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Chinese battle to make land fertile again

People in China are increasingly having to deal with the environmental cost of their rapid economic growth.<p>A government report says nearly one-fifth of farmland in mainland China is polluted. The report was based on a study undertaken from April 2005 to last December on more than 2.4 million square …

The end of China's soft power? | US & Canada

"Will China invade its neighbors?" This is a question I tend to be bombarded with whenever I present lectures or attend talks on East Asian affairs. From Tehran to Tokyo, one can sense the growing anxiety towards China's international influence. People are beginning to pay more attention to China's …

Minitrue: Snow Lions, Insider Trading, and More

<i>The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.</i><p><b>State Council</b> …

China’s princelings are taking over its private equity industry

In China, family really is everything. Alvin Jiang, the 28-year-old grandson of former president Jiang Zemin and head of one of the country’s hottest private equity firms, stands to make millions from two of China’s largest initial public offerings—those of e-commerce giant Alibaba and state debt …

Chinese investors smell more stimulus

It wasn’t pretty this week for American investors. The S&P posted its worst weekly loss since 2012. The Nasdaq Composite notched its worst two-day turn since 2011 as the tech-heavy index slid 1.3% to finish the week down more than 3%.<p>For many of the previously high-flying stocks bearing the brunt …

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Here’s why a China housing crash would crush the middle class—and why that matters

Many China-watchers are worried that China is beginning to tip over the edge of a big drop in housing values—and that falling prices could give way to a crash. As we discussed yesterday, it’s hard to tell what the supply and demand for housing actually is. Plus, smaller cities differ dramatically …

U.S. Warns China Not To Attempt Crimea-Style Action In Asia

(Adds comment from Chinese foreign ministry)<p>By David Brunnstrom<p>WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) - China should not doubt the U.S. commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage Beijing from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia in the …

'Stealing our jobs': Taiwan angry as ties with China deteriorate

TAIPEI, Taiwan — For decades, relations between Taiwan and its giant neighbor China have been one of the great success stories of the ending of the Cold War. Slowly but surely, the two nations have pulled back from half a century of bellicose confrontation and in recent years embraced a level of …

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PHOTOS: Taiwan's Sunflower Movement Protest Is Also Strikingly Beautiful

Holding aloft sunflowers, over 100,000 thronged through the streets of Taiwan's capital Taipei on Sunday, accusing their government of ramming through a controversial trade deal with China.<p>The protests, dubbed the "sunflower movement," started two weeks ago when Taiwan's ruling party pushed the …

China seizes £8.7bn assets from family and associates of former security chief

More than 300 of Zhou Yongkang's relatives, political allies, proteges and staff questioned, as investigation in to the most senior Chinese politician to be ensnared in a widespread corruption probe broadens<p>Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least 90 billion yuan (£8.7 billion) from …

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Meddling with the media in Hong Kong | China

Since its handover from Britain to China in 1997, Hong Kong has been operating under ‘a one country, two system’ rule. The city was promised a high level of economic and social autonomy from the mainland, including freedom of the press.<p>For a while Hong Kong enjoyed one of the most free media …

China angrily denounces Japan for Russia-Crimea analogy | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday for drawing an analogy between Russia’s behaviour in Crimea and China’s actions in the disputed East and South China Seas, accusing Abe of hypocrisy.<p>Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at …

Taiwanese Protesters “Waging War On the Ma Gov’t”

With the occupation of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan in its 10th day, those protesting a controversial trade agreement with China have <b>called for a</b> …

China Sacks Ally of Zhou Yongkang as Graft Probe Widens

<b>Former security chief Zhou Yongkang’s aide Ji Wenlin, the vice governor of Hainan, was dismissed from office</b> on Thursday following an expanded …

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American TV Shows to be Hit by New Chinese Censorship Policy

<b>From Sina:</b><p>American TV Shows May Be Hit Hard By New Internet TV Show Policy, Websites Adopt Wait-and-See Approach Slowing Down Their Buying of Shows<p>As …

The Revolution Might Be Televised

In 2007, two U.S. citizens and a Hungarian launched a live video-streaming site called Ustream to help their military friends stationed in Iraq stay …

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Opponents of China Trade Deal Occupy Taiwan’s Legislature

On Tuesday evening, <b>hundreds of students and activists occupied the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s unicameral legislative assembly, to voice opposition to</b> …

China’s secret anti-satellite weapons should be on everyone’s radar

Last May, China launched a rocket into space, supposedly to release a “cloud of barium” 10,000 km (6,213 miles) in the air to research the magnetosphere. But Brian Weeden, a space analyst at the Secure World Foundation, has rounded up a growing body of evidence to suggest the launch was in fact the …

A Chinese housing market crash could be even more disastrous than America’s

Investment drives China’s economy. And housing fuels a large share of that investment, contributing 33% of fixed-asset investment, says Zhang Zhiwei, an economist at Nomura—and, consequently, 16% of GDP. The decade-long housing boom that’s kept China’s GDP aloft has so far defied the bubble …

Here’s why Bing China censors this cute tank-dog

<i>This post has been updated with comments from a Microsoft spokesperson.</i><p>By now companies know that if you want to do business in China, you have to follow the Chinese government’s rules. And in the ever-changing world of information, those goal posts are always moving.<p>So perhaps it’s not so …

The pending failure of a major Chinese property developer looks a lot like Pets.com

The news that Zhejiang Xingrun Real Estate, a property developer, is close to a 3.5-billion-yuan ($570-million) default is the latest in a slew of high-profile Chinese default risks of late. Though defaults have been relatively few given the scale of China’s debt woes, analysts have already turned …

China’s $1.5-trillion in corporate debt is yet another shadow-banking time bomb

It’s tough to figure out where China’s next debt panic will come from these days. Just as trust products had surpassed local government-financing vehicles as the frontrunner, a series of events—including a default and a trading suspension—in the last two weeks have pushed corporate bonds to the …