China touts new churches, but rules crimp faithful

China touts new churches, but rules crimp faithful Government still controls religion By Michael A. Lev Tribune foreign correspondent Published March 3, 2004 “BEIJING — Government officials and local Christian leaders showed off plans Tuesday for the first new churches being built in the capital in more than 50 years–evidence, they said, of the freedom […]

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Analysts predict telecom battle between India and China (AFP)

“India’s mobile phone industry which sells two million new connections each month is poised to give neighbouring China a fight for foreign investment, officials said… ‘The big hardworking Indian elephant has finally hit the dance floor and is going to make it rumble and shake. The Chinese dragon will have to watch its tail,’ [Vijay […]

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Sex Education, in school or online?

Young Chinese are experiencing a revolution in their ideas and practices of sex, but the sex education lags behind in China. According to a study by Shanghai No. 2 Medical University. 29.4 percent of local high school students have started dating. About 3.5 percent have had some sexual experiences. While another survey conducted by the […]

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Henan Boosts Help to HIV/AIDS Victims (China Daily)

Mar. 3, 2004 By Di Fang Most of the HIV/AIDS victims in Central China’s Henan Province have been receiving free medical treatment in the past years thanks to the central and local governments’ enhanced efforts in fighting the deadly virus. According to a news release from the central government’s Information Office, 4,352 out of the […]

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More and more women saying no to abusers (China Daily)

From China Daily: “In China today, some believe a husband cannot “rape” his wife, and some wives erroneously believe they cannot report their husbands for sexual or domestic abuse. However, as domestic violence is apparently drawing wider attention in China, more and more Chinese women are coming forward to expose the physical and emotional sufferings […]

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China’s Offshore Headaches: Is the Leash Short Enough? (New York Times)

“On Monday, Beijing published a blacklist of Hong Kong political groups accused of being too hell-bent on undermining Chinese rule to serve in local government. On Tuesday, it issued a warning that Hong Kong’s political system would collapse altogether if those who would exclude the Communist Party take control of the local legislature.” Click here […]

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Internet keeps Sino-Japan relations cool (Japantoday)

“Japanese Embassy officials in Beijing say Chinese news and commentary on the Internet are setting back already tough efforts to improve relations between the two countries, but Chinese Net watchers reject the claim. Internet news and often anonymous user views on web portals, which are a common source of information for millions of Chinese students […]

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China’s cultural minister calls for tighter Internet control (AFP)

“China’s cultural minister has called for tighter controls on the Internet including 24-hour surveillance and urging people to tell on each other. During a recent national meeting on “rectifying” Internet bars or cafes, Sun Jiazheng hinted that the government’s efforts to manage soaring Internet use had not been sufficient, the Xinhua state news agency website […]

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Cheap CPUs may revolutionize China (Asia Times)

“A Hong Kong-based company that began as a comic-book publisher now promises to revolutionize the Chinese personal-computer (PC) market with its new, low-cost, Linux-based, Chinese-language central processing unit (CPU). Culturecom Holdings Ltd says its new V-Dragon CPU, which retails for only US$15-$30, will reduce the price of PCs and appliances by anywhere from 50-70 percent, […]

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Media rights group slams China’s Internet policing

From “A Paris-based media rights group has slammed new Chinese regulations aimed at policing the Internet and accused a US-based Internet management company of colluding with the government to stifle activism on the web. Reporters Without Borders said that since new regulations on Internet chatrooms were issued on February 23, many news groups had […]

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China’s Wealthy Live by a Creed: Hobbes and Darmin, Meet Marx

In The New York Times today, Yilu Zhao comments on the ever growing class disparity between the rich and the poor, the have’s and the have not’s. “This is the dark side to China’s new wealth: Envy, insecurity and social dislocation have come with the huge disparity between how the wealthy live and how the […]

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Analysis: Pressure mounts on China rights

Middle East North Africa . Financial Network – MENAFN Very interesting article following the issue of U.S. Annual Country Report on Human Rights Practices in China, released Feb. 25, 2004. Among the several (impressionistic albeit provocative) analyses the article offers, it includes the following: “‘The government continued and intensified efforts to monitor and control use […]

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China, Japan Oil War Intensifies

Daily Yomiuri On-Line reports that China recently halted export of oil from its Daqing oilfield to Japan after negotiations failed to renew the contract, effective since 1973. But that is only the tip of the iceberg, an emerging energy war between two of the world’s biggest oil consumers. Read the complete story

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Ministry of Agriculture issues safety certificates for GMOs

From Xinhuanet: “China will make sure the controversial genetically modified (GMO) crops don’t cause negative impacts on the country’s bio-environment, the Ministry of Agriculture said Wednesday. The ministry on Monday awarded its first batch of safety certificates for foreign genetically modified crops used for processing purposes in China, after a two-year period of safety assessments […]

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