Category: News of the Week

China reveals air pollution management strategy

On September 12, China released “Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Action Plan” and vowed to use a multi-pronged approach to tackle the country’s air pollution on the central government’s official website. The new plan includes 10 specific measures and corresponding goals to be achieved by 2017, such as cutting total coal consumption by 1.8%, to below 65% of total primary energy use, and raising the share of non-fossil fuel energy by 1.6% to 13% . The plan also calls for the addition of 150 billion cubic meters of natural gas pipeline to boost transmission capacity by the end of 2015. As...

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Thousands of fish die from ammonia contamination in Chinese river

Thousands of dead fish were found in a 19-mile stretch of the Fu River in Hubei Province on Tuesday, September 3. The river, which extends north of Wuhan in central China, feeds into the Yangtze, and is an important source of income for local fishermen. This incident builds on growing concerns about pollution in Chinese rivers, and is reminiscent of the scandal caused in March of 2013 upon the discovery of over 10,000 dead pigs in rivers near Shanghai. Tests revealed that the river contained high levels of ammonia, over 10 times the naturally occurring amount, which government officials believe originated from a plant owned by Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology Company. (Guardian, New York Times, September 4,...

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U.S. and China Meet for Annual Dialogue

Top U.S. and Chinese officials are meeting this week in Washington, D.C. for the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue on July 10 to 11, hoping to build on the progress made during last month’s informal summit between President Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. The two countries are expected to discuss a host of important issues, including North Korea, maritime disputes, climate change, investment opportunities and, perhaps most importantly this year, cyber security....

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Reactions from China and France over Racist Attacks

On June 14, 2013, a group of five Chinese students were attacked by a group of three intoxicated local French men. The assailants hurled xenophobic and racist insults before hitting a 24 year old woman in the face with a champagne bottle. The attack occurred in the town of Hostens, 30 miles south of Bordeaux. News of the attack triggered strong reactions in both China and France. China Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the violent attack and urged the French government to ring the perpetrators to justice and take concrete actions to safeguard Chinese citizens safety and legitimate rights and interests....

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Backlash Against Egypt Graffiti Culprit Reveals Deeper Insecurities: A Case Analysis through Weibo

The last week of May was a rough one for teenager Ding Jinhao, who became the new favorite punching bag of thousands of Chinese netizens. On a vacation to Egypt, the youth had carved “Ding Jinhao was here” in Chinese on the walls of the ancient Luxor Temple. Another tourist posted a photo of his vandalism onto Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, on May 24. Ding’s appalled compatriot wrote: “This was my saddest moment in Egypt. I was so embarrassed I wanted to hide my face…We tried using tissues to wipe away this shame, but it was useless, and...

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SR: The Week’s China Reads

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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.

Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…