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Translation: “‘Cut Off Water to HK’? Are You Concussed?”

In an interview with the People’s Daily’s Xiakedao program last week, Zheng Yongnian, former director of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, joked about cutting off Hong Kong’s water supply to end protests in the city. The interview, originally titled...

Ai Weiwei In The News Again

‘Ai Weiwei on Edward Snowden and the Excesses of Nationalism’, published on ArtInfo, the online portal of international art magazine group Louise Blouin Media, is more about the artist and his prowess than his thoughts on the...

Huawei Denies Role in Singapore Project

The Financial Times reported last week that the parents of American electronics engineer Shane Todd, who died mysteriously in Singapore just before he was due to leave his job and return to the U.S. last summer, believe he was...

Further Fallout from Wen Family Wealth Exposé

At The New York Times’ The Lede blog, David Barboza answered readers’ questions about his recent investigation into the wealth of Wen Jiabao’s family, discussing the article’s origins, timing and sources:...

Beijing to “Clean Up” Illegal Foreigners

Beijing authorities have announced the start of a 100-day campaign to “clean up” foreigners who fall into the “3 Have-Not” categories: no valid visa, no valid residence permit, or (where applicable) no...

Chinese Property Buyers Look Abroad

USA Today describes the throngs of Chinese buyers riding the gradient between the rising yuan and falling American property prices: Chinese interest in U.S. real estate began climbing during the U.S. housing meltdown, when...

Trickle-Down Economics for Chinese Officials

The acceptance of a 36% pay cut by the world’s highest paid politician, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has renewed attention to the wide disparity between world leaders’ salaries. Hu Jintao sits near the...

Is China’s Government Overrated?

As part of a special report on “the future of the state”, The Economist responds to the increasingly widespread view that “Beijing really gets things done”, pointing out areas like education and local...

Serious Erosion in Yellow River Basin

According to a recent report by the Yellow River Conservancy Commission, 62% of the river’s basin is severely affected by water and soil erosion. From Businessweek: The study … says the affected area covers 180,000 square...

China Warns on Illegal Capital Flow – Jamil Anderlini and Tom Mitchell

From The Financial Times: Illegal capital flows in and out China threaten to destabilise the country’s financial system as well as Hong Kong’s, warned Wen Jiabao , Chinese premier, on Monday. “There are a lot of abnormal factors, including underground banking, illegal fund inflows and outflows,” Mr Wen said. His remarks, made in Singapore, followed […]

China Eastern in Singapore Deal – BBC News

From BBC News: Singapore Airlines and investment firm Temasek have bought a combined 24% stake in China Eastern Airlines. Singapore will pay 4.7bn Hong Kong dollars (¬£298m) for a 15.7% share in the carrier, with Temasek spending 2.5bn HK$ for a 8.3% share….[Full Text] [Image: Singapore is the world’s largest airline by market capitalisation, via […]

Chinese Challenge for Temasek – Saibal Dasgupta

From The Times of India: For years, Singapore’s Temasek Holdings has remained Asia’s investment dandy-feared, hated and applauded as it went about buying up stakes in dozens of companies including ICICI Bank, Apollo Hospitals and M&M in India. And now, this unequalled and unchallenged colossus with investments of $65 billion has come up against a […]

China, Singapore pledge cooperation on non-traditional security – People’s Daily

From People’s Daily Online: Chinese State Councilor Zhou Yongkang said here Thursday that China will further cooperation with Singapore on the non-traditional security field. “The cooperation between China and Singapore in maritime security and combating terrorism, transnational crime, illegal immigration is of positive significance to the public security in the region as well as the […]

Rumsfeld: China Has Much to Lose if It Becomes a Threat – Chosun Ilbo

From Chosun Ilbo: U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says China has much to lose if its leaders decide to use the country’s fast-growing military power in threatening ways. The secretary made the comment while assessing his just-concluded visit to Asia during a flight to Europe for meetings on other issues. Meanwhile, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee […]

China’s juggernaut has region on edge – Robert Collier

From The San Francisco Chronicle: All around this orderly, law-abiding country, people are being urged to do what until now has seemed totally unnatural: Take risks! Be spontaneous! Be creative! On billboard ads, young models with devil-may-care looks jump ecstatically in midair to hawk clothing, sodas and real-estate developments. Banks sponsor blogger competitions and art […]

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