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Archive for March 3rd, 2011

Crooked Chinese and Guanxi

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 3, 2011


Guanxi today is nothing more than contacts, and below Stanley Lubman puts it into context.

“Guanxi: A Definition Guanxi has been defined as relating to “particularistic ties,” which are “based on ascribed or primordial traits such as kinship, native place, and ethnicity, and also on achieved characteristics such as attending the same school . . . serving together in the same military unit, having shared experiences, such as the Long March, and doing business together.” For another scholar, guanxi denotes ‘social connections,’ dyadic relationships that are based implicitly (rather than explicitly) on mutual interest and benefit. Once guanxi is established between two people, each can ask a favor of the other with the expectation that the debt incurred will be repaid sometime in the future. Emphasis on the importance of these informal relationships is deeply rooted in Chinese tradition. Commerce in imperial times was largely unregulated by formal law and was intensely relational, and people generally conducted business with counterparts they knew personally or with whom they came into contact through mutual acquaintances or relatives. Informal relations operated as a mechanism that substituted for the rules, procedures and enforcement mechanisms …”

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Angry Chinese and Pirating Websites

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 3, 2011


My Chinese friends are pissed as some of China’s most infamous websites no longer allow them to watch movies for free. Yeah, if you live in China you can buy pirated DVD’s for less than a buck or go to sites like xunlei and watch them for free. Yes this is quite illegal for the sites to do, but this is China. Anyway, my friends are upset as of late they have not been able to watch these pirated movies for free any longer. So then I came across the news, below, that one of the most prolific transgressors, xunlei, is going to file for an IPO in the land of milk and honey, thus they needed to clean up their act. I guess this is good news for someone, although I doubt it will put even the smallest dent in the amount of piracy in this place. On a positive note, however, it will give the SEC or security exchange commission more work, as we all know that 20% of all Chinese companies listed in the US stock exchange are under investigation for fraud……

excerpt from here:
“LONDON / NEW YORK – Shenzhen Xunlei Network Technology Ltd, the Chinese video and music file-sharing company partly owned by Google Inc, is planning to raise about $200 million in an initial public offering in the United States this year, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

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Uncle Chicom to Track Your Cell Calls, But it’s for Your Own Good..

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 3, 2011


Benevolent uncle chicom has decided to track our cell phone calls for us. The reasons for doing so are obvious, he just wants to help us avoid traffic jams…wtf…..Yeah, see the snippet below whereby the governing Chinese communist party has said it will use GPS tech to track our movements via our cell phones. They claim it is for our own good and will allow them to see where we are congregating and help promote the smooth flow of traffic. Maybe due to my lack of ‘Chinese logic’ I cannot see why they need to track us to ease traffic flow. Possessing 1 340 000 000 people, one would think they could marshall the services of a few hundred thousand of them and have them roam the highays and report such things as traffic jams, etc. But then again, if the cops actually did this, it would interfere with their time spent extracting cash from the locals in the form of hush money or bribes….

excerpt from here:

China said it may begin tracking cellphone users in Beijing through location technology it hopes will help city authorities better manage traffic. But the announcement also sparked fresh concerns that the government may be using mobile technology to surveil its residents.
n an announcement, made through Beijing’s Municipal People’s Government Web site, the Chinese government said it would track 17 million cellphone users in Beijing through location technology to “publish real-time dynamic information to ease congestion and improve the efficiency of public travel.”

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Wangfujing Street Today

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 3, 2011


Wangfujing is verboten for the press types when the locals are going a’protesting, but I am no pressie, so I gave her a stroll today. It seemed like on each corner there were cops as well as military types. I guess the chicoms dont want anyone to forget who is in charge…

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Oldie But Goodie- Most Courageous Man in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 3, 2011


I saw this guy flailing around last year in the Haidian District. The guy was attached to some twine and washing the windows. To me the guy has a lot of guts as first off he’s probably 40 or so and most assuredly has no medical care and on top of this, he is dangling from from a decrepit rope in the middle of China, to me that’s courageous.

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Question About Chinese Dissidents

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 3, 2011


I have an innocent question. The west right now has many Chinese students studying there. The reasons are as simple as they want a good education and their folks need them to take money overseas so they can plot their escapes- aka ‘naked politicians’. So here is my question, heaven forbid something happens here, but if it does, do these young one child burdens get a special status like ‘political refugees’ and are they able to stay in the USA? If so then isn’t this odd, as most of them who are studying there now, (with the exception of many of the smart ones, are either kids of party members or companies with ties thereto) are the kids of the people sewing the dissension in China and deserve to be sent back dont they? What typically happens in such cases?

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More Freedoms in China Being Withdrawn

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 3, 2011


Here is a good article that speaks to how the Chinese control the media and what they can report on.

from Reuters here:
“….some foreign reporters were harassed or beaten up by police over the weekend in Wangfujing, after an online message from abroad urged a pro-democracy gathering inspired by the “Jasmine Revolution” in the Arab world. Police smothered the designated area and no protest happened.The Foreign Ministry Tuesday blamed foreign media for the fracas for not following regulations and blocking a busy street without just cause.

Beijing likes to style Wangfujing as the city’s answer to Fifth Avenue in New York.

According to rules issued just before the Beijing Olympics, China allows foreign reporters to interview anyone as long as they have their permission.

But the government often interprets the rules to suit its needs. Tibet remains off limits apart from government-organized visits, and other sensitive areas have been “temporarily” closed”

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Chinaman Spanking His Son in the Streets

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 3, 2011


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from chinasmack.com

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Freedom of the Press in China- Not!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 3, 2011


The Chinese are kicking foreigners asses or excercising their police rights, as they like to call them. What they have done, is forbid the foreign press from filming and or reporting about any protests within China. They have ‘allegedly’ threatened reporters with ‘potential visa issues’, ie potential expulsion or non renewal of their visas, for disobediance of these directives. The following report reminds of of he reality of China today.

Excerpt from this site:

“The meetings with police were held in the offices of the Border Entry and Exit Administration. To the uninitiated that means the office, run by the police, which is responsible for approving visas for foreign journalists to work in China. Afterwards some journalists have reported being told they may have problems with their visa renewals if they try to cover the calls for a new protest this coming Sunday. The police didn’t say that to us. But at the BBC we did receive a call two days ago, from a staff member at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which she said “it would be better not to report” this Sunday.

Today the police set up a video camera and filmed as they reminded us that we need to follow China’s reporting rules.We were also told that we need special, advance permission to film interviews in several public places in Beijing, including Wangfujing, mentioned in the unsigned internet messages as the site for the Jasmine protests.

None of this however is a laughing matter. One journalist, from Bloomberg News, was lucky he wasn’t seriously injured on Sunday. He was set upon by men with sticks, beaten and kicked in the face…The assault lasted more than 10 minutes and he was dragged into a building so the thugs could continue to assault him out of view.. ….The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu’s briefing on Tuesday lasted 90 minutes. She did not, as far as I am aware, condemn the attacks on journalists even once, despite having many opportunities to do so.Instead she seemed to suggest the reporters themselves were responsible, asking: “Why do some journalists always run into trouble? I find it strange. The journalists should really respect the laws and regulations.”

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WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT!-Chinese Woman Run Over By 5 Cars, No One Stops to Help

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 3, 2011


Click here to see a video of  a Chinese woman who was run over by no less than 5 vehicles and no one stopped to help her. The woman was on a bike and got knocked to the ground and then was repeatedly run over. At one point a few people stopped and when they saw what had happened, they drove off. No one helped the poor woman.

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