fredag 24. oktober 2014

U.N. Human Rights Panel Urges China to Allow Free Elections in Hong Kong

 The United Nations Human Rights Committee urged China on Thursday to allow elections in Hong Kong without restrictions on who can run as a candidate. The move appeared likely to draw strong criticism from Beijing, where officials decided in August to set strict guidelines for the 2017 election of the city’s next leader, prompting mass sit-in protests. Read more

torsdag 23. oktober 2014

No more 'weird' buildings: Is this the end of ambitious Chinese architecture?

The Chinese leadership has called for less "weird architecture" to be built in the country. President Xi Jinping spoke at a symposium in Beijing last week and Chinese media have widely reported his appeal for less ostentatious structures in China's skylines. Read more

China Moves to Enact Rule of Law, With Caveats

Communist Party leaders, seeking to address widespread dissatisfaction with China’s politicized and corrupt judiciary, endorsed a raft of legal changes on Thursday to foster a more predictable legal system while keeping the courts under the firm control of the party. Read more

onsdag 22. oktober 2014

No ‘Soft Landing’ for China’s Economy, Report Says

China’s economic growth will slow much faster than expected over the coming decade, falling to an average of 3.9% between 2020 and 2025. Read more

The Yellow Peril: The factors that shaped our fear of China

Chinese uber-villain Fu Manchu reflected the jingoism of British culture in the early 20th century. Read more

China’s Communist party expected to remain above the law after conference

The conundrum of bolstering the rule of law in Communist party-run China was on the agenda for its leaders on Monday at the start of a four-day conclave to guide policy for the coming year. Read more

On TV, Hong Kong Openly Debates Democracy

Five student leaders, hair disheveled, took on the the officials, who were old enough to be their parents, in a frank discourse. Read more

- Kina er en politistat

Det er veldig viktig å huske på at Kina er et diktatur og en politistat. Stasi i Øst-Tyskland var amatører sammenlignet med de kinesiske myndighetene, sier NRKs Anders Magnus, som i sommer avsluttet sin korrespondentperiode i "Midtens rike". Les mer

mandag 20. oktober 2014

Beijing Marathon competitors brave 'hazardous' smog to run 42km

If running a 42 kilometer foot race was not tough enough, Sunday's Beijing International Marathon saw thousands of competitors brave a "hazardous" smog which engulfed the Chinese capital. Read more

Hong Kong leader C.Y. Leung: 'External forces' involved in protests

Hong Kong's embattled chief executive has said the city's pro-democracy movement is "out of hand" and being influenced by "external forces" from outside the city. Read more

Despite Poverty Efforts, China Still Faces Income Gap

China’s poverty level is now set at 2,300 renminbi a year, or a little over $1 a day. It did not specify what its previous poverty standards were. In a speech in June, Prime Minister Li Keqiang said that 200 million people remained in poverty in China, though the Xinhua report put the figure at 80 million. Read more

Presumed Guilty in China’s War on Corruption, Targets Suffer Abuses

China is in the midst of a scorching campaign against government corruption, one that has netted more than 50 high-ranking officials and tens of thousands of workaday bureaucrats as part of President Xi Jinping’s effort to restore public confidence in the ruling Communist Party. Read more

fredag 17. oktober 2014

Crony Communism in China

Based on reports from the offices of provincial and municipal prosecutors, between one-third and two-thirds of all corruption cases in China today involve multiple officials and businessmen. In the 1980s, most corruption was committed by individuals acting alone. This newer, collusive form of corruption is far more pernicious because it is harder to detect and to stop, and it corrodes the institutional integrity of the state. Read more

China Said to Pull the Strings in Hong Kong Crackdown

The Chinese leaders, however, are also deeply averse to concessions that could defuse the protests, fearing that the least sign of compromise could be taken as a sign of weakness that would embolden other challengers to their control across all of China. They have also indicated that they will not abandon Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Read more

torsdag 16. oktober 2014

Booming Chinese frontier town reveals growing Russian ties – and old divide

Manzhouli is thriving as China sucks in Russian raw materials and exports its consumer goods, but mutual distrust persists. Read more

Back to the future: the fake relics of the 'old' Chinese city of Datong

Six years ago the then-mayor launched an ambitious plan to reconstruct the lost walls, watchtowers and Ming-style homes of the city – resettling tens of thousands of residents and transforming Datong into a tourist site. Now few want to live here. Read more

tirsdag 14. oktober 2014

After Hong Kong, Macau?

China’s other special administrative region is not immune to the allure of democratic concepts coming from across the Pearl River Estuary. As Hong Kong’s influence supplements new homegrown political and labor activism, the stage may be set for Macau’s own grassroots democracy movement. Read more

Putting Hong Kong in Historical Context

The recent protests in Hong Kong are evidence that the legacy of European involvement in China is stubbornly refusing to be consigned to the history books. Instead, the Chinese saga of engagement with the outside world –and particularly China’s difficult relationship with European powers during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – continues to influence the country’s politics, society and foreign policy in profound ways. Read more