Friday, December 31, 2010

Road Accident: Premeditated Murder or Public Execution?

With a new video, the dusts have settled down and what left for debate is: whether the 'traffic accident', as described by the police, is a premeditated murder as suspected by the victim's fellow villagers, or a public execution as demonstrated by the evidence?

Mr. Qian Yunhui is the head of a small village of 2,500 people in Yueqing, Zhejiang Province. About 20 acres land of the village was taken to build a power plant. Villagers learned that the land compensation grant was intercepted by local government. Qian vowed to get villager's money back by legal process and petitions to higher government. In the past 6 years, Qing was thrown to jail three times, and served a two years sentence for speaking for his villagers.

Tuesday morning, Qian received a call from the deputy mayor of town government, and left home in a hurry. Moments later, he was found dead under the wheel of an engineering truck. The official edition of the story is: Qian crossed the highway without watching carefully. The truck driver saw him too late, and compounded by the weather condition, failed to stop the truck.

A role in the CIS said, every body has a story to tell. Qian's body laid in an odd posture. The only wound on Qian was his neck, which was severed with the detached head still looks as if connected to the torso by the wheel. His body looks like knee-ed down to insert the head beneath the wheel.

According to witnesses, there were more than 10 security guards on the scene when 'the accident' happened. Four uniformed men inserted Qian under the waiting truck. The deputy mayor observed the process from a white government sedan. The uniformed men and the sedan left the scene shortly after. Within minutes, hundreds of riot police descended to the scene and started beating all witnesses.

The incident got media attention because Qian posted a detailed description of the dispute between the villagers and local government on Tianya, the most popular Internet site, six months ago. The post attracted little attention until some made the connection between the post and Qian's death. Despite mounting suspicious evidence and questioning from the media and Netizens, the Yueqing (county-level) government insisted the finding of 'traffic accident', and the higher up Wenzhou government confirmed the conclusion.

While the incident continued fomenting online, police detained all witnesses and had them retracted their testimonies. Police also confiscated any video recording equipment held by villagers. All villagers found at home were 'invited' to the police station for collaboration in the investigation. They would not be sent back home until signing a statement acknowledging the government's official story. The old generation vowed to resist, while most younger generations fled to friends and relatives.

A high qualify cell phone video was uploaded to the Internet on Thursday. Although the original clip was promptly removed, numerous copies survived on foreign video hosting sites such as youtube and videobeam. The video was taken only minutes after the accidents happened, before the arrival of riot police force. The video clearly showed the truck was in an unreasonable location relative to the road: off-road on the left side. It also showed the land beneath the truck was dry while it was raining. There was no 20 feet braking line as the police claimed, but a 5 feet print of path with clear tire patterns. It proved the truck was waiting at the scene to strike Qian. Also, the photo produced by the police in the government news press was proved to be faked because the official photo showed braking lines and scratches on the front bumper. None was present in the video.

As of the time of writing, police detained Qian's brother, sister in law, son, daughter in law, as well as all witnesses who had talked to media.

The new video did not contain the moment of the incident. However, it proved police faked evidence to make up the official story, and it is compatible to description portraited by witnesses.

The scene is covered by a surveillance video camera. The latest examination of that particular camera was only two days ago when it showed working normally. The government initially claimed the video camera was nonfunctional at the time, then claimed the camera was not capable of recording. A telecommunication engineer, also a Netizen, revealed that model of video system by default stream all video to a centralized file server to be stored for later discovery. Furthermore, the police presented a footage of the scene recorded from that camera about 2 hours after the accident took place in the news press. Also, according to the government's edition, the truck was on route from an adjacent village to a working site. Netizens challenged the government to release footage from the traffic cameras, altogether 24 in the described path, to show the truck had been moving instead of waiting at the scene in the 30 minutes prior to the accident. The government refused the request, citing security reasons.

It is perceived the police and the government was not interested in seriously covering up the incident. Instead, the regime is setting up an example for anyone dare to challenge the communists authority.

Xi Jinping, the next 'core' to succeed Hu Jintao in 2012, was the governor of Zhejiang Province. It is suspected that Xi had a role in the accident.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tianjin's New District Surpasses Shanghai's Pudong in 2010

According to the National Development and Reform Commission, Tianjin's Binhai District's GDP surpasses that of Shanghai's Pudong District by more than $20B in 2010. Tianjin's Binhai District is designated as the third pole of China's economic progress, after Shanghai's Pudong and Guangzhou. In 2009, Binhai produced GDP $550B, trailing Pudong's $570B.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Hubei's Tough Chief Promoted

Hubei Governmenor Li Hongzhong, who made name when grabbing a female reporter during a press conference at the National Congress in March 2010, was rewarded with a promotion to the Party Chief of Hubei Province, announced the CCP today.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Big Brother Lawsuit Went Forward

The lawsuit against the 'Green Dam' was allowed to move forward by the court.

The Chinese government ordered all PCs to be sold in China equipped with the Green Dam, a content monitoring and censorship software. The measure faced with strong resistance from computer users in China. The government finally gave up after one year.

A US based computer security company cybersitter file a legal complaint against the Green Dam, alleging pirated code. Along the now non-existent producer of the Green Dam, major PC manufactures were listed as defendants because the software were installed by default.

SONY, Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer asked the court to dismiss the case, but failed.

Cybersitter, LLC
The People's Republic of China, et al


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

NPR Host Flexing Question Technique

NPR Host Melissa Block to an UN officer regarding China's applying for Intangible Cultural Heritage program: "..., hasn't China been trying to sort of suppress ethnic minorities and in particular Uighur traditions. How can they also be asking to safeguard this tradition?"

Before any answer can be provided, she already projected the impression of China suppressing ethnic minorities and in particular Uighur tradition as a matter of fact and stat quo. As someone who lives in China, and been to the ethnic Uighur areas, I can speak with confidence, based on my own observation, that the Communist Autocracy has always been, promoting ethical cultural for their own advantage.

For the communist Party, their enemy is the Han people who comprises of 90% of the Chinese population. During the communist rule of 50 years, they have successfully reduced the ratio of Han people from 98% to a little shy of 90% nationwide. The reason is simple, an angry Han will overthrow the regime, an angry Urghur can not.

Shame on her, and shame on NPR.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Scholars Warn Collapse May be Sudden and Unforeseeable

Premier Wen has been chanting for political reform in an unusual high intensity. He publicly spoke about the sensitive issue 6 times in 3 months, and used phrases such as, '.. dead end', and '..won't give up until my last breath'. By all means, he sounds not only deadly serious, but also alarmingly urgent.

Finally, the ruling communist party responded with an editorial of the People's Daily. The article titled '..steadily push forward political reform', while the contents basically removed any doubts that such reform could be remotely possible under the Party's rule. It insisted the Party's firm leadership is absolutely essential, and threatened any political reform to be unpatriotic.

Scholars liken the situation to that at the end of the Qing Dynasty. While the people, echoed by some senior officials, demand political reform, the imperial government blandly refused. A couple of years later, Qing collapsed suddenly in 1911. Since 1840, the Qing had survived western invasion and mass rebellion. When it collapsed in 1911, it was enjoying a rather uneventful period.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Diplomatic Issues

1. China and Japan 'normalized' their relationship in 1972. However, "Japan never apologized for the suffering of Chinese (300 million Chinese killed) during the Japanese invasion and occupancy", as complained by many Chinese. Former Japanese Prime Minister Tanaka Takuei (1972-1974) recalled he expressed 'being puzzled "困惑"' by what Japanese did to Chinese when he signed the 'normalization treaty' in Beijing. Tanaka argued the Kanji characters 'being puzzled' has a deeper meaning of 'not agreeing'.

2. Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro (2001-2006) is known for his family roots which are entangled with the past glory of imperial army, and unapologizing attitude on Japanese's aggressions during the WWII. Unsurprisingly he was not popular among Asian neighbors, particularly China and Korea. For a while, China suspended talks with him. During an international meeting, Koizumi suddenly showed great interest in Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's pen, and asked for a look. The two talked briefly, and the incident was considered a breakthrough in Sino-Japan relations.

3. The Sino-Japan relationship was once again frozen after the incident of Japan detaining a Chinese fishing boat captain near the Diaoyu Islands, which is controlled by Japan while claimed by both mainland China and Taiwan. In retaliation, China announced a suspension of bilateral communication of minister level and above. When the senior officials of both countries were attending an international conference, Prime Minister Kan Naoto (2010- ) caught up with Chinese Premier Wen in the hallway, and chatted for 20 minutes. According to reporting of Japanese news media, the incident was 'executed in the manner of' while Wen walked out of the meeting room, Kan walked "in high speed in same direction" and caught up with Wen. It is assumed Wen slowed down. Japanese coverage varied on the account whether Kan walked in big steps or small steps, but agreed on the 'high speed' part.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pedestrian Detained in Wenchuan, Sichuan

Prominent lawyer Zhou Ze revealed via twitter that he was shortly detained in Wenchuan, the site of Sichuan Earthquake.

Zhou was at the site of Yingxiu High School, where hundreds of students died in the quake, when some undercover police handcuffed him and dragged him away from because a Party leader would be visiting the same site. Zhou was released by the same group of police after the Party leader left about 10 minutes later. What's interesting from Zhou's description:

1) The 'leader' was a rather low level local official that according to posted policies does not warrant traffic control.

2) The undercover police's standard equipment includes a hand towel which is used to silence people from calling on the leader's attention.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Chongqing Express: Cracking Down Organized Crimes

A Chongqing Party District Chief's conversation with a real estate developer was recorded and placed on the Internet. The recording, which was made on or about 15:00 on August 5, 2010, officially revealed a known secret of Chongqing's cracking down on organized crimes.

The Party Chief, Wang Yinfeng was heard asking the developer in a threatening tone, 'do you know why Chongqing cracked down on organized crime? Do you know what is organized crime? Anyone not agreeing with the government's decision will be cracked down as a criminal!' The Party Chief of Chongqing, Mr. Bo Xilai, has been making a big scene with his heavy hand approach in cracking down organized crimes in Chongqing. Bo is believed to show his ambition to higher posts, such as the Premier or Deputy Premier.

The developer was summoned to halt works on a site immediately because it interfered with the 'Feng Shui' of the district government's administration building complex. The Party Chief agreed to assign another site for compensation, but the developer was not satisfied because of the location.

The Feng Shui factor is a sensitive issue because the Communists Party does not believe in superstitious beliefs.

Wang Yinfeng was born in Henan Province. Wang received a PhD from Beijing University. Before current post as the Party Chief of the Jiangjin District of Chongqing, Wang held position such as associate staff scientist of the Henan Geography Institute of the Chinese Science Academy.

Bo Xilai is also a Beijing University graduate.

8/5/2010: The said recording was made;
10/8/2010: A news report revealed the Feng Shui factor in the negotiation between the Jiangjin District government and developers.
10/12/2010: The Jiangjin District Government denied the existence of the conversation about Fengshui;
10/13/2010: The Jiangjin District Government held another press conference, and denied the existence of the conversation about Fengshui;
10/13/2010: While denying the conversation, the Party Chief of Jiangjin District challenged the developer to make the recording of the alleged conversation available on the Internet;
10/13/2010: "First Finance", a national news media obtained a copy of the said recording;
10/14/2010: Party Chief of the Jiangjin Government recognized the conversation after the recording was made available on the Internet, but implied the recording could have been edited;

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Premier Wen's Political Reform

Premier Wen Jiabao told CNN when attending conferences in New York City that he would keep pushing for political reform, and weather any stormy resistances till his death.

Although Wen is known of using elegance of Chinese classics, he summarized his goals in four simple phrases: he wants Chinese people could
  1. live in dignity and be happy;
  2. feel safe;
  3. a society fill with justice;
  4. full of confidence to the future;

Among all Communists officials, 80 millions of them, Wen looks to be a lonely advocate to his ideas. Many accused him of not having acted more boldly, but there is so much you can do as one of the 80 millions leadership class. Instead of criticizing wen's inaction, each Chinese should think of how to help out.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Who is Liu Xiaobo and Why Less is More

2010 Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo highlighted the Chinese communist government's heavy hand approach on political dissidents. Liu is serving a 17 years jail.

However, it might be a little bit misleading because the favored strategy on political dissidents is, actually, deportation to western countries. The government had come to the conclusion that once a democratic advocate is removed from the country, so will be his influence and reputation. The government will be able to paint the person as coward and clown since they would be afraid to return to the home country that they had claimed they loved.

In addition, the communist government was not worried about those radical democratic campaigns. Its propaganda branch does a shabby job overall, but just good enough to make most people believe China will definitely fall to chaos without the Party's totalitarian leadership.

Liu is different from most other democratic activists in China. He is sometimes seen as really to take comprised deal and happy for tiny steps towards 'freer' society. During the democratic movement in 1989 and right before the Tian'anmen Massacre took place, Liu tried persuading students back off to avoid clash with the People's Liberation Army. Surviving the massacre, Liu did not attempt to flee the country as many other celebrities did, but rather surrendered to the authorities and served long time jailing time. He was put under house arrest after being released, and went to jail another couple of times before sentenced to 17 years last year. On the other hand, Liu never gave up fighting for his country and his people by writing articles, even during his house arrest. Liu is a calm observer and never step out of line. Liu advocate for materialize whatever the communists regime had promised rather than pushing for political changes. This made Liu a most dangerous enemy of the State, because many agree with his thoughts.

The smoking gun which led to Liu's most recent arrest and 17 years jail time was a document entitled 'Charter 2008'. It's something like a petition to the government for recognition of most fundamental elements of human rights. Hundreds of notable scholars co-signed the document/letter, which was drafted by Liu. Again, the document was dangerous, because it formally asks for what had been promised publicly and repeatedly by the regime. Well, it asks for less than 1 percent of what had been promised and asks for a recognition that not even 1 percent of what had been promised were in place. Some overseas Chinese dissidents opposed Liu's award, accusing him of being "too soft". However, Liu's power comes from being soft, and he knew the mighty and took the consequence.

It's a good decision made by the Nobel Peace Committee. We hope the monetary award may help improve Liu's family living condition. His wife has been steadfastly supportive of Liu's sacrifice for the country, and she looks very exhausted.

The reflection in China are bimodal. The online community overwhelmingly hailed the news, while most of off-line population did not know, did not care.

There are two Nobel Laureates were born in the city of Changchun, Jilin Province in the year of 2010. Japanese citizen Ei-ichi Negishi who was born in Chaungchun in 1931 shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two other collaborators.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Twit Forward

Two recent cases in China showed twitter (actually, it's state sponsored Chinese-clones because twitter is barred by the authority) could be one WMD for responsible Chinese Internet users.

In Jiangxi Province, an official eviction went wrong when three of the residents set themselves on fire in protesting the procedure. Although there are hundreds of police, paramilitary forces and even an ambulance at the scene. The senior communist officials order the demolition went ahead, and policemen blocked relatives and bystanders to rescue the burning individuals until they shrank to black carbons. The deceased had a dispute with the government on the proper amount of compensation for the building. However, it turned out as now we finally know, the eviction was not even lawful. There was no eviction orders from the court nor the local government. Local government jailed relatives to stop them from making a scene, but two were able to fled as far as the women's restroom in a nearby airport on the way to Beijing for a petition. The airport was not operated by the aforementioned local government, so although they summoned an army of public employees to surround the restroom, the two women were able to broadcast their situation online before they were taken away by force. The online broadcasting triggered a mass twitting phenomenon while the messages were followed and forwarded millions of time, which triggered the network monitoring agency's attention of the central government. The agency's evaluation of the incident is that it mounts to the scale of social stability level so that it should be handled carefully. The central government ordered the local government to release jailed relatives and to renegotiate a fair compensation for the demolished building.

Another incident happened in Beijing. An author was arrested by police in Shaanxi Province because he published an investigative report of people's sufferings on a state project. Although the project had been over dozens of years ago, thousands of people are still homeless because their land were taken away for the project and then reassigned to other people. Also thanks to mass twitting and forwarding, the author was granted a bail.

Although you can vote for the government officials or your representatives, but you do can twit, follow and forward. A few clicks might help save some good people's life. There is no excuse for not doing that.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Chinese Captain to Return Home

Chinese fishing boat captain Zhan Qixiong will be released to go home, announced Japanese prosecutors, citing consideration of the dispute between China and Japan on diplomatic level.

This is a rebuttal of the argument of the Japanese government that the original decision to detain the captain was based on Japan's domestic law with the decision had been made by local prosecutors. Japanese government claimed they could do nothing despite repeatedly protest from Chinese officials. It is an admission of guilt that politics does play the leading role in the ending of the incident. At the same time, it is an admission of guilt that politics could have played an equally important role in the motivation at the beginning.

There might be under the table bargaining and trading that we don't know. From the face value, it's hard to tell which side scores higher in the proactive incident which almost triggered a war which involves not only China and Japan, but also Taiwan and the US. According to the US/Japan Security Treaty, the US is obliged to step in on any land 'administered' by Japan. Putting aside all the disputes with the mainland China, Taiwan's President sent 11 armed coast guard ships to a standoff with Japanese official ships to protest the detaining of Chinese captain. The two sides, although armed with live ammo, exchanged attacks with means of flash lights and loud speakers. Taiwan claimed the Islands belong to Republic of China, the official title of Taiwan. The mainland claimed sovereign of the Islands, while placing it under the Taiwan Province according to traditional boundaries. In this sense, the two China found a common ground to fence off Japan's aggression.

Both China and Japan had hoped to let the issue settle down in time. Japan has the actual control of the island, and hope when time goes by, the rest of the world, including China and Taiwan, will get used to the reality that it is under Japan's actual control. China, on the other end, do not want to challenge Japan's superior military power in the water and air and wish the current dispute could be prolonged to the moment when its influence catch up with the economics growth.

The incident, in a way, broke the wishes from both sides. Both Japan and China will have to take a serious look at Diaoyu Islands and prepare for the next conflict which could happen at any time.

There is no doubt, though, that Japanese authorities provoked the incident. Chinese fishing boats have been fishing in the water for hundreds of years, especially in most recent years, when its near shore resources mostly exhausted by over fishing. It is believed that there was a common understanding between the two sides that China does not publicly challenge Japan's control of the Islands, but Japan allow China's fishing boats to fish in the area. At any given time, it is said around 300 Chinese fishing boats would be found in the area. Why suddenly Japanese government made a big deal of it, by chasing after a small fishing boat?

The current Japanese government started with an agenda to outgrow the US occupancy and strengthen ties with China. That plot didn't work well, and had already cost one Premier's job. The second Premier from the same Party, assumed much of the fame and debt from his predecessor, and was facing a challenge from a competitor in a primary election on September 14. By demonstrating a strong face towards China, the Premier scored a solid win, much in the similar way in the US when politicians always show strong face towards potential threats, but often adopt a more pragmatic approach after taking office. In this sense, Premier Naoto Kan won.

A New York Times article on the Islands:
Look Out for the Diaoyu Islands

Tensions have erupted over some barren rocks in the Pacific that you may never have heard of, but stay tuned – this is a boundary dispute that could get ugly and some day have far-reaching consequences for China, Japan, Taiwan and the United States.

The islands in question are called the Senkaku chain by Japan, the Diaoyu islands by China, and the Diaoyutai by Taiwan. All three claim the islands, which are really just five islets and three barren rocks northeast of Taiwan, 200 miles off the Chinese coast. The latest confrontation occurred when a Chinese fishing boat collided with two Japanese naval vessels trying to intercept it near the islands. The Japanese detained the Chinese captain for questioning and the two countries have been exchanging indignant protests.

The reason to worry is that nationalists in both China and Taiwan see the islands as unquestionably theirs and think that their government has been weak in asserting this authority. So far, wiser heads have generally prevailed on each side, but at some point a weakened Chinese leader might try to gain legitimacy with the public by pushing the issue and recovering the islands. It would be a dangerous game and would have a disastrous impact on China-Japan relations, but if successful it would raise the popularity of the Chinese government and would also be a way of putting pressure on Taiwan.

The other problem is that, technically, the U.S. would be obliged to bail Japan out if there were a fight over the Senkakus. The U.S. doesn’t take a position on who owns the islands, but the Japan-U.S. security treaty specifies that the U.S. will help defend areas that Japan administers. And in 1972, when the U.S. handed Okinawa back to Japan, it agreed that Japan should administer the Senkakus. So we’re in the absurd position of being committed to help Japan fight a war over islands, even though we don’t agree that they are necessarily Japanese.

In reality, of course, there is zero chance that the U.S. will honor its treaty obligation over a few barren rocks. We’re not going to risk a nuclear confrontation with China over some islands that may well be China’s. But if we don’t help, our security relationship with Japan will be stretched to the breaking point.

So which country has a better claim to the islands? My feeling is that it’s China, although the answer isn’t clearcut. Chinese navigational records show the islands as Chinese for many centuries, and a 1783 Japanese map shows them as Chinese as well. Japan purported to “discover” the islands only in 1884 and annexed them only in 1895 when it also grabbed Taiwan. (You can also make a case that they are terra nullis, belonging to no nation.)

The best approach would be for China and Japan to agree to refer the dispute to the International Court of Justice, but realistically that won’t happen. And since some believe that the area is rich with oil and gas reserves, the claims from each side have become more insistent.

As Chinese nationalism grows, as China’s navy and ability to project power in the ocean gains, we could see some military jostling over the islands. You read it here first.

Monday, September 20, 2010

news items

Around 60,000 Chinese died in car accidents in a year. It's not a big number considering the base population and the road conditions. Therefore, a person died from a car accident is not news worthy. What is news worthy though, is the current trend of killing a person through means of repeated crushing, often recorded by video cameras.

In this 2006 incident (video: in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, an old lady was run over 5 times. January 20, 2009, A car ran over a 2 years old girl three times (video: in Ji'nan, Shangdong Province. September 13, 2010, a 3 years old boy was run over 4 times by a BMW driven by a CCP official. September 19, 2010, a man was run over three times (video: by an Audi.

None involved was ever charged murder, including the case when the lady was killed after being run over 5 times. In the recent case when the 3 years old boy was killed after being run over 4 times by a communist official, the police of Jiangsu even refused to press criminal charge, not after a through investigation, but moments after the accident before any investigation.

In many cases, the driver was seen by camera to get down to check the victim. When realizing the victim was not dead, get on the car and then run over the victim for as many times as necessary of a guaranteed kill. Some then drove away, some then calmly stayed for police.

The problem lies deeper than the lack of ethics of communist regime. Many Chinese drivers feel empathy with those who run over repeatedly. Even many media share the same sentiment, but blame the insurance and road traffic law for the drivers confusion. The theory was a driver would risk paying more on a wounded victim then a dead victim. The key issue here is, many people and the media consciously give up a basic moral value, but measure everything with money. 'Cost', instead of 'value' becomes the sole component of social architecture. Killing becomes acceptable when it saves cost.

This is an extension of the communist believe occupied China in the past, when the loyalty to the Party is the No. 1 virtue over everything else including value of life. Only that loyalty to money replaces loyalty to the Party. Not surprisingly, the new communist Party is controlled not by a shared belief of communism, but by a sharing of social resource.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Few Chinese Protested on Anniversary of Japanese Invasion

Few Chinese went on street to protest the anniversary of Japanese invasion of the northeastern China in 1931. Japanese media reported only a dozen or so protesters went on street in Beijing and Shanghai. A lone protester showed up in Guangzhou. The anniversary of this year is especially sensitive because a Chinese fishing boat captain was arrested by Japanese authority when fishing in Chinese water on September 7, 2010. The Captain was sentenced to 10 days by Japanese domestic crime code. The action was seen as a trap by Japan to claim sovereignty of the disputed water around Diaoyu Island.

It's a signal that most Chinese people and in particular the younger generation are either alerted of being used as the communist government's cat paws, or too occupied by the burden of living to be interested on political issues. Or maybe a combination of both.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The End of Beiyang Fleet

Setpember 17, 1984, China's Beiyang Fleet was attacked by Japanese navy. It was the first and only large collide of the two, and ended with the elimination of a viable naval program in China, a situation continues today.

At the time, Beiyang was fitted with two battleships and eight cruisers, considered many as a formidable world power and overwhelming presence in Asia. However, Japan noticed the fact that the Chinese fleet hadn't received any update for more than ten years, and the crew were poorly trained. Although China had larger boats with heavier guns and heavier armor, those boats were slow and guns were slow too. Regardless, it took great courage, determination and luck for the young Japanese to challenge the Beiyang Fleet. Japan won the battle on September 17, 1984, while most of Beiyang's heavy warships were sunk (none of Japanese ships sank). Beiyang later surrendered after being cornered in its home harbor in Weihaiwei in Shandong Province.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Deja Vu

Japanese authority arrested a Chinese fishing boat captain in Diayu Island, a land claimed by China on August 7, 2010. It is significant because Japan applied civil code to prosecute the captain, which is seen as claiming Japan's sovereignty on this disputed area for the first time.

There are many similarities between the Diaoyu Island incident and the 9/18 accident 69 years ago. Both were 'created' by lower level Japanese military officers, and both encountered little resistance from the Chinese part, and both leads to lasting catastrophic consequences.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ji Chaoding

It is no secret that the Communists Party won the civil war against the KMT with help of spies. Several top KMT generals were believed to be Communists agents, and top DoD directors of the ROC drew detailed battle plans to direct KMT troops to CCP's traps.

However, the most successful communist agent during that time was not a general, but a economist, whose name is Ji Chaoding. With Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from Chicago and Columbia, Ji had the eyes of US government, and was escorted back to China to take charge of the national economy strategy planning.

Ji's recipe is simple and appealing to the rulers of the KMT government, that is, to squeeze private with state-own enterprises, and take away private savings with financial policies. On the face, the measures strengthened the power of the central government, but at the same time Ji's plans not only weakened private businesses, but bankrupted the entire middle class of China. Everyone hates the ROC government, and the government collapsed within 3 years after winning the Anti-Japanese War.

Ji passed away in 1963. The memorial service was attended by Premier Chou Enlai, Marshal Chen Yi, among others.

Why the Hell Are You so Soft?

Chinese, Japanese and Koreans and Russians around the world are amazed at the CCP's soft stance against Japan's aggression in Diaoyu Island.

Diaoyu Island is historically an offshore island under Taiwan's jurisdiction. It was took over by Japan, and at the end of WWII was transferred to the US military, and had been used as a targeting proof ground. Although the US had promised to return it to China, which means ROC or Taiwan at the time, they instead transferred jurisdiction of the island to Japan in 1972, without transferring ownership. In the past 40 years or so, both Taiwan and Japan claimed ownership, and it had been handled as a disputed territory by both. Although pro trolling the area with fishery agencies, Japan had refrained itself from actual landing on the island of 6.7 square miles, and prohibited any Japanese private citizen to access the island. The government of Taiwan also avoided confrontation with Japanese officials, but claimed full territorial claim on the island. The current ROC/Taiwan President, Mr. Ma Ying-jeou was an activist of campaign of Keeping Diaoyutai Island. In 2008, when a Taiwan fishery boat was sunk after a coalition with Japanese official ships, he ordered Taiwan official ships to a standoff with Japanese official ships.

The Communism China, on the other hand, had been absent from the scene for a large part of the dispute until recently. Prior to the handover in 1972, the CCP government was afraid US would return the island to Taiwan, its political rival. Therefore, the CCP argued extensively that the island should belong to Japan, a rare sympathizer of the regime at the time. Entering 21 century, with increasing naval and air military strength and growing economics appetite, Beijing quietly joined the choir of claiming sovereignty over the island. Indeed, without the island, China will loose hundreds of thousands square miles of water territory. Equally important, Chinese navy, submarines in particular will loose the only path to the Pacific. Not willing to make a scene, China also restraint itself from alerting the Japanese by actual accessing the island. The Chinese government counts on the dispute could be dragged on to the next millennium and resolved by itself by then with China's ever growing military might.

While all government imposed self constraint, the water around the island had been relative clam in the past, until the climax of last week, when Japanese officials arrested a Chinese fishing boat captain on criminal charges. And this is seen a no-return point. The captain was sentenced to a 10 days jail time, but the significance is that or the first time in history, Japanese government applied civil code and claimed sovereignty in addition to jurisdiction rights.

As expected by the Japan government, CCP backed off.

What many Chinese people around the globe do not understand is that CCP has always placed the interest of the Party on top of everything else, including the sovereignty of the country and welfare being of the people. When the Chinese government (ROC by then) took over the Middle-East Railroad from USSR in 1929, CCP announced its military and political forces would 'defend USSR by force', even though it was USSR who occupied Chinese territory in Northeast. While the Communist Party leader of North Korea begged for a couple of mountains on the Chinese-Korea border for propaganda purpose, the CCP redrew the border to Korea's satisfaction in a matter of days. When KMT troops hided out in a disputed area along China and Burma, CCP disavowed the area so that Burma military could attack the Chinese troops.

For CCP, the Party's interest is the No. 1 priority and the only essential interest. Everything else could be sacrificed for the sake of the survival of the Party. Knowing this helps to understand why the CCP is avoiding any serious conflict internationally at all cost.

In other country, a mishandling of a potentially explosive evident may leads to the crash of a government. In China, it could threaten the ruling of the Party. That's why the CCP has been soft on not only Japan, but also Korea, and Vietnam, Philippine, etc., etc.

For the interest of the Chinese, and of the country, CCP must go, one way or another.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

China Never Short of Talents

Xiong Dazhen, 1913-1939, joined the Communism military to defend motherland against Japan after the war broke out. He was named the Equipment Chief of the Central-North District. Xiong recruited over 100 students and faculty of Qinghua University to design and build weapons and ammunitions. One year later, all of them were charged as spies. Xiong was sentenced to death. To save a bullet, a piece stone was used repeatedly to crack open Xiong's head.

Xiong took an infrared panorama picture (of the city of Beijing) when he was a student at Qinghua University. It was the first infrared picture of China. After graduated in 1935, he stayed at Qinghua University to continue his research in infrared photography. He was awarded a scholarship to pursue graduate degree in Germany in 1937, when Beijing fell to Japanese military. Xiong canceled his trip to Europe to fight the Japs.

The CCP never hesitated in killing talents, regardless talents in science, literature, military, or, Communism.

In contrary, the KMT often put talents above ideology. Many known Communism believers work in the central of KMT regime. Many top KMT officials were later revealed as CCP spies. Most of them were let go (abroad) even after their true identities had been discovered. In the end, KMT lost the mainland, and fled to the Island of Taiwan.

As a side note, almost all Chinese Nobel Laureates were educated under the KMT system; none of them came out of the mainland education system. But does it matter? Mainland is a mighty power in Eastern Asia. Taiwan is only to keep its independent status due to the US's military support.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Why HU is not a great ruler

Hu Jintao is not a terrible ruler. How can he be? Although relatively young for his supreme position, Hu had gone through the most rigorous Party training and raised to the top, on the way passing many veteran communists with seniority rankings. Hu is careful not to make any of the political enemies uncomfortable in the long time, more than 10 years, in the waiting room of absolute power.

However, hu is nothing but a young old time Party member. Under his regime, preluded by promise to build a 'harmonic' society, ordinary Chinese people lost many of the little freedom tolerated or overlooked by the CCP for years. Any 'unharmonious' voice is censored, and the person silences, usually by jailing behind bars. It looks Hu attempted to bring back the country 50 years back to the hight of the communism utopia (as described in official publications), but obviously Hu does not have any political cloud to achieve that, unless Chairman Mao.

Hu is the leader of the gang of Communist Youth League (CYL), a peripheral organization of CCP for youth. Every Chinese knows gangs of Communist Youth League with first hand experience. In universities, only students with bad grades cling to posts of CYL, because that's the only way they can use to bargain for a good job upon graduation. Students with good grades, or strong family background, or social connections all care less about the CYL. In a sense, the CYL produces the exclusive career bureaucratic whose natural instinct is avoid trouble by all cost. That partially explained Hu's expertise in keeping a low profile.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Philippine Celebrates Killing of Chinese

Hours after 8 Chinese tourists were killed by Philippine police, Philippines flooded the slaughter place with joy.

A group of school girls happily taking pictures of themselves, using the shattered bus as back drop. Chinese are not humored. Some commented they were as ugly as monkeys, while others rebutted monkeys wouldn't cheer at where same species were killed.

Police officers also took no time to join the celebration. Law enforcement officers from all branches of the force happily tour the site where eight Chinese were killed minutes ago. Many did not wait to take souvenir photos standing by the bus, making faces and chirping.

According to Hong Kong media, the president of Philippine refused to acknowledge any wrongdoings or missteps of the police in handling the hostage crisis when he meet with news congregation from Hong Kong. The president was joking and laughing and shrugged off any concerns of police performance.

President Aquino's response was criticized, and mass demonstrations had been continuing outside Philippine's consulate in Hong Kong.

The anger, and in some cases hatred to Philippine government, shown among Chinese were a Deja Vu for people across the Taiwan Strait. Thirty two Taiwan tourists were found dead in a boat in Qiandao Lake 'Lake with a thousand islands' of Zhejiang Province, China in 1994. Three local bandits raided the boat and killed all the passengers. The Communist government handled the tragedy following their normal protocol of covering up. The incident was a turning point of feelings people on Taiwan towards the mainland China. Prior to the incident, although seeing communism as the evil, 80% or more residents of Taiwan had a favorable opinion on reuniting with the mainland one way or another. After the incident, the figure dropped for the first time to less than 50%, and it never recovered.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Propaganda Official Demands Award Winning Photo Retracted

A photo showing a salvage crew auctioning the body of a college student who dead while rescuing two boys won the first place award of a national photojournalism competition. Surprisingly, a picture of this nature was not 'harmonized' by the CCP's propaganda arm. Astonishingly, a Propaganda official ordered the award be retracted after it had been announced. A communism party member must be made of special material to have an extraordinary thick face.

In response, the photographer published the entire set of photos, with chronically recorded details of the bargaining process through out hours.

The Director of the Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party at the Yangtze University (that's a mouthful, I know), Mr. Li YuQuan, wrote to the 'Golden Lenses' Award of the China Photojournalism Award claiming the photo, which unanimously voted 1st place should be retracted because there was no scandal as it shows.

The Award committee agreed to launch an investigation and will announce its findings tomorrow. Regardless what comes out tomorrow, this is a rare occasion when journalists stood up against the CCP's propaganda officials in defending press freedom.

The photographer, Mr. Zhang Yi, who was a reporter of a local newspaper Jiang Han Business News was not able to publish the photo through his employer. The photo was published as a reader submission by Hua Shang News of Shannxi Pronvince along with news medias of other places. Afterwards, Zhang Yi was forced to relocate to another city.

The Yangtze University and Jiang Han Business News was a level of government in Chinese government architecture. Not only they kissed the asses of the mafia at the time of the incident, but even ate the shit one year after in the highlight of national media. There is something not salvageable here.

Monday, August 16, 2010

This Side that Side

* Johns Hopkins University started need-blind admission, and it is a good news for Chinese.  As a matter of fact, any-blindness regardless is a good news for Chinese because they have been targeted in every twisted fashion in college admission.  If a white student need to achieve 80% to be admitted to a university T, then a Chinese with similar background will have to exceed 90% to get in.  Of course Blacks or Latinos are totally different stories, but although White people cry foul the most often, Asian are the real victim.  Yeah, we like being blind.

* Hangzhou Youth reported that an entire bus-full of people fled the scene when one old lady fell, somehow, when the driver braked for a pedestrian crossing the road.  The old lady got a bruise on her head but was otherwise okay.  They were good people, to be clear, as some had offer the old lady their seats.  The old lady thanked them but stayed standing near the door because she only had one stop ahead.

Thanks to the Calabash Monk case in Nanjing three years ago, all Chinese are fleeing away and refused to offer help to others, especially to old ladies.  The communist judge famously questioned the defendant Peng Yu, who helped an old lady, why did you help her if you didn't caused her fell down? Peng was sentenced to pay a fortune to the lady, even though he claimed innocent, and he had many witnesses and a surveillance camera to back up.  The old lady, on the other hand, had a son who was a communist official in a powerful unit.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fonterra, Why You Again?

Parents across China are in panic when newspapers revealed many girls and infants were found to sexually matured.  Their breasts developed and their female hormone level are equal or higher than female adults.  They all had been drinking milk powder produced by 'ShengYuan'.

Resembling what happened after the melamine tragedy two years ago when millions children poisoned and hundreds died, the government reacted exactly the same.  The national diary monitoring agency refused to test the milk powder sent to them by parents, citing cost issue.  While news and rumors alike keep fomenting for days and into weeks, not even one sample of milk had been tested.  Well, that's what you expected from a communism dictatorship control, right?

Yes, but there is other discoveries, not on communism ideology, but on greedy money, nonetheless.

Recall the melamine incident two years ago.  The manufacture, SanLu (or Triple Deers in Chinese), which was found to produce the fatal milk over years were a subsidiary of the Fonterra of New Zealand.  Fonterra claimed that although they knew the issue long before, they couldn't tell the public because they only have 44% share of the manufacture.  On one hand they urged their Chinese partners to alert the public, on the other hand, they sat still watching millions of children poisoned by their milk each and everyday and did nothing to stop the production.  Fonterra acted only after Chinese news media broke out the horror story.  Fonterra notified then New Zealand Prime Minister, who commanded her Foreign Minister to talk about this with his Chinese counterpart.

This time, too, Fonterra is talking after the news media stepped in.  ShengYuan had long claimed Fonterra as its exclusive source of diary materials.  Imported source had been the most known sell point of ShengYuan.  Many Chinese parents who had been scared from the quality issue of Chinese product buy ShengYuan diary product because of this line.  Only after the news coverage of the hormone issue, Fonterra released an announcement stating that it was not ShengYuan's exclusive source for raw materials.

Why You Again? Fonterra?

Fonterra is not the only foreign diary player in China.  As a matter of fact, all major international diary producers had significant presence in China, the largest diary market in the world.  In the aftermath of the melamine incident two years ago, and numerous other quality related issues, many Chinese consumers only buy foreign imports and foreign brands.  ShengYuan is the only domestic brand with meaningful market share in infant diary product.  That largely have to be attributed to their advertising line of the Fonterra tie.  How come Fonterra is the one who is linked to the only two major diary product scandals? Why Fonterra?

Only greediness can explain.  Instead of setting up partnership with reputed brands or setting up own produce and manufacture channels like other international brands do, Fonterra adopted a cheap approach to the Chinese market by lending its names to junk brands, like Sanlu and ShengYuan.  Fonterra enjoyed the profits when it worked, and severed the tie when it didn't.  Fonterra, do you really think you can come out of this clean?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Koreans Dug out Records on Merging with Japan

With records from Japanese archive, Korean scholars believed the annexation treaty of 1910 was illegal due to technicality, probably a trick planted by then Korean King himself.

The discrepancies is obvious when placing the Japanese and Korean versions of the treaty side by side. The Japanese version was signed by the then Japanese emperor along the Japanese state stamp. However, the Korean version bears no signature of the Korean King, and the stamp was not right. The stamp was usually used in daily operational matters, rather than the state stamp used for important issue.

Korean scholars argued the discovery an important evident that the annexation was not approved by the Korean King, as had been claimed by Japan. Korean scholars hope to nullify the treaty.

Historically Korean had been a tributary state of China for two thousand years until late nineteenth century when China lost a war with Japan in 1895. Korean gained the independent state status in name when under Japanese control, until the treaty of 1910 formally annexed it into Japan.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Milk, Milk, Milk

.1. Shengyuan Milk was widely reported by newspapers to having caused many infants sexual pre-mature. Girls and boys alike as young as 4 months old was found to have breasts developed as mature women. Shenyuan Milk is a major diary producer in China, with concentration in Northern area including Beijing and Hebei.

.2. A new round of diary product with over-dozed melamine are emerging in China. The government believes it is made from materials that was not properly destroyed in the previous round of cleanup. The Ministry of Heath stated that there was no 'technical methods' to guarantee all over-dozed product be destroyed.

.3. A new national diary product was released. This is the update to the standard made in 1986. Notably, required protein ingredient was lowered from 2.95% to 2.8%. The measure is believed to deter common practice of adding melamine to boot up protein ratio. Also, the allowed bacteria was increased from 500K to 2,000K. In comparison, the upper limit of allowed bacteria in South Korean standard is 7K.

.4. The Chinese Customs announced that mainland people could no longer get more than two tins of powder milk from oversea family members in mail. Ever since the melamine case broke out, many of the overseas Chinese community had taken the duty of sending powdered milk to their families with little kids in China. The new measure will effectively kill milk-by-post due to high cost of shipping.

- Whatcha gonna to do when they come for you? -

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ancient Wisdom: Ximen Bao

Ximen Bao was a senior official of the Wei Kingdom (403 B.C. to 225 B.C.) during the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770 B.C. to 256 B.C.).

One of Ximen's legend was his handling of the wizard of River Zhang in Ye. In the year of 422 B.C., Ximen was named the governor of Ye. Upon arrival, he saw Ye an almost deserted place. So he asked local people why many were fleeing homeland. They told him that the Wizard of River Zhang was ruling the place with magical power. One of the routine magic performed by the wizard was wedding of the River Zhang. The wizard will appoint a young girl to be the wife of the River Zhang, and sink her into the river.

Ximen appeared in the next wedding ceremony of the River Zhang. He called the poor girl to him, and declared she was too ugly for the taste of the River Zhang. He said he would have to sent the Wizard to River Zhang to ask for his forgiveness while he would be looking for a prettier wife for the river. Then he order the Wizard to be thrown into the river. Then Ximen waited on the bank for awhile, before he claimed the top disciple of the Wizard should go to get the Wizard back. So the top disciple was thrown into the River Zhang, who was followed by the second disciple, and the third disciple. After more waiting, Ximen was annoyed that nobody came back, so he ordered local officials to go get the Wizard back. And three officials were thrown into the River Zhang. Moments later, Ximen asked another official to volunteer passing the message to River Zhang. The official immediately begged for his pardon and admitted the performance was nothing but a hoax to solicit people's money.

From that day, nobody in Ye dared to bring up the Wedding of River Zhang.

Having got rid of the Wizard, Ximen started a big hydraulic project in Ye. Twelve spillways were dug along 8 miles of River Zhang, which were controlled by flood gates. The canals were used for irrigation and flood control. The project benefits an area as large as ten thousand acres where unit yields increased by over eight times. It would be used in the next one thousand years before ruined around 757 A.D. in Tang Dynasty.

source of above

Although the hydraulic project was successful, local officials and remaining disciples of the Wizard who had been straying with the River Zhang were not happy. They complained to the King of Wei that Ximen only cares about people but overlooked the interest of the King to maintaining a strong military. King of Wei reprimanded Ximen. Ximen argued, which would be famously quoted repeatedly through Chinese history, "A great nation enriches its people, a mighty nation strengthens its military, only a failing nation enriches the King". To prove his point, Ximen summoned an army with well equipped weaponry and supplies in one day, telling them they were asked by the King. The King was impressed and very satisfied. He told Ximen to let the men go home. Ximen countered, a King must follow his words. Since the army was asked, they must commit a fight. So the army attacked a neighboring state Yan, and scored a big win.

source, Renjian Xun, Huainan Zi

Today's China the wealth is concentrated into the government by means of state controlled enterprises in strategic industries, such as banking, oil and real estates. Common people do not have adequate medical insurance and can't afford a place to live. The ruling class of CCP should take some time to revisit the ancient wisdom of Ximen Bao.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Did plagiarism epidemic shut down U.S. program in China?

Centenary College in Jew Jersey is a Tier 4 Master Level institution on the 'Best Colleges 2010' of the US News and World Report.  Translated into layman's language, the school ranked the very bottom in the US.  The same school just announced that it had severed its tie to its own satellite campuses in Beijing, Shanghai and Taiwan because of prevailing academic misconduct over there in China.  The Seagull was profoundly puzzled by the announcement because 1) by and large, Chinese students are less likely to commit academic fraud than their western counterparts, for example, those enrolled in the New Jersey campus of the Centenary College.  2) Many other more prominent colleges and universities had opened physical campuses in China, none of them had found some problem.

An article on the popyard pointed to a possible motivation.  Amid the recent controversy triggered by a celebrity (Tang Jun) buying phony degrees from diploma mills in the US, the Education Ministry in China just issued an ordnance that diplomas received from remote education programs offered by oversea institutions would not be recognized.

According to Centenary College's own statement, the tuition of its MBA program in China costs $1,200 in total.  This is below cost either China or US standard, and even cheaper than that of a real diploma mill.  No wonder.

A Ticking Bomb Went Off

A ticking bomb in Nanjing went off on July 25, 2010, one years after it had been planted. More than 10 people died, thousands injured.

A post at Xici Alley (deleted 2 days after the explosion) which was dated 2009 predicted the explosion and the catastrophic human loss at the exact location. In the past two years, local residents had been protesting the construction of a Level-1 gas station in the middle of dense residential area, with no buffering at all. The local police hired gangsters to beat dozens of local residents to silence the protest. The construction went on, despite the dangerous location and ailing underground pipings. According to a national ordnance issued by the Department of Construction in 2006, a Level-1 gas station should not be built in urban area. However, there are two Level-1 gas stations at the location. In theory, there were all illegal, although they were built and owned by the government.

Two months ago, a construction digger broke the underground pipe, when 2,000 residents were temporarily relocated without an explosive incident. However, the luck ran out this time.

Witnesses described the explosion like a nuclear bomb set off in busy downtown. Some glasses were braked by the impact even being miles away.

After the explosion, the No. 1 priority of the government was to block the news. A local TV station team was scoffed by the Provincial Propaganda Chief of the CCP, Mr. Ye Hao on air to stop broadcasting from the scene.

News agencies were told not to talk about the incident, and only the central propaganda agencies were allowed to release a brief message, while focusing on assuring the nation the blast was harmless. A snapshot of the CCTV shows an ironic caption: "The harmful chemical released is indeed harmless."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What Goes Around Comes Around released thousands of top secret government documents, proof of the undiscriminated slaughtering of civilians by the US and NATO military forces in Afghanistan. Many believed a Maryland intelligence analysis Manning who had been charged was responsible as the source. Manning was turned in by a California ex-convict hacker. However, what's even more ironic of this case was that the site WikiLeaks, who had been a continuing pain in the rear for US government, notably, for releasing the video footage of murdering of Route reporter by US military, was set up by Chinese political dissident, possibly with US intelligence grants, according to Wikipedia. The website was originally designed to use as an venue to publicize the dirty laundry of the Communist government in Beijing.

It seems the US government had surpassed their counterparts in Beijing in accumulating dirty laundries.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

An Ailing Tiger

Peng Jiaheng is perhaps the last 'tiger' alive in mainland China. The communism government did not keep record on former KMT soldiers. Actually, being a war hero of the Anti-Japanese invasion was seen as a living embarrassment for the communist party, because in the propaganda textbooks used in schools across the country, the communist party is the only party responsible to have defeated the Japanese and defended the motherland.

It's not surprising that when Mr. Peng, a former 'flying tiger' fighter pilot, who voluntarily returned to mainland in 1950 to build the motherland, became ill, he could not count on the government for a veteran healthcare. Mr. Peng's family had sold their house, but money was still not enough for the treatment.

Thank you Mr. Peng, in name of the people.

Peng went to US for pilot training in 1942, and joined the 14th Air Force in 1944. In 1945, he received a Distinguished Flying Cross for more than 50 combat flights. Although the real volunteer 'flying tigers' was later transformed into formal military participation after the Pearl Harbor, they were often referred to 'flying tigers'.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Education Blunders vs Education Blunders

Many envision the highlight of the next century as the competition between China and the USA. The core of the competition, all agreed, are human talents. In this regard, both are committing fatal blunders in education.

On the US side, the no-child-left-behind sounds nice in an ideal situation, but is the worst possible strategy in practice. Education funds are being wasted on a group of population who do not learn now and who will not work in the future.

On the China side, an academic Olympic mentality prevails when most money are spent on two universities, expecting them to rank with Harvard and Yale. First of all, you can't buy Nobel with money, and greediness always win over hard work. The two schools are entangling themselves with money making. Evidently, Beijing University was revealed to have made itself a regional front office of well know diploma mill Pacific Western University of Hawaii, one disbanded by the State of Hawaii many years ago. The other one, Qinghua University sell diploma to whoever pay the price, such as businessman Wu Zheng, and passing out diploma to those in power, such as Vice President of China, Xi Jinping. Secondly, for those graduated from the residential part of the two universities, many went abroad and never return. A survey of the class 2001 of Beijing University revealed that 21% of the graduates went abroad. The ratio is even higher on the science and engineering side, as high as 87% of certain disciplines. In the end, the mega-investment became scholar to reward Chinese students to go to the US.

US made the mistake for not raising up their own elite students, Fortunately, Chinese students filled the blank.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Phony Diploma Discussions Censored

The CCP's propaganda arm has banned news media to cover the fomenting gossip on Mr. Tang Jun's fake diploma, PhD in E.E. from Pacific Western University a recognized diploma mill.

Tang, former General Manager of Microsoft China, and the 'emperor employee' of China with $150 million annual salary, was revealed to have his degree received from the diploma mill. The incident triggered a discussion on the relationship between financially success and personal dignity. However, Chinese Netizens soon realized Tang's incident was not an isolated case. The Vice President of China, Xi Jinping, was also found to claim a J.D. from a diploma mill in China, the Qinghua University. Xi's dissertation, which was published as a mandate requirement for degree recipients in China, was found to be a lousy essay in rural marketing economy and bearing no apparent connection to the degree granted.

Because Qinghua University is specialized in customizing advanced degrees for CCP's leaders, the gossip is immediately labelled as 'unhealthy' and 'inharmonious'. News agents were ordered to stay away, and online forums were ordered to delete all traces of the discussion.

Interestingly enough, the other well known diploma mill in China, Beijing University, is also found involved in Tang's case. The Pacific Western University, which does not have a campus, or even an office in the US, has a huge representation in Beijing, China. The PWU maintained a satellite campus on main campus of the Beijing University.

Chinese officials should, actually, relax and follow their US counterparts's suit. Although using phony diploma is a crime in some states (for example, The Texas Penal Code, Section 32.52), it is considered acceptable by Federal government. When approached by CBS News regarding senior officials, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, who held degrees purchased from diploma mills, Pentagon spokesman replied, 'Get Lost'.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

President China's Fake Diploma

The 'Emperor Employee', or 'No. 1 Career Executive' of China, Mr. Tang Jun (actually, Mr. Tang is an American citizen) was revealed to having made up his education experience. Mr. Tang had claimed he held doctoral degrees from University of Nagoya and CalTech. Both turned out to be false. Mr. Tang produced a diploma from Pacific Western University issues in 1995. Not only the 'University' had been a known diploma mill that to be disbanded by both California and Hawaii where they operated, but also the issuing date was in a gap (1994 to 1996) when they were not allowed to renew their business license. Mr. Tang is the only employee among entrepreneurs in the Top 500 most wealthy people in China, with an annual benefit of $1B RMB ($150 Million) at his current job. Mr. Tang held the CEO of Microsoft China before he left Microsoft in 2001.

Anyway, that was yesterday's news, and the ripple effects of the it are causing collateral damages to an unprepared group of elite executives of Chinese companies and made them busy fixing their online resume. According to a Wikipedia run by Baidu, more than 100 people changed their who is who VIP entries to remove references to the university.

Communism officials, too, are caught in surprise. Vice President of China, the next 'core' of CCP and President of China to succeed Mr. Hu Jintao, is also a fake diploma buyer, only from a Chinese university, the Qinghua University.

Operating a rather successful residential college aside, Qinghua University is the largest diploma mill in China, specialized in customizing advanced degrees from communist Party members and wealthy businessmen alike. For example, Mr. Xi Jinping, received a J.D. from Qinghua University. His dissertation is entitled 'Rural Marketing Is the Right Way for China's Economy'. The paper in its full length is available for download from Qinghua University's website.

Friday, July 02, 2010

NPR's Michele Martin Wanted to Know Whether A Chinese Student Would Steal Her American Roommate's Toothpaste

On Air in the 'Tell Me More' program, NPR host Michele Martin interviewed two roommates journalism students covering the World Cup in South Africa and the team mentor Knight Professor Joe Ritchie of Florida A&M University. Ritchie worked for the Washington Post as a foreign editor.

Clarece Polke is one of six journalism students from the Florida A&M University; Wang Fan 'Christine', is one of six journalism students from Shantou University of China.

3:06 Michele: Were you surprised, Christine, that there were so many Chinese there?
3:10 Christine: No, because before I came here, I knew there were a large Chinese population here. So it's not quite surprising to me.
3:19 Michele: So Clarece, as I understand, you and Christine are roommates?
3:22 Christine & Clarece: Yes we are.
3:24 Michele: How are you guys getting along?
3:27 Clarece: Oh, We love it, she's like a buddy.
3:28 Martin: She's not stealing your toothpaste,..(pause).., or anything like that?

I didn't get the joke, did you? What kind of joke was that?

The July 1, 2010 edition of the NPR 'Tell Me More'/'Budding Journalists Take On World Cup' audio in its entire length (12:21) is accessible from NPR website

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ancient Wisdom

A Chinese idiom, 养寇自重, or foster small enemies to promote oneself. Military leaders in border areas often do not eliminate some small enemies so that they could claim to their boss in the capital cities the importance of their job. It's a strategy can be spotted through thousands of years of Chinese history.

The neighboring country India, another great ancient culture, derived from these theories and elevated it to a new level, when there are no real enemies, they would kill some innocent civilian and tell the world they are terrorists.

An investigation conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir (a border area controlled by India while in dispute by Pakistan) police revealed a set up by Indian Army troops to kill local civilians then claim they are Pakistani terrorists.

On April 30 2010, three local boys were lured by another local individual who had been paid by the Indian Army to a remote area of Machil, close to the truce line between India and Pakistan, where a trap was set up by the Rajputana Rifles, the most senior rifle regiment of the Indian Army. The three clueless teenagers were surrounded by the regiment and literally torn to pieces by heavy gunfire pouring down from the sky. They the Indian Army faked the scene to make it like a random encounter with armed Muslims terrorists from Pakistan. The bodies of the three teenagers were presented to the Indian Army headquarter as evidence of anti-terrorists victories.

The police arrested three people involved, and is seeking custody of an army colonel D K Pathania, a major Upinder and five other military personnels responsible for the incident. The Indian Police sent a letter to the Indian Army on June 28, 2010, 'asked them to expedite the process of handling over the Army officers and troopers so that investigation in the case proceeds', a request that did not get an answer.

People in the area have long been accusing the Indian Army for killing innocent residents, while this case bing the first confirmed by India's own police investigation. Evidents showed such cases were endorsed and organized by senior army officers. Indian Army had long been bragging its critical role in the US's anti-terrorism war, and had been desperate to back up the claim.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lament of the Premier

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told college students, 'do real work, don't be officials'. The No. 3 ranking official has been screaming his desperation recently, parting way from his colleagues in the Party in public.

The Organizational Deputy Minister of the CCP, Mr. Wang Taifeng, recently put the total number of CCP members as 77.995 million by the end of 2009, with a net gain of 2.065 million over the previous year.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chinese American Careers

Less Chinese Americans work for the government or as entrepreneurs (6.1%). Even less (2.5%) second generation Chinese American are entrepreneurs, comparing to the national average of 6.5%.

Most common career for Chinese Americans is the food and restaurant industry, doubles those work in IT, universities or hospitals.

A Chinese American male is most likely (13.4%) to be a chef, followed by a software developer (8.2%). For female, software developers top at 6.1%, followed by accountants and auditors (5.2%).

Thursday, June 17, 2010

VIP screening of Red Dawn

Router Zonet ZSR4134WE supports IEEE 802.11b/g/n is a really nice deal at $24.99 with $2.99 shipping at, a Chinese company which always brings amazing deals to American consumers, with added value for free.

In the case of the Zonet router, an internal firewall protects users from 'bad' Internet sites, including anyone who is considered a threat to the communism government. For example,, an overseas Chinese students online community.

发信人: newgame24 (随时查收, 信区: WaterWorld
标 题: 天朝生产的路由器真强,内置防火墙屏蔽mitbbs网站
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jun 17 00:55:41 2010, 美东)

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.本人使用time warner cable,以前路由器也可以正常上mitbbs,现在这个路由器就不行。

3.iphone 如果用这个路由器的wifi信号就上不了,用3信G号正常上。请
5. 看了Newegg的评论,人家写道:
This device seems to have a built in firewall that you can't control... I have no problems when I connect my PC directly to my DSL modem, but when this router is in between I have problems with Blizzard downloader.

※ 修改:·newgame24 於 Jun 17 01:08:00 2010 修改本文·[FROM: 98.14.]
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Photos Don't Lie, the Criminal Justice System Did

June, 2010, Washington DC. Congressman Bob Etheridge grabbed and battered a college kid, who asked him in a calm soft voice, 'Do you fully support the Obama agenda?', after greeting him on a public sidewalk.

  • obvious problem: An attack and battery case was committed under daylight on a busy street in front of numerous bystanders caught on tape, which was posted to Youbute, and the story was carried by more than 600 news sites.
  • reality check: No charge filed
    June 12, 2010, Maryland. Montgomery County police officer Dina Hoffman was acquitted of perjury. Family celebrated in the courtroom.

  • obvious problem: Officer Hoffman claimed she caught, and wakened a man behind the wheel in a running car who had passed out drunk. Hoffman had testified against the man 12 times in court, until a surveillance video from a nearby shop surfaced. At the time, the video showed, the man was sleeping in a backseat of his friend's car in a park-to-ride parking lot, waiting for his friend to give him a ride home.
  • reality check: Officer was acquitted.
  • unrelated, but also in Maryland, a neighboring County called Frederick, also a female officer, Officer First Class Megan Mattingly admitted she lied in a drug case. Mattingly admitted she did not witness an alleged drug deal, although she wrote in her report that she did. In a sense, officer Mattingly was 'bedeviled'. She testified in the court that her training at the Police Academy instructed that an officer always write in the first person, whether they witnessed something firsthand or not. No wonder the police chief invited the good o' neighbor Montgomery Police Department to 'investigate'. The aforementioned officer Dina Hoffman is a member of the Montgomery Police Department. No charge is filed.
    March 15, 2010, Maryland. State trooper Joseph David Uhler, in plain clothes, driving an unmarked car, with no lights flashing, intercepted a motorist and pulled his gun on him, alleging driving 80 in 65 zone on I95. The guy has a video camera attached to his helmet, which recorded the scene continuously. The guy then posted the video online. Maryland State trooper detained the guy's entire family, including his parents and little sister who is still at school age. Seized his parent's three computers, and threw the guy in jail.

  • obvious problem: No law is violated by the guy when videotaping on a public road. Maryland State law specifically stated: State courts interpreted laws to protect communications only when parties have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Plus, the guy does not even live with his parents. Actually, the judge who later released the guy after he was able to posting a $15,000 bail 26 hours later said, "I have no idea why you're charged with this".
  • reality check: Maryland State Trooper did not admit wrongdoing, while the judge who signed the search warranty of the guy's parents' home claimed 'privacy'.
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    Tencent, No 4

    In a recent Goldman Sachs report, Tencent, an Internet company of China, was placed No. 3 in innovation capability, next to Apple, Google and Amazon, but ahead of Microsoft.

    Indeed, Tencent is No. 9 on Google's Top 1000 Internet sites in terms of unique visitors, and No. 8 in terms of page views. Started as a Chinese version of ICQ, for many younger generation less-educated Chinese, QQ, Tencent's messenger service, is the alias of Internet. In March 2010, the simultaneously online users of QQ reached 100 million.

    Tencent, too, is a pioneer in self-censoring of 'sensitive words'. The range of 'sensitive words' varies, depends on the eagerness of the vendor. For Tencent, there are many, many, many. For example, 'memorize'.

    Saturday, June 12, 2010

    The fate of a little girl

    A sketch of the little girl based
    on the passenger's description.
    The girl looks like 3 years old,
    small and narrow face, big eyes,
    long eyelets, curved hair.
    She was wearing Adidas top,
    a pink skirt and Adidas pants.
    However, the clothes were very
    dirty. She was bear foot.
    A little girl disappeared from a packed train in Jiangxi, China on June 8. Hundreds children were stolen and kidnapped in China everyday. At any given time, hundreds of stolen children were being transported by cars, trucks, buses, and train. One of such trafficking was noticed by an alert passenger Mr. Yang. Mr. Yang attempted to dial 110, police emergence number, but was not able to connect. Mr. Yang then notified the railroad attendance, once oral, and once in writting, and the police on board. Mr. Yang took off at station of Quzhou at 8:14 on June 9, when he got hooked up and posted online, while the train was travelling at over 100mph on its way from Wenzhou, Zhejiang to Guiyang, Guizhou. The post received more than 2.5 million hits and 200 pages of threads in a matter of hours.

    Hundreds of thousands of Chinese Internet readers were mobilized to contact dozens of police and national security agencies through public as well as private channels. All railroad and police agencies along the thousand mile of railroad were contacted while the K941 train was in their judiciary. National and Provincial governments were contacted, too.

    And the 3 years old girl disappeared along with the human traffickers.

    No single government, railroad or police department reacted to the repeated alert. It is reported that in some major cities on the route, the police emergency number were blocked because of the volume of the calls on the little girl from all over the country. The most common answer from the dispatchers was, 'we know, thank you.' And that was it.

    Finally, one of the Internet readers got his brother, a railroad detective in Zhuzhou, Hunan to abroad the train when it arrived Zhuzhou at 16:36 on June 9. The railroad police on the train told the detective that the girl and the traffickers were taken off the train in Yingtan, Jiangxi by police for questioning.

    The online community celebrated, only to know that the onboard turned out to be a lie, the reason of the lie (to a police colleague) was difficult to comprehend.

    Police's inaction in 8 hours while the train K941 was travelling between Quzhou and Jiangtan.

    Three days later, the facts we could collect at this time was, the group was on the train in Cart 11, seat 97 while Mr. Yang took off at the station of Quzhou. They were no longer seen by the time the train left station of Yingtan, a huge train hub connecting three major railroads. While media pressure mounting on, police in Yingtan checked all surveillance cameras in the station, but did not find the group. There were three stations between Quzhou and Yingtan, which were Yushan, Shangrao and Guixi.

    Now you get an idea why so many children could disappear in a totalitarian police state. You may also get an idea why Premier Wenjia stated there was deeper social root to understand the multiple high profile violent unrests in a recent talk.

    Stolen children were often trained to be beggars. In order to take advantage of people's sympathy, many of them were maimed. They would be broken both legs and sometimes all four limps, blinded, had tongue cut, etc. Some were sold to government infancy, where they would be sold to American adopters.

    Wednesday, June 09, 2010

    Too Much Education

    One could have too much education, especially when you are an Asian American. According to a revealing report 'Hidden Disadvantage: Asian American Unemployment and the Great Recession' authored by Algernon Austin of EPI, the unemployment rate of Asian American is about 2 times comparing to white in the population with a college diploma. Language is not a barrier as the conclusion stays for those born in the US.

    Combined with well well known and well document information that educated Asian American receives less pay than all other ethnics groups: white, black, Hispanic, it's obvious education is not a good thing for an Asian in the America.

    Sunday, June 06, 2010

    21 Brothers, Where Art Thou?

    Feng Congde, one of the 21 student leaders who were haunted by the communism regime after the massacre in 1989, wrote about the thereafter stories of his comrades 21 years ago.

    name affiliation in jailacademicdwelling
    Wang DanBeijing University1989-1993, 1995-1998Master(Harvard, 2001)US
    Wuer KaixiBeijing Normal UniversityHarvard University
    Dominican College
    Liu GangBeijing University1989-1995Master(Columbia University)US
    Chai LingBeijing Normal UniversityMaster(1993, Princeton University)
    MBA (1998 Harvad)
    Zhou FengsuoQinghua University1989-1990Master(1998, University of Chicago)US
    Zhai WeiminBeijing College of Economics1989-1993China
    Liang ChedongBeijing Normal UniversityBrigham Young University
    University of San Fransisco
    Wang ZhengyunThe Central University for Nationalities1989-1991China
    Zheng XuguangBeijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics1989-1991
    Ma ShaofangBeijing Film Academy1989-1992China
    Yang TaoBeijing University1989-1990
    Wang ZhixinChina University of Political Science and Law1990-1991China
    Feng CongdeBeijing UniversityMaster(1995, France Higher Institute)
    Leiden University
    PhD (2003)
    Wang ChaohuaChinese Academy of Social SciencesPhD (2010, UCLA)US
    Wang YoucaiBeijing University1989-1991
    Master(2006, UIUC)US
    Zhang ZhiqingChina University of Political Sciences and Law1991
    Zhang BoliBeijing UniversityMasterUS
    Li LuNanjing UniversityMaster(Columbia University)
    MBA(Columbia University)
    JD(Columbia University)
    Zhang MingQinghua University1989-1992
    Xiong WeiQinghua University1989-1990
    Xiong YanBeijing University989-1992Bachelor(NC Fayetteville)
    Master(Covenant Theological)
    Master(Trinity Christian College)
    Doctor(Gordon Conwell Theological)

    Being 'too yellow', Chinese American denied passport

    Chinese American Mr. Li of New Jersey was denied US passport because the officer at the State Department found his photo 'too yellow'.

    Friday, June 04, 2010

    21 Years Ago

    An illustration published by Southern Metropolitan, an influential newspaper 3 days before the anniversary. The author is Xiangma, a column cartoonist of the paper.

    Some people argued the biggest lost of the Tian'anmen Massacre was the entire generation of those born in the 1970s. Elder generations were not impacted as bad because they had gone through many, such as the Great Cultural Revolution. Younger generations simply did not know, thanks to the brainwashing by the communist Party.

    Among the 1970s population, they were exhausted and desperate. Some went oversea to hide themselves away. Some retreat to a life style with no moral value, but money value.

    However, every year this time, some people still try to remind the world. There was a massacre happened when government used tanks and machine guns to kill hundreds of peaceful protesting students in the heart of the capital city, Beijing.

    Sunday, May 30, 2010

    A Slip of the Tongue

    The Ministry of Public Security held the national involuntary mental hospital conference in Wuhan, Hubei Province from May 26 to 27.

    Involuntary Mental hospitals in China are controlled by the government, and have been used to jail political dissidents and real mental patients alike. However, they are more and more frequently used by local government to jail minor offenders or personal enemies.

    The Ministry of Public Security emphasized on the conference that a mentally normal person could only be jailed after the police department approves. The message were reported by many mainstream media, including TV, newspaper and magazines. The 'a slip of the tongue' accident confirmed the long time rumor that these hospitals indeed had been used by local government as jail houses.

    There are 22 involuntary mental hospitals in China in eighteen provinces.

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Chinese Legal Immigrants Filed Complaint Discriminatory Practice by State Department Officials

    Five Chinese EB3 (Employment-Based Category 3) immigrants filed class action lawsuit in US District Court of Western District of Washington, challenging the mistaken procedures used for establishing cut-off dates in their immigration cases.

    The Center of the issue is an official who is in charge of setting the cut-off dates for each country. The plaintiff alleged the method currently used is flawed, unconstitutional, against rules of the State Department itself, and discriminatory against Chinese legal immigrants.

    Li et al. v. USA, No. 2:10-cv-00798-RAJ, W.D. Wa. at Seattle. click to make a donation.

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    White->Black->Hispanic->Asian in the United States

    According to a survey taken among scientists in life-sciences in the US, a white Medical Doctor on average pockets in 50% than his Asian colleague on the same job.

    annual salary discrepancies: highest degrees v. ethics

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010

    Labor Cost Continue Free Falling in GDP

    According to Zhang Jianguo, Director of Contract Department of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, the percentage of labor cost has been declining ever since it peaked in 1983 at 56.5%. In 22 years, the number dropped to 36.7% for 2005.

    Through 1980s, a junior employee in a foreign company in Beijing earned Y8,000 ($2,000) per month. Thirty years later, a junior employee in a foreign company in Beijing earns Y5,000 ($1,200) per month.

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    Dropbox Blocked in China

    Dropbox, a popular online storage service had been blocked in mainland China. The IP of has been blocked, and the word '' has been blacklisted as of today.

    Joining facebook, twitter, flickr, picasa, blogspot, wikipedia, Dropbox was finally recognized by the red regime as a most valued online service.

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    Don't Bother Unless Sincere

    "Don't bother unless sincere" is the most popular TV show in China at this time. It's especially remarkable because the program was produced by a rather rare know TV station (Jiangsu Satellite).

    The program finds matches between a male participant and one of 24 female hostesses. In a sense, all involved had been following the bottom line of this reality show: being sincere. The male always shoot for the most pretty hostess, and the female always compete for the most wealthy bachelor.

    Wednesday, May 05, 2010

    Chinese Doctoral Students in Science and Engineering Overwhelmingly Stay After Graduated from US Colleges

    2139 Chinese Science or Engineering PhDs graduated from US universities in 2002, among whom 92% were found staying in the US five years later in 2007.

    The world average is 62%. Corresponding numbers for Korea, Taiwan and Japan are 41%, 43% and 33%.

    Source: Michael G. Finn, Stay Rates of Foreign Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities, 2007, Jan 2010

    Monday, May 03, 2010

    Archived: Directives Issued by the CCP Propaganda Ministry in April 2010


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    提示:请将《广东电视台总编室主任跳楼身亡 或涉财务问题》(福州新闻网)一稿,替换成《广东电视台总编室副主任跳楼死亡:初步认定自杀 或因焦虑症所致

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    April 18th, 2010

    李长春强调 :扎实做好青海玉树抗震救灾宣传报道工作




    April 17th, 2010

    中国宣传部门下令不许重点报道喇嘛救人 (背景:玉树地震)

    有关福建三网民诽谤案,一律使用新华社通稿,不得使用自采稿件 (注:有媒体自采稿件报道了这个事件,但这条指令的真实性应该不容置疑)

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    正面报道“青海地震” 严禁批评报道和谈校舍安全






    中宣部有关王家岭矿难报道的指令是:“报喜不报忧,要突出中央怎么去抢救”。这次对被困矿工的抢救是取得不小成功,但是当初是哪些问题导致了这场惊天矿难?政府有没有责任? — 这些问题好像都不能碰。


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    中宣部:外省地方记者一律不得去玉树采访地震。上海《新闻晨报》《解放日报》已接到禁令 (背景:青海玉树县发生7.1 级地震)

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    Apr 7th, 2010

    正面报道“山西王家岭矿难” 当地记者必须撤回






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    正面报道抗旱 突出党和军队的作用


    地方门户网站制作“世博频道”或“世博专题”,并以发布公益广告等形式,集体吹响迎接世博会的 “集结号”。