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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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    • Mutual Suspicion Mars Tech Trade With China - New York Times February 28, 2015
      New York TimesMutual Suspicion Mars Tech Trade With ChinaNew York TimesBEIJING — At an elegant guesthouse here recently, China's top Internet regulator entertained ambassadors and diplomats with platters of tempura and roast on a spit, unusual lavishness in an era of official austerity in China, to celebrate the Chinese ...US Presses China on Technology
    • Chinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia's security concerns over Ukraine - Reuters February 27, 2015
      ReutersChinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia's security concerns over UkraineReutersQu Xing, China's ambassador to Belgium, was quoted by state news agency Xinhua late on Thursday as blaming competition between Russia and the West for the Ukraine crisis, urging Western powers to "abandon the zero-sum mentality" with Russia.Ukrain
    • Louis Vuitton is now a 'brand for secretaries' in China - Business Insider February 27, 2015
      Business InsiderLouis Vuitton is now a 'brand for secretaries' in ChinaBusiness Insider"I don't see anybody carrying a Gucci or Louis Vuitton bag," Sara Jane Ho, the founder of the elite Chinese etiquette school Institute Sarita, told Business Insider. "My clients are sophisticated. My students are the people who were buying an
    • China's Yuan Slumps on Growth Worries - Wall Street Journal February 27, 2015
      Wall Street JournalChina's Yuan Slumps on Growth WorriesWall Street JournalChina's yuan fell to its weakest level against the dollar in more than two years on Friday, extending a decline driven by the prospect of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. Investors have been selling the yuan in recent months amid a ...China under pressu
    • China draft counterterror law strikes fear in foreign tech firms - Reuters February 27, 2015
      ReutersChina draft counterterror law strikes fear in foreign tech firmsReutersThe initial draft, published by the National People's Congress late last year, requires companies to also keep servers and user data within China, supply law enforcement authorities with communications records and censor terrorism-related internet content.China drafts law on c
    • China's Neighbors Bulk Up Militaries - Wall Street Journal February 27, 2015
      Wall Street JournalChina's Neighbors Bulk Up MilitariesWall Street JournalMANILA—China's neighbors are moving forward with the modernization of their militaries with new fighter jets, submarines and other hardware, even as Beijing has tried to tamp down territorial tensions in the region. The military buildup is an ...The Ultimate Nightmare: Are th
    • Americans See China's Economic Power as Diminished Threat - Gallup.com February 27, 2015
      Gallup.comAmericans See China's Economic Power as Diminished ThreatGallup.comPRINCETON, N.J. -- Forty percent of Americans regard "the economic power of China" as a critical threat to the vital interests of the U.S., down from 52% in both 2013 and 2014. Since last year, Americans have shifted more toward viewing China's ...and more »
    • China 'aggressively' expanding into South China Sea says US - The Guardian February 27, 2015
      The GuardianChina 'aggressively' expanding into South China Sea says USThe GuardianA Chinese Coast Guard vessel passes near the Chinese oil rig, Haiyang Shi You 981 in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) from the coast of Vietnam. The US says it is concerned at China's aggressive exertion of sovereignty in the sea.China rejects US ch
    • China Bans Import of Ivory Carvings for One Year - New York Times February 26, 2015
      The GuardianChina Bans Import of Ivory Carvings for One YearNew York TimesBEIJING — In a move aimed at countering international criticism of skyrocketing Chinese demand for ivory that is decimating African elephant populations, China announced on Thursday a one-year moratorium on the import of ivory carvings. The State ...China bans ivory carving imports for
    • In China, Civic Groups' Freedom, and Followers, Are Vanishing - New York Times February 26, 2015
      New York TimesIn China, Civic Groups' Freedom, and Followers, Are VanishingNew York TimesBEIJING — First, the police took away the think tank's former graphic designer, then the young man who organized seminars, and eventually its founder. Another employee fled China's capital, fearing he would be forced to testify against his colleagues ...