Dave Feickert, in 2011, over a 3-month period, wrote thirteen hard-hitting articles which were published on the Global Times website. They range from his analysis of the Wenzhou high-speed train crash to how NZ efforts after the Canterbury earthquakes compare with those of China following the Sichuan (Wenchuan) 2008 earthquake. Below is a summary of them. One of Dave’s most poignant articles is his description of his own Chinese TCM treatment for cancer.
Click on the hyperlinked title to read each article.
The first two articles below, however, were written by Global Times reporters in early 2010, based on interviews with Dave.
At the Coalface by Global Times reporter Liu Xian (1/03/10): Dave’s work in China in improving miners’ safety.
Bring Miners into Safety Process to avoid Tragedy by Global Times reporter Li Yanjie (11/04/10): An interview with Dave Feickert (an adviser from New Zealand to China’s Bureau of Coal Mining Safety). The Wangjialing coal mine accident drew new attention to China’s accident-prone mines. Despite a substantial reduction in accidents from 2008, over 2,000 miners died in 2009. How can China avoid such disasters?
Note that Dave’s even more hard-hitting article, “Rail Disaster needs Clean Investigation” on the same train crash, is no longer available on the Global Times website.
How Dave tried to cure his cancer using Traditional Chinese Medicine, with the encouragement of Jing (his future wife). Dave Feickert (2/8/2011)
China’s oil and gas requirements are obtained from overseas. It has coal reserves but these are creating environmental problems and China has some difficult decisions to make in the future. Dave Feickert (9/08/11)
London’s riots and burning by out-of-work young protestors (following the death of a young man) caused Dave to recall the beginning of this social instability which began in the Thatcher era when 300,000 miners lost their jobs. Dave Feickert (21/08/11)
Dave points out the benefits of developing alternative (clean) energy for both US and China. Dave Feickert (28/08/11)
Electric bicycles and electric scooters in Beijing. Dave Feickert (18/09/11)
Europeans must face anti-China prejudices, especially as they may need its help in forming mutually-beneficial co-operative companies as time goes on. Dave Feickert (25/09/11)
The definition of Society both in China and the rest of the world, are compared. Dave emphasises, in the context of the economic downturn threatening the world, the responsibility of the rich towards those less well-off. Dave Feickert (28/09/11)
Rather than put in place trade sanctions, US politicians should ensure that US corporations pay more tax in their own country and allow total free trade from the US to China. Dave Feickert (9/10/11)
At the time of the ‘Occupy Wall Street‘ movement, Dave analyses European, US and China’s economic policies. Dave Feickert (17/10/11)
Dave’s take on the oil spill from wreck of the Rena, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Dave Feickert (19/10/11)
Dave suggests that China can help European unity (when the Eurozone countries were in crisis). Dave Feickert (8/11/11)