Dispatches from China

Has the Emperor Lost His Clothes?

Chinese news coverage is long on international economics and short on politics. Recent stories in the Chinese daily newspapers and television about America’s economic meltdown are extremely muted when compared with the private conversations which are going on all over China.

In the papers and on the news, the reports are factual. The government has asked all financial institutions to detail their potential exposure and the papers are detailing the positions of the larger banks. There are some warnings that the extent of the situation is unknown and people should proceed with caution. Surprisingly, there has been very little finger-pointing or anti-Western comments.

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