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** Your view: China in the next decade – rise, decline or stagnate? [ July 15-31,2013 ]

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Don’t exaggerate scope of Hong Kong quarrels with mainlanders [Global Times] #RisingChina #HongKong

Global Times Op-Ed on the need for acknowledging changing relative positions between Hong Kong and China.

One urgent priority for us is to quickly adapt to our new relative positions. Hong Kong is no longer an almsgiver and Chinese mainlanders are no longer poor and weak. China’s rise is the outcome of decades of efforts, but the achievements haven’t been so obvious until recent years. Not only foreigners, but also Chinese have to adjust our mentality.

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Don’t exaggerate scope of Hong Kong quarrels with mainlanders
Op-Ed by Shu Meng
Source – Global Times, published April 21, 2013

A video showing a quarrel between the staff of a ferry in Hong Kong and a man from the Chinese mainland has been forwarded by many people recently on social media.

In the video, a man from the Chinese mainland insisted on putting a baby carriage on a sidelined aisle on the ferry because a Hong Kong staff member on that ferry told him it’s all right. However, after a while, another staff member told the mainlander he should move the baby carriage to another place.

The mainlander refused, and a quarrel started. In the fight, the mainlander shouted “Don’t think mainlanders can be easily bullied!” Some Hongkongers yelled back “You mainlanders get out of Hong Kong!”

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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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Gold price freefall prompts “gold rush” [Global Times] #RisingChina #Gold

One side of the world may argue Gold’s bull run is over. That narrative works in favor of the Chinese and Indian consumer markets.

We are already seeing a strong response to the fall in prices, with a sharp pick-up in physical gold by investors and retail consumers in the two key consumer markets — India and China.” Mark Pervan, Global Head of Commodity Strategy at ANZ Banking Group Today Online, April 20, 2012

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Gold price freefall prompts “gold rush”
Xinhua
Source – Global Times, published April 19, 2013

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Gold purchases are picking up speed following a recent abrupt price drop for the precious metal.

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Gold bars have sold out and gold accessories are going fast at the Caishikou Department Store, the largest gold dealer in downtown Beijing.

“No gold bars are available. Customers who have paid can pick up their bars in one week,” said a notice posted at the store’s gold sales counter.

Gold had almost exclusively been purchased by wealthy Chinese before the prices plummeted. But with prices dropping significantly, those with lesser means have seen an opportunity to invest in the metal themselves.

“I couldn’t wait to buy gold. Many of my colleagues and friends have already made their purchases,” said Zhang Jiang, a Beijinger who bought two gold necklaces and a five-ounce gold bar.

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Finance, global times, Influence, Mapping Feelings, Population, Resources, Social, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), The Chinese Identity, Trade, , ,

‘Take that China’ on The Ellen Show [Youtube] #China #US #Ellen #MediaRepresentation

Ellen DeGeneres in a tongue in cheek assessment on the the shifting US and China status quo.

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‘Take that China’ on The Ellen Show
Source – Youtube, published April 5, 2013

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