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China is in big trouble. We’re not talking about some minor setback along the way, but something more fundamental. The country’s whole way of doing business, the economic system that has driven three decades of incredible growth, has reached its limits. You could say that the Chinese model is about to hit its Great Wall, and the only question now is just how bad the crash will be.
— Paul Krugman

(Reuters) - China’s President Xi Jinping urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to restart peace talks with the Palestinians as soon as possible, days after he tried to convince Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to revive discussions.

Now…why would Xi Jinping be interested in the Israel-Palestine conflict? Do China’s own sovereignty issues (India, Japan, Philippines) bore him?

(Reuters) - China’s President Xi Jinping urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to restart peace talks with the Palestinians as soon as possible, days after he tried to convince Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to revive discussions.

Now…why would Xi Jinping be interested in the Israel-Palestine conflict? Do China’s own sovereignty issues (India, Japan, Philippines) bore him?

The caretaker of the museum looked at us while we were decorating and applauded us. #Tongli #sex #museum #Christmas2k12 #China #中国

The caretaker of the museum looked at us while we were decorating and applauded us. #Tongli #sex #museum #Christmas2k12 #China #中国

➜ Translation Debate: Apologizing, Ambiguously, in Chinese

Recommended by my former professor.

When the new leader of the Chinese Communist Party stepped on stage Thursday nearly an hour later than scheduled, he acknowledged the delay by saying, “让大家久等了” – which, as a beginning Chinese student can tell you, literally translates to “made everybody wait a long time.” But in English, the interpreter at the event turned it into “sorry to have kept you waiting.”

People appeared to generally agree that Mr. Xi’s comment conveyed a sense of mild regret either way, with many Chinese observers on the Sina Weibo microblogging service praising Mr. Xi for apologizing. Still, the difference sparked good-natured discussion among people who watch the intersection between translation, politics and culture in China.

“Personally I’d go for fidelity and say ‘I’ve kept everyone waiting,’ without the appended ‘Sorry.’ Implicit in English too,” wrote Kaiser Kuo, a spokesman for search company Baidu Inc. and frequent commenter on current events in China, on his Twitter account.

Brendan O’Kane, a Beijing writer and translator, sided with those who would add the “sorry” as a matter of context. Mr. Xi’s comment “serves more or less the same function as ‘sorry to keep everyone waiting’: a perfunctory apology by acknowledgement of inconvenience,” he said in a note.

I think “sorry” was properly used. It didn’t need to mean “deep regret” or anything, but to say “I’ve kept everyone waiting” seems more unapologetic than anything, while as in Chinese, there is a very implicit “my apologies” feel to the sentence. Anyway, nice to see that the nuances of a language and their interpretations don’t go overlooked by non-comparative literature/linguistic majors.

WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT DEMOCRACY AT THE NPC

wuluwu:

Very true. Also, fun fact: Inigo Montoya is Saul Berenson from Homeland. MINDFUCK.

blessingwaung:

All Quiet on the West Lake. Haven’t been here in 13 years, I can see why it was my grandma’s favorite. #Hangzhou #nofilter (at 西湖 | West Lake)

Grandmother’s got good taste. #NotSketchyAtAll

blessingwaung:

All Quiet on the West Lake. Haven’t been here in 13 years, I can see why it was my grandma’s favorite. #Hangzhou #nofilter (at 西湖 | West Lake)

Grandmother’s got good taste. #NotSketchyAtAll

Free Chinese magazine. How to change your face. #china  #beauty #makeup (Taken with Instagram)

Free Chinese magazine. How to change your face. #china #beauty #makeup (Taken with Instagram)

WeChat / Weixin now has video calling, ya’ll.

It’s time to throw in the towel. Sina Weibo, your child called from school. You had better go and PICK IT UP.