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I’m a lousy singer says Brit who wowed China with Communist songs [Telegraph] #RisingChina #ChinasGotTalent

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Welsh educator makes headlines singing with a touch of cross-cultural humor!

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I’m a lousy singer says Brit who wowed China with Communist songs
When British-born Iain Inglis auditioned for China’s Got Talent he thought he wouldn’t get anywhere. Little did he know that he would end up as a household name.
By Elizabeth Roberts5:05PM BST 08 Apr 2013m
Source – Telegraph, published April 8, 2013

The British expat who became a TV sensation in China after belting out Communist songs on a show watched by millions says he succeeded despite being “one of the world’s worst singers”.

In his first extended interview, Iain Inglis said he was “bemused” by the global attention he received after dressing in military uniform and performing a medley on China’s Got Talent.

“I thought I would get knocked out and be home in time for tea,” he admitted.

Instead, he won the hearts of the nation, reached the semi final and made headlines around the world.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Domestic Growth, Entertainment, Influence, Mapping Feelings, Nationalism, Peaceful Development, People, Population, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, Telegraph UK, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

‘The Kate effect’: China in grip of first lady fever as Peng steps out [The Age] #China #softpower]

Whatever term one uses, it is simply soft power, Chinese style.

China has a recent history of esteemed First Ladies captured widely in popular culture for years. If she can ignite the imagination of the the women around Greater China the that would boost the Chinese sphere of influence greatly. Their consensus would have mean a more finely tuned Chinese model for growth down this new period.

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‘The Kate effect’: China in grip of first lady fever as Peng steps out
Malcolm Moore in Beijing for the Daily Telegraph
Source – The Age, published March 25, 2013

China’s new president flew out of Moscow on Sunday pronouncing himself “deeply satisfied” with his first official trip overseas. But back home, the only topic of conversation was his elegant wife.
Footage of Peng Liyuan, 49, triggered first lady fever in the Chinese media and on the internet.
Mrs Peng, a Chinese folk singer and major-general in the Chinese army who sings for the People’s Liberation Army, is arguably just as famous in China as her husband, Xi Jinping, who was inaugurated as president two weeks ago.

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“Graceful”: Peng Liyuan. Photo: AFP

“Now is the end of our quest for a graceful first lady,” wrote the deputy editor of the Hong Kong Commercial Daily newspaper on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.

Yesterday, the Beijing News ran a full page of stories about Mrs Peng’s itinerary in Moscow, alongside a photograph of her arriving at a speech dressed in an elegant Chinese-style silk tunic and skirt.

“In her role as first lady on this visit abroad, Peng Liyuan is exhibiting China’s soft power,” Wang Fan, head of the Institute of International Relations at China Foreign Affairs University, told the newspaper. The footage of her in Moscow quickly caused something akin to the “Kate Middleton effect”, with copies of a black coat she wore instantly appearing on Taobao, an online shopping site, for 499 yuan ($76.76), and advertised as “in the same style as the first lady’s”.

“Her shoes are really classic, and who designed her bag?” wrote another user on Weibo. In fact, a black leather clutch she carried was made to order by a Chinese firm in the south-western city of Chengdu.

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Filed under: Australia, Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, Greater China, Influence, International Relations, Media, New Leadership, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Telegraph UK, The Age, The Chinese Identity, U.K.

Chinese erotic film star ‘Divine Bosom’ Peng Dan enters politics #China #Politics #Category3

Giant steps toward the democratization of access to power in China as old walls of gender divides dissipate?

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Chinese erotic film star enters politics
A former erotic movie star who fans call “The Divine Bosom” has launched herself into the stuffy world of Chinese politics, claiming sexiness is no obstacle to serving one’s country.
By Tom Phillips
Source – The Telegraph, published February 13, 2013

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Peng Dan – also known as Diana Pang – is a trained ballerina from the Chinese city of Changsha who found fame in Hong Kong performing in so-called “category three” movies.

Ms Peng’s decision to join the conservative and male-dominated world of Chinese politics has been raising eyebrows since January when it emerged she had become a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress (CPPCC) in the western province of Gansu.

The state-run Global Times questioned whether the presence of a woman known for “skin flicks” and her “hourglass figure” might transform Chinese politics into a “laughing stock”.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Culture, Democracy, Government & Policy, Influence, Mapping Feelings, Modernisation, People, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Social, Telegraph UK, The Chinese Identity

Shanghai shipping slump as IMF warns China on euro slump [Telegraph]

An attempt to force China’s hand or affirmation of just how intertwined we all are?

The IMF warns China that it is vulnerable to the “clear and present danger emanating from Europe” which would see Chinese growth halve to roughly 4% if the crisis escalates.

For the actual report by the IMF (prepared by the IMF Resident Representative Office in the PRC, go here.

It states:

‘A storm emanating from Europe would hit China hard
* China’s growth rate would drop abruptly if the Euro area experiences a sharp recession
* But China has room for a countervailing fiscal response, and should use that space
* Unlike 2009–10, any stimulus should be executed through the budget rather than the banking
system’

Further reading – do note that as of the morning of February 7th, China’s national broadsheets have not yet taken notice:

The IMF Issues A Chilling Warning About China’s Vulnerability To Europe (Business Insider, Feb 6, 2012)
Should such a tail risk of financial volatility emanating from Europe be realized, it would drag China’s growth lower. The channels of contagion would be felt mainly through trade, with knock-on effects to domestic demand.

China Risks 4-Point Growth-Rate Cut in Case of Europe Worsening: Economy (Bloomberg, Feb 6 2012)

China’s economic expansion would be cut almost in half if Europe’s debt crisis worsens, a scenario that would warrant “significant” fiscal stimulus from the nation’s government, the International Monetary Fund said.

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Shanghai shipping slump as IMF warns China on euro slump
Shanghai shipping volumes contracted sharply in January as Europe’s debt crisis curbed demand for Asian goods, stoking fresh doubts about the strength of the Chinese economy.
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Source – Telegraph, February 6, 2012

The shipping data came as the International Monetary Fund warned that China is vulnerable to the 'clear and present danger emanating from Europe'. Photo: ALAMY

The shipping specialist Lloyd’s List said container traffic through the Port of Shanghai – the world’s largest – fell by 100,000 boxes in January from a year earlier, or 4pc. Volumes fell by over one million tonnes.

The figures may have been distorted by China’s Lunar Year but there has been a relentless slide in the Shanghai transport data for months.

“China’s shipping markets face grievous challenges,” said the Shanghai International Shipping Institute. It acknowledged that the industry in the grip of downturn and likely to face a “worsening situation” in early 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Economics, European Union, Finance, Government & Policy, IMF, Influence, International Relations, Peaceful Development, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Telegraph UK, Trade

China’s former President Jiang Zemin makes rare public appearance [Telegraph]

Anniversary at the Great Hall of People: 100 years since the pivotal Xinhai Revolution (辛亥革命) which ended millennia of dynastic rule, third-generation leader 85-year-old Jiang Zemin makes rare public appearance to dispel rumours from Japan and Hong Kong he has passed on.

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China’s former President Jiang Zemin makes rare public appearance
Jiang Zemin, China’s former president attended celebrations commemoration the 100th anniversary of the revolution that overthrew the emperor, his first public appearance since rumours emerged that he had died.
Source – Telegraph, published October 9, 2011 

Chinese president Hu Jintao (L) and former president Jiang Zemin attend the Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution Photo: GETTY

Mr Jiang, 85, was seen sitting with other top Communist Party officials at a ceremony hosted by current President Hu Jintao in Beijing and broadcast live on state television. He looked frail and was once shown nodding off.

Rumours of Mr Jiang’s death began circulating in July after he failed to appear at a meeting celebrating the party’s 90th birthday.

They gathered momentum and culminated with Hong Kong and Japanese media saying his death had been confirmed.

The state-run Xinhua news agency was eventually forced to publish a rare denial, quoting “authoritative sources” as saying the reports were “pure rumour”. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Communications, Communist Party 90th Anniversary, Culture, Domestic Growth, History, Influence, Mapping Feelings, Nationalism, New Leadership, Politics, Public Diplomacy, Reform, Social, Soft Power, Telegraph UK, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Xinhai

The reactor that saves itself: safe nuclear does exist and China leads the way with thorium [The Age]

‘The liquid fuel idea was pioneered by US physicists at Oak Ridge National Lab in the 1960s, but the US has long since dropped the ball. Further evidence of Barack Obama’s “Sputnik moment”, you could say.’

Sputnik moment – I love the analogy.

The evidence – China research surge to dominate thorium nuclear technology (Climate Action Programme, Feb 16, 2011)‘China is accused of developing threatening nuclear energy, however development towards thorium nuclear indicates the nation’s move to a more ethical stance on the controversial energy form.’

And here’s a link to China’s Academy of Sciences.

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The reactor that saves itself: safe nuclear does exist and China leads the way with thorium
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
The Telegraph
Source – The Age, published March 23, 2011

A few weeks before the tsunami struck Fukushima’s uranium reactors and shattered public faith in nuclear power, China revealed that it was launching a rival technology to build a safer, cleaner, and ultimately cheaper network of reactors based on thorium.

This passed unnoticed –except by a small of band of thorium enthusiasts – but it may mark the passage of strategic leadership in energy policy from an inert and status-quo West to a rising technological power willing to break the mould.

If China’s dash for thorium power succeeds, it will vastly alter the global energy landscape and may avert a calamitous conflict over resources as Asia’s industrial revolutions clash head-on with the West’s entrenched consumption. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Disaster, Domestic Growth, Economics, Environment, Influence, Nationalism, Resources, Science, Soft Power, Technology, Telegraph UK, The Age

Chinese actors to cheer for North Korea during World Cup [Telegraph]

This article should put some perspective into China’s relationship with North Korea, it should provide additional scaffolding to analysing China’s reactions of North Korea allegedly sinking the South Korean warship Cheonan.

Mao Tsetung once said: ‘The Chinese and the North Korean are as close as lips and teeth’,” Nick Bonner, documentary maker on North Korea’s 1966 World Cup exploits.

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Chinese actors to cheer for North Korea during World Cup
Chinese actors and musicians are going to the World Cup to cheer for North Korea, after China itself failed to qualify for the tournament.
By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai
Source – The Telegraph, published May 13, 2010

Since virtually no one in North Korea can afford to travel to South Africa the North Korean Sports Committee has begun to give out tickets to Chinese fans Photo: EPA

The North Korean team has qualified for the World Cup for only the second time, and is hoping to replicate the surprise it sprang on the 1966 tournament in England when its team knocked out Italy and reached the quarter finals.

This time, however, the North Koreans have been drawn into a ‘group of death’ alongside Brazil, Portugal and the Ivory Coast, and the country’s leaders have appealed for support.

Since virtually no one in North Korea can afford to travel to South Africa, or obtain a visa, the Beijing office of the North Korean Sports Committee has begun to give out tickets to Chinese fans.

So far, a group of around 1,000 Chinese fans, including a group of actors and musicians who have been sent to cheer China in previous World Cup tournaments, will attend the games against Brazil and Portugal to cheer on their North Korean cousins, according to Xinhua, the government-run news agency.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Influence, International Relations, North Korea, Politics, Sinking of South Korean Warship Cheonan 2010, Telegraph UK

China has more millionaires than UK for the first time

Interesting. So China’s finally ‘overtaken’ one of its fiercest and most oppressive bullies, the UK (at least about two hundred years ago). Think Opium War, Macau, Hong Kong, the list is quite long. I wonder how the Chinese will feel about it. Some immense face-saving I imagine. It’s time to go ask the friends from China.

Quotable Quotes – “…Asia-Pacific will take the “lead in wealth growth, surpassing North America by 2013… spurred by increasing US consumer spending and the extension of the autonomy of the Chinese economy, already sparking a new increase in consumer demand

China has more millionaires than UK for the first time

China is home to more millionaires than the UK for the first time on record, according to the latest World Wealth Report.

Philip Aldrick

Source – Telegraphy UK, 24 Jun 2009

China has more millionaires than UK for the first time
China is home to more millionaires than the UK for the first time on record, according to the latest World Wealth Report.
By Philip Aldrick
Published: 5:14PM BST 24 Jun 2009

A collapse in the UK financial services industry, stock market and housing prices caused the number of British millionaires to plummet faster than in any other leading country last year. The number of dollar millionaires in the UK, based on assets excluding their primary residence, fell by 26.3pc to just 362,000. In China, the global recession and local stock market crash caused the number of millionaires to shrink by 12pc to 364,000.

According to the World Wealth Report, compiled by Merrill Lynch and Cap Gemini, Asia-Pacific will take the “lead in wealth growth, surpassing North America by 2013… spurred by increasing US consumer spending and the extension of the autonomy of the Chinese economy, already sparking a new increase in consumer demand”

China has been rising inexorably up the table, leapfrogging France in 2007. Only Germany, Japan and the US now have more millionaires. Brazil, too, has been making inroads. It jumped over Australia and Spain to reach 10th place among “high net worth individual” populations globally, with 131,000.

All of the top 10 countries for high net worth individuals saw a decline in millionaires. The total population fell by 14.9pc to 8.6m and their combined riches shrank by 19.5pc to $32.8 trillion (£20 trillion), wiping out two years of growth. Despite last year’s setback, the report predicts that “wealth [will] grow to $48.5 trillion by 2013, advancing by an annual rate of 8.1pc”.

The rich pulled out of stock markets and moved into cash in increasing numbers last year, the report showed. The proportion of cash-based holdings increased to 21pc of overall portfolios, up 7pc from 2006. “Last year was about preservation, not appreciation,” said Nick Tucker, of Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management.

For the first time in the 13 years the report has been compiled, the number of ultra-high net worth individuals, with assets of $30m or more once their homes were excluded, declined faster than simple millionaires. Their numbers fell 24.6pc to about 86,000.

Ed Merchant, head of UK financial services at Capgemini, added that “the uncertain economic times” provided great opportunities for “wealth management firms and advisers”.

Filed under: Economics, Telegraph UK

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