What we’ve been reading recently:
The Telegraph – Exploring the Yangtze River Delta: China’s factory belt – The Telegraph’s Malcolm Moore takes a road trip through the Yangtze River Delta – the heart of China’s factory belt – to find out how badly it has been hit by the economic slowdown.
IHT.com – Blogger stabbed at bookstore in Beijing – A prominent Chinese blogger, Xu Lai, was stabbed by two men who may have been seeking revenge for his anti-establishment writings.
IHT.com – New U.S. approach to China not just economic – Senior US officials said the Obama administration plans to realign the United States’ relationship with China by widening the focus beyond the economic concerns of the Bush years.
IHT.com – Growing opposition to China’s ‘black jails’ – Contention over China’s restrictions on its citizens is not confined to international conference rooms. Activists at home have also been galvanized, most recently against what locals call "black jails" – detention centers holding protesters without official procedures or right to appeal.
Forbes.com – Celebrities And China: Marketing Hell – Fiascos like Michael Phelps’ pot-smoking may play badly in the US, but they’re much worse news across the Pacific.
ChinaSMACK – CCTV Fire: Funny Photoshops By Chinese Netizens – CCTV fire + science fiction geeks + Photoshop