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Great Quote About the Communist Party in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 6, 2011

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Google and China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 6, 2011

In the ongoing saga of Google in China, we see how great a role uncle chicom plays in manipulating the media in the center country and how much azz kissing the locals firms must undergo to stay…

From Wikileaks…

“Google conducted numerous negotiations with officials in the State Council Information Office and other departments involved in censorship, propaganda and media licensing, the cables show. The May 18, 2009, cable that revealed pressure on the company by Li, the propaganda chief, said Google had taken some measures “to try and placate the government.”

But Chinese officials became alarmed that Google still did less than its Chinese rivals to remove material Chinese officials considered offensive. Such material included information about Chinese dissidents and human rights issues, but also about central and provincial Chinese leaders and their children – considered an especially taboo topic, interviews with people quoted in the cables reveal.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/04/MNQS1GLVV8.DTL#ixzz1AJPCBUX2

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Easy Rider in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 6, 2011

I love this shot. Some Chinese guy is dressed like an Eskimo and driving around the streets of Beijing selling who knows what.

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Chinese Communist Party To Citizens- “Visit Your Parents , or Else..”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 6, 2011

Chicom to Citizens- You Must Visit your Parents- WTF?
File this under “WTF?” or maybe file it under “hey China, quit building stupid monuments to local leaders and invest in social security for the elderly.’

This post will take some explaining. The chicoms are proposing to make it a law that children visit their parents, if they do not, then their parents can file a law suit against them. WTF
Ok let me explain. In China they have a thing called ‘ xiao’ or filial piety. This means that a child must do all for his parents. Their parents brought them into the world and thus they owe their folks their life. So, the chicoms have leveraged this concept to lighten the burden on the Chinese social security system. The country would rather spend billions and KTV’ing, buying the time of a lithe young bodies, and gulping down the mao tai (Chinese alcohol) than to provide for its elderly. Thus the red party is apparently moving to make it a law that people visit their folks, presumably with hong bao in hand…..

chinadaily excerpt:
“BEIJING – China is considering making it a legal duty for Chinese citizens to visit their aged parents as the country grapples with the challenges posed by a graying population.Wu Ming, an official with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, said on Wednesday that visiting aged family members has been written into the proposed draft amendment to the Law on Protection of the Rights and Interests of the Aged.

Under the amendment, elderly people who are ignored by their children can go to court to claim their legal rights to be physically and mentally looked after, Wu was quoted as saying by Shandong Business Daily.”

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Great Post About China and Her Military Aspirations

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 6, 2011

This comes from ZDnet , here. It is an incredible article.


By David Gewirtz | September 7, 2010, 7:47am PDT

Back in the day, I sailed on a couple of Pacific cruises with the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). A special shout-out to my shipmates on the Chuck Boat.

America’s relationship with China is a fascinating look at dysfunctional geopolitics.

On an economic level, our fortunes are tightly intertwined. As far back as 18 months ago, I reported about how, while China is America’s largest creditor — and we’re their largest market — China also been developing modified Dong Feng 21 missiles capable of extremely long flight. The potential of threat to Americans and American interests certainly didn’t go unnoticed by our government.

China has also shown itself to be a cybersecurity threat on both the industrial and military fronts. China has conducted numerous penetration tests against U.S. computer systems and networks.

We also know that China has a relatively active, organized cybercriminal community, with large groups of people conducting phishing attacks against Americans. Of course, the People’s Republic of China (mainland China) isn’t the only China phishing on Americans, so is the Republic of China, better known these days as Taiwan.

But it’s the PRC that concerns us most. There are a few important things to keep in mind when you think about mainland China — and if you don’t think about Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó, it’s time you started.

The first thing to think about is the country’s amazing population. China has 1.3 billion people, more than four times America’s population. China gives birth to more babies each year than Canada has people — and that’s after China’s incredibly draconian jìhuà shengyù zhèngcè policy, the policy where China only allows one child per family.

The second thing you need to know is that China has become an economic powerhouse, growing its GDP by about 10% per year. This year, China blew past Japan to become the world’s second largest individual economy, after the U.S.

China also consumes a tremendous amount of energy. In How To Save Jobs I did some mathematical modeling and showed that China’s cows, alone, will be consuming more than one seventh of the world’s oil supplies within 10 years. Just their cows. That’s not counting what their 1.3 billion people need.

There’s more. I wrote:

China consumes slightly more than we do, at about 2.6 billion tons of go-juice. What makes China particularly interesting is that they’re consuming more and more each year. While our demand increases only 0.34% annually, China’s demand is increasing at 8.68%. Even the rate of increase is increasing. Back in 2000, China’s demand only increased by 2.46%.

I did a lot more math in How To Save Jobs, but one calculation stood out. China has made it a national priority to push more and more of its citizens into a middle class. But if China manages to “middle class” most of its citizens, China alone would then consume 10.1 billion tons of oil equivalent per year, or 78% of the world’s total output.

If India were to grow at the same rate (and India is growing fast, as well), China and India combined would consume 1.5 times the world’s total energy supply. In other words, those two countries, alone, will need more oil that the world actually has. This could be a problem.

The Chinese government is aware of all of this. The more they build, the more they consume. This is why China has become frenemies with the United States. We provide a market for their goods and a source of money for all that energy they consume.

But there’s one more important fact about China you should know. China absolutely hates that Taiwan isn’t part of the PRC. They absolutely, viscerally hate that the United States has been defending Taiwan and has been standing in their way to repatriate Taiwan, to bring Taiwanese citizens under mainland control.

In fact, to many PRC government minds, Taiwan is now part of mainland China. It’s just that America is blocking their rightful governance.

So, put it all together. China has four times our population. They have an economy going gangbusters, but will likely need more oil than exists on the planet, and they have an irrational anger at us for our role in keeping Taiwan out of their clutches. Plus, we owe them trillions of dollars.

It makes for a potent and volatile cocktail, doesn’t it?

There are 21 aircraft carriers in service today. Of those, America has 11 — more than half of the world’s total. In addition, we have one in reserve and three more under construction, which will give us a total of fifteen to vs. the rest of the world’s ten.

Russia has the Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza Kuznetsov and India has the Viraat. China has no carriers. None. Of course, they’re trying to remedy this. They recently bought the Kuznetsov-class carrier Varyag from the Ukraine at an auction (seriously) for a mere $20 million. Although shrouded in secrecy and originally thought to be intended as a floating casino, it appears the Varyag is being prepared for actual service as a carrier.

In today’s world, carriers are the embodiment of military might. Carriers are what allow a nation to project force across the world. Our carriers are — even more than our nukes — what makes America the world’s sole remaining superpower.

All of this brings us back to China and the original subject of this article, whether China is gearing up to fight World War III.

See, here’s the thing. According to the French news agency, Agence France-Presse and reported in Yahoo News, China wants to develop some carrier-killer missiles.

Before we look at what that means strategically, let’s look at this from the point of view of human life. A typical American carrier ships out with 6,000 souls. Any missile intended to kill a carrier would kill a horrifying number of people — substantially more than died in the events of September 11.

AFP reports that an editorial appeared in the Global Times, a Chinese state-run press organ. As translated by AFP, the article states:

China undoubtedly needs to build a highly credible anti-carrier capability. Not only does China need an anti-ship ballistic missile, but also other carrier-killing measures.

Since US aircraft carrier battle groups in the Pacific constitute deterrence against China’s strategic interests, China has to possess the capacity to counterbalance.

Here’s what you need to keep in mind. Unlike, say, when I write something here at ZDNet, when an article appears in the Chinese Global Times, it — by definition — has state approval. So this is not just some writer saying China should be able to kill carriers, this is the Chinese government saying it.

Interpreting the tea leaves of Chinese government actions is always a dark art. However, it’s clear that an article like that wouldn’t appear in a publication like the Global Times if it wasn’t intended to be read internationally.

So what is China trying to say? What are they trying to accomplish? Is China planning to start World War III?

My take on it is the same as it was in that CNN article I wrote 18 months ago. Everything I’ve seen in modern Chinese government strategy has reflected a constant awareness of future potential and needs.

Without a doubt, especially if you factor in some of China’s enormous construction projects, like the creation of Shenzhen city and the building of the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China is more interested in economics than war.

But there are nagging issues, like the fact that within a decade or so, China will need more natural resources than exist on the planet, that America owes China a lot of money, and — always, always, always — the sore spot that is Taiwan.

My take on this is that China’s latest foray into international threat-mongering is indicative of two factors: a desire on the part of the Chinese government to be prepared for any eventuality — and that could include war — and a desire to warn the West that they’re willing to be prepared for any eventuality — and that could include war.

No matter what, China will — in many ways — factor into the lives of all Americans.”

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China’s Fuzzy Math, Cops Say Traffic Deaths Down-Death Certificates Say Otherwise

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 6, 2011

The Associated Press
Thursday, January 6, 2011; 1:34 AM

BEIJING — A new study says traffic deaths in China are far higher than what police have been reporting.

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for people age 45 and younger in China, the world’s largest auto market. But the new study, partly funded by the Chinese government, says what looked like a drop in deaths reported by police over a recent five-year period doesn’t reflect reality.

American and Chinese researchers compared police data with death certificates from doctors logged between 2002 and 2007. While police statistics showed a 27 percent drop in traffic fatalities, deaths recorded on death certificates increased by 8 percent.

According to the study, police logged 81,649 traffic deaths in 2007, but 221,135 were listed on death certificates.

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Incredible China Statistic

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 6, 2011

Another incredible stat from David Gerwitz
“China also consumes a tremendous amount of energy. In How To Save Jobs I did some mathematical modeling and showed that China’s cows, alone, will be consuming more than one seventh of the world’s oil supplies within 10 years. Just their cows. That’s not counting what their 1.3 billion people need.”

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Chinese Births

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 6, 2011

Amazing stat from David Gewirtz. Each year China gives birth to more people than Canada has…..

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China To Offer Database to Check on Cheaters- That Will Help….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 6, 2011

File this under ‘utterly useless”. The chinese government (see below) is attempting to create an online database of married chinese, so that before playing ‘dip your chopstick in my my hot pot’, you can check to see if the aged comb-over before you really is single or not.
My question is this…
In a country with about 366, 666 666 men and women named Wang, how in the heck do you know if that person sitting across you batting those large fake eyelashes is really Wang Dan, the one who married in 2007?

“The Associated Press

Wednesday, January 5, 2011; 2:15 AM

BEIJING — China’s exploding wealth has created a culture of secret mistresses and second wives. Now officials are putting marriage records online so lovers and spouses can check for cheaters.

State media on Wednesday said Beijing and Shanghai will be among the first places to put marriage databases online this year. The plan is to have records for all of China online by 2015.”

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Role of the Communist Party in Chinese Business

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