From Beijing, stern words for an uneasy allySuch tough tactics show an unexpected resolve in Beijing's policy toward Pyongyang, and hint at the nervousness of Chinese leaders about North Korea's nuclear ambitions and North Korea's tensions with the United States. The pipeline shutdown, officially ascribed to a technical problem, followed an unusually blunt message delivered by China to its longtime ally in a high-level meeting in Beijing last month, the sources said.
A Chinese novelist depicts a dicey lot for the rich on our list. From the outset of Wang Gang's new Chinese novel, The Curse of Forbes, it is clear that rich people will not fare well. We learn right away that the protagonist, Feng Shi, is, "like so many rich people," perennially in debt.