By Wei Gu
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.
Imagine that an American intelligence agency organizes an “exercise,” as one occasionally does, on how to manage an unwanted but inescapable Washington role in a Chinese leadership struggle. Throw in the following scene-setting facts:
By George Chen
The opinions expressed are the author’s own.
Let's talk about Italy.
Italy is about art -- Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti and more names. Italy is about luxury -- Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and more brands. Italy is also about food.
I do enjoy a coincidence. The week after calls for prodemocracy demonstrations under the social media tag of "Jasmine Revolution" and the week before the National People's Congress (NPC), International journalists (and I of course include photographers under this title) are brought in by the authorities for "chat". During the "chat" they are reminded of the terms of their journalist visas and how quickly these visas can be revoked if the rules are broken on illegal reporting. Also outlined are places that special permission is needed to report from, Tiananmen Square heading the list. Our picture of a member of the PLA leaving the Great Hall in Tiananmen Square appearing to almost step on the photographer with this low angle picture, as I said I do love a coincidence.