Monthly Archives: October 2011

Protect the Good Samaritan, or Punish the Bad?

October 31, 2011

As China questions the moral compass of its masses in the aftermath of the horrific hit-and-run death of 2-year old Yue Yue in Foshan, and social and official media discuss the

Photo: Beijing Olympic Centre, by Kenneth

October 31, 2011

Beijing Olympic Centre, by Kenneth.

Ai Weiwei Ordered to Pay £1.5 Million in Tax

October 31, 2011

Artist/activist Ai Weiwei was detained for 81 days this spring, during which time his family was not informed of his whereabouts or charges against him. Authorities later said he

For Light, For Time: Visiting Chen Guangcheng

October 31, 2011

Controversy over Relativity Media’s shoot near the site of Chen Guangcheng’s house arrest has continued to spread, with reports at The New York Times, The Wall Street

Independent Candidates Turn to Microblogs

October 31, 2011

In The New York Times, Sharon Lafraniere writes about microblogs as an outlet for China’s independent local election candidates as their campaigns battle a stacked deck

China’s Fox News

October 31, 2011

Foreign Policy’s Christina Larson profiles state-owned yet controversy-courting tabloid Global Times and its editor, Hu Xijin. The newspaper revels in attacking corrupt

U.S.-China Distrust Fuels Nuclear Fears

October 31, 2011

In The Atlantic, Rachel Oswald details the distrust and miscommunication hampering dialogue between the U.S. and China on nuclear issues: In more than 10 years of bilateral talks

50 Microblogs Shuttered as Web Crackdown Continues

October 31, 2011

An official with China’s new Internet watchdog announced Monday that authorities recently shut down 50 microblogs for pornography and vulgarity, the latest in a series of

China Readies Manned Space Missions for 2012

October 31, 2011

With the unmanned Shenzhou 8 on the verge of its Tuesday launch, a spokeswoman for China’s space program announced plans for up to two manned space missions in 2012. From Reuters:

Beijing's Air Quality: Crazy Bad vs. Slightly Polluted

October 31, 2011

The Los Angeles Times’ Barbara Demick explains how the air in Beijing can be “slightly polluted” according to Chinese measurements, but “beyond index”

Media Czar: Be Docile, but Profitable

October 31, 2011

With the unmanned Shenzhou 8 on the verge of its Tuesday launch, a spokeswoman for China’s space program announced plans for up to two manned space missions in 2012. From Reuters:

The Pritzker Prize is Headed to China

October 30, 2011

The ceremony for the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize will be held in Beijing next May, the Wall Street Journal reports: This is the first time in the prize’s 32-year history

Photo: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Greet Visitors to Linyi People's Park, Shandong, by kanegen

October 30, 2011

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Greet Visitors to Linyi People’s Park, Shandong, by kanegen

Hollywood Studio Under Fire for Filming Near Site of Chen Guangcheng's House Arrest (Updated)

October 30, 2011

The Los Angeles Times’ Barbara Demick explains how the air in Beijing can be “slightly polluted” according to Chinese measurements, but “beyond index”

China Unveils Supercomputer Based on Its Own Chips

October 30, 2011

The New York Times reports the announcement of a Chinese supercomputer built with domestically designed and manufactured chips. Although it runs at only 40% of the speed of the Intel-

China’s Misunderstood Spies

October 30, 2011

China Media Project’s David Bandurski notes a speech given by propaganda chief Li Changchun on Friday, in which he explained the relevance to news media of the recent

Dalai Lama Puts Blame for Self-Immolations on China's Policies

October 30, 2011

After the most recent self-immolation of a monk in Sichuan, the Dalai Lama has called China’s policies towards Tibet “ruthless and illogical” and claimed that

Gas Explosion in Coalmine Kills 29

October 30, 2011

A gas explosion at a state-owned coal mine in Hengyang City, Hunan Province killed 29 workers, and six other workers were rescued. The cause of the blast is believed to be from a

More than 12,000 Arrested in Internet Drug Sting

October 30, 2011

China’s Ministry of Public Security announced Sunday that police had seized more than 300 kilograms of illegal drugs and arrested more than 12,000 people involved in production

Drunk Police Officer Crashes Vehicle, Sparks Violence in Henan

October 30, 2011

Violent protests erupted in central China’s Henan province on Saturday after a drunk police officer lost control of his van and killed at least five people, according to media

Wenzhou's Wikileaks Chronicles Warning Signs for China's Economy

October 30, 2011

The ceremony for the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize will be held in Beijing next May, the Wall Street Journal reports: This is the first time in the prize’s 32-year history

Zambia President Changes Stance on China

October 29, 2011

Michael Sata was elected President of Zambia after waging a campaign in support of workers’ rights and against abuses by Chinese companies operating in the country. Soon after

How Much is Sina Weibo Worth?

October 28, 2011

Rumors emerged in the spring about a possible Sina Weibo public offering, and a spin-off has looked more likely since parent Sina registed an offshore entity for its microblogging

As Execution Reports Decline, Law Expert Challenges "Secret" Status

October 28, 2011

Reported executions in China have dropped by 35% over the last year, but this reveals nothing certain about the true number, which is believed to be well into the thousands. So closely

Top Bank Chiefs Resign as Leadership Transition Looms

October 28, 2011

The chairmen of China’s two biggest banks resigned Friday to assume government positions, signaling a turnover at the top of China’s financial system ahead of Beijing’s

Photo: Roast crocodile, by Suri Sun

October 28, 2011

Roast crocodile, by Suri Sun.

Details of Brutal Beating and Torture of Blind Legal Activist Chen Guangcheng Emerge

October 28, 2011

New details have emerged about the brutal four-hour beating that blind lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng and his wife, received in July at the hands of Chinese police. From Christian

China's Ai Weiwei Gets "Absent" Exhibition in Taiwan

October 28, 2011

Taipei’s Fine Arts Museum will host a three-month Ai Weiwei exhibit titled “Absent”. From Reuters: Aptly titled “Absent” due to China’s

Chinese Military Blamed For Hacking U.S. Satellites

October 28, 2011

A draft report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission claims that in 2007 and 2008, two U.S. satellites were hacked into, most likely by the Chinese military. From

Another Child Dead in Shenzhen Road Tragedy

October 28, 2011

As much of China still mourns the horrific death of two-year-old Yue Yue and looks for sources of blame in the face of moral negligence, another child was struck and killed by a vehicle

Europe Turns to China to Bolster Rescue Fund

October 28, 2011

With the ink drying on a potential agreement to stabilize the European financial markets, the head of the European bailout fund arrived in Beijing on Friday as EU leaders look for China

Tax Collection Triggers Riot, Arrests and Reform in Zhejiang (Updated)

October 28, 2011

Hundreds of angry migrants in Zhili, a town in Zhejiang province, clashed with riot police late Thursday night after the owner of a children’s clothing company refused to

Photo: Tibetan breakfast, by steve lau

October 27, 2011

Tibetan breakfast, by steve lau

Insight: China Premier-in-waiting Schooled in Era of Dissent

October 27, 2011

Reuters profiles Vice Premier Li Keqiang, who is expected to take over as Premier in the leadership transition next year. Li entered Peking University in 1977 as part of the first class

Recreating the Horrors of Nanjing

October 27, 2011

The New York Times reviews Nanjing Requiem: A Novel, the new novel by Ha Jin about the Japanese occupation of Nanjing: This is fiction, but fiction that draws heavily on the historical

Immolation, Explosions and Poetry on the Roof of the World

October 27, 2011

Just days after the tenth self-immolation in protest of Chinese rule in Tibet, a bomb was detonated early yesterday morning at a government building in eastern Tibet. From an AFP report:

Exchanging Culture, Bettering Relations

October 27, 2011

Asia Society and the Aspen Institute have teamed up to launch the US-China Forum on Arts and Culture. The forum, beginning next month, will be sending notable American cultural

Experts Challenge One-Child Population Claim

October 27, 2011

As the world’s human population approaches seven billion, demographers have attacked Chinese claims that its family planning policies delayed this landmark by five years.

Global Times Op-Ed: TV Content Restrictions Quash Creativity

October 27, 2011

In April, China’s Global Times chided overseas media for oversimplifying and exaggerating new guidelines against time travel dramas from the State Administration of Radio,

The American POW who Chose China

October 27, 2011

The BBC features an interview with David Hawkins, an American Korean War veteran and prisoner of war who opted to move to China after the armistice. He spent three years there before

China Seeks Military Bases in Pakistan's Restive Tribal Region

October 26, 2011

China is interested in setting up military bases in Pakistan, near the Xinjiang border, according to a report in Pakistan’s The News International which cited diplomatic

Chen Guangcheng: Law, Media and Broken Promises

October 26, 2011

Jerome Cohen discusses the continuing house arrest of Chen Guangcheng and his family at the South China Morning Post, arguing that the local authorities’ disregard for the

China Spacecraft to Launch Soon to Test Docking

October 26, 2011

China announced it will be launching Shenzhou 8, an unmanned spacecraft, next month. The spacecraft will attempt to dock with an experimental module, the Tiangong 1 which is currently

China Calls Rapid Yuan Rise Impossible

October 26, 2011

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday commented that yuan appreciation in the near term is out of the question. While the yuan has risen around 30% against the U.S. dollar, Foreign

Photo: Master of the Nets Garden, Suzhou, by Dainis Matisons

October 26, 2011

Master of the Nets Garden, Suzhou, by Dainis Matisons.

Six-Party Talks, Towards the Next Round

October 26, 2011

Following vice premier Li Keqiang’s visit to the Korean Peninsula, Chinese media coverage of the possible resumption of the Six-Party Talks has been optimistic. From China

Where an Internet Joke Is Not Just a Joke

October 26, 2011

The New York Times Magazine has a lengthy article looking at the role of humor and satire online in China: No government in the world pours more resources into patrolling the Web than

A Glimpse into Chinese Law-Making

October 26, 2011

At China Real Time Report, law professor Stanley Lubman describes a recent Sino-American legal exchange presentation given in San Francisco. The talks covered issues such as appropriate

Chinese TV to Show More News, Less Reality

October 26, 2011

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has issued new regulations to promote informative and ideological programmes over entertainment and reality

“To Tear Out the Heart and Rip Out Their Eyes”: A Story of Kidnapping, Sorcery, and Mass Violence

October 26, 2011

At Jottings from the Granite Studio, historian Jeremiah Jenne describes “The Tientsin Massacre” of 1870, a counterpart of sorts to Los Angeles’ “Chinese

Just How Powerful Are China’s State-Owned Firms?

October 26, 2011

The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report blog looks at a new report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which estimates that fully half of

Chen Guangcheng on Sina Weibo: New List of Banned Search Terms

October 26, 2011

As activists and journalists continue to try unsuccessfully to visit Chen Guangcheng (which is often referred to as “adventure tourism to Shangdong” by netizens,

China Detains Three for Online Rumor-Mongering

October 26, 2011

Chinese authorities have punished three people for spreading rumors online, according to a statement issued by the State Internet Information Office on Tuesday, as it enforces

Photo: Chilis drying in the sun, Shangqiu, Henan, by Mark Hobbs

October 25, 2011

Chilis drying in the sun, Shangqiu, Henan, by Mark Hobbs

Parents Benefit From One-Child Policy – If They Follow the Rules

October 25, 2011

The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts surveys China’s “One-Child Policy”, including its changing justifications, tangled rules, immense costs and array

The Hottest Commodity at the Chinese Border

October 25, 2011

The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos reveals the most sought-after product for Chinese visitors to bring home from Macau, following years of scandals and scares over tainted food:

Celebrity Candidate Ineligible for Election Following Interference from Neighborhood Committee

October 25, 2011

China’s first celebrity independent candidate, Cheng Yuting, was not able to meet the nominator requirements for candidates and thus is ineligible for the local people’s congress

China to Legally Define Terrorist Activities

October 25, 2011

China’s legislature is considering a new bill that will define terrorism. Prior to this bill, the criminal law states that people who have participated in terrorist activities

China "Won't Follow US" Carbon Emissions

October 25, 2011

Although China’s carbon emission levels are higher than the US due to rapid industrialization, China’s per capita rate is lower. But with the per capita rate rising,

What’s Behind the Communist Party’s Focus on Cultural Reform? (Updated)

October 25, 2011

At the recent CCP Central Committee plenum in Beijing, the focus seemed to be not on the leadership transition coming up next year, as pundits predicted, but instead on “cultural