Author Archives: Dror Poleg

China and the Internet: It’s access, stupid.

Representatives from technology giants Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Cisco Systems faced questioning at congressional hearings in Washington earlier this week

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Jajah VoIP – Skype killer on the loose in China

Last week saw the launch of Jajah.com, a new service that is set to revolutionize the way people use the Internet to make phone calls. The VoIP industry has been heating up for a good while, climaxing with eBay’s purchase … Continue reading

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Google China: Reshape one’s foot to fit into a red shoe.

A few years ago, Internet users trying to access Google.com from mainland China were redirected to a government approved search engine, usually powered by one of the local universities or by a state-owned company. These days, Google’s international services are … Continue reading

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Marxism, Communication, and the Great Walls of China

I recently revisited my copy of the Manifesto of the Communist Party. I was struck by the passage below, which is both clear and perplexing at the same time. How is it relevant in 2005? The answer is up to … Continue reading

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China strangely disappears from Google’s monthly Zeitgeist

Your devoted Danwei team wanted to bring you a wrap up of last month’s top Google searches in the Chinese market. These are published monthly in Google’s International Zeitgeist. For some reason, the latest international zeitgeist does not include any … Continue reading

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Hu’s in Charge

The Economist today publishes a profile of Hu Jintao. Excerpt: IN THE nearly three years since Hu Jintao assumed the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, his image has changed markedly. Mr Hu was once seen by many as a … Continue reading

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The Australian: Beijing 2008, Countdown to a Crisis

The Australian’s Catherine Armitage reports from Beijing. Excerpt: Hesitation to seek outside help appears to have paralysed security planning for the Games. Peter Phillips, Asia director for Canberra consulting group GRA, was a key adviser to the Beijing bid. Phillips … Continue reading

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The Economist: Great Wall Street – How China runs the world economy

Excerpt: “To view China’s global impact mainly in terms of its exports and its trade surplus is to misunderstand, and to underestimate, the profound forces behind China’s growing influence. Everyone knows that most TVs and T-shirts are made in China. … Continue reading

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Sex in China: The Bad, the Ignorant, and the Promiscuous

Muzi Mei: Prone to Odd Beahviors? A tiny piece of paper is the latest evidence in the battle for truth over Sino-Japanese history. Japanese soldiers have allegedly used the small voucher, found in China’s Hebei province, as a “sex-ticket” during … Continue reading

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China’s Online Market: Google top Searches for May

Forget about politics and social unrest, Google China’s monthly top search queries for May are all about pop culture. Singer Kristy Zhang (张含韵) captured the top spot to become the Middle Kingdom’s most popular search term, up from 6th in … Continue reading

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