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Philippines Prove Chinese have Invaded Their Island

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 11, 2014

Take this China, suck it….

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines on Thursday put on display dozens of ancient maps which officials said showed that China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea did not include a disputed shoal at the centre of an acrimonious standoff.

The Philippines is in dispute with China over parts of the South China Sea, including the Scarborough Shoal, an area believed to be rich in oil and natural gas as well as fisheries resources.

China seized control of the shoal in June 2012 and has prevented Philippine fishermen from getting close to the rocky outcrop, a rich fishing ground.

Philippine officials said the exhibition of old maps at a university showed that for almost 1,000 years, from the Song Dynasty in the year 960 until the end of the Qing Dynasty early in the 20th century, China’s southernmost territory was always Hainan island, just off the Chinese coast.



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Chinese Mom Trues to Kidnap American Child

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 11, 2014

This crazy nag tried to kidnap a child and take him to hell-China. She boarded a plane and thank goodness it wasn’t Air China or she would have gotten away with it.

Read the details below

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the hearing for a mother accused of trying to fly a child to China without permission from the father has been postponed.

Last week, we told you that a custody battle between Loudoun County parents forced a Beijing-bound flight to return to DullesInternational Airport. The flight carrying Wenjing ‘Linda’ Liu of Fairfax and her son had flown over Canada before the pilot announced the plane was headed back. Had the plane not turned around, the incident could have become a major international custody battle. The U.S. only has custody treaties with 90 countries, and China is not one of them.

Liu and her son were met by authorities when the plane landed, according to an affidavit. The child was returned to his father, William Ruifrok III, and Liu was taken into custody, officials said.

The father had notified the FBI that Liu was attempting to take their son to China without his permission. Liu is not allowed to take the child out of the country without the father’s permission, according to a custody agreement.

Liu had emailed the child’s father to say that her grandmother was dying and that “we gotta fly back asap,” according to an affidavit. The father told Liu that their son couldn’t go, but Liu said she already booked a flight and they were leaving immediately, according to an affidavit.

Liu faces attempted international parental kidnapping, according to an affidavit.

Ruifrok, who is American, separated from his wife Liu last year. The parents had joint custody of the child, but according to the custody agreement, neither parent was allowed to take the child outside the U.S. without the other’s consent.

Liu sent her estranged husband an email saying her grandfather was dying and she was taking their son to China, investigators told NBC News. When Liu ignored Ruifrok’s objections, he notified FBI about the potential kidnapping.

Passengers said the pilot initially told them they had to return due to mechanical issues, CBS News reported.

“After they left, the pilot came back on and said that he deliberately misled us, he thought that, in his judgment that it was the best thing to do, given the circumstances of potential abduction that that’s the reason we had diverted,” passenger Lane Bailey told the station.

Flight 897 continued on to its destination Thursday evening.



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Over 100 People Charged in USA with Stealing For China in Past Four Years

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 11, 2014

The Chinese are not shy about gobbling up our tech.


In the past four years, nearly 100 individual or corporate defendants have been charged by the Justice Department with stealing trade secrets or classified information for Chinese entities or exporting military or dual-use technology to China, according to court records. A number of other cases involving China remain under seal, according to the Justice Department.

The targets of all this theft are some of the biggest and best-known U.S. defense contractors and private companies, with household names such as Northrop Grumman, Boeing, General Dynamics, Ford, DuPont and Dow Chemical.



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Taiwan Meddling in Hong Kong Affairs

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 11, 2014

This is a classic…

myphoto_normal.jpg Philip Pan (@panphil)
9/3/14, 19:58
From Taiwan, Broad Support for Democracy in Hong Kong buff.ly/Wappsy Trick question: Does this count as foreign meddling?

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Chinese College Grads Earn Less than Janitors, But are Overpaid…

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 11, 2014

This Tweet shows that college grads in China earn less than manual laborers. Interestingly enough, they produce much less, at least less of value. Factory workers stitch together out T’s and pack things into Iphone frames, while their educated counterparts do little more than pack elevators to the brim and nostrils with two fingers.

All in all, Neither adds much value.

5085b0c02879f3e3c0e6945cb9097cee_normal.jpeg Tom Orlik (@TomOrlik)
9/5/14, 20:00
Survey finds China’s university graduates earn average 2,400 yuan/month. Factory workers get 2,600yuan (Chinese) henan.sina.com.cn/news/s/2014-09…

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Pigs on the Loose- Chinese in University

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 11, 2014

The following comes from the South China Morning Post. It describes the semi-feudal living conditions that Chinese students subject themselves to. I had a friend from Taiwan who said that Chinese universities are like liveries but less clean. She said that of her four roommates, she was the only one to bathe each day and that one considered it a fortnightly affair. I knew a Chinese doctor who recommended showering no more than twice per month as well.

China, so many years and so little to show for it.


A Chinese university’s new policy demanding that students clean their own dormitories – including toilets – has caused a backlash, as pupils complained they should be there purely to study.

Students of Nanchang University, a prestigious school in China’s southeastern Jiangxi province, were put in charge of cleaning duties from September 1, the start of the term. University authorities said the initiative was intended to make students better people by doing labour work.

”Students born after the 1990s are very weak in manual labour. [Most of them are] the single child in the family,” university president Zhou Chuangbing said, explaining the policy’s rationale in response to the criticisms.

”So I think labouring can get them trained, which [also] popularises many traditional Chinese traits,” Zhou said in an interview with Shanghai-based news website thepaper.cn.

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