China Is a New Hotbed of Research

Because of China’s growing importance and sophistication as a market for technology, especially telecommunications and the Internet, there is a rapid growing trend of international companies have research labs in China. An official from China’s Ministry of Commerce recently stated publicly that the country had as many as 600 and was adding 200 a year. […]

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Beijing’s closed politics hinders ‘new diplomacy’

Also on today’s Financial Times, Minxin Pei, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace had a very good commentary piece on the recent diplomatic moves from Beijing. You need to register the FT site in order to read the whole article. Here are some of Dr. Pei’s main points: “……in recent months, […]

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Hu Jintao tightens his grip on power

Financial Times had an article today called “China’s Hu Jintao tightens his grip on power.” “Nearly two years after he attained the top position in China’s ruling Communist party, President Hu Jintao has consolidated his power through a combination of manoeuvring and compromise with his predecessor and rival Jiang Zemin, several people within the party […]

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Writing on the Wall

Should China get rid of its writing system? David Moser, a consultant to CCTV in Beijing, submitted this article to CDN, explaining his view that the cumbersome nature of the Chinese writing system results in enormous hidden costs to society, such as: (1) added years spent in grade school learning two systems, the characters and […]

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The Novel’s Latest Version Pops Onto China’s Cellphones

A novel, delivered via text message, was sent to cell phone users in China yesterday and has since created a buzz in Internet news sites. According to a New York Times article: “‘Out of the Fortress,’ showed up on tens of thousands of mobile telephone screens on Friday. It is the text-message novel, a new […]

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Rivers Run Black, and Chinese Die of Cancer

“China is facing an ecological and health crisis. Heavy air pollution contributes to respiratory illnesses that kill up to 300,000 people a year, many in cities but also in rural areas, the World Bank estimates. Liver and stomach cancer, linked in some studies to water pollution, are among the leading causes of death in the […]

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Chinese walls come down?

“China in 2020.” That’s a fascinating topic to speculate. Jonathan Watts started his article in The Guardian today with “By 2020, China will have overtaken Japan as the world’s second biggest economy. It may even have started to rival the US in terms of the hard power of its military. But if it is to […]

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Cyber-muckrakers prevail – for now

Two websites, China Petition Network and Supervision by Public Opinion, which aim to expose corruption and wrongdoing, are back in operation after being closed down, according to a report in Asia Times. They were both reopened at the behest of Wen Jiabao, just before the plenary session of the National People’s Congress, during which the […]

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China to include AIDS prevention classes in all universities

From AFP: “China will include AIDS ( news -web sites ) prevention classes in the curriculum of all universities and secondary schools throughout the country from 2005. Students will be taught about HIV ( news -web sites )/AIDS in order to raise their awareness about the disease and to dispel misunderstandings and discrimination.” The full […]

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Groups Petition U.S. on China Policies

The AP reports today, “A group of industry, farm and labor groups, seeking to put pressure on the Bush administration before the presidential election, petitioned the government on Thursday to file an unfair trade practices case against China. ” The full report is here. In April, the Bush Administration rejected a similar petition from labor […]

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China Probing Downturn in Car Industry

From AP via Yahoo News: “China’s government is investigating a downturn in the automobile industry, state media reported Thursday, citing worries over soaring production and slowing sales. China is on-track to be the world’s third largest auto manufacturer after the United States and Japan, with output forecast to top 5 million units this year, the […]

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Poor work conditions hit Chinese production

From today’s Financial Times: ” China has blamed poor working conditions at companies in the Pearl river delta, a manufacturing heartland studded with foreign factories, for an unprecedented shortage of workers that threatens to erode the competitiveness of the region bordering Hong Kong. Low wages, late payment and long hours in harsh conditions found among […]

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