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RFA: China Tightens Rules for Municipal Employees Traveling Overseas

On June 17, Radio Free Asia published an article reporting that Beijing has tightened its control over municipal employees traveling overseas. The rule no longer applies only to Party officials and military personnel but has also been expanded to include public servants as well as all management levels in State Owned Enterprises, especially in the banking industry. The purpose of the new rule is to prevent officials from taking their money overseas and fleeing China. The article quoted a comment from a businessman who stated that all of his friends had to turn in their passports. The regulation will not work on certain members of the elite class because they can use their connections to obtain fake IDs. The article stated that the restrictions on Party officials traveling overseas started over 10 years ago. Based on the evidence from criminal cases, it is quite common for the Party officials to own multiple Chinese passports or even foreign passports.

Source: Radio Free Asia, June 17, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/officer-06172017105356.html

Xinhua: Central Inspection Work Found Local Governments Faked Economic Data

Xinhua recently reported that the Communist Party Central Commission for Discipline Inspection recently released a report that showed “issues” it had found in the provinces of Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Yunnan and Shanxi. The Twelfth Inspection Round was a “random patrol” on provinces and central-government-owned companies that had been inspected before. There have been “random patrols” done in 12 provinces already, as part of the “look-back” initiative. The new round discovered that a wide range of issues that were discovered in the previous round had not been properly remedied. Most importantly, some local governments in Inner Mongolia and Jilin were found to be faking official economic data. This new round of inspection resulted in some additional government officials being put under further investigation.

Source: Xinhua, June 12, 2017
http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2017-06/12/c_1121124767.htm

Wu Chi-wai: China Is Changing the “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong

July 1 will be the twentieth anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China. The Democratic Party in Hong Kong held a forum on June 11 to discuss the “One Country, Two Systems” situation in Hong Kong.

Wu Chi-wai, the Chairman of the Democratic Party said, “From the 2014 (Beijing’s) People’s Congress’ whitepaper on implementing the ‘One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong to the speech that Zhang Dejiang (Chairman of the People’s Congress) gave recently, you can see that the central government has a general goal: to use a series of approaches to effect the gradual conversion of the hidden powers (of the central government), as defined in the Basic Law, into truly effective, clear, standardized, and enforceable powers (for the central government). This is having a big impact on (the principles of) ‘One Country, Two Systems,’ that ‘Hongkongese rely on to manage Hong Kong,’ and its ‘High-degree of self-determination.’”

Wu expressed that C.Y. Leung has long been claiming a severe “Hong Kong Independence” issue. This has given the Communist Regime in China an excuse to interfere in Hong Kong’s internal affairs.

Sources:

1. YouTube, June 11, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-Ng-QQXCdg, June 11, 2017
2. New Tang Dynasty TV, June 14, 2017
http://www.ntdtv.com/xtr/gb/2017/06/14/a1329003_p.html

Apple Daily: Mainland Has Actively Been Gaining Control over Hong Kong Media

Apple Daily published an article expressing concern about freedom of the press in Hong Kong. According to the article, companies from the mainland, such as TVB and the South China Morning Post have been buying out Hong Kong media, suggesting that Beijing has slowly been gaining control over Hong Kong media. At the same time, cases have been reported in which reporters (independent of the mainland) have been attacked; key proprietors of a bookstore in Hong Kong have been arrested; and unusual organizational changes within the media have taken place. The article quoted an interview of the president of the Hong Kong Reporter’s Association who pointed out that some publishers have withdrawn certain outspoken columns or shifted the editorial direction through organizational restructuring.

Based on the statistics that Reporters without Borders has published, the freedom of the press index for Hong Kong media dropped from 18th in 2002 to 73rd in 2017. Out of 26 mainstream media in Hong Kong, companies from the mainland own at least eight to 31 percent of them.

Source: Apple Daily, June 6, 2017
http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20170606/20045536

China Intensified Internet Blockade during June 4 Period

On April 15, 1989, former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Hu Yaobang died. Hu had worked to move China toward a more open political system and had become a symbol of democratic reform. By April 18, thousands of students had come to Tiananmen Square to mourn his passing. As more arrived, protests against corruption and for greater democracy ensued. The numbers grew; it is estimated that as many as one million Chinese, mostly students, came to Tiananmen. On June 4, 1989, the CCP used tanks and guns to crack down on the democracy demonstration. This event became known as the Tiananmen Massacre. Since then, every year during the June 4 anniversary, the CCP has been on alert and has taken extreme measures to prevent any form of protest.

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), this year the CCP intensified its Internet blockade. Many Wechat accounts and even Facebook accounts were blocked. (Wechat is the most popular social media network phone application among Chinese). VPN software that people used to bypass the Internet blockade couldn’t connect to the Internet overseas either.

A netizen Zhu Xueqin said that she posted a video of pigs with a comment on Facebook:  “It is a grief to be a pig in China, but it is a greater grief to be a Chinese.” She was referring to a report that many pork producers fed pigs with chemicals to shorten the pig’s growth period from a year to only a few months. Her Facebook account was blocked.

Source: RFA, May 31, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/meiti/ql1-05312017102521.html

 

Business Magnate and Media Editor-in-Chief Both Sued Guo Wengui

The story of Guo Wengui (郭文贵), a Chinese business tycoon who has been hiding in the U.S., now has a new episode. Guo fled from China because he feared being arrested for bribing officials. Once he came to the U.S., on multiple occasions, including in a VOA interview, Guo revealed the corruption of top level officials.

Guo accused Pan Shiyi (潘石屹), founder and Chairman of SOHO China, the largest prime office real estate developer in China, of bribing officials. Guo also accused Hu Shuli (胡舒立), Editor-in-Chief of Caixin media, which has published several articles exposing Guo’s bad deeds, of bribery and of having indecent relationships with high-ranking officials.

In New York in April, Hu Shuli filed a lawsuit against Guo for defaming her. In May, Pan Shiyi also filed a case against Guo in New York.

Guo claimed that he has a good relationship with an “old cadre.” Many people believe that “old cadre” refers to Zeng Qinghong, a former top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official and the right-hand man of Jiang Zemin (the CCP’s former top leader).

Source: Sing Tao Daily, June 4, 2017
http://toronto.singtao.ca/1794955/2017-06-04/post-潘石屹胡舒立告郭文貴誹謗/?variant=zh-cn

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