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2018-06-13 04:50:01

Government officials using WeChat to liaise with colleagues should avoid “bureaucratic formalism,” a catch-all term for showing off empty accomplishments, warned a publication affiliated to the Party’s Publicity Department.

WeChat is deeply integrated into Chinese work life, and civil servants are no exception. But in a commentary published Wednesday in monthly magazine China Comment, officials complained about work groups filled with formalism, flattery, and corruption.

One official said colleagues would frequently share staged photos of themselves hard at work. In other cases, higher-ups would overtly ask for virtual red envelopes with money. Another interviewee complained of female colleagues trying to curry favor with their male bosses by sending rose emojis after their every comment.

2 hours

An editorial in the newspaper of China’s top disciplinary watchdog called on Saturday for stricter oversight of officials who abuse their authority after a Hunan police officer detained a teacher for a personal grievance.

Zhao Mingzhong, deputy director at a police station in Zhuzhou County, ordered a schoolteacher held for over seven hours for punishing his daughter for tardiness, The Paper reported. Zhao has been fired from his position and barred from working in any police department in the future.

Zhao’s is just the latest in a series of cases concerning misuse of police power. In Guangzhou, a lawyer accused police of abusing and detaining her on false allegations this month, and an ex-journalist said he was manhandled for not showing his ID during a random check in August. (Image: Weibo user @三秋笔记)

5 hours

A university in Jilin province fired one of its teachers on Sunday after a student accused him of sexually harassing her.

On Friday, Ouyang Runlin, a sophomore at Jilin Agricultural Science and Technology University, posted on social media that Wang Donglai, a lecturer at the college, had inappropriately touched her. Ouyang said she and another female student had been invited to a dinner on Oct.14 at which Wang and several upperclassmen were present. According to Ouyang, Wang encouraged the two women to drink during the meal, and when they were at a karaoke bar later, she said he put his hand under her coat, touching her stomach and breasts.

Wang’s faculty profile page had been deleted by time of publication. Sixth Tone’s calls to the school’s publicity office on Monday went unanswered. (Image: VCG)

3 days

Ma Jun, the securities analyst who was filmed sucking a male industry friend’s nipples at a rowdy dinner last month, has been penalized by his company for the shenanigan.

Founder Securities demoted Ma from executive director to senior vice president and deducted his 12-month bonus, a person close to the issue told The Paper on Wednesday. Ma was disqualified from his industry’s competitive “New Fortune” analyst prizes after a video of the incident went viral, triggering public debate over the lengths some analysts are willing to go to impress industry colleagues in the run up to the awards. “New Fortune” later suspended this year’s prizes.

Liao Lei, a female colleague of Ma who was also involved in the scandal, is still employed as normal, the source told The Paper. (Image: Weibo)

Republished with permission from Caixin Global.

4 days

China is canceling the release of big-budget war film “Unbreakable Spirit” — starring Bruce Willis and Fan Bingbing — just weeks after the Chinese actress was fined tens of millions of dollars for evading taxes.

The film’s director, Xiao Feng, said Wednesday on his Weibo account that it was “time to let go of” the film, which took him eight years to make, suggesting that the movie will not open in Chinese cinemas on Oct. 26 as had been scheduled. Website Sina reported that the film’s marketing team confirmed cancellation of the Chinese premiere. It is unclear if it will be released outside China.

The film, which tells the story of the Japanese bombing of China during World War II, also stars Adrien Brody and reportedly features art direction by Mel Gibson. (Image: Douban)

Republished with permission from Caixin Global.

4 days

China’s leading ride-hailing platform, Didi Chuxing, will recruit 1,000 Communist Party members to its customer service division to promote passenger safety, the company announced Tuesday via its WeChat account.

According to the post, Didi plans to expand its existing in-house customer service team of 5,000 by adding 3,000 more positions, one-third of which will be for Party members. The ride-hailing firm also said it intends to establish a special working group to ensure that Party recruits play a crucial role in security assurance and emergency response.

The app has introduced several new safety measures following the alleged murders of two Didi passengers this year. Skeptical netizens, however, have criticized the company’s latest initiative as “a stunt to shirk its own responsibility.” (Image: IC)

5 days

China’s on-demand delivery platform, Dada-JD Daojia, announced a collaboration with French retail giant Carrefour on Tuesday.

Partly owned by e-commerce giant, JD Daojia had already been providing delivery service for 158 Carrefour stores in 31 cities since September, and will now expand to nearly 200 stores, according to a press release sent to Sixth Tone. Carrefour’s sales slumped by 6.6 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2018, but according to JD Daojia the partnership has boosted the French retailer’s weekly sales sevenfold.

In August, JD Daojia raised $500 million in funding from and Walmart, which partnered with the Chinese retailer in 2016. JD Daojia claims to have 25 million active users in 45 Chinese cities and to deliver some 1 million orders every day. (Image: VCG)

6 days

The high court in Jiangsu has upheld a previous verdict and ordered ByteDance to pay 110,100 yuan ($15,900) to a media outlet for copyright infringement, The Paper reported Tuesday.

In 2015, Nanjing-based Modern Express sued content aggregator Jinri Toutiao’s parent company, ByteDance, for republishing six of their articles without permission. Despite Toutiao’s claim that four of the articles were republished from partner organizations and the others posted by third-party users, an intermediate court ruled in the newspaper’s favor.

As China’s digital media landscape expands, there have been increasing concerns about intellectual property rights violations. In May, tech giant Tencent said it would reevaluate its investment in a new media outlet after it was accused of “article laundering.” (Image: VCG)


6 days

A park in Hangzhou known for its long, pink grass was trampled by hordes of tourists after gaining fame on social media as a photo hot spot, a local paper reported Sunday in a front-page story.

Long popular as a site for wedding photos, the park was opened to the public during the National Day holiday in October. But before long, web celebrities were flocking to the area to shoot videos for their fans, who then followed suit. By Tuesday, the hashtag “internet celebrity garden destroyed” had been viewed over 130 million times on Weibo.

The trampled grass was mown on Sunday to deter tourists from damaging the area further. “Douyin has become a guide for locusts,” read an upvoted comment under a Beijing News post about the incident. “Whatever place it hypes up, they go off to destroy it.” (Image: @都市快报 on Weibo)

2018-10-15 10:10:29

Grassroots cadres have complained that the expectation to participate in a high number of groups on WeChat is leaving them distracted and exhausted, Hubei Daily reported Monday.

An official in community management told the outlet that colleagues post updates in the more than 30 work-related groups she belongs to, and that she “has to read them all in case I miss [any information].” Two other officials also indicated that they must join a new WeChat group each time a project is launched and upload pictures to prove the completion of every task.

At the end of the report, the writer for Hubei Daily said the groups are “tools that cannot replace work itself” and urged that more attention be paid instead to the practical results of public service. (Image: VCG)

2018-10-12 08:50:37

Authorities in Zhejiang province arrested 21 people for the production and sale of fake drugs and unlicensed medical instruments worth over 300 million yuan ($43 million), The Beijing News reported Thursday.

The report said police first found the plastic surgery products, including facial injectables like hyaluronic acid and botulinum toxin, being sold on WeChat earlier this year. They then tracked down the suppliers in Jiangxi and Henan provinces, where more than 3,000 fake drugs and 25,000 unregistered instruments were seized.

In the past, counterfeit products and unlicensed practitioners have negatively impacted the health of consumers. Last year, a woman in Jiangsu province lost sight in her right eye from illegally-administered injections intended to reshape her nose. (Image: IC)