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Archive for June 1st, 2010

China Polluting and Unconcerned

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 1, 2010

IT pollution threatens Pearl River Delta A report shows the lead level in blood has reached 550 microgramme per liter in a ten-months old baby in Guangdong, December 25, 2009. [CFP]

The Pearl River Delta is continuously polluted with heavy metal from the IT industry and poses a serious risk to people, according to a report about hevay metal pollution in the IT supply chain, cited by the China Youth Daily Monday.

Ma Jun, the initiator of an environmental research NGO, conducted the study with 34 environmentally friendly organizations.

He warned people have the wrong impression that the IT industry has nothing to do with heavy metal pollution.

They discovered many printed wiring board companies discharged heavy metal contamination to water, rivers and land.

The Pearl River Delta has become the most severely polluted area according to a Guangdong Geology Bureau reports in 2004 and 2005. 5,500 square kilometers has been heavily polluted near the Pearl River mouth area in 2004, and 95% of sea-water got contaminated according to its survey

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Chinese Jailed in Phillipines

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 1, 2010

Another example of the Chinese not respecting international law and rights of other countries.

“BEIJING – Nine Chinese fishermen remained in detention in the Philippines for the sixth day, with their prospects still uncertain. A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines surnamed Sun said all nine are in good condition and the embassy is working closely with Philippine authorities to ensure the safety of the fishermen and their property.

“The dialogue is focusing on two points – jurisdiction over the waters near the incident and the nature of the case,” Sun said.

The nine fishermen were picked up around Half Moon Cay in the South China Sea, where both countries claim jurisdiction. Philippine police accused them of illegally hunting sea turtles, but the incident is still pending final investigation, according to Sun.

In addition to this case, 28 other Chinese fishermen have been detained by neighboring countries between May 12 and May 21 while working in China’s traditional waters, according to Guangzhou Daily. They were all released after negotiations.

Luo Yongkun, a researcher with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, called for more communication and cooperation between China and neighboring countries.

The nine fishermen, from China’s Hainan province, are being held in a port in the southern Philippines.

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Chinese Wedding

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 1, 2010

Couple off to a clean start

A groom wheels his bride on a decorated tricycle in Nanchang,

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Trampling at the Chinese Expo, or Was there?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 1, 2010

Word is that some people were trampled at the Shanghai expo, but the communist party denies it. Then again they also deny human rights violations, thus who knows. This is one of the interesting things of living in China, one never really knows.

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Chinese Police to be Policed by Citizens- WTF??

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 1, 2010

China is odd, they have a police force, but its use is basically hindered by corruption, graft and apathy. so, what does the Chinese government do? The ask citizens to police the police,,, hmm. In theory it is not that odd, but one has to think of China’s history and violence and extreme views that it has used to actually harm itself. For instance, there is something to be said for a police force that is monitored by some body to ensure that they do their job. But, as is the case in China, where the governing body cannot or will not monitor them, then there are problems.

So China relies on the people. They did it in 1965, in a thing called the Cultural Revolution, where the Red Guard who had no official power whatsoever prowled the streets looking for non believers of Mao, and beating, humiliating and or killing them. That is Chinese justice. Thus, in a nation that has only enjoyed 500 years of internal peace over the last 2500 years, it is a scary idea that the citizens will be allowed to police the police. It may make more sense to send in the military or some entity that is truly capable of handling the police function.

“BEIJING – If you ever dreamt of being a police officer but never really got around to doing anything about it, here’s an opportunity that may not come your way again.

The Chongqing municipal police bureau is looking to “hire” 150 ordinary citizens to inspect its law enforcement system.

It is a part-time job and comes without a salary.

In its favor, “the resident inspectors will be able to directly challenge corruption in the police system and monitor the entire law enforcement structure”, an officer in charge of the bureau’s recruitment department told China Daily on Monday.

The bureau on Monday started to accept applications from “perfectly healthy men under 60 years and women under 55 years, who are residents of Chongqing”. The last day to apply is next Wednesday.

The recruitment drive comes amid an overhaul of the Southwest China municipality’s police system after a number of senior officers were thrown in prison for sheltering criminal gangs.

According to the police official, who wished to remain anonymous, there are two reasons for recruiting grassroots inspectors.

The first-ever national regulation to standardize and specify disciplinary punishments for errant police officers, which takes effect on Tuesday, needs external supervision.

And Chongqing’s highly confident police force is ready for expanded social supervision, the official said. The selected inspectors will be given the power to watch over more than 30,000 police officers. According to the police bureau, the inspectors do not need to work on a regular basis, but should report misconduct as and when they discover any.”

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Chinese Guy Guns Down 3 in a Chinese court

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 1, 2010

CHANGSHA — A man killed himself after shooting three people dead during a court trial Tuesday morning in central China’s Hunan Province, said local authorities.

The incident happened at about 9:50 a.m. at Lingling District People’s Court in Yongzhou City, according to the authorities.

Identity of the suspect couldn’t be confirmed immediately.

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Up in Arms

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 1, 2010

China is up in arms about some Chinese kid being held in jail in the USA for allegedly making a ‘terroristic threat’ in a university in the USA. (Link USA , Link China).
The background is that this guy comes to the USA, has some problems at the school and apparently said that he was going to burn down the school admin building (it is unsure whether he said it, mailed, or emailed the threat). Thus he is being held on making terroristic threats- allegedly. China has manipulated the media by saying that he is being called a terrorist (which is really not the case) and the media is bombarding Chinese citizens with its outrage at the USA, . The legal question is whether he made a terroristic threat.
China’s reaction shows some insight into their nationalistic mob mentality. They continue to decry the USA as being racist and denying ‘free speech’ to its citizens. As anyone knows, in the US we have the right to free speech but within reason, for instance one cannot legally threaten another. But the Chinese are either unaware of this or do not care.
Thus we see how the rise of China can cause potentially dangerous situations, they send a person to another country but do not fully comprehend what is expected of them and then complain when justice is meted out (a similar occurrence happened with the Chinese boat that smashed the Great Barrier Reef in Australia). Due to pride or ignorance, they do not understand international rules of governance and wish to deal with them as they do domestically- which is either ignore them or bribe their way out. And then due to the control of the media, both sides of the story are never told and this leads to dangerous situations. It is sad to see people so blindly manipulated.
It is unfortunate for them as they end up being seen as quite ignorant of the international stage and backwards. To a certain extent these things may be true, but it is still a shame.

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China Helping the Youth?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 1, 2010

This is a case of huge cultural differences between the west and China. In this city, they will shut down cybercafes so that young people will be able to concentrate before their college entrance exams. To a westerner this may seem foolish as each person should be adult enough to monitor their own actions. China, however believes differently.

“FUZHOU, Jiangxi – The government of Linchuan district in Fuzhou, Jiangxi province, has temporarily closed down all Internet cafes in its jurisdiction in a bid to prevent students from getting distracted ahead of the college entrance examination. The move implements a document issued by the district’s cultural affairs bureau last year, which stipulates that the business of Internet bars should be suspended during the college entrance exam, which takes place on June 7 and 8 every year, the Jiangxi-based New Legal News reported.

Some local Internet cafe owners have been asked to shut down for nearly a month, the report said.

A local cafe owner complained on tianya.cn, the country’s biggest online forum: “I will lose 10,000 yuan ($1,460) if my business is suspended for a month, when the cost of running the shop remains the same.”

An insider at the Linchuan telecommunications office said Internet bar owners were notified before their web connections were snapped on May 10.”

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