外文标题：China in spat with Belgium over racing pigeons
BEIJING: China and Belgium are engaged in a trade spat after China impounded several Belgian racing pigeons bought by Chinese enthusiasts at a high price, 1200 of which are still in custody.
Belgium's ambassador and foreign office is now negotiating with Chinese authorities to free the birds.
One of the birds nicknamed Bolt after the Olympian sprinter Usain Bolt and was bought by a Chinese enthusiast for $419,800. It is being regarded as the world's most expensive pigeon. The Chinese customs has valued most of the other pigeons at $134 each.
China released and "deported" 400 birds including Bolt following negotiations between the two sides. Chinese authorities are insisting that the caged birds be sent back only after customs duty and value added tax is paid on them. Import duties are 10% of the value while value added tax is 13%, meaning China was due around $101,541 for Bolt alone.
Chinese authorities have said the birds were declared at only nominal values, meaning China would be losing out massively on tax and import duties.
The government accepted a small amount as "symbolic payment" for the first batch of 400 pigeons but is asking for full payment for the remaining 1200.
China's Communist Party imposed a ban on a set of hobbies including pigeon keeping that reflected what it saw as bourgeois decadence years back. Though the pigeon racing hobby has made a return following China's economic success, the government still disallows flying the bird over what it regards as sensitive areas.
These include Beijing and over places where sensitive meetings or events are underway. Fears caused by bird flu had further prompted the government to crack down on pigeon keeping although the hobby is still being quietly practiced by the wealthy.
The pigeon racing association in Beijing Changping district said after a survey that there were 300,000 pigeon keepers in China in the nineties and the number has increased substantially since then. Pigeon racing fetch high prizes going upto $2.3 million.
Daughter of Mohammed (The Great Pakistan)
Pigeons are favourite food of Chinese....
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China should worry about 'Tiger Wine' first.
Sajan Nath (Alipore)
China mein toh aise bahut sare illegal animal trade hota hain so why do they want to only target the ones coming from Belgium. Double standards malum padta hain
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Sanatan Issar (Unknown)
China has problems with all nations?
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Daughter of Mohammed (The Great Pakistan) replies to Sanatan Issar
I think it's India...India has problems with all neighbors
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mailmenowbuddy (Location) replies to Daughter of Mohammed
i smell pigs here.
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Simply Indian (India)
$419,800 taxes for a Pigeon. And the price of human life.... not even few cents. Shameful thoughts.
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Wow so nice
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Shhh, be quiet China (Sub-asia)
China needs to be humble and less noisy on the world scene. She needs to love others and her own people. She needs to come to democracy and to bury the things of old. She needs to be quiet and take a lesser place on the world stage. She needs to empty her stored up ambitions for regional PLA expansions. She needs to take the positon of the quiet daughter obedient to the fathers that already govern the world. Then we might like her. After all, who in all of the world threatens China? No one threatens China. She is not under threat and never has been.
Observer (LAC) replies to Shhh, be quiet China
To gain respect of the world, China must emulate India, the world's most incredible and shinining democracy and also the most trustworthy and respected nation on Earth.
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V Jay (India) replies to Shhh, be quiet China
What you have written is also applicable to the so called "Fathers Who govern the world" with deceit and discord, Guns and Violence. These fathers feel threats from the very creatures that they themselves create. As for democracy, as we have seen it may not be suitable for everyone. If democracy equals development than China has clearly demonstrated that Democracy (western style) is not necessary for development.
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