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China has expelled Melissa Chan, an excellent reporter who was the Beijing-based correspondent for Al Jazeera English. Instead of adding to the mass of commentary I will just quote from the New Yorker’s Evan Osnos:
China is moving backwards. In fifteen years of studying and writing about this place, I’ve rarely had reason to reach that conclusion without one qualifier or another dangling off the end of the sentence—qualifiers that leave room, for instance, for “halting progress” or “mixed signals.”
But this week the evidence is unambiguous: for the first time in thirteen years, China has kicked out a foreign correspondent. In doing so, it revives a Soviet-era strategy that will undermine its own efforts to project soft power and shows a spirit of self-delusion that does not bode well for China’s ability to address the problems that imperil its future.
The Foreign Ministry’s Q&A on the expulsion does not help.
The Washington Post coverage of Chan’s expulsion notes that:
Last fall, three Republican congressmen, complaining about constraints on U.S. media expansion in China, introduced the Chinese Media Reciprocity Act, which would limit the number of visas the State Department is permitted to issue to journalists working for Chinese state media. The bill is currently with the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on immigration policy and enforcement.
Chan, while an employee of a media outlet the US government does not usually support, is an American citizen and her expulsion may add momentum to this bill.
New York Times correspondent Ed Wong tweeted the fascinating story of then-New York Times China bureau chief John Burns’ arrest and expulsion in 1986-7. It is a great read, and one passage stood out, especially in the context of the recent “hardliners in security services” versus “softliners in Foreign Ministry” analysis about the Chen Guangcheng case. Remember, this was 25 years ago:
In Beijing, some weeks later, Foreign Ministry officials told colleagues of mine privately that they opposed my arrest and subsequent expulsion but had been overruled by the security apparatus. The officials hinted that the affair was linked in some way to other problems that have dogged the Ministry of State Security in the last year, including the spying conviction of one of its agents, Larry Wu-Tai Chin, in a United States court, and the defection of a senior official of the ministry, Yu Zhenshan, to the United States.
Among United States and British diplomats involved in securing my release, there was a feeling that internal politics had played at least some part in the affair. One theory was that the State Security Ministry, institutionally wary of foreigners, had seized an opportunity to show how dangerous the broadening contacts with outsiders can be – and in so doing, to strike a blow against the policy of the ”open door.”
Plus ca change?
Meanwhile, Chinese rhetoric about the Philippines is increasingly bellicose. As Li Ning would say, “anything is possible” right now.
Today’s suggested readings:
some Chinese experts advocating a violent response to Philippines’ name change of Huangyan Island
- BBC News – China and US to co-operate to avoid cyber Cold War
wonder how many are russian routed through china?//
US and Chinese defence ministers say they will work together over cybersecurity, despite accusations that China is the main source of online attacks against the US.
- Chinese Official Questioned About Al Jazeera Reporter’s Expulsion | News | English
- Philippines warned over island dispute|Politics|chinadaily.com.cn
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Fu Ying on Monday summoned Alex Chua, charge d’affaires of the Philippine embassy in Beijing. It was the third summons following previous ones on April 15 and 18.
- Chinese ships remain at Scarborough | ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines – Seven Chinese fishing vessels and 23 utility boats have remained at the disputed Scarborough shoal, the Philippine military said Tuesday
- Joseph Nye: China’s Soft Power Deficit – WSJ.com
China has issued a notice to its citizens in the Philippines to take safety precautions around the upcoming anti-china demonstrations
- China Expels the Journalist Melissa Chan : The New Yorker
- Flying Blind Through the Mountains of Hunan – James Fallows – International – The Atlantic
- China is prepared for escalation of Huangyan Island incident – Xinhua | English.news.cn
much more in chinese, government painting itself in a corner w its rhetoric?
- 官媒“冷落”江泽民_多维新闻网 State Media ignoring Jiang Zemin? So says Duowei news
- China needs to think more like the US: general｜Politics｜News｜WantChinaTimes.com
Qiao Liang, a Chinese general who co-authored the book Unrestricted Warfare says that China needs to think more like the United States when dealing issues regarding the South China Sea, according to Duowei News, a New York-based news outlet operated by overseas Chinese who are opposed to the Communist Party.
- Waiting for Justice in Beijing (Photos of Petitioners) – The Daily Beast
- Chen Guangcheng Fears Authorities Will Persecute Relatives He Leaves Behind – The Daily Beast
- Exclusive: China considers delay of key party congress: sources | Reuters
this has been going around Beijing for a while. possible of course, but unlikely//
- PwC’s Nally hopeful about China progress | Tax Break
The impasse over work papers is not the only problem facing the Big Four. They also are trying to hash out an agreement that will allow them to continue auditing in China after existing joint venture deals expire this year. As the joint ventures expire, China is pushing the Big Four to turn over ownership of their Chinese arms to locally licensed partners.PwC is participating in the talks, even though its joint venture agreement does not expire until 2017. Nally said the firms are near an agreement with Chinese officials that will provide for a transition period of several years before ownership of the firms has to change
- Big Four restructuring deadline looms | China Accounting Blog | Paul Gillis
The deadline for Big Four restructuring in China is looming. As I have explained earlier, the joint ventures under which the Big Four operate in China expire in 2012 for three of the firms as they reach the end of their twenty-year life. PwC gets an extra five years because it formed a new joint venture in 1997. Back in the summer of 1992 KPMG rushed to become the first joint venture firm. The other firms all established their joint ventures during the last half of 1982, and they will all (except PwC) begin to expire this summer.China is forcing the firms to restructure into limited partnerships owned by Chinese CPAs. The problem is that the firms are presently owned in majority by foreign, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, partners. In order to become Chinese CPAs, these partners would have to pass the arduous Chinese CPA examination. Few have succeeded at doing that
- China expels al-Jazeera reporter as media relations sour – The Washington Post
- Watch: CCTV anchor declares the Philippines as inherent part of China’s sovereign territory: Shanghaiist
Watch: CCTV anchor declares the Philippines as inherent part of China’s sovereign territory
Xinhua on recent wave homebuyers protesting drop in prices. Saw something on CCTV last night about this as well
Netease news on closure of Al Jazeera English bureau, expulsion of Melissa Chan
People’s Daily not sounding conciliatory about Philippines island dispute
- 江西宜春一家5名留守儿童溺亡 全家仅剩一子_新闻_腾讯网
- Chen Guangcheng Assisted by Chinese Authorities for U.S. Travel Plans – NYTimes.com
BEIJING — Chen Guangcheng, the blind activist whose escape last month from house arrest and subsequent flight to the American Embassy here triggered a diplomatic crisis, said Tuesday that Chinese authorities have begun to assist him in applying for permission to travel to the United States.
- Credit Suisse to Seek China Stock Trading License – Bloomberg
Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) plans to boost capital at its Chinese joint venture and apply for a stock trading permit in the country, as the government loosens restrictions on foreign investment banks.
Credit Suisse will move bankers to China to take advantage of higher ownership limits and a shorter wait for a license to trade shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen, said Zhang Liping, the bank’s chief executive officer for the country. Credit Suisse started a joint venture in December 2008 with Founder Securities Co.
- The Quest for Control Over China’s Private-Equity Sector – China Real Time Report – WSJ
The National Development and Reform Commission has laid down the law: Unless 100% of a private-equity fund’s money comes from local sources, it will be treated as a foreign fund. The question is, why is the NDRC getting involved at all? China’s foreign-investment rules are supposed to be the domain of the Ministry of Commerce.
- Hong Kong Bars Admission of Mainland Expectant Mothers -Caijing
It remains to be determined whether mainland babies born in Hong Kong will be able to obtain Hong Kong permanent resident status in the future.
CCTV anchor says Philippines a natural part of China
- Gong Haiyan, Jiayuan, and Dating in China : The New Yorker
ABSTRACT: LETTER FROM CHINA about Jiayuan (Beautiful Destiny), China’s largest online dating service.
- 方舟子质疑韩寒身高 称讨论有意义-要闻早点-中国新闻周刊网
Fang Zhouzi now accuses Han Han of lying about his height too, saying he is 1.64m tall, not 1.73m as he claims
- Chinese Exporters Show Weakness at Canton Fair – NYTimes.com
The Canton Fair, China’s biggest marketplace for exporters and buyers, announced over the weekend an unexpected decline in contracts signed over the last month at the fair’s spring session. The weak result was the latest sign that exporters across China are struggling to maintain their global competitiveness.
- Treasures of Deng Tuo, a Conformist Rebel – NYTimes.com
BEIJING — When the National Art Museum of China decided to exhibit, for the first time in its entirety, a collection of 145 paintings donated by the historian, poet and journalist Deng Tuo (1912-1966), they knew they would draw crowds. Indeed, the museum — which offers more than 80 exhibitions a year — set aside three full months for “Deng Tuo Donated Treasures of Ancient Chinese Paintings,” making it one of the longest shows in its history.
- AMC Said to Be Talking Sale to Wanda Group of China – NYTimes.com
AMC and its bankers sure Wanda will not suffer from Bo Xilai purge?//
LOS ANGELES — AMC Entertainment, which owns the second-largest movie theater chain in North America, is in talks to sell the company or a significant stake in it to the Wanda Group, one of China’s largest theater owners, according to people briefed on the discussions.
- Hong Kong Builders Go West in China With Bet on Chengdu – Bloomberg
Hong Kong developers are heading deeper into China to lure shoppers, investing at least $1.3 billion to build malls in Chengdu, the city vying with Chongqing as the economic hub of the country’s west.
Swire Properties Ltd. (1972) will open a 6.4 billion yuan ($1 billion) retail and office project in downtown Chengdu in early 2014. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the world’s second-biggest property company, Henderson Land Development Co. and Wharf Holdings Ltd. also plan malls in the city of 11 million people.
- Chinese General Downplays China’s Role in Cyber Attacks – Bloomberg
The U.S. and Chinese militaries should work as equals and avoid the “stereotype” of being confrontational superpowers, Chinese General Liang Guanglie said on his first visit to Washington as defense minister.
Speaking to reporters yesterday following talks with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Liang disputed a question about China’s responsibility for cyber attacks against the U.S. and said the two sides discussed ways to “build a new state-to- state relationship that’s not a stereotype of two major powers predestined for conflict.
long caixin article on $sina weibo, casts doubt on ability to really become “facebook + twitter” of china
- 美国“薯条哥”走红网络 | 新浪微博-随时随地分享身边的新鲜事儿
American in Nanjing who gives beggar french fries,sits w him is #1 sina weibo topic
- » Mike Sui Is Sort Of Taking Over Social Media Beijing Cream
You might remember Mike Sui as the teacher/singer/host/actor who imitated a bunch of people and in a video that made it big on Youku. Everything he does on Chinese media these days is rising to the top, evidenced by the latest product, the above, which was posted close to 11 pm last night and already has 136,418 views. The seven-minute clip, in which Sui participates in a translation contest with one of the show’s hosts, comes from a longer 48-minute Sina Weibo Show.
- A REPORTER’S ODYSSEY IN UNSEEN CHINA – New York Times
John Burns 1987 article about his expulsion from China//
With this article, the story of that unauthorized 1,000-mile journey, and of my subsequent arrest, imprisonment and expulsion from China, is told publicly for the first time. As it happens, the six months since I was pulled from a prison cell in central Beijing and deported for having allegedly used the motorcycle journey for ”spying” on military installations have also seen a dramatic swing in the political mood in China, one that may, in retrospect, help to explain why the authorities reacted to our trip as they did.
More important, if the conservative attack on the reforms in China gathers pace, our journey may serve as a bench mark of how things stood in a brief interlude of the mid-1980’s, when the country seemed more relaxed than at any other time in its modern history. Just as our experiences provided us with a heady but elusive sense of freedom, so the Chinese people, once more facing a crackdown by Communist Party hardliners, may be in danger of losing their newfound liberty…
- ‘Heroine’ in Chen escape speaks | China News Watch | Latest Hong Kong, China & World News | SCMP.com
He Peirong, who helped blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng escape from house arrest last month, has found her sudden fame hard to cope with.
- Correspondent Expelled | Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China
Al Jazeera English correspondent, Melissa Chan, has been expelled from China.The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China is appalled by the decision of the Chinese government to take this action.
Chinese officials had expressed anger at a documentary the channel aired last November. Melissa Chan did not even play a part in making that documentary. They have also expressed unhappiness with the general editorial content on Al Jazeera English and accused Ms Chan of violating rules and regulations that they have not specified.
- John Pomfret (journalist) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
After two years with the AP in New York, in 1988, he was sent to China as a foreign correspondent, thanks to his knowledge of Mandarin and Asian studies background. Among other things he covered the 1989 student protests in Beijing, after which he was expelled from China due to alleged links with student ringleaders.
- China Expels Al Jazeera English-Language Channel – NYTimes.com
no mention of john pomfret, expelled in 1989//
- Al Jazeera English to close China bureau – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera English has had to close its bureau in Beijing after the Chinese authorities refused to renew its correspondent’s press credentials and visa or allow a replacement correspondent.The channel has expressed its disappointment in the situation and said it is continuing to request a presence in China. It has even been requesting additional visas for correspondents for quite some time through the normal procedures but these have not been issued.
- Is China’s Tencent a Good Facebook Proxy? – China Real Time Report – WSJ
no mention of the monster goldman report last month giving tencent 270 price target//
Ms. Leung says Tencent’s stock surge may also simply reflect the strong outlook on Tencent’s newest round of games, like League of Legends, even though the company is seeking to expand other services to get away from gaming as that business slows.Either way, and even with a 4.9% stock slump on Monday as shareholders take a breather, the new investor interest is certainly something for Tencent to like.
- Locke on Lockdown – China Media Project
Liu Buchen’s post is a caption for a striking Photoshopped image that depicts U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke being persecuted in the way typical during China’s Cultural Revolution. He kneels down to face bitter criticism and physical abuse, a placard hung around his neck. Locke’s name in Chinese. Luo Jiahui (骆家辉), is crossed out. The text above it reads as list of supposed crimes, such as “buying coffee with discount coupons” and “carrying your own backpack.” These man-in-the-street gestures by Locke since he began serving as ambassador last year have drawn a great deal of attention on China’s social media, but the official editorials on May 4 accused Locke of using “little tricks.”The large caption immediately below the image of the kneeling Locke reads: “The only way out for Ambassador Locke is to be whole-heartedly corrupt!”
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