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Chinese Internet users are furious at pictures showing the palatial luxury of the Harbin Pharmaceutical Group’s main offices.

The building:

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Note the grand piano…

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Communism at its finest – the Harbin Pharmaceutical Group is state-run (and by some estimates the second largest drug company in China), and only this month was forced into issuing a recall of one of its mineral water products after dangerous levels of potentially carcinogenic bromate contamination was detected.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    its like the tai yong medical group in deus ex :O

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    Comment by KickAss
    21:15 09/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I was searching the pictures for hacking terminals.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Time to go get some arm blades then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    'twas my first thought

    Quite scary, actually.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You've seen the future, now go out there and stop it before it's too late.

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    Comment by Zet@
    19:14 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    My eyes! It's so shiny!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    dont worry
    i think they have medicines for that

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:02 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The Chinese have to complain on the interneet because if they complain in public, they'll get arrested.

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    Comment by SaltyPenguin
    00:39 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah...those have been recalled, there have been reports of people's eyes exploding.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:41 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    China is sounding more Capitalism than Communism.
    Capitalist go around flaunting their money.

    Communism doesn't work at all. You have to have 1 Billion people helping each other and doing things which are greater good for the country and people. Capitalism isn't.

    China is Capitalism.

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    Comment by max
    05:37 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    One word: tacky

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Duh... The rich can wear do anything tacky and lame and it won't me shit cause they have all the $$$.
    If I had my way I'd have the ugliest most expensive pink diamond stud shirt, and strut around town like a flashy cripple kid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Capitalism works : )

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:45 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Opulence, I has it

    /Also, I has a miniature giraffe

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    Comment by Pyrus
    14:26 11/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember that commercial!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Capitalism, Ho!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:07 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer.

    Fuck you rich bastards *shakes fist angrily*. People who believe money isn't important in life need to try living without paying for tax, food, clothes, insurance, bills and rent. See how far you get. You can pretty much get away with murder if you had lots of money...or close enough to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:37 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pure capitaljism.

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    Comment by Conduit
    08:58 10/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Except its not capitalism, thats the true face of communism. Communism gives all the money to a tiny privileged minority while intentionally ensuring that the majority remain permanently impoverished. You would have found the exact same BS in Russia before their economy started collapsing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lol, but they didn't really earn the money. It's state-run.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Communism in practice has always been a bit different to communism in theory. And by "a bit" I mean "completely".

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    Comment by Gitami
    16:14 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's working communism. The ideal communism would do away with the central committee eventually.

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    Comment by Skoll
    18:06 12/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Gitami
    You're thinking socialism which is nigh-impossible to actually put into practice in the real world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:14 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's probably a "premium medicine tax" to each drug that was sold.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    OK, I guess you'd rather starve along with the rich under communism then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:28 11/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Makes little difference. When you're starving, you're starving. Doesn't matter what social economic standards you're living in. You think the homeless are really that bothered about whether or not they're in a communist or capitalist state? Seriously this is the type of arguement a far right republican/conservative comes up with.

    Seriously, people who think Capitalism is without fault or is the greatest thing next to sliced bread needs to stop covering their eyes and ears while going "La la la~ Can't hear you."

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    Comment by ED
    06:00 11/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Socialism for the rich, free market for the poor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Red capitalism, that's what we call them. Pure communist is no longer the fashion, you know. Just look at North Korea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never thought I'd see a recettear reference on sankaku, I just finished playing the damn game a few days ago

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    really? a state owned corporation in communist china and you blame capitalism?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:38 10/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    China is, by far, the largest capitalist economy in the world - far surpassing the US. Of course, you'll never hear THAT from CNN/Fox pundits

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:51 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's hilarious that people still talk about capitalism like it's a good thing and not an atrocity. There are no successful modern capitalist economies, and there is very good reason for that.

    Capitalism isn't free because capital is a resource and thus an advantage. It creates a spiral of financial bullying and inevitably ends up in market failure over and over again precluding the tyranny of small decisions.

    China is a mixed economy. The US is a mixed economy. Neither are capitalist or socialist, and both are very much corrupt. Don't think the US is as corrupt as China? You need to brush up on the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:40 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Campaign contributions are de facto bribes. The only difference is it allows you to actually make the laws instead of merely bending it.

    Why do you think there are so many convenient loopholes in the first place?

    Overwhelming majority of Chinese, up to the upper middle class, pay no income/payroll taxes at all their entire lives. Here in America, it's megacorps like GE that paid $0 in taxes last year. The tax code is the most glaring result of bribing over the years.

    The illusion of rule of law and free market is just that, an illusion. By no means am I saying Chinese have much freedom, only that you're not as free as you think you are.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's known as state capitalism. Not much different from regular capitalism, from most salient respects. "Rule of law" and "free markets" cover the outdated high school definition of capitalism as was then put forward since the time of Adam Smith. It has always just been about profit, regardless of which entity is in control of business and production.

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    Comment by nocturne
    07:13 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Rule of law" and "free markets" cover the generous and idealistic high school definition of capitalism. In practice, it's mostly state capitalism (China) or oligopolies (America), with a lot of loopholes, lobbying, corporate-formed government policies and rule-bending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:43 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rule of law? Free market? Capitalism? That's sarcasm, right? Lulz...

    Ever heard of sub-prime? Robo-signing? Sanctioned monopolies? Corporate-Fed rotary door? GE paying $0 in taxes last year? When was the last time Corporate America respected rule of law or the free market?

    You must've been living under a rock... or North Korea, to keep believing in that rosy fantasy of a concept for capitalism. It's just like the Communist "workers' paradise" sounds good in theory to tho don't have to live under it.

    China is learning, apparently. But they're still green at this. They need to learn to move the ill gotten gains offshore, and hide it well, like they do here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sure you're more knowledgeable about that than the 2nd largest economy of the world. Of course they achieved all that by lying, corner cutting, and cheating according to you, and everything made there is crap. Might as well throw away your computers and servers right now, as well as ~75% of the stuff in your house, 90% of the electronics, and 100% of your non-bootlegged figures, because they might blow up any second right???... oh wait.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:27 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    china has free trade zones because of Deng Xiaoping... Its basically just a dictatorship with capitalism throughout. Its communist officially but thats only so it can continue as a dictatorship, in reality its just as far from a communist country as the US.

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    Comment by Artefact
    04:28 10/09/2011 # ! Transparent

    Capitalism implies rule of law and free markets, neither of which China has.

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    Comment by Artefact

    There is simply no comparison between the legal, political and economic environments in China and the USA. The vast majority of US citizens and corporations will go their entire lives without ever having to bribe an official or engage in shady patronage - on the other hand, these practices are the fundamental daily lubricant of all economic activity in China.

    And "state capitalism" and other dubious attempts by Marxists to distance the end results of socialism from its underlying ideology are clearly not what most people refer to when talking of "capitalism."

    Comment by Anonymous

    Capitalism has nothing to do with "free markets".

    Capitalism is only a system where business is owned privately and for profit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They can say they're communists all they want, but it won't make it true.

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    Comment by VillainousHanacha
    02:57 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    China is about as truly communist as a tree is made out of rocks.

    It's basically just been capitalist with a totalitarian government ever since Deng Xiaoping came to power after Mao.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea and during Mao it was just totalitarian. China's never been communist and neither has North Korea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:52 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I bet half of it not as rich as it looks. Golden paint and lots of gypsum and polyurethane moldings do wonders.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yeah, it's just a case of terrible interior decoration at its most bloated state.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:00 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is your definition of "as it looks"? If you mean that people think it's wealthy because of the golden colors, then yea, you're right, none of those objects are made of gold.

    But even without the golden paint, it still looks ridiculously decadent. What's up with the pool and snooker tables? It is EXACTLY as rich as it looks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:34 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Again, it's not something you can't afford, if you have enough space for it. Now building and land for it's another mater - this is most expensive. Everything else is nothing new, and I really don't understand why people gawk at it.

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    Comment by kintama00
    18:41 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    life is unfair <.<

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:13 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    which is why there is communism :)

    Comment by Charismatic Vampire
    00:57 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    China today is no longer communist instead they have become a mix of socialist and fascist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    *points to Black Witch* This is correct.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are socialist in the sense that the government controls most of the means of productions...at least in theory. Private competitors and entrepreneurs are generally prohibited from entering markets and industries while politically favored individuals and groups get to bask in luxury of state appropriated funds like the nobles of old. Where's our chinese Lelouch anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're not socialist in the least. I guess you must be an american where socialist and communism = evilz.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That what explains what kind of game of billiards these confused people are playing?

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    23:08 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wonder what kind of ingredient they produce to all the drugs that make them rich, you know because it's China everything is possible for them from melamine to milk protein.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    My god, it's Versailles all over again. At least Versailles has a critical governmental role...

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    Comment by Hayate
    22:00 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yup, since they got the money after all, so get over with it

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:29 09/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    KILL THEM ALL!

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    Comment by wangrui
    02:44 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    OK ,come on!







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