Luxury Loses As China Slowdown Reinforces Regime Change

China has a unique relationship between its politics and certain high-end industries. Bloomberg reporters Vinicy Chan and Crystal Chui suggest that anti-graft measures have dampened the luxury market to some extent: [Mainland...

Beer Company Threatens Tibetan Antelope

A Chinese brewery’s plans for promotional trips to a Tibetan nature reserve threaten to undermine past successes in protecting the plateau’s wildlife. From The Guardian: Kekexili – also known as Hoh Xil –...

The Rise of Binge Drinking in China

At The Guardian, Tania Branigan examines China’s soaring alcohol consumption, and the social and professional pressures that help drive it. “If I drink, it doesn’t necessarily help me get promoted. But if I...

In China, a Patriotic Death Reeks of Alcohol

Apparently an official who died of a brain hemmorhage after excessive drinking in Xinyang, Henan, the city which has banned officials from imbibing during official lunch banquets, has had his “outstanding communist”...

Award For Chinese Official After Tragedy

From the Financial Times: A Chinese official who drank himself to death has been named an “outstanding communist”, even though the city where he worked is the focus of a campaign against government employee alcohol abuse, state...

China’s Latest Crackdown: The Liquid Lunch

As Xinhua reported (and CDT translated) last August, officials in Xinyang, Henan Province have been touting the economic and social benefits the city has accrued after banning the consumption of alcohol at official banquets. The...

Days of Liquid Lunch Are Numbered

In China, lunch meetings are often a time to conduct business over food and drinks. A year after Henan officials were banned from lunchtime libations, the province’s alcohol industry is fighting back, claiming that as a...

China gets high on Scotch with a touch of green tea – Times of India

From The Times of India: A bizarre but fashionable concoction of Scotch and green tea in an economically resurgent China has driven the sale of the finest whiskies of Scotland to an all-time high. Traditional Scotch dealers didn’t ever imagine their drink would be put to such use, but they are not complaining, not after […]



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