The Week: Most Recent East Asia:China Rising recent posts.en-usTue, 19 Feb 2013 09:00:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent East Asia:China Rising from THE WEEKTue, 19 Feb 2013 09:00:00 -0500Cyber-war: Just how dangerous are China's military hackers?<img src="" /></P><p>Last week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a new honor, the Distinguished Warfare Medal, for U.S. cyber-warriors, drone pilots, and other service members who do battle far from the battlefield. The&nbsp;perceived mockery of bestowing accolades on these "armchair warriors" seems a little less cutting after a new <em>New York Times</em> report on the massive amount of hacking directed toward the U.S. government, critical infrastructure, and private corporations from the Shanghai-area headquarters of Unit 61398, a shadowy branch of China's People's Liberation Army.</p><p>The <em>Times</em> story draws heavily on...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:00:00 -0500China tightens internet restrictions: What does it mean for web users?<img src="" /></P><p>Closing a loophole that has allowed internet users to espouse uncensored political viewpoints and anonymously attack political corruption, China's National People's Congress has overwhelmingly passed a new rule that requires users to input their real names when signing up for network access. Though the Chinese government has downplayed the rule's potential impact, many analysts and cultural critics remain concerned that this is yet another step in China's attempts to quell political dissent. "Their intention is very clear: It is to take back that bit of space for public opinion, that freedom of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:15:00 -0500Kim Jong Un wins 'Sexiest Man Alive': How The Onion tricked a Chinese newspaper<img src="" /></P><p>Bradley Cooper. Channing Tatum. Kim Jong Un? Not to be outdone by <em>People</em>'s annual ode to chiseled abs, <em>The Onion</em> nominated North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un this year's "Sexiest Man Alive." Unfortunately, not everyone was in on the spoof, namely China's largest Communist Party newspaper, <em>The People's Daily</em>, which not only took the bait but splashed a 55-page slideshow dedicated to the&nbsp;boyish leader across its homepage.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">"The U.S. website <em>The Onion</em> has named North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un as the "Sexiest Man Alive for the year 2012," writes the <em>People's Daily</em>, underneath a cover...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:55:00 -0500Everything you need to know about China's new leaders<img src="" /></P><p>China's ruling Communist Party opened its week-long 18th National Congress on Thursday, launching a carefully choreographed, five-month process that will transfer power from President Hu Jintao and other top officials to a new generation of leaders. To kick off the meeting, Hu delivered a 90-minute speech in which he urged his colleagues to stamp out corruption, which has triggered public anger at the government. "Nobody is above the law," Hu told the 2,309 delegates and party notables. "If we fail to handle this issue well, it could prove fatal to the party." Here's what you should know:<br /><br /><strong>Why is...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 08 Nov 2012 17:10:00 -0500The world's silliest territorial dispute<img src="" /></P><p><strong>Are the islands important?<br /></strong>Only in a symbolic way. The eight tiny islands and outcroppings &mdash; known as the Senkaku islands in Japan, which administers them, as the Diaoyu in China, and as the Tiaoyutai in Taiwan &mdash; have a total area of less than three square miles, and are home only to a band of feral goats. Located about 100 miles northeast of Taiwan and 265 miles west of the Japanese island of Okinawa, they do sit in prime fishing territory, and there are natural gas deposits and possibly large oil reserves nearby. But it is national pride, honed by centuries of bitter rivalry and war...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 20 Oct 2012 11:15:00 -0400What the Foxconn riot tells us about China<img src="" /></P><p>Foxconn, a company most famous for building Apple's iPhones and other iGoodies, but also responsible for assembling lots of other tech wonders, encountered an unwelcome controversy this weekend when 2,000 workers rioted, requiring the government to dispatch 5,000 armed officers. (Watch amateur video footage of the riot below.) In the end, 40 people were hospitalized, several workers were arrested, and&nbsp;Foxconn shut down the factory to give everyone a chance to cool down. The riot is only the latest in a string of woes for Foxconn, which faced scrutiny after a riot at another plant in June....</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 24 Sep 2012 18:35:00 -0400Why China and Japan are feuding over tiny islands<img src="" /></P><p>A long-simmering territorial dispute is heating up between China and Japan in the East China Sea. Last week, 14 Chinese activists planted Chinese and Taiwanese flags on one of the uninhabited islets, known as "Senkaku" in Japan and "Diaoyu" in China. Then, on Sunday, 10 Japanese demonstrators, including Tokyo city assembly members, swam ashore on one of the islands, triggering anti-Japan riots in China. What is behind this increasingly tense feud? Here, a brief guide:</p><p><strong>Why are these islands so important?</strong><br />The short answer is their location. The chain of small islands is surrounded by rich fishing...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 21 Aug 2012 12:05:00 -0400The murder case roiling China<img src="" /></P><p><strong>Why are Bo and Gu important?<br /></strong>Known as "the Kennedys of China,'' the couple had power, popularity, and glamor, and seemed destined to play a major role in the country's future. Bo Xilai, the son of one of Mao Zedong's generals and a leader of the party's left-wing, neo-Maoist faction, was until recently a Politburo member who was climbing toward the top of the Communist Party hierarchy. As party boss of sprawling metropolitan Chongqing, he launched lavish government projects, called for the revival of communist ideology and Mao-era "red songs," and steered a high-profile crackdown on organized crime...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 10 Aug 2012 11:44:00 -0400Can DreamWorks make a Broadway theater district in Shanghai?<img src="" /></P><p>DreamWorks Animation announced Tuesday that it plans to create a $3.2 billion cultural and entertainment district&nbsp;in Shanghai, with the help of some powerful Chinese partners. If all goes according to plan, the riverfront complex, called the Dream Center, will one day rival New York City's Broadway theater district and London's West End, with theaters, performance halls, and more. Is DreamWorks dreaming a little too big, or can it pull this&nbsp;off? Here, a brief guide:<br /><br /><strong>How big will this entertainment district be?</strong><br />It will cover six large city blocks, featuring buildings designed by some of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 09 Aug 2012 08:35:00 -0400Has the dreaded China crash finally arrived?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">This week, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao warned that the Chinese economy is facing "huge downward pressure," the bluntest message to date from Beijing about the Asian powerhouse's economic problems. China's GDP growth is still expected to clock in at a relatively impressive 7 to 8 percent in 2012, but that is considerably slower than the jaw-dropping 10 percent rate it has recorded in recent years. With exports falling and the real estate market cratering, China's government has taken steps to boost economic growth by cutting interest rates and approving new infrastructure projects. However...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 10 Jul 2012 11:45:00 -0400Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests: A threat to China's one-party rule?<img src="" /></P><p>On Sunday, Hong Kong swore in Leung Chun-ying, the city's third chief executive since Britain relinquished control of Hong Kong to China in 1997. Chinese President Hu Jintao attended the inauguration and celebrated the 15th anniversary of Chinese rule, but the festivities weren't so festive on the streets: Between 55,000 (police estimates) and 400,000 (organizers' guess) protesters marched through Hong Kong, demanding Leung's resignation, a say in his replacement &mdash; a group of 1,200 hand-selected electors choose Hong Kong's leader, with approval from Beijing &mdash; and an end to what they...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 03 Jul 2012 09:37:00 -0400Why a Chinese company is buying AMC movie theaters<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">China's Dalian Wanda Group is buying AMC Entertainment, America's second-largest chain of movie theaters, for a cool $2.6 billion. The deal marks the biggest Chinese takeover of an American company to date, and by adding AMC's 5,000 screens to its existing roster, Wanda will become the world's largest theater operator.&nbsp;The acquisition is just the latest step in an increasingly close relationship between China and Hollywood, though it usually works the other way, with Hollywood aggressively moving into China to take advantage of the country's expanding movie market. So what's Wanda up to? Here...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 22 May 2012 13:40:00 -04005 reasons China's economy is slowing down<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">China recently released data showing an "across-the-board" slowdown in its economy, sparking concerns that it could drag down the global economy, too. "China has been the largest single contributor to global economic growth in recent years," says Keith Bradsher at <em>The New York Times</em>, and it's unlikely that the country's problems can be contained. "Remember: What happens in China, does not stay in China," says Thomas Mucha at <em>Global Post</em>. Here, five reasons why China's economy is faltering:</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. Economic weakness in the U.S. and Europe</strong> <br />China has long relied on its cheap export machine to fuel growth...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 14 May 2012 07:22:00 -0400The Chen Guangcheng exile deal: Happy ending or disaster?<img src="" /></P><p>The diplomatic crisis over Chen Guangcheng isn't over yet. Chen, a blind activist who escaped from house arrest and hid for six days in the U.S. embassy, had hoped to stay in China under a deal brokered last week by the Obama administration, but that arrangement quickly unraveled. Now, Chen says he's hopeful that Chinese leaders will respect a new agreement allowing him to go to the U.S. for a teaching fellowship, and take his family with him. "I still don't know when I'll leave, but it shouldn't be too long," Chen, a self-taught lawyer, tells&nbsp;<em>Reuters</em>. Is this a good deal for all concerned...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 07 May 2012 09:48:00 -0400The Chen Guangcheng deal: Who won?<img src="" /></P><p>Blind activist Chen Guangcheng has had a "change of heart," U.S. diplomats said Thursday. Chen now reportedly wants to leave China with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who's on a high-level visit until Saturday, despite a U.S.-brokered deal in which the Chinese government guaranteed he wouldn't be mistreated. Chen, a rural, self-taught lawyer, had been held under de facto house arrest by local officials, but escaped to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing last week. He left to be reunited with his family and seek treatment in a hospital on Wednesday after receiving assurances that he would be able to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 03 May 2012 09:08:00 -0400Showdown in Beijing: Is the U.S. wrong to shelter a Chinese dissident?<img src="" /></P><p>The U.S. and China are locked in tense negotiations over the fate of Chen Guangcheng, a blind dissident who made a bold escape from house arrest and reportedly sought refuge in the U.S. embassy. The drama comes at a sensitive moment &mdash; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are traveling to China this week for potentially critical strategic and economic talks. Will tensions over a single dissident disrupt U.S. relations with Beijing? Here, six key questions:<br /><br /><strong>Who is Chen Guangcheng?</strong><br />Chen is a blind Chinese civil rights activist, a self-schooled legal advocate...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 30 Apr 2012 11:14:00 -0400