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Archive for March 21st, 2010

Marbury Lights up Chinese All Star Game

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2010

Or at least that is what the headlines are saying. I watched it, thought it was uneventful, blogged about it. Then again I didnt watch too much. In essence, the league is ok, and the north team keep the pressure on, but all-in-all, the league is pretty poor.

excerpt from Reuters:

“The former Minnesota, New Jersey, Phoenix, New York Knicks and Boston point guard, twice an NBA All Star, scored 30 points at Beijing’s Wukesong Arena to lift his North team to a 133-121 victory over the South Sunday.

More than just his scoring, it was his array of “no-look passes, alley-hoops and mid-court three-pointers” that won Marbury Most Valuable Player honors and rescued what had been “quite a dull game,” according to the Xinhua news agency.

“I didn’t expect anything before the game,” Marbury, who plays for the Shanxi CBA team, said. “I just wanted to have fun here. But I do think I made some impact on this game.”

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Construction in China- 3 More Die in Shanghai

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2010

from the shanghaidaily.com

Construction happens at a fast pace in China, maybe too fast, and too few standards for quality both in material and preparations are observed. Couple this with little or no regard for worker safety and you get the inevitable… accidental death of workers.


“THREE workers were killed and three others were injured at two separate construction sites in Shanghai yesterday.

A morning accident in Xuhui District was the most serious, with two deaths and three injures resulting from the collapse of a shaft platform two levels below ground on an office building site.

Five people working on the platform fell and were buried in concrete when the structure collapsed at 10:45am on the site at the intersection of Chuanchang Road and Zhongshan No. 2 Road S.

Firefighting department rescue teams rushed to the site and managed to extract four workers by noon but the last one was not found until about 2pm.

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Red Beijing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2010

Tese were from Saturday. Red dust blew in from Inner Mongolia, Beijing looked like at had been exposed to  nuclear fall out.

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China to US Dont call Me a Currency Manipulator Punk!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2010

Apparently China does not know what currency manipulation means, this could be due to lack of proper education or just plain ignorance. But, from the chinadaily we see that China says it will “fight back if called a currency manipulator”! WTF

Is it not a fact that China does control and manipulate its currency? If this is a fact, then what is wrong with stating the obvious?  A corollary would be to say, “We will fight back if you call us Communists.” When, China, in fact is controlled by the Communist party.


Minister warns China will fight back if declared currency manipulator

BEIJING – The country will probably see a “record trade deficit” in March thanks to surging imports, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming said on Sunday, while warning that Beijing will “fight back” if Washington labels China a currency manipulator.

Speaking at the three-day China Development Forum that ends on Monday, Chen said: “I believe there will be a trade deficit in March” – which will be the first since May 2004.

China’s trade surplus with the US has been turned into a key excuse by American economists to pressurize the Chinese government to revalue the yuan,” but, ironically, the calls have been growing stronger even as the “surplus keeps falling”, Chen said.

“It’s not rational (for China) to revalue the yuan, as it would hurt both Chinese exporters and American consumers.”

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China News, What’s Hot

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2010

Here is how the news is trending in China


– Google, they are attacking it, calling its pleadings a farce, say they dont need Google

-the US and Google, manipulating China

-scenic sites in China

-illegal oil


-China’s export defecit

-Chinese election changes

-Beijing sandstorm

-Drugs in China


-sports of all types

-Taiwan issues

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Where Else But China- Giant Sign Falls, Crushes Cars

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2010

Dont know why it fell, but I suspect poor quality may have been an issue…

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Email Service Restored to Xinjiang China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2010

Xinjiang is a pain in the ass to China. They have tons of Muslims who dont seem to play well with the locals. As such, the Chinese imposed limits on text messages sent, and apparently suspended email usage, whihc have both been restored. My take, what a pain in the ass to live like that!

“from Chinadaily, URUMQI – Email service was resumed and the restriction on the number of text messages one can send was lifted in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Saturday, about eight months after the July 5 riot in the regional capital Urumqi.

A local resident named Xiao Yong found he could now send and receive emails as usual and there are no longer restrictions in surfing 32 websites.

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Eating in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2010

Pretty cool restaurant in China, but unfortunately, its now out of business. It seems that most businesses fail within one year .

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Working in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2010

Just got to work, and it never ceases to amaze me how the Chinese act when late for work- they freak out. I arrived maybe 14 minutes late, only to find my fellow Chinese sprinting to the office, slipping around corners and at times falling down. It is quite comical if not sad to watch. In China, the rules for being late are pretty strict- I think it is a ruse to save money. For instance, in some companies, if you are late, even a minute late, the penalty can be up to one-half of one days pay. Thus this scene of scrambling Chinese plays itself out day by day. It is no wonder the Chinese love foreign companies who are much more liberal.

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Gong Li Traitor or Not

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 21, 2010

There is still anger over teh Chinese star Gong Li, who starred in Memoirs of a Geisha and others. She took an oath of Singaporan citizenship about 2 years ago. Back then, China was pretty pissed, but now not as much so.

You still hear comments about her being a traitor however. China does not allow dual citizenship.

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