Xi Jinping: “The Governance of China”

Edited & Posted by: Paul Chong Tuesday, 25 November 2014 Source: CRI Online

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Xi Jinping (born 15 June 1953) is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the President of the People’s Republic of China, and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission. As Xi holds the top offices of the party, state & military, he is sometimes informally referred to as China’s “paramount leader“. As General Secretary, Xi is also an ex officio member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s de facto top decision-making body.

Son of communist veteran Xi Zhongxun, Xi Jinping rose through the political ranks in China’s coastal provinces – Fujian & Zhejiang . . . gone through the mills so to say. Was invariably chosen & groomed to become Hu Jintao‘s successor. He served as Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China between 2008 and 2013.

Taller than most of his predecessors, he’s a man of substance & vision. He knows where he’s leading China to & since his accession he’s been exerting his influence on a wider global scale with his brand of leadership – fearless but not dangerous.

His rhetoric is written in deeds . . . not just mere verbal convention. Here’s someone acting his role as a real leader with none to compare.

His book is to be read & we’ll be hearing more from & about him.

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His newly-published book “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China” appears to be captivating readers since its introduction in the UK.

A collection of 79 speeches and some 45 photos of the Chinese president, the book is meant to provide readers with firsthand insight to the Chinese leadership.

Frank O’Reily, a retired academic, bought the book when it first came out in the UK last month. “President Xi was quoting from Confucius,” he said “reading without thinking makes one muddled, thinking without reading makes one flighty”. So it’s his opinion that in the west, we have so many comments about China but they never actually refer to the actual words or speeches of the Chinese leaders, they never refer to what they actually say or write.

O’Reily says as a retired academic, Xi Jinping’s book is a helpful tool for those hoping to learn more about China.

“Presumably these speeches were made in Chinese, most of them anyway if not all, but the translation is very clear and very natural. And then there’s an index at the back which makes it an excellent reference book as well as a straight read. And also there are excellent notes to the chapters, to speeches on history, literature, etc, all clearly explained.”

The Governance of China” was first introduced at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.

It’s since been published in ten languages, including English, French, Russian and Japanese.

Ru Jing with the UK branch of China’s Foreign Languages Press, the book’s publisher, says they’re seeing an increasing demand for book on China written in English.

“The book has attracted a lot of media attention since it was launched. On top of that, we’ve seen quite positive feedback from the market. For instance, you can find the book on almost all major amazon sites, and with decent sales figures.”

Guanghwa Bookshop is one of the main UK distributors for “The Governance of China”. Located in London’s China Town district, the bookshop is a hub for all things Chinese.

Cai Shaojuan, owner of the bookshop says she has received many enquiries about Xi Jinping’s book from both old and new customers. “Most of them are academics who are interested in Chinese politics, but there are also young readers who come to enquire.”

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Guanghwa Bookshop is one of the main hubs promoting Chinese culture in London’s China town. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/DuanXuelian]

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Foreign students studying Chinese calligraphy at the Guanghwa Bookshop in London’s China Town .[Photo: Courtesy of Guanghwa Bookshop]

In the present world of storm

Just about anything can go wrong

China has challenges ahead

With Xi Jinping fostering the break.

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DOWNING STREET AFFAIR: Semantha Cameron & Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British Conservative Party politician, who has served as Mayor of London since 2008. Initially coming to public attention as a journalist, he became editor of The Spectator in 1999, then later served as the Member of Parliament for Henley from the 2001 general election until 2008. Born in New York City, Johnson was educated at the European School of Brussels, Ashdown House School, Eton College, and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Classics. – Wikipedia

Semantha Cameron Semantha Cameron is rumoured to have been unfaithful.

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Boris Johnson is the man that is rocking the seat of 10 Downing Street &  Westminister. Prime Minister David Cameron was said to be “stunned” by the news, the importance of which he realised “immediately”.

No current cabinet member is believed to be involved, but it is said that the affair could be as publicly shocking as that between John Major and Edwina Currie which was kept secret for almost two decades.

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Conservative England of today is different from its past. There was also a time when Dorothy Macmillan had an affair that lasted 30 years. Everyone knew but nobody talked.

The prime minister was Harold Macmillan; his wife was Lady Dorothy, rooted by birth in the English aristocracy, and her lover was Bob Boothby, later ennobled by Macmillan as Baron Boothby of Buchan and Rattray Head.The affair ended only with Dorothy’s death in 1966.

In meetings the Prime Minister Cameron and his aides discussed the potential implications of the affair becoming public, and the damage it could do to major political plans, the Mail reported.

Boris Johnson will retire into a blissful “bucolic existence” within five years, as he has no desire to serve another term as Mayor or try to be Prime Minister.

The London Mayor insisted he would no longer be in a powerful role by 2018 after fresh speculation that he “desperately” wants David Cameron’s job.

The basics of the story are this, as the Mail recently reported:

David Cameron has held crisis talks at Downing Street after being told of allegations of a sensational love affair which has potentially significant political implications for him.

The Prime Minister and his aides also discussed the possible fallout should details of the affair become public – and how such disclosure could ‘blow out of the water’ any major political set pieces planned by No 10.

AS REPORTED: two people not married to each other did the bump and grind and no one is allowed to say who they are.

Royal Baby Boy to William & Kate

BREAKING NEWSMonday, July 22, 2013 4:10 PM EDT

Duchess of Cambridge Has Given Birth to a Baby Boy, Palace Says

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The Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, has given birth to a baby boy, Kensington Palace announced. The baby was delivered at 4:24 p.m. local time at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

Following tradition, news of the birth was posted on an easel on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.The announcement came more than 12 hours after it was announced early Monday morning that the 31-year-old duchess had gone to the hospital in London in the early stages of labor.

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Below: A town crier announced the birth of the son of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital on Monday, 22 July 2013

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The birth marks a new era for not only the first-time parents but also the extended royal family. As third in line to succeed the throne after his grandfather Prince Charles and his father, Prince William, he’s the first baby born under new succession laws. Name to be released later.

UPDATED: Thurs. 25 July 2013 . . . It’s GEORGE ALEXANDER LOUIS

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The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Peninsula with its fleet of Rolls Royces

You might have been to the Ritz in London or

the Waldorf -Astoria in New York where the rich & famous haunt, The

Peninsula is a truly special hotel, dating back to the days

when few of us were born.

It’s opulent & has a class of its own unmatched by any comparison.

It’s legendary & the talk of the town.

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This stately Peninsula, erected in 1928, the heyday of colonialism, has a charm and charisma to it that most other hotels would like to bottle and buy. The building itself is recognized as one of the best in Hong Kong and has found its way onto many tourist itineraries. The Peninsula is arguably the height of hotel luxury in the city. Spacious and tasteful suites are designed with Victorian granduer in mind and  have lost little of their stately appeal. Be sure to ask for a room in the original building, otherwise you may be stored in the somewhat lackluster new towers.

It has been the playground of governors and mandarins, diplomats and powerbrokers for over a century. The place to stay and been seen to stay for anyone eager to impress. For many people it’s still the only address in town worth talking about.

As a five star lap of luxury property the Peninsula still lives up to its legend – this is after all the home to more the world’s largest fleet of Rolls Royces – yet it’s fair to say that the Peninsula Hong Kong has been edged out as the most luxurious stay in town by competitors – the Four Seasons is a particular stand out. If you’re looking for titanic-sized hot tub bathtubs and the most TV channels as well as all the other bells and whistles attached to luxury hotels – you can arguably find it done with a little more finesse for a little bit less money elsewhere in Hong Kong. But that shouldn’t stop you booking in.

This is more than a hotel stay. The Peninsula Hong Kong has what’s often lacking at a five star – character – and bags of it; the history and stately surroundings make for a truly special stay. In a city that often ignores – or bulldozes its history – this is a step back into a city and a style long lost. It’s a true experience.

This is a truly special hotel. Like the Ritz in London and the Waldorf Astoria in New York, the Peninsula is synonymous with Hong Kong – a landmark that has stood for much of the city’s short history. It was here that British governors held their opulent balls and where the British would surrender to the Japanese in World War Two. In recent years the hotel has not only featured between the pages of Conde Naste and National Geographic but as a city icon in Bond and Batman films.

It’s fair to say that other Hong Kong hotels have edged the Peninsula for luxury – particularly with modern touches such as iPod docks and even telescopes – but for pure class – the Peninsula Hong Kong remains in a league of its own. From the marble gilded lobby and string quartet that accompanies high tea to the fleet of Rolls Royces that can be used for airport transfers there is a turn of the century charm that makes you want to don top coat and tails.

The hotels’ façade is still the 1920s’ original – new 30 storey tower addition aside – and the interiors still strive to tell the tale of the roaring twenties. Stylish rooms retain their classical elegance with high ceilings, marble bathrooms and polished wood furnishings, with modern fixtures, such as 42 inch flatscreen TVs and in room safes – sympathetically included into the decor. The inclusion of a sofa or armchair in each room adds an extra bit of home comfort to any stay.

While the rooms are universally impressive, there are a lot of different grades of room on offer and what you get for your money does vary. This is not only your basic difference between your standard rooms and swankier suites but there is the Hong Kong difference between harbour views, street views and…at the Pen, courtyard views. More importantly is the difference between stays in the original hotel and the new 30 storey tower now bolted on top. Built in 1994, every effort has been made to build the tower true to the original design– and the rooms are almost carbon copies – but it’s just not the same.

The Peninsula can boast an ESPA spa, a rooftop fitness centre fitted out with state of the art equipment and personal trainers and a Roman inspired pool. There are even helipad and Rolls Royce transfers on offer – all for an extra wad of cash. Many want to know if the Peninsula Hong Kong has the best facilities in town. In a city flush with five stars constantly striving to out do each other it’s hard to say. Are there better facilities on offer at other Hong Kong hotels?

The Peninsula is home to some of the best restaurants in the city. These include the starched white table clothes of Gaddi’s, a neo classical dining room that has been considered the city’s best spot for French haute-cuisine since opening in 1953 – a lifetime in Hong Kong restaurant terms.It’s also an entrant into the Hong Kong Michelin Guide and perhaps the last restaurant in Hong Kong to require a jacket for dinner.

The Peninsula’s other award winning restaurant is Felix – a complete departure in both style and atmosphere.

The highlight of any stay is – in the lobby. Set amongst the gilded columns and marble floors, drinking earl grey tea and eating finger sandwiches and cream cakes while being serenaded by a string quartet is a must try experience.

Just try it even if you could not afford the luxury of staying at the Peninsula!

“Live” Meeting-Up With Celebrities at Madame Tussauds

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Meet the celebrities of your choice up-close & personal!

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Madame Tussauds London, the original, is a major tourist attraction located in Central London, housed in the former London Planetarium. It is famous for recreating famous people, or celebrities, in wax.

 

Anna Maria Tussaud was an artist known for her wax sculptures and Madame Tussaud’s, the wax museum, in London is attributed to her memory.

Now, this tourist attraction for celebrity wax figures in London is everywhere – New York, Washington, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Berlin, Shanghai, and Sydney.

Welcome to Madame Tussauds located in Times Square New York, USA. Get up close and personal with your favorite celebrity wax figures at the world famous tourist attraction.

Whom do you like to meet? Political leaders, historical figures, pop stars, cultural figures, TV stars, sports stars, world leaders, Hollywood stars – you’ll find them all at the wax museum.

Here are some of the celebrities we met (Slideshow):

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Martin Jacques: Understanding the Rise of China

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 Martin Jacques is the author of “When China Rules the World,” and a columnist for the Guardian and New Statesman. He was a co-founder of the think tank Demos.

This is one idea definitely worth sharing from TED.

What makes China tick?

Speaking at a TED Salon in London 2010, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of “When China Rules the World,” he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become.

Wonderful insight! Great lecture!

Quote:

“China is not like the West, and it will not become like the West as its economy expands over the next decade.”

“This is China , a civilization state rather than a nation state.”

Speaker:

Economist Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World, explores why those in the West have trouble understanding China ’s growing power.

http://www.ted.com/talks/martin_jacques_understanding_the_rise_of_china.html

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Click here for the Full Transcript:

Transcript – Understanding the Rise of China


Starbucks Coffee

By P Chong                                                                   Friday, 8 April 2011

That irresistible aroma of the famed Starbucks Coffee . . . with the absolute guarantee that every cup of their coffee tastes exactly the same, whether you’re drinking it in New York, London or Beijing. Its growth has been phenomenal and its franchised set-up surged ahead of time. It is a trendy thing to be meeting friends over a cup of coffee especially among the young.

So anyone for a “Frappuccino” ?

1971 to 2011

The distinguishing mark is the logo of the company which over the years has seen some changes with much the same colour scheme.

Let’s just be wary about the genuine from the ingenious fake . . . going by their logo sign. You might be caught with the coffee choked on its way to your gourmet stomach!

At first glance, you hardly can tell the difference. To the non-discerning coffee drinkers, they may be drawn to the”drummed-up” premise by the price attraction.

These three ladies are happy to be drinking “Starbucks” coffee for only one dollar! Look! The logo is the same or similar! But upon closer look, the colour scheme of the logo may betray – but it’s certainly says “One Dollar Coffee”.

 

Well, coffee is coffee. After a day’s outing & shopping, they are glad to be drinking coffee & resting their weary legs. We found this “One Dollar ‘Starbucks’ Coffee” in one of the big shopping malls in Guangzhou.

They say it can only happen in China when it comes to fake goods and imitation stuffs. The reflected glory renders tremendous flattery to the genuine one.

Now, how about this? Is this flattery or insult?

As Perth resident, I’ve searched high & low for the presence of a Starbucks Coffee outlet, until I received in the mail yesterday:

Please be advised that there I have checked the WA business names register and I can confirm that there are no ‘Starbucks’ businesses registered. This is consistent with the information provided on the business’s website http://www.starbucks.com.au/ which shows the business has stores in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria only.”

So, are there any enthusiast to venture into “Starbucks” new creations?

 

Cullen’s Chardonnay is World’s Best

By P Chong                                                Thurs. 16 September 2010

“Beer is made by men, wine by God.” ~ Martin Luther

“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” ~ Louis Pasteur


Cullen Wines, one of the oldest and most revered Margaret River wineries, has beaten more than 10,000 entries in the world’s biggest wine show to win the top prize for the world’s best chardonnay.

Margaret River producer Cullen has won a trophy for the world’s best chardonnay at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010. The Cullen Kevin John chardonnay 2007 was one of 28 international trophy winners chosen from nearly 11,000 entries in the annual awards announced in London.


It beat hundreds of chardonnays from around the world in the over-$18 category, including wines from France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, the US, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and even China, in what is one of the most fiercely contested categories.

Winemaker Vanya Cullen said that while 2007 was a great vintage, the wine also reflected the biodynamic techniques used since 2004.

It’s said that a man is as young as he feels

but a woman is as old as she looks.

However, like good wine she mellows with the years.

Recommended: Old vintage wine!

Cullen’s Wine Homestead

Caves Road, Wilyabrup, Margaret River, WA, 6284, Australia  Visitors can readily enjoy bushwalks or stroll over to the Cullen winery for “a taste if the wine is good.”

You can go to this website re Cullen Chardonnay 2007.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/find/cullen+chardonnay/2007/australia/-/x

The price is average $77 per bottle excluding sale tax.

World’s Ten Amazing Subway Stations

London's Familiar Underground Sign

By P Chong                      22 April 2010

London Underground, known commonly as The Tube, has the distinction of being the first such railway system in the world with its first section opening in 1863. It is a rapid transit system serving a large part of Greater London and neighbouring areas of Essex, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire in the UK. In 1890 it became the first to operate electric trains.


The name “Underground” in London can be quite misleading as some 55% of its system is above ground. Nonetheless, it was an awe inspiring experience for me when using it as a fresh young man coming from an under-developed country in 1959 & 1960.

In my recall, I still remember Madrid Metro, as a system situated right in the centre and has train doors opening at both sides to improve passenger flows. This was a real bonus considering its congestion particularly on bull fight days.

Hong Kong MTR (Mass Transport Railway) is perhaps the most busy of the systems I have seen. Its quick, frequent & efficient and for most times it’s packed to capacity with only standing room.

The world of rapid underground travel, named invariably as Underground, Metro, MTR or MRT, is most fascinating. Herein below is a pictorial presentation of the World’s Most Amazing Ten Subway Stations:

The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel in Shanghai, China. The 647-m long tunnel is a surrealistic fantastic public transportation system with its walls featuring hi-tech geometrical optics of various colors. (Below)

The Komsomolskaya Metro Station in Moscow, Russia. The metro station has become one of the landmarks in Moscow partly because it is located at the city’s busiest public transportation hub the Komsomolskaya Square. The station opened on Jan. 30, 1952

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The Bockenheimer Warte Subway Station in Frankfurt, Germany. The entrance to the station looks like a train sinking underground after an explosion. The designer of the station said he was inspired by surrealistic artists.

The Subway Station in Bilbao, Spain. The subway station, designed by Norman Foster, is well known for its efficiency and unique design style.

The City Hall Subway Station in New York, United States. The station is a beautiful and functional one. It has been the most attractive subway station in New York since it was put into operation in 1945


The O’Hare Subway Station in Chicago, United States.

It was built in 1984


The Subway Station in Dubai, UAE. Combining traditional and modern architecture styles, the station looks like a shell.


The Subway Station in Stockholm, Sweden. The station is highlighted by its inside cave paintings.


The Subway Station in Pyongyang, DPRK


The U-Bahn Metro in Munich, Germany. It opened in 1972













Mona Lisa – The Lady With That Mystic Smile

By Paul Chong Thursday, 3 December 2009

Mona Lisa at the Lourve, Paris

Much has been written about this famous painting. Nat “King” Cole sang & endeared her to the hearts of music lovers. It’s that mystic smile of Mona Lisa that captured the hearts & imagination of art & music lovers alike. She’s so famous almost every country wants to lay hands on her. But they all look at her with different perspectives . . . and look at the ways she appears & displays herself according to the customs & traditions of the various countries!

According to Wikipedia, “Mona Lisa (also known as La Gioconda or La Joconde) is a 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. The work is owned by the Government of France and is on the wall in the Louvre in Paris, France with the title Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. It is perhaps the most famous and iconic painting in the world.”

As portrayed below, different people look at Mona Lisa differently. When I first saw it way back in 1959 at the Lourve in Paris, I was told that her eyes would follow me with that matching mystic smile as I moved around to fathom her enigmatic look. Now, what happen when we move her across the world . . . ?

In Morocco
in London
in Tehran
In India
In Palestine
in Egypt
In Dubai
In Kuwait
In Syria
In Afghanistan

Which do you like best? As for me, Mona Lisa in Paris is still the best!