Xi Jinping surprised the international community last week by putting forth a four-point plan for peace between Israel and Palestine. Much of the reporting on this potential realignment of Chinese foreign policy has focused on the reasons why Beijing would make such a proposal at this time; reports have left out some important considerations, however, namely discussing the advantages that China possesses in acting as a mediator between Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Gaza. While Xi’s peace plan largely reiterates proposals that have been the basis for American and European attempts to the resolve this conflict for decades, there are several advantages that China has over...Read More
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Apr 24, 2013 | News of the Week |
On Friday April 12, the Yongzhou Intermediate People’s Court in Yongzhou, Hunan denied compensation to a former labor camp inmate. Tang Hui, who was sentenced to 18 months in a labor camp in August 2012 after petitioning for harsher punishment for the men who raped her young daughter, had sued the Yongzhou authorities for 2,460 yuan (approximately 400 USD) in compensation and requested a written apology from the Yongzhou Re-education through Labor Commission. Tang garnered widespread media attention over the years and earned herself the title of “Appeal Mom” as a mother relentlessly appealing court decisions and demanding justice...Read More
Mar 14, 2013 | News of the Week |
A car theft in Changchun city in Jilin province on Monday, March 4 incited a mass movement in search for a baby that was left in the stolen car. The actual theft occurred at approximately 7:20 am, when the owners of the vehicle returned from inside a super market to find their car gone—along with their 2-month-old baby whom they had left in the car. The call for online assistance began on Sina Weibo, China’s popular microblog akin to Twitter, with a missing persons tweet from Central News in the afternoon of March 4: [blockquote3]“#Looking for missing person# [Baby...Read More
Mar 7, 2013 | News of the Week |
Starting from March 1, Hong Kong implements its “Revised 2013 Export and Import Regulations.” According to the regulations, People leaving Hong Kong cannot take out more than 1.8 kilograms (around 4 pounds) of infant milk formula. Those who violate this rule will be prosecuted; the harshest sentence being a 500,000 RMB fine and two years imprisonment. In the past two days, 19 mainlanders have already been arrested. Such news makes our hearts sink. The famous blogger Xue Manzi heaved an online sigh of sorrow and noted, “As an old man who has lived for 60 years, I have seen plenty...Read More
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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…