Sex revolution sweeps across China

LA Times run an article Sex revolution sweeps across China today. (Via: Daily Herald) It quoted Wang Jipeng, a blogger who made his name on the BlogChina website last year by taking on Chinese commercial portals for their porn contents.

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China’s “soft power”?

New York Times today had a front page article entitled “Across Asia: Beijing’s Star is in Ascendance” It certainly raised many important questions about China’s increasing influence over the Asia-Pacific region. The New York Times article also generated interesting online exchanges about China’s “soft power” among some China observers. Daniel Lynch from the School of […]

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China legalizes electronic signatures to promote e-commerce Associated Press

“China’s parliament on Saturday passed a law legalizing electronic signatures in an effort to boost its small but growing online commerce industry.” I got this news on Hindustan Times, using AP’s article which mainly quoted Xinhua’s original report. Also in the article: “China already has some 4,000 Web sites that carry on e-commerce, … their […]

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Washington Post on Cheng Yizhong’s release

Philip Pan has been following the Southern Metropolis Daily case closely. He wrote on today’s Post: “China Frees Pioneering Journalist” “Cheng Yizhong, 39, the former executive editor of the Southern Metropolis Daily in the coastal city of Guangzhou, returned home at about 10 p.m. and appeared to be in good health, according to a source […]

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China acts to tackle Aids spread

From BBC News: “China has for the first time introduced laws specifically targeting the spread of Aids and outlawing discrimination against victims of infectious diseases. The laws passed by parliament guarantee funding from central government to local authorities to tackle the fast-spreading disease, state media said. ” The full article is here.

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Cheng Yizhong freed after graft sentence

This short report is from the South China Morning Post today: “A former top editor of a reformist newspaper arrested for embezzlement this year has been released from jail, journalists said yesterday. Cheng Yizhong , former editor-in-chief of the Southern Metropolitan Daily, was arrested in March in Guangzhou on charges of embezzlement of state-owned assets. […]

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A Case Study of the Southern Metropolis News case

We were recently sent this document “A Case Study of the Southern Metropolis News case,” which is based on notes of a meeting in March attended by the newspapers’ defense lawyers . The notes were taken by Xu Zhiying, one of the lawyers for the editors there who have been imprisoned on spurious “corruption” charges. […]

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China’s demand for oil and gas resources may surge

This news is from Xinhuanet: “-With the rapid growth of the national economy, the gap between supply and demand of petroleum and natural gas keeps widening in China. Owning limited exploitable petroleum and gas reserves, the country, still inefficient in energy consumption, has become aware the importance of economical use of resources.     China’s demand for […]

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Jiang Yanyong not allowed to collect award in Philippines

Doctor Jiang Yanyong is not being allowed to travel to the Philippines to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, Asia’s highest honor. According to a VOA report in Chinese, Dr. Jiang was visited by a military official who told him that, as a military employee, he is not allowed to collect foreign awards. The VOA report […]

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China’s farmers cannot feed hungry cities

“China is no longer self-sufficient in food, the country today increasingly has to buy abroad, raising global prices. ” This Guardian article raised a critical important issue. According to the article, “China’s leaders have raised the alarm about their country’s ability to feed itself as rapid development sucks land, water and people from the food-producing […]

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Forbes: Wu Yi world’s second most powerful woman

Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi (aka the “Iron Lady”) has been named the second most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine, following only Condaleezza Rice. The full report is here: “Proud, elegant, intelligent, Wu Yi impressed her party’s leaders when she deftly helped hammer out five trade agreements with Russia in 1999 and […]

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Will China’s technology standards reshape your industry?

This is a research report from Deloitte Research. “Everyone recognizes China as a low-cost manufacturer and a huge potential market. But most do not realize China is emerging as a key player in shaping global technology standards. This new Deloitte Research study looks at how China’s growing influence on standards could define global competition in […]

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Violence Erupts in China Corruption Fight

The wife of an anti-corruption crusader was severely injured in a bomb attack on their home last week. According to an AP report, “The attack Aug. 19 on the home of Li Haisheng, head of the city’s anti-corruption bureau, highlights the perils faced by officials and ordinary Chinese who try to fight the rampant corruption […]

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China Telecom and China Netcom Face Potential Skype Problems

From ChinaTechNews: “Skype, a free peer-to-peer voice software which can be downloaded from the Internet, has recently launched a new function called SkypeOut, a radically new kind of IP service. The communication signals of SkypeOut are transmitted via the Internet, instead of through normal telecommunications networks. According to published reports in China, Skype’s launch in […]

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