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This picture confirms my agnosticism about India’s economic future

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This picture of chaotic traffic in an Indian city says much of it for me.

The picture says it all. Not one city bus in sight! And the road looks hopelessly blocked. Indian cities = urban chaos!

Everyday I travel several kilometres thru streets in Dalian that seem busy but on the whole not chaotic. Bus fare is cheap and buses are very available offering a dependable service. They are not the most comfortable conveyance but 10 km trips are completed in less than 15 minutes. Cross city taxi rides don’t cost much (about $3CDN) and travel times are manageable. Dalian is a second tier city in China and has a viable infrastructure with good in-city transportation, plentiful drinking water, reliable and affordable electricity and rental housing.

From what I read not even the best organized city in India can offer a viable city infrastructure and the country doesn’t seem to have the kind of government that can deliver it in any foreseeable future. This is not the picture of an emerging world class economy!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/06/16 at 21:30

Since I am a full time contrarian and agnostic

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I thought this headline offered interesting views:

China defies Vatican on bishop conclave

But the report I read left little doubt that this was all about an open clash of two authoritarian regimes. How can that be interesting to a thinker like me?

But I feel empathy for any regime that contests the “administrative authority” of the Vatican.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/12/08 at 15:19

Tonight I am feeling in tune with China/Dalian

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It could be a personal illusion, but the real sense of making my way here is with me tonight and it feels euphoric.

I did a few real things today and got paid for it with a promise to pay more later. And I got a real prospect of marketing into a big market later this week.

How can I not think I am making some kind of headway? And I doing it with Chinese associates, even though I speak nominal Mandarin. The secret it finding the right associates and I seem to have found one rough jewel, Dean, and my own assistant, Scott, who feels more reliable and worthy of trust.

I have to say to the blogosphere that doing business in China boils down to finding the right Chinese associates. Although I will add this proviso! I am at the beginning of the commercial journey, the very edge of the beginning!

But if you think that my feelings of good existence comes down to marginal commercial success, let me set you right. I have a feeling of good life! I am usefully employed with prospects of better things, I have good Chinese and foreign friends and business associates. I have business connections with Chinese and Chinese organizations that I built myself. I am happy that is working, or seems to be.

I enjoy lots of good wine, spirits, cheese and crossover cuisine at home. I have good convivial friends for dinner and light partying thereafter. I have a warm and cooperative connection with one family that owns a respectable manufacturing company and I do more than English training for them.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/12/05 at 05:06

The word Globish is very high on the Google Search scale

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Since Robert McCrum’s recent book about the English language phenomenon the world over is being reviewed in many parts of the world where English is used for everyday discourse, as for example in Malaysia, India, and hopefully in certain parts of China like Shanghai, a Google search this morning 2010/5/24 listed more than one hundred relevant citations which is something of a record for us.

Here are some of those links!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/05/23 at 18:42

The seemier side of life of proles in Hong Kong

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You can feel, smell, and see the seeminess of ordinary living in that paragon of Asian luxury, Hong Kong, in this piece from Southern Weekend:

Thx to CDT for this link!


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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/11 at 06:21

An election in Canada is more than a year away

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Golden China
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And here is the evidence:

Harper to visit India, China for 1st time

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | 2:35 PM ET Comments205Recommend50

CBC News

Once you think about it you realize how stupid this is. Our economy depends on foreign trade and we need new markets desperately and it takes Harper 3 yrs to get the gumption to visit China, where he is probably unwelcome, and India, where his visit will likely have little impact. Chinese Canadians will think “better late than never” while Indo Canadians will give a low level cheer!

This is for Canadian political optics and nothing else! It is sad when a PM has to do something he obviously didn’t want to or didn’t see the reason to do!


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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/10/29 at 05:18

Have you ever wondered what a real estate development looks like in China, Dalian?

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So here are a few images taken a few days ago in the Kaifaqu Development Zone. This is where Intel is building a billion dollar semiconductor Fab plant, which should be on stream by this time next year, 2010.

A scale model of the real estate site:


That’s Todd Embley, a guy from Vancouver who is president of Kelton Business Services, a PR firm in Dalian, with the mike.

The image was snapped in a viewing center smack dab in the middle of an industrial area but right next to the LRT line that services this part of Greater Dalian.

This is part of the construction site, where they are assembling a “beach”!


and this is the view overlooking the water at the site:


Not exactly a normal beach, huhhh! But that is what it’s billed as!

Here’s the logo of the development company in case you are considering any of their real estate investments in Greater Dalian:


The project itself is named World View and is touted as “breathtakingly modern”. Go figure! Oh, it’s China “where the world is their oyster” or so they believe, the real estate developers that is!

Do my words sound cynical? Ok so they do but then what choice do I really have? Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out who the more crass promoter is!

But I have to say that I met some charming people during this visit and viewing!

Oh, in case you are wondering about the Intel semiconductor fab plant in Kaifaqu, I met the site Project Manager the night after this visit at an ultra expensive restaurant in Dalian and a complete coincidence I must say. He assured me that construction was on schedule and he expected that the fab plant would go on stream on schedule!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/04/03 at 11:24

Unlike a slightly decadent culture in Japan, China gives Asia a serious image

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The Chinese Shenzhou-7 manned spaceship, the Long-March II-F rocket and the escape tower are transferred to the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province, China on September 20, 2008. Taikonaut Zhai Zhigang performed China’s first-ever spacewalk on the successful mission. (REUTERS/Stringer). #


This and the text above was clipped from a Big Picture collection. This #34 of 40

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/01/04 at 23:36

It just goes to show me that I know very little about Asian countries!

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I did not know till this morning that there is a Tokyo Tower and it is about 30 ft higher than the Eiffel Tower. Here’s the image borrowed from Wikipedia under the CC licence.


Here is two paragraphs from the Wikipedia article:

Tokyo Tower (東京タワー Tōkyō-tawā?) is a communications tower located in Shiba Park, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At exactly 332.6 meters (1,091 ft), this orange and white lattice tower is the tallest self-supporting steel structure in the world, the tallest artificial structure in Japan and is the 20th tallest tower in the world.[3] Built in 1958, this Eiffel Tower-like structure supports an antenna that broadcasts television and radio signals for important Japanese media outlets such as NHK, TBS and Fuji TV.[4] In recent years, the tower has been instrumental in furthering Japan’s push to switch from an analog signal to digital signal.

In addition to being a television and radio communications tower, Tokyo Tower doubles as a major Tokyo tourist site. Over 2.5 million people annually visit the tower’s recreational Foot Town and two observations decks.[5] Foot Town is a 4-story building located directly under the tower that houses museums, restaurants and shops.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/30 at 09:13