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Sinica Podcast

11.22.2014

Banned but Booming: Golf in China

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, Dan Washburn

Despite China’s legal moratorium on the development of the golf industry, a policy driven by concerns over illegal farmland seizures and the potential misallocation of agricultural land and water resources, the golf industry has...

Viewpoint

11.21.2014

What Will Make the U.S.-China Climate Deal Work

Mark Hertsgaard

Nearly everyone agrees that the U.S.-China climate announcement is a big deal, but most observers have overlooked what truly makes it a game-changer: if the world’s two climate change superpowers limit their greenhouse gas emissions, it...

Infographics

11.20.2014

Who Really Benefits from Poverty Alleviation in China?

A series of reports issued by China’s National Audit Office highlights problems in 19 counties that have received funding from national poverty alleviation programs. News of “impoverished counties’” constructing luxurious new government...

Conversation

11.19.2014

Was the U.S.-China Climate Deal Worth the Wait?

Deborah Seligsohn, Orville Schell, Joanna Lewis

Last week, Ann Carlson and Alex Wang, environmental experts at UCLA Law School, called the November 12 U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change “monumental.” “No two countries are more important to tackling the problem than the...

Caixin Media

11.17.2014

Visa and MasterCard Confront China’s Stacked Deck

Caixin

Visa and MasterCard executives eager to expand in China were thrilled recently when Premier Li Keqiang seemed to suggest that a door would open to them for bank card yuan business in the country. But they had read Li wrong: The premier’s...

Sinica Podcast

11.14.2014

Behind the Curtain at APEC

Sinica, Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, Evan A. Feigenbaum, Damien Ma

With tensions between the West and Russia running high over Ukraine, China and Japan still wrangling over the Diaoyu islands, and America and China fighting over pretty much the same old petty stuff, it’s easy to be cynical about APEC. But...

Sinica Podcast

11.10.2014

Damned Lies, Statistics, and China

Sinica, Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn

In a country where every single province frequently reports annual growth rates exceeding the national average, and the country’s premier is applauded for publicly ignoring his own National Bureau of Statistics, it isn’t hard to take Mark...

Viewpoint

11.08.2014

Obama’s Chance to Get China Right

Paul Gewirtz

With much of his domestic agenda now stymied by the Republican sweep of Congress, President Obama’s room for maneuver remains greatest in foreign affairs. Yet with much of the Middle East in flames, an angry Vladimir Putin threatening...

Sinica Podcast

11.07.2014

David Walker on China in the Australian Mind

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are delighted to be joined by Professor David Walker, Chair of the Australian Studies department at Peking University and historian with a special focus on Australian immigration policies and...

Caixin Media

11.04.2014

Cai Jinyong: A Chinese Voice at the Top of the IFC

Caixin

Three top executives serving in recent years at the World Bank and its emerging markets financing arm International Finance Corp. (IFC) have called China home. Economist Cai Jinyong became the fourth in October 2012, when he was named IFC’...

Conversation

10.31.2014

What Should Obama and Xi Say to Each Other at APEC?

Chen Weihua, Hugh White , Wu Jianmin, Graham Webster

Next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing (November 5-11) between Presidents Xi Jinping, Barack Obama, and other leaders from around the world, is billed as the Chinese capital’s highest-profile international event...

Media

10.29.2014

Foot Spas, Steamed Buns, and Midday Drinking

Tea Leaf Nation

It may not be Monty Python’s famous “Ministry of Silly Walks,” but it’s close.

Caixin Media

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...

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