I saw this on the government news portal and thought it was funny. Perhaps it’s just me. The headline is “Beijing TV to execute a documentary series on Sri Lanka”. When I first saw it in my Google Alerts I was like, who is Beijing executing now? But no, they’re just filming a TV show about Sri Lanka, which is good. China sends a ton of tourists out now and very few reach here. It’s good that we’re getting some press from them, and not having our documentaries executed.
Archive for the 'China' Category
As you can see from the electoral map above, China’s recent election was a landslide. While America has a symbolic electoral college, whereby representatives choose the President, in China it is for reals. The 2000+ members of the National People’s Congress (themselves selected by other representatives and not directly) choose the members of a Central Committee who select the Politburo which is actually already chosen in advance. AFAIK.
Every now and then I get spam email from China which really isn’t spam. They are just polite sales pitches for things which I’m really not in the market for (printed circuit boards, sanitary napkins, stone crushing equipment) but which I’m sure exist. I mean, if I did need like 10,000 sanitary napkins, that email from Tracy at Y&B would have been really handy. I also enjoy reading their polite English. At the same time, I also hold out for that one email which would offer 10,000 units of something I didn’t know I needed.
This is a web video I just made at home, kinda a morning debrief. Apologize for the shitty quality, and my inherent darkness, it’s the first one. This covers the news that caught my eyes this morning – namely rape (including Tangalle), child killing and media censorship (in Sri Lanka), free drugs in India, car exports in China, and botched fireworks in America. My sources are in the links, watching is in the above.
If you’re going to buy a three-wheeler, it’s better to go Bajaj. Those noisy Piaggio shitboxes are bigger but polluting and, as mentioned, noisy. Recently tuk-tuk duties have gone up and Bajaj has cut prices 10% as a response (motorbikes are down 14%), both depending. What I found more interesting was that Sri Lanka actually accounts for a big chunk of the huge Indian company’s sales. 17-18% of exports go to Sri Lanka and 5-7% of total sales are from here. Apparently after the duties went up (by 50-60%) sales went to zero and the company had to cut prices to respond. So, thank you Bajaj, for helping our government cover its fiscal deficit (Economic Times).
This fascinating graph shows the relative shares of world GDP since Jesus. What’s interesting is that in the literal anno domini, India was the world’s economic superpower, followed by China (insomuch as those modern borders existed). Then gradually Europe rises and the colony of America blows up out of nowhere. The Atlantic has an interesting, multi-part analysis of this data, but I think they leave one thing out. They never discuss colonialism whereby the European went to India and China and took a lot of the wealth out.
I was in Jingshan Park, on a hill overlooking Beijing. In front of me were a few construction workers, still in their work uniforms. I wondered what the old royalty would think, of laborers looking down upon their Forbidden City. Across the world, rulers have built awesome and extravagant things for themselves. Yet in time, all of these edifices return to the masses.
I’m out of China now so I feel comfortable enough writing this. Not like state security is on your ass, like, ever but you never know. I felt weird even using a proxy and all my Skype calls had this red RECORDING sign which seemed unusual. But I’m in Sri Lanka now and, no disrespect or disrepute intended, here’s my experience of Chinese Internet.
Shanghai as a town is cool as shit. Not the banker douchebag hangout I thought it’d be. I think you can judge the livability of an Asian city by the amount of laundry you see hanging about. Shanghai has a lot of laundry. What this means in practice is that Shanghai issues many classes of shares. There are a lot of different type of people there, which makes for a vibrant ville.
Shanghai is China’s second major city. It’s become embarassing conveying surprise to native Chinese. It’s a bit like saying, I heard you were ugly, but you’re not. But surprised is what I generally am. I thought Shanghai would be a commercial banker town. Instead it’s walkable, low-rise, and in a weird way almost French.