Morning Clips – 1/11/2010

January 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Tiananmen Tank Man – 20 Years Later – A Photo, Interview With Photographer

June 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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There were actually at least four “Tank Man” photographs.  Go check out a splendid post over at the Lens blog at the New York Times for more.  Below is an interview with Jeff Widener a former AP photog (his picture above).

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Full Text: Timothy Geithner Speech at Peking University, May 31

June 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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(Source: U.S. Dept. of the Treasury)

It is a pleasure to be back in China and to join you here today at this great university.

I first came to China, and to Peking University, in the summer of 1981 as a college student studying Mandarin. I was here with a small group of graduate and undergraduate students from across the United States. I returned the next summer to Beijing Normal University.

We studied reasonably hard, and had the privilege of working with many talented professors, some of whom are here today. As we explored this city and traveled through Eastern China, we had the chance not just to understand more about your history and your aspirations, but also to begin to see the United States through your eyes.

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Only a Chinese Missile Would be Described as a ‘Kill Weapon’

March 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Love it when things are badly translated from the Asian languages, hate it when we’re talking about China possibly someday able to take out our carriers.  From the U.S. Naval Institute:

With tensions already rising due to the Chinese navy becoming more aggressive in asserting its territorial claims in the South China Sea, the U.S. Navy seems to have yet another reason to be deeply concerned.

After years of conjecture, details have begun to emerge of a “kill weapon” developed by the Chinese to target and destroy U.S. aircraft carriers.

First posted on a Chinese blog viewed as credible by military analysts and then translated by the naval affairs blog Information Dissemination, a recent report provides a description of an anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) that can strike carriers and other U.S. vessels at a range of 2000km.

The range of the modified Dong Feng 21 missile is significant in that it covers the areas that are likely hot zones for future confrontations between U.S. and Chinese surface forces.

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This Obama Trip to Europe Won’t Be Like the Last One …

March 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Head Anglo Saxon In Charge?

Head Anglo Saxon In Charge?

Still LMAO about French President Nicolas Sarkozy calling the world econ-financial crisis the handiwork of “the Anglo-Saxons.”  On Monday, he had this to say according to the Times of London:

President Sarkozy yesterday threatened to wreck the London summit if France’s demands for tougher financial regulation are not met.

France will not accept a G20 that produces a “false success with language that sounds good but contains no commitments”, his advisers said.

So, the Frankish Empire is not happy, what about the Teutons?  Again, from the Times of London from Sunday:

GORDON BROWN’S carefully laid plans for a G20 deal on worldwide tax cuts have been scuppered by an eve-of-summit ambush by European leaders.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, last night led the assault on the prime minister’s “global new deal” for a $2 trillion-plus fiscal stimulus to end the recession.

“I will not let anyone tell me that we must spend more money,” she said.

Brown, British PM, and President Barack Obama would like to see more spending by the world’s largest governments to keep priming the pump to flush the world from this economic cycle.  Merkel and Sarkozy, not so much.  China on the other hand wants a new international currency – while those crazy Russians are calling tonight for a return to the gold standard.

Here’s what’s going to come out of this summit: Absolutely nothing new.

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