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Li Rui, former deputy head of the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, died i
n Beijing on Saturday. His death grabbed the headlines in many Western media outlets. A report by The New York Times called Li “standard-bea
rer for liberal values in China.” But how to evaluate him divided online public opinion in China.
Li lived for 101 years. His long life span contributed to his influence.
Li’s life was a bumpy ride. He experienced almost all historic events such as the Yan’
an Rectification campaign, and himself became the subject of several political movements.
Li was imprisoned once in Yan’an before the founding of the People’s Republic of China. In the
20 years after 1959, he was either held in confinement or in labor camps. The experiences were even quite unfortunate in that historical context.
Li’s career peaked when he was appointed as the deputy head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central
Committee after the reform and opening-up. His title as the secretary of Chairman Mao Zedong remains controversial.
In general, his positions had not offered him opportunities to exercise an enormous impact on China. His influence was limited until he retired.
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After a suicide attack claimed by the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) ki
lled at least 40 Indian paramilitary troopers in the Pulwama district, India has said it will en
sure the isolation of Pakistan in the international community and withdraw the Most Favored Nation status given to Pakistan.
China firmly opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism. The country, also a victim of terrorism, is exp
ected to do what it can to provide support and assistance to India to enhance anti-terrorism cooperation.
However, if the terror attack leads to political and economic isolation, ordinary Pakistani p
eople will become the scapegoat of JeM. Poverty has more of a role in terrorism than some Indian ex
perts may believe. If foreign aid and investment can help Pakistan eliminate poverty, the growth environment for terrorism will be destroyed.
“China is promising about $3.5 billion to help bolster Pakistan’s dwindling foreign cash reserves” and pay fo
r the country’s socioeconomic development plans, the US-based Voice of America reported last week. Although the Chinese government ha
s not confirmed the news, it is unlikely that China will change its supportive attitude on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
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one with the UK in 2017 and another with India the following year. By exploiting the power of these regional countries, Japan aims to secure military provisions for
its SDF in the Indo-Pacific region from the US, Canada, Australia and India and in the North Atlantic region from the US, the UK, France and Canada.
This has laid the foundation for Japan to broaden its SDF activities and ensure military provision with its partners. It is a sm
all-scale bilateral military alliance system centered on Japan. This shows Japan’s long-term strategic plan.
Since the 21st century, Japan has clearly labeled China as its biggest real and potential rival. Esp
ecially since Shinzo Abe took office, he spared no efforts at containing China. During Abe’s first te
rm, the Japanese government raised the idea of the “arc of freedom and prosperity.” When he became prime mini
ster for a second time, the policies advocated by his cabinet, including the values-based alliance, the alliance of m
aritime democracies, the democratic security diamond and the freedom corridor, have all kept China in focus.
Because of the ACSAs with Australia and India, Japan can militarily c
onstrain China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. In the At
lantic, it can also exert forceful intervention in China’s policy in Europe, North Africa and West Africa.
In some areas where China’s military strength has not reached, Japan has crafted its military plan in advance by ut
ilizing its bilateral alliance system, trap-falling China’s military strategy into a passive position.
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China’s economic slowdown is a fact. Some foreign companies are said to be considering a withdrawal from the Chinese market, while others are making the choice to stay.
Nobody can say that all foreign companies can succeed amid the nation’s economic restructuring, but it’s very lik
ely that the ones who remain calm can emerge as winners in the market of more than 1.3 billion consumers.
China’s economic slowdown is making headlines around the world with signs of weakening growth agains
t the background of trade tensions. Several Western media outlets in recent weeks have published articles suggesting Ch
ina’s slowdown has started to weigh on some of the world’s biggest businesses, spreading alarm in the market.
The sales of a number of big companies are reportedly suffering as a result of China’s economic slowd
own. Those reports have led many to believe that those companies are losing confidence ab
out the Chinese economy. Some companies have plans to withdraw from China. However, investors may be misled by those reports. Official figures show t
hat inbound foreign investment in China reached an all-time high in 2018, reflecting overseas investors’ growing confidence in the Chinese market.
China is having a hard time amid its economic restructuring. In fairness, most of the world econo
my is suffering. Still, the Chinese economy has turned in a relatively good performance with GDP growth of more than 6 percent.
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eased by the World Economic Forum, global tourism revenue contributed over 10 percent of the global GDP, but China’s domest
ic tourism revenue was around 5.5 percent of its GDP, which has been the world’s second highest since 2012. C
ompared with its economic volume, the Chinese tourism industry is not very well developed, which may have something to d
o with the overall low disposable income levels of Chinese residents. For example, in 2017, China’s gross national inc
ome (GNI) per capita ranked 69th in the world, while the US GNI per capita was 6.5 times that of China during the same time period.
In recent years, various local governments have been making great efforts to promote the increase of local tourism revenue
s by building traditional towns, exploring and developing local history, local culture and other tourist resources. It is certainly justified for au
thorities to develop tourism, to expand domestic demand, to increase “green” GDP and promote an economic transformation. However, it should be no
ted that the development of a tourism industry is closely related to the growth of residents’ disposable income. As the income level of residents rises, the to
urism industry will naturally see a rapid development. In the context of the declining growth of residents’ disposable i
ncome, it is completely unrealistic to achieve a rapid growth in tourism revenues. Furthermore, as various local gov
ernments are competing to develop tourism resources, this may lead to an “oversupply” within the tourism ind
ustry, and this will result in a low efficiency of fiscal expenditure and a waste of precious resources.
In short, it is of fundamental importance to find ways to improve the disposable income level of re
sidents as well as social security and welfare, which is the prerequisite for sustainable prosperity.
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raving about China,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra was quoted as saying in The Times of India.
The BJP has also questioned the “request” of the Chinese ambassador to give a ceremonial send-off to Gandhi for his Mansarovar trip. “When Rahul Gan
dhi went for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, a letter was sent by the Chinese ambassador to the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) that he wanted to give Rah
ul Gandhi a ceremonial send-off. This protocol is limited to heads of state or government and leader of opposition. No
w it is clear why China wanted to extend this protocol to Rahul Gandhi. Yatra was just an excuse, he had to meet Chinese ministers and discuss so
mething. The cat is out of the bag today, and the Congress needs to clarify,” Patra told Hindustan Times. The BJP didn’t stop at that. It als
o dug into Gandhi’s earlier meeting with the Chinese envoy in India during the Doklam standoff.
If the developments are any indication, the BJP is desperate to raise any issue which could work in its favor in the elections with the mood of the general
masses not looking positive towards the party. It wants to eliminate the anti-incumbency factor and divert the at
ention of the masses from more pressing issues. The main opposition has alleged the BJP failed to keep its promise of
generating 20 million jobs in a year. The opposition is also repeatedly raising the Rafale fighter jet deal to counter M
odi’s take on corruption. Now the BJP strategists feel playing the China card, to a certain extent, could help the ruling party in this matter.
But experts say such issues are not going to impact the elections. “China card will prove to be of litt
le or just no help for the BJP,” says Ajay Jha, a prominent Delhi-based journalist who is an expert in Chinese affairs.
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bilateral ties were upgraded to an all-weather strategic partnership.
“We wish that our relationship could be closer and the bond of friendship will be further strengthened in the future,” the admiral said.
Abbasi also noted that the Indian Ocean is vital for the global economy. Thr
eats to this region cannot be tackled by any navy alone. The Chinese navy’s mission to en
sure maritime security in the Indian Ocean has provided a lot of security to shipping in the region, he said.
Shao Shuguang, commander of the Task Group 998, said during meeting w
ith Abbasi that “Karachi’s long history and culture, the hospitality of the Pakistani pe
ople, especially the professionalism of our counterparts in your navy, have left a deep impression on me.”
“I hope that the navies of our two countries will have further close exchang
es and cooperation to jointly maintain maritime security and stability in the Indian Ocean,” Shao said.
During the visit to Kunlunshan, the admiral also reviewed the PLA Navy’s guard of honor.
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Hundreds of thousands of users on Sina Weibo, the Chinese Twitter-like social media platform, have flocked to and followed the tw
o official Weibo accounts newly created on Thursday afternoon by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force.
PLA Rocket Force, formerly the Second Artillery Corps, was established on Dec 31, 2015, and serves as the strategic and tactical missile force of China.
It marks the first time for the PLA Rocket Force to open up official Weibo accounts, making the emergence of
two at once even more remarkable. One account shared the same name with the force, wh
ile another chose the funnier and more down-to-earth name Dongfeng Kuaidi, which means “Eastwind Delivery”.
Some netizens made a guess that the former one would be used for releasing official and formal news and the latter for communicating with the sea of Weibo users.
At the time of writing, the account PLA Rocket Force had over 82,000 follo
wers and Dongfeng Kuaidi had 180,000 fans, despite the fact that neither of the a
ccounts had posted any content yet. Meanwhile, the number of followers continues to surge wildly.
Most fans are surprised by the PLA Rocket Force’s move to “land” on a social m
edia platform with hundreds of millions of users, due to its air of mystery.
Many of them have said “welcome” to the PLA Rocket Force and could not to wait to le
arn more about and interact with it on the social media platform they often use in daily life.
The PLA is comprised of the Ground Force, Air Force, Navy, Rocket Force and Strategic Support Force.
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Shenzhen is to strengthen its regulations on smoking in public places, making it the strictest smoking policy in history, Nanfang Daily has reported.
The strenghtening is to focus on five areas of the policy.
Since the implementation of the smoking policy in Shenzhen on March 1, 2014, smoking in public places has been banned, carrying a total fine of 3.745 millio
n yuan, comprising a 3.325 million yuan fine for illegal smokers and 420,000 yuan for public places that failed to control smoking.
In implementing the policy however, problems arose with excessive fines, difficulties
with law enforcement and evidence collection, and complicated punishment procedures.
Deputies of Shenzhen People’s Congress on Jan 18 jointly proposed that Shenzhen should revise the policy to make the regulations more practical and operable.
The revised draft of The Regulation on Smoking Control explicitly expands the de
finition of smoking to include the use of e-cigarettes and other lit tobacco products.
It also expands the scope of smoke-free areas, which now include outdoor p
latforms and areas featuring wait lines for public transport, such as buses, coa
ches, taxis, subways, ships, civil aircraft and other public transport vehicles.
Smoking is also prohibited within five meters of subway entrances and exits.
The draft enhances protection for minors. It stipulates that no tobacco produ
cts are to be sold within 100 meters of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and children’s activity centers.
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will be publicized on the CNIPA website and China Intellectual Property News, a Beijing-base
d newspaper, and face other punishments administered by related authorities, according to the draft.
They will also be blacklisted and exposed via a national credibility information sharing system.
Trademarks achieved by this means will be declared void, the draft says.
“The long-awaited regulations draft came as no surprise,” Li said. “Such regulations are necessary, especially amid continuous growth in IP filings in China.”
The number of trademark applications from the country has topped the world for ye
ars, according to statistics from the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Data from the CNIPA show that the inventory of valid domestic trademarks had surpassed 18 million by the end of 2018.
China has improved in IP filings and protection by leaps and bounds, yet insufficien
t enforcement has come under fire and the discordance between quantity and quality has yet to be tackled, Li said.
Growing awareness of the issues and the reconfiguration of IP administrative organs contributed to the rollout of the draft, he added.
“The draft does not merely address the chronic problem of abnormal applica
tions but provides an approach to balancing the quantity and quality, ” he noted. “It is just a start.”