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Archive for September 23rd, 2010

Chinese Going to Work

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 23, 2010


This is a typical scene whereby these Chinese are going to work but first stopping for a little breakfast.

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Market in The CBD Area of Beijing

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Shanghai China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 23, 2010


Some buildings in China. This is Shanghai, about three minutes from xin tian di. The area is great, quaint, all of the local coolies hanging out and drying their clothes on the street lights and such.

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China’s Hissy Fight with Japan Shows China’s Immaturity on a National Level

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 23, 2010


In the latest spat or hissy fight between China and Japan, China has detained 4 Japanese for supposedly ‘taking unauthorized photos’. To me the whole thing, the spat I mean, shows China’s immaturity and problems in handling herself on the 21st century and modern geopolitics. China is being silent about what the Japanese were allegedly doing, but it would seem that the timing is nothing more than a provocation or a tit for tat, to be used as a bargaining chip for the Chinese pilot who is still being held by the Japanese. The real question is that China is showing her true colors and inability to deal with modern day negotiations and world affairs. The incident with Australia earlier and the coral reef, and then the incident in the copper industry show that China is behaving like a spoiled little one-child policy kid who wants the shiny new toy and will hold his breath till he gets it…

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BEIJING (AFP) – Four Japanese were being questioned for entering a military zone in north China without authorisation and illegally videotaping military targets, Chinese state media reported on Thursday.State security authorities in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province, had taken measures against the four after receiving a report about their illegal activities, Xinhua news agency said.

“Currently, the case is being investigated,” the security authorities in Shijiazhuang said in a statement quoted by Xinhua.No further details were given in the brief report.

Quoting an unnamed source, Japanese news agency Kyodo said the four people being questioned were in the “construction industry”.

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Escaping in Shanghai- Xin Tian Di

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 23, 2010


This is Xin Tian Di- pronounced Shin Ten Dee. The place is pretty posh, good food and pricey. Its a place for the Chinese to go and pretend they are no longer in China, as it has a European feel, or at least the buildings do. The funny thing is that it is crawling with locals who get in the way and take pictures all over the place which definitely gives it an un-European feel.

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Chinese Morals

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 23, 2010


Read this excerpt, understand it and then and only then can you even begin to scratch the surface of understanding China.
““In the 1980s, there were many incidents of fake products including drugs being sold to consumers which occasionally caused serious injury. Entire villages were apparently involved in making fake products for sale. One reporter, when interviewing an official in one of those village asked: “Do you know that what you did was illegal and immoral?” Pointing to the rows of new farmers’ houses being built behind him, the official replied: “I think, that the most moral thing in the world is to allow my poverty stricken hometown get rich.1

1Wu, Xiaobo, Ji Dang Sanshi Nian [Thirty Years of Turbulence] p. 149 n.1 (Vol. 1, China Citic Press 2008).

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China Fact-An Ancient Parable on Keeping the Chinese Docile

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 23, 2010


Tao TE Ching proclaimed, “The best way to control is through minimal interference and by keeping the people simple, without knowledge and without desires. . . . “

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China is Communist America is Democratic

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 23, 2010


China is communist but has no: food stamps, HUD housing, shelters for the homeless
America is democratice but has : Food Stamps, Shelters for the Homeless, and HUD homes..

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Incredible China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 23, 2010


Living in China is increcible from many points of view. Incredible as in its like living in a dysfunctional family. The reason is that dysfunctional families like or tolerate lies and half truths, they love to cover things up, are not very straight forward. For instance, I as a foreigner must register with the local Police Bureau upon arrival. Not only that, but also procedurally I must notify them of my comings and goings, ie if I leave the city. This is to ensure harmony, presumably. But then the amount of bribery and corruption that occur do immensely more to cause disunity then any non registering foreigner could, but this is China and foreign things and ideas are bad or scary- just like a dysfunctional home. Thus, just like a dysfunctional home, China says one thing and does another and loses all credibility in the process.
China is also wonderful or incredible for all of the good it has done throughout the ages. I may come off a little snarky in some posts, but at one time China was probably at the top of the food chain and they deserve credit for that. They also know how to handle their citizens, you gotta give the Communists that much. Just like the Russians before them, they herded together a shit load of warring tribes and whipped them into one large brain washed mass that operates as a fully functioning State. Yes China is incredible.

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Historical Notions of Justice and Obediance in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 23, 2010


When you deal with the Chinese, this is what you are dealing with, this is how they believe…

While Yuan also encouraged parents and older brothers to handle their power responsibly, he insisted that children and younger brothers should accept even unjust demands: “if a senior’s words or actions are unmistakably remiss, all that the junior may do is voice some suggestions in a tactful way. If the senior compounds his mistakes by offering twisted excuses, the junior should listen even more submissively and not argue with him1.” Similarly, the great Song thinker Sima Guang, in his Jia Fan (Family Rules), argued that, even in “cases where the deference and submission of the junior was not matched by fairness and kindness from the senior,” there should be “greater submission to the point of extreme self-abnegation,” for “in these cases one had a special opportunity to display one’s filial piety or fraternal submission2.3”

1ADRIAN DAVIS , Fraternity and Fratricide in Late Imperial China , http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/ahr/105.5/ah001630.html#FOOT3

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