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Archive for April 9th, 2011

Traffic at Night in Beijing

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Ancient Man, Ancient Broom in China

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That twig the old man is carrying is what the Chinese frequently use to sweep the streets here in Beijing.

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NIght Pic by Tiananman

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China, the WTO and Laws

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Here is a blurb from this paper. The author is discussing the issue that as part of her ability to join the WTO, China gave foreigners the ablity to comment on commercial regulations before they became effective. This is not surprising insofar as foreigners played a great role in ‘assisting’ the Chinese with her legal system which was overhauled in 1982. Like the Beijing skyline, the legal system has all the hallmarks of foreign influence. The problem is that those countries from whom China borrowed the beautiful verbiage in her laws, have a functining legal system. This is pretty typical of China, to posses a thing that on its face looks similar to a foreign good, but in reality is worlds apart.

From here

China’s WTO accession agreement also requires that the public, including foreign companies, be given an opportunity to comment on commercial regulations before they become effective (but unfortunately not before they are promulgated). The NPC has also been soliciting public comment on major laws,
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Bizarre Foods in China

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I’m watching Bizarre Foods in China from here http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/wmtebwawccU/
The guy is in Beijing and talking about the food in Beijing. I enjoyed the show yesterday about Sichuan but am not so sure about this one. In addition fo talking about Beijing Chuan, the mc then goes to a local pharmacy as he says he has a cold. According to him each Chinese pharmacy has two areas and doctors on staff…. doctors? umm I don’t know which pharmacy he was talking about but when I go to pharmacies in China all I ever see are doddering old folks and women banging on abacuses demanding payment. Maybe I just go to the wrong places.

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Difficulty of Enforcing Laws in China

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From Donald C Clark

For many issues, there is simply no single institution that has the authority, the power, and the desire to have the last word. As a 27 result, what appears at times to be a kind of anarchy in the system, where government agencies do not follow the law, is perhaps better explained as a kind of hyper archy, where there are too many legal authorities, each empowered to make law for as far as it has the power to stretch its jurisdiction, and there exists no institution capable of discovering and reducing inconsistencies. How, and indeed whether, this area of enterprise law can be reformed is indeed a puzzle. More and better National People’s Congress legislation is not the solution, because part of the problem is that NPC legislation is not recognized by courts and government agencies as the sole legitimate source of corporate existence. The current state of affairs is likely to continue until political changes occur that reduce the number of centers of legal power. 28

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Another Cool Beijing Night Shot

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Cool Shot of Tiananman at Night

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Reblog on Crappy Chinese TV

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Here is a post echoing my feelings on Chicom TV. Its from this site

What happens when you mix propaganda with daytime television? Communist soap operas! I was visiting a Chinese friend in Beijing this weekend, and as in any good Chinese person’s apartment, the TV was on all the time, so I got to catch a few episodes of some soap opera involving Mao Zedong. There are a few of these. They invariably depict the Great Helmsman as witty, urbane, and almost absurdly passionate about the welfare of everyone around him. Think Mother Theresa meets Johnny Carson in a soup kitchen. In one of the episodes I watched, the Chairman was eating lunch with one of his cronies as two female comrades stood nearby grilling something that looked like, but hopefully wasn’t, donkey ears. The table was laid out like the perfect stereotype of a village meal: simple porcelain bowls of wild vegetables, cucumbers, and peanuts, with a little plate of fried fish and an unlabeled bottle of dark green glass that was full of home-brewed alcohol. You might imagine the lunch-time conversation dealing with what the people-hating Guomindang were up to, or perhaps how the Party could best reach the mighty proletariat farmers in Shaanxi, but no: The Chairman was giving dating advice.

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China Readying a Warship?

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China has said is that an aircraft carrier r is all she lacks to be a military power. Here is her aircraft carrier…
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Photos of the aircraft carrier, the Varyag, which China bought from the Ukraine in 1998, appeared Wednesday on the Web site of Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency.

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BEIJING — The Chinese state news agency has posted photographs of an aircraft carrier under reconstruction that appears to show the warship near completion. Captions with the photos said that the work would end soon and that the carrier was expected to sail later this year.

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