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Indebted Dragon:The Risky Strategy Behind China’s Construction Economy
Financing the Middle Kingdom’s recent building boom has been expensive: Estimates put local government debt alone at between $800 billion and $2 trillion, or around 13 to 36 percent of GDP. If the real estate bubble pops, financial and social crises will follow.


If the Chinese economy goes south because of financially unsustainable development, it would be a very bad thing. The companion piece, “China’s Real Estate Bubble May Have Just Popped,” is worth reading as well.
(Also: earlier)

foreignaffairsmagazine:

Indebted Dragon:The Risky Strategy Behind China’s Construction Economy

Financing the Middle Kingdom’s recent building boom has been expensive: Estimates put local government debt alone at between $800 billion and $2 trillion, or around 13 to 36 percent of GDP. If the real estate bubble pops, financial and social crises will follow.

If the Chinese economy goes south because of financially unsustainable development, it would be a very bad thing. The companion piece, “China’s Real Estate Bubble May Have Just Popped,” is worth reading as well.

(Also: earlier)

(this post was reblogged from foreignaffairsmagazine)

spiegelman:

heritage-foundation:
spiegelman:
I thought Republicans hated New York, the arts, giving, etc.
We just want to take art out of the public hands and ensure that there’s more control over whether or not the scatological and perverted arts receive funding over something with the sublime beauty of Richard Wagner.

I don’t know, I’ll take Serrano’s Piss Christ over Wagner’s antisemitic rants any day of the week.

But since you’re so into sublime German beauty I recommend Michael Lewis’s article on how shit jokes are high culture over there. Eh, don’t bother. It’ll just interfere with the confidence you have in forcing your narrow view of the arts on people you don’t seem to think are capable of judging for themselves.

Wagner also called himself a communist. Funny that the Heritage Foundation would give him such enthusiastic endorsement.

(this post was reblogged from spiegelman)

Poster displayed inside the grounds of an upscale condo development in Shanghai, next to a Buick ad. Translation: “warmly celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (1921–2011)”

Just so you’re reminded who’s still in charge.

Via Foreign Policy:

By the 1960s, the communal, automatic soda fountain was a ubiquitous presence in Soviet grocery stories and eateries. The machines dispensed carbonated tap water: one kopeck for a glass of plain, three if you took it with a shot of syrup, all served in communal glasses.

(TASS, published in the new book Made in Russia)

Holy hell, who thought that sharing drinking glasses was ever a good idea?!!??

Modern political leaders, even on our side of the Iron Curtain, feel strongly and express themselves eloquently against modern art….Because they don’t like and don’t understand modern art they call it communistic. They couldn’t be more mistaken.

Museum of Modern Art director Alfred H. Barr, Jr., “Is Modern Art Communistic?” New York Times Magazine, December 14, 1952

Ha. This is rich. At the same time that the CIA was spending millions of dollars to use modern art as a psy-ops weapon against the Soviet Union, the American public was apparently convinced that modern art was itself a Communist plot against the US. The notion was so widespread that the director of the Museum of Modern Art had to write a New York Times Magazine article to deny that modern artists had any affiliation with Communism.

(Source: blogs.cul.columbia.edu)

I’ve known about Stefan Landsberger's collection of Chinese propaganda posters for some time now, but a recent Gawker post on the sinking of South Korean warship Cheonan brought out comments from other fans of socialist-regime art. So, this is a handy compilation of links from that post: