‘China’s Six Major Real Estate Policies’: Joel Rothstein, Partner, Paul Hastings, Beijing

Joel Rothstein, a partner at Paul Hastings and one of the preeminent foreign real estate lawyers in China, was fortuitously in New York at the last CHINA Roundtable. Here’s the first of his three presentations about China’s six major real estate policies:

‘Chinese Property Prices Will Continue Rising’: Du Jinsong

Beijing has come out with milder policies to curb home prices at the local level. Credit Suisse’s Du Jinsong predicts housing prices will continue to rise. Here’s his interview on CNBC:

‘A Changing China’: Fareed Zakaria GPS

Fareed Zakaria sums up very well the challenges facing China’s new leadership–and in under four minutes, Not a word wasted:

‘The Power Of Art And The Internet For Chinese Dissident’: Amanpour Interview

I just found this March 2010 Christine Amanpour interview with Ai Weiwei, ‘The Power of Art and the Internet for Chinese Dissident.’ Excellent.

And, here’s the transcript.

”Paradise Lost: In North Korea, Chinese Maoists Find The Land Of Their Dreams’: The Economist

At the bust of Mao Anying, the eldest son of Mao Zedong

You have to love the diehards. As in ‘Paradise Lost: In North Korea, Chinese Maoists Find The Land Of Their Dreams.’  A grand and illuminating story from The Economist.

‘For most members of the group of 15 tourists (except one who was there to report for The Economist) the visit to North Korea was a welcome relief after a grim year. As die-hard Maoists, they believe that China’s leaders are betraying the ideals of the communist country’s founder and leading it to enslavement by the West and perdition. The past few months have seen the purging of their idol, a Mao-quoting member of the Politburo, Bo Xilai, and the closure by the Chinese government of some of their most outspoken websites.’

Oh, my.

“I love [North] Korea!” exclaimed one of the tourists, who teaches physical education at a school in the central province of Hubei. “It is like a pure maiden, while China is like a heavily made-up young wife,” he went on, to murmurs of approval from others as they drove through Pyongyang’s grim streets. The teacher jokingly asked an accompanying guide how he could emigrate to North Korea.

As Liao Yiwu reported in The Corpsewalker:

Oh, my.

‘Wen Jiabao: Please Forget Me’: WSJ

Now for something entirely different:

“In the pursuit of truth, I would die nine times without regret. If I’m going to die, I want to die with honesty and integrity,” he said as he was wrapping up, a paraphrase of his favorite poet, Qu Yuan. To that he added: “I hope everyone will forget me – that includes Chinese people and overseas Chinese. Forget me.”

Huh?

Find out why, maybe, from the Wall Street Journal‘s ’Wen Jiabao: Please Forget Me.’ And, from the accompanying video:

‘André Loesekrug‐Pietri: Very Few Chinese Outbound Investments Are Successful’: China Money Podcast

CHINA Debate doesn’t highlight the terrific work of Nina Xiang, founder of China Money Podcast, nearly enough. So, today, enjoy her excellent interview, André Loesekrug‐Pietri: Very Few Chinese Outbound Investments Are Successful‘ (transcript on the website):

‘The Key to Bringing Democracy to China’: Yasheng Huang

Yasheng Huang

Anything that Yasheng Huang has to say about China is worth paying attention. In The Key to Bringing Democracy to China,’ he makes and backs up a as sweeping argument that might be summarized as:

For China to open up politically, however its elites have to believe that it is in their interest to do so (which, indeed, it is).

How?

It’s time for the United States to pivot to a new approach toward influencing China’s political future: explaining that democracy produces concrete benefits such as balanced growth, stability, and personal security — even for top Communist Party officials. This performance-based argument will resonate with many of China’s economic and intellectual elites and may have a chance to influence the thinking of Xi Jinping and his fellow top officials.

Certainly a new and even radical view. And, after you read the rest of the essay, you might find it a persuasive one.

‘Gangnam Style with Chinese Characteristics’: China Media Project

Hey, Evan Osnos! Who says China doesn’t have Gangnam Style? As soon as I saw this, my optimism about China’s next 10 years just shot up.

Then, as you have no doubt guessed, this is Photoshoped. And, it was taken down from Sina Weibo. So much for optimism.

Here’s the short explanation from China Media Project:

The following post by Gangsong Samha (港怂萨沙) was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 2:57 p.m. on November 17, 2012. The post shares a photoshopped image of Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao, Xi Jinping and other top Chinese leaders dancing to “Gangnam Style,” the popular dance song by South Korean pop artist PSY. The images of Chinese leaders are carefully managed by propaganda leaders, and the suggestion that they would dance in formation and shake their hips is certainly unwelcome. Gangsong Sasha currently more than 131,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

PSY’s Gangnam Style has been really hot lately! Wuppa! [Ha ha] http://t.cn/zlPmUfa

In the unlikely situation that you have never seen Gangnam Style, have a look here and compare Oppan Xi’s moves with PSY’s:

 

Cheng Li On China’s New Leaders

As regular readers know, I turn to Cheng Li of Brookings first on issues about Chinese leaders. Here’s his take on the China’s new leadership on CNBC: