Fredag 12 september 2014

China’s Xi repeats calls for political solution for Ukraine – Reuters

President Xi Jinping träffade Rysslands president Vladimir Putin inför det 14:e toppmötet mellan länderna i Shanghai Cooperation Organization i Dunshanbe, Tajikistan. ”China stands for resolving the Ukraine crisis through political means, and calls on all parties in Ukraine to open an inclusive dialogue as early as possible,” the ministry cited Xi as saying in a statement issued late on Thursday.

Li Keqiang’s speech at Summer Davos opening ceremony – Xinhua

I veckan hålls mötet med det årliga ekonomiska mötet med det fåniga namnet Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2014, mera känt som sommar-Davos, i Tianjin. Den kinesiske premiärministern Li Keqiang öppnade mötet med ett tal där han bland annat presenterade mötets tema för i år (”Creating Value Through Innovation”…), talade om globala ekonomiska utmaningar och lyfte fram det egna landets åstadkommanden. The positive changes in China’s economy are not only reflected in the increase of jobs and residents’ incomes, but also in the structural upgrading. We have streamlined administration, delegated powers to the lower levels, and adopted fiscal, taxation and financial measures such as targeted tax reduction and targeted reduction of required bank reserve ratio. All these measures have spurred the growth of the service sector, agriculture, rural area and the welfare of farmers, as well as small and micro-businesses, private businesses and emerging industries. 

Lu Wei: the internet must have brakes – China Media Project

Även direktören för Statens kontor för nätverksinformation Liu Wei har medverkat vid sommar-Davos. Där liknade han internet vid en bil som behöver bromsar för att inte hamna i en olycka. “Freedom and order are twin sisters, and they must live together,” said Lu Wei, according to a report from the official Xinhua News Agency. “The same principle applies to security. So we must have a public order [internationally]. And this public order cannot impact any particular local order.”

China’s Tough New Internet Rules Explained – ChinaFile

Noggrann genomgång av Statens kontor för nätverkinformations nya riktlinjer för att chattprogram likt Weixin.

Coming to Grips with Ammonia in China’s Haze – Caixin

En potentiell miljöfara som det hittills varit relativt tyst om är ammoniakutsläpp från exempelvis kycklinguppfödning och biltillverkning. Nu tar kinesiska myndigheter de första stegen för att reglera dessa utsläpp. In August, the Ministry of Environmental Protection took a major step toward addressing the problem by issuing the central government’s first-ever guidelines for ammonia emissions. Spearheading the drafting of Technical Guidelines for Compiling an Emissions List for Ammonia Sources (Trial) was a team of experts from Peking University led by Song Yu, an environmental study professor focusing on air pollution.

Sex in China: An Interview with Li Yinhe – New York Review of Books

Intervju med sociologen Li Yinhe om hennes egen forskning, kommunistpartiets sexfobi och den sexuella diskursens historia i Kina. I would divide Chinese sexual history into three very broad eras. In early traditional China, Chinese didn’t have that many prejudices. The view was that sex was the “harmony of yin and yang.” It was natural. Male and female together was a good thing, especially if it led to having children, because in traditional China children were so important. The second phase started around the Song dynasty (960-1279) The state began to emphasize purity and looked at things more from a perspective of virtue. There was a sense of antipathy toward sex. This period continued through the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The Qing were quite anti-sex. Under the previous dynasty, prostitution was not illegal. But starting in the Qing, officials were not allowed to engage prostitutes. Then in 1949, when the Communist Party took over, they forbid it. The pinnacle of this era was the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). Women and men mostly wore the same clothes and sex was almost purged from public view. The third era is the start of the reform years [beginning in 1978]. Sex could be a good thing and wasn’t a crime. New ideas were introduced as well, such as sexual rights. This is something that the first phase didn’t have.

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