I’m back from vacation and now happily married. Thanks to all co-pundits for keeping the site active for the past three weeks.
While I was away…
China’s media regulators, including the Propaganda Department and Ministry of Culture, revealed an array of new regulations designed to stop additional foreign satellite channels from entering the Chinese market, while strictly controlling and seriously limiting the influx of foreign television programs, films, books, newspapers, magazines, Internet sites, video games, cartoons, and performing acts, including theatrical performances.
Meanwhile across the Strait, Taiwan regulators effectively shut down seven TV broadcasters. A situation JuJuflop doesn’t think is too terrible.
But Taipei isn’t just shutting down media organizations, Wandering to Tamshui notes that the Taiwan Daily is being kept afloat with the assistance of state-owned enterprises.
In lovely Singapore, it’s not enough to execute marijuana traffickers, police insist on banning photographic displays noting that the trafficker ever existed.
Kenny Sia rips into the Sister Furong phenomena while Fons discovers a Brother Furong.
China’s wooing of despots justly gets unfavorable coverage at Traveler’s Tales and The Horse’s Mouth. But Glenzo notes that Mugabe didn’t get everything he wanted.
Jove Francisco has a roundup of the action at the Philippine mini bloggers summit.
Laowiseass is bugged about something.
There’s a nice description of one of my most remembered South Korean street stall dishes at Pharyngula, live octopus tentacle, Including a link to a (currently inaccessible) . On a related note, Preetam has an audiofile of the Bundgie Experience.
The Economist’s View offers an argument on why you should support your third-world sweatshop.
From Japan - the country that gave us the vibrating video game
controller vibrator - now comes vibrating cinema seats.
Deeshaa points to a great article on India’s impending rise.
China and the US agree on something, though India and Japan won’t be happy about it.
As the Six-Party talks continue, barbarian envoy brings us a long and informative item from the Atlantic Monthly noting some terrifying scenarios on a conflict on the peninsula.
Japundit has a great two-part series on Koizumi’s post office reform here and here.
Cambodians are rapidly adapting to the mobile phone, although to spread pornography. Some are calling for a crackdown.
Jeff explains why you should never go to Busan Beach to relax.
Over at the Big Yuan concerns that China’s failure to secure Unocal will force it to increase its dealings with odious regimes to gain resources. As well, while Big Yuan is somewhat relieved by the deal’s collapse, the jingoism displayed in the US is a greater worry.
Meanwhile, the avidly anti-CPP D.J. McGuire of China-e lobby smells blood and is encouraged to make China an election issue.:
Rather than risk a political tangle that could last long enough for the anti-Communist right and the anti-Communist left to form a lasting alliance - and that is the one thing in the American political arena that scares Zhongnanhai more than anything else - they will pull back and let everything die down.
The Radioactive Chef thinks the ditching of the bid is to prevent the US from getting too riled up ahead of a Chinese move against Taiwan.
Thomas Barnett meanwhile brings us some sober reflection from Ben Stein.
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