Monthly Archive: February 2021

But now he has left his life in Africa forever

The world is not just the US, Europe, China, Russia…There are many places where we are relatively strange, of course, strange for strange reasons.

Each time break strange, more is a tragedy.

Finance, economics, international

For many in the West, the country is once again familiar because yet another ambassador has been shot dead.

On February 22nd a UN convoy was attacked in the DRC and Italy’s ambassador to the country, Roberto Attanasio, was shot dead on the spot.

He was killed along with an Italian gendarme who was guarding him and a driver for the World Food Program.

Please note that this is still a United Nations convoy.

Moreover, the convoy was carrying out a humanitarian aid mission to a school in a border area.

But while passing through Virunga National Park, the convoy was ambushed and the kidnappers forced it into the forest in an attempt to kidnap them.

The park guards and a nearby unit of the Congolese (DRC) army responded, exchanging heavy fire.It was during this process that the Italian Ambassador was killed by the kidnappers.

The 43-year-old ambassador, who has served in Switzerland, Morocco and other countries before becoming ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2019, also has three young daughters.

Look at their family photo, very happy.

But now he has left his life in Africa forever.

Italy was in shock.

Italy’s foreign minister, Giulio Dima, abruptly interrupted an EU meeting and rushed back to Rome from Brussels.

In a statement, Dima said: “We do not know at this time the circumstances of this brutal attack, but we will leave no stone unturned to find out what happened.”

Italy is a little confused. Why Italy?

I don’t know the exact truth.

This time the Italian ambassador was shot dead

I once heard such a story, a colleague in Africa, one day at home to write a story, suddenly someone patted him on the shoulder, he thought other colleagues joking, said: stop stop that now now BBB1, is in a hurry to write.Patted more heavy, look back, the gangster took a gun to him.

Decades later, the tragedy is still happening.In the news, just two months before Zhong Zhiwei and his wife were killed, seven Chinese citizens were killed in South Africa.

Finance, economics, international

The outlook for Africa is very worrying.

A survey shows that Africa is taking the place of the Middle East as the world’s front line against terrorism.

Africa has a lot of young people, but they suffer from poverty, marginalization, unemployment, and poor governance in some countries, and they are a natural breeding ground for terrorism.

Ambassadors have been killed, most impressively, in at least three cases in the past few years.

The first was Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed in 2012 while trapped inside the consulate in Benghazi.It has also become a blot on Mrs Clinton.

The second was the shooting of the Russian ambassador.In 2016, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot in the head by a Turkish youth on Light Day.Putin personally attended his funeral, tears in the corners of his eyes.

The third, this time the Italian ambassador was shot dead.

They are still great powers, but even the ambassadors of these great powers have not escaped the bad luck.

Not to mention ordinary citizens.

So, last year, there was a piece of news about Africa, which touched me very much.After the war broke out in Tigre State of Ethiopia, the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia made an immediate decision and organized the evacuation of our compatriots.More than 1,100 kilometers, the war environment, the road of evacuation can be imagined difficult, but fortunately, the final safe evacuation.

Ethiopia is a very friendly country, I was there the year before last, and now the war is back and people are suffering. It is a great sigh.


Our diplomatic environment would be hostile

They are still great powers, but even the ambassadors of these great powers have not escaped the bad luck.

Not to mention ordinary citizens.

Finance, economics, international

So, last year, there was a piece of news about Africa, which touched me very much.After the war broke out in Tigre State of Ethiopia, the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia made an immediate decision and organized the evacuation of our compatriots.More than 1,100 kilometers, the war environment, the road of evacuation can be imagined difficult, but fortunately, the final safe evacuation.

Ethiopia is a very friendly country, I was there the year before last, and now the war is back and people are suffering. It is a great sigh.

Today I pay attention to Africa because Africa has a very close relationship with China.We have many friendly countries there, a large number of economic projects, and a large number of overseas Chinese and expatriate staff, including many of my colleagues.

As the ancients said, a chaotic country cannot enter.But the reality is, we can’t.

Frankly speaking, without the dedication of these expatriates and the efforts of Chinese diplomats, China’s status as a major country today would not be possible, and our diplomatic environment would be even more hostile.

But they’re giving.The hard work of expatriates is not only to sacrifice themselves, sometimes to sacrifice their youth and children, but also to sacrifice their health and even their lives, especially in those turbulent African countries.

The fact that a UN convoy can be hijacked and an Italian ambassador can be shot highlights the perniciously dangerous conditions in some places.

Many people sigh, out of the country is often more patriotic.The truth is simple, look at Africa look at the Middle East, even compared with Europe and the United States, of course, China still has a lot of shortcomings, still need to continue to work hard, but sometimes people can not help feeling that it is better to live in China.

What we take for granted is what many countries look forward to most.

Such a northwest man deserves the honor of the comrades

On the left is our hero’s colonel Qi Fabao, who should have been the commander of the frontier battalion when this picture was taken.

Finance, economics, international

On the right, we see the famous Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, typical of the Great Qin warriors in the underground army formation more than 2,000 years ago.

The same Angle, the same outline, the same posture, different military uniforms, but can not hide the spirit, through thousands of years.

A lot of friends after watching said: like, too like!Qi fabao is the head of gansu wuwei people, as expected are the northwest tough man!

He was supposed to be our top commander on the scene.

When he sees a friend, he says:

One of the sources of combat strength of our army is that the commander always shouts “follow me” instead of “charge me” in battle.The only people in the world who can do this universally is our people’s army.

Behind Qi Fabao, the head of the regiment, there were two characters of “China” on the mountain wall.

What is a hero?

That is to face the chest to the siege, the back left to the motherland, a soldier is a monument.

Such a northwest man deserves the honor of the comrades who fought and died side by side with him and the honor of “the hero commander of the defense of the country and the frontier”.

In the struggle in the Galawan Valley, four of our officers and men died, and Colonel Qi Fabao was seriously wounded.The PLA Daily also recorded this detail:

Han Ziwei, a military doctor, remembered that after Qi was rescued, his left frontal bone was broken and there was a gouge ten centimeters long.As he dressed the wound, “he pulled the bandages off his head, thought to rush forward as his last strength, and then fainted”.

Yesterday (February 21), I am glad to see some media reports that experts from the Affiliated Hospital of PLA Military Medical University have carefully treated Qi and he has recovered before the Spring Festival.

Just yesterday morning, local leaders from Wuwei made a special trip to Xinjiang to visit Qi and his family.

Photos show that Qi Fabao, who still has short military hair, has a lot of white skin and a good mental state.

The turmoil in Africa is also an indisputable fact

Even though their trip is a humanitarian mission.But the kidnappers didn’t care.

Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo) is a big country in Africa, but according to the materials, the country has various internal conflicts, attacks in the region, there are at least 100 armed groups, killing each other.

In 2018, also nearby, two Britons were kidnapped.

Finance, economics, international

Last year, more than 2,000 civilians were killed and more than 5.2 million made refugees in what the United Nations has called one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises in eastern Congo, which includes this area.

It’s such a big crisis, I believe, that a lot of people don’t know.

We don’t know, and neither do Westerners.

But that’s just a snapshot of what’s happening in Africa today.

Of course, Africa also has stable countries, rich resources, young populations, and huge potential for development. It was once considered the “last high frontier” of the world economy.

But the turmoil in Africa is also an indisputable fact.

The turmoil in Somalia, the war in Libya, the confrontation in Western Sahara…Also, poor security in South Africa.

Ethiopia, once relatively peaceful, has seen its share of violent fighting over the past year, which is said to have left hundreds of thousands dead, and in a “small” story late last year, gunmen attacked a village and killed more than 100 people.

These, you know?

We don’t care. Africa is too far away.

But we must also know that there are a lot of Chinese people in Africa, and many of them have stayed in Africa forever.

Last August, in Johannesburg, a famous local leader Zhong Zhiwei and his wife were killed in an armed robbery by three robbers on their way home.

In 1998, one of his and his wife’s shops was robbed. Their two-year-old son was killed and Zhong was shot in the leg.The then South African President Nelson Mandela also personally received Zhong Zhiwei and his wife, Lian said “sorry”.

There are still more cities in southern China

In 2019, Huawei’s annual revenue was 858.8 billion yuan, up 19.1% year on year.Net profit was 62.7 billion yuan, up 5.6 percent year on year.Cash flow from operating activities was 91.4 billion yuan, up 22.4% year on year.The excellent performance is inseparable from the continuous R&D investment. In 2019, Huawei’s R&D investment reached 131.7 billion yuan, accounting for 15.3% of the annual sales revenue and a 29.7% year-on-year increase. The cumulative R&D investment in the past decade exceeded 600 billion yuan.

Year-end bonus, salary, stock

Baidu’s year-end bonus mainly includes bonuses, raises and equity incentives.It depends on the year-end rating, which ranges from 1 to 5.Most employees get three points and at least two months ‘pay goes into their pockets as an annual bonus.

On the last day of 2020, Baidu issued a “U bonus” to some employees, according to Sina Hong Kong. The target is “all regular employees who have been working for Baidu for more than two years and are willing to continue to contribute to Baidu”. In addition to the monthly salary and year-end bonus, they will get 50% more basic monthly salary.

According to the official Weibo account of E Company, 39 outstanding employees were awarded the 2020 “Golden Key Car Award” at the headquarters of E Company in Yantai on the morning of February 5.At present, this “bold” enterprise has been awarded to outstanding employees for 13 years, a total of 407 cars, a total value of nearly 56 million yuan.

As an oil and gas services company, Gerry Holdings listed in the A-share market in 2010, specializing in fracturing equipment, mostly used in shale oil and gas production.So far this year, Jerry’s share price has risen 39.6% to 48.86 yuan at the latest, with a market value of 46.8 billion yuan.Another company in Shandong province is also giving its employees cars ahead of Spring Festival.

A car issuing ceremony of Shandong Starlight Sugar Group was held in Leling, east China’s Shandong Province, Feb. 4, 2018.The group has spent about 15 million yuan rewarding 40 outstanding employees with a car each to share the fruits of its development.

It is understood that the star group was established in 2004, the building function of sucrose, starch sugar, sugar “three sugar as the base” “3310” project, successively completed 16 subsidiaries, developed the chengji cane sugar processing, corn processing is one of the diversified private enterprises in shandong, is a national key support for grain and oil industry leading enterprises, the country’s largest sugar reserve center and the most powerful in the north of the sugar delivery center.

In the slightly tougher year of 2020, 38.5 percent of white-collar workers received the same annual bonus as the previous year.35.8 percent of respondents said they received fewer bonuses, while only 25.9 percent received more generous bonuses, down from 37.3 percent in 2019.

In 2020, Beijing topped the list with an average of 13,258 yuan, with five other cities topping 10,000 yuan.

On the whole, there are still more cities in southern China among the top cities in year-end bonus ranking, with new first-tier cities such as Hangzhou, Suzhou and Hefei and second-tier cities such as Fuzhou and Ningbo among the top 10.The annual bonus for white-collar workers in urban areas is linked to the local average salary, so developed regions will pay higher bonuses accordingly.

Xiaomi is suing the US government

The US Department of Defense announced on February 14 that it had added nine Chinese companies to its sanctions list with links to the Chinese military, including aircraft maker Comac of China and mobile phone maker Xiaomi.

China’s smartphone shipments in 2020 will drop 11 percent year-on-year to 330 million units, according to a global smartphone market research report for the fourth quarter of 2020 released by global technology market analysis and market consulting firm Canalys1 on Thursday.Xiaomi shipped 39.8 million units in the Chinese mainland smartphone market in 2020, with a year-on-year growth of 3% and a market share of 12%, ranking the fourth place and becoming the only company with a positive growth in shipments in the Chinese market with Apple.

Companies, sanctions, the economy, exports

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has filed a legal complaint against the US Department of Defense and Treasury on January 29, according to publicly available court records, reported on Monday citing foreign media sources.

Xiaomi has asked a US court to declare the US government’s decision to place it on an investment “blacklist” illegal, naming defence secretary Lloyds Austin and Treasury secretary JanetYellen as defendants, foreign media reported.

‘If the restrictions go into effect, Xiaomi faces imminent, serious and irreparable harm,’ the company said in a filing with the U.S. District Court in Columbia.

On January 14, the U.S. defense department announced that it will 9 companies listed in the so-called “of the communist party of China got the enterprise” list, the nine companies including comac, millet group, the micro semiconductor (AMEC), laundry list (LKCO), Beijing zhongguancun development investment center, high clouds semiconductor (GowinSemiconductor), grand China aviation (GrandChinaAir), in the target language (GTCOM) and cnac (CNAH).

If the ban goes into effect, US investors will not be able to invest in or buy shares in the companies and will have until November 11 to sell their shares in the blacklisted companies.

In addition, the potential risks of being included in the list include further investigation or subsequent restrictions imposed by the United States, enhanced export control and economic sanctions, and possible obstruction of other US-related businesses.

Much better than sending mobile phones

According to a media report on Feb. 8, Tencent announced the Sunshine Award today, and each Tencent employee will receive 100 shares of Tencent stock, which will be lifted for one year.If calculated at current prices, 100 shares of Tencent’s market value is about 74,000 Hong Kong dollars, or about 61,000 yuan.The award is also available to employees who have been on the job for less than a year.

According to the new meridian weft, a number of Tencent company staff to confirm the news.”It was a surprise this morning,” she said. “Before that, no one knew anything about it.A Tencent employee said, “The last time we issued a folding-screen phone with 20,000 pieces, we felt very rich, but this time we directly issued tens of thousands of shares.I just want to say that at this moment I feel like I have to work for Tencent!”

Year-end bonus, salary, stock

Another Tencent employee said he had been notified, but it was unclear if everyone had been notified.”Tencent awards are very common, Xiao Ma (Ma Huateng) is so good to staff!””The employee said.

A number of Tencent employees have posted “boasting” on various social forums: “Little Brother, YYDS (eternal God)”, “willing to work hard for Little Brother” and “much better than sending mobile phones”.

However, Tencent responded to media reports that “everyone will receive 100 shares of Tencent’s annual bonus” by saying that not everyone will receive the bonus.”In this year’s year-end bonus, the company awarded a concentric peer award (a one-time incentive of 100 shares) to employees who made special contributions.”Tencent said.

However, there are also media reports that Tencent’s bonus incentive is not available to all employees, but in fact the vast majority of employees have.

According to brokerage China, the “sunshine” award of 100 Tencent shares is not Tencent’s year-end bonus.In the past, the year-end bonus of Tencent employees was usually based on their monthly salary and multiplied by a fixed multiple, according to employees of Tencent.

Previously, the rumor that the King of Glory team will get 100 months ‘salary for their year-end bonus has been widely reported on the Internet, although Tencent officially denied this rumor.However, Tencent’s annual bonus has always been very generous, and its employees’ monthly salary has always been the envy of migrant workers.

Tencent had a total of 77,592 employees at the end of September 2020, compared with nearly 7,000 new hires at the end of the second quarter of 2020, according to the company’s third-quarter 2020 financial report.

The number of white-collar workers receiving year

In terms of industries, energy/mining/environmental protection and government/non-profit organizations still rank the top two with 38.9% and 35.6% respectively, followed by automobile/production/processing/manufacturing (32.9%) and real estate/construction (31%).

Traditional manufacturing and basic industries, the backbone of China’s economic development, have played an irreplaceable role in stabilizing the industry chain amid the outbreak, the report said. They are also developing well in the new round of industrial structure upgrading, and related enterprises are also benefiting their employees with dividends.

Year-end bonus, salary, stock

Compared with 2019, white-collar workers in most industries saw their share of year-end bonuses shrink, while cultural and sports education/arts and crafts were the only sector to see positive growth.

In addition, the service sector, which is highly dependent on offline consumption, was hit hard during the epidemic prevention period. The number of white-collar workers receiving year-end bonuses shrank by nearly half to 17.7 percent from 32.2 percent in 2019.

On February 3, Tencent Wintong and the Wealth Management Research Center of the National Finance and Development Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences released the “2020 Annual Bonus Survey Report”, which showed that nearly 70% of corporate managers will still give year-end bonuses to their employees this year, although the operation of enterprises affected by the epidemic may fluctuate.Among the respondents, 21.1 percent said they have received a year-end bonus, 47.5 percent said they have arranged to receive a year-end bonus but have not yet received one, 13.6 percent said they have confirmed that they will not receive one and 17.8 percent are not sure.

When it comes to personal bonuses, more than half of them will receive less than in previous years.Among them, 40.4 percent are the same as last year, and 8.7 percent are up from last year.In the annual bonus survey, 72.8 percent of respondents expected their annual bonus to be less than the threshold of 10,000 yuan.

According to the report, even though they did not get their expected year-end bonus, 68.5 percent of them still chose to understand and be willing to share adversity with the company, while only 29 percent would consider seeking more suitable opportunities under the premise of doing a good job at their current job.Looking ahead to 2021, 55.1 percent of workers are confident that their incomes will increase.


Trump can’t stop TikTok from operating in the US

The report noted that in September last year, then-President Trump announced that he would “de facto ban TikTok” by November 12, 2020, unless the company sold its U.S. assets.But the order was suspended by a U.S. District Court on Sept. 28 and then on Oct. 30.Before the injunction went into effect, TikTok sued the US government, asking the US courts to intervene to give it more time to reach an agreement with the US government.In December, Judge Carl Nichols of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia stayed the Commerce Department’s injunction against TikTok.

Overseas, software, operations

Talks between Cfius and TikTok to resolve the situation are continuing, people familiar with the matter said, according to the report.A possible solution would include using a trusted third party to manage TikTok’s data, but that wouldn’t require a ‘direct sale,’ one of the people said.

Trump can’t stop TikTok from operating in the US

In August last year, Trump struck a blow at TikTok, ordering that no person or entity be allowed to do any business with TikTok’s parent company, Bytedance, for 45 days (Sept. 20, 2020).The US Department of Commerce has followed suit, demanding a ban on TikTok downloads in the US starting on September 20, 2020.However, the TikTok ban has been blocked several times by judges because of a series of lawsuits filed by TikTok and its content creators against the ban.

According to Fortune, the December 4 “deadline” set by the U.S. Commerce Department has passed quietly, but TikTok’s sale negotiations are still ongoing and the department has not set a new deadline.

After months of being blocked, TikTok is still doing well in the US, and according to data released by data analytics firm Apptopia on January 8, TikTok is the most downloaded app in the US in 2020, and its popularity in the US speaks for itself.

TikTok’s resilience in the face of the Trump administration’s one-two punch is a stark contrast to the way Trump has been “blocked” and how it has turned things around, Fortune says.