Well, I, for one, am pleased to learn that the authorities in China have recently done an about-face and now oppose schemes that deceive large numbers of people. It’s hard for me to figure out what caused this turning over of a new leaf on the part of the folks in charge over there, but if I had to guess, I would say the recent affair described below may have served as a sort of wake-up call:
[quote]There were the positive profiles in state-controlled media, as well as the company’s advertising on official TV. There was the section of his company’s website devoted to building Communist Party spirit.
But it all came crashing down in dramatic fashion for Mr. Ding this week, when the police alleged that his financing business, Ezubao, was a $7.6 billion Ponzi scheme and announced 21 arrests, including of Mr. Ding. The company was shut down.
The charges were conveyed by the same official outlets whose favor Mr. Ding once curried — CCTV, the official TV broadcaster, and Xinhua, the main government news agency. And for some investors and employees, that apparent reversal smacked of hypocrisy.[/quote]–Neil Gough, “Ponzi Scheme in China Gained Credibility From State Media,” New York Times, February 5, 2016
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But whatever the reason for the Chinese authorities’ change of heart, here’s to no more bad old days:
[quote]The determination to stage a perfect Olympic Games may also have delayed revelation of the adulterated milk powder. Twenty-one topics were banned from Chinese media during the Olympics – eighth on the list was food safety scandals.[/quote]–Jane Macartney and Sophie Yu, “Chinese milk powder contaminated with melamine sickens 1,253 babies,” The Times of London, September 16, 2008
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[quote]The May 12 disaster left nearly 88,000 people dead or missing, including 9,000 school children, according to official reports.
The poor condition of the school buildings has become a sensitive political issue for the government, and grieving parents have staged numerous protests demanding an inquiry.
Many have accused local officials of colluding with builders to allow them to get away with cheap and unsafe practices.
“Instead of investigating and pursuing accountability for shoddy and dangerous school buildings, the authorities are resorting to (labour camps) to silence and lock up concerned citizens like teacher Liu Shaokun,” said Sharon Hom, head of the rights group.[/quote]–“Chinese man held over earthquake photos,” The London Telegraph, July 31, 2008
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[quote]China has conceded it has been hiding the full extent of the SARS epidemic and that it has it by no means under control. As the Chinese Government admitted covering up, two high ranking officials were sacked in a bid to save face. The revised figure for the number of SARS cases in Beijing has jumped ninefold, and it is now believed almost 2,000 people are infected in China and four more people died from the disease today.[/quote]–“China admits SARS cover-up,” Lateline, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, April 21, 2003