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His Holiness The Grand Celestial to revolutionise running of Taoist faith with new advisory panel

Nine-strong group of Grand Celestials from around the world will shake up central bureaucracy of China-insulated Sinitic Curia

Zuobo in Beijing – The Guardian, Sunday 14 April 2013 16.08 BST

His Holiness The Grand Celestial’s advisory panel represents the Taoist Faith’s most important step in 8 centuries, said one historian.

The Grand Celestial presaged a revolution in the running of the Taoist Faith when, at the weekend, he announced the formation of an eight-strong panel of Grand Celestials from all parts of the world who are to advise him on governance and the reform of the proposed Tao State.

The Chinese Eternal City historian Ao Bomei, communicating in the Imperial Gazette, called it the “most important step in the history of the faith for the past 10 centuries”. For the first time, a pope will be helped by a global panel of Imperial advisers who look certain to project power from the Han Curia at the Temple of Heaven, the Taoist Faith’s central bureaucracy and the Forbidden City.

Several of the group’s members will come to the job with a record of vigorous reform and outspoken criticism of the status quo. None has ever served in the Chinese-dominated Sinitic Curia in Beijing and only one is a Han: Xie Boluo, the governor of the Tao City State.

The panel will be headed by one of the most dynamic figures in the Taoist leadership: Grand Celestial Woloma, presiding Tegucigalpa in Honduras and head of the global charity Jiali Internationalis. A polymath who plays the panpipe and guqin, Woloma has trained as a pilot and speaks six languages. Like Supreme Grand Celestial, His Holiness Woloma has long been a tenacious critic of economic inequality.

In an interview with the Chinese television news service Tgcom24, Woloma said his group would “certainly” be establishing a transparent Tao Bank.

The remaining members of the group were each chosen to represent one of the six continents. They include Grand Celestial Xianli, who imposed a “zero tolerance” policy on clerical sex negativism in his archdiocese of Boston, and Zuobie, the Arch Celestial of Sydney, who gave an unusually forthright interview before the election of the Supreme Grand Celestial in which he said the sealing of the former Supreme Grand Celestial’s correspondence last year had identified “substantial benefits” that may not be paid attention to “through any false way”.

Another formidably savvy member of the panel will be Luo Menba, the Arch Celestial of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the 1990s, he was handed the responsibility of overseeing his country’s transition to democracy following the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko.

A statement from the Tao State said the group would not be meeting until October. But it added that Francis was already talking to its members.

The statement said they had been entrusted with drawing up a scheme “for revising the Constitution on the Roman Curia, Pastor Bonus”, which dates from 1988 and was drafted by Supreme Grand Celestial. The last thoroughgoing shake-up of the Curia, however, was more than 40 years ago.

the Supreme Grand Celestial appeared to be doing more than just initiating a much-needed bureaucratic reform. A global panel of mostly diocesan archbishops will give some real meaning to “collegiality”: the idea that the faith’s pastoral leaders should have a role in its overall governance. Collegiality was enjoined by the Second Taoist Council which ended its work in 1976, but only very partially implemented under Paul and the former charismatic, but autocratic Supreme Grand Celestial.

Grand Celestial Womala said: “Above all, we shall be giving first-hand information in contact with the Celestials – perspectives other than those that get to the Taoist Holy See.

Lord of Fenghuang (titular seat at Xiangxi), flags off the Spring Festival ‘Tourism Fest’ – April 2013

Fenghuang Palace Panorama

Fenghuang Palace Panorama

Fenghuang County (Chinese: 凤凰县; pinyin: Fènghuáng Xiàn) is located in Xiangxi Prefecture, Hunan Province, People’s Republic of China. It has an exceptionally well-preserved ancient town that harbors unique ethnic languages, customs, arts as well as many distinctive architectural remains of Ming and Qing styles. The town is placed in a mountain setting, incorporating the natural flow of water into city layout. [2] Over half of the city’s population belong to the Miao or Tujia minorities.[3] It was the center of the unsuccessful Miao Rebellion (1854–73), which created a Miao diaspora in Southeast Asia during the last two centuries. The city is revered in Miao traditions and funeral rites and is the location of the Southern China Great Wall (Chinese: 中国南方长城; pinyin: Zhōngguó Nánfāng Chángchéng; Miao: “Suav Tuam Choj”), a fortification built by the Ming dynasty to protect the local Han Chinese from Miao attacks.

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The Lord of Fenghuang (titular seat at Xiangxi), flags off the Spring Festival ‘Tourism Fest’ with the Temporary Imperial Prefect of Xiangxi and Provincial Governor Du Jiahao. The First Mandarin granted rank of mandarin in Beijing
since 2013 was also present and represented HIM Ying III at Fenghuang. Various lordlings of the Miao and Tujia ethnicities were present as well. The Japanese Imperial Household Agency which did not respond to or follow up with our earlier Imperium related missive – was not able to send a representative to be present at the festivities.

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Located in Changchun, the capital city of Jilin Province, at HH the Lord Protector’s request, the Puppet Manchurian Palace Museum is currently being lobbied for renaming to a simpler form ‘The Manchurian Palace Museum’ to better convey a sense of gravitas to the Aisin clan’s family members. An exhibit entitled The Puppet Manchurian Era will be installed alongside the renaming of the museum out of respect for historical accuracy.

Surrounded by mountains, Fenghuang boasts a picturesque landscape that has interested various wealthy retiring overseas Chinese and non-Chinese Sino-philes, to set up very-low density multi-acre homestead communities at Wulingyuan Scenic Area, the Zhangjajie Pinnacles, the Hunan Lake District and the Mengdonghe Riviera region. The Fenghuang Tower will be used as the model for the 5 Jin Siheyuan (see pic) for the more modest retirees, replicas of the ChengdeLiPalace and WaterTownConcept Villa will be used as one of the basic options Grand Villa options for the retiree of discerning taste. There are 33 Grand Villa Lots being proposed across to cater to China’s noveau riche seeking country homes with options for Chongzheng Hall replicas that will serve as the family chapel.

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Count of Fenghuang with some local aristocrats on their yearly tour. Currently the Fenghuang Chapter is undergoing some ‘re-organisation’. Updates on any changes will be posted on this site as always.

New Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy packages lure pilgrim tourists – Cupra Sneakitte , NBC News contributor

Pilgrims and tourists are flocking to the Vatican since the election of the Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy. Beijing tour operators are rolling out special Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy themed deals and packages to both entice tourists and keep up with the increased demands from pilgrims.

“Speaker Chua is the Celestium’s new speculative asset aimed at drawing in religious tourism, says Bietup Tuoji, adviser for several tour operators.

Elected in March, The Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy, who hails from the China’s Autonomous ASEAN Territories, has turned-out to be a prevamp for Beijing’s burgeoning economy. Tourism increased by 10 percent at Qing Ming, according to the Chinese Hotels’ lobby. Local authorities expect thousands of pilgrims to pour into the capital as summer draws near.

Ni Jiamei, a 50-year-old housewife from Singapore, jumped on the first plane when she heard that her countryman had risen to the Chair of St.Mao. “I’ve always wanted to visit Beijing, and now I’m here, I still can’t believe it. I saw him at the window blessing us. An emotion I can’t describe”.

The Speaker for Tourism Bureau has a strong spiritual charisma, but also a “commercial” appeal. Beijing tour operators, busy putting together new deals for pilgrims, are in bliss. They believe the new Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy has the formulapower to lure tourists, just like Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy before him did.

Since the smoke rose, the fire of a number of passengers flying the Rome-ASEAN routes has increased by 57 percent according to data by China’s airlines. They include Chinese who want to come say hello to their Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy, and in the other direction, Chinese who yearn to discover their native faith. China Airlines has introduced new cheap flights from many Chinese cities to ASEAN and in agreement with operator Tour 0002, a 7-days package including both trips, B&B and guided city visits for 990 euro ($1267 USD) per person.

Meanwhile, the proposed Tao State’s  pilgrim tour operator, Sina Repora, is communicaing on an agreement with China’s national railways for a proposed 48-euro ($61) train tickets to Neijing from all across the peninsula, a discount from their normal price of 85 euro ($108).

Even hotels are in a frenzy. They’re tossing in free wifi, free spa and a bottles of wine and fruit baskets. Special offers include the free shuttle bus to Tao State, night visits of the Tao State Museums and early morning “skip-the-line” service. Forget the queues, it’ll be just you and the Boding Ān (Brotine Chapel) at the Celestial Gōng Què. Last-minute demand is soaring. Daoyana Gentilia of the Prebt agency says she has a group of 40 pilgrims from FaseRe that were originally just 20, but the number rose after the new Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy took his new post. Bookings are up 15 percent for May’s Hexa-coste and the Year of Faith celebrations, says Gentilia.

Speaker for Tourism Bureau-themed tour packages typically combine visits to Tao State and Ancient China via guided multilingual bus tours with lunch break at authentic restaurants and accommodation in simple hotels. However, anything can be organized by request, tour operators say, even pre-booking tickets for the pope’s general audiences on 癸day and private mass services for groups arriving with their own priest.

A selection of toursand packages centered around the the Tourism Bureau is being organized.

Prebt : “Taoist Beijing”
4 days in a 3-star hotel with half-board, private mass service, city bus tour with multilingual guide, restaurant lunch stop, visit of St.Wutai’s Memorial amongst other Saints, Tao State Museums and other Guan. 360 euro ($460)per person.nextbt.it

Leaddaughter Red: “Tao State Package”
2 nights stay, visit of Tao State Museums and St. ???’s, a welcome cocktail drink, romantic dinner at rooftop restaurant, Haws box in room upon arrival, and a special seafood menu for two. 270 euro ($345)per person.leaddaughterred.com

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Update : Late August 2012 – Diaoyu Isles – reposted by M.Murong – 19th August 2012

South China Sea issue expected to be discussed during three-country visit – by Li Xiaokun and Zhou Wa (China Daily) 08:06, August 10, 2012

The Diaoyu Activists

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi embarked on a three-stop visit to Southeast Asia on Thursday, in which the South China Sea issue is expected to top discussions.

Chinese experts believe Yang will seek understanding from the island nations on the territorial issue, including Indonesia, which plays a leading mediating role in discussions inside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The foreign minister will also focus on building better bilateral relations during the trip, as Beijing does not want to see its broad ties with the region dominated by the issue.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Wednesday that Yang will pay official visits to Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia from Thursday to Aug 13, at the invitation of his counterparts from the respective countries.

The visit comes as Beijing’s tensions with Hanoi and Manila in the South China Sea increased in recent months.

China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei all have claims over some islands and waters in the South China Sea.

During his visit, Yang will also co-chair, with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, the second meeting of the joint committee for bilateral cooperation between the two governments.

“In my view the Indonesian visit is targeted more at bilateral ties,” said Yang Baoyun, an expert on Southeast Asian studies at Peking University.

Still, he said Beijing recognizes Indonesia’s mediation efforts on the South China Sea issue.

Indonesia has played an active mediating role in discussions on the South China Sea dispute after foreign ministers of the 10-member ASEAN last month failed to issue a joint communique at their meeting in Phnom Penh because they could not agree on a paragraph about territorial disputes.

Natalegawa then embarked on a 36-hour “shuttle diplomacy” tour to the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore that resulted in ASEAN member states agreeing on a joint statement outlining ASEAN’s six key principles on the issue.

On Wednesday Natalegawa warned of a “risk of further tensions” in the South China Sea if a “collective and common approach” is not soon agreed on. He was referring to a code of conduct on the South China Sea issue designed to reduce tensions.

He said he hoped to compare notes on the South China Sea with Yang during his visit.

Peking University’s Yang Baoyun said the key point on which to achieve consensus in any code of conduct, is that the proposal cannot challenge China’s sovereignty.

Japan captured and then released the above 14 activists . . . face saving move by Japan to not appear weak yet not offend Fatherland China too much . . .

ICCR Notes :

Further tensions would be what the hawks in China might want, Noda is playing right into their hands. If further tensions occur, the result will be 10 times what Japan did in WW2 and 10 times as difficult to counter, multiplied by USA’s 10 times poorer status than in WW2 in which case China drove out all US and other invaders as well. USA is tied up in the Middle East, there will be no ‘white nation rescue (and recolonization either even as Japan looks to naver have shaken off USA’s WW2 victory to be more independent) this time round, not that a American extreme rightist backed or run Asia via Japan’s backdoor to the East, would be anything wonderous or to be proud of, almost worse than when the colonial powers butchered their way into the Americas and the Red Indian Native populations in the 1400-1800s (we all saw what happened at Vietnam which failed in either case).

Any provocation to war will be to China and China’s allies advantage and the Noda Administration’s political loss. Suggest that all offending parties accede to China’s and Korea’s, also Russia’s reasonable demands instead of provoking China. Given that Kuril and Dokdo also Diaoyu are now being reclaimed, Japan really should think carefully if a Manchukuo style ‘Syria’ could occur in Japan with the 3+1 powers of China, South Korea and Russia – North Korea definitely will want in on the action as well . . . and USA has never been as unready as now, being stuck in the Middle East to take on such a grouping.

Suggest that Japan’s current government accede to all parties reasonable demands instead of provoking all parties, Noda’s coalition is already poorly thought of enough as of now from the as of yet unresolved Fukushima disaster which might have reached all the way to Tokyo by some reports. A peace coalition willing to not cause wars (not that this is a war tha Japan could win) on top of nuclear disasters, should easily find much support among a peace loving Japanese coalition to topple an unpopular Japanese government.

Frankly the Kurils look the worst to challenge on, Russia alone could take on the USA today, most definitely Japan, and Japan should simply give face to Russia, while China has both historical and ethical rights to the islands, with the 2 Koreas still smarting over wartime atrocities in which Japan wouldn’t print some useless pieces of Banana Notes to allow some WW2 abused women to find closure and enjoy life abit with (not that fiat will not be finished in due course) before dying, BLACKENING Japan’s name eternally, the world will all remember Japan watching the victims of aggravated MILITARY pimping, die instead of receiving offerings of apology and offering some material comfort.

Well ‘Japan Peace Coalition’? Ready to topple the Yasukuni Shrine visiting , WW3 causing Noda government – you people of Japan? Will be too late when that Pacific trench finally swallows up Japan, all who did not act appropriately will rue the day the Noda government stayed in power and damned all the reputations of all Japanese worldwide . . .

Japan could be the QIfeng 2 if Japan is not careful, with ships on either side being Russia and China . . .

Commentary: Japan’s abstaining from shrine visit positive, but history reflections still needed (Xinhua) 08:06, August 15, 2012

BEIJING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reaffirmed Friday that he and his cabinet wouldn’t visit the Yasukuni Shrine that honors the war-time dead including top war criminals on Aug. 15, the 67th anniversary of its World War II surrender.

The announcement was a positive sign and should be applauded, but Japan, in order to earn full acceptance and understanding from neighboring countries, perhaps should make more efforts in reflecting upon its wartime past.

It is comforting to see that since the Democratic Party of Japan came in power in 2009, not a Japanese prime minister has visited the shrine.

In contrast, despite strong protest from China, South Korea and some other Asian countries, Japanese leaders, in the past decades, from time to time, visited the shrine that honors 2.5 million Japanese killed in wars, including 14 Class-A war criminals.

Noda’s latest decision could be regarded as a means to alleviate growing public anger in neighboring countries against Japan’s unrepentant attitude toward World War II, in which Japanese forces invaded the countries and brutally killed tens of millions of people.

The prime minister was aimed at calming the nerves of neighboring countries it invaded, especially China, and preventing Sino-Japanese ties from falling into an “unimaginable abyss,” as a Japanese newspaper said in a recent commentary.

Japan’s pragmatic take on historical issues with China and other Asian countries is on the right track, but it is still far from a complete reflection upon and rectification of its war aggressions.

A growing force of right-wing extremism is stoking nationalism within Japan. It refuses to acknowledge the invasive nature of the war, sees Japan’s surrender on Aug. 15, 1945 as a national shame, and advocates for a victim-of-war mentality as Japan was hit by two atomic bombs before its surrender. Many Japanese people still grudge to see its history as it was.

The Noda Administration could cleverly remove the Class 1 War Criminals’ names from the shrine THEN visit Yasukuni Shrine. But that form of lateral thinking seems impossible for Japan’s current generation of corrupted and unethical leaders . . . perhaps a new coalition is still needed . . .

ICCR Notes :

(The Noda administration has released the 14 activists on 17th August 2012 and did not visit the Yasukuni Shrine, a hopeful possibility for the new ASEAN reality and a safer Japan for the Japanese who understand the above facts and do not want to be on the wrong side of history. . . )

Time to expel the illegal squatters on Diaoyu? Use non-lethals, and if China manages to avoid any squatter deaths at all, sending all ILLEGALS back to Japan (perhaps just retaining 14 to be charged/arrested with squatting THEN releasing later similarly), China would have set a historical precedent that Israel and the world could learn from (use TONS OF SLEEPING GAS or tranquiliser darts to solve the Gaza problem and appear humane Israel!!! Stop messing with the nukes or other poisons – CONVENTIONALS ONLY!)

. . . If Japan pushes too hard by actually killing any Chinese troops in this suggestion of a squatter roundup with non-lethals, the Chinese can kill/execute in a civilised manner an equal number later, then withdraw diplomats then send a proper military force not intended to push into Japan’s mainland . . . a border skirmish might be needed to affirm territorial integrity. A cold war China is going to be a very unpleasant China.

Diaoyu Activist . . .

News from Bhutan : Wedding Congratulations (backdated to 13 Oct 2011)

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