Monthly Archives: March 2011

Pressing on to Hangzhou

After descending Huangshan, I headed back to Mr. Hu’s restaurant-inn for lunch. His wife whipped up a delicious eggplant with fried rice that hit the spot. They then let me shower and relax in a room with a television at … Continue reading

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Heading to Huangshan

With a 12-day consecutive stint of work finished for the NPC, CPPCC sessions, I found myself with a welcome week holiday. You don’t come this far across the world to while away the time in a Beijing high-rise apartment. Having … Continue reading

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A salt and battery

It’s been a little over two weeks since Japan was rocked by its worst-ever earthquake and the devastating tsunami that followed. There have been inevitable murmurings in China’s blogosphere from sadistic netizens calling it baoying(报应) or karma for Japan’s atrocities … Continue reading

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Chinese media coverage of Japan’s quake

It had all the makings of a “where-were-you-when-this-hit” moment. Live pictures of tsunamis pounding the coast. Boats tossed around like helpless corks in harbors. A powerful slide of debris blanketing farms at breakneck speed. Japan, no stranger to seismic suffering, … Continue reading

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Empress Wu Zetian

Yesterday (March 8th) was International Women’s Day – an occasion I can never remember holding much significance in Australia, but carries considerable more clout in Asia. When I was teaching at the Provincial Teacher Training College in Cambodia, we marked … Continue reading

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China’s top legislature explained

Political season has officially started. China’s top law-making body, better known as the National People’s Congress or NPC, is in session. I’ve never been good at understanding the mechanisms of politics, be it in Australia, the US or any other … Continue reading

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China’s hard task with soft power

China has a swagger in its step. Its rise both economically and geopolitically has steadily built momentum over the past 30 years. But behind its confidence and national pride lies an insecurity holding it back. It recently claimed another scalp … Continue reading

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