Posts Tagged ‘China’


China is launching a comprehensive “credit score” system, and the more I learn about it, the more nightmarish it seems. China appears to be leveraging all the tools of the information age—electronic purchasing data, social networks, algorithmic sorting—to construct the ultimate tool of social control.

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Nu au trecut mai mult de 2-3 ani de cand politicieni si analisti celebrii de prin toata lumea ne spuneau cu mare emfaza ca vremea occidentului, in frunte cu SUA a apus, si ca noile puteri economice si politice care se intrevedeau la orizont – Brazilia, Rusia, India si China, denumite generic BRIC, vor conduce si domina lumea.

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A simple ranking based on export and import values in 2013 shows that the EU secured its global position in both merchandise and services trade despite its sluggish economic performance in this year. In particular, the EU has a strong advantage over its trading competitors in commercial services.

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Geopolitics is back. As 2015 begins, political conflict among the world’s great powers is in play more than at any time since the end of the Cold War. US relations with Russia are fully broken. China is charting its own course. The ties that bind Europe are fraying on multiple fronts. Others–Gulf Arabs, Brazil, India–are hedging their plans and alliances in reaction to increasing geopolitical uncertainty.

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Who would have thought a decade ago that Brazil would now be one of the highest-­cost countries for manufacturing—or that Mexico could be cheaper than China? While London remains one of the priciest places in the world to live and visit, the UK has become the lowest-cost manufacturer in Western Europe. Costs in Russia and much of Eastern Europe have risen to near parity with the U.S.

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US demand for oil grew by more than China’s last year for the first time since 1999 according to the International Energy Agency, in a startling indication of how abundant energy supplies are driving economic resurgence in America.

The IEA – the rich world’s energy club whose forecasts are the gold standard for the energy market – said US oil demand grew by 390,000 barrels a day or 2 per cent last year, reversing years of steady decline.

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In ultimii ani, China a devenit unul dintre cei mai importanti jucatori (daca nu chiar cel mai important !) de pe piata globala a aurului. Achizitiile masive de aur ale Chinei, dublate de achizitii deasemeni semnificative facute de entitati publice ale altor state considerate economii emergente (precum Rusia, Brazilia, India, Iran, etc – care au insa in comun si faptul – mult mai important – ca pun la indoiala stabilitatea sistemului financiar global bazat excesiv pe monedele marilor puteri occidentale traditionale, si faptul ca sunt contestatari majori ai politicilor hegemonice ale occidentului in plan financiar-monetar global) … sunt rezultatul gandirii unor “minti luminate” si sunt considerate de unii analisti ca semnale ale unei potentiale amenintari majore pentru civilizatia cladita pe valorile si sistemele occidentale. Si asta pentru ca scindarea sistemului financiar global in doua (occident vs emergente) si o rivalitate intre acestea este vazuta ca o amenintare pentru marile puteri occidentale … Cine sunt oamenii care se afla asadar in spatele politicilor Chinei cu privire la gestionarea relatiei dintre sistemul financiar si aur … mai jos:

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China intra tot mai hotarat in Europa cumparand tot ce se poate! Lucru de lauda dealtfel

“After investing heavily in large chunks of many African countries’ economy (to the point that there has been talk of a new kind of neocolonialism), Chinese state-controlled giant trusts are now looking to Europe. In September, it has been announced that Ukraine agreed to rent to a Chinese state-owned conglomerate a sizable swath of arable land, although initial reports that this would represent 5% of Ukraine’s surface, roughly the size of Belgium, have been disputed. The Chinese-administered territory would be leased for 50 years and would be cultivated to produce crops, meat and other agricultural products destined to China.”

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Chiar daca o vedem ca pe un star al Estului Europei … si uneori nu numai, economia Poloniei pare a suferi, cel putin pe alocuri, de aceleasi probleme de care sufera si cea romaneasca … Una dintre acestea – investitiile de dragul crearii unor locuri de munca necalificate si f. prost platite. Si daca noi, romanii, ne plangem de lohn-ul din textile, de Nokia care a facut fabrica de asamblare de componente … sau de centrele de outsourcing … polonezii spun si ei : “Noi suntem chinezii Europei”.

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The European Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China have established a currency swap agreement, the latest in a string of moves to help encourage global use of the renminbi.

The swap line, at Rmb350bn ($57bn), will be China’s third largest after its facilities with Hong Kong and South Korea, and follows similar agreements with the UK, Australia and Brazil.

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