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Links 1 through 6 of 6 by David Bandurski tagged West

In a strongly-worded editorial today, sprinkled with humor (intended?) and innuendo, the Chinese-language Global Times newspaper criticizes "the West" for its "selfishness" during United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa. The editorial's points and criticisms center on the debate at Durban (and ongoing) over whether China can and should still be regarded as a "developing nation" (More: http://bit.ly/s91PUm). One of the more amusing rhetorical devices: "In Western society there is a very common habit, which is that men and women both change their clothes at least once a day, or at least change one item of clothing. In China, very few people have this habit, because people don't have that many clothes, and they can't use that much water, electricity and laundry detergent, to make themselves over freshly every day."

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In an editorial today, the Chinese-language Global Times comments on the ongoing international controversy over Iran's nuclear ambitions, saying that China has no responsibility to get involved without available proof that the country is developing nuclear weapons technology. The editorial says: "China resolutely opposes Iran's development of nuclear weapons, but there must be clear evidence to prove that Iran is behaving in this way before our country can take part in sanctions over related activities. Right now there are two dangers. The first is that Iran might be secretly developing nuclear weapons; the second is that the West is seeking to undermine Iran in the name of opposing nuclear weapons. We do not believe that between these two dangers, either danger can be said to be the lesser."

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China's official Xinhua News Agency reports today that a bank robbery occurred just before noon yesterday in the city of Tianshui (天水), in China's western Gansu province, and that two bank employees were killed on the scene. The Xinhua release was sparse on details, but said the robber(s) had made off with more than 53,000 yuan in cash, or about 8,000 US dollars. A special investigative team has been set up to apprehend the suspects, who are still at large, said the release.

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In the latest edition of Qiushi (Seeking Truth), an official Party theory journal, a writer argues the superiority of the so-called China Model, inveighs against Western prejudice and argues the unthinkable: that Shanghai has bested New York. "China achievements are also greater than that of many developed nations. That portion of Chinese who live at developed economy levels is around 300 million, equal to the population of America, and their level of prosperity is already no longer inferior to their peers in developed nations in southern Europe. First-tier Chinese cities like Shanghai have already in many respects surpassed New York. Whether in terms of such 'hardware' as airports, subway systems, elevated rails, commercial facilities and civic architecture, or by such 'soft' measures as life expectancy, infant mortality and urban safety, Shanghai is already perhaps better than New York."

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Writing at Caijing magazine, Tsinghua University professor Qin Hui (秦晖) pokes holes in the thesis that China has developed a unique "China Model" for economic development that might be emulated by the rest of the world. He argues that China's brand of capitalism, laid bare, is essentially the idea that autocratic rule can cancel out the inconveniences democracy foists on capitalism. He writes: "If America really did follow the example of China and dispensed with democracy altogether, ruling the people with an iron fist and getting rid of social welfare with its right hand: Who then would dare consume anything? And if, with its left hand, it got rid of freedom: Who then would dare consume anything? America's 'spendaholic' tendencies would disappear overnight . . . Its enterprises would once again become sweat factories! Would Americans be up for this? Even if they were willing, and America competed with their sweat factories against ours, how would that benefit us?"

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A Xinhua News Agency article plastered with a bold headline across the top of the agency's website today claims that "many famous international scholars" have called for "dealing fairly and objectively with China." All of these "famous" scholars apparently met in Beijing yesterday to "hotly discuss China's development." The scholars are reported to have said things like: "The time has come for the Western world to get rid of its stubborn prejudice about China, and view China more openly and fairly." And: "The Western world harbors misunderstandings about China's development." The Beijing forum was called, "Dialogue, Cooperation and Mutual Benefit: China and the World," Xinhua reports.

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