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- The Future of U.S.-Chinese Relations | Foreign Affairs – Conflict Is a Choice, Not a Necessity
By Henry A. Kissinger
- Chinese Computer Games | Foreign Affairs – Assembling an international consensus on norms about cyberspace, however, is a strategy that will probably take a long time to pay off, if it ever does. There is little the United States can do to alter China’s conception of cyberspace, a vision it is actively promoting abroad. With a growing population of 500 million Internet users, it is easy to see why the Chinese believe that the future of cyberspace belongs to them. In the meantime, the most pressing tasks for the United States are to raise the costs incurred by Chinese hackers and to improve the security of networks at home. Yet U.S. officials should be realistic: Chinese-based cyberattacks will not disappear anytime soon.
- Humane Society: – Japan continues to undermine international laws by hunting whales and trading in whale meat. These great whale species are afforded full legal protection by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); yet Amazon.com, through its wholly owned subsidiary Amazon.jp in Japan, is actively involved in the sale of hundreds of whale, dolphin and porpoise products. These include endangered fin whale products from Iceland, as well as endangered whale meat from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
- China’s new sports problem: Stop the Linsanity? | The Economist – Most of Mr Lin’s games are being made available by live stream on the portal Sina.com. This morning’s game against Mr Yi’s Mavericks was a rather interesting exception, a mysterious little black hole on Sina.com’s NBA schedule. Frustrated Chinese fans had to go looking for dodgier streams elsewhere online. What they found was a closely fought game between the two teams, with Mr Lin again starring and leading the Knicks to victory. More poignantly, they found their countryman, Mr Yi, remain on the bench for the entire game, reduced to the role of spectator. It was a glimpse of the Chinese sport system versus American soft power. Perhaps it was not fit for viewing.
- Spying On Campus: New York Police Caught Monitoring Muslim Student Groups Throughout Northeast –
- Watch GPS: Martin Dempsey on Syria, Iran and China – Global Public Square – CNN.com Blogs – Fareed has a wide-ranging discussion with Dempsey on Syria, Iran, China, budget cuts, and more.
We also have a great China panel on the show, and editorials on Iran and the Euro Zone.
- Behind The Wall – Journalist beatings erase Wukan optimism – If you thought that Guangdong province’s peaceful handling of the Wukan uprising last year would become the precedent for managing future mass protests in China, guess again.
Early Tuesday morning, the Foreign Correspondents Club of China notified journalists that three employees of European news agencies had been attacked in two separate incidents this past week while attempting to cover a land dispute story in eastern China.
The three were attempting to cover protests in the village of Panhe in eastern Zhejiang province. The first attack happened on February 15, when a Dutch journalist was accosted by a group of what appeared to be plainclothes police after interviewing villagers in Panhe.
- David Wertime | LinkedIn – Co-founder and Co-editor at TeaLeafNation.com/ TLF a full-time venture?
- Should China Legalize Euthanasia? | Tea Leaf Nation –
- Protests, Self-Immolation Signs Of A Desperate Tibet : NPR – Another man butts in. "You speaking with the monks makes them truly scared," he says, "They could get shot." He makes the shape of a gun with his fingers, and puts it to his head, pulling the trigger. Then, in case of any misunderstanding, he repeats the gesture.
It's a sign of how sophisticated the apparatus of control has become. Parts of the Tibetan plateau like Aba in Sichuan, the epicenter of the self-immolations, have become heavily militarized, with riot police armed with spiked clubs and fire extinguishers on every street. Other monasteries are still open to praying pilgrims and chanting monks, but there the repression is largely invisible and internalized. And the Chinese party line is to draw up battlelines; officials inside Tibet have been ordered to get ready for "war against secessionist sabotage."
- William Farris – Google+ – Baidu Begins Censoring "Bo Xilai Tenders Resignation" The… –
- Extraordinary 298-Million-Year-Old Forest Discovered Under Chinese Coal Mine – Extraordinary 298-Million-Year-Old Forest Discovered Under Chinese Coal Mine
American and Chinese scientists are flabbergasted after discovering a giant 298-million-year-old forest buried intact under a coal mine near Wuda, in Inner Mongolia, China.
They are calling it the Pompeii of the Permian period because, like the ancient Roman city, it was covered and preserved by volcanic ash.
- FM slams denial of Nanjing Massacre|Society|chinadaily.com.cn – Nagoya mayor's claim over slaughter is 'nonsense', says history expert
BEIJING – China does not accept Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura's denial of the crime of the Nanjing Massacre, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular news briefing on Monday.
- Khader Adnan and now-normalized Western justice – Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com – Each year, the U.S. State Department, as required by law, issues a “Human Rights Report” which details abuses by other countries. To call it an exercise in hypocrisy is to understate the case: it is almost impossible to find any tyrannical power denounced by the State Department which the U.S. Government (and its closest allies) do not regularly exercise itself. Indeed, it’s often impossible to imagine how the authors of these reports can refrain from cackling mischievously over the glaring ironies of what they are denouncing (my all-time favorite example is discussed in the update here).
In 2010, the State Department included a long section on the oppressive detention practices of China. The “principal human rights problems” of the tyrannical Chinese government include “a lack of due process in judicial proceedings” and “the use of administrative detention.” Indeed, “arbitrary arrest and detention remained serious problems. The law grants police broad administrative detention powers and the ability to detain individuals for extended periods without formal arrest or criminal charges.” Can one even find the words to condemn these Chinese monsters?..
Of course, the U.S. has its own system of indefinite detention now firmly in place. Both within war zones and outside of them, the Obama administration continues to hold hundreds of prisoners who have never been charged with any crime even as they have remained captive for many years. Put another way, both the U.S. and its closest client state have completely normalized exactly the type of arbitrary, due-process-free imprisonment the U.S. has long condemned as the defining attribute of despotism. And, of course, the U.S. Congress just enacted, and President Obama just signed, a law that expressly permits indefinite detention..
Of course, the U.S. has its own system of indefinite detention now firmly in place. Both within war zones and outside of them, the Obama administration continues to hold hundreds of prisoners who have never been charged with any crime even as they have remained captive for many years. Put another way, both the U.S. and its closest client state have completely normalized exactly the type of arbitrary, due-process-free imprisonment the U.S. has long condemned as the defining attribute of despotism. And, of course, the U.S. Congress just enacted, and President Obama just signed, a law that expressly permits indefinite detention.
- Millions of wives wed to gay men: expert|Society|chinadaily.com.cn – BEIJING – There may be as many as 16 million women on the Chinese mainland who are married to homosexual men, a leading expert has estimated.
Professor Zhang Bei-chuan at Qingdao University, an authority on AIDS and HIV, says that due to traditional family values in China, about 90 percent of homosexual men get married because of pressure to conform.
- Yahoo Has No Bearing On Alibaba.com Privatisation, E-commerce Site Says | paidContent –
- Photos of Jackie Chan’s private plane disclosed – Xinhua | English.news.cn –
- Is China An Economic Miracle, Or A Bubble Waiting To Pop? : Planet Money : NPR – i suggest all china bears ride only public transport & live in "local" housing for a week before making more "infrastructure 2 nowhere comments
- Apple’s China trademark battle moves to Shanghai | Reuters – Apple Inc's trademark battle moves to one of China's richest cities on Wednesday when a Shanghai court will deliberate a request by troubled technology company Proview to halt the sale of iPads across the city.
- 小圈子”危害“肌体健康”–地方领导–人民网 –
- 中共党报敏感时期炮轰“小圈子”政治_多维新闻网 –
- 京东进军电子书 刘强东押注“第三条”路 – 产经 – 21世纪网 –
- 短工一代 – 宏观 – 21世纪网 –
- 南京开发商损失8000万执意退地 雅居乐或成赢家 – 房产·汽车 – 21世纪网 –
- Behind The Wall – Journalist beatings erase Wukan optimism –
- Dumplings for Sale – that’s Shanghai | Jobs in Shanghai,Shanghai Jobs, Listing, Events, Reviews –
- Rising Protests in China – In Focus – The Atlantic –
- Follow the Atlantic – The Atlantic –
- Air-Sea Battle – General Norton A. Schwartz, USAF & Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN – The American Interest Magazine –
- Heard on the Street: Waiting for the China Bank Crisis That Never Happens – WSJ.com –