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VOA: Xi Jinping Calms Private Enterprises

VOA reported that, in recent years, private enterprises have been suffering a slowdown. On October 21, Xinhua published a letter Xi Jinping wrote, which stated that the Party’s consistent policy of supporting the development of private enterprises will not waver and any statements that negate and weaken the practice of the private economy are all wrong.

On October 21, Xinhua published a letter Xi Jinping wrote in response to some private entrepreneurs who were awarded for their contributions in a poverty relief campaign. In the letter, Xi acknowledged the historical economic contributions private businesses have made and stated that the “role of the private economy is unquestionable. Any statement or practice that denies or weakens the private economy is wrong.” Xi insisted that “supporting the development of private enterprises is the consistent policy of the Party Central Committee. This will not waver.”

According to VOA, a research report that China’s Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business released showed that the index of business conditions of Chinese private enterprises in August fell significantly from the previous month, from 55.6 in July to 49.8 in August, the worst performance in four years. The VOA article concluded that the current mechanism to “allow the state to advance and the private sector to retreat ” has caused private enterprises to be unable to have the same advantages as state-owned enterprises and has resulted in a large gap between the operations of these two types enterprise.

Sources:

1. Xinhua, October 21, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-10/21/c_137548892.htm

2. VOA, October 21, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/xi-calls-to-protect-private-business-20181021/4622566.html

Beijing Scholar Teaches “Xi Jinping Thought” on edX

After the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, the authorities have been strongly promoting “Xi Jinping Thought” inside China, and are now exporting it to the U.S. On October 18, the website of Foreign Policy magazine published an article that Australian scholar Kevin Carrico wrote. “I was so excited to learn this August of a new course offered on the edX website, a U.S.-based learning platform: Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era—the official full name of Xi Jinping Thought. The instructor was none other than the Tsinghua University professor Hu Angang, known for his close links to senior government leaders and his claims that China has already overtaken the United States as the primary global superpower.”

edX is an online course provider that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University created.

Carrico said that, after paying a $49 fee, and providing a verified certificate with instructor professor Hu’s signature, he “was able to receive a final score of 100 across all the multiple choice quizzes.”

“The course’s promotional materials promised that learners would obtain ‘[s]ystematic and full knowledge of the {Chinese Communist Party’s} people-centered core concept,’ as well as a ‘deeper understanding of the socialist road with Chinese characteristics.’” Carrico explained about the contents of the course, “It is fair to say that China is a society different from Western society. Mainly, it has established a people’s society.” “Hu reminded us that the Chinese republic is the people’s republic, the national bank is the people’s bank, the police are the people’s police, and the army is the people’s army. But wait, there’s more. Hu proudly reported that Xi used the term ‘people’ 203 times in his report to the 19th Party Congress in 2017—more than any other term.”

Hu once said in his published research that China’s comprehensive national strength has completely surpassed the United States and it is ranked first in the world. It caused academic controversy after the Sino-US trade war.

A group of Tsinghua alumni signed a letter to the president of Tsinghua University in August. It criticized Hu Angang’s theory {about China’s surpassing the U.S.} as “misleading the national policy, as well as the general public, setting off alarm bells among other countries. It asked the university to fire him.

Source: Central News Agency, October 20, 2018
https://www.cna.com.tw/news/acn/201810200204.aspx

Public Appearance of Former Top CCP Leaders

A few retired former Chinese Communist Party {CCP} Standing Committee members have made public appearances recently in a number of different ways. Their unusual “public appearances” aroused some curiosity.

Wu Guanzheng, the former CCP Standing Committee member and Discipline Committee Secretary said, in a public article at the end of September, that he “was happy” after retiring and also mentioned {the need} to create more conditions for new talent to come into {leadership} positions.

On October 7, Wu Bangguo, the former CCP Standing Committee member, visited Feidong City in Anhui Province; according the local media there, the crowd “welcomed” him.

On October 11, Zhu Rongji, the former CCP premier, appeared at the advisory board meeting of the Qinghua University Management School. According to some media reports, the 90-year old Zhu appeared with a smile and looked like he was in good spirits.

On October 15, Li Ruihuan, another former CCP Standing Committee member, published an article online talking about his view of “the {correct} way to be a CCP official” and that “those who made {usually anonymous and often groundless or slanderous} complaints should not get into leadership positions.”

Source: Central News Agency, October 16, 2018
https://www.cna.com.tw/news/acn/201810160340.aspx

China Lowering Fodder Protein Standard in Light of Soybean Cardamom Shortage

Well-known Chinese news site Tencent News recently reported that the China Feed Industry Association (CFIA) proposed an amendment to the Chinese standard that had set an upper limit on the percentage of protein in pig fodder. CFIA’s proposal explained that, with the improvements in animal nutrition research, a reasonable addition of amino acids and enzyme preparations will lead to a significantly lowered requirement for the percentage of protein needed in pig fodder. China’s pork industry heavily depends on soybean-based cardamom as the source to feed pigs. The current Chinese tariff sanction against the U.S. soybean, which was aiming to hurt the U.S soybean farmers who are mostly Trump supporters, has led to a rapidly increasing soybean import cost for the Chinese pork industry. Recent weather conditions in the Americas are supporting the growth of the U.S. soybean, while weakening the Brazilian output. Soybean and cardamom prices are facing a sustained increase globally. CIFA’s proposal of setting an upper limit for protein is widely recognized as an excuse to deal with the soybean shortage.

Source: Tencent News, October 10, 2018
https://new.qq.com/omn/20181009/20181009A24Z49.html

Second Season of Marx’s Theory Ideology TV Program Started on October 9

People’s Daily reported that, on October 9, Inner Mongolia Satellite TV and People’s Daily aired “Learn Now” ( 《马上学习》), which is the second season of the “Marx’s Theory is Reliable” (《马克思靠谱》) television series. The Publicity Department of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Party Committee, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: Xi Jinping Socialist Thoughts with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era Research Center, the Inner Mongolia Radio and Television Station, and the People’s Daily all jointly produced the program. The series consists of ten episodes with each episode lasting about 45 minutes. Based on the People’s Daily article, the series started with “Marx’s great thoughts and daily stories, focused on Xi Jinping’s new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, combined China’s stories on the essence of Marxism, revisited Marx’s lofty spirit and brilliant thoughts, and studied Xi Jinping’s thoughts in the new era which is the essence of socialist ideology with Chinese characteristic, as well as 21st century Marxism and contemporary Chinese Marxism.”

The first series called “Opening the Book Is Reasonable” was aired on May 5, 2016, Marx’s 198th Birthday. The People’s Daily article claimed that for more than two years, “Opening the Book” has been in an important position for carrying out major themes, studying and implementing Xi Jinping’s new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the key messages from the 19th Party Congress.

Source: People’s Daily, October 8, 2018
http://theory.people.com.cn/n1/2018/1008/c40531-30328580.html

Two Chinese Officials Plagiarized Speeches “Clashed” at a Meeting

According to a local government newspaper, Jiangxi Daily, on October 11, when an inspection team from the Guangchang County Party Committee was meeting with the county’s Party History Office and the Housing Management Bureau, the speech delivered by the Party chief of the Party History Office sounded almost exactly the same as that of the Party chief of the Housing Management Bureau. Both officials’ speeches were stopped on the spot.

A comparison of the wording that the two officials submitted showed that they were “perfectly identical,” except for a difference in the titles and the names of the office. As a matter of fact, the two officials’ speeches were copied from the Internet and were not original works by themselves. Unexpectedly, these two almost identical speeches “clashed” at the same meeting.

This was not an isolated case. Three officials’ speeches from another area, Zixi County in Jiangxi Province were also exposed as having been copied from the Internet.

Recently, the Zixi County government was conducting a series of interviews with county level Party officials for a performance review and anti-corruption investigation. Every official was required to make statements on their job performance. It was found that many paragraphs in the statements that the lower-level township, County Urban Management Bureau, and the County Traffic Police Brigade gave were both very similar.

Some overseas observers commented that many officials will hire other people to write their reports, and then read them in public. Even the officials do not know how much content is true and how much is fiction.

Source: Jiangxi Daily, October 11, 2018
http://www.jxnews.com.cn/jxrb/system/2018/10/11/017160395.shtml

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