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Li Keqiang issued another alert: respond to the sharp rise in commodity prices
Li Keqiang issued another alert at the State Council Standing Committee on May 14, asking to respond to the impact of the sharp rise in commodity prices and strengthen monetary and other policies to match.
Li Keqiang chaired a State Council executive meeting on May 12, required to track and analyze the situation at home and abroad and market changes, and do a good job of market regulation, to deal with the rapid rise in commodity prices and their cascading effects. Strengthen monetary policy and other policy coordination.
This is the fourth time since April that the issue of commodity prices was mentioned at a high-level meeting of the Communist Party of China and at a ministry conference.
On April 9, Li Keqiang hosted a forum of experts and entrepreneurs on the economic situation, and some experts and business leaders talked about the sharp rise in international commodity prices, bringing great pressure on rising costs for enterprises. Li Keqiang asked to strengthen the regulation of raw materials and other markets to ease the pressure on the cost of enterprises.
High-level meetings of the Communist Party of China frequently mentioned the issue of commodity prices due to the rising prices of commodities, led by copper and crude oil, since May 2020. 2021, commodity prices have been rising even more, thus triggering market inflation.
Since 2021, international oil prices have risen by more than 30%, London copper futures by more than 35%, and the UN FAO food price index has risen for 11 consecutive months.
According to statistics, since 2021, the mainland has 20 varieties of futures rose more than 20%, of which 10 varieties rose more than 30%, respectively, styrene, glass, hot coils, rebar, iron ore, power coal, crude oil, PVC and Shanghai aluminum.
In the international market, according to the Financial Times news, May 10, the Asian market iron ore prices rose more than 10%, Singapore iron ore futures prices rose to more than $ 226 per ton, a record high in dollar terms.
On the issue of rising commodity prices, Xu Yang, chairman of Shanghai Maikerong Information Consulting, told the land media that, first, the rising cost of raw materials has driven the general rise in commodity prices.
Second, the downstream industry production recovery formed a tight supply and demand situation.
Third, the financial attributes of non-ferrous metals, some chemical products and other prominent, loose monetary policy, the global economy is expected to improve, etc. pushed up the activity of global futures trading.
Fourth, the financial market short-term speculation also has a significant amplifying effect on price increases.
Fifth, the U.S. dollar index entered a phase of weakness.
14.27 million deaths in 2020! What is even most incomprehensible is…
The Communist Party of China (CPC) released its bulletin data 1-8 for the seventh census in 2020 on May 11, and questions continue to be raised about the data. China’s independent big data expert, Barbarian Warrior, recently wrote an article analyzing the confusing logic of the population data released this year, which contradicts the previously released population data.
The barbarian warrior pointed out that China’s new population in all years was 16.29 million in 1990, and has been declining year by year since then. From 2000 the new population dropped below 10 million to 9.57 million, and in 2010 the new population continued to drop to 6.41 million. Note that there were censuses in all of these years and the downward trend in the number of new population is very clear. after 2010, China liberalized the second child in steps, so the number of new population was repeated, reaching a stage peak of 8.09 million in 2016, but then began to shrink rapidly, with only 4.67 million population gain in 2019.
Figure: Evolution of China’s labor force and aging population since 1990
11.73 million people will be added to the country’s population in 2020! That’s stone-cold, dizzying. 11.73 million, a 151.2% increase over the 4.67 million new population in 2019!
Even more bizarre is the sudden spike in the number of people over 65 years of age.
The figure for 2020 is 190.64 million, up 14.61 million from 176.03 million in 2019. Whereas the previous annual increase in the elderly population was in the range of 9 million, and even a little more than 10 million in 2020, it now surprisingly reaches the order of magnitude of 14.61 million.
The new elderly people who will be 65 years old in 2020 are those born in 1955, when China’s birth rate suddenly skyrocketed in 1955. Tens of millions more people were born that year than in 1954?
Figure: China’s birth rate in the 1950s (Source: National Bureau of Statistics of China official website)
The birth rate in 1955 was 32.60 per thousand, much lower than the 37.97 per thousand in 1954, and the natural population growth rate was 20.32 per thousand, also much lower than the 24.79 per thousand in 1954. both the birth rate and natural population growth rate in 1955 were significantly lower than in 1954.
It should be especially noted that in 1955, China’s total population was 614.65 million, with 20.04 million births in that year.
Barbarian Warrior’s analysis suggests that the 2020 death population figures are equally incomprehensible.
Population increase = new births in the current year – deaths. the birth and death rates for 2020 are not published in the current census bulletin. He made a reasonable projection by using data from previous years.
Figure: Age composition of China’s population in 2020
He analyzed the total population of 0-14 years old in 2020, 253.38 million. The total number of births from 2006-2019 is 227.38 million, and we assume that no child will die young in any of them. Deducting a bit, we arrive at a 2020 birth population of 253.38 million – 227.38 million = 26 million.
The annual population addition in 2020 is 11.73 million and 26 million births, so the death population in 2020: 26 million – 11.73 million = 14.27 million.
Figure: Evolution of China’s population data since 1990
14.27 million people die in 2020, far exceeding the previous level of nearly 10 million. The death rate of 8.30 per 1,000 is also well above the average of the last decade of less than 5 per 1,000.
The more critical issue is also that there is a very serious logical disconnect between this mortality data, and the data on the elderly population.
In 2020, 16.41 million people over 65 years of age were added to the population, and 14.27 million people died in China in that year.
So this means that more than 30 million people must have been added to the 65+ population group in 2020 in order for the aging population data to grow and for the data logic to be self-consistent!
However, as already mentioned above, the number of people born in China in 1955 was 2004 million, and even if all the people born in that year never died, it would not be enough to make up this figure of 30 million.
He Qinglian: Demographic data shows that China’s economic structure is sick
The release of China’s seventh census data has generated a lot of criticism, most of which is the gross distortion of the data. Before family planning was sorely criticized by the world, the population data was concealed and omitted, but now it has become an inflated population, which is a new problem of China’s population statistics.
He Qingchuan wrote in the Epoch Times on May 13 that the real crux of China’s population problem is being carried away by some discussants.
In the article, she said that the population of each province clearly shows that there are fewer people in the north and more in the east, and that some northern and western provinces have already experienced negative population growth. The population structure is more uneven between regions. The northern and western provinces are already experiencing negative population growth.
China’s economy is more developed in the south than in the north, and more prosperous in the east than in the west. The flow of population from less developed regions to relatively developed regions is the law of population flow in a market economy, as it is all over the world.
The real serious problem is that the economic structure of China’s less developed regions is so abnormal that many of them cannot even support themselves financially. For example, in Foping County, Shaanxi Province, China, which has been recently hyped by the Chinese media, the resident population of the entire county is just over 8,000, but those who work in government and public institutions are 2,194, and the number of pensioners in the county’s institutions is 2,991. the local revenue of the county is 39.43 million yuan in 2018 and 36.6 million yuan in 2019, and the fiscal expenditures for these two years are 800 million yuan , 797 million yuan, is a parasitic area that can not self-sufficient rely on the central government to feed the milk. The situation in Foping is rather extreme, but the lack of employment opportunities for local youth is a common phenomenon in remote counties of China.
For the above reasons, it is a serious-looking bogus issue to discuss the uneven distribution of China’s population. Due to differences in economic geography and the degree of economic development, no country in the world has a balanced distribution of its population in different regions. Only totalitarian states like to control population movement and consider it normal to have a balanced distribution of population across regions.
He Qinglian: The “Aging” Concerns of the Chinese Communist State
He Qinglian points out in his article that according to the UN standard, a country or region is considered to be an aging society if the proportion of its elderly population exceeds 7 percent, and 14 percent is considered to be “moderately aging”. The problem of having no care for the elderly is simply a matter of having too many elderly people.
The United Nations has issued the World Population Prospects, the 2012 Revision, which predicts the aging population in 2014, 2030 and 2050 for all countries in the world, and humanity is now in the middle stage of 2014-2030.
In 2014, China ranked 52nd with 14.4% of the aging population. In the same year, the population data of 96 countries were recorded, and there were 33 countries in the world with an aging population of more than 20%.
In 2030, China ranks 43rd out of the same 96 countries with an aging population of 23.8 percent of the total population. In that year, 14 countries in the world will have an older population of more than 30%, and only Malta and Slovenia are included in the developing world.
Most of the countries with higher aging than China are Western countries, but there are also Albania, Argentina and Montenegro Republic, but the ones ranked after China are basically developing countries.
The most serious aging problem is Japan, with 32.8% in 2014 and 37.5% in 2030. Japan and the European Union and other countries have solved their aging problem relatively well, but the percentage of the aging population in these countries is much higher than that in China.
He Qinglian emphasized that the problem of old age in China is not a problem of an increasing aging population, but a problem of the old age system, which is a political-cum-economic policy issue. Especially considering that there are about 77 million elderly people in rural areas, this group is almost completely without any social insurance (medical insurance, pension), and the problem of having no support for the elderly is very serious.
Beijing secretly organizes hacking contest to steal data from Uyghurs’ Iphone phones
The French weekly Observer website published an article titled “How China tapped Uyghurs’ Iphone phones”. The article said that the Beijing government offered a $200,000 reward for secretly organizing a hacking contest whose goal was how to open a tap-viewing gap in Iphone phones, and the contest eventually paid off.
In November 2018, a Chinese hacker managed to find out how to intercept information from Iphone phones from a distance. A few months ago, the U.S. security services informed Apple Group of the said information. An article published by the MIT Technology Magazine on May 6 details the said process, however, the article does not reveal the means through which the Chinese hacker opened the gap.
Beijing has been holding a Chinese hacking competition called the Tianfu Cup since 2018, and a hacker won the first Tianfu Cup prize for breaking the information gap in the Iphone. He called his discovery a kernel vulnerability (Chaos), and Chinese media called his discovery “the perfect remote jailbreak for the iPhone,” but two months later, Apple Group quietly closed the loophole.
During this two-month period, Chinese security authorities had the possibility to monitor all Iphone phones, especially those of Uyghurs. Research by the U.S. government as well as Google Group shows that the above findings by Chinese hackers provided a great deal of assistance to the Beijing government in its mass surveillance of Uyghurs.
Tesla in Trouble Again as Communist Party Bans Car Data from Being Transmitted Outside China
The Chinese Communist Party’s Internet Information Office issued new rules on May 12 on car data management, which will prohibit the transmission of user data and data collected by on-board cameras and sensors outside of China without permission.
Tesla Vice President Tao Lin recently said that data collected in China will be stored locally in strict compliance with the authorities’ laws and regulations on data management.
Tesla is in constant trouble on the mainland, with one wave rising before the other. Tesla is being attacked by the mainland media and held accountable by regulators.
Commentator Wen Xiaogang believes that, according to the current situation, Tesla’s driving data is all in the hands of Tesla, and these data will be transmitted back to Tesla’s cloud database. And now the regulations show that all the data obtained by Tesla when running in the mainland can only be saved in the mainland, which will certainly have an impact on Tesla’s operation in the mainland.