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LifeSiteNews: Jenny Liu of the Epoch Times interviewed three Chinese couples who were forced to flee to the United States to save their babies. For all three of the couples, the babies they wanted to save were second children and deemed “illegal” and “out-of-plan” by China.
LA Times: China announced on Sunday an 11.2% increase in its defense budget for 2012, the latest in a string of double-digit hikes in recent years.
AFP: The government wants to ban slogans like: “Kill all your family members if you don’t follow the rule” and “We would rather scrape your womb than allow you to have a second child,” the Shanghai Daily said at the weekend.
LifeNews: The government in China is working to soften it approach to marketing the one-child policy that results in forced abortions and sterilizations but appears to have no plans to actually scale back the controversial law itself.
AP: China is preparing to overhaul a key criminal law amid public confusion – and some dread – over whether the government is about to give police the legal authority to disappear people.
Spiegel: Traditionally, the US gets to appoint the president of the World Bank. But China is keen to make its influence felt in the search for a successor to Robert Zoellick, who will step down in June. The next head may still be American, but he or she will need to get Beijing’s blessing.
Catholic Culture: China’s government regularly changes tactics in its campaign against the Catholic Church, switching from subtle pressure to outright persecution at different times and places. In Inner Mongolia the campaign is overt.
Chiesa.espressonline.it: Reward for those who obey the regime, punishment for those who are faithful to the pope. The bishop invited to Munich by the Community of Saint Egidio belongs to the first category. Here is a profile of him, set alongside that of a bishop who instead has been punished.
LifeNews: The Obama administration seems to have a new motto: “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” Or maybe that has been their motto all along.
LifeNews.com: The leading campaigner against forced abortions in China has collapsed outside his home because he has been repeatedly beaten and denied medical care after local population control officials have sentenced him to home confinement for exposing a massive forced abortion campaign.
The Washington Post: Chinese officials denied a top State Department official a visa and refused to meet with her to discuss religious freedom issues days before this week’s high-profile visit by China’s vice president to Washington, according to rights advocates and others.
BBC New (includes video): Authorities in China have launched a big security operation to try to end a wave of unrest caused by Tibetan campaigners.
News from The Associated Press: A court has sentenced a democracy activist in central China to 10 years’ imprisonment for subversion, a family member said Thursday. It’s the third lengthy jail term handed down to a dissident in less than a month.
News from The Associated Press: The number of Internet users in China has surged past 500 million as millions of new Web surfers go online using mobile phones and tablet computers, an industry group reported Monday.
Independent: It’s a girl, a film being released this year, documents the practice of killing unwanted baby girls in South Asia. The trailer’s most chilling scene is one with an Indian woman who, unable to contain her laughter, confesses to having killed eight infant daughters.
News from The Associated Press: A well-known Chinese dissident writer who has been frequently threatened with jail time says harassment has forced him to leave for the United States, possibly for good.
News from The Associated Press: Authorities told relatives who traveled to China’s remote Xinjiang region to see Gao Zhisheng that he will be able to have visitors after the education period only if he behaves well, said Geng He, his wife.
News from The Associated Press: The ministry stopped accepting applications for stem cell procedures until July and is implementing a yearlong campaign to halt unauthorized stem cell therapy trials.
Baptist Press: Beijing authorities detained 48 members of a large persecuted house church on New Year’s Day, marking a total of more than 1,000 church members who have been taken into police custody during the church’s 38 weeks of attempting to hold outdoor worship services.
Education News: The sought-after school, half a mile from the Pacific Ocean, admitted 1,460 fewer California residents this year to accept higher-paying students from out-of-state, many from China.
Bloomberg: The West is using cultural means to divide China (PRCH), which needs to be alert to this threat, President Hu Jintao said in a Communist Party magazine.
News from The Associated Press: “Batman” star Christian Bale should feel embarrassed for trying to visit a human rights activist while he was in China to promote a movie the country has submitted for an Oscar, a government spokesman said Wednesday.
Gordon G. Chang at National Review Online: Beijing has, for decades, been buying the loyalty of the North’s generals and admirals faster than Kim Jong Il could purge them. Now that Kim is resting under glass in the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, the Chinese are going to own all the flag officers they need.
News from The Associated Press: Religious practice among Chinese Communist Party members is increasing and threatens its unity and national leadership, a top party official said in remarks reported Monday
Breitbart: The 13,000 residents of Wukan, in the wealthy province of Guangdong, are in open revolt against officialdom and have driven out local Communist Party leaders who they say have been stealing their land for years.
LifeNews.com: Batman movie star Christian Bale traveled nine hours from Beijing to visit blind forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng, who has been sentenced to home confinement by local Chinese family planning officials.
Some Communist Party members are getting caught up in the revival, violating party rules and becoming active religious believers in a trend that drew a high-level admonition Friday. “If we let party members believe in religion … this will inevitably result in the splits in the party organization ” . . .
WSJ.com: A top Chinese law firm intends to join forces with one of Australia’s oldest to create what would be among the biggest legal practices in Asia. King & Wood, an 18-year-old firm with headquarters in Beijing, and Mallesons Stephen Jaques of Australia said Thursday that the planned firm would have more than 380 partners and 1,800 lawyers in five countries.
The Weekly Standard: ven in China they are calling it the “Great Firewall of America.” At least the Chinese are enjoying the irony of the U.S. government moving toward a legal regime that would give it carte blanche to seize and take down websites on the basis of “infringement.”
NCPA Policy Digest: China’s leaders want to make sure the young cadres they educate at the people’s expense actually find jobs in the private economy. Here in the United States, by contrast, where outstanding government guaranteed student loans have recently passed the $1 trillion mark, education policy is geared not toward maximizing the employability of graduates, but toward garnering votes for politicians, says Bill Frezza, a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
News from The Associated Press: The biggest worry for many is an abrupt order for foreign workers and their employers to start paying up to 40 percent of their wages for pensions and other welfare.
Taipei Times: Taiwan is trailing only China in the ratio of males to females at birth, with a sex ratio way above what would normally occur without abortions
News from The Associated Press: Hundreds of Buddhists demonstrated in Nepal’s capital to protest the appointment of Maoist party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal to head a project to develop the area where Buddha was believed born in southern Nepal.
News from The Associated Press: Chinese police arrested 608 suspects and rescued 178 children in busts of two separate child trafficking networks, authorities said Wednesday.
LifeNews: After initial reports showed Chan Guangcheng, a prominent human rights activist who had led the fight against forced abortions under the one-child policy in China, may have been killed now new reports show he may still be alive.
Andy Stern at WSJ.com: Andy Grove, the founder and chairman of Intel, provocatively wrote in Businessweek last year that, “Our fundamental economic beliefs, which we have elevated from a conviction based on observation to an unquestioned truism, is that the free market is the best of all economic systems—the freer the better. Our generation has seen the decisive victory of free-market principles over planned economies. So we stick with this belief largely oblivious to emerging evidence that while free markets beat planned economies, there may be room for a modification that is even better.”
BBC News: Zhai Meiqing has had an extraordinary career. She is now the president of Heung Kong Group, a huge conglomerate with interests which include finance, metals, retailing and real estate.
News from The Associated Press: China wants to convert some of its mountain of U.S. government debt into investment in renovating American roads and subways, the commerce minister said Friday.
News from The Associated Press: America’s strengthened military pact with Australia is a figment of “Cold War thinking” that will destabilize the Asia-Pacific region, China’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday, in Beijing’s strongest criticism yet of a move widely seen as intended to counter China’s rising assertiveness.
EUobserver.com: China is looking to buy EU factories and railways instead of wobbly government bonds as prices fall amid the eurozone crisis. Minister of commerce Chen Deming articulated the strategy at a business congress in China on Monday (28 November).
News from The Associated Press: China’s sovereign wealth fund wants to invest in improving neglected U.S. and European roads and other infrastructure to spur global growth, the fund’s chairman said in comments published Monday.
Josh Gerstein at Politico: When Romney steps on stage tonight for another debate, this one devoted to foreign policy, that kind of China-bashing is likely to be a favorite theme. With a moribund economy, and relatively little traction for other international issues, the threat posed by cheap Chinese imports and Chinese purchases of U.S. debt is an irresistible target.
News from The Associated Press: A Tibetan rights group has released graphic video of what it says is a Buddhist nun engulfed in flames on a city street in one of several apparent self-immolation protests against Chinese rule.
Telegraph: One sad side effect of China’s economic miracle: 23 million children under the age of five now live apart from both their parents, who have left home to find work in the country’s cities, according to a newly released statistic.
American Family Association Rightly Concerned: Did you know that an average of 23 manufacturing facilities were shut down every single day in the United States last year?
Telegraph: Jim O’Neill, the head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, has predicted that China could overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy by 2027 and urged a fundamental rethink of the operation of the G7 which he believes is too dominated by the West.
News from The Associated Press: China, the largest foreign holder, bought 1 percent more to bring its total holdings to $1.15 trillion. China had cut its purchases 3.1 percent in August.
CSMonitor.com: There are more than 500,000 unmarried 20-something women in Beijing. They’re part of a growing urban trend in which college educated, financially independent women are deliberately delaying marriage for personal reasons.
Breitbart: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday that he was looking at exporting more oil to China after the United States delayed a decision on a controversial pipeline.
LifeSiteNews.com: U.S. Rep. Chris Smith has announced that he is attempting to make an emergency visit to China to meet with pro-life human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who rumors suggest may already have been killed at the hands of Chinese authorities.
TheHill.com: This strange fact occurs almost entirely because of our tax laws. If a company wants to bring back money it has made in China or India, it must pay a 35 percent U.S. tax on that repatriation.
LifeNews.com: China’s coercive one-child family planning policy was blasted today in a Congressional hearing. Congressman Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, was one of panelists who told members how it has led to extensive human rights abuses.
The Washington Post: Nepalese police detained more than 100 Tibetan exiles on Tuesday who had gathered to pray for nine Tibetans who set themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule.
News from The Associated Press: Only Argentina’s much smaller economy matched China’s 9.5 percent annual growth rate. By contrast, the U.S. economy grew at a 1.3 . . .
LifeNews.com: Human rights campaigners have launched a new campaign to support Chen Guangcheng, the blind attorney who has stood up to the family planning officials in China who have enforced the one-child policy with forced abortions and sterilizations.
LifeNews.com: Members of Congress will hold three days of hearings related to China’s one-child policy next week and the human rights abuses such as forced abortions and sterilizations that accompany it.
LifeNews.com: Human rights campaigners are releasing new details of a four-hour beating top Chinese forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng, a blind attorney, endured by local family planning officials.
ADF President and General Counsel Alan E. Sears at Townhall: Ever wonder what the world look like if Planned Parenthood’s dreams came true? If there were no Judeo-Christian pressures or legal limits, and abortion was viewed as just another amoral solution to some of this world’s problems? If so, you need look no further than China to see how such a paradigm works in real life.
News from The Associated Press: Chinese lawmakers on Thursday touted the country’s legal system as the best way to protect the rights of citizens, despite the widespread detention and intimidation of political critics that is fueling a small but growing movement for greater civil liberties.
News from The Associated Press: A Chinese claim that without its government’s severe family planning limits world population would have hit the 7-billion mark years earlier is drawing fire from demographers who call it baseless and unscientific.
CSMonitor.com: The Dow jumped 162 points to end at 11869 following reports that China will aid Europe by investing in a financial rescue fund.
NYTimes.com: Towering over the Bohai Sea shoreline on this city’s outskirts, the Beijiang Power and Desalination Plant is a 26-billion-renminbi technical marvel: an ultrahigh-temperature, coal-fired generator with state-of-the-art pollution controls, mated to advanced Israeli equipment that uses its leftover heat to distill seawater into fresh water.
Guardian.co.uk: Communist party responds to growing boldness of microblog users with threat to ‘punish dissemination of harmful information’
Catholic Culture: Cardinal Joseph Zen has embarked on a 3-day fast to protest legislation that he sees as a bid by the Chinese government to seize control of Catholic schools in Hong Kong.
OneNewsNow.com: China Aid spokesman Bob Fu says the exhibit is intended to deflect attention from reports of growing religious persecution in China. “This Bible exhibition is a political propaganda show,” says Fu. “
LifeNews.com: The status of whether Chen Guangcheng, the blind attorney who is the leading opponent of forced abortions in China, is dead or alive is still unknown. But one human rights activist says the pressure China has faced since the initial reports is paying dividends.
News from The Associated Press: A toddler who was twice run over by vans and then ignored by passers-by on a busy market street died Friday a week after the accident and after days of bitter soul-searching over declining morality in China.
The Washington Post: U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Wednesday in a statement that the request is being pursued under World Trade Organization rules governing how member countries deal with trade issues. Kirk said the concerns center on the competitiveness of foreign websites in China
The Guardian: The Chinese foreign ministry has accused the Dalai Lama of “terrorism in disguise” for supporting Tibetans who have set themselves on fire in protest against Beijing’s rule.
News from The Associated Press: The ruling Communist Party has approved a program to make ideology more popular at home and boost China’s image abroad at a time when the leadership is struggling with a more demanding public and a delicate political succession.