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Who was thinking that <deleted>na was a nice place to live even 15 years ago cannot be very smart. I know very well, I was there and did not need 15 years to understand.

 

 

 

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Hmmm...it's always the expats having issues...there 1.4 billion, and in recent 30 years have turned from a very poor country to, arguably, the most powerful house in the world. More than 800 million people out of poverty and counting. What people fail to understand is the political within China is also changing, but at her own pace and need. The only country close in population is India and compare them with China,  pretty sure, you know the winner. 

In contrast, the West has been declining rapid, Google national debt vs GDP. 

 

While china isn't perfect, its citizens are happy and enjoying life and this current government is trying to be a responsible lead...again try comparing that the the other countries, U.S. warring non-stop,  india, it's thing in Kashmir,  the Russian,  etc...list goes on.

 

Many commenters sit in their little well and judge the world by the view from the bottom of it...it seems...

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On 11/16/2019 at 10:13 PM, CharlieH said:

I could relate a lot to the video as I too spent time in China in the Guangdong province and it was a fantastic experience back in 2002.

I was the only white guy around in my town in those days.

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On 11/16/2019 at 11:00 AM, madmen said:

Did you watch the vid? This is  not some crusty old beer bellied wife beater wearing expat. I doubt he would have any trouble getting attractive women back home

And wade through feminist çŕáp with the weight of the law hanging over his head giving her the impunity to behave badly.

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On 11/18/2019 at 11:07 PM, CNXexpat said:

He also has a channel with a friend where they are travelling on motorbike through China.

 

In the channel you showed us, he is always complaining, nearly about everything. 2 Grab drivers in different cities raped 2 women and he made a big story about it. He always forgets that the country has 1.6 mio. people. Now he is living in the "safe" US and I am sure that in this country with less than 400 mio. citizens Grab drivers also rape women from time to time. 

 

I have heard that he is financed from Falun Gong.

That’s worth a shilling.

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On 11/17/2019 at 9:01 AM, zhorik said:

the probelms he complains about are one The chinese are tearing down derelict quaint towns and replacing them with modern buildings which is what the local inhabitants want. they may look cute but no one really wants to live in a ramshackle, infested building. Second banks no longer give bank accounts to people on tourist visas, They dont in Europe or elsewhere because of money laundering. THe Chinese are anti foreigner  though i have never found this it is hardly surprising that given the way the west vilifies China  and its history of raping and pillaging China then they would be suspicous. I also remember how in Britain foreigners had to report at regular intervals to the police. Many of my friends at University did this,

He complains that they get different prices when even South Africa does the same as do many other countries. he then states that small hotels cannot process foreigners passports as they do not have the means. Mainly they dont have the forms or the inclination to send  or take them to the Police.  I have found this but simply crossed the road to another small  cheap hotel taht did do this,, I never found it a problem but i can understand why given so few foreigners staying there it would not be worth their while taking on the admin.  He complains China has got more expensive which simply means it has gotten richer. yet this is a complaint? I do not know what he would think of Brfitain where  i noticed the prices have really risen. The man seems to have found a profitable niche denigrating China who has given him a good income and a nice wife.  Winston or serpentza is an english teacher who taught doctors english., he is not an IT business man something he  stated he was. Why he tries to hide his profession  is beyond me, He got his money from pandering to the right at first his videos were good and unbiased, a refreshing approach to living in China, then they changed. Take what he says with apinch of salt.

He really needs to cash in his chips and leave the table before he loses the lot. The Chinese won't like him dissing the country in the way he does for much longer. 

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china's not a bad place to spend a few years.  have been here with the thai girlfriend going on a second year.  living on the big island sure beats life in bangkok!  clean air and light traffic and easy access to the countryside.

 

getting our work visas was fairly simple at the bangkok visa center.  the officials post the requirements and follow the rules.  and the rules dont' seem to change on a daily basis.

 

never a problem flying in, or crossing land borders by bicycle.  never been questioned (even unshaven, muddy, wearing lycra, coming from laos during the monsoon), never had luggage searched -- until entry two months ago.  new scanners at the airport picked up the many bottles of thai medicines and smelly sauces the lady needed to bring with.

 

police registration is no real hassle.  can be done at the nearest substation, and takes all of five minutes if doing it yourself.  then if on long-term visa you have 30 days to apply for the residence permit.  if you successfully got the visa, should have no problems with the RP.

 

the RP acts as a multiple-entry permit.  you can leave/re-enter as many times as you like with no additional forms other than the equivalent of a tm-6 at the border crossings.  there is no tm-30 system, no requirement to re-register if returning to the same residence, no 90-day reports.

 

i've been here for the most part of the past ten years.  only had one visit from the police.   a couple of uniforms came to apartment, declined to come in, asked to see passport to check off the list of foreigners staying in their assigned zone, and left.

 

i've stayed with friends in other cities, which required a trip to the local cop-shop.  five minutes affair, required only a copy of friends ID card.

 

have done plenty of travel in the south.  hotels always a concern as they are supposed to be registered in the police system to accept foreign guests.  if not, they can send a staff member to the nearby cop store with your passport to log you in.  but often they'll simply take your cash and hand you a key with no registration at all.  in some small towns the local police are more strict, and foreigners are sent to the local 5-star.

 

big annoyance is the internet.  inside the firewall fewer than half the sites i want to access are available.  vpn's work, but during party meetings and 'disturbances', the minders work around the clock to shut down the links.  getting a sim card requires showing passport, and only at the main office of the phone network.  use of internet bar requires chinese id card, unless the clerk is willing to sign you in with his own.  wifi is available everywhere, or when traveling, i book a 'computer room' with internet at a cheap hotel.

 

opening a bank account on a tourist visa has become impossible, no trouble with a work visa.  opened a couple accounts last year, surprisingly was not handed any IRS forms.  moving cash out is getting harder by the day, although can still get chinese friends to send as much as needed.

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On 11/17/2019 at 11:33 AM, Expat Brad said:

Maybe this new anti western sentiment has been caused by the west. To be more precise, America. They are doing everything they can to bring China down so, as to remain Number 1. It is affecting not just businesses but, the ordinary Chinese people with regards to employment and consumer price increases and so, they are forming negative views about western people particularly American's. Why wouldn't they? 

IMOP America, NOT China needs to realise that there will be NO winner in this economic BS war. 

 

>> doing everything they can to bring China down

 

Can you give ONE example ?

 

 

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On 11/18/2019 at 12:47 PM, Traubert said:

No I am not joking. A superficial scan of Weibo for instance will show you multi-thousands of dissenting comments.

 

 

 

From what I know social media in China has instant censorship. It means that things you write will be instantly deleted, or be visible only to you.  

 

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On 11/18/2019 at 7:52 AM, RocketDog said:

The extent that Thailand requires alien tracking seems more similar to most western countries now than to China. There is a considerable amount of surveillance in America and Britain now too.

 

 

 

Really?  I am not familiar with the US. But in Europe once you are in there is zero tracking. No TM30's. No 90 day reporting. Visa based on marriage are permanent after some years, or you will get a new passport. No need to renew anything every year. In which way alien tracking is similar like Thailand?

 

 

 

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On 11/19/2019 at 6:34 PM, Mavideol said:

have you been arrested for making a comment about the government? maybe not because if you did, quite sure you will not be speaking/writing the way you are, please keep us informed, make a public comment about the government and be sure to post the outcome..... pathetic to comment anyone can speak free in China

Nope and I've made plenty. As I keep saying, it's forming and fomenting the mob that gets you into trouble. I'm not your mouthpiece, I haven't a discriminatory bone in my body.

3 hours ago, StreetCowboy said:

People don’t die in lorries going to Europe because they are happy with their lot in life.

Chinese people don't, the people in the Essex truck recently were found to be from cuddly, friendly Vietnam. The new expat paradise.

2 hours ago, sunnyboy2018 said:

Pure nonsense.  Thirty million killed by the current party  no real internet. No news. 100s of thousands of political prisoners whose organs are harvested. A population slowly being chip and pinned into robotic submission. A nightmare quasi dynasty using brutal coercion to cow the people. Just horrible.

Well if you want to go digging back through history, no country of any account has clean hands. Also the organ harvesting thing is solely based on poor mathematics and wild accusations. It completely baffles the medical profession here.

1 hour ago, dimitriv said:

 

From what I know social media in China has instant censorship. It means that things you write will be instantly deleted, or be visible only to you.  

 

Not from what I and my familiars know though, here on the ground. Admittedly, key words like the famous black flag operation in Tiananmen will flag up. Pretty much every social media has key words which attract attention. Weibo/WeChat is no different.

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1 hour ago, Traubert said:

 

Not from what I and my familiars know though, here on the ground. Admittedly, key words like the famous black flag operation in Tiananmen will flag up. Pretty much every social media has key words which attract attention. Weibo/WeChat is no different.

 

>> Not from what I and my familiars know though, here on the ground.

 

So it doesn't happen. Social media has no instant censorship where things you write get deleted immediately or are hidden for others.

 

>> Admittedly, key words like the famous black flag operation in Tiananmen will flag up.

 

Ah, so it does happen. First you say NO, but later; The censorship only happens when you write something the government doesn't like. It will not happen when you write something bad about the weather today.

 

>> Pretty much every social media has key words which attract attention.

 

Name some...  Not Chinese but western. Did it ever happen to you that your Whatsapp message didn't arrive because you said something bad about Trump ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, dimitriv said:

 

>> Not from what I and my familiars know though, here on the ground.

 

So it doesn't happen. Social media has no instant censorship where things you write get deleted immediately or are hidden for others.

 

>> Admittedly, key words like the famous black flag operation in Tiananmen will flag up.

 

Ah, so it does happen. First you say NO, but later; The censorship only happens when you write something the government doesn't like. It will not happen when you write something bad about the weather today.

 

>> Pretty much every social media has key words which attract attention.

 

Name some...  Not Chinese but western. Did it ever happen to you that your Whatsapp message didn't arrive because you said something bad about Trump ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really you are stretching it now because of desperation. Send a message with the word 'jihad' in it, send another with 'crusade' in it and yet another with 'infidel' in it.

 

Are you telling me that won't attract attention?

 

I'm all for debate but arguing for the sake of arguing doesn't interest me. If your case is that all social media isn't monitored around the world, perhaps you need to think again. Chinese social media is no less restrictive than any other. That's my point and until you can stop the bluster and prove or at least cite a case proving the opposite. we're done.

 

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