Gustavo Vanzini

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Chinese president Xi Jinping blogged for the first time—and 48,000 people commented

China’s biggest microblogging site, Weibo, is not unfamiliar to foreign head of states. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, UK prime minister David Cameron, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro—all have opened accounts on the site and have interacted with readers in Chinese. But China’s own leaders …

China

Chinese Internet Is Very, Very Quiet After China Arrested 15,000 For "Internet Crimes"

A "Cleaning the Internet" initiative is apparently also cleaning opinions about itself.

China

10 Must-Read Books That Explain Modern China

China is a place of contradictions and nuances. Here’s but one: China is the world’s second-largest economy, as we often hear, but the average …

The People’s Republic of Amnesia and Age of Ambition Revisited: A Quick Q&A – BLARB

<i>Many twelve-month periods witness the publication of one or two significant books by talented journalists with long experience covering China. 2014</i> …

France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved on Thursday.<p>Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer.<p>The argument …

Solar Panels

The #1 Cyber Security Threat To Information Systems Today

<i>Cyber security is a top concern in the IT industry today. In this series, we will look at various threats to cyber security – and what steps businesses can take to meet those security threats to information systems head on.</i><p>Hacking today is big business. Hackers put in long, hard hours for payoffs …

Cybersecurity

Inside Hong Kong's lawless 'walled city' — the most crowded place on Earth for 40 years

Slightly north of Hong Kong Island there once stood one of the most densely populated places on earth.<p>From the 1950s until 1994, over 33,000 people lived and worked in Kowloon Walled City, a massive complex of 300 interconnected buildings that took up a city block.<p>Caught between China and the …

Clouds Over China

“Lowest Economic Growth in over Twenty Years”, “Corruption Scandals Widen in Government”, “Empty Cities and China Overdevelopment”. These are just a few recent examples of the steady barrage of news headlines highlighting the increasingly gloomy economic clouds gathering over China. Against such an …

China

Disenchanted Hong Kongers are preparing to escape Beijing’s rule

A population drain may be looming for Hong Kong, as the disillusioned residents of China’s special administrative region look for a way out from under Beijing’s creeping influence.<p>After months of protests calling for universal suffrage yielded no discernible results, thousands of Hong Kongers with …

Hong Kong

China Attacks VPNs, Cutting Business Off From Internet

Early last week, Beijing censors disrupted Virtual Private Networks, thereby preventing Internet users in China from accessing websites blocked by censors. Global Times, a Communist Party-run newspaper, confirmed that Chinese authorities caused the disruptions and justified the moves. The increased …

China

The South China Sea: Oil On Troubled Waters

Last July Brightoil, a company listed in Hong Kong with high-level political connections on the mainland, bought the exploration rights to 6.2m acres (2.5m hectares) of seabed from an American company, Harvest Natural Resources. The block, which the Chinese call Wan'an Bei 21 (WAB-21, part of an …

China

Obama to confront China's Xi on cyber spying: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will confront Chinese President Xi Jinping at talks in Beijing next week over deep U.S. concerns about cyber spying by China’s government and military and will insist that it be stopped, senior U.S. officials said on Tuesday.<p>China's President Xi …

Axa looks at cyber attack insurance policy in UK

Individuals afraid of cyber-attacks may soon be able to buy insurance that would allow them to clean up the damage caused by hackers.<p>The insurance company Axa is already offering such policies in France and is looking at devising a similar policy for the UK market.<p>Nicolas Moreau, a senior executive …

Cyber-attacks

China Cracks Down On VPN Services After Censorship System ‘Upgrade’

China is cracking down on VPNs, software that allows internet users to access Twitter, Facebook, Gmail and others services blocked in the country, according to state media and service providers.<p>People’s Daily reports that China’s ‘Great Firewall’ internet censorship system was “upgraded for …

China denies suggestions it stole designs for new U.S. fighter

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> China has strenuously denied it stole designs for America's next generation fighter jet, calling the accusations "baseless."<p>The Foreign Ministry in Beijing responded Monday to the publication by German magazine Der Spiegel of new documents purportedly from NSA leaker Edward …

Military Aircraft

Why the Dollar Still Dominates Over the Yuan

Russia may be trying to upend the dollar “diktat” by denominating a major oil deal with China in yuan, but Beijing’s currency is still a ways off from dethroning the greenback.<p>Central banks around the world, including Russia’s, still far prefer U.S. currency over any other.<p>To be sure, Beijing is …

The Great Firewall’s latest victims demonstrate its stubborn flaw

When internet users in China fire up TheAtlantic.com, check out product specifications on Sony Mobile, or add a Firefox plugin, well, too bad. The Chinese authorities have blocked those and thousands of other sites—and just as the People’s Republic hosts the World Internet Conference, to boot. All …

China

Hong Kong has a tycoon problem

Hong Kong's glistening skyline is home to many booming industries, earning the city a reputation as a hub of free trade and opportunity. But in reality, the city of 7.2 million is dominated by a handful of tycoons that control everything from supermarkets to real estate.<p>Take Asia's richest man, Li …

21 Ways to Amp Up Your Tights

Here at Brit HQ, we think there’s no better way to dress up your legs for fall than with a pair of tights. But when we busted out our ‘hose for the season, we realized they were all so <i>boring!</i>—black pairs and nude pairs, and even brightly colored pairs looked so plain. That’s why we’re so stoked …

Urban Zoom Photography

Avec sa série intitulée sobrement « Urban Zoom », le photographe allemand Jakob Wagner nous offre de superbes clichés en longue-exposition dans …

The Rise of China's Reformers?

<i>A security guard stands in front of a stock ticker while watching Xi Jinping speak during a news conference. Huaibei, Anhui province, 2012.</i> (Courtesy …