Risk Watch: Hunan’s Financial Troubles Spark Mass Social Unrest

Mass protests over problems in the education system recently broke out in Leiyang, a city in the south-central Chinese province of Hunan. Earlier this year, we covered an incident where the Leiyang government delayed wage payments to civil servants owing to a lack of funds. Then, civil servants unfurled banners in the streets to protest …

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Risk Watch: Skyrocketing Rents Signal a Deepening of China’s Economic Woes

Skyrocketing housing rental prices have become a hot topic in China recently. Property rental and sales companies have been accused of bidding up leases and inflating rent prices through various unscrupulous tactics. According to property search engine Fangtianxia, the annual rental price of housing in 17 popular Chinese cities rose by over 8 percent between …

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Social Watch: CCP Faces Severe Backlash from Self-inflicted Vaccine Scandal

A vaccine scandal involving a major drug manufacturer based in Changchun and hundreds of thousands of Chinese children that was publicized at the start of the fourth week of July sparked a national outcry. Many Chinese, both private citizens and government officials, directed their fury towards the central government and the drug company on social …

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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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