Today’s China Readings May 1, 2012

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  • 海军少将:一旦中央决策黄岩岛 海军必完成任务_新闻_腾讯网
    PLAN Admiral re Philippines: If the center gives the order, we will accomplish our mission
  • 中国与菲律宾南海对峙_腾讯新闻_腾讯网
    QQ microsite on the dispute with the Philippines
  • New York City welcomes the Terracotta Warriors|People|
    Gazing at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses usually requires a trip to China, but residents and tourists in Manhattan can, through late summer, glimpse a few of the mysterious figures that guarded the first Chinese emperor’s underground palace.
    Discovery Times Square is the temporary home of nine of the more than 8,000 life-size replicas from the mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
  • Dog-training the press corps – Glenn Greenwald –
    isn’t this how it has always been?//
    Journalists who heap the most lavish praise on the White House are rewarded with the most valuable treats
  • Fewsmith-Guangdong Leads Calls to Break up “Vested Interests” and Revive Reform | Hoover Institution
    In September a protest in a Guangdong village threatened to embarrass the province and its party secretary, Wang Yang, who is a candidate for membership on the powerful Politburo Standing Committee when the 18th Party Congress meets later this year. Not only did Wang Yang intervene decisively to defuse tensions, but he also used a plenary session of the provincial party committee to launch an attack on “vested interests” and to call for reviving reform. Guangdong’s outspokenness was quickly echoed in the pages of People’s Daily, scholarly reports, and liberal opinion. The long-term implications are not yet clear, but the revival of reform rhetoric suggests a contentious year of politics as the country heads into the 18th Party Congress.
  • Alice Miller-Prospects for Solidarity in the Xi Jinping Leadership | Hoover Institution
    It may be true, as is often observed, that if all the world’s economists were laid end to end, they would never reach a conclusion. It is all the more notable therefore that an increasing number of observers of China’s economy are skeptical that the high rate of growth sustained over the past three decades is likely to continue much longer. In the past, China’s leadership has weathered economic stress adroitly—most recently, in blunting the impact of the 2008 world economic crisis. However, the Xi Jinping leadership that is about to take the helm later this year is likely to be more diverse in its outlook, credentials, and experience. And so if projections of trouble in China’s economy ahead are accurate, then it is reasonable to inquire into the prospects of an oligarchic leadership around Xi maintaining collective solidarity and providing effective policy responses.
  • China Shuts Coca-Cola Plant Over Chlorine –
    Regulators in northern China shut down production at a beverage plant owned by Coca-Cola Co. after finding chlorine in a batch of drinks made in February.The food-safety regulator in Shanxi province said Saturday that during an April inspection it found that a batch of drinks produced by Coca-Cola (Shanxi) Beverage Ltd. was made with water containing chlorine.

  • Escape Poses New Riddle for U.S., China –
    Chinese authorities continue to probe his escape. On Monday, they released activist and Beijing-based scholar Guo Yushan, who says he helped Mr. Chen flee.”They asked every question they could about Chen Guangcheng and wanted every detail about his escape,” said Mr. Guo, who said police had held him for 50 hours for an interrogation process he said was long but civilized.

  • China in Africa: The Real Story: “Zombie” Chinese Land Grabs in Africa Rise Again in New Database!
    How durable is a bad news report? How many lives does a zombie have?
    How often are we going to find hugely expensive efforts to collect and “verify” land grab “data” that include verification methodologies where one NGO collection of news media stories serves to validate the cases collected by another NGO?
  • Dissident’s Fate at Issue as U.S. Diplomat Talks With China –
    WASHINGTON — President Obama prodded China on Monday to improve its record on human rights, saying that doing so would make it a stronger and more prosperous country, but he maintained the administration’s silence on the fate of the blind dissident who fled house arrest last week and is now reported to be under American protection in Beijing.
  • Perry Link-Beijing Dilemma: Is Chen Guangcheng the Next Fang Lizhi? by Perry Link | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
  • China Leadership Monitor | Hoover Institution-April 30, 2012
  • 激怒北京 陈光诚逃亡地方政府难脱其咎_多维新闻网
  • Reports First Quarter 2012 Unaudited Financial Results – MarketWatch
    bad q2 guidance//
    Commenting on Sohu’s brand advertising business, Ms. Belinda Wang, Co-President and COO added, “We had a challenging first quarter in our brand advertising business. The economic slowdown in China clearly had an impact on advertiser sentiment. Because of lackluster auto sales and the slowing real estate market, many automakers and real estate developers decided to defer their marketing plans. While the overall market was soft, e-commerce and fast-moving consumer goods sectors performed relatively well, each posting over 30% year-on-year revenue growth in the first quarter.”
  • Chinese Intelligence Operations eBook: Nicholas Eftimiades: Kindle Store
    a classic, now on kindle//
    Written by a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, this is a straightforward examination of the structure, operations and methodology of the intelligence services of the People’s Republic of China. Eftimiades describes how the Ministry of State Security–China’s preeminent civilian intelligence-gathering entity–draws on the services of diplomats, commercial representatives, Chinese communities in overseas cities and students. (The People’s Republic sends approximately 40,000 students abroad annually.) His analysis of the case of Larry Wu-Tai Chin, a longtime CIA employee who was convicted of espionage in 1986, reveals much about Chinese operations in the United States. Although Eftimiades cautions that the Ministry of State Security will continue to penetrate and exploit the political, academic, industrial and technological institutions of Western nations, he adds reassuringly that China’s intelligence apparatus is hobbled by its own red tape and hindered by the stultifying bureaucracy of the Chinese Communist Party. Of interest mainly to specialists.
    Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
  • Two Crises Highlight China’s Social Media Struggles : NPR
    Yang believes a disinformation campaign could have been under way. “At first, the government panicked because true news was coming out. Now they’ve calmed down,” he says. “It’s possible that they are releasing lots of false information on purpose to confuse people, so no one can tell what’s real and what’s false.”
    These rumors gave Beijing cover to move against Bo’s followers inside the government.
    “That’s the typical Mao Zedong strategy: Mobilize the people against the local factions,” says Anti, the columnist. “Weibo has already become a battlefield for public opinion. If it is a battlefield, they should occupy instead of destroy that.”
  • 可口可乐中国的微博 新浪微博-随时随地分享身边的新鲜事儿
    coca cola committed a massive pr faux pas in china $ko apologizes on weibo
  • 山西可口可乐承认含氯门 称操作失误无碍健康_新闻_腾讯网
    coca cola admits coke bottled in shanxi has chlorine in it. big problem for $ko
  • 韩媒称中国渔民刺伤4名韩国公务员 其中1人坠海_新闻_腾讯网
    chinese fisherman stab 4 south korean officers
  • Chinese censors block news on blind activist’s escape –
    By Monday afternoon, “StevenCNN” — my Weibo name — has become a banned search term.
  • » A Hiker’s Guide to Xinjiang, China
    I am writing this article to explain our experiences to other would-be trekkers, and reflect on what we could have done differently, or what other people in different circumstances could do, to better experience the Tian Shan.
  • The Jet That Ate the Pentagon – By Winslow Wheeler | Foreign Policy
    The F-35 is a boondoggle. It’s time to throw it in the trash bin.
  • Olmert, Ex-Premier of Israel, Assails Netanyahu on Iran –
    Mr. Olmert went much further. Drawing boos from a largely American audience in New York, he fired off a wide-ranging broadside against Mr. Netanyahu’s foreign policy, saying that the prime minister was unprepared to offer meaningful compromise to Palestinians, disrespectful to the United States and dismissive of the international community at a time when Israel particularly needs foreign support to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
  • Microblogs Survive Real-Name Rules–So Far – China Real Time Report – WSJ
    Bill Bishop, a Beijing-based Chinese Internet watcher, said investors should heed the company’s warning. “Investors who think there is no regulatory risk, or that real name is an expired issue, are kidding themselves, especially in the current political environment,” he said. Too many “blithely assume that the government is afraid of what would happen if they shut weibo, and so they never will.”..
    Over the past month, Sina has been forced to disable some functions on Weibo for all users and made an unusual public announcement about the closures of popular accounts for being linked to gossip about the circumstances around the removal of former Chongqing Communist Party Chief Bo Xilai.
    One of those users, a prominent journalist, has been detained for over a month, and many users saw the announcement as an ominous warning.
    “I think the government knows it would be messy and is unlikely to do something so drastic” as shutting Weibo down, Mr. Bishop said. But “nothing is impossible in today’s China.”
  • Exclusive: China mulls guarantees for ships carrying Iran oil | Reuters
    (Reuters) – China is considering sovereign guarantees for its ships to enable the world’s second-biggest oil consumer to continue importing Iranian crude after new EU sanctions come into effect in July, the head of China’s shipowners’ association said.
  • US and China iron out deal over blind activist Chen Guangcheng – Telegraph
    Mr Fu said he offered to help Mr Chen leave China through “a sort of underground railroad” shortly after he made a daring night-time escape from his heavily guarded farmhouse on April 22. Mr Fu had made such arrangements previously, helping the wife and two young children of another dissident lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, flee to the U.S. after they’d exited China overland from Beijing to Thailand.
    But Mr Fu said that Mr Chen refused the offer and chose instead to go to Beijing. Despite Chen’s initial resistance to exile, Fu said it might be the only option.
    “My sense is that at the end of the day, after China is willing to facilitate it in a face-saving way with the U.S., he and his family may have to choose to travel to the US in whatever way that China agrees,” he said.
  • » Peking Opera Masks and the London Book Fair 正名
    What we’re seeing now is something different — a willingness, even an eagerness, to promote authors whose work presents a more complicated China than the one on the front page of the China Daily. The group of authors that visited the London Book Fair may not have contained Liu Xiaobo or Liao Yiwu — and as long as GAPP was involved there was never any chance that it would — but it was a more diverse, talented, and interesting group of authors than has been generally acknowledged. It represented an earnest attempt to present a more nuanced image of contemporary China than has been presented before, and is deserving of a similarly earnest and nuanced response. So far, it has mostly not gotten one, to the detriment of Chinese authors and foreign readers alike.
  • Soviet Spy Jail Exposes Stalin-Era Torture, Injustice – Bloomberg
    At first run by the counter-intelligence agency SMERSH — an acronym coined by Josef Stalin that means “Death to Spies” in Russian — it later came under the KGB.
    The building, the only Soviet remand prison in East Germany still in its original state, is now open to the public with a new, permanent display exploring the crimes of Stalin’s regime and the suffering of the German and Soviet inmates who languished there, uncertain whether they would live or die.
  • China Forestry Probe Verifies Under 1% of Reported Sales – Businessweek
    China Forestry Holdings Co. (930), the logging company that last week said its only able to account for 1 percent of its historical sales, still has value in its assets, according to its third-largest holder, Carlyle Group.“We believe the company has stabilized and is recovering,” Brian Zhou, a Beijing-based spokesman of private equity firm Carlyle, said by phone. “It still has real value. We’ll continue to be one of its shareholders.”

  • Philippines Role May Grow as U.S. Adjusts Asia Strategy –
    joint military exercises whose message, at least in part, appeared to be clear despite proclamations to the contrary. The exercises included mock beach invasions along coastlines facing China, whose military buildup and territorial claims in the South China Sea have alarmed some of its neighbors and jumpstarted the United States’ military “pivot” to the region.That American policy, which will include sending more troops and ships to the region, appears to have picked up speed in recent weeks.

  • Dan Mintz Interview @ Bloomberg West on Vimeo
    DMG CEO Dan Mintz interviewed at Bloomberg West with Emily Chang and Cory Johnson to talk about how to crack into China film market.
  • DMG
    Dan MIntz is CEO
  • The Mintz Dynasty | Fast Company
    6 year old profile of dan mintz, one of most interesting & successful foreigners in china
  • In China, Foreign Films Meet a Powerful Gatekeeper –
    In March, the Securities and Exchange Commission wrote to major film companies and smaller competitors — including Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation — requesting information about their business practices in China, according to people with knowledge of the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter could end up in court.The investigation was set off by a whistle-blower, one of the people said. It is not known specifically which American business dealings with China are under investigation, but this person said the Hollywood companies were told to freeze all files, e-mails and other data related to getting films made or distributed in China.

  • Beijing’s secret: It’s not really loosening – Craig Stephen’s This Week in China – MarketWatch
    HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Investors betting on a loosening of policy in China rescuing the economy and stock market might need to think again.
    Analysts say the recent uptake in bank lending is not translating into higher fixed-asset investment, while at the same time, authorities are not actually easing monetary policy.。。
    the extra lending is appearing in short-term bank financing and discounted bills, suggesting companies are borrowing to fund working capital and other immediate liquidity needs.
  • This Blind Chinese Lawyer May Be the Toughest Foreign Policy Challenge Obama Has Ever Faced – Max Fisher – International – The Atlantic
    Obama’s usual foreign policy modus operandi — calculated, cool-headed pragmatism — doesn’t offer as much guidance here as it might have during past crises. The pragmatic response to the Egyptian revolution, shifting support to the protesters once they looked likely to oust President Hosni Mubarak; to the Libyan civil war, backing NATO without leading it; to the end of the Iraq war, trying to convince the government there to host U.S. troops but not forcing it. But there’s no obviously pragmatic response to Chen, and that’s exactly what makes it such a momentous challenge for Obama. The stakes are not in Chen’s meaning for the world — neither the U.S.-China relationship nor American democracy-promotion are likely to live or die by what happens to this blind dissident — but in Chen’s meaning for how Obama uses American power in the world.
  • Military Secrets Leak From U.S. Universities With Rules Flouted – Bloomberg
    For 15 days in late 2009, Internet users in 36 countries, including China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan, viewed sensitive information about U.S. weapons technology that was supposed to be for American eyes only.
    The disclosure, which prompted a rebuke from a U.S. State Department official, came from a Georgia Institute of Technology course for federal employees and contractors on infrared technology used in weapons-aiming systems for aircraft, ships and tanks. Asked by instructor David Schmieder to copy the course onto a DVD, Georgia Tech’s media staff instead uploaded it to servers.
  • New book says Bradlee doubted some Woodward details in ‘All the President’s Men’ – The Washington Post
    An excerpt of the book appeared Sunday on the Web site of New York magazine and drew an immediate rebuke from Woodward, who called Himmelman’s account “dishonest.”The New York magazine excerpt, published almost 40 years after the Watergate break-in, does not call into question the veracity of Woodward’s reporting, either in his Watergate coverage in The Washington Post or in “All the President’s Men,” the famous book he wrote with Carl Bernstein. But Himmelman’s account suggests that even a relationship as close as that of Woodward and Bradlee was not immune to moments of doubt.

  • [toread] The Red Flag in the Flowerpot
    Four decades after Watergate, there’s something that still nags at Ben Bradlee about Deep Throat.
  • The Baffling Case of Chen Guangcheng
    The escape of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng from his home village in Shandong Province, where he had been placed under de facto house arrest for the past year and a half, has made headlines in international media. For one who believes that there are rational explanations for the actions of Chinese authorities, including seemingly irrational actions, the way the Chen Guangcheng case has been handled is very puzzling.
  • Lin Zhao – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Lin Zhao (Simplified / Traditional Chinese: 林昭) born as Peng Lingzhao (Simplified / Traditional Chinese: 彭令昭) in Suzhou, December 16, 1932 died on April 29, 1968, was an outspoken dissident during the Hundred Flowers Movement of 1957. During this time intellectuals such as herself were encouraged to criticize the Communist Party of China, but were eventually punished for doing so.[1]In October 1960, Lin Zhao was first arrested in Suzhou for being a counterrevolutionary. She was later sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. While in prison, she famously wrote hundreds of pages of critical commentary about Mao Zedong using her own blood. She was executed in 1968.

  • 中国民间高调悼念“右派才女”林昭_多维新闻网
  • 独家:陈光诚入美使馆未提避难 四部门已交涉_多维新闻网
    消息透露,陈光诚一抵达北京就以躲避追捕的名义进入了美使馆,美方亦给予他外交和领事保护(diplomatic and consular protection.)。当时北京方面对此并不知情,是美方随后将该事知会了中国政府。
  • 港媒:薄熙来一听到停职 冲着习近平大喊大叫 –
    always titillating, often fictional, hk reports of china politics
  • Article Photos: China activists lifted by blind lawyer’s escape Gallery
    The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, Kurt Campbell, front, arrives at a hotel in Beijing, China, in the early morning of Sunday, April 29, 2012. Campbell arrived in China apparently to deal with the case of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng who escaped house arrest in his Chinese village and is reportedly under the protection of American officials.
  • Bob Fu, Founder, China Aid Compares Obama Administration to Chinese Dictatorship – YouTube
    curious Bob Fu’s role in Chen Guangcheng’s escape has been
  • Italian woman dies in Chaoyang knife attack_北青网
    2006. just read midnight in peking, was reminded of this
  • For businesses in China, a minefield of bribery risks | Reuters
    Chindex/United Family Hospitals must have a challenging time navigating//
    “Any industry that you see that is heavily regulated typically is high-risk,” said Meg Utterback, a partner at the law firm King and Wood Mallesons in Shanghai who frequently deals with corporate investigations.Utterback named health care, construction and energy as examples of industries that fall into that category in China.

  • Titanic II to Be Built by Billionaire Palmer, Chinese Yard – Bloomberg
    What could go wrong?//
    Australian billionaire Clive Palmer plans to build a 21st-century version of the Titanic with the help of a Chinese shipyard, with the cruise ship’s maiden voyage from England to North America scheduled in late 2016.
    Palmer said he had invited the Chinese navy to escort Titanic II on its maiden voyage to New York, according to an e- mailed statement. The initial pact with China’s CSC Jinling Shipyard also includes plans for a fleet of luxury liners.

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