China Week: Scotland, litter and Li Na
Here's what has caught my eye this week.
No to indyref in China
What a magnificent exercise in people power.
I grew up in Scotland but now live in a country where talking about independence is punishable by years in jail.
I wonder if the news from Scotland has reached the Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti in his Xinjiang prison cell. If so, it must be bitter to reflect that iPhones and trainers can be shipped from China to Europe but ideas still can't travel in the opposite direction.
The Chinese government has been tight-lipped on the Scottish referendum but privately, officials told me they were puzzled that the UK even contemplated shrinking its global influence by breaking into smaller parts.
China Week: Bicycles, boredom and TV mix-ups
China's week in news is never a simple zero-sum game of winners and losers. But it is not a monolith either. So indulge me just this once with a quick "who's up, who's down" assessment.
Tweet @BBCCarrie if you think I've got it wrong.
Alibaba IPO: Chairman Ma's China
"All of our brains are just as good." So said Alibaba's great helmsman Jack Ma to the 17 friends who made up his embryonic company in an eve of battle call to arms.
Though they might be behind the US in many ways, he told them, on the application of intelligence they could win.
Hong Kong's battle for hearts and minds
The Chinese government has clearly decided that facing down a campaign of civil disobedience in the short term is preferable to allowing Hong Kong the kind of political process which might create meaningful challenges to its own authority in the long term.
Sunday's announcement from Beijing leaves no room for compromise with Hong Kong's democratic forces.
The Chinese cult that kills 'demons'
China is about to try one of the most notorious murders in recent memory.
In late May a group belonging to a banned cult beat a woman to death in a fast food restaurant. Her only crime was to refuse to give them her telephone number.
China bares its claws for 'caged tiger' Zhou Yongkang
The Chinese Communist Party has announced an investigation into one of its most powerful politicians, the former security chief Zhou Yongkang.
In a move which signals President Xi Jinping's hard-fought victory in a battle for supremacy over the party high command, the Xinhua news agency says Mr Zhou is to be investigated for serious disciplinary violations, a shorthand for corruption.
China Week: Typhoons to tantrums
I've been chasing a tricky story this week - endless assignations with strangers in hotel rooms. (Don't ask… it'll all become clear soon!) But while I was waiting for planes (delayed by air force exercises and a typhoon) and waiting for no-show interviewees (terrified of retribution from the organisation I'm trying to report on), these are the stories that caught my attention:
Food glorious food
It's been a sickening week for Shanghai's Husi Foods after a TV expose showed staff mixing expired meat into products supplied to the big chains like McDonald's, KFC and Starbucks. By midweek, arrests were under way and China's food inspectors were out doing spot raids on Husi facilities nationwide.
The knife attack that changed Kunming
China is in the midst of a massive security crackdown after a series of terror attacks it blames on Muslims from the Uighur ethnic minority in north-west Xinjiang province.
All aboard: China's railway dream
At Asia's biggest rail cargo base in Chengdu in south-west China, the cranes are hard at work, swinging containers from trucks onto a freight train. The containers are filled with computers, clothes, even cars.
Until last year, all of it would have first gone more than 1,000 miles east to Shanghai and then to Europe by sea.