Death From Above: Air Quality Readings _English_Caixin
Caixin calls for more reliable measurements of air quality as a first step toward genuine pollution control. Hmm. Sounds like public accountability to me.
Can the United States feed China?
The older I get, the less I see Les Brown as a monomaniacal lefty and the more I see him as the personification of passionate wisdom. This superb op/ed is an excellent example, which underscores that China will become dependent on America for our produce.
Toppled buildings in China quake raise questions
A 5.8 earthquake knocks down 3,600 houses and damages another 11,300, kills 25, and injures 250. At some point, the government is going to face up to the problem of “tofu construction” in China. This would be a superb place to start.
Industry Rattled by Uncertainty in Nokia Ruling _English_Caixin
Caixin complains that letting NSN buy Motorola’s wireless networks business could deal a damaging blow to overseas expansion by Chinese telecom companies. Horsefeathers. It would level the playing field.
- William Tucker: Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl – WSJ.com
tags: energy nuclear crisis
Review & Outlook: Nuclear Overreactions – WSJ.com
“Modern life requires learning from disasters, not fleeing all risk.” Yes, without question, this is nuclear industry PR at its best. But in the coming months it is incumbent on everyone to approach nuclear power with a realistic view to what other options are available. That demands balancing the “shut them all now” alarmism with a realistic appraisal the challenges we face in replacing fossil fuels.
Corporate Espionage in China – An interview with Counterespionage specialist Bruce Wimmer | agenda magazine
The article is worthwhile, even though it comes off a bit like Wimmer doing the soft sell. The truth is a ton of corporate espionage takes place in China, and that there are a range of issues – legal, cultural, commercial, and historic – that contribute to the problem. Wimmer and his firm are outstanding in attacking the symptoms. We need to have an open conversation about the causes.
China’s Gradual Revolution – NYTimes.com
Written by Yang Guobin this is a worthy piece that gives the gradualist argument for reform in China.
At family get together yesterday, palpable frustra
At family get together yesterday, palpable frustration among CN relatives over perceived govt discrimination against small/private biz.
Twitter Tells Developers to Stop Building Twitter Clients
“Now Friends With Charlie Sheen, Twitter Tells Its Nerdy Old Pals to Drop Dead” Poorly communicated and delivered in a high-handed manner sure to alienate many of its erstwhile defenders, Twitter’s decision clearly comes as the result of the threat Twitter clients pose to the firm’s monetization strategy. Little things like this push me closer to Sina Weibo, self-censorship issues and all.
Francis Fukuyama: Is China’s Regime Next to Fall? – WSJ.com
Interesting piece by Francis Fukuyama in WSJ: http://ping.fm/anbLC He is right middle class is key, but forgets Marx: material IS political.
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