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Current Events in China: August 2

China official PMI shows factory sector barely growing China’s official factory purchasing managers’ index fell to an eight-month low of 50.1 in July, suggesting the sector is barely growing, while a rival HSBC survey indicated the more market-sensitive private sector is starting to recover.  Read more China big city spenders confound global gloom: survey Consumer […]

Current Events in China: July 20

China reprimands Russia for alleged attack on Chinese fishing boats Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping on Thursday expressed strong dissatisfaction with Russia over an alleged attack on a Chinese fishing vessel, which has left a fisherman missing.  Read more China pledges US$20 bil. credit to African nations Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday pledged […]

Current Events in China: May 11

Picking Apart Nationalist Rhetoric Around China’s New Oil Rig The decision by China National Offshore Oil Corporation to start drilling in Chinese waters off the coast off Hong Kong wouldn’t normally spark controversy. But coming at a time of heightened tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea, and with pointed comments from CNOOC […]

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    • China's trade in torture, repression devices is flourishing, report finds - Fox News September 30, 2014
      Fox NewsChina's trade in torture, repression devices is flourishing, report findsFox NewsThe report by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation — "China's Trade in Tools of Torture and Repression" — found that China is the only country known to manufacture spiked batons or plastic batons with spiked metal heads, ...and more
    • The iPhone 6 Coming Soon to China, After Stern Look at Security - New York Times (blog) September 30, 2014
      Wall Street JournalThe iPhone 6 Coming Soon to China, After Stern Look at SecurityNew York Times (blog)“What the ministry tests to give this license has nothing to do with the warnings they included about these holes in security,” said Wang Yanhui, secretary of the China Mobile Alliance, a semiofficial organization that facilitates communication between ...C
    • Air China is second to get Boeing's newest, biggest 747 - USA TODAY September 30, 2014
      USA TODAYAir China is second to get Boeing's newest, biggest 747USA TODAYEVERETT, Wash. — Air China became the second airline Monday to take delivery of the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jet, the U.S. jetmaker's newest and biggest version of its iconic jumbo jet. Air China's delivery of the jet comes as sagging ...China's First
    • China's Crackdown in Hong Kong - New York Times September 30, 2014
      Sydney Morning HeraldChina's Crackdown in Hong KongNew York TimesWhen the Chinese Army entered Hong Kong in July 1997 and peacefully reclaimed the city after more than 150 years of British rule, there was reason to hope that China would fulfill its promise to maintain “one country, two systems” until 2047. For one ...China's biggest political chall
    • China President Xi Jinping Faces Stark Choices Over Hong Kong Protests - Wall Street Journal September 30, 2014
      Wall Street JournalChina President Xi Jinping Faces Stark Choices Over Hong Kong ProtestsWall Street JournalSHANGHAI—Massive democracy rallies in Hong Kong have offered Chinese President Xi Jinping stark choices between concession and crackdown, either of which poses problems for his government—and his own political standing. Throughout the ...
    • China Celebrates New Holiday of Martyr's Day - ABC News September 30, 2014
      New York TimesChina Celebrates New Holiday of Martyr's DayABC NewsThe other two holidays created this year, marking the Japanese surrender and the massacre of civilians by Japanese forces in Nanjing, refer specifically to China's fight against Japanese occupiers and were created during a Chinese government campaign ...In Creating 'Martyrs
    • For China, Limited Tools to Quell Unrest in Hong Kong - New York Times September 30, 2014
      New York TimesFor China, Limited Tools to Quell Unrest in Hong KongNew York TimesBut as he faces swelling street demonstrations in Hong Kong pressing for more democracy in the territory, the toolbox of President Xi Jinping of China appears remarkably empty of instruments that could lead to palatable long-term solutions for all ...
    • The economic roots of Hong Kong's fight with China - Washington Post (blog) September 30, 2014
      The economic roots of Hong Kong's fight with ChinaWashington Post (blog)Hong Kong's struggle for the democratic rights that China promised it has erupted into the streets in recent days. But although this is a political battle, part of the reason Hong Kong is fighting so hard for its freedom is that it's already seen what ...
    • US Steps Up China Criticism Amid Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests - Wall Street Journal September 29, 2014
      Wall Street JournalUS Steps Up China Criticism Amid Hong Kong Pro-Democracy ProtestsWall Street JournalAside from trying to foster better commercial ties with the world's second-largest economy, Washington wants to avoid confrontations with Beijing that could impinge on talks over North Korea's and Iran's nuclear weapon programs, the South Chi
    • The hidden history of protest in China and Hong Kong - Vox September 29, 2014
      The hidden history of protest in China and Hong KongVoxThe protests in Hong Kong would seem to be, in many ways, about the city's special status: it is largely autonomous from the rest of China, has vastly greater freedom (including the freedom to protest), and even has a promise from Beijing to have free ...