The senior leadership of the Chinese government increasingly views the competition between the United States and China as a zero-sum game, with China the likely long-range winner if the American economy and domestic political system continue to stumble, according to an influential Chinese policy analyst.
China views the United States as a declining power, but at the same time believes that Washington is trying to fight back to undermine, and even disrupt, the economic and military growth that point to China’s becoming the world’s most powerful country, according to the analyst, Wang Jisi, the co-author of “Addressing U.S.-China Strategic Distrust,” a monograph published this week by the Brookings Institution in Washington and the Center for International and Strategic Studies at Peking University.
Mr. Wang, who has an insider’s view of Chinese foreign policy from his positions on advisory boards of the Chinese Communist Party and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, contributed an assessment of Chinese policy toward the United States. Kenneth Lieberthal, the director of the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings, and a former member of the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton, wrote the appraisal of Washington’s attitude toward China.
In a joint conclusion, the authors say the level of strategic distrust between the two countries has become so corrosive that if not corrected the two countries risk becoming open antagonists.
The United States is no longer seen as “that awesome, nor is it trustworthy, and its example to the world and admonitions to China should therefore be much discounted,” Mr. Wang writes of the general view of China’s leadership.
In contrast, China has mounting self-confidence in its own economic and military strides, particularly the closing power gap since the start of the Iraq war. In 2003, he argues, America’s gross domestic product was eight times as large as China’s, but today it is less than three times as large.
I was wondering when an infograph dedicated solely to the little green robot was going to emerge. And here it is.
Made by the people over @Xcubelabs this graph follows Android since its birth in 2003 til the latest rendition, in July. What will come next? With Google recent purchase of Motorola Mobility my guess is as good as anyone’s. One thing is clear though. It made the mobile wars a heck of a lot more interesting!
Infographic by Android Developers at [x]cubelabs
Our team is pulling together some pretty comprehensive London coverage right now, from traveling bloggers to photo slideshows to clean up tweets.
The most amazing part might be seeing how fast everything is moving and changing, and how the community is organizing themselves across the Internet to combat the rioters.
Great study done by the people over @RWW about managing big bundles of data. It’s more enterprise oriented, but still a good read.
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UPDATED! Data and research: http://bit.ly/42degreesN
Ever since doing Snake Oil visualization, I’ve become a little obsessed with optimising my diet. Hey – what else is there to do on a winter evening? Strange thing. Vitamin D keeps popping up in all kinds of research. Evidence seems to be growing for its
extensivepotential role in health, cancer prevention and even mental health and mood.
Deficiency may even be a contributing factor for the greater prevalence of heart disease and diabetes among African-Americans (dark-skinned peoples have much more difficulty synthesising vitamin D from sunlight). Nearly 100% African Americans could have insufficient Vitamin D, according to some studies. Nearly 1 in 3 could be severely deficient.
I got curious. And inevitably that curiosity spawned a yomming great infographic.
UPDATE: 1st Dec. The US Institute of Medicine have released an equally yomming report on Vitamin D. (Story in NY Times | Original PDF report) It does a lot of cross- and meta-analysis on the various studies out there. Some findings contradict what I’ve visualized here. So I’ve folded in the new info and adapted the visuals. You can see a detailed summary in the Change Log. The headlines are:
- Evidence for health benefits beyond bone health are “inconsistent & conflicting” – I’ve changed wording
- Blood levels that count as ‘insufficient’ vitamin D are disputed and unstandardized – I’ve added a note
- The Recommended Daily Allowance has been boosted to 600 IU, from 200 IUs – I’ve added this
Everything else seems to stand up! I’ve updated the data spreadsheet too.
(The report doesn’t mention latitudes or UVB exposure. So I’m sticking to my 2000IUs vegicaps a day during the winter)
If you find any other research, please send it over or post below.