@AceNewsServices Japan offers Aid of $3.5-million to #RohingyaMuslims fleeing #Myanmar

#AceNewsReport – TOKYO:June.20: Tokyo has offered aid of $3.5 million through global agencies, such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, to help Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday.

The money will be used to provide for food and shelter, as well as to fund data analysis of the refugees’ maritime movements. In 2015, at least 25,000 people have been taken to boats from Myanmar and Bangladesh to countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, the UN estimates.

The Rohingya people are considered “stateless entities” in mainly Buddhist Myanmar. Some 1.3 million Rohingyas live in the country’s western Arakan state.

Myanmar views them as illegal Bangledeshi immigrants and refuses to recognize them as an ethnic group.

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‘ US STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUES GLOBAL TERRORISM ALERT TO ALL AMERICAN’S TRAVELLING TO ABROAD ‘

The State Department is renewing its global terrorism alert for Americans travelling abroad, saying it sees a heightened risk of reprisal attacks from the Islamic State group and its supporters.

In a new “worldwide caution” issued on Friday, the department said terrorist groups continue to plot strikes against Americans and U.S. interests in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

It said authorities believe there is “an increased likelihood” of reprisal attacks from Islamic State militants since the U.S. and its coalition partners launched military action against the group in Iraq and Syria.

The alert replaces an existing warning issued in April and also notes the growing threat of kidnapping perpetrated by terrorists.

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SEA: ‘ Rise of the Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – October 11 – The phenomenon of “child soldiers” is not new to this globe. From the far western shores of Americas, to Africa and Asia, the world continues to witness the rise of soldiers that are mere children

' Child Soldiers of Pakistan '

‘ Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

The world is stunned beyond limits to see that humanity has fallen to this level in the exploitation of young innocent children as child recruits for fundamentalist agendas.

The use of child soldiers has spread to almost all the global armed conflict. Though an exact number is impossible to define, thousands of child soldiers are illegally serving in armed conflict around the world.

According to Do Something Org, many countries are allegedly reported on use of under-age soldiers, these include Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and more.

 I am sure many are already geared up with the anti-Pakistani stereotypes that deem that whole of Pakistan is a terrorist country and on this list,  I get this hatred towards Pakistan is a global trend but not many of you know the dynamics of child militia here. And am taking this opportunity to shed some light on various important areas.

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The growing phenomenon of child militants in Pakistan is a horrific reality, one mirrored in various conflicts throughout history. Young innocent children are targeted because they can be easily brain washed by militant groups.

The cycle of poverty, large family size and economic hardships are factors that leave vulnerable parents little choice but to send children in local madrassas as they are free of cost.   The constitution Article 25-A says the State shall provide free and compulsory education to children between ages of 5 to 16. However that’s not being followed as millions of children are out of school and our literary rate is appalling low at 48%.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Most people have no choice but to send their children to religious schools or madrassas as. Moreover, there are huge discrepancies because education in Pakistan is heavily influenced by religion and in recent times Wahabi agendas.

The main source of funding for these madrasa groups is coming from Saudi Arabia. In fact, this whole phenomenon that we are confronting, which Al Qaeda is a part of, is very closely associated with Saudi Arabia’s financial and religious projects for the Muslim world as a whole. Its in greater interests to keep Pakistani children stuck into poverty cycles as they serve a greater agenda, shame on Pakistani government for colluding against its own.

Local madrassas cater Pakistani children as well as international students who avail the lucrative scholarship fundings  from Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. 

However coming back to Pakistan, the different militant groups including TTP, LeT and so on have been able to harness the young Pakistani children in scores through enticing tactics.

Local Militant Recruitment Mechanism

The militant have sinister agendas however on the forefront they are able to cajole and manipulate young children by reminding them the sufferings of the Muslim world and that they have to play a role in eradication of misery; through this jihad.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Upon meeting some under-age boy militants in Swat, I found out that for years they have attended the madrassas whose lecturers and mentors taught them things like ” The Pakistan Army is the ally of the Western capitalist world; they the  imperialists are all the enemies of Islam. The fight against them is justified; they are apostates, the friends of the infidels.”

The second message drummed into them is one which the world is facing today. The increasing intolerance towards Muslims and followers of faith Islam within their own regions and in the western world. Sadly this is capitalized upon very well by the militant groups. The young recruits are taught that they have to stand up against the helplessness of Muslim women, daughters and sisters that are getting dishonored by non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine etc.

They also watch videos purportedly showing the killing of Muslims by non-Muslims in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Instructors tell them that a war is being waged against Islam.

' Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five '

‘ Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five ‘

That the western world is at war with Islam has given a trump card to Pakistan’s militants for this sort of radical enticement of vulnerable children.

These main themes in lectures are taught to in both the senior recruits camps (ages 16 and older) and junior ones (ages 7 to 15), all are centered on vengeance and the need to do something for the wronged Muslims.The children are completely isolated from the normal outside world.

The young would-be suicide bombers are also persuaded by the promise of Paradise. This is, I repeat a huge blasphemy against the real teachings for if have to view from Islamic point of view; suicide is strictly forbidden along with the killing of innocent persons. Allah, God is the author of life that has granted us the gift of life and we mere humans don’t have the authority to take it.

This using of innocent children by militancy has to stop now. But. The inability of the Pakistan army to meet internal security challenges effectively is a particularly worrying factor. Three generations of Pakistani children are suffering due to the impact of this futile jihadi indoctrination.

It is time to seriously put an end to this madness, before it consumes us within the dark abysses of hatred and destruction.I am so exhausted to waking up in the mornings with the first thought in mind,What the hell happened Pakistan? And then trying to fix it some how in my way.

Though, we can’t bring back the already dead Pakistani children militants and can hardly ease the misery of the grieving parents, it is time for Pakistan to asses the complex root causes behind this phenomenon and design solutions for protection of children from becoming part of militancy.

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ASIA: ‘ Corporate Supermarkets Take Lion-Share Leaving Small Traders Picking-Up the Crumbs ‘

#AceNewsServices – ASIA – September 17 – Food accounts for nearly a quarter of overall consumer spending in Asia – more than housing, education or transportation.

Cuisines-of-Asia

Hundreds of millions of people in Asia earn their livelihoods from food – whether from farming it, preparing it or selling it.

But in the past decade or so, transnational corporations have been taking over a bigger and bigger slice of the pie, with major implications for the entire food chain.

Corporate supermarkets are expanding faster in Asia than anywhere else on the planet. And as supermarkets and their procurement chains expand, they take revenue out of the hands of peasants, small scale food producers and traders.

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The expansion of supermarkets is transferring control over Asia’s food to a handful of corporations like CP, Aeon, Dairy Farm, Wal-Mart, and other global retailers, and their corporate suppliers.

Across the region, there is both growing awareness of the threat posed by global retailers and a growing resistance against their expansion.

But we must continue envisioning and building strategies and alternatives to the supermarket model of food distribution in order to move forward in a way that strengthens social, community based and public food systems and assures the survival of small food producers and local markets.

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‘China Praises Germany and Criticises Japan on Anniversary of D-Day Landings’

#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – June 06  – China praised Germany Friday on the 70th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day landings for its contrition over its wartime past.

At the same time, Beijing slammed Japan for what China views as Tokyo’s continued denial of its brutal history, Reuters said. “Germany’s sincere remorse has won the confidence of the world,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said. 

“But in Asia on the Asian battlefield, the leaders of Japan, which caused harm and which lost the war, are to this day still trying to reverse the course of history and deny their history of invasion,” Hong stressed.

(VOA ) – China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public remorse for the Nazi regime to Japan, where repeated official apologies for wartime suffering are sometimes undercut by contradictory comments by conservative politicians.

Ties between the two Asian rivals worsened on December 26 when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, which China sees as a symbol of Tokyo’s past militarism because it honors war criminals along with millions of war dead.

“Germany’s sincere remorse has won the confidence of the world,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news briefing, when asked about the D-Day anniversary.

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#AceGuestNews WASHINGTON May 04 RT Exclusive Most important…

#AceGuestNews – WASHINGTON – – May 04 – (RT Exclusive) – Most important lesson for Japan from Obama’s trip: Improve ties with Russia. Japan can do this by cozying up to Russia and South Korea while redoubling its efforts and pace in further deepening ties with India.

This is the important fine print one can read in the President Barack Obama’s recently concluded visit to Japan, the first state visit by an American president to Japan in 18 years.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a shrewd politician who has the will and the capability to restore his country to its pristine glory. He should separate the chaff from the wheat in what Obama said and did not say during his trip to Tokyo.

Nothing bothers the Japanese political leadership more than the question: how to deal with China? Japan can take a cue from India in this context. India has been handling China much better than any other country.

The Indian mantra is this: engage with China on all issues, including the contentious ones, while giving fillip to bilateral trade and people-to-people contacts.

If political leaders and the people of Japan thought that Obama would say comforting words to Japan at the cost of China, and that the US alone is capable of safeguarding their interests vis-a-vis China, then they were mistaken. Nothing of the sort happened.

From the Japanese perspective, the core issue in Abe-Obama talks was the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute between Japan and China. It must have been music to Japanese ears when Obama reaffirmed his support for Japan over the disputed islands, and remarked that the islands fell under a security treaty that commits the US to act if Japan is attacked.

But wait! Obama did not come up with anything new here. And he did not stop here. Sample his remarks that followed soon thereafter.

“I’ve said directly to (Abe) that it would be a profound mistake to continue to see escalation around this issue rather than dialogue and confidence-building measures between Japan and China.”
“In our discussions, I emphasized with Prime Minister Abe the importance of resolving this issue peacefully … Not escalating the situation, keeping the rhetoric low, not taking provocative actions, and trying to determine how both Japan and China can work cooperatively together.”
Obama also called upon Japan and China to take “confidence-building measures” and significantly added: “We have strong relations with China.”

This should have punctured Japan’s ballooning hopes. Japan may well be justified in keeping up a brave front as is evident from this quote Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga made at a separate press conference after Abe-Obama talks: “Perhaps you should read his (Obama’s) comments more honestly. The president clearly said Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty applied to the islands. The comments are no more or no less than that.”

But then in their heart of hearts they must be feeling that something is terribly amiss. The US security umbrella over Japan is losing its sheen with the rapid rise in China’s military and economic might. This trend is likely to accelerate in the coming years.

The moral of the story from Obama’s trip to Japan is as follows: America is a great friend of Japan but China too cannot be ignored and it is not a zero sum game.

Gone are the days when the US would take a maximalist position with a friend like Japan and a minimalist position with a strong competitor like China. These are the days of economic diplomacy. Gunboat diplomacy has been relegated to the fringe.

Therefore, against this backdrop, Japan needs to think out of the box and explore newer foreign policy options.

Mending relations with Russia should now be a top priority for Tokyo. In a way, Abe is already walking down this road. Abe paid a visit to Moscow on 29-30 April, 2013, the first visit by a Japanese premier to Russia in over a decade.

Indeed Abe has invested a lot of political capital in improving ties with Russia since taking over in December 2012 and has met Russian President Vladimir Putin five times.

It is a win-win situation for both Russia and Japan to get closer. Stung by the Western sanctions over Ukraine, Russia has already stated that it would be tapping new business and investment opportunities elsewhere, particularly Asia. Japan is a vast market for Russian oil and gas.

Japan should sew up as many trade pacts with Russia as soon as possible and strike a political deal with Russia over territorial disputes.

South Korea is a bit more difficult for Japan to handle, considering the historical baggage. But if rough edges with Russia are smoothed out, South Korea should be a doable diplomatic mission for Japan to handle.

Japan’s relations with India are already free of any disputes. So is the case between India and Russia and India and South Korea. If Japan and Russia are able to forge closer bonds, it will be a strategic game-changer in the Asian matrix.

The China factor will not be such a great worry for Japan then.

Courtesy of the writer who is a New Delhi-based columnist and a strategic analyst who tweets @Kishkindha.

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` Barack Obama Says Agreement for Security While Activists Say it Reverses Democratic Gains When Bases Shut-Down '

#AceNewsServices – MANILA – Philippines (AP) – President Barack Obama said a 10-year agreement signed Monday to give the U.S military greater access to Philippine bases will help promote regional security, improve armed forces training and shorten response times to humanitarian crises, including natural disasters.

The deal was signed as Obama arrived in the Philippines, ending a week-long, four-nation Asia tour on something of a high note.

The Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement will give American forces temporary access to selected military camps and allow them to preposition fighter jets and ships and is being seen as an effort by Washington to counter Chinese aggression in the region.

Concerns about the U.S role military role here led to recent clashes outside the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Manila between police and more than 100 left-wing activists who protested Obama’s visit and the new security arrangement.

Activists say the agreement reverses democratic gains achieved when huge U.S. military bases were shut down in the early 1990’s, ending nearly a century of American military presence in the Philippines, a sensitive issue in this former U.S. colony.

These are the key points in the 10-year defence pact between the Philippines and the US.

-Clear provision that the US would “not establish military presence or base in the Philippines

-US access to and use of designated areas in AFP owned and controlled facilities (“Agreed Locations”) will be at the invitation of the Philippine government

-Prior consent of the Philippines, through the MDT and Security Engagement Board, with regard to US access and use of Agreed Locations which may be listed in an annex and further described in implementing arrangements

-Philippine retention of primary responsibility for security of the Agreed Locations

-Access of the AFP base commander to the entire area of the Agreed Locations;

-Philippine ownership of buildings and infrastructure once constructed by US military;

-Sharing and joint use of facilities in the Agreed Locations, including those of used by US military;

-Value of prepositioned material in the enhancement of AFP defence capabilities and possible transfer of purchase of materiel determined to be excess

-Prohibition of entry to the Philippines of nuclear weapons and reference to respective obligations of both Parties under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention

-Strong commitment by both parties in protecting the environment, human health and safety

-Preference for Philippine suppliers of goods, products and service in US military procurement

-Regular consultation of the implementation of the agreement

The following is the full copy of the FAQ released by the DFA.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) signed April 28, 2014

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` Pope Francis Delivers Passionate Plea for Peace in his First Easter Sunday Message ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – April 20 – Pope Francis has delivered a passionate plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message since being elected.

Francis used his “Urbi et Orbi” address to call for peace in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and across the globe.


“Urbi et Orbi

He singled out “dear Syria”, saying: “How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a political solution is found?”

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar and pilgrims have attended church across the world.

In Iraq, Catholics flocked to churches amid tight security. Some 200 worshippers celebrated Mass at St Joseph Chaldean Church in Baghdad

In South Africa, many congregations included ailing former President Nelson Mandela in their prayers
In a message for Easter.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron praised the “incredible role” played by Christian churches and organisations in Britain and around the globe.

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` US Ground Forces to Poland as part of NATO Expansion Mission – Decision Next Week ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – NATO – April 19 – Poland’s defence minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, said that an announcement will be made next week regarding sending US ground forces to Poland as part of a NATO expansion mission in eastern Europe, in response to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, The Washington Post reported.

Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defence, special forces, cyber-defence and other areas. Poland will play a leading regional role, “under U.S. patronage,” he said.

But the defence minister also said that any immediate NATO response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, while important, matter less than a long-term shift in the defence postures of Europe and America.

The United States, having announced a “pivot” to Asia, needs to “re-pivot” to Europe, he said, and European countries that have cut back on defence spending need to reverse the trends.

Read More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/04/18/u-s-ground-troops-going-to-poland-defense-minister-says/

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` Afghanistan will require 10 years of help with their `Infrastructure ‘ to Combat Drug Trafficking – FDCS ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 25 – Head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS) has stressed the need for helping Afghanistan’s comprehensive development within the upcoming ten years to make the fight with drug trafficking effective.

“To implement this ideology or doctrine on security through development, we need to organize Afghanistan’s comprehensive development in the period from 2015 to 2025 on the basis of alternative development programs of new generation, including accelerated industrialization and construction of basic infrastructures,” Viktor Ivanov told a meeting of the expert community on Tuesday in the run-up to a ministerial meeting of heads of anti-drug agencies.

“This approach seems the only productive way to resolve the priority task by the world community – to eliminate the global scale drug producing centre “in the heart of Asia,” he said.

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` Police Commence Searching House of the Pilot of the ` Malaysian Airlines MH370 ' for any Evidence '

#AceWorldNews (Reuters) – A missing Malaysian airliner was likely to have been deliberately steered to a course that could have taken it anywhere from central Asia to the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysia’s prime minister said on Saturday.

Minutes after Malaysian leader Najib Razak outlined investigators’ latest findings about flight MH370, police began searching the house of the aircraft’s 53-year-old captain for any evidence that he could have been involved in foul play.

Najib said the plane’s final communication with satellites placed it somewhere in one of two corridors: a northern corridor stretching from northern Thailand to the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, or a southern corridor stretching from Indonesia to the vast southern Indian Ocean.

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` China ramps up its `Defence Budget ‘ by a massive 12.2% saying it will `Safeguard ‘ their Sovereignty ‘

#AceWorldNews says that AFP has reported that China on Wednesday extended its spending spree on the world’s largest armed forces, unveiling a 12.2 percent increase on the 2014 defence budget in a trend that has provoked concern in Asia and the US.

Beijing has for years been raising spending on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by double digits, reflecting its military ambitions as it asserts its new-found economic might and its claims in a series of territorial disputes with Japan and others.

“The appropriation for national defence is 808.23 billion yuan ($132 billion), up 12.2 percent,” said a budget report prepared for the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s Communist-dominated parliament, which began on Wednesday.

“We will resolutely safeguard China’s sovereignty, security and development interests,” Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening session.

“We will safeguard the victory of World War II and the post-war international order, and will not allow anyone to reverse the course of history,” he said — a phrase China often uses in relation to rival Japan.
Beijing would also “place war preparations on a regular footing” and “build China into a maritime power”, Li added.

In comments ahead of the gathering, NPC spokeswoman Fu Ying sought to play down foreign worries about China’s defence expenditure.

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` Ukraine’s Self-Proclaimed Government is illegitimate according to the Tallinn Mayor ‘

#AceWorldNews says that the self-declared Kiev authorities cannot solve any political problems and “lack both credentials and power” in the crisis-torn country, said the mayor of the Estonian capital of Tallinn.

“The self-proclaimed Ukrainian government was put into power by people with baseball bats,” Edgar Savisaar told Postimees newspaper.
“It lacks both credentials and the capacity to solve the crisis in the country.”

According to him, the situation in Ukraine will begin stabilizing only after it “has a legitimate, democratically elected government at the helm.”

“Only after elementary public order is restored in Kiev and western Ukraine, we can start discussing the issue of providing the country with foreign aid, be it from the EU, US, Asia or from all sources simultaneously,” Savisaar said.

According to the mayor, the current government which is under the influence of radicals lacks the power to even hold free elections in the country – let alone solve other significant questions which are put in front of the nation’s self-declared officials.

“Until the next elections [on May 25] only an integral government which consists of representatives of all Ukraine’s regions may claim any legitimacy,” said Savisaar.

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` Freezing over of discussions as `Cold War ‘ sensibilities come to the forefront ‘

#AceWorldNews says that Washington AP reports that a sudden reprise of Cold War sensibilities, the U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defences in Europe in response to Russia’s military advances on Ukraine.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, soon on his way to Ukraine’s capital, said world leaders “are prepared to go to the hilt in order to isolate Russia with respect to this invasion.”

Much as when superpower tensions ruled world affairs, missile defence systems and troop levels in Europe have again become urgent questions in Washington and beyond, a renewed reality that may force President Barack Obama’s administration to give up its intended foreign policy shift to Asia indefinitely.

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China: “Preparing to Surpass the US as World’s Largest Economy”

#AceNewsServices  says many various sources l have spoken to in my travels, have varying opinion’s of China’s increasing size, wealth and power, here is one such opinion. As China is preparing to surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy in purchasing power and parity terms, (using China’s grossly exaggerated economic figures). Already its economy is supposedly 80% the size of the US, and if current growth rate differentials persist, it could possibly take China about two years to surpass the US.

A Shanghai branch of Industrial and Commercial...

A Shanghai branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, largest in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That said any chance of raising the status of China, will need to rely on the west and their want of their goods and services, oh they could continue to build their massive cities and continue building, also invite more and more foreign businesses to take up residence, with the intention of growing their GDP. Whilst in the meantime they spread their dominate hand across the westernised world, though with one small draw-back and that is they are not signing from the same hymn sheet as other countries, so to speak.

Their real aim is to not just take over as the world’s largest economy, but to eventually humiliate and deemed the countries for so long that saw them as a third world economy, and purchased their goods, at cheapest possible prices. Thus keeping their country down and their people poor, but education, training and self-sufficiency is the watchword’s of the Chinese people, led to watch and learn from other countries, silently in the back-ground planning a strategy, like their “Terracotta Warriors” of days gone by, and utilising the old ways of warfare, but this time as traders.

At present market exchange rates, China’s GDP is much smaller, and is expected to remain less than the US until 2028. This is hardly surprising. After all, China has four times as many people as the US; if every Chinese worker were to earn the US minimum wage, its GDP would be larger than the US. That is not a very high bar. With that economic size comes military power and global cultural clout. Though at the present changes in the population from lower-class to middle class the requirement for greater supplies of westernised products, will grow thus leading to disparity of incomes, between the have’s and have’nots and leading to social problems.     

History of China

History of China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China’s awe-inspiring rise is often framed as the return to a historical norm. A common belief is that for most of the last 5,000 years, China was the world’s centre of wealth, culture, technology, and power. The 19th and 20th centuries, we are told, were a brief aberration, and China is now simply retaking its rightful place as the world’s pre-eminent nation. This trope gives China a certain air of inevitability.

The problem is, it’s not really accurate.

The truth is that for most of its history, China has struggled to overcome a number of chronic difficulties that have usually kept it from global pre-eminence.

Territories occupied by different dynasties an...

Territories occupied by different dynasties and modern political states throughout the history of China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s start by recalling ancient China, starting from 5,000 years ago. The early pre-Chinese kingdoms – Xia, Shang, and Zhou – roughly coincided with ancient Egypt, Babylon, Persia, and Greece, and China’s famous Han Dynasty coincided with Rome. Ian Morris, a Stanford historian and author of Why the West Rules – For Now, has constructed an “index of development” that takes into account energy use, urbanisation, information technology and war-making capacity. According to Morris’ index, the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern civilisations of the Ancient and Classical periods were well ahead of their Chinese counterparts.

For example, the Roman Empire had many more miles of roads than Han China, and much more shipping. Although China had a few things that Rome did not – most notably the horse collar and paper – Rome in general had far more impressive engineering and technology, including advanced plumbing, mining techniques, and construction techniques. Han China was poorer–most people’s houses had dirt floors. In terms of basic science, Morris has less to say, but ancient Greece was hard to beat in this regard (though ancient China was ahead in algebra). Military power is hard to gauge, since China and the West never directly confronted each other.

A Chinese bronze statue of a mythological chim...

A Chinese bronze statue of a mythological chimera (a lion-like creature with wings, horns, fangs, and claws), from the Eastern Han Dynasty, dated 1st century AD. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Morris’ data, China became richer and more developed than the West’s leading nation around the 6th century A.D. The fall of Rome and the division of the Mediterranean into European and Middle Eastern halves stifled sea trade, while China assimilated its rich South and began growing rice on a large-scale. For the next 1,000 years, China was the richest place on the planet. During the years from 500 A.D.  to 1200 A.D., China invented the compass, gunpowder, printing, compartmentalized ship hulls, paper money, advanced farming techniques, and a great deal of algebra and astronomy.

But China’s pre-eminence was hardly uncontested during this period. Though Europe was an economic, military and technological backwater during the Middle Ages, the Islamic empires – the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates – rivalled China in size, and actually defeated China in their one military clash (the Battle of Talas). Islamic civilisation was also no slouch in basic science.

Meanwhile, China during its golden age was plagued by internal and external security threats. The An Shi rebellion tore apart China’s Tang dynasty at that empire’s height, killing millions; the dynasty never recovered. The Jurchen (ancestors of the Manchus) conquered North China in the 1100s, forcing the Sung Dynasty – the wealthiest and most technologically dynamic of the old Chinese dynasties – to relocate to the south. In the 1200s, the Mongols conquered all of China, which they ruled until 1368.

A 24 point compass chart employed by Zheng He ...

A 24 point compass chart employed by Zheng He during his explorations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China regained stability during the Ming dynasty in the 14th to 17th centuries. During that dynasty, China was militarily powerful, defeating incursions by the Mongols, Japanese, Dutch, and Portuguese. But this period was also a “Great Stagnation” for China. Technological progress essentially stopped. A brief spurt of exploration by the Chinese explorer Zheng He (whose scope may have been exaggerated; none of the giant ships attributed to the expedition have ever been found) proved to be one of a kind, when the Chinese government restricted shipbuilding.

During the first half of the 2nd millennium A.D., the Middle East stagnated as well, but Europe was climbing out of the deep hole of the Middle Ages. By the 1500s, propelled by the discovery of the New World, Europe was making rapid strides in science and technology; by the 1600s, according to economic historians, much of Europe was richer than China.

So to sum up, China has always been one of the world’s leading civilisation’s over the last five millennia. But it has only held both economic and military preeminence for brief periods of time—the late 1300s and 1400s being the most notable. Why has China not been preeminent for longer stretches? History is not a science, but we can make some guesses. The very thing that makes China so powerful and important – its titanic size – also endows it with fundamental weaknesses.

Throughout its history, China has been plagued by enormous rebellions, from the An Shi rebellion in the 700s to the Taiping Rebellion in the 1800s. These rebellions are always incredibly destructive of human life and the economy. They often expose China to external conquest, as with the fall of the Ming dynasty in the 1600s or the Japanese conquests in the 1930s. They sometimes result in the rise of extremely destructive and dysfunctional regimes, like Mao’s ascendance in the 20th century.

Why does China have all these big rebellions? Because it’s big. Large countries are geographically and industrially diverse, and therefore it becomes difficult to agree on what public goods to provide (this is why city-states are often very efficient). Regions fight over resources. In addition, China is endowed with very few natural resources relative to its enormous population size, meaning that food and water shortages can be acute and terrible.

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The music video for “L’Âme-stram-gram” used a replica of the Great Wall of China, which justified its high cost. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China’s incredible bigness has other drawbacks. It made China difficult to defend in ancient times. In modern times, it means that China has lots of powerful neighbour – India, Russia, and Japan – with whom relations are not always smooth. And some historians, such as Jared Diamond, have argued that China’s size held back its technological progress; because it could win wars by sheer size and rely on its domestic economy, they argue, China was never forced to invest in military technology or open itself up to trade.

To understand how China’s constraints are threatening its rise today, read In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade. Authors Damien Ma and William Adams discuss not only China’s resource constraints, but also how its heterogeneity – the deep divides between urban and rural, interior and coast, rich and poor – represents a real constraint on development.

Fortunately for China, this time may really be different. Modern communication and transportation technology mean that a big country is easier to defend and to integrate. Globalisation, and China’s embrace of trade, mean that China is more open than it was during most of its history. But China has shown signs of worryingly isolationist instincts, harassing foreign companies operating within its borders. Meanwhile, China’s increasingly aggressive policies toward its neighbour’s – notably Japan and India, but also Vietnam and the Philippines – run the risk of inviting an effort at containment. The “Middle Kingdom,” like Germany in Europe a century ago, runs the risk of fighting all of its neighbour’s at once.

In other words, China is vulnerable now for the same reason it was vulnerable in ages past. History is not a tale of Chinese preeminence, but a tale of Chinese oscillation. The same thing that often kept China from realising its potential as the world’s dominant nation – its tremendous, unwieldy size – means that although it may surpass the US in total GDP, its supremacy may well be short-lived and incomplete.

 

 

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Most Deprived Students in Pakistan get Helping Hand to Attain Higher Education

#AceNewsServices says the UK Government is helping 278 of the brightest but most deprived students in Pakistan to attain quality higher education this year at the Lahore University of Management and Sciences (LUMS).

These students are from some of the poorest areas of Pakistan and would otherwise not be able to afford quality higher education. They are pursuing degrees in subjects such as business, law, engineering and economics.

The initiative aims to enable these young people to get better jobs and so lift themselves and their families out of the cycle of poverty.

The British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson said:

Education is the single most important factor that can transform Pakistan’s future. This is a chance to help remove financial barriers and provide these bright young minds with the opportunity to pursue their dreams and build a future free of poverty.

If well educated, Pakistan’s burgeoning youth population offers a vast mine of talent and productivity, which will help bring prosperity and stability, fuelling Pakistan’s economic growth and global competitiveness.

This investment will not only benefit the lives of some of the poorest but brightest students in Pakistan, but will also benefit those around them by enabling them to lift their families out of poverty and help inject some prosperity in to their community.

English: Flag of Punjab, a province of Pakista...

English: Flag of Punjab, a province of Pakistan Deutsch: Flagge von Punjab, ein Provinz in Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Sohail Naqvi, the Vice Chancellor of LUMS, said:

This initiative will change the lives of some of the most intelligent young people from underprivileged families in Pakistan. Our existing financial aid has transformed lives across Pakistan for many years now: this partnership with the UK will allow LUMS to significantly scale up this support, helping more of the youth to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

The scholarships – worth £7.1 million (1.2 billion rupees) – will help an estimated 1,000 of the brightest students from the poorest households over the next five years. The aim is for half of these to be girls. Students are awarded yearly scholarships which are renewed at the end of the academic year if they maintain a minimum level of performance during each semester.

The five-year programme will be managed by LUMS, who will select students on merit and provide financial aid on the basis of need, verified by family income and inspection of applicants’ homes.

As part of the scholarships, students are required to work in their local communities as ambassadors for LUMS, by spreading awareness about the importance of higher education, and supporting other aspiring but impoverished higher education students.

Flag map of Pakistan

Flag map of Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Across Pakistan, the UK is working closely with provincial governments and partners on ambitious plans which will benefit millions of children and improve the standard of their education. This will not only make a dramatic difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged girls and boys, but will also benefit their families and communities as they get better jobs and earn more money.

Pakistan is now one of the UK’s largest recipients of development investment. As well as tackling the education emergency, other priorities for the UK include preventing thousands of women dying in childbirth by funding skilled midwives, nurses, or doctors; providing job skills training to tens of thousands of the poorest people; and giving women in deprived households small monthly cash grants to purchase essentials, such as food and medicine. This investment is dependent on continuing to secure value for money and results.

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Back to Back Cyclones Phailin and Helen Cause Devastation and Chaos

#AceNewsServices says India (MNN) — India’s Andhra Pradesh coastline can’t catch a break. Reeling from Cyclone Phailin’s hit last month, it got hit again by Cyclone Helen on Friday. Danny Punnose with Gospel For Asia says their teams were already there doing relief from Phailin. First, he says, “The continuous rain and flooding is making the relief work difficult. Because the death rate was not very high, there’s not a lot of international attention or aid that came in.” People displaced by Phailin were living on the side of the road. They were evacuated again for Helen’s rampage. “People’s lives are pretty much shot. They can’t actually go back and re-start anything because there’s nothing to go back to.” GFA is asking for your help. You can make some noise, send some money, but mostly, “Put yourself in the place of the people that you’re praying for. Try to imagine that you’ve lost everything and you’re just trying to survive, and you’re wondering how you’re going to find food for your kids, how you’re going to restart your life and how you’re going to keep your family together.” Learn more in the FULL STORY.
Full story: http://www.MNNonline.org/article/19245

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#Philippines Latest News on #Haiyian

10,000 feared killed in Philippines by super typhoon Haiyan (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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A view of destroyed houses after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Erik De Castro)
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An estimated 10,000 people might have been killed in the central Philippine province of Leyte alone, which was almost completely destroyed by the powerful typhoon Haiyan, local authorities said.

The typhoon has devastated up to 80 percent of the Leyte province area as it ripped through the Philippines, Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria told Reuters.

“We had a meeting last night with the governor and other officials. The governor said based on their estimate, 10,000 died,” Soria said.

Residents fetch free water at a plant of a softdrink company in Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.(AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)Residents fetch free water at a plant of a softdrink company in Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.(AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)

Most of the dead drowned or were killed by collapsed buildings, authorities say.

The UN’s humanitarian agency puts the figure of people displaced at just under 331,000, while those whose lives have also been “affected” by the typhoon number a huge 4.3 million across 36 provinces.

People walking the streets like ‘zombies’

The situation in the street reminds one witness of a “movie”. Jenny Chu, a medical student in Leyte told Reuters that “people are walking like zombies, looking for food.” 

Meanwhile, reports came in that a big part of Visayas, the group of islands where Leyte and other major islands are located, has sustained great damage.

Mila Ward, a Philippine-born Australian on vacation in Leyte spoke of the human misery that was abundant in the streets everywhere one looked. “They were covered with blankets, plastic,” she spoke of the hundreds of bodies strewn around the streets. “There were children and women,” Ward added.

“It’s like the end of the world”, said another witness – Nancy Chang – who was on business in Tacloblan City and said that she had to walk for three hours through a mess of mud and floating debris to reach a military-led evacuation at the airport.

That airport itself was all but destroyed; with seawater so strong it shattered the glass of the control tower. A Reuters reporter was stranded there, recounting how the water had risen to four meters.

“It was like a tsunami. We escaped through the windows and I held on to a pole for about an hour as rain, seawater and wind-swept through the airport…some of my staff survived by clinging to trees. I prayed hard all throughout until the water subsided,” said the reporter, 47-year-old Efren Nagrama, who discovered five bodies while in the chapel there.

Police have been deployed to patrol the ruins of Tacloblan to prevent looting as desperate residents look for food and water, said Philippine Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, describing the situation as “horrific.”

Thousands of homes lie destroyed near the fishport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)Thousands of homes lie destroyed near the fishport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

“The dead are on the streets, they are in their houses, they are under the debris, they are everywhere,”said Lim, adding that only about 400 bodies have been recovered so far.

The Red Cross said earlier that 1,200 people we confirmed dead in the Philippines.

Roxas said earlier on Saturday that it was too soon to announce any final figures.

A fishing boat which slammed into damaged houses lie atop debris after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)A fishing boat which slammed into damaged houses lie atop debris after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

“The rescue operation is ongoing. We expect a very high number of fatalities as well as injured,” Roxas told AP. “All systems, all vestiges of modern living — communications, power, water — all are down. Media is down, so there is no way to communicate with the people in a mass sort of way.”

Government officials are still waiting to make contact with Guiuan, with its population of 40,000, located in the Mindoro province. The UN says that 80 percent of it is now underwater.

Survivors assess the damage after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters)Survivors assess the damage after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters)

The storm weakened on Saturday after moving away from the Philippines toward Vietnam.

Vietnamese authorities evacuated over 500,000 people to safer areas in preparation for the tumult which is forecast to make a landfall on Sunday afternoon, but that did not stop the disaster from claiming six lives and injuring dozens there too.

International relief effort mission

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said the priority for the government was to restore communications and power in remote areas and to deliver relief and medical assistance to families.

The Philippine Red Cross is preparing for a relief mission “because of the magnitude of the disaster,”says Richard Gordon, the agencies head.

Residents take a bath and wash their belongings next to debris along a road in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.(AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)Residents take a bath and wash their belongings next to debris along a road in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.(AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)

But logistically speaking getting aid to the devastated regions of Leyte, 560 km from the capital could be difficult as the airport was destroyed.

Russia’s emergencies ministry has offered to help by providing search and rescue personal and a mobile hospital.

“If necessary, we will fly two planes to the Philippines with an operational group of 50 people,” Russian Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Irina Rossius told Itar-Tass. But that figure later changed to 200 rescuers, if the request is made, said the Ministry, adding that “among them are six dog teams intended for rescue work in collapsed buildings,” said Irina Rossius, a representative of the Ministry.

A boy carrying a plastic bottle of water walks past a car which slammed into damaged houses after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013.(Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)A boy carrying a plastic bottle of water walks past a car which slammed into damaged houses after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013.(Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington “stands ready to help.” In the meantime the US navy is assessing the extent of the damage on the ground.

The UN will also be involved in the relief effort, the UN Disaster Coordination Team (UNDAC) has arrived in the city of Tacloblan.

“The United Nations agencies in the Philippines, with their humanitarian partners, are supporting the Government and other responders in their efforts to assess the situation and respond rapidly with vital supplies, through the coordination system led by the local authorities,” said Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

A damaged car is seen in front of the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)A damaged car is seen in front of the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

UNICEF estimates that up to 1.7 million children could be affected by the typhoon.

“UNICEF’s first priorities are focused on life-saving interventions – getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families,” said UNICEF’s representative in the Philippines, Tomoo Hozumi.

In addition, the World Food Programme (WFP) has so far allocated $2 million for the response as it sent 40 metric tonnes of high-energy biscuits to the victims.

A number of NGOs are also mobilizing their resources to help the families in the Philippines. These include names like Save the Children, World Vision and Habitat for Humanity, as well as an LA-based US relief agency called Operation USA.

Meanwhile, Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency is calling for donations to aid recovery efforts and funding for grant distribution to local agencies in the affected areas.

Vehicles that were washed away by floodwaters are seen at a rice field near the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)Vehicles that were washed away by floodwaters are seen at a rice field near the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)
Philippine military C130 cargo planes (L) ferrying supplies park at the tarmac outside an airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Erik De Castro)Philippine military C130 cargo planes (L) ferrying supplies park at the tarmac outside an airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Erik De Castro)

 

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1807 was a momentous year in British history…

1807 was a momentous year in British history as it brought the abolition of the slave trade. Yet it is estimated that today around the world there are more slaves being held captive than ever before. Organisations like The Salvation Army have never ceased to raise awareness of the continuing problem and in the 126 countries in which we operate, human trafficking is a high priority and we respond in practical ways depending on the local need and our resources.

So where are the 21st century slaves? Yes, there are children held in parts of Africa, harvesting cocoa beans to make our chocolate; women in Asia are trapped and exploited to make the cheap clothes that we wear and discard; and in the South Pacific men are enslaved on ships. However, people are also enslaved right on our doorstep, living in our communities, in the UK. They are often hidden but not necessarily invisible; you may see them but not recognise them; but you can help them. http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=109966

 

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The True Cost Of Being Poor In China

First may l wish every one of my readers  a “Happy New Year” and thanks for reading my articles!

Anyway to start this year l decided as so many companies are hell-bent on making money in China, to bring to people’s attention, the true cost  of how their people are treated!

Poor of China

After many years behind the Wall of China the people were kept from the Western world by first not being able to communicate outside their borders and also with the advent of the internet prevented from having open use outside their own country! This was achieved in part with the red army and also with a firewall on all communication on computers smuggled into the country, in some case on the pain of death!

As the historic timeline of the history of China. Between the changing of the dynasties, most dates overlap as ruling periods do not transfer immediately. Even in the simplest case the last year of one dynasty is the first year of the next dynasty, which amounts to counting that year twice, in terms of the arithmetic process used in the Gregorian calendar. The overlap could grow to many years in the case of dynasties in which the actual founder’s father was posthumously declared as the official founder and the official founding date altered accordingly, despite the concurrent existence of the previous dynasty; for example,Wen of Zhou and Cao Cao. Dates prior to 841 BC (beginning of the Gonghe Regency) are provisional and subject to dispute." The True Cost of Poverty in China"

This did not make China happy as control was taken out of their hands to monitor their people as they had in the past so they came up with their own version. After the July 2009 Ürümqi riots, China shut down most of the domestic micro-blogging services including the first Weibo Service Fanfou. Many popular non China-based micro-blogging services like Twitter, Facebook and Plurkhave been blockedfrom viewing since then. It was considered to be an opportunity to Sina’s CEO Charles Chao. SINA Corporation launched the tested version of Sina Weibo on 14 August 2009. Basic functions including message, private message, comment and re-post were made possible in September, 2009. A Sina Weibo compatible APIplatform for developing third-party applications was launched on 28 July 2010.

On 1 December 2010 the website experienced an outage, administrators later claimed it was due to the increasing numbers of users and posts. Registered users surpassed 100 million before March 2011. Since 23 March 2011, t.cn has been used as Sina Weibo’s official URL shortening domain name in lieu of sinaurl.cn. On 7 April 2011, weibo.com replaced t.sina.com.cn to be the new domain used by the website. Meanwhile the official logo was also updated. In June, Sina announced an English version of Sina Weibo would be developed and launched, where the contents would still be controlled by Chinese law.

As events continued to change for some many people for the worst but for others including China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao they became extremely wealthy! an extract from NYT stated: Many relatives of Wen Jiabao, China’s prime minister, including his son, daughter, younger brother and brother-in-law, have become extraordinarily wealthy during his leadership, an investigation by The New York Times shows. A review of corporate and regulatory records indicates that the prime minister’s relatives, some of whom have a knack for aggressive deal-making, including his wife, have controlled assets worth at least $2.7 billion.In many cases, the names of the relatives have been hidden behind layers of partnerships and investment vehicles involving friends, work colleagues and business partners. Untangling their financial holdings provides an unusually detailed look at how politically connected people have profited from being at the intersection of government and business as state influence and private wealth converge in China’s fast-growing economy.

By KEITH BRADSHER (NYT)

With power and influence they were reported to have blocked an article in ” ” The Times”  it was reported simply as:

China Blocks Access To The Times:  

The Chinese government began blocking access to The Times after publication of an article describing the wealth accumulated by relatives of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

BY WILLIAM ALDEN

WEALTH AND POLITICS CONVERGE IN CHINA: The official story in China is that the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, came from humble roots. But his family has had remarkable business success in the years since he came to power, controlling assets worth at least $2.7 billion, according to an investigation by The New York Times. The records uncovered by The Times provide an “unusually detailed look at how politically connected people have profited from being at the intersection of government and business as state influence and private wealth converge in China’s fast-growing economy.” Mr. Wen, The Times report continues, “has broad authority over the major industries where his relatives have made their fortunes.”

In one example, Mr. Wen’s relatives made a fortune by investing in Ping An Insurance before its I.P.O. – and after a government body that Mr. Wen presides over exempted the company from certain rules. The holdings were worth as much as $2.2 billion in 2007, according to The Times. This world may be unfamiliar to deal makers on Wall Street, but in emerging markets, political connections offer “the quickest path for riches these days,” wrote Steven M. Davidoffin the Deal Professor column earlier this year. (The Chinese government blocked accessto The New York Times online after the article about Mr. Wen’s family was posted.)

Although China’s economic boom has created millions of well-paying jobs, its skilled workers are moving elsewhere, in search of better quality of life, and religious and political freedoms.

The fact that China’s wealth should have been a boon for many, it gradually has become a simple fact , of wealth for the few and poverty for the many!

How our  children in China are treated!

How our children in China are treated!

 

 

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