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Posted: Oct 15, 2013 - 4:38pm

The birth of the 'de-Americanized' world
This is it. China has had enough. The (diplomatic) gloves are off. It's time to build a "de-Americanized" world. It's time for a "new international reserve currency" to replace the US dollar.

It's all here, in a Xinhua editorial, straight from the dragon's mouth. And the year is only 2013. Fasten your seat belts - and that applies especially to the Washington elites. It's gonna be a bumpy ride.

Long gone are the Deng Xiaoping days of "keeping a low profile". The Xinhua editorial summarizes the straw that broke the dragon's back - the current US shutdown. After the Wall Street-provoked financial crisis, after the war on Iraq, a "befuddled world", and not only China, wants change.

This paragraph couldn't be more graphic:
Instead of honoring its duties as a responsible leading power, a self-serving Washington has abused its superpower status and introduced even more chaos into the world by shifting financial risks overseas, instigating regional tensions amid territorial disputes, and fighting unwarranted wars under the cover of outright lies.
The solution, for Beijing, is to "de-Americanize" the current geopolitical equation - starting with more say in the International Monetary Fund and World Bank for emerging economies and the developing world, leading to a "new international reserve currency that is to be created to replace the dominant US dollar".

Note that Beijing is not advocating completely smashing the Bretton Woods system - at least for now, but it is for having more deciding power. Sounds reasonable, considering that China holds slightly more weight inside the IMF than Italy. IMF "reform" - sort of - has been going on since 2010, but Washington, unsurprisingly, has vetoed anything substantial.

As for the move away from the US dollar, it's also already on, in varying degrees of speed, especially concerning trade amongst the BRICS group of emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), which is now overwhelmingly in their respective currencies. The US dollar is slowly but surely being replaced by a basket of currencies. (...)

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Posted: Oct 15, 2013 - 2:57am

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I travel a lot.  An aphorism among some fellow travers is "it's a good day in Bejing, when on arrival, you can actually see your suitcase on the carousel".  Prolly true on some days.
 
Most of use probably have seen the pictures, including ones like these (in HK):




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Posted: Oct 15, 2013 - 2:05am

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China Offers Rewards to Six Regions to Fight Air Pollution
BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday it would give rewards amounting to 5 billion yuan ($816.91 million) for curbing air pollution in six regions where the problem is serious, underscoring government concern about a source of public anger.

The Finance Ministry said the regions eligible for the rewards were Beijing and its neighboring city of Tianjin, the provinces of Hebei, Shanxi and Shandong, as well as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The awards would be made at the end of the year and would be determined by pollution reduction targets, investment in tackling the problem and falls in PM 2.5 particles, which are especially bad for health, the ministry said on its website.

The provinces of Shanxi and Inner Mongolia are among China's top coal-producing provinces and have been a major source of air pollution.

Smog over northern cities in January generated widespread anger as did the discovery of thousands of dead pigs in March in a river that supplies water to the city of Shanghai.

Protests over pollution in China are becoming common, to the government's alarm. (...)


 
I travel a lot.  An aphorism among some fellow travers is "it's a good day in Bejing, when on arrival, you can actually see your suitcase on the carousel".  Prolly true on some days.
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Posted: Oct 14, 2013 - 11:51pm

China Offers Rewards to Six Regions to Fight Air Pollution
BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday it would give rewards amounting to 5 billion yuan ($816.91 million) for curbing air pollution in six regions where the problem is serious, underscoring government concern about a source of public anger.

The Finance Ministry said the regions eligible for the rewards were Beijing and its neighboring city of Tianjin, the provinces of Hebei, Shanxi and Shandong, as well as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The awards would be made at the end of the year and would be determined by pollution reduction targets, investment in tackling the problem and falls in PM 2.5 particles, which are especially bad for health, the ministry said on its website.

The provinces of Shanxi and Inner Mongolia are among China's top coal-producing provinces and have been a major source of air pollution.

Smog over northern cities in January generated widespread anger as did the discovery of thousands of dead pigs in March in a river that supplies water to the city of Shanghai.

Protests over pollution in China are becoming common, to the government's alarm. (...)

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Posted: Sep 13, 2013 - 3:51pm

Fake Chinese Social Site Offers Glimpse Behind the Great Firewall | MIT Technology Review

(...) In a parallel experiment, King’s group recruited dozens of people inside China to help post 1,200 different updates to 100 different social sites to see what got censored. Just over 40 percent of all those posts were immediately held back by automated censorship tools. Those filtered posts either appeared within a day or two or never made it online. Watching the fate of different posts suggested sites used a wide variety of different censorship technologies and procedures.

Those findings and King’s experience running his own site suggest that China has created a kind of competitive market in censorship, he says. Companies are free to run their censorship operations mostly as they wish, as long as they don’t allow the wrong kind of speech to flourish. That creates an incentive to find ways to censor more effectively so as to minimize the impact on profitability. “There’s plenty of diversity and room for technical and business innovation in censorship,” says King. “Companies get to experiment and choose from firms trying to sell them censorship technology.”

Jason Q Ng, a research fellow at the University of Toronto specializing in Chinese censorship, says that King’s look at the options available for censorship is unprecedented. “The authorities seem to recognize that government isn’t best suited for the performance of censorship,” says Ng. “It’s better for private companies to do this not just for innovation but for resources.” (...)

The results from the Harvard group’s experiment in which posts were made to existing sites adds further evidence that although China’s censorship is rarely consistent, it is more targeted than often assumed, says Ng. By carefully choosing the content of posts to create a randomized trial, King’s group showed that censors don’t target complaints about the government. Instead, they’re much more concerned about talk of collective action. (...)


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Posted: Sep 12, 2013 - 5:39pm

Tongue-in-Cheek Nation: 10 Hilarious and Clever Chinese Internet Stories from 2012 - Tea Leaf Nation

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Posted: Apr 21, 2013 - 8:14am

seems that all rulers are focused on war, especially being able to project force and aggression

and we wonder why we're in the shape we're in....

China deploys anti-ship missile off Taiwan

Taiwanese army soldiers stand in line during a military exercise©AP

Taiwanese soldiers took part in Taiwan's first big live-fire military exercise this week, designed to show it has the capacity to defend an attack from China

China has deployed near Taiwan a powerful missile designed to take out US aircraft carriers as Beijing strengthens its ability to prevent US forces from aiding Taiwan during potential conflict.


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Posted: Mar 26, 2013 - 8:44am

China's Abandoned Wonderland
Here’s a photo series of China’s abandoned wonderland in Chenzhuang Village, outside of Beijing.  A project started in 1998 that was supposed to be the largest theme park in Asia…
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Posted: Feb 25, 2013 - 9:27pm

What China’s hackers get wrong about Washington
 
...no plan survives first contact with Congress
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Posted: Nov 8, 2012 - 8:56pm

Viewpoint: China and the world
Chian composite -

The central challenge for China and its relations with the wider world will be managing its own inexorable rise, writes former Australian Prime Minister and China expert Kevin Rudd as part of a series of features on challenges for China's new leadership.

Xi Jinping - the man most likely to become China's new president - appears to be a man very comfortable with the mantle of leadership. (...)


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Posted: Nov 8, 2012 - 1:02pm

The Tremor in the Communist Party of China
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is holding a new congress, the 18th, due to start on November 8. The CCP is at the helm of the single-party system of the People's Republic. The nine-member Politbureau Standing Committee (PSC) acts as the supreme body that rules over this vast country with a population of 1.3 billion souls. The secretary general of the party, ranking number one in the PSC, automatically becomes the president of the country and the number three member the premier. (...)

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Posted: Oct 17, 2012 - 4:44pm

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Beijing angry over China discussion in US presidential debate

Wed Oct 17, 2012

The discussion of Sino-American relations during the second presidential debate draws angry reaction from China.

An article in China's state-run news agency Xinhua calls on U.S. politicians to paint a "truer" picture of Beijing than offered to constituents during the campaign season.


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Posted: Oct 17, 2012 - 4:35pm

China now eats twice as much meat as the United States
China now eats twice as much meat as the United States and must rein in its appetite or face a food crisis, one of the country's leading farm experts has warned.

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Posted: Jul 26, 2012 - 6:46pm



Do you know where these commemorative pins for the 2002 Olympics were made, including the one in the shape of Romney’s head?  Yup...  you guessed it...

abc 2002 romney salt lake pins kb 120725 wblog Made in China: Olympic Pin Shaped Like Mitt Romneys Face

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Posted: Jul 14, 2012 - 10:34pm

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Posted: Jul 14, 2012 - 12:09pm

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That is too funny!  I can't stop giggling!  That skit should be on Saturday Night Live tonight...

 

 
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Posted: Jul 14, 2012 - 12:00pm

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"Mutants are People too, my friend."

 
That is too funny!  I can't stop giggling!  That skit should be on Saturday Night Live tonight...

 
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Posted: Jul 14, 2012 - 11:53am

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And he's a job creator...

 

 
"Mutants are People too, my friend."
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Posted: Jul 14, 2012 - 11:50am

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The setting for that movie would not be in China—  it would be on the California coast...  the plot could thicken as all kinds of critters grow on the docks as they approach the coast...

 

 
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Posted: Jul 14, 2012 - 11:48am

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and with just the right blend of gray, to show that he has the Energy AND the Experience!

 
And he's a job creator...

 
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