3 Daily Headlines on Rising China:
#1 Skepticism of China’s rhetoric and intent on global leadership. Source – Slate
#2 Bird flu becoming a threat in China, transparency promised. Source – China Daily
Picture paints a thousand words
#3 Photo – to counter all the negative press, a stunning image of a terraced paddy field in SW China – ancient harmony Source – Xinhua/Global Times
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#1 China’s Empty Dreams
If Beijing wants to be taken seriously as a global leader, it needs to begin to deal with the nightmare that is North Korea.
By Anne Applebaum|
Which is all fair enough: China is a large and rapidly growing economic power. It’s only natural that China should begin to play an important international role. But if that’s what Beijing wants, why doesn’t it seize the opportunity? The Chinese could begin to play a valuable and prominent international role right now, one that would win their government friends and admirers and might even, over time, reduce the U.S. military presence in North Asia by eliminating one of the region’s most serious potential conflicts: Starting today, the Chinese could put an end to the grotesque farce that is the North Korean regime and, together with the United States, usher in the reunification of the Korean peninsula.
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#2 Transparency promised in fight against virus
by Wang Qian
Source – China Daily, published April 5, 2013
14 cases confirmed, five die from new strain of bird flu
China’s health authorities have promised transparency and pledged to mobilize resources nationwide to combat a new strain of deadly bird flu that has killed five people.
By Thursday night, the country’s total number of confirmed bird flu cases increased to 14 – four in Jiangsu, six in Shanghai, one in Anhui and three in Zhejiang. One of the latest victims was a 48-year-old man from Jiangsu province, who transported poultry for a living. He died of H7N9 bird flu in Shanghai on Thursday.
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#3 Paddy fields under golden sunlight in SW China
Source – Global Times, published April 5, 2013
This bird eye view shows paddy fields in golden sunlight at Jiangping Village of Wuzhuan Town in Donglan County, southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on April 4, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhou En’ge)