Chinese Police Patrol Abroad, Cheaper Pork: Eye on Chinese Media

Eight Chinese police officers proficient in Italian will go on patrol in Rome, Milan, Florence and Naples in June to help protect Chinese tourists, China Daily reported in a front-page story. China also plans to send officers to Austria and Spain this year, the newspaper said. THE CONTEXT: Chinese travelers took more than 120 million overseas trips in 2016.

In Other Reports:

  • FOOD PRICES: Food prices continued to fall in 50 Chinese cities in mid-April from the start of the month, led by pork, chicken and beans, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing National Bureau of Statistics data. The report reflects trends in the consumer price index, a major inflation gauge with a heavy weight of food prices. Price gains have been subdued this year with the gauge rising 0.9 percent in March from a year earlier.
  • FINANCE CORRUPTION: A key focus of China’s anti-graft fight this year is to “seriously investigate” employees at state-owned enterprises and financial institutions, Xinhua reported. THE CONTEXT: More corruption cases may be expected in the financial sector after China’s anti-graft agency said it’s probing Xiang Junbo for suspected serious violation of the Communist Party’s code of conduct.
  • PARTY LOYALTY: A People’s Daily commentary asks new “leading cadres” to heed President Xi Jinping’s message to study Liao Junbo, who was chosen as one of 102 model local officials by the Party Organization Department in 2015. One of the key lessons to learn from Liao, said the commentary, is “loyalty to the party.” THE CONTEXT: Liao, the vice mayor of Nanping City in Fujian Province, died in a traffic accident while heading to a meeting last month, according to Xinhua.

— With assistance by Yinan Zhao, and Peter Martin

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