China: The Celestial Thread

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Re: China: The Celestial Thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:53 am

Why do they make Marx look Japanese? :BigGrin3:
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Post by WildCat » Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:55 pm

This is possibly the greatest 360º video of the city of Shenzhen ever. It's amazing, I bet Doctor X will especially like it.

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Post by sparks » Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:29 am

She has fake tits, likes to wear slutty clothing, and appears to have trouble with high heels.

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Re: China: The Celestial Thread

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Re: China: The Celestial Thread

Post by Witness » Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:16 am

Could go in the kittens thread, from the meowing:



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Re: China: The Celestial Thread

Post by Witness » Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:56 pm

Ultrafast anti-ship missiles offered for sale

China is promoting an ultrafast anti-ship ballistic missile, said to be the first of its kind in the international market, to buyers seeking a reliable and affordable deterrence against threats from the sea.

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, the nation's largest maker of missiles, has brought the CM-401 supersonic anti-ship ballistic missile to market, saying it is capable of making rapid, precision strikes against medium-sized or large vessels, or against land targets.

It said the weapon uses a "near-space trajectory", which means it flies between 20 and 100 kilometers above the earth, and that it maneuvers at hypersonic speeds throughout its flight.

The missile will ascend to a certain altitude until its target is acquired. It will then enter an ultrafast terminal dive toward the target, according to CASIC.

The company said the CM-401 features strong destructive power, good penetration capability and a mix of trajectories. It added that the missile can be mounted on various platforms, such as ships or land-based launch vehicles.

According to the CASIC, the missile flies at an average speed of 1,360 meters per second - 4,900 kilometers per hour - or four times the speed of sound, during most parts of the flight, and reaches a maximum velocity of more than 2,000 m/s, six times the speed of sound as it approaches the target. It can carry a 290-kilogram warhead and has a maximum strike range of 290 km and a hit rate of 90 percent, meaning there will be nine effective hits on target out of 10 shots.
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2018-12/2 ... 310495.htm

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Re: China: The Celestial Thread

Post by Witness » Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:14 am

Chinese schools enforce 'smart uniforms' with GPS tracking system to monitor students

Chinese schools have begun enforcing "smart uniforms" embedded with computer chips to monitor student movements and prevent them from skipping classes.

Key points:
  • Skipping class or leaving the classroom without permission triggers an alarm
  • A GPS system tracks student movements even beyond the school grounds
  • Beijing has made regular calls on all schools to develop "smart campuses"
Eleven schools in the south-west province of Guizhou have introduced the uniforms, which were developed by local tech firm Guizhou Guanyu Technology.

As students enter the school, the time and date is recorded along with a short video that parents can access via a mobile app.

Facial recognition further ensures that each uniform is worn by its rightful owner to prevent students from cheating the system.

Skipping classes triggers an alarm to inform teachers and parents of the truancy, while an automatic voice alarm activates if a student walks out of school without permission.

A GPS system tracks student movements even beyond the school grounds.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-28/ ... a/10671604

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Re: China: The Celestial Thread

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China's African debt-trap: Beijing prepares to seize Kenya's port of Mombasa

Nairobi fails to repay massive debts on shady loan for underperforming railway, Kenyan infrastructure ripe for the taking: reports
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3605624

Somalian government gives up its fishing rights to China

At a time when local fishermen in Somalia are struggling to compete with foreign vessels that are depleting fishing stocks, the government has granted 31 fishing licenses to China.

Since assuming power last year, this is the first time that Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has given fishing rights to foreigners, news site BBC reports.

Under the new development, the China Overseas Fisheries Association, which represents 150 companies, will be allowed to fish for tuna in Somali waters.
https://www.africanstand.com/news/afric ... -to-china/

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Re: China: The Celestial Thread

Post by Giz » Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:58 pm

Will they be armed? Presumably they will have some anti pirate measures?

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:51 pm

Giz wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:58 pm
Will they be armed? Presumably they will have some anti pirate measures?
Of course they have anti-pirate measure.

And so does every other seafaring industrialized country.

But I'm guessing China is the one that does not feel sorry for pirates.
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Post by Witness » Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:06 am

↑ Port seizure denied:
Mombasa port is safe from SGR loan, China now says

China has denied having attached Mombasa port as collateral to its funding of the standard gauge railway line.

Chinese Foreign ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a statement that fears that the port risked being taken over by China should Kenya default on the Sh327 billion loan to build the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR were not true.

SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY

A leaked report by the Auditor-General’s office showed that in 2013, the Kenya government had waived the port’s sovereign immunity in order to use it as a security for the Chinese loan.

“We have checked with the relevant Chinese financial institution and found that the allegation that Kenyan side used the Mombasa Port as a collateral in its payment agreement with the Chinese financial institution for the Mombasa-Nairobi railway is not true,” Mr Chunying said in a December 25 statement.

The leaked report, whose authenticity Auditor-General Edward Ouko neither confirmed nor denied had fanned fears that Kenya had exposed one of its most strategic assets for recovery should the loan fall in default.
https://www.nation.co.ke/business/Port- ... index.html

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Post by Witness » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:54 am

Xi Jinping says Taiwan 'must and will be' reunited with China

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the people of Taiwan to accept it "must and will be" reunited with China.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-46733174

Thousands march in Hong Kong against China 'repression' after grim 2018

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Hong Kong on Tuesday to demand full democracy, fundamental rights, and even independence from China in the face of what many see as a marked clampdown by the Communist Party on local freedoms.
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Post by Witness » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:51 am

China's population shrinks for first time in 70 years despite two-child policy: experts

BEIJING - China’s population shrank last year for the first time in 70 years, experts said, warning of a “demographic crisis” that puts pressure on the country’s slowing economy.

For decades the world’s most populous nation, with about 1.4 billion citizens, China limited most families to one child in an attempt to keep population growth sustainable.

But since 2016 it has allowed couples to have two children in response to concerns about an aging society and shrinking workforce.

The number of live births nationwide in 2018 fell by 2.5 million year-on-year, contrary to a predicted increase of 790,000 births, according to analysis by U.S.-based academic Yi Fuxian.

Yi, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a long-term critic of the one-child policy, and his work has previously gained traction among the country’s leadership.

Enforced through fines but notorious for cases of forced abortions and sterilization, the one-child policy caused birth rates to plummet after it was introduced in 1979.

However, childbirths have not increased as much as forecast since the two-child policy came into force, and there has been rising speculation the government will further ease restrictions.
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/ ... C9-h3Ao-Uk

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Re: China: The Celestial Thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:14 pm

In short, even a technically proficient totalitarian regime cannot control the level of population (which is not the same as having no effect at all of course).
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Post by Witness » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:46 am

China 'disappeared' several high-profile people in 2018 and some of them are still missing

From prominent celebrities to the Interpol chief, the world has seen millions of people in China seemingly vanish into thin air over the past few years — and yet the international community has remained largely silent.

After taking power in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced new laws that essentially made arbitrary and secret detentions legal under Chinese law.

These complex laws, as well as exceptions that can be used to strip detainees of their rights on the grounds of "national security", have been adjusted and expanded in recent years, with movie star Fan Bingbing and gene-editing scientist He Jiankui among the latest casualties.

Despite the high-profile disappearances, experts say many countries are reluctant to call Beijing out because of potential consequences.

Michael Caster, a China researcher and author of The People's Republic of the Disappeared, told the ABC that while true numbers are impossible to calculate due to the secrecy of the process, he estimates the numbers are "easily in the several hundreds", in addition to "upwards of a million Uyghur and minority group members".

He said those detained could be held for a few weeks, months or much longer. Occasionally they don't come back at all.

When they do come back, it is often to face court.

Mr Caster said most detentions included "extreme physical or mental abuse raising to the level of torture", with the main goal being to obtain a forced confession.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-06/ ... d_cHP3uEdQ

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Post by WildCat » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:51 am

Witness wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:46 am
China 'disappeared' several high-profile people in 2018 and some of them are still missing
No one cares, because they're feuding with Trump so all is forgiven.
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Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:08 am

WildCat wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:51 am
Witness wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:46 am
China 'disappeared' several high-profile people in 2018 and some of them are still missing
No one cares, because they're feuding with Trump so all is forgiven.
Sure. :roll:
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Re: China: The Celestial Thread

Post by WildCat » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:12 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:08 am
WildCat wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:51 am
Witness wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:46 am
China 'disappeared' several high-profile people in 2018 and some of them are still missing
No one cares, because they're feuding with Trump so all is forgiven.
Sure. :roll:
I realize that disappearing millions of people isn't as bad as the Saudis killing a dissident who wrote a few columns for the WaPo but doesn't it deserve more outrage than this?
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Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:16 am

WildCat wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:12 am
Anaxagoras wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:08 am
WildCat wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:51 am
Witness wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:46 am
China 'disappeared' several high-profile people in 2018 and some of them are still missing
No one cares, because they're feuding with Trump so all is forgiven.
Sure. :roll:
I realize that disappearing millions of people isn't as bad as the Saudis killing a dissident who wrote a few columns for the WaPo but doesn't it deserve more outrage than this?
You went from "several" to "millions". What is that about?

Probably. Is Trump outraged about it? Is he doing anything about it? Are his supporters? Are you?

If not, then why are "we" bad for having the same level of apathy about it as "you guys"?
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Re: China: The Celestial Thread

Post by WildCat » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:21 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:16 am
You went from "several" to "millions". What is that about?
Reading is fundamental... "From prominent celebrities to the Interpol chief, the world has seen millions of people in China seemingly vanish into thin air over the past few years — and yet the international community has remained largely silent."
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