SHANGHAI: China Central Television (CCTV), Beijing’s largest TV network, said it would launch a new global media platform on New Year’s Day to help re-brand China overseas. The new multilingual operation will have six TV channels and a new media agency, the network said on its website on Friday night.…Full Article SHANGHAI: CHINA TO COME OUT SWINGING WITH ‘SOFT POWER’ RE-BRAND
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR SPENCER H. KIM WRITES FROM SEOUL — Just as we often need Ministers of Bad News, we also need Ministers of Good News. As anyone who knows me knows, I love the book by former U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, “The Arrogance of Power.” The title grabs you,…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: THE GOOD NEWS IN THE BAD NEWS
MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – The Philippines and the United States have enjoyed a decades-long marriage, but there’s trouble brewing in paradise. Many people didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte seriously when he said he was considering cutting ties with America and cozying up to Russia and China.…Full Article PHILIPPINES: DEAR AMERICA, IT’S OVER, SINCERELY DUTERTE
TOM PLATE WRITES – These are times that try one’s pro-American soul. To succeed Barack Obama as president, the fight looks to have come down to a duel between know-nothing and a know-it-all – between a candidate who has never held any political office, and one who has held only…Full Article CRAZY U.S. ELECTION: WHICH CANDIDATE MIGHT BE BEST FOR CHINA, JAPAN?
ASIA MEDIA WRITES – Orville Schell has been writing about China for decades and is not viewed in the West as a China-basher by any means. But in the current New York Review of Books, the former dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism offers a rigorous recounting…Full Article CHINA: A PESSIMISTIC VIEW OF XI JINPING
BRADLEY JAMES CAVANAGH WRITES — In central Shanghai, a two-story building has been plastered with images of Xi Jinping, as if to protect it, and – through this attempted power of symbolism – granted a short reprieve from demolition. Pictures taken of this building went viral on social media, prompting…Full Article CHINA: Shanghai Building Owners Protest Demolition with Xi Jinping Posters.
BRADLEY JAMES CAVANAGH WRITES – As the Chinese Communist Party seeks to keep itself relevant in the 21st century, it has a committed cheerleader in President Xi Jinping. Over the Lunar New Year, Xi made a rare round of appearances on major state-run networks to preach his message of revitalization…Full Article CHINA: Xi Jinping appears on State run TV to spread message of Chinese revitalization
WRITES STEPHEN NOERPER OF THE KOREA SOCIETY — A month and a day after conducting its fourth nuclear test, North Korea launched a multi-stage rocket carrying a 440-pound satellite. The launch of the Taepodong missile defied a United Nations ban, once again placing North Korea in direct defiance of international…Full Article NORTH KOREA: MISSILE SUCCESS, DIPLOMATIC FAILURE
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…Full Article China: Big Data, Big Goals, & Big Problems
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…Full Article CHINA: Journalists Speak Out on Behalf of Imprisoned Peers
TOM PLATE WRITES IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST: Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, brings a much-needed freshness to the stale air of international relations. Where many nasty geopolitical arguments in world politics seem deeply encrusted, this Jesuit priest heading the Catholic Church relentlessly crusades for new approaches to…Full Article POPE FRANCIS, CHINA AND THE DALAI LAMA: PEACE ON EARTH?
AMBER VERNETTI WRITES– In preparation for the 2014 Group of 20 (G20) Summit held in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland in Australia, Chinese hackers allegedly hacked into Australian media corporations to collect information about the Summit’s possible discussion topics. This group, referred to as Deep Panda, hacks into systems with…Full Article AUSTRALIA: Crouching Tiger, Hacking Panda
(Reprinted from various newspapers in Asia) TOM PLATE WRITES: If our future is not to be dulled by the dead weight of the past, then a clear-headed prioritisation of the issues of the 21st century needs to be undertaken. This means keeping Asia – and thus China – in the…Full Article BEIJING SUMMIT: THE WORLD’S TOUGH TASK
BEN SULLIVAN WRITES – U.S. journalists in China have long griped that the government picks on them. Specifically, they say, China retaliates against unfavorable coverage by withholding visas and access to top officials, barring reporters from important events, and even blocking the China editions of their employers’ web sites. The…Full Article ‘Smokin’ Joe’ Jabs at China Treatment of U.S. Newsies
CHINA DAILY, the official English language daily newspaper of the world’s most populated country, is careful about what is published, whether in the actual newspaper or online as the official e-paper. So it is probably significant that it recently ran an op-ed with the headline: “It Pays to Be Caution…Full Article BEIJING: Daily Agrees — More Cautious Than Bold
STEPHANIE GARCIA WRITES – The world weighs in as the Father of Modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, shares his most pugnacious opinions in his latest book. One Man’s View of the World, a fitting title for a book whose author single handedly took a nation from rags to riches, was…Full Article SINGAPORE: One Man’s View Receives Mixed Reviews