China Snapshot: Q2 economic figures, “Doves” preservation

We’ve seen some interesting reports on China’s economy as second quarter numbers are coming in.

Also, Super Typhoon Rammasun is roaring through southern China. The news web-o-sphere is showing some tragic photos. We hope for a speedy recovery.

And finally, the New York Times wrote a thought-provoking article on the duality of opinions when it comes to China’s rise of power on the geopolitical stage. The “Hawks” are saying it’s time for China to strut its stuff and begin to wield its newly earned diplomatic, economic and military power; while the “Doves” wish for a peaceful and harmonious culture forming out of new China. That’s a shallow summary. Nevertheless, read the article here.

China Snapshot: Merkel brings business, Kerry headed to Beijing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent several days in China. She toured Chengdu and learned a thing about Sichaun food, arguably the best style of Chinese cuisine.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are headed to Beijing this week to talk about intellectual property rights; China’s valuation of its currency, the yuan; cyberhacking; and maritime disputes in the South China Sea.

Also, today marked the 77th anniversary of the start of the resistance by the Chinese against the Japanese during the Second World War.