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Archive for January 17th, 2011

Shocker Alert- Chinese Buildings Are Sh%t!

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Christians in China Detained

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 17, 2011

Here is the story of Christians in China being detained and not allowed to join a global evangelical gahtering. But don’t worry, they are just Chinese. Keep supporting big business that exploits the locals, after all, what is human dignity if we cant make our weekly run to the dollar store.

A massive global evangelical gathering known as the Lausanne Congress will begin Oct. 16 in Cape Town, South Africa. But it looks likely to take place without the participation of more than 230 Chinese delegates.

So far, at least 11 people planning to attend have been forbidden to leave China, and many others have come under pressure. Many fear Beijing is moving to exert control over underground Christians.

Chinese Christian church elder Abraham Liu Guan Lei Yang for NPR

Church elder Abraham Liu Guan was turned back at Beijing airport customs and blocked from attending a global evangelical gathering in Cape Town, South Africa.

Christianity in China is flourishing, with tens of millions of Christians openly worshiping. Many gather in private assemblies, or house churches, rather than in the official government church, known as the Three-Self Patriotic Movement. The authorities have largely turned a blind eye in the past.

But when a grouping of house churches decided to send some 200 delegates to attend the Lausanne Congress, the government stepped in.

Abraham Liu Guan is a church elder who tried to leave Sunday for the meeting with six others. Authorities warned him not to meet NPR, but in a phone interview he explained what happened at Beijing airport customs. “The border defense people said they’d received a notice from the State Administration for Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security. It said our participation in this meeting threatened state security, and they should not let us pass customs,” Guan said.

Repercussions Felt Already

Some of those who have been turned back have had their passports confiscated. One delegate has been placed in detention. Several others have been prevented from leaving their homes.

For months, across China, officials have been warning almost all the pastors invited not to attend, telling them the meeting was anti-China. For some, there have already been consequences.

I think Lausanne could play a positive role for Chinese Christians. For a short time, there might be pressure or there might be a price to pay. But that will pass quickly.

– Ezra Jin, pastor at Zion Church in Beijing

The Rev. Xing Jingfu from Changsha, in Hunan, said authorities stopped his church from meeting and from preaching. He said they openly said it was because of the Lausanne Congress. If we meet again, they’ll arrest us, he said.


Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ma Zhaoxu, issued a statement to NPR. It accuses the Lausanne organizers of not issuing an official invitation to China’s state-controlled church and of having secret communications with Christians from private assemblies.


act has openly challenged China’s principle of an independent, autonomous, self-governing church. It is a flagrant interference in China’s religious affairs,” the statement said

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Forced Abortion of 8 Month Old Fetus in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 17, 2011

Here is a hideous example of what China is capable of. A woman was forced to abort an 8month old fetus as she already had a child and violated the one-child policy. Chairman Mao’s grandson has more than one child and no abortion was forced upon his wife..

From Here

BEIJING, China – A pregnant woman in south China was detained, beaten and forced to have an abortion just a month before her due date because the baby would have violated the country’s one-child limit, her husband said Thursday.

Construction worker Luo Yanquan said his wife was taken kicking and screaming from their home by more than a dozen people on Oct. 10 and detained in a clinic for three days by family planning officials, then taken to a hospital and injected with a drug that killed her baby.

Family planning officials told the couple they weren’t allowed to have the child because they already have a 9-year-old daughter, Luo said.

For the last 30 years, China has limited most urban couples to just one child in a bid to curb population growth and conserve its limited resources. China has the world’s largest population, with more than 1.3 billion people. Couples that flout the rules face hefty fines, seizure of their property and loss of their jobs.

The case is an extreme example of the coercive measures Chinese officials sometimes use to comply with the strict family planning regulations. Though illegal, police and judicial authorities often look the other way when forced abortion cases are reported and the heavily censored state media shy away from such news.

But in recent years, victims have begun to speak out about their ordeals with the help of the Internet and text messaging. Aiding them are social campaigners and lawyers who have documented cases of forced late-term abortions. Similar abuses have been reported in Hebei and Shandong provinces and in the Guangxi region.

An official with the Siming district family planning commission, which oversees Luo’s neighbourhood, confirmed there was a record of Luo’s wife, Xiao Aiying, undergoing an abortion recently but said the procedure was voluntary and that she was about six months instead of eight months pregnant at the time. Like many Chinese bureaucrats, he refused to give his name.

China bans forced abortions, but doesn’t prohibit or clearly define late-term abortion.

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China’s Communist Party and Chinese Companies

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The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (Richard Mcgregor)

On the desks of the heads of China’s fifty-odd biggest state companies, amid the clutter of computers, family photos and other fixtures of the modern CEO’s office life, sits a red phone. The executives and their staff who jump to attention when it rings know it as ‘the red machine’, perhaps because to call it a mere phone does not do it justice. ‘When the “red machine” rings,’ a senior executive of a state bank told me, ‘you had better make sure you answer it.’ The ‘red machine’ is like no ordinary phone. Each one has just a four-digit number. It connects only to similar phones with four-digit numbers within the same encrypted system. They are much coveted nonetheless. For the chairmen and women of the top state companies, who have every modern communications device at their fingertips, the ‘red machine’ is a sign they have arrived, not just at the top of the company, but in the senior ranks of the Party and the government. The phones are the ultimate status symbol, as they are only given out to people in jobs with the …”

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230 000 000 Chinese Will Take the Train in a Few Weeks

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from the chinadaily

“BEIJING – The volume of China’s railway passengers during the coming Spring Festival peak period is expected to hit a new high of 230 million, an increase of 12.5 percent over last year’s figures, officials said on Saturday morning.

230 million expected to go home by train
Passengers queue to buy tickets at a temporary ticket agency in Ningbo, East China’s Zhejiang province, Jan 15, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

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Rule of Law and Communism

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Lubman goes on to state the it is actually the CCP that will not allow the rule of law to exist in China, “The CCP has not tolerated any threat to its control over the power of the state apparatus, and the legal reform has succeeded only to the extent that the CCP has relinquished, or more commonly, modulated and redirected its power.1

1Lubman as quoted in , Larry Catá Backer, id.

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Three Chinese Men Accused of Setting Off Bomb in Local Tax Office

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Three Chinese guys supposedly put a bomb in a local tax office in Changsha China. The guys are around 50 years old. Why is it that Chinese men from 45 to 55 like to hurt people? Was it the cultural revolution or are they just crazy?

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China’s Air Pollution is the Worst in the World

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China, the world’s fastest growing economy, has earned another startling superlative: the highest annual incidence of premature deaths triggered by air pollution in the world, according to a new study.

A World Health Organization (WHO) report estimates that diseases triggered by indoor and outdoor air pollution kill 656,000 Chinese citizens each year, and polluted drinking water kills another 95,600. (Related: “China’s Pollution Leaving Mountains High and Dry, Study Finds” [March 8,

Picture of people walking in Beijing pollution

“Air pollution is estimated to cause approximately two million premature deaths worldwide per year,” said Michal Krzyzanowski, an air quality adviser at the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Krzyzanowski worked with WHO to look at costs and casualties of pollution across the globe. He helped the group develop new air quality guidelines that set out global goals to reduce deaths from pollution.

Deadly Air

Damaging air pollutants include sulfur dioxide, particulate matter—a mixture of extremely small particles and water droplets—ozone, and nitrogen dioxide. China accounts for roughly one-third of the global total for these pollutants, according to Krzyzanowski. (See a map of China.)

In neighboring India, air pollution is believed to cause 527,700 fatalities a year. In the United States, premature deaths from toxic air pollutants are estimated at 41,200 annually.

The combustion of fossil fuels—whether to power China’s many automobiles, its burgeoning factories, or its expanding megacities—is a primary source of outdoor air pollutants.

The burning of coal or charcoal to heat homes, common throughout China, also produces a range of indoor air pollutants. (Related: “China’s Boom Is Bust for Global Environment, Study Warns” [May 16, 2005].)

Air pollution can trigger or worsen a wide spectrum of respiratory and cardiovascular ailments.

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Promotions in China, Moving up the Food Chain.

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 17, 2011

I’m getting a new job in China. Most people to hear such news would be rather pleased, maybe tell their folks and friends. As for me I wont tell a soul, well, except for you guys.

Usually a new job means increased responsibility, more work and more rewards, but I live in China. To me it means nothing more than the fact that its now incumbent upon me to attend more meetings. This is a fate worse then a pencil lead stabbed into one’s eye ball as you must sit, listenting to more elderly chinese ‘experts’ grunt and groan as they talk about their nephew tai phu who now lives in America. To this i must pleasantly smile as if I give a shit and nod my head sagely. At the end of the day, their little burden of a family member is the least of my worries. I still as of yet have found a consistent source of Reeses Peanut Butter cups.

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Tajikistan Gives 1000Sq Meters to China- WTF

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