This Week in China
MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images Earthquake The Chinese government has launched an immense rescue effort to help victims of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Sichuan province on Monday. The death toll has risen to near 15,000 with an estimated 26,000 still buried and an additional 14,000 missing. The tragedies unfolding have been met with condolences and offers ...
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The Chinese government has launched an immense rescue effort to help victims of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit
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The Australian Olympic Committee said Saturday its athletes can say whatever they want in interviews and on blogs during the Beijing Olympic Games. Olympic rules prohibit demonstrations on the part of athletes, but the AOC interprets freedom of speech as separate from this statute.
China will “guarantee as much as possible” that internet sites will not be blocked during this summer’s Olympics, but access to some sites will still be prohibited according to Technology Minister Wan Gang. Wireless internet will be widely available to facilitate timely reporting by journalists. As for knock-off Olympic goods, China says while it’s making a great effort to curb copyright infringement, it can’t guarantee that no pirated paraphernalia will be sold.
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Wan Feng, president of China Life Insurance, said the earthquake will be “a huge test for the whole Chinese insurance industry.” Life insurance claims in the wake of the earthquake will outstrip those from the snowstorm this past winter, but the brunt of claims will still be for property damage.
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Lou Jiwei, the head of China’s $200 billion sovereign wealth fund, China Investment Corp, said, “The current international market turbulence has produced unprecedented investment opportunities.” CIC has allotted $90 billion to overseas investment, but pledges not to cause further economic destabilization by exploiting the current financial turmoil.
Four Taiwanese facilities are competing to receive the set of pandas offered by China. The acceptance of the pandas, which were offered in 2005, was guaranteed by the election of pro-mainland engagement candidate Ma Ying-jeou. Some facilities have already spent millions getting ready for the cuddly pair, both of which weathered the earthquake just fine.
In today’s Seven Questions, Art Lerner-Lam of the Earth Institute at Columbia University talks about natural disasters and commends China’s preparedness and response, stressing that local terrain is providing logistical challenges to rescue operations.
In The New Republic, Carnegie’s Joshua Kurlantzick criticizes the Bush administration’s China policy for its failure to stand up for human rights and looks ahead to the next administration.
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