Pol­lu­tion among is­sues be­ing ad­dressed

China Daily (USA) - - POLICY REVIEW - By CUI SHOUFENG cuishoufeng@chi­nadaily.com.cn

De­part­ments and min­istries un­der the State Coun­cil, China’s Cab­i­net, have re­sponded to a wide range of pub­lic con­cerns dur­ing the past week, in­clud­ing heavy pol­lu­tion in north­ern China and how lo­cal govern­ments re­sponded to it, the reg­u­la­tion of e-com­merce gi­ants’ pro­mo­tions dur­ing the Nov 11 on­line shop­ping gala, last year’s use of so­cial in­sur­ance funds, and a re­cently un­cov­ered cross­bor­der tele­com scam.

The State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for In­dus­try and Com­merce on Nov 7 con­vened a meet­ing with the coun­try’s 15 e-com­merce en­ter­prises, such as Al­ibaba Group and Ama­zon China, urg­ing them to avoid us­ing mis­lead­ing ad­ver­tise­ments and fraud­u­lent pro­mo­tions be­fore and dur­ing the Nov 11 on­line shop­ping spree.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion said it would also adopt sci­en­tific, ef­fi­cient man­age­ment to fix the cred­i­bil­ity rat­ing rules, which were ex­ploited by some on­line mer­chants to gain credit points with forged or­ders and cus­tomer com­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port jointly sub­mit­ted by the Min­istry of Fi­nance, the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, and the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity, China’s so­cial in­sur­ance fund reg­is­tered an in­crease of about 14.6 per­cent last year in terms of to­tal rev­enue, which reached 4,635 bil­lion yuan ($681 bil­lion), with its ex­pen­di­ture ex­ceed­ing 3,911 bil­lion yuan.

On gross rev­enue, the en­dow­ment in­sur­ance fund for ur­ban and ru­ral res­i­dents wit­nessed the high­est in­crease (22.9 per­cent) com­pared with that in 2014, while the en­dow­ment in­sur­ance fund for en­ter­prise em­ploy­ees reg­is­tered the largest amount (2,655 bil­lion yuan). Only un­em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance funds failed to ful­fill the bud­get with a de­cline of 1.1 per­cent.

Po­lice have ar­rested 101 sus­pects who were im­pli­cated in cross-border tele­com scams in­volv­ing 20 mil­lion yuan start­ing mid-June, the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity said on Fri­day. Of the sus­pects, 76 were from the Chi­nese main­land and 25 from Tai­wan, and they are linked to 135 cases. Many peo­ple in Zhe­jiang province had fallen vic­tim to the fraud­sters.

The min­istry pledged to step up its ef­forts to root out tele­com fraud by break­ing down the un­der­ground net­work that har­bors most of the fraud­sters and work­ing closely with other de­part­ments con­cerned. At least 590,000 tele­com fraud cases were re­ported last year, which led to the loss of 22.2 bil­lion yuan in to­tal.

Eight min­istries in­clud­ing the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion and the Peo­ple’s Bank of China is­sued a joint ac­tion plan on keep­ing e-com­merce op­er­a­tions in check.

In par­tic­u­lar, those on­line mer­chants who seek to in­crease their credit points by forg­ing or­ders for their prod­ucts will face a se­ries of new pun­ish­ments from the rel­e­vant de­part­ments and e-com­merce plat­forms, said the plan.

Vi­o­la­tors will be black­listed and held ac­count­able in ac­cor­dance with their mis­deeds. E-com­merce en­ter­prises, too, are en­cour­aged to mon­i­tor on­line mer­chants and pun­ish those il­le­gally so­lic­it­ing credit points.

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