Archive for July, 2007

30
Jul
07

Tibet is remade by hand of Chinese government

… the broader aim seems to be remaking Tibet – a region with its own culture, language and religious traditions – in order to have firmer political control over its population. It comes as China prepares for an influx of millions of tourists in the run-up to next year’s Summer Olympic Games.

29
Jul
07

China’s learning: a potent anniversary

Today, Chinese universities have been fully brought into the administrative system and can be seen as government institutions. The position of principal at a top university carries with it the rank of “vice-minister” and the heads of less prestigious universities are at the level of “bureau head”. Academic ethics have been corrupted, and plagiarism is rife. In April 2007, North Carolina’s Duke University announced the results of an investigation into thirty-eight freshman MBA students accused of plagiarism. Nine of the students were expelled, fifteen were made to repeat the year, ten were given a zero grade, and four were found innocent. This was apparently Duke University’s biggest scandal for thirty years, and moreover the only incident of its kind at a north American business school in ten years. Regrettably, all of the students involved came from China. This incident almost entirely sums up the condition of Chinese higher education.

29
Jul
07

‘MADE IN CHINA’ LABEL WON’T SURVIVE WITHOUT RULE OF LAW

With an independent judiciary, a vibrant civil society and a free media, China could have contained such ills of crony capitalism. Nothing is more effective in fighting systemic corruption than transparency, public opinion and an impartial third-party enforcer. Unfortunately, China does not have these institutional and social assets because the CCP views them as threats to its survival.

29
Jul
07

Thousands clash with police over polluting Chinese brewery

Several thousand residents in Sichuan province took to the streets to protest contamination of drinking and irrigation water by China Resources Breweries, said the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.

28
Jul
07

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28
Jul
07

A pen for the people

Text Publishing is releasing the English translation of Serve the People, a sexy, funny satire about the idiocies of the Cultural Revolution, in Australia next month. Set in 1967, when the cult of Mao Zedong was at its zenith and defacing an image of the chairman could be punished by death, Serve the People outraged the censors, who declared that it slandered Mao and his army and was “overflowing with sex . . . Do not distribute, pass around, comment on, excerpt from it or report on it.”

28
Jul
07

Earth Day Eyewitness: Chinese Air Pollution

James Reynolds, BBC News