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.
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.
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. But this has never happened to me. What had I said this time that attracted the attention of the official shredder? Then I learned that a few months earlier, on August 28, 2011, Ai Weiwei had also published a piece in Newsweek that the Chinese censors cut out. They see you or they don’t see you, it doesn’t make the slightest difference. Of course, as a Chinese citizen, Ai Weiwei risks another round of detention by saying such things.
In so doing, however, the censors actually remind us how awful true censorship must be. Countering the Contagious West - Mohamed A. El-Erian. Exit from comment view mode.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. In reaction to the global crisis, the government urged banks to increase lending (Cova et al. 2010). There are several indications that the market might have overheated in recent years. To dampen the evolution, the People’s Bank of China has increased its nominal interest rate.
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.
First, a spate of recent studies [1–5] suggests that available, useful coal may be less abundant than has been assumed — indeed that the peak of world coal production may be only years away. One pessimistic study  published in 2010 concluded that global energy derived from coal could peak as early as 2011. Second, global demand is growing rapidly, largely driven by China. China's Bumpy Road Ahead.
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.
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”. 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.
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 GDP per head jumped from 3 percent of U.S. levels in 1978, when Deng Xiaoping’s “reform and opening up” began, to a fifth of U.S. levels today. Is this going to continue as spectacularly over the next few decades or could China, too, surprise on the downside? It is easy to make the optimistic case. China's Economy Faces Three Contradictions. 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. Pizza Express is crowded, Zara is full of shoppers and, at the local high-end T8 restaurant, tables are hard to find. Nestled in the former French Concession area of Shanghai, it's not where you'd expect the world's largest political party to have been born. The official version is that on 1 July, 1921, 13 Communists held their first national congress to mark the birth of the Party. Today, the Party has many reasons to celebrate. But this rise has, predictably to Western eyes, come at the expense of individual freedoms. Nevertheless, the Party believes the Chinese model of communism is something entirely new.
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