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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

“New Express” Reporter under Arrest in Changsha

Changsha police official microblog (weibo) channel “Police Matters” confirmed last night that a reporter named Chen Yongzhou (陈永洲), from New Express (新快报), had been arrested on October 19, for allegedly causing causing damage to a company’s business reputation. This is what a Beijing Youth article republished by Xinhua says. His case was still under review, Changsha’s public security bureau is quoted.

The New Express, is one of Guangzhou’s main three newspapers, Beijing Youth explains. The “Express” is run by Yangcheng Evening News Group, a company founded in 1998 and also operates the Yangcheng Evening Post (羊城晚报), “Newsweek” (新闻周刊), Yangcheng Sports (羊城体育), Private Economy News (民营经济报), and “Guangzhou Construction News” (广东建设报), among others. Changsha, Hunan Province, is where Zoomlion, the company whose reputation had allegedly been damaged by Chen, is based.

Public information shows that from September 26, 2012 until June 1, 2013, Chen Yongzhou published ten critical articles concerning Zoomlion and “inflated profits”, “tunneled profits” [or maybe “conveyed benefits”, depending on translation – JR], “abnormal marketing” and alleged fraud.


In July, writes Beijing Youth, Gao Hui, assistant to Zoomlion’s board chairman, wrote on a microblog that Chen had blackened the company’s name and caused significant drops in its share prices, apparently – as far as I understand Chinese – under rather strongly-worded subject lines (舆霸与打手).

Also according to Beijing Youth, Express said in a statement on August 8 that it had taken legal action against the company and Gao Hui. A civil charge says that Gao Hui had unfoundedly  and deliberately described the paper’s reports as false, thus damaging its reputation, and violated the reporter’s legal rights. Damages of 1 Yuan (sic, probably a typo) for the publisher and 100,000 Yuan for the reporter were demanded, as well as an apology.

The BBC writes that the Express has made a front-page plea for Yong’s release. Chen had spent three days and three nights in custody before he saw a lawyer, the BBC quotes from the editorial.



» Second frontpage plea, BBC, Oct 24, 2013


Thursday, January 10, 2013

After Suicide: Guangzhou Government Defends Qi Xiaolin’s Name

« Previous coverage (January 9)

Main Link: secretary of the political and law committee: no Violations of Discipline found (穗政法委书记:未发现祁晓林违法纪)

Links within blockquote added during translation.

Yangcheng Evening Post, reporter Wang Pu. On January 9 at noon, Guangzhou Municipal PSB office’s website “Guangzhou Golden Shield” (广州金盾网) stated: deputy municipal PSB director Qi Xiaolin hanged himself to death.

羊城晚报讯 记者王普报道:1月9日中午,广州市公安局官网“广州金盾网”发布消息:广州市公安局副局长祁晓林自缢身亡。

The notice said: on January 8, 2013, Guangzhou Municipal PSB deputy director Qi Xiaolin hanged himself and died, aged 55. Comrade Qi Xiaolin suffered from depression at his lifetime. Yangcheng Evening Post learned that Qi hanged himself in his office’s rest room inside the Guangzhou PSB building.


“Qi Xiaolin indeed suffered from depression, but there had been no indication that he would hang himself”, a PSB officer told this reporter. On Tuesday afternoon, there had been a democratic cadre appraisal of mid-level cadres, and these cadres had all voted there in the [PSB building’s] auditorium. “At that time, Qi Xiaolin and other leading cadres attended on the rostrum, and while they were checking the votes, he returned to his office. As the counting process took quite a while, nobody noticed that Qi hadn’t returned, or wondered why he didn’t come back.” It is said that Qi’s secretary wanted to ask him back to the meeting and found that he had hanged himself to death. He left no suicide note. Legal medical examinations and procurial organs found no doubts about the cause of death.

“祁晓林的确是有患病,但突然自缢却一点征兆也没有。”一位公安人员告诉记者,1月8日下午,广州市公安局中层干部集体民主评选干部,处以上干部都到公安 局礼堂内投票。“当时,祁晓林副局长与其他局领导在主席台上,验票时他回到了自己办公室。由于验票时间较长,没有人再留意到祁晓林最后没有到场,或者是为 什么没有到场”。据称,验票结束后祁晓林的秘书通知其回到会议上,进入办公室后,才发现祁晓林已自缢身亡。他生前没有留下遗书。经法医、检察机关勘查证 实,死亡原因无疑点。

Qi Xiaolin entered rural ranks after junior high school graduation, then entered police school, initially at Guangzhou Huangpu District PSB branch office, and rose from an ordinary policeman to become the branch office’s deputy political commissar and director, then switched to Fangcun PSB branch office to become its director, and then became Guangzhou Municipal PSB deputy party secretary and deputy director in 2003, ranking third in its hierarchy.


A senior people’s policeman told this reporter that “Qi Xiaolin was good at investigating criminal cases. During his time at Huangpu and Fangcun Districts, he solved important cases. After becoming deputy PSB director, he was mainly in charge of the traffic police, PSB internal security, the subway and liason with Tianhe District PSB branch office. The last public event he attended was on December 18, 2012, at the “National key internet media Guangdong line – Guangzhou scientific development implementation informative meeting”.

一位资深民警告诉羊城晚报记者:“祁晓林是侦办刑事案件的一把好手,他在黄埔区、芳村区时都曾破获大要案件。”祁晓林任广州市公安局副局长后,分管部门为 交警、内保、保卫、地铁,联系天河区公安分局。祁晓林最后一次出席公开活动是2012年12月18日在“全国重点网络媒体广东行——广州落实科学发展观情 况介绍会”上介绍广州社会治安情况。

There had been beliefs that Qi, having been in charge of traffic police for so long, was linked to corruption cases in this administrative field, but a people’s policeman said: “That’s not too likely. If there was such a link, he wouldn’t have been left in charge of car traffic administration.”


An old classmate said: “Qi Xia0lin was introverted, not very talkative. He frequently felt pain on his neck, didn’t sleep well, and I’ve heard his family people say that they had learned about his depression”. A people’s policeman said: “Qi Xiaolin was responsible for security work for a long time. There was a lot of pressure.”


Yangcheng Evening Post concludes the article with a statement from Wu Sha (吴沙), Guangzhou secretary of the political and law committee (see here for a “Global Times” news article in English). After his statement, Wu expressed his sympathy to Qi’s relatives.

The statement was apparently needed, not necessarily because of Qi Xiaolin as a person, but because of general suspicion against the PSB or public officials. Among those who have commented on Huanqiu Shibao on the story since yesterday, cynicism prevails. There are only six comments now – at least some more have been removed since. None of them is sympathetic, but eleven hours ago, “King Qin’s Warrior” had the last word so far with the only comment at a conflict of sorts with the others: Take severe measures against corruption, so that a prosperious people lives in the country at peace. Let the nation unite, and defend itself against foreign enemies.

According to Yangcheng Evening Post, Qi Xiaolin was born in September 1957, and was a native of Haiyang, Shandong Province.



» Partytalk, May 19, 2012
» Satisfaction of the People, Aug 16, 2009


Monday, November 7, 2011

Dead Cats and Rotten Fish: Guangzhou’s “Niuest” Nailhouse becomes History

Property Development

"On a blank sheet of paper free from any mark, the freshest and most beautiful characters can be written." (from JR's archive)

The story of Guangzhou’s most incredible or coolest (牛, niú) nail house, in Haizhu District (广州市海珠区) came to an end today, reports China National Radio (CNR). The owner, Li Xueju (李雪菊), had confirmed in an interview with Xinwen Zongheng news program‘s editor Cui Tianqi (刘祎辰) and Liu Yichen (刘祎辰) that she had just reached an agreement with the developers who had bought the landuse rights in an auction, in February 2006. The state broadcaster mentions that the editors had contacted Mrs Li late at night.

Yangcheng Evening Post (羊城晚报), a paper from Guangzhou itself, was naturally  faster – on Sunday, republished the paper’s report, with Yangcheng’s photo of Li, at broad daylight and in front of her house, rather than in the middle of the night.

Until 2006, Li ran a printing workshop to sustain her family – six brothers and sisters,  according to CNR, and her (hospitalized) father, according to Yangcheng Evening Post. Differences about proper compensation apparently arose because of the house’s commercial nature – the printing shop was located there -, and the two million Yuan RMB offered by the developers hadn’t satisfied Li. This had got the two sides into a 2,000-days stalemate. However, this hadn’t felt like a long time (然而,李雪菊说,真正折磨她的,并不是漫长的时光).

Li Xueju: How can I put this? It should rather be described as ‘time passed in fear’, because , beginning early in 2008, snakes and dead cats were thrown, then some gasoline was put here, and subsequently, a “moat” was dug.

A moat that surrounded the house, from October 2008 on, CNR adds (as happened in previous nail-house cases, too). Flying stones, fireworks and threats by some husky big guys (彪形大汉) had been applied too, according to media reports. All this had finally led to her decision, on October 13, to agree to the developer’s terms: the developer would provide arrange for a new place to live, pay the appropriate compensation, and help to find a new place for her shop.

Accusations that Li held out for so long to get a luxury replacement, and that she had never been very open, in her numerous interviews, about what she had been offered and what she had asked for, had emerged on the internet, according to CNR, to which Li replied that she had to insist on a replacement, given that their present home had been the only one for her and her family. Seven rooms within one place, not luxury, had been the issue.

Howsoever, Li and her six brothers and sisters had spent their last night at their old home, CNR remarks solomonically. After the five past year, Li was no longer reluctant to leave, but only wanted to take a picture as a keepsake of her old place.

Yangcheng Evening Post’s report is somewhat spicier than CNR’s (and in a way which is likely to strike a chord  with what appears to be a public sympathetic to nail houses owners anyway), in that they mention Li’s father’s funeral procession  – he died in January this year – through a landscape of bulldozers and under the gaze of the demolition teams (要在推土机和拆迁队的注视中, 给自己年迈的老父亲送葬), and adds rotten fish and dead lobsters to the account of things thrown at Li’s nailhouse during the siege.

The place she and her brothers and sisters will now move to will be a few hundred meters away from their old home. And although the photo showing her standing in front of the nail house leaves a reasonably harmonious impression, Yangcheng Evening Post quotes her as saying, “before, I didn’t know what fear is. But I’m beginning to learn” (以前,我从来都不知道害怕。现在,我开始会了).

Yangcheng Evening Post also reports some numbers. Something more than 500,000 Yuan in compensation plus a replacement house with a said market value of 1.2 million Yuan had been offered by the developers, the paper quotes Li. That would have amounted to 700,000 Yuan missing in her calculation.  (The CNR and Yangcheng reports seem to contradict each other as the amount on offer from the developers had been two million Yuan, according to CNR.)

City development is a hot spot for “social instability” in China. At times, people who lose their homes have to leave without either replacement or compensation, compensation may objectively be insufficient for relocation and continuing their trades. Given the lacking rule of law, public suspicion may either go into the direction that common people (nailhouse owners, in this case) had once again been screwed, or that astute and well-connected (even if rather “small”) business people get themselves an unfair advantage, given the hurry in which city development is moving on.

The CNR and Yangcheng reports don’t seem to portray Li Xueju in either of these fashions. She isn’t described as a cunning person (unless there’s something between the lines which escaped me), but she would be sufficiently well-connected to be no easy target either, by Chinese standards. She had once been president of the self-employed association (but with no indication of neighborhood, district, etc.), Yangcheng Evening Post quotes her.



» CCTV Homestories, March 2, 2011
» Modern Dictionary: Property Tycoons, November 22, 2010 (includes further related links)
» Zheng Yongnian about Farmland Reform, October 17, 2008


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Scientific: Salt, Autobahn, and Free Elections

The good news, for all the friends of free markets, is that Hong Kong is still a free market. Panic-buying in Hong Kong pushed up the retail price of salt to as high as HK$30 a catty, from the usual HK$2, according to the HK Standard (via ESWN). Eating lots of salt may help to ease your fear, but it can also kill you, if you eat too much of it, a warning tweet or other microblog post with a sad story from Zhejiang Province informs us.

Meantime, a saltrush in Guangdong Province has reportedly ebbed away, after several authorities in charge had refuted rumors (辟谣, pì yáo).

Or maybe it was rather once it dawned on the innocent (but chronically wary) buyers that they had been “fooled” yet again. On Friday, after the frenzy, Guangdong Provincial Price Bureau received complaints from citizens who wanted to return their salt bonanzas, and their money back, but were turned down by the retailers, reports the Yangcheng Evening Post (via Enorth). Inevitably, during the days of (occasional, I guess) panic, the Chinese retail market had turned out to be a very free market, too. Yangcheng Evening News also provides us with some salt statistics, courtesy Guangdong Provincial Salt Bureau (广东省盐务局).

The salt-buying frenzy began on March 16, at 2 p.m., and ended on March 18. But even though it lasted only for two days, it amounted to what would regularly be a one-month sales quantity. Some 1,000 tons were sold in Guangzhou on March 17. Normally, it would be 180 to 200 tons a day.

Seems that cool heads mostly prevailed in Guangzhou itself  – but then again, maybe there just wasn’t more salt on offer. Anyway, thinking of five Grannies instead of one buying salt, and near-empty shelves ahead, such situations probably have to lead to a strong sense of competition, for the survival of the fittest. Chaotic scenes were probably rather local phenomenons anyway, from Wednesday through Friday.

Let’s simplify this… how does a traffic jam occur? An experiment in Essen, Northrhine-Westphalia, tries to explain. All participating car drivers were told to keep an unvariable distance to each other, at a constant pace. It worked for ten minutes, which is actually quite good. The supervisor’s explanation: the bigger the differences in individual drivers’ pace, the more likely a jam will occur. On the Autobahn, car speeds differ widely.

Who caused the jam? Nobody knows. The driver who is to blame doesn’t know either. The jam occurs some fifteen to twenty cars further behind him or her. Once you get too close to the rear bumpers of the car in front of you, a chain reaction will occur behind you, as you have to brake, making the car behind you slamming on the brakes (more so than needed, maybe) obliging the next cars in the row to do likewise.

It’s a bit more complicated with buying frenzies, probably, because we have two circular flows here: the chain of buyers, and the stream of supplies.

But the moral of the story is the same: the buggers who cause the problems are likely to get away. Except for that anxious buyer in Zhejiang. He expired – or so the microblog quoted by ESWN is saying –

after taking in too much salt in order to ward off radiation. By the time that his family took him to the hospital, it was too late.

When nothing goes right, blame someone. A tweet as an example (please mind that China in itself is at various  mental developmental stages, and this may be meant seriously, or it may just be a bit of Jasmine fun):

This episode also shows that the Chinese government is failing its people.  The people want salt but there is no salt to be found anywhere.  This is the failure of the government.  If there were free elections, salt would be available to anyone who wants it anytime.

We have free elections in Germany, but we don’t have the universally five-lane autobahn we‘d like to have either.


Garlic Prices: to Buy is to Believe, May 14, 2010
Zigong (“Salt City”), Wikipedia


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Education Debate reaches Cosmic Dimensions

To parents, the question how their children will fare in life isn’t a trifle. But that alone doesn’t explain why Amy Chua (蔡美儿, Cài Měier), a Yale Law School professor and the child of ethnic Chinese migrants from the Philippines, has become a big topic in the international media. Chua related the recipes of her success as a mother to the readers of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and the gist of it is that her two daughters, Sophia and Louisa, were never allowed to

• attend a sleepover
• have a playdate
• be in a school play
• complain about not being in a school play
• watch TV or play computer games
• choose their own extracurricular activities
• get any grade less than an A
• not be the No. 1 student in every subject except gym and drama
• play any instrument other than the piano or violin.

Big deal. I know a number of children – mostly either from very religious families or children of academics – who are educated in similar ways here in Germany. Sometimes it seems to work, sometimes it doesn’t. When it does, the results are often remarkable. When it doesn’t, the results are sometimes disastrous. Education, in Germany, is similar to soccer. Every idiot has an “opinion” about it. Everywhere else, too, I guess. After all, we all once attended school.

I’m sure there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of parents in America whose “recipes to success” look very similar to Mrs Chua’s. That isn’t necessarily good. And it isn’t necessarily bad. The results depend on the children, and on their parents.

A blogger named Lloyd Lofthouse who taught English, journalism and reading in the American public schools from 1975 to 2005 and experienced the decline of the American family while working 60 to 100 hours a week teaching, writing lesson plans and correcting the work his students turned in, blames the Self-esteem Arm of Political Correctness (SAP) for the problems of education in America.

In America, any semblance of a parent’s freedom of choice of how to raise a child all but vanished starting in the 1960s when the Self-esteem Arm of Political Correctness (SAP) became the only acceptable way to act, think, and speak as a parent.

Parents that deviated from the self-esteem model were driven underground and Chua was perceptive enough to see that.

Amy Chua herself describes how tough she is or was as a mother, and explains what Lofthouse refers to as the SAP concept as follows:

First, I’ve noticed that Western parents are extremely anxious about their children’s self-esteem. They worry about how their children will feel if they fail at something, and they constantly try to reassure their children about how good they are notwithstanding a mediocre performance on a test or at a recital. In other words, Western parents are concerned about their children’s psyches. Chinese parents aren’t. They assume strength, not fragility, and as a result they behave very differently.

For example, if a child comes home with an A-minus on a test, a Western parent will most likely praise the child. The Chinese mother will gasp in horror and ask what went wrong. If the child comes home with a B on the test, some Western parents will still praise the child. Other Western parents will sit their child down and express disapproval, but they will be careful not to make their child feel inadequate or insecure, and they will not call their child “stupid,” “worthless” or “a disgrace.” Privately, the Western parents may worry that their child does not test well or have aptitude in the subject or that there is something wrong with the curriculum and possibly the whole school. If the child’s grades do not improve, they may eventually schedule a meeting with the school principal to challenge the way the subject is being taught or to call into question the teacher’s credentials.

Mr Lofthouse used to be a teacher. No wonder that Mrs Chua’s remarks struck a chord when he read them. But if all parents had subscribed to SAP while he was a teacher, Lofthouse would probably have worked 120 hours a week, and suffered a nervous breakdown or a fatal heart attack long before 2005. Or the parents would have had a word with the school principal, and have Mr Lofthouse fired.

The whole issue isn’t discussed in a way now that would benefit education, be it at home, be it in school. The “Chinese mothers are superior” theme is catchy, but it’s a sham package. Amy Chua herself points that out within the first paragraphs of her controversial article (even if only reluctantly):

I’m using the term “Chinese mother” loosely. I know some Korean, Indian, Jamaican, Irish and Ghanaian parents who qualify too. Conversely, I know some mothers of Chinese heritage, almost always born in the West, who are not Chinese mothers, by choice or otherwise. I’m also using the term “Western parents” loosely. Western parents come in all varieties.

But with the choice of the title of it, she has awarded her case all the makings of a bestseller. It’s president Obama’s sputnik moment in the field of education (and the public atmosphere that surrounds it), and therefore, it resonates with the public more, than if she had simply written a book of educational advice.

And that’s the problem. Issues of education, the question what kind of life a child should live, are not only a matter of ideology here (that’s unfortunatle, too, but normal anyway), but it has become a matter of global politics. This isn’t what Chua necessarily wants to happen, to be clear. She makes it very clear that achievement is good for a child as an individual. But it was foreseeable that the issue of how children could become beneficiaries of their own efforts wouldn’t become the focus of the debate. It’s  “America’s decline” or “China’s rise”.

That’s not only unfair to a child. It’s also unpractical.

Children aren’t raw material, or just different slices from the same batch of material. The “tough love” Chua preaches can have different effects on different children. Some will indeed never doubt that their parents love them after all, however tough the love may be. But others will.

Parents aren’t all the same either. Some may be sensitive and intelligent enough to soften or change their demands on their child, once their approach becomes destructive. But others won’t.

Yangcheng Evening Post (羊城晚报, Guangdong Province) took a more sober look at the issue a few days ago than Chua, her intercessors, or her opponents, even if not without some noticeable pride in the “Chinese (education) model” and its sudden relevance in America.  The paper ends its article by quoting Chen Kai (陈凯), an associate professor at the China University of Communication, who suggests that a synthesis of the two approaches of “too much criticism” and “too much praise (“批评太多”,一个是“表扬太多”) could be the most promising way.

Radicalism is no good when it comes to education. Debates beside the actual issue – the children – isn’t helpful either.


Why should young Children Learn Mandarin, July 2, 2009

Update / Related
[Jan. 30, 2011] “Empower, don’t enslave them”, Tina Tsai, January 13, 2011

[April 8, 2011] The link behind Tina Tsai’s link currently leads to a (justified or not) “attack-page” warning  –


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lots of Face: The unreciprocating Dear Leader

To all who hadn’t noticed, the Chinese Communist Party revealed yesterday that North Korea’s Dear Leader Kim Jong-il had indeed been on an unofficial visit to China. According to Singapore’s Morning News, Kim had been treated with more honors than usual for non-state-visits: he had met with all nine members of the CCP politburo’s standing committee, and party and state chairman Hu Jintao had personally accompanied him on a visit to a high-tech company in Beijing.

Kim in the Computer Room

The North Koreans have advanced technology of their own

Morning News reports that the name of his third son Kim Jong-un, frequently believed to be Kim’s probable successor, wasn’t on the delegation’s name list published in Beijing. “Concerned-with scholars” in Beijing (probably means: politologists, koreanologists etc.) believe that Kim, for health and other reasons, wanted to notify Beijing about who he had chosen as his successor. (According to the L.A. Times, he was seeking Beijing’s – unlikely*)blessing to install Kim Jong-un as his successor.)

In any case, the concerned-with scholars quoted by Morning News believe that no matter which amount of help has been pledged to Kim, the Chinese leaders had certainly given him a lot of face, leaving the impression on the outside world that “China firmly supports [North] Korea”.

But Beijing apparently apparently got nothing in return, writes Morning News, apparently still quoting scholars. The visit, not too long after the Cheonan sinking, possibly dissatisfied Seoul and Washington, and brought no commitment from Pyongyang’s side to return to the six-party nuclear talks. This could make China’s efforts in this field look questionable to the outside world. The high-level reception for Kim probably didn’t pay (不偿失) for Beijing.

As for Chinese concerned-with scholars, Peter Ford of the Christian Science Monitor was apparently allowed to quote some Chinese scholars by name.

“Kim knows that we don’t like him but that we need him,” suggests Cai Jian, deputy head of the Center for Korean Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai. “So he kidnaps China and blackmails us.”


When Prime Minister Wen visited Pyongyang this past October, he promised a $200 million line of credit and a string of investment projects, but analysts here say there have been no signs that the aid has been forthcoming.
“They need aid more than ever, and it seems that China is the only possible source,” says Professor Cai.

“Without Chinese aid North Korea cannot survive,” adds Chen Fengjun, a North Korea expert at Peking University’s School of International Studies.


“We have to help Kim solve his problems,” says Professor Chen. “If we push North Korea towards the American side, that could endanger Chinese security. We have to keep Kim on our side to ensure North Korea’s stability. They are neighbors, and we need good relations with them whether they are good or bad neighbors.”

The North Korean side states that its position of a nuclear-free Korean peninsula hasn’t changed, titles Guangzhou’s Yangcheng Evening Post. Yangcheng also lists the Five Points of Cooperation suggested by Hu Jintao during Kim’s visit – from the usual toolkit, but apparently at least four of them aimed at getting some more realtime information about the dear leadership’s sometimes surprising plans and decisions, and one point about broadening cultural exchange.


*) Korea Daily News contains some similar speculation: “If Kim goes to China to request economic aid, Beijing will definitely demand something in return, which is highly likely to be economic reforms and an end to hereditary succession.”


Good Ganbu’s Friday Nights, November 29, 2010

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