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TOM PLATE WRITES (in the South China Morning Post) — There are more than a few financial figures in PRC circles that no longer trust Western financial advice (or most advisers) any more than they have to. There is a rich, as it were, history, behind the mistrust. And in this, Mr George Soros, no […]

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China: Big Data, Big Goals, & Big Problems

BRADLEY CAVANAGH WRITES – Think of it as a credit score for your standing with the Communist Party. And if it works as intended, it will preserve in China all that is good and right and true. By 2020, the Chinese government hopes to make use of big data to implement a rating system to […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Annyeonghaseyo, Mr. Roboto

SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – The South Korean government has announced an investment of about $14.8 million in robot development.  This recent endeavor was instigated by the recent spike in technological innovation that took place in China.  This project seeks to demonstrate South Korea’s ability to compete with China’s cheap labor that has become more prevalent since […]

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HONG KONG: “Cloud” or Not, No Media Outlet is Safe

MIRANDA PAK WRITES – Today, it’s not uncommon for people to rely on cloud or file-sharing services, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, to store documents. A ‘cloud’ is basically a service where people make an account and upload documents and, once uploaded, they can be accessed anywhere on any device with Internet connection. While arguably convenient and reliable, […]

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TOM PLATE WRITES (IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST) – At times China and its ways are viewed from America as if little has changed. One of those times is now. This is our quadrennial U.S. presidential campaign season. Sometimes it is our silliest season. One spurious claim about China recently marinated into a campaign […]

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EMILY ROCHA WRITES – Media coverage of the recent monumental meeting between Chinese and Taiwanese presidents differs between the two states, as each attempts to push their own agenda. On November 7, in Singapore, a historic handshake between the Beijing and Taipai leaders occurred, the first since the declaration of the People’s Republic of China […]

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HONG KONG: Alibaba Investing in SCMP Group?

MIRANDA PAK WRITES – China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba is rumored to be in talks about investing in SCMP Group Ltd, which publishes Hong Kong’s leading English newspaper the South China Morning Post. According to China Daily, Alibaba is trying to expand into the media and entertainment industries. More specifically, the e-commerce entity is “in talks to take a […]

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CHINA: If Posts are Censored, Do They Make a Sound?

EMILY ROCHA WRITES – A new study has exposed further censorship of Chinese citizens. Following the release of a documentary exposing the high levels of air pollution in China earlier this year, it was found that users on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, called Weibo, were censored as they discussed the film. The documentary, titled “Under […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Double Diplomatic Parking with Obama

SABRINA VERDUZCO WRITES – The United States and South Korea displayed a new desire to cement a lasting relationship between the two countries on October 16.  Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye demonstrated an eagerness to strengthen the US-South Korea alliance on October 16. In a statement from the White House, the talks were intended […]

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CHINA: Dreamwriter is a Dream-Killer for Journalists

EMILY ROCHA WRITES – Back in September, a robot called Dreamwriter published a near 1,000 word article in nearly a minute. The business finance report was written in Chinese and entirely understandable, leaving readers to assume it was written by a human. Dreamwriter, developed by “gaming giant” Tencent, has led to a newfound anxiety among […]

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VIETNAM: I Spy With My Little Eye

AMBER VERNETTI WRITES – Vietnamese journalist Ha Huy Hoang was arrested and convicted on the grounds of being an alleged spy for China earlier this month. Hoang, who worked for a Foreign Ministry-affiliated publication, will serve a six-year jail term.  Hoang’s lawyer, Ha Huy Son, revealed that “[Hoang] was found guilty of supplying information and material […]

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CHINA: Journalists Speak Out on Behalf of Imprisoned Peers

EMILY ROCHA WRITES: During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States in late Sept., forty-four writers from the PEN American center spoiled the dinner party with a  demand for the release of Chinese journalists and writers who are state captives for nothing more criminally offensive than sharing their opinions. The PEN […]

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HONG KONG: ‘We Are Now in the Soup Together’

TOM PLATE WRITES (courtesy of the South China Morning Post): China, it seems, cannot win for losing. Exports-predator China is always ‘beating us’, bombastic billionaire businessman Donald Trump declaimed yet again on the campaign trail. But his timing on this point could have been better as last week was not exactly the best possible moment […]

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JAPAN, CHINA, and SOUTH KOREA: When Sorry Isn’t Good Enough

LEXIE TUCKER WRITES – Big occasions call for speeches that will be remembered for decades. Unfortunately, for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered one that disappointed many. Both China and South Korea wait anxiously every time the Prime Minister is scheduled to make a statement […]

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