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Archive for February 12th, 2011

“No Soliciting and Whoring Prostitutes”!- Funny Sign in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 12, 2011


I saw this sign once. The Chinese like to translate stuff into English and sometimes they overdo it….

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Egypt and What China Can Learn

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 12, 2011


This is from Min Xin Pei from FT.com
“The uprising in Egypt must have stunned Chinese leaders. Beijing has heavily censored news of the uprising, strongly indicating that the Chinese Communist party (CCP), which narrowly avoided collapse during a similar popular revolt in 1989, is gripped by the fear that it could encounter the same fate as befell Hosni Mubarak. The insecurity displayed by China’s ruling elites may seem extreme…The conventional wisdom says China has a self-confident leadership that sees itself as a contender for global supremacy.

But look a little deeper and this ostensibly resilient regime is afflicted by many of the same pathologies as Egypt: repression, corruption, low accountability, a surprisingly narrow base of support and fast-rising inequality. Yes, growth and prosperity help the CCP maintain its legitimacy. But the regime knows that performance-based legitimacy is unreliable, at best. The same frustrations that drove Egyptians into the streets could be unleashed in China when its economy inevitably hits a speed bump.

With mounting developmental challenges, China’s continued economic prosperity is by no means guaranteed, while rising food price inflation is a particular cause of concern for the regime. For the CCP, meeting such challenges requires not only technocratic policy solutions but also ought to include political reforms that will open up participation, make the CCP more accountable, and create a new basis of legitimacy.

That said, it is likely that the CCP will conclude that Mr Mubarak’s regime should have practised even harsher repression, and nipped the revolt in the bud. Chinese leaders probably also blame western influence and conspiracy, as they did when the colour revolutions toppled unpopular regimes in Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan a few years ago.”

Full article here

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China Tells Japan To “Suck it”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 12, 2011


A little bit ago a Chinese trawler blessed with the Chinese inability to drive, allegedly smashed into a few Japanese boats, or something like that. Now the Japanese want money for the damages, the Chinese say no way.
from xinhuanet.
“BEIJING, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) — China’s Foreign Ministry Saturday rejected a demand that a Chinese trawler captain pay for repairs to two Japanese Coast Guard vessels involved in a collision in waters off the Diaoyu Islands last year.”

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My Rabbit at My Old Place

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China and Alcatraz

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 12, 2011


Some friends of mine escaped purgatory and were able to take a trip to the land of milk and honey (China and USA respectively). And they told me the US is good for innovation and making money. The example they used was Alcatraz. They said in China they dont have anything like Alcatraz. But they do have jails where they show the kids “Methods of Torture” (his words) That the Chinese use to keep prisoners in line. All I could do was smile and give thanks for the small things.

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Cool Rain Shot in China

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Chinese Eaterie

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China While it Rains

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Crooked Chinese Building

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Out My Old Window

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