Monthly Archives: December 2020

Excerpt from Ye Fu’s “Requiem for a Landlord” — A Son Parades His Landlord Father Through the Streets

Numbers, even vast numbers just are numbers. Stories make them real.  Like the numbingly incomprehensive numbers of people killed in the Holocaust and then specifics about individual people that we can see in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and … Continue reading

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Reading Ye Fu’s “Requiem for a Landlord”

After reading Ye Fu’s essay Requiem for a Landlord , he writes the story of his own grandfather, a murdered scapegoat of Mao’s 1951 land reforms that killed millions of landowners, big and small as well as other troublesome people … Continue reading

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2012: PRC Official Party and Government Document Issuance and Handling Guidelines

The variety, purpose and scope of authority of PRC Party and Government official documents, orders, opinions and so forth can be confusing. Translated below are the official guidelines for issuing, receiving, handling and archiving various types of official Chinese Communist … Continue reading

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Late 1990s Reading Notes: PRC Scholars on Xinjiang

While working in the US Embassy Beijing Environment, Science and Technology Section in the late 1990s, I collected some books on Xinjiang. I went on a ten-day trip there in 1997 planning to do a report on desertification and implementation … Continue reading

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2006: PRC Defense Industry S&T Meeting Work Report

Implement the Four Principles to Uphold, Accelerate Transformation and Upgrading, Push Forward the Steady Rapid Progress of the National Defense S&T Industry Zhang Yunchuan report at the 2006 National Defense S&T Industry Working Meeting Report (Excerpts) posted January 13, 2006 … Continue reading

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2003: Book on PRC Weapons and Systems Procurement “Equipment Systems Lifetime Management”

Equipment Systems Lifetime Management [Zhuangbei quanxitong quanshouming guanli] Beijing, 2003, National Defense Industries Press Edited by Wang Hangong, Gan Maozhi, Chen Xuechu and Luo Yun This book demonstrates how the Chinese military has thoroughly assimilated in their own military texts … Continue reading

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2005: PRC Economist on PLA Military Pay

Theory and System of Military Pay 《军人薪酬的理论与制度》(Junren Xinchou de Lilun yu Zhidu) by Zhao Junlan 赵俊兰 of the PLA Navy Dalian Naval Academy This book on PLA salary reform might be more for specialized tastes, but I found it the … Continue reading

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2003: A Chinese Expert on PRC National Defense Industrial Sector Reform

Here is another book I ordered online from a Chinese bookstore, did a summary, sharing it with interested colleagues while working at State/INR. Open source intelligence can be both easy to collect (albeit in a language difficult for sino-illiterates) and … Continue reading

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2003: PLA Thinking on Military Procurement

A book summary I did when I worked on PRC issues in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. I thought back to this book when I saw today the 7 December 2020 South China Morning Post article … Continue reading

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