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Michael B. Calyn Network Consultant/Level 2/3 Deskside Support MBCalyn@MBCalyn.com Summary Information Services & Technology Professional Certified Microsoft, Cisco, Novell, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Dell, IBM, Lenovo, and A Specialties A diverse technical background. Strong logical analysis and troubleshooting experience. Ability to assimilate new technologies quickly and accurately. A great "bedside manner" in a front line support role. A knack for explaining technical issues in lay persons terms.
Michael B. Calyn has written 24 posts for China Daily Mail

China loses out as Canada joins US in halting oil pipeline construction


British Columbia, the Canadian province whose official slogan to its own beauty is “Super, Natural,” is invoking another saying: “No more supertankers.” That’s potentially big trouble in a nation where oil exports amount to $73 billion annually and the industry employs more than 550,000 workers. It’s also a bad omen for nations, notably China, that have invested billions … Continue reading

China moves cautiously ahead on nuclear energy


From 2005 to 2011, China rapidly developed its nuclear power capacity. In 2010 alone, it began operations at two new reactors and broke ground on 10 more, accounting for more than 60 percent of new reactor construction worldwide and making the Chinese nuclear industry by far the fastest-growing in the world. By the end of … Continue reading

China warns North Korea against “troublemaking” on peninsula


China warned against “troublemaking” on its doorstep, in an apparent rebuke to North Korea, and the United States said it was postponing a missile test to help calm high tension on the divided Korean peninsula. But in the midst of what some described as an unprecedented ratcheting up of rhetoric from Beijing, China began running into criticism from influential political voices in … Continue reading

Crude drops below $90 on signs of slowing Chinese growth


West Texas Intermediate crude fell below $90 a barrel for the first time in 2013 as service industries in China expanded at the weakest pace in five months, adding to speculation that demand growth is slowing. Prices declined for the seventh time in nine days as the expansion of the non-manufacturing industry in China, the world’s largest … Continue reading

China becomes the world’s biggest trading nation


China surpassed the U.S. to become the world’s biggest trading nation last year as measured by the sum of exports and imports, a milestone in the Asian nation’s challenge to the U.S. dominance in global commerce that emerged after the end of World War II in 1945. U.S. exports and imports last year totaled $3.82 … Continue reading

China fines flat-screen manufacturers for price-fixing


One of Beijing’s economic planning agencies, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said Friday that the aforementioned South Korean firms plus Taiwanese companies Chimei, Chunghwa Picture Tubes, AU Optronics and HannStar were being fined for their actions between 2001 and 2006.China joined an international crackdown on price-fixing in the flat-screen electronics industry by fining … Continue reading

China’s taste for pork serves up a pollution problem


Fan Jianjun points to a concrete pipe jutting from the lake bank. Sludge spews from its mouth and arcs across the water, the surface bubbling with the bodies of flies. Fan has lived in Houtonglong village all his 31 years. The water was clear, he says, before the pig farm was built and people’s health … Continue reading

Obama eyes $108 billion annual Asia prize vying with China trade


More than a century and a half after Millard Fillmore dispatched an emissary to Asia to transform commerce across the Pacific, a U.S. president again sees an historic opportunity to strengthen America’s role in the region. Barack Obama sent his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, to Asia for a record 86 days in his first term, including — … Continue reading

Signs of changes taking hold in electronics factories in China


One day last summer, Pu Xiaolan was halfway through a shift inspecting iPad cases when she received a beige wooden chair with white stripes and a high, sturdy back. At first, Ms. Pu wondered if someone had made a mistake. But when her bosses walked by, they just nodded curtly. So Ms. Pu gently sat down and … Continue reading

Chinese officials find misbehavior now carries cost


The Chinese have become largely inured to tales of voracious officials stockpiling luxury apartments, $30,000 Swiss watches or enough stolen cash to buy their mistress a Porsche. “Something has shifted,” Zhu Ruifeng, a Beijing journalist who has exposed more than a hundred cases of alleged corruption, said of how quickly officials are now responding to … Continue reading

China set to surpass US in R&D spending in 10 years


China‘s overall R&D is a little more than half that of U.S. and growing rapidly; U.S. is stalling. It was a ghost who revealed to Ebenezer Scrooge the “shadows of what may be,” but today we rely on studies for similar, if not equally dramatic insights. One such study, released last week, predicts that 2023 … Continue reading

China economy shows signs of strength


China released a series of figures on Sunday showing continued economic strength as it prepares for new leaders tasked with sustaining the country’s dramatic growth. There was a double-digit increase in production at factories, workshops and mines for the first time since March, the National Bureau of Statistics said, a strong sign the country is … Continue reading

China pledges rural reforms to boost incomes, consumption


China will give farmers better protection over the land they till, raise their incomes and improve public services for them to help close the gap with urban areas and narrow the rich-poor divide. The government will ensure farmers earn “reasonable returns” from planting crops and increase agricultural subsidies, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Dec. … Continue reading

China holds test run on world’s longest high-speed railway link


China tested its 2,298-kilometer (1,428-mile) high-speed rail line, the longest in the world, as it prepares to start passenger service in two days. Bullet-trains on the line from Beijing to southern Chinese city of Guangzhou can run at an average speed of 300 kilometres per hour, the official Xinhua news agency said. It will shorten the … Continue reading

Southern China officials called on to be monogamous


An anti-graft official in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou called on government and Communist Party officials to be faithful to their spouses after a slew of local scandals, the China Daily reported today. Mei Heqing, a standing member of the communist party’s Guangzhou disciplinary commission, also disclosed at a briefing yesterday that 38 of the 61 … Continue reading

China: Diggers pile up unsold after Caterpillar adds capacity


Caterpillar Inc, Komatsu Ltd and other construction-equipment makers have built enough capacity in China to satisfy global demand twice over while sales in the country are falling, according to a research company. Manufacturing capacity in China is almost 600,000 excavators a year while the worldwide market is about 300,000, according to London-based Off-Highway Research. Inventories of crawler … Continue reading

Chinese college dropout turns market blog into pundits’ favourite


When Hu Bin started his blog in early 2008, he was a skinny 22-year-old college dropout with a perpetually sceptical look on his face and little doubt he’d soon be a household name. The previous year, the Shanghai Stock Exchange had been flooded by speculators. For a brief period, it was the second- busiest exchange in the … Continue reading

Almost 1,000 doomsday cult members arrested in China


Police in China have carried out further arrests of members of a doomsday cult for spreading rumours about the imminent end of the world, state media say. Almost 1,000 members of Christian group Almighty God have now been detained. State media terms Almighty God an “evil cult” – the same description it applies to the … Continue reading

Great Firewall upgrade hits China’s web users


Chinese internet users who are skilled at evading the country’s online blocks have suddenly found they are again being denied access to some websites. In China, if you want access to forbidden websites including Facebook or Twitter, one of the easiest ways is to use a virtual private network (VPN). But in recent days VPNs … Continue reading

GM to boost Cadillac showrooms in China by 25% to challenge Audi


General Motors, the largest foreign automaker in China, will increase the number of Cadillac dealerships in the country by about 25 percent as it competes against German luxury automakers led by Volkswagen AG’s Audi. The Detroit-based company will add about 40 dealers for its upscale Cadillac brand next year, up from about 160 currently, Bob Socia, GM’s … Continue reading

China makes 500 doomsday cult arrests


Chinese police have arrested more than 500 members of a doomsday cult for spreading rumours about the imminent end of the world, state media say. At least 400 followers of the Almighty God Christian group were detained in western Qinghai province in recent days. Dozens more were held elsewhere. In Henan province, six officials have … Continue reading

China bans some hospitals from raising more debt


China ordered county-level public hospitals to stop borrowing money after an audit showed some of them took on too much debt when upgrading facilities, according to a document seen by Bloomberg News. The National Development and Reform Commission, the finance and health ministries and the China Banking Regulatory Commission, requested banks stop issuing new loans and reduce … Continue reading

New China edict: No more pomp and circumstance


For many years top Chinese politicians have lived a bit like rock stars, without the paparazzi. Never mind that few of the political elite have swagger like Jagger, China’s leaders have long enjoyed walking red carpets, waving before enthusiastic (if preorganized) crowds, traveling with large entourages, and speaking from stages adorned with crimson banners and … Continue reading

US Intelligence: China economy to surpass US by 2030


A report on global trends prepared by the U.S. intelligence community notes that by 2030 China is likely to have surpassed the United States as the world’s largest economy. The report suggests the United States would likely serve as “the first among equals” in a multi-polar world. “China alone will probably have the largest economy, … Continue reading

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