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12th May 2010


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China Daily


1,000 boats stuck in Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal - China Daily

This photo, taken on Monday, shows nearly 1,000 cargo boats stuck in the Yiqiao section of Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, due to the low water level in the canal caused by the two consecutive floods hitting the area this year. The flooding caused mud and sand to rush into the sea, thereby creating a rush of water out of the canal.





China Daily

How dragon and kangaroo can fly together
By Yang Danzhi (China Daily)

Although Australia is a country of immigrants and a pluralistic society in South Pacific, it is Western in its thought and action. Like Britain and the United States, it suffers from superiority complex when it comes to Asian countries. It shows great interest in human rights, freedom and democracy in China, but knows little about China's political and economic reform.

Many Australian media outlets see China as a dictatorial, autocratic, adventurous and aggressive country. Australia's attitude toward the Dalai Lama and separatist activities in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region is ambiguous.

China is thousands of miles away from Australia and, hence, does not pose a security threat to it (or any other country for that matter). But Australia supposes that regional safety is connected with the rise of China. It assumes, and wrongly so, that the rise of China as a military power will upset the regional power balance. Some Australians say China's rise may create a spillover effect and ultimately pose a danger to Australia.



Kaixin - That is what we observe as well. Many Australian we speak to (and remember I, Graeme, am Australian) know little about China. They still think of in terms of the Cultural Revolution. They see it as a grey country of oppressed people.

Most Australians are heavily influenced by the cold war rhetoric, the Korean War, the Vietnam war and the strident anti-communist western press which reports all issues with a "superiority complex" (this can readily be verified by scanning Kaixin's daily news summary). The Australian education system teaches very little about China. Most schools are still back in the 1990's and proudly proclaim to Xiaosui that they teach Japanese. Showing that they are both out of date and abysmally ignorant about history. So, Australia's youth knows very little about China. This, fortunately, is changing.

After the 2008 Olympics, the Western visual media moved on from Tiananmen Square and showed Beijing as an advanced international city. Many people in Australia now feel threatened and have reverted to viewing China through the lens of the ‘yellow peril’.

This is why Kaixin hopes to present a different perspective on China. One of colour and light as was expressed in the excellent essay,  'An exercise in colouring in' :

Why not China?’ she (the author's daughter who was about to travel to China) repeats.

‘Because,’ I cast about for a metaphor to explain, and seize upon the colouring book that my five year old is busy over. ‘Because when I think of China I see nothing reassuring, nothing familiar, no colour. Only grey. People dressed in grey, shoulders stooped, heading into grey factory smoke, or shuffling home in grey twilight to grey flats.’

When I think of China now, I see images of vibrant colour. Warm smiles of welcome; rich architecture; children bubbling with excitement.


That is the China Kaixin wants to bring you, '... images of vibrant colour. Warm smiles of welcome; rich architecture; children bubbling with excitement.'




China inflation rises as housing, food costs jump

BEIJING - China's inflation accelerated in April and housing prices rose at a record pace, but analysts said Beijing is likely to avoid an immediate interest hike that might slow the recovery of the world's third-largest economy.

April consumer prices rose 2.8 percent from a year earlier, below Beijing's full-year target of 3 percent but up 0.4 percentage points from March, the National Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday. Food prices jumped 5.9 percent, up from March's 5.2 percent rate.

"Growth in the consumer price index is still mild compared with our economic recovery and inflation in other countries," said a bureau spokesman, Sheng Laiyun. "But we are facing big inflation pressures in the short term."


Country's wealth divide past warning level

BEIJING - The Gini coefficient - a commonly used measure of inequality of wealth - has reached 0.47 in China, overtaking the recognized warning level of 0.4, government-affiliated experts have said.

"The Gini coefficient in China has been continuously rising after it reached the alarming 0.4-level 10 years ago," Chang Xiuze, a researcher with the academy of microeconomic research under the National Development and Reform Commission, was quoted as saying in the Economic Information Daily on Monday.

The brainchild of Italian statistician Corrado Gini, the Gini coefficient, which is a measure of statistical dispersion, is commonly used as a measure of inequality of income or wealth.


Net effective check on govt officials, survey finds

BEIJING - Most people believe the Internet is an effective check on government officials' behavior, a survey has showed.

About 70 percent of the 6,243 people in the poll, which included 5,943 online users and 300 officials, said they believe government officials fear online public opinion and supervision.

Ninety percent of the respondents also consider such supervision to be good for society, the poll conducted by the People's Tribune, a biweekly magazine under the official People's Daily, reported over the weekend.


Base talks on mutual respect

Shared interests should override Sino-US differences over human rights and disputes should be resolved amicably

A new round of Sino-US dialogue on human rights is scheduled to be held in Washington on May 13-14.



Caixin Online

Lawyers Sweat in Heat of New Judicial Orders

Justice officials have been pressuring lawyers in ways that some say violate professional standards, but other experts justify


The Wall Street Journal

China's Inflation Picks Up

BEIJING—The rise in prices of housing and consumer goods in China accelerated in April, official data showed on Tuesday, signaling that containing inflation and asset bubbles remains a challenge even as the nation's economic growth moderates.

Average urban property prices jumped 12.8% from a year earlier in April, accelerating from March's 11.7% rise, the National Bureau of Statistics said, marking the fastest increase since the data began to be compiled five years ago. Consumer-price inflation also picked up to 2.8% year-to-year in April from 2.4% in March, the bureau said, though indicators of manufacturing activity and capital spending slowed somewhat.


Taobao, Yahoo Japan Look for eBay-Style Heft, the popular Chinese Internet shopping service, is poised to make its first major push abroad in a deal with Softbank Corp.'s Yahoo Japan Corp. that is ultimately aimed at creating one of the world's biggest online marketplaces.

Beginning in June, merchants on Taobao, a unit of China's Alibaba Group, will be able to pay a fee to have their product listings translated and hosted on a section of Yahoo Japan called "China Mall," giving them access to the Japanese site's 60 million users. Yahoo Japan's merchants will have the option to list their products on a section called TaoJapan ...


Hong Kong by-election has territory on edge

Beijing could weather political tensions if it plays smart -  By Kevin McQueen

The resignation of five pro-democracy lawmakers in January in protest at the lack of a timetable for democratic reform, and the May 16 by-election to replace them, have unexpectedly breathed new life into Hong Kong's stagnant political scene.


The Age

Chinese vaccine scandal: outspoken editor sacked


A bold Chinese editor has been removed from his post after his newspaper exposed how shoddy handling of health vaccines may have led to the deaths and serious illnesses of children in Shanxi province.

Shanxi officials claimed Mr Wang's story was wrong but refused to give any details.

Mr Wang has said there has been no serious effort to investigate his claims.


Asia Times Online

China's dam builders clean up overseas
By Peter Bosshard

The growth in overseas work by China's dam builders this decade was initially accompanied by complaints of a disregard for human and environmental rights. Yet the government in Beijing, after tightened up regulations at home, is seeking to ensure those higher standards are acted on by its nationals abroad, with some success.


To Congo, with trouble
By Antonaeta Becker

China's 2008 US$9 billion barter deal with the Democratic Republic of Congo, exchanging resources for infrastructure building, transformed the Asian giant into one of the most influential players on the continent while attracting charges of corruption and Western criticism. African countries say this is not neo-imperialism and that such deals are in their interest too


World rediscovers Africa - Extensive interview on CCTV-9 Dialogue


The writing's on the board
By Wu Zhong, China Editor

HONG KONG - The Chinese Communist Party took to heart the doctrines of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin that all party members should uphold the authority of the supreme leadership. This was at least partially responsible for the nationwide zealous worship of Mao Zedong, especially during the tumult of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).

This became a form of cult worship, with every word that Mao uttered hailed as a "supreme instruction", and everything the Great Helmsman put his hand on was preserved.


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