Archive for December 4th, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Something’s Rotten in the Republic of China…

home run or not ?
home run or not ?

I’d say that Taiwan has a problem now:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Time Blog Info on Henan-Beijing relations

The relationship between the provinces and Beijing is one of the most complex and difficult to fathom in China. Usually however, the central government can use it undoubted muscle in situations where it deems it politically necessary. […]

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Henan denies Attack on Belgian TV crew

The following is from Pu Cheng Jincheng City’s (晋城市, Shanxi Province) municipal party committee’s website of today, concerning VRT journalist Tom van de Weghe’s trip to Shangqiu, Henan Province on November 27.

Henan Province denied yesterday that three Belgian journalists had recently been violently attacked when interviewing AIDS victims.

Xinhua quotes Henan Province Foreign Affairs Office Deputy Director of Information Services Wang Yuejin (王跃进) saying that the preliminary investigations by the departments in charge differed substantially with foreign reports. He said that Belgian VRT television reporter Tom Van de Weghe, a Belgian assistant and an interpreter were stopped twice while doing interviews in two places in Zhoukou and Shangqiu on November 27.

The first stop took place around 2:00 p.m. at the Shangqiu-Zhoukou highway junction (商周高速公路路口). Van de Weghe’s video was taken away by several men, but there had been no violent confrontation.

The second stop happened in the evening of the same day at the riverbank of Suixian (睢县) township. There were claims that four AIDS victims who didn’t want their condition to be publicized to the outside world demanded the video from Van den Weghe. There was a scuffle and Van den Weghe handed over the video and a memory card, but [the VRT team] came out of their car by themselves, and had not been dragged out of the car as said in foreign reports, and there had been no violent assault etc.

Wang Yuejin said that the reporter’s video and memory card had been taken to Zhengzhou [Henan Province capital] by the investigation team.

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