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Archive for May 21st, 2011

Lies We Tell in China- Reality of Business in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2011


In China we learn to adapt, to go with the flow, to lie. Take for instance, your professionals here. Tom may say that he is practicing law in China and that advising foreigners on the intricacies of chinese contract law is a far better way to say “my job is to watch the ill educated Chinese locals as they try to comprehend a fractured legal system which oxymoron that it is, should rreally be a violation of any code of ethics that a lawyer may have, ie to use the words legal system or law in this country. Tom will talk about late night strategy sessions and have the girls on edge with his talks about practicing law in china, but in reality he cannot practice law here, that is the law. So basically he spends his time oggling buck toothed secretaries, falling asleep in meetings and counting the days till he returns to sanity. Or what about T, the guy who says he does business development, but merely takes Japanese businessmen to places like Dongguan for cheap hookers or Foshan for golf, does he tell anyone that? No, T calls himself a director and that is what his business card says.

See, China is smoke and mirrors, the place itself is built upon false perceptions and deceit, and if we really told the truth about this place, the rest of you would not believe it, and or would not respect the great job we do, so we lie. If and when real business people come to this place, after witnessing the shenanigans and bullshit, they usually wait for the ktv lady to wipe them off with a new kleenex and then shake their heads wondering how in the fk normal people can function in this place, with all the lies, the deceit and outright injustice. They wonder how chinese business function where there are no ethics nor morals to guide them.

You may think I am exaggerating, but sadly enough I am not. After working and studying here and even doing some teaching at a ‘good’ chinese university, I think it is pretty obvious that this place is far more backwards than anything you would find in latin america, but to say that is politically incorrect and would look negatively upon us, or so we think, so we propagate the lie. Dont feel badly, its not just China. for instance, my mba is from one of the best in the states, but in reality the U of I where I also studied was much cheaper and probably almost as good, but we dont tell people that, as if we did, the number 1 ranking of my school would lose credibility.
Political correctness sucks.

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China[s Wealthy and Flying

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2011


Chinese streets are some of the most dangerous in the world It’s probably due to the fact that basically Chinese cant drive worth a shit, and they are too selfish, and probably shows that whatever education they have about driving, like all schooling in china, sucks. Anyway, the affluent here, in order to get face are buying private aircraft, although I believe it’s still illegal to fly them.
China has about 1000 or so such vehicles, the USA has over 200 000. God help us all if the typical chiunaman starts to fly.

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China Poll Reveals Pet Peeves

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2011


Beijingers name public order concerns
here are the results of a poll in china about what is pissing off the locals. I guess I have a different take, for instance, drunken drining wuold be higher than illegal taxis, and then maybe shitting in public and pissing on the streets and maybe the rampant nose picking in the subways…

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Beijing Falls Well Short of World City Status

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2011


china daily
The blue book suggested that nearly half of the population of a “world city” should work in high-tech, financial, cultural or creative industries. But only about 17 percent of Beijing’s residents do. Beijing’s annual investment in education, science and technology, and health and medicine falls short, it said.
For example, only 3 percent of the city’s GDP went to public education in 2009, compared with 6.1 percent in New York and 5.6 percent in London.

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Street Peddlers in China

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Fraud in Chinese Companies

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2011


uncle chicom has found accounting irregularities in SOE’s or state owned enterprises- no shit? Did they ever doubt this stuff happens? After all, it is China
from the chinadaily:
“A number of State-owned enterprises have been illegally using their employee’s benefit funds, the National Audit Office said. According to a report released by the office on Friday, the irregularities were due to improper management at the 17 State-owned enterprises that had their 2009 books audited.
By March this year, 735 of the irregularities had been corrected and 65 people responsible for the irregularities or violations had been punished, said the office. The wrongful activities include advance payments for employee housing, excessive bonuses and forged invoices.

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Unregulated Chinese Pharmaceutical Companies Poisoning the World

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2011


Chinese Companies, and Some Questions

Excellent series here on how unregulated chinese companies are selling drugs and intermediate chemicals in an unregulated market, sometimes to fatal results…

check out all of the ward winning articles from here
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/series/toxicpipeline/index.html

Other Chinese chemical companies made the journey to the annual show as well, including one manufacturer recently accused by American authorities of supplying steroids to illegal underground labs and another whose representative was arrested at the 2006 trade show for patent violations. Also attending were two exporters owned by China’s government that had sold poison mislabeled as a drug ingredient, which killed nearly 200 people and injured countless others in Haiti and in Panama.
Yet another chemical company, Orient Pacific International, reserved an exhibition booth in Milan, but its owner, Kevin Xu, could not attend. He was in a Houston jail on charges of selling counterfeit medicine for schizophrenia, prostate cancer, blood clots and Alzheimer’s disease, among other maladies.

more here
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/series/toxicpipeline/index.html

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Photo of Public Shaming in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2011


Taking a page from their history China still uses public shamings to … publicly shame law breakers. I wonder if this extends to the party members too
public shaming in ChinaGuo Quan/FEATURECHINA, via European Pressphoto AgencyBurglary suspects paraded in Loudi in Hunan Province in July.

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Getting High in China- China’s Drug Life

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2011


from here http://www.topsecretwriters.com/2011/05/exploring-the-dark-and-hidden-drug-underground-in-china/

Exploring the Dark and Hidden Drug Underground in China

china and illegal drugs“China opened its doors,” the Asian man lazily glanced at the table. “That’s a gram of good weed and about a gram and a half of hash.”
“And you sell it all over China or just Guangzhou?” I ask.
Big smile again, “I mostly deal in the Guangzhou area. But I am thinking of expanding. It’s like Deng Xiao Ping said, to be rich is glorious.”
“How much is all that worth?” I said while glancing at the pile of drugs.

continue here http://www.topsecretwriters.com/2011/05/exploring-the-dark-and-hidden-drug-underground-in-china/

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Safer World,China Sells Fighters to Pakistan- Flying Garbage?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2011


China in her attempt to make the world a safer place……. is selling warplanes to Pakistan. Thank goodness, I guess that means the skies will be safer, after all, the products are from China…

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