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Ben Sainsbury, China – 27 September 2009

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Hello all, another week in the town of Xiao Shan (depressing mountain) has proven to be another decent one.  My main duties as of late have been to go around Zhejiang province with some of the government workers I work with, and inspect factories.  These factories have contracts with companies outside of China so mainly all of the materials they make will be exported.  It is the government’s job to go in and make sure the products are up to snuff.  In fact my main duty on these little adventures is to really make sure nobody is handing money under the table to maybe have a government official turn a blind eye on certain things.  It happens all of the time, sad but true, communists countries tend to be very corrupt.  But I still have a good time going with them, and on my end I just make sure that we are doing things legit out here.  A lot of foreign companies even though have to comply with the Chinese regulations as far as exporting goods go will hire a third party…like us…to work alongside the government officials to make sure their products are really what they say they are.  It has definitely given me a good look as to how our biggest trading partner runs things.

Every Sunday I have the opportunity to attend LDS church services, which was a surprise for me.  We meet for an hour once a week, and mainly just socialize.  We are not allowed to attend church services with Chinese Nationals and what not, but they can meet amongst themselves as well, and in every major city in china there is a local LDS Chinese branch.  Even though communism frowns upon religion, and has done their best to snuff it out among the locals in the past, religion is slowly starting to make a comeback in china, though if you’re a member of the communist party it is illegal for you to have a religious belief, basically the party is your belief. But as the closet capitalists are coming out in china, starting with the late Deng Xiao Ping the damage inflicted during the Cultural Revolution is starting to heal, and china is becoming more and more capitalistic every day. In fact a lot of the guys I work with like to joke that Chinese communists are more capitalists than Obama is. (Referring to tariffs against Chinese tires)

The 60 year of PRC rule in China is coming up and celebrations will last for 4 days starting on Thursday, they also have a mid autumn festival during the celebrations so everybody here is excited for the extra time off work.

Ben Sainsbury, China – 20 September 2009

Friday, September 25th, 2009

As I drove down the streets of XiaoShan (depressing mountain village, near a remarkably modern city of hangzhou) where I live I noticed that on the main streets of the town big red Chinese communists party flags were being hung from the streets, and shops. A field of red with a large bronze star in the upper left circled by four lesser stars. It’s the commies 60th anniversary coming up in about a week or so, and all of the city officials, and businessmen don’t want beijings eye if they are not presenting the communists colors. A movie was even produced specially this year to attract a lot of the less interested younger populations. The movie has many Chinese starts that the young people love, and it’s the story of the maoist revolution, and the ousting of the beurgios nationals led by jiang jie shi (jiang kai sheik) I guess it is really well made according to a co-worker of mine who saw it on the opening day, I would personally like to go and see it even though it will contain some false information and have heavy political overtones. Taiwan is scheduled to come out with a movie of their own in about two weeks (the nationals holiday) to counter balance the Chinese one, but of course it will not be shown in china. Many of the young people here love the internet! As we know there are many sites that cannot be accessed but many of the young people know how to get around it, and can still read or watch whatever they would like on the internet.

The work here is great. I am in daily contact with communist officials in charge of exporting products around the world, they do all of the testing on goods coming from private factory owners to other parts of the world. The city of xiaoshan is on the border of a bigger city called Hangzhou. Hangzhou is great. I took a walk around the west lake (Xi Hu) and it was an amazing site, the lake was massive with a lot of traditional pagotas spread throughout the lake on little islands, a breath taking view at night. It’s a really modern city that caters well to foreigners but once you get out of the bigger cities its almost like stepping into a totally different world, where poverty is still a major part of Chinese rural societies.Ben Sainsbury

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