torsdag 8. oktober 2015

Dalai Lama: China more concerned about future Dalai Lamas than I am

The Chinese government cares more about the institution of the Dalai Lama than the man who carries that name, the 14th Dalai Lama told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "I have no concern," he told Amanpour in London, adding that it is "possible" he would be the last Dalai Lama. Read more

The Sinocism China Newsletter, October 7, 2025

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In Tiananmen Square, the Police Leap Into Action

The sun shone above the thousands of people thronging the Gate of Heavenly Peace at Tiananmen Square in Beijing last Friday, celebrating the weeklong National Day vacation marking the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, 1949. Then, a flash of dystopia in the apparent utopia: Shouting broke out near one of the stone lions by the gate, as uniformed and plainclothes police officers and security agents seized a middle-aged man. They twisted his arms high behind his back in a double arm lock, forcing him to bend. Read more

Kinesere latterliggjør Norge på chattetjeneste

Et «tredjerangs land» og en «skjødehund for USA» som «hele verden gapskratter av». Slik omtales Norge på en stor chattetjeneste i Kina etter utvisningen av en kineser. Les mer

onsdag 7. oktober 2015

Former U.N. President and Chinese Billionaire Are Accused in Graft Scheme

A former top United Nations official and a billionaire real estate developer from the Chinese territory of Macau were accused on Tuesday of engaging in a broad corruption scheme, according to federal prosecutors in Manhattan. The former president of the United Nations General Assembly, John W. Ashe, a diplomat from Antigua, was one of six people identified in a criminal complaint outlining a bribery scheme that involved more than $1 million in payments from sources in China for assistance in real estate deals and other business interests. Read more

Some Surprise, and Affirmation, in China After Tu Youyou Receives Nobel Prize

For the Chinese government and many Chinese people, Nobel Prizes in the sciences have a special luster. Scientific success is regarded as crucial to ensuring China’s advance into modern prosperity, and a Nobel Prize is seen as the ultimate confirmation of that success. Read more  The Chinese Nobel Prize Winner

The Sinocism China Newsletter, October 6 2015

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tirsdag 6. oktober 2015

‘Every corner’ of Beijing covered by surveillance cameras, state media proudly announce

The Chinese capital of Beijing is now completely covered by surveillance cameras which watch over “every corner” of the city, state media People’s Daily said in a report on Monday. Read more

At U.N., China uses intimidation tactics to silence its critics

Beijing’s conduct here in Geneva is an example of China’s growing capacity to stifle opposition in the international arena. The Communist government’s global reach is growing at a time when it is cracking down on domestic dissent and preparing a new, restrictive law on foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in China. In July, Chinese authorities targeted human rights lawyers and activists, detaining or questioning 245 of them, according to Amnesty International. Read more

China is more more repressive than ever since the days of Mao

Something remarkable is happening in China, or has happened. Slowly but methodically, the system of government is being transformed. In his first three years, Xi Jinping has built a new regime, radically harder than the one created by Deng Xiaoping and that he inherited. The new shape of things became conspicuously visible through a series of mishaps around the middle of the year, writes professor Stein Ringen. Read more

Could China Be About to Transform Its Military?

The PLA is long overdue for a complete overhaul. We’ve been saying it for years, and so has the PLA. Leading China military scholars of today all agree. The PLA is an outdated, unwieldy force that belies a growing technical prowess. Read more

China's Xi Jinping Era Has Begun

September 30, 2015 marked a new beginning in Chinese politics — the start of a new era in Xi Jinping’s authority. On this day, the State Council hosted a dinner celebrating the 66th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. In contrast to the past, when retired senior leaders were invited to join the current leaders to partake in the celebrative banquet, most of China’s previous leaders were absent this time. Read more

søndag 4. oktober 2015

China’s Ambitious Rail Projects Crash Into Harsh Realities in Latin America

China has sought to build a “dry canal” in the form of a railway across Colombia, linking the Caribbean to the Pacific. Chinese investors announced another huge venture in Honduras, two ports and a 375-mile railroad from sea to sea. Then this June,China announced yet another megarailway — nearly 10 times as long — across Braziland Peru, stretching from one coast of South America to the other. But across the region, one large Chinese rail venture after another has come crashing against the hard realities of Latin American politics. Read more

Dunhuang: a city on the old Silk Road - in pictures

Dunhuang, on the old Silk Road, was one of the ancient world's most important intersections between East and West. The Silk Road was used by merchants and traders to take goods across the Asian continent. Now China is investing billions into revitalising this route for trade. Here are some images by photographer by Li Zhengde in Gansu province, China. Read more

Ny bok: Kina vs. Norge, av Kjell Arild Nilsen og Helge Øgrim

Forfatterne Kjell Arild Nilsen og Helge Øgrim har fått rosende omtale for sin ferske bok Kina vs. Norge. Den ukjente historien fra Maos nei til dagens krise (Kagge forlag). Kinaforum har fått forfatternes og forlagets tillatelse til å gjengi et utdrag fra bokens siste kapittel. 

Five Overlooked Developments from the Obama–Xi Visit

Reporters and commentators have devoted most of their attention following President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States to a few issues: cybersecurity, climate cooperation, business relationships, and maritime disputes. As I’ve written elsewhere, in each case, we will have to wait and see to assess any progress that might have been made. The governments, however, released lengthy documents at the end of Xi’s visit, with general and economic “fact sheets” from the U.S. government and a combined “outcome list” from the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Drawn from those documents, here are five largely overlooked developments in U.S.–China relations from the current visit, writes Graham Webster. Read more

The Chinese mogul behind the $50 billion Nicaragua canal lost 85% of his fortune in the stock market

Fresh doubts have arisen over a Chinese billionaire's plan to build a $50 billion interoceanic canal through Nicaragua after it emerged that China's stock market crisis wiped out nearly 85% of his fortune. Read more

Yeonmi Park reveals the horrors of life in North Korea and her escape to China

A young woman who fled North Korea has shared her experiences of growing up in the totalitarian state and her harrowing escape to China. Yeonmi Park, who now lives in New York, was 13 when she and her mother fled the rigidly state-controlled country in 2007. Writing in her new book In Order to Live, the 21-year-old said North Korea’s big decline began 1990, as the Soviet Union broke apart and Moscow dropped its “friendly rates” for exports to North. Read more