Dumplings to Duck: Which Chinese Food Should Make Unesco’s Heritage List?

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:45
Chinese food– or at least some portion of it – may be soon joining the likes of kimchi and Mediterranean food on Unesco’s list of intangible cultural heritage items.
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Minitrue: Tone Down Military Training Brawl

China Digital Times - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:44

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

All media must take care to tone down coverage of the high school military training conflict in Huangcang, Longshan County, Hunan. Do not continue to hype the story. Delete and control related writing which challenges or criticizes military training. (August 28, 2014)


A brawl broke out at a military training center between instructors and their students, leaving 42 injured. While the incident has sparked criticism of today’s “spoiled” youth, others think corruption in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is to blame.

Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.

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China deals cash blow to Mugabe

FT China Feed - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:53
Beijing’s reception of Zimbabwean president shows open-wallet policy has limits, as he departs with far less than he was seeking
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In Democracy Debate, Scholar Says Tycoons Control Hong Kong’s Destiny

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:39
What should universal suffrage in Hong Kong look like? According to one top mainland Chinese legal scholar, any future democratic system should ensure the interests of the city’s wealthy businessmen are protected.
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Indonesia Says Hello to China’s ‘Little Rice’ Smartphone

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:27
China’s leading smartphone vendor, Xiaomi, has arrived in gadget-crazy Indonesia.
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Country Garden rights issue sinks shares

FT China Feed - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:58
Shares in Chinese property developer sink after deeply discounted rights issue aimed at lowering its leverage as property slowdown deepens
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Samsung faces China labour allegations

FT China Feed - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:37
China Labor Watch says supplier of South Korean group is employing more than 10 children. In 2012 the same contractor was accused of legal violations
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Picture China: PLA Pays Respects, Monk Pilgrimage, Aerobatic Contest

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:22
The day’s China news in pictures: PLA mourn Chinese navy soldiers killed in the First Sino-Japanese War, pilots perform during an aerobatic flight contest, two Tibetan monks prepare for a pilgrimage and more.
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HK anti-graft agents raid tycoon’s home

FT China Feed - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 23:51
Shares in Next Media suspended after 3% fall following news of investigation into pro-democracy tycoon
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The Past, Present and Future of VAT Reform in China

China Briefing - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 22:33

In this article, we survey the past, present and future of VAT reform for its unavoidable and thoroughgoing consequences for foreign investors with operations in China.

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Has Alibaba Cursed Guangzhou Evergrande?

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:21
Guangzhou Evergrande’s defense of its Asian Champions League title crashed to a halt as it was knocked out of the competition, the latest setback since Jack Ma said Alibaba would buy 50% of the club.
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Pro-Democracy Media Mogul’s Hong Kong Home Raided

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:01
Shares of Next Media were suspended from trading on Thursday morning after Hong Kong's anticorruption agency Thursday visited the home of its founder Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing.
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Alibaba Gets a Bounce Ahead of Massive IPO

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:36
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. reported big growth in revenue from mobile devices, which may bolster its case next month when the Chinese e-commerce giant begins to pitch investors on its long-awaited initial public offering.
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China, Like the U.S., is Hooked on Farm Subsidies

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:17
The sensitive issue of farm subsidies illustrates the differences between the economic systems of the U.S. and China.
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Suicide, Brawl Draw Criticism to School Military Training

China Digital Times - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:50

According to the PRC Law on National Defense Education, China’s nationwide compulsory military training for high school and university undergraduates, known as the 军训 (jūnxùn), exists “for the purpose of popularizing and strengthening education in national defense, carrying forward the spirit of patriotism, promoting the building of national defense and furthering socialist cultural and ethical progress.” A report from the South China Morning Post notes that two separate recent incidents have sparked a public debate about an institution that has existed since 1955:

China’s compulsory military training for students has come under the spotlight after brawl between Hunan students and their training officers left 42 people injured.

The suicide of a girl in [Liaoning] province, blamed on the criticism she reportedly endured from military training, also added fuel to the debate.

[...] Compulsory military training for first-year high school and university students have been in practice for decades in China. Experts say military training is common practice for secondary school students as well.

However, some experts say military training, in its current form, has deteriorated in quality and relevance. [...] [Source]

At Tea Leaf Nation, Alexa Oleson details the Hunan brawl, and explains how it is being interpreted as proof of both widespread corruption in China’s military and the decadence of the nation’s youth:

The conflict occurred during a week of military training at Huangcang High School in Hunan’s Longshan, a county of half a million people known for its karst caves. (The bulk of Chinese military recruits are rural youth and the unemployed, not students, but military training sessions are routine at high schools and colleges across China.) The incident traced to what several media outlets describe as a playful tiff between a female student and a drill instructor. The liberal Beijing News reported Aug. 26 that the girl’s classmates came to her defense and ended up pinning the instructor in what was then still a light-hearted dispute. According to the report, that impertinence led to punitive pushups later in the day for the class, and when students balked, other drill instructors ended up attacking the male students. A teacher who tried to intervene was also reportedly beaten.

[...] There’s also deep disagreement about the meaning of the incident. On the popular military-themed forum, sentiment toward the incident was decidedly pro-military, reflecting a widely-held belief that modern Chinese youth are spoiled and egotistical.

[...] So what do the proverbial brats think? On Weibo, a Twitter-like social media platform whose users skew young, the military bore most of the invective. Although the drill instructors in Longshan were from the People’s Armed Forces, the arm of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) responsible for training and recruitment, the Weiborati viewed them as emblematic of the entire PLA. The Chinese military’s image has tarnished in recent months with public announcement of graft charges against high-ranking officers General Xu Caihou and Lieutenant-General Gu Junshan in June and April, respectively. [...] [Source]

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Xi, Hidden Star of a TV Series About Deng

China Digital Times - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:03

In a report for the New York Times, Chris Buckley explains how the controversial CCTV series Deng Xiaoping at History’s Crossroads fits into the political agenda of President Xi Jinping:

President Xi appears nowhere throughout the 48 episodes of this laboriously reverent account of Deng’s return to power after the Cultural Revolution and his feats in transforming China. Mr. Xi was a 23-year-old student when Mao Zedong’s death in 1976 detonated the upheavals that brought Deng back from the political wilderness.

But in its emphases and evasions, the series reflects Mr. Xi’s efforts to embrace Deng as a justification and template for his rule. This is Deng reimagined as patron saint for Mr. Xi’s own era and ambitions.

“An era of greatness creates figures of greatness,” Mr. Xi said in an Aug. 20 speech to mark the 110th anniversary of Deng’s birth two days later. He used the word “great” 23 times in the speech.

[...] “The historical period after reform and opening up cannot be used to negate the period before, and nor can the historical period before reform and opening up be used to negate the period after,” Mr. Xi said. In other words, Mao and Deng are to be equally venerated, and not set as rival political deities, and Mr. Xi can wear the ideological halo of both. [...] [Source]

Despite the disappointments that Xi’s presidency has brought to those hoping for political reform, he seems to be enjoying widespread popular support.

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Creative Cops: Why China’s Police Chiefs Are Racking Up Patents

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:30
As China seeks to foster a new spirit of innovation, it may need look no further than its police stations.
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Tainted grub: China battles food scandals

FT China Feed - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:05
Authorities in the Chinese province of Zheijiang reveal two new food scandals as Beijing tries to rid the country of tainted products
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