China in the Paradise Papers – China’s latest top news


Jeremy Goldkorn’s selection of the top stories from China on November 6, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina newsletter, a convenient package of China’s business, political, and cultural news delivered to your inbox for free. Subscribe here.

China in the Paradise Papers

UPDATE: This post has been changed to correct a mistake that listed relatives of Chinese officials named in the 2016 Panama Papers as also being in the Paradise Papers.

On November 5, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the Paradise Papers, a massive database of leaks from Appleby, a law firm that specializes in setting up offshore companies. These are often in tax-free island nations, hence the moniker “Paradise.”

Another step forward for China’s alternative to GPS

China has launched a new type of Beidou-3 navigational satellites, which the South China Morning Post calls “part of efforts to expand the global reach of its rival to GPS and to cut reliance on overseas systems.”

  • China plans to launch more than 30 such satellites in the next three years to support a global navigation network for both military and civilian uses.
  • There are currently more than 20 Beidou satellites in orbit, but they cover only China and nearby regions, and are not yet used for civilian applications.
  • The China Daily says the new Beidou satellite is equipped with “new, ultra-accurate rubidium atomic clocks,” which have “greatly improved the accuracy of the system.”

Government jobs in demand

More than 720,000 people have already signed up for the national civil servant exam (国考 guó kǎo), a test the government uses to select candidates for 28,000 central government jobs currently open. The exam will be held on December 10.

  • The China Daily says the most popular position is at the Liaison Office of the International Cooperation Department of the China Family Planning Association: 1,198 people have already applied for just one vacancy.
  • Jobs in several provincial taxation bureaus are among the most popular.
  • Some jobs “have a ratio of qualified candidates to vacancies of lower than 3 to 1,” including “853 positions without any applicant.” These jobs are mostly “in underdeveloped areas or demand grassroots work experience.”
  • Register here if you are a Chinese citizen and would like to apply.

Eggs of a bug as long as your arm

The world’s longest insect is Zhao’s giant stick insect, Phryganistria chinensis Zhao, which was discovered in China in 2014. Adults are around 25 inches (63 centimeters) long. The China Daily reports (with photos) that the Insect Museum of West China in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, has successfully hatched giant stick insect eggs.