Yes it has not been long since the last issue but my new workflow makes it much easier to send out the newsletter and had some time Friday morning, so why not…
THE ESSENTIAL EIGHT *
CPC demands continued fight against undesirable work styles – Xinhua lots of details in the original Chinese, going to be a long and sweaty summer for officials…// In a circular issued by the leading group, authorities are required to “punch heavily” and “take practical actions” to clean up unhealthy work styles, enforce strict work disciplines, cut red tape and punish officials who abuse their power for personal gains. CPC officials and members are told to reject nepotism in poverty-relief programs and refrain from formalism in implementing the campaign. 中央印发深化“四风”
China’s Top Court Overturns Death Sentence in Famous Rape Case – China Real Time Report – WSJ In a report, the state-run Xinhua news agency cited an official from the Supreme Court as saying that the defendants both “played a leading role in complicity and are the prime culprits who should both be punished by law.” Still, the official said that it was unclear that the two men had explicitly used violence or force to coerce the victim, barring one instance in which she was hit in the face for disobeying them and refusing to work as a prostitute, calling the death penalty verdict “inappropriate.”
Related: 同情唐慧，敬畏法律_评论_新京报网 “
Japan, China trade claims over latest aerial provocation | The Japan Times two high-ranking Japanese officials in Tokyo anonymously claimed the footage posted by China was taken earlier than Wednesday. One of the two also claimed that no F-15 was involved in Wednesday’s encounter…The Japanese and Chinese militaries do not have an emergency hotline to prevent an accidental clash from escalating, and many government officials and experts fear the two countries may encounter just such an incident in the East China Sea or in the skies above it.
Related: Japanese planes seriously threaten China’s flight over East China Sea, says Chinese envoy – Xinhua Japanese Self-Defense Forces’ aircraft seriously threatened the safety of a Chinese plane that flew normally in the China’s Air Defense Identification Zone over the East China Sea, said Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua Thursday. Cheng made the remarks when he met with Japanese vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki the day and refuted protest lodged by the Japanese side over what it called “plane encounter” incident.
China Rejects Japan Complaints Over Unesco ‘Comfort Women’ Application – China Real Time Report – WSJ The latest spat between the two involves China’s recent application to Unesco to preserve archives detailing the abuses that so-called “comfort women” suffered at the hands of the Japanese military during World War II. If China has its way, documents recording the fate of such women would become part of Unesco’s Memory of the World program—a move which Japan has vehemently protested.
Related: Kamizake letters submitted to UNESCO register – Telegraph Feb 2014 The letters are among a collection of historical documents, including diaries, wills and other personal items of the doomed pilots, being submitted to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register by the city of Minami-Kyushu, in southern Japan. It was from there that many kamikaze pilots took off on their final missions against Allied shipping taking part in the invasion of Okinawa in 1945.// not constructive of Japan to protest UNESCO submissions related to comfort women and the Nanjing Massacre while submitting letters from Kamikazes, perhaps the original suicide bombers, and ones who killed many Americans…
Spooked by probes, pharma executives ask: should I leave China? | Reuters probably…and definitely do not come back if your firm is under investigation, no matter what you are promised// While the crackdown has been building for a year, Chinese police shocked the foreign business community a month ago when they filed corruption charges against Mark Reilly, former China head of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Plc. The Briton, who has been barred from leaving China, could face decades in prison. Even before then, executives were getting worried about a wave of visits from police and regulators to their offices as well as articles in Chinese media alleging corrupt practices against many global drugmakers.
China’s No-Money-Down Housing Echoes U.S. Subprime Lending Risks – Bloomberg “The risk is severe for developers and third parties because there is no commitment from home buyers,” said Ding Shuang, senior China economist at Citigroup Inc in Hong Kong. “Zero down payment has appeared in the U.S. before. It basically enabled unqualified people to buy houses,” said Ding, who used to work for the International Monetary Fund. “We need to see whether this will become widespread,” Ding said. “For now, it seems still sporadic.”
Obesity: Chubby little emperors | The Economist This is producing a health calamity, both in heart disease (which now accounts for over a third of deaths) and in a less-noticed explosion of diabetes, which is closely linked to obesity. The prevalence of diabetes has grown more than tenfold during the past three decades. According to a recent national survey, 11.6% of Chinese adults are diabetic, a share almost as high as in America, whose obesity rate is much greater.
Related: Malnutrition: The hungry and forgotten | The Economist In 2012 the health ministry made a modest investment of 100m yuan to provide supplements to 270,000 babies in 100 counties. This year 400,000 babies in 300 counties are meant to get them. Later this year Mr Lu’s charity will begin a tiny pilot of an early-parenting programme, akin to America’s Head Start, in 50 villages, with 50 more villages being used for controlled comparison. James Heckman, an economist and Nobel laureate who has researched early-childhood development, is helping design the study. Such programmes look promising. But they are tiny.
How Eating Broccoli Can Help Your Body Cope With Air Pollution – China Real Time Report – WSJ According to a study published this week by the journal Cancer Prevention Research, an experiment conducted in eastern China’s Jiangsu province found that feeding villagers beverages concocted from broccoli sprouts had various salutary effects, including helping the body to more speedily eliminate ingested air pollutants. The study was conducted by researchers from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center, among others.
BUSINESS, ECONOMY AND TRADE *
房地产私募基金风险恐集中爆发 新华社——经济参考网 some Chinese real estate PE funds about to implode? so warns Xinhua’s Economic Information // 当下楼市“量价齐跌”，
央行松绑QFII审批 推进境内外股市互联互通_股票频道_一财网 CBN says the PBoC planning to loosen requirements for QFII…will more foreign money help the stock market? // 《第一财经日报》从监管层获悉，目前证监会正在加快QFII、
POLITICS AND LAW *
Flea bites and wading in sewage: Xi Jinping’s account of working among peasants goes viral | South China Morning Post An interview President Xi Jinping gave 10 years ago about his days working with peasants as the Cultural Revolution raged has become a surprise internet hit. It has become the latest online sensation for Xi, after he scored a major propaganda coup by queuing up in a steamed bun restaurant in Beijing for lunch in December. He also courted publicity by visiting a hutong in the capital during thick smog in February.
在港央企反腐-搜狐新闻 long Time Weekly story on the anti-corruption crackdown spreading to central SOEs’ Hong Kong operations
警方:正在侦查“太子辉”犯罪事实 将依法处理_网易新闻中心 核心提示：广东省公安厅12日宣布，
FOREIGN AND DEFENSE AFFAIRS *
Beijing’s real international ambitions | Business Spectator China is a revisionist power: it wants the post-Cold War era of unipolar US leadership to end and it is intent on taking control of vast swathes of the Western Pacific. But Beijing’s revisionism is cautious and considered. China will allow relative US decline to loosen the American grip on pre-eminence, and will only resort to foreign policy that is “red in tooth and claw” when maritime neighbours block its territorial aggrandisement. Morgenthau was therefore half right: China will employ the traditional tactics of domineering power politics, but only when it cannot get what it wants by more enlightened means–Dr Benjamin Herscovitch is a Beijing-based research fellow at The Centre for Independent Studies.
Japanese resolution on Xisha “extremely irresponsible”: FM – Xinhua The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Japanese House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a resolution to condemn China’s drilling activities in waters adjacent to the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily press briefing on Thursday the resolution issued by the Japanese parliament breached international laws and betrayed historical facts.
Senior CPC official tables plan for stronger China-Denmark ties – Xinhua | “The relationship between China and Denmark is at its best time in history,” Liu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, said at a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday, noting Denmark was among the first Western countries to establish diplomatic ties with China.
中国军网-美国海外军事基地体系再调整 Liberation Army Daily story about global military bases of the US // 作为世界上唯一的超级大国，
HONG KONG, MACAO AND TAIWAN *
P.L.A. in Lights – NYTimes.com For years, Hong Kong has celebrated its spectacular skyline around Victoria Harbor with a dazzling evening light and laser show. This week, residents were startled to see an addition to the display: gigantic Chinese characters that read “People’s Liberation Army” flashed, one by one, on the side of the garrison’s waterfront headquarters (at left in the video above).
TECH AND MEDIA *
“剑网2014”专项行动启动–时政–人民网 new campaign launched 2 crackdown on Internet piracy,esp of traditional media content // 本报北京6月12日电 （记者张贺）
China’s Uber Targets U.S. With Mandarin-Speaking Drivers – Bloomberg perhaps a target rich environment for the INS…how many of these drivers have legal status in the US? // The Beijing-based company plans to add the two U.S. cities to the 57 in China and Hong Kong where its ride-sharing app is already available. To differentiate its service, Yongche will provide Mandarin-speaking drivers so that Chinese travelers arriving at places such as John F. Kennedy Airport can get to their destinations without phrase books and awkward gesticulations.
Alibaba teams w/ China Post for nationwide 24-hour delivery Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma continued his company’s pre-IPO bachelor party today by signing a deal with China Post to deliver online purchases to anywhere in China within 24 hours, according to ShanghaiDaily. China Post is the country’s biggest postal service, and has offices pretty much everywhere, including rural areas. The two companies are also looking into making international deliveries via China Post’s global network.
Zara owner Inditex to join Tmall to reach more Chinese shoppers | Reuters The Spanish firm said on Wednesday that it would launch Zara on Tmall for its autumn-winter 2014 collection, while continuing to sell through its own website in China. Normally, Inditex prefers to operate its own websites in order to control its brand image although it occasionally sells products through other sites, such as through ASOS for its Pull & Bear brand in the UK.
SOCIETY, ART, SPORTS, CULTURE AND HISTORY *
China’s Christians fend off church demolition crew amid latest Communist Party crackdown on faith – Telegraph Demolition workers were forced to abandon attempts to strip a cross from a church in a city known as ‘China’s Jerusalem’ after angry Christians forced their way through a blockade of armed guards. The scuffles broke out as security guards carrying black batons and riot shields tried to stop members of Wenzhou’s Guantou church from entering their place of worship to stop the cross’s removal in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Chinese Billionaires Invest in Soccer – WSJ $$ “It is no coincidence that three of China’s 10 richest people are all investing in football,” said Rupert Hoogewerf, publisher of the Hurun China Rich List. “There is an element of ego, and there is an element of business sense.” It helps when China’s top leader is a fan. ” Xi Jinping likes football,” Mr. Hoogewerf said. “It is very good for developing local government relationships, and gives people access to networks they won’t normally have access to.”
FOOD AND TRAVEL *
United starts flights to China’s fourth largest city–USA Today United Airlines is now flying from its San Francisco hub to Chengdu, the fourth-largest city in China. The new service makes United the first carrier to fly nonstop from the USA to mainland China outside of Beijing and Shanghai. The airline will operate the flights on the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner three times a week. It’s United’s ninth destination from San Francisco to the Asia/Pacific region on a nonstop flight.
Beijing to residents: Less spitting, more queuing (please) – CSMonitor.com This is not the first such attempt to instill civility in Beijing residents. In the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games the authorities cracked down on littering and disorderly bus-mounting habits, and they claim some success. “Most Beijingers now stand in line at bus stops of their own accord,” said Tian’s boss, Han Longbin. Mr. Han said his department is still struggling with “traffic order and people crossing the road against red lights.” And Tian offered a simple solution: “Do not rush to be first.”
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