‘China’s YouTube’ Pries Path Through Profit Puzzle [PC World] Youku.com, China’s leading video sharing Web site, faces a challenge shared by YouTube and other rivals worldwide. The Web site has worked to expand its revenue from video ads, mobile downloads and elsewhere, and it claims a massive audience of 25 million visitors each day. But despite all that, Youku — like YouTube and similar sites worldwide — has yet to become profitable.
Winning Designs in China: Standing Out to Fit In [Tom Doctoroff] “The Chinese consumer is becoming increasingly modern and internationalized. However, while “egos” and ambitions are huge, the “new generation” is not becoming “individualistic” in the Western sense – i.e., the peoples never define themselves independent of society. The middle class, those who can afford non-essential items, is torn between two impulses. The first is projection of status which leads to a desire to be noticed (in public contexts), aggressive self-expression and experimentation with new modes of style and design. The second, in vivid contrast to the projection, is protection, a fear of sticking out too obviously or challenging existing hierarchies and social restrictions.”
And then there were two: Obama meets the Chinese; transcript of president’s speech [Los Angeles Times] “Well, today there was the first meeting of what you might call the G-2, between Beijing and Washington, arguably the two most important capitals in the world. Another one is scheduled in November, when Obama makes his first trip to China. … Obama did not mention directly the recent deadly ethnic unrest between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese in Xinjiang Province. But he noted that Americans “strongly believe that the religion and culture of all peoples must be respected and protected, and that all people should be free to speak their minds. That includes ethnic and religious minorities in China.”
U.S. vows action on high-tech exports: China’s Wang [Reuters] “The United States has promised to make it easier for U.S. companies to export high-technology goods to China, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan said on Tuesday. U.S. officials also said they would “step up cooperation … toward the recognition of China’s market economy status,” Wang told reporters at the end of two days of high-level economic and foreign policy talks.”
Uighur leader says nearly 10,000 ‘disappeared’ [AFP] “Exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer charged on Wednesday that nearly 10,000 people “disappeared” in ethnic unrest in China’s northwest this month and expressed disappointment at the US response to the violence. Kadeer, the US-based head of the World Uighur Congress, said that “the Chinese government is trying to destroy the Uighur people,” speaking during a Japan visit that angered the communist government in Beijing.”
One quarter of giant panda habitat lost in Sichuan quake [CNN] “The earthquake in Sichuan, southwestern China, last May left around 69,000 people dead and 15 million people displaced. Now ecologists have assessed the earthquake’s impact on biodiversity and the habitat for some of the last existing wild giant pandas. According to the report published in “Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment”, 23 percent of the pandas’ habitat in the study area was destroyed, and fragmentation of the remaining habitat could hinder panda reproduction.”