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jimmyjames30x30

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Get hold of yourself. Confucius Institute is an Institute that provides foreign countries a glimpse of Chinese history, culture and so on, for them to better understand China. Where you asserted that foreign countries could do a better job in your previous comment is nonsensical. Hence I pointed out to you that, the Confucius schools in China do a much better job in training students, including training of foreign students, much better.

Well, have you took any learning from a Confucius Institute? You want to show me what you learned? How about《论语》?Open up 《论语》and find a popular section and explain them to me. Let me see what you learned from the Confucius Institute. Or anything else is fine, 诗书礼易乐春秋, or 《道德经》、《庄子》、《列子》, 诸子百家, 楚辞汉赋,唐诗宋词元曲,昆曲京剧,明清小说。Anything.
 
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jimmyjames30x30

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Get hold of yourself. Confucius Institute is an Institute that provides foreign countries a glimpse of Chinese history, culture and so on, for them to better understand China. Where you asserted that foreign countries could do a better job in your previous comment is nonsensical. Hence I pointed out to you that, the Confucius schools in China do a much better job in training students, including training of foreign students, much better.

I didn't like the vibe you are putting out by this statement. At first I didn't know why, now I just figured out. Your statement sound exactly like those Shenyun (神韵) and the FLG (法轮功) propaganda, trying to claim that they are the most authentic and true representation of Chinese culture, music and tradition. That's just disgusting.
 
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davidau

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I didn't like the vibe you are putting out by this statement. At first I didn't know why, now I just figured out. Your statement sound exactly like those Shenyun (神韵) and the FLG (法轮功) propaganda, trying to claim that they are the most authentic and true representation of Chinese culture, music and tradition. That's just disgusting.

For one, I hate FLG and I don't like Shenyun. They are the very product of US which want to indoctrinate people in Taiwan, HK and many other parts of the world, against China. FLG is against China, and Taiwan is part of China. When you read those Chinese classics [if you did!!] we will understand what I mean
 

jimmyjames30x30

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For one, I hate FLG and I don't like Shenyun. They are the very product of US which want to indoctrinate people in Taiwan, HK and many other parts of the world, against China. FLG is against China, and Taiwan is part of China. When you read those Chinese classics [if you did!!] we will understand what I mean

Despite the fact that you believe you are on their opposing side, you sounds exactly like them.
 

Hendrik_2000

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Work still on going on the smaller islands in SCS
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Small China Islets in South China Sea Show Signs of New Construction
By Drake Long
2020-11-05

A zoomed-in photo of Drummond Island, a rock among the Paracel archipelago of features in the northern half of the South China Sea, from Sept. 22, 2020. The grid-like lines denote foundations for more construction.

A zoomed-in photo of Drummond Island, a rock among the Paracel archipelago of features in the northern half of the South China Sea, from Sept. 22, 2020. The grid-like lines denote foundations for more construction.
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Although they receive less attention than China’s biggest artificial islands, construction continues apace on its smaller outposts built atop tiny islets in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows.
The work pales in comparison to the binge in Chinese land reclamation and construction between 2014 and 2017, when Beijing established its major bases on disputed features in the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes.
But the imagery reviewed by RFA of several small land features over the past six months shows signs of new housing, power supplies, cultivation and potentially a helipad.
Here’s a look at three locations, where the construction suggests China is trying to solve persistent problems faced by some of its smallest holdings in the South China Sea: access, sustainability, and soil erosion.
Drummond Island: Paving the Way for a Helipad?

At Drummond Island in the Paracel chain, where currently boats have to thread their way through a canal-like trench to reach the dock, a helipad appears to be being built.
Bigger outposts like Woody Island – China’s main base in the Paracels, which is just under two square miles -- have airfields where transport planes and fighter jets can land. That’s not feasible on islets as tiny as Drummond, which covers just one-tenth of one square mile.
But a helipad is possible. And satellite imagery shows a paved area of roughly 70,000 square feet has been laid since May.
China occupies virtually every rock and sandbar in the Paracel archipelago, a grouping of land features in the northern half of the South China Sea that is claimed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Woody Island is China’s largest human settlement in the archipelago and regularly hosts warships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy and the China Coast Guard.
Other outposts in the Paracels are not nearly so large – the other 16 features China occupies have less than one square mile of land to build on.
Many are situated within shallow reefs or shoals that boats above a certain size simply can’t get through, ruling out most of the Chinese navy from docking in their harbor. Drummond Island, for example, has an extremely thin, curved canal cutting through its shoal that connects its northeastern tip to the open ocean. Small boats can be seen occasionally sailing through it.
In the image below, in a ‘blink and you’ll miss it moment,’ a small boat is leaving Drummond’s tiny jetty on its northeastern tip. A floating platform previously identified as a research station is also visible in the northwest.

Drummond Island, a rock among the Paracel archipelago of features in the northern half of the South China Sea, as of May 20, 2020.

Drummond Island, a rock among the Paracel archipelago of features in the northern half of the South China Sea, as of May 20, 2020. Planet Labs Inc.

Drummond Island, as seen on Oct. 3, has had a swathe of land cleared and paved next to its port. A CCG ship is seen in the waters to the islet’s west.

Drummond Island, as seen on Oct. 3, has had a swathe of land cleared and paved next to its port. A CCG ship is seen in the waters to the islet’s west. Credit: Planet Labs Inc.

China has modestly improved Drummond’s harbor since 2017 by adding new piers and seawalls. But China may be looking for other ways to access it, and make the tiny islet more livable for researchers and soldiers garrisoned there. Satellite imagery from Drummond shows that starting on May 20, a swathe of land was cleared just west of its harbor, and is still under construction. Right now, the square-shaped area appears to be in the process of being paved. Several structures have been built at the clearing’s western edge, and the foundations for more appear to have been laid. As of Oct. 3, construction was ongoing.

Helicopters can take off from numerous ships in service with the China Coast Guard, China Rescue Service, and People’s Liberation Army Navy, and have been used in the South China Sea before for medical evacuations and to resupply garrisons on isolated outposts.
China does operate its military and maritime law enforcement agencies out of Drummond. Chinese state-media outlet Xinhua
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that the China Coast Guard (CCG) in conjunction with marine police assigned to China’s settlement on Woody Island set out from Drummond to arrest some fishermen for working illegally in the Paracels.

Tree Island: More Housing, More Farming

One precondition under international law for an islet to qualify as an island is human habitation. Drummond looks to be shaping up to host a larger settlement, although official figures of current residents are not published.

Elsewhere in the Paracels is Tree Island, which provides a template for what China’s smaller settlements in the South China Sea can look like.

It lies nine nautical miles north of Woody Island. Although there’s little land to build on – it’s no bigger than Drummond – it boasts a much larger harbor, a helipad, solar panels, wind turbines, and a fully-functioning farm.

Tree Island regularly hosts ships of the China Coast Guard and occasionally supply ships in service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy, so China may be bolstering its outpost there. Satellite imagery shows there have been visible improvements made between April 21 and Oct. 7 to support more habitation and farming.


Tree Island, as of Oct. 7, 2020. Small, but notable changes imply greater human settlement on the island over the last six months.

Tree Island, as of Oct. 7, 2020. Small, but notable changes imply greater human settlement on the island over the last six months. Credit: Planet Labs Inc.

A strip of land has been cleared next to a housing development northeast of the harbor, and one building has already been laid down that looks to be the first in a new row of houses or storage facilities. The farm area just north of the harbor looks more lush than before. Then north of that, what appears to be a wind turbine seen disassembled near a field of solar panels on April 21 is standing upright on Oct. 7.

The biggest area of development is right next to the harbor, in a triangle-shaped spot of land where temporary housing has slowly been replaced by more permanent structures throughout the summer. The greening of that patch over the past six months shows the progress of sand-to-soil practices, such as land reclamation, bringing soil from elsewhere to the area, or literally breaking sand down into soil using chemical compounds. The area is still unfinished, though.
 

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