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An East/West pulse of China's fourth rise from down under.

China unveils a new round of electric car subsidies [BBC] #RisingChina #ElectricCar

Those who have set foot in China in recent years will know: it can be difficult to spot a motorcycle run on gasoline. Across the cities, there are >120m electric-bikes zipping around in numbers.

Electric car sales in China are currently miniscule, said Jeff Schuster, an industry analyst with LMC Automotive. Out of 18 million passenger vehicles sold in China last year, just 22,000 were plug-ins. That number is expected to grow to 60,000 next year, however. CNN August 2013

Can they pull off the same with cars? … perhaps Tesla Motors can stimulate this shift with the nifty Model S.

Also, see New-energy vehicle policy shifts gears in the China Daily (September18, 2013)

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China unveils a new round of electric car subsidies
Source – BBC, published September 18, 2013

China has unveiled a new round of subsidies for fuel-efficient vehicles in a bid to combat rising air pollution in its major cities.

The government will provide up to 60,000 yuan (£6,160; $9,800) to buyers of all-electric, “near all-electric” and hydrogen vehicles until 2015.

The policy is expected to boost Chinese automakers such as as BYD, which makes electric cars and batteries.

However, the programme does not include gasoline-electric hybrid cars.

Please click here to read the entire article at the BBC online.
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Filed under: Automotive, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Dream, Chinese Model, Climate Change, Culture, Domestic Growth, Environment, Government & Policy, Ideology, Influence, Modernisation, Peacekeeping, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Resources, Strategy, Technology, The Chinese Identity, Trade, Transport

Challenge China to Free Tibetans [Wall Street Journal] #RisingChina #Tibet

Truth or dare? For more on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, go here.

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Challenge China to Free Tibet
Xi Jinping needs to hear that religious freedom is the only way to stop self-immolations.
By Elliott Abrams and Azizah Al-Hibri
Source – Wall Street Journal, published April 21, 2013

When Kal Kyi, a 30-year-old mother of four, set herself on fire in March to protest Chinese repression of Tibet, she joined a grim and growing fellowship of despair. Over the past four years, 112 Tibetans have immolated themselves in protest against Chinese oppression.

Tibet is burning, and the world community, including the U.S., must speak out. China’s new president, Xi Jinping, and the rest of its leadership must be persuaded that its interests lie with respecting human rights, particularly freedom of religion, and to restart discussions with Tibet’s exiled leader, the Dalai Lama.

Unfortunately, persuading Beijing is no simple task. China’s rulers have dug in their heels on Tibet as self-immolations continue to mount. They have expanded repressive measures while accusing foreign forces of fueling Tibetan grievances.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Censorship, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Democracy, Domestic Growth, Education, Government & Policy, Human Rights, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, Modernisation, New Leadership, Peaceful Development, Peacekeeping, Politics, Population, Public Diplomacy, Random, Religion, Social, Soft Power, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Territorial Disputes, Tibet, Wall Street Journal, Xi Jinping, , ,

China backs Egypt mediation #China [Global Times]

Global Times: The Chinese are concerned about the Gaza Strip. With new helmsmen, how will China see its independent foreign policy of peace and non-intervention unfold?

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China backs Egypt mediation
by Hao Zhou
Source – Global Times, published November 22, 2012

Israeli police gather after a blast ripped through a bus near the defense ministry in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. At least 21 people were injured, in what an official said was “a terrorist attack.” Text – Global Times, Photo: AFP, 2012

China supports mediation efforts made by Egypt and other Arab nations as well as the League of Arab States (LAS) to ease the current tensions in Gaza, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Wednesday.

“China is paying great attention to the situation in the Gaza Strip,” Hua told reporters.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr over the phone about the situation there, expressing China’s support for Egypt and other Arab states as well as the LAS, she said. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Africa, Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Disaster, Egypt, Foreign aid, global times, Government & Policy, Influence, International Relations, Modernisation, Peacekeeping, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Territorial Disputes, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, , , , , , , , ,

Global Counterterrorism Forum: Nations to battle terrorism [China Daily]

“We should step up counterterrorism cooperation and dialogue on the basis of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and coordination,” Yang Jiechi – reminding world leaders how it’s simple (repeating the party stance) – scratch each other’s backs as equals; and that without development, everything comes to naught.

For Hillary Clinton’s remarks, go here. 

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Nations to battle terrorism
By Zhang Yuwei
Source – China Daily, published September 23, 2011

NEW YORK – The Global Counterterrorism Forum, a new multilateral counterterrorism body that include China, India, Russia, the United States and the European Union, was formally launched on Thursday in New York.

The forum, currently co-chaired by the US and Turkey, is a major initiative within the Obama administration to build international support in dealing with terrorism and build global political will.

Forum members are expected to announce at least $60 million in support of counterterrorism efforts. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, China Daily, Chinese Model, Chinese overseas, Culture, Environment, Foreign aid, Greater China, Influence, International Relations, Mapping Feelings, military, Modernisation, Peacekeeping, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

‘China heroes don’t get Nobel’ [Straits Times/AFP]

‘ If you are Chinese, all you need to do is to do something strange against China and then you are very likely to be nominated…’ Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Fu Ying. I am inclined to agree that most Chinese in-the-know now feel this way. The semantic weapons continue to be thrown back and forth, and the net result I think will not be favourable for anyone. If anything, this is a potent nationalistic dividing line – do any of us truly want that? More division? She adds “that ‘the Chinese character for peace is composed of two parts, one is rice and the other side is a mouth… Throughout history we believe that if every mouth is fed, there’s peace on earth.”

Do we have room to accommodate another worldview before it becomes an unavoidable decision?

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‘China heroes don’t get Nobel’
Source – Straits Times, published October 18, 2010

MARRAKECH (Morocco) – CHINESE Vice-Foreign Minister Fu Ying called Nobel Peace Prize laureat Liu Xiaobo a ‘strange’ person and asked on Sunday why ‘heroes’ who helped resolve Chinese problems were not nominated.

‘The Nobel Peace Prize committee was always naming strange people from China,’ Ms Fu told the World Policy Conference in Marrakech, in what might also be a reference to the Dalai Lama, who won in 1989.

‘If you are Chinese, all you need to do is to do something strange against China and then you are very likely to be nominated,’ she added before asking why someone ‘who said China should be divided into seven parts’ won the award. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: AFP, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Influence, International Relations, Media, Nationalism, Nobel Peace Prize, Peacekeeping, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, Strategy

China Slams Pentagon Report [Newsy.com]

From Newsy.com – a multi-source video analysis website which in my mind is a good idea –

‘The U.S. Defense Department’s annual report on China’s military has drawn fire from Chinese officials, who say the Pentagon report exaggerates China’s military power and downplays its more peaceful intentions.’ Here, they juxtapose reports from Fox News, CNN, Xinhua, Global Times and CCTV to provide a more holistic framework to assess the Pentagon Report. I was surprised to hear of the size of China’s peacekeeping forces is the largest (and also in the video) in the UNSC’s ‘nuclear-armed’ group of five permanent members.

** Having some problems embedding the video and am seeking to get it fixed. In the meantime – access the video story directly here – http://www.newsy.com/videos/china-slams-pentagon-report/ (Posted August 19, 2010)

Multisource political news, world news, and entertainment news analysis by Newsy.com

Filed under: Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Greater China, Influence, International Relations, military, Nationalism, Newsy.com, Peacekeeping, Politics, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity

UK, China to deepen cooperation on UN peacekeeping missions: British Foreign Secretary [CCTV]

UK, China to deepen cooperation on UN peacekeeping missions: British Foreign Secretary
Source – CCTV English, 16 March 2010

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has called for the UK and China to deepen cooperation on UN peacekeeping missions. He made the remarks during a visit to a Chinese peacekeeping training center outside Beijing.

Miliband visited a Peacekeeping training center on the first day of his three-day visit to China, to boost ties and cooperation. He hailed China’s contribution to the world’s peacekeeping missions.

Britain has donated course materials, communication equipment and built a Self-Access Center for English Language Learning at the training center.

Miliband said he was delighted that the British government’s contributions helped the Chinese peacekeepers make a difference during their missions.

Miliband said, “I think it’s very important that we have a strategic relationship with China. That means being clear about the necessity of cooperation, the importance of two UN Security Council members working closely together, not hiding the areas where we disagree but not allowing them to obscure the areas where we can do important joint work together. And the sort of cooperation that you’re seeing at this police training center is precisely the sort of cooperation that the world needs.”

China has sent almost 600 peacekeepers around the globe, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, East Timor and Sudan.

The UK has been a staunch supporter of China sending personnel on UN missions since 2007, through the Peacekeeping English Project. Its overall aim is ” to reduce, resolve and prevent conflict worldwide through improved English language communication.”

Filed under: CCTV, International Relations, Peacekeeping, U.K.

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