Protesters say President Xi is being kept in a bubble, where he won't be able to see any protests or hear any dissenting voices.
News about the political prisoner is being tightly controlled by the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
As Xi begins a trip marking two decades under Chinese rule, protests are planned on Saturday's anniversary of the 1997 handover.
The protesters, who include Occupy Central leaders Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, call for the immediate release of Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and full democracy for Hong Kong.
Bao Tong, former aide to late ousted premier Zhao Ziyang, says the government withheld Liu's diagnosis 'deliberately' until his cancer was inoperable.
The US cites China’s complicity in North Korean forced labor as a reason for its downgrade.
Bo has been granted medical parole following a diagnosis at a fairly early stage, in a chilling contrast with the treatment meted out to Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.
Activists say the authorities must have been aware of Liu Xiaobo's illness much earlier than they claim.
Su is said to be pale and in 'very, very poor health' when she receives the first visit from her husband in nearly three years.
Local sources say state media have been ordered to focus on the rescue effort rather than the 100 or so people buried at the disaster site.
Liu Xiaobo is in a hospital in northeastern China receiving treatment for late-stage liver cancer, with family permitted to visit him.
Lu Yuyu, who blogged under the handle @wickedonnaa, has maintained his innocence at all times, while his supporters are under police surveillance.
Gender-testing of unborn babies is banned in mainland China amid a massive gender imbalance following decades of sex-selective abortion.
Yangjindolma was detained in May after planning an event to mark the sixth anniversary of the killing of Mongolian herder Murgen.
But critics say Beijing and Hong Kong officials are trying to force greater loyalty to the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
U.S.-based animal rights activist Gong Zengheng says an outright ban on the annual festival was never on the cards, and hopes shifting mindsets will end the consumption of dog meat in China.
Scholars and social activists in Kazakhstan call on their government to put pressure on Beijing to allow Kazakhs to move freely across the shared border.
Attempts to reform the system with a new law are unlikely to succeed under the current system, where existing laws are routinely flouted, they say.
Local government officials have fenced off the surrounding area, denying access to ethnic Mongolian herders.
Eight are reported dead and 65 injured as police clear the area following a suicide blast that left eight dead and more than 60 injured.
The family issued a statement strongly criticizing the forced appointment of government lawyers for Jiang Tianyong, who faces subversion charges in the northern city of Tianjin.
Traders are simply posting phone numbers to work around a loosely enforced verbal ban ahead of the controversial dog-meat festival, local people say.
Reports that Wu Xiaohui is assisting a government investigation come from a publication backed by the top ruling Chinese Communist Party graft-buster.
An exile group cites reports of more than 100 punishments handed down to ethnic minority Uyghurs in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.
His existing defense team say the government has no right to terminate their instructions, and that they will continue to fight to be allowed to represent him.
The dead man's family bring his body to a government compound, as an angry crowd clashes with police.
A Kazakh source says Chinese nationals holding residence cards for the neighboring country are being ordered to hand them over to Chinese police along with their passports.
Former protest leaders in the self-ruled island forge links with new generation of Hong Kong activists.
More than 100 people sign an open letter, six decades after the ruling Chinese Communist Party hit back at its critics, destroying their lives.
Eight people face charges in the southern province of Guangdong following a protest action last year marking a bloody military crackdown in 1989.