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Archive for May 5th, 2011

China’s Newest in Military Tech?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 5, 2011


Here is a photo from the chinadaily, I was too busy to read the caption, but I think the pic is of China’s highest degree of military technology….I guess it’s a lot easier to steal train engine technology from the Germans and others than it is to steal good warplanes….

This is how China's first plane looked like

File photo provided by Hongdu Aviation Industry Group shows CJ5, the first plane of the People’s Republic of China

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Beijing has 19.6 Million Permanent Residents

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 5, 2011


From the chinadaily.com
“The number of Beijing’s permanent residents is now 19.612 million, up by 44.5 percent or 6.043 million people from ten years ago, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics said in a statement. The statement cited figures from the sixth national census conducted last year.”

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Eco-Regugees in China??

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 5, 2011


from the chinadaily
“Along with the 70-year-old Liu, another 692 people in Xichuan county, Henan province, moved to new houses in Yaodian county on Thursday. They are leaving because their old homes will soon be flooded by the South-to-North Water Diversion Project, according to the provincial government.
The large undertaking is designed to transfer water from the water-rich south, mainly the Yangtze River, to the drought-prone north, providing water to more than 20 cities, including Beijing.
To make way for the project, another 85,000 people in Henan will have to abandon the places where their families had lived for generations by the end of August”

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China’s Lack of Credibility Causes Chinese Losses of 600 RMB Billion Per Year

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 5, 2011


The chinadaily reports that lack of crediblity causes Chinese companies 600 billion RMB per year. I guess that is only reasonable as shitty chinese products, customer service and waste cause the world hundreds of billions in frustration, heachaches and rework….

from here

“Lack of credibility causes Chinese enterprises to lose 600 billion yuan ($92.36 billion) every year, according to Ministry of Commerce statistics, the Economic Information Daily reported Wednesday.”

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Is That a Chinese Smile?- China Pic

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 5, 2011


Here is a photo from the chinadaily. In it is a friendly neighborhood member of China’s ruling communist party, and some other guy. I would guess that the photo is supposed to show tear and glad tidings, but imho it looks like the two are about ready to scrap , as in fighting for control of the torch. Is it just me or when the do the members of China’s ruling communist party seem ill at ease while smiling…

Universiade torch relay hits the road
Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang hands over the torch for the 26th Summer Universiade to athlete Xing Yan’an at Peking University in Beijing on May 4, 2011. The event marked the 100-day countdown to the opening of the World University Games which will be held in Shenzhen from Aug 12, 23. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

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China Fact- Ecological Crisis in China, Disappearing Wetlands

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 5, 2011


From the chinadaily here:
“BEIJING – China’s fragile coastal ecosystems are severely threatened by human activities, and pollution and environmental degradation have created a “grave situation”, according to a report released by the State Oceanic Administration. Since the 1990s, more than 20,000 hectares of wetland in China have disappeared every year on average, according to the 2011 China Ocean Development Report, released on April 29 by the administration’s China Institute for Marine Affairs.”

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China’s Ecological Disaster in Pictures- Chinese Lake?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 5, 2011


From the chinadaily
Lake in E China dry after less rain

A fishing boat is stranded on the cracked bed of Poyang Lake in Jiujiang, East China’s Jiangxi province, May 4, 2011. The lake is drying up because of less rainfall this year. The precipitation in Jiangxi province is about 50% less than in previous years. [Photo/Xinhua]

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Illegal Jails in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 5, 2011


Good report here from May 4 of this year. The post addresses China’s ‘black jails’, an illegal form of holding ‘prisoner’s that is unfortunately not uncommon here. The background of the following it that Chinese have a right to a thing called petitioning. They can petition the central government if they have been mistreated by local village authorities. The problem is that the local authorities are punished when people from their villages petition, so at times they will do whatever they can to stop the villagers from reaching Beijing or the protest center- thus you have one use of the ‘black jails’.

From here

Sources told the Southern Metropolis Daily the yard had previously been used as a “petitioner study center” – a secret jail for petitioners. But in recent years, it has not only been used to imprison petitioners, but also members of nail households, a term given to people who refuse to make way for demolitions, the report said….
Before her release, two people who claimed to be from the public security bureau and petition office bureau asked Sun whether she had been beaten in the yard and whether she had “learned anything.” Sun answered “no” to the first question and “yes” to the second, the report said. Sun refused to write a “letter of self-criticism” but did put her fingerprint on a prepared letter.
Black jail crackdown
Qu Xinjiu, a law professor at the China University of Political Science and Law, said that the yard in Sihong violates Article 37 of China’s Constitution: No citizen may be arrested except with the approval or by decision of a people’s procuratorate or by decision of a people’s court, and arrests must be made by a public security organ. Unlawful deprivation or restriction of citizens’ freedom of person by detention or other means is prohibited; and unlawful search of the person of citizens is prohibited.
However, it is by no means the first illegal jail on the Chinese mainland.
In August 2009, media uncovered a jail for petitioners from Anhui Province in Beijing after a 21-year-old woman filed a rape charge against one of the guards.”

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Daniel You Rock! Have Fun With the Family! EOM

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Great Quote From China-Police Overstepped Their Powers….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 5, 2011


I really love living here, each day is something new and exciting. Take the following quote from the chinadaily, for instance. The background is that a guy complained about not getting paid and he was allegedly stuffed into an insane asylum for years becuase of this. Sounds pretty cut and dried right? Well in China, the ‘intellectuals’ have questioned if “the police overstepped their powers” in this particular case!

Hmmm, I am not sure how the typical Johnny Wang defines overstepping one’s powers, but I’d venture to guess that taking away a man’s feedom for allegedly alleging he’d been paid an insufficient amount of money for his labors and then thowing him into an insane asylum for years would probably be considered as the definition if not a great example of just what ‘overstepping one’s powers’ is. But then again I am just a novice in China and maybe some obscure chinese law etched in some ancient hunk of papyrus or rice grain endowed the leaders of the center country to give no more thought to the freedom of another living being than they would to a speck of dust on their thick Kim Jung Il glasses, but then again I really don’t know. I guess the only thing I can say is that imho the police may have overstepped their powers by just a few microns….
oh yeah, kudos to china for reporting it…

chinadaily from here:

“WUHAN – The story of a man who was allegedly confined for years to a mental health institution after he complained about being underpaid has led critics to ask whether the police overstepped their powers.
Xu Wu, 43, said he once worked for Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corp and claims his ordeal began in 2006 when he approached his bosses and told them he had been underpaid for several years.
After his lobbying failed, Xu took his beef to the authorities in Wuhan and then to Beijing, according to the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily. The paper said Xu was confined to a mental health institution on Dec 31, 2006, after Beijing police took him back to his hometown.”

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