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Archive for March 11th, 2010

Going Green- Pedal Power in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 11, 2010

Bikes a plenty  on the street in Beijing, also look  at the beautiful blue sky.

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12 meter Chocolate Great Wall

Beijing had an exhibit of Chocoate Great Wall,-shown, and  terra cotta warriors among other things. The event was in January.

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Chinese Sayings- They knew the Black Crows

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 11, 2010

New section: or maybe ADD moment, I call this masterpiece, “Chinese sayings”

Crows everywhere are equally black.

WTF, dont know what this means…are they biggots?

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China Fact- Mao Said it First

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 11, 2010

Doesnt matter if the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice, was made popular by Deng Xiao Ping, but Mao said it first. It is , however an ancient Chinese proverb.

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If you build it They Will come- China Corruption Hotline Overloaded, Crashes

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 11, 2010

This is rich, from the BBC

“A Chinese website set up so people can inform on corrupt officials has been inundated with so many visitors that it crashed shortly after launching.

Staff said the website was designed to cope with a maximum of 1,000 people making a complaint at the same time.

But the number of people using the site far exceeded this when it was launched on Monday.

A Beijing News editorial said the site’s popularity showed that people preferred national to local inquiries.

The idea of the 24-hour anti-corruption website (www.12309.gov.cn) and its accompanying hotline number was to inform central government officials about local-level corruption.

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Dalian China to be the Next Bangalore

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 11, 2010

Daalian to be the next Bangalore in 5 years, China pushes for world dominance in 7…yawn

“BEIJING: Thomas Friedman identified Dalian as China’s Bangalore in his seminal work The World is Flat five years ago. Xia Deren, the port city’s Party chief, who was mayor when the Pulitzer winner interviewed him, believes that this will become reality in about five years.

The rise might be partly because Xia, a technocrat, throws more weight to IT talent cultivation than anyone else.

“Dalian is better than the Indian Silicon Valley in terms of infrastructure and environment, but in terms of human resources and enterprise competitiveness, the city lags behind Bangalore,” he told China Daily on Wednesday.

“We expect Dalian to be on par with or overtake Bangalore in five to seven years,” he said.

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Definitely not a Blue Sky Day- Pollution in Beijing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 11, 2010

Beautiful Beijing, covered in pollution, the visibility is about 1 mile due to smog today.

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Go Go Google- Say it aint So, Will you Leave US Google?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 11, 2010

Looks like a good old Mexican standoff, Google v. the Chinese government, neither is budging. Asof today we can still use Google gmail etc. but those days may be numbered.

“WASHINGTON — A second Google executive said on Wednesday that the company had not changed its decision to stop censoring its Chinese language search site and it was prepared to shut down the website if necessary.

“We are no longer willing to censor our search results in China, and we are currently reviewing our options,” Google vice president and deputy general counsel Nicole Wong said in her testimony before the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

“If the option is that we’ll shutter our .cn operation and leave the country, we are prepared to do that.”

Wong added that the company would do it in an “appropriate and responsible way,” that it has “hundreds of employees on the ground” and understands “the seriousness or the sensitivity” of its decision but “we will stop censoring” search results in China.

At the congressional hearing on “The Google Predicament: Transforming US Cyberspace Policy to Advance Democracy, Security and Trade,” the Google executive said they had found out those attacks came from China but they were not going to say “who is carrying out these attacks” and they would hope the Chinese government would work with the US officials to investigate the issue.

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Modern Day Reforms in China- Still no Freedom of Speech

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 11, 2010

From the New York Times

“A longtime protester from Shanghai has been ordered by the authorities to serve one and a half years of “re-education through labor” for shouting slogans about human rights outside a Beijing courthouse on Dec. 25, according to Human Rights in China, an advocacy group. The protester, Mao Hengfeng, was among a group of demonstrators who assembled outside the sentencing of Liu Xiaobo, one of the most well-known Chinese dissidents and a main author of Charter 08, a manifesto calling for democratic reforms.

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Image Project- Saving Face in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 11, 2010

With her new found riches, China is spending money like a drunken sailor. Why not, they have the cash, the politicians can siphon off a bit, some will trickle down to the masses, everyone is happy right? Well kind of , see the average Chinese is pretty smart, and they dont like these ‘image projects’, or face saving initiatives.- they just need money to live.To them the space project, and all the cash spent on the Olympics was wasteful, below is an example.

“China’s wind power factories are mostly “image projects” built largely for displaying local governments’ achievements rather than for use by ordinary people, the Beijing Times reported Wednesday, citing a top government official.

Miao Wei, vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, made the remarks on Sunday at a discussion with the Hubei delegation at the ongoing annual sessions. It is not suitable for China to build too many wind power factories because wind is always accompanied by sand in China and the equipment will erode quickly.

The wind power equipment’s average lifespan is 20 years, but if there is sand in the wind they cannot hold up that long, Miao said, adding that “the 10-million-kilowatt wind power station in Gansu province is a typical ‘image project’.”

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