Morning Clicks

Starved of news after tightly scripted Party Congress, foreign press swarm and devour Australian woman

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 7:14am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 12:45pm

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Andrea Yu, the Australian reporter called on a miraculous four times during the Communist Party congress which ended yesterday, first claimed her secret, as the Wall Street Journal reported, is

sitting in the same spot at every official meeting. She also credits her ability to make across-the-room eye-contact with moderators.

Then ABC's China correspondent Stephen McDonell learned, in this interview which reminds us what tough questioning sounds like, that she was part of a plan by congress organisers to rig question-and-answer sessions, during which Yu put forward pretty weak questions that had been pre-approved.

Yu's employer, it turns out, is the previously unheard-of Global CAMG Media International, which McDonnell also notes

is actually majority-owned from China. CAMG has close links to Chinese government-controlled media organisations and supplies Beijing-friendly radio programmes to community stations in Australia. 

Yu does a good job of standing up to McDonnell's questions, agreeing with him that her role there wasn't to advance "real journalism" of any kind, adding that she's only been with the company for a month and that this isn't the kind of journalism work she wants to be doing.

The Guardian has published on Yu, as has The Atlantic.

Also, listen to Australian broadcaster ABC's interview with Andrea Yu aired on Nov. 14. 

China often gets plugged as a good place for young professionals to come and gain some work experience, which for (presumably) aspiring journalists that more often than not means time in a job like Yu's. So, will Andrea have the last word?


China abroad

Banking Times
-- ICBC gets green light for Argentine acquisition The announcement is a milestone, as it is the first occasion that a Latin American financial institution has been acquired by a Chinese bank, and is also the first time that a Chinese bank has acquired a mainstream commercial bank outside of China, Hong Kong, Macau.

Harvard Business Review
-- The Return of Emerging Market Political Risk Fights over trade and investment rules, cyber-security, and the collision of state-driven and market-driven capitalism will intensify in coming years, and it will become more difficult for Asian states to maintain both close commercial relations with China and tight security ties with America.

New York Times
-- The New Japanese Worker is Chinese ...without debate or comment, Japan is opening its arms to Chinese immigrants as never before, relying on Chinese workers to fill jobs once reserved for locals, especially in the service sector.
-- To Impress Asia, Leave the Drama Home By moving calmly into China’s backyard, without threats or in-your-face muscularity, [Obama] is proving himself adept at playing by Asian rules. How subtle of him. And smart.

Sydney Morning Herald
-- Forget the West, our future is to the North The days when, as prime minister of Australia, I was able to wrest the Chinese premier into a multilateral body shared with the president of the United States, when I was able to bring the virtual head of the Non-Aligned Movement, president Suharto, into a structure that included the United States, indeed into a structure with China to boot, are behind us.


China at home

Asia Society
-- Video: Are China's Citizens Happier Than They Were 10 Years Ago? The greatest of these challenges, according to Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman J. Michael Evans, is the civil unrest centered around the lack of shared wealth in a growing economy.

Council on Foreign Relations
-- The 18th Party Congress and Chinese Cyberpower Li Keqiang, who is expected to be named Premier, chaired the National Network and Information Security Coordination Small Group, and Zhang Dejiang (possibly chairman of the National People’s Congress) and Liu Yunshan (Li’s successor as propaganda head) both served on the group, which drafted and approved major cybersecurity-related policies and national strategies.

-- Ways of reporting the end of the 18th Party Congress And last and least, there is the Southern Metropolis Daily (南方都市报) from Guangzhou province which seems to have tried to build a large square block out of its main dry headline today, which reads “Passed through the Central Committee: draft list of names for the next Central Committee and Central Disciplinary Inspection Committee”.

-- Why the Chinese politiburo accepted questions from Andrea... It soon became clear, as McDonnell gently probed her, that the naive Yu, who had worked for CAMG for barely a month, was something of a stooge. Her replies to his questions were touchingly artless.

MIT Technology Review
-- China’s Innovation Success Depends on Political Changes The country’s export growth is decelerating quickly, and China is already investing an amount equivalent to about half of its GDP—which is probably the highest level ever among any country in peacetime.

Sydney Morning Herald
-- China and India booms over: forecaster Europe’s prognosis is even worse, with France trapped in depression with near- zero growth as far as 2025 and Britain struggling to raise its speed limit to 1 per cent over the next three parliaments.
-- New faces to sit at China's top table The stakes are so high in Thursday's leadership transition that many Chinese analysts are framing it in terms of the rise and fall of dynasties, amid accumulating social, political and economic stresses.

Wall Street Journal
-- Tibet Is the Test of China's Rise The Burma stop is meaningful to Tibetans because that country's struggle for freedom so closely tracks Tibet's efforts to secure greater autonomy from Beijing.


Chinese media

China Daily
-- Maritime power to protect ecology 
-- Giant rise in global yuan use 
-- Power transmission, new-energy sectors eye overseas growth 
-- China Telecom to speed expansion

China Internet Information Center
-- Old thrillers fill in the blockbuster gap

-- China's major steel mills report rising losses 
-- China says Syria's fate in hands of Syrian people