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China Speak: Foxconn, Map Scrutiny & Yang Rui


Quotes from around China this week

“Problematic maps with wrong information about borders could trigger diplomatic disputes, or even diplomatic protests.”

Li Qinggong, deputy secretary-general with the national security policy commission of the China Association of Policy and Science, on the need for greater scrutiny of maps being made in China. He argues that mapping geographical information should be strictly regulated because it is a State practice as opposed to an individual activity. China Daily.

"We have apologized to each of the students for our role in this action. Furthermore, any Foxconn employee found, through our investigation, to be responsible for these violations will have their employment immediately terminated.”

In Foxconn’s statement, the company acknowledged that it hired underage workers, some as young as 14 years old, at its Yantai plant in Shandong Province. The company said schools recruit students under the supervision of local governments, but is taking “full responsibility” for the violations. Wall Street Journal

“The rate, the spot rate and future rate, determined by the market supply and demand, basically are very close to the equilibrium rate.”

Zhou Xiaochuan, China’s central bank chief, says China’s is now set mainly by the market, rather than intervention. New York Times.

“I do not agree with demonizing [other journalists], in mid-May on several different occasions I inadvertently hurt the feelings of former Al Jazeera English's [Melissa Chan] and I express my sincere apology. As for the attitude of the Chinese government towards her, this has nothing to do with me. Microblogs are the personal responsibility of their authors. China should not be afraid of being confident and candid, nor of being criticized by others.

CCTV’s Yang Rui apologizes for comments he made about Melissa Chan - the Al Jazeera reporter who did many provocative reports on China and was expelled earlier this year. Shanghaiist

“While the Chinese have consistently rated their national and personal economic situations positively over the last few years, they are now grappling with the concerns of a modern, increasingly wealthy society.”

According to a Pew Research Center survey, Chinese people are increasingly worried about growing income inequality and official corruption. 48 percent of the adults surveyed said the gap between the rich and poor in China is a “very big problem.”   Bloomberg.



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