The Top Ten China Myths of 2010

09 Dec 2010

I rarely blog about current events, but this one is too interesting and concise to pass up: The Top Ten China Myths of 2010, by Evan Osnos of the New Yorker.

Quick and dirty list of the 10 myths:

1. Dissidents no longer matter in global diplomacy.
2. No company can afford to antagonize China.
3. China is parting ways with North Korea.
4. The U.S. has lost the green-technology race.
5. Beijing doesn’t care about air quality.
6. Beijing has licked its air-quality problem.
7. China’s G.D.P. growth speaks for itself.
8. The “Beijing Model” is a product of Deng Xiaoping’s economic engineering.
9. Apparatchiks can get away with anything.
10. China will do everything it can to avoid ruffling foreign powers.

Read the full article.

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

Comments

  1. The timing of #1 is perfect. Cue Fight Club scene in which the Mastercard/Visa/Amex buildings crumble to the ground. It’s like art imitating life and vice versa.

    Lastly, I had no idea what the word is so I posted it here:

    Apparatchik: a Russian colloquial term for a full-time, professional functionary of the Communist Party or government

    1. No company can afford to antagonize red “necked” China.

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