So, what’s up in China? 🇨🇳 Issue 136, covering 5 Jul – 11 Jul.

1. Shanghai is ramping up support for metaverse development — aiming to foster 10 leading companies and 100 SMEs, which could launch 100 new metaverse products and services by 2025. (South China Morning Post)

2. Recent weeks have seen the rise of an unexpected fad dubbed ‘civil servant chic’ or ‘bureaucrat style’ (厅局风, tingju feng or 厅里厅气, tingli tingqi). As its monikers imply, the trend revolves around the uniforms of public officials, especially those occupying higher ranks. (Radii)

3. China cinema hitting a comeback? Aside from the easing of pandemic control measures, nearly 20 provinces and cities in China laid out new stimulus measures to help the recovery of the movie industry, including tax relief, fee reductions, and other subsidies. (SupChina)

4.  Regulators imposed fines on Alibaba and Tencent as well as a range of other firms for failing to comply with anti-monopoly rules on the disclosure of transactions. Under the new law, the maximum potential fine in each case stands at 500,000 yuan (US$74,688). (Reuters)

5. China’s cyberspace regulator disclosed the details of a new compulsory security review to determine the eligibility for overseas transfer of Chinese user data in possession of a private entity. Companies that have sent abroad any personal information of 100k+ users, or sensitive personal information belonging to 10k+ users since last year, would also have to undergo the CAC security review. (Yahoo Finance)

6. Foreigners who need exit-entry services in Shanghai should call 12367 to make reservations. Online temporary accommodation registration and reservations for a variety of exit-entry services for overseas people are inaccessible at the moment due to a system malfunction. (Shine)

7. Sport events in China to resume. Sports events will be examined and verified case by case and onsite events will be resumed in a secure and orderly manner. (Global Times)

8. Flight attendants turning into livestreamers? As the civil aviation industry has been one of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic in China, carriers are looking to other forms of business to hedge their losses, with livestreaming sales just one of the avenues being explored to attract potential customers. (China Daily)

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