torsdag 3. september 2015

- Kina må åpne ventilene og bli mer transparent

Kinas lukkede politiske system kan ikke bestå over tid. Den nåværende krisen forteller at regimet må blir mer transparent og slutte å lyve, sier Torbjørn Færøvik i denne samtalen med E24. Hør podkast

Sjeføkonom advarer mot skjulte problemer i Kina

– Vi har ikke i våre anslag laget noe krisescenario for Kina, men påpeker at risikoen for en betydelig svekkelse i en periode på to til fem år er betydelig. Det vil få konsekvenser også for Norge, ikke minst gjennom oljeprisen, sier Steinar Juel, sjeføkonom i Nordea. Les mer

What is China trying to prove with military parade?

Soldiers have worn through 16,000 pairs of shoes after spending months practising their goosesteps, the state media report. Many gripped chopsticks between their teeth in order to master the military's "standard smile", often snapping them in two. It seems that nothing has been left to chance. Chinese-built satellites will guide the parade's 12,000 participants, ensuring they don't stray more than a few centimetres from their correct spots. Read more

China military parade commemorates WW2 victory

More than 30 foreign government officials and heads of state including Russia's President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attended the event.But many Western leaders and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have stayed away.Some 12,000 troops and 200 aircraft, as well as tanks and missiles, were on display in Tiananmen Square, including the anti-ship "carrier killer" missile Dongfeng-21D. Read more

China Announces Cuts of 300,000 Troops at Military Parade Showing Its Might

The parade, which began immediately after Mr. Xi spoke, was called a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, but appeared to be an attempt by the Communist Party to showcase the nation’s rising military might to a global audience. Read more

China flexes muscles with World War II military extravaganza

With swarms of fighter jets and helicopters flying overhead, some 12,000 troops marched through the center of Beijing as China marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with its biggest ever display of military might. Read more

Xi Jinping pledges 300,000 cut in army even as China shows military might

Chinese president Xi Jinping made an unexpected pledge on Thursday to cut his army by 300,000 troops, even as his armed forces put on a massive show of force during a 70th anniversary military parade commemorating the end of the second world war. Read more

tirsdag 1. september 2015

As Economy Falters, Military Parade Offers Chance to Burnish China’s Image

Few things distract an anxious nation in economic trouble quite like a jaw-dropping military parade featuring a cavalcade of gleaming high-tech weaponry, 12,000 goose-stepping soldiers and fighter jets filling the skies with synchronized plumes of candy-colored smoke. Read more

Beijing’s World War II Military Parade: What to Expect

There will be around 12,000 Chinese troops in 50 formations, including 11 infantry phalanxes, 27 vehicle and equipment formations, 10 aviation echelons and two motorized formations of veterans of the war against Japan. The average age of the veterans is 90. The oldest is 102. Many served in the Eighth Route Army, New Fourth Army, Northeast China Anti-Japanese United Army or the South China Guerrillas. Read more

A Cold Summer for China and Russia?

The last four months have shown that “hot politics, cold economics” remains the best paradigm for understanding Sino-Russian relations. When Putin visits Beijing this week he is certain to receive a warm reception indicative of the “hot” nature of the political relationship, but look beyond the flirtation and it becomes obvious that the economic component of the partnership has cooled significantly over the summer. Read more

Beijing’s Peaceful Evolution Paranoia

The Chinese Communist Party’s obsession with the threat of a color revolution is revealing. Read more

3 Reasons You Shouldn't Worry About China's Economic Slowdown Just Yet

The recent stock meltdown in China has understandably attracted global attention; after all, China is already the second largest economy in the world and any turmoil in its economy will inevitably affect the global economy. Indeed, we live in a truly interconnected world and as such what worries China will worry the United States and other states as well. Read more

China may bring in 'two-child policy' to tackle demographic timebomb

Thirty-five years after enacting draconian birth control rules blamed for millions of forced abortions and the creation of a demographic “timebomb”, China could be on the verge of introducing a two-child policy. The new regulation, under which all Chinese couples would be allowed to have two children, could be implemented “as soon as the end of the year if everything goes well”, a government source was quoted as saying by the China Business NewsRead more

mandag 31. august 2015

Why Parrot Beijing’s Line?

In Chinese classrooms, historical narratives are placed in incomplete context and follow a retrospectively imposed logic that precludes alternative interpretations. Ancient history, for example, is presented in China as dynasties uniting under the mystical “Chinese civilization,” being ruled by the nebulously defined “Chinese people.” Absent are the perspectives of ruling minorities like the Mongols and the Manchus, which, as Western studies show, tell a more complex story. Read more

Ban Ki-moon rejects Japanese criticism of him attending China's Victory Day

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has rejected Japanese criticism of his decision to attend China’s Victory Day parade later this week, saying it was important to recognise China’s wartime sacrifice and learn the lessons of history. Read more

Families of China's 'disappeared' say country is a place of 'fear and panic'

Beijing’s security forces are transforming China into a place of “fear and panic”, the families of 12 attorneys and activists who disappeared during a crackdown on human rights lawyers have claimed. In an open letter to Guo Shengkun, the minister of public security, the families said they had heard nothing from their relatives since they were detained during a roundup of government critics nearly two months ago. Read more

søndag 30. august 2015

Rare viewing set for cream of ancient art


If you miss it now, there's no telling how long it will be before you'll get another opportunity to view Along the River During the Qingming Festival, the cream of Chinese fine art. The work by Zhang Zeduan (1085-1145), perhaps the best-known ancient Chinese painting, will be unveiled to the public on Sept 8 in Beijing's Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City. It has not been shown in its entirety since 2005. Read more

lørdag 29. august 2015

Wang Dongxing obituary


When Mao Zedong’s bodyguard, Wang Dongxing, who has died aged 99, joined the plot to arrest Mao’s wife, Jiang Qing, and her associates in the “Gang of Four” after Mao’s death in China in 1976, he knew it was a high-risk affair. Assembling a group of special forces officers under his command, he made them swear an oath of loyalty and secrecy. He also instructed them to shoot to kill if there was any armed resistance. Read more