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Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

Alice in Wonderland has nothing on the absurd world of Europe's financial policymakersCurioser and curioser, as Alice said in her adventures in Wonderland. The longer the crisis in the eurozone has gone on, the more it has come to resemble something penned by Lewis Carroll.Here are just a few of the surreal aspects of the current state of affairs. The answer to a lack of growth in struggling countries such as Greece is austerity of such ferocity that recessions deepen. The solution to a financial crisis caused originally by the over-leveraging of banks and individuals is to turn Europe's...

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

With the government seeking to increase domestic demand, places like Guiyang are at the heart of its urbanisation strategyEvery few minutes another car brakes sharply as it reaches Tangbaguan on Guiyang's new ring road. Another driver does a double-take. The dual carriageway ends abruptly in a narrow dirt track twisting downwards through heaps of rubble.The city is eating hungrily into the hillsides, swallowing up maize fields and rice terraces in loops of tarmac and towers of concrete and glass. But the pace of change is so rapid, the transition so sharp, that its citizens are...

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

Labour peer's consultancy poaches high-flying civil servants to exploit global trade opportunitiesLord Mandelson, the former business secretary, is recruiting high-flying civil servants to join the consultancy he set up after leaving government to exploit business opportunities around the world.The Labour peer established Global Counsel, his Mayfair-based advisory firm, last year, but little is publicly known about its operations or clients. Now, however, the Observer understands that Mandelson's company has made two high-profile new appointments.

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

Newly leaked document reveals support for opponents of proposed Myitsone dam, widely seen as a Chinese projectThe US embassy in Rangoon funded some of the civil society groups in the Burmese region that forced the government to suspend a controversial Chinese dam on the Irrawaddy river, according to a US diplomatic cable.The January 2010 cable on the $3.6bn (£2.3bn) Myitsone dam...

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

243770C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 RANGOON000030SIPDISDEPT FOR EAP/MLS, DRL, OES, EEB, AND INRPACOM FOR FPAEO 12958 DECL: 01/14/2020TAGS BM, ECON, ENRG, PGOV, PHUM, PREL, SENVSUBJECT: BURMA: GRASSROOTS OPPOSITION TO CHINESE-BACKED DAM IN NORTHERN BURMA REFTEL A: 08 RANGOON 815REFTEL B: 09 RANGOON 447 RANGOON 00000030001.2 of 002 Classified By: P/E Officer Adam Murray for Reasons 1.4 (b) & (d)Summary---------------1. (C) On December 21, workers broke ground on the controversial new Myitsone Dam project in...

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

Prominent figures in US space community such as Neil Armstrong worry that Nasa is being left behind on the launchpadAfter edging out the Soviets and winning the race to land a human on the moon in 1969, the United States has enjoyed more than four decades unchallenged as the world's dominant force in space. The launch on Thursday of the first stage of a new Chinese space station could be seen as the beginnings of a shift in that power.That China has joined the US and Russia as the third nation with the capability of a permanent crewed presence in space is not, in itself, a significant...

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

China puts its first research module – the Heavenly Palace – into orbit

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

Video of Tiangong-1 space station is distributed with US patriotic song as background music in latest Chinese propaganda gaffeThe lift-off was flawless. The orbit immaculate.

Guardian | Oct 03, 2011

Authorities pull plug on Confucius prize marked by disorganisation and negative headlinesA Chinese attempt to establish an alternative to the Nobel peace prize appeared to have flopped after just one award ceremony when the government confirmed on Thursday that the group overseeing the award had been disbanded.The Confucius peace prize was launched last December in a riposte to the Nobel committee's honouring of the jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, a decision that embarrassed and...

BBC | Oct 03, 2011

The US Senate votes in favour of debating currency laws in a bid to pressure China to allow the yuan to appreciate.

The Economist | Oct 03, 2011

ON MOST days for the past several years, pilots from the Japan Air Self-Defence Force have scrambled to stop military aircraft from China and Russia buzzing Japan’s air space. It is a reminder of how prickly Japan’s ties with its neighbours have become, not least because of contested sovereignty over a few remote islands. Intercepts of Chinese planes almost tripled last year, to 96 (see chart). Russia, meanwhile, recently sent two bombers skirting provocatively around the Japanese archipelago.Amid such taunts, on September 26th Japan received three bids to supply an order of more than 40...

The Economist | Oct 03, 2011

THE biggest in the world; tentacles in every continent abroad and every village at home; a magnet for foreign investors; yet its culture remains distinctive and it is not clear who really controls it. Haier, a Chinese company that has for nearly three years been the world’s biggest seller of domestic appliances, might almost be a metaphor for China itself.It is difficult to write about the firm without recounting the legendary birth of its management cult. One day in 1985 Zhang Ruimin, appointed a year earlier to rescue an ailing state-owned refrigerator factory, tackled its quality-...

The Economist | Oct 03, 2011

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The Economist | Oct 03, 2011

A BEIJING newspaper recently declared that America and China “risk misinterpreting each other and forcing an unexpected showdown”. Fearful of this, America has trodden warily in its consideration of how to improve Taiwan’s ageing fleet of fighter jets. Its decision, announced in Washington on September 21st, is a compromise that will avert an immediate showdown but leave Taiwan feeling hardly any more secure.The deal is to upgrade Taiwan’s 145 F-16 A/B jets at a cost of $5.9 billion. The island will not, at least for the time being, get the 66 new F-16 C/D fighters that it (and some...

The Economist | Oct 03, 2011

SIXTY years ago this month, a set of agreements signed in San Francisco established the security architecture for Asia and the Pacific that, a few bouts of tinkering aside, is still fundamentally in place. The peace treaty that ended the second world war was accompanied by the formalising of alliances between America and its allies: Australia and New Zealand (the “ANZUS” treaty), Japan and the Philippines. In 1953-54, mutual-defence pacts with South Korea and Taiwan were added, and the ground rules for a Pax Americana in the Pacific were largely complete.Where to begin enumerating how the...

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