Archive for the News Clip Category

China’s Turning Point by Stephen S. Roach – Project Syndicate

Posted in etctetera, News Clip on February 25, 2011 by thomas4infosoc

The frightenting figure in this article: “only about $470 of lifetime retirement benefits for the average Chinese worker” – Social Security will continue to be the big challenge.

China’s Turning Point by Stephen S. Roach – Project Syndicate.

 

Getting Corruption Right by Jagdish Bhagwati – Project Syndicate

Posted in Access to Information, Business and Economics, etctetera, News Clip on December 31, 2010 by thomas4infosoc

Interesting idea from one of the world’s brightest development economists: Indian-style “rent-creating” corruption (designing the system so as to create scarcity rents, then reaping and distributing them) is expensive and corrosive of growth. China-style, on the other hand, he calls “profit-sharing”, “whereby family members are given a stake in the enterprise so that their earnings increase as profits increase – a type of corruption that promotes growth.”

Full text:

Getting Corruption Right by Jagdish Bhagwati – Project Syndicate.

And related news: China State Council Information Office publishes White Paper on Corruption. Whether indeed over 83.8% people belie that corruption is “under control” to one degree or another is open for discussion. Danwei.org summary here.

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China’s top media stories in 2010

Posted in News Clip on December 21, 2010 by thomas4infosoc

Unsurprisingly, the list of top media events in 2010 as suggested by People’s Daily does not include anything exciting. Which is interesting, as most of the events are what I would call organised (i.e. mediated) events, Asian Games, proclamations by the party or the NPC. A few earthquakes or mining incidents, where nobody could do anything against the forces of nature or where the heroic intervention of army-party-local government spared the Chinese public from more calamities. Absentees as identified by the China Media Project: international awards to unpopular prisoners, suicides after forceful and supposedly illegal eviction, prime minister’s efforts to get heard, elder statesmen’s efforts to get heard, secret prisons, deadly vaccines, drunk fucks claiming to be somebody’s son. Another disappointing year for those who hope China’s media will ever produce systematic quality.

Wired’s “The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet”

Posted in etctetera, Internet World, News Clip on August 20, 2010 by thomas4infosoc

Wired Magazine does not give up on serving as Think Tank of the Information Society, and with their “Web is Dead, long live the Internet” they have stirred up some debate again. The debate is mainly about whether the future Web will be dominated by proprietary App-Environments, keeping the user within the confines of a coroprate  definition if what he is supposed to be interested in, with a stronger case for commercialising on the applications and their content  – or whether the provision of content and application will rather stay a half anarchic process, without an organising framework.

As I am myself very much inclined to detest any online environment that tries to keep me within branded walls (my first hate object used to be the detestable AOL Browser and the related portal – and this transfers easily to what Apple does these days), my preference is clearly on one side. I am not sure what I expect to happen, though: I see that many people are perfectly happy with one-stop-shopping computer experiences Apple-style, and give little weight to the limitations this imposes upon them (be it in the possible usage of an ipod or the range of applications available in an app store). So maybe the users have moved from well-sorted one-to-many provision of the tv and newspaper world through the initial anarchy and many-to-many internet, to another better sorted and better orgsnised, but also more commercial App-Web. As customers seem to be extremely prone to giving away any form of individualism when it comes to the equipment they are using, this all may just be a sign of the Web having become a little less exciting, but maybe a bit more reliable and easy to use.

The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet | Magazine.

How Not To Run a Business in China – Kro’s Nest

Posted in etctetera, News Clip on August 5, 2010 by thomas4infosoc

a recap of the “Kro’s Nest Wars”, witn the one important sentence: “China exists in a low-trust environment.” Most important sentence to be written about business in China?

via How Not To Run a Business in China – BusinessWeek.

China 2013 and “social science fiction” in China » The Peking Duck

Posted in etctetera, News Clip on August 3, 2010 by thomas4infosoc

Stealing a bit from better weblogs on China, here comes to link to Peking Duck’s link to the link to the book they all mention (the final link being interesting because the book is available online for free, as the article mentions).

The novel is The Prosperous Time: China 2013 and is a bit fiction, not much science, but apparently an interesting read trying to look into the next steps this society could possibly take.(And “Longjing Latte” by Starbucks Wangwang cannot be more gross than the stuff they are selling at the moment).

China 2013 and “social science fiction” in China » The Peking Duck.

New government transparency rules in effect

Posted in Access to Information, News Clip on July 24, 2010 by thomas4infosoc

As seen on China Daily:

A regulation that took effect Sunday extends the list declarable assets for officials and introduces dismissal as the maximum penalty for failing to report assets honestly and promptly.

The regulation adds six more items to the list of declarable assets issued in 2006, bringing the total to 14. The new items include incomes from sources like lecturing, painting and calligraphy; homes owned by spouses and children; and equities and investments owned by officials, their spouses and children.

New Sinica Podcast in the Death of China Blogs

Posted in Internet World, News Clip on July 24, 2010 by thomas4infosoc

Firstly: you have to subscribe to the Sinica Podcast, of course, or we’re done talking. Do it here and now: http://popupchinese.com/lessons/sinica/death-of-the-china-blog

Secondly: they discuss this week how the grande epoche of critical debate on China through the eyes of foreigners has come to an end – partly through inflation of blogs, partly through the lack of substance and perspective.

Thirdly: I agree in part with this, and do not want to contribute to that inflation (and dilution) by adding more to where there is already more than enough. But interesting is that there seems to be consolidation, and that the Sinica podcast is actually one of the places where this consolidation is most visible. No need anymore to read three blogs, just listen to the authors of those blogs discuss while riding your bike / electric bike / limousine / donkey to the office.

SMEs In China: Much Opportunity But Little Room For Error

Posted in Business and Economics, News Clip on July 24, 2010 by thomas4infosoc

Dan Harris and Simon Malinowski posted on the China Law Blog and interesting bit on SMEs in China, and in particular pointed to a new podcast series:

It is with that in mind that Technomic Asia’s Business Podcast has just started a new series of podcasts on Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (“SMEs”) in China. Their first podcast (Kent Kedl interviewing Steve Crandall), entitled, “Small- and Mid-sized Challenges in China: An interview with Steve Crandall,” focuses primarily on market opportunities available to SMEs in China and how not to get burned.

See the full China Law Blog post here.