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China Steps Into Toronto’s Mayoral Race: expenses-paid trip toward one candidate

Posted by Author on June 12, 2010

David Rider, The Toronto Star, Canada –

The Chinese consulate
seems to be stepping into Toronto’s mayoral race by sending one candidate — George Smitherman —to speak at an “international mayors’ forum on tourism” in central China.

The four-day, expenses-paid trip starting Thursday, which includes a side trip to World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, is raising eyebrows because Smitherman has never held city office.

“The Chinese consulate is showing favouritism toward one mayoral candidate and that’s not very diplomatic,” said rival Giorgio Mammoliti, adding: “If Smitherman wants to go to China and pretend to be an expert on tourism, so be it.”

Smitherman’s spokesman Stefan Baranski said, “The Chinese government invited him and will be paying for his trip. . . . He will be speaking about his passion for Toronto, why it’s such a vibrant world city (and worthy of visiting) and in support of the over 400,000 people who speak Chinese who live in Toronto.”

According to the Pacific Asia Travel Association, the four-day International Mayors Forum on Tourism in Zhengzhou is “a grand tourism event with the most prospective and global cooperative significance that has appeared in the world tourism circles in recent years.”

Asked if he is concerned about accepting a junket from a government criticized for its human-rights record, Baranski relayed this statement from Smitherman: “As a gay man, the promotion of human rights are in my DNA. I am going to China at the request of the Consul General to speak to a municipal conference and hear the best and most innovative tourism strategies from cities around the world. It will also afford me the chance to build stronger ties and respectful relationships with our counterparts.”

Earlier, Baranski said, leaders of Toronto’s Chinese community honoured Smitherman by giving him the name “Shih Thern-Min, which symbolizes his desire to revitalize the city and make it work for people.”

Rob Ford’s campaign manager, Doug Ford, also questioned why China would single out Smitherman: “You don’t take free trips when you’re running for office. It’s not ethical, it smells bad. It smells like ‘pay to play,’ like a return to a culture of corruption” at city hall, he said.

Fellow candidate Rocco Rossi also responded with scorn: “That’s what you do when everyone’s attacking your incompetent transit plan — you disappear and you try to change the channel on the discussion.”

The press office at China’s Toronto consulate asked for and was sent the Star’s questions in writing but has yet to respond.

The Toronto Star

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(Photos) Man-made Fake Eggs Sold on China Night Market

Posted by Author on August 15, 2007

Zhengzhou city’s local newspaper Zhengzhou Daily (Zhengzhou is the capital city of Henan province, in Central China) reported on Aug 13, 2007 that resident Mr. Wang, who’s selling food additive for many years, found that the chicken eggs he bought on night market didn’t look nature- his experience in food told him the “eggs” were made by additive!

So he caught the boss of the restaurant and asked him to tell he the truth, otherwise he will sue to the authority. The boss then reluctantly told Ms. Wang that the eggs were totally man-made, he actually didn’t make it himself but bought from a producer, and had finally told him the process of how to make fake “eggs”.

Mr. Wang then bought some materials – chemical food additive- and exposed to the reporter how to make fake eggs.

egg yolk

Above: additive liquor, for making egg yolk

egg yolk (2)

Above: egg yolk is ready after concreting

egg white

Above: put “egg white” – also additive- on egg yolk

After put the “egg” inside a calcium carbonate eggshell, a complete egg is ready – it only take less than 5 minutes.

Why make fake eggs ?

Because of money.

The cost of fake egg is only 0.55 Yuan/kg, while the true eggs’ market price is 5.6 Yuan/kg.

Read the Chinese report of this story Via Watching China website.

Posted in Asia, Business, Businessman, Central China, China, Counterfeit, Economy, Food, Health, Henan, Law, Life, Made in China, News, People, Photo, products, World, Zhengzhou | 20 Comments »

‘Citizen journalism’ Battles China Censors

Posted by Author on June 26, 2007

from AFP, published on Ninemsn, Australia, 24 Jun 2007-

In the strictly controlled media world of communist China, “citizen journalism” is beating a way through censorship, breaking taboos and offering a pressure valve for social tensions.

In one striking example this month, the Internet was largely responsible for breaking open a slave scandal in two Chinese provinces that some local authorities had been complicit in.

A letter posted on the Internet by 400 parents of children working as slaves in brickyards was the trigger for the national press to finally report on the scandal that some rights groups say had been going on for years.

The parents’ Internet posting was part of a growing phenomenon for marginalised people in China who can not otherwise have their complaints addressed by the traditional, government-controlled press.

“The phenomenon of ‘citizen journalism’ suddenly arrived several years ago,” said Beijing-based dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was one of the student leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests.

“Since the appearance of blogs in particular, every blog is a new platform for the spread of information.”

He cited the example of a couple in the southwestern city of Chongqing who became known as the “Stubborn Nails” in April because they refused to leave their home until they received adequate compensation from the property developer who wanted them out.

They quickly became household names in China — and symbols of resistance against greedy land developers and corrupt local authorities — mainly thanks to Internet postings.

“That case was first revealed through blogs,” Liu said.

Also in Chongqing, parts of the city were this month set on fire following the beating of flower sellers by the “chengguan”, city police charged with “cleaning up” the city’s roads.

Witnesses to the beatings had appealed to local television journalists, but nothing was broadcast.

The incident only became known outside the city thanks to photos and stories published on the Internet, sparking anger among China’s netizens.

“It’s fascism,” said one, while another mocked: “The inhabitants of Chongqing are truly naive, the Chinese media is all controlled by the Communist Party, they decide what people know.”

Several days later, another blunder by the “chengguan” — this time in Zhengzhou in central Henan province, again targeted at a street seller — provoked further riots.

The image of protesters surrounding a police car, captured by a mobile phone, made its way round the world, after being posted on Chinese movie sharing site Tudou, then reposted on YouTube.

Elsewhere across China, protesters often seek to post photos or videos of unrest on the Internet to counter the versions from the state-run press and local authorities, who usually downplay or deny the events.

Recognising the threat of China’s growing online community, Chinese President Hu Jintao called in January for the Internet to be “purified”, and the government has since launched a number of online crackdowns.

“The department of propaganda has sent out regulations to try and control the opinions being spread on the Internet, but every citizen has the right to criticise or to take part in public affairs on the Internet,” said Zhu Dake, a professor at Shanghai Tongji University.

“The government has to accept the criticisms of the people, it can no longer react crudely like in the past.”

Julien Pain, who monitors Internet freedom issues for Reporters Without Borders, is less optimistic.

“One cannot truly say that the Internet in China is becoming more and more free, because at the same time as the development of citizen journalists, the government finds ways of blocking or censoring content,” Pain said.

Reporters Without Borders, which labels the Chinese government an “enemy of the Internet,” says about 50 cyber dissidents are currently behind bars in China.

original from

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video: 2,000 People Riot in China Zhengzhou City

Posted by Author on June 9, 2007

Radio Free Asia, 2007.06.07-

Riots broke out in Zhengzhou city, Henan province, on the evening of June 6. About two thousand students and residents surrounded and yelled at the police who was protecting a city inspector who had beaten up a female university student. Five students were arrested.

Many residents captured the riotous moment on video with their cellphones as the police tried to shield the inspector and other policemen. The witness who provided RFA with this video footage tried to post it on a Chinese content sharing Web site but the file was taken down within an hour.

The video shows an exited crowd, yelling “get him out, get him out.” The protestors eventually set the police car on fire. The riots lasted until midnight.

The following day, Zhengzhou government announced that one city inspector and four policemen were detained, two supervisors were dismissed and four other city inspectors and one policeman received warnings.

They also said that the female student who was beaten had been hospitalized and was in good condition. She was vending goods in the street to make extra money when the city inspectors approached her and beat her.

original report

Hundreds of Students Riot In Central China, Reuters, Thu Jun 7, 2007

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Hundreds of Students Riot In Central China

Posted by Author on June 7, 2007

Reuters, Thu Jun 7, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – Hundreds of Chinese students clashed with police and overturned and burnt their car after street inspectors beat up a female student, a police officer and witnesses said on Thursday, the latest in a series of public disturbances.

Students from several universities in Zhengzhou, in the central province of Henan, went on the rampage on Wednesday after a student vendor was beaten by several inspectors as they cleared her unlicensed stall, a student witness told Reuters.

Last June, thousands of students from the same city smashed windows and ransacked their campus in a riot sparked by anger over the wording of their diplomas.

“I was also selling things on the street, and I could not take it any more, when I saw them even beating up a girl, so I joined the riot by throwing a brick at the inspectors,” a student from the Henan University of Finance and Economics said.

“I saw more than 10 people running after an inspector and trying to beat him, and some other people overturned a car and set fire to it,” other student witness said by telephone.

About 100 police, some armed with electric rods and shields, arrived on the scene, sealing the street and taking people away, the student said.

The Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy put the number of students rioting at 1,000. One witness put it at 2,000.

A police officer also confirmed the riot.

“A lot of students were rioting last night, and the situation was quite serious,” the official, surnamed Wang, told Reuters. “The general city police office had to send more police to help,” she said by phone, adding that the case was under investigation.

The girl lost her front teeth in the clash and five students were detained by police, the rights centre said.

Six inspectors were detained, two were sacked and four received warnings, the local Dahe News paper said, citing a government notice.

Unrest of any kind is highly sensitive in China, whose Communist government prizes stability and brooks no challenges to its power. But student protests are an even more potent symbol because of a legacy of student activism, most recently in the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations on Tiananmen Square.

Clashes between members of the public and the inspectors, known as “cheng guan” and mainly responsible for cracking down on unlicensed hawkers suspected of selling unsanitary food or low- quality goods, are common.

In April, a roadside vendor in Beijing was given a suspended death sentence for slitting an inspector’s throat.

The inspectors were set up across China in the late 1990s to ease the burden on police and ensure cities were clean and orderly. But critics say they have become a huge interest group thriving on fines and confiscations with over-reaching power.

A widening gap between rich and poor, corruption and official abuses of power have fuelled demonstrations and riots around the country that are often sparked by seemingly minor issues.

original report from Reuters

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China Lets AIDS Doctor Visit U.S. Under International Pressure

Posted by Author on February 18, 2007

By Chris Buckley, Reuters/ Washington Post, Friday, February 16, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will allow an aged AIDS activist to travel to the United States to collect a human rights prize, relenting after her detention at home for two weeks raised an international outcry.

Gao Yaojie has been invited to receive a prize from Vital Voices, a U.S. group, that recognizes her pioneering role in exposing and fighting the spread of HIV in rural central China, where many thousands of poor farmers who sold blood in the 1990s were infected.

Gao, 80, had abandoned hope of personally collecting the prize because police in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, had blocked her since early February from going to Beijing to obtain a visa.

On Friday night, however, a senior province official visited Gao and told her she could now go to Washington. Indeed, the government would help her get the visa.

“I told him I didn’t need the help,” Gao told Reuters on Saturday. “I don’t think they expected such a big fuss. I’m just an ordinary person, but they underestimated things.”

After the visit from Chen Quanguo, a deputy Communist Party chief of Henan, the police who had stood outside her apartment for the past two weeks disappeared, Gao said.

Melanne Verveer, chairwoman of Vital Voices, welcomed the Chinese government’s apparent backdown.

“Dr Gao expressed her joy and desire to accept the award in person, and we are pleased that it now appears her wish will be realized,” she said in an e-mailed statement.

Gao, who speaks Chinese with the heavy burr of Henan, her home province, is well-known in China and received warm local media coverage until her unflinching criticism of official complicity in the spread of AIDS became too much.

The local media has been silent about her recent detention.

She helped bring to light the spread of AIDS in Henan, where during the 1990s commercial blood stations often controlled by officials spread the HIV virus among farmers who sold their plasma and then — to save payments to them — were retransfused with mixed and infected batches of left-over corpuscles.

Gao was barred from traveling abroad to collect two other prizes, one for human rights and public health in 2001 and the other for public service in 2003.

China’s treatment of Gao has drawn pressure from international rights groups and U.S. politicians, including Democratic presidential-hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton.

Hu Jia, a Beijing-based rights activist who has publicised Gao’s case and is himself under long-term house arrest, said it showed the pressures AIDS activists face in China, despite increasing official attention to the disease.

“Thanks to the Henan government, thanks to the police, thanks to them we’ve had this drama that shows how hard it is for us to speak out about AIDS,” he said by phone.

– Related: China Covers Up Detention of 80 Years Old AIDS Activists, Feb. 15, 2007

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