» 07/20/2012, 00.00
Bao Tong gives Wen Jiabao a failing grade, saying "He betrayed all of us"
China's great dissident releases a new book in Hong Kong. It is a collection of about 100 writings. After hearing the prime minister's final speech to the nation, he concludes that Wen is a phony liberal and deserves an 'F' grade. His "comments on political reform are largely a repetition of what late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping said before."
Law protecting private property final nail in Maoism’s coffin, says Bao Tong
Bao, a personal friend and former secretary to the late Communist Party Secretary Zhao Ziyang, criticises Wen Jiabao’s argument that democracy cannot exist before the economy guarantees wealth to everyone.
Death sentence for three Protestant leaders upheld
They have been convicted of murder and theft but their lawyers claim they were condemned without proof and on the basis of "confessions" extracted under torture. Most probably they will be executed in mid-December to prevent the Supreme Court from reviewing their case.
Beijing's positive and HSBC negative statistics
For the National Bureau of Statistics, manufacturing has grown, according to the HSCB it is decreasing. Official statistics are based on large industries and figures (often false) of the provincial governments. The Shanghai Stock Exchange continues to decrease, the real estate market is down, the production of cement and steel lower. In 2011 the profit of Maanshan Iron & Steel fell by 94%. Growing unemployment.Beijing positive and of HSBC negative statistics
Wen Jiabao meets petitioners, urges authorities to respect them
Chinese authorities, especially in local government, usually show no tolerance to petitioners who are often threatened, beaten or even detained without trial. Now Wen urges local officials to be patient with them and make themselves available to their fellow citizens. Experts view Wen’s move as a way to relieve social tensions, but others call for real actions.
Death toll from Qinghai earthquake climbs. Wen Jiabao visits
The death toll has risen to 791 deaths, with nearly 300 missing. But some Tibetans speak of thousands of corpses. The prime minister visits to push the emergency crews to spare no effort. Hu Jintao cancels trips to Venezuela and Chile to return to the country.
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