Category Archives: The Daily Twit

The Daily Twit – 10/29/12: The NIMBY Winning Streak Continues

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As the U.S. braces for a killer storm, which thanks to climate change we should get used to, China is dealing with more neighborhood-level environmental challenges. We appear to have had yet another victory for NIMBY (not in my backyard) protesters, this time in the city of Ningbo, where the government has suspended work on…

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The Daily Twit – 10/26/12: Gray Lady Down

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Today’s English-language, foreign China news was dominated by a discussion of . . . English-language, foreign China news. No wait, hear me out. You see, a certain major newspaper from the U.S., often known as the Gray Lady, published an in-depth research piece on the family finances of a certain China government official.

The Daily Twit – 10/24/12: Huawei, CNOOC & Iron Man, Oh My!

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What? You ask. No links page dominated by the U.S. election, territorial dispute or stats on China’s economy? That’s right. Today’s a throwback to the “good old days” of relatively normal news. Let’s start off by going to the movies:

The Daily Twit – 10/22/12: Had Enough U.S.-China News Yet?

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I had an Intertube emergency last night, so this is coming out about 12 hours later than usual. Just as well. After an extremely long day/night, I was so tired after finally getting home that I would have been an easy choice for an extra on The Walking Dead. I took my Net outage as…

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The Daily Twit – 10/19/12: U.S. and China Steel Fighting

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Seems like all I do these days is write about the U.S.-China relationship. Things could be a lot better, but bilateral relations aren’t as bad as the rhetoric might suggest. I blame the election/leadership change and expect that things will quiet down later this year.

The Daily Twit – 10/17/12: It’s Debatable

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So I hear that there was a debate in the U.S. between Obama and Romney. Haven’t seen it, probably won’t bother. Apparently they talked about China a bit, though, so I will probably take a peek at the transcript tomorrow and see if there is anything interesting there to blog about. From the news coverage…

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The Daily Twit – 10/16/12: Foreign Trade and U.S. Politics

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It wasn’t so long ago that Beijing was totally and completely ignoring the ridiculous amount of China bashing that was flying around the U.S. presidential campaign. At the time, during the Republican primaries, Mitt Romney was really the only one that was spewing the “tough on China” stuff, so I suppose it made sense to…

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The Daily Twit – 10/15/12: China’s Economeh

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Having a day when most of the China news was reporting on and reaction to the latest batch of macroeconomic statistics was . . . well, kind of relaxing. Moreover, the data was mixed, so there wasn’t even much in the numbers to get excited about. Considering the media hurricane we’re going to have next…

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The Daily Twit – 10/11/12: Cybershpilkes, Solarscrum, and Piling on Huawei

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Still a great deal of chatter out there on the Huawei/ZTE situation in the U.S. Amazing how both the “Protectionism!” and “Government Stooges!” sides both tend to reach conclusions without actually discussing the actual situation. Maybe that’s always the case with these trade and investment disputes, and I’ve never noticed it before? A scary thought.…

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The Daily Twit – 10/8/12: American Dream Turns Into Nightmare for Huawei, ZTE

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We’re just getting back from the week-long holiday over here, so not much in the way of important domestic news. Luckily for China watchers, the U.S. Congress has come to the rescue by issuing the eagerly anticipated report on Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE. The report itself, which deals with the national security implications…

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The Daily Twit – 9/26/12: Stop the Madness!

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We’ll soon be rid of two nettlesome matters that have graced The Daily Twit far too often of late: the China-Japan dispute over the Diaosenkakyu™ Islands and the U.S. presidential election campaign. Both of these appear to be headed into the final stretch. First, the maritime dispute, and although there was more disturbing news on this…

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The Daily Twit – 9/25/12: Giraffes on Frickin’ Aircraft Carriers

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I think we’ve gotten to the point of saturation with the China-Japan islands dispute. The Twitterati this afternoon was so bored that several of us became fascinated by this photo of a couple of giraffes being transported along a Beijing highway to God knows where. Theories include the Beijing Zoo or a new exclusive restaurant…

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The Daily Twit – 9/24/12: I Been Wanglijailed, Diaoyued, and Foxconned

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Three stories in particular today rose out of the disgusting pile of muck that I like to call my Inbox, although only one of them is actually timely news. That’s right, I’m deliberately wasting your time by feeding you links of questionable importance. First up is the verdict in the Wang Lijun trial, the police…

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The Daily Twit – 9/20/12: Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Before

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So I looked over my list of China news stories I flagged throughout the day for this post, and it occurred to me that with only a couple of exceptions, most of the articles cover ongoing topics. In other words, nothing much new happening over here, just updates. Maybe that’s a good thing. What with…

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The Daily Twit – 9/19/12: Protest Switch Turned to “Off” Position

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If there’s one thing you gotta admire about the Chinese government, it’s the ability to control these nationalist demonstrations. Today was no exception, as yesterday’s well-coordinated anti-Japanese protests were dialed down and things got back to normal. It’s actually rather surprising when one considers that China experiences many thousands of unplanned, unscheduled and unwanted “mass…

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