Who Needs English? (LA Times)

March 29, 2004 “Chinese studies are booming throughout Asia. At the largest chain of private language schools in Japan, enrollment in Chinese in 2003 was double that in 2002 ” displacing French as the second most popular language after English.” Click here for full story.

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Pres. Chen says W. Post distorted interview

Following an interview with President Chen Shui-bian in yesterday’s Washington Post, the president now says he was misquoted on his stance about relations with the mainland. The dispute is over the first paragraph of the Post article, which says: “President Chen Shui-bian declared Monday that his narrow re-election victory was a mandate from voters to […]

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The great Chinese aircraft carrier mystery (STI)

The Straits Times (STI) published an article written by Anthony Paul today, about online rumours of Chinese aircraft carriers. It said: “Several websites refer to ‘eyewitness reports’ of three graving docks at Shanghai, each with carrier construction under way. First mention appears to have come in a lengthy report on the ‘Strong Nation Forum’ (Qiangguo […]

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Baidu president takes on Google (Xinhua)

This is from Chinaview today. “When Google launched its Chinese language advertising service in February, the battle suddenly heated up as domestic search engine operators rushed to get a market share they deserve. Among domestic competitors, Robin Lee’s Baidu seems to be one of the most promising, as the firm began generating profits last year […]

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Tiananmen Mothers are Detained (NYT)

Ding Zilin and others in Tiananmen Mother Movement have been detained. This report is from New York Times on March 29, 2004. “At least three family members of people gunned down by the Chinese military during the June 1989 crackdown on dissent in Beijing have been detained, as the authorities seek to prevent protests connected […]

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China’s ‘BMW killer’ case upheld

In a follow-up to the “BMW case”, which spurred widespread online protests in China, a lenient sentence was upheld for a woman who killed a peasant with her car, the BBC reported today. The full report is here. We’ll see how Internet users in China react to this news.

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Scholarly Trudeau website blocked in China (Globe and Mail)

This article is on March 26’s technology page of Globe and Mail, written by Geoffery York. “When computer sleuths from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation studied the users of its website over the past 12 months, they found something very mysterious: Not a single person from China had visited the site.” Click here for the […]

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The Web Won’t Topple Tyranny (New Republic)

March 25, 2004 In a provocative piece, Joshua Kurlantzick of the New Republic challenges the argument that the Internet is a powerful force for democracy. Instead he argues that the Internet has turned out to be a paper tiger against tyranny and authoritarian regimes, and that it may actually help to strengthen them. He insists […]

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China to Talk With U.S. on Semiconductor Tax (New York Times)

March 27, 2004 “China said Friday that it had agreed to talks with the United States about a tax Beijing imposed on imported semiconductors that Washington contends gives Chinese producers an unfair advantage. The United States started a complaint with the World Trade Organization last week over the 17 percent value-added tax China places on […]

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Analysis on China-Taiwan Policy

Orville published an OP-ED piece on Project Syndicate about Taiwan on March 19. He has given analysis on dynamics behind China’s policy towards Taiwan and wrote: “Taiwan may have the right to pursue independence, but regional peace and democratization of China are far more important and worthy outcomes.” The full article is here.

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No internet cafes allowed around schools, residential areas (Xinhua)

2004-03-24 “Local governments across China have been ordered not to approve any Internet cafe operations in residential areas or within 200 meters of primary and high schools…….The Chinese government has, therefore, launched a nationwide check on all Internet cafes from February to August so as to halt the entry of minors as well as to […]

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Taiwanese President Agrees to Recount of Disputed Vote (NY times)

March 23, 2004 By KEITH BRADSHER and JOSEPH KAHN TAIPEI, Taiwan, Tuesday, March 23 ” President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan agreed Tuesday morning to a recount of his disputed victory by a razor-thin margin (0.2%) in the presidential elections on Saturday, giving in to pressure from street demonstrations and the United States. Clickhere to read […]

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Viacom Plans Joint Venture in China(AP)

March 23, 2004 I got this news from New York Times SHANGHAI, China (AP) — Viacom Inc., the owner of the CBS, Nickelodeon and MTV television networks, plans to collaborate with the Shanghai Media Group on producing TV programs for youngsters in China’s largest city — the first such joint venture since China opened TV […]

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