China Readings for February 3rd

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  • Global Times: What I really said – Never trust what you read in the papers: that was one of my first lessons as a trainee journalist on an Australian bush newspaper many years ago. It held true yesterday when I discovered an article in The Global Times, China's Community Party tabloid. It appeared to be an opinion piece under my byline. In fact, it was no such thing.

    Recently I met with two journalists from that paper, a publication well known for its highly-readable mix of nationalism, news and spin. We had a wide-ranging discussion about how Australia's perceives the Asian strategic environment. We agreed it would be an on-the-record interview, that the journalists would be entitled to quote from that interview, and that they would confirm the quotes with me before publication.

  • 蝗蟲天下Locust World (Subtitled with English) – YouTube – shameful
  • Apple Daily Hong Kong runs ad against mainland "locusts": Shanghaiist
  • In Chinese Village of Wukan, Protesters Become Voters – NYTimes.com – Less than two months after staging a bold protest against official corruption and chasing away their local leaders, thousands of people in the southern Chinese village of Wukan did something on Wednesday that many once thought unimaginable: They cast ostensibly independent ballots in the first step to determine the leadership of their seaside village in Guangdong Province.
  • 王立军不再兼任重庆公安局长 副市长身份分管经济-《财经网》 – 【《财经》综合报道】重庆市人民政府新闻办公室官方微博在今日(2月2日)发布消息称,近日重庆市委决定,王立军同志不再兼任市公安局局长、党委书记,以副市长身份分管联系经济领域工作。
  • China – Crackdown’s Critics Disputed – NYTimes.com – China’s state-run news media lashed back at critics of a security crackdown in Sichuan Province that has left between two and six ethnic Tibetans dead and dozens wounded, saying police officers in the area were forced to fire on antigovernment demonstrators “to defend themselves according to the law.” Western Sichuan has been racked by protests in recent weeks, with Tibetans demonstrating against heavy-handed rule by China’s Han majority.
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  • For Founders to Decorators, Facebook Riches – NYTimes.com – David Choe was paid in Facebook stock for paintings at the company's first headquarters. His payout may be $200 million when it goes public. Some investors may make billions of dollars.
  • Chinese general faces corruption probe – FT.com – A senior Chinese military officer has been removed from his post and is being investigated for alleged corruption in what insiders see as the fallout of a power struggle in the military ahead of the country’s upcoming leadership transition.
    Two military sources confirmed rumours that had been circulating on Chinese online media that Lieutenant General Gu Junshan, deputy head of the General Logistics Department of the People’s Liberation Army, was detained over lunar new year.
    “General Liu Yuan is showing that he is serious,” said one source, referring to the political commissar of the General Logistics Department, who had lamented serious corruption in the armed forces and threatened a make-or-break crackdown on it in his department last month.

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