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Pension program to cover 60 percent of China's rural areas this year: vice premier

China plans to expand a piloted pension program to 60 percent of its rural areas this year, an increase from the original target of 40 percent, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang said Friday.

Kaixin OpEd – The development of Rural China is the story of the 21st Century, in Kaixin’s opinion.

It has never been done in the history of China. Rural China has always been ignored and undeveloped.

As Kaixin has noted often, there is a huge divide between urban China and rural China.

This is now being slowly turned around.

It is the focus of the next five-year plan.

The economic and human capital locked up in rural China is immense, almost unquantifiable as it has never been accessed before.

The ‘west’ seem to see China as a mini ‘western’ country and opine at length about what stage of economic and social development China is currently at. They project based on ‘western’ economic, social and political models.

They miss the point.

China is China. It will do it the Chinese way.
The dragon is stirring after a three century sleep (probably opium induced). It is still sleepy and finding its way in a world that has changed utterly in those three hundred years.

It is a new world and China will find its own way.

Unlocking the potential of rural China is but one of those ways.

 

Chinese premier to visit Japan's disaster-hit areas

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in Beijing Friday that he will visit areas of Japan that were affected by the country's March 11 earthquake and tsunami during an upcoming trip.

"I will visit disaster-hit areas to express my sympathy to the Japanese people, convey the friendly sentiment of the Chinese people and their sincere support for the country's reconstruction efforts," Wen told a delegation of Japanese business leaders.

 

Packets should list all additives: Ministry of Health

An official from the administration for industry and commerce in Guiyang, Southwest China's Guizhou province, inspects food additives in a market on May 5. Ou Dongqu / Xinhua

China's health authorities on Friday urged all food producers in the country to clearly list on packets any additives used in their products.

"All additives should be listed on the package and the contents should be precise, understandable and should not include any words to imply disease prevention or treatment functions of food products," said Chen Rui, deputy director of the food safety coordination and health supervision bureau of the Ministry of Health.

Kaixin OpEd – Xiaosui’s family and friends are all very concerned about just what is in their food.

There is full support for the government to address this issue.

 

Survey: Chinese reluctant about prenups

A recent survey showed that fewer than 5 percent of the couples in China's first-tier cities have entered into prenuptial agreements, and nearly 90 percent of unmarried people dislike the idea of establishing official records of what property they owned before getting married.

According to Chinese law, the ownership of real property depends on the time when the property was purchased. If a husband or a wife buys a house before registering for marriage, the house becomes his or her sole property. If it is bought afterward, it is a joint property.

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US faces dilemma in its Asia-Pacific Policy

By Li Hongmei


Again the United States' strategy in the Asia-Pacific perches at a precarious juncture. When Obama took office three years ago, it seemed that he had a clear vision of his country's national security interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as a better appreciation of the evolving dynamics of the region. The White House even reset its formula to "come back" to the once-overlooked region of "geopolitical importance to the US interests."

To this end, it tries to underwrite its bilateral security commitments, albeit through a less threat-centric lens, and be more cognizant of the region's multilateral overtures by further anchoring US participation in regional multilateral institutions. This shift from a position of bilateral primacy to one of engaged bilateral and multilateral partnership - a "convergent security" approach - is taken as the best strategy for Washington to advance its strategic interests in the Asia-Pacific.

 

Protectionism cuts U.S. or China

By Li Hong

In global relations, we have observed political partnership often builds on economic intertwinement. After two entities are meticulously interwoven by all industrial lines, the odds for miscalculation and enmity would greatly decrease.

Although the United States and China, the world's two major powers, are now more closely linked economically than 20 or 10 years ago, Washington still has quantitative qualms about endorsing and implementing full-fledged cooperation and integration with China.

A good number of Chinese watchers have made bare: the U.S. government has till today kept its high-technology export controls on China; and, it remains, stubbornly, guarded against Chinese investments in varied U.S. assets. The stringent profiling and screening of Chinese investments in America have been deemed unfair and harmful for employment and economic growth.

 

New direction needed for China-US dialogues

John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min


The most profound problem in U.S.-China relations is that when China completes the modernization of its economy, the size of the United States and Chinese economies will reflect the size of their populations. China's economy is in the process of becoming five times larger than the US economy. Plans need to be made for this eventuality in the current China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

China should reject and move beyond the U.S. agenda in the dialogues to present a truly positive, cooperative and comprehensive grand strategy explaining to President Obama and the Americans how America can remain successful if China's massive modernization of its economy gets much larger.

The current framework of the dialogues, designed before the world suffered a series of global crises, deals with issues one by one, achieving little change. This needs to be altered by China, which must offer a positive, coherent, compressive grand strategy aligning the economic and national security of both nations.

The dialogues lack a workable U.S. grand strategy. They are incoherent and inadequate "all balls in the air" processes of dealing with individual issues rather than a comprehensive alignment of the always interrelated and often unaligned needs and goals of the United States and China ...

  

 

 

 

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Packets should list all additives: ministry

New guidelines aimed at easing public concern over food safety

BEIJING - China's health authorities on Friday urged all food producers in the country to clearly list on packets any additives used in their products.

"All additives should be listed on the package and the contents should be precise, understandable and should not include any words to imply disease prevention or treatment functions of food products," said Chen Rui, deputy director of the food safety coordination and health supervision bureau of the Ministry of Health.

 

'Undervalued' yuan blamed for EU deficit

BUDAPEST/BEIJING - The European Union's (EU) head of foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, has said an "undervalued" yuan is one of the reasons for the EU's "large bilateral trade deficit" with China.

However, Chinese researchers said the EU's policy of restricting high-technology exports to China is the main reason for the deficit.

The comments from the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy came after the yuan hit a new record high of 6.4948 against the US dollar earlier this week.

 

Emerging markets leading global M&A table

BEIJING - An increasing number of companies from emerging markets, led by China and India, have taken control of businesses in developed economies since 2002.

That's according to a recent study by the consulting firm, A.T. Kearney.

The number of cross-border merger and acquisitions (M&A) by businesses from emerging countries grew 26 percent in 2010, almost three times higher than the overall market for major M&A transactions.

 

Power crisis forces halt to diesel exports

BEIJING - China will halt diesel exports to guarantee domestic supply of the fuel as electricity outages continue to put pressure on the country's power supplies.

China will suspend diesel exports in the near future, other than to the Hong Kong and Macao special administration regions, China's top economic planning body said in a notice on Friday.

The National Development and Reform Commission also called for increased production of oil byproducts and ordered businesses not to hoard petrochemicals for speculation and price gouging.

 

Shanghai's super-rich surprise

SHANGHAI - Shanghai has some 132,000 individuals with a personal wealth of 10 million yuan ($1.54 million) or more.

That's according to the Shanghai Wealth Report 2011, published on Thursday by the Hurun Report and the Australia-based independent financial adviser Gao Fu.

The figures show that the city is home to the second-largest number of wealthy people in China, after Beijing.

A Louis Vuitton flagship shop in Shanghai. The number of Shanghai-based consumers of luxury goods has grown by 8.2 percent year-on-year, according to the Shanghai Wealth Report 2011.

 

It's economics, not politics

Vice-premier warns against missing bilateral cooperation opportunities

WASHINGTON - China and the United States must make the most of their economic relations and guard against politicizing economic issues, Vice-Premier Wang Qishan said on Tuesday and Wednesday in his meetings with 20 US lawmakers and Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve.

The two sides need to "depoliticize" economic issues, or else they will miss a great opportunity for bilateral economic cooperation, Wang was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

A wind turbine blade manufactured by China's Tang Energy Group is unloaded at the Port of Long Beach, California for delivery to the Tooele Army Depot in Utah.

 

'Residents dissatisfied with public transport'

Guangzhou - Nearly half of the residents in the Guangdong provincial capital said they feel dissatisfied with the crowding they encounter when they take public transport, a recent survey showed.

Of the residents polled by the Guangzhou Public Opinion Research Center, 48.3 percent said they are sick and tired of being packed into public buses and subways like sardines.

The survey results indicated that authorities have yet to fulfill their pledge to place a priority on improving public transport. Local residents said the situation has prompted many people to buy cars.

Commuters in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong province, struggle to step onto a bus

 

Netizens have their fingers on new language

BEIJING - Netizens have become the biggest grassroots group of language creators of popular new Chinese words, according to a report released by the State Language Commission on Thursday.

"We live in the era of We-Media, which means everyone can create new words and make them popular through BBS or micro blogs," said Li Yuming, the director of the department of language information administration under the Ministry of Education and vice-president of the commission.

For example, you will be out of date if you do not know what yanggao ti, or lamb style, means, he said at the launch of the 2010 report Language Situation in China in Beijing on Thursday.

Used to describe something overly simplistic, the phrase was coined after the poet Che Yangao, who netizens have criticized for his colloquial style.

Fashion beggar, or xili ge (Brother Sharp), is also among the 500 popular new words in 2010, according to the report.

 

Strong sales of luxury goods in the bag this year

The Chinese mainland will remain the fastest-growing market for luxury goods in 2011 as sales rise 25 percent to 11.5 billion euros, Bain predicted. The country is on course to become the world's third-largest luxury market in five years, it said. The US is the largest market, accounting for 48.1 billion euros in 2010, according to Bain.

Only-child teenagers from wealthy families and a new generation of working women in China are increasing their spending habits.

 

Sotheby's to auction 343 Chinese art pieces in London

A total of 343 fine Chinese ceramics and art works, including an 800-year old vase and a Dragon seal used by Emperor Jiaqing (1796-1820), will go on auction on Wednesday at Sotheby's first London sales of 2011.

An important and rare 'Guanyao' Vase, Southern Song Dynasty, is estimated 2.5-3 million pounds.

 

Witness of Tibet Photography Contest and Exhibit

2011 marks the 60th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet, and the magazine China's Tibet and Federation of Literary and Art Circles of Tibet Autonomous Region are jointly holding a "Witness of Tibet, 1950-2010" photography contest. In addition to prizes, all winning works will be exhibited in Beijing and Lhasa in May 2011.

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China says attempt to direct Mideast turmoil to China to get nowhere

BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Friday that any attempt to direct the Middle East turmoil to China and change the development path chosen by the Chinese people would get nowhere.

Jiang made the remarks when asked to respond to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's comments concerning China published Tuesday by the The Atlantic magazine Tuesday.

In an interview with the magazine in early April, which largely focused on the Middle East turmoil, Clinton said China was "worried" and "trying to stop history, which is a fool's errand."

"It is inappropriate for anyone to relate or compare China to some west Asian and north African nations facing turmoil," Jiang said. "And any attempt to direct the Middle East turmoil to China and change the development path chosen by the Chinese people will be futile."

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Chinese, Russian foreign ministers meet

ALMATY, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met here Friday with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the meeting of Foreign Ministers' Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

 

China to complete registration of rural collectively-owned land by 2012

BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) -- China plans to confirm and register ownership for all of the country's rural collectively-owned land by the end of 2012 in order to better protect farmers' rights, the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) said Friday.

The move aims to promote the stable development of rural areas, improve land management and enhance efficiency, said Zhu Liuhua, head of the MLR's Land Registration Management Department.

 

China becomes "outstanding actor in trade agenda" for Latin America: UN official

BUENOS AIRES, May 12 (Xinhua) -- China had become an "outstanding actor in the trade agenda" for Latin America and it was time to grow the relationship further, a UN regional commission official said here Thursday.

Chile-based Osvaldo Rosales, director for trade and integration at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), was presenting a paper, "The eruption of China into the world economy. Impacts and possibilities in Latin America," at an event here.

He said China's involvement in the region had developed during the past decade and it was currently going through a phase of change which had transformed not only Chinese society but the entire world.

 

China-EU cooperation looks forward to further development

BUDAPEST, May 13 (Xinhua) -- China and the European Union are busy dating each other these days.

Chinese embassies to Europe and European embassies in China held an opening day synchronously on May 7 as part of activities of the 2011 EU-China Year of Youth; the second round of China-EU strategic dialogue was held on Thursday here; European Council President Herman Van Rompuy will begin a visit to China on Sunday, his first visit out of Europe as EC president.

 

Chinese state councilor meets Hungarian leaders on bilateral ties

BUDAPEST, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo met separately with Hungarian President Pal Schmitt and Prime Minister Viktor Orban here on Friday with the two sides stressing to further bilateral relations.


Five years' sound operation of Qinghai-Tibet railway

A train runs across the tundra region of Qinghai-Tibet plateau on the Qinghai-Tibet railway in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, May 11, 2011. Since its opening on April 1st, 2006, the five years' sound operation of Qinghai-Tibet railway on Qinghai-Tibet plateau, which is known as "the Roof of the World", proved that the advanced technology applied to the Qinghai-Tibet railway had succeeded in standing the test of time. It is estimated that over the past five years, the Qinghai-Tibet railway has sent over 23 million passengers and 120 million tons of goods.

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Vice President urges officials to enhance study of Marxism

BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Friday urged leaders and cadres to attach great importance to the study of Marxist theories and to creatively use them in analyzing and solving the country's practical problems.

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Officials cannot do without the guidance of Marxist philosophy and the methodologies of dialectical materialism and historical materialism in making proper judgements on situations, keeping a sober mind in complex situations, and analyzing scientifically the country's development opportunities and challenges, he said.

 

Chinese VP stresses poverty reduction, economic restructuring while visiting Guizhou

GUIYANG, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping urged southwest Guizhou Province to reduce poverty in its ethnic regions and to speed up its economic restructuring while conducting an inspection tour in the province.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping talks with villagers in Liyu Village of Xingren County, southwest China's Guizhou Province. Xi made an inspection tour in Guizhou from May 8 to 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Problems in trash handling

China has set an ambitious target of being able to treat 100 percent of the country's refuse as non hazardous waste by 2030.

In order to kick start the process, the central government is urging people to sort their rubbish out at home. Shen Le tries to find out just how practical the proposal is.

Located in a suburban area of the city, this processing unit handles thousands of tons of garbage everyday. You can find almost everything in people's junk from tin cans to decomposed onions.

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Nursing in China sees rapid development

Thursday marks the one hundredth International Nurses Day. The number of nurses in China has seen fast growth in the past five years. Patient satisfaction has also improved.

By the end of 2010, the number of nurses in China had exceeded two million, a growth rate of more than a half over the previous five years. The ratio between doctors and nurses rose to nearly 1:1.2. The education level of nurses has also improved.

Over half of the nurses in China now hold a college diploma, a 20 percent increase compared with 2005. Nursing divisions also expanded into a wide variety including professional care, assisting treatment, health instruction and psychological support. Nursing has also expanded to include treating families and communities, as well as the elderly and terminal patients.

 

Has China's inflation peaked?

Earlier we were joined by David Ingles in Shanghai. I asked him whether China's inflation had peaked, and could soften in the 2nd half.

 

 

 

How stolen antiques return to China

The return of the Tang murals is identical to that of a sarcophagus from the same tomb.

In June 2010, the stone coffin of Tang empress Wu Huifei finally arrived at the Shaanxi History Museum, four years after it was smuggled out of the country.

And that successful case offered a precious clue leading to the retrieval of the murals.

 

Studio discussion: Factors bringing down CPI in April from March

For more, we're joined by Professor Liu Baocheng again.

Q1. First let's focus on CPI. What are the factors that brought down CPI in April from March? Also ten provinces have raised the minimum wage by nearly 20 percent. With surging commodity prices internationally, what further changes are likely for the CPI?

Q2. Currency loans in April exceeded market forecast, while there have been repeated hikes of the interest rate and required reserve ratio. How can the government strike a balance in monetary policies between countering inflation and facilitating economic growth?

 

Chinese herbal company to survive in Europe

Since May 1st, herbal remedies that failed the registration process are no longer prescribed by doctors across Europe. This is a new Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products passed by the European Union in 2004.

However, the up to 65,000 euros registration fee for each medicine has cooled down the enthusiasm of many Chinese herbal companies. Meanwhile, some Chinese officials are still trying to help the European Union realize the uniqueness of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

New system to elect China's rural law-makers

2011 is election year for China's county- and township-level law-makers. The elections are expected to involve a population of 900 million in China's vast rural areas. But this year's election is no ordinary one. As CCTV reporter Wang Guan tells us, a new election system will be adopted to ensure larger representation of Chinese farmers.

For the first time, rural residents and urban dwellers could have the same representation in the country's legislature.

According to an amendment to election law, starting this month,a law-maker from the countryside and one from the city will represent the same number of people in a constituency.

 

Tel interview: How to empower rural residents?

For more insight on the change to the election system, we're joined on the line by the Associate Professor of Tsinghua University Law School, Cheng Jie, in Beijing.

Q1. Hello Professor Cheng, as our reporter just said, this change, in principle, should give rural residents more voting rights. What do you think of it? And how can it empower rural residents?

Q2.Migrant workers are a unique group. Because of China's Hukou system, they are still rural residents. Although they work in cities, they're not eligible to vote in elections in urban areas. But it's hard for them to go back to villages to elect their own deputies to the local people's congress. So what should be done to protect migrant workers' voting rights?

 

Insight: Will new election law make a real difference?

For more on rural residents' voting rights in China, we're joined in the studio by our reporter, Wang Guan. Hello, Wang Guan.

Q1. Will the new law make a difference? I mean, will the rural population become better represented in the country's law-making bodies.

Well, that's a question we are also asking. Because if we look at history, the government has been trying to close this rural-urban divide, but that hasn't meant more rural legislators. For example, 50 years ago, the population a city lawmaker represented was 8 times greater than that of a rural lawmaker.

 

Studio discussion: How to enforce new rules on fixing home prices

Good regulation, but not so good enforcement? To help answer that, we're joined by our current affairs commentator, Li Yong. Good evening.

Q1:Well, five days since the regulation came in, fixed property prices are still not on show in many real estate offices. As the authorities can't conduct constant checks, what else can be done to enforce the rules?

Q2:Developers who violate the regulation could be fined up to one million yuan, or over 150 thousand US dollars. But the fine is nothing to wealthy developers. Some say the authorities should impose harsher punishments. What do you think?

Q3: There is something in the regulation that's not so easy to carry out, such as how to set fixed prices for second-hand properties. As home owners may ask more than one agencies to sell their properties, how can this area of the market be regulated?

 

Studio discussion: Is Beijing overdeveloped?

Background: Population growth also suggests higher density. There are, on average, nearly 12-hundred people per square kilometer in Beijing. In the downtown zone alone, more than 23-thousand residents occupy an area of one square kilometer. Chaoyang District, in the eastern part of the city, has the most inhabitants, followed by Haidian and Fengtai. Full story >>

Now let's turn to Professor Du Peng once again ...

Q1: People continue to pour into Beijing, due to the possibility of carving out better lives. But the population density has also become very high. Is the city overdeveloped? And how can all these migrants settle down, and pursue prosperous futures in the capital, under such conditions?

 

Studio interview: Reasons and measures to alleviate power shortages in China

For more on the power shortage, we are joined by Li Yong, our current affairs commentator. Hello.

Q1, The unusual timing of this power shortage is a big concern for both enterprises and the government. Traditionally, the summer peak is when a power shortage is likely to take place. What has caused this early power shortage?

Q2, Excessive demand of electricity is thought to be one of the reasons behind this power shortage. But on the other hand, short supply of fuel is making the situation worse. What measures need to be taken to alleviate the situation?

 

Unmarketable vegetables a headache for farmers

Unmarketable vegetables have become a headache for farmers all over China. Two weeks ago, a farmer committed suicide due to the slump in vegetable prices in Shandong Province. During the following investigation, CCTV reporter Zhang Shuo finds out that the vegetable problem is not unique.

Tons of cucumbers piled up... waiting for wholesalers to buy... but no one comes.

Waiting in vain has become a daily routine here for Laokou villagers in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

 

China: Bin Laden's death positive to anti-terrorism efforts

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said that the death of Osama bin Laden was a milestone, and a positive development for international anti-terrorism efforts.

She added that China has always opposed terrorism in every form and has been actively participating in global anti-terrorism efforts.

 

Millions begin May Day getaway

China's three day Mayday weekend has begun with millions of people heading to the country's scenic and historic spots and festivals.

Eighty thousand people have come to Xi'an in north-west China's Shaanxi province to admire the flowers.

It's the first peak of visitors since the opening of the International Horticultural Expo.

The nearby, Huashan Mountains have also seen a five percent increase in visitors compared with last year.

Tourist Guide said, "My customers reacted positively to the expo yesterday, and they insisted on visiting Huashan Mountain because it's so famous."

Along the ancient silk road, Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang city have seen a doubling in the number of tourists from around the world over last year, with a range of activities to take part in. (pics of camel riding and sand-skiing)

From the sandy areas and to high up on the snowy mountains, people are grasping the last remnants of winter.

In the northeast of China, and due to its high altitude, Changbai Mountain is still white although most of China is blossoming with spring.

"In my hometown, it's more than 20 degrees Celsius, It's pretty warm. And it's surprising we can see snow up here." Tourist said.

More than three thousand visited Changbai Mountains on a single day, another 30 per cent increase.

 

 

 

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The UK taught the world how to produce in the 19th century, the US showed the world how to consume in the 20th century, and China needs to demonstrate how to develop in a sustainable way in the 21st century.

 

 

China hits out at US human rights comments

Anyone who attempts to ignite unrest in China is on a "fool's errand", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday in response to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent harsh comments on China's human rights record.

"Mentioning China in the same breath as other countries in West Asia and North Africa where volatility and turmoil have occurred recently is inappropriate. Anyone who attempts to bring the Middle East turbulence into China and to change the development road that the Chinese people have chosen for themselves is on a fool's errand," said Jiang Yu, the foreign ministry spokeswoman.

In an interview with the Atlantic magazine published Tuesday, Clinton said the Chinese government was "trying to stop history, which is a fool's errand."

This echoed her speech at the just-concluded China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, in which she used the term "disappeared" to refer to the arrest of some Chinese lawyers and artists.

The harsh comment drew mounting criticisms from Chinese people.

"I'm not surprised by Hillary's remarks, because she is a 'free imperialist' in the Democratic Party, who highly praises human rights and is prone to intervening in other countries," Da Wei, deputy director of the Institute of American Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told the Global Timeson Friday.

Zhou Qi, a senior researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), told the Global Times that Clinton's remarks were "irresponsible" and "childish".

 

Shaanxi plans to move 2.7m to safer areas

Twice as big as the Three Gorges Dam relocation project, China's largest-ever migration is under way in Shaanxi Province: 2.7 million people will leave their homes in mountainous areas over the next decade and head for a new life.

About 2.4 million will be moved from 28 mountainous counties and cities in the Qinba areas south of the province that are prone to a major flood every 3.5 years, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

A further 392,000 people in Baiyu areas in the north of the province will also be relocated. Baiyu's problem is drought, the agency reported: In extreme cases, villagers living in these areas have one shower a year.

"The goal of the project is to improve people's livelihood," Shaanxi Governor Zhao Zhengyong told Xinhua. "Those migrants will live in a safer and more convenient environment. The government will not force any one of them to move."

 

US to ease high-tech limits

China and the US announced a number of breakthroughs Tuesday in trade and economic cooperation at their third Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), but failed to make major progress on broader issues.

At a joint press conference after concluding the talks, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan said US officials had pledged to relax restrictions on exporting high-tech products to China.

Chinese officials promised to drop government procurement policies favoring "indigenous innovation products" and to strengthen intellectual property protection.

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Navy talent drive fuels carrier buzz

A recent pledge by the navy to find top talents to upgrade its weaponry has led to new speculation that China plans to build its first aircraft carrier, a key move that would pave the way for a blue-water maritime force.

The People's Liberation Army (PLA)Navy is seeking to recruit more than 2,000 PhD degree holders in the next five years, Xia Ping, head of the Navy Personnel Department, said Monday at a military conference.

The military already cultivated more than 1,000 commanders and technical personnel to develop and operate new batches of marine weaponry, including "large surface combat ships," nuclear submarines and new warplanes, between 2005 and 2010, Xia said, without identifying the weapons.

Such plans to build a talent pool for large surface combat ships have served to reinforce widespread assumptions of the launch of an aircraft carrier later in the year, analysts suggested.

The People's Liberation Army (PLA)Navy is seeking to recruit more than 2,000 PhD degree holders in the next five years, Xia Ping, head of the Navy Personnel Department.

 

China, US engage in candid dialogue

High-level talks between the US and China that started on Monday in Washington were unlikely to produce major breakthroughs amid efforts to resolve economic and political disputes, according to analysts who believe that structural conflicts between the two would not disappear in the short term.

In the current round of the Chinese-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Washington and Beijing are expected to exchange their demands and concerns, such as the value of the yuan and worries over the soaring US debt from China, Washington's biggest creditor.

 

Joint probe launched into 'baby snatchers'

Authorities in Longhui county, Shaoyang, Hunan Province, pledged on Tuesday to probe the reported scandal of robbing and selling infants by local family-planning officials amid public outrage over the case.

During the early 2000s, Shaoyang officials forcibly took infants from parents who had violated the one-child policy and could not afford the fine, the Caixin Century Magazine reported Monday.

They received 1,000 yuan ($154) for each child dispatched to a local children's welfare center where they were listed as orphans ready for adoption at a $3,o00 fee.

"We attach great importance to the alleged case and have assembled joint efforts from all departments in the county for the investigation," an announcement on the official website of the county government said.

"All levels and departments in the county should learn lessons from the scandal and readjust enforcement measures based on being people-oriented and the fairness of laws."

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Shannon Haus, of Des Moines, Iowa, adopted two children from Guangdong and Hunan provinces in 2001 and 2008 respectively.

Haus told the Global Times that those snatched children's adoptive parents are also victims.

"The thing is that we would never know what happened before these children become orphans," he said, adding that he has been helping his older daughter locate her birth parents through a DNA test.

US families adopted 11,058 foreign children in 2010, of whom 3,401 came from China, according to statistics released by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the US Department of State.

 

Chinese view of bin laden's death

When US President Barack Obama announced to the world that the most wanted terrorist in modern history has been killed, public opinion was naturally split along the geopolitical divide with most Westerners celebrating, while many in the Middle East mourned.

In China, however, the public's reaction, as measured by a number of unscientific online polls, was split amid concern that Bin Laden's demise might refocus dormant tensions between the US and China.

 

 

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Dialogue

A 30 Minute Current Affairs Programme on CCTV - 9 (In English) where current issues are discussed by experts from China and Internationally:

 

 

 

 

Wenchuan: 3 Years On

Should US reconsider Taiwan

3rd Strategic & Economic Dialogue

 

Premier Wen's tour of southeast Asia

US federal debt crisis

Legacy of May 4th Movement

 

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International News Sources

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The Wall Street Journal

Goldman’s Jim O’Neill on China’s Slowdown

Mr. O’Neill is well-known for coming up with the acronym BRICs, a grouping of fast-growing and large emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India and China. Now he’s trying to do away with the term “emerging markets.” Mr. O’Neill is a long-time proponent of the idea that the future of the global economy lies outside the developed world. Here are edited excerpts from his presentation and Q&A.

China is slowing…a happy landing and possible a big rally…

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ECONOMIC CHINA

YUAN REVALUATION & INTERNATIONALISATION

CHINA REAL ESTATE

 

The China Challenge
By Henry Kissinger

Societies and nations tend to think of themselves as eternal. They also cherish a tale of their origin. A special feature of Chinese civilization is that it seems to have no beginning. It appears in history less as a conventional nation-state than as a permanent natural phenomenon. In the tale of the Yellow Emperor, revered by many Chinese as the legendary founding ruler, China seems already to exist.

 

 

 

 

Yahoo's China Feud Turns Ugly, Stock Falls

Yahoo and Alibaba traded barbs over the ownership of a key Chinese business, further straining the two internet giants' relationship.

 

How to Reach China’s Teens? Head to L.A.

A Chinese T-shirt video ad campaign has gone viral in China, chalking up five million hits since it launched in March on Tudou, the country’s version of YouTube. But the ads don’t star any Chinese celebrities or iconic locales. They don’t feature any T-shirts with Chinese symbols or characters, either.

But this was part of the plan to hook the T-shirt company’s target audience: Chinese teenagers ...

 

Why Chinese Buyers Want Hong Kong Homes

China’s rich are snapping up properties all around the world, according to a feature in today’s WSJ.

With all the cities in the world from which to choose, why is Hong Kong so popular?

Kaixin OpEd – The venerable WSJ seems to have a problem understanding that Hong Kong and China are one and the same.

Chinese investors are not buying Hong Kong real estate as a foreign purchase. They are buying Hong Kong property as a Chinese purchase.

Hong Kong is certainly run a little different with perhaps opportunities that are not available in other Chinese cities, but it is a Chinese city.

The rules, the culture, the people are familiar.

 

In China's Hottest Property Market, Mortgage Rules Get Tougher

BEIJING—Two of China's biggest banks have given some of their branches discretion to raise the minimum down payment and mortgage rates for first-time home buyers in areas where prices have surged, signaling growing concern among banks about real-estate bubbles.



Kaixin - from 30% to 40% and increased the interest rate by an average of 10%

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The New York Times

Dylan Responds to Reports of Censorship in China

In a rare statement posted Friday morning on his Web site, Bob Dylan weighed in on his much-discussed recent performances in China, saying that he had shared the names of the songs he intended to play with the Chinese government and was able to play the set lists he intended.

Kaixin OpEd
– Sounds to Kaixin like a lot of the ‘western’ media & ‘bleeding-heart’ speculation about censorship and the heavy hand of the Chinese State was just ‘Blown in the Wind’


Books of The Times
An Insider Views China, Past and Future


Mr. Kissinger’s fascinating, shrewd and sometimes perverse new book, “On China,” not only addresses the central role he played in Nixon’s opening to China but also tries to show how the history of China, both ancient and more recent, has shaped its foreign policy and attitudes toward the West.

Zhou Enlai, left, and Henry Kissinger in Beijing in 1971.

 

 

 

The New York Times

BOOK REVIEW
When Attlee met Mao
Passport to Peking, A very British mission to Mao's China by Patrick Wright

Contrary to popular belief, United States president Richard Nixon was not the first Westerner to visit China since the communist takeover in 1949. As far back as the early 1950s there was a steady flow of foreign delegations that came to observe, probe or pay homage to China's mysterious new rulers, but their visits achieved few breakthroughs and were soon forgotten.


The Age

China on a tested and rejected policy path

ONE of the curiosities of the resource boom is that the West sees it continuing as a result of economic policies it has tried and discarded, having decided they are worse than useless.

In his first industry presentation since he took over as chairman of BHP Billiton, Jac Nasser told the Melbourne Mining Club this week that one of the things that set China apart was ''its focus on managing and co-ordinating sophisticated policies, setting a long-term vision and investing to achieve that vision''.

 

Yuan to float by 2016, investors say

Most global investors predict China's yuan will be convertible into other currencies by 2016, with 50 per cent seeing it joining the dollar, yen and euro as a reserve currency within a decade, a Bloomberg poll indicated.

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Caixin Online

Settling in Yuan, Unsettling Forex Reserves


Yuan-based trade settlement has been billed as a pressure valve for China's foreign exchange balloon, but it might not work

China added US$ 197.3 billion to its foreign exchange reserves in the first quarter – the second-biggest quarterly boost ever for the cash pile, which had grown at a record pace between October and December 31.

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Clinton: Anti-Terror Role for U.S.-China Ties

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Caixin as the two countries introduced a new security mechanism

The United States and China intend to boost counterterrorism cooperation and beef up an existing bilateral security dialogue through a new mechanism, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an exclusive interview with Caixin on May 11.

 

Private Equity's Risky Search for High Yields

Chinese PE firms favor companies with ties to monopolies and opaque business practices, but at their peril

Investors stalking deals through China's private equity firms include a savvy mix of institutional investors, local government agencies and wealthy individuals who prefer companies that do business in monopolized segments of the Chinese economy.

 

Telecom Giants Huawei, ZTE Trade Telepunches

A rivalry between two telecom equipment makers has reached courts worldwide for complicated reasons

Everyone knew they were rivals, but few expected China's first- and second-largest telecom equipment makers to sue each other for alleged patent law violations in several countries.

 

Caixin Investigative Special: The Sale of a Child in Shaoyang

Part of Caixin's special investigation on child abduction, details of how one family planning agency coordinated a trail of fake evidence show cooperation from multiple government sources.

Kaixin OpEd – This is an indictment of the people concerned, it is not an indictment of China.

The One-Child Policy was used by the officials, however it is not caused by the one-child policy and it is certainly not the policy of government.

Kaixin noticed the child was ‘sold’ to an American family.

A little research would have shown that very few people in China gives up a healthy child. Most children who are offered for adoption have some health or other problem.

You can check with the associations of parents who adopt in America to check this out.

Kaixin recalls a heart-breaking story of children in Africa being adopted by American families on the basis they were orphans.

They were not, they were often handed over to the agency (American) because the mother/family could not afford to bring them up.

Kaixin was particularly incensed by these self professed Christians who took the child from the mothers arms, knowing full well the child was not an orphan. Why, oh why, could they not have shown Christian charity and simply provided the mother with the means to keep the child. They could have been part of an extended family.

Kaixin is not suggesting the families who adopted these Chinese children are all necessarily at fault. However it is ironic that on the one hand America likes to hold up the one-child family as cruel and on other these America families do not wonder why a healthy beautiful child is being offered for adoption outside China.

Kaixin expects they think that all female children in China are not valued.

Indeed, in some remote rural areas they are not.

However in the vast majority of China ALL children are valued.



From the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent Report Transcript:

WOUBALEM WORKU: “My name is Woubalem Worku. I gave one son for adoption and I have two children left. I was not able to raise him, that’s why I gave him up, but I wish him all the best wherever he is. I want to see him in person, or at least a photo.”

MOTHER #2: “I do not regret. But when the lady took him away she said she would let me know his address. She said she’d assist me and my other kids when she took him away. At that time I was homeless [crying]. Until now, I’ve heard nothing. It’s almost 3 years.”

MUNERA AHMED: “I have no words to express my feelings and my anguish about what happened to my children, and what I did. As a mother, not to be able to know my kids’ situation hurts me so much. I have no words, no words, to express my emotions. I even regret the day I gave up my children for adoption. That’s how I feel.

GEOGHEGAN: Munera Ahmed gave up two sons, one twelve months old and the other five after her husband left. When her family found out, they took her remaining daughter, leaving her alone and filled with regret. She has no idea what’s happened to her adopted children, despite assurances from the agency that she’d be kept informed.

Kaixin: This is Christian Charity???

 

Behind the Discovery of Hunan's Family Tragedy

A brave tipster led a reporter to an odyssey of rejection and then relief in telling a tragic Hunan story

It started four years ago when a close buddy who uses the pseudonym Yang Guang tipped me off.

"Bro, I got a sensation," he wrote in an online message. "A family planning agency somewhere has been taking away babies and selling them to an orphanage."

Kaixin OpEd - This is not about the one-child policy.

This is about corruption.

Beijing is trying to stamp out corruption and these people will be dealt with severely.

 

Asia Times Online

Hardy perennials block US-China light

By Jingdong Yuan

SYDNEY - China and the United States have raised the feel-good factor with headway on a raft of issues, including cooperation between what are now the world's two biggest economies, by the end of their third annual talks. They remain stuck on significant concerns, not least America's open sore over the value of China's currency.

Dr Jingdong Yuan is an associate professor at the Center for International Security Studies, University of Sydney.


DISPATCHES FROM AMERICA
Is the world too big to fail?
By Noam Chomsky

Just what is taking place both in the decaying industrial heartland of the richest and most powerful country in human history, and in what former United States president Dwight Eisenhower called "the most strategically important area in the world" - the Middle East? And more important, is Earth, as we humans have organized it, too big to fail?

 

Russia and China challenge NATO
By M K Bhadrakumar


Growing unease that North Atlantic Treaty Organization intervention in Libya aims to perpetuate the West's historic dominance in the Middle East fueled the weekend announcement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Moscow and Beijing would act in concert. Both share concern that the United Nations hierarchy may acquiesce to a ground invasion in Libya without a Security Council mandate.

Ambassador M K 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.

 

THE ROVING EYE

Obama/Osama rock the casbah

By Pepe Escobar

The more we look at it, the targeted assassination of Bin Laden shows facets of that famous children's toy, the jack-in-the-box.Major powers playing this game - the US and Saudi Arabia - have finally decided they no longer needed a bogeyman conveniently resurfaced on and off to justify anything, from lack of democracy to brutal crackdowns or even drone attacks gone wrong. But why right now?

Kaixin OpEd - Osama - KIA or Assination

Osama's wife rushing a fully armed marine does not sound much of a 'firefight'.

Osama was un-armed and protected by his ..... wife, who was shot in the leg. Sounds like the marines were in complete control of the situation.

Exit the bogeyman .... enter the ??????

Kaixin does not have a huge amount of sympathy for the guy, but the waters are murky, very murky indeed.

 

 

 

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CULTURAL CHINA

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CCTV9 - Rediscovering the Yangtze River

 

 

 

Gan En Store in Sichuan - VIDEO

Liu Anrong runs a store called Gan En Store in Sichuan, which was hit by a massive 8.0 magnitude earthquake three years ago.

She named the store Gan En to show her gratefulness to those who have been offering help to the quake zones.

 

Old Beijing hutong reopens with new look

After years of renovation, the much noted Xianyukou Hutong in the bustling Qianmen area of downtown Beijing is welcoming visitors with a whole new look.

Xianyukou is literally translated as Fish Street. It's an appropriate name because it was the fish market for old Beijing.

The alley, packed with time-honored brands of Beijing snacks, was once among the most frequently visited places by locals.

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Miao ethnic singer Song Zuying debuts in Taiwan

Song Zuying, one of the most capable singers on the Chinese stage, held her first solo concert in Taiwan on Sunday night.

The success of her concerts could blaze a trail for more top singers from the Chinese mainland to perform in Taiwan.

Clad in glamorous costumes, Song Zuying performed a program of Chinese folk songs for her debut in Taiwan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WSJ - A Director’s Message in ‘Buddha Mountain’ + VIDEO

Over the past decade, Li Yu has emerged as one of China’s most provocative art-house film directors. Her movies have often run afoul of mainland authorities because of the taboo and sensitive subjects they take on.

Her latest, “Buddha Mountain,” which opened this week in Hong Kong, also explores potentially delicate social topics but it has been less fraught with troubles over censorship.

Actors from left, Chen Po Lin, Fei Long, and actress Fan Bingbing star in ‘Buddha Mountain.’

 

Trailer: Buddha Mountain 观音山 - 最新预告片 (范冰冰东京封后!!!)

 

 

 

Feast of tea

An ethnic Dong woman serves oil tea, a mixture of tea and many other ingredients, to guests to the opening ceremony of the Sanjiangchun Tea Culture Festival in Sanjiang county, Liuzhou, the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

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The story of the Pu'er Tea 普洱茶 the famous red tea of China.

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Magic Tibetan Tea - Po Cha 'Tibetan Butter Tea'

 

Logging on to find Mr and Mrs Right digitally

BEIJING - Li Huijuan is a highly-educated woman who was born in Hunan province and works in Beijing. Her family is pushing her to get married because traditionally in China a woman is supposed to find a husband before she reaches 30. However, in big cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai, the average age for marriage has been postponed to 35 or 40 because of the fast pace of life and work.

Like most metropolitan women, because of her busy work schedule, Li doesn't have much time for meeting people and finding a boyfriend. "A few months ago, some of my co-workers encouraged me to register with an online matchmaking website to find a boyfriend," she said.

Although she is accustomed to using the Internet for online shopping and socializing, it was still a new experience for her to find romance on the Web. "I registered at night," Li said. "I was surprised to receive more than 10 messages the following morning."

 

 

High notes of life

Young opera star combines her own passion with seven generations of family tradition

Unlike her peers who were born in the 1980s and are fascinated by modern Western pop music and soap operas, Tan Na focuses her mind on Peking opera, determined to learn and develop the traditional Chinese art.

Tan's success in resisting modern temptations may be due to the long tradition of opera in her family.

Born in 1981 in Beijing, Tan is a seventh-generation descendant of Tan Xinpei, a famous Peking opera artist who lived from 1847 to 1917 and was well-known for his roles of laosheng - a term that refers to elderly male roles.

Tan fell in love with Peking opera at a very young age. In 1992, Tan was enrolled at Beijing Opera School (which is now renamed Beijing Vocational Institute of Local Opera and Arts). Her focus was to play qingyi - a term that refers to roles of faithful wife, lover or maiden in distress.

After graduation in 1998, Tan became a professional performer in Beijing Peking Opera Theater. After that, with the stage name Tan Mingxin, she played different roles in classic operas such as Celestial Beauty Scattering Flowers, Farewell My Concubine and The Drunken Beauty.

Clockwise:Tan Na checks her make-up and puts on an elaborate hair ornament before her performance. The diva performs, sans face paint, singing highlights from the opera Mu Guiying. Elaborate fingerwork and footwork demand hours of rehearsals before a performance. Tan Na (middle) performs another classic, The Drunken Beauty. The actress grips a prop at rehearsal.

 

 

Sailing to Yangzhou

It's best to visit Yangzhou in spring, when the gardens and parks are blooming, even if the place is crowded, Zhang Yue discovers.

My trip to Yangzhou coincided with Qingming (Tomb Sweeping) Festival in April and I was worried about the crowds.

I've never been a big fan of scenic spots during holidays because in most cases you will find yourself surrounded by elbows, trying to find a way out.

Luckily, my two-day trip to Yangzhou, in Jiangsu province, was filled with pleasure.

My interest in Yangzhou was aroused by a Tang Dynasty poem written by Li Bai about 1,300 years ago - "Sailing to Yangzhou in March when blossoms curl like smoke on the river".

Five Pavilion Bridge, built 500 years ago on Slender West Lake, in Yangzhou.

 

 

 

 

Shangri-La - CCTV DOCUMENTARY

Literally meaning "sun and moon in heart" in Tibetan, Shangri-La, located in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan province, covering 23,870 square kilometers, is a well-know tourist spot, an ideal home only found in heaven.

Not everybody has read the book - lost horizon (1933), but few would not recognize the name of Shangri-La, a heaven away from the turbulent mundane world.

 

Precious Jade Dew Tea faces risk of disappearing in Hubei

A tea maker screens fragmentary tealeaves with a sieve to make Enshi Yulu Tea or Jade Dew Tea in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, central China's Hubei province, April 30, 2011. The Jade Dew Tea, originating from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and popular during the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911), is one of the very few types of steamed green teas in China. The fresh tealeaves can only be processed from early April to early May with tealeaves steamed first and then rolled, dried and picked totally by hand. During the process of making the tea, the tea makers have to stand for a long time and have hands bear high temperature, so very few young people are now willing to learn the skill, making the craftsmanship on the verge of death. Li Zongmeng and Lei Yuangui, professional Jade Dew Tea makers, have been engaged in manually making the tea for 40 years here.

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WSJ - Art’s Obsession With Mao Zedong

Would you hang a picture of Mao Zedong in your home?


Many people do, says Eric Chang, the international director of 20th-century Chinese art and Asian contemporary art for Christie’s in Hong Kong. In the auction house’s sale of Asian contemporary art — on May 28-29 — the face of Chairman Mao will be a recurring theme.

Wang Guangyi’s ‘Mao Zedong — No. 2 of Red Box’

 

Food safety concerns drive Chinese back to the farm

To say that Shen Huiqiang, a former real estate executive, is passionate about organic farming would be a gross understatement. Three years ago, the 32-year-old Zhejiang native quit a 200,000-yuan-a-year job in Beijing to return to his hometown, where he put his entire 400,000-yuan-in-savings into a new home for him and his wife and parents, and a 40,000-square-meter farm he leased from local farmers. Shen had decided to live off the land.

You are what you eat: Former-executive-turned-organic-farmer Shen Huiqiang proudly shows his naturally-grown corn from his own field.

 

Hangzhou cartoon festival kicks off

The seventh International Cartoon Festival has kicked off in Hangzhou, east China. The event will last for six days until Tuesday.

With the theme "cartoon my city and cartoon my life", the Hangzhou cartoon festival holds multiple events including exhibitions, competitions and forums.

More than 300 foreign cartoon companies are attending the event. Hangzhou-made cartoon movie "Dream back to Jinsha City" won the best Chinese Cartoon Award.

 

 

Thousands of Beijing residents got into the green spirit last Friday to celebrate the 42nd World Earth Day

During an event organized by Roots and Shoots, artists from China and the United States tried to convey the idea "no waste material is useless" by creating works made out of used paper and plastic.

A wedding gown made of paper, an old tablecloth and a plastic net used to protect packaged fruit was just one of the works on show outside the Capital Library.

"All waste can be turned into art if we make the best of their characteristics," said Cao Zuolan, who made the dress.

As the chief editor of a fashion magazine, Cao likes to design fashionable and environmentally friendly clothes in her spare time, but this was her first attempt at a wedding gown.

A wedding gown made of paper, an old tablecloth and plastic net on show at an Earth Day event on April 23 in front of the Capital Library.

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1st Beijing international film festival kicked off Saturday

The first Beijing International Film Festival kicked off on Saturday night, April 23, with a star-studded red carpet walk and a grand opening ceremony at the National Center for the Performing Arts.

Among the celebration were heavyweights from Chinese film industry like actor Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi, the festival's image ambassadors, and directors John Woo, Peter Chan as well as big names from key international film festivals like Marco Muller from Italy, Cameron Bailey from Toronto and Lee Yong Kwan from Busan.

Renowned director Darren Aronofsky from Oscar-winning film "Black Swan" and Rob Minkoff, helmer of "Lion King" and "The Forbidden Kingdom" also showed up for the spectacular gathering.

This event marks another world shaking event in Beijing after it successfully hosted the Olympic Games in 2008, and a big stride the modern metropolis has made to have the same influence in the world's cinema culture alongside sports.

As the culture center of China, the capital city produced the very first Chinese film "The Battle of Dingjunshan" in 1905 and takes up 50% in the country's film output, said Guo Jinlong, mayor of Beijing at the ceremony.

Jackie Chan and Zhang Ziyi, image ambassadors for the 1st Beijing International Film Festival walk the red carpet at the festival's opening ceremony in Beijing's the National Center for the Performing Arts Saturday night, April 23, 2011.

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CCTV Beijing International Film Festival kicks off at NCPA - VIDEO

One of the most anticipated events in China's film industry this year and the first ever Film Festival in the capital, "Beijing International Film Festival" kicked off at the National Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday. Many renown directors, actors and actresses walked the red carpet.

Organized by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and the Beijing Municipal Government, the festival saw Top Chinese film stars and renowned directors such as Fan Bingbing and Feng Xiaogang strut their stuff in front of the Beijing and international media.

Meanwhile, the opening ceremony also saw many international representatives of the movie industry attend including John Woo, Lion King Director Rob Mintoff, actors Edmond Wong and Director Bak-Ming. International movie stars Jackie Chan and Zhang Ziyi were featured as the "Image Ambassadors" of the event, who have contributed much of their efforts on promoting not only the film festival, but also the city of Beijing.

 

Ethnic Minority Languages Film Festival kicks off

As part of the ongoing Beijing International Film Festival, "China's Ethnic Minority Languages Film Festival" is an event that screens films produced by China's ethnic minority groups. This is the first time that a film festival has dedicated an independent event to ethnic films in the country.

Opened in Jackie Chan Cinema on Monday, the panorama features 30 films from 12 ethnic minority groups, all shot in their native languages with Chinese and English subtitles. All the familiar elements representing the minorities such as the Kazakh yurts, yaks on Tibetan Plateau and Mongolian's Horsehead Zither will show up in the panorama.

 

Jade necklace worth 200 mln Yuan

A staff member shows a jade necklace worth 200 million Yuan (some 30 million U.S. dollars) in a jewelry shop in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, April 24, 2011. It took eight years to finish the 199.8 gramme jade necklace.

 

Serve the goddess who drinks - VIDEO

You spin a prayer wheel. You bring a pot of butter. You prepare a white Hada. And you buy a bottle of wine.

Bringing all the necessary offerings, China Daily's multimedia reporter Feng Xin takes you to Drashilhakang Monastery, in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet autonomous region, to serve one goddess who drinks.

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Chinese tea culture - VIDEO

Q1: Good evening, Zhang Shuo. Can you tell us more about Chinese tea culture?

A1: Yes, tea is the national beverage of China. Chinese are believed to have enjoyed tea drinking for more than four thousand years, the longest in the world. In Traditional Chinese culture, tea drinkers were always considered to be elite and are highly respected by society. Drinking tea also demonstrate personal morality, education, principle and social status. This is why serving tea gradually became an essential part of Chinese social life. In modern China, even the simplest dwelling has a tea set and a water heater for making a hot cup of tea. These implements are symbols of welcome to visitors and neighbors. Traditionally, a visitor to a Chinese home is expected to sit down and drink hot tea while talking.

In Chinese culture, it is also a sign of respect to serve someone tea. A younger person can show respect and thanks to an older person by offering them a cup of tea. This is especially common during big events, like birthdays and during spring festival.

And I want to show you another special occasion where tea is served. It is this, traditional Chinese weddings. In a traditional Chinese marriage ceremony, both the bride and groom kneel in front of their parents and serve them tea. This is a way of expressing gratitude to their elders for raising them up.

Also, in modern China, tea is an important social tool. People go to tea houses, not for the drink, but for a place to meet with people. So the next time, if someone ask you out for a cup of tea, it is actually an implicit way to invite you to a gathering.

Over the course of 4 thousand years, tea has also had a major influence on the development of Chinese culture. Tea is a mainstay in Chinese literature, arts, philosophy and also religion. Tea is connected closely with Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Going back to the Tang Dynasty 15 hundred years ago, drinking tea is seen as an essential part of personal cultivation.

Also starting from the Tang Dynasty is the tea ceremony. From there, the art form spread to neighboring countries including Japan and Korea. Unlike the world-renowned Japanese tea ceremony, the Chinese one emphasizes the tea rather than the ceremony, like the taste of the tea and the difference between various cups.

Considering all those aspects, I believe China has done a very good job in the past 4 thousand years to preserve tea culture. However, during my investigation of the tea market, I found that China is not doing so well in translating this rich culture into a world leading business. Let's take a look.

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The story of the Pu'er Tea 普洱茶 the famous red tea of China

Chinese green tea -Tie Guan Yin’s story 铁观音

Magic Tibetan Tea - Po Cha 'Tibetan Butter Tea'

 

 

“Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival” - VIDEO

With drumbeats thundering and lions dancing, the Beijing Xicheng District Shichahai Maiden Voyage Ceremony was kicked off on the lakeside of Shichahai on April 20, 2011.

Sixteen sculling boats, built according to the renowned Chinese painting “Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival”, sailed on the lake. The captain of the ship sang traditional sailing songs, taking the guests to enjoy the beauty of Shichahai, an oasis in the heart of Beijing.

The event was designed to recreate the busy scene of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal from ancient times, as well as to attract more tourists by showcasing the charm of Shichahai at the beginning and the end of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal.

The ceremony will become an annual event on the date of Grain Rain, the 6th solar term each year.

 

 

The joy of school for Tibetan pupils

Tibetan primary school students write sentences and words on a blackboard on April 18, 2011, in Kangding, Sichuan province. The school with a history of more than 60 years has evolved into a model school in local rural areas for its free and boarding education system.

 

CCTV Ancient Tibetan temples get makeover VIDEO

Let's head to southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, where ancient Buddhist temples dating back several centuries are receiving a facelift.

A professional team is hard at work to ensure an authentic restoration at Sera Monastery near the regional capital Lhasa.

The Sera Monastery plays a major role in Tibetan Buddhism and culture.
But 600 years of exposure to the plateau's harsh weather has taken its toll on the temple just north of Lhasa.

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Tsinghua in her students' eyes - VIDEO

If you love a place, you dread any moment of it slipping away. So you take pictures.

That's the way a group of Tsinghua students have chosen to record the most treasured years of their lives – the time they spent on the Tsinghua University campus.

After sharing these photos on the Internet for some years, they decided to make an album of their best works as a present for the university's centenary.

 

Chinese state councilor visits Harvard University

BOSTON, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong says she expects Harvard University to continue playing an active role in promoting exchanges of education, science and technology, and culture between China and the United States.

Havard has shared a long-standing friendship with China and has established fruitful cooperation with several higher education institutions in China in recent years, Liu said at a welcome reception hosted by the world-renowned university on Wednesday.

 

China mulls legislation on domestic violence: women' s federation

CHANGCHUN, April 14 (Xinhua) - Drafting China's first independent law on domestic violence has already been put on the country's top legislature's agenda, an official with the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) said.

This would be the country's first independent and comprehensive law on domestic violence, as currently only a few clauses in several other laws, such as the Marriage Law, have addressed some aspects of the offence.

 

 

 

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All0China Women's Federation (ACWF)

 

 

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