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Disneyland is Too Far

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, May 7, 2007

With it’s slogan “Disneyland is too far,” Beijing’s Shijingshan Amusement Park features a replica of Cinderella’s Castle, with staff dressed like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and other Disney characters. None of this is authorized by Disney – but that has not stopped the state-owned park from creating its own counterfeit version of the Magic Kingdom in a brazen example of the sort of open and widespread copyright piracy that has Washington fuming.

But 31-year-old housewife Zhang Li betrays a typical Chinese attitude on the issue while chasing her young son around the park: “I don’t understand why that is such a big problem. Shouldn’t others be able to use those characters besides [Disney]?” she asks.

Her view is common in a country where lax societal and law-enforcement attitudes toward copyright protection has seen the counterfeit goods industry become a key part of the national economy.

According to Zhang Zhifeng, a member of the state-sponsored China Intellectual Property Society, “If [the Chinese Government] increase IPR protections, this is of no benefit to China, only to foreign copyright-holders. If they go and protect these, then China’s own IPR sector will not be allowed to develop and become competitive,”


Mouse? No – a Big-Eared Cat

The park President, when interviewed on video, said that nothing was copied from Disney and that all the characters were original creations. That just happen to look like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Snow White, the Seven Dwarves, Doraemon, Hello Kitty, Winnie the Pooh, Curious George, Shrek, Tigger, and a whole host of other well-known characters. These ‘original creations’ spend a lot of time hanging out with (and, I’m sure, lending credibility to) the Beijing Olympics Fluffpuppets, so I guess it’s all legal and above-board, then.

Thanks to JapanProbe and The Standard for the heads-up and first report.

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ChinaDaily Headline – 4th May 2007

Posted by MyLaowai on Saturday, May 5, 2007

From that bastion of historical fact, the same beacon of light that reported Atlantis had been discovered in Fuxian Lake near Kunming, comes this wee chortle:

Stone Age site yields evidence of advanced culture

Chinese archaeologists say they have uncovered strong evidence that Stone Age people in southern East Asia were at least as technologically advanced as their European cousins — challenging the long-standing theory of “two cultures” *. Excavations at the Dahe Stone Age site, in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, had revealed elaborate stone tools and instruments that rivaled those of the Mousterian culture that existed at that time in Europe, said Ji Xueping, chief archaeologist at the site.

  • Better known as the ‘Movius Line‘ theory, proposed in 1948

Yeah, except that the European sites are dated 70,000-32,000 BC and the Dahe site is dated 42,000-34,000 BC. Looks suspiciously like the Levalloisian and Mousterian-type tools were simply copied, rather than invented by Chinese Neanderthals.

Ye Gods! What’s the big deal, anyway?

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ChinaDaily Headline – 25th March 2007

Posted by MyLaowai on Sunday, April 29, 2007

This one is worth repeating:

Official: China will not affect world energy demand

Nairobi – China’s increasing energy demand will not affect world energy security, said visiting top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin on Tuesday.

China has all along relied on itself in meeting its energy need since it has abundant coal resources and great potential in oil and natural gas exploration and development, Jia said.

“Over 90 percent of China’s energy demand is met through domestic supply,” he said, adding that though China’s consumption of oil and gas is growing, its per capita consumption and per capita import are low.

China’s per capita import of oil and gas is 100 kg, while the world average is 400 kg, Jia said. China has strengthened energy cooperation with Africa in recent years, which has become a new focus in China-Africa business ties.

“Such cooperation is normal business practice on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and the rules of market economy. It is totally different from the plunder committed by colonialists in Africa,” Jia said.

I wonder if that 90% figure includes resources being plundered from the annexed territories of Tibet, East Turkestan, and Inner Mongolia, or whether it is to include the Spratly Islands, or the parts of the gas fields on the Japanese side of the sea border with China?

I’m just asking, ok?

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ChinaDaily Headlines – 24th March 2007

Posted by MyLaowai on Tuesday, April 24, 2007

China moves to clear up the Internet

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday launched a campaign to rid the country’s sprawling Internet of “unhealthy” content, state television reported.

“Development and administration of Internet culture must stick to the direction of socialist advanced culture, adhere to correct propaganda guidance,” said a summary of the meeting read on the news broadcast.

“Internet cultural units must conscientiously take on the responsibility of encouraging development of a system of core socialist values.”

In January, President Hu made a similar call to “purify” it, and there have been many such calls before.

“Consolidate the guiding status of Marxism in the ideological sphere,” the party meeting urged, calling for more Marxist education on the Internet.

China warns US piracy case will harm trade ties

China has made great strides in protecting patents and copyrights and a US complaints over commercial piracy would “seriously harm” cooperation, Vice Premier Wu Yi said on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, the United States launched two cases at the WTO claiming that Beijing was not doing enough to punish illegal copiers of films and music and that Chinese restrictions on entertainment imports violated trade rules.

China denounced Washington’s complaint and, Wu, who heads the country’s economic dialogue with Washington, bluntly warned that the complaints would bruise bilateral trade ties.

“The United States Trade Representative, the USTR, has totally ignored the massive strides China has made,” Wu told an intellectual property forum in Beijing.

The US action “flies in the face of the agreement between the two country’s leaders to propose dialogue as a way of settling disputes,” Wu said, adding that never before had a WTO member simultaneously mounted two cases against another country.

“This will have an utterly negative impact and will inevitably badly damage bilateral intellectual property cooperation,” she said, also warning it would “harm” cooperation over market access issues.

‘West wrong to criticize IPR record’

A senior official Monday fought back at Western countries that seek to condemn China for violations of intellectual property rights, while ignoring the huge strides the country has made in strengthening IPR protection. [Action Plan on IPR Protection]

“It is not right for them to observe China while wearing blinkers,” Tian Lipu, commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office said in an online interview with http://www.gov.cn in Beijing.

The government’s attitude toward intellectual property rights protection has always been resolute, and its achievements are obvious to all, he said.

Foreign smugglers eye underwater treasures

Foreign smugglers and antiques raiders are using sophisticated salvage equipment to steal China’s underwater treasures, an investigation by the Cultural Heritage Administration has found.

In China’s territorial sea, there are thousands of sunken ships carrying ancient treasures, mostly priceless porcelain.

Shan Jixiang, director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, told China Daily that the illegal foreign salvage ships were often equipped with the most advanced technology, in contrast with rudimentary ships and equipment used by Chinese archaeologists and conservationists, who are trying to protect China’s underwater heritage.

Smuggler activities have been particularly heavy over the last two years.

The relics are traded on the international waters beyond China’s maritime boundaries before they are shipped to markets worldwide, many to the United States.

Besides underwater heritage artefacts, cultural items from ethnic minority groups, such as costumes and musical instruments, are also a favorite among international dealers and smugglers, Shan said.

The Chinese government has recovered a “great number” of cultural heritage items stolen from the country in the past few decades, he said without elaborating.

A fairly typical day – China purifies the internet, China is a victim of US trade aggression, China is a victim of Western IPR aggression, and foreigners are stealing Chinese cultural assets.

Yawn. Try a new record fellas, this one’s worn out.

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Small Countries Breathe Sigh of Relief…?

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, April 23, 2007

According to the South China Morning Post, one of the better newspapers in the region, China is taking the lead in re-energising the “Asian values” debate.

In particular, I liked this quote:

“The right of a country to choose independently its path of development and follow its domestic and foreign policies… should be respected,” [Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People’s Congress] said. “Big countries should respect small ones, the strong should support the weak and the rich should help the poor.”

I’m sure China’s neighbours rest easier at nights now, knowing how much China respects them.

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China No Threat To Others

Posted by MyLaowai on Friday, April 20, 2007

China pursues a road of peaceful development and will not pose any threat to other countries in the world, said Cai Wu, minister of the Information Office of the State Council on Friday.

“China was not, is not and will not be a threat to other countries,” Cai told the Sino-Germany Media Forum in Berlin.

At the risk of sounding somewhat like a Doubting Thomas…

Tibet, East Turkestan, Russia, India, South Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Taiwan may differ. And that’s just in the last 55 years. Add to that list the literally dozens of nations that had revolutionary groups who were armed with Chinese weapons, or who currently face organisations such as the PLA who now have state-of-the-art Chinese anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles…

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