April 26, 2012 |
BEIJING - What is happening in China? The officially acknowledged or credibly confirmed facts of the Bo Xilai affair are worthy of a blockbuster political thriller. Its deeper causes, however, go to the heart of the weird, unprecedented system of Leninist capitalism that has emerged in China over the last 30 years. Its possible consequences for change in that system could do more to shape the 21st century world than anything happening in Washington, New Delhi or Brussels. Behind the walls of the Communist Party leadership compound, next to the old Forbidden City, the ghost of Hegel has somehow got mixed up with Robert Ludlum.
December 27, 2012 |
BEIJING -- For years, China's net nannies turned the other cheek to a loophole in their vast online censorship apparatus. Anyone who wanted access to blocked overseas websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and more recently, the New York Times, need only download foreign software called a virtual private network (VPN) to circumvent the Great Firewall. But in recent weeks, even these tools have begun to falter, frustrating tech-savvy Chinese and foreign businesspeople who now struggle to access Internet sites as innocuous as gmail.com and imdb.com.
September 6, 2011 |
A Chinese spy story with a reverse twist surfaced in Beijing last week, providing further evidence that China's rulers are having trouble maintaining their tight control over the Internet. Maj. Gen. Jin Yinan of the People's Liberation Army, in what he apparently thought was an internal briefing, revealed half a dozen cases of Chinese officials who had spied for Britain, the United States and other countries. Somehow, the video of his sensational disclosures leaked out . Clips of his hours-long talk appeared on at least two Chinese websites, Youku.com and Tudou.com, but were quickly removed by government censors.
September 12, 2013 |
BEIJING - If Nicole Zhou reflects how the Chinese feel about Apple Inc.'s latest iPhones, the technology giant may have a huge struggle on its hands winning consumers over in the world's biggest smartphone market. One day after the Cupertino, Calif., company unveiled two new iPhone models - the 5s, with an upgraded processor and fingerprint security system, and the slightly cheaper 5c, with a colorful plastic back - 30-year-old Zhou, an employee at a state-owned enterprise, bought herself a Samsung Galaxy S4 instead.
May 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A diplomatic crisis over the fate of a Chinese activist took a confusing new turn Thursday as Chen Guangcheng signaled during a dramatic phone call to a congressional commission in Washington that he may want to live permanently in China rather than flee to the United States, as he had declared hours earlier. Speaking from a hospital in China where he was being treated for a leg injury, Chen told the congressional panel through an interpreter that he wanted to come to the U.S. only "to rest.
July 22, 2013 |
BEIJING - With public sympathy mounting for a disabled man who allegedly set off a homemade explosive at Beijing's international airport, Chinese authorities say they will reexamine his complaints about being inadequately compensated after low-level municipal code enforcers allegedly beat him to the point of paralysis. Ji Zhongxing, 33, has been identified by authorities as the man who detonated a gunpowder-like substance Saturday evening at the arrival hall of the airport's Terminal 3, which handles international flights.
May 10, 2013 |
BEIJING - She was a promising student at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University, a talented musician who loved to swim and dreamed of studying German and computer science. But in her sophomore year, Zhu Ling began suffering acute stomach pains and hair loss, eventually becoming severely disabled. Lab tests showed she had been poisoned with thallium, a toxic metal used in rat poisons, but police made no arrests and quietly closed the investigation. Today, 19 years after Zhu first fell ill, she remains paralyzed, nearly blind and has the mental capacity of a child.
February 16, 2012 |
Individuals make history. If the last leader of the Soviet Union had not been Mikhail Gorbachev, the world would be a different place. So the character and views ofChina's leader-designate, Xi Jinping, who is visiting the United States, do matter. After spending several years failing to answer the question "Who's Hu?" we must now ask "Who's Xi?" The best thumbnail summary that I have read comes in a forthcoming book by Jonathan Fenby called "Tiger Head, Snake Tails. " (The title refers to modern China, not Xi.)
June 20, 2013 |
At least seven people were injured in China on Thursday after soccer fans stormed through a gate and a line formed by police and security guards to catch a glimpse of international soccer star David Beckham. Nearly 1,000 fans gathered at the Shanghai Tongji University stadium to see Beckham make an appearance with the school's soccer team in an event that ended up being canceled because of the stampede, the state-run news site Xinmin Net said. Among the injured were three police officers, two university security guards and two students, police said.
November 2, 2013 |
This app lets you create your own Instagram-like travel journal. Name: Spottly Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: Uses your smartphone and desktop photos and your own notes to make personal travel bucket lists. Lazy? You can use photos from the Internet or re-post other people's notes. Cost: Free What's hot: I loved browsing the "Featured" section and found restaurant after restaurant that I wanted to try in foreign destinations whose names I couldn't pronounce, much less read (Asian characters are in play here)