This Week in China
Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool/Getty Images Politics Chinese President Hu Jintao is visiting Japan for a diplomatic summit on Sino-Japanese relations. Some are optimistic that Hu and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda can settle claims on undersea gas resources in the East China Sea by summer. The two leaders will also engage in some literal ping-pong diplomacy. It’s ...
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Chinese President Hu Jintao is visiting
It’s still unclear what is causing the high number of hand, foot, and mouth disease cases in Anhui province. Almost 16,000 cases have been reported, including 28 fatalities likely linked to a coupling with the virus EV71. Government officials say that the high fatalities are not evidence of a new strain. Infections in
The Chinese State Food and Drug Administration, charged with investigating the contamination of the blood-thinner Heparin, has accused
Concerned about overspending on student subsidies, the Chinese government is limiting the growth of doctoral programs to less than two percent annually in favor of professional degree training programs.
The Hong Kong stock market is looking abroad for investment growth and hoping to attract sovereign wealth funds.
Forget poverty assistance programs, relocation is the best way to help drought-stricken farmers in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in northwestern
China’s household spending power will surpass that of Britain’s by 2017, putting it third in the world behind the U.S. and Japan according to a forecast released by Barclay’s and the Economist Intelligence Unit today. Full report (PDF).
Three Taiwanese government officials have resigned as investigators searched their homes and offices for clues in the case of the missing $30 million in “diplomatic aid” to Papau New
The American Institute in
Jamil Anderlini of the Financial Times looks at the latest incarnation of
Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer sits down with Der Spiegel to talk about the role of his company’s gear in the torch relay saying, “I don’t have a guilty conscience,” and stressing the company’s commitment to sports, not politics. (Hat tip: The American’s Duncan Currie.)
This week’s China moment
It took forty workers 48 hours to complete the world’s largest Chinese flag. The flag is roughly 200 x 300 feet (88.88 meters- note the lucky eights). The banner was so big, it needed a last-minute switch to a larger-class airplane as it left Beijing. It will follow the torch relay around the country and go on display in Beijing a day before the Olympic Games. (Hat tip: Passport reader Andrew Schorr)
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