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Amazing...China and transparency used in the same sentence together.

China is going to do things the Chinese way, and forget the "transparency".

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China is a Mafia State. The people in government there and their families all have "Partnerships" in every profitable venture in the country, so it wouldn't be far fetched to believe that this Tianjin chemical company is owned (in partnership at least) by some officials in the central government. The task for the central Mafia Government now is to make sure no one finds out who in the central government has stake in this chemical company, to what extent, and how close they are to President Xi. Good luck boys.

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Don't award them anymore Olympics or World Championship tournaments until they SHOW that they are transparent, honest and stop covering up their self-made disasters.

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There should be sanctions placed on China for this kind of behavior. A ban on Sino imports would go a long way to reign them in.

Don't award them anymore Olympics

The Olympic committee is a joke. Look who they awarded the Olympics to: China twice, Russia, Japan, Qatar. None of which have any decent human rights records.

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Remember this is the same government that hurriedly buried a derailed train car after the July 2011 high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, with deceased victims falling out of the car during the burial. The government stated that they wanted no investigation.

Oh, just in case any Chinese officials happen to be reading this, here is the Chinese word for transparency: 透明度.

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Yes, expecting transparency from China is like asking to stop military expansion.

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fears rising that spreading pollution could cause further suffering

Would it even be noticed with the current levels of polution in China cities ?

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I read that the number of dead does not include policemen or firefighters :(

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Very good transparency indeed, how come some critics didnt see it or they are looking for other issues?

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“The lack of information when needed—information that could have mitigated or perhaps even prevented this disaster—is truly tragic,” said Baskut Tuncak, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes. - article

The sleeping giant has more secrets, more potential dangers and no interest in anything that resembles "international standards."

"Tuncak said China needed to review whether its existing laws on hazardous waste met international standards" - article

After the FOXCONN suicides does anyone really think the Chinese are interested in anything about "international standards"? Why do the American Capitalists love China so much? Who can stand the whiny baby reactions they face at home?

China will sacrifice a generation, or twenty, with the constant refrain that it's too expensive to look after every like sniggling detail of safety, and, unsurprisingly, the Capitalists are reassuring them they are right.

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It was an regretful and big accident, no one here is showing any sorrow or real concern for the people or the country but are all busy with hateful Sinophobia. And of course it only happened because the government is communist. At least this mafia government does show some sorrow when something bad happens in other parts of the world. If you hate them so much why are you all having your cheap badly made goods manufactured by them under your brands, why not do it to hi quality standards in your countries.

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It seems that there are more such dangerous warehouses nearby residences all over cities, not only in Tianjin. So they don't disclose informations.

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Land were highly valuable resources for China, if you measured the urban area and the massive populations. Wherever there is in China east is convenience to find a warehouse or depots. The Tianjin explosion was definitely a tragedy but the safety distance with residential district does met safety standards. Only the destructive power were enormous beyond expectation.

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paradox AUG. 20, 2015 - 10:32AM JST It was an regretful and big accident, no one here is showing any sorrow or real concern for the people or the country but are all busy with hateful Sinophobia. And of course it only happened because the government is communist.

Paradox, you're right that there are a lot of Sinophobes here who probably secretly enjoy tragedies like this because it makes China look bad. But what you have to keep in mind is someone who angrily condemns Chinese leadership on this issue because they hate China and someone condemns Chinese leadership because they are outraged that innocent people were forced to die in an easily preventable accident, they are both going to look much the same on the Internet.

And if you are upset that people aren't expressing sympathy, keep in mind that these stories keep coming out of China while they simply don't happen in the developed countries the Party wants to compete with. Whether its melamine in milk or lead in rural villages or chicken tainted from being handled improperly or incorrectly stored explosive chemicals, these stories keep happening. After a certain point, it's hard to feel sympathy for people who let their lives be treated so disposably.

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I see it as an internal Chinese concern and pray for the families of the decease, injured and those displaced.

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I see it as an internal Chinese concern

Living across the ocean let's you say things like that. Consider all the foreigners and foreign businesses in the area and also the potential for what ever hazardous material that may get airborne and fly to let's say Japan.

Internal concern? I think not.

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@Speed

Don't award them anymore Olympics.

That would be doing China a favor LOL.

@elephant200

The Tianjin explosion was definitely a tragedy but the safety distance with residential district does met safety >standards.

Actually, it doesn't. NYT reports:

On Wednesday, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported that two major shareholders in Rui Hai had >admitted to using their political connections to gain government approvals for the site, despite clear violations of >rules prohibiting the storage of hazardous chemicals within 3,200 feet of residential areas. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/20/world/asia/tianjin-china-explosions.html

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They probably don't want anyone to know they were storing chemical weapons there... oops!

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The government is planning something...with some other government. Nowadays it's all...proxy wars.

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What did you EXPECT ?

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paradoxAug. 20, 2015 - 10:32AM JST It was an regretful and big accident, no one here is showing any sorrow or real concern for the people or the country >but are all busy with hateful Sinophobia. And of course it only happened because the government is communist.

You are wrong. Vietnam is communist but nobody bashes them. With this story in front of your face, the extent to which the people have suffered, and the totalitarian position of the Dictatorship in not providing transparency, you can only complain about "sinophobia" instead of being critical of the CCP government? The Chinese people deserve a better government but "Sinophiles" who support authoritarianism keep them in power.

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