Category Archives: government

Party arrogance, worn thin – Bill Dodson

Prime-minister Wen Jiabao claimed an 11-day illness to explain why it took him so long to pay respect to the victims of the Wenzhou train crash. But always vigilant internet users noted Wen a day after the crash on official business, notes author Bill Dodson, who analyzes on his weblog the credibility crisis for the communist party.

Weibo stopped toeing the party line on rail crash – Jeremy Goldkorn

China’s successful microblogging service Weibo ignored the party line, as the online anger about the railway crash near Wenzhou exploded. Internet watcher Jeremy Goldkorn explains in CNN the government is trying to put the ghost back into the bottle. Yang Feng, who lost family in the crash, became an overnight hero.

Expected: Pakistan autonomous region – Bill Dodson

As Pakistan become more isolated from its Western allies after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the country is looking increasingly for friendship with its eastern neighbor China, writes Bill Dodson on his weblog. Will the Pakistani wake up was part of an Autonomous Region?

Communism with Chinese characteristics – Helen Wang

Celebrity author Helen Wang explains in the Boston Review how China has dramatically changed, and how even the communist party is becoming a very different creator from what people outside China expect.

On phantom facts and China bears – Shaun Rein

The China bears should get their facts straight, writes business analyst Shaun Rein in CNBC. He takes aim at economist Nouriel Roubini and MIT professor Huang Yasheng.

The political risks of China’s debts – Victor Shih

Social instability and a touchy change of power in 2012 are just two of a set of stinging problems China’s sky-high debts is causing the country, political analyst Victor Shih tells the Global Post in an extensive interview on the country’s shortfall.

Can Nestle succeed where Coke failed? – Shaun Rein

Nestle’s anticipated mega deal brings back the US$ 2.4 bn deal by Coke, rejected in 2009 by the Ministry of Commerce for fears the new company would dominate the market. While Nestle’s deal is huge, it has not Coke’s problems, tells Shaun Rein in Fortune.

China can deal with sky-high debts – Victor Shih

China’s debts could be as high as 150% of its GDP, higher than that of the US and Greece, says political analyst Victor Shih in Aljazeera. But is should reform its inefficient economy to deal with that debt.

China relaxes procurement rules on innovation – Shaun Rein

China’s regulators have been scrapping preferential treatment of local firm to win procurement contracts from the government, originally meant to strengthen indigenous innovation. “It is a sign the government is listening to the needs of foreign companies,” says Shaun Rein in the China Daily.

Disclosure government debts ‘step forward’ – Victor Shih

The warning by China’s National Audit Bureau local debts are a risk for the country, is a step forward, says political and financial analyst Victor Shih to the New York Times. Until Monday those local debts were kept under wraps. But it is only the beginning of a solution.