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The root cause of Hong Kong’s discontent, and what can be done

The root cause of Hong Kong’s discontent, and what can be done

It’s been very interesting watching the Hong Kong Chief Executive “election” unfold this year, the first one I’ve witnessed as a Hong Kong resident. Hong Kong has long been a bastion of free market capitalism, with its... read more »

 

Hermain Cain’s ignorance of American foreign policy

Hermain Cain’s ignorance of American foreign policy

(Photo from the LA Times) The Republican primary campaign more closely resembles American Idol or X-Factor than a race to see who can effectively lead the free world.  The candidates – and dare I say, the media – are not doing justice... read more »

 

America’s decline, and how nobody seems to really care

America’s decline, and how nobody seems to really care

(Photo from the Daily Beast) It’s with a sense of frustration that I watch America descend from its perch atop the global order.  For as long as I’ve been alive, the United States has been the “shining city on a hill”,... read more »

 

Would China trust a laowai in a position of power?

Would China trust a laowai in a position of power?

Reuters is reporting today that President Barack Obama will appoint Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as his next Ambassador to China, replacing the outgoing (and possible Presidential candidate) John Huntsman. I think the choice will generally... read more »

 

This propaganda is weak tea

This propaganda is weak tea

Hu Jintao sits down for chat in Guo Chunping's (right) 77 kuai apartment. Regular readers of this blog will know I toiled in the bowels of China’s state-run media machine for a few years, so know all about the silly, paranoid behaviour... read more »

 

The psychology of western people, and America’s “malicious” strategy

I have spent the past few days in Canada, and everywhere I go people ask me about how China is reacting to the torch protests. I was a guest on the Al Ferraby show in Victoria this morning, and he too admitted that there is not enough information... read more »

 

CNN Linked Site Hacked – UPDATE

CNN Linked Site Hacked – UPDATE

In between the site being up and down in a kind of ongoing ping-pong game – I managed to grab a screen grab. And here it is. It may seem an obscure point to ‘attack’ – but one thing is for sure, it’s certainly... read more »

 

The Hu-Siew Hainan handshake could be PR fodder for the DL

The Hu-Siew Hainan handshake could be PR fodder for the DL

Events on Hainan Island this past weekend have created a potentially interesting international PR situation when it comes to Beijing’s stance on its ‘internal affairs of state.’ At this weekend’s Boao Forum for Asia,... read more »

 

Resources, not Tibet or torches, likely to dominate the ‘Mandarin Auzzie’s’ Beijing agenda

Resources, not Tibet or torches, likely to dominate the ‘Mandarin Auzzie’s’ Beijing agenda

Tomorrow marks a very interesting time politically for one of China’s most important regional partners. Australian President Kevin Rudd will arrive here tomorrow to meet with his Chinese counterparts, the last leg of his first major international... read more »

 

China increases the rhetoric and defiance in the face of ugly protests

China increases the rhetoric and defiance in the face of ugly protests

One of my good friends, a Chinese girl, just told me that she wants “to cry”. This, following the revelation that the IOC is considering suspending or cancelling the international leg of the torch relay (h/t to the Absurdity, Allegory,... read more »