- Just after we so recently expressed our jealousy over the upcoming arrival of the iPod 3G in Hong Kong, Apple has announced the opening of its first botique store in mainland China this August. Sorry Shanghai, the honor is slated to go to Beijing, which will see a three story giant open at Sanlitun Village.
- The BBC, the only British media allowed into Olympic stadiums, has announced they will not hide demonstrations and protests that may occur at the games. Tensions are also mounting over China’s restrictions on where foreign media can shoot and delays on permits. The Peking Duck wonders how much media access will be allowed at the Olympics, and how much should be. Meanwhile, Asia Times considers another potential problem for Beijing: the massive influx of sex workers to participate in some off-the-field “action.”
- In other Olympic News, China Daily tells us that the Olympic torch’s journey has been reworked to avoid Tibet (at least for now), a statement it immediately follows with detailed explanations of other, past route changes, while no reasons for the current switch are given.
- China Supertrends examines which is more important economically: the sliding dollar – yuan conversion rate or transportation costs, the rising cost of oil especially. This is especially relevant after recent price hikes in Shanghai brought fuel costs to unprecedented levels.
- Two Chinese Orthodox priests were allowed to lead a special Sunday service held inside the Russian consulate in Shanghai yesterday, the first time since a 1964 government ban that native Chinese have been allowed to participate in so public a service for the religion. Wang Quansheng, 84, and Lu Yafu, 81, are the only surviving Chinese Orthodox priests on the mainland, and they conducted the service in a Slavic dialect to a group of around 40 Chinese and Russians. Both men expressed hope that the government in Beijing would open up to more public religious worship in the future.
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