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China publishes 2010 ranking list of outbound tourism [People’s Daily]

Posted in 2010 South Africa World Cup, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Russia, South Africa, south Korea, Tourism on November 21, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

November 9, 2010

Recently China Tourism Academy and Ctrip.com jointly published the “2010 Ranking List of Chinese Outbound Tourism in Q3.” It is reported that the scale of Chinese outbound tourism has reached 15.42 million people in the third quarter and its growth rate has reached 23.5 percent. Hong Kong is among the favorite destinations for outbound tourism.

An expert from Ctrip indicated that Hong Kong and Macao are still the most popular destination for mainland tourists. As Japan and South Korea want to attract more tourists, the government continues to launches new visa policies to promote the development of tourism. The growth rate of Chinese tourists traveling to Japan and South Korea increased more than 30 percent.

In addition, the growth rate of Chinese tourists traveling to Russia increased more than 13 percent, which ranked in the top 10 and is the only European [sic] country. It is reported that the growth rate of outbound tourists has nearly reached 16 percent for the Asian region in the third quarter, and the growth rate of outbound tourists has nearly reached 33 percent for the Americas. However, the growth rate of outbound tourists to the region unexpectedly reached 188 percent. Tourism to the African region increased 132 percent due to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

By Zhang Qian, People’s Daily Online

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90883/7193627.html

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South Africa faces mounting World Cup-related economic woes [People’s Daily]

Posted in 2010 South Africa World Cup, South Africa on July 18, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手
 
 
July 9, 2010
 
 
It’s easy to find open bars in South Africa, but how many of those sitting in the bars are thinking of economic problems?

As the World Cup is drawing to an end, FIFA has already begun to prepare for the successful end of the event though the finals are not yet over.  FIFA made huge gains of over 3 billion U.S. dollars from this year’s World Cup, through the sale of broadcast rights and corporate sponsorship in particular, making it the most profitable World Cup in FIFA history.

Despite the handsome economic data, the other side of the event is not satisfying.  As the host country, South Africa has invested a total of 4.3 billion U.S. dollars, which equals 1.7 percent of the country’s GDP, the highest in World Cup history.  As a matter of fact, the actual cost is 10 times more than the budget South Africa made six years ago.  For South Africa, the World Cup and its huge cost is sparking wide debate.  If FIFA and some corporations have made money, what about the host country?

Public opinion is positive regarding the economic situation in South Africa after the World Cup, but even if FIFA paints a rosy picture of the country’s economic future, the real situation is rather disappointing.  There is still high unemployment and a sluggish economy.  Local media in South Africa described FIFA’s behavior as “a new period of football colonial rule and fraud,” and the slogan “Blatter was the Mafia” [Sepp Blatter, FIFA President – 左手] also appeared in the World Cup in the strike parade.

The South Africa presented the world with a splendid football event, particularly the stadiums.  The Green Point Stadium near Cape Town, which can host 60,000 viewers, cost some 580 million U.S. dollars.  But it was not necessary to furnish funds for building the stadium [sic].  The new arena in Durban, which can host 70,000 spectators, cost 380 million U.S. dollars.  All these luxury stadiums, dubbed as “foreigners’ handbags,” look nice.

What strikes the spectators is not the magnificent stadium, but the poverty in its surrounding areas.  Water, power, housing, schools, traffic, drainage systems and everything else modern society needs can not be found outside the stadium.  That’s why the local media are indignant at the horrible costs of the “magnificent” stadiums.

According to statistics, a total of 456,000 foreign tourists came to South Africa in the first half of June, which is far less than the 1 million visitors the World Cup host had expected.  In addition to the problems of transport and public security, South Africa needs to think about the operations of its 10 modern stadiums after the World Cup, which is one of the biggest problems the country is going to face.

Taking the Green Point Stadium as an example, the top-class stadium will definitely stay half-idle after the World Cup because only hundreds of spectators go to watch local soccer matches.  Experts warned that the operation and maintenance cost of Green Point Stadium will be an enormous debt, with a deficit amounting to millions of rands annually.

Huge cost, uncertain gains and the economic difficulty the World Cup brings to South Africa can only be solved slowly.

By People’s Daily Online

 
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Vuvuzelas banned from S. African rugby game, ban spreads worldwide [People’s Daily]

Posted in 2010 South Africa World Cup on July 12, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手
Just because I’m focused on progressive issues doesn’t mean I can’t take some joy in a practical reduction of the world’s noise pollution.  Although I did see a photo of some striking workers in France using these things recently on a picket line, maybe that’s a good use for them.  But definitely, ban them at sporting events. –  左手
 
 
 
July 8, 2010
 
The noise of the vuvuzelas may not be heard after the World Cup as some other sports have banned them from grounds, with rugby taking the lead.

South Africa have confirmed that they will take on the All Blacks in a Tri-Nations Test at National Stadium, also known as Soccer City, in Soweto on August 21 but officials have maintained that the plastic horns will not be welcomed.

“We’d rather not have vuvuzelas because they will drown out calls by players at line-outs and scrums,” Golden Lions President Kevin de Klerk told reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The 88,791-seat stadium will host the final of the FIFA World Cup on July 11 and creates the possibility of the largest home crowd at a Springbok Test since the touring British &Irish Lions drew an estimated 95,000 to Ellis Park in 1955.

The vuvuzela has already been banned from the tests in New Zealand, with Eden Park chief executive David Kennedy maintaining that “any vuvuzelas brought to the venue will be confiscated.”

Meanwhile, the horns have also been banned from the streets of Pamplona for the opening of the San Fermin running of the bulls.

Source: Xinhua

Blaring World Cup vuvuzela yields only bland profits [People’s Daily]

Posted in 2010 South Africa World Cup, China, Economy on July 12, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手
July 7, 2010

About 90 percent of the blaring instruments blown by soccer fans were made in China, said Wu Yijun, manager of the Ninghai Jiying Plastics Manufacturing Co in Zhejiang province, the biggest vuvuzela maker in China.

Wu said his company made more than 1 million vuvuzelas for export from the beginning of this year to April at prices ranging from 0.6 yuan to 2.5 yuan each.  They are being sold for between 18 yuan and 53 yuan in South Africa, with the highest price, 177 yuan, on offer in big department stores.

“Most of the profit goes to dealers and importers.  Our profit margin is less than 5 percent,” Wu said.  “We still don’t have international pricing power.”

The biggest problem for China’s manufacturing industry is the lack of strong brands, copyrights and patents, Wu said.

Many Chinese manufacturers make outsourced equipment manufacturing (OEM) products that are ultimately sold as other, often foreign, brands.

Up to five companies – mainly located in Ningbo of Zhejiang province and Shantou in Guangdong – made the vuvuzela, Wu said.

Other small commodities sold during the world sports gala, like cellphone accessories, key chains, wigs, flags and light sticks, were also sold at a thin profit.

Such small margins were due to a lack of patents or failure to register trademarks, said Zheng Yumin, director general of Zhejiang Administration for Industry and Commerce.

Developing intellectual property is crucial for domestic companies to make money in international markets, Zheng noted.

If Chinese enterprises want to gain more power in pricing, they should make greater efforts to achieve the goal of “created in China” rather than just “made in China”, he said.

OEM should only be a temporary expedient, not a long-term development model, said Zhang Ping, professor of the Intellectual Property Institute at Peking University.

She said long-term OEM actually has a negative impact on a manufacturer’s capacity for innovation.

“Currently, our most important task is transition.  It means we must increase the technological content of products, get more intellectual property rights and establish our own brands,” said vuvuzela maker Wu.

Source:China Daily

  
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KCNA Indicts US-S. Korea for Fabricating “Cheonan” Case – a campaign also targeted against China [KCNA]

Posted in 2010 South Africa World Cup, Australia, Black propaganda, Canada, Cheonan sinking, China, DPR Korea, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, North wind campaign, Obama, Okinawa, Russia, Sino-Korean Friendship, south Korea, Sweden, U.K., USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on July 2, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Published one month after the Cheonan sinking, this epic overview of the political chicanery that is the “Cheonan” case is the definitive article on the subject from N. Korea (DPR Korea) in my opinion.  It’s an extremely thorough and well-documented overview of rather astonishing breadth.   The case as presented by the US and S. Korea is a  frame-up mainly targeting the DPRK but as this article well shows, this is part of an overall US campaign against China – 左手

News from the Korean News Agency of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
 
June 22, 2010  Juche 99
 
Pyongyang, June 22 (KCNA) — The Korean Central News Agency released Monday the following indictment laying bare the truth about the case of sunk warship:
One month has passed since the U.S. and the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors announced the “results of investigation” into the case of the sunken south Korean puppet navy warship “Cheonan”.

The U.S., in conspiracy with the south Korean group of traitors, cooked up the “story about a torpedo attack by the north” in a bid to shuffle off the responsibility for the sinking of the warship upon the DPRK.  It referred the case to the UN, getting all the more undisguised in its moves to stifle the DPRK.  But their despicable attempt proved futile.

Public is becoming increasingly vocal negating the “results of investigation” and criticizing the real culprits of the case and provocateurs worldwide.

The Korean Central News Agency releases an indictment dismissing the case of the sunken warship “Cheonan” forged by the U.S. and the Lee group of traitors as an unpardonable infringement upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and laying bare the truth about it:

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The “story about a torpedo attack by the north” is a sheer fabrication as it is devoid of scientific accuracy.

As for the 1.5 meter-long propelling body, it is what dozens of U.S. and south Korean warships equipped with up-to-date radars failed to find out in more than 50 days of search operations.  But they claim it was suddenly netted by a civilian fishing boat, something [both] incredible and…[incomprehensible].

The group of traitors even produced a video showing the propelling body being netted by the fishing boat and helicoptered, and then took it to the UN in a bid to justify it.  But it is clear to everybody that such video showing “the retrieval” of this mysterious thing can hardly serve as evidence proving the propelling body of the torpedo.

A screw of propelling axis and an engine, etc. which they alleged were used for breaking “Cheonan” into two were neither bent nor damaged.

Yun Tok Yong who headed the “joint investigation team” said its American and Australians concerned were “surprised” to learn that the propelling body was in very good shape.

There is a rumor in south Korea that the story about the retrieval of the propelling body is just like asserting that “a stone picked up at roadside dates back to the Old Stone Age.”

The U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces claimed that the property of the metal used in making the propelling body is just the same as that of “the north’s training torpedo” obtained 7 years ago and its design is also same as the design introduced in the “north Korea’s torpedo brochure.”  This is sheer sophism.

Yun, when announcing the results, said that no comparison was made in the metal property between the two torpedoes.

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World Cup Domination & Entertaining the Empire – except N. Korea, all 32 countries represented in the World Cup have a US military presence [Foreign Policy Journal]

Posted in 2010 South Africa World Cup, US foreign occupation, US imperialism on July 2, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Our situation is like a football match. The superpower countries are the players, and we are just the ball to be kicked around.”

– A young Pakistani civilian, North Waziristan

The Great Game is indeed alive and kicking.  This summer’s World Cup tournament is providing yet another way for the United States to project its power across the globe, though not as a result of the American national team’s action on the pitch.

Rather, this year, the subjugation will be televised…

…The only country in this year’s World Cup proceedings without any substantial or even token United States military presence is – surprise – North Korea…That would put American troops in every single one of the 32 countries currently competing in South Africa, along with over 140 others.

A press release distributed by U.S. Africa Command (US AFRICOM) this week reports, “Through the cooperation of a host of international television licensees, the American Forces Network Broadcast Center (AFN-BC) has been granted permission by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to distribute the full complement of matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.”

A recent article in Stars and Stripes, quotes Lt. Col. Steve Berger, an intelligence planner with U.S. Army Africa stationed in Vicenza, Italy, as saying, “It’s really great for the soldiers to see, especially for an emerging sport in the U.S.”  (So that they can get a glimpse of the kinds of people they’ll be ordered to conquer and kill next?)  Even more exciting is the fact that, “Because AFN doesn’t pay for programming, it was important that it receive the rights to the World Cup for free, AFN chief of affiliate relations Larry Sichter said.” Apparently, the military can invade your country and station troops there indefinitely, but it sure as hell won’t pay for television broadcasting!  [This shows a hypocrisy of the US too, as a US State Department Undersecretary had slandered N. Korea for allegedly not paying for FIFA World Cup TV programming.  – 左手]

…Perhaps FIFA had no choice but to comply with the requests of the U.S. military for fear of having their offices occupied or blown to pieces.  What a relief a deal was struck!  How global!  How peaceful!  How imperial!  How obvious, unsurprising, and embarrassing.

“Having the most-watched sports event on the planet play out on AFN is a real feather in our cap,” notes Jeff White, Executive Director of AFN-BC, in the text of the military press release filed from Riverdale, CA via Stuttgart, Germany.  “But more importantly,” White continues, “we’ll be able to deliver the entire compliment [sic] of matches to the side that means the most — our brave men and women in uniform serving their country overseas and in harm’s way.  It doesn’t get any better than this.”

That, out of the planetary pride, representation, and unification that the World Cup is supposed to be all about, the U.S. military would be “the side that means the most” is in itself upsetting – but hey, it’s a military press release and the guy’s name is White after all.

But White is wholly wrong about “it” not getting “any better than this.”  There is a very simple way for things to be much, much better.  If the U.S. reduced its dominating and destructive presence and aggressive involvement around the world and dismantled the hundreds of foreign installations and imperial infrastructure that keep the rest of the world in submission and under American occupation, these brave men and women in uniform could – and should – be watching these 64 soccer games from the comfort of their own homes in the United States, on the couch with their families.

For the sake of the entire world, it truly wouldn’t get any better than that.

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“Made in China” not absent at World Cup / 世界杯“中国制造”未缺席 [People’s Daily / 人民网]

Posted in 2010 South Africa World Cup, China, 中文-英文 / Bilingual ~ English-Chinese on June 25, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Although China’s football team failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the “Made in China” brand is not absent.

The sound of the “Vuvuzelas” throughout the whole stadium deeply impressed [distressed? – 左手] everyone.  About 90 percent of the “Vuvuzelas” were made in China, most of which were made in Zhejiang and Guangdong province.  This is expected to bring business opportunities of more than 20 million U.S. dollars to China.

In fact, besides the “Vuvuzelas,” the “Made in China” brand is everywhere both inside and outside the World Cup.  Reporters recently visited some official World Cup merchandise stores in Johannesburg and found that most goods are printed with the label “Made in China.”

In addition, Chinese sponsors have also made their first appearance at the World Cup.  Fans around the world can see advertisements like “China Yingli Green Energy” and “Harbin Beer” written in Chinese, marking the first batch of Chinese sponsors in the 80-year history of the World Cup.

By People’s Daily Online

世界杯“中国制造”未缺席

虽然中国足球队没能出现在时下火热的南非世界杯赛场上,但“中国制造”没有缺席。 Continue reading