torsdag 26. november 2015

Fears for North Korean refugees who may 'face death' if returned by China

Nine North Koreans being held by Chinese authorities face imprisonment, torture and possibly death if they are forcibly repatriated, human rights campaigners have warned. In an open letter, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, to pressure China into allowing the defectors, who include an 11-month-old child, to travel and seek asylum in South Korea or another country of their choice. “Time is running out for these nine refugees, so president Park needs to immediately press China’s government to ensure this group is not sent back into harm’s way,” said Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director at Human Rights Watch. Read more

China Coal Use Tops Climate Concerns

Despite gains in developing renewable energy sources, China will remain the world's biggest producer and consumer of coal for the next 25 years, international experts say. Renewables like solar, wind and nuclear energy will provide nearly a third of China's power by 2040, the Paris- based International Energy Agency (IEA) said in an annual report. But although China's coal consumption may be nearing a plateau, it will stay at high levels over a prolonged period, leaving it as the world's largest single source of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG), according to IEA data released earlier this month. Read more

Remembering Hu Yaobang: Mysteries And Wild Hopes

The celebration of the 100th anniversary of Hu Yaobang's birth was doubtless attended by President Xi Jinping and all seven members of the Politburo standing committee. The honor and courtesy they showed him will bring comfort to many. But there is a mystery that has yet to be cleared up. This former premier presided over the reversal of millions of miscarriages of justice, and his good deeds should illuminate the annals of history. He was elected general secretary by the [1982] 12th Party Congress in accordance with the party's constitution, but just four years later he had been toppled by certain forces, according to goodness-knows-which clause in the party charter. Read more

Eleven of 28 Suspects Killed in Xinjiang Manhunt Believed Women, Children

Eleven of the 28 members of what China said was a “terrorist group” killed by police in a recently announced raid in northwestern China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region are believed to have been women and children, according to local sources. Last week, Chinese official media reported that police killed the 28 people following a two-month manhunt for suspects in a deadly coal mine attack in Aksu (in Chinese, Akesu) prefecture’s Bay (Baicheng) county in September. On Monday, sources in Bay said they learned many more suspects had been killed in the raid than previously believed after speaking with people from neighboring townships in the county. Read more

Japan defense minister supports US in South China Sea

Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani on Tuesday expressed his support for the U.S. Navy's sailing of a warship close to one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea. Nakatani told reporters after meeting Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, that the U.S. military was at the forefront of the international community's efforts to protect open, free and peaceful oceans in the South China Sea. He added he expressed Japan's support for U.S. actions to Harris. Read more

Militant attacks abroad a diplomatic quandary for China's Xi

The killings of Chinese citizens by Islamic militants in Syria and Mali place President Xi Jinping in a quandary: How can Beijing respond effectively without betraying its strict stance against intervention? The dilemma underscores the tension between China's desire to be seen as a leading global power and its desire to maintain its own independent foreign policy while shunning the U.S.-led Western liberal democratic political agenda. Read more

onsdag 25. november 2015

Chinese media fights social exclusion of those born outside one-child policy

Chinese state-run media has called for children born outside the country’s one-child policy to be given crucial household registration documents, an issue that has left as many as 13 million people in legal limbo. A “hukou” registration is essential in China to obtain basic social services such as schooling, healthcare and housing. Parents who violate the policy – which limited most to a single offspring but is to be replaced with a two-child rule for all – can register extra children only after paying a hefty fee. Read more

When the Chinese say they want to build a care home for the elderly, it's not 60 or 70 rooms

When the Chinese say they want to build a care home for the elderly, it’s not 60 or 70 rooms. Our project involves 6,000 rooms on 18,000 acres. “The scales are massive which raises the question, how do you deal with that as a company?" Read more

Joining the fight against Isis would be a huge test for China

For all its growth over the past three decades, China is still feeling its way towards assuming a political role commensurate with its position as the world’s second largest economy. It has rested its foreign policy on a mixture of bilateral relationships, mainly based on trade and investment, and a few “core” principles, most notably that sovereign states should not interfere in the internal affairs of one another. As the country’s global role has expanded, however, this recipe needs to be enlarged, and the current terrorist crisis stretching through Europe, Africa and the Middle East presents Beijing with a wake-up call. Read more

These maps show how the Chinese economy conquered the world in a decade

The pace of China's growth as a major global trading economy over the past 30 years is almost unprecedented in economic history. Countries have grown at a similarly rapid pace before, but they've never made up such a large portion of the global economy. Read more

Philippines takes South China Sea claim to Hague court

The Philippines asked global judges on Tuesday to recognise its right to exploit waters in the South China Sea, a case that could bolster territorial claims by other countries against China in the resource-rich body of water. China, which claims economic and territorial rights in almost the entire sea, has boycotted the proceedings and rejects the court's authority in the case. But experts say a ruling could influence other cases in the heated South China Sea dispute - involving Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and other countries. Indonesia has signalled it may also go to the court to counter an increasingly-assertive China that has heightened tension in the region. Read more

Why Asia’s Silicon Valley is in India, not China

Here’re the crucial difference between India and China. India has deep cultural and political affinity, as well as admiration for the US. Facebook and Twitter, both from the US, are already widely used by people in India. China has the Great Firewall. Indians willingly engage the outside world and welcome outsiders in. Playing the good host is absolutely important among Indians. Again, China is a different beast. And because of these qualities, India can become a torchbearer for Asia’s tech ambitions, equalling or surpassing China. Read more

10 big examples of online censorship in China this year

Believe it or not, we’re already creeping up on the end of 2015. And as is often the case, this is a year that saw China’s internet scene get more restrictive. Here are ten big examples of Chinese censorship on the web this year, ordered from most to least recent. Plus, don’t miss the fun bonus at the end! Read more

tirsdag 24. november 2015

Billionaire earns first-class travel for life by putting Modigliani nude on Amex

A Chinese billionaire will never have to pay for a plane ticket again, after he accrued a staggering number of air miles using his American Express card to buy a $107m painting. Liu Yiqian Liu was the winning bidder for Amedeo Modigliani’s Reclining Nude at a Christie’s auction house earlier in NovemberA high-profile collector of Chinese antiquities and art, Liu has used his Amex in the past at auctions. In 2014 he reportedly put a $36m tea cup from the Ming Dynasty on his credit card. He and his wife said they also plan on using their card to pay for the Modigliani, according to news reports after the sale. Read more

As China’s Workforce Dwindles, the World Scrambles for Alternatives

Last month, China announced it was abolishing its decades-old policy restricting most couples to one child. But that won’t likely put much of a dent in the country’s looming demographic problem because relatively few Chinese prefer to have more than one child, economists note—and it will be at least 16 years before any additional babies make it to the job market. Fearing that China will see an exodus of manufacturers, Chinese Communist Party Chief Xi Jinping last year called for “an industrial robot revolution” in China, which has become the world’s largest market for automation. Read more

Paris, the EU, and China’s Foreign Policy

January 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping foresaw the rising complexity of China’s international environment. Almost a year later his assessment seems valid. Accelerated geopolitical competition with the United States in Asia, the drama of the eurozone crisis and its adverse effects on Chinese exports, and turbulence in the Middle East (China’s main source of oil) could create new condundrums for economic growth and social harmony in the Middle Kingdom. Meanwhile, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism could exacerbate Chinese internal security issues in Xinjiang. Read more

Why India Is Key to a Climate Change Agreement in Paris

What India finally offers in Paris and how the United States and the developed world respond to that offer may well determine the success or failure of the effort to stave off environmental disaster by holding the world’s temperature increase to 2° Centigrade over pre-industrial temperatures at the end of this century. India has made a climate change offer in the form of its “Intended Nationally Determined Contribution” (“INDC”), and its final position will be built on its INDC. However, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry already has singled out India for criticism as “more cautious” and “more restrained” than others. India is the third largest greenhouse gas emitter and a primary leader of the “G-77” group of developing nations. Many members of this now 134-country strong group will be strongly influenced by what India does. Read more

Lurer Kina oss trill rundt?

Kinas president Xi Jinping lovet i fjor å stanse utslippsveksten i løpet av 15 år, for deretter å redusere. Dette var første gang kineserne ville love noe som helst om sine klimagassutslipp. Men mye taler for at Xi Jinping lurte oss - i positivt forstand. Utslippsveksten i Kina kan nemlig ha stanset forlengst. Kullbruken i Kina kan ha nådd toppen allerede i 2013. Kanskje har han allerede oppfylt løftet sitt. Les mer