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13:58, December 21, 2011

★ Read: Govt orders limits on Cantonese in media

1. Posted by PD User at 2011-12-20 09:56:29
"Isn’t this considered cultural genocide?" No, it isn’t! You’re building a mountain out of a mole hill to promote your cause! Cantonese would never be wiped out; "As well, some special-localized arts, operas and films will be allowed to use Cantonese." And let’s not start a verbal war over Cantonese vs Hans, even if you think Cantonese look more beautiful; we are all Chinese, no matter which dialectical group we belong to. "Putonghua" is definitely the logical way forward! No apologies needed for promoting the official language! (More)

★ Read: US 'should play constructive role in region'
2. Posted by McCarthy at 2011-12-20 15:03:43
Agreed, diplomatic efforts are much more desirable than confrontation and conflict. But in order to implement diplomacy you must have a partner willing to do the same. In the case of the United States the world has seen how this nation uses diplomacy as a trick of mis-direction combined with lies and covert trouble making. The US has consistently shown how it will turn on the best of allies with murderous military attacks. The US plays by only one rule and that is treachery and deceit. (More)

★ Read: Risks behind India's military buildup
3. Posted by Fred Jansohn at 2011-12-20 09:21:26
From where I sit in Australia China seems to be damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t. On the one hand if it (dares to) excel in financial and economic management it is doomed to be viewed as a potential aggressor. Already China’s cash reserves, its international investments and lending strategies are, perplexingly, creating shock waves throughout the USA, India, Australia, and arguably other paranoid Western nations. On the other hand if it doesn’t, as it recently "didn’t" in Europe, it is viewed as an irresponsible global citizen by turning its back on those developed nations that are experiencing recession and imminent financial collapse. If I were a Chinese leader I would be scratching my head wondering what the world expects from a country that is the very financial model that those countries in financial trouble aspire to be but can’t, and in which it is the envy around the world. Moreover if not for the virtual logistical impossibility it would entail, and the worldwide irreparable instability it would create, I would be wearily cautious that, rather than being the potential aggressor it is touted as constituting, China would become victim to the very threat it is itself accused of being. (More)

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