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Archive for May 12th, 2011

Getting Away with Murder in China-Power to the Party

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 12, 2011

Information about the “My Dad is Li Gang” case in China. What I took away from this is the depths of corruption here, the amount of cash involved and the power of big brother here.

from here:

The son of a senior police official in a northern Chinese city coined a new catchphrase for abuse of power last month when he was caught fleeing the scene of a fatal car accident and responded by shouting: “My dad is Li Gang!”
To that he might have added: “And he has more money than you’d think.”
In the weeks since the 22 year old Li Qiming was apprehended, having allegedly hit and killed a young woman while driving drunk on the campus of Hebei University in northern China, the Chinese internet has been rife with speculation about how the case would play out. Now there’s at least a partial answer.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Chen Guangqian, the father of the victim, revealed today that he has accepted 490,000 yuan, or roughly $73,000, in compensation from Li Gang.
In the meantime, the Chen family has severed ties with the lawyer who was helping them with the case.
Some will no doubt be disappointed in the Chen family’s decision to accept the money, particularly after their moving calls for justice in a video produced by artist Ai Weiwei. Few, however, are likely to be surprised.
Speaking with China Real Time, the lawyer who had been representing the Chen family, Zhang Kai, said he hadn’t heard about the compensation but that it was hardly a shock. “That’s how China is,” he said.
Mr. Chen told AP that Li Gang’s colleagues in the police department had pressured him to accept the money.
Unanswered in all of this is how Li Gang, a policeman in a country where public servants are modestly paid, was able to come up with so much money on such short notice.
Also unclear is what effect the deal will have on the fate of Li Gang’s son. As many observers noted at the time of Li Qiming’s arrest, the standard punishment for killing someone while drunk driving in China is death. Indeed, state media report that the culprit in another high-profile case—a 33-year-old who killed two in Anhui Province while driving drunk in his SUV—was sentenced to death on Thursday.
While some have clamored for the same to happen to Li Qiming, few seem to expect it will.

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Chinese Oxymorons: Chinese Judge, Chinese Justice, Now Criminals not Criminal?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 12, 2011

China, the land of enduring non-visible skies and unending graft has made a law. Laws are a goood thing, even China needs them, but the problem is that this law is a law “With Chinese characteristics” meaning “not worth a shit”. So China made a law that says drunk driving is a felony or crime, but then a Chinese judge- oxymoron, says that ‘not all drunken drivers should be held criminally responsable’.

Hmmmmm, ok. So here is a chinese judge and you have to remember that in china maybe a percentage of the judges have studied law (it is not a requirment for judges here) and just ten years ago only about 20% even had any college whatsoever. Of course that has changed now and the old school chicom/judges have taken ‘classes’ to get their ‘degrees’- a very affluent friend of mine criticized these degress as a farce and i shudder to think of how bad they are if normal education here is a joke.And nowadays they at least need some college courses…He said that the people litterally are given degrees, science cop Fang Zhouzi and others have made the same claim. In any event, a ‘chinese judge’ is saying that not all drunken drivers are criminals, to wit:
-son of Baoding public security bureau deputy- until the net gets wind of his exploits
-military cadre
-members of the government
-sons of the above with pockets padded with il-begotten rmb

I am sure the well-intentioned judge is stating that these type of people would never be criminals

photo and excerpt from the China daily

Not all drunken drivers criminals: Judge
A man cries as he is sentenced to three months in prison and fined 2,000 yuan ($300) for drunken driving in a court in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, on Tuesday. [Photo/China

BEIJING – A senior judge has suggested that not all drunken drivers should be held criminally responsible, despite the fact that the newly amended Criminal Law defines it as a crime.

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Japan Tells China’s Medical to Kiss off

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 12, 2011

Apparently the Japanese rejected an offer of the some Chinese “medical ship” to dock. I guess the Japanese guys were like “What? The chinese want to send us medicine? What will it be? Bear bile, cicadas and tree bark? Or maybe some of those good tainted meds you guys are so famous for. No thanks Beijing, but if we want to poison ourselves, we’ll go near those reactors)

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Opps, China Says “We Dont Want That Super High Tech Chopper from the Pakis” – Right

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 12, 2011

File this one under, yeah right….
the USA pissed off the Chinese as they killed Osama and remember 59,9% of Chinese polled supported the guy, but then again 90% of them were thrilled when the columbia blew up, but anyway. The chinese say it is absurd they want our high tech copter that crashed. yeah, of course they dont want it, why would china of all countries want to get our product, copy it and then call it their own. sounds absurd doesnt it?
from here

Key US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher also demanded immediate return of the chopper debris for fear of American military secrets being compromised.

In 1998, Pakistan’s military and intelligence services facilitated the transfer of an unexploded American Tomahawk missile recovered by Taliban to China.

The Chinese were then able to reverse-engineer the missile and dissect its components, allowing them to learn its vulnerabilities and defeat its capabilities.

Also much of the wreckage of a F-117 Nighthawk bomber shot by Serbian rebels is believed to have made its way to China.

China’s first stealth aircraft, which was unveiled recently, shared technical know-how gleaned from the destroyed Nighthawk.

During the May 2 raid in Abbottabad, a specially-configured stealth US Special Forces helicopter crashed and even though US soldiers attempted to destroy it, the tail was left intact and was recovered by the Pakistanis.
The US has already asked the Pakistanis for the helicopter wreckage and the ABC quoted a Pakistani official as saying that Chinese were also “very interested” in seeing the remains.

Another official said, “We might let them (the Chinese) take a look.”
The chopper, which aviation experts believe to be a highly-classified modified version of a Blackhawk helicopter, clipped a wall during the operation to kill the Al Qaeda leader.

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Chinese Class- An Oxymoron?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 12, 2011

Funny snippet here from the BBC. They are talking about the new Chinese rich. Most of them are younger and have gotten money through contacts ie. corrpution so do not really undertand how to behave in public or maybe its cultural. Anyway, what one sees in China is incredible, fat headed locals in business class seats ten years removed from abject poverty but now rich, snipping their toenails as their feet are perched atop the set back in front of them, spitting on the airplane floor, squatting on the top of the toilet , you see it all. Chinese rich are like the water headed bizarre half child of the Beverly Hillbillies…

from here

Here’s a story an upmarket wine merchant told me about a particularly memorable – and potentially instructive – evening.A group of Chinese businessmen arranged to meet up one evening for a drink. They were asked to bring their best bottle of wine.
Here was a selection of some of the best-known fine wines in the world. Chateau Lafite 1962, Chateau Latour 1970 – bottles that cost in the region of $1,600 (£1,000) each.
On arrival, the host said: “Gentlemen, show your wines,” and the guests presented their bottles for each other’s approval.The host then called: “Gentlemen, uncork your bottle,” which they did.
He then indicated a vast silver punchbowl and ordered: “Gentlemen, pour your wine,” which they did – into the punchbowl.
The mingled contents of some of the most distinctive clarets in the world were then ladled out between them.
It is a memorable anecdote. But it is also instructive, because it illustrates the way China’s new rich approach established luxury goods.

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Pakistan May Allow China to Take a ‘Peek” at Ultra-Secret US Helicopter

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 12, 2011

The Pakistani’s are quoted as saying that China is interested in seeing the downed helicopter used in the Bin Laden raid. They say that they just may allow China to ‘take a peek’…

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Controversial Chinese Art- Ai Wei Wei Art and Reactions, From the Economist

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 12, 2011

Chinese have an interesting understanding of natioanlism and zest for their country. The reason I say this is that while perusing the web I cam across this article from the economist -(http://www.economist.com/comment/901566#comment-901566) while the article was somewhat boring, the photo seen below was cool. What was even more ace, however were the comments that followed. I have posted some of them so you can get a feel for the typical chinese v non chinese point of view on the economist posting such a piece of Ai Wei Wei’s art. The funny thing is that the chinese were all atwitter with natioanlisitc zeal and bashing the economist, the world and such, and yet we can see in the last photo Ai Wei Wei made the same gesture in the US and France. I guess China is on to something and the typical johnny wong should not be allowed to access the net as he really has no clue as to how to behave in the face of adversity or opinions that run counter to his own…

Message to China, if you would retain your adult manners and forms of speech when facing such issues as this photo and the subject of Mr. Ai Wei Wei, then such ‘antagonstic pics’ would not be nearly as fun to display!!!

Art from Ai Wei Wei- from the economist.com

Comments about the picture!

Pacific Century wrote:

Apr 28th 2011 9:03 GMT

So, is the picture of this article going to be the cover page of the coming issue of the Economist?
If so, that would be extremely insulting to China and Chinese from all over the world.
Would the Economist ever dare to post a similar picture, but with the background of the Buckingham Palace, or the Imperial Palace in Tokyo?

Ghalib wrote:
Apr 28th 2011 11:39 GMT

Dear Economist
Your art work is now getting to be vulgar. The Chinese have as much right to lock up that non-entity as you and yours have already taken locking up Muslims for eternity in Britain and the US.

Ghalib wrote:
Apr 28th 2011 12:05 GMT

Why are we so interested in this non entity? My Chinese friends don’t even know this twit. Or are you trying to antagonise the Chinese for the Hell of it?

rh 7xejerk2 wrote:
Apr 28th 2011 1:18 GMT

this pic is very rude to me, a chinese citizen. i cannot representative any chinese people, i only representative. i am a loyal reader of the economist magazine, but i have to reply back the same: fuk the economist magazine!!

But on the other side we have:

KMAT wrote:
Apr 28th 2011 2:05 GMT

dont take it personally, im indian and people have said tons of things about india, and so has everyone else on everybody else’s nation. if you dont like the picture, ignore it

Albertican wrote:
Apr 28th 2011 3:51 GMT

Some of the posters here seem to have trouble separating criticism of the Chinese government from criticism of Chinese people or culture in general.
Ghalib, what exactly is a non-entity? Can I assume that is a term that doesn’t translate properly, or do you really believe this man does not exist?

CalvinBama wrote:
Apr 28th 2011 3:22 GMT

As a supporter of human rights, and freedom of speech I don’t see a problem with the picture. China plays by its own rules. In the west we play by our own rules which include freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom to criticize the government without the threat of retribution. Screw the Chinese government if they don’t agree with the picture. They will just censor it out of the magazine anyway.

Boredome wrote:
Apr 29th 2011 4:20 GMT

Its amazing how quickly the Ministry of Propaganda was able to mobilize its online army of ‘bots to post anti-freedom posts. This kind of vigilance will surely ensure eternal power to the defenders of Chinese economic growth.

Hibro wrote:
Apr 28th 2011 10:03 GMT

That picture is just one of many places.
Ai Weiwei completed that series of perspective from 1995 to 2003, showing his finger in front of seats of political or cultural power in Paris, Washington DC, Berlin, Beijing and Hong Kong.


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Stream of Consciousness, Chinadaily and Loving China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 12, 2011

I enjoy China, it’s true.Some who read this often long winded or jaded missive may confuse cynicism for good healthy criticism of a system failing its people, or maybe its just me. Anyway, those good folks at the ‘impartial’, the ‘open’, the ‘non governmentally affiliated’ the chinadaily have a new ‘feels good section.’ The section is called, “Share Your China Stories!” and can be found here :


While feeling a bit loving and tender today, as one can surmise from previous posts, I blasted off an email (at least in my mind) in order to tilt the balance of the feels good posts that seem to litter the “Share Your China Stories!”, but think that due to the subject nature of the post, I was declined. Apparently a pointed ture life example of how upon arriving in China I was introduced to a life of corruption and greed, and that was within the first 72 hours, did not sit well and thus I was rejected, so far.

Thus, as I somewhat am the master of my own domain , as it were, I decided to do a little piece I call
“Share Your China Stories!!!!”, right here on my fair little blogggo…hitching up my britches and taking a deep breath, I will no do a stream of consciousness on my trip on the Beautiful Beijing Subway
here goes:
Masses of humanity streaming forth, woman cant get out, men shove her aside as they rush forth, lone woman extends a helping arm, the men pass by uncaring. Doors close feeling of disdain, fear, despair, depression palpable, eyes forward. Arriving at places like Dawanglu and Guomao, coifed haired women ashamed of skin hue hurry out, not to be confused with peons who remain quickly move off as if afraid of invisible stench eeking from inside the car quickly taking the stairs, like shaking off a nightmare hoping to be normal once more.

yonganli, old men with pants hiked up to their navels like litle boys whose mama dressed them jostled about in the car, forgot to hang on, beside them doddering old bald headed she-chinese with rheumy eyes and dull senses glare at the sign wonder how much longer. crowd oozes forth like the start of the running of the bulls in pampalona, now jacked on adrenaline and angst, waiting like a cowboy for the bell to sound, 8 seconds of fury …
Jianguomen-chaotic fury of mankind at its most primitive a vile mix of monied and poor, purses yanked in anger glaring at guy behind only to catch an elbow in the nose, little farmers with string for a belt caugth in the tidal wave and resignation and hate, young guys hats on sideways wanna be balla’s with oversized feminine glasses little tarts at their sides at least someone finds them cool.tide rushes in tide rushes out, angry faces, screams, calls then silence…

Wangfujing- neurotic 30 somethings upset at the world, the laws the liscence plate not allowing them to drive today, spend forty mintues couped up in a chinese qq or 15 in a subway, heavy hearted they prefer the former, gallop away not looking back the ride to be forgotten, time to look important and not like the other 1,339,9999,999 of their neighbors.
Dongdan- lull settles in yellow hands find purchase on rails, window, fingers find their nostrils and or cellphones, little picking gestures all over their boides, woman reeking of pesticide in front of me, dandruff full hair chest hgih, i back up. poor baby cries, no one cares, except his father two young guys too imperious to feign they dont see him, the life of the poverty stricken in china

Tianenman east- round headed farmers broken toothed smiles happily rush forth, curous to see the great man himself, confused about east or west stand in door wait till it closes half family in half out, screech at each other will meet again, young women with industrial strength breath, rancid with envy glance at the hooker clad girls no doubt heading to xidan, train lurches, people fall stumble say i’m sorry received anger filled stares.
Tianenman west- lone villager clenches worn jacket in both hands, points white sneakers at the steps calls to his friends, wondering where they are, sigh of relief those peasants gone, air of futility now settles in
Xidan- girls in mismatched eyeshadow, hideous fake lashes jutting out like manufactured abutments, coifed hair untouched by water, slashes of makeup gashed on tiny little fasces more akin to the face on the losing end of a brawl then a beautiful woman, sneak to the doors, older ladies glare older men sneak furtive glances, thoughts etched in posture an eyes, farmer mouth agape cannot move
West bound- till the end- seated chinese igonring the world lone banal chinaman holds aloft the ipad, now ruling the roost each staking a claim on some plateau of emotions not wishing to be disturbed by the others who unfortunately inhabit the same ground to them nothing more than parasites aboard the same rock.
the lone foreigner rides it till the end, a noticed oddity, a thing of wonder, curious in how he looks, quickly becoming a part of the scenery and stiell marveling at living in this wonderful country…

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