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Sina Weibo Microblog: Five Major Chinese-Style Ways to Solve Problems

Recently, a post originally on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging website, has been circulating online in China. The post, the original of which cannot be found, summarized five major Chinese-style methods to solve problems in China.

1) Take a judicial route if you have connections with the authorities and also have a lot of money;
2) Take a media route if you have connections with the authorities but do not have much money;
3) Take a bribery route if you do not have any connections with authorities but do have a lot of money;
4) Take a violence route if you have neither connections nor money;
5) Take a self-destruction route if you have no connections, no money, and do not want to take violent action.
    
Source: Boxun, October 29, 2013
http://www.boxun.com/news/gb/pubvp/2013/10/201310290746.shtml#.Um7-ml7D_DU

China’s System Is a Trap that Lures All Officials to Commit the Crime of Bribery

On October 10, 2013, Chinaweekly.cn published an article on the prevalence of the bribery phenomena among Chinese officials. When a university professor and a deputy Party secretary of the Changsha Municipal People’s Congress were attending a seminar in Germany, the university professor said to the Party secretary, “According to German standards, we are all criminals.” The deputy Party secretary eventually quit his job because he realized that, just based on China’s own policies which the Chinese Communist Party Central Commission for Discipline Inspection had established, many Chinese have committed the crime of bribery.

China’s political system causes all officials from the bottom to the top to be trapped into either giving or taking bribes.  It is a hidden rule in China that bribery must be used to initiate projects and to obtain funds. The article concluded that, in order to prevent officials from committing crimes because of their jobs, China must first discipline the officials from the top so as to block any loopholes in the system.

Source: Chinaweekly.cn, October 10, 2013
http://www.chinaweekly.cn/bencandy.php?fid=63&id=6871

Beijing CBD Properties Are as Expensive as the Tokyo Shinjuku CBD and the City of London

On September 29, 2013, People’s Daily published an article on how expensive properties are in the Beijing Central Business District (CBD). The original article was from Beijing Youth Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Youth League committee in Beijing. According to the article, Beijing CBD property is as expensive as real estate in the Tokyo Shinjuku CBD and in the City of London. However, the average income of Beijing residents is only 1/5 of the income of people living in Tokyo and London.  If an ordinary young man wanted to buy an 80-square-meter apartment in the Beijing CBD, he would have to work at least 40 years without eating or drinking anything.

Source: People’s Daily, September 29, 2013
http://house.people.com.cn/n/2013/0929/c194441-23069638.html

Empty Ghost Towns in China Indicate Burst Housing Bubble

On July 21, 2013, China Review News published an article, which was originally from http://www.xinmin.cn/, on China’s “ghost towns.” According to the article, a ghost town is an empty town in China where the local government has built a lot of new apartments and commercial buildings at great cost. There are 12 large ghost towns in China, four of which are in Inner Mongolia.

In 2009, China’s real estate investments accounted for 10 percent of China’s GDP. In contrast, in the United States, real estate investment does not exceed 6 percent of its GDP. The writer believes that some housing bubbles have already burst.

Source: China Review News, July 21, 2013
http://www.zhgpl.com/doc/1026/4/0/4/102640407.html?coluid=53&kindid=0&docid=102640407&mdate=0721073650

VOA: When the Father of China’s Internet Censorship Resigned, Chinese Netizens Cheerfully Mocked Him

On June 29, 2013, Voice of America published an article on why Chinese netizens were so cheerful when a university president announced he would resign from his post as the president of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications due to illness. The president was Fang Binxing, China’s best-known Internet censorship engineer, nicknamed the “Father of China’s Great Firewall.” The “Great Firewall” allows China’s regime to censor websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, and anything that the Chinese authorities do not approve. When Fang sent his greetings on a Weibo (Chinese microblog) account, Chinese netizens responded with 250,000 “Go Away” messages. In 2012, when Fang spoke at Wuhan University, students threw eggs and shoes at him.

Fang’s resignation announcement sparked a new round of mocking. Some netizens even posted a sarcastic couplet poem to Fang: “Thousands of People Point Fingers at You When You Are Alive; One Excremental Name Will Follow You after You Pass Away.” The title of the poem was “A Life Journey Not Taken in Vain.”

Source: Voice of America, June 29, 2013
http://www.voachinese.com/content/beijing-principal-20130629/1691720.html  

Xi Jinping Strips the Amnesty Privilege from Politburo Members in the Anti-Corruption Campaign

An article, originally published by a Hong Kong monthly magazine QianShao, is being spread widely on the Internet. The article speculates that former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang might be the targeted “big tiger” in Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign. China’s State media reported that Zhou’s crony, former secretary Guo Yongxiang, is being investigated. 

The article reports, “at an expanded meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee, Xi Jinping said that he drafted an anti-corruption proposal together with Premier Li Keqiang. The proposal requires that anti-corruption actions must target “Tigers” [high-level, heavy-weight officials]. Xi also defined "big tiger" and upgraded it to the level of a member of the Politburo Standing Committee.” 
“Meanwhile, Xi proposed to abolish the internal rule that ‘no investigation should be initiated on a member of the Politburo Standing Committee.’ Instead, Politburo Standing Committee members, whether incumbent or retired, must accept a criminal investigation as long as the evidence is solid and it has had a negative influence at home and abroad.” 
Source: Wenxuecity, June 25, 2013 
http://www.wenxuecity.com/news/2013/06/25/2476767.html