China Punks 16: Workin’ For Soros

Recorded on June 11, 2012

As our one listener noticed (you know who you are), we did not have a chance to produce an episode last week.  Partly a scheduling error and partly a technical issue, we had to skip last week.

And (congratulations to Charlie), Mr Custer is, as of this writing, formally getting married.  Thus, this episode is either very late or very early (even though it is being posted at the usual time).

Again, welcome everyone from the No Agenda Stream.  You can find the show notes below.

Download China Punks 16.

gate of heavenly peace

China clamps down ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

Former Beijing Mayor Denies Responsibility for Tiananmen Square Crackdown

Ghost of Tiananmen stalks China’s elite

In Focus: Tiananmen Square, Then and Now

Sensitive Words: The Tiananmen Edition (Update)

Tank Man Revisited: More Details Emerge About the Iconic Image

chinese kleptocracy

 The Chinese Kleptocracy Is Like Nothing In Human History

On Chinese Kleptocracy: Stationary versus Roving Bandits

hw and zte corruption

Huawei, ZTE Execs Sentenced to Ten Years for Corruption in Algeria

foxconn riot

Video: Top Headlines: Foxconn Workers in Chengdu Riot


China Punks 06: Apple, How Do You Plead?

Recorded on Feb 15, 2012.

This week, the two punks take a look at Apple vs Everyone, but in particular how they treat their people, what they do about it, and the so-far invincibility of their stock price even as they may lose the right to sell iPads in China.

We also do what we do best: make unfounded speculations. This time around we speculate about Xiaomi becoming a major player in Chinese handsets, the most recent drama surrounding Wang Lijun (not much, but exciting nonetheless), Linsanity, and the relationship between traditional TV and online viewing.

And it turns out that John’s unfounded speculation about Youku having an inside track in releasing mobile client for Paike, their user generated platform, was vindicated with SARFT’s announcement earlier today that they will regulate Internet and mobile TV.

Download or stream episode six here

Linkage

Apple Vs The World

NY Times:  In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad
Does Apple Really Care About Factory Workers? (by Charlie for Penn-Olson)
MIC Gadget: Apple fights back on iPad TM rejection in China
Reuters: Proview says any ban of iPad exports hard to impose
Reuters:  More Chinese Cities Halt iPad orders
the Beijinger: iPad, is this the end?
Sweatshop (flash game)

Wang Lijunanity

@Siweiluozi’s Blog: Wang Lijun, episode one

SARFT and Crappy TV

SARFT Establishing Platform For Regulating Internet Video in China
David Wolf: TV regulations: same wine, new bottle
Background on recent SARFT regulations

Linsanity

FT: Chinese censors face ‘Lin-sanity’ conundrum
Floyd Mayweather questions Jeremy Lin