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Year 2 Girl Helps Brother Sleep In Classroom

These photos were taken in a primary school of Shanjiang Town, Fenghuang county, Hunan province by Lu Qixing on 29th July, 2011.

The girl in her year 2 classroom, is helping her brother go to sleep, so she and the rest of the children could continue learning in the classroom. (screenshot)

"Now my brother is sleeping, I can listen to the teacher." The girl and boy's parents went away from home to make living; their grand parents were working in the fields, so the girl took her younger brother to the classroom. The boy's larger head size is due to malnutrition, according to the report.

A local teacher, Wu Jianhui told media that it is very common that children in that area live with their grand parents, while their parents went away looking for work.

A government building: "People's Government of Huyuan Town"  ----- A well built "office building" for local communist leaders in a village town in China, with an European design.

Compare the above photos: the true communists system in play.

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An Australian Chinese, Chen Yan-ping, spent 80,006 yuan to purchase a set of the finest rosewood furniture from a rosewood furniture store located at Huaihai Road in Shanghai, Zun Yi Xuan Village. However, when the goods were delivered, she found that the furniture did not match the samples she was shown in the store: the high-grade rosewood furniture turned out to be made of rotten wood. Miss Chen could not find a way to lodge complaints and decided to take the company to court. However, due to collusion between Chinese government officials and traders, as well as serious judicial corruption, the first trial has determined that no injustice has occured.

Rotton timber facked as fine Rosewood. (screenshot)

For 4 years Ms. Chen has been travelling between China and Australia. Not only was she physically and mentally devastated, she also suffered heavy financial losses. Finally she was forced to join a long line of disgruntled petitioners in China. She claims she was almost murdered as a result of lodging her petition in Beijing. Ms Chan has now disclosed her true story. She appeals to the international community for their attention and hopes that a fair deal will be done soon.

Ms Chen bought a new home in Shanghai and she wished to furnish it with a set of rosewood furniture.  On September 14. 2004, she saw the display of a rosewood furniture sample at Zun Yi Xuan Redwood Furniture Co., Ltd. She was satisfied with the quality and at the sight of the various ‘quality assurance’ awards everywhere around the store, she was assured that the store was reliable. Without hesitation, she signed a “contract for the sale of furniture in Shanghai” with the proprietor’s wife, Lu Lingxian, for a set of 23 pieces at the value of 80,006 yuan.

According to one of the terms of the contract for sale, it stated that if faults were found with the sold furniture, such as counterfeiting registered trademarks, famous marks, certification marks, make, plant, factory, or other fraudulent activities, Party B should compensate Party A an increased amount in accordance with the law. This means that party B would first of all refund the full cost, and then compensate an increased amount for the loss. The increased amount of compensation to consumers would be twice the purchased price of the furniture.  She was so assured that she paid the cost in full by several instalments.

On 13 July 2005 when Zun Yi Xuan delivered the furniture to Chen’s home in Shanghai, she was not at home.  When she came home that night she took one look at the furniture and thought; "they have delivered me a pile of garbage, not furniture. I found a total of 28 serious problems. First of all, the colours of all the pieces did not match one another, some are dark and some are light. The styles of the feet of the 6 pieces in the living room (sofa, a few cases, television cabinets, shoe cabinet and a desk) were different. The arms of 3 pieces among these (TV cabinet, shoe cabinet and a desk) were not the same. There were problems with the opening of all the drawers and doors.  A gentle touch on the doors of the furniture would leave indentations. The handles of the drawers also fell off, etc."

The next day, she immediately contacted Zun Yi Xuan Store to request that they change the furniture, but they made an excuse by saying that they did not have time and couldn't change it until the next week. After a careful look, they agreed that there were problems with the furniture. Ms Chen requested that they change the faulty furniture with the advertised  set, but was rejected straight away.  Later, through a friend in common, she was able to invite the general manager of Zun Yi Xuan, Bao Tien Wei, home to view the furniture and demand a refund.

Bao Tin-wai replied: "Don’t talk about refunds. This is our national standard brand.”  Then he added: "In Shanghai Beach I’ve cheated many people, I am not afraid of cheating one more. Miss Chen then called the Consumers Association at Xuhui District in the hope that it would help her find  justice. To her disappointment, when the male staff member who answered the call heard the name of the company, he immediately told her: "We do not accept complaints about this company, because it is the national standard brand, we have to limit the number of complaints to zero."

Ms Chen's husband came to Shanghai from Sydney on November 1. He wrote letters of complaint to the Consumers Associations, Shanghai Office for Appeal and the Quality Control Office. According to Chen, the team leader of the  District Q C Office, Ken Howard did come to her home for an investigation.  He said directly to Bao Tien Wei that the the furniture was sub-standard. The problem was relayed to Wu Yin of the City Q C Office.  Wu said to Ms Chan's husband: "Ask your wife to come back immediately. We’ll arrange reporters to inspect on the spot."  Miss Chen came back to Shanghai on January 8. On the next day, the City Q C organised a tripartite meeting (Q C representatives, Chen Yan-ping, the Zun Yi Xuan’s Bao Tien-wai and his wife Lu Lingxian) with the reporters taking photos at the scene.

Ms Chen recalled: At that time during the meeting, the Q C representative, Ken Howard questioned Bao Tien-wai: "Firstly, the contract clearly stated the material was Burmese rosewood, do you have a Burmese import tariff? Secondly, this furniture can be scratched by finger nails, which means it is not made of rosewood. I’m afraid it is not even made of plywood.” At that moment, the reporter called Ms. Chen out to take picture. When she came back to the room, she found Bao and his wife had gone, leaving only the representatives of the City and District Q C Office. The atmosphere was completely different. Ken told Ms. Chen: "If you wish to prosecute him for committing fraud, it is simply impossible. There is no crime of fraud in China." Miss Chen said: "If there is no fraud, what’s the use of this contract?" At that moment, the representative of District Q C Office Liu Yang added: "There is no fraud in China. You have been overseas for too long. There’s a gap in perceptions between us. Don’t go ahead with this lawsuit or you lose the fight in the end. I suggest you recover your losses as soon as possible, otherwise, you will make more big losses, I can tell you now."

Ms Chen’s husband then wrote letters to make complaints to the Shanghai Office for Appeal. The reply he received stated that they had reason to refuse investigating his case. The reason for not accepting is that the defendants address is unknown.

Ms Chen said that her husband had actually filled the form out by copying every single word from the official address of Zun Yi Xuan: No.1118 Huaihai Zhong Road. Now they say that the address is unknown. It is unbelievable.
She has come to understand the dark side of justice in  mainland China.

 

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