Posts tagged ‘China’

September 6, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day III

by Vince Giordano

A user commented on this cartoon and wondered what made China and Russia side with Syria. I say that both super powers do not want any country (including themselves) to be stopped from doing what they have to do.  That is why neither China or Russia are quick to stand in the way of another country’s progress towards establishing nuclear arsenals. For they themselves would loath another world power standing in the way of what they believed was right for their own interests.

July 6, 2011

Picture of the Day

by Vince Giordano

Pictured: A huge symbol of the Chinese Communist Party, illuminated in Tiananmen Square on June 30, 2011, in Beijing, China.(ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

June 22, 2011

What you should know about Jon Huntsman

by Vince Giordano

Believe it or not, but Jon Huntsman could possibly be someone I’d vote for over Obama in 2012. Huntsman has a great track record as an executive (two-term governor of Utah),which Obama in retrospect may have needed more than he thought, and is focused on two very important things: job creation and returning civility to our public debate. First, the economy:

We must reignite the powerful job creating engine of our economy – the industry, innovation, reliability, and trailblazing genius of Americans and their enterprises — and restore confidence in our people.

We did many of these things in Utah when I was governor. We cut taxes and flattened rates. We balanced our budget. Worked to maintain our AAA bond rating. When the economic crisis hit, we were ready. And by many accounts we became the best state for business and the best managed state in America. We proved government doesn’t have to choose between fiscal responsibility and economic growth. I learned something very important as Governor. For the average American family there is nothing more important than a job.

Second, civility. When was the last time you honestly heard a Republican candidate speak like this?

I don’t think you need to run down anyone’s reputation to run for President. Of course we’ll have our disagreements. I respect my fellow Republican candidates. And I respect the President. He and I have a difference of opinion on how to help the country we both love. But the question each of us wants the voters to answer is who will be the better President; not who’s the better American.

Jonathan Chait sees the divide between Huntsman and the GOP that may hold him back from succeeding:

The posture of maximal opposition to Obama is the one single thing upon which the entire party agrees. The notion that a dissenter against that consensus might win the presidential nomination is not merely a longshot but totally absurd.

Then there is matching him, his resume, and his message up with the GOP pack:

Huntsman will continue to get a good press (hiring John Weaver, John McCain’s image-guy/strategist was a smart move) and that press won’t be enough. Nor will many people vote for Huntsman because of his foreign policy credentials: as Spencer Ackerman says, being a diplomat don’t give you much suction or juice these days. Anyway, when the C-word comes up we know that Huntsman is going to say something sensible about how America shouldn’t be too worried too soon by too much of anything that China might do. Most of the other “leading” contenders will advise Americans to press the panic button and this, I am afraid, will be more effective than anything Huntsman can say.

Huntsman also comments on the New York state bill to legalize same-sex marriage:

… Huntsman was asked specifically about the growing likelihood of a same-sex marriage bill being passed in New York. Would he seek to overrule Empire State lawmakers should he end up in the Oval Office? “I would respect the state’s decision on that,” he replied.

The answer, while brisk, nevertheless sets Huntsman apart from his fellow Republican presidential candidates. Other members of the field have offered sympathy for state sovereignty on matters of marriage. But they have usually couched that by saying they would support a federal ban on same-sex marriage as well.

(Photo: Republican Jon Huntsman speaks during a press conference to announce his bid for the presidency at Liberty State Park June 21, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Huntsman, until recently the U.S. ambassador to China under President Obama, emphasized his record as a two-term governor of Utah. By Spencer Platt/Getty Images.)

June 11, 2011

Global Military Spending in one graph

by Vince Giordano

The Economist captions:

ON JUNE 8th China’s top military brass confirmed that the

country’s first aircraft carrier, a refurbishment of an old Russian carrier, will be ready shortly. Only a handful of nations operate

carriers, which are costly to build and maintain. Indeed, Britain has recently decommissioned its sole carrier because of budget pressures. China’s defence spending has risen by nearly 200% since

2001 to reach an estimated $119 billion in 2010—though it has remained fairly constant in terms of its share of GDP. America’s own budget crisis is prompting tough discussions about its defence spending, which, at nearly $700 billion, is bigger than that of the next 17 countries combined.



June 5, 2011

Electric Cars and Oil Dependency

by Vince Giordano

The guys over at the Freakonomics blog have an interesting

point about electric cars. I guess every advantage has it’s disadvantages:

One argument I’ve heard is “national security,” the idea being that electric vehicles would make the United States less dependent on imported oil. Be careful what you wish for, however, because if electric cars become a mainstay, we may be trading one dependence for another that is even more troubling. Ninety-five percent of the world’s output of rare-earth metals today comes from one country: China. By some estimates, demand will outstrip supply within five years. At least with oil we know there are fifty years of oil reserves readily available. Moreover, oil is produced all over the world, limiting the monopoly power of any one country.

It is quite possible that scientists will figure out alternatives that lessen the need for rare-earth metals. If not, add the words dysprosium, praseodymium, and terbium to your vocabulary, because you will be hearing a lot about these elements in the future, and the news is not likely to be good.

May 24, 2011

China Bests Israel In Diplomatic Discourse

by Vince Giordano

Think about how Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to Barack Obama in comparison to Hu Jintao of China. Who would of thought China would act more civil than Israel? Then again, China has many skeletons in (and outside of) it’s closet (as does Israel):

Think of this contrast: when China’s Hu Jintao came to Washington for a state visit, each of the countries had profound disagreements with the other. (Chinese leadershate the U.S. policy of continued arms sales to Taiwan, much more so than Netanyahu could sanely disagree with any part of Obama’s speech.) Neither China nor America is remotely as dependent on the other as Israel is on the United States. Yet Obama and Hu were careful to be as respectful as possible, especially in public, while addressing the disagreements. High-handed and openly contemptuous behavior like Netanyahu’s would have seemed hostile and idiotic from either side. As it is from him.

March 20, 2011

Comparing U.S. States and Chinese Provinces to the World

by Vince Giordano

Two neat interactive graphs that compare the GDP of  U.S. states to similar nations in the world as well as the same with Chinese provinces.

February 7, 2011

Cowboys Stadium is the new China?

by Vince Giordano

Hearing about this happening at yesterdays Superbowl made me think of this. Maybe a bit of a stretch to connect the two but I wonder why they couldn’t have adequate seating for all the money spent on that stadium. It seems to be a blemish that can’t be covered up, unlike in China. Money quote:

Those sent away to watch the game elsewhere, or invited to watch the game on televisions inside a club at the stadium, were promised refunds by the N.F.L. worth three times the face value of their tickets, which were mostly $800 or $900 apiece. But most of those affected had paid far more for their tickets, and had spent small fortunes on travel and lodging. And any number of them, having had to exit the stadium before re-entering, missed a quarter of the game.

January 12, 2011

Ancient Chinese Method for Relaxing a Chicken

by Vince Giordano

A little creepy? Quite funny.


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December 18, 2010

Chinese Hurdling

by Vince Giordano

Gone wrong.

December 13, 2010

This is Sad

by Vince Giordano

Chairman of the Nobel Committee Thorbjørn Jagland looking down at the empty chair reserved for Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, on which Jagland placed the Nobel Peace Prize diploma and gold medal, Oslo, December 10, 2010 (Heiko Junge/AFP/Getty Images)

December 12, 2010

Political Cartoon of the Day

by Vince Giordano

Oh China.

H/T: Auth

November 6, 2010

Dispensing Live Crabs: Matrix Style

by Vince Giordano

Only in China?

September 26, 2010

Prayer Marks

by Vince Giordano

Image via World Of Technology: 70 year-old Buddhist monk Hua Chi has been praying in the same spot at his temple in Tongren, China for over 20 years. His footprints, which are up to 1.2 inches deep in some areas, are the result of performing his prayers up to 3000 times a day. Now that he is 70, he says that he has greatly reduced his quantity of prayers to 1,000 times each day.

September 17, 2010

Still Learning

by Vince Giordano

Deb Fallows, wife of James Fallows, the National Correspondent at The Atlantic, has an interesting video on learning a foreign language as an adult. It is still possible. I knew it was but I always thought it was more difficult.

August 23, 2010

The Chinese Reds Meet Mike Jack

by Vince Giordano
August 11, 2010

Change in Foreign Policy is Changing America

by Vince Giordano

Entanglements at TNR put together an analysis of the future of American involvement in the world relevant to many areas and due to the Great Recessions’ vacuum effect. As Mandelbaum says at the end, this looks to be anything but benign:

Here the impact of the coming economic constraints on foreign policy will differ from the effects of the downsizing of the financial industry. Reducing the size of banks and other financial institutions will have benign consequences, reducing the risk of a major economic collapse, limiting economically unproductive speculation, and diverting talented people to other, more useful, work. By contrast, the contraction of the scope of American foreign policy will have the opposite effect because the American international role is vital for global peace and prosperity. The American military presence around the world helps to support the global economy. American military deployments in Europe and East Asia help to keep order in regions populated by countries that are economically important and militarily powerful. The armed forces of the United States are crucial in checking the ambition of the radical government of Iran to dominate the oil-rich Middle East. For these reasons, the retreat of the United States risks making the world poorer and less secure, which means that the consequences of the economically-induced contraction of American foreign policy are all too likely to be anything but benign.

Mandelbaum puts this in the perspective of everything tying together – a domino effect of sorts (minus the Communists). In a way, this sounds good to me. I don’t understand why we are spending more money now on foreign affairs and military engagements as we fight against Muslim  nihilists who can’t light their car full of explosives on fire, the bomb in their shoe or in their underwear than against the Communist Russians and Chinese decades ago.
Mandelbaum’s new book looks appealing: The Frugal Superpower: America’s Global Leadership in a Cash-Strapped Era.

June 19, 2010

More spurious behavior over in China

by Vince Giordano

I read yesterday in the Atlantic Monthly mag a dispatch by Mitch Moxley, detailing the  continued bogus behaviors by the image driven communists:

And so I became a fake businessman in China, an often lucrative gig for underworked expatriates here. One friend, an American who works in film, was paid to represent a Canadian company and give a speech espousing a low-carbon future. Another was flown to Shanghai to act as a seasonal-gifts buyer. Recruiting fake businessmen is one way to create the image—particularly, the image of connection—that Chinese companies crave. My Chinese-language tutor, at first aghast about how much we were getting paid, put it this way: “Having foreigners in nice suits gives the company face.”

June 15, 2010

Riches and Nation Rebuilding

by Vince Giordano

DBT over at his 2nd blog Today’s News discusses the alleged findings of over $1 trillion in minerals such as lithium, iron, and gold in Afghanistan:

It may be though that China’s interest could overlap with our (American)  interests. Might not it be possible to welcome the Chinese as partners in stabilizing Afghanistan and the region? If the deposits are nearly as large as anticipated and if the Afghanis need as much assistance as expected, then surely there’s enough work and wealth to go around. Then again it is easy to imagine the allure of vast riches only worsening the corruption, mistrust, and the fighting.

One example I recall of two or more countries forming together to colonize/pilfer/”help” another country (or an entire continent) in the name of their mineral resources is the Berlin Conference of 1884.

Would the USA join with China in this? Or would China join with the USA? It could challenge the thinking of needing to be #1 in everything world related and introduce some humility while working to eradicate some fear.

While I believe the USA doesn’t have to worry about China’s military capabilities, there are other areas that China is fortifying.