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Archive for December 3rd, 2010

Chinese Communist Party Leaders-Corruption at the Local Level

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 3, 2010

In Hebei province a little while ago, a leader at one of the lower levels of a smaller city died. Maybe its a pity, maybe its not, but when he died the man left about 30 000 000 U$D in the bank. The man’s annual salary was about U$50,000….
What this means is that a man who has a rank equivalent to the mayor of a town like Clute Texas was able to siphon of at least U$1 000 000 per year for the past 30 years! The level of corruption in this place is truly frightening or at least kicks the legs from the credibility of anything you see here.

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Corruption in China- Paying for School

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 3, 2010

Corruption in China is endemic and beyond belief, it literally pervades EVERY aspect of one’s life. I saw some rankings recently where China was listed and reported to be as bad as Brazil and Mexico, I have lived in both places and imho China is much worse than either.
When you come you will see that almost each thing you do in a day has been tainted by corruption. Maybe i’ll expound on this later, but let me give you a basic example.

I have a good friend whose husband works for a Chicom (state owned enterprise), he is a communist and they live in Beijing and have a kid. For Chinese it is important to send their kids to the best schools, even when the kid is in grade school. If he gets into a good grade school, then he gets into a better high school and then hopefully better college, so they feel thy need to get the little rug rat into the best school possible.
In order to get into the school, the kid must pass a test- this is reasonable as it should be expected. But, after the kids passes a test, the parnets MUST pay a bribe, or an indirect fee of 200,000 RMB (US33,000) for the kid to enter the school. This is not a matriculation fee, nor does it cover the student’s expenses, it is nothing more than money given directly to the headmaster so that they will accept their kid. The fee is illegal, but everyone must pay it. So, in China, if you have a kid and want them to go to the best grade school in Beijing, be prepared to pay a hong bao (red envelope- bribe) of that much just to enter grade school.
Foreigners dont have to worry, you are special , you kids can go to school where you want, and you will pay no bribes.

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China to Have 100 Million People with Disabilities

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 3, 2010

Read it below. China is supposed to have 100 000 000 people with disabilities by 2015. To put this into perspective, thats like one-third the population of the US or almost the entrie population of Mexico, or Germany plus Australia, or the Netherlands, plus Chile, plus Thailand…
The sad part is that they are treated like a cancer on the skin of the Chinese society. Many here believe that the higher than average incidence of male impotence, mental health problems, and disabilities, may come from millenia of in-breeding. The Chinese were closed off for so long that it has become one little colony of Chinese- according to some experts. A friend of mine, named ‘Dragon’- no lie. Went to s symposium here where the people were talking about importing western women, just to add some vitality to the breeding stock of the locals. I am not kidding about this.

” BEIJING – The number of people with disabilities in China could exceed 100 million by the end of 2015, predicted a researcher here on Wednesday.”

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Quaint China- Shanghai Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 3, 2010

While uploading shots for my other site, I came across this one. The reasons that I am commenting on it is that to me it exemplifies what China is about. This shot is of a back street in Shanghai and is not too filthy nor too clean. But in China, where face is so important, they would never take you to this street, nor the millions of streets in far worse condition. To them, they need to feel respect, at any cost, so they will only take you to the glitziest places where you can feel at home and drink your latte’s. Sadly, most foreigners who come here are dumb enough to do just that. They take the idiotic tours with the idiotic tour guides and in the end leave, having never really visited China. My suggestion is to just read this blog or any other for that matter. Save yourself the airfare.

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Angry Uncle Chicom

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 3, 2010

The Chinese are upset about the US and Japan getting together for a little military drilling in the area. With tension high in the Korean peninsula, its probably just uncle sam keeping his troops close, just in case. The Chinese are angry because it makes them seem gutless to their people. They often talk tough about controlling the region, but seem impotent in terms of doing anything.
“TOKYO – Japan and the United States launched their biggest ever joint military exercise Friday amid tensions on the Korean peninsula, the Japanese defence ministry said.

The “Keen Sword” drills, which mark the 50th anniversary of the Japanese-US alliance, will continue until December 10, officials said.

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