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Is China really out to rule the world? The Greentown ‘Ruling Class’


Originally published by Independent Australia

Brisbane City Council attack on Adele concert was not its greatest hit


Originally published by Independent Australia

Julie Bishop has not changed Australia’s position on the South China Sea


Originally published by New Matilda

China, America and the insecurities that threaten the world


Originally Published by Independent Australia

Exploring the Ancient Sites and Streets of Wenshu Temple and Beyond


Published at eChinacities online magazine Many visitors come to Chengdu for the temples, the shopping, the restaurants and sightseeing. Wenshu Temple and surrounding area has all that and more. Lined with quaint buildings in the ancient Chinese architectural style, each part of this fascinating area has its own feel and its own culture, yet it … Continue reading

Vegetables with a Vengeance – Meat-free Dining in Chengdu


Published at eChinacites online magazine Like most other Western foods in Chengdu, or China for that matter, many vegetarian restaurants never seem to get it quite right. However, there are a few that are surprisingly good, even if their menus overly emphasise tofu-based dishes. That’s fine, if you really love your tofu. However, for those … Continue reading

Where to Get a Good Pizza in Chengdu


Published at eChinacities online magazine Pizzas are a staple for many Western travellers, and Chengdu has a lot of expats looking for pizzas. Pizza is a little taste of home, a link to sanity and the “real world.” So the question arises: where can one get a good pizza in Chengdu? For the traveller who … Continue reading

Chengdu’s Tibetan Quarter – Gateway to Tibet


Published at eChinacities online magazine Many consider Chengdu to be the gateway to Tibet, so it is only reasonable that visitors to Chengdu would want to visit the Tibetan Quarter. Chengdu’s Tibetan Quarter, or Little Lhasa, is located in the south-west of Chengdu, near the First Ring Road. It is in close proximity to two … Continue reading

On-line survey reports more than half all apartments empty in major cities


More than half the apartments in Beijing and Shanghai are empty, the China Daily reports, quoting an online investigation of 100 Chinese cities by news website Sina.com. Hainan rated over 70 percent empty, Beijing 66 percent and Shanghai 51 percent, based on counting the number of apartments with no lights at night time, on more … Continue reading

China to develop internet search engine in competition to Google


China’s news that it is developing its own state-run search engine is not the country’s first such project, but this time around they are supported by China Mobile Communications and Xinhua News Agency. China Mobile has the world’s largest number of mobile subscribers, guaranteeing an instant and enormous audience on the mobile front. Xinhua, China’s … Continue reading

China and Switzerland going strong after 60 years


Central Committee Political Bureau Member Liu Qi hopes hopes the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Switzerland provides an opening for the two countries to to increase mutual political trust and assistance. Liu, speaking at a reception in Beijing, added that China sees significant value to increasing friendly relationships with Switzerland, one of … Continue reading

Chinese Vice Premier campaigns for mutual agreements with other developing countries


Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang has called for other developing countries to extend mutual support with China, and for countries assisted by China to work towards attaining shared benefits. The call was made in Beijing at an exhibition to showcase China’s international aid efforts, this year marking the 60th anniversary of the nation’s international aid … Continue reading

Collapse of joint China-US venture highlights need for advisory partners


The apparent collapse of the joint-venture China-US construction of the world’s largest solar power plant has underscored the perils that can be faced by foreign companies trying to break into the lucrative Chinese market. It also highlights the need for foreign companies to enlist business advisory firms with proven track records in assisting foreign companies … Continue reading

China exempts service outsourcing companies from business tax


China’s Ministry of Finance has announced on its website that it will offer an exemption from business tax for offshore service outsourcing companies, in an apparent bid to win business from India and other countries. The exemption, in place from July 1 2010 until December 31 2013, assists firms which specialize in information technology outsourcing … Continue reading

China strengthens monopoly in rare-earth minerals


Chinese state-owned Baotou Steel Rare-Earth High-Tech Co and Jiangxi Copper Corp, two of China’s largest rare-earth miners, have announced a unified pricing system, according to the China Daily. China supplies 95% of the world’s rare-earth oxides, so therefore Baotou and Jianxi will virtually control the market, good news for China as it can control use … Continue reading

Chinese officials call for intellectual property trade deficit reduction


Ministry of Commerce official Wu Guohua, speaking at the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Summit in Beijing, has called for the creation of indigenous brands to ease China’s disturbing intellectual property trade deficit. Wu further stated that it is crucial for China to bring into being indigenous brands, pointing to the large amounts spent on foreign … Continue reading

China quantity bubble fears as speculators leave apartments empty


A recent media story, which power companies denied, claimed that almost 65 million power meters in urban China had registered zero consumption over a six month period, which raised a theory that there are enough empty apartments in China to house 200 million people. However, the true figures will probably never be known, because there … Continue reading

Rio Tinto’s record profit aided by China’s resource demand


Mining giant Rio Tinto has posted a record first-half profit, driven by iron ore sales to China, with net earnings up 260 per cent to almost US$6.4 billion. Rio has announced plans to spend about US$13 billion over the next 18 months, displaying its confidence in Chinese demand, even though China has started the process … Continue reading

“Made in China” brands emerging in luxury goods market


Billionaire investor Warren Buffet and Microsoft founder Bill gates have revealed they are fans of Chinese suit maker Trands, and Buffet believes China is the future of fashion. Trands, based in Dalian in China’s northeast, is one of several up-and-coming Chinese brands taking on Gucci, Armani and Prada. Chinese sales of luxury goods grew by … Continue reading

Civilian high-tech projects benefit from China removing tariffs and value-added taxes


Major civilian high-tech projects will benefit from China’s decision to scrap import tariffs and value-added taxes (VAT) on key imports used in these ventures. The Ministry of Finance, Customs Department, made the announcement today, stating that the tariffs and VAT had not been imposed since July 15, and the move was designed “…to promote the … Continue reading

Borobudur Temple In Indonesia


Borobudur Temple In Indonesia A Monolith Rising Above The Jungle Of Central Java Borobudur is one of three exactly aligned Buddhist Temples, located in Central Java, and each approximately a mile apart. Archaeologists know there is a religious relationship between the three Buddhist temples. However, the exact significance is a long-forgotten mystery. Location of Borobudur … Continue reading

Australia Will Censor the Internet


Australia Will Censor the Internet Internet Censorship in Australia will be Mandatory Australia is set to introduce the harshest internet censorship laws in the free world. Australia already has the free world’s harshest sedition laws. When Australia first announced it’s intention to introduce compulsory internet censorship, it was supposedly to control access to anorexia and … Continue reading

Edmund Barton – Australia’s First Prime Minister


Edmund Barton Australia’s First Prime Minister One of the Founding Father’s of Australian Federation Edmund Barton helped write the Australan Constitution before Federation, administered it as Prime Minister, and interpreted it as a High Court judge. Early Years Edmund Barton was born in Glebe Sydney in 1849. As a boy, he had a love of … Continue reading

Underground City Of Seattle


Other features About Seattle: Seattle USA Underground City; Seattle Space Needle; Seattle Underground Homeless Underground City of Seattle A City That Burnt Down, then Rebuilt on Top of Itself Beneath the sidewalks and city of Seattle, another world exists. It is the world of the pioneers, the original settlers of Seattle. There are subterranean passageways … Continue reading

Barack Obama Antichrist Claims


Barack Obama Antichrist Claims Deliberate Misquoting of the Bible and Nostradamus There are people making claims that Barack Obama is the antichrist. Many are falsely misquoting the Bible and Nostradamus in attempts to lend credibility to their claims. There’s a lot on the internet recently about Barack Obama supposedly being the antichrist, including claims nobody … Continue reading

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Cadence Column: Asia, January 17, 2022

Cadence Column: Asia, January 17, 2022

China is illegal. The US Department of State even says so. France even reports as such. This won’t exactly improve friendly relations across the Pacific. It’s actually a much larger step to an all out conflict. Just over a year ago, November 2020, Western allies declared that China’s 1984 treaty with Britain, the basis for […]

India’s offensive against China should be in the grey zone 

India’s offensive against China should be in the grey zone 

Grey zone is not a fixed concept but a hypothetical place between peace and war. While I was writing this article, a never heard of development was taking place in the Indian state of Punjab. The Indian Prime Minister was stuck on a bridge for 20 minutes since the highway was blocked by the protesters. […]

Cadence Column: Asia, January 10, 2022

Cadence Column: Asia, January 10, 2022

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Chinese officials have promised that the 2022 Winter Olympics — to be held Feb. 4 to 20 and followed by the Paralympics March 4-13 — will be a “safe, streamlined and splendid” global event. But that won’t be easy. With less than four weeks to go, China is struggling to enforce its strict zero-covid policy […]

Crystal Gazing 2022: India and The World 

Crystal Gazing 2022: India and The World 

If we thought 2019 and 2020 presented uncertainties then 2022 is here to surprise all of us. It could be remembered as one of the most complex, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous years in the recent past. COVID-19, oil crossing $100/barrel, Iran-US nuclear talks, Iran-Israel tension, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, cryptocurrency, and militarization of outer […]

Japan looks west to guard against a rising China

Japan looks west to guard against a rising China

Japan signed on Thursday a new security treaty with Australia, a fellow middle power that is similarly aligning against an increasingly assertive China. The blandly-branded Reciprocal Access Agreement, which was signed virtually by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, marks the conclusion of a process that started in 2014, when […]

Cadence Column: Asia, January 3, 2022

Cadence Column: Asia, January 3, 2022

Taiwan is on the rise. With chip shortages, stock is booming. You know how graphics cards are astronomically high? A lot of that money is going into Taiwan. Meanwhile, China found an excuse to order a real estate developer to demolish 39 freshly, new-built “luxury apartments”—something about the building permit being illegal and violated zoning. […]

Cadence Column: Asia, December 27, 2021

Cadence Column: Asia, December 27, 2021

Japan is on the scene in the Pacific. While Japanese athletes will attend the Olympics, Japanese officials will not. China doesn’t want Japan to “politicize” the games. But, consider 2008, the one-hour opening ceremony about nothing but China’s history, with President Xi marching in to a one-world dream at the end. For Beijing, hosting the […]

Cadence Column: Asia, December 20, 2021

Cadence Column: Asia, December 20, 2021

The US is hitting China hard over treatment of Uyghurs. Nearly all imports from Xinjiang will be banned. At the same time, the US bolsters the call to bolster Taiwan’s military defense. However, Taiwan has the seeds of the same tyranny; it just doesn’t materialize into anything alarming because Taiwan remains small. The most obvious […]

When India goes to war with China 

When India goes to war with China 

It is an open secret that China challenges everything India sets its eyes on, be it cooperation with Quad partners (the United States, Australia, Japan), international organizations like United Nations, WHO, or designating a terrorist organization. India, a Quad member and a close ally of the United States, has become the biggest eyesore for China. […]