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China Daily

China's June inflation hits 29-month low

The government is expected to take measures to boost growth by further loosening monetary and fiscal policy as inflation eased to a 29-month low in June.

More companies opt for M&As

Due to the global financial crisis, foreign direct investment worldwide has been weak since 2008, but China's outbound investment has grown.

New rule to rein in govt spending

Officials face removal from their posts if they are found overspending on vehicles, receptions and overseas trips, according to a new rule.

UN exam offers new opportunities

A series of measures, including "significantly raising" the workforce at the United Nations, will be introduced over the next three years.

 

 

XinHua News

 

 

Senior Chinese official, French FM vow to boost ties

Senior Chinese official, French FM vow to boost ties

State Councilor Dai Bingguo on Monday met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, pledging to boost Sino-French ties.

 

 

 

 

 

  Global Times

 

 

 

If ASEAN becomes deeply embroiled and the South China Sea issue tops its agenda, it will mean an evolutionary change in ASEAN's geopolitical role. ASEAN is not ready for it.

 

 

 

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News and Current Affairs

 

 

China June Export Growth Slows

 

Hot on CCTV News

 

 

 

The Wall Street Journal

 

Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, where the big China worry is protectionism, not currency.

 

China's Trade Growth Slows

China's trade surplus widened in June as export and import growth both weakened, reflecting faltering economic conditions in China and abroad.

 

  • China's Property Market Revives

    China's third-largest property developer purchased land in three cities, making it the latest real-estate heavyweight to wade into the market as signs of a turnaround emerge.

 

Protests and China’s Party Cadre Problem

Russell Leigh Moses is a Beijing-based analyst and professor who writes on Chinese politics. He is writing a book on the changing role of power in the Chinese political system.

It’s not easy being a local government official in China.

News this week of the violent suppression of protests over a planned metals plant in the Sichuan city of Shifang has once again shined a light on how challenged China’s leaders can be when it comes to handling public discontent. Reacting to the now viral images of tear gas and bloodied bystanders that came out of Sichuan on Monday, many critics have justifiably questioned the Communist Party’s ability to maintain credibility with an increasingly plugged-in and rights-conscious populace.

But if the Shifang protests illustrate growing anxiety among China’s masses, they also highlight the equally problematic, if less often discussed, frustrations of the party’s local cadres.

 

Is China’s Space Push Worth It?

Associated Press

The below commentary by Wall Street Journal Senior Editor Bob Davis drew considerable discussion on social media sites when it was posted earlier Wednesday on the Journal’s Chinese-language website. Supporters of China’s space program argued that it is a necessary step as China advances on the world stage and could challenge the U.S.’s strong position in space. Detractors said the country could better spend money on its considerable social and environmental problems. The column is reprinted here:

It made a lovely photo: three Chinese space explorers sitting on lawn chairs in the Inner Mongolian desert with their scorched Shenzhou-9 space capsule behind them. All three held bouquets of flowers for a job well done.

 

Economists React: China Inflation Eases in June

Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

China’s consumer inflation eased in June, slipping back to its lowest level in two-and-a-half years, and leaving plenty of room for Beijing to use more aggressive policies to support flagging economic growth. The June consumer price index rose 2.2% year-on-year against a 3% rise in May – well below the government’s target of 4% for the year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Analysts weigh in: 

Underlying price pressures are weak and will be no constraint to further policy easing. Premier Wen Jiabao made clear over the weekend that the government intends to keep loosening policy…The fall (in headline consumer price inflation rate) was broadly as expected. The drop was due to a big decline in food price inflation (from 6.4% to 3.8%). Non-food inflation was unchanged at 1.4%. Producer price inflation has now been negative for four months, and with commodity prices at their current level, looks likely to remain negative in 2013. – Mark Williams, Capital Economics

 

Eight Questions: Scott Kennedy, ‘Beyond the Middle Kingdom’

Stanford University Press

China is so big and so complicated that most scholars have tended to view it in glorious isolation, as a literally incomparable place.

In “Beyond the Middle Kingdom,” a new collection of essays edited by Indiana University professor and China-hand Scott Kennedy, some of the world’s leading China scholars attempt to turn that around – exploring China in comparative perspective.

China Real Time recently caught up with Mr. Kennedy to get the lowdown on the new approach.

Most China experts look at the middle kingdom in isolation, why is that?

Because of China’s size, the complexity of Chinese culture, and the country’s long history, many experts begin with the untested assumption that China is unique, and that comparison would only yield contrasts.

 

Will New 60-Yuan Banquet Rule Tame State Soirees?

Reuters

The subject of money is once again drawing attention to Wenzhou, the east-coast city famous for entrepreneurship and creative finance. But this time, the focus is squarely on local officials’ restaurant bills.

Wenzhou officials have limited official reception spending to 60 yuan (about $9.40) per meal per person, according to an announcement published by the local government office and the city’s disciplinary commission. The new measure also requires all local government offices to eschew lunch-time drinking, luxurious banquets, overspending in meals and throwing each other lavish receptions.

 

 

The New York Times

 

The Man Who Stayed Behind in China Comes Forward

The first American to join the Chinese Communist Party turns 91 next month, and a new documentary describes how a kid from Charleston, South Carolina, ended up in a mountain cave playing gin rummy with Mao Zedong.

 

 

In China, Price Drops Spur Talk of Deflation

Markets fell on Monday after reports of slowdowns in consumer and producer prices.

 

Chinese Premier Warns of ‘Downward Pressure’ on Economy

Premier Wen Jiabao of China on Sunday called for the government to become more aggressive in using fiscal and monetary tools to respond to a slowing economy.

 

China Response Mild to U.S. Trade Complaint on Cars

Chinese officials gave a muted reponse to a U.S. protest to the World Trade Organization about high tariffs on some auto imports.

 

 

Asia Times Online

 

Russia loses hold on Central Asian pivot

Resurgent nationalism in Tajikistan is waking up Russia to a dramatic shift in its hold over a one-time "little brother", just as China stealthily pours in massive investment and military support to draw the Tajik leadership into its orbit. Moscow and the United States are fast losing leverage in a country that is on the way to becoming a "pivot state" in Central Asia's post-2014 Afghan backdrop. - M K Bhadrakumar

 

SINOGRAPH
Beijing sets the bar
for Olympian effort

Four years ago in Beijing, China proved its status as a world power by staging a successful Olympiad. In 2012, the standards set by Beijing are a measure for London and Britain to beat. And even as the power emanating from that most international and diverse of Western capitals is no match for China's, Britain still has an important geopolitical role within its reach.
- Francesco Sisci

 

 
SUN WUKONG
Bo's ghost haunts CCP congress
The Chinese Communist Party will find it easy to end disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai's political and public life over corruption charges, but as the CCP prepares for its 18th National Congress, it cannot ignore the continuing popularity of his model to close China's wealth gap. The center will also face some tough questions over Bo's meteoric rise.
- Wu Zhong

 

China isn't helping itself
Revisions to China's regulations on compulsory licensing of drug patents are perfectly legal, but they are worrying international pharmaceutical companies since the reforms threaten the considerable protection big pharma has enjoyed over the past three decades. - Benjamin A Shobert

 

Chinese make case
for rare earth curbs

A Chinese "White Paper" on rare earths intends to defend China against an assault upon its export limitations and other alleged barriers to trade. Yet those curbs have led to new finds that may ease supply fears long before a World Trade Organization ruling is made. - Robert M Cutler

 

 One country, two (failed) systems

The Hong Kongers who marched across the city to vent anger against new CEO Leung Chun-ying and mother China at the weekend are the simmering masses of a Hong Kong Spring that has been germinating for 15 years. For them, "One country, two systems" has failed because it's put power in the palms of billionaires dancing to the mainland's tune.
- Pepe Escobar

 

THE ROVING EYE

An extreme traveler, Pepe's nose for news has taken him to all parts of the Pepe Escobar globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination

 

 

 

Caixin Online

 

China's Workers Unhappy with Jobs, Survey Finds

Country finishes below most other Asian nations in terms of employee satisfaction

Easing Inflation Spurs Predictions of Monetary Easing

Low June figures even cause some analysts to voice concerns about deflation

 

 

 

China News Archive from 2008

 

 

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Three Gorges Dam - Yichang, Hubei province

 

  Yangtze River, Yichang, Hubei province

 

The news is like writing with water on the pavement

 

 

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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