From the Web
Posted by Joel Martinsen on Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 6:14 PM
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China (sort of) learns how to drive: Teaser from Robin Moroney of the WSJ about a new article by Peter Hessler in the New Yorker:
The mandated 58 hours of training involve drilling students to perfect hard tasks such as driving on planks barely wider than the car's wheels. Students have little training on the roads themselves.
As of yesterday, Bullog had been closed for a full month (more than two weeks ago we submitted all the required materials to the relevant departments, but it appears that getting a formal ICP certificate may take a bit more time). For a website that has 600,000 daily page-views, and which has started to host commercial advertising, this was a catastrophic blow. Today, urgency has driven us to give an early launch to "Bullog International," which we had originally planned as branch geared toward overseas users (this site will become a multi-lingual version in the near future).
The raft of foreign media reports, mostly from correspondents who had travelled around the Three Gorges area, spurred Wang Xiaofeng, director of the office of the Three Gorges Project Committee of the State Council, into action to save his face from being lost in the murky depths of the Yangtze. He contacted Xinhua to supply them with "an exclusive interview". The story was written in English with no reference to the gloom and doom that surfaced at the September 25 forum, presumably in the hope a freak memory loss disease would cripple the globe and also tamper with the Xinhua database.
Earlier: Jianqiang Liu writes on the Three Gorges at China Dialogue.
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