China abroad | China at home
In an article published on its website Saturday, the Economic Observer newspaper cites figures circulated last month by the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection for a work report on the latest anti-corruption efforts. The report states corrupt officials
fled with have fled with a total of an estimated US$1 trillion (HK$7.75 trillion) in as of 2012, up from US$412 billion and US$600 billion in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and even more officials are expected to flee with an additional US$ 1.5 trillion 500 billion (HK$ 11.63 3.88 trillion) in 2013.
A disciplinary commission official interviewed for the article also notes at least 714 officials are confirmed to have fled the country during the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holiday last year alone.
— Abe bolsters Southeast Asia ties in bid to counter China’s rising threat He stressed Tokyo’s opposition to “changing the status quo by force” in his meetings with the three countries’ leaders and demonstrated a sense of unity amid heightened bilateral tensions with Beijing over the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
Los Angeles Times
— China’s me-first foreign policy Some Chinese observers believe that Abe and Park will be forced by China’s inexorable rise to come to terms with their giant neighbor. Don’t count on it.
— China Publishes Gini Coefficient For First Time In 12 Years, But People Don’t Believe It It indeed fits into the new administration’s plan (the skeptic would say “hopeful wish”) for transparency, that promised panacea. Or could it be that the government believes the figure will continue to decrease, as it says it did last year?
East Asia Student
— Outrageously bad “Chinese Eugenics” article published on Edge.org …it wouldn’t surprise me at all if there is / was eugenics research going on in China, even on a large scale (as there was in many countries in the 20th century, including the USA), but it’s nothing like how Miller tries to claim.
Ministry of Harmony
— Chinese Release of Skyfall to Omit Sequence Where 007 Shoots Entire Politburo in the Head While SARFT officials claim that the omissions “do not impede understanding” of the film, Chinese netizens and film critics have responded with fury to the actions of the state censor, with audiences pledging to protest the release and campaigns to restore the film’s original content begun both on and offline.
— Mobile Shopping On The Rise in China The number of mobile shoppers grew to 55.5 million, surging 136.5 percent in the second half of 2012 from the same period a year ago. Mobile shoppers accounted for 23 percent of the nation’s 242 million online shoppers during this period.
— How China Was ‘Lost’ The fundamental problem was that Roosevelt embraced a mythicized version of Chinese reality, in which he identified China as one of the Big Four great powers that would take responsibility for the postwar world, with its leader Chiang (whose name FDR characteristically rendered as “Shang”) in the same class as Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and himself.
— Proposal to help Chinese “gay wives” stirs debate In a report released last week, the First Intermediate People’s Court of Beijing called for legislation to allow those who discover their spouses are homosexual to file for an annulment as an alternative to divorce.