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Is restriction of US export to China killing its own hi-tech industry?

September 9th, 2011 21 comments

Here’s one aspect of China’s manufacturing capacity that is rarely mentioned in mainstream western press. By restricting export to China, the US government is giving the largest manufacturing markets to its main competitors. The US hope that by restricting hi-tech export would prevent China from developing its own hi-tech industry. However, the reality is that companies from Germany, Japan, France and Taiwan etc are the major winners. As of now mainland and Taiwan companies accounted for 55% of the world market in Five-axis CNC machine. Technology is not a stagnant and exclusive national attribute, any country who aspire to it and willing to work hard and invest in it will develop it. There is just no exception to the rule.

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Along the River During the Qingming Festival (Digital Version)

September 4th, 2011 20 comments

This might be old news to some (as the original painting was done during the Song Dynasty) but a digital version was created for the China pavilion during the Shanghai Expo 2010. After the expo it was displayed from November 9 to November 29, 2010 and is currently in Taipei from July 1 to October 4, 2011.

This has always been one of my favourite painting so I think I will share it here. The actual painting is  (24.8 by 528.7 cm) (9¾ in by 17 ft 4 in) Hope you like the digital version below:

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Chinese Jew or Jewish Chinese?

August 16th, 2011 No comments

I saw this article and feel like sharing. Frankly, I feel it is another poorly written piece but is an interesting read nonetheless.

I also find this very interesting when I first saw it. A Chinese-Jewish Admiral.,15240,155039,00.html

And some footage of Chinese Jews moving to Israel

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China pledges $55m in food aid to Horn of Africa

August 16th, 2011 23 comments

BEIJING (AFP) — China’s Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday pledged 353.2 million yuan ($55.3 million) in food aid to African countries suffering their worst drought in years.

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China’s New Health-Care Push

August 5th, 2011 6 comments

The economic reform of the 1980s brought many benefits but  also meant that the health care sector was changed from the previous “universal coverage” to paid only service. This means that many of the poorer people  was unable to afford health care. It is one of the biggest source of grief for  the society. One component of affordable health care is the price of the  medicine. By allowing the various provinces to experiment with various system,  it seems the central government has decided to go with this  system. There are still many reforms ahead be it in education, health care  or governance but at least this is what I consider a big step ahead.

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On Chinese Language Dialects and Chinese People

July 26th, 2011 101 comments

I would have to say the movement of the “Han people” is very complex. Most casual observers would think that the Mandarin version of Chinese language is the most “proper” version. In fact, it is the most modern version with the Beijing dialect heavily influenced by the Man language. Both the Minanese and Cantonese would claim their “version” as the most original Chinese. Scholars are still debating whether Minanese or Cantonese are the older form of Chinese or which is the Shang or Zhou version.

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A Chinese not worthy of Nobel Prize

July 24th, 2011 23 comments

I remember China launched an ad campaign on Time Square a while back. Other than the well known astronaut, actor, athlete,  there is one person that stood out but I doubt anybody knew him at all. His name is Yuan Longping and he is the father of hybrid rice. Here’s some of his contribution.

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Attacked in Taiwan?

July 18th, 2011 10 comments

In Oct 2008, while visiting a Confucius temple in Taiwan,  Vice Chairman Zhang Mingqing (张铭清) of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait was shoved around and pushed down. However, I would like to point out that he is also the Dean of the school of journalism of the University of Xiamen and is on a scholarly visit with no official function. After he managed to get into the car, an overzealous attacker even climbed on the roof of the car and jumped up and down. If one want to guess what the cultural revolution looked like, this should be pretty close.
Here’s a video of the incident. You be the judge.

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Ever heard of Justin Yifu Lin?

July 15th, 2011 2 comments

Most people probably don’t know him but I believe he is one of the most influential people from Taiwan. Here is a World Policy Institute interview of Justin Yifu Lin, the current Senior Vice President of World Bank. He was appointed on 2008.  On another note Zhu Min was appointed deputy managing director at IMF. Read more…

Tibetan vs. First Nations

July 12th, 2011 142 comments

(YinYang: This came via a reader, Ray, self-described as “overseas Chinese who currently resides in Toronto, Canada born in the 1970s in Malaysia. The piece below is timely as the Dalai Lama was recently on a trip to the U.S. as a ‘spiritual leader.’ By the way, he recently supposedly stepped down as a political leader. I thought it ironic he goes straight for Capitol Hill and meets House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.)

Most average American/Canadian do not know that the majority of the Tibetan Chinese do not live in Tibet proper. The majority of Tibetan Chinese live in Qinghai, Sichuan, Gansu, Yunan etc. This should give a better picture of the story. If one considers the first Tibetan Buddhist temple as the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa and study all the building dates of subsequent Tibetan Buddhist temples, the movement is from West to East of China. If you go back in history, it is the Tibetan King Songtsän Gampo who invaded Tang and demanded a princess in marriage not the other way. Eventually, a Tibetan king even sacked Xian, the capital of Tang. So in essence Tibet became part of China because of invasion by the Tibetan not the other way round. And similar to the Anglo-Saxon or Norman conquest, Tibetan became Chinese through their invasion.

To compare the Tibetan to the First Nations who was completely decimated in culture, language and religion by European settlers is incorrect. Read more…

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