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Archive for April 29th, 2010

Chinese Billionaire Kills Himself- Crazy or Something Else

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 29, 2010

Article below talks abotu some Chinese billionaire who killed him self – supposedly. I dont know, many people here talk about how many many affluent Chinese ‘commit suicide’ and there may be some truth to it. There was just an article saying that almost 18% of all Chinese have a mental disorder, so it could be possible. But many others, claim it could be anythiung from the government, ie unpaid bribes, to jealousy. I have been here for a while, I can see truth in both of these claims.

“Local police said high pressure from economic disputes was to blame for the death of a billionaire, who committed suicide by drinking pesticide in Feixi county of East China’s Anhui province, information portal chinanews.com.cn reported Thursday.

Hou Yefu, board chairman of Hefei Senmiao Company Group, a leading enterprise in Anhui dealing with chicken products, died on April 24 in a hospital after medical treatment failed.

Hou was elected a deputy to the provincial people’s congress in 2008 and honored as one of the province’s top 10 private entrepreneurs for his contribution to society.

Police said Hou’s company had been involved in many economic disputes with other people, with some of them being filed to court. And Hou had been suffering from high levels of mental stress”

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Chinese Shop

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Chinese Pollution

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China Bank

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Clean China

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China Fact- Pollution in China

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More than 70 percent of China’s rivers and lakes are polluted
Underground water supplies in 90 percent of Chinese cities are contaminated.

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Peace in China

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Chinese Cancer Villages

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China does not respect life nor the environment, only money and growth. They have cancer villages, places where children die needlessly as businesses pollute the surrounding air and water. We the world watch and do nothing, we continue to shop at Wal-Mart, and enjoy our lives.

China’s Cancer Villages Are Real—and Probably Worse Than Reported

4/26/2010 4:34:01 PM
by Keith Goetzman

Tags: Keith Goetzman, environment, pollution, health, air and water, China, cancer, cancer villages, Environment magazine
Factory near Yangtze River

Industrial pollution in some Chinese villages is so bad that it’s killing off not just residents but the towns themselves. Environment magazine reports on the bleak-and-bleaker conditions in these “cancer villages” such as Shangba in southern China’s Guangdong province:

The river water in Shangba was reported to be so contaminated that aquatic organisms could not survive in the water for more than 24 hours, even when the water was diluted 10,000 times. The water is still very toxic 50 kilometers downstream from Shangba. About 10 people die of cancer each year in this village, whose 2009 registered population was 3,329. The actual number of residents is much fewer, however, as some villagers, especially young people, have been moving out of the cancer villages to work in other places. Many families are in debt due to cancer treatments and are too poor to relocate. They have given up and are waiting to die.

Chinese media have been reporting about the “cancer villages” for several years, and some of the coverage has bled out to international mainstream media such as People magazine and the BBC. Environment researcher Lee Liu dug deeper on the subject, attempting to confirm the credibility of news reports and the extent of the phenomenon. A geographer who specializes in sustainable development, he concluded that, if anything, it “is likely to be more prevalent than has been previously reported.” Why?

Because Chinese media and academic journals are governmentally controlled, their reports tend to be conservative about politically sensitive and negative subjects. However, there have been no reports disputing the cancer-village phenomenon. There is no known national ban on cancer-village reporting, though new cancer-village reports are rare after May 2009. There are reports that local government agencies and polluting factories threatened, harassed, and assaulted investigators and reporters. The government often disciplines and removes newspaper and journal editors who publish politically sensitive and negative reports. … In addition, the traditional Chinese culture continues to identify people with the particular village where they are from. A personal label of “cancer village” would turn away potential investors, tourists, friends, and spouses.

Liu’s incredible report is worth checking out, covering the environmental, political, social, and cultural dimensions of the cancer-village phenomenon and reminding us that for every story we read about an eager-to-green China, many darker tales are perhaps not being fully told.

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China Fact- Christianity in China

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from factsanddetails.com
Robert Morrison was the first Protestant to introduce Christianity in China. He arrived in Canton in 1807. From that time until 1949, hundreds of sending agencies sent thousands of missionaries to serve in China. China was a difficult mission field; converts came slowly. In 1949 there were no more than 750,000 Protestant Christians in China. After all the foreign missionaries left China in the early 1950s and all religious institutions were closed from about 1966 because of the Cultural Revolution, it was feared that Christianity might have died out once again. But, when the churches began to open up in 1979 it was discovered, even to the Chinese Christians’ amazement, that there were at least 6 million Christians. No longer foreign, all Chinese churches are just that: indigenous Chinese churches, and thousands of Chinese, young and old, are turning to Christ every day.

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By Xidan, Beijing China

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