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I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

China is no longer behind the Great Wall. This emerging powerful nation is very sought after by the rest of the world.

Today's roundup features a few interesting little tidbits about China.


9/25/10 - 'Iran's limited enrichment plan can work: the West should take it seriously' (Alastair Crooke, Christian Science Monitor)
Iran's recent activation of the Bushehr nuclear facility means that the U.S. should significantly change its approach to negotiations. "In this new post-Bushehr reality, it is no longer realistic for the West to be stuck in a "no enrichment," "no break-out" posture. Now, Iran is signaling a readiness to negotiate its nuclear posture with a proposal for Russia or China, or even others, to jointly participate in an enrichment facility based in Iran. This constitutes a clear pointer in the direction of a safeguarded solution. But can the US and Europe take the hint this time?"



Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer Travels to India and China

U.S. State Department
September 10, 2010

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will travel to India from September 11-15 and China September 16-18, 2010. . . 

In China, Ambassador Verveer will speak in Shanghai at the All-China Women’s Federation’s International Forum on Women in Urban Development and Commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women. She will travel to Beijing to follow up on the last US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue on women and development, and to discuss the proposed U.S.-China Women Leaders Forum. During her stay in China, Ambassador Verveer will also meet with civil society leaders and government officials.

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China's massive traffic jam could last for weeks, according to Yahoo! News (8/26/10).  Thanks to my regular contributor, Jon, for this link.

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6/23/10 -- China’s Green Energy Programs, and More from CRS

y Steven Aftergood on CRS


. . .  “China has set ambitious targets for developing its… renewable energy resources with a major push of laws, policies and incentives in the last few years,” according to a new report (pdf) from the Congressional Research Service.

“The wind power sector is illustrative of China’s accomplishments, as installed wind power capacity has gone from 0.567 GW in 2003 to 12.2 GW in 2008.  Plans already exist to grow China’s wind power capacity to 100 GW by 2020. . . "

A copy of the report was obtained by Secrecy News.  See China and the United States — A Comparison of Green Energy Programs and Policies,” June 14, 2010.

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China tests space station module for 2011 launch

In MSNBC News (8/22/10)


China has finished the first module of a planned space station and is testing its electronics and other systems before launching it into orbit next year.

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Try this very good news source on a regular basis.  It is excellent!

ChinaDaily US Edition


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