The big news of the day was the safe splashdown of the Shenzhou 9, ending another of China’s manned space flights and marking the successful journey of the first female taikonaut. State media made some confusing noises about whether other women would be included in future missions, and there’s also the possibility that foreigners might participate as well.
Down here on the ground, we’re talking about the following:
Reuters: U.S. grants Iran sanctions exceptions to China — This has been in the news a lot lately, and the predictions that the US was not going to confront China on this policy were spot on.
Economist: China’s security state: Guarding the guardians — reform of China’s security apparatus, including the role played by provincial police chiefs.
Diplomat: Zhou Yongkang’s Successor — another look at security reforms, this time focused on how the job of the nation’s top security official will change this year once Zhou steps down.
CNN: U.S. firm, subsidiaries admit role in sending military software to China — The US government is not amused, catching Pratt & Whitney (Canada) in a violation of technology export bans when P&W sold software to China that was used to develop an advanced attack helicopter.
Economist: India and China: Friend, enemy, rival, investor — Talk about a complicated relationship! A lot of people are waiting to see when/if these two nations will establish better relations. If that can happen, and if economic cooperation can strengthen, the possibilities are endless.
Lots of media-related stories out there today:
Asia Sentinel: Prize-Winning Reporter Driven out of SCMP — Hong Kong-based SCMP is taking a beating these days, with accusations that the new owners/editorial staff is sucking up to Beijing in a big way.
Foreign Policy: The Old Grey Lady in Red China — Isaac Stone Fish takes a look at the New York Times’ new Chinese-language site — cn.nytimes.com.
AP: China Blogger Says Court Overturns His Conviction — Amazing story of a blogger from Chongqing who spent a year in a labor camp after writing a post that mocked Bo Xilai. He got out, went to court to challenge the detention, and won. Surprising, until you realize who was ultimately responsible for putting him in jail in the first place — it pays to be on the winning team.
Last but not least, if you’ve been hearing about strange goings-on with access to Bloomberg news here in China, the mystery has been solved. One of the cardinal rules of China journalism is that you don’t go after national leaders (or their families). Bloomberg made the decision to do it anyway; one assumes that the fallout will not be pleasant.