What do the digits 25, 35 and 82 have in common? They were all part of China news this week, as journalists, businessmen and government officials counted out and ranked up different individuals and groups related to the PRC. In ascending order:
- Forbes announced China’s 25 Most Powerful Celebrities, with the number one spot going to basketball star Yao Ming. To create the ranking, Forbes looked not only at income (Yao brought in 388 million RMB in 2007) but also at celebrity status, measured by examining appearances on print, television and internet media. The 25 include athletes, film stars and media personalities, with Liu Xiang, Jet Li and Yi Jianlian coming in behind Yao as top scorers.
- Thursday’s Fortune 500 list brought good news for Chinese companies, 35 of which made it to the top tier of global business, the largest-ever representation for China. Oil refinery Sinopec led the group in 16th place, followed by 25 other mainland companies, three from Hong Kong and six from Taiwan. Oil and energy groups as well as banks made up a big chunk of the big winners, and 19 were government-controlled corporations.
- Earlier this week we reported on the situation with Uygers in Xinjiang, brought into public view after police killed five Muslims in Urumqi who were allegedly planning a “holy war” and Olympic terrorism, but were armed only with knives. The incident comes into sharper perspective following the government’s announcement that it has detained 82 suspected terrorists in the northwest this year, on charges of plans to attack the Beijing Olympics. While exiled Xinjiang Uygurs denied the claim, Urumqi police chief Chen Zhuangwei was adamant that the threat was serious, adding that 41 illegal places of worship had been shut down in the province because they were headquarters for terrorist activity.
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