June 14, 2005
Daily linklets 14th June
* The case of Henry Kissinger, a jade wine glass and a magic trick. On Kissinger's op-ed piece on China, Mutantfrog takes the old Doc to task saying the big K doesn't know Chinese history.
To me it is indisputable that those democratic demands raised, possibly naively and with not much understanding of the costs they would entail, in Tiananmen Square in 1989 relate to real inalienable democratic rights that are currently enjoyed by real people all over the world, and which do not exist in China. The most important of those right now is the right to a genuinely independent free press. Only in this way can the Chinese people learn from the mistakes of the past and learn from them who not to trust. Is it ethnocentric and culturally insensitive to demand a free press? Only if we believe that countries such as China, Zimbabwe, Burma and North Korea have some deep cultural connection which means that their people, unlike ourselves, must be permanently kept in the dark about what has happened, what is happening and what could happen in their own and in other countries.Keep an eye on this site.
* (16:47) Oxblog takes on Kissinger's China op-ed and as an alternative offers China is the one that's going to decide what kind of relationship we have with it. We should speak out on behalf of democracy and human rights but never pretend that our expressions of interest can change the course of Chinese politics...Strengthen our alliance with Japan and other allies in the Pacific. And, if at all possible, avoid indulging ourselves in the willful naivete of the realists. I'm puzzled as to why being realistic is being willfully naive about China. It seems a contradiction in terms. posted by Simon on 06.14.05 at 04:46 PM in the Daily linklets category.
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Chocolate Covered Chinese Girls
Excerpt: "Hottest must-have trendy chocolates," by Spirit Fingers, Give Me Spirit Fingers Dammit!!, 13 June 2005, http://facepalm.blogspot.com/2005/06/hottest-must-have-trendy-chocolates.html (from Simon World). To quote Spirit Fingers The bes...
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Salon du Chocolat in China
Excerpt: Chocolat and women, together.Thank me for this later, Navpreet....
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simon - i think you missed the big story of the day - the thrashing of the australian cricket team last night back in blighty. i'm sure it was just an oversight and look forward to your thoughts on the result in the no doubt imminent update to this post.posted by: giles on 06.14.05 at 11:49 AM [permalink]
As a wise man once said, we're still world champions.posted by: Simon on 06.14.05 at 11:53 AM [permalink]
cheers, Richardposted by: Richard on 06.14.05 at 12:39 PM [permalink]
First of all, thank you very much for linking my blog, I am most honoured, as most englishmen would say.
However, there are a few amendments on the title I think you should make, regarding to your description of my blog I wrote:
1) I'm applying British law of copyright on this matter, although it can be said that British laws and HK laws are very similar in essence, I don't want to take any bet on it, because I know nothing of law ad probably make a mickey out of myself by doing so already.
2) It's not really 'thorough', because I have only been reading those acts for half a day, and with no case studies to work on. However, I will try to update that blog whenever I managed to get some information out of those acts, or even consulted some lawyers.
One last thing - can I link your blog to mine as well? :)posted by: The Dustless Workshop on 06.14.05 at 05:20 PM [permalink]
Consider me corrected. I'm looking forward to the updates as it is naturally and area I'm very interested in.
And you are absolutely welcome to link to here at any time.posted by: Simon on 06.14.05 at 05:25 PM [permalink]
"I'm puzzled as to why being realistic is being willfully naive about China. It seems a contradiction in terms".
There's no contradiction. Kissinger description of China doesn't match with reality.
Enzoposted by: Enzo on 06.15.05 at 02:38 AM [permalink]