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1. Get your drugs in China
For some time now, I’ve been haranguing you, dear reader, with my arguments that China will soon become a dominant player in healthcare and pharma. In January, I suggested 2018 might be the year Chinese pharma really goes big, and in June, I said the next Chinese business behemoths were going to be healthcare companies.
“Big” and “behemoth” are conveniently vague words — but however you define them, Chinese drug manufacturers and biotech healthcare companies are certainly set for enormous growth. There are a number of factors to consider:
Strong government support for research and development of new treatments and technologies.
Sheer numbers of patients with a range of diseases from developing country illnesses such as malaria to the noncommunicable lifestyle diseases of the 21st-century consumer: lung, breast, and prostate cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, etc.
Lack of religious or ethical objections to research in areas such as stem cell treatments, gene editing, cloning, etc.
Lots and lots of money from Chinese and foreign investors that is flooding into applied life sciences.
Lots and lots of scientists, technologists, and engineers churned out by a vast number of universities.
Acquisitions of foreign pharma and healthcare companies by Chinese firms.
High rates of cancer caused by pollution and lifestyle factors that incentivize investment in new treatments.
Another factor: In October last year, China’s State Council announced new rules for approvals for drugs and medical devices, intended to speed up the process by cutting red tape and allowing the use of data from clinical trials performed outside of China. In May this year, China cut all tariffs on imported cancer drugs.
Despite the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, Beijing is actively encouraging the availability and affordability of foreign drugs. If they stick to this policy, Chinese pharma companies will be forced to catch up to their foreign peers in R&D. The government has an additional incentive to open the market for healthcare as widely as possible: There is probably no other way to end domestic manufacturer safety scandals such as the recent toxic rabies vaccine affair, which has once again shaken citizens’ faith in Made in China drugs.
“To get the latest drugs, head to China,” reports (porous paywall) Bloomberg: In the short time since Beijing cut back red tape on drug approvals, “already Chinese patients can expect to get some breakthrough medicines before Americans.”
An anemia medicine under development by AstraZeneca has “priority review” from China’s FDA, which is “evaluating it on a rolling basis.” It will only apply “to the U.S. FDA in the first half of 2019, when all trials are done.”
A treatment for colorectal cancer being developed by Eli Lilly and Hutchison China MediTech Ltd. of Hong Kong, will be introduced first in China after approval, probably later this year. European and U.S. launches will follow.
Takeda Pharmaceutical, “the Japanese drugmaker best known for its diabetes treatment Actos, plans seven roll-outs in China in the next five years, more than anywhere else.”
Bloomberg quotes a healthcare fund manager: “Twenty years from now, China’s going to have a market that’s comparable, or possibly bigger, than the U.S.” I believe that is a serious understatement.
*If this topic interests you, see also What ails China’s healthcare system? Roberta Lipson has a detailed diagnosis.
2. Trade war, day 29: China fires back with $60 billion in tariffs
The U.S.-China trade war officially began on July 6, with the tit-for-tat imposition of tariffs on $34 billion in goods. An additional tax on $16 billion worth of goods is planned by both sides in the near future.
The Trump administration then drew up plans to tax an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods on day 5 of the trade war, and on day 26, said that it was considering upping the level of those tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent.
China today announced its response to the 25 percent tax on $200 billion worth of its exports. A notice on the Ministry of Commerce’s website announces varying levels of tariffs on $60 billion in American goods, and states (in Chinese):
“The American side’s measures recklessly violate World Trade Organization rules as well as other international obligations…and gravely threaten the Chinese side’s economic interests and security.”
China’s stock market has fallen behind Japan’s in total equity value for the first time since 2014, the Financial Times reports (paywall). While the stock market drop is only one measure of the economic uncertainty that the trade war has precipitated, the FT says that it “underscores how the ongoing trade spat with the US, Beijing’s campaign to temper debt-fuelled growth and signs of slowing domestic demand have combined to dampen investor sentiment for Chinese assets.”
The Wall Street Journal breaks down (paywall) the types of American products that China plans to hit with different levels of tariffs:
“Some 662 kinds of products including small and medium-size airplanes and computers that could be hit with a 5% duty; nearly 1,000 products including coffee beans and textiles that could be slapped with a 10% duty; another more than 1,000 products such as chemicals and deodorant that could be levied at 20%; some 2,493 products such as meat, wine and liquefied natural gas that could be levied at 25%.”
The Journal points out that China only imports about $153.9 billion in American goods, so if American tariffs go beyond that level, China has to get creative with proportional countermeasures. Already, the Journal notes China has been “increasing checks of American products at borders, delaying licenses for U.S. businesses and essentially blocking Qualcomm Inc.’s $44 billion planned acquisition of NXP Semiconductors.”
Other recent moves by China include:
Securing a verbal agreement with the EU that it “would not adopt any policy against Beijing,” the South China Morning Post reports, actively countering an apparent push by the Trump administration to mend ties with North American and European trading partners ahead of a more prolonged trade battle with China.
Suspending U.S. oil imports, as “China’s Unipec, the trading arm of state oil major Sinopec…has no new bookings of U.S. crude until at least October,” Reuters reports.
Preserving a credit card monopoly for Union Pay, despite American card companies like Visa, Mastercard, and American Express applying for licenses over a year ago.
Ordering “banks to lend more to small business,” to try “to head off growing risks to jobs and growth from a trade war with Washington.” SCMP reports that the Financial Stability and Development Committee, headed by vice-premier and point person on trade, Liu He, made this directive.
Stepping in to support Chinese currency, as “a record string of weekly losses saw the currency closing in on the key milestone of 7 per dollar,” Bloomberg reports (paywall). Economists like Leland Miller, the international CEO of China Beige Book, believe that passing that milestone would be effectively a “declaration of currency war.”
Meanwhile, signals from Washington continue to be extremely negative:
There is “zero” engagement between the two sides as trade tensions continue to escalate, a senior Trump administration official told CNBC.
The official said there had been “one call in the past few days” — apparently referring to what the South China Morning Post reports was an unsuccessful attempt by Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to persuade vice-premier Liu He to approve the Qualcomm-NXP deal — but it had resolved nothing.
Hikvision, a Chinese surveillance equipment maker, is the latest Chinese company to be targeted with a ban on sales to the American government. “On August 1st, the US Senate passed the conference report for the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes new provisions on Hikvision, ZTE, and Huawei,” but “the bill is yet to be confirmed by US President Donald Trump,” according to the SCMP.
3. Is the Party at the beach?
Beidaihe is a resort town on the Bohai Sea about 170 miles east of Beijing. It’s not exactly the Bahamas, but it is a moderately pleasant place to escape the heat of the capital in the summer. Which is what China’s Communist Party leaders have done nearly every summer since 1953, taking a few days or weeks to plan future strategies and plot the course of the nation.
Only Party insiders get to attend or even know about the closed-door meetings. One American diplomat called Beidaihe “China’s smoke-filled room” — the source of that quote is an anecdote by Adi Ignatius about running into senior leaders at Beidaihe in 1987.
Today, the excellent Trivium newsletter on Chinese politics and economics says this year’s meetings have probably begun:
Top leaders are probably at the beach. It’s been 72 hours since any Politburo Standing Committee member has made a public appearance. That leads us to believe that top leaders have begun their annual summer holidays. And that means that the political news out of China is likely to be pretty thin over the next two weeks.
4. China and the fall of Angola’s Isabel dos Santos
In 2013, Forbes magazine reported that Isabel dos Santos had become Africa’s first female billionaire. Her father, José Eduardo dos Santos, was the president of Angola from 1979 to 2017. In a profile of Isabel (porous paywall), the Financial Times says his government became “synonymous with the diversion of public funds into private pockets.” Many of those pockets belonged to Isabel.
But with Daddy out of office, the wolves are at the door. Chinese state broadcaster CGTN reports that Isabel “failed to respond to her first summons from state prosecutors over graft allegations during her time at the helm of Sonangol, the state oil company.” The investigation relates to allegations of “suspicious transactions overseen by dos Santos, including a payment of $38 million made to a Dubai-based company she approved after she was dismissed from the oil company.” But there were many other deals, too, and many of them involve Chinese entities. Maka Angola reports on the cancellation of the following:
President Dos Santos awarded “the construction of the Caculo-Cabaça dam and hydropower station for US $4.5 billion” to a 50/50 consortium with a shell company controlled by his daughter and China Gezhouba Group Corporation. The Industrial Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) secured the financing in return for Angolan oil.
Isabel was awarded a planned coastal road from Luanda’s city center to a nearby neighborhood, including a project to reclaim 400 hectares from the sea. The contract was worth over US$700 million, and was to be financed by the ICBC and the Chinese Eximbank.
A final act of corruption took place in August last year during the Angolan elections that drove President Dos Santos from office: “He signed the Presidential Decree 207/17 that granted Isabel dos Santos’ Atlantic Ventures S.A the contract to build and have the exclusive management rights to the [Luanda] port for 30 years (plus 15).” It seems Isabel did not have the time to secure financing from ICBC for this one.
5. Cracks in Xi Jinping’s façade
Yesterday, I asked if the publication of a critical essay by Tsinghua University law professor Xu Zhangrun 许章润 marked “peak Xi Jinping.” Some follow-up from Tom Mitchell of the Financial Times in an article titled China’s controversies create cracks in Xi’s façade (porous paywall):
“‘It’s the hardest time for Xi since he assumed power,’ said Zhang Lifan 章立凡, a Beijing-based historian and prominent critic of the Chinese Communist party. ‘People are afraid that the captain has sailed the ship into a dangerous area and may sink it.’”
“At times the strains on Mr Xi, 65, have appeared to show. In mid-July, a report from the foreign media pool that covers the president’s public engagements noted that he ‘was noticeably exhausted’ and sometimes confused in meetings with Jim Yong Kim, World Bank president, and Audrey Azoulay, Unesco director-general.”
The trade war and “Mr Xi’s own efforts to reduce financial risk” could be a “double-whammy that could result in dramatically slower economic growth.”
“Social discontent in China is also bubbling to the surface,” as epitomized by the recent vaccine scandal.
“In private,” says the FT, “more Chinese officials and intellectuals are expressing doubts about his handling of relations with the U.S.”
Nonetheless, no one is suggesting that there are any real threats to Xi’s power at this stage. The FT’s take: “There is no evidence that Mr Xi’s grip on power has weakened because of the mounting challenges that lie ahead of him, and in official pronouncements the Chinese government appears confident of both its trade war strategy and the economic outlook.”
6. I vote for the chicken
Some ephemera from the Chinese internet:
The abbot of Beijing’s Longquan Temple has been accused of sexually abusing multiple female nuns as we reported on Wednesday. Chinese internet wags are now using the hashtag #阿metoo佛 (ā me too fó) to refer to the scandal. It’s a play on the Chinese pronunciation of Amitābha (阿弥陀佛 āmítuófó), the name of a celestial buddha according to Mahayana tradition, which Chinese believers often use as a chant. China Digital Times has more.
Winnie the Pooh became ursa non grata in China in 2013 after internet users circulated a meme comparing the portly bear to Xi Jinping. Censorship of images and text about Pooh Bear continues to this day. Now Hollywood Reporter says that Christopher Robin, “a live-action/CGI family film that stars Ewan McGregor, received a no-go from the country’s film authorities.” The article cites a source who “pinned the blame on China’s crackdown on images of the Winnie the Pooh character.”
The Youth Department of the KMT (国民党 guómíndǎng), currently Taiwan’s opposition party, is choosing a new mascot, and they have revealed the 10 finalists (see image above), according to New Talk (in Chinese). I vote for the chicken.
Here are the stories that caught our eye this week:
A secret, censored version of Google’s search engine for Android phones is reportedly under development for the Chinese market, but multiple reports have cast doubt on the likelihood of the product ever being released.
The Trump administration is impatient for an immediate solution to a range of issues it sees with China, and reportedly wants to inflict “painful measures” on China to “force it back to the negotiating table on trade.” China Foreign Minister Wang Yi responded: “Calm down.”
The abbot of Longquan Temple in Beijing, Xuecheng 学诚, is the latest public figure to be accused of sexual misconduct in China.
The faulty vaccine scandal grinds on: Furious parents were seen protesting and demanding justice in front of the National Health Commission, while others are overwhelming Hong Kong’s private clinics by booking their children’s inoculations months in advance.
BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY:
Alibaba touts success of its anti-counterfeit drive as Pinduoduo’s stocks fall over fake goods investigations / TechNode
See also Chinese Corner — Pinduoduo: Building a business on fake goods.
More on the trade war
Trade gap with China isn’t the problem, CEO group says / WSJ (paywall)
GM seeks tariff exemption for its China-made Buick Envision SUV / Bloomberg (paywall)
Southeast Asian nations fear being caught in crossfire of China-US trade dispute / SCMP
US government bonds rise after soft jobs data, China trade warning / WSJ (paywall)
“Treasurys advanced Friday after the Labor Department said that the pace of hiring slowed in July and China said it would impose new tariffs on imports from the U.S. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.971%, according to Tradeweb, from 2.986% Thursday.”
GE engineer linked to China stole power plant technology, FBI Says / WSJ (paywall)
See also tweet by Economist Victore Shih: “A GE engineer linked to Chinese companies stole power plant technology by hiding it in a photo of a sunset, FBI says many SOEs and joint stock firms in China willing to pay top dollar for turbine tech.”
CR Beer, Heineken aim to quench China’s premium beer thirst / Nikkei Asian Review
“A $3billion deal signed today by two brewing giants has intensified the fight for leadership in China’s premium beer market, a segment which is considered critical for future success in the industry.”
HNA and overseas scrutiny of Chinese conglomerates
Investors protest outside headquarters of China’s HNA Group / WSJ (paywall)
“Investors and ex-employees of China’s HNA Group Co. who bought investment products from a unit of the conglomerate protested outside the company’s headquarters in the southern province of Hainan this week, accusing it of taking their money and not returning it, according to people familiar with the matter.”
U.S. is expanding power to block Chinese firms. HNA was already no match. / NYT (paywall)
“Global regulators started to ask questions about its debt-fueled buying binge, as well as its ownership structure.”
Crackdown on CFCs
China to crack down on illegal ozone-depleting substances / Reuters
Less than a month ago, SupChina reported: Reports confirm ozone-killing substance in Chinese factories
VIPKID announces new products and strategic partnership with Microsoft / TechNode
“The moves imply that the company is now cultivating a comprehensive education market that is holding greater premium and growth potentials than just English learning.”
Tepid growth in Tianjin
How Tianjin, once China’s fastest-growing region, became its slowest / Economist (paywall)
“The problem is that the city’s planners got far ahead of themselves. They built a big new financial district, which they billed as China’s Manhattan, in the Binhai district, on the city’s far-east side. Nearly 70% of offices there are vacant, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, a property-services firm.”
Huawei to overtake Samsung as top smartphone maker?
China’s Huawei says it may become the top smartphone maker by the end of 2019 / CNBC
“China’s Huawei Technologies, which overtook Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor in the June quarter, forecast global smartphone shipments exceeding 200 million this year, a recovery after a sharp slowdown last year.”
Regulating on-demand bikes
Beijing to place new cap on the deployment of bike rentals at 1.91 million / TechNode
“The Beijing Commission of Transport has announced new plans to keep the number of rental bikes in check. The new limit on rental bike deployments is capped at 1.91 million bikes. Beijing also plans to launch an online monitoring platform for bike-rental services later this year…”
Mapping China’s global telecom empire / Gateway House
POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS:
Silencing of senior professor
Sun Wenguang: Chinese activist’s live interview shut down by police / BBC
“On Wednesday, Sun Wenguang 孙文广, 84, was in the middle of an interview with US-funded broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) when police broke into his home in Jinan, China and forced him off air.”
China professor missing after radio interview is interrupted / AP via Washington Post
‘A former professor of physics, the 84-year-old Sun has been detained numerous times for his criticism of China’s communist leadership.”
Who Is Chinese Professor Wenguang Sun? / Voice of America
Silencing of Xinjiang gulag eyewitness
‘Everyone was silent, endlessly mute’: Former Chinese re-education instructor speaks out / Globe and Mail
See also tweet from Globe and Mail Beijing correspondent Nathan VanderKlippe: “I interviewed Sayragul Sauytbay tonight. She told me that shortly after she was released in Kazakhstan, her sister and two friends were taken away in Xinjiang. The ‘happiness failed to last for 24 hours,’ she said.”
Beijing seeks to crush pro-independence activism in Hong Kong
‘They are treating Hong Kong like parts of China’: Pro-independence activist Andy Chan condemns move to censor talk / Hong Kong Free Press
“Pro-independence activist Andy Chan has said that the Chinese foreign ministry’s attempt to block his talk at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club proves that Hong Kong’s attempt to ban his party was a ‘political incident’ going beyond the local government.”
Mexico tries out Trump-style economic populism
López Obrador turns attention to Mexico’s trade deficit with China / FT (paywall)
“‘We want to reduce the imbalance which is unfavourable to us,’ Marcelo Ebrard, incoming foreign minister, told reporters after Mr López Obrador received China’s ambassador Qiu Xiaoqi at his transition office.”
Troubles on Belt and Road
Myanmar scales back Chinese-backed port project due to debt fears – official / Reuters
“The initial $7.3 billion price tag on the Kyauk Pyu deepwater port, on the western tip of Myanmar’s conflict-torn Rakhine state, set off alarm bells due to reports of troubled Chinese-backed projects in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.”
China culls 900 pigs after reports of first African swine fever outbreak in country / SCMP
“China has reported its first case of African swine fever (ASF), a highly contagious disease of pigs, in the northeastern city of Shenyang and culled almost 900 pigs to prevent the epidemic from spreading, local media reported. This is also the first reported case in East Asia.”
Chinese investors seek new opportunities in North Korea, sanctions or not / SCMP
“One Chinese businessman said he had been negotiating in North Korea in the past few months to try to secure potentially lucrative mining deals.”
Backlash against over-hyping Chinese achievements
China’s social media users call for sacking of ‘triumphalist’ academic, as anti-hype movement grows / SCMP
“Professor Hu Angang 胡鞍钢, author of China in 2020: A New Type of Superpower and director of the centre for China studies at the prestigious Tsinghua University, has come under fire for his suggestion that China has already overtaken the United States as a world leader in terms of economic and technological power.”
Iran gets a helping hand from China
China rejects us request to cut Iran oil imports / Bloomberg (paywall)
“The U.S. has been unable to persuade China to cut Iranian oil imports, according to two officials familiar with the negotiations, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic after his withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord.”
Iran’s foreign minister says China ‘pivotal’ to salvaging its nuclear deal / Reuters
Sri Lanka gets another loan
Sri Lanka secures $1 billion Chinese loan / Rappler
“The 8-year loan by China Development Bank carries a 5.25% interest rate with a 3-year grace period…. Coomaraswamy said that the terms of Chinese loan were better than other international lenders and the country hopes to secure additional $200 to $250 million from China’s domestic financial market by issuing ‘Panda bonds’.”
South China Sea
Beijing’s aggression in South China Sea driving expansion of Southeast Asian coastguard fleets, report says / SCMP
“Beijing’s increasingly aggressive behaviour in the South China Sea has driven many Southeast Asian nations to expand their coastguard capabilities as a way to maintain a presence in the region without risking military engagement, an Australian think tank said.”
US is committed to rule of law in South China Sea, Mike Pompeo tells Asean / SCMP
Taiwanese flag in Vietnam
Vietnam denies giving Taiwanese firm approval to fly island’s flag to distance itself from anti-Chinese sentiment / SCMP
“Vietnam has denied claims that it approved a Taiwanese firm’s decision to fly the island’s flag at its premises to distance itself from widespread anti-Chinese sentiment in the country.”
‘All-weather friendship’: but is Pakistan relying too heavily on China? / Guardian
SOCIETY AND CULTURE:
Education in the late 1970s
My Father: The first gaokao after the Cultural Revolution / China Channel
“For years, I despised my father. In my eyes, he was the most irresponsible dad in the world. He wasn’t earning money to support us. He didn’t enjoy family gatherings, and was always the first to leave the table. He didn’t care whether his kids were happy in school or not, but would be angry if we didn’t perform as well as he expected.”
Where is Fan Bingbing?
Fan Bingbing ‘missing’: Silence from Chinese actress concerns fans / The Independent
“The actress. who is known internationally as a singer and model as well as for her appearance as Blink in the X-Men film franchise, is one of the highest paid actors in China.”
10 essential basketball slang / World of Chinese
What do “chicken pilferer” (偷鸡 tōu jī) and “bukkake” (颜射 yánshè) mean on a basketball court?
Airline and passenger misbehavior
Chinese air passenger detained after trying to escape plane that had been left sitting on tarmac for several hours / SCMP
“The Hainan Airlines flight had been due to fly from Taiyuan in the northern province of Shanxi to the southwestern megacity of Chongqing…”
Man with one leg and an incredible work ethic
Chinese amputee food courier delivers 60 meals a day to pay for prosthetic leg / SCMP
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Viral Videos in China, July 27-August 3
Chinese Corner: Fakes, gay fan fiction, and local beer
Jiayun Feng’s review of new writing on the Chinese internet. This week, she looks at reactions to Pinduoduo’s $1.6 billion IPO, yaoi (gay fan fiction) based on a Chinese web show, and the decline of hometown beer brands. Finally, if you’ve ever wondered what visually impaired people think of the dead-end tactile pavements and other hazards of Chinese cities, Tingting — a cataract patient — can tell you.
Kuora: Chinese culture’s diffusion to Japan and Korea
Why were Korea and Japan so influenced by Chinese culture in the past? Simply put, it was due to geographic proximity, the relatively earlier development of a sophisticated state in China, demonstrably useful technological and institutional innovations in China, and sheer size and wealth. It was not only practical and sensible, but laudable, writes Kaiser Kuo.
The NBA has a new Chinese player, and it’s…Kyle Anderson?
Kyle Anderson of the Memphis Grizzlies — or “the essence of human wriggling,” as he’s known by his Chinese fans — is one-eighth Chinese and has recently been spending time in Shenzhen with his Chinese relatives. Also in this week’s China Sports Column: The NHL’s “China Games” are returning, while Chinese investors flee en masse out of European football.
The SupChina Quiz: Women in China
This month’s SupChina Quiz is here! Twelve questions to test how much you know about notable Chinese women from the ancient past to the modern age. Let us know how you do — tweet your score to @supchinanews
China Unsolved: The Cop Killer of Harbin City
Between 1987 and 1988, five policemen were murdered in northeast China, their cases unsolved to this day. The legend of the Cop Killer of Harbin — was he a populist “hero” or a demented serial killer? — is still told, with rumors bleeding into facts.
TechBuzz China: Bike Sharing in China, Part 2: Mobike and the Future of Personal Transportation
Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma tell the story of the rest of China’s bike-sharing industry beyond Ofo, focusing on major players Mobike and Hellobike. Guest speaker Karl Ulrich, the vice dean of entrepreneurship and innovation at the Wharton School, gives macro-level predictions about the global impact of new solutions for personal transportation.
Sinica Podcast: ‘City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir’
Paul French, the best-selling author of Midnight in Peking, discusses his new book, City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir — a captivating story of two foreigners rising to prominence by conducting shady business in the underworld of Shanghai in the 1930s, when the city was still known as the Paris of the Orient.
The Caixin-Sinica Business Brief, episode 58
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Pinduoduo’s debut on the Nasdaq, a homemade explosive device outside the U.S. embassy in Beijing, Doug Young on the failed merger between San Diego–based Qualcomm and Netherlands–based NXP (Next eXPerience) after Beijing delayed it for over 20 months, and more.
PHOTO FROM MICHAEL YAMASHITA
Waiting for the train
In this photo from 1982, people wait for a “green train” (绿皮火车 lǜpí huǒchē) at a railroad station in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. The slower, old-style trains of the 1980s and ’90s are no longer common in China because of the country’s growing high-speed rail network. It currently covers 15,500 miles and has high-speed trains running through almost every large city and tourist destination. Watch this video to learn more about China’s fast-developing railroad network.
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