Just links today, over the Pacific.
- Rare-earth mining in China comes at a heavy cost for local villages | Environment | Guardian Weekly
- Scott Brown Hits China Comparison By Elizabeth Warren, Despite Having Made His Own
- Alleged Chinese Mexican meth lord cause problems for Sheldon adelson – Business Insider
- » Liu Xiang Trips On First Hurdle, Hops Around On One Leg After Race, CCTV Commentator Weeps Into Microphone Beijing Cream
- A Look at China’s ‘Political Meritocracy’ — The American Magazine
Another demolition of Daniel Bell’s latest
- Translation: One Author’s Plea for a Gentler China | Tea Leaf Nation
- Taylor Fravel–Economic Growth, Regime Insecurity, and Military Strategy
interesting on SARFT policy before October. Sign propaganda apparatus gearing up for 18th party congress before end of October?//
- Chinese Hurdler Liu Xiang Trips Out of Olympic Games – China Real Time Report – WSJ
Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang, one of China’s best hopes for a medal in athletics, stumbled during his first heat in the 110-meter hurdles on Tuesday, ending his Olympic bid.
- Mars Curiosity on Twitter
Just awesome, wish NASA also had Sina and Temcent Weibo accounts for Curiosity. The control scene alone is a priceless contribution to US soft power
- Internet is a game-changer for China, admits party magazine｜Politics｜News｜WantChinaTimes.com
Finally, the article stated that a pluralistic society will emerge sooner or later in China among internet users with an informed and different perspective to the party’s ideology and agenda. To maintain the rule of the Communist Party, the article suggested the country’s leadership adapt itself to the change taking place in Chinese society instead of trying to suppress it. This is the only way for the party to win the public support to remain at the helm, it said.
- Why South Korean Farmers Are 40 Times More Productive Than Chinese Farmers – Business Insider
farmland continues to be owned at the village level and cannot be mortgaged which is seriously impacting agricultural growth and productivity in China.
Deutsche Bank analyst Michael Spencer writes that the inability of farmers to mortgage property largely limits the scale of farming. And this also makes Chinese farms labor intensive and use less machinery.
- Shenyang’s law enforcement units gang up on small businesses for hefty fines? All stores close in panic | Ministry of Tofu 豆腐部
Multiple Chinese discussion forums and social media report that almost all small businesses in Shenyang, particularly those run by owners with no connection with the government, have put up the shutters to avoid sudden raids, detention and hefty fines. The police blitz on such a large scale is believed to be an effort to collect money for the National Sports Games hosted by the city in 2013.
- Video – Australian Coach: China Will Dominate Swimming – WSJ.com
An Australian who has coached several Chinese swimmers competing at the London Olympics tells Deborah Kan how China will surpass the U.S. to dominate the sport in the future.
- Bling Toned Down in Beijing – WSJ.com
BEIJING—Bling is losing some of its cachet in China.
Luxury goods makers selling in China are taking a calculated gamble that consumers will shy away from the most ostentatious logos and displays of wealth. It isn’t as if the Chinese have lost their taste for luxury items, the companies say, they just want them in more subtle forms.
Retail consultants say brands are reacting to an emerging shift among shoppers to luxury goods that don’t loudly proclaim their owner’s wealth. Sales of fancy watches and designer handbags are slowing, in part due to China’s weakening economy but also because luxury …
- ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Studio Eyes $3.1 Billion Shanghai Complex – Bloomberg
In xuhui, on huangpu river//
Oriental DreamWorks, a Chinese venture by DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (DWA), will invest more than 20 billion yuan ($3.1 billion) building an entertainment center in Shanghai to rival New Yorks Broadway and Londons West End.
- 《人民日报》突变发声 幼女被逼卖淫案现拐点_多维新闻网
- 总后勤部再曝人事变动 孙黄田升任副部长_多维新闻网
- Officials, you are not above the people – Globaltimes.cn
It took six years for a case in which an 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a gang and forced into prostitution in Yongzhou, Hunan Province to be resolved. Tang Hui, the victim’s mother, made petitions on several occasions due to dissatisfaction with the judgment, earning herself a one-and-a-half-year labor reeducation sentence from the Yongzhou police. The public is livid over the issue. Yesterday, the Hunan Politics and Law Committee announced it would step in.
- Guest post: Why tensions will persist, but not escalate, in the South China Sea | beyondbrics
We can hope
- Nature Magazine says sorry to swimmer over doping article|Top Stories|chinadaily.com.cn
- Chinese Web Giant Sohu Admits Losing ‘Battle of the Micro-blog’
- Mother seeks justice, gets 18 months in labor center – Globaltimes.cn
Hunan Provincial authorities launched on Monday an investigation into the 18-month detention of a mother who tenaciously fought for justice for her daughter who was forced into prostitution six years ago when she was only 11 years old.
- China is 62% complete on route to reascend as world’s superpower | Offbeat China
What is a reascending Chinese civilization? As defined by the report, a re-ascending Chinese civilization is one that not only swings back to the glory China used to enjoy in ancient times, but also becomes cutting-edge in modern times. According to the report, China’s renascent score for 2010 was 0.6274, which means that the mission of restoring China’s historic glory is 62% complete
- ‘Rejuvenation index’ puts China’s revival at 63% complete｜Society｜News｜WantChinaTimes.com
Can China’s rise be measured by quantifiable factors? According to the Chinese Rejuvenation Index, an index covering such areas as the economy, education and the law, among others, and edited by specialists from the National Development and Reform Commission, China as of 2010 had already completed around 63% of the task of "reviving" the nation, reports China Times, our Chinese-language sister newspaper.
a chinese sandusky–a guangzhou civil affairs bureau official arrested for molesting boys. 160 boys under 13 found in his qq address book, 4 victims identified so far//
- Culture to be reclaimed – Globaltimes.cn
suing to get back property stolen during cultural revolution
- VANCL boss sees fruit of corporate restructuring｜Economy｜News｜WantChinaTimes.com
- 维权网: 经济观察报因报道北京暴雨被查
economic observer newspaper shuttered. too bad, excellent paper, supposedly shut because of its reporting on the beijing floods
- China’s Dark PR: Time to Say Goodbye to Paid Censorship
- DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ to be China co-production – latimes.com
- Researchers fight censorship on China’s Weibo – Al Jazeera English
- Signs Show Chinese Leaders Gathering for Transition Talks – NYTimes.com
- Chinese Criminal Procedure at its Worst – China Real Time Report – WSJ
On July 23rd in Guizhou province, lawyers obtained a partial victory for some of the defendants accused of involvement in organized crime. Not all the accused were as fortunate, and the limited results came with the support of an intense Internet campaign to publicize gross violations of China’s Criminal Procedure Law by police and judges.
- Red hot Small Pepper takes on Xiaomi in budget smartphone market｜Economy｜News｜WantChinaTimes.com
As of Aug. 5, the Chinese online retailer 139shop.com was still selling the "Small Pepper" smartphone, which runs Android 4.0 on a 4" screen with a price tag of just 699 yuan (US$109). A manager of the website, surnamed Han, reports there have been 100,000 for the phone.
- Baidu’s Latest Scandal Shows Trust Is Still An Issue | PandoDaily
Over the last two months, several sources suggested to me that Baidu still meddles with its search results, but much of that appears to be a problem of perception. It has been impossible to confirm the practices, no-one has been willing to go on the record with the accusations, and Baidu has been aggressive in denying the charges.
The company’s international PR spokesman, Kaiser Kuo, told me that the “perception problem” strikes him as odd. “If anyone, ever, had anything like a ‘smoking gun’ you think it would have surfaced after all these many years.”
- BBC News – Sri Lankan navy arrests 37 Chinese fisherman
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