First up, Gordon Chang, who has been writing about this for years – is he right now?:
China’s Third Era: The End of Reform, Growth, and Stability
Next, the other side of the argument: Francesco Sisci, the dean of Beijing’s foreign press corps, in three articles, the last of which appears as an appendix in the second link. Of particular interest to me is this last and oldest one (from 2007), reprinted from the Italian La Stampa (the translation and editing could use some work), regarding democracy in China…
Why China won’t fall apart
What China Sees in Hong Kong (includes as an appendix “China’s Inevitables: Death, Taxes—and Democracy”)
All are good, interesting reads. You will not rue the time you spend to further educate yourself about China.
Over the top police violence, or what? Why would this be happening in (supposedly) the model nation for the region?
Brief summary here (English translation from Germany’s Der Spiegel).
Context: Stratfor’s analysis here.
Opinion piece about Erdoğan (the Turkish prime minister) here (from an American journalist living in Istanbul).
Outstanding, deep economic background here (Asia Times). Well worth the time to read.
Excellent continuing series of news dispatches here (London’s Telegraph newspaper).
China – Nice Overview
While I don’t agree with all of this site’s points, it definitely is eye-candy and a handy reference for someone wanting to get up to speed on China. Reuters did an unusually good job with this one…
Her parents were apparently terrible tax planers (she was born 1 January 1956 – like one of my many beaux-frères [brothers-in-law]), so as an accounting professor have always had a hard time taking Christine Lagarde (recently appointed head of the International Monetary Fund) seriously, but she has come around to understanding that “a deterioration in the global economy, saying the outlook has become more worrying as developed and big emerging nations show signs of slowing down“.
In Tokyo today, she said that, “The IMF’s forecasts are likely to be lower than our previous forecasts.”
A bit late, but welcome to the party, Mme. Lagarde.