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《焦点访谈》 20181016 筑牢根基 源头治理_CCTV节目官网-CCTV-13_央视网(cctv.com)
October 16 2018 CCTV News primetime show "Focus Interview" reports on the Xinjiang camps in Hotan, praises them, lots of video from inside

在职业技能教育培训中心,学员学习的主要内容是国家通用语言文字、法律知识和职业技能。而学习国家通用语言文字是学员们学习掌握法律知识和职业技能的必要前提。在教室里,记者看到学员们正跟着老师朗读课文。

和田市市长热夏提·木沙江说:“学习国家通用语言文字,一个是有利于增强他们的公民意识,因为中华人民共和国宪法明确规定,公民有学习国家通用语言文字的义务和责任,也增强了他们的就业技能的本领,增强他们接受新鲜事物,也加强他们对科技文化的掌握。”

学员约日柯孜·奥布力喀斯木告诉记者:“过去我不会语言到哪儿干不了活儿,挣不了钱,如果继续努力学习,以后到哪儿都可以上班挣钱。”...

新疆立足疆内实际,坚持“一手抓打击、一手抓预防”,将打击暴恐犯罪与保障人权相结合,既注重依法严厉打击少数严重暴力恐怖犯罪,最大限度保障公民的基本人权免遭恐怖主义和极端主义侵害,又重视开展源头治理,通过帮教工作,最大限度地团结教育挽救绝大多数有轻微违法犯罪行为的人员,避免其成为恐怖主义和极端主义的另一受害者和牺牲品。当前,新疆反恐斗争和去极端化工作取得重大阶段性成果,反恐维稳的红利得到初步释放,我们有理由相信,新疆的明天会更好。
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4 minutes ago by bbishop
China local governments' hidden debt could total $5.8 trillion: S&P | Reuters
Off-balance-sheet borrowings by Chinese local governments could be as high as 40 trillion yuan ($5.78 trillion) and amount to “a debt iceberg with titanic credit risks”, S&P Global Ratings said in a report on Tuesday.

When including so-called “hidden” local government debt, the ratio of government debt to gross domestic product (GDP) could have reached an “alarming” level of 60 percent in 2017, according to S&P.
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9 minutes ago by bbishop
China Ditches Deleveraging, Posing Yuan Hit, Citigroup Says - Bloomberg
“Going by its latest policy moves, China has likely halted or even abandoned its financial-deleveraging program” amid the trade war with the U.S., Liu Li-Gang, chief China economist at Citigroup in Hong Kong, wrote in a note. The People’s Bank of China has pumped 3.4 trillion yuan ($492 billion) into the banking system so far this year through regular open-market operations and cuts in lenders’ required reserve ratios, Citigroup estimates.
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10 minutes ago by bbishop
Two senior Chinese generals stripped of rank and party membership over corruption claims | South China Morning Post
“The violations are very serious and the amount of corruption is huge. It caused a serious damage,” a statement released through the state news agency Xinhua.

A source close to the Chinese military said more than 300 military personnel were implicated in the case against Fang Fenghui, the former chief of the joint staff, who is under investigation in a over 100 million-yuan (US$1.4 million) corruption case.

The statement by the Central Military Commission said Fang was not loyal to the Communist Party, and had done serious damage to the party and the army...

In another statement, the commission also said General Zhang Yang, a former head of the commission’s political work department, had been stripped of his general’s rank and party membership.

Zhang, 66, hanged himself at his home in Beijing in November 2017, after he was placed under investigation.

中央军委原委员房峰辉和张阳被开除党籍 https://news.sina.com.cn/c/2018-10-16/doc-ifxeuwws4948714.shtml

经查,房峰辉严重违反党的政治纪律和政治规矩、中央八项规定和军委十项规定精神、组织纪律,涉嫌行贿、受贿、巨额财产来源不明犯罪,情节极为严重,数额特别巨大,影响极其恶劣。

房峰辉对党不忠诚不老实,搞两面派做两面人,政治上蜕变、经济上贪婪,严重损害党的事业和军队形象,经中央军委研究并报党中央批准,决定给予房峰辉开除党籍处分。军事检察机关对房峰辉案侦查终结,移送审查起诉..

经查,张阳严重违反党的政治纪律和政治规矩、组织纪律、廉洁纪律和国家法律法规规定,涉嫌行贿、受贿、巨额财产来源不明犯罪,情节极为严重,影响极其恶劣。

  张阳对党不忠诚不老实,搞两面派做两面人,政治蜕变、经济贪婪、生活腐化、品行低劣,且在党的十八大后不收敛不收手、顶风违纪,最终以自杀方式企图逃避党纪国法的惩处,严重损害党和军队事业,严重玷污军队政治工作和领导干部形象,经中央军委研究并报党中央批准,决定开除张阳党籍,依纪依法追缴涉案财物。
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17 minutes ago by bbishop
Google’s CEO Says Tests of Censored Chinese Search Engine Turned Out Great | WIRED
“It turns out we'll be able to serve well over 99 percent of the queries,” that users request. What’s more, “There are many, many areas where we would provide information better than what's available,” such as searching for cancer treatments, Pichai said. "Today people either get fake cancer treatments or they actually get useful information.”

THAT is a fair criticism of Baidu...

This is a reversal of a decision from about eight years, when Google pulled its search engine, which was also censored, from the Chinese market. Pichai said the time had come to reevaluate that choice. “It's a wonderful, innovative market. We wanted to learn what it would look like if we were in China, so that's what we built internally,” Pichai said. “Given how important the market is and how many users there are,” he added, “we feel obliged to think hard about this problem and take a longer-term view.”
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20 minutes ago by bbishop
Trump's China Battles Give Taiwan Supporters New Influence - Bloomberg
After a precedent-shattering phone call with Trump when he was president-elect, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has found a more receptive audience in the U.S. during the recent disputes. She’s been aided in that by the presence of long-standing allies in the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon, including National Security Adviser John Bolton.

“The Republic of China has more high-level friends in this administration than it’s had for many, many years,” said Nicholas Eberstadt, who focuses on Asian security issues at the American Enterprise Institute, referring to Taiwan by its official name. “It’s also apparent that the administration has an approach that is going to contest China on many different fronts.”

While it’s not clear how far the Trump administration is willing to boost Taiwan, it is seen as an increasingly valuable point of leverage over Beijing, which considers the island’s fate a “core interest” -- more important than nearly any other issue. A faction in Bolton’s National Security Council is seeking a more aggressive posture, including by sending more warships through the Taiwan Strait, while Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have advocated proceeding with caution, according to one current and one former administration official.
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28 minutes ago by bbishop
Full transcript: Interview with Xinjiang government chief on counterterrorism, vocational education and training in Xinjiang - Xinhua
Through vocational training, most trainees have been able to reflect on their mistakes and see clearly the essence and harm of terrorism and religious extremism. They have notably enhanced national consciousness, civil awareness, awareness of the rule of law and the sense of community of the Chinese nation. They have also been able to better tell right from wrong and resist the infiltration of extremist thought. They have become more proactive in shaking off poverty, and becoming better off. It has been a common practice among them to expect and pursue a modern life. They are confident about the future. "I didn't understand the country's common language, nor did I know about the laws. I wouldn't even have known that I had made mistakes. But the government didn't give me up. It has actively saved and assisted me, giving me free food, accommodation and education. Now I have made great progress in many aspects. I will cherish this opportunity and become a person useful to the country and society," a trainee said...

Next, Xinjiang will further implement the strategies and policies on the region, set by the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, adhere to the people-centered philosophy of development, properly handle the relations between stability and development, and concentrate on the three major tasks: construction of the core zone of the Silk Road Economic Belt, the implementation of the rural vitalization strategy and the development of the tourism industry. It will also take the four prefectures in southern Xinjiang as the main battlefield to fight against poverty with targeted measures to ensure that by 2020, all rural residents living below the poverty line are lifted out of poverty. Xinjiang will also work to see that people of all ethnic groups have a stronger sense of fulfillment, happiness and security, and that the gains of development benefit people of all ethnic groups in a fair way.
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33 minutes ago by bbishop
China Breaks Silence on Muslim Detention Camps, Calling Them ‘Humane’ - The New York Times
the chairman of Xinjiang’s government, Shohrat Zakir, himself an ethnic Uighur, called the camps a “humane” and lawful shield against terrorism in an interview published by China’s official Xinhua news agency. He said the facilities gave Uighurs and other Muslims courses in the Chinese language and taught them to be law-abiding citizens. They also receive training in job skills such as making clothes, e-commerce, hairdressing and cosmetology, Mr. Zakir said.

Mr. Zakir said that “students” in the facilities were provided with free meals, air-conditioned dormitories, movie screenings and access to computer rooms...

Mr. Zakir’s comments appeared to be part of China’s preparations for an international meeting that could put the camps under further scrutiny. At a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in early November, foreign governments will have a chance to question officials from Beijing about the detention program and other intrusive security measures affecting Muslim minorities.
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35 minutes ago by bbishop
Nikki Haley blasts China, calls government 'straight out of George Orwell' | Fox News
"It is the largest internment of civilians in the world today," Haley said in keynote remarks at the Chiefs of Defense Conference Dinner in Washington. "It may be the largest since World War II."


The former South Carolina governor was particularly critical of Beijing's crackdown on Uighur and other Muslim minorities in China's northwest, which she described as being "straight out of George Orwell."
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36 minutes ago by bbishop
Donald Trump 60 Minutes interview: Full transcript of Lesley Stahl's interview with the president - CBS News
Lesley Stahl: China.

President Donald Trump: I get along with him. It's very important. China, let's go.

Lesley Stahl: I'm skipping across the world here. You've slapped a lot of tariffs--

President Donald Trump: $250 billion.

Lesley Stahl: Gonna do more?

President Donald Trump: Might. Might.

Lesley Stahl: Round three?

President Donald Trump: They wanna negotiate, Lesley. They wanna negotiate.

Lesley Stahl: Are you ready?

President Donald Trump: Look.

Lesley Stahl: Are you ready to--

President Donald Trump: I have a great chemistry also with President Xi of China. I don't know that that's necessarily going to continue. I told President Xi we cannot continue to have China take $500 billion a year out of the United States in the form of trade and others things.

Lesley Stahl: And how-- how--

President Donald Trump: And I said we can't do that, and we're not gonna do that anymore.

Lesley Stahl: How much squeezing of them are you prepared to do when American products are gonna be more expensive for American consumers in the end of all this?

President Donald Trump: Okay. Okay. So, so far, that hasn't turned out to be the case.

Lesley Stahl: Some--

President Donald Trump: --if you think about it, so far, I put 25% tariffs on steel dumping, and aluminum dumping 10%.

Lesley Stahl: But they've--

President Donald Trump: --again.

Lesley Stahl: --retaliated. That's what I'm asking.

President Donald Trump: They can retaliate, but they can't-- they don't have enough ammunition to retaliate. We do $100 billion with them. They do $531 billion with us.

Lesley Stahl: Are you trying to sort of push them into a depression?

President Donald Trump: No no, although they're down 32 percent in four months, which is 1929.

Lesley Stahl: Well that's what I'm asking.

President Donald Trump: I don't want that. No, I don't want that. I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our-- our markets are open.

Lesley Stahl: But you're in a--

President Donald Trump: And it will be a fair deal--

Lesley Stahl: --trade war right now. Trade war.

President Donald Trump: You call it war, I don't call--

Lesley Stahl: You-- you--

President Donald Trump: --it--

Lesley Stahl: --you did today.

President Donald Trump: I called it a skirmish.

Lesley Stahl: I heard you, you called it a war.

President Donald Trump: I called it, actually I called it a battle. But, actually, I'm gonna lower that. I consider it a skirmish. And we're gonna win.
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yesterday by bbishop
Beijing seeks proposals for winter Olympic opening ceremony - Xinhua
"We are looking for creative proposals that could fully embody the vision of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games and the Olympic spirit, fully demonstrate the inheritance and development of the splendid Chinese culture, and fully reflect China's achievements in the new era," said Liao Quan, an official with Beijing 2022. // Meanwhile the co-chairs of the US Congressional Executive Commission on China have written to the President of the IOC asking that the 2022 games be moved from China because of the Xinjiang mass detentions and other human rights violations https://www.cecc.gov/sites/chinacommission.house.gov/files/documents/IOC%20Letter%202022%20Beijing%20Olympics_0.pdf
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yesterday by bbishop
Mnuchin Says He's Not Worried China Would Unload Treasuries - Bloomberg
“We have plenty of buyers for Treasuries,” he said, adding that China is “free to do what they want to do.”
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yesterday by bbishop
In Depth: Central Bank Governor Discusses China’s Economy - Caixin
Yi Gang, China’s central bank chief, remains optimistic about the country’s macroeconomic prospects, he told Caixin on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund’s ongoing annual meetings in Bali.

Yi addressed fears of a “consumption downgrade” and explained the reasoning behind recent central bank decisions, including last week’s reserve requirement ratio cut, in an interview this week with Caixin.
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yesterday by bbishop
China and IMF members pledge to avoid using currencies as trade weapon - Reuters
China's top central banker on Saturday pledged to keep the yuan currency's value "broadly stable," a sign that Beijing may be trying to prevent a bruising trade dispute with the United States from spilling over into a currency war.

People's Bank of China Governor Yi Gang's statement at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings in Bali came as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Chinese officials had told him that further yuan depreciation was not in China's interest.

https://www.imf.org/~/media/AMSM/Files/AM2018/IMFC/chn.ashx IMFC Statement by Yi Gang, Governor, People's Bank of China, People’s Republic of China

Looking ahead, China's monetary policy is expected to remain neutral with more focus on guiding expectations. Proactive adjustment and fine-tuning are needed to ensure that the monetary stance will remain appropriate in a changing economic and financial environment, both domestically and externally. It is expected that a well designed and implemented monetary policy will create a conducive financial environment for the supply-side structural reforms and high- quality economic growth. At the same time, China will continue to push ahead with the market- based reforms of interest rate and exchange rate regimes, and keep the RMB exchange rate broadly stable at an adaptive equilibrium level. China will continue to let the market play a decisive role in the formation of the RMB exchange rate. We will not engage in competitive devaluation, and will not use the exchange rate as a tool to deal with trade frictions. Since the beginning of this year, China has continued to implement proactive fiscal policies, and has adopted a series of measures to ease the burden on market participants. Fiscal policies have been playing a greater role in expanding domestic demand and promoting structural adjustment.
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yesterday by bbishop
Five Things to Know About What PBOC Chief Said at the IMF Meetings - Caixin Global
Yi said China’s economic growth is currently stable, and it is expected to achieve its target expansion this year of 6.5%, or possibly slightly higher. Inflation is benign, corporate profits have increased, and taxes and wages are also at a good level. Domestic consumption has become the main driver of growth.

In order to solve structural problems in the economy, China will accelerate domestic reform and opening-up, and strengthen intellectual property protection, Yi said.

China will also consider adopting the principle of “competitive neutrality” for state-owned enterprises, Yi said, referring to policies to ensure that state-owned enterprises compete with private businesses on a level playing field.
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yesterday by bbishop
Trump trade war delivers farm boom in Brazil, gloom in Iowa | Reuters
It is turning instead to Brazil, which has ridden the wave of Chinese demand for two decades to become a global agricultural powerhouse. Brazilian soybean exports to the Asian country jumped 22 percent by value between January and September, compared to the same period a year ago.

Brazilian producers are not only selling more grain, their soy is fetching $2.83 more per bushel than beans from the United States, up from a premium of just $0.60 a year ago, thanks to stepped up Chinese purchases.
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yesterday by bbishop
North Dakota soybean farmers, caught in the trade war, watch the season run out on their crop - The Washington Post
We had one country with imports that exceeded the 10 largest other country imports,” Peterson said. “We had all our eggs in one basket with China. It isn’t that we wanted that, or that we didn’t recognize it. But when demand comes that heavy from one area of the world, you try to address it.”

But because the North Dakotan market has been geared specifically for Chinese imports, growers are now left wanting
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yesterday by bbishop
Dim Sums: Rural China Economics and Policy: China Sept Soybean Imports 8mmt
Chinese market commentary has noted that Brazilian prices quoted to Chinese importers have started to rise in recent weeks. U.S. soybean prices have fallen low enough to be roughly comparable to Brazilian prices after assessing China's 25% retaliatory tariff on the U.S. beans. On October 12, the National Grain and Oils Information Center estimated that the CNF price of Brazilian soybeans for arrival in China was $465/mt, about 25% higher than the $348/mt CNF price for soybeans from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. After adding tariffs, value added tax, and unloading fees, Brazilian beans would cost RMB 3708/mt and U.S. Gulf beans would cost RMB 3666/mt.
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yesterday by bbishop
Trump-Xi meeting at G20 may not go ahead, warns US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin | South China Morning Post
Mnuchin, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings in Bali, also said that Chinese officials had told him that they did not want to see a further depreciation of the yuan’s exchange rate, an issue that the US has been very concerned about.

“I don’t think any decision has been made with regard to a meeting,” Mnuchin said when asked if the Chinese side had offered enough trade concessions to justify a meeting.

“To the extent we can make progress toward a meeting, I encourage that. There are no preconditions, the president will decide [whether to meet Xi].”

Comment: Would love to see the full list of 142 demands the US made to China, and figure which of the ones the Chinese say they can address immediately vs medium term vs never...
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yesterday by bbishop
Chinese official says 'sinicization' of religion in Xinjiang must go on | Reuters
The “sinicization” of religion must be upheld to promote ethnic solidarity and religious harmony, a senior Chinese official has said in the troubled western region of Xinjiang, which is home to a large Muslim population.

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency on Saturday quoted You Quan, head of the ruling Communist Party’s United Front Work Department, which oversees ethnic and religious affairs, as making the remarks on a visit to Xinjiang this week.

尤权:大力促进民族团结和宗教和谐 努力实现新疆社会稳定和长治久安 http://tyzx.people.cn/n1/2018/1015/c372194-30341542.html
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