This week Kaiser and Jeremy welcome back Bill Bishop, the force behind the invaluable Sinocism newsletter and the man Evan Osnos once referred to as "the China watcher's China watcher." Starting with a look at Bill's past and how he ended up in China, our discussion moves on to why he decided to start his esteemed newsletter before segueing into his take on the most important but overlooked China stories of the past month.

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May 17, 2013
The Asahi Shimbun is generally the most leftist of the major Japanese newspapers, and was one of the earliest media outlets to enter China. Also, Japanese organizations have wine and dine budgets, or, in the spirit today's podcasts, hookers and coke money......
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May 18, 2013


China: What’s Going Right? (ChinaFile) -


1. "Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century" by Orville Schell and John Delury -

2. The Americans (FX) -


Network Insecurity: Are we losing the battle against cyber crime? (The New Yorker) -
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May 18, 2013
About my "no liberals in China" comment:

I should add a link to the interview I mentioned by Matt Schiavenza with Huang Wenguang. The money quote:

Ultimately, there aren't really any liberals in the Chinese political system. Everything boils down to personal interests, and no matter what they say, none of the Chinese leaders want political reform so long as they're in power. They look at what happened with the Arab Spring, with Hosni Mubarak, all the score settling, and they fear that they're going to end up in jail.
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May 20, 2013
This photo makes me chuckle after getting used to Bill's 老大 twitter photo.
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May 22, 2013
On the China-Japan-US strategic relationship (and other topics related to the geopolitics regarding China and neighboring Asian countries), Peter Lee's China Matters blog and his writings for the Asia Times Online are a must-read. This guy does extensive research, is very insightful and writes with lots of sarcastic humor -- exactly the kind of guy that would fit in perfectly with the Sinica crowd. Too bad he lives in the Bay Area and not in China.

To be fair, Sinocism did link to a piece of his recently. Still, I was a bit disappointed that nobody cited his analysis on what's currently going on, because it provides plausible answers to some questions raised but not answered in this podcast.
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May 23, 2013
The point raised in the podcast about the American press perhaps overstating the case for reformists in the Party reminds me of a similar scenario described in B. Tuchman's Stilwell book, with influential Americans projecting onto CKS the image of a committed democratic leader. More recently, it was a theme of the Iran-Contra scandal, with Reagan administration officials convinced that they were dealing with reform-minded elements in the Iranian government. I think there’s a certain idealism at play: surely there are enlightened, intelligent leaders in every government who see the unalloyed good that would come from Western-style democracy!
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May 23, 2013
The Chinese-language media sources Bill Bishop mentioned:

Policy & Politics: Caijing 财经

Business and Financial News: Economic Observer 经济观察

News Portals: Netease News 网易新闻

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