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China, The World’s Vicar for Human Rights, Upset About Libya

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2011

BEIJING, March 20 (Xinhua) — China’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday expressed regret over the multinational military strike against Libya, saying that it did not agree with resorting to force in international relations.

“China has noticed the latest development in Libya and regrets the military strike against Libya,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.

China, as it always, does not agree with the use of force in international relations, Jiang said, when asked to comment on the strike carried out by multinational forces early Sunday.

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China the International Jekyl and Hyde

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2011

From The Beijing Consensus-new (Stefan Halper)

A veritable Jekyll and Hyde on the world stage, China and its global relations are the subject of this book. China’s dual nature—what former ambassador to China, James Lilley, has called a schizophrenia—is both a source of stability and a profound challenge to Western governance and the values that animate our culture.

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China Hacking Google Mail?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2011

From Here

Google gogglesGoogle goggles help a woman in Beijing view an eclipse of the sun in 2009. The company is now claiming the Chinese government is interfering with its popular email system, Gmail. Photograph: Bao Fan/Getty Images Google has accused the Chinese government of interfering with its popular Gmail email system. The move follows extensive attempts by the Chinese authorities to crack down on the “jasmine revolution” – an online dissident movement inspired by events in the Middle East.

According to the search giant, Chinese customers and advertisers have increasingly been complaining about their Gmail service in the past month. Attempts by users to send messages, mark messages as unread and use other services have generated problems for Gmail customers.

In the wake of the catastrophic earthquake in Japan, Google set up an application to help people find relatives and friends lost in the disaster. This service too seems to have been compromised.

“Relating to Google there is no issue on our side. We have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail,” said a Google spokesman. China‘s embassy in Washington was not immediately available for comment.

The announcement follows a blog posting from Google on 11 March in which the firm said it had “noticed some highly targeted and apparently politically motivated attacks against our users. We believe activists may have been a specific target.” The posting said the attacks were targeting a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser. The two firms have been working to address the issue. At the time, Google declined to elaborate on which activists had been targeted or where the attacks had been coming from.

Last January Google said it had been the victim of highly sophisticated attacks originating from China. At first the firm thought its intellectual property was the target. The company’s investigations found at least 20 other internet , financial, technology, media and chemical companies had been similarly targeted. Google said it had uncovered evidence that the primary goal of the attacks was the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

The search firm is not commenting further on this latest attack, but technology experts said it seemed to show an increasingly high degree of sophistication. “In the wake of what is happening in the Middle East I don’t think China wants to be seen making heavy-handed attacks on the internet, that would draw too much attention,” said one internet executive who wished to remain anonymous. He said making it look like a fault in Google’s system was extremely difficult to do and the fact that these attacks appear to come and go makes the attack look “semi-industrial and very, very sophisticated.”

In February dozens of political activists were arrested in China after an anonymous call online for people to start a jasmine revolution. The crackdown came as China’s president Hu Jintao called for tighter internet controls to help prevent social unrest. Much of the unrest in the Middle East has gone unreported in China, where the internet is already heavily censored. Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube are all blocked in China.

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Another Case of China Creating Her Own Reality- Is China 3000 Years Old?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2011

Even for those who are not as cynical as your humble author and servant, it would appear that you must admit that China whenever possible, will alter the facts to make herself look better than she may be. In the excerpt below, the author is proving that the Chinese have lied about what they have accomplished and when. Also, the other day I was watching the Discovery Channel and they corroborated much of this. They said that although China claims to have discovered working with brass all by themselves, independent or the world, archaeologists say otherwise. The archaeologists found bones of whites who came to China with the skill. The bottom line is as long as China refuses to admit the facts, they have no credibility and deserve none.

excerpt from here: A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.] (Wolfram Eberhard)
– Highlight Loc. 133-39

Modern research has not only demonstrated that all these accounts are inventions of a much later period, but has also shown why such narratives were composed. The older historical sources make no mention of any rulers before 2200 B.C., no mention even of their names. The names of earlier rulers first appear in documents of about 400 B.C.; the deeds attributed to them and the dates assigned to them often do not appear until much later. Secondly, it was shown that the traditional chronology is wrong and another must be adopted, reducing all the dates for the more ancient history, before 900 B.C. Finally, all narratives and reports from China’s earliest period have been dealt a mortal blow by modern archaeology, with the excavations of recent years. There was no trace of any high civilization in the third millennium B.C., and, indeed, we can only speak of a real “Chinese civilization” from 1300 B.C. onward.

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Credible Chinese HIstory?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2011

Here is a funny clip that is over 100 years old. the author states that we were dependent on Chinese historians to tell us about their history, but the author doubts the veracity of their claims. I agree, as the Chinese tend to make wild unsubstantiated or far-fetched claims about their past. It’s a face saving thing. It’s as if they feel like embellishing their past can overcome the one hundred years of humiliation or the embarrassment of the cultural revolution.

From here A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.] (Wolfram Eberhard)
Until recently we were dependent for the beginnings of Chinese history on the written Chinese tradition. According to these sources China’s history began either about 4000 B.C. or about 2700 B.C. with a succession of wise emperors who “invented” the elements of a civilization, such as clothing, the preparation of food, marriage, and a state system; they instructed their people in these things, and so brought China, as early as in the third millennium B.C., to an astonishingly high cultural level. However, all we know of the origin of civilizations makes this of itself entirely improbable; no other civilization in the world originated in any such way. As time went on, Chinese historians found more and more to say about primeval times. All these narratives were collected in the great imperial history that appeared at the beginning of the Manchu epoch. That book was translated into French, and all the works written in Western languages until recent years on Chinese history and civilization have been based in the last resort on that translation.

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Historical Proof Chinese Cannot Innovate

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2011

I have been reading a lot of old stuff about China these days, just to see how it squares with what is happening today. By my reckoning , Mao did little to change things in China as many would say. As you can see by this excerpt written over 130 years ago, the Chinese were good at copying, but not inventing.
from the book In Eastern Seas Or, the Commission of H.M.S. ‘Iron Duke,’ flag-ship in China, 1878-83 (J. J. Smith)
“The Chinese are splendid workmen, providing you can furnish them with a model or copy, for there is very little genius, properly so-called, attached to John Chinaman.”

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On Ancient China

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Historic China, and other sketches (Herbert Allen Giles)

And truly if national greatness may be gauged by the mien and carriage of its people, China is without doubt entitled to a high place among the children of men. An official in full costume is a most imposing figure, and carries himself with great dignity and self-possession, albeit he is some four or five inches shorter than an average Englishman.

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Even Ancient China Hated Women

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2011

Here is an excerpt from a book written over 100 years ago. The author is pointing out that in ancient China they did not like girl babies.

In Eastern Seas Or, the Commission of H.M.S. ‘Iron Duke,’ flag-ship in China, 1878-83 (J. J. Smith)

The earlier fate of these infantile members of the boat population is sad. They are exposed to a “rough-and-tumble” existence as soon as they are ushered into the world, especially should the poor innocent have the misfortune to be born a girl baby, for in that case she has simply to shift for herself, the inhuman parents considering themselves fortunate if they lose a girl or two overboard. The boys, or “bull” children, as they are termed, meet with rather more care relatively speaking.

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Hilarious Excerpt About US Mexican Border

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2011

This piece is from here. It is one of the funniest books I ever read about a man going to ancient Mexico… well not really funny, but very well written. You can get it for free on Amazon.
Tramping Through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras-new (Harry Alverson Franck)

You are really in Mexico before you get there. Laredo is a purely–though not pure–Mexican town with a slight American tinge. Scores of dull-skinned men wander listlessly about trying to sell sticks of candy and the like from boards carried on their heads. There are not a dozen shops where the clerks speak even good pidgin English, most signs are in Spanish, the lists of voters on the walls are chiefly of Iberian origin, the very county officers from sheriff down–or up–are names the average American could not pronounce, and the saunterer in the streets may pass hours without hearing a word of English. Even the post-office employees speak Spanish by preference and I could not do the simplest business without resorting to that tongue. I am fond of Spanish, but I do not relish being forced to use it in my own country.

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Chaotic Street in China

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