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Dan Green

World watcher, aspiring academic and a struggling learner of Mandarin Editor/writer: alleyeseast.wordpress.com
Dan Green has written 8 posts for China Daily Mail

Hong Kong: Historical irony lost on Swire


Since the National People’s Congress decided in 2007 to allow Hong Kong’s chief executive to be elected via universal suffrage in 2017, pro-democracy camps in the SAR have been excitedly debating how the process will work. However, when the UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire, decided to enter the … Continue reading

Corporal punishment in China’s schools


The news today that the principal of a primary school in Xinyang has been fired after two of his teachers caned a four-year-old boy, was shocking enough to make The South China Morning Post. But for me, it made particularly difficult reading as it stirred personal memories of corporal punishment from my first China-based job … Continue reading

Doomsday comes to China


Provincial level authorities in China have announced that they have arrested 93 people for spreading rumours of the impeding – Mayan predicted – apocalypse, Xinhua has reported. The authorities state that 37 of these arrests have been linked to the ‘Almighty God‘ cult, a Christen group based in north west Qinghai province, also known as … Continue reading

China: Wen Jiabao “hidden riches” don’t exist, say lawyers


Lawyers for Wen Jiabao, China‘s Premier, have taken the unprecedented step of issuing a written statement late last night rebuking the claims of the New York Times that Wen’s family have amassed a hidden fortune worth US$2.7 billion. In a letter sent to the New York Times and the South China Morning Post, Bai Tao and … Continue reading

Chinese government ships spotted near Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands


Just days after Chinese and Japanese envoys met to try to ease tensions over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, Chinese government maritime surveillance ships entered the disputed 12-nautical mile zone around one of the islands this morning at 6.30am, the South China morning Post has reported. They were then joined by another surveillance ship after an … Continue reading

Further signs of a strengthening Chinese economy


Manufacturing and, more importantly, order volumes from international customers have both risen this month, according to the South China Morning Post. The China HSBC Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) recorded a three-month high in output. Despite GDP just missing the official government target in Q3, this news is the latest in a string of … Continue reading

Lhasa, Tibet named happiest city in China?


Lhasa, the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region, has topped a survey of the top 10 happiest cities in China.Surprised? With the high profile self-immolations that regularly hit the international press (56 have been confirmed in Tibet since 2009), and the general global awareness of the controversy surrounding Chinese sovereignty over the region, perhaps … Continue reading

Chinese/American relations: The shape of things to come


The last week has seen both the US and China flexing their respective economic muscles, as both countries show signs of growing awareness that their relationship will be the most significant defining factor for the geopolitical order for the foreseeable future. As the last US presidential debate showed, America’s future stance on China is likely … Continue reading

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