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February 8, 2012 at 3:20 p.m.

James Fallows, on why it's ok to give "iffy" answers to questions about China:

If anyone starts telling you with "certainty" what is or is not going to happen in China, you should mistrust that person -- precisely because of the certainty. There are contradictory pressures, trends, and "truths" in every part of the country every day. You can imagine the current system surviving more or less intact for another generation. You can also imagine it blowing up -- and, after it has happened, either would seem "inevitable" and "pre-ordained." So while this may seem like equivocation, it's actually a ...


Google.cn Goes Dark

March 22, 2010 at 10:27 p.m.

In January, Google revealed that hackers had launched ambitious attacks on the company and its properties. The attacks came from China, it said, and some targeted the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

At the time, it said this:

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next ...


More on China and Reality: The Big Disconnect

December 24, 2009 at 4:40 p.m.

Kaiser Kuo is one of those rare people who can live seamlessly in two worlds. Here, he tries to get Chinese and Americans--regular people, not just leaders--to see each other's perspective. Here's a good summation of the problem at hand, as seen in 2008:

If you were to take away the rednecks and the Red Guards from the equation, you are still left with two groups who are still fundamentally at odds with each other.


(via Fons Tuinstra)