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Shanghai seeks to halt ‘subway theater’ [China Daily] #RisingChina

China Daily ponders the effectiveness of station checkpoints in Shanghai.

From personal experience traveling across China’s subway-enabled cities – I recall that most checkpoints were manned by fresh faced young adults looking no more than twenty. Few looked to fit the part of enforcer to be honest.

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Shanghai seeks to halt ‘subway theater’
By SHI Yingying and JIN Haixing
Source – China Daily, published July 15, 2013

Critics say too many commuters evade or ignore security checks

Qian Tianxin had nothing but praise for Shanghai’s subway security during the 2010 World Expo. Since then, he says, standards have slipped.

Station checkpoints today, said the president of Minhang district’s Passenger Management Association, are manned by “robots” who do little except motion to passengers to place their belongings on a conveyor belt to be scanned.

Passengers say the security checks at Shanghai subway are lax. Niu Yixin - photo by Xinhua

Passengers say the security checks at Shanghai subway are lax. Niu Yixin – photo by Xinhua

“It’s far short of what they are capable of doing and should be doing,” he said.

Branded as both inconvenient and theatrical by commuters, security checks at Shanghai Metro, which handles 7 million journeys a day, have become the target of much derision in recent years.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Daily, China Dream, Chinese Model, Culture, Domestic Growth, Infrastructure, Modernisation, Population, Public Diplomacy, Social, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, Transport

Foreign buyers eye Chinese drones [China Daily] #RisingChina #UAV #HardPower

A glimpse at one of three state backed UAV projects.

For more, see

Low-cost Chinese drone to be unveiled at Zhuhai show: Mainland enters lucrative global UAV market with prices well below US and Israeli rivals (SCMP, November 11, 2012)

And

Orders taken for Chinese drone
(Global Times, November 15, 2013)

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s CH-4.

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Foreign buyers eye Chinese drones
By Zhao Lei
Source – China Daily, published June 20, 2013

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A Wing Loong drone on display at Zhuhai Airshow last year. Phot by Liang Xu / Xinhua

Technological advances have made unmanned vehicle an attractive deal

At least five countries are negotiating with China on buying its domestically developed Wing Loong drone.

“Wing Loong is quite competitive in the international market and we have delivered it to up to three clients,” Ma Zhiping, general manager of China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corp, said at the 50th International Paris Air Show.

Ma’s company is the biggest exporter of aviation defense products in China and has a strong presence in the military aircraft market. It belongs to Aviation Industry Corp of China, the country’s leading aircraft manufacturer.

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Filed under: Aviation, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Daily, China Dream, Chinese Model, Domestic Growth, Economics, Government & Policy, Hard Power, Ideology, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, military, Peaceful Development, Public Diplomacy, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Technology, The Chinese Identity

Redefining relations [China Daily] #RisingChina #XiObamaSummit #TransPacificCooperation

The vast Pacific Ocean has enough space to accommodate the two big nations of China and the US,” Xi Jinping said before the meeting.

Trans-Pacific cooperation seems the end game for Xi in this informal game of leverage between two very important decision makers. Representing the hearts, hopes and aims of the China’s fourth rise, Xi the torchbearer can ill afford to come across as simply, amicable. That said…

Neither China nor the US wants confrontation… It’s especially notable that they pledged to improve military ties, the most sensitive issue that have occasionally strained relations” Ma Zhengang, deputy president of the China Public Diplomacy Association

However rhetoric remains verbal hot air till mutual understanding arrives…

“If we cannot understand each other, it can cause problems,” Yang Jiemian, president of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies

Bridging a communicative gap involves more than semantic and consensus. Understanding – addresses only part of the equation – what of subtext, meta messages, and perceptual tendencies and noise, just to name a few.

For more, see

– Shirtsleeves summit’ warms relations The Age, June 9, 2013

– President Xi Jinping visits three Latin American nations, meets Obama in U.S. Xinhua Special Coverage website.

Also, check out the China Daily infographic below to get a sense of China’s transpacific posturing intent.

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Redefining relations
By Zhe Zhe in Rancho Mirage, California, Chen Weihua in Washington, and Zhang Chunyan in London
Source – China Daily, published March 9, 2013

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President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama meet the media after their talk at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, on Friday. Photo by Lan Hongguang / Xinhua

China and the United States will increase comprehensive exchanges, as the countries commit to building a new type of power relationship, the presidents of the world’s two largest economies said on Friday.

After the first meeting of their two-day summit, President Xi Jinping and US counterpart, Barack Obama, stressed the importance of the countries’ ties in a globalized economy.

“I am confident of building a new type of relationship, as long as we are committed to it,” Xi said at the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, California.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Daily, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Economics, Finance, Government & Policy, Greater China, Hard Power, History, Ideology, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Media, military, Modernisation, Nationalism, New Leadership, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Soft Power, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Territorial Disputes, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Trade, U.S., Xi Jinping

Parents of teen vandal apologize after online rage [China Daily] #RisingChina #文明

Lessons along the road to 文明…

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Parents of teen vandal apologize after online rage
By Jin Haixing
Source – China Daily, published May 27, 2013

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Graffiti on the defaced Egyptian artifact says “Ding Jinhao was here”. Provided to China Daily.

The parents of a teen vandal from Jiangsu province have apologized to the public for the graffiti their son scratched on a stone sculpture in an ancient temple in Egypt, which triggered an online uproar as Internet users dubbed it a “loss of face” for all Chinese people.

A micro blogger found the Chinese characters carved on a cameo at the Luxor Temple, one of Egypt’s most renowned archaeological sites, in early May. The characters say “Ding Jinhao was here”.

The micro blog, posted on Friday night, triggered heated discussion online as the act of vandalism was condemned as being disrespectful to cultural relics.

Ding Jinhao’s parents, who live in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, apologized for his behavior on Saturday and asked for forgiveness from the public after angry Internet users discovered and revealed the identity of the young man, aged 14, a middle school student in Nanjing.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Daily, Chinese Model, Culture, Education, Egypt, History, Ideology, Influence, International Relations, Internet, Mapping Feelings, Media, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Social, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

A life by the wall [China Daily] #RisingChina #GreatWall #CrossPollination

Epic journey through decades that inspires – for myself, trekking along the Great Wall in an ‘interface’ with history is high up the agenda; but to even contemplate running the distance, wow. Kneecaps and joints of steel!

For more on William Lindesay’s work, go here or here.

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A life by the wall
By Mark Graham
Source – China Daily, published April 28, 2013

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William Lindesay walks on the grassland of Mongolia in search of a previously unknown section of the Great Wall. James Lindesay / for China Daily

Not even a Chinese knows the Great Wall of China as well as this British adventurer and writer. Mark Graham talks to the man who has spent much of his life exploring the whole length of mankind’s most ambitious building project.

When, as a schoolboy, William Lindesay announced grand plans to explore the Great Wall, nobody took him too seriously. But Lindesay achieved his goal – and much more – by running the length of it, spending four years of his life on the iconic structure and becoming one of the world’s foremost experts on its rich history.

More than a quarter of a century has passed since Lindesay’s solo run along the Great Wall, an epic journey from the far west of China to the point where the structure meets the sea, and to mark the occasion, he has released a new book, The Great Wall Explained, with a series of stunning photographs and fascinating essays.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Daily, Communications, Culture, Environment, Government & Policy, Great Wall, History, Influence, Infrastructure, Peaceful Development, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

Sliding to safety [China Daily] #RisingChina #HighRiseSafety #Fire #EvacuationSlide

Genius!

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Sliding to safety
By Wu Ni
Source – China Daily, published April 25, 2013

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Photo: China Daily

Retired Shanghai machinist Zhou Miaorong demonstrates his invention of a rapid evacuation slide that makes escaping a burning high-rise safer and faster. [Photo by Wu Ni/China Daily]

A retired machinist has invented a slide that will allow people living in high-rises a faster, safer way to escape from a burning building. Wu Ni reports from Shanghai.

Zhou Miaorong, a retired Shanghai machinist, has invented a rapid evacuation slide that will make escaping a burning high-rise safer and faster.

During a fire, residents in a tall building can lie in the chute and slide to the building’s exit at a much faster speed than walking down, Zhou says.

“It needs only two to three seconds to slide down one story,” says the 70-year-old inventor.

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Filed under: China Daily, China Dream, Chinese Model, Culture, Disaster, Domestic Growth, Environment, Infrastructure, People, Population, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Social, Technology, The Chinese Identity

Shanghai starts culling fowl [China Daily] #China #BirdFlu2013

Not leaving it to chance. The Chinese act decisively after promising transparency yesterday.

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Shanghai starts culling fowl
By YU RAN in Shanghai
Source – China Daily, published April 6, 2013

No sign seen of human-to-human transmission of H7N9 bird flu

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Technicians wearing protection suits begin to cull fowl early on Friday at a poultry wholesale market in the Songjiang district of Shanghai where the H7N9 bird flu virus was detected in pigeon samples. Photo by Liu Xin / For China Daily

All live poultry markets in Shanghai will be closed from Saturday after H7N9 bird flu virus was found in pigeon samples from a farm product market in the Songjiang district, the municipal government announced on Friday.

Early on Friday morning, 20,536 birds were slaughtered at the Huhuai wholesale market, where the infected pigeons were found the day before.

To date, the city has reported six cases of H7N9 bird flu, and four people have died from the virus. The other two, an adult and a 4-year-old boy, remain in a hospital.

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Filed under: Bird Flu, Charm Offensive, China Daily, Chinese Model, Communications, Disaster, Domestic Growth, Environment, Government & Policy, Health, Infrastructure, New Leadership, Population, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Resources

Female deputies set sights on their new role in NPC [China Daily] #China #Women

Another continuing feature of China’s rise… competent women to rival the men.

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Female deputies set sights on their new role in NPC
By Wu Jiao
Source – China Daily, published March 8, 2013

Wearing short hair and wrapped in an army suit, her face beaten by the sun, Wen Min expresses xher feminine side through her soft voice and dimples as she smiles.

But the 28-year-old from the country’s first female unit of the marine corps, who is also a well-known sniper, came to Beijing in March as a new national legislator.

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Liu Yang (second from left), China’s first female astronaut and an NPC deputy, joins four other military NPC deputies in a group interview on Thursday. [Peng Hongxia for China Daily]

While meeting reporters ahead of Women’s Day, Wen recalled her life back at the barracks.

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Xi Jinping urges to develop socialism with Chinese characteristics #China [Xinhua/China Daily]

State media sowing the seeds of the guiding ideology that will have Xi’s name on it. The long and short of it? No giant leap, but a continuation of winning a new victory for socialism with Chinese characteristics.

He told the Party members to keep in mind that the Party’s overall approach is to promote economic development tuned together with political, cultural, social, and ecological progress, and that its general task is to improve the people’s livelihoods, make the country more prosperous and achieve the great renewal of the Chinese nation. (Xinhua, November 19, 2012)

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Xi Jinping urges to develop socialism with Chinese characteristics
Xinhua
Source – China Daily, published November 19, 2012

BEIJING – Members of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee gathered on Saturday to study and exchange opinions on the spirit of the 18th CPC National Congress which concluded on November 14.

The meeting was presided over by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

In his speech at the meeting, Xi called for efforts to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics, as it is the theme of the report to the 18th CPC National Congress, which was delivered by Hu Jintao on November 8. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trees planted to form a barricade to pollution #China [China Daily]

China Daily: Adding on to the Green Wall of China, its longer-term plan to hold back the expansion of the Gobi desert. Slated to be 4500km long when completed in 2050, it currently progresses with a great ring of 13 million trees been planted over 138sq km  in Beijing’s bid to deal with pollution from industry to the north.

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Trees planted to form a barricade to pollution
By Zheng Xin
Source – China Daily, published November 8, 2012

Workers plant trees in the Caijiahe area of Beijing on Nov 1. Wang Jing / China Daily

More green plants are standing sentry on the outskirts of Beijing as authorities attempt to reduce pollution and make the city a more pleasant place to live.

By the end of October, more than 13 million trees had been planted over 138 sq km, mostly around the Sixth Ring Road.

The area was equal to more than 83 percent of the target the capital’s forestry bureau had set for the project this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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