I was as appalled as anyone at reading about the forced abortion of a 7-month old fetus in Shaanxi. The only good thing perhaps is, as The Economist reports:
Even three years ago, Ms Feng’s suffering might have gone unnoticed outside the remote village in the north-western province of Shaanxi where she lives—just another statistic in China’s family-planning programme. But her relatives uploaded the graphic pictures onto the internet, and soon microblogs had flashed them to millions of people across the country. Chinese citizens expressed their outrage online. It is not just the treatment of Ms Feng that they deplore. It is the one-child policy itself.
The Internet has become a true force for disseminating information of all sorts that calls out government misdeeds. But, does the government care? Turns out, yes.
An American diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks shows that Li Keqiang, widely expected to become premier of China this autumn, said in 2007 that he regarded China’s broad measures of economic growth as “ ‘man-made’ and therefore unreliable.”
Mr. Li told an American diplomat that he looked instead to three indicators that he described as less likely to be fudged: electricity consumption, volume of rail cargo and the disbursement of bank loans.
And, whether taking Mr. Li’s advice or just using good common sense, analysts of the Chinese economy have relied these and similar measures to try to get a sense of how China is really doing. Now, Mr. Bradsher calls into question one of those crucial measures, electricity consumption: More
At the invitation of my colleague and friend, Ben Shobert, I prepared the article below for posting on the Asia Healthcare Blog, which Ben manages. It summarizes my thoughts on the Retirement Living World China conference in Shangahi that I co-chaired and spoke at last month, as well as what I see as the current state of the seniors housing industry in China, a topic that I have previously written about on ChinaDebate I wanted to share this with the broader audience of China Debate, as I think it might be of interest to you, given the importance of the topic in China. More
The association of Buddhism and monkeys began more than 2,500 years ago with the teachings of the Buddha himself. He described each of our minds as the ‘Monkey Mind,’ like countless monkeys jumping about, seeking attention, and generally creating confusion in our heads.
That association was most famously described in the Chinese novel, The Monkey King, or Journey to the West. The novel has become the subject of Chinese opera and now in this age, movies and cartoons. (Below is a video clip from showing the Monkey King’s encounter with the Buddha.)
But, of all these, the best encounter of Buddhism and monkeys I’ve seen is a recent video, courtesy of NBC’s Behind the Wall, of a hapless, but remarkably well composed Chinese monk trying to give a lecture.
And, here’s the video from China’s Sina. By the way, it went viral with over a million views since it was posted yesterday.
‘The results are clear: posts are censored if they are in a topic area with collective action
potential and not otherwise. Whether or not the posts are in favor of the government, its
leaders, and its policies has no effect on the probability of censorship.’
Q: Several executives working at American consumer brands have said their China operations are less profitable than the United States or European operations. Why is that? Is it that they don’t yet have scale in China or is there some other reason?
A: There are two explanations: the price competition from local brands of increasingly better quality with lower cost structures than the global brands plus the need to develop brand presence in less prosperous regions that are more price-sensitive. It’s also good practice for them not to brag about their China profits. That may attract the attention of local rivals and their friends in government.
‘Socialism Studies’ on the Daily Show, starring Jon Stewart, is really funny and a little scary. Some of the grown ups should return to Hacienda Heights middle school for a world events refresher, especially the China chapter.
‘Aasif Mandvi exposes the communist threat as Hacienda Heights introduces a Chinese language program to middle school kids.’
Just as kids who study German become Nazis, and who study French become …. (watch and learn), and who study Chinese become Chinese communists.
Malcolm Riddell is president of RiddellTseng, a boutique investment bank and advisory firm, advises leading international companies, especially in financial services and real estate, on business, investment and joint ventures in China, and on winning financing from Chinese investors and lenders.... Read MoreMalcolm Riddell's LinkedIn Profile
RiddellTseng, a boutique investment bank and advisory firm, advises leading international companies, especially in financial services and real estate, on business, investment and joint ventures in China, and on winning financing from Chinese investors and lenders.... Read MoreRiddellTseng's LinkedIn Profile