Reuters: CCP Standing Committee Confirmed
Reuters quoted three informants at high levels of the Chinese
Communist Party (CCP), who revealed the top level of the CCP
has reached an agreement on the candidates of the new
Politburo Standing Committee.
The seven standing members will be announced at the 18th
National People’s Congress (NPC) meeting next month.
It is reported that Xi Jinping came in first on the candidates list.
Another person, no doubt, is Li Keqiang.
The informants said the list also includes Wang Qishan
in charge of financial affairs,
Liu Yunshan in charge of CCP propaganda, Li Yuanchao,
the head of the CCP Organization Department,
Zhang Dejiang who took over Chongqing after Bo Xilai’s downfall,
and Zhang Gaoli, the CCP secretary in Tianjin.
It is reported that seven Standing Committee members will
be easier for Xi Jinping to control while he establishes authority.
China’s Appeal Fails
On October 18, WTO rejected the appeal of the suits of China
regarding Sino-US special steel trade disputes,
upheld the original verdict, and supported the United States.
Disputes regarding U.S. companies exporting special steel
of China have been ongoing for two years.
The suit is related to grain-oriented flat-rolled electrical steel
produced by AK Steel and Allegheny Ludlum, which
is an important material of high-performance transformers,
motors, and generators.
In 2010, Baoshan Steel and Wuhan Steel in China filed suit,
claiming that the grain-oriented flat-rolled electrical steel
imported from the United States and Russia had problems
selling at a low price in large quantities to China’s market.
CCP’s Commerce Department subsequently decided
to impose anti-dumping and countervailing tariffs
on imported electrical steel from the United States
AK Steel in the US said punitive tariffs of up to 19.5%
of product prices had caused serious economic losses to the company.
In September 2010, U.S. companies filed suit with the WTO.
WTO’s preliminary verdict in June, 2012 supported
But Chinese companies appealed to the WTO again.
WTO announced on Thursday to maintain the initial verdict.
Japan Canceled Colonel Exchanges
Kyodo News in Japan revealed that influenced by the Diaoyu
Islands issue, Japan has decided to repeal field officer exchanges.
It is reported that the company that had initiated this project
originally said that the exchange which was expected to start
in late October might be postponed, but now Japan’s stance
hardened and directly announced to repeal field officers exchanges.
Mo’s Nobel Prize
U.S. Foreign Policy magazine published a blog article
The article quoted Swedish television reports that said that
since the famous Swede Sinologist Goran Malmqvist,
a member of the committee of the Nobel Prize for Literature,
published his translation of Mo Yan’s works in the Swedish Press,
Malmqvist may have violated the “conflicts of interest” provisions.
The article said the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature seems
to have lost its luster.
Goran Malmqvist was said to have gotten mad,
and scolded Swedish television via e-mail.
The article also pointed out that if the conflicts continue,
the CCP would again accuse the so-called 『anti-China forces
in the West’ as disparaging the achievements of Chinese culture.