Monthly Archives: July 2013

Measured measures

Bill Bishop’s excellent Sinocism reminded me of a great anecdote from 2010. As the Wall Street Journal wrote at the time:  BEIJING—China’s finance ministry changed the accounting of some government spending in a way that enabled Beijing to announce a … Continue reading

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Picturing Modernity in China’s Urbanization Drive

  Fascinating pictures in the newest Ian Johnson NYT story on China’s urbanization, including these that are part of a government database tracking relocating families. The old home in black and white while the new one in color despite being … Continue reading

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A Middle Ground

State plans fail miserably, yet without state actions markets and economic development will not take place. This narrow path of industrial policy–but not too much–is what remains after contrasting Jim Scott’s Seeing Like a State with Joe Studwell’s new book, How … Continue reading

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Metaphorical Economy

While Egypt’s regime is upended today, unlike some, this blog remains pivoted towards China. Over the weekend, a very nerdy but important twitter back and forth occurred between Noah Smith (@noahpinion) and Damien Ma (@damienics) on the subject of a “hard … Continue reading

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The Center, the People, and Development

It is difficult to move away from what is comfortable, especially when it has brought you much success. The Chinese party-state has pushed the level of GDP in the country to heights unknown previously and has done so at a … Continue reading

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