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Links 1 through 3 of 3 by David Bandurski tagged Global Times

In an editorial today, the Chinese-language Global Times, a spin-off of China's official People's Daily, writes that it is wrong and worrisome to see young teens participating in political actions that seen recently in Sichuan, where thousands of residents of Shifang city turned out to protests the building of a molybdenum-cooper plant. The paper wrote: "Middle school students are not yet adults and their ideas are not yet fully mature. They are very emotional and highly sensitive . . . [They] can be easily swayed by adults, either toward a correct social mentality or in the wrong direction." "In every normal household," the paper continued, "the correct duty of middle school students is to study, and not to be encouraged to join events of a political nature." To this, journalist and CMP fellow Xiao Shu (笑蜀) responded: "For this purpose, all Party organizations must exit our schools, and no political events should be allowed. What does [GT editor] Hu Xijin think about this?"

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In a strongly-worded editorial today, sprinkled with humor (intended?) and innuendo, the Chinese-language Global Times newspaper criticizes "the West" for its "selfishness" during United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa. The editorial's points and criticisms center on the debate at Durban (and ongoing) over whether China can and should still be regarded as a "developing nation" (More: http://bit.ly/s91PUm). One of the more amusing rhetorical devices: "In Western society there is a very common habit, which is that men and women both change their clothes at least once a day, or at least change one item of clothing. In China, very few people have this habit, because people don't have that many clothes, and they can't use that much water, electricity and laundry detergent, to make themselves over freshly every day."

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Two opinion pieces do not make for a trend, but it is interesting to not that the Chinese-language Global Times newspaper, which has a reputation for conservatism and nationalistic saber-rattling, has recently run pieces by both Peng Xiaoyun (彭晓芸) and Guo Yukuan (郭于宽) -- veteran journalists at the liberal end of China's political spectrum. In an opinion piece in the Global Times today, Peng writes about the potential of microblogs in China as a platform allowing for greater discussion of public affairs, a necessary preparation of the public for democratic reforms. The headline of Peng's piece at QQ.com reads: "Let Public Debate Become an Exercise for Democracy."

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