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Gun-Toting Ballerinas Launch Beijing Arts Complex – Jonathan Watts

From Guardian Unlimited: Ballerinas with machine guns will grace the stage for the first performance at China National Grand Theatre, when the spectacular arts complex opens its doors on Tuesday. The Red Detachment of Women(Á∫¢Ëâ≤®òÂ≠êÂÜõ) ballet is one of seven shows that will be put on during a trial of the silver, egg-shaped building designed […]

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Concubine Culture Brings Trouble for China’s Bosses – Jonathan Watts

The Guardian writes about the former provincial official brought down by his 11 mistresses: Pang Jiayu, the former deputy head of the provincial political advisory body, has been sacked and expelled from the Communist party after his former girlfriends exposed him, the People’s Daily said. As at least the fourth cadre to lose his job […]

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In Spite of All Danger – Jonathan Watts

Jonathan Watts interviewed some mine workers and wrote a report about their working and life conditions “as rescue hopes fade for 181 Chinese miners trapped underground by flooding,” via The Guardian: …Dependent on coal for 70% of its energy needs, China is ramping up production to fuel its fast-growing economy. Many colliery bosses cut corners. […]

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China Appoints Vice-premier As Consumer Safety Tsar – Jonathan Watts

Latest news in the China product safety controversy has vice-premier and veteran crisis manager Wu Yi (Âꥉª™ ) stepping in to calm things down. Once described by US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson as a “force of nature,” Wu consistently ranks near the top in Forbes Magazine’s list of the world’s most powerful women. From the […]

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China Bans Negative Reporting Ahead Of Party Congress – Jonathan Watts

From The Guardian: China has ordered its media to report only positive news and imprisoned a pro-democracy dissident amid a clampdown on dissent ahead of the most important meeting of the Communist party in five years. Media controls have been tightened, Aids activists detained and NGOs shut down as the president, Hu Jintao, prepares for […]

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Olympic Artist Attacks China’s Pomp and Propaganda – Jonathan Watts

Jonathan Watts writes a report for Guardian Unlimited that Ai Weiwei, the well-known architectural designer of China, and the artist “who behind Beijing’s spectacular new Olympic stadium,” refuses to “do with the propaganda for which it will be used during next year’s games.” In an attack on the “disgusting” political conditions in the one-party state, […]

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