Analyzing China's Future

by Verena Nowotny

The Economist dedicates six pages to an in-depth analysis of China's current state; and as faithful Economist readers we are grateful again for the factual description of China's domestic struggles and its foreign policy ambivalence. I highly recommend this essay to everybody who wants a concise and compact update on what challenges China is facing at the moment.

New rules for instant messaging

by Verena Nowotny

Bad news for Tencent, with about 400 million monthly users China's Social Media giant: the government imposed new rules that aim at all instant messaging services, however, given Tencent's WeChat popularity it will hurt Tencent the most. The new regulation aims at curbing anonymous postings as well as unapproved political comments. Tencent remains rather relaxed in its official statement according to a report in the New York Times, although they are not quite sure how to enforce the new rules.

Babysteps towards a judicial reform

by Verena Nowotny

China's judicial system is still at the will of the Communist party. However, there are voices like Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People’s Court, who called for reforms at the National People’s Congress in March and for a more independent judicial system as the New York Times reports.

What I am reading...

by Verena Nowotny

The China expert Francois Godement offers a thoughtful analysis about the annual meeting of the NPC, starting March 5, and how far the Chinese leadership might actually go when it comes to reforms. Godement's essay is on top of my current reading list...

TAGS: China | NPC | politics | reforms |