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Guests:  Gordon Chang, Paul Mooney, Reuters. Charles Burton, Brock University. Joseph Sternberg, WSJ Asia. 

Wednesday  13 November  2013/ Hour 2, Block A: Paul Mooney, veteran journalist on China at Reuters, in re: Reporter denied visa to enter China after being interrogated on Tibet, HH the Dalai Lama, on human rights, on Xinjiang.  In the last three months, 300 activists and rights lawyers have been arrested in China. Note that the US freely gives visas to Chinese Party press yet never offers to help US journos iced out by China. This is China's effort to change the global narrative on China's struggle with liberty. Angry farmers, factory workers, masses who’ve contracted AIDS; the Internet is educating widely, and the govt just lashes out in retaliation. The failure of China to be able to deal with its issues,  and the govt feels empowered and bolder.

Reuters reporter Paul Mooney denied China work visa amid pressure on foreign media  Even as China's leaders gather behind closed doors in Beijing for meetings hoped to usher in a new wave of economic reforms, rising tensions with foreign news organisations and rights activists highlight the government's reluctance to relax controls in the political realm.

In the latest example, China's government has rejected the application of a veteran American journalist to begin his new post with Reuters in Beijing, in a move seen as a form of pressure on foreign news organisations.

The reporter, Paul Mooney, had spent the past 18 years reporting from Beijing, but was kept waiting for 8 months before being told he would not be granted a new resident journalist visa.

While Mr Mooney said Reuters was not provided a reason for the rejection, he said he believed his previous reporting, which included a focus on human rights issues and the plight of ethnic minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang, was a factor. But he pointed out he had never had problems renewing his visa in the past, and . . .  [more]

tweet: Philip Pan, prominent journo who wrote an excellent book on China,

also has been denied a Chinese visa.

Wednesday  13 November  2013/ Hour 2, Block B: Charles Burton, Brock University, in re:  Just returned from China where he taught at the Central Party School in Beijing.  Political aspects of the just-concluded Third Plenum: more weasel-words than usually. 

Wednesday  13 November  2013/ Hour 2, Block C: Abheek Bhattacharya, WSJ, in re: the biggest determinant of India's stock market now is the US Fed.  Taping Up India's Broken House;  With the Fed's Taper on Hold, India Shores Up Policy; India’s Not-So-Smart Money.  

BYD, China's Tesla (which Warren Buffett invested in with much fanfare), and found that to be a boondoggle (which electric cars are, anyway).

Wednesday  13 November  2013/ Hour 2, Block D:  Joseph Sternberg, WSJ Asia editorial board, in re: good savings rates in Asia, but not good bond markets in Asia.  Lots of obstructive regional issues – political and economic. Inefficient investment largely because the Indonesians don’t trust the Malaysians, and so forth; for multiple reasons, not an integrated market such as the US has.   . . .  Europeans finally realized they couldn't go to war with each other, so developed the EU. In Asia, looks rather the opposite.