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BUSINESS AND TECH:

Intellectual property
SIPO reorganized to include trademark function / Mondaq (paywall)
China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) “was reorganized to include the trademark responsibilities of State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) and the geographic indicators responsibilities of Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). The reorganized SIPO now has a new name, National Intellectual Property Administration (国家知识产权局 guójiā zhīshì chǎnquán jú).”Solving China’s ‘innovation issue’
Made in China: The boom and bust of makerspaces / Sixth Tone
“The government hoped makerspaces could help solve the country’s innovation issue — but the push seems to have backfired.”WeChat ecosystem
WeChat hosting over 1 million mobile apps with 200 million DAU in Nov 2018 / China Internet Watch
“WeChat Mini-Programs, light mobile apps running on top of WeChat, has attracted over 1.5 million developers with a total number of over 1 million mini-programs covering over 200 categories, according to Pony Ma, CEO of Tencent.” For more details, see this Chinese-language article on Sina.Aviation industry
China seat supplier looks for way into stretched market / Reuters
“China is squeezing itself into a gap in the market for aircraft seats — a low-key effort compared with plans for a Sino-Russian jetliner or the military might paraded at this week’s Airshow China, but one that may earn it a key role in global supply chains.”HSBC hack
Email accounts hacked, leading to ‘unauthorized transactions,’ Hong Kong’s biggest bank HSBC says / SCMP
“A number of accounts from HSBC’s e-wallet PayMe were hacked into and led to ‘unauthorized transactions,’ Hong Kong’s biggest bank said on Thursday.”Gloom and doom, or sunny prospects? 
Opinion: A Chinese recession is inevitable – don't think it won't affect you / by Kenneth Rogoff in The Guardian
“Analysts say a Chinese recession would only hurt the region. That may be wishful thinking.”
Opinion: Starbucks is buying the dip in China, and so should investors / Motley Fool
“Investors, take note: Starbucks is indicating the Chinese consumer will be just fine.”
Opinion: Blood in China: JD.com is a strong buy with 73% upside / Seeking AlphaCorporate malfeasance
Huarong ex-chairman accused of taking $240 million bribes / Bloomberg (porous paywall)
Bloomberg reporter Lucille Liu on Twitter: “Bloomberg scoop — Lài Xiǎomín 赖小民 accused of taking 1.65 billion yuan in bribes! Must be a new record.”Tourism
China to become most visited country/ AP
“China is set to overtake France as the world's number one tourist destination by 2030 as a growing middle class in Asia looks to spend more on travel, according to experts at market research group Euromonitor International.”A waste of artificial intelligence resources? 
China's 'AI newsreader': Which of these isn't real? / BBC

POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS:

Great gaming in the Pacific 
US allies vie with China to make Pacific island friends / WSJ (paywall)
“Australia said it would establish a development fund and offer Pacific island nations more than $2 billion for infrastructure projects while bolstering military cooperation… Also Thursday, Australia said it would open new diplomatic posts across the Pacific, while New Zealand announced new funding to boost cultural engagement with small Pacific states.”
China shuns rivalry in Pacific as Australia says 'this is our patch' / Reuters
“Beijing and Canberra should be cooperating in the South Pacific and not be cast as strategic rivals, China’s top diplomat said on Thursday, after Australia launched a multi-billion-dollar fund to counter China’s rising influence in the region.”
Wary of China's growing influence, Australia overhauls its role in the Pacific with US$2.2 billion in development funds / SCMPSouth China Sea
Canada sends warship to join international forces shadowing Beijing's navy / SCMP
“Built to hunt Russian submarines, Canadian frigate HMCS Calgary is instead chasing Japanese and U.S. subs in western Pacific drills as Canada joins other maritime nations in seeking to contain Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region.”Taiwan defense 
Taiwan navy adds two new warships as China tensions grow / AFP
“Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen [蔡英文 Cài Yīngwén] vowed Thursday that the island would not ‘concede one step’ in defending itself as she inaugurated two frigates bought from the United States aimed at boosting Taipei 's naval capabilities against China.”
Taiwan commissions warships amid China threat warnings / AP
“Tsai warned that in addition to its traditional military threats, misinformation intended to destabilize Taiwanese society is being spread by China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory to be conquered by force if necessary.”
‘We won’t retreat an inch’: Taiwan enlists US-made submarine hunters to repel Beijing threats / SCMPLatin America
China to give $150 million in aid to El Salvador as ties deepen / Asahi Shimbun
“China will give El Salvador $150 million (17 billion yen) to spur development of social and technological projects, the Salvadoran president said on Wednesday, the latest sign of deepening ties between the countries that has alarmed the United States. Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren is returning from his first trip to China since the countries established diplomatic ties in August.”
Argentina seeks new currency swap deal with China as Beijing pursues closer ties in Latin America / SCMP
“It marks the latest effort by China to step up its presence in Latin America, which has triggered unease in the United States.”Military technology: Fighter jets
Watch: China show off its newest air combat capabilities in this stunning demo flight / Business Insider
“China unveiled a prototype for a previously-unseen J-10 variant equipped with a new engine and thrust vectoring control nozzle during a surprise show that featured advanced air combat maneuvers, including the J-turn, the Cobra, and the Falling Like A Leaf moves.”
China gives rivals glimpse of its latest tactical weaponry at Zhuhai air show / SCMPSexism in the civil service
Sexual harassment in China's 'men-only' civil service accepted as the norm, observers say / SCMP
Gender discrimination and sexual harassment are rampant in Chinese government jobs, according to a study by Human Rights Watch. One example: “At an annual government recruitment programme last month, Beijing published a list of nearly 10,000 job openings for 2019, of which almost 20 percent were effectively off limits to women.”Labor activism
Chinese workers say silicosis protest was broken up with beatings and pepper spray / SCMP
“Workers who are terminally ill with silicosis complained of being pepper-sprayed and beaten by police during a demonstration outside Shenzhen government offices on Wednesday night… More than 300 workers from Sangzhi and Leiyang in central Hunan Province traveled to Shenzhen on Monday for the ninth time this year to petition authorities for work injury compensation and medical costs after contracting the lung condition, for which there is no cure.”Pollution
Chinese fishing village fears contamination cover-up after chemical leak / SCMP
“Alarmed residents are crying foul days after they were assured seawater and air quality were up to standard following a chemical leak in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian.”Taiwan nationhood 
E-game organizer invites Taiwan team to play under 'China subregion' / Focus Taiwan
“The organizers of an international electronic sports event invited a Taiwanese team to re-enter the competition Thursday after it was earlier disqualified for failing to register under the ‘China subregion,’” as the organizer followed the list of United Nations members. Taiwan is not a member state.

SOCIETY AND CULTURE:

Fine food
“A Bite of China” director launches mouthwatering new food documentary series / Radii China
“CCTV-produced food documentary A Bite of China became an instant phenomenon when it debuted in 2012, and continued to capture the hearts (and stomachs) of viewers across China with its second season in 2014. Both seasons were directed by 28-year CCTV veteran Chén Xiǎoqīng 陈晓卿, who left the network in 2017 to found a documentary production lab, and who is now the Vice Chief Editor of Tencent Video.”Ancient wine
Centuries-old alcohol discovered in China / CNN
“Chinese archaeologists have uncovered a 2,000-year-old bronze pot that contains an alcoholic liquid believed to be wine.”Crime in Hong Kong and Thailand
‘Master meat cutter’ jailed for life in Hong Kong for killing and dismembering ex-wife’s aunt / SCMP
“A butcher who killed and chopped up his ex-wife’s aunt was on Thursday jailed for life in what a Hong Kong judge described as a chilling case, filled with lies that offended public morals.”
Twelve Chinese loan sharks caught in Pattaya raids / Bangkok Post
“Twelve members of a Chinese loan-sharking gang using Thailand as a base for an illegal lending service in China charging clients 30% interest a month were arrested during raids on two houses near Pattaya.”The destruction of Old Beijing
Historic preservation or just ripping out a way of life in Beijing? / NYT (porous paywall)
“Beijing’s latest urban preservation campaign swung like a wrecking ball this summer through the colorful shops along Yonghegong Street, a tree-lined road between two of the city’s landmarks: the Confucius and Lama Temples.”A Buddhist practice that is harming the environment?
Catch, release, and catch again: The problem with ‘fangsheng’ / Sixth Tone
“Fàngshēng 放生 refers to the practice of saving animals from captivity — thereby sparing them the suffering of slaughter — and releasing them into the wild,” thus earning good karma. But they may be doing more harm than good.Pandas
Hong Kong giant pandas Ying Ying and Le Le going from Ocean Park to mainland China to breed? Sichuan official raises possibility / SCMPSinister mascots
Hong Kong Fire Service's Lycra-clad mascot causes a stir / BBC
The Hong Kong Fire Service unveiled a slightly sinister-looking mascot, clad in blue Lycra from head to toe, named Anyone, to raise safety awareness. Click through to the BBC for photos and social media links.

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