onsdag 31. august 2016

Chinese Women Head Overseas to Freeze Their Eggs

The anesthesia was administered, and Lu Yi gradually lost consciousness. Over the next 30 minutes, a doctor retrieved eight eggs from her body. They were transferred to a liquid nitrogen storage chamber, where the fragile bubbles of human potential entered a frozen future full of hope and uncertainty. Ms. Lu has a business degree from Stanford University and founded a company in Shanghai that connects Chinese cancer patients with American medical specialists. But like many other women, she has found it difficult to pursue both career and family. Read more

'Paradise on earth': China's Hangzhou gets propaganda facelift for G20 summit

As China prepares to host the G20 for the first time, even its mice are feeling the heat. A red banner, hung by Communist party officials in a rundown neighbourhood near the meeting’s venue in Hangzhou, urges residents to take up arms against the troublesome quartet of flies, cockroaches, mosquitoes and rodents before the event begins. “Contribute to the Summit by wiping out the four pests!” it says. World leaders including Barack Obama, Chinese president Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister Theresa May will jet into the capital of Zhejiang province for the annual summit which takes place from 4-5 September. Read more

Chinese dissidents urge Obama to press Xi Jinping on human rights at G20


Chinese dissidents have urged Barack Obama to confront Xi Jinping over what they called China’s worst human rights crisis since the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown when he travels to the G20 economic summit in Hangzhou this week. During a meeting at the White House on Tuesday afternoon, prominent Chinese activists told Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, that China’s president had presided over a dramatic offensive against opponents of the Communist party since taking power in late 2012. Read more

Japan defence ministry seeks record budget to counter Chinese threat

Japan’s defence ministry has requested a record budget to counter growing Chinese military activity around a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea.The ministry is seeking 5.17 trillion yen (£38bn) for the year beginning in April 2017. That marks an increase of 2.3% from last year, and is the fifth annual increase since Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, came to power in late 2012 vowing to bolster the military to address a surge in Chinese naval activity andNorth Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.

The latest budget request marks a continuation in the shift in focus away from Japan’s northern maritime border with Russia – where cold war Soviet forces once posed a threat – to an 870-mile chain of southern outlying islands stretching from the Japanese mainland towards Taiwan. Read more

India and China: Asia's Uneasy Neighbors

India-China relations will be under the spotlight in the coming months. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Hangzhou, China for the G20 Summit on September 4-5, where he and his host, President Xi Jinping, will get an opportunity to discuss bilateral ties in addition to G20 matters. Xi will then travel to India to participate in the BRICS Summit in Goa on October 15-16. The two leaders will also participate in the East Asia Summit in Vientiane, Laos on September 6-7. Read more

China's Nightmare: Xinjiang Jihadists Go Global


Analysis of the world’s Islamic jihadist movements shows that over the past few months, the Internet-based propaganda activity of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) has increased dramatically. The Turkestan Islamic Party, a group also called the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), fights for the establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic State of East Turkestan in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Read more

10 things Hangzhou does better than Shanghai


The former capital of the Southern Song dynasty, Hangzhou is often referred to as Shanghai's backyard thanks to its location less than 180 kilometers southwest of the country's largest city. But don't be fooled into thinking this is just another Chinese urban center. Hangzhou, set to host the G20 summit, was once anointed the "finest and most splendid city in the world" by Marco Polo. And while that title is certainly up for debate these days, it's currently one of the most dynamic cities in China. Even the proudest Shanghaiists have to admit there are things that Hangzhou -- a favorite weekend escape -- does better than their city. Read more

Blue skies and police vans: China prepares to host its first G20 summit

World leaders touch down in the Chinese city of Hangzhou this week for the G20 summit and Beijing is determined it will proceed without a hitch. Factories are shuttered, skies are clear and security is tight. Local residents have been given seven days extra vacation time anddiscounted tours to destinations outside the city to ensure Hangzhou is free of crowds and traffic. Meanwhile, thousands of migrant workers have left the city due to the halt in their work lives and the growing inconvenience caused by G20 preparation measures. What will be discussed at the summit? How has China prepared? And why is it in Hangzhou anyway? Here's five things you need to know. Read more

Turning to tradition: Why China's super wealthy don't want western-looking homes anymore

When Sotheby's listed a 32-bedroom house in Suzhou last month, it was the property's price tag that made headlines. Valued at 1 billion yuan (over $150 million), the 72,000-square-foot estate -- nicknamed 'utopia' in Mandarin -- was heralded as China's most expensive home. The story led to familiar commentary about the country's booming demand for luxury living. But it also represented a subtler trend among the super-rich. Read more

Banned on Chinese TV: 'Western lifestyles,' cleavage and time travel

New guidelines issued by China's top media regulator have prohibited TV shows that promote "Western lifestyles," adding to a long list of banned items. According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, shows should refrain from content that expresses "overt admiration for Western lifestyles," jokes about Chinese traditions or defiles "classic materials.""They should also avoid putting stars, billionaires or internet celebrities on pedestals; or sensationalizing private affairs, relationships or family disputes," Xinhua said.
Here's what else is on China's blacklist. Read more

søndag 28. august 2016

China’s Growing Arms Sales to Latin America


In recent years China has asserted itself as a key player in the global arms trade. Not only have both export volume and weapons quality increased rapidly, the range of customers China has been supplying has also expanded greatly over the course of the past decade. Latin America is one of the key regions into which Chinese arms have begun to pour. Yet while commentators of the past have doubted the strategic significance of China’s arms sales to this region — pointing to their relatively meager quantity and the fact that most Latin American states still rely on more established suppliers for their most important military hardware (see here, for instance) — there are signs that things may be changing. Read more

As the School Year Begins, Chinese Dissidents' Children Are Left Out in the Cold


As millions of Chinese schoolchildren and college students were back in class at the start of the new academic year on Monday, the children of some dissidents and critics of the ruling Chinese Communist Party continue to be denied access to education. 
Grassroots activist Ran Chongbi, who has previously been detained by Chinese police for her support of the 2014 pro-democracy movement inHong Kong, said her school-age daughter has been barred from attending state-run schools for the past five years. Read more

Concerts Honoring China’s Chairman Mao Spark Outrage in Australia

Thousands of people have signed a petition to the Australian authorities to call off two concerts in honor of late supreme Chinese leader Mao Zedong, amid growing concerns over the lengthening reach of the Chinese Communist Party’s "soft power" influence overseas.More than 3,000 people had signed the petition on change.org by Friday expressing “deep concern” over two planned concerts honoring Mao Zedong in Sydney and Melbourne in early September. “Mao was personally responsible for massive tortures and persecutions resulting in the unnatural deaths of over 70 million Chinese people,” the petition, posted by a group called the Embrace Australian Values Alliance, said. Other accounts have put Mao's body count at around 30 million. Read more

Vietnamese girls drugged and sold as child brides in China


"When I woke up I didn't know that I was in China." Lan remembers the night that changed her whole life. While preparing for university along the border in northern Vietnam, a friend she met online asked her to a group dinner. When she was tired and wanted to go home, the people asked her to stay and talk and have a drink. Next thing she knew, she had been smuggled across the border to China. "At that time, I wanted to leave," says Lan. "There were other girls there in the car but there was people to guard us." Read more

China's ghost weddings and why they can be deadly

Police in north-west China have charged a man with murdering two women with mental disabilities, alleging that he wanted to sell their corpses to be used in so-called "ghost weddings". It has put a spotlight on the ancient shadowy ritual, still practised in certain parts of China, which aims to provide spouses for people who die unmarried. According to police in Shaanxi province, the murder case dates back to April, when three men were detained after the body of a woman was found in their vehicle by traffic police. Their investigation led them to uncover a grisly sequence of events in which the man, named only as Ma, allegedly promised the women he would find them grooms but instead killed them so he could sell their corpses. Read more

Does China still harvest organs of executed? Doctors divided

A Canadian patient's receipt of a kidney transplant after waiting just three days during a recent visit to China raised an immediate red flag among surgeons at the Montreal-based Transplantation Society: A turnaround that quick indicates the organ likely came from the body of an executed prisoner. The case adds to doubts among many doctors internationally about whether China has met its pledge to stop harvesting the organs of executed inmates. The practice is widely condemned by the World Health Organization and others because of concerns over coercive practices and fears it could encourage executions. Read more

A Critic’s Lonely Quest: Revealing the Whole Truth About Mother Teresa

Taking on a global icon of peace, faith and charity is not a task for everyone, or, really, hardly anyone at all. But that is what Dr. Aroup Chatterjee has spent a good part of his life doing as one of the most vocal critics of Mother Teresa. Dr. Chatterjee, a 58-year-old physician, acknowledged that it was a mostly solitary pursuit. “I’m the lone Indian,” he said in an interview recently. “I had to devote so much time to her. I would have paid to do that. Well, I did pay to do that.” His task is about to become that much tougher, of course, when Mother Teresa is declared a saint next monthRead more

Chinese-Canadians Fear China’s Rising Clout Is Muzzling Them


Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is due in China on Tuesday for a much anticipated visit, hoping to reset what had been an up-and-down relationship under the previous government. Closer ties, Mr. Trudeau says, would release untapped prosperity at home and promote Canadian values like good governance and the rule of law in China. But many Chinese-Canadians say the opposite is happening. They say the growing economic clout wielded in Canada by China, Canada’s largest trading partner after the United States, is leading to an erosion of their own freedom — specifically their freedom to speak openly about China’s authoritarian state. Journalists who write for the many Chinese-language publications in Canada, along with activists and others, say they are under increasing pressure to promote the interests of the Chinese government. Read more