Back after a four month hiatus

Hello all. The last five months or so I wasn’t working in Chinese media so the posts tapered off. Now that I’m back, I imagine I’ll be keeping up to date and the posts will resume.

A lot has happened while I’ve been away, but first I thought I’d mention a few identical emails that have hit the Chinarealpolitik email address over the past few weeks. Could be spam, could be something more. Notably, my email didn’t say that it might be state-sponsored hackers, which lends more credence to the spam theory. Interestingly, I have several gmail accounts but this is the only one that’s received these kinds of emails.


Dear ####

Someone recently tried to use an application to sign in to your Google Account, ##########. We prevented the sign-in attempt in case this was a hijacker trying to access your account. Please review the details of the sign-in attempt:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 4:05:51 AM GMT
IP Address: ##########
Location: Unknown Location

If you do not recognize this sign-in attempt, someone else might be trying to access your account. You should sign in to your account and reset your password immediately. Find out how at

If this was you, and you want to give this application access to your account, complete the troubleshooting steps listed at

The Google Accounts Team

UPDATE: While in my gmail account, a red banner appeared at the top of the account stating:

Warning: We prevented a recent suspicious login attempt from: China ( Show details and preferences | Ignore

I should feel proud I guess?

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