Stories about China from August, 2009
Yesterday Dalai Lama arrived in Taiwan on a visit that has been denounced by China. The trip, requested by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to President Ma Ying-jeou, aimed at comforting victims of Typhoon Morakot. Dalai Lama explained in the airport that “I'm a monk. I was asked to say prayers...
ESWN collects news reports on the military conflict between the Burmese government and the Kokang Ceasefire Group near the Sino-Burmese border. The situation has been getting worse in the past few days and thousands of Burmese refugees fled to China. Last Friday, a bomb fired across the border killed one...
Quite alarming to report that all of the most popular Tibetan language blog hosting sites (except one) have been inaccessible for almost three weeks now. Although it is fairly common practice for Tibetan language blog hosting sites to be taken down (sometimes for “maintenance”) at times deemed sensitive by the...
C.A. Yeung highlights China Daily's recent report which admitted that executed prisoners had been the source of more than 65 percent organ transplantation performed in China. The blogger points out that the quoted statistics could be regarded as state secret.
Uln from Chinayouren blogs about his experience in getting dissent messages asking people to quit CCP via mobile phone.
The China Vortex has an article about China's money policy: the trouble with this policy is that it turns companies whose growth is based on cash flow into speculators.
David Bandurski translated an article from CCP mouthpiece publication, Qiushi, on “Freedom of Speech and the Media’s Responsibility”. The article showed the Chinese government's desire for a fair share in the global public opinion.
ESWN translated a Southern Metropolis Daily article about the death of a young man at an Internet addict healing camp. The article got the editor fired from his job.
Evgeny Morozov of Foreign Policy's Net.Effect writes: “It turns out that when you use Google Translate to translate (from Chinese to Russian) the expression “Vote for Yanukovych” (Yanukovych was Kremlin's favorite candidate), Google gives you “Vote for Yushenko” in the translated version. Global conspiracy orchestrated by Google!”
China Digital Times posted a translation of Tan Zuoren's defense statement against the charge of incitement to overthrow state power. Tan is a citizen rights activist who exposed the issue of bean dreg construction problem after the Sichuan earthquake last year.
A survey has been set up to check if China Internet blocking will chase people away from China. (via goldkorn from twitter)
Elaine Chow at Shanghaiist quotes from National Development and Reform Commission on the CO2 emissions trend in China. The report said that China's CO2 emissions will peak at 2030.
Alice Xin from DANWEI translated an article written by social critics Leung Man Tao who compared China with Sodom where philanthropists like Xu Zhiyong are prosecuted.
Uln looks into the Xinhua article for the official explanation for the arrest of citizen rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong.
ESWN brings into focus CCTV's investigative news story on “Curing Internet Addiction”, in which the reporter Chai Jing questioned the label of “mental illness” from those who use the Internet eight or more hours per day.
Black and White Cat explained the background of a recent rape case in a Beijing “black jail” hotel for petitioner with a translation of local investigative report by Southern weekly on 6 of August. The Chinese report was censorsed and deleted because of its politically senstive content.
Fauna from ChinaSMACK picked up a post from NewSC and showed how one's photo protrait was transformed by other netizens.
Wang Jian Shuo started to write a series of article about Xu Zhiyong and the significance of his role in the development of civil society in China.
A growing number of HIV-positive bloggers around the world are using citizen media to express how they live with the virus, although speaking openly about HIV/AIDS can be difficult.
The influx of Chinese immigrants to Algeria ignited a face off between the immigrants and locals when about 100 residents and migrants clashed, using knives and bludgeons. Bloggers weigh in.
Brian Schwarz from China Challenges puts together various opinion posts on the bubbles of China's stock and property markets and their impact on demography.