December 14, 2006
The return of Gong Xiantian
I last blogged here about Beijing University law professor Gong Xiantian and his open letter attacking the draft Property Law. He has returned to the scene with another open letter to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress denouncing the current draft. I haven't yet had time to read it; comments from those who have are welcome.
The latest draft of the Property Law that I have is from July 2005; the text of the letter indicates that Gong is basing his comments on reports of the draft published on Oct. 30, 2006 in the People's Daily. Here are some articles from that date available from the People's Daily's Web site that comment on the most recent draft and give some indication as to its content: here | here | here | here | here | here | here | here | here | here | here | here. You can see more by going to this page, entering the characters 物权法, and adding an appropriate date restriction.
Gong also has a long article denouncing the Property Law here. Both his article and the open letter are posted on the Mao Flag site, which is dedicated to the restoration of Mao Zedong Thought to Chinese politics. (One commenter to Gong's piece thinks it's about time for another Cultural Revolution.)
December 13, 2006
NBR Next Generation fellowships: last call
The application deadline for NBR's Next Generation fellowships is January 15, 2007. A brief description is below; if you're interested, more information is available at their Web site.
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is pleased to announce “The Next Generation: Leadership in Asian Affairs” fellowship for 2007-2008, a post-master's degree program that is cultivating a new generation of Asia affairs specialists committed to and capable of bridging the gap between the best scholarly research and the pressing needs of American foreign policy toward a rapidly changing Asia.
NBR invites recent master's and professional degree holders (e.g., MA, MBA, LLM, JD, etc.) to apply for a year-long fellowship at NBR’s headquarters in Seattle to collaborate with leading scholars to publish research, and to participate in the briefing of research findings to the policymaking community in Washington, D.C.
This one-year fellowship is designed to further the professional development of Asia specialists in the year just after the completion of their master's degree. Successful applicants will gain further knowledge of Asia and an understanding of the U.S. foreign policymaking process through the following: conducting research under the guidance of an NBR program director; collaborating with senior scholars on academic publications; and traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in the briefing of research findings to relevant constituents within the policy community.
December 12, 2006
USTR report on China's WTO compliance
On December 11, the United States Trade Representative released its annual report to Congress on China's compliance with its WTO obligations. I haven't yet read the report, and my posting of these links to it should not, of course, be construed as agreement with its findings.
December 11, 2006
Human Rights Watch report on restrictions on Chinese lawyers
On December 11, Human Rights Watch released a report entitled "A Great Danger for Lawyers": New Regulatory Curbs on Lawyers Representing Protesters [download | web link]. The report focuses on the All-China Lawyers' Association "Guidance Opinion on the Undertaking by Lawyers of Mass Cases" (中华全国律师协会关于律师办理群体性案件指导意见) issued last March and previously discussed on this blog. It also contains an English translation of the Guidance Opinion. For the New York Times story, click here.