Category Archives: sustainable growth

An Empty Chinese City in Inner Mongolia

Shortly after my friend Dfzh had posted his article about the property market boom in China, I found a YouTube clip of an Al Jazeera report titled “China’s Empty City”.  The situation at Ordos in Inner Mongolia sounds eeriely similar … Continue reading

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Empty Buildings: China’s GDP-driven Real Estate Boom

A while ago, my friend Dfzh posted an article on Facebook.  It initiated a round of discussions among a few friends, with a focus on the recent property boom in China. Some Chinese economists who argue for the merits of … Continue reading

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Simon Crean snubbed by China

It is common knowledge in Australia that the Chinese government is very protocol conscious, particularly when it is dealing with officials from other countries.  So when Australian Trade Minister Simon Crean arrived in Shanghai and made representations on behalf of … Continue reading

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The Rio Lesson: Ignore it at Your Own Peril

Thanks to JR at JustRecently’s Weblog for this excellent follow up on a previous discussion about the Rio Tinto spy scandal.  For those who intend to do business with China, please take note of the various case studies quoted in … Continue reading

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Rio Staff made scapegoat for CISA’s incompetence

CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT UPDATES More evidence has emerged today to indicate that the Rio Tinto staff detained for spying allegations have been made scapegoats for the Chinese Government’s lack of competence in consolidating China’s fragmented steel industry.  However, in … Continue reading

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China’s Version of “Soft Power” (UPDATE)

This is an update on the previous post titled: China’s Version of “Soft Power” Xinhua has just filed a report from its Canberra office with regard to the arrest of Rio Tinto staff in Shanghai.  In the report Xinhua refers to … Continue reading

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China’s Version of “Soft Power”

China has demonstrated once again to its trading partners the risk of doing business in a country where the rule of law will not protect foreign companies from arbitrary State interference in business transactions. Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom on Financial Crisis

In an appeal made during a recent summit, religious leaders from around the world gave the following advice to world leaders who are attending the G8 Summit later in July: We are convinced that a new moral paradigm is essential … Continue reading

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Chimerica: 30 Years of Sino-U.S. Ties

This comes straight from the horse’s mouth, in commemoration of 30 years of Sino-U.S. diplomacy.  It is all you need to know about Chimerica:  what does it mean?  why does it work? How does it shake the world?  May I … Continue reading

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Dear Chinese Banks’ Shareholders

The Elite Chinese Politics and Political Economy Blog has posted a very intelligent spoof, in the form of a letter from Listed Chinese Banks to their shareholders, to explain how China’s stimulus packages will affect their investment. Victor Shih has … Continue reading

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