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Chinese Chef With No Experience Contracted to Build U$500 Million Bridge- WTF?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 23, 2011


Brewskie, a China watcher, hipped me to this article whereby a chef, yeah a freaking chef was contracted to build a bridge. This ‘chef’ has no bridge building experience, but it is China so this does not matter. (an interesting aside is that the bridge in San Francisco was also contracted to a company with no bridge building experience).
The chef then builds the bridge but in stead of using concrete used stones and pebbles and sand, among other things….

summary:
“In northeast China’s Jilin they needed a bridge to be built so the governmental office looked for subcontractors. Some guy with no experience- he was a chef, threw in his hat to build the bridge. After all, it is China so what is experience? So this chef, with no experience gets the offer to build a 74 km segment of the railway which needed repair had an investment of RMB 2.311 billion or about $400 million.

But what is truly Chinese is that the chef thought he was dealing directly with the governmental office but that too was a scam. Allegedly, some guys who are little better than criminals (like communist party members?) were the ones who had won/bribed their way into getting the bid. Then in true Chinese fashion these guys looked to subcontract the work and alas it fell upon low bid workers with no bridge building experience!

The ‘bridge’ got built, but it was a bridge with ‘chinese characteristics’. What that means is that the ‘concrete’ was not concrete but was a slurry of sand, gravel and pebbles and who knows what parts constituted the metal ‘structure’ in which he may have substituted rock. What is so funny is that this is China and ooo too common. How a country can survive for thousands of years like this is beyond me…..

original here and Translation here:
“Liar to sign contracts when construction team responsible for the cook who opened not respect those who take the construction
  A total investment of 2.3 billion major rail project, was hit by layers of subcontractors- who were illegal and several of whom had no bridge building experience. Illegaly, the contractors; the pouring of concrete piers should be done under the supervision of a works supervisor but it was not and instead of quality, corners were cut.
  …Northeast reporter investigating a railway construction works project hidden flaws “I can not sit after the opening” of the railway line, in what aspects of a problem, but also what kind of gray in the breeding chain?
  Survey
  sub-contractor was actually a cook. Lvtian Bo of migrant workers crossing the bridge know nothing about, however, in July 2010, Lvtian Bo has signed a “construction contract”, with dozens of migrant workers began construction of a major a railway bridge project.
  Lv Tianbo was involved in the construction of the railway called “Jingyu to Songjianghe line project”, located in Jingyu County, Jilin City and Fusong territory, the line length 74.1 km, a total investment of 2.311 billion yuan, the construction approved by the Ministry of Railways, the project owner To 沈阳铁路局. (iron nine innings) bid.
  Iron nine innings after winning the project split into multiple sections…of which Jiangxi Chang Corporation (hereinafter referred to as Jiangxi Chang Ha) subcontracted work to a few teams not qualified migrant workers.
   Lvtian Bo responsible for their own on the 2nd bridge construction, and the 3rd bridge and tunnel construction project managers and, like him, HAVE BRIDGE BUILDING EXPERIENCE, but are floating itinerant laborers, signed the construction contract before, no one of them had any qualification review .
   More strange is that Jiangxi Chang Ha has been nearly two years after construction suddenly in September 2011 issued a statement saying the company never with the Jingyu iron had entered into nine innings to Songjianghe the new railway project contract, forged by criminals and said the company seal to undertake the project.
  To prove this, Jiangxi, surnamed Huang Chang-Ha a legal adviser also presented to reporters by the police forensic center in Nanchang several company stamps issued identification documents, Mr. Huang said, and in nine innings and iron construction team contract Chang Ha Jiangxi is not the staff, but a group of fraudsters.
  Thus, a multi-billion investment in railway projects, actually there was “a liar” contract, “cook” the construction of the absurd situation.
Whats worse is that the pillars were filled with stone piers jerry, Even more serious is that in several of the bridge construction process, cut corners also widespread problem, and the resulting quality and safety problems are difficult to predict.
  It Lvtian Bo, Zheng Wei and other construction workers reflected in several bridge construction process. Although the plans called for an all concrete base, rocks and pebbles were used instead, which presents a security issue.

  The construction of a man named David who has admitted to a reporter in June this year, he had personally helped place the stones in the piers No. 12: “We employed a dry high name, from the mountains over 5,000 dollars to buy quarry stone, hired two dump trucks, two in the afternoon starting from the dry to the middle of the night, dump trucks filled with stones to go into the pit. ”
  Reporters photographed on site and from paragraphs to see the video, a large number of multiple forklift is the base of the gravel and sediment dumping, and construction site driving a yellow light, clearly we can see the video recording time is at night.
  Another bridge on the 3rd of construction workers in the Tel Chai Fong recalled the circumstances: “5,13,8, 9, 11 Pier, are filled with dump trucks inside the stone, which had a two hundred-side look, stone is not enough, even the waste is pushed inwards. “She added:” 13 Pier in the middle of the river, you have to drill down, less than two meters on all stone … ”
 
coming soon, more high speed death in China….

(photo from http://www.warisboring.com)

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I Wonder How Many Chinese Know This Fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 23, 2011


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Beginning of the End US Investors Unloading Chinese Properties

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 23, 2011


From here. It looks like US investors are getting out of pricey Chinese property. When this bubble pops its going to be crazy…

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Chinese Made Battery Recall from Electric Motions Systems

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 23, 2011


Battery recall from a company that got its batteries from China.

News here
“Electric Motion Systems is recalling about 70 rechargeable lithium-poly batteries. The battery can overheat and catch fire.
The company is aware of three reports of the battery catching fire. One incident resulted in a consumer receiving minor burns.
The recalled product is a black lithium-poly 37 volt, 10Ah battery used in electric bicycles and propulsion systems. The battery is 8.75 inches x 5.75 inches x 3.25 inches. “E+” appears on a label on the side of the battery. Recalled batteries have “EMS# 11819-101” at the top right of the label with a serial number between 10001 and 10200. The batteries were sold on their own and as part of the E+ Flex Kits. The kits are complete propulsion systems.”

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Beginning of the End US Investors Unloading Chinese Properties

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 23, 2011


From here. It looks like US investors are getting out of pricey Chinese property. When this bubble pops its going to be crazy…

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Cave Home in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 23, 2011


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China’s Lack of Legitimacy Our Problem

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 23, 2011


China is complaining about the US’s claims they will take measures against an undervalued rmb. The chinese cry that we are trying to hurt the world’s economy and worse yet cause economic strife in China which will topple the nation. According to them, if China does not have enough money the people will revolt and wreak havoc. Thus, the US should deal with millions of jobs lost to a country that does not respect the laws of nature and man. Interestingly enough the Chinese have grown to embraces this notion and vehemently adhere to it.
Isn’t the real issue that a country like China ruled by the communist party, which has no legitimacy vz the people in charge are not elected by the citizens, has an inherent flaw? The flaw is that absent economic growth, the party has no use and the people will no longer tolerate it. Thus the issue is not the US but the basis for control in China. If they cannot grow then the party has problems, but had the party been elected fairly in the first place, it would be a non issue.

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China Fact- Army is Communist Party’s Army

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 23, 2011


A little known and less proclaimed fact is that the army in China is not an army of the people but of the communist party. It uses tax money but that is where the link with the people ends. It only receives its orders from the Central Military Commission which is part of the communist party and not beholden to the people. As a matter of fact, in the org chart of the government it sits off to the right under the party, it has no link to the populace
The leader of the communist party, then , is considered the most powerful man in China as opposed to the president. For instance, next year xi jinping, the man who was raised in a cage will take over as president but Hu jintao will still be the leader of the party, thus the most powerful man. Tian…man in89 showed how powerful the communist party is an how far China is from anything resembling a democratic state,

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China Making Sure Volvo Sucks-Geely Moving Volvo’s RD to China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 23, 2011


Geely auto is a shitty company that sells death for about 3500U$. They purchased Volvo and are now moving all of the important business units to China, which will spell disaster. Please do not associate me with a Volvo and scratch it off my Christmas list for I really do not want to die in a Chinese made car…

article here http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1102&MainCatID=&id=20111023000006

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