China News

Washington Post | Oct 04, 2011

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have stepped up efforts in recent weeks to rein in the hugely popular microblogging sites that have become an alternative source of real-time news for millions while challenging the Communist Party’s traditional grip on information.

The Sydney Morning Herald | Oct 04, 2011

Samantha Stosur's US Open hangover continued, after she was bundled out in the second round of the China Open on Tuesday.

Guardian | Oct 04, 2011

Brothers of Chinese Nobel peace prize winner described him as in good health despite being jailed for subversionThe brothers of a jailed Chinese Nobel peace prize winner have said that they were recently allowed a rare visit to see him and that he was in good health.The three brothers also said Liu Xiaobo, serving a jail term for suspicion of "inciting subversion of state power", was taken to the family's home in Dalian, in north-eastern China, last month to mourn the death of their father seven days after he died, when Chinese families traditionally gather.In a text message, the brothers...

Los Angeles Times | Oct 04, 2011

Falling prices of popular high-end mobile phones and consumer demand for features that crude clones lack are helping China shed its label as a knockoff haven.Xiong Mingjian is often crushed into a corner during his tedious subway commutes, but passing the time has been easy since he bought a nifty new cellphone.

Los Angeles Times | Oct 04, 2011

The legislation, which would slap tariffs on imports from countries found to be undervaluing their currencies, draws rare bipartisan support in clearing a procedural hurdle in the Senate.The Senate fired the opening round in a new effort to punish China and other countries for holding down the value of their currencies, reviving a Democratic-led campaign billed as a way to staunch the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

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Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

As workers leave the countryside in the hope of better pay, the communities they leave behind face increasing povertyTo understand just how poor rural Guizhou is, you can look at the statistics. Or you can look at the children in Qixin village.Zhao Ai is nine, but is so short he appears three years younger. He eats nothing between leaving home at 6.30am – for a two-hour trek down the mountain to Ruiyuan primary school – and returning at 5pm.Last year, Shanghai took the top spot in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s international rankings for reading, maths...

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

Ministers bow to pressure in agreeing to monitor tiny yet dangerous PM2.5 particles and combat pollution, local media reportsIt cannot come too soon for the choking residents of China's cities, but the country's government may finally be turning its attention to its primary and deadliest source of smog.Tiny particulate matter known as PM2.5 – which is linked to lung disease, heart attacks and atmospheric haze – will be added to a list of air quality indicators in an upcoming revision of national standards, the Chinese...

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

Guiyang, the capital of China's remote southern Guizhou province, is growing at a rapid rate as new roads, homes and bridges are built at a frenetic pace

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

The growth of China's cities over the next 15 - 20 years will be historically unprecendented. Click through the interactive to see some of the remarkable statistics ...Paddy Allen

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

• Waters recede but some areas still cut off from aid• Four dead, six missing off Taiwan as cargo ship hits rough seas• Asian countries count the cost of prolonged storms and floodsFloodwaters are receding in the northern Philippines after two typhoons that killed nearly 60 people.In Calumpit town north of Manila at least 15 villages were still inaccessible and evacuation centres were holding about 15,000 people, said the mayor, James de Jesus.As waters subsided many residents marooned on rooftops for days refused to leave their homes for fear of burglars and instead asked to be delivered...

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

Alice in Wonderland has nothing on the absurd world of Europe's financial policymakersCurioser and curioser, as Alice said in her adventures in Wonderland. The longer the crisis in the eurozone has gone on, the more it has come to resemble something penned by Lewis Carroll.Here are just a few of the surreal aspects of the current state of affairs. The answer to a lack of growth in struggling countries such as Greece is austerity of such ferocity that recessions deepen. The solution to a financial crisis caused originally by the over-leveraging of banks and individuals is to turn Europe's...

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

With the government seeking to increase domestic demand, places like Guiyang are at the heart of its urbanisation strategyEvery few minutes another car brakes sharply as it reaches Tangbaguan on Guiyang's new ring road. Another driver does a double-take. The dual carriageway ends abruptly in a narrow dirt track twisting downwards through heaps of rubble.The city is eating hungrily into the hillsides, swallowing up maize fields and rice terraces in loops of tarmac and towers of concrete and glass. But the pace of change is so rapid, the transition so sharp, that its citizens are...

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

Labour peer's consultancy poaches high-flying civil servants to exploit global trade opportunitiesLord Mandelson, the former business secretary, is recruiting high-flying civil servants to join the consultancy he set up after leaving government to exploit business opportunities around the world.The Labour peer established Global Counsel, his Mayfair-based advisory firm, last year, but little is publicly known about its operations or clients. Now, however, the Observer understands that Mandelson's company has made two high-profile new appointments.

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

Newly leaked document reveals support for opponents of proposed Myitsone dam, widely seen as a Chinese projectThe US embassy in Rangoon funded some of the civil society groups in the Burmese region that forced the government to suspend a controversial Chinese dam on the Irrawaddy river, according to a US diplomatic cable.The January 2010 cable on the $3.6bn (£2.3bn) Myitsone dam...

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

243770C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 RANGOON000030SIPDISDEPT FOR EAP/MLS, DRL, OES, EEB, AND INRPACOM FOR FPAEO 12958 DECL: 01/14/2020TAGS BM, ECON, ENRG, PGOV, PHUM, PREL, SENVSUBJECT: BURMA: GRASSROOTS OPPOSITION TO CHINESE-BACKED DAM IN NORTHERN BURMA REFTEL A: 08 RANGOON 815REFTEL B: 09 RANGOON 447 RANGOON 00000030001.2 of 002 Classified By: P/E Officer Adam Murray for Reasons 1.4 (b) & (d)Summary---------------1. (C) On December 21, workers broke ground on the controversial new Myitsone Dam project in...

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