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China: Smuggling For Survival | 101 East

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  1. DavidsSling

    DavidsSling FULL MEMBER

    Sep 30, 2019
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    Wang JiJang scans the airport nervously as he prepares to board a flight from the Indian capital, New Delhi, to Beijing.

    "To be honest, I'm really worried about going through customs this time," he says. Hidden in his bag are drugs that could send him to prison for years, but Wang is not your typical drug smuggler.

    He is carrying cancer medication for a friend's sick mother, one of a growing number of Chinese taking extreme risks to obtain drugs deemed illegal in their country.

    Driven to desperation by the high cost of many pharmaceuticals in China, some travel to India to buy generic versions. Pharmacies catering to Chinese patients are springing up across the capital.

    Gao Fei relocated to India in 2015 from China to set up a pharmacy after serving a year-long sentence in prison for selling Indian generic drugs. "My conscience told me I should keep going.

    If it's illegal in China, go to India," he says. "Go to India and make a proper career out of this. Perhaps this is more worthwhile than being a doctor." Now his company has 100,000

    Chinese customers and makes a substantial profit. But to ensure his packages pass smoothly through Indian customs, Gao says he has to pay regular bribes. "We have no choice. It's only by paying this that our packages make it through customs," he says. 101 East follows those smuggling to survive.
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  2. Han Patriot

    Han Patriot ELITE MEMBER

    Mar 23, 2011
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    Its illegal because of WTO commitments. We cant import pirated drugs, another reason why generics is small in China else Indian generics would have been destroyed.
  3. Beast


    Feb 5, 2011
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    SYDNEY: A Sydney man has been charged for punching and stomping on a heavily pregnant woman unprovoked, in what was described by a leading Australian Islamic association as an "Islamophobic" attack.

    Shocking security camera footage showed a man approaching a table of three women wearing headscarves as they chatted at a cafe in the city on Wednesday (Nov 20).

    Seemingly without provocation, the 43-year-old suspect is seen lunging over the table to attack a 31-year-old woman, who police said is 38 weeks pregnant.

    After several frenzied punches, the woman fell to the ground and was stamped on, before bystanders wrestled the assailant away.

    Police said a suspect has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray and denied bail.

    They declined to comment on the attacker's motives, but left open the possibility of additional charges being laid against him.

    The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) said on Thursday the man was heard "yelling anti-Islamic hate speech at the victim and her friends".

    "This was clearly a racist and Islamophobic attack and we expect it to be treated as such," said AFIC president Rateb Jneid.

    "If it were not for the brave actions of these members of the community in stopping the assault the victim may very well have sustained much more serious injuries," said police inspector Luke Sywenkyj.

    The woman was taken to hospital following the attack and discharged, the police said on Friday.

    A recent report by researchers at Charles Sturt University found Islamophobia in Australia was "a continuous phenomenon" and women wearing headscarves are especially at risk.

    Of 113 female victims who reported being physically intimidated or harassed, researchers found 96 per cent were wearing a headscarf.