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Archive for June 23rd, 2011

China’s Military and the USA

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011


China’s military is getting a lot of ink lately. They have developed an airplane that supposedly has stealth capabilities and bought an old tub of a boat from the Ukraine and will sail it sometime in July. But in reality, China knows that their military falls short of that of the USA and may never catch up. The US has incredible tech and is not afraid to spend when it comes to issues of the military. This may be due to all of the cash that defense contractors are making , with a smidgen of fear from the Reagan days and the Russia scare. The following is a good quote about how China views its and the US military

from The Beijing Consensus-new (Stefan Halper)
“Susan Shirk, a former deputy assistant secretary of state responsible for Sino-American relations, explains that the nature of Chinese military developments over the last decade demonstrates recognition that the United States will always have superior firepower. The Chinese government has focused accordingly on asymmetric capabilities that it calls its “assassin’s mace,” which specialize in informational warfare to exploit “Goliath’s” offensive capabilities in the theater around Chinese borders .16 China’s priority here is to disrupt U.S. command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, and reconnaissance in the requisite battle space. For these reasons, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has referred to Chinese military development as giving cause for concern about U.S. interests in the Taiwan Straits, but not for panic about expansive Chinese ambitions. 17”

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Photo of Taihue China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011


pHOTO OF Taihue China

Photo of a good tourist destination in China.

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Photo of Migrant Workers in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011


Photo of poor people in China

China has a system called hukou. Hukou is like citizenship for each province or city. If you come to Beijing and don’t have Beijing hukou, then your life can be complicated, ie difficult or impossible to get health care and schooling. By the looks of it, these are migrant workers who are typically scorned by the locals.

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China More Corrupt than India- According to Fitch

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 23, 2011


According to a global credit rating agency called Fitch, India does not have the corruption issues of China or even Russia for that matter. The problem with India, according to them is that it has excessive regulation and tax laws which worries foreigners.

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Photo of a Bicycle Repairman in China

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Photo of a Bicycle repairman in China

You see tons of street vendors in China. This guy is a bicycle repairman and gets quite a bit of work. Each day he totes along that big cart filled with old tools and such and usually is swamped with work. I have heard that people like this do house calls as well.

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Photo of a Lunch Break Under a Bridge in China

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Photo of Lunch break under a bridge in China

Common site in China. People here are snackers and when given a bit of time, they can be found munching on some of the street snacks that are so prevalent in Beijing.

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China’s Peaceful Rise- Quote from Mao

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Political Power grows out of the barrel of a Gun
Quote from Chairman Mao

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