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China internal security spending jumps past army budget

BEIJING, March 5 (Reuters) – China’s spending on police and domestic surveillance will hit new heights this year, with “public security” outlays unveiled on Saturday outstripping the defence budget for the first time as Beijing cracks down on protest calls. … Continue reading

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China goes all out to halt Jasmine Revolution

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is pulling out all the stops to prevent a Chinese-style ‘Jasmine Revolution’. Dissidents, energised by the success of the public revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, used the Internet to mobilise peaceful demonstrations in a dozen … Continue reading

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Rising Chinese wages pose relocation risk

Han Zheng, the mayor of Shanghai, has just delivered a pleasant surprise to the city’s workers: their minimum wage is to rise by more than 10 per cent in April. No one will be getting rich – the new rate … Continue reading

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The great wall of poverty dividing China

January 31, 2011 A three-hour bus ride from the shopping malls of central Beijing, Yongfengtun, a village north-west of the city, reveals the flip-side of China’s economic expansion: deepening inequality that has undermined confidence. The farming community’s population has quadrupled … Continue reading

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30 Chinese provinces raised minimum wage as inflation soars

January 26, 2011 Thirty provinces in China had raised their minimum wages by the end of 2010, according to a spokesman for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, reported Global Times. In 2011, more minimum wage hikes are … Continue reading

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Villagers held after dam protest ends in violence

January 17, 2011 Six villagers have been detained, one is on bail and another is being hunted for disrupting construction of a dam and injuring seven people, including three police officers. The group of eight villagers in Chongqing Municipality’s Fengjie … Continue reading

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Police on alert in China ahead of riot anniversary

BEIJING — Teams of police armed with guns and batons patrolled streets in the western region of Xinjiang on Sunday, part of stringent security precautions put in place ahead of the one-year anniversary of China’s worst ethnic violence in decades. … Continue reading

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Workers in China grasp the power of the strike

A spectre of labour unrest is haunting the country – and it terrifies the ruling Communist party Zhang Liwen found out that she was about to go on strike over a breakfast of steamed buns and congee rice porridge at her factory … Continue reading

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A new generation of migrant workers are getting organised in a fight to improve low pay and poor conditions.

4 Jul 2010 He Zongjun earns 1 mao (1p) for each of the 1000 vuvuzelas he moulds on a 12-hour night shift at the Jiying Plastic Products factory near Shanghai. His boss Wu Yijun stopped production of vuvuzelas in April … Continue reading

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Wage rises may not end unrest

BEIJING // Labour rights campaigners have warned that more industrial discontent is likely in China despite a round of minimum wage increases that took effect yesterday. The minimum pay rates in at least nine provinces and cities were increased, in … Continue reading

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