The messy 3-way interaction
between grassroots Chinese nationalism, foreign opposition, and the quiet hand
of China's media censors continues.
The "sacred flame
" winds its way
towards Beijing, creating new flashpoints
like a car bumper scraping sparks from the pavement.
The chinese public's anger at CNN
now has a wildly popular theme song
. "You can't turn lies into the truth by repeating them a thousand times"
and an American backlash
are both growing. Where is all this leading to? And even if we can't understand how China sees Tibet
, or know whether the Shanghai Princesses
will really give up their Chanel
, can we at least assure the Chinese that we don't like Jack Cafferty either
In China's newly wealthy cities,
a research boom is starting. In parts of the countryside
, the rivers are black and too toxic to touch.
"All he has left now
to remember the grandson he once carried on his back is a stack of workbooks -- trigonometry, politics, history. Mr. Zheng does not recognize enough Chinese characters to read them. But he keeps the books as memorials." The best human interest story of the year, and a look into the lives of China's rural poor.