SOME HISTORY OF TIBET AND CHINA
Tibetan society became Buddhist after the Chinese Princess Wencheng (and, though there is no evidence for it, the Nepali Princess, Bhrikuti Devi who is credited with founding the Jokhang Temple – the oldest Buddhist temple in Tibet) introduced Buddhism to the Tibetan elite. The Princess and her entourage, which numbered about 500 people, intermarried with the local elite and from the Princess established the Songsten Gampo blood line, which survives to this day.
Until 1959, most Tibetans were indentured serfs (chapa) or slaves (langsheng) who were bought and sold. Tibet was the last country to officially abandon slavery, and then only because it was forced to do so by the Chinese Government.
Most of our information about Tibet comes from expatriate slave-owners and nobles who refused to free their slaves and left Tibet in 1959. The US Civil War demonstrates the powerful attraction that slavery holds for the owners.
Lee Kuan Yew claims that unification is inevitable
In his latest book, One Man’s View of the World, Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew says that Taiwan’s unification with China is only a matter of time and that efforts to separate the two sides of the Taiwan Strait will only make the process more painful for the people of Taiwan. Unification has become a political taboo in Taiwan and as the former Singapore leader has been a friend to the country in the past, his frank remarks are difficult for many to accept. Moreover, the painful process of unification with China, as Lee describes it, is a reality the Taiwanese have already witnessed due to political disputes between pro-independence and pro-unification camps and the loss of its global competitiveness.
Press Freedom–China vs the West
This is a collection of articles highlighting the differences in press freedom–China vs. the West.
The survey was conducted by ICM Research for Sputnik. Polls were taken from March 20 through April 9 in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Greece.
An average of 54 percent of residents in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Greece place little or no trust in how their respective mainstream media cover the Ukrainian conflict, a poll conducted by ICM Research exclusively for Sputnik News Agency showed.
The Scientific Development Concept in China
The Scientific Development Concept, or Scientific Development Perspective, is the current official guiding socio-economic philosophy of the Communist Party Of China. It was ratified into the CPC’s constitution in October 2007 under the leadership of President Hu Jintao. Key ideas include:
- A post-ideological vision of technocratic scientific government driven by pragmatism, analysis, experimentation and empirical validation.
- De-politicised, low public profile, collective, expert decision making. Efficient corruption free policy.
- A coordinated and interventionist approach to policymaking as opposed to laissez-faire.
- Policy targeting wide social gains in utility, not just economic growth – eg also addressing inequality and environmental damage.
- Maintenance of broad popular support for government based primarily on performance not democratic participation.
- Active participation in government and transparency at the elite academic level.
- A more passive role for the masses including a much greater emphasis on paternal guidance compared to modern Western Democracy. Increasing press freedoms and policy making participation at the popular level as society develops.
- Compared to Western Democracy, a greater focus on China’a evolution, on contentment in the future rather than the present.
One recent author, writing about China, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, argues that it is more helpful to think in terms of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World than George Orwell’s 1984 – “Orwell emphasises the role of fear in keeping people in line, while Huxley pays more attention to how needs and desires are created, manipulated and satisfied”. Yet this statement sounds too cynical, this article will reveal the Scientific Development Concept to be a genuinely idealistic vision of paternalistic government.
Here’s Another View of Hong Kong and China
by Philip Fang brother of Anson Chan 陈方安生的弟弟的文章. Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Subject: Patriotism: Criterion In Selection Of Next Chief Executive Of Hong Kong
Mr. Wang Guangya, Head of the Hong Kong and Macau Liaison Office, has let it be known that in the selection of the next Chief Executive forHong Kong , the number one criterion would be patriotism and it is this issue I want to address.
First, a brief introduction of my background is in order. I was born
in Hong Kong of a family with a proud tradition of patriotism. My
Grandfather, General Fang Zhenwu was once the Commander-in-chief of the North-East Coalition Forces Against the Japanese, his
vice-Commander was General Ji Hongchang, also known as a great
patriot. The two men openly opposed Jiang Jieshi’’s non-resistance
policy thus making themselves his arch enemies. Both paid the ultimate price, their lives in the service of their country and people.
My Grandfather, like General Ji, commanded great esteem amongst the Chinese Communist Party, especially the older generation of battle-hardened communists who survived the Long March. We are listed as descendants of revolutionary martyrs.
became the first Orthopaedic Specialist to propose to the Chinese
leadership, at a time when China was still very poor and its limited resources stretched thin over a burgeoning population of over one billion, that the rehabilitation of the physically handicapped, left-out and all but forgotten minority of the population, is a cause worth striving for in the long-run, and they believed him and China Disabled Person’s Federation was established.
mortar of all lasting human relations. Are Hong Kong people patriotic? The answer is an emphatic ‘No’.
real-estate and related activities. The near frenzied speculation of
land and real estate has made Hong Kong the most expensive place to live in the world today. This social polarization has moved Hong Kong dangerously close to the red light signal on the United Nation’s index measuring social upheaval in the wake of income disparity.
香港的課稅水準在世界同等區域中處於低位元，而中國大陸在 2010 年福布斯 “ 納稅痛苦 ” 指數排行榜上卻高居第二位。
Pain” ranks second in the world last year according to Fortunes Index for 2010.
singlehandedly brought his company from the brink of bankruptcy, and turned it into profitability again had this to say, “Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole simply won’t work—it don’t belong”. Western ideas and western ways to solve Chinese problems is a mismatch from the start.
Premier Member ）。
(ON CHINA) 的書，並且一口氣在八個小時的旅途中把它讀完。
Sydney on a visit I was suddenly hit by a kidney disorder forcing me to postpone my departure and seek treatment. On the way over from Hong Kong to Sydney I picked up a recent book at the airport by Dr. Kissinger ‘On China’, and read it in the 8-hour flight to Sydney . Dr Kissinger’s analysis and his revelation of his dialogue with Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping, which were recorded verbatim left me awe-struck!
“ 那些破壞香港團結穩定莫名其妙的行徑，大家應予以口誅筆伐！ ”
Guangya’s patriotic call to the people of Hong Kong and the recent admonition of former Premier Zhu Rongji, who said “We should condemn both in speech and writing those who undermine, on a quirk, Hong Kong’s unity and stability.” The former Premier called on the Hong Kong people to abide by the law, strengthen stability, built on success, maintain harmony and unity so as to better coordinate themselves with the Motherland’s ambitious plan for the future.
Chinese and English among students in Hong Kong today is inadequate. Their Mainland peers have long since overtaken them. I can say this with authority because language is my specialty.
child” still holds.
mandatory reading for university students of Hong Kong . Dr.
Kissinger’s prose is superb, and students should use a good
dictionary. Through this book they will gain an insight into their own country and its leaders that they don’t even know about it.
social situation in Hong Kong and my sentiments and affection for the
Motherland. I sincerely hope that the people of Hong Kong will take to
heart the overall interest of their country China and the Chinese
people and ponder on Hong Kong ’s own future.
China Attacks the USA on All Fronts.
Try to see it from the hegemon’s point of view: While Russia confronts the USA head-on, China is attacking on almost every other front, simultaneously. China’s attacks look like neutral, ‘commonsense’ or ‘competitive’ moves. All nice and friendly:
- Like Shanghai’s new gold exchange. Shanghai forbids naked shorting; all sales are for physical delivery. Perfectly sensible, right? Well, it drives a wedge between the price of ‘paper’ (naked short) gold on US’ Comex and physical gold. This thwarts the world’s biggest paper gold shorter, the US Treasury, which has been using trillions in naked shorts to rig the market since the US failed to deliver gold that Germany had lodged with it for safe keeping.
- China’s offering Turkey financing and IP with their antimissile defense system. Turkey will be half out of NATO if it goes through with the deal – as it is threatening to do. Turkey is NATO’s Eastern wing.
- Then there’s the renminbi, which is internationalizing 10 times faster than anyone predicted. China’s controlling the world’s desire to diversify their reserves by bulking up on renminbi.
- If the past 50 years are a guide, the next financial crisis is due within 36 months.
You’ve got to feel sympathy for the hegemon, don’t you? I certainly do. My income is entirely tied to the $US. Maybe it’s time we thought of cooperating with the Chinese government, instead of treating it as an enemy. Maybe it’s too late.
How Many Great Leap Forward Fatalities Were There?
For 60 years our corporate media has told a horrifying tale of Chinese Government: cruel, oppressive, corrupt, and failing. Always failing. (That China has thrived as never in its 2500 year history is irrelevant to the narrative).
The Great Leap Forward, a eye-blink in that history and an experiment everyone embraced enthusiastically, was ill-considered. Mao gambled on revolutionary development because, he said, if China didn’t develop quickly it would be bullied and overpowered by the USA. On that, everyone agreed. Mao’s stature allowed him generate enthusiasm and override the better judgement of his peers. The Great Leap’s failure sidelined Mao and allowed Premier Deng to propose – ta-dahhhh! – Reform and Opening Up. The rest is, as they say history.