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China’s unusual decision to spy on joint naval exercises; risks not being invited to participate again

China’s unusual decision to spy on joint naval exercises; risks not being invited to participate again

Originally posted on China Daily Mail:

The Chinese missile destroyer Haikou (R), missile frigate Yueyang and supply ship Qiandaohu (C) are seen during the supply at sea in Pacific Ocean, during the the Rim of the Pacific (Rimpac) multinational naval exercises on June 13, 2014

The Chinese missile destroyer Haikou (R), missile frigate Yueyang and supply ship Qiandaohu (C) are seen during the supply at sea in Pacific Ocean , during the the Rim of the Pacific (Rimpac) multinational naval exercises on June 13, 2014

A party crasher from China’s navy is enjoying an intelligence buffet at the world’s largest maritime gathering – and the feasting will make it hard for Beijing to condemn similar foreign activities in international waters close to China.

U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. Darryn James said Saturday that a Chinese surveillance ship was operating near Hawaii “outside U.S. territorial seas.” That location puts the ship on the edges of the U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific, or Rimpac, maritime exercises in which China is participating for the first time. One U.S. display map of the Rimpac operating zone, described to us by a civilian observer of the exercises, shows the…

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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Goji Berries – The Elixir of Youth

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The Chinese have traditionally known the medicine values of Goji berries.

Eating these berries on a regular basis supplies antioxidant and anti aging effects, protect the liver; supports eye health and enhance vision, strengthen the immune system and build formidable body and promote cardiovascular health. Also helps in prevention of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and many other diseases.

Delectable sweet red Goji berries are considered to be the most nutritious food source which contains high proteins and carbs. However, do not confuse Goji berries to wolfberries which are somewhat bitter & do not belong to the same Solonaceae family. Largely grown in rich valleys in the Tibetan and Mongolian Himalayas & China, these red berries consist of the greatest nutritional values that render the body fit and healthy.

The Goji Berry juice is officially certified as being free from contaminants and chemicals. The berries are dehydrated in semi shade. Goji berries are not harvested by hand, but instead gathered by shaking the vines because contact with hands causes to loose some of their nutritional potency.

Important edges of berries are that they replenish the stores of nutrients in the body, give boundless energy, invigorate good health and support optimum nutrient amounts. Goji berries include zinc, copper, iron, calcium, germanium selenium, phosphorus and many most abundant sources of carotenoids, including beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E. polysaccharide the strong secretagogue a material in berries stimulates the secretion to rejuvenate human growth hormone by the pituitary gland and also fortify the immune system. Goji berries comprise about 11mg or iron per 100 grams, beta-sisterol an anti inflammatory agent, linoleic acid a fatty acid, sesquiterpenoids and betaine.

Sweet yummy Goji berry juice is an auger effective stress buster and tension reliever. It supplies more edge for those people who are suffering from obesity. It makes to feel less hungry and decreases the desire to eat more food. It greatly works on losing weight & all the while enhancing the overall energy levels in the body. The natural anti-inflammatory is another quality of Goji berry. (For more info, kindly see the site gojipro). This fruit juice is especially helpful to guys due to the tendency to provide considerable virility increases by lowering muscular degeneration levels and in maintaining healthy arteries. Goji berry juice supplies the body to combat arthritis with an increased ability as well as helps reverses infertility among girls.

Goji berry juice is entirely free from side effects that blight medications made out of chemicals and other materials. Red Goji berries and juice mostly stands on its three columns known as huge medicinal values, enjoyable flavor and zero side effects. It’s tremendously beneficial to individuals experiencing diseases that are chronic.

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It’s been said that by consuming just a little bit of this fruit on a daily basis, an individual’s life span can be extended.

Goji are taken in dried form or as tea and soups. The principal ingredients are zeaxanthin, and beta carotene, carotenoids.

Research studies show that Goji berries are very helpful in controlling the spread of cancer, by inhibiting its cell reproduction ability. They also help to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

You might experience some unfavorable side effects, if you are taking any drugs that have anti coagulants. Hence, always check with your doctor before beginning experimenting with nutritional supplements or any new health drinks.

 

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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China – Birthplace of Football (Cuju)

Source: Chinadaily.com.cn

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The Cuju (the prototype of contemporary football) is a sport of ancient Chinese. It is considered to be the origin of the modern football.

 

Here’s an interesting bit of news to generate more heat to the feverish 2014

World Cup that is being played in Brazil.

The game of football (soccer) is recognized as the most popular sport in the world but few may know that it is one of the oldest games as well.In ancient China,the game was known as “Cuju”.

Cuju first appeared in the renowned ancient Chinese historical work Zhan Guo Ce (“Strategies of the Warring States”) compiled which described cuju as a form of entertainment among the general public.

. In the classic novel Water Margin, there are several paragraphs describing the emperor playing Cuju with officers of the court.

Later, cuju was commonly played in the army for military training purposes, during the Han Dynasty.

However, it was England that transitioned soccer, or what the British and many other people around the world call “football,” into the game we know today. The English are credited with recording the first uniform rules for the sport, including forbidding tripping opponents and touching the ball with hands.

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An artifact from ancient China describes a kid playing cuju, kept at the Linzi Football Museum, Shangdong province.[Photo/IC]

Records of the game begin during the Tsin Dynasty (255-206BC) and represent a game in which soldiers competed in a training activity featuring a leather ball being kicked into a net strung between two poles. The main difference between Cuju and soccer was the height of the goal, which hung about 30 feet from the floor.

Everything began in Linzi, the capital of the Qi State during the Chun and Qiu Periods. The Cuju experienced a tremendous increase during the Han dynasty.

Cuju became very popular during the Tang and Sungdynasties. Fresco drawing a game of Cuju horse (playing Cuju on the horses), shows a scene of noble playing Cuju on horseback. The Cuju has greatly developed during the Sung dynasty.

The Cuju greatly influenced the modern football. During the Tang Dynasty, the Cuju was extended to Japan, Korea, and Western Europe, and turned into football in Britain.

On July 15, 2004, Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, at the Third International Exhibition of Chinese Football, formally announced to the world that football originated in Zibo, Shandong province, China. But not many know that the sport was originally called “cuju” in ancient China.

As a way of national culture protection, cuju was listed into the first batch of China’s intangible cultural heritages in 2006.

 

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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China’s New Aircraft Carrier

China shows off new aircraft carrier to US defence chief | BREAKING NEWS – 07 APRIL2014

This is not a military secret . . .

The following comment is from an American observer who viewed the photos.

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“This is quantum leap above anything we have on the drawing board. They have thought “outside the box” on this one. Better speed, larger capacity, much more stable, etc. Definitely a “blue-water” long reach vessel. Plus they can service their nuke sub fleet in-between the twin hulls ( sight unseen ) or even launch amphibious opps from same. It will be launched in half the time it takes the USA at just one-third the cost. Add the new Chinese stealth fighter bomber (naval version already flight-testing) in the mix and you have the makings of a formidable weapons system indeed. Also look at that extra ”parking and readiness” station between both hull structures. And of course the launching and landing capabilities from the utilization of twin flight decks at once.

Six of these vessels (two Pacific, two Atlantic, one Indian ocean and one on the Mediterranean Sea ) would be a pretty good diplomatic “big stick.” Note : the Chinese are already drilling for oil off Cuba , Brazil and Venezuela. Can they build a fleet of these things?

A few facts — the Chinese have completed the world’s biggest dam (three gorges), the world’s longest over-water bridge (65 times as much steel as in the Eiffel tower), constructed a 15,000 ft. high railroad into Tibet (all considered major engineering feats)

China is the only nation other than Russia that can launch men into outer space (our capability ended with the last space shuttle launch this month) . They have also shot down a surveillance satellite (one of their own) from the ground. Plus, they “own our ass” in the international debt game.

China ‘s new carrier could be twice as fast as anything we have, plus the stability of a catamaran type hull will greatly reduce the pitching, yawing and swaying common to our present designs.
 
You still want to say : “Junk made in China?”

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Understand the Real China

Source: Daily News (Sri Lanka’s National Newspapers Since 1918)

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Excerpts from the speech at the College of Europe by President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping

Let me use this opportunity to describe to you what a country China is. I hope it will be helpful to you as you try to observe, understand and study China. Of course, a thorough account of the country would be too big a topic for today, so I will just focus on the following few features of China.

First, China has a time-honoured civilization. Of the world’s ancient civilizations, the Chinese civilization has continued uninterrupted to this day. In fact, it has spanned over 5,000 years. The Chinese characters, invented by our ancestors several millennia ago, are still used today. Over 2,000 years ago, there was an era of great intellectual accomplishments in China, which is referred to as “the period of one hundred masters and schools of thought”.

Great thinkers such as Laozi, Confucius and Mozi, to name just a few, explored a wide range of topics from the universe to the Earth, and from man’s relations with nature to relations amongst human beings and to that between the individual and society. The extensive and profound schools of thought they established covered many important ideas, such as the moral injunction of fidelity to one’s parents and brothers and to the monarch and friends, the sense of propriety, justice, integrity and honour, the emphasis on benevolence and kindness towards fellow human beings and the belief that man should be in harmony with nature, follow nature’s course and unremittingly pursue self-renewal. These values and teachings still carry a profound impact on Chinese people’s way of life today, underpinning the unique value system in the Chinese outlook of the world, of society and of life itself. And this unique and time-honoured intellectual legacy has instilled a strong sense of national confidence in the Chinese people and nurtured a national spirit with patriotism at the very core.

Industrial revolution

Second, China has gone through many vicissitudes. For several thousand years before the industrial revolution, China had been leading the world in economic, technological and cultural development. However, feudal rulers of the 18th and 19th centuries closed the door of China in boastful ignorance and China was since left behind in the trend of development.

The country was subdued to a semi-colonial and semi-feudal society. As a result of incessant foreign invasions thereafter, China experienced great social turmoil and its people had to lead a life of extreme destitution. Poverty prompted the call for change and people experiencing turmoil aspired for stability. After a hundred years of persistent and unyielding struggle, the Chinese people, sacrificing tens of millions of lives, ultimately took their destiny back into their own hands. Nevertheless, the memory of foreign invasion and bullying has never been erased from the minds of the Chinese people, and that explains why we cherish so dearly the life we lead today.

The Chinese people want peace; we do not want war. This is the reason why China follows an independent foreign policy of peace. China is committed to non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, and China will not allow others to interfere in its own affairs. This is the position we have upheld in the past. It is what we will continue to uphold in the future.

Third, China is a socialist country with Chinese characteristics. In 1911, the revolution led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen overthrew the autocratic monarchy that had ruled China for several thousand years. But once the old system was gone, where China would go became the question. The Chinese people then started exploring long and hard for a path that would suit China’s national conditions. They experimented with constitutional monarchy, imperial restoration, parliamentarism, multi-party system and presidential government, yet nothing really worked. Finally, China took on the path of socialism. Admittedly, in the process of building socialism, we have had successful experience and also made mistakes. We have even suffered serious setbacks.

After the “reform and opening-up” was launched under the leadership of Mr. Deng Xiaoping, we have, acting in line with China’s national conditions and the trend of the times, explored and blazed a trail of development and established socialism with Chinese characteristics. Our aim is to build a socialist market economy, democracy, an advanced culture, a harmonious society and a sound eco-system, uphold social equity and justice, promote all-round development of the people, pursue peaceful development, complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and eventually achieve modernization and ensure prosperity for all. The uniqueness of China’s cultural tradition, history and circumstances determines that China needs to follow a development path that suits its own reality. In fact, we have found such a path and achieved success along this path.

Developed countries

Fourth, China is the world’s biggest developing country. China has made historic progress in development. It is now the second largest economy in the world. It has achieved in several decades what took developed countries several centuries to achieve. This is, without doubt, a proud achievement for a country whose population exceeds 1.3 billion. In the meantime, we are clearly aware that the large size of the Chinese economy, when divided by 1.3 billion, sends China to around the 80th place in terms of per capita GDP.

In China, over 74 million people rely on basic living allowances; each year, more than 10 million urban people would join the job market and several hundred million rural people need to be transferred to non-agricultural jobs and settle down in urban areas; more than 85 million people are with disabilities; and more than 200 million people are still living under the poverty line set by the World Bank, and that is roughly the population of France, Germany and the UK combined. In the 40-day-long season of the last Chinese New Year, China’s airlines, railroads and highways transported 3.6 billion passengers, which means 90 million people were on the move each day. Therefore, to make the lives of the 1.3 billion Chinese people more comfortable requires still arduous efforts for years to come. Economic development remains the top priority for China, and we still need to work on that basis to achieve social progress in all areas.

Fifth, China is a country undergoing profound changes. Our ancestors taught us that “as heaven maintains vigour through movement, a gentleman should constantly strive for self-perfection”, and that “if one can make things better for one day, he should make them better every day”. Being faced with fierce international competition is like sailing against the current. One either forges ahead or falls behind. Reform, which was first forced upon us by problems, goes deeper in addressing the problems. We know keenly that reform and opening-up is an ongoing process that will never stop. China’s reform has entered a deep water zone, where problems crying to be resolved are all difficult ones. What we need is the courage to move the reform forward.

To use a Chinese saying, we must “get ready to go into the mountain, being fully aware that there may be tigers to encounter”. The principle we have laid down for reform is to act with courage while moving forward with steady steps. As we say in China, he who wants to accomplish a big and difficult undertaking should start with easier things first and make sure that all details are attended to. With the deepening of reform, China will continue to undergo profound changes. I believe that our efforts of deepening reform comprehensively will not only provide strong momentum for China’s modernization drive, but also bring new development opportunities to the world.

To observe and understand China properly, one needs to bear in mind both China’s past and present and draw reference from both China’s accomplishments and the Chinese way of thinking. The 5,000-year-long Chinese civilization, the 170-year struggle by the Chinese people since modern times, the 90-year-plus journey of the Communist Party of China, the 60-year-plus development of the People’s Republic and the 30-year-plus reform and opening-up should all be taken into account. They each make an integral part of China’s history, and none should be taken out of the historical context. One can hardly understand China well without a proper understanding of China’s history, culture, the Chinese people’s way of thinking and the profound changes taking place in China today.

The world’s development is multi-dimensional, and its history is never a linear movement. China cannot copy the political system or development model of other countries, because it would not fit us and it might even lead to catastrophic consequences.

The Chinese people, over 2,000 year ago, had come to understand this from a simple fact that the tasty orange, grown in southern China, would turn sour once it is grown in the north. The leaves may look the same, but the fruits taste quite different, because the north means different location and different climate.

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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Benefits of Coconut Water

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1. The best thing about this beverage is that it contains Zero Cholesterol. It contains minerals like Calcium, Manganese, İron, Zinc,Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium  and Potassium.  It also contains vitamins like Riboflavin, Thiamine and Vitamin C . All these nutrients make coconut a very potent health drink. It is more nutritious than milk, as it has less fats and no cholesterol.

2.Research studies suggest that Cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water showed significant Anti-Carcinogen ic and Anti-Thrombotic and Anti-Ageing Effects.

3. It is used as intravenous saline fluid in many developing countries and has saved many lives. The reason that it’s possible to be used that way is its composition, which is quite identical to Human Blood Plasma.

4. Coconut water, by its very nature is an İsotonic Beverage. That is, it has the perfect balance of electrolytes in it, which is good for our body due to its right PH Levels.

5. It is an excellent Energy Drink for the old and the sick, who find it difficult to process solid food. It is a Natural Fluid designed to Sustain Life.

Note: When my dogs are sick, I give them coconut drink. The dogs get well.

6. It is better than many processed baby milk products, as it contains Lauric Acid which is an important ingredient of Mother’s Milk.  This natural beverage can effectively treat Disturbance of the İntestine in İnfants.

7. Anti-Ulcer Properties: Both coconut milk and coconut water exhibit potent anti-ulcer activity against chemicals such as indomethacin, a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID).

8. Blood-Pressuring Lowering Properties: When human subjects consumed coconut water for two weeks, it was found to lower blood pressure in 74% of the experimental group, reducing it by up to 24 points (mmHg) systolic and 15 points (mmHq) diastolic.

9. Anti-Alzheimer’s Properties: in an animal model of ovariectomy-induced menopausal changes, coconut water appeared to prevent the decline of brain estrogen (estradiol) levels, as well as the associated accumulation of Alzheimer’s disease associated β-amyloid (Aβ) plaque in their brains.

10. Anti-Bacterial Properties: Three novel antimicrobial peptides have been identified in coconut water which exhibited inhibitory activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

11. Anti-Gastroente ritis Agent : When sodium is added (ideally sea salt) coconut water has been determined to be an ideal rehydrating agent in countries where medical supplies are not freely available, and where, say, cholera and other severe forms of gastroenteritis persist.

12. Ultimately, coconut makes for an excellent alternative to Sports Drinks, which are increasingly comprised of synthetic ingredients.

13.  Its water is also a very good source of B-Complex Vitamins such asRiboflavin, Niacin, Thiamin,Pyridoxine, and Folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.

14.  A few friends and colleagues’ wives who are cancer sufferers testify that they take coconut drink to COOL their bodies after their chemotherapy sessions.

NOTE: IF you buy Coconut water, please look at the ingredients … should be 100% pure coconut water… nothing else … no sugar, not anything else.

 

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Did You Know?

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We live at the dawn of a scientific revolution, 

which every day, brings new findings from a 

wide range of scientific disciplines about 

what it means to be human . . . with great capacity & yet limited knowledge of some of the very basic & fundamental fields.

Following is a list of some very interesting areas of knowledge which may or may not have been known to us . . .

The question is can we ever know everything that is out there in the expanding field of knowledge?

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Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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