Scottish Affairs Office, Beijing - July Bulletin 2014

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Information about Scottish Affairs Office, Beijing - July Bulletin 2014
News & Politics

Published on August 13, 2014

Author: ChinaTeam



Find out the latest from our office in Beijing, including what made the news in the Chinese press, the arrival of Scottish students for their summer immersion course in China, and Scottish alumni dinners in Beijing, Guanghzhou and Shanghai.

UNCLASSIFIED JULY BULLETIN FROM THE SCOTTISH AFFAIRS OFFICE IN BEIJING. Chinese Immersion Courses in China (AW) July was busy month for us with the arrival of 3 groups of students from Scotland for their summer immersion courses in China. 64 Scottish pupils from Confucius Classroom Hubs completed a 2 week immersion course in Beijing and Tianjin between 13th and 27th July as part of the Hanban „China Bridge Summer Camp‟ scheme. They were accompanied by 16 teachers and staff from the Confucius Institute for Scotland‟s Schools (CISS) and hubs. There was a full schedule of events with pupils attending daily language and culture classes ranging from martial arts to Peking Opera face painting. The students were assessed throughout the trip with all of them passing with flying colours at the end of the course. The group spent most of their time in Tianjin where the hubs‟ Chinese partner schools are based. The pupils had the chance to visit their partner schools and spend time with Chinese families. The theme of this year‟s summer camp focuses on Tianjin‟s culture and architecture. The pupils were also visited the Ancient Cultural Street and Five Avenues. The Ancient Cultural Street reflects Tianjin‟s architectural style of 600 years ago. The Five Avenues refers to a rectangle of five roads, containing numerous historical buildings dating back to early 20th century. In Beijing, they visited the Hanban‟s headquarter and the Great Wall, the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. They joined another 350 children from England and Northern Ireland to present what they‟ve learned at the closing ceremony. The images on the right show some of the highlights of the trip. Confucius Institute of the University of Glasgow Eight students from the University of Glasgow took part in a summer exchange programme from 9th to 21st July in Tianjin. It‟s the first time that the Confucius Institute of the University of Glasgow have sent their students to the summer immersion course at Nankai, its partner university in Tianjin. It‟s also under the „China Bridge Summer Camp‟ scheme run by Hanban. The university sees it “a fantastic opportunity for students who are interested in Chinese language, history and culture”. The students spent the mornings in classrooms learning Chinese language from experienced language tutors, and visited sites of historical and cultural interest in the afternoons and weekends. Barney Paton who just finished his degree at University of Glasgow before coming to the summer camp said he was finding Chinese easier to learn thanks to the two week course. He saw the summer emersion course as a life-changing opportunity and is thinking of coming back to China to study Chinese in the future. Shenzhen International Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Summer Camp Five students from 5 Confucius Institutes in Scotland were in Shenzhen from 25th July to 3rd Aug for a 10-day summer camp as Youth Ambassadors. They joined another 30 university students from 9 countries in the summer camp which is organised by the Shenzhen University and the Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office, the SG‟s key partner in the Shenzhen municipal government. In addition to Chinese language courses in the morning, they had lectures in the afternoon about the city and its culture and its history as an economic pioneer in China. They also experienced karaoke (Chinese style), visited Shenzhen‟s “Food Street” and the concert hall in the evening. Leonard Kieckebusch from the Heriot-Watt University shared his feedback in an email. He said, “I really appreciated that we had the chance to visit most of the places mentioned in the lectures and that we could see that Shenzhen actually was as we were told. By walking through the city, talking to people on the street or during the trips, I got a good impression of the people of Shenzhen.”

UNCLASSIFIED WHAT’S TRENDING ON WEIBO (IF) #how long should maternity leave be? A representative of the Beijing legislature has put forward a suggested policy that maternity leave should be extended to 3 years, with local government covering the costs. This hash tag has been read by over 21 million people, and been discussed 30 thousand times. #Saying good-bye to summer It’s the last summer vacation for those who graduated from the university this year. Over 17 thousand Weibo users have shared their reflections and aspirations for their graduation with nearly 6.5 million Weibo followers who read the hash tag. Scottish Affairs Office Contact Details: John Somers (JS):; Anjing Wang (AW):; and Iris Fu (IF): SCOTTISH ALUMNI DINNERS IN CHINA: The Scottish Affairs Office (SAO) organised 3 Scottish alumni dinners in Beijing, Guanghzou and Shanghai on 3 consecutive Fridays from 18th July to 1st August. Over 160 graduates from 12 Scottish universities in total attended the dinners (including those not only based in the 3 cities but also from cities as far away as Ningbo and Zhengzhou in eastern and central China). In each city, John Somers, the First Secretary of Scottish Affairs, kicked off the 3-course dinners with a Scotland Quiz and a speech outlining why 2014 was such an important year for Scotland. John also asked alumni to develop their own local networks and consider how they can further support Scotland as Chinese destination to VISIT, STUDY, WORK AND INVEST. Each course of the meal was preceded with a question for discussion and feedback was collected from each table. The three questions are: (1) Describe Scotland in a single word or a phrase? (2) What do you think Scotland’s competitive advantage in China is? ; And finally, (3) What one thing could you do, individually, to promote Scotland as place to work, visit and study? The Scottish Affairs team would let the next course be served until we’d got feedback from all tables. We’ll do a summary of all the feedback collected at the dinners in the next edition.

UNCLASSIFIED NEWS REVIEW (AW): Top 'tiger' caged by graft probe (China Daily, page 1) Beijing, July 30 -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) announced on Tuesday an investigation into Zhou Yongkang, former security chief, for suspicion of "serious disciplinary violations". He is the most senior-level official to be under official investigation since China's reform and opening-up began in 1978. At least 379 dead as strong earthquake jolts Yunnan (China Daily, page 1) Beijing, Aug 4 -- At least 379 people were killed and more than 1,400 injured by a strong earthquake that jolted Southwest China's Yunnan province on Sunday afternoon. The 6.5-magnitude quake hit at 4:30 pm on Sunday, with the epicenter in Zhaotong city. Earthquake experts said it was the highest-magnitude earthquake to hit the province in the past 18 years. 37 civilians killed, 13 injured in Xinjiang terror attack: URUMQI, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- A total of 37 civilians were killed and another 13 injured in a terrorist attack Monday in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Police gunned down 59 terrorists and arrested 215 others, the regional government said on Saturday. Reforming hukou will unify rights of migrants (China Daily, page 1) Beijing, July 31 - Under guidelines to create a unified household registration system, known as hukou, China will phase out the dual-household system that has divided people into urban or agricultural households since the 1950s. In its place, a system of residence permits will be set up to allow qualified migrants to enjoy urban services. China's GDP grows 7.4% in H1:BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhua) China's economy grew 7.4 percent year on year in the first half of 2014, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced on Wednesday. Growth in the second quarter stood at 7.5 percent, picking up from the 7.4 percent expansion in the first quarter. The employment situation was stable with more than 7 million new jobs created in the first six months. Private banks get go-ahead (China Daily, page 1): July 26 China has approved the establishment of three private banks, based in Shenzhen, Tianjin and Wenzhou in Zhejiang province. Once established, they will be subject to the same regulatory rules as their State-owned peers. Yuan surges in cross-border trade: BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) The value of cross-border trade via the Chinese currency renminbi (RMB), or yuan, totalled 3.27 trillion yuan (531.15 billion U.S. dollars) in the first half of 2014, up 1.22 trillion yuan year on year, as a result of the growth of the offshore RMB markets overseas. Australia rated as top destination for wealthy Chinese (China Daily, Page 1) July 11, Beijing - Australia topped the latest list of the most suitable destinations for rich Chinese who want to get overseas citizenship or permanent residency through investment. China emerged as the largest source for Australia's investment migration in 2011 through 2012 with more than 25,500 Chinese received permanent residency in Australia during that period, according to the Annual Report on Chinese International Migration 2014 published by the Social Sciences Academic Press and the Centre for China and Globalization, an independent think tank in Beijing. PLA begins large-scale drills (Global Times) July 28, Beijing - The People‟s Liberation Army (PLA) has launched a series of exercises of “a rare breadth and scale” in advance of this year‟s Army Day on August 1, as the Chinese military moves to hone its craft in simulating battles to prepare for potential challenges in a more convoluted international situation. "The scale of this year's routine military exercises is the largest over the past few years, and their breadth and depth are also impressive," Liu Jiangping, a professor with Beihang University and a navy expert, told the Global Times. Over 930,000 people signs for Anti-Occupy Central HONG KONG, July 28 (Xinhua) -- While the Hong Kong opposition announced to capture the Central, the organizer of Anti-Occupy Central petition received more than 930,000 signature as of last Sunday. Hong Kong Chief Executive C Y Leung had publicly expressed his stand that he would join the signing of the petition to show his support. China denounces British parliament's inquiry BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday urged Britain “to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs” as a parliamentary committee conducted an inquiry on the 30-year implementation of a Hong Kong joint declaration."Such practice is an interference of China's domestic affairs," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, referring to the Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry which was announced on Tuesday. Five held as probe into food scandal expands (China Daily, Page 1) July 24, Shanghai - Five people have been detained in connection with a Shanghai food supplier accused of selling expired meat to restaurant chains. Shanghai Husi Food, a subsidiary of US-based OSI Group, allegedly supplied expired meat to international fast-food titans including KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonald's and Starbucks.

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