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China Losing Patience with Foreigners, Starting to Deport Them for Petty Crimes

Posted: 01/25/2015 12:00 am

arrest handcuffsForeigners who commit crimes in China are increasingly being deported and restricted from re-entering the country.

A pair of foreign nationals are facing deportation after being found guilty in two separate crimes involving assault and theft. The report doesn’t state where the foreigners are from.

Last July 17, a foreigner named Mr Sun had gotten into a physical altercation with a police officer after having too much to drink at a banquet. Sun, who was already covered in blood from a previous incident, struck the police officer in the eye with his right hand. Sun was sentenced to six months, and will be deported upon release.

In a separate case, a 30 year-old foreign woman only identified as Miss Ba was confronted by a store clerk who saw her steal perfume from a cosmetics store near Dongzhimen in Beijing. Ba refuted the allegations and said she couldn’t understand Chinese.

Police later found six bottles of perfume hidden in Ba’s handbag that included Bulgari, Gucci, and Christian Dior, with a total value of RMB 4,400.

Ba was sentenced to six months in jail like Sun, but has also been fined RMB 1,000. Ba will also be deported upon release.

Photo: Xinmin


Photographs of Violent Police Suppression of Protest in Hebei Circulate Online

Posted: 01/24/2015 12:00 pm

bazhou hebei protestPhotographs of police suppressing a mass protest in Bazhou, Hebei have been making the rounds on Chinese media this week. Although the official version of events is somewhat lacking in news reports, the following account was forwarded by hundreds on Weibo:

At around 4pm on January 21, more than a hundred illegal construction workers converged on Jianshe East Road and, instigated by the MLM [Multi-Level Marketing] leadership, attacked pedestrians and police with stones and bricks. Bazhou PSB [Public Security Bureau] dispatched a number of vehicles and civilian police officers to the scene, where they arrested those that were attacking police.

bazhou hebei protestThere is no word as to what exactly the crowd was protesting, how many people were injured, or how many were arrested. The report indicated that some police officers were injured, and a few police vehicles were damaged in the incident.

Caijing offers the following commentary on the below photographs:

bazhou hebei protest“Here, a rioter is resisting a police officer.” (above).

bazhou hebei protest“Here, police are subduing rioters.”

bazhou hebei protest“Here are several rioters lying on the ground after being subdued.”

By the time these last photographs were taken, an emergency respondent was on scene to assist the injured. Police officers can be seen in the picture above (lower left, facing the crowd) and below (top to the left, one of whom is pointing with a white stick).

bazhou hebei protestAlthough Weibo users were largely sharing news of the protest, some users volunteered their opinion of the protesters:

Each and every last one of them should be shot to death.

What’s up with people nowadays? It’s so easy to be brainwashed.
…afterwards, Bazhou police were dispatched to the scene to firmly arrest the pyramid sellers, much to the satisfaction of everyone!

Here are some other photos of the protest currently circulating online:

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VPN Service is Sketchy, Especially on iPhone, After Great Firewall Upgrade

Posted: 01/23/2015 2:56 pm

great wallIf you’ve thought that the VPN on your iPhone hasn’t been working properly in China lately, it’s not just your imagination. Virtual private network provider Astrill said on Wednesday that iOS devices that use VPN protocols IPSec, L2TP/IPSec and PPTP are not accessible in China right now. So far, it’s just iOS devices like iPhones and iPads that are affected. Astrill VPNs on MacBooks still work.

VPN Tech Runo said earlier that many of its services have not been accessible in China either, since December 31. 

An unidentified website that monitors the Chinese internet explained what’s going on:

The Great Firewall is blocking the VPN on the protocol level. It means that the firewall does not need to identify each VPN provider and block its IP addresses. Rather, it can spot VPN traffic during transit and block it.

With the Great Firewall getting harder to climb, companies like Astrill are charging more to do it. The popular VPN provider has already raised its prices to coincide with the Great Firewall update.

Keep in mind, though: there are a number of great VPNs out there. Let us know of others that might work better in the comments.

Photo: flickr


Want that American Show to be Broadcast in China? It Just Got Tougher

Posted: 01/23/2015 12:29 pm

agent carterAlthough her sassy, independent spirit and penchant for hats are hard to resist, ABC’s new show Agent Carter is the latest Western TV show to get axed in China. And from the looks of it, it won’t be the last.

The full set of rules foreign shows must follow have finally been published, which will make it even more difficult for western TV shows to find an audience in China. The newest regulations from the State Committee on Films and Broadcast Media (formerly known as SARFT) put strict limitations on the times when foreign shows can be broadcast.

This new rule follows restrictions announced earlier, including the stipulation that an entire season of a television program must be submitted for approval at the same time, ensuring a delay between when shows are broadcast abroad and they hit TV screens in China. Another rule is that foreign content can’t exceed 30 percent of a website or channel’s total broadcast content, with domestic content making up the rest.

All websites wishing to broadcast foreign television shows in 2015 must register online before February 10 this year.




English Takes On a Life of Its Own on the Chinese Internet, Confounding Native Speakers

Posted: 01/23/2015 9:36 am

chinglishA generation of Chinese people have devoted a large part of their academic lives to studying English, but that doesn’t mean the country is conversant in the language. For those who just couldn’t grasp English or gave up trying, certain English words have taken on a life of their own.

Some may call it “Chinglish”; it’s the use of English using a direct or literal translation from Chinese. Because of the large differences in Chinese idioms and grammar, the results are often unintelligible to people who, you know, actually speak English. But this is how languages evolve, right?

Last year’s big hit was “no zuo, no die”, which you can read all about on The Nanfang. But it’s far from the only example. Here is a Weibo post sent out by one user:

chinglishDid you get that? Any idea what “heart flower angry open” is supposed to mean? If not, read on. Here’s a brief rundown on some of the Chinglish phrases Chinese internet users are saying to each other:

1. Give you some color to see see (给你点颜色看看)
One of the oldest Chinglish phrases to hit the mainstream, this phrase is what you’d say if you wanted to teach your opponent a lesson. The “color” mentioned is to threaten somebody with revealing one’s hidden or restrained talent .

2. No zuo, no die (不作死就不会死)
This phase is basically the opposite of YOLO, and is used to deride others for taking bad risks or making stupid decisions.

3. You can, you up (你行你上)
This phrase means, “If you can do it, then do it yourself.” It’s a way to rebuff others for making wanton criticisms.

4. Heart flower angry open (心花怒放)
This is a Chinese idiom that would literally mean “the flowers of one’s heart will violently bloom”. It’s a way of expressing elation, or being really happy.

5. You have two down son (你有两下子)
The original phrase is a way of saying, “You really know your stuff,” or “You possess real skill” with the latter part referring to “tricks of the trade”.

6. Hello everybody! if you have something to say, then say it! If you have nothing to say, then go home (有事启奏,没事退朝)
Unlike the other examples on this list, this is not a literal Chinglish phrase as seen by its length and (mostly) proper grammar. Instead, this is a colloquial translation of something a king would say in old Chinese, akin to “State your business to the throne, otherwise withdraw.” The humor comes in making something so formal and stately into modern English.

It’s unclear where “Hello everybody!” comes from, but it fits the Chinglish all the same.

7. Watch sister (表姐)
The Chinglish way to describe your elder female cousin.

8. American Chinese not enough (美中不足)
This is a Chinese idiom that means “Everything is fine except for one small defect,” or to use the English saying, “a fly in the ointment”.

Another way to say this in Chinglish is “American Chinese no foot”, but that’s not as funny.

9. At the beginning of life, sex is good! (人之初,性本善)
The original old Chinese saying means “Man’s nature at birth is fundamentally good.” The mix-up comes as the Chinese character for “nature” is the same as “sex”.

10. One car come, one car go, two car pengpeng, one car died. (一个汽车来,一个汽车去,两个汽车“砰乓”,一个汽车死亡。)
Famous for being an early example of Chinglish, this is how Jackie Chan tried to explain to a foreign police officer what happened at a traffic accident in one of his movies.

11. Why is it you? Why is it always you? (怎么是你,怎么老是你?)
One of the problems with learning a new language is the tendency to use the vocabulary of the new language, but the grammar of the old one. This example is what happens when you translate “How are you? How old are you?” using the English grammar instead of Chinese, thereby changing the meaning to something else altogether.

12. You share rose get fun (鱼香肉丝盖浇饭)
This is another special case that isn’t a literal translation from Chinese into English. Instead, the Chinese pinyin of “Rice served with shredded pork in garlic sauce, Chongqing-style” is taken to mean its English-sounding equivalent.

Sound it out, and you can get in on the joke as well: Yú xiāng ròusī gàijiāo fàn.

This joke is like the mnemonic-type tricks Chinese students of English use to help them learn. For example, the Chinese pinyin equivalent of the English word “ambulance” (ān bù néng sǐ) gets the literal meaning of “I can’t die”, and the pinyin equivalent of “ambition” (ānbìshēng) literally becomes “I must win”.

Photos: baozoumanhua


Pollution in Guangzhou Goes from Bad to Worse to Start 2015

Posted: 01/23/2015 9:07 am

Guangzhou recorded its worst pollution of the year so far on Wednesday. All of the city’s air monitoring stations had different readings, but ten of them passed the serious pollution level, New Express Daily reported on January 22.

“[Wednesday] was the worst polluted day in Guangzhou since the start of the new year,” said Huang Zuzhao, deputy head of the city’s environment monitoring centre.

The Pearl River Delta, in particular, suffered severe smog with several air stations in Foshan recording PM 2.5 levels higher than 200. The World Health Organization recommends daily exposure of not more than 25 micrograms per cubic metre over a 24-hour period, and any reading above 200 is considered “heavily polluted” by China’s national standards.

Guangdong’s current cold weather, static air and pollutants accumulated over several days have all contributed to the city’s worsening air quality, the report said.

Photos: Reinhard Krause/Courtesy Reuters


Chinese Flight Attendant Trainees Pose Topless in Honour of Chinese Singer Yao Beina

Posted: 01/22/2015 11:00 am

yao beina breast cancer awareness

Last week’s death of popular Chinese singer, Yao Beina, saw the release of secret photos taken during her last moments in the hospital and immediately following her death.

In an effort to properly honour Yao, who was just 34 years-old when she succumbed to complications related to breast cancer, the students of the Chengdu Dongxin Airline Attendant Academy held a memorial in the singer’s honour.

The stewardesses-in-training mounted a breast cancer awareness campaign by agreeing to be photographed topless in a classroom and on a plane, or a stage that looks like a plane. A few of the photos feature airline attendants carrying signs promoting women’s health.

A second year student of the Airline Attendant Academy, Ao Min, explained the campaign:

As a student, this was our first time being photographed naked, something I was a bit embarrassed about. We hope that these photographs demonstrate to women that being healthy is beautiful. We hope that more of our sisters educate themselves about health related issues, and remain vigilant in the fight against breast cancer.

Here are more photographs from the campaign, as well as from the memorial the students held in honour of Yao:

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China’s Military Has a Laser Gun that Destroys Targets in Five Seconds

Posted: 01/22/2015 10:30 am

laser weapon

In what will surely make everyone feel safer, the Chinese Military confirmed that it has developed a megawatt-class laser gun, which can destroy targets within as little as five seconds, with no collateral damage. The weapon, labelled a “low altitude guard”, defends against slow, small targets, such as what’s left of the drone pictured above.

News of China’s laser weapon technology first broke last November, when it was reported that the weapons would be used to safeguard large-scale events in urban areas.

The announcement by the Chinese military comes two years after the US Navy debuted laser weaponry on American warships. Designed for use against drones and other vessels, the solid-state laser weapons were first deployed to the Persian Gulf.

No photographs of the Chinese laser gun have yet been published.

Photo: People’s Daily Online


Police Seize 136 Thousand Fake Condoms and Viagra in Guangdong

Posted: 01/21/2015 6:42 pm

viagraSex is a big business in China, and with opportunities galore, some unscrupulous merchants are getting in on the action by selling counterfeit products.

The Guangdong provincial police seized 136,166 fake condoms and male performance enhancers in simultaneous raids made last August on factories located in Chaozhou and Zhongshan. The fake sex products, worth RMB 3 million ($483,870), were to be marketed online and sold to people in cities throughout China.


Last April, 140,000 fake Viagra pills were seized in Shenzhen, while a pharmacy in the city’s Luohu District was busted for selling the fake pills back in 2012.

Photo: evolife


Man Beheaded at a Chinese Shopping Mall After Argument Turns Deadly

Posted: 01/21/2015 5:29 pm

yanan knife attack

[This post contains material that may be offensive to some readers]

A shopping mall in Yan’an, Shaanxi is the scene of horrific crime today as a dispute between shopkeepers turned deadly when three people were attacked by a man with a knife.

The attack happened at around 1pm on the third floor of the Shengda International Shopping Plaza. At least two of the victims had a shop selling curtains on the floor, and were apparently in a dispute with the man accused of the attack. One of the victims was so badly cut that his head was severed.  A third victim was found on an escalator nearby. There are conflicting reports, but at least two of the three died in the incident.

The suspect was arrested at the scene, which has been sealed off by police tape.

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Photos: China Business Report

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