Monday, January 10, 2011

China Rises, and Checkmates

By  NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Published: January 8, 2011

If there’s a human face on Rising China, it belongs not to some Politburo chief, not to an Internet tycoon, but to a quiet, mild-mannered teenage girl named Hou Yifan.

Ms. Hou (whose name is pronounced Ho Ee-fahn) is an astonishing phenomenon: at 16, she is the new women’s world chess champion, the youngest person, male or female, ever to win a world championship. And she reflects the way China — by investing heavily in education and human capital, particularly in young women — is increasingly having an outsize impact on every aspect of the world.

Napoleon is famously said to have declared, “When China wakes, it will shake the world.” That is becoming true even in spheres that China historically has had little connection with, like chess, basketball, rare earth minerals, cyber warfare, space exploration and nuclear research.

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United Manchester 1-0 Divided Liverpool

Again, and again, and again, and again.. it has become predictable.



How they are rated;

MAN UTD

Kuszczak 6, Rafael 8, Ferdinand 8, J Evans 7 (Smalling 5, Evra 7, Nani 6, Fletcher 7 (Anderson 6), Carrick 7, Giggs 9 - STAR MAN, Berbatov 7, Hernandez 6 (Owen 6),

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Fabio, Obertan, Gibson

Booked: Fletcher, Anderson.

LIVERPOOL

Reina 8, Kelly 7, Skrtel 5, Agger 7, Aurelio 5, Kuyt 6, Meireles 5 (Shelvey 6), Lucas 5, Maxi 5 (Babel 6), Gerrard 4, Torres 6 (Ngog 5)

Subs not used: Gulacsi, Kyrgiakos, Wilson, Poulsen.

Sent off: Gerrard.
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