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New Images Show China Literally Gaining Ground in South China Sea

New Images Show China Literally Gaining Ground in South China Sea | Living in China is full of wonder, amazement and absurdities | Scoop.it
Satellite photos show the speed, scale and ambition China has exerted to assert ownership over South China Sea islands, far from the mainland.

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Marc Meynardi's curator insight, April 13, 2015 2:40 AM

Suprisingly, the other countries dont show a lot of concerns.

Norka McAlister's curator insight, April 15, 2015 10:06 PM

China is a powerful country with a population of 1.357 billion people. China as a regional hegemony, the more land means expansion of territorial control on the region and projecting sea power on international waters. However the main reason why China, the Philippines, and other countries are trying to claim these islands is due to the oil and natural gas exploitation in the South China Sea. Even when geopolitical conflicts between Philippines and other countries arise, any of these countries will have to form powerful armies in order to fight against China. The U.S. would be the only country that could pursue different strategies and mediate agreements between China’s neighbors. However, through military intimidation, China would overpower any country that tried to claim these islands as part of their territory. 

Lora Tortolani's curator insight, April 20, 2015 1:37 PM

China has its hopes on securing the land that is rich in oil to bring prosperity to the country.  China is building a great wall of sand and seems as though they are not fearful of others stopping it even though China has been warned that these actions create tension from Taiwan, the Philippines, and Vietnam.  

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Chinese teenagers urged to smile more by biting down on CHOPSTICKS to practise being nicer to foreigners

Chinese teenagers urged to smile more by biting down on CHOPSTICKS to practise being nicer to foreigners | Living in China is full of wonder, amazement and absurdities | Scoop.it
Communist party officials believe the country needs to put on a cheerier face, especially for foreigners, as it opens up more and more to tourists.
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Twitter / AhoyBieber: How can he look so beautiful ...

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How can he look so beautiful after climbing up the Great Wall of china. HOW??? http://t.co/WC6UkpMSmg
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Guangdong In Pictures

This blog provides everyday-life pictures about people, places, products and landscapes from Guangdong, China.
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New Chinese law says children must visit parents

New Chinese law says children must visit parents | Living in China is full of wonder, amazement and absurdities | Scoop.it
It requires sons and daughters to visit their parents more often and look after them (In theatre of absurd, anything can be regulated.
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Photos: China's first masturbation contest held in Shenzhen for World AIDS Day

Photos: China's first masturbation contest held in Shenzhen for World AIDS Day | Living in China is full of wonder, amazement and absurdities | Scoop.it
In honour of World AIDS Day on December 1st, contestants gathered in Shenzhen for China's (and potentially the world's) first 'Wankathon'. Sponsored by sex-toy manufacturer Aihuirun.com (definitely NSFW).
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Snow hits Mt. Huashan, bringing charming sceneries - China culture

Snow hits Mt. Huashan, bringing charming sceneries - China culture | Living in China is full of wonder, amazement and absurdities | Scoop.it
Tourists view snow scenery at Huashan Mountain Scenic Area in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Nov. 30, 2011. A snow hit Mt. Huashan on Tuesday, bringing charming sceneries to the tourist site.

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More than just a "hello"

Had one helluva strange classroom experience today. In every class you find a variety of skill levels. Every teacher knows this. Today I had one for the ages. This week we have been working on variables in greetings and goodbyes in an effort to end the repetitive "Hello teacher". In my last class of the week I heard the capper of cappers. One normally mousy and quiet girl started to giggle. I asked "do you have one?" Then came the reply "yes teacher. Wanna f***?", at which point the class burst out laughing and I was left completely speechless.

Given the rarity of leaving me speechless, you know this was a good one. It was so much more than I would have expected in any class. It certainly wasn't something I would expect a girl to say. China is conservative in many ways......but I keep reminding myself #ThisIsChina. #livingInChina is something that often leads to wonder.

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The History of Flying Chinese Sky Lanterns

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The use of sky lanterns is becoming increasingly popular. Many people use them for informal get togethers or parties. Often people use sky lanterns at birthday parties, anniversaries or even grand opening events for businesses.

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The Cool Hunter - Welcome

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China publishes new map

China publishes new map | Living in China is full of wonder, amazement and absurdities | Scoop.it
China has published a new map of the entire country including the islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) in order to "better show" its territorial claim over the region.

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Jason Schneider's curator insight, April 2, 2015 9:44 PM

Not only does China have a strong economic system and the high population in the world, but they also claim South China Sea. Also since they are wealthy, then they hire maritime security to make sure other areas such as the Philippines and Malaysia don't attempt to take over China's seas. Also, the Philippines attempts to battle China over oil and natural gases but they fail against China because China's more populated than the Philippines. The main point of this map is to show how much of the ocean and sea China claims and they claim about 18% of water out of their land population.

David Lizotte's curator insight, April 23, 2015 1:09 PM

This map exemplifies how different countries have differing impressions of land/territory that they own. China views itself as this image depicted above. They honestly believe it. As ridiculous as it sounds I do understand why. China owns this region of the world and will continue to do so. They are claiming land and even forming new land throughout the South China Sea. What is important about the creating of land mass is that China then controls 200 nautical miles around whatever they construct. There is nothing the neighboring countries in the region can do about it. China knows it is a dominant military power and intimidates other countries.

For example, the island of Taiwan is claimed by China as a province. China does not recognize the "Republic of China" (ROC) which governs Taiwan and used to govern mainland China prior to the Chinese Civil War. China has even threatened the island with military use if the people openly declare a massive independent movement. There is a lot more to this history, more than a scoop can provide for, however in a nutshell, Taiwan is China's and will continue to be so. 

In another region of China bordering India and Pakistan, which conveys the expansive territory China covers as a country and its various neighboring countries, China is yet claiming another piece of land. As if the dispute between India and Pakistan was not great enough the two countries also differ over territory just north of the Kashmir border region. China also believes this territory is theirs, now making the land up for grabs between the three nations. China may or may not have historical ties that link it to this piece of land. But in either case it certainly views this territory as an area of land that is open for taking, in that it could eventually claim the territory as a whole. What would Pakistan and India do? These two countries have enough going on. 

Alex Vielman's curator insight, December 15, 2015 12:55 AM

At first when looking at this map, it seems just about right knowing that China is a huge territorial country, but we also see that this map, when compared to an older map, is different. In this map, we can see that the islands on the West, China has claimer part of there territory. This is simply an analysis of how China seeks geopolitical power over these islands. The map shows China’s claim over the South China Sea by marking ten dash lines around the region just off the coasts of Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines’ islands of Palawan and Luzon. These are all individual countries, that have there own culture, language, separate of that of China. The difference between this issue and perhaps that of Catalonia seeking independence over Spain, is that these countries like Malaysia and Brunei are already territorial countries. China is simply showing that they have the power to declare this map, even if its not true. 




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China Has Accomplished Something In Global Trade Not Seen Since Colonial Britain

China Has Accomplished Something In Global Trade Not Seen Since Colonial Britain | Living in China is full of wonder, amazement and absurdities | Scoop.it

"China is a true mega-trader — a position last held by colonial Britain, with trade significant not only as a share of world trade (11.5%) but also of its own GDP (47%).  The U.S. is China's top export destination. China's trade with Latin America has risen more than 200 times since 1990 and is the fastest-growing corridor. China's trade is beginning to slow, however. Exports accounted for about 25% of GDP in 2012, down from 35% in 2007." 


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Sean Goins's curator insight, November 13, 2014 1:31 PM

in the global market, china has become the rising power in the exporting market with latin america which has risen more than 200 times since 1990 and is the fastest, but has also slowed down in more recent times but is still one of the largest exporters in the world

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 16, 2014 10:38 PM

A new Standard Chartered report by Madhur Jha and other Standard Chartered economists, titled "Global Trade Unbundled," highlights just how much of a trading giant China has become. "China is a true mega trader-- a position last held by colonial Britain, with trade significant not only as a share of world trade but also of its own GDP", according to Jha. "China will likely become a champion of free trade." In 2013, China topped the United States for the first time. China's imports and exports of goods amounted to $4.16 trillion dollars. The United States is China's top destination for exports. This is obvious because if we look on half the items we use daily, they probably say "Made in China". China's exports with Latin America and Africa are still continuing to grow rapidly. Jha and others believe that China will remain the top trader mostly because the economic recovery is a positive for China. Also because a lot of attention is paid towards exports from China rather than imports. China's trade rates are likely to keep growing at a steady pace.

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, April 5, 8:17 AM

This article is highlights what we already know; China is a dominant force in global trade (although the map should be centered on the Pacific to show China's real shipping lanes and interregional connections).  Containers are symbols of global commerce that enable economies of scale to be profitable and the outsourcing of so many manufacturing jobs to developing countries (almost 90% of everything we buy arrives via ship).  The invention of these containers have changed the geography of global shipping and the vast majority of the world's largest ports are now in East Asia. 


Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

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Fake China

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Did that lion just bark at me?Counting down China's most radical and odious counterfeits (http://t.co/aUpy0xcpkV If #China wants to be the new power player they need to clean house first #government...
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China's Most Beautiful Place: 18 Pictures of Guizhou Libo | China ...

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A few years ago, in the selection of China's most beautiful place of “Chinese National Geography” Guizhou Libo not well known beat many” senior “Famous mountains resort obtained Network Popularity Award, and became ...
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The world’s new largest building is four times the size of Vatican City

The world’s new largest building is four times the size of Vatican City | Living in China is full of wonder, amazement and absurdities | Scoop.it
China just cut the ribbon on the world's new largest building. The New Century Global Center, which recently opened in Chendgu, China, is 328 feet high, 1,640 feet long, and 1,312 feet wide.
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Jianchuan: China's Biggest Museum Cluster - GoChengdoo (blog)

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GoChengdoo (blog)Jianchuan: China's Biggest Museum ClusterGoChengdoo (blog)Other than the massive museum grounds—allegedly China's largest—and Anren Old Town, home to Liu's Mansion (刘氏庄园博物馆), the tiny, sleepy town appears to contain a small bus...

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Comparison of China’s Sina Weibo vs Tencent WeChat.

Comparison of China’s Sina Weibo vs Tencent WeChat. | Living in China is full of wonder, amazement and absurdities | Scoop.it
Great infographic from CIC comparing Tencent WeChat and Sina Weibo.

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Andreas Fulda on dialogue and deliberation in China

"EU-China. Reflections on a maturing relationship" is a series of ten video interviews conducted by Hermann Aubié and Kanako Kuramitsu.

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Features, Magazine, Politics, World | You'll never be Chinese | Prospect Magazine

Features, Magazine, Politics, World | You'll never be Chinese | Prospect Magazine | Living in China is full of wonder, amazement and absurdities | Scoop.it
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Celebrity & Fame Vocabulary: The Difficulty of Stardom

Celebrity & Fame Vocabulary: The Difficulty of Stardom | Living in China is full of wonder, amazement and absurdities | Scoop.it
With very useful and commonly used vocabulary, Phil looks at the downside of becoming famous overnight.

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