HK mes­sag­ing plat­forms urged to stop doxxing, hate

Global Times US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Wang Wen­wen and Chen Qingqing

So­cial net­works such as Tele­gram and LIHKG, which Hong Kong pro­test­ers use widely for com­mu­ni­ca­tion in as­sem­blies, have be­come plat­forms that spread hate speech and leak in­for­ma­tion of pro-es­tab­lish­ment peo­ple. An­a­lysts urged strict reg­u­la­tions to be adopted to curb ter­ror-like ac­tiv­i­ties on the plat­forms.

A mother of a kinder­garten stu­dent, who com­plained about some teach­ers telling chil­dren that “the po­lice of­fi­cers are bad guys,” told the Global Times on Tues­day that she was afraid of be­ing doxxed by anti-gov­ern­ment pro­test­ers, so she de­cided to drop the com­plaint as her email ad­dress had been leaked on­line.

The mother, a lo­cal Hongkonger who sup­ports the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion (HKSAR) gov­ern­ment and the po­lice, is among

funded for tar­iffs al­ready paid.

The Chi­nese side has tried hard to re­duce the im­pact of China-us trade fric­tions on com­pa­nies in China, and Chi­nese an­a­lysts im­me­di­ately hailed the lat­est ex­emp­tion list as a re­spon­si­ble move.

Ac­cord­ing to a tar­iff doc­u­ment pub­lished on the web­site of the Min­istry of Fi­nance, ap­pli­cants for ex­emp­tions can be based on three rea­sons: com­pa­nies with dif­fi­cul­ties find­ing al­ter­na­tives, com­pa­nies on which in­creased tar­iffs have had a se­ri­ous im­pact, and in­dus­tries where more tar­iffs have ex­erted more im­pact.

“China is try­ing to re­duce the neg­a­tive im­pact on com­pa­nies in the coun­try dur­ing the trade war,” Bai Ming, a re­search fel­low at the Chi­nese Acad­emy of In­ter­na­tional Trade and Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion in Bei­jing, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the an­a­lysts, the ex­emp­tion rep­re­sents a good­will ges­ture be­fore a new round of trade talks as Bei­jing of­fers Wash­ing­ton an­other chance to end the trade war.

Cit­ing view­points from Squawk Box, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump tweeted Wed­nes­day that “China sus­pends tar­iffs on some US prod­ucts. Be­ing hit very hard, sup­ply chains break­ing up as many com­pa­nies move, or look to move, to other coun­tries. Much more ex­pen­sive to China than orig­i­nally thought.”

Cher­ish­ing good­will

The US side should cher­ish the sin­cer­ity and good­will of the Chi­nese side, sit down and talk about com­mon goals af­ter be­ing locked in an im­passe, Bai said.

The Chi­nese Com­merce Min­istry said last week that Bei­jing and Wash­ing­ton will strive to achieve “sub­stan­tial progress” in the up­com­ing 13th round of trade con­sul­ta­tions in early Oc­to­ber in Wash­ing­ton.

The year-long trade war be­tween the world’s two largest economies es­ca­lated par­tic­u­larly af­ter the US started to im­pose tar­iffs on over $125 bil­lion in Chi­nese im­ports on Septem­ber 1, cov­er­ing prod­ucts in­clud­ing footwear, food and other daily ne­ces­si­ties.

In turn, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment im­posed ad­di­tional tar­iffs on some $75 bil­lion in US im­ports to China, in­clud­ing a five per­cent tar­iff on US crude oil.

The lat­est US man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dex and job mar­ket num­bers showed that the US econ­omy was close to a re­ces­sion, while the Chi­nese econ­omy has also been fac­ing down­ward pres­sure, a vet­eran Bei­jing-based eco­nomic ob­server sur­named Li told the Global Times.

It was nec­es­sary that both sides show good­will and take fur­ther trade talks se­ri­ously, Li be­lieved.

Song Guoyou, di­rec­tor of Fu­dan Univer­sity’s cen­ter for eco­nomic diplo­macy, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day that the ex­empted prod­ucts were “highly re­lated to the liveli­hood of the Chi­nese peo­ple.”

The move aims “to ease the pres­sure on some Chi­nese com­pa­nies that rely on im­ports from the US for their pro­duc­tion out­put,” Song told the Global Times.

Mei Xinyu, an ex­pert close to the Min­istry of Com­merce, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day that China had al­ready be­gun ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for tar­iff ex­emp­tions months ago and it would take time to fin­ish the re­view process.

“The gov­ern­ment has fin­ished ap­prov­ing the first batch of im­ports,” Mei said.

The tim­ing of the an­nounce­ment, weeks ahead of the Oc­to­ber 1 Na­tional Day that cel­e­brates the 70th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, shows that Bei­jing wants to in­ject pos­i­tiv­ity into the cel­e­bra­tory mood, Mei be­lieved.

“China and the US may reach cer­tain agree­ments be­fore sched­uled trade talks in early Oc­to­ber,” Mei said.

“As part of the deal, the ex­emp­tions on cer­tain US prod­ucts could be in ex­change for US ex­emp­tions on Chi­nese prod­ucts,” ac­cord­ing to Mei.

Ma­jor lever­age

US agri­cul­tural prod­ucts such as soy­bean, corn and pork are not ex­empted.

“If we ex­empt corn or pork, it means the trade war is near the end,” Gao Lingyun, an ex­pert from the Chi­nese Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences in Bei­jing, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day.

It was un­likely US agri­cul­tural prod­ucts would be ex­empted as they of­fer lever­age for Bei­jing in the up­com­ing trade ne­go­ti­a­tions, the an­a­lysts said.

Ac­cord­ing to those Chi­nese ex­perts, the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion would ne­go­ti­ate in a se­ri­ous, proac­tive man­ner in early Oc­to­ber while also ad­her­ing to the coun­try’s prin­ci­ples and bot­tom line.

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