Tea House


“This is quite a good teahouse.” Wang said, his willowy girlfriend holding his hand and smiling. “Tea?” I said, surprised. Tea is what you drink before and after socializing, not during. I shrugged, and we headed in, leaving the dark streets rumbling with traffic. The room we entered was light, with dark wooden furnishings, and … Continue reading

Why China Leaves Hong Kong As It Is

Why China Leaves Hong Kong As It Is


On July 1st 1997, hundreds of millions of Chinese people huddled around TV sets up and down the land to watch the long anticipated return of Hong Kong to the fold. It was also a historic occasion for the UK, marking the formal end of the British Empire, the final glittering jewel prised from the … Continue reading

Line of Descent Chapter 17

Line of Descent Chapter 17


Chapter 17 They stood silently around the console, looking at the blank screen of the monitor. While they had watched the miniature tableau unfold on it, a creeping sense of horror had held them in its grip, gluing them to the screen with a compulsive interest that only ended with the camera’s violent demise. Suddenly … Continue reading

Profile of the Climategate Whistleblower

Profile of the Climategate Whistleblower


Seeing as we’ve just passed the anniversary of the Climategate leak, it might be of topical interest to repost a piece I did shortly after the emails became a blogosphere bombshell. In the time since then, the ‘hunt’ for the whistleblower has not met with any success that I’m aware of. I would be stunned … Continue reading

Behind Climate Talks There is Only Naked National Interest

Behind Climate Talks There is Only Naked National Interest


低碳阴谋。Low Carbon Plot 中国与欧美的生死之战。 The Life and Death War Between China and the West. 作者:勾红洋。Author, Gou Hongyang 如果您是本书的作家,我先要感谢你给我和我朋友们此睁开眼睛的机会。我翻译的部分已经受到了个热烈的欢迎。 谢谢! If you are the author of this book, I would like to thank you for giving my friends and I the opportunity to open our eyes. The parts that I have translated have already received an … Continue reading

Cancun and the Chinese perspective on it

Cancun and the Chinese perspective on it


Cancun will be a very low-key affair. The attendees going there expect to achieve exactly nothing. I’ll repeat that; exactly nothing. At Copenhagen the Chinese, under extreme and unremitting pressure, agreed to nothing. The Chinese signed nothing, not even the closing statement. The Chinese ‘noted’ that some statement had been made. That’s it. That was … Continue reading

Standing Before America, the Great Enemy: Why Is China So Nervous?

Standing Before America, the Great Enemy: Why Is China So Nervous?


低碳阴谋。Low Carbon Plot 中国与欧美的生死之战。 The Life and Death War Between China and the West. 作者:勾红洋。Author, Gou Hongyang 如果您是本书的作家,我先要感谢你给我和我朋友们此睁开眼睛的机会。我翻译的部分已经受到了个热烈的欢迎。 谢谢! If you are the author of this book, I would like to thank you for giving my friends and I the opportunity to open our eyes. The parts that I have translated have already received an … Continue reading