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China Superbubble

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2010


Great article here,on China’s economy and problems.

“About a decade ago, the Chinese government chose a policy of growth at any cost. China’s leaders see strong gross domestic product (GDP) growth not just as bragging rights, but as essential for political survival and national stability.

Because China lacks the social safety net of the developed world, unemployed people aren’t just inconvenienced by the loss of their jobs, they starve; and hungry people don’t complain, they riot and cause political unrest.

Remember the 1994 movie “Speed”? A young cop (Keanu Reeves) had to save passengers on a bus that would explode if its speed dropped below 50 m.p.h. Well, China is like that bus with 1.3 billion people aboard. If the Communist Party can’t keep the economy growing at a fast clip, the result will be catastrophic.

To achieve high growth, China kept its currency, the renminbi, at artificially low levels against the dollar. This helped already cheap Chinese-made goods become even cheaper. China turned into a significant exporter to the developed economies.

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Quotes from Mao

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2010


“We must have faith in the masses and we must have faith in the Party. These are two cardinal principles. If we doubt these principles, we shall accomplish nothing.”  MZD

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More Crazy Beijng Red Dust

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Bus Stop in China

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No Mao on Condom Boxes

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From the AFP about a year ago

“China’s official media and outspoken bloggers on Friday protested over a German advert promoting the use of condoms which shows revolutionary leader Mao Zedong as a sperm cell alongside Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden.

The Communist Party’s People’s Daily devoted a page to the storm, quoting internet commentaries which called for the makers of the advert to apologize to China.
The Global Times newspaper said advertising agency Grey Worldwide, which made the safe sex advert for Doc Morris Pharmacies, had sent a letter of apology to the Chinese consulate in Frankfurt.
The campaign showing Mao, Hitler and Bin Laden as human spermatozoids has sparked a debate in China and among international blogging. Not all Chinese appear to agree with the official line of anger.
“I am a former worker who is now 70. I have thought about it a lot and I still cannot understand why these people defend Mao so strongly,” said one comment on the sina.com website.
Last year, French car maker Peugeot Citroen apologized for using an advert in Spain which showed Mao as a cross-eyed old man.
Source: AFP,

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Racial Intolerance

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2010


To a certain degree, Chinese are racially intolerant in some respects (dating), maybe not so much as the Koreans and Japanese, but it is there. They are always watching too, some of it is curiosity, some maybe due to old bad habits from the Mao days, they want to make sure you are not up to no good.

An example would be that they are often not open to foreign ideas if they have a readily available Chinese one. There is always that hint that their society is older, and thus somehow better.

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Beijing West Side

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Polygamy in China

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From factsanddetails

Polygamy still exists in some forms among upper class members of some minorities. Some polyandry exists among Tibetans, Naxi and Pumi minorities (See Tibet, Minorities). Simplified marriage procedures have led to a rise in bigamy.

In the old days, it was not uncommon for wealthy Chinese men to be married to three or four women at the same time. The various wives had different duties and often shared responsibilities raising the different children. The first wife traditionally had the right to order the secondary wives around and her children were given precedence over the other children.

As part of an effort to stamp out bigamy the government plans to publish the nationwide marriage registry online so wives can look up their husbands and make sure they are not married to someone else. The system is expected to be operational by 2010.

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Chinese Students blame HP for Cockroach Infested Laptops

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2010


Truly bizarre article here in the China Daily. There was a row a bit ago due to a problem with a video card overheating in som HP laptops. Apparently some Chinese students are trying to capitalize on this press, and have complained that their HP’s are locking up due to cockroaches of all things! I guess their point is that the HP’s run so warm that the cockroaches just cant resist them. I think it says more about the Chinese students hygiene than anything else.

excerpt:

“China’s Central Television’s muckraking report on Monday night quoted a Hewlett-Packard employee saying their laptops have seized up because of “the horrible cockroaches in students’ dorms”, the China News Agency reported.

Yuan Ming, a HP Customer Experience Manager, denied any quality glitches in their laptop products and ascribed the failures to dusty environments.

“None of us could solve it. It’s the cockroaches in the Chinese students’ dorms. They are horrible,” said Yuan, in a video taped by CCTV on December 17.

On March 5, more than 170 consumers filed a group complaint over overheated video cards and blackout screens of HP laptops to the country’s product quality control watchdog, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, which launched a probe into the case on Monday.

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Getting Rich in China the Easy Way- Corruption

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 20, 2010


This is from the China Daily. There is a scandal in a southern province about land being sold to governmental officials for deep discounts which enabled them to get rich just buying and selling a property. For instance, the officials buy a piece of land for U$ 3000 in an initial offering only to them, and then in the 2nd round the land is sold to some other select folks for say, U$3500, and then a third round for U$5000 and then opened to the public. By the time the public sees the property, the value has doubled or tripled.

The government has denied it, but I have it on very very very good account that this happened in another hot property area now. I am no longer surprised.

Excerpt:

Wenzhou officials claim data on website forum ‘totally unreliable’

SHANGHAI: Local authorities in Wenzhou of East China’s Zhejiang province are trying hard to calm public anger over what might be another housing scandal involving local government officials.

At a hastily-called press conference on Wednesday morning, officials from the commission for disciplinary inspection of the Wenzhou committee of the Communist Party of China denied an online posting that local government officials bought upper-class properties at preferential prices.

On Saturday, a netizen with the registered ID “wzjdc818” posted an article on a popular online forum in Wenzhou exposing the hidden rules in real estate, as well as the illegal dealings between Golden City estate agency and government officials in Dongzhou, which apparently alluded to Wenzhou.

The article said that the involved officials could easily obtain profits of up to 1 million yuan because of the preferential selling prices offered to them.

Golden City estate agency has sold 1,333 commercial apartments in three phases.

The article said that the involved officials could easily obtain profits of up to 1 million yuan because of the preferential selling prices offered to them.

Golden City estate agency has sold 1,333 commercial apartments in three phases.

In the first phase, 345 blocks were sold and 52 were reserved with an average price of 22,000 yuan per square meter.

In the second phase, 635 blocks were sold and 108 were reserved with an average price of 24,000 yuan.

In the third phase, 353 blocks were sold and 72 were reserved with an average price of 28,000 yuan.

The netizen suggested that the reserved blocks were primarily sold to 32 local officials.

The netizen suggested that the reserved blocks were primarily sold to 32 local officials.

A list of 32 government officers, giving their surnames and job positions, who have reportedly bought the apartments at far below than the market value, was attached with the online article.

The officials include senior officers of city departments of construction, urban planning and housing.

The Wenzhou commission for disciplinary inspection, however, declared on Wednesday that the facts given on the forum are totally unreliable and that the Golden City real estate agency had followed the regulation on the prices with a 2 percent pre-order discount.

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