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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

Evan Osnos is a New Yorker staff writer who lives in Beijing

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I’ve seen his name before but don’t rightly remember where! Today I learned that he writes for the New Yorker, one of my faves and lives in Beijing. But what got my attention today was the quality of his analysis of the US political scene during this mid-term election period, to whit:

Bottom line: All in all, the Chinese have been left puzzled by the midterms, which appear, from afar, to be defined by a kind of cognitive dissonance. From the Chinese perspective, Americans appear to be thrashing against the realities of a new era: faced with a sudden sense of weakness and global changes in power, Americans look unable to summon the energy or unity to make even the simplest self-sustaining choices, and instead, are seeking refuge in the tinny appeals and false comfort of demagogues. “Americans are feeling quite contradictory,” as a piece in the Southern Daily put it recently. “[T]hey want to build more railroads, train stations and schools, they want to use clean energy, but they don’t want to pay higher taxes in order to do all of these. They are the offspring of immigrants and feel very proud of that, and yet they also oppose the idea of immigration.”

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/evanosnos/2010/10/the-chinese-view-of-the-midterms.html#ixzz144Yzh8K2

I especially liked the last point about being proud immigrants to the US but being against immigration! The US mood these days is truly a mess of contradictions!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/01 at 15:38

Once again from China, Dalian to be exact

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Dalian

I got here about a month ago. I am living in a modern fully equipped 2 BR apt in downtown Dalian. The first objective in moving here is achieved since our monthly rental cost has dropped about 40%. Oh, we have had to buy certain things like a box for foreign TV like BBC, CNN, CNBC and Asian HBO. The other day a water filter was installed so now we have sweet fresh water on tap.

Earlier this year I lived for 5 months by myself in the Shuma area, which is about a $4 taxi ride from here. Now we are almost downtown and can get there for about .16 cents by bus, or about $1.10 by taxi.

The weather has been very variable. One day not bad and the next pretty miserable.

Last week we experienced a day of very strong winds. During that day and a few following we read about sandstorms in the area around Beijing. Here’s what air looked like there via AP photo;

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/03/20 at 18:05

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Activity at Beijing’s Birdsnest Olympic Stadium

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Earlier this year there was some badmouthing about the lack of activity at Beijing’s Birdsnest Olympic Stadium. That seems to no longer be the case. It’s such a pretty sight:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/12/06 at 10:50

A more authentic face of Beijing

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This clip comes from a Flickr collection in CDT’s photo offering this morning.

The baked yam seller’s face shows the real anxiety of Beijing dwellers contrasted with the ad image of a young boy over his right shoulder. China is one and the other, an anxious man scrapping by and an image of youthful amazement harnessed to sell some consumer product other than baked sweet potatoes.

 

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/09 at 06:32

There are many strange stories about “fantastic buildings” in China

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China Central Television Headquarters building

And most of them are from Chinese sources. But this one about the new CCTV HQ building in Beijing is as strange as the story of the conflagration that consumed its neighbouring hotel tower last Chinese New Years.

The story has its gamey side and that is an interesting commentary on Chinese mainstream attitudes, which are often earthy and down to earth.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/30 at 05:21