China Readings for November 30th

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  • South Asia’s water: Unquenchable thirst | The Economist – A growing rivalry between India, Pakistan and China over the region’s great rivers may be threatening South Asia’s peace
  • Letter from China: Huntsman, China, and the Bears : The New Yorker– Shorting China has practically become the conventional wisdom in recent months (which doesn’t speak well of it as a strategy). In a roundup of the bears’ arguments, David Pierson writes this week, “Backed by data showing a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy, doomsayers have taken center stage. Unbridled optimism has given way to fears over widening cracks in the Chinese economic miracle.”A slowdown of some kind is one of the few things on which analysts of all sides agree, and the decisive issue is just how far, and how well-managed, it will be. That contains the question with far broader political implications: If China’s economy slows, how will China’s much-discussed “Internet generation” apportion the blame? Will they pin it on the economic disarray in the U.S., inviting greater confrontation, or will zealous defenders of the Chinese people find reason to blame those closer to home?
  • 《城管来了》,80后帅哥出书走红_网易新闻中心 – 25 yr old Beijing chengguan writes long post on his life as chengguan,so popular gets book deal
  • 贪腐——中国官场毒瘤难除-DWNews
  • billbishop: 就诚信危机给新浪管理层的谏言 _新浪(SINA) _i美股
  • The Coming Muddle-Through Of China | Sinocism
  • Does Sina Face A Credibility Crisis With Investors? | DigiCha
  • The China Bears’ Feeble Growl – Yu Yongding – Project Syndicate– despite the high likelihood that China’s economic growth will slow significantly in 2012, a hard landing is unlikely. Nevertheless, while there is no need to be overly bearish about China’s short-term economic prospects, because of the slow progress in fundamental adjustment and further reform, even Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has noted that China’s growth is ultimately unsustainable. The real test has yet to come.Yu Yongding is a former member of the monetary policy committee of the Peoples’ Bank of China and former Director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of World Economics and Politics.
  • Who’s paying for the public welfare? – China Media Project– It’s been a busy year for China’s broadcast authority, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), which has made it its mission to shake up the already messy world of Chinese television. The body’s latest action, formally announced yesterday, is to ban the insertion of advertising in popular television dramas.Back in July this year, SARFT held a “discussion forum” to address the issue of “entertainment excessiveness” in Chinese television programming, giving bosses from various provincial television networks an ostensible opportunity to offer their views on new restrictions that already seemed a foregone conclusion. The entertainment programming ban, known in China by the shorthand xian yu ling (限娱令), came in September and took effect in October. It forced television stations to broadcast “entertainment programs” (娱乐节目) no more than three times a week during prime time (5-10pm).
  • / Economic Affairs / China looking to snap up EU factories, railways
  • Gates Foundation to improve child vaccines in China | Reuters – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is helping partners in China improve child vaccines, roll out faster TB detection kits and make higher-yielding rice which it hopes can be used later in other parts of the world.
  • China prepares for big entry into vaccine market – Yahoo! News– my sister works on this//The world should get ready for a new Made in China product — vaccines.
    China’s vaccine makers are gearing up over the next few years to push exports in a move that should lower costs of lifesaving immunizations for the world’s poor and provide major new competition for the big Western pharmaceutical companies.
    However, it may take some time before some parts of the world are ready to embrace Chinese products when safety is as sensitive an issue as it is with vaccines — especially given the food, drug and other scandals the country has seen.
    Still, China’s entry into this market will be a “game changer,” said Nina Schwalbe, head of policy at the GAVI Alliance, which buys vaccines for 50 million children a year worldwide.
  • Analysis: After 10 years, China’s WTO ride could get bumpier – Yahoo! News
  • Goldman Advises Exiting China Stock Trade on Challenging Outlook – Businessweek – whoops
  • Chinese aircraft carrier on 2nd set of sea trials – Yahoo! News
  • China pulls out of aid partnership | World news |– China has snubbed rich countries in their attempts to establish a world-wide partnership on aid effectiveness, saying it is not ready to endorse a partnership for global development.The move put a dampener on an aid summit starting on Tuesday in South Korea to be attended by 2,500 delegates, including Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, and Andrew Mitchell, the international development secretary.
  • Image shows Iranian missile site was destroyed – Checkpoint Washington – The Washington Post
  • America is back in the Pacific and will uphold the rules – – The writer is President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor
  • China Halts U.S. Academic Freedom at Classroom Door for Colleges – Businessweek– In the 25 years Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University have run a joint campus in China, it’s never published an academic journal. When American student Brendon Stewart tried last year, he found out why.Intended to showcase the best work by Chinese and American students and faculty to a far-flung audience, Stewart’s journal broke the Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s rules that confine academic freedom to the classroom. Administrators prevented the journal from circulating outside campus, and a student was pressured to withdraw an article about Chinese protest movements. About 75 copies sat in a box in Stewart’s dorm room for a year.
  • Taylor & Francis Online :: Space, China’s Tactical Frontier – Journal of Strategic Studies – Volume 34, Issue 5 – In recent years, China has made stunning progress in its satellite reconnaissance capabilities. Starting from almost no capacity for live surveillance ten years ago, today the PLA has gained the capability to support real-time tactical naval operations from space. China’s suite of electro-optical, synthetic aperture radar, and electronic intelligence satellites would be key to its anti-access/area denial capabilities, through which the PLA could deny the United States military the capability to operate with impunity close to its shores. Furthermore, these achievements suggest a shift towards more military-dedicated space assets and form the contours of a crucial support system for expanded PLA operations.
  • China bans ads in TV drama and films – – they will find ways around it, and SARFT not out to help online video sites//
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights.“It is said that the TV networks are now considering to shorten the length of one episode from the original 60 minutes to 30 minutes, and then commercials can be broadcast between those!” wrote Bi Yantao, director of the advertising faculty at Hainan University, on his microblog.
  • 税务系统11名知名贪官一览_特色频道_财新网 – 挨一个杀有冤,隔一个杀有漏?
  • Digital Dao: Rep. Mike Rogers Needs To Re-Think His China Tactics – Instead, Rep. Rogers should write legislation that requires U.S. companies to inventory their critical data so that they know where on their network it resides, then implement a set of security controls that monitors the behavior of authorized users and locks that data down when certain norms are violated. The hard truth of the matter is that most companies today don’t have a clue about where on their network their critical data resides because they’ve bought into the old school security model of trying to stop attacks at the perimeter of their network. Until that changes, Rep. Rogers and others like him will just waste more taxpayer money and perpetuate the illusion that the problem is somewhere “out there” and can be stopped with U.S. muscle.