Chris Buckley clarifies his situation after sudden departure from Beijing
"It's a complicated situation, and I am not sure if you will use the word 'expel'. I did not. My visa expired today and I did not receive a new visa," he said. "The situation is that I was working for Reuters until October, and then I took a new job with the New York Times. The visa that I was on was granted when I was working for Reuters, and I was in Beijing waiting for the Chinese authorities to grant me a new visa and accreditation to work for the New York Times. As of today, there was no word of approval."
This past weekend, Hu Jia and other Beijing activists were able to bypass guards stationed outside the home of Liu Xia, wife of China's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, and make this brief video from inside her flat. A longer video taken during a separate but unsuccessful attempt to visit Liu Xia in October last year can be found here.
At Danwei, Barry van Wyk has written on one business newspaper's list of China's top entrepreneurs in 2012, the names of many of whom are not often seen in English.
Out at sea, Japan has released a Chinese fishermen detained for illegal fishing in that country's waters followed by moves by China to add military destroyers to its civilian maritime surveillance fleet which, according to Xinhua, continues to patrol the disputed Diaoyu Islands.
At the end of 2012 English is the language of 26% of internet users. It will soon be overtaken by Chinese (already 24%) internetworldstats.com/stats7.htm
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) 12月 31, 2012
-- Unmanned drone ready for testing An unmanned drone developed by a research team of the People's Liberation Army will soon undergo its first test.
Law and Border
-- U.S.: New Appointment System for Embassy & Consulates in China. Currently, all U.S. consulates in China require payment of a nonrefundable visa application fee at CITIC Bank prior to scheduling an appointment by phone. This is a disincentive to applying for a U.S. visa because applicants have no way of knowing whether an appointment will be available in time for their US conference, meeting, or scheduled holiday.
-- An Epic Walk From Beijing to London Fueled by Social Media Why? His reasoning is slightly vague but infinitely relatable: intense curiosity about the world and its people; dissatisfaction with a robotic 9-to-5 lifestyle; perhaps a touch of disgust at narrow-minded ways of considering what's possible with one's time on Earth.
-- How far can the Chinese firewall stretch? What are the potential consequences for China’s economy and for international trade of creating that kind of hostile communications environment? And will Western countries hoping to send their talent to work in China find recruiting more difficult if, once they get there, these Westerners are cut off from knowing what’s going on in the world?
-- Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei Accused Of Offering Embargoed HP Equipment To Iranian Companies Huawei’s problematic relationship with international and U.S. sanctions goes back more than a decade. An October 2003 New York Times article noted that Huawei had been accused of making deals with Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq.
-- China dominates 2012 cybersecurity talking points The Indian navy was one victim of such attacks, with its computer systems in and around the city of Visakhaptnam breached and had a bug planted in them which then sent sensitive data to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in China. Iranian Offshore Oil Company, Iran's state-owned company, also pointed its finger at China and Israel for initiating a cyberattack on its drilling platforms' computer network.
China Law Blog
-- China’s Business Law Trends for 2013. Booorrring. China has especially stepped up its enforcement against American and European companies that operate in China but have an entity in Hong Kong without one in the PRC. We have seen such an increase in this over the last six months that we are wondering if maybe the PRC is using a Hong Kong list.
-- China’s ten biggest criminal cases of 2012 In 2009 a court in Zhejiang found that in the period May 2005 to February 2007, Wu Ying used fabricated information and high interest loans to embezzle around 770 million yuan. She was sentenced to death and deprived of her political rights, but she appealed. In January 2012 the court rejected her appeal and affirmed the original sentence.
-- A Chinese Voice in the Wilderness: Breaking the Silence on Tibetan Self-immolations Chinese willing to think and speak about Tibet are also trying to do so in an environment without freedom of speech or academic freedom and they must keep in mind their audiences. They are not only trying to speak unpleasant truths, but do so in a way that their fellow Chinese audiences can understand and find persuasive.
Fei Chang Dao
-- 2012 in Review: Baidu's Top Searches Include Censored Terms As of December 25, Baidu continued to censor searches for "Bo Xilai" in Chinese, restricting search results to its broad white list. As a result, even though Baidu "highly recommended" a book by John Garnaut about Bo Xilai, it provided no search results for "薄熙来 John Garnaut," just a censorship notice. Bing, however, provided thousands of results.
-- The Great Canal of China According to China’s Ministry of Water Resources, the total cost for the eastern route is expected to top US $8.5 billion, which includes nearly $2.5 billion for water treatment facilities. That’s necessary because the canal travels through a number of industrial zones and densely populated areas, and water pollution is a serious problem.
-- Guangdong to loosen school entry restrictions for migrants, but some say it’s not enough As of 2013 in Beijing, and 2014 in Shanghai, the children of migrant workers living within city borders will gain access to higher-education exams. However, the rights are far from what their urban counterparts currently enjoy.
Seeing Red in China
-- Zhu Chengzhi, Yet Another Subverter? Over the past 200+ days, his wife was so threatened, and terrified, by security police that she severed all connections with lawyers and activists who tried to help. Lately there had been rumors that Zhu Chengzhi would be freed on December 25.
-- China Mobile Has Structural Problems ...probably as an acknowledgement of its failure to capitalize on the 3G network, China Mobile has been working to build out a new 4G network, called TD-LTE. 4G networks have a much faster speed and higher capacity than its 3G predecessors. Unfortunately for China Mobile, the TD-LTE network is still in test phases and won't likely be viable in 2013.
Sydney Morning Herald
-- Hard to see democratic reform past the promises Bo's inner circle had been ruling China's largest municipality like a feudal fiefdom. They condoned mass torture, meted out multimillion-dollar favours and even murdered an English family friend while wrapping themselves in the Communist Party's scarlet flag.
-- Chinese GPS alternative Beidou launches for commercial and civilian use with 16 satellites In addition to civilian service, experts say the primary purpose of Beidou is to reduce the Chinese military's reliance on US-controlled GPS. It's been in the works since 2000, and today's launch comes exactly a year after China began a trial of Beidou for military and government use.
-- China's New Hatchet Man Wang's mission is to address China's greatest vulnerability. There are 80 million party members in China, competing for about 40,000 important local positions. China experts say these jobs are now routinely bought and sold, often for huge sums, with the winners soliciting graft from subordinates and local businesses.