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Borrowing in Yuan and Investing in Bucks

It is no wonder that so many of the so-called economists employed by investment banks and hedge funds keep up constant pressure on central banks, especially Asian ones, to keep rates low.  Without that t... Read More...
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China’s Chip Shot into Space

China’s successful destruction of an outer-space target on 11 January made great headlines and generated predictably outraged comment from the US and others. But from a technological standpoint how im... Read More...
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Hu Jintao Gambles on the West

For Chinese President and Communist Party Chairman Hu Jintao, the run rises in the west. Now in the last 12 months of his first five year term as China’s boss, he is busy elevating loyalists from his own Communist Party factions to top positions, man... Read More...
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China’s Growing Deep-Sea Ambitions

After years of concern on the part of the US and its regional allies, is China upping its game to develop a powerful new blue-water navy? On December 27 Chinese leader Hu Jintao told a meeting of delegates ... Read More...
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Xinjiang Deaths Raise Troubling Questions

In March 2003, three tense Chinese officials called the three of us Americans and a Canadian teaching English at a private boarding school in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province. The three were senior ... Read More...
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Treachery in Shanghai!

The Shanghai government is reaping a whirlwind of rising xenophobia and reviving memories of the Opium Wars over a plan to force local retailers out of the famed Nanjing Lu shopping area and turn the district over to upscale foreign brands. If web pos... Read More...
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Greetings, Citizen

A “personal” holiday greeting from President Hu Jintao was delivered Tuesday to an unknown number of Chinese citizens lucky or affluent enough to own upscale video mobile phones. The 27-second message, in w... Read More...
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Religion and Democracy Threaten Beijing

On December 22 a court in Beijing gave a three-year jail sentence, suspended for five years, to one of the country’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Gao Zhisheng, for posting ‘seditious art... Read More...
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Asia’s Earthquake-inspired internet blackout

On December 26, two years exactly after the earthquake-inspired tsunami that took the lives of an estimated 230,000 people in Southeast Asia, the sea floor 13 kilometers off southern Taiwan gave way, generating a temblor that reached 7.1 on the Richter Scale... Read More...
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Hu’s Hit List Grows

When Jia Qinglin arrived in Beijing in 1997 to become the city’s mayor, he was summoned to the office of Vice Premier Zhu Rongji, the man soon to be appointed prime minister. ”You have two... Read More...