A Glimpse of the World
All across Africa, new tracks are being laid, highways built, ports deepened, commercial contracts signed
-- all on an unprecedented scale, and led by China, whose appetite for commodities
. Do China's grand designs promise the transformation, at last, of a star-crossed continent? Or merely its exploitation? The author
travels deep into the heart of Africa, searching for answers.World Bank unit to finance Chinese Africa venture
The World Bank's private sector arm has signed its first deal to finance Chinese investment in Africa, a move it hopes will help to discourage violations of human rights and environmental standards.
China Expands Naval Power to Waters U.S. Dominates
China wants warships to escort vessels crucial to the country’s economy, from the Pacific to the Middle East.
Report: China To Overtake U.S. As World's Biggest Asshole By 2020
According to a new report released Monday by a panel of top economists and social scientists, the People's Republic of China will overtake the United States as the world's dominant asshole by the year 2020.
China Has all Their Eggs in Our Basket
The main theme of this second conversation is which country has the leverage over the other, via China's enormous loans to and investments in the United States. Ma and I see this more or less the same way -- but in quite a different way from what you'd think based on mainstream coverage of the topic or, especially, US talk shows or political speeches.
Wham-O Moves to America
Wham-O moving its production of Frisbees, hula hoops and pool noodles from China to the U.S. is reverse colonialism. Does that mean, as Americans, we're going to have to put our own antifreeze in our toothpaste?
Civil Liberties: Learning from China
Here's the point of comparison between the impending Arizona situation and China: it's no fun
knowing -- as citizen and foreigner alike know in China, and as Hispanic-looking people in Arizona soon will -- that you can be asked to show proof of your legality at an official's whim. But if it's sobering to think that the closest analogy to a new U.S. legal situation is daily life in Communist China, we should also look on the bright side. With some notable and serious exceptions, I typically did not see Chinese police asking for papers on a whim. Usually something had to happen first. Maybe soon the Chinese State Security apparatus can travel to Arizona and give lectures to local police and sheriffs. They can explain how to avoid going crazy with a new power that so invites abuse. "Civil Liberties: Learning from China" can be the name of the course.
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