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Archive for September 18th, 2010

China’s Increasing Consumption of Oil Adds to Tension in the Area

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 18, 2010

Although China wont admit it, they are now the worlds biggest consumer of oil and in order to maintain growth, they must find new sources of oil or risk stagnating. The problem is that many of the key oil producing countries already have their buddies (Ie. USA etc) and because oil is a finite resource, China has to find more, a lot more.
So China is supposedly drilling in the Chunxiao oil and gas field, which Japan also lays claim to. The problem is that China and Japan go together like oil and water and now with China overtaking them economically, Japans pride has to be severely bruised. Thus there could be a showdown. First the Japanese captured and jailed a Chinese ‘fishing boat captain’ and then a Panda who was living in Japan mysteriously died… What will be next?

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Chinese Steal Our Designs But not Our Words- Unintelligible Signs in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 18, 2010

This a funny picture from a few different points of view. Firstly this sign is for companies that are selling pirated goods which is, as we know, illegal, but then again it is China so…
The second issue is the horrendous English utilized in the sign. It is unintelligible and laughable to any foreigner or anyone with a modicum of English prowess.
I have seen this more than once and actually my good friends will show me prodcuts that purport to be foreign made, and after a quick once-over of the labeling and usage of English, it is easy to distinguish that the product is really just a Chinese company trying to seperate itself from the rest by using English words. This notion of using English, no matter how horrible to offer cachet to Chinese products is quite common. I never knew this and after laughing at signs like the one shown below, I asked a friend why they would actually go put forth the effort to print such unintelligible rubbish. My Chinese friend smiled, (actually two different people have told me the same thing), they said that what the words say in English do not really matter as the majority of the people are ignorant of what is good and what is bad English, thus by virtue of using English, no matter how horrible, the producer actually raises the perceived quality of their goods. Hmmm I wonder if that is true…

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Travelling Vendor in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 18, 2010

You see these guys all over China. They pack bikes with shoes, boxes food etc. and make their deliveries…

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Beijing Traffic

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Star Fucks Coffee in China!—Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 18, 2010

This is my kind of coffee shop….

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Paper Urine Pants in China???

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 18, 2010

Ummm, maybe they should hire translators…


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Chinese Day Care- Chaining Babies to a Post

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 18, 2010

From the chinadaily.
Apparently this is how the Chinese think of a day care…this guy chained up two young children while he was away. Earlier I had blogged about a man chaining his little boy to a pole so he wouldn’t run away. This place is odd, at times very modern and at times medievil and tribal.
“Beijing – Police have detained a man in East China’s Jiangxi province for abusing four adopted daughters and chaining two of them up for nearly a week in an empty building. The 38-year-old father, identified only by his surname Yang, was detained on suspicions of child abuse, the Nanchang-based New Legal Report said on Friday.

The two 4-year-old girls, nicknamed Baobao and Beibei, were found by a security guard on Tuesday in ragged clothes and covered with mosquito bites, the report said.

Man behind bars for chaining up daughters
Above: Two girls are locked up by iron chains in a room in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province on Sept 14. Below: The two girls are dressed in clean clothes after they were rescued by local police on Sept 14. [Gu Weidong / for China Daily]

They were each shackled at the wrist by a 1.5-m chain attached to a water pipe in a bare room in the building, it added.

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Japan China Report Incident- Who is Right?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 18, 2010

Here is a great article from japanprobe about the differences in how the Chinese and Japanese each interpreted the latest boat incident in disputed waters…

collision as shown by Asahi TV A few days back, I posted about how a Chinese trawler had been seized by Japanese authorities after ramming two Japanese patrol vessels near the Senkaku Islands. That post contained the above image, which was created by the graphic department at TV Asahi News. It shows the Chinese trawler colliding with the side of the Japanese patrol ships.

I noticed that at least a couple Chinese media outlets are using graphics that report a very different kind of collision:

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