China Readings for November 14th

  • Occupy Wall Street Protests Find Unlikely Father Figure – WSJ.com – A former Chinese democracy activist who helped lead the Tiananmen Square protests is putting his work on hold at a software firm he founded in New York to devote all his time to the Occupy Wall Street protests.

    More than two decades ago, Shen Tong was 20 years old, organizing the media campaign of a student democracy movement in Beijing. Mr. Shen recalls dodging bullets on June 4, 1989, when protesters in the capital city's Tiananmen Square were met with force by the Chinese military. Untold numbers of dissidents were killed.

  • China sees alarming rise in divorce|Society|chinadaily.com.cn
  • Hu: RMB exchange rate not cause behind US problems|Top News|chinadaily.com.cn
  • 人民日报刊登来论称电信垄断案并非神仙打架_新闻_腾讯网 –   新闻背景:中国电信、中国联通因涉嫌价格垄断被国家发改委调查的消息引起广泛关注。有观点认为,这起反垄断调查是一场“与普通消费者无关的神仙战”。
      此次反垄断调查,针对的是互联网服务提供商的专线接入市场问题,看似是企业利益之争,其实与普通用户也大有关系
  • Burgundy Soars as Chinese Buyers Grab $69,000 Cases at Auction: Elin McCoy – Bloomberg – Chen, 41, is part of the new Asian wave of Burgundy collectors bidding up prices.
    While red Bordeaux has been the big driver of wine auctions, Burgundy is the new star, especially in Hong Kong. At California-based Spectrum’s late September sale in the Chinese city, 80 lots of DRC brought more than $1 million.
    “Burgundy’s on fire and sizzling,” said John Kapon, president of New York-based Acker Merrall & Condit, which set 145 price records at its Nov. 4 and 5 auction in Hong Kong. “Bordeaux is a day at the office now.”
  • Stop the E-PARASITE Act. | The White House – This Bill would allow essentially allow A Great Firewall of America and would be a shameful desecration of free speech and any sort of reasonable copyright law. The new Law would allow copyright holders to force websites which have any copyrighted material to be blocked by ISP companies around the country, without requiring that the websites be given time to take the offending material down. It would also put pressure on ISP companies to monitor their users like never before, a gross invasion of privacy. This bill is a direct assault on a free internet and a shameful attempt by copyright lobbyists to destroy net neutrality. Essentially it's a censorship law that would end the internet as we know it in America.
  • 陕西:明年起租房给外国人须经国家安全机关审查 – 新闻频道 – 西部网(陕西新闻网)WWW.CNWEST.COM – landlords in shaanxi must register w state security organs before renting to foreigners starting jan 1, 2012//
      
    《陕西省建设项目涉及国家安全事项管理办法》近日发布。《办法》中规定,将建筑物租给境外的个人和机构前,需要先到所在地的国家安全机关审查,该办法从明年1月1日起施行。
  • 今年赴美投资移民中国人占3/4 – 美国移民服务局日前发布最新数据显示,今年投资移民美国的移民中,中国人占了3/4。
      数据显示,全球很多富豪都申请投资移民美国,但中国人却成了最大的申请受惠人群。
      根据美国移民服务局的报告,2011年共有2969名中国公民申请了投资移民的EB-5签证,其中有934人获批准。
      在EB-5签证总申请人数中,中国人占75%。
  • Amazon.com: A New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese Story (9780763658816): Li Qiong Yu, Zhu Chen Liang: Books – Little Maomao s father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below. Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. Which she does! But all too soon it is time for Papa to go away again. This poignant, vibrantly illustrated tale, which won the prestigious Feng Zikai Chinese Children s Picture Book Award in 2009, is sure to resonate with every child who misses relatives when they are away and shows how a family s love is strong enough to endure over time and distance.
  • Killing Our Citizens Without Trial by David Cole | The New York Review of Books – and makes it hard to credibly criticize other countries for egregious human rights violations or preach to them about "rule of law"//

    As American citizens we have a right to know when our own government believes it may execute us (and others) without a trial. In a democracy the state’s power to take the lives of its own citizens, and indeed of any human being, must be subject to democratic deliberation and debate. War of course necessarily involves killing, but it is essential that the state’s power to kill be clearly defined and stated in public—particularly when the definition of the enemy and the lines demarcating war and peace are as murky as they are in the current conflict.

    Secret memos, with or without leaked accounts to The New York Times, are no substitute for legal or democratic process. As long as the Obama administration insists on the power to kill the people it was elected to represent—and to do so in secret, on the basis of secret legal memos—can we really claim that we live in a democracy ruled by law?

  • Impulsivity and pathological gambling among Chinese: Is it a state or a trait problem? – In other words, pathological gambling is associated with an impulsivity stemming from enduring personality characteristics that lead gamblers to focus on short-term gains (trait impulsivity) rather than momentary cognitive or affective disinhibition (state impulsivity). Interventions should aim to change pathological gamblers'habitual functioning style by cultivating healthy reflection habits and focusing on long-term rewards.
  • Taiwan’s Lien Meets China’s Hu, Sees Signs of Mainland Political Reform – Bloomberg – what would you expect the message to taiwan to be?//

    Lien Chan, the honorary chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang Party, said he believes China’s leaders are considering some degree of political reform “in the coming decade.”
    “I do believe that it is an issue that is being considered by the leadership,” Lien, who met with Chinese President Hu Jintao yesterday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Honolulu, said in an interview last night. “What that will lead to, nobody can tell.”

  • 大连部分开发商资金链紧绷 被曝开始以房抵债_新闻_腾讯网 – 来关注我们的系列报道楼市新观察,眼下,全国多地的楼市价格出现松动,开发商的日子似乎是一天比一天难过。尤其是到年底,很多开发商都有大笔要支付的建筑和材料费用,由于实在拿不出钱,大连一些开发商甚至开始用房产抵债。
    先生,是大连一家建筑公司的老板,目前揽在手中的楼盘建设项目有五个,而前期公司垫付的各项费用已经超过了三千万元,正常情况下,从每个季度开发商都应该结算一次费用,可眼下都已经11月了,开发商却一次钱也没给过。在他再三催促下,开发商终于在几天前提出了一个结算办法,用房子抵债,这可让王先生十分不满。
  • 铁道部责令吉林豆腐渣工程返工 处分多名责任人_新闻_腾讯网
  • 中国多举治吏整饬“官德” 公众期发挥示范效应_新华时政_新华网 – 从社会公德到家庭美德,从职业道德到“官德”,“德”成为今年坊间最热议的话题。近日,中央连续出台举措加强对官员道德的考核,并将职业道德纳入公务员培训,彰显官方回应公众对以制度约束官员品行的急切期待。同时,公众也期待通过加强“官德”建设,对良好社会道德风尚的形成起到示范作用。
  • Ruin and Rebirth: After the Japanese Tsunami, a Baker Finds His Purpose – WSJ.com – great story
  • 解放军专家明确表态:琉球不属于日本 日本须放弃(组图)-搜狐滚动
  • Liu Xiaobo: new book lifts China’s gag on jailed Nobel peace prizewinner | World news | The Observer – Liu Xiaobo, winner of Nobel peace prize, will have his collected writings published in English for the first time
  • Restrictions to be lifted on new-energy car plates — Shanghai Daily – CHINA will lift restrictions on the issuance of new license plates for buyers of new-energy vehicles, a move designed to put more green vehicles on the country's roads.

    New-energy cars will be exempt from the current license plate and traffic restrictions in some major cities,

  • Obama, Hu pitch different trade agendas – Yahoo! News – Obama took China to task for currency and trade practices — issuing a veiled threat of more punitive action unless it "plays by the rules" — as he sought to reassert U.S. influence in a region he said was more vital than any other to America's interests.
    Hu pushed back, insisting on more clout for China as an emerging global power. He also made clear Beijing prefers to work through existing global trade architecture rather than allowing itself to be subject to U.S.-led efforts to pry open Asia-Pacific markets.
  • Sino-Forest Confirms Probe by Canadian Police Amid Allegations of Fraud – Bloomberg
  • 陕西:明年起租房给外国人须经国家安全机关审查 – 新闻频道 – 西部网(陕西新闻网)WWW.CNWEST.COM – landlords in shaanxi must register w state security organs before renting to foreigners starting jan 1, 2012//
      
    《陕西省建设项目涉及国家安全事项管理办法》近日发布。《办法》中规定,将建筑物租给境外的个人和机构前,需要先到所在地的国家安全机关审查,该办法从明年1月1日起施行。
  • 今年赴美投资移民中国人占3/4 – 美国移民服务局日前发布最新数据显示,今年投资移民美国的移民中,中国人占了3/4。
      数据显示,全球很多富豪都申请投资移民美国,但中国人却成了最大的申请受惠人群。
      根据美国移民服务局的报告,2011年共有2969名中国公民申请了投资移民的EB-5签证,其中有934人获批准。
      在EB-5签证总申请人数中,中国人占75%。
  • Amazon.com: A New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese Story (9780763658816): Li Qiong Yu, Zhu Chen Liang: Books – Little Maomao s father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below. Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. Which she does! But all too soon it is time for Papa to go away again. This poignant, vibrantly illustrated tale, which won the prestigious Feng Zikai Chinese Children s Picture Book Award in 2009, is sure to resonate with every child who misses relatives when they are away and shows how a family s love is strong enough to endure over time and distance.
  • Killing Our Citizens Without Trial by David Cole | The New York Review of Books – and makes it hard to credibly criticize other countries for egregious human rights violations or preach to them about "rule of law"//

    As American citizens we have a right to know when our own government believes it may execute us (and others) without a trial. In a democracy the state’s power to take the lives of its own citizens, and indeed of any human being, must be subject to democratic deliberation and debate. War of course necessarily involves killing, but it is essential that the state’s power to kill be clearly defined and stated in public—particularly when the definition of the enemy and the lines demarcating war and peace are as murky as they are in the current conflict.

    Secret memos, with or without leaked accounts to The New York Times, are no substitute for legal or democratic process. As long as the Obama administration insists on the power to kill the people it was elected to represent—and to do so in secret, on the basis of secret legal memos—can we really claim that we live in a democracy ruled by law?

  • Impulsivity and pathological gambling among Chinese: Is it a state or a trait problem? – In other words, pathological gambling is associated with an impulsivity stemming from enduring personality characteristics that lead gamblers to focus on short-term gains (trait impulsivity) rather than momentary cognitive or affective disinhibition (state impulsivity). Interventions should aim to change pathological gamblers'habitual functioning style by cultivating healthy reflection habits and focusing on long-term rewards.

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