I have been feeling somewhat irrelevant lately.
Really big things are happening in China and I clearly see the incongruity (absurdity?) of my continuing to chug away on posts relating to joint ventures, intellectual property, and how the rule of law is rising in China. Trust me, I am not blind to what is going on in Tibet. But how should I react online?
I have been reading superlative coverage of the situation on many and that coverage reinforces my thinking that there is little place for a bunch of China lawyers in this debate, especially since we are in Beijing and Seattle.
I am an international lawyer, not an observer. I am a lawyer with a little l, meaning my focus is on how to get things done, not on how things should be done. This blog’s focus is international law and business. This blog has a very large Chinese readership (including a shocking number of Chinese lawyers and law students) and I do not want them to be cut off from this blog. I do not have any inside knowledge. I am not terribly well versed on either the history or the politics of the region. It would be be presumptuous for me even to try to compete with those who do so please view my silence as common sense not a lack of caring.
I urge everyone interested in China’s rule over Tibet (and who is not interested?) to read more about this.
Being a lawyer however, I cannot depart without a last word. Not sure why I never thought of this before but in reading so much excellent stuff on Tibet of late I had a quasi-revelation: what we read in the Chinese press is from the Chinese press. It is what the government wants us to believe; it is not necessarily what the government itself believes. Now I know this is obvious, but it does bear remembering in times like these.
UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that there is a somewhat similar post on Ogilvy China Digital Watch [link no longer exists], at least as to the strange feeling of blogging as though nothing has changed:
You’ll pardon me I hope if weltschmertz is preventing me from blogging about anything related to digital marketing. Watching things melt down on Wall Street and, more urgently from where I sit, tracking the fallout cloud from this whole fuster cluck up on the Roof of the World, I can’t help thinking I woke up this morning to witness the beginning of The Great Unraveling. Hopefully the Asian markets won’t react too badly to the Bear Stearns debacle, and (this I hope in vain!) opinion leaders won’t leap to their usual blithe condemnations of Beijing. Believe it or not, the situation’s not black and white.