- In China, a new breed of dissidents [WSJ] “Political consciousness is beginning to spread,” says Merle Goldman, professor emerita of history at Boston University and associate at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. “Ordinary people use the term ‘rights’ now,” she says. “The problem is, of course, that there’s not much they can do about it at this point. But the concept is there.”
- Nine cases added to mainland total [Shanghai Daily] “The Guangdong Health Department said last night that three new cases in Shenzhen had been confirmed. They were two Chinese sisters aged 18 and 20 who flew in from New York on Thursday and a 13-year-old Canadian girl who arrived in Shenzhen from Canada on Saturday.”
- ‘Mass hysteria’ in Jilin: Fair call, or fog? [Caijing] “More than 1,000 workers at the Jilin Chemical Fibre Group Co. Ltd. in the northeastern city of Jilin reported dizziness, nausea and other symptoms during a three-week health crisis that so far has defied clear explanation.”
- Secret Chinese love affair sends Houstonian to prison [Houston Chronicle]
“Blackard wasn’t accused of spying. But he was accused of leading a cloak-and-dagger lifestyle for two years while he and his girlfriend eschewed e-mail and texting, split up when they spotted Westerners, traveled together but left terminals in separate cabs and avoided entering his apartment building together or being caught on security cameras.”
- Waitress used “excessive force” in self-defense killing: police [People’s Daily Online] “Waitress Deng Yujiao, 21, fatally stabbed Deng Guida and injured Huang Dezhi, two township officials of Badong County, under the administration of Enshi, after she refused to join them in a bath on May 10 and the two men pushed and shoved and verbally insulted her, according to the statement.”
- Cnooc, PetroChina climb on oil, Sinopec gains on fuel prices [Bloomberg] “China, the world’s second-biggest energy consumer, raised fuel prices by as much as 8 percent to allow refiners to pass on higher crude costs and the move may prompt Sinopec and PetroChina to make more gasoline and diesel to meet demand as manufacturing accelerates. The fuel price increase was the second this year and lags behind the 49 percent gain in oil futures in New York in 2009.”
Image from People’s Daily Online.