The GOP candidate invested in 10 Chinese companies recently—including ones that embezzled, partnered with Iran, and stole US trade secrets. The lowdown is here.
When a ranking Chinese government official slammed the U.S. embassy and consulates in China earlier this month for measuring local air pollution data, calling it “violating diplomatic conventions,” Chinese web users snapped back. “Can’t you see the bad pollution yourself?” asked one typical comment.
China’s censors have tremendous power in print, online, and even in public spaces such as Tiananmen Square. But when it comes to air pollution, even the Chinese government can’t obscure the facts. People see and breathe it every day.
Chinese politician Bo Xilai initially agreed to a police probe of his wife’s role in the murder of a British businessman before abruptly reversing course and demoting his police chief, causing upheavals that led to the downfall of both men, sources said.
The sources’ account gives new details of the dramatic breakdown in relations between Bo, an ambitious leader who cast himself as the crime-fighting boss of Chongqing, China’s biggest municipality, and his once trusted police chief, Wang Lijun.
Reuters reported on Monday that Briton Neil Heywood was poisoned last November after he threatened to expose a plan by Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, to move money abroad.
The scandal is potentially the most divisive the Communist Party has faced since Zhao Ziyang was sacked as Party chief in 1989 for opposing the brutal army crackdown on student-led demonstrations for democracy centered on Tiananmen Square in Beijing that year.
A new book follows an American basketball veteran as he coaches a struggling Chinese pro basketball team. Pulitzer Prize-winner Jim Yardley has a courtside seat from which to observe China’s frantic capitalist expansion and its ambivalent fascination with all things American.
Nixon Visits China
The two nations see virtually every other country in the world — with the possible exception of the Soviet Union — through different lenses; some of America’s firmest commitments are to lands, like Japan, that Peking holds to be adversaries. And the conflicting political philosophies and social systems that have been nurtured over the years present obstacles to understanding and wholehearted cooperation that will not be easily surmounted. Yet even at that, Mr. Nixon’s journey achieved the goal of breaking a long silence. It also ushered in a new age of pragmatism that is certain to have an influence around the globe. As one student of foreign affairs suggested: “The talks in Peking could turn out to be one of the hinges of postwar history.”
Newsweek March 6, 1972
The completed excavation unearthed four horse-and-chariot pits, dating back as far as 770BC