SINGAPORE – Multi-ministry Taskforce co-chair Lawrence Wong on Tuesday (4 May) explained the latest round of COVID-19 measures to be implemented and why they are necessary.
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SINGAPORE – Multi-ministry Taskforce co-chair Lawrence Wong on Tuesday (4 May) explained the latest round of COVID-19 measures to be implemented and why they are necessary.
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China’s internet regulator has said it has overseen the deletion of more than 2 million posts containing “harmful” discussion of history, amid preparations to mark the Communist Party’s centenary in July. “For a while, some people have disseminated harmful information with historical nihilism on the internet, under the guise of reflection and declassification,” said Wen Youhua, a division director at the Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC), during a press conference in Beijing on Saturday. “Historical nihilism” is a term coined by the Chinese government that refers to discussion or research that challenges its official version of history.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. President Xi Jinping reiterated in February that the party opposed historical nihilism as he ordered a campaign to study party history before the July 1 centenary. Wen said the deleted posts had “polluted” the online environment and his office had launched a specific campaign for the centenary. “Since the beginning of the campaign, we have lawfully dealt with a large number of [social media] accounts that disseminated historical nihilism,” he said. “[We] have urged various websites to delete more than 2 million posts that violated laws or regulations.” New textbook stirs debate by saying Cultural Revolution led to ‘disaster’ The CAC’s website invites people to report posts that “distort” the history of the party, or China since the party’s rule began in 1949. Other criteria given include “attacks on the party leadership”, “slandering heroes” and vilification of traditional Chinese culture. Marking the centenary has been identified as the party’s most important political task this year and Xi has promised a “grand celebration”. Officials across the country have been told to ensure “social stability”. The party has stepped up efforts to educate members and the public about its history, with several films and television dramas on the subject being broadcast. The campaign will cover party history since its 1921 origins, but focus heavily on “historic successes” achieved since 2012, Xi said in February. Xi became the party’s leader that year. In various speeches since then, Xi has linked discussion of history to the party’s legitimacy. In a 2013 address, he accused unnamed “hostile forces” of undermining the party’s rule by challenging its official account of the past. He has also acknowledged the party has made mistakes in the past, including the Cultural Revolution, a decade of political upheaval ordered in 1966 by Mao Zedong that lasted until his death. But Xi has described uncontrolled public discussion of such events as a threat to the party’s rule, and said it was partly responsible for the collapse of the former Soviet Union.More from South China Morning Post:Xi Jinping says China is ‘invincible’, regardless of challenges ahead‘Red tourism’ in China ahead of Communist Party centenary appears rampant … but with borders shut, where else is there to go?Will China’s jeers cost it the international moral high ground?Still taboo in mainland China: the Cultural Revolution as seen through the lens of Li ZhenshengThis article China deletes 2 million online posts for ‘historical nihilism’ as Communist Party centenary nears first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
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Chinese became more trusting of the government several months into the pandemic, according to a survey conducted by researchers from China, Canada and Sweden. Nearly 20,000 people were polled across 31 provinces or administrative regions in mainland China from April 22 to 28 last year. The survey was conducted weeks after the city of Wuhan in Hubei – where the first cases of the coronavirus were reported – emerged from a strict and unprecedented lockdown that lasted more than two months.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. Some 49.2 per cent of respondents said they trusted the national government more since the outbreak, while just 3.3 per cent trusted the government less. For 47.6 per cent, the trust level remained the same. But the survey also found that there was less trust in the lower levels of government. “The authors find that Chinese citizens have an overall high level of satisfaction, but that this satisfaction drops with each lower level of government,” the researchers said in a peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal of Contemporary China. They found 30 per cent of respondents said they had more trust in the local government, while 63 per cent said their trust level was the same, and 6.3 per cent had less trust. Beijing has faced heavy international criticism for its early handling of the outbreak, including over the death of whistle-blower doctor Li Wenliang from Covid-19 in February last year, after he tried to sound the alarm about the new virus but was silenced by the authorities. However, the survey results suggest that months later, the authorities were being seen more favourably within mainland China, where Covid-19 has now been largely brought under control. The Chinese book at the bottom of the Sars bioweapons claims Led by Cary Wu, assistant professor of sociology at York University in Canada, and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the researchers recruited more than 600 students from 53 universities in China to conduct anonymous online interviews. In Wuhan, 52.8 per cent of respondents said they trusted the national government more than they did before the pandemic, and only 3.5 per cent trusted it less. But 8.9 per cent of respondents in the city were less trusting of the local government. “Overall, we see a negative association between Covid-19 cases and trust/citizen satisfaction. But in Wuhan/Hubei, respondents were highly satisfied with government performance, especially when they compared the Covid-19 situations in other countries,” Wu said, in a written reply to the South China Morning Post. The average score for satisfaction with the government at various levels was 3.8 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5, the paper said. Respondents were asked about satisfaction with information dissemination during the pandemic and the delivery of essentials to people’s homes when they were unable to leave during lockdowns. For information dissemination, 89 per cent said they were satisfied with the national government, but that dropped to 77 per cent for the provincial authorities, 74 per cent for city governments, 70 per cent at the county level, and 67 per cent for community or village authorities. That pattern was also seen for delivery of essentials, with 81 per cent satisfied with the national government but only 58 per cent satisfied with their community or village authorities. Age and education also affected the level of satisfaction, with lower levels of satisfaction recorded among those who were highly educated to degree level and aged below 30, according to the survey. The researchers also looked at how factors such as state propaganda, Communist Party membership and the Confucius culture that puts national and collective interests above those of individuals affected the survey results. They found that party members or people who got most of their information from state media were more satisfied with the government, as were those who believed in collectivism.More from South China Morning Post:Wuhan party chief on track to become Hubei governor after winning plaudits for handling of Covid-19 outbreakThe coronavirus films showing people in Wuhan at its darkest hour, and the human side of China’s fight against the pandemicThis article Chinese more trusting of government months into pandemic, survey finds first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
A 48-year-old Hong Kong woman struggled with an intruder she found in her upscale Mid-Levels flat before daybreak on Tuesday but failed to stop him from fleeing with about HK$2.7 million (US$348,000) in valuables and cash. As of midday, a citywide manhunt was still under way for the burglar and an accomplice who helped him climb onto the first floor of the 20-storey Piccadilly Mansion on Po Shan Road shortly before 4am. According to police, the burglar scaled the building up a drainpipe and climbed into the victim’s fourth-floor flat through the window of a toilet while his accomplice acted as lookout on a nearby hillside.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. The break-in came to light when the tenant was woken up by the sounds of the burglar ransacking her 2,499 sq ft flat. “The struggle erupted when she … found a black-clad burglar in the study room,” a police source said. “The culprit managed to run off during the scuffle and ran into a toilet connected to the study room, from which he climbed out the window to escape.” Police arrived after receiving a call from her at about 4.07am. Officers scouted the area, but no arrests were made. According to police, the two suspects are about 1.7 metres tall. Jewellery and watches initially estimated to be worth HK$2.7 million were stolen along with nearly HK$4,000 in cash. Detectives from the Central criminal investigation unit have checked security camera footage to gather evidence. Hong Kong police arrest three during bungled burglary in New Territories On May 2, two mainland Chinese men believed to be behind a series of burglaries in the New Territories were among three people arrested at the Tuen Mun scene of a bungled break-in during which two police officers drew their guns. Officers are investigating whether the two mainland suspects had ties to a notorious rural gang operating in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Both were surnamed Wei, according to police, a name shared by many villagers there. According to police, 63 mainlanders who entered Hong Kong illegally were arrested in connection with various crimes last year, up 53.7 per cent from the year before. In 2020, police handled 2,095 reports of burglary across the city, down 12.5 per cent from 2,394 cases in 2019.This article Burglar escapes upscale Hong Kong flat with HK$2.7 million in valuables, cash after struggle with female tenant first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Thailand said Tuesday it was seeking a "humanitarian" solution for three Myanmar journalists arrested after fleeing across the border, as protesters across the coup-hit nation marched for democracy on the 100th day of military rule.
This is the first in a series of stories about the impact of India’s Covid-19 crisis on the Indian and Chinese economies and the global initiative to restructure supply chains. Apple’s efforts to diversify its production from China to India are being hit by the Covid-19 crisis there, with infections and factory shutdowns prompting analysts to question whether the country can become a smartphone manufacturing and export superpower. According to a report by Taiwanese news agency CNA on Saturday, Foxconn confirmed that 10 Chinese engineers at its plant in the Indian city of Chennai had been infected with Covid-19. Meanwhile Wistron Corporation, another key player in Apple’s manufacturing chain, closed its plant in south India for five days after a spate of Covid-19 cases, according to the CNA report.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. “We can confirm that a small number of employees who worked at one of our facilities in India have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus,” said Foxconn in a statement on Monday. Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Realme face Indian dilemma “We are working to provide the employees and their families with the support they need … we have been working closely with local government and public health authorities in India to address the challenges that we and all companies are facing in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.” Despite wider government efforts to halt the spread of Covid-19, it has not yet imposed any manufacturing lockdowns. “Many Covid restrictions are being initiated [on a] daily basis and many things are being severely impacted, including demand and supply”, said Bakshi Hardeep Vaid, a professor at the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology. India has become the second-largest market for smartphones since 2019, amid a raging tech war between the US and China, with companies including Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi setting up manufacturing operations in the country. In a bid to turn the country into an export and manufacturing hub, India’s government last year increased import taxes on smartphones and launched the US$6.65 billion Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for hardware makers. Three of Apple‘s top contract manufacturers, Foxconn, Wistronn and Pegatron, have announced plans to invest a total of almost US$900 million in India in the next five years to tap into the PLI, according to sources quoted by Reuters in September last year. “For Apple the objective [of local manufacturing] was twofold: one is to lower the cost difference due to import duties and secondly, it is also a hedge for Apple,” said Kiranjeet Kaur, senior research manager at IDC. Amid the ongoing US-China trade war, focusing production solely on China would increase risks for the iPhone maker, she added. However, India’s ambitions to become the “new China” in phone manufacturing are now being blunted by one of the world’s worst outbreaks of Covid-19, with daily deaths from the virus surging past 4,000 for the first time on Saturday, according to government data. IDC’s Kaur expects smartphone makers to be hit by the Covid-19 surge during the second quarter and possibly longer if there are more waves of infections. Market research firm TrendForce forecast on Monday that Covid-19 would reduce India’s smartphone production by a total of 12 million units in the second and third quarter. This could result in a 7.5 per cent year on year decrease in smartphone production in India for the whole year. India holds up wireless approvals for China-made devices The short-term impact of community lockdowns has also weakened consumer demand, with Bloomberg Intelligence last week reporting that smartphone shipments could fall 25 per cent in the second quarter. Aside from the impact on Apple and Samsung’s supply chains, Chinese brands such as Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo and Vivo – all of which have been expanding in the country in recent years – have also been hit by India’s Covid-19 wave of destruction. As such, Kaur says China will remain an important manufacturing hub for Apple, at least in the short term, given the possibility of lower production in India and strong demand for iPhones. In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, the world’s largest manufacturing complex for iPhones, Foxconn recently raised bonus pay for new recruits, signalling strong production activity. Foxconn has four plants in China while in India the company makes iPhones in two plants. China contributed 68 per cent of global handset production in 2020, with India at around 15 per cent, according to research firm Counterpoint, which estimates a figure of 19 per cent for India in 2021. Apple has been shifting production out of China, its second biggest market, slowly but steadily, but Covid-19 has stopped this and Apple’s production in China in 2020 returned to 2017 levels, according to a May report by Counterpoint. Thanks to a developed production infrastructure, a deep labour pool and supportive local government policies, China remains critically important to the global electronics supply chain. iPhone 12 launches in China to strong demand But IDC’s Kaur says that the costs of Chinese production may increase and in the future, Apple may continue to look to other markets to increase production, whether it’s Vietnam for iPads or India for iPhones. In November last year, Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with the matter, that Foxconn would be moving some iPad and MacBook assembly to Vietnam from China at the request of Apple in a bid to diversify production and minimise the impact of the US-China trade war. Additional reporting by Che Pan More from South China Morning Post:India’s Covid-19 surge dashes hopes of world reopening at once: Chinese expertApple supplier Foxconn raises bonus for new assembly line workers as iPhone production heats upChina’s world-factory status gets boost as coronavirus ravages India and other developing Asian countriesThis article Apple’s attempt to diversify manufacturing to India is being stymied by New Delhi’s coronavirus crisis first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
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