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Just another poem I’d written thus far. Enjoy!
If God is here today,
sitting in the kitchen to eat,
to drink and to brighten up the mood,
when a cockroach runs by,
would he just smash it to hell???
or would he just ignore it and dine on???
keeping his spirit high,
even though he feels ill,
for the cockroach is one hell of a sight.
You can hate me for thinking that,
how God is similar to us,
when something is unwholesome as a cockroach,
skipping by us, scrambling quick and dirty,
dirtying our mood as we dine our blessing,
but it’s all going to hell,
for a cockroach is in the house,
and we are quick to grab hold onto something,
big and strong and sturdy,
so we could smash the damn thing,
smash it into little pieces,
so we can feel even more disgusted,
by the sight of its splattered ooze,
but a spider had scrambled by earlier,
we did nothing to it,
and laughed on while we dined,
as if the spider was meant to run free by us,
and here is the smashed ooze from the cockroach,
disgustingly forcing us to scramble,
for something to clean up the unwholesome sight,
the ooze that is.
If God is dining with his friends,
sitting up high in heaven,
drinking and smiling to brighten up the mood,
when a human runs by,
would he just smash it or…
According to CIA.gov, China’s arable land is around 11.3%. Most inner China and western peripheral of China, if I’m not mistaken, these areas are not suitable for planting crops. China got many huge deserts too. Some lands in China probably were arable before, but they became desert due to desertification. Nonetheless, Chinese local people who live near such places are trying hard to combat desertification with local ingenuity inventions. Once such place is in Inner Mongolia. A city named Erdos, in Inner Mongolia, has successfully combat desertification by turning sand into soil to retain water better and create a beautiful forest of trees. Their new technology allows them to plant and grow crops in the desert, turning the desert into arable land. I think this is amazing because, with this technical know-how, China can help educate other countries that are facing similar problems. With more arable lands than before, I bet China would be able to grow more crops to feed more people within China. Check out the video right after the break to get more details on this.
Although the video probably made in 2011, the context of the video is quite relevant, still. I think I’ve mixed feelings about watching this video. On one hand, I feel sad for the tough conditions and environments in which the Congolese got to experience every day because their country wasn’t developing at all at the time period in which the video is showing. At the same time, I also feel sorry for the Chinese — who tried to help the Congolese to rebuild the 300km road which connects Kolwezi with the capital of the province Lubumbashi — because the video shows the Chinese tried hard to negotiate and do their best in building the road but met with setbacks that could be fixed easily if communication and efforts were aplenty. Unfortunately, the video shows that some Congolese weren’t too excited to make the road but the road could help improve the infrastructure for the locals. Anyhow, the video shows the Chinese were also rough in manners in dealing with the Congolese, because of the language barrier and culture differences. Vice versa, the Congolese were also ignoring the Chinese workers’ instructions but the instructions were meant to have things going. Anyway, after watching this video, I wonder how it is now (i.e., 2017) for the Congolese in Congo, and how it is for the Chinese in Africa. Check out the awesome video right after the break. Enjoy!
After 3 tries in mastering track I Don’t Need Your Sympathy, I’m confident now that it’s correct and good enough for everyone to listen. When I first mastered this track, I uploaded to SoundCloud, but for some strange reasons, they bug me that the track wasn’t good enough. After second mastering, also uploaded to SoundCloud, my aunt said my voice wasn’t cut through the music. She is now approving my third master of this track. Now I’m happy and feeling a bit good that at least my aunt likes this track now. Anyway, you can listen to the goodness of this track (after 3 tries in mastering it) on SoundCloud. In few more days, hopefully, sooner than later, this track would also be available for you to stream on Spotify, iTunes and elsewhere.
I’m no expert in economic matters, but I just want to use my own personal logic to make sense of a few things that are currently happening. People are seeing that the Dollar is weakening as we speak, and the Yuan is growing stronger as we speak. Some people say weaker Dollar is a good thing because export will become more profitable. Furthermore, when export becomes profitable, it also drives up the manufacturing sector at home. That’s the theory for some people, but I feel that it’s way more complicated than this.
Since the United States isn’t a world manufacture hub — China is holding this title — the United States’ exports won’t matter as much unless the United States becomes the world manufacture hub. Sure, with weaker Dollar, the United States’ exports will become more competitive than before. The question is, will a little gain in competitiveness in exports spur the manufacturing sector at home? Meanwhile, weaker Dollar will make the United States’ imports a lot more expensive.
I think the United States currently imports a lot more than exports. The United States’ import is at $2.25 trillion and the export is at $1.45 trillion for the year of 2016, according to Wikipedia. If the United States’ exports continue to slack even with the weak Dollar and the imports continue to grow, the United States could face an even stronger trade deficit. For an example, manufacturer companies in the United States may have to import more expensive materials from the outside to manufacture products at home for selling across the world and at home. This may not make the products at home cheaper for homegrown consumers. Furthermore, this will increase the trade deficit in manufacturing sector if not enough products within the United States get to export to balance out the import costs.
Weak Dollar will increase less buying power for the Americans who go abroad for vacation, business, and so forth. Weak Dollar can make purchases of products from foreign companies through online websites or offline imports more expensive for the American consumers. For an example, I could be buying a music plugin from an online website which belongs to a French company, and with a weak Dollar, I could be paying more for this software.
I guess good things and bad things do exist even when the Dollar is weak or strong. Nonetheless, the most interesting question is can the United States fare better when the Dollar is weaker or stronger. In my opinion, weaker Dollar can help spur export a bit, but if the United States’ exports don’t carry the whole United States’ overall, long-term economy, then the weaker Dollar will be a very bad thing!
What about China? If the United States enters a trade war against China, China can increase import tariff costs for the products from the United States. This could hurt the United States’ export market because weaker Dollar would be neutralized by this move from China. Furthermore, China can also buy up weak Dollar on the cheap to make Yuan stronger if this would serve China’s agenda. Of course, stronger Yuan for China could make China’s exports look expensive. Still, from what I’ve heard, China is trying to spur demands at home to create a bigger home consumer market so China won’t be relying on too much from the export market. If this is the case, then cheap Dollar would be beneficial for China in a big way!
Stronger Yuan would allow Chinese who are going abroad to get more bang for the buck. Meanwhile, Chinese imports would become cheaper, and so China won’t have to spend so much money to import stuff. As China’s export market isn’t doing so bad and the imports get cheaper, stronger Yuan allows China to continue to reform her consumption market. Foreign companies would love to enter China’s bigger homegrown consumption market because China has 1.4 billion headcounts and growing. As China becomes an ever more important factor for foreign companies due to the size of Chinese population and market, China can begin to dictate tastes, styles, fashions, and so forth worldwide. Chinese culture will become ever more influential if Chinese market becomes the most important market in the world.
With a weaker Dollar and stronger Yuan, entering a trade war against China might be very bad for the United States! China can sanction the United States’ companies, entities, and so much more to crash the United States economy. Of course, a trade war would be bad for China too, because the United States’ imports from China do matter to China a lot. Nonetheless, as China doesn’t rely on the export market so much, a trade war between the United States and China won’t deter Chinese economic reform plan. After all, China wants to grow the homegrown consumption market! While growing a homegrown consumption market to rely less on the export market, China relies on the cheaper import market to balance out the reduction of Chinese exports. Weaker Dollar and stronger Yuan will allow China to transit from the export market to a service market, also to move to a higher value-added export market — all in all – making this transition in a smoother fashion.
In conclusion, I think China can make the best out of either weaker or stronger Dollar, and the United States — as long as the country stays less competitive — won’t be able to have the upper hand if a trade war occurs between China and the United States. Meanwhile, China can use stronger Yuan to buy cheap debts from United States’ weak Dollar to prop up China Yuan’s strength. This, in turn, will actually help China transits from a manufacturing to a service economy. As the low value-added market goes away in China, China has to accelerate the reform of the manufacturing sector at home so Chinese future export market will be more about high value-added products. Anyhow, if the United States isn’t going to be able to use the opportunity of a weaker Dollar to reform her economy somehow to make the United States’ economy more competitive against rivals such as China, in the long run other rivals will use the weaker Dollar as the opportunity to make their own economies a lot stronger.