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- U.S. Navy may station ships in Singapore, Philippines | Reuters – (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy said it would station several new coastal combat ships in Singapore and perhaps in the Philippines in coming years, moves likely to fuel China's fears of being encircled and pressured in the South China Sea dispute.
- Choking on China’s Economic Success: The Ticker – Bloomberg – Yet there's a dark side to rising Chinese wealth. The question is whether the air in cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing is ready for hundreds of millions of vehicles churning out emissions. More bluntly, will China literally choke on its economic success? It's an issue that deserves far more attention.
Europeans polluted plenty while industrializing in the 19th century; Americans did more than their share in the 20th, and still do with their sport-utility vehicles and failure to get serious about the risks of climate change. Shouldn't Chinese, Indians and other developing Asians have the right to pollute just as much? In a perfect world, yes. It's unclear, though, that Earth can withstand billions of Asians consuming the way the West did.
- Sexified Nanjing Massacre Turns Off Chinese Film Fans: Adam Minter – Bloomberg – How do you eroticize a massacre? The marketing campaign for the new Chinese film “The Flowers of War,” a historical epic set against the bleak backdrop of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, provides some instruction. In the build-up to its Dec. 16 release in China, the film’s producers have promoted it via sexually-charged articles and images that have roiled Chinese audiences and critics more accustomed to somber memorials of the dark event.
- China tightens controls on microblogs – FT.com –
- Flipboard Has 1 Million Users In China –
- 看不见的西藏～唯色: 一个汉人学生的记录："铁路工程学校汉族与藏族的战争" –
- Han Student Describes Violence Against Tibetans – China Digital Times (CDT) | China Digital Times (CDT) – The following account describing a December 14 Han Chinese student uprising against their Tibetan peers at Chengdu’s Railroad Engineering school was viewed on the original Qzone blog over 10,000 times. The blog has since been made private. The original text and photos since deleted from Weibo are available at Woeser’s blog, Invisible Tibet.
- Behind The Wall – Chinese hail ‘Pandaman vs. Batman!’ –
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