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 underscores common ground with India
Wen vows to deepen China's income reform
"If the income gap continues to widen, it will pose a major threat to our economic development and social stability," Wen wrote. "We are poised and capable of gradually resolving this problem with a sound momentum of economic and social development and greater sustainability in various fields."
China seeks peaceful resolution of Iran nuclear issue
But Qin gave no indication about sanctions but said the six countries held a conference call on Wednesday evening and that "all parties agreed to continue to maintain contact through various channels".
Hu to attend Nuclear Security Summit in US
China reaffirms openness to foreign investment
US is the true money meddler
By Zhang Monan (China Daily)
The author is an economics researcher with the State Information Centre
This laughable accusation exposes Washington's conspiracy to mislead people from the real currency manipulator that has caused turbulences in the global financial market: the US. To transfer the impacts of the global financial crisis to foreign countries, the Obama administration has adopted a monetary policy that only aids its own economic recovery.
China's top 10 luxury homes
The World in Guangzhou, Nanjing Zhongshan International Golf Villa and Tomson Riviera in Shanghai ranked as the top three on the list of China's Ten Most Expensive Homes in 2010, released by World Executive Group on Wednesday in Beijing, Guangzhou Daily reported Thursday
The Wall Street Journal China RealTime Report
Chinese Censorship Aims for Ambiguity
A temporary disruption in Google’s new Chinese search site left some scratching their heads over Beijing’s censorship methods. WSJ’s Loretta Chao explains how the censorship works, and why confusion might be part of the plan.
The New York Times
China Leader to Attend Nuclear Meeting in U.S
Until the announcement on Thursday by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, American officials feared that Mr. Hu would boycott the talks to express China’s displeasure over a series of recent diplomatic clashes, including a White House decision to sell arms to Taiwan and President Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader.
Kaixin – Good Article, setting out the issues for both China and the U.S.
Coming Visit May Signal Easing by China on Currency
They want the government to label China a currency “manipulator,” which would allow Washington to retaliate against China economically. But the announcement by Chinese authorities on Thursday that President Hu Jintao will be visiting Washington in two weeks is being seen as the beginning of a possible easing of the friction over the renminbi.
Countries Blame China, Not Nature, for Water Shortage
But the drought has also created a major public relations problem for the Chinese government in neighboring countries, where in recent years China has tried to project an image of benevolence and brotherhood.
Kaixin – The comments on the following two articles are interesting as they show what the average person in America is thinking about the issues.
China Leader to Attend Nuclear Meeting in U.S.
China, Concubines and Google
Kaixin - From the Comments:
'I live and work in China with younger people, and frankly I detect no wide-based sympathy here for Google. A Chinese reader posted a comment on another NYT page last week saying while the west thinks it is fostering freedom of information with the Google issue, most Chinese use Google for a source of porno. That may be somewhat exaggerated, but it made me think of the rough parallel between the Opium Wars and the current standoff. In both the West was pushing a higher level cause - open trade and freedom of information-- while China was pushing back against what it perceived to be immediately harms to society: opium and now porno or social instability.'
Back to bad old landlords
JOHN GARNAUT AND SANGHEE LIU, FUJIN
Those characters signify a South Korean company, named on documents from the time as ''Guangxu Chemical Company'', which was supposed to have signed an agricultural joint venture with the Fujin government. But the South Korean investment company never came.
Instead, in a blur of government committee meetings and opaque private dealings, at least 570,000 mu (38,000 hectares) of land belonging to Yu and 40,000 other farmers was transferred to the ''joint venture'' company, then the Fujin municipal government and finally into the names of friends and relatives of the officials who ran the government. Most of that stolen land was rented straight back to the farmers who had just been dispossessed.
Kaixin – An indepth article on an issue that not only must by addressed in China, in many instances it must be re-dressed.
Asia Times Online
China joins imperialists in Guinea pressure play
By John Helmer
MOSCOW - China has joined an English peer, a George W Bush administration retiree, and a special Kremlin envoy in attempts to persuade or pressure the Guinean government into halting court proceedings, and checks for fraud and tax evasion, involving international mining companies and restoring concession rights to Guinea's resource treasures.
Kaixin – The following articles are of direct relevance to China which is looking to form closer ties with Afghanistan. A move which obviously concerns the U.S greatly.
The alienation of Hamid Karzai
By M K Bhadrakumar
It must have been the first time in the history of the United States that an incumbent president had to undertake a 26-hour plane journey abroad with repeated mid-air refueling to meet a foreign leader - all for a 30-minute pow-wow.
The staggering message that came out of US President Barack Obama's hurried mission to the presidential palace in Kabul to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai last Sunday afternoon is that his own AfPak diplomats have let him down badly.
Karzai's China-Iran dalliance riles Obama
By M K Bhadrakumar
Great moments in diplomatic timing are hard to distinguish when the practitioners are inscrutable entities. Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visits to China and Iran within the week rang alarm bells in Washington which were heard in the Oval Office of the White House.
Ambassador Bhadrakumar was a career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service. His assignments included the Soviet Union, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Germany, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kuwait and Turkey.