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Chinese manufacturers learn to love labor lost
Latest government figures showed the Pearl River Delta, China's largest export region boasting nearly one third of the country's total export, saw an exodus of 22.5 percent of its migrant workers in 2009.
The shortages can be attributed to government policies aiming at closing the yawning income gap between the urban rich and the rural poor.
A Stern Warning
Official executed for embezzling public funds
Li Shubiao, 46, was the former director with the office in Chenzhou city. He was found having embezzled public funds amounting at 120 million yuan (18 million US dollars) during his tenure, most of which have been invested in profitable deals or squandered in gambling.
China drills more wells, seeds clouds amid drought
BEIJING: Emergency wells were being drilled and cloud-seeding operations carried out in southern China, where the worst drought in decades has left millions of people without water and caused more than 1,000 schools to close, officials said Thursday.
Provincial and national land resources bureau officials met in Kunming, capital of the hardest-hit province of Yunnan, to discuss details of deploying workers to dig wells and increase cloud seeding and other aid to people in need of drinking water, according to a director at the Yunnan Land Resources Bureau, surnamed Ma.
China tops US in spending on clean energy
In 2009 China invested $34.6 billion in the clean energy economy while the United States invested $18.6 billion and came in second place, according to the report called, "Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race?"
President Hu: More efforts to develop west inland
The Wall Street Journal China RealTime Report
GM Shows Its EN-V in Shanghai
From the ABC’s Catalyst – video
US researchers have been working on a radical technology that could change the way we get about. A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been designing collapsible, stackable electric vehicles that owe their flexibility and cheapness to a revolutionary new drive system known as in-wheel motors.
Kaixin – the lateral thinking that placed the motor in each wheel is brilliant.
The Wall Street Journal China RealTime Report
U.S. Push on Internet Freedom Could Backfire
But Google’s experience in China over the past two months has led some to question whether legislators’ involvement helps or hurts the government’s cause, even as Google urges legislators to become more involved in such efforts.
Sentiment among Chinese Internet users is far from being unanimously in support of Google’s decision to defy the wishes of Chinese censors. Some prominent commentators have outspokenly praised Google as a champion for free expression, but most Internet watchers say Chinese-language discussion on the topic is now laced with skepticism because of blurred boundaries between the Internet giant and the U.S. government
Kaixin – The people we speak to, including students, couldn’t give a rat’s bum whether Google stays or goes. If Google wants to compete in China it has to accept that it is in China and abide by their law and culture. From yesterday’s comments,
On what basis does America assume such moral superiority? It holds itself up as the ideal after which all should follow. Yet, it is a self appointed role. Its moral superiority is self-awarded. It all exists within the collective mind of America.
The collective American mind would recoil if China assumed such moral superiority and proceeded to tell America what its values should be.
Indeed, when China protests about single issues that it regards as going to its core interests, America ignores it, quite rightly so. Yet, that is exactly what America is doing on a much larger and more profound scale. Not on core single issues, but on general moral and philosophical grounds.
So, why shouldn’t China simply take the same approach as America, and ignore it. Certainly, China should not comply simply because America opines from its lofty stance.
The New York Times
China Officials Wrestle Publicly Over Currency
Kaixin – Substantive and interesting article
China in new web rule row
ELLEN NAKASHIMA AND CECILIA KANG, WASHINGTON
Kaixin – As China says, Western companies are free to come and free to go. All they have to do is abide by the laws of China. As I noted above, the supply of rat’s rear ends from China over these issues is non-existent.
Hu trial: Verdict due Monday
In dealing with Beijing, overambition tends to backfire
It's time to lower expectations for Chinese co-operation, look first to friends and co-ordinate potential sources of leverage over Beijing. Paradoxically, if this is done, relations with China will likely improve.
Asia Times Online
Rio gets back to business
By Olivia Chung
HONG KONG - Rio Tinto executives, waiting to hear the fate of colleagues held in Shanghai on charges of bribery and stealing commercial secrets, may have to wait even longer for the outcome of usually contentious price negotiations for supplying iron ore to China. The annual talks involving Chinese steel companies and global ore suppliers set the price for the 12 months from April 1.
Globalization yet to have its day
By Francesco Sisci
BEIJING - Vladimir Lenin's mark on communist theory was his book on imperialism , which the Russian leader considered the supreme - and thus last - phase of capitalism. After the imperialistic stage, capitalism would fall. He was wrong in many respects. Capitalism did not fall apart, and imperialism was just a stage in capitalistic evolution.
US peeks into China's nuclear fortress
By Peter J Brown
The Chinese government is probably unhappy about a new report by a Virginia-based, non-partisan think-tank called Project 2049  that reveals significant and previously little known details about Base 22 in the Qinling mountains in Shaanxi province, China's primary storage facility for nuclear weapons. Publicity about this new report - "China's Nuclear Warhead Storage and Handling System" - first appeared in Defense News in early March