Category Archives: China

HOT AIR WARNINGS FROM CHINA

There often arises a need on the part of Chinese officials to warn other nations concerning any infringement on what is considered Chinese territory or a disputed area of Asia that is  considered Chinese territory.  Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu of the National Defense Ministry sounded a warning to Australia and Japan about taking the side of the Japanese in disputes over the Diaoyu islands. According to this obscure officer, “America is the global tiger and Japan is Asia’s wolf and both are now biting China.” He proceeds to utter nonsense about Japan attacking the US or Australia as it did in 1941′

Reality. China is not going to war over islands. Japan is not going to war over islands. The US is not going to become militarily involved in Asia over islands. There will be statements, warnings, even threats, but in the end, there will be some face saving way out of this dispute.

Censor Censors!

“Southern Weekend” is a Chinese newspaper that is published under the auspices of the government and thus has been subject to ongoing censorship by a group of men and women who sit around worrying about what can or cannot be written. At a recent meeting of editors  of the newspaper and staff members it was decided to end the tyranny of being subject to the whims of censors and allow freedom of information to reign on the newspaper. They were particularly angered when a local provincial official replaced a New Year’s eve editorial which called for political reforms as well as an extension  of rights for all citizens.

At the meeting the editors demanded an end to advanced censorship. They accepted the right of government officials to publish guidelines but wanted to cease having a censor decide which specific article could or could not be published. They were joined by hundreds of protesters who joined in demands for an end and a new beginning of freedom in China.

Hong Kong Blasts

For decades Hong Kong was a British piece of territory that had  been obtained via force from the Chinese government. It was captured by the Japanese during World War II and when Communist forces swept through the land they halted at the outskirts of the British held city. It was simply a matter of time before the English left the area, but they did receive assurances from the Communist government that Hong Kong would have special status and its people could still retain the right to vote.

Of course, when Chinese Communists promise the right to vote, they mean for their people. The people of Hong Kong do vote but power remains in the hands of officials selected by the Communist government. Its current chief executive, Leung Chun-ying has aroused anger by secretly building on his property in violation of the law as well as his policy of doing what they want in Beijing. There are demonstrations, riots and protests, but the chief executive complains they only represent a few.

Hopefully, it is a matter of time before the Communist government alters its totalitarian status and allows Chinese people their right to truly a free election.

War In Asia?

It is not only that time of the year to be joyful, but that time of the year to be silly.  There are several tiny islands lying between China and Japan that have become the focus of posturing and threats and jet planes zooming in the sky. Ah, waters around the islands might contain oil deposits and whenever the word, “oil” enters a conversation then eyes light up with expectation  of money and power. The Chinese government placed an alert in case Japanese fighter jets appeared off the islands of Diaoyu.

No Virginia, Santa is not going to deliver a war in Asia. China with its ONE aircraft carrier–oh, it just landed A plane on it– is not prepared  to launch an attack on any other nation. Both sides are engaged in posturing, a Kabuki dance is unfolding in which both will dance, but neither will send their military into action. No Kamikaze pilots will be diving their planes into Chinese ships, and they certainly can’t dive them into non-existent aircraft carriers.

The only war that will unfold will be a war of words.

Hu-Blows Away Corruption!

There is no question that China has become a world power and during coming years will emerge with the largest economy of any nation. Chinese Communist leaders have helped to develop this vast economic machine, but the cost has been difficult when it comes to the lives of people in China. President Hu Jianto spoke openly about vast corruption and inefficiency in the nation. He acknowledged public anger over graft and disregard for environmental degradation of society.

“Combating corruption and promoting political integrity, which is a major political issue of great concern to the people, is a clear-cut and long-term political commitment of the party. If we fail to handle this issue well, it could prove fatal to the  party.” Unfortunately, the issue can only be handled by introducing democractic principles of free speech and free elections. Sorry, Hu, those who created corruption will not depart unless shoved aside!

One Child Too Many?

During the 1970s China’s communist government decided a continued population  increase posed problems for economic development of the nation. They imposed a one child per family limit. The China Development Research Foundation warns that continuing this policy poses serious economic problems for the nation in the coming decades. “China has paid a huge political and social cost for this policy, as it has resulted in soical conflict, high administrative costs and led indirectly to a long-term gender imbalance at birth.” In other words, too many boys and not enough girls–at  least in China.

In the long term the policy means fewer workers in the coming decades even as the number of elderly people will experience a dramatic increase. There will be an enormous number of retired people and a small working class to support them. The end result will be conflict, political turmoil and disorganization.

Painful Memories Linger

The people of Japan live with the memory of what their soldiers did during World War II. From 1941 to 1945 they occupied China and proceeded to murder at least four million people. Their invading army occupied the city of Nanking and proceeded to rape over 100,000 women as well as killing untold thousands. During the war, Japanese soldiers murdered captured prisoners, they beheaded US pilots, in the name of their emperor and society. One would assume with this track record, Japanese officials would apologize for their atrocities. No such apology has ever been given.

The people of Germany inflicted the Holocaust on six million Jews and murdered over 30 million other Europeans. Since the end of WWII, Germany has engaged in excellent education programs to ensure its youth remembers what their grandparents did. However, Japanese officials refuse to acknowledge any wrong doing. Dozens of Japanese lawmakers, including members of the Cabinet, visited a shrine dedicated to those  who murdered and raped.

What will it take to persuade Japan to accept responsibility for the horrors it inflicted upon the innocent?

Rocky Road For Japan And China

There are occasions in life when nations have absolutely no reason to become upset, but for some officials the opportunity to let the nation know they will not back down is a wonderful photo op. There are five uninhabited islands which lie off the coast of China or Japan or Taiwan depending on how one gazes out from their place of origin. There have been mass demonstrations in China and Japan as people riot over islands which they could not locate on a map.

Actually, no one even agrees on the name of these islands. They are eitherthe Senkaku or Diaoyu islands depending on whether you are Japanese or Chinese. Now, do you want to know the real reason for this great dispute? Take one guess. OK, you are right, it is all about the POSSIBILITY of oil in the vicinity fo the islands.

Ah, we have come a long way from the time when China was being bossed around by a bunch of European nations of invaded by Japanese soldiers.

Anyone for common sense??

China Ubber Alles

As China emerged from the narrow days of communism when “the world” meant only land that historically was Chinese and entered the global society, it increasingly has expanded what it deems to belong to the Chinese people. There currently is disputes with Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia as to which country can claim ownership of the South China Seas. According to a Chinese Foreign Office official, “South China Sea is a name that has all along been accepted by countries across the world.” In other words, wherever the word, “China” appears, it is part of China.

In case you own a Chinese restaurant which has the name “China” be appraised that it might be claimed by the Chinese government. Southeast Asian nations want a share of the South China Sea because they believe it contains oil and gas reserves. I wonder if I order Chinese take out that I might encounter some Chinese agents who want me to pay them for the food??

Europeans Simply Leftists So Who Cares?

We Americans are believers in capitalism and the free enterprise system, unlike the Socialist commie leaning Europeans who prefer taking vacations to working 70 hours a week. Recent polls reveal widespread distrust of a Romney election among people in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and on the Moon. In fact,the Galactic Council which supervises this portion of the universe has come out against the election  of Mitt Romney. OK, so less than 5% of Germans and French folk claim they would have a less favorable view of the US if Mitt won the election. Just wait until the next world war when the French need us to liberate them from the Germans!

OK, so 47% of English people say they would dislike a Romney victory while 3% would like it. Remember, that the 3% of those for him represent the intelligent portion of the society. I understand why so many Europeans dislike Mitt, he spent a year attempting to convert them to the Mormon religion and they refused to listen to God!