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Weibo Comments Suspended in Coup Rumour Aftermath Following rumours of a coup by allies of dethroned Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai, Xinhua reported on Saturday that authorities have taken action against a number of websites and individuals involved in the rumours’ spread: Beijing’s Taxicab Contention As economic expansion benefits China’s growing middle class, long stagnant [...]

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    • Obama says US will defend Japan in island dispute with China - The Guardian April 24, 2014
      The GuardianObama says US will defend Japan in island dispute with ChinaThe GuardianThe US is duty-bound to come to Japan's aid in the event of a conflict with China over a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea, Barack Obama declared at the start of a tour of Asia aimed at reassuring Washington's allies in the face of ...Obama calls for p […]
    • Degrees of Influence Peddling in China and US - New York Times April 24, 2014
      Degrees of Influence Peddling in China and USNew York TimesTo understand how money and politics intertwine in the world's two largest economies, look no further than two important articles in The Times in the last few days. First, Michael Forsythe, Chris Buckley and Jonathan Ansfield reported on a Chinese ...and more » […]
    • Japan's Mitsui pays China to release seized ship-court - Reuters April 24, 2014
      BBC NewsJapan's Mitsui pays China to release seized ship-courtReutersThe Chinese government has described the case as a simple business dispute unrelated to wartime compensation claims, but it has become a cause célèbre for activists in China seeking redress from Japan. Mitsui paid about 2.92 billion yen ($28.5 million ...China Court Frees Japanese Ship […]
    • Why Japan's economy is in better shape than China's - CNBC.com April 24, 2014
      CNBC.comWhy Japan's economy is in better shape than China'sCNBC.comThe Japanese economy expanded 0.7 percent on year in the final quarter of 2013, substantially slower than China's 7.7 percent expansion. While growth in the mainland economy has slowed from double-digit levels in recent years it remains on course to ...and more » […]
    • Don't Be a Menace to South (China Sea) - Foreign Policy (blog) April 23, 2014
      Foreign Policy (blog)Don't Be a Menace to South (China Sea)Foreign Policy (blog)As President Barack Obama prepares for his trip to Asia this week, he will face questions not just about the administration's signature rebalance, or "pivot" toward that region, but also about the crisis in Ukraine. The leaders Obama will meet in South ...Chin […]
    • Would China fight for disputed islands? - BBC News April 23, 2014
      BBC NewsWould China fight for disputed islands?BBC NewsUS President Barack Obama touched down in Japan on Wednesday to hold talks with America's key Asian ally. China's leaders will be watching the visit from afar. Ahead of his arrival, Mr Obama told a Japanese newspaper that a cluster of islands in the ...China says it will maintain patrols near J […]
    • Obama arrives in Japan, backs its island dispute - USA TODAY April 23, 2014
      Obama arrives in Japan, backs its island disputeUSA TODAYJapan is Obama's first stop in a four-nation tour in which he hopes to convince Asian allies and adversaries that the U.S. "pivot" to Asia is more than just rhetoric. He'll also visit South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia, but not China, the ... […]
    • China factory activity shrinks for fourth month - Reuters April 23, 2014
      China factory activity shrinks for fourth monthReutersChina's central bank will cut the amount of deposits rural banks must hold as reserves by between 0.5 and 2 percentage points, it said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of measures to help combat the slowing economy. CICC estimated that the reserve ...China factory activity shrinks for fourth month […]
    • Will China drop gold next? - MarketWatch April 23, 2014
      Wall Street Journal (blog)Will China drop gold next?MarketWatchHONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Investors have done well in the past with a simple strategy of buying what China was buying. So earlier this year, things were looking up for gold when it was revealed that China had swept past India to become the world's ...China shares mixed on free trade zone pla […]
    • Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China - Reuters April 22, 2014
      BloombergSearch for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for ChinaReutersChina's deployment for the search - 18 warships, smaller coastguard vessels, a civilian cargo ship and an Antarctic icebreaker - has stretched the supply lines and logistics of its rapidly expanding navy, Chinese analysts and regional military attaches ...China Challenges Obama […]