"YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AS DAZZLING AS YOUR SUBJECTS"

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

"DO NOT DRIVE TIREDLY": WORDS OF ADVICE FOR RETURNING THANKGIVINGERS -- OR BEIJINGERS

"DO NOT DRIVE 
TIREDLY" 


A WORD TO THE WISE 
ON THE ROADS 
IN BEIJING, CHINA 
November 2012 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

SIDNEY RITTENBERG: "THE REVOLUTIONARY"

BACK IN 
BEIJING  


SIDNEY RITTENBERG 
"THE REVOLUTIONARY" 

Mao Zedong's English translator in Yan'an after World War II 
American member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) 
Prisoner of the PRC/CCP 
Activist of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution 
Prisoner of the PRC/CCP Again 
American Entrepreneur/Consultant 

RUSLAN KHASBULATOV IS SEVENTY

RUSLAN IMRANOVICH KHASBULATOV 
Руслан Имранович Хасбулатов 
b. November 22, 1942 


RUSLAN KHASBULATOV 
at the height of his political power 
Chair of the Russian Supreme Soviet 
Arriving at the Russian White House 
Moscow, 1993 

Sharing the stage with Boris Yeltsin at Yeltsin's first Inauguration, July 10, 1991, here 

More contemporary photographs here and here 

A review of Khasbulatov's book, here 

More stories about Khasbulatov over the years  here and here and here 

SANTA CLAUS LANDS ON A BEIJING ROOFTOP

SANTA CLAUS 
& FRIENDS 


HAVE ARRIVED 
IN BEIJING 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

THE POLITBURO STANDING COMMITTEE IS INTRODUCED: XI JINPING THE FIRST AMONG "EQUALS"

XI JINPING 
GIVES HIS FIRST ADDRESS 
AS GENERAL SECRETARY OF 
THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY 


习近平
EAST HALL 
GREAT HALL OF THE PEOPLE 
Beijing, November 15, 2012 

English text of the speech 
here 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

TRUMPETING OUT THE 18TH PARTY CONGRESS IN BEIJING

WINDING UP THE 
18TH CONGRESS 
OF THE 
CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY 


TRUMPETS FOR THE LAST DAY 
Great Hall of the People, Beijing 
November 14, 2012 

Friday, November 9, 2012

MAO AT NIGHT I

THE MAO MAUSOLEUM 
AT NIGHT 


AT THE TIME OF 
THE 18TH CONGRESS 
OF THE 
CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY 
Beijing, November 9, 2012 

More MAO 
including 
Mao's monument to Jinggangshan 
(inscribed in his own calligraphy) 

MAO AT NIGHT II

PASSING BY  
MAO'S PORTRAIT 
ON THE GATE OF 
THE FORBIDDEN CITY 
AT NIGHT 


AT THE TIME OF 
THE 18TH CONGRESS 
OF THE 
CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY 
Beijing, November 9, 2012 

For more on Mao, 
Follow the links here 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

HU JINTAO'S LAST HURRAH -- AT LEAST, AS GENERAL SECRETARY

HU JINTAO 
REPORTS 
TO THE 18TH PARTY CONGRESS 


HU'S SWAN SONG 
-- as General Secretary 
of the Communist Party of China, at least -- 
November 8, 2012 

On the first day of the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China, Hu Jintao, the outgoing General Secretary, reads the Report ("FIRMLY MARCH ON THE PATH OF SOCIALISM WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS AND STRIVE TO COMPLETE THE BUILDING OF A MODERATELY PROSPEROUS SOCIETY IN ALL RESPECTS" -- their capitals, not mine) from the podium of the Assembly Hall of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, surrounded (as usual, in these events) by flowers.  No one has died; this is the first step, in this Congress, in a choreographed handover of power first officially telegraphed at the preceding (17th) Congress, five years earlier. 


Hu Jintao twenty years earlier, introduced as the most junior member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the 14th 
Congress of the Communist Party of China (1992), here 

Hu Jintao five years earlier, at the 17th Party Congress, here 

Hu Jintao escorting Jiang Zemin off the dais 
of the 17th Party Congress (2007), here