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Archive for April 21st, 2010

Chinese Dying to Be Americans

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2010

Chinese will get a visa to the states, get pregnant, overextend the visa, all in the hopes of having the kid in the USA. Due to US laws, anyone born there is a citizen. So , they have the kid, then can brag that one of their babies is an American, and then hopefully one day they will relocate to the states. I hear about it a lot here.

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Let it Rain

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2010

The climate here is going crazy, its raining now in Beijing, which is an arid place. This year thus far we have seen more rain than ever. Climate change is among us in China.

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I do

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2010

Funny one, I think it is from chingrish .com

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Chinese Life

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BoneHead Move of Century- Goldman Sachs Invests in Chinese Milk Producer

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2010

You hear a lot about China, about how she is growing, the next super power etc. But one thing I cant understand is how all of the people making these claims don’t actually live in China, the mainland at least. They often have offices in Hong Kong, but tell the rest of the world, the mainland is where it is at. For those of us who have lived here we see quite a different picture of the country. Yes she is large and thus there are benefits, but some of the negatives are also large. So Goldman learns a valuable lesson.

Bonehead move of the century Goldman Sachs invests in Chinese Dairy Producer

HONG KONG: Chinese dairy products maker Taizinai, which counts Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley among its investors and Citigroup among its lenders, has collapsed, leaving 3 billion yuan ($440 million) in debt, the South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday.

Morgan Stanley, Goldman and private equity firm Actis Capital had paid $73 million for a 31 percent stake in the company in 2007, with Morgan Stanley providing $18 million, Goldman $15 million and Actis Capital $40 million”

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No LED in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2010

China has no domestic company that can produce LED chips legally. As usual, the patents for the technology belong to the US and Japan. That doesnt stop them from infringing of course.

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China Jails “Cult” Leaders

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2010

Ever the tolerant ones, the cultish communist party has jailed some practitioners of a religion called Shi ji shen, I dont know much about it, but if the government says its bad, then it truly must be…. -right…

“CHANGSHA,  — Two men have been jailed in south China’s Hunan Province after being convicted of belonging to and organizing activities of the banned Shijishen, or Real God, cult, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Chen Wenbin was sentenced to four years in jail and Li Juanlan to three years and six months, said an administrative director surnamed Xiao of the Beihu Procuratorate of Chenzhou City in China’s Hunan Province.

Chen was the “life executive” responsible for all local cult activities. He managed the delivery of all promotional brochures, books and videos from Guangdong Province to Chenzhou City, where Li took over. Li, chief steward of the cult since October 2008, was in charge of the distribution of the materials and collected 4,000 to 5,000 yuan per month from cult members, Xiao said.

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Forced Labor and Death in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2010


The 2007 slave labor scandal, which came to light after 400 parents posted an online petition saying their missing children had been sold to illegal brick kilns in Shanxi and Henan provinces to work as slaves, shocked the whole country and toppled many officials.

Three years later, as people’s memories of the suffering are fading, a series of deaths of young workers, who were engaged in what seemed to be much more decent jobs at a hi-tech company, again have disturbed the public.

It was reported that 11 Foxconn staffers have killed themselves since June 2007. This year alone, six have ended their lives. People can’t help thinking about the 2007 slave labor scandal when they see the frequent suicide cases in a single company, unless suicidal people are somehow drawn to the company, said a commentary by Xinhua Daily Telegraph on Monday.”

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Innovation in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2010

Emboldened, by, well I am not sure of what, but China has stated that its big ‘buy china’  media blitz will help stimulate demand for Chinese goods and this will translate to innovation within China. The problem is that for the last 400 years, innovation and China have been mutually exclusive terms, they just haven’t done it. So, they now are blocking international companies , so as to start innovation in China. The communist party has decided, come hell or high water, they will have indigenous innovation. Here is what Stanley Lubman has to say about it,

“Chinese government emphasis on giving priority to “indigenous innovation” in government procurement has generated rules that will limit foreign companies’ ability to transfer technology and to sell products to government entities. This represents a huge marketIn March 2010, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) released the results of a recent survey of American companies: 28% of the 203 respondents reported that they are losing business because of the policy, and over half of the 49 technology companies surveyed foresaw that the new policy would affect their business

The policy has been applied to government procurement in a series of documents on “indigenous innovation” issued in recent years by the State Council, the Ministries of Foreign Trade (MOF) and Science and Technology (MOST) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).(reviewed in this PDF article).

To qualify as “indigenous innovation,” a product must be produced by an enterprise that owns the intellectual property (IP) in China; has a trademark owned by a Chinese company and is registered in China; embodies a high degree of innovation; and is certified by the Chinese National Certification Commission. Companies that have first developed IP outside China will apparently be excluded from the government procurement market in China.

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Chinese Living

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 21, 2010

Maybe it should be called determination.

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