Posts tagged ‘punk’

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Blogging Kissinger: no Naked Promises, at Times like These

From the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website, June 12, 2012:

Chief State Councillor Wen Jiabao met with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Zhongnanhai’s Ziguang Pavillon*) on June 12.


Wen Jiabao said that globalization and scientific and technological progress had brought the world new opportunities, but that at the same time, all kinds of unstable and undetermined factors had also visibly grown. How to deal with the global financial crisis and grave global challenges, how to safeguard peace and to promote sustainable development all constituted major tests for Chinese-American relations. The two sides ought to remove disturbances, deepen mutual trust and expand cooperation, which corresponded with Chinese, American and the international community’s common interest.


Wen Jiabao highly valued Kissinger’s efforts to promote Chinese-American relations several decades ago, and his warm-hearted attention paid to China’s development and changes. Wen Jiabao said that for China to carry reform and opening forward was a historic necessity. The Chinese government and the Chinese people would strive to achieve the state’s prosperity and power and national rejuvenation, to make greater contributions to humankind, and trusted that they would continue to obtain the international community’s broad welcome and support.


Kissinger said that good U.S.-Chinese relations were very important for the two countries and for the world, and that as long as the two sides attached importance to solving [practical] problems, and showed strategic and far-sighted vision, and carried out broader, deeper cooperation, this would be in tune with the general trend. He congratulated China on the huge achievements made in its development, and [expressed his belief] that China would be able to achieve its magnificent goals, facing an even better future.


The FMPC communiqué is the standard text for People’s Daily, commercial websites like Sina, which names Xinhua as the original source, and Huanqiu, which, too, refers to Xinhua. So does Xinhua Newsagency itself.

CCTV coverage

From the CCP’s perspective, veteran politicians who are willing to take long trips to Beijing may be useful soft-power tools, and that would be basically that. Not too many comments have appeared under the standard news article(s) during the two days after release. But that’s not to say that nobody among the public would care.

HaHan (a blogger, but not to be confused with Han Han), for example, suspects that there is American soft power at work – Kissinger either seems to have come with personal powers, or with a mission.

Not much of the conversation had been reported, HaHan notes, and only one utterance from Kissinger – the one about solving practical problems and showing strategic and far-sighted vision:

But the action I have seen taken by the State Council and the Central Bank corresponds with America’s strategic and far-sighted vision, I see no Chinese strategic and far-sighted vision.


At times like these, they still make efforts to develop new sources of energy; at times like these, they still want to inject funds to the IMF, at times like these, they say that they need to buy EFSF bonds, at times like these they oddly want to lower interest rates, at times like these, they oddly reiterate that housing loan rates can be adjusted downwards, to 70 per cent of the current [general] lending rate. I would like to ask the State Council and the Central Bank a few questions: are you Chinese? Or are you Kissinger’s people?


In an environment as good as China’s is now, why should China sacrifice herself?


I would also like to say that there is military and border cooperation with Russia on the political level, and chip-trading with America on the economic level. If America gets nothing done, let’s accelerate the development of our relations with Russia, let’s implement the promised 10,000,000,000-dollar- SCO-investment more quickly, add another 50,000,000,000 U.S. dollars, which would be much sensible than to go and to buy European junk bonds (but at definitely higher profits).


Our country must show a good strategic attitude, it must not throw in the towel while it has good cards on its hand. Decisionmakers on the economic level must take the responsibility for strategic mistakes.


Actually, what I wrote above is what I have said in a previous article. From here, I will mainly discuss housing price issues.


Having done that, having specified the “three big mountains” and China’s need to focus on these, rather than on foreign problems, also having told the government that failure to rectify the extreme right (which want to harm the country domestically) and the exreme left (who want to overthrow state power), plus a warning reference to the fate of the former Soviet Union, HaHan points out that the U.S. needs to be seen as a wolf, not a savior. (苏联共产党被搞死掉就是前车之鉴,15年前俄罗斯当兵的上街要饭的图片还历历在目。不要认为美国是救世主,美国是豺狼,…)

[t]he tool to hold when facing a wolf is a gun. What we want is American high-technology, not naked promises.

… 对付豺狼的手段就是拿上枪,我们要的是美国的高科技技术,不是口头的承诺。




*) A place where Chinese leaders frequently receive foreign guests, according to Baidu Baike.



» Huanqiu Survey: Save Euro, but…, Febr 2, 2012


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Entering the Cold Season: Newspapers and Early Birds

The Mainstream Press, Stuck in the Middle

Doppelpod took offense from an online article by German daily Die Welt, the headline of which read something like China is reeling into the big financial crash (“China taumelt dem großen Finanz-Crash entgegen”). JR had read about the coming doomsday, too, of course, but given that he has paid attention to the not-so-sexy footnotes to China’s stimulus programs for two years, he was neither inclined to take the article at face value, nor to give them credit for noticing some pretty huge drawbacks which they could have reported much earlier. Nothing is as good or bad as first reported – and what looked much more interesting were some commenters’ reactions to the article.

De la même façon (I’m in a French mood today), MyLaowai takes offense from the press on a regular basis.

Don’t these thrillers look more like penny press than like an established (and meaning to be serious) paper?

Probably. But then, online content isn’t exactly the same as the print edition, and it’s easily forgotten that what comes free of charge (online articles) can’t be as good as what you pay for at the newsstand. And maybe clicks matter more, on the internet, than to provide news with real substance.

Then again, what I’m buying at the newsstand is still not as good as many academic papers found online ( again, free of charge – I usually download and categorize the latter immediately, so as to save them before they might be turned into payware).

Here’s a problem. When I was a child, people were often satisfied with one paper only – usually the local paper, when it comes to Germany. The Weser-Kurier, Bremen, was and is a pretty good regional one, but many other local papers take their national and world politics articles and reports from bigger peers on a regular basis. Nowadays, even a national paper has little to offer that you wouldn’t find on the internet, too. A paper’s role in peoples’ lives has become much more relative than what it used to be – there are tons of alternative sources.

And where is a paper with staff where single members could, to some degree, specialize, or even just devote an entire month to research or investigation?

To make things worse, editorials are usually very predictable once you know the paper and the topic. What the public saw in the run-up to the Iraq war was a mix of lacking research and prejudice. Especially, by the way, when you read Die Welt. Some of their major columnists should have gone into the desert for a year, to fast and to reflect on having been such easy marks for the Bush jr. administration’s stovepiping. (As far as I can remember, they woudldn’t even shut up for a month. Maybe some of them changed the subject, for a while.)

But prejudice may be forgiven. It doesn’t hurt, as long as one paper’s prejudices don’t matter on another paper. (It may have a negative effect on steady subscriptions, however – a matter dear to most papers.)

The bigger problem is that the papers, even the big ones, seem to be stuck in the middle. They are more diverse in topics than academic papers (available on the internet, often for free, or in a library, also for free), but their old role of informing people – even if only vaguely – about global or national events and trends looks outdated.

The paper of the future – if there is a future for it at all – will look different from today’s papers.

The Early Bird

It’s good that I’m usually the first one who enters the kitchen in the morning. One of the young cats (born in May) has become a serial killer of root voles. That’s good. And I know that the hackly little presents are from the heart. But I wish they weren’t placed on the kitchen table every morning.



But earlier this week, I seemed to be meditating for a moment, before cleaning up the mess. There was that proud cat, acting as if it were asleep, and the dead booties next to it. I’m probably something of a Buddhist, but I felt that someone’s pleasure, even if the other one’s pain, might still be genuine pleasure.

Winter is Coming

Slight night frost on October 10th, and once or twice this week. I’m not looking forward to the cold and dark season, but the colors are beautiful.



» Rain at Last, June 19, 2011


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Soft Power: The Confucius Peace Prize

Lien Chan’s office told Singapore’s Morning News that Lien hadn’t heard of his latest award, the Confucius Peace Prize (孔子和平奖), beforehand. Lien, honarary chairman of Taiwan’s governing KMT, has been awarded the prize for his contributions to bridging the Taiwan Strait (奖是表扬连战为海峡两岸搭桥做出贡献).

The Confucius Peace Prize comes with 100,000 RMB prize money, Tan Changliu (谭长流), the Confucius Peace Prize Commission‘s chairman, is quoted as saying. He declined to give further information about when the committee had been established, how its five members had been chosen, but  added that such information would be given later. He said that the committee was not a government agency, but that it did indeed cooperate closely with the ministry of culture, and was meant to set forth Chinese peoples’ concept of peace.

According to the Taipei Times,

Mainland Affairs Council Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan (賴幸媛) told lawmakers in Taipei that the government found the prize “amusing.”
“As far as we know it is an unofficial prize. We don’t plan to make any comment on it,” she said. “But we do find it amusing.”

Neither Hermit, nor Good Ganbu, nor Net Nanny, could have produced a concept that would, in whatever way,have been able to rival the Confucius Peace Prize. Not even close.

This is a humble day for
JR’s Beautiful Blog


Confucius Prize could be weapon in battle of ideas, Global Times, Nov 17, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nuking North Korea: from Tennessee with Love

I’m not sure what to make of the smoldering war in Korea yet, but nuclear broadsides against North Korea right away if they start anything looks somewhat hasty to me. Actually, they’ve started something already, and if Glenn Reynolds (this dignified professor from Tennessee, I believe) wants to nuke them for that, it’s now time for him to produce his little black suitcase.

Lionel Beehner and Nuno Monteiro on the other hand – academics, too – would rather sleep on it for another night.

Monday, November 15, 2010

News in Brief: from China and its Tributary States

A professional model undresses herself (in Chengdu, China), and a professional business newsman unmasks himself (in Seoul, Korea).


芮成钢到底可以代表谁的声音, Fenghuang Net, Nov. 15, 2010
“Constantly being Interpreted”, CNTV, Nov. 13, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Future Horrors: Trapped in a Chinese Labor Camp

Be very afraid, suggests this 2030 prophecy, courtesy to the cultural unit of Citizens against Government Waste (CAGW).

“Of course we own most of their debt”, a professor (an updated Fu-Manchu, suggests Frog in a Well) tells a rejoicing Chinese audience, explaining why the American empire perished, as did Greece, Rome, or the British Empire, and adds a pitiful and contemptuous bit of laughter: “Ha, ha, ha, so now they work for us.”

Grandma is going to crap her pants when the sealed fate of her grandchildren dawns on her. Only Sarah Palin can save the American Empire.

Only Sarah Palin can save the American Empire.

Only Sarah Palin can save the American Empire.


A Sordid and Twisted Connection, Granite Studio, October 27, 2010
Barack Obama, a Choice out of Fear and Hope, November 5, 2008
Citizens against Government Waste, Wikipedia

Sunday, September 27, 2009

German Finance Minister to become Ambassador to Switzerland?

German acting finance minister Peer Steinbrück is going to head Germany’s diplomatic mission in Switzerland soon, Taide reportedly learned from usually well-informed sources.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Hand-Tight Approach

Jürgen Rüttgers, Northrhine Westphalia‘s (NRW) prime minister, is exploring new strategies to engender foreign investment in his federal state. During a local elections campaign appearance, he told an audience in Duisburg on August 26 that

“… if need be, we will meet some Chinese people concerning some affairs in Duisburg’s town hall and then they will be gagged until they find Duisburg beautiful”.

The oppositional Social Democrats’ (SPD) youth organization was there, too, and made a (misleading, Rüttger’s Christian Democrats say) movie of his speech which is now available on (it also includes some observations on Romanian workforce).

To be fair, the prime minister also said that once they [“the Chinese”] invested, they’d be Duisburgers and will belong to us, because they’ll have created jobs. JR, known for his impartiality, refers you to minutes 40 to 45 of a more comprehensive take of the scene.

Rüttgers apologized last night. It hadn’t been his intention to insult anyone, but to defend the achievements of jobholders in Northrhine-Westphalia.

Duisburg’s CDU mayor Adolf Sauerland was re-elected in last Sunday’s local elections, but will have to govern without a majority in the city’s parliament.

Rüttgers is scheduled to travel to China in November, to further cooperation.


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