tirsdag 30. juni 2015

Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday celebrated in Tibet despite Chinese clampdown

The Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday was marked in Tibet on the weekend of June 21-22 in moving and devotional ceremonies in monasteries, the grasslands and in the heart of Lhasa, despite the dangers of punitive actions from the Chinese Government for Tibetans of demonstrating their allegiance to the Tibetan leader.  Read more

NASA Imagery Shows Beijing Has Quadrupled in Size in Just 10 Years

A team led by Mark Jacobson of Stanford University and Son Nghiem of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory used data from NASA’s QuikScat satellite to measure the extent of urban growth in the capital and how its environment has been affected. Read more

China’s magic tricks can’t save its stock market

Chinese policy makers seem to have exhausted whatever magical powers they had been using to keep their economy aloft. Chinese stocks have been plunging even as Beijing has used every trick it knows to support the market. The truth is that the plunge in Chinese stocks was long overdue. Read more

Chinese Leader Hosts 56 Nations at Founding of Asian Infrastructure Bank

At a ceremony imbued with quiet triumph at the Great Hall of the People, China’s president, Xi Jinping, hosted 56 member countries on Monday for the founding of a Chinese-led infrastructure bank for Asia, including major American allies from Asia and Europe that Washington had counseled not to join the bank. Read more

Chinese Lawyers Worry New Rules Will Limit Clients’ Defenses

Chinese lawyers fear that proposed changes to laws governing courtroom behavior will restrict their ability to do their jobs. Lawyers in human rights cases, who already face the possibility of assault if they challenge the court authorities, say the additional threat of jail will limit their ability to offer robust defenses for their clients. Read more

China Fears Loss of Great Wall, Brick by Brick

The Great Wall in northern China cannot be seen with the naked eye from high orbit above the Earth or from the moon, as some people believe. For centuries, those who have wanted to see the wall have had to make a trip to Asia to lay eyes on one of the greatest surviving artificial structures in the world.These days, though, there is less of it to see, according to an article in The Beijing Times that cites local officials, statistics and a Great Wall scholar. Read more

torsdag 25. juni 2015

Animal Cruelty in China, Revisited

I recently met a friend for dinner. This friend is a native of Guangxi, one of the provinces where dog meat is popular. He challenged my use of the word “torture” to describe what people do at dog meat festivals in China. I explained that “torture” is defined as the act of inflicting severe pain, either to make the victim do something or simply for the sake of pleasure. Therefore, it’s the perfect word, since dog butchers inflict as much pain as they can for the sake of pleasure — gustatory pleasure. Read more

China Invests in the World

China’s outward foreign direct investment (FDI) for the first five months of 2015 was up nearly 50 percent from the same period in 2014, a Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesperson said last week. According to Shen Danyang, as cited by People’s DailyChina’s non-financial investments in foreign markets totaled more than 278 billion RMB ($45 billion) from January to May of 2015 – up 47.4 percent year-on-year. Read more

Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center To Counter China, Russia

Senior officials at the Pentagon and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are still finalizing details of the new center, which will back up the military’s Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Read more

When Corrupt Chinese Officials Flee, The U.S. Is A Top Destination

China issued global arrest warrants for 100 fugitives in April. Most of them, it turns out, are believed to be corrupt officials hiding out in the U.S. or Canada.The U.S. may not seem like an obvious destination, but Huang Feng, a criminal law expert at Beijing Normal University, says there's a clear rationale. Read more

"Why Do the Chinese Lack Creativity?"

What is creativity? A much-cited April 2003 article published in the [academic] Creativity Research Journal states that “creativity involves the production of novel, useful products.” These can be both tangible objects as well as intellectual products such as an idea, an essay, or a process.  Read more

China’s Biggest Taboos: The Three Ts

Almost upon arrival in China, one is counseled not to discuss the three Ts — Taiwan, Tibet, and Tiananmen. So when I found myself asking Chinese friends, and often perfect strangers, about these matters, I of course soon grew used to hearing the same replies. Tibet belongs to China. Taiwan belongs to China. Read more

Chinese City Defends Dog Meat Festival, Despite Scorn

“Why do people always pick on Yulin?” asked Tang Chengfei, 24, a recent university graduate who was sitting at one of the tables. “Haven’t you seen how the Japanese eat live bullfrog sashimi?” Read more

onsdag 24. juni 2015

Hundens plass i Kina er ikke under bordet

Det slaktes anslagsvis 10 millioner hunder hvert år i Kina; 65 prosent av dem konsumeres i Sør-Kina. Det betyr at resten av Kina også spiser hund. Selv husker jeg et besøk på et av Beijings bedre matmarkeder i en bydel dominert av koreanere. Jeg stoppet foran en kjøttbod med delikat anrettede produkter, da jeg instinktivt hoppet ca. fem meter baklengs i lufta. Flådde hunder! Les Dagbladets Inger Bentzrud

The Sinocism China Newsletter, June 24, 2015

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China aims to challenge U.S. air dominance: Pentagon

China is mounting a serious effort to challenge U.S. military superiority in air and space, forcing the Pentagon to seek new technologies and systems to stay ahead of its rapidly developing rival, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on Monday. Read more

Why China is far from ready to meet the U.S. on a global battlefront

China can not meet and match the U.S. military on a global battlefront. Beijing lacks the expertise, military doctrine and equipment to do so. The Chinese military has no recent combat experience and, as a consequence, its training regimens are unrealistic. Read more

The five most important issues in U.S.-China relations

The South China Sea issue has been front and center for the last 18 months, as China carried out major land reclamation efforts. While the issue stems from territorial disputes between China and various Southeast Asian nations, which don’t intrinsically involve the United States, the United States sees China’s island building activities as a potential threat to freedom of navigation along a critical trade route. Read more