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Chinese People who Shape the World – Josie Liu

From China in Transition Blog: The Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world features four figures from mainland China this year, one of the biggest pool of Chinese honorees in the past four years. Chinese president Hu Jintao is on the list for the third time since 2004, and […]

Billionaire Builder of China – David Barboza

From The New York Times: There are only 10 known billionaires in China, and he is one of them. His name is Xu Rongmao, and he is no Donald Trump, Sam Zell or Mortimer Zuckerman. He’s bigger. Xu Rongmao is said to be a secretive man. Little is known about how he earned his early […]

A Lifetime in Recovery From the Cultural Revolution – Howard French

From The New York Times: Sometimes a single life can tell more about a country’s experience than a shelfful of history books. Many Chinese people of a certain age have such lives – rich in struggle, in suffering, in the consequences of man’s folly, but often enough, too, in a measure of redemption. “I knew […]

Obituary: Xiong Xianghui

From The Guardian The former senior Chinese diplomat Xiong Xiang-hui, who has died aged 86, played a vital undercover role during the final phase of the communist revolution, after the second world war, which may have tipped the balance in Mao Zedong‘s favour. Twenty or so years later, he was a key figure in the […]

The New Power Brokers – David Barboza

From The New York Times: They grew up during China’s Cultural Revolution, when Mao Zedong’s brutal political campaigns in the 1960’s and 1970’s tore apart families, pitting children against their parents and husbands against their wives. Today, they are some of the most powerful deal makers in China, a group of rich and politically astute […]

Lynn Hirschberg: A Star Rises in the East

From The New York Times: Four years ago, Ziyi Zhang, who had literally soared to the attention of Hollywood as a nobleman’s beautiful daughter in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” arranged to meet Steven Spielberg. She knew he was interested in directing the best-seller “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and though Zhang is Chinese and geishas are […]

Paul Eckert: Childhood hardships inspire Chinese activist

From Reuters: At 14, Zhang Ye furtively learned her ABCs while herding sheep in frigid Inner Mongolia during China’s Cultural Revolution, a humble start on her path to a masters degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Now 50, Zhang is country director for the Asia Foundation in China, where her suffering under communism run amok […]

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