China News Service , June 30th:

"China Knowledge Network" is a foreign company?

  Song Yusheng, a reporter from China-Singapore Finance and Economics

  According to recent news from China Netcom, on June 23, the Cyber ​​Security Review Office interviewed the person in charge of Tongfang Knowledge Network (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. and announced the launch of a network security review on CNKI.

  It is reported that CNKI has a large amount of personal information and important data related to key industries such as national defense, industry, telecommunications, transportation, natural resources, health care, and finance, as well as sensitive information such as our major projects, important scientific and technological achievements, and key technological developments.

  Many netizens are curious, what kind of company is CNKI?

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One HowNet, three companies

  According to the information disclosed on the CNKI website in 2019, CNKI is the digital publishing and value-added information service website of "China Academic Journals (CD Edition)" Electronic Magazine Co., Ltd. CNKI (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. provides technical support, data processing, product distribution, customer service and other related operational services.

The three companies have long-term cooperation to build China Knowledge Infrastructure Project (CNKI), collectively referred to as "China Knowledge Network", or CNKI.

  It is worth noting that the three companies are not of the same type.

  The national enterprise credit information publicity system shows that the type of "China Academic Journals (CD Edition)" Electronic Magazine Co., Ltd. is a limited liability company (sole proprietorship by a legal person), and the type of Tongfang Knowledge Network Digital Publishing Technology Co., Ltd. is other limited liability company (non-listed). ), while Tongfang Knowledge Network (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. is a limited liability company (solely owned by a foreign legal person).

Screenshot of National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System

  In the analysis of the main controlling and shareholding companies listed in the 2021 annual report of the listed company Tongfang Co., Ltd. (“Tongfang Shares”), Tongfang Knowledge Network (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. is included, and the other two companies are not listed.

  According to the annual report, Tongfang Knowledge Network (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. (referred to as "Tongfang Knowledge Network") has a registered capital of 1 million US dollars, and the company (Tongfang Shares) holds 100% of the shares. Tongfang Knowledge Network is mainly engaged in Internet publishing and service business. At present, the "China National Knowledge Infrastructure" (CNKI) portal website has been formed, providing users with "China Knowledge Resource Database", "China Academic Journal Database", "China Ph.D. Master Thesis Database", "China Yearbook Full-text Database", "China A series of products such as Reference Book Online Publishing General Library, as well as knowledge resources Internet search, sharing and online publishing services.

Screenshot of Tongfang's 2021 Annual Report

When did Tongfang HowNet appear?

  According to Tongfang's 2004 annual report, in 2004, the company "officially opened the world's largest Chinese knowledge portal 'China Knowledge Network'".

According to the annual report, this marks a qualitative leap for the company in the Internet industry.

  The reporter combed the past annual reports of Tongfang shares, and the changes appeared in the 2005 annual report.

  Tongfang Optical Disc Co., Ltd., which had appeared in the annual report many times before, disappeared from the "operational performance of the company's wholly-owned subsidiaries and major holding companies" in the 2005 annual report.

  According to the information disclosed in the annual report, Tongfang Optical Disc Co., Ltd. has a registered capital of 100 million yuan.

The 2004 annual report shows that the knowledge resource database owned by the company covers my country's natural science, engineering technology, humanities, social science journals, doctoral and master theses, newspapers, books, conference papers and other full-text resources, and has initially formed a global knowledge service. The network system has become the Chinese database with the largest amount of information and the most complete information content in the world.

  Also in the 2005 annual report, Tongfang Knowledge Network (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. began to appear.

Screenshot of Tongfang's 2005 Annual Report

  This annual report shows that Tongfang Knowledge Network (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. has a registered capital of US$1 million. It is a professional company engaged in Internet technology development established by the company through Recreation Glory Investment Company. The company holds 100% of the shares through the equity method.

  Among them, it is clear that the Internet technology services and market development business related to the knowledge resource database will be integrated into Tongfang Knowledge Network Company.

  According to the annual report, in 2005, the company has formed a business model with "China Academic Journals (CD-ROM Edition) Electronic Magazine" as the main body of publication and Tongfang Knowledge Network as the support for marketing and technical services. market work".

It is said that "China Knowledge Resource Database" has published 22 CNKI series full-text databases in that year, with a total of more than 52 million pieces of literature information, and has become the largest Chinese literature database in the world.

Drawing: Liu Yanghe

Is it foreign capital?

  According to a number of corporate credit inquiry systems, the current shareholder of Tongfang CNKI (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. is CNKI International Holdings Co., Ltd.

  Such information also raises related questions.

The recent news that CNKI was censored by network security has brought relevant issues to the attention again.

  The reporter noticed that recently, someone asked a question on the SSE e-interactive platform, "There are rumors on the Internet that CNKI is wholly-owned by a foreign legal person. Can the company clarify the information of CNKI's affiliated companies?"

  In response, Tongfang Co., Ltd. responded on the platform, "Tongfang Knowledge Network Digital Publishing Technology Co., Ltd. and Tongfang Knowledge Network (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd., which mainly operate CNKI business, are the company's holding subsidiaries."

Screenshot of SSE e-interactive platform

  When the reporter asked CNKI on this issue, CNKI responded, "Tongfang's holding subsidiary is only registered abroad and has no foreign shareholding."

  Many mysteries surrounding HowNet are still to be solved.

According to the information disclosed by the official, the problems involved in CNKI are not limited to "suspected monopolistic behavior".

  Previously, the State Administration for Market Regulation announced on May 13 that recently, the State Administration for Market Regulation has filed an investigation into CNKI's suspected monopolistic behavior according to the previous inspection.

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