Kind of a lazy Monday here in China news land. We do have a new legislative session to look forward to later this year, so some movement on that front. Other than that, a whole lot of ad hoc bits and pieces:
Xinhua: Law amendment to prevent malicious prosecution — I look forward to seeing this pass and actually used, but I won’t hold my breath. Enforcement will require local courts to second-guess local prosecutors. We’ll see.
Xinhua: Draft mental health law addresses privacy, rights of mentally ill people — This is sorely needed, and I think this new law, although not perfect, may actually make a difference.
China IPR: A Quick Read of the AML IPR Enforcement Guidelines (Fifth Draft) — Not for everyone, but if you follow IP licensing, this one’s for you.
China Daily: Web addiction instructors face scrutiny — I’d rather see this whole infrastructure be scrapped, but tougher regulation is a good first step.
And some non-law stories:
New York Times: Starving the Future — A few days old, but this Charles Blow column on US vs. China education is worth a read, even though I think it is more instructive in what it gets wrong than anything else.
Global Times: Pay bumps can bring professors back — As a law professor, I’m biased on this issue, but yeah, pay is appallingly low for profs here. And some of us don’t get any extra benefits either!
Bloomberg: Foreigners benefit as Chinese eschew domestic auto brands — In many sectors, cheaper local alternatives dominate even when prestige is a factor. For autos, it’s a different story.
Sinostand: Assigning Blame for a Hard Landing — The domestic political/PR angle of the economic downturn. This is an excellent read on a thoughtful topic that I haven’t seen other folks talk about.
Gordon Chang: Chinese Manufacturing Is Crashing — Chang, the author of the late 90s book “The Coming Collapse of China,” has been waiting a very long time for bad economic numbers. Somehow I still don’t think this is all going to end the way he thinks it will.