Myanmar and China’s Complex Relationship

With political and economic reforms being pressed forward, Myanmar continues to astound the international community with the degree of changes being implemented by the government. As Western nations prepare to suspend and lift sanctions on Myanmar, questions arise as to the reasons motivating the many political actors for the quick change of course. Although a […]

Bo’s Fall and the Macau Web

Bo Xilai, the former Party secretary of the municipality of Chongqing, was removed from his post on March 15 after a flurry of rumors dominated the lianghui (two-sessions) of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) about Bo’s demise. Rumors swirled in the opening days of the two sessions after the South China […]

China’s Statistical Failures

For China’s onlookers, it is no surprise that official data can sometimes befuddle even the most capable of minds. Yet, China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is not blind to its reputation for less than spotless data collection and release. A brief exploration into China’s economic indicators can reveal much insight into the dilemmas the […]