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China Changes Her History to Suit Her Needs- Credibility Crisis in Chinese Reporting

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 22, 2010


Today the China daily reported a story about the number of natural disasters occurring in China. Yesterday they said the figure this year was around 26,000 this year, which, according to them yesterday was a four-fold increase over last year. See below, … then below this see my blog post yesterday. I remember posting yesterday and hearing different figure, thus I did a little checkaroo and sure enough, the Chinese had managed to change their history. For, if you look below, you will see that yesterday that same figure of 26,000 natural disasters was actually a ten-fold increase from last year, according to the same newspaper.The thing is that many Chinese became alarmed when they read these stats and started to blame the government and industry for deforestation and raping the land. Thus, the paper was probably ‘coaxed’ to come forth with new information.

Actually I am not surprised, before I did this blog, I thought I had seen them do things like this, but had no real hard evidence, now I found it to be true. My feelings about China are the same, but it merely shows that they have no credibility.

Today’s report from chinadaily

Rescuers search for survivors after mudslides leveled a remote village of Puladi township in Gongshan, Yunnan province, early on Friday. The disaster left at least 12 people dead as well as 80 others missing and 40 injured. [Lin Yiguang / Xinhua] Country hit by tenfold increase; extreme weather ‘partly to blame’

BEIJING – The country recorded more than 26,000 geological disasters in the first seven months of this year, nearly 4 times the number in the same period last year, Minister of Land and Resources Xu Shaoshi said on Friday.

And just yesterday the chinadaily had this to say. Hmmm how does the number of natural disasters change from a ten percent increase to four percent overnight? I guess that is just how the chicoms roll, they change history. Maybe that is why they like to control the internet, so that they cannot be caught manipulating information like this.

excerpt from yesterday

“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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