2 Aug, 2012
Western cultural bias at fault, not Chinese athletes say officials
After initially agreeing with the decision to disqualify badminton pair Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli after “not using one’s best efforts to win”, the Chinese authorities appear to have changed their mind.
Far from any accusation of cheating, Chinese officials assert disqualification shows the gap between Asian and Western standards.
A spokesman for China’s Olympic Committee said today:
“Badminton is a game of skill, but it is also a game of strategy. The competition is organised in this way, so playing to avoid the other Chinese pair until the final is simply common sense.
“Why is strategy like this against the rules? It is not cheating, just Western cultural bias invading global sport.”
It was also stated that the Olympic values of ‘friendship’ had been violated, as the badminton authorities had not understood Chinese differences and simply applied arbritary universal standards of ‘fair play’.
The Badminton World Federation said it would consider all legitimate protest and the arrangment of the tournament for the future, but the athletes would remain disqualified, red envelope notwithstanding.
28 Mar, 2012
Under pressure due to rising fuel costs, China points at Britain’s prices
Increasing numbers of Chinese people are becoming aggravated by the price of petrol within the Middle Kingdom. Many point to the United States’ prices and complain that while China’s economy and the local population’s living standards have yet to catch up, fuel prices at often over 8RMB per litre outstrip the prices seen in America.
The Communist party came out fighting today, pointing at Britain and the EU:
‘Compared to the countries the PRC has recently overtaken in economic terms, you can see that China’s petrol price is hardly anything at all.
‘Look at Britain – this so-called capitalist free market economy has more tax on its fuel than the total price of petrol in China! This proves that the socialism with Chinese characteristics is working.
‘The European Union has no strong leadership, so their fuel prices are also higher than China. Chinese people always find something to complain about.’
European critics point to cheap cheese and wine within the EU to counter this line of argument. And human rights.
15 Mar, 2012
Terminology used by US&UK sparks Chinese hunt
With David Cameron’s grand reception in the United States recently, the Chinese propaganda authorities were left confused. Beyond a ‘close friend’ in former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, China has few significant allies on the international scene.
While having a ‘long history’ and a ‘harmonious society’ were all well and good, many officials believe a high profile relationship like that between the leaders of the free world would be highly beneficial to China’s image at home and abroad, according to leaked e-mails released today.
The e-mails go on to suggest that the task may be challenging considering the ‘prevailing populist negative consensus’ among many European countries and their allies.
Giving little inclination as to who their target countries could be, we came up with our own list to help the Chinese authorities come to a decision.
Who could China have a special relationship with?
Former-Communist autocratic Russia is a prime candidate for inter-regional intimacy. Already close on areas of mutual interest and at the UN & only minor territorial disputes, Russia is firmly top of the list.
China is already Iran’s major customer and in return China looks favourably on it. Pros: Unable to seek other special friends soon. Cons: Impending military action could cut friendship short.
A significant Western statesman despite his size, Sarkozy seems very open to making new friends, e.g. Libya. However, human rights could get in the way & France being known to be difficult to trust in a crisis.