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Cloud Computing Zone Tests "Chongqing Model" China's Wukan village stands up for land rights. 15 December 2011Last updated at 15:56 By Martin Patience BBC News, Wukan, Guangdong province Many protesters say they will continue to make a stand, despite government concessions At first light, the sound of mourning music could be heard across the rooftops.

China's Wukan village stands up for land rights

Wukan - home to more than 10,000 people - is a village in revolt. Local officials have fled and the villagers have set up makeshift roadblocks - branches covering the street - at the village's entrances. This week the villagers' fury reached a new pitch after they alleged that the authorities had beaten to death one of their own. That is denied by local officials, who say the villager died of natural causes while being held in police custody. But in the early afternoon thousands of people gathered to call for justice. Banned in China by Jonathan Mirsky. In late December, a foreign correspondent in Beijing emailed me to say that a four-page article on China I’d written for a special New Year’s edition of Newsweek had been carefully torn from each of the 731 copies of the magazine on sale in China.

Banned in China by Jonathan Mirsky

Now, friends and colleagues are telling me what an honor it is to have one’s writing banned in the People’s Republic. In over forty years of writing about China, I have been subjected to many forms of pressure. Countering the Contagious West - Mohamed A. El-Erian. Exit from comment view mode.

Countering the Contagious West - Mohamed A. El-Erian

Click to hide this space NEWPORT BEACH – Imagine for a moment that you are the chief policymaker in a successful emerging-market country. You are watching with legitimate concern (and a mixture of astonishment and anger) as Europe’s crippling debt crisis spreads and America’s dysfunctional politics leave it unable to revive its moribund economy. Would you draw comfort from your country’s impressive internal resilience and offset the deflationary winds blowing from the West; or would you play it safe and increase your country’s precautionary reserves? That is the question facing several emerging-market economies, and its impact extends well beyond their borders. The very fact that we are posing this question is novel and notable it its own right. The answer to the emerging markets’ question would have been straightforward a few years ago. In the process, they would shift some of the policy emphasis from production to consumption.

Is Meritocracy Good? Notes on the Rise of China - Anne-Marie Slaughter - International. For all China's potential, it faces very real obstacles that it might not be ready to acknowledge Students attend their college graduation ceremony in Shanghai's Fudan University / Reuters I spent two days recently at the second annual FutureChina Global Forum in Singapore, a conference on major trends in China sponsored by BusinessChina, itself an organization created by former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew to help his country become "the leading bilingual and bi-cultural channel for closer collaboration with China" as well as to strengthen knowledge of Chinese language and culture in Singapore itself.

Notes on the Rise of China - Anne-Marie Slaughter - International

Patrick Chovanec. Three Videos About China - James Fallows - International. Or, two videos and an interesting photo. 1) This is why I love China: a video of a young woman who finds an innovative answer to the parking problems engendered by the nonstop increase in the number of cars.

Three Videos About China - James Fallows - International

She just creates, out of nothing, a "legal" parking space for herself on a main road, complete with instant striping for the pavement and a fake big 'P' sign by the space she wants to use. The video is not embeddable, but if you start maybe 40 seconds in you'll get the idea, and probably want to watch for another minute or two. China's Second And Third Tier Cities Have Laws Too. : China Law Blog : China Law for Business. Since the inception of this blog, one of our recurring themes has been the need for foreign companies to follow China’s laws.

China's Second And Third Tier Cities Have Laws Too. : China Law Blog : China Law for Business

We are always writing of how China does have laws, those laws apply more strictly to foreign companies than to domestic companies, and those laws apply whether or not some local governmental official assures you that they will not be enforced. We have also consistently extolled the virtues of setting up your business in a second tier city. It then zeroes in on the legal risks in these cities and how even though these cities are often less stringent on law enforcement, foreign companies should still comply with the law.

What's So Great About China? Observations based on my Trip to China. Sorry I was away so long.

Observations based on my Trip to China

I was in Spain, and then China. Let me tell you about the China trip. One of the first things I discovered on the China trip was that I couldn’t write posts on Our Finite World from China, thanks to China’s censorship. I could, however, read posts that I had previously written on Our Finite World. The impression I got was that China allows a moderately free expression of opinion, as long as it is through a recognized organization, like a newspaper, or even The Oil Drum, or Energy Bulletin. My trip consisted of two parts: (1) A visit to China University of Petroleum for three days, followed by (2) A commercial to tour (by Viking) which included stops at Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai and a boat ride down the Yangtze River from Chongqing to Wuhan. Visit to China University of Petroleum Gail, her husband Ben Setzer, Professor Feng, and three of his students at the University.

We met with Professor Feng’s students, and they told me about their projects. At the symposium. China's Legal Exceptionalism Threatens International Integration. China’s housing bubble: New evidence. For a while now, analysts have been arguing there is a bubble in China’s property market. Using records from 35 major cities this column finds evidence of a housing bubble. It compares house prices to cointegrated fundamentals and finds that property in China is in general overvalued by around 20% – and even more so in the boom towns. For many observers, the Chinese economy has been spurred by a bubble in the real-estate market, probably driven by the fiscal stimulus package and massive credit expansion (Nicolas 2009). For example, the stock of loans increased by more than 50% since the end of 2008.

The end of cheap coal. World energy policy is gripped by a fallacy — the idea that coal is destined to stay cheap for decades to come. This assumption supports investment in ‘clean-coal’ technology and trumps serious efforts to increase energy conservation and develop alternative energy sources. It is an important enough assumption about our energy future that it demands closer examination. There are two reasons to believe that coal prices are likely to soar in the years ahead. China's Bumpy Road Ahead. When exactly will China take over the world?

China's Bumpy Road Ahead

The moment of truth seems to be coming closer by the minute. China will become the world's largest economy by 2050, according to HSBC. No, it's 2040, say analysts at Deutsche Bank. Try 2030, the World Bank tells us. No quick solution to China's power shortage. Guest Post: China is Different. Cross posted from MacroBusiness We need a new framework for understanding and interpreting what is happening in China.

Guest Post: China is Different

As a friend recently commented to me, there should be three categories of economies: developed, developing and China. China may struggle, but it will struggle in a uniquely Chinese way, and inevitably pose deep questions about the future of capitalism. Pundits, especially of the bearish persuasion, are fond of deriding the comment that “this time it is different”. But are things always the same? Latest Census in China Triggers Fears of Demographic Decline - Wikistrat. Latest Census in China Triggers Fears of Demographic Decline Census details rapid aging of population and dramatic reduction of labor pipeline.

Female fertility sits well below 2.0, triggering fears of Japan-like decline. One-child policy under attack, but government holds firm out of fear of resource requirements and social burden. Analysis. How China Could Yet Fail Like Japan. Japan’s gross domestic product per head (at purchasing power parity) jumped from a fifth of U.S. levels in 1950 to 90 percent in 1990.

How China Could Yet Fail Like Japan

But this spectacular convergence went into reverse: by 2010, Japan’s GDP per head had fallen to 76 per cent of U.S. levels. China's Economy Faces Three Contradictions. China is undeniably an economic miracle. It has been doubling living standards every decade since it started opening up, a feat that took the U.S. about 30 years even in times of its fastest growth. But fissures are showing in China's economic foundations. Call them the three contradictions. First, China's leadership is determined to slow the pace of growth and thwart inflation while continuing to raise wages and deliver the goods to the masses. That would be a challenge for any government, and particularly for one so afraid of losing control that it's reluctant to let market forces do much of the work. In a country that still has statues of Marx and Engels, wages have been a shrinking share of overall income and the gap between rich and poor is widening, hardly a recipe for more consumer spending.

With demand for labor strong, wages are increasing faster, a key to maintaining social stability Chinese leaders prize and fueling consumer spending needed for China to wean itself off exports. Can China's style of rule continue in an age of citizen uprisings and social networking? - Asia, World. Modern members have come from far and wide on a pilgrimage to Xintiandi, which means "New heaven and earth". It's a decidedly non-proletarian environment – the Party people are sleek and confident; dressed in brand-name clothes and carrying the latest mobile phones; New China's elite. Xintiandi has a Covent Garden feel and most of the biggest Western brands are represented here. Beware China’s Political Bubble: Business Class.

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More quote details and news » CSCO in Your Value Your Change Short position are poised to help build an ambitious new surveillance project in China—a citywide network of as many as 500,000 cameras that officials say will prevent crime but that human-rights advocates warn could target political dissent. The system, being built in the city of Chongqing over the next two to three years, is among the largest and most sophisticated video-surveillance projects of its kind in China, and perhaps the world. Mr.