Current Events in China

Format:

You will be responsible for two weeks of coverage during the semester for current events in China. The sign-up doc is here. You will share this responsibility with one or two other students. Use the following format for your post:

  1. Your comment subject should be: Week “X” and a 2-3 word title; Be sure to include your first name and last initial. No duplicates allowed. Once a topic has been addressed/posted you must choose a different one. There are plenty of things going on in China!
  2. A link to your article or bibliographic entry if only in print;
  3. A one paragraph synopsis of your current event;
  4. What is the controversy? Who is on the various sides of the issue?
  5. A reflection/discussion question surrounding your article;
  6. A link or two to background information to better assist in understanding the current event;
  7. (2nd quarter only) In what ways can you connect this event with course content? Is there a historical period that helps explain why this is likely happening?

These are each worth 25 points.

Possible starting sources:

1. Wall Street Journal | 2. Want China |  3. Shanghai Daily | 4. People’s Republic Daily | 5. Beijing Review  | 6. All China Women’s Federation | 7. China-Tibet online | 8. National Congress of the Communist Party | 9. New York Times |
10. South China Morning Post | 11. Inside China | 12. The Hong-Kong Standard |
13. CCTV News | 14. Google News feed | 15. Hao Hao Report

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90 responses to “Current Events in China

  1. 1. Week 3 China Scrambles Jets-Andy Y

    2. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/29/us-japan-china-patrol-idUSBRE9AR0OM20131129

    3. China sends in fighter jets over their recently imposed air defense zone. The US and the Japanese recently flew unarmed military aircraft over this zone in which the Chinese officials have responded. China states that the jets that were sent out were just for surveillance of the military planes from Japan and US. China states that planes that flew over did not send a request to fly over this area. This is causing international disputes between the US, Japan China and South Korea. Many believe that this is China’s act on expending territory over the land dispute (Diaoyu Island) between Japan while China claims that it is for national security.

    4. This event could close off China’s relationship with other countries, something they worked so hard on. Would this create a break in relationships with Japan if something were to happen.

    5. Why is China imposing this policy when other countries refuse to acknowledge it? What would happen to China’s relation with other countries if conflicts occur?

    6. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/11/28/china-defense-zone/3778853/

    7. This could be China’s attempt to be recognized again as a central power. China imposed this policy without the consent of its surrounding nations. This is like the dispute between the China and the UK during the opium war when both refused to acknowledge “claimed” zones.

  2. 1. Week 3, China and Genetically Modified Food – Harry Hart

    2. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131201000033&cid=1103

    3. China has, for around a decade now been working to develop genetically modified food that could for example be resistant to bugs or have more nutrition than other foods of it’s type but the public as well as outside organizations such as Greenpeace are unhappy about this. A study was done which revealed that 90% of Chinese officials believe that GM’s (genetically modified food) are unsafe and that they are opposed to selling it commercially. since then china has upped it’s standards on much of this food and now all commercial GM’s have to first be approved by the Chinese government. However in 2012 it was revealed that China had been testing a certain genetically modified type of rice on children in Hengyang which subsequently became known as the “Golden Rice Indecent” Because of this Chine stated that they would be focusing on making sure that these GM’s were safe for human consumption rather than advertising the benefits.

    4. This is basically an argument between China’s government and humans rights groups where china has to keep backing down and tightening their safety protocols to ensure that these food products are safe to eat and sell to the general population.

    5. Do you think that these genetically modified products could be beneficial to China’s people as a whole?
    Would you be OK with eating genetically modified food products?

    6.
    http://www.voanews.com/content/china-struggles-overcome-gmo-stalemate/1784558.html
    http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/10/23/china-pushes-genetically-modified-food-draft/

    7. This relates to china’s past and their problems with both food shortages and the government ignoring human rights. China is working to develop this new food source with hardly a regard to the human rights violations much like they were during the Great Leap Forward when they were attempting to have the rural population produce as much food as possible with no regard to the peoples well being.

  3. Kyle Gasiorowicz

    1. Week 13 – China Launches Moon Rover – Kyle G.
    2. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/02/world/asia/china-prepares-to-launch-moon-rover-mission.html
    3. Last Monday, China launched its first lunar rover. This is the third probe china has sent to the moon under the space exploration program Chang’e, which is named after the moon goddess. The mission, named Chang’e-3, aims to land a six-wheeled, solar powered rover on the moon in a “soft landing”, where the rover will explore the Bay of Rainbows for three months, recording data and exploring. The Bay of Rainbows, contrary to its name, is actually just a plain of hardened lava. The rover, named the Jade Rabbit, will be the first lunar rover since 1976. China’s space program is funded by China’s military, which has caused suspicion, but the country’s space program is independent enough that it no longer relies on support from other countries.
    4. There is no controversy.
    5. Do you think that the West’s suspicions about China’s military-backed space program are warranted?
    6. http://www.space.com/23416-china-moon-mission-bay-of-rainbows.html http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/26/world/asia/china-lunar-probe/
    7. This can be connected to Xi Jinping’s “China Dream”, which is supported by new technology and international recognition as one of the worlds superpowers.

  4. 1. China attempts to use Artificial Rain to combat Pollution -Steven L

    2.https://www.chinadialogue.net/blog/6548-China-to-use-artificial-rain-to-combat-air-pollution/en

    3. China has announced a 1.7 trillion dollar investment plan to clear up the pollution in China. The Chinese Meteorological Administration said that by 2015 the government will be able to use weather manipulation to reduce smog in China. The Chinese government has used weather manipulation in several instances, from clearing to skies to maintaining a dry weather during the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has has caused nearly 490 billion tons of precipitation nationwide between 2002 and 2012

    4. There has been question as to if the tactic would be effective. Certain people, such as Guo Xueliang from the Chinese Meteorological Administration, said artificial rainfall is a relatively easy way of reducing pollution, and may also solve Beijing’s water shortage problem. Others, such as Xia Guang, think artificial rainfall may not be as effective as it seems.

    5. Do you think the idea of artificial rainfall would help the environment in China?
    Would it be practical to use artificial rainfall to reduce pollution?

    6. https://www.chinadialogue.net/blog/6548-China-to-use-artificial-rain-to-combat-air-pollution/en
    https://www.chinadialogue.net/blog/6255-Will-Beijing-s-277-billion-air-pollution-plan-work-/en

    7. This has parallels to many of Mao’s reforms, where it is based in an idealistic situation, without interference from other unknown sources. As such, a certain plan that worked for one situation would be assumed to work perfectly in a similar situation.

  5. 1. China’s Disputed Flying Zone
    2. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/28/world/asia/china-japan-us-tensions/index.html?iid=article_sidebar
    3. Beijing established a new flying zone over the East China Sea that Japan claims has been part of its established air zones. Boat sides claim rights to the zones, and this has caused controversy between the two governments. At this point, neither plans on stopping so conflict could escalate. Tensions have already started to escalate since both the U.S. and Japan have agreed not to acknowledge the change.
    4. It’s Japan and U.S. against China’s newly established air zone. Another reason this is such a heated situation is because the air zone they established covers the territory over the Daioyu Islands, which Japan and China have had previous conflict over.
    5. Who is in the wrong in this situation? If neither plans to back down then it could be only a matter of time before conflict emerges, so who do you think will strike first?
    6. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/25/world/asia/china-japan-disputed-islands/index.html?iid=article_sidebar
    7. It’s similar in that both Japan and China wanted control over Korea and other territory, and now they’re fighting over who has rights to the Daioyu Islands.

  6. Jonathan Glasgow

    1) Week 17: China and printing. Jonathan G
    2) China chasing U.S. lead in 3-D printing-http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/12/01/china-advances-3d-printing-manufacturing/3675057/
    3) U.S. manufacturers were hoping to lure certain aspects of factory production back to the U.S. instead of continuing to witness China coerce every corporation with its cheaper labor to construct in China. In an effort to cut costs and bring production back home, the U.S. had had a substantial lead in 3-D printing, which churns out literal objects. However, China has now started to rapidly increase its usage of the technology, which could eventually lead to China taking over the U.S. as the world’s number one 3-D printing nation. The U.S. is being pressured to step up its investments in the field, which could be tricky as China has the advantage of mainly using robots, which cut costs immensely
    4) The controversy is that whether China is being too aggressive in its pursuit of new technology. Many U.S. manufacturers know that they cannot compete with robots in developing new and creative uses of 3-D printing, since robots do not have the same basic needs as humans. Also, this industry was seen as a potential game changer for the U.S. economy to try to lure corporations back to the U.S. For China’s part, it is seeking to do what it considers right and just for its economy and is seeking to lure manufacturers back to China because neighboring countries such as Bangladesh have now become more attractive to corporations for their perceived even lower prices.
    5) Even though the U.S. still has a sizable lead in the 3-D printing industry, could the U.S. eventually lose its advantage to China? How? What should the U.S. do in response to China’s rapid rise in the industry? Does this event dance the line between inspiration and outright plagiarism? Is China morally justified in seeking to make gains in this industry?
    6) 3-D printing could help China reclaim ‘factory of the world’ title- http://www.ibtimes.com/3d-printing-could-help-china-reclaim-factory-world-title-1491256
    7) This event is really similar to China’s 19th and 20th century desires to learn from the West in the use of the West’s own technology. Very likely, this event comes from a deep desire of China to learn from other nations, and although this desire was seldom put into practice during the 19th and 20th centuries, recently China’s economy has exploded due to many of its Western-leaning economic practices and ideas. To be sure, China is still thoroughly Communist, but its desire to learn from the West while still maintaining traditional, conservative political and governmental views is just as strong today as it was during the 19th and 20th centuries.
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  7. 1. Week 13: Frugality Campaign – Bella Dally-Steele
    2. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2013-02/03/c_132148208.htm
    3. In response to statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) claiming that one third of all produced food is squandered, China’s president Xi Jinping has issued a “Frugality Campaign”. This campaign encourages citizens to make conscious efforts to economize and conserve food. China was likely shocked when a 2008 research project reported that one tenth – 50 million tones – of China’s food supply was wasted annually. China cites its goal for this campaign as reducing hunger within China and without. The campaign is formally known by the slogan “Think, Eat, Save and Reduce your footprint.”
    4. While the campaign is not especially controversial (as a human rights campaign it is widely accepted and admired) many citizens do question
    5. What are some of the measures that the government suggests citizens take in order to “Think, Eat, Save, and Reduce your footprint”? Is surplus food sent to those in need? Will this campaign actually HURT China (as it is reducing economic activity)?
    6. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-11/28/content_17138909.htm
    Holiday sales suffer from frugality campaign
    7. This campaign is an interesting contrast to Mao’s great famine, during which the government ignored plummeting food output and claimed to be producing surplus food for their citizens. In this case, even though China’s grain output has been rising steadily for nine consecutive years, the government is actually giving national/world hunger special attention.

    • I forgot to finish my thought on #4! What I meant to say was:
      4. While the campaign is not especially controversial (as a human rights campaign it is widely accepted and admired) many citizens do question their individual impact on their fellow citizens (as most hunger in China today is caused by poverty, not food unavailability).
      Also, many stores are worried about how this campaign has affected sales as citizens have taken “Think, Eat, Save and Reduce you footprint” to heart in more ways than one; consumption of non-food items has also drastically dropped.

  8. 1.Week 13, China urges India not to complicate border dispute
    2. http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90883/8471041.html
    3. India’s President, Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the “Arunachal Pradesh” on November 29th and 30th triggered a comment from China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman about how they need to settle the dispute peacefully. The Arunachal Pradesh was established on the three area’s of China’s Tibet-Monyul,Loyel, and Lower Tsayul. These areas are currently under Indian illegal occupation. These areas between the line and the traditional border have always been Chinese territory. China and India held their 16th meeting between special representatives in June.
    4. The controversy is the border dispute between China and India
    5.Why did China care so much about India’s President visiting the disputed area? Will the dispute be solved anytime soon and will it be solved peacefully?
    6. http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90883/8436032.html
    7. This event links back to China’s borders changing a ton in between each dynasty. Due to the constant changes both nations have a legitimate claim of the land. China and India have also had a somewhat strained relationship in the past. Leaders hope to change that starting with how to solve this dispute.

  9. 1. China’s New Plan

    2. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/11/25/xi-jinping-and-chinas-new-deal/?KEYWORDS=chinas+new+deal

    3. Xi Jinping has introduced a new plan for China’s future. The reforms, which will take effect in the next decade, work to increase individual rights but also to increase state and party power. Some of the individual reforms include “relaxing” the one-child policy, abolishing the system of re-education through labor, and farmers will be able to freely sell their land and move to the city, which makes it easier for them to opt out of the collectives. State reforms include the creation of the National Security Council, which will coordinate the military, secret police, surveillance and defense, and foreign affairs. Also, a “Leading Small Group” will be made to survey the economic transformation and work with powerful ministries and commissions. Both of these state reforms will likely strengthen the command of Xi JInping.

    4. There is controversy over whether or not this plan will give too much power to Xi Jinping.

    5. How well do you think this plan will work?
    Is Xi Jinping increasing individual rights to hide the large increase in state power?

    6. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304337404579210032460595174

    7. This can be connected to Mao Zedong’s past reforms, along with the ideas of collectivization and re-education through labor.

  10. Week 2: China’s Disputed Air-Defense Zone

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304017204579226031095207724

    Last Thursday, China announced that it had deployed fighter jets to it’s new and highly controversial Air-Defense Zone over the East China Sea. To contest China’s claim over the area, the U.S. sent two B-52 bombers into the zone unannounced, and China, who had promised to take “Defensive emergency measures” against any aircraft in the zone, backed down. The zone covers islands previously claimed by Japan and South Korea, adding to China’s list of aggressive territorial claims in the region. This latest development strengthens the political tension in the region and heightens the risk of military disputes over the eastern Chinese seaboard.

    Naturally, a controversy arises not only between the countries with territorial claims within China’s Air-Defense zone, but also with U.S. Military powers in the region and nations around the world who believe China may be playing the wrong hand in it’s militaristic and authoritative attitude towards the East China Sea.

    The question is, will China allow the issue to escalate to military engagement? How far is China willing to go in order to uphold the claims it has made? Will China maintain their threat of military action?


    A simple depiction of the issue.

    Connection to Mao: China under Mao Tse-Tung was determined to fiercely protect it’s borders. In the 50’s, China resorted to military action to repel U.N. Forces in Korea who were getting too close to it’s border for comfort. The same thing is happening now, where China is aggressively exercising it’s power.

  11. 1) Biden challenges China over freedom of press during visit
    2) http://world.einnews.com/article/179561812
    3) Joe Biden pressed China on its treatmeant of US journalists who fear losing their visas. Speaking to Americans in the capital, Biden said “innovation thrives where people can breathe freely, speak freely, and are able to challenge orthodoxy, where newspapers can report the truth without fear of consequences.” A spokesman for the US embassy in Beijing, pressed home the message and raised concern about the treatment of academics, saying: “We are deeply concerned that foreign journalists in China face restrictions that impede their ability to do their jobs, including extended delays in processing their journalist visas, restrictions on access to ‘sensitive’ locations and individuals, pressure on their local staff, blocked websites, and reports of cyber-hacking of media organisations.”.
    4) the controversy is whether or not the Chinese government is allowing the US reporters to do their job.
    5) Do you think that the Chinese government will become less harsh on the reporters over time?
    6 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/world/asia/biden-faults-china-on-foreign-press-crackdown.html?ref=china
    7) You can see some connections to some of the government in early China with keeping different documents, not speaking on different things that they were trying to hide from the people.

  12. 1)week ?:China to merge public and private sectors to develop a mixed economy.

    2)http://www.bjreview.com/business/txt/2013-12/02/content_580800.htm

    3)The idea of a mixed economy comprising of state, collective and private capital has gained much traction as China turns its attention to future development. Yang Weimin, Deputy Director of the Office of the Central Leading Group on Finance and Economic Affairs, said in the future, non-public investors, including private and foreign ones, will be able to enter all sectors except for those involving national security, and also purchase shares in or acquire, in accordance with market rules, state-owned enterprises (SOE) in these sectors. Chu Xuping, head of the research center of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, said by 2020 most SOEs will diversify their shareholdings and, except in some special sectors, most SOEs will develop into mixed-ownership enterprises

    4)The controversy is whether or not this plan will actual work on boosting the economy.

    5) How do the public and Private sectors feel about the plan on combining the two?

    6)http://science.blurtit.com/98945/what-are-the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-mixed-economy

    7) This sounds like mao’s idea of collectivization farms in how groups of people work together on a bigger goal.

  13. 1) Week 2: China Takes Interest In Bitcoin Market

    2) http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303997604579237913301162066

    3) Bitcoins, a form of online currency have been in existence for four years now, and have recently reached a value of $1000 USD. Many people are investing in this new and unpredictable market, such as Mr. Li Xiaolai. He has accumulated more than 100,000 bitcoins, putting him at a net worth of at least 100 million. China is one of the countries most interested in the bitcoin, they account for a third of the total bitcoins exchanged worldwide. The BTC China is the main bitcoin trading service in China, where more than 60,000 bitcoins are transferred daily. China’s government has now started to acknowledge and look into bitcoins, although they currently do not recognize it as an official currency within China. Even though it is a very erratic and unpredictable market it shows promise and only appears to continuously grow.

    4) Bitcoins are still relatively new and there is a large amount of confusion as to how to obtain them, and their actual uses. Still, many lower and middle class citizens have invested in the market because they believe it shows promise. In the past the government has shut down and banned virtual currencies, such as the QQ. However it can only be a matter of time before they recognize the potential.

    5) Do you think China’s government supporting the bitcoin would be a boost to China’s economy? Would you invest in the bitcoin market?

    6) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin_protocol#Bitcoin_mining Explanation of bitcoin mining.

    7) This reminds me of Open Door Policy, where China started to trade with other countries and began to invest in other markets. It is a relatively new form of trading that China doesn’t have much experience with, and is apprehensive about.

  14. Week 5 human trafficking china Evan-Y

    http://www.no-trafficking.org/china.html

    China’s migrant population has reached 140 million, which is more than 10% of the total population and over 30% of the total rural labour force. Cross-border trafficking of women is increasing in China.Mainly coming from Vietnam, Russia, Korea and Myanmar.The purposes of this trafficking comes to serve sexual exploitation, forced marriage, and illegal adoption. In 2006 a study conducted reported the main means of trafficking were: fraud and deception, 37%; kidnapping, 26%; abuse of power or a position of vulnerability, 17%; and physical violence, 5%. Only 58% of the articles reported into which sector victims were trafficked: forced prostitution 19%; entertainment industry, hairdressing or massage parlours 9%; brick kilns 9%; manufacturing 4%; domestic labour 3%; forced begging 3%; others 11%. ” Yunnan and Guizhou provinces are the main source provinces, while Fujian, Guangdong, and Shangdong are the main destination provinces. Henan province is both a source and destination for human trafficking. Yunnan and Guizhou provinces are amongst the provinces with the lowest GDP per capita in China, while Fujian, Guangdong and Shangdong have some of the highest GDP per capita.”

    By international law human trafficking is illegal. Although it happens in every country. There’s the people and the government trying to crack down on these inhumane traffickers who work it as a living taking away kids and women alike to become objects.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/178-kids-rescued-in-china-human-trafficking-bust/

    To support and help rid china and the rest of the world of trafficking you can check out:
    http://www.polarisproject.org/
    http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/

    Perhaps since the cultural revolution and the great leap forward certain provinces have had the higher end job markets and people, while others in poorer provinces needed to give up family members to survive and get money. After all these years deals and debts still remain, and the traffickers are still in buisness since.

  15. 1. Alex G.
    Week 4: China Runs a Trade Deficit

    2. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/04/11/135318578/china-runs-a-trade-deficit

    3. China is suffering from a trade deficit. In the first three months of the year China imported more than they exported. This is quit a change from China’s previous years, since normally they export significantly more. This could have a very drastic affect on the economy of other nations, like the U.S. This state of affairs is said to be unsustainable in the long run by economists. The U.S. has been trying to increase its exports. There has also been a large push on China to increase its domestic consumption. Even though this deficit is significant, it is very small. China’s imports were $400.66 billion and there imports were $399.64 billion. China is still running a trade surplus with the U.S. This shows us that in China’s near future they will move toward a balanced trade.

    4. There is not very much controversy on this other then people wondering how this will affect the global economy. Since China does have so much economic power even a slight change in trade patterns can make quit a difference.

    5. How do you think China’s trade deficit will affect the U.S’s economy? What do you think China needs to do to increase their exports, and is it more beneficial for them to continue to increase domestic consumption?

    6. http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/12/04/us-trade-deficit-narrows-exports-hit-record-high/

    7. This contrasts to ancient China and the dynasties when China thought it was superior to the rest of the world and had no desire to trade. This is the complete opposite of modern China who is now one of the world’s top trading country.

  16. 1. Grant M.
    Confucianism Revived By Literature
    2. http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90782/8477448.html
    3. Several Confucian books are becoming best sellers on China’s online bookstores. Previously, President Xi Jinping has presented them on a tour of the country hoping to reshape people’s values to make China a more culturally prosperous society. Xi wants to indulge in traditional Chinese culture, taking back the anti-Confucianist ideas that were present during the Cultural Revolution. The books promote a distinct family structure and the perfection of human society.
    4. There’s a question of whether or not young people will adopt these old ideas or opt for newer philosophical teachings. Confucian teachings tend to be more relevant to China as an isolated empire rather than a global power, and include a lot of inherently sexist ideas.
    5. In what way will the young people in China today determine their philosophy of life? Is Xi Jinping doing the right thing? (as a leader, and as a member of the Communist party) Will Confucianism still work today?
    6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xi_Jinping
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confucianism
    7. This goes back to both the Dynastic Era and more recent events in China. Many times China must choose between preservation of culture or adoption of Western ideals along with technology. Ideas like the New Culture Movement and Self-Strengthening Movement exemplify this.

  17. 1) Teens in Asian countries dominate worldwide tests
    2)http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2013/1203/Why-Asian-teens-do-better-on-tests-than-US-teens#.UqDImhVfWw4.gmail
    3) A study of 65 nations done by the OECD released last tuesday revealed that teens in Asian countries – China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Hong Kong had the highest average scores in math, reading, and science in a global test – the 2013 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). This is a test taken by 15 year olds every few years, in 2013, over 1/2 million students in 65 nations and educational systems took part. The top scores in China came from Shanghai- where students received top scores in the PISA test in 2009 as well, while U.S. scores have held steady – receiving below the international average for math and science, average for reading. The reason that Chinese students dominate these global tests is thought to be because China has a real commitment to education for all kids that the U.S. can’t contend with.
    4) There has been some controversy over the accuracy of these tests in representing the proficiency of youth in the subjects of math, reading, and science. Some believe that the school systems in Shanghai tested students who are the children of the elite, who are allowed to attend municipal schools because of the restrictions such as those that keep many migrant children out, and because of this, Shanghai scores have been called “difficult to interpret because they are almost meaningless.”, which would be true if the claim that they are only testing the small minority of elite students. However, U.S. officials have not seen any evidence of a “biased sample” of students tested in Shanghai.
    5) Are the scores the China received an inaccurate representation of the youth proficiency?
    If not, how do their school systems prepare students for these tests more efficiently than the U.S.?
    6) http://world.time.com/2013/12/04/china-is-cheating-the-world-student-rankings-system/
    7) This reminds me of China’s attitude during the Qing Dynasty, when they believed and presented themselves in all aspects superior to Britain, despite having a significantly smaller military. If the allegations of China misrepresenting their scores are true, then China is not providing full national data, and presenting themselves to have a better national education system than they really do.

  18. 1) Week 14ish? Police in Xinjiang – Reid Annin

    2) http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/12/inside-china-troubled-far-west-2013126123055418537.html

    3) Due to the riots that took place in July between Muslim Uighurs and the Han that took the lives of close to 200 people, Police are now habitually guarding the streets of almost every substantial town in the conflicted Xinjiang province. Masses of Han have moved to the area in the past several decades, causing its quantity of ethnic Han to increase from 6.7% in 1949 to 40% in 2008. The Uighurs criticize the Han for taking their jobs and consequently making it problematic for them to raise their standard of living. The increase of Han population also has allowed the Han to influence politics and the government in Xinjiang.

    4) The controversy is that Many Uighurs are positive that the government is attempting to rid China of their culture by means of assimilation and education policies. The government, however, is trying to hold meetings with one representative from every nearby village to allow the possibility for the people to share and resolve their problems as well as try to teach those representatives how to “live together” with the Han.

    5) What compromise could be made to benefit both the Uighurs and the Han?

    6) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-court-sentences-6-to-death-in-xinjiang-riots/

    7) This relates to the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900 where the native Chinese felt that all the foreigners in China were taking control and permanently establishing themselves in their country. Due to this a huge rebellion broke out with violence against the foreigners. The Uighurs also feel that the foreign Han are invading their land and are fighting back in a very similar way.

  19. 1. Week 14: Renovating Beijing’s Historic Homes

    2.http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/07/24/garden/0724-BEIJING_index.html?ref=art&_r=

    3. China has been in such a rush to urbanize that they haven’t payed much attention to the culture aspects that are changing. China’s architecture has changed much and there has been a grand “building boom.” Over the past decades, there has been an explosive number of building constructions in Beijing, converting this city into a very “modern metropolis.” Throughout this process, Beijing has torned down many of its historical neighborhood and turned them into nothing but rubble. In order to have this massive number of constructions, Beijing needed more space, so they begin to destroy old neighborhoods that were a piece of China’s old culture and ways of life.

    4. The government of China wants to modernize, but there is an issue with China tearing these neighborhoods to shreds. People believe that destroying these ancient historical places is not only taking a little part of China, but it’s also vanishing a whole way of living. There is also people who lived in these neighborhoods and they are being relocated for the demolition of these neighborhoods.

    5. Do you think that they should allow China to tear down these neighborhoods for the sake of constructing grand buildings? Is China losing part of its culture along with the destruction of these neighborhoods?

    6.http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/07/23/arts/20080723_HUTONG_SLIDESHOW_index.html?ref=art&gwh=2BA4E587142C1679089CD0F7B9CD77F0

    7. Throughout China’s history they have been in a constant struggle to overpass those around them, and have had this ideology of modernization and urbanization. Mao tried to get rid of the old traditions and customs with the Cultural Revolution, much as like China is doing in the present day. “‘For those of us who grew up in Mao’s China, the government complexes were always the ideal,” he said. “And that has not changed much.’”

  20. 1. Eleanor D Week 15 or 16?- Changes on the Way
    2. http://www.bjreview.com/business/txt/2013-12/09/content_583027.htm
    3. The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China has announced it’s plan to introduce new reforms to China’s economy. These reforms include measures for market-based change in the initial public offering issuance mechanism, preferred shares, better protection of investor interests in cash dividends and stricter scrutiny of backdoor listing. At first these reforms made the market dip a little but experts say that these market based reforms will help the stock markets grow and mature, which will lead to healthier development of the markets in the long run. They believe that this reshuffle in the stock markets was necessary and that the large scale of the reform will help a lot.
    4. Since the markets did do a little nose dive the day after the new policies went public, some people are worried the reforms wont work and the economy will just get worse.
    5. Why is China so worried about their economy when they have the world’s second largest economy?
    Do you think this will actually work, or do you think it will fail like other economic reforms before it?
    6. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304017204579229691357340398
    7. This connects to both Mao’s and Deng’s ideas of needing to reform the economy. Both leaders wanted to restructure the economy and that is what their plan is with these new reforms.

  21. Vinoth Manoharan

    1. Chinese Hackers ‘spied on five EU countries before G20 summit’

    2.http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/dec/10/chinese-hackers-five-eu-countries-g20-summit-syria

    3.Before the G20 summit in September FireEye ,a computer security firm, stated that Chinese hackers eavesdropped on 5 European foreign ministers. The hackers used emails that had titles relating to US military options in Syria. There are several hacking groups in China many suspected of having ties to the government. FireEye stated that it had been following the hackers behind these attacks for several years. FireEye calls them Ke3chang. “more than intelectual property theft … The intent was to target those involved with the G20.” Said FireEye researcher Nart Villeneuve.

    4. The controversy is China possibly spying on other G20 summit members.

    5.What will China or Ke3chang use the info for?

    6.http://www.chinapost.com.tw/life/science-&-technology/2013/12/11/395656/Chinese-spies.htm

    7.It seems like it could be like modernization but if it was diplomatic information they were after then it like the opposite of opening up China in a sense since it negatively affects China and the country they were spying on’s relationship.

  22. 1.The Noodle Making Robot. by: SAM HOFER
    2.http://firstwefeast.com/eat/future-now-meet-noodlebot/
    3.Cui Run Quan was a chicken farmer that realized that a local noodle vendor was making more money than he did on his struggling chicken farm. Well that just can’t be he thought to himself, it makes no sense! And yet there it was before him, he was poorer than a noodle maker. This startling revelation both dismayed and inspired Mr. Quan. All though he had no idea how to make noodles, he decided to make something that could. Now noodle makers everywhere, prepare for battle! There is a new enemy in town an it is probably going to take your job! IT’S THE NOODLE BOT! everybody run for your lives! Quan’s noodlebot can make four bowls in one minute, doubling the production of a human, not to mention it can make eight different types of noodles.
    4.With the rising cost of labor in China, the bots have been quite popular, and restaurants say that the customers love the little bots. But these could put a lot of people out of business ruining many peoples lives.
    5. How will this effect the market for noodles in China and worldwide, and what are these people losing their jobs going to do?
    6. “Yes, robot-cut noodles aren’t as romantic as hand-pulled or hand-cut noodles—but, hey, if robots are gonna take over the world anyway, they might as well make us noodles while they’re at it.”
    edition.cnn.com/…/china-noodle-making-robot-mckenzie-pkg.cnn.html
    7. This seems like a good idea for modernization, but it seems a lot like when Mao was trying to move the country forward, it’s happening a little to fast for the people to catch up…

  23. Hunger Games of Jobs by Linor C Week I Don’t Know.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/25/world/asia/china-exam-takers/index.html

    1.1 million students take the country’s civil service exams. It consists of multiple choice and an essay to demonstrate the examinee’s problem solving skills and independent thinking. Afterwards, if they are accepted, they have an interview. They’re competing for 19,000 jobs in China’s government. Jobs in the government are considered a “golden rice bowl” because of their stable incomes and generous benefits such as social security. However, when China’s economy first opened up 30 years ago, choosing private business or commerce was seen as the best way to get ahead. Civil service first began attracting huge numbers of applicants a decade ago because the private sector isn’t as well structured and developed like the US.

    Some people may not like this test because they have connections in China. However, in a corrupt China, this is one of the solutions to finding government officials.

    If more people are competing for government jobs, what do you think are happening to the private sector jobs? How do the jobs in the private sector differ from the government jobs?

    http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-11/25/content_17127868.htm
    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-10-26/in-china-a-golden-rice-bowl-for-civil-service

    This connects to what we’ve learned about because in feudal China, they used examinations like these to elect government officials. Also, this shows that China is appreciating education more than befure.

  24. Christopher Gitcho

    1. Week (?) – Christopher Gitcho – Smog forces ‘blind landing’ on China’s pilots

    2. http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonchang/2013/12/15/china-smog-comrade-pilot-can-you-see-the-runway/

    3. Due to air pollution and fog covering the air over China, pilots are being forced to land planes without actual visibility, some using technology to “predict” where they are going to land, and others just landing “blindly.” This could easily lead to devastating disasters involving the deaths of every passenger on every plane. The Communist Party is also blatantly lying about air quality to their citizens – the “air quality ratings” that everyone has access to is entirely made up.

    4. There are multiple levels of controversy: the air pollution causing the lack of visibility, the possible devastating outcome of allowing people to fly under these conditions, and the fact that the Communist Party is doing everything in their power to censor the truth.

    5. Should Chinese pilots be allowed to fly under these conditions? Is the technology allowing them to “see” through the smog trustworthy/reliable enough? Should the government be allowed to blatantly lie to their citizens?

    6. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/12/world/asia/china-smog-aviaition/index.html?c=/specials/asia/china/index.html

    7. Connection: Mao’s China, refusing to admit to their mistakes/refusing to admit that things aren’t okay. Also, the Communist Party censoring the truth.

  25. China factories stuck in cruise control
    http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/15/news/economy/china-manufacturing-pmi/index.html?iid=HP_River

    China’s growth is declining and the government is promoting greater foreign investment. The manufacturer PMI was at 50.5, any number above 50 shows growth. Experts suggest that economic growth has started to weaken. They believe that the trend would continue to the first half of 2014.The PMI is down from 50.8 in November.

    The controversy is China’s growth is slowing down.

    Is it switched from government control corporations to private corporations causing this or has the world demand for goods going down?

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101274168

    This connects to Deng’s economic focus because China is trying to increase its economy but it is currently slowing down.

  26. 1.Week (insert week number here)- Kyle Kolar- The 2013 Huading Awards:

    2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/08/china-huading-awards-nicolas-cage-nicole-kidman_n_4062629.html

    3.The Huading Awards, similar to the Oscars and grammys, honor achievements in film, music, and other types of entertainment. The event was started back in 2007 by an executive at Global Talents Media. This year the ceremony featured many American stars including Nick Cage who won best global actor in motion pictures, and Avril Lavigne who won best global singer.

    4. Although the controversy here isn’t very important, many Americans find China’s choices of the winners of each category rather comical and unrealistic. Almost every winner was an American hollywood star and when China slapped the word “global” on every award, the world became curious as to how the winners were selected.

    5. Do you agree with China’s selections? Do you think China tried to do this for the media attention?

    6. http://variety.com/2013/scene/news/hollywood-stars-on-hand-for-huading-awards-1200702562/

    7. I think this is similar to China kind of after Mao because their adopting western ideas or in this case using western stars to attract a western audience maybe?

  27. 1. China eyes collection of lunar samples in 2017

    2.http://www.vision.org/visionmedia/article.aspx?id=77725

    3. China is thinking about launching its next unmanned lunar probe in 2017, with the idea of collecting and bringing back lunar samples such as rocks and “dirt”. It’s a priority to advance china’s space program, President Xi Jinping wants the country to establish itself as a space power. On Saturday the “Chang’e 3 probe” set down a lunar rover called the “Jade Rabbit”. “Our country’s lunar exploration program is a technology program for the peaceful uses of outer space, as well as an open program,” said Wu, citing cooperation with Russian and European counterparts and international bodies.

    4. The only controversy is should this be China’s “top priority”. Because i could see in a lot of ways. China needing to focus more on problems at home then trying to become a “space power”.

    5. Do you think China really needs to have a top priority space program ?

    6. http://www.weather.com/news/science/space/china-unveils-new-plans-space-exploration-20131216
    7. Connection: When Mao was in power he had put too much priority on steel mills. He was only intent on the idea that they would be beneficial to the country, even though they weren’t.

  28. 1.Kyle Kratchmer – China Enters a Nuclear Security Pact with Ukraine

    2.http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1703&MainCatID=17&id=20131215000030

    3. On December 5th, China and Ukraine signed a Nuclear Security Pact that states that each country will never use nuclear weapons against each other in the future. The Pact also states that each country will guarantee security for the other country if one of the countries ever gets attacked by nuclear weapons. This Pact is definitely a strategic alliance between Ukraine and China and also makes each country feel more safe in the issue of nuclear attacking. In 1994, China and Ukraine had a similar pact that guaranteed security but it did not contain anything about the protection of nuclear attacks in it.

    4. There is a lot of controversy in this event. One, nobody but China and Ukraine know the reason of this Pact, which could create suspicion. Two, nobody knows if this will be effective at all, and whether or not this will hurt or help Chinas economy and foreign policy in the future.

    5. By bordering Ukraine, how will Russia respond to this pact? How will the US respond to this pact? Will this pact hurt Chinas foreign policy relations with other countries?

    6.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/12/inside-china-ukraine-gets-nuke-umbrella/?page=all

    7. This event relates to the United Front where the Nationalists and Communists attempted to kick Japan out of China because both events were alliances that were focusing on a single goal.

  29. 1. Week 16: U.S. China Envoy a Free Trade Advocate – Aidan. S

    2. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/obamas-choice-for-china-envoy-a-longtime-free-trade-advocate/?ref=china&_r=0

    3. President Obama’s pick for ambassador to China, Senator Max Baucus (D), is a free trade advocate seeking greater liberty for American businesses to export beef and wheat to China. Many Asian countries banned American beef after mad cow disease was discovered among cattle in the U.S. in 2003. Baucus took the lead in hammering out sanitation standards in an effort to open China’s markets again. Baucus has been involved in U.S.-China trade relations for many years, going against many of his Democratic Party colleagues during the 1990s in arguing that China maintain its’ most favored nation status despite their disgust at the 1989 Tienanmen Square Massacre.

    4.There is little controversy surrounding the issue. However, competition for the post was fierce. Some might not be enthusiastic about Baucus’ advocacy for free trade.

    5. Is free trade the best approach? Are U.S. sanitation standards adequate? Are Baucus’ trade demands a result of Deng Xiaoping’s Open Door Policy in regards to foreign economic investment?

    6. http://edition.cnn.com/2003/BUSINESS/12/24/madcow.reax/

    7. This event relates both to the Open Door policies pursued by the U.S. in the late 19th century, and the Open Door policy Deng Xiaoping has adopted in regards to foreign investment. It can be contrasted with the isolationism under Chairman Mao.

  30. Hank F.
    1. Week 16: An Aging Nation

    2. http://thediplomat.com/2013/11/population-aging-in-china-a-mixed-blessing/

    3. A significant portion of China’s population is over the age of 65, and it’s only going to get worse. In 1983, 5 percent of China’s people were over the age of 65. Now, it’s 9 percent, or 123 million people. Researchers believe that in 2030, China will have the oldest population in the world, and in 2050, over a quarter of China’s population will be senior citizens. Aging citizens leads to many problems for a country. First, the larger the percentage of the population over 65, the less people in the workforce.With the less people in the work force, there are higher wages. Higher wages means less competitiveness in labor intensive industries. After 2020, India and Indonesia will surpass China’s economic growth rate. Pensions, health care, and Social Security will become a greater problem with China’s again population. China’s pension fund is 2 percent of it’s GDP, while in the US, it is 15 percent. Additionally, 23 percent of older people in China can not manage their health. China’s aging population could develop a lack of interest in foreign affairs, because of the age of it’s citizens. Chinese citizens will likely become less interested in border battles, territorial disputes, and other things of that nature because of their overall old age. A necessary increase in welfare spending to support the aging population could also significantly lower the defense budget.

    4. The controversy over this issue is what China should do next. People are in disagreement over what China should do about it’s aging population and what legislative steps to take in order to do what’s best for China. However, there is not very much controversy, as the overwhelming solution is to simply increase spending to pension funds, health care, and Social Security. Also, some people think that a relief of the one baby rule could jump start China’s population.

    5. What steps should China take in order to support the segment of the population that is over 65? What should China do in terms of its budget and economy?

    6. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-15/like-its-neighbors-china-struggles-with-an-aging-population

    7. This current event ties into the curriculum because it involves a significant portion of the population, who were possibly alive during Mao’s regime and it directly impacts China’s economy and overall well being. China’s aging population and the resulting socioeconomic impacts are most likely due to the implementation of the one-child policy and China’s relatively low retirement age, about 10 years younger than the average international retirement age.

  31. Week 16: Corrupt Deputy Police Minister. – Tiger D.
    2. http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1386974/china-places-vice-police-minister-under-investigation
    3. A national deputy police chief is being targeted for corruption. The CCDI say that Li, one of the nine vice ministers responsible for domestic security in China, was suspected of extreme violations of party rules and state laws. The agency didn’t provide any more details about the case. Since the deputy had close ties to former security tsar Zhou, this further inflamed the suspicion of Zhou’s corruption himself, as several of Zhou’s associates have also been placed under investigation. President Xi Jingping along with other officials, have authorized an investigation into Zhou, in hopes enforce a national anti-corruption campaign.
    4. Some controversy could be that it may not be realistic to closely moderate all officials to see if they are corrupt or not/How could you find out if someone’s breaking the rules.
    5. A question could be on what reasoning the Central Committee for Discipline Inspection(CCDI) had, in terms of not releasing any further details on the case. Why did they need to censor further details?
    6. Zhou Yongkang: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhou_Yongkang
    Details on Anti-Corruption Capmaign: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/05/30/why-chinas-current-anti-corruption-campaign-is-different/
    7. You can relate this to the time back around the Great Leap Forward, and when the communist tactics were first being practiced. Back when there was lies and corruption when it came to the amount of food and supplies distributed and/or produced. When corruption was a major factor in China’s progression, so people(like the redguard) revolted against corrupt politicians, property owners, and/or the wealthy business owners.

  32. Michael Reynolds
    Week 16 Close call Michael Reynolds
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/13/politics/us-china-confrontation/
    Six days ago a United States ship and a Chinese Navy vessel nearly collided in the south china sea. The event was a sign of the increased Chinese presence in the south china sea where tensions between china and US ally Japan have been stirred over islands between the countries that are rich in natural resources.
    The controversy is that world has seen increased aggression from china recently and the United State’s Ship had the right away in the situation.
    How will the situation finish with this act of defiance by china?

    The event connects to the reading about the China dream with china as a country needing to assert their power to the world.

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