Social Watch: In China, the CCP is Losing Control Over the Trade War Narrative

Much reporting on China’s response to the Sino-U.S. trade dispute is focused on official statements and remarks from senior officials or scholars. Readers of those responses can be forgiven for believing that China as a whole steadfastly opposes trade action by the United States. The sentiment on the ground in China on the trade conflict …

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Social Watch: Army Veterans’ Protest Reflects China’s Financial Woes

On June 19, over a thousand Chinese military veterans from across the country launched a protest in front of government buildings in Zhenjiang City, Jiangsu Province. As the protests dragged on, the Chinese authorities went on high-alert and used violent measures to disperse the veterans. At the time of writing, the veterans appear to have …

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Society Watch: Truck Drivers Go on Strike as Social Tensions Mount in China

Truck drivers in several provinces across China started going on strike starting from June 8. The drivers also encouraged others in trucker WeChat groups to carry out a nation-wide strike on June 10. 大陆的卡车司机已经喊出口号:打倒共产党!大家加油啊,支持大陆的卡友。 pic.twitter.com/NfHqmT21wE — Henry Bai (@henrybai8) June 10, 2018 The trucker strikes are the latest instance of mass social unrest that has …

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Risk Watch: Tax Probe of China’s Entertainment Industry Could See Shakeup of Film Stars

Famous Chinese actress Fan Bingbing’s tax evasion scandal continues to throw up more dirt about double-contracting, or “yin-yang contracts,” and tax fraud in China’s entertainment industry. The scandal arose as a result of an escalating public spat between Fan, film director Feng Xiaogang, and television presenter Cui Yongyuan. Meanwhile, Chinese state media has been steering …

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Society Watch: Fan Bingbing Tax Evasion Probe and China’s Political Situation

Fan Bingbing, a top Chinese actress who has played minor roles in Hollywood films like X-Men: Days of Future Past and Iron Man 3, was recently involved in a social media spat with Chinese television presenter Cui Yongyuan. As the spat escalated, Cui leaked two film contracts that Fan allegedly signed. Fan’s alleged dual-contracts, or …

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Risk Watch: China’s Banking Regulator Plans to Supervise Financial Data

On March 16, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) issued a document soliciting views on guidelines for its governance of financial institution data. The document proposed that regulation of bank and other financial institution data should be part of data governance, and that a chief data official should be appointed per actual conditions. The submission …

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Focus Watch: Decoding Mainland Chinese Media’s Unusual Reporting on Military Veteran Murder Case

On Feb. 15, the eve of the Lunar New Year, military special forces veteran Zhang Koukou murdered a local village despot and his two sons in Shaanxi’s Sanmen Village. Zhang, who murdered the despot in revenge for killing his mother 22 years ago, surrendered to the authorities two days later. Zhang’s murder sparked intense discussion across …

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Risk Watch: China’s Social Security Ministry in Deficit, Has Less than a Year of Pension Funds in 13 Regions

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security’s (HRSS) 2016 annual report notes that it is running a considerable pension funds deficit: Thirteen regions have insufficient pension funds to pay workers for a year, while Heilongjiang Province is 23.2 billion yuan ($3.5 billion) in the red. The backdrop: According to the HRSS report, China’s total …

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Political Risk Watch: Xi Slams Bureaucratism After Beijing Residents Protest

Over a hundred residents of Beijing Chaoyang District’s Feijia Village marched in the streets on Dec. 10 to protest the Beijing municipal government’s forced eviction of the “low-end population,” or migrant workers to the city. Feijia Village is in Cuigezhuang Town, a town-level administrative area that is nearly 11 miles from Zhongnanhai. The protest, which …

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Political Risk Watch: Chinese Netizens Liken Beijing Migrant Eviction to ‘Anti-Chinese’ Discrimination Abroad

On Nov. 20, the Beijing municipal authorities launched a 40-day campaign to clear the city of subdivided apartments in industrial and suburban areas. The police then proceeded to evict the residents of these dwellings without implementing a proper resettlement plan or barely any advanced notice. These migrant workers, or “low-end population” in official documents, suddenly …

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