Posts Tagged ‘China’

The Non-Existent Party Discussion.

November 9, 2012

I’m supposed to be putting together a long piece on Islam, Iran, SEX and fashion but lack the concentration, so lets do a quick one arising out of the Google news reads this morning.

Even my cat is aware that the 18th Party Congress/Circus is presently taking place in that low-rent Third World Casino known as The Great Hall of the People.


China’s Incarnation of Andrei Brezhnev

What happened to my inheritance?

Bo: ” Then again, with a ton of touchdowns like that, I’ve done pretty well even if my future looks pretty bleak”.

Comfort chicks at rest

New No. 1 Comfort Sister Peng Liyuan who really said: “I married Xi because he is a nice guy, even if he’s not too bright”.

Zhang Beili (Wen Jiabia’s wife): the old bitch who has an Imelda Marcos thing about diamonds.

Liu Yongging (R) (wife of Big Specs Hu) and no, “I don’t spend my whole fucking day in the hairdresser”.

Bloody aging hippies

The Stardust Cowboy: Nashville will love this dude.

Shit, I never thought our reform ticket would get up. Let’s high five that, comrade

Now, when one scans the world of the Sino chatterati, one always encounters the occasional nitwit who thinks this dreary bit of theatre really matters in the big scheme of things ie it will decide China’s future trajectory economically, socially and politically. Recall the faux retro Maoism of Bo’s Chongqing versus the softer and more responsive approach to governance supposedly articulated by Guangdong’s Wang Yang (and here Wukan comes to mind, among other things). Old Left versus a new Reform model, or something like that.


Getting your man onto the Central Committee or the Politburo is all about grabbing your share of the economic pie for your family and guanzi networks at the provincial level. And its a fucking nasty fight to the finish requiring duplicity, ruthlessness and that much vaunted Chinese virtue cleverness. Take no prisoners and eat the wounded, since it is a zero sum game.

Now to my points. Recall John Garnaut’s long expose – Rotting From Within – on the monumental corruption and extreme factionalism existing within the PLA which was published in Foreign Policy in April this year.

To quote from this long, detailed investigation, which is mandatory course material for all site visitors:

Judging from a recent series of scathing speeches by one of the PLA’s top generals, details of which were obtained by Foreign Policy, it can’t: The institution is riddled with corruption and professional decay, compromised by ties of patronage, and asphyxiated by the ever-greater effort required to impose political control. The speeches, one in late December and the other in mid-February, were given by Gen. Liu Yuan, the son of a former president of China and one of the PLA’s rising stars; the speeches and Liu’s actions suggest that the PLA might be the site of the next major struggle for control of the Communist Party, of the type that recently brought down former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai. Liu is the political commissar and the most powerful official of the PLA’s General Logistics Department, which handles enormous contracts in land, housing, food, finance, and services for China’s 2.3 million-strong military.

Well, Garnaut reports today that corruption whistle blower General Yuan has now been given the rough end of the pineapple, supposedly for his close association with Bo Xilai:

BEIJING: The most openly ambitious general in the People’s Liberation Army appears to have been sidelined following his self-styled ”do-or-die” fight against corruption in military ranks.
General Liu Yuan, after missing out on promotion to the Central Military Commission, was also absent from the ranks of 250 party and military luminaries who appeared on stage for Thursday’s opening of the 18th Party Congress, which marked the start of an eight-day leadership transition.
Supporters of General Liu, the son of the former president Liu Shaoqi, had expected him to receive a powerful leadership role in part because of his life-long ties to the incoming president, Xi Jinping.

General Liu’s sidelining, if confirmed, will mark the second fall from grace of an ambitious and powerful princeling this year.
In particular, Liu stepped around the military hierarchy and trampled over the hidden rules of patronage to dislodge a notoriously corrupt general, Gu Junshan. General Gu was deputy director of the People’s Liberation Army logistics department, where General Liu was political commissar, and is now under investigation.
General Gu was known to be close to the outgoing vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xu Caihou, who in turn was a protege of former president Jiang Zemin.

Thanks to John Garnaut and the Brisbane Times for the full text HERE.

Finally, Lets look at so-called reformer Wang Yang, who is trying to walk both sides of the street at the same time.

Avanth Krishnam of The Hindu writes:

Wang Yang, on Friday morning, nonchalantly strolled into the Guangdong Hall, an ostentatiously decorated meeting room in the heart of the Great Hall of the People – the Chinese Parliament building.

Mr. Wang, the Communist Party of China (CPC) chief in the prosperous southern province of Guangdong, appeared to ignore the group of reporters and the flashing lenses, as he crossed his legs, put on a pair of reading glasses and unfolded a crisp copy of the Nanfang Daily.

The Guangzhou-based daily is known in China as a rare muckraking newspaper, famous for its fearless investigative journalism. Its stories have led to the sacking of corrupt officials, but have also landed its Editors in frequent trouble with the authorities. By appearing to endorse the newspaper in public, Mr. Wang — a member of the party’s 24-member Politburo — looked to be reminding the Chinese media of his liberal persuasions.

Read on HERE and realise that Yang was indulging in another bullshit charade.

More “let’s identify the reformer‘ rubbish, this time the Washington Post Li Keqiang, China’s next premier, carries reformers’ hopes.

I know I’ve gone all potty mouth this post, but the author of the above nonsense Keith B. Richburg is a prize fuckwit who probably has never ventured beyond the Beltway.

Way Cool on Hainan Island……Part 2

January 9, 2012

Just so you know we are both on the same page, here is your calligraphy lesson on writing Surfing in Mandarin:Ehow video

The history of surfing on Hainan Island began in 1986 when Australian surfer Peter Drouyn sought to establish a surfing academy on said island.

Peter Drouyn then

After a decade long career in professional surfing – a career that included top-tier victories and contributions such as of man-on-man surfing – Drouyn retired without any tangible rewards for his efforts. In November 1985 he told Tracks, ” Look, I’ve got nothing to show for all this achievement, skill and creativity. I could go and be a tyre fitter or I could stick myself back into something different and see where it goes.”

So Drouyn did a course in Asian Studies at Griffith University, and whilst there got the idea of introducing surfing to China. After finishing the course he spent many months ploughing through the red tape that would allow him permission to do so.

Drouyn’s ambition to enter a Chinese team in the 1988 ISA came to nought, and God it must have been a stressful gig, as he went on to out himself as a transgender reassignment candidate with the new name Westerly Windina.

Westerly today, plus vintage board

The next loawai surfing entrepreneur on Hainan was Brendan Sheridan who pioneered the Hainan Open in 2008, China’s one and only surfing competition.

Tremendous visual of pure wave concentration - Hainan

Another excellent account of attempts to open China to surfing culture courtesy of ESPN can be found HERE,
pro surfer Holly Beck discusses Sino-surfing HERE, and we are now in the middle of the Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival presented by Quiksilver January 6 to 14, 2012 HERE.

Former ballerina, pro long board super hot pin-up Darci Liu. San Diego

While Hainan has serious surfer unfriendly pollution issues (eg broken glass), and women fear that farmers daughter tan, Sino-surfers are also acquiring an enviro-conscious mindset.

HERE is my favorite link and quote: One afternoon, when Mr. Sheridan took two young Chinese couples out for a surf lesson in Sanya, he got an unusual request from one of the women. “Can I take this umbrella with me onto the surfboard?” she asked.

Lets leave it here for now, but I give you a major league prediction. Young Chinese urbanites will adopt surfing attire in a big way too soon in the future, and I shall address that cool style claim in another post.

Hainan Open official website:

Glossy and clunky, and a corporate group grope to put it mildly, with the stodgy Agricultural Bank of China getting in on the act.
A couple of nice photos though.

Second day results naturally sees Australia leading the Team events with the French coming a close second.

Below two way cool women long board riders.

Yuko Shimajiru heading for a Formosan sunset. Also ranked 17 ASP

Hatsumi Ui. Ranked 17 ASP
Yoko Shimajiru heading into a Formosan sunset. Also ranked 17 ASP

Want to build your own hot list, well THIS is where you go.

Finito. Promise.