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Barbaric in China- Fines for Illegitimate Children Born out of Wedlock

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 27, 2010

This is a report explaining China’s policies on the treatment for children born out of wedlock. There are fines imposed, so I guess it is not a stretch of the imagination to assume that if he fine cannot be paid, then a forced abortion is performed, although I have not read of this, just that there are forced abortions in China.

China – Researched and compiled by the Refugee Documentation Centre
of Ireland on 8 February 2010.
Information re the treatment of children born outside marriage in China.
Possibility of the Chinese authorities detecting such a child if family
deported to China.

The United States Department of States annual report on China states:“In order to delay childbearing, the law sets the minimum marriage age for women at 20 years and for men at 22 years. It continued to be illegal in almost all provinces for a single woman to have a child. In November 2007, Hunan Province adopted new penalties for children conceived out of wedlock, requiring violators to pay 6 to 8 percent of their income from the previous
year, in addition to the standard social compensation fee. The law states that family planning bureaus will conduct pregnancy tests on married women and provide them with unspecified “follow-up” services. Some provinces fined women who did not undergo periodic pregnancy tests. For example, in Hebei Province fines ranged from RMB 200 to RMB 500 (approximately $29 to $73), and in Henan Province fines ranged from RMB 50 to RMB 500 ($7 to $73).” (United States Department of State (25 February 2009) China: Country
Report on Human Rights Practices 2008) A 2009 query response from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
“Article 55 (d) of the Population and Family Planning Regulations of the
Province of Guangdong states that “[i]n the case of a first birth out of wedlock, a social support fee shall be imposed that is twice the amount” of the fee imposed on married couples who have one more child than is permitted (China 25 July 2002). When an unwed mother has a second child, the fee imposed is between three to six times the amount levied on married couples who have one more child than is permitted (ibid.). In a 16 October 2008 People’s Daily article, the Director of the Guangdong population and family
planning committee indicated that the province experienced a rise in births in the first eight months of 2008 and that the government had ordered authorities to “properly enforce” family planning policies.
According to Article 14 of the Population and Family Planning Regulations of the Province of Fujian, a woman is not allowed to give birth out of wedlock (China 30 July 2002). In the case of an unmarried woman who bears a child, Article 39 sets out the application of a social maintenance fee equivalent to four to six times the average annual disposable income of the residents of the county where the woman resides (ibid.). The fine is higher for a second or subsequent child born out of wedlock (ibid.).

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China Learning to Get its Freak On- Pole Dance Training in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 27, 2010

Chinese are not the best dancers, at least to western music, but they have spunk, and that is a good thing. Here are photos of a school that is teaching pole dancing in China…Going to one of these places will be hell for the over 30 million Chinese men who cannot get a woman due to the one child policy …(from chinadaily)

Pole dance training vogue in E China city

Pole dance training vogue in E China city

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Gross Overgeneralizations About China That are Partially True

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 27, 2010

Here is what you will see if you come to China, these are generalizations, maybe grossly so, but things I have seen and common comments from foreigners here. And remember, some of this may be due to poverty, but I have traveled quite a bit, and the things below, I personally have never seen in any country I have lived in.

-Older Chinese ladies look like men
-Chinese ladies from 50-60 are the angriest people I have ever met in my life
-Chinese do not sweat much
-Chinese cannot grow full beards, but only little ‘lo mein’ straggles on their chins
-Chinese push, shove, and have poor manners
-Chinese screech into cell phones
-Chinese do not know how to stand in lines
-Chinese are befuddled by things like : escalators, elevators and subway doors, they bang into them, do not know how to properly use them
-Chinese people are skinny
-Chinese walk funny, kind of like a march/hop
-Chinese food is excellent
-Chinese treat foreigners very well
-China has a long history
-Since the age of the wheel, Chinese have not invented crap
-Chinese are the worlds leaders in pirating things
-Chinese are not inventive
-Chinese are poor at chit chat
-Chinese have crappy hygiene standards,: public defecation/urination
-Chinese pick their noses and dig in their ears on the subway
-Chinese women have little couth, they dig in their junk in public and pick at their asses ( I have seen this in Rio de Janiero Brazil as well, call this one a tie)

So, according to my scientific study, lets call all of the above 100% factual!!!!

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Killing in China- Abortions

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 27, 2010

From here
To date, the one-child policy has helped prevent at least 300 million births in China and aided the country’s rapid economic development, AP writes.”

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Bummer in Iowa

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 27, 2010

I am from Iowa, so this bums me out, I wish them all well.

By MICHAEL J. CRUMB, Associated Press Writer Michael J. Crumb, Associated Press Writer – Mon Jul 26, 5:33 pm ET
DES MOINES, Iowa – Acres of mud strewn with dead fish greeted hundreds of eastern Iowa residents Monday after a weekend dam break left their lakefront properties overlooking little more than a small stream.

The Lake Delhi dam in Delaware County gave way under the rapidly rising Maquoketa River on Saturday, decimating the nine-mile-long lake and adjacent property values.

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China on the Cutting Edge of Women’s Rights!- Chinese Women Will now Be Able to Know Their Husbands Wealth!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 27, 2010

In China, women will now be able to know the wealth of their hubbies? Hmm I guess after 5000 years, they figure it is fair to give the ladies a peek at the old bank statement eh? I find this to be truly bizarre, I know that spousal abuse is common and rampant, and women are in many ways second class citizens, but I had no idea that they could not have access to the family wealth. This is shocking!

chinadaily excerpt:
“Women will have the right to check their husband’s wealth, according to new drafted regulations issued by Qingdao legislative authority and cited by China National Radio. The draft regulations aim to better protect the rights of women and give access to information normally only see by the male in the household.

The debate has been stirred by public feeling as some hail the draft as a feasible tool to safeguard the rights of married women who tend to be in a disadvantaged position.”

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Chinese Product Quality- Bus Made in China Explodes into Flames after Refueling- no One Injured- BTW Wanna Buy a Chinese Made Car?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 27, 2010

This bus was carrying foreigners and stopped to refuel, but Chinese quality being what it is, the bus had a little mishap, but no one was hurt…
Bus engulfed in flames after refueling in SW China

. After refueling, the bus burst into flames caused by the dashboard fire while the engine was running at 7:45am July 26. The driver made the emergency call after failing to control the fire. There was no report of any casualties and the bus was empty when the blaze started. The investigation is underway. [Photo/cqnews.net]

Bus engulfed in flames after refueling in SW China

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Chinese Confusion – Toxic Food Products

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 27, 2010

This is odd. The Chinese communist Party has set forth a rule that prohibits the use of edible flaorings in certain foodstuffs. Hmmmm, after the most recent spate of toxic milk, they basically lowered the quality standards for milk and called it a day, now they want to truly protect the people with this action. I dont know, but as I live here, I would actually prefer they ban all toxic substances in all food, clothing and toys, and leave the artificial flavorings alone. or is it just me?

chinadaily excerpt:
BEIJING – China’s Ministry of Health Monday issued a draft regulation prohibiting the use of edible flavorings in certain foodstuffs such as infant formula and pure dairy products.

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Illegal to Have a Child out of Wedlock in China? WTF?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 27, 2010

I have no idea if this is still true, but the excerpt below says that it is illegal to have a child in China if you are not married, thus they force you to have an abortion!
It also says in other articles that China still does forced abortions! I have not heard this, but maybe it is just another face saving mechanism of the Chinese so that we do not see them as barbaric and demons. But a forced abortion, how sad for the woman and how sad for the fabric of society…

The law is clear. If a man and a woman do not marry, they can’t have a child. You have to be a family, a couple, to have a child, said Cheng Shengli, spokesman for the State Family Planning Commission. In our traditional culture, we have strict rules on sexual relations. The majority makes the law, and we must consider the majority’s moral view: You get married, you form a family, then you have children.

Surprised by the public uproar, Ye has been in hiding since the initial article was published. But in a telephone interview granted on condition she be referred to only by the Westernized name she uses with foreigners, she argued that China is changing faster than the law is.

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China’s Blatant Disregard for International Law- Patent Infringment in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 27, 2010

China joined the WTO, and when they did so, they promised to do a few things, in order to be a member in good standing. Two of those things were to promote the rule of law and to enforce intellectual property rights protection.
The following article shows just hwo well China is living up to those promises. The article shows companies that are making “IPAD copies’, ie fake Ipads. This is a little amazing to me, as making and selling a fake IPAD is quite illegal. For instance, the law states that one cannot even make a company logo or symbol that can remotely be misconstrued by the purchaser to be that of a competitor or a brand that is not one’s own. Thus, making IPAD clones, replete with the Apple logo would surely qualify as an illegality.
But this is China, so the chinadaily runs this article saying that China should do less pirating and more innovating.
IF you want to make an analogy, substitute drugs for IPADS. This article is like showing a bunch of weed producers sitting around and growing weed, and bragging about how much money they make. The police know where they live, now where their companies are, even interview them, then they leave. They take no legal action although by their constitution and laws they should. China has a looooooooooooooooooooooongggg way to go. Probably thousands of years.

article from the chinadaily showing Chinese companies breaking the law, yet doing nothing about it.

Copy-making vs profit-making

Workers are busy with iPad lookalikes on the assembly line in Shenzhen Great Long Brother Industrial Company.

Lining up to buy a new gadget is nothing new for an Apple fan, but the new hot iPads and iPhones are ringing in a new level of Apple hysteria. On Friday, the stores that sell Apple products in Hong Kong sold out of all their iPads within hours of the first day of their launch. Some stores sold out within 30 minutes.

In Shenzhen, a city in southern China adjacent to Hong Kong, the iPad’s hot popularity was defined by the speed in which low quality knockoff products were manufactured to copycat the iPad. Only 60 days after Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in January, small electronic firms in Shenzhen were developing and producing iPad lookalikes.But even though mobile phones, mp3 players, GPSs and computers that copy the looks and features of branded goods have flooded the consumer electronics market in China, the iPad clones are slower coming into the market.

Manufacturers in Shenzhen have realized that it is becoming more difficult to cash in on iPad fever no matter how fast they are copying it, when the only thing left for them to copy is the looks of the original gadget. And with rising labor costs and a shrinking demand for cheap low-end products, the space for them to make money has become limited.

Many companies lost the battle of netbook PCs last year, and they’ve discovered that lowering the cost of production is a mission impossible when all the major parts are purchased from other companies.On the fourth floor of an outdated building in Shenzhen, tablet PC maker Wu Xiaolong brought out a 10.2-inch touch screen PC and photocopy of a patent license. He claims that Apple’s iPad stole the design of his product called the P88. Wu has drawn the attention of many reporters from around the world, wanting to talk to him about his claims. He is not planning to sue Apple at the moment, since the iPad is not yet selling on the mainland, he said.

Although reporters flocked to Wu’s company, Shenzhen Great Long Brother Industrial Co., Ltd, the four assembly lines of his company are not moving very fast. Wu had learned his lesson: business is not as profitable as it once was. Adjacent to Wu’s office, two assembly lines in the production room are empty. The third one is working on products for other companies. And only one line is working on the touch screen PC, with a dozen workers assembling computer parts for the P88.Wu Xiaolong’s P88 is priced at nearly 4,000 yuan, a higher price than Apple’s iPad. “Designing and developing a new product is expensive and risky. If the engineers can’t come up with a solution for my new product, I will lose money, ” Wu Xiaolong said. Last year, Wu’s netbook business was bleak when the market was flooded with low quality netbooks. So this time, Wu is more cautious. Even though iPad global sales eventually hit three million, Wu still hasn’t started massive production of his P88 – not before he receives a large order.

Wu said his factory is capable of producing 1,000 tablet PCs each day. With no retail business of his own, most of the orders come from foreign countries.

Wu didn’t want to say how many of his tablet PCs have been produced or sold. “It’s a business secret,” he said.Although Wu Xiaolong insisted that his product is not a knockoff of the iPad, other companies in Shenzhen are willing to admit they are iPad followers. Wu Yebin, operating director of Teso Computer Technology Company, claims to have developed the first copycat iPad within 60 days of Apple’s launch.

According to Li Yi, founder of discloser.net, an electronics industry chain forum, more than 50 companies have poster ads on the walls at the delivery companies, advertising that they provide iPad lookalikes. The delivery companies act as a sort of middleman in the sales of the knock-off gadgets.For those smaller manufacturers, developing a copycat iPad is not a cheap investment. In order to save money, some smaller companies are chipping in to share the mold making and purchasing for the plastic casings and electronic parts together.

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