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As the prime minister of China prepared to meet Her Majesty (or, to quote Bette Midler, “Her Royal Heinie”), the deputy prime minister (his name is Nicholas Clegg) referred to the Beijing regime as a “communist one party state”, to which the people of China are “shackled”.

The deputy prime minister has the ‘one party’ part correct, but is the Chinese state ‘communist’?  To put it another way, should this overtly authoritarian regime be assigned to the politics of the left, yet another example of Marxism-socialism-communism leading to dictatorship? Or is the Beijing dictatorship something quite different that has no kinship to the politics of the left? [Read more]

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BEIJING — China’s lawmakers approved sweeping new environmental protections this week amid mounting concerns over pollution poisoning the nation’s air, water and soil.
The amendments, approved Thursday by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, are the first revisions to Chi…

I've been covering the story of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 for four days now, and it's settled into a rhythm. Every day, new evidence points to a conclusion that beforehand would have seemed laughably absurd. We publish an analysis of the situation that seems most likely to us. Readers scoff. Further evidence emerges that reinforces the once-crazy notion, and some proportion of the doubters come around. Then even more implausible information turns up, and it's off the to the fringes again.

My post from this morning, in which I asserted that the plane is most likely in western China or an adjacent Turkic area, stands out for having received an extra measure of skepticism. "Impossible," many have declared, in comments and over Twitter. So I'd like to go back and further explain my logic in coming to the conclusion I did. [Read more]


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In light of Google zapping Rap Genius, I’ve been wondering this week when we’ll start seeing more robust calls in the United States for serious antitrust scrutiny of Google. That’s become a fairly mainstream idea in Europe already, but in the United States where we love American high-tech companies it’s not really on the radar.

But one reason it’s not on the radar is that Google isn’t really much of a search monopoly at the moment. If it did anything to seriously compromise its usefulness for Web surfers, we could easily hop over to the inferior-but-totally-good-enough Bing from Microsoft. The problem, for both us and for Google, is that it’s by no means clear that Bing will be around for all that much longer. Steve Ballmer’s run as Microsoft CEO hasn’t been great for Microsoft’s shareholders, but it’s been a boon to the world since his determination to pour money into an Online Services division that competes with Google on several fronts has given Mountain View a dose of competition. But Ballmer’s been more-or-less fired, and Microsoft’s board is supposed to appoint a new CEO next year. [Read the full article]


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There’s been much talk of huge future development projects in Istanbul recently. Today, one of them actually arrived.

After nine years work and $4 billion spent, Turkey’s largest city opened its first tunnel underneath the Bosphorus Strait, a body of water that separates its European and Asian sections. The 8.75-mile rail tunnel is destined to be part of a new commuter network called Marmaray, capable of transporting 75,000 passengers per hour when at full capacity. The link will not just ease commutes and get people off congested roads and bridges, says Turkey’s government, but also ultimately form a key link between continents, an “iron Silk Road” that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has grandly promised will “link London with Beijing.”* [Read the full article]


A prominent journalist has claimed he was “illegally abducted” by Chinese security forces amid what campaigners are describing as one of the most severe crackdowns on organised dissent in years.

Chen Min, who had been demanding the release of the jailed human rights activist Xu Zhiyong, said he was seized by agents in Beijing last Friday and forcibly returned to Guangdong province in southeastern China. [Read the full article]


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BEIJING (AP) — Huang Dongliang says his uncle was being ignored by his low-paid cancer specialist at a Chinese government hospital. So the family gave the doctor a “hongbao,” the traditional red envelope used for gifts, with 3,000 yuan ($480).

“We could feel an obvious difference” after that, said Huang, who lives in the southeastern city of Quanzhou. “The doctor started to do more checkups, to give suggestions and advice and offered a detailed chemotherapy plan.” [Read the full article]


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BEIJING — Lavish weddings, fancy holidays and lunchtime wine on the public dime were among transgressions detailed Tuesday that led China’s ruling Communist Party to discipline 2,290 officials so far this year in a frugality campaign aimed at addressing public anger.

The party’s disciplinary arm, quoted in official state media, provided eight examples of such breaches, including a party chief in a township in Hebei who was stripped of his post for holding an extravagant wedding for his daughter and receiving around 1 million yuan ($163,000) in cash and gifts. [Read the full article]



National emblem of the People's Republic of China

National emblem of the People’s Republic of China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


HONG KONG – The larger-than-life geopolitical-economic question of our time, arguably, is not Syria, Iran, or even NSA spying. It’s all about China; how on Earth the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will be successful in tweaking Beijing’s economic growth model, and how China will manage its now slowed-down ascension.

But first there’s no less than a “trial of the century” to get rid of. [Read the full article]


Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan, Saturday, ...

Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, in Sydney. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could soon hold a summit meeting with China’s president, Xi Jingping, an adviser to Abe said on Sunday, adding that he had met senior officials close to the Chinese leader on a secret visit to Beijing this month.

Abe, whose ruling bloc cemented its grip on power with a win in upper house of parliament elections a week ago, called on Friday for an unconditional meeting between his country and China as soon as possible. [Read the full article]

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