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Chinese Micro-Bloggers Rescue Toddler

The six-year-old climbed out of the car and the crowd in the town of Qianjiang swept forward to see him. His grandfather picked him up, hugged him tight and wept.

Peng Wenle’s story has gripped many in China, the tale of a boy kidnapped three years ago, and returned to his family last week, thanks to Twitter-like micro-blogs.

Security cameras filmed the kidnap, a man carrying the boy away in the night. Despite the video evidence the police could not find Wenle.

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China Warns US Over Internet Freedom

China has warned the US not to use calls for internet freedom as an excuse to meddle in other countries’ affairs.

The foreign ministry comments came after yesterday’s announcement by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of an initiative to help dissidents around the world get past government internet controls.

Since Clinton’s speech, comments about it have been removed from China’s popular Twitter-like microblog sites.

“It is ironic that the Chinese are blocking an online discussion about internet freedom,” said US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman.

Complete article via BBC


Doctors Discover Knife In Man’s Brain – Had Been There 4 Years!

A man who went to the doctor complaining of a headache was shocked to discover that a 4-inch knife blade had been stuck in his brain for over four years.

Li Fu from Yunnan Province, China, was stabbed during a robbery in 2006. Doctors who treated him failed to notice the knife buried deep in the 37-year-old’s skull.

Incredibly, it wasn’t until Li visited the doctor last month to complain of continuous migraines that doctors finally made the grim discovery after a routine X-ray.

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McWeddings Now On Hong Kong Menu

Blushing brides can now celebrate their big day with a Big Mac at their very own McWedding as wedding ceremonies are now on the menu at McDonald’s in Hong Kong, complete with apple pie wedding cakes, dresses made of party balloons and a McDonald’s buffet.

Couples tying the knot at the fast food chain will be most likely waiting in line with Ronald McDonald than walking down the aisle, as the restaurant will remain open as usual.

Wedding toasts will be alcohol free – it’s banned in the restaurants. Perhaps a chocolate shake will suffice.


Not All Squares Are Identical


Taiwan General Held As Chinese Spy

New York Times

The government of Taiwan has arrested a general on accusations of spying for China in what could be the most prominent espionage case in Taiwan in decades.

The Ministry of National Defense discovered suspicious activity last year and arrested Maj. Gen. Lo Hsieh-che on Jan. 25, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s Web site late Tuesday. The statement did not give any details on what espionage activities the general might have been engaged in. He was recruited to spy for China sometime during a posting overseas between 2002 and 2005, the statement said.

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A Chinese Civil War

When China recently unveiled a radar-evading stealth fighter jet and an anti-ship ballistic missile that could hit US aircraft carriers, a century of U.S. military dominance in the Pacific ended.

The Barack Obama-Hu Jin Tao summit did not even attempt to define the terms of an accommodation reflecting the new power realities between Washington and Beijing. Indeed, it did not address even indirectly the two Sino-US issues of greatest concern to Beijing. Instead of seeking to ease Chinese tensions with Japan by steering a middle course between Beijing and Tokyo, the White House has signaled in recent weeks that it would seek tighter military ties with Tokyo to counter Beijing, including the sale of F-35 stealth fighters to counter the new Chinese stealth capability. More important, the United States has left open the possibility of renewed arms sales to Taiwan.

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China ‘Ready To Abandon North Korea’

Ed. Note: Although this was made public via WikiLeaks several months ago, it received scant coverage in the US media.


China has signaled its readiness to accept Korean reunification and is privately distancing itself from the North Korean regime, according to leaked US embassy cables that reveal senior Beijing figures regard their official ally as a “spoiled child.”

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McDonald’s No Match for KFC in China

On the edge of Tiananmen Square, just across the street from Mao Zedong’s tomb, He Yingying munches on a piece of chicken and gazes at the benign-looking figure beaming down at her.

“We love him,” she says, bursting into an impish smile.

The 21-year-old student from Beijing’s Capital University of Economics and Business isn’t referring to Mao, whose iconic official portrait dominates the square. She’s talking about a long-dead, white-bearded Kentucky colonel on the logo of the KFC restaurant where she’s feasting on her favorite fast food, Bloomberg Markets reports in its March issue.

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China Mulls Impact Of Mideast Uprisings

The main Chinese newspapers all carried front-page stories about the protests, including photographs, but largely without any analysis or editorial comment. Much of the recent coverage has focused on the looting and the breakdown of order in Egyptian cities, without much explanation of the root causes of the unrest.

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Nice Of Hu To Visit

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