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Archive for March 7th, 2010

TV in China a rarity- China Fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 7, 2010

China’s first TV station began in 1958. There was only 1 channel which aired to to 3 hours of news, and educational programs a few times per week. Only 26,000 sets were sold from 1958-65.

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Beijing Smog

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Beijing Snow- 2 Weeks ago

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Couldn’t Have Said it Better Myself- Yikes You are a Doctor!!!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 7, 2010

Hilarious!! This is a plastic surgeon and his name is Yike (look closely)!! How funny is that? I wonder if he knows what that means in English!!

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Cant Trust Chinese Statistics- Cooking the Books

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 7, 2010

Here is an intersting article. It says that the leader of the National Statistics Bureau of China "Miscalculated" the increase on prices of homes in China. As I said before, this is a bone of contention nowadays and always in the news. In Beijing, for instance, since I have been here, housing prices have increased about 35%. Well, this supposed expert said that prices have only risen 1.5%, which would make it the least in 9 years. People complained , laughed and generally told the government that reporting such as this show why no one believes them.

"BEIJING — China’s statistics chief said Friday that there were problems with the method and system in calculating property prices and he promised new measures to correcting them.

The remarks were made by Ma Jiantang, director of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in a seminar attended by government officials, experts on property market and real estate developers.

The NBS issued the 2009 National Economic and Social Development Statistics Bulletin on February 25, which said housing prices in China’s 70 major cities rose 1.5 percent in 2009 compared to 2008.

Since the release, the figure, less than a quarter of the average rise in the previous four years, and the lowest level for nine years, has been widely questioned by media and public.

Driven by record bank lending and tax breaks, China in fact saw a sharp residential property price hike in 2009, triggering heated public complaints and fears of a possible assets bubble.

"Problems do exist in the calculation method of housing prices," Ma said, while denying allegations that the data were cooked up to please the government and real estate developers.

"We will seriously reflect upon the public criticisms and take effective measures to improve our work," he said, but "there was no selfish motivation in the calculation."

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Big Meeting in Beijing- China holds its Breath

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 7, 2010

Its time for the biggest meeting of Chinese officials held annually in Beijing. Basically it approximates a large circle jerk where politiicians get toghther, brown nose and basically pat each other on the back. to Beijing residents, it is a pain in the ass, cops everywhere, more traffic, and general disorder.

Hu Jin Tao and Wen Jia Bao are talking about-poor farmers
-aiding education through reform

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China Fact- China and Japan, no Love Lost

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 7, 2010

China and Japan have a very negative image of each other. In 2006, over 80% of Chinese had thought the Japanese were the root of the problem, about 50% of the Japanese said they were unsure. China still harbors resentment over the rape of Nanjing, which happened before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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Peasants Good, Farmers- Horrible in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 7, 2010

In China, to call someone a farmer is a a pejorative, it is to call them undecated and ignorant. To call them a peasant, however is a good thing. China has a party that uses the term peasant. In this respect they are still using the European definition that equated peasant with farmer. To us it is pretty tacky.

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Confusion in China- Elections Are Equal- Closed to All!!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 7, 2010

This is from the China Daily and quite bizarre. Firstly, China is stating that the elections will be shared by rural residents as well as urban ones, meaning that rural residents can take part in elections, it would be more fair and they can "choose their own destiny". The problem is that in China, no one’s vote counts. The communist party decides all of the elected officials, so this really seems bizarre, I mean what is the real impact?


Draft proposes equality for urban and rural residents

Beijing: Amending China’s Electoral Law, a key issue for this year’s session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) that opens on Friday, is expected to give rural residents as much say in national decision-making as their urban counterparts.

The draft amendment to the Electoral Law has proposed equal electoral rights for urban and rural citizens, which, if passed, will "expand people’s democracy and safeguard their rights to be the masters of their own destiny", Li Zhaoxing, spokesman for the third session of the 11th NPC, the country’s top legislature, told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.

Here are comments from the China Daily about this post:

btn_face.gifTomas 2010-03-05 17:22

I am nearly 30 years old. However, I have never seen an electoral vote and fufull my so-called right. We have no right to vote.

btn_face.gif Sally 2010-03-05 18:51
I fail to see what difference this revision would make.

No matter how many people these deputies represent, these deputies seem to show up with their own pet projects that have nothing to do with how many people they represent.

My favourite is the guy from Guangzhou who runs a company that owns a soccer team. So he wants a law that would benefit his team.

How many people each deputy represents seems immaterial.

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Brainwashed in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 7, 2010

Although the government exerts control over all the media, most educated Chinese are not brainwashed as people may think. They have access to uncontrolled websites and know the truth about what is going on in China. The problem is that they will rarely express views contrary to that of the government to a foreigner.

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