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China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown

China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After decades of doing little about the pollution that has plagued much of the country, China's government is temporarily shutting down entire industrial regions to inspect for violations.
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As much as I distrust the Xi government in China, I applaud the steps it has been taking to improve the environment. It's fascinating that many industries that found their way across the Pacific from the US because of increased concern in the States about pollution are now facing a similar crackdown in China, cloth dying being a great example. Of course, we can expect some of those companies to move along to other poorer parts of the world where they can again take advantage so that we in richer places can wear colorful clothing because corporations, American or Chinese or from anywhere, have no souls or sense of values other than maximizing profit. That is why government is necessary as a counter-balance. It speaks to the wisdom of China that she has bootstrapped her economy to a point that she can now drive the polluters from the temple. I think India is at that same kind of point. 

I can't help wondering when the US will be the place in which the environment is being most degraded. Consider, for example, the water table in central California. The land is sinking as the aquifer is drained to grow almonds, pistachios and other nuts for world distribution. 

It may be time for us American humans to demand that corporations (and private businesses) must toe the line of environmental protections if they want to stay in business. That's one way in which a benevolent dictator has an advantage over a democracy, they can impose such regulations without fear. Of course, in this country we have neither but rather a buffoon government prepared to go backwards to an everything goes era. 

That is one of the reasons I wrote Times To Try the Soul of Man. Have you read it? You really should. 

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What happens to Chinese oil if US-North Korea war erupts?

What happens to Chinese oil if US-North Korea war erupts? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
With tensions between Trump and Kim spiralling, analysis finds a third of seaborne oil trade would be jeopardised by conflict – and China has more at stake than either South Korea or Japan
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Oil: yet another reason that the world needs to avoid a war between the US and North Korea and another reason that the best route to avoiding that war is not ramped-up rhetoric but thoughtful diplomacy involving many countries, especially China and Russia. One advantage of a global economy is that it no longer is in the best interest of any nation to have a major war break out.
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Why Tensions Are Rising Between Vietnam and China

Why Tensions Are Rising Between Vietnam and China | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Vietnam now appears to be an outlier in its vociferous opposition to China’s push for control over the South China Sea.
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To what degree is China determined to turn the  South China Sea into their own national lake? To what degree are the other countries of the region determined to keep that from happening? Ultimately, what role is the United States destined to play as China moves toward preeminence in the world. Are we the fading empire destined to fail at trying to rein in the new kingdom or can a detente exist that will avoid war? One thing that could hardly imagine fifty years ago is that the United States and Vietnam would be building an alliance. 

It all goes to show that push and pull of international affairs is based on quicksand. 
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Why students in Beijing are learning Armenian

Why students in Beijing are learning Armenian | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Motivating students to reach out to all parts of the world fits President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative – the goal is to enrich minds and the economy at the same time
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While America dithers and makes wars, China plans for a new age in which Beijing will be the center of world order. Will we ever again have such farsighted leaders in Washington? Probably the last one with such a wide and far-thinking world view was Nixon.
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Analysis | The dark side of Trump’s much-hyped China trade deal: It could literally make you sick

Analysis | The dark side of Trump’s much-hyped China trade deal: It could literally make you sick | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Chinese chicken is coming to the U.S., and experts are worried about food safety
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Since we already know that Chinese dog food is not a safe bet for our pets, we certainly don't want to be eating their cooked chicken. BUT, under the new deal, we won't know what comes from China and what doesn't--no doubt part of the brilliant plan to protect American business right?--so my plan is to eat no cooked chicken from any store unless I know they cook it themselves. 
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Kindergarten Blast Suspect Had Explosive Material at Home, China Says

Kindergarten Blast Suspect Had Explosive Material at Home, China Says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Writings about death and killing were also found at the home of the 22-year-old suspect, who died in the explosion, the state broadcaster quoted the authorities as saying.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
So, why would anybody try to kill small children, kids in kindergarten? Well, that is surely one of the easiest way to terrify anywhere. What parent is not concerned about their child's welfare let alone their safety from some merciless killer. However, in China, where having children has been so restricted and where family is so incredibly important, the terror effect of such an attack is even higher than in England, where the target was young girls or even Sandy Hook in America, where a madman also targeted little kids in school. 

Of course, like any idiom of madness and distress, this one will take off among the mentally ill, of China and possibly elsewhere, just as other social memes take off. In fact, among the mentally ill and raging, such memes have swifter lift-off than you can imagine because one of the bizarre things about becoming part of madness, say in deciding that you follow ISIS, is the reassuring sense that you have now become part of a group, that you—who may be the ultimate loser and loner—somehow belong. 

One of the worst things about these disgusting terror causers is that they usually die in the moment, which makes them seem heroic to other insane people and do not allow society to make a proper mockery and joke of them. In the end, it will only be when society sees such behavior as coming from pathetic losers that the meme will not have attractiveness. Perhaps that was why the heads of dead perpetrators were once displayed on pikes in places like London. Maybe, we should once again make it clear that they do not belong to society. For beginners, I would suggest consigning their bodies very openly to the garbage and not to normal human disposal. 

How would you deal with such want-to-terrorize mad-people?
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China complains to U.S. over lawmakers visit to Dalai Lama

China complains to U.S. over lawmakers visit to Dalai Lama | Upsetment | Scoop.it
China said on Wednesday it had complained to the United States after a U.S. Congressional delegation visited exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at his headquarters in India this week.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
If there is no other reason to talk about the Dalai Lama, he is an incredible example of how one voice can matter, how one person can represent through their personal integrity a threat agains the most powerful of governments. Like Solzhenitsyn was to the USSR and Borges was to Argentina, the Dalai Lama speaks of the dark soul of China's rule. I grew up revering Steinbeck and his ilk and only wish that we had a similar voices of man's search for meaning in modern America. Perhaps, the tendency towards authoritarianism of the current administration will evoke more social passion among us writers. 

Meanwhile, to the degree I am able, I speak for humanity. Please check out my material at http://www.kennethweene.com 
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The Economist explains: Why doesn’t China rein in North Korea? | The Economist

The Economist explains: Why doesn’t China rein in North Korea? | The Economist | Upsetment | Scoop.it
NORTH KOREA is nothing but trouble for China, its main international backer.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I see things a bit differently. China doesn't want to be in the position that the US has so often had to face, having to turn its back on an ally. China takes a long-term view of the world, much longer term than America. Gradually building bilateral alliances in Asia, Africa, and South America, the Chinese are playing for economic dominance in the world. 

Typically, Beijing has not wanted to take over areas that have not been part of historical China. In part that is because of a sense of ethnographic-racial purity, which is strange given Chinas incredible diversity. For that reason, China has avoided the obvious alternative, which would probably not be resisted by the rest of the world, of simply absorbing North Korea as a Chinese province. 

Then, too, there is the usefulness of North Korean as a threat to Japan and other countries of the region. While that threat binds South Korea and the US, for many countries it makes sense to side with China and thereby have a strong hand if needed against any North Korean actions. This is especially true for the Philippines and Vietnam, countries that historically haven't liked China much. 

Finally, the Chinese are probably enjoying the consternation that North Korea creates for the US as that rogue country sells weapons and offers even more dangerous ones to countries that are potential powder kegs. North Korean weapons are already found throughout Africa; can missiles and even atomic bombs be that far behind? This has to have the US policy makers in a tizzy. 

But, what is the US to do? Stay tuned for what is probably going to be a "bigly" problem. 
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China is building its first military base in Africa. America should be very nervous.

China is building its first military base in Africa. America should be very nervous. | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Africa is likely to become one of the biggest stories of 2016, and not because of some horrific new disease or harrowing new war. Instead, an unprecedented new dynamic is about to shape the continent. The U.S. and China, major powers with a minor footprint, are both poised for much deeper and more direct involvement in African affairs.

Kenneth Weene's insight:
One thing I agree with Mr. Trump on, at least as I hear him saying it: Russia is not necessarily our enemy and China is definitely our competitor. The latter is especially true in Africa and potentially in South America. While the US has allowed itself to be bogged down in the Middle East and preoccupied with oil and Israel, the Middle Kingdom is looking to the future and to the rare metals to be found in underdeveloped nations. And, they are looking to the trade that will bring those rare metals to Beijing rather than to the rustbelt of America, where new technologies are often viewed with fear about jobs lost rather than possibilities opening. 

Where I disagree with Mr. Trump is that bluster, braggadocio, and the insulting of old friends is not the way to combat the threat of China or to change the direction of events with Russia. We need to have our allies join us in reaching out to the underdeveloped world. As for Russia, Putin would not have risen to such dictatorial powers had America recognized the Bear's legitimate spheres of influence. Syria, The Ukraine, and the oil rich areas of the Stans are all historically part of the Russian ambit. Certainly, we had no business in Afghanistan after the fall of Soviet Communism. 

Much work to do in the world, and I honestly doubt that Mr. T. (or his Secretary of State) is up to the task. Of course, Obama went with Hillary at State and (IMHO) she was one of the worst SoSs in history. No vision and no execution. Kerry was a bit better. However, it is time for a major reset of American foreign policy. Where better to start than in Djibouti. Located at the entry to the Red Sea and right across the Bab-el-Mandeb strait from Yemen and essential to the security of the African Horn. 
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TomT 8A's curator insight, March 2, 10:19 PM
The article, 'China is building its first military base in Africa. America should be very nervous, by James Poulos is about China placing its military troops in Africa. The sudden involvement of China in Africa. Since China is placing more emphasis on Africa, it is most likely that African nations will supply China with more supplies than America. This can cause a big deal as Africa supplies much of America's supplies and natural resources. After China has agreed to build a military base between Somalia and Eritrea. Currently US and most of Europe is actively involved in the situation of ISIS in Syria. This year could cause a big deal as there could also be conflicts in Africa.

This article relates to our class because this is similar to the Cold War we discussed for a while. Since China has placed some military troops in Africa where America is currently supporting could cause a bit of military tension. This could lead to another Cold War if the issue isn't brought up to discuss. I found this article really interesting as many people are worried about when another nation's military troop are in a territory you are allied with. I would like to see how they would handle these situations and if this could be settled without any major conflicts or damage to one's economy.
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Philippines' Duterte asks China to patrol piracy-plagued waters

Philippines' Duterte asks China to patrol piracy-plagued waters | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he had asked China to help in the fight against Islamic State-linked militants by sending ships to patrol southern waters plagued by raids on commercial vessels.
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This is a major blow to America's historical role in the Philippines. As Mr. Trump leads our withdrawal from the Pacific community, China will surely find herself with many new opportunities.
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Why the Dalai Lama is no longer welcome in Mongolia

Why the Dalai Lama is no longer welcome in Mongolia | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Tibetan leader will not be welcomed again, announced the Mongolian government after China protested his most recent visit.
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After years of great powers interfering in the internal affairs of China, it seems that China has learned to do its own imposing. Meanwhile, of all the world leaders, the Dalai Lama is the one I would most welcome in my home. 
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Chinese Jews of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure

Chinese Jews of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A campaign against unapproved religion and foreign influence has turned to a small group of Jews with ancestors who settled in Kaifeng more than 1,000 years ago.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
In China diversity is the enemy; freedom is prescribed and those who are different have to avoid notice.. In America diversity and difference are sources of strength. Sadly, many Americans now feel threatened by the reality of our diversity.They yell, "Don't speak Spanish. Don't have black skin. Don't be sexually different. Don't believe in a different god." Hopefully, as a nation we will continue to treasure the differences among us. Like a bag of Skittles or my preferred M&Ms, we create a lovely mosaic even as we share that one common thread—no not chocolate—being Americans. 
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A snub for China, North Korea’s reported nuclear test shows Beijing’s waning influence

A snub for China, North Korea’s reported nuclear test shows Beijing’s waning influence | Upsetment | Scoop.it
China wasn't warned in advance of test, reflecting deteriorating relations and its powerlessness.
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A major problem is what happens if Korea is unified. China fears the influence of the US in that new Korea that sits right next door. But, would we be willing to back off from that unified country if China was willing to recognize the new country and not try to step in to the vacuum left by an American withdrawal? Has anybody suggested such a coordinated approach to Beijing? 

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China just ordered all North Korean businesses in the country to close

China just ordered all North Korean businesses in the country to close | Upsetment | Scoop.it
North Korean businesses and ventures with Chinese partners must close within 120 days of the U.N. Security Council's Sept. 11 approval of the latest sanctions.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Apparently, China has figured out that they must rein-in the Kim regime. Is this because they want to avoid the madness of war breaking out at the tiny hands of Mr. Trump and Kim or because they fear the effects of escalating nuclear tests in North Korea and the potential geological consequences to say nothing of escaping radioactivity, or perhaps because they fear the ever increasing role of Moscow in Pyongyang; yes that is part of the equation, or perhaps even that they fear the growing role of North Korean weapons in Africa, where China is so economically active? The reasoning in Beijing probably includes all the above and more. 

Now the question is what will Kim do? Can he accept even a minimal detente with America? I doubt it since he really does see himself as besieged. And, to be honest, the US has quite a record of trying to overthrow leaders in other lands. And—this is a big one—any accommodation with the west could lead to opening his society to the people from South Korea, people like businesses and families. That might bring in sufficient light to lead to his dictatorial regime being overthrown. 

And, on the other hand, can Donald Trump walk away from a fight once there have been concessions. Yes; he did that often in his real estate dealings. However, each such "victory" made him more quick to pick the next argument. So, if Kim does work his way out of this box, will Trump look for another fight somewhere else in the world, and whom would he pick on next? One thing of which I'm pretty sure, had he been in the White House when the whole Syrian mess started, he probably would have gotten us into a whole lot more trouble than Obama did, and I sure didn't like what 44 did there. 


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China has tools to pressure Kim but worries of consequences

China has tools to pressure Kim but worries of consequences | Upsetment | Scoop.it

BEIJING (AP) — China has the economic tools to pressure North Korea but fears pushing Kim Jong Un's government so hard it collapses.
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Kenneth Weene's insight:
Hidden in this brief report from the AP is an important point about North Korea. Once the country had two sponsors, The Soviet Union and China. In the 1990s, Soviet aid disappeared. That left North Korea not only in an economic bind but also at the mercy of China. Russia, highly motivated to have ways to pressure China in order to protect Siberia and its hegemony in central Asia, is again offering Pyongyang support, not so much food which it once supplied but help in developing weapons. Those weapons provide North Korea a source of income through sales. At the same time, Russia is able to create a threat against both the US and China. Will this lead to Beijing and Washington making common cause against the hermit nation? If it does, what will Moscow do? I still think that North Korea is a potential tech powerhouse and that we should be reaching out to them. If the US can turn the adversarial relationship to one of trade, the tables will have been turned on both Putin and China. Meanwhile, for such a small nation, North Korea has put itself in quite a catbird seat. 

Meanwhile in Seoul, there is growing militarism and an increasing sense of dependency on the United States. For my part, I would rather see us not do anything to upset that connection, say through suddenly undermining trade. We could, however, ask for help in defraying the costs of maintaining our presence there. We should probably be encouraging South Korea to further develop her own military and defense capacities instead of relying on ours, and most importantly, we should be encouraging Seoul to reach out to Pyongyang to create a trade option that would offset Chinese dealings. Not because China isn't trying to help deal with Kim but because ultimately Korea needs to be unified. The division of countries after the Second World War was irrational and reflects the worst of diplomacy. 
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'China has conquered Kenya': Inside Beijing's new strategy to win African hearts and minds

'China has conquered Kenya': Inside Beijing's new strategy to win African hearts and minds | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Beijing has invested billions in “soft power” campaigns aimed at convincing the world that China is a cultural and political success story. NowC it's backing it with digital infrastructure in Africa

Kenneth Weene's insight:
The British learned that rail roads were a key to empire. Both the Brits and the Americans relied on radio to build a sense of connection. Now, with The Voice of America basically starved and the BBC losing traction to a growing television orientation in Africa, China is offering the most modern television service possible. And, with China building the major railroad that will connect much of the central area of that continent with a reliable port city on The Indian Ocean, we may see a drifting away of Africa towards Beijing even as the "Dark Continent's" vast resources are being unearthed and as its people develop modern economies with real consumers. 

Yes, China is definitely working to build its role in Africa. One of the major effects of this television is greater awareness of Chinese language. In a part of the world where Swahili, English, and Arabic compete to become the lingua franca, just getting people to know a little Chinese becomes a powerful tool in bringing a new orientation to African trade. 

So, where is the US and its allies in this battle for the growing African consciousness? Well, we're selling guns and supplying planes. Not so much of that economic or social development stuff. Long gone is the vision of JFK that created the Peace Corps. Long gone is the economic assistance for development that gave us Food For Peace. Now, we have become the purveyors of war while the Chinese are offering their version of economic development. That model is a combination of state and private initiative, but the private has little to do with most of the people on the ground and the government has little to do with respect for the countries'' great beauty or national pride. This is Chinese colonialism at its best and the long goal of the entire Silk Road approach. 

What to do? First and foremost we need a task force including both state and private investment with clear goals and access to the best economic planners and geologists and with anthropologists to assist in the thinking. In other words, we need to follow the Chinese model but with a little better quality. Then we need to be willing to invest for the very long term and not worry about creating debt to us any more than we worried about creating debt when we gave away huge tracts of land to create rail roads in the west. 

While we're at it, we had best look to South America in the same way. 

So who are our natural allies in countering Chinese economic growth? Sure India, but that country is limited. Sure, Europe, but they are mired in the Balkans and Greece and many European countries aren't trusted in Africa and South America and for good reasons. So, let me suggest two allies: Russia and Iran. Can anybody besides me see that American foreign policy has to do a 180 degree pivot? 
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China is telling India to accept changing realities

China is telling India to accept changing realities | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As technology kills the distance between the two Asian giants, the current Himalayan standoff is Beijing’s way of warning New Delhi not to trample too egregiously on China’s interests, o
Kenneth Weene's insight:
China sees India more as a block to her designs in Africa than a direct threat. Other than the Tibetan plateau, they really have little real conflict. The northeast portion of India, which juts through a small pass, is mostly composed of impoverished tribes. While they are as Chinese in ancestry as they are Indian, I doubt that Beijing really wants to take on the responsibility for their futures. And the small countries of the Himalayas are also not part of historic China and therefore are of little real interest to Beijing. They really don't need to control the climbing rights to Mount Everest or the market in yak dung. The big goal for China is quite simply to bypass India and to make sure that Delhi is never a threat in Tibet or anywhere else and to make sure that passage through the Indian Ocean is under Chinese control. With that comes domination over Western Africa and access to much needed raw materials.

One part of Beijing's plan has been closer ties with Pakistan. Of course, this has its own perils, especially as the militant Muslims of that country reach out to their co-religionists in China. And, lord only knows what mischief Islamabad might wreak be it in Kashmir or perhaps in some exporting of terrorism to countries of Central Asia that lie to China's west. With threats from both China and Pakistan, India has little choice but to bind more closely with America and our central ally in the region, Japan. I'm sure that treaties with Australia and New Zealand will soon be added as Delhi looks for ways to feel secure so close to the Giant Panda.  
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China pumps cash into African floating LNG projects in strategic push

China pumps cash into African floating LNG projects in strategic push | Upsetment | Scoop.it
China plans to pour almost $7 billion into floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) projects in Africa, betting on a largely untested technology in the hope that energy markets will recover by the time they start production in the early 2020s.
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Of course, the big thing for China isn't just access to the natural gas reserves of Africa but also establishing Beijing's role as the premier great power in that continent. While America waits on big business profits and tries to play international policeman, Europe waits on Washington, and Russia tries to reclaim the treasures of central Asia, China works to become the next leader of the world. Hey, world, wake up. Warning. Either get into the race or learn to speak Chinese. Not that China's dominance would necessarily be bad. So far the Brits, Germans, Americans, French, Spanish, Moors, etc. haven't really done that well running the world. 
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Panama cuts ties with Taiwan, recognizes 'One China'

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan, recognizes 'One China' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Panama established diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China and accepted the communist nation's 'One China' mantra.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
As a kid, I grew up more aware of Formosa (Taiwan) than I was of most places in the world. Why? Because the US was poised to go to war to protect that small island "nation" from imminent invasion from mainland China. Taiwan was the last bastion of the "free" Chinese and our staunch ally. Of course, much of that was hooey. For one thing, those brave nationalist forces had not done very well against the Chinese Communists in the civil war at the end of World War 2—that failure despite the millions of dollars of aid given to Chiang Kai-shek and his side, most of which Chiang having withheld from battle against the Japanese to have it ready for the coming struggle with Mao. For another, the times when the Taiwanese military might have been of assistance, for example in Korea, we wouldn't even ask them to help for fear of the Communist and the Russian reactions. 

What was really going on was that even at the end of the World War, we recognized that Japan as a major economic powerhouse had to be kept friendly to America. In that way, we could maintain a dominant role in the western Pacific. We feared both the Communist push into Asia, which kept us from seeing our natural alliance with the Vietnamese leader Ho or even our opportunity to have a positive relationship  with Communist China—something we have now reached to a small degree. That fear and the nature of warfare at that time, with the use of ships requiring ports, meant that we wanted Formosa as a forward base. In todays world of nuclear vessels such a base is relatively unimportant. Sure they might be useful for dry-docking, but then those shipyards would be vulnerable to air attack. And, bombers can now be located anywhere in the world and flown to the attack, to say nothing of using missiles. Sorry, Taiwan, but you are no longer a necessary part of our defense strategy and Japan is now supposed to take care of herself. 

So off to Beijing went Nixon and the world had a moment of respite. 

What will happen to Formosa as the number of countries recognizing it goes down? Probably not much. China has no particular reason to bother invading and as time passes the people on the island have a lessening sense of threat from China and a greater desire to be part of the far larger economic and political creature that lies so close. From the other side, China sees Formosa's industrial strength as a positive. When Beijing eventually does take over the island, all those industrial and trade connections will be there to support China's goal of world hegemony. Not since 1421 has the Chinese government had such a clear longterm plan to become the dominant power in the world. At that time a Chinese fleet under Zheng He set sail to discover the world (at least according to historian Gavin Menzies. Again according to Menzies, another fleet traveled to Italy in 1434. But, after that, China turned inward. 

China is certainly no longer contemplating its own navel. Today, she is pushing aggressively forward in Africa and in South America to say nothing of those artificial islands being created in the China Sea. 

I wonder if when Xi Jinping met with Donald Trump in Florida if the Chinese president said, "You keep Formosa for now while China takes the rest of the world."? Perhaps even told our naive POTUS, "You can even build a hotel in Taipei." 

Anyway, Taiwan no longer matters much in the course of current affairs and countries that once may have wanted to do business with Formosa are now more interested in Beijing. 
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Why Trump is right: China isn't playing by trade rules

Why Trump is right: China isn't playing by trade rules | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The president toned down his anti-China rhetoric during this week's summit with China's President Xi. Now, some urge him to follow up with consistent multinational pressure on Beijing.
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Quite simply, China engages in industrial espionage, steals intellectual property, and frequently places sub-standard and even adulterated products into the market. The Obama administration had some success approaching these issues on a specific instance by instance basis. However, no pressure has been put on American distributors to stop importing products that are produced by a Chinese company that has been found adulterating or cheating beyond the specific product in question. And in China, responsibility is typically directed only at the person in charge of the "shamed" company and not at government officials who should have prevented those shameful actions. And, those Americans who provide information to Chinese companies that is supposed to be restricted, seldom face serious criminal consequences. However, the simple reality is that China is not stealing American jobs as much as globalization and new technologies are making those jobs disappear. 

If the US government wants to exercise more influence on Chinese manufacturing, let it have more inspectors, perhaps even creating some to work in China to make sure that products meet US standards instead of waiting for inferior and often dangerous products to appear in US (often mega-)stores. Let's go after those individuals who either provide sanctioned information or facilitate its theft by introducing an FBI department of international-commerce-crime. And, let's go after importers of goods that don't meet health and safety standards. Let's insist on fines being levied and proceeds given to those in the US who have created pirated intellectual property and enforce this if necessary by a tariff, which would only need be fairly low to create the necessary fund, on Chinese manufactures. And, we could limit American purchases by creating tax laws directed at the funds taken out of the US to purchase in standards-non-compliant countries. It might take some bookkeeping, but I bet we could do that so we would be taxing the big-box companies that are more the real culprits in my mind than any Chinese entities. 

Finally, let's continue to engage China in positive directions such as the cooperation of the Paris Accords. 
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China air quality got markedly worse in Jan-Feb: ministry

China air quality got markedly worse in Jan-Feb: ministry | Upsetment | Scoop.it
China's air quality was markedly worse in the first two months of the year than the same period of 2016 following a series of smog outbreaks in northern China, official data published on Friday showed.
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China, still very dependent on coal, is trying desperately to solve its pollution problems but there are still way too many days when the skies look like this. One answer is to cut back on the use of coal, just as it has been and continues to be an answer in the US and other countries. There is no such thing as clean coal. 
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Desperate Chinese Snap Up Dubious 'Anti-Pollution' Products

Desperate Chinese Snap Up Dubious 'Anti-Pollution' Products | Upsetment | Scoop.it
From antismog tea to water cannons designed to blast particles out of the air, there's a buck to be made from China's pollution
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I want to burn anti-smog incense and drink kumquat and red date tea before I go out hunting smokies with my water cannon. Meanwhile, what the smog of China is doing to the people there, well that is a horrible thought. What the greedy are trying to sell them, well that is a study in human nature.
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Japan hotelier's Nanjing massacre denial angers China - BBC News

Japan hotelier's Nanjing massacre denial angers China - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Toshio Motoya claims in a book available in his APA hotels that the Nanjing massacre did not take place.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
While the number of Chinese who died is open to question, between 200 and 350 thousands, there is no question based on eyewitness reports and subsequent confessions from Japanese soldiers make it clear that the massacre took place. We also know that many Chinese and Korean women were forced into sexual slavery. However, there are people in every country that would prefer to deny history and insist that nothing evil was ever done. There are those Germans who deny the Holocaust and those Americans who can not imagine that Indians were mistreated or that Blacks shouldn't be grateful for slavery. In Britain, they still celebrate the Empire for all the horrors of colonialism. Belgium and the Congo, forget about it—literally that's what they want to do, forget about it. It is our responsibility wherever we are, whenever we are, if we would be truly human, to speak out over and over and remind ourselves and others of our species what a capacity for evil we all—all of us humans—have. 
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REVEALED: Trump Organization eyes Taiwan for newest luxury resort location

REVEALED: Trump Organization eyes Taiwan for newest luxury resort location | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Trump shocked political observers Friday, initiating the first US-Taiwanese presidential contact in over three decades. The move risked a major dispute with China, which considers Taiwan to be one of its providences. In 1979, the U.S. adopted a One China position, freezing diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
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If this is true, forget high crimes and misdemeanors, in my opinion this would constitute treason, a subverting of US policy. This is the kind of behavior that truly scares me about Trump. Your reaction?
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China To Launch The World's Most Powerful Hyperspectral Satellite

China To Launch The World's Most Powerful Hyperspectral Satellite | Upsetment | Scoop.it
China's space hyperspectral imaging is an eye in space that you can't hide from, not as stealth, underwater or underground.
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What we need is more ways to search for peace not more ways to use technology for war. 

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