Waiting on China (WP)

Despite China’s commendable efforts to create a legal system, politics still calls the shots, concludes Jerome Cohen in The Washington Post. Click here for full story.

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China Suspends TV Crime, Violence Shows (AP)

The Chinese government has ordered state-controlled television networks to suspend prime-time airing of programs about crime and violence during the upcoming May Day holidays to provide a “healthy environment” for Chinese children. Click here for full story.

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Plan for modern Silk Road endorsed (AP)

Twenty-three Asian nations yesterday signed a treaty that would produce a modern version of the ancient Silk Road, envisioned as an 87,500-mile web of highways and ferry routes that would connect 32 Asian countries. Click here for full story.

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China Condemns U.S. and Britain on Hong Kong Democracy (NYT)

“China’s foreign minister responded angrily today to American and British criticisms of its latest restrictions on democracy here, accusing both countries of holding China to a double standard after ignoring the lack of democracy in Hong Kong during more than a century of British rule.” Click here for full story.

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N Korea’s information ‘black hole’ (BBC)

“The Chinese town of Dandong is perched on the North Korean border, separated from the Hermit Kingdom by just a narrow strip of river… But, for the international press pack sent here to cover the aftermath of the blast, Dandong is little more than an information black hole. ” Read the full report.

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China Rules Out Hong Kong Vote for Leader (AP)

“China’s most powerful legislative committee ruled Monday that Hong Kong will not have direct elections for its next leader in 2007, crushing hopes in the Chinese territory for a quick move toward full democracy.” For full report click here. A Xinhua translation of the NPC Standing Committee’s decision is available here.

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China Commits To Major Steps To Reduce Copyright Piracy

“The U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, an intergovernmental forum for addressing trade and commercial problems between the two countries, today announced several important, new initiatives that the government of China will undertake to address copyright piracy. Piracy of CDs and tapes has been, and continues to be, rampant in China. Internet piracy is […]

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A Saga of Sacrifice and Betrayal (Washington Post)

In today’s Washington Post, Philip Pan has written a detailed report on the New Youth Study Group, a small group of Beijing college students who met occasionally to discuss political and social reform, and to write and distribute articles on these topics online. Four of their members, including the most prominent, Yang Zili, are now […]

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Big Bad Web

Exposure to the Internet leads to family turmoil, virtual kidnapping and death, according to “China’s Official Gateway to News & Information”. Several stories in April share a similar alarmist tone: a mother gets addicted to the Internet, and runs off with her “Cyber Boyfriend”; a high school boy must be “rescued” from an Internet cafe […]

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Internet media industry magazine debuts (China Daily)

China’s first official media industry Internet magazine debuted earlier this week in Beijing. The China Foreign Languages Publishing and Distribution Administration sponsors the site, which intends to address all aspects of Internet policy and development. I was not able to find an English link to the site; someone with Chinese typing capabilities would probably be […]

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Shanghai will monitor Internet (AP)

” Authorities are installing video cameras and high-tech software in Shanghai’s Internet cafes and bars to make sure customers don’t look at forbidden Web sites, a state-run newspaper reported Thursday. The new controls – part of a crackdown also aimed at keeping children out of such places – will begin in all of Shanghai’s 1,325 […]

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China backs down on Wi-Fi Standards (CNET news)

China agreed today to indefinitely delay implementation of government encryption standards for new wireless equipment, which would have allowed the government to decrypt personal communications over wireless networks. CNET writes: “China is softening efforts to establish its own Wi-Fi security standard and will adopt stringent new piracy prevention policies as part of a broad trade […]

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The grass-roots greening of China (IHT)

In an opinion piece in today’s International Herald Tribune, Elizabeth Economy writes that: “Throughout China, people have become energized by their desire to contribute to the protection of nature. In so doing, they have also set the pace for the advance of civil society and the development of democracy.” The full article is here.

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