Weekly Roundup: Inflation Stokes Consumer Ire, Coming Soon – China Innovation, “Fair and Balanced” Reporting

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 1:31
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With so much going on in China, and only a limited amount of bandwidth, I have created this weekly post to highlight articles that I feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting.

This week there are 4 articles that I have chosen to highlight as each are quite interesting, they are all relevant, and there are issues within each that I think you the reader should be aware of.

If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section. We all have different areas of interest and bandwidth, so I hope you will take some time and post those articles!

The people speak out: China prices too high
A topic that is becoming more and more important is the fact that things are getting expensive in China, and unfortunately with shortages occurring and the dollar flushing itself down the toilet we are only looking at further increases.

Great leap for China: from manufacturer to designer
China’s desire to move from the factory floor to the innovative workshop is palpable, and according an exhibitor in the U.S., we are on the cusp of seeing this transition. In my mind, this is just a matter of time, and there are industries that will see Chinese born innovations first.. and others that will obviously require more time. However, as we discussed in our last What if Session, the government is now working to operationalize a lot of the ideas locked inside the research institutes.. and it is only a matter of time and money before the fruit falls from the tree

Lhasa riot reports show media bias in West
Something that goes beyond the recent events in West China, this piece I think does a fair job of calling for a bit of perspective on events and how they are reported. It is a topic I discussed during the product safety scandal, and more than anything, it was the topic I have been discussing when the recent events came up. I am not saying that the authors is 100% spot on, but I would say that foreign media covereage of China based events is typically biased against China, and that while sometimes that comes to an over zealous editor, at other times it comes down to the fact that many reporters are not equipped with a knowledge of the language, culture, or history of China.

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4 Responses to “Weekly Roundup: Inflation Stokes Consumer Ire, Coming Soon – China Innovation, “Fair and Balanced” Reporting”

  1. AJ says:

    March 25th, 2008 at 6:07 am

    The second link isn’t working …

    (Nice work, by the way. Keep it up.)

  2. Rich says:

    March 25th, 2008 at 6:42 am

    AJ – All is working now. thanks for the tip and compliment.


  3. Doug Gerke says:

    March 25th, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Interesting perspective. The reporting is certainly biased but then most reporting is. Or should I say, in this case, it tends to reflect the meme that the Chinese government is inherently repressive, particularly with regard to the issues that animate people on T*bet, and is therefore the cause of the problems.

    There is a quote attributed to the current President Bush: “I don`t do nuance,” which I think even more neatly sums up the problem with most news reporting. The vast majority, regardless of origin, just doesn`t do nuance well, largely because the general public doesn`t either.

  4. Tony Price says:

    March 26th, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Chris DE commented on T*bet (and the Bhutan elections) on his 2point6billion site which is about the only informed view I have seen: http://www.2point6billion.com/2008/03/25/oh-tibet-who-will-buy-your-spirituality-now/