Undersea High-Speed Rail Linking China with Taiwan?


In recent years of the 21st century China has initiated trade & cultural links with Taiwan in its attempt to welcome its “prodigal” return to

motherland. There have been even some hopeful exchanges at party level.

Here’s positively a great idea for a physical embrace by way of building an undersea high-speed rail linkage between them . . . never the bond be set apart.

Source: Beijing Times & Wikipedia

Wang Mengshu, a railway expert from the prestigious Chinese Academy of Engineering, said China plans to build an undersea high-speed rail line between Fujian and Taiwan, linking the “renegage province” with the mainland. This will necessitate the construction of a 150 kilometre undersea cross-strait tunnel.

The Taiwan Strait Tunnel Project is a proposed undersea tunnel to connect Pingtan in China to Hsinchu in northern Taiwan as part of the G3 Beijing–Taipei Expressway. First proposed in 1996, the project has since been subject to a number of academic discussions and feasibility studies, including by the China Railway Engineering Corporation. The route between Pingtan and Hsinchu was chosen because of its short distance (compared to other proposed routes) and its relative geological stability (in a region frequented by earthquakes). One expert from the Chinese Academy of Engineering suggested in 2005 that the Taiwan Strait Tunnel Project was one of five major undersea tunnel projects under consideration for the next twenty to thirty years.

Currently, the project is not considered viable due to lack of interest from the Taiwanese, staggering costs and unsolved technical problems. At nearly 150 km, the proposed tunnel would be nearly three times longer than the Channel Tunnel. In addition, Taiwan is concerned about the tunnel’s potential use by China in aggressive military actions. Nonetheless, in July 2013, the Chinese State Council approved plans for the project,[ although this “approval” is practically meaningless. Construction would still require approval by the Taiwanese government, which is highly unlikely.

Perhaps, an independent statesman of international standing like Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore would help to bridge & bring about the reconciliation between the two.

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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Why War When Peace Can Achieve So Much More?

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Here’s one proposal for China to add to its many giant infrastructures that are reshaping the global landscape. It will certainly counter all the propaganda adversities constantly advocated by the aggressive West bent on regime changes under the guise of democracy, fighting terrorism,regime tyranny, the laughable weapons of mass destruction, intervening & disrespecting all sovereignties of lesser nations . . . all too conveniently camouflaging their own hidden agenda.



Human beings are not animals nor enemies . . . Why these ceaseless wars? Wars achieve nothing except atrocities, destruction, mass suffering & misery. Peace is the greatest achievement & prize of mankind to ensure a harmonious world of prosperity for all.

Instead of warships & aircraft carriers, the very weapons of mass destruction, the seas & oceans could be floating with ships of friendship, which all ports of call would welcome. Floating megaships that could serve as “Marine Ambassadors” or “China’s Ships of Peace & Goodwill” calling on BRICS members, friendly ports & countries towards building peace & harmony, sharing plans for economic growth & prosperity, financial help & assistance on a win-win situation.

These megaships could well be “Cruise Ships” for fun loving holiday makers, but to be well equipped with facilities for trading, cultural exchanges to build & foster relationships, promoting goodwill & friendship, sharing sort of like a permanent expo of human advances & technologies.

In line with Xi Jinping’s recreation of the “Maritime Silk Route” these megaships would be fulfilling the same purpose. They would be showing to the world at large what a wonderful that this could be.

To begin with, one could sail the eastern seas & oceans with one other covering the West. The days of “inward looking” are no more! Maritime Silk Route will further open up China . . . linking & sharing its prosperity with the world.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Pig – More Than Just An Animal

Pig - More Than Just An Animal

Pig is undoubtedly the greatest gift from God, apart from being a choice food source of the Chinese, no part of the animal is wasted. Would you believe an incredible 185 different uses to which it is put  –  from the manufacture of sweets and shampoo, to bread, body lotion, beer and bullets? Please refer chart above.

This is really turning the world where there are religious restrictions & practices among the Muslims & the Jews pertaining to the consumption of pork, avoidance of pig products is inescapable.

The complex workings of the global food and processing industry have ensured that it is almost impossible to avoid pig altogether.

Christien Meindertsma, from Holland, author of “Pig 05049″, in a TED presentation that I saw recently, looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig, parts of which make their way into at least 185 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts.

Identified by its yellow ear tag number, 05049, her pig trail ended with her identifying an incredible 185 different uses to which it was put  –  from the manufacture of sweets and shampoo, to bread, body lotion, beer and bullets. As such, it would be appropriate to stop thinking of the pig as just an animal – but more like an industrial raw material with a mind-blowing amount of different uses.

She found that 4.9lbs of her 16st 3lb pig went to making wine gums, while 4.8lbs went into liquorice. In this process, collagen is taken from the pig and is then converted into gelatine. This finds its way into numerous foodstuffs, where it acts as a gelling agent.

It is not only sweets that contain pork gelatine. In some beers, wines and fruit juices, pig gelatine is used to remove the cloudiness from the drink. It works as a clarifying agent by reacting with the tannins in the liquid and absorbing the cloudiness.

Some ice creams, whipped creams, yoghurts and certain butters also contain gelatine, as do certain pet foods. More surprisingly, a number of medicines also contain pig gelatine  –  everything from painkillers to multivitamins.

Hygiene and beauty products are also made of pig. Fatty acids extracted from the bone fat of pigs are used in shampoos and conditioners to give them their shiny, pearl-like appearance. These acids can also be found in a number of body lotions, foundations and anti-wrinkle creams. Glycerine made from pork fat is also an ingredient in many types of toothpaste.

Christein, from Holland, found that while some companies were reluctant to cooperate in her quest, others claimed that they didn’t even realise their products contained elements taken from a pig because of the middle men involved in the complex distribution process.

The confusion is not helped by the fact that it is not clear on products’ ingredient labels where they originally came from.

According to the Food Standards Authority, there is no legal obligation for manufacturers to specify whether the gelatine they use is from a pig or another animal. When it is specified, it is often confusingly referred to as Suilline gelatine.

There’s an old expression that says: when it comes to pig, you can use everything but the squeal. Over the past 100 years those uses have expanded rapidly.’

Some of the surprising products that can include pig material include photographic film, which uses collagen from pig bones; shoes that use bone glue from pigs to improve the quality of the leather; and certain paints that use bone fat to enhance their glossy properties.

Some makers of cigarettes use haemoglobin from pig’s blood in their filters. Apparently this element works as a sort of ‘artificial lung’ in the cigarette so, they claim, ‘harmful reactions take place before the chemicals reach the user’.

And the next time you buy a loaf of bread you would be well advised to read the packaging. Some manufacturers use an ingredient called L-cysteine, which is a protein made from pig or other animal hair and which is used to soften the dough.

The strangest use for a pig by-product that Christein found was in bullets and explosives. Pig bone gelatine was used to help transport the gunpowder or cordite into the bullet. It is difficult not to be impressed by the sheer versatility of this animal and its parts.

Virtually nothing in a pig goes to waste. The snout from Pig 05049 became a deep-fried dog snack, while pig ears are sometimes used for chemical weapon testing due to their similarity to human tissue. Tattoo artists even buy sections of pig skin to practise their craft on due to its similarity to human skin, while it is occasionally used with burns patients for the same reason.

Pigs make an enormous contribution to medicine, with insulin, the blood-thinning drug heparin and pig heart valves all vital.

There you are. So it’s not just pork chop, roast pork, bacon, ham of which we are familiar with. There’s such a lot of wealth & value in the various parts of the pig to benefit mankind.

Enjoying pork rinds (skin) as a crunchy snack, certainly a delicious crackle, is only scratching its surface. Be surprised that one serving of pork rinds is higher in protein & lower in fat than a serving of peanut. Because pork rinds have 0 grams of carbohydrates, their glycerine response is zero, making them an alternative for some diabetics.Even Men’s Health Magazine agrees that pork rinds are good for you.

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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Euphrates Poplar – “Hero Tree of the Desert”

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Euphrates Poplar is symbolic of the Chinese civilization withstanding the test of time. The characteristics of such nature’s wonder are unique & spectacular to say the least. It’s classic, majestic & immortal. (Pictures: YouTube)

Euphrates Poplar (Populus euphratica Oliv.), Salicaceae, is the only one species of poplar that can grow in the harsh desert. A natural arbor tree in the Gobi desert and the only one tree species in Xinjiang that enable forestation. It’s also distributed in the Taklamakan desert. It’s a primitive and rare tree in Xinjiang. Praised as “hero tree of desert” due to its resistance to drought, sandstorm and salt.

Rooted over 50 meters down the ground, the euphrates poplar thrives in hostile environments, fighting droughts, sandstorms and salinization. It is known as the hero tree, for it is believed that this tree can live for a thousand years, then stand upright for another thousand years after death, and stay intact for a third thousand years even after it falls. The resilience of euphrates poplar, regarded as the spirit of LZU, is highly praised by the students of the University who therefore call themselves “Euphrates Poplars”.

China’s desertification problem is largely attributed to human activity. In attempting to get rich quick, people are often guilty of ignoring the impact on the environment. Much of the damage has been done inadvertently. Perhaps a program of planting Euphrates Poplars can help to counter the advance of the sandy landscape.

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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Uncategorized


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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.


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)



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.


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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