What used to be allies may soon be fast enemies. China and North Korea have been diplomatic allies for decades. They share the same uptight quality most Chinese and North Korean people possess and both have been a mystery to the world for a long time, although China stepped out of the dark and into the light and opened its doors to the rest of the world for quite some time now. Meanwhile, North Korea remains to be out of touch with reality and so little is known about what really goes on in this tiny yet proud nation.
However, not all good things last. China and North Korea may have enjoyed a friendly relationship in the past but that is gradually changing as China is increasingly worried about North Korea’s active and highly dangerous missile program. China is more vocal now about their concerns and this has not escaped the attention of the public. But the gradual severing of ties that is happening now between these two nations isn’t something new but actually started in 1992 when China established diplomatic relations with the home of the KWave, KPop and Kdrama, South Korea.
Basically, the close diplomatic relations between China and North Korea virtually disappeared when the former made peace with South Korea, a known enemy of North Korea. So you see, politics is really a difficult issue to discuss since the facts can get twisted over time and loyalties are never permanent – not even loyalty to one’s party but only loyalty to one’s self. The same can be said about inter-global relationships. Each nation has their own interests to protect and go after and alliances are formed or broken when nations share or no longer share the same interests. After all, is there really any other nation that understands North Korea aside from China? It’s hard to tell if there is because North Korea has shut itself from the world for as long as everyone can remember.
The wind is now blowing in a different direction indeed as China hints of its support to the U.S. rather than to its longtime ally, North Korea. Amidst the threats of a nuclear war between the U.S. with the help of South Korea through an aggressive war drill against North Korea, China openly expressed they will not support such barbaric acts. However, this is a tricky situation China found itself to be in since they can’t just allow the destruction of their smaller ally for reasons such as potential refugee rise to China, among many others.
Meanwhile, the United States isn’t interested in destabilizing North Korea at all. They just want them to stop their nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles testing that can potentially destroy America. Where China sits in this mess depends on them and it won’t likely take long for everyone to find out.
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The world is a big place that you lose a lot of opportunities in learning a new place, language, and culture by just staying in one place for the rest of your life. The love for travel is made more popular these days thru social media. The web is a great place to see different places that it ignites a deep yearning in you to go out there and see the big wide world for real.
There are many beautiful and amazing natural attractions in different parts of the globe. The biggest challenge here is money. Of course, you pay for airfare, food, and accommodation. Even backpackers shell out a small amount to get from one place to another. After all, almost everything has a price now that you can seldom avail of anything for free. Another major issue that affects travel today is the threat of terrorism. Terror acts happen everywhere it’s difficult to tell where they will strike next. It’s a major consideration when you plan for your next travel getaway although some aren’t deterred by these travel alerts or bans at all.
It’s no longer surprising to find out that certain governments are connected with terrorists. Even ISIS itself have been claimed to have started with the help of the US Central Intelligence Agency. With terror attacks happening all over the globe for days in a row now, everyone is on high alert and governments only have the safety and security of their people in mind. It’s why Qatar is now considered an outcast of a nation. With rumors that it fund terror groups, other countries have canceled their flights in and out of Doha indefinitely.
Ever since assuming office, the most common solution Donald Trump could come up with is to issue travel bans as the answer to many of the issues America is facing today. While it is acceptable considering he only has the safety of the millions of Americans in mind, it is not the best and only solution for issues like terrorism. First off, the terrorists are often already in the United States themselves and have been here for quite some time too. Singling out Muslims isn’t sensitive and sensible as well as it only divides the people even more and creates further conflicts than there already was.
It takes more than just a simple travel ban to wipe out terrorists for good. Even after killing many of these terrorists, new ones will just sign up as a Jihadist, for instance, and pledge allegiance to their terror group. Moreover, the media seems to be fanning the flames and triggers more confusion than being of actual help. If you really need to travel to any of these high-risk places as of the moment, just exercise eternal vigilance. Try to avoid going to crowded areas whenever possible and always be on your toes when out and about. It is always better to be safe than sorry. However, don’t let these terror threats stop you from exploring the world. You only live once. Just remember to travel at your own risk if you really want to pack up and travel somewhere far.
The blog post How Terrorism Affects Travel is republished from CHRDnet.org
Not all nations go along with each other very well. Others are civil while a few are at war. Our modern world is continually in conflict with one another albeit in a subtle way. World War 3 may not have been declared yet but various wars and conflicts are happening all over the globe without the knowledge of everybody. Even the bigger and more powerful nations aren’t exempt and are in a row now with one another for various reasons too.
Aside from news on terror attacks and more terror attacks happening in different nations the world over, conflicts over political espionage is arising between the superpower that is China and the continent nation of Australia from down under. Any nation, no matter how big or economically prosperous it is, has to interact with other nations for trade or for other reasons. That’s how global modern life works but chaos ensues when this sense of balance is tarnished. The truth is, 34% of Australian exports (energy products and services and animal produce) go to China. Even the Chinese likes to invest in the Australian market with over $80-billion in investments over the past ten years.
Despite their seemingly long-standing economic ties, conflict is brewing between the two nations with issues of political espionage over Chinese political donations to the Liberal and Labor parties amounting to roughly A$6.7 million. Australia wants to maintain the integrity of the electoral system and take seriously issues involving foreign interference in the country’s electoral processes through monetary donations, which China has been found to be guilty of doing for quite some time now.
While these political espionage issues remain to be allegations, you can’t deny the strengthening of ties between America and Australia may also be a factor here. We all know that China and the US aren’t on good terms, so to say. However, a brewing war between China and Australia will not only hurt the latter’s economy but prove to be disastrous to many of the Chinese-Australians and Chinese citizens living down under.
Australia takes their sovereignty seriously just like China does. The government aims to review and make amendments to their existing espionage and foreign interference laws this 2017 to ensure that no foreign influence can dictate the Australian government anytime soon.
The China-Australia Row is republished from CHRDNet
Powerful nations like the United States extend a helping hand to struggling third-world nations more often than not. Many of these countries don’t have access to the most basic of services, leaving their citizens impoverished and suffering in times of crisis. At times, it is the government’s fault why the country can’t meet the needs of the people. Poor economic management has led to soaring inflation and an epidemic shortage of food and medicines badly needed by the people.
It’s what happened to the socialist country that is Venezuela even though theirs is a country naturally rich in gold and oil. People die even from the most minor of injuries and medical conditions. Unfortunately, instead of accepting help, the Venezuelan government refuses foreign aid much to the horror of its suffering constituents. And the situation will probably worsen than it already is because the possibility of electing a new leader this coming election won’t likely happen with the stronghold of the current administration that is still currently actively seeking out and persecuting those who protests under the current Maduro administration.
Some humanitarian groups have tried yet failed to deliver these much-needed medicines to the Venezuelans. Even the wife of the opposition leader who is now rotting away in prison wrote a plea to the government to at least open the humanitarian channel, so that civic groups can send foreign aid especially medicine supplies desperately needed by many Venezuelans these days.
Although the main reason why the Venezuelan government shuns foreign aid is that they are searching for possible war materials sent by non-profits, which are actually often just bulletproof vests and gas masks and helmets but consequently prevented the delivery even of medicines and medical supplies that are urgently needed by many sick Venezuelans.
As a result, even foreign non-profits that have been extending assistance for years and decades now have stopped sending weekly food and medicine shipment among others knowing that they will just be confiscated by the government and not reach its intended recipients. These groups have been arguing how the government can consider medicines as war materials that will be used in the on-going violent anti-government protests by the Venezuelans who have long been upset with the system and desperately in need of change.
The blog post Venezuela Turns Down Foreign Aid was initially published on CHRDnet.org
China is a known global superpower. With the second biggest economy in the world, you don’t need to think long enough to determine where all this money comes from. China’s economy is mainly driven by its manufacturing industry. If you look at many of the products you now have in possession, a lot of them are probably “Made in China”. But since change is the only permanent thing in this world, China is embracing this reality and will do its best to ensure that they stay on top of the manufacturing industry for a long time regardless of the changes around them.
China intends to do this with the help of industrial robots. Known for their cheap labor and harsh working conditions, the Chinese government no longer has to deal with these allegations by using robots instead of human workers. If there is a downside to this trend, though, it’s that some of the impoverished Chinese laborers will lose work to these efficient inanimate objects over time.
Automating the manufacturing industry is the solution to the rising costs and aging Chinese population. This move is especially helpful and practical when it comes to electronic and automobile manufacturing companies. Aside from ensuring an efficient operation all the time, the use of industrial-grade robots enables companies to enjoy millions of savings, mostly savings in labor costs.
For now, China is accepting both locally-made and foreign industrial robots but their goal is to automate the manufacturing industry using domestic robots by the year 2025. Other countries like India are also using industrial robots to boost the manufacturing industry like that of China. These measures just make perfect sense considering robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning will soon be our reality rather than just concepts discussed among elite circles.
Even the US has long since embraced this advanced concept and has also been using robots that many small manufacturers can now also afford. Most jobs today are at risk once the use of industrial robots goes full-scale. However, it is not always a bad thing because even though many jobs will be lost, other opportunities will open up that can compensate for the loss of work. The government should likewise look into the matter and set up contingency plans on how to help ordinary laborers who will run out of work when this happens like an alternative livelihood, so their lives don’t necessarily suffer as our technology progress.
The following article Demand For Industrial Robots Increases In China was first published on Chinese Human Rights Development Net
It is no longer unknown to many what an emerging superpower China has become, not only to Asia but to the whole world. The Chinese economy is on an upward momentum and is only the beginning of many more good things to come for China. Even Western countries are surprised at how steadily China’s economy kept on going up without showing signs of ever slowing down.
Many of the world’s economies suffered badly over the last few years. The United States is not an exception. The U.S. itself suffered badly from the last recession and is still recovering. While how the U.S. economy will fare is still a mystery to everyone as doubts about Trump’s capability in leading the country to greatness fills the minds of many and his first few policies continue to divide the country, China is stronger than ever and has surpassed everyone’s expectations.
This is no longer surprising as we can all see how much China has contributed to the world economy in general. Many nations import resources and manpower from China because they are undeniably cheaper. This is one of the first drivers of the Chinese economy and continues to do so up to these days. Name a popular brand and they likely have a factory somewhere in Mainland China. Tourism is also picking up now that China has opened its doors to foreign tourists who can’t wait to explore all the hidden wonders of this great nation.
Like with any other nation, there are factors that can affect the Chinese economy and China is still susceptible to those factors as well. Fortunately, they have their booming tourism to thank for that got its back in times of crisis. The western influence is always there no matter how hard the Chinese government tries to shut them off and spare their citizens from outside influence. Despite it all, Chinese tourists are still growing and they are traveling in and out of China in bigger numbers than ever. Now, who would say that most Chinese live in poverty when most of them can afford to go on luxurious travels on different corners of the globe? It just goes to show that the Chinese economy will weather the storm and still emerge on top after all.
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The topic of religion has sparked countless debates and even fueled many wars over the centuries. Alliances were either formed or broken because of religious conflicts from one nation to another. And while this no longer comes as a surprise to many, there is no religious freedom among the many citizens of China. We all know what an authoritarian state China is. It means that the government is strict in enforcing stringent rules that most of the time does not make sense to the rest of the world.
With one of the earliest civilizations in the world, China has been through a lot over the years. These three religio-philosophical traditions have endured the most and among the most practiced by the Chinese: Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. They also helped shaped the modern Chinese culture we now know. Yet despite the many changes in Chinese society and to the world at large, the Chinese government tries their best to resist these changes, so that every citizen obeys the law and they can rule the land however they please. Many cases of human rights abuse are reported and among them is the violation of the Chinese people’s freedom to religion.
Rather than respect the religious expressions of their people, the Chinese government does their best to prevent people from embracing a religion not endorsed by the government. You can even get persecuted if you become too vocal in your chosen faith. For the rest of the world, these are inhumane acts and should not be tolerated. It is why the international community is urging Chinese officials to address these abuse issues and let the majority of the Chinese enjoy the human rights they have been stripped of for so long now.
Nobody can really tell the Chinese what to do. Other world leaders can make a plea or encourage them to make gradual changes but it is still up to the Chinese government whether they will agree to such conditions or not. After all, much of the world’s economy relies on China. Over the past few decades, China’s economy had been on a continuous growth spurt and they are basically the ones determining how well the overall global economy performs.
And because of that, the Chinese government knows they have the upper hand and will likely resist any request from other nations to loosen their tight rein over their people or even answer the long list of human rights abuses directed at them. Not only is their repression when it comes to religion in China but on just about everything else.
Religious Repression In China See more on: The Chinese Human Rights Development Net Blog
The Internet is limitless in a way. You can do so much without having to go far physically. The World Wide Web serves as the portal to unlimited possibilities and you are free to explore it whether for work or for fun. And that is the case for the majority of the people who are free to use the Internet without any limitations. However, that is not the case if you live in China because of the government’s extreme Internet censorship. You don’t have access to lots of content that other Internet users across the world can view on the web.
This totalitarian approach is the Chinese government’s way of limiting Western influence over its people. The Chinese obey their laws no matter how outrageous they may be. They are also stripped of many rights that are otherwise enjoyed by the majority of the people all over the world. If they have free access to the web, they will realize that life in China is not normal and that their human rights have been violated for a long time now. It may trigger dissent and encourage more people to protest in the streets, something that the Chinese government won’t allow to happen. So, that’s just the way it is. The government will do their best to curb Internet freedom of their people to the best that they can.
Imagine life in China without all our favorite social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. Even Youtube that has saved your sanity from boredom for years now can’t be accessed in the Red Dragon of Asia. And Google. Google is one of the best things to happen to the web but the Chinese miss out on it big time. Not only does Google serve its purpose as a search engine but it does so much more.
Even the use of wireless networks is monitored by Chinese authorities. China does not take this Internet censorship thing lightly. It means a lot to them to keep the status quo within their nation no matter what kind of commotion is going on in the outside world. In reality, the government isn’t just protecting their people from the dangers of the web but curtailing their freedom of speech and expression among many others. The people should be free to pursue their interests and not be persecuted for it. Regardless of how far technology has come, it is still a long way to go before China relaxes its control over the web or give its citizens the freedom to do as they wish without their actions being monitored by the authorities.
The following blog article No Freedom On The Web For The Chinese was originally published to https://chrdnet.org/
For many people, education is the key to uplifting their lives. This belief is especially true among the poor and the impoverished that lacks material wealth and opportunities. They see education as the tool to open their doors for a better life in the future. And that is true. Educated people have higher chances of landing stable and better-paying jobs. However, competition in the global marketplace is tight and even college graduates struggle in looking for jobs despite having their diplomas.
China is the economy driver in the world for years now. As we all know, a big majority of the goods sold in the market today are made in China. Chinese factories and production lines are sought after by foreign investors, businessmen, and companies because they get to save a lot of money by hiring cheap Chinese laborers. However, things are changing now as the middle class is rising and more and more Chinese families are growing in affluence. And partly, education is responsible for this positive change in the Chinese landscape. However, is too much education depriving young kids of their chance to enjoy their childhood or is it but right for the adults to force kids to study hard for a bright future.
Like in other countries around the world, most students are overworked. From school to their homes, children are loaded with homework and assignments that take up most of their time. All they have left to do each day is study, study, and study some more. But despite this rigorous school routine, children aren’t performing as well as parents and teachers are hoping. China’s education system is a state-run public education system overseen by the Ministry of Education and characterized by a 9-year compulsory education. It seems that the Chinese are indeed taking the children’s education seriously.
Whether it is failing or not is not an easy question to answer. The Chinese government is among the most resilient in the world and they always find a way to enforce things they consider are important in building their nation. And you can see it now. The Chinese workers are no longer limited to jobs as factory workers who won’t mind getting treated badly and overworked for a measly few dollars. The affluent population in China are growing. You can see it from a growing number of Chinese tourists who can afford to travel the world for leisure.
Furthermore, their advancing infrastructure and modern technology are just proof of what the Chinese are capable of building and producing. It is all because they have put emphasis on the education of the Chinese youth who are the future of their nation, well basically, the future of just about everyone. They have tailored their educational system to match the demands of the times. Now, is it a hit or miss? It all depends on how the children feel and that is subject to interpretation.
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The Red Dragon of Asia is not just an emerging superpower because it always has been an influential country throughout time. It is home to one of the earliest civilizations and a culture that is as colorful as its history. For quite some time, China closed its door to the rest of the world and many of us are just discovering what this great nation has to offer. Whether for work or for leisure, China is a great place to live or travel for those who aren’t afraid to cross borders, embrace diversity and be open to all the possibilities.
China’s economy is booming. It is actually one of the strongest in the world with many of the biggest brands and businesses taking their business to Mainland China to enjoy cheaper labor without sacrificing production demands. The Chinese are also leading infrastructure and you won’t recognize China today from what you saw in the movies in the past. Its military force is one you shouldn’t mess around with and one of the most feared despite being practically neighbors to North Korea, which has one of the most vicious nuclear programs on the planet. If you aren’t scared to go to far away places, now is the best time to explore this nation with one of the largest land mass in the world.
Not only foreign Western tourists have increasing interests to travel to China but even local Asian tourists from neighboring countries as well. As the average income of most people increases, they have more spending power not only in providing for their needs but even in indulging to their desires like traveling for example. Moreover, the Internet made it easier for ordinary citizens to navigate foreign places and make the necessary arrangements for travel, which is not only more convenient but became more affordable too.
So, what are you all waiting for? Make the necessary arrangements and pack your bags as you head to one of the most culturally-rich countries in this world - the home of the Forbidden City, pandas, Feng Shui, samurai and the world-renowned Great Wall of China among many others. China is no longer just an ancient country but a bustling modern nation with so many things to do and explore, so you can be sure you won’t run out of something unique and exciting to do within the walled city no matter what your interests are. And with the help of the web, you can definitely make the most of your vacation to this Asian superpower without so much of a fuss.
The article Why You Should Travel To China In Your Lifetime was originally published on CHRDNet