from Left field:

Safin signs off in Beijing with advice for Safina

October 10, 2009

Safin of Russia holds up a Chinese personal seal spelling his name that was presented to him as a gift after he lost his quarter-final match against Nadal of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

Marat Safin and his sister Dinara Safina both made emotional departures from the China Open this week but for very different reasons.

from MediaFile:

Rupert Murdoch: You call it free news, I call you ‘kleptomaniac’

October 9, 2009

Lest anyone doubt the thrust of Rupert Murdoch's speech on Thursday (or was it Friday? I'm losing track of time zones) at the World Media Summit in Beijing, it was all about paying for news -- as in: You're going to pay for news, and if you think it shouldn't cost you anything, you're a "flat-earther" and a "kleptomaniac."

from The Great Debate:

China’s start-up market can win against the odds

September 25, 2009

wei-gu.jpg-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

It is hard to be very optimistic about China's proposed stock market for start-up companies. After all, similar attempts in other countries have a decidedly mixed track record. Why would China, where small private companies face an uphill battle against state-owned firms, be any exception?

from Left field:

Hit with Maria? A perk of the job for China’s leaders

September 11, 2009

Maria Sharapova of Russia speaks at news conference in Beijing.

As mayor of Beijing for most of the period running up to the 2008 Olympics and now Vice Premier of China with responsibility for financial and economic affairs, Wang Qishan has been a very busy man over the last few years.

from Summit Notebook:

China’s evolving role from producer to consumer

August 31, 2009

Hardly a day goes by now without some Chinese firm striking a deal to buy assets overseas, but the country's best prospects for growth may be right in its own backyard. Vivi Lin in Beijing reports on how the world's workshop is fast becoming one of the world's top consumers.

from Changing China:

The Other China Stimulus

August 27, 2009

By Zhou Xin

As the world watches how Beijing's $585 billion stimulus package can create opportunities for investors, they might be overlooking another mini-stimulus that is coming in a matter of weeks: the lavish celebration the government will be staging to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on Oct. 1.

from Left field:

Bolt v Gay to light up Berlin

August 14, 2009

boltUsain Bolt versus Tyson Gay is the sort of showdown that would grace any era of athletics and with a bit of luck the world championships in Berlin should give us two takes -- in the 100 and 200 metres. 

from The Great Debate:

China’s banks, running hard to stand still

August 14, 2009

wei-gu.jpg-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

Chinese banks are like enthusiastic runners on an accelerating treadmill. The weakening economy means poor lending decisions are threatening to catch up with them, but the banks are sprinting ahead by expanding their loan books ever faster. They cannot keep this up for ever.

from The Great Debate UK:

China’s banks, running hard to stand still

August 14, 2009

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