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Mark Collins - Top Dragon Now More Powerful than Mao?

President Xi is “in some ways” according to this article at the NY Review of Books–excerpts: Who Is Xi? Andrew J. Nathan May 12, 2016 Issue Xi Zhongxun zhuan [Biography of Xi Zhon… 10 more words

International Relations

President Xi Jinping’s Most Dangerous Venture Yet: Remaking China’s Military

The Chinese leader’s plan to revamp the armed forces, a milestone in the nation’s emergence from isolationism, faces hurdles at home

By Jeremy Page

BEIJING—China’s stock market was swooning. 2,156 more words

The Great China Crackdown Is Here

China is experiencing the most sustained domestic political crackdown since Tiananmen Square. Much attention has been devoted to the increasing state repression being directed at lawyers, journalists and civil society activists. 14 more words


Chinese President Xi Jinping Assumes Direct Control Over Military.

China’s most powerful leader President Xi has assumed a more direct control over the military with the new title of Commander-in-Chief of its Joint Operations Command Center, reports have confirmed. 601 more words

Government & Politics

Colored Filament From a Can

On the last day of MRRF, the guys from Lulzbot were printing a vase with some clear Taulman t-glase on their TAZ 6 prototype. It was probably the third or fourth one they had printed, but I was compelled to go over there because they were painting the filament with a blue Sharpie right before it went into the extruder. 226 more words

3d Printer Hacks

Why Xi is Purging the Chinese Military

While understanding the details of Xi’s reforms is critical to assessing the direction of PLA modernisation going forward, it is also necessary to consider the broader implications of Xi’s apparent relationship with the military.

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National Library Week

It’s National Library Week! In fact, today is National Library Workers Day.

That’s right, folks. It’s that time of year again. In celebration, I’m working 40 hours! 399 more words