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Archive for February 27th, 2011

China’s Latest Disappointment

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 27, 2011


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Women to Work Longer in China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 27, 2011


In China, the retirement age is usually 60 for men and 50 to 55 for women, depending on who you ask. Lately, however, there is discussion about raising the retirment age of women. At first China denied such claims, but todays Chinadaily seem to corroborate it.

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Scary China- Increasing “Police Actions” in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 27, 2011


Excerpt from here:

“Making lawyers disappear and subjecting dissidents to constant harassment makes it hard to take seriously the government’s claims that it is devoted to rule of law,” said Jerome A. Cohen, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and an expert on Chinese law.

In recent decades, even as it tentatively embraced Western-style legal reforms, the Communist Party never completely shed its reliance on extralegal tactics to rein in critics. Former political prisoners could expect tightened confinement during important state occasions, and practitioners of Fa;;lu.n Go;;;;ng, the banned spiritual movement, were regularly sent to labor camps if they refused to renounce their faith. Over the years, human rights advocates say that scores have died in detention.

But during the last five years, legal scholars say the country’s powerful security apparatus has leveraged events like the Olympics and a spike in social unrest to institute more sweeping measures and fatten policing budgets.

“The police are progressively trying new techniques, and it seems that Beijing is ready to go along,” said Nicholas Bequelin, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch in Hong Kong. “We used to worry about people getting arrested and losing their jobs. Now we have to worry about them losing their lives.”

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A Look at “Hose Arrests” in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 27, 2011


Here is a snippet on how ‘house arrest’ works in China.

excerpt from here:
“Euphemistically known as “ruanjin,” or soft detention, Mr. Chen’s house arrest is an increasingly common tactic employed by the Chinese authorities as they seek to extend their control over lawyers, democracy activists and underground church leaders who refuse to bend to their will, human rights advocates say. Though Chinese authorities deny the existence of such measures, Communist Party security officials appear to be expanding the use of extended home confinement, abductions and in some cases assault or torture against a broadening array of perceived enemies, according to rights advocates and legal experts. One group, Chinese Human Rights Defenders, logged more than 3,500 cases of arbitrary detention last year, a category that includes people held in so-called black jails — extrajudicial holding pens — or in psychiatric hospitals.

The campaign of extrajudicial intimidation seems to have taken an especially heavy toll on political prisoners who had previously been released, among them Zheng Enchong, a lawyer in Shanghai who has spent the last four years virtually confined to his 14th-floor apartment, and Gao Zhisheng, a once fearless defender of dispossessed peasants who has been abducted several times and is presumed to be in the custody of state security personnel. Before he disappeared again last year, Mr. Gao told The Associated Press that he had been repeatedly brutalized during 14 months in captivity.”

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China and Inflation and Change

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 27, 2011


You hear a lot about the inflation rate in China and how if the chicoms dont take care of it, there is a potential for change….
I really don’t know how tight of a grip they have on things here, to me it feels eerily similar to places I have been in the past where the term ‘change’ was not met with as much fanfare as it was when BO uttered the phrase. The problem, it is said, is inflation and hungry people with no money is a scary prospect, it is a recipe for dissension.
This makes sense to me as it would appear that the communists have always flirted with disaster. They opened up in ’78 and then got very nervous in ’89 and shut down with a vengeance. The action taken in that year let the common man know just where they stood in the eyes of the communist party and what they party would do to keep its power.
Then, the Olympics came to China, and around the early 2000’s there was money for all. As the rest of the world was struggling, in the later 07, 08, China was buoyed by the cash from foreign banks and construction projects and all was relatively ok.
The problem was that at that time, although the greed of the party was crazy bad, it was tolerable because Charlie Chinese had enough rice to eat and wasn’t getting his teeth kicked in as often as he had in the previous ten years and Chinese, being Chinese love cash , so most of them tolerated the obnoxious behaviors of the governing body and filled their gullets with rice as they had never done before.
Nowadays, however, with the economy not gliding along effortlessly as it once did, charlie chinaman is pissed. He is thinking, ‘hey wait a minute I cant even buy a house in bejing nor shanghai and supposedly we are communist and the land belongs to the people and i am a person but they took my land then built a house upon it and here i am with a cell phone from 2002 and a hot of rancid rice and my kid is crying due to the blood in his urine and then i am told that we are a peaceful and harmonious society and yet when i try to petition , my lawful right as a citizen, i can be thrown in a black jail and held indefinitely and yet i hear we are the second largest economy yet i sleep on a straw mat in a cave and have no health care’. Then the guy looks at his weekly expenditures in fruits and veggies and sees that he has lost about 15% of his purchase power and housing has gone up 30-40% and yet the chicoms tell him that the inflation rate is 4% and he shakes his head. But being Chinese he is lucky enought to get a passport let alone a visa and can never dream of traveling.
one of the biggest things you hear chinese complaining about is how prices in civilization (anywhere but china) are much lower than here. For instance, luxury items and clothes in the US are much cheaper than you would find in China. so the typical Chinese thinks, ‘hey this sucks. it was ok to live in China when 400 rmb or 60U$ was a ton of cash, but today, i have to pay 3000rmb U$400 per month to live in a flea bag of a place in Beijing (this is the average rent here) in a place that although 4 years old has leaky walls and toilets that stink of piss and fear that any day it may fall down due to its crappy construction. On top of that I live in a place where due to the nature of the chinese businesses, cancer is the leading cause of death and i have no rights, I cannot blog as I wish cannot say what I wish and the guys who potentially can help me, lawyers are disappearing like the farmland in china. So wtf good is this place?”
I as a foreigner shake my head in agreement. It is a great plan ‘B;’ for us foreigners. If and when we wish, we take off and return to lands where the milk is a fortifying agent for your body and you can breathe the air. But when one has to pay western prices to live in a dungeon, one has to reconsider one’s reasons for being here….

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Excellent Comment I found Online about China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 27, 2011


China is extremely wasteful in all they do. Alhtough miserly with their money, they are quite foolish in terms of the big picture. They build shoddy buidlings with no insulation thus wasting construction materials as well as oil. in addition, they build then tear down new buildings as if it were a video game, to them they just want their numbers so they look good (GDP).

here is a comment I read about China and its GDP
“Bill Rich says: February 23, 2011 at 3:45 am
Chinese GDP measures how wasteful China is, not how productive. All empty apartments, shopping malls, office towers, whole townful of buildings are all part of GDP. The roads with no cars, the trains with no passagers (and the expenses of running these empty trains) are part of GDP. The 10 year old high rise torn down so that another one can be built in the same location, and will remain equally empty, is GDP too, twice, once for tearing down the old one, and another for building the new one. Robbing farmers of their land, and build empty factories on it is another way to create GDP – the supposedly inflated land price and the new empty factory building.

There are so many ways to create this GDP thing. As long as the government don’t mind robbing the people, and waste the proceed , this GDP can grow and grow forever.”

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China and the Reality of Her GDP

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 27, 2011


Excellent post from here:
“Like I said earlier, GDP even counts money that is leaving the country, GNI (Gross National income) however does not. When we look at China’s GNI spread out over it’s 1.3 billion people, China ranks 109th (just behind Tunisia). A better measure of development, that looks at more than just money, is the HDI (Human Development Index). This measure balances life expectancy, years of education, and average income. According to the United Nations, China ranks 89th by HDI, again just behind Tunisia.

China is improving at an impressive rate on this scale, but by this measure is a full 30 years behind the US.

I hope this makes it clear as to why China still claims to be a developing country, because by most measures, it is.”

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Angry Chinese, Destructive Chinese

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 27, 2011


Here are photos of what the Chinese do to ‘illegal or black’ taxis. They supposedly round up the vehicles and then destroy them or allow the legal taxis to do so. This is a pretty good indicator of China and her justice system. They allow an ‘eye for an eye’ type of punishment, unless of course its a party member who is the transgressor.

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China Fact – Tons of Chinese Online

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 27, 2011


China has 440 million internet users now. The sad thing is that due to the great firewall, all they can access is state sponsored garbage and western knockoffs of youtube and such.

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China’s Lack of Law a Problem for Business

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 27, 2011


Quot from Stanley Lubman
” A newspaper report in April 1997 on a survey by the European Commission of 200 European companies active in China stated that “incomprehensible or unpredictable rules and legislation remain the principal obstacle to investment in China,” and 65 percent of the companies complained that “a lack of transparency in rules and laws was seriously hindering their investments in China.” European Companies Complain of ‘Incomprehensible Regulations,’ S. CHINA MORNING POST, April 25, 1997. ”

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