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  • PETA Takes on J.Lo Over Fur Fashions

    03/12/2005 4:23:50 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 6 replies · 1,304+ views
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 3 12 05 | ap
    NEW YORK Mar 12, 2005 — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Jennifer Lopez to "Get Right" when it comes to fur. Lopez introduced her Sweetface collection during New York Fashion Week last month. "Please don't support Jennifer Lopez or her bloody business," according to a Web site that the animal rights group has devoted to the singer, actress and now fashion designer. "Many hot designers, including Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Todd Oldham, Marc Bouwer, and others have … created synthetic alternatives that are hip, humane, and easily available and don't turn animals into fashion victims." Calls by...
  • Taiwan shows force on beach facing Chinese mainland

    07/27/2004 8:17:04 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 15 replies · 641+ views
    SpaceWar ^ | Jul 27, 2004 | AFP
    Taiwan's military flexed its muscle Tuesday with a fleet of attack helicopters and heavy artillery demonstrating their determination to fend off any attack on a beach facing the Chinese mainland. Eight AH-1W attack helicopters and as many OH-58D Scout helicopters were shown on television firing missiles, rockets and guns at targets in a drill simulating a Chinese invasion on a beach in western Taiwan. M-109 self-propelled cannons and M-110 eight-inch howitzers, as well as F-16 fighters and Seagull fastboats armed with anti-ship missiles were mobilized in the exercise, which is part of Taiwan's biggest annual manoeuvres codenamed "Han Kuang 20"...
  • Cost of living for expats in China higher than New York, Tokyo: survey

    07/22/2004 9:49:34 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 8 replies · 1,781+ views
    AFP ^ | Thu Jul 22, 2004 | AFP
    BEIJING, (AFP) - Companies are increasingly moving staff and offices to global investment hotspot China, but while still a developing country it has some of the world's highest living costs for expatriates, according to a new survey. Companies are increasingly moving staff and offices to global investment hotspot China, but while still a developing country it has some of the world's highest living costs for expatriates, according to a new survey. Here Beijing construction(AFP/File/Peter Parks) Conducted by the US-based Mercer Human Resource Consulting firm, the survey says the cost of apartments and tuition for children in China's expat hubs was...
  • Taiwan — why China will not invade

    07/22/2004 4:40:58 PM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 87 replies · 1,725+ views
    Brookes New ^ | Monday 19 July 2004 | Peter Zhang
    Taiwan — why China will not invade Peter ZhangBrookesNews.ComMonday 19 July 2004 Some American commentators have been warning of a Chinese attack on Taiwan. For years now I have been advising that such an event is not on any Chinese militarist's calendar. As I have said before, two fundamentals must be borne in mind. The first is the fact that for sometime China has been working to undermine American influence in the region. By showing that America is a "paper tiger", "an ally without courage", as one official put it to me, Beijing hoped to weaken the regional powers'...
  • China power struggles: Resisting reforms

    07/15/2004 7:57:00 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 2 replies · 222+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 07.16.04 | Tian Jing and Wang Chu
    China power struggles: Resisting reformsBy Tian Jing and Wang Chu HONG KONG - Chinese themselves and China watchers sometimes refer to it as "wrestling", but it's just a plain old, age-old struggle for power. In this case it's the ongoing match between reformist President Hu Jintao along with his ally Premier Wen Jiabao vs their intransigent rival, conservative former president Jiang Zemin and his Shanghai Clique. Hu and Wen are trying to push through - and, more difficult, implement - Communist Party reforms that ensure more intra-party discipline, democracy, accountability, transparency and the rule of law. They also are pressing...
  • China's growth flickers to a halt

    07/12/2004 6:35:53 PM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 17 replies · 1,082+ views
    Three Gorges Probe ^ | 07.04.04 | Jonathan Watts
    China's growth flickers to a haltby Jonathan WattsBeijing: It looks like the set of a Spielberg science fiction epic. At night, deep in the heart of Sichuan province, miles and miles of vast, silent darkness suddenly give way to the glare of hundreds of spotlights, the frenetic activity of cranes and tractors, and the roar of millions of tonnes of water thundering out from turbines the size of cliff faces. This is the world's biggest hydroelectric plant ?the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river ?which was rushed into operation last year to meet China's seemingly insatiable appetite for energy....
  • Beijing makes its move in Latin America

    05/10/2004 6:56:14 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 18 replies · 189+ views
    Brookes News ^ | 5.10.04 | Peter Zhang
    Beijing makes its move in Latin America Peter ZhangBrookesNews.ComMonday 10 May 2004 It's been more than four years since I wrote about the danger that Beijing poses in South and Central America. I stressed at the time that Hutchison Whampoa is an arm of the Chinese government and that the company's chairman, Li Ka Shing, was an unofficial government minister. Despite knowing these facts President Clinton still insisted on the canal passing into Beijing's hands, even though he knew the company had corruptly obtained the lease. China's Defence Minister, Chi Haotian, has said that war with the United States...
  • US presidential candidates play 'China cards'

    02/17/2004 5:01:59 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 7 replies · 112+ views
    People Daily ^ | 02.17.04
    US presidential candidates play 'China cards'   Presidential election can be called the biggest event for America in 2004. In a chaotic uproar democrats brought home to Bush's story of "fleeing military service", while republicans tried every means possible to "blacken" John Kerry, the democratic front-runner by saying that the Massachusetts senator "received election campaign fund from China". As the election draws near, signs began to show that the democratic and republican parties would play their "China cards" once again. Newsweek: Kerry accepted election fund from Chinese intelligence departments John Kerry has been leading the democratic nomination campaign, with a...
  • Why Beijing will not attack Taiwan

    02/10/2004 7:04:20 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 161 replies · 334+ views
    Brookes News ^ | Peter Zhang
    Why Beijing will not attack Taiwan Peter ZhangBrookesNews.ComMonday 9 February 2004 Beijing's continued sabre rattling should be seen for what it is — sabre rattling. Beijing has no intention of launching an attack on Taiwan, at least not for some considerable time. The name of one almost forgotten island tells it all — Iwo Jima. That battle will never be forgotten by the United States Marine Corps. In 1945 the US launched a force of 110,000 personnel against a tiny island defended by 21,000 Japanese troops. Thirty-six days later it was over and 20,000 Japanese soldiers were dead. These...
  • France: Arming China Preserves 'Yin and Yang'

    01/31/2004 2:46:53 PM PST · by dennisw · 47 replies · 494+ views
    scrappleface ^ | 2004-01-31)
    France: Arming China Preserves 'Yin and Yang'(2004-01-31) -- Allowing European Union (EU) nations to sell advanced weaponry to the communist Chinese dictatorship will help maintain global balance, according to the French Foreign Minister who wants the EU to drop its embargo on such sales."There is a balance in world affairs -- a yin and yang, if you will," said Dominique de Villepin (who is a man). "There will always be iron-fisted regimes and there will always be oppressed people yearning for freedom. It's part of the circle of life. By selling military technology to China at a time when dictatorships...
  • China's military and Sun Tzu: What every American should know

    01/19/2004 6:19:22 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 91 replies · 631+ views
    brookesnews ^ | 01.19.04 | James Henry
    China's military and Sun Tzu: What every American should know James HenryBrookesNews.ComMonday 19 January 2004 The Chinese military is extremely nationalistic in the worst possible way. There seems to be little doubt that China sees Asia and the Pacific region as its own special sphere of influence, an interest threatened by a powerful American presence. This is common knowledge in the intelligence community. For example, Al Santoli, an analyst at the American Foreign Policy Council, went public with it several years ago. Clinton was even briefed on the Chinese military's ambitions and nationalistic fervor — and a fat lot...
  • Myths about China-Taiwan reunification

    01/15/2004 8:12:51 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 4 replies · 985+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 01.16.04 | Daniel McCarthy
    Myths about China-Taiwan reunificationBy Daniel McCarthy Speaking Freely is an Asia Times Online feature that allows guest writers to have their say. Please click here if you are interested in contributing. Many myths about the China-Taiwan disagreement have appeared in the press lately, particularly in the Western media. Inaccurate statements in the People's Republic of China (PRC) media can be attributed to political propaganda, and inaccurate statements in the Hong Kong media can be attributed to either political propaganda or to taking sides. But inaccurate statements about the China-Taiwan disagreement in the Western press usually can be attributed to the...
  • Japanese warships attack Chinese fishing boats

    01/15/2004 8:01:22 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 35 replies · 335+ views
    People Daily ^ | 01.16.04
    Japanese warships attack Chinese fishing boats Ten Japanese warships and a plane attacked two Chinese fishing boats using a water cannon Thursday night at areas off Chinese Diaoyu Islands, injuring one Chinese boatman, a Chinese activist told Xinhua. Two fishing boats carrying 20 people from two Chinese companies and a non-governmental group were attacked about 10 nautical miles off the islands at about 7:00 p.m. Thursday (Beijing Time), said Li Nan, who is on the Chinese mainland and in charge of logistics and coordination for an inspection tour of sea areas off the islands. Under the attack by high-pressure water...
  • China to revalue yuan in first quarter

    01/13/2004 5:09:56 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 4 replies · 280+ views
    People Daily ^ | 01.13.03
    China to revalue yuan in first quarter   China will make a one-off revaluation of the yuan within the first quarter of the year and move to a trade-weighted basket of currencies to set its exchange rate by the second half, investment house Goldman Sachs said. The measures will lead to a five percent cumulative appreciation over the next 12 months, it said. With low interest rate expectations and yawning current account and budget deficits, the US dollar has been hitting fresh lows against the euro and other major currencies on an almost daily basis. This is pressuring China to...
  • Top U.S. General Making Highest-Level Military Visit to China During Bush Administration

    01/10/2004 4:52:52 PM PST · by fatso · 9 replies · 193+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 10, 2004 | Robert Burns
    Top U.S. General Making Highest-Level Military Visit to China During Bush Administration WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. military ties with China have been slow to recover from the forced landing of a Navy spy plane on a Chinese island more than two years ago. But the prospect of closer military relations as well as Washington's push to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program are among the chief reasons for a trip to Asia by the top U.S. general. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left Saturday for a tour that will take him...
  • Happy New Year (?) Hong Kong

    12/29/2003 7:16:13 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 2 replies · 185+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 12.25.03 | Ray Heath
    Happy New Year (?) Hong KongBy Ray Heath HONG KONG - New Year's Day is unlikely to be one of celebration for Tung Chee-hwa, Hong Kong's besieged chief executive. The occasion will be marred by the knowledge that thousands of pro-democracy supporters will be marching in favor of political reform. It could actually be hundreds of thousands, for exactly six months earlier, on July 1, officials in both Hong Kong and Beijing were shocked when half a million demonstrators gathered in Hong Kong amid blistering heat to take part in a peaceful, but telling demonstration of the growing support for...
  • Will China's rise trigger Sino-US confrontation?

    12/26/2003 10:37:37 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 33 replies · 160+ views
    People Daily ^ | 12.26.03
    Will China's rise trigger Sino-US confrontation? At the invitation of the Global Times, John J. Mearsheimer, professor of political science of Chicago University, on November this year had a dialog with Professor Qin Yaqing, vice-president with the Foreign Affairs Institute on big powers' political issues. While predicting Sino-US relations in the next 20 to 50 years, Mearsheimer said that China is gaining rapid development in the economic field, whereas the United States cannot tolerate the existence of rival that maches it in force. The result will be fierce and dangerous competition for security, such competition is similar to the...
  • Chen Shui-bian's independence stance may trigger war

    11/18/2003 6:03:05 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 7 replies · 139+ views
    People Daily ^ | 11.19.03
    Chen Shui-bian's independence stance may trigger war   Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian's extreme push for independence is crossing Beijing's red line and runs the risk of triggering a war between the island and mainland, a senior government official warned Tuesday. Wang Zaixi, vice-minister of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said curbing Taiwan's independence crusade is the bottom line of the mainland's Taiwan policy and war will break out if the island declares formal independence. He stressed Beijing hopes to peacefully settle the Taiwan question and does not want to have to resort to its military might as...
  • Muddling toward Democracy Political Change in Grassroots China

    10/19/2003 9:58:14 PM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 2 replies · 431+ views
    The US Institute of Peace ^ | Anne F. Thurston
    Muddling toward Democracy Political Change in Grassroots ChinaMuddling toward Democracy Political Change in Grassroots ChinaAnne F. ThurstonContents SummaryForewordIntroduction Muddling toward Democracy: Rural Sichuan Province, November 1995 The Roots of Political Reform in China’s Villages The Varieties of Village Self-Governance The Requisites for Success The U.S. Responses to Chinese Political ReformNotesAcknowledgmentsAbout the Author   SummaryAmong the most significant political reforms implemented by the Chinese government since 1989 is the introduction of competitive elections into rural villages. This study, based largely on fieldwork conducted between 1995 and 1997, examines China’s efforts to bring competitive elections to the country’s rural areas and attempts...
  • NEW DELHI CHOOSES WASHINGTON FOR MISSILE DEFENSE

    10/01/2003 2:46:39 PM PDT · by FreepForever · 26 replies · 249+ views
    Missile Defence Briefing Report ^ | October 1, 2003 | AFPC
    Despite intensive lobbying by Russia in recent months, India is moving decisively toward missile defense cooperation with the United States, according to the September 29th edition of Defense News. The paper reports that Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee floated a request for U.S. assistance in the creation of national missile shield “which will be designed to counter growing threats from China and Pakistan” during his September 24th New York meeting with President Bush. In his proposal, Vajpayee agreed to the establishment of an extensive nonproliferation regime, as well as American oversight over New Delhi’s deployment of defenses “a role...
  • China puts troops on border with North Korea

    09/17/2003 6:13:05 AM PDT · by FreepForever · 34 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | September 16, 2003 | Richard Spencer in Beijing
    China has deployed troops along the border with North Korea, it confirmed yesterday, in a sign of growing concern over its neighbour's social and economic breakdown. A brief statement issued by the foreign ministry in Beijing said the People's Liberation Army had taken over patrolling the north-eastern border zone from the People's Armed Police. Reports from Hong Kong newspapers that 150,000 troops had flooded the area were neither confirmed nor denied. The deployment is a response not only to the problem of refugees from Pyongyang's Stalinist regime, but to growing reports of crime against local Chinese by North Koreans scavenging...
  • The Real Empire

    08/28/2003 7:12:42 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 33 replies · 416+ views
    How telling is it that critics (and even some advocates) of the Bush administration's foreign policy routinely refer to "the American empire" and Washington's "imperial burden"--while ignoring the fact that the People's Republic of China is the sole major multicultural empire left in the world? More than a third of China's territory is populated by non-Chinese. Its three largest provinces--Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and Xinjiang--are home to non-Chinese civilizations. And, throughout the People's Republic, a cacophony of languages are spoken, many of which are as far from Chinese as English is. What's more, China openly expects to expand its rule to...
  • China Meets AIDS Crisis With Force

    08/25/2003 9:54:15 AM PDT · by FreepForever · 10 replies · 174+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2003 | Philip P. Pan
    <p>XIONGQIAO, China -- Xiong Jinglun was lying in bed on the night of the raid, resting his frail, AIDS-weakened body when the shouting outside jarred him awake. The 51-year-old farmer struggled to his feet and shuffled out of his shack to investigate, but someone had cut off the electricity in the village, and it was difficult to see in the pitch dark.</p>
  • China's brazen Myanmar move

    08/20/2003 9:38:13 AM PDT · by batter · 7 replies · 240+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 20 August, 2003 | Alan Boyd
    SYDNEY - China has brazenly defied the United States' latest attempts to isolate the military leadership in Myanmar, as Beijing moves to reclaim the talks initiative with its own unique blend of coercion and economic leverage. In the latest of a series of high-level exchanges since January, Beijing is hosting a visit by 32 top junta leaders this week that underscores China's unrivaled clout with the reclusive generals in Yangon. Ramming this message home, Beijing agreed on Saturday to advance a US$200 million loan for a power project near Myanmar's second city of Mandalay, and diplomats said China was discussing...
  • Taiwan may end deal with Boeing

    08/19/2003 7:35:25 PM PDT · by FreepForever · 12 replies · 309+ views
    SCMP ^ | August 20, 2003 | AFP in Taipei
    Taiwan yesterday threatened to scrap a 10-aircraft order that government-controlled China Airlines (CAL) had placed with Boeing after the US aircraft-maker cancelled a visit by the island's vice-president to a company plant. Taiwan Transport Minister Lin Ling-san, who chairs a foundation which controls the carrier, said he would ask CAL to weigh the feasibility of ending the contract it awarded Boeing. "National interest should also be taken into consideration, although the deal was commercial in nature," Mr Lin said. "What Boeing has done to Vice-President [Annette] Lu [Hsiu-lien] was really too much and impolite." CAL said that it would "immediately...
  • Sino-US relations 'the best in years'

    08/18/2003 9:47:26 AM PDT · by FreepForever · 14 replies · 210+ views
    SCMP ^ | August 16, 2003 | ALLEN T. CHENG in Beijing
    CAPTION: But former Clinton adviser warns trade frictions are mounting as American firms demand yuan be revalued Despite the continuing spat between the US and China over the valuation of the yuan, relations between the two nations are at their "best in years", former Clinton administration Asia adviser Kenneth Lieberthal said yesterday. "Both sides will tell you that Sino-US relations are the best they've ever been," Mr Lieberthal, a political science professor at the University of Michigan Business School, said. "They are co-operating in countering terrorism globally and on many other fronts." But Mr Lieberthal, who was a special assistant...
  • China puts air force and navy generals in key posts (Taiwan Strait)

    08/14/2003 1:24:03 PM PDT · by batter · 14 replies · 928+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | 14 August, 2003 | Oliver Chou
    By tapping officials with air and coastal warfare experience, it is positioning itself for any battle over Taiwan Strait - CHINA has stepped up preparations for any battle over the Taiwan Strait by moving several generals with experience in air and coastal operations to key positions. According to reports, Lieutenant-General Zheng Shenxia, 61, chief of staff of the air force, was recently appointed president of the Academy of Military Sciences, the top think-tank on military strategy. He is the first airman to head the academy since it was founded in 1958 by the late Marshal Ye Jianying. Analysts believe this...
  • China's booming economy's twin engines hit

    08/13/2003 5:35:44 PM PDT · by FreepForever · 36 replies · 432+ views
    SCMP ^ | August 14, 2003 | REUTERS in Beijing
    Caption: July's fall in foreign direct investment and export growth is blamed on the delayed effect of the Sars outbreak Foreign investment in China plummeted 38 per cent in July from a year earlier and export growth eased slightly as delayed effects from the Sars outbreak hit the twin engines of the booming economy. There was also little sign of a feared overheating. Price data showed that rises in food and petrol sales offset falls in cars, travel and mobile telephone sales. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first seven months was US$33.4 billion, up 26.6 per cent from a...
  • New Red Missile Armed With U.S. Technology (Charles Smith Alert)

    08/12/2003 6:32:11 PM PDT · by HighRoadToChina · 84 replies · 615+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | August 13, 2003 | Charles Smith
    http://newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/8/12/161533.shtml DF-15 data and snip from 2003 DOD report on the PLA http://www.softwar.net/df15.html Chinese Missiles Target Okinawa Charles R. Smith Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003 New Red Missile Armed With U.S. Technology The Pentagon reports that China has improved its missile force with U.S technology. The improvements enable Chinese missiles to now accurately strike the U.S. base at Okinawa with "satellite-aided guidance" navigation technology obtained from America during the Clinton administration. The Chinese army has (People's Liberation Army, or PLA) developed a new version of its DF-15 missile - also known as the CSS-6. The new version is reported to be...
  • China's Penal Reform Removes Prisons' Profit Motive

    08/12/2003 4:49:22 PM PDT · by FreepForever · 25 replies · 210+ views
    SCMP ^ | August 13, 2003 | Josephine Ma in Beijing
    Caption: Making them state-funded may curb graft and improve inmates' labour conditions The mainland is experimenting with reform of its controversial penal system by severing prisons from their business arms. The aim is to curb corruption and improve prisoners' living conditions. Prisons chosen for the experiment, which starts next month, will be state-funded, freeing them of the need to run profit-driven businesses in which inmates often work long hours in dangerous conditions - frequently without pay. Prisons in Heilongjiang, Jiangxi, Hubei and Shaanxi provinces and the Shanghai and Chongqing municipalities will begin the experiment on September 1. They will no...
  • STRATEGIC ASIA: Annual China Report

    08/12/2003 7:10:42 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 10 replies · 350+ views
    NBR ^ | Thomas J. Christensen
    Thomas Christensen is Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.CHINAThomas J. ChristensenSeptember 11 provided an opportunity for increasing cooperation between the People’s Re-publicof China (PRC) and the United States because of the shared threat from militant Is-lamists.Beijing took several steps to assist the U.S. war on terrorism. Although the impor-tanceof those efforts should not be exaggerated, the spirit behind them is quite meaningful, atleast for the near term. How long that spirit of cooperation will last will depend in large parton relations across the Taiwan Strait and on economic and social developments in China.China Provided Support for...
  • JAPAN AND THE ENGAGEMENT OF CHINA: CHALLENGES FOR U.S. POLICY COORDINATION

    08/11/2003 10:21:42 PM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 4 replies · 4,230+ views
    NBR ^ | Michael H. Armacost and Kenneth B. Pyle
    JAPAN AND THE ENGAGEMENT OF CHINA:CHALLENGES FOR U.S. POLICY COORDINATIONMichael H. Armacost and Kenneth B. Pyle  Relations among the United States, Japan, and China are the key to the balance of power in East Asia. Since the disappearance of the Soviet threat, no substitute has been found to provide a stable basis for the triangular relationship in the post-Cold War environment. With rapid expansion of its economy, modernization of its defense capabilities, and the resolve to arrest Taiwan's drift toward independence, China is the "change agent" in the Sino-Japanese-U.S. triangle at the outset of the twenty-first century. The United States...
  • China Waging War on Space-Based Weapons

    08/11/2003 12:24:42 PM PDT · by batter · 10 replies · 452+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11 August, 2003 | Larry M. Wortzel
    <p>What is China's position on space-based weapons (search) ? Considering the gap between what officials in Beijing say and what they do on the issue, it's hard to get a straight answer. But let's look at the facts.</p> <p>For some time now, China (search) has spearheaded an international movement to ban conventional weapons from space. More than a year ago, the Asian superpower--joined by Russia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Belarus, Zimbabwe and Syria--introduced a draft treaty at the United Nations to outlaw the deployment of space-based weapons (search) .</p>
  • Torture of Christians in China -- Photos - Not Graphic

    03/18/2003 6:19:05 PM PST · by tallhappy · 67 replies · 3,275+ views
    MSTKG ^ | 3-17-03 | self
    These are pictures of house church members in Henan province being tortured by People's Armed Police and Public security squad. See link for all pictures Pictures were provided by a Chinese group in New York. They are giving them to the UN's Human Rights committee -- a lot of good that will do them.
  • For Whom Does Jackie Chan Feel Pity and Shed Tears?

    08/05/2003 6:42:19 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 50 replies · 317+ views
    People Daily ^ | 08.05.03
    For Whom Does Jackie Chan Feel Pity and Shed Tears?   Tears trickled down the cheeks of Jackie Chan. For Jackie, this doesn't mean to join in for fun on occasion. In the realistic life, this internationally famous movie star really shed his heart-aching tears. Why and for what? For the ugly show of a handful of people in Hong Kong. A few days ago, the world-renowned football team - the British Liverpool was invited to put on a performing match in Hong Kong. This was one of the measures taken by the Hong Kong SAR Government to "boost the...
  • China Getting Ready for Severe Blitzkrieg

    08/03/2003 8:16:46 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 110 replies · 272+ views
    Pravda ^ | 08.01.02
    China Getting Ready for Severe Blitzkrieg 08/01/2003 17:47 Many experts say that the North Korean conflict is not a conflict between Pyongyang and Washington, but a large-scale diplomatic game between China and the USA with a view of gaining control over the Korean PeninsulaAnalysts from the Pentagon think that Chinese are getting ready for a military operation against Taiwan. Beijing is speedily increasing the missile potential of its armed forces and increases the army budget. The Pentagon says the main factor of this alleged operation must be "unexpectedness, cunning and shock". They also add that Chinese may use their...
  • US cardinal tests water on visit to Beijing [China]

    08/02/2003 1:58:18 PM PDT · by FreepForever · 6 replies · 198+ views
    SCMP ^ | Saturday, August 2, 2003 | NAILENE CHOU WIEST in Beijing
    A visit to Beijing by a leading US Catholic leader has fuelled speculation on the prospects of greater religious freedom in China. Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, the Catholic Archbishop of Washington, spent three days in Beijing earlier this week on what was ostensibly a private visit. He became the first cardinal from a western country to visit the mainland since relations between China and the Vatican turned frosty after a dispute over canonisation in October 2000. Church sources on the mainland noted Cardinal McCarrick's visit to Beijing came after the US Congressional Executive Commission on China held a hearing titled "Will...
  • China rejects 'US ruse to sell arms'

    08/02/2003 1:44:35 PM PDT · by FreepForever · 11 replies · 165+ views
    SCMP ^ | Saturday, August 2, 2003 | REUTERS and AFP in Beijing and Washington
    The central government yesterday denounced a Pentagon report that accused it of deploying growing numbers of ballistic missiles aimed at Taiwan and said the US was making excuses to sell advanced weapons to the island. "The motive is to foment public opinion and excuses to sell advanced weapons to Taiwan," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement when asked to comment on the Pentagon's annual report on its military might. "The Chinese side expresses its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition." Defence Minister Cao Gangchuan, meanwhile, reiterated the central government's stance that Taiwan was part of the mainland that must be...
  • China slams Pentagon report on missile threat

    08/02/2003 6:56:35 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 7 replies · 134+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 08.02.03
    China slams Pentagon report on missile threat REACTION: Under no circumstances will China tolerate anything or anyone interfering with the mission of reunification, its defense minister said on Army DayREUTERSSaturday, Aug 02, 2003,Page 1 Arms race * The Pentagon says that China now has 450 missiles pointed at Taiwan and is increasing this number by 75 a year. * China says that the US is just trying to make an excuse for selling Taiwan more weapons. * An expert in Taiwan believes the country's biggest problem is that people just are not prepared to fight. China denounced the US yesterday for...
  • Pentagon: China Gearing for Taiwan Attack

    07/30/2003 4:28:53 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 70 replies · 282+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | Jul 30, 2003 | By EUN-KYUNG KIM, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON - China is boosting its missile stocks and military budget to prepare for what could be a quick and brutal showdown with Taiwan — and to prevent U.S. forces from getting in the way, the Pentagon (news - web sites) said Wednesday. Defense officials said China was emphasizing a "surprise, deception and shock" doctrine in its campaign against Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province. "Preparing for a potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait is the primary driver for China's military modernization," the Pentagon said in its annual evaluation of China's military. While focusing on Taiwan, China is developing...
  • U.S. cites buildup of China’s missiles

    07/30/2003 3:58:23 PM PDT · by FreepForever · 61 replies · 340+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | July 21, 2003 Thursday | AP
    WASHINGTON China is acquiring short-range missiles much faster than U.S. officials had thought and is aiming the weapons at Taiwan and possibly at U.S. forces to block their use on the island’s behalf in any future conflict, according to a Pentagon report. “Preparing for a potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait is the primary driver for China’s military modernization,” said the report on Beijing’s military. The report, submitted annually to Congress, was released Wednesday. China has about 450 short-range ballistic missiles but is expected to increase its inventory by more than 75 missiles each year. The sophistication and accuracy of...
  • China: Japan has an Axe to Grind (China stresses over Japanese troops to Iraq)

    07/30/2003 5:50:51 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 13 replies · 463+ views
      China:  Japan has an Axe to Grind     Despite a last-ditch protest by all the opposition parties, Japan's Upper House approved a controversial bill on Saturday to send the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to help rebuild Iraq. Under the new law, which is valid for four years, Japan will dispatch some 1,000 of its SDF soldiers to Iraq in October. Their role will be to provide logistics support to the United States and British forces in humanitarian relief, reconstruction efforts and peacekeeping operations. The new law, for the first time, enables Japan to send its SDF troops overseas to...
  • Chinese officials warn US of future strife

    07/27/2003 9:39:29 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 21 replies · 264+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.27.03
    Chinese officials warn US of future strifeCAUTION NEEDED: China said that any referendum in Taiwan was an unacceptable move toward an eventual vote on independenceAGENCIESSunday, Jul 27, 2003,Page 1 China has warned Taiwan again through the US not to hold a referendum to seek independence, saying it would trigger a crisis in cross-Strait ties, Taiwanese news reports said yesterday. Two Chinese envoys made the warning when they met US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in Washington DC on Monday, Taiwanese radio and newspapers said, quoting US State Department deputy spokesman Philip Reeker as saying on Friday. The two enjoys,...
  • Calif garlic farmers cede decade-long battle to Chinese exports

    07/26/2003 5:41:02 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 54 replies · 578+ views
    azcentral.com ^ | Jul. 22, 2003 01:55 PM | Rachel Konrad
    <p>GILROY, Calif. - Don Christopher's garlic fields have survived droughts and El Nino, gophers and beetles, white mold and roundworm.</p> <p>But the founder of Christopher Ranch, the nation's largest garlic producer, says low-priced exports from China could doom U.S. commercial production of the pungent bulb.</p>
  • Program of Action for Sustainable Development in China in the Early 21st Century

    07/26/2003 9:06:32 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 10 replies · 364+ views
    Program of Action for Sustainable Development in China in the Early 21st Century In the wake of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, the Chinese government published China's Agenda 21 - White Paper on China's Population, Environment and Development in the 21st Century as a platform document for guidingthe country's social and economic development. That document marked the beginning of the sustainable development process in China. To help implement the sustainable development strategy, this Program of Action for Sustainable Development in China in the Early 21st Century (hereinafter referred to as the "Program") is hereby promulgated....
  • A Vision of China’s Future Revolution

    07/24/2003 11:03:17 AM PDT · by FreepForever · 43 replies · 341+ views
    Self | July 24, 2003 | FreepForever
    Remember the emblem of the Communist party? The hammer and the sickle. With China’s newly adopted sector of commerce, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) is sitting on a three-legged stool -- agriculture, industry and commerce. In today’s China, the likelihood of a guerrilla warfare or armed uprising is near zero. Even if there are some sporadic acts of terrorism, there is simply not sufficient firearms in the society to sustain any meaningful impact on China’s militia. Contrary to public belief, the most likely cause of a social uprising in China is not the quest for more democracy. Democracy is never...
  • Beijing's military build-up a clear threat

    07/24/2003 6:19:53 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 11 replies · 172+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.24.03 | Liu Kuan-teh
    Beijing's military build-up a clear threat By Liu Kuan-teh Thursday, Jul 24, 2003,Page 8 In an interview with international media earlier this month, President Chen Shui-bian poured cold water on direct-link advocates by emphasizing that "Taiwan cannot have direct links for the sake of direct links." Chen said that if China insists on Tai-wan's unilateral acceptance of the "one China" principle as the prerequisite for the opening of direct links, "then we don't want direct links." Chen's statement was a timely reminder to whose who have put individual or economic interests above national interests by asking the government to speed up the...
  • The world's next superpower

    07/23/2003 3:49:12 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 158 replies · 1,119+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07.23.03 | Jonathan Fenby
    The world's next superpowerChina is growing with bewildering speed, but it is undergoing social upheavals on the way to becoming an economic superpower     By Jonathan FenbyTHE OBSERVERWednesday, Jul 23, 2003,Page 9 ILLUSTRATION: MOUNTAIN PEOPLE Conventional wisdom insists that nations ruled by communist parties are regimented, unimaginative failures. Yet nowhere on earth is changing so fast and on such a scale as in China, where market economics and rampant consumerism meet the remnants of Maoism, throwing up paradoxes with profound implications for its 1.3 billion people -- and for the rest of the world. It is not clear, however,...
  • HU AND JIANG STRUGGLE FOR PRIMACY [China]

    07/21/2003 6:16:15 AM PDT · by FreepForever · 8 replies · 296+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | July 1, 2003 | Willy Lam Wo-Lap
    Ex-president Jiang Zemin and his still powerful Shanghai Faction are returning fire after a political season that has witnessed the relentless expansion of the clout of President Hu Jintao and such key associates as Premier Wen Jiabao. However, Hu has stitched together a slim majority in the nine member CCP Politburo Standing Committee (PSC)--and time seems to be on the side of the 60-year-old Fourth Generation supremo. The series of salvoes launched by Hu, who has been aggressively amassing power at the expense of the Shanghai Faction since the 16th CCP Congress last November, has been relatively effective. Consider just...
  • ARTICLE 23 STIMULATES HONG KONG'S PEOPLE POWER

    07/21/2003 6:33:08 AM PDT · by FreepForever · 3 replies · 197+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | July 15, 2003 | Harvey Stockwin
    First and last, the July 1 protest march, in which half a million Hong Kongers marched three miles in orderly nonviolent protest, despite hours of waiting in the torrid heat and the densely packed streets and park, brought Hong Kong's wheel of fate full circle. The last time there was such a huge, disciplined display of People Power on Hong Kong island was when a million or so Hong Kongers took to the streets after June 4, 1989. They were protesting the Beijing Massacre, thereby destroying forever the myth that Hong Kong was inhabited by a politically apathetic citizenry. That...