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Bloggers comment US - China tensions

In this edition : the sale of American arms to Taiwan angers Chinese web users ; and one week after the torrential rain in Peru, the Web mobilises to come to the victims.

US – CHINA TENSIONS
Tensions between China and the United States are growing, particularly since the Pentagon announced an arms sale to Taiwan. A contract worth over 6 billion dollars, which has annoyed Beijing and stirred up anger amongst Chinese net Users.
The Global Times web site, an official newspaper, invites it’s readers to sign this online petition. The objective: to protest against selling arms to a rebel island, which China considers to be part of it’s territory. The petition has so far collected over 65 000 signatures.
This blogger has looked over the companies involved in this transaction which includes missiles, ships and helicopters. He calls for reprisal against those who are in China.
On discussion forums, many web users have called for the United States to be sanctioned for it’s attitude which they consider to be arrogant. A campaign to boycott American products, targeting fast food chains in particular, has also been launched online.
Others, like this web user, ask the Chinese government to react by supplying arms to enemies of the United States, like Iran and North Korea.
And if several bloggers accuse the Taiwanese of being traitors to the Chinese people, the majority of Chinese web users hope for a peaceful reunification. This song, broadcast online, encourages the Taiwanese people to return to their motherland.


PERU : AID FOR FLOOD VICTIMS IN PERU
Over a week since the torrential rain and heavy flooding in southern Peru, which killed at least 20 people, the situation in the country remains critical. In fact, thousands of people have lost everything. The web tries to come to their aid.
This web user has created an interactive map which allows you to see the different areas affected by the floods and to get information on the number of victims in these regions. He also publishes, on a regular basis, photos of the victims of the bad weather taking refuge in makeshift camps.
Others remind us that the victims currently have nothing. This blogger invites web users to show their solidarity with the Peruvian people by sending vital products as soon as possible. The appeal has also been relayed on social networks and notably Facebook.
Despite these displays of solidarity, some criticize the organization and distribution of aid in the country. A head of a humanitarian group says here that the Peruvian government should show more transparency in their management of the crisis.
And others, as we see here, claim that shopkeepers in the affected areas are taking advantage of food shortages to increase food and water prices.
A situation, as this Twitter user highlights, which has pushed some to loot and steal. He appeals to the authorities to reestablish order as quickly as possible.
 

 
WIKILEAKS
The website Wikileaks, which specialises in the anonymous publication of sensitive documents is temporarily closed, due to lack of funds. From the Guantanamo interrogation manuel to the thousands of messages sent by the people of New York on September 11th 2001, this collaborative web site has been at the origin of many scoops over the past few years. Today it launches an appeal for funding from web users so that they can continue the adventure, whilst preserving their independence.
 
 
DAILY LIFE OF A SUPER HERO
Darth Vador on the toilet, Doctor Octopus as a fan of the Jonas Brothers and even the Incredible Hulk walking his dog. The Canadian photographer Ian Pool has imagined super heroes in their everyday life. You can discover these original works on his web site.
 
VIDEO OF THE DAY
 
Yonge Street, the main arterial street in Toronto, stretches out over 1896 kilometers and is officially the world’s longest road. For one day, two photographers traveled 42 kilometers along it, and made this stop-motion video.
 
 

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