The Defense Secretaries of U.S .and China’s Tough Exchange.
On April 8, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chinese
counterpart Chang Wanquan challenged each other’s regions
during a meeting in Beijing.
Hagel criticized the recent Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
declaration of an air defense zone over the disputed islands
which will add to tension.
He said America will protect Asian allies
locked in disputes with China.
Chang said China stands ready to resolve the issues through
negotiation with the countries directly involved and respond
militarily to threats.
The joint press conference was held after two hours of
shoulder-to-shoulder closed door meetings between U.S.
and China defense ministers.
Although the meeting details were not released, the heated
rhetoric at the press conference between Hagel and Chang
Wanquan showed that apparently the two sides failed to
reach a common view on East Asian tension.
Human Rights Watch Promoted Investigation
on the Torture of Four Lawyers in Jiansanjiang
Heilongjiang Jiansanjiang police held and tortured four human
rights lawyers Tang Jitian, Jiang Tianyong, Wang Cheng and
Zhang Junjie, which attracted international attention.
U.S. Headquartered NGO, Human Rights Watch said on April
7 that Chinese authorities should investigate the custody and
torture of the four well-known human rights lawyers.
Human Rights Watch China Director Sophie Richardson said:
“The torture of human rights lawyers in police custody isn’t
just an assault against the individuals concerned, but also
against the legal profession.
Without an independent investigation and accountability for
the abuse, the Party rule of law rhetoric sounds empty."
The Supporters of New Citizen Movement Case are Arrested.
Ding Jiaxi, Li Wei and Zhang Baocheng’s cases from the New
Citizen Movement came to the first instance court on April 8,
Beijing Haidian court.
Hundreds of people appeared outside the court in support.
Chinese authorities dispatched hundreds of police cars and
hundreds of police on alert.
At least six supporters were taken away.
After the end of an 8 hour trial, Zhang Baocheng said
sentencing will be optional.
Ding Jiaxi, Li Wei will continue the hearing on Wednesday.
The key person in the new citizen movement case, Xu Zhiyong
will be sentenced on Friday for the second instance verdict.
Two Citizen Reporters of 64Tianwang Bailed
Continental activist website 64 Tianwang citizen reporters Liu
Xue-hong, and Xing Jian have been detained in Beijing for a
month. On April 7, they were released on bail.
Reporter Wang jing who was arrested with them is still being
held in Jilin and not allowed to meet lawyers.
The three reporters were detained when they reported on
petitioners distributing leaflets and the self-immolation in
Tiananmen Square during the Two Sessions.