In today’s NTD China news, air pollution hits sky high levels in Beijing. Popular Chinese author Li Chengpeng was given a gag order during a book release event in Chengdu on Saturday. Li has been speaking out for press freedom, and Chinese security officials ordered him not to speak with fans during the promotional event. During a separate event on Sunday in Beijing, Li Chengpeng was attacked by two people who had lined up to get his autograph. Beijing police are investigating. Four Chinese workers have been abducted in Dafur, Sudan. They were there working with China Poly Group Corporation. 11 other Sudanese workers were also kidnapped. No one has claimed responsibility so far. The US has expressed alarm about China’s space program buildup, according to Reuters. Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reports that China’s development of anti-satellite program could pose a threat to the US. 1000 workers at a Foxconn supplier in Jiangxi province protested last Thursday and Friday over low wages and poor working conditions. Hong Kong has been ranked first in the world in economic freedom by the US Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal. China, on the other hand, came in at 136, and was labeled as “mostly unfree.” Wealthy Chinese are turning a dated mode of transportation–the humble bicycle–into a sought after icon of luxury.
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