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Rolling out the red carpet as Chinese tourism takes off #TheAge #China #Tourism #Australia

Australia continues to surf along to China’s rise. Apart from providing the physical and energy resources China needed as it powered through infrastructure mode, the Aussie education and tourism sectors now benefit directly from China’s booming middle class. Australia offers a stable environment not too far a flight away; with fresh air and healthy produce in abundance.

The experience here also helps expand their world view. The first culture shock that crossing the road isn’t a matter of life and death is a powerful worldview changer. Exposure to fresh organic produce make many lament on the reliability of agricultural produce back home. That tourism here offers a level of service even the most elite would could not get access to back home, offers strong lessons too.

From this vantage point, this scenario will continue to grow with great momentum. Keeping growth at a manageable pace with the Australian environment is the next challenge.

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Rolling out the red carpet as Chinese tourism takes off
By Philip Wen and Matt O’Sullivan
Source – The Age, published January 26, 2013

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics.

XIONG LAN grew up poor in post-cultural revolution China atop the vast Tibetan Plateau in the country’s remote north-west.

Today, she is halfway through a remarkable 50-day sojourn around Australia, hoping to take in the best Australia’s east coast has to offer.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Having crossed Sydney, regional New South Wales and Canberra off her list, she is boarding a tour bus headed for the Great Ocean Road on Victoria’s surf coast.

”The architecture of the buildings in Sydney and Melbourne are like works of art,” enthuses Xiong, who owns a business in Qinghai province’s largest city, Xining.

”And what they say about Australia is true, it really has natural beauty.”

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A group of Chinese tourists travel on a bus tour of the Great Ocean Road. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones

While Qinghai, like the rest of China, has made huge economic strides since opening up its economy, it is disadvantaged by its geographic isolation and remains one of the poorest provinces in China. Until recently, it may still have been rare for ordinary Qinghai natives to undertake a holiday of this magnitude.

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Filed under: Australia, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Chinese New Year, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Environment, Influence, Lifestyle, Peaceful Development, People, Public Diplomacy, Social, Strategy, The Age, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

CPPCC: ‘Steady and robust’ economic development [China Daily]

Chairman of the CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference 中国人民政治协商会议) Jia Qinglin (see his C.V. here) in his capacity as top political advisor: “We will concentrate our energies on stimulating steady and robust economic development and promoting social harmony and stability.” Scientific development seems to head the list of Jia’s priorities during the annual session of the National Committee of the CPPCC.

At the other end the implicit ‘…focus on promoting social harmony and stability in 2012 by contributing wise and innovative social administration’ suggest a continued affirmation to work on social equilibrium.

It remains to be seen if it can stem the tide of the growing prominence of internal social unrest with deep-rooted problems such as irreversible social decay due to the urban/rural hukou divide, corruption and the growing pains of a central authority continuing to learn to open up.

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‘Steady and robust’ economic development
By Lan Lan and He Dan
Source – China Daily, published March 4, 2012

Source – China Daily

Source - China Daily

Source - China Daily

BEIJING – China’s top political adviser Jia Qinglin highlighted real economy and a “steady and robust” economic development in a work report delivered on Saturday.

“We will concentrate our energies on stimulating steady and robust economic development and promoting social harmony and stability,” Jia said in a work report at the opening meeting of the annual session of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

The nation’s top political advisery body will coordinate with democratic parties and other organizations in making proposals and suggestions on a slew of economic issues, ranging from expanding domestic consumption to raising the levels of opening up, Jia said. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Daily, Chinese New Year, Communications, Democracy, Domestic Growth, Economics, Government & Policy, Human Rights, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Nationalism, Peaceful Development, Politics, Reform, Social, Strategy, The Chinese Identity

Toeing the line [The Age]

A focus on the overseas Chinese as vehicles of Chinese public diplomacy: ‘Australia is home to an astonishing array of locally run Chinese-language media, as well as a seemingly endless stream of content direct from China. Imported People’s Republic of China (PRC) media is gaining penetration and the locally generated content is increasingly converging with it.’ This article highlights that the ethnic Chinese population in Australia tripled to 670,000 tripled in the 20 years to 2006 and how Chinese-language media in Australia is becoming increasingly pro-PRC

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Toeing the line
John Garnaut
Source – The Age, published April 13, 2011

Unidentified men surround a foreign journalist in a Beijing shopping street in February in the aftermath of calls for a jasmine protest, organised through the internet. Photo - The Age

ON FEBRUARY 19, a Chinese-language news portal, the American-registered Boxun, published an anonymous letter calling for protesters to gather in 12 Chinese cities to join the ”jasmine revolution” protests sweeping the Middle East. That website has hardly functioned since.

”Two hours after we published that letter, we received a very serious ‘denial of service’ cyber attack,” says the proprietor of Boxun, who goes by the pen name Wei Shi.

”It’s still happening,” says Wei. ”We have no evidence on who is behind it, but I was told it was by the national security section of the Ministry of Public Security.” Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Chinese New Year, Communications, Culture, Human Rights, Influence, International Relations, Internet, Jasmine Revolution, Media, Nationalism, People, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

Can you really teach goldfish to do synchronised swimming? [Guardian]

Got wind from this from an old friend’s post on Facebook, thanks Jin San. This report has a vital flaw however, as the video link provided was a video posted on youtube of a Japanese variety program and not the Chinese Lunar New Year Opening Gala this year. Nevertheless, the video posted revealed a few useful things – two comments on the youtube link provided in this article provides an insight…

If it was done by magnets, wouldn’t the magnets in the fish try to stick to the magnet under the table, making them drag along the bottom of the tank? They don’t look like they are sliding on the bottom of the tank. not2dayshaq

And a contrasting view – I think magnets too on race tracks underneath, the lines the fish follow are really perfect and the speed of travel is so steady and every time they make a sharp turn you can see them brace themselves and try to cope with the fact that their body has been forceably turned. interuniversal321

I’ve had a look at the real video (see below – and am inclined to say the goldfish look sufficiently distressed). Have a look at the actual video here and form your own opinion –

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Can you really teach goldfish to do synchronised swimming?
A recent glimpse of formation goldfish on Chinese TV has outraged animal rights activists who suspect it’s all done with magnets
Tom Meltzer
Source – Guardian, published February 16, 2011

Magician Fu Yandong directs goldfish during a New Year’s Eve television show in Beijing. Photograph: AP

Of their own volition, in perfect unison, six goldfish line up in a military formation and swim laps around a tank of water. This was the spectacle that greeted and astonished hundreds of millions of viewers at the opening gala of China‘s lunar new year festival earlier this month. Animal rights activists were less amazed.

Convinced that the trick must rely on magnets in the fish’s stomachs, a coalition of 53 groups sent a letter to Chinese broadcaster CCTV asking them to prevent magician Fu Yandong performing it again at tonight’s closing ceremony. Fu has denied the accusation of animal cruelty, telling one news programme: “If I used magnets, the fish would stick together.” So how does he do it?

At Davenports Magic, the world’s oldest family-run magic shop, proprietor Betty Davenport is perplexed. “I’ve been buying and selling magic since 1948. I know most of the tricks, including how they’re done. I have not heard of that one. There’s no magic that I know of that is similar to that at all.” Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing OIympics, Chinese New Year, Communications, Culture, Influence, Lifestyle, Media, Social, Video

UN chief sends new year’s message to Chinese [China Daily]

Happy New Year to all Chinese people around the world! The Chinese officially begin to welcome the new start to the Lunar Year with the the ‘rabbit’ in ascendance. Am watching the popular annual CCTV Spring Festival festivities on TV and found it re-assuring that its opening theme was one focused on ‘going home’ to see the parents; quintessential Chineseness.

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UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday sent a message to the Chinese people to wish them happy new year as the traditional Chinese Spring Festival is around the corner.

The message, written by the UN secretary-general in English, reads: “I extend my warmest wishes to the people of China on the occasion of the Year of the Rabbit. I wish them increased prosperity and well-being in the year to come as we continue to work together for global peace and sustainable development.”

The message was given to Xinhua on Tuesday while the secretary- general was in Ethiopia.

The Spring Festival, or China’s Lunar New Year which falls on Thursday this year, is China’s most important annual event for family reunions.

Filed under: China Daily, Chinese Model, Chinese New Year, Chinese overseas, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Influence, Lifestyle, Nationalism, People, Population, Public Diplomacy, Social

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