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China offers its own version of protests

March 23, 2008
By CARA ANNA, Associated Press Writer Sat Mar 22, 7:09 PM ET

CHENGDU, China – With restive Tibetan areas swarming with troops and closed to scrutiny from the outside world, China’s government turned up efforts Saturday to put its own version of the unrest before the international public.

Paramilitary police march in a street in Zhongdian, in a Tibetan ...
Paramilitary police march in a street in Zhongdian, in a Tibetan area known as Shangri-La, in China’s southwest Yunnan province Saturday March 22, 2008. Thousands of troops have moved into Tibetan areas of western China following last week’s anti-government riots in Tibet’s capital, Lhasa.(AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Information barely trickled out of the Tibetan capital Lhasa and other far-flung Tibetan communities, where foreign media were banned and thousands of troops dispatched to quell the most widespread demonstrations against Chinese rule in nearly five decades.

The Chinese government was attempting to fill the vacuum with its own message. It disseminated footage of Tibetan protesters attacking Chinese and accusations of biased reporting by Western media via TV, the Internet, e-mail and YouTube, which is blocked in China. The communist government’s leading newspaper called to “resolutely crush” the Tibetan demonstrations.

The media barrage underscored that the government campaign is moving into a new phase of damage control ahead of the much-anticipated Beijing Olympics in August.

While China’s rigorous policing of the Internet is far from foolproof, its official Internet is pervasive and there is no easy access to an alternative in the country. The difficulty of confirming what is going on inside Tibet may also be hindering a stronger world reaction.

“They’ve successfully managed the messages available to the average Chinese citizen, and this has fueled broad public support for a heavy-handed approach to controlling unrest,” said David Bandurski, a Hong Kong University expert on Chinese media. “There will be no nuances to Tibet coverage.”

CNN’s bureau in Beijing has been deluged in recent days by a barrage of harassing phone calls and faxes that accuse the organization of unfair coverage. An e-mail to United Nations-based reporters purportedly from China’s U.N. mission sent an Internet link to a 15-minute state television program showing Tibetans attacking Chinese in Lhasa.

A slideshow posted on YouTube accused CNN, Germany‘s Der Spiegel and other media of cropping pictures to show Chinese military while screening out Tibetan rioters or putting pictures of Indian and Nepalese police wrestling Tibetan protesters with captions about China’s crackdown.

Though of uncertain origin, the piece at least had official blessing, with excerpts appearing on the official English-language China Daily and on state TV.

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China says snow-hit areas recovering

February 10, 2008
By Charles Hutzler, Associated Press Writer

BEIJING – China declared partial victory Sunday over a month of vicious winter weather, saying it had reconnected power and transportation to most storm-hit areas even as parts of the country were still struggling.

A government task force overseeing emergency operations said life was gradually returning to normal in southern and central China, where the worst snow and ice storms in 50 years led to at least 60 deaths and billions of dollars in economic losses, according to the official count.

Nine more people died Sunday morning when the bus they were riding in veered off an icy road in Guizhou province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The emergency task force said recovery efforts had restored electricity, cleared blocked roads and railways, and resupplied food markets across most affected areas. It called for additional efforts, however, to help remote mountainous areas.

“We have won a partial victory against the disaster of rain, snow and ice,” the task force, known as the Disaster Relief and Emergency Command Center, said after a meeting late Saturday in a notice that was carried by major state media the next day. “From today on we must continue to guarantee transport, electricity and basic livelihoods.”

The storms, which started a month ago, hit at a bad time — the Lunar New Year’s busy travel season. They also struck many areas unused to heavy snow.

Initially slow to respond, the central government has over the past week mobilized the military and emergency crews, gradually gaining control of the situation.

In an account typical of the communist government’s spin, Xinhua separately reported that 2,300 workers and 600 soldiers were working in snow-covered mountains of central China to repair a high-power 500-kilovolt transmission line from the Three Gorges Dam to the main grid.

Among the areas still struggling were Guizhou and neighboring Guangxi province, where some highways and county roads were still under traffic restrictions, the task force said.

The two provinces have mountainous areas that are among China‘s poorest. The task force said these remote places would be given priority in tapping government reconstruction funds to repair storm-damaged housing.

Peking Duck Chain Launches IPO

October 27, 2007

BEIJING (AFP) – China‘s oldest Peking duck restaurant has kicked off its initial public offering to raise about 50 million dollars on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, state media reported Saturday.

China Quanjude (Group) Co. Ltd., which has been serving up the famous Chinese dish since 1864, on Monday launches its promotional tour to fix the price of its share offering, Xinhua news agency said.

The company plans to issue up to 36 million shares and raise at least 380 million yuan (50.6 million dollars), it said.

Dating back to imperial times, Quanjude is one of the oldest brands in China.

Starting from a small roast duck stall in 1864 under the Qing dynasty, the group now runs nine companies in China and 61 franchised restaurants, including five overseas, offering its specialty Peking roast duck.

Its most recent establishment opened earlier this year in the Silk Market in Beijing, a popular tourist shopping area.