Every so often, I’m reminded to ask our public intellectuals why they spend their hard-earned money on goods and services supplied by the people they whimper about.
“China’s Xi receives highest rating among world leaders”
[China Daily link — December 17, 2014]
- According to a survey published by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation . . . Xi was the highest rated leader with a nine out of 10 rating. Russia’s Putin followed with an 8.7 with India’s Modi and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma rounding out the top. When it came to how the 10 leaders are rated by people in other countries, Xi also fared the best. . . .
“‘Red’ culture remains source for societal cohesion”
[Global Times link — December 18, 2014]
- Under the leadership of the Party, we have caught up with the tide of the world and become masters of our own fate. There are some forces attempting to erase “red” from China. By doing so, they aim at dealing a fatal blow to China. Red in the past stood for revolution, but in present day, it’s more about an issue of continuity. Red is the mainstream color of China, and any attempt to expunge the color will be in vain.
“China needs clear strategy to help Russia”
[Global Times link — December 17, 2014]
- While it might play a key role, China has to keep a clear mind when giving a helping hand to Russia. China-Russia cooperation is no longer ideology-based but driven by common interests.
“Canada’s new millionaire migration scheme will be tiny, costly and strict”
[SCMP link — December 17, 2014]
- “While I know they will get their 50 cases a year, it is a totally ridiculous programme,” [a prominent Hong Kong immigration lawyer] said of the new scheme. “The requirement of knowing one of the official languages is a not-so-subtle way to say ‘no’ to 95 per cent of the applicants from China,” he added.
“Zuckerberg’s pandering to China threatens Web’s values”
- The goal of China’s cyberstrategy is multifaceted. First and foremost, it is to protect the longevity of Chinese Communist Party rule.
“How the ‘Internet with Chinese Characteristics’ is Rupturing the Web”
- Securing Internet activity would allow China to assert control over information dissemination, to sensor [sic] sensitive websites and social media, and to stem other potential sources of unrest that could challenge CCP legitimacy.
“Backward China keeps innovating”
- China share of worldwide patent applications, 2013: 32.1%
The reader will remember that by the T’ang, the Chinese were central bankers and bureaucrats; and during the Sung, roughly around the time our Western forefathers were throwing sticks at velociraptors, the Chinese had water-powered textile manufacturing equipment.
When industrial revolutions are driven by a need to save human labor, the Chinese typically lose interest and temporarily fall behind their sparse competitors.
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