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Oct 9 13 11:05 PM
There is something very slippery and slimey about Walmart. They in partners with the murderous Communist Chinese Peoples Liberation Army which owns all of China. Walmart is partners owning factories in China. SLAVE LABOR. What is there to admire in a supposed American company that is in partnership with Atheist Communist slave owners???? Not just Walmart but Apple too. China's agenda is the same as it always has been, the same the Soviet Union was. To conquer the world including America. An atheist Communist planet.
What does China do with American consumer dollars? Finance Iranian terrorism worldwide.
In reality Walmart is up to it's ying yang in debt. It's stock value is tumbling. Sure it has stores everywhere but look at the overhead, buying the property instead of renting, construction costs, even labor at minimum wages is eating away at whatever minuscule profits they are making. They can't even keep enough cashiers on hand to deal with the long lines.
Seems obvious to me that China owns Walmart now and to keep Walmart afloat they are funneling money into America to keep their greatest outlet of slave made goods afloat: Walmart.
Funny how Americans think American slavery 160 years ago was terrible. But think nothing about supporting slavery in China. not to mention forced abortions. Thinking Walmart is doing a jam up job according to capitalist principles is the same as praising Plantation owners who owned slaves 160 years ago as doing a jam up job using capitalist principles. Slavery is slavery. That century and this century.
Walmart should be condemned and boycotted as well as China. One thing to sell Chinese products, another to be partners with and own factories in Communist China. Boycott China. Bring factory jobs back to America.
The point is that in reality, beneath all the funny money slipping in from China who owns Walmart to keep it afloat... Walmart is broke and in reality is a failure as a company. Communism sucks and so does Walmart.
Nov 17 13 6:52 AM
You'll hear a lot of pieties about China this week. As George Osborne and Boris Johnson schlep from Shanghai to Shenzhen, they'll give the usual sales spiel about trade and investment and the global race. What they won't talk much about is Zhang Lintong. Yet the 16-year-old's story tells you more about the human collateral in the relationship between China and the west than any number of ministerial platitudes.
In June 2011, Zhang and his teenage classmates were taken out of their family homes and dispatched to a factory making electronic gadgets. The pupils were away for a six-month internship at a giant Foxconn plant in the southern city of Shenzhen, a 20-hour train ride from their home in central China. He had no say in the matter, he told researchers. "Unless we could present a medical report certified by the city hospital that we were very ill, we had to go immediately."
As a first-year student at a secondary vocational school, it was illegal for Zhang (not his real name) to be sent on any kind of internship. And under Chinese law work-placements have to be directly related to a pupil's studies. Zhang was an arts major and a fan of the work of Russian realist painters. He was to spend half a year turning out iPhones and other consumer electronics.
The only child of a peasant family in the Chinese countryside, Zhang's first experience of pitching up at a mega-factory was to be split up from his equally bewildered classmates. They were forced to sleep in different factory dormitories, among adult strangers. Given the same uniforms as the regular workers, the interns' training was rudimentary. And then there was the work: Zhang performed one or two small tasks over and over again while standing for hours on end in a huge line turning out Appleproducts. "It's tiring and boring," he told researchers outside work. "I very much want to quit but I can't."
Incredible as it sounds, Zhang's story is actually typical. As the number one supplier to Apple and manufacturer for a host of other consumer-electronics firms, Foxconn is one of the largest employers in China – and among the biggest users of student labour. In October 2010, the company estimated that, at times, up to 15% – or 150,000 – of its million-strong workforce were students. More than 28,000 were estimated to be interning for Apple alone. Last year, academics reported that 70% of the staff at a Honda gearbox factory were from secondary schools
Nor is such exploitation merely the stuff of recent history: just last week, Foxconn admitted that it had broken the law by making schoolchildren work overtime and night shifts. More than a thousand of them had reportedly been building the soon-to-be released PlayStation 4 games consoles.
Zhang's interview was one of 63 with student interns collected over two years in a forthcoming book by Jenny Chan, Pun Ngai and Mark Selden. The children's stories make upsetting reading. A 16-year-old girl suffers menstrual disorders in the middle of her internship. The pains continue for months, and she thinks they're caused by the night shifts and the stress of the factory: "We don't have breaks whenever we're behind on the production targets." The stranded girl is understandably reluctant to discuss the issue with her male line manager, yet her parents are so far away they can only offer suggestions over the phone.
Such tales aren't just a series of regrettable one-offs. Zhang and his classmates and the hundreds of thousands of teenagers like them are at the heart of one of the most powerful economic relationships at work today. They are part of a trading relationship in which Chinese children are forced into a manufacturing machine, with the connivance of both major employers and local government, to produce shiny things to be sold by billion-dollar multinationals to western consumers.
What do I mean by the connivance of government? The summer before Zhang was packed off to a Foxconn plant, a city in his home province of Henan ordered all its vocational schools to send their students to a Foxconn factory in the same city of Shenzhen. Those who had placements elsewhere were to break them off and rush south.
Chan and her colleagues believe this was to have a ready-trained workforce for the imminent opening of an iPhone plant in Henan. Far from being kept secret, the directive was press released and the provincial governor oversaw its implementation. Official recruitment targets were issued and the local government was offered a £1.6m subsidy to get Foxconn the workers it needed. And teachers went with their classes, paid by Foxconn to make sure their children worked hard and don't leave.
In one factory, the students complained about stomach aches, about choking – and they'd ask about the safety of their workplace. How did their teacher respond? As he later told the researchers, he invoked the nuclear disaster at Fukushima: "Take a moment to think about the selflessness of the scientists and the medical teams [at Fukushima] when Japan reported the tragic radiation leak. None of the Japanese withdrew from rescue work. So everyone of us should take responsibility for the good of humanity." Through this system western consumers get amazing new gadgets year after year. Apple will tell you that the inhumane conditions at its Chinese supplier factories are now safely in the past, even though it admits that some of the internships are still "poorly run". It requires a convenient blindness to believe that. A report by Apple's auditors in May 2013 "found no interns has been engaged at Chengdu [a city in mid-western China] since September 2011". Yet an HR official for Foxconn told Chan in September 2011 that more than 7,000 student interns were working in the Chengdu factory – over 10% of the entire staff.
Nov 17 13 6:55 AM
Nov 30 13 3:08 AM
Every few years news reports trumpet the Chinese government is loosening it’s brutal one child policy. This week’s announcement that China will allow adults who are only-children to have a second child, while reported as “dramatic,” is a mere tweaking to a massive, abusive program with thousands of individual enforcers who profit handsomely from the policy.
This months – one day after the announcement – Chinese officials quickly downplayed the tweak, saying changing the one-child policy would be too disruptive.
“The basic policy of family planning will need to be upheld over the long term and we cannot rest up on this,” Wang Peian posted on China’s health ministry website.
Population Research Institute has conducted illuminating investigations in China. That the second-child restriction is more broad than the new policy change addresses:
2. Those who meet the requirements for having a second child, but fail to meet the required waiting period (between births) and where the woman has not yet reached the age of 28 years of age when giving birth, both parties involved will be individually assessed a “social compensation fee” based on an unit calculated from a year’s salary for urban dwellers and based on a year’s income after expenses for rural dwellers. For each year early (that they have given birth) they will be assessed a CSRC Fee equal to 25% of their annual salary or income. A partial year shall be calculated as if it is a full year.
China’s one-child regime is rewarded by UNFPA, which assists and provides resources, like computers, for China’s family planning agency to do its invasive, brutal work. UNFPA receives the bulk of its funding from Western countries. What few strings are attached to this funding, such prohibiting funding of abortion, UNFPA easily evades by passing money through to other organizations like International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes and China’s family planning agency.
UNFPA claims its cooperation with China reduces coercion. Yet in the decades of UNFPA’s partnership with China, beginning with helping create the one-child policy, the reports from inside China only get more horrific. The recent spate of pictures, sneaked out through social networking sites, of mothers and their bloodied babies, the victims of forced late-term abortions, have shocked the world.
The fact that this trifling new change of allowing parents who are only-children to have a second child is considered “dramatic” should put to rest any claim that UNFPA reduced coercion throughout the last 30 years it’s been working hand-in-hand with China.
China’s reported change in policy is attributed to economics and an aging population. The massive drop in working-age people is harming economic growth, and the tipping scales of elderly people places unsustainable burdens on the economy and families, the basic social institution for individual well-being.
Dec 22 13 1:09 AM
"I love Walmart."
Walmart is owned by Communist, Atheist China. Walmart owns slave factories in China and is partners with the Chinese People's Liberation Party. Buying from Walmart is giving your money to Communists to murder their own people and force abortions. Reality.
"What doesn't come from a Third world country? It's mind boggling anymore."
Not a third world country. Communist, Atheist China is determined to conquer, destroy and enslave America. With our own hard earned dollars. Big difference. Funny how our ancestors hated communism. Now we give communists our jobs and support their enslavement of the world.
Sep 11 14 9:03 AM
Product quality has long scared Chinese consumers, who often prefer to buy foreign brands they believe are superior to local products.
But the latest scandal involving infant formula is taking this trend to extremes: Parents not only want foreign infant formula brands, but trust them only if purchased outside of China. That concern is impacting sales in markets as far away as Europe as Chinese visitors empty store shelves. Closer to home, Hong Kong is cracking down on infant formula smugglers.
Shopping overseas for products to consume in China "is not stable, not something that can meet everyone's request on a timely basis," said Allen Wang, CEO and co-founder of Beijing-based Babytree.com, the world's biggest parenting website with 55 million unique monthly visitors.
"People are actively seeking information. This is where smart and timely messaging and communication from the product makers can actually play a role to give people more confidence, or due to their lack of communication send people down the path of less trust," said Mr. Wang, formerly a P&G executive and Google's CMO in Asia.
Infant formula is a sore point in China's struggles with substandard, fake and dangerous consumer products. In 2008, six babies died and 300,000 sickened after drinking formula spiked with an industrial chemical to fool laboratory tests for protein content.
It wasn't the country's first product safety scandal but the egregiousness of the crime led to wide public discussion for the first time. Still, product safety scandals remain sadly common in China, with instances of cooking oil recycled from restaurant gutters, vegetables grown in industrial wastewater, fake medicine that causes more harm than good. Pigs are fed so many antibiotics that some people who are allergic to penicillin must avoid eating pork in China.
The most recent case involved Hero baby formula, a premium Swiss brand. Its Chinese distributor was caught mixing expired milk powder into cans being prepared for sale. Even foreign brands in China often contain locally-sourced ingredients or are packaged locally, spurring mistrust among parents wary of shady local middlemen.
Since the Hero case came to light in March, Chinese are leaning on friends or family traveling overseas to bring back formula, or purchasing it online from Chinese living abroad who are turning a tidy profit as small-scale distributors.
Retailers in countries like Australia, the U.K. and Holland have set limits on the amount of infant formula each shopper can buy, after shelves were cleared by Chinese. The Chinese territory of Hong Kong, where prices are lower and products perceived to be higher quality, has instituted border checks to clamp down on baby formula smuggling. Each person crossing into the Chinese mainland is allowed no more than two cans of formula each.
Danone's Dumex is the leading formula brand in China with 15% market share, and Mr. Wang praised the company's communications efforts.
Although Dumex formula is packaged in Shanghai and contains local ingredients, the company has been open about its operations and explained to consumers through social media and Babytree.com that its Chinese factory has even higher quality standards than its European factories, Mr. Wang said. At its Chinese call center, more than 300 operators answer customer queries.
As a major formula brand in Europe, Dumex is aware of the increased demand, the company's China office said in a statement. It's working with retail partners in those markets to monitor demand on a daily basis. Dumex declined to comment on its marketing efforts in China. Other top formula producers in China include Mead Johnson, which makes Enfamil, and Nestle's Wyeth brand.
The battle for market share is fierce. Unlike Western markets where there are only two or three major infant formula brands, in China, "there's ten or 15 brands competing for attention. Everyone knows it's a huge opportunity and everyone is trying to get in," Mr. Wang said.
Sep 17 14 3:01 AM
Wal-Mart isn’t exactly a poster-child for workers’ rights. Besides running sweatshops in China and refusing to hire women, they’ve also been pegged with nearly 250 cases of hiring illegal workers to clean their stores, forcing them to work seven days a week and locking them in the stores at night.
And then there’s the small matter of possible human trafficking. One of Wal-Mart’s supply partners is the Phatthana Seafood Company, a shrimp processing plant in Thailand. The workers paid recruitment agents large sums of money for the opportunity to work, after which their passports were taken from them until they had worked long enough to pay off the debt. In a legal sense, that’s one of the criteria used to judge human trafficking cases.
The workers are paid $8.48 per day, but the factory only runs an average of 14 days a month, so many of them have to resort to catching snails and tadpoles just to eat.
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