Monthly Archives: March 2009

The Strange Tale of a Chinese Emperor’s French Prints

March 31, 2009

An exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris includes prints commissioned by Emperor Qianlong from Louis XV to commemorate a military campaign in today’s Xinjiang. From the New

New Rules Imposed on Internet Video Content

March 31, 2009

Danwei translates new regulations covering Internet video content recently issued by the State Administration on Radio, Film and Television: In a notice issued on March 30, the

Photo: The view from China into North Korea across the Yalu River, by sp.neale

March 31, 2009

The view from China into North Korea across the Yalu River, by sp.neale

Chinese Inmates at Guantánamo Pose a Dilemma

March 31, 2009

The New York Times reports on the complicated issues surrounding the potential release of the Uighurs being held at Guantanamo Bay detention facility: The Uighurs have become something

Gates Foundation Launches 3rd Initiative in China

March 31, 2009

The Gates Foundation today launched a $33 million initiative to partner with the Chinese government to combat tuberculosis. From the Seattle Times: The new program aims to show that

North Korea to Try U.S. Journalists as Launch Nears

March 31, 2009

Reuters reports that North Korea plans to try the two American journalists arrested while reporting on North Korean refugees in China: The reclusive state accused the two women reporters,

“Grass-Mud Horse” (草泥马) – Netizens React to Censors (With Photo and Video)

March 31, 2009

This picture was taken by a netizen in Beijing Zoo in front of Alpaca zone. The Chinese label of the alpaca is marked by graffiti “草泥马” “Caonima”. More and

Main Photo: Tibet Tourism

March 31, 2009

Yak riding in Tibet, by smartkitten.

China Shuts Down 162 Lewd Web Sites

March 30, 2009

From English Xinhua: Chinese authorities have shut down 162 Web sites that had been found providing pornographic and “lewd” content in their audio or video segments,

China’s Far Too Rosy Self Image

March 30, 2009

John Pomfret writes on his blog about a recently released poll indicating that 92 percent of Chinese believe their country has a mostly positive influence on the world. From Pomfret’s

Anti-China Tensions on the Rise in Australia

March 30, 2009

Australia’s Mandarin-speaking Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is having to fend off criticism that he’s too soft on China as anti-China sentiment grows at home. From Reuters:

Briton Jailed for China Protest

March 30, 2009

Matt Pearce, an English teacher living in Hong Kong, has been sentenced to six months in jail for staging a protest against China’s human rights record. From the BBC: He hung

Clocks Square off in China’s Far West

March 30, 2009

In China’s Xinjiang, Han Chinese and native Muslim Uighurs live side by side, but time zones apart. From The Los Angeles Times: When communist China was formed in 1949, Mao Tse-tung

China Will Reopen Tibet to Tourists (Updated)

March 30, 2009

According to the head of Tibet’s tourism industry, the region is now “harmonious and safe” for foreign tourists. More from The New York Times: The Chinese government will reopen

Analysts Dismiss ‘Cyber Spy’ Claims

March 30, 2009

Yesterday, Chinese analysts weighed in on allegations that China is the base of a large cyber spy system. From China Daily: China was accused of using malicious software to infiltrate

Google to Offer Free Downloads in China

March 30, 2009

To compete with dominant search engine Baidu, Google will begin offering a downloads search in China. From David Barboza of the New York Times: Google executives said they were responding

Gallup Survey: Americans’ Most and Least Favored Nations

March 30, 2009

From Gallup.com: Ten countries are viewed unfavorably by at least half of Americans. Of these, Iran, North Korea, the Palestinian Authority, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Cuba

With Explosions of Color, Tibetan Art Flourishes

March 29, 2009

For the New York Times, Edward Wong reports from Sengeshong, Qinghai Province, on the Tibetan Buddhist art of thangka painting: The monasteries in this mountain valley are some of

Wang Qishan: G20 Must Look Beyond the Needs of the Top 20

March 29, 2009

“China believes the developing world should have a stronger say in how the international financial system is run,” Chinese vice-premier Wang Qishan writes on the Times

Photo: Happy Buddha Statue in Leshan, Sichuan, by johey24

March 29, 2009

Happy Buddha in Leshan, by johey24

Zachary Karabell: Look to Beijing

March 29, 2009

An op-ed in the Washington Post argues that this year’s G20 meeting should have been held in Beijing: The first G20 meeting, last fall, appropriately took place in Washington.

Book Stokes Nationalism in China

March 29, 2009

Reviews of the new nationalist tome, Unhappy China, are coming in. From the Wall Street Journal: Several reviews in the Chinese media have ridiculed “Unhappy China”

China and the Dollar

March 29, 2009

From the Wall Street Journal: As if the dollar didn’t have enough problems, Timothy Geithner took China’s bait yesterday and said he was “quite open” to

Soldier Stabbed at Barracks in Leshan

March 29, 2009

As the Chinese government celebrates “Serf Liberation Day” to mark the 50th anniversary of its takeover of Tibet, two violent incidents in Tibetan areas have been reported

Australia Defends Ties with Beijing, Calls Critics ‘Absurd’

March 29, 2009

Opposition politicians in Australia are questioning the propriety of the government’s ties to Beijing.  From the AP and AFP via Taipei Times: Australia’s deputy prime minister

The Global Recession in China: There’s Plenty of Blame for All

March 29, 2009

China’s economy has slowed its breakneck growth under the weight of the global recession.  Now the Chinese people’s resentment seems split between the United States

David Bandurski: Musings on a CCP Buzzword that has Everyone Stumped

March 28, 2009

From the China Media Project: For those who have not discovered it yet, China’s leading business and finance magazine, Caijing, has now launched its own online blog section at Caijing

Ai Weiwei: Q&A On Earthquake Toll Accounting Efforts

March 28, 2009

Artist, activist, and blogger Ai Weiwei is leading an effort to publish the names of those who died in the May 12 Sichuan earthquake. The action has invited responses from around the

China: Shanghai Internet Cafe

March 28, 2009

Shanghai Internet cafe, via shizukabazooka.

China’s NonCommunist Cadres

March 28, 2009

Mary Hennock of Newsweek reports on a new generation of non-Communist, Western-educated leaders. One of them is Chen Zhu, China’s Minister of Health: […]Chen, 55,

Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries (Updated)

March 28, 2009

From The New York Times: A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world,

Sandeep Dikshit: Sino-Indian border tranquil: Menon

March 28, 2009

From Hindu.com: The Sino-Indian border is tranquil and both sides are maintaining the status quo, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said here on Thursday. Pointing out that both

China Marks “Emancipation” of Tibet With New Holiday

March 28, 2009

To recognize the 50th anniversary of the PRC’s rule of Tibet and the Dalai Lama’s exile, China has declared March 28th to be a holiday that marks Tibetan emancipation.

China’s Irrepressible Modern Art Scene

March 28, 2009

April Austin of the Christian Science Monitor covers Chinese contemporary art and the story of one of its most prominent collectors, former ambassador Uli Sigg: China sits atop a

One Billion Souls to Save

March 27, 2009

Times Online has a lengthy article about the spread of Christianity in China: In fact, across China religion is undergoing a defiant and extraordinary revival. Millions of Chinese

Elliot Sperling: Tibet as ‘Hell on Earth’

March 27, 2009

Elliot Sperling, professor at Indiana University, writes for the Far Eastern Economic Review about Chinese government propaganda about Tibet: There’s no doubt that Tibet’s traditional

China Turns to Buddhism to Calm Tibet, Taiwan Tensions

March 27, 2009

Lucy Hornby of Reuters writes about China’s move to co-host the Second World Buddhist Forum: Communist China and Taiwan are for the first time jointly hosting a Buddhist forum

Photos: Jiang and Hu in the Party Congress

March 27, 2009

While the Party leaders’ names are sensitive words in Chinese cyberspace, the following photos are being distributed by bloggers, with some making comments about the apparent

YouTube Again Accessible

March 27, 2009

According to a New York Times briefing, YouTube access has been restored in China: The Chinese government has lifted its block of YouTube, the popular video-sharing Web site run by

Grieving Parents Gain Clout In China

March 27, 2009

Ariana Eunjung Cha reports in the Washington Post: When Zhao Lianhai created a Web site for parents of children hurt or killed by contaminated milk, he did not set out to challenge the

Photo: Miao Minority

March 27, 2009

A Miao minority mother and daughter, from Sergi Bernal.

Clash of Subways and Car Culture in Chinese Cities

March 27, 2009

Efforts to build and expand subway lines under major Chinese cities, such as Guangzhou, have become a race against rapid urban expansion and the purchasing power of a growing middle

China Says Pentagon Report Will Hurt Military Ties

March 27, 2009

China has responded to the Pentagon report “Military Power of the People’s Republic of China 2009” by rejecting its claim that China’s military modernization poses a threat

Australia Blocks China’s Purchase of Mining Company

March 27, 2009

China’s plan to buy an Australian mining company has stalled, according to the New York Times: The decision to block the purchase of OZ Minerals, a mining company, by state-owned

Sim Chi Yin: Free Speech With ‘Grass Mud Horse’ (Photos Added)

March 27, 2009

Sim Chi Yin, China Correspondent reports on The Straits Times (Singapore): The grass mud horse is hardly the first creature or coded term invented by China’s famously vocal

Hand, Foot and Mouth Virus Kills 18 kids

March 27, 2009

More deaths have been reported in the latest hand, mouth and foot disease outbreak. From China Daily: Hand-foot-mouth disease has claimed the lives of 18 Chinese children so far this

Photo: Zhongdian, Yunnan Province, otherwise known as Shangri-la, by M.Y

March 26, 2009

Zhongdian, Yunnan Province, otherwise known as Shangri-la, by M.Y

Taiwan’s Former President Goes on Trial for Corruption

March 26, 2009

The trial for Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian began on Thursday. Chen is under investigation for corruption charges. From Annie Huang of the Associated Press: Taiwan’s

Yan Lieshan (鄢烈山): When in Rome… – A Few Thoughts on “External Propaganda”

March 26, 2009

Yan Lieshan (鄢烈山) is a well-established Chinese columnist and author of fifteen books. Born in Hubei province in 1952, he worked as a farmer, an elementary school teacher, and a government

U.S. Vows To Sustain Dollar’s Dominance

March 26, 2009

Following release of an essay by People’s Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan calling for a new international reserve currency to replace the U.S. dollar, U.S. Treasury

When Opportunity Knocks

March 26, 2009

Jayadeva Ranade, the former additional secretary in the cabinet secretariat, writes in the Times of India: By the time the ongoing international economic crisis runs its course,

Austin Ramzy: Why China’s Block on YouTube Is Backfiring

March 26, 2009

Austin Ramzy explains why blocking YouTube undermines the Chinese government’s claim that the video of Chinese policemen beating Tibetan detainees after the March 2008

Jian Junbo : Sino-EU ties hijacked by Tibet issue

March 26, 2009

From the Asia Times Online: This month, the European Union (EU) parliament passed a resolution on the Tibet issue, urging the Chinese government to resume dialogue with the Tibetan

Andrew J. Nathan: When China is No. 1

March 26, 2009

For McKinsey and Company’s What Matters site, Andrew Nathan argues that global economic dominance may not be enough for China: It is true China has achieved decades of breathtaking

Lisa See: Shanghai Girls

March 26, 2009

China Beat has an interview with Lisa See, whose new book, Shanghai Girls: A Novel, will be released in May: Kate Merkel-Hess: Your forthcoming book, Shanghai Girls, will be released

Leon Wieseltier: In Which We Engage

March 26, 2009

Leon Wieseltier writes in the New Republic Is it really possible that in a Democratic administration the championship of human rights and the promotion of democracy will no longer

David Bandurski: As China Shouts its Line on Tibet, Is Anybody Listening?

March 26, 2009

For the China Media Project, David Bandurski looks at coverage of Tibet in the Chinese media, starting from a recent headline carried by all the major official media in recent days:

China Milk Scandal Terms Upheld

March 26, 2009

BBC has an update on the sentences handed down to those held responsible for the contaminated milk crisis: State media said a court in Hebei Province rejected the appeal by Tian Wenhua,

Russell Leigh Moses: What Beijing’s Growth Plan Means

March 26, 2009

Russell Leigh Moses, dean at The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, wrote the following about prospects for China’s recent economic stimulus project for Project Syndicate,

Woeser: “The Snow-Lion Roaring in the Year of the Mouse: A Chronicle of the Events in Tibet of 2008″

March 26, 2009

Tibetan writer Woeser has published a new book in Chinese titled “The Snow-Lion Roaring in the Year of the Mouse: A Chronicle of the Events in Tibet of 2008″. The preface to the