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China's revival of totalitarian scare tactics and other political news and views

February 10, 2016 - 10:52 -- Admin

China’s Rule of Fear - China is once again gripped by fear in a way it has not been since the era of Mao Zedong. From the inner sanctum of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to university lecture halls and executive suites, the specter of harsh accusations and harsher punishment is stalking China’s political, intellectual, and business elites. ...

China's bad debt problem enough to make any Australian Treasurer a "bed wetter"

February 6, 2016 - 11:23 -- Admin

Just another thing for the Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison to worry about.China's bad debts could exceed $5 trillion, a staggering number that is equivalent to half the size of the country’s annual economic output.The speculation is growing that Chinese growth rate will slow even more with serious consequences for Australia.

The new political force - some strange influences of the internet on politics and other news and views

February 2, 2016 - 10:06 -- Admin

Donald Trump’s tantrums drive web traffic—helping him game the entire American media - Traffic to stories about Trump, even if they contained no substantive new information or a comment from the candidate himself, was running some 10 times higher than that of any other candidate. ...

Some thoughts on China and other news and views

January 28, 2016 - 21:24 -- Admin

False Alarm on China - The prospect of an economic meltdown in China has been sending tremors through global financial markets at the start of 2016. Yet such fears are overblown. While turmoil in Chinese equity and currency markets should not be taken lightly, the country continues to make encouraging headway on structural adjustments in its real economy.