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81 Children Rescued in Raids on Trafficking Ring, Chinese Officials Say

By SHARON LaFRANIERE Published: July 27, 2011

BEIJING - In a significant illustration of China's illicit trade in babies, the Ministry of Public Security said Wednesday that the police had rescued 81 children from a major child trafficking ring that had operated throughout eastern China.[...]

Another raid earlier this month broke up a cross-border child trafficking operation in China's southern provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi, Xinhua reported. Eight children were rescued and 39 suspects, mostly Vietnamese, were arrested, according to Chinese media reports. A senior official told People's Daily, the Communist Party's leading newspaper, that unless those who purchased children abused them, they might not be subject to criminal penalties. [...]

Vingt-deux enfants enlevés secourus par la police chinoise

L'Express, le 12/05/2011 à 15:49

Vingt-deux enfants chinois enlevés par un gang pour être vendus ont été secourus lors d'une opération de police qui s'est soldée par l'arrestation de 40 personnes, rapporte jeudi l'agence de presse Chine nouvelle. [...]

La préférence ancrée dans la société chinoise pour les garçons, notamment dans les campagnes, combinée à la politique de "l'enfant unique", a provoqué une hausse du trafic d'enfants et de femmes dans le pays ces dernières années. Selon Chine nouvelle, plus de 13.000 enfants et 23.000 femmes ont été secourus par la police ces deux dernières années.


Chinese Shift on Organ Transplants : Medical Association Now Opposes Using Prisoners as Donors

By ANDREW BATSON October 10, 2007, Wall street journal

BEIJING -- China's main medical association says it now formally opposes the use of organs from prisoners for transplants, marking a significant shift in opinion about a practice endorsed by the government but widely condemned by doctors and ethicists.

More than 10,000 organ-transplant operations are performed in China every year, more than in any other country except the U.S. Yet demand for the life-saving treatments still far exceeds the supply of available organs. With little tradition of voluntary donation, China has for years relied on the prison system to make up the slack, and executed prisoners provide almost all the organs available. Critics of that practice contend it pressures the court system to pass more death sentences and threatens to make doctors complicit in executions. [..]

Illegal blood collection

Reuters, 11/7/2007

China, reeling from a series of health scandals, has ordered video surveillance at blood collection centers across the country in a bid to stamp out a persistent black market trade, state media reported on Wednesday.

The order comes after six people were jailed for illegally soliciting blood from migrant workers in the southern province of Guangdong and three blood clinics were closed for falsifying donor records and other malpractices. [...]

But blood collection scandals from illegal and poorly managed clinics continue to dog the industry and China's deputy health minister on Tuesday conceded that safety worries had not been totally expunged. In June, China's food and drug regulator said it had discovered fake plasma being used in at least 18 hospitals in northern China.


China a top violator of US food standards: reports

05-20-2007, 20h34 WASHINGTON (AFP)

China is a top violator of US food safety standards, with US authorities last month rejecting 257 Chinese food shipments -- far more than from any other country, US media reported Sunday.

The Chicago Tribune reported that at least 137 food shipments were rejected as "filthy" after testing positive for salmonella, or for containing banned ingredients.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that the US Food and Drug Administration last month seized more than 1,000 shipments of tainted dietary supplements, toxic cosmetics and counterfeit medicines from China.

Beijing Tunnel Collapse Raises Safety Fears

Accident Highlights Olympic Deadlines, Risks in Construction

By MEI FONG Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2007

The collapse of a subway tunnel under construction in Beijing and an apparent attempt to cover up the accident are raising questions about the safety of Beijing's massive building boom ahead of next year's Olympics. Over the weekend, authorities updated the death toll to four from the collapse last Wednesday that buried six migrant workers. The collapse is the third major accident on that particular subway line in 13 months, according to the Xinhua news agency, the government's official news service.

Beijing approves taskforce to fight illegal share offers

AMY GU in Beijing South China Morning Post 27/02/2007

The State Council has approved a taskforce comprising seven government units to crack down on illegal share sales amid increasing complaints of fraud in the market. [...] The surging mainland markets have led to many illegal activities such as companies faking share offerings to lure investors' money. [...] There had been thousands of complaints about stock fraud in the mainland since the beginning of last year, a substantial increase from previous years, the China Securities Association said in September last year.

China to tighten organ transplant rules amid concerns about consent

International Herald Tribune 27/11/06 The Associated Press

China will tighten its organ transplant rules to prevent unqualified doctors and profit-hungry hospitals from abusing patients, state media said Monday, amid concerns that executed prisoners have had their organs harvested without consent.


NBI says 45 tons of coins brought to China this year

By KATRICE R. JALBUENA The Manila Times Reporter 27/11/2006
A syndicate may have already smuggled 45 tons of Philippine P1 coins into the People’s Republic of China this year alone, said the National Bureau of Investigation.
According to the NBI, the suspects made the round of the banks to change bills into P1 coins. They flatten the coins using a special machine press before selling it to the syndicate for P300 a kilo, which then smuggle them out of the country.

It was learned that in China, the coins are melted to extract their nickel component. The metal, sold for the equivalent of P1,000 a kilo, is used in the manufacture of computer parts and mobile phones.