Dinner met Officials Facade in Chongqing  
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In 1999 I inventorised the in the Netherlands active asylum lawyers, as there seemed to be no list available, or at least no up-to-date version of it, and therefor no effective way to get in touch with them. This list is still on this website and is still periodically maintained. (www.collet.nu/lijsten/asiellijst.htm).

In 2003 I went together with mr. Kleerekoper to China, to watch how the scholing was arranged on the countryside. Together with the director of the Poverty Allevation Office of the Chinese Ministery of Foreign Affairs (see also on the left photo, second from the left, beside Governor Wu of the County Jinping), we visited a small village in the South of the province of yunnan. A report of this visit you can find elsewhere on this website. This trip has made at least something more clear about the sensitivities in China (also due to the documentory "Death by Default"), several visits to schools in the city and the clountryside en some orphanages (only in the city), conversations with several officials on different levels, were very illuminating for us. Finally we have with the Round Table "no 131, De Langhstraat" in Waalwijk, managed to sponsor for an amount of 18000 euro to build the middleschool in Lao Zhi Jai. The construction of it has been completed in the summer of 2006.

A visit for business [urposes in Chongqing to setlle a business dispute between a Dutch and a Chinese company, led me to the local officials and the provincial building they have their office (right photo). This building is a real facade, a very beautiful and impressive looking frontside, with behind it the original officebuilding, as we know so many of. That is China and that has its own charmes as well.

In October 2006 I have together with Mr. Dekker followed some investigations to the identity of some of our clients in China (Fuzhou, Dongguan en Shenzen). Because a large amount of these investigatioons lead to the result that nothing van be found, while all information seemed to be so concrete, detailed and reliable, we wanted to see with our own eyes what happens during such investigation. The hukou-system appears to be completely different from the Dutch Population registration system (as the French had introduced around 1800), a more complete report you can find somewhere else on this website. Of importance is to know that the system itself already gives a good explanation why or why not information can be retrieved. It therefor does not have to based on the fact that the client is lying, on the contrary, based on the information that is given it is even possible to verify to a certain level if someone has been lying or not, by comparing the given information with the situation at hand. The hukou-system only registars the people that actually live at the area and not the ones that have left. People that leave or disappear are stricken from the register. The local officials assume that those people will be registered elsewhere again. Because the register is periodically very effectively cleaned, by simpely completely rewriting the whole register, no old stricken information will be left, as the old books have no value and will be destroyed. At this moment they are working on digitalising the hukou-register, but that is at this moment (2007) not yet achieved at all villages.