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China turns against official extravagance #BBC #China #Prohibition

BBC: China taking steps to turn against wilful and opulent use of public money.

“It is very normal to have a banquet with over 10 courses. Some have 15 to 20. I’ve seen one where there were so many dishes they had to be stacked three-high.” Shanghai’s Hotel Industry Association Huang Tiemin
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China turns against official extravagance
By John Sudworth
Source – BBC, published February 6, 2013

Source - BBC: Such was the extent of officials' spending on luxuries that the clampdown is said to have depressed share prices in high-end liquors.

Source – BBC: Such was the extent of officials’ spending on luxuries that the clampdown is said to have depressed share prices in high-end liquors.

Shanghai’s Hotel Industry Association is, you would think, naturally a conservative kind of organisation.

It represents more than 50 five-star hotels, which cater for the city’s rich and powerful elite.

The association’s president, Huang Tiemin, is himself a top hotelier and a card-carrying member of the Communist Party.

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Filed under: 52 Unacceptable Practices, BBC, Charm Offensive, ChinaUS Focus, Collectivism, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economist, Government & Policy, Influence, Mapping Feelings, New Leadership, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Social, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), The Chinese Identity

#China’s View of the New Type of Relations between Major Powers [China-US Focus]

China-US Focus: Can major power relations detach itself from the construct of the zero sum game? Dr. Chen Xulong, Director of the Department of International and Strategic Studies at the Beijing-based China Institute of International Studies talks about a new type of relations where a common destiny becomes the driving narrative. That said, the oft said most important bilateral ties in the world are hardly simply bilteral ties. They are hardly insular to just the themselves. With their corresponding spheres of influence and proxy actors clashing too, perhaps a much broader view is necessary.

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China’s View of the New Type of Relations between Major Powers
by Chen Xulong
Source – China-US Focus, published October 15, 2012

China’s view of “a new type of relations between major powers” has drawn much attention in the world, especially from people interested in the China-US relationship. A good understanding of this concept is necessary.

China’s Exploration of the “New Type of Relations between Major Countries”
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Chinese leaders have been exploring the way towards a better and more stable China-US relationship. Their exploration is based on the understanding of the importance of the bilateral relationship. The China-US relationship is a bilateral relationship of great importance, vitality and potentiality in the world, and is also highly representative of a rising power and an existing dominant power. The past history of China-US relations has showed us that China and the US both gain from peaceful coexistence, and will lose from confrontations, that the mutual interest serves as the bedrock of cooperation, and that China-US cooperation is conducive to stability in the Asia-Pacific region as well as peace and development in the world.

The Chinese leaders’ exploration is also based on the understanding of the characteristics of this age and the developing trend of the world. They have realized that peace, development and cooperation are irreversible trends of the times. With the development of multilateralization, globalization and informatization, all the countries share a more common destiny with mutual dependency and intertwined interests. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, ChinaUS Focus, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Government & Policy, Influence, International Relations, New Leadership, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Territorial Disputes, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, U.S., , , , , , , , ,

Egypt and China: the Difference is Leadership and Economic Results [ChinaUSFocus.com]

With reference to the Jasmine Revolution that is reshaping the Middle East, here is another poignant piece on why an Egypt will not occur in China. It focuses by identifying the two key issues that led to the downfall of the Mubarak regime – leadership and money;  a common thread that seems to be cascading throughout the Middle East.

For more, check out these earlier postings – Call me if there’s a revolution (Al Jazeera, February 21, 2011) and Change of Political Weather (Straits Times, February 18, 2011)

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Egypt and China: the Difference is Leadership and Economic Results
Fred S. Teng
Political & Social Development
Source – ChinaUSFocus, published February 25, 2011

The recent eruption of protests and violence in Egypt and the resignation of its President, Hosni Mubarak, lead some pundits to predict that the same movement will happen in China. However, China’s circumstances are entirely different and a similar outcome is unlikely.

Along with India and Greece, Egypt and China are two of the oldest civilizations in the world. However, both the Arab Republic of Egypt and the People’s Republic of China only established their current governments about 60 years ago. How did these two governments conduct their affairs? Why are the events that caused the collapse of the Mubarak regime not likely to happen in China?

The main issues that surrounded the downfall of the Mubarak regime appear to be the leadership and the economy. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, ChinaUS Focus, Chinese Model, Corruption, Democracy, Domestic Growth, Economics, Influence, International Relations, Jasmine Revolution, Mapping Feelings, National Medium- and Long- term Talent Development Plan, New Leadership, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, U.S.

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