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September 4, 2012
The United States should stop its role as a sneaky troublemaker sitting behind some nations in the region and pulling strings.
Xinhua’s Liu Chang • In an editorial for the Chinese state-run publication, demanding that the United States respect China’s regional sovereignty if the country truly wants a positive relationship between Washington D.C. and Beijing. Many were shocked that such a statement would appear in a state-run publication just before the arrival of a diplomat, in this case Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, particularly when Secretary Clinton received such a warm reception from foreign minister Yang Jiechi. source
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July 23, 2012
We hosted the Asian Games and Olympic Games. We spent billions of yuan to do monumental things. But now after after the heavy rains, we discover that we don’t know how to build sewers.
A Weibo user named “Wen” • Writing about the heavy floods in the city of Beijing, which killed at least 37, closed 31 roads and bridges, and affected approximately 2 million people. The reaction to the flooding showed a very strong vibe against the Chinese government, with many angry that the country did not do enough to inform citizens of the coming threat. Example: “When the city hosts big conferences, there are guards at every bridge. But when the big rain comes, there are none,” said popular sports commentator Dong Lu. The flooding may have caused over $1.6 billion in damages.
11:29 // 2 years ago
July 19, 2012

China strengthens relationship with African continent, plans huge loan

  • $14B the amount China invested in various African nations by the end of 2011
  • $166B the size of the trade between China and the African continent in 2011, government figures say
  • $20B the size of the loan that China is offering, doubling their prior 2009 investment source

» Some critics of the deal: Is China ignoring the danger of human rights abuses and corruption by making these investments? That’s one critical line of thinking about China’s deal to give the continent a leg up. But Chinese leader Hu Jintao isn’t selling that line of thinking, pointing out the potential to improve education, the labor force, safety and the environment in the region. South Africa’s Jacob Zuma is thankful for the investment, meanwhile, if a little wary. ”We are particularly pleased that, in our relationship with China, we are equals,” he said at the conference. “But Africa’s past economic experience with Europe dictates a need to be cautious when entering into partnerships with other countries.”

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9:42 // 2 years ago
July 1, 2012
While we recognize Hong Kong’s achievements 15 years after the handover, we must also be conscious of the deep disagreements and problems in Hong Kong society.
Chinese President Hu Jintao • Speaking on Sunday regarding the swearing-in of Leung Chun-ying to a five-year term as Hong Kong’s leader. The administrative region, which was handed over to China in 1997, has seen deep divides of late, and annual mass protests, numbering 100,000, broke out after the speech. The country is significantly more democratized than the mainland, but not entirely — but the region is pushing for full democracy. The British government handed ownership of Hong Kong over to China 15 years ago today.
10:40 // 2 years ago
June 29, 2012
Sorry fundamentalists: Scientists discover 20,000 year-old pottery
No word yet if it came from the world’s oldest-known IKEA: Dated at 20,000 years young and discovered in the Jiangxi province in the south of China, the pottery scraps are the oldest ever found. This discovery refutes the idea that humans began creating pottery when they turned to agriculture rather than be hunter-gatherers. Scientists are still uncertain if the pottery belonged to a tasteful living-room set.  source
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No word yet if it came from the world’s oldest-known IKEA: Dated at 20,000 years young and discovered in the Jiangxi province in the south of China, the pottery scraps are the oldest ever found. This discovery refutes the idea that humans began creating pottery when they turned to agriculture rather than be hunter-gatherers. Scientists are still uncertain if the pottery belonged to a tasteful living-room set.  source

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11:28 // 2 years ago
June 19, 2012

United Nations telecom group denies accusations of internet takeover

  • The accusations In recent weeks, a United Nations telecom agency, the the International Telecommunications Union, has faced accusations that it’s creating a venue for countries such as China and Russia to regulate the internet at an upcoming conference in Dubai. The secretive conference has spawned a Wikileaks-style site called WCITLeaks.org as a result. Some documents found suggest that an European providers lobby wants major U.S. sites to pay a tax to reach outside countries.
  • The denials The group denies they or any member nations has plans for anything of the sort. “I’d be surprised if you could find anything that would support these sorts of allegations,” said top ITU spokesperson Sarah Parkes. “Internet governance is not an issue at this conference. Some of it will concern things like exchange, routing and roaming rates.” Despite this, a House committee is likely to pass a resolution strongly condemning the conference’s efforts in this regard. source

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20:37 // 2 years ago