The Editors suggest checking out the following links:
•Letter From China: China building gigantic cities to offset rural poverty – International Herald Tribune – A consensus has emerged among Beijing’s leadership that the way to ease poverty in the interior is to encourage people by the tens of millions to abandon the land for the cities.
•Economist.com: Easier said than done – Earthlink reviews its muni-WiFi plans; perhaps Beijing should take heed?
•Pacific Epoch: Rumour – SEGA Shuts Down China Subsidiary – Sega wasn’t doing well in China, it may seem. Maybe they should have done more outsourcing?
•Shanghai Journal: An Interview with Peter Hessler [Anonymoused] – Long interview with Peter Hessler; worth reading.
•AHN: China’s “Great Firewall” Blocks Media Watchdog’s Site Within Hours – Chinese internet police block a Reporters Without Borders site within hours of it being set up, showcasing ruthless efficiency.
•Forbes: China Bubble Mania – Wachovia Securities’ Rod Smyth buys into the Olympics A share bull market.
•AFP: Entropia to build China a cash-based virtual world – Sweden’s Entropia is working with the Beijing municipal government to create a Second Life-esque virtual world that will generate 10,000 jobs in the Chinese economy. Weird!