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- Shanghai, the becoming thing (January 2006) 7 Parts
- China: The impossible revolution (October 2005- March 2006) 3 Parts
- The Rise of China By Macabe Keliher (February 2004) 3 Parts
- Shanghai, the becoming thing (Jan '06) 7 Parts
- Believe the hype?
With glitteringly remodeled colonial-era buildings facing the science-fiction Legoland of Pudong just across the river, China's showcase metropolis combines super-modernity with a deep sense of nostalgia. Yet the gnawing question remains: how much of the new Shanghai is image, and how much is reality? - Anna Greenspan
- Housing boom loses some steam
After building more skyscrapers since 1990 than there are in New York, it's perhaps not surprising that Shanghai's real estate market has deflated. The price frenzy which peaked last summer has eased into a rare buyer's market, with developers actually offering incentives to move properties.
- Slowing delta lures Taiwanese
The Yangtze delta region, with Shanghai as its hub, lost momentum in the last quarter of 2005 due to a slowdown in the property market. But the region retains its allure to Taiwan investors tired of the Pearl River delta region.
- The world's largest cargo port
Shanghai is now the biggest cargo-handling port in the world, although Singapore is a bigger container port. The opening of the mammoth Yangshan deep-water port was a crucial step for Shanghai.
- Film industry looks for sequel
Before 1949, Shanghai's film industry was second only to Hollywood. But its recent history has been bleak, with government studios producing boring propaganda films, and a flight of talent to Beijing. A tiny group of independent filmmakers is trying to bring back the glory days, but there's a long way to go. - Ilan Carmel
- Services seen as key to future
With tertiary industries such as logistics, hospitality and finance already accounting for 50% of Shanghai's annual GDP, the city authorities are engaged in a variety of efforts to boost the service sector further.
- Manufacturing lifts its act
Despite the growing importance of services, manufacturing remains the pillar of Shanghai's economy; nine of the top 10 firms in 2004 were industrial. But emphasis is shifting to high-end products, with the "new materials" and flat-panel display industries earmarked for accelerated development.
- China: The impossible revolution By Francesco Sisci (10/05- 03/06) 3 Parts
- Is China heading for a social 'red alert'?
A social storm seems to be approaching China, with the number of protests growing sharply and economic inequality nearing the "red alert" level. But the startling fact that the statistics come from the government itself bespeaks its confidence in implementing its plans for "harmonious society". In this two-part article, Francesco Sisci examines the economic and social factors at work.
- The revolution for everyone and no one
As the gulf between the haves and have-nots widens and social protests increase, China may be assumed to be heading for another revolution. This cannot happen, however: an us-against-them situation is impossible in a country where everyone is against everyone else. Any threat to the Communist Party can only come from within.
- Beijing's great Hong Kong experiment
As China becomes more urbanized, the cities will become a crucible for possible revolution. To forestall this, democratic reforms are necessary. But the timing and the mechanics of the transition to democracy are critical, and to this end Hong Kong must serve as Beijing's laboratory for the political transformation of Greater China.
- The Rise of China By Macabe Keliher (02/04) 3 Parts
- PART 1: The dragon seizes market share
China is parlaying its prodigious economic power into political weight and reasserting its traditional role as Asia's central actor. Some say Beijing wants a modern version of the ancient tributary state system and see inevitable conflict with the US. Macabe Keliher examines the resurgence of the Middle Kingdom and what it means.
- PART 2: China vs US, gobbling Asian exports
Given China's size, growth and appetite, it will probably replace the United States as the major market for Asian exports, and soon.
- PART 3: Economics thaws anti-Japan freeze
China is dropping its old victim mentality and Japan ties are the warmest in decades. Macabe Keliher explores why China's fiery anti-Japan rhetoric and demands for a war crimes apology have taken a back seat to Beijing's pragmatic pursuit of global economic, political and strategic power.