Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Xi and Kissinger Meet in Beijing

Vice President Xi Jinping met with visiting former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Beijing on Monday, speaking highly of the veteran's remarkable contributions in building and promoting China-US relations. "Over the past four decades, Dr Kissinger, as a pioneer of China-US relations, have travelled back and forth across the Pacific dozens of times," Xi said during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People.
"You have set up good working relations and personal friendships with several generations of Chinese leaders, and made great contributions toward improving and developing China-US relations," Xi said.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Kissinger's first "secret" visit to China.
In July of 1971, Kissinger, as national security advisor to then-US President Richard Nixon, secretly flew to Beijing from Pakistan. His visit paved the way for a groundbreaking 1972 summit in Beijing between Nixon and the late Chairman Mao Zedong. This summit eventually led to the normalization of China-US relations.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Increasing Trust in US-China Relations

Hawaii has a major advantage in this area for a number of reasons, including the fact that we are located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  The US and Chinese military have been meeting here to work on issues affecting the Pacific Rim.  The latest meeting going on currently concerns tensions in the South China Sea.  As we get closer to APEC 2011, these high level engagements take on a more focused meaning as the potential for improvement of relations between our two countries increases.
Barack Obama and Hu Jintao:  Increasing Trust

HONOLULU - China and the United States held their first round of talks on the Asia-Pacific region on Saturday, which was hailed by both sides as positive and beneficial.
The one-day closed-door gathering was led by Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai and US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell.
Calling the meeting "friendly, candid and constructive", Cui said it was the results of the third round of the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) held in May to implement the consensus reached by President Hu Jintao and his US counterpart, President Barack Obama, during Hu's visit to the US in January.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Barry's Half Brother On Living in China

"I hope that my book will let Chinese people know more about some aspects of American life, and on the other hand, I hope it will help those in America and other parts of the world understand China," said Mark Obama Ndesandjo, who lives in China.
He was talking exclusively to China Daily ahead of a news conference in Beijing on Friday to mark the release of the Chinese translation of his semi-autobiographical book, Nairobi to Shenzhen: A novel of Love in the East.
The book, originally released in English in 2009, is billed as a part-fiction, part-fact account of his journey to China.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nixon's fall Coincided with China's Rise

Since Henry Kissinger is taking credit for being the architect of US-China relations, a number of accounts have emerged.  Click on the link below the picture.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Gary Locke is Going to be the Next Ambassador to China

WASHINGTON: US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is just a step away from being the first Chinese-American to serve as ambassador to China after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to approve his nomination.
If he gets approval at a full Senate vote, he will be confirmed as the envoy to the country where his parents were born.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

US Can Learn Much From China

CEOs, financiers and government officials at the New York Forum were looking for ways to fix the United States economy, from job creation to deficit reduction, but they were divided on how much the US should and can learn from China.
The confidence in China among the audience in the Grand Hyatt New York was high. More than half of them raised their hands when moderator Maria Bartiromo, an anchor for CNBC, asked how many believe that the Chinese economy is going to be the world's largest in 20 years.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Economic Forum to Discuss China's Success

The 51-year-old former producer of the World Economic Forum in Davos is holding his second annual New York Forum (June 20-21) and in September will launch China360, a semiannual platform that will showcase a selected Chinese city with a population of more than 5 million. One of the key issues in both forums will be how China has created so many new jobs.

At the New York Forum, a panel of high-profile business leaders and politicians will put their heads together to discuss a number of global economic issues. Among the participants are 26 Chinese CEOs, such as Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing and Feng Lun, chairman of the Vantone Group, a Chinese real estate firm.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who took part in last year's forum, will participate again this year. Other speakers include Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to US President Barack Obama, Manuel Camacho Solis, former mayor of Mexico City, and participants from the Middle East and Africa.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sly James and President Obama

Kansas City Mayor Sly James is expected to be a guest at the White House on Monday afternoon.

Sly is a close friend for over 40 years now and I have known Barry even longer. I am glad they finally are going to meet.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Riots of Xintang

Manufacturing Town Under Siege by Disgruntled Migrant Workers

The unrest seems to belie the image of China as a bustling economy going from strength to strength, enriching the lives of millions across the country, especially in the industrial south. But the problem is many people feel they are not getting their fair share of the rapid growth.

Great Wall Marathon

2010 Great Wall Marathon Participants
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May 19th, 2012. Come Run With Us.

The Great Wall Marathon® is a tough, beautiful and definitely extraordinary experience. The 5164 steps of the Great Wall will put your physique to the test, and the breathtaking surroundings of Tianjin Province will compete with your tired muscles for attention.

Level 4: Highest alert over flooding

China Evacuates over 500,000 because of flooding.

Chinese media said that as of Thursday evening, floods caused by the most recent four days of rain had resulted in 19 deaths and left seven missing in Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces and Chongqing municipality.

China raised its disaster alert to the highest level 4, and the government is describing the floods in some areas, such as eastern Zhejiang province's Qianting River area, as the worst since 1955.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Don Eads doing a radio talk show on Binhai Network.

Are China's leaders Insecure?

Anger that had grown for days after the death in police custody of Ran Jianxin, a local People’s Congress deputy, exploded last Thursday. Relatives said Mr. Ran was beaten to death, and they released photographs of his body. Mr. Ran was widely believed to be fighting official corruption, which residents said had run unchecked for years.

The party celebrates its 90th birthday on July 1, outwardly confident that it deserves to rule for “the next 90 years,” as Li Zhongjie, deputy head of the Party History Research Center, told Beijing News.

Inwardly, however, it is haunted by a sense that it is not truly loved, said Kerry Brown, one of six overseas academics who attended three days of meetings last week with officials of the major party organs.

“They don’t have the hearts of 99 percent of the population, and they are worried about that,” said Mr. Brown, head of the Asia Program at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.

Kissinger and Huntsman use China-US Relations Forum for different Ends

Kissinger and Huntsman exchanged ideas on issues ranging from the situation in the South China Sea to China's economic evolution, and China-US military exchanges to different strategic mindsets rooted in US' chess-playing and China's fondness for weiqi, or GO.

We will set up a GO tournament at the next 21st Century China Symposium.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

China's Economy to Pass US by 2021

According to Yao Yang (China Daily)

"Is China poised to surpass the United States as the world's largest economy? The International Monetary Fund recently predicted that the size of China's economy will overtake that of the US in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) by 2016.

Even more radically, Arvind Subramanian of the Peterson Institute of International Economics argues that China actually surpassed the US in terms of PPP in 2010."

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Siberia Supplies Raw Materials for Beijing

Siberian Wasteland

Quite astonishing that on the Russian side of Siberia there are roughly 6 million people left, but on the Chinese side, the population is blossoming. What gives?

Reuters: Mirnaya was once a thriving garrison town with a movie theater, a kindergarten and a park. The Soviet army maintained a base here to keep an eye on neighboring China. Then the Soviet Union collapsed and the military left. To survive, those who stayed behind gradually dismantled and sold off what was left, piece by piece. First they removed the windows from the prefabricated buildings where the officers had once lived and sold them in Chita. Then they ripped radiators and pipes from the walls and sold them to scrap dealers, who then sold the metal in China. The buildings now stand like skeletons in the steppes,

Water is the MOST Serious Issue in Dragonland

Early morning in Beijing

So far the pollution is winning. The air is unbreatheable and the water undrinkable, not even suitable for farming as over half of the rivers are severely polluted too. Even the rain is polluted. It is past time the Chinese government fixes this or no one will be able to live there. Many expats I know have recently decided the price of success is not worth dying over, and they have been exiting 21st Century China in droves.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

China Seeks to Change Global Monetary System

Reforming the International Monetary System by Making Yuan the Standard.

The Chinese government has been seeking to internationalize the yuan in two ways. First, China is continuously exporting yuan, which involves encouraging enterprises to use the yuan in transactions. Despite the global success of Chinese exporters, the yuan plays only a minor international role because it cannot be freely exchanged for other currencies. And official controls make it difficult to move the yuan in and out of China. But in July 2009, China successfully ran a pilot program of cross-border trade using the yuan.

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Rapid Change

Main Gate at Renda: Peoples University in Beijing

Whatever China you think you know it has changed, since last night. This is the nature of the Land of the Dragon. High tech companies are sprouting wings and flying away because labor is no longer cheap and abundant. To even begin to try to keep up is exhausting and usually unfruitful.

The best way to stay in touch is through a consortium of people who are on the scene and that is what we provide through the 21st Century China Symposium every year. Join us as we explore the Wild, Wild East.

Purple Forbidden City at Night

Microsoft (Gates Foundation) and Baidu form Health Alliance.

Bill Gates (R), Microsoft Corp co-founder and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, laughs after he and Robin Li, founder and chief executive of Chinese search engine Baidu, put on shirts bearing the slogan: "Say No to Involuntary Smoking", during a media conference in Beijing June 11, 2011. Gates and Li signed an agreement to form an alliance between their charitable foundations called the "Alliance for Healthy China."

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