China's Hukou Reforms 'Don't Go Far Enough': Analysts
Competition will be fierce for household registrations in the largest cities.

Melamine Yogurt Candy Seized As Consumer Confidence Plummets
The latest scandal comes after revelations that staff at a reputable meat supplier to fast food outlets tampered with sell-by dates.

Vietnam buckles under Chinese pressure
The Vietnam's Communist Party is unwilling to stand up to China, even though the country's historical narrative is built on fighting back against and repelling Chinese aggression.  By Zachary Abuza  Since China's July 16 withdrawal of its HYSY-981 oil exploration rig from waters claimed by Vietnam, tensions in the South China Sea have momentarily defused. But Beijing's months-long placement of the rig roughly 130 nautical miles from Vietnam's coast presented the most divisive threat...

China Poised For Global Leadership? Time To Bury Mao Zedong, The Greatest Mass Murderer In History
Estimates of the total number of deaths under the man known as the “Red Emperor” range between 35 million and 100 million people.  By Doug Bandow BEIJING, CHINA—Tiananmen Square symbolizes modern China.  The space forever will be remembered as the focus of the mass demonstrations dispersed by brute military force in 1989.  Today the square is peaceful—but dominated by the ghost of Mao Zedong , likely the greatest mass murderer in history. His portrait hangs on the Gate of Heave...

How China's Enormous Fishing Fleet Is Being Used As a Surrogate Navy
By Adam Pasik A Hong Kong fishing vessel carrying activists sets sail for Japan's Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. China has a lot of fishermen—with 695,555 vessels, its commercial fishing fleet is more than double the size (pdf, pg. 36) of the next biggest, from Japan.  That’s primarily because China eats a lot of fish per capita, and catches more fish than any other country in the world by a huge margin. But it’s not just about keeping Chinese bellies full.  According to an ...

Microsoft Probe Fuels China Uncertainty
The pattern of welcoming in foreign companies, forcing them into joint ventures, seeing what they've got and then discarding them by supposedly legal means can only be called one thing: a shakedown. By William Pesek It's hard to keep a straight face as China accuses Microsoft of " monopolistic behavior ” and raids its offices in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere.  What, that cartel known as the Communist Party suddenly has a problem with large organizations that dominate their particular s...

Uighur Group Disputes China's Assertion of 'Terror' Attack
Dozens Killed for Protesting Police Treatment By JOSH CHIN BEIJING—An overseas group advocating on behalf of China's mostly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority cast doubt Wednesday on the Chinese government's assertion that a recent outburst of deadly violence in the far-western Xinjiang region was the result of a 'terrorist' attack. On the same day, prosecutors in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi announced that dissident Uighur economist Ilham Tohti , taken from his Beijing home by police in January...

Myanmar President Replaces Information, Health Ministers
Shortcomings in the work of the ministers are cited for the changes.

Vietnam Blocks Activists From Attending Foreign Media Seminar
The Australian Embassy in Hanoi had invited both government and civil society representatives to the conference.

Imam of Grand Kashgar Mosque Murdered in Xinjiang Violence
Jume Tahir, who is also vice-president of the China Islamic Association, was stabbed to death outside the ancient mosque.

Jailed Uyghur Scholar Tohti Officially Charged with Separatism
The indictment comes amid unending violence in China's restive western Xinjiang region.

Vietnamese Party Members Call For Democracy, Push-Back Against China
An open letter says 50 years of one-party rule have failed to form a strong nation.

Wife of Party Official Killed in Xinjiang ‘Revenge Attack’
Officials say they were targeted after he led a raid on a mosque prayer session.

China's Offshore Military Drills Seen as 'a Show Intended For Japan'
Tokyo is the main target of Beijing's 'psychological warfare' amid widespread nationalistic support.

Chinese Forced Sterilization Couple Wins Asylum in U.S.
Husband and wife were subjected to forced sterilization and fines, and spent years evading detention.

Weapons of Aggression: Chinese Fishing Fleet
Satellites and seafood: China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters BY JOHN RUWITCH A dinghy ferries people to fishing boats at a port in the city of Dongfang on the western side of China's palm-fringed island province of Hainan, June 18, 2014. Weapons of aggression: Chinese fishing boats anchor at a port in the city of Dongfang on the western side of China's island province of Hainan, June 18, 2014. On China's southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter...

China’s Bad Dream
By Gene Frieda LONDON – Since his first address as China’s president last year, Xi Jinping has been espousing the so-called “Chinese Dream” of national rejuvenation and individual self-improvement.  But the imperative of addressing the unprecedented amount of debt that China has accumulated in recent years is testing Xi’s resolve – and his government is blinking. The Chinese government’s uncertain ability – or willingness – to rein in debt is apparent in its contradictory commitment to i...

Chen Guangcheng Goes to Washington
Jerome Cohen on the Chinese human rights activist’s efforts to navigate American politics. By Jerome A. Cohen Some of us are old enough to remember the wonderful 1939 Frank Capra film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington , starring Jimmy Stewart . It was the improbable story of how a non-political do-gooder gets appointed to the United States Senate with the hope of reforming America’s political system. In a few days, Mr. Chen Guangcheng , the blind “barefoot lawyer” who arrived in New York from Beij...

Dozens killed and injured in East Turkestan
"Uighurs rose up to resist China's extreme ruling policy and were met with armed repression resulting in dead and injured on both sides". -- Dilxat Raxit AFP Chinese occupation forces in Urumqi, East Turkestan A clash in Xinjiang, home to China's mostly Muslim Uighur minority, left nearly 100 people dead or wounded, an exile group said Wednesday after what authorities called a "terror attack" on a police station and township. Dozens of civilians and assailants were killed and injured in the a...

China’s Ex-Security Czar Ensnared in Corruption Probe
Zhou Yongkang, former head of China's police state, becomes the most senior official yet caught up in Xi Jinping's anticorruption crusade By Hannah Beech / Beijing Zhou Yongkang, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 9, 2012. For years, as head of China’s police state, Zhou Yongkang was wrapped in an aura of menace.  At his...

Expats in China should read GSK potboiler carefully
GSK case has increased the risk factor for foreign executives By Tom Mitchell It is high summer in Beijing, that time of year when expat executives flee for generally cooler, definitely cleaner climes and ask themselves whether the rewards of working in the world’s most exciting market are worth the traffic, pollution, hidden sex-cams and threat of long prison sentences. Those last two more extreme risks only emerged during the implosion of GlaxoSmithKline’s China business during the past yea...

Vietnam’s Communists Urged to Sue China
By Trung Nguyen China, Vietnam oil rig dispute, near Paracel Islands Dozens of prominent members of Vietnam's Communist Party (VCP), voicing concerns over China’s actions in the South China Sea, are calling on their leaders to file a legal case against Beijing with the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea. The petition, obtained by VOA's Vietnamese service, has been sent to the Central Committee, the highest authority within the VCP.  The move comes weeks after China moved a cont...

Dozens of Uyghurs Shot Dead in Riots in Xinjiang’s Yarkand County
At least two sources say the death toll may have exceeded 50 but the information cannot be officially verified.

Myanmar Parliament Sets Up Panel to Study Divisive Electoral System
But the Lower House speaker warns the system could factionalize ethnic groups.

Dalai Lama Photo on Open Display at Tibetan Horse-Race Festival
Participants defy authorities by showing image of exiled spiritual leader.

Crowds Riot on Chinese Island Over Lack of Typhoon Help
Residents of Weizhou island say the government also obstructed their attempts to help themselves.

Operatic Gesticulations
China's war games don't faze Japan but disrupt civilian air traffic By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING -- China is holding some of its most extensive military exercises this week off its eastern seaboard, and although rival Japan is unperturbed, they are causing massive disruptions in civilian air traffic in Shanghai and other cities. Live-fire drills will be held for the next five days off China's coast in the East China Sea opposite Japan starting on Tuesday, the Ministry of National Defence said...

All-Out Hacking
Chinese hackers steal Israel’s Iron Dome missile data By Samuel Gibbs Israel's Iron Dome was the target of Chinese hackers, who stole schematics and specifications of the Arrow 3 missile among other components.  A Chinese hacking group has been accused of stealing data from Israel’s billion-dollar Iron Dome missile system. The state-sponsored Comment Crew hacking group, thought to operate out of China, was responsible for attacks from 2011 onwards on three Israeli defence technology comp...

Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat
VOA HANOI — China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims.  Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam.  The shelves in this Vietnamese store, like most stores around the country, are filled with Chinese-made products; but, much of it may go unsold, for now, with many Vietnamese consumers still angry over the recent oil rig dispute.  Like she does every year, Phu Lang Huong is...

Đảng viên lão thành kêu gọi thoát Trung
BBC News Cựu Tướng Nguyễn Trọng Vĩnh đứng đầu nhóm các Đảng viên lão thành Hơn 60 Đảng viên Cộng sản lão thành vừa gửi thư ngỏ lên Ban Chấp hành Trung ương kêu gọi từ bỏ con đường xây dựng XHCN và thoát khỏi lệ thuộc vào Trung Quốc. Bức thư mà BBC có trong tay đề ngày 28/7/2014 với 61 chữ ký của nhiều nhân vật hoạt động lâu năm và có tiếng ở Việt Nam như Thiếu tướng Nguyễn Trọng Vĩnh, cựu Thứ trưởng Chu Hảo , các kinh tế gia Lê Đă...

China hacked into Canada's National Research Council computers
The federal government says Chinese cyberattack on National Research Council detected by Canada’s cyber espionage outfit, CSEC. By Alex Boutilier The Communications Security Establishment Canada complex is pictured in Ottawa. The spy agency says In a statement, the government says a cyber attack on federal government computers came from "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor." OTTAWA—Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird had a “full and frank” discussion with his counterpart in B...

China Changes Water Into Wine
By Nick Kirkpatrick  Residents look out at a river that turned red overnight in Cangnan county in east China’s Zhejiang province on July 24.  Locals in the Chinese city of Wenzhou woke up Thursday puzzled to find that their river was blood red . Na Wan told NBC : "A few people that were up and about at 5 a.m. said that everything was normal but then suddenly within the space of a few minutes the water started turning darker and eventually was completely red. "The really weird thing ...

Trade War: China's Salami Tactics against Western Companies
With Microsoft in Sight, China Starts to Squeeze U.S. Tech Companies By ANDREW JACOBS, CHRIS BUCKLEY and NICK WINGFIELD BEIJING — China, once the hottest growth market for United States technology companies, is turning chillier. In the latest sign of the change in climate, officials from a Chinese government agency that enforces antimonopoly laws and other business regulations visited four Microsoft offices across China on Monday, the company said. China is still one of the largest and most p...

China Formally Announces Zhou Yongkang Graft Probe
The former security chief is suspected of 'serious breaches' of discipline, the ruling Chinese Communist Party says.

Concerns Grow Over China's Confucius Institutes
U.S. professors accuse 90 Confucius Institutes across the U.S. of seeking to instill in students the ruling Chinese Communist Party's views By Yang Jiadai and C.K.  The headquarters of the Confucius Institute in Beijing Once lauded as the jewel in the crown of China's "soft power" cultural diplomacy, Confucius Institutes have sprung up at hundreds of colleges and teaching institutions around the world. Partnering with local academic centers, their aim is to teach people to speak Chinese,...

Shit Power
Family allows child to defecate on plane aisle, embarrassing Chinese passengers The Shangaiist In February 2013, a boy was likewise photographed on a passenger plane crouching in middle of the aisle to do his business. A Chinese family allowed their son to squat down and defecate in the cabin aisle of a Delta Airlines flight from Beijing to Detroit in the US, leaving other Chinese passengers onboard the flight shaking their heads in shame,  Sina News reports. Wang, a passenger on the fli...

Food Safety in China Still Faces Big Hurdles
By MICHAEL MOSS and NEIL GOUGHJULY A production line at the Husi Food factory in Shanghai, which was discovered earlier this week to be using expired or rotten meat.  China has been scrambling to right its gargantuan processed-food ship ever since six infants died and thousands more were hospitalized with kidney damage in 2008 from milk adulterated with an industrial chemical. But as the latest scandal involving spoiled meat in fast-food shows, the attempted transformation over the last ...

A Troubled Outlook for China-Japan Ties
By AUSTIN RAMZY A 2012 altercation between Japanese Coast Guard ships and pro-China activists near contested islands in the East China Sea. A new report says the decay in China-Japan relations has “spiraled beyond” the dispute over the islands.  China and Japan have seen historic disputes metastasize into present-day confrontations, and the possibility of resolution seems to be diminishing, according to a new study of tensions between the two Asian rivals. “Enmity between China and Japan...

China’s perilous tangle of military and economic fortunes
Beijing gives an air of invincibility in one debate and implosion in another By Robert D Kaplan Two debates are under way over China .  The first, about Beijing’s aggression in the South and East China seas, is between naval strategists and diplomats who know little about economics.  The second, about the fragility of the Chinese economy , is between economists who know little about naval strategy and diplomacy. These debates should intersect but they rarely do.  In one, China ...

Turning Ethiopia Into China's China
By Kevin Hamlin, Ilya Gridneff, and William Davison Ethiopian workers walking through the parking lot of Huajian Shoes’ factory outside Addis Ababa in June chose the wrong day to leave their shirts untucked. The company’s president, just arrived from China, spotted them through the window, sprang up, and ran outside.  Zhang Huarong , a former People’s Liberation Army soldier, harangued them in Chinese, tugging at one man’s polo shirt and forcing another worker’s into his pants.  Ama...

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Appreciation of Patient’s Family In Midwest Gives Faith In Humanity (Doctor-Patient Relation)
I believe that patient’s appreciation is better than any highest award that can be bestowed on a physician or healthcare provider. The ideals of aspiring physicians are to help and serve the patients. However, the healthcare system’s demands and regulations continue … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

Hieu Van Le, From Communist Political Refugee To Be Governor Of South Australia
Commentary:  Hieu Van Le or Lê Văn Hiếu was recently appointed to become the next Governor General of South Australia. He will assume the new post in September. He has been serving as a Lieutenant-Governor since 2007. This new appointment shows the … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

Final Farewell To Nguyen Duy Hai, The Man With 200 Lb Tumor Removed.
In less than one year of 200 lb tumor resection, Nguyen Duy Hai, who had made worldwide news thanks to his optimism, he succumbed to a mysterious and fatal disease in October 2013. He died at 33. It has been speculated that the … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

UN pledges to support Vietnam in guaranteeing human rights - GlobalPost
UN pledges to support Vietnam in guaranteeing human rights GlobalPost 3 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN) pledged to support Vietnam in ensuring and promoting human rights through the 2012-2016 UN One Plan, said UN Resident Coordinator Pratibha Mehta on Tuesday. Addressing the launching of the Universal Periodic  ...

UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan - Global Voices Online
Global Voices Online UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan Global Voices Online A UN group of human rights experts has found that the detention of Vietnamese blogger and human rights defender Le Quoc Quan stands in violation of his right to freedom of expression and a fair trial. Le Quoc Quan was arrested in December 2012 on  ...

Kindness One: Motorcycle causes a heap of travel trouble in Vietnam - Los Angeles Times
Kindness One: Motorcycle causes a heap of travel trouble in Vietnam Los Angeles Times As I tried to enter Vietnam from Cambodia, things were not looking good. I had encountered border troubles before. The Thai border guards didn't seem to know what to make of me and my bright yellow motorcycle. I spent six hours at the border trying to  ...

Children in Vietnamese commune received beans instead of vitamin A - UPI.com
Children in Vietnamese commune received beans instead of vitamin A UPI.com CAM TRUNG, Vietnam, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A population coordinator in a rural Vietnamese commune distributed beans to children he claimed to be vitamin A, health officials said. Parents brought their young children to a Cam Trung commune clubhouse Sunday  ...

Vietnam Vet Wins $12 Million Malpractice Settlement From VA Hospital - CBS Local
Vietnam Vet Wins $12 Million Malpractice Settlement From VA Hospital CBS Local CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago-area Vietnam veteran will get a $12 million medical malpractice settlement from the federal government. John Johnson was a Vietnam Veteran and heart patient. He went in for oral surgery at the Hines V.A. Hospital in 2007,  ...

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