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Archive for June 7th, 2010

China Promotes Freedom of Speech on the Internet

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 7, 2010


Well, at least that is what the government is now saying. They are touting freedom of speech on the net, just days after a guy was thrown in the pokie for saying bad things about the Communist party. The report about freedom of speech, does not however, address the issue of whether China will continue to block Twitter, many blog sites, Amnesty International, anything relating to Tiananmen, or Tibet or Xingiang, and such. I thnk China defines freedom differently than I do.

“BEIJING – The Chinese government Tuesday published a white paper on its Internet policy, stressing the guarantee of citizens’ freedom of speech on the Internet. The white paper, released by the State Council Information Office, introduced facts of the development and use of the Internet in China, and elaborated on the country’s basic policies on the Internet.”

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Infertility in China- Shooting Blanks…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 7, 2010


Add this to the list of problems beseiging Chinese men, if its not the 40 somethings off on a rampage with meat cleavers or the emotional problmes of the young ‘crisis babies’, now we find out that the men dont have potent sperm…

“”There are many people who don’t have healthy sperm. About 500 couples are on our list and we refused those who want to join because we know that they would need to wait many years,” said Liu Ping, general director of the reproductive center.

As the city’s best-known hospital for treating infertility, Peking University Third Hospital receives more than half of the couples with fertility problems in Beijing. More than 1,000 couples visit the medical reproductive center every month.

However, the only sperm bank in Beijing, which was built in 2005, is unable to meet the need.

“About 1,000 volunteers donate sperm every year, but only 15 to 25 percent are chosen to be actual donors,” said Dr Liang Xiaowei, who works at the Sperm Bank of the National Institute for Family Planning. “Many of them are college students.”

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China and Exams

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 7, 2010


China is gearing up for its yearly college entrance exams, with almost 10 million people taking them. Its really no different that in the west,but for some reaon the Chinese like to really molly coddle those preparing for the exams. The cities have ordered construction to be stopped, motorsists to refrain from honking, and in that the people in general tippy-toe around in order to not disturb the test takers. I wonder what those students will do when they finally make it to college and live next to a frat house…

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Chinese singing on the Subway

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 7, 2010


Musical 'schoolgirls' perform for commuters、Wearing school uniforms, three masked girls dance on Metro Line 2 in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, June 6, 2010. Labeling themselves “ugly ducklings,” the trio performed folk music with instruments like guitar, erhu (Chinese violin) and Chinese zither in a subway car. Their self-choreographed dances captured lots of attention from passengers. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

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Chinese are escaping China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 7, 2010


Canada has a requriement that if a Chinese wants to become a Canadian citizen, the Chinese must deposit about C800,000 dollars into a bank for 5 years. The Canadians are upping that to about C2,000,000. The Chinese are panicking, they want to apply for citizenship before teh new rates go into effect, so the number of Visa applicants to Canada have gone from 100 per month to 1000.

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