Tensions in the South China Sea are accelerating as both China and the United States are rattling each other sabres. The area is hotly contested between China and US proxy states. These allies of the US are staking their claim in the area on their behalf. In the area between Vietnam, China, Philippines, Korea, and…

Faceless Employees in China, Literally

We’ve all heard that employees are faceless entities of a giant corporate bureaucracy who are nothing more than easily cogwheels. Well this truth has been taken to a whole new level by a company in China. It’s rather ironic that the once greatest bastion of socialism is now becoming the most advanced expression of social…

Poetry of a Foxconn Suicide Victim

Xu Lizhi threw himself from a Foxconn workers’ dormitory building in Shenzhen on 30 September. He was 24 years old, a migrant worker and a poet: neither line of work looks promising in China at the moment. Here is some of that poetry he wrote before he committed suicide: We ran along the railway, arriving…

Re: China won’t suffer a Western type financial crisis

John Ross, Senior Fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China, wrote an interesting piece giving his reasons why “China won’t suffer a Western type financial crisis”. After having looked it over I don’t understand what argument he is making in the post. If I understand the author correctly, he’s saying that…