US-China: Le Grand Refroidissement

Precisely one year ago, Le Monde asked in an uncharacteristically blaring headline: “US-Chine: Le Grande Refroidissement? [US-China: The Great Re-Freeze?]” Well, today that article appears to be rather prescient. From Taiwan to Google to the Dalai Lama to pending and present trade disputes, there is more than enough acrimony to go around. Perhaps this means that French journalism and commentary about East Asia generally, and … Continue reading US-China: Le Grand Refroidissement

Le Figaro Photos of Pyongyang

Arnaud de la Grange has posted about a dozen quality photos of his recent trip to Pyongyang.  While most are of the standard landscapes, he has an eye for disruption, and captions are interesting (Pyonyang as Minsk in the 1950s). Perhaps the most intriguing: I have not had the pleasure of chatting with Korean Peoples’ Army brass on the train to Beijing, but DPRK diplomats?  … Continue reading Le Figaro Photos of Pyongyang

“Obama’s low bow subjected to scrutiny”: Chinese Media

Global Times in Beijing, no friend to Japan, now carries the story of Obama’s low bow to Emperor Akihito, quoting the Washington Times and all.   The story is carried by the same paper in Chinese here.  It took a couple of days, but the Chinese media is now buzzing with yet another theme. Chinese netizens have some very interesting comments here, replete with some … Continue reading “Obama’s low bow subjected to scrutiny”: Chinese Media

Could Warren Buffett Buy North Korea?

Thus spake the headline in Le Figaro by that paper’s Beijing correspondent Arnaud de le Grange, whose dispatch of 23 October runs goes a little something like this: Le magazine Forbes a mis en parallèle la fortune de certains de ses hôtes du classement des 400 premières fortunes mondiales et les économies de plusieurs pays. Au lieu de se payer châteaux en ­France, îlots paradisiaques dans … Continue reading Could Warren Buffett Buy North Korea?

Sidney Rittenberg Updates [II]

Sidney Rittenberg is one of the great remaining sages able to parse out China’s past and its future. And he has now reached the lucky age of 88! Rittenberg in Beijing Evan Osnos, the New Yorker’s correspondent in Beijing, describes some highlights from a recent talk Rittenberg gave in the city: [Rittenberg] on the prospects for multi-party democracy: If you had a second party alternative … Continue reading Sidney Rittenberg Updates [II]

Strange Photographs of Chinese Power

Read more here about this Zheng He-style effort to create the greatest map of Antartica, with 251 scientists and engineers on board, that the world has ever seen. And Arnaud le Grange describes action in the automotive industry (click on the picture to link the story; in French). And Le Grange again scores, with a an analysis of exhibitions of young Chinese artists at Ullens … Continue reading Strange Photographs of Chinese Power

Rounding up East Asian News in the French Press

French Vigilance to Beijing’s October 1 Preparations Robert Neville reports in the French newsweekly L’Express about heightened security measures in Beijing in the leadup to the October 1 commemoration of the 60th birthday party of the PRC.  Entitled with a type of pun, the article “Beijing Tightens the Net [Pékin serre la Toile]” is, of course, accompanied by the obligatory photo of soldiers marching in … Continue reading Rounding up East Asian News in the French Press