I live in Beijing, a city of over 20 million people, with a history that dates back three millennia.Beijing is also where China’s identity crisis makes itself most evident – the struggle to hold to its traditions, while attempting to shake them off in a race to become modern and Westernised.Its winding , with homes that were built centuries ago, also house designer boutiques and craft breweries.English-language schools – not all of them legitimate – continue to mushroom, and while the expat population is primarily formed by English teachers, it also includes IT professionals, entrepreneurs, and guidance counsellors who prep harried Chinese children and their still-more-harried parents for universities abroad.In fact, I moonlight as a rather well-connected man-about-town in the expat community here (or rather, I was doing so earlier this year… Chase woke up one day in 2004 tired of being alone.
The full bundle consists of 57 mostly infrastructure projects that the current government plans to implement, courtesy of money pledged by minted friends like China and Japan.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on May 1 visited Chinese warships docked in his home town and raised the prospect of future joint exercises, highlighting fast-warming relations despite competing claims in the South China Sea.
Manman Dejeto/AFP FIRST PART: Investigative: Romancing China under Duterte MANILA, Philippines (Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism) — They call it “Dutertenomics.” Its tagline: “Build, build, build.” Its boast: “The golden age of Philippine infrastructure.” Its estimated bill: P8.4 trillion, to be sourced from taxes, foreign and local loans, and Official Development Assistance (ODA) from bilateral partners.
Most are from European countries and the United States and predominantly white.
Beijing is a transitionary city for expats – few stay back forever. The pollution aside, Beijing still has a culture which remains alien for years after you have experienced it.