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Archive for May 18th, 2011

Student Nearly Dragged to Death in China- School Allegedly Did Nothing

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 18, 2011


From the New York Times
“At a stormy meeting on Dec. 3, some parents threatened to demonstrate at the school gates unless the principal agreed to ban cars from driving throughout the campus, after a first grader was nearly killed in an accident involving a school car on the playground the month before.
On Nov. 15, a school driver had driven over what he apparently believed was just a pile of children’s coats.
But 6-year-old Julien Glauser, a half-Chinese, half-Swiss student, was lying on the coats. Dragged along the ground for more than 8 meters, or nearly 28 feet, underneath the black Toyota Camry, Julien suffered severe spine, lung and head injuries. He is expected to make a good recovery — a miracle, doctors in Switzerland later told the parents, Olivier Glauser and his wife, Hong Li.”
continue here http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/19/world/asia/19iht-letter19.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

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China’s Drought Hits the Three Gorges Dam

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BEIJING – A severe drought along the Yangtze River is drying up electricity output at some big dams in the southern parts of China, including the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project.
Since Sunday, water levels at about 1,392 water reservoirs in Hubei province have been too low to operate, and the water level of the Three Gorges Dam fell below 156 meters – the required level for full power generation – according to the latest statistics from the Hubei water resources bureau.
“The output of electricity decreased a little because the water flowing through the dam is less than usual,” Wang Hai, director of the transport division of the Three Gorges Corporation told China Daily.

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Beijing House- Finest in Chinese Quality- China Pic

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China’s Take on the Dali Lama and Tibet

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From xinhua
The communist party chief of the Tibet autonomous region Zhang Qingli, had this to say

” … in contrast with their meager living under the savage, dark and cruel serfdom that prevailed before liberation, all ethnic groups in Tibet were now leading a happy life and would enjoy an even brighter future.”

On the issue of the Dalai Lama, the party chief said the “14th Dalai Lama had been engaged in separatist activities without doing a single good deed for the Tibetan people since he betrayed his motherland and fled abroad more than 50 years ago….. The Dalai Lama was not purely religious but a political exile, who had long been attempting to split China, he said.”

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Deadly Drivers in China

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from the asiatimes

“There were some 30 million cars on the road in the country last year, less than 5% of the world’s total estimated total of more than 600 million). According to Xinhua News Agency, there were more than 320,000 traffic accidents in China in 2007, with 81,649 people killed. As such, China’s death rate due to traffic accidents is six times the world average and accounts for 20% of the world total”

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Drought Cuts Drinking Water for 230,000 In an Area of China

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FRom the chinadaily

“NANCHANG – More than 230,000 people in East China’s Jiangxi province are short of drinking water amid an ongoing drought, according to local authorities. …The drought that began plaguing Jiangxi in the spring this year continued into the summer, which was rare in recent years in the province, the spokesman added….Further, during the first four months this year, the province received an average rainfall that was only half of that recorded during the same period in previous years, according to figures released by the headquarters….Since May, five cities in northern Jiangxi have seen a 70 percent plunge in precipitations compared with that recorded during the same period in normal years…….
Also, a total of 131 large and medium-sized pumping stations in northern Jiangxi failed to function properly due to low water levels in rivers and lakes, said the spokesman.

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Inflation Coming to China- Price of Bottled Water Increases 12% Pork Up as Well

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The problem with an increase in food prices is that the chinese spend an inordinate amount of money on food. Thus, price hikes like this are detrimental to them, even moreso than to us in the states. In addition, when you are living on 600 to 1000 rmb per month, an increase of 5 rmb for a bottle of water is dramatic.

from the chinadaily
“Prices of bottled water and pork are climbing in China even as the government struggles to keep inflation under control.
According to a report on the website of China Finance Information, several supermarkets were informed of a price hike by bottled water manufacturers including C’estbon, which raised prices by an average of 12 percent.”

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Corruption Plagues China’s Communist Party

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Corruption is rife within China and the communist party and construction projects are among the worst…

from the chinadaily”

Fan Zhongqian, former mayor assistant of Guiyang, capital of Southwest China’s Guizhou province, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve in July 2010. Fan was found guilty of accepting a total of 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) in bribes, including an ancient Chinese sutra that was made of gold. In return, Fan helped contractors win contracts for construction projects in Guiyang.
“They have showed that the construction industry is still corruption-prone,” said Hao. “And we need to continue to step up efforts to investigate and handle cases.”

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Sweaty Chinese, Street Vendor and Discount-China Pic

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Did someone yell ‘blue light special’? Chinese use any flat surface to sell anything, its in their dna here. This teaming mass of chinese/piranhas are attacking a street side vendor selling cheap stuff built to last for a few days….

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China’s Communist Party Influence in Chinese Schools

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Every school has a party secretary who outranks the school principal.This ensures control over education.

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