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Archive for March 2nd, 2011

Chinese Not Satisfied with Their Education

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 2, 2011


The chinadialy said that China’s satisfaction with their education has dropped 3% in a recent poll. I just wonder what their expectations are. Firstly, do to the nature of China, you have ill-prepared students who due to the guanxi of their parents are sent off to schools that cost much more than many of the others but also do to the nature of Chinese education, offer similar instruction, wiht the exception of English classes perhaps. I guess when you are forced to pay over U$35,000 in ‘hong baos’ or bribes to send your kid to a ‘top’ grade school, you expect some kind of payback.

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Odd Chinese Vehicle Pic

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Chinese Mountain

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I think that is part of the great wall of China up on top of that hill…

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The Truth About Business in China

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From Stanley Lubman
“Although according to national law the foreign investment in CJVs and EJVs must be at least 25% of the total invested capital, local governments have been willing to bypass or alter the rule in order to attract investors; at the same time, the rules that set a floor for minimum investment amounts have sometimes been disregarded with Beijing being none the wiser. D. Secret Side Agreements Another tactic for avoiding the impact of established policy has been an agreement by investors and investment authorities that an applicable policy would not be enforced at all. In one case, a foreign investor established a particular type of joint venture that was required by policy at the time to export a minimum percentage of its annual production. After negotiations, the local investment authorities proposed that despite the export quota stated in the project documentation, they should also enter into a secret side agreement. The agreement would have stated the foreigner’s export-related obligation as only being “responsible for assisting the joint venture with the sale of its products,” and would also have specified that the agreement would override any inconsistent contract provisions. This is only an example of the many types of violation of higher-level law and policy that local governments have been known to foster because of their desire to attract foreign investment.”

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What’s Up With the ‘Net in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 2, 2011


Is it just me or is the ‘net much slower since all the problems in the middle east? My work ‘net seems to be almost the same, but at home I can rarely if ever access the sites I used to. In addition, many of my favs are either blocked or ‘time out’. Has anyone else experienced this?

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China and Illiteracy

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 2, 2011


from the chinadaily.com
“Although China has maintained strong progress toward universal adult literacy, its illiterate population is still one of the biggest in the world,” Tang Qian, assistant director-general for the education sector under the UNESCO, told China Daily during a forum in Beijing on Tuesday.”

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Smudge Art in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 2, 2011


Just kidding, the painting is pretty cool.

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Doing Business in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 2, 2011


from Stanley Lubman
“….Research in response to the Italian inquiry disclosed that, in addition to 10-15 retail joint ventures that the State Council had authorized by the time the Italian client had expressed interest, localities such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Wuhan had also permitted establishment of such joint ventures without obtaining the necessary approvals from the central government. Further inquiry indicated that local governments’ evasions of national law and policy had already led to the establishment of hundreds of Sino-foreign retail activities, far exceeding the number permitted by law. Among the devices that we knew of were the following: • A contract with a Chinese foreign trade corporation under which the corporation imported the goods and resold them, sharing the profits with the foreigner; • An agreement that a hotel would sell the foreign products; • A production joint venture that would violate limits on the percentage of products that could be sold on the domestic market; • The lease of a counter in a department store; and • An agreement with a Hong Kong trading company to engage in the above transactions on behalf of the foreigner.”

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Chinese Taking Wedding Photos

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These people are taking their wedding pictures under the Beijing sky….

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Is it Just Me…- Perverted Chinese Architecture

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 2, 2011


Does this photo need an explanation?

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