We're All State Capitalists Now
'No, according to some commentators, the contest between the two Asian superpowers is also fundamentally a contest between economic models: market capitalism vs. state capitalism.' [more inside]
China: Humiliation and the Olympics
. Orville Schell discusses China's angry reaction
to foreign criticism, the film Dark Matter
(based on the 1991 Lu Gang
shooting in Iowa), and the Beijing Olympics. ... what gives
Dark Matter wider significance is the filmmakers' use of the Iowa incident to explore—indirectly—some important psychological dynamics between China and the West: China's deeply felt sense of historic injury by foreign nations, and the ways its often thwarted efforts to gain acceptance among leading world powers have exacerbated such sentiments. In the past, feelings of injury have arisen from such events as the Opium Wars and the Japanese occupation; and most recently after the Tibetan demonstrations this spring and during the run-up to this summer's Beijing Olympic Games. From the New York Review of Books.
The messy 3-way interaction
between grassroots Chinese nationalism, foreign opposition, and the quiet hand
of China's media censors continues.