Chinese VP Wang Qishan, center, holds the autographed basketball given to him by Obama

The US-Chinese train has left the station long ago; We are only checking the roadmap and recalculating the schedule now.

back from the summit


yohaku-no-bi: beauty of extra white

The implicit magnificence makes you cry--for joy, or otherwise.

on the nature of work

Timothy Garton Ash, in a recent Der Spiegel interview implicitly talks about the nature of work in our society.
Garton Ash: [..]We must make the social market economy credible again as the central solution for the middle class.


Garton Ash: There are two major domestic policy challenges for the European Union. First: Creating meaningful work for the majority of society. And second: the integration of fellow citizens of non-European descent.
In fact, it was Albert Camus who spoke earlier (cca. 1951) about work's lacking meaning. Making a living has become comparatively much easier than ever before. But we lost something in the process, which, despite Mr. Garton Ash prescription, won't be easy to come by.

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