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What an amazing week.

Between Tuesday and Friday, 17 and 20 January, the world shifted. On Tuesday, Xi Jinping addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, while on Friday Donald Trump became president of the United States.

Their two speeches said it all: in one, putting people first, focusing on economic wellbeing for all, stressing the need for international cooperation, dealing with major problems collectively, and the need for a recalibration of global governance; in the other, putting the USA first, focusing on economic wellbeing only for the USA (and stuff the rest), stressing the need for twisting arms so that the USA comes out on top, dealing only with US problems, and the desperate and vain assertion of US global control.

To be sure, many commentators have interpreted Xi Jinping’s speech as a defence of ‘free trade’ and ‘globalisation’. But if you read closely, you will pick up the Marxist emphases on economic wellbeing (which is a core element in a Chinese Marxist approach to human rights), economic inequality as a source of unrest, unleashing the forces of production, the leadership of the Communist Party of China, and the need always to focus on what benefits the common people.

In some respects, the week just past was a significant moment in the shift of global power that began 10 years ago with the Atlantic financial crisis. Comrades in China point out that it should be seen as an outcome of almost four decades of the reform and opening up policy in China.

And all this takes place as Xi Jinping is preparing China for the shift to the second stage of socialism.

 

宁静致远:ningjing zhiyuan

A quiet life enables one to accomplish something lasting.

Or: tranquility yields transcendence

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For quite some years now I have been seeing a great doctor, Neville Rothfield. From time to time, I have heard confirmations about his age, although I never actually dared to ask him directly. I knew all along that he was pretty experienced – I could always tell when he examined me. But we would also have wonderful conversations about almost everything, since he has a keen interest in the world.

So today he finally retired, at almost 95 years old. Yes, a nonagenarian has been my doctor! He began practising way back in 1945, before antibiotics were prescribed and immunisation practised, let alone everything since then. Best wishes for your retirement, Neville.

Full stories can be found here and here (and earlier one from 5 years ago is here).

More reports on the People’s Daily and Xinhua News on the China-Russia joint naval exercises in the South China Sea.

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And a series of articles in the People’s Daily analyse the USA as a ‘source of turmoil in the world’. It is keen both to make a mess and to brainwash the elites in some non-Western countries. To a large degree, this is ‘a reflection of a twisted mentality of an empire moving downhill’.

I have become used to the relatively high cost of things in Denmark and I always assumed one would never find anything free. However, the other day we were walking through the forest and happened upon this intriguing site:

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I went in to look, finding what we would call a bush camping site (right next to the ancient deer park):

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It sports state-of-the-art grass, forest and … toilets:

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And there’s even a place to warm yourself and cook some food:

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And the best thing of all is that it is free. Next time we’re here we’ll be making the most of this Danish treasure.

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