I have a new essay up at the Atlantic, “Obama-mania Sweeps China,” which is just what the title suggests: some thoughts on why President Obama is so strikingly popular here. He is, of course, about to arrive here, and I’ll have more to say about the visit in other forums, and perhaps on Shanghai Scrap, as well.


At this point, though, the only thing that I can report is that the security around Obama’s hotel is notably humorless. Go figure. More soon …