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Archive for April 17th, 2011

Some Germans Demand Art Lent to China be Recalled Due to China’s Detention of Ai Weiwei

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 17, 2011

from here:
“Berlin – German critics of the Chinese government have called for art lent to a Chinese museum to be recalled to protest Beijing’s recent arrest of artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei.
However, the demand was rejected Friday.

Three leading German museums have lent treasures to Beijing’s newly refurbished National Museum. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle flew to China to open the show, Art of the Enlightenment, two weeks ago, just before Ai Weiwei’s arrest.”

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China’s Balancing Act From – Kaleej Times

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 17, 2011

Interesting article here on China’s problems in being a responsable world citizen (my words)


For all its enormous impact on the world economy over the last three decades, China has not found its global diplomatic feet. There is a gulf between its confidence in pursuing economic goals and its readiness or ability to play a major role in helping resolve major international problems.Though it holds a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and is a leading contributor of forces to peacekeeping operations, the People’s Republic all too often appears to act within the narrowest confines of its national interest. All states, of course, put their own concerns first — even if some manage from time to time to elide that with a more general good. But China’s single-mindedness could end up, ironically, diminishing the role it might play in the world.

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430 Dogs Saved from Being Eaten in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 17, 2011

Score one for chinese humanity
from the Chinadaily
“Animal rights campaigners rescued 430 dogs from the dinner table at the weekend after staging a 15-hour blockade at a toll station in Tongzhou district. More than 200 people swamped the checkpoint near Zhangjiawan to demand the release of the animals, which were being transported from Henan province to restaurants in Changchun, capital of Jilin province.”

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Chinese Most Desperate to Leave- Chinese Study Abroad

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 17, 2011

In an effort to be ABC anywhere but China, China is exporting more of her one child future disappointments to overseas schools. According to the chinadaily, 1.27 million of the little mistakes are studying in civilized countries.

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Richard Mcgregor on The Communist Party

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 17, 2011

From The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)
The Chinese communist system is, in many ways, rotten, costly, corrupt and often dysfunctional. The financial crisis has added a dangerous dash of hubris to the mix. But the system has also proved to be flexible and protean enough to absorb everything that has been thrown at it, to the surprise and horror of many in the west.

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China and Civility

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 17, 2011

The Party-new11 (Richard Mcgregor)

China often feels like the USA in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, full of anger at outsiders and insistent on dividing the world down the middle into friends and enemies. Otherwise worldly and intelligent officials and friendly citizens become red with rage when topics such as Tibet and the Dalai Lama, Japan’s wartime record, the Xinjiang riots and Taiwan enter the conversation. In democracies like the USA, debates evolve and governments change. In all my time in China, it was very difficult to have even a civil exchange of views on these topics with anyone in an official position. Differences of opinion on issues such as Tibet and the anti-Japanese war can be transformed in a flash into deep slights against the nation. In the words of Joseph Fewsmith, the US Sinologist, speaking about a different issue: ‘If one part of “civil society” is civility, China has not yet reached it.’

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China Partnering to Provide Cybersecurity for the US Defense and Intelligence Agencies??

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 17, 2011

China has a networking company called Huawei. It provides many of the same services as Cisco and Jupiter, but is different.The man who started and still runs Huawei was an officer in the Chinese red Army, and a communist party member. I do not wish to say that just due to his affiliation with the communist party and the red army, that the CEO Ren Zhengfei, could be biased for China due to his past, after all, look at a guy like dick Cheney, he was able to table his loyalties to Hal,, oh but i digress.
Although i am sure that the former officer of the red army does not allow his past to sway his judgment, others are not so sure. One of the biggest concerns about Huawei is that as it is privately held, no one knows who their clients really are, and their true relationship with the communist party. Aside from this, there was concern that Huawei had sold equipment to some of the worst groups in Afghan and Iraq (link,here,here,here)
which they deny. But the truth remains that they have been accused of allegedly syping and have been turned down by many countryies due to security concetns. England just disallowed a 50U$million ngift from Huawei, due in part to security concerns vz allowing this company to control their networks.

I am sure that this is nothing more than fear mongering after all, control of one’s communications is one factor leading to the ease with which GWB was able to attack Sadams home so quickly, so we should probably just relax as China is one of our bestest pals…..

Anyway, if you are the type to think that it may be a little worrisome to have this comapny who the NSA ‘discourages’ buying goods from huawwei due to dsecurity concerns, they have made inroads… read below…..

From this site
or here

“…..Take the case of Chinese entity Huawei Symantec. Although Huawei has reportedly been blocked by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in its effort to acquire 3Leaf, and AT&T was said to be officially discouraged from purchasing equipment from Huawei by the National Security Agency (both due to national security concerns), Huawei successfully formed a joint venture with Symantec in 2007 called Huawei Symantec Technologies Co. Ltd. (HS). Huawei is the majority partner with 51 percent ownership, with the entity being headquartered in Chengdu, China. According to the Huawei Symantec website:

‘Huawei Symantec Technologies Co. Ltd. (Huawei Symantec) is a leading provider of network security and storage appliance solutions to enterprise customers worldwide. Our solutions are developed to keep pace with evolving risks and demanding availability requirements facing enterprises. As a joint venture, Huawei Symantec combines Huawei’s expertise in telecom network infrastructure and Symantec’s leadership in security and storage software to provide world-class solutions that address the ever-changing needs in network security and storage for enterprises.’

However, a 2008 corporate briefing describes the history, capabilities, and business goals of HS, one of which is to ‘build China’s first laboratory of attack and defense for networks and applications.’

Following all this to its logical conclusion, this essentially means that Symantec, a major US information security company, is ‘assisting’ China’s cyber security research in computer network attack and defence

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