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Archive for April 9th, 2010

Livinig and Working in China-Bathing in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 9, 2010

My hot water is still out. thats three days now. And remember, I live in a pretty nice area of Beijing. At my last place, this happened as well- also in a nice place. When I complained to the management they were shocked and wanted to know why I needed hot water each day. I said to bathe, and they asked why I needed to bathe each day… no shit

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Beijing Says Vaccines Not to Blame for 100 Deaths

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 9, 2010

Beijing has said that toxic vaccines, vaccines that the company who made them, has admitted to mishandling, is not the cause of the deaths of over 100 children in China. But then again, when the first toxic milk scandal broke in ’08, it was just an isolated incident, till over 200,000 were sickened and many died, and then again it happened in 2010, same pattern. Basically 80% of the Chinese don’t believe the chicoms and why should we.

“BEIJING – Faulty vaccines did not cause the deaths and illnesses of nearly 100 children in Shanxi province, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday.

Citing the results of a 15-day official investigation, the ministry said the children were never injected with vaccines that were allegedly mishandled.

The 15 child victims who were identified did not receive vaccines that had been exposed to high temperatures for five months since April 2007, as reported by media, MOH spokesman Deng Haihua said.

Only three of the children suffered adverse reactions to the vaccines they received, Deng said. “Local health authorities will compensate them for their suffering, even though some children’s conditions were not related to vaccine quality,” he said.

The father of one of the children surnamed Wang told China Daily he was not contacted for any compensation for his son’s death. Wang said he still believed faulty vaccines killed his son.

On March 17, the Beijing-based China Economic Times reported that nearly 100 children died or fell ill after receiving improperly stored vaccines supplied by the Beijing Huawei Company, who had a monopoly on vaccine distribution and supply after allegedly bribing health officials. The report cited Chen Tao’an, a whistleblower who worked with the Shanxi center for disease control and prevention in 2007.

“Vaccines in the province including those supplied by Huawei, as investigations showed, were all up to national standards in terms of safety and efficacy,” Deng said.

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Beijing is Pretty Safe at Night

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Anti-Dumping Filed by the EU

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 9, 2010

This shouldnt be a shocker, but the Chinese are pretty pissed about it. Call it the world trying to hold them back, keep them from obtaining their place in the heavens.

“The European Union (EU) has filed 152 trade remedy cases against China, with remedy measures imposed on 56 products imported from China, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Commerce.

The figures, which run to the end of March, showed that the EU had launched 149 anti-dumping cases against China, two cases of protective measures, and one special tariff case.Chen Dawei, an expert with the Beijing WTO Affairs Center, told the Beijing Daily that 56 is quite high in a global context.

Some of the Chinese products had been subject to repeated EU trade remedy measures. For instance, the EU has been imposing anti-dumping measures on Chinese shoes for as long as five years.

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Chinese Neighborhood

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 9, 2010

This is actually a good place…

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China, Very Good at Convicting Criminals

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 9, 2010

David Matas, apparently someone in the know,  has cited that Chinese courts have a 100% conviction rate, up till a few years ago. The Chinese state that this is due to stellar preparation and attention to detail. Anyone who has lived there knows better. The rate is due to the fact that China may not treat prisoners in the same fashion as other countries. Yes, the US has been knocked for water boarding etc. But usually the purpose of that is to extract information, not a confession. Due to the Confucian nature of China, it is said that a confession is needed, thus it is garnered by any means necessary. In China, if one has a confession, that is basically all that is needed to convict.

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Typical Beijing

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More Chinese Innovation

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China, Screwing them in Death as Well

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 9, 2010

Face is super important in China, so much so that people will often overpay on big or conspicuous items so as to retain face. From the chinadaily, we see how a comapny takes advantage of these people…

“”This urn is 170 yuan ($24.9) wholesale, 1,000 yuan retail here. A retailer can sell it for 5,000 yuan in the city,” said saleswoman Li Na, pointing at a plain red wooden urn inscribed with two Chinese characters “bai fu”, or “100 blessings.”

“It’s easy money,” Li said. “Take urns for example, no one wants to bargain for a container of his father, mother or whoever’s ashes.” In a country where about 10 million people die every year, the funeral industry market is worth tens of billions of yuan, said Hao Maishou, a researcher with Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences.

However, a lack of market management is allowing unscrupulous business people to monopolize areas of the industry and exploit people’s grief, Hao said.

In another shop, tags claim that the urns, priced from 200 to 600 yuan, are made of rare and precious ebony or redwood, a claim that invites questions.

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China Dentist

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