torsdag 30. oktober 2014

The Party will remain above the law

The Chinese leaders keep saying that they will give more power to the courts and put the law above everything else. But is it true? Read more

Q. and A.: Larry Diamond on Political Change in Hong Kong

If you consider Beijing’s highest priority in Hong Kong, it is to ensure that Hong Kong does not establish a model or precedent that would become subversive of the authority of the Communist Party in the rest of China. Read more

China’s Climate Change Paradox

Despite China’s reliance on fossil fuels, poor environmental record, and reputation as a roadblock on the path to an emissions reduction deal, it has been a strong advocate for the development of renewable energy technology. There is no doubt that rapidly transitioning to a green economy will mitigate the impacts of climate change and China is leading the way. Read more

China's obsession with vertical cities

As the global population rises and cities become more crowded, the fabric of urban centres is changing. Nowhere is the phenomenon more pronounced than in China, where a state-orchestrated urbanisation drive has prompted a megacity building bonanza characterised by skyscrapers and sprawl. Read more

onsdag 29. oktober 2014

Q. and A.: Pankaj Mishra on the Hong Kong Protests

Six years before the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kongbegan reshaping the city’s political and social landscape, Pankaj Mishra wrote in a travel essay for The New York Times that “Hong Kong is a great clamor.” Read more

Politician Who Called for Hong Kong Leader’s Resignation Is Formally Penalized

China’s top advisory body expelled a Hong Kong delegate on Wednesday for giving the wrong kind of advice: that the top official in the city should resign because of what the delegate called the poor way he has handled student-led protests. Read more

The Approaching Xinjiang Crisis Point

Crackdown or reform, Chinese leaders will be forced to take action soon if they hope to keep the peace. Read more

Al-Qaeda Declares War on China, Too

Al-Qaeda central’s sudden focus on China follows closely on the heels of the Islamic State also condemning Beijing for its handling of its Uyghur Muslim population. Read more

Hong Kong protests bring crisis of confidence for traditional media

Hong Kong’s traditional media is suffering a crisis of confidence. Many of the city’s most influential newspapers and TV stations are owned by local tycoons who, wary of jeopardising their mainland business ties, have taken great pains to maintain a conservative editorial line. Read more

tirsdag 28. oktober 2014

Dissident Chen Ziming Is Dead at 62

Chen Ziming, a Chinese dissident and democracy advocate who was accused by the government of fomenting the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 and spent more than a decade in prison and under house arrest, died on Tuesday in Beijing. He was 62. Read more

China 'to protect whistle-blowers' amid corruption fight

Chinese authorities say whistle-blowers will be protected, amid an ongoing crackdown on corruption. Read more

mandag 27. oktober 2014

The Rule of Law in China: Lessons From China's 'Top Lawyer'

The key to the rule of law is constitutional government – putting the constitution first, so that no group or person can put themselves above the constitution. Read more

China, Vietnam call for lasting solution to sea dispute

China and Vietnam agreed on Oct. 27 to use an existing border dispute mechanism to find a solution to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying they did not want it to affect relations. Read more

China Began Push Against Hong Kong Elections in ’50s

It is a common riposte among those who oppose the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, especially here in mainlandChina: Where were the champions of universal suffrage during the many decades that Britain denied Hong Kong residents the right to govern themselves? Read more

China Considers Dropping Death Penalty for Some Crimes

The Chinese government is considering a reduction in the number of crimes eligible for capital punishment, part of a long-term trend that has seen a decline in executions, though China still leads the world in the number of people put to death annually. Read more

søndag 26. oktober 2014

Hva betyr 50 millioner døde kinesere?


For to år siden ble jeg belønnet med Brageprisen for min bok MAOS RIKE - En lidelseshistorie. Mange kinesere fikk et bedre liv under Mao, men prisen de betalte var skyhøy. Trolig ble mer enn 50 millioner mennesker ofret på revolusjonens alter i hans styretid fra 1949 til 1976. Er tallet så høyt at vi ikke klarer å fatte det? Eller er Kina så langt borte at det ikke angår oss?

Finding Allies for China

Instead of pursuing assertive actions against regional neighbors, China will need to consider an alternative approach, one that attracts potential allies, instead of repelling them. Read more

Could China’s Nuclear Strategy Evolve?

Fifty years ago, at 7:00 GMT on October 16, 1964, China exploded its first nuclear device at the Lop Nur test site, becoming the fifth official member of the nuclear club after the U.S., the Soviet Union, the U.K. and France. Read more