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1.3 billion mobile internet users
China has more than one billion 4G subscriptions: MIIT / TechNode
“The MIIT also noted that mobile internet users — which include users of both 3G and 4G — reached 1.3 billion at the end of October.”Toy retail
Toys ‘R’ Us Asia aims to expand in the region after divorce from American parent / SCMP
“Proposed expansion could see two new stores in Hong Kong and more than 60 more across Asia.”Overseas personal shoppers to pay tax
China crackdown on overseas shoppers boosts ecommerce / FT (paywall)
An ecommerce law due to take effect in January requires all agents who buy goods overseas for other people — dàigòu 代购 — and “who advertise online to register with the government and pay full import taxes. In recent months, customs have stepped up airport checks, while Chinese courts have jailed several merchants for up to 10 years for tax evasion.”
See also New law brings structure, discipline to the willful world of Chinese e-commerce on TechNode.Luxury cars
Porsche defies China slowdown thanks to rich millennials / Nikkei Asian Review
“By the end of October, China continued the strong lead and remained the largest single market with more than 63,000 deliveries.”Counterfeit condoms 
China police bust gang selling fake condoms, arrest 17 / Channel NewsAsia
“Police in China have arrested 17 people and seized more than 500,000 boxes of counterfeit condoms in a crackdown in eastern and central China, reports said. The fakes, packed in boxes printed with major brand names like Durex and Okamoto, were mainly sold to motels, supermarkets and vending machines.”Managing the markets 
Bailout bandwagon poses threat to private sector rescue / Caixin (paywall)
“Major shareholders of a listed company revealed they would sell their shares — amounting to nearly a third of the total — just days after the firm received a government bailout. If shareholders of other companies that receive loans from government-sponsored bailout funds do the same, it could stymie attempts to stabilize the stock market.”Beijing influence on Hollywood 
How China is rewriting its own script / NYT (porous paywall)
“When was the last time you watched a movie with a Chinese villain?”
How China controls Hollywood scripts/ Sydney Morning Herald
“China wields enormous influence over how it is depicted in the movies Americans make and watch.... It's part of a broader push by the government to take control of its global narrative and present a friendlier, less menacing image of China to the world.”


Australia and Chinese hacking
Surge in China theft of Australia company secrets: Report / AFP
China has sharply escalated cyberattacks on Australian companies this year in a “constant, significant effort” to steal intellectual property, according to a report published on Tuesday, November 20, which angered Beijing.Foreigners in Taiwan
Number of migrant workers in Taiwan exceeds 700,000: Labor ministry / Focus Taiwan
“As of the end of October, 703,162 foreign workers were employed in the country, 446,779 of whom were employed in various industries while 256,383 were working in social welfare, including caregiving and domestic help.”Climate change and drinking water
China’s rapidly retreating glaciers threaten Asia’s water supply / Caixin
Glaciers in western China are rapidly melting, causing natural disasters and reducing the drinking-water supply, according to new research released by Greenpeace East Asia on Tuesday. Accelerating glacial retreat in Qinghai and Gansu provinces and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region caused two natural disasters in August and October, Greenpeace said. 
China’s melting glaciers are a ‘wake-up call for the world,’ Greenpeace says / SCMPXi Jinping visit to Spain
Spain's role in Chinese infrastructure drive tops agenda for Xi Jinping's visit to Madrid / SCMP
“Chinese President Xi Jinping will push for Spain to endorse the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ and consolidate China’s ties with Europe when he visits Madrid next week before his planned talks with US President Donald Trump.”Busting Iran sanctions
Despite Iran sanctions, China stays loyal / Al Jazeera
“With commercial ties dating back to the ancient Silk Road, many Chinese companies have said that they will still find a way to do business in Iran, despite the threat of US punitive actions.”Building the Belt and Road
Mountains flattened as Lanzhou builds on the New Silk Road / The Irish Times
“Hundreds of mountains in the dusty province of Gansu have been cut down to make way for Lanzhou New Area, a staging post on the New Silk Road.”The adventures of tweeting exiled tycoon Guō Wénguì 郭文贵 ?
Fugitive Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui ‘has US$1.1 billion of assets frozen by Hong Kong court’ / SCMP
“Another HK$8.7 billion (US$1.1 billion) of assets of fugitive mainland China tycoon Guo Wengui has been frozen by a Hong Kong court… Guo, also known as Miles Kwok, was to hold a press conference in New York on Tuesday, with an introduction by former US presidential adviser Steve Bannon.”Israel and China
Opinion: Israel’s embrace of China is sorely misguided / by Dan Blumenthal in Mosaic
“Israel’s embrace of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under Xi Jinping is morally and strategically misguided.”Taiwan recognition
Taiwan name-change backers hit out at International Olympic Committee warning / SCMP
“A group of pro-independence advocates have claimed that Taiwan's athletes would not be barred from international competition if a proposed name change for the island's sporting teams went ahead, challenging a warning from the International Olympic Committee.”
Taiwan, Marshall Islands sign 2 pacts to enhance cooperation / Focus TaiwanCensorship and harassment of journalists
Police barged into my room while I was covering Fujian chemical spill / Caixin
“I was looking at my phone in bed at around 11:30 p.m. when I heard someone swipe a key card on my door and walk into my room. Four men in police uniforms suddenly appeared before my bed. Their leader, a bald officer holding the key card in his hand, said they were from the police station and ordered me to show my identity card.”
Chinese police apologize after Caixin reporter's 'prostitution bust' hotel room inspection / SCMPCrushing dissent in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s Occupy leaders on trial: Who they are and what they’re accused of / SCMP
Video: Artists march silently with blank placards at Tai Kwun art space in protest of political censorship / Hong Kong Free Press
Opinion | Benny Tai Yiu-ting: Hong Kong isn’t what it was, nor what it’s supposed to be / NYT (porous paywall)
Comments:New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy on Twitter: “Beijing’s political red lines in Hong Kong keep shifting — but always in the direction of more repression, writes Benny Tai, who went on trial today with 8 others for leading the 2014 Umbrella movement protests.”Channel NewsAsia reporter Wei Du on Twitter: “Benny Tai is not a radical. I sat in a courtroom yesterday and watched video of him laying out the plan for Occupy Central on repeat. He was poised, gentle and his arguments well reasoned, in a way the young activists in HK and political dissidents in China are often not.”

Poverty in Hong Kong
Record 1.37 million people living below poverty line in Hong Kong as government blames rise on aging population and city’s improving economy / SCMP
“More than 1.37 million people in Hong Kong are living below the poverty line, struggling to survive in one of the most expensive cities in the world on as little as HKD 4,000 ($510) a month, according to official figures.”

Murder at Chinese newspaper in California 
Man shot to death at Chinese newspaper in Alhambra was publication’s founder / San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Xiè Yīníng 谢一宁, the 58-year-old founder and chairman of the China Press newspaper (侨报qiáo bào), was shot to death at the newspaper’s offices in Alhambra, California, last week on Friday. One of his colleagues was arrested and charged with the murder. The U.S.-based China Press prints a daily newspaper that “serves up mostly Beijing-friendly news to more than 100,000 Chinese readers in at least 15 major cities in the United States, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Houston, Boston, and Washington,” according to Foreign Policy (porous paywall).

Casualties of real estate development
Chinese couple dragged into street at knifepoint as 100-strong gang with excavators demolish home / SCMP
“Police in northwest China are investigating after a gang of men wielding sticks and knives threw an elderly couple out of their home in an early morning raid and detained them against their will while their house was demolished.”


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