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Archive for December 22nd, 2011

China Developing Light Military Tanks

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 22, 2011

According to this site China is developing light tanks to go with their new fighter jets and aircraft carriers, all of which belong to their notion of a PEACEFUL RISE’.
My two cents
1- who cares? Chinese made stuff is not worth a shit so these weapons will pose more of a dnager to their users than to us
2- wonder if they will send the new tanks to patrol Tianenman , like they did in the late 80’s
3- wonder if the tanks will be turned on the commies in a moment of rage
4- why does China get a a free pass and all of the things they do not receive the scrutiny they should?
“According to the Russian military news network, China’s PLA is developing a new type of tank. …the tanks were transferred to the Tibetan border by train”

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The Reality of Chinese Construction

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 22, 2011

Good post here from Da Brew, who is a China expert….
“I even had one Chinese fellow contrast to me the difference between the US and Chinese property bubble: “At least the US buildings will last over 50 years, he said, “but how many poorly built Chines apartments will even be around in 30 years?”

That appears to give one advantage to the US. Sure, the average US bridge is considered 7 years away from the end of its useful life; we have water pipes nearly 100 years old, and I’m fully expecting a dam to breach in the next 15 years, and cause loss of life. But hey, at least we’ll have dry roofs over our heads…

So we’ll have to close a bunch bridges in the next 10 years. How many Chinese bridges will crash in this time span? I’ve been predicting large swaths of the vaunted high-speed rail network will be considered a failure in 10 years.”

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Housing Bubble in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 22, 2011

For all of those whose brains were incapable of understanding that property prices in China were way off kilter, you can read this article, see excerpt below.
When one considers that one half a million bucks buys you 100 square meters of poor quality Beijing grunge house built to last about a decade, one quickly realizes that such prices are sustainable.
Consider this
-Chinese houses on the average last only 30 years then fall apart. This is actually good news as in China you only are allowed to own your home for 70 years from the date it was built. In addition, in China you do not own the land below your home nor the airspace above. You also do not own the trees, ie it is illegal for you to cut them down, should you have them.
When considering all of these facts is it unreasonable to assume that to pay a million dollars for 200 square meters in a city like Beijing is not sustainable?
As such, like rats deserting the ship, Chinese are dumping investment houses.
from here

“Speculators in Shanghai have begun dumping houses given the slump in property prices and because of fears over further hikes in property taxes.

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Christian Bale, Flowers of War and Chinese Nationalism

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 22, 2011

Christian Bale, who got his ass kicked by chicoms while trying to meet a blind Chinese lawyer, did a movie here in China.

Rather than waste your time watching

Flowers of War, let me tell you all about it.
Christian Bale plays a guy who goes to china to try and recover cash owed to a preacher.

” meets hookers which even in the 30s were numerous in china

” pays the equivalent of $15 for a ‘foot massage’ with happy ending

-Japanese come and kick some Chinese ass
– Christian Bale falls for chinese hooker because who else will rub a guys stinky feet after a hard day’s work
-japanese kick more ass and chinese cower in the streets
-Christian bale goes for more ‘hand love’ only to find that the japanese are deciding if they want to take chinese hookers as their slaves or prostitutes ( funny thing is that today in China all one needs is an Iphone 4s and they can have just about any snaggle toothed woman here)
-japanese kill more chinese (this is just another way of building hatred for foreign powers such that the locals feel the need of the strong hand of communism…
-christian bale feels sorry for the chinese school girls, after all, he never had to teach them nor live with their incessant banter and uncivilized ways, think of it like this, even a wilderbeast seems cuddly from afar
-the japanese do bad things

-the prostitutes become the sex slaves of the japanese which is not as bad as it seems, for they got japanese visas and when the war ended were allowed to relocate to places like the US where they now live in the lap of luxury….

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Corruption in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 22, 2011

Excellent comment from a man who shall remain nameless….brew…..

Here is an article he found from this site http://www.topsecretwriters.com/2011/12/guanxi-contract-gifts-china/

“My First Experience With Chinese Corruption

A friend needed to outsource a project and asked if I could help.

For me, it was easy, as I knew of just the right person for the job. They had the experience, the ability and integrity.

Based upon these things, I assumed it would be an easy task for the friend to contract this person. In China, however, such a task is not as easy as it may sound.

The truth is that here, one has to analyze not only the obvious – the office politics – but also other unseen and unexpected factors.

When doing business in China, one of the most influential factors is guanxi – writ large “corruption”. Working in places like Mexico, Brazil and Paraguay has inculcated upon me the idea that business is about money, and often-times the law be damned.

But nothing I’ve ever experienced could have prepared me for China.

China, a country where 8-14% of her GDP is impacted by corruption, redefines the word itself, at least to me. China is a country that is quite frankly bloated with corruption.

China is the world’s leading consumer of luxury goods, half of which wind up as “gifts” to corrupt officials. Fantastic as it may seem, business in china is not at all as it appears.

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Ship Bound For China Illegally Packed with US Patriot Missiles

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 22, 2011

As part of her peaceful rise China has built an aircraft carrier, jet fighters and now is smuggling US Patriot missiles.
I guess the Chinese definition of peace is different than my own.

But how foolish are we to do nothing but watch as China arms themselves to the teeth….
Story here

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