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Jul 10

Ted Koppel on the People’s Republic of Capitalism

Written by: Buxi | Filed under:media | Tags:
10 Comments » newest 2008-07-14 02:43:12

Most Chinese and Sinophiles are probably already aware of this, but here’s a reminder that Discovery channel is broadcasting a 4-part series, hosted by Ted Koppel, on the People’s Republic of Capitalism. (Part 2 will be broadcast tonight, Thursday July 10th.) The general consensus (from both Chinese and overseas viewers) seems to be: interesting, reasonably well-done, but not especially shocking or ground-breaking.

Courtesy of the Shanghaiist, here is Ted Koppel talking on Charlie Rose:

UPDATE: Courtesy of AC, here’s the full video of Ted Koppel on Charlie Rose. I believe his interview and comments are very interesting, probably better than the actual Discovery documentary itself.

Jul 10

Classmate Yang goes online: Chinese officials engage netizens

Written by: Buxi | Filed under:General, media, News | Tags:,
18 Comments » newest 2008-08-03 03:07:20

Chinese president Hu Jintao’s brief appearance on the Strong Country internet forum might be more significant than most of us originally thought. There have been other signs in recent weeks that the PRC government is reconsidering its approach to Internet speech. I translate a story (原文), just published in the China Youth Daily (中国青年报, operated by the Communist Youth League).

Zhuzhou Discipline Party Secretary goes online with his real name - Angry enough to smash his keyboard, but too afraid to curse.

Yang Ping is party secretary of the Discipline Committee, in the city of Zhuzhou, Hunan province.  Recently, he got a new nickname. It all started on an internet forum he started to frequent.  The netizens there began to call him “classmate Yang Ping”. Gradually, even his friends began to refer to him this way.

He never thought that he’d get this kind of nickname at the age of 47. He also never thought that, since he started going online with his real name in May, he would be seeing changes beyond his nickname.

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Jul 10

Tall expectations on RMB

Written by: DJ | Filed under:aside, News | Tags:, ,
14 Comments » newest 2008-07-10 18:30:43

Here is a quick summary of Francesco Sisci’s take of what the G8 want with China’s currency RMB: Continue reading »