Category Archives: China

China finally surpasses Japan.

It was only a matter of time:

After three decades of spectacular growth, China has passed
Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy behind the
United States, according to government figures released early

The milestone, though anticipated for some time, is the most
striking evidence yet that China’s ascendance is for real and
that the rest of the world will have to reckon with a new
economic superpower.

The milestone was reached early Monday, when Tokyo said that
in the second quarter, the Japanese economy was valued at
about $1.28 trillion, slightly below China’s figure of $1.33
trillion. The gross domestic product of the United States was
roughly $14 trillion in 2009. Japan’s economy grew 0.4
percent in the second quarter, Tokyo said, substantially less
than forecast.

Ain’t that friggin grand?

Naomi Klein on China and the Olympics

From The Real News Network, part one of the four part series of an interview with Naomi Klein.

Naomi Klein:

“I think this is an incredibly efficient, actually, a scarily efficient way of organizing society that’s actually being celebrated here, which is a hybrid of some of the worst elements of authoritarian communism—mass surveillance of the population, total lack of civil liberties, lack of a free press, lack of democratic rights, authoritarian central planning, all harnessed not to advance the goals of social justice, even in name, although there may be some lip service still paid to that, but to advance the goals of global capitalism. So it is Stalinism meets global capitalism…. There are 100,000 security officers just on Olympic duty. And to put that into perspective, the stadium itself, the Bird’s Nest Stadium holds 90,000. So there’s 90,000 spectators and 100,000 secret police keeping control of things in Beijing. So this is an incredible operation. But when you hear people like Lou Dobbs and other commentators talking about the problems in China, it’s always red China, communist China, or the Chi-coms. And it’s really this blast from the past of—you know, it’s almost as if the Cold War never ended.”

That China got the Olympics was a travesty.

Mothers Day in Nepal: Big protest, lots of arrests

All of the arrested are women. From the VOA writeup:

Police in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu say they have detained more than 560 Tibetan protesters Sunday, all of them women.

It was the all female demonstration against China’s crackdown in Tibet since violence erupted in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa in March.

Since then, Tibetan exiles have taken part in anti-China protests nearly every day. Nepal is home to about 20,000 Tibetan refugees.

Power to the people…Buddha please keep them safe. These wonderful women deserve our respect, as do all the brave protesters.

Crossposted at Sirens Chronicles

Beyond Beijing..

I made this for Enigma at WaterGate Summer.

Meanwhile today..54 Burmese immigrants suffocated to death while being smuggled into Thailand looking for work.

China tries to do damage control in Tibet uprising

The government of China, who has tossed all media from Tibet and imposed a news blackout, is trying now to spin a little damage control

on what is happening in Tibet. A Thai torchbearer for the 08 Olympics, to be held in China, has withdrawn in protest of China’s actions in Tibet. Who exactly is to blame for the unrest in Tibet?

Why the Dalai Lama of course! At least that is the way the Chinese media is spinning it. From the AP writeup linked above:

“The Dalai clique is scheming to take the Beijing Olympics hostage to force the Chinese government to make concessions to Tibet independence,” it said.

The attacks on the Dalai Lama have been aimed at further demonizing him in the eyes of the Chinese public, which strongly supports the Olympics. The Dalai Lama, who advocates nonviolence and denies being behind the March 14 riots in Lhasa, asserted Sunday that he has supported China’s hosting of the summer Games.

If that doesn’t do it, they are also blaming..cough..Nancy Pelosi for all that ails China with regard to Tibet. From the AP article:

The official Xinhua New Agency, meanwhile, published a commentary bashing Pelosi, a fierce critic of China who on Friday visited the Dalai Lama at his headquarters in India, where she called China’s crackdown “a challenge to the conscience of the world.”

Xinhua accused Pelosi of ignoring the violence caused by the Tibetan rioters. “‘Human rights police’ like Pelosi are habitually bad tempered and ungenerous when it comes to China, refusing to check their facts and find out the truth of the case,” it said.

The Human Rights police? Damn skippy..China is one of the worst offenders of human rights on our planet. Sick bastards can’t accept the responsibility of their own actions. Reminds me of a drug addict..its always someone else’s’ fault.

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Crossposted at Sirens Chronicles