Just links today, on the road:
- 5 Flashpoints in the South China Sea – By Elias Groll | Foreign Policy
- China’s Military Moment – By Jim Holmes | Foreign Policy
China has amassed overpowering naval and military superiority over any individual Southeast Asian competitor. The Philippines possesses no air force to speak of, while retired U.S. Coast Guard cutters are its strongest combatant ships. Vietnam, by contrast, shares a border with China and fields a formidable army. Last year, Hanoi announced plans to buttress its naval might by purchasing six Russian-built Kilo-class diesel submarines armed with wake-homing torpedoes and anti-ship cruise missiles. A Kilo squadron will supply Vietnam’s navy a potent "sea-denial" option. But Russia has not yet delivered the subs, meaning that Hanoi can mount only feeble resistance to any Chinese naval offensive. That’s still more reason for China to lock in its gains now, before Southeast Asian rivals start pushing back effectively.
- Beijing Flood Stories Cut from Southern Weekend – China Digital Times (CDT)
Eight pages of reporting on the Beijing flood were pulled from today’s edition of Southern Weekend before going to press. Several of the paper’s editors have voiced their anger on Weibo, while some reporters have posted photos of the missing copy, complete with the handwritten remarks of censors. Weibo posts fromSouthern Weekend staff have been deleted en masse by Sina.
- Russian Spy Ring Aimed to Make Children Agents – WSJ.com
China would never do this right? This is just a Russian thing, no?
- Complete Transcript: Cui Tiankai at Asia Society Hong Kong | Asia Society
Cui tiankai essay on Sino-US relations
- China an Eager Host to Donilon — Diplomatic Memo – NYTimes.com
BEIJING — The Obama administration’s national security adviser,Thomas E. Donilon, ended two days of talks with China’s top leaders Wednesday evening, a visit that was billed as low-key but was freighted as much with domestic politics in both the United States and China as with foreign policy
- China’s Tencent aims to battle US web firms like Google, Facebook in India – The Economic Times
NEW DELHI: World’s fourth largest internet firm China’s Tencent wants to battle US internet firms like Google and Facebook in India by creating locally built brands.
Tencent, whose flagship QQ messenger has 700 million users, launched its mobile chat service called WeChat in India on Thursday, to compete with the What’s App and Blackberry messenger in India, which have the largest market share on smartphones. The chat service also aims to compete with Facebook’s Timeline with its similar ‘Moments’ feature.
- China Shipyards Falter as Vessel Glut Triggers 49% Order Slump – Bloomberg
- China’s military attack helicopter independently developed: DM spokesman – Xinhua | English.news.cn
A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Thursday refuted reports that China’s military attack helicopter Z-10 pirated U.S. technologies, saying the helicopter’s manufacturer had used independent intellectual property rights.
- China Shibor Extends Biggest Drop in 2 Weeks as PBOC Pumps Cash – Bloomberg
given libor’s shenanigans, will anyone outside of china ever trust shibor?
- Gu’s trial will test principle of rule of law-Global Times
This time, speculation has been swirling. We believe the court can live up to the expectations of the public and deliver a fair trial.
This is a criminal case, and society should see it as one. The public should adopt this attitude. Every citizen is an ordinary person when sitting in the defendant’s seat.
We may encounter more special cases in the future. Dealing with them based on law will gradually pave the way to a mature legal society.
2006 CPC note on why trials of high officials take place in areas where those officials have no ties
- Briefing on the 17th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue
- D/BM China Digital & Social Media Landscape Report 2011 Burson-Mars…
flattered to see that buron marsteller used screenshots from my 2011 presentation on sina weibo in this presentation, from slides 37-47. not so happy to see that Burson Marsteller did it with NO ATTRIBUTION
- China film industry suffers Hollywood headwind|chinadaily.com.cn
China’s domestic film industry has hit a five-year low despite robust growth in box office sales across the country in the first half of this year, filmmakers said.
The industry is going through a rough patch as ticket sales of domestic films started to fall in the first six months, a time when the country’s total box office revenues gained by over 40 percent from a year ago.
- Apple to postpone iPhone 5 amid undersupply of 28nm chips｜Economy｜News｜WantChinaTimes.com
Apple is set to postpone the debut of its iPhone 5 because high-end chips used in the device are in short supply, reports the Shanghai-based First Financial Daily.
- Inside the Ring: Air Force Chief on air-sea battle – Washington Times
Outgoing Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz says the Air Force and Navy are developing “a range of initiatives” designed to counter high-technology anti-access and area-denial weaponry as part of the new Air Sea Battle Concept.
The “anti-access, area-denial” threat is Pentagon code for China’s asymmetric military capabilities that include anti-ship ballistic missiles, cyberwarfare capabilities, anti-satellite weapons, and more-conventional submarines, warships and stealth aircraft.
- Chinese Law Prof Blog: Olympic uniforms, Congressional fashion statements, and the WTO
yanhuang chunqiu has another article warning of a return of the cultural revolution and criticising bo xilai
- 薄熙来妻子谷开来故意杀人案提起公诉 _多维新闻网
Bo Guagua has become Bo MouMou (XX) in official Chinese media//
- 栗战书将任中办主任 吏治成十八大主调_多维新闻网
duowei says big job coming for li zhanshu
- CCP leaders prepare for Beidaihe conclave｜Politics｜News｜WantChinaTimes.com
Ahead of the 18th National Congress that will usher in China’s next generation of leaders this fall, the Communist Party elite will be cloistered away late this month for the annual retreat in Beidaihe, a beachside resort and conclave for the party’s top echelons in the northern province of Hebei, the scene of many a backroom deal over the past 60 years, reports Duowei News, a news website operated by overseas Chinese.
- China Car Sales Prove Impossible to Know for Shareholders – Bloomberg
Forget spreadsheets. Yankun Hou, an award-winning auto industry analyst at UBS AG (UBSN), counts Toyotas and BMWs in the parking lots of car factories in China using satellite images from Google Maps to gauge inventory buildups.
- 南方周末 – 【北·漂】暴雨预警台前幕后
southern weekend report on the beijing floods and the warning system/preparations. apparently they had an 8 page report on the floods that was censored before publication
- 薄谷开来故意杀人案提起公诉 将择日开庭审理_新闻_腾讯网
- Beijing Man’s Death in Flooded Car Spurs Run on Hammers – Bloomberg
Sales of emergency hammers surged on China’s e-commerce sites after record rainstorms in Beijing last weekend killed 77 people, including a man who drowned when he was trapped in his car and couldn’t escape the floodwaters.
- China’s Stocks Decline to Lowest Level Since March 2009 – Bloomberg
China’s stocks fell to the lowest level since March 2009 as speculation the government will maintain real-estate curbs overshadowed a State Council plan to develop the nation’s central provinces.
- China Cities Roll Out Stimulus as Changsha Targets $130 Billion – Bloomberg
7 million residents of changsha as of 2010 census. cant wait for bears to say investing in subways and transportation infrastructure a waste/more than they need given their current stage of development//
- Baidu’s Singapore Lab to Research Thai, Vietnamese Search Know-how
- Growing China Clout Sparks Concern in Taiwan Media | World | TIME.com
Taiwan regulators have put strict conditions on a bid by a China-friendly media group to purchase the island’s second largest cable TV system as concerns grow that China’s commercial clout is already undermining freedom of the press in one of Asia’s liveliest media markets.
The National Communications Commission approved a bid by Taiwan’s China Times Group to buy the system for $2.4 billion in a decision released late Wednesday. But it requires CTG to sell a cable TV news station criticized for its pro-China content, and allow an independent group to screen the news broadcasts of a terrestrial station it controls.
- China strikes hard on corruption, punishing over 60 ministerial officials – Xinhua | English.news.cn
More than 60 officials at the ministerial and provincial levels were punished for discipline violation since the Party’s last national congress.
- Death toll from Beijing rainstorm climbs to 77 – Xinhua | English.news.cn
The death toll from rain-triggered disasters and accidents on Saturday in the Chinese capital has climbed to 77 as more bodies were retrieved, the Beijing municipal government said Thursday.
- China Voice: Information transparency a test for Beijing city gov’t – Xinhua | English.news.cn
Information transparency has become another big test for the Beijing municipal government after it failed to respond to street talk over "withheld updates" on the death toll from the heaviest rain in 61 years.
- Bogu Kailai, Zhang Xiaojun charged with intentional homicide – Xinhua | English.news.cn
The facts of the two defendants’ crime are clear, and the evidence is irrefutable and substantial. Therefore, the two defendants should be charged with intentional homicide.
The Hefei Intermediate People’s Court has received the case according to law, and will hold a trial on a day to be decided.
- Bo Xilai’s Wife Is Charged in Killing of British Businessman – NYTimes.com
The official Xinhua news agency published a brief dispatch announcing that Ms. Gu and an aide employed by the family had been formally charged in the poisoning death of Neil Heywood, the 41-year-old Briton whose body was found in November in a hotel in Chongqing, the municipality in southwest China led by Mr. Bo until he was deposed by Communist Party leaders.
- Microblogs reveal gov’t agencies’ gentle and humane side – People’s Daily Online
Many media outlets regard 2011 as the first year of government microblogging in China. The total number of verified government-run microblog accounts on Sina Weibo, China’s leading microblogging service, had exceeded 25,000 as of June 2012, according to statistics from People’s Daily Online’s Public Opinion Monitoring Center.
- Beijing Flooding: Rumors Swirl Over Death Toll In Chinese Capital
- Wednesday’s Top 10 with NZ Mint: ‘Finance needs stewards not toll collectors’; ‘The end of a disastrous debt super-cycle’; Watch the Beijing flood toll; Deleveraging until 2030; Dilbert | interest.co.nz
- China may open domestic console game market this year: report – Morning Whistle
China may start to import console game sets as soon as 2012 after a pause of 12 years, Tencent Tech cited an unnamed source as saying.
In 2000, Chinese authorities decided to ban imports of video game machines, partially due to pressure of public opinion on the side effect of video game on teenagers.
- Opinion: No Excuse for Response to Beijing Storm – Caixin Online
The government says the recent heavy rainfall was ‘unprecedented,’ but in fact the same thing happened last year
xinhua special section on the meeting of the Beijing NPC. guo jinlong resignation as mayor had nothing to do with the floods, nor did the timing. all planned long in advance
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