Danwei Noon Report
Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 10:35 AM
Danwei Noon Report is a daily roundup of new and old media coverage about China from Chinese and English sources.
iPod subcontractor attacks the press
This story contains all the juicy ingredients needed to make Western editors excited about a China story: sweat shops, Apple computer and the iPod, and attacks on the freedom of the press. Nonetheless, it seems that no Western news organizations have yet published anything about it.
The story so far:
Whenever the Chinese government does anything to restrict media, Western newspapers start crowing about clampdowns.
In this case, one of Taiwan's richest companies, a major subcontractor for Apple computer, is using its financial clout and infuence to intimidate Chinese journalists by extremely sketchy legal means, and the Western press is silent.
UPDATE: As reported on ESWN: Western Media Begins FoxConn Coverage
What is driving Chery conversations, especially those about Chery QQ? One big element behind all the buzz is a nationalistic pride in one of China's automobile brands already exporting around the world...
Note that General Motors filed a lawsuit against Chery in 2004, alleging that the QQ's design was a copy of the the Matiz model made by GM affiliate Dae Woo in North Korea, and sold in China as the Spark (see China Daily story - link).
Also on Sunday, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted a corporate bankruptcy law, aiming to protect both creditors of bankrupt enterprises and the people who work in them.The law will come into effect on June 1, 2007. (Xinhua - link).
In the Chinese press yesterday and the English press today is a report on the worse-than-dismal performance of this year's World Carnival, which closed last weekend after 116 days in Beijing. It had expected to generate 150 million yuan in profit, but with poor attendance bringing in just 11 million yuan, total losses will reach 35 million. Blame is being placed on competition from local amusement parks like Happy Valley as well as a promotioal campaign that failed to convince jaded Beijingers that this year's carnival was any different than the previous two (Shanghai Daily, link).
Today, a Beijing Times report finds that the homepage of the operator, Dubai-based Freij Entertainment, had a Flash-based index file that appears to destroy a major Beijing landmark, the LG Twin Towers outside of Jianguomen. A Freij representative said that the towers had never been in the Flash file before, and that this may be a malicious attack on the company (link - Chinese).
This report prepared with help from Bill Zhang
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