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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

70 Percent of Drugs in Taiwan Come from China

Taiwan’s Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung said on October 17 that 70 percent of Taiwan’s drugs come from China. According to the statistics of the Ministry of Justice, this year alone, among the 3,600 kilograms of drugs seized by the end of June, 2,757.2 kilograms came from mainland China and Hong Kong, accounting for 77 percent.

Hsu pointed out that international cooperation is also very important. Taiwan’s Police Department and the Ministry of Justice have
liaison offices in both mainland China and Hong Kong. China has been obstructing Taiwan from joining Interpol. Hsu hopes that China will not obstruct it because a membership for Taiwan will also benefit China.

Taiwan recently sent a letter to Interpol to apply for an observer status. Hsu said that, so far, no response has been received.

Source: Central News Agency, October 17, 2018

“Academic Alliance” of “Belt and Road” Countries

On October 13 and 14, an “Academic Alliance” consisting of schools of political science and international relations in a number of countries along China’s “Belt and Road” initiative was formally established at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Deans of the schools of political science and international relations from 13 countries including China, Russia, India, South Korea, Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia, Hungary, Poland, and Latvia met together to discuss the “Belt and Road” initiative and the development of a new international relationship, as well as possible international academic cooperation.

Su Changhe, executive dean of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University, said that emerging countries and developing countries are important forces in the development of new international relations, but these countries lack adequate understanding of each other. Using the means of international cooperation and education in international relations, schools of political science and international relations in these countries can play a leading role in conducting unofficial exchanges, helping reduce the deficit in mutual understandings, and fostering the basis for public opinion for common development.

The School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University initiated the alliance. Su Changhe proposed that the academic alliance should be a network for students and scholars and should adhere to the “4C” concept, that is, “comfort,” “cooperation,” a “community of mutual understanding,” and a “connective network.” Su believes that the alliance is an inclusive and informal organization that puts “comfort” first, meaning that no ideology or political standpoint is imposed in the academic exchanges, and that it’s a pragmatic cooperation on an equal and comfortable basis. The deans attending the conference put forward nearly 40 valuable proposals for the future of the alliance, including strengthening student and teacher communication, credit transfer, multinational dual degree programs, summer schools, scholars’ field research, remote online courses, and an exchange of scholars to give lectures on each country’s governance and politics.

Dody Prayogo, Associate Dean of the School of Social and Political Studies at the University of Indonesia, suggested the creation of a “Belt and Road” international journal. Mohammad Takhshid, from the Faculty of Law and Politics at the University of Tehran, wished that this academic network would be gradually and formally organized in the future.

Source: The Paper, October 16, 2018

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

LTN: China Found to Change Product Code of Goods to Work-Around U.S. Tariff

Major Taiwanese news network Liberty Times Network (LTN) recently reported that many Chinese exporters were found to have changed product’s HTS codes or country of origin markings to avoid the U.S. import tariff. The HTS code is a 10-digit U.S. Customs code associated with each individual product type exported to the United States. The HTS code is a widely accepted product identification system across global import/export transactions. Traditionally, as a common way to avoid the tariff, Chinese exporters have sometimes exported to a third-party country, repackaged the products there and then shipped them to the U.S. market. However, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) recent statistics showed a sharp increase in “suspicious categories” related to HTS code changes (three times more than six months ago). Exporters were found to have changed the HTS codes in the Alibaba Partner Community. For example, Chinese steel plates (high tariff) were exported as “turbine components” (low tariff).

Source: LTN, October 10, 2018

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