have been affected by flooding in southern China after almost two weeks of heavy rain and storms. According to official reports, as of Friday June 17 up to one million people have been forced to leave their homes.

State-run media at the time stated at least 105 people were dead and another 65 were missing. A rescue worker from Wangmo County, Guizhou Province told SOH the actual death toll was much higher than the official figure and any missing persons had a slim chance of survival.

Torrential downpours have battered previously drought-stricken sections of China. Vast areas of crops have been ruined and hundreds of homes destroyed. Early estimates suggest the damages will tun into tens of millions of US dollars.

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SOH takes a look across the wider Asia-Pacific region.

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Asia Cast for the week ending Friday 10th June

Posted by Rich Crankshaw on Saturday, June 11th, 2011
 
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(From top L) Prominent writer Cao Tian, social commentator Li Chengpeng, chief editor/column writer of China Daily Wuyuesanren (Yao Bo), Chief Executive of Tianya forum's e_commerce Liang Suxin, retired steel worker Liu Ping. (Compiled by The Epoch Times)

In this bulletin:

- Beijing again denies cyber attacks,
- Chinese regime worried by People’s Congress independent candidates,
- Tiananmen Square Massacre animation unlikely online hit, and
- Hong Kong a refuge for Chinese artists.

But first our SOH focus on China.

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ET/NTD-According to what experts told CNET and its affiliate ZDNet Asia, the cyber-attacks in May on three US defense contractors was carried out by what seems to be the Chinese regime.

The attacks on Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and L-3 Communications were precise and complex.

Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest aerospace company and the Pentagon’s number one arms and IT supplier. Lockheed took immediate action to protect its systems and said no data was compromised.

Recently Google

Asia Cast for the week ending Friday 3rd June

Posted by Rich Crankshaw on Saturday, June 4th, 2011
 
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Three Gorges Dam infographic. (Created by GDS Inforgraphics for Infrastructure MENA)

In this bulletin:

- No justice for China’s toxic-milk victims,
- Three Gorges Dam should be dismantled,
- Talks stall on independent Taiwanese TV broadcaster, and
- Retirees volunteer for Japan nuclear clean-up.

But first our SOH focus on China.

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Following the recent revelation of a secret compensation fund set up after the 2008 melamine tainted milk scandal, SOH spoke to some victims’ families.

Under the regime’s guidance, China’s dairy industry association established a medical compensation fund managed by China Life Insurance Company. But this fund was deemed a state secret.

The parent of one victim told SOH they got to know a lot of families whose children developed kidney stones from the toxic milk. They said none of them had heard about this multi-million dollar compensation fund.

Several parents of affected children told our Chinese reporters all the authorities had offered them was 2000 yuan, about $300 US dollars. And only then if they agreed to waive their right to sue those responsible.

SOH also learned that children with small kidney stones were being given the all clear to keep the number of victims as low as possible.

Reported by Qin Yue and Yu Ming for Sound of Hope Radio.

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ET-According to a hydrology expert quoted by the Epoch Times, China’s Three Gorges Dam is a huge failure and should be dismantled.

The massive 17-year project on the Yangtze River displaced at least 1.4 million people. It was intended to control and harness China

Asia Cast for the week ending Friday 27th May

Posted by Trevor Piper on Saturday, May 28th, 2011
 
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