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East Meets West: An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu [bsix12.com] #RisingChina #Representation

Germany meets China from the eyes of one born in China and living in Germany since the age of 14.

Read an interview dated November 13, 2007 with Yang Liu here.

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East Meets West: An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu
Submitted by Rainer Falle
Source – bsix12.com published – [not dated]

The artist and visual designer Yang Liu was born in China and lives in Germany since she was 14. By growing up in two very different places with very different traditions she was able to experience the differences between the two cultures first-hand.

Drawing from her own experience Yang Liu created minimalistic visualizations using simple symbols and shapes to convey just how different the two cultures are. The blue side represents Germany (or western culture) and the red side China (or eastern culture):

Lifestyle: Independent vs. dependent
Lifestyle: Independent vs. dependent

Attitude towards punctuality
Attitude towards punctuality

At a party
At a party

Please click here to read the rest of the article and inforgraphics at bsix12.com online.

Filed under: Advertising, Art, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Collectivism, Culture, Education, Environment, Ethnicity, Germany, Ideology, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Media, Population, Public Diplomacy, Resources, Social, Soft Power, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

When it comes to China, which side is Germany on? [Guardian] #RisingChina #Germany

China and Germany teach each other lessons on contemporary influence without brandishing hard power.

On the ground, however – In a 25-country poll by the BBC (44-page PDF) published in May 2013, German opinion on China was 13% positive vs 67% negative in 2013, a marked drop – from 42% positive vs 47% negative in 2012.

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When it comes to China, which side is Germany on?
Berlin’s ‘special relationship’ with Beijing means it is not keen for the EU to start a commercial war with the Asian giant
Source – The Guardian, published September 12, 2013

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Angela Merkel is escorted by President Xi Jinping of China after their meeting at the G20 summit this month. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

A long-running dispute between the EU and China over the prosaic, but economically significant, matter of solar panels has thrown up a fundamental question: which side is Germany on? The trade war concerned billions of pounds of Chinese panels that Europe suspected were being heavily subsidised and then “dumped” on the European market. Germany led the opposition to taking punitive action against the Chinese.

“What is certain is that the Germans have taken up almost word for word the rhetoric of the Chinese trade ministry,” said a European diplomat from one of the countries in favour of imposing sanctions on China.

There’s a paradox at play here: it is German manufacturers who wanted the European commission to look into the solar panel issue. But for the German leadership there are bigger matters to consider, not least the country’s burgeoning “special relationship” with the Asian powerhouse.

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Filed under: Automotive, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Education, Ethnicity, Germany, Government & Policy, High Speed Rail, Ideology, Influence, Intellectual Property, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Modernisation, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Resources, Soft Power, Solar, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Technology, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Trade, Transport

You Get What You Pay For’: The Hidden Price of Food from China [Spiegel Online] #China #Food

The sleeper has to awake on this one.

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‘You Get What You Pay For’: The Hidden Price of Food from China
By SPIEGEL Staff: SUSANNE AMANN, CHARLOTTE HAUNHORST, UDO LUDWIG, MAXIMILIAN POPP, SANDRA SCHULZ, ANDREAS ULRICH AND BERNHARD ZAND
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
Source – Der Spiegel, published October 17, 2012

In recent years, China has become a major food supplier to Europe. But the low-cost goods are grown in an environment rife with pesticides and antibiotics, disproportionately cited for contamination and subject to an inspection regime full of holes. A recent norovirus outbreak in Germany has only heightened worries.

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Qufu, the city in China’s southwestern Shandong Province where Confucius was born, isn’t exactly an attractive place. But its fields are as good as gold. A few weeks ago, a shipment of strawberries left those fields bound for Germany.

The air above the cities of the Chinese heartland is blackened with smog, as trucks barrel along freshly paved roads carrying loads of coal from the mines or iron girders from the region’s smelters. Fields stretch to the horizon, producing food to feed the world’s most populous country.
The chili pepper and cotton harvests have just ended, the rice harvest begins in two weeks, and garlic will be ready in April. Thousands of female farm workers are kneeling in the fields planting the next crop of a particularly profitable plant in the international food business.

“Garlic is eaten everywhere,” says Wu Xiuqin, 30, the sales director at an agricultural business called “Success.” “We sell garlic all over the world, and increasingly to Germany.” The going price of a ton of white garlic is currently $1,200 (€920). The Germans, says Wu, insist on “pure white” product, and they want the garlic individually packaged.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Corruption, Domestic Growth, Economics, Food, Germany, Government & Policy, Health, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Modernisation, Peaceful Development, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Soft Power, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Trade

Int’l shortage sees Chinese nurses in high demand [Global Times] #China #Health #CharmOffensive

Chinese nurses as a next phase in the Chinese public diplomacy toolbox as global interdependence increases.

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Int’l shortage sees Chinese nurses in high demand
By Lin Meilian
Source – Global Times, published February 25, 2012

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Source – Global Times An instructor inspects nurses’ outfits during a training session at a training base of the PLA General Hospital in Beijing. Photo: CFP

In the near future, maybe as soon as September, elderly people in Germany will be treated by the first batch of foreign nurses sent from China, greeting them in German with a Chinese accent.

German labor authorities and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce signed an agreement at the end of last year to send about 150 Chinese nurses to work in German care homes, aiming to help plug a shortfall of medical personnel in the country.

“It is an exception to our usual recruitment as our partner in such a specific field this time, China, is not a European country,” said Beate Raabe, press officer of the Federal Employment Agency, the largest service provider in the German labor market.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Chinese overseas, Economics, Education, Germany, Health, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Migrant Workers, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

EU polysilicon probe sparks ‘trade war’ #solartradewars [Global Times]

Global Times: on the paradox of economic interdependence.

Solar power is great. I recently completed setting up a portable 100w solar rig at home and in some ways I understand what the fuss over the polysilicon in question.

Solar power is fundamentally about efficiency and making whatever light count. And this is something China does not have in large amounts itself. It has to import these materials from overseas – so sometimes it is funny when one blames ‘made in China’ without also thinking about ‘with materials from…’?

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EU polysilicon probe sparks ‘trade war’
by Cong Mu
Source – Global Times, published November 2, 2012

Source – Global Times, 2012

China initiated an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into EU-made solar energy material products Thursday, in response to a European probe into Chinese solar panels dating back to September.

A Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) press release showed that complaints had been received from a number of companies, including Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon Technology Development, LDK Solar, Luoyang Sino-Silicon and Daqo New Energy, on September 17. These complaints requested an assessment of the negative impact they had suffered from solar-grade polysilicon products made in and imported from the EU, the ministry’s Bureau of Fair Trade announced.

The Chinese companies also requested that the investigation into the EU be combined with previous anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into US and South Korean polysilicons. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Domestic Growth, Economics, Environment, Europe, European Union, Germany, global times, Green China, Influence, Infrastructure, International Relations, Nationalism, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Trade, , , , , , , ,

German city Dusseldorf forges closer ties with China [Xinhua]

Sin0-German relations first establised in Qing China in 1861 has seen many ups and downs, from carving out spheres of influence in the last pages of imperial China invading Qingdao to carving out the Jiaozhou Bay colony. Today, Germany is China’s biggest trading partner in Europe with trade volume in excess of US$100b annually. China’s soft power base continues to grow with the strategy of economic interdependence. For photos, go here (site is in German). 

‘Dusseldorf is home to more than 2,000 Chinese with above 300 China-funded businesses, such as Minmetals, Huawei and ZTE.’

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German city Dusseldorf forges closer ties with China
Editor: Tang Danlu
Source – Xinhua, published September 17, 2011

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — The western German city of Dusseldorf held its first-ever China Festival on Saturday right in front of the city hall, aiming to forge closer ties with China as it is a key destination for Chinese investment in Germany.

The festival, featuring kung fu shows, food tasting and booths for Chinese businesses in Germany, served to both entertain the public and facilitate business talks in the city, which is center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region, a densely-populated industrial hub in Germany.

Dirk Elbers, mayor of Dusseldorf, said residents in the city have shown more interest in Chinese culture as more people take note of the huge potential of China with its growing economy. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Domestic Growth, Economics, European Union, Finance, Germany, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Trade, xinhua

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

$8.7b deals inked in Germany [China Daily/Xinhua]

China may still find it difficult to present itself in a positive light on the global scale in what has been a U.S. dominated global headspace. But, it certainly has gone to great lengths to work on very targeted public diplomacy. This is one that shows some considerable foresight to ramp up relations and partnership starting from the Germany weeks in Nanijing culminating to the Shanghai World Expo. Certainly it looks like a lot of cross-pollination – of ideas, between officials and staff, volunteers and the public. For more on the Germany and China Moving Ahead Together program, go to the official site here (in German and Chinese). And here for coverage from the Land of Ideas website.

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$8.7b deals inked in Germany
Xinhua
Source – China Daily, published January 09, 2011

Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang and German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle during the signing of contracts between Chinese companies and their German counterparts in Berlin, Friday. Photo - Xinhua

Berlin – China and Germany inked $8.7 billion worth of business deals on Friday during Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Germany.

Li was accompanied by some 120 Chinese business leaders on his current visit. The two sides signed 11 agreements and commercial contracts worth some $8.7 billion, covering such fields as automobile purchase, financial cooperation, energy and machinery.

Earlier on Friday, Li met with German President Christian Wulff and then held talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Li praised the success of bilateral relations last year, especially the huge bilateral trade volume, which accounted for nearly one-third of that between China and the whole of the European Union.

The two countries, with extensive consensus, helped each other in tackling the international financial crisis, which proved that China and Germany can be “reliable partners”, Li said. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Culture, Economics, Education, Environment, Germany, Green China, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Media, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, xinhua

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