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Commentary Wrap: Charity Frauds and Nonpolitical Mo Yan


December 7, 2012

By Zhang Dian

Editors from the EO's Chinese website publish 
a daily collection of extracts from commentary pieces that have appeared in the mainland press over recent days. The EO's English team then translates a selection of these opinion pieces.

Questionable Charity Funds

Introduction: Pundit Zhou Xiaoyun suggested on her Weibo that China Charities Aid Foundation for Children (CCAFC) might be involved in money laundering. This was based on a 2011 financial statement showing payments of 4.84 billion yuan – an amount much higher than the total donations received that year. CCAFC apologized, saying that it was an accounting mistake resulting from a misplaced decimal point.

Caught in trouble over and over again, CCAFC obviously should reflect on what’s leading to their crisis of confidence. If they really want to be as fortunate as their foreign counterparts, the charity needs to learn from others in financial supervision and public mechanisms.
Huashang News(华商报)
Original article: [Chinese]

Although CCAFC has cleared itself, it will still inevitably receive accusations of chaotic management and lax internal controls. CCAFC is obviously more to blame than the accusers for the confusion. The public doesn’t have unprincipled sympathy for Zhou Xiaoyun. On the contrary, it is CCAFC that made a serious mistake in its work. This is not just a decimal point misplacement, but a lack of respect for good and honest people.
Huaxi Metropolis (华西都市报)
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Storyteller Mo Yan tells his own story in Nobel Lecture

Criticism of Mo Yan

Introduction: Mo Yan was recently in Sweden to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. He’s come under fire for not taking a tougher stance on certain Chinese political issues and has even been labeled by some as a Communist Party patsy.  

Some people ignore Mo Yan's literary achievements, using an almost paranoid political standard to judge a writer - even saying that he’s useless. They invented so-called "Nobel ethics" and “universal values” standards, which is too political.
China Youth Newspaper(中国青年报)
Original article:

Nobel Prize for Literature is in accordance with the standard of the Nobel Prize for Literature Committee, not by any other people’s standard. Anyone who deemed Mo Yan as unworthy must provide evidence. Otherwise they can only criticize the Nobel Prize committee’s bad sense rather than attack Mo Yan.
Southern Metropolis (南方都市报)
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Counterfeit Money at a Charity Drive

Introduction: Recently, several foreign consulates in Guangzhou organized a charity sale to help children with disabilities in China. The fundraiser pulled in 330,000 yuan, but among it was 5,000 yuan in counterfeit bills. He Keng, former deputy director of the National Bureau of Statistics, said on his Weibo that the event was staged to shame Chinese people.

We shouldn’t have different definitions of charity behavior based on the identity of the organizers. A confident nation never reacts excessively - no matter what its foreign guests encounter.
Beijing News(新京报)
Original article:

It’s fine for a person not to be involved in charity, but he or she should not be sarcastic about it. This behavior is not only narrow-minded but also unfair to the good will of consulates in Guangzhou. What’s worse, the counterfeit money impaired the spirit of philanthropy.
China Youth Online(中国青年报)
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