Friday, April 30, 2010

Marvellous views! The opening ceremony of Shanghai Expo

In the evening of April 30, 2010, Shanghai World Expo unveiled in Shanghai of China. Please enjoy the views:
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Picture source: www.6park.com

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Is the OTV easy to be disabled in space?

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These days, just after the trial-flight of U.S. OTV X-37B, Chinese military fans have found a way to disable it. Their suggestion is as follows,

The OTV is not a manned space vehicle. It is still a UAV flying a bit higher (above atmosphere). Through a data link transmission supported by satellites and GPS, the OTV can find its own position or be commanded and remote controlled by the operator from the other side of the earth. Without satellites and GPS to transmit data, the OTV will be blind and deaf. Therefore, knowing the fatal weakness of the OTV, as long as we destroy or jam out the U.S. satellites or GPS that relay data to it, the OTV will lose its functions, just like a computer that has been cut off electric power.

Hi, my readers, do you also think the thing is really so simple? Should U.S. stop developing the OTV because of the threats from China’s anti-satellite technology?


Reference: http://article.daqi.com/lt_fast/1778360.html

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A fragrance outside of U.S. flower yards


Michael J. Forsyth, a Lieutenant Colonel and a field artillery officer of the U.S. Army is trying to figure out how Chinese military made his dream come true.

In 2003, Mr. Forsyth made a proposal to U.S. army in his article “Precision Launch Rocket System: a Proposal for the Future of the Field Artillery”. In the article, he expressed his opinion that the artillery central weapon systems need to be changed to precision launch rocket systems to better support all military operations. He said, current trends indicated that future warfare needs faster strategic mobility, more precise weapon systems, and less logistical consumption.

Today, his dream comes true, but it is not in U.S. Recently, China showed various kinds of its rocket weapon systems on the 12th Asian Defense Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia. There of, an A200 rocket weapon system has a circular error probability less than 10 meters if it launches to a target within a range of 200 km.

In the four-day exhibition, China also showed its guided artillery rocket system SY-400. From the video above, we can see, a SY-400 system has eight containers with solid-fuel GPS/INS guided rockets. They are mounted on a wheeled mobile launcher. The rockets are launched vertically and have a range of about 400 km. A reloading vehicle can reload the rockets stored in the containers with a crane.

Today, various kinds of Chinese precision artillery rocket systems indicated that China’s artillery technology has led the world. Because of the proposal to the U.S. Army seven years ago from the U.S. Lieutenant Colonel, Michael J. Forsyth, China’s success looks like a fragrance outside of U.S. flower yards.

Monday, April 26, 2010

U.S. strategy on resources to defeat hostile countries

New Energy of U.S.@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

While Iran is exercising its military frequently near Strait of Hormuz, U.S. is preparing on new energy resources to defeat its hostiles not only Iran. U.S. preparation is mainly in the aspects of developing renewable and alternative energy, researching and developing electric and hybrid vehicles, and exploiting coastal crude oil.

Since President Obama took the office, U.S. has more actively been carrying out development on alternative resources, such as: solar, wind, geothermal, bio-fuel, nuclear, etc. The U.S. navy announced its Green Hornet fighters can use a fuel with 50% camelina is a best example.

To save fossil energy, U.S. inspires researches on electric and hybrid vehicles. Meanwhile, U.S. is upgrading its electric supply grid to fit for the vehicle-style transition. For example, the United States announced, April 16 of 2010, four billion U.S. dollars investment plans on smart electric grid technology.

Recently, Obama government also announced plans of offshore oil and gas development.This five-year plan started a system development on drilling offshore oil in United States after a 20-years of related ban.

All above will greatly reduce U.S. reliance on exotic energies, bring a sustainable development on U.S. economy, and increase domestic employment. Bases on this new energy development, U.S. will feel much easier to defeat its hostile countries in the future.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Chinese people: Wake up, Chinese authorities!

Shanghai Expo@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

Aprill 22, 2010, China Qilu Evening News of Shandong province reported that Shanghai World Expo is going to fire more than 100,000 rounds of fireworks in the night of the opening ceremony, far more ambitious than the 80, 000 rounds used for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The news waved up immediately on China’s websites a flood of criticism to Chinese government. Many Chinese people commented their discontents to such a wasteful luxury from their government.

One of the comments on China’s websites said: “…China is still very poor, the goal of three decades is only to build up an olive-shape social structure. Why do (they) spend so much money on these things that are unrelated to the people's livelihood? This is the behavior of disguising as a fat guy by punching the face to be swollen. The purpose of this is to let the world feel that China is flourishing and peaceful, so as to cover up the problems in domestic people's livelihood. China suffered a number of disasters these years: earthquakes, droughts, etc. Why (they) could not spend this large sum of money on the people who got hit (by the disasters). Or (they) should reserve this sum of money to use it on the people who need to be saved in the future. Chinese authorities should wake up!”


Reference: http://comment2.news.sohu.com/default/comments.shtml?t=271692842

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A tour in North Korea (Part IV)

Travel in North Korea@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

North Korean farmers living along the China-North Korea boarder all try their best to find jobs in the factories set up in North Korea by Chinese bosses. These factories use North Korean local fruit to produce fruit carbonated drinks. In Pyongyang they are sold about RMB 5 a bottle. It is a luxury to North Korean people.

What is the wages of these workers? Their Chinese bosses only give them RMB 10 per month. Because the reputation of RMB is high in North Korea and it is convenient to use, North Korean farmers have to pull strings to get jobs in these factories.

According to the investigation of World Food Programme (WFP), the average salary per month for a North Korean worker is U.S. cents 60—75, less than one U.S. dollar. People who live farer from Pyongyang are poorer. That is why so many people want to earn the RMB 10 per month. If the WFP investigation is correct, I will really feel doubtful to the salary of RMB 600 per month that the tour guide told me in Pyongyang.

In North Korea, RMB is really useful. People can buy things with it in China and then sell these goods in North Korea with higher prices. But North Koreans have to bribe the North Korean custom officials to take the goods home from China.
  
On the train back to China, someone tried to trade RMB from me with his won. The rate was RMB 1 to N-Korean won 70 (Official rate 1:17). One person from Liaoning province of China told me that RMB 1 can trade back N-Korean won 200 in black-market of Dandong of China! And even this, he said, it is still difficult to reach a deal with such a exchange rate, because who will want the worthless North Korean won?! (End)


Source: http://www.51junshi.com/Article/B5/20100418151109.html

A tour in North Korea (Part III)

North Korean Ice Cream@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

Foreigners are banned to visit local shops, even a vendor stall that is just opposite a tourism attraction you visit. One day, I was really thirsty, so I asked a male tour guide in apprenticeship to buy ice cream in a roadside stall for us. A female tour guide told us he would be punished if his leader had discovered that he bought things for us. How much was the ice cream each in won? The tour guide refused to tell us.

The ice cream maybe was the most delicious one I had ever tasted--thick, savory, and slippery in mouth. North Koreans do not make false food. They do not have technologies to research out fodder additives for cow’s fast growing up. This is the first time I ate ice cream since the melamine-tainted milk was discovered in China. The taste of the ice cream was as good as that of the very expensive Luzon Mountain ice cream I had ever eaten in Philippine before.

Although we guessed each ice cream is worth several dimes of RMB, we still paid to the tour guide RMB 5 for each. There were 40 tourists on the bus. Totally RMB 200 was paid to him. How ecstatic the tour guide was!

The lives of people in Pyongyang are not too bad, but that of the people living in rural areas are terrible. North Korea is mountainous and lacks of arable land, so hard-working farmers without right tools and fertilizers are still not able to produce adequate crops for food. On the train to Pyongyang, I saw there are Army’s watchtowers in cornfields along the railway. These watchtowers are set up to prevent hungry farmers from stealing corn.


Source: http://www.51junshi.com/Article/B5/20100418151109.html

A tour in North Korea (Part II)

Shopping in North Korea@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

The North Korea’s wealth gap between cities and rural areas is very large. The Capital Pyongyang is the best one for living. People there also have the highest average income. The incomes of the tour guides mingling with foreigners daily are the most enviable to the other North Koreans.

My tour guide told me her salary per month was more than 500 won, which equals RMB 30. What I feel doubtful is another tour guide told me his income was RMB 600 per month. If a person can earn RMB 600 per month in North Korea, I think it is very good, because many people living in remote areas of China earn much less than RMB600 per month! Is it really possible that there are 20 times of salary-difference between the two tour guides who do the same job daily? Did I hear wrong or someone lie to me? Hope my readers can also figure it out a bit for me.

As why North Korea do not allow foreigners to go into local shops, except that it does not want the tourists know how cheap the prices are for local people, the other reason I was told is the shops for local people lack of commodities. The glass cabinets there are always empty. The light-industrial goods they only have in local shops are mostly made in China. This would let North Korea lose face if foreigners had seen it.

The commodities in the shops for foreigners are not various either. They are mainly cigarettes and alcohols, art crafts, and small packages of ginseng skin-cream. Many Chinese tourists crazily snapped these small packages of ginseng skin-cream up as if they were free of charge. The shop women were deeply surprised by looking at this.


Source: http://www.51junshi.com/Article/B5/20100418151109.html

A tour in North Korea (Part I)

Tours to North Korea@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

After China granted North Korea the Approved Destination Status, many Chinese tourists visited North Korea. What does North Korea look like? Let us read the following description (Part I--IV) from a Chinese tourist:

If you want to know the average income of North Koreans, you need to know the exchange rate of RMB to Korean won first. From the alcohol in the shop set specially for foreigners you can find out the exchange rate you want to know.

We know RMB 100 yuan equals Euro-dollar 10. In the picture, this bottle of alcohol is priced in both Euro dollar 10 and North Korean won 1700. From this we can get: RMB100 yuan equals North Korean won 1700, so the rate of RMB to N-Korean won is: 1 to 17.

In my experience to 52 countries and areas, North Korea is the only country that bans foreign tourists to go into local shops only accessible to North Koreans. Because of this, it is extremely difficult to get the consuming information of the local people.

Foreign tourists are limited in shops specially set for foreigners for shopping. The prices there are mainly labeled by Euro dollars, but customers are allowed to pay with RMB by timing the Euro dollar prices by 10.

North Korea is a country short of energy resources, so it needs urgently the money earned from tourists to purchase energy. Therefore, the commodities for foreigners are very expensive. North Korea worries that foreigners may be uncomfortable if they see the prices they pay for are too much expensive than the prices for North Koreans, so the shops for tourists are put far away from the local shops for North Koreans.


Source: http://www.51junshi.com/Article/B5/20100418151109.html

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Iran creates something from nothing on SA-20s

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While Russia is postponing providing S-300 (SA-20) air defence systems to Iran under the pressures of U.S. and Israel, Iran suddenly showed its S-300 similar systems in the military parade in Tehran on its Army Day of April 18, 2010.

Some people guessed they are S-300s (SA-20s) from Russia, and some said they are cloned from China’s HQ-9. Both Russia and China have denied these rumors. Analysts believe they are just a fictitious army of Iran to deterrence a probable air raid from Israel.

There is a saying that “Military forces are never tired of applying tricks.” Probably, these “SA-20s” or “HQ-9s” are just a combination of trucks and hollow big pipes only. Iran has created something from nothing, the analysts said.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Is China ready for economic attacks from U.S.?

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In the aftermath of the unhappy result to U.S. on the Nuclear Security Summit, China is preparing for defending probable economic attacks from U.S. Therefore, a series of measures are being taken in China including curb the sizzling real estate prices, raise the domestic retail prices of gasoline and diesel, and try to adjust its economic structure.

These days, Chinese government pushed out new measures on real estate market to limit on people’s speculative behaviours. The measures include higher thresholds of mortgage loans from banks and real name system for real estate purchasing. These measures are fast cooling down the overheated real-estate market and will stop overseas hot speculative money further blowing up China’s inflation bubble.

This month, China also raised its domestic retail prices of gasoline and diesel. It has enhanced China’s management on inflation anticipation and up-levelled China’s immunity to the risk of international price soaring on crude oil in the future.

In May of 2010, U.S. will decide whether Chinese government is a manipulator of its currency. To the probable anti-measure from U.S., China has decided to take it as an opportunity to change and modify its economic structure, although the process may be painful. China is adjusting its economic structure to one that less relies on exports.

To reduce risks from the devaluation of U.S dollars, China will reduce holding of U.S. treasury bonds and switch from mainly buying long-term U.S. treasury bonds to buying short-term ones. China will also change from mainly purchasing U.S. treasury bonds to purchasing famous brand names, shares of blue-chip enterprises in the world, for example, the Jeely and Volvo project. Meanwhile, China will invest more in world resources, for example, Venezuela Junin 4 block oil project, Canadian iron ore mining, etc.

China has been ready to slow down its developing steps to go through an upcoming painful journey in facing attacks from U.S. on economy.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

China’s OTH Radar Monitoring East China Sea

Fang Feng(below)
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China has extended its radar detecting range to 300km along coasts. The radar bases along the coast of Zhejiang Province of China have been equipped with OTH (Over the Horizon) radars. Through them, Chinese military can detect and tracking aircraft and ships in the disputing area with Japan. The long-range radars can also be used for the early warning of ballistic missile attacks.

Although some people said they could guide Chinese ballistic missiles to strike U.S. aircraft carriers on sea, many people argued that these radars are useless during wartime because of their wide-aperture receiving-antenna arrays that last for one to two kilometers long. They are too long to avoid attacks.

March of 2010, Chinese PLA newspaper reported a chief engineer of the observation and communication brigade of China’s navy East Sea Fleet. His name is Fang Feng. Now he is taking charge of the OTH radar project along the China’s east coast. He is about 50 years old and was enlisted in PLA 30 years ago. During the past 30 years, according to the report, he was trained step by step from a military academy cadet, to a radar maintenance technician, finally to be a chief engineer of the OTH radar project.

He works very hard and has contributed almost all of his leisure time to his work. The report gave an example that he has only traveled with his family to tourism attractions once in the past 30 years, and He has also refused many high pay job offers from electronics related enterprises in China. Because of his hard work, he was decorated several times by Chinese navy.


Reference: http://war.news.163.com/10/0302/09/60OQO2JM00011MTO.html

Saturday, April 17, 2010

An explosive loaded RC Sub sank the ROK Cheonan

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On March 26, 2010, the ROK warship Cheonan mysteriously sank in the West Sea of Korea. After an initial examination of the stern of the Navy corvette Cheonan 20 days later on April 15, 2010, the ROK military tentatively concluded that the corvette had not been hit directly by a torpedo but broke in two due to a bubble jet created by an underwater explosion of it. To this explanation, some analysts expressed their different opinion. They think the KOR warship Cheonan was more likely sunk by a bomb-armed RC sub, but not a proximity-fused torpedo as the ROK investigative team guessed.

Comparing with the proximity-fused torpedo, some analysts believe a high explosive loaded RC sub seems easier to conduct the attack to the corvette Cheonan. The Youtube video on the bottom of the article shows one kind of similar RC submarine. With today’s technology, this kind of sub can be absolutely explosive armed and modified to be wire controlled. It can be steered from a mother submarine and be detonated with an accurate distance under a targeting ship. Oppositely, it is not easy to conduct a not-directly-hit hit by launching a torpedo from a submarine, even if the torpedo used is a proximity-fused one.



Reference: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/04/16/2010041601024.html

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Why China firmly refused to revaluate its currency

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China’s President Hu Jintao refused RMB revaluation when meeting with U.S. President Obama in Washington nuclear summit. He said to Obama that China would not do revaluation on the Yuan exchange rate under the external pressure.

Hu’s stance indicates that China’s economic development has felled into a dilemma. China’s economy always relies on the three pillars: domestic consuming, exports, and investment from government. Since the global recession, decreasing exports and increasing unemployment has deeply impacted on the first two pillars of China's economy-- consuming and exports. Government stimulus package on infrastructure construction has attracted whole country’s individual money and bank loans to enterprises and individuals into real estate and stock market, and it has caused a huge bubble. It means the third pillar for China’s economy is nearly broken. A big inflation has been formed in China and the governmental stimulus plan has gone into its wrong end.

To survive from the world recession, China has to expect to release the internal pressure through exports. If China raises the RMB exchange rate to U.S. dollar, one of its pillars--exports will entirely down and the unemployment rate will vertically soar up, that equals China blocks its only way out and kills itself.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What Singapore tells us on the world economy?

Global Market@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

Singapore is mentioned as a thermometer of the world economy because of its special economic structure. Its economy consists of exports, imported goods refining for international consumption (manufacturing), and tourism, and totally relies on the world. One sneeze of the world finance would let Singapore get cold.

Through this thermometer, we have seen the dawn of the globally economic recovery. Singapore on April 14, 2010 revised its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast this year as the country's economy reported a strong expansion of 32.1% in the first quarter. Singapore expects its economy to grow at 7 percent to 9 percent this year, but not the earlier 4.5 percent to 6.5 percent forecast.

To prevent from the possible inflation brought by the fast growth of the local economy, Monetary Authority of Singapore suddenly announced on April 14 one-off currency revaluation on Singapore dollar to raise its exchange rate to US dollar 1% higher.

This action is expected to slightly reduce the world needs on Singapore’s exports, refine manufacturing, and tourism products and find a smooth economic growth in local. This year, Asian economy is still a leading factor on global economic recovery. Singapore has told us the global finance has come to the timing of just before the sunrise.


Reference: http://www.ft.com/uk/markets

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

China infuses vitality into North Korea

North Korean Tourism@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

China finally get mature and know which queue it belongs to and what it should do on the world stage. One prove of this is, it has recently granted Approved Destination Status to its neighbor North Korea. China is re-amending its friendship with North Korea from the bottom of the heart after almost 20 years of keeping a distance with this small neighbor.

From now on more and more Chinese tourists will infuse vitality into North Korean economy, and North Korea will have more and more Chinese currency to trade back what it wants from China.

North Korea has many tourism attractions to Chinese people, especially to the people born between 1930s and 1970s. These people read many textbooks and watched many movies in China regarding Korea War of 1950 to 1953, but many of them never have a chance to go to North Korea. The world’s negative media reports about North Korea also has been advertising for attracting Chinese tourists to have a look there.

According to Chinese media, it is prohibited for Chinese tourists carrying computers with communication function, mobile phones, shortwave radios to go into North Korea. Related electronic products have to be stored at the Pyongyang airport. The tourists are not allowed to leave their tour group without permission. No picture is allowed to shoot towards restricted and not-allowed-to-visit places, and usual photographs have to been taken under the permission of North Korean tour guides. When visiting Kaesong, Chinese tourists are not allowed to greet to North Korean soldiers there.

Chinese tourists have a special feeling to North Korea due to the Korea War. China-DPRK Friendship Tower is a must-visit tourist attraction, which was built in October 1959 by the Chinese People's Volunteers to commemorate the battle-killed Chinese soldiers in the Korea War. Pyongyang the capital of North Korea is another attraction for them to see beautiful young traffic policewomen and unique views. Panmunjom, the office for the signatures of the Korean Armistice Agreement, and Myohyang-san Scenic Area are also the favorites of Chinese tourists. A seven-day trip costs about RMB5000—6000 (USD700—850) according to the Chinese media.


Reference: http://travel.people.com.cn/GB/11351128.html

Monday, April 12, 2010

Why U.S. needs a nuclear-free world

Nuclear Security Summit 2010@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Washington for the Nuclear Security Summit from April 12--13, 2010. The summit will mainly discuss how to prevent acts of nuclear terrorism. For the reason why U.S. has decided to support and promote the new policy of a nuclear-free world, some Chinese analysts expressed their opinions as follows,

First, nuclear deterrence is invalid to terrorists.

Due to lower threshold of nuclear weapons technology today, the terrorists could made at least "dirty bombs" if they had got radioactive nuclear material. If it were set off in the center of a major city, it could bring large-scale casualties and result in hundreds of years of non-accessible biological "black hole" in the city center. Nuclear weapons have not brought security to the United States but threats from terrorists.

Second, U.S. conventional military forces are strong enough.

The United States enjoys overwhelming conventional military and also has 16 strategic international straits and waterways, which can be controlled during any wartime. To meet the existing challenges in the world, the United States is mighty enough to only rely on its conventional military superiority. In contrast, if other countries have nuclear weapons, the U.S. conventional military superiority will be restrained by the other nuclear powers. North Korea is a good example of this.

Third, maintenance and storage of nuclear weapons are not easy.

Because the U.S. military think nuclear weapons can only be used as a deterrent, and they are almost impossible to be put into a real combat, the status of the relevant units for the nuclear weapons storage and maintenance in U.S. military are deteriorating. Therefore, the United States has a number of incidents from the safety management of nuclear weapons since 2006. The United States may believe that since the effort to properly maintain a large number of nuclear weapons is unsustainable, why not gradually reduce and ultimately end the dependence on nuclear weapons. Moreover, if the United States promotes the gradual reduction and even the total elimination of nuclear weapons, it will also help ease the financial crisis the U.S. government is facing in the global economic recession.


Reference: http://www.cs.com.cn/xwzx/14/201004/t20100412_2391742.htm

Friday, April 9, 2010

Why the Snow Dragon returned with low profile?

Snow Dragon Returned
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Totally different from its high profile setout half a year ago, Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon that returned to Shanghai of China on April 8 of 2010 from Antarctica looked so unnoticeable. It is difficult to find relavant news if you were not on purpose to look for it in the Chinese news media.

It is not the normal way Chinese media usually do, especially there is a female ship-pilot on board who is the first woman chosen to do such a job to South Pole and was highly praised by the media when the Snow Dragon started this journey on October 11, 2009. From that she disappeared from the focus of the media and the low-profile return of the Snow Dragon, analysts guess some unhappy things might has happened between the leaders of the crew on board and their communist bosses on shore regarding the female pilot on board during the past six months.

The woman is only 27-year old. Her name is Xie Jie-ying. Before being selected as one of the four pilots of the Snow Dragon to Antarctica, she was a teacher of Shanghai Maritime University located in Shanghai of China.


Xie Jie-ying on board
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

The consequence of Tulip Revolution told us

Kyrgyz riots@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

Five years ago, the people who had launched the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan never expected today’s consequence. Researching the cause we found, today these former political talents are washing away by another “Tulip wave” is because they forgot a simple rule after they went on the stage. That is “Water can float boats and sink boats too”. Here, the water is the people who used to follow these “Tulip” politicians five years ago, and the boats are the country power once in the hands of these “Tulip” politicians.

Since the success of the Tulip Revolution five years ago, the friction in Kyrgyzstan between the government and the parliament had never been stopped. These Kyrgyz politicians put most their energies on how to grip more power and get more benefits for themselves, therefore, the constitution of the country was changed back and forth, and useful plans for economic development could not be passed due to the tension among these politicians. Because of worse country’s economy plus bureaucratic corruption, People live at the bottom of the social community felt more and more frustrating and finally lost their patience. Additionally, the aftermath of the Tulip Revolution was unluckily right caught by the world economic recession, which further worsened Kyrgyz finance and deepened the social crisis there.

The lesson from Tulip Revolution told us, the economic development is the foundation of the political stage of a country. Politicians and their root people are just like boats and water. Water can float boats and can also sink boats too.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Asia-Pacific Blue Paper 2010---A recent world seen by China

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On April 6, 2010, The Asia Pacific Research Institute facilitated to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences officially released the Asia-Pacific Development Report (2010), usually called the Asia-Pacific Blue Paper. The Blue Paper reflected to some extent China’s points of view to the recent world.

It concluded three main risks China is facing: imbalanced state of mind of some big countries, suspicions and concerns from the surrounding countries, and Asian economy. The following is the translated summaries of the risks described in the Asia-Pacific Blue Paper 2010,

First, Imbalanced state of mind of some big countries

In 2009 China was ranked as the world's largest exporter and its GDP was approaching the size of the second in the world. In facing of China's rise, some big countries’ imbalance on their mindset has been intensified and awareness of protection enhanced. The countries with such feelings objectively increased the risk of China’s security by stirring up nationalist feelings and manipulating behind the affairs such as Sino-Indian border dispute, Sino-Japanese East China Sea dispute, Sino-Australian Rio Tinto spy controversy, the North Korean nuclear issue, the conflicts between Myanmar Government and its ethnic people in the northern region of Myanmar, which caused a large-scaled cross-border refugees, and China’s Xinjiang up-rise on July 5th of 2009, and so on.

Second, Suspicions and concerns from the surrounding countries

The speculation of international community, from the China Threat Theory to China's Responsibility, from U.S. stakeholders to G2, to some extent exacerbated suspicions and concerns of the surrounding countries to China. G2 was a hot speculation of the international community in 2009. It not only overestimated the influence of China in international affairs, but also misjudged China’s basic orientation on its foreign policy that does not seek domination in the world. More importantly, it led some neighboring countries trying to push the regional large powers and bring in extra-regional powers to balance China's power. By the end of 2009, former Prime Minister of Singapore called on the U.S. to balance China in Asia reflected this mindset. In the South China Sea disputes, the relevant countries can be seen in a similar attempt.

Third, Asian economy

The international financial crisis has passed the worst period, but there are still many uncertainties for global economic recovery. So far, the Asian economy is the world leader in the process of economic recovery, at least in 2010. The Asian economy is expected to be still the fastest growing part of the world. In facing of the economic optimism in Asia, we must pay attention to future risks. Asian economic recovery has benefited from the governments’ economic stimuli. In fact, from the start of 2009 the regional increasing rate of asset prices generally higher than that of the rest of the world, such as stock prices, real estate prices. Even the rapid rise in world gold prices is closely associated with the hedging behavior of Asian investors. How to continue to loose monetary policy and curb the risk of asset bubbles is a tough problem facing Asian monetary authorities.


May the translated summaries above regarding the China’s Asia-Pacific Blue Paper 2010 useful to my readers.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Destroyer Yi Sunshin, a focus of global navies

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On April 6, 2010, South Korean Destroyer DDH975 Chungmugong Yi Sunshin has successful caught up with the Oil tanker Samho Dream hijacked by Somali pirates. Samho Dream is heading for the coast of Somalia.

The warship Chungmugong Yi Sunshin carries an anti-submarine helicopter Super Lynx, a rigid inflatable boat (RIB), and 30 UDT-Seal combat members.

There are 24 sailors on the hijacked tanker. Because the action with forces would put the crew at great risk, the usual way for the naval forces patrolling the Gulf of Aden after hijacks is they only move close to the pirate lairs where the vessels have been anchored to monitor them until the tankers are released.

The whole world’s navies are waiting to see whether South Korean navy is superior than or just as same as them, especially Chinese navy after the DeXinHai incident last October.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Remembrance of my parents 怀念父母

Today is April 5th, the Festival of Pure Brightness (Qingming) in China. There, it is a celebration of spring, and also a day to look after the resting places of deceased ancestors, late relatives and late friends.

My parents 彭曙东 and 樊丽生 both passed away in Shanghai in the summer of 2009. When they were alive, they always taught and demanded me being an honest and integrity person. They loved me very much and always expected me to be a useful man in Canada.

The resting place of my parents is located in Chang An Cemetery 长安墓园, Jiading city 嘉定, Shanghai of China 中国上海. They will be alive in my heart forever.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Why Obama called to China on the fools’ day

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On April 1, 2010, U.S. president Obama made a phone call from the Air Force One to China’s president Hu, after a sudden reversal of US-China relations regarding Google, the RMB exchange rate, climate protection, trade friction, the Iranian nuclear crisis, arms sales to Taiwan, and the Dalai Lama since the beginning of 2010.

In the call, the two pledged to increase the cooperation between the two countries. According to the media, the Obama administration will defer a decision on whether to name China a currency manipulator until well after Hu visits Washington for the nuclear security summit. The media also said, Obama reassured Hu that the US fully adhered to the one-China policy and would continue to recognize it.

Analysts believe, U.S. took the moves above is trying to tell China that U.S. expects China’s cooperation on the summit, but, if China does not support sanctions against Iran on the summit, China would get trouble again from U.S.

Some analysts believe China won’t agree a harsher sanction to Iran on the summit due to its distrust on U.S. and its consistent strategy. China may think U.S. is just trying to use it on the Iran issue, and it would be the next top target of U.S. if Iran were gone.

Mostly, a new round of quarrel between the two countries will breakout soon after the summit. Therefore, President Obama’s call on the Air Force One will be only a call on the fools’ day of 2010.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A joke of the fools’ day from China

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Today, the fools’ day of 2010, Chinese media said that Chinese navy’s build-up no-threats to ASEAN countries.

The media cited the words from a PLA expert, Senior Colonel Chen Zhou, a researcher with the PLA's Academy of Military Sciences, "ASEAN countries should be assured that China's development of its navy is only to maintain the country's own maritime interests and regional peace and stability, …".

Mr. Chen’s statement obviously is a joke of the fools’ day to the understanding of the ASEAN countries, because they know China has territorial issues with them, such as: Spratly Islands and Paracel Islands in South China Sea. Some ASEAN countries have already started their exploitation on oil and gas reserves there for decades. Therefore, that China tries to “maintain the country’s own maritime interests” certainly is a big threat to them.

Usually, a guarantee made on the fools’ day won’t be trusted. ASEAN countries certainly treat the no-threat guarantee from China as a joke, and China is also smart enough to know this. After all, China knows, say something is better than say nothing.