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The image presents some Hanfu clothing, a growing cultural trend in China with people moving back to their traditions.  The clothing is quite spectacularly beautiful and there is a major revival to present their own culture, and of course one sees the break with the west with comments such as ‘Cultural power not a suit and tie’.  The feminine clothing is romantic and truly feminine, and I think I’ll fall in love with the first man I find dressed in cultural Hanfu – So very smart.  Sales of

hanfu clothing leapt more than 50-fold from 2015 to 2021, when they were worth over US$1.45 billion, with sales of US$1.8 billion predicted this year.

Read and see more:  https://english.news.cn/20220805/76ca98441784417fa826a24fd540f714/c.html and https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/trending-china/article/3190171/cultural-power-not-suit-and-tie-hanfu

We have a clear Russian hate team.  The western media working in tandem with their administrations form a powerful anti-China hate team. The American public is thus influenced to dislike China, 73% of them, according to the latest polls.   The UN presented a new UN High Commissioner’s Report on Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang.  As this article tells you, the words are not definitive.  It is a smear.  And this is after Ms Bachelet the head of the UN High Commission on human rights visited.  Her first report stated that she experienced no human rights abuses.  A week or two later, she had to resign because of untold pressure (and if the schematic stays as we know, probably unwarranted threats to herself and her family).  https://jerry-grey2002.medium.com/the-un-high-commissioners-report-on-human-rights-abuses-in-xinjiang-b3da9a1a257e

Wang Wenbin responded as follows:

ITV News: What action will the Chinese government take to address the human rights violations raised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the human rights assessment of Xinjiang?

Wang Wenbin: This so-called assessment is orchestrated and produced by the US and some Western forces and is completely illegal, null and void. It is a patchwork of disinformation that serves as a political tool for the US and some Western forces to strategically use Xinjiang to contain China. The OHCHR’s so-called assessment is predicated on the political scheme of some anti-China forces outside China. This seriously violates the mandate of the OHCHR and the principles of universality, objectivity, non-selectivity and non-politicization. It once again shows that the OHCHR has been reduced to an enforcer and accomplice of the US and some Western forces in forcing the developing countries to fall into line with them. The fact that this assessment, despite its illegality and zero credibility, did not go so far as to play up false allegations such as “genocide”, “forced labor”, “religious oppression” and “forced sterilization” shows that the lies of the century concocted by the US and some Western forces have already collapsed. 

Of all people, the people in Xinjiang, whatever their ethnic backgrounds, are in the best position to tell the world what the human rights conditions are like in Xinjiang. In recent years, Xinjiang has enjoyed sustained economic growth, social harmony and stability, better living standards, cultures thriving like never before, and freedom of religious beliefs and religious harmony. In Xinjiang, people from ethnic minorities, religious figures, workers, and those who graduated from the vocational and education training centers, among others, have voluntarily written to the High Commissioner for Human Rights about their own experience to present the real Xinjiang. International friends who have been to Xinjiang said what they saw with their own eyes in Xinjiang is completely different from what has been reported by Western media or portrayed by anti-China forces. More than 60 countries who care about truth and justice have sent a co-signed letter to the High Commissioner to express their opposition to the release of this untrue assessment. Nearly 1,000 non-governmental organizations from across the world and people from various walks of life in Xinjiang have written to the High Commissioner to express their opposition. In recent years, nearly 100 countries, including Muslim countries, have spoken up at the Human Rights Council, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly and on other public occasions to support China’s legitimate position on issues including Xinjiang and oppose interference in China’s internal affairs in the name of so-called Xinjiang-related issues. They are the mainstream of the international community. The US and some Western forces seek to destabilize Xinjiang and use it to contain China. This unjust, pernicious political agenda will not have people’s support and will only end in failure.

The overall andti-China hate team is very organized.   This is one part, the media part.  

China however, in all its media, is on continuous basis debunking the stories that are made up.

Here is a Taiwan update by Brian Berletic: https://journal-neo.org/2022/09/02/us-provocations-over-taiwan-and-beijing-s-steady-remedy/

He states again what many analysts pointed out and that is that the US provocations over Taiwan mirror a similar pattern by Washington used to cross Moscow’s “red lines” regarding Ukraine, done deliberately to threaten Moscow’s national security concerns. These provocations eventually resulted in now ongoing Russian military operations in neighboring Ukraine. A similar conflict could potentially stem from ongoing US provocations over Taiwan.

The playbook is the same and the calculus is non-complicated:

The fact that Taiwan is so vulnerable militarily and economically yet is still encouraged to adopt provocative policies toward Beijing demonstrates just how little Washington cares about Taiwan and its future. The idea of Washington intervening to “defend” Taiwan is highly unrealistic. “Defending” Taiwan would only be used as a pretext for the US to wage war against China or, what is much more likely, attempt to disrupt Chinese commercial shipping worldwide. Washington, according to the US State Department’s official website, acknowledges Beijing’s stance that there is only one China and that Taiwan is a part of China. Washington’s goal is to divide and destroy all of China – including Taiwan.

The provocations from the west do not end.  Now that the Solomon Islands told everyone that they will give no one the right to land military vessels in their ports, and they will first update their protocols, Australia is into Little Timor Leste, to see if they can make an island aircraft carrier there.   The attempts to build up a second island chain to use for war against China are ongoing.    https://michaelwest.com.au/rex-patrick-will-timor-leste-become-chinas-latest-aircraft-carrier/

It is understandable that these are not short-term plans, but longer term.  We see this with more weapons promised to Taiwan and these can only be delivered years into the future.  New thinking out of China is longer-term and is already way ahead of these war plans.

This means that Chinese scholars must look at their past civilizational achievements as well as those of world civilization with an open mind, and must discard all kinds of shackles and dogmas, including “foreign dogmas” and “ancient dogmas,” and they must particularly avoid slavish worship of either of these. Chinese scholars must therefore first establish a self-awareness of the need to create contemporary Chinese civilization and strive to revive our civilization with a high degree of imagination and creativity for the future.

In terms of the current situation, Chinese scholars on both sides of the straits should first overcome the hostility caused by ideological differences, and must get rid of ideological dogma such as “liberalism versus communism,” “democracy versus authoritarianism,” and “leftist versus rightist,” as well as the narrow mentalities caused by political ideological labels such as “liberal versus conservative,” thus breaking the inertia of ideological thinking. The long-term politicization of Chinese scholars has prevented real serious long-term thinking, limited the horizon of reflections on the future of Chinese politics and Chinese civilization, and stifled the creativity of thinking about the history and future fate of humanity.

For this reason, Chinese scholars must liberate themselves from the Cold War mentality, from any notion of the “end of history,” and from the sense of slavery, and sincerely establish a positive sense of the cultural agency of Chinese civilization, thinking about how to rebuild an ethical life in the face of the impact of modernity. Only through this reconstruction of ethical life can Chinese civilization hope to revive, and only through ethical reconstruction will Chinese scholars be able to make real contributions to human civilization.

In retrospect, the biggest obstacle to solving the Taiwan issue at present is our lack of a body of civilizational forces to exert cultural influence leading to the unification of hearts and minds. Because Chinese civilization is under the pressure of Western civilization, our culture has only been able to absorb Western culture and has yet to develop its own cultural creativity. This situation of cultural stagnation is out of step with our vibrant economic growth.

https://www.readingthechinadream.com/jiang-shigong-on-the-taiwan-problem.html

Now you may see why I started this essay with culture.

Finally, we look at semiconductors, in short, chips.  These highly technical and small components are what the US wants from Taiwan.  Why are these so important besides our phones, computers, tablets, cars, washing machines etc.  It is for technologies such as this:  Reliable hypersonic weapons communications: Beijing scientists established “highly reliable” ground communications during hypersonic weapon flights,  allowing constant contact with vehicles traveling 20x the speed of sound at high altitudes. Researchers from the Science and Technology on Space Physics Laboratory said their high-frequency communications network overcomes plasma blackout.

The idea is that China lags in the design and production of semiconductors.  But, China does it differently and they started the work to become self-sufficient.  At the time, I said give ’em two years and we will see where they are.  (Of course, I was laughed out of the house….).  Let’s see where they are: Chinese companies reveal new GPUs, tech at WAIC 2022 in Shanghai, demonstrate progress of China’s chip design capabilities 

Only one of the new manufacturers has this to say … and there are more:

The Global Times learned from Vastai Technologies, a Shanghai-based semiconductor company that was founded in 2018 and specializes in researching high-performance general-purpose chips, that it plans to launch a self-made 7-nanometer cloud graphic processing unit (GPU) chip during the WAIC2022. The company’s founder is expected to announce the news on Saturday during a forum. The chip combines functions that include rendering, AI, videos, and it offers slow latency and high-quality coding abilities. The chip provides optimal performance for cloud-based games, computing and other critical metaverse application scenarios, Vastai Technologies disclosed.

The Chinese economic conversation is beginning to include language that indicates a worldwide recession.  We will see what the plans are, after the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), starting formally on October 16th.

Two more comments of interest: Tiny discovery in Chinese lab could be a big deal in stopping Covid-19

The Mengtian space station lab module of the Chinese Space Station will be taken up by the Long March 5B rocket from Wenchang spaceport in October.


As always, much of the material above has been gleaned from Godfree Robert’s very good Here Comes China newsletter and if you want to follow the developments, it is a dirt cheap newsletter and absolutely worth the small cost.  You can get it here and the first few may be free: https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe

 

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  • bachou

    Merci.