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A Chinese zoo tried to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as an African lion—but then the “lion” barked.
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26 April 2013
George Osborne launches the Manchester-China Forum based on Lord Nat Wei’s Report – A strategy for Greater Manchester’s engagement with China.
21st March 2013
Police are releasing CCTV images of three women they want to speak to in connection with a series of fraud incidents in Newcastle City Centre.
Police are carrying out enquiries into three reports – from January 14, 21 and February 7 – where the victims have handed over cash and valuable items, such as jewellery, to the three women after they were approached in the street.
In total around £93,000 worth of jewellery and ornaments, and cash has been stolen.
The offenders appear to use a variety of ways to do this, including using intimidation and inaccurate information, to persuade the victim to hand over property. The property is then stolen.
The women are described as being Chinese, aged from their 30s into their 50s, all around 5ft 1ins tall, and they all spoke Cantonese.
Officers are releasing photographs of three women they want to speak to in connection with the incidents and are appealing for anyone who knows who the women are, or has any information that could help officers with their enquiries, to contact police on 101 ext 69191.
Temporary Superintendent Bruce Storey said: “”The offenders seem to be targeting those in the Chinese community and lying to the victims about carrying out some kind of religious blessing on their expensive belongings.
“We know that they can be quite persuasive and have managed to con victims into handing over thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and personal items, as well as cash.
“The offenders could still be operating in Newcastle or they may have moved on to another area of the country – we are linking in with other forces to see if there has been any similar crimes across the country.
“I’d urge anyone who is approached by the women to report it to police straight away, and any who recognises the women in the images or who has any information to contact us as soon as possible.”
Members of the Chinese community are being urged to be on their guard for fraudsters and to be aware of the scam.
21st February 2013
Anxiang Du appears in court
Anxiang Du, aged 54, from Witnell Road, Coventry, appeared at 10am this morning (Thursday 21 February) before a district judge, at Northampton Magistrates’ Court.
Speaking through a Mandarin interpreter, he confirmed his name, age and address. The court heard a charge against Mr Du, of four murders committed on 29 April 2011.
Mr Du was remanded into custody and immediately taken to HMP Prison Woodhill, Milton Keynes. A committal hearing is expected to take place tomorrow morning (Friday 22 February) at Northampton Crown Court.
It is not expected that Mr Du will attend, or that an application for bail will be made. A further court date was set for Friday 15 March, for a plea and case management hearing. Mr Du was formally arrested by UK police, after his arrival yesterday (Wednesday 20 February) at Heathrow airport, following a flight from Casablanca.
10th February 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron’s Chinese New Year Message
27th January 2013
Lord Wei’s speech in the debate on student visa policies is on Thursday 31 January 2013 at the House of Lords.
28th December 2012
Shoppers from the Chinese student and British East Asian community have been out in droves in places such as London’s Oxford Street, Manchester’s Trafford Centre, and Bicester Village to take advantage of the sales, contributing millions to the British economy.
16th December 2012
Reports from Chinese students returning back to China for the Christmas break having problems at the airports in London regarding the smoothness of travel.
21 November 2012
Many Chinese Restaurants across the UK are suffering from staff problems and shortages as the UK Borders Agency steps up enforcement over the Christmas period.
3rd October 2012
Mainland Chinese Students in London complain about the queues regarding registration at their local Police station.
18th Sept 2012
China and Japan tensions increase with protests across China targeting Japanese owned businesses.
1st Sept 2012
Some Chinese students are feeling stressed with finding a university after the London Metropolitan University had its licence for teaching students from outside the EU revoked.
8th July 2012
DETECTIVES from Northamptonshire Police are working with the Home Office, the British Consulate and Moroccan authorities in respect of the man arrested in Morocco on Saturday (7 July) afternoon.
The arrest was initiated by Moroccan law enforcement who strongly believe the suspect to be Anxiang Du.
Detective Chief Inspector Tom Davies, leading the investigation, said: “We have been notified that an arrest has been made and we are currently engaged with the appropriate authorities. This will include confirming the identity and ensuring official extradition procedures are facilitated by the Home Office in due course.
“Currently there are no plans in place for officers to visit Morocco. We are however continuing to carry out lines of enquiry in the UK and in Morocco, supported by the Moroccan authorities.”
There are no further detailsavailable at this stage.
15th June 2012
Cambridge University student Mingwei Tan was killed in London after being run over by a bus and dragged more than half a mile in Hampstead, London. Bus driver Shahriar Firouzian was oblivious to the incident and only found out upon returning to work the next morning. The trial continues. More to follow.
Police make arrests in connection with murder investigation
THREE people have been arrested this morning in connection with the investigation into the deaths of a family of four in Wootton, Northamptonshire in April 2011.
A 54-year-old woman was arrested in Coventry, a 39-year-old woman was arrested in Gloucestershire and a 25-year-old man was arrested in London. All three have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to assist an offender in connection with Operation Nene. All three will be interviewed in local police stations to where they were arrested. The arrests were made as part of a joint operation involving the local forces and the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime team.
11th April 2012
Police have named the student from China who was hit by an unmarked police car in a tragic accident in the Newtown area of Birmingham.
Xuan Wei Zhang, 24, was killed on Wednesday 4th April 2012 at 7pm. He was studying a MSc at Birmingham City University.
Contesting ‘British Chinese’ Culture: Forms, Histories, Identities conference
Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading, UK
An analysis of this meeting will be up shortly.
Co-organised by Dr Ashley Thorpe, University of Reading and Dr Diana Yeh, Keele University
This conference examines diverse contestations and constructions of ‘British Chinese’ culture/’Chinese culture in Britain’ by facilitating dialogue among academics and practitioners across disciplines and art forms. How can the perceived homogeneity of the ‘British Chinese’ be challenged to reflect the diversity of identities and experiences in the UK diaspora? Who plays a part in constructing these identities and for whom are they constructed? What is the relationship between social, political and cultural forms of identity and individual experiences? Such contestations over identity and culture are well known in other contexts (e.g. ‘black British’, ‘BrAsian’, Asian-American), but debates over ‘British Chinese’ culture have yet to make significant impact in the public realm. This conference brings together academics and practitioners across disciplines and art forms to move debates forward on the contested nature of British Chinese culture.
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