Being winter there aside, can you imagine the capitol of China adorned with a Tarzan theme? The Beijing Summit & Third Ministerial Conference of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is underway this weekend, and here is what some bloggers had to say:
MSN Spaces blogger Moonwalker 1981 with some background analysis:
News: French President Chirac's Visit to China a Success
Because these Western countries all use other countries’ poverty and internal strife to support their own lives of luxury, and France is no exception. They have an army of over several thousand people in Africa, an overpowering media force, government heads supported by France in power, a dozen or so countries participating in using France's financial strength to ensure the “African Franc”, not to mention the Western world's old trick of ‘exporting goods, exporting resources’. France's influence is so great that when Africa did a survey, it was discovered that Africans think that the most famous person is actually Chirac.
French president's China visit comes at the same time as Beijing holds the China-Africa Cooperation Forum-Summit, the tearing up of France's backyard. What doesn't make sense, though, is that the French president happily went back as the China-Africa Forum got off to a lively start. It's a little unclear as to what methods Beijing has taken to make everyone so happy. It's not like ‘the path to harmony, the need of China and the world’ can gloss over actual economic, politic and geopolitical competition. This is absolutely impossible.
With her office being where it is and how the Summit affects it, MSN Spaces blogger Welking Satin Silver wishes her coworkers wouldn't smoke during meetings:
What are we gonna do come 2008? asks MSN Spaces blogger Julia 300300:
This is the first major conference hosted by Beijing that I've come across since coming here. Starting October 31, many roads were already roped off for the receptions. Xiao 2 came back from the airport that day, said every single taxi driver had a copy of instructions from the government for the duration of the roadblocks in their hands, to help them explain to customers why the roads had to be closed.
Many private car owners have taken to riding the bus these last two days, because cars from outside #5 ring road are not allowed in (although, we ran in to #4 ring road and didn't have a problem…so not cool).
More on what might just be the aforementioned taxi driver how-to guide from MSN Spaces AnDongDong:
1. During the summit, major roads will definitely be closed, at the same time, Beijing's traffic police will be out in full force.
2. African countries are prevalently poor, many leaders don't have private jets, but are coming in on normal planes.
3. The entire African delegation together amounts to roughly 3,000 people. Our Party leaders will shake their hands at the airport one-by-one, but because their reception ability is limited, unofficially more than half of them will take a taxi.
4. One thing that all drivers must avoid at all costs are conflicts with the international friends; if they're two yuan short, let it go.
BCChinese.net blogger Clemence Liu lists the countries whose leaders will be in attendance and the Yculblog.com China And World blogger posts about a similar but smaller conference next week in Shanghai, and MSN Spaces’ Jenny Liw posts about her run-in with the delegates at the airport in Beijing:
MSN Spaces blogger Meng Ying77 lives for summits like these:
Two days ago my good friend Juan came back from Belgium for a meeting. She's now a diplomat in the European Union. She said that at the end of Novermber there will be two important EU officials coming to China to investigate and that this trip will be very important, related to the problem of Chinese enterprises in the the European market. When the time comes, she wants me to take care of them. Because foreigners separate their private and public lives and they aren't willing to let Chinese officials take care of them, she had to put her good personal relationship with me to good use. I'm very willing to take EU officials of import to my country's enterprises and show them around, but this English of mind…cram, cram, see if I can get it good enough for simple conversations.
I expect my next mission will be taking care of UN officials…haha.