Thursday, November 29, 2012
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
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? China
Source: Guardian.co.uk (access date: 29 November 2012).
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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
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 Heilongjiang Province
take responsibility in
after three people were killed? Can anyone in China guarantee that PLA does not
have “Tofu” system? China
Source: Kyodo News (access 30 August 2012).
Source: CYD (access date: 30 August 2012).
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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
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 Beijing
presidential election. When the US US
elects a new president on November 6, it is November 7 already in 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 Beijing East
Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com (access date: 6 November 2012).