lørdag 26. juli 2014

In China, a single plague death means an entire city quarantined

The decision by Chinese authorities to quarantine parts of Yumen cityafter a local man died of the bubonic plague made headlines around the world. While four people were also diagnosed with the disease in Colorado this week – all were treated in hospital and quickly released – the 38-year-old Chinese farmer’s death brought a far more dramatic response from Yumen’s authorities. Read more

China's red furniture craze fuelling illegal logging in Guinea-Bissau

Worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, Bissau-Guinean rosewood is used, among other things, to make hongmu furniture, red luxury Chinese pieces, replicating the styles of the Qing period. Read more

Buddhister på krigsstien

Rasende buddhistmunker væpnet med kniver, dolker og brennende fakler. Landsbyer i brann og mennesker på flukt. Scener fjernt fra buddhismens fredfulle veggmalerier, men i Myanmar skjer det uvanlige, skriver Torbjørn Færøvik i Dagsavisen

China Plans Extension of Railroad to India Through Tibet

China plans to extend by 2020 a railroad on the high trans-Himalayan plateau of Tibet to the borders of India, Bhutan and Nepal, according to a report in People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party. Read more

In Scarred Chinese Tibetan City, Devotion to Sanctity of Life

“Buddha has taught us that treating others with love and compassion is the right thing to do, no matter how tiny that life is.” Read more

China's Guangdong Province Removes Over 850 'Naked Officials' From Their Posts

More than 850 government workers in China's southern province of Guangdong have been forced out of their jobs as part of an anti-crackdown on officials whose spouses and children have emigrated abroad. Read more

tirsdag 8. juli 2014

Is Xi Jinping trying to provoke anger against Japan?

More than 1,000 special guests, including top Communist officials, military veterans and young children, turned out for a highly choreographed memorial marking the Marco Polo bridge incident which sparked the Sino-Japanese war in 1937. And Party Leader Xi Jinping was the main speaker. Read more

- Kina skifter energikurs

Kull blir raskere erstattet av grønn energi enn ventet, sier eksperter. Les mer

China's Christians fear new persecution after latest wave of church demolitions

According to the American NGO China Aid, since the beginning of the year 60 churches in Zhejiang province have received notice that either their crosses or their buildings must be demolished – more than 40 of these are in China's "Jerusalem". Read more

US academic barred from China after speaking out over detained scholar

Elliot Sperling, a Tibetologist at the University of Indiana, was turned back on arrival at Beijing airport this weekend and ordered to board a flight returning to the US. Read more

Dalai Lama to Myanmar, Sri Lanka Buddhists: Stop violence against Muslims

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has made a renewed call for Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to cease violence towards the countries' Muslim minorities, in an address delivered on his 79th birthday. Read more

Millions love 'beautiful game,' so why does China struggle with football?

With a population of 1.3 billion, you'd think that there would be 11 people in China who are good enough to put up a fight on the football pitch. Read more

torsdag 3. juli 2014

Norwegian vil fly Kinas nye middelklasse til Norge

Bjørn Kjos tar sats i Asia. Les mer

Presidents of China and South Korea Reaffirm Push for North Korean Denuclearization

The two countries reaffirm their firm opposition to the development of nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula. Read more

No regrets, say the Chinese women who chose independence over marriage

Becoming a zishunü gave women an unusual degree of independence in a world that allowed them little education, voice or freedom. But it came at a heavy price. Read more

China's gambling capital Macau is world's fourth-richest territory

Macau was returned to China in 1999, shortly after Hong Kong was handed back in 1997 following 150 years of British control. It is home to more than 30 casinos, including the world's largest, the Venetian Macau – which had an estimated 120,000 visitors a day over the 2013 Christmas period. Read more

China snubs North Korea with leader's visit to South Korea

When South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye welcomes Xi Jinping to the Blue House today, it will mark the first time that a Chinese leader will visit Seoul without having first visited Pyongyang. Read more

As South Korea and China get cozy, where does North Korea fit?

Although Beijing remains North Korea's strongest ally, Xi is breaking with tradition by visiting South Korea first, rather than Pyongyang. Read more