Monthly Archives: August 2017

2008: Implementation Plan for Sichuan Earthquake Reconstruction

Friday August 15, 2008 PRC Earthquake Reconstruction Plan: Translation of Chapter 15 Program Implementation The Sichuan earthquake reconstruction overall draft plan released by the Chinese government’s State Development and Reform Commission on August 12, 2008. The Chinese text of the … Continue reading

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2008: The Essay that Won Chengdu Activist Chen Daojun a Three Year Prison Sentence

The Chengdu writer Chen Daojun 陈道军  was sentenced to three years of imprisonment for “inciting to subvert state power”. Here in English translation is one of his essays from March 2008. Chen Daojun praised the Tibetans for standing up against … Continue reading

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Is China Totalitarian or Authoritarian?

Is China totalitarian? This is a question I think about sometimes.  China certain doesn’t feel totalitarian, especially when you compare to the old Cultural Revolution days. What does totalitarian vs. authoritarian mean? Perhaps it is just a semi-empty exercise in … Continue reading

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2009: China’s Singapore Illusion; Religious Charity in Rural Henan

Summarized from the January 28, 2009 issue of Nanfengchuang 南风窗 : Religious Assistance, A New Supplement to Socialization of Elder Care?  宗教救助,社会化养老的新补充?  by Nanfengchuang  journalist  Shi Po 石 破 After going through some background on cooperative health insurance in rural Henan, it discusses … Continue reading

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2009: PRC Newsmagazine Lauds KMT Agricultural Reforms on Taiwan

  The February 9, 2009 issue of China Newsweekly Zhongguo Xinwen Zhou  中国新闻周 ran an admiring article about the KMT’s successful land reform in Taiwan “Land to the Tillers” Taiwan Style Now the Farmers are Some of the Most Prosperous … Continue reading

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2009: “China is Unhappy” First Chapter Capsule Summary

  The first chapter of China is Unhappy    Unhappy China: The Great Time, Grand Vision and Our Challenges (Chinese: 中国不高兴:大时代、大目标及我们的内忧外患; pinyin: Zhōngguó bù gāoxìng: Dà shídài, dà mùbiāo jí wǒmen de nèiyōu wàihuàn) summarized. This is a book easy to dismiss but worth … Continue reading

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2009: Need an Ideological Recharge? See Party Organization Department Websites

Party Organization Department Websites A 2009 article noted that 99.9% of Sichuan’s 50,000 party branch secretaries have recently taken a training course to “recharge their batteries”. Just in case some you are having doubts about the people’s democratic dictatorship or … Continue reading

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