June 14, 2005

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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.
* Online marriages are a mixed blessing in China.
* A thorough analysis of Hong Kong copyright law as it may apply to blogs, inspired by allegations of copyright infringement by a (now closed) HK blog. On a related note Jason Kottke points to the EFF's legal guide for (American) bloggers.
* Two of my favourite things, chocolate and women, together at last.
* Leading the way: combine a personal with a help wanted ad.
* Jodi points out the double standard between the cases of Schapelle Corby and Mai Cong Thanh.
* Do modern Chinese purges start with investment bankers and foreign journalists?
* Moses in South Korea...does that make Koreans the new Israelites?
* Richard links to the WaPo's complete analysis of the Huaxi riots: why it happened, the response, the outcome and what it means.
* The payoffs from globalisation. Not only has the policy be the single biggest factor in relieving massive poverty in Asia, it turns out it's been good for America too! It's not a zero sum game: the past 25 years have seen both the China and American economies boom. That's not a co-incidence.
* A look at security, diplomacy and politics in the Malacca Straits, via Eaglespeak who has more on the issue.
* Olympics related legal issues China is dealing with in the leadup to 2008.
* China democracy and the brave new world. Money graph:

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.
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* (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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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]

Hi Simon, I'm a relative newcomer to the China blogging scene but I've now built up quite a few things on my site. Would you be interested in providing a reciprocal link?

cheers, Richard

posted by: Richard on 06.14.05 at 12:39 PM [permalink]

Dear Simon:

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.

That's it really, and thanks again for linking my blog! It's nice to see that you've done a good job providing nutritious reads. Thank you again.

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.
"Realist" school of thinking today is realist only in name.
Very bad article and very good fisking by Oxblog.



posted by: Enzo on 06.15.05 at 02:38 AM [permalink]

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