Descent at Hongqiao airport. By Daniel Hjort.
A few links to start off your day:
- China is now the world’s largest importer of bordeaux wines.
- And this means the battle against drunk drivers ahead isn’t going to be an easy one.
- The Confucius statue on Tiananmen Square has been moved to a less prominent position.
- Outgoing US ambassador Jon Huntsman has been praised by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping. If both of them are successful in their presidential bids, they could be counterparts in the future.
- China plans to cut tax for low earners to boost stability.
- Imagethief weighs in on those hints by a Facebook spokesperson that the social network could possibly block content in some countries, but not others.
- A Global Times editor has emailed PekingDuck to inform him that his earlier report of a meeting by Hu Xijin, the editor in chief of the paper, with his Chinese staff, was not true. Hu’s order for them, according to PekingDuck, was “to go to their desks and seek out any Chinese comment threads, any discussions on Chinese BBS’s and portals and blogs — any discussion on the Internet at all — about the detention of Ai Weiwei and counter them with the party line”.