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Archive for August 21st, 2010

More Chinese Become American Citizens Then Steal Our Technlogy

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 21, 2010

Here is another example of one of China’s biggest exports- spies. The Chinese are so nationalistic, and have different morals than your typical westerner.In their minds China has suffered from foreigners and thus they deserve to steal our secrets, or it could just be their general lack of morality.
In the case below, (which seems similar to the case in Motorola where a husband and wife team up to allegedly steal secrets from the US company that has hired and sponsored Chinese and made them citizens) a husband and wife from China were sponsored by GM and brought to the land of milk and honey and then stole secrets from the US company. The thing is that if they had done this in China, they would be executed or jailed or had their hands lopped off, but it is the US so we will bend over backwards to protect them…. The US can be pretty naive at times, and better wake up before it is too late.

From the Huffington Post
DETROIT — A former General Motors engineer and her husband conspired to steal trade secrets about hybrid technology and use the information to make private deals with Chinese competitors, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday.

Shanshan Du and Yu Qin, both of Troy, were indicted on conspiracy, fraud and other charges. They had been under scrutiny for years and were charged in 2006 with destroying documents sought by investigators, a case that was dropped while a broader probe was pursued.

The indictment says Du, who was hired at GM in 2000, purposely sought a transfer in 2003 to get access to hybrid technology and began copying documents by the end of that year.

In 2005, she copied thousands of documents, five days after getting a severance offer from the automaker, according to the indictment.

By that summer, Qin was telling people he had a deal to provide hybrid technology to Chery Automobile, a GM competitor in China, the indictment says. The couple had set up their own company, Millennium Technology International.

excerpt 2:
A former GM employee and her husband–Shanshan Du and Yu Qin–stand accused of shuttling secrets out of the American automobile company and attempting to provide design information to a Chinese competitor.
General Motors values the stolen secrets at over $40 million and suspects that Du started loading documents onto a hard drive after the company offered her a severance package in January 2005.

[According to the
indictment,] Ms. Du accepted a severance package from G.M. and five days later copied thousands of pages of secret documentation onto a hard drive that belonged to a company that she and her husband had set up, called Millennium Technology International. Ms. Du then attempted to provide the hybrid technology to Chery Automobile, a Chinese automaker.[New
York Times

In 2006, after federal grand jury subpoenas for documents related to the couple’s company, FBI agents saw the pair dumping trash in a supermarket dumpster and later recovered shredded documents. Though the Bureau originally pushed to charge the couple with obstruction of justice, the AP reports, it decided instead to investigate further. The result was charges including conspiracy, unauthorized possession of trade secrets, and wire fraud; Du and Qin entered not-guilty pleas on Thursday.

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Germany Says China is Stealing Her Success

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 21, 2010

Excerpt from an article in Der Spiegel.
The article talks about how China is stealing economic success and no one is doing much about it. This article is about 3 years old and incensed the Chinese when it came out. The question is why we allow this to continue.

“The speed of China’s economic growth has been amazingly fast – fast like the hands of a well-trained pickpocket, according to some economic observers. An article in Germany’s Spiegel International this month calls China out on what the publication deems to be ethically questionable economic practices. “It used to be jeans and Adidas,” says Spiegel. “Now, though, China is becoming adept at stealing much more technologically advanced products – like passenger jets and magnetic railway systems. Is this the beginning of an economy based on thievery?”

Spiegel cites a trade mission to China this week, led by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. But this time, widgets and washing machines aren’t the focus of the trip.

“Politely put, these business executives are concerned about what some would call the German-Chinese technology transfer,” Spiegel reports.

“But to be blunt, they’re really incensed about China’s growing large-scale theft of ideas and patents, trademark and product piracy. ‘We have to discuss the Chinese government’s attitude on this question,’ Steinmeier said.”

While China has been in the copycat business for decades, critics say the copyright-infringement abuses have never been worse.”Fully 70% of all illegal copycat products come from Asia, and most of that comes from China, in what has mushroomed into a $300 billion market,” says Spiegel.

“And the issue is no longer just a pair of poorly copied Adidas running shoes or a plastic version of a Gucci watch. More recently, the Chinese and others have taken to pirating expensive, high-tech knowledge, allowing them to duplicate entire machines and systems.”

German companies have reported attending trade shows in China only to find that their own products are on display. But some of the knock-offs are so poorly made that consumers who don’t know the difference mistakenly begin to think less of the genuine articles.

“More than half of the companies affected by patent theft have had these experiences in China,” Heiko Beploat, of the German Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing Association, tells Spiegel.

Some forms of copyright theft are difficult to prove, however.

Spiegel points to the fact that China is launching its own magnetic levitation train service – less than two years after the rollout of Germany’s Transrapid magnetic train system (a version of which is already operating in Shanghai). Spiegel says the announcement “smelled of espionage.”

“Suspicions are also mounting in Europe,” concludes Spiegel.

“European Union Industry Commissioner Gunther Verheugen plans to make the issue of patent theft and industrial piracy a focal point of his agenda this year. And if his efforts are unsuccessful, the EU Commission will address these problems at this year’s meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO).”

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China’s Theft of USA Ideas

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 21, 2010

excerptfrom Business week:
By Pat Choate
“Choate sounds the alarm over China, which he says uses “licensing, theft, piracy, intimidation, spies” and more to get the technology it needs. He warns that by sharing tech knowhow with their Chinese joint-venture partners, foreign companies are sowing the seeds of their own destruction. He rightly points out that China is only paying lip service to cracking down on counterfeiters and copyright pirates.

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Chinese Luxury Resort Photos

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 21, 2010

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Africa Has Way of Identifying Fake Meds

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 21, 2010

I don’t know if these products come from China, but a high percentage of fake one’s do so…

But this company has set up an ingenious way for customers to find out if their products are fake. Now all we need to do is implement this across the board, and China will really be hurting.

excerpt Yahoo

“A new project called mPedigree lets consumers send in a code via text message that lets them check if their drugs are genuine. It was recently adopted in Nigeria, with plans for wider use elsewhere in Africa. Last month, the Nigerian government decided to introduce the technology for all medicines in the future, not just anti-malarials.

Ghanaian entrepreneur Bright Simons developed the mPedigree system; its technology and security infrastructure is now being provided by Hewlett Packard. The system assigns a unique code to genuine malaria medicines, printed on the back of medicine blister packs under a sheet that is scratched off like a lottery ticket.

Customers send a text message to a central hot line with the code and instantly get an “OK” response telling them if the drug is registered and thus real. It also sends them additional information like the drug’s manufacturer and expiration date.

If the drug isn’t registered and potentially fake, people receive a text message that says “No. Please recheck code.” The system is free for consumers and is paid for by pharmaceutical companies and governments.

Health officials say the innovative system could help Africa curb the tide of fake drugs and potentially save hundreds of thousands of lives. Experts think about 700,000 people die from malaria or tuberculosis every year after taking counterfeit drugs, with some containing little more than sawdust, baby powder and water.

In addition, fake medicines speed up drug resistance. If a drug contains some but not enough of the active ingredient, it won’t kill the disease’s virus or bacteria, but gives it a chance to mutate into a deadlier form instead.

Knowing the drugs are real may also persuade more Africans to take them in the first place, saving even more lives.

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Backwards in China- This was China in the 50′s-WTF

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 21, 2010

Hidden pictures People wearing old and new clothes pass by Tian’anmen Square in the 50s. Damn they used rickshaws in the 50’s where were the cars?
photo china daily

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China Tries To Restore Traffic To Collapsed Bridge

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 21, 2010

This bridge collapsed yesterday with a train passing over it. The Chinese said that a flood had damaged the bridge, but I think it was just old Chinese quality issues. In addition the recent spike in flooding in China is alarming, and causing people to rethink China’s unfettered climb. Most countries now manufacture here as they can pollute with impunity, add to that all of the corruption and lack of quality standards and one has to wonder when China’s train will derail. But they have been sayhing that about the USA for hundreds of years too.
Traffic resumed after railway bridge collapse
Rescuers pull passengers’ luggage out of a train carriage after the flood receded near the Shitingjiang railway bridge in Guanghan city, Southwest China’s Sichuan province, August 20, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua]

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Toxic Milk in China is So Yesteday, Now They Have Babies Sprouting Chests

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 21, 2010

China has fought with a ton of natural disasters this year, as well as a ton of man-made ones. For instance, they had some more tainted milk cases, for which they are still punishing poeple, and then they have babies sprouting chests, due to either milk or fertilizer. The question is what kind of people inhabit this place and govern them that these types of occurrences are so commonplace that they are hardly newsworthy. They need prayer….

“BEIJING – Chinese police have arrested six suspects and detained 41 others who allegedly participated in distributing melamine-contaminated milk after a national crackdown in 2008, food safety authorities said Friday.

The latest melamine-tainted milk powder was first discovered in northwest China’s Gansu Province, and police traced the source to the Dongyuan Dairy Factory in Minhe County of neighboring Qinghai Province.

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India Sells Out and Buys Chinese Telecom Products

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 21, 2010

How disappointig to see India bow down to the Chinese telecoms. India has been one of the few countires to play hardball with the Chinese but they have now burst my bubble by caving in.
They will buy equipment from Huawei, who is not too far removed from the government here and the man who started it actually was a member of the red army, so we know with whom his loyalties lie.
The issue was that the Indians said that the Chinese had ways or trapdoors in their equipment that could potentially compromise Indian security.. Knowing China, it makes sense, they trust no one, and actually had a little war with India less than 50 years ago. Too bad that India has made this choice!

chinadaily excerpt:
NEW DELHI – India has allowed two telecom companies to buy equipment from China’s Huawei and ZTE after the Chinese companies agreed to New Delhi’s tighter rules to address security concerns, sources said on Friday.

This year, India barred some local mobile phone operators from placing orders with Huawei and ZTE on security concerns.

A source with direct knowledge said Tata Teleservices, which had applied for government approval to buy telecom gear from Huawei and ZTE, received the go-ahead after the Chinese company accepted all the conditions set by India.

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Apocolypse Comes to China- This Year they Have a Record Number of Ecological Disasters

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 21, 2010

China has recorded more than 26,000 ecological disasters in this year so far. This number is outrageous and is ten times worse than they recorded last year. The problem is that htey are abusinng their country in a land grab that leaves the land and people most vulnerable. Actually this happened about 50 years ago during the ‘great leap forward’. This was an ill conceived plan to be world leaders in steel production, but it only lead to millions of Chinese dying as they could not feed themselves. It now appears that China is on a race to self destruction where the rich are sucking out all of the resources before escaping overseas with all of the cash and leaving a toxic land fill for the citizens.

“china daily excperpt”
China recorded more than 26,000 geological disasters in the first seven months of this year, nearly 10 times the number in the same period last year, Minister of Land and Resources Xu Shaoshi said Friday.

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