March 16, 2011 |
China has become such an important market for U.S. entertainment companies that one studio has taken the extraordinary step of digitally altering a film to excise bad guys from the Communist nation lest the leadership in Beijing be offended. When MGM decided a few years ago to remake "Red Dawn," a 1984 Cold War drama about a bunch of American farm kids repelling a Soviet invasion, the studio needed new villains, since the U.S.S.R. had collapsed in 1991. The producers substituted Chinese aggressors for the Soviets and filmed the movie in Michigan in 2009.
February 18, 2011 |
The man known as the father of the so-called Great Firewall of China is defending his invention, which blocks access to hundreds of thousands of foreign websites, and says he uses privacy software to test the holes in the censorship technology he helped create. In a rare English-language interview published Friday, Fang Binxing, president of the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, told the state-owned Global Times that he owned six virtual private networks, or VPNs, to scale the firewall and determine what was and wasn't accessible in China.
April 29, 2011 |
Three years after China was rocked by a scandal over deadly tainted milk, the country is once again grappling with concerns over food safety. In recent weeks, reports of tainted food have surfaced throughout China. The list includes diseased pigs used for bacon; noodles made of corn, ink and paraffin; rice contaminated with heavy metals; sausages made of rotten meat and fertilizer; and pork described as "Tron blue" because bacteria made it glow in the dark. The central government implemented a sweeping food-safety law in 2009 after at least six infants died and tens of thousands of people were sickened by milk adulterated with melamine.
May 20, 2013 |
DALIAN, China - Among fishermen in this historic seaport city, the danger of steering their boats near North Korean waters is well known. North Koreans took three Chinese ships and their crews hostage a year ago, and Chinese maritime officials have repeatedly warned fishing operators over the last several years that they would be slapped with heavy fines if they got too close. Still, the Korean waters were highly attractive for their abundance of fish. And so it came as little surprise to fishermen like Cao Zhanyuan when he and many others in China learned Monday that a boat off the coast here had been seized by North Koreans this month.
January 6, 2012 |
In a case that highlights the perils that await foreigners doing business in China, two Indian traders who were allegedly beaten and detained for two weeks by Chinese businessmen are set to stand trial, accused of owing $1.58 million in debts after their Yemeni boss fled, according to news reports. Deepak Raheja and Shyamsunder Agarwal were reportedly seized Dec. 14 in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu, a massive trading center, and held captive in a hotel by local businessmen demanding to be paid back.
May 10, 2013 |
BEIJING -- One of China's most prominent film directors, Zhang Yimou, is under investigation for fathering seven children -- a violation of the country's strict family-planning laws. The 61-year-old Zhang directed the opening spectacle of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and some of China's best-known films. Zhang's success could expose him to fines of up to $26 million, according to Chinese state media, because penalties is such cases are assessed on the basis of income. The Global Times, a Communist Party newspaper, reported Friday that Zhang has one daughter who is about 30 years old with his first wife, and three children ages 7 to 12 with his current wife, actress Chen Ting.