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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 emissions are plummeting — and fast. What is going on? - Vox May 22, 2015
      VoxChina's emissions are plummeting — and fast. What is going on?VoxArguably the most important climate story in the world right now is the question of what's going on in China. A recent analysis by Greenpeace found that China's carbon dioxide emissions have plummeted nearly 5 percent, year over year, in the first four ...and more »
    • US threatens peace in South China Sea, Beijing says - CNN May 22, 2015
      Washington Free BeaconUS threatens peace in South China Sea, Beijing saysCNN"The recent surveillance activity by a U.S. plane posed potential threats to China's islands and reefs, making it highly possible to lead to misjudgment, which could cause maritime or air accidents," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, ...Chinese Military
    • China Shares Hit Seven-Year High - Wall Street Journal May 22, 2015
      Wall Street JournalChina Shares Hit Seven-Year HighWall Street JournalChina's stock market burst back in to life this week with the Shenzhen index recording its best performance since 2008, while Shanghai rose for a fourth day on Friday to hit a fresh seven-year high. The rapid gains extend an explosive yearlong rally in ...China equities surge caps tur
    • Temple professor accused of sharing sensitive technology with China - CBS News May 22, 2015
      CBS NewsTemple professor accused of sharing sensitive technology with ChinaCBS NewsPHILADELPHIA -- The chairman of Temple University's physics department sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for providing data on electronics technology invented by a U.S. firm and offered to make the country a leader in the field of ...Prosecutors: Profes
    • China getting panicky over US-led Pacific trade deal - MarketWatch May 22, 2015
      MarketWatchChina getting panicky over US-led Pacific trade dealMarketWatchGiven the perceived threat of the TPP, not to mention a proposed free-trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, China has been taking various measures to safeguard its trade position.Obama's Pacific trade deal w
    • A Chinese App That Steals Wifi Passwords Just Raised $50 Million - TIME May 22, 2015
      TIMEA Chinese App That Steals Wifi Passwords Just Raised $50 MillionTIMEChina cynics might think that a business model that looks like brazen theft is a pretty good summary of the country's whole business model in the tech sphere. The reality is somewhat more nuanced. Wifi has been assiduously promoted as a public good by ...and more »
    • HP's China sale should 'unlock organic growth,' Whitman says - USA TODAY May 22, 2015
      USA TODAYHP's China sale should 'unlock organic growth,' Whitman saysUSA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO — Hewlett-Packard ushered in sweeping changes to its China operations Thursday before quarterly financial results that were mostly in line with forecasts. The company said it was selling a majority stake in its data-networking operation ...Hewlett-Packa
    • Welcome to Baoding, China's most polluted city - The Guardian May 22, 2015
      The GuardianWelcome to Baoding, China's most polluted cityThe GuardianBaoding, a city of 10 million people, was named in February as China's most polluted city by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, based on air pollution figures gathered for 2014. By mid-May of this year, the city had only enjoyed 16 days of air ...
    • China says US actions in South China Sea 'irresponsible, dangerous' - Reuters May 22, 2015
      ReutersChina says US actions in South China Sea 'irresponsible, dangerous'ReutersForeign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the Chinese military drove away the U.S. aircraft, in accordance with relevant regulations, labeling the U.S. action a security threat to China's islands and reefs. "Such action is likely to cause an accident ...US pub
    • China's military has declared war on Western thought on the internet - Quartz May 22, 2015
      QuartzChina's military has declared war on Western thought on the internetQuartzChina's military says the internet has become its main ideological battlefield and that it should build a “Great Wall” online to protect the country's citizens from “hostile Western forces.” A strongly worded editorial (link in Chinese) published in ...Chinese Army