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Archive for July 4th, 2011

Hong Kong After Returning to Communist China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 4, 2011


According to many, Hong Kong’ese are pretty upset with the what has happened since their return to China some 14 years ago. Chief among the concerns are the fact that masses of less educated mainlanders have entered Hong Kong and their disruptive uncouth behavior is off-putting. In addition the complaints revolve around a lack of ability to affect change and increased house prices. In addition, they say that since the communist take over of Hong Kong, the rich poor divide has gotten worse. Statistically speaking, in Hong Kong a record number or about 1.26 million people out of 7 million now live in poverty.

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China’s Runaway Inflation to Hit Another High

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 4, 2011


China’s inflation is expected to hit a three year high in the coming months. It is supposed to reach levels of up to 6 percent causing concern among the communist party. The issue is that the members of the communist party have no real legitimacy as they are not elected by the people. Under articles 62-3 of the Chinese constitution – (a joke), the members supposedly chosen by the national people’s congress, but in reality a smaller subgroup chooses their leader. There is no democracy and we all know that Xi Jin Ping will be the next president of China.

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China Needs More Signs Like This One

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 4, 2011


China needs signs like this one, scratch that, they need to obey signs like this one. How sad is it that a company selling meds needs to put this into their signage?

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China Orders Japanese Fishing Boats out of Daiyou Islands

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 4, 2011


According to the Chinadaily.com, China has ordered the Japanese fishing boats out of the disputed Daiou Islands.
The Daiou Islands are a disputed territory near both Japan and China. As both countries lay claim to the area, there are often disputes when they encroach on one another’s territory. Lately China has shown a belligerent face to the world both in the Sprately’s in the West Phillipine sea (formerly S. China Sea) and has annoyed most of the countries who also lay claim to those areas.
China and Japan have a hate-hate relationship that does not appear to be abating and this latest comment from Beijing seems to forbode their new outlook on their territory. It may have something to do with the changing of the political guard next year or them launching their new used aircraft carrier some time soon, but they are playing with fire. To anger most of the countries around them may not be in their best interests.

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Photo of a Bus in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 4, 2011


This bus is from the Chongqing area. The area is usually pretty polluted, as you can see by the filth on the vehicle. CQ is still a great place and the people are warm and fun loving.

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Photo of a Chinese Fashionista

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 4, 2011


I posted this before, but it is one of my fav’s. I have no idea what this lady has on her head, nor what type of socks those are, but she really loved her ping pong….

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Mass Suicide Attempted in China to Highlight Corruption

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 4, 2011


In Hunan China, poor people attempted a mass suicide in public on July 1, the birthday of the communist party in China. The reason for their decision, according to Radio Free Asia, was that the men were disappointed with the local government taking their land, a common occurrence for poor chinese these days. The poor folks had supposedly distributed flyers explaining why they were taking this action and had told others that they should tell the world why they decided to kill themselves and who they felt was to blame.
The men wanted to dramaticize the problem in modern China, vz the unfettered control of the government, abuse of the little guy, lack of legal protection and corruption. So, on the birthday of communism in China, they drank a bunch of pesticide in order to end it all.
Although six of the men drank pesticide, the local officials intervened and no one died, the stuff was probably fake anyway. This type of thing seems to be occurring more frequently and the local governments are unnerved, not by the tragedy nor loss of life, but that it makes them lose face.

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Poster From our Friend China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 4, 2011


A picture is worth ooo so many words….


Korean-War-era anti-American poster from factsanddetails.com

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India to Overtake China by 2025

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 4, 2011


From 2point6billion.com

India-Pop India will overtake China as the world’s most populous nation by 2025 and the combined populations of the two countries will reach nearly 3 billion by 2050

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China ‘Pirates Death Sentence’- Truth of Death Sentences in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 4, 2011


China likes to say that they gave the ‘death penalty’ to this guy or that for fraud and breaking some ambiguous rules that no one else obeys. It looks good to the people and pisses off foreign press, but how true is it?
The fact is that in China if you get a death penalty with a two year reprieve, there is a 99% chance your sentence will be commuted and you will either do life or get out in a few years.
Of course the Chinese kill more prisoners than all other countries combined, but one of the thing that annoys the locals is that this notion of a commuted death penalty comes in handy when communist party members are judging one another.

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