In small towns with big wide roads and markets flaunting fake Armani as street fashion, who would notice the acquisition of a refrigerator? But this humble appliance could be China’s most curious household asset sold for the sake of the recession. Read more
It’s Sunday morning in Beijing and too early to wake up local friends. But I know my friend in New Delhi is up early, sipping chai and posting a status message I want to read. We would catch up for a few minutes on Facebook before starting the day’s work — until the Chinese censors began poking it. Read more
A developer in Shanghai is building a replica of Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch on an island off the city’s coast. The news made a splash in the government-run China Daily newspaper this week, and set me thinking.
Where do I live? Read more
Here’s a nugget for India’s new railway ministry: In the first five months of this year, China built 1,942.5 km of new rail lines with an unprecedented 120 per cent increase in railway infrastructure investment compared to last year.
India’s railway network (63,327 km) is denser than Mainland China (79,000 km) but India is not yet building tracks for bullet trains hurtling at 350 kmph. Read more