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Malaysia’s handling of lost plane irritates China; reveals limits of Beijing’s influence in Asia


The search for a missing jetliner with Chinese travellers aboard has revealed the limits of Beijing’s influence in its own backyard and left communist leaders facing outrage from their public. Beijing has demanded Malaysia do more to find the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. But despite sending nine ships to help in the search, China appears … Continue reading

China parents count cost of sending children to overseas universities


Jack Ma, one of China’s best-known entrepreneurs, thinks business success in China has nothing to do with prestigious foreign degrees: “When you want to judge whether a person . . . is excellent or not don’t look at whether they went to Harvard or Stanford,” he is famous for saying. More and more Chinese parents apparently disagree with the … Continue reading

China declares Lunar Defence Obliteration Zone


Following the successful launch of its first lunar rover, the Chinese government has declared a defensive zone extending vertically from China into space and encompassing the moon. The Lunar Defense Obliteration Zone, according to newly appointed space minister Wu Houyi, “will protect China’s core interests and interplanetary sovereignty.” All foreign spacecraft, satellites, comets and space debris … Continue reading

Paranoia from Soviet Union collapse haunts China’s Communist Party


Party cadres made to watch documentaries on failure of Russian communism, by new leader determined not to see history repeat Cary Huang In the heyday of Sino-Soviet socialist brotherhood in the 1950s, Chinese liked to say that “today’s Soviet Union is tomorrow’s China”, as Beijing faithfully followed Moscow’s every footstep in development. But since the … Continue reading

China to ease one-child policy


China will ease family planning restrictions nationwide, the government said on Friday, allowing millions of families to have two children in the country’s most significant liberalisation of its strict one-child policy in about three decades. Couples in which one parent is an only child will now be able to have a second child, one of … Continue reading

Poll: Young Chinese use ‘daddies’ to get ahead


To get ahead in China, you need the right daddy. So says a recent online survey showing that nearly 84% of respondents believe the young people around them would prefer to play a game of pin die rather than work hard. Meaning something like “powerful daddy,” the phrase refers to competing on the basis of … Continue reading

Exposure via internet now China’s top weapon in war on graft


Think tank finds online reports spur far more corruption investigations than traditional media. The internet has become the primary tool for exposing corruption on the mainland, “removing a corrupt official with the click of a mouse”, according to a leading think tank’s analysis. In its Blue Book of New Media, researchers from the Chinese Academy … Continue reading

China calls Japanese leaders ‘petty burglars’


Piqued over Japan’s warm ties with India, an influential Chinese daily said New Delhi‘s wisdom lies in dealing with its disputes with Beijing calmly, undisturbed by “internal and international provocateurs“. As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh undertook a visit to Tokyo amid reports of defence deals between the two sides, the ruling Communist Party’s mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, lashed out at Japanese politicians, terming them as … Continue reading

China mouthpiece claims rights over Okinawa


China‘s top newspaper on May 8, 2013, published a call for a “reconsideration” of Japan’s sovereignty over the island of Okinawa – home to major US bases – with the Asian powers already embroiled in a territorial row. The lengthy article in the People’s Daily, China’s most-circulated newspaper and the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist … Continue reading

China pledges rural reforms to boost incomes, consumption


China will give farmers better protection over the land they till, raise their incomes and improve public services for them to help close the gap with urban areas and narrow the rich-poor divide. The government will ensure farmers earn “reasonable returns” from planting crops and increase agricultural subsidies, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Dec. … Continue reading

China holds test run on world’s longest high-speed railway link


China tested its 2,298-kilometer (1,428-mile) high-speed rail line, the longest in the world, as it prepares to start passenger service in two days. Bullet-trains on the line from Beijing to southern Chinese city of Guangzhou can run at an average speed of 300 kilometres per hour, the official Xinhua news agency said. It will shorten the … Continue reading

Land grabs are main cause of China’s 100,000 protests each year


Land seizures, pollution and labour disputes have been the three main causes of tens of thousands of mass protests in recent years, according to a top think-tank. In its 2013 Social Development Blue Book, released on Tuesday, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said the mainland was experiencing frequent social conflict because “social contradictions were … Continue reading

China’s unique opportunity with foreign banks; must liberalise quickly to become top global financial hub


Economic growth in China for this year is projected to be 7.7% and while this figure is one most countries around the world are highly envious of, it’s low by Chinese standards. But that does not mean that every sector is doing worse than usual, when it comes to banking (both high-street and investments) the … Continue reading

China’s Communist Party changes style in effort to win back ‘lost trust’


The Communist Party’s new leadership is certainly wielding a new broom when it comes to revamping the working style of top officials. Just over a fortnight after they assumed control of the world’s largest political party, general secretary Xi Jinping , Politburo Standing Committee No 2 Li Keqiang and party discipline chief Wang Qishan have … Continue reading

China’s Wen Jiabao determined to bow out fighting


Premier Wen Jiabao has made a final push for political reform before giving up his party leadership post, urging his successors to revive long-stalled efforts to develop democracy and promote the rule of law. “[The party] should make a particular effort to promote the reform of the leadership system of the party and the country, … Continue reading

China and Russia quit dollar


China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday. Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to … Continue reading

Chinese officials discourage popular campaign against child abduction


A government sparing no effort to round up human rights activists but lacking enthusiasm in saving kidnapped children sold as beggars will certainly be discarded by the people when they take actions on their own. Selfish officials, it is time for you to reform! SCMP says in its report titled Anti-abduction effort faulted: “The Ministry … Continue reading

China’s anti-corruption measures clamp down on ‘naked’ officials trying to escape


The Communist Party of China‘s (CPC) disciplinary body last week announced its latest victory in the fight against corruption, declaring that efforts to tighten the net on “naked” officials – or those who remain in the country while their spouses and children live abroad – had yielded success. “A number of officials who have attempted … Continue reading

China in hardest private-sector push in decade


China signalled on Wednesday it wanted to boost private investment in its energy sector as Beijing makes its most determined push since joining the World Trade Organisation to reduce the role of the state sector in the economy. Many analysts say China must allow more private investment if it is to unlock new sources of … Continue reading

An introduction to CSOs in China and Japan


The following essay, written by Vanessa Bramwell, introduces Civil Society Organisations in China and Japan. CSOs are non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and exist separate from family, state and business organisations. Civil Society Organisations are gradually becoming more significant and influential around the world, and especially in the Asia Pacific, which is experiencing a general democratic transformation. … Continue reading

Beijing toughens stance on Scarborough Shoal


Beijing warned yesterday that it was ready to respond to any escalation of a tense, month-long stand-off with the Philippines at Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea in what was its toughest statement to date. “The Chinese side has … made all preparations to respond to any escalation of the situation by the Philippine … Continue reading

Extra patrol vessels set to fuel tension in South China Sea


Tension in the South and East China seas is likely to escalate as Beijing deploys more patrol vessels to demonstrate its sovereignty in disputed waters also claimed by many Southeast Asian countries. Beijing has sent at least 14 vessels to Scarborough Shoal – which it calls Huangyan Island and the Philippines calls Panatag Shoal – … Continue reading

China’s yuan is at equilibrium level says People’s Daily


China‘s yuan is at an equilibrium against the dollar and even high in some respects, the country’s main official newspaper said on Friday in remarks that could sow further tension in talks between Beijing and Washington. The People’s Daily, the mouthpiece newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, said differences in labour productivity and operating costs … Continue reading

Hint at death penalty for Bo


Timing of People’s Daily article mentioning 1952 executions seen as possible reference to Bo Xilai, but some watchers say that may be going too far Continue reading

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