Category Archives: China

Mao’s power hour

Chairman Mao has a bad rep. And let’s be fair, some less-than-good things happened on his watch. Things like, you know, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution that killed tens of millions of people and desecrated invaluable cultural … Continue reading

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The terrible view from the roof of the world

All is not well in paradise. China has recently stiffened its resolve, not to mention its presence, in the Tibet Autonomous Region and Tibetan areas of Sichuan province bordering the TAR. Now, full disclosure before we start: the DLR loves … Continue reading

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Troubled waters

Like a fashionista in a pantsuit in 2007, the DLR has been on to the South China Sea for aaaaaages. Back in the mid-2000s, when no one but us and a few lonely Australian academics cared, we drank deeply at … Continue reading

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Greece is the word

But should it be? Now, there’s no doubt that if Greece defaults, we are looking at a major financial clusterflock. Liquidity will disappear overnight, credit will become a lot more expensive and European banks (particularly French banks) will be forced … Continue reading

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Paradise city

Shangri-La: an earthly paradise, a Tibetan concept of utopia. Shangri-La Dialogue: an earthly para-diplomatic conference, a Singaporean concept of influence. That’s right. Not content with sending some of its army of correspondents to the Venice Biennale this weekend, where the … Continue reading

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Bad carrier move?

At DLR towers, we’re jolly interested in China. That’s not just because London’s greatest Chinese restaurant is within delivery distance of our house. It’s also because, beyond the colossal squid (colossal squid! Do you remember when it used to just … Continue reading

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A will, but no Weiwei?

Having an opinion on the arrest of Ai Weiwei is easy. A renowned and respected artist with reformist political views, arrested and detained without trace. And he had his studio demolished . The cultural world can find a common position … Continue reading

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