Archive for August 2nd, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Yang Fan: One Businessman, Two Capacities?

South Africa’s Times reports that Yang Fan transferred some of the money allegedly siphoned from the Nuctech-Namibia deal to the South African law firm Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes. (The Times and the law firm’s director apparently have some difficulty in telling which is Mr Yang’s family and which is his given name.) According to a New York Times report of August 1, Yang had listed himself both as Nuctech’s Africa representative and as Teco Trading’s marketing manager.

The Namibian Government has resolved to turn to the private sector to raise funds for the 62 kilometre Oshikango-Ondangwa railway project after negotiations with the Chinese industrial giant CMEC fell by the wayside, which effectively dismantled Chinese’s monopoly that has been in existence since 2008 when Chinese President Hu Jintao visited Namibia, Informanté wrote on July 23.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Recent Arrests: Can the Chinese Media keep Track of them?

It can’t be easy to handle news coverage in an already pretty modern country on the one hand, but with stalinist characteristics on the other. Even if the censors insisted, official websites could start looking strange and messy if they’d remove every article which quotes yet another prominent individual who has fallen into disgrace just now. This problem affects government mouthpieces, too.
China Daily quoted Xu Zhizhong (许志永) in April this year when he commented on controversial remarks by Sun Dongdong. The link is still here. It’s less clear though where Xu Zhizhong himself, one of the lawyers with the now defunct Open Constitution Initiative (gongmeng) has been taken by the Chinese government late last month.

Meantime, the Peking Duck blogger describes some of his impressions of the current political climate in Beijing shortly before heading home to America. His referral to the arrest of a Twitter user as Gestapo-style triggered a comment accusing several arrested internet users and bloggers of rumor-mongering, plus some further representations.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Love Motherland Strong

Granted, you never really know who is who in such commenter threads, but MyFenwai looks pretty authentic to me. So here is the quote of the week, hand-picked from MyLaowai:

I would love to see thousands of laowais being tossed into oncoming trains and highspeed rails, to crush their tiny skulls like a pinata. Then everyone can look for their tiny, shriveled peanut brains as part of the game! No one should be denied the pleasure of beating the shit out of an arrogant, pasty, pink subhuman as I have done regularly in self-defense.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Taiwan: Missiles on Ma’s Mind

While ties with China are “good and getting better, missiles are “very much on the mind” of the island’s people, Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou said in an interview with Bloomberg on July 31. There could only be cross-straits peace talks if China removed the missiles targeted at Taiwan. The president said that America and other countries were happy about the current improvements in Taiwanese-Chinese relations, because tensions in cross-straits relations were more dangerous than the North Korean nuclear crisis, but China had continued to increase the number of missiles by about 100 per year so far, Ma Ying-jeou said.

Also on July 31, president Ma had talks with former member of the Netherlands’ parliament Hans van Baalen范巴伦) and thanked him for his support for Taiwan, notably his opposition against removing the European Union’s arms embargo on China. Van Baalen was elected into the European Parliament in June. Until then, he had been the Dutch Second Chamber’s speaker for foreign affairs and European defense issues.

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