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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Death of Fang Lizhi


Fang Lizhi passed away in the United States in April, symbolizing the end of era in the Chinese democracy movement. The former vice president of the University of Science and Technology of China, Fang was placed at the top black list after the Chinese government crackdown of the “June Fourth” movement in 1989. Interestingly, when people, such as Fang Lizhi and Wang Dan started the democracy movement in China, most of them sought political asylum overseas, especially with the United States. After two decades, most of them including Wan Dan and Wuer Kaixi have desperately wanted to return to China. However, the Chinese government has refused to let them return. This is the case of many other democracy movement figures including Liu Bingyan and Wang Dan. Why?

Source: Guardian.co.uk (access date: 29 November 2012).
 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tofu Construction in Harbi


The worth 18 billion Chinese yuan project, Yangmingtan Bridge, which is linking on the Songhua River in Heilongjiang Province, suddenly collapsed on August 24, 2012 (17:50pm), killing three and injures 5 people. The bridge was built only 9 months after local officials of the Heilongjiang have praised its project in newspapers frequently (Zhongguo Qingnian Bao 25 August 2012). The Japanese media have suggested that the corruption of the Chinese high officials have caused the bridge while the Chinese media have also begun to suspect the “Tofu” construction (Kyodo News 25 August 2012). The “Tofu” construction has become famous when a number of schools were destroyed in the Sichuan Earthquake in 2008 while many government building including police station and city hall were well stood. However, none has gone into jails due to the “Tofu” construction since the earthquake. Will anyone in Heilongjiang Province take responsibility in China after three people were killed? Can anyone in China guarantee that PLA does not have “Tofu” system?

Source: Kyodo News (access 30 August 2012).
 
Source: CYD (access date: 30 August 2012).
 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The 18th CCP vs. American Presidential Election


On September 29, CCTV announced that the 18th CCP Congress will be held on November 8, 2012. It is unusual for the CCP to announce the party congress late in September. Some Japanese media suggests that Beijing delayed its decision of the opening the 18th CCP due to the Bo Xilai case. However, this does not appear to be the case. November 6, 2012 is the US presidential election. When the US elects a new president on November 6, it is November 7 already in Beijing time. Meaning, almost 24 hours after the Americans will choose the President; the Chinese will have its 18th CCP meeting, choosing their leaders. Chinese want to make sure who was elected to be president. If Obama was elected, Obama’s policy toward China might not change much. However, if Mitt Romney wins the presidential race, Beijing might have to face a new direction from the White House. As a result, the American presidential race might directly or indirectly affect the Sino-Japanese territorial disputes in East China Sea.

Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com (access date: 6 November 2012).