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Son’s Parties and Privilege Aggravate Fall of Elite Chinese Family

Notice to all readers: New Asia Pacific Watch launched!!! Please remember the new address: http://asiapacificwatch.com.This wordpress site will be abandoned soon. By ANDREW JACOBS and DAN LEVIN After a pampered childhood in the walled compounds of the Chinese capital, he was sent off for schooling in England, where he developed a reputation as an academically indifferent bon … Continue reading

Corruption Nation: Why Bo Xilai Matters

by Evan Osnos In December, 2006, police in the Chinese territory of Macau arrested Ao Man Long, the region’s secretary for transport and public works, who had been collecting kickbacks over a period of seven years. Investigators found that he and his family had received more than a hundred million U.S. dollars, which he had detailed … Continue reading

Frenzied Hours for U.S. on Fate of a China Insider

By STEVEN LEE MYERS and MARK LANDLER WASHINGTON — On the evening of Feb. 6, a vice mayor of a major Chinese city who had a reputation as a crime fighter turned up at the American Consulate in Chengdu in an agitated state, telling a tale of corruption and murder that has ensnared the Obama administration in a … Continue reading

Behind China’s Big Slowdown

By Eve Cary  The Diplomat Over the past 6 months, housing prices have been falling, construction projects slowing, and the real estate market has been tapering off, primarily due to central government policies aimed at cooling the radioactive housing market. But it’s not just the real estate sector that’s seeing the effects of these policies – … Continue reading

Fearful Final Hours for Briton in China

By JEREMY PAGE –Wall Street Journal The day before his death in the fog-shrouded Chinese city of Chongqing, Neil Heywood sensed that something was amiss. The British businessman had been summoned on short notice to a meeting in Chongqing in early November with representatives of the family of Bo Xilai, the local Communist Party chief, according … Continue reading

Instagram, Facebook, and China

By Evan Osnos, New Yorker Last November, long before Facebook paid a billion dollars for Instagram—back when most of humanity had yet to hear about the photo-sharing app with a dozen employees—co-founder Kevin Systrom visited Beijing for a conference and had evident interest in China. As TechCrunch reported at the time, and Loretta Chao describes today in the wake of the Facebook deal, Systrom … Continue reading

The food you don’t eat in China

Insects, dog meat, MSG, evil tofu and other Chinese food fallacies: A China-based chef dispels common misconceptions surrounding Chinese cuisine By Rueben Marley There are many and various myths surrounding Chinese food. For foreigners like me that have lived in China for some time, these become somewhat irrelevant. This is because many of us have … Continue reading

A Collage of Chinese Values

A COLLAGE OF CHINESE VALUES by Evan Osnos I’ve been spending time with young Chinese people recently, talking about their beliefs and priorities (more on that soon), which has reminded me just how difficult a task it is to define Chinese values these days. So I was struck when I came upon these photos by the … Continue reading