Tracking People’s Daily — July 22, 2020

  • Internet services in 2019 reached a revenue of 11.62 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 25.6%.
  • In 2019, there were an estimated 74,000 data centers in China accounting for about 23% of the global total. Of course, that’s a number that’ll only make sense when you have more granular information.
  • First, a commentary that says that amid the current trend of protectionism, “in the final analysis, ‘standing on the right side of history’ is the answer. Only by scientifically grasping and conforming to the general trend of the world, persisting in open development, working together for win-win results, and promoting common prosperity, can we continue to advance towards the goal of building a community with a shared future for mankind.” Essentially, this is about persuading domestic critics about China’s economic policy.
  • Second, with the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army approaching on August 1, the Ministry of Veterans Affairs and the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission have jointly issued a notice requesting all local forces to adhere to Xi Jinping’s new era. Basically the notice talks about activities and propaganda to emphasise the people in the People’s Liberation Army. So for instance, “before and after August 1st, areas with a large number of troops should adopt methods such as targeted recruitment of family members of the army, priority care for children in school, and centralized handling of law and litigation involving military families to help officers and soldiers solve a number of practical difficulties.”
  • Finally, starting from 2021, January 10 will be established as the “Chinese People’s Police Day.”
  • First this one by Zhang Fuhai, member of the Standing Committee of the Guangdong Provincial Party Committee. Zhang basically talks about the steps Guangdong has taken to promote patriotic education in the new era. For instance, Zhang talks about using China’s economic successes of reform and opening up as “vivid and convincing teaching material” for patriotism education in the new era. He adds: “We make overall plans and utilize all available resources to tell the ‘anti-epidemic story’ of people first and life first, and fully demonstrate the remarkable superiority of the party’s leadership and our country’s national system.”
  • Second a piece about how army veterans, who have dealt with floods earlier, are contributing to flood control efforts right now.
  • Lastly, the Central Political and Legal Committee has a new directive to “crack down on contract fraud, illegal operations, and other crimes that disrupt the order of the market economy, as well as illegal and criminal activities that infringe on the personal and property rights of business entities.” All of this comes as measures to improve the business environment and stop pilferage of stimulus money amid the pandemic-driven slowdown.

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