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October 11, 2009 | Ian Buruma, Ian Buruma is a professor of human rights at Bard College and the author of, most recently, "The China Lover."
That the current ruler of the People's Republic of China, Hu Jintao, is a bore will no doubt be a relief to most people, including 1.3 billion Chinese. Hu's dullness is remarkable given the high drama of China's fairly recent transformation from a poor, blood-soaked totalitarian country to a rich (in patches) superpower aspiring to take over America's lead in the not-so-distant future. But perhaps his lack of charisma is part of the point. The first 27 years of the People's Republic, under Chairman Mao, when millions died in almost constant purges and upheavals, and tens of millions died of starvation in bizarre economic experiments, were so awful that most Chinese are quite sick of charismatic leadership.
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October 6, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
LAS VEGAS - China, a world leader on the cusp of global domination, fancies itself as a nation of basketball lovers, and it's hosting a little get-together there this week. The invite-list has a few accolades. Just a few. Nine players who have been official All-Stars. Five who have had Olympic gold draped around their neck. Three who have been named Most Valuable Player in the NBA Finals. The list goes on, but in toto, some of Uncle Sam's top-shelf hoopsters are heading to the People's Republic for a pair of preseason games between the Clippers and Miami Heat.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2009 | By Lily Kuo
"Welcome to the People's Republic of China," declares an officer of the People's Liberation Army as he crisply salutes an American novelist (played by John Cusack) who has just fled the United States, which -- like much of the world -- has been destroyed by an environmental catastrophe. It is a line that has thrilled thousands of Chinese filmgoers who have made writer-director Roland Emmerich's "2012" among the most popular Hollywood films of all time on the Chinese mainland. The plot has helped: In Emmerich's ("Independence Day," "The Day After Tomorrow")
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2011
Direct from Beijing and on tour in the U.S. for the first time, the National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China open the Pepperdine University Center for the Arts' 2011-12 season. Dazzling, dizzying and often gravity-defying, the award-winning group of acrobats and contortionists has wowed audiences around the globe for more than 60 years. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 2 p.m. Sun. Sold out. (310) 506-4522. arts.pepperdine.edu.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2011 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
Derek Ma was feeling pretty good after successfully co-hosting a banquet for China's National Day with more than 600 guests, a 10-course dinner, a parade of entertainers and more than $10,000 in prizes. Then he got a call from the top local representative of Taiwan, who put a damper on his mood. "He basically said, 'We are supposed to be old friends. Why did you guys do such a nice job helping the other side? It makes us look bad,'" said Ma, a restaurateur who used to be president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Assn.
NEWS
February 4, 2008
China: An article in Sunday's Section A about an MTV political forum referred to the Republic of China. The country's formal name is the People's Republic of China.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1999
Re "Media Titans Stress Profits Over Journalistic Mission," Commentary, Oct. 10: One can understand self-censorship by Chinese journalists who must fear for their lives, but profit motive is only one reason why these media giants, Sumner Redstone, Gerald Levin and Rupert Murdoch, would want their journalists from CBS, Time Magazine and Fox to self-censor themselves. A more subtle reason is that these gentlemen are in fact closet racists who are more than willing to accept the explanations given by the People's Republic of China government that its citizens do not need to enjoy the full human rights accorded to other human beings.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 1989
For over two years the United States Congress, the President, and the State Department have strongly criticized the Chinese government for its failure to take the issue of human rights seriously in Tibet. Recently Chinese students and workers have taken to the streets of Beijing and other major cities to protest against party corruption and the absence of basic democratic freedoms in China. Given the U.S. government's consistent defense of human rights in Tibet we might have expected to see at least some sign of support for the current protests.
NEWS
June 10, 1989 | DAVID HOLLEY and DANIEL WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writers
China's leadership puzzle began to fall into place Friday with the reappearance of Communist patriarch Deng Xiaoping, who endorsed last weekend's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators but promised that economic reforms will continue. China's state-run television showed Deng, 84, looking frail but animated, presiding over a meeting at Zhongnanhai, the red-walled leadership compound in central Beijing. He was flanked by conservative allies and a host of army generals. 'Small Number' Accused Deng, who had been away from public view for three weeks, said the crackdown against student protesters centered at Tian An Men Square was needed to defend Communist rule in China.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1989
Amen to your editorial opposition to covert electoral support to the Nicaraguan opposition. But how can you maintain that it is the Sandinista government which has made a mess of Nicaragua's economy? Surely most of the blame must fall on the U.S. embargo. I hope President Bush will recognize that, and lift the embargo. After all, he made the welcome and humane statement that he would not countermand grain sales to the People's Republic of China as a sign of U.S. dismay at the Tian An Men Square massacre.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2011 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
Derek Ma was feeling pretty good after successfully co-hosting a banquet for China's National Day with more than 600 guests, a 10-course dinner, a parade of entertainers and more than $10,000 in prizes. Then he got a call from the top local representative of Taiwan, who put a damper on his mood. "He basically said, 'We are supposed to be old friends. Why did you guys do such a nice job helping the other side? It makes us look bad,'" said Ma, a restaurateur who used to be president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Assn.
OPINION
November 16, 2010 | By David Schenker and Christina Lin
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in China this month touting the "new cooperation paradigm" between Ankara and Beijing. Just a week earlier, a top political advisor to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao spent five days in Syria signing deals and planting olive trees in the Golan Heights. The Middle Kingdom, it seems, is planting deep roots in the Middle East these days. The reach of the People's Republic is far and wide, extending from the Far East to Africa to Latin America, and its interest in the Middle East is neither new nor surprising: China gets more than a quarter of its oil imports from the Persian Gulf and has billions invested in Iran's oil sector.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2010
Divided into two parts, "Cosmopolitan Capitalism: Shanghai Under the Republic" and "A Revolution in Culture: Designing the People's Republic," the new exhibition "China Modern: Designing Popular Culture, 1910-1970" tracks the iconographic representation of political ideologies and cultural values on decades of everyday objects, household commodities, fashions, plays, operas, posters and advertisements, numbering 100 iconic pieces in total....
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2009 | By Lily Kuo
"Welcome to the People's Republic of China," declares an officer of the People's Liberation Army as he crisply salutes an American novelist (played by John Cusack) who has just fled the United States, which -- like much of the world -- has been destroyed by an environmental catastrophe. It is a line that has thrilled thousands of Chinese filmgoers who have made writer-director Roland Emmerich's "2012" among the most popular Hollywood films of all time on the Chinese mainland. The plot has helped: In Emmerich's ("Independence Day," "The Day After Tomorrow")
NEWS
October 11, 2009 | Associated Press
Sun Fengqing is not getting married in a white dress, or even a traditional cheongsam. She's going to wear a green military outfit with a Red Star on her hat and a Mao Tse-tung badge -- the uniform of the young Red Guard from China's Cultural Revolution. The choice of outfit shows how, 60 years after the founding of the People's Republic of China, revolutionary images have taken on different meaning for the nation's young generation. "It's just different from other wedding pictures," said Sun, a 24-year-old advertisement company worker, who is marrying 26-year-old dancer Xu Shuo.
OPINION
October 11, 2009 | Ian Buruma, Ian Buruma is a professor of human rights at Bard College and the author of, most recently, "The China Lover."
That the current ruler of the People's Republic of China, Hu Jintao, is a bore will no doubt be a relief to most people, including 1.3 billion Chinese. Hu's dullness is remarkable given the high drama of China's fairly recent transformation from a poor, blood-soaked totalitarian country to a rich (in patches) superpower aspiring to take over America's lead in the not-so-distant future. But perhaps his lack of charisma is part of the point. The first 27 years of the People's Republic, under Chairman Mao, when millions died in almost constant purges and upheavals, and tens of millions died of starvation in bizarre economic experiments, were so awful that most Chinese are quite sick of charismatic leadership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1990
Many people say that they were surprised by the Sandinistas defeat. Actually, there was nothing surprising because the election was a free choice between democracy and dictatorship, particularly at a time when overthrowing dictatorial rule has become a world trend. The Sandinistas defeat has vindicated the Reagan Administration's policy of a trade embargo against the Latin American communist state. There has been a lot of dispute among pundits and government officials about the effectiveness of the embargo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1990
As a political scientist, I was not surprised to find the Nixon museum full of self-serving exhibits presenting Nixon as a "peace" president who brought Vietnam to the negotiating table or (showing him to be) ignorant of Watergate and not participating in any cover-up. But I was appalled that in the exhibits on one of Nixon's successful initiatives, China, Chiang Ching-Kuo of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is listed as being from the People's Republic of China. In addition, "Quotations of Chairman Mao Tse-tung" is mistitled as his "Teachings.
OPINION
September 30, 2009 | Nina Hachigian, Nina Hachigian, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, is the coauthor of "The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise."
What better way to celebrate a birthday than to take to the world stage? Last week, Hu Jintao became the first Chinese president to address the U.N. General Assembly, a privilege seemingly reserved for the president of the United States and colorful despots such as Moammar Kadafi. The People's Republic, which turns 60 on Thursday, has evolved from tin-pot polity to powerhouse. And among the spectacular transformations China has undergone, its dramatic turnabout in how it relates to the world stands out. China began as a pariah state, rejected by and immensely hostile toward the world community.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2009 | Associated Press
"Raise the Red Lantern" director Zhang Yimou plans to make a movie to mark the 60th anniversary of communist China, cementing his shift from a dissident to a government-favored artist. Zhang is still working on the script for the film, China Central Television reported Wednesday. Zhang designed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics in August, and was earlier chosen by the government as the director of an Oct. 1 gala celebrating the People's Republic of China's 60th anniversary.
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