A scholar of Chinese Taoist philosophy is in poor health in prison, where he is serving time for 'superstition.'
Beijing tries to reform the complex system for handling public grievances.
Writer had published articles and online posts on 'politically sensitive' topics.
Beijing is efficient at quelling "mass incidents" that erupt annually, experts say.
Chinese authorities take a new look at an old custom following deaths and injuries.
Chinese citizens in Beijing petitioning for redress over such issues as unpaid wages and land grabs host their own New Year gala event.
Chinese activist and scholar had defied warnings not to travel.
Chinese viewers criticize the show's mediocrity and stilted use of slang.
China's One-Child policy leads to widespread suffering and abuse.
While most families celebrate the lunar new year, Chinese petitioners brave the cold in the capital.
Chinese prisoners of conscience are denied family visits at the New Year.
Chinese authorities, wary of ethnic unrest, rule against a man teaching Tibetan medicine in Inner Mongolia.
But Chinese netizens believe the land-rights advocate and village chief was deliberately killed.
Popular player had trained outside the government-backed training system.