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May 25, 2009
Good China coverage at the Guardian

This past week, The Guardian ran a rich series of China articles. I particularly liked this short interview with a Chinese farmer that says a lot about the country’s promise and problems.  He holds the view that most Chinese do, according to polls — that his country can be the greatest in the world. He is grateful that starvation is no longer a major problem. However, he laments that his childhood ponds have all dried up and that he has to pay his wife’s medical bills with their paltry earnings.

In the category of “you’ve got to start somewhere,” it appears that China’s outright ban on plastic shopping bags, though routinely violated, is saving a lot of oil and money.

– Nina Hachigian

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A Clarification/Alternate Interpretation
of a Line in the Previous Text:

[that nowhere from which] most assume…[]…they will be able to start painting their own individual portaits onto a landscape canvas of somewhere…

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[evolves] in[to] a possible place of mental imagery

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Or…

In another way of saying in picture-words what is painted into the canvas of word-pictures of the Article:

What if the somewhere which is that place from out of nowhere–where most assume (while they live to paint endless imageries involving hidden details not often seen or when seen: ignored)
they will be able to start painting their own individual portait onto a landscape canvas of somewhere–in a possible place of mental imagery which juxtaposes with somewhere seemingly physical and therefore seems to begin in a place which is shrouded yet in the the depths of mists like China’s morning mists which cross many kinds of landscapes and lead by way of internally as well as literally winding rivers to mist-shrouded mountains which seem to be nowhere quite on Earth but become an evolution toward the Mind’s own involvement in its individually painted perceptions of them according to the Human Body’s ability to appreciate such literal and abstract landscapes describing inner and outer earthly sensations with their accompanying perceptions?

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What if the somewhere which is where most assume they will be able to start begins in a place which is shrouded in the the depths of China’s morning mists and leads by way of winding rivers to mountains which seem to be nowhere on Earth but in the Mind’s own individual perceptions of them according to the Human Body’s earthly sensations?

Nina Hachigian is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the co-author of “The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.” She has worked on the staff of the National Security Council in the White House and been a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She specializes in U.S.-China relations and great power relationships, multilateral institutions and U.S. foreign policy.

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