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Xinhua Publishes Article Attacking Western Democracy

On January 5, 2008, Xinhua published an article titled “Western Democracy Is Failing Globally” by Fang Ning, deputy director of the Politics Institute of the National Academy of Social Sciences. In the article the author used Russia, Latin American countries, and South Korea as examples to support his point. Fang concluded that protecting rights and centralizing power are essential for developing a countries’ political structure and that western democracy is not a universal value. The article hinted that China’s communist system is the model for other countries to follow. The website also listed four other related articles under the title to reinforce Fang’s statement from various angles.

Source: Xinhuanet, January 5, 2008
http://news.xinhuanet.com/world/2008-01/05/content_7366065.htm

China Requires Migrant People Register Their Political Identity

Radio Free Asia reports on January 7, 2007, that in a notice issued by China Central Organization Ministry and Public Security Ministry, migrant residents are required to register their political identity (i.e., whether they are members of Chinese Communist Party or the Party’s associated organization) along with their application for temporary resident status. The notice asks that all related department and organizations take care of the migrant Party members.

According to independent analysts Zhu Jianguo and Chen Yongmiao from Sunzhen (southern China), such tactics is a way of trying to control the migrant population with the Party’s old-fashioned method. Chen believes that such control will not have any effect because nowadays being a Party member has a very negative connotation. When people call one’s name, they call the whole family are “Communists.” 

Source: Radio Free Asia, January 7, 2008
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/shenrubaodao/2008/01/07/immigrants/

Xinhua Publishes Article Attacking Western Democracy

On January 5, 2008, Xinhua published an article titled “Western Democracy Is Subjecting Failure Globally” by Fang Ning, deputy director of Politics Institute of National Academy of Social Sciences. The article used Russia, Latin American countries, and South Korea as examples to support his point. The Author concluded that protecting rights and centralizing power are essential for developing countries’ political structure and that western democracy is not an universal value. The article hinted that China’s communist system is the model for other countries to follow. The website also listed four other related articles under the title to fortify Fang’s statement from various angles.

Source: Xinhuanet, January 5, 2008
http://news.xinhuanet.com/world/2008-01/05/content_7366065.htm

China’s Toy Exports Grew In 2007

China’s toy exports totaled US$ 7 billion from January to October of 2007, a 20.1 percent increase from the year before. The official statistics showed that following the large scale of toy recall, toy exports were down 6.2 percent in September. The number then rebounded back to 21 percent, consistent with the growth in the first ten months. The European Union and the US are two of the largest markets and account for 67.6 percent of toy exports. It has been predicted that the increasing cost, operation model and reduced export taxes may affect future toy exports. China remains the world’s largest toy export country.

Source: BBC Chinese.com January 6, 2008 http://news.bbc.co.uk/chinese/simp/hi/newsid_7170000/newsid_7173600/7173685.stm

Consumer Price Increase Burdens Low Income Families

On January 3, Social Sciences Academic published the “Blue book of Chinese Society.” It stated that with China’s GDP growing over 10 percent in 2007, mid to low income families are facing increasing financial pressure. The consumer price increase will continue to be a serious factor in 2008. The Blue Book disclosed that 10 percent of the low income group spent close to 50 percent of their income on food consumption, in addition to the rising cost of living and medical expenses. This group is thus the least capable of surviving. The report also warned that the increasing disparity between the rich and the poor continues to be a threat to social stability.

Source: Radio Free Asia, January 4, 2008
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/shenrubaodao/2008/01/04/income/

China Interim Government Established Anticipating Communist Fall

On January 1, 2008, a group of democratic activists outside China founded the China Interim Government. The founding document, the Declaration of the China Interim Government, states that the goal of this interim government is to serve as a catalyst for the disintegration of Communist rule in China.

”All political objectives of the China Interim Government can be summarized as follows: dispel Marxist-Leninist ideals; reconstruct China; negate tyranny and establish civil rights; adopt the rule of law; protect human rights, freedom and democracy; create a constitutional government; respect the autonomy of ethnicities; and found a federal republic.”

On December 1, 2007, Future China Forum released a public statement on the preparation for the establishment of the China Interim Government.

Source: Future China Forum, January 1, 2008 http://bbs.futurechinaforum.org/viewtopic.php?t=29497&sid=73748aa720c75e153b77efa287598eac