Hinduism in China: Influence that goes back many millennia

Li San Long, a resident of Chedian village, offers prayers at the village shrine, which houses a deity that is believed to be one of the goddesses that the Tamil community in Quanzhou worshipped in the 13th century. (Credits: Ananth Krishnan and "The Hindu")

Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA once said "India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border."  In Spiritual and Philosophical terms, that is very true.  You can either include the other in yourself by Conquering, or by Embrace.  What Hu Shih talks about was the inclusion by Embrace. For a world which is high on Religion, and which believes that philosophy is central to Spiritual pursuits (which is … [Read more...]

China beats US to become World’s Largest Smart Device Market

China has over-taken US as the largest Smart Device market in the world!  What that means is that the future entrants in the market will have to have a "China Model of Smart Device". Just days into the Chinese New Year (Year of the “Snake” for anyone keeping track), China has passed the U.S. to become the world’s top country for active Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. This historic milestone takes place a year after Flurry first reported that China had become the world’s fastest … [Read more...]

Shaolin Kung Fu: Making Monk Warriors beyond compare

Shaolin Kung Fu is a martial art form that dates back to somewhere in 500 AD.  The South Indian monk, Bodhidharma is supposed to have left behind his knowledge in two books, of which one is said to be the basis of Shaolin Martial Arts. Shaolin Kung Fu refers to a collection of Chinese martial arts that claim affiliation with the Shaolin Monastery. Of the multitude styles of kung fu and wushu, only some are actually related to Shaolin. After the loss of records during the 20th Century Cultural … [Read more...]

Masochist Neighbor: Pakistan hands over Management of Gwadar Port to China

IN our neighborhood, an important event just occurred.  China has taken over the Pakistani port at Gwadar.  It is the main entry point to Middle East and would link China to Middle East waters via the Karakorum highway. Management of Gwadar port, around 600 km (370 miles) from Karachi and close to Pakistan's border with Iran,  was handed over to state-run Chinese Overseas Port Holdings last week. Interestingly, while the Pakistanis believe in and pride in their friendship with China, they … [Read more...]

How Kung Fu originated from Martial Arts practices of Hinduism

Bodhidharma was a South Indian prince who became a Monk and went to China over 1500 years ago.  He taught ways to strengthen one's body through certain intense exercises.  These exercises and regimen arose from his knowledge and understanding of Indian martial arts - including Kalaripayattu. This documentary illustrates some of the forms extremely well.  Absolutely mindblowing!     Related articles from External Sources Who is Bodhidharma? The Art of Fighting without … [Read more...]

Is China’s Fast-Growing Economy Headed for a Crash?

Will the Chinese economy continue its torrid pace of growth and overtake the U.S.'s top status? Or is it a bubble destined to burst, taking the world economy down with it? Paul Solman interviews a highly-respected China "bull" and a prominent China "bear" as part of his ongoing Making Sen$e project. … [Read more...]

Chinese firm offering “Rent-a-Boyfriend” service to Single women during Chinese New Years

Chinese New Year is coming around soon.  And, it will be time for everyone to visit their family.  Specially for the many single women.  In a country where they have 180 mn singles, that will be a lot of men and women. The country may have developed, but the mindsets still remain very traditional.  The families and the parents inquire if their daughters have found someone to marry?  When they will marry etc.  To counteract those questions, a firm has come up with an interesting solution. … [Read more...]

Even China has snubbed Pakistan on its row with India

After having done all it can to hit at India, Pakistan is trying to whip up some international support.  But interestingly, this time around, China, its main ally, has deserted it. … [Read more...]

China’s Historical Cycles of Center vs Regional Control; can it avert regional implosion this time?

On a larger scale, when you look at the "Big Picture History" of China, one sees constant periods of expansion and contractions fueled by strong Central rule and Regional power grab. With the uneven growth in China - Rural/Urban, North/South, Coastal/Inland - the fissures that have ensured the cycles in earlier history of China may emerge yet again. They may or may not, because - mindful of that probably - Communist party in China has always ruled with an iron hand and an opaque national … [Read more...]

Beijing’s Pollution “Airpocalypse”: Before and After Space Pictures

There is a strong advisory in Beijing for Pollution that exceeds all dangerous levels.  People have been advised not to come out of their homes to do any activity.  The pollution is completely off the charts of all measurements! According to an air monitoring station located at the U.S. Embassythere, particulate pollution was literally off the charts — with readings well into the 700s on a 0-500 scale. Here are two pictures - one from Jan 3rd and second from Jan 14th - from Space of the … [Read more...]