China Readings for October 6th

  • Review & Outlook: The East Is Red-Faced – WSJ.com – Beijing has always opposed "bourgeois democracy." But lately it has been picking up rocks to throw at the West only to drop them on its own feet, to paraphrase a Chinese saying.

    Last year, after dissident Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Ministry of Culture sponsored the Confucius Peace Prize as a riposte. The first winner, Taiwanese politician Lien Chan, didn't turn up to collect. Mr. Liu was unable to attend the ceremony in Oslo for a different reason—he remains in prison serving an 11-year sentence for "inciting subversion of state power," and his wife is under house arrest.

    Now rival groups under the Ministry are fighting over who will award the second Confucius Prize. Rather than show the world that China has a superior understanding of harmony, the affair has highlighted the pettiness of Beijing's efforts to thumb its nose at the outside world.

  • Yum Faces High Food-Inflation in China – WSJ.com – Yum Brands Inc. said it expects food inflation in the midteens and labor inflation of 20% in China for the current quarter. The result is that Yum, whose KFC and Pizza Hut casual-dining chains are booming in the country, must struggle to balance low-price appeal with the need to offset the chain's higher costs.

    Yum said Wednesday that it didn't anticipate the inflation, when the company began promoting its low prices to boost traffic in China, which was responsible for more than 60% of Yum's operating profit for its fiscal third quarter. The company has about 3,800 restaurants in mainland China.

    China's economic stimulus in recent years has sparked especially sharp inflation for food. Although the government has slowed economic growth to stem inflation, August food prices rose 13.4% from a year earlier. Prices for pork, China's favorite meat, jumped a record 52.3%.

  • divorceinchina_新浪博客
  • iLook ChinaMy Experience as an Inmate in a Chinese Jail (Viewed as Single Page) – overstayed visa
  • Rolling Stone Politics: Attorneys General Settlement: The Next Big Bank Bailout?
  • Intelligence Report: New details in Motorola spy case; woman charged with stealing trade secrets for a Chinese company and the Chinese government | abc7chicago.com – Prosecutors will say that on February 28, 2007, Jin returned to Motorola from sick leave, and despite being given no work assignments that day, she immediately accessed 200 technical documents. Then they say Jin returned at 9 p.m. that night and left with arms full of documents. The next day she gave her resignation by e-mail and ignored requests to meet with her boss.

    Authorities say she was found at O'Hare with top-secret Motorola files, schematics and military communication plans. She had bought a one-way ticket to China.

    Jin told the I-Team she was going to visit her mother and husband.

    Prosecutors say in their latest filing that Jin planned to stay in Beijing and spoke of buying a house there.

  • Bernanke criticises China over currency – FT.com – The chairman of the US Federal Reserve has accused China of damaging prospects for a global economic recovery through its deliberate intervention in the currency market to hold down the value of the renminbi.

    Speaking just hours after the Chinese government sharply criticised a US congressional bill that would punish Beijing for alleged currency manipulation, Ben Bernanke told a congressional committee that an undervalued renminbi was preventing the rebalancing of global demand towards emerging market economies.

    “Right now, our concern is that the Chinese currency policy is blocking what might be a more normal recovery process in the global economy,” he said. “It is to some extent hurting the recovery”.

  • The Wrong Way to Deal With China – NYTimes.com – China is undeniably manipulating its currency. Countries around the world, including the United States, are losing jobs because their manufacturing industries cannot compete with artificially cheap Chinese goods. For the good of the world economy, and its own long-term economic development, China should stop.
  • Russia claims it has detained Chinese spy – Telegraph – Chinese citizen Tun Sheniyun had been accused of trying to buy sensitive material on a Russian anti-aircraft missile system while working under the guise of a translator for official delegations, the state-run RIA news agency said.
  • AFP: Norwegian salmon off the menu in China – Furious about last year's Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in Oslo to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, Beijing has taken aim at Norway's emblematic salmon, plunging exports to the Asian giant into freefall.

    China a year ago blasted the Nobel committee's decision to honour someone it considered a "criminal" and said the choice would "damage" Norway's relations with Beijing.

    It has since vented its anger by ordering stricter veterinary controls on Norwegian salmon — analysis so time-consuming that the fresh fish has ended up rotting in Chinese warehouses, according to industry officials.

  • How to Spot China’s New Space Laboratory in Night Sky – Yahoo! News
  • “邵氏弃儿”的真相在哪里?_观点频道_财新网 – 真相在哪里?没关系,真相在人们的心中。问题是:中央政府在哪里?对于地方上这样的行为,难道真的熟视无睹,听之任之?

      我无话可说。只想起先贤严复100多年前说过的一句话:“华风之弊,八字尽之:始于作伪,终于无耻。”

  • Closer Look: The Truth About Shaoyang_英文频道 Caixin Online – Instead of choosing a clear conscience, officials in Hunan Province cleared local family planning agencies of any wrongdoing..

    As Yan Fu, a political thinker from the Qing Dynasty once said, "The weakness of China starts with falsehoods and ends in flagrant impunity.

  • Intelligence Report: New details in Motorola spy case; woman charged with stealing trade secrets for a Chinese company and the Chinese government | abc7chicago.com – Prosecutors will say that on February 28, 2007, Jin returned to Motorola from sick leave, and despite being given no work assignments that day, she immediately accessed 200 technical documents. Then they say Jin returned at 9 p.m. that night and left with arms full of documents. The next day she gave her resignation by e-mail and ignored requests to meet with her boss.

    Authorities say she was found at O'Hare with top-secret Motorola files, schematics and military communication plans. She had bought a one-way ticket to China.

    Jin told the I-Team she was going to visit her mother and husband.

    Prosecutors say in their latest filing that Jin planned to stay in Beijing and spoke of buying a house there.

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