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Have you ever read Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness? If you have you will recall the final words of Kurtz in his moment of epiphany shortly before his death - The horror! The horror!
Let me take you to another heart of darkness; let me take you to China in the middle of the twentieth century, to the time of the so-called Great Leap Forward. Last year I read Mao’s Great Famine by Frank Dikötter, a study of that grim period in the country’s history which has now deservedly been awarded the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, one of Britain’s most prestigious literary... (more)
If one wants to understand communist China of the twenty-first century one could do no better than look at capitalist England of the nineteenth! Yes, it’s all there; economic prosperity, certainly, but one based on huge disparities in personal wealth, on an unequal distribution of power, which allows corruption to flourish, and an intolerance of any form of sedition or radical dissent, perhaps the greatest irony of all.
As the Chinese Communist Party celebrates the ninetieth anniversary this week of its foundation the party mood has been somewhat dampened by nervous apprehension in official... (more)
...was pointed out that turtles were from the sea and salt water and tortoises live in fresh water. Good to know, but whatever they are, I am very happy to keep one as a pet, but not happy to eat one for dinner. I have a few turtle stories.
I first tasted turtle, or tortoise, in Wuhan in China. I was guest of honor at the table, and they had ordered turtle as a special delicacy. It is considered very valuable for its nutrients and much prized for its rich oil and succulence.
There right in front of me was a turtle on a bed of gleaming hot rocks, and he was as big as my... (more)
In the space of only one year, the U.S. debt being bought and held by Communist China rose by a full 25%. China, not only the world's second largest buyer of U.S. debt, is also the world's leading purchaser of military hardware behind the U.S. itself. Outspending even the Russians and the entire Middle East combined, the U.S. government seems to be turning a completely blind eye towards what can only be described as the largest conventional and nuclear military buildup in modern history.
As with any emerging global power able to project it's will through military might, China has already... (more)
...He's simply the best "pitch man" I've ever heard! His customers are always mesmerized as he walks them through his showroom, presenting the season's new collections with great ease, passion, and professionalism. He's known for tapping his big diamond pinkie ring on the doors of the dining room china cabinets to bring attention to the detail in the glass. His shoes are always spit polished, and not the tiniest wrinkle can be found in his suit and tie.
My mother on the other hand is a "creative". She is the queen of arts and crafts. She could take any old scraps of paper, and turn... (more)
If America didn't have it hands full with two foreign wars, another potentially more serious confrontation may be looming with of all nations, China, our industrial master, in a case of de'ja vu back to WW2.
The expected deployment in the near future of the Dong Feng 21D anti ship missile could not only put more American lives at risk, but transform China into what Japan was striving for before and during WW2, the leaders of a Greater Asia Co Prosperity Sphere. And ironically, we're paying for the very weapons that may be used to attack us.
While Japan may have fallen short, largely... (more)
I would like to introduce you to a really cool dude named Michele Gargaro. He's a young man I worked with at a factory in the south of China. Together Michele and I braved conditions that I could never truly describe here in this post. It would take a 100's of pictures and 1000's of words to even get close.
Michele's father was one of the great craftsman in the art of making upholstered furniture in southern Italy. When he was just a young boy, he worked in his father's factory in Italy during the summers and weekends. There, he also learned the fine art of handcrafting upholstered furniture... (more)
...worth? Better yet, how much is Dubai worth? (Not as much as it used to be worth, but still, the Burj Khalifa is pretty pimp in a “hey look at my new gold teeth” kind of way). Even better than that, how much are the Tiger and the Dragon worth? That’s right, I’m talking about India and China—two Billion with a capital “B” and silent “schwa,” people sitting on some of the most rich and diverse natural resource reserves in the world. Here is my plan in all its simplistic yet sophisticatedly rich detail.
Step One: We quickly pull out of Iraq telling the Iraqis that we ... (more)
...falling debris of the buildings left some of the escaping survivors unconscious.
The Chinese Vice Premier, Zhang Dejiang who reached the accident site, met the injured, while Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have personally issued instructions about the rescue work. China has recently and historically, been witness to some of the world's deadliest mining industry disasters.
China is one of the NPT-recognized nuclear power states but still relies for about 80% of its power needs on thermal power, fueled by coal. Despite a recent government drive to... (more)
President Obama on his visit to Asia has been a trend-changer on many accounts. In a zeal to “strengthen” tied with China, US seems to have stepped in the wrong alley. After US-China released a joint press statement making reference to Indo-Pakistani relations and sending message that U.S. is fine with the idea of a third party intervention in the talks between the two nations (India-Pakistan); officials of U.S. embassy in India, State and Foreign Department are now on an explanation spree.
India on Wednesday reacted sharply to the joint statement. India has always been very critical... (more)