In 2005 Robert Zoellick, as US deputy secretary of state, proposed that China might play the role of a “responsible stakeholder” in helping to shape the international agenda. But despite its meteoric rise, most observers now do not see Beijing playing this role. China is often seen as uncooperative on issues ranging from trade and investment flows to intellectual property rights, climate change and the acquisition of natural resources. This has [...]
3 Things US Politicians Need To Know About China
Patrick Chovanec, An American Perspective From China |
This weekend, I was quoted in The Weekly Standard about what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan need to know about what is happening in China. It begins by noting that Paul Ryan, Romney’s surprise VP pick, came out swinging the other day on President Obama’s handling of China:
“Free trade is a powerful tool for peace and prosperity, but our trading partners need to play by [...]
Remember the Stop Online Piracy Act? It was the universally reviled anti-digital piracy bill that was coasting for a quick and quiet passage into law earlier this year until basically the entire internet rose up in protest. Now SOPA is coming back piece-by-piece, according to TechDirt, and if anyone is going to rise up in opposition this time, it should be the conservative media. Because the son of SOPA brings with it a dreaded [...]
from the not-cool dept
Ever wonder how many of your tax dollars are going to the federal government censoring music blogs based on no real evidence, but just the say so of the RIAA and MPAA? Well, in the newly proposed Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, just introduced in the Senate by Mary Landrieu, the federal government would like to set aside the following for the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) unit that is in charge of being Hollywood’s [...]
From Economic Policy Journal:
Under a bill, CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, now before Congress, the ability for the government to snoop through the records, of those who use such internet services as Google and Facebook, would be broadly expanded.
Congressman Ron Paul, this morning, issued a statement on the frightening legislation:
Earlier this year, strong public opposition led by several prominent websites forced Congressional leaders to cancel votes [...]
From Washington Times:
European politicians are on the hunt for new sources of revenue as the continent’s fiscal situation worsens. The level of desperation is clear in the latest move from German ChancellorAngela Merkel’s coalition government to tap into the cash reserves of Internet search engine giantGoogle to bolster that country’s ailing publishing industry.
The second item on the coalition’s list of priorities released last week was a proposal to slap online news aggregators with [...]
February 3, 2012
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has travelled to China for a visit that will focus on the eurozone crisis and boosting confidence in the euro.
Merkel arrived in China on Thursday on a three-day mission, her fifth trip to the world’s second largest economy, in which she will discuss the eurozone with her Chinese counterparts, meet investors and seek to boost confidence in Europe.
Merkel met Premier Wen Jiabao on [...]