Disease control chief resigns over SARS

According to the VOA: “The head of China’s main disease control center has resigned to take responsibility for this year’s outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome linked to a Beijing research laboratory. ” The full report is here. Xinhua also reported this news.

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Thousands in HK protest march

Hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong took to the streets today to call for democracy, according to a BBC report. In the lead-up to the protest, pro-Beijing groups tried to disrupt the plans: “There were attempts to scupper the march entirely, according to its organisers, the Civil Human Rights Front. Computers hackers used […]

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US Emissary to Beijing Urges Floating RMB (Caijing Magazine)

Despite his low profile, Paul Speltz is in Beijing for serious business. In an exclusive interview with Caijing on June 13, the first he has given to the Chinese press since his latest assignment started two months ago, Speltz wore a sun-beaten polo shirt and repeatedly referred to his job as conducting “private, quiet dialogues.” […]

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Ministry of Public Security licenses China’s first system for monitoring and recording SMS (Interfax)

According to an Interfax report, the Ministry of Public Security has licensed a system for filtering SMS messages: “Venus Information Technology Inc. (Venus), a Chinese provider of network security solutions and services, has developed China’s first information resource and mobile short messaging service (SMS) filter system, according to a company statement. China’s Ministry of Public […]

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China’s middle class rebels

The BBC reports on Beijing residents who are protesting the destruction of the old city, and their homes, as the government rushes to create a modern city in preparation for the 2008 Olympics. One resident, whose house was torn down, says: “This unchecked demolition over the past few years has changed the way that people […]

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A Profile of an online writer: Murong Xuecun (China Daily)

“Murong Xuecun is one of a growing number of Chinese writers who are choosing to publish their work on BBSs (Bulletin Board Systems) and literary websites. These writers hide little from their readers and while a few years ago most stories were on personal subjects with frank descriptions of inner emotions and explicit accounts of […]

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Mu Zimei profile

Mu Zimei is back in the Chinese media spotlight, with a profile on Sohu.com subtitled “I don’t use sex to attract people. I use my personality,” Danwei reports. The Sohu article (in Chinese) is here. Mu Zimei rose to fame last summer with her blog, which described her sex life in graphic detail.

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China to set up ‘Green GDP’ index system (Asia Times)

The Chinese government is trying to devise a method to create a “Green GDP”, whereby the cost of environmental damage is deducted from the traditional GDP. An official with the State Environmental Protection Administration is quoted in the article as saying: “If the current high-cost growth and serious pollution continues, China will face a heavily […]

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The Chinese Divide

Washington Post political correspondent David Broder published this essay yesterday. He quoted a retired Chinese economist Mao Yushi in his article. “China is splitting into two countries,” he (Mao) told me and Philip Pan, The Post’s Beijing correspondent. “The cities are developing” under the policies of market capitalism that have been adopted by China’s communist […]

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China to issue high-speed mobile licenses in 2005 (Xinhua)

“China may issue its first licenses for high-speed mobile services next year, to boost competition for current operators China Mobile and China Unicom before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The country may add licenses using so-called third-generation, or 3G systems to squeeze more calls on existing channels and avoid reallocating government or military airwaves, CRIENGLISH.com reported […]

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Europe to snub China on status of economy (Financial Times)

“The European Union will refuse to recognise China as a market economy, after an in-depth inquiry by Brussels found the Chinese economy suffering from too much state interference, weak rule of law and poor corporate governance. The findings, contained in a confidential report obtained by the Financial Times, deal a blow to the Chinese leadership, […]

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China’s Political Eases Into Digital Age (AP)

Via Forbes.com: “China’s stodgy political world is easing into the digital age, inviting the public to voice opinions via the Web and increasingly relying on high-tech devices to manage such big events as this spring’s meeting of the national congress. With about 80 million “wang min” – “netizens” – China now has the second largest […]

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Gmail Fever Hits China Social Networks

Kevin Wu from Pacific Epoch said “Thousands of Chinese Internet users are queuing for Gmail accounts up on a BolgChina bulletin board called “Googler.” Despite the fact Gmail users have to hang in limbo for a couple of day, the site has seen hundreds of applicants roll in. A group of Chinese Gmail account holders […]

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China and a global power shift in the making

James F. Hoge, Jr. , editor of Foreign Affairs, just published an article on Foreign Affairs, entitled “A Global Power Shift in the Making.” He augured in his article that “global power shifts happen rarely and are even less often peaceful. Washington must take heed: Asia is rising fast, with its growing economic power translating […]

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