Archive for June, 2010

Opinion: Citizens of Chinese heritage in the West to also bear the brunt of Western media bias

June 21st, 2010 30 comments

A large-scale protest by Chinese nationals took place in Paris Chinatown Belleville district on Sunday, June 20, 2010 pleading the French government to provide better protection against violent crimes targeting the Chinese community. According to the China Daily article, “Chinese protest in streets of Paris,” there is a rise in robbery and violent crimes against Chinese nationals in France in recent years. This *news* has been largely muted in the West thus far. A blogger, jonjayray, writes, “When racist violence can be ignored:”

So profound is the hypocrisy of the mainstream media in the English-speaking world that racial violence against a significant but still small minority in a major Western city has been ignored. The big rally against persecution by Chinese in Paris and its unpleasant aftermath seems not to have attracted a single report in English.

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U.S. media, you chicken shit. We dare you.

June 17th, 2010 8 comments

Back in February 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Asia. She was interviewed and featured on the popular “Yang Lan One on One” television program in China (杨澜访谈录—希拉里). While this program was aired in Chinese, the interview was actually conducted in English with Chinese subtitles. I highly encourage you to watch it even if you do not understand Chinese. Afterwards, you will realize:
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The Karate Kid – the biggest modern movie co-production thus far between an American studio and China

June 13th, 2010 2 comments

People should go watch the new karate Kid!  It’s a cool movie featuring some awesome martial art as well as a beautiful travelogue featuring scenes from all over China.  Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith give a performance that practically guarantees a sequel.

Some people might complain that the movie is too long … or that it’s got a misleading title.  I personally think if there is a problem, it’s the fight scenes – which can get a little graphic as far as children are concerned.  As for that misleading title?  My opinion is that while there are real differences between Karate and Kung Fu (and this movie features Kung Fu not Karate), this movie should be and can be enjoyed and celebrated by itself – for an inspiring human story, a beautiful travelogue, and high quality martial arts cinematography. Read more…

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India at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and its significance in Sino – Indian Relations

June 10th, 2010 No comments

In the midst of the concrete and steel jungle that is the Shanghai World Expo, stands the Indian Pavilion, the ‘greenest’ of them all, built entirely of environment-friendly materials, showcasing India’s unique brand of Culture, History and Soft Power and offering an unprecedented opportunity to further improve Sino-Indian relations and India’s Soft Power in China.

The Expo has finally come to China. A largely forgotten event in most parts of the world, it has been rejuvenated, on a scale in which no other country could even dream of. A record number of 192 countries and 50 organizations have registered, the highest in the Expo’s history. Most people hadn’t even heard of the expo before it came to China.

The verdict is clear – The Expo needed China as much as China needed the Expo.

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China publishes white paper: “The Internet in China” 《中国互联网状况》白皮书

June 9th, 2010 No comments

On June 8, 2010, a white paper, “The Internet in China,” (full text in English) was released by the Information Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese full text version is also available: “中国互联网状况.”

This is a very important document, because it articulates the Chinese vision for the Internet. For putting this vision in writing, it enables those around the world to hear directly what China has to say rather than relying on others interpretation (with prejudice or otherwise). Those countries sharing China’s priorities could rally behind it. Those oppose can pinpoint areas of contention. (For completeness, the China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC) (中国互联网络信息中心) is an invaluable site to see the ground-level developments of the Internet within China, if you are interested.)
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U.S. Senator, Dianne Feinstein, on the recent $6.4billion arms sale to Taiwan: “I believe that’s a mistake on our part.”

June 8th, 2010 3 comments

The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating conversation with U.S. Senator, Dianne Feinstein, who recently came back from a trip to China speaking with Jiang Zemin and Zhu Rongji. It reported, “A Conversation With Dianne Feinstein,” where the senator (who is also the chairwoman of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee) admitting the February 2010 $6.4billion arms sales to Taiwan, “I believe that’s a mistake on our part.”

(Also read our featured post: “Open Letter to President Obama from Chinese netizen, LTML.”)

Here is a snippet of that WSJ conversation:
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The coming decades explosion of Chinese culture

June 7th, 2010 1 comment

Song Dynasty (AD 960-1127) Calligraphy by Ming Dizhu

Song Dynasty (AD 960-1127) Calligraphy by Ming Dizhu

China Daily has just reported a “Chinese calligraphy work sold for record $57.1M” at the Poly 2010 Spring Auction on June 4, 2010. This record price puts Ming Dizhu’s work within the same league as van Gogh and Picasso in terms of how much was fetched from an auction (“Portrait of Dr. Gachet,” $139million, inflation adjusted, van Gogh; “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust”, $106million, inflation adjusted, Picasso).

According to a Boston Consulting Group report in late 2009, the number of millionaires in China has reached around 450,000 by the end of 2009. Given the fact that China’s GDP has grown 8% to 10% annually for the last three decades, two phenomenons have occurred:

a. Demand for Chinese art has increased because Chinese citizens have become wealthier.

b. Supply for Chinese art (contemporary) has increased because more Chinese are freed from subsistence to pursue art.

In turn, the international art market expects Chinese art to become even more valuable for the above two reasons.  Foreign collectors – private individuals and  museums alike collect Chinese art.  Collectors also exhibit because further popularizing the pieces enhances the art’s value. (Here is a collection of works by some popular contemporary Chinese artist in Beijing – Art Scene Beijing.)
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BeiDou (COMPASS), China’s GPS, to service Asia by 2012 and the world by 2020

June 3rd, 2010 2 comments

BeiDou (COMPASS) Satellite #4 Launched June 3, 2010 Beijing Time

BeiDou (COMPASS) Satellite #4 Launched June 3, 2010 Beijing Time

China has just successfully placed into orbit her fourth satellite, which over the next ten years would complete a constellation of 35, to offer navigation and communications services to the world. By 2012, the BeiDou (COMPASS), in Chinese, 北斗卫星导航系统, system becomes operational for the Asia region. By 2020, it will service the entire globe. China joins the U.S. (GPS) and Russia (GLONASS) as the third country to have developed such a system. Like the GPS, COMPASS will have dual military and civil use where the military will have access to higher precision signals.

According to this Xinhua article, COMPASS’s “open” service, which is free of charge to global users, will have positioning accuracy of 10 meters.
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(Stephen Gowans) “The sinking of the Cheonan: Another Gulf of Tonkin incident”

June 2nd, 2010 3 comments

May 20, 2010

By Stephen Gowans

While the South Korean government announced on May 20 that it has overwhelming evidence that one of its warships was sunk by a torpedo fired by a North Korean submarine, there is, in fact, no direct link between North Korea and the sunken ship. And it seems very unlikely that North Korea had anything to do with it.

That’s not my conclusion. It’s the conclusion of Won See-hoon, director of South Korea’s National Intelligence. Won told a South Korean parliamentary committee in early April, less than two weeks after the South Korean warship, the Cheonan, sank in waters off Baengnyeong Island, that there was no evidence linking North Korea to the Cheonan’s sinking. (1)

South Korea’s Defense Minister Kim Tae-young backed him up, pointing out that the Cheonan’s crew had not detected a torpedo (2), while Lee Ki-sik, head of the marine operations office at the South Korean joint chiefs of staff agreed that “No North Korean warships have been detected…(in) the waters where the accident took place.” (3)

Notice he said “accident.”

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“they hate the Japanese”

June 1st, 2010 16 comments

Recently I visited Japan on business, and on my way to the airport, I heard some comments that gave me some real pause for thought.  There were three of us sharing the airport shuttle; a Canadian woman of European decent who works for Siemens in R&D,  an African American man who is a sales executive, and myself.  Upon learning the woman was from Canada, the African American man tells her that he traveled to Canada frequently, and he was in Toronto a lot to fix a “mess.”  In a nutshell, he had to force a sales manager who was originally from Hong Kong into early retirement, because the company was struggling in their sales numbers.  He faulted the fact that the sales force based in Japan were reporting into the Toronto based sales manager.  The Canadian woman blurted out, “they (the Chinese) hate the Japanese.”

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