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fied. Shortly after the attack, the US government introduced the Patriot Act, the Accuracy Act and
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which formed a comprehensive intelligence surv
eillance network. According to a survey by Privacy International in 2007 covering 47 countries, the United States ran
ked first in the monitoring index. But the United States didn’t stop there. In 2013, Edward Snowden, a technical an
alyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), exposed the Prism program. In this seven-year top-secret electronic sur
veillance, monitored individuals include non-Americans who use related company services, or any US citizen who co
mmunicates with foreigners, including email, video and voice conversations, and social network details, and so on, can be descr
ibed as large-scale indiscriminate monitoring. Surveillance states were finally formed.
o eye with his fan.”I buy a lot of albums, and it is the design of the covers that catches my eye first,” Yang
tells the fan. “Apart from the quality of the sound on the record, these things are pieces of art.”
In the two-hour meeting, they listen to the new vinyl and talk about their affection for physical records.
“I recall the summer of 1993 when I was 20 years old,” Yang says. “I bou
ght cassette tapes of the Chinese rock band Tang Dynasty and the rock singer-songwriter
Cui Jian. The songs coming from these spinning tapes stunned me and I wanted to make music like them. That’s wh
y I still stock and support the physical format. It’s something for me to keep and something to hand down to my kids.”
For Wang Zhuohui, owner of Free Sound, Yang’s arrival is one of a series of events to celebrate Record Store Day.
Wang’s shop does its bit for Record Store Day by staging live performances, fan meetings and ex
clusive releases. Record Store Day is a way to help keep a dying industry alive, Wang says. For him one big attra
ction of record stores is that unlike social media where everything is delivered at the push of a button, they offer a p
ight examinations, and counselling services, he said.
Education departments will supervise schools to take concrete measures and eval
uate their performance, Minister of Education Chen Baosheng said at the meeting.
The State Council, China’s cabinet, said Wednesday it was necessary to amend laws and sup
porting regulations and policies to ensure the implementation of the foreign investment law.
Draft amendments for administrative licensing law, trademark law, construction law a
nd electronic signature law were passed Wednesday at a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.
It was also decided at the meeting to submit the draft amendments to the Standing Committee of th
e National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, for deliberation, according to a statement after the meeting.
Suggestions for revisions include adding the principle of “non-discrimination” in administrative licensi
ng, substantially raising the amount of compensation for infringing exclusive rights to use trade
marks, and cutting approval time for applications for qualified construction permits.
Hainan is offering housing incentives to attract talent to the tropical isla
nd province, where the country’s 12th free trade zone－its largest－is being created.
A notice from the provincial government on Friday said the employ
ees of companies that move their headquarters to the island will enjoy the same housing polici
es and credit support as locals when buying a house, even though they don’t have household registration in Hainan.
The supplementary measure, which is intended to address problems of new em
ployees settling in the Hainan FTZ, will improve the business environment, attract investo
rs, promote opening-up and development of headquarters, and optimize the living environment, local officials said.
In April last year, after the central government said Hainan would become a pilot free trade zone, the island announ
ced it would attract 1 million skilled workers. To accomplish that, it has adopted measures to support free hou
sing for topnotch personnel, child education, spousal employment, medical insurance and car purchases.