Beijing’s New Internet Buzzphrase

Beijing’s New Internet Buzzphrase

Hutong Forward
Planespotting at Reagan National
1655 hrs 

In a ten minute speech last month in London at the 50th Meeting of ICANN, Lu Wei, the Minister of China’s Cyberspace Affairs Administration, introduced a set of seven principles under which, according to him, the Internet should be governed. While not much attention was paid Mr. Lu or his speech outside of the confines of the attendees, we…

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Electric Cars and China

Electric Cars and China

“The mechanical value of the automobile is falling, but the electric value of the car is rising.”

– Amit Gattani, Micron Technologies

Let’s take Amit’s point one step further: the trajectory of automotive development is such that the car is evolving into an oversized piece of consumer electronics. If there is a single factor that inveighs in favor of China eventually becoming the automaker to the…

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Edelman, Rui Chenggang, and China PR

Edelman, Rui Chenggang, and China PR

Hutong Forward
In the Shadow of the Pentagon
1710 hrs

As more details about ties between the China operations of Edelman Public Relations and erstwhile China Central Television (CCTV) anchor Rui Chenggang are released, a wave of schadenfreudehas risen amongst both Edelman’s rivals and the detractors of public relations. As happened when Edelman was caught in a similar ethical imbroglio when it…

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U.S. policy makers see a frustrating paradox: at a time when China’s economy is in triumphant ascendance—thanks in large part to America opening its vast markets to Chinese trade—the old hatreds that Nixon remarked upon are burning more brightly than ever.
"Beijing’s Appetite for Engagement Ebbs"
Andrew Browne
The Wall Street Journal
July 15, 2014
In other recent developments regarding nuclear energy, Chinese premier Li Keqiang announced in London that China will design, own, and operate nuclear power plants for Britain, reports the Daily Mail.

Accident at Guangdong Nuclear Power Plant Blamed On Mistake | Nanfang Insider

Okay, let me get this straight: this is a country that cannot build a decent steel bridge for California, and they’re talking about building building, owning, and operating nuclear power plats for Britain?

Someone has taken leave of their senses.

"Who’s there?"
Anita who?
Anita Martini. 
  • "Knock-knock."
  • "Who’s there?"
  • "Anita."
  • Anita who?
  • Anita Martini. 
Linux users shake their heads.

Linux users shake their heads.

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China Goes West: The Coming Rise of Chinese Brands

China Goes West: The Coming Rise of Chinese Brands

China Goes West: Everything You Need To Know About Chinese Companies Going Global
Joel Backaler
May 2014

If there is one question that vexes many observers in China, it is this: how can Chinese companies begin to build – or become – global brands? Thirty-six years after the beginning of reforming and opening, only a handful of Chinese companies – Lenovo, Huawei, Haier, Tsingtao –…

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Calling Starbucks a coffee company is like calling McDonald’s a ketchup company. For Starbucks, coffee is a condiment, not the product.
Paul T.G.L. Taylor

Thoughtful China

I love visiting the Thoughtful China studio in Shanghai. I always leave with my ego inflated beyond all reasonable proportions. 


Newborn snow monkeys are full of energy and curiosity. (It’s a good thing mothers are patient!) Watch a clip from ‘Snow Monkeys,’ airing on Nature on PBS Wednesday, April 23:

Parenthood. ‘Nuff said.


Newborn snow monkeys are full of energy and curiosity. (It’s a good thing mothers are patient!) Watch a clip from ‘Snow Monkeys,’ airing on Nature on PBS Wednesday, April 23:

Parenthood. ‘Nuff said.

Bet the Farm, Or Settle for Table Scraps?

Bet the Farm, Or Settle for Table Scraps?

In China, Go for Broke or Accept that Less Is More
Franc Kaiser

Harvard Business Review
April 4, 2014

Nanjing Road pedestrian mall, perhaps the busi...

Nanjing Road pedestrian mall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this intriguing essay, Shanghai-based consultant Kaiser suggests that for foreign companies, the glory days are over, and the only two strategies left are to either fight for one of the top two positions in your industry (against what might…

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China and “Datathermal Energy”

China and “Datathermal Energy”

Hutong West
Letting the Sunshine In
0909 hrs.

Much of my March was spent working with clients who are thinking through some of the issues facing the growing data center market in China. For the uninitiated, a “data center” is a place that houses anywhere from one to tens of thousands of servers. This blog sits in a data center, your bank information sits in a data center, there are a lot of them,…

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“In the future, coding will be a core skill, not a specialization.”

– Why I am learning Python at the age of 49

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