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13th April 2012


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 Xiaosui Zhou is an editor of Kaixin

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during the Cultural Revolution



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People's Daily




What's happening in China

Memorial rites honoring Genghis Khan held in China's Inner Mongolia

  1. China to unify price of garbage power
  2. Beijing, Shanghai most attractive for foreigners
  3. Shanghai Disney secures 12.9 billion yuan loan
  4. Migrant youths outnumber locals
  5. Probe finds pesticides in tea products
  6. Target met in going green with rubbish


CPC Central Committee to investigate into Bo Xilai's serious violations

As Comrade Bo Xilai is suspected of being involved in serious discipline violations, the Central Committee of CPC has decided to suspend his membership of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and the CPC Central Committee.

  1. Police reinvestigate death of Neil Heywood
  2. Firmly support correct decision of CPC Central Committee: People's Daily
  3. China to monitor PM2.5 in 85 cities
  4. Tolerating rumors not a democratic quality




  1. Respond calmly to 'China threat theory'
  2. Why are Chinese goods more cheap abroad?
  3. Hold mainstream of China-ASEAN relations
  4. Asia-Pacific countries should promote free trade
  5. Anelka cannot save Chinese football




China Daily


Economic growth slows to 8.1%

China's economy expanded 8.1 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012.
World Bank cuts GDP forecast


System to promote yuan use globally

A system to settle cross-border yuan payments and boost the convertibility of the currency will be set up.

  • M&A activity decreases sharply in Q1

    The number of completed merger and acquisition deals decreased by 50 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012 amid the global economic slowdown, suggests a report.




China back to trade surplus in March

China swung back to trade surplus in March, posting a $670-million trade surplus in the first quarter.

Majorities in China feel living standard improving

Experts urge strong branding

China CPI jumps higher than predictions

Chinese delegation to attend Iran nuke talks

To dump or not to dump? That is the question

Pepsi increases marketing, R&D

'Porcelain capital' hopes to rekindle age of beauty

Turkish PM's visit boosts relations


  • Surviving economic changes in industry

    In a factory in the city of Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, Luo Li, vice-general manager of shoemaker China Juyi Group, talked proudly about how new laser machines have helped to improve its productivity.


Lessons of the Opium War
Julia Lovell believes much of the impetus behind China's transformation in recent years comes from the fear of falling behind.

Acclaimed writer says she had to revise almost every assumption about Chinese empire

Julia Lovell says the Opium War still leaves a lasting mark and casts a shadow on China even today.

The 36-year-old China historian, who has just written a book on the 19th century conflict between Britain and China, Opium War, Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China, says the war certainly teaches those in modern China of the dangers of falling behind the West.

"If you talk to many Chinese about the Opium War, a phrase you will quickly hear is luo hou jiu yao ai da, which literally means that if you are backward you will take a beating," she says.

"So the events of the Opium War are still held up as a tragic reminder of what happens if China shuts its doors to the outside world."


Unpopular but friendly advice

Economics expert says events have proved him right

Martin Wolf, associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, has on his desk a souvenir Chinese terracotta warrior and a miniature of French sculptor Auguste Rodin's Le Penseur.

These two classic works of art catch the eye among the neatly stacked shelves of financial books in Wolf's spacious Thames-side London office. But together they hint at a more current story - China's amazing economic growth alongside the anxiety caused by Europe's debt crisis.

"I expect Chinese foreign investment in Europe to grow substantially over the next 10 or 20 years, and that's quite natural and normal," Wolf says.

In the past two months alone, China Investment Corporation, the country's sovereign wealth fund, bought an 8.68 percent stake in the UK's largest water and sewerage company, Thames Water, while China Three Gorges, the operator of the world's biggest dam, bought a 21.35 percent stake in Portugal's biggest power producer, Energias de Portugal SA.

"Europe is still rich and has lots of high-technology companies," says Wolf, adding that further opportunities for Chinese investment exist in the motor vehicle, civil aviation and financial services sectors.

The relationship between China and Europe changed significantly in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis. The same financial shock that exposed the unsustainable debt levels of some eurozone governments left China's growth almost intact - thanks to a 4 trillion yuan ($635 billion, 483 billion euros) stimulus package introduced by the Chinese government, the effectiveness of which "really surprised" even Wolf.


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XinHua News


Senior Chinese leader emphasizes security cooperation within SCO

China is ready to work with Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to achieve more substantial results in maintaining regional security and stability and promoting economic growth, a senior Chinese leader said Thursday.


China urges Philippine warships to leave Huangyan Island

Foreign Ministry spokesman said official ships dispatched by the Chinese government were not Naval ships and that they were already on their way to the scene.

China urges Philippines to stop illegal acts
Irrelevant parties hoped to stay out of disputes


Top court rules on home demolition rights

Courts can turn down government requests to demolish housing, if the compensation for residents is deemed unfair, the Supreme People's Court ruled on Monday.



China & World   

Australia, China sign MOU on infrastructure cooperation

FM spokesman: Chinese delegation to attend Iran nuclear talks

China, Cuba sign agreements to enhance economic cooperation

Four Chinese oil workers killed in Niger helicopter crash

Chinese vice premier visits Indonesia to boost cooperation



Macao's lending to private sector grows 0.3 pct in Feb.

Shoppers are feeling the pinch

Hong Kong stocks down 1.11 pct by midday

Chinese shares close lower at midday

Macao's resident deposits up 0.2 pct in Feb.



Macao's lending to private sector grows 0.3 pct in Feb.

Macao's resident deposits up 0.2 pct in Feb.

Hong Kong stocks open 1 pct lower

Gold price opens higher in Hong Kong

5.5-magnitude quake hit Taiwan region


Global Times



There are voices against solidarity. They think society can develop its own balance as it diversifies. But this line of thought should not dominate policymaking.


Peaceful ideals under fire in S.China Sea

Source: Global Times Published: April 12, 2012 00:55
This reaction would change the expectations of other parties concerning China’s attitude toward South China Sea disputes.


Bo's case shows resilience of rule of law

Source: Global Times Published: April 11, 2012 00:55
This is no longer the era where China would rather cover issues up to avoid revealing problems.


The batch of dissidents who charted the same route as Fang failed to make a splash. A few of them died quietly abroad. This perhaps is not what they had imagined at the beginning.


If ASEAN supports the stance of the Philippines and Vietnam over the South China Sea issue, the prospects of cooperation in East Asia will be overthrown and the situation will become uncertain.


There have been conflicting media reports concerning tourism development of the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea this week. It appeared that some government departments had taken the project into serious consideration but remained undecided about its viability.





News and Current Affairs



SCO's Secretaries Meeting in Beijing


China's Trade Data in March


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The Wall Street Journal


Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, where the big China worry is protectionism, not currency.



  • New Yuan Bank Loans Surge

    Looser credit conditions, underscored by an increase in bank lending, prevailed in March, according to a report released by the People's Bank of China.


Going Soft on China's Commodity Demand

As China shifts gradually out of the heavy-industry phase of development, commodity investors looking to profit from its appetite will need to be more nuanced, looking to food and fuel rather than metals.


Fonterra Plans China Investment

Fonterra Cooperative Group, one of the world's largest dairy exporters, is expanding operations in China, in a major push to gain ground there after a 2008 milk contamination scandal tarnished its growth plans.


Eight Questions: David Wolf Makes the Connection

Bloomberg News

Two of China’s most innovative technology companies, Huawei and ZTE, are also two of its most controversial. With the telecom equipment makers expanding beyond China, governments have grown concerned that the companies could be used by Beijing to monitor their communications networks abroad.

In his new book “Making the Connection,” David Wolf, chief executive of marketing strategy firm Wolf Group Asia, traces the rise of Huawei and ZTE from regional equipment suppliers to global telecommunications giants, taking time to attack myths around the companies along the way.

China Real Time recently asked Mr. Wolf about what drove the growth of Huawei and ZTE, how they’re competing with the world’s top telecoms, and what he thinks about concerns regarding the companies’ expansion abroad.


Heywood Feared for His Safety

Shortly before his death, British businessman Neil Heywood was summoned on short notice to a meeting in Chongqing with representatives of the family of Chinese politician Bo Xilai.


Bo Xilai’s Gift to Chongqing: A Legal Mess  

Stanley Lubman, a long-time specialist on Chinese law, is a Distinguished Lecturer in Residence at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and is the author of “Bird in a Cage: Legal Reform in China After Mao,” (Stanford University Press, 1999).

Bo Xilai, the former Communist Party chief of Chongqing  stripped of all his party posts Tuesday night as part of an investigation into “serious discipline violations,” has done more than saddle Beijing with a major political scandal. He has also left behind serious legal problems that will take considerable effort to resolve.


China Drama Now a Murder Mystery

Bo Xilai, a charismatic politician once headed for top office, was dismissed from his Communist Party positions and his glamorous wife detained as a suspect in the killing of a British businessman, in the biggest crisis to shake China's leadership in decades.


Property Investors Lie in Wait in China

Cash-strapped, debt-burdened Chinese property companies may face a reckoning this year as the housing market slows—and if they do, outside investors are ready to step in.


IMF to Shift Its View of China's Trade Surplus

The IMF is poised to sharply cut its long-term forecast of China's current-account surplus, which would strengthen Beijing's defense against U.S. arguments that the yuan is "substantially undervalued."

China Swings to Trade Surplus

China posted a trade surplus of $5.35 billion in March, after reporting a deficit of $31.48 billion in February.


China Sends Another Warning to Banks

The China Banking Regulatory Commission has begun an investigation into bank fees and warned that banks found to be charging high fees for routine services will be punished. It didn't say how it defines high fees.


Chinese General: Philippines Faces ‘Last Chance’

A Chinese general warned the Philippines that it was facing its “last chance” to resolve simmering territorial disputes in the potentially resource-rich South China Sea, a rhetorical uptick in what has emerged as the region’s hottest potential military flashpoint.

Luo Yuan, a Chinese major general known for his hawkish views, in a commentary published Monday in the popular Global Times newspaper, accused the Philippines of hijacking a recent ASEAN summit and said Manila’s continuing provocations were bound to fail.

“The biggest miscalculation of the Philippines is that it has misestimated the strength and willpower of China to defend its territorial integrity,” Gen. Luo wrote


Economists React: Inflation Creeps Back Up


China’s consumer price index rose 3.6% in March from a year earlier, quicker than February’s 3.2% rise and above expectations, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Monday. Meanwhile, China’s producer price index, a gauge of inflation at the wholesale level, fell 0.3% in March from a year earlier, after a flat reading in February. Analysts weigh in:

There’s nothing for the [People’s Bank of China] to worry about…It looks like the CPI number was mostly [due to a rise in] food. Some give back was likely given to the fall in February. The 0.2% month-on-month [rise] is very low….[The government] raised fuel prices in March, which I took as an indication that they were comfortable with the inflation outlook. An oil price spike is not in the cards. If we find ourselves in one of those, things will change, but today that doesn’t seem to be the way the world is working. – Tim Condon, ING


Fostering China’s Creative Entrepreneurs

David Ben Kay has been an anti-piracy czar and an arts guru. But after more than 20 years in Beijing, he’s started a new adventure: as a kind of mother hen to creative entrepreneurs looking to break into China.

Formerly Microsoft China’s general counsel focusing on intellectual property, the 57-year-old Colorado native opened Yuanfen, a new-media art gallery in Beijing’s trendy 798 arts district, in 2008. In September he transformed the gallery into Yuanfen Flow, a business incubator that nurtures start-ups that combine art, business and sustainability with technology.


Wen Jiabao’s Reform Push More Than Just Political Theater  

Russell Leigh Moses is a Beijing-based analyst and professor who writes on Chinese politics. He is writing a book on the changing role of power in the Chinese political system.

Is Premier Wen Jiabao taking a run at reform again?

That’s the question that has been rattling around in China-watching circles ever since Wen’s final press conference at the National People’s Congress last month, during which he warned in sharp terms about the dangers of nostalgia over mass movements and insisted that without political reforms “it is impossible to continue economic reform, and the gains we have made may be lost.”

One view is that Wen is not being genuine in his efforts at reform—in other words, that’s he’s Beijing’s consummate actor, wheeling out the rhetoric to burnish his legacy for the history books. Other analyses have portrayed Wen as a lone champion of restructuring, fighting a solitary battle against the dark forces of oppression and hardline gunslingers.

But Wen’s no performer. Nor is he some sort of cowboy.


Top China Stories from WSJ: Foxconn Wages, Industrial Luxury, Ford Boost

Apple contractor Hon Hai plans to raise wages for its employees in Taiwan in a bid to better attract and retain talent; Italian yacht maker Ferretti has been purchased by a Chinese company know for making bulldozers; Ford plans to invest $600 million in Chongqing as part of an effort to double its capacity in China.


China’s Ultra-Rich Fly Into Sanya

A battle is unfolding in the South China Sea: the fight to win the pocketbooks of China’s richest citizens.

Over the next four days, 300 of China’s wealthiest are being flown in on private jets by makers such as Boeing and Cessna, as an unprecedented number of companies pile onto Hainan Island. The occasion? The annual Hainan Rendez-Vous yacht and jet show in Sanya, southern China’s travel hotspot for the ultra-wealthy.


Inside China’s Real-Estate Data System

China’s real-estate sector is a key driver of growth and imports of raw materials. A slowdown in investment in the sector is contributing to concern about the outlook for the world’s second-largest economy, and makes China’s real-estate data set one of the most closely watched by investors.

Speaking exclusively to China Real Time, Zhao Peiya, the deputy director of the Department of Investment at the National Bureau of Statistics, offered a glimpse into how China compiles its housing numbers.


Eight Questions: Rebecca MacKinnon, ‘Consent of the Networked’

As Beijing bureau chief for CNN in the late 1990′s, Rebecca MacKinnon witnessed first-hand the arrival of the Internet in China and the Chinese government’s struggle to control a technology some predicted would help bring about the end of Communist Party rule.

A decade later, as Ms. MacKinnon documents in her recently released book “Consent of the Networked,” the party is still alive and still fighting to manage the flow of information online, though with far more success than many had previously assumed possible.




The New York Times


Slow First Quarter in China, but Recent Signs of Growth

Despite slow economic growth in the first three months of the year, there were gains in both the industrial and retail sectors in March, according to new data.


The Imbalances in China's Economy

An interview with Nicholas R. Lardy, an authority on China and its economy, about his book "Sustaining China's Economic Growth After the Global Financial Crisis."


Slowdown Forecast for Developing Asian Economies

The Asian Development Bank on Wednesday forecast that Asia’s emerging economies would cool somewhat in 2012, but said that growth would still outpace that of the developed world.


Diplomatic Resolution Sought in South China Sea Standoff

Philippine and Chinese officials on Wednesday called for a diplomatic solution to a naval standoff, while insisting that they would defend their territorial claims over islands in the South China Sea.


Bo Xilai Scandal and the Mysterious Neil Heywood

Neil Heywood’s ties to Bo Xilai and his family may have cost him his life and set off China’s biggest political scandal in a generation. But precisely why, or how, he died is still unknown.


Briton’s Death Is Thrust to Center of China Scandal Over Bo Xilai

The wife of Bo Xilai, who had been seen as one of the handful of rising leaders slated to run China, is being investigated in the killing of a businessman, Neil Heywood, last year.


Surplus in China Trade Comes as Surprise

Exports surged last month, helping to produce an unexpected trade surplus of $5.35 billion in March, but imports grew lethargically, a warning sign for the nation.


China Reports Trade Surplus for March, but Growth Is Slow

The surplus is likely to bring renewed calls in the United States and elsewhere for China to allow further appreciation of its currency, the renminbi.


Food Prices Push Rate of Inflation Up in China

Unlike in Europe and the United States, where inflation is subdued, China and other emerging economies have seen that prices have been pushed up by robust growth and rising costs.



Asia Times Online


 China growth fragile
Demand in March from the United States and Europe helped China register a small first-quarter trade surplus, but lower-than-expected imports and a pessimistic outlook at China's smaller businesses suggests rocky overall growth.
- Robert M Cutler


Murder adds twist to Bo thriller
An official investigation into Bo Xilai is the definitive end of the princeling's political career, but not the end of a disturbing story. With Bo's lawyer wife a suspect in the murder of a British businessman - and the United States probably holding smoking-gun information - Beijing may be forced to step lightly abroad and make bolder reform strides at home. 
- Francesco Sisci


Loyalty drive may stifle China reforms
A plethora of wild rumors surrounding the downfall of Chongqing's Communist Party secretary Bo Xilai confirms there are serious ills in China's body politic. Amid attempts to shore up stability ahead of the wholesale changing of the guard at the 18th Party Congress in November, it is doubtful whether the party elite will heed Premier Wen Jiabao's repeated calls for genuine political reform. - Willy Lam



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Caixin Online

Banks'New Loans in March Beat Expectations

First quarter ends with lending increase that exceeded even the boldest forecasts

Huge Waste of Wind-Generated Electricity in 2011, Research Finds

Industry insider blames disconnect between production facilities and grid companies for unused power

SOE Investment Regulations on Property Market Flow Adrift

Hundreds of subsidiaries under centrally administered SOEs are hindering the exit of government investment under 2010 rules


Report Ties Top Clothing Retailers to Severe Water Pollution

Nearly 50 major clothing retailers were linked to supply chains that dump toxic waste into China's dwindling water resources, a new study by five environmental organizations finds


Closer Look: Data Platform a Tiger with No Teeth

A new platform to digitize the filing of information for economic indicators has already fallen prey to interference by local governments

Roach Says China Hard Landing Unlikely

Stephen Roach calls for more consumption in China's economic restructuring and less worry about bursting of a property bubble


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