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Han Dynasty. Etymology According to the Records of the Grand Historian, after the collapse of the Qin Dynasty the hegemon Xiang Yu appointed Liu Bang as prince of the small fief of Hanzhong.

Han Dynasty

Following Liu Bang's victory in the Chu–Han Contention, the resulting Han dynasty was named after the Hanzhong fief.[6] History Western Han China's first imperial dynasty was the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC). Military expansion To the north of China proper, the nomadic Xiongnu chieftain Modu Chanyu (r. 209–174 BC) conquered various tribes inhabiting the eastern portion of the Eurasian Steppe. After Wu's reign, Han forces continued to prevail against the Xiongnu. A gilded bronze oil lamp in the shape of a kneeling female servant, dated 2nd century BC, found in the tomb of Dou Wan, wife of the Han prince Liu Sheng; its sliding shutter allows for adjustments in the direction and brightness in light while it also traps smoke within the body.[27] China: Let them drink wine. Please support our site by enabling javascript to view ads.

China: Let them drink wine

BEIJING, China — A creaky old Beijing supermarket recently underwent a bold renovation: The entire first floor was gutted, a traditional teashop was closed and all of it was replaced with a cavernous wine emporium and a huge tasting room. Wine bars and boutiques are sprouting across Beijing, and trendy young consumers are flocking to wine-tastings at swish hotels. A dramatic 54 percent rise in wine consumption in China between 2011 and 2015 is predicted, a reflection of the increasing affluence of China’s middle classes, according to a new study by Vinexpo, Asia’s biggest wine exposition. It’s a potentially lucrative market, yet it has traditionally been dominated by one country: France.

With its old-world prestige, France provides 40 per cent of all wine imports to China. Dozens of South African wineries promoted their wares at Vinexpo in Hong Kong last month. More from GlobalPost: South Africa needs an entrepreneurial revolution. Human Rights Record of United States in 2011. Shenlong ‘Divine Dragon’ Takes Flight: Is China developing its first spaceplane? Access full text reports, backup data, and more.

Shenlong ‘Divine Dragon’ Takes Flight: Is China developing its first spaceplane?

The age of the spaceplane upon us, and it is trans-Pacific, with the U.S. and China the only current active participants. Winged spaceplanes operate as spacecraft in space and aircraft in Earth’s atmosphere, and typically land on runways. They range from hypersonic cruise vehicles (HCV) capable of maneuvering at Mach 5 (3,840+ mph/6,150+ kmh) or more to reusable launch vehicles (RLV)s like the Space Shuttle designed primarily to ferry cargo to orbit and back. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has just released details on the 11 August 2011 test flight of the Force Application and Launch from the Continental U.S. (FALCON) Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2). - StumbleUpon. China’s Unique Economic Model Gets New Scrutiny. Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times Central Chongqing this month.

China’s Unique Economic Model Gets New Scrutiny

The city has grown fast, fueled by infrastructure projects led by its now-ousted leader, Bo Xilai. But now, with the recent political upheavals, and a growing number of influential voices demanding a resurrection of freer economic policies, it appears that the sense of triumphalism was, at best, premature, and perhaps seriously misguided. Chinese leaders are grappling with a range of uncertainties, from the once-a-decade leadership transition this year that has been marred by a seismic political scandal, to a slowdown of growth in an economy in which deeply entrenched state-owned enterprises and their political patrons have hobbled market forces and private entrepreneurship.

On Thursday, China released data that showed its economy was continuing to weaken. Such changes would curb the state’s role, lessen corruption and encourage competition. Another significant aspect of the China model is the growing security apparatus. We're Number ... 2? Are Americans in Denial About the Country's Decline? May 1, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Politicians in the United States must ritualistically assert that the United States is and always will be the world's leading economic, military and political power.

This chant may help win elections in a country where respectable people deny global warming and evolution, but it has nothing to do with the real world. Those familiar with the data know that China is rapidly gaining on the United States as the world’s leading economic power. However, there is a considerable degree of uncertainty about these numbers. It passed the U.S. as the world’s biggest car market in 2009. China still has close to half of its population living in the countryside.

A new study that carefully examined China’s prices and consumption patterns concluded that it is far wealthier than the widely used data indicate. The growing power and influence of China will have both positive and negative aspects. China’s Economy. Behind the political crisis that saw the recent fall of powerful Communist Party leader Bo Xiali is an internal battle over how to handle China’s slowing economy and growing income disparity, while shifting from a cheap labor export driven model to one built around internal consumption.

Since China is the second largest economy on the planet—and likely to become the first in the next 20 to 30 years—getting it wrong could have serious consequences, from Beijing to Brasilia, and from Washington to Mumbai. China’s current major economic challenges include a dangerous housing bubble, indebted local governments, and a widening wealth gap, problems replicated in most of the major economies in the world. Worldwide capitalism—despite China’s self-description as “socialism with Chinese characteristics” —is in the most severe crisis since the great crash of the 1930s. The question is: can any country make a system with serious built in flaws function for all its people? China’s military rise: The dragon’s new teeth. AT A meeting of South-East Asian nations in 2010, China's foreign minister Yang Jiechi, facing a barrage of complaints about his country's behaviour in the region, blurted out the sort of thing polite leaders usually prefer to leave unsaid.

“China is a big country,” he pointed out, “and other countries are small countries and that is just a fact.” Indeed it is, and China is big not merely in terms of territory and population, but also military might. Its Communist Party is presiding over the world's largest military build-up. And that is just a fact, too—one which the rest of the world is having to come to terms with. That China is rapidly modernising its armed forces is not in doubt, though there is disagreement about what the true spending figure is. All that money is changing what the People's Liberation Army (PLA) can do. China's military build-up is ringing alarm bells in Asia and has already caused a pivot in America's defence policy. It is pretty obvious what that means.

China’s Footage Of Its New Fighter Jet Revealed To Be Dubbed From ‘Top Gun’ Twenty-first-century military brinkmanship very much resembles an ’80s Tom Cruise movie.

China’s Footage Of Its New Fighter Jet Revealed To Be Dubbed From ‘Top Gun’

The Telegraph reports: The footage showcasing the J-10 fighter, which showed an air-to-air missile destroying another jet, was aired last week during the main evening broadcast of the state-sponsored channel China Central Television.Bloggers on internet message boards quickly picked up the similarities and the footage was removed from the CCTV website but not before the clip had been copied. 0Share 2Share. The Chinese-African Union - An FP Slide Show. When the new African Union (AU) headquarters was unveiled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, earlier this year, the $200 million structure -- now the capital city's tallest building -- caused a splash.

The Chinese-African Union - An FP Slide Show

But it wasn't just the mammoth building's impressive spec sheet that drew comment, it was also the project's bankroller: China. The Chinese government has been leading a construction boom across Africa, setting up huge dams and infrastructure projects, soccer stadiums, and even the world's third largest mosque in Algeria. And the lavish new AU headquarters was paid for -- in its entirety -- by the Chinese government. The towering edifice houses three conference centers, its own helipad, and enough office space to accommodate 700 workers. The 20-story high complex, designed by the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tongji University, also features an impressive entrance.

Above, an exterior view of the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Jan. 28, 2011. A Pragmatic Princeling Next In Line To Lead China. Hide captionChinese Vice President Xi Jinping, shown here in December 2011 waving to students during a visit to Bangkok, Thailand, is in line to become China's leader next year.

A Pragmatic Princeling Next In Line To Lead China

Pairoj/AFP/Getty Images Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, shown here in December 2011 waving to students during a visit to Bangkok, Thailand, is in line to become China's leader next year. Second of three parts In northwestern China's Shaanxi province, a neatly manicured and landscaped memorial park the size of six soccer fields is one sign of the revolutionary lineage of Xi Jinping, the man set to become China's next leader.

Known as a Communist Party princeling, Xi is the 58-year-old son of Xi Zhongxun, a deputy prime minister and revolutionary hero who died in 2002. The elder Xi was born in Fuping county in Shaanxi, more than 600 miles southwest of Beijing, and is considered a hometown hero. But in the memorial hall devoted to Xi, decades of his life are undocumented. Louisa Lim/NPR An Understanding Of Rural Life. China Law Blog : China Law for Business - StumbleUpon. How China Actually Gets the Internet to Censor Itself. Thank to Disinfo for highlighting my blocked words project, Blocked on Weibo, in your post “The Most Censored Words On The Chinese Internet.” However, there are a few misconceptions that one could take away from the article which I’d like to correct.

First, these are words that are blocked by one social media website (Sina Weibo); they are not blocked by the Chinese government, nor are the words listed blocked more or less frequently than other words. I cannot reiterate enough that my project does not set out to prove that top-down censorship by the government exists (though it does). The restrictions on searches on Weibo are cases of self-censorship by a private company that is very much encouraged (under the potential threat of having the company shut down or being sent to prison) to do so by the government.

Second, I unfortunately I have to take issue with the word list in the article. You can read the rest of the article at Waging Nonviolence. The Most Censored Words On The Chinese Internet. UPDATE: How China Actually Gets the Internet to Censor Itself Weibo is a Twitter-esque Chinese social media platform which boasts over 300 million regular users after just two years of existence.

At the moment there are 378 words and phrases for which Weibo blocks search results. Blocked on Weibo has the continually updated list, with approximate English translation. (See the site for context.) I’ve compiled a sampling: 0Share 31Share. Big Romney is watching you. The New York Times reported today that Bain Capital, the private equity firm started by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, owns a Chinese company, Uniview, that supplies highly advanced surveillance equipment to the Chinese government.

Big Romney is watching you

China’s authoritarian rulers are using the equipment to create an “omniscient monitoring system” throughout the country, according to a Human Rights Watch researcher quoted by the Times. “When it comes to surveillance, China is pretty upfront about its totalitarian ambitions,” said Nicholas Bequelin. To realize those totalitarian ambitions, China’s authorities, with Bain Capital’s help, are expanding the country’s already vast network of surveillance cameras. The city of Chongqing is spending $4.2 billion for a network of 500,000 cameras, Guangdong Province is installing a million cameras, and Beijing is planning to put cameras in all entertainment venues, the Times reported.

For the almighty market has no conscience. It was President George W. China Steps Up in Syria. The conventional picture of US policy in the Middle East is of a hellbound train rushing toward war with Iran, pulling burning coaches filled with European passengers howling praise of Western values out the windows at horrified bystanders.

China Steps Up in Syria

Actually, I think it’s more like a monster truck exhibition. Lots of sound, fury, testosterone, and bravado, but just spinning wheels, spewing mud, roaring in circles, and going nowhere. What is very interesting is that China, usually an apostle of non-interference, believes it has something to contribute to the Syrian situation, probably for two reasons: 1) it needs to road-test some new approaches to managing and accommodating dissent in anticipation of the day when Arab-Spring type upheavals become an important factor in China and 2) the current situation is so screwed up the Chinese feel they can make a genuine contribution. Though Russia has the lead role as defender of the Syrian regime, China has been following the situation closely.