Jailed in China for subverting state power

Jiang Lijun was sentenced by Chinese officials today to serve 4 years in prison for trying to “subvert state power.” His lawyer says this is because Jiang intended to form a democratic political party and espoused democratic ideals on the web. Read the story here.

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The Story of a Chinese Internet Writer-turned Journalist

Eighteen months ago, Shen Yachuan was a greenhorn Internet writer hurting to seek cyberspace justice for a murdered high-school teacher. Now, he is a journalist and has worked at some of China’s most daring newspapers. After bringing the story to national attention through an exclusive online report, Shen said he had finally found some peace […]

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Sohu.com adds two more website

Sohu.com has acquired website 17173.com and focus.cn for US$20.50 million and US$16 million. 17173.com is China’s biggest online game portal with over 4.3 million registered users. Focus.cn is also one of the largest real estate sites which accounts for 10% of the advertising market. Further details at chinadaily.com.

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Activist Admits Sending China Technology

Chinese human rights activist, Gao Zhan, who was freed from a Chinese prison after the U.S. government interceded, is now being prosecuted by the U.S. government for selling China technology from the U.S. Zhan pleaded guilty on Wednesday to illegally selling American high-tech items with potential military uses to China.

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Official Internet Cafes in Beijing

10 new licenses have been issued by the ministry of culture to operate internet cafes. China is now re-opening some of the cafes for business following the terrible fire in Beijing that claimed the lives of 25 students. The article reports that IBM is also looking into the internet cafe market in China.

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Hong Kong maids do Windows

In Hong Kong, maids take computer training courses to help their employers with doing the household budget, designing and maintaining the family website and even helping with homework by doing Internet searches. How’s this for bridging the digital divide in China?

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Short News: Japan, China to experiment on broadband cell phone

Kyodo News Monday, November 24, 2003 at 04:00 JST TOKYO — Japan and China are planning to conduct a joint experiment on a new generation Internet-capable mobile phone for high-speed data communication between the two countries, Japanese telecom ministry officials said Sunday. The three-year project aimed at promoting better Asian information technology (IT) systems will […]

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China suspends 673 state-run papers from publication

Read this report on People’s Daily: “China’s substantial efforts to reform and trim down its state newspapers has entered into a crucial phase, with 673 Party and government newspapers having been suspended from publication. China’s substantial efforts to reform and trim down its state newspapers has entered into a crucial phase, with 673 Party and […]

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Story about a Dalai Lama story

Searching for a new story to post, I came across a blurb on the China News Agency’s site about the Dalai Lama. Apparently on 14 November, the Chinese government stated that if the Dalai Lama ever wanted to “set foot in Tibet again”, he would need to stop his crusade for Tibet’s independence. Ok, while […]

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The Internet is Transforming Conservative Behaviors in China, Enabling Love, Friendship and Casual Sex

A report by the Sydney Morning Herald claims that the Internet is changing the traditional, conservative behaviors of China’s citizens because it allows them to communicate “anonymously” and “vent” their real feelings. (That is, of course, as long as their online chats have nothing to do with political criticism.) For example, more and more people […]

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U.S. expertise can help

A commentary by Hawaii State Representative Marilyn Lee provides a summary of some of the economic growth of China and how it will impact the tourism economy of Hawaii. She further writes that America can help with the development of China in its “expertise in social and human services and labor management.”

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More on Fellow Behind Markel Study

Wired News has a piece on Chinese government’s loss of total information control, thanks to the internet. The interesting thing is it quotes the fellow who worked with Markel on the recent study (first blogged here). Guo Liang, deputy director of the Research Center for Social Development at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a […]

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Microsoft signs .Net deal in China

After Chinese government decided to work with Sun to develop its Java Desktop System in an effort to embrace open-source technology, Microsfot signed a deal with China National Computer Software & Technology Services to co-develop products based on .Net and Office plateforms. In another deal, Microsoft China will partner with the Ministry of Education with […]

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