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Forbidden City

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Ebay- Direct from China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 16, 2010

I have a ton of acquaintances who work for Ebay. Well they don’t, but they do sell online. They get a proxy, then set up an ‘American account.’ Then sell things to the states for ten times the price. They are easy to spot, look at the websites, check then English and such. What they do is chat via skype, and use horrible translators. Some of them say they are selling the real deal, so be wary…

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Sports in China, Basketball and Ping Pong Rule

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 16, 2010

If you ask Chinese they will tell you soccer is big here, but for what  I have seen, its basketball for the young and ping pong for the old. The young guys all cock their hats sideways, wear the long shorts, usually black socks, but they try, so try so hard to look ‘in’.  They really enjoy the sport and will show off their knowledge of the west by naming NBA’s best.

Then there are the older people, they don’t care. They prance around in a pair of Larry Bird trunks and beat the shit out of the ball. I have not seen too much soccer here.

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Add in a Cab in China- Dont know what it is For…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 16, 2010

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Corrupt Official Tries to Buy Entire Village

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 16, 2010

I have been to this place and yeah it is seedy. I guess one of the party bosses here, tried to force out the villagers and buy all their land.

“GUANGZHOU: A top township official in Dongguan, Guangdong province, who allegedly illegally purchased about 77 percent of the land in his home village via extortion and other crimes, has been arrested with the approval from the city’s procuratorate.

A press official with the city’s procuratorate confirmed the arrest with China Daily yesterday.

Prior to his arrest, Li Peiqin, 54, was stripped of his post as a member of the Party committee of Huangjiang Town on the suspicion that he was guilty of a “severe disciplinary violation,” …

He allegedly had grabbed about 35 hectares of the 46 hectares land in his home village of Dawo in Changping Town, since 1988 by threatening others with a gun, cutting water and power supply to the land owners and users, and other forms of  extortion.

A petition accusing Li of land grabbing, signed by about 66 percent of the villagers and stamped with the seal of the village, first appeared on the Internet in November 2006. Later, the petition was reported in some legal news media, but there was no response.

… the group had reported the case to the Dongguan city land bureau, the Changping township government and the Changping land bureau in 2006, but had received no reply…. the Dawo villagers’ team reported the case to the Ministry of Land and Resources, Ministry of Public Security and the Guangdong provincial Party committee and government, among other organizations, in June this year.

In 1998, for example, Li pulled out a gun and asked some villagers to sign a disputed land sale contract at the office of the village committee. The frightened villagers signed the contract without reviewing it.

In 2004, Li oversaw the construction of a pigsty and had a pool expanded to force the villagers to sell him parcels of land at a low price. When they rejected his offer to buy the land, Li threatened the villages, cut the water supply to some villagers, including heads of the village, and blocked the road to one of the businesses.

Li resold a number of land parcels for private house building and managed to get private house certificates without the land origin certificate signed by Dawo village authorities. He even applied for and got land and property certificates in Huangjiang Town for the land developments in Dawo.

Li reportedly offered a dozen men 500,000 yuan for killing Li Zhiming, who had asked him to satisfy the required procedures for the illegally obtained land, but the men did not find Li Zhiming at home.

The case was reported to the local police office, without any result, and Li Zhiming was fired soon afterwards as part-time director of a handicraft factory.”

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Official Arrested for Lying- About Identity, Age – WTF is going on in China!!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 16, 2010

So let me understand this, some lady becomes an official of the ruling party, but they never verified here age, much less identity? Two issues, remember the prepubescent gymnasts and China swore they were of age, well if a governmental official can falsify documents this easily…(actually my Chinese friends laughed about the Chinese government’s reaction, they say it is easy to falsify government documents.) And secondly if they don’t vet thoroughly, then what else has been going on in the hallowed halls of Chinese politics?


SHIJIAZHUANG: A former youth league official of north China’s Shijiazhuang, capital city of Hebei Province, has been arrested for alleged falsification of identity for taking an official position, according to the provincial commission for discipline inspection.

Wang Yali, former deputy chief of the Shijiazhuang city committee of the Communist Youth League of China, was found to have fabricated her identity and age for a government job, according to the Hebei Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection.

The commission did not give any further details but said an initial investigation proved her guilty and many other people involved in the case were also under investigation and several of them have been referred to judicial departments.

Investigation of Wang was launched in February 2009, after the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China received a report of the case.

Wang was sacked from her post at the youth league in May last year.

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Dangerous air- More Pollution in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 16, 2010

This is north of the Tianenman area. As you can see, the air is a dingy brown, it has actually improved from before the Olympics in ’08 but is still pretty scary at times.

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Treatment of Foreigners in China- Very Good except…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 16, 2010

In China, they treat the foreigners very well, sometimes better than the locals. For instance, at restaurants, they may take you first and they will bend over backwards to help you. their sense of hospitality and pride are pretty impressive. If you come, at least to Beijing, and to a lesser extent to Guangzhou (I really think that finding people to speak passable English in  Shanghai is much more challenging). But anyway, all people will try, and for the most part , they will make your stay quite enjoyable.

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More on Quality Creep

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 16, 2010

After my previous post regarding ‘quality creep’, I received various emails and thought that I should clarify what quality creep is and its causes.

Quality creep, is a Chinese phenomenon whereby, little-by-little, the quality one receives from a Chinese supplier will actually deteriorate not improve, over time. In most manufacturing environments, a supplier is expected and mandated to improve quality over time, as they become more familiar with your processes and requirements. The Japanese provide a great example of this. They will actually not only ask for price step downs or decreases (say 5% per year), but also quality IPT (incidences per thousand) to improve on a year-on-year basis. To achieve this, they will often assist you in improving your processes, but to ensure a continuing and mutually beneficial relationship, this must be adhered to.

In China, it is the opposite. The product you first receive, indeed the principal shipments will USUALLY be the best that you will ever be supplied. After the agreement is signed, you are somewhat a captive audience and for various reasons are expected to accept this as a fact.

One common reason posited by locals is that:

myth 1-it is the fault of the buyer as he expects too much for such little money. In other words, the buyers are wringing out cost while expecting at least the same in quality. This is not a new issue, actually in manufacturing this notion has been around for decades. In addition this concept is a common practice in the west. The locals say that they cannot make money and provide the quality asked-the reply is that said company is in the wrong line of business. It is not unreasonably to hold local suppliers to world-wide standards. In addition, Chinese contracts also have the stipulation of a warranty of merchantability on all products. Thus pens that work for 2 days would fail miserably in this definition.

myth 2- it is an issue of face and a long term relationship. The argument is that it is a one-time problem and that patience on your part is needed. The problem is that due to Chinese supply chain relationships, this one-time problem is often repeated, even on a monthly basis. In China end of the line suppliers usually only provide a portion of the value add to the product. This means that the supplier you purchase from probably has 10 to 100 downstream providers, each of which can have varying levels of quality and quality issues. The dynamic is that your supplier, for the first time only, will ensure that all other sub suppliers do their part and he will insist on the highest in quality. After the deal is done, however, he feels no such obligation and typically takes what is given him. The problem lies therein, due to cultural issues and managerial mores, he will often accept much less than you may, as he has had a longer working relationship with the supplier. In the end, he will pass on defective or sub par goods and explain that the road is long and you must be patient. As in point 1, this is an improper view of the business landscape in the 21st century.

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Old Olympic Boxing Pic

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 16, 2010

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