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Radio France Internationale: Tightened Security and News Coverage after Explosion outside Kindergarten in Xu Zhou City

Radio France Internationale published an article explaining that, following the recent explosion outside a kindergarten in a suburb of Xu Zhou City in Jiangsu Province which killed 8 people and injured 65 people, the General Office and the Publicity Office issued an urgent notice to news media outlets. The notice requested that the media outlets must use only three official media as their news sources when reporting on the explosion. They must exercise strict efforts to monitor online and social media in order to stop and prevent potential “rumors” or negative comments. The article also stated that the seriousness of the explosion caught the attention of the leadership in Beijing. The Ministry of Education has ordered tightened security around school buildings. Some Kindergartens have even hired security guards who are armed with guns or preventive equipment such as batons, long forks, or spears. In addition, the article also quoted Bowen Press, which wrote that, “While China is facing a number of different hidden crises, its official news media will report extensively on incidents such as gun violence in the U.S. and the deadly London fire in the U.K. However, when it comes to kindergarten explosions or other domestic accidents, little news coverage can be found. That is incredible.”

The explosion took place at 4:50 pm on Thursday June 15. According to CCTV, the police have identified the suspect as a 22 year old male who made the explosive device at home and was killed at the scene. The suspect was reported to have dropped out of school due to psychological problems and then found a job close to the kindergarten. The police found the explosive material at the suspect’s residence and found the words “death,” “kill,” and “eliminate” written on his walls.

Sources:
1. Radio France Internationale, June 16, 2017
http://cn.rfi.fr/%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD/20170616-徐州幼儿园爆炸惊动中南海-全国学校或紧急配枪棍长叉
2. Voice of America, June 16, 2017
https://www.voachinese.com/a/explosion-at-a-kindergarten-in-jiangsu-province-china/3901488.html

China Published 2017 Blue Book Report on College Graduates Employment

Web news media Zhejiang Province Online recently reported, based on information aggregated from various popular Chinese sources, on the newly published Blue Book Report on Chinese College Graduates Employment. An independent third-party publisher instead of the Chinese government compiled the Blue Book. The survey was based on a sample of 289,000 2016 college graduates. According to the Blue Book, 91.6 percent of the students were employed within six months of graduation. However, only 65 percent of them were satisfied with the work they found. The highest job satisfactory lies in the top-five categories: software development companies, colleges, the Communist Party or government branches, Airlines, and some other Communist Party or government related organizations. The average new college-graduate worker’s monthly salary was RMB 3,988 (around US$586). The Blue Book also shows that the most popular college majors welcomed by the employers were Software Engineering, Network Engineering, Communications Engineering, and Information Security. The least popular majors were Music Performance, Fine Arts, and Law School. The Blue Book also found that the attractiveness of the “First Tier” cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen) had declined.

Source: Zhejiang Province Online, June 14, 2017
http://china.zjol.com.cn/ktx/201706/t20170614_4221755.shtml

The Paper: Criminal Activities Grew in Cheating on the National College Entry Exam

The well-known new Chinese news site The Paper recently reported that more and more advanced technologies are being used during the Chinese National College Entry Exam to help those who have decided to cheat on the Exam. This year’s Exam just completed a few days ago. The police have been busy jamming wireless signals around the official exam locations and chasing up and down the supply chain as well as the distribution channels of a massive amount of the high-tech cheating tools that criminal organizations provide. The technologies in the “cheating industry” upgrade rapidly. They have found their way into nearly all things that are allowed into the exam locations. Examples are drinking bottles with micro video cameras; communication devices hidden in watches, pens, erasers and eye glasses; electronics have been found in vests and belts connecting to the exam building conferencing system. Criminal groups run high power transmitters near the exam locations in order to support all these mobile devices. The cheating activities have been discovered across all provinces and have been growing.

Source: The Paper, June 7, 2017
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1702434

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Video: Two Cars Ran over a Woman at a Crossing Line; Pedestrians Were Indifferent

Recently, a 1 minute 34 seconds video of a “car accident” circulated on the social media in China. A woman was hit at the cross line. She was left lying on the ground for 1 minute without anyone coming to help move her away from the many coming and going pedestrians. A car then ran over her a second time and she died.

On June 7, netizen friend @YuanQicong released a video on the microblog. In the video, a red taxi hit a woman at a zebra crossing. After that, several cars and many pedestrians passed by, but no one tried to help her get up. During this time, the woman tried to sit up but did not succeed. A minute later, a sport utility vehicle ran over the woman  a second time.

Local netizens said the incident site is located at the College Road bus station in Henan Zhumadian City of Henan Province.

The video can be viewed on the website.

Source: Duowei, June 7, 2017
http://china.dwnews.com/news/2017-06-07/59818989.html

China Uncovered the Largest Counterfeit Sports Shoes Case

Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that the Chinese police declared success on resolving the largest case of counterfeiting Nike shoes. The case involved over half a million pairs of shoes, estimated to be worth more than RMB 600 million (around US$88 million). The case started near the end of 2015, when Nike China reported to the police of Anhui Province that it had discovered counterfeit shoes in the markets of the Middle East. Nike suspected the source of these shoes was in Anhui. The investigation that the report triggered eventually led to the discovery that the manufacturer was a factory under the Anhui Feiyu Group, which has two other legal shoe making factories. The factory making the counterfeits operated on a very large scale with a full chain of manufacturing, even including a quality assurance department. It also developed a complete wholesale and distribution network covering both domestic and global markets. The findings in the case revealed a highly professional criminal network. It could not have reached such a large scale without help from various levels of government branches across China.

Source: Sina, May 25, 2017
http://finance.sina.com.cn/consume/puguangtai/2017-05-25/doc-ifyfqqyh8267991.shtml

Epoch Times: How China Spent its Security Maintenance Fund

Epoch Times, the overseas Chinese news media, carried an article which included examples of how China spent its “security maintenance fund.”

1) Based on a source from the public security bureau in Shen Zhen, on April 23, the security bureau allocated 10 million Hong Kong yuan (US$1.28 million) in order to stop a parade that Falun Gong followers in Hong Kong had organized. The money was spent to pay 500 to 600 yuan (US$64 to $77) to each participant and to buy uniforms, banners, and chairs, while more money was paid to those who organized the stopping of the event. One group organizer from Fujian was reported to have received 2 million Hong Kong dollars (USD$260,000) for participating in the April 23 event. The directive issued to the organizers stated that the money came from the “security maintenance fund.” The organizer was told that there is no limit set on measures to persecute Falun Gong followers and all expenses would be reimbursed.

2) Chen Guangcheng, the civil rights activist worked on human rights issues, while the county government in Shandong Province subjected his family to surveillance from August 2005 to August 2012. Three surveillance sites were set up to put Chen under house arrest and 50 to 60 people were at this site 24 hours a day. Meanwhile an additional several hundred people who are cadres of the villages, towns, and the counties, as well as police officers, were involved in Chen’s case. Reports indicated that the authorities spent 30 million yuan (US$4.34 million) a year to monitor Chen. That was the amount in 2008, but it went up to 60 million (US$8.69 million) by 2011. The total does not include the bribery money that officials paid in Shandong Province to the officials in Beijing.

3) Lawyer Zhen Enchong from Shanghai disclosed that, since he was released from prison on June 5, 2006, the authorities in Shanghai spent at least 4.2 million yuan (US$610,000) a year to keep him under house arrest and on harassing his family members.

4) The article quoted a comment from a scholar who stated that behind the large sums “invested” in the “security maintenance fund” were large sums of money spent on corruption. “They mark up the surveillance camera from 1,000 yuan (US$115) to 100,000 yuan (US$14,500) … Large groups of people rely on making money through the “maintaining security” effort.

5) On March 2, Philip Wen, a reporter from Reuters reported that for the past five years, in order to stop a villager from Inner Mongolia from going to Beijing to appeal her case, the authorities spent 330,000 yuan (US$48,000) on the surveillance effort.

6) According to an investigation report that the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong published, in the first several years of the persecution campaign, which started in 1999, China spent one fourth of its national finances on the persecution effort each year. For example on February 27, 2001, 4 billion yuan (US$580 million) in funding was allocated to install surveillance monitors on buildings. In December 2012, 4.2 billion yuan (US$610 million) was spent to build brainwashing centers. 170,000 to 250,000 yuan (US$25,000 to $36,000) was spent daily just to staff the resources in Tian An Men square to stop Falun Gong followers from petitioning. The report also said that the authorities spent unknown sums of money to award whistle blowers, send spies overseas, and to buy out overseas media and organizations.

Source: Epoch Times, May 6, 2017
http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/17/5/6/n9112133.htm

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