Fredag 28 november 2014

Cabinet Unveils Draft Law on Domestic Violence – Caixin

Kinas Statsråd har offentliggjort ett lagförslag som har för avsikt att juridiskt definiera och förebygga våld i nära relationer, men förslaget får kritik för att det endast berör våld mellan gifta makar. Ouyang Yanwen, a professor at the Hunan Police Academy who specializes in domestic violence studies, said the exclusion is at odds with legislation in foreign countries, where de facto, same-sex relationships or former couples are mentioned. Violence in these relationships is as harmful as that among family members, he said. This is why the problem is often referred to as ”intimate violence” instead of ”domestic violence,” Ouyang said. ”A definition of domestic violence cannot be decided only by a marriage certificate because violence between an ex-wife and her ex-husband can exist for a long period of time,” he said.

Hong Kong student leaders among 116 arrested in Mong Kok – The Guardian

Totalt greps 116 personer i samband med att polisen gick in för att rensa protestlägret i Mong Kok i Hongkong. Joshua Wong and Lester Shum were among 116 detained in Mong Kok for offences including unlawful assembly and assaulting or obstructing police on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, as a night of clashes – during which police used pepper spray solution – was followed by the removal of barricades from the occupied area on Nathan Road. But protesters flooded into another part of the district as night fell again, prompting fresh scuffles. Police hit out with batons and made several more arrests.

Hong Kong Visions – Los Angeles Review of Books

Kinahistorikern och specialisten på studentprotester Jeffrey Wasserstrom delar med sig av sina reflektioner efter att ha varit på plats i Hongkong, hos ockupanterna i protestlägren i Admiralty och Mong Kok. Wasserstroms skarpa iakttagelser ger en bra bild av hr proteströrelsens ”vardag” ser ut och av skillnaderna mellan de två protestlägren. When I finally made it to Mong Kok early on November 8, stopping off en route to Shenzhen, I realized that there were indeed many contrasts between it and Admiralty. The difference is due partly to geography: the encampment is on a regular street rather than a highway, which runs through a mixed residential and small business and shopping district rather than an area dominated by financial headquarters and government buildings /…/ In addition, while there was plenty of artwork to admire in Mong Kok, it felt like a place where the focus was on things other than creativity, where economic issues were equally or even more important in bringing people to the street than electoral and free speech concerns — though in Admiralty, too, the chasm between rich and poor was a concern expressed on many banners.

11 die in China’s second coal mine blast in 2 days – The China Post

11 personer dog i en gruvolycka i Guizhou under torsdagen, bara en dag efter att 26 gruvarbetare omkom i en eldsvåda i en gruva i Liaoning. Kina har världens största och dödligaste kolindustri, trots betydande förbättringar under de senaste åren.

The Next Phase of China’s Financial Deepening – Project Syndicate

Andrew Sheng och Xiao Geng från tankesmedjan Fung Global Institute verkar inte särskilt oroliga för den kinesiska ekonomin, trots kraftigt ökade skulder i samband med avtagande tillväxt. Situationen är komplex menar de och problemet är inte så mycket skuldnivåerna i sig som strukturella problem. De listar tre sådana problem: olika priser för kapital för olika aktörer, obalans vad gäller företagens finanser (andelen banklån är för hög i förhållande till andelen aktiekapital) och en förlegad tillväxtmodell baserad på tillverkning för export. It is time for China’s leaders to encourage a structural shift, by channeling domestic savings toward long-term projects with high social returns. This should occur, first and foremost, through pension and insurance funds, which in China amount to less than 3% the size of the banking system, compared to more than 60% in the advanced economies. Meanwhile, increased equity would advance corporate-sector deleveraging, helping to cushion the financial system against shocks and delivering higher real returns to savers. As it stands, China has only 2,500 domestically listed companies, compared to more than 5,000 in the United States and 8,000 in India.

Frequently asked questions about labour relations in China – CLB

Hur är den kinesiska arbetslagen utformad? Hur har de kinesiska arbetarnas situation förändrats i och med de ekonomiska reformerna? Vad är fackets roll? China Labour Bulletin svarar på frågor om arbetsplatsrelationer i Kina.

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