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Hello! Recommend a beautiful art site, hope you like it. Thank you! Yang Yuqi: Cambridge, UK Life Fellow, American Academy of ABI world famous center of life, the International President of the Chinese Artists Association, www.yangyuqi888.com
Недавно заметил в блоге Игоря Бигдана рекламный баннер, где он предлагает рекламу в своем блоге. И тоже задумался над тем, как бы получить хотя бы небольшую копеечку со своего увлечения.
Наткнулся на форуме блоггеров http://www.bloggers.su/forum/
на раздел о монетизации блогов http://www.bloggers.su/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=29
, там обсуждаются многие вопросы, смысл которых мне непонятен. Тем не менее, некоторые из участников озвучивали цифры, и у некоторых якобы доход с блога был такой, что с основной работы можно было уйти... я бы тоже так хотел...
Особенно заинтересовала тема: Как начать зарабатывать на блоге?
В ней новичкам, в т.ч. и мне, объясняют как найти рекламодателей для блога, какими способами вообще можно заработать... короче интересно блин и перспективно, как мне кажется.
А вы что думаете об этом?
Hello I created a new community that focuses on Chinese art and culture.
Here is one sample of a painting from Tang dynasty (click onto picture to fullview):
If you are interested in more Chinese paintings in history you are welcome to join this community:Here
at China Lover
Chinese Arts Workshop
at the Museum of East Asian Art
Workshop with Chinese artist and teacher Ai Li Purdey,
introduces you to the basics of chinese calligraphy and brush painting.Chinese painting
is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Painting in the traditional style is today known in Chinese as guó huà
国画, meaning 'national' or 'native painting', in opposition to Western styles of art which became popular in China in the 20th century.
Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink; oils are not used. As with calligraphy, the most popular materials on which paintings are made of paper and silk. The finished work is then mounted on scrolls, which can be hung or rolled up. Traditional painting also is done in albums and on walls, lacquerwork, and other media.
Cost - £20 - please book five days in advanceSaturday 11th October 2008
12noon - 4.30pm
(with 45 min lunch break)
For more information or to book a place contact
The Museum of East Asian Art
12 Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QJ
01225 464640 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinese Arts Workshop
at the Museum of East Asian Art
12 Bennett Street, BATH BA1 2QJ
Workshop with Chinese artist and teacher Ai Li Purdey,
introduces you to the basics of chinese calligraphy and brush painting.
Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Painting in the traditional style is today known in Chinese as guó huà 国画, meaning 'national' or 'native painting', in opposition to Western styles of art which became popular in China in the 20th century.
Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink; oils are not used. As with calligraphy, the most popular materials on which paintings are made of paper and silk. The finished work is then mounted on scrolls, which can be hung or rolled up. Traditional painting also is done in albums and on walls, lacquerwork, and other media.
Cost - £20 - please book five days in advance
Saturday 11th October 2008
12noon - 4.30pm
(with 45 min lunch break)
What impact do you think the Olympics in China will make? I think it's good that the Olympics will be in China because China was so secluded for many years. Now Beijing will have the entire world there.
I do hope things will go well there, that there will be no big scandals or attacks.
Chinese New Year of 2007 has come on Feb 18, it was the most important festival for us, and also the longest holdiay we can have for most of Chinese people.
This year is pig year, and in fact, golden pig year, which only comes once in 60 years, and because many people who were born in pig year have some kind of good luck, so, many couples choose to have their babies in this year. Especially for that so many people chose last year to get married. I guess it will be some kind of peak time for the kids who will be born in this year to get in school, and even get job by then.
Anyway, hope every friend will be healthy and happy in this golden pig year.
So they just shot down a satellite with a missile. What does this mean? Is the USA going to impose sanctions on China?
I love to do everything, from drinking a cup of coffee and reading a book to traveling to a place to sketch some pictures. My smile is actually my best feature. My weakness? Maybe I'm a little lazy sometimes. For example, almost every morning I have difficulty in getting up.
I love art and appreciate oil paintings as well as traditional Chinese painting. Music is always somewhere in the background, and my interest covers most genres. By the way, besides pop music, which is favored by young people, classical music is also one of my favorites. Bach is the greatest composer in my opinion and I like him the best. If there is one thing besides painting that I love, you must know that I love traveling! My hometown is Suzhou. It is a very beautiful city and a famous beauty spot in southeast China: with over 2,500 years of history, it is generally known as 'heaven on earth'. So if you are interested in travelling around China, the first place I'd recommend is Suzhou: I'm confident that I can be a good tour guide for you.
If you are a fun-loving person that has high standards, but enjoys living life even at the lowest levels, if you will come and talk with me, sending me your thoughts and suggestions along with your interests, I will respond.
In my spare time I like to read ancient Chinese literature while listening to classical music. During the summer and winter vacations, I like travel to travel around the country with friends. I like the sea very much, so usually I prefer to go to the seaside. Swimming in the sea is a wonderful experience for me. Where else do I like best? Besides reading and traveling, I also like to paint oil paintings, though I'm not very good at it. However, I really enjoy the process of drawing, by which I can record all the beautiful and attractive things that I have seen. Since I'm interested in drawing, I often go to museums and galleries to see the wonderful and excellent art exhibitions that they sometimes put on. I really cherish the chance to learn from the great artists by going to see their works.
In short, I'm very interested in things related to art and culture, for example: literature; paintings; music; movies; drama and so on.
My favorite topics when chatting with others are about things that happen to me in my everyday life. My wide interests and hobbies can be my source material and I like to share the feelings and experience I gain from reading, painting, traveling and listening to music with my friends. For example, we can recommend good books to each other, wonderful movies or dramas to go and see, or even some beautiful places to visit. So either my friends or I can usually find something in common to share and discuss. This way we can increase our knowledge and learn about new things: frankly speaking, I love to learn about new things through listening to my friends. Literature; paintings; music; movies; drama and travel are the most interesting and frequently-discussed things in my conversation with others.
Want to know more about me, please feel free to visit:http://www.echineseonline.com/j.do?sid=aadd&type=1
So... on my blog I'm doing an informal poll: why do you like Beijing? (If you haven't been to Beijing/China then please ignore). I'm writing a play about life in Beijing and I'd love to hear back about what other people love/hate about this city :)
(this is x-posted in a couple of communities that I'm pretty sure have some overlaps, so sorry if you get spammed with this... maybe its a good indicator that you really do heart beijing) ;)
Just wondering if anyone's checked out www.ecChinese.com
? It seems like a more fun approach to starting Chinese. When I started learning (which was so many years ago I don't even want to say), it was all audiolingual drills - none of these pictures and clicking for sound clips haha!
It's aimed at complete beginners - hopefully it'll entice more people to learn Chinese and join us laowais in China!
What do we think of it?
Happy Birthday to our country, hope it will be stronger and stronger.
Most of Chinese people have 7 days' holiday from yesterday the National Day to Oct 7, while for our company we only have one day free, i went ouside with a friend at work and her son, we saw many more national flags at the streets and in fact, we found every boat on West Lake had flying flag.
In fact, same as other cities.http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2006-10/01/content_700751.htm
I don't know where else to turn too, so I might just ask it here.
I am trying to find the Nanchang Institure of Aeronautical Technology on the city map of Nanchang. But all the maps are in characters, can't understand it, so I have no luck so far....could somebody help me?
this is the university website: http://www.niat.edu.cn/www/cn/
thank you so much! (I am getting all irritated about this....sigh)
ni hao everyone! my name is brian and i'm on my way to qidong (in southeast jiangsu province) go to teach english for a year. i've just graduated from university and know as much mandarin as a 2 year old. ahh...this is going to be fun...
has anyone here been to qidong before? or better yet: been to the middle school...
Happy Chinese Valentine's Day to everybody!
By the way, what kind of gift do you want to get today?
A short introduction : )
This 23 year old Dutch girl is going to live in Nanchang for a year to teach French and English! Yey for me!
In my enthusiasm and pre-travel-happiness I joined this community to learn more about China, since I don't know so much about it, except for the history. I probably know more about that than about my own history ; )
I hope to learn a lot more.
i come from china .with the hope of practising my english , i find the livejournal and jion "eyes on china" i think which is built by our chinese people .but what i saw astonish me.so many friends are interesting my country.:)
i come from chengdu .i wonder if anybody went there.
Former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger quietly acknowledged to China in 1972 that Washington could accept a communist takeover of South Vietnam if that evolved after a withdrawal of U.S. troops - even as the war to drive back the Communists dragged on with mounting deaths.
The late U.S. president Richard Nixon's envoy told Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai: "If we can live with a communist government in China, we ought to be able to accept it in Indochina."
Kissinger's blunt remarks surfaced in a collection of papers from his years of diplomacy released Friday by George Washington University's National Security Archive. The collection was gathered from documents available at the U.S. government's National Archives and obtained through the research group's declassification requests.
Kissinger's comments appear to lend credence to the "decent interval" theory posed by some historians who said the United States was prepared to see Communists take over Saigon, as long as that happened long enough after a U.S. troop departure to save face.
But Kissinger cautioned in an interview Friday against reaching easy conclusions from his words of more than three decades ago.
"One of my objectives had to be to get Chinese acquiescence in our policy," he said.
"We succeeded in it and then when we had achieved our goal, our domestic situation made it impossible to sustain it," he said, explaining he meant Watergate and its consequences.
The papers consist of some 2,100 memoranda of Kissinger's secret conversations with senior officials abroad and at home from 1969 to 1977 while he served under presidents Nixon and Gerald Ford as national security adviser, secretary or state and both. The collection contains more than 28,000 pages.
The meeting with Zhou took place in Beijing on June 22, 1972, during stepped-up U.S. bombing and the mining of harbours meant to stall a North Vietnam offensive that began in the spring. China, Vietnam's ally, objected to the U.S. course but was engaged in an historic thaw of relations with Washington.
Kissinger told Zhou the United States respected its Hanoi enemy as a "permanent factor" and probably the "strongest entity" in the region.
"And we have had no interest in destroying it or even defeating it," he insisted.
He complained Hanoi had made one demand in negotiations he could never accept - that the United States force out the Saigon government.
"This isn't because of any particular personal liking for any of the individuals concerned," he said.
"It is because a country cannot be asked to engage in major acts of betrayal as a basis of its foreign policy."
However, Kissinger sketched out scenarios under which Communists might come to power.
While the United States could not make that happen, he said: "If, as a result of historical evolution it should happen over a period of time, if we can live with a communist government in China, we ought to be able to accept it in Indochina."
Pressed by Zhou, Kissinger further acknowledged a communist takeover by force might be tolerated if it happened long enough after a U.S. withdrawal.
He said if civil war broke out a month after a peace deal led to U.S. withdrawal and an exchange of prisoners, Washington would probably consider that a trick and have to step back in.
"If the North Vietnamese, on the other hand, engage in serious negotiation with the South Vietnamese and if after a longer period it starts again after we were all disengaged, my personal judgment is that it is much less likely that we will go back again, much less likely."
The envoy foresaw saw the possibility of friendly relations with adversaries after a war that, by June 1972, had killed more than 45,000 Americans.
"What has Hanoi done to us that would make it impossible to, say in 10 years, establish a new relationship?"
Almost 2,000 more Americans would be killed in action before the last U.S. combat death in January 1973, the month the Paris Peace Accords officially halted U.S. action, left North Vietnamese in the South and preserved the Saigon government until it fell in April 1975.
Whether by design or circumstance, the United States achieved an interval between its pullout and the loss of South Vietnam but not enough of one to avoid history's judgment that it had suffered defeat.
Kissinger said in the interview he was consistent in trying to separate the military and political outcomes in Vietnam - indeed, a point he made at the time.
"If they agreed to a democratic outcome, we would let it evolve according to its own processes," he said Friday, adding to tolerate a communist rise to power was not to wish for it.
William Burr, senior analyst at the National Security Archive, said the papers are the most extensive published record of Kissinger's work, in many cases offering insight into matters that the diplomat only touched on in his prolific memoirs.
For example, he said Kissinger devoted scant space in one book to his expansive meetings with Zhou on that visit to Beijing, during which the Chinese official said he wished Kissinger could run for president himself.
At the time, Chinese-Soviet tensions were sharp and the United States was playing one communist state against the other, while seeking detente with its main rival, Moscow. Kissinger hinted to Zhou the United States would consider a nuclear response if the Soviets were to overrun Asia with conventional forces.
But when the Japanese separately recognized communist China with what Kissinger called "indecent haste," he branded them "treacherous."
3,000-Year-Old Rice Unearthed in SW China
2006-04-05 00:47:36 Xinhua
Archaeologists have unearthed large quantities of rice that they say is 3,115 years old in the town of Zhongshui in southwest China's Guizhou Province.
"The rice was found in numerous pits and it's believed to be upland rice,since the rice grains are much smaller and rice shoots are much shorter than those of paddy rice." said Zhao Zhijun, a researcher with the Archaeology Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS).
The discovery shows that rice was being systematically cultivated more than three thousand years ago, said a source with the Guizhou Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage.
Experts believe the rice, the oldest ever excavated in southwest China, will provide valuable insights into the evolution of rice strains. Original Article
American motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson
will soon open up
its first Chinese retail outlet
in a very long time:
Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson is to open a dealership in Beijing, its first outlet in China in more than 50 years.
Beijing Harley-Davidson, which has teamed up with dealer Beijing Feng Hou Lun, is set to open in April.
The retail outlet, which is to be located in Beijing's Fourth Ring Road, will employ 14 people and be run by Feng Hou Lun's founder, Wan Jidong.
The dealership is to sell several models of Harley-Davidson bikes, parts, accessories and collectible goods.
"Customers will get a real understanding and appreciation of the Harley-Davidson lifestyle," said David Foley, the company's managing director in China.
The outlet will also provide services, rider training and events such as organised rides.
The Chinese motorcycle market has been constrained by ownership restrictions and limitations on where motorcycles can be ridden, said Harley-Davidson.
The bikes are banned within the city's Third Ring Road, a 30-mile (48km) highway which encircles Beijing's centre.
A population with a restricted but expanding disposable income will be a challenge, said the motorcycle company.
Harley-Davidson is not alone in seeing strong potential in China.
Car companies have been attracted to China by its expanding middle-class with disposable income.
Volvo is the latest company to decide to move production to China, following Volkswagen and BMW, which already have plants there.
In America, motorcycles have a definite image and impact within the culture, particulary the Harley. For many years, bikers were portrayed(fairly often inaccurartely) as nomadic criminal lowlifes due to bad press coverage generated by such gangs as the the Pagans and the infamous Hell's Angels.
My bet is that the first group to latch onto the Harley in China will be the affluent. The biker image in China will become one of a rich playboy rather than a roving felon.
The official word is that most Chinese people generally like us
Two in three Chinese generally like Americans while one in five dislikes them, according to a recent poll.
Those who liked Americans but not particularly and those who like them made up 66 per cent, while 20.9 per cent disliked them and 13 per cent were not sure. Also, about 70 per cent were satisfied with Sino-US relations.
2 in 3 generally like Americans? 70% are satisfied with the diplomatic relationship? That's somewhat surprising to me. I know from speaking to some Chinese people that part of Chinese college curriculum is partly Bush-bashing in some courses.
The survey was conducted by the Global Times a publication of leading Chinese newspaper People's Daily in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan by random house-to-house interviews in February. It collected valid samples from 1,175 people.
Nearly half the respondents regard the United States as a friendly country, an example to emulate and a partner 10.4 per cent, 11.7 per cent and 25.6 per cent respectively.
Encouraging. But here comes the other side of the coin:
However, the US is still seen as a rival by half as 49.2 per cent believe it is a competitor.
About three in five said "yes" to whether the United States is striving to contain China, and the same number believe that the Taiwan question would shape Sino-US relations.
You can't please all of the people all of the time, naturally. But still:
Most interviewees had a positive attitude towards Sino-US trade ties, with two in three saying it stimulated China's economic progress and half believing it promoted reforms in China.
About half the respondents did not discriminate against American products and another 25 per cent who like made-in-US products said they believed trade benefits two countries.
A side-effect of free trade. Maybe globalization and free trade isn't totally
a bad thing.
And how did they form their opinions about the United States?
About 63 per cent through mass media and 21 per cent from American movies, with only 4 per cent through direct contact with Americans.
The all-pervasive media is a powerful tool for mass communication.
Personally, I like Chinese people even if I'm not always thrilled with their government. I base my opinions of Chinese people less on movies though and more through direct experience with immigrants, most of whom seem to be very hard-working, polite, and intelligent. Besides, it's a fascinating culture owing to the fact that it's the oldenst continuing civilization on the planet.
Yes China, we generally like you too.
Many people view China as potentially being the next economic superpower. Among other things, they're extending their influence farther into Africa and Latin America
, working hard to increase their engineering prowess
, looking to acquire the strategic resources of other countries
, and are attempting to start making jumbo jets again
However, China's economic prospects don't always seem rosey. For example, China had roughly 87,000 incidents of civil unrest
this past year, prompting government officials to recruit extra police for 2008
and embark on a "New Deal" social spending program that might not work
But this piece
is probably the most skeptical opinion I've seen to date about China's long term economic strength. It gives more weight to India:
To begin with, you have to be careful about return on capital. These are accounting returns and very dependent on management discretion. I always take them with a grain of salt. Let us face it — nobody has made money in China.
That is the reality. People are investing in China on promise that there will be returns in future.
In a sense, there are two sets of rules. They viewed India as a conventional investment. They decided that they would invest more in India only if the original investment made money. For China they set aside those rules. They invest in China because of the potential. To put it differently, investing in China is viewed as an Option. The advantage in being viewed as an `option' is that more uncertainty feeds into its value. In conventional budgeting, more uncertainty reduces value. There again we have to see if there is a transition and companies can start thinking that we can no longer afford to view China as an Option.
The pundit may be somewhat biased due to his Indian roots. But what if he isn't?
Draw your own conclusions on this one.
I went to Cambodia last December and traveled part of the way on Singapore Airlines. There I read about traveling China. I read about a city called Xiamen. That place looked very interesting. How would I pronounce the name of the place? Has anyone here been to China? I also think the Guangxi Province looks interesting.
China Merchants Bank chairman confirms Hong Kong listing plan this year
BEIJING (AFX) - China Merchants Bank Co Ltd (SHA 600036) plans to list in Hong Kong this year, the official China Securities Journal confirmed the bank's chairman Qin Xiao as saying.
Qin said the bank's board is discussing the planned listing, but did not provide details of the initial public offering (IPO).
Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported late last month that the bank plans to launch a 2 bln usd IPO in Hong Kong this year, becoming the first mainland lender to trade on both the domestic and Hong Kong stock exchanges.
Meanwhile, Qin also told the China Securities Journal that the bank has received approval from the central bank to invest in China Merchants Fund Co Ltd and become its largest shareholder. The acquisition is not complete yet, he said.
The bank's parent plans to transfer its stakes in some insurance subsidiaries to the bank if regulators approve the proposal, he added.Original Article
China has announced that they will delay their third space mission
China will postpone the launch of its third manned space mission by about six months to 2008, the state media reported on Sunday.
"There is nothing wrong. We just need more time to prepare for the mission," chief consultant for China's manned launching vehicle system, Huang Chunping said.
China last year announced that 'Shenzhou-7' would take place in 2007 and would include a space walk.
The timetable depends on when researchers can tackle the key problem of the space suit, which will play a critical role in the anticipated space mission that includes a one-man space walk, Huang said.
The Shenzhou-7 spacecraft is a complicated programme, which will involve careful design, tests, modification, trial production, assessment by experts and experiments before final production, Huang, commander-in-chief of the rocket system for Shenzhou-5, China's first manned mission, said.
He said the China is fully capable of tackling all technological problems.
The Shenzhou-7 programme is expected to carry three astronauts, while its predecessor Shenzhou-6 transport carried two into space for a five-day tour in October last year.
China's first spaceman Yang Liwei made a 21-hour orbital tour aboard Shenzhou-5 in October, 2003, making China the third country after the United States and former Soviet Union to achieve the unique feat.
Memo to the Chinese astronauts: Be exceedingly careful up there. Take it from us Americans, the hard vaccuum of space is the most dangrous environment imaginable.
Memo to the Chinese goverment: Good move. Don't skimp on the safety of your astronauts, a la NASA's Space Shuttle Program. Cutting corners and rushing things can be fatal.
is an interesting article concerning foreign animation in China:
Who Framed Roger Rabbit could be out of the picture in China - along with many other cartoon favorites. China has announced a ban on TV shows and movies that blend animated elements with live-action actors, a move aimed at nurturing local animators and apparently curbing the use of foreign cartoons.
Besides Roger Rabbit, the 1988 feature film in which actor Bob Hoskins performed beside several animated characters, popular children's TV shows featuring human hosts and animated elements such as Blue's Clues from the United States and Britain's Teletubbies could be included in the ban. And Space Jam, the 1996 film featuring basketball great Michael Jordan alongside Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck could also be shelved.
The government's main television and film regulator sent notice Feb. 15 to broadcasters and theaters that such films and shows could no longer be shown and that violators would be punished. It did not say what the penalties would be.
It also did not give examples of banned programs but described them as "so-called cartoons that mainly feature real people and only occasionally have computer-generated elements." Communist authorities are eager to expand the country's animation industry and also are worried about the influence of foreign pop culture on Chinese children.
The cartoon ban is intended to "promote the development and prosperity of the cartoon industry in China," said the statement issued by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.
The broadcast administration's statement said it planned to review programs that had previously been granted licenses to make sure none of the banned programming is aired.
Phone calls to the administration's main office on Thursday weren't answered.
Japanese and Western animated programs have gained a foothold in China but the government wants to develop its own industry.
China already limits foreign cartoons on television to 40 percent of all cartoons broadcast. It has said it might ban all foreign cartoons from prime-time television once the quantity and quality of domestic productions is considered adequate.
Yet foreign cartoons dubbed into Chinese are a staple on late afternoon and weekend television.
Chinese studios have taken advantage of low labor costs to build a growing business handling the labor-intensive animation of cartoons for foreign studios.
But they've had little luck building up their own brands.
There are few Chinese-made cartoons aside from a handful of traditional tales such as Journey to the West and some government-financed titles.
Socialist protectionism of the cartoon industry? Now I've seen everything.
The Chinese government recently defended its right to censor internet content
in response to criticism from the free world and even former ranking Chinese officials
The overall media picture in China is murky right now. One minute, they're freeing an imprisoned news editor
and re-opening an investigative newspaper
. The next minute, they're throwing other journalists in jail
and shutting down hundreds of other periodicals
But the most disheartening discovery about the censorship in China? It's the fact that many Chinese netizens just don't seem to care
The issue of China's Internet censorship is bigger overseas than at home. Many Internet users here shrug off debate about the "Great Firewall" and how it restricts the Internet.
"Here in China, we get very used to this," said Jin Kaixiang, an elevator salesman, who added that he spends about three hours online daily.
Like many of China's 110 million Internet users, Jin sees censorship as a nuisance that he can do nothing about.
"I don't think it will change in the next few years," added Hao Mengyuan, who works at a publishing house associated with China Politics and Law University.
China's Internet-filtering system has become an issue in Chinese-U.S. relations. At a congressional hearing Wednesday in Washington, legislators grilled executives from Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. about their role in helping China filter information or track down those who run afoul of restrictions on free speech.
Earlier in Beijing, Chinese authorities dismissed concerns about censorship, denying that they widely block Web sites and asserting that they've never arrested anyone for expressing an opinion on the Web, despite a series of detentions that indicate the contrary.
"No one in China has been arrested simply because he or she said something on the Internet," said Liu Zhengrong, the deputy chief of the Internet Affairs Bureau of the State Council Information Office, according to the China Daily newspaper.
Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based advocacy group, says 49 Chinese are known to be in prison for "posting on the Internet articles and criticism of the authorities."
There could be other, unknown cases. Asked at the hearing how many times it had turned in e-mail users to government authorities, Michael Callahan, a Yahoo lawyer and company executive, said Chinese law prohibited revealing such information.
Yahoo complied with a Chinese demand for e-mail information about journalist Shi Tao, who was convicted for sending information about a Communist Party decision through e-mail and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Callahan said his company was distressed over Shi's case but had no choice because its Chinese employees would've been subject to criminal charges if it had refused to comply.
Most Chinese Internet users appear unaware of the jailings and nonchalant about the barriers that prevent online research into topics such as democracy, religious freedom, human rights and other sensitive matters.
Even some proponents of free speech dismiss the American debate over how to deal with Internet companies that are accused of helping China neuter the Internet.
Some bloggers say bringing officials from U.S. Internet companies before Congress is unlikely to help the situation.
"These are regarded as simply Western exercises in self-absorption, self-indulgence and self-flagellation, and completely alien to the Chinese situation," Roland Soong of Hong Kong said on his EastSouthWestNorth blog this week.
Another critic, Zhao Jing, who blogs under the pen name An Ti, said in an essay last month that the battle for Internet freedom must be fought by Chinese in China.
"I don't think that the U.S. Congress is able to defend the right of freedom of speech of Chinese people," said Zhao, whose blog Microsoft shut down in December.
Most Chinese go online for gaming, e-mail, news, weather reports and blogging, and say they rarely encounter signs of censorship.
"I can find all that I want," said Chen Zhao, 24, a Tsinghua University doctoral student. "I seldom find pages I can't open."
Another student, Wang Jinlin, supported the censorship. "Some things are not good for people to read," she said.
A dissident writer, Liu Xiaobo, said he supported efforts to hold American Internet companies to account but that it would be more effective for President Bush "to speak frankly to Chinese leaders and urge them not to pressure U.S. companies to provide user information" facilitating the arrests of critics of China's one-party system.
In Washington, the Internet executives said that even if they banded together, they had no leverage to change the Chinese government's policies. The state company Baidu is the leading search company in China.
As the American debate intensifies, Chinese officials misrepresent the extent of Internet filtering. In remarks widely reported in China's newspapers, Liu of the Internet Affairs Bureau said China blocked "a very few" Web sites, mostly those that had pornographic or terrorist content.
China doesn't make public the list of pages it blocks or filters, but Internet experts abroad say they number in the tens of thousands.
Blocked news sites include The Philadelphia Inquirer, BBC News and the Voice of America. China blocks most pages linked to the Pentagon, the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, information on how to bypass Internet filtering, anything on the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong and many other topics.
But fear not. I believe China will have a truly free internet within our lifetime. The blogosphere is just that amorphous and all-encompassing.
The White House is under pressure to do something about the trade deficit with China. Their official response
to the mounting concerns:
The Bush administration declared Tuesday that the United States has entered a new phase in its economic relationship with China and promised "rigorous enforcement" of laws aimed at curbing unfair trade practices.
The pledge was contained in a 29-page administration review of America's economic relationship with China that was released four days after the government reported that the United States recorded a $202 billion trade deficit with China last year. That's the highest ever recorded with a single country and up 25 percent from 2004.
Some of the charges made against China:
Portman said the administration intended to focus on getting China to stop thefts of intellectual property, which American industry contends is costing billions of dollars in lost sales annually. It also will focus on persuading China to honor the market-opening commitments it made in joining the WTO and halting various government subsidies to Chinese companies.
"It is amazing that in a comprehensive 29 page report, the trade representative fails to mention the 800 pound gorilla in the room _ how China manipulates its currency," said Schumer, who is sponsoring legislation to impose 27.5 percent penalty tariffs on Chinese products unless the country changes its currency policies.
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney criticized the report for having "gaping holes when it comes to protecting workers' rights and working families' interests."
Sweeney said the report devoted too much emphasis to the concerns of corporations and did not say enough about Chinese violations of workers' rights and currency manipulation, which he said were the biggest contributors to the loss of an estimated 410,000 U.S. jobs to China in recent years.
Portman said the administration would discuss its new initiatives at an April 11 meeting in Washington with top Chinese economic officials. He indicated that if the administration decides to bring new WTO cases, one of the first areas it may consider involves a dispute over efforts by U.S. auto-parts manufacturers to sell more products in the Chinese market.
Indeed, as of this writing the Bush Administration has discussed hauling China in before the World Trade Organization
We'll...we'll see if that actually happens. Right now, we need China's support against Iran. The Bush Administration may simply be making just a lot of noise with no follow-through.
China retail sales to exceed 10 trln yuan in 2010
China's retail sales is expected to exceed 10 trln yuan in 2010, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing Huang Hai, assistant to the minister of Commerce.
The average annual growth rate of retail sales in the next five years is expected to be over 11 pct, Huang said.
He said that sales of franchise business is forecast to make up over 25 pct of China's total retail sales by 2010, with annual growth rate of about 30 pct in the next five years.
Retail sales in China last year rose 12.9 pct to 6.72 trln yuan.
(1 usd = 8.1 yuan)Scource
The Huffington Post
is of the opinion that China is successfully reducing its oil consumption
Keen on shaking their addiction and not wishing to follow the American example, China has instituted measures opting for alternative sources of energy be it hydroelectric, wind and solar, alternative fuels, etc. Conservation in a very practical and effective way is being instituted as well such as taxing gas guzzling clunkers. And with results! China's economy expanded near double digits last year, yet imports of crude oil were reported to have fallen back by 5 %! While domestic production of crude oil increased some 3.5% to approximately 1.25 billion barrels.
While it's true that China is pushing for hybrid cars
, it has also been reported that China's oil consumption will most likely increase this year
Otherwise, Mr. Learsy wrote a good blog entry, in my opinion.
China has been taking the traditional role of matchmaking and blending it with modern technology
for quite some time. It's really starting to take off now:
The gateway to marital bliss has a frosted glass door emblazoned with two candy-apple red hearts and lots of computers. Introducing the Beijing Military and Civilian Matchmaking Service, one of a growing number of Chinese companies that are marrying high technology and low-tech tradition to spawn romantic unions.
Romance and marriage have changed drastically in China after 25 years of breakneck economic growth and looser social controls. In a country now wide open to Western influences, even Valentine's Day is making inroads, with chocolates, dinner dates, flowers and cards all becoming popular expressions of affection on the occasion dubbed Qing Ren Jie, or Lovers' Day.
For centuries, families relied on village matchmakers. Then came communist-era unions, sanctioned and sometimes arranged by government companies for their employees.
Today, the search is driven by personal choice, sped up by the convenience of the latest technology.
"China is now free and transparent. Everyone has the freedom to find their partner," said Wang Peng, a divorced 43-year-old who was making his first visit to the Beijing service.
"Now people can meet face-to-face, talk about their feelings, exchange ideas," said Wang, a businessman with carefully combed hair. "They can find a common language and be together."
The first state-sponsored matchmaking agency opened in 1986, when China was still emerging from its communist straitjacket. Today, more than 20,000, private or government-supported, are registered, according to the government's Xinhua News Agency.
Fees can run to hundreds of dollars a fortune in a country where the average person earns just $1,000 a year. But money is not an obstacle, says Ren Wen, an employee at the Beijing service.
"People are more independent. They want to think for themselves," she said. "They're also more independent financially, so they have greater and higher requirements."
Those must-haves have expanded from good character to include good job, home and prospects. And, unlike 30 years ago, many young people are increasingly willing to wait for their ideal instead of jumping into marriage.
Sounds very Westernized, doesn't it?
"I believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world."-The Dalai Lama in a 1992 speech
Will China loosen its grip on Tibet? The Dalai Lama
certainly seems encouraged
Expressing optimism over the ongoing dialogue with the Chinese leadership, the Dalai Lama on Friday said the fifth round of talks would take place soon on the issue of granting autonomy to Tibet.
"The Chinese authorities and the exiled leaders of Tibet have taken a number of confidence building measures over the years to bring a thaw in their relations to pave the way for grant of autonomy for Tibet in future," the Tibetan spiritual leader said after inaugurating a three-day international conference on Buddishm in Asia at Sarnath near Varanasi.
Advocating autonomy for Tibet under the constitutional framework of the Republic of China, the Dalai Lama said talks with Chinese authorities were heading in the right direction in this regard.
He said four rounds of talks with Chinese leadership had already taken place and the fifth round would take place soon to carry forward the ongoing dialogue on the issue of grant of autonomy to Tibet.
China has also allowed Tibetans to visit the exiled spiritual leader
. However, there have been contradictory actions on the Part of the Chinese government. Google.cn
still allegedly filters out the 14th Dalai Lama
. If that's true, it's a safe bet that Baidu
is doing the same. Furthermore, author Wang Lixion
has recently expressed deep mistrust towards the Chinese government
over this issue.
Personally, I join Mr. Lixiong in his skepticism.
|Coca-Cola reports 22% growth in sales in China|
Beijing, Feb 10: Coca-Cola Co., the world's largest beverage maker, registered a robust 22 per cent growth in sales in 2005 in China, thanks to commencement of new production facilities in the world's most populous nation.
The operation of several new plants accounted mainly for Coca-Cola's surging sales in china last year, vice president of Coca-Cola's China company, Li Xiaojun, said.
In addition, the market for non-carbonated soft drinks also expanded fast in China last year, with Coca-Cola's sales in the sector up 64 per cent, Li said in its annual financial report.
Li said the global profit of coca-cola in 2005 amounted to 4.87 billion U.S. Dollars, compared with 4.85 billion dollars in 2004. But the company's sales value increased six per cent to 23.1 billion dollars in 2005, Xinhua News Agency said.
The United States is increasing diplomatic posts in India and China
. India and China are locked in a problematic embrace
but it is an embrace regardless. China and Japan are beginning a new round of talks
aimed at improving relations between the two countries.
For good or for ill, China simply cannot be ignored by anyone at this juncture in history. Personally, I hope they become a democratically elected republic with freedom of speech in my lifetime. And even though greater political and economic freedoms might make them a vastly more powerful nation than my native America(moving farther and farther away from socialism and authoritarianism can do that to a country), I wouldn't mind all that much. They could become a force for the greater good in the world, i.e. the new "Arsenal of Democracy".
The rhetoric between China and Japan is getting downright ugly. Here
is Japan's take on things:
At a time when Beijing is upbraiding Tokyo for its depiction in history textbooks of the invasion and occupation of China in the 1930s and 1940s -- and used it as a reason for excluding Japan from the United Nations Security Council -- it has exposed its own politicization of history by shutting down a publication, Bing Dian (Freezing Point), the weekly supplement of the China Youth Daily, for an article on events in the late 19th century.
It is well known that Chinese history textbooks play down the disasters that resulted from Communist Party rule since 1949, such as the widespread starvation of the late 1950s associated with the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution atrocities of the 1960s and 1970s, but those were primarily domestic political events.
The closing down of Freezing Point on Jan. 24, however, stems from an article published Jan. 11 and written by a noted historian that criticizes the official depiction of China's relations with the West in the late 19th century. The author, professor Yuan Weishi of Zhongshan University in Guangzhou, criticized a history textbook used in secondary schools in China.
One focus of his criticism is the depiction of the Boxer Uprising of 1900 -- a xenophobic campaign against Westerners as well as Chinese who had converted to Christianity or were closely associated with foreigners. In one month, Yuan wrote, 231 foreigners were killed, of whom 53 were children.
As for Chinese victims, Yuan wrote that "in Shanxi province alone, more than 5,700 Catholic followers were killed," and, in Liaoning province, "more than one thousand believers."
"The Boxers cut down telegraph lines," he wrote, "they destroyed schools, they demolished railroad tracks, they burned foreign merchandise, they murdered foreigners and all Chinese who had any connection with foreign culture." However, the textbook presented the rebellion as "a spontaneous patriotic action."
"All the children took up knives to become heroes who defend the nation," it said.
While the Boxers mindlessly destroyed everything associated with foreigners, including railway tracks, the textbook depicted such acts as having been taken to counter foreign invaders.
This was not the first time the publication had gotten into political difficulties for discussing historical matters. Last June, it published an essay in which it gave credit to Kuomintang troops, which were working together with Communist forces, in the anti-Japanese effort.
As a result, the party's propaganda department said the magazine had "glorified the Kuomintang and debased the Communist Party." Standard party propaganda depicts the Communists -- not the Kuomintang -- as having led the resistance to the Japanese.
However, on this issue, Freezing Point was vindicated because President Hu Jintao, in a speech commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of the war, affirmed the contribution of the Kuomintang soldiers. But this was due also to political reasons: the Communist Party invited Kuomintang leader Lien Chan and other Taiwan opposition figures to Beijing last year in an attempt to forge a united front against President Chen Shui Bian, who supports Taiwan independence.
In December, it was again criticized by propaganda officials for an article marking the 90th anniversary of the birth of the late Hu Yaobang, whose death in 1989 triggered massive prodemocracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. Propaganda officials complained because the publication had published its own article rather than simply reproducing what was put out by the official Xinhua News Agency.
Yuan wrote in his essay, "Modernization and History Textbooks": "We have the duty to tell the true history to our youth so that they will never forget. This is the required path to turn them into modern citizens. If these innocent children swallow fake pills, then they will live with prejudices for their own lives and go down the wrong path. This is the moment when we have to examine the problem about our history textbooks."
Commenting on the use of history to instill nationalistic feelings, he said: "It is obvious that we must love our country. But there are two ways to love our country. One way is to inflame nationalistic passions. In the selection and presentation of historical materials, we only use those that favor China whether they are true or false. The other choice is this: We analyze everything rationally; if it is right, it is right and if it is wrong, it is wrong; calm, objective and wholly regard and handle all conflicts with the outside."
As China becomes more powerful and influential, it must at the same time become a more responsible country and abandon its custom of putting politics in command, regardless of facts.
Culture clashes are interesting from a sociological standpoint. In practice however, they tend to be long, drawn out, and generally nasty.
China is America's largest military rival
China has the "greatest potential to compete militarily" with America in the future but the US is also increasingly worried about Russian arms sales, the Pentagon said yesterday.
In a review of US military posture, the Pentagon says China's military build-up "already puts regional military balances at risk".
Russia, meanwhile, is "unlikely to pose a military threat to the US or its allies on the same scale or intensity as the Soviet Union during the cold war", the highly anticipated quadrennial defence review (QDR) says. But the Pentagon is increasingly concerned about Russian sales of "disruptive weapons" and actions that "compromise the political and economic independence and territorial integrity of other states."
A defence official told the Financial Times the Pentagon was concerned about the "apparent drift towards authoritarianism" in Russia.
Underscoring remarks by Donald Rumsfeld, US defence secretary, this week, the 92-page report says defeating terror networks and preventing the spread of unconventional weapons remain top military priorities. The QDR also states that "shaping the choices of countries at strategic crossroads" - including China, Russia and India - is equally important to US security. It devotes by far the most detailed discussion of such a country to China, saying it is the power most likely to "field disruptive military technologies that could over time offset traditional US military advantages".
Although the Pentagon made similar warnings inits annual report on the Chinese military last year, the prominent mention in the QDR - essentially a statement to Congress of how it will structure the US military to meet international threats - is the clearest sign yet that the Bush administration views China as its biggest long-term conventional military threat.
But the report is careful to state that US policy remains focused on encouraging China to work with other Asian countries as partners to develop regional security structures and deal with common threats, such as terrorism, proliferation and piracy. "US policy seeks to encourage China to choose a path of peaceful economic growth and political liberalisation, rather than military threat and intimidation," the review states.
I'm also big on urging China towards becoming a democratic republic. History has shown that democracies never start wars with each other. Not once has it ever happened.
It's 7,000 years old
A sacrificial altar, dating back about 7,000 years, has been discovered in central China's Hunan Province, according to Chinese archaeologists.
The altar is the earliest sacrificial site so far found in China, said He Gang, a researcher with the Hunan Institute of Archaeology.
"Ancients prayed to the gods of nature, such as the gods of the earth, river and heaven," said He at a archaeological forum held by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recently in Beijing.
Archaeologists have found China's oldest white pottery specimens among the altar relics. The pottery is decorated with phoenix and beast patterns.
"The discovery of the altar is of great importance to research into the origin of religion and ancient civilization," said He.
Located in Anbian Town, Hongjiang City of Hunan Province, the site covers an area of 1,000 square meters. Bones of dozens of animals including deer, pigs, cattle, bears, elephants and rhinoceros have been excavated from the 39 sacrificial pits at the site.
Examination of the teeth of pigs dug up at the site indicated that they had been domesticated, He said, adding that this shows that animal husbandry had emerged at that time.
To give you an idea of how old this altar is, it predates the semi-mythical Xia Dynasty
by roughly 5,000 years making it part of China's Neolitihic period
China has banned the film "Memoirs of a Geisha"
CHINA has banned the film Memoirs of a Geisha, which features a Chinese actress kissing a Japanese actor, for fear that it couldspark a renewed burst of anti-Japanese sentiment.
Just days before the film’s release, officials have ordered cinemas to remove it from their schedules.
The movie, starring Zhang Ziyi and Ken Watanabe, did not fall foul of China’s censors, who had already decided to cut at least one scene deemed too risqué, but was axed by officials at a much higher level.
Government leaders felt that the sight of two of China’s biggest stars — Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li — as well as Malaysian-Chinese actress and former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh playing the roles of Japanese courtesans could provoke popular anger. Their decision came less than a year after thousands of Chinese rampaged through several cities in an outburst of anger over a Japanese textbook regarded as whitewashing Japan’s brutal invasion of China in the 1930s and 1940s.
China, and many Chinese, believe that Japan has not done enough to atone for its occupation from 1937 to 1945 in which some 37 million Chinese were killed or wounded.
Many Chinese have expressed outrage that Chinese actresses should have been willing to play the roles of Japanese courtesans. Comments on the internet have attacked Zhang Ziyi, star of House of Flying Daggers, for embracing a Japanese man.
FYI, Japanese culture is famous for being extremely perverted
. These are the people that invented anime pornography, after all.
I'm thinking the Chinese reaction to a Chinese actress kissing a Japanese actor may also have an "ick factor" involved.
Biomedical Science in Shanghai, China
Panel discussions, plenary lectures, and shorter technical talks by leading researchers from China, the United States, and Europe focused on four specific scientific areas: (1) chemical biology (2) infectious diseases (3) genomic medicine, and (4) neuroscience.
The eBriefing reveals the latest research on:
Gregory Verdine, Harvard College professor of chemical biology, discussed emerging opportunities in chemical biology, and urged Chinese scientists to develop drugs from natural products for previously "undruggable" targets. He was joined by Virginia Cornish, Columbia University, who discussed research focused on developing ways of co-opting ribosomes to synthesize strings of nucleotides that do not occur in nature. Dawei Ma, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry and Hua-Liang Jiang, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, discussed how methods in chemical biology might be applied to targeting the SARS virus and other microbes.
Genomic Medicine (Leukemia):
Zhu Chen, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, discussed the potential benefits of genomic medicine, esp. in relation to leukemia and revealed a new method of attacking this disease. Rather than attempting to kill the cells that constitute the disease, his work attempts to reveal the complex systems of regulatory genetics that cause it. He showed data suggesting that this systems-based method can improve outcomes. In addition, Jan Carlstedt-Duke, the Karolinkska Insitute, also described several efforts in Sweden to develop comprehensive, searchable, integrated databases of genetic information.
Infectious Diseases (SARS & Avian Flu):
David Perlin, president and scientific director of the Public Health Research Institute in Newark, New Jersey, discussed the challenges of controlling infectious diseases around the world and his work on the evolution of drug-resistant strains of infectious fungi. Marc Lipsitch, Harvard School of Public Health, examined why avian flu is more dangerous than SARS, and Bing Sun, SIBS Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology discussed a diagnostic test for SARS.
Cutting-Edge Studies of Molecular Sensory Systems
Xu Zhang, Chinese Academy of Science's Institute of Neuroscience, discussed the molecular and cellular mechanisms of pain. Bruce Hahn, University of Chicago and Sun Yat-sen University, joined him in a discussion that wove together anthropology, genetics, and neurobiology.
Aging and Hormones
Étienne-Émile Baulieu, the past president of the French Academy of Sciences also known for his work on RU486 ("the morning-after pill") discussed how hormone therapy might be used to mitigate some diseases common to aging men and women.
Russia and China joined with Britain, France and the United States, plus Germany and the European Union to agree that the International Atomic Energy Agency meeting, the UN's nuclear watchdog, should report to the council this week on what Iran must do to cooperate with the agency. Russia and China had been reluctant to escalate the case, and the deal from London talks stopped short of recommending a formal referral of Iran to the council, where it could have then faced economic sanctions.
But Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri eased concerns that the world's fourth-biggest oil producer could curb oil exports in reprisal, as Tehran has previously hinted it may do.
I find it strange that the Iranians would get angry over China and Russia's change of heart but not shut off any of the oil. Why would they let the the Big Boys get together and push them around like that?
What does a country do when it's economy is growing by leaps and bounds? Buy an aircraft carrier
, of course:
As China builds a military to match its growing economic power, its neighbors and potential rivals including the United States have puzzled over a key question: When will the Chinese Navy launch an aircraft carrier?
For decades, senior Chinese military and political officials have argued that for the country to become a great power, the People's Liberation Army Navy needs to add these potent warships to its fleet.
However, the major obstacle to this ambition is that aircraft carriers are hugely expensive.
The two 50,000-metric-ton conventionally powered carriers now under development for Britain's Royal Navy are expected to cost a minimum of $2.5 billion each. To outfit them with aircraft could cost that much again.
And, aircraft carriers do not operate alone. They need a fleet of warships, submarines and supply vessels along with advanced electronic surveillance for support and protection.
For these reasons, most experts assumed a Chinese carrier was decades away.
But after double-digit increases in defense spending over much of the past 15 years, evidence is now emerging that China has a more ambitious timetable.
In a related story, relations with Taiwan and Japan aren't all that good at the moment