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Archive for June 23rd, 2011

Li Na Stumbles, China Goes Quiet

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011

China tends to be overly zealous when one of her stars undergoes a bit of success. The tennis player Li Na is a good example. After winning a major tennis tourney, she was touted in the Chinese newspapers as the second coming, a look at things to come. After her victory, there were post victory interviews then re takes of those interviews and then post post interviews and then retakes of those and then photos and then more ink and then heart warming dialogue and the bbs overflowing…..but you get my point.
So when Li na was beaten by a wild card in the latest tourney, china, in typical group think fashion, went silent. The news papers scrambling for something to report, have thrown up articles about how much the wealthy in china are spending and then they post the occasional anti usa or anti Japan article for good measure.
I kinda feel for these people as they try so hard to have something to be proud of. Its as if they know that being governed by a thuggish communist party leaves them as pariahs in many places in the world and thus they seek to seem jut like the rest of us. Its as if they say, ‘well sure we can’t use facebook and youtube and yeah sometimes the land gets taken-allegedly , without adequate compensation, and yeah a lot of our ancestors who were intellectuals were ruined in the 50’s, and of course our lawyers cannot defend those who complain, but hey did you see Li Na’s tennis match?….”

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Photo of a Market in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011

Photo of Street Market in China

China is filled with smaller markets that offer softdrinks and a smaller selection of foods. This is one such store. The stores are mom and pop shops with little or no marketing to speak of, but rather have goods piled one on top of the other.

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China and Hacking

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011

Recently there have been several high level hacks at various institutions across the USA and China has even admitted to having a cyber branch to their military. Kissinger has said that the US and China must come to an agreement about the use of hacking, like a ‘rules of the game’ idea.

Here is what was written about hacking in one of the best books about China that I have read,

from The Beijing Consensus-new (Stefan Halper)
“The investigation concluded that Beijing has been working to develop its cyberspace capabilities since the late 1990s as part of its military modernization program.11 This has coincided with an increase in recent allegations of China-based hackers making high-level penetrations of computer systems in Europe, North America, and Asia.12 Attackers have infiltrated government computers in the United States, Britain, France, Germany, South Korea, and Taiwan. They’ve stolen data from commercial and financial institutions, and the Pentagon reports that it is “continuously targeted by Chinese attackers, most notably in the series of attacks since 2003 known as ‘Titan Rain,’ which targeted the Department of Defense and numerous defense companies.”13

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Richard Gere Criticizes China on Tibet

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011

Short article from here

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China’s Inflation Getting Worse

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011

In june, China’s inflation hit a thirty four month high and its expected to be even higher next month. This is a problem for the communist party who will hold their 90th anniversary on the first of July. The issue is that increasing inflation is putting pressure on China’s low income earners who are fed up with the income disparity.

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Ai Wei Wei Released from Chinese Prison- Remains Mum

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011

China’s famous artist Ai Wei Wei was released after three months but has said that a condition of his release is that he say nothing. Supposedly he is on some sort of probation for up to one year which means that at any time he can be thrown back into Chinese dungeons and receive a similar treatment to that which he experienced over the past three months. A while back he was allegedly  beaten so severely in a Chinese prison that he had to have surgery on his skull, lets hope that did not happen again.

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Photo of Street Vendor from Serenityinchina

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011

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Stinky Tofu Street Vendor, originally uploaded by Serenity in China.

How can one explain the potency of stinky tofu’s smell to someone who has never smelled it?

I don’t know if it’s possible, lol.

I smelled it for the first time in South Korea, 2005. I was teaching middle school and walked into the cafeteria for lunch when I was assaulted by an awful and foul stench . . .

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Shanghai’s English Language TV Site Admits to Pirating Subtitles

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011

China has a different view on copyrights than most other countries. Based upon the gaggle of Iprods and Rorex watches, it would appear that they are pretty comfortable with hacking or pirating a good thing. Thus, it should be no surprise to learn that Shanghai’s only English language channel did just that, they ‘borrowed’ english subtitles from an amateur translation group to be used during the airing of a British TV series.

The funny thing is that this Shanghai based station is a state owned enterprise thus they have access to all of the coffers of the cash that has rightfully and wrongfully been obtained over the past thirty years, so why not just pay up or do it in house? This is a phenomenon I have seen quite a bit here in China. They are either too lazy, as in this case, the Shanghai group said that they did not have enough time to do the work themselves, or they are too tight to pay for good translators, or too prideful as they believe that they have studied english their entire lives and they really must not suck, even though they often do. In any event, Shanghai fessed up to the problem and begged forgiveness.  To me it is things like this that make me chuckle whenever China talks about ipr protection. If a large state owned enterprise-read as communist company, does this sort of thing, you can imagine what is happening at the lower levels.


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Phillipines Renames South China Sea

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011

The Philippines are upset with China and her perceived bullying in the area of the West Philippine Sea which was formerly known as the south China sea. As such, the Philipines have renamed the area.

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Photo of a Blue Sky Day in Beijing China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011

Photo of Beautiful Beijing Sky

This year the pollution has been astounding, but as this picture shows, the blue sky days (pollution free), albeit very rare, are incredible.

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