About four months ago, in Part I of this series, I promised we would go through our blogroll and justify and expound upon each blog, five by five. About a month ago, I did part IV of this series. This is the fifth of this slowly running series, where I explain, in alphabetical order, why it is that each blog managed to qualify for our blogroll under our admittedly “slippery, vague, and subjective criteria:”

Our blogroll basically consists of those China blogs we like and which we think our readers will like or should be reading. We tend to like blogs that are unique in their content, well written, or consistently helpful. If we really like a blog, it makes it on no matter what. The less we like the blog, the more we have to believe it can be helpful to our readers. If a blog has not posted for a couple of months, we start seriously consider removing it from the rolls. Three months and it is usually removed. We obviously focus on China related blogs and, within that, we generally focus on those blogs related to law or business.

So without further ado, the fifth five in our alphabetical list:

China Economic Review Editors Journal. Less of a blog now than it used to be (for instance, it no longer allows for comments), this Blog/Journal is a good weekly read of a key business issue facing either China or those who do business with China. China Economic Review is an excellent business/economics magazine (as evidenced by, among other things, their brilliance in using CLB’s own Steve Dickinson as its legal columnist) and its editors certainly know whereof they speak.

China Economics Blog. This blog describes itself as a “place to find news, observations, statistics, information on undergraduate (BSc and BA economics) postgraduate (MSc economics) and academic analysis of important issues for China’s economy including economic growth, inequality, stock market, shares, exchange rates, the environment, foreign direct investment, WTO and much more” and that is exactly what it is. I read it for its usually spot on and clearly written China economic analysis.

China Environmental Law [No longer exists]. This blog is written by Charlie McElwee, “an international energy & environmental lawyer based in Shanghai.” Charlie accurately describes his blog as a “discussion of China’s environmental and energy laws, regulations, and policies” and it is the first place I turn when I want to know more about the big environmental issues confronting China.

China Esquire. This blog is adroitly written by Thomas Chow, a San Francisco based lawyer with TechSoup Global. This blog describes itself as covering “Chinese law, business, and non-profits” and that is exactly what it does, with more of a policy bent than ours.

China Geeks. China Geeks describes itself as follows:

ChinaGeeks is a website about China. We post articles, original essays, translations, news, and relevant links to further the English-language discourse on China. Topics covered include (but are not limited to) history, current events, politics, literature, culture, and philosophy. We take pride in our writing standards-everything you find here will be well-written and worth your time (we hope!)

We’re also striving to create a community here; a community that embraces the many people throughout the world who (1) speak English and (2) are interested in China. Please join us, and leave us a comment or even join our team of contributors!

Accurate enough, but I see China Geeks more than anything else as a very important source for English language translations of news percolating in the Chinese press but missed by the English language mainstream media.

More to come….

What do you think?