Monthly Archives: August 2011

What’s really behind the dispute between CCTV and Baidu?

The recent spat between China Central Television (CCTV) and leading Chinese search engine Baidu is showing no signs of abating. To briefly recap, there have been a number of CCTV reports which have attacked Baidu. These began with reports on … Continue reading

Posted in corruption, media | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lessons for Gary Locke from Kevin Rudd

The US has posted a new ambassador to Beijing, in the form of Gary Locke – the first Chinese American to hold the post. He’s off to a very good start. Chinese officials take note – the simple act of … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, CCP, Diplomacy, Leadership, US | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Could Machinations Behind Dalian Chemical Spill Stain Bo Xilai’s Image?

To answer the headline in brief: probably not. I’ll get to that. A chemical spill in the northeastern city of Dalian is occupying headlines at the moment, not simply for the risks to the environment but the fact that an … Continue reading

Posted in CCP, corruption, Pollution | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What direction will the Chinese government take after 2012?

This is a piece I published in OnlineOpinion yesterday. I’ve reproduced it here in full. It’s a fairly broad piece, for readers interested in recent trends in Chinese politics as well as the limitations the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) faces. … Continue reading

Posted in CCP, corruption, Leadership, stability | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Full Speed Ahead for High Speed Rail Exports Despite Crash

Given the recent train crash in Wenzhou and the disastrous effect it’s had on the reputation of the Railway Ministry, you might think that China’s plans to export their high-speed trains overseas would be put on the backburner, but instead … Continue reading

Posted in CCP, corruption, economics, Exports, Infrastructure, Leadership | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment