Tuesday, October 28, 2014

China's Response To Ebola Outbreak In Africa Super Fast Due To Lessons Learned Fighting SARS

China sent medical teams to Africa to search out those infected, and medical labs to identify those infected, and to educate the people to prevent panic and spread of disease. Although China is still a developing country, China's was preaised by WHO for it's immediate response. There are many challenges in Africa it containing the spread of Ebola Aid Workers desperately need protective suits. The search for Ebola meds is urgently ongoing. Ebola and Cultures of Engagement: Chinese Versus Western Health Diplomacy Authors: Erica Penfold, Researcher/Project coordinator, Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration project; Pieter Fourie, Research Fellow, Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration project, South African Institute for International Affairs Oct 3, 2014 http://www.cfr.org/councilofcouncils/global_memos/p33560

Monday, November 25, 2013

China Announces First air Defense Identification Zone

Published on Nov 24, 2013 中国政府再亮铁拳,划定东海防空识别圈,钓鱼岛纷争,中国再进一步,中国国安局成立的­大动作 Announcement of the Aircraft Identification Rules for the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone of the P.R.C. English.news.cn 2013-11-23 10:11:36 EIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of National Defense issued an announcement of the aircraft identification rules for the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone of the People's Republic of China.p Following is the full text: Announcement of the Aircraft Identification Rules for the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone of the People's Republic of China Issued by the Ministry of National Defense on November 23 The Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China, in accordance with the Statement by the Government of the People's Republic of China on Establishing the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, now announces the Aircraft Identification Rules for the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone as follows: First, aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone must abide by these rules. Second, aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone must provide the following means of identification: 1. Flight plan identification. Aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone should report the flight plans to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China or the Civil Aviation Administration of China. 2. Radio identification. Aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone must maintain the two-way radio communications, and respond in a timely and accurate manner to the identification inquiries from the administrative organ of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone or the unit authorized by the organ. 3. Transponder identification. Aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, if equipped with the secondary radar transponder, should keep the transponder working throughout the entire course. 4. Logo identification. Aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone must clearly mark their nationalities and the logo of their registration identification in accordance with related international treaties. Third, aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone should follow the instructions of the administrative organ of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone or the unit authorized by the organ. China's armed forces will adopt defensive emergency measures to respond to aircraft that do not cooperate in the identification or refuse to follow the instructions. Fourth, the Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China is the administrative organ of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone. Fifth, the Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China is responsible for the explanation of these rules. Sixth, these rules will come into force at 10 a.m. November 23, 2013. For details about the Fishing Platform Islands see the links below: http://www1.american.edu/TED/ice/DIAOYU.HTM http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/51cbed747896bb431f69243c/

Monday, June 17, 2013

Tell Me No Secrets

This year, Xi and Obama agreed to hold a casual, informal, Two Nations Summitt at the US western retreet in California. The advertised purpose was for the two leaders to develope a personal relationship, so the two countries could better resolve issues.

In the two week run up up to the historic meeting, Obama repeatedly chastised China over what the US claimed was China's cyber spying to steal US business and military secrets. Obama even blasted China at the Asian meeting in Singapore..

This is the first time the Pentagon's annual report has directly linked such attacks to the Beijing government and military. 
The Pentagon has accused China of sponsoring cyber-attacks on U.S government computers as part of a campaign of cyber-espionage.

This is the first time the Pentagon's annual report has directly linked such attacks to the Beijing government.

The annual Pentagon report claims that at least some attacks on US government and other computer systems appeared to be 'attributable directly' to the Chinese government and military.

It alleges China is using its cyber capabilities to collect intelligence against US diplomatic, economic and defence programs, and is developing the skills needed to conduct cyber-warfare.

The new wording in the report continues an escalating effort by US officials to call out the Chinese on the cyber-attacks and to press for a more open dialogue with Beijing on the problem.

The Pentagon report also criticises a 'lack of transparency' in China's military modernisation programme and defence spending.

The report from the US Department of Defense states: 'In 2012, numerous computer systems around the world, including those owned by the US government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military.'

China has rebuffed the claims, with its Foreign Ministry repeating that it opposes cyber-attacks as well as 'all groundless accusations and hyping' that could harm prospects for cooperation.

'We are willing to hold even-tempered and constructive dialogue with the U.S.' about cybercrime, a spokesman said.

The issue was highlighted in February with the issuing of a report by cyber-security firm Mandiant that claimed to have traced several years of cyber-attacks against 140 mostly American companies to a Chinese military unit in Shanghai.

The firm identified the People's Liberation Army's Shanghai-based Unit 61398 as the most likely driving force behind the attacks.

It said says the office block is linked to stolen technology blueprints, manufacturing processes, clinical trial results, pricing documents, negotiation strategies and other secret data from more than 100 companies.

More alarmingly, it claimed the unit, known as the Comment Crew, also made incursions into the computer networks that control oil pipelines, power grids, water plants and other pieces of key state infrastructure.

But the US accusations backfire when Snowden releases top secret documents that proves that the US is the biggest cyber spy of all!

Today it is reported that China is requesting the US for an explanation.

Today, when asked if Snowden was a spy for China, Foreign Ministary spokeswoman Hua Chun Ying replied, "Thats complete nonsense!"


China - The Ministry on Monday joined calls for Washington to provide explanations following disclosures of National Security Agency programmes which collect millions of telephone records and track foreign Internet activity on US networks.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that Washington needs to heed international concerns expressed since the programmes were made public earlier this month by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Officials and lawmakers in Germany and other countries are already pressing Washington for information about the collection of information that might affect their citizens' privacy.
"We think that the United States should regard seriously the concerns and demands of the global community and people from all countries and furnish the global community with a necessary explanation," Hua said at a regularly scheduled briefing.
Snowden flew to the Chinese autonomous region of Hong Kong on May 20 and is believed to still be there, though in hiding at an unknown location.
China hasn't said whether it would cooperate with any US demands for his extradition, and Hong Kong's Western-style legal system that is distinct from that on the Chinese mainland allows opportunities for him to appeal.
US officials have defended the surveillance programmes as essential to disrupting terrorist plots.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday he was "very, very worried" that Snowden would pass on sensitive information to China in return for immunity or sanctuary.

Asked whether Snowden was a Chinese spy or cooperating with Beijing, Hua answered: "This is complete nonsense."

Friday, November 9, 2012

Leadership Change Chinese Style

The upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), scheduled to open Thursday, will be attended by 2,270 delegates. The following are changes in the makeup of delegates, compared with that at the 17th Party congress in 2007. How does the work done in Congress affect the people?

Delegates election shows CPC's vitality On Monday, the Communist Party of China (CPC) published a list of newly elected delegates to attend its upcoming National Congress, which convenes once every five years.

After a subsequent qualification check, those 2,270 representatives are expected to deliberate and decide vital issues on the party and the country on behalf of some 82 million party members and the entire Chinese population.

The selection and election process served as a vivid application of the CPC's principle of democratic centralism and demonstrated its vigorous vitality.

A political task of vital importance Last October, the 17th Central Committee of the CPC decided at its sixth plenary session that the Party's 18th National Congress would be held in Beijing in the second half of 2012.

It was widely believed that the 18th National Congress, held at a critical period of the country's reform and development, would have profound influence on the party's role in leading the country, by having a clear understanding of the situation, and reaching a consensus.

It would seem that China's stepping stone approach is working better that taking a great leap into the vast unknown of hot to hold elections that would fairly represent the 56 Nationalities as well as the various vocations and professions. Thus, the selection and election of delegates served as groundwork for a successful session. The CPC Central Committee attached great importance to the process, with general secretary Hu Jintao giving instructions on several occasions.

Actually, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and its Standing Committee had discussed the selection last August and clarified the guidelines and policies to be used.

Measures also taken by central authorities to enhance democracy, and the transparency and supervision of the process, while optimizing the structures of the politically reliable delegates, included drawing experiences from the previous selection and election five years ago and making institutional innovations.

Before the selection, the CPC Central Committee decided that a total of 2,270 delegates should be elected by 40 electoral units across the country.

A standard for candidates was also highlighted, clarifying that they should be elite party members with a firm political stand, virtue, fine working style, excellent achievements and comparatively strong capability in fulfilling the duties of a party delegate.

The CPC Central Committee also decided that the number of candidates should be at least 15 percent more than that of the delegates, while the ratio of delegates from the grass-roots level, especially workers, should be increased.

To carry out the plan, the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee offered dedicated training for the election work, distributed flow charts of the selection and supervision procedures.

Intra-Party democracy

To ensure the election of more outstanding delegates and each Party member having access to election information, the CPC has taken various measures to give full play to intra-party democracy through the 10-month-long process of the election.

For a poll held at Woniu village, Xuzhou city of east China's Jiangsu Province in January, 70-year-old Feng Changxi came in his wheelchair to choose a delegate to the CPC's 18th National Congress. "The election is a very important issue," Feng said. "Today, I am bound to come here to vote for the best delegate for the Party."

Liu Xiaonan, a teacher with Peking University, received an E-mail from the university's Party committee which asked her to nominate a delegate candidate when she was studying abroad. "Although overseas, I felt I was always together with the organization as a Party member," Liu replied.

According to the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, up to 98 percent of Party members participated in the election of delegates to the congress.

The CPC, for the first time, carried out a multi-candidate survey on the preliminary candidates of the delegates to the upcoming Party congress.

The loss margins in electing delegates to the congress were raised to 15 percent or above nationwide, according to the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee.

Many local Party committees, for the first time, publicized the list of delegates' names via media channels, in a bid to mobilize the participation of, and solicit feedback from, Party members in the election.

Hubei Daily published a list of 72 preliminary candidates of the delegates and their basic information on February 20, an effort by the province's Party committee to win more public supervision for the election. Diversity, more grass-roots delegates

With a wide span both of ages and occupation, the makeup of delegates to the 18th National Congress of the CPC is appropriate and all ratios set by the CPC Central Committee to realize full representativeness have been fulfilled.

Among the 2,270 delegates, the youngest is Jiao Liuyang, a 21-year-old swimming gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Delegates also come from business, technology, education circles and the country's armed forces.

About 30.5 percent of the elected delegates are from the grass-roots level, up 2.1 percentage points from the previous congress in 2007, while 69.5 percent are officials at all levels, down 2.1 percentage points from the previous congress.

Among all the delegates, the number of workers saw the sharpest increase, from 51 in the 17th congress to the current 169, including 26 migrant workers.

"After being elected as a delegate, I will lead other workmates to work harder so as to build a better image of worker Party members," said Pi Jinjun, a migrant worker who serves as a stevedore at Qingdao Port in east China's Shandong Province.

A total of 1,640 delegates joined the CPC after November 1976, accounting for 72.2 percent of the total, 20.5 percentage points higher than that of the congress in 2007, according to Wang Jingqing, deputy head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee. "The CPC's cause has been passed from the older generation to the younger generation and maintained its dynamics," Wang said. [source:china daily]

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Across the Border, Laos

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

China Bashing by US Presidential Candidates Milking Latent Racism

BEIJING — Richer and more assertive since the last American presidential campaign, China is looking at the harsh anti-Chinese sentiment being expressed by both candidates with a mixture of aloofness and unease.

The Chinese say they are accustomed to China-bashing during the American election season, but there is growing concern among government officials, business executives and academics here that this time the attitude toward China among the American public and politicians is so hot it may not cool after Election Day.

From accusations of unfair trade practices to a discussion of whether it is proper for the candidates to have investments in Chinese companies, the word “China” came up 22 times, and always negatively, in the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney last week. In the final presidential debate Monday night, when foreign policy will be the main subject, China is likely to be a center of attention again

This year we see a few changes in the China Bashing that usually accompianies US presedential elections. First, the growing Chinse middle class are watching, and secondly,US news media, like the New Yourk Times, quoted above, have taken notice, and are covering the China Bashing, rather than allowing themselves to be a vector, repeating what the candidates allege.

Even my neighbour asked me what I thought of all the China comments in the second debate. Mind you, it was a forum, and there were no questions from the forum about China Policy. Instead, the Candidates want to be sure all Americans know they are against being soft on China. A third new development, I have not heard either Obama nor Romney state that China was a Communist country.

 Folks, it looks like we have turned a corner.