The dragon capitulates

According to Gordon Brown, the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is ready to speak with the Dalai Lama. “I spoke to Premier Wen this morning and I made it absolutely clear that there had to be an end to violence in Tibet,” Brown said. “The premier told me that, subject to two things that the Dalai . . . → Read More if you dare: The dragon capitulates

Kowtowing to China

Seized, occupied and colonised by invading Han Chinese in 1950, Tibet is a litmus test for countries who claim to uphold human rights. For years, most nations, including Australia and New Zealand, have paid only lip service to human rights where China is concerned, frightened that an angry dragon will incinerate existing trade agreements and . . . → Read More if you dare: Kowtowing to China

Sneaking over the Great Firewall

Amazingly, the vigilant Chinese authorities have not blocked Beyond The Fringe, according to the three location test at Website Pulse. Not so at the Great Firewall of China test, where every site I tried on several servers besides this one was blocked. [NB Now clear on this test]. You can also use this test. Beyond . . . → Read More if you dare: Sneaking over the Great Firewall

Outside noisy, inside empty – old Chinese proverb

Despite the extraordinarily generous largesse of the Whorestralian taxpayer subsidising her mature age Mandarin language lessons to the estimated tune of $70,000 (that’s RMB430,000), it appears our investment in Amandarin Vanstone has not borne fruit. The $70,000 could include … a $3,600 airfare to China for the Senator’s teacher. New Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews is . . . → Read More if you dare: Outside noisy, inside empty – old Chinese proverb

Of SubPrimes and Pigs in Shit

With the passing of the Ides of March, we have strong suspicions that the second market correction may be over – will there be a third? It is possible the subdued buying of resources – first copper, then zinc – by the Chinese in the past little while was deliberately orchestrated to engineer prices down . . . → Read More if you dare: Of SubPrimes and Pigs in Shit