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

Smilende Kim tilbake med kjepp

En tykk og blid Kim Jong-un poserer villig for nordkoreanske medier mens han støtter seg til en spaserstokk. Mandag viste diktatoren seg igjen for første gang siden onsdag 3. september. Les mer

Watching Hong Kong: Taiwan on guard against China


Hong Kong's Occupy Central demonstrations may be losing steam, but Taiwans movement to resist China is only intensifying. Read more

fredag 10. oktober 2014

Chinese Authorities Make Arrests in Attempt to Prevent Pro-Democracy Campaigns on Mainland

The Chinese authorities, determined to prevent pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong from spilling across the border into the mainland, have detained at least 10 people in recent days, including a group of artists who attended a poetry reading inspired by the protests in Hong Kong. Read more

Opinion: No more Dalai Lamas? Not so fast

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, set out a media kerfuffle last month when he spoke about his next reincarnation. Not a man afraid to surprise people, he told to German journalists that he didn't see a need for there to be more Dalai Lamas in the future. Read more

Hong Kong government calls off protest talks

Hong Kong's government has called off talks with pro-democracy protesters, as political rivals repeated calls for leader C.Y. Leung to resign -- this time over claims that he accepted multi-million dollar private payments while in office. Read more

State media falls silent on North Korea anniversary

The intrigue over the whereabouts of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un deepened Friday after the country's state news agency failed to issue a report about his expected visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang. Read more

Charter 08 - mer aktuelt enn noengang

I dag for fire år siden ble Liu Xiaobo tildelt Nobels fredspris. Etter den siste tids utvikling i Kina fremstår "Charter 08" - frihetsbrevet som fredsprisvinner Liu var medforfatter til - som mer forfriskende og aktuelt enn noengang før. Les Charta 08

onsdag 8. oktober 2014

Is Kim Jong Un still in charge of North Korea?

Events in North Korea have left the world wondering: Where's leader Kim Jong Un and is he still running perhaps the most isolated country on Earth? Read more