Tom Lantos on CCTV

A US congressional resolution calling for Japan to apologize for the use of sex slaves during World War II is – no surprise – generating quite a bit of positive interest in China. The Chinese have long demanded explicit recognition for this particularly heinous crime of the War, and they are no doubt appreciative of…

shanghaiiscrap.com

My good friend Adam Wahlberg, of the venerable Minnesota Law & Politics magazine, writes to tell me that he initially mistook the Shanghai Scrap domain name (shanghaiscrap.com) for “Shanghai Is Crap”… that is, shanghaiiscrap.com. I have a feeling that he won’t be the last. Anyway, Wahlberg’s is a keen insight, one with potential, and the…

Un-natural Causes?

In an SCMP story on the death of Vice-premier Huang Ju (from pancreatic cancer), Josephine Ma writes: “Yuan Weishi , a Guangdong-based historian, said although the party could appoint a replacement for Huang on the Politburo Standing Committee, this was unlikely to happen so soon before the congress. Professor Yuan also believes Huang is one…

Not dead yet.

I’m in Tianjin this week, attending a conference that I’ll be writing about soon. Like most Chinese trade conferences attended by government officials, this one is a very long snooze: speeches and presentations are submitted and vetted in advance, bound in a book, and distributed to conference participants who have very little incentive to attend…

Preferential Recruitment, Chinese-style

In late April, Xinhua ran a brief item on new drug and psychological testing requirements for People’s Liberation Army officer candidates. At the time, I was most surprised by the open acknowledgment that drug use is a growing problem among young Chinese. That, and the obvious use of a modified MMPI (“700 to 800 questions…

Contact

It’s come to my attention that emails sent from the contact form on this site are not reaching me. The problem appears to be associated with the hosting company and, unfortunately, the hosting company is in the US, and enjoying a long Memorial Day weekend. I’ve pulled the contact form for now, but hopefully it’ll…

Bush’s Beef

Unlike Paulson, Bush brought up the currency issue. In a meeting with reporters after Wu Yi visited the White House, he fingered the yuan as a primary reason for the US$223 billion trade deficit. There’s some truth to that, of course. But only some. If the yuan rises enough, many of China’s low-cost manufacturing jobs…

Wu Yi in America

I’m not surprised, but the most detailed coverage of Vice-Premier Wu Yi’s trade mission seems to have been in the Asian press, and to a lesser extent in the US financial press. Not surprised, but disappointed. Wu Yi, like most Chinese high government officials, reclusive and difficult to cover beyond her official statements. Thus, it…