Bon Jovi Woos His Chinese Audience with a Taiwanese Love Song

It has generated great publicity for Bon Jovi’s upcoming Asian tour, and a fierce debate between Chinese speakers on both sides of the strait. At the time of writing, the song has enjoyed more than 1.2 million views, 11,462 likes, and over one thousand comments on youtube. One point of

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Disputed Islands a Flashpoint in a Greater Game

By Phillip Charlier The recent and ongoing dispute over the territorial sovereignty of the Diaoyu Tai/Senkaku islands is becoming one episode in a rapidly developing re-polarisation of the geo-politics of the Asia-Pacific region. Both the Republic of China (Taiwan) and People’s Republic of China agree that the islands, located 186

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Enforce Article 35 of China’s Constitution, Abolish Censorship and Realize Citizens’ Right to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press

Written by Li Rui (李锐), Hu Jiwei (胡绩伟) and others Dated: October 01, 2010 Dear members of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress: Article 35 of China’s Constitution as adopted in 1982 clearly states that: “Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the

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Chomsky’s Appeal: Speaking Scientifically to the Power of Truth

In this age of demagogic bombasts, famous (and infamous) for bloated, turgid rants and supercilious harangues on the ‘fear-of-the-day’ or cause célèbre, what was it about hearing a soft-spoken, octogenarian academician that appealed to the disparate gathering in Taipei on August 9th? One may conclude that what brought all those people together was the chance to bear witness – a hunger even – to one man’s quest for truth in a world of obfuscation, deception and propaganda.

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China, Unhand Thy Pandas

The Wild East Opinion Desk There’s something creepy about Chinese people trying to breed pandas. What’s this about showing ‘Panda porn’? ‘Sexercise’ for pandas? I wouldn’t go into oestrus, either, if only out of spite. China should back off its panda ‘preservation’ programs, stop intervening in panda sex by practically holding

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Tip-toeing around the Centenary of the Republic of China

According to vice-chairman of the ROC Centenary Foundation, S.P. Tsai, the logo is free to be used by anyone and associated with other symbols as one likes. This sounds like a politico-marketing version of ‘copyleft’. Open Source politics in the age of democracy.

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Good Old Uncle Ho

By Jonathan Chandler, in Qingdao Lantern Festival marks the end of Chinese New Year or Spring Festival as it is officially known here and the 3rd Plenary Session of the 11th National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China is in its annual nod-off. Though glimpses of spring are

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New Year’s Day of the Tiger – 'Party' town.

Jonathan Chandler The Wild East The snow which fell a week or so back has yet to melt completely and the winds are still bitter in Qingdao. This ultra-wealthy city where two-wheels are banned and all the cars are brand new is a Party town. Not that kind of party

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Different Times, Different Worlds

Jonathan Chandler The Wild East It snowed dream-like and blew bone-flaying gusts of Artic wind last week. The sky was bleeding lead with pure white snowflakes floating along and then for two days a purplish sea-fog rolled in and tied Qingdao into a manky, ice-cold blindfold. Sombre enough for the

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Hard to beat China's cat-and-rat computer games

By John Hancock, in Beijing Special to The Wild East Democracy and free expression are thriving in China — in cyberspace. While Big Brother asserted himself in 2009, this did not prevent foreign ideas from invading his Internet space and there has been a renaissance in self-expression, comparable to the

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