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Foreigners flock to China for job opportunities [People’s Daily]

Posted in Beijing, Canada, China, Employment, Expats in China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Macau, Malaysia, Shanghai, Singapore, south Korea, Taiwan, U.K. on January 8, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Yu Ran (China Daily)

December 21, 2011

SHANGHAI – Shanghai has China’s second-largest population of foreigners and overseas Chinese, and 27.3 percent of them have come to the city purely for jobs, according to a report released on Monday by the municipal statistics bureau.

A total of 104,300 residents, more than 50 percent of the city’s foreigners and overseas Chinese – people from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan – came to the city primarily for long-term work or short-term business in 2010, said the report, which is based on the sixth national census conducted in November 2010.

This is the first time foreigners and overseas Chinese were counted in the census.

“Shanghai has seen a rapidly increasing flow of foreigners coming for jobs over the past three to five years, and the trend continues and is expected to grow significantly in the near future, given the booming local economy,” said Sun Haode, director of the labor and employment center for foreigners under the labor and social security bureau in Shanghai.

Sun said that he and his team are working to help local enterprises recruit foreigners, sign work agreements and apply for work permits for them.

According to the report, foreigners in Shanghai stay on average for 21 months, with people from South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Canada staying the longest.

“I found it easy to settle in my first job in China within a month of my arrival, and I worked for a 3-D animation company for a while before I got my current position,” said Gary Williams, a 26-year-old business director at Thread Design, a foreign-invested creative design company in Shanghai.

Williams used to work as a bank manger in Newcastle, England, but he wanted to do something more exciting and came to Shanghai in January 2009 looking for a job in design and media.

“The projects and opportunities that I can work on here are great, and I’ve learned that developing countries will turn to China, not the US or UK, for inspiration when looking for the best practices in design, branding and architecture,” he said.

“I think a foreigner can either come to teach English, or come as a highly educated and experienced expat with a good offer for a position and salary in hand. Those who don’t belong to these two categories may have to fight for a job, because the requirements for foreign workers are quite high in the city,” said Williams, who considers himself lucky.

But not every young foreigner in Shanghai is so lucky.

“I graduated last year without any work experience, and I had studied in Shanghai and Beijing over the past two years,” said Piero Marzullo, a 23-year-old Italian who has been looking for a job in the city for more than two months.

Marzullo, who majored in Chinese at an Italian university, came to China in September hoping to find work as an interpreter. Although she has spent about five hours a day sending out resumes to employers, she has had no success yet.

“I’ve sent thousands of job applications to companies in Shanghai, and I just got about 20 interviews in return, which makes me doubt that speaking fluent Chinese is enough to get a job in China,” she said.

Marzullo has noticed that most of the positions for foreigners in Shanghai are related to business management, marketing and finance. She is proficient in none of these.

“Hopefully, I can find a job that matches my education background as soon as possible, with a basic monthly salary of about 7,000 yuan ($1,100),” she said.

A number of headhunters and human resources consultancies have opened special sections to help foreigners find jobs.

“We’ve noticed that there are fresh graduates having problems finding jobs in China, for they lack work experience, which is essential if a foreigner wants to work in the country. We’ve suggested they go back to their home countries and return when they have at least two years’ experience,” said Tan Qian, an account manager in charge of foreigner recruitment at FESCO Adecco, one of the leading HR services companies in China.

As a HR services company, FESCO Adecco has long-term agreement with the government of South Korea to hold two job fairs annually in Beijing and Shanghai to help South Koreans find jobs in China.

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“Leaders attend National Day reception in Beijing” – Happy 10.1 National Day to Chinese everywhere [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Holidays in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Reunification, Taiwan on October 1, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

EIJING, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) — China’s senior Party and state leaders attended a reception at central Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Thursday to celebrate the 62nd founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Jia Qingling, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), addressed the reception in the presence of Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Li Keqiang. All the three are members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

In his speech, the top political advisor extended, on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, or China’s Cabinet, a warm welcome to all the guests, particularly those from the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions (SARs), compatriots living in Taiwan, and overseas Chinese.

The CPC, which celebrates its 90th founding anniversary this year, led the Chinese people in a 28-year struggle before the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949, and, in the glorious 62 years since, the Chinese people have made a miracle in building and developing the nation, said Jia.

“We’ll never forget compatriots living in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas, who have stood together and shared the happiness and woe of the Chinese people from different ethnic groups, regardless of the situation,” he said.

Jia thanked the leaders and governments of Hong Kong and Macao for what they have accomplished since the two SARs returned to the arms of the motherland in 1997 and 1999, respectively.

In securing the central government’s continued assistance to the two SAR governments, Jia expressed his strong support for further upgrading the advantages of Hong Kong and Macao in competitiveness, fostering newly emerging industries, and deepening their cooperation with the mainland.

The central government will continue insisting on the policies of “One Country, Two Systems,” “Hong Kong People Govern Hong Kong” and “Macao People Govern Macao,” as well as a high degree of autonomy for the SAR governments to handle their internal affairs.

Regarding the issue of achieving a “complete, peaceful reunification” of China, Jia reiterated that it is the common aspiration of all Chinese living both at home and abroad.

In his speech, Jia also praised the “unique role” of overseas Chinese in realizing the great reinvigoration of the Chinese nation.

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Smuggler Lai Changxing nears extradition – Canada squanders millions, delays justice as it harbors China’s #1 runaway criminal for over a decade [People’s Daily]

Posted in Australia, Canada, China, Corruption, France, Hu Jintao, Law enforcement, Macau, Portugal, Spain on July 14, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

“… Canada [is] often cited as a haven for corrupt Chinese officials and fugitives…”

July 13, 2011

The possible repatriation of Lai would mark the end of a 12-year dispute between China and Canada over the issue and justify their partnership in fighting crime, analysts said.

According to The Globe and Mail newspaper, police arrested Lai at his downtown Vancouver residence Thursday to stop him from fleeing before the deportation. Lai, 53, was also accused of associating with local members of the so-called Big Circle Boys organized crime gang.

Lai was the alleged mastermind of a multi-billion-dollar smuggling racket in Xiamen, Fujian Province.

From 1996 to 1999, through paying bribes and cultivating connections with local officials, Lai’s gang managed to smuggle a range of goods valued at 53 billion yuan ($8.19 billion), from oil and cars to cigarettes, evading taxes of 30 billion yuan, an investigation revealed.

Authorities in Beijing have on several occasions demanded his extradition, but Canadian authorities rejected the request, claiming that Lai could face risks, such as torture, if sent back to China.

In 2007, Immigration Canada said their findings did not indicate Lai would face a risk in China, but the claim was overturned by Federal Court Judge Yves de Montigny, who ordered another risk assessment.

After four years of assessment, Immigration Canada recently determined that Lai is not at risk of being tortured in China.

Lai had been scheduled to be repatriated as early as Tuesday afternoon, but he won an interim stay of deportation Monday, giving him a chance to argue for a longer stay in a one-day Federal Court hearing July 21, The Globe and Mail reported.

If Lai loses that appeal, the tentative date for his return is July 25, the newspaper quoted Canadian Border Services Agency representative Kevin Boothroyd as saying Monday.

Huang Yunrong, editor-in-chief of the Vancouver-based Globe Chinese Press newspaper, told that China and Canada have stepped up their efforts in extraditing Chinese fugitives, especially economic criminals.

Lai knows that the result of the second assessment is unlikely to be overturned, Huang said.

Yang Cheng, a personal chair in International Law at the University of Saint Joseph in Macao, and also an expert witness in Lai’s case, told the Global Times that this time, the chance of Lai’s repatriation is very high.

“To achieve Lai’s extradition, China has made a compromise by promising not to sentence him to death and to allow Canadian officials to visit Lai in a Chinese prison,” Yang said.

“If the two countries can work this out, it will be a step forward in their cooperation in fighting crime. It would also serve as a good example for repatriating other Chinese fugitives hiding abroad,” Yang added.

The Supreme People’s Court said in 2007 that China’s promise not to sentence Lai [to death] is an essential prerequisite to having him repatriated, and is the only correct option to punish crimes and safeguard the interests of the nation, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

According to a report published by the People’s Bank of China in June, the number of runaway corrupt officials – mainly supervisors and managers from government departments, enterprises and institutions – has reached 16,000, resulting in the transfer of 800 billion yuan ($119 billion) in assets to other countries or regions.

The report was allegedly retracted later by the central bank from its website.

Since 2007, at least 580 fugitives accused of illegal fundraising, bank fraud, illegal transfer of funds abroad and contract fraud have gone on the run in other countries, mostly in North America and Southeast Asia, with Canada often cited as a haven for corrupt Chinese officials and fugitives, the Ministry of Public Security revealed late last year.

Zhou Rongyao, director of Canadian studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that Lai’s case has always been used as a leverage in Sino-Canadian relations.

“Lai’s extradition will mark the end of a decade-old dispute between the two sides. Apparently, the Canadian side also compromised on its previous stance. But more importantly, they want to send a signal to fugitives that they cannot hide there anymore,” Zhou said.

The Vancouver Sun newspaper reported that Lai’s case has cost the federal government millions by challenging his deportation order.

During a state visit to Canada by Chinese President Hu Jintao in June 2010, the two sides signed a memorandum to work together against crime.

China has also signed extradition treaties with 37 countries, including Spain, Australia, Portugal and France, and 250 fugitives have been extradited since 2006, the China Police Daily reported in October.

Liu Linlin contributed to this story

Source: Global Times

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Why and How the CPC Works in China []

Posted in China, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Hong Kong, Macau, Reform and opening up, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, Taiwan, USSR on July 1, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

June 30, 2011

A book that answers 13 questions about how the Communist Party of China (CPC) works in China and why the Party has made great achievements in the past decades has been recently published by the Beijing-based New World Press.

The book, named “Why and How the CPC Works in China”, puts forward a new way of introducing China and the CPC to the world.

Xie Chuntao, the author of the book and a professor with the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC, writes in the foreword that since China has been developing rapidly in recent years, the topics such as “China model,” “China’s road” and “China’s experience” are being discussed a lot at the international level. Why has this happened? Xie and the co-authors of the book raise and discuss 13 questions of the CPC’s history and its way of governing the country.

“We provide the answers in a story-telling way,” said Xie. “Unlike other academic books, we lead the readers to draw conclusions by themselves from the stories.”

Zhao Qizheng, the spokesman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said in his review of the book, “This book records the whole process from the foundation of the People’s Republic of China to the modern construction of the country. I have been involved in the process, and this book’s stories recall many of my memories. For many people in other countries, who have misunderstandings about the CPC, this book is definitely a must read…”

*** Selected Parts of the Book ***

1. Why was the CPC capable of establishing a new China?

In modern times, striving to save the Chinese nation when its very existence was at stake, numerous people with lofty ideals worked arduously at considerable sacrifice but did not succeed. Why could the CPC lead the Chinese people to establish a new China and realize the independence and emancipation of the Chinese nation?

2. How was the CPC able to clear up the mess left behind by the KMT?

When the Kuomintang (KMT) fled the mainland of China in 1949 it took with it the country’s foreign exchange reserves in gold and silver accumulated over the years, and left behind a national economy severely damaged by the turmoil of war. At that time many people doubted the capacity of the CPC to rule China. However, in just three years the CPC rebuilt China’s national economy to the highest level before 1949. How could it do this?

3. How did the CPC keep the people’s support despite its mistakes?

After the CPC became the national power holder it scored a series of achievements. However, it also committed mistakes such as the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. How could it win the people’s support and continue in power even with those serious mistakes?

4. How did the CPC maintain power when the Eastern Bloc Communist Parties fell?

At the end of the 1980s and in the early 1990s, the communist parties in the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries lost their status as ruling parties one after another. Some Western political celebrities believed that the CPC would follow suit, but they were soon disappointed to find that the status of the CPC as a ruling party is as stable as Mount Tai. Why was the situation so different in China? What’s the difference between the CPC and the communist parties of the former Soviet Union and the Eastern European countries?

5. How could the CPC solve the problem of feeding 1.3 billion people?

A renowned scholar in the West once asked who could feed the Chinese people, a question having no small impact on the world. However, in just a few years facts proved that the scholar was over-anxious. China not only feeds its own people but also contributes greatly to solving the problem of grain supply worldwide. How could the CPC score such an achievement?

6. How could the CPC develop China into the world’s second-largest economy?

China’s economy was almost on the brink of collapse before the implementation of the reform and opening-up policy. However, in a little more than 30 years China has developed into the world’s second-largest economy. What method did the CPC adopt to create such a wonder in the history of the world economy?

7. How could the CPC integrate socialism with the market economy?

The planned economy is a basic characteristic of socialism, while the market economy is a patent of capitalism. How could the CPC establish a socialist market economy system and bring vitality to China’s development?

8. How could a system of multi-party cooperation under the CPC’s leadership be implemented?

The political party system China has adopted is marked by multi-party cooperation under the leadership of the CPC. Such a system is unique in the world. How could the CPC establish and practice such a system, and why can other parties accept the leadership of the CPC?

9. Why could prosperity and stability be maintained in Hong Kong and Macao?

It was predicted that Hong Kong would collapse after China resumed sovereignty over it. However, Hong Kong’s capitalist economy is even more prosperous than ever, since its return over a decade ago. After China resumed its sovereignty over Macao, the gambling industry in Macao continued to boom, and Macao began the successful transformation of its economic pattern. How could the CPC achieve success in implementing its policy of “one country, two systems”?

10. Why does the relationship across the Taiwan Straits keep making progress?

Due to historical reasons, the mainland and Taiwan were antagonistic towards each other for decades. However, in recent years, with more and more communication between the Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Straits, there have been fewer and fewer misunderstandings, and the mainland and Taiwan are increasingly inseparable. How could the CPC’s policy toward Taiwan increasingly win the understanding and recognition of the people in Taiwan?

11. How could China win the support of so many developing countries?

China experiences setbacks from time to time in its communication with some developed Western countries due to the differences between them in terms of ideology and social systems. However, China maintains close relations with most developing countries. How could the CPC and Chinese government win the understanding and support of most developing countries?

12. How could the CPC conduct the earthquake relief work effectively and host the Beijing Olympic Games successfully?

In 2008 two events in China amazed the whole world: One was the highly-efficient earthquake relief work and the other the truly exceptional Beijing Olympic Games. How could the CPC achieve such successes, and what advantages in terms of its system does China enjoy?

13. How can the CPC properly manage a party with nearly 80 million members?

The CPC has nearly 80 million members, more than the population of a small or medium-sized country. With what method does the CPC manage such a big party, and enable it to maintain cohesion and executive power, and go from strength to strength?…

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Chinese wrap up glutinous rice, cherish traditions on Duanwu Festival – Happy Dragon Boat Festival, 2011 June PHOTOS [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Holidays in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan on June 6, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

June 5, 2011

A man teaches a child to wrap a zongzi (rice dumplings) in Haiyou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, June 4, 2011. As the Duanwu Festival draws near, handmade Zongzi, a kind of traditional food for the festival, became more and more popular. The Duanwu Festival, also known as Dragon Boat Festival, falls on June 6 this year. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng)

As the Duanwu (Dragon Boat) Festival is to fall on Monday, Chinese housewives spent Saturday wrapping up glutinous rice with reed leaves or buying red-made rice balls at restaurants and supermarkets.

Today the rice ball is an indispensable dish on the Chinese dinner table on the Duanwu Festival. Traditionally, however, it should be thrown into rivers to spare from the fish’s mouths the body of a poet who drowned more than 2,000 years ago.

The poet, named Qu Yuan, lived in the state of Chu during the Warring States period (475 BC to 221 BC). He drowned himself in the Miluo River in the central Hunan Province in 278 BC, hoping his death would awaken the king to revitalize their kingdom.

The date of Qu Yuan’s death, the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, has since been remembered as the Dragon Boat, or Duanwu, Festival. On that date, fishermen row dragon boats along the Miluo river to search for Qu Yuan and scatter glutinous rice balls in the water to prevent the fish and shrimps from eating his body.

The festival is celebrated throughout the country, featuring dragon boat races, rice ball cooking competitions, traditional art shows and herb harvesting to keep fit.

Actresses perform a drum show in the Jinyang Lake park in Taiyuan, capital of north China's Shanxi Province, June 4, 2011. The Jinyang Lake Dragon Boat Festival Folk Festival opened Saturday. The event will present a series of celebrations including dragon boat race and zongzi (rice dumpling)-wrapping contest for three days... (Xinhua/Fan Minda)

Competitors row during the dragon boat race in Nanchang County, east China's Jiangxi Province, June 4, 2011. The race is held here in celebration of traditional Chinese festival Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwu Festival, which falls on June 6 this year. Despite the lingering drought here which causes narrowed water surface and lower water level, people are still full of enthusiasm about the race. (Xinhua/Zhou Ke)


Twelve teams of dragon boat racers arrived in Miluo city of the central Hunan Province Saturday to train for one of the country’s most important rowing events scheduled for Sunday and Monday.

Organizers have managed to hold the annual event though the worst drought in 60 years has reduced the water level in Miluo River significantly. Continue reading

China now world’s third-biggest tourist attraction [People’s Daily]

Posted in 2010 World Expo, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, Russia, Shanghai, Spain, Taiwan, Tourism, USA, Vietnam on April 17, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

April 11, 2011

China has overtaken Spain on the list of the world’s top tourism destinations, becoming the third-largest attraction, a senior tourism official said at the weekend.

Man Hongwei, director of the international coordination department at the China National Tourism Administration, said at a press conference that the number of international arrivals staying at least one night reached 55.66 million last year, up 9.4 percent on 2009.

China’s appearance in the top three was its first.  It follows France, which had 78.95 million arrivals, and the United States, which had 60.88 million, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Continue reading

People’s Daily hails just-ended 4th session of 11th CPPCC National Committee [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Hong Kong, Hu Jintao, Macau, Scientific Outlook on Development, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, Taiwan on March 16, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

March 14, 2011

The 10-day annual meeting of the Fourth Session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) completed all items on the agenda and came to a victorious close on Sunday, March 13. The People’s Daily, the leading national newspaper in China, has published on Monday an editorial to mark the occasion and its excerpts read as follows:

Titled "Jointly Write a Splendid Chapter on Scientific Development", the editorial cites the just-concluded CPPCC annual meeting as a conference of vital importance, which has made new, eminent achievements.  During the conference, Chinese President Hu Jintao and other Party and state leaders called on CPPCC National Committee members and respectively joined their panel discussions in mulling or deliberating national affairs together.

The editorial hails the attainments of the political advisory body in 2010, saying that the CPPCC National Committee and its members had made vital contributions when the country grappled with various challenges to boost sound and fast social and economic development.  "We must be more willing or ready to uphold the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), unswervingly keep to the political development path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and continue to push forward the cause of the CPPCC," it said.

On Premier Wen Jiabao’s Report on the Work of the Government", the CPPCC members referred to it as a report of confidence building, and of great inspiration and cohesion.  The members are unanimous in the view that the 12th Five-Year Plan maps out the blueprint for the next five years (2011-2015), reflects China’s ongoing reform and development trend, and is a solemn commitment the CPC Central Commitment and the Chinese government has made to the people of all ethnicities across China. Continue reading