Monthly Archives: August 2009

In Memory of Professor Liu Ts’un-yan 1917 – 2009

The world lost two of the best sinologists within a short space of less than three weeks.  Shortly after the death of Professor David Hawkes on 31 July, one of his best friends Professor Liu Ts’un-yan was admitted to hospital … Continue reading

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China Admits Organ Harvesting as Main Source of Transplantation

In a public appeal to canvass support for a new organ donation initiative, China Daily went as far as admitting that executed prisoners had been the source of more than 65 percent organ transplantation performed in China.  If my memory … Continue reading

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Australian Diplomats under Cyber Attack

Espionage accusation between Australia and China continues.  This time it involves spam emails loaded with spyware.  The targets are said to be Australian foreign affairs officials whose work involve China. According to today’s Sydney Morning Herald: The Department of Foreign … Continue reading

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Stern Hu Formally Charged

Stern Hu and his three other Rio Tinto colleagues have been formally arrested on charges of  infringing trade secrets and bribery.  This is a major breakthrough in a scandal that has severely damaged goodwill between Australia and China.  The timing … Continue reading

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Willful stupidity

One of our frequent commenters who goes by the admittedly accurate moniker, “Anonymous”, has recently uttered what was without question the most illogical, superstitious, wilfully stupid thing I have ever heard said in defense of anti-theism.    In the comments in … Continue reading

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Chinese Government Sanctioned Cyber-terrorism?

One of our commenters, “Anon”, has posted this interesting story about how Chinese nationalists mistakenly attacked an Algerian BBS during a campaign to boycott French products last year: RE: The Algerian BBS: It was nothing really, not a hack or … Continue reading

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China’s funny little friend Kim Jung Il

Attention, comrades! (It is 6 in the morning and the radio in your house has begun to blare this message and you cannot turn it off.   The loudspeakers are playing it throughout the empty streets of your Potemkin village.) This … Continue reading

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Taiwan Spoke Out Against Removal of Film from MIFF

China’s determination to punish the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) over the screening of the Kadeer film has once again backfired.  What is at stake this time is the goodwill of Taiwanese people.  In short, this saga has the potential … Continue reading

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CHANGE!

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Guest Post by a Loathsome Coward

(A guest post by a prominent White American China-blogger who will remain anonymous): When I moved to China around two years ago and began to work for China’s Propaganda Department, my eyes were opened.   I began to understand that the … Continue reading

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