China Readings for September 12th

  • Iranian Hacker Rattles Internet Security Circles – NYTimes.com– In the annals of Internet attacks, this is likely to go down as a moment of reckoning. For activists, it shows the downside of using online tools to organize: an opponent with enough determination and resources just might find a way to track their every move.It also calls into question the reliability of a basic system of trust that global Internet brands like Google and Facebook, along with their users, rely upon. The system is intended to verify the authenticity of a particular Web site — to ensure, in effect, that Gmail is Gmail, and that the connection to the site is encrypted and difficult for an outsider to monitor.

    Hundreds of companies and government authorities around the world, including in the United States and China, have the power to issue the digital certificates that the system relies upon to verify a site’s identity. The same hacker is believed to be responsible for attacks on three such companies.

  • China – Drought Leaves 14 Million Chinese and Farmland Parched – NYTimes.com
  • China Policy Makers Keep Options Open – WSJ.com– The latest economic data from China reinforce a growing consensus among economists that Chinese policy is on hold as global uncertainty deepens.Inflation is easing, although still worryingly high, and exports are buoyant, but facing a bleak economic outlook in the U.S. and a debt crisis in Europe. That leaves Chinese economic officials in a holding pattern as they try to navigate the world’s second-largest economy to a soft landing.
  • Book review: ‘Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China,’ by Ezra F. Vogel – The Washington Post – John Pomfret reviews, book here http://amzn.to/oHh6CE
  • Is Manufacturing Falling Off the U.S. Radar Screen? – NYTimes.com– dogmatic free trade religion another heresy, especially when matched against China and Germany?Vermeer earns nearly one-third of its annual revenue from exports — counting on the United States government for trade agreements, favorable currency arrangements and even white-knuckle diplomacy to make exports happen. In China, that wasn’t enough. For several years, it had been running into competition from Chinese manufacturers of horizontal drills, supported by their government in the form of free land, tax breaks, cheap credit and other subsidies. With its share of the market falling precipitously, Vermeer in 2008 opened a plant in Beijing, taking a Chinese partner and drawing help for the venture from the Chinese. “I am a very big proponent of making the United States a great place from which to export,” said Ms. Andringa, 61, who is also chairwoman of the National Association of Manufacturers. But she added: “If we wanted to stay in the Chinese market, we needed to be there. That was the reality.”
  • Sunday Buzz | Seattle firms plan senior housing for China’s booming elderly population | Seattle Times Newspaper– The Seattle-based firm where Xie is managing director, Cascade Healthcare, said this past week it’s the first foreign company to receive government approval to open a for-profit senior-care facility in China.Next month it will begin the $5 million renovation of a Shanghai hotel into a 100-bed senior-housing project that offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation capabilities — as well as traditional Chinese medicine and massage.
  • Africa’s New Friend China Financing $9.3 Billion of Dams for Hydropower – Bloomberg – The country’s engineering and manufacturing giants have recently completed or are participating in at least $9.3 billion of hydropower projects in Zambia, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and elsewhere on the continent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and International Rivers, a Berkeley, California-based environmental group.
  • 新浪网总结网络自律经验 自律专员已有15人_新闻中心_新浪网 – sina sums internet self-discipline experiences,has 15 dedicated staff working
    on self-discipline. 1 reason sina most trusted of non official state media千龙网讯 9月9日,新浪网站举行自律专员行动启动一周年座谈会。新浪相关负责人表示,作为北京首家运行网络媒体内部监督机制的互联网公司,新浪对于自律专员机制高度重视,安排专人负责自律专员机制的落实和运营。这一年来自律专员机制的成功运行,给予了公司信心。今后,新浪将在现有基础上继续加大自律专员队
    伍,让自律专员成为常态的第三方机制,成为新浪创建文明网站的有效力量。

    and on weibo and rumors:
    针对高速发展中的新浪微博,新浪早在去年下半年就建立了微博辟谣机制,并组建了专门的微博辟谣团队,以此避免虚假信息的传播。截至目前,[email protected](微博)已发布了近200条信息。与此同时,新浪微博还积极通过系统通知等形式以及技术手段阻断虚假信息的传播,主动向用户传递真相。

  • 首页-I-banking Interview Crafting- 淘宝网 – prepare for your investment banking interview with materials you can buy on Taobao
  • Will China Launch A Nuclear 9/11? |Gordon Chang writing for Fox News – more garbage from Gordon Chang, who seems be an increasingly deranged ideologue
  • Amazon.com: Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda (9780805091038): Eric Schmitt, Thom Shanker: Books – just bought
  • Amazon.com: Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History (9781416591054): S. C. Gwynne: Books – astoundingly good book
  • In Montana, Relics Unearthed of Crow Tribe’s Eviction – NYTimes.com – China treat Tibetans worse than US treated native Americans?
  • The covert commander in chief – The Washington Post– There is a seduction to the secret world, which for generations has charmed presidents and their advisers. It’s easier pulling the levers in the dark, playing the keys of what a CIA official once called the “mighty Wurlitzer” of covert action. Politics is a much messier process — out in the open, making deals with bullies and blowhards. But that’s the part of the job that Obama must learn to master if he wants another term.On this anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, America is lucky to have a president who is adept at intelligence. But it needs, as well, a leader who can take the country out of the shadows and into the light.
  • 一位纪检官员的非正常死亡_财新网 – 身中11刀后离奇死亡,官方迅速定性为“自杀”,但亲属和坊间更愿意相信是遭人“报复杀害”。真相在信任匮乏中无处依存
  • Alibaba Targets Growth in Taobao – WSJ.com – Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is aiming to handle one trillion yuan ($157 billion) of transactions in 2012 on its Taobao consumer sales platforms, the company’s Chairman Jack Ma said Saturday.
  • The Opium War by Julia Lovell – review | Books | The Observer – Julia Lovell’s lucid account of the opium wars in China shows their impact and how attitudes acquired in the mid-19th century persist to this day
  • 北京地铁日客流再创新高 一天757.33万人次搭地铁出行 – beijing subway sees usage record on friday. 7.57m trips on subway in one day.
  • Respected Chinese tenor Li Shuangjiang faces the music over son’s disregard for the law

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