Archive for August, 2007

31
Aug
07

Consider Yourself Warned

The point of the GFW (Great Firewall of China) isn’t to block all access to content Beijing opposes. So much useful information would be caught up that the Internet would be useless. Rather, the point is to remind people that the system is being monitored.

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31
Aug
07

Silencing Lu Xun

So why cut back on the reading of Lu Xun? One clue is the fact that present-day China resembles more and more the denouement of the Republican Period in the 1930s.

29
Aug
07

Minxin Pei gives a pessimist’s view of the Chinese economy

29
Aug
07

So Long, Lu Xun

From China comes news, reported in the Chinese-language newspaper World Journal, that the works of Lu Xun—the country’s greatest modern author, a founder of the Chinese League of Left-Wing Writers, and a longtime favorite of the Communists—are being removed from high school curricula. These classics will be replaced by contemporary fantasies about ancient knights and swordplay by the popular Hong Kong author Jin Yong. The reason for this censorship? The Tiananmen Massacre, of which Lu Xun’s works uncomfortably remind the Chinese government.

28
Aug
07

Beijing police launch Web patrols

Police in China’s capital said Tuesday they will start patrolling the Web using animated beat officers that pop up on a user’s browser and walk, bike or drive across the screen warning them to stay away from illegal Internet content.

28
Aug
07

Can Hong Kong help `green’ China?

Increasingly loud complaints about deteriorating air quality have goaded Hong Kong and Guangdong into embarking on a joint program in which a series of monitoring stations now provides emissions data. Hong Kong’s data has been released regularly, and last year, Guangdong’s data was made public for the first time. There is now talk about monitoring water quality. These are laudable steps for China, given its poor record on transparency.

27
Aug
07

China’s own Frankenstein

“A limited amount of assets is being pursued by a lot of liquid money and speculation, and this cannot be sustained in the long run. So the government has to do something to tackle the excess liquidity problem.”