Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Contemporary China in 60 years (2000 - 2004)

(1949 - 1954), (1955 - 1959), (1960 - 1964), (1965 - 1969), (1970 - 1974), (1975 - 1979), (1980 - 1984), (1985 - 1989), (1990 - 1994), (1995 - 1999)

2000: Beidou Navigation System (北斗导航系统)

China's Beidou satellite was sent into space.

In the coming new information age, satellite navigation system plays more and more a crucial role in nearly every facet of economy. The launching of Beidou navigation system was a landmark of not only China's technological advancement but also the strength of Chinese economy. By holding an independent satellite navigation system, China gained the ability to be an independent economic unit in the new information age. This is a reason that few other countries might clone the success of China.

2001: Sino-US Hacker War (中美黑客大战)

A screen shot during the hacker war. The hacker war was a consequence of the China-US plane collision incident happened a few days earlier. In person, however, I think that this hacker war means more than the plane collision incident in history.

This was the World War I in the cyber space. Country-organized power had been extended from the real world into the virtual world. The invasion to our real life from the virtual worlds started to become no longer Sci-fi stories.

2002: South-to-North Water Diversion Project (南水北调工程)

The illustration of China's South-to-North Water Diversion Project. In 2002, the project started.

This is one of the greatest ever water-technology projects in history. Northern China usually suffers from drought while southern China often suffers flood. The 50-year South-to-North Water Diversion Project is to solve this problem and to balance the water distribution all over the nation. If the project succeeds, it will significantly stimulate the Chinese economy by well balancing the economic growth in varied part of the nation. This is a project that will substantially affect the long-term future of China.

2003: SARS (非典)

Some protest pictures during the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) season in 2003.

The outbreak and the control of SARS told the world two sides of contemporary China. On one side, China was a dangerous place where dangerous disease could suddenly emerge because of the lack of carefulness in public health. On the other hand, China had been a strong and responsible nation that was not only willing to closely cooperate with the rest of the world but also able to quickly develop effective solutions to cure a suddenly emerged deadly disease.

2004: Golden Shield Project (金盾工程)

The internet bar in China. All the internet communication was supervised by the Golden Shield Project (GST). The project started running in November 2003. 2004 was the first year it officially on the stage for the general public.

GST is the Great Wall in modern time. If the Great Wall had been proved useless most of the time to defend the real threatening invasions in history, may we expect a Great Wall in cyber space really do the job effectively? On the other hand, however, it does cost a lot of money in construction and will cost more and more in maintaining. Substantially it increase the difficulty for the regular Chinese to access information oversea. GST is a man-made obstacle to the advancement of Chinese economy. China is going to pay the debt.

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