The Editors suggest checking out the following links:
•business.iafrica.com: Africa’s ‘cyber’ currency – The currency in question is prepaid mobile phone credits. Some people are selling prepaid credits, bought through their phones, for cash in rural areas, where it’s difficult to get credit through prepaid cards. Is this happening in China?
•China on Track to Become the World’s Largest Broadband Market – According to Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c58231), the number of broadband customers passed the 55 million mark in early 2007.
•IdeologyForum: China and the Zero-Sum-Olympic Games – Reading the tea leaves: The Chinese will win more golds than the Americans next year; this coincides with the run-up to the US presidential elections; the Americans will start China-bashing
•People’s Daily Online: East China maglev project suspended amid radiation concerns – The official line
•TIME – The China Blog: Maglev Blues – Simon Elegant thinks there’s more behind the shelved Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev plan
•Offshoring Times: Where does China stand in BPO race? – “China’s intension to be favorite alternative BPO hub for MNCs remains a distant dream as it is developing slower than expected.”
•AFP: Industry ponders why China canned Maglev project – “I’m a bit surprised the government decided to stop the project as it’s rare for an approved project to be halted in China,” said Li Hong, a professor with the Institute of Transport and Communication under China’s planning agency.