Alert for China
Police station attacked in restive Xinjiang region - 18 November 2013:
Two police officers and nine attackers have been killed during an assault on a police station in the restive western region of Xinjiang. According to a regional government spokesman the assailants used knives and axes during the raid the Serikbuya township, close to the city of Kashgar. The region is home to around nine million Uighurs, a minority Turkic ethnic group who claim to be marginalised in favour of the majority Han Chinese population.
Deadly blasts near Communist Party offices - 6 November 2013:
One person has been killed and eight others wounded after a series of small bombs exploded outside a provincial Communist Party office in northern China. The state news agency Xinhua reported that the blasts in Shanxi province were caused by improvised explosive devices.
Xinjiang general replaced after Tiananmen Square attack - 4 November 2013:
A military commander in the restive western region of Xinjiang has been sacked, days after local militants carried out a deadly attack in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. General Peng Yong was removed from his Communist Party position and replaced with another high-ranking official, Liu Lei. No reason was given for the decision; however, security has been significantly increased in Xinjiang in response to the attack.
Tiananmen blast linked to separatist groups - 29 October 2013:
Police in China are looking for two suspects in relation to yesterday's explosion in Tiananmen Square in Beijing which killed five people people. The police have sent notices to hotels asking for information about any suspicious guests, while local reports suggest that the suspects were Uighurs from the restive Xinjian region.
Five killed in Tiananmen Square car blast - 28 October 2013:
At least five people have been killed and 38 others wounded after a car exploded in Beijing's iconic Tiananmen Square. According to reporters three of the victims were inside the vehicle, while the other two were tourists.
Newspaper calls for release of journalist - 23 October 2013:
A Chinese newspaper has called for one of its journalists to be released from police custody. The New Express, based in Guangzhou, used all of its front page to plea for Chen Yongzhou to be freed, using the headline "please release him". Mr Chen was arrested on Saturday in relation to an article he had written alleging corruption at a part state-owned construction company.
Thousand protest TV licence ruling in Hong Kong - 21 October 2013:
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Hong Kong to protest against the authorities decision to refuse a free-to-air license to a start-up media company. Around 36,000 people reportedly took part in the protest, although the rally organisers said that as many as 120,000 had taken part. The demonstrators claim that the Hong Kong government are increasingly favouring big business and blocking choice and free speech in the semi-autonomous city.
Flood victims clash with riot police in Zhejiang province - 17 October 2013:
Angry residents have clashed with riot police in eastern China over the government's response to heavy flooding in the region. On Tuesday protesters gathered outside the local government headquarters in Yuyao city in Zhejiang province, demanding that the the local Communist Party secretary and mayor step down over inadequate relief efforts after the worst floods in a century.
Three killed after Chinese police fire on Tibet protesters - 9 October 2013:
At least three people have been killed and more than 60 others wounded after Chinese police fired into a crowd of Tibetan protesters, according to local human rights groups. The unrest occurred on Sunday in Biru county when villagers demanded the release of a local resident who was arrested for refusing to fly the Chinese flag outside his house in September.
Eastern China hit by Typhoon Fitow - 7 October 2013:
Typhoon Fitow has smashed into the eastern coast of China with winds of up to 151km/h, bringing heavy rain and causing widespread power cuts. According to state news agency Xinhua at least two people have been killed and thousands more have been evacuated from the province of Fujian.
Typhoon Usagi kills 25 in southern China - 23 September 2013:
At least 25 people have been killed after Typhoon Usagi hit Hong Kong and the southern province of Guangdong. Winds of up to 180km/h were reported in some areas, toppling trees and bringing down several major power lines in Fujian where more than 80,000 people were moved to safety.
School blast leaves two dead in Guangxi province - 9 September 2013:
At least two people have been killed and 34 others wounded after a vehicle exploded outside a school in Guilin, Guangxi province. Local reports claim that a tricycle caught fire outside of the Balijie School before exploding, killing the driver and one other person. Police are investigating whether the incident was an accident or a deliberate attack.
Hundreds missing in China flooding - 21 August 2013:
More than 200 people are feared to have died after heavy rains triggered landslides and caused widespread flooding across southern and central China. Flash flooding was also reported in the north-western province of Qinghai, killing 21 construction workers.
Hong Kong knife attack wounds 11 - 31 July 2013:
At least 11 people have been wounded after a man on a bus attacked his fellow passengers with a knife in Hong Kong. The incident took place as the employees travelled on a company bus in the Tuen Mun district of the city.
Powerful earthquakes leaves 47 dead in Gansu province - 22 July 2013:
At least 47 people have been killed and some 300 others wounded by two strong earthquakes in the western province of Gansu. The first quake, which was reported near the city of Dingxi, was 5.98 on the Richter Scale while an hour later a second 5.6 quake hit the same area.
Dozens buried in Sichuan province landslide - 10 July 2013:
Between 30 and 40 people have been buried by a landslide in the south-western province of Sichuan. The incident occurred in the town of Zhongxing following days of torrential rain.
Xinjiang unrest leaves 27 dead - 26 June 2013:
At least 27 people have been killed after rioting erupted in western city of Turpan in the Xinjiang region. Police opened fire on what they described as a knife-wielding mob which was attacking a police station and local government buildings in the town.
Protests held at chemical plant over pollution fears - 16 May 2013:
Thousands of people have gathered in the southern city of Kunming to protest against the environmental impact of a proposed chemical plant. Opponents say the plant, which would produce gasoline and petrochemicals, will pollute the air and local water sources.
Deadly clashes in Xinjiang province - 24 April 2013:
At least 21 people, including 15 police officers and local officials, have been killed in clashes in China's western Xinjiang province. According to state media the unrest began when officials searched houses for weapons, adding that six gang members were among the dead.
Earthquake kills more than 160 - 20 April 2013:
An earthquake in south-west China has killed at least 160 people and left thousands more injured. The 6.6 magnitude quake caused widespread devastation in Lushan county in the rural province of Sichuan. The region suffered a 7.9 quake in 2008, which killed more than 90,000 people.
Two confirmed deaths in bird flu outbreak - 1 April 2013:
Government officials in the city of Shanghai are activating an emergency response plan after two people died of a lesser-known strain of bird flu. The deaths are the first from the H7N9 strain of the virus, while other cases of infection have been reported in the eastern city of Nanjing.
China arrests 70 in Tibet crackdown - 07 February 2013:
Chinese authorities have arrested 70 people in Tibet in a crackdown on dissent and anti-government protests. Around 100 Tibetan monks have set themselves on fire since 2009, which the Chinese government has blamed on the Dalai Lama.
China uses radar lock on Japanese navy ship - 06 February 2013:
Japan has said that a Chinese military vessel has used a radar lock on a Japanese navy ship. Japan's prime minister has called the incident a "dangerous act" and called for Chinese "self-restraint". There has been escalating tension between the two states over the disputed islands in the East China Sea.
Chinese journalists strike against censorship - 07 January 2013:
Journalists in China have gone on strike in a protest against censorship after their paper was forced to change a New Year editorial. The Southern Weekly in Guangdong province were told to change the editorial calling for political reform into a tribute praising the Communist Party.
Panasonic suspends operations amid anti-Japan protesters - 17 September 2012:
Panasonic has closed two of its factories in Qingdao after they were attacked by anti-Japan protesters. Similar protests have been reported across the country after Japan agreed to buy a group of disputed islands from a private landowner.
Anti-Japan protests reported across China - 19 August 2012:
Anti-Japanese protests have taken place across China in response to Japanese nationalists raising their country's flag on disputed islands in the South China Sea. There has been increasing diplomatic tensions between the two countries over the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.
Workers clash with police in Guangdong province - 27 June 2012:
Clashes have erupted between migrant workers and police in the Shaxi township in Zhongshan City. According to local authorities 20 people were arrested during the unrest.
Suicide bomber kills two in Yunnan - 10 May 2012:
Three people have been killed and 14 others wounded after a woman blew herself up in Yunnan province. The woman was reportedly protesting the demolition of her house in Zhaotong city.
Xinjiang violence leaves a dozen dead - 29 February 2012:
At least 12 people have been killed in riots in the north-western city of Kashgar in Xinjiang province. A group of ethnic Uighurs reportedly attacked a market in the town, before police arrived on the scene and shot dead five of the assailants.
Foreign journalists warned over Chinese intimidation - 20 February 2012:
The Foreign Correspondents Club in China has warned foreign journalists after three European media officials were attacked by security forces while reporting on a land rights protest in Zhejiang province. The Chinese government has said that foreign journalists are free to report in the country, with the exception of Tibet.
Dozens killed after days of rain - 20 September, 2011:
Floods and landslides in China caused by a week of heavy rain have killed at least 57 people and forced more than a million from their homes. Officials said 12.3 million people were affected in Sichuan, Henan and Shaanxi provinces - in the south-west, centre and north of China.
Civilians killed in Xinjiang street attack - 31 July 2011:
At least six people have been killed in a street attack in the city of Kashgar in Xinjiang province. Two men are believed to have carried out the attack, hijacking a truck before driving it into a crowd of people. Two small explosions were also reported in the city, killing three more people. Early indications suggest that the incidents are linked to Uighur separatists.
Government claim terrorist responsible for police attacks - 19 July 2011:
The Chinese government have blamed terrorists for an attack on a police station in Xinjiang province which left at least four people dead. Xinjiang is home to a large Uighur population and ethnic tensions often lead to clashes with security forces.
Man arrested after Shanghai supermarket bombing - 05 July 2011:
Police have arrested a man accused of remotely detonating an explosive device in a Shanghai supermarket. No people were injured by the blast although the building was damaged. No motive has been established for the attack.
Government buildings hit by multiple explosions - 26 May 2011:
At least two people have been killed after three explosions struck government buildings in China's eastern Jiangxi province. The first bomb went off outside the public prosecutor's office at 0900, followed 30 minutes later by blasts at the Linchuan district government administrative building and another at the local drug administration bureau. The cause of the blasts is currently being investigated.