Photo from le niners.
A few links to start off your day:
- A second nation-wide Jasmine “stroll” took place in 18 cities across China yesterday, and this time the authorities were a lot better prepared. They came with armed police, plainclothes officers, dog units, water cannon trucks and street cleaners to clear out the crowd. Read reports from Time, MSNBC and CNN. A Bloomberg journalist was assaulted and several foreign correspondents were detained by police.
- In a live chat with netizens, Premier Wen has said the government will now aim for a slower 7% annual GDP growth for the 2011-2015 period, highlighting the need to raise the quality of growth and improve living standards.
- A gay conman who swindled another homosexual man out of 185,000 yuan has been placed behind bars for four-and-a-half years.
- 23 Chinese nationals are confirmed missing in the Christchurch earthquake. The families of two Shanghai students missing in the quake have flown to New Zealand hoping to find their loved ones.