John Artman on GBTimes’ Dial Beijing: Is it all going swimmingly in Beijing?

Each week, I speak with GBTimes in Finland. This week we talked about:

Despite medal success for China at the 2012 Olympics, swimming remains an unpopular pastime for its citizens. We recently talked to our Beijing correspondent to find out more…

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http://gbtimes.com/lifestyle/dial-beijing/it-all-going-swimmingly-beijing Follow the links for more.

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John Artman on GBTimes’ Dial Beijing: Navigating Beijing’s supermarket aisles with ease

Each week, I speak with GBTimes in Finland. This week we talked about:

To find out what’s really in store for foreigners undertaking the weekly grocery shop in China, we contacted our Beijing-based correspondent and occasional shopper, John Artman…

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http://gbtimes.com/lifestyle/family/dial-beijing/navigating-beijings-supermarket-aisles-ease Follow the links for more.

John Artman on GBTimes’ Dial Beijing: Exchanges are the remedy for promoting TCM

Each week, I speak with GBTimes in Finland. This week we talked about:

Closer international cooperation is needed in the teaching of traditional Chinese medicine, according to industry analysts and insiders.

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http://gbtimes.com/dial-beijing/exchanges-are-remedy-promoting-tcm Follow the links for more.

John Artman on GBTimes’ Dial Beijing: Summer kicks off China’s favorite pastimes

Each week, I speak with GBTimes in Finland. This week we talked about:

How do adults and children spend their free time in Beijing and what are some of their favorite hobbies? Let’s find out…

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http://gbtimes.com/lifestyle/dial-beijing/summer-kicks-chinas-favorite-pastimes Follow the links for more.

John Artman on GBTimes’ Dial Beijing: How children celebrate their birthday in China

Each week, I speak with GBTimes in Finland. This week we talked about:

Ever wonder how children in China celebrate their birthday? Do they share any Western customs or do they have special traditions like an extra-long noodle in place of a cake? Find out here…

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http://gbtimes.com/culture/customs/dial-beijing/how-children-celebrate-their-birthday-china Follow the links for more.

John Artman on GBTimes’ Dial Beijing: China hacker attacks: Inconclusive proof, biased reporting and worsening US relations?

Each week, I speak with GBTimes in Finland. This week we talked about:

Beijing-based journalist John Artman gives his own view on the latest flare up in the Chinese hacking attacks and the threat of a cyber war between China and the United States.

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http://gbtimes.com/focus/science-technology/dial-beijing/china-hacker-attacks-inconclusive-proof-biased-reporting-and Follow the links for more.

John Artman on GBTimes’ Dial Beijing: Masking your family from Beijing smog

Each week, I speak with GBTimes in Finland. This week we talked about:

What precautions do Beijingers use to protect their children from the capital’s thick smog that often hangs over the city

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http://gbtimes.com/focus/environment/dial-beijing/masking-your-family-beijing-smog Follow the links for more.

John Artman on GBTimes’ Dial Beijing: The eternal lure of China’s Civil Service

Each week, I speak with GBTimes in Finland. This week we talked about:

China’s civil service is held in high regard by many Chinese, offering a stable occupation to over ten million civil servants. We spoke to our Beijing-based correspondent to find out more…

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http://gbtimes.com/past-present/government/dial-beijing/eternal-lure-chinas-civil-service Follow the links for more.

Tim Cook ain’t that strong

I love it when I’m right. With the recent shakeup at Apple, Tim Cook shows that’s he not as strong, or forceful, a leader as Steve. From CNN Fortune:

It does not suggest that Cook’s hands are firmly on the steering wheel when a veteran executive announces his retirement, only to be placed in a critical role overseeing initiatives key to the company’s future.

A final word on Tim Cook. In only a year on the job he led Apple to new heights. He has pleased investors, listened to employees, mollified critics of the company’s labor policies and overseen the introduction of products that have sold exceedingly well across the world. He even has shown humility by apologizing for the mapping snafu.

One thing Cook has been unwilling to do, however, is explain himself. In his very few public utterances he has mouthed platitudes. Steve Jobs too played cat-and-mouse with the public, revealing what he wanted, when he wanted. But Steve Jobs earned his caginess. He got the benefit of the doubt after silencing the doubters. Cook isn’t there yet. He needs a new strategy for communicating what is going on at Apple.

Not a bad thing, but if anyone thought that Apple didn’t lose its soul when it lost Steve, you’ve got another thing coming.

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