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10.27.2014

Rise and Fall of a Coal Boomtown

Caixin

Some 187 kilometers west of Taiyuan, capital of the northern province of Shanxi, the city of Luliang is located on the dry and gullied Loess Plateau in the upper and middle reaches of the Yellow River. The city, which covers 21,143 square...

Sinica Podcast

10.24.2014

Chomping at the Bitcoin

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn

After a shocking expose of Jeremy Goldkorn’s criminal past, Sinica this week moves on to examine the Bitcoin phenomenon in China. Joined by Zennon Kapron, owner of the Shanghai consultancy Kapronasia and recent author of the book Chomping...

Environment

10.23.2014

Tesla-Unicom Deal Could Spark China’s Electric Vehicle Market

chinadialogue

Electric vehicle firm Tesla’s major new deal with China Unicom to build EV charging infrastructure unites what is seemingly the only EV success story, pursuing a business model targeting elite customers, with China’s second largest mobile...

Caixin Media

10.21.2014

Revision of Securities Law Is Chance to Liberalize Market

Caixin

China’s securities law is to undergo a comprehensive revision almost a decade after the last major overhaul. Public consultation is due to start in the first half of next year, following recent comments from officials, scholars, and market...

Chinese Corporations in Africa: Saints or Sinners?

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Ojumi Okumu

“The African way of life is under attack by Chinese corporations,” argues University of Technology, Sydney doctoral candidate Onjumi Okumu. The Kenya native contends that a combination of weak governance in African mixed with no legal...

Reports

10.20.2014

The Long Soft Fall in Chinese Growth

David Hoffman

As recently as the fourth quarter of 2013, there were few detractors from an optimistic assessment of China’s prospects to achieve a “soft landing” and continue to enjoy relatively stable growth in the 7 to 8 percent range for the next 10...

Environment

10.16.2014

‘Paranoia’ and Public Opinion

chinadialogue

When permits for Chinese researchers to grow genetically modified rice and corn expired this summer, there was concern. More so, given there was little indication that the Ministry of Agriculture would renew them.

Books

10.15.2014

China’s Super Consumers

China has transformed itself from a feudal economy in the 19th century, to Mao and Communism in the 20th century, to the largest consumer market in the world by the early 21st century. China’s Super Consumers explores the extraordinary...

Conversation

10.14.2014

Will Asia Bank on China?

Zha Daojiong, Damien Ma, Wu Jianmin

Last week The New York Times reported U.S. opposition to China’s plans to launch a regional development bank to rival the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. If, as some say, the the launch is a fait accompli, should...

Environment

10.09.2014

Locals Attack Factory After Children Poisoned with Lead

chinadialogue

Villagers from the township of Gangkou in Jiangxi province, southeast China, have smashed up a new lead recycling plant which was due to begin operating. Unconvinced by reassurances from the owners and local government that there would be...

Media

10.01.2014

Media Portrays Hong Kong Protests as Either Inspiring or Dangerous

Tea Leaf Nation, Rachel Lu

The second and third days of mass protests to demand broader democracy in Hong Kong ended with none of the violence and confrontation seen on September 28.

Conversation

10.01.2014

Is This the End of Hong Kong As We Know It?

Nicholas Bequelin, Sebastian Veg, David Schlesinger, Fu Hualing, Wong How Man, Teng Biao

Over the past week, tens of thousands of Hong Kong people have occupied the streets of their semi-autonomous city to advocate for the democratic elections slated to launch in 2017. The pro-democracy protestors have blocked major roads in...

The Chinese Invade Africa

Ian Johnson

In early May, China’s premier, Li Keqiang, made a trip to Africa that raised a central question about China’s rise: What effect will it have on the world’s poorer countries? As a big third-world country that has lifted hundreds of millions...

Sam Pa, China’s Mysterious Middleman in Africa

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden, Tom Burgis

Publicly, China’s engagement in Africa is purportedly based on “mutual benefit” or, as Chinese officials like to phrase it “win win.” Behind the scenes, though, it’s a little more complicated. Many of those multibillion-dollar natural...

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