China’s statistics are bad. Many criticisms of them are worse

China’s statistics are bad. Many criticisms of them are worse

“Our people crave, more than anything else, to know the extent of the nation,” says the narrator in “Do You Love Me?”, a short story by Peter Carey set on an imaginary world that lionises cartographers. To satisfy that craving, the country carries out a regular, exhaustive census: a “total inventory of the contents of […]

An American ban puts China’s ZTE in peril

An American ban puts China’s ZTE in peril

TALK of restricting the use of Chinese telecoms equipment in the West is growing. This week the curbs went the other way, when America banned its companies from selling hardware and software for seven years to one of China’s state-owned tech champions, ZTE. On April 16th America’s Department of Commerce said that China’s second-largest telecoms […]

China’s Attack On The Dollar: What Does It Mean?

China’s Attack On The Dollar: What Does It Mean?

China has been accumulating gold for years, and are now taking steps to tie it to yuan. Interest rates in the U.S. are rising, and the Chinese are not so eager to keep piling up on U.S. dollars and U.S. Treasury debt. Ron Paul discusses on The Liberty Report! Ron Paul Liberty Report – Archives […]

China’s Ant Financial is obliged to abandon an American acquisition

China’s Ant Financial is obliged to abandon an American acquisition

It didn’t mean jack “THE geopolitical environment has changed considerably since…a year ago.” That was the explanation given this week by Alex Holmes, chief executive of MoneyGram International, a Dallas-based American money-transfer firm, for Ant Financial abandoning its $ 1.2bn deal to buy his firm. Ant, the online-payments affiliate of Alibaba Group, a Chinese e-commerce […]

China’s dreadful air pollution seems to have got a bit better

China’s dreadful air pollution seems to have got a bit better

Air pollution strikes Beijing on 6 November 2017Wu Hong/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock By Andy Coghlan China has taken some baby steps towards cleaning up its horrendous air pollution – but there is a long way still to go. Eastern China, especially Beijing, is notorious for its smogs, driven by the country’s rapid industrialisation. On Friday Beijing issued an […]