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China: Traditions and Transformations

Modern China presents a dual image: a society transforming itself through economic development and social revolution; and the world’s largest and oldest bureaucratic state, coping with longstanding problems of economic and political management. Both images bear the indelible imprint of China’s historical experience, of its patterns of philosophy and religion, and of its social and political thought. These themes are discussed in order to understand China in the modern world and as a great world civilization that developed along lines different from those of the Mediterranean.
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Steve Durgan, April 13, 2012

Citizen journalism triumphs at China environmental press awards:

When Liu Futang left the confines of Chinese government service and opened his first microblog last April, the retired forestry official could not have imagined that a year later, he would be celebrated as a shining light of citizen journalism.

Liu stirred up an online fury last year when he revealed that developers had destroyed one of the world’s last groves of water coconut trees to make space for a yacht marina.

The degradation is terrible,” said Liu. “The local media hasn’t written a single word, but I’ve posted 40 articles that have been followed up by newspapers and TV from across the country.”

The citizen journalist prize is a new category in the awards, which are jointly organised by the Guardian, chinadialogue and Sina, the leading Chinese web portal.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/11/china-environmental-press-awards?newsfeed=true
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Kevin Chu, March 20, 2012

China spending on renewable energy soars!

World’s biggest polluter spends £4bn a year on wind and solar power generation in single region as it aims to cut fossil fuel use

Although China is the world’s biggest CO2 emitter and notorious for building the equivalent of a 400MW coal-fired power station every three days, it is also erecting 36 wind turbines a day and building a robust new electricity grid to send this power thousands of miles across the country from the deserts of the west to the cities of the east.

Jiuquan alone now has the capacity to generate 6GW of wind energy - roughly equivalent to that of the whole UK. The plan is to more than triple that by 2015, when this area could become the biggest windfarm in the world.

http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2161975/winds-change-blow-china-spending-renewable-energy-soars

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ax3jqFFSXiM
Kevin Chu
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Kevin Chu, March 15, 2012

China leader’s ouster roils succession plans:

Bo Xilai was removed as party boss of Chongqing, a sprawling urban region in the southwest that he turned into a bastion of Communist revolutionary-inspired “red” culture and egalitarian growth, a day after being rebuked by Premier Wen Jiabao in a news conference broadcast live across the country.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/15/us-china-chongqing-idUSBRE82E02Z20120315?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=71

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JA3dslyx6i4&feature=related
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Tony Trevari, March 3, 2012

A scandal in southwest China reflects on a new world order:

The once in a decade power transition of the Chinese communist party may not go as smoothly as they had hoped.

It all began with Wang Lijun, deputy police chief of mega-city Chongqing, seeking political asylum at the US Consulate in Chengdu.
http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/a-scandal-in-southwest-china-reflects-on-a-new-world-order#page1

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Z6OZGJYp8Tw
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Kevin Chu, Feb. 27, 2012

The Chinese architect Wang Shu, whose buildings in a rapidly developing China honor the past with salvaged materials even as they experiment with modern forms, has been awarded the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

The selection of Mr. Wang, 48, is an acknowledgment of “the role that China will play in the development of architectural ideals,” said Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize and announced the winner on Monday.

Mr. Wang’s major projects, all in China, include two in Ningbo, a coastal city south of Shanghai: the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, completed in 2005, and the Ningbo Historic Museum, completed in 2008.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/arts/design/pritzker-prize-awarded-to-wang-shu-chinese-architect.html

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Camilla Pashar, Feb. 14, 2012

Obama meets China’s leader-in-waiting:

US president Barack Obama has held his first meeting with the man who is expected to be leading China by the end of the year. Mr Obama told Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping that China must play fair in international trade, and vowed to keep pressing China to clean up its human rights record.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-15/obama-meets-china27s-leader-in-waiting/3830594/?site=newcastle

http://youtube.com/watch?v=KztaA-LVcPA&feature=player_embedded
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Jessie Rhodes, Feb. 2, 2012

The Global Stagnation and China

China, now the world’s second largest economy after the United States, “is not immune” to the general economic slowdown, warns IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. “Emerging Asia is also vulnerable to developments in the financial sector.”

So sharp were the IMF’s warnings, dovetailing with widespread fears of a sharp Chinese economic slowdown, that Lagarde was forced to reassure world business, declaring that stagnation was probably not imminent in China.

http://monthlyreview.org/2012/01/31/the-global-stagnation-and-china

Nevertheless, concerns regarding the future of the Chinese economy are now widespread. Few informed economic observers believe that the current Chinese growth trend is sustainable; indeed, many believe that if China does not sharply alter course, it is headed toward a severe crisis. Stephen Roach, non-executive chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, argues that China’s export-led economy has recently experienced two warning shots: first the decline beginning in the United States following the Great Financial Crisis, and now the continuing problems in Europe. “China’s two largest export markets are in serious trouble and can no longer be counted on as reliable, sustainable sources of external demand.”

http://youtube.com/watch?v=A2l4x8mPhNo
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Kevin Chu, Jan. 3, 2012

China TV grows racy, and gets a chaperon

The show, “If You Are the One,” is the most-talked-about show in China. Bright young men and women court each other on stage to pop music and audience applause.

Mixed into the provacative banter are trenchant social issues that urban Chinese from their 20s to 40s grapple with, if not always so publicly: living together before marriage, the unabashed pursuit of wealth or the government’s one-child policy.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/china-tv-grows-racy-and-gets-a-chaperon-162888

Through this show, you can tell what China is thinking about and chasing after,” said Mr. Wang, a veteran television producer.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Zvr5r5eSM7E&feature=related
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Nina Dumas, Dec. 21, 2011

China village ends 3 months protest after government compromise

Residents of Wukan, in southern Guangdong province held protests over the death of activist Xue Jinbo, whose family rejects the Chinese government’s position that he died of natural causes after he was arrested for protesting against the seizure of farmland for development.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=aOvWA61WFIQ&feature=player_embedded
Nina Dumas
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  • Bert Breton Bert Breton Dec. 21, 2011
    Sharp analysis offered by the video reportage. Nice find Nina!

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Kevin Chu, Dec. 11, 2011

Opening up — China’s Answer to the Past and Future

While China is steering through spectacular yet complicated economic transformation during which ideas clash and wrangle, there is little debate that an open and market-based economy with respect for laws and rules are the cornerstone of its past miracle and the elixir of future prosperity. Interesting related article

http://english.cri.cn/6909/2011/12/11/1461s671048.htm
Kevin Chu
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