Communist Invasion 1950, Today

大膽島 (DaDan Island) is one of the “frontline islands” as part of the 「反攻大陸」(“Counter-attack upon the mainland”). In reality, there never was a counter-attack, and positions were mainly defensive. The reason why this island is in the news now, is…

Regrets

『百家講壇』(“Lecture Room”) is a very good series, where lecturers talk about history (historical events, people, canonical texts). What’s interesting is how some of the topics may be interpreted to fit today’s situation. In Professor 韓昇(Han, Sheng) of 復旦大學(FuhTan University) presents…

Cautions on How to Respond to China

Republican House of Representative for Virginia, Randy Forbes wrote a very good article, which was featured on the Asia Times: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-02-270614.html In it, he praised the US Navy’s War College for developing a stream of open source analysis on understanding…

25 Years On. Still Scared.

Today, a very omnipotent-sounding group called the 天安門母親(“Mothers of the Heavenly Gate”) only stayed for one hour at TianAnMen Square (天安門廣場). You can read a heart-wrenching story from one mother’s perspective at NPR: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/05/20/313961978/25-years-on-mothers-of-tiananmen-square-dead-seek-answers Usually, whenever Western countries wants to…

Environmental Damage Report: Lanzhou Citizens Hording Water. Where’s NIMBY?

Why are people all over Lanzhou stocking up on water like crazy? It’s because if they don’t there might not be much more drinkable water left, as their supply has been contaminated with benzene: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/11/us-china-pollution-idUSBREA3A0J120140411 Preliminary inspection showed the benzene…

Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

Mr. Cathcart of SinoNK, posits that China might possibly re-assess its stance towards North Korea, and may become much more firm against them, in the wake of these latest missile launches: http://sinonk.com/2014/03/12/north-korean-missiles-and-chinese-passenger-aircraft Of course, this isn’t the first time that…