» Two separate incidents in Tibet on Monday: The self-immolation incidents quickly raised tensions near the Buddhist temple in Lhasa, leading many to believe that the tide is turning against Chinese rule in the region. ”For the Chinese authorities, it has very serious implications and suggests that the movement is spreading among Tibetans,” said Robbie Barnett, an expert on Tibet at Columbia University. ”It could lead to an increased severity of restrictions and controls.” One note: Most of the self-immolation incidents listed above didn’t take place in Tibet, but in Tibetan-populated areas in southwestern China.
» Two differing visions: In China, Alibaba is a giant. The online global trading company has a valuation of $35 billion, based on this sale (which was mostly in cash with some stock), but with investments from both Yahoo and Japan’s Softbank, the company has had clashes for its overall vision. The sale will give the company controlling influence over itself — Yahoo and Softbank will cap their voting rights at less than 50 percent. But one thing that won’t change? Alibaba will still run Yahoo’s portal in China for the next for years — and pay $550 million for the right.
The video above shows Guangcheng boarding a flight with his family. Chen, the activist and self-taught lawyer, has left China for the United States. His public struggles have been going on for nearly a month, but he has finally been removed from under China’s rule. He wanted to leave China because he felt his safety, and that of his family, could no longer be guaranteed. After landing at the Newark-Liberty International Airport, Chen and his family were immediately taken to New York University, where he has accepted a fellowship to work in the law school, said NYU spokesperson John Beckman. source
I am very happy to receive the news that Chen Guangcheng is on his way to the U.S. I look forward to welcoming him and his family tonight and to working with him on his course of study.Jerome Cohen, co-director of NYU’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute • Expressing pleasure that Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese legal activist and dissident who’s escape from an extralegal house arrest captivated international attention the past few weeks, will indeed be coming to America. News broke today that Guangcheng was released from a hospital in Beijing, and was allowed to board a flight bound for the United States where he’ll study as a fellow at NYU. This had been floated a possibility recently, as releasing Chen on the grounds of studying in the United States allows both countries to ease back the diplomatic tensions that the incident had flared. source (via • follow)
I’m looking for an opportunity to see my parents — even if it is a prison visit — and a chance to have a dialogue with the Chinese government.Exiled Chinese dissident Wu’er Kaixi • Discussing his plan to turn himself into to the Chinese embassy in Washington D.C. on Friday, in what’s a bit of a role-reversal from Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident who spent years in custody and now hopes to come to the U.S. (Chen filed for a passport on Wednesday.) Wu’er, a Tiananmen Square-era protest organizer who is now a citizen of Taiwan, escaped the country in 1989 and is hoping to see his parents, who are in poor health. Wu’er has tried on two prior occasions to turn himself in, but the government would not take him.