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Orwell’s Past is China’s Future — and Maybe Ours

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” ― George Orwell, 1984   Tucked among all the news stories lat month was a remarkable series of articles in the Wall Street Journal about China’s emerging “Social Credit Score.” This term refers to a system, currently under development, through which all Chinese citizens (and probably visitors) would be assigned a score that

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PS: On the International Misrule of Law

Interesting post by Brhama Chellaney (Professor of Strategic Studies at the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Research) on ProjectSyndicate.com about the similarities in how China and the U.S. view international law. Excerpt: Despite a widely held belief that the current international system is based on rules, the fact is that major powers are rule makers and

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Recent Read: “Wealth and Power: China’s Long March To the Twenty-First Century”

At a time when it seems every week brings a new book analyzing China’s rise, Wealth and Power (Random House, 2013) by Orville Schell (Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society of New York City) and John Delury (Assistant Professor of East-Asian studies at Yonsei University in Seoul), is a

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The Puppet Masters Send a Message – Again

Simon Zadek has an interesting piece over on Project Syndicate, where he notes the increasingly active role Chinese regulators are playing in curbing “excesses” in the activities of multi-nationals. As he notes: Hardly a day goes by without China’s government thrusting another global brand into the limelight. Last month, China’s environment ministry rejected an application

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The Lure of Quanxi: East and West

The Economist posted an interesting small piece yesterday about the current investigation of US bank’s hiring of Chinese “princelings” in their China offices. Of course, as the article points out, no one in China would be surprised to learn that the latest intern to join a team was the son/daughter/niece/nephew/etc. of a government official. As

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Is Total Credit the Best Leading Indicator of a Crisis?

CFO.com posted an interesting piece by Vincent Ryan that recaps the results of a new study by a researcher at the Bank for International Settlements (“The Central Banks’ Central Bank,” as it’s usually called). The BIS paper, by Mathias Drehmann, focus its attention on measuring not just the bank credit outstanding a country at any

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US-China Cost Convergence: Getting Closer

Mark Muro has an interesting post on Brookings.com where he discusses some new data suggesting that US-China manufacturing cost convergence is happening, at least in some sectors. Notes Muro: A new paper just published in the Journal of Power Sources contains new information about the global advanced battery manufacturing industry derived some fresh reporting: the authors’ face-to-face interviews with

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FT: Toyota Cuts Production Headed to China

FT notes today that Toyota is cutting volumes headed into China due to unrest:   “Toyota Motor is cutting production of vehicles for the Chinese market in a sign of the deepening economic impact of anti-Japanese demonstrations that swept the country this month. The carmaker’s decision underscores the risk of lasting fallout for businesses from the maritime

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