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Archive for July 8th, 2010

Chinese Street

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2010

These streets are dingy, but actually have great restaurants and a certain level of charm.

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China in Pictures

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2010

Typical street in China.

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Chinese Mobility- Bikes in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2010

This is how 99.9 % of the population travels in China.

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Little Red Book in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2010

from wiki
The most printed book written in the twentieth century,[1]Quotations had an estimated 5 to 6.5 billion copies printed during Mao’s attempt to transform Chinese society. The book’s phenomenal popularity may be due to the fact that it was essentially an unofficial requirement for every Chinese citizen to own, to read, and to carry it at all times during the later half of Mao’s rule, especially during the Cultural Revolution.[2] Chinese citizens caught not carrying the book were usually beaten by the Red Guards.[2]

During the Cultural Revolution, studying the book was not only required in schools but was also a standard practice in the workplace as well. All units, in the industrial, commercial, agricultural, civil service, and military sectors, organized group sessions for the entire workforce to study the book during working hours. Quotes from Mao were either bold-faced or highlighted in red, and almost all writing, including scientific essays, had to quote Mao.

To defend against the theory that it would be counter-productive, it was argued that understanding Mao’s quotes could definitely bring about enlightenment to the work unit, resulting in production improvement to offset the time lost.

During the 1960s, the book was the single most visible icon in mainland China, even more visible than the image of the Chairman himself. In posters and pictures created by CPC’s propaganda artists, nearly every painted character, except Mao himself, either smiling or looking determined, was always seen with a copy of the book in his or her hand.

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Nice Commies in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2010

from the CD
It is common knowledge that the Communist Party of China (CPC) is the nation’s sole ruling party.

Over the past three decades, the Party claims to have led millions of Chinese out of poverty after the reform and opening-up policy led to massive economic development, but has delivered many into the hands of propserity viz corruption.

It is funny that the communist party committee offices have no published phone numbers, making one wonder how they can be reached by the people.

But alas the communists are now ‘opening up’, they are out of the closet and supposedly showing their faces to the world. They have even invited the world to come and speak to their communist party training school (yes this really exists).

It is funny how a group so shrouded in secrecy all of the sudden wishes to be seen as the good guy while they continue to trample on the human rights of their own people. On ehas to wonder how the communists can come out, and show their faces, while many bilk hundreds of billions from the people and falsely accuse them and hold them in one of Beijing’s 80 odd black prisons. But we the people, we dont care, we just want cheap goods from Wal Mart, so we will turn a blind eye to it all.

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Chinese Cops Track Down Cop Killer

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2010

GUANGZHOU — A man who allegedly shot dead two patrolling traffic policemen in south China’s Guangdong province was arrested Thursday, two days after more than one thousand policemen were mobilized to catch him, Guangdong police authorities said.

Hu Yihua, the suspect, was arrested in a joint police operation in the southeast port city of Xiamen, Fujian province. A Lexus sedan that Hu had allegedly stolen, a loaded pistol and identity cards of the slain police officers were found in Hu’s possession.

Police said Hu was a suspect in at least two murder cases. On July 2, Hu fired four shots, killing a couple at a cinema parking lot in Yiwu City, Zhejiang province and had then fled to Guangdong.

While sleeping in the sedan at a highway service zone Monday night, Hu was encountered by the two patrolling traffic policemen in Jieyang City of Guangdong. He shot them dead and fled to Fujian, police investigators said.

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China Fact- Poor in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2010

from here

200 million people in China live on less than $1 a day

Poverty in China refers to people whose income is less than a poverty line of $1.25 per day. The poverty rate in China in 1981 was 64% of the population. Fortunately, this rate declined to 10% in 2004, indicating that about 500 million people have climbed out of poverty during this period.

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China Executes Former Crime Boss from Chongqing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2010

CHONGQING – Wen Qiang, the former top justice official in the southwestern city of Chongqing, was executed on Wednesday for corruption.

Wen, 55, was the highest ranking official among 100 caught in the city’s massive crackdown on violent gangs and the corrupt officials who protect them. The Municipal High People’s Court on May 21 rejected an appeal by Wen, who was sentenced to death by a lower court on April 14 for accepting bribes, shielding criminal gangs, rape and failing to account for both his cash and assets.

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Mad Max in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2010

The streets here are like a scene from Mad Max or Death Race 2000.

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Death Row in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 8, 2010

from the Guardian

What are conditions like on death row in China?

This too is shrouded in secrecy, but the condemned are said to be kept at least part of the time in shackles. Stays tend to be a lot shorter than in other countries. Once a sentence is confirmed, the law states that the execution should be carried out within a week.”

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