The closing ceremony of the 4th meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC) was held in the afternoon of March 11, with 2895 votes in favor, 0 votes against and 1 abstention.
Radio Free Asia pointed out that in 1990, Deng Xiaoping said of Hong Kong, which had not yet been handed over to China, that he personally promised that “it would not change, it could not change. …… does not mean no change in the short term, but in the long term. It means no change in 50 years, and there is no reason to change after 50 years!”
Radio Free Asia commented that it has been less than 24 years since the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong to China, but Beijing passed the decision by an overwhelming margin of 0 votes against and 1 abstention, nominally to create a “new democratic electoral system with Hong Kong characteristics”, but in fact to “put a stop to the development of democratic politics” in Hong Kong.
Li Keqiang’s Question and Answer: Xi Jinping’s Three Embarrassments
Commentator Zhong Yuan recently wrote that every year when the National People’s Congress meets, the Premier of the Communist Party of China answers questions from reporters, which makes the General Secretary of the Communist Party embarrassed in at least three ways.
First, the CCP needs to use the two sessions to decorate the legitimacy of the ruling party, and can only try to put on a full fake show. The Premier of the CPC State Council, who gives a report at the NPC session, is naturally the obvious choice to attend the press conference, but this has also become a major embarrassment for the CPC General Secretary.
The Premier of the CPC State Council was introduced to the reporters for an interview, but he is not the real head of the CPC regime. The first-in-command General Secretary of the CCP cannot be unveiled at this time, mainly because the top brass of the CCP itself feels it is not legitimate. The general secretary of the CCP can be the president of the country, but this is a false title that is usually used only for foreign relations or signing so-called presidential decrees, and there is no arrangement to report to the NPC. The inability of the CCP’s general secretary to appear at the press conference of the two sessions is essentially the biggest embarrassment of all.
Secondly, if the No. 2 person speaks in a different tone, it will immediately lead to a hot debate, and the No. 1 person will also be very uncomfortable; and again, if the No. 2 person speaks out of line or even makes a mistake, the No. 1 person will also lose face. The second major embarrassment is that the No. 1 person is not 100% in control of the No. 2 person’s appearance.
There is a third specific embarrassment for the general secretary of the CCP. Li Keqiang is not actually in charge of overall foreign affairs, but he had to answer key questions about U.S.-China relations at the press conference. Although the Foreign Ministry is listed under the State Council, it is actually under Xi Jinping’s direct control.
“Thousand Talents Program 2.0: CCP to Push New Policies to Attract Top Overseas Talents
The Communist Party’s 14th Five-Year Plan considers the development of innovative science and technology as a strategic goal for China, and proposes specific measures to cultivate strategic scientific and technological talents and attract overseas high-end talents. Some experts believe that this talent program is an important extension of China’s “Thousand Talents Program.
In an interview with Radio Free Asia, U.S.-based Chinese economist Cheng Xiaonong said that the new policy of introducing talents in the new five-year plan is an extension of the “Thousand Talents Plan” that China has been pushing before, which is essentially to steal foreign intellectual property and advanced technology by “poaching” people. But the new talent program is more blatant than the previous “Thousand Talents Program”: “The so-called ‘poaching’, previously used technical spies, and then technical spies are strictly controlled by the U.S., the idea is to poach people, even people with Technology together with digging. The technology will be stolen naturally after the people are poached. The goal is still in key areas such as aerospace, artificial intelligence to catch up, all for the expansion of military preparedness.”
China’s program to bring in high-level overseas talent (commonly known as the “Thousand Talents Program”) was officially launched in 2008, and some of the Thousand Talents Program scholars have since come under the scrutiny of the FBI for alleged espionage in the U.S. Since 2018, the FBI has increased its surveillance of the Thousand Talents Program. Since 2018, the FBI has been increasing the number of arrests and prosecutions of Thousand Talents Program scholars. At the same time, the U.S. State Department has shortened visas for Chinese students studying in sensitive fields such as aviation and engineering from five years to one year.
The U.S. media exploded the Chinese Communist Party forced to demolish Alibaba, offering sky-high fines! Forced to cut Ma Yun
The Central News Agency (CNA) quoted the Wall Street Journal as reporting on the 12th that Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has angered Beijing authorities and his business empire has become a key target for consolidation. The Chinese Communist Party authorities are considering issuing record-breaking fines to force Alibaba to distance itself from Jack Ma.
The report said the Chinese authorities see Ant Group as a risk to the financial system and are determined to make serious changes that will seriously impact its growth prospects.
Compared with Ant Group, Alibaba is expected to be lifted high and put down softly. Officials with a grasp of Beijing’s top thinking say authorities don’t want to bring down a tech giant that is a household name in China and familiar to international investors, provided Alibaba draws a clear line with the outspoken and high-profile Jack Ma and moves closer to the Chinese Communist Party line.
China’s antitrust authorities are considering imposing a record fine on Alibaba, surpassing the $975 million fined to U.S. semiconductor major Qualcomm in 2015 for anti-competitive behavior, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the matter.
According to people familiar with the matter, Alibaba will also be required to stop its “two-for-one” practice, which the authorities have determined punishes merchants who also sell products on fellow platforms such as Jingdong. The authorities are also considering whether to require Alibaba to divest some of its assets that are not related to its online retail business. These consolidation measures would require approval from China’s top leadership.
Alibaba’s market value has evaporated by a quarter to more than $200 billion since Jack Ma angered Beijing authorities.
Chongqing University Recruits Undercover Students on Behalf of Police to Spy on Minority and Foreign Students’ Words and Behavior
Recently, Sichuan University of Foreign Studies in Chongqing announced in writing that it is recruiting “campus security information officers” who will be paid by the police to monitor security-related information on campus. The notice states that priority will be given to students who speak minority languages, and is understood to be a security initiative to facilitate surveillance of minority and foreign students.
Radio Free Asia reports that the security office of Sichuan International Studies University issued a written notice on Monday (8) that it plans to recruit three “campus security information officers” in each college, which it said is based on requests from higher-level public security authorities and is responsible for collecting and reporting information related to campus security and for maintaining political stability on campus.
The news said that previously, it is suspected that each class of the school has hidden an information officer to monitor the speech of students and teachers. This time, the open recruitment in the school is the school’s initiative to increase the number of information officers.
The notice states that recruitment is limited to sophomores, juniors and first-year students, and emphasizes that party members, student cadres, those who know small languages and those from poor families are preferred. The honorarium and bonus will be allocated by the Chongqing Public Security Bureau.
Mr. Zheng, a local source, told Radio Free Asia that the information officer system that Xi Jinping has been promoting on campus since he came to power is actually a way to plant informers among students.
Mr. Zheng said: “It’s very simple, the security information officer, the student part-time job, is the informer. The most important thing is that the students are the ones who are the informants of the so-called campus security.
The more houses, the worse? China’s property market faces three “bad news”
6, submitted to the Chinese Communist Party’s National People’s Congress for consideration of the “14th Five-Year Plan” and the 2035 visionary goals to promote the issue of real estate tax legislation. A real estate professional platform analysis, for people with multiple properties, under the premise of tightening property market regulation, the future may face three major bad news.
First, the future may be levied real estate tax, the more houses pay more tax.
In his “Property Tax Footsteps Approaching” published on January 4 this year, renowned economist Cheng Xiaonong pointed out that the Chinese Communist government is not an elected government, and the people have almost no binding power over the Communist Party. Once the government needs to levy a property tax on urban households, its need will become law and be enforced.
Second, second-hand houses will become “hard to sell” in the future.
The Housing World quotes data from the Chinese Communist Party’s Bureau of Statistics as saying that the area of commercial residential properties for sale in China is 224.16 million square meters, the current construction area of commercial residential properties is 60,703.31 million square meters, and the area of new construction of commercial residential properties is 1,171.93 million square meters. If we calculate according to 100 square meters per house, there are about 70 million houses for sale in the future.
For people who want to buy a house, there are many new houses to choose from, and this phenomenon may directly “press down” the price of housing, not only can’t sell, but also may appear “property for free” phenomenon.
Third, China’s housing prices may be adjusted in the future.
According to the analysis of Housing World, in recent years, the real estate control policies in first and second-tier cities have been tightened, and various strict restrictions have been imposed on local Home purchases. Many hoarders can not hoard houses in big cities, so they turn to some small cities without restriction policies to hoard houses.
With the tone of “housing is not speculative”, the prices of small cities in the third and fourth line will not have a lot of room to rise, hoarders will not only “lose money”, the house may not be sold.
Li Keqiang speaks the truth about unemployment and technology, and then beat the Chinese Communist Party
Li Keqiang didn’t answer all the questions directly, but he gave an example and told the truth, intentionally or unintentionally. He said, after the Epidemic “I went to the local visit, looked at a number of shops, in a small shop, the owner told me: 3 months no business, because the government tax exemptions, support for rent, utility bills, stabilization subsidies in place, we did not lay off staff, survived. I asked what about the employees’ salaries? He said that only living expenses were paid at that time. More than 20 employees who were present said: “The store provides Food and housing, and does not let us be laid off.
Commentator Zhong Yuan wrote a few days ago that Li Keqiang is not a robot, in a yearly appearance, answering questions can not be 100% by the book, the appropriate always have to play, and even hope to be brilliant, had to tell some truth, which is precisely what the General Secretary had to worry about.
The example Li Keqiang cited should be to prove that the Chinese Communist Party subsidizes businesses. But how can a store be maintained when it is not open for 3 months and has to pay rent and utilities? He did not reveal how much living expenses were paid to more than 20 people, but is this considered employment or unemployment? Li Keqiang also said he looked at a number of such stores, in that case, where did the GDP growth of 2.3% come from?
Li Keqiang also said that in 2020 “achieved 11.86 million new jobs in cities and towns” and “the income of residents grew accordingly”, but also said that in 2021, only “about 14 million new laborers in cities and towns, including 9.09 million college graduates”, “but also to provide two hundred and seventy-eight million migrant workers with the opportunity to work”.
According to Zhong Yuan, from this figure, the actual number of unemployed people in 2020 can be estimated, which basically explains the real reason for the disappearance of the Spring Festival peak, the accelerated shift of the global supply chain has led to the unemployment of a large number of migrant workers, which cannot be recovered at all. Li Keqiang tried to explain that “flexible employment is now on the rise in China, and it already involves more than 200 million people. Some people work several jobs for one person.” This is tantamount to proving again in disguise that almost 200 million people in China are in unemployment, and that GDP growth of 2.3% in 2020 is false, and how to grow 6% in 2021?
Li Keqiang answered the “neck” problem of science and technology, said, “At present, China’s social investment in research and development as a proportion of GDP is not high, especially in basic research investment only accounted for 6% of the investment in research and development, while developed countries are usually 15% to 25%… …to let researchers have autonomy in the use of funds and not to spend their precious energy on matters such as form-filling and evaluation.”
According to Zhong Yuan, China’s investment in science and technology is so low that researchers have no real control over it, and the Chinese Communist Party has been relying on technology plagiarism for years, so how can it not be “stuck”? Therefore, Li added, “Science and technology should be self-sustaining and self-improving …… This goes hand in hand with international cooperation and peer-to-peer exchanges …… Closure will not have a future, and breaking the chain will do no one any good.” Zhong Yuan thinks this sentence, basically also put science and technology “innovation” of the old bottom uncovered. Li Keqiang made a rare appearance at the press conference and spoke some truth, the red and lively two sessions also ended in the embarrassment of the top brass of the Chinese Communist Party again.