According to Chinese news outlets the Nailhouse was torn down after the owners Mrs. Wuping and her husband reached an agreement with the developer. See more from Danwei
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According to Chinese news outlets the Nailhouse was torn down after the owners Mrs. Wuping and her husband reached an agreement with the developer. See more from Danwei
According to Boxun.com, Bo Xilai who is the son of Bo Yibo, former Liaoning Party Boss, and now current Minister of Commerce, he is going to take over the reigns in Guangdong Province and serve as the Provincial Party Secretary. This would give him a highly coveted seat on the Politburo.
This goes against most speculation that says Beijing City Official Wang Qishan would be taking this post.
If this turns out to be true, it would be the second newly appointed high official that does not have a Communist Youth Party background, signaling that while Hu Jintao’s power is growing, he does not yet have the support to put his people in high-places or fill important seats on the Politburo. While Hu has been working to weed out the influence of Jiang’s Shanghai Gang， there has been strong resistance and “princelings” Xi Jinping and Boxilai could been seen as compromises. Another factor impeding Hu’s power is that most of his Communist Youth Party cadres are from the poorer interior provinces， and thus lack the kind of skills needed to manage the dynamic, international based economies of the coastal provinces.
Of course, Hu Jintao still has a number of opportunities to put his own people in， as many on the Politburo are near the mandated retirement age or are sick and out of capacity (Huangju).
(博讯2007年3月28日 来稿 – 支持此文作者/记者)
And for kicks this is hot off the rumor mill at Observe China.
Last year US Treasury Secretary Paulson during his September trip to China, made a rare first stop in Zhejiang to meet with then Party Secretary Xi Jinping because he regarded him as a rising star among the communist party. It seems he was dead on.
Today China’s state media officially announced that Xi Jinping will take over from interm Shanghai Party Secretary Hanzheng and will now be the perminent secretary of China’s largest and most important economic center. He also gets a seat on the politburo. Last year former Shanghai Party Boss Chen Liangyu and protege of Jiang Zemin was ousted for corruption charges in a scandal that gripped the country.
It will be interesting to see what this will do for Paulson and his long term China goals. It’s also questionable if his goals can even be long term, after the 08′ presidential elections his own political future is in question as well.
习近平调任上海市委书记 BBC Chinese
This is a follow up on my previous posts with regards to “China’s most incredible holdout”, where a housing dispute led to the developer digging a moat around someone’s house who refused to move. This post is the translation of an interview with the owner of this “nailhouse” on an island, 40 year old Mrs. Wuping.
According to the interview, all Mrs. Wuping wanted was a space of comparable footage in the new building but the developer just wanted to give her a small sum of money. The local press was also forbidden to report on the story and the developer worked with the local government and courts to coerce Mrs. Wuping.
In this long interview you get an inside look into the local politics of relocation and the kind of difficulties people face if they chose to fight the developer.
You can also watch a CCTV legal society TV program which includes interviews with the developer and Mrs. Wuping and a number of Chongqing residents. Link to video HERE.
On March 21st China.net reported that “China’s Most Incredible Holdout” which caused a huge stir on the Internet will soon disappear. Yesterday Chongqing Jiulong Hill District court held a hearing and ruled that the owner of the property (the holdout) has until the 22nd to tear down the building. Chongqing Court decides “Histories most incredible holdout” must relocate in three days became one of today’s hot topics on web forums throughout china. The following is the transcript of a telephone interview with the household’s owner, Mrs. Wuping
Facing the notification: I don’t have the power to appeal
Host: We saw the Chongqing courts decision on the Internet, can you explain to us in simple terms what the situation is?
Wuping: Among the residents moving, I am the largest private property owner, furthermore you can basically say I am the only one who has complete papers, such as a property rights land right certificates, they both clearly indicated that it is a building zoned for business. At that time I had just finished renovations, and they (the developer) said they had to tear everything down and people had to be relocated, as a result this was really damaging for us. According to my property right certificate, I am clearly in ownership of 219 square meters, so for this use it should be returned to me.
This is what happens when you lose trust in the police. Notice how the article mentions no involvement of the authorities to solve this matter. Although even in a western country they would not be able to do much.
Story (in Chinese) can be read here on Sohu.
Young Girl Caught Stealing Cosmetic Products Videotaped, Store Owner Posts Wanted Posters All Over the City
photo from China.com
A long haired girl with student appearance on Normal University Street stole cosmetic products from a store and was unexpectedly videotaped. In order to make the thief turn themselves in, yesterday the store-owner on Student Street, Fujian Normal University and a few other close-by university campus’ posted huge wanted posters. “Thief Accusation Notice” was written angrily on the cover. The store owner hopes that when the girl who stole the products see’s this she will admit her mistakes and return everything, or else he will make 500 copies of the unblurred pictures and make them known to the public.
Yesterday the reporter went to the store in which the products were stolen from. The store-owner presented the security video tape which depicts the entire process of the girl’s theft.
The time of the recording was 3/11/07 10:49 am, a long-haired girl wearing glasses, a blue windbreaker, and carrying a white shoulder bag walked around the store once and then stopped in front of a counter. The saleswoman thus came forward and started to introduce the products. When the saleswomen left, the girl put a bottle of sunblock back onto the counter and then took another bottle, after glancing around a few times she opened up her jacket and put the suntan lotion inside, once completed she then took another bottle and held it in her hands. When the saleswoman walked back, the girl put the bottle in her hands back on the counter. With two bottles pressed up under her armpits, the girl walked around a few times and calmly left the store.
The same afternoon a storeworker realized they were missing a bottle of sun-tan lotion, after double checking the sales records the storeowner was notified. The storeowned then immediately checked the security tapes of that day and was able to find out what actually happened.
The salesperson from the store said the girl was gentle and quiet, looked as if she was a university student, if they didn’t see the tapes, you wouldn’t suspect she was a thief at all.
If she doesn’t turn herself in, he will publish photo’s depicting her identity.
After watching the video tape, the store-owner immediately wrote the “Thief Accusation Notice” with video-stills from the tape pasted on front depicting the entire stealing process. Yesterday afternoon, the store-owner made seven 60cm x 100cm color copies and then pasted them at the store entrance, student street intersection, normal university and a few other nearby schools caught the eye’s of many, who stopped to read the posters as they walked by.
The store owner taking into consideration the girls future and reputation, also blurred out the face of the girl. The store-owner also said that he hopes the girl will quickly contact him, or else on the 1st of next month he will paste 500 copies of her real picture, clearly depicting her identity at the Cang Mountain campus and other public places.
According to sources, up until 10pm last night, the girl still hadn’t gotten into contact with the storeowner.
The following is a news article translated from Southern Metropolis Daily. This is about a building site in Chongqing that has brought about suspicion on the web forums in China.
钉子户 ＝ literally means “a slug house” but it means someone who refuses to move out from their house. I have translated it as a “holdout,” there might be a better translation but its all I could think of.
The original can be found here.
More pictures here
This must be the sales office building
It might be some sort of historical relic
Maybe people are practicing rock climbing here？
How are they going to build this building? This is a true test of construction technology
They excavated the surroundings to build a moat!
At the beginning of this month, a post titled “history’s most incredible holdout” started circulating on a famous BBS, the content of the post is a picture of a 10 meter deep pit dug around a solitary small two story building, just like a small boat in the middle of the ocean.
Netizens were all shook, either crazily praising “the most incredible holdout” or puzzled as to how anyone would live in there, and how would the building be developed. With regards to the source of the picture, the opinions of the netizens vary. Some people mistook this for last year’s “Most incredible holdout of Shanghai.” Both buildings do have resemblance. Some people also said this is from Chongqing, as they had passed through there in the past few days.
This reporter thus initiated investigation and interview
The isolated island on the side of the light rail
This reporter discovered, the picture first appeared on the internet on the 26th of February. At that time it was clearly written as: “Chongqing City JiuLong Hill District Yangjiaping Pedestrian Street. Author stood on Yangjiaping light rail station and took this picture.” Its possible because of the relative obscurity of the original BBS, and its wide circulation on the web that the original explanation was lost.
Local residents of Chongqing explained that this building is quite famous, alot of people in Chongqing have seen it. If you ride the light rail and pass through Yangjiaping station you are able to see a peculiar landscape: in the middle of a construction site stands a solitary small two story building, the surrounding soil has all been excavated, just like it was built on an isolated island. A chongqing resident then took a picture and named it “China’s most incredible holdout.”
Contractor Temporary Residence? Household resisting eminent domain?
One netizen said this wasn’t a holdout at all, it was actually the contractor’s temporary residence, there were also other netizens who supported this position.
After verification, this was determined as Chongqing city’s “Broadway” real estate construction site currently being put up in the residential quarter. A saleswoman who works for Weilian Real Estate Sales Company stated that the “Broadway” project is already in its second stage, the first stage has already completely been sold, and the small building is a holdout unwilling to relocate. The second phase is currently excavating the foundation; the circumstances are just like what you can see in the picture. For more information I was told to inquire with the developer, but I was unable to get through to their telephone.
Nobody is living in there now.
One netizen revealed, this house used to belong to the Yangjiaping Housing Management Office, according to theory, it’s a state-owned house, but for historical reasons it was rented out to a private leaser. The leaser wanted 200,000,000RMB from the developer or else he wouldn’t move. His family had some background and connections, so the developer didn’t dare take action. As a result this “wonder” was created.
Nevertheless, this netizen’s statement has not been verified. During an interview， Yangjiaping Housing Management Office’s Vice-Secretary Liu Ling indicated the situation was unclear. Furthermore, a worker on duty stated this building is a holdout who has stayed behind.
What the netizens are most interested in is if anyone is living in this building. If there is someone, how do they get in and out? An editor of the Chongqing Morning Report who everyday on his way to work passes through the area said that the building is deserted, there’s no furniture or he hasn’t seen anyone inside, and dug out like this its impossible for anyone to get in.
In China everyone wants to send their kids to College. In Yantai city, which is on the coast of Shandong, more than 20,000 students lined up to attend a College Recruiting Fair. Over 240 police officers were needed to help control the crowd. The sad thing is for those who even managed to get inside and sign up for some school, after graduation they still have to fight for a job. In one case 600 college graduates were competing for 5 toll booth operator positions.
As of 2007 no more new permits will be given out for web bars, and any that were under construction must be completed within the next 6 months. Furthermore, the new regulations emphasize the restriction of 18 and under in Internet bars.
In my experience these laws have had difficulty being implemented. While Beijing is regulated and you need to use a I.D to surf the Internet, when I was in Harbin nothing of the sort was required. In Harbin web bars I regularly saw people looking at porn, kids clearly under 18 using the Internet, and operating hours that were well past city regulations.
Article HERE (Chinese)
IN Yiwu, a city of 680,000 in Zhejiang province, where the average income in 2005 was 19010 RMB, there also 82,118 cars(80% are privately owned), more than one car per 10 people. Now, these are not normal cars. Zhejiang is supposedly has one of the hottest provincial economies in China, but the wealth gap here is just unbelievable. Article can be found here
According the city transportation bureau’s statistics there are: (in 2005!)
2 Maybachs, 56 Ferraris、2 Spyker V8’s、5 Lamborghini’s、8 Lotus’、2814 BMW’s、1302 Benzes、3698 Audi’s、163 Porches、36 Hummers、8 Rolls Royce’s、32 Bentley’s、184 Caddilacs。
Party cadres busy promoting “social harmony” at their annual meeting. What better way than to drive up in a Ferrari!
This is a very interesting editorial that was featured in 南方日报 Southern Daily a few days ago detailing how private industry in China has been cut out by large SOE’s due to the enormous advatage their government connections have given them, most important being regulatory power over the market.
I have translated this from Chinese, original can be found Here
Ye Tan, Southern Daily
In the past few days, like a shooting star that is gone in a flash, the immeasurable amount of young female powerful elite has aroused people’s intense interest in the bagua or balance of finance and economic problems. Strip the cover off these ornamental surface issues, and the story behind the news is a refraction of private enterprises frantic inability to find a return on investment. Another just as important piece of news that lightly glided out of people’s vision: in 2006 State Owned Enterprise (SOE) economic performance increased by 18.2%, absolute profit rose, but relative decline, after experiencing the high growth of 2003 and 2004, centrally controlled SOE’s profit rate of increase declined by over 5%, central SOE’s have entered a declining passageway, the realization of over capacity and rampant production has taken a step closer to reality.
Private capital is unable to find a channel of investment, the commanding height of SOE’s monopolized profits are entering a decline, both sides folded together are the biggest threat to China’s economy. A key factor has been that until now, China has been unable to devise a way to efficiently use it’s resources. With the lack of high-efficiency enterprises, which are propped up by the internal demands of the market, this could imply the development of Chinese enterprises is unsustainable.
The worry of China’s SOE monopolized profits is being completely replaced by an even deeper worry: if the production of these high-grade, resource consuming gigantic enterprises see a decline in production, or if medium and small sized companies are unable to absorb the supply in raw materials provided by big SOE’s in China, what kind of economic situation will emerge?
This gradually recessive danger is emerging on the surface. The newest data from the State Statistics Department show that in 2006, raw materials and fuel wholesale purchasing prices increased by 6%, and that factory pricing of industrial products only increased by 3%. China’s capacity of production is in serious excess. The previous figures reflect the reality that the chain of raw materials and finished products between the upper and lower reaches of industry has become disconnected. The upper reaches of industry depend on price fixing power in order to increase production, and when they actively seek to make people admire their returns on investment, the lower reaches of the economy is left to do nothing but piece together a fight for survival. On the other hand, due to the decrease in profits for large-scale SOE’s, whose profits come from bank loans and the capital market, both which are almost completely owned by large SOE’s, we may yet see another push of state assets being shifted to the capital market.
Recently, this overcapacity has existed due to two main characteristics: the first is much of this phenomena been seen in the capital-intensive heavy chemical industry, for example: steel, electric power, petrochemicals, auto industry and construction materials etc. Secondly, government investment or government leadership takes up a considerable portion; the majority of industries experiencing overcapacity are solely dominated by large SOE’s. This reality warns us that the intentional and controversial bias in planning the allocation of resources has not achieved much success. Special privileged SOE.s in order to construct a high rate of return on investment, contrary to planning can create a devastating aftereffect.
Hong Kong Chinese University president Mr Liu Zunyi in the past pointed out that macro-economic in-stability is because of the bankruptcy of large scale enterprises, their failure will very quickly influence other companies. These failed companies faced with a heavy burden, will drag suppliers with them, and then suppliers will pull in other companies. This chain of events will ultimately lead to the closing of the banks, thus leading to a full-scale economic crisis. Even if it doesn’t lead to a full scale crisis, the dramatic reduction in costs by large companies in the heavy chemical and natural resources industries will still be hard for people to bear; banks, tax revenue, employment and the stability of society will all be seriously effected.
Both upper and lower enterprises can create a healthy industry chain through the means of implementing market adjustment to the pricing system, thus reaching a rough balance in supply and demand. Yet, due to the systematic differences in China’s upper and lower reaches of it’s economy, in reality what exists is a system of plundering, oppression and exploitation, leaving insufficient small companies with a thorough loss of space for making a profit. Today, with private capital losing space for survival, it is also time for the glacier like big companies to melt away.
This model will not only harm private industry concentrated at the lower reaches of the economy, but will sooner or later lead them to falsely accuse big industry for not allowing the enterprising of private companies, blind production, and the loss of global market price fixing ability. Increasing domestic demands and exports in order to solve this problem is not a realistic solution, expanding internal demand over the years has not seen significant progress: China’s trade surplus has already become the biggest drawback of economic development, leading to conflict at every turn. So-called expanding exports are no more than a meaningless term. The first step in solving these hard problems is immediately cutting preferential treatment for heavy industry. These man made special privileged companies simply in the pursuit of quick profits, are endangering China’s long-term economic security.
MIT processor Huang Yasheng’s research has indicated that China’s small and medium sized entrepreneurs after the golden boom of the 1980’s and early 1990’s have sunk into decline. The scope of China’s private industry is still incomparable to the peak time of growth for India’s private industry at the beginning of the 1980’s. (It created large barriers to limit the nationalization of banks, restriction of foreign investment, and the heavy hindrance of private enterprise.) The exhaustion of China’s private companies can be seen everywhere. Private industry is still unable to transgress the market entry threshold, large declining private companies have been bought out by SOE’s, investment faces obstructed channels, entrepreneurs are often chased off by the government, thus forth large private entrepreneurs seek the refuge with SOE’s, using a “Mixed economic model” to achieve success. These conditions without exception reflect the helplessness of private investment. Central SOE decrease in profits, represent private investments lack of a fair competitive platform, these hidden dangers are already unable to be covered up.
We almost always seem to fall into a state of hallucination upon hearing the cheery figures of China’s SOE’s, but their profit sources and investment return should warn us, this hallucination cant sustain for long, as this non-market economy which is the biggest threat to China, has already begun to emerge.