Feministinnen | Streik bei Cuiheng
Apr 19th, 2015 by Gao

Edward Wong: China Releases 5 Women’s Rights Activists Detained for Weeks (New York Times)
Sui-lee Wee: China frees five women activists on bail after outcry (Reuters)
5 feminists released! Also: environmental struggles and the Great Cannon (Chuang)

China has unexpectedly released five women activists on bail, two lawyers said on Monday, after a vocal campaign against their detention by the West and Chinese rights campaigners.
The women were taken into custody on the weekend of March 8, International Women’s Day, and detained on suspicion of „picking quarrels and provoking trouble“. They had planned to demonstrate against sexual harassment on public transport.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian: Online Support — and Mockery — Await Chinese Feminists After Release (Foreign Policy)
Detention of Five Chinese Feminist Activists at the Juncture of Beijing+20 – An Interview with Gender Scholar Wang Zheng (China Change)

Professor Wang Zheng (王政), of the University of Michigan, is a scholar whose research focuses on the modern and contemporary history of Chinese women and gender, and Chinese feminism in the era of globalization. Since 1993, Professor Wang has been working with Chinese domestic feminist scholars to promote feminist scholarship and establish courses in women studies and gender studies. She has also participated in the feminist movement itself in China over the years. On April 3rd, Professor Wang gave a speech at Brookings Institute in Washington, DC, about the recent arrest of the five Chinese feminists (starts around 48:00). On April 7th, the editor of this website talked to Professor Wang, further discussing the Chinese and global background of the incident and how it will impact the women’s rights movement in China.

Alexandria Icenhower: What China’s sexual revolution means for women (Brookings)
张红萍:1913 被抓捕的女权主义者们(法制网)


Josh Chin: A Reduced Sentence Shines Light on China’s Little-Known Opposition Parties (Wall Street Journal)

High profile strike at Zhongshan bag manufacturer enters tenth day (China Labour Bulletin)
Worker activism is now the new normal as strikes and protests erupt across China (China Labour Bulletin)

Dinny McMahon: Economists React: China’s Economic Growth Slows (Wall Street Journal)

Heather Timmons: Asia’s largest IPO this year is the latest sign that Chinese investors are ignoring reality (Quartz)

China’s stock markets have become completely detached from economic fundamentals in recent months, and that insanity is rapidly spilling into Hong Kong’s Stock Exchange. The latest evidence of irrational exuberance comes from the $3.6 billion IPO of GF Securities, a Chinese broker whose stock started up 40% in its Hong Kong trading debut today, in Asia’s largest listing this year.

Taxi drivers in Xiangtan create their own company in push for industry reform (China Labour Bulletin)

Andrew Browne: Vietnam’s Impossible Bind: How to Stand Up to Beijing (Wall Street Journal)

China’s military development a key theme in defense paper (Japan News / Yomiuri Shimbun)

Xu Beina: Media Censorship in China (Council on Foreign Relations)

Ian Johnson: China: What the Uighurs See (New York Review of Books)

Xinjiang is one of those remote places whose frequent mention in the international press stymies true understanding. Home to China’s Uighur minority, this vast region of western China is mostly known for being in a state of permanent low-grade conflict, with terrorist attacks and a ferocious government crackdown, even against moderate Uighur academics. To the outside world, Xinjiang conjures up a series of stock adjectives or phrases: “restive,” “Muslim,” “oppressed,” and—as the misleading titles of more than one recent book have it—China’s “Wild West.”
And yet few outsiders spend much time there. Foreign academics have largely been barred from research, with several prominent scholars of Xinjiang banned from entering China. Foreign journalists tend to fly in and out for a dateline and an interview. The American photographer Carolyn Drake is an exception.
Drake has been traveling to Xinjiang since 2007, when she began photographing Central Asia from her base in Istanbul. Over the years, she has come to know the region well, and struggled to break free from its clichés. The summation of her work is Wild Pigeon, an ambitious, beautiful, and crushingly sad book.

3. Plenum des XVIII. Zentralkomitees (Fortsetzung)
Nov 15th, 2013 by Gao

Offizielle Dokumente:

Heiko hat dies publiziert:
Heiko Khoo: Upholding public ownership at the 3rd plenum (

As the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) prepared to meet, Western China experts expressed their hopes for a „capitalist style“ reform agenda. The standard cries for an end to the leading role of state-owned enterprises were at the centre of this agenda.

Und später noch dies:
Heiko Khoo: After the Third Plenum – A look into the future (

The theory of the primary stage of socialism adopted by the CPC in 1987 projected it would last for 100 years from 1949. By 2049 workers will constitute a crushing majority of China’s population. They will be highly skilled and educated, and will be connected with workers around the world. China will be the richest country in the world and its workers will have high per capita incomes. If, at that time, the workers democratically control production and are the real masters of the state; and if society is based on egalitarian principles — then socialism will surely conquer the world.

Und er wies auf diesen Artikel hin:
Xinhua: China reforms to deepen (

The 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday approved a decision on „major issues concerning comprehensively deepening reforms“ at the close of their four-day meeting. …#Economic reform is key, and the core solution is the proper relationship between the government and the market, leaving the market to play the decisive role in allocation of resources and the government to play a better role, it said. …
China will stick to the dominant role of public ownership, playing the leading role of the state-owned economy, while encouraging, supporting and guiding the non-public sector, enhancing its vitality and creativity, it said.

Ein knapper Kommentar zur Position der japanischen KP (Nihon Kyōsantō):


Thomas hat diesen Link geschickt:
Minxin Pei: Beherzte Reformen als Nagelprobe in China (Standard)

Vorerst haben sich Xis Antikorruptionsbemühungen im Konventionellen erschöpft und nur selektive Strafverfolgung ermöglicht. Angesichts der wohlbekannten Unfähigkeit der chinesischen Zentralregierung, ihre Politik auf lokaler Ebene umzusetzen und angesichts der engmaschigen Netzwerke der Patronage in den Provinzen und Städten, ist es unrealistisch, dass die gegenwärtige Antikorruptionskampagne si­gnifikant bessere Ergebnisse liefert als bereits vergangene. …
Im Vergleich zu zwei bahnbrechenden chinesischen Wirtschaftsreformen in der Vergangenheit, jener von 1978 und jener von 1992, steht Xi vor einem anderen Umfeld und einer viel schwierigeren Herausforderung. Die Gegner der Reformen Den Xiaopings waren von Ideologie getrieben, sie hatten keine persönlichen Beteiligungen in der maoistischen Wirtschaft. Um sie zu besiegen, war eine Koalition in der Partei nötig, ein Diskreditieren der kommunistischen Ideologie und die unbedingte Unterstützung des Volkes. All das brachte Den Xiaoping zustande.
Heute profitieren die Mitglieder der regierenden Elite im Vergleich direkt und immens von der staatlich dominierten Wirtschaft.

Weitere Artikel:
Cheng Li: Preparing For the 18th Party Congress: Procedures and Mechanisms (PDF; China Leadership Monitor)
Rainer Rupp: Ritt auf dem Tiger (junge Welt)

Gigantisches Wirtschaftswachstum, Werkstatt der Welt, Exportchampion und eine Fülle von Problemen: Chinas Parteiführung versucht, dem Kapitalismus neue Zügel anzulegen.

Xinhua: Why the CPC’s third plenary session is important (人民网)
Bob Davis: Beijing Endorses Market Role in Economy (Wall Street Journal)
Cary Huang: Party’s third plenum pledges ‚decisive role‘ for markets in China’s economy (South China Morning Post)
Jonathan Fenby: Xi Jinping has a plan to change China’s economy – at his own pace (Guardian)

Petra Kolonko: Von den Amerikanern lernen, heißt … (Frankfurter Allgemeine)

Peking will – offenbar nach Vorbild der sonst geschmähten Vereinigten Staaten – einen „Nationalen Sicherheitsrat“ bilden. Darin sollen Experten für Außen-, Verteidigungs- und Wirtschaftspolitik vertreten sein.

Jonathan Kaiman: China to loosen one-child policy and abolish labour camps (Guardian)
Peter Lee: Controlling the media is Xi’s message (Asia Times)

Instead of using the communique of the Third Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee to make rallying cries for greater control, President and General Secretary Xi Jinping plans to use the party apparatus to pursue particularism over universality. Rather than the greater transparency the West expects, his administration will shrink the already limited reach of domestic and international media and take „ownership“ of local and national stories.

David Barboza, Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Ben Protess: JPMorgan’s Fruitful Ties to a Member of China’s Elite (New York Times)

To promote its standing in China, JPMorgan Chase turned to a seemingly obscure consulting firm run by a 32-year-old executive named Lily Chang.
Ms. Chang’s firm, which received a $75,000-a-month contract from JPMorgan, appeared to have only two employees. And on the surface, Ms. Chang lacked the influence and public name recognition needed to unlock business for the bank.
But what was known to JPMorgan executives in Hong Kong, and some executives at other major companies, was that “Lily Chang” was not her real name. It was an alias for Wen Ruchun, the only daughter of Wen Jiabao, who at the time was China’s prime minister, with oversight of the economy and its financial institutions.

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