Wandering China

An East/West pulse of China's fourth rise from down under.

China’s top officials study at Singapore’s knee [AsiaOne]

China’s top officials study at Singapore’s knee
The Asahi Shimbun
Source – AsiaOne, published June 29, 2010

SINGAPORE – The communist leaders of the world’s most populous nation are taking lessons from the small city state of Singapore on how to develop an economy under one-party rule.

A stream of Chinese Communist Party officials have been traveling to Singapore to learn from the experiences of the island nation, which has developed as a hub of the Southeast Asian economy during decades of People’s Action Party rule.

Ninety-seven Chinese students are currently studying at the Nanyang Center for Public Administration, a specialist graduate school for senior Chinese officials at Nanyang Technological University in suburban Singapore.

They are all chosen by the Communist Party and include top brass from the party’s regional organs, central and local governments and state-owned enterprises. Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

Filed under: AsiaOne, Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Culture, Education, Greater China, Influence, International Relations, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Strategy

11 party spokespersons meet media together [China Daily]

This is again symbolic as it displays China’s new found understanding for the utility of the media, especially obvious in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics two years back in 2008. Disclosure in the Western sense is a foreign concept in China, but not for much longer. Chinese culture usually prefers keeping things neatly in wraps, but now they have learned and integrated into their own purposes. For another take, visit the Straits Times here – ‘Meet the Party Spokesmen’ July 1, 2010.

– – –

11 party spokespersons meet media together
By Zhao Lei and Xin Dingding
Source – China Daily, July 1, 2010

“]The group met the media one day ahead of the 89th anniversary of the founding of the CPC, which has nearly 78 million members.

The press conference attracted more than 120 reporters, a record attendance at a news briefing hosted by the International Communication Office of the CPC Central Committee.

“The CPC Central Committee has always paid great attention to information disclosure of Party affairs and will try to increase transparency,” Wang Chen, director of the International Communication Office of the CPC Central Committee, told the press conference.

Wang said making Party affairs public has been a major focus of the work of the CPC in recent years.

The CPC Central Committee proposed the spokesperson system in September last year, he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: China Daily, Chinese Model, Communications, Influence, Media, Politics

China pact a hard sell in Taiwan: analysts [AsiaOne]

China pact a hard sell in Taiwan: analysts
AFP
Source – AsiaOne, published June 30, 2010

CHONGQING, China – After reaching a sweeping trade agreement, Taiwan and China face the challenge of persuading the island’s 23 million people that Beijing has no ulterior political motives, analysts said.

The Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) signed Tuesday in China is ostensibly about commerce but many on Taiwan – which has ruled itself for six decades – fear it could undermine their hard-won de facto independence.

“It’s very difficult for the public not to harbour political concerns over ECFA,” said Tung Chen-yuan, a Taipei-based author of several books on Taiwan’s economic ties with China. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: AsiaOne, Greater China, International Relations, Media, Politics, Taiwan, Trade

No online dating for PLA [Straits Times]

No online dating for PLA
Source – Straits Times, published June 28, 2010

Commanders of the 2.3-million strong People's Liberation Army (PLA) are studying how to help single service members find love, the official China Daily said. -- ST FILE PHOTO

BEIJING – CHINA’S military officers have added matchmaking to their duties, after the government banned troops from online dating over fears that lonely hearts might let sensitive information slip, state media said on Monday.

Commanders of the 2.3-million strong People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are studying how to help single service members find love, the official China Daily said in a report on new rules governing what troops can and cannot do online.

Blogs are out, as are online dating, online job hunts and even making friends on the Net, under the Internal Affairs Regulation, which came into effect on June 15, the report said, citing a military newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Domestic Growth, military, Social, Straits Times

China, Taiwan sign historic trade deal [Channel News Asia]

This is a landmark, historic deal. It might be about trade, but it will provide many opportunities for the two Chinese peoples to continue building bridges.

– – –

China, Taiwan sign historic trade deal
AFP
Source – Channel News Asia, published June 29, 2010

CHONGQING, China – Taiwan and China signed a historic trade pact Tuesday in the boldest step yet towards reconciliation between the former arch-foes, 60 years after the civil war that drove them apart.

The Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, hailed by both sides as a milestone and a commercial imperative in an era of strong regional cooperation, was signed by senior delegates in the southwest Chinese city of Chongqing.

The signing of the agreement, by far the most sweeping ever between the two sides, marks the culmination of a Beijing-friendly policy introduced by Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou after assuming power in 2008.

“Signing this agreement is not only an important milestone in economic ties between the two sides,” said the leader of the Taiwanese delegation, Chiang Pin-kung.

“It’s also a huge step forward for the two amid the trend of regional economic integration and globalisation.”

The agreement — a “win-win” formula according to Chiang’s Chinese opposite number, Chen Yunlin — is just about trade, according to the governments in Beijing and Taipei.

But many outside Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly government, especially members of the anti-China opposition, insist it is also a significant and potentially dangerous political step for the island, which has ruled itself since 1949. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Channel News Asia, Economics, Greater China, Influence, International Relations, Politics, Soft Power, Taiwan, Trade

350m migrant workers by 2050, report says [China Daily]

Two main points to glean from this –

1. The rate of floating (internal) migrant workers is looking to drop. By 2050, only 3 million will join this intra-national diaspora to the current six million a year. Still this will be 350m by 2050, with 211m today.

2. A ‘colossal’ third sector is growing in terms of population strata. Apart from the existing traditional rural and urban populations – the rise of a size-able mobile population is putting pressures on the hukou residence permit policies. Will this create more complicated layers of segregation within the Chinese populace above and beyond those that already exist? Surely it already exists, but what if what we have seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg?

“Due to China’s unique institution of hukou, or residence permit, the colossal mobile population has almost become a third sector in addition to the rural and urban populations,” Zhai Zhenwu, Renmin University of China.

– – –

350m migrant workers by 2050, report says
By Shan Juan
Source – China Daily, published June 28, 2010

BEIJING – China’s population of floating migrant workers reached a record 211 million by 2009 and will hit 350 million by 2050 if government policies remain unchanged, according to a report released on Saturday.

The number, however, could increase at a slower rate if the number of new workers joining the migrant population continues to fall each year.

By 2050, only about 3 million are estimated to join the migrant population each year – a number in stark contrast to the current 6 million new people who join the migrant work force each year. The report on the development of China’s floating population is the first of its kind released by the National Population and Family Planning Commission and will be updated each year in the future.

“The migration of the people, be they domestic or international, help drive the nation’s development, and therefore they should be protected based on law,” said Thomas Sinkovits, the China representative of the International Organization for Migration, at the report launch.

Also, the rights of the floating population should be highly respected and should be the same as the locals, he said.

Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Chinese Model, Domestic Growth, Economics, Environment, Migrant Workers, Migration (Internal), Politics, Social, The Chinese Identity

China’s CCP: What makes it tick [Straits Times]

Here is a critique of China’s ruling party by Australian China-watcher Richard McGregor, who asserts a few points with his book – ‘The Chinese people themselves, many of them are global citizens. They are not going to bend for some sort of peasant from Hunan.’

He points out the models China relies on to build its own framework for updating its governance, i.e. Singapore (both one-partied very largely) and maybe more pertinently, Taiwan (I see them as being simply, Chinese with a democratic worldview). It was also interesting that despite his pointing out of the most resounding reality of all – that the Chinese model currently works.

‘…the system has also proved to be flexible and protean enough to absorb everything that has been thrown at it, to the surprise and horror of many in the West.’ Richard McGregor

– – –

China’s CCP: What makes it tick
By Ho Ai Li, Taiwan Correspondent
Source – Straits Times, published June 27, 2010

Taipei: While titans like Mao Zedong bestrode the China of yesteryear, the country has grown too sophisticated for the rule of strongmen, says China-watcher Richard McGregor.

‘It’s a big, complex global economy. You can’t have people like Mao making ridiculous demands on the production of grain or steel,’ he told The Sunday Times.

‘The Chinese people themselves, many of them are global citizens. They are not going to bend for some sort of peasant from Hunan,’ said Mr McGregor, the author of a recently released book on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The 52-year-old Australian spent more than a decade as a correspondent in China. A former Beijing bureau chief for The Financial Times, he is now based in London as the paper’s deputy news editor.

Mr McGregor said given that the CCP was involved in everything in China, basing his book on the party was ‘the obvious thing’. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Chinese Model, Culture, Domestic Growth, Nationalism, Politics, Singapore, Straits Times, Taiwan, The Chinese Identity

World Cup’s spell on war and peace [Straits Times]

Like many countries, the World Cup means more to China than just the soccer. For this rising power, it heralded in a new capacity of headspace not involving political propaganda. One can argue it introduced agendas of another sort, but the fact remains that other ideas and ideals were able to creep into the Chinese mind. Whilst the Chinese have always found sport as a useful way to discipline their nation, soccer/or football to be more accurate, has proven over the years to have a peculiar nature of liberation. With football, there was never simply quiet and undermined appreciation. At the football, celebrations were always earth shattering and uninhibited.

‘For the first time since the revolution (of 1949), the Chinese nation, exhausted by the Communist Party’s incessant political campaigns, realised that the world could be excited by something other than Marxism and class struggle,‘ wrote Beijing-based observer Daniel Bell, citing historian Yu Maochun.

– – –

World Cup’s spell on war and peace
The most-watched sporting event has influenced events beyond the pitch
By Peh Shing Huei, China Bureau Chief
Source – Straits Times, published June 27, 2010

Beijing: Most people know 1978 to be the year that China opened its door to landmark economic reforms that brought momentous change to the world’s most populous country.

What they may not know is that it was also the year China allowed, for the first time, live broadcasts of World Cup matches, bringing excitement to hundreds of thousands of Chinese.

Those screenings in June 1978, say analysts, were a turning point in the political history of China.

‘For the first time since the revolution (of 1949), the Chinese nation, exhausted by the Communist Party’s incessant political campaigns, realised that the world could be excited by something other than Marxism and class struggle,’ wrote Beijing-based observer Daniel Bell, citing historian Yu Maochun.

The World Cup is more than just football. For the past 80 years, the most-watched sporting tournament has influenced events beyond the pitch, shaping politics, ending wars and even repairing the souls of divided nations.

As U2 rock star Bono said in an ESPN advertisement in 2006 to get Americans excited about the event, the World Cup ‘closes the schools, closes the shops, closes a city and stops a war’.

His lyrical summation may be a tad dramatic, but it is not entirely hyperbole.

Such is the nationalistic allure of the World Cup that factions in the Ivory Coast’s civil war put aside their weapons to pick up TV remote controls to support their country’s debut in the 2006 tournament. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Culture, Greater China, International Relations, Nationalism, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Sport, Straits Times, Strategy

Hu visits Bombardier plane maker [China Daily]

Bombardier Inc makes some really awesome looking transportation machines! Check them out here.

– – –

Hu visits Bombardier plane maker
By Wu Jiao
Source – China Daily, published June 27, 2010

Toronto – Chinese President Hu Jintao squeezed time out his busy schedule in Toronto to tour the Bombardier plane maker, a sign expected to further enhance the cooperation between Chinese aerospace industry and the European giant.

The event also marks the last item of Hu’s three-day state visit paid to Canada, in which Hu and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged to double its trade to $60 billion by 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Canada, China Daily, Economics, Influence, International Relations, Politics, Trade

Ant tribe’ growing: Survey [China Daily]

Ant tribe’ growing: Survey
By Chen Jia
Source – China Daily, published June 25, 2010

Beijing – Dressed in a crisp suit, Li Zhirui, sitting on the window seat of a Beijing bus, silently gazes at the European-style villas, luxury cars and illuminated shopping malls as they pass him by.

As soon as his stop arrives, he takes off his tie and walks to his rickety second hand motorbike parked nearby.

He doesn’t even have a license. But he is far away from the city, safe from the traffic police and his colleagues, who might judge his life outside of the office.
After a 15-minute ride, he finally squeezes his way into the reality of life: An 8-square-meter room that costs 500 yuan ($74) a month, or a fourth of his salary, where he sleeps away his nights.

It’s just another day in Li’s life.

The 27-year-old native of Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province is trying to save every penny he can to buy an apartment in the national capital.

His determination to one day become a homeowner has become even stronger after his fiance, a fourth-year university student, dumped him last month when he refused to buy a second hand car and an engagement ring for her.

“She hated the fact that I used to bring my drinking water from home and only bought her a cup of coffee when we went out,” he said.

“My monthly salary is only 2,000 yuan. So you calculate how many cups of coffee I can afford.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: China Daily, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Politics, Population, Social

Follow me on Twitter

Archives

Calendar

June 2010
M T W T F S S
« May   Jul »
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930  

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,228 other followers

East/West headlines of Rising China

East/West headlines of Rising China

About Wandering China

Click to find out more about this project

Support //WC

Support Wandering China now - buy a Tee Shirt!

Be a champ - Support Wandering China - buy a Tee Shirt!

The East Wind Wave

China in images and infographics, by Wandering China

China in images and Infographics, by Wandering China

Wandering China: Facing west

Please click to access video

Travels in China's northwest and southwest

Wandering Taiwan

Wandering Taiwan: reflections of my travels in the democratic Republic of China

Wandering China, Resounding Deng Slideshow

Click here to view the Wandering China, Resounding Deng Slideshow

Slideshow reflection on Deng Xiaoping's UN General Assembly speech in 1974. Based on photos of my travels in China 2011.

East Asia Geographic Timelapse

Click here to view the East Asia Geographic Timelapse

A collaboration with my brother: Comparing East Asia's rural and urban landscapes through time-lapse photography.

Wandering Planets

Creative Commons License
Wandering China by Bob Tan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at Wanderingchina.org. Thank you for visiting //
web stats

Flag Counter

free counters
Online Marketing
Add blog to our directory.