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China publishes new map

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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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Susan Kelly's insight:

Seems like using a wikipedia entry to validate these claims.

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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. 




What Fascinates Me About China
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Travelogue 11/19/2013 Tea & Horse Trail Part 1 CCTV News - CNTV English

Travelogue 11/19/2013 Tea & Horse Trail Part 1 CCTV News - CNTV English | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
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You'll want to get a visa after seeing the breathtaking scenery along the Tea and Horse Trail, a trip through Shangri-la.

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Grab Those Red Envelopes – On WeChat!

Grab Those Red Envelopes – On WeChat! | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
WeChat is China's #1 social media app, and a great place to give gifts and maintain relationships. In this article, you'll learn the basics of gifting Red Envelopes on WeChat, and why it's such an important tool for foreigners living and working in China.
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Red envelopes are part of Chinese culture not only as a means for giving holiday money to kids in your family, but aw a way to build bonds and strengthen you social networks. 

Now this tradition has gone high tech.
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Shanghai's Holdout Neighborhood of Guangfuli

Reuters photographer Aly Song recently visited a small neighborhood in Shanghai—a remnant patch of smaller houses and shops where residents live in homes surrounded by a concrete wall and looming skyscrapers on all sides.
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Boy, have these people held out. Such tenacity. Usually lower class folks lose these battles earlier on.
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Dialogue 05/05/2016 The death of Wei Zexi - CCTV News - CCTV.com English

Dialogue 05/05/2016 The death of Wei Zexi - CCTV News - CCTV.com English | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Dialogue 05/05/2016 The death of Wei Zexi
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I caught this program last night about a young man, Wei Zexi, who died of a rare form of cancer. The unusual part of the story is that he search on Baidu, the Google of China, and one of the top results was a quack private hospital that paid to receive top ranking in search results. 
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Top 8 domestic destinations to escape smog[4]- Chinadaily.com.cn

Top 8 domestic destinations to escape smog[4]- Chinadaily.com.cn | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Travel agencies are pitching popular smog-escape routes to attract those looking to get away from air pollution.
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I have wanted to go to Lijiang for some time.

 

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Hong Kong: Thousands rally over missing booksellers - BBC News

Hong Kong: Thousands rally over missing booksellers - BBC News | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Thousands of people in Hong Kong protest over the disappearance of five booksellers from a shop known for selling works critical of China.
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I hope these people are soon found. 

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It's your country, not mine: China's new language of discontent

It's your country, not mine: China's new language of discontent | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Joshua Eisenman says the use of a potent new phrase is a way for Chinese to express discontent and distance themselves from Beijing's policies
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It's hard to see discontent from my vantage point. I can see reasons for it, but not actual discontent. Seems they're just good at hiding it in "your country."

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Television production celebrates Great Sage - Culture - Chinadaily.com.cn

Television production celebrates Great Sage - Culture - Chinadaily.com.cn | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
The 90-minute documentary Confucius provides an objective overview of the life, ideology and influence of the Chinese philosopher.
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Shandong's ancient native son Confucius gets his own TV show in England.
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Labourers clean the glass windows outside a 30-floor business building in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, October 4, 2015. A deluge of data from China in coming weeks is likely to point to furth...

Labourers clean the glass windows outside a 30-floor business building in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, October 4, 2015. A deluge of data from China in coming weeks is likely to point to furth... | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
@reuters Labourers clean the glass windows outside a 30-floor business building in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, October 4, 2015.
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Not my kind of job. Where're the safety belts?

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4 Questions Chinese People Want Answered After Deadly Tianjin Blast

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After a midnight explosion in Tianjin killed dozens, citizen-journalists are pressing the government to do more and share more.
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I'd like answers too. 

 

No one's really said what was stored there and whom it was to be sent to.

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China explosion: Fires at Shandong chemical plant - BBC News

China explosion: Fires at Shandong chemical plant - BBC News | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
An explosion rocks a chemical plant in China's eastern Shandong province, Chinese media report, with large flames burning at the scene.
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Another chemical blast. It's not in Jinan, where I live, but in Zibo, a town many of my students live in.

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Lotus flowers bloom at Daming Lake in China's Jinan - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Lotus flowers bloom at Daming Lake in China's Jinan - Xinhua | English.news.cn | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Lotus flowers bloom at Daming Lake in China's Jinan---Photo taken on July 14, 2015 shows a blooming lotus flower, the floral emblem of the city, at Daming Lake in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province.
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Had to share this gorgeous lotus taken in my Chinese hometown.

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Top Chinese TV presenter to face 'severe punishment' for Mao insult

Top Chinese TV presenter to face 'severe punishment' for Mao insult | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Bi Fujian made disparaging comments about Mao Zedong at a private dinner which was captured on film and spread on social media
Susan Kelly's insight:

This poor man. I wonder who taped him and put it on the internet. No free speech in PRC and no privacy anywhere.

 

Thanks, Kevin for emailing this to me.

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Video: Demosistō activist Oscar Lai ousts his two 'minders' during democracy protest, takes selfie | Hong Kong Free Press

Video: Demosistō activist Oscar Lai ousts his two 'minders' during democracy protest, takes selfie | Hong Kong Free Press | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Oscar Lai, of the newly-formed Demosistō party, confronted two of his “minders” during last Friday’s pro-democracy protests outside Government House. Footage filmed by Cloud, and translated by HKFP, showed Lai singling out two men in the crowd. Lai claimed the pair had followed him all day, since the rally began hours earlier in Causeway Bay. Rather …
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I admire this young man who so civilly called attention to the 2 men who appear to be Chinese spies.
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China warns its women: Watch out for sweet-talking foreign men

China warns its women: Watch out for sweet-talking foreign men | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
When Yu Hongna, a 24-year-old graduate student in English language and literature, told her mom she was dating a British guy, her mother was wary. "She warned
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Watch out, ladies! That Don Juan might be a spy . . . or just a guy who likes you.
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What the Panama Papers Mean for China’s Leadership

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What the Panama Papers Mean for China’s Leadership « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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From what I can tell at the grassroots level the Panama Papers mean nothing. I don't think anyone knows about them. 
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Chicago's art institute prepares monkey-themed celebration for Chinese New Year - Culture - Chinadaily.com.cn

Chicago's art institute prepares monkey-themed celebration for Chinese New Year - Culture - Chinadaily.com.cn | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) announces Chinese New Year celebration with the Monkeying Around theme for the Year of the Monkey.
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I'll have to go.

 

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An Interesting Question About Sherlock Holmes' Hair, Hats, Magnifying Glass and More!

An Interesting Question About Sherlock Holmes' Hair, Hats, Magnifying Glass and More! | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Question by Curt Bonnem from Los Angeles, the USA I'm playing Sherlock Holmes in the play 'The Hound of the Baskervilles.' What color and style is Sherlock

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Sherlock was quite dapper, wasn't he?

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Do Chinese people run out of festivals to celebrate Halloween? - Free Talk - Chinadaily Forum

Do Chinese people run out of festivals to celebrate Halloween? - Free Talk - Chinadaily Forum | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Do Chinese people run out of festivals to celebrate Halloween? ,Chinadaily Forum
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You have to admit candy and costumes make for a fun day and who can resist some fun as winter looms ahead?

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No more 'iron rice bowls' - Opinion - Chinadaily.com.cn

No more 'iron rice bowls' - Opinion - Chinadaily.com.cn | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
No matter whether there is increased or decreased enthusiasm among job seekers for government jobs it is no longer indicative of anything more than their choice is based on market motives.
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The "Iron Rice Bowl" means eternal job security. This article explains how government jobs in China aren't as life-long as they once were.
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China Dreams: The Debate

Since Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the 'China Dream' as his official slogan in November 2012, many people inside and outside the PRC have been…
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Although this is a couple years old, it's a fascinating view of the diverse attitudes towards the China Dream.

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toilet adventures

It's bad manners to discuss toilet activities. But the topic often comes up when people recount their first experiences in China. For many, confronting a squat…
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This seems like a sophomoric topic, but actually it's an intelligent look at how people's reactions to toilets reveals their cultural biases and their privileges. Moreover, it shows how toilets and waste have been used politically, that's right, politically in China.

 

It's an interesting way to collect and share research. Scholarly and populist.

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It Must Be Summer

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If you come to China in the summer, you're sure to see men who've rolled up their tee shirts to keep cool. I'm not a fan of this look. Imagine all the portly, middle aged guys who sport this look a...
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You don't really need a thermometer in China. When you see the men roll up their T-shirts you know it's hot out.

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After another China disaster, giving again in spotlight

After another China disaster, giving again in spotlight | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it

The mThe big blasts in Tianjin saw a charitable response by private groups, raising again the question of how to encourage generosity in countries like China.

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The Monitor offers stories of personal help and outreach here. It's such a tragedy and I admit makes me nervous about going back.

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Guide to Becoming a Chinese Tourist | The World of Chinese

Guide to Becoming a Chinese Tourist | The World of Chinese | What Fascinates Me About China | Scoop.it
Beginner tips for those looking to travel the Chinese way
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What do you think it takes to be an American tourist? Or a tourist from your home country?

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