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Update from Vault of Heaven (Beijing) – reposted by T.E. Yu – 25th October 2012

The Vault of Heaven, Oct 24 — The Supreme Celestial Patriarch names ten new Grand Celestial Patriarchs, putting stamp on Taoist World religion as future – update from Pater H (Imperial Vault of Heaven) 9th Day of the Month of the Chrysanthemum 4343 H.L. (24th October 2012)

The Grand Celestial waved as he arrived to lead the 丙-day general audience at the Temple of Heaven. (photographs of the ascended ‘Sovereign Soul of Mankind’ are disallowed, the Grand Celestial Patriarch in the picture is seated on the sedan behind the yellow curtain veil.

The Supreme Celestial Patriarch, putting his  on the future of the Taoists Celestial faith, today named ten new Grand Celestial Patriarchs from around the world to join the elite group of prelates who will one day choose his successor. The ten are from the United States, Lebanon, India, Nigeria, Colombia, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The ceremony, known as a conbrotory, will be held at an unspecified date, the Grand Celestial said in a routine announcement at his monthly general audience.

Among those named are known as the “Lesser Sovereigns” of the Taoist Faith are Arch Celestial of the 9th Sect, an ethnic-Chinese American who runs the pontifical household, Patriarch Tan B., patriarch of the Celestial Order in Lebanon, and Patriarch B.C. Tho, the Arch Celestial of India. They also include Arch Celestial J.O. Om of Abuja, Nigeria, Arch Celestial S.G. Ru of Bogota, Colombia, and Arch Celestial A.T. Lu of Manila in the Philippines.

All of the ten new Celestial Patriarchs are under 70 years old and thus eligible under Church law to enter a conclave to elect a new Supreme Celestial. The elite group is known as “Celestial Patriarch electors”. After the conbrotory, the number of Celestial Patriarch electors will rise again to 88, the maximum allowed under Taoist Law. The total number of men in the College of Celestial Patriarchs will be 188.

The below paragraph discusses items unmentioned since 1911 . . . as we fear that various esoteric traditions may die out without mention from sheer secrecy, we shall help better preserve by detailing as far as is possible on Inner Temple Guardians and the Grand Celestial Patriarch’s immortal lineage.

Inner Temple Guardians

Inner Temple Guardians are typically retired Grandmasters of various martial art sects of sufficient girth and height (6’6″ minimum height, with the ‘Tibetan Iron Bars’ a well known contribution from Tibetan Bon Sect every generation alongside other typicals from Shaolin, Wudang, Dai (the original Thai) Kickboxers, and other less known and secretive sects such as Serpent, Black Lotus, Fire Sect etc.., who are Regency sought then proposed, and PRC vetted then sanctiomed by the Celestial Order) who have decided to serve at the Celestial Vault are also under the same prohibition and typically wear the veiled and silk clad sedge hat (2nd picture shows veiled Guardians) when travelling outside the temple. Interesting to note in the martial arts and religious world is the revival of the several rare sects from a source which prefered to remain nameless.

Depictions of Inner Ward Guardians (the secret of blue skin was discovered before Buddhism was invented and is achieved by ingestion of ‘Silvery Herbal Infusion/Potions’ of Colloidal Silver which are still used by Guardians today. The herbal components will remain a preserve of the Imperial Palace and Celestial Sanctum.

Grandmasters in Traveling Garb and Veiled Sedge

The Immortality of the Grand Celestial Patriarch

The Speaker for the Supreme Grand Celestial said in a routine announcement :

This will be the five hundredth time since his election in 207 A.D. that The Supreme Grand Celestial, 1881 years of age, has named new Grand Celestial Patriarchs.

The Supreme Celestial is generally believed to be immortal, but the since the fall of the Qing Dynasty and the advent of modern education and technology, the general consensus is that rather than a cinnabar suffused constitution that granted immortality to the Supreme Grand Celestial long 1800 years ago before the Immortal head of the Taoist Church’s death, The Supreme Grand Celestial chooses from among his successors a suitably aged ancient most astrologically appropriate replacement for the era, to transmit wisdom and the Taoist Mandate of the World, and to continue as if the Grand Celestial is truly immortal.

According to fragments of history salvageable from rare texts that survived the Cultural Revolution, and general rumours of Immortality, the Supreme Grand Celestial has disappeared during various falls of various dynasties only to resurface during China’s times of stability again, but most references (in ancient scripts were destroyed and as many Temples demolished) to the Immortal Lord of Mankind based in the Sacred Eternal Gardens of Tiantan (Forbidden Gardens), were removed during the violent and murderous Cultural Revolution along with sparrows which extreme Stalinist Chaiman Mao declared competitive with human beings for food and decreed had to be slaughtered wherever seen. This as we know resulted in proliferation of other vermin which sparrows fed on, and resulted the collapse of harvests and ended in the starvation of the Chinese.

Todays’s China is different, far more educated and while appreciative of what the ancients knew, and even as many ancient structures including the power of the Taoist Faith and the Imperial Institution are being worked on towards revival, know that if the legends of the current Supreme Grand Celestial’s Immortality are true, (many more are inclined to believe that the death of each Supreme Celestial is hidden from public to give an impression of Immortality but respectfully refuse to challenge the ‘myth’ – that and the fact that MANY technologies we take for granted would fail as the ‘Legis Celestium’ and modern science clash), the Chinese hardly can expect the permission of the Celestial Order to access the Elixir of Immortality which still sustains the Supreme Grand Celestial Patriarch who will be 1881 years old this year.

A singular anomoly for every Eternal City is quite enough,’ declared the Celestial Speaker referring to the presence of Living Immortals in China. ‘We cannot allow the Holy of Holies to be be exposed to the profane.’, alluding to the possibility of at least 5 Immortals existing in each of China’s Eternal Holy Mountains as of now. He refused to speak any further on the subject when asked, claiming to not want for Taoism to be associated with pseudo-scientiific mysticism and told us to visit the Imperial Alchemist instead for a lecture on Taoist Herbal remedies about to revolutionise the medical and pharmacological sector with organic healing with naturopathic herology instead of synthetic Western medicines in China.

The Grand Celestial Patriarch last disappeared from public view in 1911 and resurfaced in 2009 where the PRC has currently given permission to conduct Imperial Rites in private at invitation for select persons only (From an unamed ICCR source, apparently the Red Army wishes to coordinate and organise the state religion properly – only at a propitious and auspicious time when the general population is ready) as a suitable successor is sought for revive the Dragon Throne by even as the Taoist religion begins a cycle of regeneration. The Grand Celestial Patriarch currently resides in the Celestial Vault and is represented by the PRC’s Holy Administration for the Temple of Heaven, which is preparing the ASEAN territories for the implementation of Greater Imperial China and the 10 day week if the PRC wishes to begin the 100,000 year cycle.

After the conbrotory, the number of Grand Celestial Patriarch electors will rise again to 88, the maximum allowed under Taoist Law. The total number of men in the College of Celestial Patriarchs will be 188.

Many thanks to Lord Mao of Diexi (Chinese: 叠溪; Pinyin: Diéxī), Ngawa Prefecture, Sichuan, China for this article contribution.

ICCR wishes a very Happy Double Ninth Festival to all Chinese.

Lord Mao and Lady Mao (claimants for titular seat at Diexi)

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Updates on the Diaoyu Oceanic District – reposted by M.Murong – 8th October 2012

Potsdam Declaration: Diaoyu islands belong to China – 09-18-2012 13:43 BJT

Japan’s so-called purchasing of Diaoyu islands severely violated history and international law. After World War Two, the Potsdam Declaration or the Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender clarified Japan’s sovereignty.

The Potsdam Declaration was issued on July 26th 1945 in the name of the governments of the United States, the Republic of China, and the United Kingdom. It determines that the terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out and Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands.

The U.S., Britain, and China issue the Potsdam Declaration defining terms for Japanese surrender. The Diaoyu Islands cannot be owned, sold or leased by any Japanese person or the Japanese Government.

And China’s northeast regions, Taiwan Island, Penghu Islands and its surrounding islands should return to China after being occupied by Japan for over 50 years. And Japan accepted the terms unconditionally.

Matthias Simmich, deputy director of Schloss Cecilienhof Museum, said, ” The Potsdam Declaration says particularly that territories of China which were occupied by Japan before World War Two must return to China.”

PRC Chinese Submarines from the Imperium in revival . . .

Some Photos of Daily Life in China – reposted by T.E. Yu – 1st October 2012

Typical Elite Confucian School Assembly with some parents and minor aristocracy in traditional Hanfu in attendance.

Confucian Acolytes at the 2012 Taoist Conclave

Dotting the 3rd Eye.

Temple Grotto Entrance

Xi-anCityWall

Young commoners relaxing in a public venue on a typical day.

Some Articles on Entertainment – posted by T.E. Yu – 1st October 2012

The Incredible Story Of China’s Sexual Revolution (transcript has been edited lightly by Business Insider for clarity) Adam Taylor Aug. 31, 2012, 3:08 PM | 19,946 | 34

China’s sexual revolution is underway, but it’s a complicated, and sometimes contradictory affair. A new book by American journalist Richard Burger — of the popular Peking Duck blog — seeks to address those changes by studying China’s sexual history over the past 5,000 years.

Every year, thousands of Chinese women pay for an operation to restore their hymens shortly before their wedding so that husbands can see blood on the sheets on their honeymoon night. Brides-to-be who cannot afford the 4,400 yuan operation (about $700) can walk into one of China’s 200,000 sex shops or go online to buy a cheap artificial hymen that seeps artificial blood when punctured. Although the percentage of Chinese women who engage in premarital sex has skyrocketed in urban areas from 15 percent in 1990 to more than 50 percent in 2010, conservative attitudes toward sex, even in big cities like Shanghai, remain largely intact. To most Chinese people, virginity matters, and husbands look forward to their wedding night when they can deflower their young virgin brides. For some husbands, the absence of blood on the sheets can be grounds for divorce.

Burger, a former writer for both the Baltimore Sun and the Global Times was one of the first people to start blogging about China in 2002. He told us he was approached by Earnshaw Books to write a book about the changing face of sex in China. While the book was based on exhaustive research — Burger says he personally went through thousands of articles and dissertations — it’s not just a piece of academia. The point of the book is to bring China’s sexual revolution to a mainstream audience. We’ve read an advanced proof of the book and have to say its a great read. Burger was kind enough to give us a short interview about the book.

Interview follows :

Behind the Red DoorBI: What was the most surprising find of your research for the book?

RB: I think that the material on both prostitution and homosexuality totally blew me away. In the Tang Dynasty, more than a thousand years ago, for example, prostitutes were registered with the state and they were licensed so they could pay taxes. The broadmindedness throughout ancient society to sex astonished me, that prostitution was completely integrated into society.

The same goes with with homosexuality. This might have been the biggest surprise; ever since recorded history, there are records of men having intimate relationships with other men in China. They weren’t homosexuals per se, these were married heterosexual men with families. But to go out with younger men was seen as a sign of their status and privilege . It wasn’t that they were homosexuals; it was something that they did for their own entertainment and amusement. So that was something I really had no idea about — how much homosexuality permeated the culture.

BI: How did Chinese society go from such openness a thousand years ago to the incredibly restrictive sexual culture of the mid-20th century?

RB: You can trace the evolution of sexual attitudes, but there is no single clear trajectory from open to closed and now back to kind of open again. Within different dynasties, China became very conservative with the influence of neo-Confucianists, especially during the Qing dynasty — the last dynasty — when prostitution and homosexuality was outlawed. A whole new consciousness came into China as it met the west via the Opium Wars and Western ideals for example. The notion of homosexuality being a sin or extramarital affairs being a sin began to take hold unlike the early Han Aidi (27 BC – 1 BC) who had a love affair with the official Dong Xian (23 BC – 1 BC), though probably most instances were well kept secrets or openly done depending on what current trends were. The country became obsessed with nationalism. Sexual openness and women’s rights became a low priority.

China’s shift to conservatism really reached its peak during the Qing dynasty, before that it had gone back and forth. Some members were very liberal, but others were reactionary. They even had some of China’s great works of erotic literature destroyed. What happened next was the nationalists and then Mao took over. For a brief while, around the time of the May 4th movement in 1912, it looked like China was about to liberalize, but it never really happened. The country became obsessed with nationalism. Sexual openness and women’s rights became a low priority.

The tragedy was really under Mao. While things had been getting dark in China regarding homosexuality, under Mao it went absolutely black. He considered any discussion of sex outside of the home to be a form of Western spiritual pollution and he insisted on total faithfulness, and monogamy.

All of the brothels were methodically closed, and the prostitutes were reintegrated into society doing other work. This was a very, very dramatic shift. People began to wear that gender neutral Maoist clothing. This really culminated during the cultural revolution when the slightest reference to sex was seen as spiritual pollution, as a sign that you were a class enemy. [Sexuality] was extremely controlled and girls wore their hair short, they became androgynous, and the difference between the genders sort of merged. It was a very strange time and this continued throughout the reign of Mao Zedong and until the late 1970s.

BI: Is a comparison to the 1960s sexual revolution in Western Europe and America appropriate?

RB: That comparison must be made very, very cautiously. The 1960s revolutions were all about personal freedom, doing your own thing, being able to stand up to authority and criticize it, and being defiant — and sexuality was a part of that. You began to have nudity on Broadway shows, and pornography became a big part of society as it became legalized.

In China, on the other hand, this revolution was far more controlled by the government. You could only go so far. It started with prostitution seeping in as Westerners began to come into China during the late 1970s. Finally, the government let that [control over prostitution] go completely and prostitution blossomed again. Bit by bit the Chinese became more sexually liberated, but with a much longer, slower process. As an example, homosexuality was only dropped from the list of crimes in 1997 and was only taken off the list of mental illnesses in 2001.

So it has been a very slow process,and what didn’t come with the sexual revolution in China were those demands for personal freedom and liberty that were won in the 1960s, when co-ed dorms opened and people felt fine standing up to authority . There has been no concurrent political revolution in China.

BI: Is technology playing a role?

RB: It has been astonishing. Nothing has affected the sexual revolution like the internet. You can pretty much trace  when the sexual revolution gained speed and traction back to when the internet started to become popular.

Muzi Mei
The most prominent example of this was in 2003 when a young female blogger in Guangzhou named Muzi Mei opened a sex blog and she described in excruciating detail positions that she enjoyed and named names. In one of her very first posts she named a well known rock musician and described how they made love.

Her whole point was that sex could be enjoyed strictly for the sake of sex — with no strings attached — and that it was fine to have multiple partners. This brought a new discourse into China and created, I think, a shift in the mentality of many, many women who looked at Muzi Mei as a role model. And suddenly, many women started their own versions of sex blogs — they didn’t go as far as Muzi Mei, whose site was shut down after just a few months — but women suddenly began to really get the notion that their sex life was theirs to do as they chose and I think the effects of this have not diminished.

The party itself has a long history of corrupt officials abusing women and abusing their power. One of the most interesting cases that I read about in China was in 2009, when a hostess in a karaoke bar was molested by a party official and she stabbed him to death with a fruit knife. Now normally in a case like this, she would have just been locked up and never heard of again, but the story leaked onto the internet and it became a sensation.

This wouldn’t have happened without the internet.

[The story] really ripped through the country and she became a folk hero. The people were outraged. This became a major, major news story and she was freed — she was let off the hook. This wouldn’t have happened without the internet.

Very shortly afterwards, an official from Beijing was in Shenyang and he molested a 12-year-old girl in a bathroom. When the parents approached him he screamed at them, “You have no idea who I am and the kind of power I have, do you dare to call my behavior into question?”

He didn’t know there was a surveillance camera taping the whole thing so the whole encounter — again, [the story spread] like lightning across the internet and he was removed from the party. They couldn’t prove that he had molested the girl, but he lost all of his power. This couldn’t have happened 10 or 20 years ago and it has changed the way people behave. They’re on their guard, and it has brought a new sense of power to the Chinese netizens who realize they can make a real difference by pulling together and closing rank.

Is China’s sexual revolution part of an inevitable progress towards more sexual openness, or could it be dialed back?

China keeps trying to control things. Just last year they took off two-thirds of their primetime shows from television including dating shows, shows that were considered racy, and replaced them with news shows. There was popular dating site that went too far talking about premarital sex, so they brought in this dowdy cadre from another city to run the show to make sure it didn’t cross boundaries.

That’s the thing with China’s sexual revolution; there will always be set boundaries where it’s understood you don’t cross, you don’t cross that red line. If you do, the government will intervene. But having gone this far, I don’t think there is any turning back. The people of China have tasted sexual freedom, and they have only wanted more and more. And despite the back and forth with the government, the trend definitely seems to be in the direction of increased sexual freedom.

Top 10 nude models in China By Zhang Junmian (China.org.cn)
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90782/7964617.html

ICCR Notes :

Do not mistake this ‘Chinese sexual revolution’ phenomenon as an ‘all class encompassing’ effect. For certain the lower classes will again as in the past have access to their entertainments as laws accomodate and protect their simpler/coarser tastes, BUT, the apex classes will as centuries past, will continue to accept no less than the ‘best’ (i.e. Yunfei Trained Women, virginity valued, ‘child bride reservation’ – concerned apex class parents from ‘best’ families etc. begin to normalize), where apex men will not ‘share’ women or tolerate multiple partner escorts (like some of the ‘low class minded’ noveau riche or untitled wealthy do).

The apex classers instead will opt for formal mistresses which will be watched by society in general (and reported for infidelity), or preferably 2nd, 3rd or more wives from equally good families if possible. While nothing will change for the apex classers, the sexual revolution is indeed a boon in sociallly relaxed feel to foreign visitors, and sex positivity (and general better mood in China’s once spartan and almost grim sexual scene in the Commie and post-Commie pre-millenial era) that is anathema to the concept of the apex group which will become increasingly traditional as China re-culturizes along with the Imperial revival as envisioned by ICCR.

The Dukang gene: a gift from China’s father of wine – Staff Reporter – 2011-07-14

We’ll have some more then: A study says 70% of Han Chinese possess the Dukang gene that helps break down alcohol. (Photo/CFP)

About 70% of Han Chinese people possess the Dukang gene which can process alcohol and break down toxins, according to a report from the center of Anthropological Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai. The results were published in the latest issue of the UK’s Human Genetics Annual

Report. Li Hui, head of the key laboratory of major education department at Fudan, said the gene is a mutation which can break down toxins produced by food which has been stored too long and become rotten and moldy.

Among the world’s different ethnic groups there exist a large number of highly differing mutant enzyme genes which fall into seven categories. The strongest gene with the detoxification function is the seventh type, which is possessed by 70% of Han Chinese. Looking from both historical and geographical perspectives, Li concluded that the Dukang gene was an important factor in Han expansion in China’s Xia, Shang and Zhou dynasties (around 2000-250 BCE), when Chinese people made rapid development in agriculture, producing vast quantities of food leading to techniques of storing and winemaking. During that time the consumption of alcohol had become a widespread activity and Du Kang, for whom the gene has been named, is renowned as the father of winemaking and was well-known in the Xia dynasty for his drinking prowess.

Li pointed out that in the early days of winemaking, the process was not refined and many toxins were included in wine. Some died of poisoning as a result, yet many continued to drink, effectively culling entire populations of people who lacked the genetics to tolerate toxic alcohol. The remaining population had bodies better able to break down such toxins to survive and pass on their genes. The result was Dukang’s Genes, or North East Asian Alcohol Resistant Genes.

In China, alcoholic drinks are sometimes associated with some negative events and words such as “excessive drinking” and “harmful to the health” when mentioning it. The rise in prices of Moutai and Wuliangye every time, as well as the incidents of adulterated liquor, will stir up public resistance and resentment. Without ancient intellectuals’ drinking games and discussions about national affairs during drinking, how the liquor culture can attach to the modern way of life to possess a unique China-style culture, which is really unavoidable

“For example, the innovation in the customs of liquor and the refining in liquor ceremony may form a cultural aspiration that is distinctive and close to the emotional needs of the public, which is a recurrence of the spiritual attribute of liquor consumption,” said Wang Yancai, president of the China Alcoholic Drinks Association.

Chinese Wine Country List :

Northwest (Xinjiang, Ningxia, and Gansu)

Pro: Summers tend to be hot and dry, so the grapes have higher sugar content and fewer problems with disease than in coastal regions, though they sometimes lack acidity.

Con: Winters are extremely cold, thus even burying the vines may not stop a relatively high percentage of them from being destroyed.

Northeast (Jilin)

Pro: Most grape varieties here are local (species: vitis amurensis) and resistant to the cold, even more so than the North American varietals.

Con: Growing seasons are too short and winters too cold to support vitis vinifera grapes, such as Merlot or Riesling.

North (Shanxi , Huailai and Changli in northeast Hebei)

Pro: Summers are dry and winters are warmer than in Xinjiang, thus while the vines have to be buried here, they are much more likely to survive.

Con: This area sees much more rain in some years than in others, thus disease can be a problem.

North (Beijing-Tianjin corridor)

Pro: This area is close to major markets.

Con: The soil and climate in these relatively flat areas is not good enough for growing quality grapes.

East coast (Shandong)

Pro: The relatively long wine-making tradition here means a greater supply of experienced employees. And unlike in the north, burying vines is not necessary in winter.

Con: Unlike in Mediterranean climates, which tend to experience separate hot and humid periods, this area gets them simultaneously, which means a lot of pesticides are needed to deal with the ensuing diseases.

Henan (Yellow River Valley)

Pro: Like Shandong, winters are warmer and burying the vines is not necessary.

Con: Summers are too hot and humid, and the issue of disease is greater here than in any other major grape-growing region of China.

Southwest (Yunnan)

Pro: The growing season is quite long, so much so that there is potential for two harvests.

Con: Harvest overlaps the rainy season. This could be solved by delaying the growing season – such as by pruning later – and thus utilizing the dry sunny weather that follows the rainy season.

Note: There are also other provinces with small plantings, ranging from Shaanxi and Szechuan with vitis vinifera grapes to Guangxi and Hunan with local grapes.

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 . . .

More of the Cultural Edifices of China’s neo-Imperial Aristocracy – posted by T.E. Yu 20th July 2012

Bird Culture – A ‘Garden Colony’ (typically of a single type in 10,000-20,000 sq feet aviaries (or if larger several popular species)) that ONLY owners of Siheyuan can properly and humanely indulge in among the neo-Aristocracy’s Scholar Gardens.

A rather spartan example of the Travelling Display Cage. Travel-Display Cages are typically highly ornate and constructed of exotic wood bound by brass and ceramic, and sometimes borne by professional Cage Bearers, much like regalia on parade.

The highly developed sensitivity of the Chinese Bird Culturist among the neo-Imperial Aristocracy has deep scorn for 3ft to 5ft square, even 10ft ft square cages as main living spaces for their beloved ornamental or song birds. Typically owners who do travel out with their birds regularly display 2 characteristics :

1) the owners are sensitive and communicate well with their birds, are able to coax their birds into the cages
2) the birds are very well rested and happy to accompany the owners on their trips

Thus the number of bird culturists in society are typically small and highly elite, clustered in the most urban of imperial boulevards, and for certain almost always are Scholarly Garden owners if not professional (not the pet mill type though) bird breeders. Materials range from bamboo (cheapest), bone ivory (intermediate), to brass clad ornamental stone (expensive), and jadeite inlaid ivory (these are extremely rare).

Some Bamboo Cage Stand Details from :
http://jeffctlow.blogspot.com/2010/01/chinese-bamboo-cages_20.html (all pictures copyright of respective owners)

General Sizes of Travel Display Cages for Each Species and ‘Cage Play Skills’ :

The sizes of circular Chinese birdcages are defined by the diameters of the cages which is similar to the lengths of the centrally placed perches. The tradition to use the appropriate size for each species has changed very little over the years. 8 to 9 inches cages are used for oriental white-eyes, 10 to 12 inches cages for most finches, 14 inches cages for hwameis and magpie robins (slightly larger cages are sometimes used for these species today) and depending on the length of the tail feathers, cages 16 inches and above are used for white-rumped shamas.

A bird that after acclimatisation to the surroundings and to the display bamboo cage will over time, develop a ‘cage play’ (movements within the cage) that is most natural to its species. After which the bird is introduced to spacious aviaries as well, with stints in the smaller cage to retain ‘cage play skills’.

The size and variation of the bamboo cage help to define the type of cage play a bird may be skilled in. Good cage play skills are highly desirable to some hobbyists (much like technicians), though the ‘soul nature’ of large aviary only birds is considered far more valuable to the more sensitive among birders who can discern fidgeting fidgeting from a bird who has ‘lived spaciously’ unskilled though that bird might be!

Over time, a ‘Skilled Bird’ (some would say cooped up into OCD . . . ) well acclimatized to the small space of a bamboo cage will also be conditioned to channel most of its energy into its songs and physical displays. The limited space within the cage is intended to heighten the intensity of the performance of an in-form bird with an abundance of energy – so as not to dilute performance. Conversely a bird from the neo-Apexer preferred large aviary is valued for it’s ’emnative nature’ or ‘wild soul’, giving rise to many a reflective conversation on the distressed state of the lower classes interred in high density tiny pigeonholecoop flats or rabbit hutch houses, or high density duplexs or ‘detached homes’ with little more than 10 feet of space on either side as opposed to the Estate Dwellers, sprawling Villa owners and Siheyuan owners!

A ‘Balanced Bird’ can also be ‘trained’ and the same bird could also be kept in a spacious aviary as often required that retention of developed desired cage play or songs will not be lost. A full time aviary bird or ”Free’ Bird’ has far less ‘cage play skill‘ but is eminently preferred for breeding or Scholar Garden residency-companionship purposes for their ‘soul nature/wild soul‘, instead of ‘show birds’. The abundant space maintains the least skilled but most suitable breeders while ‘show birds’ spend stints between cage types and aviaries so as not to dilute the energy during a performance.

In the Pro ‘Noble-Savage’ set among the naturist inclined within elite, (as opposed to the insanity situations of of sparrows kept on leashes or song birds looking ragged in their cruelly-small cages by children has mostly ended . . .) birds at all levels are allowed to choose to fly off, or if the owner is insistent and particularly conscientious – released into a area of suitable wilderness that species naturally occurs in, once they have bred their 3rd brood for breeders to continue, or reach ‘retirement’ age (this varies but is the equivalent of when a bird reaches 55 or for the ‘Pro-Noble-Savage’ types, even for performance song birds – at the ripe old equivalent of 35!). The reasoning being that the ’35 year old birds’ will still have sufficient interest and vigor for life, suffered less in enclosed environs, and thus will have capacity to enjoy, associate with and who knows perhaps even teach the naturally occuring wild population all they have learnt in the company of humans. This of course is not an option among the ‘tiny cage’ or ‘keep in cage till ‘old age’ and ‘death’ advocates, skilled as their space, freedom and poorly socialised, companionship frustrated birds may be. Though costly and ‘yielding’ less, ICCR in the interest of humane treatment of a pet that has brough so much pleasure for near 1/3 of natural life, advocates the ‘Freebird’ with ‘release into wild’ retirement at equivalent ‘Bird Age’ of 35. Released birds sometimes are tagged with distinctly designed or cheaply plated gold rings so that a former owner can identify their former pets in the area released in or if the pet comes back for a visit!.

Example of an Extant ‘Song Bird Garden’ Of The Day

Yuen Po Street Bird Market Garden

In Hong Kong, Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is considered lower end, and strictly for ‘skilled bird’ types, not unusual to see the occasional old man riding around with bird cages attached too their bicycles. Occupying an area of about 3000 square metres, this charming though not particularly spacious Chinese-style garden is located in Mong Kok. It is the favoured gathering place of Hong Kong’s songbird owners though impacted and dominated by the 70 or so songbird stalls selling row upon row of Twa-twas or Picolets, mynahs, cockatiels and starlings, skylarks and grosbeaks, rose finches, plovers, oriental magpie robins and Mongolian larks also. Not exactly a proper Scholar Garden per se. (If only Yuyuan Garden could consider something for the upper crust?)

Yuyuan Garden – perhaps a private pavilion to each Bird Owner in the future rather than the narrow and cramped version at Yuen Po?

Among the birds favored for their songs are tiny Japanese white-eyes and hwamei.  Exotic birds like fallvettas, leaf birds and yhina however only naturally occur in the wild and need to be kept in large conservatories by wealth hobbyists. Bird singing contests are often held on off day mornings, with 2 categories of winners being the birds that can sing the highest number of different songs in 15 minutes or the birds which sing the best or have the most pleasing presence by vote. Younger birds are trained by placing them near older birds which the younger birds usually imitate out of boredom (this is the skilled bird). The best birds cost as much as $2,000. Untrained birds sell for as little a $1.50 but ones who have been trained for a year fetch as much as $300.

Keeping song birds was frowned upon during the cultural revolution and viewed as a crime in the Cultural Revolution. These days though, one is hard pressed to even find a fair community of apex classers who appreciate this millenia old hobby!

Typically those who are unable to afford the time (dedicated Birding Staff) and space or lack devotion to the hobby, tediousness of coaxing birds from cage to cage (evolution of 1000s of years never designed or inlined birds to associate much with humans or transfer from cage to cage) cynically do not support use of larger aviaries claiming technicality and ‘skill’ over the free spirited ‘nature’ of these birds, but as all things in nature, space is a luxury that only the apex classes can understand that the lower classes do not and may never understand. The elitist owner of the Scholar Garden aviaries within their Siheyuan (balanced bird) is as different a type of man than the urban dweller (skilled bird), even as at superlative levels the Mongol or Manchu nomad herdsman (wild bird) touches on the wild and free nature of the stereotypical noble savage . . . balance is the best and the Imperial Era Chinese knew this to a tee given the design of the 20,000 square foot 5 Jin and above Siheyuan, very much a cage in the grey Urbanscapes of the day, even as high density low rise went hi-density hi-rise in this era!

Education in the People’s Republic of China – edits and repost by T.E. Yu – 20th July 2012

Education in the People’s Republic of China is a state-run system of public education run by the Ministry of Education. All citizens must attend school for at least nine years. The government provides primary education for sixtime to time years, starting at age six or seven, followed by six years of secondary education for ages 12 to 18. Some provinces may have five years of primary school but four years for middle school. There are three years of middle school and three years of high school. The Ministry of Education reported a 99 percent attendance rate for primary school and an 80 percent rate for both primary and middle schools. In 1985, the government abolished tax-funded higher education, requiring university applicants to compete for scholarships based on academic ability. In the early 1980s the government allowed the establishment of the first private schools. Plans are underway to make Tertiary level education, especially Traditional Chinese Medicine (also Western Medicine for those inclined), free by 2020, both to lower patient/doctor ratios and to lower costs as well as waiting times.

Recitals at an Elite Confucian Charter State Kindergarten (Common Hall)

China has had a major expansion in education, increasing the number of undergraduates and people who hold doctoral degrees fivefold from 1995 to 2005.[4] In 2003 China supported 1,552 institutions of higher learning (colleges and universities) and their 725,000 professors and 11 million students (see List of universities in the People’s Republic of China). There are over 100 National Key Universities, including Beijing University and Tsinghua University. Chinese spending has grown by 20% per year since 1999, now reaching over $100bn, and as many as 1.5 million science and engineering students graduated from Chinese universities in 2006. China published 184,080 papers as of 2008.[5]

Laws regulating the system of education include the Regulation on Academic Degrees, the Compulsory Education Law, the Teachers Law, the Education Law, the Law on Vocational Education, and the Law on Higher Education.

History

Nanjing College Girls in Uniform

Since the end of the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), the education system in China has been geared toward economic modernization. In 1985, the national government ceded responsibility for basic education to local governments through the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party’s “Decision on the Reform of the Educational Structure.” In unveiling the education reform plan in May 1985, the authorities called for nine years of compulsory education and the establishment of the State Education Commission (created the following month). Official commitment to improved education was nowhere more evident than in the substantial increase in funds for education in the Seventh Five-Year Plan (1986–90), which amounted to 72 percent more than funds allotted to education in the previous plan period (1981–85). In 1986 some 16.8 percent of the state budget was earmarked for education, compared with 10.4 percent in 1984. Since 1949, education has been a focus of controversy in China. As a result of continual intraparty realignments, official policy alternated between ideological imperatives and practical efforts to further national development. But ideology and pragmatism often have been incompatible. The Great Leap Forward (1958–60) and the Socialist Education Movement (1962–65) sought to end deeply rooted academic elitism, to narrow social and cultural gaps between workers and peasants and between urban and rural populations, and to eliminate the tendency of scholars and intellectuals to disdain manual labor. During the Cultural Revolution, universal fostering of social equality was an overriding priority.
The city government of Beijing brings the basics of differential calculus to the masses

The post-Mao Zedong Chinese Communist Party leadership viewed education as the foundation of the Four Modernizations. In the early 1980s, science and technology education became an important focus of education policy. By 1986 training skilled personnel and expanding scientific and technical knowledge had been assigned the highest priority. Although the humanities were considered important, vocational and technical skills were considered paramount for meeting China’s modernization goals. The reorientation of educational priorities paralleled Deng Xiaoping’s strategy for economic development. Emphasis also was placed on the further training of the already-educated elite, who would carry on the modernization program in the coming decades. Renewed emphasis on modern science and technology led to the adoption, beginning in 1976, of an outward-looking policy that encouraged learning and borrowing from abroad for advanced training in a wide range of scientific fields.

Beginning at the Third Plenum of the Eleventh National Party Congress Central Committee in December 1978, intellectuals were encouraged to pursue research in support of the Four Modernizations and, as long as they complied with the party’s “Four Cardinal Principles” they were given relatively free rein. But when the party and the government determined that the strictures of the four cardinal principles had been stretched beyond tolerable limits, they did not hesitate to restrict intellectual expression.

Literature and the arts also experienced a great revival in the late 1970s and 1980s. Traditional forms flourished once again, and many new kinds of literature and cultural expression were introduced from abroad.

ICBBCB – Imperial Chinese Boys Boarding College Beijing (Pic to Illustrate A Chinese Characteristic Concept Graduation, instead of Western Robes we have Hanfu)

Since 1950 China has provided nine-year compulsory education for a fifth of the world’s population. By 1999, primary school education became universal throughout the areas where 90% of China’s population live, and the nine-year compulsory education, throughout the areas with 85% of the nation’s population.[6] While the central and provincial governments provide some funding for education, this varies from province to province, and funding in the rural areas is notably lower than in major urban municipalities. Families must supplement monies provided to school by government with tuition fees, which means that some children have much less education than others. However, parents place a very high value on education, and make great personal sacrifices to send their children to school and to university. Illiteracy in the young and mid-aged population has fallen from over 80 percent down to five percent. The system trained some 60 million mid- or high-level professionals and near 400 million laborers to junior or senior high school level. Today, 250 million Chinese get three levels of school education, (elementary, junior and senior high school) doubling the rate of increase in the rest of the world during the same period. Net elementary school enrollment has reached 98.9 percent, and the gross enrollment rate in junior high schools 94.1 percent.

China’s educational horizons are expanding. Ten years ago the MBA was virtually unknown but by 2004 there were 47,000 MBAs, trained at 62 MBA schools. Many people also apply for international professional qualifications, such as EMBA and MPA; close to 10,000 MPA students are enrolled in 47 schools of higher learning, including Peking University and Tsinghua University. The education market has rocketed, with training and testing for professional qualifications, such as computer and foreign languages, thriving. Continuing education is the trend, once in one’s life schooling has become lifelong learning.

International cooperation and education exchanges increase every year. China has more students studying abroad than any other country; since 1979, there have been 697,000 Chinese students studying in 103 countries and regions, of whom 185,000 have returned after finishing their studies. The number of foreign students studying in China has also increased rapidly; in 2004, over 110,000 students from 178 countries were studying at China’s universities.

Investment in education has increased in recent years; the proportion of the overall budget allocated to education has been increased by one percentage point every year since 1998. According to a Ministry of Education program, the government will set up an educational finance system in line with the public finance system, strengthen the responsibility of governments at all levels in educational investment, and ensure that their financial allocation for educational expenditure grows faster than their regular revenue. The program also set out the government’s aim that educational investment should account for four percent of GDP in a relatively short period of time.

For non-compulsory education, China adopts a shared-cost mechanism, charging tuition at a certain percentage of the cost. Meanwhile, to ensure that students from low-income families have access to higher education, the government has initiated effective ways of assistance, with policies and measures as scholarships, work-study programs, subsidies for students with special economic difficulties, tuition reduction or exemption and state stipends.

The government has committed itself to markedly raising educational levels generally, as evidenced in a Ministry of Education program; by 2020, of every 100,000 people, 13,500 will have had junior college education or above and some 31,000 will have had senior high school schooling; rates for illiteracy and semi-literacy rate will fall below three percent; and average schooling duration across the population will increase from today’s eight years to nearly 11.

In the 2009 test of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a worldwide evaluation of 15-year-old school pupils’ scholastic performance by the OECD, Chinese students from Shanghai achieved the best results in mathematics, science and reading.[7][8] The OECD also found that even in some of the very poor rural areas the performance is close to the OECD average.[9]. However, controversy has surrounded the high scores achieved by the Chinese students due to the unusual spread of the numerical data, with suggestions that schools were ‘gaming’ students for the exams. [10]

Elite Private School – Oath Taking At Graduation

Education in Zhou & Han Dynasties (People’s Daily Online) 09:35, July 05, 2012

Private Schools Thriving in the Spring and Autumn Period

In the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC – 476BC), private schools prevailed and many scholars of different schools of thought spread their teaching in this way.

Confucius, the great educator, devoted all his life to the private school system and instructed most students. It is said that over three thousand disciples followed him, among whom there were 72 sages who went on to broaden the acceptance of the philosophy set out by their master – Confucianism: a philosophy embracing benevolence in living, diligence in learning, and so on.

Besides that, other schools such as Taoism, also taught widely and this led afterwards to ‘a hundred schools of thought’ in the Warring States Period. During the succeeding years, private schools continued to exist although there were times when state education became fashionable.

Recommendation through Observation in the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220)

In 136 BC during the reign of Emperor Wudi (156 BC – 87 BC), the government introduced a system which was named ‘taixue’. Usually the students were provided with a free diet and mainly studied the classical Confucian books. Following examinations, those with good marks would directly be given official titles.

In the Han Dynasty there had been no system for testing a person’s ability, and the most prevalent method was merely through observation. Officials would see who was intelligent and recommend individuals to their superior. This obviously restricted the source of talented people and did little to provide any kind of equality for the population as a whole. Such a system could only lead to nepotism and corruption and the need for a different means of selection had to be sought.

The Nine Grades of Rank in the Regime System (or Jiupin Zhongzheng System), employed the following method: in each state and county there was official acting as ‘Zhongzheng’ with authority to decide how people were ranked in the local precincts according to ability. By ranking candidates for official positions in this way, the government was able to make a choice of the best people for various posts.

Although Imperial Examinations currently have no relationship originally with family background, the ‘Zhongzheng’ will himself invariably be a member of the apex classes and those who showed any partiality to families of dignitaries and other apex people were discontinued upon any report of unmeritocratic practice. Thus the disadvantages were minimized and the system may be re-implemented in China again before long. We invite all exceptional and experienced teachers to sign on with ICCR’s lobby group in formation to support Constitutional Monarchy and also for the return of  the Jiupin Zhongzheng System at the People’s Consultative Conference

NPPGBC – Nanjing Provincial Private Boarding College (Concept Pic to Illustrate)

(Editor:陈乐乐、叶欣)

Cherish friendship between China and Japan – Updated: 2012-07-13 13:32 (chinadaily.com.cn)

This year 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. But the Diaoyu Islands issue makes this year different, says an article in Beijing Youth Daily.

Japanese Disputes (Diaoyu is obviously way out of 12 mile territorial and 200 mil EEZ claims. COnsidered against the hostorical background, Japan has no right of claim at all.

The dispute over the Diaoyu Islands created headaches for both countries 40 years ago as well. That’s why both sides agreed to solve the problem prudently in 1972, when diplomatic relations between China and Japan were normalized.

Deng Xiaoping advocated the suggestion to “suspend dispute, develop jointly” when both countries inked the friendship treaty in 1978. China has followed this suggestion ever since for the long-term development of bilateral relations.

Forty years ago, the elder generation of statesmen from both countries overcame great difficulties and made the strategic decision, which has proved to be significant for the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations. Their decision is based on the common interests of both peoples.

Today, leaders of both countries should inherit the political wisdom and draw lessons from their predecessors to act smartly and responsibly.

The friendship today between China and Japan is extremely valuable. Both sides should pay special attention to care for it. Sensitive issues, such as the Diaoyu Islands dispute, are crucial tests for both sides.

If the hard-won bilateral friendship is harmed by any individual politician’s personal benefits, the loss for both nations will definitely outweigh their personal gains and waste the previous efforts of both peoples.

ICCR Notes :

This will be a short war between both countries that will not escalate if China does not push into Japan proper and stops after control of Diaoyu Islands is controlled, or if Japan does not get USA in to help Japan militarily. If the latter happens, then WW3 occurs as Russia will enter as well as the Kurils will be next if Diaoyu falls. All ‘WW3 potential’ parties should let China and Japan sort this out – a nice little war ending with Diaoyu being ceded seems tolerable yes? Extreme technology not-withstanding (dirty bombs or sneaking in poisonous (Kobe beef? Addictive substances included?) or nanotech saturated (mind drones?!?)food to Hong Kong does not count), Japan should just stop claiming what was established during the Yuan Period or else face an embarassment from China’s military pushback if the unchallengeable titanium clad historical pushback fails to appeal to Japan’s common sense. This is a localized regional claim that (also equidistance consideration-wise being so very much nearer to China) Japan cannot win even an ethical stance and should just preserve the peace for. Japan in fact could build their own fisheries and artificial islands instead of ride on the back of WW2’s failures.

In fact Liúqiú Islands (Ryukyu) which was a sovereign territory which was controlled by a tiny Kingdom with their own Royalty that chose Imperial China as Sovereign under vassalship, was forcibly occupied and controlled by Japan when China was at the weakest during the Manchu Invasion against the Ming Dynasts. Clearly Japan did not respect the Liqiu Monarch’s wishes and took advantage of the Ming era Manchu invasions, to bully and abuse China’s CONSENSUAL vassals, even dare claim control of the same even today! Japan’s factions who today wish to claim Ryukyu have no ethics or historical understanding!

Early History of The Liuqiu Kingdom (Ryukyu) and its Relationship with China and Japan

The history of the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom previous to the Meiji Restoration provides a depiction of an island kingdom that maintained a high degree of national sovereignty that was eventually shattered by colonial domination by Japan’s Satsuma-han in the 17th century. From the earliest times, the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom occupied a privileged position to the south of Japan due largely to its trade and cultural links with China. Despite the fact that Japan had exercised brief contacts with the kingdom from the 7th to the 9th century, Japan’s attempts to interfere with Liuqiu Kingdom’s domestic affairs virtually disappeared until the 17th century.

Until that time, the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom maintained it’s strongest economic and cultural ties with China as a vassal kingdom subject to and protected by the Imperium, and remained in somewhat constant contact with the Asian continent, through China. From the 14th century on, the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom developed a tributary relationship with China, which while symbolically signifying the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom’s status under China (as demonstrated in a pledge of loyalty made by the Liuqiu Kingdoman King to the Chinese Emperor) basically maintained the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom’s independent status as a nation.

In typical Chinese style, in no way did China’s Imperials seek to interfere in Liuqiu Kingdom’s domestic affairs, but merely sought to maintain cordial relations with the kingdom (which by the 16th century had consolidated all of the islands in the archipelago under centralized monarchical rule, with it’s capitol at Shuri castle on the island of Okinawa). China’s preeminent status had several key implications for the people of Liuqiu Kingdom. Even then in 1765 Japanese maps detailed the region as Chinese controlled :

三國=琉球、蝦夷、朝鮮,當時皆不屬日本。當時還特別有列明為無主島的,是今天的小笠原群島。The 3 Country maps shows Japan and its 3 sovereign neighbors, Liquiu, Korea and Hokkaido which was not even part of Japan in 1765. Only in 1869 did the Edo Shogunate control Hokkaido, Liqui however retained Chinese vassal status up to 1609 with the Japanese probably expecting Qing Era China to reclaim the islands by the map maker’s mindset in 1765. Little did the mapmaker know, that only in 2012 would the Liuqius be reclaimed by China!

It provided legitimacy to the Liuqiu Kingdom Monarchy, and also established the manner in which Chinese ethics and cultural customs eventually entered into the Liuqiu Kingdom. Most importantly, however, it’s status as a tributary allowed the Liuqiu Kingdom Kingdom access to trade with China, which would serve to boost the Liuqiu Kingdoms status in terms of mercantile affairs.

The most significant change in status for this time period came in 1609 with the invasion of the Liuqiu Kingdom by the Satsuma-han of Japan. In this time period, Satsuma took control of the Liuqiu Kingdom from the Liuqiu Kingdom monarchy, and placed the northern islands of Amami under direct Satsuma rule, while allowing the rest of the kingdom to remain under a sort of semi-colonial jurisdiction. In many ways, the experiences of the Amami islands differed vastly and far more harshly from the rest of the kingdom. The Amami islands (part of present-day Kagoshima Prefecture) quickly became integral to the growth of Satsuma’s economy and consequently to it’s growth in military strength. With the rapid introduction of the sugar cane industry into the islands and the increasing harshness of Satsuma domain’s leadership in extracting labor from the residents there, islanders underwent a period that they refer to as “Sato jigoku,” or “Sugar Hell.” Through this period of time, they were quickly integrated into Satsuma-han, as a part of Japan.

The rest of the Liuqiu Kingdom, however, was able to maintain some appearances of sovereignty despite the nature of their domination by the Satsuma domain. For the most part, the Sho dynasty, which had previously ruled the Liuqiu Kingdom, was able to remain intact along with its administrative structures. This occurred largely because it was in Satsuma’s political and economic trade interests to keep up the pretense that the Liuqiu Kingdom was still an independent nation. Since the Liuqiu Kingdom had been able to maintain economic trade relations with China, and Japan had broken off those same relations, Satsuma had a vested interest in keeping up Liuqiu Kingdom trade activities with China in order to economically prosper. To that end, the colonialised Liuqiu Kingdom proved indispensable, since by practicing the deception that the Liuqiu Kingdom was still an independent nation free from Japanese control (think Manchuria and the puppet Qing, Japan loves to bahave in this manner), Satsuma was able to use the Liuqiu Kingdom as a means in which to trade Japanese goods with China. Thus, the situation for the Liuqiu Kingdom proved especially cynical, since it remained in Satsuma’s best interests to keep the Liuqiu Kingdom as an independent nation (at least on the surface), while in the Amami islands, Satsuma favored complete integration of the islands into it’s territory.

This relationship, however, changed with the arrival of the western colonial powers, as personified in the arrival of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry’s “Black Fleet” in 1854. Stopping first in Okinawa before heading to Tokyo Bay, the Americans that Perry represented became the first colonial threat that Japan was forced to deal with after hundreds of years of isolationism. Faced with this threat, Japan felt the need to take several steps in order to protect itself from colonial encroachments, as had been seen in places like China, “Indochina,” and any of the other colonized Asian nations. Japan quickly embarked on an ambitious program to develop internally on the model of the modern western nation-state. Towards those ends, Japan began a rapid process of industrialization, heightened its sense of national unity, and solidified its borders. In order to learn how to engage in this process of modernization, Japan sent a number of delegations to various western nations to learn from their models, but sadly enough, they learned these lessons at the tail end of the main period of outright western imperialism, and unfortunately learnt the worst and quickly latched onto the military threat backed model of colonialist expansion and empire building.

Map by Cartographer Zheng Ruozeng (1503 – 1570) of the Liuqiu Kingdom (from Illustrated Description of Liuqiu Kingdom)

The Ying Imperial Restoration Era (circa 2009-????)

The Ying Restoration Era which began in 2009, could well see a revival of the Liuqui Kingdom that the world would doubtless be invited to witness. So who needs Japan trying AGAIN to abuse the territorial rights of another country? There is neither logical not ethical basis given the history of relations between the 3 parties above (Rightful Suzerain Imperial China, bullying Kingdom of Japan taking advantage of Manchu invasions in the 15th, and the vassal Kingdom of Liuqiu which CHOSE China as suzerain). The Liuqius were FORCIBLY COLONIZED by Japan, even though it was clear the Liqius wanted China as a suzerain NOT Japan, and by this only China and a revival of the Dragon Throne under Constitutional Monarchy for China can properly represent Liuqiu’s status, dignity and freedom and who knows a seat on the UN if not re-assimilation into neo-Imperial China, even as the 9th Throne is invited to complete the neo-Imperial ASEAN circle of Eastern Thrones . . .

Diaoyu is thus unacceptable for claim by Japan much less Liuqiu be considered under Japanese control! We propose a census survey by neutral parties and Liuqiu’s descendants to affirm the Liuqiu citizens’ response to the above, doubtless, the Liuqiu residents and descendants of Liuqiu’s Royal House, will want either Chinese protection or independence and a UN seat for their newly independent Kingdom, not Japanese control (simply because Japan is 66.8 times smaller, has forcibly occupied Liqui in the past, has a military 100s of times smaller, and who knows Japan is already severely irradiated but keeping quiet . . . Japan is a poor choice as opposed to China’s massive scale and generally enlightened if not chaotic Socialist system), which Japan mercilessly and disrespectfully forcefully enforced with violence or threats of violence in 1609!

As ICCR envisions, perhaps the Liuqui Kingdom could well also be revived alongside the Constitutional Monarch under H.I.M. Ying III being lobbied for. The descendents, commoners and royalty of the Liqius should make haste to reclaim their rightful spaces and lands against Japan’s unjustifiable claims.

News from Hubei Province (May 2012) : Ceremony held to worship Emperor Yandi in C China (Xinhua) 13:45, May 17, 2012

Men of Iron : PRC military servicemen and martial arts association members raising banners . . .

A ceremony is held to worship Emperor Yandi, a legendary ancestor of the Chinese nation (also of Korea), in Suizhou City, central China’s Hubei Province, May 16, 2012. Legends and historical documents say Yandi was born in Suizhou City around 5,000 years ago. He is widely believed to be an initiator of crop planting and herbal medicine in ancient China. (Xinhua/Hao Tongqian)

PRC military servicemen and martial arts association members raising banners, military band troupes in participation . . .

Resident nobleman (TMH Earl Xiong of Baoding) with upper caste attendants from the Holy Order of Yandi, conducting the Ceremony of Veneration for Yandi. Modern scholarship has identified the Ram’s Head Mountains (羊頭山; pinyin: Yángtóu Shān) north of Gaoping in Shanxi Province as his homeland and territory. The Holy Order of Yandi is open only to upper caste (distinguish from upper wealth, no vulgar plutocrats please) residents of the Provinces of Shanxi and Hubei. The current Patron of the Holy Order of  Yandi is H.M. Zhu XIV of the Imperial House of Ming.

ICCR Note : Criteria for application for titles – Application will be sent to ICCR for communication to the resident 2nd Grade Mandarin (Governor of Province), for positions in regional level ceremonies, will all suitable prominent persons please communicate by written letter (relevant letters of reference and a list of any currently held civic awards will be helpful), for formal invitation for ‘social audit visit’ from relevant State Awards Committee Officials. All selected will receive further briefing. State Robes and regalia are to be purchased at the applicant’s cost via application at the Provincial ICCR Office if available. Affiliation with the Provincial Governor’s Offices is pending, subsumption of ICCR will likely occur at that point. Please check back here for status updates or post any enquiries.

North Korea and China friendship oriented posters – North East Asia, Far East Orient

Formalise a Principality of Kim, for a United Kingdom of Korea, for Peace and Unity?

Uncontrolled Capitalism Is the Enemy of Mankind, Socialist Limits on Plutocracy is the future . . .

North Korea (perhaps a United Kingdom of Korea?) and China

Perhaps a joint flag off of the next major regatta in North east Asia, or a fishing trip between appropriate officials, to top off the recent successful bout of communications . . .

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