“Yuan, who had been a peasant in the late 1960s, noted it is ‘uncivilized’ to affix derogative connotations to peasant, which for him usually means guilelessness, diligence, and the down-to-earth spirit.” They also link to a song called “Peasant.”
“Only authorized dramas are allowed on Chinese prime-time television, customs inspectors are seizing books on Mao Zedong at China’s borders and newspapers are prohibited from running stories on the Communist Party’s misdeeds.” Has anyone here had a book confiscated at the border?
“Saturday sees Shanghai joining a jolly green club that includes member cities around the world. The city’s first St Patrick’s Day Parade gets underway at noon at the Xintiandi lakeside and is set to demonstrate the fun-loving nature of the Irish and their ever-increasing presence here in Shanghai.”
“The Internet communication capacity between China and the United States will be enhanced 60 times the present level once a new Sino-US undersea cable is built by the end of next year.” We’ll be connected with Oregon.
“Xinhua reports that 11 suspects wanted for embezzlement were extradited from overseas last year and 77.2 million yuan (about 9.9 million U.S. dollars) was retrieved, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.”
“A group of Shanghai residents have appealed to the German Chancellor to stop the extension of the Transrapid line near their homes. While some are angry at being evicted to make way for the track, others fear increased noise, magnetic radiation and possible accidents.”
“Presenting a work report to the annual session of the 10th National People’s Congress (NPC), Xiao, who is president of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), said a total of 825 government officials ranking above county level were sentenced in 2006.”