torsdag 28. mai 2015

Kinesiske penger trekkes til Norge av lav oljepris og høy kunnskap

Det dårlige forholdet mellom Norge og Kina er knapt noen hindring når pengene rår. Lav oljepris og billig krone gjør mange norske selskaper ekstra attraktive, og nå meldes det om økt interesse fra kineserne. Read more

"New Silk Road" Part 2: Cold War Or Competition?

It is important to understand that the new “Road’ is not a formal plan in any sense but merely a broad outline of goals, a work in progress, being filled in, opportunistically, with projects as they are developed, and as negotiations with target countries allow. The Road is also not a 'start-up' from scratch, but builds upon and extends a number of projects that have been ongoing with China's partners. Read more

A Shanghai artist has been detained for comparing China’s president to Hitler

A Shanghai artist has been detained for comparing Chinese president Xi Jinping to Adolf Hitler as well as an anus. Dai Jianyong, a street photographer best known for making what he calls a “chrysanthemum face“—the flower is a slang term in Chinese for anus—was detained on criminal charges today, according to the advocacy group Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD). Read more

For American Students in China, Some Risks, No Regrets

For a growing number of global citizens, boarding a plane from New York bound for Beijing is only slightly more uncommon than flying to Houston or San Francisco. Among those who make the trans-Pacific journey, perhaps no group more deeply commands our attention than students in institutions of higher education. Read more

On the 26th Anniversary of Tian’anmen Massacre – an Open Letter to Fellow Students in Mainland China

We are a group of Chinese students born in the 1980s and 1990s and now studying abroad. Twenty-six years ago on June 4th, young students, in life’s prime with innocent love for their country just as we are today, died under the gun of the People’s Liberation Army in Beijing’s streets. This part of history has since been so carefully edited and shielded away that many of us today know very little about it. Read more

Solving the Rohingya Crisis

The crisis highlights two points: First, ASEAN lacks both political agreement and a clear legal framework on how to respond to refugees. Second, unless Myanmar changes its policy of systematic discrimination and persecution of the Rohingya population in Rakhine state, the crisis will continue. Read more

China cybersecurity plan aims to protect state secrets: official paper

China will prepare a five-year cybersecurity plan to protect state secrets and data, the official China Daily said on Thursday, citing a senior official of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Read more

U.S. hopes Chinese island-building will spur Asian response

By releasing video of Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signaling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action. Read more

tirsdag 26. mai 2015

China warns U.S. surveillance plane

The series of man-made islands and the massive Chinese military build-up on them have alarmed the Pentagon, which is carrying out the surveillance flights in order to make clear the U.S. does not recognize China's territorial claims. The militarized islands have also alarmed America's regional allies. Read more

Japan and Malaysia bolster defense ties, with eyes on China

Japan and Malaysia agreed to bolster security ties and start talks on transfers of defense equipment and technology, their leaders said May 25, as both separately wrangle with China over territorial spats. Read more

Kina ruster opp marinen - viser muskler i Sør-Kinahavet

En talsperson for det kinesiske forsvaret sa tirsdag at landets aktiviteter i Spratly-området kan sammenlignes med bygging av boliger og veier på fastlandet.  Basert på spørsmålet om suverenitet, er det absolutt ingen forskjell, sier Yang Yujun. Les mer

President Aquino: Philippines to defy China

Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea despite China’s warnings to its planes, President Aquino said on Monday. We will still fly the routes that we fly based on international law….We will still exercise our rights over our exclusive economic zone."

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Warning Over Religious Believers in Chinese Communist Party Ranks

The ruling Chinese Communist Party has warned that any of its members who harbor religious beliefs or take part in religious activities could become the targets of its powerful disciplinary arm. "The fact that a small number of party members have forsaken the party's world view of dialectical materialism and have turned to religion is now attracting serious concern, to the extent that it now falls within the purview of disciplinary work." Read more

Six Problems Choking the Chinese Economy

What goes up must come down: China’s booming manufacturing sector, which powered through from 2001 to 2010 at a huge cost to the nation’s ecology and people, is in irretrievable declineRead more

Chinese officials sent on prison tours as a 'warning' against corruption

Chinese officials have been sent on prison tours visiting inmates including former colleagues as a warning against corruption, state-run media said Monday, provoking mockery online. Read more

China’s coming crash?

On any list of calamities threatening the world economy, a China crash ranks at or near the top. Just what would constitute a “crash” is murky. Already, China’s sizzling rate of economic growth has declined from 10 percent annually — the average from the late 1970s until 2011 — to 7 percent, which is still high by historical standards. The question is whether the deceleration continues and growth goes much lower. Read more

fredag 22. mai 2015

Peter Hessler - An American Hero in China

Hessler’s work challenges traditional coverage of China. I met him in 1999, when I hired him to be a researcher in the Beijing bureau of The Wall Street Journal. By then he had already spent two years in the small Chinese city of Fuling as an English instructor at a teachers’ college. He was living at home in Columbia, Missouri, having just completed the manuscript for River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, but wanted to return to China to keep writing. I was impressed that he had experience in a fairly remote part of China and offered him a job over the phone. Read more

Beware China's Grand Strategy

Last month 57 nations applied to become founding members of China’s newest creation: the Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Some applaud China for assuming greater international responsibility and wielding soft power to aid Asia’s growth. Some oppose the move as undermining the U.S.-led economic order and using aid as a tool to advance China’s strategic agenda. Read more