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Poll: PRC vs. USA (29 member(s) have cast votes)

When will China surpass the USA?

  1. 2018-2024 (12 votes [41.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.38%

  2. 2025-2029 (12 votes [41.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.38%

  3. After 2030 (4 votes [13.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.79%

  4. Never (1 votes [3.45%])

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Big Brother, Meet Citizen Score: China to Cull Online Data to Create Individual Rating System

 

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China’s State Council plans to launch a new system for rating its citizens’ “trustworthiness” in 2020. The Chinese government first released its plan for a national “trust score” system on June 14, 2014, in a document titled, “Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System.” (NPQ first wrote about it last year.) The policy states, “It will forge a public opinion environment where keeping trust is glorious. It will strengthen sincerity in government affairs, commercial sincerity, social sincerity and the construction of judicial credibility.”

 

The Chinese government says it needs to do something to increase trust. China doesn’t have a credit score system, so the majority of its citizens cannot get credit. Further, micro-corruption is rampant: “According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 63 per cent of all fake goods, from watches to handbags to baby food, originate from China.” In February 2017, China’s Supreme Court revealed that it banned 6.15 million citizens from taking flights over the previous four years and 1.65 million from taking trains for “social misdeeds.”

 

But critics call it “gamified obedience.” According to Rachel Botsman, who excerpted an article for Wired UK from her book, Who Can You Trust? How Technology Brought Us Together and Why It Might Drive Us Apart, this system would monitor and evaluate your daily activities—“what you buy at the shops and online; where you are at any given time; who your friends are and how you interact with them; how many hours you spend watching content or playing video games; and what bills and taxes you pay (or not)”—to create a Citizen Score. Ratings will be compared against the whole population to determine eligibility for social goods. Further, a person’s score is affected by the scores of their online friends; in other words, “if someone they are connected to online posts a negative comment [online], their own score will also be dragged down.”

 

Participation is currently voluntary but will become mandatory in 2020. Millions of people have already signed up, ostensibly for the perks of a high score. In fact, “higher scores have already become a status symbol.” For example, according to Sesame Credit, one of the two companies conducting social credit pilots…

 

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Trump warns China it could face big problem with warrior nation Japan over North Korea

U.S. leader Donald Trump warned China on Thursday, a day before departing on his first Asia tour as president, that it must do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions or face “a big problem” with “warrior nation” Japan.

“Japan is a warrior nation, and I tell China and I tell everyone else that listens, I mean, you’re gonna have yourself a big problem with Japan pretty soon if you allow this to continue with North Korea,” Trump said in an interview on the Fox News program “The Ingraham Angle.”

It was unclear what the U.S. leader was referring to, in terms of a “big problem,” but Trump had suggested during his successful campaign for president that he would be open to Japan acquiring its own nuclear weapons.

China has looked warily at recent moves to loosen postwar constraints imposed on Japan’s military and has long been suspicious of Tokyo’s large plutonium stockpile.

Trump is scheduled to visit Japan from Sunday, when he will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has joined the U.S. president in his “maximum pressure” approach to nuclear-armed North Korea.

He will also visit China from Wednesday to Thursday and meet President Xi Jinping.

 

 

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China is expected to overfulfill its goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, which will lay a foundation for achieving its 2030 goals

China is expected to overfulfill its goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, which will lay a foundation for achieving its 2030 goals, said an official at a press release of China’s State Council Information Office on Oct. 31, Science and Technology Daily reported.
China’s carbon emission intensity during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015) has decreased by 21.8 percent. And its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP is set to be reduced by 18 percent by 2020 from 2015, according to China’s reducing greenhouse-gas emissions program during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020).
“China’s carbon intensity dropped by 6.6 percent last year, and another 4 percent in the first three quarters of 2017, which indicates that China is expected to overfulfill its goals of the 13th Five-Year Plan period regarding cutting carbon intensity,” said Li Gao, an official from the climate change department of the National Development and Reform Commission.


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China is leading the world! America can't lead anymore so someone has to do it.



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You haven't posted this before?

Kinda can't see how it's possible since the article was published on November 3rd. Maybe I published another article that covered the same topic?


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Kinda can't see how it's possible since the article was published on November 3rd. Maybe I published another article that covered the same topic?

Oh, maybe the "New content" tab does not work as it should.


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China has surpassed the United States in supercomputing power
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https://www.axios.co...2511630146.html

China to lay off 1.8 million coal & steel workers

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The state of artificial intelligence in China

https://youtu.be/KtVOdFDYk3I

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Unmanned stores in China allow people to live with zero human contact

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Sri Lanka, Struggling With Debt, Hands a Major Port to China

 

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(New York Times) NEW DELHI — Struggling to pay its debt to Chinese firms, the nation of Sri Lanka formally handed over the strategic port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease last week, in a deal that government critics have said threatens the country’s sovereignty.

 

In recent years, China has shored up its presence in the Indian Ocean, investing billions of dollars to build port facilities and plan maritime trade routes as part of its “One Belt, One Road” initiative to help increase its market reach.

 

Along the way, smaller countries like Sri Lanka have found themselves owing debts they cannot pay. Sri Lanka owes more than $8 billion to state-controlled Chinese firms, officials say.

 

Sri Lankan politicians said the Hambantota deal, valued at $1.1 billion, was necessary to chip away at the debt, but analysts warned of the consequences of signing away too much control to China.

 

“The price being paid for reducing the China debt could prove more costly than the debt burden Sri Lanka seeks to reduce,” said N. Sathiya Moorthy, a senior fellow specializing in Sri Lanka at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation.

 

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A file photo of a group of Sri Lankan visitors at the new deep water shipping port watch Chinese dredging ships work in Hambantota on March 24, 2010.

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China's race to clean up its dirty energy problem with carbon sequestration

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The Coming Rise of China

 

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     It has only been two months since the inauguration of Xi Jinping at the Party Congress, yet we are already starting to see signs of China’s upcoming rise. Xi promised the Chinese people solutions to the country’s hurdles and to lift China into a bright, prosperous future. China is a country with a significant population, and so this population will have to be an instrumental force in bringing this rise.

 

     At the party, Xi announced that China has entered a new era. He admitted that the era of stunning economic growth brought by Deng Xiaoping has run its course. Instead, he argued that China’s economic strategy will now concentrate on quality rather than quantity. He also said that China will put greater focus on cleaning up its environment.

 

     China is a huge country, so it needs a lot of energy. In recent years, China has been trying to switch to renewable energy. However, this sort of change can’t happen overnight, especially in a country with over a billion people, and many industries. Much of the population is still dependent on coal to heat their homes.



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     When Beijing started shutting down coal-burning plants in the fall (as part of its long-term dream to switch to mainly natural gas), millions of people were left in the dark. With colder weather closing in, countless people will be left freezing and struggling to make it through the winter. Obviously, this move has caused some backlash. Eventually, Beijing gave in to pressure and some of the coal plants have restarted. The outcry on Beijing’s decision hasn’t been a particularly well-kept secret: https://nextshark.co...-freeze-winter/. It has just been one of a growing number of actions by Xi which has received backlash.

    

     After a fire at a migrant home in Beijing killed 19 people, the government has been on a crackdown to dismantle unsafe housing: https://www.nytimes....g-migrants.html. As a result, some Beijing suburbs now look like war zones as these homes have been destroyed, and thousands of migrant workers have been kicked out, some with only a few hours notice. Many of these people will now be left homeless as winter settles in. Migrant workers make up almost a third of Beijing’s population, and they’re a source of cheap labour that drives the economy. 



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     The challenge Xi faces is that, as the self-proclaimed head of China, he is one man that must juggle between the diverging interests of a country that has almost 1.4 billion people. The needs of a farmer in Xinjiang are not necessarily the same as those of a businessman in Shanghai. What Xi does to benefit one group will inevitably hurt another. The more moves Xi makes to try and fix China’s problems, the more backlashes he receives from those he has hurt. Xi is caught between a rock and a hard place. Xi may have become a dictator, but there are still limits to what he can do, like any individual leader. Beijing is learning that with change come unpleasant consequences.

 

     A significant chunk of China’s population has remained impoverished, and has not yet joined in the prosperity that has been enjoyed by the comparatively few people in the coastal cities. The reality that Xi is forced to implement, to make sacrifices for the greater good, is not something these people are fond to hear. These people represent most of China. Essentially, they are China. They can’t simply be ignored.

 

     There are already signs of growing resentment towards Xi’s policies. Xi may have solidified his hold as the country’s leader, but as this resentment continues to grow, he will find it increasingly difficult to keep China firmly within his grasp.



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China putting controlling financial risk, reducing poverty and curbing pollution over GDP growth
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China is willing to accept some weakness in GDP growth to focus on making strides in the next three years around three priorities.

The priorities are
* controlling financial risk
* reducing poverty
* curbing pollution

China will clean-up of the financial sector. “We will promote a benign cycle from the financial sector to the real economy, to the property sector, and within the financial system, and firmly crack down on financial irregularities,” a communiqué released after the three-day conference said.

On alleviating poverty, Beijing said it would take a pragmatic approach. “We will not lower standards. We will not generate unrealistic expectations,” the communiqué said, adding that the focus would be on “motivating” specific poverty-stricken groups to pursue a better life.

 



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Jack Ma, one of China’s most successful and richest entrepreneurs, has responded to America’s growing globalization backlash, arguing that the superpower has benefited immensely from the process – but that it has largely squandered its wealth.

“American international companies made millions and millions of dollars from globalization,” Ma – the founder of Alibaba, the world’s largest online retailer – told participants on the second day of Davos. “The past 30 years, companies like IBM, Cisco and Microsoft made tons of money.”

The question is: where did that money go? It was wasted, Ma explained.

“In the past 30 years, America has had 13 wars at a cost of $14.2 trillion. That’s where the money went.” He also questioned America’s decision to bankroll Wall Street after the 2008 financial crash, arguing the money would have been better spent in other areas.

“What if they had spent part of that money on building up their infrastructure, helping white-collar and blue-collar workers? You’re supposed to spend money on your own people.”

It’s not globalization – and everything that comes along with it, like free trade and outsourcing – that’s to blame for America’s woes. It’s the way the country’s elite managed the process.

“It’s not that other countries steal American jobs; it is your strategy – that you did not distribute the money in a proper way.”


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At least 10,000 people died in Tiananmen Square massacre, secret British cable from the time alleged

The death toll from the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre was at least 10,000 people, killed by a Chinese army unit whose troops were likened to “primitives”, a secret British diplomatic cable alleged.
The newly declassified document, written little more than 24 hours after the massacre, gives a much higher death toll than the most commonly used estimates which only go up to about 3,000.
It also provides horrific detail of the massacre, alleging that wounded female students were bayoneted as they begged for their lives, human remains were “hosed down the drains”, and a mother was shot as she tried to go to the aid of her injured three-year-old daughter.
Written on 5 June 1989 by Sir Alan Donald, the then-British ambassador to China, the hitherto secret cable has now been placed in the UK National Archives at Kew, where it was found by the news website HK01.


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Chinese tankers transferring oil at sea to North Korean ships despite UN sanctions

 

BEIJING — China’s foreign ministry has defended its enforcement of U.N. sanctions against North Korea following reports Chinese ships improperly transferred oil to North Korean vessels at sea.

 
A ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said Wednesday she had no information about the latest report. But she said China has “completely and strictly” enforced trade restrictions aimed at discouraging North Korea from developing nuclear and missile technology.
 
The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo cited unidentified officials this week as saying Chinese ships transferred oil to North Korean vessels some 30 times since October.
 
U.S. surveillance satellites detected the seaborne transfers on the West Sea in a location closer to China than South Korea. The satellites picked up the names of the ships.






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