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Archive for April 4th, 2010

Bluster in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 4, 2010

Just checked the news posts and China keeps up the bluster, that basically obama et. al. are backing down, are coming off their high horse, not pursuing on China being a ‘currency manipulator’ and such. Other than that, it is relatively peaceful today.

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Chinese Sayings

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“The tongue is like a sharp knife, it kills without drawing blood….

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Today is a Holiday in China, I think it is a day to respect the dead

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 4, 2010

The other day someone told me it was sweeping day, as if I were to know what that means. All I know is that today we dont work. It is odd being here, none of the traditional holidays that the west enjoy take effect here- Easter, Christmas, etc. Thus, they will spring some odd holiday on you out of no where. For instance, Chinese new year, one week in February, today, then a week in May, the again September and October. I just cant keep track.

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The World is Watching China

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Southbound by CBD

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Chinese Relocate to Australia, Come to China- Bribe and Get Caught

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 4, 2010

Four Chinese who are now Australians were working for a company called Rio Tinto. They came to Chin, allegedly bribed some people and even stole secrets. Usually the Chinese are crazy-nationalistic so this is odd to see them doing this against the ‘motherland’.


“SHANGHAI – Four employees of British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto were sentenced on Monday to jail terms ranging from seven to 14 years for taking bribes and stealing commercial secrets – a verdict the Australian government described as “very tough”.

The Shanghai No 1 Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Stern Hu, an Australian national who headed Rio’s iron ore operations in China, to seven years in prison for taking bribes, and five years for stealing commercial secrets. However, he will serve 10 years in jail, the court said. Hu was also fined 1 million yuan ($146,000).

“On any measure this is a very tough sentence,” said Australia’s Foreign Minister Stephen Smith. “It is a tough sentence by Australian standards. As far as Chinese sentencing practice is concerned, it is within the ambit or within the range,” he said.

But he added the Australian government respected China’s legal and judicial processes and that the sentencing would not affect Australia’s ties with China.

The other three defendants, all Chinese nationals – Liu Caikui, Ge Minqiang and Wang Yong – were sentenced to seven, eight and 14 years behind bars respectively. It is believed Wang got the longest jail term for receiving the highest amount of kickbacks from a steel tycoon in Shandong province.

The four were convicted of receiving over 92 million yuan in bribes. The court said in the verdict that the defendants had also obtained confidential information from Chinese steel mills that had been used

as a bargaining chip to drive up the price that China pays for its iron ore imports from the world’s three top suppliers: Rio, BHP Billiton and Vale. It said the four had “damaged the competitiveness” of, and “caused severe losses” to, the Chinese steel industry and hurt China’s national interests.

The court on the same day also ruled on a second case – that of Tan Yixin and Wang Hongjiu, executives at two major Chinese steel mills, Shougang Corp and Laigang – for allegedly leaking commercial secrets to Rio’s employees. But details of the verdict were not immediately announced.

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Toxic Rabies Shots in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 4, 2010


“A biotech company in east China’s Jiangsu province has denied a report that the rabies vaccines it produced in 2008 were mixed with an additive, which was said to have affected more than one million people nationwide.

The substance was said to be able to help the vaccines meet inspection standards at a lower cost but compromised the drug’s potency according to the Hunan-based Xiaoxiang Morning Post, citing the findings of a joint investigation by the State Food and Drug Administration and its Jiangsu bureau.

However, the spokeswoman for the administration, Yan Jiangying, said they never released such a result. She said the investigation has not come to an end and refused to give any further information.

Last December, the Jiangsu Ealong Biotech Company was ordered to stop production and sales of rabies vaccines by the administration, after a total of 179,952 samples of the drug were found to have quality problems.

Simcere Drug Company, the parent company of Jiangsu Ealong, refuted the “additive” report, saying it was “completely groundless”.

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China’s Crackdown on Chongqing Officials Publicity Stunt? You Decide

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 4, 2010

Catchy byline eh? This is what the chinadaily reported, and imho, and knowing how China operates, I would have to agree that I believe it may just be that. Probably the leaders in Chongqing got out of hand and now Beijing is cleaning house, but for the chicoms, it will be business as usual.


“CHONGQING – The crime sweep that led to the arrest and conviction of thousands of gangsters in this southwestern municipality is not a publicity stunt and the crackdown on “evil forces” will continue, the city’s Party Secretary Bo Xilai, said on Tuesday.

In response to “cynics” who have been posting comments that the massive crackdown is just a well-orchestrated show to grab media attention, Bo said, “These are heartless comments”.

The government’s job is to ensure justice is served when people see their family members murdered and terrorized by gangsters, Bo told a visiting group of Hong Kong media representatives.

“I wonder what was on their minds when they described the battle against crime and graft as a publicity stunt,” said Bo. Fighting organized crime and corruption is not a one-time effort and the crusade must carry on, he said.

Known as dahei (combatting gangs), the sweeping campaign began last June and put the spotlight on organized crime and how it had infested local businesses and law enforcement agencies through bribery, extortion, blackmail and violence

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China Fact- Publishers

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 4, 2010

from Chinatoday.com

“China has some 600 publishing houses producing nearly 300,000 kinds of books. That’s a dramatic increase from the 105 publishers of the past that produced only 10,000 different books.

Rapid economic development and universal education since China adopted the reform has helped fuel the need for more information sources.

Under the market economy, hundreds of publishing houses and newspapers have taken steps to restructure management systems into corporations listed on the stock market.”

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China so Enamored with Corruption, They Will Creat a Corruption Museum

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 4, 2010

This is odd, China is proposing to make a museum of corruption,

from yahoo news

“BEIJING (AFP) – A planned anti-graft museum in southwest China is asking the public to nominate the 100 most corrupt officials of the past century, state media reported Saturday.

Fan Jianchuan, who operates a private museum in Chengdu, said he started collecting artifacts for his “Traitors Museum” after Internet users suggested the idea, Xinhua news agency said, citing a local newspaper.

“Starting now, the museum will accept nominations from the masses who can then vote on the museum’s web site,” Fan was quoted as saying.

His biggest concern is that he will be overwhelmed by too many suggestions.

“Of course places are limited, we must consider the level (of corruption),” he said.

Criteria for deciding the top 100 will include the official’s position, how much they stole, by what means, the circumstances and the impact of their corruption, he said.

The museum would provide cautionary tales and help deter future corruption, he said.

Fan said he would ask the Communist Party’s disciplinary committee for support and envisions the museum as an anti-corruption education centre, possibly even providing tours for criminals serving prison sentences

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