Category Archives: Short Takes

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

October 29, 2012

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 [...]

The Daily Twit – 10/25/12: Prime Directives, Troubled Waters and Old Adversaries

October 25, 2012

Most of the big stories today could be described as “news that looks suspiciously like things we’ve seen before.” But that’s quite all right. Means less work for me explaining what it all means. Pretty soon I won’t even have to bother with commentary of any kind, and the entire production of this blog will [...]

The Daily Twit – 10/18/12: Q3 Numbers, Huawei vs. the White House, and SOE Reform

October 18, 2012

A relatively busy news day. The big story was the economy, not because anything specific happened, but rather in terms of chatter. The government dumped third quarter stats on our heads, so the news machine shifted into high gear. The big number was GDP (7.4%, on an annualized basis); Q3 by itself was much better [...]

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

October 16, 2012

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 [...]

Murdoch Says China Has a Corruption Problem

October 15, 2012

Rupert Murdoch, an Australian American media proprietor, said in a timely message on his Twitter in the days preceding the leadership transition that the Communist regime is under a corruption crisis, reports Duowei News operated by overseas Chinese. Even though Murdoch stated that change may be on its way, he pointed out that nobody is [...]

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

October 11, 2012

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. [...]

The Daily Twit – 10/10/12: Huawei, Judicial Reform and the Faltering Auto Sector

October 10, 2012

A slightly longer than usual set of links for you today as I skipped on yesterday’s Daily Twit. For some reason, my Internet speed slowed to a crawl last night, and I found myself sitting here waiting several seconds for web pages to load. We’re talking dial-up/modem type stuff. Can’t do it anymore. I gave [...]

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

October 8, 2012

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 [...]

Chinese Actresses Falling Short in Hollywood?

September 29, 2012

China Daily seems to be worried about the “short shrift” Chinese actresses are getting in Hollywood blockbusters: The latest sign of a Chinese invasion in Hollywood is a string of performances so short, you’ll miss them if you blink. Chinese actresses, many of whom are superstars in China, are appearing in big-budget Hollywood movies, but [...]