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A Beijing Love Song by Feichang Fresh [Youtube]

A Beijing Love Song – Feichang Fresh, Pu Che, Wei Xiang & Jin Kun Run –
Gei Bei Jing De Qing Ge

This is not by any stretch representative about how everyone feels about Beijing. But this tiny glimpse into how some overseas students in Beijing feel about their stay in the Chinese capital has caught attention in China. The rap, entitled ‘A Beijing Love Song’ caught the eye of the Chinese public when it was broadcast on CCTV. In this instance the group Feichang Fresh (translates to Very Fresh) was started by a German student studying Mandarin in China. This song on their page on Youku has had in excess of 450,000 views, 1529 comments and 1324 favourites.

More evidence of cross-pollination which personally brings a smile. The paradigms of East versus West are certainly not as distinct here; a kind of intercultural ‘osmosis’ is evident in a tongue and cheek way! Western-styled dress, Chinese flags, and a crew of non-Chinese rapping in Mandarin with a sprinkling of English. Now this is a sprinkling of cultural evidence of a harmonious re-ascension. If youths from both sides of the antiquated imaginary line can get along, share a language and like each other, surely it is a start.

And the lyrics here – Read the rest of this entry »

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Filed under: China Smack, Culture, Domestic Growth, Education, Lifestyle, Media, People, Social, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Youtube

Ten Reasons Why China is Different [Project Syndicate]

Addressing the China doubters: 10 reasons why China is different from what we may commonly assume.

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Ten Reasons Why China is Different
Stephen S. Roach
Source – Project Syndicate, published May 27, 2011

Photo – Project Syndicate

NEW HAVEN – The China doubters are back in force. They seem to come in waves – every few years, or so. Yet, year in and year out, China has defied the naysayers and stayed the course, perpetuating the most spectacular development miracle of modern times. That seems likely to continue.

Today’s feverish hand-wringing reflects a confluence of worries – especially concerns about inflation, excess investment, soaring wages, and bad bank loans. Prominent academics warn that China could fall victim to the dreaded “middle-income trap,” which has derailed many a developing nation.

There is a kernel of truth to many of the concerns cited above, especially with respect to the current inflation problem. But they stem largely from misplaced generalizations. Here are ten reasons why it doesn’t pay to diagnose the Chinese economy by drawing inferences from the experiences of others: Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Democracy, Domestic Growth, Economics, Education, Environment, Finance, Foreign aid, History, Human Rights, Influence, International Relations, Internet, Jasmine Revolution, Media, Migrant Workers, Migration (Internal), National Medium- and Long- term Talent Development Plan, Nationalism, People, Politics, Population, Project Syndicate, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Resources, Social, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Transport

China must avoid force in Mongolia: Amnesty [AsiaOne]

Find the report here – MONGOLIA: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2011 (published May 13, 2011)

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China must avoid force in Mongolia: Amnesty
AFP
Source – AsiaOne, published Sat, May 28, 2011

Photo – Reuters

BEIJING – Leading rights group Amnesty urged China Saturday to avoid a violent crackdown on ethnic Mongolian protesters, who have engaged in five days of protests against Chinese rule in Inner Mongolia.

Chinese authorities have ordered martial law in some areas in Inner Mongolia, in the nation’s north, where thousands have taken to the streets during five days of protests until Friday, the group said in a statement.

The unrest was sparked by the May 10 death of a Mongol herder, allegedly run over by a truck driven by a member of China’s dominant Han ethnic group. Amnesty said the truck driver had been arrested and charged. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: AFP, Beijing Consensus, Censorship, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, Domestic Growth, Ethnicity, Human Rights, Inner Mongolia, Jasmine Revolution, Media, military, Nationalism, People, Politics, Population, Social, Territorial Disputes, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

US does not brand China ‘currency manipulator’ [The Age/AP]

The value of the yuan comes into the spotlight again as the US Treasury concludes that China was allowing the yuan to appreciate against the dollar; rendering the term ‘currency manipulator’ now invalid.

By trying to limit the pace of appreciation, China is not allowing the exchange rate to serve as a tool to counter inflation in its own economy…” US Treasury

In other reports…

US says China yuan undervalued, but not manipulated (Reuters, May 27, 2011)

China Must Let Yuan Rise Faster, Treasury Tells Congress (Bloomberg Business Week, May 28, 2011)

China not manipulating currency: US Treasury (China Daily/Xinhua, published May 28, 2011)

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US does not brand China ‘currency manipulator’
Veronica Smith
AP
Source – The Age, published May 28, 2011

The United States on Friday called on China to speed up progress in making its currency more flexible, but refrained from branding Beijing a currency manipulator, a move that could trigger sanctions.

In a long-delayed report to Congress, the US Treasury said it had concluded that China was allowing the yuan, or renminbi, to appreciate against the dollar and had shown willingness to continue promoting exchange-rate flexibility.

The Treasury Department cited “the ongoing appreciation of the renminbi against the dollar since June 2010” as well as “China’s public statements asserting that it will continue to promote RMB exchange rate flexibility.” Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: AP, Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Domestic Growth, Economics, Finance, Influence, International Relations, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Strategy, The Age, U.S., Yuan

Hitler and the Chinese Internet generation [Asia Times Online]

Asia Times: A seemingly baseless rumour has surfaced that Adolf Hitler was raised by a family of Chinese expats living in Vienna. This has prompted an internet sensation on China’s version of Facebook, Kaixin. 170,000 views and 40,000 comments does seem significant; and the author argues that if this idea does gain mass tractio it will be the antithesis to the image of its ‘peaceful rise’. Perhaps especially so that China’s internet generation is still in its infancy and susceptible to the agenda setting consequences of a mass dumbed-down culture fueled by fervour.

Of the people who left comments, 38.8% believe that Hitler was raised by Chinese, 7.1% believe that Hitler supported China in World War II, 4.6% regard Hitler as a hero, and 9.1% hope that China will have a leader similar to Hitler.

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Hitler and the Chinese Internet generation
By Richard Komaiko
Source – Asia Times Online, published May 25, 2011 

On Thursday, May 19, prominent Danish film director Lars von Trier publicly expressed sympathy for Adolph Hitler. The board of directors of Cannes, the world’s pre-eminent film festival, promptly announced that Von Trier was no longer welcome at the festival. [1]

This was a brave decision, especially considering that Von Trier’s latest film is considered a contender for the festival’s top prize. Meanwhile, an ocean away, sympathy for Hitler is proliferating, but bravery is nowhere to be found. There is a growing trend in the Chinese blogosphere to vocalize praises and expressions of support for Hitler. If Chinese authorities fail to address this problem, dangerous consequences may ensue. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Asia Times Online, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, Democracy, Domestic Growth, Education, Germany, Influence, International Relations, Nationalism, Public Diplomacy, Social, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

Australia-China 2.0, the next stage in our economic partnership [Australia Foreign Minister web]

Australia: Australia’s foreign minister Kevin Rudd on Australia-China 2.0 at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies to cement Australia’s continued growth with China firmly in their sights.

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Australia-China 2.0, the next stage in our economic partnership
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Guangdong, China
Speech by Kevin Rudd
Source – Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, published 22 May 2011

Yesterday, driving into Guangzhou and past the strikingly beautiful new Opera House, I was reminded of how much China has changed since I first came here.

At that time, just as China’s economic reform and open door policies of 1978 were starting to take effect, it was unthinkable that a foreign company could play a part in designing such an important and cutting-edge building in China.

The Opera House, whose acoustics were designed by Australian firm Marshall Day, is a symbol of how far China has come in just 30 years, from the inward looking China of the Cultural Revolution, to the outward looking China of the 21st century. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Australia, Australia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, Economics, Environment, Greater China, Green China, Media, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Resources, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

Tibet marks successful 6 decades [China Daily]

Tibet: 6 successful decades of liberation in the eyes of the Chinese. They see liberation. Not all agree. Some think it as an invasion masquerading as liberation. A look at the Central Tibet Administration website states perhaps quite naturally – 23 May 2011 marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the so called  17-point Agreement between the People’s Republic of China and Tibet. This controversial document was forced on the unwilling Tibetans with an ultimatum that Tibet would be invaded by military force. (Central Tibet Administration online, May 23, 2011)

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Tibet marks successful 6 decades
By Dachiog and Peng Yining
Source – China Daily, published May 24, 2011

Tibetan women turn prayer wheels outside the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region, on Monday. Feng Yongbin / China Daily

LHASA – A grand ceremony was held in Potala Square on Monday morning as the Tibet autonomous region celebrated the 60th anniversary of its peaceful liberation.

In a speech at the celebration, Qiangba Puncog, head of the standing committee of the region’s people’s congress, said six decades of progress had put Tibet at a prime stage in its development. With the support of the central government and people throughout the country, Tibet is sure to embrace an even better future, he said.

More than 5,000 locals gathered in front of Potala Palace to watch the ceremony, which kicked off with the raising of the national flag. Their number included monks, officials and students. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Censorship, Charm Offensive, China Daily, Culture, Democracy, Domestic Growth, Greater China, Human Rights, Influence, military, Nationalism, People, Politics, Population, Public Diplomacy, Social, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Tibet

African Man Sings Propanganda Song for CCP 90th Anniversary [China Smack/Youtube]

With nearly 1 million hits within 2 days of being uploaded onto Chinese video sharing website Youku, this video can be said to be representative of China’s growing sphere of influence beyond East Asia and Asia.

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African Man Sings Propanganda Song for CCP 90th Anniversary
Source – Chinasmack, published May 23, 2011

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the founding political party of the People’s Republic of China and at 78 million members strong, it is also the world’s largest political party. The CCP (or CPC for Communist Party of China) was founded on July 1, 1921 in Shanghai, and to commemorate the upcoming 90th anniversary of the party, a man who calls himself “Brother Hao” [literally: proper younger brother, “younger” denoting a sign of respect] sings “The Words of Chairman Mao are Memorized by Heart”, a “red” song [a Chinese Revolutionary-Era propaganda song].  The song was written by Fu Fengcheng, who is also responsible for having written other famous “red” songs like “Song of the Red Star” and “Azalea”. This video was accumulated nearly 1 million hits within 2 days of being uploaded onto popular Chinese video sharing website Youku and currently has nearly 4k comments.

[Dialogue and lyrics from video:]
Sung:
Nana, shoobeedoo-pay-ay

Spoken:
Hello everyone!
I’m Brother Hao, the King of “Red” songs
wishing the Communist Party [of China] a happy birthday on their 90th anniversary.

Sung:
Ooh!
The red sun shines everywhere [upon the four corners of China]
The ideology of Chairman Mao radiate a gold light
The heat of the red sun warms the bodies of the people
The glory of Chairman Mao’s thoughts shines light into our hearts
Shines light into our hearts

Chairman [Mao’s] idealogical thoughts are disseminated everywhere
The people of the revolution have made their stand
Men and women, people both old and young, will all simulaneously enter the war
These people will fight this war with an invincible strength without equal
An invincible strength without equal

Spoken:
[I’m] singing this melodious “red” song
from me to all of you.
I am your stalwart African brother
Brother Hao,
wishing for a more prosperous/greater China
and a better standard of living that will likewise continually improve.
[I] hope that the people of China
and the people of Africa
will eternally [serve] as good brothers [to and for each other].
How about it?

Sung:
Hoo!
[Since we have] the words of Chairman Mao that are memorized by heart,
No matter if [faced with an] enemy both crazy and violent,
We will set an inescapable trap [for them]
and use it to bury all of those cruel and greedy robbers
And bury all of them
and use it to bury all of those cruel and greedy robbers
And bury all of them
And bury all of them
Yeah!

Filed under: Africa, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Culture, Domestic Growth, Foreign aid, Greater China, History, Influence, International Relations, Media, Migrant Workers, Nationalism, People, Population, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Youtube

Chinese general rattles sabre [The Age]

Another Chinese general comes to the fore challenging the current crop of communist leaders for ‘betraying their revolutionary heritage’. This comes as a time as China seeks to remind the rest of the world of its peaceful intentions; one of a harmonious rise. He states categorically  –

“‘Military culture is the oldest and most important wisdom of humanity… Without war, where would grand unity come from? Without force, how could fusion of the nation, the race, the culture, the south and the north be achieved?”

The PLA is increasingly growing its own voice amidst the politician’s drive for a united front, voice and public image. It seems nationalism is driven to new heights (with now what seems explicit fevour) as China continues to revive itself as a great power. Just last year, General Liu Yazhou was an example – Chinese general backs the American dream [The Age, August 11, 2010], though his slant was different.

Note – thanks Ronald for pointing this out.

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Chinese general rattles sabre
John Garnaut
Source – The Age, published May 23, 2011

General Liu Yuan. Source – The Age

A RISING star of the People’s Liberation Army has called for China to rediscover its ”military culture”, while challenging unnamed Communist Party leaders for betraying their revolutionary heritage.

General Liu Yuan displays sympathy for Osama bin Laden, says war is a natural extension of economics and politics and claims that ”man cannot survive without killing”.

His essay, written as a preface to a friend’s book, says ”history is written by blood and slaughter” and describes the nation-state as ”a power machine made of violence”.

General Liu’s public glorification of what he sees as an innate but previously suppressed Chinese military culture reveals an undercurrent that is driving the Communist Party’s increasing assertiveness at home and abroad. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Democracy, Domestic Growth, Economics, Government & Policy, Greater China, Influence, International Relations, Media, military, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Strategy, The Age, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

China and America: Rising Dragon, Bleeding Eagle [American Thinker]

A diagrammatic comparison between the ‘bleeding eagle’ and ‘rising dragon’. Such visualizations are becoming commonplace. Indeed, America’s decline seem to be in the forefront of mass media and citizen journalism, but I beg to differ. America still possesses still the largest talent and most diversified pool to get problems fixed, and to think ahead. Whilst China is growing yes, but it is also leaking some of its best once they are exposed to the West’s ‘still-more-appealing’ alternative paradigms of thinking about individuality and statehood.

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China and America: Rising Dragon, Bleeding Eagle
By Anurag Maheshwari
Source – American Thinker, published May 22, 2011

China’s return as a superpower concomitant with rapid American decline is evoking a variety of sentiments around the world. While Latin America, Africa, and Greater Middle-East are largely welcoming this shift in power with varying degrees of enthusiasm, and an aging and dissipated Europe is watching it with bemused anxiety, in America it is causing an epic dilemma.

This dilemma is rooted in the impending demise of America’s reign as the world’s leading economy for last 120 years, the titanic scale and speed of China’s ascendancy, and the vistas and vulnerabilities of Sino-American security and economic intercourse. The international repercussions of this evolving strategic equilibrium are yet to fully unravel until China attains the highest plateau of its power.

To put it in context, consider how rapidly the balance of power between China and America has altered over the last 20 years. At the end of 1991 when Soviet Union had formally dissolved, United States stood as the sole colossus on global stage. Its economy was then 6 times that of China. In 2010, China’s continental economy was 70% that of US, and by 2016 — in 5 years — China (including Hong Kong and Macau) will rush past United States to become the leading economic power. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: American Thinker, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Chinese overseas, Communications, Confucius, Corruption, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Education, Environment, Ethnicity, Finance, Greater China, Human Rights, Inflation, Influence, International Relations, Media, National Medium- and Long- term Talent Development Plan, Nationalism, People, Politics, Population, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Resources, Social, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, U.S.

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