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Archive for May, 2010

Chinese Guy phone Scammed out of 3 Million U$

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 31, 2010

lNo wonder there are so many Nigerians in that area (guangzho). They are probably all living off this type of scam.

“A man lost 22 million yuan (US$3,220,800) to a gang of criminals through a telephone scam in Shenzhen, south China in only five days. The police in Bao’an district of Shenzhen city destroyed the gang, catching 21 crimals, recovering 1.125 million yuan (US$164,700) in illicit money, two cars, 315 bank cards, and one kilogram of ICE Drug in late April, the Guangzhou Daily reported Monday.

The whole crime process started with a phone call to Wang, saying his landline in Shenzhen was bound to a landline in Dongguan city, Guangzhou on March 29. And Wang refused to pay the bill because he knew he didn’t have any landlines in Dongguan.

The one who called himself a member of “Dongguan telecom company staff” then suggested he report the case to police in Dongguan city. Wang agreed and was trapped in a chain of “vilifications” — he was accused of laundering by “Dongguan Security Bureau,” and in order to “absolve his misdoing”, he had to transfer all his money to a “safe account”. Wang went along with the suggestion, and transferred 22.64 million yuan (US$3,314,496) to 36 different bank accounts during March 30 to April 2.

After Wang’s transfer, he didn’t get any phone calls from the Dongguan procuratorate and police bureau. He realized he was cheated, and then called the police.

The Bao’an Station set up a special crew to investigate the case, finding that the “Dongguan Telecom staff” was from Ganzhou city, east China’s Jiangxi province. A web phone was used to make the fake call. The 36 bank cards Wang transferred money to came from many Chinese inland cities, Philippines and Thailand.

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Taiwan Doesnt Want Chinese Students

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 31, 2010

Taiwan debates admission of mainland students
Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators cover the mouth of Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Chao Li-yun during a session inside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei April 21, 2010. The session was held on Wednesday as part of a bill amendment on whether students from Chinese mainland will be allowed to attend Taiwan universities. [Photo/Agencies]

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China joins the 18th century

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 31, 2010

BEIJING – Evidence obtained illegally – such as through torture during interrogation – cannot be used in testimony, particularly in cases involving the death penalty, according to two regulations issued on Sunday.

A death sentence should be pronounced only with sufficient evidence acquired through legal means, stipulate the two regulations: One on evidence review in death sentence cases, and the other on excluding illegal evidence in criminal cases.

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Communism in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 31, 2010

All lawyers in China must take an oath of allegiance to the communist party and also visit a shrine to the deaths at the hand of the Japanese. The former makes a little sense, but the latter only seems to promote hatred.

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Chinese Chicks Getting Dirty

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 31, 2010

Soccer babes fight in mud to herald World Cup

Soccer babes tackle each other in the mud in Changchun, northeast China’s Jilin province on May 30, 2010. The match was held to herald the 2010 World Cup in South Africa that is scheduled to open on June 11.[Photo/CFP]

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Slave Labor in China- No Wonder they Make Things so Cheaply

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 31, 2010

BEIJING – Black brick kilns with slave-like laborers have resurfaced in China, as 34 migrant workers were set free by a police raid in Hebei province, local media reported on Sunday.

A total of 11 suspects including the kiln’s owner and foremen are under criminal detention, local police told the Hebei-based Yanzhao Metropolis Daily. The investigation is ongoing.

The men running the brick kiln, located in a remote village near the Hengshui city of Hebei, duped 35 migrant workers into working at the kiln, police said. They forced the workers to do heavy labor 14 to 18 hours a day using beatings, electric shocks, threats and confinement, police said.

A migrant worker surnamed Song had to work 18 hours every day, and was beaten and shocked with electricity when he refused to work, the report quoted police as saying.

Song escaped from the kiln on May 18 and called the police. He said he had been taken to the kiln without any knowledge of the work conditions there. The foreman beat Song with a club after he discovered and foiled Song’s first escape attempt, the report said.

Song also complained that he had not received any pay at the kiln.

Police conducted a raid on the kiln on May 21 and set free the 34 other workers, none of whom came from the area. A device used for electric shocks was found at the kiln.

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Spooky in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 30, 2010

I have not blogged to much as I have been busy with work and am undertaking a new job as well. An interesting observation is that the new task I am undertaking is with a Chinese company, so this is my first real experience with a 100% Chinese company and all that that entails. Some observations below:
-They love control and control through fear. The company is high tech and there is a need for secrecy, but the Chinese style is overwhelming to a foreigner. They have security constantly patrolling the premises and there is a general lack of freedom or respect that we may find in the west.
-The company is the father figure. China is a paternalistic country and thus the company assumes the fatherly role. They have an on-site cafeteria (which also exacerbates the spooky big brother feeling as oiu cannot leave.
-The general attitude of the workers is ok, but they seem nervous, so to a foreigner it is nerve wracking.

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X Games in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 27, 2010

Took a trip to Shanghai where they are holding the X-games. I was close, could hear the announcer and motorcycles racing their engines, too bad though, I cannot witness the games. Right now Shanghai is a happy place, they love the expo etc. Most foreigners will not go to the expo, however.

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Media Independence in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 27, 2010

Here is a little on why the public media campaigns were halted.

“The program was abruptly halted following the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) told its journalists to serve as the party’s houshe (mouthpiece). With that, journalism in China became entirely state-run. Just like in Germany in the early 20th century, when college professors supported government interests in what they taught, Chinese journalists were obliged to support the party through what they wrote.

Since then, Chinese journalism has drawn the scorn of Western commentators. For example, a host for a popular state CCTV English program once confided to this writer that one of the most disheartening experiences he had abroad was when he introduced himself to a Western host as a “journalist” from China, apparently this was met with a “palpable” silence and disproving look as if such a profession didn’t exist in China.

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Chinese Rich- Hoarding land, or Wise Investors?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 27, 2010

BEIJING – One-third of Chinese billionaires have businesses in real estate, a latest research report has found.This is interesting as in China, the majority of corruption cases involve land.

The report, released by cuaa.net, an independent Chinese website focusing on alumni affairs, showed that half of the number of Chinese billionaires have businesses in three major industries: Real estate, energy and information technology.

China has 1,958 billionaires. Of these, 567 people have businesses in real estate and their companies are mainly located in big cities such as Beijing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, where property prices are significantly higher, the report said.

The report was based on statistics from the Hurun China Rich List and The World’s Billionaires list from Forbes from 1999 to 2009.

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