The Sinocism China Newsletter 01.14.15

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THE ESSENTIAL EIGHT

1. Xi calls for more anti-corruption efforts despite achievements – Xinhua Xi Jinping told discipline officials that “strong remedies must be used to cure the illness” of corruption. He introduced 2015’s four-point discipline work requirements, which underscored that corrupt officials must be held accountable for their actions, responsibility for the building of the Party should be strengthened at all levels and the improvement of systems needed to continue. In addition, efforts to rectify undesirable workstyles should continue and misconduct, Xi said, must be dealt with accordingly. “Our determination […] will not change. Our courage to rid our bones of poison will not diminish. We will also continue to hold the sharp sword of countercorruption high,” Xi added. The president stressed that Party discipline system reform must continue alongside enhanced institutional innovation and supervision. Party rules are an important test of loyalty, he said, thus, discipline should always be given priority…Xi told officials to better supervise state-owned enterprises (SOEs). “State-owned assets and resources belong to all the people [of China],” Xi said.The CPC’s control of such enterprises should be intensified and the supervision of SOE bosses strengthened, he said.

Related: Xi Vows to Wage Enduring Anti-Corruption Campaign in China – Bloomberg Xi vowed to maintain “high pressure” and “zero tolerance” on graft this year, as corruption “has not vanished” and “temptations still remain,” in speech at a plenary session of the Communist Party’s top disciplinary agency in Beijing yesterday. “The anti-graft work in 2014 was effective and the campaign was a matter of life-or-death for the party and the nation,” Xi was quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency as saying at the plenum of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. “The situation remains arduous and complex.”

Related: 周永康曾与薄熙来密谈要大干一场-手机和讯网 最新一期《凤凰周刊》刊发封面报道《中共向结党营私宣战——周永康六大罪状解析》,解密官方版本的周永康“六大罪状”,独家披露周永康“严重违反党的纪律”、“泄密”、“直接收受巨额贿赂”、“钱色交易”等用语背后的诸多细节。 //  A summary of what sounds like quite the Phoenix Weekly cover story on Zhou Yongkang’s transgressions. I have not seen the actual story; if anyone has an electronic version please send it along. Anyone know for sure if it is true that there is a longstanding rule that Politburo Standing Committee members are not allowed to meet 1 on 1 without at least a record of the meeting, for fear of plotting?

Related: 郭文贵与李友斗狠,把保护伞马健也送进了笼子 商人郭文贵是一个传奇,他惯用“小辫子”来维系政商关系,屡试不爽。包括原河南省委常委兼郑州市委书记王有杰、北京市副市长刘志华等高官在内,他的合作者大都锒铛入狱。最新被送进去的,除了自己,还有北大方正李友,以及他们共同的保护伞(Ministry of State Security)马健。 2006年,我任新京报深度部主编之时,同事曾对郭文贵在鸟巢西侧的烂尾楼项目进行调查,并与他面谈。不久,刘志华落马,王有杰的案情很快也遭披露。后来在财经杂志,另一位同事试图重翻他的盘古大观,未料收到一纸由马健所在部门出具的盖章公函,要求暂停采访。如今看来,这一切因果已定,顺理成章。 // Luo Changping comments on the Founder case, detention of Ma Jian and backgrounds  of Guo Wengui and Li You in a wechat post that combines a couple of reports on the unfolding case. Luo makes an interesting disclosure about the censorship pressure Caijing got when it tried to write about the struggle (Guo won) over the Pangu Plaza site on the west side of the Olympic Park. Vice Mayor Liu Zhihua ended up going to jail for corruption in the fallout. There are very deep waters with the Founder case, sounds like at least one tiger it not more behind it.

2. What Does Hong Kong’s Post-Protest Report Signal For Relations with Beijing? | ChinaFile an interesting Chinafile Conversation

Related: History curriculum in schools to be ‘renewed’: Leung-EJ Insight Hong Kong will “renew” the curriculum content of Chinese History and World History “to reinforce students’ interest in and understanding of Chinese history and culture and broaden their global outlook”, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Wednesday. The Education Bureau will also provide subsidy for students to join at least one mainland exchange program in the primary and secondary school stages, Leung said in his annual policy address.

Related: Hong Kong Leader: Don’t Challenge Beijing – China Real Time Report – WSJ In his annual policy address, Mr. Leung focused on constitutional reform and a lack of affordable housing — hot topics during months of student-led protests, which erupted after an Aug. 31 decree from Beijing that Hong Kong should elect its leader from a slate of prescreened candidates.

3. BBC News – China leader Xi Jinping set for UK state visit in 2015 Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to the UK later this year, a foreign office minister said. Hugo Swire referred to the visit during an appearance before the Commons foreign affairs committee. The Foreign Office said it was “discussing a possible visit with the Chinese”, and Buckingham Palace said any state visit would be announced “in the normal way”.

Related: British government slammed for refusing to summon Chinese envoy over MPs’ travel ban | South China Morning Post London was strongly censured by a British parliamentary committee for refusing to launch a full-scale diplomatic protest with China’s ambassador after Beijing barred MPs from travelling to Hong Kong last year.

Related: Flood of rich Chinese settle in UK – FT.com A total of 357 British “Tier 1” investor visas were issued to Chinese nationals during the 12 months to the end of September, accounting for 43 per cent of all investor visas issued during that period, according to UK government data. These visas could be obtained in return for a £1m investment in gilts or British companies’ shares or bonds, a limit that has since been raised to £2m.  //  UK selling itself cheap

4. PLA’s Luo Yuan rails against perception of China’s princelings|WantChinaTimes General Luo Yuan, the PLA’s best-known hawk and son of Luo Zhangqing, Long March veteran and former head of the CPC Investigative Department, has said in an interview that he is unhappy with the way he is treated by the press as a result of being a “princeling” — the offspring of the country’s revolutionary elite also referred to as “Hongerdai” or “second generation reds” in Chinese, reports Duowei News, a media outlet run by overseas Chinese. Luo’s comments come as a major reshuffle is taking place within the PLA with the appointment of many such princelings, provoking controversy.

Related: 江山未变“色”:隐秘的“红二代军团”_中国-多维新闻网 the Duowei article //  有分析认为,尽管相对于政界的习近平、王岐山、薄熙来等人,军界“红二代”普遍更为低调,但不可否认,军队才是“红二代”分布最集中的区域。这可以追溯到“文化大革命”时期,与当时席卷全国的“上山下乡运动”密切相关。当时的“红二代”们能够参军并避免上山下乡,以及后来能够在军中迅速升迁,不排除蒙受父辈余荫的情况。另一方面,当军队生态在上世纪90年代后急转直下时,“红二代”群体相对来说较少受到影响。这是在看待现今军中“红二代”聚集现象的两个观察点。

5. Freedom of press: They Have Miao | ZEITmagazin We have held off from publishing this story for a long time: A Chinese woman working as an assistant to DIE ZEIT has been detained for more than 12 weeks. We didn’t want to complicate diplomatic efforts being made to secure her release. But since these have yet to yield any result, we consider it necessary to make public now the fate of our colleague Zhang Miao. Angela Köckritz, our Beijing correspondent, is no longer in China. In this article, she describes her experiences with Chinese authorities.// grim

6. China’s propaganda leaders outline priorities for 2015 | China Copyright and Media On 5 January, the Propaganda Department organised a conference for directors of local propaganda departments nationwide. Standing Committee member Liu Yunshan and Liu Qibao both gave speeches outlining propaganda priorities for 2015. Furthermore, it seems that the Cyberspace Administration of China organised a parallel meeting for propaganda online. There have been only intermittent references to this, which in a number of cases were removed from the Internet rapidly. The following summary of the propaganda speeches was published on Xinhua’s website:

7. Families of China stampede dead demand answers, AsiaOne Asia News Relatives of the 36 people killed in a New Year’s Eve crush in Shanghai – who are now closely supervised by the government – have made a formal written demand for a proper account of the disaster, AFP has learned.

Related: 上海纪委:已调查黄浦部分领导”外滩附近高档餐厅用餐”–时政–人民网 Shanghai municipal discipline and inspection commission says it is investigating reports that officials were dining extravagantly the night of the shanghai stampede

Related:  环球时报:黄浦官员因豪华餐出丑真是活该_新闻_腾讯网 如果说踩踏事故除了相关部门工作不力还有某些偶然因素的话,那么黄浦区几位领导去那么高档的地方聚餐,就百分百是他们主观促成的。中央“八项规定”已经推行两年多,吃喝风被大刹,各种偷偷摸摸的顶风作案被舆论深恶痛绝,黄浦区的几位领导为何就敢这样干呢?这不仅是作风的问题,连他们对形势的基本判断力都像是出了问题。

8. Experts Urge Gov’t to Consider Environmental ‘Carrying Capacity’ – Caixin As China faces increasing urgency to address pollution, officials have on various occasions highlighted the importance carrying capacity. In December, a document released after the Central Economic Work Conference, at which top state leaders set the annual economic agenda, included a warning that China “is reaching the upper limit of its environment carrying capacity.” However, no data about China’s environmental carrying capacity has yet been released by officials and the public has no way to find out how much their local environment can take. Early in 2003, the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), the predecessor of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, asked local authorities to examine their environmental carrying capacity. Guidelines and technical standards were also issued. However, experts say the order accomplished little over the following decade, and no information was released.

BUSINESS, ECONOMY AND TRADE

China Said to Plan Rollover of at Least Part of Lending Facility – Bloomberg China’s central bank plans to roll over at least part of a three-month lending facility extended October, according to a person familiar with the matter, maintaining eased liquidity conditions as economic growth slows. The 269.5 billion yuan ($43.5 billion) medium-term lending facility was set to expire later this month. The People’s Bank of China’s first step will be to gauge bank demands for funds, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the plan hasn’t been made public.

90% drop in Chengtou notes issuance – Business – China Daily In the first half of Jan, only 4 LGFVs issued their bond with a total value of 4.7 billion yuan ($758 million), more than 90 percent lower than the same period in Dec, according to Wind data. Last Dec 56 LGFV bonds, also known in China as “chengtou notes”, were issued with combined value of 72.9 billion yuan. The drop in chengtou note was dramatic. In the first half of 2014, monthly issuance of chengtou note reached 153.5 billion yuan. This sharp decline came as town halls are backing away from blanket no-default guarantees and trying to replace the quasi-government bond with real government bonds directly issued by local governments.

佳兆业危局雪上加霜:万科不想惹麻烦撤回援手-手机和讯网 Vanke cancels deal to pay kaisa 1.2b Rmb for development in Shanghai

Troubles at China’s Kaisa mark watershed for offshore investors | Reuters The specter of default hanging over China’s Kaisa Group, a property developer in seemingly reasonable financial health just two months ago, is forcing investors to rethink how they account for political risk when buying offshore Chinese corporate debt..”Kaisa’s case asks two big questions to the global investor community: How do you price in political risk when buying offshore debt of these companies and where do foreign investors stand in the hierarchy of creditors?” said a lawyer at a U.S. firm who has worked on cross-border corporate structures, but declined to be named because of the subject’s sensitivity…  //  the bottom is the likely answer. And no one should be surprised, no matter what the underwriter promises were

China Bulls Cash Out as Stock Rally Overshoots Target – Bloomberg After watching Chinese stocks surge 37 percent in just three months, some of the world’s biggest banks are souring on the booming market. Citigroup Inc. (C) became the latest to cut its outlook on Jan. 12, lowering its rating to neutral from overweight amid concern valuations are turning unattractive. The downgrade follows predictions in the last two weeks from HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA), Bocom International Holdings Co. and UBS AG that gains in mainland-listed shares will falter. The Shanghai Composite Index closed yesterday at 3,235.30, or 7 percent higher than where analysts tracked by Bloomberg predict the gauge will be in 12 months, the biggest gap among global equity measures.

经济参考网 – 我国将分三类打造20个城市群 专家建议:建立城市群公共财政制度与公共财政储备机制 我国城市群规划正在紧锣密鼓地编制。《经济参考报》记者近日获悉,作为城市群规划编制前期工作的城市群范围和战略定位专题研究报告将于本月完成。在此基础上,国家发改委将编制跨省区城市群规划,并于今年年底前报送国务院审定。

成都沈阳南京等多个省会城市现出租车罢运事件-手机和讯网 Wave of taxi strikes in China. These and propaganda pressure finally break taxi monopolies? // 元旦以来,已有沈阳、南京等多个省会城市出现相似的场景。出租司机为何走上街头,罢运当中表达了怎样的诉求? 中共官方媒体人民日报日前针对1月4日沈阳千余出租车罢工发表评论,道出了内情:“长期以来,出租车号被公司垄断,行业发展畸形:车辆长期不增加,加剧打车难;高额‘份子钱’一本万利,而司机处于绝对弱势地位。出租车领域改革势在必行,市场的事,应让市场说了算。”

Taxi strike in China spreads to more cities | Reuters The cabbies’ grievances include the rental fees they must pay taxi companies, which can be as much as 280 yuan ($45) a day in Changchun, according to local media. Another is the emergence of taxi hailing apps such as Uber, and local rivals Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache, which give customers the choice to call private cars without taxi licences.

有钱任性 滴滴或将代专车师傅交罚款_财经频道_一财网 DiDi Dache to pay the fines its drivers get ?  //  滴滴方面目前已经给专车司机承诺,如果是因为专车问题被相关交管部门罚款,滴滴愿意承担大部分的罚款。

New policy throws life raft to China’s car-hailing apps|WantChinaTimes China’s Ministry of Transport has granted permission for the integration of car rental businesses with online platforms in offering chauffeur services to consumers, reports the Chinese-language National Business Daily. While Uber-style chauffeur services offered by private car owners will still be banned, the announcement has been welcomed by those involved, who will be able to use the app to boost their operational efficiency.

Chinese Ride-Hailing App Kuaidi Raising More Than $500 Million – WSJ Japan’s SoftBank is joining previous investors Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and investment firm Tiger Global Management LLC in the latest round of fundraising by the Hangzhou-based company, these people said.

China to Cut Subsidies for Non-Electric Vehicles, Caixin Reports – Bloomberg China’s Ministry of Finance will reduce subsidies for “traditional” vehicles as part of government efforts to boost development and sales of renewable-energy cars, Caixin reported. The government will also “improve” fuel-subsidy policy for buses this year, Caixin said on its website on Jan. 13, citing Zeng Xiaoan, head of the ministry’s economic development department, who spoke at an electric-car forum.

Tesla Declines as CEO Musk Says Sales Have Dropped in China – Bloomberg Musk, speaking today at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, said sales have declined in China in recent months because of concerns over charging its electric vehicles. Tesla started delivering Model S sedans in China in April 2014 and Musk has said he expects to start building cars in the nation within three to four years. “China is a small percentage of our sales right now,” Musk said in an interview Jan. 12, describing the market as “a wild card that seems to change for reasons we don’t understand.”

Alibaba Will Help Curb Export of Recalled Items – NYTimes.com The agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said it would provide Alibaba lists of recalled items, and in turn, Alibaba said it would ensure that those products were not for sale to companies or individuals in America. Alibaba has a small business facilitating the sale of goods to American consumers.

各地争相对接“一带一路” 西部陆路工程有望率先启动_财经频道_一财网 provinces jockeying for a piece of the “one belt one road” initiative, see potential for lots of investment and preferential policies //  本报记者统计发现,位于一带一路上的新疆、陕西、甘肃、广西等地区对于设立自贸区都提出了明确的方案或构想。

Yuan Comeback Seen by Top Forecasters on Spending – Bloomberg Swissquote Bank SA and Nomura Holdings Inc., which placed second and third in the latest rankings compiled by Bloomberg, predict gains of 1.7 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively, this year. Top-ranked Credit Suisse Group AG sees a 0.7 percent decline. The yuan declined 2.4 percent in 2014 in its first loss in five years.

China housing inventories seen piling up in 2015 as supply grows | Reuters Executives at nine of the 12 listed developers contacted by Reuters said they will increase new launches at levels ranging from single digits to more than 20 percent, while the remaining three said they had not yet confirmed their plans for 2015…Listed developers have generally moved out of third- and fourth-tier cities, where supply accounts for up to 70 percent of the whole country.

国际金融危机孕育着社会主义的复兴_求是网 Li Shenming in latest Red Flag Journal on how 2008 financial crisis led to the rejuvenation of Socialism  //  世界左翼和马克思主义思潮复兴植根于全世界内财富占有与收入分配急遽两极分化的丰厚的经济沃土。国际金融危机的爆发带来的,一是马克思主义的学说在全球重新得到青睐;二是国际金融危机后,发达国家和发展中国家广大民众对资本主义普遍不满,罢工运动频起;三是各国共产党把马克思主义普遍原理与本国的具体实践相结合,积极开展对国际金融危机的研究和应对。大的复兴,当然尚需时日,但是,辉煌与苦难相伴。当今仍未见底的国际金融危机愈是深化,人们便愈是觉醒,社会主义便愈是复兴和发展,社会主义是人类发展的必然结果,后社会主义时代最终也必然接踵而至.(作者:第十二届全国人大常委会委员、内务司法委员会副主任委员,中国社会科学院原副院长、研究员)

国务院关于机关事业单位养老金改革决定_财经频道_一财网 根据《中华人民共和国社会保险法》等相关规定,为统筹城乡社会保障体系建设,建立更加公平、可持续的养老保险制度,国务院决定改革机关事业单位工作人员养老保险制度。

POLITICS AND LAW

Xi Jinping paves the way for leadership reshuffle | South China Morning Post The first change of personnel involving a Politburo member since the 18th party congress suggests that President Xi Jinping has kick-started his preparation for the semi-leadership transition at the 19th party congress when a large number of top officials are expected to retire. Analysts said the recent secondment of Politburo member Sun Chunlan from the post of Tianjin party secretary to be the head of the party’s United Front Work Department was the first such step since November 2012, and paved the way for a major reshuffle of personnel in 2017.

China sacks senior lawmaker after corruption probe | Reuters Bai Enpei, formerly the party boss of the southwestern province of Yunnan, was fired from his position at China’s parliament after investigators found he accepted bribes in “huge amounts”. Bai also served as governor and party chief of the western province of Qinghai, according to his official biography. Bai has been under investigation since August, the anti-corruption commission said in a statement.

习近平《论述摘编》谈“打虎”:我看天塌不下来_凤凰资讯 新京报快讯 (首席记者关庆丰)查办省部级干部是否存在“指标”?什么样的小圈子聚会值得警惕?……近日,《习近平关于党风廉政建设和反腐败斗争论述摘编》开始在书店发售,其中许多论述是第一次公开发表。该书对反腐领域的诸多热点问题给出答案。

习近平:查处周永康证明共产党敢直面问题_国内_新京报网 习近平13日在十八届中央纪委五次全会上强调,要坚决遏制腐败现象蔓延势头,坚定不移推进党风廉政建设和反腐败斗争。着力健全党内监督制度、完善国有企业监管制度等.

日媒:中纪委扩大反腐范围 文艺圈人士或被调查_新闻_腾讯网 arts/cultural sector to get some more ccdi love as corruption crackdown deepens? so says the Asahi Shimbun //  据日本《朝日新闻》1月13日报道,中纪委虽然在揭发重量级干部等方面取得了超乎专家期待的“成果”,但以习近平为核心的领导班子并没有停止步伐,有穷追猛打之势,正将目标范围扩至与干部走得较近的文艺圈人员..报道称,据北京外交人士消息,最近中纪委纪扩大了调查范围,将著名书法家和音乐家等文艺圈人员也划入了调查对象。其原因为,文艺圈人员利用与喜爱收藏字画的高官的私人关系,为行贿商人和官员提供了方便。

Chinese provincial deputy police chief, who led leaders’ security, investigated for corruption | South China Morning Post Major General Cai Guangliao, of the People’s Armed Police, was taken away by investigators of the Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Central Military Commission at the end of October on suspicion of discipline violations, the financial news service Caixin reported.

China detains 10 Turks who may have helped terror suspects: Global Times | Reuters The Chinese foreign ministry and the Turkish embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to requests for information about the case. The paper said terrorism-related audio and video materials were found among the suspects and that some had been bound for Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In October, Malaysian authorities detained 155 Uighurs in Kuala Lumpur who were carrying Turkish passports suspected to be fake.//10名土耳其人组织新疆涉恐人员偷渡出境被查_新闻_腾讯网 

军报刊文披露遵义会议的一些历史细节 – 中国军网 翻开2015年1月的日历,我们的眼光定格在15、16、17这3个数字上。 80年前的这3天里,在遵义市老城一幢坐北朝南、临街而立的两层楼房里,一次会议改变了中国共产党和工农红军的命运,改变了当代中国的历史进程。 在这次被称为“生死攸关之转折点”的遵义会议上,中国共产党甩掉共产国际的“拐杖”,开始独立自主地走中国道路,无比精彩地完成了自己的“成人礼”。

This Date in History: The Zunyi Conference of 1935 and the rise of Mao | Jottings from the Granite Studio 80th anniversary this week, wonder how Xi will commemorate it, propaganda organs stating to play it up // //How did Mao come to power? Out of the rough and tumble scrum of early CCP politics, how did a rich peasant’s son from Hunan emerge as “The Chairman,” the bright red sun of a nation’s heart? It’s a tough question. Traditional PRC historiography usually describes Mao’s final ascension to power as the outcome of the Zunyi Conference, which began this date in 1935. My handy desktop copy of 历史的今天 (This Date in History) reports that a conference held in Zunyi, Guizhou during the Long March, “ended the Leftism of Wang Ming, and established Comrade Mao Zedong as head of the military. Thus at this critical juncture, both the army and the party were saved.” However, the events at Zunyi and the means by which Mao eventually attained and consolidated his control over the CCP, are still disputed among historians. .

政坛第四势力崛起 少数民族官员规模膨胀_中国-多维新闻网 Duowei on the growing nunbers of minority officials  //  习近平等新领导团队执政两年之后,中共党政军迎来十八大后最大规模的人事全面调整。其中,有多股力量可谓“异军突起”。虽然始终难以与耀眼的“红二代”、“东南系”、“少壮派”相比,但少数民族干部的数量和质量均愈益可观,其代表性人物有新任吉林省委书记巴音朝鲁、新任发改委副主任努尔•白克力、新任新疆政府主席雪克来提•扎克尔等。在此之前,改革开放以后成功进入中央政治局的少数民族官员仅有回良玉一人。这反映了长期以来少数民族在中国政坛分量持续走低的态势。

警惕“新衙门作风”蔓延(一线视角)–观点–人民网 在基层采访调研,关于作风问题,发现乱作为的少了,更多表现为不作为、慢作为。的确,随着党的群众路线深入人心、落地生根,明目张胆、顶风而上的“门难进、脸难看、事难办”现象不见了,但“门好进、脸好看”的同时,依然存在“事难办”甚至“事不办”的情形。很多人反映,到一些政府部门办事,相关负责人、工作人员的态度都很好,就是不办事,让你碰“软钉子”,弄得自己还不好意思投诉,当然,也无处投诉。 辽宁省委主要领导在一次会议上,犀利地将这种现象行为称之为“新衙门作风”,要求必须彻底根除。

复旦博士父亲遭强拆致死 政府要求法院减轻量刑_新闻_腾讯网 新京报讯 (记者范春旭)备受关注的太原“复旦博士生之父遭强拆致死”一案于去年8月作出二审判决。但直到12月初,死者孟福贵之子孟建伟才拿到该案的终审判决。除一审被告人高海东维持死刑判决外,多名被告人均量刑减轻。

人民日报-中央规定的最新年底福利和年休假,快告诉领导! 年终岁尾,你是不是老早就翘首期盼着单位能发些福利?如果你所在的单位有工会,那么赶紧转告你的领导、老板吧:根据《中华全国总工会办公厅关于加强基层工会经费收支管理的通知》,可以将工会经费用于逢年过节向全体会员发放少量的节日慰问品哦。

图解习近平眼中合格的县委书记是啥样?官不大,压力不小–时政–人民网 People’s Daily creates an infographic showing the qualities of what Xi considers to be a good county head

FOREIGN AND DEFENSE AFFAIRS

China’s Drone Program Keeps Stealthily Inching Forward | Foreign Policy The latest version of the Tian Yi may alone not attract much attention. But its inclusion in the steady, incremental development of drone technology has American military officials worried that China will one day surpass the United States in an industry it pioneered and currently dominates. //  I think a more immediate development may be how the US and other countries will react if (when?) China starts using armed drones in Xinjiang and around Xinjiang’s borders. Given that the US has already droned more than one US citizen (granted not in US territory) and droned many more in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere, any criticism from the US should be easily deflected by China. Drones can be very useful, but they are clearly a Pandora’s Box the US has opened and that China intends to use to its maximum interest, as we should expect them to.

腐败是军队战斗力的“第一杀手” – 中国军网 “廉者,从政之本”,也是立军之本。只有坚持对腐败零容忍的态度不变、猛药去疴的决心不减、刮骨疗毒的勇气不泄、严厉惩处的尺度不松,才能使腐败分子无藏身之地,使军队永远立于不败之地。 (《解放军报》2015年1月14日 01版)

军民融合步伐加速 15只航天军工龙头股再迎新机遇-手机和讯网 近年来,国家陆续出台的相关政策表明,我国军工体制改革呈现明显加速趋势,利好相关上市公司表现。2014年4月份《促进军民融合式发展的指导意见》发布、2014年底第七届中国军民融合年会召开,探讨军民融合深度发展带来的新机遇。值得一提的是,军品定价体系改革前奏打响,军工企业利润有望获得提升成为军民融合相关概念股又一利好,以前的军品定价方式主要是成本加成法,新的军品定价将采取目标定价法,包括目标价格论证、过程成本监控和激励约束定价三方面内容。

North Koreans Cross Frozen River to Murder Chinese for Food – Bloomberg In the December incident, a North Korean soldier shot four residents of Nanping, a border village of about 300 in northeastern Jilin province. Around 20 villagers have been murdered in Nanping by North Koreans in recent years, a senior local official said in an interview. Some residents are leaving the village, located within sight of an unnamed North Korean army base, said the official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject matter.

Security concerns put PLA on neighborhood watch-China Daily China’s rapid urbanization has resulted in problems at bases and disrupted operations across the country, as the armed forces and civilians increasingly find themselves living cheek by jowl

HONG KONG, MACAO AND TAIWAN

China Opens Southeast-Coast Air Routes in Snub of Taiwan – Bloomberg China announced new commercial flight routes along its southeastern coast today, as Taiwan warned the move created safety risks and threatened to “evict” any planes that strayed into its airspace. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office called on Taiwan to show “more understanding and less suspicion” toward the opening of four flight routes along China’s southeastern coast that aim to ease congestion on routes between Shanghai and the Pearl River Delta, spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said today in Beijing.

TECH AND MEDIA

China to allow wholly foreign-owned ecommerce companies in Shanghai Free Trade Zone Until now, Chinese regulations have restricted foreign access to many technology-related industries, requiring foreign tech companies to form joint ventures with local partners to release their products in China.

Lenovo Considering Public Offering for New Smart-Device Unit – Bloomberg The unit, which will be called Shenqi, could be worth “a couple of billion dollars” after it begins selling smartphones and Internet-connected household devices online under its own brand in April, Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing said today in an interview at the company’s headquarters in Beijing. Yang declined to give a timeframe for any fundraising moves or name specific investors.  //  can it pressure Xiaomi?

A swarm of incredibly cheap camera drones is buzzing your way – Quartz The annual Hong Kong Toy and Games Fair bills itself as Asia’s “biggest toys event” and provides a chance for manufacturers, particularly those from mainland China, to showcase their very newest designs, take orders from the world’s largest toy companies, and then line up their manufacturing schedule for the year. What’s hot at Hong Kong toy fair is often an indicator of what toys will be best-sellers in the year ahead, and particularly at the all important Christmas season.

SOCIETY, ART, SPORTS, CULTURE AND HISTORY

New York Review Books New York Review Books is pleased to announce the debut of Calligrams, a new series of writings from and on China. Calligrams will encompass a wide array of poetic masterpieces, classic fiction, thrilling dramas,  travel writing, criticism, and histories written by both Chinese and Western writers from antiquity to modern time. The series, made possible by a publishing partnership with the Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, is edited by Eliot Weinberger.

China linguist’s 109th birthday wish: democracy – Yahoo News Born when a Qing dynasty emperor was on the throne, the man who helped invent the Pinyin system used for writing Chinese worldwide turned 109 on Tuesday. But Zhou Youguang’s outspoken support for democracy means his works are still censored by the ruling Communist party. “After 30 years of economic reform, China still needs to take the path of democracy,” Zhou told AFP in an interview, his wrinkled face topped with a patch of white hair. “It’s the only path. I have always believed that.”

ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE AND HEALTH

China’s $97 billion water pledge stirs expansion ambitions at foreign firms | Reuters Foreign companies such as Suez and Veolia Environnement VE SA were attracted to China in the late 1990s and early 2000s by government measures guaranteeing certain amounts of revenue. The measures were withdrawn prompting companies to pull out, leaving Beijing Enterprises Water Group Ltd and China Everbright Water, among others, to fill the void.

长江中下游再现枯水景观 鄱阳湖经历极枯水期_中国_界面新闻 长江中下游尤其是鄱阳湖再次遭遇严重的枯水期,专家认为,其中原因与上游遍布电站不无关系。 //  parts of Yangtze River at very low levels

抗癌药“代购第一人”陆勇北京被捕_政经频道_财新网 man helping cancer patients group buy medicines from India arrested in Beijing  //  海外代购药品首例涉刑事罪诉讼当事人陆勇在北京被捕,正在押解回湖南,此次抓捕的理由是“多次传唤不到庭”

经济参考网 – 新华社《经济参考报》官方网站 Economic Information says reform plan for electrivity sector imminent  //  《经济参考报》记者了解到,《关于进一步深化电力体制改革的若干意见》(以下简称“新电改方案”)获国务院常务会议原则通过,下一步将交由中央全面深化改革领导小组讨论,待批复后择机发布。这意味着“啃硬骨头的改革”终于要在2015年正式拉开帷幕。 其中,配售电业务的放开成为备受关注的亮点,包括高新产业区、发电企业、公共服务行业公司、分布式电源用户、社会资本成立的独立售电企业等五类主体有望获得售电牌照,分羹万亿级别的市场。而按照新一轮电改积极稳妥、分步有序推进的原则,作为最关键一环的输配电价改革试点将扩围,售电侧改革等部分重大改革事项则先进行试点再全面推开。业内人士认为,改革后全社会平均电价或将先降后升,城乡居民领域将是改革最大“硬骨头”。

Statin therapy has disappointing results in Chinese patients The findings, published in the International Journal of Cardiology showed that despite taking long term statin therapy in medium to high doses, about 75% of patients had an above-target LDL-cholesterol level. In a similar manner elevated levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides as well as low HDL-cholesterol persisted in 34–43% of patients despite statin therapy, according to Professor Wei Yidong and colleagues at the Department of Cardiology, Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital and Tongji University School of Medicine.  //  and there is a growing Gout epidemic

BEIJING

北京9类特困人群救助金上浮15%至40%_国内_新京报网 昨日,北京市民政局发布北京城乡居民最低生活保障分类救助制度,患重大疾病、重度残疾等9类特殊困难人群救助金将上浮15%至40%。同时,单亲抚养未成年人家庭等,申请低保的门槛也降低。新救助制度从2015年1月1日起实施。

Temple Restaurant Beijing is open — and promoting China wine — as usual. | Beijing Boyce Much chatter these days about Temple Restaurant Beijing and whether or not it is open, given Chinese media reports that unregistered private clubs operating within temple grounds in Beijing are being or will be shut down. First, TRB is open. Second, TRB is not private, but public, and anyone can dine there. Third, to the best of my knowledge, TRB is fully registered.

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