China: Abortions Rising Among Young Women

Read the HuffPost article here

“…”artif­icial miscarriag­e,” as it’s known here, have helped make it a relatively cheap, widely available option for birth control.”

How is abortion a form of birth control? The order is reversed. Makes no sense at all.

The Chinese economy is progressin­g on a much faster pace than the social and cultural views that its population holds. Young people are having ‘casual’ sex without doing the proper contracept­ive preparatio­ns. The burden is on the parents (a long shot), the government (not as long shot), and the youngsters themselves­, to learn about contracept­ion and not abuse abortion, which takes a toll on the body.

Global Population Special Report: Amazing Photos From National Geographic

Check out the HuffPost article with pictures from the National Geographic here

Everyone knows that the population growth is uneven and disproport­ionate. The real issue here is currently there is very little we could do about it. With the advances in health science, infant mortality will decrease and human life span will be longer.

Perhaps one way to address this issue is to evening out the population via. mass emigration­. But that calls into many countries drasticall­y softening up their immigratio­n policies, while others might fear that their nations’ sovereignt­y will be jeopardize­d.

Friedman: Is the rest of Asia trying to contain China?

In his latest column in the New York Times, Thomas Friedman makes the claim that the Asian countries have been acting extra-cozy with President Obama during his visits because China has been flexing its muscles in several regional disputes.

Read the column here

Currently traveling in Hong Kong, I can say that China has made it quite clear in recent years to step on the pedal and expand its domestic economy as well as its international prominence. Having hosted the Olympics in 2008 in Beijing and the World Expo in Shanghai this year, China has dramatically improved its public infrastructure and its citizens are slowly recognizing their statuses in the world.

As such, the Chinese government has ridden on this wave of economic progress to use its military to assert its dominance in the Southeast Asian region.

I can’t say much about the dispute over South China Sea, which Friedman mentions in the column, except that it’s no surprise that China would be aggressive over anything that has to do with oil because it needs to sustain 1.5 billion people.

Friedman also brings up the dispute that happened near The East China Sea, called the Senkaku Islands, of which Japanese Coast Guard vessels were hit by a Chinese fishing boat. The Chinese (and Hong Kong’s) media has reported this story as if it was totally the Japanese’s fault, because Chinese has claim to the Islands, and should release the captain of the fishing boat.

I for one thought that something was up when the matter escalated to an international dispute, one in which even U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton had to comment on. I thought, “why are these two countries, which boasts two of the largest economies in the world, trading harsh words and threatening more serious actions over a bunch of tiny islands in the middle of nowhere?” I really didn’t think that the Chinese cares that much about the islands, and neither does Japan. The islands serve no strategic purpose; it’s only disputed because it lies on contested waters between the two countries.

An article from Hong Kong Magazine, an English weekly leisure magazine, echoes my sentiment, but with an environmental twist. The article claims that the Hong Kong media, as well as its people, are prioritizing the wrong things to discuss, in that we seem to be all chatting about a bunch of islands that don’t matter at all while not doing anything to solve the city’s garbage disposal problem (Hong Kong is one of the biggest trash-producing cities in the world, and it is struggling to find disposal spaces).

My point is this, the Chinese government have used the Senkaku Islands incident as a tool to pursue its sort-of imperialistic agendas. By labeling it as a matter of national pride (which, again, it really isn’t. Because who really cares about a pile of rocks in the middle of nowhere?), China has the support of its people to hit Japan hard with an economic maneuver, thus demonstrating its ability to dominate the region.

Although I don’t necessarily think that the rest of Asia are now scrambling to find an ally just in case China gets to greedy in its territorial (and therefore natural resource) claims, I do think that more attention would be paid to China’s every move from now on to see if it continues to make its presence felt.

Michael Bloomberg: Stop Blaming Others and Look at Ourselves

New York City Mayer Michael Bloomberg claims that some members of Congress are so ignorant that they do not own a passport, and wants Americans to stop blaming foreigners (mainly China) for their country’s hardships.

Read what he has to say here:
Bloomberg: Congress ‘Can’t Read’ And Some Members Don’t Know What, Or Where China Is

When things go bad, many of us try to place the blame on something / someone. But that something / someone is almost never ourselves, unless it’s undeniably obvious.

With things as complicated as the housing bubble, the national debt, and job creation, things that even college-educated people have a hard time understanding, let alone the average citizen, it is easy to persuade the public that the country’s problems are caused by external forces.

As for Mayor Bloomberg’s comments, I’m sure he was just using a hyperbole to make a point of the kinds of people we are electing to run our country. I can’t really blame him, though, since so many of these officials believe that global warming is false and that God created the world in seven days (and other crazy stuff in the Bible)

U.S. and China talk sanctions

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

The US-China political problem is much more complicated than many make it out to be. Yes, China has America’s number because holds so much bonds and exports so much of its goods to the U.S., but on the other hand, China cannot afford to see the U.S. economy collapse because the value of the money that they hold will plunge and demand for Chinese-made goods will fall.

Having said that, the U.S. can’t exactly do much when big Chinese business stick their middle fingers up to sanctions and continue doing business with the Iranians (especially the energy companies). The entire Chinese government is part of China’s business juggernaut, and they’re not about to let money-making stop because America wants to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.