William Overholt argues that as China reaches a threshold where success has eliminated the conditions that enabled miraculous growth, Xi Jinping is pursuing the riskiest political strategy of any important national leader. Alternative outcomes include continued impressive growth and political stability, Japanese-style stagnation, and a major political-economic crisis.
Xiaonei: Just Another Networking Brigade
By Yao Xu
ON AN AVERAGE DAY IN CHINA, 2,000 new users create an account in the college social network Xiaonei 校内. As of July 2007, 0.086% of the global internet users visit Xiaonei on a daily basis. 96.2% of these internet users are from
Students in the
Xiaonei officially launched in December 2005 in
The site’s success attracted the attention of Oak Pacific Interactive (OPI), the Chinese internet business organization and creator of a similar college social network called 5Q. OPI bought Xiaonei in October 2006. The number of users logging into 5Q plummeted within the last six month while Xiaonei continues to soar in its ratings.
However, Xiaonei’s popularity cannot match Facebook. The
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校内网王兴：创业就像被闪电击中 必须一路专注 (an interview with Wang Xing) http://tech.tom.com/2006-03-18/04C1/29720295.html.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute, the East Asian Studies Center, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts for a screening of the 1993 Chinese film Woman Sesame Oil Maker (香魂女). It tells the story of a woman in a small village who buys a peasant wife for his mentally disabled son after her sesame oil business becomes unexpectedly successful. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Xie Fei (谢飞).