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Archive for February 10th, 2011

China and the Media

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 10, 2011


Good excerpt here from The Beijing Consensus (Stefan Halper). The book is good, but I am doing some others at the moment. This snippet talks about the ongoing media frenzy that uncle C is undertaking.

excerpt:
“The Chinese public information chief, Li Chang-Chun, explained his government’s view that the global information space now ranks among the crucial battlegrounds for power in the twenty-first century. As he told an audience of executives at China Central Television (CCTV) in similar terms, “Communications capacity determines influence. . . . Whichever nation’s communications capacity is strongest, it is that nation whose culture and core values spread far and wide . . . with the most power to influence the world.” Previous attempts to present China’s case internationally, Li admitted, had reached only a limited audience; they also proved inadequate in countering Western criticism of the Chinese government during the protests in Tibet and the Olympic Torch Relay in 2008. Under the new project, he said, China would “try to produce news the way that Western media do” and beat the West at its own game.5”

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Typical China

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Chinese Subway

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My Chinese PC and Spyware

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 10, 2011


Each I must start up my chinese pos laptop in an attempt to earn my pay in the center of the universe. The problem is that all of the state sponsored, spybots, viruses, malware, and ‘protection programs to ensure the continued growth of the motherland’ make that task an arduoius one to say the least. What I have decided to do, is start up my beast of a machine and then go home. By the time I return the next day it will be almost ready for work.

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Safely Home- Randy Alcorn

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 10, 2011


This is an excerpt from the book Safely Home (Randy Alcorn)
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“…of Christians are in jail. Often they’re beaten and humiliated. If someone says to you, `Religious freedom in China is like this,’ don’t believe him. That is like saying, `The weather in America is like this-always sunny or always snowing.’ It depends on what part of the country you are in, and what season. In China the sun is always shining somewhere. Somewhere else the snow is falling. But the government is capable of magic-they can take you to places where it is usually snowing and show you a glimpse of sunlight so that you can go back and say there is no snow in China. You can write your column or say from your pulpit that you saw no persecution, only freedom. You are telling the truth-but a truth that misleads.”

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China Invading Canada- It’s About Oil

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 10, 2011


My good friend has been here for over 20 years and he has a unique perspective on the Chinese situation. Recently there has been news about China buying up oil reserves and such, for example from the ft.com”China’s largest oil and gas producer, has agreed to pay $5.4bn for a gas field stake in western Canada owned by EnCana, further raising the profile of Chinese oil companies in North America after a string of similar investments.The deal is one of China’s largest investments in Canada’s energy sector, and its biggest in shale gas, a difficult-to-extract type of natural gas deposit for which Chinese companies are seeking to master the technology.”

To me this type of news merely means China is trying to buy access to oil, of which its the worlds largest consumer. To him, he says the real problem is that China typically sends her soldiers to these types of areas. He used Africa as an example, where China has had some problems as of late with their civilians as well as military personnel they have held there.

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China’s Cyber Warfare

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 10, 2011


Here are more examples of China’s cyber warfare efforts/capabilities.

From The Beijing Consensus (Stefan Halper)

“….early 2009, Information Warfare Monitor (IWM), a Canadian-based think tank that specializes in cyberspace analysis, published the findings of a ten-month investigation into alleged Chinese cyberspying against Tib.etan institutions. The IWM found an extensive system that blanketed Tib.et’s activities worldwide with a network of 1,295 infected computers across 103 countries. A third of these targets were considered “high value”: The “infected” computers were found in government ministries in Iran, Bangladesh, Latvia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, Barbados, and Bhutan and embassies in India, South Korea, Indonesia, Romania, Cyprus, Malta, Thailand, Taiwan, Portugal, Germany, and Pakistan. China’s cyber-espionage network also penetrated the ASEAN Secretariat (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), and the Asian Development Bank, plus news organizations and “an unclassified computer located at NATO headquarters.” This new generation of cyberattackers had taken complete control of computers, not only searching and stealing documents, but even covertly controlling Web cameras and activating audio inputs.”

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Interesting Comment on Speaking Chinese

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 10, 2011


This comment is quite telling. It was written around the end of the 19th century, but I think it still goes today.
from The Civilization of China (Herbert Allen Giles)
excerpt
If a foreigner can speak Chinese intelligibly, his character as a barbarian begins to be perceptibly modified; and if to the knack of speech he adds a tolerable acquaintance with the sacred characters which form the written language, he becomes transfigured, as one in whom the influence of the holy men of old is beginning to prevail over savagery and ignorance.

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China and Disgrace

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“The Civilization of China (Herbert Allen Giles)

Meanwhile, any member of the family who should disgrace himself in any way, as by becoming an inveterate gambler and permanently neglecting his work, or by developing the opium vice to great excess, would be formally cast out, his name being struck off the ancestral register.

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The Civilization of China

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The Civilization of China (Herbert Allen Giles)

From this story it will be rightly gathered that the Chinese mostly sleep on the ground floor. In Peking, houses of more than one storey are absolutely barred; the reason being that each house is built round a courtyard, which usually has trees in it, and in which the ladies of the establishment delight to sit and sew, and take the air and all the exercise they can manage to get. Another blood-curdling story is that of four travellers who arrived by night at an inn, but could obtain no other accommodation than a room in which was lying the corpse of the landlord’s daughter-in-law.

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