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How To Get Things Done In China

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Beijing Breaks Silence

Chinese authorities reveal that 797 are ill and 34 dead from a mystery virus that has caused the global spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). This is more than six times number it had admitted to before.

A WHO spokesman told The Straits Times that the meeting with Chinese health officials was 'extremely good'.

He said that a Guangdong official provided 'stacks of information' going back to the beginning of the outbreak in the southern province.

He added: 'The files were extremely detailed and useful. The team was able to look at information like where patients lived, and how they were treated.

*derisive snort* I was wondering how long it would take the WHO to finally learn that to get anything done in China, you "pass red envelopes under the table". The country is so heavily mummified in red tape that you get nothing done through the proper channels, the way you're supposed to. It's all about your connections, favours you do for others, favours that you get to cash in later, red envelopes and banquet dinners you host.

I have great pride in my Chinese heritage. I hang on to customs, traditions, values and philosophies of old, at times even much more so than elders more than triple my age.

But it's unlikely that I will ever speak of the modern Chinese governing power without at least partial disdain.


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struiling
Mar. 26th, 2003 05:32 pm (UTC)
How come you were reading the Straits Times?
bride
Mar. 26th, 2003 05:34 pm (UTC)
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It was the first one that Google News had listed. There were a few articles in that group and the Straits Times was the first.
astral
Mar. 26th, 2003 06:01 pm (UTC)
i was thinking the same thing too (why were u reading ST)
haha.
our schools are closed! first time since polio in 40s!
bride
Mar. 26th, 2003 10:21 pm (UTC)
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JeezusMaryJosephandthedonkey.

I really hope they find this and contain it soon. Stay healthy, girl! =}
astral
Mar. 26th, 2003 10:32 pm (UTC)
but apparently just "to calm worried parents"

thanks..you too! =)
badkarma_05
Mar. 26th, 2003 05:50 pm (UTC)
Everything I see and read educates me more and more that China is a magnificent and inspiring country. It's culture is very rich and very beautiful. It is unfortunate that the governmental bureaucracy you describe is so corrupt and ineffective. But then I think, that's the nature of all bureaucracy (to some degree everywhere).
bride
Mar. 28th, 2003 09:10 am (UTC)
Absolutely. =)
ugly_boy
Mar. 27th, 2003 10:59 pm (UTC)
I don't think anyone can really hold it against you for having disdain for the present day government. They're pretty awful.
bride
Mar. 28th, 2003 09:09 am (UTC)
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Yeah, *sigh* it's bad everywhere.

IMHO, the best form of government is the "Benign Ruler". Ie. one person with absolute power (usually with a small elite group of advisors) who has a good system of information flow about his/her country and truly does what's best for his/her people.

This was the format of leadership in China for the longest time and it worked well for the longest time.

What's interesting to me is two things:

1) Even in most "democracies", this is what ends up happening anyway. You can see this in the US Administration Dependent staff. There's an elite group at the top calling all the shots.

2) The Western world condemns and decries the "One Power" format of government. We're taught to not trust that kind of leadership at the national level. We say it's totalitarianism and/or a dictatorship and is automatically thought of as "evil" or "bad".
ugly_boy
Mar. 28th, 2003 11:23 pm (UTC)
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2) The Western world condemns and decries the "One Power" format of government. We're taught to not trust that kind of leadership at the national level. We say it's totalitarianism and/or a dictatorship and is automatically thought of as "evil" or "bad".

I agree. A "dictatiorship" is considered the worst thing in some people's minds. And while there are bad ones, there are good ones, at least I would assume so. In feudal Europe, China, Japan or what have you, it was a different time. I don't think having dictators or monarchs would work very well. (To clarify: I mean monarchs with actual power, not the ones that are still in place throughout Europe and in Japan which don't have much say in the laws but are more a figure of tradition.)
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