Chinese Newspaper Calls for Police to Release Reporter
A Chinese newspaper is calling for the release one of its journalists who was arrested after exposing alleged financial wrongdoing at a state-owned company.
The New Express tabloid on Wednesday published an impassioned, front-page editorial under the bold headline, "Please Release Our Man."
The journalist, Chen Yongzhou, was arrested Friday on suspicion of "damaging the reputation of a business" after he wrote a series of reports on the finances of the Zoomlion construction equipment company.
Chen's reports claimed Zoomlion artificially inflated its profits. The company, which is listed in the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges, reported revenues of $7.6 billion last year. The Hunan provincial government owns about one-sixth of the company.
The New Express, which is located in the southern city of Guangzhou, says there is no evidence that Chen committed a crime. The strongly worded editorial said journalists should not be punished for writing stories that embarrass powerful officials or companies.
China, India Reach Defense Cooperation Deal
Longtime regional competitors China and India have agreed to strengthen defense cooperation along their disputed, and sometimes tense, Himalayan border.
The confidence building agreement was signed Wednesday in Beijing following a meeting by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Prime Minister Singh said the defense cooperation pact will help ensure the India-China relationship is not further strained by the decades-old border dispute, which flared up in April.
In April, India accused Chinese troops of setting up a camp that was at least 10 kilometers inside territory claimed by India. China denied that troops had crossed into Indian territory.