Chengguan defends his bribe taking, tells court he... →
The most shocking for me is the fact that an urban management boss managed to acquire 9.5million RMB from legal sources!
Patrick Chovanec on China’s mounting bad debts
Why China Lacks Gangnam Style →
newyorker: Evan Osnos on the “Kung Fu Panda” problem, and why we shouldn’t expect a Chinese Gangnam anytime soon: http://nyr.kr/SpPCQS
Chinese officials themselves increasingly... →
“…policies enacted during his decade-long tenure were responsible for the excessive growth of the security forces and also stalled an overhaul of the Chinese economy that is needed to maintain its dynamism (…) Some say he’s the worst leader China has had since 1949. Conflicts in society have intensified; monopolistic and antimarket tendencies in the economy...
I had a dream about Japan starting a war. China... →
China Submits New Baselines to UN - Includes... →
lettersfromtaiwan: In 1996, China submitted it’s baselines to the UN. They did not include the Spratley Islands, Taiwan or the Senkakus. Four days ago (September 13th 2012) China resubmitted its baselines to the UN. They now include the Senkaku Islands. This is an attempt by China to legally underscore it’s claim on the Senkaku Islands to counterbalance the Japanese claim currently being...
Cartoon on the Diaoyu islands
via Beijing Cream:
Mother of all anti-Japanese protests to happen... →
Nominees for the 2012 "Whackys" are out!
For those who don’t know, Confucius Peace Prize, is a “harmonious” alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize. A brainchild of Peking University professor, Kong Qindong, this prize was “a clumsy attempt to divert attention from the fact that the world’s most famous peace prize had just gone to a jailed Chinese dissident.” The last year’s winner was none other than...
(via Shanghaiist): You know, quite a lot of mainland tourists now, more than 2.6...– Ma Ying-jeou on the secret nightlives of mainland tourists in Taiwan
Bank Report Warns of Bad Loans in 2012
From Caixin: China International Capital Corp says banks should expect defaults on loans as small and medium enterprises enter an end-of-year credit crunch China International Capital Corp warned in a recent report that banks are likely to see an increasing number of loans go bad during the first half of 2012, due in part to the scarcity of credit available to small and medium enterprises. ...
First I didn’t pay enough attention,but as much as I have to say, I can...– Ai Weiwei on Occupy Wall Street. Read more. (via theatlantic)
Is the property bubble finally bursting?
Now even the party mouthpiece Global Times, confirms it. The property prices in Beijing are spiraling down: A local property company has been promoting its houses in Beijingxiangsu community, located near the East Fifth Ring Road, for 11,600 yuan ($1,825) per square meter and some units are selling for as low as 480,000 yuan, according to the Beijing Morning Post. Figures from the Beijing...
Lessons for happy marriage with Chinese...
From China Daily: According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, 4.5 million couples divorced in 2010, an 11-percent increase from 2009. The situation has prompted some people to suggest it is now harder than ever for couples to stick together. At the Moral Education Center in Chaoyang district, which opened in July, staff promise to better equip singles and wives...
Caixin on Sinovel and its unsustainable expansion
“No one in the industry is doing too well,” said an investor with stakes in Sinovel suppliers. “In the first half of the year, several big domestic turbine factories were in a semi-shutdown state. Sinovel’s situation is the worst (…) It increased capacity too quickly. If customers knock down orders, there will be high inventory pressure and problems with cash...
Yan Xuetong: How China Can Defeat America
A rather unusual piece from China’s John Mearsheimer, Yan Xuetong. In the recent NY Times op-ed, the Chinese scholar and well-known media pundit, known for his hawkish nationalistic views and his advocacy for more “aggressive” China, accentuates the need of “winning people’s hearts” through “humane authority”. Here is his road map to how China can...
Where innovation lies - Not in China!
Source: The Economist Thomson Reuters’ “Top 100 Global Innovators” report rates companies by the proportion of their patent applications that are granted; the number of “quadrilateral” patents (those granted in China, Europe, Japan and America); how often patents are cited by other companies; and whether patents relate to new techniques or inventions or are...
China nearly bankrupt according to HK professor
Source: Epoch Times Larry Lang (郎咸平), chair professor of Finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said in a lecture that he didn’t think was being recorded that the Chinese regime is in a serious economic crisis—on the brink of bankruptcy. In his memorable formulation: every province in China is Greece. Lang’s assessment that the regime is bankrupt was based on five conjectures: ...
A Chinese Man Set Himself on Fire in Tiananmen... →
A self-immolation took place in the heart of China’s capital city last month, but it has taken weeks for the news to leak out via foreign tourists. Police acted immediately to put out the fire and the man who did it has reportedly recovered. The incident, which took place on October 21, has gone completely unreported on China’s heavily censored state media and social networks, despite being...
The Staggering Stats of China’s Mobile Sector... →
siliconhutong: Sunny Ye over at Techrice has done a great job at helping people envision what is happening in China’s mobile device market. A few tidbits: Android leads smartphone sales with 43% of the market, followed by Symbian with 22%, and then iOS with 18%. 70% of the cellphones in the world were made in China China now has 930 million mobile device subs. Take a look at the whole...
More on the subject: Unfinished Homework Leads 3... →
“If I’m dead, I won’t have to do homework anymore” Continue reading on ChinaSmack
Latitude News: Chinese-style parenting under... →
latitudenews: Yao Jiaxin in courtroom Yao Jiaxin in courtroom Yale law professor Amy Chua succeeded spectacularly in making America hear her Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Thanks to Chua and the online chatter that exploded after the publication of her memoir of raising her two daughters Chinese-style in Connecticut, there can be few parents in the US today who do not have a position on...
Xinhua's brilliant tip to help you quit smoking
“Don’t smoke any number or any kind of cigarette” It’s that easy! 10 tips to help you quit smoking by Xinhua News
Full text of Premier Wen's answers to questions...
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attended the opening plenary session and business dialogue of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of New Champions 2011 in Dalian and answered questions raised by Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum and entrepreneurs. Full text of the questions and answers.
Conversations with an "old comrade"
via China Media Project: A post called “Conversations with an Old Comrade on the Eve of the 60th Anniversary of the PRC” (国庆60周年前夕一位老同志的谈话) has made the rounds on the Internet this week. The post, which comes ahead of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, and urges a critical reassessment of the Communist Party’s record, is now being systematically removed from blogs and bulletin...
In China, The Hidden Slavery Of The Mentally... →
via agreekingermany: BEIJING - A Henan television report has revealed a shocking case of slave labor of mentally disabled people near the towns of Zhengzhou and Zumadian in Henan Province, China. The police, led by the TV network crew, raided and rescued some 30 mentally handicapped workers from a local brick kiln. The owner of the kiln was arrested along with seven foremen. The victims were...
Walking Out on China →
A writer chronicles his daring escape over the border to Vietnam.
Apple gadgets have become key items used to bribe officials or business...– China in thrall to the cult of Apple - FT.com (via chinadigitaltimes)
A village with only one restaurant
There is a fantastic joke circulating in the chinese social media sphere. This joke is funny as it is thinly veiled. There is a village that only has one restaurant. Everyone in the village has to eat at that restaurant. Villager: Why can’t we have more than one restaurant? Waiter: Our village is in a stage of development where more than one restaurant can lead to chaos, so we only have one...
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The Story of W&L: China’s Great Internet Divide →
China does not have one so-called “national internet,” instead there’s a great divide. It encompasses the elite with ThinkPad laptops and also the grassroots with MTK Shanzhai mobile phones. Our elites are on par with America, while our grassroots are on par with Vietnam. This is the story of W&L, two representatives of China’s great internet divide.
China is now at the point that Japan reached in the late 1960s and Korea reached...– Raymond Ma, Hong Kong-based Fidelity fund manager
A moment of historic irony has arrived.– - Chinese microblogger, responding to the fact that the name of Fang Binxing, the founder of the Great Firewall, has become a sensitive word online after students threw eggs at him to protest Internet censorship. Man Behind ‘Great Firewall of China’ Pelted with Eggs | China Digital Times (CDT)
Zhang vs. Yang on the China Model →
Last week, the CCP journal Seeking Truth ran a piece in which Zhang Weiwei (张维为), a research fellow at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, summarizes what he sees as the eight principle characteristics of the “China Model” — including the prioritizing of facts over ideology, caring first about the lives of the people, and emphasizing stability. The article was apparently...
Real Life 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' in...
globalvoices: Xu Wu, detained in a psychiatric hospital for four years over a labour dispute against a state-run enterprise, escaped to tell his story to a television station; only for police to storm the station building to detain him. Read more
Human Rights Watch Report on Chinese "Black Jails"... →
This 53-page report documents how government officials, security forces, and their agents routinely abduct people off the streets of Beijing and other Chinese cities, strip them of their possessions, and imprison them. These black jails are often located in state-owned hotels, nursing homes, and psychiatric hospitals.
China Global Times: Controversy over 'black jails'...
Sun Yingxia, 64, could have had little idea of the 12-day ordeal that awaited her when she went to the Tianganghu township government in Sihong county, Jiangsu Province, for “negotiations” on the demolition of her house on June 1 last year. Sun and two other villagers, who had also refused to sign the demolition agreement, insisted on being compensated with the equivalent units of...
Al Qaeda once sent five terrorists to China: One was sent to blow up a bus, but...– Chinese joke posted by the New Yorker’s Evan Osnos. Read about reactions in China to news that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces. (via chinadigitaltimes)