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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
inevitable, necessary or impossible?
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- 08:36pm Mar 25, 2002 EST (#827
Maybe, if it is smart, it won't have to spend much on defense.
" It is quite possible the US's MD will force
China and Russia to join into common deterrance aliance and
military/space technology development. If they have a slightest
belief the MD may work to some degree."
That cooperation would make some sense. It would ALSO make sense
for Russia, China, and all other nations (including especially the
NATO nations) to get as clear as they can about what degree of
technical effectiveness MD might have.
- 08:43pm Mar 25, 2002 EST (#828
These instances come to mind:
Current public demonstrations in the north east ... the
solution has been to arrest the leaders and throw them in jail and
then 'pay' something to the general protesters. The question is -
if labour sackings are larger and larger 'large scale' .. what are
they to be paid off with - when the country doesn't collect in
taxes. (It does have a compulsory trade union fund )
The second issue with China has been the creation of vast dams
along the Yellow River and the flooding of areas of former
settlements. The people are said not to receive adequate
compensation to resettle.
Bejing Olympic preparations have seen the bulldozing of vast
areas - with a 'pot luck' attitude towards resettlement. The
big picture is important - but - if people's needs are not regarded,
then protests happen. re almarst-2001
- 08:56pm Mar 25, 2002 EST (#829
Tens of thousands of workers have stepped up protests in the
industrial north-east of China, angry at job-losses, unpaid wages
and employer corruption. Labour protests have become an almost daily
occurrences as millions of workers continue to lose their jobs under
China's push for reform of state-owned industires
LOPRESTI: Every working day this month, tens of thousands of
labourers in China's industrial heartland have gathered outside
their company's headquarters to do something extraordinary in China
In the north-eastern cities of Daching and Liaoyang, numbers have
swelled to as many as 50-thousand some days, prompting officials to
despatch soldiers and police to block company gates and arrest a
half a dozen labour leaders.
As Elizabeth Tang from the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade
Unions explains desperate times equals desperate measures.
TANG: This is a very, very common and very, very big problem now
happening with workers in China. A lot of them have not been paid
wages, even up to 10 months, 12 months. Having no pay for six months
is very, very common. And you know when workers do not have the
wages you know they just feel they can't stand anymore, but you know
(they) go out on the street.
LOPRESTI: Daching is a sprawling company town of
two-point-four-million people, built by and for the oil industry. It
was once hailed as a national model of fortitude and
self-sufficiency, but today communist slogans are all that's left.
Since 1999 the Daching Petroleum Administration has laid off
86-thousand workers, that's a third of its entire workforce, and the
numbers continue to grow.
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