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Hong Kong Students Protest for Democracy

Amid a weeklong strike, thousands of college students in Hong Kong boycotted classes Monday to protest the Beijing government’s decision to limit electoral reforms.

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Is Paris’ Pollution Getting Worse Than Beijing’s?

Air pollution has reached extreme levels in the French capital, prompting the government to take desperate measures; an American pastor is partly to blame for the passing of Uganda’s anti-gay law; meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street organizers have launched a political party. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Smog in Beijing

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Obama Brings Chinese VP to the White House

On Tuesday, Barack Obama played host to China’s Vice President Xi Jinping at the White House to discuss trade, human rights and other diplomatic topics. Why all the fuss over a VP? For one, Xi was returning a gesture that his American counterpart, Joe Biden, recently made.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



Nicolò Lazzati (CC-BY)

China’s Future Up in the Air

China has to find a way to continue its rapid growth without choking to death. Literally.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



Jonathan Kos-Read (CC-BY-ND)

Cheering for the Chinese

Even the briefest acquaintance with this smoggy, sprawling capital is basis enough to conclude that much of the campaign rhetoric we’re hearing about China is unrealistic, dishonest or just dumb.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


Dalai Lama
Wikimedia Commons / Yancho Sabev

China Warns Obama Against Meeting With Dalai Lama

The Chinese government has issued a warning to the White House that there will be consequences of a diplomatic nature if President Barack Obama goes ahead with a rumored plan to meet the Dalai Lama in Washington later this month. A representative from the Chinese Communist Party hinted vaguely at undesirable outcomes ... (continued)

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AP / Ng Han Guan

Chinese Police Cancel ‘Mr. Gay China’ Pageant

Chinese police dashed the hopes of eight contestants who would have vied for the title of Mr. Gay China in Beijing on Friday by shutting down the show right before it was set to start, claiming that event officials hadn’t followed the correct protocol in putting on the pageant.

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AP

China Roars Past U.S. to Become No. 1 Auto Market

With the U.S. economic slump and the seemingly never-ending boom in Chinese manufacturing, it comes as no surprise that China has become the world’s biggest car market, with 13.5 million vehicles sold in 2009—or 2.1 million more than the U.S.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE


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fortressglobal.com

China Denies Connection With Cyber-Spying Network

The Chinese government has denied having any relationship with “a malware-based cyber espionage network” called GhostNet, an operation revealed Sunday by a Toronto-based research team. GhostNet is suspected of infiltrating a number of military and diplomatic computer systems, including the Dalai Lama’s, and is based in China.

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 READ MORE



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China Protests Artifact Auction

China’s cultural heritage agency has strongly condemned the auction of two bronze pieces it says were looted from the Summer Palace near Beijing some 150 years ago. Christie’s sold the bronzes, part of the late Yves Saint Laurent’s estate, for 31 million euros.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton and Yang Jiechi
AP photo / Greg Baker, Pool

Dissidents Are Held Back as Clinton Holds Forth in China

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this weekend made her first visit to China in her new role, but Amnesty International and other activist groups didn’t like her position when it came to addressing China’s treatment of dissidents—more specifically, she didn’t take a firm stand on the issue during her meetings with Chinese officials.

Posted on Feb 21, 2009 READ MORE


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China Takes the Bronze in GDP

After reconfiguring its output figures, China has finally found itself on the medal podium for gross domestic product, ousting Germany from its role as third largest economy in the world. China’s economy has grown tenfold in the past 30 years, and its development, while marveled at, worries many environmental, human rights and labor activists.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 25, 2008 READ MORE


Don’t Lick the Medals

All that glitters is not gold, this tongue-in-cheek dispatch from the Beijing Olympics warns.

 

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Athlete Without Compelling Personal Drama Expelled From Olympics

A member of the U.S. Olympic diving team was disqualified from competition today when it was learned that he did not have a sufficiently compelling human story line to exploit on the NBC telecast of the worldwide sporting event.

Posted on Aug 17, 2008 READ MORE



White House / Eric Draper

Bush Meets World

If you’ve been watching the Olympics this year, chances are you’ve had your share of George W. Bush sightings. The president isn’t exactly known for his worldliness, but he found the spirit of international understanding and friendship to be a pleasant surprise—a “very uplifting experience,” as he put it. Imagine that.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


Olympic opening ceremony

Olympic Openers: Camp and Circumstance

Wow, there’ve really been some cheesy opening numbers in Summer Olympics past. Check out this amusing montage of clips from bygone ceremonies and see if you can tell, from the music, the outfits, and the cuts to shady-looking heads of state, when each awe-inspiring spectacle happened.

Posted on Aug 8, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Robert F. Bukaty

The Games Begin in Beijing

With plenty of pomp and pageantry (not to mention some serious pyrotechnics)—and with auspicious figures like President Bush and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in attendance—the Olympic Summer Games kicked off in Beijing on Friday.

Posted on Aug 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Wiki Commons/Andy Miah

Beijing 2008: Are You Ready for McCommunism?

Naomi Klein points out that while repression in China is nothing new, Police State 2.0 has nothing to do with Communist ideological purity and everything to do with creating “the ultimate consumer cocoon for Visa cards, Adidas sneakers, China Mobile cell phones, McDonald’s happy meals, Tsingtao beer, and UPS delivery—to name just a few of the official Olympic sponsors. But the hottest new market of all is the surveillance itself ... an entirely for-profit affair that is the latest frontier for the global Disaster Capitalism Complex.”

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE


Border Skirmish Kills 16 Ahead of Games

According to state media, a raid in China’s northwestern frontier region killed 16 policemen. Officials quickly tried to hush concerns about the Olympic Games, which are just a few days from opening thousands of miles away in Beijing, where the government has invested billions to clean up and secure the city.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE



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China Under Fire for Olympic Crackdowns

When Beijing was chosen to host the Olympics, the Chinese government pledged to make human rights improvements, but Amnesty International says the situation has actually gotten worse because of the coming games: “Specifically we’ve seen crackdowns on domestic human rights activists, media censorship and increased use of re-education through labor as a means to clean up Beijing and surrounding areas.”

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Iraq Won’t Be Going to Beijing

Sectarian battles for control of Iraq’s national team between Shiites and Sunnis have led the International Olympic Committee to block Iraq from participating in the Summer Games in Beijing. The ban was upheld Thursday after the Iraqis failed to meet a deadline to appeal the decision, thereby losing a chance to generate considerable PR and/or pride for the wounded country.

Posted on Jul 24, 2008 READ MORE


Chinese Police
AP photo / Ng Han Guan

China to Allow ‘Protest Lite’

Taking cues from past Olympic protests and the U.S.‘s notoriously ironic “free speech zones,” the Chinese government has declared its openness to dissidents criticizing the state—so long as dissent is contained in one of three areas, does not threaten vague notions of national unity, and is submitted five days beforehand to the local security bureau.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / maveric2003

China Gives U.S. Some Economic Pointers

The United States has long enjoyed lecturing the communist government of China over the conduct of that nation’s economy. How times have changed. Chinese officials have recently criticized the United States’ “warped conception” of regulation, among other economic blunders.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


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cnn.com

Ex-NBA Star:  Olympians Should Speak About Human Rights in China

John Amaechi is not your typical basketball star. The former center for Utah, Orlando and Cleveland is the first NBA alumnus to openly declare that he’s gay, and now he’s combining sports and cultural politics in another sense by serving as Amnesty International’s sports ambassador to this summer’s Beijing Olympics.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


Dalai Lama
Luca Galuzzi - www.galuzzi.it

Paris Fetes Dalai Lama

Despite disapproval from French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party, which is working on improving relations with the Chinese government, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has championed the Dalai Lama by making the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader an honorary citizen of the City of Light.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Olympic Hide and Seek

Fearful about the prospect of human-rights protesters ruining the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China today announced a plan to move the summer games to a remote location where no one can find them.

Posted on Apr 20, 2008 READ MORE


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cnn.com

Cafferty’s China Comments Spark Protest

When CNN commentator Jack Cafferty called the Chinese “a bunch of goons and thugs” on the air April 9, Chinese-Americans were listening—and Saturday morning, thousands protested outside Hollywood’s CNN building, demanding that he be fired.

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


SF Tibet protest
AP photo / Noah Berger

Olympic Official Warns of Athlete Ban for Pro-Tibet ‘Propaganda’

Athletes participating in this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing could be expelled if they fly the Tibetan flag or express political opinions that constitute “propaganda” in official ceremonies and spaces, according to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, but questions abound as to the precise definition of that term.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


Dalai Lama
www.buddhismus.at

Dalai Lama Shows Support for Olympics

Speaking from Japan, the Dalai Lama told reporters that he has supported the Beijing Olympics “right from the beginning,” but that protesters have a right to voice themselves. His government in exile, however, released a statement in opposition to the demonstrations that have followed the Olympic torch.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Olympic Committee Warns China

Representatives of the International Olympic Committee have warned China that the estimated 30,000 journalists who will cover the Games in Beijing must have unimpeded Internet access. Concerns were raised after the Chinese government blocked access to certain sites during the recent unrest in Tibet.

Posted on Apr 1, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Pelosi: Perhaps Bush Should Skip Olympics

Nancy Pelosi in recent weeks has been living up to her reputation as a critic of China. In an interview airing Tuesday, the House speaker tells “Good Morning America” that President Bush should consider skipping the opening ceremonies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already said “nein” to the affair.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


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chinadaily.cn

China Cries Foul Over Tibet Coverage

China has accused international media outlets of showing bias in news reports of the riots in Tibet. However, the media, too, have a gripe: Beijing has prevented foreign media from entering Tibet and neighboring provinces and has limited domestic access to foreign media reports.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008 READ MORE


Spielberg
poptower.com

Spielberg Quits Olympics Post in Protest of China

Director Steven Spielberg was an artistic adviser to the 2008 Beijing Olympics but has resigned because of China’s unwillingness to put more pressure on the Sudanese government to bring an end to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. As he put it, “I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue business as usual.”

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


propaganda poster
iiichan.net

China: Democracy Isn’t for Us

China plans to stick with the economic and political reforms that have brought prestige, wealth and environmental catastrophe to the country, but don’t expect Beijing to turn its back on the Communist Party completely. As the official spokesman of the 17th party congress put it: “We will never copy the Western model of political system.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Beijing Public Security Ministry

China’s Virtual Thought Police

Web users in Beijing will soon have to deal with a new annoyance as part of China’s endless effort to control the Internet. By the end of the year, all websites registered with the government will feature animated Internet cops that will warn users to avoid forbidden content and offer friendly (if obnoxious) Internet security tips.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


China and Africa:  Uneasy Bedfellows?

With the Red Star rising over Africa, locals and leaders across that vast continent are starting to wonder if Beijing’s forays represent a positive collaboration among developing nations—or just the latest incarnation of exploitative colonialism.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


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