Fight Outside of Li Chengpeng Book-Signing Event
On the afternoon of Jan. 15, Li Chengpeng, mainland
Chinese author of, “The Whole World Knows”, held
a book-signing event in Shenzhen, attracting many readers.
Netizens posted news on Sina Weibo that the book-signing
event was from 6pm to 10.30pm in Shenzhen Bookstore.
Many readers were queuing for Li’s
signature, and books almost sold out.
Thus, there was a limit to one book per person,
and the purchase of each book had to be raffled.
Inside the bookstore everything was in calm,
but outside the store, a fight broke out.
According to Sina Weibo, people wearing
Mao Zedong badges and holding placards
were shouting “Li Pengcheng is a traitor”.
Some people also held placards
to support Li, and both sides clashed.
Although the atmosphere was more relax than
during the Chengdu and Beijing’s events,
Li was still not allowed to address the crowd.
Facing the warm crowd, Li only
said: “Shenzheng’s air is fresh.”
Economists Skeptical Over China’s Export Data
China’s latest customs report shows an export
growth of 14%, but many economists are skeptical.
Deutsche Welle reported that experts in Goldman Sachs
and UBS AG said that China’s shipping volumes do not
match with trading partner countries’ import volumes.
Experts believe that China’s customs data is unreliable.
UBS economists found an obvious discrepancy in the
growth of China’s exports to Taiwan and South Korea.
This was seen by comparing the data on imports
from China in those economies, for the same period.
The report also warns about distortions of China’s statistics.
Because China’s economic boom is slowing down,
outsiders are increasingly doubting its economic model.
Yet China has a new leadership, and good news
for it’s economic situation is just what they need.
Beijing Police Arrest Teacher from Computer Training Class
Radio Free Asia reported that a computer training class
in Beijing specifically provided for petitioners was raided
into by hundreds of police on Jan. 14.
Six petitioners were arrested, and
all computers were confiscated.
On Jan. 15, the class teacher
Hu Junxiong was taken away by police.
Petitioners who had been arrested said that
the incident may relate to the news called
“Petitioners Chinese New Year Eve Show,”
which was sent via these computer by petitioners.
The report cited Mr. Liu, a Jinlin petitioner, saying that
the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) fears petitioners
using the internet to share their experiences of appealing
against, and exposing corrupt officials.
Beijing petitioners revealed that they were warned
that they were not allowed to use the internet.
They were also warned not go to Zhongnanhai,
Tiananmen Square nor any embassies.
Anyone who disobeyed this would
received a jail sentence of 3 to 10 years.