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27th February 2010


The Lion Awakes 

News at a Glance



A compilation of Headlines + Brief Summary from Chinese & International Publications relating to China.

Just 5 Minutes each day to be up-to-date on the News of China

Combined with Kaixin’s boutique SITE SEARCH ENGINE, it is a unique source of knowledge about China"





China News Archive

From 2008






China Daily


China's economic macro-control to be tested in 2010

BEIJING: China's macroeconomic management would be put to the test both by the domestic and international markets in 2010, said Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Zhang Ping Friday.

The country's fiscal and monetary policies would be tested given the uncertainties of 2010, Zhang said.
"As to monetary policies, if the bank continues to provide easy loans, inflation may occur. But if the government tightens monetary policies too soon, the economy may relapse into recession." said Li Daokui, director of the Center for China in the World Economy, Tsinghua University.


China defends move cutting US Treasury securities holdings

BEIJING: China defended its move to reduce its holdings of US Treasury securities, saying the United States should take steps to promote confidence in US dollar.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the comment Thursday when responding to questions on China's sale of US Treasury securities last December.

Qin said the issue should be viewed from two perspectives.

He said on the one hand, China always followed the principle of "ensuring safety, liquidity and good value" in managing its foreign exchange reserve. And when it came to how much and when China buys the bonds, the decision should be made taking into account the market and China's need, so as to realize rational deployment of China's foreign exchange property, he said.

And on the other hand, the United States should take concrete steps to beef up the international market's confidence in the US dollar, Qin said.


Growth fueled by urban investment

China's growth trajectory is driven by urbanization - through investment in cooperative megacities. During the past three decades, the share of China's city dwellers has more than doubled to 45 percent. And by 2040, the urbanization rate is expected to be close to 67 percent.

Recently, some Western analysts have argued that China's growth is a bubble because the country suffers from excess capacity. After all, China's total fixed investment last year was 47 percent of GDP, which is more than Japan's at its peak.

But even these numbers should be seen in their proper context. In China, capital stock per person remains just 5 percent of what it is in the United States or Japan.

In terms of urbanization rate, China is today where the US was in the early 1910s. In other words, China's rise has barely begun.

In China, the expansion of old and rise of new cities have been driven by growing economic prosperity and dreams of a better quality of life. At the heart of this colossal transformation, it is the central cities that drive growth - not just within city borders, but regionally

The expansion of these gigantic cities has been fast, disruptive and unprecedented in world history. It has also been accompanied by rapid price increases. But they have occurred primarily in the first-tier cities. Markets cannot easily price what they have never witnessed before.

Ultimately, China's new regional development is not just about the restoration of the historical glory of the great coastal urban centers. It is driven by these megacities as they serve as growth engines for the neighboring regions. It is history in the making.


Kaixin - A MUST READ! My instinct has been that China is not experiencing a 'western' economic bubble. Perhaps this supports my instinct.


Editorial - A necessary try for IMF

The appointment of Zhu Min, deputy governor of the Chinese central bank, as a special adviser to the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), highlights China's increasing influence in the global financial system.

With the Chinese economy taking the lead in helping lift the world out of the worst global recession in decades, it would seem natural for Chinese to give more advice to more ears from the international community.

In fact, the selection in 2008 of Justin Yifu Lin, a leading Chinese academic, as vice- president and chief economist of the World Bank, had started the export of Chinese wisdom that more and more global institutions seek.


China to introduce favorable taxation policy for rural financing

The Chinese Banking regulator says it will introduce a favorable taxation policy to increase incentives for rural financing. Banks will get support in lending to agriculture, rural residents, and countryside projects.

Zang Jingfan, Official of CBRC, said, "Banks lending small loans of less than 50 thousand yuan to rural areas will be exempted from business tax, and receive a 10 percent discount in income tax. Financial institutions established at a township level will pay three percent in business tax."

The business tax for banks is commonly five percent. The favorable taxation policy is expected to boost rural financing, in order to support the development of rural areas.



The Wall Street Journal      China RealTime Report

What to Make of Zhu Min’s Role at IMF?

The IMF’s press release said Mr. Zhu would play a role in “strengthening the Fund’s understanding of Asia” — which is the polite way the IMF talks about its inability to get hardly any Asian countries to turn to the IMF for help during the current economic turmoil. (Pakistan and Afghanistan are exceptions.) The IMF’s heavy-handed actions during the Asia financial of 1997 and 1998s still haunt the IMF there, though Latin America, another region where IMF animosity has run deep, is becoming IMF-friendly.



The Age

China fracturing under party's iron grip

China's top expert on social unrest has warned that hardline security policies are taking the country to the brink of "revolutionary turmoil".

In contrast with the powerful, assertive and united China that is being projected to the outside world, Professor Yu Jianrong says his prediction of looming internal disaster reflects on-the-ground surveys and also the views of minister-level Chinese leaders.

Kaixin – Mei’s on the ground survey in Nanning showed the opposite. She is talking to people in what you could call 'Middle China'. They definitely support their government. Yes, she said, they like to moan about the government, like in the 'west', but that does not mean they want to change it or embrace democracy. I have sent her the article and asked for her comment.


China passes defence mobilisation bill

China has passed its first-ever law on deploying its military which allows troops to take over businesses and other civilian resources and provides for conscription in times of national emergency.

While China's vast military machine has always been under the direct command of the ruling Communist Party rather than the government, the new law leaves no room for any doubt, officials say.



The Australian

Britain appeals to US Supreme Court as Linda Carty faces death by injection in Texas

A BLACK British grandmother who once sang for the Prince of Wales faces death by lethal injection within months in Texas unless a final appeal launched overnight can persuade the US Supreme Court that she deserves a second trial.

Linda Carty, a rape survivor who says she was framed for murder by career criminals, has been on death row in central Texas since 2002. Her hopes of clemency depend on the Supreme Court accepting her case, and with it 80 bound briefing documents submitted by British campaigners and UK government lawyers.

She now spends 23 hours a day in a cell in Gatesville, Texas, condemned to death after a trial described on Friday as “catastrophically flawed”, for a murder of which she has always proclaimed her innocence.

China Daily

Experts defend China's execution of Briton

BEIJING: China has upheld the independence and integrity of its justice system, as would any other country, in the trial and execution of British drug smuggler Akmal Shaikh, say legal experts, refuting criticisms of China's human rights record and lack of clemency.
Shaikh, a 53-year-old British man, was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.


British man said to be mentally ill executed in China

Mr Shaikh's family said he had been delusional and duped into a carrying a suitcase that did not belong to him when he was found with 4kg of heroin in Urumqi, north-west China, in September 2007.
His daughter has said drug smugglers in Poland convinced him they would make him a pop star in China.

Kaixin –  So, what is the difference between the U.S and China? Where are the human rights activists?




Nude Bobsleigh Competition in Germany

A group of women sit on sleds atop a hill wearing nothing but boots, short shorts, and helmets as they set to participate at Braunlage, Germany's nude bobsleigh competition

Kaixin – So much for a staid state run news outlet



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Set in Zanzibar

'A maharaja’s ruby cast on a Persian carpet by the blackest of hands'



Chapter One

London 1910

“Hello, who are you? I am Oliver, is Edward at home?”

The words were spoken by a tall, impeccably dressed young man rushing into Edward’s flat, shaking off surplus water and calling for whisky while shoving his umbrella into a stand; a shaggy grey Irish wolfhound, impeccably dressed by savile row.

Susan laughed, her hazel eyes dancing with the exhilaration of the new. “Yes, he is having a bath. I think he is trying to get warm. I’m Susan, Susan Carey, his sister.


They chatted, tentatively at first, getting to know one another. Edward had not seen Susan for two years and was unsure how his sister would take his new relationship. Oliver was intrigued by Susan. An attractive, self-assured young lady of high intelligence with a degree was a rare find. And, as fate would have it, she was also a trained and experienced teacher. He suggested a picnic at Oxford, which was met with ready acquiescence.

“I’ll see if the Rolls is available,” mused Oliver. “Must ring father, haven’t spoken to him in ages.”

Oliver, Sir Oliver Marchmaine, was an unaffected young man of intense intelligence who saw life as a great adventure to be lived to the full. He was also unyieldingly loyal to his country, England, which is why he had joined Military Intelligence on leaving Oxford.

It was 1910 and Europe was stirring. It was a time full of interest, intrigue and danger, the European chessboard becoming increasingly complex, the moves more subtle. A time when an unexpected move or feint could have profound consequences.


The woman smiled to acknowledge Asim’s greeting, his eyes looking directly at her from within the folds of an impossibly white kufiyya. A peregrine falcon: lean, intense, beautiful, with a hunter’s gaze.

“You were sent by Sir Edward Clark?” asked Asim.

The question was direct, intended merely to ascertain the relevant information. He did not respond to her femininity. Did not glance she remembered, allowed herself to remember. The counterpoint between the masculine and the feminine was missing. Something in him, that part of him, had withered to the point of extinction. She did not know that then. That was to be part of her journey.

“Yes, my name is Susan, Susan Carey. I am the teacher.”





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Short stories on a theme set in Tasmania, Australia

Where style and story telling are explored.




The Cultural Revolution through my Eyes

By Zhou Xiaosui


I was born in 1966, the year China the Culture Revolution began. My mother told me when I was just born that a nurse held me in her arms and said, "come, look at this girl, she is so pretty, her eyes are so big". Another nurse who was in the room standing in front of the window, said, "come here and look at the people marching down the street wearing high caps!"

They were the people the Gong Chan Party (The Communist Party) had branded as counter-revolutionary. They were being marched down the street as an example.

This is the story of my life, and my family's life, in the time of the Cultural Revolution. I hope you will be interested in seeing China through my eyes.


Chapter One

I was Born in this Time

This was a time of unrest and uncertainty. A time that was to last for 10 long years and profoundly affected my family.

Just after I was born, the Government accused my father of being a counter-revolutionary because his family had moved from China and all lived overseas. So he lost his job as a teacher. He wasn’t allowed to work and had to stay at home reflecting on what he had done wrong. This was bad for my father, but it was good for me. My father could look after me at home, and over the early years of my growing up I became very close to my father who was also my first teacher.

I remember, he hung a blanket by the four corners to become a hammock, and he put me inside. He would rock me to and fro when I cried or became restless. He needed to write two pieces for the Government about his thinking and saying sorry that his family left China and lived overseas. He also had to embroider a Mao Zhengdong photo.

Just like this, my father looked after me and finished his thinking “reconstruct”.

My parents told me I was a lambkin, a fat lot cry. My father really loved me. At that time, no-one listened for him, so he talked to me everyday. He talked and talked and I laughed and laughed. My father said he looked at me and I made him so happy.

By the time I was one year old, I had worn out four blankets!

When I was one year old, my father who had lost his job as a teacher, had to go to a Government building company to become a general labourer. It was very hard work for a teacher. At night he had to go to re-education meetings. When I was older and started to understand something of what had happened in my family, my sister, who is six years older than me, told me, “in this time, many nights she saw my father come back from the meeting with bruises and wounds all over the body." These had been inflicted by the Hong Wei Bing. My mother, who was a Doctor, cried and helped my father clean the wounds. These beatings went on night after night, my father wanted to die. My mother told him, “I need you, your two children need you, they need to have a father, you must live!’

Hong Wei Bing: Hong = red; wei = to guard, to protect; bing = soldier

In Chinese culture, ‘hong’ is lucky and represents good.

The Hong Wei Bing was the Communists Party’s youth cadre. It was made up of students in high school aged between 12 and 18. They were given authority over any person branded as a counter-revolutionary. They were, of course, too young and callow to be given that much power, so they abused it. It would be like giving the students at your local High School authority, without boundaries, over anyone in your town who did not seem to conform, including their teachers.

The Government officials ran the re-education meeting with the Hong Wei Bing.

The Hong Wei Bing harassed anyone who was at the meeting. Asking questions like, ‘Did you do the bad thing for the Government, for Mao?’, ‘Do you love Mao?’, ‘Why does your family live overseas?’ ………… questions that had to be answered quickly and with enthusiasm. If the Hong Wei Bing were not satisfied with the answer, or even if they did not like your demeanor, of if they just wanted to hurt you, then they would beat you up. Many people died from these beatings.

My father did not, he lived.





My Father's Wisdom

By Zhou Xiaosui

I was born in 1966, the year China the Culture Revolution began. My mother told me when I was just born that a nurse held me in her arms and said, "come, look at this girl, she is so pretty, her eyes are so big". Another nurse who was in the room standing in front of the window, said, "come here and look at the people marching down the street wearing high caps!"

They were the people the Gong Chan Party (The Communist Party) had branded as counter-revolutionary. They were being marched down the street as an example.

These are some of the stories my father taught my in this time.