Archive for November 9th, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

JR takes Historic Break from Blogging

And with that, I’m leaving this blog alone for a while, i. e. for ten days. It takes discipline to keep blogging, but it may also take discipline to stay away from it. As a blogger on China-related  topics, I have exposed my lilywhite soul to too much vulgar content, porn, and bad information, such as from China Global Times, Qin Gang‘s memorable quotations, or verifiable empirical research on Tibet. I’ll read printed newspapers again. I’ll read stuff I can sit down with in a rocking chair in the evenings. But I won’t blog or comment. Not even if Barack Obama sells Taiwan to Beijing in Shanghai or Beijing, or if the Great Firewall should fall.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Where Were You on November 9th, 1989?

Radio Berlin International (RBI) QSL, 1980s

Radio Berlin International (RBI) QSL, 1980s

After tons of devoted readers have asked JR this question, he has decided to answer.

JR was asleep. Until a moment ago, he believed that Nov. 9, 1989 was on a Tuesday. But it was in fact on a Thursday. So he probably didn’t watch Dallas that night.

But he had virtuously done all his homework, and was having a good, sound sleep which was very important because it was the last year before entering college, and he needed a good report card to enter college.

If people all over Germany were really as euphoric as the archive material suggests, JR and most of his friends and classmates were probably exceptions. They were very happy, but they weren’t exactly enthused. It was a normal working day. They didn’t really feel that it was a monumental day in history.

They were right in a way, weren’t they? After all, the “Fall of the Wall” had started here. Or here. Or here. If  November 9, 1989 was a monumental day, so were many days during the previous years, and many days that followed.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Jia Qinglin: Great Rejuvenation

Ten non-governmental organizations (民间团体) arranged a symposium on agriculture, fisheries, and water resources cooperation in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, on Sunday, reports Central Daily News. CDN (中央日报), used to be the KMT’s official newspaper, comparable in its status to what China Daily is to the CCP. CDN as a printed newspapers had been abandoned by the KMT in 2006 after 78 years – the most recent of those were calamitous, businesswise -, and the online publication of CDN was then relaunched to target the Taiwanese business community in mainland China, according to its editor-in-chief in 2006.

CDN broadly quotes Jia Qinglin (贾庆林), Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (中国人民政治协商会议), who lauds the symposium as significant this time in  the context of cross-street relations (此次交流会是今年两岸关系中一次很有意义的交流活动), and as a factor with dynamic and important effect on the further deepening of exchange and cooperation on fields of mutual interest, and the promotion of cross-strait relations and peaceful development (对于进一步深化两岸相关领域的交流合作,对于促进两岸关系和平发展,都将产生积极而重要的影响).

Jia Qinglin emphasized that since May last year, with the efforts of the compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, had achieved a historic turning point and took the path of peaceful development. The two sides had built, on the foundations of opposing Taiwanese independence and upholding the 92 consensus, established optimal interaction.

Chinese coverage

Chinese coverage

Oh well. Why am I translating a Taiwanese newspaper, when I can read pretty much the same stuff on China Radio International in English?


Restrictions on Rejuvenation Lotions in Xinjiang, Aug 18, 2009
KMT seeks Buyer for CDN, Taipei Times, June 1, 2006

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