Talking about my constitution

Below is a scrapbook of links and notes compiled on 3 November 2014. Constitution and rule of law 法治 Reuters Chinese filmmaker to stand trial for constitution documentary A filmmaker who made a documentary on China’s constitutional governance will stand trial on charges of “illegal business activity”, raising questions about Beijing’s promise to uphold the … more

Creating a disturbance under rule of law

Below is a scrapbook of links retrieved on 26 October 2014. Writer Tie Liu 铁流 charged with creating a disturbance The New York Times: Beijing Formally Charges Writer Who Published Memoirs of Victims of Mao Era The police in Beijing have formally charged an 81-year-old writer, Tie Liu [real name Huang Zerong 黄泽荣], for privately … more

Xi Jinping’s umbrella, Ebola, and Occupy

This post is a list of comments and links to articles and materials retrieved on 24 October 2014. China Copyright and Media: Official Central Committee Communiqué on 4th Plenum Xinhua: 授权发布:中国共产党第十八届中央委员会 – 第四次全体会议公报, Highlights of communique of 4th plenary session of CPC Central Committee, Party’s leadership “most fundamental guarantee” for rule of law in China: … more

China Story Yearbook Dossier January – October 2014

Below is a scrap book of links and artifacts compiled between January and October 2014. 10 October 2014 The Financial Times China steps up support for fight against Ebola The People’s Daily 习近平首次对党内高层干部落马公开表态:很痛心 Xi Jinping publicly expresses his feelings for senior Party members who have fallen in the anti-corruption campaign: he is very pained. 9 … more

Guo Meimei confession on CCTV

From the South China Morning Post: ‘I like to show off’: Chinese celebrity Guo Meimei 郭美美 confesses to prostitution, gambling charges on state TV Infamous internet celebrity Guo Meimei appeared on state television wearing orange prison attire on Sunday night, remorseful and in tears over her luxurious lifestyle and the public relations stunt that single-handedly … more

Scores dead in Jiangsu factory explosion

On 2 August, an explosion in a Taiwanese-owned enterprise metal products factory in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, left at least 75 people dead and 185 others injured. The Zhongrong Metal Products Company (中荣金属制品有限公司) plant’s core business is electroplating aluminum alloy wheel hubs for clients including US carmakers like General Motors, among others, according to its website. … more

Report: Mobile now most used platform for going online in China

On July 21, 2014, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) released the 34th Statistical Report on Internet Development in China (hereafter “the report”) in Beijing. According to the report, by the end of June 2014, the proportion of mobile Internet users reached 83.4%, surpassing the number of users of traditional PC terminals for the first … more

Beijing population exceeds 21 million

Xinhua reported that the Beijing municipal bureau of statistics released population numbers for Beijing, based on a sample survey of population last year. It showed that the population of Beijing’s permanent residents reached 21.15 million, 455,000 more than that of 2012. The survey results indicate that 13.12 million of those people held a Beijing hukou … more

Fujian Chaoya bankruptcy hits suddenly overnight

Southeast Express reports today on the chaotic scenes that greeted part-time workers and others outside the offices and supermarket outlets of Fujian Chaoya Food Co., who’s bankruptcy became a sudden overnight reality early yesterday morning. Employees at the company’s headquarters in Fuzhou resigned en masse, the company factory’s doors were shut, and all its supermarket … more

US company receives record fine under new anti-pollution regulations

Babcock & Wilcox is a US-based company “that provides design, engineering, manufacturing, construction and facilities management services to nuclear, renewable, fossil power, industrial and government customers worldwide.” Yet on Monday this week the company was issued with a fine of 300,000 yuan in China, the largest ever fine issued under Beijing’s new Air Pollution Prevention and Control … more