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China Visit of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detension

While welcoming certain gestures by the Chinese government, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concludes after a visit to China that its recommendations in a 1997 report have not been implemented: “Namely, the provision which stipulates that everyone shall not be consider guilty until convicted has not been amended to clearly stipulate the presumption […]

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Dissecting China’s far west

In Asia Times, Colin Mackerras reviews a new book, Xinjiang, China’s Muslim Borderland – Studies of Central Asia and the Caucasus, a collection of essays edited by S Frederick Starr: “Xinjiang, China’s Muslim Borderland is not the first book to focus on Xinjiang… However, it is the first to take an all-round view on Xinjiang […]

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For the real Shanghai, look under the hood

In an op-ed in the International Herald Tribune today, Philip Bowring writes that despite its glitzy facade, Shanghai is representative of the endemic problems plaguing the Communist Party: “As well as the most shiny example of China’s new ‘socialist’ construction, Shanghai is also an example of vast waste of public funds and the locus of […]

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Vested interests, ignorance aid China’s tobacco industry

In an interview with the AFP, a WHO official says that healthcare costs will escalate in China as a lack of education and the government’s vested interests encourage the country’s smokers. One in three of the world’s smokers live in China. More than 1 million people die in China every year from tobacco-related illness; the […]

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Official Denounced for Posting Letter Alleging Corruption in Communist Party

Also from today’s Washington Post: “……The party functionary, a 52-year-old former farmer with a middle-school education, captured the national imagination with his complaints because most Chinese are all too aware of the official corruption that has accompanied the last 25 years of economic liberalization. The tale of a county-level party secretary recounting his struggles against […]

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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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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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Freelance writer jailed

The BBC and the AP have reported on the arrest of freelance journalist and Internet essayist Liu Shui, who has been sentenced without trial to two years of “custody and education” in Shenzhen. The original news release from the Committee to Protect Journalists is here. Many of Liu Shui’s writings (in Chinese) are available here. […]

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