Category Archives: China

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!

Ryan/Romney And Russia

It is one thing for Republicans not to understand basic math, but another when they get nations of the world confused. Several weeks ago, the bain of my life, Mitt Romney told the world that Russia was our “number one geographic foe.” Naturally, being a Republican there was no need to explain what is meant by that expression. Well, relax, Paul Ryan has cleared up the problem. “I think what he was saying was among the other powers, China and Russia, Russia stands a greater threat.”

I trust that clears up the Romney quote. Russia is the “greater threat” but why or how are not very important. Mitt said it, Paul said it,therefore it is clear to anyone who works for Fox News. As for the rest of humankind, we just don’t quite grasp the reason why Russia is a geographic threat to the US.

Bombs Away Says Israel

Prime Minister benjamin Netanyahu is getting restless. What would happen if Barack Obama was re-elected president and decided not to reach for a kleenex every time Bibi sneezed? Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, told Israel Radio it was time to get serious about Iran. He wants the  five permanent members of the Security Council, plus Germany, to cease discussions with Iran. It is time, says Danny, to “declare today that the talks have failed…  and that “all options are on the table.”

Netanyahu has urged the UN Secretary General not to go to Tehran for further discussions. The great British PM, Winston Churchill, who was not afraid to go to war, always said a good leader understands, ”jaw, jaw, not war, war.” War is the last resort.

Perhaps, if Israel had compromised and aided Palestinians to have their own nation, Iran might think twice about initiating a war in which both Muslims and Jews would die.

Want A Uniform, Check China!

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago when I was a little boy anything titled: “Made In America” was considered to be of high quality. After all, our workers had a reputation for efficiency as well as effectiveness. If something was “Made In Japan”or “Made In China” we knew it was a cheap rip off of a quality American made item. That was then, today is now. Republican businessmen will export any job that allows saving 1% of the cost because they have lost faith in the American worker.

Li Guilian of Dayang corporation is manufacturing the uniforms worn by American athletes at this year’s Olympic games. This item, on one hand, simply reflects the global market, on the other hand it reflects American business lack of faith in the American worker. Once upon a time we sent astronauts to the Moon, today they come from China.

What was the remark from Mitt Romney about Obama being the cause of our economic decline??

Russia/China–Pay The Price!

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted Russia and China for obstructing efforts to restore some semblance of law and order in Syria. As she noted, “I don’t think Russia and China believe they are paying any price at all-nothing at all-for standing up on behalf of the Assad regime.” She warned that both nations eventually will “pay the price” for aiding a cut throat monster like Assad to retain power and continue killing his own people.

Even as Clinton spoke, General Manaf Tlas of the Republican Guard in Syria fled the country along with dozens of soldiers. He was an important officer in a elite unit and he now joins a few dozen former Syrian officers who are in exile. Is it possible that some key members of the Assad inner circle are now circling around to find a way out of their dilemma being linked to a dictator?