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martes, noviembre 25, 2014

Ortega, Wang Jing y el canal por Nicaragua

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La semana pasada asistí a un evento abierto a la prensa organizado por el Consejo Superior de la Empresa Privada (Cosep), en el que la empresa china concesionaria del canal interoceánico y los representantes gubernamentales de la Autoridad Nacional del Gran Canal supuestamente brindarían a las cámaras empresariales información más específica sobre el estado en que se encuentran los estudios de factibilidad técnica, económica-comercial y de impacto ambiental, de este megaproyecto.
Lamentablemente, las presentaciones que brindaron los voceros de la empresa china Hong Kong Nicaragua Development (HKND) y la consultora ambiental Environmental Resource Management (ERM) otra vez fueron bastante generales, y aunque al final accedieron a responder algunas preguntas, sus respuestas fueron más bien vagas y evasivas y no brindaron mayor claridad ante las interrogantes planteadas.
Por ejemplo, cuando le pregunté al representante de HKND quiénes son los inversionistas internacionales del canal interoceánico y por qué, a pesar de que en octubre del año pasado Wang Jing, presidente de HKND, dijo que en diciembre presentaría al público un consorcio internacional, nueve meses después no ha cumplido su promesa, me respondió con un alegato inverosímil. Dijo el vocero de Wang Jing que no era posible revelar los aportes financieros, la identidad o el origen de los inversionistas por razones de “confidencialidad’, “secreto comercial”, y por el tipo de obligaciones que establecen estas entidades privadas que cotizan en la Bolsa de Valores.
Dice el vocero de Wang Jing que no es posible revelar aún los aportes financieros por razones de confidencialidad
Esta interpretación secretista sobre el esquema de financiamiento de esta obra de 50.000 millones de dólares contradice la promesa de transparencia que inicialmente se hizo sobre esta iniciativa, de manera que ahora resulta imposible conocer si se trata de un proyecto internacional, o si únicamente estará soportado por capitales y empresas chinas. Al margen de que la forma en que se otorgó la concesión es en sí misma negativa para el país, la diferencia entre un proyecto global, con participación de capitales e intereses de distintos países, y un proyecto exclusivamente chino, sería sustantiva. Nadie duda que China cuente con los recursos económicos y la capacidad para realizar gigantescas obras de infraestructura como el canal por Nicaragua, pero si éste es un proyecto cuya viabilidad depende enteramente de la voluntad política del estado de la República Popular China, las implicaciones geopolíticas, ambientales e institucionales, serán completamente distintas para nuestro país. Si ese es el caso, como parece indicarlo la tónica secretista, entonces estamos ante un proyecto que promoverá los intereses de la potencia china a cualquier costo, y con mucho mayor razón se requeriría de una salvaguarda especial de los intereses del Estado y la nación nicaragüense.
La concesión otorgada de forma apresurada por decisión unilateral del presidente Ortega a la empresa HKND no solo fue lesiva de la soberanía y los intereses nacionales, sino que comprometió el futuro de varias generaciones de nicaragüenses. En un país cuya institucionalidad democrática ha sido demolida por el autoritarismo, el poder sin límites ni contrapesos ejercido por Ortega otorgó un enclave y una cadena de concesiones a granel a una empresa privada y/o potencia extranjera.
Las consecuencias de cómo opera esta relación sui generis Ortega-HKND, que no se rige por las normas básicas de transparencia, ya las estamos padeciendo. La primera es el secretismo y la falta de respuesta a las preguntas que con sentido común han formulado a HKND distintos sectores nacionales:
¿Cuáles son las credenciales empresariales del señor Wang Jing? ¿Tiene un récord público que permita a los nicaragüenses y a la comunidad internacional verificar cómo logró amasar su capital y qué actividades económicas desarrolló antes de comprar Xinwei en el 2010?
¿Cómo se explica que 19 meses después de que Telcor le otorgara a Xinwei una concesión para invertir en telecomunicaciones en Nicaragua, aún no ha instalado una sola línea de telefonía rural o celular?
En un país cuya institucionalidad democrática ha sido demolida, Ortega otorga concesiones a una empresa privada y/o potencia extranjera
¿Qué garantías tiene el estado nacional de que un inversionista que ya está incumpliendo con una concesión para invertir 2.100 millones de dólares en telefonía en tres años, pueda acometer un proyecto de construcción de 50.000 millones de dólares, como el canal, en el que no tiene ninguna experiencia previa?
¿Cuál es el calendario de ejecución y cuándo concluirán los estudios de factibilidad técnica, económica y de impacto ambiental del canal?
¿Se someterán estos estudios, que han sido pagados por HKND, al escrutinio y evaluación de un comité independiente de expertos nacionales e internacionales?
¿Si estos estudios aún no han concluido, y por lo tanto no se puede conocer con certeza la viabilidad del proyecto y sus impactos ambientales, cómo se puede afirmar que la construcción del canal interoceánico empezará en diciembre y concluirá en cinco años?
¿Cuál será el impacto ambiental del dragado en el lago Cocibolca y las obras de excavación y mantenimiento, y cómo impactará en la preservación y la calidad del recurso hídrico estratégico más importante del país?
¿Quién vela por los intereses nacionales ante la inoperancia de la Autoridad del Gran Canal, que en su primer año de funciones ha demostrado precisamente que carece de autoridad y autonomía?
La segunda repercusión es el cambio en las reglas del juego de la concesión canalera, cuando ni siquiera ha empezado ninguna obra de construcción. Al amparo de la discrecionalidad absoluta otorgada por el Gobierno a la empresa HKND, han surgido nuevas iniciativas de negocios denominadas “subproyectos del canal”, que originalmente no fueron contemplados y que no tienen nada que ver con la obra canalera.
En el nuevo proyecto ya no se incluyen el oleoducto de petróleo o el canal seco contemplados en la ley original, pero desde hace un mes HKND reveló sorpresivamente que desarrollaría “proyectos vacacionales’. Ahora la empresa china ha anunciado el gigantesco proyecto turístico “San Lorenzo”, ubicado a más de 10 kilómetros al sur de Brito, es decir, a considerable distancia de la ruta canalera. Se trata de un zona de siete kilómetros de playas -Ocotal, Majagual, Pitahaya y Maderas- situada a 12 kilómetros al norte de San Juan del Sur, donde existen centenares de propiedades privadas de ciudadanos nicaragüenses y extranjeros y una decena de hoteles, entre ellos uno de renombre internacional como es el ecoturístico Morgan’s Rock.
Al imponer este proyecto ordinario de negocios bajo la cobija extraordinaria de la ley canalera, están atentando contra los derechos de propiedad en todo el territorio nacional. La voracidad enmascarada tras ley Ortega-Wang ya había sido advertida por los expertos jurídicos al aprobarse la concesión, pero nadie imaginaba que ocurriría tan temprano y con tanta desfachatez.
Durante la conferencia de las cámaras del Cosep con HKND y la autoridad gubernamental, le pregunté a los voceros oficiales si la inconstitucional cláusula expropiatoria de los derechos de propiedad contemplada en la ruta canalera se aplicaría también a los “subproyectos turísticos” y otros negocios concebidos al amparo del canal. Era una magnífica oportunidad para que la empresa china aclarara sus intenciones y su interpretación de una ley redactada a su medida.
La respuesta del representante de Wang Jing fue un silencio elocuente, ante la atenta mirada del “promotor de inversiones” Laureano Ortega Murillo, hijo del presidente Ortega y enlace oficial con el concesionario chino. Una señal inequívoca para que inversionistas nacionales y extranjeros tomen nota y saquen sus propias conclusiones.
Carlos F. Chamorro, periodista nicaragüense, es director de Confidencial.com.ni

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Would huge Nicaragua canal be win for China?

By Frida Ghitis
(CNN) -- When plans were announced to build a giant new transoceanic canal across Nicaragua, the young Hong Kong businessman leading the project acknowledged the widespread skepticism. "We don't want it to become an international joke," said Wang Jing, a 40-year-old with no significant engineering experience and a background he described as "very normal."
That was in June 2013, when the Nicaraguan legislature, controlled by President Daniel Ortega, had just allowed Wang to move forward with his five-year project .
It is not certain that the canal, which would be one of the most ambitious and expensive engineering projects on Earth, will ever get built. But it looks set to move forward, and even some of the most determined doubters are starting to reconsider.
Last Thursday, the government and Wang's company, Nicaragua Canal Development Investment, announced that construction will start on Dec. 22.
The development's estimated price tag -- $50 billion -- is four times the size of the entire Nicaraguan economy. The canal itself would be deeper, wider and longer than the Panama Canal, just a few hundred miles to the south. The Panama Canal's expansion is almost ready, which raises the question of why another costly canal is needed.
The Nicaraguan opposition has called the project the biggest scam in the country's history, and engineering experts are divided over whether the project is feasible.
Pedro Alvarez, chairman of civil engineering at Rice University, has expressed doubts that it will ever be completed. He worries that it will be abandoned. His greatest concern is severe damage to Lake Nicaragua, the largest freshwater reservoir in Latin America.
Other engineers say the quick turnaround between contract signing and construction leaves room for doubt that the plans are solid. And David Ashley, an engineering professor at the University of Nevada who was a consultant to the Panama Canal Authority, said the Panamanians examined the Nicaraguan idea and concluded that it did not pose a threat to their own expansion plans.
Mystery and suspicion have surrounded the proposal from the beginning. To this day, nobody understands who will pay. When Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Managua last July -- the first by a Russian president -- Nicaraguans wondered whether the canal figured in Russia's new geopolitical calculations.
But it is the Chinese government's role that has most people talking. The country is abuzz with rumors that Wang is a front for Beijing, which is looking for strategic security for its vital imports.
Wang, who was born in Beijing, has repeatedly denied the accusations. Nicaraguan officials also deny Russian involvement.
Wang was also in town last July, startling many Nicaraguans by revealing the exact route of the canal. The announcement made the project seem real, threatening the potential displacement of people living on its path and fueling concerns from environmental groups.
Chinese workers have started arriving for construction that will run from the Rio Punta Gorda on the Caribbean Coast to Brito on the Pacific. By some estimates, 30,000 people will have to be relocated to carve a path 172 miles long, up to 1,700 feet wide and 90 feet deep. The prospect is nothing short of alarming for those living in the area.
Demonstrators have launched at least a dozen protest marches, and an environmental lawyer has filed suit against the project at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, charging "The government has sold us to the Chinese."
The president says the project will mark a turning point in the country's development, creating tens of thousands of jobs and giving a long-term boost to economic growth.
But critics see something different. The idea of building a canal linking the Pacific and the Atlantic across Nicaragua dates back hundreds of years. This new, enigmatic venture, however, began almost as an Ortega family project. In 2012, the president sent his son Laureano to China. That's when Wang first made contact with the Ortegas. Not long after that, Wang was in Managua and by June of 2013, the president and the Chinese businessman signed the agreement to build the canal. The legislature quickly rubber-stamped it.
At home, critics say Ortega is relinquishing national sovereignty in order to help those close to him enrich themselves. Small farmers living along the planned path worry about displacement and environmental degradation. Environmentalists say the proposed route, which includes a large tract across Nicaragua's largest lake and its main water supply, will put the country at risk.
Whether or not Wang is a straw man for China's government, there is no question that a new Chinese-built waterway across Central America and a project of this magnitude would expand China's influence in the region. A transcontinental canal, of course, is an important strategic asset.
China's influence in Latin America is nothing new. Beijing has a voracious appetite for natural resources and very deep pockets. It is steadily supplanting the United States as the main trading partner in the region.
There is a difference between trade with China and trade with the United States. Commercial exchanges with American firms are, for the most part, conducted with the private sector of the United States, which has much weaker ties to the government in Washington than Chinese firms do with their central government.
Already China has become the top trading partner for major Latin American economies, notably Brazil and Chile. Beijing is lending money to Latin America, developing multiple projects and making more business inroads. Economic ties tend to translate into political links.
The skeptics still doubt the canal will be built, but the ambitious time line signals the parties are serious. The biggest mystery surrounding the project, whether it would ever get off the ground, is about to be resolved.
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Editor's note: Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist for the Miami Herald and World Politics Review. A former CNN producer and correspondent, she is the author of "The End of Revolution: A Changing World in the Age of Live Television." Follow her on Twitter @FridaGhitis. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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martes, noviembre 04, 2014

Searching for Sacred Mountain

Pulitzer Center
The documentary tells the story of Liu Jianqiang, an investigative environmental journalist and Beijing editor of ChinaDialogue who has recently converted to Buddhism. The documentary includes footage of senior Chinese government officials declaring their commitment to an "ecological civilization" that draws on Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and other Chinese cultural traditions as a means of addressing the country's growing environmental challenges. It also shows that leading Chinese academics are making the connection between such traditions and the protection of vulnerable lands and habitats.

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miércoles, octubre 22, 2014

China's economy suffers its worst quarter since the financial crisis

HONG KONG (CNNMoney)

China's economy has clocked its worst quarter in more than five years, raising concerns over Beijing's ability to meet its own annual growth target.

Gross domestic product expanded by 7.3% in the third quarter versus the same period last year, according to government data, the weakest performance since the global financial crisis.



While that figure is slightly ahead of the 7.2% median growth forecast by economists in a CNNMoney survey, it still falls short of last quarter's growth.

With only a few months left in the year, China is running out of time to meet its own 7.5% target. The government has said it's willing to accept a slightly slower rate, but it has also adopted incremental measures to boost the economy.

Today's figures "remain consistent with our view that relatively weaker data in the third quarter reflects the government's shift towards tolerating lower growth," Barclays economist Jian Chang wrote in a research note.

Economists surveyed expect full-year GDP to come in at 7.3%, with growth forecast to dip further to 7% in 2015. Chang expects the government to continue rolling out targeted efforts and investment projects to support growth.

China averaged economic expansion of around 10% a year over the past three decades, pushing it up the list of biggest economies and boosting household wealth. But now, the pace of economic expansion is languishing -- China recorded GDP growth of 7.7% in the last two years, versus 9.3% in 2011 and 10.5% in 2010.


China's GDP growth remains the most comprehensive gauge of the country's economic health -- an important number to watch as the government works to reform the world's second-largest economy and shift to consumption-driven growth after years of exponential expansion. 
Six out of 10 economists surveyed before today's GDP data was announced identified the real estate sector as the biggest risk to the Chinese economy. After years of breakneck development, the sector now suffers from excess supply, slack investment and falling home prices. Data points from September have continued to disappoint.

Experts are also sounding the alarm over ballooning corporate debt, according to the CNNMoney survey.

A few Chinese companies have defaulted on their debt in recent months-- a previously unheard of phenomenon -- and no government bailouts are in sight.

Worries have also escalated over the use of unconventional financing. Some firms, for example, have been using copper as collateral to secure loans. Experts are concerned that some companies are even using the same copper stockpiles to take out multiple loans, borrowing far more than they can repay.

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lunes, septiembre 29, 2014

Culture matters when thinking about China's future

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China is in the process cracking down on democracy protesters in Hong Kong. 
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It's important to remember that China is a dictatorship.  It's almost always been a dictatorship.  It also has a long history of extreme insularity and xenophobia.
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That's why it's important to consider this when investing in Chinese companies.  
As a dictatorship, China can nationalize all assets and shut its borders tight overnight.  It's done it many times before.  
This isn't ancient history.  Forty years ago, this government engaged in ruthless social engineering that killed an estimated twenty million people.
This and more is why investments in China, in particular the amazing valuation given to Alibaba ($200 billion plus) is nonsensical given the potential downside risks ($0 valuation overnight).
In contrast, countries like the US have a long tradition of economic and personal freedom.  It's one of the best features of American culture.  
How many countries have demonstrated that for 200 years plus?  
Very, very few.
Culture matters.  Don't discount it.  

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lunes, agosto 04, 2014

World's highest rail track reaches Everest gateway city

(CNN) -- The world's highest railway rolls even closer to Mount Everest this month when China inaugurates a stretch of track connecting the Tibetan cities of Lhasa and Shigatse.
Traversing valleys, mountains and crossing the glacier-fed Brahmaputra River, the line takes in breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and majestic plateaus as it wends from the territory's capital to its second city.
The track is an extension of the Qinghai-Tibet line -- an engineering marvel named the "closest stretch of railway to the sky" after it first carried passengers above 5,000 meters (16,404 feet) in 2006.
Work on the new $2.1 billion line across the roof of the world began in 2010.
When it opens, it will allow passengers to connect by rail from Beijing all the way to Shigatse, a gateway to Everest, which lies just 240 kilometers (150 miles) away, on the border with Nepal.
Suolang Deji, an officer with Shigatse's tourism department, told CNN the railway would be inaugurated at the end of August and would initially carry Chinese visitors.
"The first batch of tourists are from Shandong provice," she said.
Huge investment
With the arrival of the train, the journey from Lhasa to Shigatse shrinks five hours of driving over terrain ranging in altitude from 3,600 to 4,000 meters, to two hours by rail.
The railway is part of a huge Chinese investment program in the infrastructure of its remote western territories that is seen as an effort to consolidate Beijing's economic and political control of the autonomous region.
Such developments have not been welcomed by some Tibetans who say China invaded their land in 1950 and dispute Beijing's claim that the Himalayan plateau has historically been part of China.
Political tensions mean that access to the railway for non-Chinese tourists is likely to be subject to tight controls.
In addition to Chinese visas, foreign visitors already require special permits to enter Tibet and the availability of these is subject to sudden change.
Anyone hoping to travel on from Shigatse to Everest or Nepal will have to wade through further red tape.

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sábado, julio 19, 2014

Forbes Media's websites will now be majority owned by a Chinese company

Back in 2007 Forbes magazine purchased 51 percent of the then-wildly growing website RealClearPolitics.com. Now, in 2014, a Chinese company has purchased a majority position in Forbes itself.

A highly visited site, RealClearPolitics.com was created in Chicago in the year 2000 by John McIntyre and Tom Bevan and grew at an amazing rate, becoming one of the most trafficked political sites on the web. By 2007 Forbes Media took notice and purchased a 51 percent share in the site.
Upon the purchase, Forbes Media decided to let McIntyre and Bevan continue to run the site as they had always done before.
For the last year or so, Forbes itself has been up for sale, and after eight months on the block, this sale was anything but a sure bet as one company after another bowed out of the running. At last the media company found an investor in China.
This week Forbes Media confirmed that it has sold a controlling interest in the company to Hong Kong-based Integrated Asset Management, founded by Tak Cheung Yam. The price tag reportedly tops $300 million.
The Forbes family will hold a minority stake in the 97-year-old company that bears their name.
"This is a major milestone for the company and our family, and we're pleased to partner with a forward-looking investor group to further drive the evolution and growth of this exceptional company," current company chief Steve Forbes told the media Friday.
As of now, Steve Forbes, the company's chairman and editor, and chief executive Steve Perlis will remain with the company.
In a statement, new majority owner Mr. Yam said, "Given the tremendous growth of digital in the past decade, Forbes Media's future plans include additional Internet and social media expansion projects."
With over 27.7 million unique visitors, Forbes Media's websites will now be majority owned by the Chinese company.
However, Steve Forbes went to pains to insist that the magazine and the company's various websites will retain editorial control here in America.
"To mess with that would undermine the investment," he said.
Signs that this was a last-ditch effort to save the company were everywhere. The Forbes family has undergone a long campaign of selling off assets in hopes of keeping the nearly 100-year-old company afloat. The family sold out many of its real estate holdings, closed its longtime Greenwich Village headquarters, and even sold off its impressive collection of Fabergé eggs.
Perlis, though, assured employees that there would be no layoffs.
"This is an investment move," the chief executive said. "The reason it took as long as it did to do the deal was that we were looking for a particular kind of buyer who would understand the tradition of the Forbes brand and an investor [who] would back the family’s and current management’s plan to grow the company."

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domingo, julio 06, 2014

El brutal entrenamiento deportivo a los ninos chinos

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China's Massive Female Abortions Tied to Violent Crime by Unmarried Males

China’s one-child policy, instituted in 1979, has made it the most gender-imbalanced country in the world, with 117.78 boys for every 100 girls. Since the Chinese culture traditionally favors males, massive numbers of female babies have been aborted. 

While the policy is blamed for societal flaws such as a depressed “real exchange rate,” which damages the global economy, and a reduction in the labor force, perhaps the most disturbing outcome of having significantly more boys than girls is an increase in violent crimes.
Writing at the New Republic, Elizabeth Winkler reports that, in 2012, the Chinese government estimated that China had 40 million more males than females, with the difference growing larger each year.
While the country claims a reduction in the gender imbalance is a national priority, largely due to economic reasons, China, and much of the media, gloss over the fact that its one-child policy has been one of the great human rights atrocities in world history. As BBC.com reports, in 2000, for example, 90 percent of aborted babies were reportedly female.
Winkler writes that the resulting “gender imbalance” has likely led to the increase in China’s violent crimes.
In a recent study published in Asian Population Studies, economists Jane Golley and Rod Tyers determined that the higher number of males in China has led to excessive savings since families with boys are competing to match up their sons with girls, who are scarce. However, the investigators also found climbing rates of crime among unmarried males.
Projecting outward to 2030 using a global dynamic model, the researchers find “the proportion of unmatched unskilled Chinese men of reproductive age could be as high as one in four by that time.”
They write:
Policies to rebalance the sex ratio at birth will take decades to reduce the sex ratio at reproductive age and any associated allowance for higher fertility would slow growth in real per capita income. Yet our results suggest that more than offsetting gains could accrue from productivity improvements stemming from reduced crime.
The researchers tap into previous research that has determined that China’s crime rate has indeed doubled over the last two decades.
A March 2010 article in The Economist observes:
China alone stands to have as many unmarried young men—“bare branches,” as they are known—as the entire population of young men in America. In any country rootless young males spell trouble; in Asian societies, where marriage and children are the recognised routes into society, single men are almost like outlaws. Crime rates, bride trafficking, sexual violence, even female suicide rates are all rising and will rise further as the lopsided generations reach their maturity.
Additionally, George J. Gilboy and Eric Heginbotham, writing at Foreign Affairs in October 2010, noted that China’s economy has continued to grow and its per capita income increased as it has repealed taxes and invested in infrastructure and a social safety net; nonetheless, social tensions have grown more pronounced.
The authors write:
The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) estimates that incidents of social unrest have risen from about 40,000 in 2001 to “over 90,000” in 2009. CASS also reports that these incidents are becoming larger, more violent, more likely to cross provincial borders, and more diverse in terms of participants and grievances.
A 2008 study in Social Science Research Network links the increase in crime and violent behavior in China to the scarcity of females. The research indicates that crime rates almost doubled in the nation between 1992 and 2004, the same period in which sex ratios (males to females) in the age grouping of 16-25 years, which is characterized by a tendency toward crime, rose dramatically from 1.053 to 1.093.
The study found that "a 0.01 increase in the sex ratio raised the violent and property crime rates by some 5-6%, suggesting that the increasing maleness of the young adult population may account for as much as a third of the overall rise in crime."
As Winkler observes, anthropological studies confirm what instinctively seems true—that in cultures with excessive men, males tend to engage in risky, “wife-seeking” behavior. When the size of the pool of unmarried men is reduced and “normative monogamy” occurs more often, rates for rape, murder, assault, robbery, and fraud are all reduced.

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sábado, mayo 10, 2014

China: Miner Found Alive after 17 Years Underground

Mary Greeley

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domingo, abril 20, 2014

China faces 'most complex time in history' at home and abroad - Xi Jinping

borneobulletin.brunei-online.com
Chinese President Xi Jinping held the first meeting of a new national security commission on Tuesday, saying China needed a coordinated approach to domestic and foreign challenges, including social unrest, in "the most complex time in history".
China announced the formation of the commission in November at the end of a key party meeting to map out reforms, Reuters reports.
Experts say it is based on the National Security Council in the United States and will increase coordination among the various wings of China's security bureaucracy, split now among the police, military, intelligence and diplomatic services.
Possible international flashpoints for China include Japan, North Korea and the South China Sea. China says it also faces considerable threats at home, pointing to continued unrest in two regions heavily populated by ethnic minorities which chafe at Chinese rule - Tibet and Xinjiang.
Xi told the commission's first meeting that China faced the "most complex time in history" at home and abroad when it came to its security, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
China must "implement and put into practice an overall national security view, paying attention to external as well as internal security", Xi was cited as saying.
While Xi listed areas ranging from economic to nuclear security, he also said the commission had to "take political security as its base" and "seek stability", references to protecting the ruling Communist's Party hold on power and dealing with domestic unrest.
"Security is the condition for development. We can only make the country rich by building up military power, and only with military power can we protect the country," Xi said.
The report did not mention any specific topics that were discussed.
On Monday, Xi urged the air force to adopt an integrated air and space defence capability, in what state media called a response to the increasing military use of space by the United States and others.
While Beijing insists its space programme is for peaceful purposes, a Pentagon report last year highlighted China's increasing space capability and said Beijing was pursuing a variety of activities aimed at preventing its adversaries from using space-based assets during a crisis.
Fears of a space arms race with the United States and other powers mounted after China blew up one of its own weather satellites with a ground-based missile in January 2007.
Visiting air force headquarters in Beijing, Xi, who is also head of the military, told officers "to speed up air and space integration and sharpen their offensive and defensive capabilities", Xinhua said.
It gave no details of how China expects to do this.
China has been increasingly ambitious in developing its space programs for military, commercial and scientific purposes. Xi has said he wanted China to establish itself as a space superpower.
But it is still playing catch-up to established space superpowers the United States and Russia. China's Jade Rabbit moon rover has been beset by technical difficulties since landing to great domestic fanfare in mid-December.
Source: Voice of Russia
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sábado, abril 19, 2014

300kg Chinese man rescued from home

ITN

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viernes, enero 31, 2014

Political Calculations: China's Rebalancing Economy

Last week, news that China's economy is slowing down contributed to investor fears in world stock markets, sending equity prices lower. Not trusting Chinese GDP statistics, which have long been considered to be off target, we turned to the data that the U.S. Census Bureau reports on the value of trade between the U.S. and China to get a clearer picture of what's going on within China's economy.
Our chart below shows the exchange rate adjusted value of the year-over-year growth rate of trade between the two nations from January 1986 through November 2013, the most recent month for which that data is available at this writing: 

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martes, enero 28, 2014

Moon Has UFO Sighting Same Time China's Jade Rabbit Rover Malfunctions

Mary Greeley

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lunes, enero 27, 2014

Russia And China Conduct A Joint Naval Exercise In ... The Mediterranean!!!

MOSCOW, January 25 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian-Chinese naval training exercise in the Mediterranean Sea began on Saturday involving the Russian nuclear-powered cruiser Pyotr Veliky and China’s Yancheng frigate, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced.

The exercise, which began with a gathering of the ships and accompanying speedboats, is being performed to reinforce co-maneuvering, air defense collaboration as well as naval helicopter landings on the different countries’ ships, the ministry’s press service said.

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My Comment: Having this exercise is not a surprise .... what is a surprise is that it is being conducted in the Mediterranean. As far as I know .... this is the first time that Chinese naval forces are doing an exercise .... albeit a small one .... in the Mediterranean.

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jueves, enero 23, 2014

Scariest comment at WEF: Chinese saying in private, a limited war between China and Japan

Mary Greeley

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"Hablame"

"EN TIEMPOS DIFÍCILES" - Heberto Padilla

A aquel hombre le pidieron su tiempo

para que lo juntara al tiempo de la Historia.

Le pidieron las manos,

porque para una época difícil

nada hay mejor que un par de buenas manos.

Le pidieron los ojos

que alguna vez tuvieron lágrimas

para que contemplara el lado claro

(especialmente el lado claro de la vida)

porque para el horror basta un ojo de asombro.

Le pidieron sus labios

resecos y cuarteados para afirmar,

para erigir, con cada afirmación, un sueño

(el-alto-sueño);

le pidieron las piernas

duras y nudosas

(sus viejas piernas andariegas),

porque en tiempos difíciles

¿algo hay mejor que un par de piernas

para la construcción o la trinchera?

Le pidieron el bosque que lo nutrió de niño,

con su árbol obediente.

Le pidieron el pecho, el corazón, los hombros.

Le dijeron

que eso era estrictamente necesario.

Le explicaron después

que toda esta donación resultaria inútil.

sin entregar la lengua,

porque en tiempos difíciles

nada es tan útil para atajar el odio o la mentira.

Y finalmente le rogaron

que, por favor, echase a andar,

porque en tiempos difíciles

esta es, sin duda, la prueba decisiva.

Los Aldeanos: "El Socialismo en Tiempos del Colera: Toda Una Nación"

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La columna de Cubanalisis

NEOCASTRISMO [Hacer click en la imagen]

NEOCASTRISMO [Hacer click en la imagen]
¨Saturno jugando con sus hijos¨/ Pedro Pablo Oliva

Seguidores

Carta desde la carcel de Fidel Castro Ruz

“…después de todo, para mí la cárcel es un buen descanso, que sólo tiene de malo el que es obligatorio. Leo mucho y estudio mucho. Parece increíble, las horas pasan como si fuesen minutos y yo, que soy de temperamento intranquilo, me paso el día leyendo, apenas sin moverme para nada. La correspondencia llega normalmente…”

“…Como soy cocinero, de vez en cuando me entretengo preparando algún pisto. Hace poco me mandó mi hermana desde Oriente un pequeño jamón y preparé un bisté con jalea de guayaba. También preparo spaghettis de vez en cuando, de distintas formas, inventadas todas por mí; o bien tortilla de queso. ¡Ah! ¡Qué bien me quedan! por supuesto, que el repertorio no se queda ahí. Cuelo también café que me queda muy sabroso”.
“…En cuanto a fumar, en estos días pasados he estado rico: una caja de tabacos H. Upman del doctor Miró Cardona, dos cajas muy buenas de mi hermano Ramón….”.
“Me voy a cenar: spaghettis con calamares, bombones italianos de postre, café acabadito de colar y después un H. Upman #4. ¿No me envidias?”.
“…Me cuidan, me cuidan un poquito entre todos. No le hacen caso a uno, siempre estoy peleando para que no me manden nada. Cuando cojo el sol por la mañana en shorts y siento el aire de mar, me parece que estoy en una playa… ¡Me van a hacer creer que estoy de vacaciones! ¿Qué diría Carlos Marx de semejantes revolucionarios?”.
¨La patria es dicha de todos, y dolor de todos, y cielo para todos, y no feudo ni capellaní­a de nadie¨ - Marti

"No temas ni a la prision, ni a la pobreza, ni a la muerte. Teme al miedo"
-
Giacomo Leopardi

¨Por eso es muy importante, Vicky, hijo mío, que recuerdes siempre para qué sirve la cabeza: para atravesar paredes¨Halvar de Flake [El vikingo]

"Como no me he preocupado de nacer, no me preocupo de morir" - Lorca

"Al final, no os preguntarán qué habéis sabido, sino qué habéis hecho" - Jean de Gerson

"Si queremos que todo siga como está, es necesario que todo cambie" - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

"Todo hombre paga su grandeza con muchas pequeñeces, su victoria con muchas derrotas, su riqueza con múltiples quiebras" - Giovanni Papini


"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans" - John Lennon

"Habla bajo, lleva siempre un gran palo y llegarás lejos" - Proverbio Africano

"No hay medicina para el miedo" - Proverbio escoces

"El supremo arte de la guerra es doblegar al enemigo sin luchar"
- Sun Tzu

"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother" - Albert Einstein

"It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office" - H. L. Menken

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented" - Elie Wiesel

"Stay hungry, stay foolish" -
Steve Jobs

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert , in five years ther'ed be a shortage of sand" - Milton Friedman

"The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less" - Vaclav Havel

"No se puede controlar el resultado, pero si lo que uno haga para alcanzarlo" -
Vitor Belfort [MMA Fighter]

Liborio

Liborio
A la puerta de la gloria está San Pedro sentado y ve llegar a su lado a un hombre de cierta historia. No consigue hacer memoria y le pregunta con celo: ¿Quién eras allá en el suelo? Era Liborio mi nombre. Has sufrido mucho, hombre, entra, te has ganado el cielo.

Para Raul Castro

Cuba ocupa el penultimo lugar en el mundo en libertad economica solo superada por Corea del Norte.

Cuba ocupa el lugar 147 entre 153 paises evaluados en "Democracia, Mercado y Transparencia 2007"

Cuando vinieron

Cuando vinieron a buscar a los comunistas, Callé: yo no soy comunista.
Cuando vinieron a buscar a los sindicalistas, Callé: yo no soy sindicalista.
Cuando vinieron a buscar a los judíos, Callé: yo no soy judío. Cuando vinieron a buscar a los católicos, Callé: yo no soy “tan católico”.
Cuando vinieron a buscarme a mí, Callé: no había quien me escuchara.

Reverendo Martin Niemöller

Martha Colmenares

Martha Colmenares
Un sitio donde los hechos y sus huellas nos conmueven o cautivan

CUBA LLORA Y EL MUNDO Y NOSOTROS NO ESCUCHAMOS

Donde esta el Mundo, donde los Democratas, donde los Liberales? El pueblo de Cuba llora y nadie escucha.
Donde estan los Green, los Socialdemocratas, los Ricos y los Pobres, los Con Voz y Sin Voz? Cuba llora y nadie escucha.
Donde estan el Jet Set, los Reyes y Principes, Patricios y Plebeyos? Cuba desesperada clama por solidaridad.
Donde Bob Dylan, donde Martin Luther King, donde Hollywood y sus estrellas? Donde la Middle Class democrata y conservadora, o acaso tambien liberal a ratos? Y Gandhi? Y el Dios de Todos?
Donde los Santos y Virgenes; los Dioses de Cristianos, Protestantes, Musulmanes, Budistas, Testigos de Jehova y Adventistas del Septimo Dia. Donde estan Ochun y todas las deidades del Panteon Yoruba que no acuden a nuestro llanto? Donde Juan Pablo II que no exige mas que Cuba se abra al Mundo y que el Mundo se abra a Cuba?
Que hacen ahora mismo Alberto de Monaco y el Principe Felipe que no los escuchamos? Donde Madonna, donde Angelina Jolie y sus adoptados around de world; o nos hara falta un Brando erguido en un Oscar por Cuba? Donde Sean Penn?
Donde esta la Aristocracia Obrera y los Obreros menos Aristocraticos, donde los Working Class que no estan junto a un pueblo que lanquidece, sufre y llora por la ignominia?
Que hacen ahora mismo Zapatero y Rajoy que no los escuchamos, y Harper y Dion, e Hillary y Obama; donde McCain que no los escuchamos? Y los muertos? Y los que estan muriendo? Y los que van a morir? Y los que se lanzan desesperados al mar?
Donde estan el minero cantabrico o el pescador de percebes gijonese? Los Canarios donde estan? A los africanos no los oimos, y a los australianos con su acento de hombres duros tampoco. Y aquellos chinos milenarios de Canton que fundaron raices eternas en la Isla? Y que de la Queen Elizabeth y los Lords y Gentlemen? Que hace ahora mismo el combativo Principe Harry que no lo escuchamos?
Donde los Rockefellers? Donde los Duponts? Donde Kate Moss? Donde el Presidente de la ONU? Y Solana donde esta? Y los Generales y Doctores? Y los Lam y los Fabelo, y los Sivio y los Fito Paez?
Y que de Canseco y Miñoso? Y de los veteranos de Bahia de Cochinos y de los balseros y de los recien llegados? Y Carlos Otero y Susana Perez? Y el Bola, y Pancho Cespedes? Y YO y TU?
Y todos nosotros que estamos aqui y alla rumiando frustaciones y resquemores, envidias y sinsabores; autoelogios y nostalgias, en tanto Louis Michel comulga con Perez Roque mientras Biscet y una NACION lanquidecen?
Donde Maceo, donde Marti; donde aquel Villena con su carga para matar bribones?
Cuba llora y clama y el Mundo NO ESCUCHA!!!

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