We suggest checking out the following links:
washingtonpost.com: In China, Farming Advances Lie Fallow – Wasted agricultural R&D efforts by the central government
FT: Dope-free pork on the menu for Beijing Games – “The official pork supplier to the 2008 Beijing Olympics is to rear organically-fed pigs at secret locations to provide athletes with safe meat guaranteed not to cause them to fail doping tests.”
International Herald Tribune: China’s economic revival is minted in counterfeit – Howard French opens his China counterfeiting story with a Harry Potter lede; the Guardian’s Peter Walker used the Incorruptible Fighter lede, maybe taking the lead from Roland Soong?
Guardian Unlimited: Corruption: China’s mushrooming problem – “There is particular pressure to achieve tangible results prior to the Communist party’s congress in Beijing later this year – a hugely important five-yearly event at which China’s rulers jostle for supremacy.”
Shanghaiist: Snippets: The Shanghai faction, counterfeit and corruption – Links to corruption-related pieces in the Guardian, IHT and Straits Times
China Briefing Blog: Have U.S. – EU quality standards been used as a form of protectionism against China? – The China Briefing Blog suggests that the developed world “has over-legislated when it comes to certain products, and has fixed standards that are deliberately too high.”
Ymerfund: You say GPS hardware, I say GPS software, let’s work the whole thing out and vertically integrate! – GPS ventures are hot in China?