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VOA: Why Does the Chinese Government Support This Controversial Public Dancing?

Since 1999, when the Communist China started to suppress popular Qigong meditation exercises, the authorities have been promoting a new type of exercise called “Square Dancing” in China. The purpose was to replace Qigong. The songs and music that loudly accompany the dancing are revolutionary red songs which were popular during the ten year period of the Cultural Revolution and which had the effect of brainwashing people with Communist ideas and fervor. The children and young people during the Cultural Revolution period are now old people. Many elderly Chinese women love to dance in masses every evening in public squares in tune with the thundering red songs.  

On December 12, 2015, a group of men had a big fight with a group of what has come to be called the “square dancing grannies” in Shanghai. The men refused the women’s demand to move away their cars, which were parked next to the restaurant. Several square dancing grannies were injured.

The high volume of noise from the square dances severely disturbs the nearby residents’ daily life. Few people want to buy the residential apartments near the places where the grannies hold their square dancing, even at the reduced price of 120,000 Chinese yuan (US$18,510) lower than the regular price.

In March of 2015, the Chinese authorities decided to set up guidelines to regulate square-dancing across the country, such as the dance movements, permissible times, and the volume of music. However, the authorities still encourage Square Dancing, even though more and more people find its craziness annoying.  

Sources: VOA, Guangming Daily,, March – December of 2015

RFA: Hundreds of Villagers in Shenzhen Protested Decision to Build Huge Garbage Incineration Plant

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, hundreds of people from Jingui Village located in Pingshan New District, Shenzhen City, protested against the authorities because they plan to build a large garbage incineration plant inside their village. Villagers went to the Civic Center to sit-in quietly. The police violently dispersed the protesters, arrested over a dozen people, and wounded one elderly woman. Mainland Chinese media refused to interview villagers or report the incident.

On November 24, 2015, the Shenzhen City government had demanded that the villagers agree to the government’s proposal to build the world’s largest garbage incineration plant in their village; the plant will burn 5,000 tons of garbage each day. The government only gave the villagers one day to respond; otherwise the government would assume that the villagers agreed unconditionally with their proposal.

In order to protect their water sources and land from becoming polluted, Jingui villagers started protesting on November 24, 2015. The sit-in on December 9 was the fourth large-scale protest. On the previous day, the villagers held a demonstration by marching on the street. For many days, they held a sit-in in front of the Dapeng District government building. The government officials, however, have refused to respond to the villagers’ requests. No media in China are willing to report on the incident.   

Source: Radio Free Asia, December 9, 2015

Caixin Blog: Why Do We Need a Truth Commission?

On November 30, 2015, Caixin, a media that is closely related with Xi Jinping’s leadership camp, published an introductory article in its blog section titled, “Why Do We Need a Truth Commission?” The writer of the article is a former public policy reporter from Caixin Media. The article talked about sensitive messages such as the investigation of a dictatorship’s crimes in terms of human rights violations, and the criminal trials of the human rights violators.

The article explained “Why We Need a Truth Commission?” It said, “In many cases, a Truth Commission, on behalf of a country, actively reflects on the crimes the country committed in its history. The Truth Commission responds to questions, doubts and petitions related to these crimes, holds the criminals accountable, compensates the victims, and even starts political reform.” “Some Truth Commissions conduct special investigations on important cases; they may even clearly point out the perpetrator’s name(s), or openly publicize the name(s) of the government leader(s) of the country who at that time, were responsible for the crimes.”

“In China today, many taboos on historical topics have still not been lifted. As a whole generation is getting older and older, more and more people want to reflect on, confess, and redress the atrocities perpetrated in the repeated political movements after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. After some scholars and media introduced the concept of a Truth Commission, the concept has quietly entered the public view.”

Source: Caixin, November 30, 2015

Over One Thousand Steel Workers in Tangshan City Protested over Wages Seven Months in Arrears

On November 23, 2015, more than one thousand workers from Tangshan Songting Iron and Steel Co., LTD. protested once again over their wages being seven months in arrears. The workers marched on the road in the center of Qian’an City, which is located in Tangshan City, Hebei Province. They gathered together later in front of the Qian’an City government building, holding banners such as “Shame on the Company: [Worker’s] Wages in Arrears; Who Will Look after the Workers’ Interests?” A large number of police stood on guard at the site.

On November 14, 2015, Tangshan Songting Iron and Steel Co., LTD. had announced a companywide shutdown. The company owes thousands of workers seven months of unpaid wages. On November 14, the workers protested by collectively jumping down out of the company building. On November 16, the workers surrounded and blocked the Qian’an City government and did not leave until the city government promised them something.

Since the beginning of this year, many private iron and steel companies in the Tangshan region, including Xinhai and Songting, have been announcing shutdowns due to their continued losses. 

Source: RFA, November 23, 2015

Beijing Business Today: Endless Steel Overcapacity

On November 17, 2015, Beijing Business Today and Xinhua Economic Information Daily published an article titled “Endless Steel Overcapacity.” China produced 820 million tons of crude steel in 2014, accounting for about half of the global steel production, thanks to the large infrastructure and real estate boom in the last decade. However, domestic demand has decreased recently due to sluggish real estate development. Serious excess steel capacity has resulted in low profit margins. In the past 10 months, China exported 92.13 million tons of excess steel overseas at cheaper rates. This amount is much more than the amount of steel exported last year (73.89 million tons). However, this year’s profit from the exportation of steel has dropped by 6.6 percent.

Local governments have been reluctant to solve the problem of the excess steel production because the iron and steel industry accommodates a lot of employment opportunities. The iron and steel industry would have to lay off unneeded employees in order to reduce the steel overcapacity. The government should let the market eliminate unprofitable companies and backward production capacity. At the same time, the government should take responsibility for assisting the unemployed workers to find new jobs. It should also provide them with a social security pension, health care, and job training so as to minimize any social conflicts. 

Sources: Beijing Business Today & Xinhua Economic Information Daily, November 17, 2015

In Shanxi Province, Corrupt Military Officers Resisted Inspection with Gunshots

On November 18, 2015, several Chinese language media outside of Mainland China republished an article from The Trend Magazine in Hong Kong (November of 2015, print edition) on a gunshot fight between a military law enforcement team and corrupt military officers in the Shanxi Province Military Region Club.

According to The Trend Magazine, the General Staff Department and General Political Department of the People’s Liberation Army of China organized a Joint Military Inspection and Law Enforcement Team that made an unexpected visit to the Shanxi Province Military Region Entertainment Club to do a corruption inspection. When the law enforcement staff ordered those "having-good-time" military officers to present their IDs, the military officers resisted and surrounded the law enforcement staff. The law enforcement team then fired some warning gunshots which failed to scatter the officers who surrounded them. When the law enforcement team tried to take away a leading officer, who was inciting the other officers to reject inspections, the military officers on the scene attacked back with cold gunshots.

Since 1989, former top leader Jiang Zemin has been implementing corruption strategies to win the support and loyalty of the CCP gang members and of army generals. In the over 10 years that Jiang was in power, the corruption in the People’s Liberation Army spread rapidly across the entire nation. The phenomena of making money through smuggling; lust as a form of entertainment; exchanges involving power and sex, as well as power and money; murdering witnesses; and fleeing overseas with huge amounts of money became very rampant.

The article concluded that, clearly, in the end, the former CCP Central Military Commission Chairman Jiang Zemin is the real cause of all the corruption.

Source: Power Apple, November 18, 2015

Corrupt Party Officials’ Fraudulent Practices in the Stock Market

Recently, the media in Mainland China exposed how officials in the Chinese Communist Party have gained huge profits using such illegal stock investment activities as embezzlement, accepting bribes, borrowing money from businessmen, and releasing unpublicized internal information to relatives or family members. Some examples follow.

Tao Liming, ex-president of the Postal Savings Bank of China, embezzled government bonds worth 340 million Chinese yuan (US $53.26 million) in speculating in the stock market for personal profit.

Yao Gang, vice-chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, was under investigation last week. His former secretary borrowed 10 million Chinese yuan (US$1.56 million) from a businessman to speculate in the stock market.

Xiao Peng, former China Southern Power Grid deputy general manager, gave insider information to a relative, helping his stock investment grow by 50 percent annually for eight consecutive years.

Sources: Sohu, November 18, 2015 & China News, November 18, 2015

Caixin: Crackdown Day Is Coming

On November 5, 2015, Caixin Weekly magazine, a media in Mainland China that is closely related to Xi Jinping’s leadership camp, published a cover report titled “Crackdown Day.” The report asserted that the long-awaited “Crackdown Day,” a national campaign to crack down on market manipulation and to increase the transparency of the stock market, is coming.

On November 10, 2015, Power Apple published an article introducing Caixin’s article titled, “‘Crackdown Day’ Is Approaching, Liu Yunshan Is in Danger.” Liu Yunshan is a follower of Jiang Zemin, the former top leader of the CCP and the People’s Republic of China. Liu is a current member of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee and a leader of the Propaganda and Ideology Leading Group. Liu Lefei, son of Liu Yunshan, is the vice chairman of CITIC Securities International. Among 11 top senior management personnel in CITIC Securities International, eight high-ranking senior officers have been detained for investigation. Liu Lefei has been suspended from his position and is restricted from going abroad. He is expected to confess what he has done.

In addition, Liu Yunshan’s son Liu Lefei, the sons of Zeng Qinghong and Li Changchun (who also belong to Jiang’s faction) and 320 children of the Party leaders have all been placed under control, preventing them from escaping from China.  

Sources: Caixin Weekly, November 5, 2015 & Power Apple, November 10, 2015