China News

CHINA-PLA: PLA INSTRUCTED NOT TO DISCUSS OR COMMENT ON U.S. ELECTIONS AT ALL
Quoting a Chinese a military source, the South China Morning Post said the PLA has instructed its 'propagandists' to steer clear of US election coverage to ensure their reports are not “misread as taking sides” in the presidential race.

Oct 2020

CHINA-PLA: TIBET MILITARY REGION IS TOP PRIORITY FOR RECEIVING MILITARY EQUIPMENT, WINTER CLOTHING AND FOR CONSTRUCTION OF BARRACKS
The South China Morning Post (October 10) cited a Chinese military source as saying that, counter to the usual practice of giving the latest equipment first to army units of the Eastern and Northern Theatre Commands, frontline troops in western Tibet are now “the top priority” for the PLA logistics department.

Oct 2020

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS: 39 COUNTRIES CONDEMN CHINA'S HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN TIBET, XINJIANG AND HONGKONG IN UNGA
In the declaration drafted by Germany and presented at the UN General Assembly in New York on October 6, 39 predominantly Western countries denounced China for gross human rights violations in Xinjiang and the Tibet Autonomous Region and for limiting political and personal freedoms in Hong Kong.

Oct 2020

CHINA-XINJIANG: XINJIANG RECEIVES OVER 15 MILLION VISITORS DURING GOLDEN WEEK HOLIDAYS
Local authorities said that tourism to Xinjiang during the Golden week went up 10.78 per cent from the same period last year on a comparable basis. Xinjiang's Culture and Tourism Department said that the tourism revenue during the holiday from October 1 to 8 reached 8.41 billion yuan (about US$ 1.24 billion).

Oct 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S DOMESTIC TOURISM PICKS UP
Data from China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism showed that there were 637m trips in China over the eight-day holiday this year, which ended on October 8, generating revenue of Rmb466.6bn ($69.5bn).

Oct 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S BOX OFFICE TAKINGS HIT SECOND HIGHEST EARNINGS EVER DURING 'GOLDEN WEEK'
The Chinese box office raked in CNY3.9 billion (US$ 581 million) over the eight-day public holiday that ended on October 8, the second highest amount ever for the golden week after last year's takings of CNY4.5 billion. Patriotic blockbuster 'My People, My Homeland', the sequel to last year's 'My People, My Country', hit the screens on October 1. It came top with takings of CNY1.9 billion (US$ 283 million).

Oct 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: SHENZHEN WILL BE THE FIRST CHINESE CITY TO TEST PBoC'S NEW DIGITAL YUAN
China’s megacity of Shenzhen will use the People's Bank of China's new digital yuan to provide 10 million yuan (US$ 1.5 million) of coupons to residents as part of ongoing pilot programs to test the virtual currency in a sign that it is approaching widespread rollout.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: MING PAO QUOTES CHINESE THINK-TANK AS SAYING COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN US AND CHINA NEARLY SUSPENDED BUT GLOBAL TIMES SAYS THEY ARE OPEN
Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao on October 8, quoted Wu Shicun, President of the National Institute for the South China Sea Studies, as saying that bilateral crisis management and control mechanisms between China and the US were nearly suspended amid all-out confrontation between the two sides, which could lead to misfires if soldiers on both sides clash at sea.

Oct 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN PRESIDENT TSAI ING-WEN'S NATIONAL DAY SPEECH DOESN'T MENTION "CHINESE PRESIDENT" BUT REFERS ONLY TO "THE LEADER ACROSS THE STRAIT"
Taiwan President Tsai ing-wen's National Day speech (October 10) in its penultimate section on International Relations included the comment For some time we have all been paying close attention to changes in regional security.

Oct 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINA ACCUSES TAIWAN OF ESPIONAGE OPERATIONS AGAINST IT
The CCP-owned Global Times on October 11 -- the day after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day speech -- introduced the first of is 3-part expose on Taiwan's espionage activities in China with an editorial comment.

Oct 2020

CHINA-EUROPE: CHINESE MEDIA CONGLOMERATE CMG OPENS OFFICE IN BRUSSELS
Politico reported on September 8 that the China Media Group (CMG), the state media super-conglomerate created in March 2018 through the merger of three major media groups, including China Central Television, China National Radio and China Radio International, is planning to open a European office in Brussels.

Oct 2020

CHINA LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SEEKS OPINIONS AND SUGGESTIONS FROM THE PEOPLE IN FINALISING 14TH FIVE YEAR PLAN
The People's Daily on September 26, reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping had for the first time in history issued "important instructions" that opinions and suggestions be solicited "from all of society" in the process of drawing up the five-year plan.

Oct 2020

CHINA-APPOINTMENTS: NEW ASSISTANT MINISTER IN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (MoFA)
Wu Jianghao who was Director of the Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2017-2020 has been promoted as Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Oct 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA OFFICER SAYS PARTY COMMITTEES IN PLA UNITS ARE IMPROVING THEIR SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENT CAPABILITIES
Liu Haitao, identified only as an officer of a Brigade of the PLA's 79th Group Army wrote in China Militarynet on October 5, highlighting that "the method of military training is the most important thing and plays a key role in determining whether the army can fight and win battles".

Oct 2020

CHINA-PLA: DRONES SUPPLY FOOD TO POSTS ON BATTLEFRONT AT MOTUO IN TIBET
The Global Times (October 6) reported that the PLA ground forces had for the first time used 10 UAVs — or drones — to provide logistic support to soldiers stationed at the remote Motuo region in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Oct 2020

CHINA-XINJIANG: PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTARIES 'EXPANDING' XI JINPING'S SPEECH AT THIRD CENTRAL XINJIANG WORK SYMPOSIUM
The People's Daily published four commentaries 'expanding' Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech at the recent Third Central Xinjiang Work Symposium between September 28 and October 1.

Oct 2020

CHINA-TIBET: TAR PARTY SECRETARY VISITS BAYI IN NYINGCHI
TAR Party Secretary Wu Yingjie visited Bayi, capital of Nyingchi Prefecture, on October 1, where he met the Secretaries of all the Party Committees and briefed them on the 'spirit' of the Seventh Tibet Work Forum.

Oct 2020

CHINA-TIBET: CHINA OFFICIALLY CLAIMED HIGH VOLUME OF VISITORS TO LHASA OVER NATIONAL DAY
Official Chinese figures estimated that over 1.4 million domestic visitors visited Lhasa, capital of the TAR, over the National Day weekend.

Oct 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA PURCHASES HIGHEST NUMBER OF JAPANESE GOVERNMENT BONDS IN THREE AND A HALF YEARS
China has raised its purchases of Japanese government bonds (JGBs) to the highest level in three and a half years, in an apparent effort to reap greater yields on Beijing’s massive reserves of foreign currencies.

Oct 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: NUMBER OF BILLIONAIRES IN CHINA RISES BY 41 PERCENT IN ONE YEAR
The Nikkei Asian Review on October 7, reported that the wealth of China's ultrarich had jumped 41% from April 2019 to the end of July 2020, helping the country's richest citizens to collectively break the $1.5 trillion mark and boost global billionaire wealth to a record high.

Oct 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S LARGEST CHIP MANUFACTURER IMPACTED BY U.S. TRADE RESTRICTIONS ON SMIC'S SUPPLIERS
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), China’s largest computer chipmaker, has been caught in the escalating China-U.S. tech war as it was hit by U.S. trade restrictions limiting access to American suppliers.

Oct 2020

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: SICHUAN ISSUES REGULATIONS TO REGULATE ALL ASPECTS OF FOOD SUPPLY
Well-known Chinese news site Sohu reported (September 27) that the Sichuan provincial people’s congress proposed a new law to regulate all aspects of the food supply, including agricultural production, storage, distribution, quality assurance, emergency safeguards, and legal responsibilities for key players.

Oct 2020

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: CHINA'S AGRICULTURE IMPORTS RISE BETWEEN JANUARY AND JULY 2020
Earlier, the Agricultural Trade Promotion Center of China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced on September 9, 2020, that China's agricultural imports for January-July 2020 totalled $96.2 billion, up 13 per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Oct 2020

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: CASS ANTICIPATES SHORTFALL OF 135 MILLION METRIC TONS IN GRAIN SUPPLIES FOR 2035
At a "China Rural Development Report 2020" conference and the "14th Five-Year Plan" China Rural Development High-level Forum in Beijing on August 17, jointly held by the Rural Development Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the China Social Sciences Press the "Report on China's Rural Development 2020" was issued in preparation for writing the 14th five-year plan for 2021-25.

Oct 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CASS RESEARCHER SAYS LADAKH WILL NOW BE A DISPUTED AREA AND ITS OWNERSHIP WILL BECOME PART OF BORDER NEGOTIATIONS
An important statement was made by Zhang Ning, a Research Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), in an article in the 'China Industry Circle' magazine on October 3.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: LEADING CHINESE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SCHOLAR ADVISES CHINA NOT TO FIGHT IDEOLOGICAL BATTLES WITH U.S.
The South China Morning Post on October 7 reported that Yan Xuetong, Dean of Tsinghua University’s Institute of Modern International Relations in Beijing, published an article in the latest issue of its Quarterly Journal of International Politics which said China should stop fighting ideological battles with the United States and trying to prove the superiority of its political system.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IN ITS FIRST EVER THREAT ASSESSMENT DECLARES U.S. FACES "MOST LONG-TERM STRATEGIC THREAT" FROM CHINA
The Voice of America reported (October 7) that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a first-of-its-kind Homeland Threat Assessment on October 7.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: THREE MEASURES AGAINST THE CCP ANNOUNCED AROUND CHINA'S NATIONAL DAY ON OCTOBER 1
The Epoch Times (October 3) reported that the U.S. released three major measures against the CCP around October 1, which is China’s National Day. On October 2, the U.S. Immigration Service issued a policy announcement prohibiting Communist Party members and those who have joined the Communist Party from applying for U.S. immigration status.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: PEOPLE'S DAILY'S 'ZHONG SHENG' COMMENTARY CALLS ON U.S. FOR DIALOGUE
A People's Daily 'Zhong Sheng' commentary on August 31 said "There’s no doubt that communication is the only thing that stops lies, and dialogues the only way to avoid misjudges. Slandering others doesn't proves one's innocence, and blame games won’t help solve problems.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: USCESRC LIST REVEALS THERE ARE 13 CHINESE SOES AMONG 217 CHINESE COMPANIES LISTED ON NASDAQ, NY STOCK EXCHANGE AND NYSE AMERICAN
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCESRC) released an updated list of Chinese companies listed on the three largest U.S. stock exchanges i.e. NASDAQ, New York Stock Exchange, and NYSE American on October 2.

Oct 2020

CHINA-GERMANY: HIGH-RANKING GERMAN OFFICIAL SUPPRESSED SENSITIVE INTELLIGENCE REPORT ON CHINA'S GROWING INFLUENCE IN GERMANY
The business news service Axios disclosed on October 6, that it had learnt that a high-ranking German official suppressed a sensitive intelligence report in 2018 on China’s growing influence in Germany out of fear it would damage business ties with China.

Oct 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN TO EXERCISE STRICTER CONTROLS ON GRANT OF VISAS TO PREVENT TECHNOLOGY THEFT BY CHINA
According to the Yomiuri Shimbun (October 5), the Japanese government will from 2021, be more strict in reviewing the visa applications of international university students and foreign researchers in order to prevent advanced technology and information from flowing to China.

Oct 2020

CHINA-SOUTH KOREA: SOUTH KOREAN COMPANIES RELUCTANT TO MOVE OPERATIONS BACK TO ROK
South Korea’s ramped-up efforts to get companies to relocate home from China are failing to gain momentum even as the pandemic and U.S.-China trade tensions highlight the risks of over-reliance on China as a manufacturing base.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING THOUGHT NOW COMPULSORY COURSE IN 37 ELITE UNIVERSITIES ACROSS CHINA
Nikkei Asia Review reported (October 4) that the Party theoretical fortnightly in its September 1 edition publicised that Chinese President Xi Jinping's philosophy will henceforth be taught at elite universities.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE VICE PRESIDENT WANG QISHAN'S AIDE BEING INVESTIGATED FOR CORRUPTION
The South China Morning Post reported on October 2, that the National Supervisory Commission (NSC) had announced on October 2, that Dong Hong, a senior Chinese government inspector and long-time colleague of Vice-President Wang Qishan including when the latter was President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft tsar, has been placed under a corruption probe.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE APPREHEND US PRESIDENT TRUMP MIGHT SPARK CONFLICT IN THE DAYS PRIOR TO US ELECTIONS
A Beijing-based Chinese observer said in the third week of September that many people residing in China and Taiwan are anticipating an ’October Surprise’ as the U.S. election nears this year.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE DISSIDENT CLAIMS CCP "HARDLINERS" HAVE CIRCULATED 8 MEASURES PURPORTEDLY DISCUSSED AT BEIDAIHE
Writing in the Apple Daily's Special Column on September 2, Chinese TAM dissident Wang Dan said that a rumour circulating on the internet claimed that after the August 2020 Chinese leadership conference at the Beidaihe seaside resort, some unidentified "hardliners" in the CCP had posted “Eight Policies to Resist the United States" They claimed these had been proposed at Beidaihe.

Oct 2020

CHINA-TIBET: CHINA-APPOINTED PANCHEN LAMA HAS HECTIC PROGRAMME (SEPTEMBER 15-27) IN SHIGATSE PREFECTURE
The China-appointed Panchen Lama Gyaltsen Norbu, who has been in Tibet for probably the longest uninterrupted stay yet, reached Shigatse on September 15, and gave an audience to the monks of the Tashi Lhunpo monastery the same day.

Oct 2020

CHINA-MONGOLIA: FORMER MONGOLIAN PRESIDENT PUBLICISES HIS LETTER ADDRESSED TO CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING HAS BEEN RETURNED BY THE CHINESE EMBASSY
The Central News Agency reported (September 26) that former Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj recently wrote to Chinese President Xi Jinping to protest against the authorities’ push for the use of Chinese teaching materials in Inner Mongolia.

Oct 2020

CHINA-PLA: POLITICAL COMMISSAR OF NDU WRITES IN GUANGMING DAILY URGING PARTY'S ABSOLUTE LEADERSHIP OVER ARMY AND STUDY OF XI JINPING'S MILITARY THOUGHTS
Wu Jieming, Political Commissar of the National Defense University and Director of the Research Center of Xi Jinping thought of socialism with Chinese characteristics and an Alternate Member of the 19th CCPCC wrote an important lengthy 3079-word article in the Guangming Daily (October 4) emphasising the that "Mastering ideological education is the central link in uniting the whole party in a great political struggle."

Oct 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S ONLY CHIP MANUFACTURER INCREASES IMPORTS TO BUILD A STOCKPILE FOR FUTURE
Sina reported on October 4, that Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), China's partially state-owned publicly-listed semiconductor foundry company, is scaling up its procurement from upstream suppliers in the United States, Europe, and Japan, with a size exceeding a full-year’s demand for 2020.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: US STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUES RULES THAT ANYONE BELONGING OR AFFILIATED TO A COMMUNIST PARTY OR OTHER TOTALITARIAN PARTY IS INADMISSABLE TO THE U.S.
The US State Department issued a notice on October 2, 2020, which states that "The inadmissibility ground for membership in or affiliation with the Communist or any other totalitarian party1 is part of a broader set of laws passed by Congress to address threats to the safety and security of the United States.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: PLA LT. GENERAL HE LEI WRITES IN GLOBAL TIMES ON OCTOBER 1 LAUDING THE CHINESE ARMED FORCES ROLE AGAINST THE U.S. IN THE KOREAN WAR
Lt General He Lei, a former Deputy Commander of the Lanzhou Military Region and Vice President of the PLA Academy of Military Science, published an article in the Global Times on October 1, highlighting China's role in the Korean War against the U.S. Saying that the People's Volunteer Army (PVA) "won a great victory in the war", which demonstrated the national prestige of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the military power of the people's army.

Oct 2020

CHINA-BANGLADESH: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING AND BANGLADESH COUNTERPART EXCHANGE CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES
Exchanging congratulatory messages on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Bangladesh on October 4, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that he stands ready to work with his Bangladeshi counterpart, Md. Abdul Hamid, to better align the two countries' strategies and jointly promote the construction of the Belt and Road, so as to take the China-Bangladesh strategic partnership of cooperation to new heights.

Oct 2020

CHINA-EU: EUROPEAN POLITICIANS AND INTELLECTUALS PUBLISH OP-ED IN LE MONDE CRITICISING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN XINJIANG
European politicians and intellectuals, mostly on the progressive Left, published a powerful October 1 Op-Ed in Le Monde denouncing the crime against humanity in Xinjiang.

Oct 2020

CHINA-FOUNDING DAY
The People's Daily front-paged a report on October 1, of the flag-raising ceremony to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China at the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, capital of China on October 1, 2020. Other national newspapers like China Economic Daily etc. also carried similar reports on their front pages.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEETING RESOLUTION FURTHER ELEVATES XI JINPING'S POSITION
The Politburo meeting held on September 28, said that the “enactment of the regulations on the work of the CPC Central Committee 《中国共产党中央委员会工作条例》 is essential to upholding the authority of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, and its centralized and unified leadership, according to the meeting.”

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP 19TH CC PLENUM ON OCTOBER 26-29, 2020
At a meeting on September 28, the CCP CC Politburo announced that the Fifth Plenary session of the CCP's 19th Central Committee will be held in Beijing from October 26 - 29, 2020.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NPC STANDING COMMITTEE TO MEET FOR ITS 22ND SESSION IN BEIJING FROM OCTOBER 13-17
The 13th National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee will convene for its 22nd session from October 13 to 17.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC TO MEET IN NOVEMBER
Xinhua reported on September 29, that the Standing Committee of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) will convene its 14th meeting in early November in Beijing.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA TO ISSUE COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS ON 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF KOREAN WAR
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee (CC), State Council and Central Military Commission (CMC) announced (September 24) that commemorative medals will be issued on the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army's participation in the Korean War (1950-53) against the US and will be awarded to living Volunteer Army veterans who had fought in the war.

Oct 2020

CHINA-TIBET: CURBS ON PRACTICE OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM BY ETHNIC TIBETANS IN CCP AND TAR GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL
RFA quoted (September 28) sources as reporting that ethnic Tibetan members of the CCP, government workers, and students are now routinely denied access to monasteries and temples in many parts of Tibet. Penpa Dhondup, Director of the Archives of the Tibet Autonomous Region, was recently fired from his post for affirming his faith in Tibetan Buddhism.

Oct 2020

CHINA-RELIGION: CHINESE AUTHORITIES NOW TARGET UTSULS COMMUNITY OF MUSLIMS IN HAINAN
The South China Morning Post reported on September 28 that the latest moves of Chinese authorities are now to target the small and little-known community of Utsuls, who are Muslims, in Hainan.

Oct 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY SHOWING SIGNS OF PLATEAUING IN SEPTEMBER
Caixin said (September 28) that China’s economic rebound showed signs of plateauing in September, weighed down by lacklustre home and car sales, a weaker stock market and worsening business confidence.

Oct 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE SELLER OF BOTTLED SPRING WATER BECOMES CHINA'S RICHEST MAN
Zhong Shanshan, President of Hangzhou-based Nongfu Spring, has overtaken Alibaba's Jack Ma to become the nation's richest person after a surge in his company's share price boosted his fortune to almost $60bn according to Bloomberg estimates.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: VICE PRESIDENT OF CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY THINK-TANK WARNS AGAINST "MISJUDGEMENT" AND SAYS THAT AMERICAN POWER IS NOT ON THE WANE
The South China Morning Post (September 30) reported the remarks of Yuan Nansheng, China's former Consul General in San Francisco and Vice President of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), a think-tank of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), in an article posted on September 20, 2020, on the official Wechat account of Peking University's Institute of International and Strategic Studies outlining what he assessed would be the key changes that would reset bilateral relations once the pandemic is over.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE OFFICIAL MEDIA RECALLS KOREAN WAR AND SAYS CHINA THEN WAS NOT AFRAID TO FIGHT THE U.S.
Xiakedao, the WeChat account of People’s Daily overseas edition, wrote that it is necessary for the Chinese public to re-study the Korean War and China’s decision to fight the Americans.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA RETALIATES WITH RESTRICTIONS ON US DIPLOMATS MEETING HONGKONG OFFICIALS OR EDUCATION AND UNIVERSITY PERSONNEL
The South China Morning Post reported (September 27) that Beijing has put in place retaliatory measures that American diplomats must obtain approval from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs before they can meet with Hong Kong government officials or personnel from the city’s educational institutions and societies.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: LEADING CHINESE A.I. EXPERT IN U.S. RETURNS TO PEKING UNIVERSITY
Professor Zhu Songchun, an award-winning expert in computer vision at the University of California at Los Angeles, has joined Peking University to lead its Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the university said in a statement issued on September 25.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: US IMPOSES RESTRICTIONS ON TAIWAN'S SMIC
The U.S. imposed export restrictions on Taiwan's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) adding to tensions between with China over the critical industry. U.S. firms must now apply for a license to export certain products to China’s largest chipmaker, the Commerce Department said in a letter dated September 25, reviewed by Bloomberg News.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: US FEDERAL TEMPORARILY BLOCKS BAN ON TIK TOK
A US Federal district judge blocked a key part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s TikTok ban from going into effect on September 27 night, even as its Chinese parent ByteDance has yet to form a plan for the popular video app that would satisfy either Washington or Beijing.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: PEOPLE'S DAILY SPECIAL COMMENTARY CRITICISES "EXTREME ANTI-CHINA US POLITICIANS" FOR "ATTACKING CCP AND CHINA'S POLITICAL SYSTEM"
The People’s Daily on September 20, published the eighth Zhong Sheng commentary in its series on “Correctly Viewing and Properly Handling China-US Relations.”

Oct 2020

CHINA-TAJIKSTAN: CHINA'S CLAIMS EXPAND TO INCLUDE TAJIKSTAN'S PAMIR MOUNTAINS
In an article published in The Interpreter of the Sydney-based Lowy Institute, on September 23, Suzanne Levi-Sanchez said that a Chinese diplomat recently stated that the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan belonged to China and always have.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: THIRD CENTRAL XINJIANG WORK CONFERENCE HELD IN BEIJING ON SEPTEMBER 25-26, 2020
Speaking at the Third Central Work Conference on Xinjiang, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed 'that China will work hard to build a Xinjiang that follows the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era and is united, prosperous, culturally advanced, harmonious & beautiful'.

Sep 2020

CHINA-RELIGION: OFFICIALLY APPROVED TEXT BOOK CHANGES BIBLICAL VERSION OF GOSPEL OF JOHN
UCA News (September 25) said that Catholics in mainland China are upset about the distortion of a Bible story in a school textbook, which claims Jesus Christ stoned to death a sinner woman in order to respect the law of the time.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ENVIRONMENT: XI JINPING'S CLAIM AT UNGA TO MAKE CHINA CARBON FREE BY 2060 RAISES DOUBTS
Chinese President Xi Jinping's assertion in his speech to the UNGA on September 22, that "We aim to have [carbon dioxide] emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060” was questioned in an article in Foreign Policy on September 25 by Adam Tooze who said "Thanks to the gigantic surge in economic growth since 2000 and its reliance on coal-fired electricity generation, China is now by far the largest emitter of carbon dioxide.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: FORMER CHINESE FINANCE MINISTER PROPOSES MEASURES FOR 'DUAL CIRCULATION STRATEGY'
Former Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei spoke at the closed-door symposium of the influential 'China Economists 50 Forum' on September 15, when he shared some thoughts on China’s new economic framework – the dual circulation strategy (DCS).

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: EFFORT TO REVITALISE AGRICULTURE AND RURAL SECTOR
On September 24, China's leadership attended the 7th Congress of the All-China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives (ACFSMC). Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the ACFSMC on the state-owned CCTV saying it has a “Long history, glorious tradition, and role as an important force in developing agriculture and rural areas.”

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA INCREASES FOOD IMPORTS
Bloomberg reported on September 25, that the world’s largest agricultural commodity traders are making the most money in years exporting everything from soybeans to corn and wheat from American ports to China.

Sep 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINA HOLDS ITS SIXTH MILITARY EXPO IN BEIJING
China Daily reported that Sixth China (Beijing) Military Intelligent Technology and Equipment Expo opened in Beijing on September 22. This Expo is organised by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and hosted by the China Command and Control Society, and the Beijing Insight Future Exhibition Co., Ltd. The 8th China Command and Control Conference will be held at the same time.

Sep 2020

CHINA-S&T: HUAWEI DEVELOPING UNIT TO FOCUS ON SMART CAR SOLUTIONS
Caixin (September 26) reported that there are plenty of companies in China wanting to compete with Tesla. These, it said, include Alibaba-backed Xpeng to Nvidia partner Li Auto. Caixin assessed that the real Tesla challenger may be Huawei Technologies Co.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE CALLS ON CHINA TO BE TOUGHER WITH INDIA
Writing a tough article in the Global Times (September 26), Liu Zongyi, Secretary-General of the Research Center for China-South Asia Cooperation at Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, a Visiting Fellow of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China, and Distinguished Fellow of China (Kunming) South Asia & Southeast Asia Institute, commented on a remark in the Hindu of a "senior [Indian] government official" that suggested, "If PLA (People's Liberation Army) comes close, Indian troops can fire."

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: RETIRED CHINESE LT. GENERAL WARNS CHINA TO BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE "SURPRISE ATTACK" BY INDIA
Hongkong's South China Morning Post (September 26) reported that Retired Lt General Wang Hongguang, former Commander of the PLA Eastern Theatre Command and Deputy Commander of the Nanjing Military Region, warned on his social media account on September 23, that China should stay on the alert for surprise attacks by India along its disputed Himalayan border with India.

Sep 2020

CHINA-NEPAL: NEPAL'S NEW AMBASSADOR TO CHINA DISMISSES INDIAN MEDIA REPORTS ON NEPAL-CHINA RELATIONS AS "FAKE"
In an interview with Global Times (September 27), Nepal's new Ambassador to China, Mahendra Bahadur Pandey (Pandey) said "Nepal and China are good neighbours and good friends. Diplomatically, we established the relations in 1955.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEMBER AND VICE PREMIER LIU HE VISITS CHINESE ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING PHYSICS
Duowei News reported (September 19) that as China-US relations have got strained and Chinese technology companies such as Huawei have been hit by the US one after another, top CCP leaders held a symposium of scientists on September 11.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: REN ZHIQIANG SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS IMPRISONMENT AND HUGE FINE
The Second Intermediary Court of Beijing announced on its website September 22, that 69-year old Ren Zhiqiang, 'princeling', real estate tycoon and outspoken critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping was sentenced to 18 years prison and fined about $619,000 for corruption and bribery in his previous position as chairman of Huayuan Real Estate Group.

Sep 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: CCP CC GENERAL OFFICE ISSUES GUIDELINES ON EDUCATION CAMPAIGN THAT BEGAN IN JUNE 2019
The People's Daily publicised (September 15) that the CCP CC General Office issued guidelines for deepening the achievements of the “Remain True to the Original Aspiration, Keep the Mission Firmly in Mind” education campaign that began in June 2019.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S STATE COUNCIL DECIDES TO ADD THREE MORE FREE TRADE ZONES
China's State Council announced a plan on September 21, to further expand the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) programme to attract foreign investment and boost trade.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: ARTICLE IN STRAITS TIMES IDDENTIFIES DIFFICULTIES IN CHINA SHIFTING TO A DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION-LED ECONOMY
An article by Vikram Khanna, Associate Editor of the Straits Times on September 23 said "Economist Teng Tai, President of the Chinese think-tank Winbro New Economic Thinking Institute, was quoted as saying in a report in the state-owned Securities Times.

Sep 2020

CHINA-AVIATION: PRODUCTION OF COMAC C-919, CHINA'S FIRST LARGE PASSENGER AIRLINER FACES LIKELY DELAYS AMID U.S. SANCTIONS
The Central News Agency (September 22) reported that the Comac C919, which aerospace manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) developed, is China’s first domestically-made large passenger aircraft.

Sep 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINA TO LOSE ACCESS TO YATHARAGGA SATELLITE STATION IN AUSTRALIA ON EXPIRY OF CONTRACT
Quoting the Asahi Shimbun, Reuters reported (September 21) that China will lose access to the strategic space tracking Yatharagga Satellite Station, located about 350 km north of the Australian city of Perth when its contract expires. The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) had a contract allowing Beijing access to the satellite antenna at the ground station since at least 2011.

Sep 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST JOSHUA WONG ARRESTED ON SEPTEMBER 24
Joshua Wong, Hongkong Democracy activist and politician was arrested by Hongkong Police on September 24 evening and released on bail a few hours later.

Sep 2020

CHINA-XINJIANG: AUSTRALIAN THINK-TANK IDENTIFIES 380 NEW SUSPECTED DETENTION FACILITIES IN XINJIANG
The Washington Post reported (September 25) that the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) used satellite images and official construction tender documents to map more than 380 suspected detention facilities in the remote Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, highlighting reeducation camps, detention centers and prisons that have been newly built or expanded since 2017.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: JOINT STATEMENT ON INDIA-CHINA BORDER TALKS AT LAC
After the border commander talks at the Chinese Moldo post opposite Chushul, on September 21 the two sides issued a joint press statement.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S OVERSEAS MEDIA COMMENT ON COMPOSITION OF INDIAN DELEGATION FOR BORDER TALKS
The overseas Chinese news outlet on September 21 commented on the altered composition of the Indian team to the border talks on September 21.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WARNS IN TWITTER POST THAT INDIAN MILITARY IS NO MATCH FOR PLA
In a Twitter post on September 21, the Editor-in-Chief of the CCP-owned Global Times Hu Xijin said "The PLA released the latest video of joint land-sea-air drill in Tibet region.

Sep 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF HU XIJIN ON WEIBO POSTS SAYS PEOPLE HAVE LOST PATIENCE AND TAIWAN NEEDS TO BE TAUGHT A LESSON
The Editor-in-Chief of Global Times Hu Xijin said on his Weibo account on September 21 that the 'whole mainland society has lost patience with the Taipei authorities' and they generally believe that “Taiwan independence” forces 'need to be taught a fundamental lesson'. He said 'if the other side dared to shoot the PLA fighters first, the PLA can attack Taiwan'.

Sep 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S KMT MISSES ATTENDING STRAITS FORUM FOR THE FIRST TIME
Radio Free Asia reported (September 15) that Taiwan's Kuomintang (KMT) political party originally planned that Wang Jin-pyng, a former legislator, would lead a delegation to Xiamen of Fujian province to participate in the Straits Forum on September 16.

Sep 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S REPRESENTATIVE TO WASHINGTON DESIGNATES HERSELF AS "AMBASSADOR TO WASHINGTON"
Taiwan's Representative to Washington DC, Ms. Bi-khim Hsiao designated herself on her personal Twitter account as Taiwan's "Ambassador to Washington". She subsequently clarified that she is not an official ambassador, but "like one". (Comment: Bi-Khim Hsiao is a close confidante of Taiwan President Tsai-Ing wen.)

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: PLA AIR FORCE RELEASES SHORT VIDEO DEPICTING AN ATTACK BY NUCLEAR-CAPABLE H-6 BOMBERS ON A TARGET RESEMBLING THE U.S. ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE IN GUAM
The PLAAF released a two minute and 15-second video titled “The god of war H-6K goes on the attack!” on September 19, of two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers carrying out a simulated attack on what appears to be Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam. as regional tensions continue to rise.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: NATURALISED U.S. CITIZEN WHO IS ETHNIC TIBETAN NATIVE OF PRC ARRESTED BY U.S. AUTHORITIES ON CHARGES OF SPYING FOR CHINA
A 33-year old New York City Police officer and United States Army reservist of Tibetan origin, Baimadajie Angwang, was charged on September 21, in federal court in the Eastern District of New York for espionage on behalf of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as well as committing wire fraud, making false statements and obstructing an official proceeding.

Sep 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: MORE JAPANESE COMPANIES APPLY TO MOVE OUT OF CHINA
The Chinese-language transmission of Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on September 14, that the Japanese government’s aid program to assist Japanese companies to leave China is gaining in popularity. The first batch of approved applicants consisted of nearly 90 companies. However, by the end of July, the program received almost 1,700 applications in the second batch.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S VISIT TO HUNAN PROVINCE
During his visit (September 17-18) to Hunan Province, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a stop in Changsha, where he visited: an advanced manufacturing company producing intelligent equipment; a cultural industry park; and a university.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: STATE COUNCIL MEETING PROPOSES BUREAUCRATIC REFORM
A State Council executive meeting chaired by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on September 18, told provinces to reform procedures and make it easy for people and businesses that operate across province lines.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: STATE COUNCIL MEETING PROPOSES SOE REFORM
The State Council Executive meeting of September 18 also had SoE reform on its agenda.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA'S STATE COUNCIL PUBLISHED WHITE PAPER ON 'EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR RIGHTS IN XINJIANG'
The State Council published a White Paper on 'Employment and labor rights in Xinjiang' on September 16, 2020.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: YOU QUAN, HEAD OF CCP CC UFWD VISITS SICHUAN PROVINCE
Secretary of the CCP CC and Head of the CCP CC's United Front Work Department (UFWD) You Quan visited (September 14-15) Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, and had discussions with the provincial party and government leaders.

Sep 2020

CHINA-XINJIANG: GUANGMING DAILY ARTICLE COUNTERS U.S. ALLEGATIONS OF FORCED LABOUR IN XINJIANG
An article by Jia Chunyang, Research Associate of the Chinese Institutes of Contemporary International Relations in the Guangming Daily (September 20) insisted that "Employment is the foundation of people's livelihood.

Sep 2020

CHINA-EDUCATION: IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN CHINA'S PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION
Writing in the China Education Daily (September 17) Jia Hongxia, Associate Professor at Beijing Open University, stressed that preschool education is the foundation stage of basic education and lifelong education.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN-RURAL DEVELOPMENT RELEASES YEARBOOK LISTING DETAILS OF URBAN POPULATION INCREASE
China's 21st Century Business Herald on September 12, cited statistics from the Urban and Rural Statistics Yearbook issued by China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, which disclosed that between 2014 and 2018, 451 cities had “urban expansion and population growth,” 87 cities had “urban expansion and population shrinkage,” 18 cities had “urban contraction and population growth,” and 13 cities had “urban contraction and population shrinkage.”

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: REPUTATION OF CHINA-OWNED VOLVO AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURER DAMAGED BY LARGE NUMBER OF RECALLS
China Economy (September 8) reported that China-owned Swedish automobile manufacturer Volvo issued multiple recalls for a total of 380,000 cars in the Chinese domestic market in the last month alone. Volvo ranked number one on the recall list in August in China.

Sep 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA NAVY TO BUILD 2 MORE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
Li Jie, a Beijing-based senior researcher at the PLA's Naval Military Studies Research Institute, confirmed at a national defense education event in Beijing, that the PLA Navy “will continue to develop and build the third, and even the fourth aircraft carriers".

Sep 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINESE ANALYSTS CALL FOR MORE TYPE-15 TANKS IN PLA WESTERN THEATRE COMMAND
Following the release recently by 'Yangguang Military' of photographs of comprehensive exercises in the PLA Western Theater, Chinese military analysts on September 17 complained there were too few Type-15 tanks in the PLA Western Theatre Command in contrast to the large reserves of Type-59 tanks.

Sep 2020

CHINA-PLA: ARTICLE CLAIMS HIGH DEGREE OF DIGITISATION IN PLA WESTERN THEATRE COMMAND WITH ARTILLERY LINKED TO J-10 FIGHTER AIRCRAFT
A discussion among Chinese military analysts on September 18 claimed that the PLA Western Theatre Command had a high degree of digitisation with Artillery linked to J-10 fighter aircraft. They claimed the digital combat system is not only equipped with some walkie-talkies and the like in the squad, battalion and company units, but a complete architecture built on the concept of "network cloud".

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: RETIRED PLA OFFICER IN GLOBAL TIMES SAYS INDIAN ARMY CANNOT FIGHT WITHOUT US SUPPORT
Writing in Global Times (September 20) retired PLA Navy Senior Captain Li Jie said that despite 20,000 military personnel being infected with COVID, the Indian Army "may still insist on sending troops to the India-China border".

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE MEDIA ARTICLE CRITICAL OF BHUTAN
An article captioned 'Bhutan is making trouble in Donglang? India frequently provokes neighbouring countries, Pakistan and Nepal' and criticising the India-Bhutan relationship was posted on the Chinese government-maintained Bajiahao portal on September 5.

Sep 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLA HOLDS MILITARY EXERCISES IN TAIWAN STRAITS
The PLA commenced joint maritime and aerial exercises and combat-readiness patrols in the Taiwan Straits on September 18.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. PROPOSES ONE OF THE LARGEST ARMS SALES TO TAIWAN
The New York Times (September 17) reported that the Trump administration is pushing the sale of seven large packages of weapons to Taiwan, including long-range missiles that would allow Taiwanese jets to hit distant Chinese targets in the event of a conflict.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. BANS NEW DOWNLOADS OF CHINESE APPS AND CASH TRANSFERS VIA WECHAT
The U.S. Commerce Department said (September 18) that the US will block new downloads and updates of Chinese-owned social apps WeChat and TikTok with effect from September 200. Cash transfers through WeChat in the U.S. will also be banned.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: EXTREME POST BY CHINESE BLOGGER CALLS FOR "ANNIHILATION" OF U.S.
A Weibo post in Chinese and English on September 12, by a prominent blogger “Big V” went to the most extreme of extremes, advocating global nuclear annihilation in the event that the United States curtails China’s ambitions.

Sep 2020

CHINA-UK: UK'S NEW AMBASSADOR TO CHINA ATTRACTS CRITICISM BEFORE DEPARTING FOR BEIJING
Caroline Wilson, Britain's new Ambassador to China after she posted a photograph on social media holding a copy of the book 'Governance of China' authored by Xi Jinping presented by Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming when she met him. Viewers interpreted that as an endorsement of the hard-line policies of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG VISITS QINGHAI PROVINCE
CPPCC Chairman and PBSC member Wang Yang just completed a two-day tour of Qinghai. He went there to spread the message of the 7th central Tibet Work Conference held in Beijing from August 28-29.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER AND VICE PREMIER HAN ZHENG INSPECTS WUHAN
Han Zheng, PBSC Member and Vice Premier went on tour to Wuhan, Hubei Province, where he pointed out that Hubei Province and Wuhan City have resolutely implemented the spirit of General Secretary Jinping’s important instructions, and coordinated the promotion of normalized epidemic prevention and control and economic and social development.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW COLLECTION OF CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S RELEASED AS A BOOK ON SEPTEMBER 10
A new book presenting a collection of Xi Jinping's speeches titled 'Excerpts from Xi Jinping's statements on Preventing Risks and Challenges and Responding to Emergencies' edited by the CCP CC's Institute of Party History and Documentation and published by the Central Literature Publishing House was released on September 10 for nationwide distribution.

Sep 2020

CHINA-UNITED FRONT WORK: NEW GUIDELINES STRENGTHEN UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES IN PRIVATE SECTOR
The All-Private Economy United Front Work Conference was held via video conference in Beijing on September 16 and prominently covered by the state-owned CCTV.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: BACKGROUND OF POLITBURO MEMBER AND XINJIANG PARTY SECRETARY CHEN QUANGUO
An article in the South China Morning Post (December 13, 2019) gave the personal background of Xinjiang Party Secretary and Politburo member Chen Quanguo. It said Chen Quanguo was born into a working-class family in Henan province, a region dependent on agriculture and coal mining. In 1977, he got a firm foot on the rung of the ladder out of obscurity when he passed the college entrance exam.

Sep 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: GENG XIAONIAN, PUBLISHER AND SUPPORTER OF PROF. XU ZHANGRUN LIKELY TO RECEIVE SEVERE PUNISHMENT
An article in the Diplomat (September 15) said that Geng Xiaonan, a well-known Beijing publisher and outspoken supporter of the famously harassed former Tsinghua University law professor Xu Zhangrun presently under detention, is reportedly destined for “very heavy” punishment, not the 15 day maximum in an unpleasant detention cell usually imposed for minor offences not deemed sufficiently grave to constitute a “crime.”

Sep 2020

CHINA-TIBET: NINE TIBETANS CHARGED WITH 'SPLITTIST' ACTIVITIES
Citing a reliable Chinese government source, the Dui Hua Foundation reported (September 14) that nine Tibetans have been convicted of inciting splittism by the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture Intermediate People’s Court in Sichuan Province since the end of June 2020. Three of the Tibetans were also convicted of arson in a case first heard by the court in 2019.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INNER MONGOLIA: CHINESE AUTHORITIES START SEVERE CRACKDOWN TO QUELL PROTESTS BY MONGOLIANS
Chinese authorities have issued a list of 'wanted' protesters and arrested more than 130, according to Foreign Policy (September 16).

Sep 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES IDENTIFIES FOCUS AREAS AFFECTED BY US SANCTIONS
At a press conference in Beijing on September 16, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Bai Chunli, Secretary-General of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Wang Keqiang and Director of the Development and Planning Bureau of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Xie Pengyun spoke about the progress made in the first phase of China's "First Action" plan.

Sep 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINESE CHIP MANUFACTURER SMIC LIKELY TO FACE US SANCTIONS
Taiwanese news site NewTalk reported (September 10) that U.S. Pentagon officials advised that the Trump administration is considering blacklisting Chinese domestic chip maker SMIC due to its ties to the Chinese military.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: ANBANG INSURANCE CO., TO APPLY FOR DISSOLUTION AND LIQUIDATION
China’s once-highflying Anbang Insurance Group Co. Ltd. will apply to the country’s top insurance regulator for dissolution and liquidation, Anbang said on September 14.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: OFFICIAL DATA REVEALS UNEMPLOYMENT IS LOWER
China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) published the August unemployment data on September 15 which, according to Caixin, showed that nationally, unemployment fell to 5.6%, not too far above last year's 5.2% and disclosed that only 4.8% of workers between 25-59 years are unemployed.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: AIR RAID ALERT TEST IN LHASA ON SEPTEMBER 19
The Lhasa City government announced on September 14 that there would be an air raid test around noon on September 19 “ to improve the general public's conception of national defense and civil air defense awareness and in order to implement the air defense alarm test day system and test our air defense alarm facility.”

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE CLAIMS MORALE OF PLA TROOPS IS HIGH AND THEY ARE FULLY PREPARED
In an article in Global Times, its Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin sought to hype Chinese morale by saying that PLA soldiers deployed on the frontlines receive hot meals, are fit and can stay through the winter. They have modern arms and equipment. He said "Most of them were born in the 1990s, or even 2000s.

Sep 2020

CHINA-EU: POSITIVE VIRTUAL SUMMIT BETWEEN CHINESE AND EU LEADERS ON SEPTEMBER 14
Chinese and European leaders agreed on September 14 in a virtual summit to speed up and conclude negotiations on a bilateral investment agreement within the year in a sign that the two sides are willing to cooperate in the pandemic recovery despite disputes over technology and geopolitical tensions.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: US TREASURY DEPARTMENT SANCTIONS CHINESE SOE UDG GROUP
The United States Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on the Chinese state-owned Tianjin-based Union Development Group (UDG) for human rights abuses and the seizure of land in Cambodia used in a $3.8 billion property development.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: TIK TOK'S ACQUISITION BY ORACLE DOESN'T QUELL AMERICAN CONCERNS
Foreign Policy reported (September 16) that after weeks of speculation about Microsoft acquiring TikTok, the Chinese-owned app will instead be acquired by the corporate technology company Oracle. The firm will remain majority-owned by Chinese parent company ByteDance, with a “partnership” with Oracle.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: ANOTHER SENIOR US OFFICIAL TO VISIT TAIWAN
The US State Department announced that U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach will visit Taiwan for a memorial service for former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui on September 19.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CHAIRS CONFERENCE OF SCIENTISTS
On September 11, Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted a symposium for scientists in Beijing. In his speech, he emphasised that China's economic and social development and the improvement of people's livelihood more than ever require scientific and technological solutions, as well as the first driving force of innovation.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG PRESIDES OVER STATE COUNCIL EXECUTIVE WEEKLY MEETING
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presided over the State Council’s weekly executive meeting on September 9, when boosting consumption and stimulating domestic demand was discussed. Li Keqiang acknowledged that “COVID-19 has made a big impact on consumption” and that “for China to achieve positive growth this year, boosting consumption is vitally important.” He said, “Efforts should be made in line with our own national conditions to expand channels of consumption and stimulate domestic demand.”

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG PRESIDES OVER STATE COUNCIL EXECUTIVE WEEKLY MEETING TO DISCUSS ADVANCING MEDICAL EDUCATION
Presiding over the State Council meeting on September 9, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang described the shortage of qualified medical personnel as a big problem.

Sep 2020

CHINA-MARITIME: PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLE ADVOCATES CHINA BUILDING ITS MARITIME STRENGTH
Writing in the People's Daily (September 11) Zhao Yibing of the School of International Law, East China University of Political Science and Law, said it is time for China to build maritime power.

Sep 2020

CHINA-SECURITY CONTROLS: SUZHOU INTRODUCES NEW 'CIVILISATION CODE'
The Chinese media reported that Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai, introduced a “Civilization Code” on September 3. It consists of a “civil transport index” and a “volunteer index,” with more indices and functions to be added in the future to create a “personal portrait” for each resident to promote civility and social responsibility which would later cover civilised dining, social courtesy, online behaviour, law-abiding behaviour and food saving.

Sep 2020

CHINA-TECH: CHINA'S CHIP MANUFACTURING COMPANIES ARE IN DIFFICULTIES
Sina.com reported (August 25) that a number of 'scandalous' projects in China’s semi-conductor chip industry recently came to a halt mostly due to a lack of funding. Local governments often desperately scramble for chip projects to show their political achievements.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CCTV PUBLICISES 'STATE OF WAR' EXERCISES BY 'INTEGRATED' BRIGADE OF TIBET MILITARY REGION
The state-owned China CCTV News reported on September 11 that a 'composite' (integrated) brigade of the Tibet Military Region recently organized a full-staff, multi-subject, live-fire drill in an unfamiliar area at an altitude of 4,600 meters.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF HU XIJIN CLAIMS THAT THE INDIANS ARRESTED AND RELEASED BY CHINA ARE INTELLIGENCE AGENTS
On the morning of September 12, Beijing time, Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of the CCP-owned "Global Times" posted on Chinese social media Weibo that sources had revealed that the Indians released by China in Arunachal Pradesh were Indian intelligence agents dressed as hunters.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF HU XIJIN WRITES ARTICLE STRESSING NEED FOR 'MORALITY' AS CHINA RISES
On September 11 -- the day the joint press statement was issued after the meeting between India's EAM Jaishankar and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi -- the Editor-in-Chief of the CCP-owned Global Times Hu Xijin authored an article captioned 'China must be militarily and morally ready for a potential war'.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: PEOPLE'S DAILY REFUSES TO PUBLISH U.S. AMBASSADOR'S OP-ED
U.S. Ambassador to China,Terry Branstad, recently sent an Op-Ed titled “Resetting the Relationship Based on Reciprocity,” but the People’s Daily rejected his request. On September 10, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and People’s Daily said the U.S. Ambassador’s article was “full of loopholes” and accused the U.S. of being ” illogical, overbearing and unreasonable” in this matter.

Sep 2020

CHINA-SWITZERLAND: CONTROVERSY OVER AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN SWITZERLAND AND CHINA ON IDENTIFICATION AND REPATRIATION OF ILLEGAL CHINESE RESIDENTS
Controversy has risen in Switzerland after revelations by the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper (September 12) of a little known bilateral agreement concluded in December 2015 between the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and it is equivalent in the Chinese Ministry of Public Security.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER MEETING OF CENTRAL COMMISSION FOR FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC STRATEGIES
On September 9, Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Central Commission for Financial and Economic Affairs (CCFEA), the Party’s top body for deliberating economic strategies which typically meets three times a year. On top of its agenda was creating a more efficient logistics system.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CONFERS STATE HONOURS ON FOUR CHINESE DOCTORS
Chinese President Xi Jinping and other top leaders gathered in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 8, to honour citizens who have contributed to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Xinhua reported that renowned respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan received the Medal of the Republic, the highest state honour.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: QIU SHI REPRINTS CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S SPEECH STRESSING IMPORTANCE OF IDEOLOGY
Qiushi (17/2020 dated August 31) reprinted a speech Chinese President Xi Jinping gave on March 18, 2019, at a symposium for teachers of ideological and political theory classes in schools.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ZHENG SHANJIE APPOINTED NEW GOVERNOR OF ZHEJIANG PROVINCE
58-year old Zheng Shanjie was appointed Governor of Zhejiang Province on September 4. He took over from Yuan Jiajun, who was promoted as Party Secretary of Zhejiang earlier last week.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEMBER GUO SHENGKUN HOLDS FORUM ON POLITICAL AND LEGAL PROPAGANDA
The People's Daily (September 3) reported that Politburo member and Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission Guo Shengkun held a forum on September 2, on political and legal propaganda and public opinion, emphasizing the importance of implementing Xi Jinping’s guidance on political and legal work and public opinion.

Sep 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: REN ZHIQIANG'S TRIAL SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 11 IN BEIJING
The Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court announced on September 8 that the Ninth Court of the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court will hold the trial of Ren Zhiqiang at 9:30 on September 11, 2020.

Sep 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: GENG XIAONAN, SUPPORTER OF PROF XU ZHANGRUN, ARRESTED IN BEIJING
On September 9, 2020, which was also the forty-fourth death anniversary of Mao Zedong, Geng Xiaonan and her husband Qin Zhen (秦真) were detained by the Beijing police, prompting Prof. Xu Zhangrun to publish an 'open' letter appealing for her release.

Sep 2020

CHINA-APPOINTMENTS: DENG LI IS NEW ASSISTANT MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The appointment of Deng Li (邓励) as Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs was announced on September 8.

Sep 2020

CHINA-DIPLOMACY: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF HU XIJIN ASKS WHY CHINA HAS NO FRIENDS
A South China Morning Post article (September 9) by Shi Jiangtao observed that as China faces mounting criticism, including over its aggressive diplomacy and initial handling of the outbreak, as its rift with the US worsens, Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of Global Times in an article over the weekend asked: “How come the whole world is China’s enemy?

Sep 2020

CHINA-DIPLOMACY: YANG JIECHI VISITS GREECE, SPAIN AND MYANMAR
Prior to leaving on his visits to Greece, Spain, and Myanmar, Politburo member Yang Jiechi gave a written interview to Xinhua on September 6.

Sep 2020

CHINA-FILMS & TV: HOLLYWOOD FILMS TO BE SHOWN IN CHINA HAVE MORE LIGHT-SKINNED ACTORS
A Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Research Paper published in February 2020 has found that since 2012, when the Chinese government began allowing more foreign films into the country, Hollywood movies have cast more light-skinned actors in starring roles.

Sep 2020

CHINA-PLA: GLOBAL TIMES REPORTS CHINA REINFORCES TROOS IN TIBET
A Global Times (September 9) article reported that the PLA has been reportedly mobilizing forces, including bombers, air defense troops, artillery, armoured vehicles, paratroopers, special forces and infantry units, from different parts of the country to the bordering plateau region, a move that, it said, shows the PLA's capability and determination to safeguard the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE FOREIGN STATEMENT ISSUED STATEMENT SIMULTANEOUS WITH THE JOINT STATEMENT ON MEETING BETWEEN THE INDIAN AND CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTERS
Almost simultaneous with the issue of the Joint Statement after the meeting between India's Foreign Minister Dr. S Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing issued the following statement.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: JOINT PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED AFTER EAM JAISHANKAR'S MEETING WITH CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India met H.E. Wang Yi, State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China on 10th September in Moscow on the side-lines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting. Both Ministers had a frank and constructive discussion on the developments in the India-China border areas as well as on India-China relations.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF HU XIJIN'S ARTICLE IN GLOBAL TIMES
Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of Global Times wrote (September 8) an interesting and less strident, but yet tough, article in the Global Times.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: SITUATION ALONG THE LAC BECOMES MORE TENSE IN CHUSHUL SECTOR
Following the incident on September 7, when Indian troops forced Chinese troops advancing on the Indian position at Mukhpari Peak north of Rezang La to retreat, the spokesman of the PLA Western Theatre Command Colonel Zhang Shuili made a statement on September 7 "on the provocation of the Indian army’s illegal crossing of the line again".

Sep 2020

CHINA-ASEAN: WANG YI TO ATTEND ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM ON FINAL DAY
Nikkei Asian Review (September 1) reported that Vietnam will host the meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum from September 9 to discuss Asia-Pacific security.

Sep 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE MINISTER OF PUBLIC SECURITY SPEAKS TO PAKISTANI COUNTERPART
Xinhua (September 8) reported that China's Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi and Pakistani Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmed Shah spoke to each other on September 7.

Sep 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN FISHERMEN PROTEST CHINESE DEEP-SEA TRAWLERS FISHING NEAR PAKISTAN'S COAST
Nikkei Asian Review reported (September 1) that fishermen in Pakistan will protest the arrival of 20 Chinese deep-sea trawlers that will fish in the exclusive economic zone off Sindh and Baluchistan provinces. The pressure group Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) has announced a campaign against the trawlers' arrival near Karachi as they fear the trawlers will further deplete Pakistan's marine resources.

Sep 2020

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHINA-AUSTRALIA DIPLOMATIC TENSIONS ESCALATE
The ABC has uncovered the identities of senior Chinese journalists and academics who have been drawn into the joint investigation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER'S ARTICLE IN PEOPLE'S DAILY CALLS FOR STRATEGIC DIALOGUE WITH U.S.
In a nearly 4,000-character article in the Communist Party mouthpiece, People’s Daily, on September 7, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng called upon the US for a security dialogue to prevent strategic misjudgments between the countries, as well as exchanges between their think tanks and media.

Sep 2020

CHINA-SINGAPORE: YANG JIECHI MAKES UNDISCLOSED STOP-OVER IN SINGAPORE
Writing in the South China Morning Post (September 9), Shi Jiangtao disclosed that Yang Jiechi had travelled to Singapore on August 20, when his hosts arranged a special excursion for him, which he suggested could have been a message about how Beijing’s assertiveness is perceived in the city-state, to a commemorative marker for China’s late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping along the Singapore River.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING SPEAKS AT CHINA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TRADE FAIR GLOBAL SUMMIT
The state-owned CCTV telecast (September 5) Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech at the 2020 China International Service Trade Fair Global Service Trade Summit.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: EXECUTIVE VICE MPS MINISTER REFERS TO "DOUBLE-FACED" CADRES IN ARTICLE IN CHINA POLICE DAILY
Wang Xiaohong, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Executive Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) wrote an article in the China Police Daily on August 28, two days after CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping presented the flag to the People’s Police force and delivered a 649-character (in Chinese) speech stressing the "revolutionization, regularization, professionalization of the People's Police force".

Sep 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: XINHUA PUBLICISES CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY XI JINPING'S NEW BOOK
Xinhua (September 6) publicised that the book "Excerpts from Xi Jinping's Statements on Preventing Risks and Challenges and Responding to Emergencies" edited by CCP CC's Institute of Party History and Documentation was recently published and distributed nationwide by the Central Literature Publishing House.

Sep 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTATOR'S ARTICLE ON CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY XI JINPING'S SPEECH ON SEPTEMBER 4
The People's Daily published a commentator's article on September 6, captioned: 'We must insist on the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party to move forward unimpededly'.

Sep 2020

CHINA-DISCIPLINE: CHINESE PROFESSOR'S CONTRACT TERMINATED ON CHARGES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
The South China Morning Post on September 5, reported that one of China’s top political scientists, Zheng Yongnian, is being investigated by the National University of Singapore (NUS) over allegations of sexual harassment by a female employee at its East Asian Institute (EAI) think-tank.

Sep 2020

CHINA-S&T: SUCCESSFUL RETURN OF CHINA'S REUSABLE SPACE VEHICLE AFTER 2 DAYS IN ORBIT
Quoting Xinhua, the China Daily (September 7) reported that China's reusable experimental spacecraft had successfully returned after 2 days in orbit and landed at a preset site on September 6 morning. No details of the mission were released, but it was described as a complete success.

Sep 2020

CHINA- S&T: CHINA TO LAUNCH NEW-GENERATION POSITIONING CHIP FOR BEIDOU NAVIGATION SYSTEM BY 2021
The State-owned CCTV reported (September 7) that China will launch a new-generation positioning chip for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) by the end of 2020.

Sep 2020

CHINA-S&T: DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF LIAONING PROVINCE AWARDED USD 1 MILLION FOR DISCOVERING TWO NEW TYPES OF NANO STRUCTURES
"The Beijing News" reported on September 6, that the US$ 1 million Future Science Award was given to Lu Ke, Deputy Governor of Liaoning Province responsible for science and technology, health, sports etc. and Academician and Researcher of the Institute of Metal Research of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Sep 2020

CHINA-PLA: CCTV REPORTS ON ACTIVITIES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The state-owned CCTV had as the caption for its programme 'Focus' on September 5, "US military aircraft "transformed" into the South China Sea, intends to escalate, provoking and causing trouble?"

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATISTICS OF INCOME DISTRIBUTION IN CHINA
According to the calculations of the Income Distribution Research Institute of Beijing Normal University, 964 million Chinese people earn a monthly income below 2,000 yuan (US$ 292.50); 364 million earn a monthly income between 2,000 (US$ 292.50) and 5,000 yuan (US$ 731.10); and only 72 million people, or 5.13 per cent of the total population, have a monthly income of more than 5,000 yuan (US$ 731.10).

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: DUAL CIRCULATION STRATEGY
An article in Caixin on September 5, said the idea of 'dual circulation' first came up at a Politburo meeting May 14 presided over by Xi Jinping. At the meeting, the nation was urged to “fully bring out the advantage of China’s super-large market scale and the potential of domestic demand to establish a new development pattern featuring domestic and international dual circulations that complement each other.”

Sep 2020

CHINA-INNER MONGOLIA: MONGOLIAN COMMITS SUICIDE TO PROTEST PLANS TO PHASE OUT MONGOLIAN EDUCATION
Surnaa, a 33-year-old ethnic Mongolian woman who worked for a panel of the Chinese Communist Party in Inner Mongolia's Alxa administrative unit, died by suicide on September 4, in what her family members said was an act of protest over the ruling Chinese Communist Party's plans to phase out Mongolian-medium education and language teaching in schools.

Sep 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: PROTESTS IN HONGKONG AGAINST NSL
Thousands of people took to the streets in Hongkong on Sunday September 6 to protest against the imposition of the National Security Law (NSL). The police resorted to tear gas firing. Clashes occurred between protestors and the police.

Sep 2020

CHINA-UN: CHINESE EMBASSY IN U.S. CLAIMS IT IS SECOND HIGHEST CONTRIBUTOR TO UN BUDGETS
The Chinese Embassy in the US on September 4, said on its official Twitter account that China has become the 2nd largest contributor to the UN's regular and peacekeeping budgets, and the largest contributor of peacekeepers among the 5 permanent members of the Security Council, taking part in the handling of almost all major international and regional hotspot issues.

Sep 2020

CHINA-DIPLOMACY: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CONTESTS CHARGES OF CHINA'S ISOLATION
Hu Xijing, Editor-in-Chief of Global Times on September 6 wrote an article contesting the charge that China is diplomatically isolated. Calling it a serious misperception, he said the biggest change is the change in the attitude of the US and its 'Five Eyes' allies towards China and the intensification of border disputes between China and India which has led to a hardening of India's attitude towards China.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL WRITES IN ECONOMIC DAILY
China's Economic Daily published (August 31) an article by He Yiting, Executive Deputy Dean of the CCP CC's Central Party School and the Director of Xi Jinping's Research Center for Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era, on the recent symposium of experts in the economic and social fields.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY ON AUGUST 28 PUBLISHES FRONTPAGE ARTICLE ON IMPROVEMENTS IN TIBET SINCE 18TH PARTY CONGRESS
The People's Daily on August 28 published a front page article under the caption: 'The Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core is concerned about the work in Tibet', which summarized Tibet work conducted by Xi Jinping and the CCP Central Committee since the 18th Party Congress.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCTV FOCUS ON TIBET
In its 8 pm Focus programme on August 31, the state-owned CCTV declared that according to General Secretary Xi Jinping’s evaluation at the Seventh Central Tibet Work Forum there had been "All-round progress, historic achievement" in Tibet since the Sixth Central Tibet Work Forum.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: INVITEES TO THE SEVENTH TIBET WORK CONFERENCE
Among those attending the seventh Tibet Work Conference (August 29 - 30) were TAR Party and government officials, the 'principal comrades' in charge of the Party and government of various cities and provinces, officials in charge of the Party and government of Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu, and Qinghai provinces and principal officials of the Party and government of the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SENIOR APPOINTMENTS
Li Xiaoxin (李小新) was appointed deputy head of the CCP CC Organization Department. Ke Yousheng (柯友生) was appointed Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S MINISTRY OF COMMERCE PLACES OBSTACLES IN SALE OF TIK TOK
The Ministry of Commerce (MofCom) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) released a revised export control catalogue on August 28.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: FORMER FINANCE MINISTER SAYS GENERAL PUBLIC DEFICIT IS 6.1 PER CENT AND NOT 3.6 PER CENT AS STATED BY CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
Sina reported (August 27) and the Shanghai-based 'The Paper (August 30) that at a recent symposium of the Global Wealth Management Forum (GAMF) on “Global Economic and Financial Situation and the Future Development of the Financial Industry in Crisis”, former Chinese Finance Minister and current Director of the CPPCC Foreign Affairs Committee, Lou Jiwei, said in a speech recently that the real general public deficit is 6.1 per cent.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: TWO MORE CHINESE STATE OWNED BANKS JOIN TESTING OF DIGITAL YUAN
Caixin (August 31) reported that the Postal Savings Bank of China Co. Ltd. and China Citic Bank Corp. Ltd., two of China's largest state-owned banks, have joined the pilot program to create services for the digital currency developed by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and conduct initial tests.

Sep 2020

CHINA-PLA: CCTV REPORTS J-15 LANDING EXERCISES ON LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER
CCTV on August 30, telecast the latest training images of the Liaoning aircraft carrier where the J-15 carrier aircraft with mounted missiles took off and landed on the Liaoning and formed a formation of seven aircraft to fly in the air as part of the PLA's 'four sea areas live-fire exercise.'

Sep 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA FRONTIER DIVISION REGIMENT IN TIBET TESTS MULTI-ARMS COMBAT CAPABILITIES AT HEIGHT OF 4500 METRES
Kangba TV (Shannan) telecast a report on August 31 that a Frontier Defense Regiment of the Tibet Shannan (Lhoka) Army Division recently organized a practical and comprehensive exercise at an altitude of 4,500 meters to test the combat capabilities of the multi-arms coordinated cooperation and joint strikes systems with multiple new weapons and equipment.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS TO INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE IN PARIS THAT PROBLEMS WILL RECUR WITH INDIA TILL BORDER IS DEMARCATED
Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi told (September 1) an international audience in Paris that there will always be problems with India of the kind witnessed in eastern Ladakh because the boundary wasn't demarcated yet even as he claimed China wouldn’t be the first to escalate the situation and was committed to managing all issues through dialogue.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: INDIAN AND CHINESE TROOPS CLASH ON SOUTHERN BANK OF PANGONG TSO
Reports essay that approx. 400-500 PLA soldiers came to the southern bank of the LAC and were challenged by Indian soldiers who saw them coming and had laid an ambush for them.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE PAPER ON CHINA-INDIA TIES
In a lengthy article captioned 'From Donglang to Galwan River Valley: Beware of Three Changes in the Sino-Indian Border Issue' in the official Shanghai 'The Paper' on August 29, Dr. Tongyu Tao of the School of International Studies at Peking University said that there would be frequent clashes on the border between India and China because the balance of power between the two in the border area has changed.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS TELLS CHINESE STUDENTS TO RETURN TO CHINA IMMEDIATELY
15 Chinese researchers have apparently been told on September 1, that they must leave the country as soon as possible after the University of North Texas (UNT) abruptly cut ties with the organization that funds them — the Chinese Scholarship Council, which is under the Chinese Ministry of Education. UNT hasn't said why.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA CONTINUES CRITICISM OF US SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO
China's Guangming Daily on August 31 published an article under the caption "Why "Worst Secretary of State in American History" Gets Its Name", which referred to a recent Washington Post article which, the Guangming Daily said "listed a series of Pompeo's "actions" after the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia in the United States-including ignoring the severity of the epidemic, evading one's own political responsibility, refusing international cooperation, and trying to "throw away" China, etc., thinking that "since the end of World War II" Since then, perhaps no one has performed worse than Pompeo (Secretary of State)."

Sep 2020

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHINA DETAINS AUSTRALIAN TV ANCHOR
The Australian media reported (August 31) that Chinese authorities had notified the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs that Chinese-Australian TV anchor Cheng Lei was arrested in China on August 14.

Sep 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN'S BROKERAGE HOUSE DAIWA SECURITIES GROUP TO SET UP JOINT VENTURE IN BEIJING
Nikkei Asia reported (August 31) that Japanese brokerage house Daiwa Securities Group had received clearance on August 31 to launch a majority-owned joint venture in Beijing. Daiwa is to set up a joint venture, Daiwa Securities (China), with 1 billion yuan ($146 million) in capital.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CHAIRS WORK CONFERENCE ON TIBET
Speaking at the 2-day Seventh Central Work Conference on Tibet in Beijing on August 29-30, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for efforts to build a new modern socialist Tibet.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP CC ORGANISATION DEPARTMENT URGES PARTY MEMBERS TO PROMOTE PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR 'TWO UPHOLDS' OR 'TWO SAFEGUARDS'
An important article in the People's Daily on August 27, by the Party Building Institute of the CCP CC Organisation Department, emphasised the 'two upholds' or 'two safeguards'.

Sep 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA NAVY LAUNCHES TWO NEW TYPE-55 DESTROYERS
Global Times (August 30) reported the launch of China's reportedly eighth Type 055 and 25th Type 052D destroyers on August 30, just two days after the PLAN decommissioned two Type 051 destroyers.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: RARE EARTH EXPORTS PLUMMET
China's Customs data showed (August 27) that China’s rare earth exports plunged 69.1% year-on-year to 1,620 tons in July, marking the lowest monthly volume since January 2015, as the coronavirus pandemic heavily hit demand for the minerals.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CRYPTOCURRENCY VALUED AT OVER US$ 50 BILLION LEFT CHINA IN PAST ONE YEAR
According to a report from the blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis released on August 20, stated that due to the impact of the US-China trade war and the devaluation of the renminbi, over $50 billion worth of cryptocurrency has left China in the past 12 months.

Sep 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: WEALTHY CHINESE ILLEGALLY SHIFT CAPITAL OUT OF CHINA
Deutsche Welle (August 25) and Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit obtained copies of documents that were leaked and which reveal that Cyprus, an EU country, approved 1,400 “golden passports” between 2017 and 2019, among which more than 500 were issued to Chinese.

Sep 2020

CHINA-INNER MONGOLIA: PROTESTS ERUPT IN NEI MONGOL AUTONOMOUS REGION
The 'Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center' (SMHRIC) reported (August 30) that following the central Chinese government's decision to replace Mongolian with Mandarin as the medium of instruction in schools, hundreds of students in school uniform gathered in front of the Tongliao Mongolian Middle School, one of the largest Mongolian schools in Inner Mongolia, chanting “Our mother tongue is Mongolian.

Sep 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG REVISES SCHOOL TEXT BOOKS
Global Times reported (August 19) that seven Hong Kong publishers have submitted changes to their General Studies Textbooks. General Studies is a core course in Hong Kong high schools.

Sep 2020

CHINA-PANAMA: CCP HAS VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTIONARY PARTY (DRP) OF PANAMA TO STRENGTHEN FRATERNAL TIES
The People’s Daily (August 26) reported that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Democratic Revolutionary Party (RPD) of Panama held the opening ceremony of an online seminar for party cadres on August 25.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE ASSESSMENT OF US PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOE BIIDEN'S LIKELY CHINA POLICY
In an article (August 26) captioned 'Inside Biden’s China Policy' published by US-China Focus, Yang Wenjing of CICIR analysed the 92-page Democratic Party platform and said the Democrats seem to have already inherited this premise of the 'China threat'.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA'S PEOPLE'S DAILY ATTACKS US SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO
On August 25, the Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece People’s Daily, in three full pages out of a total of 20, published an extremely lengthy opinion that runs through a barrage of criticisms against U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as a response to his speech on July 23, 2020, at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in California.

Sep 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA BLAMES US FOR LACK OF GLOBAL COOPERATION IN FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS
A paper by Tian Ye, Professor of the Department of International Politics, School of International Relations, Renmin University of China and Chen Zhaoyuan, an assistant researcher at the Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) published by CASS on August 29, criticised the US for obstructing international cooperation to fight the coronavirus.

Sep 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CONFERS POLICE FLAG AT CEREMONY AT GREAT HALL OF THE PEOPLE
On August 26, Chinese President Xi Jinping conferred the police flag on China's police force at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He ordered them to be loyal to the Party, serve the people and be impartial in law enforcement and strict in discipline.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING EMPHASISES PLA MUST ENSURE "HIGH DEGREE OF CENTRALISED UNITY AND SECURE STABILITY"
A People's Daily (August 20) report on the symposium hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Anhui on August 20 said that in addition to discussing flood control and the role of the PLA, Xi Jinping also talked about the broader goals for the army for the rest of 2020, which included concentrating energy on training troops, strengthening ideological and political construction, as well as “ensuring the army’s high degree of centralized unity and secure stability.” (Para 1 of CCAS China News dated August 24 refers.)

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S LETTER TO ALL-CHINA YOUTH FEDERATION AND ALL-CHINA STUDENT FEDERATION
People’s Daily (August 18) published a letter by Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed to the All-China Youth Federation (全国青联委会) National Committee and the All-China Student Federation (全国学联).

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER TO TRAVEL ABROAD FROM AUGUST 25 TO SEPTEMBER 1
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced (August 24)) that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France, and Germany from August 25 to September 1.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PARTY DISCIPLINE: CENTRAL DISCIPLINE INSPECTION COMMISSION COMMENTARY STRESSES SUPERVISION OF "TOP RANKED LEADERSHIP GROUPS"
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) and National Supervision Commission (NSC) published a commentary (August 20) in their official magazine titled “Strengthening Supervision of the ‘Top-Ranked Leader (一把手) and Leadership Groups.”

Aug 2020

CHINA-EDUCATION: ADDITIONAL CONTROLS ON ACADEMICS AND UNIVERSITIES
Peking University issued a “Notice on Regulating the Declaration and Approval of Participation in Online International Conferences Organized by Foreign Parties” on August 20, 2020.

Aug 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: 12 HONGKONG PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS ARRESTED BY CHINA COAST GUARD ON HIGH SEAS
The China Coast Guard arrested 12 Hongkong pro-democracy activists on August 27 night on the high seas 10 km from Hongkong as they were fleeing to Taiwan.

Aug 2020

CHINA-TIBET: SENIOR CPPCC LEADERS VISIT LHASA FOR DISCUSSIONS WITH TAR LEADERSHIP
The TAR Party Committee disclosed on August 21, that TAR Party Secretary Wu Yingjie, TAR Deputy Secretary and TAR Chairman Che Dhala (also known as Che Zala and Qizhala) recently met Zheng Jianbang, Vice Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee and Vice Chairman of the Soong Ching Ling Foundation Discussion, in Lhasa.

Aug 2020

CHINA-INNER MONGOLIA: PROTESTS IN INNER (SOUTH) MONGOLIA OVER CLOSURE OF SOLITARY MONGOLIAN LANGUAGE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM
Following the disclosure of a 'secret plan' to wipe out Mongolian-language education in the Nei Mongol Autonomous Region in the final phase of a decades-long cultural campaign, protests erupted in Southern Mongolian society.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: MAJOR MILITARY PARA EXERCISE IN TIBET PLATEAU
A report datelined (Lhasa, August 25) reported that recently, a special operations brigade and an army aviation brigade under the PLA Xizang (Tibet) Military Command jointly organized the first large-scale parachute drill in an unfamiliar area on the plateau at an elevation of about 4,000 meters above sea level, in a bid to further hone the troops’ joint combat capabilities.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA FIRES TWO MISSILES IN WARNING TO UNITED STATES
The South China Morning Post reported (August 26) that the PLA fired the 4000-kms range DF-26B, launched from the northwestern province of Qinghai, and a DF-21D, launched from Zhejiang province in the South China Sea in a ‘warning to the United States’ on August 25.

Aug 2020

CHINA-S&T: ASPI REPORT ESTABLISHES CHINA HAS 600 OVERSEAS STATIONS TO 'RECRUIT' SCIENTIFIC TALENT
A report by Alex Joske entitled 'Hunting the Phoenix' and published by The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) on August 20, 2020, establishes that the CCP has at least 600 stations around the world that identify and recruit scientists and technologists who would be valuable to China’s quest for technological dominance.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: JP MORGAN AND PETERSON INSTITUTE ANALYSTS FORECAST AN UPTICK IN CHINA'S ECONOMIC GROWTH
The Wall Street Journal reported (August 24) that J.P. Morgan recently boosted its 2020 China growth forecast to 2.5% from 1.3% in April. Economists at the World Bank and elsewhere have also upgraded their forecasts for China.

Aug 2020

CHINA-INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS: CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO HUNGARY ELECTED TO INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR LAW OF THE SEA
Xinhua (August 24) reported the election of China's Ambassador to Hungary, Duan Jielong, as a member of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on August 24.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: TENSIONS ESCALATE IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
U.S.-China tensions over the South China Sea escalated on August 26, with Beijing firing four medium-range ballistic missiles into the disputed area between Hainan Island and the Paracel Islands.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: US DEFENCE SECRETARY'S ARTICLE CAPTIONED 'THE PENTAGON IS PREPARED FOR CHINA' WAS PUBLISHED IN WALL STREET JOURNAL
The Wall Street Journal published (August 24) an article by US Defence Secretary Mark Esper with the caption 'The Pentagon is prepared for China'.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE BUSINESSES GUILTY OF BRIBING US CONGRESSMAN IN US REAL ESTATE DEALS
An investigation of corruption allegations against suspended Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar, brought to light a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving several Chinese developers seeking the politician’s backing for lucrative property deals in Los Angeles.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: TIK TOK CHALLENGES PRESIDENTIAL ORDER IN LOS ANGELES COURT
TikTok and its Chinese parent, ByteDance Ltd., on August 24, sued in federal court in Los Angeles to challenge an August 6 order from President Donald Trump prohibiting U.S. residents from doing business with TikTok.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE MEDIA SAYS FIRST CHINA-BUILT FRIGATE FOR PAKISTAN LAUNCHED AND WILL BECOME MAIN FORCE FOR PAK NAVY "TO FIGHT INDIA"
A Chinese media platform reported on August 25 that the first of the four advanced frigates built by China for Pakistan was launched on August 22.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE AND PAKISTANI OFFICIALS DISCUSS CPEC
International Department Head Song Tao and Jiangxi Party Secretary Liu Qi attended the second meeting of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Political Parties Joint Consultation Mechanism via video call on August 20.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CHAIRS MEETING TO DISCUSS PLA EFFORTS AT FLOOD CONTROL
On August 20, Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting to discuss the PLA’s efforts at flood control and disaster relief. A Xinhua report (Hefei, August 20) said that “As of Wednesday, dispatches totalling more than 1.2 million head counts from the PLA and the People's Armed Police Force and more than 300,000 from the militia had been made in flood control missions in 17 provincial-level regions.”

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S VISIT TO ANHUI PROVINCE
During his visit to Anhui province, on August 19 Chinese President Xi Jinping went to the Xuejiawa ecological park in Ma’anshan, a dam in Feidong county to inspect flood control efforts, a memorial hall in Hefei marking the PLA's campaign to cross the Yangtze River during the Chinese Civil War and the Anhui Innovation Center.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE VENTURE CAPITALIST ERIC X LI WRITES ARTICLE EXTOLLING XI JINPING IN FOREIGN POLICY
Chinese venture capitalist and staunch supporter of Chinese President Xi Jinping has written an article in Foreign Policy (August 14) extolling Xi Jinping and his leadership, especially in handling the Coronavirus epidemic.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PREMIER LI KEQIANG VISITS CHONGQING TO INSPECT DAMAGE CAUSED BY FLOODS
Premier Li Keqiang was in Chongqing on August 20, talking to local people and inspecting the impact of the aforementioned catastrophic seasonal flooding.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEMBER YANG JIECHI TRAVELS TO SINGAPORE AND SOUTH KOREA
Politburo member and Director of the CCP's Foreign Affairs Office, Yang Jiechi, was in Singapore on a two-day (August 19-20) visit at the invitation of the Singapore government.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SHANGHAI DEPUTY MAYOR CAUGHT IN ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission website (August 18) announced that Gong Daoan, Deputy Mayor of Shanghai City and head of its Public Security Bureau is under investigation for corruption.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: LONG-RANGE PRECISION STRIKE EXERCISES IN NGARI (ALI) IN TIBET
TAR Troops stationed at the Ngari (Ali) Border Defence frontlines with elevations of more than 4,000 metres conducted long-range precision strikes exercises from August 10-14. A Combat capabilities competition was also held on August 11.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA BRIGADE OF TIBET MILITARY REGION CONDUCTS HIGH ALTITUDE FIELD TRAINING
The state-owned CGTN reported (August 17) that a brigade of the PLA Tibet Military Region recently conducted field training at an altitude of 5,600 meters.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA CONSTRUCTS SAM SITES NEAR MANSAROVAR LAKE IN TIBET
The Print, based on the latest available satellite imagery provided by an anonymous analyst using the twitter handle @detresfa_, reports that the Chinese military is constructing a surface-to-air missile site as well as other infrastructure on the banks of the Mansarovar Lake in the India-Nepal-China tri-junction area near the Lipulekh pass.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBOC TO STOP EXTENDING CREDIT TO SMALL BUSINESSES
A senior People’s Bank of China (PBOC) official said (August 21) that China’s central bank does not plan to expand its efforts to extend credit to small businesses in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic as the tools involved have already provided the support they needed and the economy has returned to normal.

Aug 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: GLOBAL TIMES WARNS US AND TAIWAN TO EASE TENSIONS IN TAIWAN STRAITS AND SOUTH CHINA SEA
Stating that "The situation in the Taiwan Straits and the South China Sea is getting increasingly tense" and citing overseas media outlets that US military planes have flown to the South China Sea 67 times in a month; that the PLA started military exercises in the Yellow Sea on August 22, following its just-concluded military drills in the Taiwan Straits and will also conduct military exercises in the South China Sea and the Bohai Sea on August 24, the Global Times (August 23) said, "There have been increasing discussions on the risk of military conflicts".

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS MOVES BILL TO FORBID DESIGNATING CHINESE PRESIDENT AS 'PRESIDENT'
The South China Morning Post (August 21) reported that Representative Scott Perry (Rep-Pennsylvania), who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has introduced a bill to change the way the federal government refers to the leader of China, prohibiting the use of the term “president”.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE AMBASSADOR CUI TIANKAI DELIVERS KEYNOTE SPEECH AT VIDEO CONFERENCE IN BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
The Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC, published (August 20) the text of the keynote speech delivered by Cui Tiankai, Beijing’s Ambassador to the United States, at a webinar hosted by the Brookings Institution on August 20.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: OFFICIAL OF CHINESE INSTITUTE BLAMES US FOR DETERIORATION IN BILATERAL RELATIONS AND URGES IMPROVEMENT IN TIES
In an article captioned 'The worse the colour, the better the inside' in the Guangming Daily (August 22), Shen Yamei, Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the China Institute of International Studies, criticised US Secretary of State Pompeo for attempting to "resurrect the "ghost" of the Cold War by launching an ideological offensive against China".

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS ANHUI PROVINCE
On August 18, Chinese President Xi Jinping travelled to Anhui province to inspect the extent of flooding and preventive measures taken.

Aug 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: STATE GRID SOE SUPPORTS GRASSROOT PARTY BUILDING
Mao Weiming, Chairman and Party Secretary of one of China's largest SoEs, State Grid, wrote an article in the People's Daily (August 19) on effective ways for State-owned Enterprises (SoEs) to strengthen Party building at grassroots.

Aug 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: RETIRED FORMER CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL PROFESSOR CAI XIA EXPELLED FROM CCP AND IS DISALLOWED PENSION
68-year old outspoken retired Professor Cai Xia, a former senior faculty member of the Central Party School in Beijing for 15 years was expelled from the CCP on August 17 and lost her pension as punishment for speeches “that damaged the reputation of the country”.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S FOUR MAJOR BANKS ARE TESTING DIGITAL CURRENCY IN SHENZHEN
BBC (August 11) said that according to China’s English language official media CGTN, four major state-owned banks, including the Bank of China, China Construction Bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and the Agricultural Bank of China, have started testing digital currencies in Shenzhen.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINA ANNOUNCES IT HAS A 'NEW ADVANCED WEAPON'
The state-owned CCTV-7's Defence Programme on August 14, amid worsening tensions between Beijing and Taipei, revealed what a Chinese analyst described as ‘one of the most important advanced weapons for the Chinese military right now’.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINA QUESTIONS INTENT OF PACIFIC RIM EXERCISE
China's state-owned CCTV-7 on August 18 questioned the intention behind the United States' 'Pacific Rim-2020' exercise which commenced in Hawaii on August 17. It said that 10 countries, 20 ships and 5300 officers and men were participating.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: STUDY BY IISS' DEFENCE NEWS REVEALS THAT REVENUES OF CHINA'S DEFENCE SoEs DECLINED LAST YEAR
A report released on August 17, by two IISS researchers Meia Nouwens and Dr Lucie Beraud-Sudreau showed that while in 2018 all eight Chinese Defence SoEs ranked in the top 22 of the Defense News global list with three in the top ten, in 2019 only two Chinese Defence SoEs ranked in the top ten though all 25 figured in the top 25 of the Defense News global list.

Aug 2020

CHINA-S&T: CAST ANNUAL MEETING ENDED ON AUGUST 15
Guangming Daily reported (August 16) that the closing ceremony of the annual meeting of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) was held on August 15.

Aug 2020

CHINA-TIBET: POLITBURO MEMBER AND VICE PREMIER HU CHUNHUA VISITS TIBET
The Beijing Youth Daily on August 4 reported CCP CC Politburo member, Vice Premier and 'Leader of the Leading Group of the National Census for Poverty Alleviation' Hu Chunhua's visit to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).

Aug 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: GUANGMING DAILY ASSERTS "HISTORY IS UNSTOPPABLE''
Apparently reacting to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's tweet of June 30 saying effectively that the 'one country, two systems' is no longer valid, China's Guangming Daily (August 19) published an editorial captioned 'History is Unstoppable'.

Aug 2020

CHINA-UK: GLOBAL TIMES EXPANDS REACH OF HONGKONG'S NEW NATIONAL SECURITY LAW IN WARNING TO U.K.
The CCP-owned Global Times (August 17) warned that "Hong Kong secessionists fleeing to the UK and promoting the "parliament in exile" severely breach and blatantly defy Article 29 of the national security law for Hong Kong" and "that those people, along with UK organizations or individuals who sponsored them, will face legal punishment no matter their whereabouts and face severe sanctions from China".

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: US ADDS 38 MORE HUAWEI AFFILIATES IN 21 COUNTRIES TO ITS 'ENTITY LIST' TO EXPAND RESTRICTIONS ON HUAWEI
The US Department of Commerce announced (August 16) that it would expand existing restrictions by preventing Huawei from acquiring chips made outside the US but developed or produced with US software or technology. It also added another 38 Huawei affiliates in 21 countries to its Entity List.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: FORMER CIA OFFICER CHARGED WITH SPYING FOR CHINA
Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, was arrested on August 14, 2020, on a charge that he conspired with a relative of his who also was a former CIA officer to communicate classified information up to the Top Secret level to intelligence officials of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA'S OFFICIAL MEDIA CRITICISES MARK ZUCKERBERG OF FACEBOOK
China's popular online portal 163.com on August 4, said an article captioned “This ‘TikTok Slaughter Battle’ completely tore off Zuckerberg’s mask as the ‘Chinese people’s good son-in-law’” was published widely in China's official media.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: FBI AND US SECURITIES COMMISSION PROBE FUNDRAISING FIRM LINKED TO STEVE BANON AND GUO WENGUI
The Wall Street Journal (August 19) reported that the GTV Media Group linked to former Trump political adviser Steve Bannon and exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui which raised more than $300 million in a private offering this spring that is now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY XI JINPING WRITES IN QIU SHI'S 16TH ISSUE DATED AUGUST 16
Xinhua (August 15) publicised that an article by President Xi Jinping on opening new horizons of the Marxist political economy in contemporary China would be published in the 16th issue of the Qiushi Journal to be issued on August 16.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY XI JINPING VISITS YUCUN VILLAGE IN ZHEJIANG PROVINCE AND EMPHASISES A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT
A Commentator's article in China's Economic Daily (August 15) reported the visit by CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping to Yucun, Anji County, Zhejiang Province.

Aug 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CALLS FOR ATTRACTING AND DEVELOPING MORE S&T TALENT
The Study Times (August 14) reported that addressing the expert and scholar symposium on June 2, General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasised the need to deepen the reform of the scientific research personnel development system and mechanism, improve the discovery, training, and incentive mechanism for strategic scientists and innovative scientific and technological personnel, and attract more outstanding talents to the scientific research team.

Aug 2020

CHINA-TIBET: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI VISITS TIBET
The South China Morning Post on August 16 reported that Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had visited Tibet where he praised Tibet’s achievements under President Xi Jinping, especially in securing the border with India.

Aug 2020

CHINA-TIBET: TIBET BUILDS BORDER DEFENCE VILLAGE AT TSONA ON BORDER WITH INDIA'S ARUNACHAL PRADESH
A report in the Global Times (August 11) mentioned that border regions including Shannan Prefecture are stepping up efforts in relocating people to the border to boost both national security and quality of life. Budo, Deputy Party Secretary and Chief of the County told Global Times that Cona plans to relocate 3,222 people of 960 families to the "weakly controlled areas on the borders" on a voluntary basis.

Aug 2020

CHINA-XINJIANG: RADIO FREE ASIA REPORTS CHINA HAS BUILT TOILET ON SITE OF DEMOLISHED MOSQUE
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported (August 13) that a public toilet has been erected on the site of the demolished Tokul mosque in Atush (in Chinese, Atushi) city, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: CCTV REPORTS ON MILITARY EXERCISES IN TAIWAN STRAIT AND SOUTH CHINA SEA
The state-owned CCTV (August 13) reported that China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) website had released the news that the PLA Eastern Theater Command recently 'deployed multiple services and multiple directions in a system to organize actual combat exercises in the Taiwan Strait and the north and south to further test and enhance the joint combat capabilities of multiple services'.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S FEARS RISE OF POTENTIAL U.S. PUNITIVE ACTION IN FINANCIAL SECTOR
Reuters reported (August 15) that fears are rising in China of a deepening financial war as relations with the US deteriorate. Chinese officials and economists have in recent months been unusually public in discussing worst-case scenarios under which China is blocked from dollar settlements, or Washington freezes or confiscates a portion of China’s huge U.S. debt holdings.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA-US OCEAN FREIGHT RATES RISE AS CHINESE EXPORTERS AND U.S. CUSTOMERS STOCK UP ON GOODS TO AVOID POSSIBLE TARIFF INCREASES
Chinese Customs data, according to Caixin (August 14) showed that ocean shipping rates between China and the U.S. have soared in the last three months as Chinese exporters and their American customers' race to stock up on goods over concerns about potential new tariffs during a season that is already one of the industry’s busiest.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: US-CHINA BUSINESS COUNCIL SURVEY CLAIMS 70 PER CENT OF U.S. COMPANIES IN CHINA ARE POSITIVE ABOUT OUTLOOK FOR NEXT 5 YEARS
Caixin (August 15) that a US-China Business Council survey released on August 11 showed that nearly 70% of member companies said they are optimistic about the five-year business outlook in China. The survey showed that 83% counted China as either the top priority for their company’s global strategy or among the top five.

Aug 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S AMBASSADOR TO INDIA PLAYS DOWN CHINESE INTRUSIONS AT LAC AND PUTS ONUS FOR THE SITUATION ON INDIA
China's Ambassador to India Sun Weidong wrote in the July issue of the China-India Review published by the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi that: "In any relationship, there are ups and downs.

Aug 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE NATIONAL ARRESTED FOR ILLEGAL FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES AND ESPIONAGE
Indian authorities arrested Luo Sang, a Chinese national, on charges of money laundering on August 4, night in a raid by the Income Tax Department for money laundering and representing fake Chinese companies in hawala transactions. He was earlier reported to have been arrested by the Delhi Police on spying charges in 2018.

Aug 2020

CHINA-INDIA: TRADE & ECONOMY
Chinese government Customs data shows that exports to India since January 2020 have fallen by 24.7% year-on-year to $32.28 billion. China's imports from India have also gone up 6.7% since January this year to $11.09 billion. Consequently, total trade with India has registered a slightly lower 18.6% drop since the beginning of 2020 to $43.47 billion.

Aug 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: KMT LOSES KAOHSIUNG MAYORAL SEAT
Reuters (August 15) reported that DPP's Chen Chi-mai, a former vice-premier, won 70% of the votes in the by-election for Mayor of Kaohsiung on August 15, roundly defeating the pro-Beijing KMT candidate Jane Lee. Voter turnout was low.

Aug 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN FINDS THREE TAIWAN LEGISLATIVE AIDES GUILTY OF ESPIONAGE FOR CHINA
The Taipei District Prosecutors Office indicted three former legislative aides on August 13 charged for involvement in developing a spy network in Taiwan for Chinese intelligence.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: TAIWAN CONCLUDES AGREEMENT WITH U.S. TO PURCHASE LATEST F-16 FIGHTER AIRCRAFT
Bloomberg reported (August 15) that Taiwan formally signed an agreement to buy 66 of the latest model F-16 jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp. Taiwan’s purchase of the F-16s marks the first sale of advanced fighter jets to the island since President George H.W. Bush announced approval for 150 F-16s in 1992.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: AMERICAN NEWSPAPER HIGHLIGHTS SUPPORT BY U.S. CORPORATIONS TO CHINESE TRAINING COLLEGE FOR JOURNALISTS
The American National Pulse reported (July 31) that Several U.S. corporations and media companies have been supporting Tsinghua University’s Global Business Journalism School.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY XI JINPING RECENTLY ISSUED INSTRUCTIONS TO AVOID WASTAGE OF FOOD
Xinhua News Agency and People's Daily reported (August 11 & 12 respectively) that the CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping had recently issued an “important instruction” on food waste.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP CC PROPAGANDA CHIEF WRITES ARTICLE IN PEOPLE'S DAILY PRAISING XI JINPING
The official CCP mouthpiece People's Daily on August 13 published a lengthy signed article by Huang Kunming, Politburo member and Head of the CCP CC Propaganda Department, on page 6.

Aug 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: PROVINCIAL COMMUNIST PARTY OFFICIAL CITES XI JINPING'S LETTER ON "RED GENES" IN ARTICLE IN CHINA EDUCATION DAILY
Lu Yanqin, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Zhejiang Jiaxing University, writing in the China Education Daily (August 13) said CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping had recently sent a letter to congratulate the Eighth National Congress of the Chinese Young Pioneers and pointed out that it is necessary to "inherit the red gene, cultivate new generations, unite, educate, and lead the young pioneers to be the successors of the cause of communism."

Aug 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: BEIJING DAILY ARTICLE DERIDES U.S. SYSTEM OF DEMOCRACY
An article by Li Qingsi, a researcher at the National Institute of Development and Strategy, Renmin University of China and Deputy Director of the American Studies Center, in the Beijing Daily (August 13) personally and severely criticised US President Trump, including for not handling the Coronavirus epidemic competently, and said the U.S.'s "democratic system is the democracy of capital.

Aug 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: FORMER CHAIRMAN OF ONE OF CHINA'S "BIG FOUR" BAD ASSET MGT COMPANIES CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION
Lai Xiaomin, a former Chairman of China Huarong Asset Management, one of China’s “Big Four” state-owned bad-asset managers, has been accused of taking a record 1.79 billion yuan ($258 million) of bribes over 10 years as he stood trial in Tianjin Municipality on August 10.

Aug 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: NATIONAL SUPERVISORY COMMISSION (NSC) FOR THE FIRST TIME PUBLISHES DETAILS OF CHINA ANTI CORRUPTION DRIVE
Caixin reported (August 11) that China's National Supervisory Commission (NSC), the top government anti-graft agency, had reported to the NPC Standing Committee that China had seized 7,831 fugitives over the past 6½ years and recouped losses of 19.7 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) under a government campaign to pursue "corrupt officials and dodgy business people" who fled abroad.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: DETERIORATING TIES WITH U.S. SERIOUSLY WORRY CHINESE ECONOMISTS
Reflecting the growing concern among Chinese researchers and officials of an all-out “financial war” between China and the US, with many saying the US side would have a clear advantage thanks to the dominant role of the US dollar in cross-border investments and payments, a senior Chinese economist warned of likely consequences.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: NET PROFITS OF CHINA'S COMMERCIAL BANKS DECLINE IN FIRST HALF
According to Caixin (August 12) data from the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) showed (August 9) that China’s commercial banks reported a 9.4% decline in first-half net profits to 1 trillion yuan ($143 billion), reflecting the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aug 2020

CHINA-TECH: CHINESE COMPANIES HIRE TAIWAN CHIP DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERS
Nikkei Asian Review reported (August 12) that Quanxin Integrated Circuit Manufacturing (Jinan), better known as QXIC, and Wuhan Hongxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., or HSMC, two Chinese government-backed chip projects, have together hired more than 100 veteran engineers and managers from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s leading chipmaker, since last year.

Aug 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: 'SPECIAL ARTICLE' IN GLOBAL TIMES REPORTS PLA EASTERN THEATRE COMMAND'S WARNING TO TAIWAN
A toughly-worded "special article" published by the Global Times (August 13) reported a statement issued by the PLA Eastern Theater Command on August 13 that it would continuously organize actual combat exercises in the Taiwan Strait and "the north and south sides".

Aug 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN AUTHORITIES CONTEMPLATING NEW REGULATIONS TO BAR CHINESE ILLEGAL DREDGING OPERATIONS
Wen Lii, Director of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s newly-launched Lienchiang County Chapter based on the Matsu Islands, wrote in The Diplomat (August 12) that because of growing public concern over thousands of illegal Chinese sand dredging ships in the Taiwan Strait, the Taiwan government is considering new regulations that would facilitate "sinking" Chinese dredgers seized by Taiwan’s coast guard, including for use as artificial reefs or as target ships in military exercises.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA'S SECURITIES REGULATORY COMMISSION (CSRC) RESPONDS TO US ANNOUNCEMENT THAT COMPANIES MUST COMPLY WITH ITS AUDIT REGULATIONS
Reacting to the US announcement of August 6, that it would de-list companies failing to meet auditing requirements, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said (August 9) the right way to improve cross-border cooperation on audit inspections is to have a frank dialogue.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: GLOBAL TIMES ACCUSES US CUSTOMS OF "BRUTALLY" INSPECTING A CONSIGNMENT OF CHINA'S UN PERMANENT MISSION
A Global Times (August 11) article captioned 'US rudely unpacks official furniture ordered by Chinese Mission to UN', reported that the 'US brutally unpacked a container with 60 pieces of furniture (official supplies) ordered by the Chinese delegation to the United Nations and dismantled the wrappings of 12 pieces' delivering the consignment a month after the request.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE ADVISES CHINA TO EXERCISE RESTRAINT AGAINST U.S.
The Global Times on August 12 published an article by Zhu Feng, Executive Director of the China Center for Collaborative Studies of the South China Sea at Nanjing University, which suggested that 'the China-US relationship shouldn't be kidnapped by US right-wing forces.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ADDRESSES POLITBURO'S 21ST COLLECTIVE 'STUDY SESSION' ON JUNE 29
Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth; 2020/15 dated August 1)published the speech Xi Jinping made at the 21st collective study session of the Politburo on 29 June.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: WANG YI WRITES ARTICLE IN QIU SHI PRAISING XI JINPING AND STRESSING THE NEED TO "UNITE AROUND THE CCP CC WITH XI JINPING AS ITS CORE"
Qiu Shi (2020/15; August 1) published a lengthy two-part article by Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi that ostensibly deals with foreign affairs but substantively serves to signal loyalty and obedience to Xi Jinping.

Aug 2020

CHINA-NATURAL DISASTER: FLOODS CHINA'S MINISTRY OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES DAMAGE WORTH 144.43 BILLION YUAN BY JULY 28
China's Ministry of Emergency Management reported on July 28 that the floods affected Jiangxi, Anhui, Hubei and other 27 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities).

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE NEWS SITE SINA REPORTS DROP IN SHARE VALUES OF CHINESE TECH COMPANIES
Well-known Chinese news site Sina (NASDAQ: SINA) reported (August 7) that, as soon as U.S. President Trump officially signed the executive order to ban WeChat, the stock price of WeChat’s owner, Tencent, instantly suffered a free fall of 10 per cent on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE).

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: CMC URGES PLA OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS TO STUDY THIRD VOLUME OF XI JINPING'S 'GOVERNANCE OF CHINA'
The People's Daily (August 1) reported that "a few days ago" a notice issued by the Central Military Commission (CMC) urged officers and soldiers to carefully study the third volume of Xi Jinping.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: RECRUITMENT OF COLLEGE STUDENTS
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported (August 10) that China’s Ministry of Education issued a notice in July requiring students at local schools and colleges to watch a promotional video and a mini film that the Recruitment Office of the Defense Ministry produced.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA GETS ITS FIRST MILITARY HOSPITAL TRAIN
China's first military hospital train was inaugurated on August 6, 2020 marking the opening of China's first railway line and railway station exclusively dedicated to the military hospital train. The train's two dedicated railway tracks are connected to China’s railway network through the adjacent Chongqing-Guizhou Railway.

Aug 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: PROMINENT PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST ARRESTED IN HONGKONG
Prominent pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow was arrested on the charge of 'inciting secession' under the National Security Law on August 10 morning. Jimmy Lai, the owner of the Apple Daily who was also arrested on August 10 morning, was however released on bail of HK$300,000 (US$38,708), along with a HK$200,000 surety, on August 11 following the Apple Daily's declaration on its front page: “Apple Daily will fight on.”

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: US IMPOSES RESTRICTIONS ON GOODS MADE IN HONGKONG FOR EXPORT TO U.S.
The Wall Street Journal reported (August 11) that all goods made in Hong Kong for export to the United States will need to be labeled as made in China after September 25, according to a U.S. government notice posted on August 11.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: CARRIE LAM'S SON SUDDENLY LEAVES BOSTON AND RETURNS TO HONGKONG
Joshua Lam Yeuk-hay, the younger son of HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam, one among 11 Mainland and Hong Kong officials recently sanctioned by the US government, and a graduate student in the US, pursuing a PhD in mathematics at Harvard, seems to have abruptly left Boston in late July to return to Hongkong.

Aug 2020

CHINA-XINJIANG: CHINA VILIFIES ADRIAN ZENZ, GERMAN SCHOLAR ON XINJIANG
Global Times (August 9) personally attacked Adrian Zenz and criticised him for accusing China of "detaining" Uygurs and other minority groups or imposing "sterilization" on ethnic minorities in its Xinjiang region.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA SANCTIONS ELEVEN U.S. CITIZENS
Bloomberg reported (August 10) that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated at the weekly press briefing on August 10 that “In response to the U.S.’s wrong behaviors, China has decided to impose sanctions on those individuals who behaved badly on Hong Kong-related issues.”

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. TREASURY ANNOUNCES THAT COMPANIES NOT COMPLYING WITH US ACCOUNTING STANDARDS WILL BE DELISTED FROM US STOCK EXCHANGES BY END OF 2021
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on August 10 that companies from China and other countries that do not comply with U.S. accounting standards will be delisted from U.S. stock exchanges from the end of 2021.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: REPORTS THAT CHINA HAS INSTRUCTED ITS MILITARY PERSONNEL NOT TO FIRE THE FIRST SHOT IN ANY SITUATION WITH THE U.S.
The South China Morning Post (SCMP - August 11) quoting sources said Beijing had ordered pilots and naval officers to exercise restraint in the increasingly frequent stand-offs with US planes and warships and told them “not to fire the first shot” as Beijing looks to de-escalate tensions with the United States in the South China Sea.

Aug 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINESE RESEARCHER AT SHANGHAI ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES SUGGESTS NEED FOR CHANGE IN CHINA'S APPROACH IN FOREIGN POLICY
Writing in the Washington Times (August 8), Gerry Shih quoted Li Kaisheng, a researcher at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, saying in an op-ed in the Global Times newspaper this week that China should focus on its “primary conflict” — with the United States — rather than respond to every slight from other countries. Li Kaisheng said: “A lion does not swat a fly as soon as it lands on it, but a porcupine pricks up as soon as anything brushes against its back.”

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: NEW SENIOR APPOINTMENTS AT CHINA'S FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
i) Caixin reported (August 8) that 53-year old Zhou Xuedong, former Director of the General Executive Office of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), was named Vice President of the China Development Bank (CDB). He has 12 years of experience in financial regulation and managing financial risks at the PBoC. He started at the CDB on August 4 and his duties at the central bank were taken over by his deputy Zhong Ping.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: HUAWEI CLOSES MOBILE PHONE MANUFACTURE DUE TO NO SUPPLY OF CHIPS
Asia Times (August 10) reported that Chinese telecom giant Huawei said production of its most advanced smartphone chips would stop in September due to US sanctions, causing a “huge loss”.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: SAMSUNG TO CLOSE ITS PC FACTORY IN CHINA
Voice of America (VOA)'s Chinese Edition reported on August 1, that Samsung had announced (August 1) that it is closing its last personal computer manufacturing factory in China – Samsung Electronics Suzhou Computer. Over 800 employees may see their contracts end. The Suzhou factory was established in 2002.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: TIK TOK AND BYTEDANCE'S LINKS TO CCP
The Epoch Times (August 7) said a list obtained by it had partially uncovered names of members of Party committees in the headquarters of TikTok's parent company ByteDance.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S EXIM BANK RECALLS US$ 10 MILLION LOAN TO MALDIVES' M.P.
Maldives 'The Edition' reported (July 27) that China's Exim Bank ordered the Maldivian government to pay US$ 10 million (MVR 154 million), from a loan issued to the parliament representative for Dhaalu Atoll's Meedhoo constituency Ahmed Siyam (Sun Siyam), granted via a sovereign guarantee provided by the previous administration.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: REPORTS THAT CHINA PLANS LARGE SCALE LANDING EXERCISE AT PRATAS ISLANDS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Amidst reports that China's PLA Navy (PLAN) is planning a large-scale landing exercise in the South China Sea later this month which will specifically simulate an invasion of Taiwan’s Dongsha Islands (Pratas Islands, 東沙群島), Taiwan has sent additional Marines to the Pratas Islands.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: RETIRED CHINESE PLARF OFFICER CLAIMS CHINA HAS EARLY WARNING SYSTEM THAT CAN DETECT NUCLEAR MISSILE ATTACKS
Kyodo News Agency reported (August 2) that Yang Chengjun (杨承军) a retired PLA Rocket Force officer and nuclear missile expert said that China has an early warning system that can detect nuclear missiles before they land and can use nuclear weapons to counterattack. The expert pointed out that at present only the United States and Russia possess this technology.

Aug 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: TEN PERSONS ARRESTED UNDER HONGKONG'S NEW NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
Ten persons including Jimmy Lai, owner of Hongkong's largest media house 'Next Digital' along with his son and senior executives, were arrested on August 10 morning in Hongkong under the new National Security Law.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: US PLACES HONGKONG OFFICIALS ON SPECIAL LIST
The US Office of Foreign Assets Control has placed the following Hongkong officials on its updated Specially Designated Nationals List on August 7.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN
ANI reported (August 7) that China and Pakistan have begun an unprecedented intelligence sharing agreement to secure Beijing's influence in Afghanistan and that as China needs Pakistan's influence in Afghanistan as well as its connections to the terrorist groups operating there, Beijing has invited a Pakistan Army General to sit in at its highly restricted meetings as an observer.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: US HEALTH SECRETARY ARRIVES IN TAIWAN BY SPECIAL PLANE
US Health Secretary Alex Azar arrived at 12.30 on August 9, at Taiwan's Songshan (Matsuyama) airport where he has received by Taiwan's Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kuang (田中光) MOHW Centers for Disease Control Director-General Chou Chih-hao (周志浩) and MOFA Department of North American Affairs Hsu You-tien (徐佑典). He was introduced to them by Chris Christensen.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: BOTH DEFENCE MINISTERS TALK ON TELEPHONE ON AUGUST 6
A US Defence Department statement issued on August 6 reported that Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper held a telephone call with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Minister of National Defense, General Wei Fenghe on August 6, 2020.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SPEAKS ON MILITARY MATTERS AT PBSC 'STUDY' MEETING ON JULY 30
On July 30, President Xi Jinping attended a Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) 'study' meeting on the consolidation of defence and military modernization.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: BEIDAIHE MEETING SEEMS TO BE UNDERWAY
None of the seven Members of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) has appeared in public since July 31. Also, the weekly State Council executive meeting that normally convenes on Wednesdays didn’t take place on August 5. Observers feel these indicate that the Beidaihe meeting is underway.

Aug 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINA ISSUES NEW RULES TO BOOST IC AND SOFTWARE INDUSTRIES
Caixin (August 6) reported that on July 27, China’s State Council issued new rules to bolster the country’s integrated circuit and software industries in support of the push to expand and upgrade domestic chip-making capacity.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PEOPLE'S BANK OF CHINA TAKES TANGIBLE STEP TOWARDS SETTING UP A DIGITAL CENTRAL BANK
Caixin reported (August 6) that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) took another step forward in its strategy to build a digital central bank by setting up a financial technology subsidiary, Chengfang Financial Technology Co. Ltd.

Aug 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA REACTS TO PROPOSAL TO CLOSE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES
i) A second Global Times editorial (August 6) again commented on the proposal with India's education ministry to review the establishment of China's Confucius Institutes in association with seven local colleges and universities after intelligence agencies raised security concerns over cooperation.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: US HEALTH SECRETARY TO VISIT TAIWAN IN "COMING DAYS"
US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will lead a delegation to Taiwan “in the coming days” to discuss the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as supplies of medical equipment and technology, according to a statement on August 5, from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER BANNING TIKTOK AND WECHAT IN U.S.
US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on August 6, effectively banning video-sharing app TikTok from operating in the U.S., saying the country must take aggressive action against the Chinese-owned platform “to protect our national security.”

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE ON AUGUST 5, CALLS FOR "CLEAN NETWORK TO SAFEGUARD AMERICA'S ASSETS"
On August 5, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement calling for a “Clean Network to safeguard America’s assets” against the threat of Chinese infiltration.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI SPEAKS TO XINHUA ON CHINA-US RELATIONS
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in an interview with Xinhua (August 5) talked about worsening US-China relations saying, according to China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), “Ultimately, [some American politicians] want to drag China and the US into renewed conflict and confrontation and plunge the world into chaos and division again.”

Aug 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE DEFENCE MINISTER WARNS CHINA AGAINST CHINESE FISHING VESSELS
Asahi Shimbun (August 4) quoted Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono saying at a news conference on August 4, that “The SDF will act firmly when necessary while joining hands with the Japan Coast Guard.” Asked to elaborate on what such action might entail, Kono declined, saying, “We do not want to show our cards.

Aug 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ADVISES INDIA AGAINST BECOMING CANNON FODDER FOR U.S.
Global Times Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin on August 1, wrote that India's eight core industries indices fell by 15% year-on-year in the second quarter.

Aug 2020

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: ARTICLE IN GLOBAL TIMES REACTS TO AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER TO INDIA'S SUPPORT TO INDIA IN STAND-OFF AT LAC
An article in Global Times (August 2) cited Chinese experts warning India of Australia's instigation on "the eased border standoff with China" after Australia's High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrell said in an interview on July 30 that "Australia supports continued moves by India for de-escalation" at the LAC (Line of Actual Control) and "opposes any attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo".

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO SESSION ON JULY 30
Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a Politburo meeting on July 30, where he urged Politburo members to take the long view. The meeting decided that in October, the Party will set goals for China to be achieved by 2035.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO SESSION ON JULY 31
On July 31, Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a "study" session of the Politburo. Speaking at the session, he said that the “modernization of national defense and armed forces must be in step with the country’s modernization process, and the military capabilities must fit national strategic needs.”

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ATTENDS NON-PARTY FORUM
The People's Daily (July 28) reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a forum of China’s non-Communist political parties on July 28.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING PROMOTES PLARF POLITICAL COMMISSAR TO FULL GENERAL
Taiwan's Liberty Times News commented (July 31) on the promotion of Xu Zhongbo, Political Commissar of the PLA Rocket Force (PLARF), to the rank of a full General. It said video footage from CCTV showed that Xu was the only officer at the ceremony accepting a promotion.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: EVENTS MARK 93RD ANNIVERSARY OF FOUNDING OF PLA
The People’s Daily (July 31) published three items on the PLA highlighting the significance of the Party’s control over the PLA. Lt General Liu Nianguang, Political Commissar of the National University of Defense Technology, stressed that “absolute loyalty must be rooted in the mind and more importantly implemented in the action.”

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLAN EXERCISES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defence, Senior Colonel Ren Guojiang said (August 1) at the routine weekly press briefing that the Naval Aviation of the PLA Southern Theatre Command during a 'recent exercise' had deployed new-type aircraft including H-6G and H-6J bombers to conduct high-intensity training during day and night time in the relevant waters of the South China Sea.

Aug 2020

CHINA-PLA: EXERCISE IN TIBET
China's Ministry of National Defence, Senior Colonel Ren Guojiang said (August 1) that “the PLA Tibet Military Command has organised day-and-night fire strike drills involving multiple types of artillery and artillery fire assault drills in high altitude areas, aiming to test the troops' long-range precision strikes and fire assault capabilities in plateau environment. The exercises mentioned above are within the annual training plan and are not targeted at any specific country.”

Aug 2020

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: FOOD SHORTAGES ANTICIPATED DUE TO HEAVY FLOODING
World Journal reported (July 29) that about one-sixth of China’s land is soaked in water after the severe flooding. Much of these lands serve as the main grain-growing regions.

Aug 2020

CHINA-TIBET: CHINA-APPOINTED PANCHEN LAMA ARRIVES IN LHASA
Norbu Gyaltsen, the China-appointed Panchen Lama arrived in Lhasa on July 31. He visited the Jokhang Temple on August 3. The Panchen Lama is in Tibet for religious and cultural festivals to be held in 2020.

Aug 2020

CHINA-INDIA: TOUGHLY WORDED ARTICLE IN GLOBAL TIMES CASTIGATES INDIA FOR CONSIDERING CLOSURE OF CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES
Liu Zongyi, Secretary-General of the Research Center for China-South Asia Cooperation at Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, a visiting fellow of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China and a distinguished fellow of China (Kunming) South Asia & Southeast Asia Institute, wrote in the Global Times (August 4) that after the Galwan Valley clash on June 15, "China-India relations are even deteriorating".

Aug 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES REPORTS THAT INDIA IS TO SEND MORE TROOPS TO LADAKH
The Global Times reported (August 1) that, according to Indian media quoting anonymous sources, India plans to send 35,000 more troops to strengthen its military presence along its border with China. The reasoning behind the decision is that the Indian government found the probability of quickly reducing the tension between the two countries is getting lower.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN URGES U.S. TO WITHDRAW SANCTIONS AGAINST XPCC AND ITS OFFICIALS
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman on August 4, urged the United States to withdraw the sanctions against the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) and two of its officers as the organisation and its functioning was a purely internal matter.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA THREATENS RETALIATION IF US BLOCKS TIK TOK
On August 4, Beijing announced that any attempt to ban Tiktok or WeChat in the US would result in bans on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Youtube, Instagram, Tumbler, NY Times, Washington Post, and Pinterest in the PRC.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: HOOVER INSTITUTION IDENTIFIES 7 CHINESE UNIVERSITIES LINKED TO CHINA'S DEFENCE-INDUSTRIAL BASE AND RECOMMENDS STOP TO SUCH COLLABORATION
A report released by the Hoover Institution identifies more than 250 published research collaborations between scholars based in the United States and counterparts from seven universities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that are integral to that nation’s defense research and industrial base.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE FIRMS REPORTEDLY BENEFIT FROM US' PPP RELIEF PROGRAMME
A review of public PPP loan data by consultancy firm Horizon Advisory found that $192 million to $419 million in loans were given to more than 125 Chinese-owned or -invested companies operating in the United States. It found that many of the loans were substantial, with at least 32 Chinese-owned firms receiving over $1 million under the program, totalling between $85 million and $180 million.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: PLAN OFFICER SAYS CCP WILL COLLAPSE IN EVENT OF WAR BETWEEN US AND CHINA IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Radio Free Asia reported (July 31) that, in an interview with retired PLA Navy Lieutenant Colonel Yao Chen, he said that if China and the U.S. start a war in the South China Sea, the CCP will soon collapse.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: 13 LEADING CCP CADRES PUBLISH ARTICLES IN QIU SHI EULOGISING CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY XI JINPING
The latest (August 1) issue of the CCP's leading theoretical fortnightly magazine Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth) published 13 articles by ranking CCP cadres expressing fealty to Xi Jinping, in addition to another article by Xi Jinping urging Party cadres and members to "Implement the party's organizational line in the new era and continue to build the party stronger".

Aug 2020

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: HALF OF THE RESEARCHERS AT HEFEI INSTITUTE OF MATERIAL SCIENCE OF CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES QUIT ON SAME DAY
A WeChat post on July 21, 2020, revealed that 90 out of 180 researchers from the Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology of the Hefei Institute of Material Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) all quit their job on June 15, 2020.

Aug 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA PLANNING AGAINST U.S. IMPOSING FINANCIAL SANCTIONS
According to Reuters (July 29), a report by the investment banking unit of Bank of China said China should prepare for potential U.S. sanctions by the increasing use of its own financial messaging network for cross-border transactions in the mainland, Hong Kong and Macau.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI TELLS FRENCH COUNTERPART THAT BEIJING WANTS TO MAINTAIN THE STABILITY OF CHINA-US RELATIONS
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on July 28 talked to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian about the severe problem in US-China relations.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: US NOMINATES OFFICER TO MONITOR CHINESE ACTIVITIES IN ARCTIC
Wall Street Journal reported (July 29) that the US State Department had nominated James DeHart, a career diplomat, as the first U.S. coordinator for the Arctic region to coordinate Arctic policy and engaging other Arctic nations in regional talks efforts to bolster the U.S. position in the Arctic.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: US SANCTIONS XPCC AND TWO CHINESE OFFICIALS
The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions on the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corporation (XPCC), an eco- paramilitary organization that plays a central role in the development of the Xinjiang region, and two associated officials, Peng Jiarui and Sun Jinlong.

Aug 2020

CHINA-US: GLOBAL TIMES QUOTES CHINESE RESEARCHER SUGGESTING REDUCTION OF STAFF IN U.S. CONSULATES IF U.S. ORDERS CLOSURE OF MORE CHINESE CONSULATES
Huanqiu (Chinese version of the Global Times) on July 24, quoted Lu Xiang, a researcher at the Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, taking a softer tone and suggesting that from the perspective of confronting China, it is not impossible for the U.S. to close more Chinese consulates (e.g. the San Francisco Consulate).

Aug 2020

CHINA-MALAYSIA: MALAYSIA TOUGHENS POSITION IN U.N. ON CHINA'S MARITIME CLAIMS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
In a note verbale dated July 26, the Malaysian mission to the U.N. wrote to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that it "rejects China's claims to historic rights, or other sovereign rights or jurisdiction, with respect to the maritime areas of the South China Sea encompassed by the relevant part of the 'nine-dash line.'

Aug 2020

CHINA-GERMANY: GERMAN UNIVERSITIES BEGIN CLOSING CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES
The German daily newspaper Die Welt reported (July 31) that the University of Hamburg and the University in Bonn in Germany are reportedly cutting ties with the Confucius Institute (CI) by the end of this year.

Aug 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING INSPECTS JILIN PROVINCE
Xinhua reported (July 23) that Chinese President Xi Jinping travelled to Jilin on July 22 on an inspection visit.

Jul 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY EXPELS 'PRINCELING' AND ENTREPRENEUR REN ZHIQIANG ON JULY 23 PAVING THE WAY FOR HIS PROSECUTION
The New York Times reported (July 24) that the CCP had "expelled" outspoken and prominent 69-year old property tycoon and 'princeling' Ren Zhiqiang who had denounced Chinese President Xi Jinping in an open letter posted on WeChat earlier this year saying “I see not an emperor standing there exhibiting his ‘new clothes,’ but a clown who stripped naked and insisted on continuing to be an emperor.”

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA LIFTS RESTRICTIONS IN MOST OF ITS US$ 45 TRILLION FINANCIAL SECTOR
Nikkei Asian Review reported (July 23) that China has removed foreign ownership limits in almost all areas of its $45 trillion financial sectors, taking the country a step closer to its long-promised "big bang" reforms.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG ANNOUNCES MEASURES TO TACKLE UNEMPLOYMENT
At a meeting of the State Council on July 22, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also talked about boosting employment. Acknowledging that the job market is presently difficult, LiKeqiang asked struggling job seekers to be flexible and consider starting their own businesses.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: TIK-TOK SPENDS LOTS OF MONEY IN LOBBYING HARD IN US
The Chinese owner of the popular TikTok video app, Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., spent $500,000 in the three months ended June 30, up from its previous record of $300,000 in the first quarter, in a bid to fend off allegations that it is funnelling Americans’ data to Beijing.

Jul 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINA LAUNCHES UNMANNED PROBE TO MARS
China launched its first independent unmanned probe to Mars on July 23. The probe is expected to reach Mars in February where it will attempt to deploy a rover to explore the planet for 90 days.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO IN TOUGH SPEECH ON JULY 24 ACCUSES CHINA OF "NEW TYRANNY"
Speaking at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California, on July 23 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in provocative remarks said the free world must change China or 'China will change us'.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: US ORDERS CLOSURE OF CHINESE CONSULATE IN HOUSTON AND CHINA RETALIATES BY CLOSING US CONSULATE IN CHENGDU
The US State Department on July 23 ordered the closure within 72 hours of the Chinese Consulate in Houston. In retaliation, China on July 24 ordered the shut down of the US Consulate in Chengdu.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE RESEARCHER TAKES REFUGE IN CHINESE CONSULATE IN SAN FRANCISCO AFTER AUTHORITIES UNCOVERED SHE IS A PLA OFFICER
Tang Juan, who came to the U.S. on a J-1 visa and was a researcher at the University of California, Davis, entered the Chinese consulate in San Francisco after being interviewed by the FBI on June 20 about alleged visa fraud and has remained there, according to the FBI assessment.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XINJIANG PARTY SECRETARY PUBLICLY DISMISSES US SANCTION
Chen Quanguo, Party Secretary of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region and Politburo member, was reported by Mingjing News on July 21 to have recently made a rare appearance and made shocking remarks: "The people who sanctioned me are disgusting, and I am honoured to be sanctioned".

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: RACE ON FOR CHINA'S NEXT SECURITY CZAR
CCP cadres have begun competing for elevation to the Politburo and Politburo Standing Committee at the 20th Party Congress in 2022. A strong, leading contender is Chen Yixin, an Alternate Member of the CCP's 19th CC and current secretary-general of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC).

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI'S SPEECH AT INAUGURATION OF 'XI JINPING RESEARCH CENTRE FOR DIPLOMATIC THOUGHT'
In a nearly 2460-word speech on July 22 at the inauguration ceremony of the 'Xi Jinping Research Center for Diplomatic Thought', Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi mentioned Xi Jinping 22 times and said "General Secretary Xi Jinping used the foresight of a great strategist" and in "Xi Jinping’s Diplomatic Thought, has pointed out the direction and provided fundamental follow for the Chinese diplomacy entering the new era".

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SENIOR APPOINTMENTS
Liu Zhao was appointed Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Public Security on July 10, 2020.

Jul 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: XU ZHIYONG FORMER TSINGHUA PROFESSOR AND CRITIC OF CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING WAS FORMALLY ARRESTED ON JUNE 19
Former Tsinghua University Professor, prominent legal scholar and activist Xu Zhiyong, who has been held incommunicado for five months, was formally arrested on June 19 for “inciting subversion of state power”.

Jul 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: NEW CAMPAIGN FOR STUDY OF CHINA'S NATIONAL CIVIL CODE
The People's Daily reported (July 14) that on July 13, central departments including the Propaganda Department, Organization Bureau, Political and Legal Affairs Commission, Cyberspace Administration of China, General Office of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice, and National Legal Awareness Office published a joint notice launching a program of study and education about the national civil code.

Jul 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: NEW CAMPAIGN MANDATES STUDENTS TO STUDY 'FOUR HISTORIES'
According to Radio Free Asia (RFA - July 15), the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has launched a new campaign requiring its members and school students to study the “Four Histories,” which refers to “the history of the CCP, the history of new China, the history of the reform and opening up, and the history of socialist development.”

Jul 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: CCP CC GENERAL OFFICE AND PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT INSTRUCT PARTY ORGANISATIONS AT ALL LEVELS TO STUDY XI JINPING'S THIRD VOLUME ON GOVERNANCE
Xinhua (July 8) reported that the CCP CC General Office forwarded the “Notice of the Central Propaganda Department and the Central Organization Department on Earnestly Organizing and Studying the Third Volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China”.

Jul 2020

CHINA-PLA: CCTV TELECASTS FOOTAGE RELEASED BY PLA OF Y-9 AIRCRAFT TRANSPORTS INJURED OFFICER FROM TIBET TO HOSPITAL IN XIAN
The state-owned CCTV telecast a video released by the PLA on its WeChat account on July 17 for the first time showing a Y-9 aircraft deployed by China's Western Theatre Command transferring a critically injured officer from a base in Tibet to a hospital in Xian.

Jul 2020

CHINA-NATURAL DISASTER: FLOODING IN CHONGQING, JIANGSU AND ANHUI IN CHINA
A new round of heavy rain that started on July 17 is wreaking havoc on the middle and lower reaches along the Yangtze River.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S COMMERCE MINISTRY CLAIMS INVESTMENT IN 'ONE BELT, ONE ROAD' (BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE - BRI) HAVE RISEN
The Guangming Daily (July 17) said data for the first half of this year released by China's Ministry of Commerce on July 16, showed that Chinese domestic investors made non-financial direct investments in 159 countries and regions around the world, for a total investment of 362.14 billion yuan (US$51.79 billion), a decrease of 0.7 per cent compared to the same period in 2019.

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES REACTS TO JOINT INDIA-US NAVY EXERCISES OFF ANDAMAN ISLANDS
Reacting to the joint India-US Naval exercises near the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago on July 20, in an interview in Global Times (July 21) Tian Shichen, a retired PLA Navy Captain, Vice President of the Grandview Institution and Director of the Center for International Law of Military Operations, noted Indian media reports interpreting the joint exercise as an effort by New Delhi to step up pressure on Beijing in the sea to "acquire leverage over China" and as a "strong strategic signal to China" and "a show of solidarity" between the US and India amid tensions both countries face with China.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE RESEARCHER CHARGED WITH VISA FRAUD FOR CONCEALING EMPLOYMENT WITH PLA
Song Chen, a 38-year old visiting Stanford University researcher on a J-1 visa meant for work- and study-based exchange programs, supposedly as a neurologist interested in studying brain disease, has been charged with visa fraud for allegedly concealing her job as a member of the Chinese military.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO U.S. CUI TIANKAI SPEAKS ON SINO-US RELATIONS TO FARID ZAKARIA ON CNN
China's state-owned CGTN quoted China's Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai as saying (July 18) during an interview with Farid Zakaria on CNN that “Actually, the Chinese civilization has been there for about 5,000 years, much longer than the United States.

Jul 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TOUGHLY WORDED GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE WARNS OF DETERIORATION IN POLITICAL AND SECURITY SITUATION BETWEEN TAIWAN AND CHINA
A toughly worded Global Times (July 20) article by Zhou Wenxing, a research fellow at Shang Dao Institute for Social Research who holds a doctorate in Public Administration from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and was Asia Fellow at Harvard University, said Taiwan's 36th annual 'Han Kuang' military exercise, which began on July 13 and is based on the scenario of an "invasion" by the mainland military reveals the US role behind the island's display of its military power.

Jul 2020

CHINA-EU: ICT REPORTS EU STATEMENT ON DALAI LAMA'S SUCCESSION
The International Campaign for Tibet reported (July 20) the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell's statement of July 16 expressing the EU’s position on the Dalai Lama's succession. He said “The selection of religious leaders should happen without any government interference and in respect of religious norms.

Jul 2020

CHINA-UK: UK SUSPENDS EXTRADITION TREATY WITH HONGKONG
The British Foreign Secretary announced (July 20) that the UK had suspended its extradition treaty with Hongkong.

Jul 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: DRIVE AGAINST 'LIBERAL' IDEAS IN HONGKONG
An article in the Wall Street Journal (July 19) said that in its effort to stamp out dissent the CCP has reprimanded and, in some cases, fired teachers who backed anti-government protests in the city or supported the demonstrators on social media.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER PBSC MEETING TO DISCUSS FLOODS
CCP CC General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping presided over a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) on July 17 to discuss flood management and response as the worst flooding in decades has been ravaging southern China since June and looks set to continue until August.

Jul 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: NOTIFICATION OF TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY FIRING PROF XU ZHANRUN RELEASED
South China Morning Post (July 18) reported that Tsinghua University's notification dated July 15, terminating the services of 57-year old Prof. Xu Zhangrun, was sent to him by courier on July 18, according to a friend who requested anonymity for fear of retribution.

Jul 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: CHINA LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN IN CCP AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has once again launched a brainwashing campaign. According to Radio Free Asia (July 15), its members and school students are required to study the “Four Histories,” which refers to “the history of the CCP, the history of new China, the history of the reform and opening up, and the history of socialist development.”

Jul 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLAAF PILOT RECRUITMENT
The PLAAF announced (July 16) that its pilot recruitment campaign for 2020 has begun and that more than 3,800 fresh high school graduates who have passed the preliminary and second round of selection are now in the final-stage test.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S ECONOMY REGISTERS GROWTH
Caixin reported (July 17) that China’s economy grew 3.2% year-on-year in the second quarter this year, returning to growth after a record 6.8% contraction in the first quarter, official data (link in Chinese) showed on July 16, as the world’s second-largest economy recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE CHIP MANUFACTURER'S STOCKS RISE
Caixin (July 17) reported that shares of China’s leading contract computer chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) more than tripled from their offering price in their Shanghai trading debut on July 16, as investors raced to buy into the mainland’s largest new listing in a decade.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE GOVERNMENT TAKES OVER NINE FINANCIAL FIRMS WITH ASSETS TOTALLING OVER US$ 171.5 BILLION
Caixin reported (July 18) that the Chinese government had taken over nine financial companies formerly controlled by the mysteriously fallen tycoon Xiao Jianhua for alleged infractions in an unusually aggressive move to attack risks from his once free-wheeling financial empire.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: EFFECTS OF POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAMME
Caixin (July 17) reported "dramatic changes" in the Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture in recent years, as Beijing’s ambitious campaign to end absolute poverty by the end of this year has led to greater urbanization and generous subsidies being handed out to those deemed deserving.

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: FORMER DEPUTY COMMANDER OF NANJING MILITARY REGION COMMANDER SAYS INDIA'S TROOPS IN LADAKH ARE ONLY FOR 'SHOW'
In an article on China's social media posted on July 16, Lt. General Wang Hongguang, former Deputy Commander of the Nanjing Military Region, claimed that the 100,000 Indian troops deployed in Ladakh are just a show and they will not be able to sustain themselves in Ladakh in the winters.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: US AMBASSADOR TO INDIA KEN JUSTER MEETS HEAD OF DALAI LAMA'S BUREAU IN DELHI ON JULY 18
US Ambassador to India, Ken Juster, on July 18, said he met Ngodup-la, Representative of Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Delhi and Secretary Gyalpo.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE ANNOUNCES PROPOSAL TO IMPOSE VISA RESTRICTIONS ON HUAWEI EMPLOYEES AND PUTS TECH COMPANIES ON NOTICE
The U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said (July 15) in a press briefing that the US will impose visa restrictions on certain employees of Chinese technology companies, including Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

Jul 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN APPOINTS NEW AMBASSADOR TO CHINA
Citing government sources Asahi Shimbun (July 15) reported that 59-year old Hideo Tarumi, a Foreign Ministry official with close connections in Beijing has been selected as Japan's next Ambassador to China at a time of increasing uncertainty over the bilateral relationship.

Jul 2020

CHINA-RUSSIA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI CRITICISES U.S. BY NAME IN CONVERSATION WITH RUSSIAN COUNTERPART
China's Foreign Ministry website on July 18 posted a report on Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on July 17.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S ARTICLE IN LATEST EDITION OF QIU SHI
Chinese President Xi Jinping's new article in the latest edition (2020/14 dated15 July 2020) flagship CCP Party ideological journal Qiushi is important. In addition to the CCP CC Propaganda Department describing it as such, it is the lead article on all China’s major state media channels on July 16 – CCTV evening news, Xinhua, People’s Daily, etc.

Jul 2020

CHINA-SOCIAL ORDER: BUS ACCIDENT CAUSED PROBABLY BY MENTALLY DISTURBED DRIVER
21 people died and 37 were injured when a bus crashed through the guard rails and drove into the Hongshan Lake Reservoir, Anshun City at noon on July 7.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS APPOINT 'SUPPLY CHAIN CHIEFS'
The government of Nanjing, Jiangsu announced (July 13) that it will appoint eight 'Supply Chain Chiefs'.

Jul 2020

CHINA-UK: HUAWEI PAYS OFF ENTITIES IN UK TO CLEAN UP ITS IMAGE
The British newspaper The Times reported on July 10 that Cambridge University’s Jesus College produced a paper accused of “reputation laundering” for Huawei and that it had received £200,000 (US $255,000) from the Chinese state and £155,000 (US $198,000) from Huawei.

Jul 2020

CHINA-UK: GLOBAL TIMES REACTS TO BRITISH PLANS TO DEPLOY NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIER 'QUEEN ELIZABETH' IN FAR EAST
Zhang Junshe, senior research Fellow at the PLA Naval Research Institute wrote in the Global Times (July 15) that British plans to base the HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of the UK's new aircraft carriers as the centrepiece of a carrier strike group in the Far East, is to play a part in countering "an increasingly assertive China".

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA REACTS TO US REJECTION OF CHINA'S CLAIM ON SOUTH CHINA SEA AND WARNS US NOT TO TEST IT IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Reacting to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement on July 13 of the US' formal rejection of China's claims in the South China Sea, an article in the the CCP-owned Global Times (July 14) said "The US now stands on the opposite side of China and is aiming to turn the waters into a hot spot again".

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA SANCTIONS LOCKHEED MARTIN FOR U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT DEAL TO UPGRADE TAIWAN'S PATRIOT MISSILES
China's ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced (July 15) that it would sanction US aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin, the principal contractor in a US$ 620 million arms deal to Taiwan.

Jul 2020

CHINA-VATICAN: POPE'S SPEECH DELETES ALL REFERENCES TO HONGKONG
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported (July 7) that, according to the Italian newspapers 'Il Tempo' and 'La Verite', Pope Francis’ speech on July 5 removed the content related to the Hong Kong situation from the original draft that was released.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: 'RECTIFICATION' DRIVE IN CHINA'S PUBLIC SECURITY APPARATUS
On July 9, China's Ministry of Public Security convened a meeting on mobilization for the new “Persist in Political Construction of Police, Comprehensively and Strictly Govern Police” education and rectification campaign, which included a speech by Ministry of Public Security Head Zhao Kezhi.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CENTRAL DISCIPLINE INSPECTION COMMISSION (CDIC) AND NATIONAL SUPERVISORY COMMISSION (NSC) NOTIFY THAT RETIREMENT IS NO PROTECTION AGAINST CHARGES OF CORRUPTION
The Central Discipline Inspection CommissioN (CDIC) and National Supervisory Commission (NSC) published an article on their website about party retirees who were found guilty of corruption after retiring.

Jul 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: XU ZHANGRUN DISMISSED BY TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported (July 15) that outspoken Chinese Professor Xu Zhangrun has been fired from his post at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University after being released from police detention.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW SENIOR APPOINTMENTS
Wu Yongjie (吴永杰) was appointed General Manager of China National Machinery Industry Corporation; Xu Qiang (徐强) was appointed General Manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation; Liu Liehong (刘烈宏) was appointed Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology; Liu Zhao (刘钊) was appointed Vice Minister of the Ministry of Public Security; Chang Zhengguo (常正国) was appointed Vice Minister of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs; and Wang Jingtao (王京涛) was appointed deputy head of the National Administration of State Secrets Protection.

Jul 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHED FIVE COMMENTARIES BETWEEN JULY 1 AND JULY 5 DEFENDING ENACTMENT OF NEW NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
People’s Daily published a series of Commentator Articles between July 1 and 5, eulogising and defending the decision to pass national security legislation for Hong Kong against international criticism.

Jul 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA APPOINTS SENIOR HONGKONG OFFICIALS AFTER ANNOUNCING NEW NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
Eric Chan (陈国基) was appointed secretary general of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Jul 2020

CHINA-UK: UK RULES OUT HUAWEI FOR 5G
Britain will stop using equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in the country’s 5G telecom network and will completely eliminate all existing Huawei gear by the end of 2027, the U.K. government said on July 14.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: US IMPOSES RESTRICTIONS ON HONGKONG SAR
On July 14, the US President imposed severe restrictions on the Hongkong SAR restricting its relationship with the US.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: PLAN SR. COLONEL WRITES COMMENTARY ON US MILITARY MOVES IN SCS
In commentary in the PLA Daily (July 12) PLA Navy Senior Colonel Zhang Junshe, who is also a senior research fellow at the People’s Liberation Army Naval Military Studies Research Institute, said the US should stop its provocative acts in the South China Sea and Beijing was determined to safeguard its maritime sovereignty.

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S GLOBAL TIMES SAYS INDIA HAS NOW SOUGHT CONFRONTATION IN ECONOMIC FIELDS
Dai Yonghong, Director of the Institute of Global Governance and Area Studies at Shenzhen University, wrote in the Global Times (July 14) that by "echoing the US' attempt to decouple from China, India has recently sought confrontation with China in economic fields.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO'S 21ST 'COLLECTIVE STUDY' MEETING ON JUNE 29
The CCP Politburo held its twenty-first collective study on "In-depth Study, Understanding and Implementing the Organizational Line of the New Era Party" on the afternoon of June 29. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CCP Central Committee, emphasized that organization building is an important foundation for party building.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO MEETING ON JUNE 29
Xi Jinping presided over a CCP Politburo meeting on June 29, which discussed two new regulations. The first, titled “CCP Military Party Building Regulations” (中国共产党军队党的建设条例), is intended to “carry out the Central Military Commission Chairman responsibility system (军委主席负责制) and ensure the Party’s absolute leadership over the military” as well as maintain the goals and missions of the military.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: REPORT ON FIRST MEETING OF 'SAFE CHINA CONSTRUCTION COORDINATION GROUP POLITICAL SECURITY TASK FORCE'
The first meeting of the Ping An China Construction Coordination Group Political Security Task Force was held on July 6, 2020, in Beijing.

Jul 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: TSINGHUA LAW PROFESSOR XU ZHANGRUN RELEASED ON JULY 12
Tsinghua University Law Professor Xu Zhangrun, who has been a trenchant critic of Chinese President XI Jinping since at least 2016, was released by the authorities on July 12.

Jul 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLAN CONCLUDES 5-DAY EXERCISES AROUND PARACELS ISLANDS ON JULY 5
China's People Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) wrapped up five days of drills around the Paracel Islands, (Xisha Islands), a chain also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan on July 5, 2020. China did not give details about the Paracel drills involved, but the Global Times (July 5) called them "intensive".

Jul 2020

CHINA-BHUTAN: CHINA RAISES NEW BORDER ISSUE WITH BHUTAN
At the 58th meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility, created after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, China’s delegate unexpectedly raised objections to Bhutan’s having placed the entire Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary on its side of the Bhutan-China border, claiming that is a “disputed area.”

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: PAKISTAN ARMY OFFICER COMMENTS ON ONGOING CHINA-INDIA FACE-OFF ALONG LAC
Lt Col. Khalid Masood (Retd) of the Pakistan Army wrote in 'The Nation' (July 13), that "The present Sino-Indian crisis can be attributed to multidimensional factors.

Jul 2020

CHINA-IRAN: CHINA SIGNS 25 YEAR AGREEMENT FOR IRANIAN OIL
The New York Times (July 13) reported that it had in its possession the copy of an 18-page agreement signed between Iran and China envisioning a sweeping economic and security partnership.

Jul 2020

CHINA-UK: UK TO BAN HUAWEI FROM ITS 5G NETWORKS
The UK is expected to announce on July 14 that it will bar new deployments of Huawei equipment in its fledgeling high-speed 5G network.

Jul 2020

CHINA-UK: CHINESE AMBASSADOR WARNS BRITAIN OF CONSEQUENCES IF IT BANS HUAWEI
China’s Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming told reporters on July 6: “We hope that they will reconsider their position. With regard to what the response China is going to make, we have to wait and see what will be the specific actions of the British side.”

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA'S TIT-FOR-TAT SANCTIONS AGAINST FOUR AMERICANS FOR INTERFERENCE IN CHINA'S INTERNAL AFFAIRS
In a tit-for-tat retaliation, China on July 13 announced sanctions on four American officials for “interfering in China’s internal affairs” through their condemnation of Beijing’s human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: US STATE DEPARTMENT ADVISES US NATIONALS TO BE CAREFUL WHILE VISITING CHINA
The US State Department issued a notice (July 13) advising its nationals to: "Exercise increased caution in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws for purposes other than maintaining law and order.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. TAKES POSITION ON SOUTH CHINA SEA DISPUTE
On July 13, the U.S. Department of State unveiled an important set of clarifications concerning U.S. policy in the South China Sea.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SECRETARY GENERAL OF CCP CC'S POLITICAL AND LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION (PLAC) LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN
A protege of Chinese President Xi Jinping and 60-year-old Zhejiang native, Chen Yixin, Secretary-General of the Party’s Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC), convened a meeting in Beijing on July 8 to launch a new nationwide “education and rectification” campaign.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN AND PBSC MEMBER WANG YANG VISITS TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION (TAR)
PBSC Member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang visited the Tibet Autonomous Region from July 6-8, 2020.

Jul 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA WTC ARMY'S DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF VISITS XIDE COUNTY IN TAR TO INSPECT POVERTY ALLEVIATION WORK
Major General Lai Wenyi, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army in the PLA Western Theatre Command went to Xide County on July 3 to investigate poverty alleviation.

Jul 2020

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CHINESE ANALYSTS RECOMMEND BEIJING SHOULD
An Gang of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Wang Yiming of Renmin University and Hu Xin of China's National Defence University (NDU) co-authored a lengthy 5-part article, which was published on July 6, 2020, in a journal.

Jul 2020

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: FORMER DEPUTY MINISTER OF CCP CC ILD ASSESSES INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AND SUGGESTS STEPS CHINA SHOULD TAKE
China Social Science Network (June 22) reproduced an article by Zhou Li, a former Deputy Minister of the CCP’s International Liaison Department (now called the International Department), entitled, “Proactively Responding to Changes in the External Environment” and published the same day (June 22) in the China Social Science News magazine brought out by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER CALLS FOR IMPROVING CHINA-US TIES AT THINK-TANK FORUM
On July 9, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi addressed a forum on China-US relations. In the audience were participants from think tanks of both countries.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: HONGKONG-BASED CHINESE SCIENTIST AND VIROLOGIST FLEES TO U.S.
Hong Kong scientist Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a respected doctor who specialized in virology and immunology at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, boarded a Cathay Pacific flight to the United States on April 28.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG VISITS (JULY 6 - 7) GUIZHOU PROVINCE
Chinese Premier Li Keqing inspected Tongren and Guiyang during his visit (July 6 & 7) to Guizhou province. He was accompanied by Guizhou Provincial Party Committee Secretary Sun Zhigang and Governor Chen Yiqin. Li Keqiang advocated promoting the government’s “new infrastructure” drive.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE LEADERS SANCTIONED BY U.S. FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN XINJIANG-UYGHUR AR
Under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which enables the U.S. government to place travel bans and asset freezes on human rights abusers, the US Treasury Department on July 9, 2020, named Chen Quanguo, the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) Party Secretary, and Zhu Hailun, a former XUAR Deputy Party Secretary as on the list of those sanctioned.

Jul 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: NO NEW COVID-19 CASES IN BEIJING
Beijing (Caixin, July 7) reported no additional confirmed Covid-19 cases on July 7.

Jul 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: HUBEI PROVINCE ANNOUNCES PLANS TO REVAMP HEALTH SYSTEM
Health officials of Hubei province, that had the highest number of coronavirus deaths in China, on July 6 held a press conference to announce its plans to reform its disease control systems as policymakers mull a public health overhaul in the wake of the pandemic.

Jul 2020

CHINA-TIBET: MORE TIBETANS IN TAR ENROLL TO BECOME CCP MEMBERS
Radio Free Asia (July 6) quoted the state-run China's Tibet portal as saying on July 1, that following the drive last year by China to enrol ethnic Tibetans in the ruling Chinese Communist Party, at least 16,000 Tibetans joined the CCP bringing the total Tibetan membership number to 398,000. Almost 8,000 new members are Tibetan nomads and farmers.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: SAFE APPOINTS NEW DEPUTY CHIEF
Born in 1969, Ms Wang Chunying was appointed Deputy Chief of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), which manages more than US$ 3 trillion in reserves, on July 6.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: SHANGHAI FORUM ON CHINA'S CAPITAL MARKETS
Xiao Gang, former Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), speaking at a financial forum in Shanghai about the development of China’s capital markets, said he had a message from the leaders in Beijing.

Jul 2020

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: GLOBAL AI CONFERENCE OPENS IN SHANGHAI
The Global AI Conference opened in Shanghai on July 2. Despite its title, the forum will see almost entirely Chinese attendees because of travel bans and geopolitical tensions.

Jul 2020

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: CHINESE OFFICIAL CLAIMS TENSIONS HAVE MOUNTED IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Wu Shicun, President of China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies and Chairman of Board of Directors of China-Southeast Asia Research Center on the South China Sea, writing in China Military on July 7, 2020, anticipated that 2020 will witness the situation in the South China Sea shift from "stabilizing" to "turbulent".

Jul 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ASSERTS CHINA HAS CONFIDENCE IN HONGKONG'S FUTURE
At the regular weekly press conference in Beijing on July 7, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian, responding to a question about the status of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Zoom and others in the wake of the National Security Law (NSL) said: "I recall what Deng Xiaoping noted in 1982 when he met with Margaret Thatcher, after Hong Kong's return to the motherland, "Horses will still run, stocks will still sizzle, and dancers will still dance" in Hong Kong.

Jul 2020

CHINA-FRANCE: FRANCE RESTRICTS USE OF HUAWEI EQUIPMENT IN FRANCE
Guillaume Poupard, head of the French cybersecurity agency ANSSI, was quoted by Reuters (July 6) saying there would not be a total ban on using equipment from Huawei in the rollout of the French 5G telecoms network, but that it was pushing French telcos to avoid switching to the Chinese company.

Jul 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA-PAK-AFGHAN VIRTUAL MEETING ON JULY 7
Pakistan's News International on July 8, reported that the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Vice Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue’s third round was convened virtually on July 7.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA'S STATE COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS TO NEW OFFICES IN HONGKONG
China's State Council announced the formation of the new apparatus to enforce the newly passed Hong Kong national security law. On July 3, the Hong Kong government established its new Committee for Safeguarding National Security.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CRITICISM OF XI JINPING
Chinese social media’s nickname for Xi Jinping is 加速器/Accelerant.” He’s accelerating the downfall of the Chinese Communist Party. It’s a pun on the nickname for reform and opening “Chief Architect“/總設計師 Deng Xiaoping.

Jul 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: PROF. XU ZHANGRUN FORMALLY DETAINED IN BEIJING ON JULY 6
Reliable reports state that Tsinghua University Law Professor Xu Zhangrun has been formally detained in Beijing. He was arrested on July 6.

Jul 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: PROF XU ZHANGRUN PROTESTS DEMOLITION OF BEIJING'S ART DISTRICT
Radio Free Asia reported (June 26) that Xu Zhangrun, a Professor at Tsinghua University who has published articles critical of Xi Jinping and the CCP many times, on June 25, criticized the Beijing authorities for the demolition of the art district, which was actually for the benefit of the land, and even more to crack down on the art world and monopolize ideas.

Jul 2020

CHINA-CENSORSHIP: HONGKONG'S EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ASKS SCHOOLS TO REMOVE BOOKS THAT MAY VIOLATE NATIONAL SECURITY LAW FROM LIBRARIES
The South China Morning Post reported (July 6) that Hong Kong education officials have told schools to review their book collections and immediately remove those titles that might breach Beijing’s National Security Law.

Jul 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: COUNTRIES SUPPORTING AND AGAINST CHINA'S CRACKDOWN ON HONGKONG
Axios compiled the following list of countries supporting and against China's crackdown on Hongkong.

Jul 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: CAMBRIDGE CONSIDERING WITHDRAWING HK CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM'S HONY. FELLOWSHIP
Major Taiwanese news network China Times reported (July 2) that Cambridge Wolfson College President, Professor Jane Clarke, issued an announcement that the College paid strong attention to the series of events that happened after China passed the Hong Kong National Security Law.

Jul 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO UK HINTS THAT HONGKONG RESIDENTS COULD REQUIRE EXIT VISA TO LEAVE HONGKONG
PRC Ambassador to UK Li Shaoming hinted (July 6) that HK people who try to use their BNO passport to leave Hongkong for the UK could be subject to an exit ban.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE STOCKS TRADED AT US$ 215 BILLION ON JULY 6
China's official media reported that China’s stock market recorded its biggest rally in more than a year on July 6, after state media encouraged investors to invest and reap the benefits of a post- coronavirus economic boom.

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES REPORTS ON STATEMENTS ISSUED BY INDIA AND CHINA TO DEFUSE BORDER TENSIONS
The Global Times report (July 6) on the statements issued by India and China: "The Chinese Special Representative of the China-India Boundary Question, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke July 5 night, and the two sides reached a consensus on de-escalating border tensions.

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR WARNS INDIA AGAINST WORSENING AN ALREADY BAD SITUATION
Li Hong, an editor with the CCP-owned Global Times, wrote (July 5) a hard-hitting article captioned 'India should not make a bad situation worse', which warned the "Indian leadership to ponder the outcome of continuously antagonizing China" adding that "It should not make a bad situation worse".

Jul 2020

CHINA-UK: CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO UK URGES CHINESE STUDENTS TO PRACTICE "PATRIOTISM"
China’s Ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming has told the 120,000 Chinese students to “leverage their strength” as the UK overtakes the US as the most popular destination for Chinese students for the first time.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA-US BILATERAL TRADE DROPS BY 6.6 PER CENT
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on July 6, 2020, reported that U.S. goods imports from China stood at $36.6 billion in May 2020, down 6.6 per cent year-on-year; the U.S. and that global demand for Chinese exports is likely to remain weak through the summer.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: US STATE DEPARTMENT ENFORCES RATA
On July 7, the US State Department announced that the Chinese Communist Party and government officials responsible for keeping Americans out of Tibet will be denied entry to the US. In his statement US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the department restricted visas for the officials under the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act (RATA), which forbids entry to the US by Chinese authorities “substantially involved” in creating and enforcing policies that keep American citizens out of Tibet.

Jul 2020

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CHINA CHANGES NAME OF CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES
Taking cognisance of the growing global backlash against the Confucius Institutes promoted by China's Hanban, China issued a notice on July 4, announcing that the name of the Confucius Institutes has been changed to the 'Centre for Language Exchange and Cooperation'.

Jul 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINA DEVELOPING CAPABILITY IN A.I
National Interest (July 3) in an article on China's A.I., said that under General Secretary Xi Jinping, China has invested heavily in AI-related technologies, making it a core focus for the modernization of Chinese industry.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHENGDU AGRICULTURAL BUREAU ASKS FARMERS TO PRODUCE GRAIN NOT FRUITS
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported (July 2) the Chengdu Municipal Agriculture and Rural Bureau had issued a document encouraging farmers to stop producing fruit and cultivating gardens and to start producing rice grains instead.

Jul 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: CHINA ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION OF ITS THIRD AIRCRAFT CARRIER
China's military media on July 4 announced that construction of its third aircraft carrier Type-003 has now been almost completed and it is getting closer to the launch of outfitting!

Jul 2020

CHINA-TIBET: DALAI LAMA CELEBRATED HIS 85TH BIRTHDAY ON JULY 6, 2020
The 85th birthday of the Tibetan spiritual leader, HH the XIV Dalai Lama was celebrated globally as World Tibet Day on July 6, 2020.

Jul 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: LEADER OF PRO-DEMOCRACY 'DEMISISTO' MOVEMENT FLEES HONGKONG
One of Demisisto's founding leaders Nathan Law told (July 2) the US's National Public Radio (NPR) that he has fled Hongkong in order to carry on his pro-democracy movement abroad. He did not disclose where he was. Demosisto and Studentlocalism have also announced their disbandment.

Jul 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN OPENS OFFICE TO FACILITATE MIGRATION OF HONGKONG RESIDENTS
On July 1, Taipei opened the new Taiwan Hong Kong Service Exchange Office to facilitate large-scale migration of Hongkongers to the island. Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council minister, Chen Ming-tong, described the move as “not only a statement on Taiwan’s support to Hong Kong’s democracy and freedom but also highlights our determination to care for Hong Kong people.”

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: COMMENT ON PRIME MINISTER MODI'S VISIT TO LADAKH
China's popular social media platform Baidu on July 3 carried the following post: On June 30, China and India held more than 12 hours of army commander-level talks. The third round of talks reached a consensus that the two parties organized a batch of front-line troops to "disengage" and the talks have made positive progress.

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: INDIA CRITICISES IMPOSITION OF CHINA'S NATIONAL SECURITY LAW ON HONGKONG
The Times of India (July 2) reported that India's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Rajiv Chander said, "We have heard several statements expressing concern on these developments.

Jul 2020

CHINA-RUSSIA: CHINA RECALLS ITS CLAIM ON VLADIVOSTOK
South China Morning Post (July 2) reported that after the Russian embassy posted a video on Weibo of a party held on July 2, to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the founding of the city, whose name means “ruler of the east” in Russian, it prompted an online backlash.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANALYSIS OF CHINESE LEADERS MOVEMENTS
Hongkong's Apple Daily and the Epoch Times separately reported some interesting data about the whereabouts of China's leaders in recent days. They said that since June 11, when Beijing reported its coronavirus cases, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) top leaders have rarely appeared in public settings.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC SESSION CONCLUDED ON JUNE 24
CPPCC Chairman and PBSC member Wang Yang presided over the 12th meeting of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee Standing Committee in Beijing on June 24.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEMBER AND VICE PREMIER SUN CHUNLAN INSPECTS EPIDEMIC PREVENTION WORK IN BEIJING
Politburo member and Vice Premier Ms. Sun Chunlan inspected the epidemic prevention and control work in Beijing on June 23, and emphasised the need to keep an eye on the key parts and key links and said the prevention and control points should be moved forward, prevention and control measures should be more precise, and all-out efforts must be made to prevent the spread of the epidemic. Politburo member and Beijing Party Secretary Cai Qi accompanied her.

Jul 2020

CHINA-PLA: COMMENTARY ASSERTS CHINA'S DEVELOPMENT WILL NOT BE OBSTRUCTED BY CHALLENGES LIKE CORONAVIRUS AND TENSIONS WITH U.S.
PLA Daily published (June 22) a lengthy nine-part 'Xie Xinping' commentary affirming that China’s development would not be obstructed by challenges such as the novel coronavirus epidemic and the tensions with the US that the disease exacerbated.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ETHNIC MINORITIES: CHINA REPORTED TO BE IMPOSING BIRTH CONTROL IN XINJIANG-UYGHUR AR
The Associated Press reported (June 30) that population control measures backed by mass detention, both as a threat and as a punishment for failure to comply, are being imposed across the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CANTON FAIR HELD VIRTUALLY CLOSED ON JUNE 24
Singapore’s main Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao on June 26, reported on the China Import Export Fair (also known as The Canton Fair), which concluded on June 24.

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE-OWNED US-BASED MEDIA DESCRIBES SITUATION ON LAC AS "CONFUSING"
The Chinese-owned US-based Duowei (June 30) said that the "dispute over the Galwan River Valley caused tensions between China and India.

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLES SAYS "HINDU NATIONALISM" WANTS TO WIN OVER CHINA TO BECOME A "BIG COUNTRY OF HINDUISM"
An unusual article in the Global Times (July 1) by Yang Jirong, a former correspondent of the Global Times, commenting on the ban on 59 Apps saying they are "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order", said "we can see that anti-China sentiment among Indians stems from something more than just the border clashes between the two countries.

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE BLAMES "RIGHT WING NATIONALISM" FOR INDIA'S POOR RELATIONS WITH NEIGHBOURS
Writing in the Global Times (June 28) Xie Chao, an Assistant Professor at the Institute for International and Area Studies, Tsinghua, said while "Modi came to power with a lot of charm and confidence and his "Neighborhood First" initiative.

Jul 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG RESIDENTS PROTEST IMPOSITION OF NEW 'NATIONAL SECURITY LAW'
The South China Morning Post (July 1) and Bloomberg (July 2) reported that on July 1, the first full day of the new National Security Law (NSL) being in force in Hong Kong and despite police raising a new flag warning the crowds that they were violating the national security law, campaigners still gathered in Causeway Bay.

Jul 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: 56 PERCENT OF HONGKONG RESIDENTS OPPOSE NEW SECURITY LAW
United Daily News (UDN), one of Taiwan's main newsgroups, reported on June 26, that the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI) had released the results of a poll that Reuters commissioned on the National Security Law that the Mainland communists imposed on Hong Kong. Around 56 per cent of the people polled were against the new law. Among them, 49 per cent were “strongly against” it.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: US STOPS EXPORTS OF DEFENCE EQUIPMENT AND DUAL-USE TECHNOLOGY TO HONGKONG
In a statement on June 29, 2020, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the “United States will today end exports of U.S.-origin defense equipment and will take steps toward imposing the same restrictions on U.S. defense and dual-use technologies to Hong Kong as it does for China.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: US NAVY CONDUCTS DUAL CARRIER OPERATIONS IN "PHILIPPINE SEA"
The US Navy announced (June 28) that the Nimitz and Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups are conducting dual-carrier operations in the Philippine Sea.

Jul 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PERSONNEL CHANGES IN MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY
Following personnel changes over the past two years in China's Ministry of Public Security, the official website of China's Ministry of Public Security lists a total of 9 'leaders'.

Jul 2020

CHINA-EDUCATION: SURVEILLANCE OF TEACHERS BY STUDENTS
The LA Times reported (June 27) that Sun Peidong, a teacher in Shanghai’s prestigious Fudan University, was turned in to the authorities by her students.

Jul 2020

CHINA-NATURAL CALAMITY: CHINESE HYDROLOGIST WARNS THAT THREE GORGES DAM IS AT RISK OF COLLAPSE
The Chinese government is denying that the infamous Three Gorges Dam is at risk of collapse after heavy flooding and a warning from notable Chinese hydrologist Wang Weiluo — raising suspicions that it is in fact at risk.

Jul 2020

CHINA-NATURAL CALAMITY: HEAVY RAINFALL FLOODS 26 PROVINCES
The National Flood Control and Drought Relief Department hosted a video conference and disclosed that, as of June 23, flooding was reported in 26 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) including Guangxi, Guizhou, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi, and Chongqing.

Jul 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: GOLD SCAM IN CHINA
More than a dozen Chinese financial institutions, mainly trust companies, loaned 20 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) over the past five years to Wuhan Kingold Jewelry Inc. with pure gold as collateral and insurance policies to cover any losses. Recently at least some of 83 tons of gold bars used as loan collateral turned out to be nothing but gilded copper.

Jul 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: PRO-DEMOCRACY MARCH ON JULY 1 BANNED IN HONGKONG
In a letter to Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) convenor Jimmy Sham, the Hong Kong police have prohibited the annual pro-democracy march on July 1 on the basis of coronavirus social distancing measures and previous unrest.

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: PLA DEPLOYS MARTIAL ARTS 'TRAINERS' TO LHASA
The South China Morning Post (June 27) reported that official Chinese news outlets on June 20, disclosed news of the PLA sending martial arts trainers to Tibet. China's state-owned CCTV said 20 fighters from the Enbo Fight Club would be based in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. There is no indication of whether they would be training troops on the border with India.

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: TENSION ON LAC COULD LEAD TO CLASHES
The South China Morning Post (June 27) said hawkish Chinese military strategists have called on Beijing to be better prepared for an escalation in its border dispute with India, saying the potential for armed conflict between the two nuclear powers is on the rise.

Jul 2020

CHINA-INDIA: US-BASED CHINESE OUTLET SAYS INDIA BEGAN TO ENCROACH ON CHINESE TERRITORY AFTER CHINA "PEACEFULLY LIBERATED" TIBET LEADING TO "ARMED CONFLICT" IN 1962
The US-based Chinese-owned Duowei News on June 28 published an article titled 'Coveting Tibet: The First Diplomatic Friction in China and India in 1950'.

Jul 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLAAF FIGHTERS ENTER TAIWAN AIR SPACE
China's military media reported (June 26) that PLA Air Force aircraft had entered and exited Taiwan's airspace eight times in two weeks. It said in the southeast coastal area, between June 9 to June 21 in just 13 days, the PLA Air Force fighters carried out eight tactical pieces of training in the Taiwan Strait and the airspace south of Taiwan.

Jul 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN UNVEILS ITS FIRST FIFTH GENERATION ADVANCED JET TRAINER
Taiwan's first indigenous fifth-generation advanced jet trainer (AJT), codenamed Brave Eagle, is unveiled at the Ching Chuan Kang airbase in Taichung on Monday.

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE ANNOUNCES VISA RESTRICTIONS ON CCP OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR OR COMPLICIT IN UNDERMINING HONGKONG'S AUTONOMY
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced (June 26) the imposition of "visa restrictions on current and former CCP officials who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, as guaranteed in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, or undermining human rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong. Family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions".

Jul 2020

CHINA-US: UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHAMA SHUTS DOWN CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION
University of Oklahoma spokesperson Kesha Keith said (June 23) that "In March 2019, the U. S. Department of State conducted an inquiry into the Confucius Institute housed at OU and made certain operational recommendations.

Jul 2020

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHIEF OF XINHUA CANBERRA BUREAU SPARKS ROW WHEN SHE BLOCKS PUBLIC BROADCASTER FROM FILMING HER
Tensions flared in the Australian Prime Minister's courtyard on June 26, when Bai Xu, Chief of Xinhua's Canberra bureau, became angry that an SBS [public broadcaster] cameraman was filming her.

Jul 2020

CHINA-VATICAN: CHINESE BILLIONAIRE DISSIDENT CLAIMS CHINA PAYING VATICAN US$ 2 BILLION A YEAR
Exiled Chinese billionaire dissident Guo Wengui in an interview (June 20) with Breitbart (June 23) alleged that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “allocates $2 billion a year” to pay off the Vatican for its silence concerning Chinese atrocities.

Jul 2020

CHINA-EDUCATION: INNER MONGOLIA AUTONOMOUS REGION TO STOP USE OF MONGOLIAN AS MAJOR LANGUAGE FOR ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
Radio Free Asia reported (June 24) the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is to issue regulations later this year curbing the use of Mongolian.

Jun 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: ARREST OF CITIZEN JOURNALIST WHO CRITICISED RESPONSE DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN WUHAN
The China Media Project on June 22 reported that Shanghai-based citizen journalist Zhang Zhan (张展), who was arrested in May after posting a video criticizing the government’s epidemic response measures, was formally charged on June with the crime of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”.

Jun 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA PORTAL 'ATTACKS' CITIZEN JOURNALIST AND CRITIC FANG FANG
China Media Project on June 23 reported that on June 10, the website chinamil.com.cn, a PLA news portal, published an 'attack' piece on the author Fang Fang, whose diary documenting 74 days under quarantine in Wuhan during the coronavirus epidemic was recently published in both English and German editions.

Jun 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S MINISTRY OF FINANCE ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR USING RMB 1 TRILLION SPECIAL TREASURY BONDS
China's Ministry of Finance (MoF) on June 23, clarified how it plans to use proceeds from its Special Treasury Bonds (STBs) which the government announced at the 'Two Sessions' in May, to support the economy. This marks the first STB issuance since 2007.

Jun 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA PREPARING FOR DECOUPLING FROM U.S.
South China Morning Post (June 21) reported that China Securities Regulatory Commission Vice Chairman Fang Xinghai warned that China needs to guard against the risk of the US cutting it off from the dollar payments system.

Jun 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: HUAWEI COULD CUT STAFF BY 50%
The Hong Kong new online media HK01 Network reported (June 15) that, according to unverified internal sources from Huawei, the company is planning a mid-July announcement that it will cut its workforce in half.

Jun 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINA SEEKING 'NUCLEAR POWER SYSTEM ANALYSIS MODEL'
The Central News Agency reported on June 25, that on June 23, the website of the “Military Weapon and Equipment Procurement Information Network” (http://www.weain.mil.cn/), headed by the Equipment Development Department of the Central Military Commission, released “nine new procurement needs and 53 procurement announcements.”

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: INDIAN ARMY CHIEF VISITS BORDER FORMATIONS IN LADAKH
Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane visited the forward areas in Ladakh on June 24 and 25 when he awarded Commendation Certificates to the soldiers who fought in the action at Galwan Valley.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF'S TWEET REMINDS INDIA ITS GDP IS ONLY ONE FIFTH OF CHINA'S
In a tweet on June 25, Hu Jixin, Editor-in-Chief, that Indian public opinion is impulsive and overbearing on international issues, putting own dignity & pride above others’ & not understanding importance of mutual respect.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WARNS INDIA
As de-escalation talks are underway between India and China, Hu Jixin, Editor-in-Chief of the Party-owned Global Times tweeted on June 23 evening: "New Delhi has loud voices, but needs to restrain actions.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: US IMPOSES RESTRICTIONS ON 4 MAJOR CHINESE NEWS OUTLETS
On June 22, the US State Department notified that four major Chinese state-owned media outlets will be required to inform the U.S. State Department of their personnel rosters and real-estate holdings as if they were foreign embassies.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: FRESH OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 IN BEIJING
Medical staff were dispatched from other parts of the country to help treat COVID-19 patients in Beijing as the city launched more travel restrictions.

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NPC STANDING COMMITTEE SOLICITS COMMENTS FROM PUBLIC ON TWO BILLS BUT NOT ON LAW REGARDING HONGKONG
The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) is soliciting public comments on the draft 'Veterans Support Law' and draft 'Rural Revitalisation Promotion Law' through July 21, 2020.

Jun 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: HUBEI UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR DISMISSED FROM PARTY MEMBERSHIP AND SUSPENDED FROM TEACHING
Radio France Internationale reported (June 20, 2020) that Ms Liang Yanping, a Professor at the School of Liberal Arts of Hubei University in China, was dismissed from her CCP party membership and suspended from teaching.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG TO GET NEW COMMISSION FOR SAFEGUARDING NATIONAL SECURITY
An editorial in the South China Morning Post (June 23) observed that a summary of the new national security law for Hongkong was published over the weekend by the official Xinhua News Agency.

Jun 2020

CHINA-ENERGY: CONCERN OVER INCREASING CARBON EMISSIONS DUE TO PROJECTS BY CHINESE SOEs
As China’s Energy Authority announced in May that a public consultation would be held for a draft energy law, setting the agenda for “green, low-carbon” production and a “safe and efficient” energy system, there is concern about compliance by China's State-owned Enterprises.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE ACADEMIC COMMENTS THAT CHINESE PEOPLE NOT INTERESTED IN INDIA-CHINA BORDER CLASH
A Reuters report of June 24, said Chinese analysts have said, following the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers in hand-to-hand fighting in the Galwan Valley, that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces strident calls for a strong response, but Chinese President Xi Jinping is under no such public pressure.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF GLOBAL TIMES HU JIXIN STATES CHINA NOT INTERESTED IN ESCALATION
Hu Jixin, Editor-in-Chief of Global Times in an article in the newspaper (June 22), referring to Indian media reports that India had given "complete freedom of action" to commanders deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to "handle situations at the tactical level", described it as seriously violating the Agreement on Confidence Building Measures in the Military Field along the Line of Actual Control in the China-India Border Areas.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: US NEWSPAPER CITES US INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAYING PLA WESTERN THEATRE COMMANDER GENERAL ZHAO ZONGQI APPROVED ACTION AT GALWAN VALLEY ON JUNE 15
Writing in US News on June 23, 2020, Paul D. Shinkman claimed that according to a U.S. intelligence assessment senior Chinese General Zhao Zongqi, head of the PLA Western Theater Command, authorized his forces to attack Indian troops in the Galwan River valley last week, resulting in a brutal skirmish that killed dozens and dramatically escalated tensions between the two Asian powerhouses.

Jun 2020

CHINA-JAPAN:JAPAN'S ISHIGAKI CITY BEGINS TO COMPLETE INTEGRATION OF SENKAKUS ISLAND CHAIN
Japan on June 21 is reported to have begun the legal process of complete integration of the Senkakus island chain, approx.1,931 km southwest of Tokyo, that Beijing has long claimed.

Jun 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: MS CHEN CHU APPOINTED HEAD OF TAIWAN'S CONTROL YUAN AND NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Ms Chen Chu, former longtime Mayor of Kaohsiung, who shared a prison cell with former Taiwan Vice President Annette Lu for many years after they were arrested December 10, 1979, for their Human Rights Day rally, is to head Taiwan’s Control Yuan and the recently-established National Human Rights Commission.

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NPC STANDING COMMITTEE TO MEET FROM JUNE 28 - 30, 2020
Xinhua reported (June 21) that the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, will convene its 20th session from June 28 to 30 in Beijing, within a week of its 19th session. The decision was made during a meeting of the Council of Chairpersons of the NPC Standing Committee Saturday, which was presided over by Li Zhanshu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee.

Jun 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: INCREASED WHEAT HARVEST TO HELP FARMERS
China is completing one of the biggest wheat harvests ever this month and the government is expected to purchase a significant chunk of the crop to prop up the price and keep its farmers happy. China's official media reports that the summer grain harvest is 90 per cent complete.

Jun 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: US$ 7.1 BILLION OF FUNDS LIE UNUSED IN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
China's National Audit Office found that 50.4 billion yuan ($7.1 billion) of funds local governments raised from new special-purpose bonds (SPBs) went unused last year, including 13.2 billion yuan that had been left idle for more than a year, after it examined the books of 18 provincial-level governments and 36 cities and counties.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA DELETES INDIAN EMBASSY'S PRESS RELEASE OF INDIAN PRIME MINISTER'S STATEMENT FROM WECHAT
On June 20 afternoon the Chinese authorities got the Chinese social media platform WeChat to delete the Indian PM's statement, read out of Wang Yi-Jaishankar meeting and MEA reaction on India-China stand-off, released by the Indian Embassy in Beijing.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF GLOBAL TIMES AND CHINESE MILITARY COMMENTATOR CALL INDIAN ARMY
The US-based Chinese-owned Duowei News reported that Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese official media "Global Times", tweeted on June 17, mocking the Indian army.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: SECURITY MEASURES IN THE TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION
Zhang Yangqing, Vice Chairman of the TAR People’s Government and Party Secretary of the Shigatse Municipal Party Committee inspected the border checkpoints and met frontline officers on May 21.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: PLA ESTABLISHES 5 NEW MILITIA UNITS IN TIBET MILITARY COMMAND
On the background of the conflict between the Chinese and Indian armed forces on the border and damage to both sides, the PLA Tibet Military Command and the Tibet Autonomous Region organized five militia units in Lhasa on June 15. According to a Chinese military media report on June 18, the Tibetan military on June 15 held a militia unit flag-giving ceremony at the Lhasa police district militia training base.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: PLA TIBET MILITARY REGION STEPS UP MILITARY EXERCISES
A pro-Beijing Hong Kong media reported that the PLA Tibet Military Region has conducted joint exercises frequently during this time.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: PAKISTAN THINK-TANK HOSTS WEBINAR ON CHINA-INDIA STAND-OFF
Pakistan's Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS) hosted a webinar titled “China-India standoff: Implications for Regional Security” to discuss the rapidly evolving situation on the China-India border and risks of further escalation.

Jun 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN'S 'NATION' CRITICISES CLASH OF JUNE 15 AT GALWAN AND SAYS SITUATION IS OF BJP GOVERNMENT'S MAKING
An opinion by Samson Simon Sharaf in the Nation (June 20) titled " Bereaving hearts of Galwan heights" is critical of the recent clash between the Chinese and Indian forces in the Galwan valley.

Jun 2020

CHINA-WTO: CHINA LOSES DISPUTE IN WTO FOR EU TO RECOGNISE IT AS A 'MARKET ECONOMY'
Bloomberg reported (June 16) that the Chinese government allowed a landmark World Trade Organization dispute aimed at forcing the European Union to recognize it as a market economy in trade investigations to lapse on June 15.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: FORMER CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER FU YING WRITES ON CHINA-US RELATIONS
Former Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ms Fu Ying published an important article in the latest edition of China Newsweek (June 17) titled “Sino-US relations after the pandemic: Is it possible to realize benign competition?.”

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA PERMITS US CARRIERS TO RESUME FLIGHTS TO CHINA
Caixin (June 17) reported that the Shanghai government has allowed United Airlines Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. to resume flights to China after months of suspension amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The two American airlines were cleared to operate two flights a week.

Jun 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE SUBMARINE IN JAPANESE WATERS
Japan's Defence Ministry reported (June 20) that on June 18 a submarine of foreign origin, presumed to belong to the Chinese Navy, was spotted passing through the contiguous zone off the coast of Amami-Oshima island in southern Japan.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY IN BEIJING
Caixin (June 18) said Beijing reported 31 new Covid-19 cases on June 17, four more than the day before, as other parts of China imposed restrictions on people entering from the capital.

Jun 2020

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CHINA TIGHTENS CONTROLS ON INDIVIDUALS SUBSCRIBING FOR LITERATURE
The official Xinhua News Agency reported (June 15) that China’s National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA) issued a “Notice on Further Strengthening the Administration of Online Literature Publishing.”

Jun 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA PLANS TO BAIL OUT MEDIUM AND SMALL BANKS BURDENED WITH BAD DEBTS
Caixin (June 18) disclosed that small and midsize banks in China worried about the bad debts on their balance sheets may soon get a helping hand from local governments.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: CLARIFICATION ON NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
Commencing on the National Security Law recently passed by the NPC plenum in Beijing in May, the Guardian (June 17) said that Deng Zhonghua, the deputy head of China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, told a conference that “in very special circumstances” and in “very few cases”, China must have the power to exercise jurisdiction over offences in Hong Kong that “seriously endanger national security”.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: HU ZHIYONG, A SHANGHAI THINK-TANK RESEARCHER WARNS THAT IF BORDER TENSIONS ESCALATE INDIA COULD FACE PRESSURE FROM PAKISTAN AND NEPAL
Global Times (June 17) quoted Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, as saying on June 17, that China has no intention to change the border situation at all, and the incident happened on the Chinese side of the LAC, so the confrontation causing the deaths of 20 Indian military personnel was entirely provoked by the Indian side.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE REACTIONS TO SITUATION AND KILLINGS ON LAC
The South China Morning Post (June 17) quoted a source close to the PLA as saying that Beijing was “very sensitive” about military casualties, saying all numbers had to be approved by President Xi Jinping, who heads the Central Military Commission, before being released.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: TOUGHLY WORDED GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE ASKS INDIA TO
A Global Times article (June 17) noted that the Chinese Foreign Minister had pointed out to the Indian Foreign Minister during their conversation that "it was the Indian side that intentionally provoked and started a violent attack.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CASS RESEARCHER SAYS CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF CHINESE GOODS PLACES
The Global Times (June 17) quoted Liu Xiaoxue, an Associate Research Fellow at the National Institute of International Strategy under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, reacting to the calls for boycott said some extreme anti-China groups and individuals in India have been promoting a China "boycott."

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO AND CHINESE POLITBURO MEMBER YANG JIECHI ARE MEETING IN WASHINGTON THIS (JUNE 18) AFTERNOON
The Washington Post reported (June 18) that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Politburo member in charge of foreign affairs, Yang Jiechi are meeting in Hawaii on June 18 afternoon.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: US ADDS MORE CHINESE TECH COMPANIES TO ENTITIES LIST IN MAY
The US Department of Commerce added more Chinese technology companies/institutes to its Entities List in May 2020.

Jun 2020

CHINA-EU: EU TIGHTENS FOREIGN INVESTMENT POLICIES
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported (June 6) that the European Union is considering further tightening up foreign investment policies. It is aiming at the Chinese government’s subsidies to Chinese companies’ international acquisitions.

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHONGQING POLICE CHIEF UNDER INVESTIGATION
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission announced on June 14, that 55-year old Deng Huilin, police chief of the Chinese Municipality of Chongqing is under investigation for suspected “serious violations” of the Communist Party’s code of conduct.

Jun 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: CHINA DIGITAL TIMES POSTS 20 MINUTE RECORDING BY RETIRED SENIOR CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL PROFESSOR CALLING CCP A “POLITICAL ZOMBIE”
China Digital Times posted the 20-minute recording by a retired senior Central Party School Professor Cai Xia that has circulated widely on China's internet through May 2020.

Jun 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: CHINA DIGITAL TIMES POSTS 20 MINUTE RECORDING BY RETIRED SENIOR CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL PROFESSOR CALLING CCP A “POLITICAL ZOMBIE”
China Digital Times posted the 20-minute recording by a retired senior Central Party School Professor Cai Xia that has circulated widely on China's internet through May 2020.

Jun 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: WECHAT POST OF WIFE OF DECEASED CHINESE DR LI WENLIANG OF WUHAN HOSPITAL ATTRACTS 52 MILLION VIEWS
The wife of Wuhan whistle-blower Dr. Li Wenliang, Ms Fu Xuejie, 付雪洁 (pure as snow), an optometrist at Wuhan Aier Eye Hospital, on June 12 gave given birth to their second child. She wrote on WeChat: 老公你在天堂看到了吗?你送给我的最后的礼物今天出省了。我一定会好好的爱护他们。

Jun 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: CHINESE CITIZEN SUES WUHAN MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT FOR DEATH OF HIS FATHER DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Kyodo News Agency reported (June 10) that 50-year-old Zhang Hai had sent a complaint against the municipal governments of Wuhan and Hubei Province to the Wuhan Intermediate People's Court on June 10, but it is uncertain whether it will be accepted.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS CASES FOUND IN CENTRAL BEIJING
As new Coronavirus cases became known on June 3, the authorities swabbed 1,940 workers in major supermarkets and other food markets in the capital and collected 5,424 environmental samples.

Jun 2020

CHINA-PLA: POLITICAL COMMISSAR OF PLA ROCKET FORCE HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF HIGH STANDARDS OF POLITICAL LOYALTY
Yue Jijun, Political Commissar of a research institute of the PLA Rocket Army, wrote in a commentary in the People's Daily (June 10) that political loyalty is at the heart of assessing cadre performance, even when it comes to the response to Covid-19.

Jun 2020

CHINA-REPATRIATION OF CHINESE NATIONALS: 80,000 CHINESE SAILORS ARE STRANDED ABOARD SHIPS AT FOREIGN PORTS
An Epoch Times report (June 12) stated that numerous Chinese crew members of civilian ships and cruises have been stranded for months due to entry restrictions amid the pandemic.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: US COMMERCE DEPTT ADDED TWO CHINESE UNIVERSITIES ON
The South China Morning Post reported (June 12) that the US Department of Commerce added the Harbin Institute of Technology and Harbin Engineering University to its “entity list” late last week, barring them from access to products subjected to US Export Administration Regulations.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: US PLACES CHINESE PROPAGANDA ACTIVITIES UNDER SCRUTINY
A report in OpIndia.com dated June 12 reported that China Daily, a propaganda outlet of the Chinese government, is under scrutiny by US authorities. It said China Daily has reportedly paid $19 million to American newspapers in advertisement and printing charges in the past 4 years.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: US ARRESTS CHINESE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHER FOR CONCEALING LINKS TO PLA
Xin Wang, a Chinese scientific researcher suspected of espionage was arrested in Los Angeles on June 7 as he prepared to board a flight to Tianjin, China, the US Attorney’s Office in San Francisco and the local FBI office said in a joint statement.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: REPUBLICAN PARTY ISSUES NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY PUSHING BACK AGAINST CCP
The Republican Study Committee, which includes 147 members of Congress, published a new national security strategy on June 10, aiming to “push back against the [Chinese Communist Party] and its efforts to undermine U.S. interests, remake the world order, and promote an alternative form of governance.”

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CICIR ARTICLE CITED BY CHINESE EMBASSY SPOKESMAN IN ISLAMABAD; ARTICLE ACCUSES INDIA OF INCORPORATING CHINESE TERRITORY IN A NEW MAP
The Spokesman and Press Officer of the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, Wang Xianfeng, on June 11 tweeted: "India's actions of unilaterally changing the status quo of Kashmir and continuing to exacerbate regional tensions have posed a challenge to the sovereignty of China and Pakistan and made the India-Pakistan relations and China-India relations more complex."

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG'S VISITS YANTAI IN SHANDONG PROVINCE
The Beijing Daily (June 6), People's Daily (June 6) and CCTV (June 7) all carried reports on Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to the city of Yantai in Shandong province on June 1 and 2, 2020, when he said street stalls and small shops “are important sources of jobs.”

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER TO MEET EU LEADERS ON JUNE 22
Caixin (June 11) reported that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will meet with European Union leaders online during the week starting June 22, clearing the way for a summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of the 27-country bloc previously scheduled for September in Leipzig, Germany.

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP AND CHINA'S STATE COUNCIL ISSUE INTERNAL DOCUMENT LISTING 20 'DONT'S' FOR PARTY MEMBERS
The New York-based New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) on June 7, 2020 reported that a six-page internal document was issued by the CCP Central Committee and the State Council on May 20.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY'S BUREAU NO: 1 CHANGES ITS NAME
Hong Kong based Sing Tao Daily reported that the Domestic Security Bureau (DSB), code-named Bureau No. 1 under China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS), has been renamed the “Political Security Bureau (PSB).”

Jun 2020

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CHINA'S CYBER ADMINISTRATION PUNISHES SINA WEIBO
The Paper reported (June 10) that the State Cyberspace Administration instructed the Beijing Cyberspace Administration to interview and punish Sina Weibo according to law.

Jun 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION: NEW GUIDELINES ISSUED FOR IDEOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL 'DEVELOPMENT' OF STUDENTS
The Central News Agency (June 5) reported that China's Ministry of Education announced (June 5) the introduction of “Guidelines for the Ideological and Political Development of the Higher Education Curriculum,” which will modify the contents of courses around the issues of political identity and national feelings.

Jun 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: FORECLOSURES ON MORTGAGE PAYMENTS INCREASE IN CHINA RAISING WORRIES OF UNEMPLOYMENT
China Finance Online reported on June 1, that with the destructive pandemic and a very weak reopening and economic come-back, average Chinese are seeing significantly reduced income.

Jun 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S OFFICIAL FIGURES SHOW CONSUMER INFLATION EASES
Caixin (June 11) reported that data released by China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on June 10, showed that China’s consumer inflation eased to a 14-month low in May, dragged down by moderating gains in pork and food costs, while the decline in prices at the factory gate deepened to a four-year low as oil prices slumped.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: PEOPLE'S DAILY SAYS CHINA'S MINISTRY OF COMMERCE RESPONDS TO US SANCTIONS
People’s Daily (June 5) reported that the spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce responded to the recent actions taken by the U.S. Department of Commerce to list additional Chinese individuals and agencies on the “Entity List” for sanction.

Jun 2020

CHINA-RUSSIA: CHINA'S COMMENT ON US OFFER TO RUSSIA FOR DISARMAMENT TALKS
On June 10, the Global Times (Chinese version) reported that the US and Russia would be holding a new round of Russian-US military control and strategic stability consultations in Vienna on June 22.

Jun 2020

CHINA-CANADA: TWO CANADIAN COMPANIES REJECT PARTNERING WITH HUAWEI
The Well-known Chinese news site NetEase reported on June 3, that Canada’s two largest telecommunications providers, Bell Canada and Telus Corp., announced they will partner with Ericsson and Nokia for their core 5G networks. Both companies had said earlier in the year that they would still use Huawei’s 5G technology.

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS NINGXIA-HUI A.R.
Xinhua reported (June 8) that CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping inspected China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region on June 8.

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLE EULOGISES XI JINPING'S LEADERSHIP IN FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS
Writing in the People's Daily on June 5, Gao Xian, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Academic Adviser of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 'Xi Jinping's New Age Socialism Thought Research Center with Chinese Characteristics', described the sudden outbreak of Coronavirus as "an extremely severe test for a great civilisation like China".

Jun 2020

CHINA-HEALTH: CHINA ISSUES WHITE PAPER ON COVID-19 EXONERATING ITSELF
Xu Lin, Deputy Head of the CCP CC's Publicity Department released China's 4-chapter, 37,000-word White Paper on fighting COVID-19 during a press conference at the State Council Information Office in Beijing on June 7, 2020.

Jun 2020

CHINA-TIBET: CHINESE LOCAL ADMINISTRATION'S ACTIVITY ON PANGONG TSO
TAR official government sources (April 21, 2020) reported that Dorjee Tsedup, Deputy Chairman of the TAR People’s Government and Head of Pangong Lake Governance went to Rutok County of Ngari to conduct ‘on-site inspections of the water level of Pangong lake and overall environment of the lake.’

Jun 2020

CHINA-TIBET: RUDOK AUTHORITIES EXPLAIN CONSTITUTION AND BOUNDARY ON BORDER TO LOCAL VILLAGERS
Ngari News publicised (April 30) that The Judicial Bureau of Rutok County and Ngari Regional Customs and Commerce Bureau, were reported (April 30) by the Ngari (Ali) government, to have conducted propaganda campaigns in the border villages of Deru and Jaggang also known as Chagkang village, not far from Demchok of Ladakh, India.

Jun 2020

CHINA-TIBET: NGARI PUBLIC SECURITY TRAINS PERSONNEL IN 'REAL COMBAT'
In late May, the Municipal Public Security Bureau of Ngari revealed it had organised a three-stage intensive ‘real combat training’ of all Public Security organs in Ngari.

Jun 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA CONSTRUCTING MILITARY TRAINING BASE ON BORDER WITH BHUTAN
A report (May 25) disclosed that China started construction of a new military training base (Base No: 32) at Drowa village, Lodrak, Lhuntze County from May 8.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S OFFICIAL MEDIA CONTINUES PROPAGANDA WAR AGAINST INDIA
The CCP-owned Global Times (June 9) publicised the conduct of military manoeuvres by the PLA. It said PLA paratroopers held intensive tactical drills and mock battles in June.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA PUBLICISES MILITARY EXERCISE THE DAY SENIOR COMMANDERS MEET AT LAC
China released video clips of a military exercise in which thousands of paratroopers, armoured vehicles and equipment were mobilised, saying they could be deployed “within hours” to the border with India in the Himalayas.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG'S SECRETARY FOR CIVIL SERVICE SAYS CIVIL SERVANTS HAVE "DUAL IDENTITIES" AND MUST BE LOYAL TO SAR AND PRC
At a round-table meeting hosted by the pro-Beijing DAB party on Sunday, Nip said that – under One Country, Two Systems – the city’s civil servants also served the Chinese government.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: HKMAO DEPUTY DIRECTOR ASSURED THAT NATIONAL SECURITY LAW WILL TARGET ONLY
Zhang Xiaoming, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO) said, according to the South China Morning Post (June 8) that the new national security law for Hong Kong is meant to strengthen, not undermine, the “one country, two systems” principle and will ensure the freedoms granted to the city can be extended beyond 2047.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: US CUSTOMS SEIZES COUNTERFEIT DOLLAR BILLS SHIPPED FROM CHINA
CNN reported (January 28) that United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized $900,000 in counterfeit US currency from a commercial rail shipment from China. They were packed in 45 cartons of counterfeit $1 bills.

Jun 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: OVERSEAS CHINESE SPORTSMEN 'DELETED' FROM CHINESE SOCIAL MEDIA SITES
China’s all-time record goalscorer Hao Haidong and his wife Ye Zhaoying, an ex-badminton world champion, both face being wiped from the country’s record books after denouncing the Chinese Communist Party and announcing an intention to overthrow the government.

Jun 2020

CHINA-PLA: INSTRUCTIONS FOR RECRUITMENT OF GRADUATES
People's Daily (June 3) reported that China’s Ministry of Education and the CMC's National Defense Mobilization Department jointly issued a notice on enlisting college graduates in 2020.

Jun 2020

CHINA-TECH: HUAWEI IS SHORT ON SUPPLY OF CUSTOM-MADE CHIPS FOLLOWING US SANCTIONS
Caixin (June 4) reported that Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., which has long been stocking up on custom-made chips as a hedge against U.S. sanctions, should have enough to last at least until the end of the year.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: CHINA TO ALLOW FOREIGN AIRLINES
A day after the US banned seven Chinese airlines from flying to the US in retaliation for China prohibiting two US airlines flying to China, China announced (June 4) it will allow foreign airlines that previously operated flights to the country but are now barred under virus control measures to resume limited flights.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG: RESIDENTS PROTEST ON JUNE 4
Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a police ban on June 4 evening, breaking through barricades to mark the 31st anniversary of the crushing of a democracy movement cantered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE LEADERSHIP SETS UP NEW LEADING GROUP FOR HONGKONG AFFAIRS
The Central News Agency reported (June 3) that after the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Coordination Group for Hong Kong and Macau Affairs was recently elevated to the Central Leading Group for Hong Kong and Macau Affairs, the group leader Han Zheng met with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam in Beijing.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST EDITORIAL CALLS FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF CONFRONTATION AT LAC
An intriguing editorial in the Hongkong-based South China Morning Post of June 4 claimed that nationalists in China and India eager to deflect attention from their countries’ Covid-19 crises are pushing deployment of soldiers to the border.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE WARNS INDIA AGAINST JOINING G-7
An article based on an interview given by Liu Zongyi, Secretary General of the Research Centre for China-South Asia Cooperation at Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, a visiting fellow of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China and a distinguished fellow of the China (Kunming) South Asia & Southeast Asia Institute, was published by the Global Times on June 5, which warned India against joining the G-7.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE DISSIDENT ACADEMIC XU ZHIYONG HONOURED WITH PEN 2020 AWARD
The PEN organisation announced (June 5) that they are bestowing the 2020 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award on Chinese essayist and human rights defender Xu Zhiyong.

Jun 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S VISIT TO TOKYO WILL PROBABLY BE POSTPONED
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi suggested in a television interview (June 3) that Xi Jinping's visit would wait until after the Group of Seven summit, now being rescheduled for September, and the Group of 20 summit slated for November.

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG'S COMMENTS ON POVERTY ALLEVIATION
At a press conference on the side-lines of the 13th NPC on May 28, People's Daily (May 28) reported that China’s Premier Li Keqiang said the government would focus its stimulus measures on domestic economics while admitting that China is a developing a country with a large population, with an average annual per capita disposable income of 30,000 yuan (US$4,213.30).

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER INSTRUCTS REGIONS AND DEPARTMENTS TO FIND MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYING GRADUATES
In a written instruction to a teleconference held in Beijing on June 3, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang observed that "college graduates are facing grim employment prospects due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic".

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XIA BAOLONG INFORMS CPPCC DELEGATES OF CHINA'S POSITION ON HONGKONG
Ta Kung Pao reported (May 28) that meeting 200 members of the CPPCC on May 28 in Beijing, Xia Baolong said that it is "Hong Kong independence", tyranny and external hostile forces that cause harm to Hong Kong.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: HKSAR CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM VISITS BEIJING AND MEETS TOP OFFICIALS
Carrie Lam told reporters in Beijing on June 3, after a three-hour meeting with Chinese officials including Vice Premier Han Zheng, Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi and Xia Baolong.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: PLA EXERCISES IN TIBET
Main battle tanks (MBTs) and infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) attached to an armoured brigade under the PLA 76th Group Army were on exercise in a high altitude area in Tibet on May 19, 2020.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. BANS SEVEN CHINESE AIRLINES FROM FLYING TO US
The Washington Post reported (June 3) that in a move bound to exacerbate tensions between the US and China, the US Department of Transportation said (June 3) it will ban all commercial passenger flights by Chinese carriers beginning June 16.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: US STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUES STATEMENT TO MARK TIANANMEN PROTESTS
The US State Department issued a statement on June 3 to mark the Tiananmen protests in which thousands of Chinese lost their lives.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF REACTS TO U.S. STATEMENT
Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of the Global Times, a nationalistic tabloid published by the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily, said the United States was marking the Tiananmen anniversary “in a unique way”.

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO COLLECTIVE STUDY SESSION TO STUDY 'CIVIL CODE'
Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired the Politburo's 20th Collective Study Session on May 29, on China’s newly enacted Civil Code, during which he emphasised the important role of the Civil Code in the “legal system of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING MEETS PLA DELEGATION DURING NPC
Xinhua (May 26) reported that Chinese President and CMC Chairman Xi Jinping attended the plenary meeting of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the People’s Armed Police (PAP) delegations to the third session of the 13th NPC. He appreciated the military's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY EDITORIAL COMMENDS CPPCC PLENARY SESSION
The People’s Daily published (May 28) a front page editorial commending the conclusion of the third session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee on May 27.

Jun 2020

CHINA-PLA: NEW WESTERN THEATRE AIR FORCE COMMANDER APPOINTED
Official Chinese media reports on May 23, 2020 disclosed that Lieutenant General Wang Qiang, Deputy Commander of the PLA Western Theatre Command has succeeded Lieutenant General Zhan Houshun (战厚顺), who was 63 years old, as the new Commander of the PLA Western Theatre Command Air Force.

Jun 2020

CHINA-PLA: TIBET MILITARY REGION ORGANISED COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT DRILL ON MAY 20
The Tibet Military Region Support Department organised a comprehensive support practice drill with the transfer of wounded personnel and airdropped medical supplies to explore new methods of support in the Plateau and cold environment on May 20.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: FIVE HONGKONG UNIVERSITY HEADS SUPPORT NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
RTHK reported (June 1) that the heads of five universities in Hongkong issued a statement supporting Beijing's imposition of the National security Law for Hongkong while also stressing that they cherish the city's freedoms.

Jun 2020

CHINA-TECH: CHINA'S XIAOMI LOOKING TO DEVELOP 6G
Xiaomi's co-founder and Chairman Lei Jun has, according to South China Morning Post (June 1) already started pre-research into the next generation of mobile connectivity.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY'S COMMENTS ON TENSIONS ON LAC
Global times (June 1) reported that China's Foreign Ministry had stressed that "the situation on the China-India border is stable and controllable, and diplomatic and military channels of communication between the two sides are unimpeded".

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: FIRST COMMENTS BY US CONGRESSMAN ON CHINA-INDIA TENSION ALONG LAC
In a statement on June 1 night, US Congress’ House Committee Chair Eliot L Engel said, “I am extremely concerned by the ongoing Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control on the India-China border.”

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: XINHUA COMMENTARY ACCUSES US OF MCCARTHYISM
A Xinhua commentary (May 31) said by prohibiting entry of Chinese students and researchers into the United States, the US Administration had broken the U.S. leadership's promise of welcoming Chinese students who want to pursue studies there.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: WASHINGTON ACCUSES CHINA OF BLOCKING AMERICAN CARRIERS FROM RESUMING FLIGHTS TO CHINA
CNN Business News (May 25) reported that Washington has accused Beijing of blocking American carriers from resuming flights to China, prompting US authorities to more heavily scrutinise Chinese airlines.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ESTIMATED TO SHRINK US ECONOMY BY APPROX US$ 8 TRILLION OVER NEXT DECADE
Projections released by the US Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on June 1 estimated that the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic will shrink the size of the U.S. economy by roughly $8 trillion over the next decade.

Jun 2020

CHINA-LATIN AMERICA: CHINA TO CUT BACK LENDING IN LATIN AMERICA
The Global Times (May 31) quoting Chinese experts said that China may scale back direct lending to the region to minimise credit risks, but the long-term infrastructure projects will likely boost local economies after the Covid-19 outbreak is contained.

Jun 2020

CHINA-CAMBODIA: CAMBODIA DENIES GIVING NAVY BASE TO CHINA
The South China Morning Post (June 2) reported that speaking at a road construction ceremony in the coastal city of Sihanoukville, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said (June 1) that China has not been given exclusive rights to use a naval base on the country’s southern coast, and said that warships from all nations, including the United States, are welcome to dock there.

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ON SIDELINES OF CPPCC/NPC MEETINGS CPPCC MEMBER FROM XINJIANG CRITICISES US HOUSE EFFORTS TO "DEMONISE" CHINA
Mutanlip Khasem, a member of the CPPCC and Deputy Head of the AR Congress Standing Committee, said on the side-lines of the 'Big Two' meetings that the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has recorded no terror-related incidents in the past three and half years.

Jun 2020

CHINA-NPC: CHINESE GENERAL ASSERTS THAT OPTION TO USE MILITARY FORCE TO REUNIFY TAIWAN WITH MAINLAND STILL EXISTS
Speaking at Beijing's Great Hall of the People during the NPC and on the 15th anniversary of the Anti-Secession Law, General Li Zuocheng, Chief of the Joint Staff Department and member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) told the NPC that an attack on Taiwan with help from people on the island was a possibility.

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MAO'S TRANSLATOR JI CHAOZHU DIES IN BEIJING
Ji Chaozhu, long-time Chinese Communist Party cadre translator and diplomat, died on April 29, 2020, aged 90 in Beijing.

Jun 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: SURVEY BY CHINA FILM ASSOCIATION SHOWS HUGE LOSSES FOR CINEMAS IN CHINA BECAUSE OF PANDEMIC
Sina.com publicised (May 29) that according to a survey released by the China Film Association on May 27, 2020, the pandemic has had a severe adverse impact on the entire Chinese film industry.

Jun 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE VILLAGES IN DEBT
China's plans to improve its own countryside, namely the public works, environmental protection, and beautification projects under the Rural Revitalization Campaign have visibly improved China's rural landscape but put the villages under huge hidden debts.

Jun 2020

CHINA-TIBET: NGARI PUBLIC SECURITY TRAINS PERSONNEL IN 'REAL COMBAT'
In late May, the Municipal Public Security Bureau of Ngari revealed it had organised a three-stage intensive ‘real combat training’ of all Public Security organs in Ngari.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE BLACK-TOPPING TRACK IN FINGER 4 AREA ON PANGONG TSO IN LADAKH
Writing in The Print (May 30) Snehesh Alex Philip wrote that fresh construction activity of blacktopping of a motorable road by the Chinese has been spotted happening around Finger 4, a disputed territory.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO US CUI TIANKAI JUSTIFIES IMPOSITION OF NATIONAL SECURITY LAW ON HONGKONG
The People's Daily (June 1) published the highlights of an Op-Ed (May 31) by Chinese Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai in which he justified the NPC's approval of the National Security Law for Hongkong.

Jun 2020

CHINA-UK: UK ALLOWS 350,000 BN(O) PASSPORT HOLDERS IN HONKONG TO GET EXTENDED VISAS
On May 28, British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said the UK would extend visa rights for about 350,000 British national (overseas) (BNOs) passport holders if Beijing went ahead with its plans to impose a national security law on Hong Kong.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCES WITHDRAWAL OF SPECIAL EXEMPTIONS GRANTED TO HONGKONG
US President Donald Trump announced on May 29 that the US government will begin eliminating special policy exemptions it grants Hong Kong, following its determination earlier this week that the city is “no longer autonomous” from mainland China.

Jun 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN ANNOUNCES HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE PLAN FOR HONGKONG CITIZENS
Radio Free Asia reported (May 28) that as Beijing pushed forward and imposed a new national security law on Hong Kong, Chen Ming-Tong, Minister of the Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), announced on May 29 that Taiwan developed the Hong Kong Humanitarian Assistance.

Jun 2020

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: VIDEO PROMOTED BY CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO PROMOTE CHINESE-PHILIPPINES COLLABORATION IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 CRITICISED BY THE PEOPLE
On April 23, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) posted a song on YouTube with the Filipino name “Lisang Dagat” (meaning “One Ocean,” the song’s Chinese name is “海的那邊”).

Jun 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC & NPC - NPC PASSES HONGKONG NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
The plenary session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) officially closed in Beijing on May 28, 2020, and Li Zhanshu, PBSC member and Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, delivered the closing speech.

Jun 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: MPS TO OVERSEE HONGKONG POLICE
China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced on May 29 evening that they will "DIRECT and support" the Hong Kong police force.

Jun 2020

CHINA-NPC: WORK REPORT'S REFERENCE TO CHINA'S UNIFICATION WITH TAIWAN
The China Youth Daily (May 28) reported that the final version of the Government Work Report contained 89 revisions to the version delivered by the Chinese Premier on May 22.

Jun 2020

CHINA-NPC: FINANCE REPORT - HIGHLIGHTS OF BUDGET ALLOCATIONS
China's central government expenditures approved by the NPC on May 28 are projected at 3.5035 trillion yuan, down 0.2%.

Jun 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: CHINA'S AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHANDONG LEAVES FOR SEA TRIALS
State-owned CCTV said (May 27) that China's second aircraft carrier and the first domestically built one, the Shandong, is now conducting testing and training missions in an undisclosed location at sea.

Jun 2020

CHINA-INDIA: US-BASED DUOWEI PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON CHINA-INDIA BORDER CONFRONTATION
The US-based Chinese news outlet 'Duowei' published a detailed article on May 27 on the Sino-Indian border confrontation, which it said, "is still continuing".

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: US CANCELS STUDENT VISAS FOR STUDENTS AND RESEARCHERS LINKED TO PLA UNIVERSITIES
Bloomberg reported (May 28) that the US intends to cancel student visas for students and researchers with direct ties to universities affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army.

Jun 2020

CHINA-US: PLAN "EXPELS" US WARSHIP FROM WATERS NEAR XISHA ISLANDS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Senior Colonel Li Huamin, spokesperson of the PLA Southern Theatre Command, said (May 26) that the PLA Southern Theatre Command organised naval and aerial forces to follow the US guided missile destroyer USS Mustin when it illegally trespassed into China's territorial waters off the Xisha Islands on May 21 without authorisation from the Chinese government.

Jun 2020

CHINA--LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CONCLUDES PLENARY SESSION ON MAY 27, 2020
The closing meeting of the third session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 27.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: “XI JINPING TALKS TO ECONOMIC PLANNERS IN BEIJING OF NEW DEVELOPMENT PLAN”
South China Morning Post (May 26) said Chinese President Xi Jinping told dozens of top economic advisers in Beijing over the weekend that China was pursuing a new development plan in which "domestic circulation plays the dominant role".

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT AND CMC CHAIRMAN XI JINPING ASKS PLA TO SPEED UP ANTI-COVID VACCINE AND THINK OF WORST CASE SCENARIOS
Xinhua reported (May 26) that speaking to PLA and PAP Deputies to the NPC on May 26, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the delegates to accelerate research and development of COVID-19 drugs and vaccines.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PROPOSAL TO MAKE PERMANENT SURVEILLANCE OF MOBILE PHONE USERS AT 'BIG TWO' MEETINGS
The Wall Street Journal (May 25) reported that anger spread across Chinese social media sites over the weekend following an announcement that officials in Hangzhou could create a permanent version of a smartphone-based health-rating system developed to fight Covid-19.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA TO GIVE COMPENSATION TO AIRLINES
China's Ministry of Finance and the Civil Aviation Administration issued a notice to compensate airlines for costs associated with international cargo shipping.

May 2020

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: TAIWAN COMPANY REJECTS CHINA'S ORDER FOR MICROCHIPS
Chinese technology news site Moore reported (May 19) that the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) received a US$ 700 million emergency order from Huawei on May 18.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA CONSTRUCTING MILITARY TRAINING BASE ON BORDER WITH BHUTAN
A report (May 25) disclosed that China started construction of a new military training base (Base No: 32) at Drowa village, Lodrak, Lhuntze County from May 8. Construction of the base was to commence in February but has been delayed due to Covid-19 till now.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA: PAK DEFENCE ANALYST ASSESSES THE CHINA-BUILT JF-7 'THUNDER'
Lahore-based Defence and Security analyst Ammad Malik wrote in the Diplomat (May 27) that while the Pakistan Air Force needs additional platforms to balance the Indian Air Force.

May 2020

CHINA--HONGKONG: PLA GARRISON COMMANDER SAYS THEY ARE READY TO SAFEGUARD NATIONAL SECURITY IN HONGKONG
The South China Morning Post (May 26) reported Chen Daoxiang, Commander of the PLA’s Hong Kong garrison, saying it would “act with firm resolve to implement the central government’s decision and plans” as well as continuing to implement the “one country, two systems” policy in the city.

May 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS "OVERALL SITUATION IN CHINA-INDIA BORDER AREA IS STABLE AND UNDER CONTROL"
The overall situation in the China-India border area is stable and under control, and the two countries are capable of resolving border issues through dialogue and negotiations, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, following reports claiming China had moved 5,000 troops to the China-India border area.

May 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN REACTS TO CHINA IMPOSING NATIONAL SECURITY LAW IN HONGKONG
Reuters (May 25) reported that China's planned national security law may prompt Taiwan to revoke the special status it extends to Hong Kong, in a move that could anger Beijing and make it harder for Hong Kongers to visit and invest.

May 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE STOCKS DECLINE IN US STOCK EXCHANGE
Writing in the Diplomat, New York City financial analyst Chutian Zhou said (May 26) while the U.S. stock market is recovering amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Chinese companies listed in the country have just received a severe blow.

May 2020

CHINA-ZAMBIA: THREE CHINESE NATIONALS MURDERED IN LUSAKA
Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, Li Jie made representations to the Zambian Foreign Ministry on May 25, after three Chinese nationals were murdered in the capital Lusaka, demanding the Zambian authority solve the case immediately.

May 2020

CHINA-CANADA: CANADIAN PUBLIC OPINION TURNS AGAINST CHINA
Hong Kong Economic Times (HKET), the leading financial daily in Hong Kong, reported (May 14) that, based on the latest polls conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, the number of Canadians with positive views about China reached a record low.

May 2020

CHINA-CANADA: CANADIAN JUDGE ALLOWS EXTRADITION PROCEEDINGS AGAINST HUAWEI FOUNDER'S DAUGHTER MENG WANZHOU
A Canadian judge ruled (May 27) that Meng’s actions could be considered a crime in Canada, thereby removing an important barrier to her deportation to the United States to stand trial.

May 2020

CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG'S GOVT. WORK REPORT TO NPC -HIGHLIGHTS
Premier Li Keqiang announced in the Government Work Report he delivered to the National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislature, on May 22 in Beijing that China will not this year set annual economic growth targets as it used to since 1994.

May 2020

CHINA-NPC: 17 NPC DEPUTIES DISMISSED DUE TO 'VIOLATIONS OF DISCIPLINE AND LAW'
In a surprise move, the NPC dismissed 17 Deputies, who held higher positions in the past, due to 'violations of discipline and law'.

May 2020

CHINA--NPC: 4 PLA DEPUTIES TO NPC ORDERED TO RESIGN DUE TO 'VIOLATIONS OF DISCIPLINE AND LAW'
Of the 17 NPC Deputies dismissed in a surprise move "due to violations of discipline and law", 4 were senior former officers of the PLA who held high positions in the past.

May 2020

CHINA-NPC: NPC DEPUTY AND RESEARCH DIRECTOR OF PLA NAVY ACADEMY REVEALED RECENTLY THAT SUGGESTIONS HAD BEEN OFFERED FOR AI-BASED FUTURE NAVAL WARFARE REQUIREMENTS TO PLAN
Cao Jingyi, a Deputy to the NPC and Research Director with the PLA Navy Academy, in a recent interview, said that her team has extensively researched and offered strategic suggestions to PLAN on its requirements for AI-based future naval warfare.

May 2020

CHINA-NPC: COMMENTS AND PROPOSALS BY CPPCC AND NPC DEPUTIES
i) Zhang Chuanwei, a Deputy to the NPC who is also Chairman of Mingyang Smart Energy, a wind turbine manufacturer and clean energy integrated solution provider based in South China's Guangdong Province, proposed on May 23 that China should accelerate the pace in the adjustment of its energy structure to shape a clean energy support belt around the sea by building multiple wind power projects on the sea.

May 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. SANCTIONS 33 CHINESE ENTITIES
The US Department of Commerce on May 22 announced that the US Government has sanctioned 33 Chinese companies and institutions, putting them on two so-called entity lists.

May 2020

CHINA-GLOBALISATION: CASS ANTICIPATES MAJOR CHANGES IN NEXT 5 YEARS
Writing in the SCMP (May 23), Finnbarr Bermingham said 'A recent advisory paper by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a government-linked think tank, suggested that the next five years would present “major changes unseen in a century” for China, as “the strategic game between superpowers has intensified, while international systems and orders are reshuffled”.

May 2020

CHINA-INDIA: PLA TROOPS VIOLATED LAC AND INTRUDED UPTO 5 KMS INTO INDIAN TERRITORY IN LADAKH
PLA troops violated the LAC in 5 places at Hot Spring, Galwan Valley and Gogra in Ladakh and Naku La in north Sikkim on May 5. The intrusions were deliberate and preplanned.

May 2020

CHINA-CPPCC: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING MEETS ECONOMIC DELEGATES AT CPPCC MEETING
President Xi Jinping on May 23 morning et CPPCC Delegates from the economic sector attending a joint group meeting at the third session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

May 2020

CHINA-CPPCC: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG DROPS MENTION OF "PEACEFUL" WHILE TALKING OF REUNIFICATION OF TAIWAN TO CPPCC
In his speech to the CPPCC, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang dropped the word 'peaceful' whilst talking about the unification of Taiwan.

May 2020

CHINA-NPC: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING MEETS NPC DEPUTIES FROM INNER MONGOLIA
Chinese President Xi Jinping took part on May 22 afternoon in a deliberation with his fellow Deputies from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region delegation attending the third session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC).

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NPC VICE CHAIRMAN AND NPC SPOKESMAN WANG CHEN SPEAKS ON DRAFT CIVIL CODE AND HONGKONG
Xinhua (May 22) reported that Wang Chen, Vice Chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee on May 22, explained the draft civil code to NPC Deputies and explained the draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

May 2020

CHINA-NPC: CHINA'S DEFENCE BUDGET HIKED TO US$ 179 BILLION
China in its draft defence budget hiked the allocation from last year’s US$ 177.6 billion by only 6.6 per cent to 1.268 trillion yuan (US$ 178.2 billion), the lowest increment in recent years apparently due to the heavy disruption caused to its economy by the COVID-19.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA: NEW UAV DESIGNED FOR HIGH ALTITUDES MAKES FIRST TEST FLIGHT
The first flight of AV500C UAV, designed for high altitudes, has been successfully completed by the Chinese group AVIC.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NEW TYPE-052 DESTROYER LIKELY TO BE COMMISSIONED BY PLAN IN AUGUST
The ninth of Type 052D destroyers of PLAN, Tangshan (Pennant no 122) is in the final stages of her trials and is likely to be commissioned in Aug 2020.

May 2020

CHINA-ESPIONAGE: CHINESE SPY ACTIVITIES IN BELGIUM
Radio Free Asia (May 15) and EU Observer (May 6) reported that the Veiligheid van de Staat (VSSE), a Belgian state Intelligence agency, recently disclosed China’s spy activities in the military and scientific arena posing threats to EU security.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S MINISTRY OF FINANCE REPORTS DECLINE IN REVENUES IN FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 2020
People's Daily (May 18) reported that according to the statistics released by China’s Ministry of Finance on May 18, in the first four months of this year, Mainland China’s general public budget revenue fell by 14.5 percent year-on-year, indicating that the Chinese economy has been hit hard by the Wuhan virus and its fiscal revenue has also declined.

May 2020

CHINA-INDIA: TENSION MOUNTS AS CHINESE TROOPS INTRUDE ACROSS LAC AT THREE PLACES
Tensions have increased since the end of April with Chinese troops crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC). disputed Sino-Indian boundary remain high.

May 2020

CHINA-INDIA: TWO INDIAN MPS FOR FIRST TIME "VIRTUALLY" ATTEND TAIWAN PRESIDENT'S INAUGURAL CEREMONY
Two BJP MPs — Meenakshi Lekhi and Rahul Kaswan — virtually attended the swearing-in ceremony of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and even sent her congratulatory messages, in a departure from the Modi government’s position on the country that China claims is its territory.

May 2020

CHINA-INDIA: TWO INDIAN MPS FOR FIRST TIME "VIRTUALLY" ATTEND TAIWAN PRESIDENT'S INAUGURAL CEREMONY
Two BJP MPs — Meenakshi Lekhi and Rahul Kaswan — virtually attended the swearing-in ceremony of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and even sent her congratulatory messages, in a departure from the Modi government’s position on the country that China claims is its territory.

May 2020

CHINA-INDIA: INDIA MENTIONED BY GLOBAL TIMES WHILE DISCUSSING CHINA'S DEFENCE BUDGET
Commenting on the interest taken by foreign countries in China's defence budget, Song Zhongping was quoted by Global Times (May 22) as saying "People should ask first, which countries are threatening China's national security in the first place?

May 2020

CHINA-US: US SENATE PASSES BILL THAT COULD DELIST 800 COMPANIES FROM U.S. STOCK EXCHANGES
The Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on May 20 that could lead to Chinese companies such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Baidu Inc. being barred from listing on U.S. stock exchanges amid increasingly tense relations between the US and China.

May 2020

CHINA-US: US NAVY SUBMARINE FLEET IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The US Pacific Fleet Submarine Force announced (May 18) that all its forward-deployed subs were simultaneously conducting “contingency response operations” in the Western Pacific.

May 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: US APPROVES ARMS SALE TO TAIWAN
In a statement on May 20, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said that the U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale to Taiwan of 18 MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology Heavy Weight Torpedoes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $180 million.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC OPENS ON MAY 21 AND WILL CLOSE ON MAY 27
The spokesman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Guo Weimin said at a press conference the CPPCC's annual session will begin on May 21 afternoon in Beijing, and conclude on May 27.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG ANNOUNCES CHINA WILL ENSURE LONG-TERM STABILITY OF HONGKONG
On May 21, the opening day of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, CPPCC Chairman and PBSC member Wang Yang in his Report announced: “We will ensure the long-term stability of ‘one country, two systems.’ We will continue to support the improvement of the implementation of the systems and mechanisms of the constitution and Basic Law.”

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NPC SESSION OPENS ON MAY 22 AND WILL CLOSE ON MAY 28
A day before its inaugural session on May 22, the NPC elected a 174-member presidium, with Wang Chen as the Secretary General of the NPC session.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHAIRMAN OF HIKVISION AND NPC DEPUTY CHEN ZONGNIAN
Hikvision Chairman and Communist Party Secretary Chen Zongnian joined the National People's Congress in 2018.

May 2020

CHINA-CCP: CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY MEMBERS CONTRIBUTE TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS
The state-owned CCTV reported that CCP members donated 8.36 billion RMB (US$ 1.18 billion) for the fight the coronavirus in the past three months. All the money has been sent to the party central for redistribution.

May 2020

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: NEW US$ 1.4 TRILLION MASTER PLAN TO PROMOTE DOMESTIC TECHNOLOGY OVER 6 YEARS TILL 2025
Bloomberg (May 21) reported that a new masterplan backed by Chinese President Xi Jinping himself, China will invest an estimated $1.4 trillion over six years to 2025, calling on urban governments and private tech giants like Huawei Technologies Co. to lay 5G wireless networks, install cameras and sensors, and develop AI software that will underpin autonomous driving to automated factories and mass surveillance.

May 2020

CHINA-TIBET: CHINA REVEALS A LITTLE MORE ABOUT DALAI LAMA-NOMINATED PANCHEN LAMA
Responding to US Secretary of State Mike Pompo's strong statement demanding disclosure of the whereabouts of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the then 6-year old boy recognised by the Dalai Lama as the Panchen Lama, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman responded on May 20.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NANCHANG DESTROYER COMPLETES FIRST UNDERWAY FUELLING TRIALS
The PLA Navy's public WeChat account disclosed (May 20) that the PLAN's first Type-055 large 10,000-ton class destroyer Nanchang (101) and supply ship Taihu completed the first replenishment training (underway fuelling trials), which experts said is crucial for the newly commissioned warship's combat capability.

May 2020

CHINA-SHIPBUILDING: CSSC DELIVERS NEW OIL TANKER TO CNOOC
A 150,000 T FPSO (Haiyangshi You) designed by CSSC was delivered to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) on May 18.

May 2020

CHINA-US: US GOVERNMENT ISSUES 16-PAGE DOCUMENT SAYS U.S. IS "FUNDAMENTALLY REEVALUATING" ITS RELATIONS WITH CHINA
A 16-page document issued by the White House "fundamentally re-evaluates" the US relationship with China and declares it to be "competitive".

May 2020

CHINA-US: USCIRF IMPLICATES HIKVISION CHAIRMAN IN RELIGIOUS VIOLATIONS IN XINJIANG
The US government's religious freedom watchdog, USCIRF, has criticised Hikvision for being "credibly implicated in serious religious freedom violations". Three US Congressmen have requested Hikvision chairman Chen Zongnian be sanctioned over Hikvision's "complicity in human rights abuses" in Xinjiang.

May 2020

CHINA-US: NEW US STUDY ASSESSES INCREASING CHINA-JAPAN NAVAL RIVALRY IN COMING YEARS
The Washington-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments published a report on May 19, 2020 titled 'Dragon Against the Sun: Chinese Views of Japanese Seapower' authored bySenior Fellow Toshi Yoshihara.

May 2020

CHINA-US: 70 PER CENT OF GLOBAL TIMES EDITORIALS CRITICISE USA
The Central News Agency (May 18) reported that as the 2019 coronavirus epidemic continues its worldwide rampage, China’s official media has concentrated on criticizing the United States.

May 2020

CHINA-INDIA: NEPAL ISSUES NEW MAP SHOWING LIPULEKH, KALAPANI AND LIMPIYADHURA AS NEPALESE TERRITORY
Nepal on May 20 published a new, authoritative political map showing the areas of Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura as part of its territory.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S SPEECH AT W.H.O. ON MAY 18
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered the opening speech at an annual meeting of the World Health Organisation on May 18 via a video feed, where he portrayed China as an exemplar of “transparency” during the pandemic and a champion of the developing world.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NPC & CPPCC PLENUMS IN BEIJING ON MAY 21 AND 22 RESPECTIVELY
The 'Big Two', as the annual CPPCC and NPC plenary sessions are called, will open on May 21 and 22 respectively in Beijing with the unusual provision, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, for Deputies and officials to participate via videoconference.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO MEETING TO REVIEW WORK REPORT TO BE PRESENTED TO NPC
Xinhua (May 15) reported that the Politburo met on May 15 to discuss the draft of the "Government Work Report" that the State Council intends to submit to the third meeting of the 13th National People's Congress.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: APPOINTMENTS OF SENIOR CADRES
China's State Council on May 9 appointed Shen Haixiong (慎海雄) as Chief Editor of China Media Group and Wang Junzheng (王君正) was appointed Political Commissar of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) and Chairman of the China Xinjian Group.

May 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: SHANGHAI POLICE DETAINS LAWYER-TURNED-CITIZEN JOURNALIST
Radio Free Asia reported (May 18) that police from Shanghai have detained Zhang Zhan, a lawyer-turned-citizen journalist who reported on the emerging coronavirus epidemic in the city of Wuhan.

May 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINA'S NATIONAL HEALTH COMMISSION REPORTS THAT TESTING HAS BEEN RAMPED UP
China's National Health Commission announced (May 18) that testing has been ramped up. Citing Hubei as an example, Xinhua said the province had 11 institutions capable of conducting nucleic acid tests at the beginning of February. Now there are 216 such institutions.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: 15-YEAR PLAN FOR WESTERN REGION DEVELOPMENT UNVEILED
The CCP Central Committee and the State Council on May 17, issued a document announced for development of China’s western regions for the next 15 years.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE BANKS CLOSE BRANCHES
Caixin reported (May 19) that in order to cut costs, China's banks had closed a number of branches.

May 2020

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: SMIC TO RAISE FUNDS TO RAMP UP PRODUCTION OF CHIPS
China's leading chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) announced two fundraising plans so far this month in a bid to ramp up production.

May 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: VIGIL PLANNED FOR JUNE 4 WILL PROBABLY BE BANNED
The news outlet HK01 reported (May 19) that as the new coronary pneumonia epidemic continues there are indications that the Hongkong government intends to extend the "restriction order" for 14 days to June 4. It said this means that the annual June 4th party may not be held.

May 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA ALLEGES INDIA BUILDING DEFENCES IN GALWAN VALLEY
The Global Times (May 18) front-paged an article quoting Chinese military sources alleging that "Chinese border defense troops have bolstered border control measures and made necessary moves in response to India's recent, illegal construction of defense facilities across the border into Chinese territory in the Galwan Valley region."

May 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE ACADEMIC YAN XUETONG SAYS US-CHINA RIVALRY WILL NOT BE THROUGH PROXIES
In an interview with Caixin (May 18) Yan Xuetong, Dean of the Institute of International Relations at Tsinghua University and general secretary of the Beijing-based World Peace Forum, anticipated that that the U.S. and China will compete over the coronavirus vaccine and digital technology, including advanced telecommunications networks.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA'S AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL FOUND DEAD ON MAY 17
The Israeli media on May 17, reported that China's Ambassador to Israel Du Wei was found dead in his official residence in Herzliya on the morning of May 17. He was 58 years old.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: FORMER HEAD OF CSIC CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) announced at midnight on May 12 that Hu Wenming, former Chairman and Party branch secretary of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), is now under investigation for “being suspected of serious violations of discipline and the law.”

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHANGES OF PLA REPRESENTATION IN BEIJING MUNICIPAL PARTY STANDING COMMITTEE
Xinhua announced on May 10, that Major General Zhang Fandi, the Political Commissar of Beijing Garrison replaced Lt. General Wang Chunning as a Beijing Communist Party Committee Member and a Standing Committee Member.

May 2020

CHINA-EDUCATION: ENTRANCE EXAMS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS WAIVED BY CHINESE UNIVERSITIES TO COUNTER PRESSURE FOR CLOSURE OF CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES
Radio Free Asia (May 11) reported that Undergraduate programs in a few top universities in China are cancelling their entrance exams for foreign students.

May 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: BABY FOOD ADULTERATION CAUSES CONCERN IN HUNAN PROVINCE
Asia Nikkkei (May 15) reported that the Hunan provincial government is investigating allegations of Bei An Min, a protein drink, being sold as milk formula in the city of Chenzhou.

May 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN REJECTS CHINA'S CONDITION FOR ITS PARTICIPATION IN W.H.O.
Responding to Mainland China's insistence that Taiwan can participate in the W.H.O. as "part of China", Taiwan's Health Minister Chen Shih-chung at a news conference in Taipei (May 15) rejected China’s condition, saying: “I have no way to accept something which does not exist.”

May 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA OBJECTS TO HONGKONG EXAM QUESTION WHETHER JAPAN DID BETTER THAN HARM TO CHINA IN 20TH CENTURY
The South China Morning Post reported (May 15) that a question set by the Diploma of Secondary Examination world history subject committee in Hongkong's University Entrance Examinations sparked furious controversy on May 14-15, 2020.

May 2020

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP'S THREAT TO CUT RELATIONS
Amid rapidly worsening relations, US President Trump in an interview with Fox TV on May 14 threatened: “We could cut off the whole relationship.”

May 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA THREATENS US WITH SERIOUS COUNTERMEASURES
The CCP paper Global Times (May 15) threatened the US with a series of countermeasures if the US went ahead with plans to block shipments of semiconductors to Chinese telecom firm Huawei.

May 2020

CHINA-US: ETHNIC CHINESE PROFESSOR ARRESTED IN US FOR NOT DECLARING FUNDS FROM CHINESE SOURCES
The Cleveland media on May 14 reported that Dr. Qing Wang, a former Cleveland Clinic employee, was arrested by the FBI today at his home in Shaker Heights and charged in federal court on allegations that he failed to disclose funding and employment in China to the National Institute of Health.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC AND NPC MEETINGS TO USE VIDEO-CONFERENCING FOR THOSE DEPUTIES AND OFFICIALS NOT ATTENDING IN PERSON
China's State Council announced (May 13) that arrangements will be made for those Deputies and officials not physically attending the third plenary session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) scheduled to start on May 21.

May 2020

CHINA-DIPLOMACY: CHINA'S 'WOLF WARRIORS' ASKED TO TONE DOWN RHETORIC
Yan Xuetong said that more “rationality” was needed and warned against the influence of nationalist sentiment on policymaking.

May 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: QUESTIONS RAISED ON TESTING ALL 11 MILLION WUHAN RESIDENTS WITHIN TEN DAYS
Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak, began its programme to test all 11 million of its residents on May 14.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: PLA NAVY PLANS 11-WEEK EXERCISE TIILL JULY 31
The PLA Navy announced on May 13 that after delays in the training schedule due to Covid-19, the PLA Navy will resume training exercises in the area off Tangshan’s coast in the Yellow Sea till July 31.

May 2020

CHINA-EDUCATION: BEIJING ALLOWS UNIVERSITIES TO REOPEN FROM JUNE 6
The Beijing Municipal Education Commission announced (May 13) that universities will reopen universities from June 6.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S FINANCE MINISTER LIU KUN CALLS FOR MORE PROACTIVE FISCAL POLICY
China's Minister of Finance Liu Kun published an editorial in People’s Daily (May 14) signalling a more proactive fiscal policy.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S COLLEGE GRADUATES FACE UNEMPLOYMENT
With the 6.8 per cent contraction in China's economy in the first quarter of this year and a Peking University survey showing that the number of jobs on offer shrank by 27 per cent in the first quarter in the the entertainment and services sector, followed by education, sports, information technology and finance, the 8.7 million Chinese students graduating this year are finding it difficult to get jobs.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE SOE CONCLUDES YUAN DOMINATED DEAL
China Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd., also known as Baosteel, announced (May 11) on its public social media account that it had made a Yuan-denominated iron ore purchase worth more than 100 million yuan ($14 million) from Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto Group using blockchain technology.

May 2020

CHINA-US: US-BASED DISSIDENTS PROJECT XI JINPING'S IMAGE ON CHINESE CONSULATE BUILDING IN LOS ANGELES
An organisation of Chinese dissidents based in the US and calling itself the 'Anti-Totalitarian Chinese Alliance', on May 12, 2020, projected onto the exterior of the building housing the Chinese Consulate the words "CCP virus", along with a graphic of Chinese President Xi Jinping with viral spike proteins growing from his head.

May 2020

CHINA-US: PHASE-I OF US-CHINA TRADE DEAL ON SHAKY GROUND
China's financial magazine Caixin disclosed (May 14) that China's State-run companies have purchased more than 20 cargoes, or over 1 million metric tons, of American soybeans in the past two weeks. The beans were bought using tariff waivers previously issued.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS SHANXI PROVINCE
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Shanxi province on May 11 on his fourth visit outside Beijing in two months.

May 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER ZHANG XUEZHONG DETAINED FOR POSTING OPEN LETTER ON INTERNET TO NPC DEPUTIES CALLING FOR REFORM
43-year old Zhang Xuezhong, a Shanghai-based Chinese Constitutional lawyer, was taken away by public security authorities on May 10 after he posted an 'open' letter on WeChat on May 9 addressed to all NPC Deputies calling for reforms and freedom of speech.

May 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: HARBIN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR 'NAMED AND SHAMED' FOR CRITICISING KARL MARX
RFA (May 8) reported that Yu Linqi, a History professor at Harbin Normal University, Heilongjiang, was recently named and shamed for criticising Karl Marx, whose theory is viewed as the founding ideology of Communist China.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PSB MINISTER ZHAO KEZHI OUTLINES PUBLIC SECURITY TASKS FOR "NEW ERA"
China's State Councillor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi wrote a lengthy article in the Party official newspaper People’s Daily (May 6) discussing a speech Xi Jinping delivered at the National Conference on Public Security last year on May 7.

May 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: WUHAN TO TEST ALL 11 MILLION INHABITANTS FOR COVID-19
Caixin reported (May 13) that Wuhan, the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in China, intends to test all its 11 million population after new infections appeared more than a month after the city ended a lockdown.

May 2020

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CENSORSHIP OF US DY NSA POTTINGER'S MAY4th SPEECH
On May 5, the CCP CC Propaganda (now called 'Publicity') Department issued instructions to all Chinese media to: Strictly delete any reposts, comments, and content related to U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger’s Chinese speech from all platforms, websites, and interactive comment sections, leaving no dead corners.

May 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL PUBLICATION 'STUDY TIMES' SEEKS TO COOL DOWN NATIONALIST SENTIMENT INSISTING ON MILITARY TAKEOVER OF TAIWAN
The South China Morning Post reported (May 10) that the Central Party School's publication 'Study Times' published a 5000-word article by historian Deng Tao reminding readers how the Qing had spent 20 years repairing for the invasion and conquest of Taiwan and that they had used political, diplomatic and economic measures to achieve their goal rather than just relying on force.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINA LAUNCHES KUAIZHOU-1A ROCKET ON MAY 12
China launched the Kuaizhou-1A rocket with XingYun-2-01 and XingYun-2-02 satellites on 12 May 20 at 0712 Hr.

May 2020

CHINA--ECONOMY: CHINA'S FILM AND TV INDUSTRY SUFFERS HUGE LOSSES DUE TO COVID-19
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that China’s film and television industry's box office revenues is expected to show a loss of 30 billion yuan (US$4.2 billion) this year. The latest data shows that, since the beginning of this year, more than 6,600 film and television companies have closed down.

May 2020

CHINA-US: US FEDERAL RETIREMENT FUND STOPPED FROM INVESTING IN CHINA
Associated Press reported (May 12) that The Trump administration has directed the U.S. Federal Employee Retirement Fund to scrap its plan to place more than $4 billion into Chinese investments.

May 2020

CHINA-US: TWO US PROFESSORS ARRESTED FOR TAKING FUNDS FROM CHINA
The New York Times (May 11) reported that the US Justice Department had arrested Simon Ang of the University of Arkansas of improperly accepting funds from the Chinese government.

May 2020

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHINA SUSPENDS BEEF IMPORTS FROM FOUR AUSTRALIAN ABATTOIRS
Caixin reported (may 12) that China on may 12, suspended meat imports from four Australian abattoirs accounting for 35 per cent of China''s beef imports from Australia on May 12, citing the need to protect the health and safety of Chinese consumers, as relations between the two nations hit a low point.

May 2020

CHINA-GOVERNMENT: CHINA COMMEMORATES MARTYRS OF US BOMBING OF CHINESE EMBASSY IN BELGRADE IN 1999
The Global Times front-paged an article on May 8, marking the twenty-first anniversary of the "brutal missile attack on the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade in 1999" which, it said, "Chinese people still cannot forget the sorrows and humiliation it caused" and "the US claimed" was a mistake. Chinese netizens commemorated the martyrs online on May 8, the 21th anniversary of the attack, and the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade too marked the event.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: FINANCIAL STABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (FSDC) MEETS ON MAY 4
Vice Premier Liu He presided over a meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Committee (FSDC) in Beijing on May 4.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOREIGN INVESTORS UNLOAD OVER US$ 31 BILLION WORTH CHINESE STOCKS AND BONDS
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported (April 30), based on data released by the People's Bank of China (PBoC) that, in the month of March, international investors unloaded around RMB 208.4 billion (US$29.5 billion) in stocks and around RMB 20 billion (US$2.83 billion) in bonds.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PLA DAILY WARNS OF INTENSIFICATION OF FINANCIAL CONFLICT
The PLA Daily on May 5 published an essay on page 3 on the importance of financial security. The essay was titled: "We should guard against the "high explosive point" of the strategic game of the financial "chess game" and earnestly safeguard the national financial security" (警惕金融博弈这一战略博弈高爆点,切实维护国家金融安全 - 中国军网).

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE ECONOMY REGISTERS
Caixin (May 8) reported that China’s goods exports unexpectedly rose in April, breaking a three-month decline and boosted by a surge in shipments of medical supplies to countries fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

May 2020

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CASS ADVISES CHINESE LEADERSHIP HOW TO COUNTER GROWING ANTI-CHINA SENTIMENT IN THE WORLD
The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on April 24, 2020 published an article analysing foreign media attacks, especially in the United States, against China during the Covid-19 pandemic which, it said, had made it difficult for China to cooperate with other countries and fight the pandemic globally.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: CHINA COAST GUARD TO GET ANOTHER 10,000 TON SHIP
A report disclosed that China Coast Guard is scheduled to get another 10,000-ton ship later this year. Christening ceremony of the ship was held at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard on April 28, 2020.

May 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA-US TIES IN "NEW COLD WAR"
Shi Yinhong, an International Relations Professor at China’s Renmin University and an adviser to China’s State Council, was quoted by South China Morning Post (May 5) as saying “The United States and China are actually in the era of a new Cold War.

May 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. OFFICIALS EXAMINING HOW US REPRESENTATIVES CAN WORK WITH HUAWEI IN STANDARDS BODIES
Reuters reported (May 6) that US regulators are working to clarify how American companies can work with China’s sanctioned Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in setting standards for next generation 5G wireless networks.

May 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: MOVE TO PROPOSE OBSERVER STATUS FOR TAIWAN IN W.H.O.
World Health Organisation legal counsel Steven Solomon said on May 4 that two WHO member nations have proposed the organisation grant observer status to Taiwan.

May 2020

CHINA-PLAN: TAIWAN SAYS CHINA WILL ESTABLISH ADIZ OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on May 4 confirmed that China is planning to set up an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea.

May 2020

CHINA-EU: EU BACKS INVESTIGATION IN TO COVID-19
The South China Morning Post reported on May 5 that the European Union has called for a worldwide investigation into the origins and spread of Covid-19 in a move its foreign policy chief described as “standing aside from the battlefield between China and the US”.

May 2020

CHINA-EU: EU AMBASSADORS TO CHINA WRITE JOINT OP-ED IN CHINA DAILY
The EU ambassador to China and Ambassadors of the 27 EU member states to China jointly wrote an Op-Ed in China Daily on May 6, on the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the European Union and China.

May 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: CHINA TO VET POLITICAL VIEWS OF TV AND FILM ARTISTES AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES PERSONNEL FROM HONGKONG AND TAIWAN
According to a Voice of America report (May 6), China has again tightened its ideological control over the film and television circles in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

May 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINA PUTS 'THOUSAND TALENTS PLAN' ON HOLD
Taiwan's Central News Agency (May 6) stated that China's 'Thousand Talents Plan' (TTP), designed to attract overseas talent, is now not being mentioned. on total radio silence.

May 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: MEDIA CRITICISES CCP FOR NOT ALLOWING CHINESE TO RETURN FROM RUSSIA
Epoch Times (April 18), Beijing News (April 25) and Epoch Times (May 1) disclosed that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has refused to bring Chinese citizens in Russia home.

May 2020

CHINA-GOVERNMENT: CITIZENS PROTEST AT GOVERNMENT'S FAILURE TO REPATRIATE THEM
Chinese nationals and parents of students studying abroad staged small-scale protests over a lack of government support outside consulates and embassies in Nepal, Dubai, Kenya, Pakistan and Russia as well as in Beijing.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA: OFFICIAL CHINESE NEWSPAPER GLOBAL TIMES CALLS FOR INCREASING NUCLEAR ARSENAL
In a front-page article in the official Global Times on May 8, its Editor-in-Chief He Xijin argued that China needs to expand the number of its nuclear warheads to 1,000 in a relatively short time.

May 2020

CHINA-US: COMMENTS BY CHINESE EXPERTS ON TWITTER AND CHINESE MEDIA
Captioned 'China-US war unlikely despite rising hostility' an article in Global Times (May 10) said Washington's hostility toward China and escalated concern that worsening bilateral ties might lead to a China-US war, had prompted Chinese experts to assert that Beijing has sufficient nuclear capacity to assure mutually assured destruction (MAD) and create deterrence to reduce the risks of any direct conflict.

May 2020

CHINA-PLAA: PLA ARMY DEPLOYS ZTQ-15 LIGHT TANKS IN TIBET
Reports indicate that PLA light ZTQ-15 tanks have been positioned at Kamba County/ Shigatse in Tibet.

May 2020

CHINA-PLAN: CONSTRUCTION OF HELIPORT CONTINUES AT PLA SUPPORT BASE AT DJIBOUTI
Satellite imagery of March 2020 available online indicated that construction on the heliport and a possible new quay continued through the pandemic months has continued at the PLA Support Base at Djibouti base.

May 2020

CHINA-PLAN: CHINESE OIL COMPANY COMMENCES OPERATIONS AT ITS NEW OIL DEPOT AT HAMBANTOTA
The China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation has operationalised its Oil Depot at Hambantota port. It successfully refuelled its first ship, MV Melody, on April 7, 2020.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA STEPS UP IMPORT OF SOYBEANS FROM USA
China's financial news magazine Caixin reported (May 8) that China is boosting its purchases of U.S. soybeans to fulfil commitments under a trade deal signed by the world’s two largest economies in January.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: TESLA SUSPENDS PRODUCTION OF ELECTRIC CAR AT ITS FACTORY IN SHANGHAI
Tesla Inc. suspended production at its plant on the outskirts of Shanghai, according to Caixin news magazine (May 8) quoting people familiar with the matter, bringing to a halt all of the company’s vehicle manufacturing globally.

May 2020

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: HEAD OF CHINESE THINK-TANK SAYS SOUTH CHINA SEA IS INDISPENSABLE FOR U.S. HEGEMONY IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC
Wu Shicun, President of China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies and Chairman of the board of directors of the China-Southeast Asia Research Centre on the South China Sea, writing in the South China Morning Post (May 9) said though Covid-19 has dealt a "body blow to the United States, including its military combat capabilities and deployment" and "the virus has been found in at least 150 US military bases and on four aircraft carriers", nevertheless, the US military has continued its relentless pursuit of hegemony in the Western Pacific.

May 2020

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: CHINA COAST GUARD ANNOUNCES DRIVE TO STOP VIOLATIONS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The South China Morning Post (May 4) reported that the China Coast Guard, on April 1, launched an eight-month law enforcement campaign named “Blue Sea 2020”, with one of its stated aims being to crackdown on “violations in offshore oil exploration and exploitation”, as well as marine and coastal project construction.

May 2020

CHINA-US: US CONGRESS PROPOSES TO CHANGE ADDRESS OF CHINESE EMBASSY TO 1, LI WENLIANG PLAZA FROM 3505, INTERNATIONAL PLACE
New Bills have been introduced on May 8, in both, the US Senate and House, proposing that the official address of the Chinese embassy in Washington’s leafy northwest be changed from 3505 International Place to 1 Li Wenliang Plaza.

May 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINA COAST GUARD CHASES JAPANESE FISHING VESSEL INSIDE JAPAN'S TERRITORIAL WATERS
Nikkei Asia (May 10) reported the Japanese Coast Guard as saying (May 9) that two China Coast Guard ships had approached and chased a Japanese fishing vessel, which was about 12 km southwest of Uotsuri Island, within Japanese territorial waters in the East China Sea on May 8.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CHAIRS MEETING OF COMMITTEE ON DEEPENING REFORM AND EMPHASISES THAT PARTY LEADERSHIP AND CHINA'S SOCIALIST SYSTEM HELPED CONTROL THE EPIDEMIC
Xinhua (April 26) reported that Xi Jinping, "General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, State Chairman, Chairman of the Central Military Commission, and Director of the Central Comprehensive Deepening Reform Committee", chaired the 13th meeting of the Central Comprehensive Deepening Reform Committee on April 27 and delivered an "important" speech.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: QIU SHI PUBLISHES XI JINPING'S FEBRUARY 12 SPEECH ON POVERTY ALLEVIATION
The April 30 issue of the Party theoretical fortnightly 'Qiu Shi' published the February 12 speech that Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered at the 12 February symposium on “fighting the tough battle against poverty well.”

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG EMPHASISES POVERTY ALLEVIATION DURING TOUR OF YUNNAN AND GUIZHOU
Xinhua (April 26) reported that PBSC member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang "recently investigated poverty alleviation in Yunnan and Guizhou".

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: APPOINTMENTS
The following were among the appointments announced recently: i) Huang Runqiu (黄润秋): appointed Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. ii) Tang Yijun (唐一军): appointed Minister of the Ministry of Justice. iii) He Rong (贺荣): appointed Vice President of the Supreme People’s Court.

May 2020

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CHINESE SECURITY THINK-TANK WARNS CHINESE LEADERS OF GROWING ANTI-CHINA SENTIMENT IN THE WORLD
Reuters (May 4) reported that an internal Chinese report prepared by the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of State Security (MoSS), was presented in early April by the Ministry of State Security to top Beijing leaders including President Xi Jinping.

May 2020

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CO-AUTHOR OF 'UNRESTRICTED WARFARE' WARNS AGAINST TAKING OVER TAIWAN BY FORCE
The South China Morning Post (May 4) reported that in an interview on May 4, retired PLAAF Major General Qiao Liang, co-author of the book 'Unrestricted warfare' and a Chinese foreign policy 'hawk', has warned that the coronavirus pandemic should not be seen as a chance for Beijing to take back Taiwan by force.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA: SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF LONG MARCH 5B ROCKET WITH TWO PAYLOADS ON MAY 5
China successfully launched the Long March 5B rocket on May 5, 2020 and with it the insertion of the prototype new-generation crewed spacecraft into its planned orbit.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBoC GOVERNOR SAYS CHINA'S ECONOMIC GROWTH DEPENDENT ON HOW REST OF WORLD RECOVERS
Speaking at an online roundtable organized by Caixin on April 17, China’s PBoC Governor Yi Gang said rebound from the Covid-19 epidemic has so far been better than expected and economic growth in the second half of the year will continue to gradually improve to “more or less the potential growth rate.”

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OF CUSTOMS STATES CHINA EXPORTED 71.2 BILLION YUAN OF ANTI-EPIDEMIC MATERIALS BETWEEN MARCH 1 - APRIL 30
China's General Administration of Customs disclosed on May 1 that following the spread of the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic, according to customs statistics China exported a total of 71.2 billion yuan of major anti-epidemic materials between from March 1 to April 30.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S FILM INDUSTRY WILL LOSE OVER 30 BILLION YUAN (US$ 4.3 BILLION) THIS YEAR DUE TO COVID-19
The China Film Administration — which decides what films are released in China and when — estimated on April 29 that the country’s box office will lose over 30 billion yuan ($4.3 billion) this year.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PAPER BY PETERSON INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS ASSESSES DIFFICULT ECONOMIC RECOVERY FOR CHINA
Reuters quoted (May 4) economists Nicholas Lardy and Tianlie Huang of the Peterson Institute for International Economics as observing that China’s domestic institutions, notably its weak social safety net, are not up to the task of supporting private consumption, which is critically important for its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA, AUSTRALIA AND EU SET UP NEW MULTI-PARTY TRADE APPELLATE BODY
Citing the Australian Financial Review, China's financial magazine reported (May 4) that China, the European Union and Australia have teamed up to back a new global trade dispute resolution mechanism.

May 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: HKMAO CALLS HONGKONG PROTESTORS A
Reuters (May 6) reported that in a strongly worded statement China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office warned on May 6, that the city will never be calm unless “black-clad violent protesters” were all removed, describingthem as a “political virus” that seeks independence from Beijing.

May 2020

CHINA-NEPAL: CHINA'S ILD HOLDS TELECONFERENCE WITH NEPAL'S LEADERS ON CORONAVIRUS
On April 29, the Head of the CCP CC International Department Song Tao attended and delivered a speech at a teleconference between the ruling parties of China and Nepal on novel coronavirus diagnosis and treatment plans and prevention and control measures.

May 2020

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CHINA TO IMPOSE CENSORSHIP AND MONITORING OF TWITTER, YOUTUBE AND FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS
On April 25, Han Lianchao, a former employee of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a screenshot on Twitter of a notice from the Publicity Department of the Party Committee of the Beijing International Studies University.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA: ZTQ15 105MMM LIGHT TANK DEPLOYED WITH 54TH HEAVY ARMOUR COMBINED BRIGADE OF TIBET MILITARY COMMAND
A Chinese blog published photographs of the ZTQ15 105mm Light Tank built specifically to operate under the mountainous and wet jungle regions of China. It disclosed the tank is now with the 54th Heavy Armor Combined-Arms Brigade, Tibet Military Area Command, and displays their new unit-code of "LZ".

May 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: AIRCRAFT CARRIER LIAONING RETURNS TO HOME PORT
China's first aircraft carrier the 'Liaoning', Type-001, accompanied by 2 frigates, 2 missile destroyers and a supply ship sailed through waters between Okinawa main island and Miyako island and through the sea area to the East China Sea on April 20.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: ICE-BREAKER 'XUELONG-2' RETURNS FROM ANTARCTIC MISSION
China's ice-breaker the Xuelong-2 was photographed on April 29, in harbour on its return from a mission to the Antarctica.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBSC DECIDES TO SUPPORT HUBEI'S ECONOMY
April 29, Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) where the main agenda item was supporting the Hubei economy.

May 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: LIAISON OFFICE OF HKSAR WARNS HONGKONG WILL HAVE NO FUTURE IF PROTESTORS RETURN TO VIOLENCE
Beijing’s Liaison Office of HKSAR reacted sharply to report by the US Congress-funded National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), and blamed “anti-China” politicians and foreign forces for opposing national security legislation and glorifying the criminal acts of the city’s radical protesters.

May 2020

CHINA-NEPAL: CHINESE ENVOY MEETS NEPAL'S SENIOR COMMUNIST LEADERS DAYS PRIOR TO NEPAL COMMUNIST PARTY MEETING
The Kathmandu Post reported (May 2) that Chinese Ambassador Ms Hou Yanqi met Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma, NCP Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal on April 30 in Kathmandu just days before a crucial meeting of the party's Secretariat.

May 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: GLOBAL TIMES ALLEGES TAIWAN PAID HUGE AMOUNTS TO HAVE TAIWAN ACT PASSED
China's official Global Times (May 1, 2020) alleged that Taiwan authorities had made huge "donations" to the US in order to promote the passage of the "Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative Act of 2019" on March 26.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: RFA CLAIMS EMERGENCY MEETING OF PUBLIC SECURITY MINISTRY DECIDES TO INCREASE MONITORING OF TOP CCP LEADERS
Radio Free Asia reported (April 27) that, after taking down Sun Lijun, the Deputy Minister of Public Security, Xi Jinping’s followers held three emergency meetings: an emergency meeting of the Ministry of Public Security on April 20, an emergency meeting of the Secret Service Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security on April 21, and an emergency meeting of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Political and Legal Affairs Commission on April 22.

May 2020

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CHINESE THINK-TANK'S VIEW OF CHINA-US RELATIONS
The Beijing-based think-tank 'Minzhi International Research Institute' on April 24, published an article on Sino-US relations by Megn Weizhan (孟维瞻), Assistant Researcher at the China Research Institute at Fudan University.

May 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: AMNESTY CLAIMS CHINESE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST LI QIAOCHU HAS BEEN DETAINED
Amnesty initiated a campaign on April 29 for Chinese human rights defender Ms Li Qiaochu, who is reported to have been taken away by Beijing police on February 16, 2020.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBoC TESTING DIGITAL CURRENCY
Xinhua (April 20) reported that a Guangzhou Daily report said that the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), is testing the use of digital currency in the accounts of the Bank of Agriculture through transportation subsidies.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBoC TIES UP WITH AI SPECIALIST 'SENSE TIME' TO TEST DIGITAL YUAN
Caixin reported on April 30 that, amid rumours that PBoC is planning a pilot programme for a Digital Yuan,the agreement between Hong Kong-headquartered Artificial Intelligence specialist SenseTime and the Digital Currency Research Institute of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), which oversees the development of the country’s sovereign digital currency, sets a target of “enhancing financial institutions’ capabilities in risk control and operations. No further details were given.

May 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE GRID'S FIRST LOSS IN 5 YEARS ATTRIBUTED TO COVID-19
China's financial magazine Caixin reported (April 30) that State Grid Corp. of China, one of China’s two largest state-owned power utilities, posted a net loss of 920 million yuan ($130 million) for the first quarter, compared with net profit of 15.3 billion yuan a year ago.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: CHINA LAUNCHES NEW TYPE-055 FRIGATE AND TYPE075 AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP
A Type-055 destroyer was launched at the Jiangnan Shipyard on April 28, 2020.

May 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: TWO TYPE-094 NUCLEAR SUBMARINES JOIN PLAN
Quoting two Chinese military sources the South China Morning Post disclosed (April 29) that two new upgraded Type 094, or Jin-class, nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) have gone into service in China in time for the 71st anniversary of the Navy. One of the sources said "The subs had upgrades to technology such as radar, sonar and torpedoes.”

May 2020

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: HUAWEI LOOKING FOR ALTERNATE SUPPLIES
China Times (April 22) reported that, despite the news about the U.S. planning to expand the export ban on Huawei, Huawei commented that it can still purchase critical chips from South Korea’s Samsung, Taiwan’s MediaTek and China’s own Spreadtrum Communications, instead of U.S. suppliers.

May 2020

CHINA-CCP: TAIWANESE PUBLICATION SURVEY CLAIMS 81.8 PER CENT OF THOSE POLLED SUPPORT A US BID TO TAKE DOWN CCP
Taiwan's Liberty Times disclosed (April 5) that on April 3, a Chinese language media New Highland Vision conducted an online survey, with the question: “If the United States wanted to take down the communist regime in China, in case of a war, would you support the American army or the communist army?”

May 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE MILITARY ACTIVITY ACROSS DEMCHOK (LADAKH)
The Chairperson of the BDC of Nyuma-Changthang reported on April 27 that between 300-500 Chinese military vehicles were in the Tashigong area opposite Demchok. Flying activity by fighter jets during the day was also reported.

May 2020

CHINA-US: US DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SAYS COVID-19 NOT MANMADE
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence of the US issued a press release on April 30, which stated “The entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus, which originated in China.

May 2020

CHINA-COVID-19: FOREIGN ENTITIES FILE LAWSUITS AGAINST CHINA
The Epoch Times (April 29) reported that on April 16, attorney Alejandro Sánchez Kalbermatten of Argentina filed a criminal lawsuit against China in Argentina’s Criminal and Correctional Court 12.

May 2020

CHINA-TANZANIA: TANZANIAN PRESIDENT CANCELS REQUEST FOR US$ 10 BILLION TO EXPAND BAGAMOYO PORT
The Hongkong Oriental Daily reported (April 24) that China’s “Belt and Road” economic strategy faced a setback. it said African media reported that Tanzanian President John Magufuli terminated the US $10 billion loan with China that was to be used to expand the Bagamoyo port.

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: DATES ANNNOUNCED FOR CPPCC & NPC PLENUMS
Dates were announced in Beijing on April 29 for the 'Big Two', or the plenary sessions of China's top advisory body, the CPPCC and its version of a parliament, the NPC.

Apr 2020

CHINA-GOVERNMENT: CHINA TO RELEASE "CHINA STANDARDS 2035"
China is set to release an ambitious 15-year blueprint that will lay out its plans to set the global standards for the next-generation of technologies. CNBC (April 26) quoted experts as saying the move could have wide-ranging implications for the power Beijing wields on the global stage in areas from artificial intelligence, to telecommunications networks and the flow of data.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINA'S NHC SENDS INSPECTORS TO PROVINCES
Beijing News reported (April 27) that the Inspector General of China's National Health Commission (NHC)’s Disease Control Bureau, Wang Bin, announced (April 27) that that the NHC had “Sent a working group of 16 experts to Yunnan, Guangxi and Tibet to provide on-site guidance on prevention and control of border areas and help formulate implementation plans.”

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: WORK CONTINUING ON CHINA'S THIRD AIRCRAFT CARRIER
An open source image of March 2020 showed progress on China's third aircraft carrier (CV-003) being built at the Jiangnan shipyard.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: JIANGNAN SHIPYARD ARTICLE REVEALS IT TAKES 8 HOURS TO FIT RADARS ON TYPE-052 & TYPE-055 DESTROYERS
An article published by the Changxing Jiangnan Shipyard revealed that fitment of the four APAR Type 346A radars and on the Type-052 and Type-055 Destroyers takes approx. 8 hours or 2 hours per side of the radar.

Apr 2020

CHINA-SPACE: CHINA'S SPACE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MISSION TO MARS
On April 24, 2020 on the occasion of Space Day for China, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of China announced the program, "Mission to Mars". The series has been named as the 'Tianwen series' and the first mission has been named as 'Tianwen-1'.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: FIRST FOREIGNER TO BE PROSECUTED FOR INVOLVEMENT IN HONGKONG PROTESTS
Guangdong province’s state newspaper, the Nanfang Daily disclosed on April 24 that Guangzhou City’s National Security Bureau had finished investigations into Lee Henley Hu Xiang, a Belizean national and Taiwan resident, and his case had been transferred to the Guangzhou People’s Procuratorate for prosecution.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: PLA SOUTHERN THEATRE COMMAND CLAIMS IT "EXPELLED" USS BARRY FROM SOUTH CHINA SEA
A spokesperson of the PLA Southern Theatre Command Senior Colonel Li Huamin on April 28, said 'The PLA Southern Theatre Command organised naval and aerial forces to follow the US guided missile destroyer USS Barry when it trespassed into China's territorial waters off the Xisha Islands on April 28'.

Apr 2020

CHINA-TIBET: MANDARIN REPLACING TIBETAN AS MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN SCHOOLS IN TAR
The ICT reported that Human Rights Watch has issued a document in March 2020 detailing the rapid replacement of Tibetan by Chinese Mandarin in schools and educational institutions in TAR.

Apr 2020

CHINA-NETHERLANDS: NETHERLANDS RENAMES ITS OFFICE IN TAIWAN
Apparently upgrading its presence in Taiwan, The Hague has renamed its 'Netherlands Trade and Investment Office' as the "Netherlands Office Taipei” on April 27. The PRC media are publishing strident criticism that observers say reminds them of the beginning of the Dutch-Taiwan submarine crisis of 1980.

Apr 2020

CHINA-VIETNAM: PRIVATE CYBER SECURITY FIRM ALLEGES ’INTRUSIONS CAMPAIGN' AGAINST CHINESE TARGETS BY VIETNAMESE HACKERS
On April 22, the cyber security firm 'FireEye' reported that “From at least January to April 2020, suspected Vietnamese actors APT32 carried out intrusion campaigns against Chinese targets that… [were] designed to collect intelligence on the COVID-19 crisis.”

Apr 2020

CHINA-G-20: G-20 SUMMIT POSTPONED DUE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN US-CHINA OVER WHO
South China Morning Post (April 25) reported that the video conference of the second 'virtual' Group of 20 (G20) leaders’ summit planned for May 1 and to be attended by President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump was called off amid the US-China row over the World Health Organisation (WHO). It could, however, happen in the near future.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: 10-MEMBER CHINESE MEDICAL TEAM REACHES PAKISTAN
A team of Chinese doctors led by PLA Major General Huang Qingzhen arrived in Pakistan in two special aircraft, carrying medical supplies to help Pakistan fight the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW LEADING SMALL GROUP SET UP TO OVERSEE SECURITY
Reflecting the Party's anxieties about domestic social unrest, the Party has established a new high-level coordination group called the 'Safe China Construction Coordinating Small Group'.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: VICE PREMIER & PB MEMBER HU CHUNHUA TRAVELS TO XINJIANG, HENAN AND SHANDONG
China's PB member and Vice Premier Hu Chunhua has recently travelled to Xinjiang from April 18-20 and Henan and Shandong on April 21-22. In Xinjiang, Hu Chunhua inspected poverty alleviation efforts while in Henan and Shandong the focus was on agriculture.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA APPOINTS NEW MINISTER OF JUSTICE
Tang Yijun, former Governor of Liaoning, has been approved for appointment as China's new Minister of Justice, but he will formally take over after receiving the NPC Standing Committee's approval when it meets from April 25 - 29, 2020.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: WORLD BANK FORECASTS 4% DROP IN CHINA'S GROWTH RATE
BBC (April 17) quoted official Chinese data that say China's GDP shrank by 6.8% for the first three months of the year. The World Bank says in the base case scenario, China will see growth fall to 2% this year from 6% last year - and if things get worse, it would see growth fall to 0.1%.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE CENTRAL SOE'S GENERATE 58.8% LESS PROFITS IN FIRST QUARTER
China's State Council said at a press conference on April 20, that profits of central state-owned enterprises plunged by more than half in the first quarter as demand evaporated and supply chains were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: HUAWEI'S GROWTH SLOWS AS REVENUES DROP
Caixin (April 23) reported that Huawei Technologies Co.’s rapid growth had slowed to a crawl in the first quarter after Covid-19 depressed demand for smartphones and networking gear around the globe.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE UNIVERSITY SURVEYS HOUSEHOLD FINANCES IN FIRST 3 MONTHS OF 2020
The Daily Economic News reported ( released on April 21) that a survey of household finances done jointly by the China Family Finance Survey and Research Center of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics and the Research Institute of Ant Financial Services Group and released as a Report.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: BANK OF CHINA STOPS BETTING ON CRUDE OIL FUTURES
In a statement issued (April 22) the Bank of China Ltd. (BoC) said it had temporarily stopped taking bets from clients on oil futures via one of its financial products in the wake of the collapse in global crude prices this week that cost some investors millions of Yuan.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECNOMY: CHINESE OIL COMPANIES STORE CRUDE
On April 21, the Shanghai International Energy Exchange permitted a South China-based subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp. Ltd. to increase storage for crude oil by 20% to 500,000 cubic meters.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLAN: PLAN RELEASES VIDEO ON IT'S 71ST ANNIVERSARY
On the occasion of its 71st anniversary on April 21, the PLAN released a video showing PLAN activities.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER RETURNS TO CHINA AFTER 10-DAY EXERCISES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The aircraft carrier Liaoning and its escort ships are on the way back to their port in China after 10 days of exercises in the South China Sea. They passed through the Bashi Strait on April 22, 2020.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLAN MEDICAL UNIVERSITY SENDS PSYCHOLOGISTS TO FIERY CROSS REEF AND OTHER OCCUPIED ISLANDS AND REEFS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA (SCS)
China has set up mental health stations on its occupied islands and reefs in the SCS. A PLA website disclosed April 17, 2020 that a psychologist from the PLAN Medical University went to Fiery Cross Reef on April 7. PLA is devoting attention to the psychological well-being of soldiers/ sailors/ airmen posted in far-flung areas and remote outposts.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: NEW CIVIL SERVICE APPOINTMENTS
Erick Tsang, the former Head of Hongkong's Immigration Department was appointed new Head of the Constitutional Affairs Department on April 22, 2020.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: TRADE UNIONS AND PROTESTORS PLAN TO RESUME PROTESTS
The South China Morning Post reported (April 22) that organisers of a major Labour Day protest in Hong Kong have decided to go ahead with their march defying a police warning to cancel it because of the coronavirus epidemic.

Apr 2020

CHINA-DIPLOMACY: CHINESE DIPLOMATS FOLLOW AGGRESSIVE OR "WOLF" DIPLOMACY
Of late some Chinese diplomats have adopted an aggressive response to comments by senior officials of foreign Governments.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA REACTS TO US SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO'S REFERENCE TO 'WET MARKETS'
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) reacted to a remark on April 22, by US Secretary of State Pompeo in a speech on the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, where he said "wildlife wet markets create risks for the generation and spread of diseases, and may have played a critical role in the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic" and urged their closure.

Apr 2020

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: AUTRALIAN WARSHIP JOINS 3 US WARSHIPS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA IN 'SHOW OF FORCE'
UK's Daily Telegraph reported (April 23) that the Australian frigate HMAS Parramatta joined the USS America, an amphibious assault ship, and the USS Bunker Hill, a guided missile cruiser and the USS USS Barry this week close to where the Chinese government survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 is suspected to be exploring for oil.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS XI'AN, SHAANXI
During his visit to Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province on April 21, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasised ecological environment.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEETING ENUNCIATES "SIX ENSURES"
Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a meeting of the Politburo on April 17, when they said that COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to the economy and forced the Party to change their policy priorities.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN HARBIN, HEILONGJIANG PROVINCE
The Financial times (April 19) reported that a new cluster of coronavirus cases in Harbin city has forced authorities to impose new lockdowns. By April 19, Heilongjiang said it had 61 active cases of Covid-19 from local transmission, including non-symptomatic cases, 54 of which were in Harbin.

Apr 2020

CHINA-SOVEREIGNTY: CHINA 'UPDATES' OFFICIAL 1989 DIGITAL MAP AND REDRAWS BOUNDARIES OF COUNTIES IN TIBET
The national geographic information public service platform "Tianditu", established and operated by the National Basic Geographic Information Center, a unit directly under the National Surveying and Mapping Geographic Information Bureau of China, is China's authority in the field of digital maps.

Apr 2020

CHINA-SOVEREIGNTY: CHINA REASSERTS SOVEREIGNTY OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLANDS
The Global Times (April 19) reported that China's State Council had announced the establishment of two new districts in the city of Sansha "to administer waters in the South China Sea" and "for better scientific management and to safeguard territorial sovereignty."

Apr 2020

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CHINESE BLOGGER COMMENTS ON COVID-19
Chinese blogger "Ms. V" said in an episode of "China View" that was published by CGTN Arabic TV (China) on March 17, 2020 that the presence of multiple coronavirus strains in the United States, the coincidence between the initial coronavirus outbreak and the 2019 Military World Games in Wuhan in which the U.S. participated, the possibility that the U.S. may have had many coronavirus deaths that have been documented as influenza deaths, and the CDC's shut down of former U.S. biological weapons research lab Fort Detrick, all suggest that COVID-19 originated in the United States, and not in China.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA ANNOUNCES FALL OF 14.3 PER CENT GENERAL PUBLIC REVENUES FOR JAN-MAR 2020
On April 20, 2020, China's Ministry of Finance held a press conference on fiscal revenue and expenditure in the first quarter of 2020, to introduce fiscal revenue and expenditure in the first quarter of 2020,January-March and release the figures. It said the total the national general public budget income was 4.5984 trillion yuan, down 14.3 percent year on year.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CALL FOR 10 PER CENT REDUCTION IN MINING OF ANTHRACITE COAL
A statement published (April 18) on the website of the China Coal Transport & Distribution Association said a dozen Chinese anthracite coal mining companies had called on the industry to slash production by 10% from current levels amid weak demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The statement said while anthracite coal output is now back at last year’s levels, demand recovery has lagged, leading to a “severe mismatch” in market fundamentals. It quoted the 12 companies as saying Coal producers should limit output, focus on reducing inventory and eliminate outdated capacity to resolve the supply-demand imbalance.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NPC MEETINGS
The well informed Hongkong newspaper Singtao reported (April 17) that the 'Two Sessions' (i.e. the CPPCC and NPC) will be held in late May.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI AUTHORS ESSAY FLATTERING CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING
China's State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on April 16, 2020, published a 3711-word essay flattering Chinese President Xi Jinping' s leadership which "has won high recognition from the international community".

Apr 2020

CHINA-COVID-19 PANDEMIC: CHINA REVISES DEATH RATE IN WUHAN UPWARD
'The Paper' (April 17) reported that China has revised its official count of deaths from the coronavirus, adding some 1,290 deaths in Wuhan, the city where the virus first emerged last December.

Apr 2020

CHINA-TIBET: TWO OLDER MONASTERIES IN SHANNAN CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19
In separate but similar notifications issued on April 14 and 15, the Samye and Yasang Monastery Management Committees respectively said that as “per circular from higher authorities, and in accordance with the need of work relating to the prevention of the infectious coronavirus” the monasteries will be closed from those dates including for "visitation and purification ritual and providing support".

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CSRC INCREASES NUMBER OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) issued a statement on April 15 that there will be 20 new appointees to the 21-member committee, who will join shortly.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: REVIVAL OF BUSINESS STILL SLOW
The All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce provided a detailed picture on the resumption of businesses.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: DESPITE RESUMING OPERATIONS PRODUCTION IN CHINESE COS. IS STALLED BECAUSE OF DISRUPTED SUPPLY CHAINS
Xu Kemin, Director of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Department of Industrial Policy and Regulations (MIIT) recently warned that "Due to the poor flow of international personnel and logistics, enterprises that have returned to work and resumed production are again faced with the risk of having to reduce production or shutting down.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: ANNUAL RECRUITMENT RESUMES
China Military Online reported on April 13 that the PLA has officially started the military recruitment registration for the second half of 2020 in April.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: COMPRESSOR OF NEW FL-62 WIND TUNNEL PROJECT SUCCESSFULLY TESTED
Global Times (April 14) reported that the Aerodynamics Research Institute, under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), announced (April 11) that it had successfully conducted a test run on the main compressor of the FL-62 wind tunnel at maximum speed on April 1.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: BEIJING ANNOUNCES CHINA IS NOT BOUND BY BASIC LAW
The official Radio Hongkong (RTHK) announced on April 17 that: "Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong declared on Friday that it is not subject to Basic Law restrictions that bar central government departments from interfering in local affairs – saying it has the responsibility and the right to comment as it wishes on Hong Kong matters."

Apr 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: PRO-DEMOCRACY FIGURES 'ARRESTED' IN HONGKONG ON APRIL 19 MORNING
The following pro-democracy figures including lawyers, former Legco members and democracy 'activists' have been arrested in Hongkong on April 19 morning.

Apr 2020

CHINA-WHO: W.H.O. IN DAMAGE CONTROL MODE WITH TAIWAN
Going into a damage control mode after its Director General Tedros’ irrational outburst against Taiwan last week, Dr. Van Kerkhove and another official called the Taiwan CECC / Ministry of Health and had an hour-long discussion with them, asking how Taiwan had handled the crisis.

Apr 2020

CHINA-WHO: W.H.O. IN DAMAGE CONTROL MODE WITH TAIWAN
Going into a damage control mode after its Director General Tedros’ irrational outburst against Taiwan last week, Dr. Van Kerkhove and another official called the Taiwan CECC / Ministry of Health and had an hour-long discussion with them, asking how Taiwan had handled the crisis.

Apr 2020

CHINA-NUCLEAR: WALL STREET JOURNAL SAYS CHINA HAS RESUMED NUCLEAR TESTING AT LOP NOR
The Wall Street Journal reported on April 15 that Beijing might secretly be conducting small nuclear tests at its Lop Nur site in Xinjiang.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 LIKELY IN WINTER
Zhang Wenhong, who heads Shanghai’s Covid-19 clinical expert team and directs the infectious disease department at one of the city’s top hospitals, said during an online livestream broadcast by popular short-video platform Kuaishou on April 11, that while countries may be able to bring the deadly pandemic under adequate control by autumn, the coming winter may bring a “second wave” of infections in China and elsewhere.

Apr 2020

CHINA-EDUCATION: COLLEGES TO REOPEN AFTER COVID-19
Xinhua reported (April 14) that China has issued a 'technical' guideline for universities and colleges nationwide to reopen in an orderly manner on the premise that local COVID-19 epidemic is "well tamed".

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE PREMIER ASKS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT MEASURES
At the State Council's weekly executive meeting on April 14, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said“The support measures we have rolled out since the start of this year are adequate and robust and what is crucial is to ensure their full delivery.”

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: MAJOR LEAK OF PRIVATE DATA COULD COMPROMISE CHINESE BANKS
China's financial news service magazine Caixin disclosed (April 15) that an online post openly offered to sell more than 1 million pieces of customer information allegedly belonging to several Chinese financial institutions fuelling fears of potentially massive leaks of private data.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S STATE GRID TO INSTALL NEW HI-TECH INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONSTRUCT BATTERY CHARGING PILES AT GOVERNMENT'S REQUEST
State Grid Co. of China pledged 2.7 billion yuan ($382 million) for the construction of electric vehicle (EV) battery charging piles this year, responding to a push from the central government to develop high-tech infrastructure.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: EUROPEAN BUSINESSES WILL FIND IT DIFFICULT TO LEAVE CHINA
European business people in China told Caixin (April 15) that they are generally not looking to move their operations outside of the world’s biggest manufacturing nation. In some countries the idea was raised that manufacturers should move factories back home after disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S DECIDES ON SUPPORT MEASURES TO HELP COLLEGE GRADUATES AND COMPANIES INCLUDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Xinhua stated (April 14) that an executive meeting of China's State Council had decided that China will take "solid steps" to implement supportive measures for enterprises to help them through challenges, and boost employment for college graduates.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S GROWTH LIKELY HIT 44 YEAR LOW
Reuters reported (April 14) that according to the median of 62 analysts surveyed by it, growth in the world’s second-biggest economy for 2020 was forecast at 2.5%, which would mark the weakest since 1976, the final year of the decade-long Cultural Revolution that wrecked the economy.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. ANNOUNCES SUSPENSION OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO WHO
On April 14, US President Trump announced that the U.S. would suspend funding for the World Health Organisation, pending a review. Rising scrutiny of the WHO, and especially the perception that China wields strong influence over it, has led GOP leaders to call for funding cuts.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE WRITINGS ASSERT THAT WEST'S EFFORTS TO BLAME CHINA ARE PART OF U.S. ORCHESTRATED PR CAMPAIGN
The tenor of US-China relations is reflected in the recent writings of some prominent Chinese. Zhou Xiaoming, former Deputy Head of China’s mission in Geneva, wrote that the West’s efforts to blame China for the global outbreak is “a carefully coordinated PR campaign” initiated by American government to contain China. It is a new battle ground carved out by the US in its war to contain China’s rise. We must not underestimate it.”

Apr 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE POST CLAIMS TEN THOUSAND CHINESE TROOPS GO TO PAKISTAN
A post captioned 'Ten thousand Chinese troops rushed to Pakistan, attracting local residents cheers' appeared on a Chinese website on April 9.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN TAKES CHARGE OF POVERTY ALLEVIATION
Wang Yang, Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) Member and Chairman of the CPPCC) chaired a meeting on poverty alleviation on April 14, 2020.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT SUN JINLONG
On April 13, Sun Jinlong was appointed Party Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Ecology (MEE).

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW DEPUTY HEAD OF CCP CC PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT
Fu Hua, of Han nationality born in August 1964, born in Rudong, Jiangsu, joined the party in December 1993, and joined the work in July 1985 was appointed the Deputy Minister of the CCP CC Propaganda Department on April 7, 2020.

Apr 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINESE CONTINUE TO MOURN DR LI WENLIANG OF WUHAN HOSPITAL
An article in the New York Times (April 13) reported that hundreds of Chinese ''netizens' continue to virtually mourn and post flowers the deceased Dr Li Wenliang of Wuhan Hospital who blew the whistle on the Coronavirus.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA COMMENTARY LAUDS CHINA'S MANAGEMENT OF CORONAVIRUS
The PLA Daily published (April 8) a front-page Xie Xinping (解辛平 --a pen name that stands for PLA news commentary -- about China’s “extraordinary journey” in the management of the coronavirus outbreak.

Apr 2020

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: CHINESE TECH COMPANY CLAIMS IT WILL CATCH UP WITH FOREIGN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURERS IN A YEAR
Caixin reported (April 15) that the up-and-coming Yangtze Memory Technologies Co. Ltd. unveiled its latest 3D NAND memory chip with cutting-edge 128-layer technology as it plays catch-up with global leaders like Samsung in China’s drive to become a semiconductor powerhouse.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: AUTO SALES SLUMP
Caixin reported (April 15) that the SAIC Motor Corp., the biggest automaker in China, reported a 28.9% drop in earnings for 2019 as an industrywide sales slump undermined manufacturers’ profitability in the world’s largest market.

Apr 2020

CHINA-EONOMY: UNEMPLOYMENT RISES IN CHINA
The South China Morning Post reported (April 13) that a recent monthly survey showed that the unemployment rate had already hit a record high last month.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: MANUFACTURERS RAISE COSTS OF PRODUCTS
The Chinese financial magazine reported (April 15) that as the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic moves outside China, multiple major construction equipment makers raised the prices of their excavators amid rebounding domestic demand and the rising cost of imported components.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA TO GIVE PAKISTAN RS 2.04 BILLION FOR SMART UNIVERSITY
China will provide Pakistan with an unrequited assistance of Rs 2.048 billion for completion of a smart university transformation project.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: REN ZHIQIANG BEING INVESTIGATED BY BEIJING DISCIPLINE INSPECTION COMMISSION
The Beijing Western District Supervision Commission/Party Disciplinary Commission announced (April 8) that it is 'investigating' Ren Zhiqiang, the 'princeling' real estate tycoon, for serious violations of Communist Party discipline and law.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW GOVERNOR OF SHANDONG TO BE APPOINTED
cpc.gov announced (April 9) that China's Minister of Ecology and Environment (MEE) Li Ganjie will be taking over as deputy Party secretary of Shandong. He would soon be appointed Governor. At age 55, Li Ganjie will become one of the youngest provincial Governors.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MEASURES TO REVIVE ECONOMY
CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) on April 8 when he told them that things in the rest of the world are really bad and that is bad for China.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: COUPONS/VOUCHERS ISSUED TO REVIVE ECONOMY
China Daily and Beijing News reported (April ) that more regions are releasing numbers on their voucher programs.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: STATE COUNCIL ISSUES RULES TO CONTAIN SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS
China's State Council at its meeting on April 8, instructed local governments to be “prudent” in allowing gatherings of people. It also issued its first set of rules to local governments on how to contain the spread of asymptomatic cases.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: SMALL TOWN OF SUIFENHE, HEILONGJIANG PROVINCE ON BORDER WITH RUSSIA CLOSED
Following China's National Health Commission (NHC) revealing that from March 21 to April 7, over 2,400 people passed through the Suifenhe border alone and that 45 new COVID-19 cases were detected among returning Chinese nationals on April 6 and 7, authorities of the small city of Suifenhe, Heilongjiang province, sealed off the city’s border with Russia.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: BUSINESS ACTIVITY IN CHINA PICKING UP
As of April 9 the Trivium National Business Activity Index indicates that China’s economy is operating at 81.2% of typical output, up from 80.6% on April 8; the Trivium National Large Enterprise Activity Index indicates that China’s large enterprises are operating at 81.8% of typical output, the same proportion as on April 8; and the Trivium National SME Activity Index indicates that China’s small businesses are operating at 80.7% of typical output, up from 79.7% on April 8.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: RESEARCH PAPERS REVEAL DEVELOPMENTS BY CHINA IN NUCLEAR SUBMARINES
The Jane''s Defence Weekly reported (April 9) that two Chinese research papers that emerged in early April through social media provide further evidence of significant technological developments in PLAN’s next generation of nuclear submarines.

Apr 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: TENSIONS IN THE RELATIONSHIP
The Diplomat reported (April 10) that Japan Air Self Defence Force’s (JASDF) fighter jets scrambled 675 times in 2019 to intercept PLA AF and PLAN’s aircraft.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE 'PRINCELING' REN ZHIQIANG OFFICIALLY ADMITTED TO BE UNDER INVESTIGATION
After his disappearance on March 12, it has been officially disclosed that 69-year old real estate tycoon and frequent CCP critic Ren Zhiqiang, is under investigation probably presaging his arrest and seizure of his assets.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA APPREHENDS FOOD IMPORTS COULD BE IMPACTED
'Beijing News' reported (April 1) that, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), food safety may become an issue in some countries and regions due to the lack of labor and to supply chain disruptions.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: EMPLOYMENT FORECAST FOR CHINA IS BLEAK
The independent Chinese financial magazine Caixin (March 31) assessed that China is facing a severe economic slowdown and massive unemployment because the coronavirus hit it so badly.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS STILL SLOW
A survey of business activity in China till April 8 showed that recovery of China's economy is slow.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: ECONOMIC RECOVERY IN CHINA POST COVID-19
HawkEye360 data recently showed that as China locked down for the coronavirus, activity at ports around the country slowed to a crawl. A strong recovery is, however, now underway in some places, including Shanghai. Wuhan's port activity remains suppressed, though it began to tick upward at the end of March.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CURBS IMPOSED DUE TO COVID-19 EASED IN WUHAN
Starting at 12 am on April 8, the Wuhan City government lifted the lockdown which had been in place since January 23.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA FEARS THAT US MAY IMPOSE MORE HI-TECH SANCTIONS ON CHINA
The Global Times on April 3, published a commentary written by Ni Guangnan, one of the founding members of the China Engineering Academy and the former Chief Engineer of the Legend Group.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: NATIONAL REVIEW CLAIMS PHOENIX TV OWNED BY CCP
The US publication National Review on April 7 stated that Phoenix TV is owned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The report said at the White House briefing on April 6, a Phoenix Television reporter asked President Trump whether he is “personally working directly with China” on securing medical supplies. “Only last week, there were multiple flights coming from China full of medical supplies,” the reporter said.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: THREAT TO US IMPORTS OF MEDICINES AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES
Globalization has resulted in the manufacturing of many medical products and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) moving to China.

Apr 2020

CHINA-INDIA: INDIAN LAWYER SUES CHINA FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY COVID-19
Radio France International reported (April 5), based on multiple sources, that the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in India and the All India Bar Association (AIBA) have filed a complaint in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) seeking $20 trillion as reparations from China over the global spread of the coronavirus.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINA TO TEST COVID-19 VACCINE ON PATIENTS ABROAD
The South China Morning Post reports (April 3) that China hopes to conduct a large-scale test of a possible Covid-19 vaccine abroad in the worst-hit countries.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINA'S NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMITTEES ARE HELPING CONTROL CORONAVIRUS
Global Times (March 31) reported that the neighbourhood committee, which began as urban grassroots civil organisations in the 1950s and are the lowest level of governance in charge of civil affairs, were helping in controlling the Coronavirus.

Apr 2020

CHINA-AVIATION: CHINA SAYS 'AIRSHOW CHINA' WILL BE HELD IN NOVEMBER ON SCHEDULE
Organisers of the Airshow China, which is scheduled in November this year, said it will not be cancelled More than 400 companies from China and the world have already confirmed their participation in the airshow.

Apr 2020

CHINA-SECURITY: NEW COMMUNICATIONS APP 'ZOOM' IS FOUND TO BE COMPROMISED BY CHINA
The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab published an interesting report on Nasdaq's teleconference app Zoom, a Silicon Valley based company.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: AGRICULTURE SHORTFALL IN GRAIN PRODUCTION WORRYING CHINA LEADERSHIP
Agricultural worries threaten to undermine China's plan to eliminate rural poverty in 2020. Chinese journalists warn that Chinese farmers need higher subsidies to prevent them from abandoning grain production, and rice and soybean supplies from abroad could be interrupted during the Covid-19 crisis.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE SoEs IMPORT HUGE QUANTUMS OF SOYBEANS
China's State-owned companies significantly increased their purchases of U.S. soybeans, while other Chinese companies bought mainly from South America last year.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: FORMER CHONGQING MAYOR SAYS CORONAVIRUS COULD BE "ONCE IN A CENTURY" OPPORTUNITY FOR CHINA
Writing in the Chinese publication 'First Financial Daily', (March 27) the former Mayor of Chongqing Huang Qifan wrote that, the global virus outbreak could be a “once in a century” opportunity for Chinese economy.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: DEBATE ON GOVERNMENT MENTIONING GROWTH RATE TARGET
In the wake of the unprecedented economic damage caused by the Coronavirus, debate has been intensifying in China as to whether China should set a growth target this year.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINA EXPORTS FRST BATCH OF THIRD GENERATION 'RED ARROW' ANTI-TANK MISSILE (HJ-12)
The Russian Satellite News Agency on April 3, stated that China's arms exporter Norinco Corp announced that the first batch of the third-generation anti-tank missile complex "Red Arrow-12 Anti-tank Missile" (HJ-12) was sold.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLAAF CONDUCTS 36 HOUR EXERCISE NEAR TAIWAN
The PLA Daily reported (April 1) that the PLAAF had conducted a 36-hour long-endurance early warning exercise simulating countering enemy planes during wartime and placing increasing emphasis on airborne early-warning and control aircraft.

Apr 2020

CHINA-XENOPHOBIA: WESTERN JOURNALISTS ARE REPORTING GROWING XENOPHOBIA IN CHINA
Vagabondjourney.com cited (April 4) western journalists reporting increasing instances of xenophobic behaviour by Chinese including in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai.

Apr 2020

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CHINA'S MASK DIPLOMACY
Radio France International (March 29, 2020) and Global News (March 31, 2020) published reports that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been conducting a “mask diplomacy.”

Apr 2020

CHINA-VIETNAM: CHINESE VESSELS SINK VIETNAMESE FISHING BOATS
Li Shiqu, spokesman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said (April 3) that two Chinese maritime police ships stopped and sank the Vietnamese fishing vessel QNg 90617 TS and 8 fishermen who were on board, during their normal fishing activities on Fulin Island.

Apr 2020

CHINA-INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE: REPARATIONS FROM CHINESE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY CORONAVIRUS
An Indian advocate in the has filed an appeal (April 3) for payment of damages by the Chinese government and agencies for the damage caused by the Coronavirus.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: STATE COUNCIL DECLARES 4TH APRIL DAY OF NATIONAL MOURNING FOR COVID-19 VICTIMS
China's State Council, declared Saturday the 4th April a national day of mourning for citizens who died in the fight against the coronavirus and patients who died from the disease.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: 'IMPORTANT COMMENTARY' IN PEOPLE'S DAILY PRAISES CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S LEADERSHIP
A People’s Daily commentary under the highly authoritative pen name Ren Zhongping (任仲平), standing for “important People’s Daily commentary”, while reflecting on the Chinese nation’s responses to the COVID-19 epidemic, specifically praised Xi Jinping’s leadership, listing his key meetings and inspection tours, as well as several of his “powerful and resonating” remarks on the epidemic.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SENIOR APPOINTMENTS
Li Yi, was appointed Deputy Head of the Central Party School in Beijing in March. Of Han nationality, he was born in 1963 in Tianjin and joined the Chinese Communist Party and work in July 1984.

Apr 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: WUHAN ACTIVIST FANG FANG CONCLUDES 60TH ENTRY IN HER DIARY
Fang Fang, an activist blogger resident in Wuhan, posted the final episode of her diary captioned 'Conscience of Wuhan' on March 25. Fang Fang who has been attacked by ultra-leftists daily said 'that the extreme left threatens Chinese society with a national calamity.

Apr 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: CHINESE STUDENT IN SHANDONG CALLS ON CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TO STEP DOWN
Radio Free Asia reported (March 31) that Zhang Wenbin, a university student in Shandong Province due to graduate this academic year and who described himself as "once a little pink" supporter of the CCP, posted a video to social media calling on President Xi Jinping to step down.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: COUNTY IN HENAN PROVINCE INSTRUCTS THAT RESIDENTIAL COMPOUNDS BE SEALED BECAUSE OF FRESH CASES OF CORONAVIRUS
Bloomberg reported (April 2) that Jia county, Henan province, whose population numbers around 640,000, issued a directive on April 1, asking all residential compounds to be sealed off and those visiting and leaving homes to produce identity cards, wear masks and submit to temperature checks. Car traffic will also be limited.

Apr 2020

CHINA-DIPLOMACY: VETERAN CHINESE DIPLOMAT ADVISES SOPHISTICATION IN DIPLOMACY
On April 2, the official 'The Paper' published an article by veteran diplomat and former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Fu Ying.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA ESTABLISHES NEW CENTRAL SoE
The State-owned Assets Administrator (SASAC) announced the formation on March 31, of a new central SoE called the 'China Rongtong Asset Management Group'.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA RELEASES LIQUIDITY INTO MARKET TO HELP ECONOMY
The Chinese financial magazine reported on April 3, that to help economic recovery China’s central bank cut the amount of cash that banks need to hold in reserve for the third time this year, releasing about 400 billion yuan ($56.4 billion) of liquidity into the financial system.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: INSTRUCTIONS TO SoEs OPERATING ABROAD ON GUARDING AGAINST COVID-19
The Department of Cooperation of China's Ministry of Commerce on April 1, issued "Guidelines on the Prevention and Control of New Coronary Pneumonia Epidemic in Overseas Enterprises and Projects" listing 16 specific measures under Six requirements. It said the Guideline represents "the motherland's deep concern for overseas enterprises and staff in the project".

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: INTERNAL DEBATE WHETHER GOVERNMENT SHOULD SET TARGET GROWTH RATE
The Chinese magazine Caixin reported (April 2) that a major debate is heating up among economists and Chinese government advisers over whether the country should abandon its annual growth target this year given the huge uncertainties facing both domestic and external demand as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS AND FINANCE WARNS CHINA WILL GET NO ORDERS TILL U.S. AND EUROPE RECOVER FROM CORONAVIRUS
The Chinese website Sina quoted (March 30) Xu Xiaonian, a Professor of Economics and Finance at the China Europe International Business School, said that as long as the pandemic in Europe and America is not over, Chinese export companies will have no orders, and a recession is inevitable.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: MINISTRY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS CLAIMS 55,000 EX-SERVICEMEN REHABILITATED
Xinhua (March 31) reported a claim by China's Ministry of Veterans Affairs that it has secured 55,000 jobs for ex-service personnel in four leading Chinese companies in the private sector, in accordance with agreements signed online between the ministry and the four job providers.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINESE EMBASSY IN LONDON EVACUATING STUDENTS FROM UK BY AIR
Caixin reported (April 2) on the basis of reports from families that the Chinese Embassy in UK is chartering a plane to bring home Chinese students attempting to flee the country’s Covid-19 outbreak.

Apr 2020

CHINA-TIBET: MONASTERIES IN TAR REOPEN AFTER CORONAVIRUS
Xinhua quoted (March 31) the Buddhist Association of Lhasa as announcing (March 30) that a total of 214 religious venues in suburban areas of Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, which were temporarily closed due to the novel coronavirus epidemic, will reopen to the public starting from March 31.

Apr 2020

CHINA-COVID-19: WUHAN AUTHORITIES HELD EXERCISE ON HANDLING EPIDEMICS IN JULY 2019
New York Times on Match 29 reported that the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention held the country’s biggest infectious outbreak training exercise since the SARS epidemic in 2002 and 2003, in n July, to showcase the strides made since the virus killed hundreds and traumatised the nation.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE COUNCIL APPROVES INCREASED RELENDING BY BANKS AND LOANS AT CONCESSIONAL RATES TO MICRO, SMALL AND MIDSIZE COMPANIES
China’s State Council decided at a meeting on March 31 to enhance the country’s monetary response to Covid-19, including a further reduction in the amount of cash some banks must hold in reserve to provide further assistance to small and midsize businesses.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: RECOVERY IN MFG SECTOR
According to a Caixin sponsored survey of April 1, China’s manufacturing activity recovered in March as workers returned to businesses, despite the expanding coronavirus outbreak overseas denting foreign demand.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA MOBILE BOOSTS SALES OF HUAWEI AND ZTE AMID US RESTRICTIONS ON HUAWEI
Chinese telecom giant Huawei and hometown rival ZTE won China Mobile’s latest tender of 5G contracts to build 232,143 fifth-generation wireless network base stations in 28 provincial-level regions.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: EXPORT OF VENTILATORS
Xu Kemin, an official of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said at a news conference in Beijing on March 30 that in the 10 days starting March 19, China shipped around 1,700 mechanical ventilators to markets outside the country.

Apr 2020

CHINA-INDIA: XI JINPING SAYS CHINA-INDIA RELATIONS AT NEW STARTING POINT
Xinhua (April 2) reported Chinese President Xi Jinping as saying in his congratulatory message to India's President Ramnath Kovind on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties that China-India relations are standing at a new starting point and facing new opportunities.

Apr 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN DONATES 5.6 MILLION MASKS TO EU; MORE TO FOLOW TO OTHERS
i) EU President Ursula von der Leyen Tweeted on April 2, thanking Taiwan on behalf of the European Union for its donation of 5.6 million masks to help fight the Coronavirus, describing it as a gesture of solidarity.

Apr 2020

CHINA-MYANMAR: MYANMAR CARDINAL CRITICISES CHINA FOR COVID-19
UCA News reported (April 2) that Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, who heads the Federation of Asian Bishop's Conferences, launched a searing attack on the CCP over the COVID virus, branding it "moral culpable", demanding an apology and reparations. His statement also attacks Beijing's human rights record.

Apr 2020

CHINA-UN: UN DECIDES TO USE TENCENT FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
The United Nations has decided to partner with the Chinese technology giant Tencent to hold online meetings for its 75th anniversary celebrations, despite the company’s role in state surveillance and censorship within China.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE MEDICAL TEAM ARRIVES IN ISLAMABAD FOR 2 WEEKS
A team of Chinese health experts reached Islamabad on March 28 to assess the preventive measures taken by the government so far to fight the COVID-19.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: NEW MILITARY DISCIPLINE INSPECTION REGULATIONS
China National Defence News reported (March 23) that with the CMC's approval the CMC Commission for Discipline Inspection and Supervision issued the "Code of Daily Conduct for Party Members and Cadres in the Army Discipline Inspection and Supervision System".

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: EXECUTIVE VICE PREMIER HAN ZHENG CHAIRS MEETING ON STABILISING INVESTMENT
Xinhua reported (March 27) that China’s Executive Vice Premier Han Zheng chaired a meeting on March 26 in Beijing on stabilising investment.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S INDUSTRIAL PROFITS DROPPED IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2020
China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosed that industrial profits for January and February had dropped.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CONFUSION LEADS TO CLOSURE OF CINEMAS IN CHINA
Following government approval, China's 600 cinemas reopened for business early this week, but they were directed to be closed again on March 27.

Apr 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: CHINESE SCIENTIST GAO QUANXI SAYS GOVERNMENT FAILED TO STIMULATE SOCIAL SOCIETY
Prof. Gao, now Chair Professor Law at Koguan School of Law, Jiaotong University, was quoted by Xinjing bao on February 29, 2020 as saying ”Improve social mechanisms, let cons­ci­ence and rule of law prevail”.

Apr 2020

CHINA-EDUCATION: PROVINCES BEGIN REOPENING SCHOOLS
Caixin reported (March 27) that kindergartens in Jiangsu province will reopen on April 7, the third grades will start on March 30th, and the high school starts on April 13. Jiangsu said colleges and universities will start on April 13.

Apr 2020

CHINA-DISCONTENT: CLASHES ON HUBEI-JIANGXI BORDER
Late on March 27, reports and videos were publicised via Twitter by Hubei residents who were trying to leave the province after the authorities had eased travel restrictions and the Jiangxi provincial traffic police who tried to stop them at the check-post.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEETING ON MARCH 27
Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee n march 27 to discuss 'Dealing with the Coronavirus'. The meeting discussed keeping imported cases from entering the country and staying vigilant against the virus at home. It announced that the government will be rolling out a basket of supportive measures to help the economy.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING VISITS NINGBO
On March 29, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Ningbo port in Zhejiang province – one of the world’s busiest ports and a trade hub for eastern China.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE STUDENTS LEAVING U.S. TO RETURN TO CHINA
Chinese students based in the US are paying upto UK Pounds 22,000 to charter aircraft in a bid to escape the potential Coronavirus epidemic in the US and get to China. China has, in turn, prohibited all charter flights from the US.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: US DESTROYER PASSES THROUGH TAIWAN STRAIT
Anthony Junco, a spokesman for the U.S. Seventh Fleet, said the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell conducted “a routine Taiwan Strait transit” on March 25, in line with international law. He said “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S.

Mar 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES SAYS CHINESE COMPANIES IN INDIA CAN HELP BUILD HOSPITALS
Global Times (March 25) quoted Chinese experts as suggesting that Chinese companies already in India can offer help including aiding the locals to build makeshift hospitals like those in Wuhan if asked. It quoted an expert from the China Railway Construction Corp. as saying Chinese companies can help countries undergoing coronavirus lockdowns like India. "Chinese companies working on existing projects in India, with sufficient supply networks in place, can take over the construction of makeshift hospitals like those in Wuhan upon India's invitation."

Mar 2020

CHINA-GERMANY: XI JINPING CALLS GERMAN CHANCELLOR MERKEL
Chinese President Xi Jinping placed a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 25, to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. He expressed a desire for deeper Sino-German cooperation and said “China is willing to share prevention, control and treatment experience with Germany, strengthen cooperation in vaccine and drug research and development, and contribute to the health and well-being of the two peoples and global public health and safety.” Angela Merkel agreed and said “Germany thanks China for its timely and valuable help and hopes to carry out scientific research cooperation with China in the areas of vaccine and drug research and development and other fields, so as to set an example of solidarity.” (Comment: Over the last two weeks, Xi Jinping has called various foreign leaders each day to express support and offer medical aid and expertise.)

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA FILLS ALL ITS OIL STORAGE CAPACITY
With oil prices dropping to an 18-year low, demand in China’s oil storage sector has soared as companies hoard the fossil fuel. Data from energy information provider OilChem China showed that since March 7, the day after talks between oil-producers cartel OPEC and Russia collapsed and prices began to plummet, Chinese ports have added around 1.5 million tons of commercial crude oil to their stockpiles. A manager at a Chinese oil storage company said “All of China’s coastal storage tanks and those near rivers are all booked, wherever they are in the country”. The total quantum of oil in OilChem China's storage is now 29.45 million tonnes.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: WORKERS COMPETE FOR GETTING BENEFITS APPROVED BY CHINESE GOVERNMENT
Foreign Policy reported (March 25) that in most Chinese cities, offices and factories have reopened, but many workers have reported slashed salaries or the loss of benefits. To avoid catastrophic unemployment, the authorities have tightened already restrictive laws around layoffs, pushing the financial burden onto businesses. There is aid in place for many hard-hit enterprises, but a lot of political competition around who gets it. Chinese labor laws have always been excellent on paper: It’s hard to fire workers without cause or carry out mass layoffs. But they are highly difficult to enforce in practice.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: SURVEY SHOWS SHARP DECLINE IN JOB OPENINGS
Lu Hai, Professor at Peking University, who organised a recent survey under a joint project between Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management and Zhaopin, one of China’s largest hiring platforms, revealed (March 25) that job openings in China for the first two months of 2020 dropped by more than 30% as the coronavirus epidemic severely disrupted economic activity.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE ECONOMY CONTRACTS YIELDING LOWER REVENUES
Bloomberg financial services reported that “The income of central and local governments contracted 9.9% in the first two months of the year compared to a year ago”, describing it as the deepest fall since February 2009.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: BUSINESS INDEXES REGISTER VERY SLOW GROWTH
Xinhua reported (March 26) that according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology by March 24, only 71.7% of small and medium-sized enterprises had resumed operations. Another National Business Activity Index shows that as of March 25, the economy was operating at 73.9% of pre-crisis levels. These figures have prompted estimates that the economy is running at less than three-fourths normal levels and that if the economy doesn’t get rebooted quickly, the damage will be intense and long-lasting.

Mar 2020

CHINA-TIBET: TAR RELAXES QUARANTINE REGULATIONS
The Lhasa City Epidemic Prevention and Control Leading Committee issued an official notice dated March 23, saying that people from “low-risk” areas who are quarantined in hotels or elsewhere can move outside if they have already been in quarantine for a week. The notice, a copy of which was posted on Chinese social media, also says that while people arriving from “low-risk” places may not have to stay in quarantine, people arriving from medium- and high-risk places should be quarantined for seven and 14 days respectively. Tibetans quarantined for 14 days would be kept at their own expense.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: 27 CHINESE PROVINCES RELAX RESTRICTIONS
At a press conference in Beijing on March 26, China's Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Xu Nanping, said that it is not yet time to summarize China ’s experience in science and technology against epidemics.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: HUBEI PROVINCE BEGINS LOOSENING TRANSPORT CURBS
Caixin reported (March 25) that “Hubei provincial authorities issued a notice on March 24 announcing that they will end restrictions on outbound traffic" starting March 25, with the exception of its capital city of Wuhan, which will block departures for two more weeks.

Mar 2020

CHINA-CIVIL AVIATION: CHINA SUSPENDS MOST INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
The Civil Administration of China (CAAC) announced (March 26) that it will drastically cut back the number of international flights from March 29. It said all domestic airlines that fly internationally can keep only one international route in operation, with just one flight on that route per week. Meanwhile, foreign carriers flying to China can also keep only one route, which can also not fly more than once a week.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: FEARS OF A SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 PROMPTS CHINA TO STOP ENTRY OF ALMOST ALL FOREIGNERS
FT reported (March 27) that China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced (March 26) it would temporarily suspend visits from almost all foreign nationals amid mounting fears that those returning to China after the country eased its travel restrictions were sparking a second wave of cases.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG WARNS ABOUT RECURRENCE OF CORONAVIRUS
On March 24, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned officials “not to hide cases for the sake of reporting zero.” He told officials "Everywhere you want to be truthful and publicly and transparently release epidemic information."

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: PROPAGANDA WAR OVER CORONAVIRUS
Following the accusation on March 12, by Zhao Lijian, Spokesman & Deputy Director General of the Information Department, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that the United States is the origin of the novel Coronavirus, Chinese bots took to Twitter to spread the accusation.

Mar 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE DEFENCE MINISTRY REPORTS PLA NAVY FLEET SAILING BETWEEN OKINAWA'S MAIN ISLAND AND MIYAKOJIMA ON MARCH 19
Japan's Defence Ministry reported that on March 19 in an area about 80 kilometers southeast of Miyako Island a PLA Navy Type-052D guided missile destroyer, two Type-054A frigates and a Type-903A integrated supply ship were spotted by its PC-3 patrol aircraft sailing eastward. The Japanese Ministry of Defense said that afterwards, these Chinese warships sailed northward from the sea between Okinawa's main island and Miyakojima and headed for the East China Sea.

Mar 2020

CHINA-INTERNATIONAL AID: CHINA PROVIDES EMERGENCY HEALTH ASSISTANCE TO EUROPE
The Wall Street Journal reported (March 20) that a group of 300 Chinese intensive-care doctors began to arrive in Italy on March 18. China has also sent supplies to Serbia and Brussels at their request offering to provide more than two million medical masks and 50,000 coronavirus testing kits. The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have assured assistance to European countries. Pakistan says that China has provided it with “grant assistance of $4 million along with 300,000 medical face masks, 10 ventilators, and other equipment” to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 2020

CHINA-EMPLOYMENT: JOB LOSSES IN WAKE OF CORONAVIRUS
CNBC reported (March 16) that 5 million Chinese had lost jobs in the first two months of 2020, pushing the unemployment rate up to 6.2%. China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) also revealed that retail sales plunged 20.5% over the same period in 2019, industrial output was down 13.5%, fixed asset investment fell by nearly 25%, real estate construction slid 44.9%, home sales fell 34.7% and investment in the real-estate sector was off 16.3%. The NBS said the shock of all of this is likely to last for some time, a recovery won’t be rapid or easy.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: ONE HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE DIES IN WUHAN
The Chinese magazine Caixin reported (March 20) that 45 year-old Liu Li, an employee of the Central Hospital of Wuhan who worked on the hospital’s Ethics Committee and was a colleague of the late whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, died from the Coronavirus disease, becoming the fifth since the epidemic broke out. She was first diagnosed with viral pneumonia on January 28 after running a high temperature for nearly a week, and was later diagnosed as having Covid-19. More than 230 of the hospital’s 4,000 employees have been diagnosed with the disease.

Mar 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: PARTY TRIES TO RECTIFY WRONG DONE TO DR. LI WENLIANG TO ASSUAGE PUBLIC ANGER
More than a month after launching an investigation into local authorities’ handling of the case of Dr. Li Wenliang, a whistleblower doctor in Wuhan, the National Supervisory Commission (NSC) reported their findings on March 19.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW PARTY SECRETARY AT STATE-OWNED CITIC
The trillion dollar State-owned conglomerate Citic Group Corp. on March 20 announced the appointment of Zhu Hexin, a Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), as its new Communist Party secretary. The Citic Group said at a management meeting that Zhu became party chief, replacing Chang Zhenming. Caixin cited sources to say that Zhu Hexin will also succeed Chang Zhenming as Chairman shortly. A regulator told Caixin that it seems to be “an important task to have the deputy governor of the central bank lead Citic Group at the moment.”

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW SHANGHAI MAYOR IS GONG ZHENG
On March 19, it was announced that Shandong Governor Gong Zheng will be taking over as Deputy Party Secretary in Shanghai. Gong Zheng is likely to soon be appointed Mayor of Shanghai. Shanghai has been without a Mayor since Ying Yong was appointed Party Secretary of Hubei on February 13.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES PBSC MEETING ON COVID-19 ON MARCH 18
Addressing the PBSC meeting on March 18, Chinese President Xi Jinping said there has been a positive trend in preventing and controlling the epidemic and restoring normal production. Everyday life has quickened.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: US WHITE HOUSE TRADE ADVISOR PETER NAVARRO PUSHES DRAFT PLAN FOR DOMESTIC PRODUCTION OF MEDICAL GOODS AND EQUIPMENT
The Daily Beast reported (March 19) that White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro with President Trump's encouragement is pushing a slew of policies to ultimately curb the importing of foreign goods and create conditions that would allow for the increased production of American medicines, raw materials, and vaccines.

Mar 2020

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: CHINA DEVELOPS NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR FACIAL RECOGNITION WHEN MASKS ARE WORN
Xinhua (March 11) that the China Railway Science Research Institute just developed a new technology that can perform facial recognition even when the individual wears a regular mask and a helmet.

Mar 2020

CHINA-CZECH REPUBLIC: MEDICAL AID TO OVERSEAS CHINESE SEIZED BY AUTHORITIES IN USTI STATE, CZECH REPUBLIC
The WeChat public account "Lishui Qiaolian" of China's Guancha magazine on March 20, reported that according to Czech media reports on March 19, the Czech Usti State Customs on March 17 inspected the Lovosicích na Litomě icku Industrial Park and found that there were about 680,000 breathing masks and 28,000 masks in a warehouse.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: DEVELOPMENT OF VACCINES AND CONTROL MEASURES
i) Shao Yiming, a prominent virologist who is chief HIV/AIDS expert at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was reported by Caixin on March 20 as saying that Chinese health authorities initially failed to identify and control the threats posed by Covid-19 because of faulty assumptions and weaknesses in a carefully constructed direct reporting system.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: PROMINENT CHINESE VIROLOGIST SAYS AUTHORITIES FAILED TO IDENTIFY AND CONTROL CORONAVIRUS BECAUSE OF FAULTY ASSUMPTIONS
Shao Yiming, a prominent virologist who is chief HIV/AIDS expert at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was reported by Caixin on March 20 as saying that Chinese health authorities initially failed to identify and control the threats posed by Covid-19 because of faulty assumptions and weaknesses in a carefully constructed direct reporting system.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINA RECORDS NO NEW LOCALLY TRANSMITTED CASES
Official figures showed (March 18) that for the first day since the virus took hold late last year, China has recorded no locally transmitted cases.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT CHAIRS PBSC MEETING AND SAYS CRISIS MAY NOT BE OVER
Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) on March 18 when the agenda was preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Mar 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN PRESIDENT VISITS CHINA
Global times reported (March 17) that as the world is facing challenges brought about by COVID-19, Pakistani President Arif Alvi chose this special time to visit China to show solidarity between the two "iron brothers.

Mar 2020

US PRESIDENT'S REACTION TO CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ACCUSING US OF BEING THE ORIGIN OF THE CORONAVIRUS
The official website of the White House posted the following on March 13. It said on March 12, Zhao Lijian, Spokesman & Deputy Director General of the Information Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accused the United States of being the origin of the novel coronavirus, stating, “It might be the US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.

Mar 2020

VOICE OF AMERICA REPORTS STORY OF A RESIDENT OF WUHAN
The Voice of America (VOA) on March 12, claimed that a young man in Wuhan, in his twenties, with the pseudonym “Tulong,” had decided not to remain silent in front the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) propaganda and thought control, but to speak out for the people who died from the coronavirus.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA EXPELS US JOURNALISTS
China announced (March 18) the following measures, effective immediately:

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: US LEGAL FIRM FILES CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST CHINA FOR CORONAVIRUS
CBS and the Palm Beach Post both reported (March 13) that the Berman Law Group, a law firm in Boca Raton, Florida, filed a class-action lawsuit on March 12, to hold the Chinese government accountable for the deadly coronavirus now sweeping America.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA SENDS PEOPLE'S ARMED POLICE (PAP) OFFICERS TO HONGKONG
Reuters quoted (March 18) senior foreign diplomats as saying that officers from China’s People’s Armed Police (PAP) had joined Hong Kong police on the frontlines to observe anti-government protests that peaked last year.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE MEDIA COMMENTS ON US DOLLARS STRONG POSITION WHILE OTHER CURRENCIES SUFFER
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported on March 14, that the U.S. Dollar Index has frequently reached highs when the financial market saw free falls across the globe. Key non-U.S. currencies suffered most, including the Euro, the British Pound, the Canadian Dollar, and the Australian Dollar.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE MOBILE PHONE MARKET SHARPLY DECLINES AND APPPLE iPHONE SALES DROP 61 PER CENT
Shanghai-based Chinese financial news site East Money reported on March 9, that according to statistics released by the China Academy of Information and Communication Technologies, the Chinese smartphone market declined by 54.7 percent, year-over-year.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: POOR HOUSEHOLD CANNOT SURVIVE BEYOND 2.3 MONTHS WITHOUT INCOME
A survey of 120,000 people conducted last week by the Chengdu-based China Household Finance Survey and Research Centre said that a fifth of Chinese households can survive only 2.3 months without any income, while 40 per cent cannot last past three months.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S ECONOMY TO SHRINK BY 9%
Goldman Sachs said on March 17, that China’s economy will likely shrink 9% in the first quarter, underscoring how the coronavirus has disrupted normal business activities, while China reported an uptick in new cases of the disease, most of them imported.

Mar 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: CHINESE PROTEST AT XINHUA REPORTER BEING PRAISED FOR HER REPORTING ON CORONAVIRUS
The Wall Street Journal on March 19 reported that as China’s government promotes its successes in containing the coronavirus to audiences abroad, a heated backlash against a state-media reporter’s coverage of the pathogen shows that Beijing still faces a tough task selling its narrative at home.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINESE SCIENTISTS RACING TO DEVELOP VACCINE
Wang Junzhi, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said (March 18) that Chinese scientists have been racing to develop COVID-19 vaccines by five approaches, namely inactivated vaccines, genetic engineering subunit vaccines, adenovirus vector vaccines, nucleic acid vaccines, and vaccines using attenuated influenza virus as vectors.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINESE SCIENTISTS RACING TO DEVELOP VACCINE
Wang Junzhi, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said (March 18) that Chinese scientists have been racing to develop COVID-19 vaccines by five approaches, namely inactivated vaccines, genetic engineering subunit vaccines, adenovirus vector vaccines, nucleic acid vaccines, and vaccines using attenuated influenza virus as vectors.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINESE S & T OFFICIAL SAYS JAPANESE FLU DRUG "CLEARLY EFFECTIVE" IN TREATING CORONAVIRUS
The Guardian reported (March 18) that a Chinese official of the S&T Ministry said the Japanese flu drug called ' ' and developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm, was 'clearly effective' in treating coronavirus.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHONGQING IMPOSES 14-DAY QUARANTINE ON ALL OVERSEAS ARRIVALS
China’s Chongqing city announced (March 17) it will require all overseas arrivals to be quarantined in designated locations or residences for 14 days.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINA BEGINS WITHDRAWING MEDICAL PERSONNEL FROM HUBEI
The first batch of medical assistance teams started leaving Hubei Province early on March 17 as the epidemic outbreak in the hard-hit province has been subdued. The 3,675 medical staffers belonging to 41 medical teams from across China have assisted 14 temporary hospitals and seven designated hospitals in Wuhan.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: RELAXING OF ISOLATION MEASURES
An unconfirmed report (March 18) states that cinemas are being reopened in order to keep the economy humming. The film distributors have agreed to waive their fee to distribute some top domestic films. The revenue split is normally 49% to the distributor and 51% to the local cinema. One of the first regions to open the cinemas was reportedly Xinjiang.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: BEIJING SAYS NO PLANS TO REOPEN SCHOOLS AND KINDERGARTENS
Beijing has no plan for reopening schools and kindergartens at present, said (March 17) the Beijing Municipal Education Commission. It said it is still too early to consider any plans for reopening of schools and the timetable will be decided considering the situation of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTER AND US DEFENCE SECRETARY CONVERSE
The PLA Daily reported (March 4) that Chinese State Councillor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe held a phone talk with US Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper on March 3, 2020. Gen. Wei Fenghe said that the Chinese people are waging an arduous battle to prevent and control the epidemic.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS LAW BANNING US TELECOM CARRIERS FROM BUYING EQUIPMENT FROM HUAWEI
On March 13, US President Donald Trump signed legislation barring U.S. telecom carriers from using government subsidies to buy networking equipment from Huawei, just days after his administration said it would extend a license allowing Huawei’s U.S.

Mar 2020

CHINA-TOURISM: CHINA CANCELS PERMITS FOR MT. EVEREST
AFP reported that China has cancelled climbing permits for Mount Everest, as the spring climbing season for the world's highest peak approaches.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: COMPANIES BEGIN TO REOPEN
China's industry regulator said nearly all of China’s largest companies have reopened and the majority of the country’s labour force has returned to work, though they will have to contend with ongoing subdued demand as virus fears linger at home and bring other economies to a halt. Chinese auto manufacturers are, however, operating at less than 40% of capacity, even with most of their production facilities back online, Chinese shares opened sharply lower on the last day of the trading week after the worst U.S. sell-off in more than 30 years but later pared losses amid signs that markets in Europe and North America were stabilizing.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: COMPANIES RESUME OPERATIONS
On March 8, the Hubei Airport Group issued a notice to prepare for resuming operations.

Mar 2020

CHINA-FINANCIAL RELIEF: HEALTH EMERGENCY
Caixin reported (March 14) that China’s policymakers are trying to shore up the economy as the coronavirus pandemic continues to shake global markets. The central bank decided on March 13 to once again cut the amount of money banks must keep in reserve to cover 2 losses, unleashing 550 billion yuan ($78.5 billion) of long-term liquidity into the banking system.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CONTAINMENT MEASURES AGAINST 'IMPORTED' CASES
Chinese officials on March 15, drastically tightened restrictions on travellers arriving in Beijing as fears mounted that China could see a renewed uptick in imported cases from travellers bringing the disease back to China.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S NEW YORK-BASED CRITIC REN ZHIQIANG DISAPPEARS
New York Times reported (March 14) that friends of Chinese property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang, also known as 'The Canon', who has been a vociferous critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping and recently wrote a scathing essay calling him a power-hungry “clown”, said he had disappeared from his New York apartment on March 14. His whereabouts, it said, are unknown.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: US PROFESSOR ARRESTED FOR WORKING IN CHINA'S 'THOUSAND TALENTS' PROGRAMME
James Patrick Lewis, a former Physics Professor at West Virginia University was reported on March 11 to have pleaded guilty to fraud charges based on his work for a Chinese global talent program.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ITALY: CHINA DONATES MASKS TO ITALY TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reportedly told Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio on March 10, that Beijing was willing to donate 100,000 high-tech masks to Italy, 20,000 protective suits and 50,000 diagnostic tests.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: GOVERNMENT RUNS HNA
The Stock Times on February 29 reported that the HNA Group is a rapidly expanding airline and conglomerate in China. After the high-profile mysterious death of its Chairman, Wang Jian, in France in last year, the Hainan Provincial government has been leading its restructuring.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: HUAWEI NAMED FOR ILLEGAL TRADING WITH IRAN
Deutsche Welle Chinese Edition reported on March 3 that newly obtained Huawei internal documents showed that the company did supply Iran with banned goods such as computer equipment that the US company HP had made.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: HUAWEI LOSES TOP SPOT AMONG PHONES
Hong Kong Economic Times (HKET), the leading financial daily in Hong Kong, reported on March 2 that, according to market researcher Counterpoint, the Apple iPhone XR was ranked number one in the 2019 global top ten best seller of the smartphone market.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S FOREIGN TRADE DROPS
Foreign Policy's China Brief reported (March 11) that Chinese trade dropped 17.2 percent in January and February, according to official data. The government is hoping for a recovery in May, but that is dependent the rest of the world not being swept up by coronavirus panic and slowed production.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: AMERICAN BUSINESS INVESTMENT IN CHINA SLOWS
The annual China Business Climate Survey, conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in China late last year, found that 21% of member companies reported declines in revenue in 2019, compared with 7% in 2017.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: RHODIUM GROUP ASSES BLEAK FUTURE FOR CHINA'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY
A recent assessment by the Rhodium Group maintained that while the pace of new COVID-2019 transmissions is coming down in China, but the pathway to economic recovery remains deeply uncertain.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE COUNCIL EXECUTIVE MEETING CALLS FOR STABILISING FOREIGN INVESTMENT
A State Council Executive Meeting convened by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on March 10 called for more efforts to stabilise foreign investment.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC IN CHINA
Caixin reported (March 12) that Chinese officials are relaxing restrictions to allow business activities to recover in many places across Hubei province, the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak, amid signs that the domestic spread of the disease is under control. Officials in several other Hubei cities also confirmed that local businesses would be encouraged to resume production starting March 10 if they meet certain criteria.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: HEALTH EMERGENCY & INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
On March 12, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres by phone when he said China is prepared to help the world tackle COVID-19.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: UNCONFIRMED REPORTS STATE CORONAVIRUS INFECTS COUPLE OF HIGH RANKING CCP LEADERS' RELATIVES
i) An unconfirmed Internet posting (Rolia.net on February 21, 2020) stated that Cai Erjin, who is the son of Cai Qi (蔡奇), Beijing Communist Party Secretary is infected with the Coronavirus. It claimed that Cai Erjin’s lover was infected with the coronavirus and later transmitted it to Cai Erjin and his wife. Cai Qi and his wife have been put under 14 days of quarantine.

Mar 2020

CHINA-INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION: SINGAPORE'S CANDIDATE BEATS CHINESE RIVAL TO HEAD WIPO
Daren Tang of Singapore has won a hotly contested election to lead the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) defeating China’s Wang Binying. The WIPO General Assembly will now meet on May 7-8 to formally approve the nomination by its coordination committee.

Mar 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES PUBLISHES ARTICLE CRITICAL OF INDIA
Writing in the official Global Times (March 8) Liu Zhongyi, Secretary General of the Research Center for China-South Asia Cooperation at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: MAJOR CHINESE COMPANIES RENEGE ON IMPORT COMMITMENTS CITING FORCE MAJEUR
Bloomberg financial services reported (March 6) that in a rare and major step, China National Offshore Oil Corp., China's biggest LNG buyer, invoked force majeure and told some suppliers it won’t take delivery of cargoes because of constraints caused by the coronavirus. French oil and gas giant Total SA have rejected the declaration. Hours later, the Chinese copper smelter Guangxi Nanguo also declared it would refuse to take delivery of raw materials. China’s biggest oil refiner, Sinopec Group, is similarly likely to ask Saudi Arabia to reduce crude supplies next month.

Mar 2020

CHINA-PLAAF: PLAAF CADETS TRAIN ON NEWLY COMMISSIONED JL-10 FALCON
The Global Times reported on March 9 that jet fighter pilot cadets at the PLAAF's Shijiazhuang Flight Academy have received intensified training with the newly commissioned JL-10 Falcon to familiarise cadets with the country's top combat planes like the J-16 and J-20. Weihutang, a columnist on military affairs affiliated with China Central Television, said (March 5) the Shijiazhuang Flight Academy was satisfied with the JL-10 and recognised its performance during the specialised training.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: FOURTH DOCTOR DIES FROM COVID-19; CHINA DONATES US$ 20 MILLION TO WHO
Zhu Heping, a colleague of whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, has become the fourth doctor at Wuhan Central Hospital to die from Covid-19. Separately, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Geng Shuang said on March 9, that China will donate US$ 20 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support international cooperation in the fight against Covid-19.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: TWO NEW MAJOR STRAINS OF CORONAVIRUS DETECTED IN CHINA
The Chinese financial magazine Caixin reported (March 8) that a new study by Chinese researchers published in the National Science Review, a peer reviewed journal affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences suggests not only that two major strains of the deadly new coronavirus exist but also that China’s intrusive lockdown measures at the center of the outbreak may have concentrated the more infectious strain in the disease-hit city of Wuhan.

Mar 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: ARREST OF XU ZHIYONG FOR CRITICISING XI JINPING
Prominent Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong, a former law lecturer and founder of the social campaign New Citizens Movement, has been detained on a state security charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail for criticising President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PUBLIC ANGER OVER WUHAN PARTY SECRETARY'S CALL TO "CARRY OUT GRATITUDE EDUCATION"
Wang Zhonglin (王忠林), a close associate of Chinese President Xi Jinping who was appointed Party Secretary of Wuhan in February, has evoked sharp and widespread anger for his remarks during a video conference on March 6, saying it was necessary to “carry out gratitude education among the citizens of the whole city, so that they thank the General Secretary [Xi Jinping], thank the Chinese Communist Party, heed the Party, walk with the Party, and create strong positive energy.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER PBSC MEETING IN BEIJING
Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) meeting on March 4, to 'study the current epidemic prevention and control work and economic and social stability'.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS ACADEMY OF MILITARY SCIENCES IN TIANJIN
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the PLA Academy of Military Medical Sciences and Tsinghua University Medicine School in Beijing on March 6, to inspect scientific research work related to the coronavirus. Xi Jinping called for treating the pursuit of scientific breakthroughs as a “major and urgent” task and stressed the importance of technology in increasing the cure rate and lowering the mortality rate. Xi Jinping held a meeting after his visit to listen to work briefings by the Ministry of Science and Technology and National Health Commission.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS WUHAN FOR FIRST TIME SINCE OUTBREAK OF EPIDEMIC
Chinese President Xi Jinping on March 10, made his first visit to Wuhan, the city that has been hit hardest by the new virus epidemic. State media reported Xi Jinping arrived in the morning in Wuhan, which is currently under lockdown along with several nearby cities. State media showed him inspecting the epidemic prevention and control work and visiting medical workers, community volunteers, patients and others on the 'front lines'.

Mar 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S VISIT TO JAPAN DEFERRED
The Japanese government announced (March 5) that Chinese President Xi Jinping has postponed his state visit to Japan in April. Xi Jinping would have been the first Chinese President received by Japan as a state guest in more than a decade and was due to have a meeting with Emperor Naruhito and hold a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: FREEDOM MOVEMENT SUPPORTERS DETAINED BY HONGKONG POLICE
BBC Chinese reported (February 28) that Hong Kong police had very recently detained Hong Kong Next Digital Group founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, former HK Legislative Council Member and former Democratic Party Chairman Yeung Sum

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: UK FIRM TESCO EXITS CHINA
Well-known new Chinese newspaper The Paper reported on February 26, that the British retail giant Tesco had recently announced the sale of a 20 percent stake in Gain Land to China Resources Group (also known as CRC). Gain Land is a joint venture between Tesco and CRC. This 275 million Pound deal marked the final exit for Tesco in leaving the Chinese market.

Mar 2020

CHINA-MONGOLIA: MONGOLIAN PRESIDENT AND HIS DELEGATION QUARANTINED AFTER RETURNING FROM VISIT TO BEIJING
Hongkong's Apple Daily reported (February 28) that the President of Mongolia, Khaltmaa Battulga, who visited Beijing and met Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on February 27

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: 'THE PAPER' SURVEYS REOPENING OF BUSINESSES
The official 'The Paper' observed (March. ) that while businesses are re-opening, the economy remains severely depressed.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MEASURES TO ALLEVIATE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP OF PEOPLE
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chaired a meeting of the Central Leading Small Group (CLSG) for the Work to Counter the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Epidemic on March 5, to alleviate the financial hardship of people because of the coronavirus.

Mar 2020

CHINA-PLA: PURCHASE OF US$ 1.92 MILLION WORTH BULLET PROOF VESTS BY PLA ARMY (PLAA)
The Hongkong-based Apple Daily reported on February 26, that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) opened a bid for suppliers to provide 1.4 million bullet proof vests, including 930,000 general vests and 467,000 vests with enhanced functions. The price may be up to 13.4 billion yuan (US $1.92 billion).

Mar 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA PERSONNEL ILLEGALLY IN PHILIPPINES
Filipino Senator Panfilo Lacson On March 4, 2020, expressed concerns about the 2000 to 3000 Chinese PLA personnel in the country. Lacson said the PLA members might be here for an 'immersion mission', of which the exact purpose remains unknown.

Mar 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLAAF AIRCRAFT OVERFLY TAIWAN AND US AIRCRAFT AND SHIP RESPOND
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said that on February 28, an unspecified number of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft flew over the sea southwest of Taiwan.

Mar 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA OFFCERS IN QUARANTINE IN BEIJING
The Epoch Times reported (March 5) that a large number of Chinese military officers have been forcibly isolated since the end of January to ensure that they won’t be infected with the novel coronavirus. It quoted a source who resides in an apartment complex reserved for ranking and retired senior PLA Air Force officers in the Haidian District of Beijing, who said family members can only visit them twice a week to deliver food and clothes.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS CASES
Caixin reported (March 6) that according to the count of Johns Hopkins University in the US, there are now 101,598 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 3,460 deaths around the world as of March 6 morning.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PB MEMBER AND VICE PREMIER SUN CHUNLAN VISITS WUHAN
Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, one of the most senior government officials to visit the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, toured a residential community in Wuhan’s Qingshan district on March 5 when, according to state media, Sun Chunlan inspected the operations of the neighbourhood committee to supply residents each day with necessities like medicine, food and fresh vegetables.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA REACTS TO LIMIT PLACED BY US ON NUMBER OF CHINESE JOURNALISTS
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on March 2, said that the US was conducting “political oppression” on Chinese media in the US, and the move would seriously harm ties between the two countries.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: US financial magazine's report on BRI
The US financial news service Bloomberg published (March 2) a report that there had been little progress on the BRI or the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Mar 2020

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
An employee of the State-owned CNPC Economics & Technology Research Institute (CNPC ETRI) recently said they were exploring the possibility of a Beijing-led global health organization that would rival the WHO.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: AUTO SALES DROP IN CHINA IN FIRST HALF OF FEBRUARY
Beijing Daily reported (February 21) that the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) had released data showing that, in the first half of February, Chinese passenger car sales saw a landslide decline.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS INFECTION CASES & CONTROL MEASURES
i) China's financial news magazine Caixin reported (March 4) that confirmed cases of coronavirus in China had climbed to 80,303 as of March 3, with the death toll reaching 2,947.

Mar 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE EXPERTS TO ASSIST PAKISTAN IN FIGHTING LOCUSTS
Global Times (February 20) quoted Chinese officials as saying China is sending a team of locust extermination experts to Pakistan this week to help the country end the ongoing locust outbreak there. It said China possesses world-leading technologies in locust control, and can provide pesticide and machines that are much needed in Pakistan.

Feb 2020

CHINA-RUSSIA: CHINESE REACTION TO RUSSIA CLOSING ITS BORDER WITH CHINA BECAUSE OF CORINAVIRUS
Global Times on February 19, observed that Russia's new precautionary move amid the coronavirus epidemic starting from February 18, 'is a bit of an overreaction' and it is regrettable, 'but due to Russia's basic medical conditions and shortage of medical resources, it is also understandable for Moscow to make the hard decision for the health of its own people'.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA SUSPECTS U.S. EAGERNESS TO SEND EXPERTS FOR CONTROLLING EPIDEMIC TO CHINA
China’s state-run media Global Times published an article (February 10) -- which was rrepeated by Wenxuecity the same day -- asking why the United States is very eager to send its experts to China (to help control the epidemic of Wuhan pneumonia.) The article listed three possible reasons that are being discussed:

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE THINK-TANK ANALYSES PRO AND ANTI-CHINA U.S. STATE GOVERNORS
Captioned 'The U.S. Governors Report', 'D&C Think', a think tank based in Beijing, in collaboration with Tsinghua University released a Report on June 22, 2019, which stated that while a hardline attitude toward China now prevails in Washington, the American federal system means that state-level governments may not be in lockstep.

Feb 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA PERSONNEL ISOLATED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC
The Liberty Times of Taiwan on February 19 reported that personnel at the Sanya Naval Base, Erya PLA Navy Base and the Northeast shipyard have been diagnosed and accepted for isolation.

Feb 2020


CHINA-CORONAVIRUS: CHINA'S NATIONAL HEALTH COMMISSION DISCLOSES INFECTION AND FATALITIES AMONG MEDICAL PERSONNEL
i) Caixin reported that by February 21, China's patient count had climbed to 75,567 and the death toll had reached 2,239. Outside China, 1,153 confirmed cases and eight deaths were reported in 26 countries.

Feb 2020


CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS IMPACTS BUSINESSES; CENTRAL GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS TO EASE RESTRICTIONS
The Foreign Policy China Brief (February 19) says the central government in Beijing is pushing for reopening businesses, but there is conflict emerging at the local level.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: WUHAN PLANS TO BUILD 19 HOSPITALS IN WUHAN
Hu Yabo, Deputy Mayor of Wuhan at a press briefing on epidemic prevention and control on February 21 said that another 19 makeshift hospitals to receive more infected patients are to built in Wuhan. Upon completion, all the makeshift hospitals in Wuhan are expected to offer 30,000 beds by February 25.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: STABILITY MEASURES IN HUBEI
Epoch Times reported (February 19) that Ying Yong, the newly appointed Hubei Province Party Secretary, directed the Hubei Provincial Department of Publicity and CCP to organise 1,600 people to monitor, delete posts, and find people, and used so-called positive publicity to hedge negative public opinion.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PREMIER LI KEQIANG CHAIRS CLSG MEETING FOR CORONAVIRUS
On February 21, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chaired another meeting of the Central Leading Small Group (CLSG) for the Work to Counter the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Epidemic.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: US DESIGNATES 5 CHINESE NEWS AGENCIES AS 'FOREIGN MISSIONS'
On February 18, 2020, the US State Department designated five Chinese state-run media organizations as foreign missions.These are the: Xinhua News Agency; China Global Television Network which falls under China Central Television, CCTV; China Radio International; China Daily Distribution Corporation; and Hai Tian Development USA, which is the distributor for the People’s Daily here in the United States.

Feb 2020

CHINA-INDIA: INDIAN CUSTOMS SEIZES CHINESE SHIP CARRYING MISSILE LAUNCH EQUIPMENT
Indian Custom officials on February 3, 2020, intercepted the ship named Da Cui Yun going to Karachi port in Kandla port Gujarat. The ship sailed from the Jiangyin port on the Yangtze river in China’s Jiangsu province to Qasim port in Karachi.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: SINGAPORE LOWERS GROWTH FORECAST DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on February 17, downgraded its economic growth forecast to between -0.5% and 1.5% — indicating a possible recession — reflecting a weakened outlook after the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PUNITIVE MEASURES TO CHECK MONEY LAUNDERING
China’s central bank has increased the punishment for financial institutions that fail to adequately guard against money laundering, imposing fines of more than 10 million yuan ($1.4 million) for the first time.

Feb 2020

CHINA-CORONAVIRUS: PROVINCES CONFISCATE EACH OTHERS' MEDICAL SUPPLIES BECAUSE OF SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIE
The shortage of medical supplies has created tension between local governments as everyone works on control and prevention of the novel coronavirus. Several places have been reported for confiscating other locality’s medical supplies.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS CASES INCREASE IN CHINA
The Chinese magazine Caixin reported that confirmed cases of the coronavirus had increased by February 18 to 70,643 with the official death toll at 1772.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: LOSSES CAUSED BY THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC
A broad survey of American companies in China released on February 18, showed that more than three-quarters also have insufficient staff to run a full production line. Global electronics giant Foxconn, which employs more than 400,000 on the Chinese mainland, is struggling to fill its factory floors after officially resuming operations February 17.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PEOPLES BANK OF CHINA IS SANITISING CURRENCY NOTES
The Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), Fan Yifei disclosed on February 15 that the PBoC was sanitizing bank notes as well as blocking their movement between cities in regions most affected by the outbreak to limit the transmission of the virus.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC CASES
The Chinese magazine Caixin quoting official reports released on February 18 night revealed that confirmed cases of coronavirus in China had climbed to 72,531 with the official death toll reaching 1,871. Outside China, 896 confirmed cases and three deaths were reported in 25 countries. Liu Zhiming, 51, the head of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, died of the virus at 10:54 a.m. on February 18 according to a statement released by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: REMARKS ON CORONAVIRUS
The Party's official mouthpiece People's Daily between February 8 and 14 each day published a commentary on the coronavirus drawing mainly on Chinese President Xi Jinping's remarks made on February 3 and 10.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: AUTOMOBILE SALES DOWN
Xinhua reported (February 13) that according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) data released for January, Chinese national automobile manufacturing volume declined 33.5 percent, month-over-month, and 24.6 percent, year-over-year. The sales volume declined 27 percent, month-over-month and 18 percent, year-over-year. Passenger car sales declined 27.1 percent month-over-month and 20.2 percent, year-over-year.

Feb 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: PLAN WARSHIPS EXERCISE IN PACIFIC OCEAN
The Global Times on February 18, reported that a fleet of PLA Navy warships recently conducted an air defense exercise in the far seas of the Pacific Ocean.

Feb 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: ANOTHER CHINESE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR CALLS FOR PRESS FREEDOM
The South China Morning Post reported (February 18) that He Weifang, Professor of law at Peking University, wrote a 2-page handwritten article which he shared with friends on WeChat on February 17, 2020, calling for press freedoms. He Weifang said “I hope the heavy price [of the outbreak] will make Chinese authorities come to realise that without press freedom, people will live in distress and the government in mendacity.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING MAKES PUBLIC APPEARANCE IN BEIJING ON FEBRUARY 10
Chinese President and CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping made a public appearance in Beijing on February 10, and called for “resolutely winning the people’s war, overall battle, and defensive battle for epidemic prevention and control.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: ECONOMIC COST OF CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC
Some of China’s major internet companies, including Tencent, ByteDance, Baidu and Didi, have further pushed back the date for their employees to return to their offices to February 17 or 24, though work has resumed remotely.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES
i) By February 13, China's Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) patient cases had reached 44,763 and the death toll to 1,115. A total of 24 other countries have confirmed a combined more than 398 cases of infections.

Feb 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: POST ON PUBLIC ACCOUNT BY SUPREME COURT JUDGE
A Judge of China's Supreme People's Procratorate, Duan Zhanjiang on February 13, unprecedentedly posted a lengthy article on his public social media account criticising the shortcomings in governance, not allowing civil society to have a larger role, suppression of free speech, prediction of a far serious fallout for Chinese economy etc. He referred also Tsinghua University Professor Xu Zhangrun's recent lengthy article.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW DIRECTOR OF HONGKONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE
Xia Baolong, an ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, was appointed Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council on February 13, replacing Zhang Xiaoming. Zhang Xiaoming has become the most senior Beijing-appointed official to lose his job in the wake of months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Xia Baolong was Xi Jinping’s deputy when he was the Party Secretary of Zhejiang Province from 2003 to 2007.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW PARTY BOSES FOR HUBEI PROVINCE
Following the Politburo Standing Committee meeting on February 12, the Party announced the dismissal of two top officials in Hubei:

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING REAPPEARS IN BEIJING
Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first public appearance for nearly a week February 10, as he touried Beijing wearing a mask.

Feb 2020


CHINA-ECONOMY: EFFORTS TO 'RATIONALISE' SHUTDOWN AND ISOLATION OF CITIES, FACTORIES ETC AND ESTIMATES OF GROWTH
Chinese President Xi Jinping told local officials during a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee on February 3, that some of the actions taken to contain the virus are harming the economy. He urged them to refrain from “more restrictive measures”, the two people said.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: TELECON BETWEEN TRUMP AND XI JINPING
China's official 'The Paper' reported there was a telephone conversation beteen US Prresident Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on February 7, 2020. No further details are available yet.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE AUTHORITIES ISSUE NEW LABOUR REGULATIONS
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported on January 27, that China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security had just released new regulations to relax certain labor laws for the period when the nation is combating the coronavirus.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CORONAVIRUS PROMPTS CLOSURE OF NUMBER OF HIGH-PROFILE COMPANIES IN CHINA
Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao reported (January 31) that, with the spread of the coronavirus across China, several high profile international companies have suspended their Chinese operations.

Feb 2020

CHINA-CYBER ADMINISTRATION: CLOSER SUPERVISION OF CYBER
A notice issued on February 5, by the Cyberspace Administration of China, provides a glimpse not just of the actions being taken now by the authorities to control information about the coronavirus epidemic, but also of the platforms and activities that have threatened the Party’s dominance of information in recent days.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONA VIRUS CONTINUES TO SPREAD
Caixin reported on February 6, that the patient count for the coronavirus rose to 24,421, and the death toll reached 493. however, Ten Cent posted far higher numbers and reported cases with . deaths. The posts were quickly taken down but not before some people had taken photographs.

Feb 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINESE INTELLECTUALS CRITICESE XI JINPING
South China Morning Post reported (February 6) that prominent Chinese intellectual Xu Zhiyong published an article on social media on February 3, in which he urged Xi Jinping to step down for his “inability to handle major crises”.

Feb 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: GROWING DISSIDENCE IN CHINA
Well known Chinese Professor of Beijing's Tsinghua University, Xu Zhangrun, on February 5, posted a scathing criticism of Xi Jinping and the Chinese authorities in a 6246-character article captioned 'Angry People No Longer Fear', that has gone viral on China's social media.

Feb 2020


CHINA-GERMANY: FREE UNIVERSITY OF BERLIN CRITICISED BY GERMAN PARLIAMENTARIANS FOR ACCEPTING FUNDS WITH STRINGS ATTACHED
The Free University of Berlin (FU) has been criticised by German parliamentarians on the basis of a report by the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel for accepting terms stipulated by Hanban which runs the Confucius Institutes and which critics fear give the Chinese government leverage to prevent teaching about subjects such as the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and Tibet. On January 20, a group of FU alumni signed a joint letter expressing grave concerns about the university’s academic independence. Berlin’s Senate has said it will investigate the contract, which is worth almost €500,000 (£420,000) over five years, and is designed to train up to 20 Chinese teachers a year.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: TAIWAN'S VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT TO VISIT WASHINGTON ON FEBRUARY 5-6, 2020
Taiwan Vice President-elect Lai Ching-te is scheduled to attend the National Prayer Meeting Breakfast in Washington DC on February 5-6, 2020. It will be the first time in decades for such a high level visit to the U.S. by a Taiwan official. He will be accompanied by, Bikhim Hsiao, a close confidant of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

Feb 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN GIVES MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO CHINA
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said the Pakistani side firmly supports China's efforts to combat the epidemic and expresses gratitude to China for providing help to Pakistani citizens in China.

Feb 2020

CHINA-CCP: PARTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE ISSUES CIRCULAR ON COMBATTING EPIDEMIC
The Politburo Standing Committee under the chairmanship of Chinese President Xi Jinping held a closed-door meeting on January 27, on the epidemic of new coronary methamphetamine in Wuhan and measures to combat it. Xi Jinping warned that those failing to perform their duties will be severely punished.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: 2019-nCoV (CORONA) VIRUS EPIDEMIC
The corona virus continues to spread rapidly across China with 17,332 confirmed, another 21,558 suspected cases and 361 deaths in China by the 4th February. In a bid to tackle the epidemic, Chinese authorities have fast-tracked clinical trials by the pharmaceutical drug company Gilead.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: USAF B-52 H BOMBER ENTERED CHINA AND EAST CHINA SEA REGION
Aircraft Spots, an aircraft monitoring website, disclosed on January 31 that a U.S. military B-52H bomber flew into the Taipei Flight Information District and entered mainland China and the East China Sea region of Taiwan. The bomber flew back to the U.S. Guam Anderson Air Force Base .

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. SENATORS SEEK TAIWAN'S ADMISSION IN WHO
A number of U.S. Senators, including Cory Gardner, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific group of the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee,Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, John Cornyn, James Inhofe, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, etc signed a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) Secretary-General Tan Desai, urging WHO to invite Taiwan to become an observer, and asking WHO to provide Taiwan with the information and assistance needed to respond to the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: US LIFTS SANCTIONS ON ONE CHINESE SHIPPING COMPANY
The U.S. Treasury Departmen on January 31, deleted the COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) Co. from its sanctions list, but continues to blacklist the second unit - COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) Seaman & Ship Management Co Ltd.of COSCO.

Feb 2020


CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO IN DISCUSSIONS WITH BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY DOMINIC RAAB POINTS TO CCP AS THREAT
US Secretary of State Pompeo, during discussions on the special relationship between the US and UK, stated that 'the Chinese Communist Party presents the central threat of our times. It is an enormous economy to which the American economy is deeply tied. There is huge opportunity for us to do really great, creative, innovative business work between our two countries. But the Chinese Communist Party, under President Xi, has made clear that they have an agenda that is not always consistent with the very values that Dominic and I have been speaking about this morning'.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY'S COMMENT ON CORONAVIRUS CAUSING RELOCATION OF JOBS TO U.S.
On January 30, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said the coronavirus outbreak in China, which has killed more than 100 people and sickened thousands there, will help bring jobs back to the U.S. He said “The fact is, it does give businesses yet another thing to consider when they go through their review of their supply chain. On top of all the other things, because you had SARS, you had the African Swine virus there, now you have this.

Feb 2020

CHINA-PLA: INTERNATIONAL ARMS SALES
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reported (January 27) that, based on data from 2015 to 2017, China is the world’s second-biggest arms producer, behind the United States and ahead of Russia. It added that four Chinese companies had combined estimated arms sales of $54.1 billion for 2017, which would put them among the top 20 arms producers in the world. It said “Three of the companies would be ranked in the top 10”. Total U.S. arms sales in 2017 were $226.6 billion, and in Russia, $37.7 billion, according to the think tank’s Top 100 list for that year. Aircraft and avionics group Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) would rank as the sixth-largest arms producer, with estimated 2017 sales of $20.1 billion.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITICAL FALL-OUT ON CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING
Xi Jinping has not figured on the front pages of the People's Daily since the 29th January and neither has he been seen on the state-owned CCTV telecasts.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONA VIRUS
The WHO declared a global health emergency on January 31, while the US promptly issued a travel advisory advising against unnecessary travel to China and suspended entry of foreign nationals returning from the center of the outbreak in China to be quarantined for two weeks.

Feb 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLA DAILY CLAIMS SENTIMENTS FAVOURING FORCEFUL REUNIFICATION OF TAIWAN ARE RISING IN C
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council , was quoted by PLA Daily on January 16, as saying that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Taiwan secessionist forces have provoked a growing sentiment in the Chinese mainland of reunifying with the island of Taiwan by military force, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said on Wednesday.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: US ARRESTS LEADING U.S. ACADEMIC FOR CONCEALING DETAILS OF WORKING FOR CHINA
Dr. Charles M. Lieber, the chair of Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, was charged on January 28, with making false statements about money he had received from a Chinese government-run program ( the Ten Thousand Talents Programme), as part of a broad-ranging F.B.I. effort to root out theft of biomedical research from American laboratories.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: US CONGRESS RESOLUTION ON TIBET
The US House of Representatives on January 28, 2020, voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill bolstering Washington’s support for human rights and environmental protection in Tibet. The Bill introduced and voted upon as a stand-alone piece of legislation, passed 392 to 22 and serves as an amendment to the Tibet Policy Act of 2002.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HEALTH CRISIS: BEIJING CLOSES SCHOOLS
The State Council General Office has extended the holidays for schools and universities till February 2, because of the Coronavirus.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: NEW U.S.ENVOY TO COUNTER CHINA
The U.S. State Department on January 22, appointed Mark Lambert as a new special envoy with a mandate to stall China’s growing influence at the United Nations and other international organizations. His mandate includes countering the BRI.

Jan 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA DEBUNKS INDIA'S ANTI-BALLISTIC MISSSILE SYSTEM
Fang Xiaozhi, a researcher at the BRI Institute of Strategy and International Security, Fudan University, wrote in the PLA Daily (January 21) that India 'has adopted the most conservative plan in all its anti- missile tests -- only intercepting a target whose launching spot, flying velocity and direction, altitude or ballistic parameters are all known and there is no actively maneuvering and changing trajectory. This testing approach of “hitting a fixed target” doesn’t comply with real combat situation, nor can it truly test the anti-missile system’s stability and reliability, so the testing results are hardly reliable. Besides, India heavily relies on developed countries for ballistic missile defense technology, and many parts of its homemade missile defense system use foreign technologies, which has seriously restricted the system’s combat capability.' He concluded that 'New Delhi has a long way to go before it can establish a truly effective ballistic missile defense system and fully exert its real combat force.'

Jan 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: TERRORISM AND FATF
An FATF meeting was held in Beijing this week. Indication is that Pakistan could be getting off the graylist. Pakistan's News International reports that the FATF was “showed satisfaction over

Jan 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CPEC
Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to travel to Pakistan around May or June this year. The NDRC has asked Pakistan to convene the 10th Joint Cooperation Committee meeting under

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINA DEVELOPS NEW 3--ENGINE DRONE
The Global Times reported (January 20) that China had indigenously developed the world's first large, three-engine utility drone which recently made its first flight and can be used in transport and attack missions.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: A PLARF COMMANDER SAYS PLA ENTERING NEW ESCALATED PHASE OF TRAINING
PLARF Major General Xue Jinfeng wrote in the PLA Daily (January 22) about the military training and sharpening of the battlefield in the background of Xi Jinping’s directive at the beginning of the year to train more and in harsh conditions.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: CMC RELEASES NEW OUTLINES TO STRENGTHEN MILITARY AT PRIMARY LEVEL
China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) released a new Outline to strengthen the military at the primary level. The Outline, approved by Chinese President Xi Jinping, will take effect from February 1.

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOODGRAIN RESERVES ARE SECRET
China's Administration of Food and Commodity Reserves announced (January 25, 2020) on its web site that the State Secrets bureau had awarded the Grain Reserve Bureau for its "secrecy work" in January 2019. The award given in January 2019 is a recognition of the bureau's work in maintaining secrecy that is given out only once every five years. The reserves administration is responsible for overseeing the procurement, storage and distribution of government grain and cotton reserves.

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PROVINCES REPORT LOWER GDP
Reuters reported (January 22) that about two-thirds of China’s provinces, regions and municipalities have cut their 2020 growth targets from last year, despite easing trade tensions with the United States.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HEALTH CRISIS: CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY
By midnight of January 25, Hubei Province had reported nearly 700 cases of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus infection; 31 patients have been discharged from the hospital; and 24 have died. At present, 494 patients are still being treated in the hospital.

Jan 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC SETS UP CENTRAL LEADING GROUP TO TACKLE HEALTH EMERGENCY
The CCP CC Politburo Standing Committee met on January 25, on the prevention and control of the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus. CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping chaired the meeting. The meeting decided to set up a CCP Central Committee Leading Group to oversee the work.

Jan 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: CHINESE NATIONAL ARRESTED FOR POSTING OFFENSIVE TWEET WHILE IN U.S
A 20-year-old University of Minnesota student, Luo Daiqing, was arrested in in July 2019 in Wuhan, China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to an official Chinese court document dated November 5, 2019. Some of the tweets contained images deemed to be unflattering portrayals of a "national leader."

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S POPULATION IN AUGUST IS 1.4 BILLION
China News reported (January 17) that, according to newly released data of the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, Mainland China’s total population exceeded 1.4 billion in 2019.

Jan 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SoE APPOINTMENTS
Mao Weiming (毛伟明) was appointed Chairman of State Grid Corporation of China and Secretary of its Party group. Born in May 1961, Mao Weiming is Alternate Member of the 19th CCP CC.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLAAF: PLAAF PLANES FLY THROUGH BASHI STRAIT
Reuters reported quoting Taiwan's Ministry of Defence that People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force aircraft, including H-6 bombers and KJ-500 early warning and control aircraft, passed through the narrow Bashi Channel to the south of Taiwan on a long-range exercise on January 23.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: EDUCATION IN UNIVERSITIES TO PRODUCE TALENT FOR CRITICAL AREAS OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
On January 15, 2020, China’s Ministry of Education released the “Opinion on the Pilot Work of Basic Subject Enrollment Reform in Some Universities,”

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: CMC CDIC EMPHASISES ADVANCES IN PLA'S ARMY BUILDING
The Discipline Inspection Commission of the Central Military Commission (CMC) convened in Beijing to discuss “resolutely implementing the requirement of comprehensively governing the Party strictly” and “providing a strong guarantee for advancing the cause of a strong army in the new era.”

Jan 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: FOURTH PLENUM OF 19TH CENTRAL DISCIPLINE INSPECTION COMMISSION (CDIC)
The 4th Plenary session of the 19th CCP CC was held in Beijing from January 13 - 15, 2020 and presided over by CCP CC General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HEALTH CRISIS: CORONAVIRUS
By 10.00pm on the 23rd January evening, China had confirmed 639 cases of coronavirus while the official death toll rose to 18. All recorded deaths were in Hubei, where there were 444 confirmed cases.

Jan 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO MEETING
The Xinhua News Agency reported on January 16, that Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Political Bureau to review the "Report on the Work of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central People's Congress Listening to and Studying the Work of the National People's Congress Standing Committee,

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBoC STATEMENT ON US-CHINA TRADE DEAL
China's central People's Bank of China (PBoC) in an official statement on January 16, on the section of the phase one trade deal covering financial services stated, inter alia, that “[We want to] broaden market access for financial services…which is consistent with many opening measures introduced in China in the past two years.”

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: US-CHINA TRADE DEAL
A firm of financial analysts assessed the US-China Trade Deal concluded on January 15 as follows: We are still in a trade war. Tariffs remain levied on hundreds of billions of USD worth of goods.

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: US-CHINA TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
The South China Morning Post on December 14, scooped the terms of the long-awaited phase one trade deal between the US and China. According to several US sources, China will agree to purchase an additional USD 200 billion of American goods per year, including: USD 75 billion of manufactured goods; USD 50 billion worth of energy; USD 40 billion of agricultural goods; and USD 35-40 billion worth of services.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA RECRUITMENT NOW TWICE A YEAR
Global Times reported (January 16) that starting 2020 onwards China will increase the frequency of its military recruitment and retirement to twice a year, to maintain a smooth flow of troops, the military's high vigilance and to better train new recruits.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA ROCKET FORCES CONDUCT NUCLEAR EXERCISE
State-owned China Central Television (CCTV) disclosed (January 15) that the PLA Rocket Force conducted a nuclear attack survival exercise where troops in an underground missile facility had to endure extreme conditions and make sure they could still launch nuclear counterattacks.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: JOINT SEA EXERCISES 'SEA GUARDIAN'
China and Pakistan are holding their first nine-day (January 6-14) naval exercises featuring anti-submarine and submarine rescue training in the Arabian Sea titled “Sea Guardians 2020”. Chinese media reports state that PLA Southern Theater Command Navy troops are participating in the drills.

Jan 2020

CHINA-INDIA: VISIT BY INDIAN ARMY NORTHERN AREA COMMANDER TO CHINA
India's Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh travelled to China on a 5-day official (January 7-12) visit to China when he met the Commander of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) ground forces, General Han Weiguo.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA-US TRADE DEAL
The state-affiliated social media account Taoran Notes published (January 13) an op-ed commenting on the expected signing of phase one of the US-China Trade Deal by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on January 15.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: US DELEGATION IN UK ON JANUARY 13 TO CAUTION AGAINST ACCEPTING 5G
A 6-member American delegation including Matthew Pottinger, the Deputy National Security Advisor, Robert Blair, Special Representative on International Telecommunications Policy, and Dr Christopher Ford, Assistant Secretary of State met senior British ministers on January 13, with discussions focusing on 5G.

Jan 2020

CHINA-POPULATION: AGEING
China has 166 million seniors aged 65 and above, and 25% of the population is expected to be over 60 by 2030.

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: OIL EXPLORATION
China's Vice Minister of Natural Resources Yao Huajun, said at a press briefing in Beijing on January 9 that effective May 1, all companies registered in China with net assets of 300 million yuan ($43 million), no matter whether domestically or foreign funded, will be allowed to apply for licenses to conduct oil and gas exploration and production.

Jan 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINESE REACTION TO DPP'S TSAI ING-WEN'S WIN IN ELECTIONS
China's official news agency Xinhua on January 11 reported DPP leader Tsai Ing-wen's victory in Taiwan's national elections, results of which came in on January 11 night, where Taiwan President secured an unprecedented win of nearly a million votes over her next rival.

Jan 2020


CHINA-TAIWAN: FUDAN UNIVERSITY'S FORECAST POSTED ON OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF TSAI ING-WEN'S ELECTION VICTORY IN TAIWAN TAKEN DOWN
A study by China's Fudan University forecasting a decisive win for President Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan’s election on Saturday was been deleted from its website, hours after it was released.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: UPGRADATION OF PLA POLITICAL WARFARE
China’s 79th army started its wartime political drills with newer equipment and weapons from January 1. PLA Daily said the leaders realised that the existing wartime political work equipment was of a single and relatively old type incapable of matching the pace of information warfare and they took the initiative to upgrade some existing equipment and innovate tactics.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLAN: NEW TYPE-055 DESTROYER COMMISSIONED AT QINGDAO PORT
China Central Television (CCTV) reported (January 12) that a commissioning ceremony for the domestically developed Type-055 destroyer Nanchang, was held on January 12, at Qingdao naval port, Shandong Province.

Jan 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW VICE GOVERNOR FOR GUANGDONG PROVINCE
Rising financial star Zhang Xin has been appointed a new vice governor of Guangdong province. Zhang Xin has a PhD in Economics from Colombia Business School; in 1997-2001, Zhang Xin worked as a senior economist at the World Bank; in 2001, he returned to China to work at the China Securities Regulatory Commission; in 2004, he was promoted to People’s Bank of China (PBoC) where he worked until 2017; for the past three years, he was Vice Director of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE).

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: NEW YEAR RESOLVE
China Defence News Network publicised (January 1, 2020) that of national defense and the army will have been basically realised by 2020 and major progress will be made in informationization.

Jan 2020

CHINA-AIR DEFENCE: CHINA REACTS TO U.S. DRONE ATTACK ON IRANIAN OFFICIAL IN BAGHDAD
China's official Global Times reacted swiftly to the U.S. drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad and said (January 5) that it has raised concerns from Chinese netizens of drones being an increasingly dangerous instrument of war that could one day threaten China.

Jan 2020

TIBET MILITARY REGION BEGINS MAJOR HIGH ALTITUDE EXERCISES AND DISPLAYS NEW WEAPONS IN NEW YEAR
The official Global Times (January 6) reported that the PLA Tibet Military Command has begun major military exercises in the New Year in the high-altitude Tibet region bordering India.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: CHINA'S SECOND AIRCRAFT CARRIER 'SHANDONG' JOINS SERVICE
South China Morning Post reported (December 25) that about 30 carrier-based fighter jet pilots were present on December 24 when Chinese President Xi Jinping commissioned the Shandong in Sanya, Hainan province, according to footage aired by state broadcaster CCTV.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA AIR FORCE: CHINA'S NEW UPGRADED JF-17 'THUNDERBIRD' COMPLETES MAIDEN FLIGHT
The Global Times (January 1, 2020) reported that the latest upgraded version of the JF-17 Thunderbird co-produced by China and Pakistan completed its maiden flight last week.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: PLA HONGKONG GARRISON EXERCISES
The South China Morning Post quoted (December 25, 2019) that China’s state-owned CCTV as releasing a video on Christmas Eve of Hong Kong’s PLA garrison conducting live-fire sea drills in the South China Sea.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF LIAISON OFFICE IN HONGKONG
On January 4, the Chinese government announced that Luo Huining, born in October 1954, will be taking over as head of the Liaison Office in Hong Kong replacing Wang Zhimin.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE VICE PREMIER LIU HE TO VISIT USA IN MID-JANUARY 2020
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is scheduled to visit Washington, US from January 13-16, 2020. Separately, US President Trump tweeted on December 31, that the US-China trade deal would be signed in Washington on January 15 by “high level representatives of China”.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN NAVY AND PLA NAVY START JOINT 'SEA GUARDIANS-2020' EXERCISE
The Pakistan Navy (PN) and PLAN Bilateral Exercise, code-named Sea Guardians-2020, kicked off at the Pakistan Navy Dock Yard in Karachi, Pakistan on January 6 morning.

Jan 2020

CHINA-CZECH REPUBLIC: CHINA'S INFLUENCE BUYING OPERATIONS IN CZECH REPUBLIC
The Czech Republic’s richest man Petr Kellner, owner of a domestic loans company 'Home Credit' is reported to be at the centre of a suspected foreign influence campaign by the Chinese government after one of his businesses financed an attempt to boost China’s image in the central European country.

Jan 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN ELECTIONS ON JANUARY 11, 2020
Taiwan will hold its national elections on January 11, 2020 at a time when public sentiment is anti-China resulting in a boost to incumbent Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's chances of victory.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: US IMPOSES REQUIREMENT OF LICENCE FOR AI-RELATED EXPORTS TO CHINA
Reuters reported (January 6, 2020) that the U.S. government imposed new restrictions on exports of American-made Artificial Intelligence software.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: XINHUA COMMENCES URDU SERVICE IN PAKISTAN
Nikkei asia reported (January 4, 2020) that China's authoritative, official news agency Xinhua launched its Urdu service in Pakistan to promote cooperation with local media, ostensibly to counter criticism against the major projects under the BRI in the country, known as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA-MADE J-7 FIGHTER JET CRASHES IN PAKISTAN
A China-built J-7P fighter jet in the Pakistan Air Force crashed in Mianwali on January 7, 2020 killing a Squadron Leader and Flying Officer.

Jan 2020

CHINA'S JIANGNAN SHIPYARD BUILDS 4 NEW GENERATION (VLGC) SUPERTANKERS FOR SINGAPORE
On January 7, 2020, Jiangnan Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, built 4 new generation utra-large 84000 cubic meters of (ultra-large liquefied petroleum gas ship) VLGC for Singapore-based LPG trader PETREDEC HOLDINGS (EASTERN) PTE. The series ship is officially named.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE APPLICANTS FOR U.S. VISAS DROPS
Xinhua (January 2, 2020) published a commentary on the visa issues Chinese students face in the U.S. The commentary disclosed statistics showing that the U.S. issued a total of 78,100 student visas in fiscal year 2018.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINA SPEEDS UP DEVELOPMENT OF JL-3 MISSILES
The South China Morning Post quoted Chinese military sources (January 4, 2020) as saying that China has accelerated development of its most advanced submarine-launched nuclear missile, a weapon capable of striking the US mainland.

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE INVESTMENTS DROP TO 10-YEAR LOW
Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao reported (December 31) that China saw its lowest level of overseas acquisitions in 2019, with a total value of US$41 billion.

Jan 2020

SCHOOL CHILDREN PROHIBITED FROM PARTICIPATING IN RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES DURING WINTER VACATIONS
The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) said that a directive issued on December 31, 2019 by the Lhasa Chengguan Haicheng Elementary School contained 7-point guidelines on winter break school tasks and projects, healthcare and forbidden behaviour, including religious activities.

Jan 2020

CHINA-KENYA: CHINA COMPLETES AID PROJECT
People's Daily on December 22 quoted China’s official news agency Xinhua to report that the completion ceremony for Kenya’s “10,000 Villages Connected” project was held at the Kinyanjui Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, on December 20, 2019. The “10,000 Villages Connected” project is an African aid project that China launched in 2019. The plan was to install satellite receiving antennas, set-top boxes, digital televisions, projection televisions, solar systems, and other facilities in 800 villages in 47 counties in Kenya.

Jan 2020

TAIWAN-HELICOPTER CRASH: TAIWANESE MILITARY OFFICERS KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH ON JANUARY 2
A UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter purchased by Taiwan from the United States in 2010 and carrying 13 people crashed in a mountainous region in the northern part of the island on January 2 morning.

Jan 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S NEW YEAR MESSAGE
On the evening of December 31, 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a congratulatory message for the New Year 2020, where he referred to many topics such as poverty alleviation, the situation in Hong Kong, and the Sino-US trade war.

Jan 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PLA GENERAL'S SON ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN ILLEGALLY TRANSFER OF FUNDS ABROAD
The Epoch Times reported (December 14, 2019) that "a person" has been instrumental in helping some top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials and their families move their money out of China. It said he remains low-key, rarely interacting with Chinese and hiding behind those transactions, so very few people know about him.

Jan 2020

CHINA-CPPCC: CPPCC'S ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS COMMITTEE DISCUSSES RELIGION
Xinhua (November 26) and Radio France Internationale (Dcember 23) reported that the Ethnic Group and Religion Committee of the Chinese National People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) recently had a discussion forum on religion.

Jan 2020

CHINA-GOVERNMENT: CITY LEADERS BEING RESHUFFLED
Bloomberg reported (December 31) that China’s bureaucracy is undergoing a rare large-scale regional reshuffle with new appointments and job swaps offering hints of potential future leaders being groomed by Beijing. It said at least 32 new mayoral-level officials have been appointed since December 21, with 29 of them being relocated to a new province for the first time. The other three are being moved for just the second time.

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: NETIZEN POSTS DATA ONLINE
Sina.com on December 8 published economic data posted on the Internet by Tuozhanlaogou (拓展老狗, WeChat account name) which has been widely disseminated across the internet in China. Using data and charts, the author explained that China’s economy is at its most difficult time.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HEALTH: SUSPECTED OUTBREAK OF SARS IN MAINLAND CHINA
China's state-owned CCTV disclosed on December 31 that a group of medical experts had arrived in the city of Wuhan on December 31 morning to investigate a suspected outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Jan 2020

CHINA-HUAWEI: HUAWEI'S MANAGEMENT RESHUFFLE CLEARS DECKS FOR TAKING ON U.S. IN TECH WAR
The official newspaper Global Times (December 30) reported that Huawei founder and ex-PLA Engineer Ren Zhengfei and his daughter Meng Wanzhou, who is also Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, stepped down from their positions on the Board of Huawei. Meng Wanzhou has quit her position as a member of the board of directors of Hangzhou Huawei Enterprises Communications Technologies Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shenzhen-based Huawei Tech Investment Co, data from corporate information search platform Tianyancha showed.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HUAWEI: CHINA CLAIMS HUAWEI'S REVENUE RISE DESPITE US-CHINA TRADE WAR
Global Times claimed (December 31) that Huawei's rotating chairman Xu Zhijun had said the overall 2019 revenue of Huawei Technologies is expected to reach 850 billion yuan (US$ 121.72 billion), surging by 18 percent year-on-year, but lower than its earlier projection amid the US government's crackdown on China's largest smartphone and telecom manufacturer.

Jan 2020


CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN PRESSURES EL SALVADOR AGAINST ALLOWING CHINESE COMPANY TO GET OPERATING RIGHTS AT PORT
Japan Times reported (December 31) that the Japanese government prevented a Chinese corporation from getting operating rights at a port in El Salvador to be built with a concessional loan from Tokyo. Citing diplomatic sources it said Japan warned of withdrawing its plan to provide ¥11.2 billion (US$ 102 million) in official development assistance after Washington took issue with the Chinese company’s interest in the project and pressured the El Salvadoran government into suspending a tender. Japanese Prime Minister Abe cautioned El Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele over China’s intentions when he visited Tokyo last month, citing U.S. concerns about Beijing’s potential attempt to use ports in Latin America for military purposes.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: PROMOTIONS OF PLA OFFICERS
Hongkong's South China Morning Post reported (December 15) that Chinese President Xi Jinping had the previous week promoted more than 170 senior military officers as part of an ongoing reform of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Dec 2019

CHINA-PAPF: PROMOTIONS IN PEOPLE'S ARMED POLICE FORCE (PAPF)
The South China Morning Post also reported (December 15) that large scale promotions have taken place in China's People's Armed Police Force (PAPF).

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLA: FIRST MILITARY TRAINING CONFERENCE AT SANYA
The first annual conference for optimising the PLA Military training bases and Simulated Blue Forces (mock enemy armies) was held in Sanya, Hainan Province. Over one hundred officers-in-charge and experts related to military training gathered in a Naval Joint Training Base to talk about the macro-design on the building of Chinese military training bases.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLAAF: ROADS TO BE USED AS BACK-UP RUNWAYS
Discussing that expressways could be used as back-up runways for China's latest four and half generation J-20 'stealth' fighter, China's military media (December 9) cited precedents and asserted that more than 10 such special runways have been built nationwide since the Ninth Five Year Plan. China's total highway mileage has exceeded 4 million kilometers, of which more than 150,000 kilometers are expressways. In the event of an attack on a military airfield making it impossible to operate, China's 100, 000 kilometers of highways would be another runway for fighter jets to take off.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: PLA DAILY HIGHLIGHTS "FIVE BREAKTHROUGHS" OF CHINA'S SECOND AIRCRAFT CARRIER
The PLA Daily said (December 18) that induction of the first China-made aircraft carrier Shandong (Hull 17) to the PLA Navy on December 17, 2019, marked 5 breakthroughs. It listed these as, briefly: (i) it was independently designed by China, which realizes the historic leap from renovation to self-development of aircraft carriers and is a major milestone in China's warship construction history.

Dec 2019

CHINA-BANGLADESH: PLA NAVY HANDS OVER TWO FRIGATES TO BANGLADESH NAVY
Senior Bangladeshi Navy officials received two second generation Chinese Type-053H3 frigates, Jiaxing (Hull 521) and Lianyungang (Hull 522), in Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard on December 18.

Dec 2019

CHINA-US: XI JINPING -TRUMP TALK ON TELEPHONE
The People's Daily front-paged (December 20) a report that Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Trump spoke on the telephone on December 20 after the first phase trade agreement negotiations concluded.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG POLICE CLOSES NGO AND ARRESTS 4 PERSONS
Bloomberg reported (December 20) that Hong Kong’s police arrested four people for suspected money laundering linked to ongoing pro- democracy protests and and froze money from a fund that’s raised millions to help support the demonstrations.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE GOVERNMENT OWNED PROPERTY IN HONGKONG
A Bloomberg (December 20) report said after examination of hundreds of Hong Kong Land Registry documents, it found that China's Liaison Office owns properties in more than 20 buildings across the city, with an estimated value of more than $1.5 billion. It described the figure as conservative.

Dec 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: RUSSIA COMPLAINS OF MILITARY TECHNOLOGY THEFT BY CHINA
Asia Nikkei reported on December 20 that Russian state defense conglomerate Rostec accused China of illegally copying a broad range of Russian weaponry and other military hardware.

Dec 2019

CHINA-SWEDEN: FORMER SWEDISH AMBASSADOR TO CHINA CHARGED
Sweden’s former Ambassador to China was on December 9, formally indicted with arbitrariness during negotiations with a foreign power.

Dec 2019

CHINA-U.S.: U.S. PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKS WORLD BANK TO STOP LENDING TO CHINA
Reuters reported (December 7) that U.S. President Donald Trump on December 6 called for the World Bank to stop loaning money to China.

Dec 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN U.S.DROP
Chinese investors invested U.S.$ 1.4 billion into U.S. commercial real estate in the 12 months through September, a 76% plunge from a year earlier, according to a report from Real Capital Analytics.

Dec 2019

CHINA-CZECH REPUBLIC: CZECH REPUBLIC'S CAPITAL TO SIGN SISTER-CITY AGREEMENT WITH TAIPEI
The Hongkong Free Press reported (December 5) that the capital of the Czech Republic will sign a sister city agreement with Taipei in January 2020 after previously breaking off its relationship with Beijing, its Mayor Zdenek Hrib said.

Dec 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: EFFECT OF HONGKONG PROTESTS IN TAIWAN
An article in the South China Morning Post by Wang Xiangwei, a former Editor-in-Chief and currently Beijing-based Adviser to the newspaper, reported that latest data from Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior revealed that approx. 4,352 Hongkongers received residency approvals in the first 10 months of 2019, up 20.6 per cent from the same period last year.

Dec 2019

CHINA-MACAU: AMCHAM CHAIRMAN AND PRESIDENT DENIED ENTRY TO MACAU
The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham) said that the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Robert Grieves, and the President, Tara Joseph, were denied entry to Macau.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: STATEMENT ISSUED BY HKSAR
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government at 9.15 pm on December 6 "expressed deep regret over the spreading of untrue claims overseas in recent days by several members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) and political figures who urged foreign governments or legislatures to interfere with the affairs of the HKSAR".

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HKSAR POLICE ARREST 11 PERSONS IN TERRITORY-WIDE RAIDS AND SEIZE WEAPONS
The South China Morning Post reported (December 8) that Hongkong police conducted city-wide raids in the early hours of the morning and seized weapons including a new Glock semi-automatic pistol ahead of a planned anti-government march that day. 11 persons between the ages of 16 and 63 were arrested.

Dec 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CHINESE STATE-OWNED TECH COMPANY SIGNS DEALS TO ACQUIRE CHIP TECHNOLOGIES
A 3-year-old state-backed memory-chip maker signed two deals with a Canadian patent-licensing company that will give China access to the technology it needs to produce the widely used chips domestically.

Dec 2019

CHINA-CYBER: BELGIUM ACCUSES CHINA OF CYBER HACKING
The Belgian media reported that the Belgian Trade Delegation, which visited Beijing and Shanghai from November 17 to 22, experienced severe cyberattacks that were as high as 135 times per hour, while visiting Beijing.

Dec 2019

CHINA-COMPUTERS: CHINA ORDERS REMOVAL OF ALL FOREIGN COMPUTERS IN 3 YEARS
The Financial Times reported (December 9) that an internal Party directive issued earlier this year ordered all Party-State institutions to remove all foreign computer equipment and software in the next three years.

Dec 2019

CHINA-S&T: CHINA IS UPGRADING ITS NATIONAL MEDIUM-TO LONG TERM S& T DEVELOPMENT PLAN
On December 5, China's official The Paper reported that the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) is ramping up its work on the National Medium- to Long-Term Science and Technology Development Plan (2021-2035) to specify China’s scientific and technological development priorities until 2035.

Dec 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO MEETING
Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a Politburo meeting in Beijing on December 6, to analyse and study the economic work for 2020 and make plans for improving conduct and building integrity as well as fighting corruption.

Dec 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA TOUGHENS STANCE TOWARDS U.S. AND THREATENS TAIWAN
People’s Daily reported on December 2 that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a ban on U.S. military vessels and aircraft.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG POLICE RECOVER 10KGS OF EXPLOSIVES FROM COLLEGE PREMISES
Hongkong Police on December 9 night said they recovered and defused two home-made bombs near the Wah Yan College, a Jesuit high school, in Wan Chai.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES 7-PART SERIES OF COMMENTATOR ARTICLES ON HONGKONG
The People’s Daily published a seven-part series of commentator articles condemning the United States for signing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (HKHRDA) into law on November 27.

Dec 2019

CHINA-XINJIANG: XINJIANG OFFICIALS SAY REGION'S ANTI-TERRORISM EFFORTS SUCCESSFUL AND 'RE-EDUCATION'
The PRC's State Council Information Office held a press conference on December 9, with senior officials from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region to discuss Xinjiang’s anti-terrorism re-education camps.

Dec 2019

CHINA-AI: EXPENDITURE ON AI R&D
In its Report of December 2019, the Centre for Security and Emerging Technologies estimated China's R&D spending on AI. Acknowledging that these were estimates based on 2018 data, it estimated China's spending on AI under civilian S&T as between approx. US$ 90 million and US$ 2 billion. It estimated military spending on AI-related R&D at US$ 2.7 billion.

Dec 2019

CHINA-AI: SURVEY INDICATES PEOPLE UNHAPPY WITH FACIAL RECOGNITION
BBC Chinese reported (December 6) that starting in December, whenever the Chinese people had to register their new mobile phone numbers, they also had to undergo facial scanning.

Dec 2019

CHINA-AI: TSINGHUA PROFESSOR OBJECTS TO USE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION AND AI FOR SCREENING PEOPLE
In an approx. 2900-word sharply worded article posted on her public Wechat account on October 31, 2019, Tsinghua University Professor Lao Dongyan (劳东燕) expressed her worries about facial recognition technology. She called for stricter regulations on facial recognition.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PARTY: UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT DEPUTY HEAD WRITES IN QIU SHI
State Ethnic Affairs Commission Director and United Front Department Deputy Head Bagatur, published an article in Qiushi (No. 2019/23 dated December 1, 2019) about Xi Jinping’s speech in late September at a national meeting that honoured national role models for ethnic unity and progress in Beijing.

Dec 2019

HEAD OF THE CCP'S PLAC ASKS PEOPLE TO 'STRENGTHEN DEFENCE LINE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY
On November 28, Guo Shengkun, head of the CCP's Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC), published an article in People’s Daily calling for the firm defense of “national political security,” which is “the lifeline of the Party’s and the nation’s security, and an unshakable bottom line.”

Dec 2019

CCP CC ORGANISATION DEPARTMENT CALLS FOR SETTING UP LEADING GROUPS TO PROPAGATE XI JINPING THOUGHT
The People’s Daily published (December 5) a commentary under the Zhong Zuwen (仲祖文) byline, which is used to convey the views of the Central Organization Department, to summarize the “Outline of the 2019-2023 National Party and Government Leadership Body Construction Plan”, which was recently published by the CCP Central Committee General Office.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLA: XI JINPING ISSUES INSTRUCTIONS ON ARRANGEMENTS FOR RETIRED MILITARY VETERANS
Xinhua (December 9) reported that Xi Jinping had made important comments on retired military cadre work at a teleconference on the subject.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLA: PLA DAILY SAYS NEW ROUND OF MILITARY DISCIPLINE INSPECTION HAS BEGUN IN THE PLA
The PLA Daily reported (December 12) that the second round of training for military discipline inspection and supervision cadres on two party regulations regarding discipline inspection and law enforcement work had begun.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CENTRAL ECONOMIC WORK CONFERENCE HELD in beijing ON DECEMBER 10-12
The Central Economic Work Conference was held from 10 to 12 December in Beijing. Xi Jinping attended the conference and offered a summary of the economic work in 2019 and an analysis of both the current economic situation and future economic activity in 2020. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang discussed the specifics of next year’s work on the economy.

Dec 2019

CHINA-EDUCATION: STUDENTS IN SHANGHAI'S FUDAN UNIVERSITY ANGRY
Students at the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai are outraged after “freedom of thought” was removed as a core value from its charter.

Dec 2019

CHINA-TIBET: THREE TIBETANS ARRESTED
Authorities in China’s Gansu province have, according to a report (December 10) issued by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), detained three Tibetans, including a painter of traditional religious art, apparently for sharing politically sensitive information on the social-media messaging platform WeChat.

Dec 2019

CHINA-EU: EU AWARDS JAILED UYGHUR DISSIDENT SCHOLAR
Jewher Ilham, daughter of jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti, received the European Parliament’s top Sakharov Prize prize on his behalf on December 18, saying she did not even know if he was still alive. She hoped the award of the Sakharov Prize would help her father, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 for “separatism”.

Dec 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN'S DEFENCE MINISTER CRTICISES CHINA AT DOHA FORUM
Speaking at the Doha Forum on December16, Japan's Defence Minister Taro Kono said Japan “is also concerned about China’s rapid enhancement of its military power without transparency, including its nuclear and missile capabilities.”

Dec 2019

CHINA-US: CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE CLOSED IN KANSAS UNIVERSITY
The Confucius Institute will close in January of 2020, according to an email distributed December 16 night to faculty and staff from University of Kansas interim Provost Carl Lejuez.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PARTY: CCP CC ORGANISATION DEPARTMENT CALLS FOR SETTING UP LEADING GROUPS TO PROPAGATE XI JINP
The People’s Daily published (December 5) a commentary under the Zhong Zuwen (仲祖文) byline, which is used to convey the views of the Central Organization Department, to summarize the “Outline of the 2019-2023 National Party and Government Leadership Body Construction Plan”, which was recently published by the CCP Central Committee General Office.

Dec 2019


CHINA-SECURITY: HEAD OF CHINA'S POLITICAL AND LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION ASKS PEOPLE TO 'STRENGTHEN DEFENCE LINE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY'
On November 28, Guo Shengkun, head of the CCP's Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC), published an article in People’s Daily calling for the firm defense of “national political security,” which is “the lifeline of the Party’s and the nation’s security, and an unshakable bottom line.”

Dec 2019

CHINA-PARTY: UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT DEPUTY HEAD WRITES IN QIU SHI
State Ethnic Affairs Commission Director and United Front Department Deputy Head Bagatur, published an article in Qiushi (No. 2019/23 dated December 1, 2019) about Xi Jinping’s speech in late September at a national meeting that honoured national role models for ethnic unity and progress in Beijing. The article generally reiterated the main talking points of the speech.

Dec 2019

CHINA-AI: TSINGHUA PROFESSOR OBJECTS TO USE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION AND AI FOR SCREENING PEOPLE
BBC Chinese reported (December 6) that starting in December, whenever the Chinese people had to register their new mobile phone numbers, they also had to undergo facial scanning. However, a survey showed that Chinese respondents were very concerned about the security of facial recognition.

Dec 2019

CHINA-AI: EXPENDITURE ON AI R&D
In its Report of December 2019, the Centre for Security and Emerging Technologies estimated China's R&D spending on AI. Acknowledging that these were estimates based on 2018 data, it estimated China's spending on AI under civilian S&T as between approx. US$ 90 million and US$ 2 billion. It estimated military spending on AI-related R&D at US$ 2.7 billion.

Dec 2019


CHINA-XINJIANG: XINJIANG OFFICIALS SAY REGION'S ANTI-TERRORISM EFFORTS SUCCESSFUL AND 'RE-EDUCATION' CAMPS WILL BE USED FOR OTHER PURPOSES
The PRC's State Council Information Office held a press conference on December 9, with senior officials from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region to discuss Xinjiang’s anti-terrorism re-education camps.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES 7-PART SERIES OF COMMENTATOR ARTICLES ON HONGKONG
The People’s Daily published a seven-part series of commentator articles condemning the United States for signing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (HKHRDA) into law on November 27.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG POLICE RECOVER 10KGS OF EXPLOSIVES FROM COLLEGE PREMISES
Hongkong Police on December 9 night said they recovered and defused two home-made bombs near the Wah Yan College, a Jesuit high school, in Wan Chai. Officers said the "bombs" were complete and ready to be used.

Dec 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA TOUGHENS STANCE TOWARDS U.S. AND THREATENS TAIWAN
People’s Daily reported on December 2 that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a ban on U.S. military vessels and aircraft.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PARTY BUILDING
Xinhua reported on December 4, that the General Office of the Party Central Committee has issued an outline of the 2019-2023 national plan for the construction of leadership groups in Party and state organs.

Dec 2019

CHINA-XINJIANG: DISCONTENT AMONG HAN CADRES
In an unusual report the South China Morning Post (December 4) quoted a source and publicised that the measures targeting Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang have triggered “widespread discontent among Han Chinese officials and citizens”.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CHINA OPENS NEW 'INSTITUTE FOR A COMMUNITY WITH SHARED FUTURE'
At a ceremony in Beijing on November 29, the Communication University of China formally announced the creation of the “Institute for a Community with Shared Future” — a new think tank paying homage to Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy concept.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: SPEECH OF CHIEF ECONOMIST FORECASTING LOW GROWTH FOR YEARS DELETED FROM INTERNET
Radio free Asia reported on December 4, that the Chief Economist of China’s Essence Securities, Gao Shanwen, delivered a speech at an internal annual strategy meeting on November 27, when he predicted that China’s economic slowdown will last several years and that the average annual economic growth between 2020 and 2030 will stay below five percent.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: PROFITS OF CHINA'S LARGE SCALE INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES DECLINED BY 9.9 PERCENT
Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao reported (November 27) that, based on the data that the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics just released, China’s large-scale (officially classified as “Above Designated Size”) industrial companies’ total profits declined by 9.9 percent, year-over-year.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NEW APPOINTMENT IN BANK OF CHINA
China's financial news service Caixin reported (December 3) that the Deputy Governor of Jiangsu Province is to be appointed President of the Bank of China Ltd. The post has been vacant for nearly 18 months.

Dec 2019

CHINA-LAW: CHINA GLOBAL LEGAL CONFERENCE
On November 21, the Guangzhou Lawyers Association convened a meeting of all law firm directors and disseminated the following orders issued “from higher authorities.”

Dec 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA IMPOSES DIPLOMATIC RESTRICTIONS ON U.S. DIPLOMATS
Guancha.cn said that, with immediate effect, U.S. diplomats based in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Wuhan should notify the foreign ministry five working days before any meetings with local government officials and educational and research institutes. The instructions were issued on December 5.

Dec 2019

PAKISTAN AUTHORITIES STOP INVESTIGATIONS INTO TRAFFICKING OF OVER 630 PAKISTANI GIRLS
The Associated Press (AP) reported (December 5) that an investigation into the trafficking of more than 600 Pakistani girls and women, who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China in the space of 18 months, was halted over fears it would harm ties with Beijing.

Dec 2019

CHINA--RUSSIA: NEW OIL PIPELINE OPENED ON DECEMBER 2
Xinhua reported (December 2) that the 8,000 km Power of Siberia gas pipeline linking Russia and China began operation.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: NUCLEAR COOPERATION
The China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) announced (June 19) that China has finished building the outer safety dome at its first overseas “Hualong One” nuclear reactor in Pakistan, with the project scheduled to be finished by the end of 2020.

Dec 2019

CHINESE COUNTER-TERRORISM HEAD CRITICISES PASSAGE OF "UYGHUR HUMAN RIGHTS" ACT BY U.S. CONGRESS
In a sharp criticism of the US "Uyghur human rights act" passed by the US House of Representatives on November 4, the Commissioner of Counter-Terrorism commissioner of China's Ministry of Public Security, Liu Yuejin "slammed it for wantonly smearing Chinese policies and counter-terrorism measures as well as misrepresenting the human rights situation in Xinjiang".

Dec 2019

CHINA ACCUSES INDIA OF ATTEMPTING TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM WORSENING INDIA-CHINA RELATIONS
Referring to an an article titled "India, China spar over legacy of Tibetan medicinal system" by the Press Trust of India (PTI) on November 24, the Global Times said (November 27) an anonymous Indian official said that "India has approached UNESCO, seeking the enlisting of the Sowa Rigpa as its intangible cultural heritage."

Dec 2019

CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY ANNOUNCES VISA BAN ON 5 U.S. NGOs, SUSPENSION OF PORT VISITS BY US NAVY
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on December 2, that China would suspend reviewing applications for US warships and aircraft to make port calls in Hong Kong and will impose sanctions on five NGOs, including the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Human Rights Watch.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE OFFICIAL MEDIA ACCUSE U.S. OF 'INTERFERENCE' IN HONGKONG
A November 26 editorial in the Huanqiu (Global Times) attributed the results of the November 24 Hong Kong District Council election to the influence of Western countries. It said “In the past week, some Western forces have worked at full steam to assist the Hong Kong opposition in the District Council elections.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE SPECIAL FORCES IN HONGKONG
Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily reported on November 16, 2019, that Special Forces of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have shown up in Hong Kong.

Dec 2019

CHINA-NATIONAL SECURITY: CHINA DEVISING NEW SYSTEM TO MINIMISE RISKS TO NATIONAL SECURITY
Xinhua (June 8) reported that the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has been tasked with setting up a list system which will “more effectively forestall and defuse national security risks.”

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBoC GOVERNOR PUBLISHED LENGTHY ARTICLE ON CHINA'S ECONOMY ON DECEMBER 1
China's Governor of the People's Bank of China Yi Gang published a lengthy 4365-word article on monetary policy in the Party’s most important theoretical journal on December 1.

Dec 2019

CHINA-DIPLOMACY: CHINESE DIPLOMATS OPENING TWITTER ACCOUNTS AND GETTING MORE ASSERTIVE
Reuters reported (December 4) that Chinese diplomats have been instructed to promote Beijing's view more aggressively in the backdrop of the trade war with the United States, anti-government protests in Hong Kong and other crises that could dent its image.

Dec 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER AND NPC CHAIRMAN LI ZHANSHU PRAISES MACAU
On December 3, National People's Congress (NPC) Chairman Li Zhanshu spoke at a symposium commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Basic Law of Macau where he said “National identity has a broad and deep foundation in Macau society” and, more importantly ,that“The chief executive and key government officials, as well as the principals of the legislature and the judiciary are all patriots.”

Dec 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW PARTY SECRETARY FOR SHANXI PROVINCE
Lou Yangsheng has taken over as Party Secretary of Shanxi Province from Luo Huining, who stepped down due to reaching retirement age.

Dec 2019

CHINA-GERMANY: 5G NOT TO BE ALLOWED IN DEUTSCHE TELECOM
The Chinese Edition of Deutsche Welle reported ton November 29, that Deutsche Telekom’s management had decided to discontinue the use of Huawei products.

Dec 2019

CHINA PROTESTS U.S. PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNING HONGKONG HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY ACT OF 2019
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng on November 28 summoned U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad to lodge 'stern representations and strong protest' against the United States signing of the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 into law.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ESPIONAGE: CHINA ARRESTS NATIONAL OF TAIWAN FOR ESPIONAGE
Separately, 'Southern Daily' confirmed that a Taiwanese man, Lee Meng-Chu, was also arrested by police in Shenzhen city on October 31, for allegedly stealing state secrets for foreign forces after he made a trip to Hong Kong in August to support "anti-China" activities.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ESPIONAGE: CHINA ARRESTS NATIONAL OF BELIZE FOR ESPIONAGE
The official Guangdong Communist Party newspaper 'Southern Daily' reported on November 30, that China has arrested Lee Henley Hu Xiang, a Belizean businessman who lives in China, for allegedly colluding with people in the United States to meddle in the affairs of Hong Kong.

Dec 2019

CHINA-XINJIANG: CONROLS IMPOSED FOLLOWING PLAGUE SCARE IN XINJIANG
China’s Caixin.com reported on November 22 that an emergency response group of the provincial government of Inner Mongolia in northern China issued a “Work Plan for a Firewall for Exiting Inner Mongolia and entering Beijing” to prevent the spread of the plague.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLAN: CHINA TO BUILD FOURTH AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Chinese military analysts were quoted by Global Times on November 28 as saying the development of four or more aircraft carriers is only natural in order to satisfy China's burgeoning national security needs.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLAN: CHINA'S INDIGENOUS AIRCRAFT CARRIER SAILS THROUGH TAIWAN STRAIT IN MID-NOVEMBER
United Daily News (UDN), one of the primary Taiwanese news groups, reported on November 17, 2019 that China’s first fully domestically made aircraft carrier led a fleet to enter the Taiwan Strait.

Dec 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLICE FIRE TEARGAS AND BEAT PROTESTORS IN WENLOU VILLAGE, GUANGDONG
The Guardian reported (November 30) that hundreds of residents in Wenlou, a township in Guangdong province about 60 miles from Hong Kong, protested on November 29 against plans for a large crematorium in an area that officials had previously said would become an “ecological park”.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: PEOPLE'S DAILY CLAIMS CHINESE TV SERIES HAVE LARGE EXPORT MARKET
The Party mouthpiece People’s Daily on November 15, 2019 claimed that between November 11th and the 14th, the '25th Beijing TV Program Market & Exhibition', which was previously the Capital TV Program Promotion Fair, was held at the Beijing Convention Center.

Dec 2019

CHINA-IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN FOREIGN UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES IN CHINA
Radio France International disclosed on November 22, 2019, that New York University Shanghai has disclosed that since 2018, its students of Chinese citizenship have been forced to take a “civic education” course which covers the history of the Communist Party and China’s socialist path.

Dec 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW GUIDELINES FOR PATRIOTIC EDUCATION
Xinhua (November 12) publicised the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee and the State Council's new guidelines titled, “Outline for Promoting Patriotic Education for the New Era”.

Dec 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES PLA
On Wednesday, the big man Delivering the opening address for a training session at the PLA National Defense University in Beijing on November 27, Chinese President and CMC Chairman Xi Jinping called for a new type of military talent, possessed of both unimpeachable moral rectitude and impeccable professional ability.

Dec 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE MAN ARRESTED IN CHANGSHA ON CHARGE OF ESPIONAGE
A Japanese government source said on November 27 that a Japanese man in his 50s has been detained since July in Changsha, Hunan province with access to consular services possibly for alleged spying.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: ELECTIONS IN HONGKONG
The elections over the weekend of November 23-24, 2019, saw a record voter turnout of over 71 per cent of eligible voters (2.94 million voted out of 4 million registered voters) who ensured that pro-Beijing candidates won just 58 seats compared to the 300 they previously held.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: DRAFTING OF 14TH FIVE YEAR PLAN BEGINS
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on November 25, chaired a meeting of the State Council to discuss China’s 14th Five Year Plan (FYP), which will run from 2021 to 2025.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: MANY CHINESE BANKS ARE IN 'HIGH RISK' CATEGORY
The 2019 China Financial Stability Report published on November 25 by the People's Bank of China (PBoC) reported that China’s banking sector is showing signs of strain, with more than 13% of 4,379 lenders now considered “high risk”.

Dec 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SCARE OF BUBONIC PLAGUE
Reports indicate that Inner Mongolia's emergency management authority is trying to prevent the further spread of pneumonic plague, including by establishing a “firewall” for those leaving the region, after reports earlier this month of two pneumonic cases and a bubonic plague case originating in the region sparked panic.

Dec 2019

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETAN YOUTH COMMITS SELF-IMMOLATION
According to information given by Dharamshala-based Kirti Jhepa Monastery's monks Lobsang Yeshi and Kanyag Tsering, a Tibetan youth named Yonten died after committing self immolation in Ngaba town situated in Ngaba county in TAR’s Amdo region, Sichuan Province on November 27, 2019.

Dec 2019

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS DECLARE ONLY DALAI LAMA CAN CHOOSE HIS SUCCESSOR
The 3-day 14th Tibetan Religious Conference that commenced in Dharamsala on November 27, on its opening day declared "The authority of decision concerning the way and manner in which the next reincarnation of the 14th Dalai Lama should appear solely rests with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama himself."

Dec 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ZHU HAILUN, CADRES OF XINJIANG RESPONSIBLE FOR 'RE-EDUCATION' CAMPS IN XINJIANG
Newly revealed, confidential documents have revealed that 61-year old Zhu Hailun, as head of the CCP's powerful Political and Legal Affairs Commission in the Xinjiang region in 2017, played a key role in planning and executing a campaign that has incarcerated a million or more Uighurs into detention camps.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HUGE VOTER TURNOUT OF HONGKONG RESIDENTS FOR DISTRICT COUNCIL VOTING
Hong Kong residents turned out in unprecedented numbers, with more than 1.5 million people at polling booths exceeding the total ballots cast in the 2015 elections, for local elections that many in the city are treating as a proxy referendum on months of anti-government protests.

Nov 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: UNHCR ISSUES STATEMENT OF CONCERN REGARDING SITUATION IN HONGKONG
In a statement issued on November 19, 2019, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed "deepening concern" at the situation in Hongkong and "increasing violence by groups of young people engaging in the protests who are clearly very angry, with deep-seated grievances".

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: AMERICAN FIRM PROSECUTED FOR SELLING CHINESE CAMERAS TO U.S. MILITARY FACILITIES
Federal prosecutors filed fraud charges against seven current and former employers of the New York-based Aventura Technologies in early November.

Nov 2019

HUAWEI FILES SUIT IN FRANCE AGAINST CRITICS ALLEGING IT HAS CONNECTIONS WITH STATE SECURITY
Bloomberg reported on November 22, that Huawei Technologies Co. is suing critics in France who alleged it has ties to the Chinese state.

Nov 2019

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY EXPORTS: HUAWEI HAS 'SAFE CITY' AGREEMENTS WITH 73 CITIES
A report released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in November states that more than 73 cities in 52 countries around the world have entered into “safe city” agreements with Huawei.

Nov 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CHAIRMAN ADDRESSES JAPANESE BUSINESSMEN
Addressing a gathering of executives and researchers from Japan's top companies and universities at a luxury hotel in Tokyo on November 21, Huawei Technologies Chairman Liang Hua spoke of technology and collaboration.

Nov 2019

CHINA-ARGENTINA: SHIPS PORK TO CHINA
The Argentine Agriculture Ministry in Buenos Aires stated on November 21 that it had sent its first shipment of 26 tons of chilled pork cuts to China.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROCESS FOR 4TH PLENUM DOCUMENT
Xinhua (November 5) publicised Xi Jinping’s explanation of the Fourth Plenum Decisions released by the Party. The 4th Plenum decisions went through an exhaustive process.

Nov 2019

CHINA--INTERNAL: CHONGQING DEPUTY PARTY SECRETARY COMMITS SUICIDE AT 4TH PLENUM MEETING IN BEIJING
54-year old Ren Xuefeng, Deputy Party Secretary of the centrally controlled Chongqing Municipality, died on October 31, the last day of at the 4th plenary meeting of the CCP CC, by jumping from Jingxi Hotel in Beijing.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW CODE FOR BOOSTING PUBLIC MORALITY ISSUED BY CCP CC AND PRC STATE COUNCIL
Xinhua carried (October 27) the full text of the report by the CCP Central Committee and State Council aimed at enhancing China’s public morality and establishing guidelines specifying what constitutes good citizenship in the eyes of the Communist Party.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CPPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG INSPECTS ZHEJIANG PROVINCE
Xinhua reported (October 27) that CPPCC Chairman and PBSC member Wang Yang inspected Zhejiang province to meet local cadres on October 26 and 27.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: IMPORTANT CENTRAL APPOINTMENTS
Key central appointments were announced during the past week

Nov 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN SEEKS US$ 9 BILLION LOAN FROM CHINA
Pakistan's 'Dawn' reported on November 6, that Pakistan had on November 5, asked China to finance the US$ 9 billion Main Railway Line (ML-1) and other road and infrastructure projects to expand the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Nov 2019

CHINA-FRANCE: FRENCH PRESIDENT MACRON'S MEETING WITH CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING
Euronews-1 reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping has spent a lot of time with French President Emmanuel Macron over the past 24 hours.

Nov 2019

CHINA-U.S._ HUAWEI FOUNDER SAYS HE DOES NOT NEED THE U.S.
In wide-ranging interview with The Wall Street Journal (November 6), Huawei’s 75-year-old founder, Ren Zhengfei, struck a defiant tone on the Trump administration’s recent moves against the company, while also praising the U.S.’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Nov 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ASKS PLAAF TO BE COMBAT READY
Addressing PLAAF personnel on November 8, at the China Aviation Museum on the outskirts of Beijing on the occasion of the the Air Force’s 70th anniversary, Chinese President Xi Jinping was quoted by the state-owned CGTN saying"We must…strive to build the People's Air Force into a world-class air force."

Nov 2019

CHINA-PARTY: PATRIOTIC EDUCATION
Xinhua reported that the CCP Central Committee and the PRC State Council published an outline for implementing "patriotic education." It declared “The essence of patriotism is to adhere to the high unity of patriotism, love for the Party, and love for socialism.”

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG CONVENES HIGH LEVEL ECONOMIC CONFERENCE
On Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang, along with other top officials, sat down with economists and businessmen to discuss the economy.

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: SoE REFORM
Chairing the third meeting of the State Council Leading Group on State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) Reform on November 12, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He praised officials for the improvements made in recent years. Liu He tasked policymakers with drafting a three-year action plan for SOE reform with “clear targets, timelines, and road maps.”

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA RESERVES INCREASE BY 0.4% IN OCTOBER
China's financial news service Caixin reported (November 9) that China’s foreign exchange reserves rebounded to US$ 3.11 trillion in October, rising by 0.4% from US$ 3.09 trillion the previous month, according to official data.

Nov 2019

CHINA-GERMANY: HUAWEI'S 5G STILL BEING CONSIDERED BY GERMANY
Following her 12th visit to China in September 2019, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated that Germany would consider Huawei's 5G for its network.

Nov 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CRACKDOWN IMMINENT IN HONGKONG
Various signs indicate that the Hong Kong government could go ahead with a large-scale crackdown on the anti-extradition bill protests as early as this evening (November 13, 2019, Hong Kong time).

Nov 2019

CHINA-MARS EXPLORATION AND MARS LANDING BY 2021
Science and Technology Daily also quoted Zhang Yulin, former chief of the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO), as saying that Beijing plans to launch a Mars exploration mission in 2020 and a Mars landing in 2021.

Nov 2019

CHINA-S&T: CHINA PLANS TO ESTABLISH EARTH-MOON ECONOMIC ZONE BY 2050
The official newspaper of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Science and Technology Daily, quoted Bao Weimin, Director of the Science and Technology Commission of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), as saying China is considering the development of an economy outside of the Earth’s perimeter and is planning to establish an Earth-Moon economic zone by 2050.

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S RAILWAY BUREAUS SHOW LOSSES
According to a report (November 4) from mainland Chinese media China Business Network, China State Railway Group Company, Ltd. (China Railway, CR) for the first time announced the profitability of its subsidiaries.

Nov 2019

INDIVIDUAL MOVES PETITION FOR REVOCATION OF HONGKONG CE CARRIE LAM'S BRITISH CITIZENSHIP
Major Taiwanese news network Liberty Times Network (LTN) recently reported that an individual named Deeran Kumar submitted a petition on Change.org asking the government of the United Kingdom to revoke the citizenship of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s husband and her two sons.

Nov 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE OFFICIALS RECOMMENDS HONGKONG LEGISLATE ARTICLE 23 OF BASIC LAW
On November 9, 2019, Zhang Xiaoming, Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, the official agency coordinating Beijing’s ties with Hong Kong, published an article entitled, “Adhering to and improving the ‘one country, two systems,'” in a way to interpret the decision out of the recently concluded Fourth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.

Nov 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG'S CHINESE-LANGUAGE MEDIA RUN ADS 'OPPOSING RIOTING'
Six prominent Chinese-language newspapers in Hong Kong on November 13, ran the same ad on their front page calling for people to “oppose rioting,” a day after intense clashes between protesters and police at a university campus.

Nov 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: TAIWAN HELPING STUDENTS LEAVE HONGKONG
The Apple Daily reported (November 14) that Taiwanese students are being helped by their government to return to Taiwan.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: 19TH CC FOURTH PLENUM
Xinhua reported (October 28) that the CCP 19th Central Committee’s Fourth Plenum began on October 28 morning in Beijing.

Nov 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: OUYANG WEIMIN APPOINTED HEAD OF CHINA DEVELOPMENT BANK (CDB)
The CDB on October 24, announced the appointment of Ouyang Weimin, a Vice Governor of China's Guangdong province. Ouyang worked 20 years at the PBOC before he was transferred to local government positions in Guangdong in 2011.

Nov 2019

CHINA-MILITARY WORLD GAMES: MEMBERS OF CHINESE TEAM EXPELLED FOR CHEATING
The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) announced on October 25 that a Chinese team has been kicked out of its own Military World Games after other countries alerted judges to "extensive cheating" by the hosts.

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S STATE ASSETS TOTAL US$ 67 trillion
A report containing the second annual review of the condition of state assets submitted by China's State Council to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress stated that the total assets on the books of the Chinese government at the end of last year came to 474.7 trillion yuan ($67 trillion), equivalent to almost 80% of global GDP for 2018.

Nov 2019

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: NASDAQ SAYS CHINA'S PINDUODUO'S SHARES HAVE RISEN
Nasdaq-listed Pinduoduo's share price rose more than 12% on October 24, reaching a record high of $39.96.

Nov 2019

CHINA-THAILAND: CHINA AND JAPAN INVEST IN BUILDING HI-SPEED RAIL IN THAILAND
A Charoen Pokphand Group-led consortium signed a contract with the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) on Thursday to build the high-speed train route linking three major airports, which is expected to boost economic development and create more than 100,000 jobs.

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: DIFFERENCES IN USA REGARDING TECHNOLOGIES TO BE DENIED TO CHINA
The New York Times (October 23) reported that the Trump Administration is divided over which technologies can be shared with China.

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: US DENIES VISA TO HEAD OF CHINA NATIONAL SPACE ADMINISTRATION
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said (October 23) that a Chinese delegation had wanted to take part in the ongoing International Astronautical Congress being held in Washington.

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: US AIRCRAFT CARRIER IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
A South China Morning Post report (October 21) said the USS Ronald Reagan is carrying out drills above the South China Sea.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITBURO MEETING
Xinhua reported (October 24) that the Politburo met on October 24 and set the dates for the Central Committee’s long-awaited Fourth Plenum for 28 to 31 October in Beijing.

Nov 2019

CHINA-XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO STUDY SESSION
Xi Jinping presided over the 18th Politburo collective study session on October 25, on the topic of blockchain technology development.

Nov 2019

CHINA-UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT: POVERTY ALLEVIATION AND ETHNIC UNITY
CPPCC Chairman and PBSC member Wang Yang spoke on October 21 at the conference organised by the United Front Work Department (UFWD) to commemorate continuation of the “Guangcai Program”, which was “launched in 1994 by China's private enterprises in a bid to aid the country's poverty-relief efforts.”

Nov 2019

CHINA-ETHNIC UNITY: INSTRUCTIONS ON PROMOTING ETHNIC UNITY
The General Offices of the CCP CC and State Council jointly released opinions on “comprehensively, deeply, and enduringly implementing the work on pursuing ethnic unity and progress to consolidate a sense of community for the Chinese Nation” and issued a notice requesting each region and department conscientiously implement the opinions.

Nov 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA BACKS PAKISTAN AT FATF
Reiterating its support to Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) platform, the Daily Pakistan said on October 29 that China has 'categorically announced that it did not want the forum to be politicised as some countries are pursuing their political agenda in a bid to blacklist Pakistan'.

Nov 2019

CHINESE DIRECTOR OF CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE ACCUSED OF ESPIONAGE AND BARRED FROM VISITING SCHENGEN AREA
Song Xinning, former Director of the Confucius Institute at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), in Brussels has been barred from entering the Schengen Area for eight years after being accused of espionage.

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: NOTED CHINESE SCHOLAR PROF. JIN CANRONG SAYS CHINA CAN DEFEAT U.S. IN 'HOT WAR'
Speaking to Taiwan's Central News Agency on the siddelines of the annual Xiangshan Forum meeting in Beijing on October 21, Jin Canrong, a scholar at Renmin University of China, stated that China and the United States should show transparency to each other and that both countries ought to avoid a hot war.

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE POLITBURO MEMBER CRITICISES U.S. FOR ADDING TENSION IN SPACE BUT WITHOUT NAMING IT
Singapore's Chinese-language Lianhe Zaobao newspaper reported (October 21) Huang Kunming, head of the CCP CC Propaganda Department and Politburo member, as saying in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 6th World Internet Conference, that “Some countries have used national security as an excuse and have restricted and attacked other countries and enterprises.

Nov 2019

CHINA-KAZAKHSTAN: TWO CHINESE NATIONALS SEEK POLITICAL ASYLUM IN KAZAKHSTAN
25-year-old Murager Alimuly and 30-year-old Qaster Musakhanuly, both ethnic Kazakhs from China, entered Kazakhstan on October 1 and on October 9 appeared in video testimonies posted to Facebook recounting their experiences in Xinjiang.

Nov 2019

CHINA-SPACE: CHINA TO CREATE ZONE IN SPACE
The Science and Technology Daily, a newspaper affiliated with the Ministry of Science and Technology, reported (November 1) that Bao Weimin, Chief of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.’s Science and Technology Commission, said at a forum in Beijing on October 30, that China plans to set up the economic zone in "cislunar space" — the area lying inside the moon’s orbit — within the next few decades.

Nov 2019

CHINA-EDUCATION: CHINA CALLS FOR UPGRADING QUALITY OF ONLINE AND LONG DISTANCE EDUCATION
China’s Ministry of Education has called for a three-year revamp of the higher education system, aiming to devote vast resources to undergraduate studies, including the expertise of those who are part of its controversial Thousand Talents Program.

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S MANUFACTURING INDEX SHOWS FASTEST INCREASE SINCE DECEMBER
The Caixin China General Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) said China’s manufacturing activity expanded at the fastest pace in nearly three years in October as output and new orders grew at a pace not seen in several years.

Nov 2019

CHINA-COAL: COAL IMPORTS SURGE
China’s coal imports are likely to exceed last year’s tally, negating predictions that the government would cap purchases at 2018’s levels. This year, a slowing economy and the attraction of cheaper overseas coal are likely to steer policymakers away from a repeat of 2018’s curbs.

Nov 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN USING CHINESE MISSILES IN KASHMIR
An official Chinese media report said that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is understood to be "using the 295 FN-16 portable air-defense missiles to strengthen its low-altitude air defense in Kashmir, where India has begun deploying advanced apache helicopters".

Nov 2019

CHINA-UK: BRITAIN PUTS DECISION ON HUAWEI'S 5G ON HOLD
In a letter dated November 1, written by Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the UK's decision on going in for Huawei's 5G was put on hold till installation of the next government due to "the market uncertainty caused by US action to place Huawei on its Entity List for restricted trading on national security grounds".

Nov 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA CRITICISES INDIA'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF UNION TERRITORIES OF KASHMIR, JAMMU AND LADAKH
Global Times on October 31, said 'China slammed India's unilateral move to change administrative status of Kashmir and Ladakh, saying the move challenges China's sovereignty and is illegal and invalid'.

Nov 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING IN SHANGHAI
Chinese President travelled to Shanghai for the Second China International Import Expo (CIIE) where French President Macron is the guest of honour. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness and Serbian Prime Minister Anna Brna Beach (Ana Brnabić) are also attending the opening ceremony of the second Expo.

Nov 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S NEW BOOK
The official Xinhua news agency reported (October 27) that the CCP CC's Institute of Party History and Literature published CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping’s new book 'Ensuring the Party’s Leadership over All Work' .

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGICAL CONTROLS ON EDUCATION
The official website of China’s Ministry of Education on October 21, 2019, published a “Notice on Launching a Special Campaign to Examine and Cleanse Books in Nationwide Elementary and Middle School Libraries.”

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: BUDDHIST MONKS ASKED TO DISPLAY PATRIOTISM ON CHINA'S NATIONAL DAY
Aboluowang reported (November 4) that, on October 1, China’s National Day, Buddhist temples were required to put on patriotic performances while monks and nuns had to participate in the ceremony to pledge allegiance to the communist party.

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: 400 REAL ESTATE COMPANIES BANKRUPT
The Central News Agency (October 30, 2019) quoting the mainland Chinese paper 'The 21st Century Business Herald' said China's real estate industry has been the first to bear the brunt of the Chinese government’s actions to tighten corporate finance and citing court data said that at least 408 real estate firms have declared bankruptcy.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INDIA: SALE OF CHINESE GOODS IN INDIA DROPS
The sale of Chinese goods has witnessed a major drop in the run-up to Diwali as about 60% less Chinese products were sold this year. However, Indians still purchased Chinese goods worth about Rs 3,200 crore while items worth Rs 8,000 crore were sold in the country during the Diwali last year, industry body CAIT said in a statement.

Nov 2019

CHINA-FRANCE: FRENCH PRESIDENT MACRON'S VISIT TO SHANGHAI
French President Emmanuel Macron travels to Beijing on November 4, as a guest of honour of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: US OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO CHINA-OWNED TIK-TOK
Reuters cited three unidentified sources as saying that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has started a national security review of Chinese-owned TikTok’s $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly. TikTok didn’t seek clearance from CFIUS when it acquired Musical.ly, which gives the U.S. security panel scope to investigate it now.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: 4TH PARTY PLENUM TO BE HELD IN BEIJING FROM OCTOBER 28 - 31
The CCP CC Politburo decided at its meeting on October 24 that the Fourth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will be held from Oct. 28 to 31 in Beijing.

Oct 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE SoE CNOOC GETS NEW CHAIRMAN
China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), announced on October 24 afternoon that Wang Dongjin, a Vice Chairman at one of the petroleum SoEs is to replace Yang Hua, who resigned as CNOOC’s chairman in early September.

Oct 2019

NEW CHINESE AMBASSADOR PRAISES CONTRIBUTION OF CANADIAN ANTHROPOLOGIST TO COMMUNIST CAUSE
New Chinese Ambassador Cong Peiwu speaking at a reception in Ottawa to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China cited the case of 104-year old Isabel Crook, a Canadian anthropologist and teacher who has been a supporter of the communist cause for many decades, and continues to live in China.

Oct 2019

CHINA-USA: CHINA STEALS DATA FOR ITS C919 AIRCRAFT
U.S. cybersecurity research and consulting firm Crowdstrike on October 15 released a report that claimed officials from China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), underground hacking groups and personnel, cyber security researchers, and employees (moles) of multiple companies in many countries were involved in cyber theft operations to assist development of the C919 commercial aircraft by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (Comac).

Oct 2019

CHINA-KENYA: CHINA BUILDS ANOTHER RAILWAY
Voice of America (VoA) reported (October 16) that a new railway built by China at a cost of US$ 1.5 billion was put into operation in Kenya on October 16. It connects the capital city Nairobi with Naivasha, a small town in the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted the opening ceremony of the railway.

Oct 2019

CHINA-US: APPLE WITHDRAWS TRACKING APP
Hong Kong Economic Times (HKET), the leading financial daily in Hong Kong, on October 10 reported that Apple once again unlisted the popular app HKmap.live from its AppStore.

Oct 2019

CHINA-PACIFIC ISLANDS: COOPERATION FORUM
The 3rd China-Pacific Island Countries Development and Cooperation Forum opened in the Samoan capital of Apia on October 21, with Vice Premier Hu HUAWEI TO representing the PRC.

Oct 2019

CHINA-INDIA: VISA LIBERALISATION AND INDIAN FILMS
An article published in China's official Global Times (October 14) said that the "significant relaxations" announced in visa policy by the Indian embassy is sure to boost Chinese tourism to India.

Oct 2019

CHINA-GERMANY: GERMANY LIKELY TO OPT FOR HUAWEI'S 5G
The German government appears poised to put in place newly drafted security requirements that do not set clear limits on the Chinese telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE supplying technology for German fifth-generation cellular networks.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN HONGKONG
Reports said (October 20) a 19-year old boy was stabbed in the neck and stomach at Tai Po 'Lennon wall' by an assailant who shouted "Hongkong is part of China'?

Oct 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: SALES OF AUTOMOBILES ARE DOWN
According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, China’s auto sales in September were 2.271 million.

Oct 2019

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETANS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT ASKED TO DENOUNCE DALAI LAMA BEFORE RECRUITMENT
Quoting from recruitment notices recently issued in the Tibet Autonomous Region, the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) said (October 16) that Tibetan college graduates looking for work in Tibet’s public sector are being forced by Chinese authorities to denounce exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama before they are given jobs.

Oct 2019

CHINA-PLAAF: NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS
Chinese large transport aircraft Y-20 and stealth fighter J-20s gave demonstration flights on the opening of a five-day air show held to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force.

Oct 2019

CHINA-MILITARY GAMES AND XIANGSHAN FORUM
On October 19, the CISM World Military Games commenced in central China’s Wuhan. Chinese President Xi Jinping, attended the games where, according to Xinhua (October 19) he said:“Let the ‘sunshine of sports’ dispel the shadow of war, foster communications between different cultures, and bring together people's hearts for peace.”

Oct 2019

CHINA-SOLOMON ISLANDS: CHINA PURCHASES ISLAND OF TULAGI IN SOLOMON ISLANDS
China's Sam Enterprise Group, a State-owned Enterprise, set up in 1985 has singed a renewable 75-year lease agreement with the provincial government of Tulagi whose terms have not been publicly released.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA BANS EXPORT OF BLACK CLOTHING TO HONGKONG
The South China Morning Post (October 17) reported that according to a notice issued by Guangdong courier company PHXBUY on July 11, mainland Chinese customs required courier companies to halt delivery of a list of products.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: BEIJING MOVES TO QUELL TROUBLE
The Wall Street Journal (October 16) reports that Beijing has begun to selectively target pro-democracy activist. 35-year old Stanley Ho Wai-hong of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions was severely beaten on September 29 resulting in injuries including three broken fingers and a thumb.

Oct 2019

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES COMMENTS ON FATF MEETING REG PAKISTAN
An article critical of India published in the official Global Times (October 16) commented "How many shades of grey fits India's fantasy? It seems that India makes too much fuss about whether Pakistan will be moved to the "dark grey" list from the "grey" list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) while China is presiding over the Paris-based terrorist financing watchdog".

Oct 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISICS CITES POSITIVE SIGNS FOR SEPTEMBER
The Chinese financial news service Caixin on October 18 reported that China’s economy grew by 6% YOY in the third quarter, hitting the bottom of the government’s 2019 target range and the weakest pace in almost three decades, reflecting sluggish domestic and global demand exacerbated by the ongoing trade war with the U.S. It said for the first nine months, GDP rose 6.2% YOY, within this year’s target range of 6% to 6.5% announced by Premier Li Keqiang in March.

Oct 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: SHIPBUILDING COMPANY SEEKS CAPITAL INFUSION FROM ABROAD
China Merchants Industry Holdings Co. Ltd. (CMIH), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Merchants Group, initiated a mixed-ownership reform, a campaign promoted by Beijing to diversify shareholding structures of major state-owned enterprises.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HI-TECH: CHINA PLANS TO BECOME SELF-RELIANT IN HI-TECHNOLOGIES
Addressing the "2019 National Manufacturing Powerhouse Construction Expert Forum (Ningbo)" in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province on October 15, Zhou Ji, President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), said that the CAE had recently assessed the value chains of 26 manufacturing sub-sectors.

Oct 2019

CHINA-CCP: CCP BRANCHES PRESENT IN PRIVATE ENTERPRISES
The People's Daily reported (October 15) that efforts to get a CCP branch in every enterprise, including private enterprises, are succeeding. It observed that technology companies particularly have taken the lead in establishing Party branches in their companies.

Oct 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S DAUGHTER RETURNS TO U.S.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's daughter, Xi Mingze (習明澤) who previously completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard in 2014 has re-enrolled in Harvard University in 2019.

Oct 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: LATE CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY ZHAO ZIYANG'S ASHES LAID TO REST
The ashes of late CCP CC General Secretary Zhao Ziyang and his wife were buried in a cemetery north of Beijing on October 18.

Oct 2019

VIETNAM BANS CHINA-PRODUCED MOVIE BECAUSE OF MAP SHOWING INCORRECT MARITIME BOUNDARIES
Ta Quang Dong, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, was quoted as saying by Vietnam's Thanh Nien newspaper as saying “We will revoke (the film’s license).”

Oct 2019

CHINA-US: TRADE NEGOTIATIONS PROVIDE BREATHER FOR CHINA
China emerged with wins in this week’s trade talks, with the U.S. shelving new tariffs against Beijing while leaving many demands to be worked out later in return for an assurance of increased agriculture purchases.

Oct 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO NEPAL WAS FIRST IN 23 YEARS BY CHINESE PRESIDENT
Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a 20-hour visit to Kathmandu, becoming the first Chinese President to visit Nepal in 23 years.

Oct 2019

CHINA-INDIA: XI-MODI SECOND 'INFORMAL' SUMMIT
The second 'informal' summit meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping was held on October 11-12 at the ancient coastal town of Mammalapuram (Mahabalipuram).

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: POLICE CLAIMS SERIOUS ESCALATION IN VIOLENCE HINTING AT FOREIGN INVOLVEMENT
Radio HongKong quoted the HongKong Police as saying on October 14, that a remote-controlled improvised explosive device, similar to those used in terrorist attacks in foreign countries, was detonated at Nathan Road on October 13.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: FIRST PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLE ON TROUBLE IN HONGKONG IN FIVE WEEKS
People’s Daily (October 5) published its first Commentator's article on the Hong Kong protests in 5 weeks, expressing the central government’s support for the Hong Kong government’s 4 October decision to invoke the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to enact anti-mask regulation.

Oct 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: RISING COST OF LIVING AND CONSUMER INFLATION
Data released by China's National Bureau of Statistics on October 15, stated that surging pork prices had pushed China’s consumer inflation to a near six-year high in September, complicating Beijing’s effort to stimulate growth but also giving it an incentive to buy more agricultural goods from the U.S.

Oct 2019

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: CHINA'S WHITE PAPER ON FOOD SECURITY
The Chinese government on October 14, released a white paper on food security, which stressed it produces enough grain to feed its 1.4 billion people, but projected a rise in medium- to long-term grain demand.

Oct 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ACCUSATION OF CORRUPTION
In a hard hitting expose the New York Times on October 15 front-paged details of bribes and gifts given by the Deutsche Bank over the past 15 years to over a 100 past and present top ranking Chinese communist cadres.

Oct 2019

CHINA-IRAN: CHINA BACKS OUT OF MAJOR OIL DEAL WITH IRAN
The Wall Street Journal reported (October 6) that the China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) has pulled out of a $5 billion natural-gas project in Iran as escalating tensions threaten to sever Beijing’s trade with Tehran.

Oct 2019

CHINA-US: US ADDS TO BLACKLIST
The US Commerce Department on October 7, added 28 Chinese companies and government agencies to its Entity List over human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

Oct 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: IMRAN KHAN AND XI JINPING'S COMMENTS ON KASHMIR
Chinese President Xi Jinping met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing on October 9.

Oct 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN DEPORTS CHINESE CITIZEN FOR "ILLEGAL" ACTIVITIES
Taiwan on 8 October deported a Chinese tourist, Li Shaodong, for engaging in “criminal activities” for damaging a “Lennon Wall” that was put up in support of Hong Kong’s democracy movement.

Oct 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: TECHNOLOGY SECTOR BADLY HIT
A Bloomberg report of October 9 stated that China's broader economic slowdown and trade war with the US has ended the boom that saw the emergence of big IT/ CHINA BACKS giants like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Group Holdings Ltd.

Oct 2019

CHINA-UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT: OFFICIAL INTERVIEW WITH PANCHEN LAMA
On September 28, the United Front News published an exclusive interview with the Eleventh Panchen Lama.

Oct 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY PATRIOTIC CAMPAIGN EMPHASISED ON EVE OF CHINA'S 70TH NATIONAL DAY
The People's Daily (September 20) reported that the Central Leading Group for the “Remain True to Original Aspiration, Keep Mission Firmly in Mind” Education Campaign issued a notice on September 29 stressing the importance of strengthening patriotic education and promoting patriotic spirit through the education campaign.

Oct 2019

PEOPLE'S DAILY ON OCTOBER 1 EXHORTS PEOPLE TO RALLY MORE CLOSELY AROUND THE PARTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Publishing an article on China's 70th National Day on October 1, the People's Daily quoted Xi Jinping in describing China’s journey of the past 70 years as “a deeply moving saga of struggle both in the history of the Chinese nation and the history of the world.”

Oct 2019

CHINA-PERU: ENERGY SUPPLIES
Financial times (October 2) reported that the China Yangtze Power International has agreed to buy Peru’s largest electric company Luz del Sur from US-based Sempra Energy for $3.6bn.

Oct 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: NEPALESE STATEMENTS DURING CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI'S VISIT
Statements issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to Nepal from September 8-10, and meetings with the Prime Minister, Ministers and senior leaders of both the ruling and opposition parties, clarified that the U.S. strategy was discussed.

Oct 2019

CHINA-US: LEVEL OF U.S. OFFICIALS ATTENDING CHINA'S NATIONAL DAY EVENTS IN U.S.A. DROPS
Radio France Internationale reported (September 29) that the number of U.S. officials who attended the 70th National Anniversary cocktail reception that the Chinese Embassy held in Washington, DC significantly decreased this year. Fewer attendees appeared from the U.S. side.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PAP/PLA IN HONGKONG
Photographs of PAP/PLA personnel in trucks at various locations in Hong Kong and marching alongside hedges through lanes are being circulated by hong Kong residents on Twitter and social media since October 4 evening. Reports also claim that between 10,000 to 15,000 PAP personnel are already in Hong Kong.

Oct 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: PORK PRICES
China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs recently stated that wholesale pork price in the third week of September was up 81 percent from a year earlier.

Oct 2019

CHINA-PLA: BBC SAYS CHINA HAS POTENTIAL TO BUILD AIRCRAFT CARRIER-CENTERED NAVY
BBC Chinese published (September 25) an analysis on the growth of China’s Navy after the Cold War.

Oct 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION FELLS CHINA'S FORMER SECURITIES REGULATOR
The CDIC announced (October 4) that the former head of the China Securities Regulatory Commission Liu Shiyu, has been removed from his post of Deputy Party Chief at the All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives.

Oct 2019

CHINA-70TH ANIVERSARY: NATIONAL DAY PARADE AND INTERNAL DISSIDENCE
Police in Anshan City, Liaoning Province, announced on its official Weibo account on October 2 that a 37-year-old man surnamed Gao would be detained for 15 days, after commenting adversely about the October 1 parade on WeChat.

Oct 2019

CHINA-SRI LANKA: CHINA APPROVED EXTRADITION TREATY WITH SRI LANKA
Xinhua (Beijing - August 26) reported that the 12th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) decided on August 26 to approve the "Extradition Treaty between the People's Republic of China and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka".

Oct 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN SENATE COMMITTEE EXAMINES CPEC
The Senate Special Committee on the Project of China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) discussed in detail SMEs and SEZs, uninterrupted power supply along CPEC routes, delaying of tariff determination by NEPRA for Coal based energy project in Gwadar and the Second Phase of Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Oct 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S OFFICIAL MEDIA CRITICAL OF INDIA
Commenting on the recent success of TCS, the official Global Times (September 26) observed that "Nevertheless, while China's stock market pales in comparison to India's, China's top tech companies are far ahead of their Indian counterparts.

Oct 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN RELEASES DEFENCE WHITE PAPER ON SEPTEMBER 29
Japan released its Defence White Paper on September 24, 2019. It is 415 pages in length and China figures prominently in it.

Oct 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: RALLIES IN TAIWAN IN FAVOUR OF HONGKONG PROTESTORS
Despite heavy rain on September 29, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in Taipei and other cities in Taiwan in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: U.S. ACADEMIC BANNED FROM ENTERING HONGKONG
US academic Dan Garrett was barred from entering Hong Kong on September 26, a week after he testified at the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) in Washington DC about the ongoing protests in the city.

Oct 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CANADIAN UNIVERSITY ORDERS DISBANDMENT OF CHINESE STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
The student union at Canada's McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, has revoked the club status of the school’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) after an appeal by students seeking to decertify the group over concerns about alleged links to the Chinese government.

Oct 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY TO PROMOTE 'NEW ERA OF PATRIOTIC EDUCATION
CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping presided over a meeting of the Politburo on September 24 to consider "a new era of patriotic education Implementation Outline" and the "Chinese Communist Party School (Administration Institute) Regulations."

Oct 2019

CHINA'S NEW WHITE PAPER STRESSES CHINA WILL NOT FOLLOW THE PATH "POWER LEADING TO HEGEMONY"!
The official Global Times (September 27) publicised the issue by the State Council Information Office on September 27 of a new White Paper entitled "China and the world in the New Era" which, it said, comprehensively reviews China's development in the past 70 years, its contribution to the world and the country's role in an evolving world.

Oct 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ADDRESSES CPPCC WORK CONFERENCE IN BEIJING
On September 20, CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping spoke at the CPPCC Central Work Conference in Beijing on promoting a greater exchange of ideas, broader consultation in decision-making, and the need of finding consensus.

Oct 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA OPENS FIRST VISA CENTRE IN LAHORE, PAKISTAN
China openeD its first visa application service center in Lahore, Punjab to facilitate applicants wishing to visit China. Yao Jing, the Chinese Ambassador to Islamabad, inaugurated the centre on September 23. China’s Consul General in Lahore Long Dingbin, Deputy Consul General Peng Zhengwu and officials from the Punjab government also attended the ceremony.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: 12,000 CHINESE PLA/PAPF TROOPS QUIETLY INDUCTED INTO HONGKONG
A Reuters special report (October 1) citing unidentified Chinese military officers claimed that between 10,000 to 12,000 well trained PLA/PAPF personnel have been quietly inducted into Hong Kong.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PROTESTOR SHOT BY 'LIVE ROUND'
The South China Morning post (October 1) reported that a protester had been shot in the chest by a live round fired by police on Hoi Pa Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG PROTESTORS PUBLICISE A PARLIAMENT AND RADIO STATION FOR HONGKONG
Some unidentified persons have announced a "HK Provisional Parliament" with its own website where a "Draft Civil Charter of HK" in either Cantonese or English versions is available.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PROTEST IN HONGKONG ON CHINA'S NATIONAL DAY
The MTR Corporation of Hongkong has announced the closure of 3 MTR stations, namely Wan Chai, Admiralty and Prince Edward on October 1. The airport express will not stop between Hong Kong station and the airport.

Oct 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINA HONOURS FOREIGN EXPERTS
At a meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 29, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the Chinese people will not forget foreign experts' support and assistance to China's development over the 70 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Oct 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINA HONOURS OUTSTANDING SCIENTISTS, DIPLOMATS ETC
China Daily announced on September 30, 2019 that National honorary titles had been given to individuals who have made great contributions and have achieved recognition in various fields, including national defense, diplomacy and education.

Oct 2019

CHINA-TIBET: 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN TIBET
Thousands of monks and laypeople across Tibet were made to participate in a series of major staged performances to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on October 1.

Oct 2019

CHINA: PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PRC)'S 70TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY AND PARADE
Amidst heavy security which allowed entry to Beijing's Tiananmen Square only to invitees, China's leaders held a massive parade -- China's largest ever till now -- on October 1, to showcase China's military might.

Oct 2019

CHINA-SERBIA: SERBIA TO PURCHASE UNMANNED AIRCRAFT FROM CHINA
Global Times (September 11) recently reported that, according to the Defense Ministry of Serbia, Serbia will purchase armed unmanned aircraft from China. This was announced after a Chinese military delegation visited Serbia.

Sep 2019

CHINA-IRAN: STRATEGIC OIL PURCHASE AGREEMENT
The Petroleum Economist disclosed (September 3) that Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif visited his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the end of August 2019 to present a road map for the China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership, which was signed in 2016.

Sep 2019

CHINA-US: FEDEX PILOT DETAINED IN GUANGZHOU FOR CARRYING AI-GUN PELLETS
A FedEx Corp. pilot, who is an American citizen, was temporarily detained in Guangzhou after authorities found hundreds of air-gun pellets in his luggage prior to boarding a commercial flight to Hong Kong, marking the delivery firm’s latest setback in the country.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S OVERSEAS ACQUISITIONS REGISTER DECLINE
Nikkei Chinese Edition reported (September 5) from Hong Kong that, according to statistics provided by a U.S. market research leader, Chinese overseas acquisitions saw a significant decline in the first half of this year.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA RELEASES 10,000 TONS OF PORK FROM STRATEGIC RESERVE
In a notice issued on September 17, the China Merchandise Reserve Management Center (CMRMC) announced it will release 10,000 metric tons of frozen pork from its national pork reserve through auction.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S PENSION FUND SHORT OF FUNDS
As China tries to fill a pension shortfall, the government ordered SOEs to stop dragging their feet on the mandated transfer of equity to the national social security fund.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: OBJECTIVES OF NEW TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM OUTLINED BY CHINA'S STATE COUNCIL
China's State Council and the CCP Central Committee released a new outline on September 19, stating that by 2035 China wants a transportation system that allows citizens to Commute within any metropolitan area in under one hour.

Sep 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: YE JIANYING'S SON AND XI JINPING SUPPORTER, YE XUANPING DIED ON SEPTEMBER 17
Ye Xuanping, elder son of Ye Jianying, one of the ten founding Marshals of communist China, died on September 17 at the age of 95. Ye Jianying and his family were very close to that of Xi Zhongxun.

Sep 2019

QIU SHI REPUBLISHES XI JINPING'S SPEECH THAT POLITICAL SYSTEM OF ANOTHER COUNTRY WILL NOT WORK
The Chinese Communist Party’s leading theoretical fortnightly Qiushi published (September 16) a speech that Chinese President Xi Jinping gave five years ago emphasising that copying the political system of another country will not work and will ruin China’s future.

Sep 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO HENAN
Xinhua (September 18) reported that during his tour of Henan province from September 16 to 18, Chinese President and CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping, accompanied by Secretary of the Henan Provincial Party Committee Wang Guosheng and Governor Chen Runer, visited Xinyang, Zhengzhou and other places to "deepen the revolutionary old areas, rural areas, enterprises, etc., on economic and social development" and “not forgetting the original heart.

Sep 2019

CHINA-IRAN: CHINA PROPOSES US$ 400 BILLION CREDIT LINE FOR IRAN
Iran.com reported (September 17) that Chairwoman of the Money and Capital Market Commission of Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce Farial Mostofi said on September 17 a US$ 400 billion credit line has been launched for trade between Iran and China. She added that the credit line has allowed Chinese investors to undertake projects in Iran without bidding.

Sep 2019

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: ESTONIA BANS HUAWEI'S 5G
According to a September 13, article by Estonian news site Delfi, Paul Rikk, Estonia’s national cybersecurity policy director, said the country’s 5G network shouldn’t be equipped with Huawei equipment.

Sep 2019

CHINA-U.S: UN DROPS REFERENCE TO BRI IN RESOLUTION ON AFGHANISTAN
Associated Press (September 17) reported that the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a compromise resolution extending the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan, dropping a Chinese demand to include a reference to China’s $1 trillion “belt and road” initiative.

Sep 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG'S 3-DAY VISIT (Sept 16-18, 2019) TO RUSSIA
Xinhua reported (September 17) the arrival of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in St. Petersburg on September 16, for a three-day official visit to Russia. During the visit, Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will co-chair the 24th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA UNICOM ANNOUNCES 2 BILLION RMB CUMULATIVE INVESTMENT IN 200 BRI PROJECTS
A Hong Kong news report (September 9) said that China Unicom Global Limited (CUG), the subsidiary of China Unicom, announced that it has invested a cumulative RMB 2 billion along the Belt and Road countries in 200 projects.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA CONTEMPLATING PORK IMPORTS AS PRICES CONTINUE TO RISE
Caixin Daily reported (September 17) that China is contemplating increasing purchases of pork from overseas, including the U.S. and the EU, as the government grows increasingly concerned about soaring prices.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN CONTINUES
China’s Caixin Daily (September 17) said that China's major economic indicators posted a worse-than-expected performance for August as growth of fixed-asset investment and value-added industrial output further slowed to multi-month, even multi-year, lows.

Sep 2019

UNITED FRONT WORK: WANG YANG ADDRESSES SYMPOSIUM ON UNITED FRONT HELD IN BEIJING ON SEPTEMBER 11
PBSC member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang delivered a speech at a united front symposium celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Approximately 160 united front representatives and heads of relevant departments at party and state organizations attended.

Sep 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG INSPECTS RELIGIOUS WORK IN JIANGXI
Xinhua (September 10) reported that Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang conducted an inspection and research tour on religious work in Jiangxi Province.

Sep 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: COOPERATION IN S&T
The South China Morning Post reported (August 28) that China and Russia are forging stronger ties in space technology.

Sep 2019

CHINA-BRI: DIGITAL SILK ROAD PROJECT
The database released by the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) shows that Chinese entities have provided more than US$ 17 billion for Digital Silk Road projects completed since 2013.

Sep 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PROTESTS CONTINUE AND PROTESTORS GET NEW ANTHEM
The stand-off between the Beijing and its HKSAR government has recently got accentuated with the official China-owned 'China Daily' posting a notice on Facebook on September 10 morning warning that protestors in Hong Kong have decided on secret plans to escalate protests from September 11 with "massive" terrorist attacks including blowing up gas pipelines in Hong Kong and attacks on non-Cantonese speaking people.

Sep 2019

CHINA-SPACE: SECOND LONG MARCH ROCKET LAUNCH NEXT YEAR
Space News reported (September 11) Xing He, Executive Vice President of the China Great Wall Industry Corp., a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. as saying at the World Satellite Business Week conference (September 10) that China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. is likely to resume flights of its heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket this year.

Sep 2019

CHINA-PLA: TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES AS CHINA'S NEW CHAMPIONS OF AI
According to the South China Morning Post (August 29) China has named Huawei Technologies and Hikvision Digital Technology as new national champions in artificial intelligence (AI).

Sep 2019

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CHINA NEDS TO REORIENT RELATIONS WITH OTHER NATIONS
Asian-Pacific Security and Maritime Affairs published in June 2019 an article titled 'Trade and Science and Technology Wars and the “Paradigm Shift” in Sino-U. S. Relations' by Prof Zhu Feng, Dean at the Institute of International Relations at Nanjing University and Executive Director of the China South China Sea Research Center of Nanjing University.

Sep 2019

CHINA-DIPLOMACY: YANG JIECHI'S ARTICLE IN QIU SHI
Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth) in its issue 17/2019 published an article by Politburo member and Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office dated September 1, on “thoroughly studying and implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, especially Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy."

Sep 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CHINA DECLINES TO WARM TO CANADA'S NEW AMBASSADORIAL APPOINTMENT
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Shuang said (September 5) that “Relations between China and Canada have encountered serious difficulties, and the responsibility lies entirely with the Canadian side.”

Sep 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: SOLOMON ISLANDS TO SWITCH RECOGNITION TO PRC
Reuters reported (September 5) that the Solomon Islands intends to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and align itself with Beijing. The switch still needs to be formalized.

Sep 2019

CHINA-US: TWO U.S. COMPANIES SUING TWO CHINESE COMPANIES FOR PATENT VIOLATIONS
China’s vision of profiting from the driverless economy is being clouded by intellectual property debates, as two Chinese suppliers of a key self-driving technology are accused of stealing IP from a Silicon Valley company.

Sep 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HKSAR CHIEF EXECUTIVE WITHDRAWS EXTRADITION BILL
The day Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of HKSAR, withdrew (September 4) the Extradition Bill in an attempt calm the situation in Hongkong, the home of pro-democracy media tycoon and publisher of Apple Daily, Jimmy Lai was firebombed in the early hours of September 5.

Sep 2019

CHINESE SCIENTISTS TEST SATELLITE POSITIONING TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN WORK INDEPENDENTLY IN SPACE
The South China Morning Post reported (August 23) that Chinese scientists have successfully tested a satellite positioning technology called pulsar navigation, catching up to the United States, which was the first to do so last year.

Sep 2019

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S VERSION OF GPS HAS MORE SATELLITES THAN U.S. ORIGINAL
A Nikkei analysis (August 19) of satellite orbit data from leading U.S. receiver maker Trimble highlighted BeiDou's rapid growth. China launched 18 satellites for the system in 2018 alone.

Sep 2019

CHINA-PLAN: NEW Type 075 Helicopter Ship Nears Completion
The South China Morning Post (August 22) reported that pictures taken by Chinese military enthusiasts earlier this week appear to show that construction of China’s first Type 075 amphibious helicopter assault ship is moving quickly.

Sep 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY OF SCHOOL CHILDREN
The Chinese Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Security held an urgent teleconference and ordered all schools nationwide to enhance safety measures on September 4, two days after eight pupils died in an attack at a school in Enshi, Hubei Province.

Sep 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA'S LEADERSHIP REVIEWING DEPENDENCY ON U.S. HI-TECH
Mingpao (September 1) disclosed that the Chinese government is assessing the dependency level that Chinese domestic high-tech vendors have on U.S. technologies.

Sep 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered a speech (September 3) at the CCP CC's Central Party School in Beijing.

Sep 2019

CHINA-AFRICA: ENHANCED TRADE
The Africa China Research Initiative shows that Africa’s trade deficit with China was USD 27.91 billion in 2018, as trade between the two sides rose to USD 170 billion.

Sep 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN'S NATIONAL POLICE AGENCY SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN PRESENCE ON SENKAKU ISLANDS
Japan Times (September 6) reported that Japan’s National Police Agency has in the 2020 budget requested a new unit dedicated to protecting the Senkaku Islands.

Sep 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER ACCUSES CHINA OF USING ARBITRARY DETENTIONS FOR POLITICAL ENDS
Speaking (September 5) to the Editorial Board of the Toronto Star, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused Beijing of using “Using arbitrary detention as a tool to achieve political goals, international or domestic, is something that is of concern not just to Canada but to all our allies.”

Sep 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: AMERICAN COMPANY SUPPLYING TEAR GAS CANISTERS TO HONGKONG POLICE
BuzzFeed News reported (September 7) that Nonlethal Technologies has been supplying hundreds of canisters of tear gas to Hongkong police.

Sep 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE PROFESSOR SAYS HONGKONG PROTESTS INCLUDE ELEMENTS OF 'COLOUR REVOLUTION'
Zhang Dinghuai, a Professor of Hong Kong and Macao Studies at Shenzhen University and a member of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, told the Strait Times (September 6) that common elements of colour revolutions include strong specific political demands, interference by external forces, attempts to motivate the public, social standoff and turmoil, huge pressure upon the authorities, and pursuit of power transfer through purportedly "nonviolent" approaches.

Sep 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA-US TRADE TALKS TO BE HELD IN EARLY OCTOBER
Chinese and US negotiators agreed on September 5 to hold the 13th round of China-U.S. high-level economic and trade consultations in early October in Washington and maintain close communication before that.

Sep 2019

CHINA-RARE EARTHS: CHINA REDUCES RESOURCE TAX ON HEAVY RARE EARTHS FROM 27 PERCENT TO 20 PERCENT
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has formalized a new law that reduces the resource tax on heavy rare earths from 27 percent to 20 percent, which Chinese analysts say is a move that shows China's resolve to support the industry's development amid a heated trade war.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S NEW SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION BOARD (STAR) REPORTED TO BE DOING WELL
Qian Han, a Professor at the Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics, Xiamen University, in an article published by East Asia Forum claimed that China's official Science and Technology Innovation Board (STAR) launched on June 13, 2019, as part of its capital market reform, has been quite active since its debut on 22 July 2019.

Sep 2019

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETAN MONK ARRESTED IN SEPTEMBER
The ICT reported on August 6, 2019 that 36-year old Lobsang Dorje, a Tibetan monk from the influential Kirti monastery was sentenced to three years in prison on September 3 this week after being arrested in his room in mid-July 2018.

Sep 2019

CHINA-PUBLIC SECURITY: SECURITY STEPPED UP IN SHANXI AND XINJIANG-UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION
The head of the Shanxi Public Security Bureau issued (September 5) a "wartime" order banning alcohol consumption by all provincial PSB employees from September 15 to October 4, to ensure nothing goes wrong during the 70th anniversary celebration period around October 1.

Sep 2019

XINHUA REPORTS XI JINPING USES TERM
Xinhua reported that in his speech to a training session for young leaders at the Central Party School on September 3, Chinese President and CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping spoke of the immense challenges facing the country and the Chinese Communist Party.

Sep 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POST IMPLYNG CRITICISM OF ABOLITION OF TERM LIMITS BARRED
On August 22, as China marked the 115th birthday of Deng Xiaoping, the paramount leader who led China into the reform era, a post sent to “People’s Reading” (人民阅读) and “People’s Daily Press” (人民日报出版社), both official WeChat public accounts operated by the People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, dealt with the now very sensitive issue of term limits for national leaders and reproduced a front-page article of the People's Daily captioned “Deng Xiaoping Abolishes the Lifelong Tenure System for Leaders” (邓小平废除领导职务终身制).

Sep 2019

CHINA-VIETNAM: CHINA THREATENS VIETNAM FOR EXCLUDING CHINA FROM ITS 5G ROLLOUT
An article in China's official Global Times (August 28) said the Viettel Group, Vietnam's largest mobile telecom operator, has reportedly excluded China's Huawei from its 5G rollout.

Sep 2019

CHINA-US: US DESTROYER CROSSES 12 NAUTICAL MILE RANGE OF YONGSHU REEF IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The South China Morning Post (August 28) reported that the US Navy Burke-class guided missile destroyer, Wayne E. Meye, with the DDG-108 sailed into the South China Sea, Yongshu Reef and Meiji breaking the 12-mile range of China's South Island Reef on August 28.

Sep 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PLA TROOPS ENTER HONGKONG APPARENTLY FOR 'TROOP ROTATION'
Reports from Hongkong state that China rotated troops in its People’s Liberation Army garrison in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on August 28, days before protesters planned to hold a march calling for full democracy for the HKSAR.

Sep 2019

CHINA-PLA: NATIONAL DAY PARADE WILL DISPLAY J-20s, YUN-20s, AND 16 DONGFENG 41 ICBMs
Wang Xiaohui, Executive Deputy Director of the CCP CC Propaganda Department announced (August 29) that it will hold a conference to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, when CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping will deliver an "important" speech.

Sep 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CMC VICE CHAIRMAN VISITING PAKISTAN
The China-owned US-based news outlet Duowei News reported with the caption 'The situation in India and Pakistan is escalating.

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: PROEST IN NEW YORK'S TIMES SQUARE IN SUPPORT OF HONGKONG
The China Democracy Party and Falungong jointly staged a protest on August 18 in New York's Times Square in support of the protesters in Hongkong.

Aug 2019

CHINA-NUCLEAR:CHINA BUILDING SMALL NUCLEAR REACTOR ON HAINAN ISLAND
The state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said on July 18, that it has started construction of China's first demonstration SMR at the Changjiang nuclear facility in Hainan as part of efforts to diversify the nuclear sector.

Aug 2019

CHINA-SOUTH KOREA: SOUTH KOREA SCRAPS INTELLIGENCE SHARING PACT WITH JAPAN
At a time when China is becoming increasingly assertive, South Korea said (August 23) it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, drawing a swift protest from Tokyo.

Aug 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: NEGOTIATIONS FOR A TRADE AGREEMENT
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Beijing on August 22 to discuss a potential trade agreement between their countries.

Aug 2019

CHINA-VIETNAM: CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN VIETNAM INCREASE
During the first seven months of this year, pledges of foreign direct investment(FDI) in Vietnam from China jumped 134% to $2.48 billion, moving China up to the third-biggest FDI source from fifth in 2018, data from the Foreign Investment Agency of Vietnam showed. The FDI total reflects only investment commitments.

Aug 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: INVESTMENTS INTO CHINA FROM HONGKONG
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of Hong Kong Edward Yau said (August 23) the number of people visiting the Hongkong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has dipped in the last two months, taking a toll on its tourism and retail sectors.

Aug 2019

CHINA--TECH: HUAWEI FOUNDER SAYS ITS "DO OR DIE" TIME
On August 20, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei put the company on a war footing in the face of mounting US pressure. On August 19, the US gave Huawei a 90-day reprieve to continue to do business with US clients, but also put 46 of the company’s affiliates on the Entity List.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLA: PLAAF Su-35s OF SOUTHERN THEATRE COMMAND AIR FORCE EXERCISE OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA
The official China Pictorial disclosed on July 22, that pilots of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) have tested the sea warfare capabilities of their advanced Su-35 fighter jets over the South China Sea.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINESE MILITARY ANALYST WARNS THAT NEW US MISSILE DEPLOYMENTS RENDER CHINA VULNERABLE
In an article posted on Sina.com and published in the Global Times on August 8, retired PLA Lt. Gen. Wang Hongguang, who was formerly Deputy Commander of the Nanjing Military Region, commented on the United States announcement (August 2) that it has officially withdrawn from the "Guidelines on the Treaty" signed in 1987 with the Soviet Union.

Aug 2019

CHINA-DEFENCE WHITE PAPER
China’s Ministry of National Defense issued a 27,000 word, 6 chapter White Paper on July 24, 2019 released a white paper titled "China’s National Defense in the New Era," disclosing that, before 2017, its military spending accounted for 1.28 percent of its GDP and that from 2012 to 2017, China’s defense expenditure increased from US$98 billion to $152 billion.

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING VISITS PLA MARTYRS CEMETERY WHILE INSPECTING GANSU PROVINCE
Apparently underscoring his exhortation to the people to prepare for another 'Long March', while touring Gansu province on August 19, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a visit to the martyrs' cemetery of the West Route Army of Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army in Zhangye.

Aug 2019

CHINESE AMBASSADOR ZHANG MING ASSERTS CHINA WAS "FIRST TO DISCOVER, NAME AND DEVELOP SOUTH CHINA"
China Daily (August 23) published a Xinhua report of August 23 reporting the remarks made by China's Ambassador to the EU on August 22. He said 'A major power outside the region is trying to turn the South China Sea into an arena for major-power wrestling, which is the source of tensions in the region'.

Aug 2019

CHINA-UK: UK EMBASSY STAFFER CHARGED BY BEIJING FOR SOLICITING PROSTITUTES
UK Embassy staffer Simon Cheng was released by the Chinese authorities on August 24 after 15 days of detention. China's official Global Times reported on August 22 that a staffer at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong, who has been detained by police in the Luohu district of Shenzhen City, is being held for solicitation of prostitution.

Aug 2019

CHINA-UK: UK EMBASSY STAFFER CHARGED BY BEIJING FOR SOLICITING PROSTITUTES
UK Embassy staffer Simon Cheng was released by the Chinese authorities on August 24 after 15 days of detention. China's official Global Times reported on August 22 that a staffer at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong, who has been detained by police in the Luohu district of Shenzhen City, is being held for solicitation of prostitution.

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: US NAVY SHIPS PASSES THROUGH TAIWAN STRAIT
Commander Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, told Reuters (August 23) that the United States sent the 'Green Bay', an amphibious transport dock ship of the US Navy through the 122-mile wide Taiwan Strait on August 23.

Aug 2019

US CONGRESSMEN EXPRESS CONCERN AT WORD BANK FUNDING TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL PROJECTS IN XINJIANG
On August 23, U.S. Representative James McGovern (D-MA) and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Chair and Cochair respectively of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), released a letter dated August 13 written by them to World Bank President David Malpass expressing concern and raising questions about a World Bank loan that funds technical and vocational training projects in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA IMPOSES NEW TARIFFS IN CHINA-US TRADE WAR
China’s State Council announced (August 23) that it will impose tariffs of 5% and 10% Chinese tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. goods.

Aug 2019

CHINA-UK: PROTEST AT VIOLENCE IN HONGKONG
The HSBC Bank, Standard Chartered and Bank of East Asia on August 23 placed full page advertisements in the Wen Wei Po, Ta Kung Pao and Sing Tao Daily condemning the violence in HongKong and calling for a peaceful resolution.

Aug 2019

THE CHINESE EDITION OF GLOBAL TIMES PUBLISHED A LIST OF LEADERS INVOLVED IN THE PROTESTS IN HONGKONG
Huanqiu (August 17) published an article that condemned a list of leaders of those in Hong Kong who have been involved in the protest against the proposed extradition bill and warned them not to use democracy as an excuse and not to portray students as victims.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: XI JINPING ORDERS 'STAND STILL' ON HONGKONG
According to The Epoch Times, after the anti-extradition movement had continued for more than two months in Hong Kong, the CCP’s media repeatedly released the film, “A Large Number of Armed Police Convoys in Shenzhen” to intimidate protesters.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: INDIGENOUS AIRCRAFT CARRIER RETURNS TO DALIAN AFTER SEVENTH SEA TRIAL TEST
On August 23, China’s first domestic aircraft carrier returned to Dalian shipyard after completing the seventh sea trial.

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING INSPECTS AIR FORCE BASE IN GANSU
Inspecting a PLAAF Base in Gansu on August 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping used a tele-conferencing facility at the combat command center, to inspect the troops including personnel at a radar station on a plateau over 3,600 meters above sea level and a transport and rescue regiment, and called on the air force to enhance its capability to win and greet the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) with great achievements.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG PROTESTERS CLAIM THEY ARE RECEIVING DEATH THREATS
The Hongkong Free Press on August 16, reported that several Hongkong protesters had received death threats from anonymous persons.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: GLOBAL TIMES CRITICISES AMAZON FOR "CHALLENGING" CHINA'S SOVEREIGNTY
The nationalist official daily 'Global Times', on August 15, criticised Amazon for challenging China’s sovereignty by allowing the sale of T-shirts with slogans like “Free Hong Kong Democracy Now”, written in English, or “Go Hong Kong”, written in traditional Chinese characters.

Aug 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: US SECRETARY OF STATE APPROVES SALE OF 66 F-16 JETS TO TAIWAN
The State Department told Congress on August 15 night, right after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had signed a memo approving the $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan.

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: US PLACES 4 CHINESE NUCLEAR ENTITIES ON BLACKLIST
On August 14, the U.S. added four Chinese nuclear entities to a trade blacklist, accusing them of helping to acquire advanced U.S. technology for military use in China.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLAAF: CHINA'S H-6 STRATEGIC BOMBERS LIKELY TO BE ARMED WITH HYPERSONIC WEAPONS
Reporting an exercise in March by 12 H-6 strategic bombers, the official Global Times (August 6) disclosed that the main mission objective of China's H-6K bomber is to strike key strategic points deep within enemy territories.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLAAF: FIFTH GENERATION STEALTH J-20 FIGHTER JETS ALLOTTED TO FRONTLINE BRIGADES
The Diplomat (August 16) published an analysis that a recent officially released photo of China's 5th generation fighter J-20 with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) bore a serial number indicating it belonged to a frontline combat unit.

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION
Caixin (August 16) quoted state-owned China Central Television as reporting that Xing Yun, former Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the People's Congress of Inner Mongolia, was charged with corruption.

Aug 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA REACTION TO INDIA'S ABOLITION OF ARTICLE 370 FROM J&K
China's official news agency Xinhua on August 6, reported the abolition of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution "which guarantees a "special status" to Indian-controlled Kashmir" and claimed "as soon as the proposal was made, there was a pandemonium in the house."

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA REACTS TO US REMARK ABOUT DEPLOYING INTERMEDIATE RANGE MISSILES IN ASIA-PACIFIC
The Director of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Arms Control Department, Fu Cong, said on August 6, that China “will not stand idly by” and will take countermeasures if the U.S. deploys intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: US TREASURY DEPARTMENT DETERMINES CHINA IS A CURRENCY MANIPULATOR
A notification issued by the US Treasury Department on August 6, stated that "under Section 3004 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, US Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin, under the auspices of President Trump, has today determined that China is a Currency Manipulator."

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: RIOTING CONTINUES FOR NINTH STRAIGHT WEEK
Defying stern warnings from both the local government and Beijing, people in seven districts in Hong Kong—most notably teachers, airport workers, and civil servants—participated in a general strike on August 5, shutting down portions of the territory.

Aug 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NEW COAL MINES
A Reuters report ( August 6) said that approvals issued by the Chinese government for new coal mine construction in China have surged in 2019.

Aug 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
BBC's monitoring service on July 25, reported that former Chairman of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region and subsequently Director of the National Energy Administration, Nur Bekri was put on trial in Shenyang.

Aug 2019

XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO'S 16th COLLECTIVE STUDY MEETING ON REFORM OF THE MILITARY SYSTEM
China's official Xinhua news agency (July 31) reported on the 16th collective study on the reform of the military policy system held by the Politburo on July 30. In his remarks, Xi Jinping stressed that the military policy system "is an important guarantee for our party to govern the country".

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO MEETING TO DISCUSS ANNUAL ECONOMIC PLAN
Xi Jinping presided over a Politburo meeting on analysing the current economic situation and making a plan for economic work in the second half of the year.

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANNUAL BEIDAIHE CONCLAVE
Confirmation that the annual Beidaihe 'informal' retreat of senior veteran CCP leaders is underway was visible in the issue of a traffic control ordinance on June 29 announcing special vehicle inspection from July 13 to August 18, by the Qinhuangdao City that administers the Beidaihe resort.

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA ACCUSES WASHINGTON OF USING "GANGSTER LOGIC"
China on August 9, accused Washington of applying “gangster logic” after US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus described Beijing as a “thuggish regime”.

Aug 2019

CHINA-GERMANY: CHINA BANS VISIT BY GERMAN PARLIAMENTARIAN MARGARET BAUSE
The Bundestag has appealed China's travel ban on a Green party politician, apparently over her criticism of its human rights record.

Aug 2019

CHINA-QATAR: QATAR DECLINES TO DEPORT UYGHUR WANTED BY CHINA
In an unexpected move on August 6, Qatar refused to bow down to requests from China by rejecting the deportation of Ablikim Yusuf, a Uighur man who had fled China. Ablikim Yusuf only days ago was stranded in Doha’s Hamad International Airport expecting the Qatari authorities to deport him back to China.

Aug 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY COMMENTS ON AMENDMENT OF ART. 370
Replying to a question at the routine Foreign Ministry briefing in Beijing on August 6, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said: China is always opposed to India's inclusion of the Chinese territory in the western sector of the China-India boundary into its administrative jurisdiction.

Aug 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA THREATENS TO IMPOSE REVERSE SANCTIONS IN CASE INDIA DOES NOT ACCEPT HUAWEI'S 5G
Reuters (August 6) reported that two sources privy to internal discussions in New Delhi said India's Ambassador in Beijing, Vikram Misri, was called to the Chinese foreign ministry on July 10 to hear China's concerns about the U.S. campaign to keep Huawei out of 5G mobile infrastructure worldwide.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA ACTS AGAINST CATHAY AIRLINE STAFF WHO PARTICIPATED IN PROTESTS
The South China Morning Post (August 9) reported that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) told the Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific that from August 10, staff who had taken part in “illegal protests”, “violent actions” and “overly radical activities” in the city would not be allowed on services to or from the mainland.

Aug 2019

CHINA-TIBET RAILWAY: BUKAMU TUNNEL IN MANLING COUNTY IN NYINGCHI COMPLETED
China Daily (August 6) reported that the 9,240-meter Bukamu Tunnel, located in Manling county of the region's eastern Nyingchi city, has been completed.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: AIRCRAFT CARRIER BEING TESTED WITHIN TWO DAYS
Citing military observers the South China Morning Post (August 6) reported that the 65,000-tonne Type 001A, China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier, is undergoing another sea trial, straight after four days of testing, suggesting that the PLA Navy may have identified technical problems requiring immediate attention.

Aug 2019

GOVERNMENT PAPER SAYS CHINA WILL HENCEFORTH NOT ATTEMPT TO KEEP YUAN EXCHANGE RATE LOW
Separately, The Paper (August 5) published a commentary analyzing the meaning. It said “It reflects a big change in China’s currency policy. It will no longer attempt to keep the exchange rate below 7. From the short-term perspective, under the pressure of Trump’s new tariff on over $300 billion of Chinese goods and the downward pressure on China’s economy this year, devaluing the Renminbi will help the economy.”

Aug 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA ADJUSTS RMB(YUAN)'S DAILY TRADING RANGE
China’s central bank set the midpoint of the yuan’s daily trading range at 7.0039 to the U.S. dollar on August 8, the first time it has set the rate above the psychologically important 7-to-the-dollar mark since 2008.

Aug 2019

VOA CITES CHINESE INVESTMENT BANK REPORT AS SAYING CHINA LOST 1.8 TO 1.9 MILLION JOBS
Voice of America (VOA) Chinese edition recently published an article stating that, according to a report that a large Chinese investment bank CICC (China International Capital Corporation) just released, China’s manufacturing industry has lost around five million jobs.

Aug 2019

CHINA-FRANCE: CHINA SUSPENDS ALL POLICE COOPERATION WITH FRANCE
The French newspaper Le Monde reported (August 3) that Beijing has announced it would stop all cooperation between its police services and French counterparts.

Aug 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: SECOND BATCH OF PLA PERSONNEL COMPLETE TRAINING ON S-400 TRIUMF AIR DEFENCE SYSTEM
TASS news agency reported (July 31) that “About 100 military servicemen from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army who will maintain the second S-400 regiment set, completed a training course to use the S-400 systems in July and returned to their home country.”

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HKSAR CHIEF EXECUTIVE WARNS OF "DANGEROUS SITUATION"
Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hongkong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on August 5 announced she would not be stepping down and warned that the city of Hong Kong, which is now "full of bullying and maltreatment," is on the verge of a "very dangerous situation."

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S NUCLEAR ARSENAL
Vice Admiral David Kriete, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, at a press briefing reported in The Beacon (August 1, 2019), expressed concern at China's rapidly growing nuclear arsenal when combined with other alarming activities in the South China Sea and elsewhere.

Aug 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA REVEALS COMPOSITION OF ITS FOREX HOLDINGS
China for the first time revealed the historical composition of its massive forex reserves and the return on investments it made with the money, as part of what regulators called efforts to improve transparency and confidence in the country’s economic and financial position.

Aug 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER REGULATIONS
The Cyberspace Administration of China released (July 22 ) a draft regulation released for public comment that proposes restricting the internet access of users and providers of online information services that “fabricate, publish, or spread information that violates public morality, business ethics, or good faith,” or deliberately provide technological assistance to those who do so.

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: BEIDAIHE MEETING
Xinhua on August 3 indicated that the secretive annual conclave of China's senior veteran leaders had commenced at the seaside resort.

Aug 2019

CHINA-CZECH REPUBLIC: DETERIORATING RELATIONS BETWEEN PRAGUE AND BEIJING CITIES
Deutsche Welle Chinese reported on July 19, that the friendly relationship between the City of Prague and the City of Beijing is changing.

Aug 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINA SUSPENDS TRAVEL BY TOURISTS FROM 47 CHINESE CITIES TO TAIWAN
The China Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange Association on July 31, 2019 posted a notification on the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Government portal suspending travel to Taiwan by Mainland residents of 47 cities with effect from August 1, 2019 for an undetermined period.     

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: RIOTS AFFECT RETAIL SALES IN HONGKONG
BBC Chinese reported (July 19) that, over the past month or so, Hong Kong has had several major protests against the “Extradition Bill.” More protests are expected in the coming days.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PROTESTS BY HONGKONG RESIDENTS AGAINST EXTRADITION BILL
The Financial Times (July 28) reported that tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters besieged traditional villages in the territory’s northern district of Yuen Long in defiance of police on 27 July afternoon as the city’s worst political crisis in decades took a dangerous turn.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: FORMER HKSAR CHIEF EXECUTIVE TUNG CHEE-HWA BLAMES "FOREIGN FORCES" FOR THE TROUBLES
Radio Hongkong (RTHK) on July 31 reported that former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa on July 31, blamed “foreign forces” in Taiwan and the US for the ongoing social unrest in Hong Kong.

Aug 2019

CHINA-TIBET: SICHUAN AUTHORITIES CRACK-DOWN ON YACHEN GAR TIBETAN BUDDHIST CENTRE
Radio Free Asia (RFA - 27 July) quoting unnamed Tibetan sources reported that authorities in western China’s Sichuan province have begun a campaign of large-scale demolition at the Yachen Gar Tibetan Buddhist center, with Chinese work crews tearing down over a hundred dwellings of nuns evicted from the complex in recent weeks.

Aug 2019

CHINA-TIBET: CPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG CONDUCTS INSPECTION TOUR OF QINGHAI
Xinhua July 18, reported that PBSC Member and Chairman of the CPPCC Wang Yang while on an inspection visit to Qinghai, praised recent achievements in Qinghai’s ethnic, religious and anti-poverty work, and stressed that doing a good job in ethnic and religious is important to maintaining social and long-term stability in Tibetan areas.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLAN: PLAN BEGINS EXERCISES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA ON 28 JULY
Two large-scale military drills close to the Taiwan Strait commenced on July 28 in waters off the coast of eastern China’s Zhejiang province and another set of military exercises are being held from July 29 till August 2., 2019.

Aug 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's Economic Daily (July 16) published a commentary under the byline “Ping Yan” (平言), which is likely a pen name used by the Economic Daily Theoretical Commentary Department (经济日报理论评论部), arguing that China’s 6.3% GDP growth rate for the first half of this year fell within a "reasonable interval and actually showed China’s success in maintaining stability in the face of unstable and uncertain external conditions".

Aug 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: HUAWEI PAYS HIGHER SALARIES TO ATTRACT TALENT POST-U.S. TRADE SANCTIONS
Asia-Nikkei news reported (July 27) that top Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies is offering salaries of up to 2 million yuan ($291,000) per year to new graduates with advanced degrees, to bolster in-house research and development in the face of U.S. sanctions.

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: APPOINTMENTS
Liu Junchuan (刘军川) was appointed Deputy Director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office.

Aug 2019

FOUR PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTARIES WARN PARTY CADRES NOT TO BE 'MUDDLE-HEADED', LAZY OR CORRUPT
The Party's official mouthpiece 'People’s Daily' published (July 15-18, 2019) a series of articles under the byline “Ren Ping” (任平), which is likely a homophonous pen name standing for “People’s Daily Commentary” (人民日报评论), each of which warned party officials to not become a certain negative archetype of official, as identified by Xi Jinping.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTARY WARNS OF PUNISHMENT TO "CRIMINAL ELEMENTS"
People’s Daily on July 22, published a commentator article that strongly condemned “extremist protestors” for “surrounding the Hong Kong Liaison Office of the Central People's Government, damaging its facilities, defacing the National Emblem, and spray-painting expressions insulting the country and people” on 21 July.

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: U.S. COMPANY STOPS SUPPLY OF DRONE TECHNOLOGY TO CHINA
The Redwood City, California-based startup Cape Productions Inc., an American supplier of drone technology to dozens of state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies said it will stop working with Chinese drone manufacturers, citing security concerns.

Jul 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA'S U.S. TREASURY HOLDINGS DROP
China’s holdings of U.S. Treasuries dipped in May to the lowest in two years amid an escalation of the trade war, falling by $2.8 billion to $1.11 trillion, according to Treasury Department data released in Washington on July 16.

Jul 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE SHOW OF FORCE AT DEMCHOK/KOYUL
Epoch Times (July 14) reported that a group of Chinese soldiers had "recently crossed the border into India and tried to prevent local Tibetan residents from hosting an annual birthday celebration for the Dalai Lama".

Jul 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: SOYBEAN PRODUCTION
China's National Bureau of Statistics said July 15, that China's agricultural planting area for the high-protein food crop increased in the first half of the year.

Jul 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINA TEST FIRED DF-21(D) IN SOUTH CHINA SEA ON JULY 1
Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun disclosed (July 20) that China fired six DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles on July 1 from different points in southern China which landed almost simultaneously in the sea north of the Spratly Islands.

Jul 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA WARNS IT COULD USE PLA TO QUELL RIOTING
The chief spokesman of China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) Senior Col. Wu Qian, warned on July 24 that “The behavior of some radical protesters challenges the central government’s authority, touching on the bottom line principle of ‘one country, two systems.’” He asserted “That absolutely cannot be tolerated.”

Jul 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROTEST BY DOCTORS IN HEILONGJIANG
More than 100 rural doctors have resigned in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province over unpaid public health subsidies and alleged unfair treatment, following a first wave of departures in the central Henan province over similar issues.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S MEETING NPC DEPUTIES AT NPC SYMPOSIUM
On July 18, the National People’s Congress held a symposium in Beijing to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of standing committees at local people’s congresses.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: OBITUARY FOR FORMER CHINESE PREMIER LI PENG
Former Chinese Premier Li Peng died on 22 July 2019 in Beijing at the age of 90.

Jul 2019

CHINA-UAE: UAE CROWN PRINCE AL-NAHYAN MEETS XI JINPING IN BEIJING
On July 22, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates met Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Jul 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: NEPAL PERMITS PPAY TO OPERATE IN NEPAL
The Nepal Rastra Bank granted a license on July 24 for the payment system operator to Chinese company--UnionPay International to provide its services in Nepal recently.

Jul 2019

CHINESE OFFICIAL MEDIA RESPONSE TO 'COUNTER LETTER' ADDRESSED TO US PRESIDENT
A compilation of Chinese language articles in PRC state and Party media that directly or indirectly attack the "Stay the Course" letter

Jul 2019

CHINA-US: TRADE TALKS SCHEDULED TO RESUME IN SHANGHAI ON JULY 30
Reuters reported (July . ) that US US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will be in Shanghai on July 30, to reopen trade negotiations with their Chinese counterparts Vice Premier Liu He and Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan.

Jul 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA-US TRADE WAR POISED TO INTENSIFY IF NEW BILL PASSES IN US SENATE
The Nikkei-Asia index reported (July 26) that US Senator Marco Rubio last month introduced legislation that would increase oversight of Chinese companies listed on American stock exchanges, delisting those that fail to comply with the new requirements. =

Jul 2019

CHINA-CAMBODIA: CHINA HAS SECRET AGREEMENT WIH CAMBODIA FOR USE OF REAM NAVAL BASE
The Asia-Nikkei news service reported July 23, quoted the Wall Street Journal report that China and Cambodia have signed a secret agreement that allows Beijing to use Ream for 30 years.

Jul 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: JOINT AIR OPERATIONS OVER SEA OF JAPAN AND EAST CHINA SEA
On July 23, for the first time Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the Russian Air Force jointly conducted a long-range aerial patrol in the Indo-Pacific region to “strengthen global strategic stability.”

Jul 2019

CHINA-UK: CONSERVATIVE MP INTRODUCES BILL FOR RECIPROCAL ACCESS TO TIBET
Conservative Party MP Tim Loughton said as he submitted the Reciprocal Access Bill on July 23, 2019 in the House of Commons.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING DEPUTES PBSC MEMBERS WANG ZHEN AND HAN ZHENG TO XINJIANG AND HONGKONG
The state-owned CCTV reported (July 16) that PBSC Member and Chairman of the CPPCC Wang Zhen had attended a three-day conference in the Hetian district of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous where PB Member and Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo was among those present.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ASKS LOCAL LEADERSHIP TO TAKE MORE INITIATIVE
The ninth meeting of the Central Committee for Comprehensively Deepening Reform (CCCDR), which was established in March 2018 as part of the massive restructuring of the CCP and chaired by Chinese President and CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping on July 24, stressed that grassroots officials need to be given more leeway to craft solutions to fit their own circumstances.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: BEIDAIHE CONCLAVE
The CCP leadership is due to travel to Beidaihe shortly for the usual summer conclave.

Jul 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN PRESIDENT OFFERS POLITICAL ASYLUM TO REFUGEES ESCAPING HONGKONG
Responding to Radio Free Asia reports on July 18, that about 10 Hong Kong protesters had arrived in Taiwan and of Apple Daily that about 30 had arrived on the island and 30 more were planning to follow.

Jul 2019

CHINA-BRI: INVESTMENTS IN SE ASIA
A 2018 study by Oxford Economics and the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute was quoted in mid-July to say that BRI projects in ASEAN countries amount to more than US$739 billion.

Jul 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: LINKS BETWEEN CHINA AND TAIWAN MEDIA HOUSE
A Financial Times report of July 18 detailing the links between the Want Want China Times Group, a major Taiwanese media group, and various PRC entities was publicised recently.

Jul 2019

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP MEETS UYGHUR DISSIDENT ILHAM TOHTI'S DAUGHTER
President Trump met with a number of relatives of political prisoners in the White House including Ilham Tohti and Tenzin Delek's daughters.

Jul 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: VILLAGE LEVEL 'DEMOCRATIC' ELECTIONS
The Party journal 'China Comment' (13/2019) recently stated that village-level elections are flawed with a large bottle of cooking oil being the going rate for securing a single vote in one specific village.

Jul 2019

CHINA-PLA: SENIOR OFFICER ARRESTED FOR ESPIONAGE
A report on July 17 disclosed that according to Hong Kong's "Ming Pao", the Deputy Director of the Equipment Development Department of the CCP Central Military Commission Qian Weiping, was arrested and investigated by the Chinese military for being involved in espionage in early July.

Jul 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NIKKEI FINDS 50 GLOBAL COMPANIES QUITTING CHINA
Nikkei Research reported on July 18, that a year into the trade war with Washington, more than 50 global companies, including Apple and Nintendo, have announced or are considering plans to move production out of China.

Jul 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CPPCC CONVENES MEETING ON THE ECONOMY
China's top political advisory body, the CPPCC, held a symposium on the economy on July 15. Nine CPPCC members shared their views, including former top Party and state economic advisors Yang Weimin and Liu Shijin.

Jul 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG DISCUSSES ECONOMY WITH ECONOMISTS AND BUSINESS LEADERS
On July 16, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang discussed the economy with top officials and invited economists and business leaders to give their thoughts on the current economic trajectory.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO INNER MONGOLIA
Xinhua reported the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Inner Mongolia on July 15 and 16, his third to the region since the 19th Party Congress, when he highlighted the need to carry out the theme education of “not forgetting the original heart and keeping in mind the mission”, which is a party internal rectification campaign.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING MEETS CHINA'S AMBASSADORS
On July 18, Chinese President Xi Jinping met Chinese ambassadors from all over the world at the 2019 Annual Overseas Diplomats Work Conference.

Jul 2019

CHINA-US: U.S. CONSUL GENERAL IN HONGKONG ASKED NOT TO GIVE CRITICAL FAREWELL SPEECH
Kurt Tong, the outgoing US Consul General in Hong Kong was barred by the U.S. State Department from giving a tough valedictory speech because of fears criticism of government actions could offend Beijing and derail a trade war truce agreed by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at last month’s G20 meeting in Japan.

Jul 2019

CHINA-US: TAIWAN'S TSAI ING-WEN STOPPING OVER 4 DAYS IN USA
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in the US on July 11 while on a visit to four Caribbean allies. Tsai will go to New York on her way there, and then is expected to stop in Denver on the way back.

Jul 2019

CHINA-UNITED FRONT: ACTIVITIES ABROAD
In an article in the Atlantic (July 2019) Didi Kirsten Tatlow mentioned that there are at least 230 groups in Germany linked to China’s United Front in addition to 20 Confucius Institutes.

Jul 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: GRADUATE UNEMPLOYMENT
Caixin Daily (July 12) reported that China’s best and brightest are struggling to land prestigious jobs as the lowest level of economic growth in a decade and a prolonged trade war with the U.S. drive down job openings.

Jul 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S SOE'S RESTRICT FOREIGN TRANSACTIONS
The American Enterprise Institute in a report in July 2019 stated that China’s investment and construction around the world plunged in the first half of 2019 and is unlikely to return to 2016–17 levels in the foreseeable future.

Jul 2019

CHINA-TIBET: ARREST OF "BLACK" AND "EVIL FORCES' IN TIBET
The International Campaign for Tibet reported (Global Times - June 18, 2019) that a nationwide political campaign in China against “black” and “evil forces” has intensified in Chinese-occupied Tibet with a strong emphasis on cracking down on “separatism in the name of religion” and loyalty to the Dalai Lama.

Jul 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING CONVENES MEETING OF LEADING PARTY, GOVERNMENT AND PLA CADRES
Xi Jinping convened a meeting of leading Party, Government and PLA cadres, excluding representatives of the other democratic parties and All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, who attended the opening ceremony of the January seminar on July 5, 2019. e.

Jul 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY BUILDING
Chinese President and General Secretary of the CCP convened a high-level meeting (July 9) to discuss Party-building in central Party and state institutions.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PANCHEN LAMA TRAVELS ABROAD FOR FIRST TIME
China News reported on June 10, that in mid-May, a Chinese Buddhist delegation headed by the Panchen Lama, Vice President of the Chinese Buddhist Association went to Thailand to attend the celebration of the closing ceremony of the United Nations Welcome Day and made a friendly visit to the Thai Buddhist community. This is the first time the Panchen has gone abroad.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SENIOR CADRE SUSPECTED OF INVOLVEMENT IN MILITARY-CIVIL INTEGRATION ESPIONAGE
China Daily reported (June 17) that Peng Yuxing, a former Vice Governor of Sichuan Province and head of the Military Civil Integration Working Group, is under investigation by the CDIC.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: FORMER CENTRAL BANK CHIEF EXPRESSES CONCERN AT LUJIAZUI FORUM IN SHANGHAI
Former central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan, speaking on a panel at the Lujiazui Forum in Shanghai on June 14, expressed concern over the impact of a protracted trade war.

Jun 2019

CHINA-WORLD BANK: WORLD BANK DEBARS CHINESE SOE FOR FRAUD
Bloomberg business news reported (June 14) that the World Bank on June 12 announced a 15-month debarment of China-based Dongfang Electronics Co. Ltd. (Dongfang) in connection with fraudulent practices while bidding on a power project in Liberia.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE REACTION TO US TRADE WAR
The CCP CC's ideological theoretical journal Qiushi on June 17, asserted that China would not give way on major principles in its negotiations with the US on ending the dispute.

Jun 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE WITH-HOLDS PASSAGE OF NEW EXTRADITION LAW
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced at a press conference on June 15, that she has suspended indefinitely efforts to pass a controversial new extradition law, after a week of unprecedented mass protests and street violence.

Jun 2019

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TO VISIT DPRK ON 20-21 JUNE
Hu Zhaoming, spokesman for the Chinese Communist Party’s International Department, Xi Jinping would visit North Korea on June 20-21, 2019 , at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Jun 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE COAST GUARD VESSELS OPERATES WITHIN 24 NAUTICAL MILES OF SENKAKUS
June 17, marked the 60th consecutive day that China Coast Guard vessels operated within 24 nautical miles (nm) of the Senkaku Islands. This is the longest stretch of continuous Chinese activity in those waters since Japan started tracking it.

Jun 2019

ARTICLE ASSESSES INDIA WILL RETAIN STRATEGIC AUTONOMY IN USA'S INDO-PACIFIC STRATEGY
The official Global Times published (June 16) an article by Long Xingchun, Director of the Center for Indian Studies at China West Normal University, which argued that while the US is trying to sell more weaponry to India it has not been a reliable partner in the past and Russia is still India's main supplier.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: US CEO'S TO MEET CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG IN BEIJING
Prior to the all-important Xi-Trump meeting next week, a group of five US CEOs including the heads of the chemical giant Dow Inc., United Parcel Service Inc., drugmaker Pfizer Inc. and Honeywell International Inc., are set to meet with Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: APPLE ASKS MAJOR SUPPLIERS TO SHIFT 15-30% OF PRODUCTION CAPACITY OUT OF CHINA
The Nikkei Asian Review reported on June 19, that Apple has asked its major suppliers to weigh the costs of moving 15% to 30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it preps for a fundamental restructuring of its supply chain.

Jun 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S NEW AV500 UNMANNED HELICOPTER COMPLETES FIRST NIGHT OPERATION
The People's Daily reported on June 21, that China's unmanned helicopter, the AV500, has successfully conducted its first night operation under challenging conditions, demonstrating its any-time, all-terrain capabilities.

Jun 2019

CHINA-TELECOMMUNICATIONS: PROCUREMENT OF EQUIPMENT FOR 5G
On June 6, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued 5G commercial licenses to four state-owned telecommunication companies. China Mobile is keen to get rolling with its 5G build out.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: STATE COUNCIL MEETING ON JUNE 19
Top Chinese leaders appear to be increasingly worried about the deteriorating economic picture.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: DISSENT AMONG INTELLECTUALS
Qu Weiguo, Head of the English Department of the prestigious Tsinghua University in a speech to the Class of 2019 on June 19, praised the importance of fighting for individual liberty, talking with the world outside and thinking independently.

Jun 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TO ATTEND G-20 SUMMIT
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang announced on June 22 that Chinese President Xi Jinping would attend the 14th Group of 20 (G20) summit in Osaka, Japan from June 27 to 29, at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES SERIES OF 'ZHONG SHENG' ARTICLES ON CHINA-US TRADE WAR
The People’s Daily launched a new series of Zhong Sheng articles on the US-China trade war focusing on “clearly seeing the true colours of US politicians.”

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: PEOPLE'S DAILY WARNS U.S. AGAINST PURSUING 'SELF-DESTRUCTIVE' POLICY
A front page People's Daily article on June 1, noted that the Chinese government had from that day begun to raise tariffs on US goods worth about 60 billion U.S. dollars "as a counterattack against the U.S.’s move to raise the tariff of 200 billion U.S. dollars to China’s exports to the United States".

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: U.S. SENATE CONFIRMS NEW AMBASSADOR TO CHINA
The United States Senate on June 13, confirmed former Air Force Brig. General David Stilwell as the U.S. Ambassador to China.

Jun 2019

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: CHINESE VESSELS SINKS PHILIPPINES FISHING VESSEL AND DOESN'T RESCUE FISHERMEN
Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement on June 12, that a collision between a Chinese and a Philippine vessel, the FB Gimver 1, was reported by Filipino fishermen near the Recto Bank in the South China Sea on the evening of June 9, with the collision sinking the vessel.

Jun 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: XI JINPING'S STATE VISIT TO RUSSIA
The People's Daily on June 6, publicised Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Russia this week and meting on June 5 with Russian President Vladimir Putin to commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Jun 2019

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: CHINESE IT GIANT RESTRUCTURES
Tencent Holdings' restructuring takes place as the company posted its first quarterly profit drop in 13 years in Q2 2018. The move will eventually affect the company’s 50,000 employees and at least 30 VP-level executives.

Jun 2019

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: NEW HIGH-TECH BOARD OPENS
Proposed by Chinese President in November 2018, China's new high-tech board called the SSE Star Market, opened in Shanghai on June 13.

Jun 2019

CHINA-PLAN: TWO NEW TYPE 052 DESTROYERS JOIN PLA NAVY
The Global times reported (May 13) that China has launched two new Type 052D guided-missile destroyers at the Dalian shipyard. The report said “China now has 20 Type 052Ds either in active service or being fitted out for service soon.”

Jun 2019

CHINA-NDRC ORGANISES MEET TO PROMOTE HIGH QUALITY DEVELOPMENT OF RARE EARTHS INDUSTRY
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) held a forum on 4 June, for experts of the rare earth industry to promote the “high-quality development of the industry.”

Jun 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PARTY IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
The People’s Daily published a series of Commentator articles from June 2 to June 6 to stress the importance of “building the Party based on ideology” and implementing the goals set by the education campaign with “high standards” and for Party Committees (Party Leadership Groups) to take on the responsibilities to lead and supervise the implementation of the campaign.

Jun 2019

CHINA-TAJIKISTAN: XI JINPING'S SIGNED ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY TAJIK MEDIA
Xi Jinping wrote a signed article titled "Working Together for a Brighter Future of China-Tajikistan Friendship" published on June 12, by the Tajik media on the eve of his state visit .

Jun 2019

CHINA-AIIB: AIIB LENDING INCREASES
The China-sponsored Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has ramped up the pace of its lending since late last year, approving eight new projects in countries ranging from Indonesia to Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka over the last six months, according to its website.

Jun 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S ARMS PURCHASES FROM USA
Taiwan confirmed on June 6 that it has asked to purchase more than 100 tanks from the United States, along with a letter of request for 108 cutting-edge M1A2 Abrams tanks, 1,240 TOW anti-armor missiles, 409 Javelin anti-tank missiles, and 250 Stinger man-portable air defense systems.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN U.S. START-UPS DECLINE
Since late last year, amid rising U.S-China tensions and unwelcome climate, venture firms with China ties have held back their U.S. investments. U.S. startups in the Silicon Valley also prefer to look for funding to U.S. Government entities and push their Chinese investors out to avoid scrutiny.

Jun 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S PLA TO TEST RUSSIAN S-400 MISSILES
The Russian News Agency TASS, on June 5, said that the experimental team of the Chinese People's Liberation Army will test the second batch of Russian-made S-400 missiles delivered to China in the first 10 days of June. This test will continue to test the anti-missile capability of this type of missile.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: INFLATION RISES IN CHINA
China inflation hit a 15-month high in May as swine fever pushed Pork prices nearly 20% over last year.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: RISE IN COST OF LIVING
Official Chinese date quoted on June 5, by the business news journal Caixin revealed that average wholesale prices of several fruits climbed as much as 42% as of June 3 compared with the start of the year most likely because of cold snaps in several fruit-producing regions.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: FLIGHT OF CURRENCY
The South China Morning Post (May 14) reported that Regulators in Hong Kong are increasingly nervous about the accelerating pace of capital outflows from China after the collapse of trade talks, fearing a wave of financial turbulence that could jeopardize the hub's longstanding dollar peg.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: MANUFACTURING INDICES DOWN IN MAY
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported on May 31, that China’s National Bureau of Statics just released its May Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) number.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE RMB VALUE AGAINST U.S. DOLLAR COULD DROP
Amidst concerns about a weakening Chinese economy, the PBoC Governor Yi Gang said in an interview on June 7, that no hard limit existed for the dollar exchange rate, indicating that the tightly controlled onshore renminbi could drop further against the US Dollar.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA BUILDS PUBLIC OPINION AGAINST U.S. ON TRADE WAR
The official CCP newspaper People’s Daily launched a new Zhong Sheng series on the US-China trade war. Each article focused on a particular reason why US actions will result in “inevitable failure”.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: LUO ZHAOHUI NEW CHINESE DY. FOREIGN MINISTER
China's State Council on May 29 announced the appointment of the former Chinese Ambassador to India, 62-year old Luo Zhaohui (罗照辉) as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Jun 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: WANG YANG VISITS GARZE TIBETAN AUTONOMOUS PREFECTURE IN SICHUAN
Xinhua reported (may 27) that CPPCC Chairman and PBSC member Wang Yang (汪洋) conducted an inspection tour of Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province from May 25 to 27, 2019.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: DENIAL OF VISAS TO CHINESE STUDENTS
According to statistics from China's Education Ministry released on June 3, among the more than 10,000 Chinese whose studies in the US were sponsored by the Chinese government in 2018, 331 people were unable to do so because of a visa issue.

Jun 2019

CHINA-SAUDI ARABIA: CNN REPORTED ON JUNE 5 THAT CHINA HELPED SAUDI ARABIA DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS
CNN citing three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said (June 5) that the US government has obtained intelligence that Saudi Arabia has significantly escalated its ballistic missile program with the help of China.

Jun 2019

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: PERSONNEL DATA FROM AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY SUSPECTED TO BE HACKED BY CHINA
The Sydney Morning Herald reported (June 4) that Australian Intelligence officials believe China may have been behind a massive data breach which compromised the personal details of thousands of Australian National University students and staff.

Jun 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO RUSSIA
Chinese President Xi Jinping paid his eighth visit (and fourth state visit) to Russia from June 5 to 7, when he will attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. which is due to kick off Thursday.

Jun 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: CHINA REACTS TO US ACTG. DY. SECRETARY OF STATE'S VISIT TO NEPAL
China's Global Times published (June 6) an article by Ding Gang, Senior Editor with the Party paper 'People's Daily' and currently also a Senior Fellow with the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China, asserting that Nepal's "strategic position" is the cause for increased US interest on Nepal in its Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Jun 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NEW TYPE-055 DESTROYER JOINS PLAN AT INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW
The official Global Times (June 4) publicised that the new Type-055 Destroyer, the 'Nanchang' (Hull No: 101) took part in the recent International Fleet Review at Qingdao. It said the warship will join the PLAN's North Sea Fleet.

Jun 2019

CHINA-THE 'CHINA DREAM' EXPLAINED BY ITS AUTHOR PLA COLONEL LIU MINGFU
Excerpts from a recent interview by Asahi Shimbun with Retired PLA Colonel and Professor at China's National Defense University, Liu Mingfu, who wrote the 'China Dream' are reproduced below.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: LEADING PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY 'PFIZER UPJOHN' OPENS GLOBAL HQRS IN SHANGHAI
The leading Chinese business magazine Caixin quoting China's official news agency Xinhua reported that “Pfizer Upjohn, Pfizer's generic drug unit, opened its global headquarters in Shanghai on May 30, marking the first time any multinational drug company has placed its main office in China.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA THREATENS TO RETALIATE AND BLACKLIST U.S. COMPANIES
Gao Feng, spokesman for China's Ministry of Commerce, stated during a briefing in Beijing on May 30, that “The U.S. keeps escalating the trade tensions, and makes various tricks, which has severely hurt the trade talks.” He also said “Whether the China-U.S. trade talks can make any progress largely hinges on the U.S. attitude and sincerity.”

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA THREATENS STOPPAGE OF RARE EARTHS EXPORTS TO U.S.
The official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, the People's Daily, warned on May 30 that China might ban export of rare earths — which are crucial in much high-performance modern technology including Circuit boards, batteries, sensors and thrusters.

Jun 2019

CHINA-IRAN: SHARP RISE IN CHINA'S OIL IMPORTS FROM IRAN
China’s imports from Iran of Iranian crude oil surged to a five-year high in April as it gorged itself ahead of the return of U.S. sanctions.

Jun 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: XI JINPING TO VISIT RUSSIA ON JUNE 5-7, 2019
When Chinese President Xi Jinping pays a state visit to Russia from June 5 to 7, China and Russia are expected to sign joint communiqués that will propel bilateral ties to a higher level.

Jun 2019

CHINA-SINGAPORE: UPGRADING OF DEFENCE TIES
Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe arrived in Singapore earlier this week combining attendance at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue with meetings with Singapore Government officials.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: GLOBAL TIMES ADVISES RESTRAINT IN NATIONAL DEBATE ON HUAWEI
The official Global Times on May 28 said that there had been wide spread and heated discussion following an interview with Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY TO REGULATE PROMOTION OF CADRES
The CCP CC General Office in a circular issued on May 27, instructed that the Party collective should have absolute control over promotions, taking away decision-making power from individuals.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: U.S. BANS SIX CHINESE TECHNOLOGY ENTITIES FROM EXPORTING SENSITIVE U.S. GOODS
The U.S. Commerce Department on May 13, banned six Chinese technology entities, one Pakistani firm and five based in the United Arab Emirates from exporting sensitive U.S. technologies and other goods.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA'S EXPORTS TO U.S. DROP
Nikkei reported (June1) that China's exports to U.S. dropped by US$ 15.2 billion, or 12%, in the first quarter of Jan-March 2019.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA RELEASES WHITE PAPER ON TRADE WAR
China declared on June 2, that the U.S. must withdraw its latest round of tariffs before a deal can be reached.

Jun 2019

CHINA-DEFENCE: CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTER ADDRESSES SHANGRI-LA ANNUAL MEETING
Speaking at the annual Shangri'la Dialogue in Singapore on June 1, Chinese Defence Minister Lt. General Wei Fenghe dressed in full military uniform asserted that “Building facilities on one’s own territories is not militarisation.”

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE LEADERSHIP MOBILISES AGAINST U.S. TRADE WAR
Duowei, an official Chinese news outlet in North America, reported that, “China, in the face of the unreasonable demands that the United States has made on China in trade negotiations, emphasized its ‘core interests’ and showed that it has the will never to yield to the United States.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW PARTY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY XI JINPING
On May 31, the CCP launched a new campaign with the theme "staying true to our founding mission" among all Party members, especially officials at or above the county and director level.

Jun 2019

CHINA-TANZANIA: US$ 10 BILLION PORT PROJECT STALLED
Reuters reported (May 23) that a planned US$10 billion port project in Tanzania has hit an impasse, with China and Tanzania disagreeing on terms of the infrastructure investment. Deusdedit Kakoko.

May 2019

CHINA-US: EMORY UNIVERSITY TERMINATED SERVICES OF TENURED ETHNIC CHINESE FACULTY
Emory University fired two neuroscientists after they were accused of failing to disclose foreign research funding and connections with China.

May 2019

CHINA-PIG REARING: AFRICAN SWINE FEVER THREATENS CHINA'S PIG FARMERS
Threatened by African Swine Fever that is cutting across Asia, the Chinese government has banned the use of non heated swill and doesn't allow swill feeding at all in provinces with ongoing outbreaks.

May 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: CHINA MAY REDUCE SPENDING ON PLA NAVY
The South China Morning Post on May 26 reported, quoting an unnamed Chinese military source, that “The escalating tension between China and the United States has reminded Beijing’s leaders that they need to be careful how much they spend on new warships.”

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: RESTRUCTURING OF BANKING AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
China's Banking regulators issued a statement (May 24) stating that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) have taken over the management of Baoshang Bank for two years.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINESE SECURITY CRACKS DOWN ON STUDENT MARXIST SOCIETIES
A Washington Post report on May 25, disclosed that 21-year Qiu Zhanxuan, leader of the Marxist student association at the elite Peking University, had released a scathing video in February of the inhuman treatment meted out to him by China's security authorities during his four days of detention.

May 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP:XI JINPING'S INSTRUCTION TO MILITARY EDUCATION SYSTEMS
Inspecting the Infantry Academy of the PLA Ground Force in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province on May 21, Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered military schools to 'move forward in the correct political direction' and asserted that their training must be focussed on what the military needs to win wars and that they must provide capable human resources to support the effort of building a strong military.

May 2019

XI JINPING ASKS PEOPLE TO PREPARE FOR NEW 'LONG MARCH' TOWARD 'NATIONAL REJUVENATION
On May 20, CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping visited a 'revolutionary base' in Jiangxi province to commemorate the 12,500 kms 'Long March' that lasted from October 1934 to October 1936.

May 2019

AUSTRALIAN HELICOPTER 'BLINDED' BY LASERS FROM CHINESE FISHING VESSELS WHILE EXERCISING IN SCS
Associated Press reported (May 28) that Australian Navy helicopter pilots were hit by lasers while exercising in the South China Sea, forcing them to land as a precaution. It quoted Euan Graham, who was onboard the Royal Australian Navy flagship HMAS Canberra on a voyage from Vietnam to Singapore.

May 2019

CHINA-US: US AND TAIWAN OFFICIALS MEET TO DISCUSS SECURITY TIES
Taiwan’s official Central News Agency disclosed on May 25, that Taiwan National Security Chief David Lee met White House National Security Adviser John Bolton during David Lee’s visit to the U.S. from May 13 to 21.

May 2019

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: HIKVISION DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD. STOCKS DROP 12.2% BETWEEN MAY 17-27, 2019
In seven trading days through May 13, foreign investors sold a net 3.7 billion yuan ($530 million) of shares in Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. Ltd. through the stock connect program between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, according to data compiled by financial data provider iFind from Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: SMIC DELISTS IN NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Asia Nikkei reported on May 29, that China's largest chip foundry, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., will delist from the New York Stock Exchange.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: RISING COST OF LIVING DETERS CHINESE FROM FOREIGN TRAVEL
The South China Morning Post (May 27) reported that food prices in China jumped 6.1 per cent in April due to higher pork and fruit prices, with pork price increases accelerating to 14.4 per cent from 5.1 per cent in March.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NEW SMALL LEADING GROUP TO TACKLE UNEMPLOYMENT
China's leading business news service reported that on May 22 a new high-level “small leading group” was set up to work on employment. This followed the surveyed urban unemployment rates for the first four months of this year showing that these were all higher than last year's rates.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: EX-PLA OFFICER SPEAKS OUT AGAINST TIANANMEN EVENT
The New York Times reported (May 28) that on the eve of the anniversary of the "Tiananmen incident" on June 3-4, 1998, 66-year old former PLA Lieutenant Ms. Jiang Lin called for a public reckoning because generations of Chinese Communist Party leaders, including President Xi Jinping, have expressed no remorse for the violence.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: FIVE DAY IMMERSION IN CONFUCIAN CULTURE FOR RELIGIOUS LEADERS
South China Morning Post disclosed (May 28) that the CCP CC's United Front Work Department issued a news release on May 27, stating that China has begun five-day Confucian culture immersion courses for religious leaders in the sage’s hometown as part of a campaign to extend government control over faith communities through a process of Sinicisation.

May 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: SECURITY OF CPEC
Since 2016, Pakistan has allocated 1.3 billion rupees (US$9.1 million) for CPEC security, on top of the efforts of the Balochistan provincial government and created the 15,000-man SSD.

May 2019

CHINA-HUAWEI: HUAWEI COULD LOOSE SUPPLIERS FOR ONE-THIRD OF ITS COMPONENTS
The Trump administration on May 15, imposed an extreme penalty on Huawei that bars U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by Chinese company Huawei and its 70 subsidiaries.

May 2019

CHINA-US: HUAWEI DEVELOPED "ALTERNATE CHIPS" FOR EVENTUALITY OF U.S. BANNING EXPORTS TO CHINA
According to a recently leaked letter from He Tingbo, President of Huawei's chip unit HiSilicon, the Chinese smartphone giant anticipated years ago that the U.S. government might “suppress” the company and cut channels for it to acquire chip-related technology from the U.S., and has developed “alternative chips” for just such a scenario — though it did not expect the situation to actually happen.

May 2019

CHINA-SSF ACCUSED OF HACKING INTO EU'S DIPLOMATIC CABLES
A report publicised by ZDNET. on May 14 and released by cybersecurity professionals from the BlackBerry Cylance Threat Intelligence team on recent Chinese hacking activity based on research was made public in December by Area 1 Security.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: DIGITALISATION OF VILLAGES
On May 16, the General Offices of the State Council and Central Committee released new guidelines to promote "digital villages."

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on May 17, that while the nationwide spread of the deadly African swine fever has sent live pig and pork prices soaring, it will not have a major impact on consumers due to the stable supply of other protein sources including poultry, aquaculture products and eggs.

May 2019

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTARY REACTS TO IMPOSITION OF NEW U.S. TARIFFS
On May 17, the official Chinese Communist Party (CCP) newspaper 'People's Daily' published a commentary captioned 'No power can stop the Chinese people from realising their dreams'.

May 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: X JINPING'S ARTICLE IN QIU SHI
An article by CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping entitled "Deepening Understanding of the New Vision of Development," was published on May 16 in the 10th issue of the Party theoretical journal Qiushi.

May 2019

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE DEFENDED CHINA'S RIGHT TO OPEN CONCENTRATION CAMPS FOR MUSLIMS
Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’’s crown prince, on May 10, defended China’s use of concentration camps for Muslims, saying it was Beijing’s “right”.

May 2019

CHINA-US: PUBLIC RHETORIC AGAINST US
The 90-second rhetoric tirade against the US by anchor Kang Hui on the 13th May evening edition of the Party's flagship news program, Xinwen Lianbo on the state-owned CCTV was strong and has become an internet sensation in China.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE COUNCIL TAKES MEASURES TO CONTAIN UNEMPLOYMENT
Two Chinese Vice Premiers, Sun Chunlan and Hu Chunhua, chaired a National Conference on Employment in Beijing on May 13, to which Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent instructions.

May 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA'S RESPONSE TO INCREASED US TARIFFS
In a statement on its website on May 13, the Chinese Ministry of Finance announced an escalation of the trade war on May 14 and said it would raise tariffs on US$60 billion of US goods from June 1, by “25, 20 and 10 per cent” respectively.

May 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE INTELLECTUALS CALL FOR COOLING DOWN TARIFF WAR WITH U.S
Prominent intellectuals including children of veteran leaders have called for review and change in Beijing's policies towards the US, while stopping short of directly criticising existing policies.

May 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: OPPOSITION TO GOVERNMENT POLICY SILENCED
Lou Jiwei, a former Chinese Minister of Finance and till recently Chairman of China’s Social Security Fund, told South China Morning Post in early March that the Made in China 2025 plan had “wasted taxpayers’ money.”

May 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP XI JINPING LAUNCHES NEW EDUCATION CAMPAIGN AT POLITBURO MEETING ON 13 MAY
Xi Jinping chaired a Politburo meeting on May 13, where the Party decided to launch a “Stay true to the Party’s founding mission” education campaign from June 2019.

May 2019

NPC CHAIRMAN AND PBSC MEMBER LI ZHANSHU PRAISES XI JINPING'S LEADERSHIP AND HIS SPEECH AT BRI
The official Party newspaper People's Daily on May 6, publicised that NPC Chairman and PBSC member Li Zhanshu (栗战书) presided over a study seminar focusing on Xi Jinping’s diplomatic thought and Xi’s important speech at the second Belt and Road Forum (BRF).

May 2019

CHINA-UN: UN EXPERTS EXAMINING USE OF CHINESE MISSILES IN LIBYA
Agence France-Presse reported that a panel of experts reported to the UN Security Council that it examined photographs of the debris and identified a Chinese-made Blue Arrow air-to-surface missile.

May 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINA'S MILITARY CAPABILITIES FOR AMPHIBUOUS ASSAULT ON TAIWAN
Asia Times (May 5) citing the Pentagon’s recently released 2019 China Military Power Report said the PLA Marine Corps is scheduled to expand from its current 20,000 to upwards of 30,000 Marines – and quite possibly a lot more.

May 2019

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: FOREIGN NAVIES EXERCISE
Between May 2 and May 8, 2019, warships from the United States Navy, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Philippines Navy, and the Indian Navy sailed together for the first time in a four-way event demonstrating presence and cooperation.

May 2019

CHINA-US: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL EVICTED FROM NEW YORK BUILDING OWNED BY CHINESE SoE
Amnesty International, which had recently moved its headquarters to a building in New York, was asked on May 10 to vacate the building as it had been purchased by a Chinese SoE and they didn't want Amnesty International as a tenant.

May 2019

CHINA-POPULAR REACTIONS IN CHINA TO SINO-US TRADE WAR
POPULAR REACTIONS IN CHINA TO SINO-US TRADE WAR

May 2019

CHINA-US: TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
As Chinese Vice Premier and Xi Jinping's trade envoy Liu He arrived in Washington on May 10 to continue negotiations, US President Trump raised tariffs on Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent claiming that will garner around US$ 300 billion for the US.

May 2019

CHINA-CANADA: HUAWEI CFO'S LETTER TO COMPANY PERSONNEL
Huawei CFO and daughter of Huawei founder Ren , Ms. Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, who is presently in detention in Canada awaiting completion of extradition proceedings, wrote a letter on May 13, to all 188,000 personnel of Huawei which was published on the Xinsheng Community (Huawei's internal online forum).

May 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NAVY MODERNISATION PLANS
The US Economic and Security Review Commission (USESRC) has assessed that China's military spending will increase between 2015 - 2021 by 55 % from US$ 167.9 billion to US$ 260.87 bn. The PLAN's spending, it said, will increase by 82% from US$ 31.4 billion to US$ 57.1 billion.

May 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: CHINA LAUNCHES TWO NEW DESTROYERS
By May 2019, China had launched two more new Type-052 Destroyers bringing the total in service to nine. The report said the 20th Type-052 Destroyer will be ready in three years.

May 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE PAY TO GET CHILDREN INTO ELITE U.S. COLLEGES
Pharmaceutical billionaire Zhao Tao, owner of Shandong Buchang Pharmaceuticals Co., paid US$ 6.5 million to college counselor William “Rick” Singer for his daughter, Yusi's admission to Stanford University.

May 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: JASDF FIGHTERS SCRAMBLE TO INTERCEPT CHINESE AIRCRAFT
On April 15, Japanese Self Defence Force fighters scrambled to intercept Chinese H-6K bombers and a Y-8G ECM near Okinawa entering the East China Sea.

May 2019

CHINA-US: US NAVY DESTROYERS CONDUCT "ROUTINE TAIWAN STRAIT TRANSIT"
Two USN destroyers the USS Stethem and USS William P. Lawrence conducted a "routine Taiwan Strait transit" on April 28-29, 2019.

May 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE SCHOLAR CLAIMS U.S. SANCTIONS ON IRAN HIT INDIA'S TIES WITH U.S.
Zhang Jiadong, a Professor at the Center for American Studies, Fudan University, in an article published in Global Times on April 29, claimed that the U.S. announcement that it would not extend sanctions waivers for Iran oil importers "will highly likely affect US-India ties".

May 2019

CHINA-PLA: AI FOR CHINA'S MILITARY
The South China Morning Post (May 4) quoted Adam Ni, China researcher from Macquarie University in Sydney, as saying that China has set up two major research organisations focused on AI unmanned systems and present trends suggest that the gap with the US will narrow as China is moving quickly to develop its military AI capability.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: BACKGROUND OF 'MADE IN CHINA 2025' PLAN
The South China Morning Post on April 22 said that the 'Made in China-2025' plan was authored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering in August 2013 and was to counter the reforms announced at the Third plenum in 2013.

May 2019

CHINA SHOULD NOT ASSUME IT WILL OVERTAKE USA TO BECOME WORLD'S TOP SUPERPOWER
South China Morning Post (April 15) reported that former Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming, speaking at a seminar organised by the Beijing-based Centre for China and Globalisation, cautioned that China would remain in the "primary stage of socialism for long" and said its economic size did not give it leeway to dictate global rules.

May 2019

CANADA ASKS U.S. NOT TO CONCLUDE TRADE DEAL TILL CANADIANS IN CHINESE JAILS ARE RELEASED
The Globe and Mail on April 28 reported that theTrudeau government through its Ambassador in Washington has delivered a message to the White House: Don’t sign a trade deal with China while Canadians are being held hostage in that country.

May 2019

CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE DEVELOPING STRATEGY TO FIGHT A DIFFERENT CIVILISATION
The Washington Examiner (April 30) said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s team is developing a strategy for China based on the idea of “a fight with a really different civilization” for the first time in American history.

May 2019

CHINA-NETHERLANDS: NETHERLANDS DOES NOT ALLOW HUAWEI'S 5G
Well-known Chinese news site Sina on April 26, reported that the Netherlands’ largest telecommunications company, Royal KPN NV, announced recently that it will select a European supplier for its core 5G mobile network.

May 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: VISIT OF PAKISTAN NAVY CHIEF TO SHANGHAI
China Military Online, citing the Pakistan media, reported (April 29) that Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) of Pakistan, visited Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. in Shanghai and the Wuhan Shuangliu Base of Wuchang Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd., and met with heads of the relevant Chinese shipbuilding corporations.

May 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE MILITARY EXPERT COMMENTS ON FIRE ON INDIAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER
The official Global Times (April 29) quoted Chinese military experts as saying on April 28 that 'India's military culture cannot keep up with its ambitious weapon and equipment development, which might be the reason behind its aircraft carrier's fatal fire' on April 26.

May 2019

CHINA-BRI: BELT AND ROAD FORUM
China’s largest trading partners, the U.S. and India, were absent from the summit. None of the leaders from the U.S. G7 industrial countries including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Britain, and Germany were present at the summit.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR WIDENS IN CHINA
Voice of America reported (April 12) that in the past few decades, the fiscal income of the top groups has grown at an alarming rate and their proportion of the national income has almost doubled.

May 2019

CHINA-PLA: MANNED SPACE FLIGHTS
The China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) said on April 21, that the Long March 5B carrier rocket is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of 2020.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY EDUCATION
The Epoch Times reported (April 18) that Beijing made April 15 the “State Security Education Day for All People.”

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY MEASURES IN BEIJING
Possibly because of the sensitive May 4 anniversary, the subway stations at Tiananmen in Beijing were closed from May 1 to 4.

May 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CHINA EXPANDS LIST OF CANADIAN GOODS SUBJECT TO PUNITIVE TARIFFS
Reuters reported (April 29) that China has recently targeted other Canadian exporters. It has already blocked Canadian canola from Richardson International and Viterra, two of Canada’s biggest farm exporters, saying that shipments had pests.

May 2019

FRENCH FRIGATE SAILS THROUGH TAIWAN STRAIT PROMPTING CHINA TO DISINVITE FRANCE FROM PLAN ANNIVERSARY
Reuters cited two U.S. military officials as saying that the French frigate ' BEIDOU ' (F734) navigated through the Taiwan Strait on April 6.

May 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CANADIAN AND US CITIZENS SENTENCED TO DEATH BY CHINESE COURT FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
CNN reported (April 30) that China's Jiangmen Intermediate People's Court in Guangdong province on April 30, sentenced a Canadian, whose name is translated as Fan Wei and a US national Mark Swidan, to death in China for producing and trafficking a large amount of methamphetamine.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: TELECOM & 5G
The reputed Chinese financial newspaper reported (April 25 ) that China Unicom will be the first Chinese carrier to offer 5G wireless telecom services to the public in selected cities this year, putting China among the global frontrunners in rolling out next-gen mobile internet networks.

May 2019

CHINA-PLA: BEIDOU
Zhang Quande, Secretary General of China’s Association of Global Navigation System Applications and Location-based Services, said at a conference in Shenzhen on April 14, that China's home developed Beidou navigation system will generate a services market of over US$ 298 billion by 2020.

May 2019

CHINA-PLA: STEALTH PAINT R&D
China's official Global Times (April 9, 2019) disclosed that Zhang Xuetong, leader of the research team from the Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, had said they will continue to research stealth and camouflage materials that can hide from a broad spectrum of electromagnetic waves, after they successfully fabricated a material that can hide a hot object from heat-sensing infrared cameras.

May 2019

CHINA-BRI: RECENT REPORT CAUTIONS AGAINST HASTY BRI INITIATIVES
The reputed Chinese financial newspaper Caixin (April 23) said that a recent report from a research group said that many Belt and Road Initiative port projects have suffered from a “premature mentality,” in which investors jump in without adequate research, and could “stimulate regional political conflicts”.

May 2019

CHINA-XI JINPING'S SPEECH AT BRI FORUM
Xi Jinping delivered the keynote address at the second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) on April 25, 2019. Compared with the inaugural 2017 event, Xi’ Jinping's speech was shorter and contained fewer concrete proposals.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: 10 MILLION YOUTH BEING SENT TO THE COUNTRYSIDE
A Communist Party document revealed recently (April 11) that China's Communist Youth League (CYL) has promised to despatch more than 10 million students to 'rural zones' by 2022 in order to 'increase their skills, spread civilisation and promote science and technology'.

May 2019

LEADERSHIP MAO'S SECRETARY'S WIFE FILES LAWSUIT TO PREVENT PUBLICATION OF LATE HUSBAND'S DIARIES
Zhang Yuzhen, widow of Mao Zedong’s personal secretary has filed a lawsuit IN Beijing’s Xicheng district court to prevent the publication of his diaries, which are held by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and could shed invaluable light on the inner workings of the Communist Party.

May 2019

XI JINPING ADDRESSES FOREIGN DELEGATES ATTENDING INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW AT QINDAO
Xinhua said that addressing heads of foreign delegations invited to participate in the events marking the 70th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on April 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for 'concerted efforts to safeguard maritime peace and build a maritime community with a shared future'.

May 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ON MAY 4th MOVEMENT
One hundred years after thousands of Chinese students marched on Tiananmen Square on May 4, 1919, to protest against Western colonialism, President Xi Jinping on April 22, reiterated the Chinese Communist Party’s determination to control the legacy of the movement.

May 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: REGIONAL AID PROGRAMMES
International Monetary Fund data shows that collectively, Japan owned $1.667 trillion in foreign assets in the third quarter of 2018, while China owned $1.542 trillion in the second quarter, the most recent available data for each country.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INDIA: TWO INDIAN NAVY SHIPS TO PARTICIPATE IN CHINA'S INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW IN APRIL
China's official news agency Xinhua on April 19 reported that India's indigenous stealth destroyer INS Kolkata and fleet tanker INS Shakti will participate in the international fleet review in Qingdao, China, as part of the celebrations of the 70th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INDIA: POLICY TOWARDS CHINA TO CONTINUE REGARDLESS OF ELECTION OUTCOME
An article in the official Global Times on April 21, by Lu Yang, a research fellow with Institute of the Belt and Road Initiative, Tsinghua University, said "There is little doubt that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will emerge as the largest party in parliament.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INDIA: INDIAN FOREIGN SECRETARY'S VISIT TO BEIJING
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing after a day's discussions with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou on April 22, 2019.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE STUDENTS ABROAD RETURNING TO CHINA IN LARGER NUMBERS
The official Global Times (April 22) said data shows there is an increasing number of overseas Chinese students coming back to China to work.

Apr 2019

CHINA-BRI: UAE ELECTED VICE CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF BRI TAX ADMINISTRATION ORGANISATION
The Emirates News Agency on April 22, reported that the UAE had been elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Administration Organisation..

Apr 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINA DISCLOSES MILITARY SATELLITE PROGRAMME
The South China Morning Post (April 23) revealed that China has launched at least 10 experimental "scavenger" satellites into space in the last decade.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: XI JINPING REPLIES TO LETTER WRITTEN BY 40 US STUDENTS
The South China Morning Post on April 22, reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping replied to a letter written by group of 40 US high school students from the Niles North High school in Illinois saying he is impressed by USA's "beautiful landscape, hospitable people and diverse culture" and has made many friends.

Apr 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG'S 'OCCUPY CENTRAL' PROTESTORS SENTENCED
The Hongkong District Court on April 23, sentenced four 'pro-democracy' leaders for terms varying from eight to 16 months over the 2014 Occupy protests, while sparing another four custodial sentences.

Apr 2019

CHINA-XINJIANG: CHINESE AND FOREIGN JOURNALISTS TAKEN TO 'RE-EDUCATION CENTRES' IN XINJIANG
China's State Council Information Office, last week took Singapore's "Lianhe Zaobao" and eight other Chinese and foreign media to visit two 'Education and Training Centers' in Xinjiang province for on-site interviews to counter western criticism.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITBURO DISCUSSES PROPAGANDA WORK
Xinhua (April 19) reported that the CCP CC Politburo met on April 19 to discuss the Party’s propaganda work and deliberate new Party regulations that govern work of the propaganda system.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL ECONOMY: XI JINPING CHAIRS CCFEA MEETING
On April 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the the CCP’s most important economic policymaking body, the Central Commission for Financial and Economic Affairs (CCFEA). The agenda was to discuss ensuring that China achieves the goal of becoming a “moderately prosperous society” by 2021.

Apr 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: HIGH-LEVEL VISITS SUGGEST IMPROVING TIES
Asia nikkei news on April 18, 2019, reported that "Japan hand" Kong Xuanyou, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister is soon to arrive in Tokyo to serve as Ambassador.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ARAB: COOPERATION IN CHINA'S BEIDOU NAVIGATION SYSTEM
The state-owned CGTN announced on April 3, that more than 200 Chinese and Arab officials, experts and business people attended the second China-Arab States BDS Cooperation Forum two-day forum in Tunis to discuss the wider application of China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) in the Middle East.

Apr 2019

CHINA-S&T: TIANLIAN 11-01, NEW SATELLITE LAUNCHED
Xinhua reported on April 1, that China had launched a new data relay satellite, the Tianlian II-01, into orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on March 31. It was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket.

Apr 2019

CHINA-PLA: LIGHTWEIGHT REMOTE SENSING PLATFORMS FOR SOUTH CHINA SEA
China displayed new lightweight, remote sensing platforms at the 2019 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition recently with China's Ministry of National Defence hinting that they may be deployed for military application in the South China Sea to aid protecting island construction and contested areas.

Apr 2019

CHINA-PLA: AI IN MODERN WARFARE
The Jamestown Foundation (Vol 19, Issue 7) reported that in early 2019, PLA Senior Colonel Li Minghai (李明海), Director of the National Security Studies Institute at NDU, and Deputy Secretary of NDU’s Communist Party Committee, published a pair of articles that offered a new set of terms and theoretical ideas related to the incorporation and operationalization of emerging technology by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NDRC TRIES TO BOOST AUTO SALES
A document circulated on China’s social media showed that the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top industry policy-setting body, proposed relaxing controls on the issuance of car licenses in major cities, a move designed to expand auto consumption.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA RAIL REDUCES COAL TRANSPORTATION PRICES
Caixin reported (April 18) that the state-owned China Railway Corp. (CRC) has slashed the price of transporting coal and ore along certain routes in northern China, as growth in its cargo business shows signs of slowing.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: PENSIONS FUND HAS RUN OUT
A report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on states that China’s pension funds will fall to zero in 2035 after peaking in 2027 at 6.99 trillion yuan ($1.04 trillion).

Apr 2019

CHINA: BELT AND ROAD FORUM (BRI)
China's Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi announced at a media briefing on April 19, that China will host the second Belt and Road Forum from April 25 to April 27 in Beijing. He said it will be the “most important” diplomatic event in China this year.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: GOVERNMENT & BUREAUCRACY
Bloomberg reported that ever since Xi Jinping came to power, the criteria for bureaucrats to continue in office and for promotion has become tougher with social conduct being emphasised over competence.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: EFFICIENCY OF SOCIAL CREDIT MGT SYSTEM
Hongkong's South China Morning Post (April 18) reported that China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) had confirmed that the sale of 20.47 million plane tickets and 5.71 million train tickets were stopped by the social credit management system.

Apr 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: QIU SHI REPRINTS XI JINPING'S SPEECH OF 2013 WITH PREVIOUSLY OMITTED PARAGRAPH
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s official theoretical fortnightly journal 'Qiushi' on April 1 2019, republished a speech that Xi Jinping delivered in 2013, in which he discussed 'socialism with Chinese characteristics'. Xi’s speech identified several problems or confusions in people’s understanding of the Chinese system.

Apr 2019

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: CHINESE PARAMILITARY FORCES SWARM AROUND THITU ISLAND OCCUPIED BY PHILIPPINES
Over the past three months, an armada of Chinese paramilitary vessels has swarmed around the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island, marking a dramatic escalation in the two countries' maritime disputes.

Apr 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN/JAPAN: PLAAF CONDUCTS LONG-RANGE MILITARY DRILL NEAR TAIWAN AND JAPAN ON APRIL 5
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) conducted a long-range military drill involving Xian H-6K bombers, a Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early warning and control (AWAC) aircraft, a Shaanxi Y-9JB (GX-8) electronic warfare and surveillance plane, as well as Su-30 and J-11 fighter jets near Taiwan and Japan on April 15.

Apr 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: INCREASE IN PLAAF INTRUSIONS IN JAPAN AIR SPACE
Japan’s National Institute of Defence Studies said on April 17, that Japan scrambled fighter jets 999 times as Chinese sorties increased last financial year. The number of interceptions is the second highest figure on record.

Apr 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: HIGH LEVEL DIALOGUE
China and Japan held the China-Japan High-level Dialogue in Beijing on April 14. The meeting was chaired by State Councilor Wang Yi on the Chinese side and Foreign Minister Taro Kono on the Japanese side.

Apr 2019

CHINA-CANADA: VISA DENIED TO CHINESE MSS OFFICIAL
Canada was reported on April 16, to have rejected the visa and appeal of a People's Daily reporter who was an MSS officer, according to the court documents.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: VISAS DENIED TO TWO FORMER US OFFICIALS
China on April 16 with held issue of visas to Michael Pillsbury, a former US Defence Department official and currently advisor on China to US President Trump and Ms Wendy Cutler, former USTR.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: US CONGRESS ASKS WASHINGTON METRO NOT TO PURCHASE RAIL CARS FROM CHINA
The Washington Post reported (April 13) that U.S. Senators have proposed legislation that stipulates it would approve 10 more years of critical federal funding for Metro, but only if the transit agency agreed to not buy its next generation of rail cars from China.

Apr 2019

LARGEST VIETNAMESE TELECOM COMPANY VIETTEL TO ROLL OUT 5G HIGH SPEED WIRELESS SERVICE IN 2021
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported (April 11) that Viettel, Vietnam’s largest telecommunications company has developed a plan to provide its 5G high-speed wireless services in 2021.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: PENSION FUND
A report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on April 15, predicted that the pension funds collected in 2019 will not cover expenses of the same year. The shortfall is appearing much earlier than expected.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: ATTENDANCE DROPS AT CANTON TRADE FAIR
Caixin Daily reported (April 16) that the China Import and Export Fair, or Canton Fair, seen as a barometer of the vitality of China’s international trade, apparently has struggled to attract buyers to its spring session.

Apr 2019

CHINA-EU: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG ATTENDS 21st CHINA-EU SUMMIT
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang co-chaired the 21st China-EU Summit in Brussels with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: FORMER PEKING UNIVERSITY GUARD ARRESTED FOR CRITICISING XI JINPING
Radio Free Asia reported (April 10) that Zhang Pancheng, a former security guard at Peking University, was arrested because he posted a video on the Internet last November criticizing China’s human rights situation and Xi Jinping for giving out generous foreign aid to 3rd world countries.

Apr 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING PLANTS TREES
Xinhua reported (April 8) that Chinese President Xi Jinping accompanied by the entire CCP CC Politburo Standing Committee went to Tongzhou, Beijing to participate in a tree-planting activity at a site formerly occupied by chemical plants, signaling their resolve to tackle China’s environmental problems.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: MIT SEVERS TIES WITH HUAWEI AND ZTE
South China Morning Post on April 4, reported that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is ending its funding ties with Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE, citing the risks that such arrangements might cause in the light of US federal investigations of the two companies.

Apr 2019

US ASKS MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTRE TO TERMINATE APPOINTMENT OF THREE ETHNIC CHINESE RESEARCHERS
The MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, has ousted three senior researchers after the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, informed it that the scientists had committed potentially “serious” violations of agency rules involving confidentiality of peer review and the disclosure of foreign ties.

Apr 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CHINA HIRES LOBBYING FIRM IN CANADA
The South China Morning Post, quoting the Toronto Star, on April 18, disclosed that the Chinese Consulate-General in Toronto had in August 2018 hired the services of a private lobbying firm, Solstice Public Affairs.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INDONESIA: BRI BECOMES POLITICAL ISSUE IN ELECTIONS
Ex-General Prabowo Subianto who is challenging Indonesian leader Joko Widodo for the Presidency has demanded a review of all BRI projects.

Apr 2019

CHINA-MALAYSIA: BRI PROJECT REVIVED
Malaysia a signed a fresh deal to proceed with the stalled China-backed East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) on April 12, 2019.

Apr 2019

CHINA-BRI: SoEs participation in BRI
According to Baker McKenzie, Chinese government statements indicae that 50 state-owned firms have invested or participated in almost 1,700 projects in countries along Belt and Road’s path over the past three years.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE OIL RIG COMMENCES OPERATIONS AND PLANS TO SUPPLY LNG TO GREATER BAY AREA
The Offshore Oil 981 drilling platform, a sixth-generation ultra-deepwater rig that was developed by state-owned shipbuilder China State Shipbuilding Corp for CNOOC, has started deepwater operations in the South China Sea, which officials said would supply liquefied natural gas to the “Greater Bay Area”.

Apr 2019

CHINA-CYBER: YUNNAN PROVINCE BUILDING DATA CENTRES FOR CHINESE POLICE
People’s Daily reported on April 10, that since 2018, Yunnan province has been vigorously promoting the construction of big data centers for the police force.

Apr 2019

CHINA-PLA: 'REMOVAL' OF TAIWAN MILITARY BASE
China's official Global Times (April 2) published a commentary after Chinese PLA warplanes flew over the “Taiwan Strait Line” recently, threatening that the mainland will not exclude the possibility of wiping out the targeted Taiwan military base.

Apr 2019

CHINA-EDUCATION: 510,000 OVERSEAS CHINESE STUDENTS RETURN TO CHINA IN 2018
Asia Times reported (April 12) that more than 510,000 overseas educated Chinese students chose to return to their home country in 2018, representing a record high over three decades.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP 'VOLUNTEERS' BEING SENT TO VILLAGES
A report on April 10, stated that the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Youth League (CYL), membership of which is for young people between the ages of fourteen and twenty-eight, recently announced that over the next three years it will send ten million college students to the countryside, in order to implement president Xi Jinping’s “important thoughts on youth work” and his Strategic Plan for the Vitalization of Rural Areas.

Apr 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: HU YAOBANG'S 30th DEATH ANNIVERSARY
April 15 is the popular CCP CC General Secretary Hu Yaobang's death anniversary.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: U.S WARSHIP NEAR SCARBOROUGH REEF IN SOUTH CHINA SEA FOR FIRST TIME
Bloomberg News reported (April 10) that the U.S. sent the USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship outfitted last year with F-35B jets, to join the annual Exercise Balikatan with the Philippines this month.

Apr 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: PLAAF AIR VIOLATIONS OF JAPANESE AIR SPACE
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) dispatched two Xian H-6G maritime strike bombers and one Shaanxi Y-9JB (GX-8) electronic warfare and surveillance aircraft through international airspace between the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Miyako in the East China Sea on April 1.

Apr 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLAAF AIRCRAFT VIOLATE MEDIAN LINE IN TAIWAN STRAITS
China's state-owned Global Times reported (April 1) that on March 31, two People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-11 fighter jets crossed the middle line on the Taiwan Straits forcing Taiwan to scramble its own fighters.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA'S TECHNOLOGY THEFT
Asia Nikkei reported on April 7, how a mounting string of allegations from the US paint a damning portrait of how China's advanced technology sector has rapidly grown due to corporate espionage at a near-systemic level.

Apr 2019

CHINA-EUROPE: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG'S VISIT TO EUROPE
On April 3, Xinhua announced that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit Europe to "intensify cooperation between China and European countries and provide new impetus to the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership".

Apr 2019

CHINA-U.S.: U.S. CONGRESSMAN SAYS U.S. WILL NEVER RECOGNISE CHINA-APPOINTED DALAI LAMA
US Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) on April 9, strongly rejected the Chinese government’s claim that it will decide the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: IMF RAISES CHINA'S GROWTH FORECAST
Caixin Global reported (April 10) that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its 2019 China growth forecast to 6.3% from 6.2% on April 9, but warned of “more subdued” momentum next year.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: REMITTANCES FROM ABROAD
A World Bank Report has said that China is at the second spot with remittances from abroad totalling US$ 67 billion.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIGHTENING CONTROLS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
The South China Morning Post reported (April 9) that Sina, owner of the Twitter-style microblog Weibo and one of China’s leading social media platforms, announced on April 8, that it had suspended or shut down more than 50 accounts which published “politically harmful information”, including of Yu Jianrong, a popular outspoken liberal intellectual with more than seven million followers.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELAXATION OF HUKOU RESTRICTIONS IN SECOND AND THIRD TIER CITIES
Caixin reported (April 8) that China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) had instructed local governments to lift household registration restrictions for people who live and work in some second- and third-tier cities in an effort to advance reform of the residency system for migrants.

Apr 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: FLEET REVIEW ON NAVY FOUNDING DAY
China is holding an international fleet review on April 23 at Qingdao to mark the 70th anniversary of founding the PLA Navy.

Apr 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
Peng Chun (彭纯), former chairman of "Big Five" state-owned lender Bank of Communications Co. Ltd., is the new chair of China Investment Corp. (CIC), the world’s second-largest sovereign wealth fund.

Apr 2019

CHINA-VENEZUELA: EXERCISE WITH RUSSIAN TROOPS
AFP on April 4, reported that Beijing has dismissed reports that it sent 120 soldiers to Venezuela along with a shipment of humanitarian aid as reported in some sections of the media earlier.

Apr 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: NEPAL POLITICIAN CRITICISES TIBETAN PRACTICE OF OFFERING 'KHATAKS'
The International Campaign for Tibet reported (April 3) that a Member of Parliament from Nepal’s Communist Party, Khaga Raj Adhikari, asserted at a public event that the use of the khata in Nepal “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people,” connecting it to Tibet issue and giving political color to a fundamentally spiritual and cultural tradition.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: US FONOPS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Wu Shicun, head of the government-affiliated National Institute for South China Sea Studies, said on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan on March 29, that the US would step up what it called freedom of navigation operations in the area with more frequent and wider-ranging manoeuvres this year.

Apr 2019

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