Communications over the world wide doesnt depend on sytax or eloquence or rethoric or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard.
People can only hear you when they are moving toward you and they are not likely to when your wordss are pursuing them
Even the choices words lose their powe when they are used to overpower.
Attitudes are the real figures of speech '-Friedman

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Illegal Inmigration what is behind this

Former US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan from Texas (1973-1979) and Chair, U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform gave testimony on February 24, 1995, before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims. She stated:

" To make sense about the national interest in immigration, it is necessary to make distinctions between those who obey the law, and those who violate it. Therefore, we disagree, also, with those who label our efforts to control illegal immigration as somehow inherently anti-immigrant. Unlawful immigration is unacceptable.

We believe that employer sanctions can work, but only with a reliable system for verifying authorization to work. Employers want to obey the law, but they are caught now between a rock and a hard place. The current system is based on documents. An employer must either accept those documents, knowing that they might be forged, and thus live with the vulnerability to employer sanctions for hiring someone presenting false identification.

We on the Commission believe strongly that it is in the national interest for immigrants to become citizens for the right reasons, not the wrong ones. We want immigrants to be motivated to naturalize in order to vote, to be fully participating members of our polity-to become Americans. We don't want to motivate law-abiding aliens to naturalize just so that they can get food stamps, health care, job training, or their homes tested for lead.

...deportation is crucial. Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave. The top priorities for detention and removal, of course, are criminal aliens. But for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process.

Border security must be the highest priority because if a few million illegal aliens who simply want to work in the USA can gain access then so can many hundreds of thousand illegal alien criminals who want to prey on US citizens, as well as a few hundred thousands of illegal alien sexual predators, and, of course, a few thousand illegal alien terrorists whose motive is to kill as many Americans as they can

In the meantime, we need to recognize that illegal aliens do not have the rights and privileges of American citizens. With the current exception of illegal aliens' children born in the United States, they are all lawbreakers and many are taking advantage of services provided to citizens, making them not much different than common thieves. They are owed nothing and should not be treated differently than any other criminal that is taking things that do not belong to them.

The fact that most come to the US illegally for economic reasons does not change the fact that they violated the sovereignty of the United States and jumped ahead of all the millions who are following our immigration laws. Americans play by the rules. Few of us would tolerate a line jumper if we are waiting in a queue to buy concert tickets so why should we allow it for illegal aliens?

source: P.F. Wagner

By Silvia Terigi

My conclusion: It is a vasted topic, that has 2 sides , i feel sometimes after reading and listening many opinions about this issue the illegal inmigrants fault comes from mexicans , from the people who needs to get new opportunity ,new life as many people of the world

but why mexican people are able to get into US in illegal ways ? who is responsible about this , is it only the ones who escape and get through over the border controls ?

the answer to this question is no, there are some organizations that work in this issue with this purpose to get this people illegally , so this is the way to have the power on their lives , this organizations that are not mentioned in the huge research about this topic , there are no names addressed which allow this happens . Having the power of their lives , it is the way they will do everything to stay in the promised land , there it is involved since normal and decent jobs , till criminal jobs .

it is known they are stucked in the land of nowhere to claim to be supported even if they want to come back to their country , we cant be blind there is a huge corruption system that is more powerful than the simple illegal inmigration ..

if you want to travel to United States you need certain documentation that the embassy is responsible to give you the Visa , and you have a period to stay , this is what happen with all other countries , why Mexico is the exception , what is behind this ?

When it is referred and known many corporations hire this illegal people , they are more responsible that themselves , i dont think that big corporations , could hire them without making all the research they do onto their profiles , so just in case that some companies chose to infringe the law hiring illegal people are who has to be audited , and punnished as well ,economically and commercial , they are illegal as well , no matter the excuses of cheap labour , it is not the point

Cleanning the corruption system is hard work to do , than claim , protest and guilt to may be many innocent people , the solution is like any other person from other country has the same rights and same obligations , so this will balance an issue that is not only called illegal inmigration.

A country like US , has not way to excuse they cant control the borders , when they got all the technologies and satellital innovations , the most militar power of the world , that can watch out over any country of the world , so it is not acceptable they cant control their own borderline.

The solution is easier than all media , political debates spend in this, as much as the goverment take the action to do the right decisions benefit not only americans also to mexican people that their goverment has to take care of them , because when also they are discriminated and there are many decent and brilliant people who needs to grow up an enviroment according to develop skills .Poverty is installed in all countries this is not a reason to cross the border .

And as the standards of inmigration of United States , should be remember that United States is a country of Inmigrants , that specially from WWI and WWII ,,, i dont think every inmigrant has the according ruled papers to be in , to stay , but they built this big country .

like a known statement : Never forget where you come from , this is the esence of life that you can do better or worst , it depends on your will .

Friday, April 16, 2010

Washington DC: Center for world meeting on nuclear security

by Martin Castellani

On Monday the fourteen, United States of America, recieved the visit of fortyseven world leaders (Presidents present: South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Finnish President Tarja Halonen, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, President Barack Obama, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, Armenian President Serge Sarkisian, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Nigeria acting President Goodluck Jonathan, Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, South African President Jacob Zuma, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Swiss President Doris Leuthard, Chil) in order to discuss the nuclear energy security issues. The specific scenario was Washington and the host, Barak Obama, president of the United States.
Many of the members of the Non Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NNPT) assisted to the Washington meeting, which has been told by many medias was concilied to “avoid nuclear terrorism. And from there to step on the Iran theme. There for, the same voices, said that later on, the plan is to sanction Teheran in order to force them to shut down their uranium production.”(Prensa
The world meeting that got the attention of the entire world, even of those countries that refused to assist to such an encounter, is still on the run, where liders of the entire world are pronouncing their voices on favour to the pacific use of nuclear energy.
“Brasil spoke in favour of the pacific use of nuclear energy and calls Teheran to give evidence of their peaceful nuclear activities. The only way to defend Iran is if there is absolut evidence that they will use the uranium enrichment just for medical production and energy industries.” said the president of Brasil Lula Da Silva.
As the talks were going on during the week, the president of the United States of America use his moment to release key documents with videos and links.
“This is an historic process” said President Barack Obama.
Later after ended the Friday congress
“The President and the american´s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world free of nuclear weapons. But it is not an inmediatly possible goal to achieve, but the path to achieve it, is still being walked.” (White House Nuclear Security Summit)
The reason to do such a “unprecedented gathering of world Readers” (The Christian Science Monitor) is to prevente terrorist organizations of getting nuclear weapons.
“Our objective is clear: ensure that terrorist never again access to plutonium or higly-enriched uranium- the essentials ingredients of a nuclear weapon. The challenge we face is how to lock down the over 2000 tons of plutonium and higly enriched uranium exist in dozen of countries with a variety of peaceful as well as military uses. The consequences of a nuclear detonation, or even an attempetd detonation, perpetrated by a terrorist or criminal group anywehere in the world would be devastating. Not only could be an enormous loss of life, but there would also be overwhelming economic, political and psychological consequences that would reverberate worldwide.” (said President Barack Obama)
As the Chiefs of State were having the meeting President of Iran spoke.
“We pass the point of return. In a month our plants will be impossible to suffer an attack”
After the declarations the President of Iran said “the uranium swap will only be accepted if it is mutual”. This was in response to a plan of “swapping enriched uranium over to Russia and later on France, to maximized it quality and be returned later, but did not suceded because Iran didn´t trust that the West will return the uranium” (Tehran, ISNA)
While the nations debate on the nuclear security issues, the White House released more official data.
“The United States has accelerated efforts to complete ratification procedures for the two key international treaties governing nuclear security, the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism and the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material. Legislation that brings U.S. laws into line with these treaties has been submitted to the Congress. Once laws are in place implementing the conventions, the United States will deposit its instruments of ratification. In 2009, the United States completed conversion of all 20 of our highly-enriched-uranium-fueled reactors that could be converted to use low enriched uranium fuel. There are six remaining highly-enriched-uranium-fueled reactors in the United States that will be converted to use low enriched uranium fuel once acceptable fuel has been developed. The United States and Russia have just signed the Protocol to the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, which commits both countries to eliminate 68 metric tons of plutonium (34 each) from their weapons programs—enough material for approximately 17.000 nuclear weapons combined. Furthermore, the United States is in the final stages of approval to bring up to 100 kilograms of plutonium from sites of concern into the United States pending disposition, thereby eliminating vulnerable, weapons-usable plutonium in certain cases where no other solution is available.”
In a document that also speak about the search of new technology and ways to develop and deploy new neutron detection. Which shorten the research and application time from five years to eighteen months.
On the matters of International Cooperation, which was a consider subject for the present media that marked the non-showing of Asian nations as an important and to be spoken deal, the White House expressed that the United States will implement 1.6 billion dollars (a 31% more than last year) in the budget to make a safer nuclear program. At the same time that mark that “ The United States strongly supports the World Institute for Nuclear Security as an effective forum for sharing best security practices, based on its broad membership in 44 countries, representing private industry, police, government agencies, state regulators and national laboratories. We will continue to provide financial support and expertise and encourage other countries to do so as well.”
With the increase of 59% voluntary joinment from the United States of America, the UN stablish the 1540 Resolution that calls for a budget on nuclear security and on assisting on the implementation of the obligations of the 150 nations and plus according to the International Atomic Energy Agency and marks a new goal of providing nuclear security to the countries that do not belong to the G8 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, United States)
In some other declarations of the United States President, he refered to the upgrade of security on the subjetct.
“We need to strengthen the institutions and partnerships that we already have and make them even more effective. This includes the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the multilateral partnership that strengthens nuclear security, prevent nuclear trafficking and assist nations in building their capacity to secure their nuclear materials.” (President of the United States Barack Obama to the
While at the same time, Russia (who impulsed the International Convention for the Supresion of Terrorist Acts) called for a stop in the selfishness of the nuclear powers such as Iran and North Corea.
In order to draw a hard line on the conference between the world leaders. United State call to action.
“Make a commitment to implement on a voluntary basis the following principles:
Develop, if necessary, and improve accounting, control and physical protection systems for nuclear and other radioactive materials and substance.
Enhance security of civilian nuclear facilities.
Improve the ability to detect nuclear and other radioactive materials and substances in order to prevent illicit trafficking in such materials and substances, to include cooperation in the research and development of national detection capabilities that would be interoperable.
Improve capabilities of participants to search for, confiscate, and establish safe control over unlawfully held nuclear or other radioactive materials and substances or devices using them. Prevent the provision of safe haven to terrorists and financial or economic resources to terrorists seeking to acquire or use nuclear and other radioactive materials and substances.
Ensure adequate respective national legal and regulatory frameworks sufficient to provide for the implementation of appropriate criminal and, if applicable, civil liability for terrorists and those who facilitate acts of nuclear terrorism.
Improve capabilities of participants for response, mitigation, and investigation, in cases of terrorist attacks involving the use of nuclear and other radioactive materials and substances, including the development of technical means to identify nuclear and other radioactive materials and substances that are, or may be, involved in the incident; and
Promote information sharing pertaining to the suppression of acts of nuclear terrorism and their facilitation, taking appropriate measures consistent with their national law and international obligations to protect the confidentiality of any information which they exchange in confidence.”
Without a doubt, United States under the command of Barack Obama, has started to walk to history with the help of the joining nations to create a safer nuclear enviroment.
Chile, Mexico and Ukraine pledge to erradicate their nuclear materials making of the United States of America, Washington convention a Worldwide theme.
Even thought China, Iran and other countries that refused to assist to the Washington convention are meeting in what is call the anti-nonproliferation nuclear program, the Nations that decided to collide with the G8 now count with the support and trust of each one and another.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New VAIO Compact Palladium Notebook

the announcement of the VAIO Compact Palladium Notebook, our newest addition to the VAIO Signature Collection, exclusively seen at This limited edition model boasts the latest in futuristic computing.

Measuring 7.5” in diameter, the Palladium is feature packed with advanced, patented technologies light-years past the everyday notebooks you’d experience today.

This macho machine incorporates the latest in 4D viewing experiences. Mist, vibrations, and odors enhance the 4D sensory effort transforming your normal movie and gaming experiences into the real thing. Rev up your appetite while you stand alongside cooking show chefs or test your neighborhood watch by watching a horror film (safety gear is required).

the Palladium is the first notebook which includes Mirror Mode. Now with this unique Signature Collection notebook, you no longer need to stare at yourself while passing store windows. With a simple swipe of the keyboard your computer screen transforms into a lighted mirror. The designers also recognized the importance of vanity and self-consciousness by including the “auto-airbrush” function. Enabling this function instantly airbrushes your mirrored reflection giving you the illusion of being the fairest of them all. In this mode, you truly look your best

An ode to Trekkies (for me it’s TNG or nothing), “Beam me up" goes literal thanks to the integrated hologram webcam. Position the cam on the object (human or otherwise), and it’s projected into the base of the Palladium’s keyboard. For those feeling left out, record and playback settings are included in the event you need help and a certain someone is your only hope.

And those are just a few benefits of the Palladium.

BatteryOther unique features such as a breath powered battery and a Hover Touch keyboard are also included in the unit. For more feature info, gallery photos, and most importantly pricing, you can checkout VAIO Compact Palladium Notebook’s page on It even includes a hidden special offer for visitors to the page. Act fast. It’s only up for an extremely limited time.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Alan Boyle:Spaceflight's past and future

By Alan Boyle

Space enthusiasts are celebrating nearly five decades of human spaceflight - and anxiously awaiting word on what will happen in the decade ahead.

The celebration reaches its peak on Monday - which happens to be the 49th anniversary of the first human flight into outer space, made by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, as well as the 29th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch. Back in 2001, spaceflight fans began organizing "Yuri's Night" parties to mark the occasion.

For the 10th annual Yuri's Night, 188 parties (and counting) have been organized in 63 countries on all seven of the world's continents. Yes, that includes the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica ... and probably someplace close to where you live as well.

Not all of the parties are on Monday night. Nineteen of them are happening tonight, and some of the big ones are coming up on Saturday. You don't even have to dress up to go out: For the first time ever, Yuri's Night is putting on a global Webcast from 2 p.m. ET Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, courtesy of Spacevidcast.

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, one of the founders of Yuri's Night, will be partying down Saturday night at NASA's Ames Research Center in California, where millionaire video-game guru and spaceflier Richard Garriott is due to receive the first-ever Spirit of Yuri's Night Award. "We wanted something really cool," Whitesides told me today. "It's actually an award made of aerogel."

"Cool" is the operative word when it comes to the spirit of Yuri's Night.

"We've always wanted it to be a global holiday, something that will still be relevant 12,000 years in the future, all about that first step off our home world," Whitesides said. "When I was 10 years younger, it was about making space cool - which is still part of the message. But now we're also really focused on getting out Yuri's message of getting the world together to protect this home planet."

More than two dozen video toasts have been posted to the Yuri's Night, highlighted by a tribute from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and his deputy, Lori Garver. Crew members on the International Space Station also will beam down their greetings - which serves as further evidence that space officials are sold on the Yuri's Night concept.

"Yuri's Night is especially for the next generation, the forward-thinking people who are dreaming of our future in space," Bolden said. "Together, we'll make it happen."

NASA's future tense
But what kind of future will that be? This year the shuttle fleet is due to retire. NASA is also putting its plan to send humans back to the moon, known as the Constellation program, on indefinite hold. These sorts of developments are what's behind the anxious wait.

On April 15, just a few days after Yuri's Night, President Barack Obama is due to make a major space policy speech at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. He's expected to proclaim that America's ultimate space goal is to land astronauts on Mars - although the time frame for doing that isn't likely to be spelled out.

Right now the operative phrase is to follow a "flexible path" - a path that calls for step-by-step development of the technologies needed for a Mars mission.

The space agency's chief technology officer, Bobby Brown, spelled out some of those steps during a teleconference on Thursday: new heavy-lift launch systems and on-orbit assembly methods for spaceships that can go farther, advanced propulsion systems for getting to distant destinations, shields to protect astronauts from space radiation, and a strategy for landing large payloads on the Martian surface.

"We know how to land perhaps golf-cart-sized or even small car-sized payloads," Brown told me, "but we certainly don't know how to land a two-story house on the surface of Mars, particularly a two-story house right next to another two-story house that was sent ahead to prepare the way. So there are a wide range of technologies that need to be advanced to enable humans to go to that particular destination."

In the meantime, many are worried that NASA will lose its mojo. Johnson Space Center's director, Dan Coats, voiced concern over the lack of a clear blueprint for sending humans beyond low Earth orbit. "In my experience, it is awfully important to have some hardwaare flying in space," he told the Houston Chronicle.

Rocket scientist Robert Zubrin, the president of the Mars Society, bemoaned the fact that there was no schedule for reaching a destination beyond Earth orbit. "In essence, by cutting Constellation while increasing NASA's budget, the president is giving the agency more money while asking it to accomplish nothing," he wrote in The New Atlantis.

The critics worry that NASA's plan, or lack thereof, will mean American astronauts will lose out to their counterparts in Russia, or China, or India. "Once upon a time, astronauts were America's heroes. Now we eliminate them in the third round of 'Dancing With the Stars,'" faux talk-show host Stephen Colbert quipped.

Next week, Obama will have to reassure a lot of people: those who worry about America's high-tech primacy, those who worry that their dreams of going to space will be deferred for another generation, and those who worry about losing their jobs in the space industry. It's true that the White House budget would give the space agency more money - but Bolden observed that NASA's growth areas would be in climate research and aeronautics rather than human spaceflight.

You'd think that such worries would dim the spirit of Yuri's Night - but Whitesides says now is exactly the time when space enthusiasts should be getting fired up.

"Yuri's Night is a very open-source, participatory type of event. We've always been trying to have people take charge," she told me. "Even in this uncertain time, it's more relevant than ever to tell people, 'Ask not what your space program can do for you, but what you can do for your space program.'"

Or, as Gagarin put it just as he was being launched into space: "Poyekhali!" ... "Let's go!"


Thursday, April 1, 2010

China Uses Rules on Global Trade to Its Advantage

By Keith Bradsher
With China’s exports soaring, even as other major economies struggle to recover from the recession, evidence is mounting that Beijing is skillfully using inconsistencies in international trade rules to spur its own economy at the expense of others, including the United States.

Seeking to maintain its export dominance, China is engaged in a two-pronged effort: fighting protectionism among its trade partners and holding down the value of its currency.

China vigorously defends its economic policies. On Sunday, Premier Wen Jiabao criticized international pressure on China to let the currency appreciate, calling it “finger pointing.” He said that the renminbi, China’s currency, would be kept “basically stable.”

To maximize its advantage, Beijing is exploiting a fundamental difference between two major international bodies: the World Trade Organization, which wields strict, enforceable penalties for countries that impede trade, and the International Monetary Fund, which acts as a kind of watchdog for global economic policy but has no power over countries like China that do not borrow money from it.

China had a $198 billion trade surplus with the rest of the world last year, with its exports to the United States outpacing imports by more than four to one. Despite that, in the last 12 months, Beijing has filed more cases with the W.T.O.’s powerful trade tribunals in Geneva than any other country complaining about another’s trade practices.

In addition, Beijing has worked to suppress a series of I.M.F. reports since 2007 documenting how the country has substantially undervalued its currency, the renminbi, said three people with detailed knowledge of China’s actions.

China buys dollars and other foreign currencies — worth several hundred billion dollars a year — by selling more of its own currency, which then depresses its value. That intervention helped Chinese exports to surge 46 percent in February compared with a year earlier.

Many prominent academic economists see a basic contradiction in the global system of oversight on trade and currency.

“Many of us would like to see the W.T.O.-style commitments — with people’s feet being held to the fire — at other international agencies, like the I.M.F.,” said Jagdish Bhagwati, a Columbia University economist.

Western countries hoped last year to bring international pressure to bear on China, after years of complaining that Beijing keeps the renminbi artificially low.

An undervalued currency keeps a country’s exports inexpensive in foreign markets while making imports expensive. That makes a trade surplus more likely, reducing unemployment for that country while increasing unemployment in its trading partners.

Last September, President Obama, President Hu Jintao of China and other leaders of the Group of 20 industrialized and developing countries agreed in Pittsburgh that all the G-20 countries would begin sharing their economic plans by November. The goal was to coordinate their exits from stimulus programs and prevent the world from lurching from recession straight into inflation.

The G-20 leaders agreed that the I.M.F. would act as intermediary.

But two people familiar with China’s response said that the Chinese government missed the November deadline and then submitted a vague document containing mostly historical data. These people said that China feared giving ammunition to critics of its currency policies at the monetary fund and beyond. Both people asked for anonymity because of China’s attitudes about its economic policies.

If China is found to be manipulating its currency, it could be a political and economic challenge for the Obama administration. President Obama called on Thursday for China to introduce “a more market-oriented exchange rate.” China’s defiant response keeps the administration in a difficult position.

China is the biggest buyer of Treasury bonds at a time when the United States has record budget deficits and needs China to keep buying those bonds to finance American debt. But the Treasury also faces an April 15 deadline for whether or not to list China as a country that manipulates the value of its currency.

If China is listed, that could embolden members of Congress who are already discussing whether to seek restrictions on Chinese exports to the United States. China would certainly criticize such retaliation as protectionism, leading to a broader deterioration in already strained bilateral relations.

China is starting to describe its currency interventions as stimulus. But unlike extra government spending in the United States and other countries, currency intervention does not expand global demand, but shifts it from other countries to China.

Two closely related scourges played a central role in the collapse of world trade in the 1930s: protectionism and beggar-thy-neighbor currency devaluations. World leaders set up two institutions after World War II, now known as the W.T.O. and the I.M.F., to reduce the risk of another Great Depression.

Unlike its predecessor, which had weak arbitration panels whose rulings could be easily blocked by the losing country, the trade organization has had powerful tribunals since 1995. These tribunals can clear the way for the imposition of sanctions running into the billions of dollars.

Filing a case against another country is the heaviest artillery available to countries in trade disputes. But it also is expensive. Preparing a case and pushing it through a tribunal can easily require millions of dollars in legal expenses, and low-income countries seldom file them.

China joined the W.T.O. in 2001 and in its first seven years filed only three cases. But it has stepped up its pace recently, and has filed four of the 15 cases in the last year: two against the United States, on poultry and tires, and two against the European Union, on steel fasteners and poultry.

The monetary fund has not acquired similar powers to the trade organization.

I.M.F. policies call for it to disclose documents and information on a timely basis, with the deletion only of market-moving information. But under the rules a member country may decide to withhold a report, an organization official said.

China allowed the release of its reports until the monetary fund’s executive board decided in June 2007 that reports should pay more attention to currency policies. China has quietly blocked release of reports on its policies ever since, without providing its specific reasons to the I.M.F.

A person who has seen copies of the most recent report last summer said that the monetary fund staff concluded the renminbi was “substantially undervalued.”

The monetary fund regards a currency as substantially undervalued if it is more than 20 percent below its fair market value.

More than four-fifths of the I.M.F.’s members allow publication of the agency’s annual staff reports on their economies. Countries blocking release are mostly tightly controlled places like Myanmar, Sudan, Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia, although Brazil has also not released its reports.

China’s central bank did not respond to calls and messages seeking comment.

The main indicator of a country’s intervention in currency markets is its level of foreign reserves. China halted the gradual appreciation of the renminbi against the dollar in July 2008; from June 30, 2008, through Dec. 31 of last year, China’s foreign exchange reserves rose by $590 billion. A small part of the increase reflected interest on bonds, the appreciation of stocks and currency fluctuations.

Keith Bradsher is a reporter for The New York Times. He has been their chief Hong Kong correspondent since 2002, reporting on events from greater China and southeast Asia, on topics ranging from news to finance and culture. He won the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) award for coverage of avian flu in the area.

Previously, at The New York Times he had been the Detroit bureau chief, a Washington D.C. correspondent, and a reporter covering the airline and telecommunications industries.

He won the George Polk Award for national reporting on his coverage of sport utility vehicles in 1997 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize the same year. Later, he published a book on SUVs called "High and Mighty," which won the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award

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