1. There are supposedly entire battalions of Chinese Army stationed in the northern part of the country who produce the vast majority of counterfeit goods in China. It’s thought that this is one of the ways the military is able to support itself financially while keeping the official budget in Beijing relatively low.

  2. Misha Glenny (in McMafia) reckons that the Chinese mob outsource their dodgy manufacturing to North Korea.

    On a related note, Bob, has this come under your radar — the Pirate Bay get their funding from a neo-Nazi? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02/26/pirate_bay_neo_nazi/

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