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The issue of raising China’s retirement age has been a topic of discussion for many years already, and today various newspaper front pages in China are reporting the comments of a government official who says that the age will gradually be raised.
In an interview with CCTV, Hu Xiaoyi 胡晓义, vice-minister of human resources and social security, stated that the retirement age for men and women will be raised, but only after society has been given sufficient notice. He also said that the retirement age will be raised little by little and not via one major one-off adjustment.
The current retirement age is 60 for men, 55 for female white collar workers, and 50 for female manual laborers. Yet these ages have come under increasing scrutiny as the average life expectancy in China has now increased to 76. (more…)
Xi Jinping’s austerity and anti-extravagance campaign took another step forward this past weekend. On Sunday December 12 the State Council released a new document entitled “Regulations on Official Receptions for All Party and Government Departments” (党政机关国内公务接待管理规定), which applies to all government and administrative departments including for example state-owned enterprises, labor unions, law courts, etc.
Various newspapers in China today carried front page headlines on the new regulations, and reproduced an interview conducted by Xinhua with an unnamed official of the administrative office of the State Council (国家机关事务管理局).
The new regulations mention “38 prohibitions” (38项禁令), which in turn includes 11 forbidden items (11项“禁止) and 27 items that should not be requested (27项“不得”要求). Among these are prohibitions on delicacies such as shark fin, and expensive liquor and cigarettes as well as meals containing the meat of any endangered animals. (more…)
The front page of the Beijing Times 京华时报 reports today that the ministries of Environmental Protection and Public Security will in future cooperate on a national level in prosecuting criminal cases of severe environmental pollution, and will share information on suspected criminals.
At a joint press conference yesterday the two ministries released a document entitled Ideas on the Strengthening of Interaction Between Environmental Protection and Public Security Enforcement (关于加强环境保护与公安部门执法衔接配合工作的意见). Ministry of Environmental Protection spokesperson, Tao Detian 陶德田, remarked,
For a long time now already, the field of environmental protection has been plagued by the complexities of high costs to obey the law, low costs to break the law, and great difficulty in enforcing the law.
An almost certainly fake ‘grass-roots’ Internet forum post has been circulating on the Chinese Internet since November 30, titled ‘Without the motherland, you are nothing!!!’ (没有了祖国你将什么都不是!!!)
As of today December 4, a Xinhua article praising and summarising it has appeared on and in many — possibly all — mainland Chinese news outlets from Sohu.com to Southern Metropolis Daily to CCTV. Some versions of the article are titled titled ‘”Without the motherland, you are nothing” web posting widely circulated and draws positive response’《没有了祖国你将什么都不是》帖文广为传播 引发共鸣; others are ‘Netizens comment warmly on “Without the motherland, you are nothing”‘ 网民热评《没有了祖国你将什么都不是》.
The forum post lauds Xi Jinping, criticizes American meddling in other countries, and cautions that China cannot afford to descend into chaos, and that the people who suffer most in times of unrest are the common people. The conclusion is that the Chinese people must firmly stand behind the Communist Party and President Xi. It’s worth noting that the posting refers to Xi as ‘Chairman Xi’.
The image shows a screenshot taken December 4 of Baidu search page for the title of the forum post. The forum post and a Xinhua report / summary of it are reproduced below.
See also: Patriotic post ‘You Are Nothing Without the Motherland’ angers Chinese netizens on Offbeat China (more…)
China launches probe and rover to moon
XICHANG, Sichuan, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) — China launched the Chang’e-3 lunar probe with the country’s first moon rover aboard early on Monday, marking a significant step toward deep space exploration.
The probe’s carrier, an enhanced Long March-3B rocket, blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China at 1:30 a.m.
Chang’e-3 is expected to land on the moon in mid-December to become China’s first spacecraft to soft land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body.
It is also the first moon lander launched in the 21st century…
…”We will strive for our space dream as part of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation,” he said…
Amid ongoing tensions over the Diaoyu / Senkaku islands and China’s newly declared Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), Xinhua News Agency continued to feature images of the military prominently on its home page.
Although the top story today Saturday November 30 asked “Why are traffic jams in cities becoming worse and worse” (城市交通为何“越治越堵”?), the next most prominent story on the home page was titled “Xi Jinping: In an environment near to real combat, the army must toughen itself up and train (习近平：在近似实战的环境下摔打锻炼部队). Clicking through to the story, the page itself is headlined “Xi Jinping inspects Jinan Military District: Strive to construct perfect mastery of strategy and force” 习近平视察济南军区:努力建设全面过硬战略预备力量.
The English language China Daily also published a version of the story: Xi calls for stronger strategic reserve forces.