China to issue high-speed mobile licenses in 2005 (Xinhua)

“China may issue its first licenses for high-speed mobile services next year, to boost competition for current operators China Mobile and China Unicom before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The country may add licenses using so-called third-generation, or 3G systems to squeeze more calls on existing channels and avoid reallocating government or military airwaves, reported […]

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Europe to snub China on status of economy (Financial Times)

“The European Union will refuse to recognise China as a market economy, after an in-depth inquiry by Brussels found the Chinese economy suffering from too much state interference, weak rule of law and poor corporate governance. The findings, contained in a confidential report obtained by the Financial Times, deal a blow to the Chinese leadership, […]

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China’s Political Eases Into Digital Age (AP)

Via “China’s stodgy political world is easing into the digital age, inviting the public to voice opinions via the Web and increasingly relying on high-tech devices to manage such big events as this spring’s meeting of the national congress. With about 80 million “wang min” – “netizens” – China now has the second largest […]

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Gmail Fever Hits China Social Networks

Kevin Wu from Pacific Epoch said “Thousands of Chinese Internet users are queuing for Gmail accounts up on a BolgChina bulletin board called “Googler.” Despite the fact Gmail users have to hang in limbo for a couple of day, the site has seen hundreds of applicants roll in. A group of Chinese Gmail account holders […]

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China and a global power shift in the making

James F. Hoge, Jr. , editor of Foreign Affairs, just published an article on Foreign Affairs, entitled “A Global Power Shift in the Making.” He augured in his article that “global power shifts happen rarely and are even less often peaceful. Washington must take heed: Asia is rising fast, with its growing economic power translating […]

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Guangdong, all professors become contractual staff members

This news from China Economic Net caught my attention through an email. It started with “all university and college professors and teachers in Guangdong Province will be required to sign agreements with their employers in the near future to become contractual staff members. ” The email sender, a distinguished teaching professor of an American college […]

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Kids Left Out of China’s New Campaign Against AIDS (Pacific Time)

KQED’s Pacific Time reported on the failure of anti-AIDS efforts in China to help children afflicted with the virus. Although the government has made impressive progress in recent years in combatting HIV/AIDS, programs designed to help children, and medicines that are safe for children, are not easily available. Listen to the audio report here.

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China’s ‘phantom regent’ still very real (Asia Times)

Wang Chu has also reported on the promotion of former President Jiang Zemin’s top bodyguard as one in a series of moves designed to ensure that Jiang retains his power as long as possible. The full article is here. Other recent posts on Jiang’s efforts to wield power behind the scenes are here, from Reuters […]

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Chinese 3G launch date approaches (BBC)

“China will launch its own next-generation mobile phone service by June 2005, a government official has told a state newspaper. China’s own 3G technnology standard aims to avoid foreign development costs and could be worth billions of dollars in licensing fees to Chinese companies. The new handsets will be compatible with existing 3G networks abroad. […]

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China vigorously debates its ‘Peaceful Rise’ strategy

Evan S. Medeiros reports that the Chinese government has undertaken an internal policy debate over the use of the term “peaceful rise” (heping jueqi) to describe China’s role in international affairs. He writes: “This debate, which may continue, serves as a reminder of China’s active effort to shape external perceptions as Beijing’s power and influence […]

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China uncovers widespread corruption (Xinhua)

China’s domestic media has reported widely on an internal government report, which discovered 1.4 billion yuan missing from the official budget, including funds slated for Olympics projects and poverty relief funds. In one example, in Chongqing, only 0.3% of intended poverty relief funds went to aid farmers. Misuse of funds was reported at 41 out […]

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China Car Imports by 2010(Reuters)

According to a Reuters report, cars made in China will likely flood the American market by the end of this decade. The director of the Office of Automotive Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce says that, “Global automakers lack the production capacity to meet fast-growing demand in China while also using it as an […]

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Control on electronic signature certification providers (Eastday.dom)

“China will launch an administrative supervision on the providers of electronic signature certification, according to the draft law on electronic signatures in the deliberation by China’s top legislature. The 5-day tenth meeting of the Standing Committee of the 10th National People’s Congress (NPC) opened in Beijing Monday, and began to deliberate the draft law on […]

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Progress Report for Net Censors (Wired)

“For voicing his opinion online, 40-year-old activist Du Daobin was charged with subversion earlier this month and sentenced to four years of house arrest, becoming one of more than 60 cyberdissidents currently detained by the Chinese government. “We have the legal right to overthrow this government,” he wrote in a column that was published in […]

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