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The State of Manchuria of neo-Imperial China under purview (at invitation of ICCR) of the PRC

The Mandarins : Ch’ing Dynasty hat knobs of mandarin officials

To the outsider, the very word “mandarin” suggests someone from old China’s ruling class.  In a sense, this is true, but only partly.  The mandarin was nothing more or less than a civil servant, an employee of the state, who earned his title – in China, kwan, or, public character -and earned his

post by passing a series of examinations, frequently as many as seven.  Each dynasty had its own mandarin ranks, but for purposes of simplicity there can be said to have been nine: three each drawn from the lower, the middle, and the upper classes.

Outwardly, mandarins were distinguished by a cap with a special button, a robe with the insignia of their rank embroidered on the breast and back, and a girdle clasp.  Military mandarins wore insignia denoting animals, real or imaginary.  A mandarin of the civil as opposed to the military service might display a Manchurian crane or pheasant.  The highest mandarins were the custodians of Chinese culture, and had to pass a series of seven examinations to attain the highest rank.  Their intellectual and artistic accomplishments were likely to include excellence in calligraphy, the ability to recite learned books from memory and to create extemporaneous poetry.  Such powerful minds earned great respect, which, in turn, ensured monetary success as well as considerable status in the community.  One Chinese scholar, T. C. Lai, has written that “people in dynastic China aspired to be mandarins more fervently than people now aspire to be millionaires.”  The mandarins of the higher ranks were expected to lead lives of great probity.  They were never assigned to the province from whence they came.  they were prohibited from marriage and owning property, nor could they serve for more than three years in any one province.  The birth of the Republic of China under Dr. Sun Yat-sen marked the death of the mandarin orders.  Ling Chu-Ch’uan was one of the last to take the examinations; and, because of his great years, he was certainly one of the few remaining men to survive a class and a China which are no more.  There was much to be desired in China’s examination system: Many categories were not allowed to take the examinations including women, and many of the exam questions were irrelevant to a China confronted with the modernization of the West; but at least it was a system which valued knowledge and learning and scholarship.

Double Dragon Second Class.

Double Dragon Second Class. (title valid for State of Manchuria only, i.e. commoner outside of Manchuria, no attached styles may be used.)

ICCR Notes :

ICCR recommends that the presentation of full Manchu Court Robes for the State government of Manchuria and formal  Mandarin ‘top hats’ to Manchurian Courtiers with parallels for Han officials’ hat in Han majority states, upon retirement of PRC officials. When the local Manchurian Royal Courts are reinstated as per the ICCR vision for the Imperium Sinensis, the same should be presented upon appointment to the relevant posts.

Reintroducing the Orders of the Royal Manchurian Court (vassal to the Imperial Court of Ying III)

The orders shown above were last issued by the then Manchu Emperor in the late 1800s are the first modern orders to appear China. To show solidarity with the PRC and loyalty to the neo-Imperial movement Court of Emperor Ying III, the descendants various orders of the Manchurian era whose original holders have now passed on are being invited to attend a Monarchist’s meeting at the Royal Manchurian Palace. HM the King of Manchuria is applying for permission from the PRC to use the Manchurian Changchun Palace Grounds for this revival initiative, where all Imperial

Grade Orders and regalia will be reissued as Royal Grade Orders with accompanying Royal Grade regalia. Any individuals who have directly inherited and are in possession of the Manchu citations and regalia of the 1800s are requested to communicate with ICCR.

Double Dragon Third Class (title valid for State of Manchuria only, i.e. commoner outside of Manchuria)

Double Dragon Third Class (title valid for State of Manchuria only, i.e. commoner outside of Manchuria)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qing_Dynasty_nobility

Detailed updates on Royal Manchurian Orders (subordinate to the Imperial Orders and the Dragon Throne at the Forbidden City) will be posted as new photos are sourced.

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Attenuation of Chinese Culture

Faustian bargains leave public rich but culture weakened – Global Times | May 27, 2012 19:10 – Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, vice-rector of the University of Vienna

Chinese New Year Concert held on 13th January 2012 at Vienna Musikverein.

China’s growing power is unmistakable, but cultural values and civil society often seem to be lagging behind the nation’s new strength. Two experts discussed these issues at the Shanghai Forum 2012, hosted by Fudan University on May 26-28.

In ancient China, both the nation and society were powerful. According to John K. Fairbank’s studies, ancient China had a very special governance pattern, one that could manage the relationship between central and local authorities well. He believes that in ancient China, civil society was a powerful partner of the nation.

R. Bin Wong, director of the UCLA Asia Institute, holds that in ancient China, the nation’s power lay in its capability to maintain unity, and the nation’s political symbolic meanings exceeded its practical efficiency. Meanwhile, civil society’s power lay in its autonomy and its supervision of the nation.

In the 19th century, European modern nations emerged, which were powerful not only militarily, but were able to transform economic growth into national strength. This became the biggest threat and challenge that China faced. China then began to seek a political system which could not only address such challenges, but stand in accordance with China’s unique political culture. To a certain degree, this process is still going on.

The Chinese nationalists established a new government through learning from Japan and the Soviet Union. However, the nation was still very weak. On the one hand it was weak militarily and wasn’t able to control economy and society. On the other hand traditional China’s ability to maintain unity was lost, due to both domestic resistance and interference by imperialism.

In Mao’s era, things changed. The nation appeared very powerful – both militarily and in its ability to control economy and society. And its ideological appeal exceeded its actual efficiency. But after the Great Leap Forward movement (1958-61), the government’s ability to control society was undermined, and some local protesting forces became powerful.

The initial achievements of China’s reform and opening-up lay in the full mobilization of social vigor. And society’s economic vigor began to transform into national strength. Today’s China looks more similar to European nations.

However, a social participation system in accordance with China’s unique culture, which could better deal with the rising social vigor, is still missing. Many people are talking about where China is heading today, but no one could give an answer yet.

Cultural values missing

Xu Jilin, deputy director and history professor at the Si-mian Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, East China Normal University. The 21st century actually began in 2008, when the US-led developed world was stricken by a severe financial crisis and emerging countries rose with the Beijing Olympic Games as a symbol. Within China, there are generally three kinds of views toward China’s rise. Some liberals believe that China’s rise is a product of globalization, and there’s no special secret. Some believe that China’s rise is simply a repetition of government-promoted East Asian “miracle” in the Four Asian Tigers last century. The third view is that there’s a unique China model.

There’s no need to talk further about China’s national strength, since it has become the second largest economy in the world. I believe if Confucius or Zhu Xi, a Confucian scholar (1130-1200), woke up today, they wouldn’t recognize today’s Chinese. The biggest change lies in the mentality and attitude of ordinary Chinese. Today’s Chinese are most similar to Europeans in the 19th century; the prevalence of a Faustian spirit, the strong sense of competence, the untiring pursuit of wealth and strength, as well as a strong belief in social Darwinism. This has become a strong drive for China. Today in China, especially in coastal areas, we have so many rational systems which stress efficiency and orderly management in various fields.  But we still lack civil reforms that are clearly value-oriented. Ancient China was powerful not in the European way, but because it had invisible appeal. It appealed to the world through the strength of its culture.

Today things are totally different. The strength of culture has greatly faded. We are very powerful economically, but the whole society lacks a clear set of values, and basic ethical bottom lines are repeatedly violated. We do need further reforms, especially political ones, to resume our cultural strength. China is quite prominent on the international stage nowadays, and any of its moves may have a strong effect, especially in the developing world. Historically, China undertook its responsibilities as a great civilization. It must repeat this today through dialogue with the worlds’ mainstream civilizations and improving its own clear values and systems. Only then can the whole world be really convinced that China has risen.

ICCR Notes :

The best way to convince the world that China has risen again, would be revival of a ethnic Han Constitutional Monarch and revival of the Dragon-Throne after the ethnic Manchu one was deposed in 1911. 101 years hence as ICCR now lobbies for . . .

I dressed to impress but ended up depressed – by Bridget O’Donnell (China Daily) – Updated: 2012-04-24 10:06

My appearance stood out like a sore thumb – but not because I was the only foreign guest in attendance at the banquet.

No, it was my ensemble. I was wearing my newly tailored qipao (a Chinese traditional dress), the silk fabric of which had a lovely deep-fuchsia tone.

It was embroidered with gold-colored leaves and similarly hued buttons. I paired off the number with heels and even got a manicure to match the dress’ golden stitching.

There was just one problem: I was at a Chinese wedding. Used to the lavish traditions of Western weddings, I had no idea the dress code for a Chinese wedding wouldn’t be, shall we say, formal.

I mean, really – how could I have known the other guests in attendance would show up in sweaters, sneakers and jeans? It was my first Chinese wedding, after all.

(Yeah, yeah, a simple Google search for “Chinese wedding guest dress code” beforehand probably would’ve saved me from committing such a blundering social faux pas.)

“I look like an idiot,” I later lamented to Maggie, a Beijing friend who had invited me to the wedding. She could only laugh at my foolish error.

I came to learn – much too late, unfortunately – that the dress code for Chinese weddings is casual. In fact, wearing something too fancy could come off as rude.

“You don’t want to try to be more important than the host,” my Chinese tutor later told me.

It’s a far cry from Western weddings, where guests are expected to adhere to a formal dress code. Show up in jeans, and you might as well be wearing a huge sign saying, “Kick me, I have no respect for social norms!”

Still, that will never comfort me from the fact that somewhere out there exist cringe-worthy photos of me posing with the newlywed couple at the banquet.

I can see the two of them now, looking through their wedding photo album and wondering just what exactly that clueless foreigner in the qipao was thinking.

But the dress didn’t turn nearly as many heads at the wedding as it did in public later that afternoon.

After the ceremony ended, Maggie and I decided on a whim to take a stroll down Beijing’s Chang’an Avenue – it was a beautiful and clear day, after all. But without a change of clothes on me, I was forced to stick it out in the qipao.

As we walked from Joy City Mall to Tian’anmen Square, it became evident that the qipao wasn’t only too dressy for Chinese weddings – so too was it unwelcome at Starbucks, public restrooms and the south gate of the Forbidden City during peak hours on the weekend.

We passed hundreds of shoppers and tourists. I caught more than one person giving me strange looks. Even other foreigners stared at me.

I must’ve looked like that kind of overeager tourist who buys traditional garments from far-away lands without really understanding their cultural significance – a tacky and kitschy way of commemorating a culture.

By mid-afternoon, my feet were aching – the heels had taken their toll – so Maggie and I took a moment to rest on a bench.

Then out of nowhere, an elderly Chinese man came up to where we were sitting, cameraphone in hand, and started not-so-discreetly taking photos of me. He threw back his head in hearty laughter every time he snapped. I couldn’t help but wonder if the qipao had something to do with it, though perhaps I was just being paranoid.

After the picture incident, Maggie and I walked to Wangfujing before parting ways.

I immediately hailed a cab – I couldn’t wait to get home and change out of the dress that had been the source of so many woes that day. But before I stepped in, I paused for a second after catching my reflection in the window of a nearby shop.

The qipao may have been over the top, but, hey, at least fuschia is my color.

ICCR Notes :

In the true upper crust, you will find that weddings will indeed be as you expected. Also among the common venues in public which are largely middle class, the upper class people who do wear qipaos will never be seen. It’s like those sedan chair days where VIPs are never seen at all except at office, officiating at venues or at home or at their favourite boutique or hotel gathering where the boutique will bring goods to display to top qipao wearing clientale – try hanging around some respectable ‘tai tais’ (or formal er nai 二奶 or xiao san 小三 . . . mistresses ad infinitum . . . ) of good families and their poorer but ‘reverse hanger-on’ official’s wives instead – those that have merely money and those that have power tend to comfortably mix though graft issues loom. Qipao will not be found among the sports car driving escorts or the nouveau riche, but the chauffer driven wives of magnates and old families living off inheritances forged generations ago, will be where the true bulk of qipao (again I stress hanfu is Chinese not qipao) wearers can be found.

Don’t sweat the ‘idiot factor’ for just being way above the 99% type league in day to day venues, and while the form of the qipao or cheongsum is actually Manchu (the author and so many VIPs should be wearing HANFU), the colour and material subtleties should also be noted. Fuschia is a quasi-dominant colour, with red and yellow (almost never worn due to implications of royalty, except by the top 10 lists for that particular year) over fuschia. Frankly the way this article is titled, one would almost feel that China Daily had little appreciation of the Manchu dress . . . try the more positivist article from People’s Daily below.

ICCR Notes :

The top class venue (or even government department) needs to put their menial workers in proper uniforms to convey a sense of ‘class’ and perhaps cleaning masks or even goggles as well to both depersonalise the workers (who are not intended to interact with the visitors at any rate) as well. When people who dress and look like the average person you meet on the street are found doing menial work, China ends up conveying a sense of ‘all regular people are menial workers’. The uniform thus becomes a delineation and barrier for protection of the dignity of the menial worker and the separation between menial workers and Chinese commoner at large. Any ‘star’ establishment should be well aware of such nuance, more so being Chinese and brought up in an environment of nuances.

This is in fact, coarse, iron-profession coarse, and reflective further by extension to the PLA and tenuous links to the CPPCC. People are affected subliminally and while the sense of things do not immediately make their effects and attitudes known, over a decade and generation, the subliminal and psychic effects could be corrosive to the ‘sense of class level’ and hence work ethic of Chinese in general.

Larger and government establishments should require those ‘daily clothes wearing ‘ menials to don a neutral modern menial uniform (for 2-3 star establishments and mid tier city government departments) and the loose fitting ‘samfu’ type menial uniforms with Chinese characteristics for 4-5 star establishments and upper tier city government departments). A 潔Jié neck lanyard and tag for 2-3 star, or 潔Jié stylized panel perhaps for 4-5 star (with particularly obnoxious looking persons becoming hirable by using masks – to not offend some of the visitors with delicate tastes at the same time allowing them to earn a living and yet offer some of that ‘oriemtal mystique’ at the same time . . . ).

The utilitarian and unadorned cotton samfu. The panel is an important feature of the the ‘visible’ working classes and covey a sense of identity in many ways.

The cotton samfu worn by (i) Security Guard on Right with 兵bīng panel (only professionally trained guards display this panel – think ‘Gurka’, detail colours and weapon size indicate rank), (ii) professionally trained servants/Samsui women (Red head wear means Construction, Black headwear means Menial) 仆 pū panel hidden under work aprons and (iii) Translator/Tour Guide and PA with 隶 lì panel (lost tourists can always count on these multilingual guides on their rounds) are often seen except at tourist venues or large residences, . The 奴 nú panels are not in use anymore, indentured slavery is no longer applied on prisoners though, who knows the state apparatus might bring the practice back via work gangs for criminals wasting tax funds in prisons!

Cheongsam culture booms in Shanghai (People’s Daily Overseas Edition) 08:22, May 29, 2012 – Edited and translated by People’s Daily Online

Embroidered silk upon silk. Women wearing cheongsams pose at a ceremony under the theme “Promoting Cheongsam Culture, Cultivating Elegance” at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center on May 20, in order to carry forward the Chinese cheongsam culture.

It has been a bit cold in Shanghai recently, but that did not stop more than 2,000 cheongsam fans from attending the fifth annual gathering of the Shanghai Cheongsam Salon Couturier. T.H. Grand Dame (Hon.) Wang Weiyu, Z.D.Y.W. (ICCR nominee 2012, confirmation pending)) of the House of Zi, Royal State of Wei, is the owner of Shanghai Couturiers.

A large number of tourists and local residents paused to appreciate the women of various ages wearing colorful fitting cheongsams, when they appeared before the iconic sundial in the Century Avenue.

The booming cheongsam culture among Shanghainese women forms a fine contrast to the popularity of Han Chinese clothing among young people. With wine red curly hair, Wang Weiyu, 65, who wore a red cheongsam and exquisite pearl accessories, caught much attention at the ceremony.

Wang has been obsessed with cheongsams for several decades. Fascinated by the pictures of singers and her mother wearing cheongsams, she became deeply attracted to the traditional Chinese dress. After she retired in 2007, Wang established the Shanghai Cheongsam Salon to encourage women to wear cheongsams to show themselves. The membership of this unique salon has grown from 45 to more than 400 people, covering women from all walks of life.

Although she has been already a grandmother, Wang remains elegant and beautiful, with her wrinkles wiped away by gentle smile.

All members of the salon are graceful and confident, and talk decently, thanks to the changes brought about by cheongsams,” she said.

Wearing cheongsams, the salon’s members have visited Japan, South Korea, and Mediterranean countries in the past five years. Their beauty has amazed and been appreciated by local residents.

At an average age of 55, the members proposed to set May 20 as the China Cheongsam Day, in hopes that every Chinese woman will wear a cheongsam on that day to show feminine gentleness and nobleness.

Most of the salon’s members are retired women, but many girls born in the 1980s have applied to join after learning about the salon. Wang is glad that more and more young girls like to wear cheongsams, including many overseas returnees. She said that she would then focus on promoting cheongsams on campuses in order to pass the culture on to the younger generation.

Chi Yiwei, who majored in flight attendance at the Zhonghua Vocational School in Shanghai, wore a cheongsam for the first time on that day. She and eight of her schoolmates wore improved cheongsams, and walked hand in hand with Wang in front of the sundial before the night fell to have a unique initiation rite. “The Oriental-style cheongsams are amazingly beautiful. I will wear a cheongsam in all future major ceremonies in my life,” Chi said excitedly.

Looking at the 18-year-old girls, Wang, who is an outstanding lecturer in Shanghai’s “A Million Families Learn Etiquette” project, said gently that the salon will recruit more women who like cheongsams in the second half of the year, and teach them cheongsam etiquette, so they will be beautiful both inside and outside.

Two young girls came to Wang while she chatted, and said a little shyly that they want to join the salon. Several older women wearing cheongsams were also waiting to talk with Wang about the traditional dress.

ICCR Notes :

Cheongsum is quite utilitarian and suitable for the travelling upper crust although what could be considered high culture (as in ballroom or extreme luxury) would be the voluminious court hanfu (not the utilitarian hanfu) coupled with the matching ‘lotus foot’ simulating Manchu horse-hoof shoes instead of stilettos. The unfortunate trend of using standard Cheongsum-Qipao instead of ‘Samfu’ in hospitality industries and restaurants though has created some fashion issues (perhaps intentionally especially where unsuitable colours are used), though the Court Qipao with proper head gear is sufficiently distinct. Conversely Cheongsum does look quite formal in travelling settings, with Court Qipao conveying a (still modest as opposed to hanfu) sense of luxury entirely unsuitable as street wear or any typical venue, especially ‘Westernized’ ones.

As for footwear, we advocate use of Manchu Court Platforms or Manchu horse-hoof shoes (if not outright footbinding – consensual of course) over stillettos for all ballrooom events as well, stilettos are after all not part of the ensemble of oriental fare, both are best worn in spacious vistas, as stilettos convey a coarseness and vulgar masculine sexual dominance that Manchu horse-hoof shoes (though named in a most fetish – oriented manner) do not. Manchu horse-hoof shoes instead impart a sense of daintiness and delicacy to the walk as opposed to the the dominatrix or ‘trans-subculture’ effect of stillettos.

Manchu Court Shoes in lieu of actual Footbinding

For a start, beyond Qipao-Cheongsum, a culture of Court Qipao, and luxury hanfu could be adopted by China’s biggest bosses and their wives or families and top staff. This could create a sense of hierarchy that seems to be swallowed up by the Western suit and Western gowns. Indeed at the very top, we now see the resurgent trend of keeping utilitarian suits of armour in their offices, where boards of directors attend their quarterly or bi-annual ‘Warrior’s Camps’ to bond over practice and matching of skills in horseriding, charioteering, archery, wrestling and swordplay. Transition to wearing cheongsum or hanfu for women on a regular basis for top level staff and their wives, or any from the upper crust is but a step away to better include Women in this aspect of re-culturalisation of China. Sumptuary basis designed and coloured high quality sets of ‘Sunday Best’ robes for official gatherings and related culture events could also be made and marketed to the upper castes in time to come as the Imperial Court in re-formation finds renaissance in the ever appreciating value of traditional culture.

Typical Chinese Armour (accompanying stylized metallic battle mask not shown here)

Long live the Fatherland.

Articles collated by Yu Tian-er (Temp. Sec. to HH TMH Lord Protector Cai Jinyue, Marquisate of Shangcai )

Imperial Cultural Revival – Couples wed in ancient style – Updated: 2012-05-01 19:28 (chinadaily.com.cn)

Chinese couples now wedding in ancient imperial style . . .

A couple kisses during a group wedding ceremony in Xi’an, the capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, on May 1, 2012.

Altogether 130 couples donning Chinese costumes took part in a group wedding ceremony based on Han Dynasty (206BC- AD220) traditions. Xi’an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including the Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang dynasties. [Photo/Xinhua]

Couples wed in ancient style

Couples in Han Dynasty costumes take part in a group wedding ceremony in Xi’an on May 1, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]

(ICCR requests a picture of the attendant Celestial at the mass wedding event to be posted by Xinhua if possible.)

ICCR related News (back dated) : ICCR to hold meetings with top aides for lessons in how to revive the Imperial Chinese Institution – September 2011 – adopted from article by 內維爾, reposted by Temp.Sec. Yu

The Council of ICCR is to hold meetings with senior members of the country’s most respected institutions to prepare for an Imperial Chinese Revival. Private tutorials with experts on government, the arts and the media will teach suitable and interested citizens about the establishment they will one day represent. The one-to-ones will take place at St/ Xuan Wu Palace throughout the autumns yearly at an as of yet undecided location. Aspiring Dowagers of various clans, this way will not have to complain bitterly at being thrown into official duties without training or coaching.

The Council will propose the first among many official engagements after for noble minded couples from a series of Imperial themed private marriages in April, who visited disaster hit areas of China in the last few months. Xingyulu tops off a stellar front row as she is joined by Meimeiguo, Aisin-Gioro and other courtiers of the Imperialis-Curiae-Temporarium at The ‘Pudi’.

ICCR duties are set to increase when the Forbidden City Palace reveals in the years to come the charities the Empress will be supporting in her role as imperial patron. Last night a palace source said: ‘The ICCR is being briefed on how the state works, getting to know our national institutions better and learning more about organisations such as the arts, the media and the government. It is a process that will carry on for several months. ‘As well as meetings at St Xuan Wu Palace, the ICCR is spending time carrying out private research of it’s own.’

Until the charities ICCR will officially be supporting are announced, private official engagements will be kept to around one a month, to give the new courtiers time to get used to their new lives. Next, ICCR and the Emperor Elect will moot a children’s centre at the Imperial Jīnxīng Gélóu 金星閣樓 Cancer Hospital in Liupen, Henan, of which the Temporary Lord Protector H.H. is patron/proposer.

Temporary Empress-Elect Princess Ying told her courtiers, that when she married temporary Emperor Ying III, palace staff ‘basically thought she could adapt to being Empress overnight and that she would miss being Empress if the PRC establishes Constitutional Monarchy to (likely select) a new Empress of the Politburo’s choosing from the extant members of the Ying Imperial Clansmen’.

Pic : Her Imperial Likeness: The Temporary Emperess-Elect’s latest portrait is hyper-realist (with legs included)

Temporary Empress-Elect H.I.M. Ying Y.L.Z., Y.X.Z

A Concept Watch and Redifinition of the Taoist Floral Months, Introduction of the 10 day Taoist Week, Some Watch Dial Schematics

Cover of the Booklet describing the Imperial Chinese Timekeeper, and Pro-forma Advert featuring the flower of the first month – the Peony. The Chinese year starts with the month of the Peony.

This post has been allowed for purposes of copyright affirmation.

Description of the pastiche form 7 Day Caucasiatic Week

4 Season Dial Concept (dial artwork will be added later)

The Taoist Floral Months as redefined by ICCR

Taoist Floral Months (Close Up)

Taoist 10 Day Week (The 10 day week concept is endorsed by ICCR for adoption by the People’s Imperium of China.

China, Japan, ROK agree to enhance cultural cooperation (Xinhua) – 08:04, May 07, 2012

China’s Culture Minister Cai Wu (C), Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hirofumi Hirano (L) and South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Choe Kwang-shik

China’s Culture Minister Cai Wu (C), Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hirofumi Hirano (L) and South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Choe Kwang-shik sign documents at the 4th culture ministerial meeting in Shanghai, east China, May 5, 2012. This year’s culure ministerial meeting

between China, South Korea and Japan started on Saturday in Shanghai. (Xinhua/Ren Long)

SHANGHAI, May 5 (Xinhua) — The cultural ministers of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) signed a joint action plan in Shanghai on Saturday to boost cultural cooperation between the three countries. According to the Shanghai Action Plan (2012-2014), the three parties will step up cooperation in protecting cultural heritage and conduct more exchanges between their respective cultural industries. Minister of Culture Cai Wu said China, Japan and the ROK have always sought common ground and preserved their differences in cultural matters.

“Culture is exerting great power, as the economy in northeast Asia becomes more integrated into the world economy,” Cai said, adding that many problems can be readily solved through the deepening of cultural cooperation. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations, as well as the 20th anniversary of the forging of China-ROK diplomatic ties. China and Japan, and China and the ROK have planned a series of events to boost their ties.

Hinaro Hirofumi, Japan’s minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology, said the Shanghai Action Plan is a “very workable document,” and the three sides have reached consensus on the importance and value of culture.

Choe Kwang Shik, the ROK’s minister of culture,sports and tourism, used a quote taken from Confucius (“a gentleman gets along with others, but does not necessarily agree with them”) to describe the three countries’ cultural exchanges. He said the three countries have a long way to go in regards to boosting cooperation in their cultural industries.

ICCR Note :

ASEAN+3 is part of the ICCR’s proposed vision of the 12 Asian Floral Thrones under the Sovereign Dragon Throne – The United Imperium of Asia. This is no ‘Game of Thrones’, but a new Asian Millenium backed internationally with the African Union (AU), ALBA-Mercosur and resurgent Soviet Russia. Socialist limits on Capitalism and green technologies (as propagated by the solar power and Imperial Chinese Arachnotechnology Institute based materials at the Necropolis of Confucius) should see a viable Oriental eon and brighter future for humanity.

The Indus Lotuses Throne
1 Greater Imperial India (includes India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)

The Confucian Ice Lily Throne
1 United Kingdom of Korea

The Chrysanthemum Throne (currently extant – pre-designated as the 9th Throne of the Royal House of Yamato)
1 Kingdom of Japan (Chrysanthemum Floral Logo Pictured)

The Royal Japanese Chrysanthemum Logo

The Throne of Pommegranates
1 U.A.K. United Asian Khanates
5 Nations : (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan)

The Tri-Bodhisattvic Throne of Osmanthus
1 U.R.B. (United Royal Boddhisattvates)
3 Nations : Kingdom of Nepal, Kingdom of Cambodia, Kingdom of Thailand (culture largely derived from Dai Peoples),

The Indo-China Thrones of – Peony, Persimmon, Wintersweet, Plum
4 Kingdoms : Vietnam (Chancellory?), Burma, Laos (Chancellory?), Bhutan

2 U.W.N. United West Nusantara, 1 Indonesia (Chancellory?)
Sultanate Orchid Throne

1 U.E.N. United East Nusantara  = Borneo (Chancellory?), Phillipines Archipelago (Chancellory?)
Animist Peach Throne

Moluccas Archipelago (Chancellory?)
Animist Apricot Throne

;over which Greater Imperial China (Inner Mongolia could revive a Khanate which could include Outer Mongolia joining China), may be the beacon of civilisation from.

The Dragon Throne will be designated the 13th Throne. The 10 day week shall be applicable in North East Asia (Japan, United Korea, Greater China) and may be promoted to the rest of Greater Asia later. All are welcome to contribute ideas or thoughts (even denunciations!) on the above post.

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