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Tight minge

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  1. Gottcha, yes clearly a thinly veiled piece of racism from him.
  2. You addressing that to me or the OP I quoted? If myself, a bit of a ’woosh’ I guess.
  3. ”most of those places” have put out strict Social distancing recommendations and regulations that will be adhered to and ignored the same most other places.
  4. Certainly China is becoming the pantomime villain globally, some of it justified some of it not. The government does need plaudits in the progress and improvements they have made, but it's not always to everyones benefit and I would agree a lot of the inequality goes back many years. Any negativity will always be pounced on and magnified and this get more focus when China, externally acts as it has done in the region. I suppose it depends on how you look at things. It is definitely easy to pick fault in a lot of how the government (internally) act. The question though is maybe more, with such a large and sometimes diverse, population with fractured areas and coming from where they have been, what else could they do. What brings the attention is their actions externally, which I think has clear economical motivation, but is quite aggressive.
  5. I think Fanuc, Samsung, Foxconn, Razer, Philips and many other producers may have a differing opinion considering they are all running ’lights out’ factories already.
  6. I agree with a lot of what both of you say and you both clearly know the country. However, I think the country you left behind is not like the country it is today (better and worse). If you measuring point is ’90’s China they have achieved so much and deserve credit. If it is the hear and now and going forward, much less so. When you say that it (what JTS is saying) doesn’t reflect real life for 99% of the population, I would wholly disagree. The prosperity gap is widening. A clear middle class evolved, but it is leaving a lot of Chinese in its wake.
  7. Exactly! Hence the question mark. There is a lot written on this topic, but none with any real solution other than we are heading towards a world where working is the not priority in life, but if not work, what? Even entertainment is not safe from AI. Along with not needing manual labour (robotics), trading jobs can be done quicker and more efficiently by automation and AI, basic and not so basic surgery can already (in theory) be done remotely and in some cases multiple surgeries by one person at one time. Transportation is clear already. If you dive into this, they are very few jobs that would remain untouched by this. There is the train of thought that first communism dies, then capitalism dies (as you rightly say), but again what comes next? It's a hugely complex and, at least for me, a very interesting topic that surely has an impact on how countries act and how their control could actually diminish. Will there be countries in the future? I think this is where China has been playing smart with their activities in the South China Sea, control of rare earth minerals and development of their green technology. My head now hurts thinking about it. At least by the time this all comes to pass I should be dead (or one I the discarded).
  8. Automation everywhere in the past couple of years has really started to kick on, with Covid the acceleration more rapid. This isn’t just an issue for China, but everywhere. More magnified in China due to the population. It won’t just affect basic jobs, robotics, AI and automation has the ability to remove many jobs across the spectrum. They are several good (and frightening) books on this topic. China's belt and road principal is based on China having things to trade. If the above removes it's key benefit; it's low cost and plentiful workforce, it could be a challenge to them. The biggest issue for manufacturers is balancing cost against the logistics of getting your product to the point of sale. The two biggest costs are usually raw material and labour. Hence the drive for globalisation over the past 20 years. However with the above, labour could become a minor factor and then the two major costs are raw material and logistics. Logic would suggest moving manufacturing to either the point of source (raw material) or point of sale. This could greatly impact many developing countries. Logistics has always been an issue for manufacturers and every so often something crops up that fucks the supply chain. Right now Covid-19. In 2004 saw Sony suffer hugely when they could not get their new PS2 to the European market for Christmas. If manufacturers can reduce the cost/risk they will do, and appear to be doing that. Back to Guo, when Trump demanded he build some of the Apple products in the US to create jobs, he agreed. He wouldn’t be creating many jobs, as the plant would/is fully automated so the labour cost impact between the US and China will be low. If this proves to be correct in any testing, you should expect to see a lot of manufacturing on the move in the near future. China, I believe are trying to pre/empt this by trying to control raw material (rare earth minerals) and resources (oil in the south China Sea). China are also way ahead of many in the field of green energy production. China on the whole have got the jump on everyone, including the US. Trumps offer to buy Greenland doesn't sound so absurd when it is assumed it could hold a quarter or more of the worlds rare earth minerals. However, there is nothing to suggest that China is, or can protect it's population. Most countries will struggle with this, but again, it's just one of many ’external forces’ that governments can’t control when they plan their destiny and world domination. If the above comes to pass, the countries/regions that have the largest ’demand’ markets are likely to be most successful. So a larger population with disposable cash: EU, US, China? As for today in China. Like JTS98 says, I can’t believe what I hear. No recession, many companies suggesting things are booming, yet I also have more contact and offers from mnufcatueres than every that borders on desperation and I hear a lot of places are struggling and closing down. Allegedly many smaller enterprises have failed. I cannot see this with my own eyes do obvious reasons right now, but it is the usual ’mixed signals’ from China. I get the feeling your not going to hear the truth from the government, larger manufacturers are building for the weaern market without forecast and could see a big stop coming soon. In all that, the labour pool is becoming a little more flexible than it had been.
  9. They are now (Midea bought Kuka recently and ABB’s main robotics plant is in China), but they we're heavily against it a few years ago when first muted by Guo. It's not something that can really be stopped now. It really needs to be a belter of a plan, it’s a lot of people to retrain/redeploy. The point being that there are many ’external’ factors that will impact China (or any countries) plans and ambitions. Certainly whether through innovation or theft, China does put itself at the forefront of technology.
  10. If China were to disintegrate it would have a huge global impact and not in any goodway. Despite any failings of China, I don’t see that happening any time soon or maybe even in my lifetime. I think the reality will be somewhat mundane. China won’t dominate the world as some believe, nor will it implode. The evolved middle class will allow it to sit comfortably as a global power in some shape or form. A lot of these discussions suggest China wholly controls it's own destiny, like all countries, it doesn’t. India and Indonesia are two countries that, if they could ever sort out their internal issues (doubtful), would severely impact Chinese development. Protectionism/global recession will probably affect China and the development of robotic manufacturing* is another (and probably the biggest)challenge to China. Terry Gou stated a number of years ago that he could build nearly all his products using robotics and planned to start test production. Something China blocked (he employs close to 1m people in China). He went ahead and built the test factory in Vietnam which has been a success and is now building his own robots to take over the manufacturing. So far he has now reduced circa 60k jobs in China. Samsung and others are now following suit. China's current backbone is it's sizeable workforce which could effectively become redundant in the very near future.
  11. Would pretty much agree with all that. I can kind of see the poorly run comment though, but depends on which way you are looking at it. The government has economic aspirations for sure and on the whole that is successful (although as mentioned earlier, I believe this is coming off the rails a bit of late). However, these aspirations do not extend to everyone in the country. As long as there is growth and as long as the coastal areas are developing, the government really couldn’t care less about their citizens. If they truly believed in equality and universal country development they would be overhauling their education system. Nearly all the elite in China educate their children overseas which should be a telling sign. Quality over quantify is as relevant in Chinese education as about anything else in China. Private property investment overseas is massive and away of getting money out of China, again for the elite. The drive, imo, is economic development for the benefit of the elite at the expense of everyone else and this is reflected not only in the lack of fucks given about the interior but the control it exerts on minorities to keep them in line. - Not any different that anywhere else in the world. This leads to the absolute shambles of some of the local government that central government only ever appear to focus on when something big breaks and Mianzi kicks in. Local government do what ever the f**k they want and false report up the chain as the likelihood of the central government acting is slim. For all that, poorly run carries weight. A number of years ago, central government blocked all visas for the Philippines for a time. It was absolutely impossible for a Filipino to get a visa or renew a visa in China, unless they had the cash and applied in Hunan who quite openly carried in issuing visas at a ’premium’. An interesting topic which I am sure no one will agree on and no one can claim any certainty. A huge, diverse country affected by ideas we can hardly comprehend (mianzi / renzhi).
  12. I would say it is accelerating. The clamour to be ’middle class’ in China these days is insatiable. Every time I am over, for me, I see more and more signs of lifestyle change. Sure, outside of the fashion ’icons’, there is more a focus to China brand which are mostly rip offs of western brands, but the culture target is the same. Your more likely to meet someone in Starbucks, Luckin or other generic coffee shop than a tea house. Pizza places are hugely popular as are fast food restaurants including McDonald's which wasn’t popular a number of years ago. Car ownership is a sign of status as is property ownership, particularly in a western styled home. The absolute inability for the government to entice people back into the interior which is seen as old/tradional may bear that out. Of course change and development happens everywhere but when people look at China with misty eyes as some glorious middle kingdom. It's not.
  13. Everything that China is doing just now is clearly for their economical dominance. I wouldn’t buy into any 100 year plan or such like and compare a lot of this to the US and the Marshall plan as much as that gave economic dominance to the US. The areas that China are exerting the strongest presence are resource rich; oil in the South China Sea, rare earths in Africa (which has been where the west has been wholly complacent). The man made islands, I believe are purely driven to ’muddy the waters’ in any legal wrangle than for any military strategy. The development of their navy is something that is much needed for them and I guess to play an aggressor in the South China Sea rather than global dominance. Don't imagine their aspirations are much different than any other country, just with a very mainland Chinese attitude.
  14. Would happily take that as a bet, but I’ll be dead in 40 years. Chinese investment cannot continue as a linear event (financially or economically) and is already coming unstuck. Internally costs in the coastal regions are getting non competitive against SEA and SE. There only option is developing the interior regions (Chengdu and such like), however this is not cost efficient because of logistical costs and the reluctance of people to return to the interior. Externally the belt and road initiative is starting to slow down as countries realise it as weighted to China. Chinas growth over the years has been as much down to other countries insatiable appetite for cheaper goods and globalised manufacturing. This appetite, at least at government level, is waining and with a global recession looming, protectionism will balance this. Where countries have tolerated China, that tide is changing. * Protectionism talk from Trump/west. * Many of the initial belt and road initiatives are proving to be sub standard or weighted to China making newer initiatives less welcome. * Huawei * Indonesia being the first SEA country to actively stand up to China in the South China sea by sending troops and missile batteries in response to their encroachments. * India blocking Chinese apps. * Hong Kong Internally things are starting to unravel as well and although it is easier to control a population when you have brainwashed their education. The controls they are putting on the people suggest they are losing the battle. VPN’s which were readily available in China are now near impossible to use. Of course, reading anything coming out of China has to be taken with a pinch of salt and having a ‘frank discussion’ with a Chinese person will not usual deliver any reality. The Chinese people themselves are abandoning their culture more and more and aspire to gain a twisted western middle class they perceive and through the education and policies are generally extremely selfish, blinkered and racist people. Generally mainland Chinese are disliked by most in the region. At best and most likely, China will remain a major power globally without being significant in any way and at worst it will implode. Having lived and worked in Asia for the last 15 years, including living in China on several occasions and locations and dealt with all aspects of life in China I would say that JTS98 has a clear grasp on China. Maybe he is seeing the negative in China, but that is understandable as you really can’t rely on anything coming out of there and frankly for all the advancements and growth over the last 15+ years, the country is clearly also going in a negative direction. I have been asked twice in recent years to return to China on lucrative deals and refused both. Once through the ‘honeymoon’ of living/traveling there, its pretty shit and if you spend time in the ‘countryside’ there is no evidence of any of these great improvements other than surveillance. Its not the country it portrays itself to be.
  15. Actually that particular sunnah is not about giving to people in need or guests. It is particular that you should share every meal and not dine alone. The Quran is specific about guests, charity and helping those in need separately. Also not particularly talking about restaurant dining, which can vary and probably be less sharing now in the shadow Covid-19 but family/home dining. Anyway, I didn’t actually admit anything about the predominantly Muslim Central Asian countries, I stated I did not consider them in my original statement, I will conceded to your more advance knowledge on the region, but clear you have a strong and differing opinion on this through your experiences than mine and thats fine. No point in debating on that, experience is everything and everyones experience is different.
  16. Most of my time in India is spent in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana and Karnataka and it has always been sharing. Then again, I can't always say that the people that I am eating with are fomr those regions.
  17. Not os much exaggeration as just not considering Central Asia, should have been more South East/East Asia in general. A lot would be by experience, but I would disagree with you on Middle East (it is a Sunnah of the Prophet of Muhammed) and large parts of China.
  18. Would love to blame auto correct, but nope, I'm a numpty.
  19. Ironically, Brendan O’Carroll or more someone associated to him/that programme is the reason why I moved to Asia. Needless to say I have never watched the programme as I have a passionate hatred there. I suppose I should also be thankful that it landed me in Asia.
  20. Thats a ‘schoolboy error’ in many cultures here. Finishing your plate is disrespectful. It suggests the host has not given you enough food. The poor mother in law would be frantic trying not to lose face. You always should leave a little something on your plate that suggests you enjoyed the meal but couldn’t eat any more.
  21. Said a very long time ago this is a global problem that needs resolved globally (health & economically). Until then no country can safely say they are fine/clear. The other day was the highest number of cases ever globally if I read correctly. Driven by the US, India and Brazil. There is little factoring of countries that either by design or impossibility are not returning accurate figures. As for holidays, I am like yourself, but thats a cultural thing I guess. Before leaving the UK I lived for my overseas holidays, now they are just something to do, and not having one is no hardship. I think this comes from the environment your in where, for a lot of Asians a holiday is to go home or spend time with the family. For me now, I can’t figure out why anyone would want to go to Spain or France or elsewhere for a holiday with the current restrictions (and the risks)* seems bizarre. However, if I still lived in the UK I probably would be off on my holiday already. *No doubt there will be some idiots ignoring the local restrictions and making an arse of themselves. .... We are the same in Singapore, you can of course leave, but it means a lot of testing and returning isn’t so straight forward. They have made it difficult to dissuade people from going. It is a little tough as we are such a tiny country, but it is what it is. The weather though plays a big part of course. Life does become a little easier when its warm and sunny all year round. I think when discussing the merits of our ‘third rate’ countries here and the cultural perceptions your going to have to accept you have been away too long, no longer identify truly with your country of birth and this you are in the minority. The same as you know peoples perceptions of Asia are mostly completely wrong, our perceptions of the UK are now twisted and completely wrong.
  22. Definitely Chinese restaurants in the UK bears little resemblance to Chinese food. It is mostly food from Hong Kong/Guangdong twisted to the western pallet. With such a large country they have huge variance in their food, from spicy to bland, sweet to sour and everything in between. Yunnan (a little like Thai), Hunan and Sichuan (both spicy) are fantastic. Shanghainese, Jiangsu and all the over loaded MSG stuff is shit (imo). Flipping it around, going into a Thai, Italian and such like in China is a terrible experience and these restaurants probably reflect our Chinese restaurants in the UK.
  23. Pretty much all Asian cultures dining etiquette is a shared meal, especially in China and India. For an Asian, it would appear utterly bizarre to order your own food and not share. Near complete opposite of what in the west we think. Goes for smaller groups as well, everything is for sharing.
  24. Although thats correct, I would be surprised if Orban would make a change to any regulation that doesn’t benefit Hungary(or himself). I would be extremely hesitant in going to Hungary whilst restrictive rules are in place. Brilliant country and people of course, just a crap government just now.
  25. ....or just pish to shorten it further :-p
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