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Monday, March 16, 2020

New Diplomatic Normal: “Give your esteemed Country’s Voters an Explanation”

Latest diplomatic hero: Zhang Xiao,
ambassador to Kazakhstan

The following is a translation published by Guanchazhe online (观察者网, Shanghai) on Monday, covering a Facebook post written by China’s ambassador to Kazakhstan, Zhang Xiao (张霄).

Diplomats, and especially Chinese diplomats, are usually the last officials who like to become noisy, but the times are changing, and so are the demands on them. The recent behavior of Chinese ambassadors, most notoriously the one to Sweden, Gui Congyou, should probably not be seen as populism, at least not in a classical sense.

Such explosions aren’t temper tantrums. They are attempts to intimidate other stakeholders, preferably smaller countries. Charm offensives aren’t completely out, but mostly restricted to “friendly” countries like Cambodia, Myanmar, or Pakistan.

Therefore, we should probably think of this as beauty contests on Xi Jinping’s catwalk – the new diplomatic normal, prescribed by the center. (A recall of Chinese ambassadors will just lead to another guy doing his best, so waste no time on it.)

Zhang Xiao’s facebook post, and Zhao Lijian‘s Tweet (referred to in the following Guanchazhe article) are somewhat different from Gui Congyou’s in that they apparently aren’t trying to pressurize a smaller country, but rather to excel in a global opinion struggle, and to impress their superiors.

Main link: Ambassador to Kazakhstan shows his dislike for America: a waste of the time won by China (我国驻哈萨克斯坦大使怼美国:浪费中国赢得的时间)

As some of America’s high-ranking officials and members of the House of Representatives have repeatedly talked about a “China virus” as a way to use it as a stigma, another Chinese diplomat strikes back on social media abroad.

【文/观察者网 齐倩】在美国部分高官、议员多次将新冠肺炎污名化为“中国病毒”后,又一中国外交官在国外社交媒体上发出回击。

On March 14, our country’s ambassador to Kazachstan, Zhang Xiao, denounced America of only caring about vilifying and slandering China, wasting precious time that China had earned the world.

3月14日,我国驻哈萨克斯坦大使张霄也在脸书用俄语发声,指责美国在疫情初期只顾诋毁诽谤中国,白白浪费了中方用生命为世界赢来的宝贵时间。

He also pointed straight away at America’s epidemic data as being “too watered-down”, yelling that America’s government should be public and transparent, not politicize the virus, or swing pans around and seek scapegoats!

他还直指美国的疫情数据“掺了太多水”,喊话美国政府要公开透明,不要将病毒政治化,也不要再甩锅找替罪羊了!

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention director previously conceded that Americans who died from influenza had in fact suffered from COVID-19 pneumonia, and after this matter had been exposed, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian had written five tweets in a row on Twitter in the evening of March 12, both in Chinese and English, fuming at America that you owe us an explanation!

美国疾控中心主任此前承认美国有流感死者可能实患新冠肺炎,此事被曝光之后,外交部发言人赵立坚12日晚在推特上,用中英双语连发5条推文怒怼美国:欠我们一个解释!

In his tweet, Zhang Xiao shouted at America’s government: In the early stages of COVID-19 pneumonia epidemic, what did you do? Still infatuated with geopolitical games, domestic political agendas and slanders against China. You have wasted precious time that China had earned the countries of the world, including your country.

张霄在贴文中喊话美国政府:新冠肺炎疫情初期你们在干什么?仍醉心于地缘政治游戏、国内政治议程和诽谤中国。你们浪费了中国用生命为世界所有国家,包括你们在内,赢得的宝贵时间。

Zhang Xiao also attacked American data for not being transparent. He said that the American government had been confident that health officials’ warnings were lies, claiming that the situation was under control. By now, the COVID-19 virus had already spread into more than 40 US states, and you are losing your head out of fear right away.

张霄还抨击美国数据不公开透明。他表示,美国政府笃定本国卫生官员的预警是“谎言”,坚称局势已在控制中。而现在,新冠病毒已在美国40多个州蔓延,“你们马上变得惊慌失措”。

According to CNN’s latest reports, combined data from the respective US state governments and the CDC say that in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. had at least 3,482 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of who at least 65 people had died. West Virginia remained the only state without confirmed cases.

据美国有线新闻网(CNN)最新报道,综合各州政府机构和疾控中心(CDC)数据,在49个州、波多黎各、美属维尔京群岛和华盛顿特区至少有3482例新冠肺炎确诊病例,至少65人死亡。西弗吉尼亚州仍然是唯一一个没有确诊病例的州。

It is worth noting that CDC data have stopped as of March 13: 1,629 confirmed cases, 41 deaths. (Guanchazhe online note: US CDC stopped updating updating data on the weekend.

值得注意的是,美国疾控中心(CDC)的数据仍停留在3月13日:确诊病例1629例,死亡41例。(观察者网注:美国疾控中心周末停止更新数据。)

Zhang Xiao said that all the same, American scientists had confirmed themselves that many many people who had died of influenza were really victims of the COVID-19 virus, making the actual number of deaths from COVID-19 much higher,

张霄称,然而美国的科学家自己也证实,许多死于流感的人实际上是新冠病毒的受害者,所以实际死亡人数要多得多。“你们的数据里水分太多,谈何透明?”

[Apparently a caption of the Facebook entry:] The ridiculous thing is that facing an epidemic disease, your esteemed country has not taken emergency measures to mend the leaks, but shifted the responsibility to China, calling it “China virus”. Such a careless conclusion will inevitably raise suspicions among the popular feelings.

“可笑荒谬的是,面对流行病,贵国没有采取紧急措施来弥补和修补漏洞,而是把责任推给了中国,称其为“中国病毒”。如此草率地下结论,不免让人心生怀疑。” [End of caption]

He also continued to call on experts from all countries of the world to carry out research about the origin of the virus, and the truth would eventually come to light [literally: become clear under heaven]. What we must do now is that all countries unite, jointly resist the virus, but not shirk responsibility! There must be no pan-swinging and scapegoating again!

他还继续呼吁,各国专家都在对病毒起源进行研究,真相终将大白于天下。现在我们需要做的事情,就是各国团结一致,共同对抗病毒,而不是推卸责任。不要再甩锅找替罪羊了!

With the American epidemic becoming more serious day by day, Zhang Xiao [rhetorically] asked if your esteemed country’s lack of face masks, gloves, test reagents, equipment, and goods supplies and even the stock market crash were also China’s fault? It is time now to give your esteemed country’s voters and the international community an explanation, “what are you actually hiding?”

对于美国日趋严峻的疫情,张霄称,贵国缺乏口罩、手套、测试试剂和设备物资,甚至股市崩盘,这也是中国的错吗?现在是时候给贵国选民和国际社会一个交待了,“你们到底隐瞒了什么?”

Closing, Zhang Xiao explained that America’s government, as a result of its negligence in epidemic prevention, wasted the time China had gained for the world, and urged the US not to continue this kind of meaningless trick, because politicizing the virus would make the situation worse.

最后张霄重申,美国政府在防疫上的粗心大意,导致白白浪费了中国为世界赢得的时间,并敦促美国不要继续这种无意义的把戏,因为将病毒政治化会使情况变得更糟。

The virus is awful, even the strongest countries of the world won’t be able to withstand its blow. We must always remember not to expectorate into the well (not to do stupid things).

“病毒是可怕的,即使是世界上最强大的国家也会不堪一击。我们要永远记住,不要往井里吐痰(不要做蠢事)。”

Earlier,  high-ranking American officials and Members of the House of Representatives had, in disregard of WHO appeals, deliberately talked about a “China virus” as a way to use it as a stigma. According to a report on the Chinese embassy to Kazakhstan’s website, Zhang Xiao had forcefully stated his dislike of American politicans’ ridiculous statements as early as on March 9, saying that the COVID-19 virus had torn off America’s cold-blooded, hypocritical and arrogant mask.*)

此前,美国部分高官、议员多次无视世卫组织呼吁,故意将新冠肺炎污名化为“中国病毒”。据中国驻哈萨克斯坦大使馆网站报道,早在3月9日,张霄就在脸书力怼美国政客的荒谬发言,称新冠病毒撕下了美国冷血、虚伪和傲慢的面具。

Moreover, countering the so-called “virus’ orgin” controversy, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a reply on a regular press conference on March 13 that “we notice that recently, there have been discussions about the source of the virus. Individual high US government officials and Members of Congress are using this as a pretext for all kinds of false and irresponsible remarks to discredit and to attack China, to which we are resolutely opposed. In fact, the international community including America, have different views of the virus’ origin. China has always taken the view that this is a scientific issue and that we need to listen to scientific and professional opinions.”

另外,针对所谓“病毒起源”的争论,外交部发言人耿爽在3月13日召开的外交部例行记者会上回应称,“我们注意到,最近一段时间有一些关于新冠病毒源头的讨论。个别美国政府高官和国会议员借此发表种种不实和不负责任的言论,抹黑攻击中国,我们对此坚决反对。事实上,国际社会包括美国国内,对病毒源头问题有不同看法。中方始终认为,这是一个科学问题,需要听取科学和专业的意见。”

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*) This doesn’t seem to make sense, but it’s how I’m reading it.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

A Violator of the Central Committee’s Eight-Point Frugality Code

The following is a translation of a “People’s Daily” notice, published on Friday, concerning the results of an investigation of Dai Zigeng, a journalist and party cadre. The South China Morning Post had reported on the opening of the investigation last year.

Just look at the decadent width of that easy chair.
(Photo source: Tweet by “People’s Daily”)

It is hard to tell how factual – and if factual, how unusual – the offenses Dai is accused of actually are. Certainly, his cultural role (not least in founding Beijing News / 新京报) seems to suggest that he was a comparatively liberal offical.

Main link:
Dai Zigeng, Beijing Cultural Investment Development Group Co. Ltd.’s former general manager, removed from party and public office (北京文投集团原总经理戴自更被开除党籍和公职)

People’s Daily online, Beijing, March 6 — According to the Beijing CPC Commission for Discipline Inspection, and following Beijing Municipal Committee’s approval, Beijing Commission for Discipline Inspection has started an investigation against former Beijing Cultural Investment Development Group Ltd‘s former deputy party secretary, deputy board of director, and general manager Dai Zigeng, for issues of seriously violating discipline.

人民网北京3月6日电 据北京市纪委监委消息,日前,经北京市委批准,北京市纪委监委对北京市文化投资发展集团有限责任公司原党委副书记、副董事长、总经理戴自更严重违纪违法问题进行了立案审查调查。

Upon investigation, Dai Zigeng violated political discipline and practices, resisted organizational examination, violated the Central Committee’s eight-point frugality code‘s spirit, obtained, held and actually used golf club membership cards, organized and participated in banquets paid for with public funds, highly consumptive pasttime activities, held meetings exceeding the standards, didn’t report personal matters in accordance with the facts, left and entered the country without permission, owned shares of non-listed companies, obtained huge profits, violated national and collective interests by allocating and buying dwellings, violated rules against holding concurrent posts, accepting options, not fulfilling his duties in party propaganda work properly, creating a bad influence, sought after vulgar delights, had improper sexual relationships with others, forged identity documents, made use of authority to obtain benefits in other peoples’ interests, accepting other peoples’ belongings of immense value.

经查,戴自更违反政治纪律和政治规矩,对抗组织审查;违反中央八项规定精神,违规取得、持有、实际使用高尔夫俱乐部会员卡,违规组织、参加用公款支付的宴请、高消费娱乐活动,超标准举办会议;不如实报告个人有关事项,未经批准出入国(边)境;拥有非上市公司股份,获取巨额收益,在分配、购买住房中侵犯国家、集体利益,违规兼职取酬,收受他人给予的期权;在党的宣传工作中,不正确履行职责,造成不良影响;追求低级趣味,造成不良影响,与他人发生不正当性关系;伪造身份证件;利用职权便利为他人谋取利益,收受他人财物,数额特别巨大。

As a leading party cadre, Dai Zigeng seriously violated political discipline, the spirit of the Central Committee’s eight-point frugality code, organizational discipline, honesty discipline, work discipline, life discipline, constituting offenses on duty and suspected bribery. Moreover, he wouldn’t moderate himself after the CPC’s 18th national conference, and irreverently and unrestrainedly ignore his irregular and vile behavior, its serious circumstances, the damage to the party’s course and image, all of which must be seriously handled.  In accordance with the “Regulation of the Communist Party of China on Disciplinary Actions”, the “Supervision Law of the People’s Republic of China”, and other relevant rules. After the Municipal Committee’s study meeting and approval, it was decided to punish Dai Zigeng by expulsion from the party, that the Beijing Commission for Discipline Inspection should sanction him by removal from public office, by seizing his illegal incomes, that his suspected  crime issues shall be transferred to the inspection organs for for investigation and prosecution in accordance with the law, and belongings be transferred in the course of the case.

戴自更身为党员领导干部,严重违反党的政治纪律、中央八项规定精神、组织纪律、廉洁纪律、工作纪律、生活纪律,构成职务违法并涉嫌受贿犯罪,且在党的十八大后不收敛、不收手,在党的十九大后不知敬畏、不知止,其违纪违法行为性质恶劣、情节严重,给党的事业和形象造成严重损害,应予严肃处理。依据《中国共产党纪律处分条例》、《中华人民共和国监察法》等相关规定,经市纪委常委会会议研究并报市委批准,决定给予戴自更开除党籍处分;由市监委给予其开除公职处分;收缴其违纪违法所得;将其涉嫌犯罪问题移送检察机关依法审查起诉,所涉财物随案移送。

Dai Zigeng’s CV

戴自更简历

Dai Zigeng, male, Han nationality, born in September 1963 in Zhejiang Province, Ninghai, CPC party membership in June, 1986, joined part work in August 1988.

戴自更,男,汉族,1963年9月出生,浙江宁海人,1986年6月加入中国共产党,1988年8月参加工作。

1988.08 – 2002.12 Successively holding posts as Guangming Daily chief editor’s office editor, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region correspondent, journalism department editor, Guangdong correspoondent, deputy office director and director

1988.08-2002.12 历任光明日报社总编室编辑,新疆维吾尔自治区记者站记者,记者部编辑,广东记者站记者、副站长、站长

2002.12 – 2003.11 directly subordinated to Guangming Daily Group work departmental director (deputy office rank)

2002.12-2003.11 光明日报社直属报刊社工作部主任(副局级)

2003.11 – 2006.01 Guangming Daily Group work departmental director and Beijing News Group director

2003.11-2006.01 光明日报社直属报刊社工作部主任、新京报社社长

2006.01 – 2006.07 Guangming Daily Group work department director, Beijing News Group director and chief editor

2006.01-2006.07 光明日报社直属报刊社工作部主任、新京报社社长、总编辑

2006.07 – 2012.05 Beijing News Group director and chief editor

2006.07-2012.05 新京报社社长、总编辑

2012.05 – 2017.08 Beijing News Group director (administrative bureau level)

2012.05-2017.08 新京报社社长(正局级)

2017.08 – … Beijing Cultural Investment Development Group Co. Ltd. deputy party secretary, deputy chairman of board of directors, general manager, member of 13th Municipal Consultative Conference

2017.08- 北京文化投资发展集团有限责任公司党委副书记、副董事长、总经理;十三届市政协委员

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Taiwan’s Anti-Infiltration Act (反滲透法): an Attempt to Translate

A word of warning: this is a try to get an understanding of Taiwan’s anti-infiltration law – it seems that there is no English translation of it online yet. However, I am no lawyer, my language skills are far from perfect, and this attempt to translate the Chinese-language original is nothing the reader should rely on.

The same is true for links within blockquotes – they may or may not be accurate either.

Your input will be most welcome. Here goes —

Published on 109-01-151)

公(發)布日期:109-01-15

Content:

Presidential Decree Hua-Tzung 1-Yi No. 10900004161
中華民國一百零九年一月十五日總統華總一義字第 10900004161 號令

Enacted and promulgated full text of twelve articles, to be in effect from day of promulgation.
制定公布全文 12 條;並自公布日施行

Article 1
第 1 條
To guard against infiltration and meddling by enemy forces from outside our borders, to ensure national security and social stability, to protect the Republic of China’s sovereignty and its free democratic constitutional order, this law is specifically formulated.
為防範境外敵對勢力之滲透干預,確保國家安全及社會安定,維護中華民國主權及自由民主憲政秩序,特制定本法。

Article 2
第 2 條
Definition of this law’s wording:
本法用詞定義如下:
1, Enemy forces from outside our borders: refers to countries, political entities or groups at war or in military confrontation with our country.
一、境外敵對勢力:指與我國交戰或武力對峙之國家、政治實體或團體。
This also applies to countries, political entities or groups which advocate the use of non-peaceful means to harm our country’s sovereignty.
主張採取非和平手段危害我國主權之國家、政治實體或團體,亦同。
2, Sources of infiltration:
二、滲透來源:
(1) Enemy forces governments outside our borders and their affiliated organizations, institutions or dispatched persons.
(一)境外敵對勢力之政府及所屬組織、機構或其派遣之人。
(2) Enemy forces political parties or other organizations, groups or dispatched persons making demands for political goals.
(二)境外敵對勢力之政黨或其他訴求政治目的之組織、團體或其派遣之人。
(3) All organizations, institutions and groups which are established or essentially controlled by the organizations, institutions and groups [mentioned] in the two previous items.
(三)前二目各組織、機構、團體所設立或實質控制之各類組織、機構、團體或其派遣之人。

Article 3
第 3 條
No one must receive instructions, be entrusted or receive financial support, be donated to, or have funds provided for referendum-related activities2), from or by infiltration sources.
任何人不得受滲透來源之指示、委託或資助,捐贈政治獻金,或捐贈經費供從事公民投票案之相關活動。
Offenders against these rules will be sentenced to prison terms up to five years and up to 10 million NT$.
違反前項規定者,處五年以下有期徒刑,得併科新臺幣一千萬元以下罰金。

Article 4
第 4 條
No one must receive instructions, be entrusted or receive financial support from or by infiltration sources, for activities covered by article 43 of the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act, or article 45 of the Civil Servants Election And Recall Act.
任何人不得受滲透來源之指示、委託或資助,為總統副總統選舉罷免法第四十三條或公職人員選舉罷免法第四十五條各款行為。
Offenders against the aforementioned rules will be sentenced to prison terms up to five years and up to 10 million NT$.
違反前項規定者,處五年以下有期徒刑,得併科新臺幣一千萬元以下罰金。

Article 5
第 5 條
No one must receive instructions, be entrusted or receive financial support from or by infiltration forces to carry out activities as under article two of the Lobbying Act.
任何人不得受滲透來源之指示、委託或資助,進行遊說法第二條所定之遊說行為。
Offenders against the aforementioned rules will be sentenced to fines of more than 500,000, and up to five million NT$.
違反前項規定者,處新臺幣五十萬元以上五百萬元以下罰鍰。
Offenders against the first rule3), lobbying on issues concerning defense, diplomacy and mainland affairs and national security or state secrets, will be sentenced to up to three years in prison and a NT$ 5 million fine.
違反第一項規定,就國防、外交及大陸事務涉及國家安全或國家機密進行遊說者,處三年以下有期徒刑,得併科新臺幣五百萬元以下罰金。
Fines concerning the second rule are in correspondence with article 19 of the Lobbying Act.
第二項所定之罰鍰,由遊說法第二十九條規定之機關處罰之。

Article 6
第 6 條
Any person receiving instructions, being entrusted or receiving financial support from or by infiltration sources to contravene Criminal Code article 149 to 153, or the Assembly and Parade Act’s articles 31 shall have his sentence increased by one half.
任何人受滲透來源之指示、委託或資助,而犯刑法第一百四十九條至第一百五十三條或集會遊行法第三十一條之罪者,加重其刑至二分之一。

Article 7
第 7 條
Offenders who receive instructions, being entrusted or receiving financial support from or by infiltration forces and contravene Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act Chapter 5 or Civil Servants Election And Recall Act Chapter 5, shall have their sentences increased by one half.
受滲透來源之指示、委託或資助,而犯總統副總統選舉罷免法第五章、公職人員選舉罷免法第五章或公民投票法第五章之罪者,加重其刑至二分之一。

Article 8
第 8 條
Legal persons, groups or other institutions in contravention of articles 3 to 7, will have the persons in charge be punished, and these legal persons, groups or institutions will be fined with amounts as stipulated by the respective articles.
法人、團體或其他機構違反第三條至第七條規定者,處罰其行為負責人;對該法人、團體或其他機構,並科以各條所定之罰金或處以罰鍰。

Article 9
第 9 條
Infiltration sources handling activities as of articles 3 to 7 or which instruct, entrust or financially support others to contravene articles 3 to 7 will be cut off based on the respective articles.
滲透來源從事第三條至第七條之行為,或指示、委託或資助他人從事違反第三條至第七條之行為,依各該條規定處斷之。
This also applies to any person receiving infiltration sources’ instructions, who are entrusted or financially aided by them, or who pass such instructions, missions or financial aids on to others.
任何人受滲透來源指示、委託或資助而再轉指示、委託或資助者,亦同。

Article 10
第 10 條
Offenders who turn themselves in or who confess during investigations or court hearings, shall have their punishment reduced. Those who turn themselves in and prevent major damage to national security or interests shall be exempted from punishment.
犯本法之罪自首或於偵查或審判中自白者,得減輕或免除其刑;自首並因而防止國家安全或利益受到重大危害情事者,免除其刑。

Article 11
第 11 條
All levels of government organs with cases contravening articles 3 to 9 should actively transfer their cases to, or inform, the prosecutors office, or police and justice administration, for investigation.
各級政府機關知有違反第三條至第九條之情事者,應主動移送或函送檢察機關或司法警察機關偵辦。

Article 12
第 12 條
This law comes into effect on the day of its promulgation.
本法自公布日施行。

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Notes

1) Year 109, i. e. 1911 (the year of the Wuchang Uprising): 1911 + 109 = 2020.
2) I’m not sure if this is about referendums, or about other votes, too.
3) Apparently the two rules following each other within the Lobbying Act, Article 2.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

News from “People’s Daily’s” Be-afraid-lazy-Cadre Column

1. News item

CPC News Website, Beijing, March 2, 15:17. (Ren Jiajun reporting.) According to “Hubei Daily’s” WeChat public account, Hubei provincial prison administration office held a cadre meeting and announced the provincial party committee’s and the provincial party committee’s organization department’s decision:

中国共产党新闻网北京3月2日电 (任佳晖)据《湖北日报》微信公众号消息,今日下午,湖北省监狱管理局召开干部会议,宣布省委和省委组织部决定:

Comrade Jia Shisong is appointed the provincial court office’s party committee member, provincial prison administrative bureau party secretary, and its director.  Comrade Dong Yuhua is appointed provincial prison administration bureau deputy party secretary and political commissar;

贾石松同志任省司法厅党委委员、省监狱管理局党委书记、局长,董煜华同志任省监狱管理局党委副书记、政治委员;

Comrade Hao Aimin is removed from his posts as provincial court office party committee member, as provincial prison administrative bureau party secretary, and its director. Comrade Hu Chenghao is removed from his posts as provincial prison administration bureau party committee member, as provincial prison administration bureau’s deputy party secretary, and as the bureau’s director,

免去郝爱民同志的省司法厅党委委员、省监狱管理局党委书记、局长职务,免去胡承浩同志的省监狱管理局党委委员、副局长职务,

Comrade Zhang Xinhua is removed from his posts as provincial prison administration bureau party committee member, and as political department director.

免去张新华同志的省监狱管理局党委委员、政治部主任职务。

The column’s red keywords are about personnel (人事), anti-corruption (反腐), and examination (观察). The items can be found on “People’s Daily’s” main page, some scrolls down and to the right.

2. Background

Fourteen minutes before “CPC News Website” (i. e. “People’s Daily”) published the appointment and removal notices, “China News Service”, a “state-level” news agency, published an article with details about the removed cadres’ alleged shortcomings.

Here’s a translation by “Teller Report” (no warranty for correctness), and the original article.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

COVID-19, new Diagnostics, statistical Effects, and some Leap of Faith

China’s explanation that a jump in the number of new COVID-19 infections can be explained with new diagnostic methods is meeting with a leap of faith in official Kiev. Radio Ukraine International, via WRMI on February 14 (Febr 13 local time in the US) reported in its “Ukrainian Perspective” program that

[a]s of February 13, 60,331 confirmed cases of the novel corona virus COVID-19, including 1,369 lethal cases, have been registered worldwide. The Ukrainian health ministry attributes the [ .. not readable] increase in the number of COVID-19 cases to a new diagnostic method deployed in the Hubei province. In addition to the test and specific symtoms screening, the method includes computer-assisted lung tomography to help detect pneumonia caused by the virus. So far, there have been no confirmed laboratory cases in in Ukraine, the health ministry reported on Thursday.
[…]

The report in full – with some shortwave background noise – can be found under the following link for a while. Please click the icon.

The report also quotes Ukraine’s prime minister, who addressed the issue of evacuating Ukrainians from Hubei province, and possible health risks for Ukraine that needed to be ruled out when the evacuations were carried out.

German television’s flagship news program “Tagesschau”, with a status in Germany comparable to “Xinwen Lianbo’s” in China, also attributed the rise in statistically recorded cases to the new diagnostic measures in a report on Thursday, but took a more distanced stance in the second part of the report, when addressing “revised diagnostic results” (“überarbeitete” Diagnoseergebnisse) announced by Hubei’s provincial government.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Chinese Foreign Ministry’s online press conference on Friday, foreign-support statistics

Translation Chinese-English, main Link: 外交部:已有33个国家政府和4个国际组织向中方提供了疫情防控医疗物资

China Daily, February 14, reporter Zhou Jin — Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press conference, conducted online, that 33 national governments and 4 international organizations have supplied China with medical goods for preventing and controlling the epidemic situation.

中国日报2月14日电(记者 周瑾)外交部发言人耿爽14日在网上例行记者会上表示,已有33个国家政府和4个国际组织向中方提供了疫情防控医疗物资,中方对于来自国际社会,特别是来自其他发展中国家的真诚友善的支持和帮助表示欢迎和感谢。

A reporter asked: Can you make public how many national governments have supplied China with medical goods for preventing and controlling the epidemic situation?

有记者问:你能否透露截至目前有多少国家的政府向中方提供抗疫援助物资?

Geng Shuang said that facing the epidemic, China mainly relies on its own strength, and we have the confidence and abilities to do that. At the same time, we express our welcome and thanks for international community’s support and help, particularly from other developing countries.

耿爽表示,面对疫情,中方主要依靠自身的力量应对,我们对此有信心、有能力。同时,对于来自国际社会,特别是来自其他发展中国家的真诚友善的支持和帮助,我们都表示欢迎和感谢。

Geng Shuang explained that according to our diplomatic channels, 33 national governments and 4 international organizations have supplied China with medical goods for preventing and controlling the epidemic situation, including Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Cambodia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Suriname, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the USA, Uzbakistan, Vietnam, the European Union, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Organization for Migration.

耿爽介绍说,根据我们从外交渠道掌握的情况,截至2月14日中午12时,已有33个国家政府和4个国际组织向中方提供了疫情防控医疗物资,包括:阿尔及利亚、澳大利亚、白俄罗斯、柬埔寨、加拿大、埃及、法国、德国、加纳、匈牙利、印度尼西亚、伊朗、意大利、日本、韩国、哈萨克斯坦、马来西亚、尼泊尔、新西兰、巴基斯坦、菲律宾、俄罗斯、新加坡、苏里南、塔吉克斯坦、泰国、特立尼达和多巴哥、土耳其、阿联酋、英国、美国、乌兹别克斯坦、越南,欧盟、联合国儿童基金会、联合国开发计划署、国际移民组织。

According to his explanations, 17 national governments and 1 international organization had relevant medical supplies to China, including Austria, Brazil, the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Norway, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovenia, and the United Nations Population Fund.

据他介绍,有17个国家政府和1个国际组织宣布将向中方提供相关医疗物资,包括:奥地利、巴西、刚果(布)、哥斯达黎加、捷克、丹麦、厄瓜多尔、爱沙尼亚、肯尼亚、吉尔吉斯斯坦、拉脱维亚、挪威、巴勒斯坦、卡塔尔、沙特阿拉伯、塞尔维亚、斯洛文尼亚,联合国人口基金。

He said that the governments of Chile, Equatorial Guinea, North Korea, the Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vanuatu, and the United Nations’ institutions in China had also given China financial and material support. Many people from many countries’ societies, from all walks of life, overseas Chinese, Chinese-invested companies, Chinese overseas students etc. had also given a lot of support in a number of ways.

他称,此外,智利、赤道几内亚、朝鲜、马尔代夫、蒙古、缅甸、瓦努阿图等国政府和联合国驻华机构也向中方提供了其他形式的资金和物质支持。很多国家社会各界友好人士、华侨华人、中资企业、中国留学生等也通过各种方式提供了大量支持。

他称,此外,智利、赤道几内亚、朝鲜、马尔代夫、蒙古、缅甸、瓦努阿图等国政府和联合国驻华机构也向中方提供了其他形式的资金和物质支持。很多国家社会各界友好人士、华侨华人、中资企业、中国留学生等也通过各种方式提供了大量支持。

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Obituary: Li Wenliang, 1986 – 2020

One would like to deny it, but even the crudest of propaganda will leave tireless traces on the hard disks of generations. This defines the way Li Wenliang (李文亮), an eye doctor at Wuhan Central Hospital at his lifetime, will be collectively remembered – as a hero who served the people, not as a serious professional.

His death is a calamity, and so is the way he is going to live on in the people’s memory. The authorities didn’t see him in a position to do his job, unhampered by politics. The CCP can’t deal with professional attitudes – to the leadership and its fat cats at the grassroots, ordinary Chinese people are always children, and daddy (or stepdaddy) always knows better. And of course, only daddy must ever excel at his job – be it running the economy, be it running “vocational schools” for alleged “extremists” in Xinjiang, or be it handing down “instructions on how to handle the epidemic”.

Now, Li’s death is becoming a didactic play that flies into the face of the geniuses in Zhongnanhai. Not everything was wrong with the system. A month after Li had been reprimanded for going public (i. e. on the internet) with his medical findings, the Supreme People’s Court reportedly said that “[i]t might have been a fortunate thing if the public had believed the ‘rumors’ then and started to wear masks and carry out sanitization measures, and avoid the wild animal market.”

The unfortunate thing is that the People’s Court’s utterances come across as a try to defuse a dangerous idol – some kind of uncontrollable modernized Lei Feng, conceived and created outside the CPC’s laboratories. He isn’t a marginal idol – even CCTV is sobbing (supposedly, not only outside the Great Firewall of China).

Still, Zhongnanhai may continue to sleep well behind its firewalls. Not even “Sound of Hope”, a Falun-Gong affiliated radio station, appears to find much criticism of the central leadership online, be it because the usual screenplay – idiots at the grassroots, wise leaders at the top – is still effective, be it because the censors are doing a great job.

Li is reportedly survived by his pregnant wife and one child.

Li Wenliang, born in Liaoning Province on October 12, 1986, died in Hubei Province on February 6 or 7, 2020.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

CCTV News, Oct 12: High-Quality Employment

The following is a translation of a news item from CCTV‘s 19:00 h flagship newscast “Xinwen Lianbo”, titled Efforts in many fields for the steady realization of high-quality employment (多领域发力 稳步实现高质量就业, main link).

The statistics should be taken with some salt – there isn’t much reason to believe that Xi Jinping‘s “new era” (spelling higher pressure on regional and local officials to deliver victorious results) whould come with more accurate numbers than in the previous decade of collective leadership. However, the reports are probably not completely out of tune with daily lives either, because that would make for rather inefficient propaganda.

While CCTV apparently authored the news item, other websites have republished it, including that of the Chinese state council and Sina.com.

This news item came after coverage on Xi Jinping’s visit to India and his talks with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (items 1 and 2), and Li Keqiang chairing a session of the national energy commission (item 3).

It was then followed (and ideologically complemented) by news about cultural activities in all regions to promote “patriotism” (item 5), young students striving to become “keepers of the dream of national rejuvenation” (item 6), and visiting students from Hong Kong experiencing the great era and merging into national development (item 7).

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Familiar approach: “help companies’ rapid development – tax reductions set them free” – click photo for video

Xinwen Lianbo — Employment is the biggest livelihood of the people. From January to August this year, 9.84 million new jobs have been added at city and town levels, thus arriving at nearly ninety percent of the planned number this year. Behind the generally stable employment situation is increased employment quality and a richer development scene.

央视网消息(新闻联播):就业是最大的民生。今年1至8月,我国城镇新增就业984万人,完成了全年计划的近九成,就业形势整体稳定的背后,是就业更高质量、更充分发展的新图景。

As night falls, tourists in Yichang, Hubei Province, prepare to board a pleasure boat for a night trip on the Yangtze River.

夜幕降临,在湖北宜昌,游客们准备登游轮夜游长江。

One of the Yangtze nighttime travelling project’s features is that it has added two-hundred new jobs. A mountain light show put up by Hengpocun village at Pingyao, Shanxi Province, has not only kept all villagers from idling, but has also brought more than three-hundred villagers from peripheral villages into employment, too. The number of entities taking part in the Jiangnan1) “evening economy” has reached ten-thousand households and has brought more than 11,000 people into work.

宜昌一个长江夜游项目的推出,就增加了近200个就业岗位;山西平遥横坡村布设的山间灯光展,不仅让全村无闲人,还带动周边村庄300多人就业;济南参与“夜间经济”的市场主体达到1万户,带动就业超过11,000人。

The newly developing economy’s vitality broadens the scale of employment. The emergence of new industries and the upgradings of traditional ones create more high-class and more high-quality employment opportunities.

新兴经济的活力源,扩大着就业规模。而新产业的出现和传统产业的升级,创造着更多高层次和更高质量就业机会。

In a warehouse at Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, mechanical arm operator Wang Feifei runs about a dozen mechanical arms as scheduled. Once a manual worker packing the warehouse’s outgoing goods, the company’s production line mechanization upgrades have helped him to discover job upgrading opportunities, too. By taking part in training courses, he didn’t only rise from a worker’s position to that of an engineer, but his payment has also risen by nearly 40 percent.

在浙江嘉兴1的一家物流仓库,机械臂操作师王飞飞操纵着十几台机械臂有序忙碌着。曾经作为人工出库打包员的他,企业生产线的机械化升级,让他也发现了职业升级的机会。通过参加培训,他不仅从普通工人升级为了工程师,工资也增长了近40%。

Nowadays, more manpower is moving from traditional industries to the internet and digital economy, as well as to other new industries. The China Academy of Information and Communications Technology‘s (CAICT) “2019 China Digital Economy Development and Employment White Paper” shows that in 2018, China’s digital economy’s job number was at 191 million, with an increase widely above that of the overall number of newly created jobs nation-wide. A list published by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social security this year includes thirteen new professions, supporting people who are looking for more valuable and more personalized professional development.

如今,更多的劳动力从传统产业中转移出来,向互联网、数字经济等新行业发展。中国信息通信研究院发布的《中国数字经济发展与就业白皮书(2019年)》3显示,2018年中国数字经济领域就业岗位为1.91亿个,增速大大高于同期全国总就业规模增速。人社部今年公布了一张包含13个新职业的榜单,支持人们寻求更高价值、个性化职业发展。

Since this year, the state, by implementing more ample and more high-quality employment policies, has sustained pressure and compacting. To strengthen technical skills, 100 billion Yuan have been taken from unemployment insurance fund surpluses, to carry out skills upgrades and vocational retraining with a focus on university students, migrant workers and other key communities. Accurate classification and assistance in finding jobs, job security, universally beneficial tax cuts and non-wage labor cost reductions as well as other “burden reduction” measures have helped enterprises in keeping up their strength in creating jobs.

今年以来国家把实现更加充分、更高质量就业的政策持续压紧压实。强技能,国家从失业保险基金结余中拿出1000亿元实施职工技能提升和转岗转业培训;瞄重点,聚焦大学生、农民工等重点群体,精准分类,帮扶就业;稳岗位,实行普惠性减税、社保费率降低等一系列 “减负”措施,让企业就业承载力强。

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Notes

1) The actual CCTV script says “Jinan” (济南), which would be Shandong Province’s capital. This is probably a typo and should spell “Jiangnan”, i. e. the region south of the Yangze under this name.

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