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Guangdong Teen Murders Aunt After Criticism for Playing Video Games

Posted: 04/10/2014 6:02 pm

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Police from Zhenjiang district of the city of Shaoguan have confirmed that they have arrested Lu X Jie* for strangling to death his aunt after she criticized him for playing video games, reported Nandu.

Lu X Jie, a 17 year-old high school dropout, was invited by his aunt Lu X Quan* to stay at her home in Shaoguan; she had arranged a job interview for him at the electrical plant of an acquaintance of hers. Upon arriving, X Jie would immediately turn on his cousin’s computer and play video games until 3am the next morning, at which time he was told to go to bed by his aunt. Upon waking up at 9am the next day, X Jie would again draw the ire of his aunt when he again kept playing video games, prompting her to say that he “won’t ever change his stubborn nature”.

His concentration broken in the middle of whichever brilliant tactical decision he was about to take, X Jie broke into a furious rage. X Jie pushed his aunt down to the floor where he would beat her head against the ground, and then strangled her to death with the electric cord to a hot water bottle. His little finger bitten during the fight, X Jie then stole her phone, keys, and 75 yuan from her wallet.

X Jie hid his aunt’s body in the next room and cleaned up the scene of the crime by mopping up any blood on the ground. He then up called a second-hand store in order to sell off his aunt’s TV, stereo, satellite paraphernalia for 100 yuan, or its equivalent currency in gil. Afterwards, X Jie invited a friend named Ming to come over to the murder scene so that they could play video games together in relative peace.

The next day after his friend left, X Jie went back to his aunt’s house to sleep, after which he went to a internet bar. It was there that X Jie was finally caught and confronted by police. At the time of his arrest, he reportedly said:

“It’s okay if you beat me, just don’t touch my computer at any cost.”

The report does not specifically mention if either one of X Jie’s requests were fulfilled.

Meanwhile, a similar crime involving video games has happened recently in Sichuan. Games in Asia reports an argument between a 16 year-old boy and his mother over the MOBA video game League of Legends turned deadly when the mother was carried away by the current of a river when she threatened to kill herself, a process repeated when the father later came to confront the son who would also walk into the river like his mother and also get carried away as well.

* The middle names has been withheld from publication



Dog killer in Shaoguan finally caught… when he used his poison on a human

Posted: 01/20/2014 10:00 am

A man in Shaoguan’s Renhua County who used lethal injection to capture dogs which he would sell to restaurants is facing jail for using the same poisonous cocktail to kill a man who tried to stop him. Mr. Ye was charged Jan. 15 after murdering the man who caught him in the act of seizing a dog in Dongtang Town’s Tanglian Village on Jan. 2, Yangcheng Evening News reports.

Tanglian Village is a mountainous area in northern Renhua County with no more than 70 residents. In the past two years the local people’s simple lives have been turned upside down by dog thefts. “There have been over 20 dog thefts this winter alone,” the victim’s older brother Chen Rixin told the paper.

Chen Rixin holding up the murder weapon for a photographer from Yangcheng Evening News

Chen Chuanlong who lives in the village says he saw two men in their 30s make off with a dead dog on a motorbike just after 6 a.m. on Jan. 2. Two hours later the men came back and he called his neighbour Chen Guangliang who went out to confront them.

Led by Chen Guangliang, a group of villagers surrounded the two men. Chen Guangliang ended up in a scuffle with one of them. According to Chen Chuanglong, the thief stabbed Chen Guangliang with a syringe. Twenty seconds later, Chen Guangling fell to the ground, complaining of dizziness. He was rushed to hospital but died on the way.

Villagers got together and caught the perpetrator Mr. Ye. An investigation has shown that he was running an illegal business in which he seized dogs and sold them to nearby restaurants. There is a growing cultural movement against the consumption of dog and cat meat in China but there is still plenty of push back, particularly from the northeast of the country.


Dinosaur footprints found in Guangdong

Posted: 11/7/2013 7:00 am

Scientists confirmed on Tuesday (Nov.5) that they have found seven Hadrosaur footprints in Nanxiong County in Shaoguan, Xinhua reports. A Hadrosaur is a duck-billed dinosaur.

The footprints are a three-toed shape with claw marks and were found by Xing Lida, a PhD student with China University of Geosciences.

The diameters of the footprints range from 10 to 60 cm and the depths measure from 2 to 8 cm. Each footprint is slightly longer than it is wide.

Xinhua has more:

The largest Hadrosaur, which left the footprints, was likely to be 8 to 10 meters in length while the smaller one was only 1.5 to 2 meters long, Xing speculated.

Hadrosaurs are known as duck-billed dinosaurs due to the similarity of their heads to that of modern ducks. They lived in the late Cretaceous period, about 70 million to 80 million years ago.

Their footprints were mainly found in North America and Mongolia. The latest finding is expected to help with the research on the evolution and migration of Hadrosaurs.

The future of palaeontology could well belong to China. International Business Times reported last week that a huge drive for museum construction and excavation work has led to a dinosaur craze in the country.

Heyuan in Guangdong Province has its own dinosaur fossil museum, and was labeled “Hometown of the Dinosaur in China” at an international paleontological event in 2005.


Poets can have their work carved on northern Guangdong mountain

Posted: 10/10/2013 7:00 am

A global campaign has been launched to collect poetry about Mount Danxia, a scenic area near Shaoguan. The three poems deemed best will be immortalised by being carved on a precipice on the mountain, Chinanews reports.

The submitted poems must pay tribute to this, image courtesy of Google Images

On Tuesday (Oct. 8), a joint press conference was held by the World Natural Heritage Centre and the local municipal government to announce that poets from around the world are invited to submit their work to shirenwang (poets’ network) by Nov. 18. There are no age restrictions.

The authors of the top three poems will also receive 30,000 yuan (US$4,902.5) as a reward.

CNS has more:

According to the rules of the competition, every entry should be written as a seven-character octave, an ancient Chinese form of poetry that contains eight lines, with each line having seven characters.

The seven-character octave as a form probably reached maturity during the Tang Dynasty (618-906).

Shaoguan vice mayor Chen Bo said the challenge would help preserve some of the culture of the early 21st century for future generations.

Are there any foreigners out there who think their Chinese is good enough to have a go?


Guangdong schools introducing textbooks from Taiwan

Posted: 10/7/2013 11:00 am

Selected high schools in Guangdong will use textbooks from Taiwan that teach traditional Chinese culture. This is part of a pilot scheme that policymakers hope will help narrow the gap between Taiwan and mainland China in knowledge of the subject, South China Morning Post reports.

Traditional Chinese culture is not pat of the gaokao and the selected institutions will be the first mainland schools to teach Confucian classics systematically. They include the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University; Shenzhen Middle School; Xinfeng County Number One Middle School in Shaoguan, and the Shenzhen High School of Science.

The paper has more:

Nanfang Daily reported recently that a modified version of an introductory course on Chinese traditional culture will be introduced in some Guangdong high schools.

The two-part course, comprising 22 units, will focus on the Four Books of Confucianism: The Great Learning, The Doctrine of the Mean, Analects and Mencius.

Zhu Ziping, principal of the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University, said the school had offered Chinese studies as an elective subject for junior and high school students since the 1990s.

But a lack of systematic textbooks had always been an issue, and students had to supplement their courses by going online to conduct research or find relevant texts.

“This series of textbooks will fill a lot of blanks in [traditional Chinese studies education] on the mainland,” Zhu said.

Professor Chu Zhaohui, a researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences, welcomed the initiative.

“Taiwan has been outstanding in fostering Chinese studies. This will raise the mainland’s level of education in this subject, and that is a good thing,” he said.

While some private publishers on the mainland have tried producing similar textbooks, they remain untested by large numbers of students and teachers, Chu said.

“Taiwan, on the other hand, is very mature in this regard,” he added.

Dr Zhou Yun of South China University of Technology’s school of political sciences, said the inadequacy of traditional Chinese cultural education on the mainland was “almost pathetic” and the paper suggested the move may be too little too late.


Guy in Guangdong grows opium poppies in the open

Posted: 04/5/2013 2:36 pm

People passing through Meihua County in Lechan, Shaoguan City recently noticed almost 2,000 gorgeous purple flowers in full bloom in a remote vegetable plot.  While people were impressed by the flowers, nobody realized what they were until the police happened to stop by.

Image credit: The Guardian

It turns out the flowers were opium poppies, according to media reports. Police moved in and eradicated the poppies, and now the hunt is on for whoever planted them.

Meihua country is a remote, steep mountainous area in the north of Lechang. The 1,999 poppies were discovered by police doing regular patrols in the area. Planting opium is against Chinese law, and it didn’t take too long for Shaoguan Police’s anti-drug detachment and the Lechang criminal investigation brigade to destroy all 1,999 plants.

Police believe a villager in the area surnamed Qiu planted the poppies, and they are on the hunt for him now.  It’s believed he slipped away as soon as he knew police discovered his crops.


Guy attacks an ostrich as part of elaborate suicide attempt, ultimately fails

Posted: 01/23/2013 7:00 am

A man was rescued by police in a zoo in Shaoguan City on January 19 after a bizarre suicide attempt which followed even more bizarre behaviour, Shenzhen Satellite Television reports.

The man, Li, 27, from Yunnan Province, attacked an ostrich in the zoo and bit it to death in front of onlookers who included children and elderly people. He then slashed his wrists as police were called.

Xu Jianwen, deputy head of Datang Road police station told reporters that when he arrived at the scene, Li was highly excitable and simulated firing a gun at the policemen. He was already covered in blood when police arrived.

As he began to lose strength, Li lay on the ostrich’s corpse like a pillow before police approached him tentatively. He offered little resistance before police dragged him away.

He was rushed to hospital where his condition soon stabilized. However, that night, his condition worsened and he was returned to hospital. He appears to be out of the woods now. A suicide note was found on his person. The note urged his parents to have a good life, saying there was no need to worry about him anymore.

Li works as a security guard and has been described by colleagues as an introvert who is unusually quiet when at work. He was also described as being straight-forward.

Police drag a bleeding Li away from the ostrich’s corpse

The name of his company was not revealed to media.

Whether this was a genuine attempted suicide or a cry for help, I think we can all agree: the man needs help.

Li claims to have no recollection of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.


Guangdong Province chooses 3 areas to pilot anti-corruption measures amid deep mistrust

Posted: 12/14/2012 5:27 pm

Guangdong Province, as is often the case, has been chosen to pilot some of the country’s newest legislation. According to China Business Journal (via The Atlantic), Hengqin County in Zhuhai, Nansha County in Guangzhou and Shixing County in Shaoguan will be “experimental zones” for a system to make information about officials’ assets publicly available in 2013.

This was announced after a period of just over a month in which scandals involving officials in the province came thick and fast.

While corruption seems to be everywhere these days, the Fabius Maximus blog, which focuses on economics and geopolitics, argues that corruption in China is not at dangerous levels when you consider how corrupt America was when it was at a similar stage of development.

But anger at official corruption is widespread and raw. Both Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping have emphasized the need to tackle corruption in order to maintain stability.

As The Atlantic points out, making genuine long-term progress through this experiment, which is part of Guangdong Province’s five year plan, would be a hell of an achievement:

The idea of an official assets disclosure system was first put forward in 1989, followed by ceaseless calls from the public, as well as proposals submitted by representatives of the National People’s Congress, demanding the establishment of such a system. But objections from various interest groups have held the plan up in the air.

Allegations of official misconduct are not slowing down. One of the more high profile cases came in Shenzhen at the beginning of this week.

In recent days, an online post accusing a Shenzhen subdistrict government official of abusing power and arranging jobs for numerous relatives was picked up by several newspapers, according to Shenzhen Daily.

In the post, a director surnamed Chen, now with the Cuizhu Subdistrict Office in Luohu, has been accused of arranging jobs in the office for 50 relatives and buying an RMB 500,000 (US$79,986) car with public funds. He also stands accused of buying an RMB 400,000 car for his own use when he was appointed head of Cuizhu Subdistrict, which would have been unaffordable on the salary he was earning.

But the exposure and punishment of the occasional official is unlikely to satisfy a public hungry for broader reforms. Demanding that officials declare assets does not stop corruption, which is described by author Murong Xuecun as “abuse of power.”

Moreover, the three counties selected are of little importance on a national level. Such reforms have been experimented on before in villages and counties, only to die out when the person who introduced them moves on.

Officials who illegally amass money can easily move it overseas. And nepotism in government departments and state-owned enterprises is so prevalent that whenever any seemingly undeserving person is promoted, many people immediately assume it be a case of nepotism.

A public that is seeing higher living costs while salaries remain stagnant is growing tired of being left in the dust by a ruling class that is not introducing the meaningful reforms to help them.

This was best illustrated by the case of the government official, Yuan Songfang, who recently jumped to his death from his residence building in Zhongshan after months of protests in Haizhou Village, which he presides over.

This case is a tragic example of the conflict between maintaining stability and tackling special interests.


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