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13th April 2010


The Lion Awakes 

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From 2008






China Daily


Hu presents 5-point proposal for boosting China-U.S. ties

WASHINGTON; Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday put forward a five-point proposal for improving China-U.S. relations in a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama.

The two sides should persistently stick to the right direction of bilateral ties, and take concrete moves to establish a partnership to jointly deal with common challenges, said Hu.

Second, China and the United States should respect each other's core interests and major concerns. This is key to the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties, he said.

The Taiwan and Tibet issues concern China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and its core interests. China hopes the United States would keep its promises and handle these issues with caution, so that further setbacks in China-U.S. ties could be averted.

Third, the two sides should keep exchanges at different levels, said Hu, adding that he is willing to keep close contact with Obama.

China and the United States should jointly push for positive results at the second round of China-U.S. strategic and economic dialogue, said Hu.

Fourth, the two countries should deepen practical cooperation. China would like to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with the United States in economics and trade, counter-terrorism, energy, environment, and law enforcement.

China is also willing to explore cooperation in civil aviation, high-speed train and infrastructure, said Hu.China expects outstanding U.S. exhibitions at the upcoming Shanghai Expo and welcomes U.S. citizens to the event.

Fifth, China and the United States should strengthen communication and coordination on major international and regional issues. The two sides should continue to strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination, and their cooperation in the framework of the Group of 20.




China Daily

Hu pledges currency reform at China's pace

WASHINGTON – President Hu Jintao told his US counterpart Barack Obama that China is determined to push forward reform on the exchange rate policy,but the move is based on China’s needs, not pressure from other countries.

A press release from the Foreign Ministry issued after the meeting said:“Hu said China is determined in pushing forward reform on the exchange rate formation system of the Renminbi,”

“It is based on the needs of our own economic and social development. Concrete reforms will be considered according to the change of the world economy and the situation of China’s economy, (we) especially will not push forward it under outside pressure.”


Hu meets with Obama in Washington on China-US ties

WASHINGTON - Chinese President Hu Jintao and US President Barack Obama met in Washington Monday to exchange views on China-US relations and other important world and regional issues of common concern.

"We had a talk over phone recently, and have maintained contact through phone calls and letters," Hu said when the meeting began.

This is the first meeting between Hu and Obama since the US president paid a state visit to China last November.


Hu seeks 'stable' US trade relationship

Washington - China and the US should properly handle economic frictions through consultations on an equal footing, President Hu Jintao has just told his US counterpart.

Answering a question on China-US economic and trade relations, Ma Zhaoxu, spokesman for the Chinese delegation attending the nuclear security summit, said that the two presidents discussed bilateral economic and trade relations.

President Hu told President Obama sound and stable development of China-US economic and trade ties is good for China, good for the US and for world economic development, he said.

The two sides should properly resolve economic and trade frictions through consultations on an equal footing and jointly uphold the larger interests of China-US economic cooperation and trade, Hu told Obama.



Female students going for the gold

GUANGZHOU - About 60 percent of female college students say they want to marry sons from wealthy families, freeing themselves from years of hard work, a recent poll shows.

Yet instead of blindly loving wealth, the students are looking at men from the "rich second generation" who love them and would share a future with them, said Liu Shuqian, a professor of ethics at Guangzhou University.




BRICs: From Acronym to Global Actor

By rising economically and embracing responsibilities, the four BRICs countries have proven their salt on the world stage


Get the Yuan Right, Prove Pundits Wrong

By Andy Xie

Hype over an 'imminent' increase in yuan value ignores China's greater need for higher interest rates and fewer bubbles

Kaixin - Very informative




The New York Times

U.S. Says China Will Push Sanctions Against Iran

WASHINGTON — President Obama met with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, on Monday and the two agreed to push for sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program, aides said. The leaders also discussed the delicate issue of the value of the Chinese currency, which the United States feels is purposely undervalued.


China Looks to Rails to Carry Its Next Economic Boom

From one end of the country to the other, China is in the midst of a railroad boom that promises to transform the world’s third-largest economy, after those of the United States and Japan.

By making it easier to move people and goods, the railroad mania will gradually shift the center of economic gravity inland, accelerating the development of central and western China in an echo of America’s experience in the 19th century.



The Wall Street Journal

U.S., China Talk Strategy on Iran

WASHINGTON—U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao, meeting on the first day of a nuclear security summit, agreed to step up pressure on Iran for its nuclear program, the U.S. said, but the two nations appear divided on how to apply that pressure.



The Australian

US, China to work together on Iran

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao have agreed to work together on nuclear sanctions for Iran.

Obama and Hu met in Washington ahead of a 47-nation nuclear security summit and sent soothing signals after stormy public rows over Taiwan, Tibet, economics and currency issues.


Doubts remain as China consults on opening up procurement market

CHINA appears to be softening rules that sparked outcry from foreign businesses by limiting their access to a government procurement market worth billions of dollars a year.



The Sydney Morning Herald

China bank lending almost halved in 1st quarter

Lending by Chinese banks fell 43 per cent in the first quarter from a year earlier as the government winds down its stimulus and tries to cool a credit boom while keeping its recovery on track, central bank data showedon Monday.


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'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.