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Yu Wensheng: China human rights lawyer arrested on school run

He was reportedly seized by dozens of people, including a Swat team, while walking his child to school.

Source: BBC News - China | 19 Jan 2018 | 11:25 pm(NZT)

China condemns US accusations of unfair trading

CHINA yesterday criticized recent moves by the United States listing some Chinese trading areas as “notorious markets” for fake products and targeting Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacks objectivity in its approach. Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters the US Trade Representative lacked direct conclusive evidence and supporting data for listing three Chinese online commerce platforms and six physical bazaars within China as “notorious markets” engaging in commercial-scale “copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.” “We have to question the objectivity and credibility of the relevant US department in issuing its report,” Gao said at a news conference. “The Chinese government has always attached great importance to the protection of intellectual property, the results of which are obvious to all,” he said. Among the online platforms listed by the USTR’s Notorious Markets this month was e-commerce giant Alibaba’s online marketplace Taobao. Physical outlets included Beijing’s famed Silk and Hongqiao markets popular with tourists. Michael Evans, Alibaba’s group president, said the company has worked above and beyond on each of the list’s concerns to protect brands and copyright holders. “In light of all this, it’s clear that no matter how much action we take and progress we make, the USTR is not actually interested in seeing tangible results,” Evans said, adding that the company had “no other choice but to conclude that this is a deeply flawed, biased and politicized process.” At the news conference, Gao also criticized a US House bill introduced on January 9 that would prohibit government purchases of telecoms equipment from Huawei Technologies Company and ZTE Corporation. He said the bill would harm US-China cooperation in telecommunications and shake the confidence of Chinese enterprises in the US. Gao said the US should treat Chinese companies and products with an objective and fair attitude so US customers can enjoy the benefits of Chinese products. “Mutual benefits weigh more than differences in the Sino-US economic and trade ties,” Gao said. “We hope that trade frictions do not upgrade, but will also take resolute actions to protect Chinese rights and interests.” Huawei’s US business suffered a setback when a congressional panel recommended in 2013 that phone carriers avoid doing business with it or ZTE. China rejected the move as an effort to keep Chinese companies out of the US market. Huawei, founded in 1987, is the world’s No. 3 phone maker and first Chinese brand to break into the top ranks of global technology suppliers. Meanwhile on the issue of so-called forced transfer of intellectual property and proprietary technology, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China had no law mandating such practices. “Such cases might occur in some commercial cooperation, but that is purely the market behavior between the enterprises,” Lu said yesterday. “Fair exchange is no robbery. There is no interference from the government,” he said, adding that China would “firmly defend its legitimate rights and interests.”

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 19 Jan 2018 | 5:01 am(NZT)

Women playing bigger role in Tibetan medicine

Tashi Tso has to change into three different pairs of shoes a day: high heels before entering the office, canvas shoes at work and white rubber soles in the manufacturing room.She works at the pharmaceutical department of Qinghai provincial hospital of Tibetan medicine in northwest China, and shoe changing is necessary to meet national hygiene standards. “I love my job and am thrilled to be in an industry that was once under male dominance,” she said. For thousands of years, knowledge of and treatment with Tibetan medicine were passed down in monasteries, and the best doctors were often monks. Women rarely had the chance to learn medicine, and their roles were restricted to household chores and raising children.As one of China’s most influential medical subjects, Tibetan medicine has been used to cure aches and ailments for over 3,800 years. It draws on traditional Chinese, Indian and Arab medicine and uses herbs, minerals and sometimes insects and animal parts. China has intensified measures to support the development of Tibetan medicine. An innovation platform of Tibetan medicine jointly built by Beijing, Tibet, Gansu and Qinghai was recently launched. In Qinghai, a program supporting the development of Tibetan medicine was launched in December.Fifteen therapies and practices of Tibetan medicine have been listed as national intangible cultural heritage, and the output of such medicine reached 2,300 tons, worth 1.5 billion yuan (US$234 million) in 2016. Due to government support and the fast development of Tibetan medicine, females are gradually breaking male dominance.Women make up half of the physicians at the Tibetan Hospital in Lhasa, capital of Tibet. Of the graduates of Qinghai University’s School of Tibetan Medicine each year, half are female, according to Tencho with Qinghai University.Now, both men and women can learn Tibetan medicine in colleges in Qinghai, Tibet, Gansu and Sichuan, according to Dorje with Qinghai Provincial Hospital of Tibetan Medicine.“Women are more patient and careful in manufacturing process such as making pills, pulverizing and quality control,” said Tashi Tso. “Of the 51 medical staff at my department, 26 are female.”Tashi Tso was among the first batch of students enrolled in the Tibetan medicine school of Qinghai University in 2011. “Not only did we learn the basic theories of Tibetan medicine and distinguish medical materials in the mountains with our teachers, but we also received lessons on Western medicine, including anatomy,” she said.Tibetan medicine pharmaceuticals have introduced modern equipment, and Tibetan medicine has developed to be interdisciplinary. “It is meritorious that the medicine can help more people in the future,” said a doctor at the same hospital as Tashi Tso.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 19 Jan 2018 | 5:01 am(NZT)

Concern over 3rd party payment platforms

About a year ago, a man surnamed Song, a programmer in Shenzhen, received a mysterious call and lost 280,000 yuan (US$43,460) via Alipay, one of China’s most popular online payment platforms. This was odd as Song did not have a single penny in his Alipay account.It turned out the swindlers had taken three steps to transfer his loan via Alipay’s micro-loan provider Ant Micro.Almost at the same time, about 1,400km away, Lin Liangquan rushed to the police department, reporting that more than 27 million yuan was missing from his company account in Haining City, east China’s Zhejiang Province.Lin said a stranger called up and faxed a wanted poster, claiming the company had been involved in a pyramid scheme and demanded an immediate check of their bank accounts. A malware program was later implanted and the vast sum of money was soon transferred via multiple third-party payment platforms.China has tightened the number of multi-function accounts a person can open and stipulated a “frozen time” of 24 hours for money transfer on ATMs. However, third-party payment platforms have emerged as a leading method for fraudsters to bypass such obstacles.The Public Security Bureau of Beijing said that since 2015 up to 70 percent of stolen money has been scammed through third-party payment platforms. In the first three quarters of 2017, the anti-fraud center in Shenzhen had frozen more than 9,800 suspected accounts, retrieving 315 million yuan.“The money recovered was only a small fraction, most of it was untraceable,” said Wang Zhengtu at the center. “It was easier to track the flow of money when most transactions were done through bank cards. But now, the swindlers first transfer the money to third-party payment platforms before putting it into their bank accounts. These platforms are like a big pool, it is almost impossible to track its origin,” Wang said.It is estimated that over 20 trillion yuan of capital was transacted via third-party payment platforms in 2016. There are currently 270 licensed such platforms, and a large quantity are operating without proper qualifications.Chinese banks now demand strict real-name registration in the application of bank cards. But opening an account on a third-party payment platform needs nothing more than an email account. Moreover, a person can hold multiple accounts, making it the perfect channel to move money. Inquiries for online transactions from the company often need at least three days, more than enough for money to be transferred elsewhere. Fake IDs are often used for online registration, leaving the police little evidence.Wen Yanbing, associate professor at Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, said the government should improve the cybersecurity law and set up a cross-sector supervision mechanism. The authorities should also supervise these platforms.“Third-party payment platforms should be included in the investigation platform targeting telecom fraud set up by the Ministry of Public Security,” said Wu Shenkuo, associate professor at Beijing Normal University. “Therefore, police can retrieve the account information and freeze the money immediately after the report.”“Companies running third-party payment platforms are often headquartered in first-tier cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, and it is hard for police in other regions to investigate. Therefore, a unified enquiry center should be established in every province and be connected to the national system to raise investigation efficiency,” Wang said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 19 Jan 2018 | 5:01 am(NZT)

Italy arrests 33 'Chinese mafia' members

Police say the group was controlling the transport of Chinese-made goods across Europe.

Source: BBC News - China | 19 Jan 2018 | 12:18 am(NZT)

China's economy grows by 6.9% in 2017

It's the country's first year-on-year grow figure beats Beijing's official growth target of 6.5%, though some question China's GDP data.

Source: BBC News - China | 18 Jan 2018 | 9:26 pm(NZT)

Task force in works to help Hong Kong businesses in mainland China

An all-new task force comprising heavyweights from Hong Kong’s industrial sector and business chambers will be set up by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, a source familiar with the arrangement has said. The advisory body, likely to be chaired by Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah, is to generate ideas to help firms overcome obstacles when doing business on the mainland, particularly in the nearby Pearl River Delta. But a veteran political...

Source: South China Morning Post - Hong Kong feed | 31 Aug 2017 | 2:00 pm(NZT)

Tai O villagers urge review of Hong Kong flood prevention amid long clean-up after Typhoon Hato

Disgruntled villagers on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island have demanded a full review of flood-prevention measures in Tai O, where tsunami-like waves destroyed homes during Typhoon Hato last week. The villagers, who were almost stranded by floodwater, debris and rubble strewn across paths and alleys in their coastal fishing settlement, were starting to get back to normal life thanks to dozens of volunteers pitching in to help the clean-up. But villagers were told to expect to wait for two or...

Source: South China Morning Post - Hong Kong feed | 31 Aug 2017 | 12:35 pm(NZT)

Search launched for ‘emotionally troubled’ pregnant woman who fled from Hong Kong hospital

Tuen Mun Hospital is appealing for help to find an emotionally troubled pregnant woman who left the medical institution without approval. The 25-year-old woman, who is 17 weeks pregnant, left the observation area at the hospital’s emergency unit without notifying staff at about 3pm on Tuesday, a hospital spokesman said. The woman had told the hospital she was dealing with emotional problems, the spokesman added. Police appeal for help in search for Hong Kong girl, 13, missing since July 1...

Source: South China Morning Post - Hong Kong feed | 31 Aug 2017 | 12:02 pm(NZT)

Education, health fees among key concerns

China to legislate on preschool education

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)

Education, health fees among key concerns

China to legislate on preschool education

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International group praises green revival

A high-level international advisory body applauded China's efforts to improve the environment and suggested a 15-year strategy against pollution in a draft recommendation report on Monday.

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)


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