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Archive for March 24th, 2010

Chinese Poor Universities to Close Down in The Future

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 24, 2010

WTF? This article says that China’s population base is declining, and the tendency of suitable higher education-age population will not support some universities. In addition, quality problems still exist disallowing the desire of foreigners to attend many Chinese universities.

Lets look at this, yes the one child policy is having an effect, but remember, universities in China just started back up about 25 years ago after the long hiatus due to the cultural revolution (all higher education basically stopped from 1965 to about 1980 and slowly began to open again after that). And when they started back up, it was like a trickle not spurt- thus it is not as if China has tens of thousands of universities (which it should on a comparative basis- due to population). S0,  when compared to the USA, they do not have an exorbitant amount of universities, the only conclusion I can draw is that they are not increasing the population of people who can attend collge.

“With the decline of China’s population base and the descendant tendency of suitable higher education-age population, some private-run universities will face fierce competition on recruitment and are likely to shut down in the next 10 years,” said Gu Hailiang, president of Wuhan University and NPC deputy, according to sina.com.

He quotes statistics from the education bureau showing the number of students taking the 2010 national higher-education entrance exam dropping by 20% from the previous year in Beijing. In Shanghai, the number of people taking the college entrance examination has fallen for three consecutive years.

In addition, China’s aging population will grow tremendously along with the continued implementation of family planning, which will worsen the situation.

“The reduced number of people going to college will add competition among universities including private ones, and this may result in closure for some private universities.”

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More Toxic Vaccines in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 24, 2010

Living here makes watching soap operas redundant. A few days ago, I blogged about toxic vaccines in China and then a man was suspected in taking bribes which allowed the situation. But as in all things China, it only gets worse. They usually report merely the tip of the iceberg initially and then slowly leak the rest of it…


“GUANGZHOU – Disease control and prevention authorities in Guangzhou have received reports that some children became ill or paralyzed after receiving a vaccine, amid the ongoing vaccine scandal in Shanxi province.

After an initial investigation, some cases in Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong province, have been suspiciously linked to vaccination, said Wang Ming, director of Guangzhou Disease Control and Prevention Center.

“We conducted a prompt investigation after receiving the reports. As of now, we cannot tell whether the cases are definitely related to vaccinations,” Wang told the Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News on Wednesday.

Further investigation is needed to prepare a thorough assessment, according to Wang.

In a recent case, Xian Weijian, a 10-year-old student in the Baiyun district, found he could not stand on his left leg the night after he received an H1N1 flu vaccine at school on Monday.

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Another Traitor Li ShaSha- Basketball Player Defects, Takes Japanese Name

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 24, 2010

She really didnt defect, but it sounds more edgy that way. This Chinese basketball player has gone to Japan and taken a Japanese name, I guess if the people dont consent to this, she will be branded a traitor, booed and generally hated in the center country-PRC. Below is an excerpt and then what is being said about her doing this.

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Hu.man Rights in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 24, 2010

I have had this conversation before, but it never ceases to amaze me. I have asked Chinese colleagues, and Asians in general to define what hu.man rights are. The only ones that are able, are those who have attended the premier Chinese universities, namely PKU, Tshinghua, Remnin, and China University of Political Science and Law. Other than that, they really have no clue. For the most part, they think that human rights are something bestowed upon a person by the communist party.  Much different than us…

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Beautiful Shanghai…

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China Fact- Nationalism

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 24, 2010

site here

2) Nationalism

The importance of history to Chinese culture is related to the modern phenomenon of Chinese nationalism. With the memory of past foreign aggression so vivid in their minds, it is difficult for Chinese nationalists to view the world as a safe place for China. (Here “nationalist” with a small “n” is distinguished from “Nationalists” with a capitalized “N,” the latter meaning members of the Guomindang.) Because they remember the humiliation China suffered at the hands of foreign powers, they cannot take respect from the international community as a given. They therefore regard the strengthening of the Chinese state as one of the most important goals of the Chinese nation. There is always an outward-oriented but defensive aspect to Chinese nationalism. Chinese nationalists want to prove their country’s ability to withstand foreign pressure as they try to win and keep the respect of the international community.

While nationalism remains a powerful force in modern Chinese society and politics, it is important to remember that as far as the modern Chinese culture is concerned, this nationalism is fundamentally defensive. The phrase “save the nation” is often on the lips of Chinese patriots, whereas the idea that “China conquers all” is so outlandish as to be laughable. In other words, Chinese nationalism is about saving the nation from the crisis and insecurity of the modern era, rather than about China subduing others.

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Foot and Mouth Disease in China- Dont worry we have it all under control

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 24, 2010

Just like the avian flu no doubt. China has foot and mouth disease in some pigs in the south of China, but reassures the world that they have a handle on it. Why dont I feel relieved…

“GUANGZHOU, March 13 (Xinhua) — Foot-and-mouth disease was found in 69 pigs in south China’s Guangdong Province, and local government said the epidemic has been under effective control.

The disease was first spotted in 69 pigs in Longgang district of Shenzhen City on March 4, the Information Office of Shenzhen Municipal Government said in a statement Saturday.

All the infected pigs and other 1,039 pigs raised nearby have been killed and disposed properly. The area has been sterilized, it said.

There is no report of other foot-and-mouth disease cases so far, it said.

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Chinese Wealth- Close to Nambia

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 24, 2010

On a per person per year basis, the Chinese make about U$6500, which ranks them close to

88 Colombia 8,206
89 Thailand 7,998
90 Belize 7,914
91 Ecuador 7,720
92 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7,490
93 El Salvador 7,439
94 Albania 7,019
95 Algeria 6,855
96 Namibia 6,610

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Forbidden City

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