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A SPRING ISSUE - APRIL - tviNews Events
TVInews - 107 - China. There's no room for stars in China. says Troy Cory, one of the first TV performers on China's stage in 1988. Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi signs $15-billion in purchase orders for U.S. products. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and County Supervisor Mike Antonovich joined Wu at the event. A Troy Cory Report
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1. Feature Story / China's Big Day At Universal City, U.S.A.!
Are there any big name Stars that compete against each other in China? "No, and there's a reason why," says Troy Cory. Troy was one of America's first TV performers to set foot on the stages of China in 1988. - SEE TROY CORY AND STV FESTIVAL
As Universal Hilton Hotel was playing host to the new political celebrity, Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi, it seemed everyone inside the hotel was fighting to see the diminutive, gray-haired woman in an orange jacket and dark pants," reported the LATimes.
"She was hardly your run-of-the-mill celebrity, like China's college student, 2005 Super Girl winner, Li Yuchun, 21. Those in the know, asked themselves, "will the Vice Premier be turned out into wilderness like all of the other political, business and show biz celebrities - that preceeded her into big time?
Will she become a member of the all but forgotten "old timer group?" "Probably so" - - says, Troy. China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, chief broadcast regulator, said last week, that it issued new rules governing Idol-Britney Spears inspired singers, like Super Girl TV star, Li Yuchun. The rulings will send Li Yuchun back into the unknown wilderness. China doesn't want to create competition for the masses to look up to, "all are equal."
On the other side of the world, behind the velvet rope in Hollywood's Universal Hilton Hotel, security guards barking into their headphones, holding back angry photographers and frustrated reporters trying to sweet-talk their way into the inner sanctum.
"And I thought the [Golden] Globes were bad," said an unhappy photographer, one of dozens who couldn't get into the room Thursday."
Her delegation was warmly received in Los Angeles by government officials and businesspeople, who hope to benefit from China's stepped-up commercial diplomacy. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and County Supervisor Mike Antonovich joined Wu at the event. MORE STORY ANTONOVICH AND TROY CORY HARBIN AWARD
During the 3 hour event, Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi was discussing the very unsexy topic of U.S.-China trade and investment. All the attention could be explained by the goodie bag she had brought to the party: a $15-billion shopping list for U.S. telecommunications equipment, high-tech products and farm goods.
Her appearance, featuring more than a dozen government officials and 100-plus entrepreneurs from China, was the first stop in a cross-country buying spree aimed at easing trade tensions before an April 20 White House summit meeting between Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Bush.
In addition to Wu's entourage, the Chinese invited dozens of U.S. executives to Los Angeles to participate in a massive contract-signing ceremony. They, along with a large group of Chinese and U.S.-based media, overwhelmed the meeting space.

Part 02 / "China is Using the Signing to Deflect Tension," said LaTimes reporters.
Chinese officials hoping to ease trade tensions before President Hu Jintao's upcoming visit to Washington, kicked off a coast-to-coast buying spree in Los Angeles that will include $15 billion in orders for U.S. electronics goods, airplanes
Chinese officials hoping to ease trade tensions before President Hu Jintao's upcoming visit to Washington are kicking off a coast-to-coast buying spree today in Los Angeles that will include $15 billion in orders for U.S. electronics goods, airplanes, auto parts, farm goods and other products.
U.S. businessmen characterized the super-sized shopping extravaganza -- the largest ever for a Chinese trade mission -- as a not-so-subtle effort to win over Americans without addressing the significant issues of the ballooning U.S.-China trade imbalance, piracy and China's currency policy.
Even business groups warned that any gains from China's commercial diplomacy would be short-lived unless they were accompanied by concrete action on issues such as stronger intellectual property protection.
"We recognize the value of having Boeing planes sold," said Myron Brilliant, chief China strategist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "We recognize the value of [China's] buying U.S. products. But we also need the Chinese to understand that more needs to be done."
China has a history of using high-visibility commercial deals to garner goodwill or punish other governments.
A senior Chinese official, speaking to reporters Wednesday in Beijing on condition that he not be named, said one aim of this week's buying blitz was to "show average American people that trade is mutually beneficial," a point he expected would be noted by some members of Congress.
China's state-run media reported that Beijing would purchase as many as 80 737 jetliners from Boeing Co., whose Seattle-area plant will be the site of a major policy speech by President Hu on his way to Washington. Linda Lee, a Boeing spokeswoman, said Wednesday that the Chicago-based company did not comment on pending orders.
As of January, the Chinese had yet to purchase 80 of those planes, which have a list price of $4 billion to $6 billion.
After today's ceremonies, members of the Chinese delegation will fan out across the country with their shopping lists, making stops in politically important Midwest and Southern states where job losses have stoked anti-China sentiments.
In the next few weeks, more than 200 entrepreneurs from 110 state-owned and private companies from China will make $15 billion worth of purchases in 13 states, said Xiaomei Zhou, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles.
Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi, the head of the delegation, is on her way to what could be an acrimonious meeting Tuesday in Washington of the Sino-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, a bilateral group set up to address economic concerns. The U.S. is seeking specific commitments on the piracy front, including an agreement that Chinese government agencies won't purchase illegally copied products.
Editor's Note / Back home in Beijing, news of the Chinese trade mission to America has sparked little enthusiasm.
"I don't support the government in revaluating the Yuan to float with the dollar," said Chen Dawei, a professor at the School of Economics at Renmin University of China in Beijing, questioning whether taking the Yuan off the "follow the monetary Dollar market would bring results.
He recalled that just a week after China made similarly large-scale purchases of American goods around the time of the Sino-U.S. commission meeting in 2003, Washington announced an anti-dumping tax on Chinese-made home appliances.
"It's OK to send a large gift of products to America, but our government should bargain more for products we can use at a price based on worth, not equity based on Yuan/Dollar ratio manipulation," said a China spokesman, who asked his not be used in this report. "We must stop now, before it becomes a customary contest between China and America. I hope our government can be tough enough to show what competition and a pissing contest can do to a trade relationship between two great nations."
The U.S. media says China's Super Girl Needs a Rescuing from obliviousness, even after the Super Girl singing group . . . drew a TV audience of 400 million. But luckily for the nation of China, like in past history, a State Administration agency came to the rescue. China's chief broadcast regulator, ruled that if contests could not contribute to the "constructing a harmonious socialist society, by causing competition between the pretty girls and homely ones" . . . [The Pretty Girls] must not make a hubbub over the ugly's vs pretty's, therefore must avoid creating stars." These restrictions may or may not prevent Super Girl from securing permission to air, but they're certain to cramp the show's style.
Voting for the TV contestants, by those only with a telephone, has shown the Chinese people without one what it would be like when voting for their political leaders. The country-side viewers of the show, thought Li and her fellow finalists were insufficiently prim role models. It's also possible that Super Girl . . . produced by a station in Hunan province . . . was upstaging CCTV, China's national network, which produces its own more subdued but far less popular ersatz Idol.
Like past China political leaders, Deng XioPing and Jiang Zemin, today's political leaders, Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi and President Hu Jintao may see their ambitions quashed by their judges, but like their predecessors, "their future will continue to be positive and healthy . . . as long as they avoid making an embarrassing contest out of their rivals good-will and trust." That last part may explain the original water colored photo of Mao still hanging over Tianemen Square, and the take on Mao actress wife, Jiang as being a member of the "big Four" -- that just about took over China in the late 70s.

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