As we all know – every year around June 4th, Western media has stories about «the tank man» – like then The New York Times first printed «the tank man»-photo, and wrote: «A single man stopping a column of tanks rumbling toward Tian’anmen Square». Similar narrative has been repeated by Western news outlet every year since 1989. TIME magazine even declared «the tank man ... one … [Read more...] about Is «the tank man»-story true?
I'm glad to see the Chinese media FINALLY starting to explicitly outline the hypocrisy of American human rights rhetoric, but I think it doesn't go far enough to illustrate the sheer scale of US human rights violations & issues, such as: Little mention on the sheer degree of income & wealth inequality, which then translates into the lack of meaningful political … [Read more...] about Good CCTV documentary on US human rights violations (English subtitles)
I recently saw a debate I wanted to share, regarding a topic of particular interest for me: innovation in China. A few takeaways I got from this video: The myth of what I call the "freedom-innovation nexus" is still alive & well. China is already surpassing the West in some aspects of innovation. Just as there are no one-size fits all political models, there are no … [Read more...] about “China 2015 – Leading Global Innovation”: a World Economic Forum debate
Recently, the Japanese Parliament passed controversial legislation pushed by Abe to allow Japanese forces to fight abroad for the first time since 1945. Here is how Reuters reported it: Japan's parliament voted into law on Saturday a defense policy shift that could let troops fight overseas for the first time since 1945, a milestone in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to … [Read more...] about Case Study on Democracy and Rule of Law: Japan and the World at a Crossroad?
In my recent article on Philippines' ultimately absurd legal challenge to China's claims in the S. China Sea, I noted how that conflict arose from the prevailing wind to diss China's interests in the post WWII world. The cause for that are many. No doubt China's relative weakness vis-a-vis the West and/or Soviet Union, its plunge into a major civil war in the aftermath of … [Read more...] about Is China a Real Victor of WWII?