CCTV Coverage of Baghdad Bombing

Watching CCTV should be a serious pastime for someone like myself, but I tend not to have it on as often as I should.  However, last night’s dramatic rescue of miners from a collapse in Hebei Shanxi (山西) got me glued in, whereupon CCTV-4 started its broadcast as follows: 1. Workers Rescued from the Mine — 4 minutes, much machinery, tuanjie feeling, caring officials, missive … Continue reading CCTV Coverage of Baghdad Bombing

China National Petroleum in Iraq

[Update: Nearly four years later, there is very similar talk about China filling the vacuum in Afghanistan, via the Washington Times. This trend is confirmed by ICG’s Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt in Beijing as having gone on “in the context of US]withdrawal” since the tenure (or possibly the untimely demise)  of Richard Holbrooke. – October 13, 2012] New York Times just posted a story about Iraqis chafing … Continue reading China National Petroleum in Iraq