A Mild Shanghai Lawyer and His Accidental Crusade

This personal profile, which appeared in the New York Times a couple of weeks ago, is not to be missed. It reminds people that, while the Chinese online activism and internaitonal pressure won the release of the SARS doctor Jiang Yanyong last summer, rights defense at grassroots level is catching on, yet still very difficult. […]

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Change in the Chinese Wind 

China is building a new wind power plant outside Beijing in an effort to clean up the city’s air, and as part of a concerted effort to create new renewable energy sources, according to an article from Wired News: “The new wind power plant, located 60 miles outside Beijing in Guangting, will generate 400 megawatts […]

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Peasants Resist Developers, Local Officials

Edward Cody of Washington Post wrote a very good article on “China’s Land Grabs Raise Specter of Popular Unrest“. If you have not registered on the Washington Post site, it certainly worth it in order to read this article and their other China related reports in the future. “A half-dozen policemen burst into Lin Zhengxu’s […]

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China’s Testy Foreign Policy Wins Few Friends, Despite Need

From Beijing, Mark Magnier of LA Times wrote: “China’s foreign policy as recently as last year was on a roll, earning kudos for helping to fight global terrorism and restrain North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. But a look around the neighborhood now finds Beijing’s relations with Washington, Tokyo, Seoul, Pyongyang, Taipei, Singapore and Moscow taking a […]

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China warns of more power cuts

BBC reported today: “China has warned that several of its key regions face more power shortages this winter and spring. China suffered shortages in the summer, as temperatures soared and air conditioning units used up energy. While cooler weather has temporarily helped, the need for heating and maintenance will soon mean facilities cannot meet demand, […]

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China leads the world in number of DSL lines

BBC quotes DSL Forum and reports that China has more DSL lines than any other country in the world. But the 13 million lines only reach 1% of China’s massive population. The story attributes the drastic development to growing online gaming community and the use of broadband in education. It also notices that the expansion […]

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China sees new breed of civil activists emerge

From KansasCity.com today: “The rise of social activism underscores the expanding liberties that many people in China say they are experiencing. But it coincides with other trends that convey how turbulent China has become as the Communist Party opens up the economy but keeps a tight grip on power. The number of citizens filing last-ditch […]

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New documents on libel suit against peasants’ book authors

Eswn has translated two new documents on the lawsuit against the authors of An Investigation into China’s Peasantry (中国农民调查): The defendants’ summation statement and an interview with the plaintiff. The two authors, Chen Guidi and Wu Chuntao, recently won the prestigious Lettre Ulysses award in Germany.

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Beijing tightens controls on domestic reporting on Japan

The Chinese government has announced plans to rein in domestic reporting about Japan in an effort to improve bilateral relations. According to the Straits Times, “The move comes at a time of worsening public sentiment in both countries towards the other due to historical issues, including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s visits to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, […]

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China Comes to Dinner

“The Group of Seven industrialized nations invited top Chinese economic officials to a dinner last Friday. It was about time that China was invited to a G-7 meeting. ” This is a commentary article on the Christian Science Monitor today, called “China comes to dinner.”

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Intellectual property faces perils in China, study warns

“Companies need a game plan to protect intellectual property before investing in China, or risk being stripped of their ideas and opportunities, says a report released today by Boston Consulting Group. “China is home to a tangle of IP issues, with large sums of money and future strategic positions at stake,” says the report, Facing […]

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Hopes fade for flotation of China’s yuan

Times online had an article today on China’s yuan rate . “Expectations of China floating its currency on foreign exchange markets, with large implications for the global economy, have dimmed after industrialised nations declined to increase pressure on Beijing. The G7 group of leading economies said, at the end of a meeting in the US, […]

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China Visit of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detension

While welcoming certain gestures by the Chinese government, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concludes after a visit to China that its recommendations in a 1997 report have not been implemented: “Namely, the provision which stipulates that everyone shall not be consider guilty until convicted has not been amended to clearly stipulate the presumption […]

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Dalai Lama, in Exile, Accuses China of Dumping Nuclear Waste in Tibet

On a four-day tour of Mexico, the Dalai Lama said Sunday that deformed birds and other wildlife in remote corners of Chinese-controlled Tibet are indicative of nuclear waste dumping, according to an AP article. The Dalai Lama, 69, has lived in exile in China since a failed uprising against the Chinese government in Tibet in […]

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