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My 5 seconds of public attention in Xinjiang

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Close to Karakoram Highway in Xinjiang
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On Sep 13 this year I cut short my visit to Vancouver to get back to Dalian and then onwards to Horgos in extreme Western China and the province of Xinjiang. The personal reward I got was a visit to this little known part of China with the Uighur and Hui cultures.

It wasn’t until yesterday that I decided to use the Baidu search engine and  found an official press article that mentioned my presence in Yining and Horgos on Sept 17, 2010 and here’s a direct quote sourced out of the Source Juice site in China:

Canadian High Dengshi Group Investment Co., Ltd. Executive Director Luobotejia Hamilton (Robert Gagnon), said: “Central Asia is located in the hinterland of the Huoerguosi special geographical position and good prospects for the development of China’s economy and attract us. This year, China The Government says that the construction of special economic zone in Huoerguosi more shows here last year, the company decided to invest wise and wisdom. Huoerguosi great change will affect the world, we will use our past 19 years of experience in North America and advanced technologies accumulated for Horgos contribute to a better future. ”

Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture Party Secretary Li Xianglin said the Chinese government, Party and government departments at all levels, especially in Xinjiang Xinjiang, the central work conference on cooperation in construction of the center for a number of policy support, Collaborating Centre for the construction of the west to China, opening up and economic growth in Xinjiang guide , a model will become increasingly prominent, Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture will be the first to benefit

I have to say that I was very impressed with the presence and obvious clear eyed vitality of Party Secretary Li Xanglin. He extended friendly hospitality to me and my Goudgans colleagues and seemed to have time for all the people involved in that project launch! I was proud to be on the dais with him, honestly!

Oh in case you missed it for that event my Chinese name was LUOBOTEJIA which I’m told is literally Robert the Canadian!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/04 at 14:36

China’s borderlands are gigantic!

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DANDONG, CHINA - FEBRUARY 26:  Workers rest ne...
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Global Post had an excellent but too short piece this morning about China’s borderlands and here’s an excerpt:

In short, China’s most delicate and dicey challenges are often seen most dramatically on its borders. In the regions where China meets the rest of the world, its own ethnic lines are blurred by intense concentrations of minority populations, sometimes dominating whole provinces like Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia and Manchuria. Many of these regions have broken away from Chinese control throughout history. Today the borders are strong, but the 14 countries that frame China couldn’t be more different, from Pakistan to North Korea and Mongolia to Myanmar.

It’s no small challenge for China, which, with 13,743 miles of international borders, has more borderlands than any other country in the world.

Based on what I read in public print China does a much  better job than the US does with on its border with Mexico. Here is a small photo illustrating what China has to deal with on its borders with North Korea:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/10/27 at 17:48

Turpan’s desert scape

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Turpan is the most unique area in Xinjiang. I subcribe to a blog out of the US that discusses Xinjiang affairs and tourist resources.

I recently snipped this image from that web site:

Believe it or not Turpan is also a major producer of grapes and raisins for the rest of China. The native Xinjiangers speak a Turkic language and they have the same issues with the Han Chinese and the Chinese Govt that the Tibetans have.

Qingnian Lu, a Turpan city street shaded by gr...
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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/22 at 19:00

The Tour de France looks like a breeze compared to this march

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Check it out. I guess they are called Extreme Marches!

Here’s a view snapped in the desert!

The Gobi Desert lies in the territory of Peopl...
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What’s that green stuff? Doesn’t look like sand to me! My goodness, the Gobi desert has grass!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/19 at 19:29

China street scenes today, Beijing, Kashgar, Urumqi and Kunming

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People often ask me how things seem in China. I can’t think of a better witness than this collection of street scenes from a Chinese source –

I got this via an email update from –


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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/07 at 18:22

Wow very arty images of Western China

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Originally uploaded by Zhenfeng

These are new images for me. The flickr collection looks great!

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/07/26 at 08:51