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Archive for March 15th, 2010

By the Military Headquarters- in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2010

Here is a shot from Nanlishulu…

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China’s Area 51

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2010

This area is the guard shack in front of  where the Chinese government stored all of their tanks, etc. for China’s 60th anniversary.

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Welcome to China- Annoying cops!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2010

I was at my friends the other day, and all of the sudden it happened. There was a knock on the door and the cops entered, asked to see his documents and to look around his place. I was just sitting on a couch, was asked for mine as well.

This happens a bit in China. The cops find out where the foreigners live and actaully visit us unannounced, even in large cities- in smaller towns it is much worse.

In addition, they have enlisted the help of all those little old people who live int he complexes as well. They tell them to keep an eye on things, wink wink, and tell the cops if more foreigners have moved in and are misbehaving.

It really pisses me off, but now I just figure, at least I can leave, imagine if I were from here, imagine the control they exert over you…

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China to Build Highspeed US railways- Say it aint so!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2010

They are bidding, they are cheap, what will happen?

BEIJING – Chinese companies plan to bid for contracts of building high-speed railways in the United States as China is willing to share its advanced technologies, a senior official said on Saturday.

“We have organized related companies to take part in bidding, and we have signed memorandum of cooperation with the railway authority in California,”said Wang Zhiguo, vice-minister of railways on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress, the nation’s top legislature.

US President Barack Obama pledged in January to spend $8 billion for rail projects including the high-speed systems in California, Florida and Illinois.

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Beijing Sky

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2010

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China’s Credibility Crisis- Our Products are Great, OOps Except for the Fakes and Poor Quality…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2010

Dramatic example here of China’s credibility crisis. China is promoting home appliances being sold to the rural areas. In its pride China had this to say only 3 months ago:

Products quality good inrural program (Xinhua)
Updated: 2009-12-17 15:04

The quality of home electric appliances, including televisions, washing machines, computers, among others, is good in China’s program to boost consumption in rural areas, …The proportion of unqualified products among the total products sold in the program were less than one in a thousand, Yao said at a press conference in Beijing. …To stimulate rural consumption, the central government rolled out a nationwide policy in February to

subsidize farmers by covering 13 percent of the prices of home appliances they bought…”Individual quality problems in these products are unavoidable, but it is understandable because any common products we buy may have quality problems,” Yao said.

That was a few months ago, but now, they are singing a different tune:

Poor customer service, fake goods threaten rural program

By WANG YAN (China Daily)
Updated: 2010-03-15 06:56

BEIJING: Fake electrical appliances and poor customer service are hurting a multi-billion dollar initiative designed to promote consumption among rural households, a report has found.

The report, released on Sunday ahead of International Consumer Rights Day on Monday, found problems with the program, known as “home appliances going to the countryside”, under which the government subsidizes 13 percent of the cost of the appliance for rural families.

The China Association of Quality Promotion (CAQP) said an investigation conducted in 10 provinces and municipalities between July 2009 and February this year revealed problems with fake goods and customer service, including service shops being too far away, expensive accessories and poor service quality.

Discussing the investigation results at a forum on consumer rights held in Beijing on Sunday, Chen Chuanyi, secretary-general of CAQP said: “Some companies put fake labels on their defective products and try to sell them in rural areas.”

“Some take the program as a chance for stock disposal and they sell low-efficiency products at a cheap price and lie to rural consumers that such a promotion is under governmental subsidy.

“Because of the remoteness and the vastness of rural areas, residents usually need to travel a long way before they can reach a service shop, which is usually located in more populated areas.”

The report found 58 telephone calls made to 150 service shops went unanswered, representing 39 percent of calls.

In addition, 17 out of 100 households were dissatisfied when questioned about customer service in rural areas in Sichuan and Hebei provinces and Beijing.”

So now, they are saying that the program is, in essence a mess. But really this is how they operate, whenever there is bad news, they leak it out slowly, like over the course of months and then maybe the truth will be shown.

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USA is Still the Worlds Largets Manufacturer

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2010

“United States is still the largest manufacturer in the world. In 2008, U.S. manufacturing output was $1.8 trillion, compared to $1.4 trillion in China The  problem is that  China’s data does not separate manufacturing from mining and utilities. So the actual Chinese manufacturing number should be much smaller(UN Data via chinalawblog).

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Chinese Manufacturing- Why Do They Do That

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2010

Here is a good post by chinalawblog.com, they are talking about Chinese quality problems and I couldn’t agree more. The issue is that the local Chinese are manufacturing things with little or no knowledge of how they will be utilized, thus they potentially dont take adequate care. In addition, their margins are razor thin, so they work on volume. In addition, they usually will make illegal copies of whatever they get, so will make up for it there.


… notes how China’s manufacturing methods have caused “many Chinese manufacturers [to] tend to focus on short term gain. They compete on volume and price, and only enjoy wafer-thin profit margins.” I completely agree and I am constantly seeing how this impacts foreign businesses that outsource their manufacturing to China.

The first impact is on the product itself. Foreign businesses going to China for manufacturing for the first time oftentimes have no idea what is really involved. Many of these foreign businesses believe they can take a concept or a design over to China and return in a few days with a completed product, ready to be manufactured en masse. Things rarely work that way. With any product that a Chinese factory has not manufactured previously, nine times out of ten, the best way to go to China with your product is to have it completed, along with a detailed explanation of exactly how you want it manufactured, including an exact list of the materials. If you do not have that before you go, you may find it will take months to get the product done right, if it ever is.

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China at Night

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2010

Sorry about the quality, I take the photos when I see them. I use my phone a Nokia e-71

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Top 5 Concerns of Chinese Citizens

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2010

Officially they are healthcare, education, housing, dignity, and income distribution. But then again the government had to approve the reports so in reality it was probalby,

1- dont kick our asses if we pray

2- dont steal quite so much money

3- dont contaminate our land quite so much

4- hum.an rights

5-Telling the truth in surveys so we dont get our asses kicked or ‘re-educated’

excerpt from China Daily

Healthcare, education, housing, dignity and income distribution issues were the top five livelihood concerns listed by Chinese people amid this year’s NPC and CPPCC sessions, according to a CCTV program hosted by famous female reporter Wang Xiaoya.

The results came from a survey launched by the TV program, four websites and wireless media on “What are your livelihood hopes?” More than 10 million responded.”

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