"Sinocism is the Presidential Daily Brief for China hands"- Evan Osnos, New Yorker Correspondent and National Book Award Winner
- Stars mark 40 years of Ping-Pong Diplomacy|Politics|chinadaily.com.cn – Vice-President Xi Jinping and former US president Jimmy Carter sign ping-pong paddles, in Beijing on Dec 8, at an event that marks the 40th anniversary of Ping-Pong Diplomacy, which broke the ice for Sino-US relations
- Charlie Rose – Clarissa Ward on Syria –
- China’s W.T.O. Anniversary Shows a World of Difference – NYTimes.com –
- Sinica Podcast on Chinese Literature – Our podcast this week is all about books and money in modern China. If you like us are tired of Lu Xun and Lao She, listen to Sinica this week as we look into the state of contemporary Chinese literature, asking what writers are hot, what writers are not, and even the more humdrum question of how much authors make these days.
Joining host Jeremy Goldkorn today are three of the most knowledgeable people from Beijing publishing circles. We're delighted to be joined by Jo Lusby, general manager of Penguin books in North Asia, Eric Abrahamsen of the translation consulting company Paper Republic, as well as Alice Liu, managing editor of the newly-launched translation journal Pathlight, which features translations of works from upcoming Chinese novelists including a piece from a name longtime Popup Chinese listeners will recognize.
- Exclusive: China eyes $300 billion forex investment vehicle – Yahoo! News – BEIJING (Reuters) – China's central bank plans to create a new vehicle to manage investment funds worth a total of $300 billion to improve returns on the world's largest stockpile of foreign exchange reserves, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
The vehicle would operate two funds, one targeting investments in the United States and the other focused on Europe, said the source, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.
- China Plans Call for Nationwide Rainmaking Effort – China Real Time Report – WSJ –
- Eric X. Li: Globalization 2.0: A Century for Sale, Any Taker? –
- Teen digital habits in Beijing and Palo Alto | Danwei –
- Citron Still Working on Qihoo ‘Fraud’ Story | iChinaStock –
- Citron’s Andrew Left on Life As A Short-Seller | iChinaStock –
- Male sheep, female deer – the hottest couple in China | | DAWN.COM –
- After Little Yueyue: China’s Good Samaritan Debate – China Real Time Report – WSJ –
- 5 Ways Twitter’s New Redesign Makes It More Like Sina Weibo | Tech in Asia –
- China’s Cooler 4.2% Inflation May Presage More Easing – Bloomberg –
- marines’s Channel – YouTube – Patrol Base Georgetown was recently attacked by Taliban forces. Lance Cpl. Jacob Lagoze shows us how the Marines fought back.
- Meet Philip Tinari, the new director of UCCA | Agenda – Beijing’s premier Business Lifestyle Magazine –
- 传中共最高法院院长患癌法学界鼓掌_多维新闻网 – 香港《苹果日报》报道，北京律师梁小军近日在微博透露，京城司法界近日举行一个寃案研讨会，会上有人提到最高人民法院院长王胜俊得了胰脏癌。会场上响起热烈的掌声。
- Feature : National Geographic World Music – Editor's Note – last year our friend, artist and musician Jie-Song Zhang, approached us with a story about his experiences with Bejing's hip-hop underground, and the constellation of artists, radicals and regular kids that gravitate towards that scene's orbit. It's been a long time coming, but we finally got the goods – this is the first in a series of blog posts and galleries from Jie-Song documenting hip-hop culture in Beijing and youth culture in China. Take it away Jie-Song…
- Madam who ran gang that forced hundreds of women to work as prostitutes in China metropolis executed by lethal injection | Mail Online –
- Cyber-intruder sparks response, debate – The Washington Post – The government’s top cyberwarriors couldn’t immediately tell who created the program or why, although they would come to suspect the Russian intelligence service…
This article, which contains previously undisclosed information on the extent of the infection, the nature of the response and the fractious policy debate it inspired, is based on interviews with two dozen current and former U.S. officials and others with knowledge of the operation. Many of them assert that while the military has a growing technical capacity to operate in cyberspace, it lacks authority to defend civilian networks effectively.
- Wildlife Extra News – Snow leopards photographed in Siberia for the first time –
- Chinese state TV unveils global expansion plan | World news | The Guardian – CCTV to increase overseas staff tenfold by 2016 as English-language services spearhead Beijing's soft power push..
CCTV has hired Jim Laurie, a former ABC and NBC broadcaster turned consultant, to advise it and has offered generous salaries for local staff.
According to his website, CCTV will broadcast at least an hour of programming daily by early 2012, and four hours by June, from its new studios. It has leased 3,300 sq m (36,000 sq ft) at a central Washington address for a reported $1.5m (£953,000).
- US targets WikiLeaks like no other organisation – WIKILEAKS is the target of an ''unprecedented'' US government criminal investigation, Australian diplomatic cables obtained by the Herald reveal.
The cables also show the Australian government wants to be forewarned about moves to extradite Julian Assange to the United States, but that Australian diplomats raised no concerns about him being pursued by prosecutors on charges of espionage and conspiracy.
- My Occupy LA Arrest, by Patrick Meighan – so much for civil rights. even if you dont support #OWS u should be horrified
- China’s stone workshops silenced by European crisis – Yahoo! News – DANGCHENG, China (Reuters) – Mournful ancient Roman lovers, a boy Mozart and half a dozen angels lie in weeds behind the padlocked gates of an abandoned sculpture workshop in Dangcheng town, victims of economic waves rippling across the world to this corner of northern China.
Dangcheng applied the traditional stone-carving skills of this rocky part of Hebei province to boom as an exporter of ornate statues, busts, reliefs and fountains to Europe and North America. Now the town is struggling with the deep slump in once vibrant markets, especially Italy and other euro zone countries.
- Chinese Desperate for Clean Air Organize Protests Online: Adam Minter – Bloomberg – Probably not. In fact, the very public nature of this campaign will more likely serve to embarrass government officials, and lead them to dig in their heels further.
But the failure of these requests shouldn’t obscure the quiet but unmistakable evidence that Weibo and other Chinese microblogs have provided lone petitioners like Yu with the means to organize and network on a national scale. Of course, it’s one thing to pursue data, and another to pursue policy changes. But Yu’s quest and inadvertent campaign, coming during a season of media crackdowns, is a humble sign that perhaps China’s Internet might remain a force for civil — if not political — change.