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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Petition for Jiang Yanyong

An online petition demanding Jiang Yanyong’s release is now available (in Chinese) here. More than 400 people – many of whom appear to be inside China, including the Tiananmen Mothers – have reportedly signed. Via Peking Duck.

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China’s premier issues Aids alert

Premier Wen Jiabao has issued an urgent appeal to the public and government to make fighting AIDS a top priority. According to the BBC, Wen acknowledged that, “These last few years, Aids has spread very quickly over a vast area, causing serious epidemics in some parts… The epidemic is currently spreading from high risk groups […]

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Armed crackdown on Guangdong land protest, shots fired

Radio Free Asia has reported that riot police fired shots while quelling a protest in Guangdong Province. The villagers were protesting the transfer of public land to the local government, which then sold it to a public developer for a huge profit. A local official told a RFA reporter: “The police dispersed the protesters with […]

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Exposé of Peasants’ Plight Is Suppressed by China

The New York Times has published a piece about the important book published last year, “An Investigation of China’s Peasantry” (Zhongguo Nongmin Diaocha), which was banned for revealing too much about the plight of China’s underclass. The authors are now being sued for libel. One of the authors, Chen Guidi, is quoted as saying: “We […]

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China’s ‘Honest Doctor’

Following Philip Pan’s very good report on Jiang Yanyong’s detention, the Washington Post has now run an editorial condemning the arrest. It is available here. The piece links Jiang’s arrest with the apparent political struggle between Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin: “Dr. Jiang’s detention clearly demonstrates that China’s leaders are in no mood to progress […]

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Bringing China’s Best and Brightest Back Home

The Hoover Institution‘s publication, China Leadership Monitor has an article about China’s regional disparities and political tensions on this issue. The author is Professor Li Cheng. He wrote: ……China has witnessed a tidal wave of foreign-educated Chinese returning to their native country since 2000. A quarter-century-long effort to train China’s best and brightest overseas now […]

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Hong Kong health officials quit over SARS criticism

According to an AFP report, “Hong Kong hospital chief Leong Che-hung became the second high-profile health official to quit in 24 hours following a scathing report into last year’s SARS outbreak. ” Leong’s resignation comes a day after Hong Kong health minister Yeoh Eng-kiong quit after being criticized for the slow response to last year’s […]

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Asian democracy blooms as China watches

The Christian Science Monitor reports that the Chinese government is becomingly increasingly uneasy with the flourishing Asian democracies at its borders – especially since the experiences of China’s neighbors belie the government’s standard reasoning of why democracy is not suitable to China: “Indonesia is very instructive,” says a European scholar in Beijing. “We are always […]

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Taiwan to top agenda for China and U.S.

According to news reports, China is planning a military rehearsal of an “invasion” of Taiwan: “The 18,000-man mock landing on the beaches of Dongshan Island is to involve amphibious assault craft, Russian-built fighter jets and submarines operating in the Taiwan Strait to ward off a simulated counter-attack by the US Seventh Fleet,” the Australian reports. […]

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Super-fit bird flu evolved in China (New Scientists)

This is a recent report on “The bird flu that ravaged east Asian birds earlier in 2004, and killed 23 people, is a super-fit mutant that evolved in southern China, reveal scientists. It emerged in ducks and chickens over the past two years, they say. The Chinese scientists who traced the H5N1 flu virus’s […]

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China sets out Moon goals

China plans to send an unmanned mission to the moon before the 2008 Olympics, according to the new head of the China National Space Administration. The full BBC report is here.

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Power struggle in Beijing: Hu vs Jiang

Zhongnanhai watchers are continuing to analyze the recent movements of President Hu Jintao and his predecessor Jiang Zemin for any signs of a power struggle. According to today’s report in the Asia Times: “It’s not easy to unearth the ‘inside story’, but one thing is for sure: Hu is now busy hedging his bets and […]

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