The Editors suggest checking out the following links:
FinanceAsia.com: Blackstone inks first China deal – In-depth look at Bluestar’s business and details of the deal
New York Times: An Opportunity for Wall St. in China’s Surveillance Boom – An extension of the corporate responsibility argument that shades tech companies like Google’s business in China; are they aiding the Chinese police state?
Mutant Palm: The Return of Fu Manchu – Chapter 1.5: Hackers and Spies – A take on US alarmism in reaction to a spate of reported PLA hack-attacks and Western media hints at industrial tech espionage
Ich Bin Ein Beijinger: A Surreal Summit – “Attending Davos Dalian must be not altogether dissimilar to dropping in on the Grinch’s Christmas party!” – A commenter on Kaiser Kuo’s recent trip to the World Economic Forum in Dalian
BusinessWeek: Subprime Woes Reach Outsourcers – “Still, few would argue that outsourcers’ subprime woes are catastrophic. Most have diverse client bases and mortgage lenders,”
China Daily: Terrorism ‘big threat’ to Olympics – “Although the general security situation for the Beijing Olympics remains stable, we still face the challenges of terrorism, separatism and extremism,” the minister said. “Terrorism, in particular, poses the biggest threat.”
Forbes.com: China’s Finance Minister Removed From Post – “The middle-aged “social butterfly,” … confessed she also had affairs with other senior government officials, including Chen Tonghai, the former chairman of China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. and Jin Renqing”
United Press International: U.S. junk sales to China soaring – “In an act of macroeconomic karma, materials thrown out by Americans — broken-down auto bodies, old screws and nails (and many other items) — accounted for $6.7 billion in exports to China in 2006, second only to aerospace products,”
Wired: Avant-Green Capitalists Trade Pollution Offsets Like Carbon Credits – “The real money is in nascent markets indexed to the health of Mother Nature.” – Selling nature’s services
CScout TrendBlog: Native Systems – “the Native Systems team are aiming to provide a comprehensive multi-lingual mobile guide that will provide citywide information based on user location.” – Starting in Beijing
Beijing Review: Zen and the Art of the Entrepreneur – Interview with Tony Luh of DFJ DragonFund, a Draper Fisher Jurvetson affiliate.
Straits Times: Spore, China to soon sign pact on eco-city – “The Chinese have suggested four sites, two of which – Tianjin and Tangshan – Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan is visiting on his current trip to China.”