Archive for October 3rd, 2012

A Rant, Some Recommendations and Asides.

October 3, 2012

Nothing fuels the appetite like beginning a post with a bit of head kicking. And if you follow the early links, you can identify the source of this very bad netiquette on my part. So let’s out the perps, namely James Fallows, Evan Osnos and Jeremiah Jenne, all three deriving financial reward for their scribblings on China. I’m not even providing links since this unholy trinity – who astroturf each others product – simply don’t deserve any additional oxygen of publicity.

Osnos has his venerable publication’s style down pat. Content easily found by any cursory trawl through Google news reader or the BBC. If you’re lucky! Fallows wrote a excellent and technically detailed article on how the GFW works sometime before The Games 08, and has coasted on that effort ever since. Mr Jenne takes great pleasure in advising his few readers that he is undertaking PhD research in some minor American university. Probably has the name card with ‘PhD candidate’ inscribed after his name.

You can bet the farm that he won’t be advising readers if his thesis is rejected (“Not an original contribution to knowledge”) or is subjected to a major rewrite. Its an unpleasant task identifying these empty vessels, but necessary, when one considers the general reverence all three enjoy among the general commentariat.

Now that the eye gouging and ear biting in the scrum is out of the way, let’s go positive, and where better than a hat tip to Beijing Cream run by Two Star General Anthony Tao. A tremendous source of fun posts and serious links. Top of the Pops and a great start to the day.

Unlike the the unholy trinity, Ross Garnaut reporter for the SMH, cans the commentary for serious in-depth reporting by making use of his extensive contacts across diverse Sino circles of influence. While I’ve linked virtually all his pieces (particularly those on Bo/Chongqing before the hammer feel), I missed this long piece on endemic corruption within the PLA published in Foreign Policy in April. Thanks to Eric of Sinostand for the link. Read it and draw your own conclusions about A) the PRCs culture of secrecy and B) its military capabilities.

Speaking of the Bo Business, it’s nice to see that the China Daily has the problem sorted. (Had an even better quote, but lost it in the ether somewhere.)

The CPC Central Committee called on the Party, the country and people of all ethnic groups to closely unite around the CPC Central Committee led by General Secretary Hu Jintao and hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, under the guidance of Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important Thought of the Three Represents.
It urged deeply implementing the Scientific Outlook on Development and unswervingly advancing along the socialist path with Chinese characteristics in order to make new achievements in anti-corruption campaigns and the construction of a clean Party and government, strive for the overall building of a well-off society and create new progress for the socialist cause with Chinese characteristics.

General Tao provides the other link which I wish to highlight, namely James McGregor’s piece in Quartz: BUSINESS 101
Don’t bring your cell phone to meetings in China, you might get hacked.
So basic that even the gormless Australian Governmemt trade delegation to China a few months ago left all their digital devices at home under the threat of strangulation. Finally, dipstick Craig Emerson (PhD) took one small step towards bipolar trade talk reality for a change.

McGregor (another outstanding citizen of tubbyland) has a new e book out HERE, previewed with eight precise answers to eight general questions. In another discussion on The Many Dangers of China’s State Capitalism HERE, he provides the money quote to die for:

“Members of China’s National People’s Congress have become so wealthy that their meetings may best take place in a bank vault.”

Winding up on an XXXX Adults Only note, Adam Minter for Bloomberg states the bleeding obvious in a pointed piece which speaks to the type of civil society being produced in China today: In China, Mistresses and Corruption Go Hand in Hand.

Please note, the point does not reside in the title, okay. Here, I am pleased to report that my Sino hometown Fuzhou is up there in the mistress department.

Forget Minter’s Mandarin link, Richard Spencer of The Telegraph gives you the Top Ten in all their fornicating (doubt it) glory. This was common knowledge pillow talk at the time.

8. Creativity: Lin Longfei, Party secretary of Zhouning county in Fujian. Lin had relationships with twenty-two women, for whom he made a special contacts book. On May 22, 2002, he held a banquet for all twenty-two women at a restaurant in Fuzhou. During the meal, he announced that he would have a gathering every year, and that each year he would give a prize to the woman who satisfied him most. This was such an absurd suggestion that it won a round of applause from the mistresses gathered there.

Minxin Pei in The Diplomat can wait for another day.

You can beat me to it, by spotting the new twist in his old riff.