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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Chen Dongsheng
China will stop handing down labor camp sentences this year under a system that allowed police to lock up government critics and other defendants for up to four years without trial, the country's top law enforcement official said Monday.
Chinese and international auction houses are encroaching on each other's territory in Hong Kong and Beijing for the first time as they step up the battle for the Asian art market.
Mr. Chen said he heard Mr. Meng make the pledge at a conference carried on closed-circuit television.
"Meng said the re-education system had played a useful role in the past but conditions had now changed," Mr. Chen told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.