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Chinese Fraud and Email

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 6, 2013

Did you ever wonder why your Chinese business associates give you some @163.com email addy instead of ‘bigchinacorp.com’?

I used to think that Chinese companies were too tight to shell out for proper company named email, but now I know better. Good friends have told me that Chinese companies do have emails, but their employees slowly shift away from using them. For instance, after your first meeting or so, they will say they have been having problems with their electronic mail and tell you to start writing them at some public email account. They say it is less problematic and can handle bigger accounts, etc.

The real reason, or so I am told, is so there is no direct paper trail, which comes in handy when you are scamming. For instance, you send them a client list or a quote and next thing you know, they have passed it along to their friend who just so happens to run a competing firm. Yu lose, that firm wins, and you are s.o.l. Of course you can complain, but what proof have you got?

In addition, anything you send to them on their alternate email is not shared with the company, so even if they wanted to do something about it, they cannot.

The key in China is risk mitigation and this means to always consider that they are out to cheat you.

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China Worst Country for On Time Flights

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 6, 2013

China is great at auto-genocide and little else….

“The Dalian sit-in is just the latest in a long line of disputes between passengers and airlines in China. The country’s state-run carriers, hardly models of efficiency, have racked up a notoriously poor flight record. According to data provider FlightStats, all of the world’s 10 worst airlines for timekeeping in June were Chinese. FlightStats also notes that China’s airports — also operated by the state and bereft of customer-friendly facilities like decent restaurants or shopping — are prime offenders for tardiness. A paltry 18% of flights from Beijing’s Capital International Airport took off on time this June — the worst record of any major airport anywhere in the world. And Beijing is far from China’s only laggard. No. 2 on the FlightStats’ global offenders list? Shanghai.

With the delays piling up and airlines struggling to deal with the consequences, irate travelers are turning aggressive and protests are not uncommon. Angry passengers have in recent weeks reportedly smashed up check-in desks in Shanghai, stormed a runway in Nanchang and beaten a ground worker so badly she was left with concussion in Wenzhou. According to Chinese media reports, some airports have simply stopped announcing delays over the PA system to avoid antagonizing delayed travelers.

A mismanagement epidemic seems to blight China’s mammoth domestic airline industry — boasting 296 million internal passengers in 2012, an 8.8% rise from the previous year — and those involved simply point fingers at each other. Airline operators cite overly stringent air-traffic-control restrictions. Air-traffic controllers point to unpredictable weather patterns in heavily trafficked areas. And travelers “in the know” blame the country’s air force, which, so the rumor goes, keeps all the good airspace to itself and restricts the number of planes allowed in the air. The nation’s aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), has crunched its own numbers — and apportioned blame accordingly. According to CAAC figures, military control of airspace was responsible for just 7% of delays last year, bad weather a further 21% and air-traffic controls for 26% of holdups. The overwhelming reason for delays, the CAAC claimed, is simple — poor management by airline operators. The CAAC says 42% of delays could be attributed to “the management and operation of air carriers.”

Read more: http://world.time.com/2013/08/05/chinas-shoddy-state-run-airlines-leave-grounded-passengers-flying-into-a-rage/#ixzz2bBixeDvC

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I Have a Surprise for You

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China Faking Visa’s-27 Deported from Ghana

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 6, 2013

Chinese are not honest about anything…

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has prevented 27 Chinese, including females, from entering the country through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) for possessing fake entry visas.

Their ages ranged between 20 and 57 years and they claimed their purpose for entering Ghana was to attend business meetings and engage in construction.

Most of them were from the Guangxi Province, while a few others were from Henan, Fujian,, Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces.

The GIS had, from January till date, had cause to refuse entry into Ghana of 65 foreigners who happened to be in possession of false visas.

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