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Chinese army newspaper calls for military role in Internet culture war


An article published in the People’s Liberation Army Daily, the official newspaper of China’s military—and reprinted in part by Qiushi, the official magazine of the Chinese Communist Party—calls the Internet “the ideological ‘main front’ and ‘the main battlefield’” upon which China must fight an ideological war upon the West to defend itself from the creeping … Continue reading

Chinese river mysteriously turns blood red overnight


A waterway in eastern China has mysteriously turned a blood red color. Residents in Zhejiang province said the river looked normal at 5 a.m. Beijing time on Thursday morning. Within an hour, the entire river turned crimson. Residents also said a strange smell wafted through the air. “The really weird thing is that we have … Continue reading

China’s President Xi urges greater military use of space


Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the air force to adopt an integrated air and space defence capability, in what state media on Tuesday called a response to the increasing military use of space by the United States and others. While Beijing insists its space programme is for peaceful purposes, a Pentagon report last year highlighted … Continue reading

The real China housing collapse: Actual buildings


They don’t build ‘em like they used to, and when it comes to housing in China, that’s probably a good thing. According to the official Xinhua news agency, the price behind the breakneck pace of China’s construction boom since the reform and opening is becoming clear, with buildings collapses frequently involving those constructed in the … Continue reading

China has no official role in plane investigation


As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 enters its second month, an all-too-rare glimmer of good news has been found: On Sunday, an Australian navy vessel reported signals “consistent” with those emitted by an airplane’s black box in the South Indian Ocean. These aren’t the only signals, or “pings,” that have been heard. At … Continue reading

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

Is this the end? China’s ‘Jade Rabbit’ rover hops to a halt


China’s lunar rover appears not to be as agile or as long-lived as its name implies. The Jade Rabbit, named after a mythical lunar bunny who mixes elixirs of immortality, has experienced a mechanical abnormality resulting from the “complicated lunar surface environment,” the official Xinhua news agency reported over the weekend, citing China’s state space agency. Deployed … Continue reading

Chinese doctor admits selling patients’ newborn babies


A Chinese doctor has admitted in court that she stole babies from the hospital where she worked and sold them to human traffickers, state media and a court said. Zhang Shuxia, a locally respected and soon-to-retire obstetrician, stood trial on Monday in northern Shaanxi province‘s Fuping county, according to online postings from the court. Zhang … Continue reading

Thousands of dead fish found in Chinese river after toxic spill


Thousands of dead fish have been found floating in a river in central China following a toxic spill, Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of pollution scandals to hit the country’s water supplies. Xinhua said 300 workers had dredged around 100,000 kilograms of dead fish from a 40-km (25-mile) stretch … Continue reading

China: Police say woman who gouged out boy’s eyes was aunt who later killed herself


Chinese authorities said Wednesday that they suspect that the woman who gouged out a 6-year-old boy’s eyes was his aunt who later killed herself, adding a surprising twist to a gruesome case with conflicting details. The attack on the boy horrified the Chinese public and added to outrage over violence against children in the wake … Continue reading

Apple’s grip on China tablet market loosens


Apple’s grip on China’s tablet market has loosened as Asian tech companies increase sales with cheaper Android tablet computers, a market report showed Thursday. Dickie Chang, senior market analyst at research firm IDC, said Apple supplied 28 percent of tablet computers in China during the April-June quarter, down from 49 percent dominance a year earlier. … Continue reading

China: Babies wearing watermelon overalls is all the rage


Images of Chinese children wearing watermelons in a variety of styles have gone viral on social networking sites such as China’s Weibo and even made their way to the country’s TV news. According to the state news agency Xinhua, the trend started in July in the city of Wenzhou when pictures of a small child … Continue reading

China quake kills scores in rural Sichuan


A powerful earthquake has killed more than 150 people and injured several thousand in China’s rural south west, officials say. The 6.6-magnitude tremor sent people fleeing from buildings across Sichuan province, which was devastated by a massive quake five years ago. Villages close to the epicentre in Lushan county were left in ruins. Thousands of … Continue reading

China launches stealth frigate amidst ocean tensions


China has launched the first ship in a new class of stealth missile frigates, state media reported, amid ongoing tensions with neighboring countries over Beijing’s maritime claims. The People’s Liberation Army Navy is building a total of 20 Type 056 Jiangdao class frigates to replace older models and bolster its ability to conduct patrols and … Continue reading

Chinese state secrets revealed: Details of leaders’ families


China’s top two leaders have revealed photographs and details of their families, breaking a long-held taboo where such information is considered a state secret. In a surprise move, clearly for boosting their public support, the official Xinhua news agency released previously unpublished photographs of Communist Party chief Xi Jinping and incoming premier Li Keqiang late … 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

New China edict: No more pomp and circumstance


For many years top Chinese politicians have lived a bit like rock stars, without the paparazzi. Never mind that few of the political elite have swagger like Jagger, China’s leaders have long enjoyed walking red carpets, waving before enthusiastic (if preorganized) crowds, traveling with large entourages, and speaking from stages adorned with crimson banners and … Continue reading

Trial looms for expelled railways chief in China


According to SCMP, “Former railways minister Liu Zhijun, who spearheaded the breakneck high-speed railway development, has been expelled from the Communist Party and is facing imminent prosecution for corruption.” Singtao Daily says that according to Xinhua, Liu was accused of four crimes: taking a huge amount of bribes, corrupt lifestyle, helping businesswoman Ding Yuxin make … Continue reading

China’s Wen urges more support for growth


China‘s premier called for additional efforts to support growth on Sunday, signalling Beijing’s willingness to take action after a recent series of economic indicators suggested that the world’s second-biggest economy will slow further in the second quarter. “We should continue to implement a proactive fiscal policy and a prudent monetary policy while giving more priority … Continue reading

Some kidnapped boats and fishermen released, Xinhua


According RTHK, Chinese embassy in North Korea says that it is conscientiously resolving the issue of seizure of Chinese fishing boats and requesting North Korea to ensure crew members’ lawful rights and interests. China’s official Xinhua News Agency quotes a counselor of the embassy that according to a notice from Pyongyang, all the Chinese crew … Continue reading

State-run press issues rare call for political overhaul


In an unusual move, three leading mainland media outlets have published a series of commentaries calling for political reform amid the unfolding scandal surrounding Bo Xilai’s downfall. The People’s Daily, the ruling Communist Party’s mouthpiece, the official Xinhua news agency – run directly by the State Council – and the China Youth Daily, run by … Continue reading

The Not-So-Great Firewall of China


Every news organisation needs a social media strategy. Even China’s government-controlled Xinhua News Agency now “tweets” news bulletins through Twitter-like microblogs called weibo — through which more than 300 million users share details of their daily lives, jokes, gossip, and news. Chinese companies running weibo services are required by the government to censor and monitor … Continue reading

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