When newspapers in Beijing and Shanghai subsequently sought to unearth the story of the coverup, they were ordered by the Communist Party's central propaganda department to cease investigating and use only the information of the official New China News Agency
, The Post's Philip P.
The Chinese government-run New China News Agency
, which maintains a bureau in Hong Kong, reported Xi's arrest but gave no details of the charges, only saying Chinese authorities said Xi "endangered the security of the state" and "caused serious consequences."
AoPreserving and maintaining the overall stability of Xinjiang is currently the most urgent task,Ao Hu, the countryAAEs Communist Party chief, and the other eight members of the groupAAEs ruling Politburo, said in a statement released by the New China News Agency
. The regional capital of Urumqi was calm Thursday for the second day in a row as police and military troops kept a close eye on residents through patrols by foot, trucks and armored personnel carriers.
Two young women with blood streaming down their faces, who appeared to be victims, hugged each other and wept.A man said to have been beaten by the mob was quoted by the official New China News Agency
as saying, "They took to the street, not peacefully, carrying knives, wooden batons, brick and stone." His name was reported as Wang Yaming.The imagery bore an eerie resemblance to those that came out of Lhasa, the Tibetan region's capital, in March 2008 when years of suppressed rage by Tibetans erupted in rioting.
The New China News Agency
carried without comment a report on the death.
Apartment owners, too, had hoped to cash in on the Olympic bonanza, with some jacking up rents to five times normal levels, according to the official New China News Agency
. But of more than 20,000 apartments posted for short-term rent, only 8,000 were leased during the Olympics, the report said.