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26th March 2010

 

The Lion Awakes 

News at a Glance

 

今天的中国新闻

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

 

Chinese manufacturers learn to love labor lost

BEIJING - In the Pearl River Delta, once dubbed "the workshop of the world" and the preferred location for low-cost manufacturers, low-wage workers are increasingly scarce.

Latest government figures showed the Pearl River Delta, China's largest export region boasting nearly one third of the country's total export, saw an exodus of 22.5 percent of its migrant workers in 2009.
The shortages can be attributed to government policies aiming at closing the yawning income gap between the urban rich and the rural poor.

 

A Stern Warning

Official executed for embezzling public funds

An official with the administration of government subsidy for housing was executed on Thursday morning for corruption and embezzlement, in central China's Hunan province.

Li Shubiao, 46, was the former director with the office in Chenzhou city. He was found having embezzled public funds amounting at 120 million yuan (18 million US dollars) during his tenure, most of which have been invested in profitable deals or squandered in gambling.

 

China drills more wells, seeds clouds amid drought

BEIJING: Emergency wells were being drilled and cloud-seeding operations carried out in southern China, where the worst drought in decades has left millions of people without water and caused more than 1,000 schools to close, officials said Thursday.

Provincial and national land resources bureau officials met in Kunming, capital of the hardest-hit province of Yunnan, to discuss details of deploying workers to dig wells and increase cloud seeding and other aid to people in need of drinking water, according to a director at the Yunnan Land Resources Bureau, surnamed Ma.

"The situation here will get worse in the coming months before it gets any better, but hopefully with more wells and water being diverted to those in need, we can help ease the situation," said Ma.

 

China tops US in spending on clean energy

China beat the United States for the first time last year in investments in low-carbon energy like wind and solar power, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts released on Thursday.

In 2009 China invested $34.6 billion in the clean energy economy while the United States invested $18.6 billion and came in second place, according to the report called, "Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race?"

Phyllis Cuttino, director of Pew Environment Group's US Global Warming Campaign, said the United States lacks strong national policies to support renewable energy.

 

President Hu: More efforts to develop west inland

YINCHUAN: Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for more efforts to promote social, economic development in the underdeveloped western areas of the country.

Hu made the call during his three-day visit to northwestern Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region from Sunday to Tuesday.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of China's campaign to develop the west.


 

The Wall Street Journal      China RealTime Report

GM Shows Its EN-V in Shanghai

General Motors Co. introduced a pod-like electric vehicle in Shanghai this week, a vision for a car of the future to help solve urban-transportation problems such as congestion and pollution.

 

From the ABC’s Catalyst – video

Future car

US researchers have been working on a radical technology that could change the way we get about. A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been designing collapsible, stackable electric vehicles that owe their flexibility and cheapness to a revolutionary new drive system known as in-wheel motors.

Kaixin – the lateral thinking that placed the motor in each wheel is brilliant.

 

The Wall Street Journal     China RealTime Report

U.S. Push on Internet Freedom Could Backfire

But Google’s experience in China over the past two months has led some to question whether legislators’ involvement helps or hurts the government’s cause, even as Google urges legislators to become more involved in such efforts.

Sentiment among Chinese Internet users is far from being unanimously in support of Google’s decision to defy the wishes of Chinese censors. Some prominent commentators have outspokenly praised Google as a champion for free expression, but most Internet watchers say Chinese-language discussion on the topic is now laced with skepticism because of blurred boundaries between the Internet giant and the U.S. government

 

Kaixin – The people we speak to, including students, couldn’t give a rat’s bum whether Google stays or goes. If Google wants to compete in China it has to accept that it is in China and abide by their law and culture. From yesterday’s comments,

On what basis does America assume such moral superiority? It holds itself up as the ideal after which all should follow. Yet, it is a self appointed role. Its moral superiority is self-awarded. It all exists within the collective mind of America.

The collective American mind would recoil if China assumed such moral superiority and proceeded to tell America what its values should be.

Indeed, when China protests about single issues that it regards as going to its core interests, America ignores it, quite rightly so. Yet, that is exactly what America is doing on a much larger and more profound scale. Not on core single issues, but on general moral and philosophical grounds.

So, why shouldn’t China simply take the same approach as America, and ignore it. Certainly, China should not comply simply because America opines from its lofty stance.

 

 

The New York Times

China Officials Wrestle Publicly Over Currency

The fight, mainly between the Chinese central bank and its Commerce Ministry, could decide the course of trade tensions between China and the United States.


Kaixin – Substantive  and interesting article

 

 

The Age

China in new web rule row
ELLEN NAKASHIMA AND CECILIA KANG, WASHINGTON

THE world's largest internet domain name registration company, GoDaddy.com Inc, will no longer offer domain names in China.

The move comes in response to intrusive Chinese government rules that require applicants to provide extensive personal data, including photographs of themselves.


Kaixin – As China says, Western companies are free to come and free to go. All they have to do is abide by the laws of China. As I noted above, the supply of rat’s rear ends from China over these issues is non-existent.

 

Hu trial: Verdict due Monday

Australia said on Thursday it had been told by China that the verdict in the trial of four Rio Tinto executives charged with bribery and stealing commercial secrets will be handed down on Monday.

 

The Australian

In dealing with Beijing, overambition tends to backfire

In contrast, Rudd and Obama were much more China-centric and took a more ambitious and optimistic view of the possibilities for collaboration with China.

It's time to lower expectations for Chinese co-operation, look first to friends and co-ordinate potential sources of leverage over Beijing. Paradoxically, if this is done, relations with China will likely improve.

 

 

Asia Times Online

Rio gets back to business
By Olivia Chung

HONG KONG - Rio Tinto executives, waiting to hear the fate of colleagues held in Shanghai on charges of bribery and stealing commercial secrets, may have to wait even longer for the outcome of usually contentious price negotiations for supplying iron ore to China. The annual talks involving Chinese steel companies and global ore suppliers set the price for the 12 months from April 1.

 

SINOGRAPH
Globalization yet to have its day
By Francesco Sisci

BEIJING - Vladimir Lenin's mark on communist theory was his book on imperialism [1], which the Russian leader considered the supreme - and thus last - phase of capitalism. After the imperialistic stage, capitalism would fall. He was wrong in many respects. Capitalism did not fall apart, and imperialism was just a stage in capitalistic evolution.

Now is the time of globalization.

 

US peeks into China's nuclear fortress
By Peter J Brown

The Chinese government is probably unhappy about a new report by a Virginia-based, non-partisan think-tank called Project 2049 [1] that reveals significant and previously little known details about Base 22 in the Qinling mountains in Shaanxi province, China's primary storage facility for nuclear weapons. Publicity about this new report - "China's Nuclear Warhead Storage and Handling System" - first appeared in Defense News in early March

 

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Chapter One

Zanzibar

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

The ancient dhow stirred in the soft morning breeze, moving through the water like a sated lion, snuffling about the other boats on the harbour; some scurrying, some at anchor, some darting before a brief gust of wind. The lateen sails a bustling panorama of blood-red and sun-bleached white.

Aft, the woman's eyes searched the skyline, drinking in the architecture of Stone Town, the heart of Zanzibar; its jagged, cluttered silhouette so familiar, so much a part of her soul.

Abruptly, her eyes ceased their restless searching, jagged by an invisible hook, transfixed by the grand buildings on the northern shore, Beit-al-Ajaib, the House of Wonders, Palace to the great Sultan of Zanzibar. The distinctive architecture captured in the tropical light: coconut white outlined by contrasting shadow plays of pepper black.

A smile, ever so slight, started to play on the edge of her mouth, then disappeared. A memory that should have been fond instantly turning to sharp unbearable pain. Her eyes hardened and moved on.

Without warning the captain threw the rudder over. Stumbling, the woman barked her shin on a wooden box, a rough-hewn coffin. She recoiled, knocking over an untidy stack of cane baskets. Imprisoned in the baskets, rusty cockerels, their scruffy heads straining through the latticework, snapped at her, cried out to her; their raucous din overwhelming her, drowning her.

Dimly, through the fog of noise, the strident swearing of the sailors in Kiswahili seeped into her conscious. Understanding, she smiled mirthlessly.

The coffin had been carelessly stowed, a chore, rather than a labour of respect or love.

 

 

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.

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The Cultural Revolution through my Eyes

By Zhou Xiaosui

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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.

 

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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.

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