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Epoch Times: Mainland Auto Inventory Exceeds Warning Line for 17 Consecutive Months

According to the Epoch Times, the latest issue of the “China Automobile Dealer Inventory Alert Survey” shows that the mainland’s automobile inventory index in May is above the inventory warning line. The car inventory has exceeded the inventory warning line for 17 consecutive months.

The China Automobile Dealers Association (China Automobile Association) recently released the latest issue of the “China Automobile Dealer Inventory Alert Survey.” The survey showed that the automobile dealer inventory warning index was 54.0 percent in May, down 7 percent from the previous month and up 0.3 from the same period last year. Since 2018, mainland car sales have declined for 10 consecutive months, and dealers’ revenue targets have fallen sharply. The high inventory has become a major concern.

According to Changjiang Business Daily news, the “Report on the current living conditions of China’s auto dealers and related report recommendations” that the China Automobile Association issued show that the current inventory in the industry is more than 3 million units, the equivalent to two months of sales. The cost of carrying a high inventory has eroded the gross profit on the new cars. In addition, the implementation of emission standards for phase VI also increased the dealers’ pressure to clear the inventory of cars made using the emission standard of phase V.

According to the survey of the Automobile Association, in June, the automobile market is about to enter the off-season. Therefore, the market demand in June is expected to decline compared with that in May. The automobile market will continue to be sluggish and the pressure on dealers will further increase.

The article quoted comments stating that the decline in automobile sales shows that the economic environment is also slowing down. For the mainland, the causes are the economic downturn and the expected decrease in personal income. In addition, the sharp rise in the price of necessities, such as pork and fruits and vegetables, has caused the people’s monthly living expenses to rise. When people revise their spending plans, they have to delay or eliminate spending on big expenditures such as tourism and car purchases.

Source: Epoch Times, June 9, 2019

Falun Gong Practitioners Are Called to Submit Perpetrators Information, a website devoted to news about Falun Gong in China and around the world, recently announced that the U.S. government is collecting information about human rights abusers including the perpetrators involved in the persecution of Falun Gong. It called for Falun Gong practitioners (referred to as Dafa disciples in the notice below) to submit such information.

The Minghui Editorial notice stated:

“An official from the U.S. Department of State recently told various religious groups that the U.S. government is imposing stricter visa vetting and may deny visas to human rights violators and perpetrators of religious beliefs. This applies to both immigration visas and non-immigration visas such as tourism and business visas. Those who have already been granted visas (including “green card” permanent visas) may be denied entry.

“The official specifically told Falun Gong practitioners that they can submit a list of perpetrators involved in the persecution of Falun Gong.

“We urge Dafa disciples all over the world to take immediate action to collect, compile, and submit to information on the perpetrators, their family members, and their assets, so as to locate and verify their identities.

“We ask that Dafa disciples in the U.S. collect and submit information of people who have aided in the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Falun Gong outside of China. They include those who have attempted to interfere with Shen Yun Performing Arts, Shen Yun Symphony, Falun Dafa experience sharing conferences, and truth-clarification sites in different places such as Flushing. They also include those who spread CCP propaganda against Falun Gong on various websites.

“Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Spain, and other countries please also provide information regarding perpetrators in their regions.”

Source: Minghui, May 31, 2019

Classic Showcase of the CCP’s Sophism in the TV Anchors’ Dialog

On May 29, Chinese Global Television Network’s (CGTN’s) TV anchor Liu Xin had a debate (or dialog as some people called it) with Fox’s Trish Regan. Epoch Times Chinese published an article suggesting that Liu Xin’s arguments were a classic demonstration of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) sophistry. The CCP is a great con artist that, despite having a clear understanding that the party itself is at fault, is able to use fallacies to make arguments from nothing, to confuse, deceive, spoil the discussion, and keep itself from falling further into a weaker position.

The article highlighted the following sophistry tricks that the CCP often uses:

1. “I’m the Same as You”

Liu Xin started out saying that she is not a CCP member. She thereby portrayed herself as if she were the same as Trish or other people in the U.S. who express their own ideas. However, the U.S. TV anchor is free to criticize her President, the Republic Party or the Democratic Party in the U.S. Can the CCTV anchor criticize the CCP or its leaders? Will it make a big difference if Liu is a CCP member or not a member? Does she have any choice but to be a party mouthpiece and speak the voice of the party?

2. “I’m Making the Mistake That Everyone Makes”

A highlight was that Liu Xin admitted that the CCP has conducted theft of intellectual property. Then she argued that this is a common practice happening all around the world, including among U.S. companies. Her logic was, “All companies, including U.S. companies have been doing this; so are we. We are bad, but everyone is bad. So why do you criticize us?”

3. “We Are Rich, but We Are Poor”

Liu Xin explained why China is the world’s second largest economy but still should enjoy being treated as a developing country. The CCP’s logic is this: when it needs to show its “muscles,” China is the second largest economy; when it is time to shoulder responsibility or to give aid, China is a developing country. Which side of the story should the CCP tell? It all depends on the need. Following the CCP’s logic, almost all of the developed countries can find some angle to justify that they also qualify as a “developing country.”

4. “Whatever President Clinton Did, We Will Do”

Throughout the questions and answers, Liu Xin did not give any positive solutions or recommendations. Actually, the CCP’s goal is not to have a clear black-and-white debate to see who is right, but rather to use gray answers to muddy the waters and create an ambiguous situation. The author linked this to a joke widely spread in China, “When facing tough questions, (Beijing) can give a straight, definitive answer. ‘Whatever President Clinton did, we will do.’” On the surface, the CCP has given a clear answer. However, on thinking it over, people are not sure what the answer is. “What exactly did President Clinton do?”

5. Change the Fight to a Chat

Another point worth mentioning is that the CCP successfully changed the debate to an interview or dialog, putting itself in a position where it would never lose. It is hard to imagine that, without the CCP’s prior manipulation, the two hostile TV anchors would switch to a friendly chat format. The CCP has done this kind of change many times before. When the European countries were about to criticize the CCP’s human rights records after the Tiananmen Massacre, the CCP, via manipulation, changed it to “discuss human rights issues privately.” It did a similar thing to the U.S. The end result was that the CCP continues its human rights violations. The U.S. and Europe criticize the CCP, but the Chinese people continue to suffer. Many years later, the Western countries came to a realization: the CCP has fooled us.

Source: Epoch Times, June 1, 2019.

Chinese Official Manufacturing PMI Number Fell below 50 Percent

Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that China’s National Bureau of Statics just released its May Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) number. The PMI index for the Chinese manufacturing sector turned out to be 49.4 percent. The key sub-indexes that brought down the overall number were New Orders (49.8 percent), Raw Material Inventory (47.4 percent) and Employment Level (47.0 percent). These meant that the market demand for manufacturing products is weak and the manufacturers are consuming existing material for production while unemployment is increasing in the sector. Among the different sizes of the companies, large scale manufacturers are doing relatively well (50.03 percent), medium and small scale manufacturers are suffering declines (48.8 percent and 47.8 percent, respectively). PMI is an indicator of financial activity reflecting purchasing managers’ acquisition of goods and services. A PMI number below 50 typically reflects a decline.

Source: Sina, May 31, 2019

CNA: The Pope Chases the China Dream; What about the Underground Churches?

Primary Taiwanese news agency CNA (The Central News Agency) recently reported that, in a press interview, the Pope again brought up the China Dream, without mentioning the struggling Mainland underground churches that the communist government is suppressing. He explained that the China-Vatican agreement “has no issue” and the opposition is minor. This was a strong blow to the feelings of the Mainland underground church members, since the Pope always used to mention their sacrifice while discussing the need to have a dialogue with the Chinese government. The Pope changed his tone this time by saying the agreement is supported by “all” Chinese believers. He indicated that only a few underground church leaders opposed the agreement, feeling excluded from the decision-making. However, these were the people who had been jailed for decades for safeguarding their belief. The Pope’s dismissal of the “minority” is more of a political angle rather than a soul-saving angle. The Chinese communists are sill, today, demolishing legal churches, removing crosses, and deleting words like “Bible” and “God” from textbooks.

Source: CNA, May 29, 2019

China Times: U.S. Blockage of Huawei Did Not Impact iPhone Negatively in China

Major Taiwanese newspaper China Times recently reported that, according to research that the Bank of America Merrill Lynch just conducted, potential Chinese mobile phone buyers surveyed preferred Apple iPhone over Huawei. It was widely discussed and anticipated in the media both domestically in China and internationally that the U.S. sanctions on Huawei would trigger Chinese mobile phone buyers’ patriotic sentiments and they would thus switch to Huawei while waving goodbye to the iPhone. The newly released study report, however, showed just the opposite. Around 29 percent of Chinese shoppers surveyed in May picked the iPhone which represents a 3 percent increase from April. The same report showed the intent to buy Huawei dropped from 28 percent in April to 25 percent in May. Both JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs indicated earlier that iPhone Chinese sales would see a free fall of around 30 percent. However, the latest research does not really validate that expectation.

Source: China Times, May 31, 2019