EDM1 – Issue 164

As Wang Lijun goes on trial, 2012 is proving the most politically-charged year in China in two decades

Plus: escalating tensions with Japan; China goes on German Mittelstand acquisition spree; Xi’an builds 28 lakes to boost property market

Also: Scotch expert discusses soaring Chinese whisky demand; why the Yangtze went red and Didier Drogba ponders his Shanghai future