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China Will Host a Summit between the CCP and the World’s Political Parties

Xinhua announced that, from November 30 to December 3, China will host a Summit in Beijing that will include the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and a large number of political parties from around the world. Xi Jinping will attend and give the keynote address at the opening ceremony.

Over 200 parties and political organizations from more than 120 countries have registered for the conference.

“This summit is the first China-hosted multi-country diplomacy event since the 19th Communist Party National Conference. It is the first time for the CCP to hold a summit which includes many different types of political parties from around the world; it is expected to be the most-attended summit of political party conferences. It has groundbreaking significance in the CCP’s history and also groundbreaking significance in the history of the world’s political parties.”

The summit has a symposium on the Spirit of the 19th CCP National Congress with the title, “The CCP and the World in the New Era.” It also has four parallel sub-forums on “Strengthening the Party’s Development: Political Party’s Challenge and Future,” “Build a Beautiful Country: Political Party’s Practice and Experiences,” “Construct the ‘One Belt, One Road’: Political Party’s Participation and Contributions,” and “Lead the Development of the Common Community of Human Destiny: Political Party’s Roles and Responsibilities.”

“Some foreign political party leaders will visit the CCP’s Party Central School. Before or after the summit, China will also hold the 3rd China-Africa Political Parties Symposium on Theory, the 2nd China-Central Asia Political Parties Forum, and the Tenth China-U.S. High-Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue.”

Source: Xinhua, November 24, 2017
http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2017-11/24/c_1122006619.htm

The Philippines Invited Chinese Companies into Its Mobile Communications Market

Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that Harry Roque, the spokesperson for the Philippine President, confirmed at a press conference that Chinese mobile communications companies were officially invited to enter the Philippines domestic market. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally extended the invitation when he met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang not long ago. This is a special rights authorization to establish a third mobile communications company in the Philippines. The authorization not only includes cellular operation rights but also allows Internet connection services. It is still unclear which Chinese communications company will be the one entering this new market. The Presidential Office expects the Chinese application to be submitted in 45 days. Not long ago, the Philippines granted a U.S. Facebook company rights to take on the Trans-Pacific Cable project.

Source: Sina, November 20, 2017
http://finance.sina.com/bg/economy/sinacn/20171120/19391676717.html

Microsoft Skype Removed from China’s App Stores

Well-known Chinese news site Sohu recently reported that both the Apple iOS version and the Google Android version of Microsoft’s Skype app have been removed from China’s app stores. Apple’s spokesperson explained that Skype does not meet China’s local VoIP (Voice-over-IP) laws, so Apple removed the app per the Chinese government’s requirement. The Google Play Android app store does not operate in China. However, multiple Chinese run Android app stores removed Skype as well. A Microsoft spokesperson commented that the removal is temporary and Microsoft is trying to restore the app and its service as soon as possible. At this point there is no known schedule for when Skype will be made available again in China.

Source: Sohu, November 22, 2017
http://www.sohu.com/a/205778180_114760

East Day: China’s Central Television Confirmed China’s Aircraft Carrier Plan

Shanghai based news network East Day recently reported that the authoritative Chinese Central Television (CCTV) broadcast a new TV documentary program that revealed the actual number of aircraft carriers China has in its plan. The total count on its road map is six. The first two ski-jump takeoff mid-sized models have been constructed. The next two will be conventional power large size models with catapult take-off capabilities. However, the catapult mechanism is still being considered. It is very likely that it will use an electromagnetic catapult. The last two carriers will be nuclear powered large size models reaching a level above the U.S. Nimitz class with partial Ford class capabilities. In the long-term road map, by around the year 2049, China will build another four world-class carriers thus giving the Chinese Navy up to 10 aircraft carriers. The TV documentary also mentioned that China has tested the electromagnetic catapult technology thousands of times and it has achieved the deployment quality for launching different types of aircraft. The Navy has also placed a large number of orders for the J-20 carrier fighter jets. The J-31 V2 version has been undergoing intense flight tests. The status of the nuclear power system for carriers is still unclear, although China has the mature technology to power nuclear submarines.

Source: East Day, November 20, 2017
http://mini.eastday.com/a/171120213326284.html

Stock Price of RYB Education Plunged; Could Face Class Action Lawsuit

VOA published an article following the reports of alleged child abuse at RYB Education, Inc. After the parent’s claims of abuse, the stock price of RYB Education, Inc. plunged 38 percent to US$16.46 on the New York Stock Exchange on Black Friday. This is below its IPO price of US$18.50. Board members of RYB Education have also declared they will buy back US$50 million of its stock in the next 12 months. RYB Education is an early child kindergartner education center. Reports were made that, after a number of parents noticed that their children had received injections with needles, were forced to ingest unknown pills or were stripped naked, news first broke out on social media. The official media, including CCTV and Xinhua then reported the news. The police department has, currently, launched an investigation into the case. During an interview with VOA, one early child educator who chose to remain anonymous said that the parents of RYB kindergartners were very afraid after they saw that a large number of posted videos on social media had been deleted. They believed that, as more and more videos were deleted, it was more likely that the officials wanted to take control of the situation. The parents were concerned that, since the police had not drawn any conclusions on the case, the parents might never get back the videos they turned over to the police. The end result could just be the arrest of a few scapegoats to close the case. Some parents were even considering filing a class action lawsuit in the U.S. because they thought that the Wall Street legal firm that represents the IPO of this company should also take legal responsibility.

Source: VOA Chinese, November 24, 2017
https://www.voachinese.com/a/red-yellow-bluw-kindergarten-beijing-stock-20171124/4136190.html

Party Branch Office to Be Formed in Joint Venture Universities

According to an article that theinitium.com, a news website from Hong Kong, published, Financial Times from England reported that China’s Ministry of Education has requested that a party branch office be formed in the joint-venture universities in China and that the party secretary must be the Vice President of the University, a member of the board, and have decision making power on hiring and on the budget. The Ministry of the Central Organization was said to have drafted the proposal. It will be in effect following the 19th National Congress. Since 2003, over 2,000 educational joint venture cooperation projects have been established. According to the existing law in China, a joint-venture university is considered an independent legal entity where the owner in China has 51 percent of the stock while a foreign investor holds 49 percent of the stock.

Source: theinitium.com, November 20, 2017
https://theinitium.com/article/20171120-evening-brief/

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