Four books about Changing China

This is a book review on today’s San Francisco Chronicle, written by Sandip Roy. “The image of the lone young man confronting the giant tanks rolling into Tiananmen Square in 1989 was at once so terrifying and so romantic that it seems to have become the lens through which the West still regards China. That […]

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HK Says U.S. Meddling as China Reviews Law (Reuters)

Apr 3, 11:02 am ET By Rico Ngai and Jonathan Ansfield NPC officials began deliberating two clauses in Hong Kong’s Basic Law on Saturday that set out how its chief executive and lawmakers are chosen. Critics fear that Beijing’s re-interpretation of these two clauses will ensure a more compliant legislature and stifle Hong Kong’s pro-democracy […]

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A Dismal Chapter in China’s Media History

The Hong Kong-based, Chinese language Yazhou Zhoukan (Asia Weekly) magazine has published a lengthy article about the recent crackdown on Southern Metropolis News (Nanfang Dushi Bao), in which two employees of the newspaper were sentenced to lengthy terms for alleged corruption and the top editor was arrested and is awaiting trial. Chinese journalists have called […]

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Provincial Politics and the Death of Free Media in China (Asia Media; Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief)

By Arnold Zeitlin Posted: April 1, 2004 Click here for full article Article reports that on March 19, the former editor-in-chief of the cutting-edge newspaper, Southern Metropolitan Daily, was arrested on charges of embezzlement. Two senior managers were also recently sentenced to long-term imprisonment for bribery and embezzlement. The report indicates that the government is […]

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Beijing ditches bullfighting plans (BBC)

April 2, 2004 Reflecting sensitivity to the issue of animal cruelty and how it might tarnish China’s image abroad, the Beijing City Council reportedly intervened to scrap plans for Spanish-style bull fights in a privately owned arena, newly constructed for that purpose. According to the BBC, the move also represents a victory for the emerging […]

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Tiananmen Mothers released (AP)

Xinhua News Agency said today that the three “Tiananmen Mothers” were “released by police after being admonished and showing repentance,” the Associated Press reported. The full report is here.

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2003: 60% Growth in Web Sites (State Council)

April 1, 2004 According to a report written by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) and issued by the State Council, China had roughly 600,000 approved web sites by the end of 2003, representing a 60.3% increase over the previous year. However, the report notes significant regional disparities in web site development. The comparatively […]

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China tightens visa rules for US citizens (FT)

By Mure Dickie in Beijing Published: March 31 2004 9:09 | Last Updated: March 31 2004 11:34 China on Wednesday tightened rules for issuing visas to US citizens in retaliation against Washington’s insistence on fingerprinting Chinese travellers to the US. The new measures, which include requiring diplomats travelling for personal reasons to apply for an […]

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UN Global Forum on Internet Governance

“More than 200 leaders from government, business and civil society attended the Global Forum on Internet Governance, held on 25 and 26 March 2004 and organized by the United Nations Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Task Force” according to a report by CircleID. The entry is mostly large sections of direct quotation from participants in […]

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China Seeks to Name Asteroid After Copyrighted Taikonaut (BBC)

April 1, 2004 According to the BBC, “A Chinese observatory is hoping to give the ultimate accolade to the country’s first man in space, Yang Liwei, after proposing to name an asteroid after the 38-year-old fighter pilot.” In an interesting twist on Chinese intellectual property law, “his image, name and signature have also been copyrighted […]

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