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Archive for May 1st, 2011

China’s Horrible Foreign Policy and What They Don’t Get

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 1, 2011


China saved a ton of cash. One of the reasons is that it’s necessary to buoy their RMB or currency, others are cultural as well as practical – IE. needed as safeguard for bad internal loans. With this cash, the Chinese in a mafia like manner, finance the thugs of the world, or the most repressive leaders in the globe.According to the Chinese government, they do not interfere in other country’s politics and spread money equally. What this means is that if you want to slaughter millions of your kind then the chinese will be there to bankroll your military. I guess with a history as checkered as that of China they find it easy to make such assertions. The problem is that civilized countries have collectively decided that this type of behavior, ie genocide is horrible. We have admitted that yes we have done such horrible things in the past and we are now enlightened and do them no more. That is the rest of the world but not China.
So, the Chinese while burying their heads in the sand, offer money to the worst. The problem with this is that dictators cause oppression and oppression and poverty cause a state of futility or a feeling of nothing to lose. When one has nothing to lose, they do whatever they feel they must. When they are so poor and oppressed they also do bad and or evil things. This was supposedly a lesson learned from WW2. I guess the Chinese being chinese had their heads in the sand and either didn’t learn or forgot this lesson.

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China’s Production Numbers Down for April

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 1, 2011


How much is the juggernaut of China’s economy slowing? No one really knows as the goernment controls such information and is not transparent about China’s actual situation. The simple fact, however, is that China’s problem with inflation is causing problems and manufacturing may be slowing down.

from here

BEIJING—China’s official Purchasing Managers Index fell to 52.9 in April from 53.4 in March, likely assuaging concerns somewhat that overheating and inflation pressures will require further tightening measures by Chinese policymakers.

April’s decline in the PMI indicates manufacturing growth slowed after briefly accelerating in March, resuming a trend of three consecutive monthly slowdowns prior to March.

cotinue here http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704569404576296803112496180.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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Chinese Manufacturer Invests in India, Does This Foreshadow the Decline of China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 1, 2011


This is an interesting article as it shows how a large Chinese company will produce in India instead of relying on exports. In addition, they will supposedly also source componenets from Indian companies. You could say the Chinese have vision insofar as they realize their quality is horrible and moving to a place without these problems is a good idea. In addition this is a hint of things to come. As Chinese companies battle with corruption, inflation and other issues, they will be forced to adapt or die…
from here
“BEIJING: In a rare case of a Chinese company investing directly in India instead of relying on exports, a leading truck manufacturer has inked an investment deal with the Maharashtra government.

Beiqi Foton Motor, one of China’s leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles, plans to put in $380 million on a assembling plant in Maharashtra, State media said.
The company has also promised to mostly source parts and components from local producers instead of importing them from China, the State media indicated. The company termed it as an important move in its globalization drive.

continue here http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/Chinese-firm-to-invest-380m-in-truck-plant-in-Maharashtra/articleshow/8136112.cms

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Quality Chinese Housing- My Crumbling 6 Year old Building

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 1, 2011


China, perennial quality powerhouse, has outdone herself in terms of shitty quality. Chinese buildings like many chinese, do not wear well. Many chinese, once they hit their late 20s really start to show their age and to me the difference between 40-70 year olds is negligible. The same is true of buildings. My new place is 6 years old, but seems to be about 60. The living room ceiling is cracking and the floor seems to be collapsing in the middle. The scary thing is that to some Chinaman this place is their retirement, their nest egg. The Chinese hold houses like a 401k, so what is the poor owner of this dive going to do with a dingy crumbling piece of property in ten years time? So my question is that what will happen to the wealth of all these chinese paper millionaires when the property bubble bursts or the shit that they call a home does?

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China’s Contaminated Soil

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 1, 2011


From here
The quality of China‘s overworked, polluted and artificially fertilised soil needs to be protected or the country could struggle to grow enough crops for the 300 million to 400 million people who will move from the countryside to the city over the next 30 years, a senior government adviser warned today.

Han Jun, an expert on rural policy at the Development Research Centre, said maintaining food security was a major challenge in the process of urbanisation as farmers moved off their fields and into cities, where the consumption of meat, grain and diary products was higher.

In the next three decades, he predicted the share of urban residents in China’s population would rise from 47% to 75%, which would require the clearance of land for residences, roads and other infrastructure.

Noting that China feeds 22% of the world population with only 10% of the planet’s arable land, he said the pressure was growing.

“The deterioration in soil quality is now a very important problem,” Han told reporters in Beijing. “I believe improving the quality [of soil] is of equal importance to protecting the amount of arable land.”

The main causes of the decline are inappropriate farming techniques and industrial pollution. Han, who has helped to draw up the cabinet’s rural policies over more than seven years, said more than twice as much nitrogen fertiliser is used on the average hectare of Chinese farmland as the global average.

Factory waste, including heavy metals and other toxins, has contaminated more than a tenth of the country’s farmland, he said.

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Funny Chinese Sign

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 1, 2011


From here

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China Threatens Reporters

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 1, 2011


from here
“Police threats to revoke foreign journalists’ visas and require advance permission for newsgathering are disturbing new efforts to restrict reporting on protests in China,” the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Thursday.

“Police told some foreign journalists they could lose their accreditation and residence permits if they conduct ‘illegal’ reporting in parts of central Beijing and Shanghai without permission, according to Reuters and other international news reports. Some journalists reported being told that advance consent would be required for any filming in China going forward. The warnings were given to journalists from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, the BBC, and other news outlets, in meetings held Wednesday and today, according to international news reports.

“Wangfujing, a downtown shopping street in Beijing, and a section of Shanghai near the People’s Square, were apparently ruled off-limits because of unsigned online calls for Sunday afternoon protests in Chinese cities modeled on recent popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the reports. Turnout in response to the calls, which were first issued February 19, has been weak. Yet police and plainclothed security officials flooded Wangfujing last Sunday, detaining at least a dozen foreign journalists and injuring two.

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Cancer Homes in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 1, 2011


My woman Friday just came back from a tour to a village and directed me to inspect our paint and walls for formaldehyde a cancer causing causing substance. Being that we live in China yes the substance was found…. no wonder I am getting sick all the time. The walls are a noxious mixture of carcinogens….

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