December 10, 2010 • 11:03 pm
When I was in China, I saw a news program that analyzed China’s predicament of having 2,000 new cars on the road each day. There are 4.7 million cars there now. According to this article, there will be 7 million by 2012. Clear skies might come in even shorter supply now.
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Beijing may implement car taxes S’pore-style
Source – AsiaOne, published December 10, 2010
BEIJING – Drivers in China’s capital Beijing may have to pay to drive their cars in the near future, as part of measures the government will introduce to fight ever-worsening traffic gridlock in the city, local media said on Thursday.
Beijing’s policy incentives helped propel China pass the United States as the world’s biggest auto market in 2009, but the worsening air quality and traffic have now become a hazard in major Chinese cities.
By 2012, Beijing alone will have 7 million vehicles on the road, rising sharply form 4.7 million now, the National Business Daily said, citing statistics provided by the municipal transportation authorities. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: AsiaOne, Automotive, Chinese Model, Climate Change, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Environment, Green China, People, Population, Transport
September 25, 2010 • 6:13 am
“[Japan’s] conservative opposition was quick to lash out at what it saw as a loss of face for Japan, which has this year been overtaken by traditional rival China as the world’s number two economy.”
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Chinese skipper home from Japan as Beijing demands apology
Source – AsiaOne, published September 25, 2010
BEIJING – The Chinese trawlerman whose arrest sparked a major row arrived home on Saturday after being released by Japanese prosecutors as Beijing called for compensation and an apology for the “unlawful” detention.
In a far from conciliatory statement, China’s foreign ministry insisted the disputed islands at the centre of the diplomatic standoff were Beijing’s “inherent territory”, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
“(The arrest) seriously infringed upon China’s territorial sovereignty and violated the human rights of Chinese citizens,” the statement said. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: AFP, AsiaOne, Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Culture, Diaoyu Fishing Boat Incident 2010, History, Influence, International Relations, japan, military, Nationalism, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power
September 14, 2010 • 10:17 pm
With the second largest number of billionaires in the world, China’s lot has certainly improved; and it seems like time to give back.
“The present generation of successful entrepreneurs has an opportunity to set an example for future generations in China,”said Warren and Gates, whose Giving Pledge has attracted 40 members who promise to give at least half of their wealth during their lifetime or upon their death.
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Buffett, Gates say no pressure on China philanthropy tour
Source – AsiaOne, published September 14, 2010
BEIJING – Two of the world’s richest men and most generous donors, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, said on Tuesday they would not be putting pressure on China’s dozens of billionaires during a visit to the country to promote giving.
Microsoft founder Gates and investor Buffett said they would not be pushing mega-wealthy families to sign up to their Giving Pledge campaign because China had to develop its own culture of philanthropy.
“Some people have wondered if we’re coming to China to pressure people to give. Not at all,” Buffett and Gates said in a joint letter, in response to questions from China’s official Xinhua news agency. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: AsiaOne, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, Economics, Influence, Media, Philanthropy, Public Diplomacy, Reuters, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities