Taiwanese ex-President Chen Shui-bian was hospitalized on Monday when it was discovered that he had an irregular heartbeat. He had been on a five-day hunger strike to protest his detainment. [AP]
A Uyghur woman in Xinjiang is being forced to have an abortion on what would be her third child. China’s family planning laws forbit urban members of ethnic minorities from having more than two children. The fine for going through with the birth would have been a prohibitive RMB 45,000. [RFA]
A UN Human Development Report on China suggests that the divide between the rich and poor is slowing growth by holding productivity and consumption down. “While Beijing and Shanghai have reached the development level of countries such as Cyprus and Portugal, provinces such as south-western Guizhou are comparable to Namibia or Botswana.” [The Guardian]
The Dalai Lama is holding a four-day meeting with 600 exiled Tibetan leaders in Dharamsala to discuss what Tibet’s next steps will be. Negotiations for greater autonomy for the region recently hit a dead end. [BBC]
In health news, China becomes the first country to define internet addiction as a psychological disorder. If you’re online for more than 6.13 hours a day, you may want to go check out the state’s newly founded addiction treatment centre.