China Readings for October 22nd

  • Feds Say China’s Net Censorship Imposes ‘Barriers’ to Free Trade | Threat Level | Wired.com – The Obama administration publicly admonished China Wednesday for its vast online censorship policies, for the first time officially complaining that blocking U.S.-based internet sites creates “barriers” to free trade.

    The administration, citing World Trade Organization rules, is demanding that China explain its censorship policies. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk’s office made the demands after a three-year lobbying campaign by the First Amendment Coalition.

    “This development is important because it signals the U.S. government’s implicit acceptance of FAC’s position that censorship of the internet can breach the international trade rules enforced by the WTO,” said Peter Scheer, the group’s executive director.

  • How Chinese learn to drink wine | CNNGo.com – To rescue Chinese consumers in the epic journey discovering the world of wine, "Wine Connoisseur" is China’s first online wine education program. (Watch one episode here.)

    Now in its second season, the Internet-only Mandarin program is produced by ASC Fine Wines, China’s biggest wine importer and House Films, a Sino-U.S. film production company.

  • Cofco Plans to Expand Globally to Secure Corn and Wheat Supplies for China – Bloomberg – Cofco Ltd., China’s largest grains trader, said it is seeking overseas acquisitions to help secure supplies of commodities including soybeans, wheat and sugar as rising domestic incomes spur faster food demand growth.
  • “旗袍少女”雙妹的优雅复兴 – 产经 – 21世纪网 – 雙妹在沉寂多年后,上海家化正试图让两位“旗袍少女”复活,使之成为海派高端时尚品牌的一种“形象代表”。
  • Exclusive: Nasdaq hackers spied on company boards | Reuters – Hackers who infiltrated the Nasdaq's computer systems last year installed malicious software that allowed them to spy on the directors of publicly held companies, according to two people familiar with an investigation into the mat
  • Iron’s Worst Rout in 15 Months May Deepen as China Slows – Bloomberg
  • Feds Say China’s Net Censorship Imposes ‘Barriers’ to Free Trade | Threat Level | Wired.com – The Obama administration publicly admonished China Wednesday for its vast online censorship policies, for the first time officially complaining that blocking U.S.-based internet sites creates “barriers” to free trade.

    The administration, citing World Trade Organization rules, is demanding that China explain its censorship policies. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk’s office made the demands after a three-year lobbying campaign by the First Amendment Coalition.

    “This development is important because it signals the U.S. government’s implicit acceptance of FAC’s position that censorship of the internet can breach the international trade rules enforced by the WTO,” said Peter Scheer, the group’s executive director.