China Readings for October 28th

  • 泸州老窖—白酒“航天”行 – 产经 – 21世纪网 – 010年10月1日,嫦娥二号卫星在西昌卫星发射中心成功点火发射,这一大事件自然吸引了国内众多企业摩拳擦掌:就如白酒业的泸州老窖,以中国探月工程战略合作伙伴的身份推出了一系列整合营销活动,意在借助事件营销的手段,吸引大范围的品牌关注度。
  • 住建部就限购政策及公积金租房等答记者问_新闻_腾讯网
  • China’s New Protectionism – Businessweek – As competition grows, Chinese authorities clamp down on foreign businesses such as Wal-Mart and Carrefour
  • Baidu Profit Rises 80% as China Search-Engine Ad Sales Surge – Bloomberg – Baidu Inc., China’s biggest Internet company by market value, said third-quarter profit rose 80 percent, beating analysts’ estimates, as revenue from search- engine advertising surged.
  • 3 CCTV channels start launching in Myanmar
  • 中共中央关于深化文化体制改革决定诞生记_新闻_腾讯网
  • 少壮派能否驾驭年老派 中投何宝出任博时基金总裁 – 基金要闻 – 21世纪网 – 空缺了3个月的博时总裁位置终于被填补上了。

    37岁、来自原中投股权策略投资部的何宝,已经通过证监会审批,成为新一任博时基金总裁。消息并不意外,此前就有传闻何宝将会接任;消息也算意外,因为博 时为了这个新总裁人选曾经接触过数次人士,最后综合选择了何宝,可以说这个结果,对于股东和肖风来说,是个相互妥协的结果.

  • Full Text: The Socialist System of Laws with Chinese Characteristics – The Information Office of the State Council on Thursday published a white paper on the Socialist System of Laws with Chinese Characteristics.

    Following is the full tex

  • China orders inspections as sheep reportedly fed clenbuterol – INAN, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) — Agricultural authorities in east China said Thursday they had conducted tests on livestock after media reports claimed sheep had been fed an illegal additive to make their meat leaner.
  • China issues white paper on socialist legal system – BEIJING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) — The Chinese government on Thursday issued a white paper on the Socialist System of Laws with Chinese Characteristics.

    The laws have been categorized as a milestone in the development of China's socialist democratic legal system.

    The white paper, released by the State Council Information Office, introduces the establishment, components and features of the socialist system of laws.

  • Whistleblower Fight Plays Out on Weibo_From Caixin’s Blog__Blog_English_Caixin – Lu Qun, an anti-corruption official in Hunan Province, recently posted on weibo, alleging that Changsha officials had dispatched riot police to assault 50 migrant workers in the midst of wage negotiations. He continues to microblog about the situation.
  • Foundation and China Partner to Address Global Development Needs | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Mr. Zhang Laiwu, Vice Minister of the Chinese Government’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today announced a partnership to support innovative research and development (R&D) and manufacturing of new products for global health and agriculture. By signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), both parties affirmed their commitment to focus on innovation that meets the needs of developing countries and advances progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Without Computer Security, Sources’ Secrets Aren’t Safe With Journalists – NYTimes.com – operational computer security is still not taught in most journalism schools, and poor data security practices remain widespread in news organizations. Confidential information is sent over regular phone lines and via text messages and e-mail, all of which are easy to intercept. Few journalists use secure-communication tools, even ones that are widely available and easy to use.

    Government officials often attempt to get journalists to reveal their sources by obtaining subpoenas and compelling testimony and the required telecommunications records. But sometimes that’s not even necessary, because sources have already been exposed by their own lax communications. And then there is illicit monitoring — I believe that American journalists should assume that their communications are being monitored by their government — and possibly other governments as well.

    As an expert on privacy and government surveillance, I regularly speak with journalists at major news organizations, here and abroad. Of the hundreds of conversations I’ve had with journalists over the past few years, I can count on one hand the number who mentioned using some kind of intercept-resistant encrypted communication tools.

  • China’s cradle of entrepreneurs braces for debt reckoning – Yahoo! News – After China's cradle of private enterprise was rocked recently by woes of its vast underground banking market, a full-blown debt crisis was averted — but the real test is still to come.
    That test will take place in January, when companies and individuals have to settle their bills ahead of the Lunar New Year.
    Wenzhou, a hive of entrepreneurship on the coast around 400 km (250 miles) south of Shanghai, came into the spotlight in the past month for the cracks appearing in its vast underground lending market, whereby loan sharks and pools of depositors extend credit to small companies that have trouble getting loans from banks.
  • Hospital hides baby from parents who owed money — Shanghai Daily | 上海日报 — English Window to China New – TO get a couple pay for the medical treatment of their premature boy, a hospital in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province hid the two-month-old baby in another ward and lied that they had sent the boy to a local orphanage.

    Police yesterday ordered the Aipukang Hospital to return the boy to his parents,

  • Why Ordos Should Be a Test Case for Financial Reform_From Caixin’s Blog__Blog_English_Caixin – Ordos' situation is not as severe as Wenzhou's, because its energy resources are still going strong. Nevertheless, it deserves to be the first place the Chinese government goes to for financial reform experimentation.
  • One World, Two Internets | DigiCha – The Internet that the world ex China enjoys, and China’s, known in some quarters as the “Chinternet”.

    The latest bit of press on this phenomenon is from a Time Magazine blog–Can China’s economy thrive with a censored Internet? – The Curious Capitalist.

    I am actually considering writing a book about the phenomenon, with the working title “One World, Two Internets“. Anyone interested, drop me a line.

  • Can China’s economy thrive with a censored Internet? – The Curious Capitalist – TIME.com – considering pitching book on the 2 internet phenomenon called "one world, two internets". good idea?//

    There are two Internets in the world today. The first is the one you are probably using right now to read this post, through which you can connect with people around the world, surf for whatever information you want and blog at will. This Internet is a key tool for businesses to enhance productivity, for people to educate themselves about the world and for new ideas to bounce briskly from place to place. Then there is the second version of the Internet. The one here in China. The authoritarian government is fearful of the free Internet and has put in place all sorts of methods of controlling what people can read, say and access on the web. Major international sites, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, are completely blocked here. Certain searches are impossible, emails are monitored, many web pages simply won't open, and others open so slowly (like this blog) that only the most patient or determined will endure the wait. How bad it is? Take a read of what my colleague Hannah Beech, TIME's China bureau chief, had to say in a recent magazine essay. Hannah makes the important points that (1) the Chinese government's interference with the Internet actually saps people's interest in using it, and (2) there's not much anyone can do about it:

  • Internet Controls and China Economic Development: Correcting for Geek Bias | China Hearsay – Bottom line here: slow load times hurt productivity, and content controls (by definition) impede access to information. But saying that this will therefore translate into a huge drag on China’s economy is just speculation; it might sound “right” because we don’t like censorship, but that doesn’t make it true. Moreover, I suspect that this assumption is colored by Western geek tendencies to inflate the importance of social media and downplay the unfettered means by which innovators are still able to communicate with colleagues around the world and perform research.
  • Huawei, Chinese Tech Giant, Aids Iran | Censorship Inc. – WSJ.com – Huawei's US lobbyists and PR fim have impossible jobs//

    Huawei Technologies Co. now dominates Iran's government-controlled mobile-phone industry. In doing so, it plays a role in enabling Iran's state security network.

    Huawei recently signed a contract to install equipment for a system at Iran's largest mobile-phone operator that allows police to track people based on the locations of their cellphones, according to interviews with telecom employees both in Iran and abroad, and corporate bidding documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. It also has provided support for similar services at Iran's second-largest mobile-phone provider. Huawei notes that nearly all countries require police access to cell networks, including the U.S.

  • TV content restrictions quash creativity-Global Times – It's certainly not the first time media regulators have announced such directives. In April this year, the media watchdog cracked down on vulgarity and banned time travel shows. Anyone in show business in China will tell you the long list of things they cannot do.

     

    Have the regulators ever considered the possibility that the reason there are too many similar shows is because creativity has been restricted? Afraid of breaking the rules, producers just follow the bland yet safe and successful route of copying others.

     

    What if Michelangelo was told he couldn't make nude sculptures, or if Michael Jackson was banned from performing because of his crotch-grabbing antics? China just isn't a country where outlandish thinking or creativity is encouraged. As for plans to emulate a genius of the late Steve Jobs' caliber in China? Good luck with that.

  • Europe Turns to China for Aid in Debt Crisis – Bloomberg – what will china get? market economy status, end of arms embargo, bigger lafitte quota?

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he plans to call Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao today to discuss China contributing to Europe’s efforts to resolve the region’s debt crisis.
    The European Financial Stability Facility will be worth about $1.4 trillion after European leaders agreed to leverage existing guarantees by as much as five times, Sarkozy said at a briefing in Brussels at 4 a.m. local time. The presidents will speak about noon Brussels time and Chinese support will be welcomed, he said.

  • Audi Spurns China Company-Car Role – Bloomberg – Audi AG’s status as the carmaker of choice for Chinese bureaucrats has emerged as an obstacle in the world’s biggest automobile market as BMW and Mercedes-Benz gain traction with a generation of rich young buyers.
    Audi’s share of China’s luxury-car sales has tumbled by 25 percent in less than two years as state agencies and executives tighten budgets and younger buyers seek alternatives to sedans traditionally used by the government. The German automaker supplied an estimated 70 percent of cars used by the government and state-held enterprises during the 1980s.
  • Chinese Military Suspected in Hacker Attacks on U.S. Satellites – Bloomberg – Computer hackers, possibly from the Chinese military, interfered with two U.S. government satellites four times in 2007 and 2008 through a ground station in Norway, according to a congressional commission.
    The intrusions on the satellites, used for earth climate and terrain observation, underscore the potential danger posed by hackers, according to excerpts from the final draft of the annual report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The report is scheduled to be released next month.
  • Do Chinese Pioneers Get Railroaded in AMC’s ‘Hell on Wheels’? (Tao Jones) – Speakeasy – WSJ – Theirs is a story of wrenching sacrifice and terrible risk in a hostile alien land. It seemed natural for this new series to tap into that dramatic potential. So when the show’s cast of characters was revealed this August, Asian Americans were understandably shocked to find that there wasn’t a single Chinese among them.

    “Hell on Wheels” ignores the Central Pacific line, focusing instead on the Union Pacific, which was built eastward from Omaha, Nebraska by a workforce consisting mostly of Irish immigrants, along with a handful of black freedmen and veterans of the just-concluded Civil War. The show’s protagonist, played by Anson Mount, is a former Confederate officer, seeking revenge for the killing of his wife by Union soldiers; while working his way along the line in search of the murderers, he’s forced into an uneasy comradeship with a former slave, played by rapper Common.

  • China Proposes New Curbs on Entertainment and Bloggers – NYTimes.com – Many industry observers said the show may have been offensive for other reasons, including prompting home viewers to show support for their favorite contestants through cellphone texting, an action akin to voting. The shutdown of “Super Girl” was taken as a warning throughout the television industry and presaged the new rules.

    Bill Bishop, a business consultant and media industry analyst in Beijing, wrote on his blog, DigiCha, that the new limits could drive television viewers to look for entertainment on the Internet. On the other hand, he added, officials might be preparing restrictions for online video content. “The trend in China appears to be towards more, not less, regulation,” he wrote. “Investors may want to consider factoring in greater regulatory risk.”

  • Tmall Incident – Another Chinese Internet Giant Accused of Abusing Dominance : China Law Insight – In early November, Taobao Mall (Tmall), part of the e-commerce operations of Alibaba Group and considered as China's biggest business-to-consumer (B2C) retail platform, suffered from a stormy protest from small vendors against its new rules.  Meanwhile, antitrust concerns arise in relation to its suspected abuse of dominance in the e-commerce industry.
    This article provides an overview of the whole incident, outlines details to do with Tmall' s conduct and examines whether such conduct could be considered as an abuse of dominance in violation of the Anti-monopoly Law of China (AML).
  • Income inequality in America: The 99 percent | The Economist – "Occupy Wall Street" gets a boost from a new report on income distribution

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