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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 »

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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.

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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

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