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Deng Xiaoping's bold vision has changed China

Thirty years ago, Deng Xiaoping set out an economic vision which seemed astonishing - a 70-year policy to transform China into an advanced economy. However, the targets for its first 30 years have already been exceeded and China's economic achievements are probably the most extraordinary in world history.

No major country has ever achieved an 8.5 percent a year increase in GDP per capita for over three decades. As Professor Danny Quah of the London School of Economics notes, China has lifted 630 million people out of internationally defined poverty - the single greatest contribution to human welfare in any country.

"We give ourselves 20 years," Deng said then, "from 1981 to the end of the century, to quadruple our GNP and achieve comparative prosperity. By the middle of the next century we hope to reach the level of the moderately developed countries."

Deng's goal was that by the mid-21st century China would have a GDP equal to the United States. It will take until the middle of this century for China to achieve the per capita income of a developed economy - China's GDP per head is still less than 20 percent of the US.

But China has already outperformed even Deng's predictions of its overall rate of development.

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''Poverty is not socialism. To be rich is glorious.'', Deng Xiaoping 邓小平

China's Capitalist Revolution - Deng Xiaoping


Gates: US not restricting China

Outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday that the United States was not trying to "hold China down" and doubts that Beijing aims to match Washington's military power.

"We are not trying to hold China down. China has been a great power for thousands of years. It is a global power and will be a global power," he said.


China hits back at Google, refuting hacking charge

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei invites a question from a journalist at a regular press coference in Beijing, June 2, 2011. (

China yesterday denied it supports hacking activities and said it is part of global efforts to combat computer security threats, a day after Google disclosed some of its e-mail users suffered attacks originating from within the country.


Chery and Fuji Heavy close to Subaru deal

China's largest homegrown automaker Chery Automobile Co Ltd is in talks with Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd about a possible joint venture to produce Fuji Heavy's Subaru brand vehicles in China, according to insiders of the two parties.


British SMEs eye China market

British companies met at a specially targeted forum in London Wednesday to consider how small and medium-sized enterprises can find export success in China.

Minister for Trade & Investment (UKTI), Lord Green, said at the SME CEO Forum: "China's staggering pace of growth is creating a wealth of opportunities for UK firms. From high-value infrastructure projects to the growth in demand for low carbon goods and services, UK firms, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), are well placed to provide cutting edge expertise."


Airbus delivers 50th A320 aircraft assembled in China

European aircraft maker Airbus on Wednesday delivered to a Chinese carrier an A320 Family aircraft assembled in China.

The delivery marked the 50th aircraft assembled by the Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line in China (FALC), the France-based company said Wednesday.


"Desensitize" Three Gorges, face up to reality

By Li Hongmei

The State Council, China's cabinet, said on May 18 that the Three Gorges faced "urgent problems" of geological disaster prevention, relocation and ecological protection, noted the negative impact on downstream water supplies and river transport, and vowed to restore things to order within the next eight years.

The spectacular dam has been dubbed as China's most impressive man-made wonder since it came into being in 1992, second only to the Great Wall, inviting boundless respect and admiration. But it seems that, all of a sudden, "the national pride" became a "problem child" just overnight.


Let go of "WuMaoDang" and "50- cent Party"

By Li Hongmei

WuMaoDang (0.5 RMB Party) is Chinese vocabulary for Internet commentators Or Wu Mao (something of 50-cent in English) Internet commentators, people hired to post comments favorable towards the government policies in an attempt to shape public opinion on various Internet message boards. The commentators are said to be paid for each pro-government posting WuMao (0.5 RMB). On the flip side, there is another Internet jargon, WuMeifenDang (50-cent Party) to describe those, inspired by Western values and even sponsored by some anti-China forces abroad, posting comments to vilify and demonize China.

These two newly coined terms in the Internet age are so popular that they have spurred a lively discussion at the just concluded Sino-German Media Forum in Berlin.


China's cyber squad is for defense

By Li Hong

Now that a rising number of militaries are setting up cyber warfare commands to protect their national interests, it is natural for the People's Liberation Army to catch up and launch a similar command responsible for defending China's cyber security.

Last week, the Ministry of National Defense announced the debut of such a squad -- known as the "Cyber Blue Team" – at the PLA's southern Guangzhou Military Command. Although it is made up of merely 30 technology-savvy officers and soldiers, the establishment of the squad is a move in the right direction, targeting one of the most sensitive and largely invisible battle fields in this Internet age.

As information of a country's crucial financials, utilities, satellite and telecommunication facilities and strategic military installations is now linked by one cable – and theoretically accessible to the top-notch hackers – it is important for a sovereign nation to erect the best possible firewalls to deny others' attack. And, in time of conflict, the ability to launch a counterattack to disable the enemy's operations is also indispensable.

The stake will be high if China loses the battle.




China's Power Shortage - FEATURE

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FEATURE - The past is another country as reports take us back in time

How the world media covered events in China three decades ago

To much of the world, China remained a mystery in the summer of 1981, when China Daily came into being.

By 1986, colorful skirts and fashionable sandals had grown common for summer wear in Beijing

Kaixin OpEd: Xiaosui smiled when she saw this picture. She was about the age of the young women in the photo and at university "Yes, it was just like this."


China to be global banking king by 2023: Report

LONDON - China could leapfrog the United States to become the world's largest banking economy by 2023, 20 years earlier than expected, raising pressure on western banks to brush off the effects of the credit crisis and head east.

According to a report published by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on Friday, India is expected to leapfrog Japan to rank third in terms of domestic banking by 2035 -- and could pass China as its population rapidly ages.


Small manufacturers shudder at rising costs

WENZHOU - In this wealthy eastern Chinese city known for its shrewd merchants, the owner of a factory that makes spectacles faces a difficult task: closing his money-losing business and dismissing his workers.  

The impending demise of this workshop typifies the struggles of small manufacturers in China, where soaring borrowing costs are eroding already-thin profit margins, forcing firms to either fold or cut production.


Rare earth giant takes over 35 smaller miners

BEIJING - Inner Mongolia Baotou Steel Rare-Earth (Group) Hi-Tech Co, the world's largest rare earth producer, will consolidate 35 local rare-earth miners by June and will further unify the distribution and processing of the metals, the region's government said on Wednesday.

The Inner Mongolia autonomous region, the world's largest rare-earth producer and the site of 97 percent of China's reserves, has drafted a plan to concentrate all rare-earth resources under Baotou Steel Rare-Earth, the regional government said on its website.


Chill wind blowing for turbine industry

Government to impose stringent new standards after energy wastage

BEIJING - Wind turbine manufacturers are feeling the industry performance pinch for the first time after five years of good times in China, the world's fastest-growing wind power market, said industry experts.

Following recent incidents where a total of 1,346 wind turbines were disconnected from the power grid on April 17 in Gansu and Hebei provinces, China is planning to issue stringent national standards for wind turbine manufacturers.

The incidents, which caused energy wastage, reduced electricity output to millions of customers.


China to build wetland reserves in NE region

HARBIN - China is planning to build cross-border wetlands and nature reserves in its northeastern provinces to protect precious bird and fish species, the Minister of Environment Protection Zhou Shengxian said Thursday.

The wetlands and nature reserves will be built at the lower reaches of such transnational rivers as the Heilongjiang River, Wusuli River and Tumen River, Zhou said at a China-Russia environmental protection conference in Harbin, capital of northeastern Heilongjiang Province.

"China is willing to join hands with Russia to expand environment protection by deepening cooperation in such areas as biodiversity, wetland protection and environment policies," Zhou said.

Also, China will further strengthen management and pollution control over such key transnational rivers, the minister said.

The environment conference that opened Thursday was also attended by Russia's Minister for Natural Resources and Ecology Yuri Trutnev.

Trutnev hoped that the two countries would soon reach an agreement on the building of natural reserves for Amur leopards and Siberian tigers.


Life behind the Three Gorges Dam

With limited access to arable land and transportation, opportunities are scarce in the shadow of the great project, Hu Yinan reports from Zigui in Hubei province.

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Ten photographers amazed by Tibet



Witness of Tibet Photography Contest and Exhibit

2011 marks the 60th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet, and the magazine China's Tibet and Federation of Literary and Art Circles of Tibet Autonomous Region are jointly holding a "Witness of Tibet, 1950-2010" photography contest. In addition to prizes, all winning works will be exhibited in Beijing and Lhasa in May 2011.

See Kaixin's - CHINA & TIBET & Jambhala (Photographer)




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XinHua News


China's Xi urges UN to pay more attention to development issue

ROME, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said here on Thursday that the United Nations should pay more attention to and increase its input on the development issue.

"Only by doing so can the UN achieve the Millennium Development Goals, better tackle complicated international issues, and promote world peace and development," Xi said while meeting with UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon here.


Second decade of 21st century provides important opportunity for China, Russia: Xi

ROME, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The second decade of the 21st century provides an important development opportunity for China and Russia, and is also an important period for the further development of China-Russia relations, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said here on Thursday.


China eyes closer cooperation with Japan in developing green economy

BEIJING, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday called for closer cooperation with Japan in developing "green" economies.Li, while meeting with a group of Japanese business leaders, said that both countries should tap their potential to promote environmentally friendly methods of developing their economies.

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China to limit development projects in environmentally vulnerable areas in Inner Mongolia

BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government will limit development projects in environmentally vulnerable areas in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and other regions, a senior official said Friday.


Foreign children's literature increasingly favored by Chinese consumers

HARBIN, June 1 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese netizen calling himself "Bone of Snail" was pleasantly surprised when he cracked open a story from the "Chicks and Little Hens" series of children's books that he purchased for his unborn child.

"I read the stories aloud every night. The plots are so lively that I can't help using body language to describe them. Although my baby can't see my show yet, my wife enjoys it a lot," the future father said in a comment left on Dangdang, a popular online retailer.

The book series, written by Christian Jolibois and illustrated by Christian Heinrich, tells a tale of an adventurous hen and her chicks.



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US expected to support French candidate for IMF chief

As the race for the top job at the IMF continues, European nations are expected to support a candidate from the region, so as to continue the agency's uninterrupted support to the debt-laden region. But they face challenges from new emerging economies seeking a bigger say in the IMF. Meanwhile, the U.S. is widely expected to throw its support behind French candidate, Christine Lagarde.

Analysts say the new IMF chief is more likely to be European. That's due to two factors. The IMF has been led by Europeans since the global lender's founding, and it's become something of an established tradition. More pressingly, the lingering Eurozone debt crisis has become the IMF's most immediate priority. European countries will put their weight behind a European chief, so as to guarantee the agency's support to the region.

But new emerging economies, headed by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, are laying down the gauntlet. In a joint statement, the BRICS countries say the selection of the new IMF chief should disregard the criteria that the successful candidate must come from a European country. They're also calling for a greater representation of developing countries within the IMF.

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FOLLOW THE DEBATE: The Selection of the next IMF President


Indian PM urges developing countries to stand united for IMF overhauls

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is urging developing countries to stand united, in order to foster reforms at the IMF, and other Bretton-Woods institutions. He adds that this process is not a "one-shot operation."

He said, "The reform of global institutions, and that includes the Bretton Woods institutions, has been high on the agenda of developing countries for a long time. But we have also to recognize that international relations, beyond a point, our power relations, and that those who wield power do not wish to yield ground very easily.

So, I am not very well-informed about what is going on with regard to the successor, to the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, but I do recognize that the struggle for the transformation of global institutions, including the Bretton Woods institutions, is not a one-shot operation. It is a long process, in which all the developing countries have to stand united."

See Kaixin's - The Selection of the next IMF President


Hubei drought may lead to a year of water shortages

As one of the areas worst hit by the drought, Central China's Hubei Province has many paddy fields thirsty for water. CCTV reporter, Shen Le travelled to one village to find out how the dry spell has affected this year's rice harvest.

This is the biggest water reserve in Loukou village. It hasn't rained for more than 3 months and there's very little water left.

Shen said, "Usually it’s the season to fight floods, local villagers would ride on these boats to reinforce dams along the way. However, the drought has reduced water levels significantly, and as you can see, all the boats are stranded."


Studio discussion: A look into sea-faring China

The highlights of today's operation will be a close look at the main structure of the ancient vessel-- the bow, stern, masts, sails, and possibly anchors and cargo cabins.

Many legends surround China's greatest sea-farer Zheng He and his amazing voyages and fleets. All these marvellous feats were accomplished almost 6 centuries ago, much earlier than any western sea-faring nations.



Studio interview: Lessons DPRK can take from China

There's been plenty of reaction abroad on Kim Jong-Il's visit to China, to gauge it, we are joined again by current affairs commentator Zhang Chuanjie.

Q1. Both South Korean and western media say Kim's trip is to study China's economic development, and encourage DPRK to launch its economic reform at home, but some doubt whether the trip achieve this aim. What's your view on this? And what are the factors that hamper economic reform in DPRK?

Q2. There has also been a lot of speculation overseas on the DPRK's nuclear issue. Both leaders have said they want to restart the "six party talks" over denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. However, no new proposal has been made. So what's the major obstacle in restarting the talks? And what driving forces are needed?


Defense Ministry clarifies "Cyber Blue Team"

Some people call it a professional unit of the People's Liberation Army fighting on the Internet. At a recent press conference held by the Defense Ministry, a spokesman clarified the team's role.

Geng Yansheng, Spokesman of Defense Ministry, said, "At present, Internet safety has become an international issue. It not only affects our civil societies but also the military. China is also a victim of Internet attacks. Right now our Internet protection system is still relatively weak. Improving Internet safety is one of the most prominent tasks of our military training. The purpose of the "Cyber Blue Team" is to improve our ability to safeguard Internet security."

The Defense Ministry also emphasized that the "Cyber Blue Team" are not hackers and that the International community should not misunderstand the purpose of it. "Cyber Blue Team" is just a nickname used within the military training routines and is not an actual unit within the PLA.


Yangtze River suffers worst drought in 50 years

Little rain is expected in the coming 10 days, and high temperatures are likely to hit Central China's Hubei province. The region continues to suffer from the worst drought since 1954.

In central China's Hubei province, Honghu Lake is drying up, making fishing a problem for local residents. Now many fishermen are standing in the water to catch fish, something they had never done before.

This couple just returned from fishing. They have about 10 kilos of crayfish on the boat. The wife says this is a full month's work, but in the past they could catch this much in one day. She says the fish are now drying up on the lakebed.


Reporting from Wuhan: Should Three Gorges Dam be blamed for drought?

For the latest on the severe drought in Hubei Province, we're joined on the line by reporter Fan Qing from Wuhan TV. Hello,Fan Qing, thanks for joining us.

Q1: Could you give us some details on the latest drought conditions there?

Q2: Some blame the Three Gorges Dam for recent deteriorating environmental. How have experts responded to that?


Studio discussion: How will power shortage affect China's economy?

For more on China's power shortage, joining us is Li Yong, Assistant Chairman of the China Association of International Trade. Welcome back to the program Mr Li...

Q1: China has been suffering power shortages more or less on a yearly basis. But it seems this year's shortage has come earlier and is more urgent than before. Why is that?

Q2: The China Electricity Council estimates this summer's shortage might be 30 gigawatts, the worst since 2004. How will it impact the country's industrial sector, and the economy overall?

Q3: What's your suggestions for solving what's become a chronic headache for the authorities?


CCTV insight: Reasons behind power shortage

For more on China's power shortage, our reporter Guan Xin joins us in the studio. Hello, Guanxin.

Q1: Many provinces in China are facing power shortages. Can you briefly explain to us the current power shortage situation in China?



Studio discussion: What are the criteria for becoming IMF chief?

For more on the race to lead the IMF, we are now joined in the studio by our current affairs commentator, Professor Liu Bao-cheng, from the University of International Business and Economics. Thank you very much for being with us, professor.

Q1: Several European countries are promoting French Finance Minister to be the next IMF leader. But some developing countries say it's time to choose someone from outside Europe. So what exactly are the criteria for becoming IMF chief?

Q2: How will the succession issue affect the future of EU economy, especially the bailout plans for Greece and Portugal?

See Kaixin's - Selection of the next IMF President


Tele interview: Tibet's change in foreigners' eyes

For more on the 60th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet, we are joined on the line by Dawa Tsering from the China Tibetology Research Center.

Q1, Flag raising, playing the national anthem and laying flowers. The ceremony in the morning seemed very simple and short. What was the significance behind it?

Q2, You have talked to many westerners visiting Tibet. What do they say, are the most significant changes that strike them the most?

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Reporting from Tibet: Locals' views on Tibet's dev't

For more on the 60th anniversary of Tibet's peaceful liberation, we cross over to Wang Guan, our reporter in Lhasa,hello, Wang Guan.

Q1: The past 60 years have seen all-round development in Tibet, what do local people say about the profound changes that have taken place in the region?

Q2: You've been in Tibet for a week, how do you see the ongoing modernization drive's role in improving people's lives?

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Tibetans re-discover their roots

Monday marks the 60th anniversary of peaceful liberation of Tibet. Over the decades, there have been vastly different views on the merits of the modernization of Tibet being carried out by the central government. CCTV Reporter Wang Guan finds out how development has given Tibetans more choice in life and offers them innovative ways to preserve their culture.

Tibet--one of the most religious places in the world.

Now, on the fast track to modernization...

Modernization has meant an influx of non-religious people from other parts of the country, and subsequent commercialization...

It also means 21st-century infrastructure and perhaps more importantly-- modern-day education.. that gives young Tibetans more possibilities, and better chances to live their dreams.

See Kaixin's - CHINA & TIBET



CCTV DOCUMENTARY SERIES - Journeys in Time, The Untold stories from the Summer Palace (A series of 10 Documentaries)


This is Tibet - TV Series

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Archive of Stories







Global Times

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The UK taught the world how to produce in the 19th century, the US showed the world how to consume in the 20th century, and China needs to demonstrate how to develop in a sustainable way in the 21st century.



Govt denies plan for local debt write-off

Authorities denied media reports that China is going to write off trillions of yuan in local government debt to reduce mounting risks of local government bankruptcy.

A report by Reuters on Wednesday said Chinese central authorities are planning to shift 2 to 3 trillion yuan ($308 to 463 billion) of debt borne by local-level governments to the central government and banks from June to September, after years of liberal lending by State-owned banks led to massive amounts of bad debt.

The news agency quoted sources close to the government.

However, it was denied by Wu Xiaoling, a deputy director of the Financial and Economic Committee, National People's Congress (NPC), who said it was misinterpreted because the government was only trying to work out a clear map of debt borne by local governments, reported last night.

"It was not possible to make the huge transaction within three months," Wu was quoted as saying.

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Recruiting them young

Along with the study-abroad craze, gaining Party membership has seemingly become the latest trend among a growing number of university students in China.

The phenomenon has also spurred debate: Are the Party membership seekers more like those who go abroad in the hope of advancing their careers, or do they truly share the high-minded values and selfless spirit that is supposed to personify Party members.


Grass-roots candidates rally online

The nation has seen a wave of independent grass-roots candidates seeking to be elected as deputies to local people's congresses, a phenomenon propelled by the Internet and cautiously welcomed by analysts.

The trend started Wednesday with an entry by controversial blogger, writer and sports commentator Li Chengpeng, declaring he would run as an independent candidate in September for deputy to the people's congress of Wuhou district in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.


"Before I studied the law, I wasn't aware that I had so many political rights," Li told the Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News in a previous interview. "What a pity if I never used them."

Chinese law states that all citizens over 18 have the right to vote and be elected, with the exception of those who have been deprived of their political rights.



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A 30 Minute Current Affairs Programme on CCTV - 9 (In English) where current issues are discussed by experts from China and Internationally:





Multiculturalism and fair social benefits

DPRK's economic development and regional peace

Top leaders of China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) pledged to seek stronger bilateral ties and pass on their traditional friendship to the next generation when Kim Jong Il visited China for the third time in the past year. The DPRK is now concentrating on economic development, and regional stability is important for this goal. Pyongyang appreciates Beijing's efforts at pushing for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks and safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula.


China, Japan, South Korea trilateral summit


Europe struggles to handle crisis

African dream & prosperity

China debates personal income tax


Wenchuan: 3 Years On

Should US reconsider Taiwan

3rd Strategic & Economic Dialogue


Premier Wen's tour of southeast Asia

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The Wall Street Journal


The Rise of the Yuan - FEATURE



China's Banks Prepare for Yuan Rush

Chinese banks are racing to build up their yuan deposit base in Hong Kong by tapping its flourishing debt market, as they expect a potential rise in demand outside the country's borders for loans denominated in China's currency.


CCB Boss Sees a Freer Yuan

Guo Says Currency Could Be Almost Fully Convertible in Five Years; Housing 'Bubble'

BEIJING—China is likely to significantly accelerate the opening of its currency system in the next five years as the government seeks to make the yuan more widely used internationally, China Construction Bank Corp. Chairman Guo Shuqing said.

In an interview, the head of China's second-largest bank by assets and its biggest mortgage lender acknowledged a bubble in China's housing market, but argued that limited leverage in the property sector would curb the impact of any downturn in prices. And Mr. Guo, who is tipped by some analysts as a possible future chief of China's central bank, emphasized the need for ...


Gates: U.S. Won't Try to Block China's Growing Influence

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT—The United States will not try to block the growing influence of China, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday, as he counseled patience in building relations with Beijing.

"We are not trying to hold China down," Mr. Gates said. "China has been a great power for thousands of years. It is a global power and will be a global power."


SEC Probes China Auditors

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating some accounting firms over their audits of Chinese companies whose shares trade in the U.S., and the inquiry is expected to lead to enforcement cases, people familiar with the situation said.

The SEC has publicly indicated it was examining accounting and disclosure issues regarding Chinese companies that engaged in "reverse mergers," which allow companies to list on U.S. exchanges without as much regulatory scrutiny as an initial public offering. People familiar with the matter say the investigation also includes auditors, which hadn't previously been known. As part of its inquiry, the SEC has ...


Southern China’s Unwanted Masses

Officials in the southeastern Chinese province of Guangdong are learning that hiding a problem isn’t the same as fixing it.

As readers may recall, the Guangdong city of Shenzhen in April evicted 80,000 people it considered “high risk” ahead of an upcoming international sporting event ...

Chinese Newspaper Editor: China Gets Hacked, Too

A day after Google’s latest revelation of an apparently China-based hacker attack on Gmail, the editor of a nationalistic Chinese tabloid posted a furious message online decrying repeated accusations that China is hacking into foreign computers.

But the target of his ire isn’t foreign governments or foreign media. Instead it was his own government’s lack of transparency...


Beijing Fires Back at Google

SHANGHAI—China denied that the country was the source of recent attacks against users of Google Inc.'s email service. But the government in recent weeks has acknowledged taking a more active role in policing cyberspace to defend against security threats.

SHANGHAI—China denied that the country was the source of recent attacks against users of Google Inc.'s email service. But the government in recent weeks has acknowledged taking a more active role in policing cyberspace to defend against security threats.


Measuring the Human Cost of an iPad Made in China

If Apple ordered up a batch of its iPad computers to meet surging market demand and an explosion in the workshop killed three workers and injured 15 others, an army of regulators, cops and plaintiffs lawyers would descend on the company to demand an accounting.

On May 20, that's exactly what happened—minus the descending and the accounting. The workshop, it turns out, wasn't in Cupertino, Calif., home to Apple's campus. It was a legal arm's length away in Chengdu, China, run by a goliath called Hon Hai Precision Industry, a Taiwanese company that's become one of the world's biggest employers ...


Starbucks Tightens Focus on China

BEIJING—Starbucks Corp. signed a deal with Chinese joint-venture partner Maxim's Caterers Ltd., giving the U.S. coffee company full ownership of Starbucks retail outlets in six Chinese regions, in a move to gain control of its operations in the world's second-largest economy.

The agreement gives Seattle-based Starbucks 100% ownership of the 250 stores it has run with Hong Kong-based Maxim's in the provinces ...


The New York Times

Three Gorges Dam Is Said to Hurt Areas Downstream

CHONGQING, China — A Chinese official says the planners of the Three Gorges Dam failed to properly gauge its effects on lakes and other bodies of water downstream, according to a report on Thursday in Shanghai Daily, an English-language newspaper.

Ambitious Plan for China’s Water Crisis Spurs Concern

DANJIANGKOU, China — North China is dying.

A chronic drought is ravaging farmland. The Gobi Desert is inching south. The Yellow River, the so-called birthplace of Chinese civilization, is so polluted it can no longer supply drinking water. The rapid growth of megacities — 22 million people in Beijing and 12 million in Tianjin alone — has drained underground aquifers that took millenniums to fill.

A man stood by the bank of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China. More Photos »


Sending Polluted Water North - VIDEO

After billions of dollars spent on the South to North Water Transfer Project, water sent north along the eastern line is polluted by industrial runoff and municipal waste.


The Economist

Liberalism under attack in China

Boundlessly loyal to the great monster

But at least the liberals are fighting back


A relative liberal, Wen Jiabao, the prime minister, in a meeting with a visitor from Hong Kong in April, said two forces were causing difficulties for China’s reform efforts. One, Mr Wen said, was “vestiges of feudal society” (party-speak for conservatism). The other, he added, was the “pernicious influence of the Cultural Revolution”. Apologists for that orgy of violence, destruction and persecution in the latter years of Mao’s rule abound in China’s Maoist circles. Qin Xiao, a former chairman of China Merchants Bank and a prominent moderniser, warned in an interview this month that the “evil habits” of the Cultural Revolution were in danger of resurfacing. At least this time, in contrast to earlier hardline crackdowns, some liberals are fighting back.

The Comments on this article in the Economist are  most informative.

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Chatham House

Discussion VIDEO - One Hour

The West and the Rest: the Changing Global Balance of Power in Historical Perspective


Niall Ferguson, Laurence A Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor, Harvard Business School

Chair: Professor Michael Cox, Department of International Relations, The London School of Economics and Political Science


With China projected to overtake the United States in terms of economic output within the next ten years, many commentators are speaking of a new 'Asian century' and the 'decline of the West' long ago predicted by Oswald Spengler and others. The speaker will draw on his work on the last 600 years of world history to offer an insight into the changing global balance in terms not only of economics, but also of geopolitics and 'soft power'.


The Myth of the Internationalisation of the Yuan


Chi Lo

CEO of HFT Investments Honk Kong

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Thirty years does not rate as an itch on a rhinoceros’s bum

Beijing has always stated clearly and consistently that China is a developing Economy …. of course it is not strong enough or developed enough to take on the role of a reserve currency.

The people who question this stance, that China is a developing economy, seem to take a schizophrenic approach to China. On the one hand they strenuously demand that China take an international role as the worlds second largest economy. They often demand all sorts of things and all too often show a profound ignorance of China. On the other hand they snigger at China’s first steps to internationalise the Yuan: China, they say, does not have a fully developed economic, bond or banking structure. Its current account is not fully convertible.

Of course its not. The tiny panda bear would be torn to shreds by that rather large and powerful American Eagle if it ventured onto the playing field too soon.

Beijing is clearly taking small steps towards the internationalisation of the Yuan. Whether that results in the Yuan becoming a reserve currency is perhaps not the immediate concern of Beijing.

For the moment bi-lateral trade agreements include the use of the Yuan as a medium of exchange.

That is enough for to be getting on with.

Time frames are important.

The ‘west’ seems to take a caffeine approach. All jerky and immediate.

China seems to take a tea approach. Considered, quiet and patient. A good conversation and a cup of tea in the garden, that is what life is all about.

Discussing a poem by Li Bai beside a pond filled with gold fish (yes, I deliberately separated gold and fish ….. think about it).

Sending a servant out to deal with those impatient tradesmen from across the seas, the wai guo ren, in particular the impatient beautiful ones.

China has been around for around 5,000 years or so. The detail is not relevant and can be debated. The fact is that China has been around for 1,000s of years.

The dark period under Mao does not define China.

In terms of China’s history, thirty years does not rate as an itch on a rhinoceros’s bum.

The rise and rise of China since 1979 has been stellar.

That rise will continue, but it will slow down.

The economic potential of 1.4 billion people has not yet been seen on this planet.

The economic potential of rural China has never been tapped.

The oft reported reply by Zhou Enlai, when asked for his assessment of the 1789 French Revolution - "It is too early to say" is perhaps not fully understood.

Three hundred years is not long in terms of China’s history and it shows clearly the time frames Zhou Enlai considered relevant.

Also, perhaps the French experiment in communism has not yet been played out …. in terms of thousands of years. Perhaps it kicked something off and got the ball rolling, perhaps the ball is still rolling. After all, communism comes at the end of capitalism and capitalism is till the dominant economic philosophy ……. at this time in history.

While the servant deals with the tradesmen, China will contemplate Li Bai and allow things to develop at their own pace.

The outcome is both inevitable and full of possibility.

Where will the Elephant and the Bear be at the end of the 21st century?

Will Europe’s changing demographic demand an about face towards Mecca?

Will the Eagle moult or grow stronger …… or show some maturity and learn to share the planet. (Note: 30 years, 50 years and the rhinoceros’s bum – America has only been a world power for 50 years or so. China was the dominant economic power for 18 of the past 20 centuries.)


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For Yuan, Convertibility Countdown Starts Now

Soon the yuan will be basically freely convertible and more widely accepted as an international reserve currency

People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan recently said China's foreign exchange reserves are too high. A fundamental solution to the problem, I think, lies in making the yuan freely convertible and adding it to the basket of international reserve currencies.

I remain optimistic about the yuan becoming basically convertible during the 12th Five-Year Plan period ...

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Labor Dents Appear in China's Factory Armor

Climbing wages and a diminished demographic dividend point to big changes for the manufacturing sector in China

As labor costs rise, China's manufacturers are facing unprecedented challenges. Some are being forced to move to less expensive regions in the nation's interior, others are shifting production to Southeast Asia, and some are shutting down.

Wheeling and Dealing in the Scramble for Saab

Several big players in the Chinese auto sector are competing access to ailing Swedish carmaker Saab

Legendary Nordic automaker Saab is gravely ill, fighting for every breath while its assembly lines sit idle and bank accounts sit empty.


Dominique Strauss Kahn and the IMF

Of all failures that haunt the IMF, the one that looms largest comes from its institutional insularity

Those who hoped for serious reform of the International Monetary Fund have to be very disappointed by the allegations of sexual assault against its director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. If the charges prove true, this will end Strauss-Kahn's efforts at reforming an institution that is badly in need of reform.

Most people around the world do not realize the power that the IMF has in controlling their lives.

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Ours or Theirs

By Liu Qing

The incongruous arguments held up by both proponents and opponents of the Western Model's application have ignored the sequence of development in China

Two years ago, a British author, Martin Jacques, published a book titled, "When China Rules the World," which galvanized many to reconsider their notions of China's strategic development. However, Chinese professor Zhang Weiwei's recent best-seller, "China Shock" has not created the same shock and intrigue. China's rise is an indisputable fact. Professor Zhang's most important contribution in this work is his comprehensive overview of the China Model.

Growing Pains for Child Adoption in China

Some experts want China to change an adoption system that's relied on foreign families and sometimes fosters abuse

Back in 1971, Kay Johnson joined a group of fellow American academics on a trip to Beijing at the invitation of Premier Zhou Enlai. On subsequent journeys, she researched post-Cultural Revolution China and was honored as a "special friend" of the Chinese government.

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Chinese Adoptee

Awakening to the Whisper by Cathy Crenshaw Doheny

Our World, Our Dream by Cathy Crenshaw Doheny



Asia Times Online

Copper cooler for China
By Robert M Cutler

High copper prices in Chile threaten to erode already thin profit margins of Chinese manufacturers and negatively influence the Asian giant's economic growth. Countries without China's ability to maintain purchases of the important commodity will have greater cause for concern.


India deepens Africa role
By Sudha Ramachandran

India's involvement in Africa, where it denies vying with China for influence and resources, is set to deepen with a pledge of billions of dollars in lines of credit, help in building infrastructure and additional assistance in developing the skills of the continent's young people.


North Korea plays it both ways
By Donald Kirk

Even as Dear Leader Kim Jong-il is visiting the high-tech zone of eastern and northeastern China and enjoying the embrace of President Hu Jintao, United States human-rights envoy Robert King is in Pyongyang on a "fact-finding" mission. The North Koreans are clearly pulling out all the stops to convince both their closest ally and their worst enemy that this time they really want to be good.

Donald Kirk, a long-time journalist in Asia, is author of the newly published Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine.


France BRICS up emerging economies
By M K Bhadrakumar

Russia, India and China, core members of the BRICS grouping also comprising Brazil and South Africa, have joined with Western countries that have closed ranks and staked their claim in unseemly hurry to keep the top International Monetary Fund job as their exclusive preserve, in the form of French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde. The saga has badly bruised BRICS and dented its credibility.




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Louis Vuitton’s Intrepid Effort to Court China’s Tourists

Louis Vuitton is making a pitch to consumers in a spot no Western brand has ventured before: the National Museum of China.

A guide looks in from the entrance of a hall for a Louis Vuitton Voyages exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing May 31, 2011. Photo Jason Lee/Reuters


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The New York Times

UN names Chengdu 'Role Model for Resilient Development'

Chengdu became the first Chinese city to be named "Role Model for Resilient Development" by the United Nations.

The award was presented on May 11, 2011, during the 3rd UN Conference Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction at the Geneva International Conference Center in Switzerland. The lobby of the conference center displayed dramatic pictures of the disaster relief and post-disaster reconstruction work of Chengdu following the deadly 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

Words and pictures captured the incredible challenge of a region where 1 million people were left homeless by an earthquake that caused an estimated economic loss of 124.7 billion yuan. Chengdu immediately began responding, leading rescue and renovation work involving 14 million people.

Chengdu 成都) is the capital of Sichuan province, of Southwest China, maintaining sub-provincial administrative status. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centres, transportation and communication hubs in Western China. According to the 2007 Public Appraisal for Best Chinese Cities for Investment, Chengdu was chosen as one of the top ten cities to invest in out of a total of 280 urban centers in China.

More than four thousand years ago, the prehistorical Bronze Age culture of Jīnshā (金沙) established itself in this region. The fertile Chengdu Plain, on which Chengdu is located, is also known as "天府之国" (Tiānfǔzhi Guó), which literally means "the country of heaven", or more often seen translated as "the Land of Abundance". It was recently named China's 4th-most livable city by China Daily.(Wikipedia)

Clockwise from top: Anshun Bridge on the River Jin; Jinli Street near Wuhou Temple; Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding; and Huaxi campus of Sichuan University


Care bears - Chengdu

The protection of giant pandas is a black-and-white issue for the 'pambassadors' who recently graduated from a training program in Chengdu. Matt Hodges reports

Having spent the previous few days tracking wild pandas in a remote Chinese jungle, Florida resident Ashley Robertson returned to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to find her cubs all grown up.

Robertson, one of six "pambassadors" who graduated from a five-week training program at the base to promote panda protection on Nov 5, found the cubs she had taken care of were bigger, naughtier and devouring stacks more bamboo.

Sweden's Ali Shakorian has a close encounter with a giant panda.


Justice in a makeshift village court

Judge Wu Xiangbo (third left) hears a divorce case with Tribunal Clerk Feng Guangjian in a makeshift court in a village in Xishui county of Northwest China's Guizhou province, May 23, 2011. A Chinese banner reads "Mobile court of Xishui People's Court". A China's national emblem which is usually hung on the wall of a Chinese courtroom is displayed on a table under the banner. Wu and Feng, judges with the People's Court of Xishui County, go to the county's remote villages to hear cases, so that villagers don't have to travel a long distance to a court to submit lawsuits. "It's always been difficult for people living in remote rural areas to make lawsuits, and it's hard to enforce judgment in these areas. (As a result,) A mobile court helps us to hear local cases that are simple and clear," said Wu Xiangbo.

Kaixin OpEd - Barefoot Lawyers?



Drought affects 35 million, no end in sight

BEIJING - The drought that has affected 35 million people and caused an economic loss of almost 15 billion yuan ($2.3 billion) in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River is a persistent "yellow alarm", the National Meteorological Center said on Sunday.

Fishing boats are stranded on grassland, which was once the bed of Poyang Lake — China’s largest fresh water lake, in Jiujiang, East China’s Jiangxi province, on Saturday. Because of a severe drought, the area of Poyang Lake has shrunken to less than half its usual size.






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China Daily

FEATURE - The past is another country as reports take us back in time

How the world media covered events in China three decades ago

To much of the world, China remained a mystery in the summer of 1981, when China Daily came into being.

By 1986, colorful skirts and fashionable sandals had grown common for summer wear in Beijing

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China marks 60th anniversary of Tibet's peaceful liberation

Tibet is an inseparable part of China and its fate has always been closely linked with that of this country, said top political advisor Jia Qinglin at a symposium marking the 60th anniversary of Tibet's peaceful liberation on Monday.


Tibet in western writer's eyes

In the past six decades, Tibet has seen the earthshaking changes. How an open and modern Tibet impressed the westerners?

In 2009, a German writer Tom Kahn published a novel titled "Das Tibet Projekt", meaning "Project about Tibet" in English. This book introduces many true stories of Tibet which are different from what most western countries propagated.

Tom Kahn said, "For most of the westerners, the only way to know about Tibet is via the local media reports, which led to a very narrow negative and one-sided understanding of Tibet. The first impression is half the battle. That's why many westerners are still willing to believe what the western media propagandized Tibet."

"As far as I know, the western journalists required by their own television stations only report certain images of Tibet. Like the German proverb described: 'When you hold the hammer in hand, you will see all the problems like nails.' So those journalists usually dig out the negative news, inside of the positive sides. That's how the one-sidedness reports come out."

In April this year, Tom Kahn visited Tibet invited by Chinese government. During the tour, he saw a different Tibet from what most westerners thought. Overall developments have occured on the plateau region, Tibet. And people are making a good living and are contented.

In Tom Kahn's mind, Tibet is a modern place with great developments. The increasing flight courses, and popularized English and newly built beer manufacturing workshops adopting German technology have added vigor to this holy place.

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Top five boutique and designer hotels in Beijing

Tired of those characterless business hotel chains or comfort-deprived inns? The capital offers some marvelous choices for you. Hotels are no longer a place to sleep, but also a place to experience luxury and uniqueness. For the sake of thorough pleasure, we have selected 5 top boutique and designer hotels to maximize your enjoyment during your time in the capital.


Exotic flavor at Horticultural Expo Garden

Performances by international participating organizations are scheduled throughout the ongoing Horticultural Exposition in China's host city of Xi'an. The photo taken by a CRI reporter on location shows Samba staged by Brazilian dancers.



Truly, madly, deeply

A love story that had its beginnings in 1953 Hangzhou, survives personal and political upheavals, to come to fruition decades later. Liu Zhihua reports

It was in the autumn of 1953 that Danny Li met Yuan Dibao in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, and fell in love. But fate intervened forcing the pair to live on two different continents for 54 years. Miraculously, in May, the couple came together again and got married in September.

Their story became a hot news on Chinese newspapers and TV stations. Netizens declared their love "was the purest in the world".

"It was like a dream. I never expected to see him ever again," 83-year-old Li says.

Li was born in Beijing in 1927, to a French mother and Chinese father.

Yuan Dibao, 82, and Danny Li, 83, come together again and get married after separating for more than half a century. Feng Xiao Fei From Dongnan Morning Newspaper / for China Daily

Yuan Dibao and Danny Li in the 1950s. Provided to China Daily


Thirsty Fenghuang town goes in caves for water - CCTV VIDEO

In Chinese, Feng Huang stands for Phoenix. The mythical bird is a good omen of longevity. The town of Feng Huang gets its name from a legend saying these fantastic birds flew over the town and found it so beautiful they hovered over it. Located on the western edge of Hunan Province, Feng Huang's beauty lives up to the story.



Split painting reunited in Taipei - CCTV VIDEO

One of China's best ancient paintings is to be restored. After a separation of 359 years, the two pieces of "Dwelling in Fuchun Mountain," are being brought back together again. To mark the occasion, there will be an exhibition at the Taipei Palace Museum from June 1st to September 5th.

After a separation of 359 years, the two pieces of "Dwelling in Fuchun Mountain," are being brought back together again.



WSJ - A Romantic Twist in China

At a key moment in “A Beautiful Life,” Shu Qi explodes into a teary outburst over her failing relationship with a married executive, who dumps her.

That’s about as spectacular as the action gets in this tear-jerker from director Andrew Lau, who is best known for high-energy action movies. Set against a backdrop of China’s bustling, smoggy capital, “A Beautiful Life” plays out like a 1930s Hollywood soaper: an unlikely romance between an honest Beijing cop, played by Liu Ye, and a materialistic Hong Kong woman, whom he rescues from her self-destructive life.

Shu Qi and and Liu Ye as fated lovers in ‘A Beautiful Life.’




Kicking Up a Stink

On eating cheese in China.

By Fuchsia Dunlop

Food writer Fuschia Dunlop brings stinky European cheeses to Shaoxing, capital of “stinking and fermented” (chou mei) delicacies, and compares tastes with the locals. From Slate (originally published in the Financial Times):

At the Xianheng, a waitress cut the cheeses into pieces, and the assembled tasters began to pick them up with their chopsticks, sniffing and tasting. And where I had been impressed by what cheese and stinky soya products had in common, these culinary professionals were immediately struck by their differences. "Although in some ways you could say the flavours of cheese and fermented beancurd are similar," said Mao, "vegetable stinky foods are very clean and clear in the mouth (qing kou), and they disperse quickly, while milky foods are greasy in the mouth (ni kou), they coat your tongue and palate, and they have a long, lingering aftertaste."

Two other chefs said the cheeses had a heavy shan wei (muttony odour), an ancient term used by southern Chinese to describe the slightly unsavoury tastes associated with the northern nomads. Another said that the selection "smells like Russians". "The difference," he added, "is that the stinky things Chinese people eat give them smelly breath, while stinky dairy things affect the sweat that comes out of your skin."

Kaixin OpEd - A lenghty and informative article, well worth the read.


Taoist Wudang Mountains lure foreigners

SHIYAN, Hubei - On a sweltering afternoon, a group of Europeans in traditional white Chinese shirts and dark baggy pants sit in a big circle on a lawn meditating. After about half an hour, they start to practice tai chi in pairs, pushing each other's hands.

They are from the Wudang Five Dragons Tai Chi School in the Wudang Mountains, Central China's Hubei province. The mountains attract tens of thousands of foreign kungfu fans every year, not only for its deep Taoism culture but also for its legendary Wudang tai chi martial arts.

Unlike other kungfu schools in Wudang, the two teachers are both German, rather than Chinese.

Norman Torok (L) and Ismet Himmet, both from Germany, practice tai chi at the Five Dragons Palace in the Wudang Mountains, Central China's Hubei province


Saving stage beauty

Students and teachers at Peking University are committed to keeping Kunqu Opera, one of the world's oldest and most refined art forms, Han Bingbin reports.

Crowned as the mother to many forms of Chinese opera, Kunqu Opera has been refined by musicians and literati through hundreds of years until it is now considered one of the world's most precise art forms. However, like many old art forms, the opera style is being crowded out by modern artistic tastes. Experts and teachers have realized that the best way to preserve and promote Kunqu Opera is to rely on the vitality of youth and teach and perform it at colleges.

Peking University launched its Kunqu Opera Inheritance Project in 2009, aiming to spread the word among students within five years through performances, lectures and workshops.


单雯 Kunqu Opera -- " The Peony Pavilion • Broken Dream"



Meeting with famous pianist Lang Lang

Virtuoso Pianist Lang Lang has been telling CCTV of the childhood pressures he endured before becoming a worldwide star. The 28 year-old classical pianist is in London for a record breaking concert with 100 children and 50 Steinway pianos. He joined our London Correspondent Richard Bestic to share memories of his childhood and his happiness at inspiring a new generation.

Lang Lang was in playful mood for this unprecedented event.

100 children drawn from the length and breadth of Britain learning from the Master at London's Royal Festival Hall.

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Video: Touring Hengdian, World’s Largest Outdoor Film Studio

Welcome to “Chinawood,” the world’s largest outdoor film studio in the fastest-growing film market. At more than 2,500 acres, Hengdian World Studios, as it is officially known, is larger than Universal and Paramount Studios combined, boasting a full-scale replica of the Forbidden City, a Qin Dynasty palace and an evening variety show involving volcanic explosions.




An old poem chanted by 1,000 young voices

Pupils sit together whilst reading aloud classical works of Sinology - China Studies - on the ground of Bianbjinglu primary school, Kaifeng city, Central China’s Henan province, May 20, 2011. Nearly a thousand pupils gather to read the ancient traditional Chinese poetry to mark the start of the local “Reading Festival” and the establishment of the Dongfang Youth Sinology Academy in Bianjinglu primary school.


Twenty days in Tibet - VIDEO

If you love a place, it's the people who are responsible - that's what reporter Feng Xin experienced during her 20-day backpack multimedia reporting in Tibet. In her travelogue, she tells you what her biggest barrier was and what struck her most in Tibet.

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Stinky corpse flower blooms in Beijing - VIDEO

Flowers are usually popular for their beautiful colors and sweet scents. But there is one flower at the Beijing Arboretum that's attracting visitors for a different reason.

The plant is called the Amorphophallus titanum. But most people know it by its more common name, the corpse flower, because it exudes the smell of rotten flesh.

Originally native to the tropical rainforests on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the plant rarely blossoms, even in the wild. In terms of artificial cultivation, there have been only 134 recorded blooms worldwide. And in China, this is the first.

This plant is now growing by ten centimeters everyday, but its flower is yet to bloom to its full potential, which is when the smell becomes the worst. Park staff expects this flower to fully bloom on May 26 or 27. And once that happens, the flower's full bloom lasts no more than 48 hours.

So if you want to get a closer look – or smell – of the flower that smells like a corpse, you'd better hurry up.


Past and present:Xibe's use of a bow and arrows - VIDEO

The bow and arrow played a big part in the history of human development. Not only are they hunting tools, they are also good fighting weapons. In the developing history of ethnic groups, bows and arrows are very frequently mentioned. Xibe, which is located in Xinjiang's Qapqal Xibe autonomous county, is an example of such history.

1764 AD, Xibe took orders from Qianlong, the emperor of the Qing dynasty, to move west to guard the country’s frontier. Their excellent archery skills made them a very strong group.


Wedding customs exhibited in Ninghai, China's Zhejiang

A decoration for traditional Chinese wedding is seen at a museum in Ninghai, east China's Zhejiang Province, May 18, 2011. A museum in Ninghai, highlighting objects related to the wedding customs in east Zhejiang Province since Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) and Qing Dynasty (1616-1911 AD), opened to public on Wednesday. The wedding customs of east Zhejiang Province was enlisted as one of the national intangible cultural heritages.

See Kaixin's - Marriage in China - Ancient & Modern



Suzhou: Heaven on Earth

Time-tested adages sing praises of Suzhou.

Many cities have slogans to entice you to visit and spend your tourist dollars. These are usually written by some tourism office or travel agency, and no matter how clever or well thought out, they often fall on the deaf ears of seasoned travelers or the cynical.

But there are adages that are time-tested - like this one, which roughly translates to: Up in the sky there is heaven, down on earth there is Suzhou and Hangzhou.

That's a pretty bold declaration when you consider the size of China and the many beautiful places to see within its borders. Yet, Suzhou's beauty has won it boasting rights.

Suzhou, built in 514 BC, has a storied past.

Marco Polo spent time there in 1276 while on the Silk Road. Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War in Suzhou when it was the kingdom of Wu.


Wooden pagoda seeks for world heritage status

TAIYUAN - Authorities in north China's Shanxi Province said Sunday that they would finish the application for the Sakyamuni Pagoda, the oldest wooden structures in the world, by July for it to be included on the UNESCO list of cultural relics by 2013.

The Sakyamuni Pagoda, also known as the Yingxian Pagoda as it was housed in the Fogong Temple of Yingxian County, is the oldest full-wooden pagoda still standing in China and believed to be the oldest of its kind in the world.

Standing 67.31 meters tall, the octagonal pagoda was built in 1,056 AD during the Khitan-led Liao Dynasty.


On-line Dating:A New Craze Sweeping China

Due to the dating pressure, millions of China’s singletons log on dating websites to find love, especially for men, which has been driving a major boom in on-line dating business.

Where does this dating pressure come from? As a Chinese saying goes,”A man should  get married on coming of age, so should a woman ” Nowadays, Chinese parents commonly expect their daughters to be married by the time they’re 25 and sons by the age of 30. There’s even a word for those who are not married by the time expected: Shengnan and shengnv, literally a “left-over man” or “left-over woman”. Shengnan and Shengnv are bearing all aspects of pressure coming from their worried and pushy parents as well as their busy jobs. “I was very busy; my life circle was very small” Ada Zhang, one of my ex-colleagues, said, “So I turned to on-line dating, and I made it, now I’m married. I believe everyone can find their true love on the internet” She is just one of millions of Chinese people who are turning to on-line dating as a solution to their relationship woes in a society where the pressure to find a partner can be very oppressive.

According to research by the National Women's Union and in 2010, China currently has 180 million bachelors, 23.8% of who are going on dates arranged by their parents, the rest are looking for dates by themselves. A male netizen makes a joke of his being-busy in his blog,“if I’m not on a date, I must be on the way to it”. Among 180 million bachelors, some ask for dates from matchmakers, some “sneak” into dating agencies in a low profile, some even step out and chat up with girls on the streets, however, up to half of whom are thought to be looking for love on-line.

By Jan, 2011, there are three main stream on-line dating websites: with 32 million registered members, and with 26 million members each, which all together account for nearly half of singletons in China.

Those numbers mean big business. In china, the combination between the immense demand of finding love and the advanced network has started generating the windfall profits. Every on-line site now is like a 24-hour convenient store, collecting and selling their member’s information. What makes people jealous is that those websites are taking in billions of revenues annually, with the annual growth rate at 200%. Every year, there are 20 million singletons who would become the potential clients for the on-line dating sites. According to, it's estimated that online dating sites attracted three million paying customers in 2010, who collectively spent more than $150 million.

See Kaixin's - Marriage in China - Ancient & Modern


Gan En Store in Sichuan - VIDEO

Liu Anrong runs a store called Gan En Store in Sichuan, which was hit by a massive 8.0 magnitude earthquake three years ago.

She named the store Gan En to show her gratefulness to those who have been offering help to the quake zones.



Old Beijing hutong reopens with new look

After years of renovation, the much noted Xianyukou Hutong in the bustling Qianmen area of downtown Beijing is welcoming visitors with a whole new look.

Xianyukou is literally translated as Fish Street. It's an appropriate name because it was the fish market for old Beijing.

The alley, packed with time-honored brands of Beijing snacks, was once among the most frequently visited places by locals.

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Miao ethnic singer Song Zuying debuts in Taiwan

Song Zuying, one of the most capable singers on the Chinese stage, held her first solo concert in Taiwan on Sunday night.

The success of her concerts could blaze a trail for more top singers from the Chinese mainland to perform in Taiwan.

Clad in glamorous costumes, Song Zuying performed a program of Chinese folk songs for her debut in Taiwan.