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Archive for April 25th, 2010

China at Night

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 25, 2010

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Rainfall Severs telecom links in Tibet…Or Did They

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 25, 2010

As much angst as Beijing has with Tibet, you have to wonder about this one. I mean yeah it makes sense, but  how much do you think the ruling communist party wants to help Tibet anyway…


” LHASA — Torrential rain has battered southeastern Tibet Autonomous Region since Thursday, triggering landslides and cutting telecommunications links, local authorities said Sunday

Landslides and mud-and-rock flow cut off road traffic and caused other problems in the county, but there were no reports of any human casualties so far, said Peng Cong’en, secretary of the Zayu County Committee of the Communist Party of China. “The rain is still pouring down, and the damaged road is not being repaired right away since more slips are likely,” said Peng.”

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Chinese Army Says USA is Biggest Threat

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 25, 2010

The Chinese love to stir the shite, as they say. It is amazing how much they like to push the people to fear other countries, actually they have been doing this for about 1000 years or so.
here is a report, cut for brevity’s sake.

“Beijing – The United States is the greatest perceived threat to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), a top military strategist told China Daily on Sunday, confirming remarks made last week to a group of visiting senior US officials.
Yang said that the US was the only country capable of threatening China’s national security interests in an all-round way, while answering a question on where the PLA perceived its greatest threat as coming from. “This is a joke and not a joke,” he said.Yang also said that (frictions over) the cross-Straits relationship was the most likely to provoke a Sino-US nuclear war.

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Alleyway in Beijing

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The Guardian Ranks China’s Tibet and Xinjiang as 7th on the List of Troubled Areas in the World

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 25, 2010

“Guardian Troublespotometer Rating 30%

7 Xinjiang and Tibet

Tensions between majority Han Chinese and predominantly Muslim Uighurs in north-west China, which erupted into lethal rioting in 2009, will provide further flashpoints in 2010.

Much the same is true of pro-independence Tibetans, opposed to the influx of Chinese migrants into their conquered country, whose concerns are routinely ignored or mocked by Beijing.”

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By a Large Mall in Beijing

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Google in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 25, 2010

From here http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/chinasucks/

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China, Does it Suck?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 25, 2010

Here is a post from ’04 talking about what a guy doesnt like about China. Has it changed much in your minds?

  1. The internet here is almost unusably bad. Many overseas sites simply aren’t reachable and even the ones that are, are very, very slow. Must be their uber censorship router filtering everything coming into the country.
  2. Horrible Mandarin. A properly educated mainland Chinese person speaks beautiful Mandarin, I have to admit. Unfortunately, most Chinese people aren’t well educated and they speak horrendous Mandarin.
  3. Simplified writing is an abomination. It’s as if one day the American government decided that not enough people are literate so they decide to adopt text messaging shortcuts as the national written language “cuz it’s EZer 2 Lern.”
  4. Chinese people have absolutely no concept of waiting in line. It’s just one manifestation of the general lack of curtesy here. I’ve never met a population of people that exhibited such rudeness. It’s all part of the lack of education that I mentioned before.
  5. Pollution. And I include with this not only the horrible air pollution, but noise pollution as well. The constant honking on the streets slowly drives me insane as I walk around the city. I know this isn’t just Chinese, it happens in many other places, but man, they love to honk here. Car horns. Bicycle horns. Police whistles. It’s non-stop noise everywhere.
  6. If the honking doesn’t drive you mad, the cacaphony of people hocking up phlegm will do it. Maybe it’s the horrible air quality, but why do Chinese people have so much phlegm????
  7. Chinese people love to yell. You’ll usually find at least one or two people on every block angrily screaming at someone about something or other.
  8. Food generally speaking is horrible here. The hygiene is low-to-non-existent and the culinary skills are seriously lacking as well. I wouldn’t be caught dead eating anything from a street vendor in China. You can get food poisoning just by looking at them. Speaking of restaurants, the quality of service in China stinks as well. Due to the cheap labor, the ratio of the waiters to customers is frequently 2-to-1. Yet most Chinese wait staff have no idea how to properly wait a table.
  9. Bad architecture and design. Chinese people’s concept of good architecture is a building with a faux european renaissance look with a lot of gold trimming, hopefully with a fancy top. Driving around Shanghai, you’ll notice that almost every building has some sort of “hat” on top.
  10. Too many instances of dirty old men paired with hot young things. It’s just disgusting and sad. I know there are sugar daddys all over the world, but it’s literally all over the streets here. You can’t turn around without seeing an old man with a pretty young girl.

I’ll end the list at ten, but I could go on and on. Well, I’ve always said China is a scary-ass place. Scary as in it’s scary backwards. It’s progressing fast, no doubt, but it’s still very, very backwards. Scary, too, because it is progressing beyond the sophistication of the populace.”

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Chinese Imports to US are 60% of Product Recalls

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 25, 2010

Many Chinese counterfeit goods are shoddy or dangerous, using low-grade components or ingredients. Chinese imports into the U.S. in general account for more than 60 percent of product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Chinese consumers also suffer from shoddy counterfeits. Horrible incidents have been reported multiple times in the news of dozens to hundreds of Chinese babies dying or getting sick after being fed counterfeit baby formula, laced with a deadly chemical to make a diluted product appear to have a higher protein content.

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Shit Cars in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 25, 2010

China pimping its domestic cars. They are hiringinternational stars to pimp their brands, but forgot one thing. Their quality truly sucks. Chery, the ones mentioned make one of the most unsafe vehicles on the planet.

“The country’s biggest domestic brand, Chery Automobile Co, signaled its global intentions by announcing it signed Argentine football star Lionel Messi as an international ambassador to promote its brands.

Volvo buyer Geely Holding Group displayed six new alternative fuel vehicles and said it wants to sell some abroad. BYD Auto Co announced more details of plans to export electric cars to the United States, saying it wants to start sales on the West Coast this year”

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