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The Paper: India Started Charging China Anti-Dumping Duties in 93 Categories

The well-known new Chinese news site The Paper recently reported that the Indian government started charging anti-dumping duties in 93 categories of products imported from China. The decision was made after key players in the Indian tire industry met with government officials. The 93 categories include products in a wide range of industries such as chemical and petrochemical, steel and other metal products, fiber and yarn, mechanical products, rubber or plastic products, power electronics and different types of consumer goods. India also launched an anti-dumping investigation in July on photovoltaic cells and modules from China, Taiwan, and Malaysia. India currently has a US$51 billion trade deficit with China. Indian media have been complaining about cheap Chinese products filling up the Indian market. However, reports from India’s own market study agencies showed that Indian consumers have preferred affordable Chinese products that typically are of better quality that India’s similar ones. According to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, in the first half of this year, India became the country that had the largest number of anti-dumping investigations against China.

Source: The Paper, August 11, 2017

RFA: Over 2.65 Million Haigui in 2016 and the Number Is Expected to Grow in 2017

RFA published an article stating that, according to a research paper that the CCG (Center for China and Globalization) published, which was about jobs and entrepreneurship for Haigui, (Haigui refers to students who return to China after studying abroad), by the end of 2016, the number of Haigui exceeded 2.65 million. It is expected that the number will grow in 2017. Over half of Haigui believe they can recover the cost of their overseas education within five years. IT, telecommunications, electronics, and the Internet in the private business sector are the fields that most attract the Haigui. Haigui prefer technology, renovation, and the service industry in second tier cities to pursue startup business opportunities.

Source: Radio Free Asia, August 13, 2017

Duowei: China Launched Internet Crackdown to Secure the Internet Prior to 19th National Congress

According to Duowei, a number of Internet security measures have been launched recently to ensure Internet stability prior to the 19th National Congress. On August 11, the Cyberspace Administration launched an investigation against Ten Cent Weixin, Sina Weibo, and Baidu Post Bar for alleged cases in which its users spread violent content, rumors, and sexually explicit material. Such acts violated the Internet Security Law that was introduced on June 1. Several Internet service providers including VeryCloud and EnHT Technology companies conducted a “one-key shutdown” drill in early August. The drill tested their ability to shut down Internet service immediately when they received an official notice. In addition to tightened control over VPNs, the central administration also issued a notice to its party members to exercise restraint over Internet activities to make sure no one spread information that damaged the party’s image or published commentary articles that contained politically sensitive topics.

Source: Duowei, August 11, 2017

SARFT Sets Program Guidelines for Satellite TV Stations

According to a notice that the SARFT (the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television) issued, satellite television stations should be news based television stations. They shouldn’t simply pursue or fabricate means to influence their TV ratings. They are required to control television programs aired during prime time. Those programs should not contain TV dramas that have excessive entertainment content or sensitive topics; they should air programs that cover public welfare, culture, science, and the economy. For entertainment programs, the stations are asked to limit reality TV or entertainment programs that use movie or TV celebrities or TV programs that copy their format from those in foreign countries. As to selecting special guests or commentators, they must use positive moral character and artistic achievements as the top criteria.

Source: Guangming Daily, August 7, 2017

Retired Officials Excluded from the PLA Anniversary Celebration Event

On August 1, China held the Celebration Party for the 90th Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Xi Jinping gave an important speech.

All of the seven Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee members and current high-rank military and Party officers sat on the rostrum. However, none of the retired officials, from either the military side or the Party, was seated on the rostrum. This is totally different from the 70th or the 80th anniversary celebration where the retired officials were on the rostrum.

A political commentator suggested that this showed Xi has full control of the military, exceeding what the previous leaders had.

Source: Epoch Times, August 2, 2017

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