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Lonely boys and losers: are we overstating fenqing phenomenon?

The fenqing are to most patriotic Chinese youth what the meth-riddled KKK rednecks on Jerry Springer are to the Republican party.  They are wildly overrepresented on the internet, and the web gives this whacked-out fringe a powerful megaphone that amplifies their voices and adds to their self-importance.  Jottings from the Granite Studio » Read More

TV host effective new tool in propaganda war

At just 31 years old, Rui Chenggang has emerged as the media face of Chinese capitalism: young, smart and, to the dismay of some, deeply nationalistic.  New York Times » Read More

Chungking Mansions - The Numbers Game

Old China hands will tell you that Chungking Mansions has lost much of its edgy charm since its lifts were refitted five years ago, a nostalgia that seems more like a death wish when you see what the current elevators have to cope with. At 6pm on a Saturday afternoon, the queues stretch back down Chungking's fluorescent-lit tunnels. There are Indian touts and their Filipina girlfriends, exhausted backpackers, serene middle-aged American couples, don't-mess-with-me Russians and African women in voluminous printed dresses. They could be extras from Blade Runner forced into a fire drill. Financial Times Chinese » Read More

Trouble brewing in Macau

The gaming industry has been slammed by the global downturn, and unrest among the growing jobless ranks could grow. Beijing is stonewalling a U.S. request to open a consulate there to look after U.S. interests, worried that U.S. diplomats would actually stir up trouble.  China Rises » Read More

Smoke clears, doubt lingers after CCTV fire

While pursuing criminal charges connected to the February 9 fire that gutted the Television Communication Center -- part of CCTV’s new complex -- investigators have focused on possible financial corruption involving high-level executives.  Caijing » Read More
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Global Times's story on China's online commentators

The story is about how China's online commentators, so called "Five Mao Army (50 cents for each post) ", post  information in order to "brainwashing" netizens or "redirecting" public opinion in major Chinese news portals, such as Xinhuanet.com, people.com.cn and sounthcn.com etc.Theoy online commentators work as part-time or full time employees for companies and government entities.
 
Here is the link: 
Invisible footprints of online commentators
http://special.globaltimes.cn/2010-02/503820.html

Did Western Businesses Get Suckered?

Richard Burbaker writes:

A lot of conversation over the last few weeks about what China is for many firms. and what it is not.

It is a conversation that, while recently catalyzed by Google’s announcement that they were looking at pulling the plug, is a conversation that I would say is had on a basis that is more frequent than many would like to admit to at time. Typically preceded by an event of some sort, commercial or political, and can be defensive, self defeating, or well analysed depending on the person, and one of the more interesting analysis I have seen lately comes from James McGregor in his recent piece in Time, The China Fix, where he writes the following:

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East Asian Pollution Driving Western North America Ozone

FuturePundit says:

The planet is so small and Asian economic development so big that the north American west coast ozone surges from Asian pollution. Too many people industrializing and too much dirty energy technology.

Springtime ozone levels above western North America are rising primarily due to air flowing eastward from the Pacific Ocean, a trend that is largest when the air originates in Asia. These increases in ozone could make it more difficult for the United States to meet Clean Air Act standards for ozone pollution at ground level, according to a new international study. Published online Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the journal Nature, the study analyzed large sets of ozone data captured since 1984.

"In springtime, pollution from across the hemisphere, not nearby sources, contributes to the ozone increases above western North America," said lead author Owen R. Cooper, Ph.D., of the NOAA-funded Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. "When air is transported from a broad region of south and east Asia, the trend is largest."

We'd be better off with more nuclear power. But coal electric is cheaper than nuclear. So China's continuing a massive coal electric build up. Expect a lot more pollution where that came from.

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Quote of the Day

The Shanghaiist says:

"I'd rather be outside the wall and free than inside it with the icy hand of the censor around my throat."

"我宁可站在墙外享受自由,也不愿在墙内活在刽子手的刀刃下。"

 

—Jeremy Goldkorn

 

In an opinion piece on The Guardian on his resignation to the fact that Danwei.org is now only accessible to people who are outside China or know how to get over the Great Firewall.

Google's China Calculation

From the WSJ:

To many CEOs, China seems a land of immense opportunity. That's tempered, of course, by the many difficulties of actually doing business there—the regulatory strictures and caprice, corruption and the myriad quirks that come with operating in any developing economy. But do the benefits of being in China actually outweigh the costs? Two recent cases, one big and one small, suggest some businesses think well, maybe not.

The big one is Google, which announced Tuesday afternoon that it might leave entirely. The proximate cause is a mid-December cyber attack that allegedly included "theft of intellectual property" and attempts to hack email accounts of human rights-activists in China, the United States and Europe. Also, and perhaps not coincidentally, Google now says it's queasy over its 2006 deal with Beijing's mandarins to filter some search terms in exchange for permission to operate in the mainland. "We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn," chief legal officer David Drummond wrote on the company's blog.

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