Power marries Net in China

The daughter of Chinese President Hu Jintao has secretly married a millionaire board-member of leading Chinese Internet portal Sina.com, sources revealed. Hu Haiqing, the 33-year-old daughter of the president, married Daniel Mao, who made a fortune as a former chief executive officer of the Sina Corp, China’s leading NASDAQ listed Internet portal, AFP learned from […]

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Chinese intelligentsia protest the detention of an Internet writer

Several dozen Chinese academics, reporters and scholars have called on Beijing to release detained “cyberdissident” Du Daobin and protect freedom of speech. In an open letter addressed to Premier Wen Jiabao, some of the activists said the late-October detention of Internet essayist Du was groundless, a copy obtained by Reuters on Tuesday said. Source at […]

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Internet Dissident on Trial

A prominent internet activist was set to go on trial in China on Tuesday, as the government appeared undeterred by recent difficulties it had encountered in battling cyber-dissents through the courts. Jiang Lijun, who was detained in November last year and later charged with “incitement to subvert state power,” would be tried in a closed […]

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Chinese government hits difficulties with Internet crackdown

AFP: China’s crackdown on free expression on the Internet hit difficulties after two high-profile cyber-dissident cases were forced into the spotlight Monday — one over lack of evidence and the other after witnesses alleged police forced them to testify. Prosecutors bounced back to police a case implicating one of China’s youngest dissidents — a student […]

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Foreign publishers entering China

“The print advertising market in China is growing at 37% annually, with total revenues of $5.5 billion last year.” China is obligated by its WTO agreement to “let foreign companies own nationwide distribution networks for books, newspapers, and magazines by December, 2004.” The industry is going to get even more competitive after the announcement that […]

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Guangdong must go beyond manufacturing

Guangdong is China’s richest province, and also one that attracts the most foreign direct investment. In order to compete internationally, a conference was held in Guangdong to discuss th future of the province. 21 business leaders attended the conference, and they suggested that Guangdong should “boost education in technology and the sciences, improve its infrastructure […]

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Official Quoted to Promote Media Reform

Xinhua news agency quoted a senior official with the State Administration of Press and Publication about China’s media reform on Sunday. The official said the government supports the opening-up of the Chinese media and encourages the Chinese media to cooperate with foreign counterparts and to compete on the international market. Source at Xinhuanet.

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They now number 38: another cyber-dissident imprisoned

On October 14th, Chinese authorities sentenced Luo Yongzhong to prison for three years for “posting articles on the Internet [that attacked] the socialist system.” He authored over 150 articles on the web about current events, and some were quite critical of “Jiang Zemin’s triple representation principle.” Counting Luo Yongzhong, 38 people are currently imprisoned in […]

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China bloggers talk about recent Google blocking

There are increasing numbers of English-speaking “China bloggers”; many of them are working/living in China now. The voices from this emerging community of bloggers are diverse, informative and fun. Our blogroll really should include some of them as well. Here is some discussion about a recent Google blocking event from China bloggers. Source at T-Salon.

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China’s Ad Industry going international

It’s quite surprising that McDonald’s latest ad campaign “I’m Lovin’ It” came from China, a place in the past has been limited by traditional mindset and ideas. International advertising firms have helped the country reinvent its ad industry by setting up offices in China and training their local staff. The government is also pushing creativity. […]

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UK-China Innovation Park

A joint project between China and England will form a new UK-China Innovation Park in Cambridge. This will help drive software development for co-operative initiatives in England. Article from china.org

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Could censorship contribute to the Asian AIDS epidemic?

Chinese authorities are blocking access by their citizenry to web sites containing information about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like AIDS. Combined with the worrisome state of health-care in China, I think these actions may prove to fan the fires of the current AIDS epidemic in Asia. When the Chinese government tried to control information about […]

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Cover Up News, Hands Off Porn?

A reported released in 2002 by Harvard states that China citizen’s access to news web sites are blocked more regularly and thoroughly than porn sites. Researchers sampled over 200,000 web sites to determine what “content is [typically] banned” by the Chinese government. While Chinese authorities may be “ambivalent” about blocking porn, they are very purposeful […]

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