Nigel Hatton

Waiting on China (WP)

Despite China’s commendable efforts to create a legal system, politics still calls the shots, concludes Jerome Cohen in The Washington Post. Click here for full story.

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China Suspends TV Crime, Violence Shows (AP)

The Chinese government has ordered state-controlled television networks to suspend prime-time airing of programs about crime and violence during the upcoming May Day holidays to provide a “healthy environment” for Chinese children. Click here for full story.

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Plan for modern Silk Road endorsed (AP)

Twenty-three Asian nations yesterday signed a treaty that would produce a modern version of the ancient Silk Road, envisioned as an 87,500-mile web of highways and ferry routes that would connect 32 Asian countries. Click here for full story.

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China Condemns U.S. and Britain on Hong Kong Democracy (NYT)

“China’s foreign minister responded angrily today to American and British criticisms of its latest restrictions on democracy here, accusing both countries of holding China to a double standard after ignoring the lack of democracy in Hong Kong during more than a century of British rule.” Click here for full story.

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A Democratic China? Not So Fast, Beijing Leaders Say (NYT)

By JOSEPH KAHN Published: April 8, 2004 BEIJING, April 7 – When asked why China, with its surging economy and rising power, has not yet begun to democratize, its leaders recite a standard line. The country is too big, too poor, too uneducated and too unstable to give political power to the people, they say. […]

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