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  • It's not quite Disneyland! China opens bleak Hello Kitty theme park that cost Ł210MILLION

    11/28/2014 6:28:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 28, 2014 | John Hutchinson
    To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty, the new Ł210 million theme park centred around the iconic character in east China’s Zhejiang province opened its doors for a special inauguration ceremony. Hello Kitty Park will be China's first large scale amusement park scheduled to open to the public on New Year's day. Japanese company Sanrio, who created Hello Kitty in 1974, have joined with entertainment design firm Hettema Group from California, to bring their new park to life.
  • Wealthy Chinese kids in the US flaunt supercars at secret meet-ups

    11/28/2014 1:20:27 AM PST · by rjbemsha · 46 replies
    Yahoo Singapore ^ | 28 Nov 2014 | Nurul Azliah Aripin
    They are young, wild, free -- and very, very rich. These wealthy Chinese students go to school in the day and flaunt their social status during private meet-ups at night. These lavish gatherings feature posh venues, designer handbags and blinged out shoes, ladies in stiletto heels and sexy skirts and, of course, supercars -- plenty of them. Maserati, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghinis you name it -- they're all on display in neat rows. “I have three Ferraris, this is my newest one,” an interviewee told producer and host Kristie Hang at a supercar meet-up in the San Diego valley in California....
  • The Psychopath [Out From] Under the Bed, Part 3 (the threat from Russia and China)

    11/27/2014 11:01:14 AM PST · by Thunder90 · 8 replies
    Jrnyquist.com ^ | JR Nyquist
    After the fall of the Soviet Union Moscow’s spokesmen convinced the world that Russia was weak and no longer a threat to anyone. With a disintegrated army, and a post-communist policy, Russia appeared in the guise of the West’s “partner.” When a Soviet expert on America, Georgi Arbatov, said in 1988 that the Soviet’s “major secret weapon” was to deprive America of its enemy he was perfectly serious. Openness and friendship were, quite literally, weapons in a new kind of war. Here secrecy was not guaranteed by silence or discretion, but by the West’s willingness to be deceived. Arbatov could...
  • The New Axis of Evil Waging Unconventional Warfare

    11/27/2014 8:59:54 AM PST · by harpu · 14 replies
    www.rightsidenews.com ^ | 11/26/14 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    For years, we have been warned about solidifying a new Axis of Evil between Russia, China and Iran. It is now fully formed and growing in strength. Already Russia and China’s militaries have grown arguably more powerful than ours if you consider their nuclear arsenals and Obama’s rigorous gutting of our military stockpiles and forces. The purge continues daily. All the while a military/security pact has flourished among the Axis of Evil players via the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Unlike the US, our enemies realize that the Cold War never ended… it shifted and put on a new face. We must...
  • Can Barbie Conquer China? (Mattel Tries To Crack China Market Again)

    11/27/2014 8:37:08 AM PST · by goldstategop · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/26/2014 | Ian Rose
    In 2013 Mattel brought Barbie back to the Chinese market. Only this time instead of clothes by Oscar De La Renta she had a violin and you could buy Barbie for the much more affordable price of $13 (Ł8.20). This year there was another launch - a "specialty" Barbie doll in the likeness of Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. Heralding the launch of the doll Mattel declared: "[Fan Bingbing's] collaboration with Barbie will give purpose and meaning to play and help ignite the spark inside girls across China to 'Shine Your Way'." So it's clear that Barbie has learnt that to...
  • China signs $3 billion S-400 Triumf contract with Russia

    11/26/2014 10:04:55 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | November 26, 2013
    The first-ever contract for exports of the S-400 Triumf air defense missile system has been signed. "A contract between Rosoboronexport and the Chinese Defense Ministry was signed at the beginning of this fall for the delivery of at least six battalions of S-400 air defense missile systems worth of more than $3 billion," Vedomosti reported on Wednesday. Negotiations on the delivery of S-400 systems to China had been in progress for several years and the Russian Defense Ministry said in 2011 that exports might begin no earlier than 2016 because the Russian Armed Forces would have to be provided for...
  • Putin's tiger kills 15 goats in China

    11/26/2014 6:18:43 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 26, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    BEIJING – A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping farmers in northeastern China on edge. China's official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that the animal, named Ustin, bit and killed 15 goats and left another three missing on Sunday and Monday on a farm in Heilongjiang province's Fuyuan county.
  • Hong Kong moves to clear unruly protest site

    11/25/2014 3:50:39 PM PST · by robowombat · 2 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | November 26, 2014, 12:03 am TWN | Kelvin Chan
    Hong Kong moves to clear unruly protest site By Kelvin Chan November 26, 2014, 12:03 am TWN HONG KONG -- Hong Kong authorities began clearing a 2-month-old pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district Tuesday, risking confrontation with demonstrators in the neighborhood, a flashpoint for previous violent clashes with police and angry mobs. A total of 80 people were arrested, police said. Twenty-three were detained for contempt of court after police warned them not to interfere with workers and bailiffs enforcing a court order to remove obstructions from part of the protest area, one of three sites in the city...
  • China: We Will Continue Building An Island In Disputed South China Sea Waters

    11/25/2014 2:49:05 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 11-25-2013 | Sui-Lee Wee
    Sui-Lee Wee, Reuters November 24, 2014 China on Monday hit back at "irresponsible remarks" from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip. China lays claim to almost all of the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich with minerals and oil-and-gas deposits and one of Asia's biggest possible flashpoints. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims. The comments by China's foreign ministry signal that Beijing would firmly reject proposals by any country to freeze...
  • What Scares China's Military: The 1991 Gulf War

    11/25/2014 1:31:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The National Interest ^ | November 24, 2014 | Robert Farley
    In 1991, Chinese military officers watched as the United States dismantled the Iraqi Army, a force with more battle experience and somewhat greater technical sophistication than the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The Americans won with casualties that were trivial by historical standards. This led to some soul searching. The PLA hadn’t quite been on autopilot in the 1980s, but the pace of reform in the military sector had not matched that of social and economic life in China. Given the grim performance of the PLA in the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War, as well as the collapse of the Soviet Union, something...
  • One Million-Years-Old (Human) Footprints Found At Margalla Hills (Pakistan)

    07/28/2007 6:00:30 PM PDT · by blam · 439 replies · 6,497+ views
    Dawn ^ | 7-27-2007 | Sher Baz Khan
    1m-years-old footprints found at Margalla Hills By Sher Baz Khan ISLAMABAD, July 27: In what appears to be a major discovery, archaeologists have found two over one million years old human footprints preserved on a sandstone at the Margalla Hills. The Indusians Research Cell, which is working under the supervision of world renowned archaeologist and historian Dr Ahmad Hassan Dani of Taxila Institute of Asian Civilisations, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, has made the discovery, which is likely to add a new chapter to the archaeological history and heritage of the federal capital and attract visitors. A footprint of 1 feet is...
  • Does China have a SUPERSONIC drone? Claims secret 'Dark Sword' project may already have flown

    11/25/2014 5:41:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 25, 2014 | Sarah Griffiths and Mark Prigg
    It is a battle to send a drone supersonic - and pits China against Britain. Experts have claimed that China's drone, called Dark Sword, is under secret development. It was unveiled in 2006 at an airshow, but has since disappeared from public view.
  • Airfield puts Australia in reach of China’s strategic bombers: Reports

    11/25/2014 4:23:08 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK ^ | NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    AN air base being built on a disputed island chain is raising eyebrows as its puts Chinese strategic bombers in range of Australia for the first time. Defence Publication IHS Janes says analysis of satellite photographs shows China is turning Fiery Cross Reef in the contentious Spratly Islands into a land mass big enough to hold a military air base. The construction work shows China is enforcing its claim on the mineral and oil-rich chain of islands which are also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and the Philippines. Beijing claims nearly all of the resource-rich South China Sea. The...
  • New Iran Nuclear talks deadlines: March 1, July 1, 2015

    11/24/2014 5:39:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | November 24, 2014 | Jim Sciutto, Nic Robertson and Holly Yan
    - A new deadline for a political framework agreement for Iran's Nuclear talks has been set for March 1, 2015, a Western diplomat tells CNN on Monday, with a deadline for final agreement including annexes on July 1. Negotiators had been scrambling to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear program before a Monday night deadline. The negotiators included representatives from Iran and the P5+1 countries -- the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain), plus Germany.
  • Academic Bias on Human Rights

    11/24/2014 6:21:21 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 21, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Academics have made a cottage industry of their concern over human rights but their consciousness gets raised pretty selectively. “In August, Yale University announced a new undergraduate program in human rights,” Eric A. Posner wrote in The Chronicle Review on November 21, 2014. “It joins other human-rights programs, institutes, and clinics that have spread like kudzu across campuses in the United States and around the world.” “By one count, the number has increased from one in 1968 to almost 150 in 2000, with most of the growth in the 1990s. The U. N. provides links to more than 300 academic...
  • Falling inflation a worry for Europe but also the world

    11/23/2014 6:55:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 23, 2014 | Ross Finley
    (Reuters) - European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has moved closer to launching sovereign debt purchases and data this week will show just how dangerously low inflation has fallen in the $13 trillion euro zone economy. A sickly Europe has held back global economic growth for years, and now it is contributing significantly to powerful forces already dragging down inflation across the globe. A spectacular drop in crude oil prices over the past month will be the center of discussion when ministers from the world's top oil exporters meets in Vienna on Friday.
  • Iran Will Negotiate Until It Becomes a Nuclear Power

    11/23/2014 10:38:37 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/23/14 | Alan Caruba
    President Obama has been obsessed with Iran Monday, November 24, is the deadline for the negotiations between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China regarding its program to build its own nuclear weapons to conclude. At this writing, whether the negotiations will be extended or not is unknown, but it seems unlikely. President Obama has been obsessed with Iran, seeking to change its hostility by finding an answer to the problem its nuclear weapon program represents. That is typical of his “magical thinking” whereby something he wants is automatically assumed to be accessible. In the case...
  • Chinese Investors Snap Up Property in Bankrupt Detroit

    11/22/2014 6:01:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/22/2014 | ERIC BACULINAO
    Bankrupt Detroit’s thousands of empty buildings are being flogged at rock-bottom prices — and Chinese investors are answering the siren call of unbeatable deals. With family homes regularly selling for around $10,000, the beleaguered Motor City is now the number-four destination for Chinese housing investors in the U.S. Bigger spenders have already snapped up some of Detroit’s most iconic commercial buildings. “There are factories, commercial real estate and upscale areas around Detroit with proximity to good schools that are worth investing in,” said Wang Ning, deputy manager in charge of international business at China online real estate agency SouFun. The...
  • Recycling from Western Countries Covers China in Filthy Garbage

    11/22/2014 5:54:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/22/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Recycling is a scam. I’ve said it before. It does nothing for the environment. It does plenty for the wallets of the well connected who have recycling businesses. That’s the only reason for recycling.Western countries dump their “recycling” into Third World countries in heaps indistinguishable from the old bad landfills. Except the difference is that they’re in major cities. These filthy photographs show monstrous mounting piles of waste overflowing into streets and even blocking roads in the city of Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong Province.The smell is so bad nauseous residents have taken to wearing masks.Tonnes of plastic recycling...
  • China seeks agreement with Vatican on appointment of new bishops

    11/22/2014 3:31:12 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    The Chinese government has proposed a cooperative arrangement with the Vatican regarding the appointment of Catholic bishops. The Beijing regime has clashed repeatedly with Rome over the appointment of bishops. The Vatican insists that all bishops must be appointed with a mandate from the Holy See, and has announced the excommunication of Chinese bishops appointed without that mandate. China, on the other hand, claims that the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association should appoint bishops. In his 2007 letter on the Church in China, Pope Benedict XVI said that the universal Church cannot recognize the authority of a group like the Patriotic...
  • China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip: report

    11/22/2014 9:26:05 AM PST · by bgill · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 22, 2014 | staff
    Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Friday. The construction has stoked concern that China may be converting disputed territory in the mineral-rich archipelago into military installations, adding to tensions waters also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei.
  • China And Russia Team Up To Build World's Largest, Most Powerful Chopper

    11/21/2014 11:35:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 11/21/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    Currently, the largest and most powerful helicopter to have ever entered production is the gargantuan Mi-26 'Halo' of Russian origin, of which many still serve in governmental and commercial roles around the globe. After decades of the 'Halo' being on top, a new record holder is now said to be on the way, with Russia and China joining forces to make it happen. This new super-heavy lift class chopper was originally thought to be an outgrowth of the existing, all-weather capable and highly modernized Mi-26T2, but now it seems that it will only borrow a few elements from it, and...
  • PAF wants to buy Chinese stealth aircraft: minister (Pakistan)

    11/21/2014 7:54:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has expressed interest in procuring fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft FC-31 from China. Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain told Dawn on Friday the matter was being discussed with Chinese authorities. It is for the first time that a senior government functionary has confirmed talks with China over purchase of the longer-range stealth aircraft — an issue that has been a subject of speculation in defence circles since the 10th edition of the Zhuhai Air Show (China) held earlier this month, when the aircraft was unveiled. The Jane’s Defence Weekly had quoted an unnamed...
  • Chinese Debut Cheap Range Rover Copy At Display Next To The Real Thing

    11/21/2014 10:23:57 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 58 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 11-21-14 | http://matepetrany.kinja.com/
    Land Rover just launched their Chinese-built Evoque at the Guangzhou Auto Show, while a few feet away, copycat LandWind X7 offered the same design at quarter of the price. AWKWARD!! This Is Not A Range Rover Evoque - But rather its Chinese cousin, the Landwind X7 Understandably, JLR is about to file a complaint to Chinese officials now regarding IP theft. I say good luck with that, but one can sure feel bad for Jaguar Land Rover. They put their money in a joint venture with Chinese manufacturer Chery to start the Evoque's local production, and this is what they...
  • Network of Secret Chinese Military Attack US on Daily Basis: Costs trillions of $$, millions of jobs

    11/21/2014 11:25:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | November 21, 2014 | Joshua Philipp
    An army is attacking the United States. Its war is being waged without bullets or fanfare. Denied by its government, these soldiers operate in shadows and in silence. Yet, glimpses of their operations are seen on a daily basis—hackers and spies attacking and stealing from U.S. businesses and the U.S. government. Until now, a complete view of their operations and of the military department that gives them their orders remained hidden. Yet, China’s spy and cyberoperations all share one thing in common: they’re all orchestrated under the People’s Liberation Army General Staff Department (GSD), the Chinese military’s top-level department dedicated...
  • China unexpectedly cuts rates to support economy

    11/21/2014 11:07:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2014 12:24 PM EST | Joe McDonald
    China’s central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world’s No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown. On top of the rate cut, Chinese authorities promised to inject credit into the financial system if needed. Meanwhile, the president of the European Central Bank said Friday he was ready to step up stimulus for the 18-country eurozone economy, whose performance continues to disappoint. And Japan’s government this week delayed a tax increase after the country slipped back into recession. News of China’s...
  • Origin of China’s Latest Cruise Missile Debated

    11/21/2014 6:48:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AIN online ^ | November 21, 2014 | Reuben Johnson
    One of the many new weapons shown for the first time Airshow China this year was the China Aerospace Science Industrial Corporation (CASIC) CX-1 Mach 3 cruise missile. The PRC’s defense industrial complex has a number of cruise missiles that can be either ship- or air-launched, and each successive show at Zhuhai seems to generate new models. So this missile is not a major breakthrough in Chinese defense technology. What makes the CX-1 unusual is its close resemblance to another missile that is well-known to the rest of the world: the joint Indian-Russian project, the BrahMos. The uncanny similarity of...
  • US stock futures soar after China's surprise rate cut

    11/21/2014 3:42:55 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 3 replies
    U.S. stocks were setting up for a sharply higher open on Friday, taking their lead from gains in European and Asian markets and the first rate cut by China's central bank in more than two years. Read More China surprises with rate cut to spur growth The People's Bank of China cut its benchmark interest rates Friday for the first time in more than two years on Friday to lower borrowing costs and lift a cooling economy back on track.
  • Russian Bombers Threaten Guam

    11/20/2014 11:24:23 AM PST · by McGruff · 31 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 19, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Two Russian strategic bombers circled the U.S. island of Guam last week in what U.S. defense officials say is the latest in a series of nuclear provocations by Moscow. The bombers were identified by air defenses as Tu-95 Bear H nuclear-capable aircraft that circumnavigated the strategic U.S. military outpost on Friday—amid heightened tensions with Moscow regarding a new buildup of Russian forces in and along the border of eastern Ukraine. “U.S. Pacific Command can confirm that two aircraft circumnavigated Guam on November 13th,” said spokesman Maj. Christian Devine. “The aircraft were flying safely in international airspace and in accordance with...
  • NSA Director: China can damage US power grid

    11/20/2014 9:41:19 AM PST · by McGruff · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 20, 2014
    The head of the NSA issued a blunt warning Thursday to lawmakers: China can shut down the United States. The grim forecast came from Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S .Cyber Command
  • Police Seize Massive Weapons Shipment Headed for Jerusalem

    11/20/2014 8:50:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    inn ^ | 11/20/14 | Ari Soffer
    Israeli police seized a massive shipment of firecrackers, swords, tasers and other weapons at Ashdod port Thursday - a potentially deadly arsenal which was set to be delivered to Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Two containers intercepted by authorities at the southern port were packed with 18,000 fireworks, 5,200 commando knives, 5,500 tasers, 4,300 tasers concealed in flashlights, 1,000 swords and several thousand other "cold" weapons. The lethal cargo was hidden under a layer of Christmas decorations, and had been shipped in all the way from China. The weapons were in all likelihood destined to be used against police and Jewish...
  • India Puts Its Poor Ahead of Pointless CO2 Cuts

    11/20/2014 5:04:27 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/19/2014 | Terry Jones
    The U.S.' much-ballyhooed recent deal with China to cut carbon emissions got a lot of attention in the media. So did Europe's recent pledge to slash its carbon output by a whopping 40%. But both plans seem to have run into a major snag: India.
  • The Greatest Revelation of G20 Summit

    11/18/2014 7:06:34 AM PST · by se99tp · 2 replies
    CCD Report ^ | November 18th, 2014
    (…) While Putin was sitting alone at the table, the other tyrant (not elected in democratic elections) was warmly received, accepted if not worshipped. Current First Secretary of the Communist Party of China (It is worthy to note that Prime Minister Abbot and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop did not even dare to utter his full communist title in their public statements) enjoyed their company. Comrade Xi, as he should be known, not one time declared that the Western democratic values can not be reconciled with Marxism-Leninism. Comrade Xi preaches “Chinese Dream” that is another disinformation term to conceal the totalitarian...
  • Under Modi, Israel and India forge deeper business ties

    11/19/2014 6:14:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | TOVA COHEN AND ARI RABINOVITCH
    At the U.N. General Assembly in New York last September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set aside time for a critical meeting. But it wasn't President Barack Obama he was keen to see. It was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since Modi came to power in May, ties between Israel and India have been in overdrive, with the two signing a series of defence and technology deals that have underscored their burgeoning commercial and political relationship. The same month as the UN meeting, Modi's cabinet cleared a long-delayed purchase of Israeli missiles for its navy. In October, India closed a...
  • The Russia-China Axis is Here and It's Changing the World

    11/19/2014 1:53:17 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 4 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | 19 Nov 2014
    A new axis has formed. It is so colossal, the world really could almost spin on it. The Trumpet magazine and its predecessor have forecast it for more than five decades, but now the world is catching on to this undeniable trend—and realizing the huge implications. The types of headlines that would have seemed strange 50 or 15 or even five years ago have now become commonplace: “Time to Take the Russia-China Axis Seriously” (Diplomat, November 4), “Putin Accelerates Turn to China” (Courcy’s Intelligence, November 7), “Why Chinese-Russian Friendship Is Here to Stay” (Foreign Affairs, October 29). We’ve been looking for...
  • Open the Floodgates – Chinese Inquiries on U.S. Real Estate Soar 35% After Easing of Visa Rules

    11/19/2014 12:31:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Liberty Blitzkrieg ^ | 11/19/2014 | Michael Krieger
    In a nation in which 1 out of every 3 homes is unaffordable, you’d think the primary goal of public policy wouldn’t be to ensure real estate becomes even more out of reach for the average citizen. However, we live in a country in which policy isn’t being driven by logic and what’s in the best interest of “the people,” rather, we live in an neo-feudalistic society in which policy is being driven by what is best for a handful of white-collar criminals. It’s bad enough that American financial oligarchs have leveraged free money polices of the Federal Reserve to...
  • China Tests Space Weapons As U.S. Pursues Space Disarmament

    11/18/2014 2:26:59 PM PST · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 18, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: Members of Congress warn that the State Department is working on arms accords to demilitarize space and ban anti-satellite weapons, leaving Russia and China with a huge lead in military space capabilities. On Jan. 17, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement announcing the Obama administration's intention to work with the European Union on an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. It was supposed to be sort of a "rules of the road" for space-faring nations to deal with issues such as the accumulating space junk jeopardizing satellites and manned space activities such as the...
  • Man who killed two Chinese students in Los Angeles given multiple life terms

    11/17/2014 7:53:22 PM PST · by VeronicaCromwell · 44 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 18 Nov 2014 | The Times of India
    LOS ANGELES: A man convicted of killing two Chinese graduate students was sentenced on Monday in Los Angeles to multiple life terms in prison by a judge who denounced him for showing no remorse and smiling while a grief-stricken victim's father spoke in court. Javier Bolden made no comment during a lengthy hearing during which the mother of one victim sobbed and the father of another called him "human trash" and "a monster." The killings drew international interest and fueled concerns in China about the safety of students abroad. Bolden, 22, was found guilty last month of shooting Ming Qu...
  • First China-Made Plane Coming To U.S. Skies

    11/17/2014 7:35:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/17/2014 | Gordon Chang
    On Tuesday, on the eve of China’s 10th Zhuhai Airshow, California-based Coptervision placed an order for 20 Y-12s, a 19-seat turboprop. “This purchase marks the first time for any Chinese-made planes to enter an advanced market, and the U.S. has the highest standards, so this testifies to the achievement of Chinese aircraft manufacturing,” said Li Xianzhe of Avicopter to the South China Morning Post. Avicopter is the general aviation subsidiary of the Y-12’s manufacturer, Aviation Industry Corp. of China. Four of the Coptervision orders are for the Y-12F. This model, the most recent version of the Chinese workhorse, has not...
  • Chinese weapons winning battle for international market

    11/16/2014 8:27:42 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    China Daily/Asia News Network ^ | Monday, Nov 17, 2014 | Zhao Lei
    Effective, affordable armaments prove popular with developing countries Chinese-made armaments have become increasingly popular in the international market, according to an industry insider. "We have observed several successive years of good revenue from the export of our products, and the sales figures keep rising year-on-year, "Liu Song, deputy general manager of research and development at China North Industries Corp, popularly abbreviated as Norinco, told China Daily at the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition. The show, which closed on Sunday, was held in Zhuhai, Guangdong province. As the export wing of China North Industries Group Corp, the country's biggest...
  • Landmark moment as 125 millionth Bible printed in China [Largest Bible printer in the world]

    11/16/2014 12:24:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 11/7/2014 | Carey Lodge
    The largest Bible printing factory in the world has printed its 125th million copy, the Financial Times reports. Based in Nanjing, China, the factory is run by the government-sanctioned Amity Foundation in conjunction with the Bible Society. It has produced over 65 million Bibles in ten different Chinese languages since 1987, in addition to more than 59 million in 90 other languages for exportation. Officially an atheist state, the right to freedom of religious belief is guaranteed under Article 36 of the Chinese Constitution but protections are limited to those who worship within state-sanctioned bodies. Chinese Christians often suffer at...
  • Why China Is Cooperating on Climate Change (Barf Alert!!!)

    11/16/2014 11:40:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Americans like to keep the world simple, dividing important countries into two groups: valued allies and hateful enemies. That approach suffices when we're talking about South Korea and North Korea. But it doesn't work well when it comes to China. Many people see it as a giant, looming menace. The truth is more complicated. With China, we have a worrisome rival end an indispensable partner. That latter status has never been clearer than today, after a summit that produced several new accords between Washington and Beijing. The most important and surprising was an agreement to curb emissions of greenhouse gases...
  • Confrontations Await Obama After Productive Trip

    11/16/2014 8:21:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2014 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent
    After a productive trip abroad, President Barack Obama headed home Sunday on a collision course with Republicans on immigration and an oil pipeline project, showdowns that threaten prospects for cooperation over his remaining two years in office. Given his faltering political support in the U.S. and his party's recent election losses, his trip to China, Myanmar and Australia appeared to offer respite. The president, who was due to arrive in Washington late Sunday, basked in policy breakthroughs with China and warm welcomes in Myanmar and Australia. "I intend to build on that momentum when I return home," Obama said at...
  • One week to ‘finish the job’ in Iran nuclear talks

    11/16/2014 6:44:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | November 16, 2014
    One week to ‘finish the job’ in Iran nuclear talks ‘Failure would be a dangerous scenario for the entire world’ AFP Published: 14:30 November 16, 2014 Gulf News Vienna: Iran and six world powers begin a final round of talks in Vienna on Tuesday aiming to overcome significant remaining differences and agree a historic nuclear deal by a November 24 deadline. “There’s still a big gap. We may not be able to get there,” US President Barack Obama warned last Sunday. After 12 years of rising tensions, threats of war and failed diplomacy this accord would silence for good fears...
  • The Rise of Christianity in China

    11/16/2014 6:04:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | 11/7/14 | Jamil Anderlini
    The state’s response to this resurgence of faith is an escalating campaign of repression As he stood in the hot sun and watched a dozen earth movers smash through the walls of the Sanjiang church, Mr Dai felt a great sadness and also fear – for himself and for the future of his fellow Christians. “There were so many police blocking the road and surrounding mountains. They had cut off power to the whole area and blacked out mobile phone coverage and they were trying to stop anybody coming near,” he says. By pretending to be part of the demolition...
  • Chinese team arrives in Liberia to staff Ebola clinic

    11/15/2014 5:15:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    ca.reuters.com ^ | Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:12pm EST
    About 160 Chinese health workers arrived on Saturday in Liberia, where they are due to staff a new $41 million Ebola clinic that, unlike most other foreign interventions, is being built and fully run by Chinese personnel. China, Africa's biggest trade partner, had come under fire for the level of its response to the Ebola crisis. But it said this week it would send 1,000 personnel to help fight an outbreak that has killed over 5,000 people in West Africa. "Up to now in Liberia, China is the only country which provides not only the construction of an ETU (Ebola...
  • Who built this Siberian summer palace… and why?

    11/15/2014 4:35:03 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 12 November 2014 | Derek Lambie
    Outer walls standing 10 metres tall and 12 metres wide formed a rectangular shape... Walls on the inside were smaller, at about one metre-tall, forming the outline of buildings, with a large building in the centre of the site. Some of the walls and panels were covered with lime plaster painted with horizontal red striped... 'The building was most likely of the post-and-beam construction characteristic of Chinese architecture from the T’ang Dynasty,' wrote head archaeologist Irina Arzhantseva in a report published in The European Archaeologist in 2011. 'Finds of burnt timber fragments point to the use of the typical Chinese...
  • Ears of Ancient Chinese Terra-Cotta Warriors Offer Clues to Their Creation

    11/15/2014 12:13:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Heather Pringle
    Since then, archaeologists have puzzled over how ancient artisans produced the estimated 7,000 lifelike clay soldiers, right down to their stylish goatees and plaits of braided hair. Some have suggested that the statues were modeled after real, individual soldiers; others think they were assembled from standard clay ears, noses, and mouths, similar to the Mr. Potato Head toy. Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta, National Geographic Creative Recently, in a project known as Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army, a team of archaeologists from University College London (UCL) in Britain and from Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Museum...
  • Why did China pick 2030? Oh look…

    11/13/2014 9:51:00 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Joannenova.com.au ^ | November 14th, 2014 | | Joanne
    After nine months of secret negotiations President Obama managed to get the Chinese to agree to stop their emissions rising after 2030. But look what else is peaking in 2030. Population.China: Projections of population growth Did Obama do his homework? Seems President Xi did.h/t to Andrew V
  • Election over, so US, China agree to make unenforceable long term commitment with no consequences

    11/13/2014 9:34:20 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Joannenova.com.au ^ | November 12th, 2014 | Joanne
    …Now that the mid-term elections are over in the US,  Obama is free to announce the climate commitments that voters didn’t need to hear. (I did say this would happen.) It’s a “landmark” agreement and a “gamechanger”, but no one can point out what  happens if either country doesn’t stick to its agreement. The end-point of this grand theater of intent and glorious promises is Paris 2015.What matters is the appearance of “momentum” — and this show ticks all the boxes. The two global superpowers make a sudden, unexpected agreement to reduce emissions and the press can call it...