Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Active Minds Lecture: Tibet

With an average elevation higher than the tallest peaks of Colorado, Tibet has been called the "Roof of the World."

Join Active Minds as we explore the history and controversy that surrounds this unique region.

China claims that Tibet has been part of China for centuries, while Tibet maintains that China illegally invaded the independent country in 1949.

We will cover the role of the Dalai Lama and the views of China and the international community as we seek to understand the situation there - Tattered Cover

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

China Rethinks the Nature of Democracy

Institute of Ideas
London, U.K.
Nov 2nd, 2008

Alan Hudson, Director of Leadership Programs for China at Oxford University, discusses the nature of democracy.

He explains China's modern take on the American model of democracy and its relationship between the elite and the masses.

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China: New Hope or Threat to the World?

The rise of China as both an economic and political power has provoked intense interest in the West.

Daily discussions in the US and Europe reflect on the rapid emergence of China's industrial might and potential on the world stage. Much of this discussion seems to be underscored by deep anxiety, however.

The Beijing Olympics provided a focus whereby this anxiety seemed to intensify. Some have raised concerns about a rise of 'China-bashing'. Has it become 'fashionable' to portray China as an 'evil' empire as a means playing up the comparative virtue of the West?

Talk of the impressive acceleration of China's productivity is invariably accompanied by environmental concerns, particularly with regard to pollution and China's increasing demand for material improvements leading to greater energy consumption.

The political character of the Chinese regime is also a cause for concern, with passions raised particularly with regard to the lack of free speech in China, abuses of human rights in Tibet, and alleged complicity with atrocities in Darfur and Zimbabwe, as China plays an ever greater international role.

To what extent is the expansion of China's productive capabilities to be welcomed? Can China provide an example of how to transform less developed parts of the world? Or is the growth of China a threat to the international order and humanity more broadly? Are Western observers right to fear the rise of China?

Is the discussion about China sufficiently objective, or has it rather become a focus for concerns within the West, such as our own ambivalent attitude to economic growth, and fears about our changing place in the world? - NY Salon

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Will China Democratize?

Will China Democratize? With a global trend toward democracy plus its remarkable success at economic development the question often arises whether China will make commensurate progress in democratization. There have been a few hopeful signs at the local level, including some competitive elections, but even there democratization is limited. Unrest has been growing among peasants and others left behind by economic progress and frustrated by corruption and lack of political responsiveness. At the national level there are some indications that toleration for dissent, essential for democracy, is actually decreasing. What are the obstacles to democratization in China? Are there now more pressures for democratization because of the vast expansion of education and the middle class? Is it possible China could experience top-down democratization initiated by the Communist authorities as happened throughout much of the former Soviet Bloc?

The China Fantasy

Politics and Prose
Washington, D.C.
Feb 24th, 2007

Author James Mann discusses The China Fantasy at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington D.C.

James Mann is the senior writer in residence at the CSIS International Security Program and the author of two critically acclaimed books: About Face: A History of America's Curious Relationship with China from Nixon to Clinton and Beijing Jeep. Previously, he was a long-time correspondent with the Los Angeles Times, and his writing has also appeared in The New Republic and The Atlantic Monthly.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

China according to China

The online documentary is filmed by Diego Grass Puga of 0300TV, a site that specializes in "interviews, news, articles, videocast" about architecture. The video segments are listed under the titles "What is exactly happening here?” "Speed," "Agrilculture," "Education" and "Architecture: 2008, China."
China According to China / Part 1 from 0300TV on Vimeo.
China According to China / Part 2 from 0300TV on Vimeo.
China According to China / Part 3 from 0300TV on Vimeo.
China According to China / Part 4 from 0300TV on Vimeo.
China According to China / Part 5 from 0300TV on Vimeo.

Jackie Chan: My Stunts (1999)

\MY STUNTS is a close-up look at the world of Jackie Chan's action films, where he personally reveals some of the secrets behind his amazing talent for creating death-defying stunts. The film also feature thrilling action sequences from... MY STUNTS is a close-up look at the world of Jackie Chan's action films, where he personally reveals some of the secrets behind his amazing talent for creating death-defying stunts. The film also feature thrilling action sequences from Chan's work, as well as outtakes of near misses and humorous moments.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

Chinese Classical Dance: Flying Apsaras

Classical ribbon dance patterned after the flying goddesses of Dunhuang Mural.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Video Of China's First Android Phone - QiGi i6

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Riz Khan - China in Africa

In recent years, China has become the most aggressive investor nation in Africa. The Riz Khan show asks if China is exploiting African nations or offering real economic growth and opportunity to sub-Saharan Africa?

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Can cleantech China teach the West how to be green?

For Dr. Xingyi Xu, the grass used to be greener on the other side.

Chinese engineer Xu spent a decade developing electric vehicle systems for Ford Motor Co. in America. In 2002, he decided to return to China to develop electric vehicle systems of his own.

"There are many guys like me," said Xu, founder of Shanghai Kinway Technologies, a small start-up specializing in motors for electric cars and manufacturing equipment.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Conversations With History: Mark Leonard China (UC berkeley)

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Mark Leonard, Executive Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, for a discussion of the ideas that are influencing the domestic and foreign policy debates in China. Through a careful examination of what Chinese intellectuals have to say on topics such as democracy, economy, and international relations, Leonard finds distinctive Chinese worldviews. The West must understand the contours of these debates to effectively address China's rise because they offer important insights into how China will use its enormous power to shape world order in the twenty-first century. Series: Conversations with History.

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Hong Kong: 1938, a Gateway to China

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Chinatown, Africa

Chinatown, Africa
In "Chinatown, Africa", Vanguard correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Angola to investigate China's rapidly growing presence in Africa. While many welcome China's investment, others see reason for concern. Chinatown, Africa is revealing look at a growing superpower's adventures abroad.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

India vs. China (CNN)

They both have populations numbering over a billion, but that's where the similarities stop between India and China.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Body Politic: China US Campaign

As host of the 2008 Olympics, China sought to use this event to present itself in a positive light to the world. Did it succeed? Noted China experts Susan Shirk and Barry Naughton of UC San Diego join host Peter Gourevitch to assess the long term impacts of the games on China's reputation in the international community. Plus, presidential campaign analysis from UCSD'S Sam Popkin. Series: Body Politic,

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Conversations With History: China and the United States

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes James Fallows of the Atlantic Monthly for a conversation on U.S-China relations. They discuss the rise of China as a manufacturing superpower, the costs and benefits of economic interdependence between the two countries, and the implications of the relationship for global economic stability. Fallows also talks about the lack of media coverage of the international context of the U.S. financial crisis and speculates on how China will impact the agenda of the next President of the United States.

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Cold War: China (1949-1972) (CNN)

The emergence of the People's Republic of China signals a new and dangerous phase in the Cold War. But a split between Moscow and Beijing opens the door for a change in U.S.-Chinese relations.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

China's fast food wars (CNN)

CNN's Eunice Yoon reports how western fast food giants in China are facing some serious local competition.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Genghis Khan (BBC)

Brutal tyrant or man of vision?

Always strike first and always take revenge. Genghis Khan learnt these lessons the hard way during a violent childhood. Son of a murdered father, Genghis grew up in the unforgiving environment of the Mongolian Steppe. But how did an outcast, raised in poverty, come to be the great Khan?

Combining live-action footage shot in Mongolia with CGI software used in Lord of the Rings, the recreation of battle scenes is taken to a new level in presenting the story of how Genghis conquered an empire greater than the Roman Empire at its peak.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rural China "Children Left Behind" (TVB)

UNICEF Awarded "Children Left Behind" in Rural China Documentary

"They have parents, but they live very lonely lives. They eat alone, they play alone."

Producer: Catherine Lee Yuk San

"Children Left Behind", a 30-minute documentary, chronicles the lives of children who are "left behind" in the villages of rural China, when their parents migrate to urban areas in search of work.

As part of China's economic boom, it is estimated that over 120 million rural migrants have moved to urban areas to work in factories and construction. A new phenomenon in China, the number of children "left behind" is now estimated to be over 22 million. Although it is their basic right to have their parent's love, concern and care, in reality you can see that they live like an orphan.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Election '08 and the Challenge of China (US-China Institute)

The U.S.-China relationship is complicated and is vital for both countries and the world. Where do Senators McCain and Obama stand on U.S.-China trade, security, environmental, and human rights issues? How important has policy toward China been in past elections and in 2008? These are the questions explored in a USC U.S.-China Institute documentary.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

PBS: The People's Court (2007)

Poised to surpass the United States as the largest economy in the world, yet facing mounting domestic and international pressure for a fair and transparent framework of laws, China is racing to reshape the rules of society. In the past quarter century, the country has opened nearly 400 law schools, trained hundreds of thousands of judges and lawyers, and launched education campaigns to encourage people to bring their grievances to court rather than taking to the streets. But the transformation is incomplete and the judiciary far from independent. Senior judges are appointed by, take orders from, and receive their paychecks from the one-party state. Hundreds of Chinese lawyers have been jailed in recent years while citizens are taking to the streets in record numbers to protest land seizures, corruption, pollution, or unpaid wages. And China executes more prisoners each year than the rest of the world combined.

WIDE ANGLE gained exclusive access to film in Chinese courts - a first for a Western documentary. Profiling itinerant judges, law students, a human rights lawyer, and ordinary citizens, The People's Court examines China in flux, revealing the lengths to which Chinese people must go to obtain justice and raising crucial questions about their emerging system of law.

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The Great Wall of China (2007)

It was the most ambitious building project ever attempted in the history of mankind. And its story has been almost impossible to tell - until now. Based on astonishing new archaeological finds and extraordinary first-person accounts, Great Wall of China tells the story of one of the greatest wonders the world has ever known.

It's more than 3,000 miles in length and was built in just 20 years by a workforce of nearly two million using technology and construction techniques that continue to inspire awe even today. The story of its building, one of human drama, labour and loss, is told in this film through three individuals, each one central to the tale. Thirteen-year-old Emperor Muzong, whose Kingdom is pushed to the brink of destruction by invading Mongolian warriors, demands that a wall be built that can never be breached again. General Qi Jiguang, a military hero and engineering genius, is tasked with overseeing the largest workforce ever assembled on earth. And Zhou Li, an ordinary soldier, is forced to work in conditions of unimaginable hardship but ultimately finds sanctuary and peace in the shadow of this great wall.

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Up The Yangtze (2007) DVDRIP XVID-iGNiTE

A luxury cruise boat motors up the Yangtze — navigating the mythic waterway known in China simply as “The River.” The Yangtze is about to be transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history. At the river’s edge — a young woman says goodbye to her family as the floodwaters rise towards their small homestead. The Three Gorges Dam — contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle — provides the epic backdrop for Up the Yangtze, a dramatic feature documentary on life inside modern China.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

China's challenges (Al Jazeera)

In 25 years China has been taken from poverty to modernity, the Olympics and the brink of superpower status. But their have been costs - galloping inflation, the world's worst pollution and a social fabric that is showing the stain. This episode of 101 East asks what the future holds for China after the games.

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China and the Olympics (Al Jazeera)

China is pulling out all stops as its capital takes to the world stage as host of the 2008 Olympic games. Since winning the bid seven years ago, Beijing has undergone a construction boom, making this Olympics the world's most expensive games ever, at a cost of $43 billion. This week on 101 East we ask, what does hosting the 2008 Olympics mean for China and its people?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

World's Biggest Airport - Beijing Airport (Discovery)

Beijing Capital International Airport, (simplified Chinese: 北京首都国际机场; traditional Chinese: 北京首都國際機場; pinyin: Běijīng Shǒudū Guójì Jīchǎng) (IATA: PEK, ICAO: ZBAA) is the main international airport that serves the capital city of Beijing, People's Republic of China. The IATA Airport Code is PEK, reflecting Beijing's former Romanization Peking. The code BJS is also frequently used, reflecting the current pinyin spelling of Beijing and including all airports in the Beijing metropolitan area; currently, Beijing Capital (PEK) is the only civil aviation airport that falls under BJS.

The airport is located 20 km to the northeast of Beijing city center. Although many consider it to lie in Shunyi District, it is, in fact, an exclave of Chaoyang District, Beijing.

The airport is a primary hub of operations for Air China, which flies to around 120 destinations (excluding cargo). It is also a hub for Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines. The airport expansion is largely funded by a 500-million-euro (USD 625 million) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The loan is the largest ever granted by the EIB in Asia; the agreement was signed during the eighth China-EU Summit held in September 2005.[citation needed]

Beijing Capital is today the busiest airport in the People's Republic of China, having registered double-digit growth annually since the SARS crisis of 2003. In 2004, it became the busiest airport in Asia by aircraft movements, overtaking Tokyo International Airport (Haneda). In terms of passengers, Beijing was the second-busiest airport in Asia after Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) and ninth-busiest worldwide in 2006. In 2007, it served 53,736,923 passengers and had 399,986 aircraft movements.[1] It was the 23rd busiest airport in terms of traffic movements. It is also the 20th busiest airport in terms of cargo traffic, having moved 1,028,908 million tonnes of cargo in 2006. It operates around 1100 flights a day, and is expected to rise to 1500-1600 at the Olympics in 2008.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Rise of China on the World Stage

The surge of China on to the world stage has been called the single most important geopolitical event in this century. Will the nation of nearly 1.3 billion be a force for good or ill in world affairs writ large? What are the challenges of integrating China into a stable and secure world? The Great Decisions Television Series is a thirteen show series broadcast each year on PBS stations nationwide. Each show brings together experts on a specific topic in order to examine all sides of a foreign policy issue. The 2005 Television Series features the eight topics from the Great Decisions briefing book, as well as five election specials. This year's series is hosted by Peter Krogh, Dean Emeritus at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Emergency of New China (UC Berkeley)

Washington Post reporter John Pomfret discusses his new book, "Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China."

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Friday, August 1, 2008

China and the US: Geostrategic Partners, Competitors or Adversaries?

Guests: Professor Michael Chambers, Chair, Political Science Department, Indiana State University (Assistant Professor of International Relations and Asian Politics) Summary: The 2005 US trade deficit with China eclipsed $201 billion and overall US current account deficits reached $900 billion, while China enjoyed a current account surplus of $150 billion. Much of this difference is linked to aggressive currency manipulation practices and unfair trade policies. Similarly, China is increasing its security posture in Asia, building its offensive military capabilities. As US Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld noted, “…many countries with interests in the region are asking questions about China’s intentions.” China also fosters strong working relationships with Venezuela, Iran and Cuba to help feed its growing appetite for oil. And human and civil rights issues remain constant sore points in US-Sino relations. Yet moving beyond macro-economic and security concerns, the relationship between American and Chinese citizens is as robust as ever—education, cultural, and business links abound. And, in the final analysis, despite trade deficit figures, China provides for the American consumer low-cost electronics, clothing and other merchandise that they might not otherwise afford. Is China a friend, competitor or adversary in its relationship with the US?

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Space Race With China? (New America Foundation)

Before China carried out an anti-satellite test in January 2007, some U.S. policy-makers, including NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and the U.S. House China Working Group, advocated greater cooperation between the United States and China in space. After the test, which created a massive cloud of space debris that angered international space professionals and alarmed the American public, increased references to U.S.-China competition and hints of a new space race drowned out calls for cooperation.

Using the experience they gained from visiting China several times in the last eight months, analysts Jeffrey Lewis and Gregory Kulacki will evaluate the costs and benefits of cooperation and competition between the United States and China in light of the history of Chinese interest in ASAT technology and an assessment of China's growing aerospace industry.

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They Chose China

It is January 1954. The Korean War is over. Captured UN soldiers held in POW camps are free to return home. Those who refuse repatriation to their homeland are transferred to a neutral zone and given 90 days to reconsider their decision. Among them are 21 American soldiers who decide defiantly to stay in China. Back in the United States, McCarthyism is at its height. Many Americans believe these young men have been brainwashed by Chinese communists through a new form of thought control. But what really happened? Featuring never-before-seen footage from the Chinese camps as well as interviews with former POWs and their families, They Chose China tells the fascinating stories of these forgotten American dissidents. With the Cold War fading into memory, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Shuibo Wang (Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square) aims his camera on this astonishing story. In They Chose China, we meet and begin to understand a group of courageous men who fought for and then cut ties with the USA.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Nanking (2007)

"Nanking" tells the story of the rape of Nanking, one of the most tragic events in history. In 1937, the invading Japanese army murdered over 200,000 and raped tens of thousands of Chinese. In the midst of the horror, a small group of Western expatriates banded together to save 250,000 -- an act of extraordinary heroism. Bringing an event little-known outside of Asia to a global audience, "Nanking" shows the tremendous impact individuals can make on the course of history. It is a gripping account of light in the darkest of times.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Inside The Emperor's Treasure (National Geographic)

Inside: The Emperor's Treasure takes viewers, for the first time, on an amazing journey into the secret imperial treasure trove at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. It features the story of a Chinese emperor's ambitious art collection, the courage of the people who protected it from destruction during the two wars and the technology used to preserve the masterpieces for future generations.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

China's Mystery Mummies (National Geographic 2007)

Mummies from a vanished world have been discovered in China's Tarim Basin, buried for up to 4 000 years. Who were they and where did they come from? The answers may force us to rewrite history.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wild China: Tides of Change (BBC)

From the eastern end of the Great Wall, China's coast spans 14,500km and more than 5,000 years of history. This is a place of huge contrasts: futuristic modern cities jostling with traditional seaweed-thatched villages, ancient tea terraces and wild wetlands where rare animals still survive.

Here Chinese white dolphins, red-crowned cranes, deadly vipers, giant sturgeon and sabre-wielding monkeys struggle to eke out a living faced by competition from 700 million people, widespread pollution and over-fishing. How China is managing such conflicting pressures has lessons for us all.