The Great Chinese Land Grab is on

Asia Times has published an investigation into land misappropriation, which is quickly contributing to the destruction of arable land while robbing farmers of their crops. According to the article: “Over the past seven years, China has lost 66,670 square kilometers in arable land, according to the Ministry of Land Resources, an estimate that many experts […]

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Chinese cartoonist sues Nike

A Chinese cartoonist, Zhu Zhiqiang, is suing Nike over the use of a figure that he says resembles his Little Match Man, which he drew in several Flash works. The full story is here. To see Zhu’s (aka Xiaoxiao) very entertaining work, see this page. The Nike Stickman ad can be viewed here.

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No economic fire without smoke?

This book review is from the recent issue of Economist. “As China explodes economically, it is imploding ecologically. The flipside of the country’s rapid growth is a worrying degradation of its environment. According to the World Bank, it is home to 16 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, while deforestation (begun centuries […]

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South Korea papers on hacker’s acttack.

Called it a cyberwar between the two states maybe an overstatement. But this editorial on the Korea Herald is making a serious point for their country’s computer network security. “In its initial investigation, the...

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China Aims to Balance Gender

According to a family planning official, China is planning to ban the use of sex-selective abortions, and provide welfare payments to families who have no sons. They aim to achieve a balance of newborn boys and girls within six years. Right now, 117 boys are born for every 100 girls in China. See the full […]

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Susan Jakes: Who is behind Dr. Jiang’s detention?

Susan Jakes wrote this article about Jiang Yanyong on Time Magazine/Asia. Who is behind Dr. Jiang’s detention? Susan gave her analysis in the article: “One reason for Jiang’s rough treatment may be that he has crossed Jiang Zemin, China’s former President and current Chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission. The doctor’s SARS disclosures prompted […]

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China Warns U.S. on Policies

The Chinese government has expressed “grave concern” over U.S. policies on Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Chinese embassy spokesperson made the statements at a rare news conference in Washington. The full Washington Post report is here. These comments were reinforced in a People’s Daily editorial, titled “U.S. should reconsider its Taiwan policies.”

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South Korea: Gov’t, Private Sectors Exposed to Chinese Hacker Attacks

This news is from the Chosun Ilbo: “The National Intelligence Service (NIS) confirmed Tuesday that major government organizations and private sectors have been exposed to hacker attacks that came from China and declared the attack a “threat to national security.” As a result, the NIS warned the public to protect their computers from hacking. The […]

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Will China declare war on an independent Taiwan?

China bloggers are involved in a spirited debate over the potential for war in the Taiwan Straits. Will China go to war if Taiwan declares independence? Daniel McCarthy at Living in China says no. Joseph Bosco says yes. For another perspective on this very important topic, one may want to read a recent analysis written […]

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SARS spurs China to act on AIDS (New Scientist)

This is really good to know: According to this article, “Lessons learned from China’s 2003 SARS epidemic are spurring the country’s response to AIDS, revealed a senior Chinese government minister on Tuesday. Wang Longde, China’s vice health minister, admitted that before 2000, the country “focused more on economic development and neglected social development”. He said […]

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China faces six problems in population structure (People’s Daily)

July 11 is the “World Population Day.” A Chinese population official aid that China now faces six major problems in optimizing population structure. These problems are: 1, Serious gender imbalance in newborns; 2, Population with born defects remains high; 3, Population aging; 4,Social problems caused by population migration, such as children left behind in rural […]

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