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Zimbabwe elections bad news for Beijing

Zimbabwe elections bad news for Beijing

Beijing is facing a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t scenario right now in southern Africa, and one that threatens to bring more heat on a central Chinese government already struggling to paint a positive image of itself in the midst... read more »

 

Happiness not too far away ‘from’ Tibet

Happiness not too far away ‘from’ Tibet

With all the turmoil and controversy that’s been brewing in China’s southwestern regions as of late, I find it somewhat ironic that this week has seen a self-motivated decision of an autocratic leadership to endow its people with... read more »

 

Behold! The Beeb!

Behold!  The Beeb!

When I first arrived in China over two years ago, I was somewhat irked by the fact that I was unable to get my daily dose of news from the BBC. Now after using hundreds of Proxies, and investing in a VPN — What happens? You guessed it.... read more »

 

The balance of being balanced

I find it difficult being on the edge of a knife at times. It is often difficult being a Western journalist who works for a state-run organization here in the Middle Kingdom. That being said, I do love my life here in China. The people are... read more »

 

Olympic ‘face’ buster should be a non-starter

Olympic ‘face’ buster should be a non-starter

The Chinese government likes to put on a good (and I use that term loosely) show. Watching the closing ceremony of the National People’s Congress (repeatedly, and one full day after the whole thing was wrapped up!) on CCTV 新闻 (News),... read more »

 

Laughable language for Lhasa

Laughable language for Lhasa

I’ve thought to myself in the past that I’d rather eat sand than watch a Chinese government news conference. Well… thanks to today’s sandstorm and the end of the NPC session, both have become a disturbing reality. Beijing’s... read more »

 

The country the world owes a favor

The country the world owes a favor

Reading the news items from my home country about a Parliamentary vote on Thursday has just reinforced my concerns that while we as Canadians consider ourselves open and ‘of the world,’ that in fact, a good percentage of the population... read more »

 

Message and the man: One in the same?

Message and the man: One in the same?

This week’s work on the news beat (and I use the term ‘news’ somewhat sheepishly) has given me an opportunity to reflect on how the lines can often become blurred when it comes to politics, people and our perceptions of both. Earlier... read more »

 

Musical Chairs: Hui Liangyu back, Xi Jinping takes over from Zeng Qinghong, and other rumors

Zhongnanhai (the blog) has been hearing many different versions of the changes that are occuring inside Zhongnanhai (the government compound). We have speculated on this blog about the political future of one high profile official, and we are... read more »

 

Reasoning through the unreasonable

Hosting an analysis show on state-run media here in China can be best described as an interesting experience. Coming here two and a half years ago, I had to sort of retrain myself and put myself in the Chinese government mindset when it comes... read more »