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It is said that Chinese is one of those most difficult languages to learn all over the world. I dont know whether or not it is right but i do believe that 'cause I can speak english (or chinglish) and a little Japanese. What I want to say is learning languages is always not interesting as you just began when you step into a higher level. Just endure it. Good luck.

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Posted by Chinese at July 31, 2007 06:00 PM #PermaLink

The previous comment seems to be SPAM, isn't it? :)
Just wanted to mention that hiding by people of their incomes is probably caused by high income taxes or certain difficulties in registration of this income.
I can exemplify: In Russia now there is a new law to oblige all real estate owners-lessors to pay the income tax in the profit obtained from letting their property on lease. Do you know why the most citizens there prefer to hide such incomes? The statistics says - only because the procedure is highly sophisticated and requires a lot of documents to be represented.
Who likes collecting documents?
Consequently: Who will pay the tax? As soon as the procedure is simplified, the incomes will be disclosed.

Posted by Cattlu at August 1, 2007 08:54 PM #PermaLink

@Cattlu : The first comment is very likely spam good catch.

I'd say the main reason people are hiding money is exactly as Cattlu said. Who wants to pay taxes?! However taxes aren't paid because of laziness in relation to filing taxes. In fact quite often those hiding taxes need to pay for good accountants to hide this incoming money so they don't get caught.

On a side note I think people tend to forget that China has a history of corruption that dates back millennia. GuanXi has always been a large factor in business here, and likely will in the future.

Posted by John at August 6, 2007 04:32 PM #PermaLink

This is "hiding of income issue" is no biggie. It happens everywhere around the world. Even your own countries President might be stashing away as we speak.

Posted by CallCenterVet at August 15, 2007 02:52 PM #PermaLink

Like callcentervet said, it is there in every country. Recently, I happened to see one Indian movie, where the hero rob the black money from businessman's and politicians and spend it for good causes. The estimation of the black money is huge in countries like China, India, etc.,
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