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Post time 2012-4-28 10:46:24 |Display all floors
GUANGZHOU - Nearly two months after losing his bike in South China's Guangdong province, Peng Wei is still upset about the fact that a foreigner who dealt with a similar situation had his bike returned to him by local police within days, whereas he has yet to recover his missing wheels.

Chinese netizens sympathized with him and voiced dissatisfaction with such unequal treatment.

Three months ago, a Japanese tourist lost his bicycle in Central China's city of Wuhan. Police retrieved it four days later, with the help of local people. Peng, on the other hand, is still waiting for police to recover his bike in Dongguan, a manufacturing hub in Guangdong.

Peng, a native of South China's Hainan province, began a large-scale bike trip around China in July 2011. However, his bike was stolen in Dongguan's Dalingshan township on February 28 this year after trekking across more than 10 provinces.

Peng reported the theft to local police the next day, but heard nothing from them until going public with his dilemma. Peng chose to post photos of himself and his bike on the Internet, hoping that netizens would help locate the missing ride.

He also made efforts to contact local media outlets, telling them "I'm not Japanese. My bicycle has been stolen. Can I get it back?"

Eight days later, the Dalingshan township government posted on its official account on, a popular Chinese microblogging site, that the police had begun to investigate the case.

Netizens have criticized the handling of Peng's case, citing the previously mentioned incident involving the Japanese tourist as evidence of unfair treatment.

Peng said he cannot afford another bike because his family is poor, adding that he funded his bike trip by performing odd jobs and playing the saxophone during his travels.

Peng said he didn't expect the public to be so concerned about his case, adding that police have been under great pressure and have tried their best to help him.

Police officers in Dalingshan are investigating the case, with each police station receiving photos of Peng's bicycle to aid them in their search. Some of the officers have gone to salvage stations and bike repair shops to locate the bike, according to Wu Guorong, deputy head of the township's police station.

However, some netizens have stated that local police have failed to find the bike not because of an inability to do so, but an unwillingness to do so.

"It doesn't matter if you're Japanese or not, only if you're foreign, as the probability of retrieving your bike is much higher than for a Chinese person. Why? Because the police want to uphold the image of our nation for foreigners," wrote one netizen using the screenname "cactus" on

Since the theft of Peng's treasured bicycle was reported, netizens referred to the two incidents again and again, noting they were not so fortunate with their lost property, ranging from bicycles to computers, mobile phones, suitcases, cars and dogs.

This feeling of unequal treatment was aggravated later when it was reported that police in Beijing ran 20 kilometers to retrieve a runaway horse for a US citizen.

However, Zhu Lei, director of a research center at Guangdong's Jinan University, interceded for the local government.

"Chinese tradition places importance on helping people from other places or countries, said Zhu.

He also noted that in a Chinese family, parents would scold their child first if the child is involved in a fight with other kids. Such treatment of outsiders and people on their own side has been long deep-rooted in Chinese culture.

It is a "great challenge" when the government faces such a situation (Peng's case) in its work.

He suggested the government should not extend special rights to certain individuals, adding that everyone should be treated equally.

Meanwhile, said Zhu, government officials could also adjust their workstyle, soliciting views of netizens in handling such complicated issues. The government could ask: If you're a law-enforcement officer, what would you do to solve this case?

It is actually unrealistic to search from household to household, considering the large population in the city of Dongguan. Make netizens realize this, he said.

"We have made full efforts in Peng's case. Whether cases involve foreigners or Chinese, we will make our best efforts to solve our cases," said Wu with the township's police station.

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Post time 2012-4-28 12:39:34 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2012-4-27 19:21
Another xenophobic attack by the CD!

Is it a foreigner's fault if the traditionally lethargic Chin ...

Police don't investigate bicycle thefts in the USA either. I've had three bikes stolen in my lifetime
and didn't even bother to report the last one.
Are you under the impression that police anywhere in the world investigate bicycle thefts?
I get the feeling the rest of us are in for another one of snaky's little fairy tales from Europe.
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Post time 2012-4-28 13:13:22 |Display all floors
I remember the case of the Japanese stolen bike, it was in Wuhan if I remember well.

I recall his bike was customized, which probably helped a lot in retrieving it as it didn't blend with the gazillion other bikes you can see in China.

Since the person mentioned in this article explains he has no money to buy another bike and that he had to work hard to buy this one, one can assume that he has a standard model. So finding his bike is like looking for a needle in a stack of needles while looking for the Japanese customized bike was like looking for a green needle in a stack of red needles (which certainly wouldn't be easy if you are a daltonian).

Otherwise, pretty much the same as robert237, most policemen over the world wouldn't investigate a bicycle theft UNLESS it's high profile or they really have nothing to do.
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Post time 2012-4-28 13:17:02 |Display all floors
Go beat up some Japanese and call it even.

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Post time 2012-4-28 15:13:28 |Display all floors
people used to complain for their unfair treatment by the others or the society .
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Post time 2012-4-29 00:22:52 |Display all floors
This post was edited by questioner at 2012-4-29 00:30

Recently some Chinese students were mugged on a train in Sydney. The Australian police took action, and quickly arrested the assailants. and Austrlalian foreign minister got personally involved.

How many Australian nationals get such privileged treatment from the cops? None. And many muggings happen every year. Nobody cares when the victims are white.

And compare it to many foreigners assaulted in China. I know a group of Canadians who were beaten to within inches of their lives in Shenzhen - smashed with metal poles by Chinese thugs simply because they were foreigners. One almost died, and was in hospital for weeks. The police did nothing. Chinese newspapers ignored the story (unlike the Sydney case, which was front page news in Australia). Canadian newspapetrs also ignored the story, because a bunch of Canadians getting beaten up in another country just isn't that important in the greater scheme of things. And Canadians don't see themselves as victims of the world, so the story doesn't resonate with them. On the other hand, anytime a Chinese person gets beaten up overseas, there is outrage in China, because it is a perfect fit for the dominant narrative of the Chinese victim to foreign bullies.

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Post time 2012-4-29 00:55:50 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2012-4-28 11:22
This one case can easily be drowned in a flood of cases of foreign victims of Chinese criminals who  ...


Then why you're still here? Life is so unbearable for you here?

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