Archive for January, 2008

30
Jan
08

China tries to integrate some Western thought

Westerners also grow curious about the mindset of Chinese people as the globe’s most populous country develops into an economic juggernaut, with all the environmental hazards that come with rapid industrialization.

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28
Jan
08

China’s most grateful peasant: a vigilant blogger finds revealing patterns in the party charm offensive

A simple act of connecting the dots on China’s censored Web and Hu Jintao’s genuine moment becomes what we all quietly supposed it was — a naked act of self-interested party publicity.

28
Jan
08

Prince Charles’ Olympic-sized snub to China

The Prince of Wales has snubbed the Chinese government by refusing to attend the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer.

28
Jan
08

Caught in a Chinese Box

The most plausible explanation for his (Ching Cheong’s) arrest is that he became a pawn in the intense debate in Beijing over Taiwan policy. The Chinese military favors an aggressive posture, including the threat of force, while others, including the current leaders, are more pragmatic and believe unification may come naturally,  especially after the decisive defeat of the Democratic Progressive Party in legislative elections two weeks ago. They believe that using force against Taiwan would be catastrophic.

With China enjoying good relations with its neighbours and conflict increasingly unlikely, the prestige and importance of the military is declining. The “unification of the motherland” is its best weapon in the struggle for money and resources in Beijing.

27
Jan
08

Shanghai’s Middle Class Launches Quiet, Meticulous Revolt

Bundled against the cold, the businessman made his way down the steps. Coming toward him in blue mittens was a middle-aged woman. “Do you know that we’re going to take a stroll this weekend?” she whispered, using the latest euphemism for the unofficial protests that have unnerved authorities in Shanghai over the past month.

24
Jan
08

Shanghai Suburbs in Train Uproar – Al Jazeera English

23
Jan
08

Photos: How to Create a “Live” Interview

These photos demonstrate how supposedly live, “man-on-the-street” interviews are in fact often scripted and prepared ahead of time. From Dnews.com.

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