If you’re trying to visit blind activist Chen Guangcheng at his Shandong village, just know that you’ll be beaten. And if you ask for an explanation, you’ll be accused of the ignominious crime of cow theft. Shanghai homeowners went apeshit on some housing complex mockups, due to their investments being threatened by a fall in housing prices. A keel from a wrecked ship found near Nagasaki is thought to be from the 13th century failed Mongol invasion of Japan. Historians generally consider it a case of Kublai Khan oversteppe-ing his boundaries. In Sichuan’s Ganzi prefecture, another Tibetan monk self-immolated. It is the tenth self-immolation this year, and is the second to occur outside of Kirti Monastery. And so it begins: two men, one in Yunnan and another in Shanghai, were detained recently for “spreading false rumors” online. The Global Times helpfully points out that Southeast Asian countries ‘will need to prepare for the sound of cannons’, if they don’t shape up enough for China’s liking. A cyber-attack on the computer network of Japan’s House of Representatives reportedly came from a Chinese server, with the ID’s and passwords of 480 lawmakers accessed by the attack. Kublai’s descendants, take note.
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