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Post time 2010-7-9 05:31:18 |Display all floors
The Chinese officials are deceptive and stupid at the same time. Shame to their ignorance. Excellent BBC article.

As China's rapid development continues, some companies are hiring Westerners to pose as executives in order to secure more business.

Canadian journalist Mitch Moxley told the BBC World Service he was among a group of white North Americans hired by a Chinese company as "quality control experts".

The group pretended to represent a California-based firm in partnership with a Chinese company which had won a contract to develop a production site in Dongying, Shandong province.

"We were a fictional American company that was supposedly spearheading this project," said Mr Moxley.

They were given leaflets and brochures of an American company for their presentations. But there was no such company.

"I searched high and low on the internet and couldn't find any existence of it," he said.
All expenses paid

According to Mr Moxley, fake foreign executives are becoming a common feature of corporate events in China's smaller cities, as they experience rapid growth.

This reflects the desire of many up-and-coming businesses to appear international and well-connected to the West.
"I've been here for about three years and I can think of six or seven people who have done very similar things," he says.
Ben, an American who has been running a business in Beijing for three years, is still amused by the way he was approached by an "agent".
"I was on Skype and I just got a message randomly that said: 'Would you like a free trip to Shanghai?'," he said.
Ben was offered an all-expenses-paid trip for several days near Shanghai and given identity papers to attend an exposition as a "seasonal products buyer".
"The first thing was to go to the opening event. After the opening event, we were taken to the VIP dinner event," he said.
He also appeared as a member of the crowd listening to the speeches by local officials and business leaders.
"They needed foreigners to be in the audience, so that when the camera scans the audience there are foreigners there, with their earpieces on, listening to the speakers."
Ben and his group were later taken to a district near Shanghai that wanted to attract foreign investment.
"We walked around this area of empty buildings. We were given a tour by some guy about how it's great for foreign businesses to come set up in that area.
"And then a TV crew came and start taping us for a few minutes."
'Compromise'
John has been living in Beijing for five years. He got his fake job offer at a Christmas party through "a friend of a friend".
"I was nervous when I first talked to the guy because I thought I'd be spouting lies about who I was," he said.
He was asked to make a speech at the inauguration of a research institute in north-eastern China.
"I was supposed to be representing Canadian businesses and talking about benefits of a low-carbon future."
Although John had some misgivings about meeting senior education officials from the region, he did not feel he had deceived anyone.
"The words in the speech weren't really about me, it was about the institute and the benefits of low carbon. So for me, I was able to compromise just a little bit."
John said the jobs were often offered through personal contacts and mostly attracted students on a tight budget or expatriates looking for a side-income.
But Ben said a recruitment industry targeting Western expatriates had also emerged as a result of the trend.
"The company that we worked for - obviously they knew what they were doing. They got paid for bringing foreigners," he said.
Fake jobs available to white expatriates can last from just a few hours to several days, and can be something as simple as appearing as a guest at an event to attending negotiations on behalf of fake companies.
"Some Germans were hired to pose as apple buyers from a suburb of Beijing," said Ben.
"They actually had to be quite knowledgeable about apples. They got paid a thousand dollars for a few days of work."
No glamour
The victims of the practice, says Ben, are producers and manufactures in smaller towns and cities who rely on "agents" from bigger cities to bring in potential buyers and clients.
Moxley warned that it was not all wining and dining, nor was it particularly interesting.
"We also had to sit in this small temporary office from about 8am to 5 or 6pm doing nothing," he said of one job. "We slept, we read magazines. We joked around."

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Post time 2010-7-9 14:46:09 |Display all floors
Again the same topic? Weta had the same "rent a white guy".....can`t you guys come up with something new?????^^
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Post time 2010-7-9 14:56:22 |Display all floors

You are avoiding....

Originally posted by Alex2010 at 2010-7-9 14:46
Again the same topic? Weta had the same "rent a white guy".....can`t you guys come up with something new?????^^

the ID task I asked you to perform on the new Spanish National flag.......

You know that 8 leged guy?

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Post time 2010-7-12 17:27:59 |Display all floors
i;d like to see China hire Africans , Arabs, and Pakistanis as ceos to change the worlds views of what a ceo should be and collapse the idea that whites are some how superior.

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Post time 2010-7-12 20:45:42 |Display all floors

rentin whites to help whites...

you kno whites just love to whine & naggin allday long...the best thing to do is to hire their own people to deal with their no frills nonsense (oh yeah, i'm not that lucky & have to deal with em in the wild wild west)  

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Post time 2010-7-12 22:40:05 |Display all floors
In China, everything must be taken with a pinch of salt.

The popular novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, is 70% fiction and 30% truth. This ratio actually applies to basically everything thing in China. In Chinese, we call it "3 points fake, 7 points truth".

Even the foreign executives in a Chinese company is dubious.

If China really wants to get ahead in the business world, they need to build up REAL credibility not fake ones. It not only damages their own reputation, but China as well.

Imagine a world where nobody believes anything coming from China. And China gets that reputation not from foreigners; but themselves.

It's interesting to see how the government tries to build a NEW CHINA while the corrupted citizens tries to destroyit. I pity those honest citizens
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Post time 2010-7-12 22:47:45 |Display all floors

absolutely no doubt whatsoever...

Originally posted by taikor at 2010-7-12 06:40
In China, everything must be taken with a pinch of salt.

The popular novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, is 70% fiction and 30% truth. This ratio actually applies to basically everything thing ...



but most western nations dont trust & dont see china as a friend (differ party system) not even for russia. so, it's difficult for china/russia to kowtow the west all the time but it's time for the west to ban their hatred of differ political party not just taken advantages of china weak currency & cheap massive labor forces  

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