Chinese Political Scene

Re: Chinese Political Scene

Postby dreamon on Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:50 pm

National Bureau of Statistics data shows there are now about 20 million more men under 30 than women under 30.


She cites a statement on population put out by the State Council - China's cabinet - in 2007.

"It said China faced unprecedented population pressures, and that the overall quality of the population is too low, so the country has to upgrade the quality of the population."


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21320560


Well, what do they expect when female babies are either aborted or killed after birth. Not just by the parents but also the government minders.

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Re: Chinese Political Scene

Postby deja vu on Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:46 am

Today. Tomorrow. Big Yellow Duck. All are search terms now banned in China.

In an attempt to soften tensions on the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre Tuesday, Chinese Communist Party officials are banning a list of search terms of Sina Weibo, one of the country’s most popular social media sites, the Guardian reports.

Among searches like “special day” and “that year,” numerical combinations that could refer to June 4, 1989, are also off-limits.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/06/04 ... latestnews

Unbelievable. Banning the terms does not stop it, just makes them more determined.

Once again the Government's solution is to deny and bury their heads in the sand, just hoping it all passes quietly. Come clean, tell the people the truth and take your lumps. The world knows what you did and the Chinese are catching up to what you did that fateful day.
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Re: Chinese Political Scene

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:50 pm

I read that a community in Ontario is going to ban the number 4 in house numbers due to residents of Asian heritage superstitious of the number sounding like the word for death.

Perhaps the Sino Weibo search term for death might generate results for the Tianamen Square anniversary, an important one for the Chinese population to remember those who protested government rule.
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Re: Chinese Political Scene

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:24 pm

Bo Xilai's name has returned to the news again as the location of his trial was announced. His family history and his achievements are again put into the public domain. The third article link explains how the deceased Mr. Heywood was connected to the French villa.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-02-260713.html

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/08/05/editorials/mr-bo-xilai-indicted-at-last/#.UgBrjc12OCk

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/06/world/asia/cannes-villa-is-expected-to-play-role-in-bribery-case-against-chinese-ex-official.html?ref=world
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Re: Chinese Political Scene

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:51 am

It seems that the defendant Bo Xilai had something to share about the whistle-blower during closing arguments of the trial. Talk about strategic timing of the introduction of new information!

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-china-bo-trial-20130827,0,858712.story

Some of the revelations of how access to money from other people made family life abundant.
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-china-bo-wealth-20130824,0,2013100.story

I know in Canadian banks, one cannot store currency in safety deposit boxes. Does anyone have a handy link to Chinese bank law on safety deposit box storage rules?

A related story-the resignation of a forensic scientist who claimed evidence was often made up. She was the only one to publicly challenge the official evidence claimed as the basis of charges concerning Neil Heywood's death.
http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-china-forensic-scientist-quits-20130819,0,5991387.story
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Re: Chinese Political Scene

Postby dreamon on Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:48 pm

Speaking of currency -

China’s top leaders are hiding vast wealth through offshore companies set up by relatives and close associates in tax havens, according to a report by an investigative journalism group based on a huge leak of financial documents.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists report, released Tuesday, said the documents show almost 22,000 clients of offshore companies and banks have addresses in mainland China and Hong Kong, including at least 15 of China’s richest men and women, members of the National People’s Congress and executives of state-owned companies.

http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news ... -says?lite


They are not the first and wont be the last, but it's disgusting that while they are hiding a ton their country is a mess. Pollution runs rampant, shoddy business dealings with food and construction and yet these guys are living the high live. Imagine what could be done if the were honest and that money put to good use instead of lining their pockets while harming the country.

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Re: Chinese Political Scene

Postby CielOnTap on Wed May 07, 2014 10:56 am

There's tension in the South China Sea. Chinese ships have entered what the Vietnamese government see as their waters and water cannons were used by the Chinese ships against the Vietnamese ships. It is known that the Chinese are trying to establish an oil rig in waters China considers its own. However, there are many overlapping territory claims of the waters by other nations as well.

A Phillipines supply ship was told in English by a Chinese ship not to head into water that China considered off-limits. The Phillipine ship, with journalists on board to witness the exchange, did change course to avoid a collision and reached a shoal monitored by Phillipine soldiers on a rusted ship.

The Phillipines will file a claim in the Hague against China concerning a prior encounter.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/05/07/asia-pacific/tensions-high-south-china-sea-disputes-boil/

It appears that China shares a common trait of Russia's-act provocatively yet complain loudly when caught in other lands.
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Re: Chinese Political Scene

Postby alohasand on Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:18 pm

Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting Seattle, Washington USA today! He is one of two world figures that are in the USA this week. Pope Francis is the other one.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/reporters-notebook/xi-jinping-visit/president-xi-of-china-arrives-in-seattle?action=click&contentCollection=xi-jinping-visit&module=g-series-graphic

Newspapers and media must be having a field day deciding who to cover and with how many people! Not to mention the protocol teams.
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Re: Chinese Political Scene

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:40 pm

The New York Times provides some background on the man who is the Chinese President now:

“I always had a stubborn streak and wouldn’t put up with being bullied,” Mr. Xi recalled in an interview in 2000, one of the few times he has spoken about his experience as a teenager in Beijing. “I riled the radicals, and they blamed me for everything that went wrong.”

Mr. Xi has often discussed the seven years he spent exiled to a rural village during the latter part of the Cultural Revolution, including in a speech in Seattle on Tuesday, casting that chapter of his life as an uplifting story of a city boy who discovers the suffering of ordinary Chinese in the countryside and resolves to make a difference.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/world/asia/xi-jinping-china-cultural-revolution.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

While in Seattle, Washington, Chinese President Xi took in meetings with Silicon Valley tech firms:
Facebook is now shut out of China, with its irresistible market of 600 million internet users, creating a black spot in Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of making Facebook a global social network. Will Facebook end up being the biggest beneficiary of face time with Mr. Xi? Mr. Zuckerberg spoke with the president in Mandarin for what seemed like at least a minute when Mr. Xi greeted him before photos with tech industry leaders at Microsoft. (It was an elite crowd that included Apple’s Timothy D. Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and IBM’s Virginia Rometty)

From where reporters were standing in the back of the room, Mr. Zuckerberg’s chat was more than a cursory ‘ni hao' and we could hear the distinct sounds of Mr. Zuckerberg’s accent floating to the back of the room. But we couldn’t decipher what he was saying. Did he just ask Mr. Xi outright for entry in the market?

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/reporters-notebook/xi-jinping-visit/a-chat-in-chinese-with-mark-zuckerberg-as-tech-giants-jostle-for-facetime?action=click&contentCollection=xi-jinping-visit&module=g-series-graphic
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Re: Chinese Political Scene

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:05 pm

What do some Chinese workers who are owed back wages do to get attention to their plight? How about climbing a crane and threatening to jump?
THE crane that looms over Sainty Marine’s shipyard on the lower reaches of the Yangzi river had been motionless for weeks when a worker climbed it late last year. The struggling company had stopped getting orders and, rather than deal with the headache of laying off its employees, it simply stopped paying them. The man on the crane threatened to jump to get the attention of local officials, coming down only when they promised to help him. Other workers took a somewhat safer, though (in a country where strikes are illegal) no less provocative measure to demand their missing wages: they marched out and blockaded a nearby highway.

Sainty Marine, which overextended itself by buying another shipbuilder, is veering towards bankruptcy. Withholding wages is a common tactic for Chinese companies in trouble; in Yizheng, the gritty town that is home to Sainty Marine’s shipyard, the local government has published statements admonishing employers for doing so.

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21688443-unemployment-rising-not-always-visible-shocks-and-absorbers?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/shocksandabsorbers

What a way to get one's due money! This is why it is important for each country to have clear employment laws for employers and workers.
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