In the present situation, China believes all sides must remain calm and exercise restraint and not take actions which are mutually provocative, and must certainly not take actions which will worsen the situation.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei • Responding to the news that North Korea has barred South Korean workers from entering the jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Region six miles north of the infamous Demilitarized Zone which separates the North and South. While North Korea has apparently decided to deny South Koreans’ access to the complex, those already inside of Kaesong are reportedly not being threatened or held against their will. source
[America is] most corrupt in the world. …Where does this Great Breakdown [financial crisis] come from? It started exactly from the world, the United States. When I was interviewed in the U.S., people asked me, I said the same thing. I said now that China has become strong, everyone is making an issue of China. If our own countrymen don’t support our country, who will support our country? We know our country has many problems. We [can] talk about it when the door is closed. To outsiders, [we should say] ‘our country is the best.’Chinese film star Jackie Chan • Condemning America as the world’s most corrupt country in an interview on Chinese television. This isn’t a perspective that’s so out of character for him – Chan is a noted supporter of China’s ruling Communist party (to the extent of suggesting he’s come to believe “we Chinese people need to be controlled”), which has been criticized through the years as shot through with corruption, censorship and disrespect for human rights. Which is not to say he’s wrong in citing the 2008 financial crisis as an example of a corrupted relationship between American government and business, and one that had disastrous implications for the entire global financial system. But his final takeaway, that Chinese people should deny any discord within their system when speaking to an outsider, seems itself a strike against the sort of transparency that might loosen corruption’s hold. source
swagandpassion asks: Hey SFB. Are there fundamental differences with Libya and Syria as far as Western powers intervening? Logistically I can assume Europe had more interest in a stable Libya & Obama leading behind scenes, but is intervention not a good idea for Syria?
Scott had a really long answer to this, so we’re gonna jump it, so we don’t just give you a long block of text. Here’s the tl;dr version: The biggest challenge raised is from Russia and China, and it’s making it difficult for western forces to get involved.
Anyway, click on to read. — Ernie @ SFB
China’s been cheating over the years, number one by manipulating their currency, number two by stealing our intellectual property.Mitt Romney, calling out China on currency manipulation. If you had ‘cheating China’ in your Mitt Romney debate drinking game, raise a toast!