May 9, 2013 |
The Chinese people would like President Obama to stop an oil refinery from being built in southern China, endorse sweet-flavored tofu and reopen an 18-year-old criminal probe of a poisoning case. And while he's at it, if he wouldn't mind mobilizing U.S. troops to liberate Hong Kong, as well as China as a whole, that'd be great, too. In a strange and diplomatically awkward turn of events, Chinese citizens have flocked to the White House's Web site over the past week to lodge formal petitions, many of them directed against their government.
July 12, 2008 |
BEIJING -- The blockbuster success of an American animated movie that's set in ancient China , highlights Chinese culture, mythology and architecture and stars a kung fu fighting panda has filmmakers and ordinary Chinese wondering: Why wasn't this hit made . . . in China? "Kung Fu Panda" follows a slacker panda named Po, who works in his father's noodle shop and eventually fulfills his dream of becoming a kung fu fighter, and features the voices of Hollywood stars Jack Black and Angelina Jolie.
October 29, 2009 |
BEIJING -- Shen Baohou, 72, who once worked for a hydropower station in Sichuan province, has a serious heart problem, and he -- and his children -- are paying for it dearly. Doctors have operated twice on Shen to implant stents at a cost of more than $15,000, about five times China's per capita income. Under China's health-care system, the government pays 60 percent of his hospital expenses and virtually nothing for the medications and oxygen he has needed since. "I am retired and have little pension...
April 16, 2008
IN THE DEBATE over Tibet and the Olympic torch, a great deal has been said and written about what the Chinese people believe. Pundits inform us that the Chinese people want their government to crack down harder on Tibetan protesters. The delicate -- and, apparently, fairly uniform -- views of the Chinese people are cited as arguments against boycotts or other actions that might hurt the Chinese people's feelings. "It's also an issue of the Chinese people, who are very invested in the Olympics, who see it as a coming of age for China," national...
April 9, 2008 |
I was born in Shanghai in 1961 and grew up during the Cultural Revolution. During my childhood, I saw my family lose our house. My grandfather, who studied medicine in England, committed suicide after he was wrongly accused of being a counterrevolutionary and a foreign spy. Those were the worst of times. Since the Cultural Revolution ended in the late 1970s, however, I have witnessed unimaginable progress in China. Changes that few ever thought possible have occurred in a single generation.
November 22, 2009 |
BEIJING -- On his trip to China last week, President Obama negotiated with our government on climate change and other issues such as economic recovery, currency regulation and denuclearization. He noted at his town hall meeting in Shanghai that China and the United States lead the world in carbon emissions and that, unless these two countries can agree on what to do, the rest of the world is unlikely to do much, either. Obama also spoke eloquently of American respect for free expression, rule of law and other...