The Sinocism China Newsletter 07.16.14

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THE ESSENTIAL EIGHT

China Picks COFCO, SDIC for State Asset Investment Reform Trials – Bloomberg The State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission chose State Development & Investment Corp. and COFCO Corp. for a trial on switching the government’s role to state capital management and improving the efficiency and returns of investments, the regulator said in a statement on its website.

Related: 国资委推四项改革 董事会职权受关注_公司频道_财新网 没有选择中石油和中石化,是因为他们属于国有垄断行业,而这次改革意在整体改革,所以会选择处于充分竞争行业的公司先积累经验,从而为进一步深度改造做准备

Related: 公众五问国企改革试点:怎么没有中石油中石化?_财经频道_一财网 今年上半年,中央企业中,谁的改革动作吸引眼球最多?无疑是在混合所有制改革上动作频频的中石油、中石化,不过,二者并未出现在国资委的六家试点央企名单中。

Hong Kong Leader Says ‘Mainstream’ Opposes Democracy Activists’ Key Proposal – NYTimes.com Presenting a major report on revamping the electoral system, Hong Kong’s top leader, Leung Chun-ying, said on Tuesday that “mainstream opinion” in the city opposed a key proposal of many pro-democracy groups: that voters win the power to directly nominate candidates for his job. The dismissal of the idea, while not surprising, brought the city closer to fresh confrontation over its political future, experts said.

BRICS to establish development bank, reserve arrangement – Xinhua The five members of the group — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — laid out the designs of the New Development Bank (NDB) and the CRA in a declaration released following their sixth summit in this Brazilian city. The NDB, to be headquartered in Shanghai, will have an initial authorized capital of 100 billion U.S. dollars, and its initial subscribed capital of 50 billion dollars will be equally shared among founding members, according to the Fortaleza Declaration. The five countries decided that the first chair of the Board of Governors shall be from Russia, the first chair of the Board of Directors from Brazil, and the first president of the bank from India. They also agreed to set up an African regional center of the NDB in South Africa, which will be established concurrently with the headquarters.

Related: BRICS Agree on $50 Billion Bank With Something for Everyone – Bloomberg Until the eve of the summit, India and South Africa had vied with China to host the headquarters of the bank, dubbed the New Development Bank. The administration of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave in after it was reminded that his country’s previous administration had agreed to Shanghai as the bank’s headquarter, according to an Indian official, who requested not to be named because the talks were not public.

Related: Xinhua president urges BRICS media to strive for bigger say on world stage – Xinhua News organizations in the world’s leading developing countries should join hands to play a bigger role in international communication, says President Li Congjun of China’s Xinhua News Agency. Li made the appeal in a signed article published Tuesday as leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa meet in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza for the sixth summit of the emerging-market bloc known as BRICS.

Readout of the President’s Call with President Xi of China | The White House The President spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on July 14 to discuss shared bilateral, regional and global challenges and ways the two countries can work together to address them.  The two leaders reviewed the important progress achieved during the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue July 9-10 in Beijing and the President thanked President Xi for hosting this year. The President reaffirmed his commitment to developing a relationship defined by increased practical cooperation and constructive management of differences.  In this context, the President and President Xi discussed the need for continued U.S.-China cooperation in the ongoing P5+1 negotiations with Iran and the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action. The President underscored the need for Iran to take the steps necessary to assure the international community that its nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.  The President also stressed the need for enhanced communication and coordination on actions with China to ensure North Korea meets its denuclearization commitments.  The President said he looked forward to seeing President Xi at the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in Beijing this November.

Related: 习近平同美国总统奥巴马通电话 Xi-Obama call gets top billing in Wednesday People’s Daily, above Xi’s meeting with Putin, other BRICS leaders…I believe China can not afford and does not want a real rift with the US right now, but it will push back as far as it can, and it sees Obama as weak and surrounded by a B-team at best. Not saying Beijing is right, but that seems to be how they are viewing the US right now

Related: Beijing’s Appetite for Engagement Ebbs — China’s World – WSJ $$ Disillusion seems to be taking hold on both sides. From the U.S. perspective, engagement with China has not brought forth the kind of change that Nixon—and every U.S. administration since—has hoped for and expected. U.S. policy makers see a frustrating paradox: at a time when China’s economy is in triumphant ascendance—thanks in large part to America opening its vast markets to Chinese trade—the old hatreds that Nixon remarked upon are burning more brightly than ever. Meanwhile, China’s neighbors once again feel threatened.

Related: James Mann And His Prescient Book “The China Fantasy” | The Sinocism China Newsletter 2011 Sinocism post on James Mann’s 2007 book The China Fantasy. His “Third Scenario” appears to be increasingly the consensus view in DC // In 2007 James Mann published The China Fantasy, a short book arguing that Western elites misrepresented the benefits of engagement with China and that prosperity and capitalism might not, as they claimed, eventually bring democracy to the PRC. Mann pissed off a lot of people, including me the first time I read it. In fact, he attacked the foreign policy and business elite (and specifically the Sinology elite) in such a way that many of them either ignored this book or did their best to discredit or downplay it.

Free of graft and technically skilled: the qualities Xi seeks in new PLA generals | South China Morning Post The latest round of promotions in the People’s Liberation Army suggests President Xi Jinping is seeking to groom a new generation of military leaders who are better trained and free of corruption, analysts say. In the past week, Xi has promoted nearly two dozen officers to the rank of lieutenant general. They are relatively young, with several having trained with the Russian military, according to the People’s Liberation Army Daily and other official sources. A few of the officers gained combat experience during the border war with Vietnam in the late 1970s.

Related: 军方人事格局生变 战略调整“仰给东南”_中国_多维新闻网 【多维新闻】2014年7月,中共军方再次进入人事密集调整期,并有多人被提拔为上将、中将和少将。其中,新晋四位上将戚建国、王教成、褚益民和魏亮均有南京军区履历,从而使军中“东南军”风头更盛。此象引起观察者的广泛关注和各种猜测。分析人士认为,“东南军”在近期崛起虽然颇有突兀之感,事实上应属必然。中国军事部署长期以北方为主,重点防御对象是前苏联及后来的俄罗斯。但是现今中俄关系明显转暖,而在南海和东海方面与海外国家争端日剧,再加上中国在国际格局中的经济和政治崛起,都亟需加强其对外的军事支撑。特别是考虑到在东海和南海方面日益增加的战争可能性,南京军区、广州军区等作战单位地位的凸显势在难免。在唐朝中后期经济重心南移,当时政府的财政收入主要来自东南地区,故有“国家根本,仰给东南”之说,套用在当下,军方人事调整,颇有“战略调整,仰给东南”之意。

Related: Senior official urges deeper military graft inspections – Xinhua A senior military official has called for more anti-graft inspections in the army to focus on high-ranking officials. Xu Qiliang, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks at a meeting where inspection results were reviewed and future plans were set, according to a statement publicized on Tuesday. From April to June, the commission sent two teams to inspect leading Party officials in Guangzhou and Chengdu military commands. The campaign is now expected to be widened.

Is a PR Crisis Brewing For Edelman in China? | Agency News – Advertising Age As soon as the PR company learned of Mr. Rui’s detention, “we immediately started to ensure our compliance people were looking at gathering all facts relevant to what had happened historically with Pegasus, and also just looking at our operations to make sure we are completely compliant,” Mr. VanderMolen said.  //  obviously they were not compliant

Related: The World Economic Forum is erasing online traces of China’s “Davos Man” Rui Chenggang after his arrest – Quartz Adrian Monck, the WEF managing director in charge of public engagement, acknowledged in an email to Quartz that Rui’s profile had been taken down, saying: “The profile is suspended pending his current investigation.” + Asked about WEF policy for removing a participant’s profile from its website, Monck replied, “Conflicts of interest strike at the heart of journalistic integrity. This investigation into one of CCTV’s highest profile and most outspoken business journalists underlines the seriousness with which China is tackling the issue of corruption.”

Related: Edelman discloses links to detained Chinese news anchor Rui Chenggang – WSJ The case exposes the potential pitfalls public relations and marketing firms face in China where access to influential media, much of it state-owned, is crucial, industry executives said. Tom Doctoroff, chief executive officer of Asia-Pacific operations for advertising firm JWT, said a having a relationship with someone as prominent and close to the establishment as Mr. Rui would be immensely valuable. Now that Mr. Rui’s name has become associated with an investigation, that asset may become a liability, Mr. Doctoroff said. “The issue is not whether they’re culpable of anything. It’s the taint of association,” he said. “People are going to stay away.”

Related: 央视红人芮成钢突被捕疑与周永康有关 – 电视传媒 – RFI and then there are the rumors that have been going around that Rui Chenggang was involved with Ling Jihua’s wife…no idea if true, have to say it seems strange he would be taken down just for economic crimes

China’s New Loans, Financing Top Estimates – Bloomberg Aggregate financing was 1.97 trillion yuan ($317 billion) in June, the People’s Bank of China said on its website today, compared with the median estimate of analysts for 1.425 trillion yuan. New local-currency loans were 1.08 trillion yuan and M2 money supply grew 14.7 percent from a year earlier. China’s foreign-exchange reserves, the world’s biggest, rose to $3.99 trillion from $3.95 trillion at the end of March.

Related: China’s Credit Growth Offers Encouraging Signs for Economy $$ – WSJ China’s gross domestic product grew by 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, its slowest pace in 18 months, compared with 7.7% in the fourth quarter of 2013. Second-quarter GDP growth, due out Wednesday, was expected to roughly match first-quarter levels. China has set a 7.5% growth target for 2014. Beijing hopes its use of targeted stimulus measures will support growth without funneling easy credit to bloated state-owned companies and overstretched real-estate developers. The money-supply figures released Tuesday suggest growth concerns are edging out worries about broader inefficiencies.

移民起步价8倍于换汇额度限制 国人凑几张身份证|外汇额度|移民起步价|洗钱_新浪财经_新浪网 The Beijing News on the multitude of ways people who want to emigrate can change far behind the annual quota of 50,000 USD equivalent  //  上周,一款叫“优汇通”的境外人民币汇款产品被央视指责涉嫌违规洗钱。虽然“优汇通”的合规性仍未得到权威定性,但新京报记者走访发现,资金转移境外市场需求很大,除了“优汇通”,正规银行的“内保外贷”和隐秘的地下钱庄、汇款公司也大行其道。   事实上,资金流出境外的渠道颇多,在“漏洞”层出不穷的同时,个人5万美元的换汇额度限制正面临实际情况的挑战。

 

BUSINESS, ECONOMY AND TRADE

China and the cost of stimulus | FT Alphaville One, it’s business as usual and China will continue along a path of investment driven growth until they no longer can. Or two, this is China’s reform minded leadership giving due deference to danger in the property market while throwing sops to the elites they are up against in attempting to rebalance the economy. If you buy Pettis’s argument, you’ll hope it’s the latter. For the record, he “would give two chances out of three that Beijing will manage an orderly “long landing”, in which growth rates continue to drop sharply but without major social disruption or a collapse in the economy.”

Chinese Premier encourages enterprises to reform, innovate – Xinhua |  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday encouraged enterprises to push forward reform and innovate to counteract the economic slowdown. He said enterprises should, instead of having a wait-and-see attitude, take bold action to seize the opportunity by adopting new technologies and transforming their business models, thus improving competitiveness and surviving. Li was speaking at a symposium attended by the country’s leading businessmen from sectors including foreign trade, construction, finance and the Internet.

企业家因部长在场不敢提意见 李克强称感到汗颜_网易新闻中心 But Premier Li gets upset when the executives say they don’t dare speak their minds in the presence of so many government ministers// 核心提示:7月14日下午,李克强邀请企业家和相关部委负责人座谈。一位企业家称,这么多部长在这里,我们市场主体不能乱说话。李克强表示,听到这句话,自己感到汗颜。政府应该是为企业服务的,而现在企业不敢说话,像老鼠见了猫,这样不行。

经济参考网 – 新华社《经济参考报》官方网站 Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone open for business  //  平潭综合实验区管委会主任李德金表示,“一线放宽、二线管住、人货分离、分类管理”的监管模式正式启动实施,平潭开始全面享受中央赋予的免税、保税、退税和选择性征税等特殊政策,对平潭开放开发具有里程碑的意义。未来将积极促进与台湾自由经济示范区对接合作,全力打造政策高地,推动平潭往两岸自由贸易区方向发展。     平潭综合实验区封关后,可享受六大优惠政策,除了分线管理模式、税收优惠政策以外,还包括平潭对台小额贸易市场购物免税政策,以及允许台湾地区机动车在临时牌照有效期内多次自由进出平潭的政策,等等。

Two Rail Operators Selling Rights to Advertise on Bullet Trains – Caixin The pilots, by the Nanchang Railway Bureau in the eastern province of Jiangxi and the Guangzhou Railway Group Co. Ltd. in the southern province of Guangdong, mark the first time subsidiaries of China Railway Corp. (CRC), have introduced naming rights into their advertising business on bullet trains. CRC is the operator of the country’s railroads. The pilot program in Nanchang made headlines this week when reports appeared that the D6405 bullet train linking the Fujian cities of Fuzhou and Longyan had been renamed China Unicom. All of China’s high-speed trains were originally named Harmony.

 

POLITICS AND LAW

China to grant ‘more’ press passes – but journalists must sign secrecy deal first | South China Morning Post Mainland journalists are now forced to sign a secrecy agreement with their employers before they can obtain a press pass, in another step in the party’s tightening grip on the media. Journalists for the first time will have to sign the confidentiality agreement as a prerequisite to the press certificate, a unique system on the mainland that gives holders access to significant state events and official interviews.

Chinese official sacked after pornography found under his Buddha – Telegraph best headline of the year so far  //  A disgraced Chinese official who allegedly used his ill-gotten wealth to collect real estate and pornography has been sacked after a stash of smutty films were found under a statue of the Buddha at one of his 34 properties. Wu Zhizhong, a senior civil servant from Inner Mongolia, is the latest official to see his career destroyed by a major anti-corruption campaign being spearheaded by President Xi Jinping.

China Communist Party expels military firm executive in war on graft In a separate statement, China banned teachers from receiving gifts from students and their parents to curb the buying of favours, often in exchange for giving students special treatment, state media reported. Teaching staff were prohibited from asking for or receiving presents, money and other valuables such as securities and vouchers from students and parents, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Monday, citing the Education Ministry. The rules also forbid teachers from attending banquets arranged by parents that may cloud their judgement in exams and evaluations of students.

宋祖英穿裙装低调现身剧院 与导演热聊(图)_网易新闻中心 Song Zuying makes an appearance at a performance at the National Theater amidst rumors she is in trouble

Beijing steps up ‘naked officials’ crackdown | News24 Beijing is ramping up its efforts to identify “naked officials” – those whose relatives have moved abroad – reports said on Tuesday, as part of a high-publicised anti-graft crackdown. At least 10 Chinese provinces have launched investigations to track down so-called “naked officials”, the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper reported.

Former central China political advisor under investigation – Xinhua Yang Baohua, a former senior political advisor of central China’s Hunan Province, is under investigation by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) for alleged bribery-taking, the SPP said Tuesday in a statement. The SPP has taken coercive measures against him, according to the statement. The news came after the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced earlier this morning that Yang was stripped of Party membership for serious discipline and law violation.

 

FOREIGN AND DEFENSE AFFAIRS

Australia denies willingness to confront China – Xinhua  Foreign Minister Julie Bishop recently said “China doesn’t respect weakness” and that Australia will speak up in defence of peace, liberal values and the rule of law — even at the risk of causing offence in Beijing, according to The Age and other Australian media. “Australia has made clarification to China through diplomatic channels, confirming its foreign minister never made such comments,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a press release on Tuesday.// sure looks like she did, since John Garnaut has uploaded audio of the interview. See next item…

China: Julie Bishop comments that sparked Beijing’s rebuke ‘never’ made–Sydney Morning Herald The official denial claimed by China clashes with the on-the-record comments made by Ms Bishop to Fairfax, which were recorded during the interview. The contradiction appears to be a combination of eagerness on both sides to smooth the relations combined with an old-fashioned diplomatic botch-up.

The Global Times Phenomenon – China Digital Times (CDT) Dear foreign press, every time you quote a mad Global Times editorial you are effectively playing into their own incentive system.

The Implications of China’s Anti-Corruption Drive | The Diplomat Until the world is presented with a strong and democratic China, it is better to face a militarily weaker authoritarian China. It is in regional and Western security interests for Xi to fail in his narrow reform goals designed to prepare China for coercion and conflict and instead to pursue a larger, more benign China dream. Joseph A. Bosco is a member of the U.S.-China task force at the Center for the National Interest and a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He previously served as China country desk officer in the office of the secretary of Defense from 2005-2006.

Chinese M&A reforms to accelerate military consolidation – IHS Jane’s 360 The Chinese government has eased controls on asset restructuring and mergers and acquisitions (M&A); a move that is geared, in part, towards accelerating the consolidation of the country’s state-owned defence industrial base. The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) announced on 11 July that listed companies will no longer need CSRC approval for major asset restructuring programmes.

Appeals Court Faults Government Order Prohibiting Ralls Corp. Wind Farm Deal – WSJ At issue was President Barack Obama’s decision in 2012 to block a U.S. acquisition involving China’s Ralls Corp, which sought to buy four wind-farm projects located in or near a naval-weapons training facility in Oregon. The move marked the first time in 22 years that a U.S. president blocked a foreign acquisition in such a manner. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday ruled the president’s order deprived Ralls of its rights to due process under the law. The court ruled that the company should be given access to unclassified evidence on which the president relied. It also said the company should be given a chance to respond to that evidence.

Chinese Hackers Extend Reach to Smaller U.S. Agencies, Officials Say – NYTimes.com It is not clear whether the hackers were operating on behalf of the Chinese government. But the sophisticated nature of the attacks has led some American officials to believe that the government, which often conducts cyberattacks through the military or proxies, played a role. Shawn Henry, an executive at the cybersecurity company CrowdStrike and a former top F.B.I. cybersecurity official, said the attacks were “indicative of a state-run intelligence agency” because they are one of the few groups that would want such information.

US admiral in China for top-level navy talks – Channel NewsAsia The chief of the US Navy met his Chinese counterpart Tuesday for talks aimed at improving cooperation between their fleets following concerns over regional territorial disputes and potential armed conflict. Admiral Wu Shengli, commander in chief of China’s navy, welcomed Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the US chief of naval operations, with a red-carpet ceremony and an honour guard at his headquarters in Beijing.

Vietnam’s Overdue Alliance With America – NYTimes OpEd OURS is a small country. We Vietnamese cannot and must not entrust our future to anyone, but we urgently need strategic allies at a moment in history when our priority is to defeat our present-day enemy: China…Our country must dispose of the myth of friendship with China and return to what Ho Chi Minh passionately advocated after World War II: an American-Vietnamese alliance in Asia…Tuong Lai is a sociologist, also known as Nguyen Phuoc Tuong, and a former adviser to two Vietnamese prime ministers.

In the heart of the Vietnam China standoff at sea-CNBC The Vietnamese government, which is on a PR offensive against Beijing, organized the trip for a handful of other journalists. We were told it would take about one week and require that we transfer boats.

China’s Xi invites Modi to visit, calls for ‘early’ border settlement – The Hindu China’s President Xi Jinping on Tuesday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit China in November and called for a “negotiated resolution” to the boundary dispute “at an early date”, as the two leaders held their first ever meeting in Brazil. In Fortaleza to attend the BRICS Summit, Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi met for 80 minutes – extending beyond the scheduled 40 minutes – in what was described as a frank and candid discussion covering a range of issues.

China “true in word, resolute in deed” on cooperation with Russia: Xi – Xinhua Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Monday that China is “true in word and resolute in deed” on the China-Russia cooperation, calling on the two sides to implement their consensus “without any reservation”. Xi made the remarks at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of their joint attendance at a summit of BRICS countries, which will be held in Brazil from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Henry Kissinger, 91, undergoes heart surgery in New York – Yahoo News I believe the Chinese are very worried about who will replace Kissinger as a US-China back channel, even if the current White House doesn’t always listen to him. Not many candidates have his combination of experience and gravitas for both sides. Suggestions? //  Kissinger, 91, underwent an aortic valve replacement procedure, according to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

PLA kicks off live-fire military training – Xinhua Ten brigades from area commands of Shenyang, Beijing, Jinan, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Chengdu will be involved in 10 sessions of training, which is expected to last for three months. Some of the training sessions will be conducted under a complex electromagnetic environment, and feature round-the-clock and all-weather drills.

 

TECH AND MEDIA

Alibaba and Lionsgate Sign Deal to Stream Content in China | Alizila Lionsgate and Alibaba Group said today they will launch a video content streaming service for China that give users of Tmall.com’s TV set-top box Internet access to hit American TV shows and movies like “Mad Men” and “The Hunger Games.”

广电总局约谈七牌照商:无资质境外影视剧一周内下线|广电总局|牌照商_凤凰科技 SAPPRFT looks to be moving on several fronts to more tightly regulate the online video sector…this report says officials called in the 7 TV stations with Internet TV licenses, told them to pull all unapproved foreign shows within a week…clean up of online video sector overdue given other internet regulatory moves over last year or so, investors shouldn’t be surprised, especially the ones who have talked to me over the last couple of months… //  流媒体网获悉,7月11日和15日,新闻出版广电总局分别约见中央三大台(央视、国广、央广)领导以及广东、浙江、湖南、上海四大台及地方局,就当前的互联网电视管理与经营工作存在的问题和整顿方向及时间提出了明确的要求。据知情人透露,这次的互联网电视牌照商约谈气氛强于往昔,或许互联网电视有史以来最为严厉的政策监管执行将就此展开。 据透露,针对目前的互联网电视市场,蔡赴朝部长和田进部长特别指示,互联网电视首先要管好7大牌照商,目前七家牌照方都存在不同程度的违规,后续哪家不按总局要求做就收回牌照,不带好头就处理,如果七家都违规,就暂停互联网电视业务。并将互联网电视的管理上升到了国家根本利益的高度。绿色、安全、环保将是未来互联网电视发展的高压线。

IMAX wins $7-million victory against ex-employee who stole technology Fresh off its almost $7-million court victory against a former employee found to have copied its film technology and started a rival business in China, IMAX Corp. is hoping a new Canadian ruling will help persuade the Chinese government to disassociate itself from its competitor. The courts found former IMAX employee Gary Tsui copied its film technology and started a rival business in China. “He’s a national and they’ve been supportive of him,” IMAX counsel Sarit Batner says of the Chinese government’s support for film projects like the rival DMAX started up by Gary Tsui, a former software engineer at the Canadian-based digital cinema company.

Alibaba Said Likely to Sell More IPO Stock as Yahoo Retreats – Bloomberg Shares offered by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) and its backers are likely to account for more of the Chinese company’s initial share sale as Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) scales back, people with knowledge of the matter said. Alibaba, in its IPO filings, hasn’t identified any selling shareholders other than Yahoo. Yahoo today said it has cut the maximum number of shares it can sell in the IPO to 140 million from 208 million.

AMC to produce Chinese tale Journey to the West|Top Stories|chinadaily.com.cn It has been more than four centuries since Wu Cheng’en, a poet and novelist from the Ming Dynasty, wrote Journey to the West. Over the course of 400-plus years, the third of China’s Four Great Classical Novels has been adapted into a number of mediums, including: an animated series, dance pieces, films, musical numbers and plays. Now AMC Networks Inc is reimagining the story for a new television martial arts drama, Badlands. Badlands, which is a working title, is loosely based on the popular 16th century Chinese epic, which chronicles the travels of a Buddhist monk and his compatriots who endeavor to find a series of sacred texts. On July 11, AMC Networks announced plans for the program to be broadcast on AMC, its cable and satellite channel.

 

SOCIETY, ART, SPORTS, CULTURE AND HISTORY

The Mao Mango Cult of 1968 and the Rise of China’s Working Class | Collectors Weekly an exhibition about the mango’s short-lived sanctification has opened at Museum Reitberg in Zurich, Switzerland. Continuing through June 16, 2013, the show is organized around more than 60 Mao-era mango items—from Mao mango medallions to textiles bearing mango imagery—donated to the museum by scholar and author Alfreda Murck, who also edited the exhibition’s catalog and will be speaking at the Capital Literary Festival in Beijing on March 2, 2013.

China Joins Furor Over Fox News Host’s ‘Chinaman’ Comments – China Real Time Report – WSJ Pressure is growing for U.S. cable network Fox News to fire host Bob Beckel for controversial comments he recently made about Chinese people, including his use of the word “Chinaman.” “Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S.,” said Mr. Beckel on his talk show program “The Five” last Thursday, in response to a report that Chinese hackers broke into databases of the U.S. government. “Do you know what we just did? As usual, we bring them over here and teach a bunch of Chinamen, uh, Chinese people, how to do computers, and then they go back to China and hack us.”

 

ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE AND HEALTH

China’s fight for cleaner air | Marketplace.org China’s top-down authoritarian regime may inspire hope that China could clean up its air with a few snaps of its leaders’ fingers. But in China, central power has limits – local governments in China often disregard new mandates and laws handed down from the Beijing because there’s often no funding to implement them. “China’s local governments have no motivation at all to deal with environmental problems unless they make money,” says Peking University Professor Xu Jintao. “That’s why I think a pollution tax would work. If some of that revenue goes to fund the local government, they’ll quickly help solve this problem.”

 

BEIJING

Fast, Cheap and In the Red: Beijing’s Subway System Bled $558 Million Last Year – China Real Time Report – WSJ The reasons? In addition to operational costs, the city has been building up its subway lines at a frenetic pace, and each kilometer of new subway line costs about 1 billion yuan to build, the Beijing Evening News reported on Monday. Beijing is also planning to spend another 400 billion yuan on such efforts, building up a subway system of more than 1,000 kilometers by 2020, up from the current 465 kilometers, the newspaper said. At that point, the paper noted, in order to break even, the cost of a ticket would need to be tripled to around 6 yuan per passenger. In the meantime, to keep the system running, Beijing’s government has supported the operator for the past seven years with 22.1 billion yuan in subsidies, Xinhua said.

Beijing increases air patrols to combat terrorism – Xinhua hear helicopters all the time in DC, seems normal Beijing would start having them //  Beijing police have increased helicopter patrols since May as an anti-terror precaution, according to the municipal public security authorities. Yang Dongfeng, captain of the air police team, said eight patrol routes cover almost all transport hubs, major urban centers, open markets, parks and checkpoints on highway entrances to Beijing. The Beijing helicopter police team was formed in 2007 for the Olympic Games and now has nine pilots and five helicopters. Five other new pilots are being trained abroad.

 

JOBS AND EVENTS

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