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加强党对全面依法治国的领导 - 求是网
this qiushi piece is an excerpt from a speech Xi gave at the 1st meeting of the Commission for Comprehensive Law-based Governance of the CPC Central Committee in August 2018. what else did he say that is not public?

CGTN report at the time Xi Jinping: Rule of law crucial for China's long-term development https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d774d78497a4e79457a6333566d54/share_p.html

关于党的领导和法治关系问题,我反复讲过。推进党的领导制度化、法治化,既是加强党的领导的应有之义,也是法治建设的重要任务。为什么我国能保持长期稳定,没有乱?根本的一条就是我们始终坚持共产党领导。党的领导是党和国家事业不断发展的“定海神针”。这次修改宪法,在宪法序言确定党的领导地位的基础上,我们又在总纲中明确规定中国共产党领导是中国特色社会主义最本质的特征,强化了党总揽全局、协调各方的领导地位。宪法修改后各方面反响很好。我们要继续推进党的领导制度化、法治化,不断完善党的领导体制和工作机制,把党的领导贯彻到全面依法治国全过程和各方面。

  依规治党深入党心,依法治国才能深入民心。党的十八大以来,我们制定和修订了140多部中央党内法规,出台了一批标志性、关键性、基础性的法规制度,有规可依的问题基本得到解决,下一步的重点是执规必严,使党内法规真正落地。绝大多数落马官员忏悔时都说自己不懂党纪国法。为什么党内这么多高级干部走上犯罪的道路?根本原因在于理想信念动摇了,但对党纪国法没有敬畏之心也是一个重要原因。..

党的根基在人民、力量在人民。现在,人民群众对美好生活的向往更多向民主、法治、公平、正义、安全、环境等方面延展。人民群众对执法乱作为、不作为以及司法不公的意见比较集中,这要成为我们厉行法治的聚焦点和发力点。比如,一些黑恶势力长期进行聚众滋事、垄断经营、敲诈勒索、开设赌场等违法活动,老百姓敢怒不敢言。黑恶势力怎么就能在我们眼皮子底下从小到大发展起来?我看背后就存在执法者听之任之不作为的情况,一些地方执法部门甚至同黑恶势力沆瀣一气,充当保护伞。执法部门代表的是人民利益,决不能成为家族势力、黑恶势力的保护伞。近年来,司法机关依法纠正了呼格吉勒图案、聂树斌案、念斌案等一批冤假错案,受到广大群众好评。造成冤案的原因很多,其中有司法人员缺乏基本的司法良知和责任担当的问题,更深层次的则是司法职权配置和权力运行机制不科学,侦查权、检察权、审判权、执行权相互制约的体制机制没有真正形成。最近发生的长春长生疫苗造假案,背后的原因也是有法不依、执法不严,把法律法规当儿戏。这就要求我们必须促进严格规范公正文明执法,让人民群众真正感受到公平正义就在身边。

  中国走向世界,以负责任大国参与国际事务,必须善于运用法治。在对外斗争中,我们要拿起法律武器,占领法治制高点,敢于向破坏者、搅局者说不。全球治理体系正处于调整变革的关键时期,我们要积极参与国际规则制定,做全球治理变革进程的参与者、推动者、引领者。..

党的十八大以来,我们提出一系列全面依法治国新理念新思想新战略,明确了全面依法治国的指导思想、发展道路、工作布局、重点任务。概括起来,主要有以下10方面。

  一是坚持加强党对依法治国的领导。党的领导是社会主义法治最根本的保证。全面依法治国决不是要削弱党的领导,而是要加强和改善党的领导,不断提高党领导依法治国的能力和水平,巩固党的执政地位。必须坚持实现党领导立法、保证执法、支持司法、带头守法,健全党领导全面依法治国的制度和工作机制,通过法定程序使党的主张成为国家意志、形成法律,通过法律保障党的政策有效实施,确保全面依法治国正确方向。...

  三是坚持中国特色社会主义法治道路。全面推进依法治国必须走对路。要从中国国情和实际出发,走适合自己的法治道路,决不能照搬别国模式和做法,决不能走西方“宪政”、“三权鼎立”、“司法独立”的路子。

(这是习近平总书记2018年8月24日在中央全面依法治国委员会第一次会议上的讲话的一部分。)
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8 hours ago by bbishop
浴火古田,人民军队重整行装再出发(强军思想引领新征程)--军事--人民网
“维护核心、看齐追随,是最大的忠诚。”采访中,曾参加古田全军政治工作会议的许多领导干部都有这样的感悟。4年多来,全军官兵强化“四个意识”、坚定“三个维护”,用实际行动交出了一份份忠诚答卷。纪念抗战胜利70周年阅兵,受阅官兵阵容严整、步调一致;抗洪救灾、抢险救援,子弟兵一次次上演“最美逆行”;海上维权、国际维和,任务部队枕戈待旦、闻令而动;全面停止有偿服务,各单位令行禁止、扎实推进……
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8 hours ago by bbishop
习近平会见美国贸易代表和财政部长_CCTV
CCTV evening News Friday report on Xi's meeting with the trade negotiators
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yesterday by bbishop
Xi's article on Party's leadership over law-based governance to be published - Xinhua
An article by President Xi Jinping on strengthening the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) over law-based governance will be carried by the fourth issue of Qiushi Journal this year, to be published Saturday.

In the article, Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, stresses that adhering to and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics further needs to rely on the rule of law and to strengthen the Party's leadership over law-based governance as China is currently at the period in which the timeframes of realizing the two centenary goals converge.

The CPC Central Committee has decided to set up the Commission for Law-based Governance to meet the requirements of studying and settling major issues concerning law-based governance, establishing a system of socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics, and building a country of socialist rule of law, Xi writes.
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yesterday by bbishop
那一刻,我们光荣接受检阅(强军思想引领新征程)--军事--人民网
为深入学习宣传贯彻习近平强军思想,即日起开设“强军思想引领新征程”专栏,以习主席接见过的官兵回忆的形式,还原重要历史时刻,从基层视角宣传阐释习近平强军思想的发展历程、重大意义和指导作用,展示在习近平强军思想引领下国防和军队建设的生动实践和伟大成就。
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yesterday by bbishop
China to cut private firms' financing costs, improve access to funds - Xinhua | Reuters
Efforts will be made to improve monetary policy transmission mechanisms to make banks more willing to lend to private firms, the cabinet said. Private firms, with limited collateral, are considered riskier than state-backed firms.

The government will also encourage financial institutions to boost investment in debt issued by private firms and improve the effectiveness of the central bank’s targeted reserve requirement ratio (RRR) cuts for banks to help private companies.
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2 days ago by bbishop
中共中央办公厅 国务院办公厅印发《关于加强金融服务民营企业的若干意见》-新华网
Central Committee General Office and State Council General Office issue opinion on strengthening financial services support for private enterprises, make it clear policies and implementation to date have been lacking

民营经济是社会主义市场经济的重要组成部分,在稳定增长、促进创新、增加就业、改善民生等方面发挥着不可替代的作用。党中央、国务院始终高度重视金融服务民营企业工作。各地区各部门及各金融机构认真落实,出台措施,积极支持民营企业融资,取得一定成效,但部分民营企业融资难融资贵问题仍然比较突出。为深入贯彻落实党中央、国务院决策部署,切实加强对民营企业的金融服务,现提出如下意见。

It was the second item on the 2.14.19 CCTV Evening News 中办 国办印发《关于加强金融服务民营企业的若干意见》http://tv.cctv.com/2019/02/14/VIDEmESVGiIZq5uY8SgMLlXf190214.shtml
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2 days ago by bbishop
US must end anti-China ‘political tsunami’ - Global Times
Global Times take on the Asia Society report, not a constructive set of learnings -

US anxiety about China's rise is the biggest challenge to a stable and constructive China-US relationship. It also makes many Chinese people worry how much a trade deal would stabilize the two countries' relations. They believe that a trade deal may be reached, but it is not likely to bring China-US relations back to a constructive level.

Many of Washington's demands on Beijing are US-centered, lacking a basis in international law and morality. The US seeks absolute security and opposes China's national defense building which matches its economic scale.

The US also wants China to be as humble and restrained as a small country. It doesn't accept China's influence as the world's second most powerful country.

China is strongly self-disciplined, but the US is not. The US wants to affect China's development and will blame Beijing for not following Washington's path. Whether politics, economics or ideology, the US seeks to interfere in China's domestic affairs. Meanwhile Beijing's effort to promote friendship is regarded as infiltration.

The Chinese original 社评:美国需要平息对华“政治海啸” http://opinion.huanqiu.com/editorial/2019-02/14310179.html
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2 days ago by bbishop
Chinese netizens divided after questions on Huawei appear on fifth grade exams · TechNode
After questions casting smartphone brand Huawei in a positive light appeared on an exam for fifth graders, Chinese netizens reacted with alarm and suspicion. However, further reporting revealed that the problems weren’t planted ads, leaving online reaction divided.

The incident took place in Luoyang in the central Chinese province of Henan, The Paper reported (in Chinese). Fifth graders in 27 primary schools were quizzed on a short video about Huawei. On the test, students were instructed to watch the video once, read the questions, and re-watch the clip before answering.
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2 days ago by bbishop
US exports to China plunged in January as trade war chill took effect | South China Morning Post
Chinese imports of US products plunged 41.1 per cent from a year earlier to US$9.2 billion last month, the lowest since February 2016, according to data released by the Chinese General Administration of Customs on Thursday.

The fall in US exports to China contrasted sharply with the China’s overall imports last month, which remained largely steady with only a 1.5 per cent fall year-on-year.
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2 days ago by bbishop
U.S. Push Against Huawei Gear Hits an Obstacle: Carriers That Love It - WSJ $$
The chief executive of a major Italian wireless carrier was summoned last fall to the U.S. embassy in Rome, where diplomats and intelligence officers asked his company to stop using Huawei, without sharing evidence, a person familiar with the meeting said. The carrier continued to use Huawei gear, the person said, adding that “there is no replacement to Huawei in the market.” A spokeswoman for the U.S. embassy in Rome declined to comment on private meetings...

A State Department official said the U.S. is focused on lobbying governments in European countries, rather than governments in developing areas, because Europe closer to launching 5G, the speedy wireless technology that could enable self-driving cars, factory parts and everyday objects to be internet-connected, and therefore potentially hacked. Washington is targeting Huawei, the world’s top telecom-equipment maker, because it is much bigger than ZTE.
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2 days ago by bbishop
Little Red App: Xi’s Thoughts Are (Surprise!) a Hit in China - The New York Times
Is there a social element? Of course there is. Study the Great Nation is integrated with DingTalk, a messaging app made by the e-commerce giant Alibaba. As a result, you can call or text your friends in the app, host video hangouts and even send messages that disappear, Snapchat-style, after they are read.

Comment: Alibaba has at least the chat piece, unclear who built and runs the entire app...if they are powering the whole thing then expect its involvement to be used as another reason for foreign governments to be suspicious of the company...and how long until there "cheats" that are so common in the online game industry that party embers can buy to earn their Xi app points for them...
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2 days ago by bbishop
China January trade, imports, exports: Beijing reports China economic data
Dollar-denominated exports for the month rose 9.1 percent from a year ago, according to Chinese customs data. China's exports in January were expected to have contracted 3.2 percent from a year earlier, according to economists in a Reuters poll, compared with the previous month's 4.4 percent decline.

January dollar-denominated imports, meanwhile, fell 1.5 percent on-year, which was far better than expectations of a 10 percent decline from a year earlier, according to the Reuters poll. Imports in December fell 7.6 percent from a year ago.

China's overall trade surplus was $39.16 billion in January. That easily topped the $33.5 billion expected, according to the Reuters poll. That was still lower, though, than December's trade surplus of $57.06 billion.

Comment: Hard to get excited about the data giving the distorting effects of the Lunar New Year holiday, which came earlier than last year,...most migrant workers do not return to factories until after the 15th day of the Lunar New Year--February 20 this year--so production won't really ramp up until around the March 1 "deadline".
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2 days ago by bbishop
Senate Democrats press Trump for China IP, tech transfer commitments | Reuters
Led by Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the senators said in a letter to Trump that any deal with Beijing must at a minimum commit China to “cease the predatory practices” identified in USTR’s Section 301 investigation, which formed the basis for U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.

“As you approach the final weeks of negotiations with China, we urge you to insist that the deal make substantial, verifiable, and enforceable progress to address the myriad threats identified in USTR’s investigation,” the senators wrote.
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2 days ago by bbishop
U.S. Is Said to Weigh 60-Day Extension for China Tariff Deadline - Bloomberg
President Donald Trump is considering pushing back the deadline for imposition of higher tariffs on Chinese imports by 60 days, as the world’s two biggest economies try to negotiate a solution to their trade dispute, according to people familiar with the matter...

Chinese officials had initially proposed an extension of 90 days, but that was knocked back by the U.S. side, people familiar with that request said.
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2 days ago by bbishop
Opinion: China Should Ignore the Trade War - Caixin OpEd
In the long-run, the China-U.S. trade war could drag on and result in severe consequences, as it is a U.S. containment plan under the pretext of trade protectionism. What is unfolding before us is not only a trade war, but also a comprehensive economic, political, cultural, scientific, technological and ideological contest...

Beijing must clearly realize China still has a huge gap with Washington in areas such as technological innovation, high-end manufacturing, financial services, university education and military power. Most of China’s new economic prosperity is based on technological applications, but basic research and development is obviously falling short. We must continue to be modest in learning and unswervingly promote a new round of reform and opening-up. In this sense, this Sino-U.S. trade war may not be a bad thing, as it can turn crisis into opportunity and transform pressure into motivation.

The financial deleveraging campaign and trade war have revitalized calls for resorting to stimulus. This is very short-sighted and misleading. If the trade war leads us to return to the old path of monetary stimulus, Japan’s 1990 failure will be repeated. The best response is to promote a new round of reform and opening-up.


Ren Zeping is a chief economist with Evergrande Group
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2 days ago by bbishop
New Zealand Fears Fraying Ties With China, Its Biggest Customer - The New York Times
The Huawei ban came as a “shock” to Beijing, said Mr. Mahon, the businessman, who added that New Zealand’s reputation as an independent voice on the world stage was being eroded by its alignment with the United States over the ban, as well as its tougher language on China’s actions in the Pacific and South China Sea.

“Either we have changed our view and we want to be much closer to Washington, or this is a series of misadventures, mistakes and misunderstandings,” Mr. Mahon said. “But we need to qualify it soon.”

New Zealand officials have rejected assertions that the government’s relationship with Beijing has cooled.

Comment: New Zealand is either in the "Five Eyes Alliance" and it supports the alliance's shift on China or it needs to become "Four Eyes"...Xi's China has forced this decision
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2 days ago by bbishop
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson accused of blowing access to Chinese markets worth billions - The Sun
China's deputy PM Hu Chunhua cancelled scheduled  trade talks with Philip Hammond after Mr Williamson publicly lashed China’s military ambitions..

A source told The Sun: “There is huge anger across Cabinet. Gavin was partially inciting a war – the team knew China wouldn’t be happy.”

China had been expected to lift their bans on British poultry and cosmetics which have not been tested on animals.

The agreements would have opened up access to markets worth an estimated £10.2billion over five years.
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2 days ago by bbishop
UK’s reliance on China’s nuclear tech poses test for policymakers | Financial Times $$
The UK has no easy way to block China’s ambitions to export nuclear reactor technology to Britain on security grounds, despite growing public anxiety about Chinese involvement in sensitive infrastructure, according to people familiar with the situation.

The government’s willingness to permit the state-owned utility, CGN, to participate in the UK’s nuclear power generation programme has raised eyebrows in recent months as Chinese investment has come under hostile scrutiny, both in Europe and the US.
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2 days ago by bbishop
Jack Ma's Ant Buys U.K.'s WorldFirst in a Giant Step Abroad - Bloomberg
Ant Financial, the Chinese financial services giant controlled by billionaire Jack Ma, bought London-based payments company WorldFirst in its biggest overseas deal since a U.S. expansion was thwarted.

The acquisition marks the Chinese company’s first big move into the U.K., although its Alipay service is accepted by some merchants there already. That should allow Ant to better serve smaller businesses worldwide, including in the U.S., it said in a statement.
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