China http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19848/all en Hyperventilation alert: China tops Japan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/china-economy/hyperventilation-alert-china-tops-japan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So what else is new? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/14/business/global/14yen.html?ref=business">headlines are popping today</a> as China has &quot;officially&quot; usurped Japan as the world&#39;s second-largest economy.</p> <p> The reason, of course, is part of a longer-term trend: Japan is hurting; China is growing.</p> <p> Here&#39;s how the New York Times artfully spelled it out today:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/china-economy/hyperventilation-alert-china-tops-japan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China Japan Economy Macro Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:27:00 +0000 Thomas Mucha 5616162 at http://www.globalpost.com Few turn out for China's "Jasmine Revolution" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china/110221/protest-dissent-jasmine-revolution <p> China&rsquo;s rulers, nearly 22 years after Tiananmen, are well-practiced in police control of crowds and discontent.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china/110221/protest-dissent-jasmine-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China Internet Social Networking Twitter Politics China Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:03:00 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5625733 at http://www.globalpost.com China: Jasmine Revolution protests to be held every Sunday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110223/china-jasmine-revolution-protests-sunday <p> Bloomberg News columnist William Pesek asks if China has not seen the kind of large-scale protests that have recently shaken other nations because of its sex ratio policy.</p> <p> &quot;A common thread linking events in Egypt, Bahrain, Tunisia, Libya and elsewhere is big populations of disaffected youth. They&rsquo;re angry about greed, corruption, the rich-poor divide and unaccountable leaders. Many Chinese harbor similar gripes, yet demographics works in the Communist Party&rsquo;s favor,&quot; writes Pesek.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110223/china-jasmine-revolution-protests-sunday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China Jasmine Revolution China Thu, 24 Feb 2011 01:42:00 +0000 News Desk 5626438 at http://www.globalpost.com China: A commie Google? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/china-commie-google <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet Panguso, a search engine approved by Beijing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> China has long had an uneasy relationship with the internet, from <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/asia/100723/china-internet-porn">porn</a> to <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/commerce/090612/photos-naked-african-women-no-problem-naked-pigs-banned">political protest</a>.</p> <p> The heart of this digitial dilemma is simple: how can central authorities use the power of the web to boost economic growth and efficiency, while maintaining some degree of control over it?</p> <p> The debate is not trivial.</p> <p> China has 457 million internet users (and 303 million mobile web users), more than any other country. Beijing employs an internet police force of some 30,000 people that monitors content and routinely blocks sites that mention Falun Gong, Tiananmen Square, the Dalai Lama and other sensitive topics. Last July, even Google gave up and pulled out of China amid censorship worries.</p> <p> But the story continues, and this week we learned about the latest entry into this long-running web drama: Panguso.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/china-commie-google" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China Google Internet Macro Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:25:28 +0000 Thomas Mucha 5626561 at http://www.globalpost.com Silicon Sweatshops: Apple supply chain workers in Asia fall ill again http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110304/apple-supply-chain-workers-asia-ill-n-hexane <p> New complaints from sickened workers in China contrast with what Apple said in a report on the matter.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110304/apple-supply-chain-workers-asia-ill-n-hexane" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple China Silicon Sweatshops Business Emerging Markets China Technology Health Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:07:00 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5628539 at http://www.globalpost.com China banks: Ticking time bomb? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/china-banks-ticking-time-bomb <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new report by Fitch warns of a coming crisis. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Unrest across the Middle East. Surging oil prices. Persistenly high U.S. unemployment.</p> <p> What else could derail the global economy?</p> <p> How about a <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-03-08/china-at-60-risk-of-banking-crisis-fitch-gauge-signals.html" target="_blank">banking crisis in China</a>?</p> <p> <a href="http://www.fitchratings.com/index_fitchratings.cfm" target="_blank">Fitch Ratings</a> says there&#39;s a 60 percent chance of that happening by mid-2013.</p> <p> The toxic financial combination in China, according to Fitch: surging property prices (<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/100302/china-economy-shanghai-real-estate" target="_blank">see, in particular, Shanghai</a>), and a record amount of lending over the past two years ($2.7 trillion) fuled in part by the Chinese government&#39;s stimulus program Beijing enacted during the global economic crisis.</p> <p> Fitch sees the risk of &ldquo;holes in bank balance sheets&rdquo; should a property bubble burst, Richard Fox, a London-based senior director, told Bloomberg on Mar. 4. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re talking about systemic crises here, affecting most of the major banks,&rdquo; Fox added. &ldquo;A crisis is something which technically de-capitalizes the banking system.&rdquo;</p> <p> This isn&#39;t the first time Fitch has warned of trouble ahead in China.</p> <p> As reported by GlobalPost&#39;s David Case, Fitch <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china/110108/global-economy-china-economy-loans">first pointed to the problem in December</a>:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/china-banks-ticking-time-bomb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring China Global Economic Crisis Oil Macro Tue, 08 Mar 2011 14:44:00 +0000 Thomas Mucha 5629245 at http://www.globalpost.com China investigates artist Ai Weiwei for "economic crimes" (UPDATE) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110407/ai-weiwei-china-arrest-investigation <p> BEIJING &mdash; Chinese lawyers said Thursday that if Ai is being held for economic crimes, his family should have been notified within 24 hours.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110407/ai-weiwei-china-arrest-investigation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China Asia-Pacific China Culture & Lifestyle Thu, 07 Apr 2011 06:19:00 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5636016 at http://www.globalpost.com China: Ai Weiwei's prophetic interview http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/china-ai-weiwei-dan-rather <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> "I have to always, everyday ask myself, 'How long could I last, if I'm in extreme conditions such as jail?'" </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Ten days before his arrest at the Beijing airport on Sunday, Chinese artist Ai <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVEQEQNIJmA">Weiwei gave an eerily prophetic interview</a> with reporter Dan Rather.&nbsp;</p> <p> In it, he owns his role as a dissident and explains that he understood the risks associated with his activism. When asked if he is scared of anything, if he worries about being taken away Ai responds:</p> <p> &quot;As a person, you know, I&#39;m quite weak. ... You have to constantly ask yourself if physically, mentally you are strong enough for that. I have to always, everyday ask myself, &#39;How long could I last, if I&#39;m in extreme conditions such as jail?&#39;&quot;</p> <p> China acknowledged Thursday that Ai is in custody, under investigation for <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110407/ai-weiwei-china-arrest-investigation">&ldquo;economic crimes,&rdquo;</a> but denied that he was detained for his ongoing criticism of the regime.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/china-ai-weiwei-dan-rather" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China Entertainment China The Rice Bowl Thu, 07 Apr 2011 19:55:38 +0000 Emily Lodish 5636179 at http://www.globalpost.com Why are rich people leaving China? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/china-economy-wealth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 60 percent of Chinese people with more than $15 million to their name have left or are planning to leave the country. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> It&#39;s called investment immigration, and it&#39;s a fancy term for what&#39;s going on in China: wealthy people going overseas to spend their money.</p> <p> This is not a new development, but it is one that is gaining force.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/china-economy-wealth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China Travel/Tourism Emerging Markets China The Rice Bowl Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:51:04 +0000 Emily Lodish 5640589 at http://www.globalpost.com BRICs challenge European claim to top job at IMF http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/emerging-markets/110524/brics-developing-countries-imf-lagarde-china-ind <p> The BRICs are going up against a tradition that began with the founding of the IMF after World War II, a &quot;gentleman&#39;s agreement&quot; that stipulated that a European would head the IMF</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/emerging-markets/110524/brics-developing-countries-imf-lagarde-china-ind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa China European Union IMF South Africa Americas Business Asia-Pacific Emerging Markets France Brazil Europe China Global Economy India Russia South Africa Wed, 25 May 2011 03:11:00 +0000 News Desk 5647196 at http://www.globalpost.com In Mongolia, thousands catch the protest bug http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/mongolia-uighurs-tibetans-chinese-rule-protests <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Uighurs, Tibetans and now Mongolians are taking to the streets. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <a href="http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/protests-05252011140210.html">Thousands of Mongolians</a> took to the streets Wednesday, demanding better protection of their rights after a herder was hit by a truck, rights groups reported.</p> <p> Ethnic Mongolians in China&#39;s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region rarely express dissent toward Chinese rule, but the death of a herder named Mergen has proven an exception.&nbsp;</p> <p> Mergen had been among the herders trying to block a caravan of coal trucks from destroying their grazing lands. On May 10, he was run over by a truck driven by an ethnic Han Chinese. One report said Mergen&#39;s body was dragged for nearly 500 feet.</p> <p> Inner Mongolia covers more than 10 percent of China&rsquo;s land area and is now the country&rsquo;s biggest coal producer. As its resources become more in demand, well, you can guess what happens next.</p> <p> The Chinese government has been relocating more than 250,000 nomads from Inner Mongolia, under the guise of protecting the grasslands.</p> <p> Mongolians see it differently. They are already hugely outnumbered by Han Chinese (ethnic Mongols are 17 percent of the Inner Mongolia&#39;s 23 million), and they say they are now being further marginalized.</p> <p> But this isn&#39;t a story about how a bad situation in one remote area led to a rare act of protest. This is the story that reminds us of Asia&#39;s many moments of dissent, even in cultures not prone to making a fuss over criticism.</p> <p> Consider others who have protested Chinese rule.</p> <p> Tibetans rose up in 2008, though that didn&#39;t end well. China cracked down vehemently, killing (by many accounts) well over 100 people. In the years since, a more quiet, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/100207/tibet-passive-resistance">metered form of resistance</a> has emerged in Tibet.</p> <p> The <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china/uighurs/xinjiang/guangdong-factory">Uighurs rioted en masse</a> in the far-western region of Xinjiang in 2009. Nearly 200 people were killed during the mayhem.</p> <p> In recent weeks, authorities have <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/23/tibetan-monks-detained-china-sichuan">detained hundreds of Tibetan monks</a> for &quot;legal education&quot; in Sichuan after a monk set himself on fire.</p> <p> There are the <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/100409/thailand-protests-bangkok">Red Shirts in Thailand</a>, who occupied major portions of Bangkok in their quest to topple the government in 2010.</p> <p> And even in Japan, a country where conformity is highly valued, anti-nuke rallies have become common in recent weeks. Demonstrators have gathered in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto to <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/japan/110523/anti-government-criticism-protests-kyoto-japan-nuclear-power">openly criticize the government</a>&rsquo;s response to the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown.</p> <p> But don&#39;t expect to see the masses rising up with any reliability in China.</p> <p> Though an estimated <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110304/why-china-wont-revolt">100,000 &ldquo;mass incidents&rdquo;</a> occur in China every year, they tend to arise over hyperlocal issues in far-flung, more under-developed areas (like, say, Inner Mongolia).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/mongolia-uighurs-tibetans-chinese-rule-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring China Japan Tsunami Mongolia Tibet Uighurs China Japan The Rice Bowl Wed, 25 May 2011 22:53:28 +0000 Emily Lodish 5647385 at http://www.globalpost.com China versus the genius hooligan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110602/china-ai-weiwei-protests <p> It&#39;s not easy to keep the impish genius behind the Bird&#39;s Nest Stadium in detention.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110602/china-ai-weiwei-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China Entertainment China Culture & Lifestyle Offbeat Opinion Fri, 03 Jun 2011 10:24:00 +0000 David Case 5648921 at http://www.globalpost.com China: the economics of killing someone http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110603/china-economy-car-accidents <p> CHONGQING &mdash; Why it&#39;s cheaper to kill someone than be responsible for a lifetime of medical costs, and how the problem reveals much deeper troubles in society.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110603/china-economy-car-accidents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China Travel/Tourism Emerging Markets China Global Economy Offbeat Health Fri, 03 Jun 2011 11:04:00 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5649009 at http://www.globalpost.com Teenager in China sold kidney online so he could buy Apple iPad 2 (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110603/teenager-china-sells-kidney-buy-apple-ipad-video <p> The boy&#39;s mother became suspicious when he returned three days later with an iPad 2 and a laptop... and a deep red scar on his body.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110603/teenager-china-sells-kidney-buy-apple-ipad-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple China Technology news Business Asia-Pacific China Offbeat Technology Health Sat, 04 Jun 2011 00:19:04 +0000 News Desk 5649173 at http://www.globalpost.com From Swaziland to Papua to Georgia, here are the world's forgotten revolutions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/conflict-zones/110607/swaziland-albania-burma-myanmar-chinese-protests-mongolia-revolutions <p> LONDON &mdash; From Swaziland to Papua to Georgia, here&#39;s what the media have been neglecting &mdash; and why.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/conflict-zones/110607/swaziland-albania-burma-myanmar-chinese-protests-mongolia-revolutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Albania Arab Spring Burma China Egypt Georgia Libya Mongolia Myanmar Swaziland Syria Uighurs World Leaders Yemen Conflict Zones Europe China Culture & Lifestyle Middle East Wed, 08 Jun 2011 10:29:00 +0000 Barry Neild 5649774 at http://www.globalpost.com