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Teachers in Rare Strike for Higher Pay in North China City

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:13
Several hundred teachers in a northeast China city, demanding higher pay and benefits, briefly walked off the job in a rare work stoppage that disrupted classes for much of this week.
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Google Opens Play Store to Chinese Developers

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:27
Google has taken a small step toward China, announcing it would open up Google Play for Chinese developers to sell their apps outside of the country.
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View: China’s banks face disruption

FT China Feed - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:10
Increasing online competition in the financal sector is shaking up traditionally staid business models around the world
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China rail group signs $12bn Nigeria deal

FT China Feed - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 02:56
CRCC to build 1,400km of railway in biggest Chinese overseas contract
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Using Serviced Offices to Support Your China Growth Strategy

China Briefing - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 02:52

One lesser-known option available to foreign investors who are just starting out in China is the use of serviced offices (also known as “executive suites”), which can go a long way in reducing risk associated with the costs of entering an unknown market.

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Watch: New Zealand Gives Xi Jinping a Haka Welcome

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 00:48
As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in New Zealand for talks with the country's prime minister, officials greeted him with a traditional Maori hongi greeting and a Haka dance.
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S&P raises fears over China muni bond push

FT China Feed - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 00:40
Rating agency suggests central government is facing a struggle to develop municipal bond market
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Facebook Executive Talks Mandarin, Ads and Language Study in China

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:40
One month after Mark Zuckerberg blew up the Internet by participating in a Mandarin Q&A in Beijing, another Facebook executive has given a follow-up performance, albeit a brief one.
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China Terrorism Debate: Does the Internet Kill People?

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:12
China’s government says the dark side of the Internet was on full display in terror attacks over the past year -- a train station knifing, a car that exploded near Beijing’s Tiananmen Gate and other attacks on civilians -- because it has evidence such activity is planned online.
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Picture China: Beijing Smog, Internet Conference, Doctor Trial

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 21:23
The day's China news in pictures: a man plays with his dog amid smog in Beijing, delegates attend the World Internet Conference in Zhejiang, a man claiming to be an "omnipotent doctor" goes on trial at the Luoyang Intermediate People's Court in Henan province and more.
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China’s Internet Regulator Says Controls Are a ‘Sovereign Issue’

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:52
Dean Garfield says he has made eight trips to China, but Wednesday marked the first time he was able to update his Facebook friends with his whereabouts.
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Emissions Pledges From U.S., EU, China Probably Not Enough, UN Scientists Say

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:28
Nice try, but we’ll probably ask you to cut more carbon next year. That’s the early message of United Nations scientists taking their first look at the brand-new greenhouse-gas targets of the U.S., China and the European Union.
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CCTV Losing Ground Amid Changing Media Landscape

China Digital Times - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:15

The Wall Street Journal reports that state television broadcaster CCTV, which has long dominated audience share in China, is losing advertisers, talent, and viewers to new media outlets and local satellite broadcasters as China’s media landscape changes. Lilian Lin and Laurie Burkitt report:

CCTV representatives didn’t respond to requests for comment. It has cited efforts to branch out online, including offering its own apps and online video. It is also increasingly cooperating with China’s regional satellite broadcasters, which are also government-controlled but have been more adventurous in their programming.

At stake is the broadcaster’s decadeslong status as China’s top information source. Experts say CCTV must ramp up innovation and overhaul its programming to keep up with both online and regional rivals to follow the country’s rapidly changing media landscape.

[…] CCTV doesn’t disclose national ratings figures. But CCTV’s ratings for this year’s Spring Festival Gala fell to below 10% of the viewing public for the first time, according to local media reports. A person involved in its production said the figure was credible.

Its channels attracted 9.1% of television ad spending last year, down from 9.7% in 2011, according to research firm CSM, while the share that went to provincial satellite channels rose to 26% from 21%. […] [Source]

Reuters reports that another unimpressive CCTV ad auction—and the broadcaster’s decision to again withhold many of the results—could be indicative of both its declining popularity and the overall economic slowdown in China:

China’s bellwether TV ad auction was hit by the country’s slowing economy and rising competition from online entertainment, but showed modest recovery from last year – at least for its cornerstone evening news program.

[…] CCTV’s annual ad auction, which sells advertising slots for the upcoming year, is considered a barometer for China’s economy.

[…] Comparisons with earlier years are difficult, since CCTV hasn’t publicly disclosed many of this year’s results, including who secured the exclusive online naming rights for the network’s Spring Festival Gala. Tuesday’s auction clocked in at 6 hours, about half the length of previous years.

CCTV is battling shrinking income as its viewers and advertisers migrate to online and mobile platforms. The state broadcaster’s advertising revenue dropped 10 percent in the first nine months of this year, compared with 2013, according to CTR Market Research. [Source]

CCTV is also feeling heat from the Xi administration’s ongoing anti-corruption campaign. In July it was reported that eight CCTV financial news staff members—including celebrity anchor Rui Chenggang, station director Guo Zhenxi, and vice director Li Yong—had been detained over corruption allegations.

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24,000 Suspects Detained in Nationwide Drug Crackdown

China Digital Times - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:13

For The Telegraph, Malcolm Moore reports that 24,000 suspects—some of them high-profile celebrities—have been detained and over 100,000 more investigated in the past 50 days as part of a nationwide anti-drug campaign:

The son of Jackie Chan, the kung fu actor, was one of the detainees as police made examples of several actors and models. The authorities also raided one bar in Beijing popular among foreigners and deported those who failed urine tests.

Liu Yuejin, the director of the Narcotics Control Bureau, said the flow of methamphetamine was proving particularly hard to control. He suggested there could be 13 million Chinese addicts, more than four times the official tally.

[…] Last year nearly 170,000 suspects were detained for drug-related offences. This year’s campaign also shows a marked rise in confiscations from previous anti-drug efforts. A 50-day campaign in 2004 only netted around five tons of drugs, compared the 12 tons seized by authorities this year. [Source]

The South China Morning Post’s James Griffiths has more from senior narcotics control officials on the threat that synthetic drugs—particularly methamphetamine—pose on Chinese society:

Liu Yuejin, director of the Narcotics Control Bureau under the ministry, said: “China is facing a grim task in curbing synthetic drugs”, particularly methamphetamine.

[…] Liu claimed that the annual economic loss caused by drug abuse could be as much as 500 billion yuan (HK$631 billion).

[…] “Compared with traditional drugs, such as heroin and opium, methamphetamine can easily lead to mental problems. Addicts will be prone to extreme and violent behaviour, including murder and kidnapping” [said Liu].

[…] Another top drug official, Song Zengliang, blamed the influx of methamphetamine from Southeast Asian countries on a rise in violent crime. [Source]

A separate report from the South China Morning Post notes that the southern port province of Guangdong is the main target of the ongoing drug crackdown. Hu Huifeng and Mimi Lau report:

The southern province is the mainland’s biggest market for illicit drugs and has developed a clan-based industry for the manufacture of synthetic narcotics, especially Ice, or methamphetamine, some experts say.

It also has the biggest population of addicts, with about 457,000 people on a register of suspected users, according to the provincial public security department.

The total has been growing by about 40,000 people a year since 2009, the China News Service reported.

[…] Peng Peng , a researcher at the Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences, said that unlike traditional drugs such as heroin and opium, most of which were imported, production of Ice had developed into a local industry.

He said the industry was protected by local officials and drugs made in Guangdong were sold across the province and country.

“One or two campaigns will not be able to eliminate an industry in which so many local people make a living,” Peng said. [Source]

For more on illegal drugs in China, see prior CDT coverage.

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Temporary Crack Opens in the Great Firewall

China Digital Times - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:57

The World Internet Conference (WIC) is taking place this week in Wuzhen, a small canal town in eastern China. Participants, who include world Internet giants such as Apple and Facebook, have been treated to free and open Internet access at the conference location. Edmond Lococo reports on this temporary and limited loosening of the grip on the Great Firewall for Bloomberg:

[…] This temporary opening of the gates doesn’t mean China is having second thoughts about Web censorship. Not in the least. China often lifts its controls on the Web for attendees of high-profile international forums, as it did for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing earlier this month. The Internet service in the media center at APEC allowed access to nationally banned sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.

[…] China is hosting the summit in Wuzhen to “give a panoramic view for the first time of the concept of the development of China’s Internet and its achievements,” according to Lu Wei, the minister of the country’s new Cyberspace Administration, the regulator that’s staging the event. [Source]

The WIC in Wuzhen was controversial before it started. Unsurprisingly, openness was left out of the official rhetoric, which focused instead on China’s unique management of the Internet. As James T. Areddy reports for the Wall Street Journal:

[…] In a sign of its confidence in the Great Firewall, when China celebrated its 20th year online in April, Xinhua News Agency declared that “behind China’s Internet boom is Beijing’s unique way of management.”

China has positioned the conference as a showcase to celebrate that management of the Internet, with a setting that reflects Zhejiang province’s Web success stories as much as the Ming and Qing architecture that inspired writer Mao Dun. The most notable business success is located down the road in Hangzhou—Alibaba Group, which in September raised $25 billion in an initial public offering that illustrated the value in China’s Internet user base of more than 630 million.

[…] Internet security is high on the agenda for the gathering, which has attracted top officers of Chinese powerhouses like Tencent Holdings, Baidu and Qihoo 360 Technology . Others in attendance include policymakers like Fang Binxing, the man credited with creating the controls behind the Great Firewall, and a small number of foreign Internet companies. [Source]

Read more about Internet censorship in China via CDT.

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A Meditation on Poverty in Taiwan in ‘Meeting Dr. Sun’

Wall Street Journal China Real Time Report - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:45
In his first sole-produced movie since the beloved “Blue Gate Crossing,” featuring the story of a sexually confused teenager, Taiwanese director Yee Chih-yen is back in theaters with another coming-of-age film.
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Word of the Week: Kung Fu Net

China Digital Times - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:40

Word of the Week comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to mock and subvert the official language around censorship and political correctness.

功夫网 (Gōngfu Wǎng): Kung Fu Net

The pinyin abbreviation for “Kung Fu Net” (gōngfu wǎng) is GFW—the same abbreviation used for the “Great Firewall of China.” Thus the Kung Fu Net is the Internet Chinese users have access to under the restraints implemented by the Chinese government.

Example:

潘石屹: I may be meeting with an Internet management official. Do my friends on Weibo have any suggestions for me to pass on?

最近,我可能会见到一位管理互联网的领导,微博上朋友们有什么建议要转告?

Leo_Wang_: Please shut down the Kung Fu Net. (May 13, 2013)

请关掉功夫网 [Chinese]

See also Chinternet and Great Chinese LAN.

Want to learn more subversive netizen slang? Check out Decoding the Chinese Internet: A Glossary of Political Slang. Available for $2.99 in the Kindle, Google Play, and iTunes stores. All proceeds from the sale of this eBook support China Digital Times.

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China and Russia to build military ties

FT China Feed - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:27
Countries say they will strengthen military ties to counter US influence in Asia-Pacific region
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Australia Secures Far-reaching Benefits in Free Trade Agreement with China

China Briefing - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:54

China and Australia concluded a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on November 17 in Canberra, with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott signing the official document after nearly a decade of negotiations.

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