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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 8, 2016


TPP passed. That’s another Obama deal likely be reviewed by his soon-to-be successor. And that time is coming soon and certain. Not only are the United States proving their plurality of powers, so is the Pacific. Taiwan’s earthquake was a scary demonstration. The 4:00am Kaohsiung 6.4 was indeed scary to locals at the many wreckage … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, February 16


Propaganda turn of the tide. For years, Chinese have attended international circles, promulgated their talking points, and convinced others to unwittingly do the same. But, recent reports explain that having traffic lights and convincing drivers to stop at them are two different things China’s military has some technology, flaunts technology it does and doesn’t have, … Continue reading

China February exports plunge by 18%


China‘s exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, swinging the trade balance into deficit and adding to fears of a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy despite the Lunar New Year holidays being blamed for the slide. The sharp drop in exports follows a series of factory surveys since the start of 2014 that point to weakness … Continue reading

China prohibits the expenditure of public funds for New Year’s gifts


The Chinese Communist Party, in its campaign of waste and corruption, forbade its members to use public funds for expenses related to New Year: do not use the public funds for alcohol or fireworks. The new ban applies to both the Western New Year, as well as the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year, starting in … Continue reading

Restraint is the new red in China


President Xi Jinping is pressing the Communist Party’s elite to cut back on lavish living amid growing public resentment. The economic effect is far-reaching. Exports of elegant Swiss watches to China have plunged. Sales of Mercedes-Benz and other premium sedans are slowing. And high-end restaurants, coming off their worst Chinese New Year festival in years, … Continue reading

Chinese fruit a turnoff in Vietnam


Jack Nguyen had sold 20 of his 30 containers of imported American grapes when a fresh round of rumours hit the internet and state-run media: Chinese fruit on sale in Vietnam might look good, but it contains deadly levels of preservatives and pesticides. Shoppers quickly stopped buying imported fruit altogether, believing it all tainted or … Continue reading

Beijing says less fireworks for Chinese New Year


Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is coming up on February 10, and that means several days firing fireworks and firecrackers to banish evil and invite good. Last Friday, Beijing authorities appealed to the Chinese people to reduce the firing of fireworks because of high air pollution. “In order to improve air quality and create … Continue reading

How not to beat the rush for Chinese train tickets


In freewheeling and fast-growing China, providing an innovative service might be enough to get rich. In the case of China’s tightly regulated train ticket market, however, it is enough to get arrested. The story begins with the approach of China’s most important holiday the Spring Festival, which this year falls on February 10. Every year … Continue reading

China’s taste for pork serves up a pollution problem


Fan Jianjun points to a concrete pipe jutting from the lake bank. Sludge spews from its mouth and arcs across the water, the surface bubbling with the bodies of flies. Fan has lived in Houtonglong village all his 31 years. The water was clear, he says, before the pig farm was built and people’s health … Continue reading

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