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China-made Linux Enforced in Internet Cafe at high cost, censorship Suspected

Posted by Author on December 3, 2008

Internet cafes in China are forced to switch to a Chinese-made operating system, with steep licensing fees.

Radio Free Asia, UPDATED DEC. 3 –

— Authorities in the southeastern Chinese city of Nanchang are requiring all local Internet cafes to replace their Microsoft Windows XP operating systems with a Chinese-made system, Red Flag Linux, according to officials and Internet cafe owners.

An official with the Nanchang Cultural Discipline Team, which oversees the roughly 600 Internet cafes operating in Nanchang city, said the new operating systems were mandatory.

“We have already started installing the new software in all Internet cafes. All of them must have this new one,” the official said.

The switch was mandated by the Nanchang Cultural Management Bureau in what it said was an effort to crack down on pirated software, local sources said.

But cafe managers said the new system requires a licensing fee of 5,000 yuan (about U.S. $726), and that even legitimate, non-pirated copies of Windows XP were being replaced.

“Our district cultural management authorities came and installed the new Red Flag Linux in all of our 13 Internet cafes,” one cafe worker said.

“It happened around Nov. 20, and we all paid the 5,000 yuan installation fee, even though we used to use legally purchased Windows XP. But I don’t think this new system is as good as the old one.”

A new, legitimate copy of Windows XP costs around 899 yuan (about U.S. $130) in China, plus 15 yuan for shipping……. (more details from Radio Free Asia: Chinese Authorities Enforce Switch from Microsoft)

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Armed police moved into campus, Planned Student Protest Stopped

Posted by Author on October 31, 2006

Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.30- HONG KONG—Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi appeared Monday to have thwarted a planned protest by students angry at the status of their degree certificates.

Armed police were patrolling at least two privately run vocational colleges in the provincial capital Nanchang on Monday, after preventing a planned demonstration from taking place in the city Sunday, students told RFA’s Mandarin service.

“Originally the students had planned a large demonstration in Nanchang of about 10,000 people, but the police had already moved in before it got started and wouldn’t let people leave the campus,” one student said.

“So I don’t know whether anything took place at all.”

Others who made it to Bayi Square, the planned city center rendezvous for the start of the march Sunday morning, found a phalanx of armed police waiting for them.

“We got there but there were already so many police we couldn’t get through,” another student told reporter Ding Xiao.

‘Looking for justice’

“There was nothing wrong with our reasons for demonstrating. We were just looking for justice. But they weren’t having it. We haven’t had a single attempt at explanation from the colleges concerned,” he said.

Students and police clashed in the city early last week following increasingly angry protests after students learned their degree certificates wouldn’t be recognized.

Mobile phone video and photos shot by eyewitnesses showed campus buildings and vehicles ablaze, cars upturned, and large crowds in clashes with riot police armed with truncheons and shields.

“Things got pretty serious because so many of us have been working hard to get into university for so many years, and now we find that when we do graduate our degree paper is just a blank sheet of paper because the government won’t recognize it. It’s useless,” a student told reporter Lin Di on Friday.

“Things were getting out of hand and then they sent in the armed police. Even teachers were injured. But that kind of news doesn’t get out mostly. So they called in the police.”

An official who answered the phone at the Nanchang municipal police department said he was unaware of the reports of rioting. “Not everything you read on the Internet is true,” he said.

‘It’s a con’

Professor Hu Xingdou of the Beijing University of Science and Technology said the students were essentially in the right.

“A lot of university officials don’t play a straight game nowadays. It’s a con. They make it sound as if there are many benefits and advantages when they’re recruiting students, but actually these benefits are non-existent,” he told a discussion panel.

“This has to do with the increasing level of privatization in the education sector in recent years, and the growing economic power of students. It’s the result of a society-wide obsession with money,” Hu said.

China’s leaders, who are increasingly concerned about the rise in popular unrest around the country in recent years, are reportedly keeping a worried eye on developments in Jiangxi.

Hu said the Jiangxi riots had profound implications for China’s stability.

“There are a lot of factors which affect social stability nowadays, like the growing gap between rich and poor, the problem of corruption, and industrial disputes.”

But he said the protests had little in common with the student-led pro-democracy movement of 1989.

“Back then, they were united in their hatred of corruption. You could say that they were political. These protests aren’t very political because today’s university students aren’t very interested in politics,” he told reporter Shen Hua.

Retired Shandong University professor Sun Wenguang agreed, saying that political activism was more common among faculty back in 1989, before the government began a large scale suppression of politically active academics. “Now they’ll kick someone out as soon as they start anything like that,” he said.

Sun blamed the rapid expansion rate at Chinese universities. “When all these students get to graduation they are finding it very hard to find jobs.”

“There is a huge amount of dissatisfaction among students nowadays and that has been expressed in these riots.”

Students Riot Over Diplomas in eastern China

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17 communist union branches now set up in Wal-Mart China

Posted by Author on September 3, 2006

China Labour Bulletin, 15 August 2006–

Since July 29, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions(ACFTU, state controlled)’s drive to set up union branches in Wal-Mart stores in China has snowballed rapidly, with a total of 17 union branches now having been formed in Wal-Mart stores in cities around the country. They include three unions in Fuzhou and one in Quanzhou, Fujian Province; one in Nanjing and another in Shanghai; three in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province; two in Shenyang and three in Dalian, Liaoning Province; and others in Jinan and Qingdao, Shandong Province, and in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province.

Wal-Mart first entered China’s domestic market in 1996 and currently employs around 32,000 workers in some 60 retail stores nationwide. Since 2003, the company has been under sustained pressure from the ACFTU to permit the formation of union branches in its China stores. In November 2004, the company caved in and publicly stated: “Should associates [i.e. employees] request formation of a union, Wal-Mart China would respect their wishes and honour its obligation under China’s Trade Union Law.” For the next year and a half, however, the ACFTU tried in vain to persuade Wal-Mart to cooperate in the actual establishment of union branches in its China stores.

That all changed after Hu Jintao, China’s president and Communist Party leader, directly intervened in March of this year. A lengthy article published on August 15 in the Beijing daily newspaper Xin Jing Bao (New Capital News) explains why the current spate of Wal-Mart union branches in China has emerged so suddenly and unexpectedly:

“According to the ACFTU’s records, On March 14 this year CPC Central Committee General Secretary Hu Jintao issued instructions on a report titled A Situation Analysis on the Factors of Instability in Foreign-invested Enterprises in China’s Coastal Area, and Some Proposed Countermeasures. Hu Jintao ordered: “Do a better job of building Party organizations and trade unions in foreign-invested enterprises.” This created a new and opportune moment for union building in foreign enterprises. On March 16 the ACFTU instructed its staff to study Hu Jintao’s comments, and it set the target of unionizing 60 percent or more of the country’s foreign-invested enterprises by the end of 2006, and 80 percent or more by the end of 2007.”

ACFTU Fulfils its Quota – Wal-Mart Accepts Fait Accompli

On Saturday, July 29, 25 Wal-Mart workers in the city of Quanzhou, Fujian Province, formed a seven-member trade union committee, thus breaking the long-standing absence of unions in Wal-Mart’s China stores. On August 4, 42 more workers at a Wal-Mart store in Shenzhen formed a union. The retail giant saw its third union in China set-up the following day in its Xinjiekou store in Nanjing, where 31 employees elected a local university graduate to head their trade union committee. Several hours later, another union was formed by 12 workers at a second Wal-Mart store in Shenzhen; and then on August 8, 27 employees of yet another store in Shenzhen voted to form the company’s fifth union branch.

All the union branches are relatively small, with around 25 to 35 members each. But what mainly distinguishes them, according to official Chinese reports, is that they were all set up “on the initiative of the workers themselves”, and in accordance with provisions of the PRC Trade Union Law of 2002 mandating the formation of unions in enterprises employing more than 25 workers. Regulations enacted by the Guangdong government in 2004 lowered the union-building threshold still further, in that province, to as few as 10 workers in a single enterprise.

For the first couple of weeks, Wal-Mart representatives remained uncharacteristically silent about the sudden unionization drive within the company’s China stores. On August 9, however, the official Xinhua News Agency quoted the vice president of Wal-Mart China, Li Chengjie, as saying it wanted to cooperate with the ACFTU “in a more effective and harmonious way.” The same day, the ACFTU warned Wal-Mart not to retaliate against workers who form unions. The group, “led by the Communist Party of China and backed by the government, will take measures to protect these workers,” Xinhua reported, paraphrasing Guo Wencai, director of the ACFTU’s department of grassroots organizing. Wal-Mart then asked for direct negotiations with the ACFTU and requested that “no media” be allowed to attend such meetings. The 12 most recent Wal-Mart union branches have all been formed over the past week, and it now seems clear that the ACFTU’s goal is to unionize all 60 Wal-Mart stores around the country. (to be cont’d…)

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