China is a giant enigma, with its juggernaut economy, seemingly endless talent and opaque politics. Unravel the conundrum from the other side of the wall.
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August 3, 2013

Snake-oil salemen and charlatans are making a fortune in the mainland. Is the pendulum of religion and belief swinging the other way now? Or is there something less mystical afoot? »

June 18, 2013

China moves to develop Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan. The city's residents, however, are cautious for what the country's leaders have planned. From a Paraxylene plant to a shiny new airport, unrest has been provoked and simmering. »

May 3, 2013

Even after Chinese troops pitched tents near (or beyond?) the Indian LAC, no one is sure what the reason is behind the tensions between the two countries. Is it just Xi Jinping's rite of passage or do we have to harken back to Sun Tzu? »

April 4, 2013

This blog takes its name from a southern branch of the old Silk Road – far less known than the main route that ran from the ancient Chinese capital of Chang’an (today’s Xian). The southern road ra... »

March 19, 2013

China's 18th National People's Congress was held in November last year. You'd think it a droll affair if there ever was one, but step behind the scenes, and drama is everywhere. »

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