Liu Xinwen lies on a bed, a fetus at her side. Her seven-month-old baby was forcibly aborted by the government. Self-taught legal expert Fan Yanqiong looks out from the barred gates of a Chinese prison, separated from the rest of the world. The first woman’s “crime”? Having two kids and disobeying China’s one child policy. The second woman’s infraction? Speaking out to defend a mother seeking justice from police who she alleges had gang raped and killed her daughter. Chilling scenes like this play out each day in China. Armed with thousands of men and women who prevent “unauthorized” pregnancy, Beijing has condoned or mandated an average of 1,500 incidents every hour of every day for four decades . These people forcibly terminate pregnancies, sterilize villages and abscond infants. But, this is merely a small part of China’s war on human rights. Two million people now man the Chinese Internet, seeking out people voicing contrarian opinions and then jail them. Religious practitioners cannot worship as they please and can be jailed or worse. Writers, too, are victims of China’s repressive regime. But, here is a thought, let’s give them a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. What?
Browsing Inside China
Earlier I spoke about a woman I met who admitted to taking advantage of the system, and she is obviously not alone. It is common knowledge to the Chinese that our law makes no sense, and the Chinese are exploiting it. As a matter of fact, a recent movie called Mr. Right is about just that. In the film, a Chinese woman comes to the USA in order to give birth and later leverage the benefits that ensue. The movie was a hit, but speaks to the explosion in awareness of the flaw in our system and Chinese agencies willing to exploit it. “As one entrepreneur who caters to Chinese clients told The Washington Post: “We don’t encourage moms to break the law — just to take advantage of it.” – Numbers USA On this side of the Pacific, Chinese tourist agencies provide visas and counseling for expectant Chinese mothers. They are coached on how to handle their visa interview and even customs and homeland security in the USA. Lists filled with the names of Chinese doctors who will falsify documents to say that the Chinese tourist is not pregnant are provided. They are also told to go before their “baby bump” is too obvious and wear loose fitting clothing as well. If this is not good enough, then it’s suggested they sling a bag over their belly to further hide the protrusion. Once the agency fee is paid, it’s off to the land of plenty to have a real American child.
Mainland Chinese have been called locusts by their Hong Kong compatriots. This claim arises from their belief that Chinese swarm into the island consuming precious resources. Like Biblical locusts, the saying goes, the Chinese leave little in their wake. Such a moniker sounds inflammatory indeed, but perhaps can be understood in context. Of particular concern to the Hong Kongers has been Chinese mothers flooding their hospitals in order to give birth. This is due to the fact that babies born there have the right to abode, which is better than a “Chinese” passport. Such documents make it much easier for the child to attend international schools and travel in the future. By giving birth in Hong Kong, Chinese mothers were essentially making their babies “not Chinese”. Concern over this phenomenon had Hong Kongers up in arms as hospitals were soon flooded with mainland mothers. As a result, many native Hong Kongers lost out on hospital beds. Consequently, Hong Kong hospitals capped hospital availability for mainland mothers. These women are now heading to the USA to give birth. More Chinese Women Giving Birth in USA than Hong Kong It was just announced that more mainland Chinese mothers are now giving birth in the USA than in Hong Kong. The trend is so dramatic that a conservative estimate means up to 25% of all birth tourism babies belong to Chinese mothers. America’s liberal citizenship laws and the open door to Chinese tourists has spawned a cottage industry of “citizenship tourism” where Chinese mothers will plan months or years in advance to become pregnant, visit the USA, overstay their visa and have an “American” baby. Cities like Beijing and Shanghai are exploding with tour operators whose only function is to get pregnant Chinese to the United States in order to give birth.
According to the Washington Times, Chinese state-run media was apparently out in full-force last week, promoting the idea that the Chinese naval fleet of nuclear submarines is fully capable of conducting a full-scale nuclear attack against American cities in a future apocalyptic WWII scenario. The Chinese nuclear sub development program has been highly secretive for many years. It started in the 1950s when the Chinese obtained a Soviet Golf-class submarine and reverse engineered the technology. By the 1980′s, China developed the Type 092 Xio-class ballistic missile sub. It was a short-range sub that only made China’s neighbors nervous. That was until China developed the Type 094 Jin class sub in 2010, which could travel 8,700 miles. In the alleged article by the Global Times, the Washington Times reported the Global Times as writing about nuclear attacks on specific US cities. The Washington times only linked to its own website tags as a source for the alleged article, and efforts to confirm that the article exists on the Global Times website itself turned up no such article at all. (1)
Tell me if this sounds like a recipe for disaster. According to Chicken.org: “Chickens are taken directly from the growing farms to the processing plant where they are unloaded from their transport crates or modules, slaughtered, plucked, cleaned, cooled and graded. They are then either packaged and frozen or chilled, or processed further into various products prior to packaging and sale to distributors.” (31) Call me cynical, but entrusting China, with its deplorable food safety record, (32) to “process” our chicken seems a little less than criminal. On the other hand, are the Chinese 100% to blame? I guess the nature of processing chickens is either beneath Americans or perhaps too advanced, and will now be done by the Chinese. Why else would we allow this to happen? (I am looking at you corporate greed.) The fact remains that the US has cleared Chinese companies to process our chicken. Presumably these firms are “stalwarts” with a shining safety record, after all they were chosen for the task, right? But then again, as I mentioned earlier – Sanlu, a Chinese company (33) which knowingly (34) sold poisoned milk (35) for years before being stopped, was held up by the communist party as a stellar Chinese company rife with innovation and safety. Even though many knew about the deaths, Sanlu was allowed to be one of China’s firms chosen to sponsor the Olympics. And if that is not enough to make your guts crawl, then how about this… Although Sanlu had been contaminating its milk for years it was awarded the following accolades by the Chinese government (36): –> Title of China’s most renowned brand, 2007 –> National Science and progress award, 2007 –> Named the “National Brand that had Most Changed Chinese Lives over the past 30 years” – ironically enough [...]
“WASHINGTON — Despite China’s disgusting food-safety record, the feds for the first time are allowing American chickens to be sent to China for processing — and then imported back to the United States.” (1) Major US firms have been rushing to China, the world’s “new economic power”. Setting aside concerns over Beijing’s horrendous record on everything from human rights to product safety, America’s finest cannot wait to outsource. First, it was manual labor, quickly followed by everything from product development to R&D, and now things have gotten worse. The brain-trust in Washington has had their ears bent by American food manufacturers and China has been cleared to process the chicken we Americans eat. I guess it makes more sense to ship chicken tenders 7200 miles and then return them to our dinner plates. Upset? Concerned? Well, you should be. China has mastered the art of poisoning foodstuffs. One of Beijing’s darlings -Sanlu was hailed as a proud 2008 Olympic sponsor even though it was widely known in China that Sanlu’s melamine tainted milk had been killing children months before the games.
In 2008, the largest food fraud in American history was foiled by customs agents suspicious of six shipping containers from China labeled as originating from Korea. These containers were filled with honey destined to be used in various American food products. The ensuing investigation revealed a food fraud totaling to-date over $180 million. During the course of the investigation, agents traced the origin of the fraud to German company ALW. (1) According to the DOJ (Department of Justice), “14 individuals, including executives of Alfred L. Wolff GmbH and several affiliated companies of the German food conglomerate and others were charged for allegedly avoiding approximately $80 million in anti-dumping duties on Chinese-origin honey. Authorities seized and forfeited more than 3,000 drums of honey that entered the country illegally”. (2) Chinese national Gong Ji Chen was indicted for creating a fake company to hide the Chinese honey origin. (3) Overall, six companies were charged with various crimes perpetrated to avoid tariffs on imported Chinese honey. The tariffs are 221% of declared value, nearly three times more than other foreign countries. (2)
Designer drugs made in China are flooding foreign markets. Chinese chemists hide behind lax DEA regulations and ship “legal high” via FedEx and UPS to eager users from around the world. By constantly changing the chemical structure of their product, (1) these scientists/pushers avoid detection and the long arm of the law. The result, however, is a recipe for a new breed of drugs which is readily available, hard to control and of dubious quality. Law enforcement officials in the US (2) and abroad (3) are scrambling to deal with the latest drug craze. (3) “Designer synthetic drugs are often marketed as herbal incense, bath salts, jewelry cleaner or plant food. They are made up of plant material that has been infused with psychoactive compounds that mimic THC, the active ingredient of marijuana. Abuse of the drugs can lead to seizures, vomiting, loss of consciousness and overdose deaths, the DEA said in a statement. The number of emergency room visits associated with the drugs reached 28,531 in 2011, more than twice the number the year before,” the DEA said (2) Sporting names like K2, Spice, Rush, Smiles and others, designer drugs from China have law enforcement officials scrambling for an answer. The problem is that such chemicals are close enough chemically to their real cousins to get you high, but not close enough to be banned-so far. What chemists have done is to create molecules which are nearly identical (1) to those found in drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine and many more. These drugs have the benefit of flying under the legal radar and thus can be sold online. Due to their chemical nature, the drugs can get you off, but can legally be purchased. The result of this is that Chinese “druggists” have created a strong online presence selling [...]
Such kidnapping knows no national bounds as it is not only Americans who are being held against their will. “Indian press is reporting that an Indian trader from Mumbai has gone missing in Yiwu…where the bizarre abduction in January of two Indian businessmen with allegedly unpaid bills caused a diplomatic rumpus between New Delhi and Beijing….the Mumbai trader…was seized at a local restaurant on the night of May 19. Two days later the Indian embassy in Beijing issued a warning to Indian businessmen to be careful in their dealings in Yiwu as their “freedom of movement could be curtailed” if they got embroiled in legal disputes with local traders.” (1) A lawyer explains that “there are thousands of cases (of illegal detention), and I have encountered a few. China does not make a distinction between the corporate entity and the individual who either owns company as a stockholder or employed as a CEO… In China, the state-owned countries see themselves as part of the government. Every form of business dispute is looked at a fraudulent case and the foreigner has to be threatened to resolve it. Since the courts are ineffective agent for dispute resolution, China thinks detention works.” What this shows is how business in China has taken a turn for the worse. Historically the act of kidnapping was illegal, although it did occur. If the law is amended, however, that changes the equation. Think of it like this, if your company sends you on business to China and a supplier claims that you owe them money, then they have the right to hold you until the debt is paid.
Kidnapping in China- business people beware…. Got an upcoming business meeting in China? Excited about seeing the dragon firsthand? Well, you may just want to make sure that the firm you work for is not in arrears with a Chinese company before you go. After all, it is rumored that China is essentially legalizing the kidnapping/detention of foreign business people. Beijing is mulling over a law allowing for foreign nationals to be “detained” if their firm owes a Chinese company money. Unfortunately, in this sense, “detained” means little more than being kidnapped and held for ransom until the Chinese firm is satisfied. If you think I am being melodramatic, then consider the case of American, Chip Starnes (1), for this is precisely what happened to him, and that was before the law was passed. Concerned? You should be if you are doing business with the Chinese.