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Why China Will Have an Economic Crisis

By MICHAEL SCHUMAN | @MichaelSchuman From TIME BUSINESS PETER PARKS / AFP / GETTY IMAGES A passenger passes a photo montage of the Shanghai skyline in a subway station in Pudong, the financial district of Shanghai, on Feb. 3, 2012 The view in most of the world is that China is indestructible. Shrugging off the crises multiplying elsewhere, … Continue reading

Reimposing order

The authorities clamp down on rumours of political turbulence Apr 7th 2012 | The Economist THESE days even seasoned China-watchers are having trouble knowing what is going on. But it is clear that political tensions are high in Beijing following the dismissal of the Communist Party chief of Chongqing, Bo Xilai, on March 15th. Mr … Continue reading

Flying too close to the Sun?

By The Economist It’s a long way down from the 102nd floor of the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, where Analects once enjoyed a really high tea (see picture). But the dizziness you feel looking out of the window cannot compare with the vertiginous sensation the building’s owners, Sun Hung Kai Properties, must now … Continue reading

China’s Twitter War

By Adam Segal This month, supporters of Tibet, and the merely curious, have seen information warfare up close. On Twitter, several hundred bots(automated programs that generate content) flooded discussions using the hashtags #Tibet and #Freetibet with meaningless tweets and spam. If you were someone trying to learn more about Tibet, you kept bumping up against these threads, and … Continue reading