October 22, 2009
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Chinese Protestants and the West Since 1949 (September 30, 2009, ChinaSource, by Brent Whitfield)
What has been the nature of the relationship between Christians inside and outside of China over the last
60 years? After Protestant missionaries left China en masse in 1951, Western Christians lost much of their
contact with the Chinese.
GOVERNMENT / POLITICS / FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Taiwan warns of China 'threat' (October 20, 2009, BBC News)
Taiwan's defence ministry has said China's military strength is far more than it needs for self-defence and
it is a threat to the Asia-Pacific region. It warned unless 1,500 missiles aimed at Taiwan were removed,
both nations would find it hard to trust each other. The documents say that China had "continued its arms
build-up to the point that it has tipped the military balance in the Taiwan Strait", the AFP news agency
reported. The Taiwan News said the ministry wanted better communication with China and that
"psychological warfare" was also a concern.
Taiwan's parliament to ratify China trade pact (October 19, 2009, AFP)
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou said at the weekend that the island's controversial trade pact with China
will be subjected to parliamentary scrutiny before it is ratified. Taipei insists that the proposed pact will
boost the island's annual economic growth by more than one percentage point, but opposition leaders fear
it will compromise Taiwan's de facto independence. In a speech on Saturday after he was formally sworn
in as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang party, Ma gave an assurance that all negotiations with Beijing on
the "Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement" would be transparent. Taiwan's government says the
pact will boost the flow of goods and personnel between the island and the mainland and hopes it will be
signed early next year. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which favours independence
from China, claims it will demote Taiwan to the status of a local government in any talks with the
mainland on reunification.
Uighur leader's Japan visit draws fire from China (October 20, 2009, AFP)
Exiled Uighur minority leader Rebiya Kadeer called on Japan to pressure China on human rights as she
arrived in Tokyo Tuesday for a visit that drew immediate fire from Beijing. US-based Kadeer, whom
China labels a terrorist, arrived in Japan for a 10-day visit, her second trip to Japan this year, to deliver a
series of speeches on the human rights situation in China. China immediately expressed its "strong
dissatisfaction" over the visit by Kadeer, whom it blames for fomenting deadly unrest in its remote
Xinjiang region in July that left 197 people dead.
Group: Chinese democracy activist gets 10 years (October 18, 2009, AP)
The founder of a Chinese group that challenged Communist rule with a call for multiparty democracy has
been sentenced to 10 years in prison, a human rights group said Saturday. Former university professor and
judge Guo Quan was sentenced for "subversion of state power" by a court in eastern Jiangsu Province on
Friday, the New York-based group Human Rights in China said in a statement. Guo had been detained
numerous times since 2007, when he founded the China New Democracy Party, which he claimed had 40
million members. He was arrested in Nanjing, the provincial capital, last November. His wife told The
Associated Press at the time that Guo was taken after dropping his son off at school.
China vows 'all-out efforts' to rescue hijacked ship (October 21, 2009, AFP)
China vowed Tuesday to make "all-out efforts" to rescue a Chinese cargo ship hijacked by armed Somali
pirates in the Indian Ocean northeast of the Seychelles. China sent three navy ships to the Somali coast in
January to join world efforts to protect shipping in the region from pirates and has previously come to the
aid of some stricken vessels, Chinese state media reports have said. According to the European Union's
anti-piracy naval mission, the ship was seized 550 nautical miles northeast of the Seychelles and 700
nautical miles off the pirate-plagued east coast of Somalia. The ship, called "De Xin Hai," was hijacked
on Monday, said Ma, who gave no further details on the vessel or its crew.
US, China to meet next week for trade talks (October 21, 2009, AP)
Obama administration officials said Wednesday they plan to raise a range of trade issues, from copyright
piracy to China's restrictions on U.S. farm products, during two days of high-level talks next week in
China. "It is critical that we make progress on several priority issues, including intellectual property rights
protection and enforcement, clean energy, medical devices and pharmaceuticals," Commerce Secretary
Gary Locke said in a statement. Locke, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary
Tom Vilsack will head a U.S. delegation for the 20th round of meetings of the U.S.-China Joint
Commission on Commerce and Trade. The forum began in 1983 as a way to iron out trade differences
between the two countries. This year's discussions will take place on Oct. 27-28 in Hangzhou, China. The
Chinese delegation will be led by Vice Premier Wang Qishan.
Uighur men still missing after arrests in riots (October 21, 2009, The Guardian)
Three months after deadly ethnic rioting in China's far west, dozens of men from the Uighur ethnic group
remain unaccounted for after being detained in police sweeps, a human rights group said. Human Rights
Watch said the 43 missing men and teenagers were among hundreds rounded up by security forces in the
days and weeks following the 5 July riots in Urumqi city. The rioting left nearly 200 people dead, as the
mainly Muslim Uighurs attacked people from the Han Chinese majority, and was the deadliest communal
violence in at least a decade in the oil-rich Xinjiang region.
Beijing starts free A/H1N1 flu vaccination (October 22, 2009, Xinhua)
Beijing started Wednesday inoculating students, medical staff, public servants and elderly people with
A/H1N1 flu vaccine free of charge, a local disease control and prevention official said. Five groups of
people in the city are entitled to receive the free inoculations. They are students and teaching staff of all
local middle and primary schools; medical staff; public servants of the railway, civil aviation and
transportation sectors; civil servants at key public departments and elderly people above 60 years old, said
Deng Ying, director of the Beijing Municipal Disease Control and Prevention Center. Citizens can decide
on themselves if they want the vaccination at each of the 429 vaccination sites, he said. Beijing has
prepared 1.7 million doses of A/H1N1 flu vaccines for the free inoculations. The vaccination would last to
Dec. 31, he said.
A/H1N1 influenza cases in mainland top 31,000 (October 21, 2009, Xinhua)
The Chinese mainland reported 2,092 confirmed cases of the A/H1N1 influenza in the 48 hours ending at
3 p.m. Wednesday, bringing the total number of the disease's victims to more than 31,000, the Ministry of
Health said on Wednesday. So far, close to 25,000 patients have recovered. A total of 33 patients had
been in serious conditions, of whom 11 were cured, the ministry said. The disease has also caused two
deaths on the Chinese mainland -- an 18-year-old woman in Tibet who died on Oct. 4, and a 43-year-old
woman who died last Friday in the northwestern province of Qinghai.
EDUCATION / CULTURE
China's army to recruit 130,000 college grads (October 21, 2009, Reuters)
China's army will recruit 130,000 graduates from Chinese universities and colleges this winter to raise the
quality of the armed forces and help solve the job crisis facing graduates. Chinese sources last month told
Reuters of a plan to cut the 2.3 million-strong People's Liberation Army by 700,000, mainly lower-skilled
foot soldiers, while adding better-educated recruits able to serve in a technologically sophisticated force.
Graduates who have signed up for military service will receive a one-off rebate of up to 24,000 yuan
($3,500) on college tuition fees or student loans, Xinhua said, citing the Ministry of Education.
Inquiry into university graft widens (October 16, 2009, Xinhua)
Investigators probing a campus graft scandal in central China over student apartment construction have
uncovered a web of deceit. They were first tipped off by the wife of the apartment developer who was
placed in custody and then cooperated with authorities. Prosecutors said more executives at the
prestigious Wuhan University in Hubei Province were likely to be involved since both vice president and
vice Party secretary of the school have been arrested for allegedly taking bribes over major infrastructure
construction projects, People's Daily reported yesterday.
SOCIETY / LIFE
China courts sentence six to death over organized crimes (October 21, 2009, Xinhua)
Six people convicted in connection with organized crime gangs were sentenced Tuesday to death at two
courts in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. The No. 1 Intermediate People's Court handed down
death sentences to Yang Tianqing and Liu Chenghu, who were convicted of organizing a nine-member
criminal gang and murder, a court statement said. Yang, the 35-year-old gang leader, was also fined
500,000 yuan, it said. Two other members of the gang, Jian Shaokun and Zeng Chuan, were sentenced to
death with a two-year reprieve, the document said. The other five members received jail terms from 11
years to life.
China begins resettling 330,000 for water project (October 19, 2009 AFP)
China has begun resettling up to 330,000 people to make way for a much-delayed multi-billion dollar
project to divert water to meet growing demand in the parched north, state media said Monday. People in
the central provinces of Henan and Hubei are being moved to make way for a canal from the Danjiangkou
reservoir in Hubei to Beijing, Xinhua news agency said. Under the project, waters from a tributary of the
Yangtze river, the country's longest, will be diverted to arid northern China. The canal is part of the
central line in a projected 400-billion-yuan (58-billion-dollar) project originally envisioned as a three-line
system of canals and pipes. Environmentalists have long criticised the project for its huge costs, while
warning of corruption in the building and resettlement processes.
15,000 to be resettled in Henan city to escape threat from lead (October 17, 2009, Xinhua)
The government of Jiyuan, where China's biggest lead smelting base is located, plans to move 15,000
residents away from the threat of poisoning, after nearly 1,000 children were found to have high levels of
the metal in their blood. Zhao Suping, mayor of the city in central China's Henan Province, said yesterday
the mass relocation would cost 1 billion yuan (US$146 million), of which 70 percent will be provided by
the government and smelters, and the rest by local residents. The government is now looking for sites for
the resettlement, Zhao said. Jiyuan's health bureau initiated blood tests for children on August 20 in the
wake of a lead poisoning scandal in other areas.
ENVIRONMENT / SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
China builds quake monitoring station at Everest (October 19, 2009, AP)
Chinese scientists have begun operating an earthquake monitoring station at the foot of Mount Everest in
a bid to learn more about the world's highest peak, an official said Monday. The station, which began
operating over the weekend, is located at about 14,000 feet (4,255 meters) in Tibet's Tingri County, said
Shang Rongbo, a deputy director with the regional seismology bureau. The station will support real-time
collection of data about seismic events along the China-Nepal border, sending it by satellite to research
centers elsewhere, Shang said.
Software Pirates in China Beat Microsoft to the Punch (October 18, 2009, Reuters)
At shops in the bustling Xinyang market in Shanghai, fake Apple iPhones and Bose speakers were
displayed alongside bootleg copies of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, a week before it
officially was to go on sale. People in mainland China have been able to buy pirated copies of the newest
version of Microsoft’s Windows franchise this month for just 20 yuan, or $2.93, each — a fraction of list
prices, which are as high as $320.
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS / TRADE
China's GDP growth accelerates to 8.9% in Q3 (October 22, 2009, Xinhua)
China's economic growth accelerated to 8.9 percent year on year in the third quarter, and 7.7 percent year
on year in the first nine months, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Thursday. NBS spokesman
Li Xiaochao told a press conference that China's gross domestic product (GDP) totaled 21.78 trillion yuan
(3.18 trillion U.S. dollars) in the first nine months. Policies adopted by the Chinese government to fight
the global financial crisis had produced significant results and the Chinese economic growth was on a
"consolidated" recovery, he said. Li said China would be able to achieve the full-year growth target of 8
percent, which the government believes is essential to generate enough jobs. Growth of the world's third
largest economy tumbled to 6.1 percent in the first quarter as exports shrank to a decade low. In the
second quarter, it rose by 7.9 percent. Li said the economy achieved a 7.7 percent annualized growth rate
in the first three quarters, which laid a good foundation to reach the 8-percent growth target.
China luxury sales to rise 12 pct in 2009: study (October 21, 2009, AFP)
Sales of luxury goods in China are forecast to rise 12 percent this year, a global consulting firm said
Wednesday, bucking the downward trend seen in other major markets hit hard by the financial crisis.
Global sales of high-end products are expected to drop eight percent overall in 2009 to 153 billion euros
(229 billion dollars), according to a study by Bain & Company emailed to AFP. The United States and
Japan, two of the world's largest markets for luxury goods, are due to see sales fall by 16 percent and 10
percent respectively, the report said. But China will experience the opposite trend, the firm said, with
research showing that 15 percent of an estimated 300 luxury store openings worldwide this year took
place in the Asian giant.
Bank of China exec resigns, tipped for IMF post (October 20, 2009, AFP)
The Bank of China announced Tuesday vice president Zhu Min had resigned, amid speculation that he is
set to take a senior position at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Zhu, 56, was leaving the state-run
bank to join another organisation, the Chinese lender said in a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange,
without elaborating. State media has said Zhu -- who would first take up a position at the central People's
Bank of China -- would be the first Chinese national to hold a major post within the Washington-based
fund. A spokesman for the Bank of China declined to comment on Zhu's resignation and no one at the
IMF was immediately available to comment.
LINKS TO DETAILED ARTICLES AND ANALYSIS
Everything you know about China is wrong (October 17, 2009, Newsweek, by Rana Foroohar)
What follows is a look at why these common assumptions about China are increasingly inaccurate or just
Party Elder Still Jousts With China’s Censors (October 16, 2009, The New York Times, by Sharon
Mr. Du used to be among those who delivered such judgments. Until he was ousted in 1989 with Mr.
Zhao, he served as head of the government’s press and publications administration, an agency that helps
enforce censors’ orders. Now he spends his days jousting with such officials, trying to foist
unmentionable topics like Mr. Zhao’s career into the public domain.
Olympic chief in ‘secret China deal’ (October 18, 2009, The Times Online, by Michael Sheridan)
China made a secret deal with International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge to support his
election to the post in return for Rogge's lobbying for Beijing to win the 2008 Olympics, according to an
explosive new book by China's sports minister at the time, Yuan Weimin.
Gang crackdown, lurid mob trials transfix China (October 22, 2009, AFP)
After she refused a corrupt cop's demand that she turn her teahouse into an illegal casino, three thugs beat
Chen Yanling with electric batons, sending her to the hospital for nearly a month. Chen is now getting
some vicarious revenge, joining the throngs outside a courthouse where modern-day China's biggest, most
lurid mob trials are under way.
African view: China's new long march (October 21, 2009, BBC News, by Elizabeth Ohene)
In our series of viewpoints from African journalists, Ghanaian writer and former government minister
Elizabeth Ohene considers China's impact on Africa.
A second chapter for red utopia (October 17, 2009, Sydney Morning Herald)
Mao Zedong's words may inspire a new breed of cadre but staunch Maoists are not so sure, writes John
Ten years to tackle the Taiwan equation (October 22, 2009, Asia Times Online, by Frencesco Sisci)
Instead of China and the United States sparring over Washington's next arms sale to Taiwan, they should
concentrate on the core issue: the reunification of Taiwan with the mainland. At the rate of China's current
economic growth, they have about 10 years to prepare for this.
Beijing takes on Latin America (October 21, 2009, Asia Times Online, by Evan Ellis)
China is increasingly deepening its aid and investment ties with Latin America, while also playing an
expanding role as an alternative provider of technology and military goods. In particular, Brazil's
economic performance has been driven, in part, by its export-oriented iron and soy industries, for which
China is a key customer.
China’s graduate glut grows (October 22, 2009, Asia Times Online, by Antoaneta Bezlova)
Beijing's efforts to reshape the manufacture-driven economy as a high-knowledge one through increased
enrollment have resulted in swelling ranks of unemployed graduates, with last year's downturn
exacerbating the situation. And for some of the graduates who do get a job, they earn less than migrant
Is China’s rebound for real? (October 21, 2009, The Los Angeles Times, by David Pierson)
Some economists say that too much of China's growth is coming from investment in inefficient state-
owned enterprises and that stimulus policies are diverting the country away from long-needed reform.
Rise of Mandarin Changes the Sound of Chinatown (October 21, 2009, The New York Times, by Kirk
Cantonese, a dialect from southern China that has dominated the Chinatowns of North America for
decades, is being rapidly swept aside by Mandarin, the national language of China and the lingua franca
of most of the latest Chinese immigrants.
Schools a battleground over dueling Chinese scripts (October 18, 2009, The Los Angeles Times, by
The language dispute is part of a larger and politically charged debate that stems in part from changing
immigration patterns in the United States and China's increasing influence as a world economic power.
Schools such as Arcadia High have become a battleground over this issue.
Watching Beijing's Air Power Grow (October 20, 2009, The New York Times, by Michael Forsythe)
China’s leaders have talked for five decades about acquiring what they call “aircraft mother ships.”
Spurred by dependence on safe sea lanes for exports and inbound shipments of oil, gas and iron ore, the
world’s fastest-growing major economy is preparing to send a carrier to sea within a few years, military
What Was Once Forbidden (October 20, 2009, The Wall Street Journal, by Ilaria Maria Sala)
"When the Cultural Revolution started, in 1966, and the Eight Revolutionary Operas [created by Jiang
Qing, aka Madame Mao] became required propaganda work in every city and province, each local
Cultural bureau had to look for children with a suitable class background to receive musical training to
At Book Fair, a Subplot About Chinese Rights (October 18, 2009, The New York Times, by Steven
After years of delicate preparations, China was the “honored guest” this past week at the Frankfurt Book
Fair (http://www.fbf2009china.com/frankfurteren/Index.html), the largest and most influential book trade
event, based on the number of publishers represented. But what Beijing hoped would be a celebration of
its cultural achievements turned into a tug of war between control and free speech, as much a showcase
for Chinese dissidents as the state’s approved writers.
Slideshow: The dance of two giants: History of modern relations between the United States and
Xinjiang's Bleached Bones and Turquoise Tombs (October 16, 2009, Asia Sentinel, by Paul Mozur)
Earlier this week, courts in Xinjiang sentenced six men to death and a seventh to life imprisonment for
murder, arson and robbery during riots that swept the region in early July, leaving nearly 200 persons
dead. Paul Mozur, a Taiwan-based correspondent, traveled through the area shortly after the riots. This is
the final installment of a three-part report which started Wednesday.
China’s elusive nobel dream (October 21, 2009, East Asia Forum)
While Australians are basking in the collateral glory of Tasmanian-born Professor Blackburn’s newly
minted status as a member of the scientific Pantheon, the Chinese press is also having a field day with the
news that yet another Descendant of the Dragon has snatched the coveted prize.
Disabled shoppers vs. Parkson Department Store ( October 21, 2009, Danwei)
The Fuxingmen Parkson department store in Beijing was host to a piece of performance art yesterday
morning. Two cardboard cutouts of blind people, two empty wheelchairs, and a few shoes were arranged
outside the entrance to protest an incident at a Parkson store in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province in which an
elderly woman in a wheelchair was refused entry.
“We are all dispensible.” Confessions of an elevator operator (October 21, 2009, The Beijinger)
Yu Li: Confessions of an Elevator Operator is an uproarious tale of China’s surplus labor by Beijing
author Jimmy Qi. Yu Li (whose name literally means “extra manpower”) is a migrant worker transported
from rural China to the lift of one of Beijing’s classiest apartment blocks, stuffed with celebrities and
The state of China’s book industry (October 21, 2009, Shanghaiist)
We've always marveled at the immense chasm between the Chinese book market and the rest of the
world. Of course, issues of translation and appeal abroad have kept the market pretty domestic, but that
seems to be changing slowly.
China’s underground punks (October 21, 2009, The Economist’s More Intelligent Life blog)
Just as the 100 Club and CBGB fostered punk movements in London and New York City, Beijing's D-22
(http://www.d-22.cn/) nightclub serves as the epicentre for its burgeoning alternative music scene.
Video: Chinese people can’t tell you what Communism means (October 20, Shanghaiist)
When they changed over the system from Maoist Communism to "Socialism with Chinese
characteristics" (as Hu Jintao put it during the last 60th anniversary parade), the CCP apparently decided
not to tell anyone what the C in their name really meant.
“The Wall,” and “Climbing over the Wall (October 11, 2009, China Digital Times)
This commentary, by Tu Zifang was published by Southern Metropolis News on October 11th, translated
Earthquake at Caijing: a litmus test for China’s media freedom (October 19, 2009, East Asia Forum)
It was the Hong Kong based South China Morning Post that first dropped the bomb that tectonic change
had just occurred in the upper echelons of the influential Chinese business magazine, Caijing. The general
business manager, Daphne Wu, tendered her resignation along with eight of her nine senior colleagues.
Life in Xinjiang after 7.5 (October 19, 2009, Far West China)
A couple months ago I did a brief overview of the changes that have been taking place in Xinjiang due to
the July 5th riots. Since that time quite a few newsworth events have continued to shape life in Xinjiang,
including the syringe scare and the outbreak of H1N1, and I thought you might be interested to hear how
these have affected the day-to-day life in the province.
Yes, You Too Can “Win in China”: An Interview with Filmmaker Ole Schell (October 15, 2009, The
“Win in China” is about the entrepreneurial revolution happening in China now and its ultimate overt
manifestation on China Central Television (CCTV). We follow not only the entrepreneurs competing on
the show, but what it means historically.
LINKS IN CHINESE
南昌百盛商场“婉拒 残疾人入内 (October 13, 2009, Jiangxi News)
南昌百盛商场 婉拒 婉拒”残疾人入内
中国教会成圣观及文化使命联想 (Fall 2009, Almond Flowers)
国际宗教非政府组织的国际网络参与模式及其影响因素 (Pacific Solutions)
从中国基督教化到基督教中国化 (Pacific Solutions)
LINKS FOR RESEARCHERS
Journal of Current Chinese Affairs (German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Doing Business in China (a series of Webisodes from The Atlantic Monthly)
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