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CHINA-LEADERSHIP: OFFICIAL CHINESE MEDIA EULOGISES XI JINPING AROUND THE PERIOD OF THE SIXTH PARTY PLENUM
Around the period of the CCP CC's Sixth Plenum the official Chinese media, including Xinhua and the People's Daily, has been replete with articles eulogising Xi Jinping and his leadership. The state-run CCTV on November 9 said "The key to managing China's affairs lies in the party. The leadership of the party is the “sacred needle” of the continuous development of the party and the country. Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, General Secretary Xi Jinping personally planned, personally deployed, and personally promoted a series of key decision-making decisions, led the party and the people to overcome a series of major risks and challenges, and solved many long-term problems that have not been resolved. It has accomplished many major events that we wanted to do but failed to accomplish in the past, and created the great achievements of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era. Ten thousand mountains are majestic, and there must be a main peak. General Secretary Xi Jinping clearly pointed out that the leadership of the Communist Party of China is the most essential feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics, the greatest advantage of the socialist system with Chinese characteristics, the fundamental and lifeblood of the party and the country, and the interests of the people of all ethnic groups across the country."

Nov 2021

CHINA-CCP: BEIJING DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON SIGNIFICANCE OF SIXTH PLENUM RESOLUTION
The Beijing Daily (November 8) published a frontpage article titled 'What are the historical mission and contemporary value of the "two resolutions"?'. It explained the significance of the resolution to be passed at the Sixth CCP CC Plenum when it meets from November 8-11, 2021. The CCTV (November 8) similarly telecast a programme but added an account of the successes achieved during the CCP's "leadership". Xinhua (November 8) published an article titled 'An irreversible historical process-the realization of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation from the transformational practice of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core leading the new era'.

Nov 2021

CHINA-CCP: SPECULATION IN BEIJING THAT SIXTH PLENUM MAY DECIDE ON CENTRAL MILITARY COMMISSION MEMBERSHIPS
Hongkong's Ming Pao (November 5) reported speculation in Beijing that the Sixth Plenary Session of the Central Committee, which starts on November 8, may be the first to approve members of the new Central Military Commission. It added that personnel adjustments will be an important part of its agenda. The Ming Pao reported also that on the eve of the Sixth Plenary Session, in late October as many as seven provincial party committee secretaries were appointed and that 21 provinces have now got new Party and Government leaders. It said no changes had occurred in the top leadership in the 4 municipalities directly under the Central Government, in Guangdong and Beijing and Sichuan, Qinghai, Ningxia, Hebei, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia.

Nov 2021

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION: FORMER PUBLIC SECURITY VICE MINISTER SUN LIJUN PLACED UNDER ARREST ON NOVEMBER 5
The South China Morning Post (November 5) disclosed that China’s state prosecutor had ordered the arrest of Sun Lijun, former Chinese Vice Minister of Public Security. Sun Lijun was placed under disciplinary investigation in April last year and a month earlier had been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party membership and all official posts. (Comment: The CCP's investigation into Sun Lijun lasted 17 months, far longer than most such investigations which take 6-9 months. Sun Lijun's case was not only one of corruption, but of apparent active opposition to Xi Jinping as he was accused of forming "political gangs"!)

Nov 2021

CHINA-MEDIA: EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF GLOBAL TIMES COMMENTS ON THE GROWING RESTRICTIONS ON THE MEDIA IN CHINA
In a lengthy post (in Chinese) on Weibo on November 8, the Editor-in-Chief of Global Times, He Xijin commented on China's increasing restrictions on the media. He wrote that while "Many times I feel that I live a very fulfilling life and have a strong sense of integration in this era", "Yet I’ve experienced changes in the media industry as well, and feel deeply it’s becoming ever more difficult for media. Society has high requirements and hopes for the media, but many fail to grasp its fundamental nature, or the political role it should play in promoting social progress".

Nov 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOUNDERS OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISES ARE REPORTEDLY DIVESTING SHARES BECAUSE OF TIGHTENING CONTROLS
The South China Morning Post (November 3) reported that Zhang Yiming, the founder of ByteDance, has officially stepped down from the company’s board after an announcement in May 2021. ByteDance owns the popular platform TikTok. South China Morning Post added, citing sources, that Zhang Yiming remains “powerful behind the scenes”. The CEOs of technology companies have been trying to cash out their shares in anticipation of tightening controls. Financial Times recently reported that at least two heads of Chinese tutoring companies started selling their shares right after Xi Jinping criticised private tutoring earlier in March.

Nov 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOUNDER OF CHINA'S HOME APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS CONGLOMERATE 'HAIER GROUP IS STEPPING DOWN AS CHAIRMAN
Caixin disclosed that Zhang Ruimin, the founder and Chairman of Chinese home appliances and electronics giant Haier Group, is stepping down, the company announced in a statement on November 5. It said Haier President Zhou Yunjie will succeed him as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Vice President Liang Haishan will replace Zhou as President

Nov 2021

CHINA-ENERGY: CHINA PLANS TO BUILD 150 NEW NUCLEAR REACTORS IN NEXT 15 YEARS
The Asia Times (November 10) claimed that China, the world’s biggest emitter, is planning at least 150 new nuclear reactors in the next 15 years, more than the rest of the world has built in the past 35 years. According to Bloomberg, the effort could cost as much as US$440 billion. The Chairman of the state-backed China General Nuclear Power Corp. said the goal is to generate 200 gigawatts by 2035, enough to power more than a dozen cities the size of Beijing.

Nov 2021

CHINA-PLA: NEW REGULATIONS SIGNED BY CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING PERMIT FASTER ACQUISITION OF BEST, MODERN WEAPONS
The Global Times (November 2) disclosed that Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xi Jinping, had signed a new set of regulations on military equipment procurement, focusing on war preparedness and combat capabilities, to facilitate the PLA acquire the best weapons and equipment that are most needed on future battlefields at a faster pace. It said the PLA Daily (November 1) said the regulations, comprising 42 articles in eight chapters, standardize the management of military equipment procurement, based on the general principle that the Central Military Commission takes charge of the overall administration, the theatre commands concentrate on combat, and the service branches focus on their own development. It said the regulations give clear, concrete measures to generate combat capabilities rapidly, and optimize management procedures including submitting requests, planning, setting up of projects, the signing of contracts, and delivery and supervision.

Nov 2021

CHINA-PLA: STATE-RUN CCTV HIGHLIGHTS XI JINPING'S PERSONAL GUIDANCE TO PLA
Timed to coincide with the Party's Sixth Plenum, CCTV (November 9) highlighted Xi Jinping's personal involvement with the PLA. It said "Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, President of the State, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, profoundly pointed out that the Chinese people’s freedom from suffering and liberation of the Chinese people depend on a heroic people’s army; the Chinese people’s great rejuvenation, the Chinese people to achieve a better life, we must accelerate the building of the People's Army into a world-class army. Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core has led the entire army to conduct in-depth theoretical exploration and practical creation in the magnificent practice of strengthening the army, forming Xi Jinping Thought on Strengthening the Army, and the cause of strengthening the army in the new era has made historic achievements. , A historic change has taken place. The People's Army has taken firm steps on the road to a strong army with Chinese characteristics, and has made important contributions to safeguarding national sovereignty, security, and development interests". It added that "Training is in full swing on the military exercises in the north and south of the river: the army has carried out extensive assessments and competitions, and the navy has repeatedly refreshed its open sea and ocean combat training records. The air force has highlighted all-weather and critical combat." It said "With a new system, a new structure, a new structure, and a new look, this is the people's army today. What kind of a strong people's army to build and how to build a strong people's army have always been a major issue for the Party Central Committee and the Central Military Commission to focus on, think about, and plan. In the new era, Chairman Xi Jinping stands on the strategic height of realizing the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and clearly put forward the party’s goal of strengthening the army in the new era—building a people’s army that listens to the party’s command, can win battles, and has a good work style, and puts the people in the army is built to become a world-class army." It particularly added "The party's absolute leadership over the army is the foundation of the people's army and the soul of a strong army. Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has insisted on building and controlling the army politically, incorporating the party building of the army into the strategy of comprehensive and strict governance of the party. ... The officers and soldiers of the whole army deeply cherish their absolute loyalty to the party and always obey the party's command, focus on preparing for war with all their strength, and continuously improve the level of actual combat training and the ability to win." The CCTV programme also said "Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Chairman Xi has taken warships, boarded chariots, and boarded warplanes to drill down to the front line of exercises, put forward a series of important discourses on training and preparations, made a series of major decisions, commanded a series of major actions, and provided actual combat training for the troops. ... At the beginning of the new year in 2018, the Central Military Commission solemnly held a training and mobilization meeting. Chairman Xi, dressed in a uniform, boarded the main hall of the school reading stage, and issued instructions to the whole army: “The whole army must strengthen training and preparations with a clear orientation and unswervingly place military training."

Nov 2021

CHINA-PLA: APPARENTLY REACTING TO A RECENT INDIAN MILITARY EXERCISE GLOBAL TIMES LISTS EXERCISES CONDUCTED RECENTLY BY PLA
The Global Times (November 8) reported that the PLA, after the Indian military launched a major exercise along the border with China at the start of the month, had conducted multiple drills in the western plateau over the past week. Quoting the state-owned CCTV, it said an artillery regiment affiliated with the PLA Xinjiang Military Command recently conducted a comprehensive, cross-day-and-night exercise in a high-altitude region, involving live-fire shooting of PCL-181 155mm self-propelled howitzers and PHL-11 122mm multiple rocket launchers. In another recent exercise held in the plateau region at an elevation of 5,100 meters, the PLA Xinjiang Military Command organized a joint fire strike confrontation drill, as PHL03 300mm multiple rocket launchers and China's latest type of multiple rocket launchers capable of firing 370mm rockets teamed up with reconnaissance drones and artillery radars to launch precision strikes on the enemy. JH-7 fighter bombers affiliated with the PLA Western Theatre Command Air Force also joined the exercise. CCTV (November 2) also reported that a combined arms brigade of the PLA Xizang (Tibet) Military Command recently conducted an assault training at an elevation of more than 4,000 meters. It said advanced PLA main battle equipment, including the Type 15 light tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, self-propelled howitzers, and auxiliary vehicles, took part in the drill. The Global Times quoted military expert Song Zhongping as observing that the PLA is also enhancing its combat preparedness as India keeps making provocations along the borders, and proper military approaches are needed, when necessary, in order to safeguard national sovereignty and security.

Nov 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE GOVERNMENT-OWNED BAUHINIA CULTURE (HONGKONG) HOLDINGS IS NEGOTIATING PURCHASE OF HONGKONG'S SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
The Chinese government-owned Bauhinia Culture (Hong Kong) Holdings Ltd. is negotiating with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. the acquisition of Hong Kong’s influential South China Morning Post. Bloomberg News had reported in March that Alibaba has come under pressure from the Chinese government to divest some of its media assets, including SCMP. (Comment: Bauhinia Culture (Hong Kong) Holdings Ltd. is owned by The Liaison Office -- the Chinese government’s main office in the former British colony -- via its Sino United Publishing Holdings Ltd. unit. Its General Manager and Chairman are Wen Hongwu exSecretary General of the Liaison Office, and Mao Chaofeng, former Executive Vice Governor of China’s Hainan province.)

Nov 2021

CHINA-EU: FIRST EVER OFFICIAL DELEGATION OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT CALLS FOR CLOSER COOPERATION WITH TAIWAN TO FIGHT DISINFORMATION
Taiwan's Central News Agency reported (November 5) that the head of a first ever official European Parliament (EP) delegation's visit to Taiwan, its head Raphaël Glucksmann, said on November 5 that he believed Taiwan would be a perfect partner for the European Union (EU) as it considers building a hub to combat disinformation campaigns launched by authoritarian regimes. At the press conference at the end of the delegation's three-day trip to Taiwan, he said "We can benefit a lot as Europeans form a closer cooperation with Taiwan in the fight against disinformation." "That actually makes a lot of sense, the partnership should grow and get deeper and deeper." He added "We are really convinced that the more you have interaction between international community and Taiwan, the less dangerous the situation would be in the Strait." The EU is now considering building a hub to combat disinformation and the whole delegation agreed that "it should be Taiwan." The delegation consisted of members of the EP's Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation (INGE). China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi reacted angrily to the visit and warned that Europe "will pay the price" for the visit

Nov 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S NATIONAL SECURITY BUREAU DIRECTOR GENERAL SAYS THEY AWARE THAT CHINA HAS HAD DISCUSSIONS ON SCENARIOS LIKE CAPTURING PRATAS ISLANDS
Reuters reported (November 4) that National Security Bureau Director-General Chen Mingtong, while referring to a scenario of China capturing the Pratas Islands located almost 250 miles (400 Kms) from the Taiwan mainland, disclosed to a parliamentary meeting on November 4 that "Attacking and capturing the Pratas Islands - this scenario where war is being used to force (Taiwan into) talks - our assessment is that this will not happen during President Tsai's tenure." He added "Frankly speaking, they have internally debated this before. We obviously have some understanding." He did not elaborate or mention when such a discussion occurred. China's defence ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

Nov 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S DEFENCE MINISTER CONFIRMS U.S. IS TRAINING TAIWANESE MARINES IN GUAM
Taiwan's Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng confirmed on the sideline of a Legislative hearing on November 2 that a group of Taiwanese marines have been sent to undergo one-month training in Guam as part of a Taiwan-U.S. defense cooperation and exchange program. He said the program is one of a number of "long-standing" bilateral exchange projects between Taipei and Washington. Apple Daily separately said that Taiwan's Marine Corps has recently sent a platoon of 40 marines for a month-long amphibious landing training at the U.S. military base in Guam to enhance their combat capabilities. Both countries' marines will also undergo training for joint operations to learn the latest tactics from the U.S. Marine Corps, it added.

Nov 2021

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES QUOTES CHINESE TECHNOLOGY SECURITY COMPANY AS SAYING HACKING OF CHINESE TARGETS BY INDIAN HACKERS HAS INCREASED
A Global Times (November 2) report claimed that during an exclusive interview on November 2 with Chinese tech giant 360 Security Technology, it learnt that hackers from India have been caught actively launching cyberattacks targeting China's multiple sectors as well as individuals in the past two years during the epidemic, and their attacks are largely on the rise in the first half of 2021. It said the company's experts believe that intelligence analysis is likely behind these hacking groups as they are taking advantage of trendy affairs and topics, such as politics and economy related topics, epidemic situation, and professional activities from industries, so as to accurately launch their attacks. The hackers were identified by China's official media as an "Indian hacking group called ‘Evil Flower’ and accused of targeting “government, defence and military units, as well as state-owned enterprises in China, Pakistan, and Nepal”. Global Times has claimed in an investigation that the hacking group has the support of the Indian government. It said in 2020, the company monitored and captured more than 100 of initial payloads mostly from India and they induce users to execute malicious payloads through harpoon emails in various fields. It added that hackers from India have been caught actively launching cyberattacks targeting China's multiple sectors as well as individuals in the past two years during the epidemic, and their attacks are largely on the rise in the first half of 2021. Two Global Times articles (November 9) highlighted that India lacked border infrastructure and was incapable of building the required roads and logistical support. They claimed that the Indian Army was hampered by the poor logistics.

Nov 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN RECEIVES ITS FIRST ADVANCED TYPE 054A/P FRIGATE FROM CHINA
The Global Times (November 8) reported that on November 8, China delivered to Pakistan the largest and most advanced Type 054A/P frigate named the PNS Tughril. Designed and built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC), the frigate was delivered to the Pakistan Navy in a commissioning ceremony in Shanghai. The PNS Tughril is the first hull of four Type 054 frigates being constructed for the Pakistan Navy.

Nov 2021

CHINA-NEPAL: DEPUTY HEAD OF CCP CC ILD MEETS FORMER NEPAL PRIME MINISTER MADHAV NEPAL VIA VIDEO
The Deputy Head of the CCP CC International Liaison Department, Chen Zhou met via video link with Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Socialist) (CPN (Unified Socialist)) Chairman and former Nepali Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on November 5.

Nov 2021

CHINA-US: FOUR U.S. SENATORS AND TWO MEMBERS OF U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARRIVED IN TAIWAN ON A 'SURPRISE VISIT'
Taiwanese media reported that four senators and two members of the House of Representatives including Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama made a 'surprise' visit to Taiwan when they landed at Taiwan's Taipei Songshan Airport aboard a US Navy C-40A plane from Manila at around 6pm on November 9. The group included senators Mike Crapo of Idaho and Mike Lee of Utah, as well as Representative Jake Ellzey of Texas, also all Republicans. Beijing said the visit amounts to ‘rude interference in China’s internal affairs’ and an act of provocation and later conducted a combat readiness patrol in the region

Nov 2021

CHINA-US: CHINA'S SINOCHEM AND SINOPEC GROUPS CONCLUDE LONGTERM DEALS FOR IMPORT OF LNG FROM U.S.
Caixin reported (November ) that two Chinese energy majors announced bumper long-term deals to import liquid natural gas (LNG) from U.S. firms this month, continuing a trend that comes amid skyrocketing prices of the fuel source. Sinochem Group Co. Ltd. announced a 17 1/2-year deal to buy as much as 1.8 million tons annually from Cheniere Energy Inc. on November 5, while China’s largest oil refiner, Sinopec, announced a 20-year contract with Venture Holding LNG to import 4 million tons of LNG annually on November 4.

Nov 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. SEC APPROVES FRAMEWORK FOR ENFORCEMENT OF 'HOLDING FOREIGN COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE ACT'
In a step towards enforcement of the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, which became law at the end of last year and stipulates that any foreign companies listed on US exchanges face delisting if they fail to turn over audit results for three straight years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved a framework to determine which US-listed Chinese companies fail to fully allow auditing inspection and, therefore, will be delisted from American capital markets. It will allow the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (PCAOB), a non-profit entity that deals with accounting issues of public companies, to determine whether a delisting process needs to be triggered.

Nov 2021

CHINA-US: YAHOO ANNOUNCES PULL-OUT FROM CHINA
Yahoo Inc. announced (November 2) that it has pulled out of China, citing an increasingly challenging operating environment. (Comment: The withdrawal was largely symbolic, as many of the company’s services were already blocked by China’s digital censorship. But recent government moves to expand its control over tech companies generally, including its domestic giants, may have tipped the scales for Yahoo.)

Nov 2021

CHINA-US: SENIOR CHINESE INTELLIGENCE OFFICER CONVICTED AFTER EXTRADITION IN 2018 FOR TRYING TO STEAL DEFENCE SECRETS FROM GENERAL ELECTRIC
A senior Chinese intelligence officer of China's Ministry of State Security, Xu Yanjun was convicted by an American Federal jury in Ohio of trying to steal secrets from General Electric. He was accused of asking a GE Aviation employee who had travelled to China to help him obtain proprietary information in Washington. This is the first time a Ministry of State Security official was extradited to the US for trial. Xu Yanjun was arrested in Belgium in 2018 after being lured there by US agents who were tracking his efforts to obtain aviation-related technology, in particular a composite aircraft engine fan that is made exclusively by GE Aviation.

Nov 2021

CHINA-GERMANY: GERMAN NAVY FRIGATE 'BAYERN' PASSES THROUGH SOUTH CHINA SEA
Associated Press reported (November 9) that commenting on the German frigate Bayern's passage through the South China Sea, Germany's Navy Chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach said the frigate’s dispatch was to show support for Japan, the US, and other partners. He underscored Germany's concerns that freedom of navigation and the rule-based international order were being threatened in the region, apparently referring to its biggest trading partner, China.

Nov 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING PRESENTS NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AWARDS TO CHINA'S TOP SCIENTISTS ON NOVEMBER 3 IN BEIJING
The state-run CCTV (November 3) telecast the "grand national science and technology awards conference" organised jointly by the CCP CC and the State Council in Beijing on November 3, which was attended by Party and state leaders including Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Wang Huning and Han Zheng. PBSC member and Premier Li Keqiang delivered a speech at the conference where PBSC member Han Zheng presided. CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping first awarded medals and certificates to Academician Gu Songfen of China Aviation Industry Corporation and Academician Wang Dazhong of Tsinghua University, who won the highest national science and technology award in 2020. Later, Xi Jinping, the Party and state leaders, together with the two top prize winners, issued certificates to the representatives who won the National Natural Science Award, the National Technological Invention Award, and the National Science and Technology Progress Award. A total of 264 projects, 10 scientific and technological experts and 1 international organization were selected for the 2020 National Science and Technology Awards. Among them, there are 2 national top science and technology awards; 46 national natural science awards, including 2 first prizes and 44 second prizes; 61 national technological invention awards, including 3 first prizes and 58 second prizes; There are 157 national science and technology progress awards, including 2 special prizes, 18 first prizes, and 137 second prizes; 8 foreign experts and 1 international organization are awarded the People’s Republic of China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award.

Nov 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES PLA EQUIPMENT CONFERENCE IN BEIJING
The People's Daily (October 27) reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech at the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Military Equipment Conference held in Beijing on October 25 and 26. In his speech, Xi Jinping said, “I hope that comrades implement the Party’s thinking about building a strong army, … and that they build the management system for weapons and equipment modernization in order to make positive contributions to the PLA’s one hundred year anniversary (August 1, 2027).” Xi Jinping emphasized the “breakthrough development” of military weapons and equipment construction during the 13th Five-Year Plan period under the Central Military Commission’s (CMC) strong leadership and expressed hope that “comrades will thoroughly implement the Party’s thoughts on strengthening the military in the new era, thoroughly implement the guidelines on military strategy in the new era, speed up advancing the implementation of the ‘14th Five-Year’ Plan’s tasks, and speed up the construction of a modernized management system for weapons and equipment,” among other things. General Zhang Youxia, Vice Chairman of the CCP Central Military Commission, said “We must focus on national security needs, keep an eye on the realistic military struggle, focus on technological self-reliance and self-improvement, and make every effort to speed up the modernization of weapons and equipment, to advance the PLA’s weapons and equipment work to another great level.”

Nov 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PROMOTES XI JINPING'S IMAGE
The People’s Daily (November 2) published its second Episode of the “Crucial choices in the New Era” series, intended to boost Chinese President Xi Jinping's image before the Party's Sixth Plenum, which starts on November 8. this episode is titled 'Xi – the protector of the people’s lives' and credits him with taking the tough decision regarding the lockdown during the Covid pandemic.

Nov 2021

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: CHINA'S TOP RANKING TENNIS STAR PENG SHUAI ACCUSES FORMER VICE PREMIER ZHANG GAOLI OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
In a very unusual and explosive post on China's social media, which the Wall Street Journal (November 2) claims was seen by it before it was taken off within 20 minutes, China's top ranking professional Tennis star 35-year old Peng Shuai accused 1946-born ex-Vice Premier and Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. In her post she described an on-and-off relationship with Zhang Gaoli lasting for some years that she said was sometimes consensual and sometimes involved coercion, including forced sex. Peng Shuai said she couldn't offer any proof. but 'vowed' to tell the truth. (Comment: Peng Shuai was ranked No. 1 in women’s doubles with the Women’s Tennis Association in 2014. Her post comes at an increasingly sensitive time before the 20th Party Congress. She has a Taiwanese partner, Hsieh Su-wei)

Nov 2021

CHINA-COVID PANDEMIC: RISE IN COVID INFECTIONS IN CHINA CAUSES SERIOUS CONCERN
Caixin (November 4) reported that local Covid-19 outbreaks in the Chinese mainland have spread to 19 out of 31 provincial-level regions, the widest distribution nationwide since the Wuhan outbreak early last year, as the number of infections mostly linked to trips in northern China since mid-October continues to grow. It said as of November 3, China had recorded more than 700 locally transmitted infections in dozens of cities in 19 province-level regions since October 17 when Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province, confirmed two cases in a group of eight who had visited Inner Mongolia and Gansu province. The widest spread prior to this began in Nanjing on July 20 before reaching 16 provinces in a month.

Nov 2021

CHINA-FOOD RATIONING: CCP CC AND STATE COUNCIL ISSUE NOTIFICATION ON NOVEMBER IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS ON FOOD STORAGE, CONSUMPTION ETC.
On November 1, the CCP CC General Office and State Council issued a 9-section notification restricting the storage, consumption etc of food. The Beijing Municipality issued a notification repeating the notice and its sections: Overall requirements; 2. Improve the conservation and loss reduction in the agricultural production chain; 3. Improve the loss reduction in food storage; 4. Improve the loss reduction in food transportation; 5. Improve the conservation and loss reduction in food processing; 6. Resolutely curb the waste in food and drink consumption; 7. Push for innovation on food conservation and loss reduction; 8. Strengthen the propaganda and education on food conservation and loss reduction; and 9. Strengthen the food safeguarding measures. Separately, the Global Times (November 1) reported that the Chinese government had issued a rare public advisory asking people to store essential daily necessities for “emergency needs” sparked concern of possible food shortages, new COVID-19 outbreaks or a likely offensive by China to capture Taiwan. It quoted a statement issued by China's Ministry of Commerce on November 1, about ensuring stable supplies and prices of vegetables and daily necessities during the upcoming winter and spring seasons. The Ministry said that it “encourages families to store a certain amount of daily necessities in accordance with their needs to meet daily and emergency needs.” The rare public advisory sparked off speculation after it was widely posted on social media, while official media too began highlighting it on Tuesday though in the form of playing it down saying that the public should not read too much into it or wrongly interpret the statement. (Comment: The timing of the notification has prompted speculation whether China is headed for a food shortage or preparing for war with Taiwan or any similar eventuality.)

Nov 2021

CHINA-CPPCC: CHINA'S NON-CCP PARTIES CONVENES SEMINAR TO DISCUSS AGEING AND LONG-TERM BALANCED POPULATION DEVELOPMENT
On October 28, the 4th Population Development Strategy Seminar with the theme of "actively responding to population aging and promoting long-term balanced population development" was held via a hybrid mode. He Wei, Vice Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee and Executive Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Peasants and Workers Party, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech in Beijing. He Wei said the concept of aging has been integrated into the whole process of economic and social development, accelerated the implementation of the three-child policy, and improved the supporting measures for the whole process of "birth-nurture-nurture” and China needs to promote long-term balanced population development. Yang Zhen, full-time Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Peasants and Workers Party, presided over the opening ceremony. The seminar was co-sponsored by the Central Committee of the Peasants and Workers Party, the Chinese Association of Aging and the Heilongjiang Provincial Committee of the CPPCC. The seminar was broadcast live on the Internet, and the majority of Peasants and Workers Party members and relevant experts and scholars listened to the live broadcast of the meeting online.

Nov 2021

CHINA-PERSONALITIES: TANG 'NANCY' WENSHENG, FORMERLY CHIEF INTERPRETER TO MAO AND ZHOU ENLAI, ATTENDED AN EXHIBITION IN BEIJING ON NOVEMBER 1
Tang Wensheng, also known as Nancy and daughter of Tang Mingzhao, a founding member and editor-inchief of China Daily News, visited the exhibition organised by China Daily in Beijing on November 1. She said "China Daily News was designed to be a progressive newspaper made by overseas Chinese people. Although some members of the Communist Party of China joined the preparation, it was not a paper of the CPC. But it was one that aimed to give a voice to overseas Chinese". (Comment: American-born Chinese diplomat Tang Wensheng was Mao Zedong's chief interpreter during U.S. President Richard Nixon's historical 1972 visit to China. Born in 1943, she also served as Premier Zhou Enlai's interpreter.)

Nov 2021

CHINA-PERSONALITIES: LIN SHANGLI, SECRETARY GENERAL OF CCP CC'S CENTRAL POLICY RESEARCH OFFICE, IS WANG HUNING'S PROTEGE
Lin Shangli (林尚立) is a protege and former student at Fudan University of Politburo Standing Committee member and China's leading theoretician Wang Huning. He is the author of an early think-piece that touched on ‘common prosperity’. Lin Shangli (林尚立) moved from a Vice Presidency at Fudan (where he had been a student, and later junior colleague of Wang Huning) to Secretary General of the Central Policy Research Office in 2017. (Comment: Lin Shangli authored the book 'Institutions and development: political logic of self-confidence in China’s institutions' (Zhonggong zhongyang dangxiao xuebao, 2 December 2016 [林尚立:'制度与发展: 中国制度自信的政治逻辑',中共中央党校学报,2016年12月 2日. Professor Dr. Lin Shangli was born in Fuzhou in 1963. In 1981, he studied at the Department of International Politics, and after graduating in 1988 started his teaching career in the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University. He became Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in 1997. He received a Ph.D. from the School of Law at Fudan University in 1998. He has been a visiting scholar at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Keio University in Japan, Georgetown University in the U.S.A. and at the University of Munich in Germany. Apart from Fudan, Prof. Lin is also a guest researcher at Shanghai CCP College and the Shanghai Administration Institute, and Vice Chairman of the Academic Committee of the Institute of East Asia, Shanghai. ).

Nov 2021

CHINA-PERSONNEL APPOINTMENTS: NEW VICE AND ASSISTANT MINISTERS IN MOFA AND NEW POLITICAL COMMISSAR OF XINJIANG PRODUCTION AND CONSTRUCTION CORPS
Xinhua (October 26) announced the appointments of six officials to higher posts among who were: Deng Li (邓励) was appointed Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Hua Chunying (f) (华春莹), MoFA spokesperson, was appointed Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Li Yifei (李邑飞) was appointed Political Commissar of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and Chairman of the China Xinjian Group.

Nov 2021

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: POLITBURO MEMBER YANG JIECHI PUBLISHES ARTICLE IN 'QIU SHI' ON 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHINA OCCUPYING ITS SEAT IN UN
A commentary by former Foreign Minister and Politburo member and current Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi was published by Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth - (2021/21) with the title 'Fifty years of deepening cooperation with the United Nations to build a community with a shared future for mankind'.

Nov 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP ILD'S OUTREACH ON DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS WITH 100 SOUTH AND SOUTH EAST ASIAN POLITICIANS AND 30 POLITICAL PARTIES
Chen Zhou, Vice Minister of the CCP CC International Liaison Department (ILD), on October 26 afternoon addressed the “Looking at the CCP from a Cloud” activity for South and Southeast Asian political parties via videolink. Over 100 people, including young politicians from nearly 30 political parties and organizations and representatives from the media, think tanks, and colleges and universities in 10 South and Southeast Asian countries, participated in the activity.

Nov 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: SPECIAL CCTV PROGRAMME STRESSES DATA SECURITY
Recalling that November 1 is the 7th anniversary of the promulgation and implementation of the Antiespionage Law, the state-owned CCTV on November 1 telecast a special programme titled 'Secretly detect dangerous leaks'. It said public security agencies have discovered that "some overseas data companies have long-term, large-scale, and real-time collection of data" and added that "The phantom of "commercial espionage" in the field of data security is full of domestic ship data". The programme disclosed that since 2020, national security agencies have carried out special operations and found that a group of foreign-related maritime data companies and radio enthusiasts in Beijing, Shanghai, Shandong and other places have built more than 700 AIS (automatic identification system for ships) base stations on the important islands and inland ports of China's coastline. Security agencies acted in accordance with the "Anti-espionage Law" and "Data Security Law" related regulations, seized a large number of base station equipment, intercepted more than 10,000 GB of outgoing maritime data, promptly cut off the data leakage channels, and required relevant organizations and individuals to make rectifications. Eliminate hidden dangers. The programme stated in conclusion that data resources are of great value to the country's economic and social development, and data security governance and data security protection are also important elements of competition among major powers.

Nov 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S FOREIGN INVESTMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND REFORM COMMISSION DISCUSSES FOREIGN DEBTS WITH KEY BUSINESSES
Sina (October 27) reported that on October 26, China’s Foreign Investment Department of the Development and Reform Commission, together with the Capital Department of the Foreign Exchange Bureau, held a forum with some key industry players to discuss their foreign debts. It also disclosed that nine Chinese real estate companies have missed the payments on their U.S. dollar debts, including Oceanwide Holdings (泛海控股), Fantasia (花样年), China Fortune Land Development (华夏幸福), Sunshine 100 China (阳光100中国), The Tianfang Group (天房集团), The Sannong Group (泰禾集团), Sinic Holdings (新力控股), Languang Dev (蓝光发展), and Modern Land (当代置业). The combined unpaid debt is US$ 28.073 billion. (Comment: Fantasia (花样年) is owned by former PBSC member Zeng Qinghong's niece -- brother's daughter. Zeng Qignhong was a very close associate of Chinese President Jiang Zemin. )

Nov 2021

CHINA-PLA: THREE PLA DAILY 'JUN SHENG' COMMENTARIES CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON U.S. SUBMARINE ACCIDENT IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Following up on the earlier two commentaries of October 19 and 22, the PLA Daily published three additional commentaries on the USS Connecticut collision in the South China Sea under its Jun Sheng (钧 声) byline. The third commentary on October 25, titled “The United States Is the Greatest Source of Disaster in Stirring Up the South China Sea (SCS)” reiterated that "the US's vagueness and cover-ups after the accident have made the international community full of doubts about the truth of the accident and the US intentions. the threat posed by the USS Connecticut nuclear submarine’s collision and the United States’ subsequent lack of transparency, saying the incident had elicited a “high degree of concern” from the international community". The commentary added that "the United States was not content with peace but “only wanted to fish in troubled waters (浑水摸鱼),” making trouble for its own gain". The fourth commentary (October 27) titled “The United States is the Greatest Destroyer of World Peace” noted that the USS Connecticut is one of three Seawolf-class submarines currently in service in the U.S. Navy and one of the most powerful and sensitive attack submarines currently available in the U.S. Navy. It said the incident "once again reflected the "belligerent gene" in the bones of American politicians". Jun Sheng added that the United States has an “‘interference addiction’ (干涉 成瘾) regarding other countries’ political affairs,” citing its involvement in “color revolutions” following the Cold War and, referring to AUKUS, called for the world to “maintain a high degree of vigilance toward the ‘warlike’ and ‘interference-addicted’ United States.” The fifth commentary (October 29) was titled “The Ugly Face of ‘US-Style Double Standards’” and focused on the US’ lack of transparency regarding the USS Connecticut collision. Ironically, while the United States has touted military transparency, “some US politicians for whom telling lies is second nature have been ridiculed by people the world over as political ‘Pinocchios’ (匹诺曹)” stemming from their failure to be forthcoming about the submarine accident.

Nov 2021

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE REACTS TO INDIA'S SUCCESSFUL TEST OF AGNIV ICBM
Lan Jianxue, Director of the Department for Asia-Pacific Studies at China Institute of International Studies, reacted to India's successful test of the 5000kms range Agni-V ICBM. In an article in the Global Times (October 30) he warned against India being carried away by the US and West and getting into an arms race with China. He also claimed that "Many Indian people have complaints toward their government on various issues, and many contradictions can be seen at home. For example, the daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases are still as high as more than 10,000. The epidemic continues to severely impact India's economy, and the Modi government appears to lack an effective approach to deal with it. Furthermore, a yearlong series of ongoing protests by farmers against the Indian government has also stepped up. Against this backdrop, the Modi administration is eager to find a new external hotspot issue to divert domestic attention. This has been one of the Modi administration's old tricks, which China has got used to". He added "The root of the ChinaIndia tensions over the recent two years lies in the series of provocative practices by the Indian government on its borders with China. The incitement by Indian and Western media outlets have also played a big role, adding fire to the tensions between China and India. In the face of increased nationalist sentiment and the fanning of flames from the West, the Modi government seems to lack a clear strategy on how to deal with the tensions with China. If the Modi government could remain sober, it should stay away from the incitement from the West and the mounting populist mind-set, and those asking it to resort to military actions to deal with the border tensions with China."

Nov 2021

CHINA-INDIA: REACTING TO ARTICLE IN FOREIGN POLICY GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE WARNS INDIA AGAINST JOINING FORCES WITH U.S. AGAINST CHINA
Writing in the Global Times (November 1) Qian Feng, Director of the Research Department at the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University, referred to a co-signed article in Foreign Policy entitled "It's Time to Formalize an Alliance with India" by former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and Republican congressman Michael Waltz calling it "an attempt to form a clique in the modern era". He described Nikki Haley as "having the political capital to return to politics and is a possible frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination" and said Michael Waltz, "a veteran from Florida, a Republican stronghold, has always shown his strong anti-China attitude". Qian Feng said the proposal will not be acceptable to the Generals in the Pentagon and that the idea of the US and India combining to contain China has always been popular in strategic circles in India. The article said, in conclusion, "The Modi government is committed to leading India to become a global power. It has its own plans and logic for the country's future development and foreign policy. The so-called ideology and democratic values are nothing more than tools to achieve India's goals. With the help of the US, it may be possible for India to obtain the recognition and endorsement for a "great power identity. However, if India is arranged by Quad to take the lead in charging in the anti-China front, and becomes "cannon fodder" of US strategy, Indians will not accept it". It ended with the warning: "For India, China is the biggest neighbour that cannot be moved away. It is also a major country vital to India's security and development. In fierce competition between China and the US, if Indian leaders are tempted by some anti-China forces at home and abroad, put China-India ties behind, abandon its principle of nonalignment, establish formal alliance with the US, this will undoubtedly be tantamount to turning itself to the enemy of China. And if so, such an India will never become a true global power"

Nov 2021

CHINA-INDIA: THE CCP-OWNED GLOBAL TIMES CONTINUES SHARP CRITICISMS OF INDIA
A sharply worded article in Global Times (November 4) criticised a Tweet by an Indian comparing Prayagraj with Shanghai. Objecting to such comparison, it said, "Indian elites’ misconception of China exposed in a tweet comparing Prayagraj and Shanghai" and said once more Indians begin travelling to China, they will realise how far advanced China is compared to India. Another Global Times article criticised Modi's speech at the COPS Summit saying it is unachievable. It quoted the "recently released Global Hunger Index 2021 where India was ranked 101 out of 116 countries and regions, behind such economies as Sudan and Mali, and was one among the nations in which hunger was classified as "serious." Although the Indian economy is estimated to be one of the fastest-growing in the world in 2022, many of its people still live in extreme poverty". It added "Even though some in the West expressed disappointment that India's climate target is 20 years behind that of most other countries, the willingness of India, with its large poor population, to make a step forward toward limiting global warming is still commendable. However, it is an open question as to whether India's economy can support its ambitious emissions-reduction target". The last paragraph of the article said, "Under these circumstances, if any one from the advanced economies still think that the developing world needs to commit more to the climate action, they should go to India to experience the real hunger before lecturing others".

Nov 2021

CHINA-US: BIDEN-XI JINPING SUMMIT LIKELY BEFORE YEAR'S END
The US Government announced that President Joe Biden and Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping will meet in a virtual summit meeting before the end of the year. The announcement followed the meeting in early October in Zurich between US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Chinese Politburo member Yang Jiechi. This indicates that Sullivan and Yang Jiechi likely found issues on which their bosses could reach agreement. The Straits Times (October 30) said the US government dropping its attempt to prosecute Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in September might also create more space for Xi Jinping to be magnanimous at the summit. It assessed Beijing will have two main goals at the summit: (i) a return to the level of economic, educational and scientific exchange that prevailed before the bilateral relationship soured and specifically the restrictions on granting of US visas to members of the Communist Party of China and to Chinese students and researchers with PRC military connections. (ii) Beijing's demand that Washington ceases using the issues of Taiwan, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and human rights to "interfere in China's internal affairs". This means Beijing will insist that Washington stop supporting the Republic of China (ROC) government on Taiwan as Beijing says the US has taken new steps since the downturn in US-China relations to encourage Taiwan's political separation from China. The United States main objectives are to get China's assent to what the Biden team calls "responsible competition" or relationship "guardrails", meaning the two countries pursue their objectives within the (US-sponsored) rules of international behaviour without taking actions that raise military tensions and the second US objective is to dissuade China from linking climate change cooperation to other issues. Third, the Biden administration has elevated the specific issue of Chinese military pressure on Taiwan as a high-priority concern. "We need to see China stop these actions," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said recently. The Japan Times (October 29) published a similar assessment of the objectives of the likely Summit.

Nov 2021

CHINA-US: NEW HEAD OF US TAIPEI OFFICE REITERATES US POLICY ON TAIWAN
Sandra Oudkirk, the new Director of the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) Taipei office, told Taiwan's CNA (October 29) that the United States considers peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait "central to the security and stability of the broader Indo Pacific region and to the U.S." She said, "Our commitment to Taiwan is rock solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and in the region." Asked specifically about President Joe Biden's recent pledge to defend Taiwan in case of a Chinese attack, Oudkirk said there has been no change in U.S. policy. The U.S., she said, will continue to help Taiwan boost its self-defence capability as part of America's commitments under the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), which has served as the cornerstone of U.S.-Taiwan relations since official diplomatic ties were severed in 1979, adding "We engage with our partners in Taiwan on a routine basis to access vulnerability, to access ways we can support Taiwan in mounting its own self defence."

Nov 2021

CHINA-UN: CHINA AMONG THE COUNTRIES WHO VOTED AGAINST UNGA RESOLUTION CALLING FOR MORATORIUM ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
120 UN member states voted on November 17, in favour of a resolution in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly reiterating a call for a moratorium on the use of capital punishment. The General Assembly plenary is expected to adopt the resolution in December. China is among the 39 countries which voted against the resolution. (Comment: The 11 countries from the Asia-Pacific region who voted against the resolution are: Afghanistan, Brunei Darussalam, China, India, Japan, the Maldives, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and Tonga.)

Nov 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ATTENDS MEETING TO MARK 50TH YEAR OF PRC GETTING A SEAT IN THE UN
The state-owned CCTV (October 25) reported that on October 25, Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the 50th anniversary meeting of the People's Republic of China to restore the legal seat of the United Nations in Beijing and delivered an "important" speech. In his speech Xi Jinping emphasised that "China will adhere to the path of peaceful development and always be a builder of world peace; adhere to the path of reform and opening up and always be a contributor to global development; adhere to the path of multilateralism and always be a defender of the international order". He asserted that China strives unremittingly for a community with a shared future for mankind. PBSC member and Secretary of the CCP CC Secretariat Wang Huning attended the meeting as did Ding Xuexiang and Yang Jiechi. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi presided over the meeting which was attended by over 2000 officials from different departments

Oct 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING AND ENTIRE PBSC ALONGWITH VICE PRESIDENT WANG QISHAN VISIT S&T INNOVATION EXHIBITION IN BEIJING
Chinese President Xi Jinping and the entire PBSC and Vice President Wang Qishan visited the 13th FiveYear Plan Science and Technology Innovation Achievement Exhibition in Beijing on October 26. The theme was “Innovation Driven Development, Towards a Powerful Country in Science and Technology.” Displays of China’s scientific achievements during the plan (2016-2020) included: The “Nine Chapters” quantum computing prototype; the Tiangong space station; and the Guohe No. 1 nuclear power unit. (Comment: Their visit demonstrated the importance the Chinese leadership is giving S&T.)

Oct 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING HAS NOT TRAVELLED OUTSIDE CHINA SINCE JANUARY 2020
The Wall Street Journal (October 21) reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s last foreign trip was to Myanmar in January 2020. In March 2020, he hosted Pakistan’s president in Beijing, but since then has not been noticed to have met in person with any foreign leader

Oct 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER AND NPC CHAIRMAN LI ZHANSHU TELLS NPCSC MEETING CHINA MUST RESIST "EROSIVE INFLUENCE" OOF THE WEST
At a meeting of the NPC Standing Committee on October 23, the South China Morning Post (October 24) quoted PBSC member and NPC Chairman Li Zhanshu as saying “We need to learn from the beneficial achievements of foreign political civilisations, but we must not abandon the fundamentals of China’s political system. We should resolutely oppose, resist and prevent the erosive influence of so-called ‘constitutionalism’, multi-party elections, the tripartite system, the bicameral system and the independence of the judiciary in the West" and “We should strengthen theoretical research and the propaganda interpretation of socialist democracy with Chinese characteristics and the People’s Congress system, and tell good stories about China’s democracy.” Xie Maosong, a political scientist at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said top leaders had made similar remarks in the past, such as referring to “the story of Chinese-style democracy” and that this “looks much the same, but in fact, there are subtle differences, now they will just say ‘telling the story of China’s democracy’, which is more precise and straightforward, and more confident. What all this means is that China’s leaders believe that democracy in China is real democracy, whole-process democracy, that fulfils commitments. It is not a fake democracy where Western politicians make high-profile promises during election campaigns and then don’t deliver afterward. China is now confident that its democracy is real compared to the fake democracy of the West.”

Oct 2021

CHINA-NPC: NPC PASSES NEW LAND BORDERS LAW ON OCTOBER 23
The closing meeting of the 31st session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee on October 23 voted to adopt a new Land Borders Law. The new law empowers the state to: Use the police apparatus and weapons for illegal border crossers under certain circumstances; close China’s borders if war or armed conflict threatens border security; and build border facilities “for the purposes of blockade, transportation, communication, monitoring, deterrence, defence, and assistance”. The law also makes the People’s Liberation Army responsible for “Guarding the land border, resisting armed aggression, [and] dealing with major emergencies, and terrorist activities.” (Comment: China has 14 international land borders, and shares that statistic with Russia. The full text (translated from Chinese) reads: during the period of deepening the reform of the national defence mobilization system , Temporarily adjust and apply the "National Defence Mobilization Law of the People's Republic of China", "People's Air Defence Law of the People's Republic of China", "National Defence Traffic Law of the People's Republic of China", and "National Defence Education Law of the People's Republic of China" related to national defence mobilization and the people's armed mobilization and economic mobilization , Civil air defence, traffic readiness, national defence education leadership and management system, military and local functional configuration, work organization settings, and national defence mobilization resources command and use regulations. The specific measures shall be implemented in accordance with the relevant decisions of the Party Central Committee and the relevant regulations of the State Council and the Central Military Commission. After the reform measures have matured, relevant laws should be revised and improved in a timely manner.)

Oct 2021

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION: EX-CHAIRMAN OF NORINCO YIN JIAXU ARRESTED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES
The South China Morning Post (October 25) disclosed that China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate had decided on October 25, to formally arrest Yin Jiaxu, former Norinco Chairman, “on suspicion of accepting bribes and making illegal gains for relatives and friends in accordance with the law”. His formal arrest came seven months after he was put under an internal party probe by China’s top anti-corruption body, the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), for “serious violations of discipline and the law”. Yin Jiaxu had been the Party Secretary and Chairman of China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco) until his sudden retirement in 2018, three years ahead of his official retirement age of 65. He was formally handed over to prosecutors on September 30 after being expelled from the party and stripped of all official positions and benefits. The CDIC accused Yin Jiaxu of receiving “huge sums” of money and gifts, using his official capacity to benefit others and transferring the profitable business of the company to relatives and friends for personal gain, “resulting in huge losses in national interests” and being “obsessed with golfing” and having long held a golf club membership illegally. Before rising to Norinco’s top management position in 2013, Yin Jiaxu spent more than 14 years at Changan Automobile Co, a subsidiary of Norinco that manufactures passenger cars, minivans, commercial vans and light trucks, where he was regarded as key to the group’s rebound from near bankruptcy in 1998. (Comment: The CDIC has previously arrested Hu Wenming, Chairman of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China and later China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), which oversaw the development of China’s aircraft carriers. There was suspicion that he may have been spying on behalf of a foreign power. Hu Wenming was expelled from the party for taking bribes and abusing his power. He faced trial in February in a Shanghai court and is now awaiting sentencing. Before Hu, Sun Bo, former General Manager of CSIC, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking bribes and abuse of power in July 2019.)

Oct 2021

CHINA-UNITED FRONT: ARTICLE BY UFWD DEPUTY DIRECTOR XU YOUSHENG IN PEOPLE'S DAILY DISCUSSES UFWD'S IDEOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL WORK
Xu Yousheng, Deputy Director of the CCP CC United Front Work Department (UFWD), published an article in the People's Daily on October 25 where he discussed the UFWD's ideological and political work. The article said that since the 18th Party Congress the UFWD's central and provincial (regional, municipal) levels have organized more than 300 classes of non-party intellectuals, trained nearly 20,000 people, and organized more than 5,000 people on the job. It added that since 2018, the CCP CC United Front Work Department has organized more than 20 new training courses for people from social strata, training more than 1,000 representatives.

Oct 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: RECORD NUMBER OF YOUNG CHINESE APPLY FOR CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATIONS
Foreign Policy magazine (October 28) reported that a record 2 million applicants have registered for the Chinese civil service examinations next month, the first stage in a conventional career as a government official. That is up from 1.5 million applicants last year, which was already a record, illustrating the growing trend of young Chinese seeking official jobs rather than employment in the private sector. It added that under Xi Jinping, China has followed a consistent pattern of “the state advances, the private sector retreats”—a slogan originally coined to describe state-owned enterprises’ advances that is now ideologically pushed from the top. It’s not surprising that a cynical generation of young people are seeking the comfort and stability of government positions. It also suggests that despite a decade of anti-corruption campaigns, the official and unofficial perks of government jobs remain substantial.

Oct 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: ISSUE OF COMMON PROSPERITY AFFECTS PILOT PROJECTS FOR PROPERTY TAX
The NPC Standing Committee on October 23 approved pilot projects in 10 cities for at least five years in a step towards enacting a nationwide “real estate tax”, or “property tax”. PBSC member and Vice Premier Han Zheng has been tasked to steer the pilot projects. (Comment: Meanwhile a vigorous debate has erupted in China over the issue of "common prosperity" and the property tax is being viewed as a step in the direction of implementing common prosperity. Opposition to common prosperity, enunciated by Xi Jinping on August 17, has also resulted in the pilot projects for property tax being confined to only 10 cities instead of the originally approved 30.)

Oct 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S MINISTRY OF JUSTICE AUTHORISES CAMPAIGN TO RECTIFY LAW FIRMS, INCLUDING FOREIGN FIRMS, FROM MID-OCTOBER TO END DECEMBER
The Beijing Chaoyang District Justice Bureau issued a notice on October 19, stating that "In accordance with the spirit of the document of the Ministry of Justice and the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice on cleaning up and regulating outstanding issues in the establishment and management of law firms, from midOctober to the end of December, the legal team will carry out cleaning up and regulation of outstanding issues in the establishment and management of law firms". It said the inspecting units can accept reports, complaints, clues etc in connection with their investigations

Oct 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA EXPECTS FDI INTO CHINA WILL SLOW DOWN BETWEEN 2021-2025
China's Ministry of Commerce (MofCom) released its 32-page Five-Year Plan (FYP) on foreign investment on October 18, where it indicated it hoped that foreign direct investment (FDI) into China will hit US$ 700 billion between 2021 and 2025. This is just 0.2% higher than the US$ 698 billion that landed between 2016- 2020. MofCom’s target allows for a 100 billion dollar decline, but FDI into China is still on track to hit US$ 160 billion in 2021 – meaning that, even if investment stayed flat, the total would hit USD 800 billion in five years. Zong Changqing, head of MofCom’s Foreign Investment Department, said: “The current external environment for stabilizing foreign investment remains complex and grim.” He added “We will strengthen coordination [of national security reviews] with anti-monopoly and anti-unfair-competition reviews to build a solid defensive line on national security.” Wei Jianing, a former research fellow at the Development Research Centre under the State Council, said it was hard to envisage a large amount of foreign investment coming into China due to deteriorating international relations. “What we are worrying about is not only deglobalisation, but also globalisation without China,” he said at a virtual forum in August.

Oct 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA DAILY URGES U.S. TO EXPLAIN NATURE OF COLLISION ON OCTOBER 2 OF ITS NUCLEAR SUBMARINE IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
The PLA Daily published two successive commentaries on the USS Connecticut collision in the South China Sea under its Jun Sheng by-line on October 21 and 22. The commentaries titled “What Exactly Does the US Side Want to Cover Up?” and “The Source of the Greatest Risk to International Nuclear Security” urged the U.S. to clarify the circumstances and nature of the collision on October 2, of the USS Connecticut nuclear submarine in the South China Sea (SCS).

Oct 2021

CHINA-TIBET: NEW PARTY SECRETARY APPOINTED IN NYINGCHI, TAR
Ao Liuquan was appointed the new Party Secretary of Nyingchi Prefecture of TAR. Nyingchi is witnessing considerable dual-use developmental activity. (Comment: Ao Liuquan is of Han nationality. He was born in May 1974 in Guiyang, Guizhou, and joined the Communist Party of China in July 1996. He graduated from Sichuan Business Administration Institute.)

Oct 2021

CHINA-INDIA: ARTICLE IN CHINA'S SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES QUARTERLY (NANYA YANJIU) ASSESSES MODI ADMINISTRATION'S ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY
China's Nanya Yanjiu (South Asian Studies Quarterly) Issue No. 2, 2021, published an article by Li Tao and Yuan Xiaojiao assessing the theory and practice of the Modi administration’s economic diplomacy. They assess that under the Modi administration, India’s economic diplomacy seeks to attract FDI, build relationships with the global Indian diaspora, and elevate India’s status in regional and multilateral forums. Stating that India’s economic diplomacy is grounded at a theoretical level in a mixture of neoliberal institutionalism and nationalism, Li Tao and Yuan Xiaojiao argue that India’s economic diplomacy is grounded at a theoretical level in a mixture of neoliberal institutionalism and nationalism. On the one hand, Modi has pursued a pragmatic strategy of cooperation via bilateral and multilateral agreements. Through “selective multilateralism,” India can participate in global multilateral forums while placing some limitations on the impact of globalization and India’s integration into a free and open global economy. At the same time, Modi’s economic diplomacy reflects Hindu nationalism, urging citizens to limit their material consumption and protect the domestic economy. In this view, India’s economic development is a “duty” of both the Indian individual and the Indian government. According to Li and Yuan, this mixture of neoliberal institutionalism and Hindu nationalism is evident in India’s economic diplomacy. They say that at the core are India’s interests. India’s relations with its South Asian neighbours reflect “defensive economic nationalism,” as India uses its influence to protect its national economic interests, and its economic diplomacy is characterized by asymmetric interdependence. As the largest economy in South Asia, India seeks to increase its neighbours’ economic dependence on India by encouraging the adoption of a common market and offering commercial aid. In its relations with great powers such as China, the United States, Russia, and Japan, India mixes neoliberal institutionalism with economic nationalism; it balances and free rides in an attempt to maintain strategic autonomy and assert regional leadership. For example, India has accepted the US “Indo-Pacific” strategy as a way to fend off pressure from China’s Belt and Road Initiative. With regard to China, India’s policy has shifted from “soft checks and balancing” to “comprehensive decoupling” in the wake of the 2020–2021 skirmishes in the Galwan valley. At these peripheral and global levels, India adopts liberal economic policies by seeking to expand economic partnerships. Modi has focused on building relations with Asian countries to attract foreign capital and provide employment opportunities for India’s vast working-age population. Farther afield, Modi has pursued military, energy, and trade deals with Australia and countries in Western Europe and promised credit lines and aid to much of the African continent. Modi has also affirmed India’s commitment to multilateral economic institutions by pursing leadership roles and seeking to reshape global economic governance to reflect a multipolar world order. (Comment: Nanya Yanjiu, also called "International Forum", was founded in 1999 as a bimonthly by the University of International Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies.)

Oct 2021

CHINA-INDIA: ARTICLE IN 'GUOJI LUNTAN', PUBLICATION OF THE CHINA INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, COMMENTS ON U.S.-INDIA-CHINA RELATIONS
Another article published in Guoji Luntan (No. 5, 2021), Li Qingyan, Associate Research Fellow at the Department for Developing Countries Studies at the China Institute of International Studies, explored US efforts to incorporate India into its Indo-Pacific strategy, which he said is motivated by the U.S. desire to contain China, and Indian motivations for pursuing closer ties with the United States, and the inherent limits to US–Indian relations. He said under Modi, India has shifted from its traditional “non-alignment” policy to a “multi-alignment” approach that emphasizes building strategic relations with multiple great powers. Politically, the United States, operating under what Li criticizes as flawed zero-sum Cold War thinking, views India as a key pillar of its Indo-Pacific strategy. India is happy to acquiesce to the Indo-Pacific strategy because it views cooperation with the United States as a way to achieve its great power ambitions. Consequently, India has increased its dialogues and cooperation with the members of the Quad. In the security field, the United States regards India as a “defence partner” and treats it much as it would treat a formal ally. The two countries share technology and some intelligence, have worked to integrate military operations, and participate in joint military exercises. Li Qingyan contends that India and the United States have teamed up to oppose the Belt and Road Initiative, painting its projects as “debt traps” and “neocolonialism,” and promoting their own initiatives as an alternative. Despite the strengthening of US–Indian relations, however, Li asserts that geopolitical, security, and economic differences will hinder the development of formal alliance relations. US–Indian relations are limited by conflicting objectives and a lack of mutual trust. India participates in the Indo-Pacific strategy not because it wants to take the United States’ side in the US–China strategic competition, but because India views cooperation with the strategy as the best way to achieve its great power ambitions and establish its regional significance as the world transitions to multipolarity. He points to India's continuing purchase of weapons from Russia and trade frictions that are undermining Indian–US relations. Li Qingyan anticipates continued tension between US policies first developed under Trump’s “America First” approach and those promoted by Modi’s “Made in India” strategy of domestic protectionism. He argues, the “China factor” is not enough to push the United States and India toward alliance relations: India remains unwilling to sacrifice its strategic autonomy for US interests. India’s willingness to cooperate with the United States is motivated by India’s perception that China poses a threat to India’s regional dominance and its global influence. Li Qingyan argues, this analysis is completely flawed; if India “abandons ‘strategic autonomy’” and aligns with anti-Chinese elements in the West, it will lose its opportunity to become a great power. He contends that over the long term, China and India as emerging markets with enormous populations have many common interests and face similar development challenges, which might push the two countries closer together. The two countries have extensive trade relations. They also share the view that the Global South should have a far greater say in global economic governance than it currently does and anticipate that their countries will play increasingly significant roles as the world transitions toward a multipolar order. Furthermore, Li Qingyan expects India’s decision to pursue closer relations with the United States for geopolitical reasons to shift over the longer term. He expects that the United States and China will eventually learn to coexist in a multipolar world, decreasing India’s opportunity to advance its own interests by playing off China and the United States against each other, and strengthening the value of strategic autonomy. Li Qingyan predicts that the IndoPacific strategy ultimately will fall away as China and India rise together.

Oct 2021

CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE ISSUES PRESS STATEMENT ENCOURAGING INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR ADMITTING TAIWAN TO U.N.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken issued a Press Statement on October 26 describing Taiwan as a "democratic success story" and "critical to the global high-tech economy and a hub of travel, culture, and education". He said "We are among the many UN member states who view Taiwan as a valued partner and trusted friend". He asserted that "As the international community faces an unprecedented number of complex and global issues, it is critical for all stakeholders to help address these problems. This includes the 24 million people who live in Taiwan. Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the UN system is not a political issue, but a pragmatic one". "Taiwan’s exclusion undermines the important work of the UN and its related bodies, all of which stand to benefit greatly from its contributions. We need to harness the contributions of all stakeholders toward solving our shared challenges. That is why we encourage all UN Member States to join us in supporting Taiwan’s robust, meaningful participation throughout the UN system and in the international community, consistent with our “one China” policy, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances". (Comment: Twice this year, President Biden has made commitments that the U.S. is prepared to defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion, but the White House promptly issued clarifications walking back on his statements and leading to confusion over a high-stakes U.S. national security policy.)

Oct 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE VICE PREMIER LIU HE HAS VIDEO CALL WITH U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY JANET YALLEN
On October 26, Chinese Vice Premier and economic czar Liu He held a video call with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Few details are available, but the US Treasury’s summary said: “[T]hey discussed macroeconomic and financial developments in the United States and China” and that “Secretary Yellen also frankly raised issues of concern.” Equally succinct was China's Ministry of Commerce (MofCOM) statement which said: “The two sides had pragmatic, frank and constructive exchanges on the macroeconomic situation and bilateral and multilateral cooperation.” It added, though, that “The Chinese side expressed concern about the lifting of tariffs and sanctions imposed by the United States and the fair treatment of Chinese enterprises.”

Oct 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. RESCINDS LICENCE FOR CHINA TELECOM TO OPERATE IN U.S
In a long-expected move, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously agreed to rescind the license for the state-run firm China Telecom to operate in the United States, citing security risks. The Biden administration hasn’t shown the same level of enthusiasm as its predecessor for picking new Chinese technology targets, but it hasn’t backed off, either. Foreign Policy observed (October 28) that the FCC vote and other reports show, anti-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) action remains one of very few areas of strong bipartisan agreement in Washington.

Oct 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE MILITARY RESEARCHER CLAIMS U.S. HAS CONDUCTED NEARLY 2000 SPYING OPERATIONS AGAINST MAINLAND CHINA THIS YEAR
The South China Morning Post (October 28) reported that Cao Yanzhong, a researcher with the People’s Liberation Army Academy of Military Science, divulged at the 10th Xiangshan forum that United States warships and planes carried out over 2,000 close spying operations aimed at China this year. The targets of these missions include Chinese controlled islands and reefs in the South China Sea, as well as the coastal area of the Chinese mainland. Cao Yanzhong also said “The high frequency of such close reconnaissance endangers China’s sovereign security and heightens regional tensions, which will inevitably trigger firm opposition from China and undoubtedly increase the risk of gunfire.” He added that “The most urgent task at the moment is that the US immediately ceases its frequent close reconnaissance to reduce the possibility of misfires.”

Oct 2021

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS QATAR AND MEETS TALIBAN LEADERS ON OCTOBER 25-26
The People's Daily (October 25) reported that Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is to visit Qatar to meet Taliban's Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Acting Deputy Prime ,Minister of the (newly restored) Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi from October 25 to 26. The talks in Doha, Qatar, on October 25-26 were the first high-level engagement between China and the Taliban since the group resumed power in August. Xinhua (October 26) said that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged Afghanistan to “Master its own destiny, achieve reconciliation and tolerance, and advance national reconstruction” and also asked the Taliban to crack down on terrorist groups, notably the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a separatist group Beijing blames for attacks in Xinjiang. Mullah Baradar thanked China for its respect and friendliness during difficult times. He recognized China’s security concerns and reaffirmed the Taliban’s promise to never allow any force to use Afghan territory to harm China. Baradar reportedly added: “For now, women in medical institutions, airports and other places have resumed their work, and girls in primary and secondary schools in many provinces have returned to school, but they still face difficulties such as lack of facilities and funds.”

Oct 2021

CHINA-EUROPE: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI VISITING GREECE, SERBIA, ALBANIA AND ITALY BETWEEN OCTOBER 27-29
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi started his trip in Greece and will visit Serbia, Albania, and Italy from October 27 to 29, ending his trip just ahead of the G-20 Summit in Rome. On October 27, Wang Yi met Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. The same day, he travelled to Belgrade, Serbia, for meetings with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and National Assembly Speaker Ivica Dacic. Explaining the logic behind Wang Yi’s choice of destinations, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said: “Greece, Serbia, Albania and Italy are important cooperation partners of China in Europe. China and these four countries boast profound traditional friendship, have close cooperation across the board and share fruitful outcomes in BRI cooperation.” At a press conference (October 27) in Greece, Wang Yi said his trip was meant to “send three clear messages to my friends in Greece and Europe.” “First, China hopes to work with Europe to carry forward the Olympic spirit”. “Second, China hopes to work with Europe to boost connectivity” and “Third, China hopes to work with Europe to promote dialogue among civilizations”: He said “We hope that more European partners will join us in injecting stability and positive energy into China-Europe relations and international cooperation"

Oct 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP TO CONVENE ITS SIXTH PLENARY SESSION FROM NOVEMBER 8 - 11
Xinhua (October 18) and the state-run CCTV announced (October 18) that the 19th CCP Central Committee will hold its sixth plenary session in Beijing from Nov. 8 to 11, during which a key resolution on the major achievements and historical experience of the Party's 100 years of endeavours will be reviewed. It said this was decided at a Politburo meeting on October 18, which was presided over by CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping. It said Xi Jinping also chaired a symposium to hear from the central committees of the non-CPC political parties, the head of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, and individuals with no party affiliation. Xinhua added that the draft has won wide recognition from various regions, departments, and sides, along with delegates to the 19th CCP National Congress. Xinhua observed "The Party, the military, and the public became united as never before. China’s international status has further consolidated". It also said, “The CPC and the Chinese people have solemnly declared to the world through heroic and tenacious struggle that the Chinese nation has ushered in a great leap from standing up, becoming rich to becoming strong, and the realisation of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has become a historical inevitability.” CCTV added "The meeting emphasized that in the long course of the party’s struggle, the Chinese Communists, with Comrades Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, and Hu Jintao as the main representatives, have united and led the entire party and the people of all ethnic groups in the country to promote revolution, construction, and reform, and have made major achievements and accumulated valuable resources." The meeting also cautioned that "the whole party must bear in mind that it was born in trouble and died in peace, always think about it, and be prepared for danger in times of peace, continue to promote the new great project of party building in the new era."

Oct 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO DISCUSSES DIGITAL ECONOMY AT ITS MONTHLY 'STUDY SESSION' ON OCTOBER 18
The Politburo held its monthly study session on October 18 to discuss promotion and development of China’s digital economy. It was presided by Xi Jinping who, in his speech, described "the digital economy as fundamental to China's future development" and said “We must seize the opportunities, and seize the commanding heights of future development.“ He added “We must use new Internet technologies to carry out all-round and full-chain transformations of traditional industries.” Xi Jinping also spoke of the integration of digital technology into the “real economy”, like manufacturing, services, and agriculture. He suggested: Accelerating the construction of new digital information infrastructure; Enhancing the competitiveness of key links in the industrial chain; Improving the supply chain system of key industries; and accelerating the iteration of products and services. He said China must also: Investigate and deal with monopoly and unfair competition and strengthen tax supervision and tax inspection.

Oct 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: QIU SHI PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY XI JINPING COMPRISING HIS REMARKS ON COMMON PROSPERITY
The CCP's leading theoretical fortnightly Qiu Shi (October 15) published an article by Xi Jinping captioned 'Solidly promoting common prosperity', which contained remarks on common prosperity made in his speeches in 2021. Xi Jinping said that "After the reform and opening up, our Party profoundly summarized both positive and negative historical experiences, realized that poverty is not socialism, broke the traditional institutional constraints, allowed some people and some regions to get rich first, and promoted the liberation and development of social productive forces". Since the 18th Party Congress, it said, the Party Central Committee has "put the gradual realization of common prosperity for all people on a more important position, promoted coordinated regional development, taken strong measures to protect and improve people's livelihood, won the battle against poverty, and built a moderately prosperous society, creating good conditions for promoting common prosperity". It said that "Now, it has reached the historical stage of solidly promoting common prosperity". It added that the promotion of common prosperity for all people must be the focus point for the people's happiness and continuously strengthen the Party's long-term ruling foundation. Pointing out that "the global income inequality problem is prominent, some countries are divided between the rich and the poor,", the article emphasised: "Our country must resolutely prevent polarization, promote common wealth, and achieve social harmony and stability". It added "At the same time, it must be soberly recognized that the problem of unbalanced and inadequate development in China is still prominent, with a large gap between urban and rural regional development and income distribution". Xi Jinping said "Common prosperity is the essential requirement of socialism and an important feature of Chinese-style modernization. The common affluence we are talking about is the common affluence of all people, the affluence of both the material and spiritual life of the people, not the affluence of a few, nor the neat and uniform egalitarianism". The article identified this as the goal for the middle of this century.

Oct 2021

CHINA-MEDIA: POPULAR CHINESE FINANCIAL PUBLICATION PLACED ON BANNED LIST BY CYBERSPACE ADMINISTRATION OF CHINA
The Cyberspace Administration of China announced on October 21 an approved list of some 1,300 domestic media outlets, social media accounts and government agencies, banning internet news providers from using other sources. Caixin -- a financial news organization that has reported on official corruption, pollution issues and public anger at the government -- has been put on this banned list meaning its articles cannot appear on the internet platforms such as Sina.com that are popular ways for the Chinese public to consume news. Meanwhile, Ant has exited its stake in Caixin.

Oct 2021

CHINA-BEIJING WINTER OLYMPICS-2022: THREE PERSONS PROTEST HOLDING OF BEIJING WINTER OLYMPICS AT TORCH LIGHTING CEREMONY IN ANCIENT OLYMPIA
The Olympic torch lighting ceremony, held on October 18 in Ancient Olympia, Greece, prior to the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, was disrupted by three people protesting China's treatment of Uyghurs and Tibetans. A press conference organized by a separate group of activists in Athens the following day denounced China's human rights violations as the Olympic torch heads to Beijing. The torch-lighting ceremony had a small audience due to COVID restrictions, though top figures such as Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach attended. The torch will also be taken directly by plane from Greece to Beijing this year instead of being transported by relays of athletes traversing 20 countries

Oct 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: PUBLIC SECURITY MINISTER ZHAO KEZHI PRESIDED OVER ENLARGED PARTY COMMITTEE MEETING OF MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY
The Legal Daily (October 19) reported on the enlarged meeting of the Party Committee of the Ministry of Public Security on October 16 to convey the spirit of the Ministry of Public Security’s third work report and the spirit of the Ministry of Public Security’s third work report. State Councillor, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Ministry of Public Security, and Minister Zhao Kezhi presided over a meeting of the Party Committee. The Legal Daily said "the bureau and 8 bureau-level units under the Ministry promoted investigation, correction, rectification, and report on the work of eliminating the effects of poisoning". Zhao Kezhi stressed the need to "thoroughly study and implement the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping and the spirit of the CPC Central Committee decisions and arrangements, to enhance the "four consciousness" firm "four self-confidence", so that "two maintenance", continued to deepen political Sun Lijun eliminate the pernicious influence of gangs Work, continue to advance the work of investigation, correction and rectification, to ensure that the goals and tasks set by the Party Central Committee are completed with high quality". It said, "the education and rectification of the second batch of political and legal teams across the country entered the stage of investigation, correction and reform". It included repeated references to "Sun Lijun political gangs" and their serious violation of law, elimination of "the pernicious influence of political gangs as a top priority" and regard practically clarifying the serious violation of law by the Sun Lijun political gangs. The meeting asserted: "We must focus on political loyalty, persist in learning and education throughout, thoroughly study and implement the spirit of the important precepts of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important speech, and earnestly build the foundation of faith, supplement the spirit of the spirit, and stabilize the ideological rudder, from the ideological, political, and organizational In the above and work style, thoroughly eliminate the poisonous influence of Sun Lijun's political gang, and strive to build a loyal and vigilant soul", insisting "We must continue to deepen the rectification of stubborn diseases". Wang Xiaohong, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Executive Vice Minister of the Ministry of Public Security, and members of the Party Committee of the Ministry of Public Security attended the meeting.

Oct 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: CPPCC MEMBER AND FORMER CHINESE VICE MINISTER FOR PUBLIC SECURITY PROPOSES NEED FOR CONCEPT OF MUTUAL SECURITY
Chen Zhimin, China’s Vice Minister for Public Security until 2017 and currently a member of the CPPCC, was quoted by South China Morning Post (October 21) as telling a panel organised by the Beijing-backed Boao Forum in Changsha, Hunan province, on October 18 that “In the face of challenges, countries need to establish a concept of mutual security. [Nations should] agree to share intelligence, rules, education and experiences – including hi-tech and big data components – on security matters, in order to achieve a new model of global development.” The South China Morning Post added that China’s latest five-year plan identified “protecting the rights and interests of Chinese overseas investments” as a key goal to ensure national “economic security”, acknowledging that there were increasing risks and uncertainties regarding the safety of China’s wide range of overseas projects under its Belt and Road Initiative. Lu Wei, an expert at Zhongan Security Services, a government-backed company that was among the first to provide security training and protection for Chinese investment overseas, was quoted as telling Beijing Youth Daily it was clear that the belt and road scheme had been facing bigger security threats due to rising global terrorism threats and growing negative impressions about China. “There needs to be speedy legislation on protecting overseas investment, so there can be legal grounds for taking action. Secondly, there needs to be a government-level warning mechanism that issues alerts, guidance, and emergency response protocols for any huge security risk, in order to minimise the loss of life and financial costs related to overseas Chinese investments. Thirdly, there needs to be a functioning international cooperation mechanism with the investment recipient country, as their public security abilities are always critical to the safety of Chinese-funded projects.”

Oct 2021

CHINA-ECONOMIC: CCP CC AND STATE COUNCIL ISSUE MASTER PLAN FOR CHENGDU-CHONGQING ECONOMIC CIRCLE
Xinhua (October 21) reported that the CCP CC and State Council issued a Notification on October 20, publicising the Master Plan for the construction of the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle in southwest China. The plan aims to turn the Chengdu-Chongqing area into an economic circle with its own strengths and distinctive features, as well as a new driver and an important growth engine of the country's high-quality development. It said by 2025, the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle will witness significant increases in economic strength, development vitality and international influence, and about 66 percent of its permanent residents are expected to be living in urban areas. In five years, it will take only an hour to travel between Chongqing and Chengdu, it said. The area will enjoy a railway network of more than 9,000 km that covers all the cities with a population of over 200,000, while a shipping centre and a logistics centre for the upper Yangtze River will be basically established. All urban areas and key scenes will be covered by the 5G network, and the economic circle will see a marked improvement in new infrastructure and stronger capabilities in safeguarding energy security. The area is expected to see spending on research and development reach around 2.5 percent of its gross domestic product, while the contribution rate of scientific and technological progress will hit 63 percent. Breakthroughs will be made in the construction of major opening-up platforms such as the pilot free trade zones in Chongqing and Sichuan by 2025, providing stronger support for the joint construction of the Belt and Road, according to the document. By 2035, the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle will become an active growth pole and a powerful driver with international influence, it said.

Oct 2021

CHINA-XINJIANG: AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE RELEASES REPORT DETAILING Chinese OFFICES AND OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPRESSION IN XINJIANG
A new report released on October 18 by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), an Australian research organization, reveals new details about how the Chinese Communist Party — and specifically who within the party — is carrying out its campaign of repression in Xinjiang. The report uncovers the actual offices and individuals implementing the Chinese government's forced labour policies in Xinjiang. Entitled "The Architecture of Repression: Unpacking Xinjiang's Governance," the report maps out 170 government bureaus in Xinjiang, identifies 440 top local officials, and reveals a return to mass political campaigns there.

Oct 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA DAILY URGES "PEOPLE'S WAR" TO COUNTER CIA SETTING UP NE 'CHINA MISSION CENTRE'
The South China Morning Post (October 17) said the PLA Daily has called for a “people’s war” to defeat American espionage after the CIA set up the China Mission Centre on October 7, which CIA Director William Burns said was aimed at countering “the most important geopolitical threat” of the century, has gone viral on Chinese social media. A widely circulated video clip in the past few days, carried by many state-controlled media outlets, claimed that the CIA was recruiting Chinesespeaking operatives who understood Mandarin as well as Cantonese, Hakka, and Shanghainese. The PLA Daily post on social media says, ‘no cunning fox can defeat a good hunter’ and says the military is relying on the people to look out for spies.

Oct 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA SUCCESSFULLY TESTS NUCLEAR-CAPABLE HYPERSONIC MISSILE
The Financial Times reported (October 17) that China secretly tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile which orbited the globe before returning to Earth to strike its target in a technological development that would overcome US anti-ballistic missile systems. The report, which cited five unnamed intelligence sources, said the Chinese military launched the Long March rocket in August carrying a “hypersonic glide vehicle” into low orbit. It circled the globe before descending towards its target, which it missed by about two dozen miles. It quoted sources as saying the system would be able to overcome US anti-ballistic missile defence systems that are based in Alaska and set up to shoot down projectiles coming over the North Pole — the Chinese system would be able to strike the US from the south. It added the incident has left US intelligence officials at the Pentagon stunned, sources say, as it shows China has made astonishing progress on the development of its hypersonic weapons.

Oct 2021

CHINA-PLA: SATELLITE PHOTOS REVEAL CHINA HAS UPGRADED THREE AIR BASES IN FUJIAN PROVINCE
The South China Morning Post (October 15) cited satellite photos captured by Planet Labs and first published by American tech and military site The Drive, which revealed that China is upgrading and reinforcing three airbases closest to Taiwan along its southeastern coast in Fujian province. It said that the airbases in Fujian province will give long-term logistical air combat support to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), which mounted a record 149 sorties into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone over four consecutive days from October 1. It suggested this could be an indication that Beijing may be stepping up its plans to take the island by force.

Oct 2021

CHINA-PLA: RETIRED PLA SR. COLONEL OUYANG WEI SAYS CHINA FACES SERIOUS THREATS AT ITS LAND AND SEA BORDERS
The South China Morning Post (October 17) said that retired PLA Senior Colonel Ouyang Wei, who after retiring from the PLA National Defence University is now working with the Grandview Institution, said in a recent report that China faces increasingly serious challenges at its land and sea borders on almost every side and must urgently reinforce its defences in these regions. The assessment from Ouyang Wei, a retired professor with the PLA National Defence University, in a report written on October 12 and titled 'Current Situation in the Building and Development of China's Border and Coastal Defence' has been published as the US steps up its military presence in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait, and uncertainties grow on China’s land borders with India, Afghanistan, Myanmar and North Korea. In the report, Ouyang said the country was facing encroachment, secession, and terrorism in some border areas. India-specific comments by Ouyang Wei state "India takes China as a strategic contestant and adopts an approach of “defending the north and advancing eastward”. It has deployed forces of comparative advantage against China in the disputed land border areas, intensifying its encroachment on China's territory. At the same time, it has increased its budget in naval forces and implemented the “Act East Policy” to push into the Pacific Ocean. Joining the “Indo-Pacific Strategy” system, India vigorously interacts with the United States, Japan, and Australia. It keeps monitoring and preventing China from expansion into the Indian Ocean.

Oct 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA INSISTS ON US$ 38 MILLION COMPENSATION FOR NINE ENGINEERS WHO DIED AT DASU DAM PROJECT ON JULY 14
China has demanded US$ 38 million compensation for the nine dead Chinese engineers at the Dasu Dam Project.

Oct 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: TOUGH GLOBAL TIMES EDITORIAL WARNS TAIWAN'S DPP NOT TO BE MISGUIDED BY U.S. ASSURANCES
A hard-hitting Global Times (October 14) editorial reacted to US officials describing US-Taiwan relations as "rock solid" and as having "condemned the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)'s drills in the Taiwan Straits region as "destabilizing and only increase the risk of miscalculation."

Oct 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA-BHUTAN SIGN MOU VIRTUALLY ON OCTOBER 14 AGREEING TO A 3-STEP PROCESS FOR SETTLING BOUNDARY DISPUTE AS AN "IMPORTANT FOUNDATION FOR ESTABLISHING DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS"
A Global Times article (October 14) and a Global Times editorial (October 15), both reporting on the MoU signed between China and Bhutan on October 14 agreeing to a three-step plan for settling the boundary issue, were very critical of India. Reflecting the current tensions and strained bilateral relations, the Global Times articles accused India of preparing to play the spoiler when actual negotiations begin or reach a crucial stage. They also stated that: "According to a list of facts released by the Xinhua News Agency, the 1890 Convention has made it clear that the China-India boundary in the Sikkim sector commences at Mount Ji Mu Ma Zhen on the Bhutan frontier.

Oct 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER KISHIDA'S RITUAL OFFERING AT YASUKUNI SHRINE PROVOKES CHINESE REACTION
The Global Times (October 17) said the new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made a "bad start" by sending a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, where the war criminals are enshrined, on October 17, only two weeks after he took office. It said by following in the footsteps of his predecessors Shinzo Abe and Yoshihide Suga, he had demonstrated again the rise of rightwing conservative forces in Tokyo. Chinese observers warned that the foundation of China-Japan ties is being eroded through a series of provocative moves.

Oct 2021

CHINA-US: CICIR PRESIDENT YUAN PENG GIVES INTERVIEW TO SINA.FINANCE ON SINO-US RELATIONS
Sina Finance published its interview (in Chinese) with CICIR President Yuan Peng on Sino-US relations on October 21. In his interview Yuan Peng said, "There is a deep-rooted tradition in the United States in dealing with international relations "from a position of strength".

Oct 2021

CHINA-UK: LEADING BRITISH PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE MAKING MILLIONS OF POUNDS FROM CLOSE TIES WITH CHINESE ENTITIES
The London Times (October 18) disclosed that their investigation revealed that leading English private schools are making tens of millions of pounds from franchises with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party. The board of Harrow International School Hong Kong, whose sprawling campus was built with an interest-free £22.5 million loan from the Hong Kong government, includes four senior Communist Party members.

Oct 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. COURT CLEARS CHINESE-ORIGIN U.S. ACADEMIC OF ESPIONAGE CHARGES
Professor Anming Hu, who was arrested last year for wire fraud and false statements but was acquitted by a judge in September, has been offered his position back at the University of Tennessee. Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick said in a letter to Anming Hu on October 14 that he could have his job back with tenure an as engineering professor. He was also given support for his work visa, back pay, payment for an immigration attorney and $200,000 over the next three years to get his research started again. Federal prosecutors went after Hu for not saying he worked part-time at a Chinese university in an application for a NASA-funded research grant. The judge said that Hu never had anyone from China work on the project, nor did he ever take money from China. The judge also said that NASA’s funding restrictions were unclear

Oct 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES CENTRAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS WORK CONFERENCE ON OCTOBER 13 AND 14
Addressing the central People's Congress work conference in Beijing on October 13 and 14, Xi Jinping delivered an "important speech", emphasising that the People’s Congress system conforms to China’s national conditions and reality, reflects the nature of a socialist country, ensures that the people are the masters of the country, and guarantees the realisation of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Describing it as a good system and "a brand-new political system of great significance in the history of political development in China and even in the history of world political development", he said the people's congress system must be strengthened and improved. Politburo Standing Committee Members Li Keqiang, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng, and Vice President Wang Qishan attended the meeting. Li Zhanshu, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, made the concluding speech "around studying and implementing the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech". CCTV (October 14) said that "Party secretaries and comrades in charge of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of all provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly under the Central Government, deputy directors of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress at the provincial level, major comrades in charge of various departments of the central and state organs, relevant people’s organizations, and relevant departments of the Central Military Commission, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and various specialized Relevant responsible comrades of the committee and the working committee of the Standing Committee attended the meeting".

Oct 2021

CHINA--LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEMBER AND SECRETARY OF POLITICAL AND LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION AFFIRMS SUPPORT TO PARTY'S DECISION TO INVESTIGATE SUN LIJUN AND FU ZHENHUA
Xinhua (October 8) reported that Politburo member and secretary of the CCP CC's Central Political and Legal Committee chaired the second national political and legal team education and rectification work promotion meeting on October 8 where he emphasised that he firmly supported the Party Central Committee's decision to thoroughly implement the Party Central Committee's deployment and increase efforts to promote the education and rectification of political and legal teams. Guo Shengkun also expressed firm supports for the Party Central Committee's decision to deal with Sun Lijun's serious violations of discipline and law and the decision to conduct disciplinary review and supervision and investigation of Fu Zhenghua's suspected serious violations of discipline and law. He added "We must resolutely and thoroughly eliminate the poisonous influence, insist on real hard work, and resolutely clean up in place". Zhao Kezhi, Zhou Qiang and Zhang Jun were present.

Oct 2021

CHINA-INTERNAL: LI GUANGMAN PERSISTS WITH HIS ASSESSMENT THAT CHINA IS IN THE MIDST OF "PROFOUND TRANSFORMATION"
In a post to his WeChat public account on October 9, Li Guangman, who came to prominence for his article declaring China to be in the midst of a “profound revolution” and which was reproduced by China's prominent official newspapers, reiterated that a “profound transformation” is underway in China, with deep implications for politics, business, culture and the media. He first quoted the notice issued by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of new draft rules unambiguously prohibiting the involvement of all “non-public capital” (非公有资本) – meaning private capital of any kind, domestic or foreign – in news gathering, production and dissemination. While restrictions on news content and its production are of course not news in China, these new rules are so salient and broad in their prohibitions that they seem to remove all strategic ambiguity. The second media case he cited was the detention on October 7 in Hainan of well-known entrepreneur and former professional journalist Luo Changping, who was charged with insulting and defaming the martyrs of Chinese history by criticizing a new film about China’s involvement in the Korean War. Luo’s detention, widely reported by state-run media, underscores the resolve of the Chinese Communist Party leadership in policing the bounds of the CCP’s official narratives, the stories and mythologies that undergird its power and legitimacy.

Oct 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA CARRIES OUT AMPHIBIOUS AND BEACH LANDING EXERCISES ON SOUTHERN FUJIAN COAST
Reuters reported (October 11) that the PLA had carried out beach landing and assault drills in the province directly across the sea from Taiwan. It said that in a brief report on its Weibo microblogging account, the official People's Liberation Army Daily newspaper said the drills had been carried out "in recent days" in the southern part of Fujian province. The PLA Daily added that the action had involved "shock" troops, sappers and boat specialists. Troops were "divided into multiple waves to grab the beach and perform combat tasks at different stages". It provided no further details. It showed a video of soldiers in small boats storming a beach, throwing smoke grenades, breaking through barbed wire defenses and digging trenches in the sand. The drills appeared to involve a small number of troops. (Comment: China routinely carries out military exercises up and down its coast as well as in the disputed South China Sea.)

Oct 2021

CHINA-SPACE: CHINA ANNOUNCES ITS ASTRONAUTS FOR CHINA'S FIRST SPACE STATION MISSION
On October 14, China disclosed a young crew for its coming Shenzhou-13 mission, including Wang Yaping, who will be the first female Chinese astronaut to visit the country’s first space station and carry out extravehicular activities. Zhai Zhigang, 55, Ye Guangfu, 41, and Wang Yaping, 41, have been selected to carry out the mission. The China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) said at a press conference that Zhai Zhigang is the commander. The Shenzhou-13 spacecraft is scheduled to blast off at 00:23 a.m. on October 16 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northern China. (Comment: This will be China's longest space mission.)

Oct 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: GUANGZHOU ((CANTON TRADE FAIR FOR FIRST TIME INVITES DOMESTIC BUYERS
The Canton Fair, China’s biggest twice-yearly trade exposition, has for the first time sent invitations to eligible domestic buyers as the country’s pandemic control measures prevent foreign buyers from attending in person. Caixin (October 14) commented that the China Import and Export Fair, held every spring and fall in Guangzhou, is widely seen as a barometer of China’s foreign trade. The theme of this year’s fair is China's “dual circulation” strategy for building up the domestic consumer economy.

Oct 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE STATEMENTS CONTINUE TO ASSERT THAT INDIA IS MAKING "UNREASONAB;E" DEMANDS REGARDING THE BORDER AND AFFIRM THAT CHINESE FORCES WILL NOT PULL BACK
A second Global Times (October 11)article referred to the PLA Western Theatre Command statement released on October 11 saying that "China has made tremendous efforts to ease and calm the border situation, while India insisted on unreasonable and unrealistic demands, adding difficulties to the negotiations". It quoted the PLA Western Theatre Command statement that "China's determination to safeguard sovereignty is unwavering, and China hopes India will not misjudge the situation". It said "the "status quo" that India referred to is to legitimize their continuous encroachment on Chinese territory. India's statement said the "resolution of the remaining areas would facilitate progress in the bilateral relations." This shows the Indian side's current attitude of linking border disputes with overall China-India relations and trying to coerce the Chinese side to make concessions". It said the border issue between China and India remains stuck because the "Indian side still hasn't developed a correct attitude in the negotiations. It always makes unrealistic demands not in line with the real situation or its strength". It added that "New Delhi anticipates Beijing softening its stance over the border issue and yielding to its demands to prevent New Delhi from aligning itself with Washington against Beijing" and that "such an opportunistic attitude has lowered India's status in international politics as a major power, because this tactic will not work between great powers. The border issue is related to the dignity of all nations.

Oct 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: FORMER PREMIER ZHAO ZIYANG'S AIDE SAYS CHINA WOULD BE UNWILLING TO TAKE TAIWAN UNLESS IN A SURPRISE MOVE
Prof. Wu Guoguang (吴国光), Zhao Ziyang's former aide, was interviewed by Yomiuri Shimbun (Yomiuri News) about China under XJP in July and August and the interview was published by Intium News on October 9. In response to the question that some experts in Japan have analysed or predicted that the CCP will attack the outlying islands around Taiwan in the near future, such as Taiping Island or Dongsha and that might entail the CCP paying a higher price for Taiwan’s actions, such as the United States, Prof. Wu Guoguang replied "I don't understand military strategy and tactics.

Oct 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TELEPHONES NEW JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER KISHIDA
On October 8, Chinese President Xi Jinping telephoned his new Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida. They agreed that maintaining stable relations is the best way forward – for both countries, and for the global community. The South China Morning Post Quoted Xi Jinping as having said“[Our] two countries…should properly handle major sensitive issues concerning history and Taiwan among others, [and] properly manage [our] differences.” It said Kishida agreed, but noted that Japan would“’[S]ay what needs to be said’ regarding China’s perceived shortcomings in upholding human rights and the rule of law.”

Oct 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: SECRETARY GENERAL OF CCP CC'S POLITICAL AND LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION RECENTLY ANNOUNCED EXPANSION OF 'GRID MANAGEMENT' SYSTEM TO GRASSROOTS LEVEL ACROSS CHINA
The official website of China's powerful Political and Legal Affairs Commission on September 22, disclosed that Chen Yixin, Secretary General of the CCP CC's Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC), recently visited the city of Shenzhen.

Oct 2021

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION: FORMER MINISTER OF JUSTICE FU ZHENGHUA IS UNDER INVESTIGATION
Within days of the announcement that former Vice Minister of Public Security Sun Lijun had been expelled from the CCP and is to face trial, the Central Discipline Inspection Commission notified on October 2 that a former Chinese justice minister has become a target of President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign. Fu Zhenghua, who was also a former vice minister of public security, is under investigation for severe violations of party discipline and law. It is unclear why 66 year old Fu Zhenghu would become a target of the campaign. He was the long time head of public security for Beijing and Vice Minister of Public Security from 2013 to 2018. He then served as Minister of Justice from 2018 to 2020. When he was Vice Minister for Public Security, Fu Zhenghua led the probe against Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, one of the most senior officials convicted in the anti-corruption campaign. An interesting aspect of these investigations of senior Public Security officials is observation of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission that Sun Lijun had “extremely bloated political ambition, vile political quality.” The allegations levelled against him are grave and stated that to fulfil his personal political goals, Sun Lijun groomed rebels within the Chinese Communist Party, spent much effort forming interest groups to control key government departments, and seriously undermined the unity and political security of the party, according to the allegations. He is also accused of blatantly selling official posts and inserting his trusted minions in positions, which severely damaged the political and legal environment of the Public Security Ministry. Sun Lijun was secretary to Meng Jianzhu, a former Minister of Public Security, and a close ally of Deputy Prime Minister Han Zheng, who heads the central leading group on Hong Kong and Macau affairs.

Oct 2021

CHINA-ENERGY: POWER CUTS IN CHINA LEAD TO RISE IN ELECTRICITY PRICES
China News (October 1) reported that since August, over 20 provinces in China have issued notices to limit electricity usage. This has caused blackouts in certain regions. The power plants are faced with increased electricity demand while there is a coal shortage and thus coal prices are higher. They are operating at a loss because the electricity price is set according to State Council guidelines. Starting in July, over eight provinces have increased the price of electricity, but they are still within the 10 percent ceiling previously required by the State Council. Several provinces introduced peak demand pricing to normalize the usage. Currently the electricity price increase is aimed at business electricity consumption rather than at residential use. On September 29, the National Development and Reform Commission issued a notice calling for increased coal production while enabling the coal power plants to set a price that is market driven and reflects the changes in demand and cost. The central authorities said it is expected that this wave of price increases will continue to expand.

Oct 2021

CHINA-ENERGY: CHINESE RESEARCHER CHALLENGES ESTIMATES THAT CHINA HAS FUNDED 70 PERCENT OF THE WORLD'S COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS
A Chinese researcher Tan Hao, Associate Prof. at the University of Newcastle Business School recently (September 28) challenged in the FT Chinese that international estimates that China had funded 70 per cent of the world's coal-fired power plants. He said "China provided financial support to a total of 81GW of coal-fired power stations worldwide from 2009 to 2020. Meanwhile, a total of 335 GW of coal-fired power projects outside of China have been completed during this period. In other words, in the past 12 years, Chinese-funded projects accounted for only about 11% of the world’s newly operating coal power projects. Only in three years (2013, 2018, and 2020), more than 20% of the completed coal power projects involved Chinese funds. In seven of the 12 years, China-funded overseas coal-fired power projects accounted for less than 10%."

Oct 2021

CHINA-TIBET: PENPA TSERING, SIKYONG OF THE TIBET CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION IN DHARAMSHALA, MET TAIWAN'S REPRESENTATIVE IN DELHI
Penpa Tsering, Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala, met Taiwan's Representative to India Ambassador Baushuan Ger at the latter's office on October 4 for an hourlong meeting when they discussed issues of mutual interest and concern. Penpa Tsering was on a three-day visit to Delhi from October 3-5.

Oct 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: LARGEST NUMBER OF CHINESE PLAAF AIRCRAFT VIOLATE TAIWAN'S ADIZ ON CHINA'S NATIONAL DAY ON OCTOBER 1
Beijing marked its National Day on October 1, with its biggest aerial show of force against Taiwan to date, buzzing the self-ruled democratic island with 38 warplanes, including nuclear-capable H6 bombers. First 25 PLA aircraft (J-16*18, SU-30*4, H-6*2 and Y-8 ASW) entered the Taiwan's southwest ADIZ and later the same day another batch of 13 fighter aircraft (ten J-16s, two H-6s and one KJ-500) flew into Taiwan's ADIZ. On October 2 another 39 aircraft of different types entered the ADIZ. The 20 PLA aircraft were fourteen J-16 fighter jets, four Su-30 fighter jets, and two Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft. Last week 24 Chinese warplanes flew into the area after Taiwan applied to join a major trans-Pacific trade pact. On October 3, a US State Department statement reiterated the interest of the United States in ensuring regional peace and security and said it "is very concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability. We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan". (Comment: Last year, PLAAF jets made a record 380 incursions into Taiwan's defence zone, and the number of breaches for the first nine months of this year has already exceeded 500.)

Oct 2021

CHINA-INDIA: HARD-HITTING ARTICLE IN GLOBAL TIMES WARNS INDIA AGAINST CONTINUING "ENCROACHMENTS" OF CHINESE TERRITORY
The Global Times (October 10) published a hard-hitting article using language warning India.

Oct 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE AMBASSADOR REITERATES OFFICIAL CHINESE POSITION ON CHINA'S NATIONAL DAY ON OCTOBER 1
The Indian newspaper Print quoted the Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong as saying on the occasion of China's 72nd National Day on October 1 that “China and India should properly handle differences. We should place the boundary question in an appropriate position in bilateral relations and speak a fair, reasonable mutually acceptable solution through dialogue and consultations.” He said “Both sides need to meet each other halfway to move the situation towards stability and shift it from urgent dispute settlement to regular management and control, so as to jointly safeguard the peace and tranquillity of the border area,” and “should stick to the right direction of bilateral relations.” He added “We should view the bilateral ties from a historical and strategic perspective, and uphold the strategic consensus that China and India are opportunities of development and cooperation partners to each other instead of being threats or competitive rivals. ”Both sides need to meet each other halfway to move the situation towards stability and shift it from urgent dispute settlement to regular management and control, so as to jointly safeguard the peace and tranquillity of the border area.

Oct 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO U.S. CALLS FOR AVOIDING "MISCOMMUNICATION, MISCALCULATION AND UNINTENDED CONFLICT"
After the US Central Intelligence Agency launched a China Mission Centre, Chinese Ambassador to the US, Qin Gang said in an article published (October 10) by the South China Morning Post, that “Some people in the US, immersed in their delusions that they are James Bond, simply can’t resist the urge to act out their own drama. Haven’t they been worn out by such meaningless and harmful actions? Why not give themselves a break?” He said both countries should “avoid miscommunication, miscalculation and unintended conflict” to put bilateral relations back on track. Saying "It is normal for us to have economic competition and trade frictions. The key is how to deal with them,” he added “We are willing to have further communication with the US side, properly manage differences, and jointly create conditions to expand the positive side of our relations on the basis of mutual respect and win-win cooperation.” Qin Gang also said Chinese firms are finding it more difficult to invest in the US and list on US stock markets and that more than 900 Chinese companies were subject to various restrictions and the US had used national security as an excuse to target Chinese firms.

Oct 2021

CHINA-MYANMAR: 10,000 CHINESE WAITING AT RUILI BORDER TOWN TO RETURN TO CHINA
The Global Times (October 2) said that due to the turbulent political situation and worsening coronavirus infection, over 10,000 Chinese nationals are waiting at the China-Myanmar border city of Ruili, to turn themselves in, in order to return to China, putting great pressure on the border city Ruili as it struggles to fight imported COVID-19 cases. It quoted an anonymous Ruili government official as saying the flow of Chinese nationals, who plan to turn themselves in, waiting to cross the border into China hasn't stopped since June.

Oct 2021

CHINA-GERMANY: DUOWEI OBSERVES THAT UNDER MERKEL GERMANY HAS LAGGED BEHIND IN DIGITAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND NUCLEAR ENERGY
The US-based pro-Xi Jinping overseas Chinese news outlet, Duowei, on October 3, while assessing the situation after the general elections in Germany described Merkel as "a rather stable and mature leader, rather than an open leader who is determined to make progress". It called her leadership style more than conservative and less enterprising. In the process, it said, "the Merkel administration was conservative and missed the opportunity of a new round of industrial revolution represented by digital information technology". This misstep has caused Germany and the EU as a whole to lag behind China and the United States in the emerging digital technology industry. Taking the Internet industry as an example, there is currently no leading Internet company in the EU that is capable of supporting global competition. At the same time, the entire European Union's Internet market is under the monopoly control of US Internet giants. It added that outside the field of digital technology also, Germany under Merkel did not have any forward-looking policy in the field of new energy. The most obvious of these was the decision to hurriedly abandon the nuclear power plant after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in Japan. However, this expedient measure caused Germany's to lag in the field of new energy, and brought a profound negative impact on Germany's own energy security. This is a serious challenge for Germany, which has long used thermal power generation as the mainstream, and nuclear power, which was originally the first choice for new energy sources, was completely abandoned by Berlin after the Fukushima accident. In this situation, the Merkel authorities have to turn to rely on natural gas that is scarce in the European Union-according to the European Commission's 2019 data, 77% of the EU's natural gas demand depends on imports-for the "green power generation transition." This in turn provides the two major powers outside the EU, the United States and Russia, with the "natural gas" brand that they dream of and can directly influence the EU's foreign decision-making.

Oct 2021

CHINA-CCP: SPECULATION THAT SIXTH PARTY PLENUM IN NOVEMBER MAY PASS 'HISTORIC RESOLUTION'
The Hongkong-based Ming Pao (September 9) asking whether this year's Sixth Plenary Session will really pass a third "historical resolution", observed that the earlier two such resolutions by Mao and Deng had negated the line of the former 'dynasty'.

Sep 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VIRTUALLY ADDRESSES 13TH BRICS SUMMIT
Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the 13th BRICS Summit on September 8. He noted that China will chair the BRICS Summit in 2022, and looked forward to deepening cooperation in various fields with its BRICS partners to build a closer, more pragmatic partnership, and to jointly tackle common challenges. Leaders of the five BRICS countries - China, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, and India - met virtually on September 8 for talks chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sep 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: GUANGDONG AND BEIJING PARTY SECRETARIES AND PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT VICE MINISTER SEPARATELY LEAD DELEGATIONS TO TAR
Politburo member and Guangdong Party Secretary 1956-born Li Xi and Guangdong Governor Ma Xingrui led a Guangdong Party and Government delegation to Linzhi (Nyingchi) City and Lhasa from September 2 - 4, 2021. (Comment: Li Xi was named a member of the CCP Politburo at the 19th Party Congress. Shortly after the Party Congress in October, Li Xi was transferred to take over the politically important province of Guangdong from Hu Chunhua. Born in 1959, Ma Xingrui is recognised as one of China's top scientists. He received a bachelor's degree at Fuxin Mining College (now Liaoning University of Technology) in 1982, and went on to graduate school for general mechanics at Tianjin University. He earned his doctorate in mechanics at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). He was named a Professor at HIT in 1991. He joined the CCP in January 1988.) - Cai Qi, Party Secretary of Beijing, led a delegation to TAR from September 5-6, 2021, to inspect 'counterpart' assistance to Tibet. - Yu Cenxi, Vice Minister of the CCP CC Propaganda Department and Director of the State Administration of Radio and Television, also travelled to Tibet for inspection visits to Nyingchi and Lhasa.

Sep 2021

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION: CDIC ARTICLE DECLARES THAT THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY MUST NOT HARM THE STATE'S INTEREST
An article posted on the official website of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) on August 31, declared that the entertainment industry must not harm the state’s interest. The article comes in the wake of the CCP crackdown on the entertainment industry and recent broader clampdown on the private sector. Private capital has been blamed for contributing to the risks of data breaches, education inequality, the disintegration of the Chinese culture, threatening social stability, harming state security, among other deep seated concerns. According to the State Council Information Office in 2019, the value-added of China’s entertainment industry reached 4,436.3 billion yuan, accounting for 4.5 percent of China’s GDP. Stating that money has been driving the growth and the chaos in the entertainment industry, the article said entertainment stars induce and influence fans’ consumption habits (particularly young people), ultimately eroding the socialist ideology. It said “Entertainment is by no means mere singing, dancing, and playing music, but an important battlefield for ideological and cultural work. It is an important part of the superstructure [a Marxist term referring to culture, political power, and the state], and it is critical to Party [CCP] work. If capital is allowed to expand unfettered, entertainment will fail its role of serving the people and socialism, and it will disintegrate the spiritual homeland of the Chinese nation.” It said the entertainment industry "cannot harm state interests; and it cannot corrupt Party members and leading cadres, let alone seek improper political gains.”

Sep 2021

CHINA-PLA: U.S.-BASED CHINA AEROSPACE STUDIES INSTITUTE ASSESSES THAT RECENT MISSILE 'LIVE FIRE' TEST BY CHINA INDICATES ONLY LIMITED IMPROVEMENT IN WARHEADS
The U.S.-based China Aerospace Studies Institute in its report in August 2021, stated that on 13 August, the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) conducted a live fire missile launch, likely from the 1st Test and Training District in Jilantai. The missiles impacted at least two targets parked on the apron of the runway at the PLARF’s Ruqiang Target Impact Area which is roughly 1400km west of Jilantai. It said the lack of observed cratering beyond two target impacts suggests the PLARF used unitary warheads for both missiles. The two targets were almost certainly simulating unsheltered aircraft at an airbase. Given the PLA’s wide definition of jamming, the warheads could be fitted with electro-optical, infrared, or a radar-based guidance system that is jam-resistant. Individuals associated with 613 Brigade have published articles discussing radar signal processing, suggesting that some of the warheads used by 613 Brigade have a radar guidance system, although there is no way to determine if such research efforts are tied to the warheads used on 13 August. The impact area also reveals no substantive improvements to warhead accuracy or destructive power. This missile launch event almost certainly featured a new system of some kind and indicates that the PLARF has modernized yet another missile brigade with a Taiwan-centric mission set. The China Aerospace Studies Institute assessed, however, that this new system does not appear to represent a dramatic improvement in PLARF capabilities. Rather, the PLA likely intends to create a deterrent effect by highlighting what is a relatively limited improvement in capability. The PLA openly talks about revealing advanced weapons and conducting military exercises as ways of deterring or coercing its adversaries. With each deterrent activity, the PLA emphasizes the need for there to be some real capability behind the activity, demonstrated resolve, and for the information on the activity to be transmitted to the adversary’s population. In this instance, there is some limited capability behind the activity, in that the weapon system in question is real and marginally improves the PLARF’s overall capabilities.

Sep 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING AND VICE PREMIER LIU HE SEND MESSAGES TO REASSURE CHINESE TECH ENTREPRENEURS
Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the International Research Centre of Sustainable Development for Big Data, which launched a forum on big data and sustainable development goals in Beijing on September 6. He said establishment of the international research centre underpinned his promise to support the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the letter Xi Jinping said “At present, the world is suffering from the huge impact of the new crown pneumonia epidemic. Technological innovation and the application of big data will help the international community overcome difficulties and implement the 2030 Agenda.” Separately, Xinhua (September 6) reported that Vice Premier Liu He delivered the opening remarks at the 2021 China International Digital Economy Expo via video link on September 6. In his remarks he said the digital economy is key to innovation (Xinhua) and “[We] need to develop the digital economy with a strong sense of innovation and urgency.” He also emphasised the importance of cultivating tech talent to provide the imagination and ingenuity necessary to build an innovative economy adding that the government will look to support the development of the tech industry by improving the legal environment, including by protecting fair competition and opposing monopolies. Liu, He assured the gathering that “[Our] policy of supporting the development of the private economy has not changed…and will not change in the future!” The South China Morning Post (September 6) quoted Jia Kang, a former Director of the Ministry of Finance’s Research Institute for Fiscal Science, as having said in a speech last month at a Chengdu forum that “Under the current complex and changing situation, we need to give the public, especially those leading private companies a sense of direction, safety and hope.” A People's Daily (September 8) editorial reinforced their message and explained that “The regulations and policies introduced treat [everyone] equally” and that “[They’re] aimed at violations of laws and regulations, and by no means single out specific industries or companies.” The Editorial said in conclusion that “The commitment to create a good environment and provide more opportunities for the development of the non-public sector of the economy have not changed.”

Sep 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S WEALTHY TECH COMPANIES BEGIN CONTRIBUTING TO "COMMON PROSPERITY" INITIATIVES
Following Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech at a meeting of the Central Commission for Financial and Economic Affairs (CCFEA), in which he vowed to tackle inequality and promote “common prosperity", China's tech companies have begun funding "common prosperity" initiatives. On September 2, the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. pledged RMB 100 billion to fund “common prosperity” initiatives. Earlier other wealthy tech companies like TenCent have pledged RMB 100 billion for a raft of social responsibility programs.; Pinduoduo has pledged RMB 10 billion for farmers; and the founders of Xiaomi and Meituan both donated over RMB 10 billion in equity shares.

Sep 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S LARGEST CHIP MANUFACTURER TO EXPAND CAPACITY
China’s biggest chip maker, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), announced (Reuters-September 3) that it will invest nearly USD 9 billion to expand production capacity. This is good news for China’s tech over the long term, given current short-term chip shortages and an overall strategic dependency on foreign chip makers. However, it will be a few years before the plant comes online. The new factory will be producing chips at 28nm and above – not exactly cutting edge. (Comment: For the highest-grade hardware out there, there is no end in sight to foreign dependency.)

Sep 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: ON SEPTEMBER 2, CHINESE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES NEW STOCK EXCHANGE IN BEIJING
Speaking at the China International Trade in Services Fair on September 2, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that China would set up a new stock exchange in Beijing dedicated to small and medium-sized firms (SMEs). He said the Beijing Stock Exchange will create a platform for 7 innovative SMEs and that the authorities will also further deepen reform of the National Equities Exchange and Quotation (NEEQ) board. In a statement following Xi Jinping’s speech, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said that certain innovative firms currently listed on NEEQ will move across to the new Beijing exchange

Sep 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: 19 PLAAF AIRCRAFT ENTER TAIWAN'S ADIZ
The latest intrusion of Taiwan's ADIZ by China's PLAAF occurred in September in an area northeast of Pratas Island. Taiwan's Defence Ministry released a map showing that the Chinese aircraft flew in an area closer to the Chinese than Taiwanese coast. The PLAAF sent 10 J-16 and four Su-30 fighters, as well as four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, and an antisubmarine aircraft. Taiwanese combat aircraft were dispatched to warn away the Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.

Sep 2021

CHINA-GERMANY: GERMAN AMBASSADOR DIES SUDDENLY IN BEIJING ON SEPTEMBER 5 WITHIN DAYS OF PRESENTING HIS CREDENTIALS
54-year old German Ambassador Jan Hecker died suddenly within days of presenting his credentials in Beijing on September 5

Sep 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: FRONT-RUNNER CANDIDATE FOR JAPAN'S PREMIERSHIP, FUMIO KISHIDA, SAYS "TAIWAN STRAIT WILL BE NEXT BIG PROBLEM"
Japan's former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, one of two declared candidates to serve as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s next leader, said on September 3 that Japan should seek to cooperate with Taiwan and countries that share its values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, as authoritarian countries wield more power. He said, “Taiwan is at the front line of the standoff between the U.S. and China,” he said. “Looking at the situation with Hong Kong and the Uyghurs, I have a strong feeling that the Taiwan Strait will be the next big problem.”

Sep 2021

CHINA-US: US AND CHINESE PRESIDENTS TALK ON PHONE TO MANAGE COMPETITION RESPONSIBLY
The South China Morning Post (September 10) reported that US President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke over the phone on September 10 when, according to the White House they had “a broad, strategic discussion” intended to manage the increasing rivalry between Beijing and Washington. The White House said Biden had made clear the discussion was “part of the United States’ ongoing effort to responsibly manage the competition” between the two countries. It said, “President Biden underscored the United States’ enduring interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict.” A senior White House official said Biden’s message was that the US wanted to ensure “the dynamic remains competitive and that we don’t have any situation in the future where we veer into unintended conflict.”

Sep 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. FEDERAL JUDGE ACQUITTED PROFESSOR ANMING HU WHO WAS ACCUSED OF CONCEALING HIS LINKS TO CHINA
A federal judge in Tennessee on September 9 acquitted Professor Anming Hu who had been accused of hiding his China ties when applying for research grants to work on a NASA project, saying the U.S. government hadn’t proven its case. The judge’s ruling comes as the Justice Department is facing increasing criticism from groups representing Asian-Americans and some Democrats in Congress over whether it is improperly targeting Chinese academics while looking into allegations of fraud in U.S. grant programs.

Sep 2021

CHINA-US: CHINA REACTS TO USS BENFORD GUIDED-MISSILE DESTROYER IN WATERS ADJACENT TO MISCHIEF REEF
The Global Times (Chinese-September 8) in a sharply worded article criticised the USS "Benford" guided-missile destroyer for entering waters "adjacent to China's Nansha Mischief Reef on September 8 without permission". The statement issued by the United States acknowledged that the "Benford" entered 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef. Calling it "a naked provocation by the 9 US", it said "The United States deliberately provoked the South China Sea dispute, and it must in turn endure the PLA's increasingly strong countermeasures against it. The game between the two sides will continue to be limited. Except in the not too distant future, the United States will definitely see the People's Liberation Army appear at its doorstep. It will also face uncertainties that are increasingly difficult to control with China". The article warned: "If things go on like this, sooner or later there will be trouble between China and the United States in the South China Sea." Urging China to prepare for conflict with the US, it said "Once the situation is out of control, leading to short-term battles between China and the United States, we must give full play to our "home field advantage", so that we can do nothing if we fight, and we will win if we fight!"

Sep 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE AMBASSADOR QIN GANG'S REMARKS DURING SPEECH IN WASHINGTON
Speaking at the National Committee on US-China Relations on August 31 in Washington, on the 50th anniversary of Dr Henry Kissinger's 'secret' visits to China, Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Qin Gang said there are three wrong beliefs on China-US relations in the United States. He enumerated these as: Some people believe that China is betting against America, and China's goal is to challenge and displace America.

Sep 2021

CHINA-US: FBI ISSUES DECLASSIFIED WARNING ABOUT CHINESE GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS TO THREATEN CHINESE REFUGEES AND DISSIDENTS IN U.S. AND WEST
The US publication TechCrunch reported (September 2) that the FBI has issued an unclassified bulletin warning that the Chinese government is using both in-person and digital techniques to intimidate, silence and harass U.S.-based Uyghur Muslims and other Chinese refugees and dissidents, including Tibetans, Falun Gong members and Taiwan and Hong Kong activists.

Sep 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP POLITBURO ANNOUNCES THAT 6TH PARTY PLENUM WILL BE HELD IN BEIJING IN NOVEMBER
The CCP CC Politburo announced that the 6th plenum will be held in November. It said the main agenda is that the Politburo will present its work report to the plenary session, which will focus on comprehensively summarising/reviewing the major achievements and the historical experience accumulated during the Party's 100 years of struggle.

Sep 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES YOUNG CADRES IN CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 1
Xinhua (September 1) reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed a training session for young and middle-aged officials at the Central Party School on September 1.

Sep 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CHAIRS 21ST MEETING OF CENTRAL COMPREHENSIVE DEEPENING REFORM COMMISSION ON AUGUST 30
The state-run CCTV (August 30) telecast a report that CCP CC General Secretary and Director of the Central Comprehensive Deepening Reform Commission, Xi Jinping hosted the 21st meeting of the Central Comprehensive Deepening Reform Commission on August 30.

Sep 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: APPOINTMENT OF YOUNGER FEMALE PARTY CADRES AS PARTY SECRETARIES OF PROVINCES
52-year old Shi Xiaolin has been appointed Party Secretary of Sichuan's capital city Chengdu at a meeting of the city’s leaders and cadres on August 26. Shi Xiaolin Shi is the first female party chief of Chengdu in 40 years, the youngest party chief in any provincial capital city and is the youngest female standing committee member of any provincial party committee. Born in 1969 in Zhejiang province, Shi Xiaolin has studied and worked in Shanghai for more than three decades.

Sep 2021

CHINA-CCP: PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTARY TARGETS CHINA'S CAPITALISTS AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY AND ASSERTS THAT CHINA IS UNDER SEVERE PRESSURE FROM THE U.S.
A hard-hitting and important People's Daily article on August 29, 2021, by Li Guangman, former Editor-in-Chief of Central China Electric Power News, which began its trial publication on October 1, 1995, and ceased publication in 2012, targeted China's entertainment industry and prominent personalities like Wu Yifan, Ho Zun, Zhang Zhehan and Hunan TV host Qian Feng, Zheng Shuang, Zhao Wei and others for politically incorrect and unacceptable behaviour and tax evasion.

Sep 2021

CHINA-CCP: PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTARY ON XI JINPING'S SPEECH AT CENTRAL ETHNIC WORK CONFERENCE
The People's Daily published a commentary on August 30, on Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech at the Central Ethnic Conference where he stressed that "forging of the Chinese nation’s community consciousness must be the main line of the party’s national work in the new era, and promote all ethnic groups to be firmly committed to the great motherland, the Chinese nation, Chinese culture, and the Communist Party of China". It quoted Xi Jinping as saying only "by all ethnic groups jointly safeguarding national security and social stability, can we effectively resist the infiltration and subversion of various extreme and divisive ideologies. In order to continuously realize the yearning of the people of all ethnic groups for a better life, and to realize, maintain, and develop the fundamental interests of all ethnic groups; only with a strong sense of community of the Chinese nation can we effectively deal with the risks that may occur in the ethnic field in the process of achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. .... only by forging the sense of community of the Chinese nation can the conscious identification of all ethnic groups with the Chinese nation be strengthened." He asserted that "In the big family of the Chinese nation, only if all ethnic groups hug each other like pomegranate seeds, kiss each other and help each other, can the great dream of national rejuvenation be realized smoothly, and the flower of national unity and progress can last forever".

Sep 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: XI JINPING THOUGHT INTEGRATED INTO TEACHINGS AT UNIVERSITY, MIDDLE AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT CHINA
The Ming Pao Daily (August 25) reported that on the eve of the autumn semester in the Mainland, the National Textbook Committee issued a number of textbook guides. Among them, the "Xi Jinping New Era Socialism Thought with Chinese Characteristics" (hereinafter referred to as "Xi Thought Guide") clearly requires to be fully integrated into the curriculum and teaching materials of universities, middle schools, and primary schools. Xi Jinping's thought, it said, infiltrates teaching materials at all levels, and elementary schools emphasize "political enlightenment". 9 topics of revolutionary tradition, national security, and labour education are "integrated" into universities, middle schools, and primary schools.

Sep 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: BIG TECH FIRMS SUBSCRIBE TO CONCEPT OF 'COMMON PROSPERITY'
An article in the publication 'Markets Heard on the Street' (August 28) said that on August 24 internet commerce firm Pinduoduo reported its first quarterly profit since listing in 2018. It also said it would donate it all—$374 million—to support agriculture and rural areas, and would do the same with any future profit up to a total of 10 billion yuan. Its shares rose 22% that day. On Aug. 18, Tencent pledged to contribute 50 billion yuan, the equivalent of $7.73 billion, to low-income groups, basic healthcare, and education—on top of a separate 50 billion yuan charitable pledge in April. Meituan founder Wang Xing donated 10% of his stake in the food-delivery company to his philanthropic foundation in June. The publication added that the weak recovery in services—where most college students head after graduation—has also further exacerbated already high youth joblessness: Surveyed unemployment among the 16 to 24 set, which averaged 11% in 2018 and 2019, has since then averaged 14%. (Comment: In a speech on August 17 aimed at China's big business, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on “common prosperity” and called for rationally “adjusting” excessive incomes and for high-income individuals and companies to contribute more to society. He also called for more aggressive measures to expand the middle class and the social safety net, including health and elderly care.)

Sep 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: THIS YEAR'S CREDIT SUISSE GLOBAL WEALTH REPORT SHOWS U.S.' TOTAL WEALTH AT US$ 126.3 TRILLION AND CHINA'S AT US$ 74.9 TRILLION
An article in South China Morning Post (August 31) by Gregory Mitrovich reported that the global wealth report issued each year by the investment bank, Credit Suisse, this year showed that the US remain at the top. According to its 2021 report, the US’ total wealth stands at US$126.3 trillion; China is a distant second with US$74.9 trillion. Furthermore, instead of declining, America’s share of total global wealth has increased over the past decade, from 25 per cent in 2011 to 30 per cent today. It cautioned Beijing to understand that the US is abandoning Afghanistan in 2021 to concentrate on its contest with China.

Sep 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLAAF ANNOUNCES IT WILL DISPLAY LATEST "20 FAMILY" AIRCRAFT AT 'AIRSHOW CHINA 2021'
The Global Times (August 31) reported that the PLA Air Force will display its latest achievements that have transformed the Chinese military into a strategic force on its way to becoming world class, at the Airshow China 2021. It said military observers predicting that the "20 family" aircraft, namely the J-20 fighter jet, Y-20 large transport aircraft and Z-20 utility helicopter, will likely again be in the spotlight.

Sep 2021

CHINA-TIBET: POLITBURO MEMBER AND CHONGQING PARTY SECRETARY CHEN MINE'R VISITS (AUGUST 25-26) TIBET
Chongqing Party Secretary and Politburo member Chen Mine'r visited Chamdo, in eastern Tibet, at the head of a delegation from August 25-26, 2021. Among the delegation from Chongqing were Zhang Xuan, Director of the Standing Committee of Chongqing Municipal People’s Congress, Li Mingqing, Member of the Standing Committee of Chongqing Municipal Party Committee, Secretary-General and Director of the General Office, and Chen Jinshan, Vice Mayor of Chongqing, and Director of the Municipal Economic Commission. Wu Yingjie, TAR Party Secretary, Liu Jiang, Secretary-General, and Member of the Standing Committee of TAR, Doto, Deputy Party Leadership Group of TAR, Deputy Director of TAR People’s Congress, and the Party Secretary of Chamdo, Norbu Dhondup accompanied the delegation during their visit

Sep 2021

CHINA-TIBET: QINGHAI PROVINCE AUTHORITIES ARREST TWO TIBETAN STUDENTS FOR OPPOSING IMPOSITION OF MANDARIN IN TIBETAN ETHNIC SCHOOLS
Radio Free Asia (RFA-August 27) reported that Qinghai province authorities arrested two 19-yearold Tibetan Middle School students of Darlag county for opposing the use of the Chinese language as the only medium of instruction in Tibetan schools. The two students, identified as Gyuldrak and Yangrik, spoke out on the WeChat social media platform against the Chinese policy mandating, beginning in September, that all classes in local schools be taught only in Chinese. The students are presently being held at the Darlag county police station.

Sep 2021

CHINA-TIBET: POLICE IN TIBETAN TOWNSHIP IN SICHUAN ARREST 60 PEOPLE FOR POSSESSION OF DALAI LAMA'S PHOTOGRAPH
Citing Tibetan sources inside China, Radio Free Asia (RFA) on August 26 reported that police in Dza Wonpo township in the Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province on August 22 arrested about 60 Tibetans found with photos of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, intensifying a campaign against possession of the banned images. The arrested included 19 monks from a local monastery and 40 laypeople whose homes were thoroughly searched by police. (Comment: The arrests come in the wake of the recent high-level visits by Chinese President Xi Jinping and CPCC Chairman Wang Yang to the Tibet Autonomous Region.)

Sep 2021

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES REACTS SHARPLY TO BJP MP SUBRAMANIAM SWAMY'S REMARK THAT INDIA SHOULD GO TO WAR WITH CHINA
Reacting to BJP MP Subramaniam Swamy's remark that India should go to war with China, the CCP-owned Global Times (August 30) in a sharp article said "the 81-year-old dotard's words are utter nonsense and crazy. The PLA is stationed on China's own territory. It's the Indian side that has long surreptitiously engaged in salami-slicing tactics to gradually occupy China's territory. Politicians like Swamy have deliberately confused right from wrong". Pointing out that China's comprehensive national strength is way ahead of India's and that Indian politicians and officials are trying to divert the people’s attention from their mismanagement of the Covid pandemic, it said "regrettably, after the Galwan Valley clash in June 2020, ultra-nationalism has been surging in India. It has even become "political correctness" for politicians to make irresponsible anti-China remarks". It quoted Lan Jianxue, head of the Department for Asia-Pacific Studies at China Institute of International Studies, as telling Global Times: "The BJP should have the wisdom and rationality to restrain the politicians and officials from making anti-China belligerent speeches. Otherwise, India will leave the region and world a belligerent ultra-nationalist image, which is detrimental to India's development and rise in the long run." He added "India should understand that China exerted great restraint regarding the Galwan Valley clash; otherwise, India's casualties would have been severer." Lan Jianxue said India should learn a lesson from its Galwan fiasco, knowing what kind of policy is in its best interest.

Sep 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN SCRAMBLES AIRCRAFT AS CHINESE AIRCRAFT ENTER AIRSPACE BETWEEN OKINAWA AND MIYAKOJIMA ISLANDS
Japan News (August 27) reported Japan's Defense Ministry as announcing on August 26, that the ASDF scrambled planes in response to three Chinese military aircraft spotted in the airspace between the main island of Okinawa and Miyakojima Island in Okinawa Prefecture. Although there were no airspace violations, one of the aircraft seen on August 27 is believed to have been an unmanned TB-001, making it the third consecutive day of Chinese drone sightings in the area from August 24. The three aircraft flew from the East China Sea to the Pacific Ocean on August 26, and then returned to the East China Sea. The ministry is looking into possible motives behind China’s actions.

Sep 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: JAPAN-TAIWAN RULING POLITICAL PARTIES HOLD VIRTUAL TALKS DESCRIBED AS EQUIVALENT TO 2+2 MEETINGS
Japan-Taiwan relations took a big step forward on August 27, with virtual talks between Japan's LDP and Taiwan's DPP where both sides emphasized the convergence between their governments on the perceived threat from China – and reaffirmed their desire to increase cooperation to counter that threat.

Sep 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN REPRESENTATIVE TO U.S. THREW THE CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH AT THE 16TH ANNUAL METS TAIWAN DAY IN NEW YORK ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 29
Taiwan's Representative to the United States Hsiao Bi-khim threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the 16th annual Mets Taiwan Day in New York on August 29. Hsiao Bi-khim is the first Taiwanese envoy to the U.S. to have been invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on the New York Met's annual Taiwan Day, and wore a No. 11 jersey that symbolized "keeping both feet on the ground." After throwing the pitch, she said it was an honour to perform that part of the ceremony and she appreciated the opportunity to advance Taiwan-U.S. relations, along with TaiwaneseAmericans and baseball fans. Prior to the ceremonial first pitch, President Tsai Ing-wen gave a pre-recorded address to the 20,000 baseball fans at the Citi Field Park in Queens, and she commended the "inspiring" Taiwanese athletes who competed at the recent Tokyo Olympics. Tsai also thanked the U.S. for extending a much-needed helping hand to Taiwan by donating 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. At the end of the video, Tsai and Hsiao appeared together, cheering for the Mets and Taiwan.

Sep 2021

CHINA-US: FIRST MILITARY CONTACT BETWEEN US AND CHINA TOOK PLACE ON AUGUST 27 VIA SECURE VIDEO LINK
Michael Chase, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China, spoke on August 27 with Chinese Major General Huang Xueping, Deputy Director for the People's Liberation Army Office for International Military Cooperation, vis the U.S.-PRC Defense Telephone Link to conduct a secure video conference. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said "Both sides agreed on the importance of maintaining open channels of communication between the two militaries". This was the first contact between the US and Chinese militaries for managing risk since US President Joe Biden took office in January.

Sep 2021

CHINA-US: JOHN BOLTON SAYS OVER THE LONGER TERM CHINA AND RUSSIA WILL THREATEN U.S. IN THREE DISTINCT THEATRES
In an article in the Wall Street Journal (August 30), John Bolton wrote that America’s retreat from Afghanistan is ending tragically—and that has sweeping strategic implications.

Sep 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE AUTHORITIES CLOSE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN CHENGDU
Chinese authorities have instructed an American Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, to cease operations, officials with the organisation said on August 31. The chamber notified members on August 30 that, in accordance with Chinese laws and regulations, it had to stop operations and “no longer carry out any activities in the name of the American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China.” The Chinese authorities had closed the US consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for being ousted from its Houston consulate in July 2020.

Sep 2021

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: CHINESE DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS CHINA WILL MAINTAIN ITS EMBASSY IN KABUL AND ENHANCE RELATIONS
AFP (September 3) reported that Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen had tweeted on September 1, that Abdul Salam Hanafi, a member of the Islamist group's political office in Doha, Qatar, "held a phone conversation with Wu Jianghao, Deputy Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China." His tweet said "The Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister said that they would maintain their embassy in Kabul, adding our relations would beef up as compared to the past. Afghanistan can play an important role in security and development of the region."

Sep 2021

CHINA-MYANMAR: CHINA'S SPECIAL ENVOY SUN GUOXIANG VISITS MYANMAR FOR TALKS
Reuters reported (September 1) that China's Special Envoy for Asian Affairs Sun Guoxiang visited Myanmar on August 21 to August 28 for talks with its military ruler Min Aung Hlaing as well as Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and Minister for the Union Government Office Yar Pyae. China's foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on August 28 that they "exchanged views with them on the political landscape in Myanmar". He added "We will work together with the international community to play a constructive role in Myanmar's efforts to restore social stability and resume democratic transformation at an early date." The visit coincided with the opening of a new route connecting Myanmar with Chinese trade flows to the Indian Ocean.

Sep 2021

CHINA-ISRAEL: ISRAELI CELLPHONE HACKING COMPANY CELLEBRITE CONTINUES TO SELL ITS HACKING TECHNOLOGY IN CHINA
Even as the Israeli cell phone hacking company Cellebrite tries to go public next week, and said it withdrew from China and Hong Kong, an Intercept investigation has found that police in Mainland China continued to buy the company’s Universal Forensic Extraction Device, or UFED, products, which allow officers to break into phones in their possession and siphon off data. It said while Cellebrite did deregister its Chinese subsidiary earlier this year, it appears to have done little about the brokers that peddle its hacking technology. Chinese government procurement award notices and posts on resellers’ websites show that police have continued to purchase powerful Cellebrite software, while resellers have continued to provide updates for the software. In one case, a reseller reported delivering the Israeli company’s software to border guards in Tibet and demonstrating how it could be used to search people’s WeChat accounts. The Intercept claims the findings follow reports of abuses involving Cellebrite technology elsewhere in the world — including in Bahrain, Botswana, Indonesia, India, and Saudi Arabia — that the company has not meaningfully addressed. Natalia Krapiva, tech legal counsel for AccessNow, said “Cellebrite hasn’t demonstrated that they have made serious efforts to investigate the misuse of their technology,” said Natalia Krapiva, tech legal counsel for AccessNow

Sep 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLAAF SENDS TWO BATCHES OF 24 AIRCRAFT INTO TAIWAN'S AIR SPACE ON SEPTEMBER 23
On September 23, Taiwan’s defense department issued two consecutive military intelligence bulletins stating that two batches of 24 PLA military aircraft entered Taiwan’s "southwest airspace" that day. The notice mentioned that in the morning, there were 12 sorties of J-16 fighters, 2 sorties of Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, 2 sorties of H-6 bombers, 1 sortie of Y-8, and 2 sorties of J-11 fighters, totaling 19 sorties; and in the afternoon, 2 sorties of J-11 fighters. -16 fighters, 1 sorties of Air Police -500 early warning aircraft, 2 sorties of J-11 fighters, a total of 5 sorties. The report said that the Taiwan Air Force dispatched air patrol troops to respond, used broadcasts to drive away, and dispatched ground guidance troops to track it. According to Taiwan media statistics, this is the third largest PLA aircraft group to enter Taiwan’s "southwest airspace" this year. The two previous largest flights were 28 sorties on June 15 and 25 sorties on April 12.

Oct 2021

CHINA-US: US DEFERS CHARGES AND RELEASES HUAWEI CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER MENG WANZHOU IN EXCHANGE FOR RELEASE OF TWO IMPRISONED CANADIANS
The release of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei's daughter, has raised many questions in the US and West on China's "hostage diplomacy". Meanwhile, documents released by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) reveal that Meng Wanzhou's prosecution has been deferred for four years and the charges have not been dropped.

Oct 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: QIU SHI PUBLISHES XI JINPING'S SPEECH OF NOVEMBER 17, 2012, EMPHASISING THE PARTY'S OVERALL LEADERSHIP
Qiu Shi (2021/18 dated September 15) published an article by Chinese President Xi Jinping, which reproduced his speech at the first collective study of the 18th Politburo on November 17, 2012, under the caption 'Unswervingly persist in and strengthen the party's overall leadership'. Its main theme was that "The Communist Party of China is the core of leadership for the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen and improve the leadership of the party, and give full play to the party's role as the core of leadership in overseeing the overall situation and coordinating all parties."

Sep 2021

CHINA-CYBER: CCP CC AND STATE COUNCIL JOINTLY ISSUE NEW GUIDELINES ON DEVELOPING A "CIVILISED AND WELL-REGULATED" CYBERSPACE ENVIRONMENT
The CCP CC and State Council jointly issued a guideline on developing a more civilized and wellregulated cyberspace environment on September 14. It said the country aims to consolidate the guiding status of Marxism in the ideological cyberspace sphere, foster a common ideology among the whole Party and the Chinese people, and interiorize core socialist values".

Sep 2021

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: GLOBAL TIMES OP-ED DISCUSSES COUNTERING US PROPAGANDA EFFORTS
The Global Times (August 17) published an Opinion piece on countering US propaganda efforts and how China should win the discourse rights and change the current trend of China’s weak position in international public opinion.

Sep 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: CHINA'S PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS START DISCUSSING WAYS TO REDUCE NUMBER OF EXAMINATIONS AND PRESSURE ON STUDENTS
Pursuant to the People's Daily article of August 31, instructing primary and secondary schools in the fall semester to reduce the pressure of student examinations and strengthen the management of education and teaching and promote the "double reduction" policy to fully implement, provinces and counties have started convening meetings to finalise a policy. On August 30, at the Ministry of Education press conference, Director Lv Yugang of the Ministry of Education's Department of Basic Education stressed "We should make great efforts to strengthen and improve in-school education, improve the quality of school education service system, and effectively achieve that teachers should teach as much as possible; students learn enough to learn well." The Forest City 4 Campus of Hefei 45 Middle School convened a meeting on September 9, to exchange ideas on how to improve teaching quality in the context of "double reduction", implement the "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era" teaching work, and further to summarize the work of teaching and research in the last semester and plan the teaching and research activities in this semester.

Sep 2021

CHINA-TIBET: CHINA'S MINISTER OF STATE SECURITY CHEN WENQING VISITS TIBET
China Tibet News (September 13) disclosed that Chen Wenqing, the Minister of National Security, and a team of the delegation visited Tibet and met top TAR leaders like TAR Party Secretary Wu Yingjie, Chairman of TAR People's Government Che Dalha, Chairman of TAR People's Congress, Executive Deputy of TAR Party Committee and Secretary of TAR PPCC Zhuang Yuan, Commander of the Tibet Military Region Wang Kai, and Standing Members of TAR Party Committee, He Wenhao, and Liu Jiang. The dates of the visit were not mentioned. In his speech Wu Yingjie said, "there will be policies and actions to further consolidate the campaign to draw clear-cut lines from and eliminate the negative influence of the 14th Dalai Lama, his use of religion to influence people". He went on to add TAR will implement policies and guide people to treat religion "rationally, and dilute the negative influence of religion, and live this life happily". He also talked about strengthening border development, ensuring border defence, consolidating border security, and speeding up of infrastructural constructions in border areas. Wu Yingjie reported that at present, "Tibet's border defence had consolidated border security, the overall social situation has become stable, and sense of security among people have improved". He appreciated the Ministry of National Security for their "strong support". Wu Yingjie also pointed out that protecting Tibet's 1.2 million square kilometres of land and safeguarding national security is a major task entrusted by Xi Jinping and the CCP Central Committee. He said protecting and safeguarding 1.2 million square kilometres of Tibet's land is also a duty of all people in Tibet. Chen Wenqing in his speech said the Ministry of National Security attaches great importance to Tibet-related work. The purpose of the inspection that he and his team are undertaking is to oversee the proper study and implementation of Xi Jinping's speeches during his Tibet visit.

Sep 2021

CHINA-UYGHURS: TRIBUNAL TO DETERMINE PERSECUTION OF CHINA'S UYGHUR ETHNIC MINORITY CONCLUDES HEARINGS IN LONDON
The Uyghur Tribunal concluded on September 13 after eight days of public hearings in London in June and September in which the tribunal heard from over 70 witnesses and after over 30 researchers spent over 10,000 hours reviewing hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, including 500 fact witness statements. The Tribunal’s judgment is due on 9 December.

Sep 2021

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANTICIPATES CHINA'S WILL HAVE BUMPER DOMESTIC CORN CROP THIS YEAR
On September 10, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecast that China's domestic corn crop would hit a record 273 million tons this year. It said that China's policy support had helped nurture the bumper harvest.

Sep 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA APPLIES TO JOIN TPP AND CPTPP
In a notification issued on September 16, China's Ministry of Commerce said that China had applied for membership of TPP/CPTPP.

Sep 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE GOVERNMENT DATA REVEALS SHORTAGE OF 20 MILLION 'SENIOR TECHNICIANS'
China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security on July 22 and Tencent on September 5 disclosed that China has a shortage of 20 million senior technicians.

Sep 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: JOINT VENTURE AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS CLOSES ONE PLANT DUE TO SLUGGISH SALES
A joint venture between multinational car giant Stellantis NV and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd. is shutting down one of its two Jeep factories in China, the world’s largest vehicle market, after years of sluggish sales. GAC Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Co. Ltd. said on September 8 that it will close the factory in Guangzhou and transfer all the production to the city of Changsha in Hunan province. Reuters said the transfer will be completed by next March.

Sep 2021

CHINA-PLA: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES IMPORTANT ARTICLE WHICH ALSO DISCUSSES PLA'S ROLE IN REUNIFYING CHINA
The People's Daily (September 16) published an important article on 'Questions and Answers on 'Xi Jinping Thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics', asserting that the PLA is 'An important guarantee for realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation'. The article had excerpts from Xi Jinping's speeches.

Sep 2021

CHINA-PLA: ROAD-BED COLLAPSE ON SICHUAN-TIBET HIGHWAY REPAIRED BY PAP'S MOBILE CORPS WITHIN 3 DAYS
The PLA website Sina.com on September 9 reported that at 8:30 on August 24, affected by continuous heavy rainfall, a 110-meter roadbed collapsed near Jiaoba Village, Songzong Town, Bomi County, Sichuan-Tibet Line, rendering the section impassable. After the disaster occurred, a detachment of the Second Mobile Corps of the Armed Police Force immediately dispatched troops and large-scale emergency repair equipment to the scene to perform road repair and emergency construction tasks. From August 29th to 31st, the armed police officers and soldiers carried out the widening of the inner mountain rock, the optimization of the sidewalk descending slope, and the dangerous rock removal work of the high slope. As of September 2, large trucks could pass.

Sep 2021

CHINA-PLA: MALE AND FEMALE SOLDIERS OF PLA LONG-RANGE ARTILLERY BRIGADE OF TIBET MILITARY REGION HOLD DAY AND NIGHT DRILLS AT ALTITUDE OF OVER 4600 METRES
According to a Chinese military media report (September 9) a long-range fire unit of a brigade of the Tibet Military Region conducted day and night, multi-type, ultra-limit range firepower strike drills, and a group of well-trained and heroic female soldiers also participated in the exercise. The officers and soldiers took advantage of the high accuracy and destructiveness of long-range firepower, and effectively destroyed multiple fixed targets and moving targets at extremely long distances! The exercise was held at an altitude of 4600 metres.

Sep 2021

CHINA-PLA: AIR DEFENCE BRIGADE OF TIBET MILITARY REGION HOLD 'LIVEFIRE' DRILL AT HEIGHT OF 4700 METRES TO NEUTRALISE CRUISE MISSILES
An air defence brigade of the Tibet Military Region was reported on September 8 to have organized a live-fire drill in a mountainous area at an altitude of 4,700 meters. During the exercise, after the radar successfully detected the position of the simulated fighter, the cruise missile and the air-to-surface missile hit the target one after another.

Sep 2021

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE ALLEGES THAT WITHOUT FORMALLY JOINING INDIA HAS DIFFERENT FORMS OF COOPERATION WITH 'FIVE EYES'
Lin Minwang, Professor with the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University, in an article published in Global Times on September 13 warned that "with the intensified strategic competition of the US against China, Canberra and New Delhi have formed a consensus on the policy of jointly containing Beijing. Australia is willing to be a US pawn to charge forward in a series of issues to discredit China. It not only vigorously advocates the "China threat theory," but also unreasonably accuses and attacks China, creating antagonism. India, on the other hand, regards the long-term competition between China and the US as a major opportunity for its own rise, and thus makes a strategic adjustment. India is shifting from pursuing a balanced diplomacy to the path of cozying up to the US to jointly contain China". Stating that "Although India has not formally joined the Five Eyes, it has established different forms and levels of intelligence sharing with members of the group" and advised that "China must be vigilant against the future impact of intelligence sharing between India and the Five Eyes".

Sep 2021

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE WARNS INDIA AGAINST AGREEING TO US REQUEST FOR A 'STAGING POST'
Writing in the Global times on September 16, Long Xingchun, senior research fellow with the Academy of Regional and Global Governance at the Beijing Foreign Studies University and president of the Chengdu Institute of World Affairs, referred to Indian media reports citing US Secretary of State Blinken's remarks to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that US is in touch with India about using it as a staging post for aerial strikes in Afghanistan, and warned India that the US will continue its relationship with Pakistan, that the US is trying to draw India into a quasi-alliance and that by agreeing to it India will lose its strategic autonomy and independence.

Sep 2021

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER ANNOUNCES US$ 31 MILLION EMERGENCY AID TO AFGHANISTAN'S TALIBAN GOVERNMENT
Reuters (September 9) reported that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had promised to provide nearly US$ 31 million emergency funding to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The emergency aid will include food, winter weather supplies, vaccines, and medicine. Wang Yi also announced a donation of 3 million vaccine doses to Afghanistan. He simultaneously called on Taliban to crack down on terrorism and build an “inclusive political structure".

Sep 2021

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHINA RATTLED BY U.S. AND U.K. DECISION TO HELP AUSTRALIA BUILD NUCLEAR SUBMARINES
The new deal, dubbed 'Aukus' and unveiled on September 15, by which London and Washington will help Canberra to build nuclear-powered submarines as well as swap knowledge on cyber information, artificial intelligence, undersea technology, and other cutting-edge sciences, has rattled Beijing. A Global Times article pointed out that so far, the US had shared such technology, and that too on a limited scale, only with Britain. It said by now including Australia China will consider Australia a target for nuclear attack in case conflict breaks out with the US.

Sep 2021

10 CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER ANNOUNCES US$ 31 MILLION EMERGENCY AID TO AFGHANISTAN'S TALIBAN GOVERNMENT Reuters (September 9) reported that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had promised to provide nearly US$ 31 million emergency funding
The US-based pro-Xi Jinping Duowei News (September 10) commenting on the 90-minute telephone conversation between US President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 10, pointed to a press release issued by the Chinese official media which said Biden stated that "the two countries have no reason to fall into conflict due to competition, and the United States has no intention to change the one-China policy."

Sep 2021

CHINA-US: GLOBAL TIMES CRITICAL OF FIRST QUAD SUMMIT SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 24
After the White House issued a statement that US President Biden will host the first-ever Quad Leaders’ Summit at the White House on September 24, the Global Times (September 15) criticised the proposed meeting and quoted Chinese experts as saying that the summit will make no big change on its hostility against China.

Sep 2021

CHINA-US: POLITBURO MEMBER YANG JIECHI ADDRESSES 12TH CHINA-US POLITICAL PARTY LEADERS DIALOGUE
The new Chinese ambassador to the UK, Zheng Zeguang, was on September 14 barred from parliament by the Speakers in the Commons and Lords after the imposition of sanSpeaking at a video conference to the 12th China-US Political Party Leaders Dialogue, which included representatives from the US Democratic and Republican parties, Yang Jiechi, Politburo 12 member and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, urged the US to correct its wrong China policies and get bilateral ties back on track.

Sep 2021

CHINA-UK: NEW CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO U.K. BARRED FROM ATTENDING MEETING OF PRO-CHINA GROUP IN PARLIAMENT
The new Chinese ambassador to the UK, Zheng Zeguang, was on September 14 barred from parliament by the Speakers in the Commons and Lords after the imposition of sanctions on British MPs by Beijing. Zheng Zeguang was due to attend a meeting of the broadly pro-Chinese all-party group in China, but following a letter from MPs who were subjected to sanctions by China, including the former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith, the Commons Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, has said the meeting is not appropriate. A similar decision has been endorsed by the Lords Speaker, Lord McFall.

Sep 2021

CHINA-GERMANY: GERMAN FRIGATE BAYERN DENIED ENTRY TO CHINESE HARBOUR
Reuters reported (September 16) that China has denied the German frigate Bayern, currently on a six-month mission to the contested South China Sea, entry into a Chinese harbour. , a German foreign ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday. The Chinese harbour was not identified.

Sep 2021

CHINA-MYANMAR: CHINESE NATIONALS WHO CROSSED INTO MYANMAR ILLEGALLY AND ARE WORKING IN BORDER TOWNS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO RETURN
Caixin (September 10) reported that in mid-May local authorities in towns and cities across China issued notices urging their citizens living in the border regions of Myanmar to return by June 30, 2022. Many of them, working in places like Muse, Kokang, Mongla and Wa State, crossed the 13 border illegally, often to engage in scams such as telephone and online fraud. In exchange, the state is offering leniency, as long as the migrants return by certain deadlines. According to China's Ministry of Public Security, Chinese scammers, working in gangs to fool unsuspecting phone users back home into handing over their personal details, have become adept at theft. In 2019, a total of 2,553 suspects were extradited to China for their alleged involvement in telecom fraud. Fraud cases originating in northern Myanmar accounted for 50% to 60% of total cases in China.

Sep 2021

CHINA-NATIONAL DAY: CHINA'S STATE COUNCIL HOSTS RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE 72ND NATIONAL DAY
China's State Council celebrated the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on the evening of September 30, and hosted a National Day Reception in the Great Hall of the People. Party and state leaders such as Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng, Wang Qishan and nearly 500 Chinese and foreigners gathered together to celebrate the birthday of the Republic.

Oct 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES 33RD POLITBURO COLLECTIVE STUDY SESSION ON BIOSECURITY
The CCP CC Politburo held its 33rd collective study on strengthening China's biosafety construction on September 29. Presiding over the study session, CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered an "important" speech when he emphasized that biosecurity is related to people's lives and health, to the long-term stability of the country, and to the sustainable development of the Chinese nation.

Oct 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES 2021 ZHONGGUANCUN FORUM IN BEIJING
On September 24, Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the 2021 Zhongguancun Forum in Beijing via video.

Oct 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER ZHAO LEJI GIVES SPEECH AT THE CCP CC'S 8TH ROUND OF INSPECTION WORK MOBILISATION MEETING
CCTV (September 26) reported that PBSC member and leader of the Central Inspection Work Leading Group Zhao Leji, attended the CCP CC's eighth round of inspection work mobilization and deployment meeting on September 26 and gave a speech. Zhao Leji pointed out that 3 inspections are political supervision and a powerful tool for comprehensively and strictly governing the party.

Oct 2021

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: POLITBURO MEMBER HUANG KUNMING DELIVERS SPEECH AT PARTY HISTORY STUDY AND EDUCATION CENTRAL LEADING GROUP SYMPOSIUM
Politburo Member, Propaganda Department Head, and Party History Study and Education Central Leading Group Head Huang Kunming attended and spoke at a Party History Study and Education Central Leading Group symposium in Beijing on September 22.

Oct 2021

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: ON THE EVE OF CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS XINHUA PUBLICISES COUNTRY'S ACHIEVEMENTS UNDER GUIDANCE OF THE CCP
On the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year on September 26, Xinhua published a lengthy article captioned 'Why we can succeed' outlining the successes achieved under the guidance of the party.

Oct 2021

CHINA-CYBER SECURITY: CHINA'S CYBERSPACE ADMINISTRATION ISSUES NEW REGULATIONS GOVERNING USE OF ALGORITHMS
The South China Morning Post (September 29) reported that Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on September 29 published a notice China laying out a three-year plan to rein in the use of algorithms, marking Beijing’s latest effort to bring the country’s internet industry firmly under state control. Under the new policy guidelines, local governments are urged to tighten the regulation of algorithms, while companies are told that they will be held accountable for misusing the technology.

Oct 2021

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION: PARTY CENTRE APPROVES 8TH ROUND OF CENTRAL INSPECTIONS OF FINANCIAL, BANKING ETC COMPANIES AND REGULATORS
The Paper (September 27) reported that the Party Center had approved Central Inspection Groups to carry out the 8th round of inspections of the following finance-related institutions--regulators

Oct 2021

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION: FORMER PUBLIC SECURITY VICE MINISTER SUN LIJUN EXPELLED FROM PARTY AND BEING PROSECUTED FOR GROSS VIOLATIONS OF LAW AND INFLATED POLITICAL AMBITIONS
China's official media reported on September 30 that 52-year old Sun Lijun, a former Chinese Vice Minister of the Public Security Bureau, has been sacked and expelled from the Communist Party, and will face trial for “serious violation of discipline rules and law”.

Oct 2021

CHINA-RETIREMENT: CHINESE GOVERNMENT DISCUSSING AMENDING RETIREMENT AGES IN VIEW OF INCREASED LIFE EXPECTANCY
Recently, more than 20 of China’s 31 provinces completed soliciting public opinions on delaying the retirement age. The process started last December. The statutory retirement ages – 60 for men, 55 for white-collar women, and 50 for blue-collar women – were set 70 years ago. A Beijing government statement said since then life expectancy in urban China has increased by a whopping 40 years.

Oct 2021

CHINA-CCP: CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY OPENS BRANCHES IN CHINA'S FILM & TV PRODUCTION CENTRE
The China News (September 21) reported that Temporary Chinese Communist Party (CCP) branch offices have been established in 11 cast teams that are currently filming TV and movie dramas in the Hengdian World Studios in Zhejiang Province, China’s film and television production center and also known as China’s Hollywood.

Oct 2021

CHINA-ENERGY: CHINESE PROVINCES RESORT TO POWER RATIONING
China has been hit by a power shortage compelling at least 21 provinces and local governments to ration power to enterprises and residences to limit and manage electricity demand. The provinces include: Hunan, Guangdong, Hebei, Anhui, Shandong, Tianjin, and Liaoning. Last month, China's top economic planning agency the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), criticised the “energy consumption intensity” of nine provinces – Guangdong, Jiangsu, Yunnan, Fujian, Shaanxi, Guangxi, Ningxia, Qinghai and Xinjiang – for actually increasing their energy use instead of reducing it.

Oct 2021

CHINA-BRI: US COLLEGE RESEARCH CENTRE 'AIDDATA' SAYS 42 LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES HAVE DEBT EXPOSURE TO CHINA EXCEEDING TEN PERCENT OF THEIR GDP
The Wall Street Journal (September 28) reported that on September 26, AidData, a research center at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., released an in-depth report on China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which counted 42 low- and middle-income countries that now have debt exposure to China exceeding 10% of their annual gross domestic product.

Oct 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG PAPER CLAIMS DURING INTERNAL CCP MEETING IN 2018, XI JINPING DECLARED THAT HONGKONG'S BUSINESS COMMUNITY WILL NO LONGER INFLUENCE BEIJING'S POLICIES ON HONGKONG
The Hongkong-based pro-Xi Jinping HK01 newspaper on September 21 reported that, in 2018, Xi Jinping made a clear statement in an internal meeting of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) Hong Kong and Macau Coordination Group.

Oct 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TELLS NEWLY ELECTED KMT CHAIRMAN THAT THE SITUATION IN THE TAIWAN STRAIT IS COMPLEX AND GRIM
In a congratulatory letter to Eric Chu -- the newly elected leader of the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party on September 26 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said the Chinese Communist Party and the KMT should collaborate under a "shared political basis." In the letter released by the KMT, he said "In the past our two parties insisted on '1992 consensus' and opposing 10 'Taiwan independence' ... to promote peaceful developments in cross- strait relations." Xi Jinping added "At present the situation in the Taiwan Strait is complex and grim," and urged the parties to jointly seek peace and "the unification of the country."

Oct 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE THINK-TANK CLAIMS RISK OF SINO-US CONFLICT IN SOUTH CHINA SEA IS RELATIVELY LOW
The South China Morning Post (September 26) cited a report released by the Knowfar Institute for Strategic and Defence Studies, a think tank founded by retired Chinese military officers, on September 23.

Oct 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT ATTENDS 76TH UNGA DEBATE VIA VIDEO
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman announced (September 20) that Chinese President Xi JInping will attend the General Debate of the 76th UN General Assembly by video on September 21 and delivered an "important speech".

Sep 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES SCO MEETING OF COUNCIL OF HEADS OF STATE
The state-run CCTV (September 17) reported Xi Jinping's speech at the 21st meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing on September 17. He urged the member states to strengthen coordination to promote a smooth transition of the situation in Afghanistan and truly embark on the path of peace, stability and development. He also asked them to promote the in-depth integration of the "Belt and Road" initiative with the development strategies of various countries and regional cooperation initiatives such as the Eurasian Economic Union, maintain the stability and smooth flow of the industrial chain and supply chain, and promote economic integration, development linkage, and sharing of results among countries. He said China will provide 1,000 poverty alleviation training places to Shanghai Cooperation Organization countries, build 10 Luban workshops, and carry out 30 cooperation projects in the fields of health, poverty alleviation, culture and education within the framework of the "Silk Road One Family" initiative . China will host the organization’s youth science and technology innovation forum next year. CCTV said the meeting initiated the process of accepting Iran as a member state, and absorbed Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Qatar as new dialogue partners. The meeting decided that Uzbekistan would take over as the rotating chairman of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, He Lifeng and others attended the meeting. Xi Jinping also attended the Joint Summit on Afghanistan among the leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Beijing on September 17 and delivered an 'important' speech. Pointing out that the situation in Afghanistan has undergone fundamental changes recently, which have had an important impact on the international situation, regional structure, and security and stability, he asked SCO member states and the Collective Security Treaty Organization to work together at such critical moments to maintain peace and stability. He said it is important to promote the smooth transition of the situation in Afghanistan as soon as possible and support all parties in Afghanistan to reach an inclusive political arrangement at an early date through dialogue and consultation; it is necessary to pay attention to the trends of terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, and urge relevant parties in Afghanistan to carry out resolute strikes and prevent the terrorist forces holding Afghanistan from causing disaster to the Quartet.

Sep 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER AND VICE PREMIER HAN ZHENG ATTENDS INAUGURATION OF GUANGDONG-HONGKONG-MACAO GREATER BAY AREA IN ZHUHAI
PBSC member, State Council Vice Premier, and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Construction Leading Group Head Han Zheng attended an inauguration ceremony in Zhuhai, Guangdong for the Hengqin Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Cooperation Zone (hereafter referred to as “the Zone”) on September 17 and gave a speech.

Sep 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER ZHAO LEJI VISITS INNER MONGOLIA
PBSC member and Head of the Central Discipline Inspection Committee (CDIC) Zhao Leji conducted investigation work in Inner Mongolia from September 15 to 17.

Sep 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER HU CHUNHUA TRAVELLED TO SICHUAN PROVINCE TO SUPERVISE WORK OF RURAL REVITALISATION
According to the state-run CCTV News on September 18, PBSC member Hu Chunhua travelled to Sichuan from September 16 to 17, to supervise the work of "Key counties for rural revitalization to help counties to consolidate and expand the results of poverty alleviation". This is the first time that Hu Chunhua went to supervise work in key counties for rural revitalization after China's national rural revitalization key assisted counties work conference.

Sep 2021

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: CCP CC GENERAL OFFICE ISSUES IMPORTANT GUIDELINES FOR ESTABLISHING MARXIST COLLEGES
Xinhua (September 21) disclosed that the CCP CC's General Office had recently issued the "Opinions on Strengthening the Construction of Marxist Colleges in the New Era" and issued a notice requesting all regions and departments to conscientiously implement them in light of actual conditions.

Sep 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE EXTOLLING XI JINPING'S ARTICLE IN QIU SHI AND REITERATES THAT WITHOUT THE CCP THERE WOULD BE NO NEW CHINA
Jingbo of the National Defense University Learning Jinping New Era Socialism with Chinese Characteristics Research Center authored a lengthy article titled 'Vigorously inherit and carry forward the great spirit of the party' published in the PLA Daily on September 20. Jingbo commented on "Chairman Xi’s important article "The great spirit of the party is always the precious spiritual wealth of the party and the country", in the 17th issue of Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth) magazine in 2021.

Sep 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA DAILY COMMENTATOR'S ARTICLE SAYS CHINA FACING INCREASING RISKS AND CHALLENGES AND ENTIRE ARMY SHOULD EMULATE THE BATTALION IN TIBET
A PLA Daily (September 14) Commentator's article on Chinese President Xi Jinping's letter of September 13 to a PLA Battalion guarding the border in Tibet, said 'Xi’s letter “fully embodied the core of the Party and [his] deep love and concern for the border guard troops as military commander” and his high degree of emphasis on building the grassroots'.

Sep 2021

CHINA-PLA: AVIATION UNIT OF WESTERN THEATRE COMMAND CARRIES OUT AIRDROP AND AIRBORNE TRAINING IN 'UNFAMILIAR' AREAS
The PLA Daily (September 14) disclosed that an Air Force aviation unit of the Western Theater Command in late August carried out airdrop and airborne training in unfamiliar areas to comprehensively improve the multi-domain cooperative combat capability of the unit.

Sep 2021

CHINA-PLA: LARGE PLAAF TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT CARRY OUT TROOP TRANSPORT MISSSIONS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLANDS
China's Global Times (September 21) quoted a report released by the PLA South Sea Fleet in its social media account, which disclosed that in two recent, separate moves in the South China Sea, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) dispatched Y-20 large transport aircraft to reefs for troop transport missions, and conducted amphibious landing drills under complex conditions, showing the PLA's capabilities in safeguarding peace and stability in the region.

Sep 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN CAUTIONS INDIA AGAINST FLIGHT TESTING AGNI-V ICBM
At the weekly press briefing on September 9, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian reacted to Indian media reports that India is set to conduct its first user trial of nuke capable intercontinental-range ballistic missile Agni-V, which has a 5,000-km range.

Sep 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE ANALYSTS WARN THAT INDIA COULD "POISON" MULTILATERAL EFFORTS OF SCO
The Global Times (September 17) highlighted warnings by Chinese experts on September 10 that India not be "poison" for cooperation under the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Sep 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST QUOTES OBSERVERS AS SAYING CHINA WILL ENHANCE PRESSURE ON TAIWAN IN CASE U.S. AGREES TO RENAME TAIWAN'S OFFICE
The South China Morning Post (September 18) quoted diplomatic and military observers as saying that Beijing is likely to step up its military activities to deter Taiwan while retaliating diplomatically against the US if the island’s de facto embassy in Washington gets renamed, but these countermeasures are likely to be limited.

Sep 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN APPLIES TO JOIN CPTPP
Quoting Taiwan's official Central News Agency, Reuters reported (September 22) that Taiwan has formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), less than a week after China said it too had submitted an application. Taiwan's Deputy Economy Minister Chen Chern-chyi was quoted as sayingthe Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua will give details on September 23.

Sep 2021

CHINA-WORLD BANK: CHINA MISUSES INFLUENCE TO BOOST ITS RANKING IN WORLD BANK'S 'DOING BUSINESS 2018' REPORT
A report, prepared by law firm WilmerHale at the request of the World Bank's ethics committee, raises concerns about China's influence at the World Bank.

Sep 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN CAUTIONS INDIA AGAINST FLIGHT TESTING AGNI-V ICBM
At the weekly press briefing on September 9, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian reacted to Indian media reports that India is set to conduct its first user trial of nuke capable intercontinental-range ballistic missile Agni-V, which has a 5,000-km range.

Sep 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE ANALYSTS WARN THAT INDIA COULD
The Global Times (September 17) highlighted warnings by Chinese experts on September 10 that India not be "poison" for cooperation under the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Sep 2021

CHINA-US: US AND HUAWEI FOUNDER MENG WAZHOU'S LAWYERS RESOLVE LEGAL CASE AND SHE HAS BEEN RELEASED FOR RETURN TO CHINA
Ms Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, charged by the US of wrongdoing in accounts in dealings with Iran, has been released after 3 years house arrest in Canada and is on her way home following "resolution" on September 25 of the case between the US prosecutors and her lawyers. The two Canadian nationals, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, imprisoned since 2018 have similarly been released by the Chinese authorities.

Sep 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING INSPECTS CHENGDE
Chinese President Xi Jinping made an inspection tour of Chengde a popular tourist spot and the prefectural-level city just north of Beijing, on August 24.

Aug 2021

CHINA-STATE COUNCIL: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG PRESIDES OVER STATE COUNCIL MEETING TO DISCUSS NORTHEAST CHINA
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presided over a meeting of the State Council Leading Group for Revitalizing the Northeastern Region and Old Industrial Bases on August 23.

Aug 2021

CHINA-CCP: BEIJING DAILY ARTICLE STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF XI JINPING'S JULY 1 SPEECH
The Beijing Daily (August 23) published an article by Shi Zhongquan, former Deputy Director of the Central Party History Research Office, on CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping's July 1st speech.

Aug 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP RELEASES PUBLICATION TITLED 'THE CPC: ITS MISSION AND CONTRIBUTIONS'
The Chinese Communist Party released a publication on August 26 titled "The CPC: Its Mission and Contributions" at a press conference in Beijing attended by senior officials of the Party. Xu Lin, Vice Minister of the CCP CC Publicity Department and Minister of the State Council Information Office chaired the conference.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY EDITORIAL RECALLS XI JINPING'S END-JULY VISIT TO TIBET
A People's Daily editorial (August 19) recalled President Xi Jinping’s July visit to Tibet commemorating the 70th anniversary of its “Peaceful Liberation,” pointing out that this is the first such visit by a CCP or Central Military Commission (CMC) chair.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA APPOINTS NEW MINISTER OF EDUCATION
On August 20, the NPC appointed Huai Jinpeng (怀进鹏) Minister of the Ministry of Education.

Aug 2021

CHINA-CCP: POLITBURO MEMBER DING XUEXIANG CHAIRS PARTY'S SPECIAL WORKING MECHANISM FOR RECTIFYING FORMALISM
Politburo member and Xi Jinping’s chief-of-staff Ding Xuexiang chaired a meeting of the Party's special working mechanism for rectifying formalism and alleviating burdens on the grassroots on August 20, Xinhua reported that “While highlighting the problem of unnecessary and repetitive meetings, paperwork and performance evaluations, the meeting asked localities to guard against and rectify newly-emerged practices of formalities for formalities sake.”

Aug 2021

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION: HANGZHOU PARTY SECRETARY PLACED UNDER INVESTIGATION
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission said in a statement on August 21 that Hangzhou Municipal Party Committee Secretary 53-year old Zhou Jiangyong, has been placed under investigation for serious disciplinary violations.

Aug 2021

CHINA-NPC: NPC PASSES AMENDMENT TO POPULATION AND FAMILY PLANNING LAW LEGITIMISING 3 CHILD POLICY
China’s National People's Congress (NPC) passed an amendment to its Population and Family Planning Law on August 20, legitimising the recent three-child policy.

Aug 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: SHANGHAI ISSUES REGULATIONS AFTER CCP CC AND STATE COUNCIL DECISION TO ELIMINATE FOR-PROFIT EDUCATION SECTOR
Following the decision on July 24, of the Party Central Committee and the State Council to essentially eliminate China’s for-profit education sector, the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission on August 24 issued the 'Implementation Opinions on Further Reducing Students’ Homework and After-school Training Burdens During the Compulsory Education Stage'.

Aug 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: XINHUA SAYS CHINA'S DIGITAL ECONOMY WAS 39.2 TRILLION YUAN IN 2020
Reporting on the Smart China Expo 2021 and the China-Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Forum on the Digital Economy Industry, both held in Chongqing this week, Xinhua (August 25) said the scale of China's digital economy hit 39.2 trillion yuan in 2020, accounting for 38.6 per cent of the country's GDP.

Aug 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: GOVERNOR OF PEOPLE'S BANK OF CHINA (PBoC) SAID CHINA WILL INCREASE SUPPORT OF BANK LENDING
Yi Gang, Governor of the People's Bank of China said, in the latest and clearest signal of monetary easing, on August 23 that China will increase the support of bank lending to the real economy and especially SMEs.

Aug 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA TO SET UP USD 1.72 BILLION OLD AGE PENSION FUND
China plans to set up a national pension company in Beijing with registered capital of 11.15 billion yuan ($1.72 billion) as the country’s population rapidly ages.

Aug 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CLARIFICATIONS REGARDING 'COMMON PROSPERITY' AND TAXATION
Han Wenxiu, Deputy Director of the Office of the Central Financial and Economic Affairs Commission, clarified at a press conference in Beijing on August 26, that China’s efforts to build a society of “common prosperity” are not about achieving egalitarianism and do not mean “robbing the rich to give to the poor”.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: GLOBAL TIMES PUBLICISES LARGE NUMBER OF EXERCISES CONDUCTED BY PLA NAVY IN LAST THREE MONTHS
The Global Times (August 24) disclosed that the PLA held more than a hundred military exercises across all major Chinese sea areas over the past three months.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: TIBET MILITARY REGION RECENTLY HELD LARGE MILITARY EXERCISE AT HIGH ALTITUDE IN TIBET PLATEAU
The Global Times (August 26) quoted the state-run CCTV to report that the Tibet Military Command recently organized large-scale joint exercises at an elevation of about 4,500 meters in a snowy plateau region, in which the troops operated some of the PLA's latest weapons and equipment and practised multidimensional tactics with the goal of target elimination.

Aug 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: SPECULATION IN OVERSEAS CHINESE MEDIA THAT KMT'S MA YING-JEOU IS LIKELY TO MEET CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING
The US-based overseas Chinese Mainland media Duowei said (August 24) that Jiang Qichen, who is running for the Chairman of the Kuomintang, said in an exclusive interview with Huang Weihan on August 24, "a senior media player" in Taiwan, that he did not rule out the possibility of a second Xi - Ma meeting.

Aug 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: PLA NAVY FLOTILLA SAILS THROUGH SEA OF JAPAN FOR SECOND TIME THIS YEAR
The Global Times (August 24) reported that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) dispatched a powerful naval flotilla led by a Type 055 large destroyer to the Sea of Japan for the second time this year on August 22.

Aug 2021

CHINA-RUSSIA: CCTV REPORTS CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S CONVERSATION ON AUGUST 25 WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN
The state-run CCTV while reporting the conversation between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Putin on August 25, said that the two had exchanged in-depth views on the situation in Afghanistan.

Aug 2021

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: CHINESE COMMERCE MINISTRY THINK-TANK ADVISES GOING SLOW IN AFGHANISTAN AND AFTER THE TALIBAN FIRMLY SETTLES IN
Mei Yixin a respected world geopolitics scholar at the Chinese Ministry of Commerce think-tank 'Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation (CAITEC)' wrote in Aisixiang on August 18, that "The U.S. military is leaving Afghanistan in defeat; yet China must not indulge in a delusional dreamlike carnival".

Aug 2021

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: CHINESE AND TAJIK FORCES HOLD ANTI-TERRORISM COORDINATION-2021 EXERCISES TO COUNTER GROWING REGIONAL TERRORIST THREAT
China's Xinhua news agency disclosed that China held joint anti-terrorism exercises with Afghanistan’s neighbour Tajikistan on August 18 and 19 to counter a growing regional terrorist threat.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: SUICIDE ATTACK ON CONVOY CARRYING CHINESE PERSONNEL ON GWADAR EXPRESSWAY CAUSES "SLIGHT INJURY" TO ONE CHINESE
On August 20, the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan issued a statement confirming that on the same day, a convoy carrying Chinese personnel was attacked by a suicide bomber on the Gwadar East Bay Expressway project in Balochistan, Pakistan, "slightly injuring" 1 Chinese personnel.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CALLS FOR ADDRESSING INCOME INEQUALITY AT CCFEA MEETING
Chairing a session of the Central Commission for Financial and Economic Affairs (CCFEA) on August 17, Xi Jinping said that the Party must expend more efforts in tackling inequality and promoting “common prosperity”.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MANY NETIZENS WISH JIANG ZEMIN ON HIS 95TH BIRTHDAY ON AUGUST 17
Many Chinese netizens greeted former Chinese President Jiang Zemin on his birthday on August 17. They wished him long life and "hundred years"!

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG VISITS HENAN PROVINCE AND INSPECTS DISASTER RELIEF WORK
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang inspected Henan Province on August 18-19 to discuss disaster relief work.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN AND PBSC MEMBER WANG YANG ARRIVES IN TIBET FOR 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS 'PEACEFUL LIBERATION'
The 4th ranking PBSC member and Chairman of the CPPCC, Wang Yang, arrived in Tibet on August 19 at the head of a delegation for the 'grand celebrations' of the 70th anniversary of the 'peaceful liberation' of Tibet outside the Potala Palace in Lhasa, which was attended by over 20,000 people.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: QIU SHI PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY XI JINPING ON AUGUST 15
The CCP's leading theoretical fortnightly journal Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth) on August 15 (Issue 2021/16) published an article by CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping which included excerpts from 16 speeches given by him between June 2015 and February 2021.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE MEDIA REPORTS SPECULATING ABOUT THE BEIDAIHE MEETING
Chinese media reports speculating on the annual Beidauhe meeting of China's veteran leaders said that among the indications of this year's Beidaihe meeting was the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcement on July 31 that the regular press conferences will be adjourned from August 2 to August 13 and would resume on August 16.

Aug 2021

CHINA-GOVERNMENT: CCP AND STATE COUNCIL ISSUE 10-POINT 5-YEAR PLAN FOR GOVERNANCE UNDER RULE OF LAW
On August 11, 2021, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s Central Committee (CC) and the State Council unveiled a 10-point five-year (2021-2025) plan titled "Implementation Outline for the Construction of a Government under the Rule of Law (2021-2025)" and issued a notice requesting all regions and departments to conscientiously implement it in light of actual conditions.

Aug 2021

CHINA-GOVERNMENT: CHINA TO ISSUE DIGITAL DRIVING LICENSES NATIONWIDE FROM 2022
The People's Daily (August 18) quoted a public security official as saying on August 18 that China will roll out digital driver's licenses across the country by 2022.

Aug 2021

CHINA-EMPLOYMENT: STUDENT UNEMPLOYMENT HAS RISEN CONSIDERABLY THIS YEAR
Quoting the National Bureau of Statistics, the state-run CCTV News reported (August 16) that since the beginning of this year, the employment situation has remained generally stable. Commenting on the employment situation of college graduates, it mentioned that many college graduates entered the labour market in July and, therefore, the unemployment rate will rise "relatively sharply from June to July".

Aug 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: PBSC MEMBER WANG HUNING STRESSES NEED FOR PROGRESS IN POLITICAL WORK AND BUILDING IDEOLOGY IN UNIVERSITIES
Politburo Standing Committee Member Wang Huning presided over the 27th National Conference on Party Building in Colleges and Universities on August 17.

Aug 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: CHINA'S MINISTRY OF EDUCATION TERMINATES COOPERATIVE ARRANGEMENTS WITH 286 FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES
The South China Morning Post (August 16) reported that China’s education authorities terminated 286 cooperative programmes between Chinese and foreign universities last week as part of a routine assessment of collaborative arrangements with foreign institutions.

Aug 2021

CHINA-POPULATION: CHINA'S ONCE IN A DECADE POPULATION CENSUS SHOWS MORE THAN 44.7 PERCENT PREFECTURE-LEVEL CITIES HAD SMALLER POPULATIONS THAN IN 2010
According to the once-a-decade census, which was conducted last year of China's 330-plus prefecture-level cities, 149-or 44.7 percent had smaller populations last year than in 2010.

Aug 2021

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: WIFE OF CHINESE DISSIDENT REVEALS THAT CHINA MAINTAINS 'BLACK SITE' DETENTION FACILITY IN DUBAI
During an interview in a safe house in Ukraine on June 30, 2021, 26-year old Wu Huan claimed that she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run "black site" in Dubai along with at least two Uyghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a secret detention facility beyond its borders.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S STATE-RUN CCTV AND XINHUA COMMENT ON THE LARGEST SINO-RUSSIAN LAND-AIR MILITARY EXERCISES HELD FROM AUGUST 9-13
According to China's state-run CCTV (Military channel) on August 13, in the final stage of the Sino-Russian joint exercise, joint land and air operations were launched.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: CENTRAL MILITARY COMMISSION OFFICIAL WRITES ON PLA'S RECRUITMENT POLICY
The People's Daily (August 15) published an article by Liu Guoshun of the Political Work Bureau, National Defense Mobilization Department, Central Military Commission, on the PLA's recruitment policy.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: TIBETAN STUDENTS PROMISED REIMBURSEMENT OF SCHOOL FEES IF THEY JOIN PLA
Radio Free Asia (August 11) citing Tibetan sources reported that Tibetan students ages 18-21 are being offered reimbursement of their school fees in exchange for enrolling in a two-year course of military training.

Aug 2021

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY'S INITIAL COMMENT ON TAKEOVER OF KABUL BY TALIBAN IS BRIEF AND CAUTIOUS
The People's Daily (August 16) reported the cautious and short statement of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesperson Hua Chunying that China will respect the choice and will of the Afghan people.

Aug 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE EMBASSY IN INDIA VOICES OBJECTION TO US SECRETARY OF STATE BLINKEN'S MEETING WITH TIBETAN OFFICIALS IN INDIA
A statement issued by the Chinese Embassy in India on August 12 "strongly opposed the repeated provocative acts by the US" after the Chargé d'Affaires at US Embassy in New Delhi met with Ngodup Dongchung, representative of the Dalai Lama in New Delhi and said that the US respects "the Dalai Lama's vision for equal rights of people."

Aug 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN FOREIGN MINISTER CLAIMES THAT BLAST ON BUS ON JULY 14 KILLING CHINESE WORKERS WAS HANDIWORK OF INDIAN AND AFGHAN INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES
Reuters (August 12) reported Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi as saying on August 12 that the bus blast on July 14 that killed 13 people, including nine Chinese workers, was a suicide bombing by Islamist militants backed by the Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies.

Aug 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN'S LDP AND TAIWAN'S DPP TO HOLD 2+2 MEETING WITHIN THE MONTH
The Japan Times disclosed (August 18) that in the first such initiative, Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is planning to hold online talks on security issues with Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) within this month at the earliest.

Aug 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE-ORIGIN JAPANESE WOMAN RELEASED AFTER SERVING 6-YEAR JAIL SENTENCE FOR ESPIONAGE
A Chinese origin Japanese woman who was detained in Shanghai in June 2015 and sentenced in December 2018 by the Shanghai Intermediate People's Court to six years in prison for spying has been released after serving the six-year prison sentence in Shanghai.

Aug 2021

CHINA-US: NEW CHINESE AMBASSADOR QIN GANG AND US DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE WENDY SHERMAN MEET ON AUGUST 12
On August 12, China’s newly arrived Ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang met US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.

Aug 2021

CHINA-US: US KEEN TO DECOUPLE RELIANCE ON CHINA FOR RARE EARTHS AND THEIR PROCESSING
With China having carved out a dominant position in multiple supply chains on which the US is uncomfortably reliant, there are efforts in the US to decouple this reliance, especially in rare earths.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LAOS: LAOS MINISTER SAYS LAOS-CHINA RAILWAY WILL BE COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER THIS YEARCHINA-LAOS: LAOS MINISTER SAYS LAOS-CHINA RAILWAY WILL BE COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR
According to Pasaxon, the newspaper of the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, the Laotian Minister of Planning and Investment Sonexay Siphandone on August 11 during a meeting of 10th Laos-China Railway Project Construction Committee, said that as of July 25, construction of the railway, which runs from the town of Boten on Laos’s border with China to the capital Vientiane, was 93.82 per cent complete.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY ANHUI PROVINCE PARTY SECRETARY
The People's Daily (August 7) published an interview with Li Jinbin, Party Secretary of Anhui Province, under the caption 'Break a new path in the rise of Central China'.

Aug 2021

CHINA-RECTIFICATION OF SECURITY APPARATUS: CHINA'S CDIC DISCLOSED ON AUGUST 7 THAT OVER 90 PERCENT 'LEADING CADRES' OF THE POLITICAL AND LEGAL SYSTEM HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED IN FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2021
China's Central Discipline Inspection Commission posted a notification on its official website on August 7, stating that over 90 leading cadres of the political and legal system at the department level or above were investigated and dealt with in the first half of the year.

Aug 2021

CHINA-HEALTH: POLITBURO MEMBER SUN CHUNLAN VISITS NANJING IN JIANGSU PROVINCE TO INVESTIGATE COVID OUTBREAK
Xinhua (August 1) reported that Politburo Member and State Council Vice Premier Sun Chunlan travelled to Nanjing, Jiangsu to investigate epidemic prevention work amid the city’s COVID-19 outbreak.

Aug 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINESE MILITARY RESEARCHERS ASSESS USA'S "TRACKING LAYER" FOR HYPERSONIC MISSILES
The South China Morning Post (August 10) quoted a peer-reviewed study published in the domestic journal Infrared and Laser Engineering on August 4, by Chinese military scientists of the Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunication Technology affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), stating that a global early warning system being built in the US to track hypersonic weapons will be an improvement on its existing system but will have to overcome several big challenges to be effective.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: QIU SHI EDITORIAL EMPHASISES THAT PLA MUST FOCUS ON POLITICAL AND IDEOLOGICAL WORK IN ADDITION TO MILITARY PROFESSIONALISM
The Qiushi Editorial Department published (2021/15 dated 31 July) an article directed at the army, saying that it is critical for it to be built up politically and ideologically as well as militarily and that understanding the vital role of the Party’s leadership in the military’s success is crucial.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA NAVY TO EXERCISE IN LARGE STRETCH OF WATERS FROM HAINAN TO SOUTH CHINA SEA
China’s maritime authorities cordoned off a large section of waters from Hainan to the Paracels from August 6 for a military drill on a scale that analysts say could involve tests of carrier-killer ballistic missiles.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: NEW SOLDIERS OF BORDER DEFENCE REGIMENT OF XINJIANG MILITARY REGION VISIT KANGSIWA MARTYRS CEMETERY FOR 'SPECIAL PARTY CLASS'
Sina.com reported on August 4 that newly recruited soldiers of a border defence regiment of the Xinjiang Military Region visited the Kangsiwa Martyrs Cemetery, the highest altitude cemetery in the whole army, to have a special party class.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA ARMY AVIATION COMBAT GROUP IN WESTERN THEATRE COMMAND USING HELICOPTERS FOR LOW ALTITUDE AND ULTRA LOW ALTITUDE OPERATIONS
Reporting on the 'Western Joint 2021 Exercises', Sina.com (August 9) disclosed that the Army Aviation Combat Group in the Western Theatre uses helicopters as its main equipment, and uses low-altitude and ultra-low-altitude as the main battlefield to implement three-dimensional, full-depth, and mobile operations.

Aug 2021

CHINA-TIBET: GLOBAL TIMES REPORTERS VISIT TIBET FROM MID-JULY TO EARLY AUGUST AND SEE 'TROPHIES' CAPTURED FROM 'FOREIGN FORCES' ON THE BORDER
Sina.com reported on August 5 that Global Times reporters set off from Xinjiang and followed the general route of the People's Liberation Army that entered Tibet from Xinjiang from mid-July to early August.

Aug 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE ACADEMIC URGES CHINA TO STEP UP ITS PROPAGANDA AGAINST INDIA AS CHINA'S INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION IS GETTING DAMAGED
An article captioned 'How to suppress and counter India's information war against China' by Liu Zongyi, Secretary-General, China and South Asian Studies Center, Shanghai Institute of International Studies, was posted on the guancha news portal on August 5, 2021.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN REPLACES RETIRED GENERAL ASIM BAJWA WITH BUSINESSMAN KHALID MANSOOR AS PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR CPEC
On August 3, Pakistan appointed Khalid Mansoor to the top position responsible for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), replacing retired Pakistan Army General Asim Saleem Bajwa.

Aug 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN'S SELF DEFENCE FORCES TO DEPLOY ANTI-SHIP AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILES ON ISHIGAKI-JIMA ISLANDS BY 2022
An article in the Diplomat (July 6) reported that Japan’s Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo confirmed plans this week to deploy several hundred Self-Defense Force personnel and anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles to another of its southwestern islands of Ishigaki-jima sometime in 2022, to deter and defend against a potential threat from China’s growing military.

Aug 2021

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT BIDEN APPROVES HIS ADMINISTRATION'S FIRST ARMS SALE TO TAIWAN
Bloomberg (August 4) reported that amid rising tensions with China, the Biden Administration has approved its first arms sale of a potential $750 million to Taiwan.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LITHUANIA: CHINA RECALLS ITS AMBASSADOR AS LITHUANIA ALLOWS TAIWAN TO OPEN REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE UNDER THE NAME OF "TAIWAN"
In an article in the Global Times (August 100), its Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin said China had decided to recall its Ambassador to Lithuania and demanded that the Lithuanian government recall its Ambassador to China.

Aug 2021

CHINA-MYANMAR: CHINA GIVES US$ 6 MILLION AID TO MYANMAR'S MILITARY GOVERNMENT ON AUGUST 11
The Diplomat reported (August 11) that China’s government today transferred more than $6 million to Myanmar’s military government to fund a range of development projects, in the latest sign that Beijing is accommodating itself to the junta that seized power in February.

Aug 2021

CHINA-CANADA: CANADIAN BUSINESSMAN MICHAEL SPAVOR SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS IMPRISONMENT ON ESPIONAGE CHARGES BUT WITH PROVISION FOR DEPORTATION
The court in Dandong has sentenced Canadian businessman Michael Spavor to 11 years in prison on charges of spying.

Aug 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE STUDENTS APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO U.S. COLLEGES DECLINES BY ONE-FIFTH
The Washington Post (August 13) said that according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the total number of Chinese students in the government’s database declined by a fifth from 2019 to 2020 and that while international applications to the United States plunged across the board for the 2019-2020 school year, they rebounded this year — with the exception of China.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SPEAKS ON PLA AT 32ND POLITBURO MEETING
The state-run CCTV reported the 32nd session of the CCP CC Politburo on July 30 afternoon. It reported that the meeting insisted on the party’s absolute leadership over the People’s Army and the goal of achieving the 100-year army’s struggle.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON PARTY AND PLA IN QIU SHI
Xinhua (July 31) disclosed that an article by Xi Jinping, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, will be published on August 1 in this year's 15th issue of the Qiushi Journal, a flagship magazine of the CPC Central Committee.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP CC CONVENES HIGH-LEVEL FORUM IN ZHONGNANHAI WITH NON-PARTY PERSONALITIES TO DISCUSS CHINA'S ECONOMY
Xinhua (July 30) reported that the CCP CC held a non-party forum in Zhongnanhai on July 28 to listen to the leaders of the democratic parties, the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and representatives of non-party personalities on the current economic situation and economic work in the second half of the year.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW DEPUTY PARTY SECRETARY APPOINTED FOR INNER MONGOLIA
On August 1, Ms. Wang Lixia was appointed Deputy Party secretary of Inner Mongolia.

Aug 2021

CHINA-CCP: PEOPLE'S DAILY ON AUGUST 4, GIVES TWO-PAGE COVERAGE STARTING FROM THE FRONTPAGE OF CCP'S INNER PARTY REGULATION SYSTEM
The People's Daily on August 4, 2021, gave 2 full-page coverage, starting from the front page, of the 'Chinese Communist Party's Inner Party Regulation System' updated till July 2021.

Aug 2021

CHINA-FLOODS: STATE COUNCIL BEGINS INVESTIGATION TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER THERE WERE LAPSES BY ZHENGZHOU OFFICIALS IN TACKLING FLOODS
As the death toll from the floods rose to 302, with 50 missing by August 2, the Global Times reported that of the total 292 died and 47 are missing in Zhengzhou alone.

Aug 2021

CHINA-NPC: UPCOMING NPC SESSION TO CONSIDER DECISION TO ADD ONE OR MORE NATIONAL LAWS TO HONGKONG AND MACAU'S BASIC LAWS
Among the 14 draft Bills up for review by the 13th NPC Standing Committee when it convenes for its 30th session from August 17 to 20, are draft decisions to add one or more national laws to Annexes III to Hong Kong and Macau Basic Laws.

Aug 2021

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: GUANGMING DAILY ARTICLE EXPLAINS CORRECT WAY OF TEACHING IDEOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL THEORY
The Guangming Daily (August 1) published a lengthy article on the "correct" way of teaching ideological and political theory and cautioned that international and domestic negative textbooks should be avoided.

Aug 2021

CHINA-SPORTS: CHINESE OLYMPICS SPRINT CYCLISTS WEAR MAO BADGES AT OLYMPICS EVENT
Reuters (August 2) reported that Chinese sprint cyclists Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi wore badges featuring Mao Zedong during their gold medal ceremony on August 2 in a potential breach of Olympic rules regarding the display of political paraphernalia.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA PERSONNEL TO START GETTING PARENTAL AND SPOUSE FINANCIAL SUPPORT WITH EFFECT FROM AUGUST 2021
The spokesman for China's Ministry of National Defence Colonel Wu Qian announced (July 29) that starting August eligible military personnel will begin receiving parental support benefits of RMB 600 per month.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S PLA INVITES TENDERS FOR TESTING LAUNCH SYSTEM FOR MAGNETISED PLASMA ARTILLERY
The US magazine National Interest (July 30) cited a Global Times report publicising that the PLA had recently issued a notice that "invites tenders for a theory-testing and a launch system for magnetized plasma artillery.”

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: QIU SHI COMMENTARY EXHORTS NEED TO GUARANTEE THAT "THE PARTY COMMANDS THE GUN"
A commentary published in Qiu Shi (August 3) said General Secretary Xi Jinping had "profoundly clarified that the party’s command of guns is an unbreakable truth".

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE STATING THE PLA'S SECOND CENTURY GOAL HAVE BEEN CLEARLY SET OUT
On PLA Day on August 1, the People's Daily published a frontpage article captioned 'The People's Army listens to the party, follows the party, keeps in mind its original mission, inherits the red gene, and assumes the responsibility of being a strong army——The military flag always floats with the party flag'.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: CMC VICE CHAIRMAN ZHANG YOUXIA PUBLISHES IMPORTANT ARTICLE IN QIU SHI
The CCP's leading theoretical fortnightly journal 'Qiu Shi' (Seeking Truth) published (2021/15 dated August 1, 2021) an important 4429-word article by CMC Vice Chairman General Zhang Youxia.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA TROOPS IN TIBET MILITARY REGION GET NEW ANTI-TANK MISSILES AND OTHER EQUIPMENT
A Chinese website reported (July 30) that the border defence forces of the Tibet Military Region have been equipped with many advanced weapons, such as the 'Red Arrow 12' anti-tank missile, and a new type of precision shooter rifle.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PLA: ARTILLERY BATTALION OF PLA 78TH GROUP ARMY IN XINJIANG GETS NEW 4 X WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE-MOUNTED HOWITZER
Sina.com (July 29) quoting an article in the 'North Xinjiang Guardian' reported that an artillery battalion of a combined brigade of the PLA 78th Group Army recently held a live ammunition tactical exercise where it displayed the new four-wheel drive 122mm vehicle-mounted howitzer with which the combined brigade is now equipped.

Aug 2021

CHINA-RAILWAY: QIU SHI PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY CHAIRMAN OF CHINA'S RAILWAY HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANCE OF CHINA'S RAILWAYS TO CHINA'S NATIONAL STRENGTH
The Party theoretical journal Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth 2021/15) published an article on August 1, by Lu Dongfu, Chairman and Party Secretary of China National Railway Group Co., Ltd, who highlighted the advantages of China's high-speed railway.

Aug 2021

CHINA-NUCLEAR: CHINA TO SHUT DOWN ITS TAISHAN NUCLEAR REACTOR
The Financial Times (July 30) reported that after French nuclear operator EDF publicly recommended its closure last week, China announced it would shut the Taishan nuclear reactor after fuel damage.

Aug 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: INFLUENTIAL CHINESE BLOGGER WRITES IN CAIXIN MAGAZINE OVERSEAS INVESTORS ARE WITHDRAWING CAPITAL DUE TO UNCERTAINTY OF GOVT SANCTIONS AGAINST MAJOR COMPANIES SUCH AS ANT GROUP
Ren Yi, an influential Chinese blogger who has more than 1 million followers on Weibo, in an article in Caixin on July 30 wrote that "Stocks of offshore-listed Chinese companies have slumped recently amid Beijing’s sweeping regulatory actions targeting a range of industries from fintech and ride-hailing to after-school education."

Aug 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: HUAWEI LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE SMARTPHONES WITH 4G MICROCHIPS INSTEAD OF 5G
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. unveiled its P50 smartphone series after a months-long delay, though the squeeze of U.S. sanctions means the handsets contain 4G microchips instead of the 5G-ready chips that the Chinese technology giant initially touted.

Aug 2021

CHINA-TIBET
Quoting a Chinese diaspora media outlet Mingde, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) reported (August 4) that the authorities are closing the Kharmar (Chinese: Hongcheng) Monastery and video clips depict officials carrying out forced evictions, monastics staging a sit-in to protest having to leave their monastic lives, nuns crying as an elderly teacher walks down an aisle and a monk threatening to jump off a roof.

Aug 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: 24-YEAR TONG YING-KAT BECOMES FIRST HONGKONGER TO BE PUNISHED UNDER NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
Hongkonger Tong Ying-kit, 24, became the first person to be convicted under Hong Kong’s national security law on July 29 to nine years in jail on two charges.

Aug 2021

CHINA-EUROPE: CHINA PREPARING FOR VISIT BY EU DIPLOMATS TO XINJIANG BUT DENIES THEIR REQUEST TO MEET ILHAM TOHTI
Quoting Xinjiang Regional Government spokesman Xu Guixiang, the Global Times (July 30) disclosed that China is "actively coordinating" the visit of EU diplomats to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region but some of their demands, including visiting Ilham Tohti, a Uygur sentenced to life imprisonment for provoking social unrest, disrespect China's sovereignty.

Aug 2021

CHINA-RUSSIA: CHINESE AND RUSSIAN ARMED FORCES TO SEND TEN THOUSAND PERSONNEL EACH FOR 'ZAPAD/INTERACTION-2021' MILITARY EXERCISE IN NINGXIA-HUI AR
PLA Colonel Wu Qian, spokesman for China's Ministry of National Defence announced at a press briefing on July 29, that Russia and China will be holding the 'Zapad/Interaction-2021' exercise in the Qingtongxia Joint Tactical Training Base in China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region from early to mid-August.

Aug 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAK ARMY CHIEF GENERAL BAJWA HOSTS RECEPTION IN ARMY HQ TO CELEBRATE PLA'S 94TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
The Chinese PLA-maintained website Sohu.com (July 30) reported the posting on the website of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan that on July 29, General Bajwa, Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Army, held a reception at the Army Headquarters to celebrate the 94th anniversary of the founding of the PLA with the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan.

Aug 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS (JULY 21-23) VISITS NYINGCHI AND LHASA
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) at Nyingchi’s Mainling Airport on July 21 at the start of a two-day (July 21-23, 2021) visit, without prior public notice.

Jul 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG VISITS XINJIANG AND STRESSES PROSPERITY AND SECURITY
Wang Yang, PBSC member and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) toured Xinjiang from July 21 - 24, 2021. The focus of his visit was on prosperity and security.

Jul 2021

CHINA-RELIGION: CHINESE PANCHEN LAMA IGNORED DURING RECENT VISIT FOR RELIGIOUS CONFERENCE
Quoting Tibetan sources Radio Free Asia (July ) reported that Gyaltsen Norbu, the Chinese appointed Panchen Lama, who had gone to Sichuan’s Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture on July 12 to participate in a religious conference, was ignored by ordinary Tibetans who had been told by authorities to turn out to greet him, with only hand-picked officials present to show him respect.

Jul 2021

CHINA-HEALTH: FRESH OUTBREAK OF COVID PANDEMIC IN NANJING HAS RAISED QUESTIONS AMONG CHINESE HEALTH AUTHORITIES
The Nanjing outbreak of the pandemic is still growing and local officials are under a lot of pressure for poor epidemic prevention. The authorities have traced cases to tourists in Zhangjiajie, Hunan.

Jul 2021

CHINA-LAW: CHINA'S SUPREME COURT DELETES ALL JUDGEMENTS ON CASES RELATED TO ENDANGERING STATE SECURITY
The Human Rights Journal Dui Hua on July 26 reported that all judgments and judicial decisions in cases for endangering state security (ESS), including those for reduction of sentences, have been purged from the Supreme People's Court (SPC) online judgment website China Judgements Online (CJO, 中国裁判文书网).

Jul 2021

CHINA-NUCLEAR: CHINA IS CONSTRUCTING A SECOND NUCLEAR MISSILE SILO FIELD
The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) on its blog on July 26 reported that Satellite images reveal that China is building a second nuclear missile silo field near the prefecture-level city of Hami in Eastern Xinjiang.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: NEW COMMANDER OF PLA SSF APPOINTED
On July 5, General Ju Qiansheng was promoted to full general and named the new Commander of the PLA Strategic Support Force (SSF). He is the third PLA SSF commander in almost six years, succeeding General Li Fengbiao and General Gao Jin, who assumed command in 2019 and 2015, respectively.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: CENTRAL MILITARY COMMISSION ISSUED NEW REGULATIONS ON "MASS WORK" TO BRING THE PLA AND CHINESE PEOPLE CLOSER
The People's Daily (July 21) publicised the Central Military Commission (CMC)'s “Regulations on Military Mass Work,” which will come into effect on 1 August.

Jul 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: NUMBER OF CHINESE ASYLUM SEEKERS HAS RISEN SHARPLY AFTER XI JINPING TOOK OVER
An article published in The Economist on July 28, stated that the number of asylum seekers from China had increased sharply since Xi Jinping took over.

Jul 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S STOCK MARKET SLUMPS BY 15 PERCENT PROMPTING CHINA SECURITIES REGULATORY COMMISSION TO CONVENE AN EMERGENCY MEETING
The Golden Dragon index, which tracks Chinese technology stocks, has fallen by 15 percent this week amid the introduction of private education regulations and fears of further action against tech firms. Chinese stocks are now the worst-performing in Asia.

Jul 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: PROMINENT BILLIONAIRE BUSINESSMAN SUN DAWU SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS IN JAIL
A Chinese court in Gaobeidian City in Baoding on July 28 sentenced 67-year old Sun Dawu, an outspoken farming magnate, to 18 years in jail for allegedly causing public disorder and a multitude of other offences.

Jul 2021

CHINA-TIBET: ROBBIE BARNETT SAYS CHINA USING THE 250,000 TIBETANS COERCED INTO BORDER DEFENCE VILLAGES AS FORM OF ANNEXATION
In an article in Foreign Policy (FP-July 28) titled “China Is Using Tibetans as Agents of Empire in the Himalayas,” Robert Barnett said nearly 250,000 Tibetans coerced into new border fortress-villages in the Himalayas follows on FP’s earlier revelation of Chinese annexations in northern Bhutan.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE ENGINEERS ATTACKED BY GUNMAN IN KARACHI
On July 28, a gunman opened fire on a car carrying two Chinese engineers in the city of Karachi. One of the engineers was hit four times, mostly in the arm, police said, but was in stable condition.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE ENGINEERS ATTACKED BY GUNMAN IN KARACHI
On July 28, a gunman opened fire on a car carrying two Chinese engineers in the city of Karachi. One of the engineers was hit four times, mostly in the arm, police said, but was in stable condition.

Jul 2021

CHINA-U.S.: U.S. DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE WENDY SHERMAN'S MEETS CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER XIE FENG AND CALLS ON FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI IN TIANJIN
The readouts from the US State Department and China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Shrerman-Xie Feng meeting were quite different with the US stressing that the meeting was with Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the Chinese that it was between Wendy Sherman and Xie Feng.

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: 55-YEAR QIN GANG, CHINA'S NEW AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. LEFT FOR WASHINGTON ON JULY 27
China's yet-to-be-announced new ambassador to the United States, 55-year old Qin Gang, left for Washington on July 27, amid worsening relations between the world's two largest economies.

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES NON-BINDING BILL PROHIBITING USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS TO MAKE OR DISPLAY ANY MAP OF CHINA SHOWING TAIWAN AS PART OF CHINA
Newsweek reported (July 29) that the US House of Representatives passed a bill on July 28 that included a motion to ban the use of public funds to buy, make or display any map of China that shows Taiwan as part of its territory.

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: CHINA SANCTIONS SEVEN U.S. NATIONALS
A week before US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman's arrival in Tianjin, China on July 23 released its list of US officials it has sanctioned in response the sanctions imposed by the US.

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: LOWY INSTITUTE STUDY CLAIMS MORE WORLD LEADERS VISITED CHINA IN DECADE AFTER 2013
The Lowy Institute released (July 28) a report stating that more world leaders have visited China as compared to the US in the decade 2010-2019. It said a sharp turnaround was noticed from 2013 after China's economy picked up.

Jul 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT ON 2-DAY (JULY 21-22) VISIT TO NYINGCHI AND LHASA IN TIBET
Xinhua (July 22) disclosed that Chinese President Xi Jinping had arrived (July 21) at Nyingchi's Mainling Airport where he was "warmly welcomed by local people and officials of various ethnic groups".

Jul 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ATTENDS INFORMAL APEC MEETING AND GIVES A SPEECH
CCTV News (July 17) reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the informal meeting of APEC leaders in Beijing by video on the evening of July 16 and delivered a speech.

Jul 2021

CHINA-CCP: 300 MARXIST SCHOLARS ATTEND PEKING UNIVERSITY'S 2-DAY 'HYBRID' CONFERENCE ON MARXISM
China Daily reported that nearly 300 Marxist scholars from home and abroad attended the opening ceremony of the 2-day Third World Congress on Marxism on July 18, which was held both online and offline by Peking University in Beijing.

Jul 2021

CHINA-CYBER: FORMER MAYOR OF CHONGQING SPELLS OUT PROBLEMS WITH EXISTING BUSINESS MODELS OF CHINESE INTERNET COMPANIES
In a speech at the China Internet Conference in Beijing on July 13 which he attended as a guest professor at Tsinghua University, the former Mayor of Chingqing Huang Qifan said that existing business models of internet firms will no longer work in the coming decade.

Jul 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINESE AEROSPACE SCIENTISTS ARE DEVELOPING A SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFT
Sputnik News (July 14) disclosed that according to a study by scientists involved in Chinese missions to Mars and the Moon, China is developing a supersonic aircraft that is larger than the Boeing 737.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA NAVY CONDUCTS EXERCISES IN "ALL MAJOR CHINESE SEA AREAS" AROUND TAIWAN
The Global Times (July 20) publicised that in response to recent US "consecutive military provocations against China", the People's Liberation Army (PLA) held exercises in all major Chinese sea areas over the past week in moves that military experts said on July 20 could be seen as countermeasures that displayed the PLA's determination and preparedness.

Jul 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE OFFICIALS AND SCHOOL TEACHERS IN PROVINCES ASKED TO RETURN BONUSES
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported (July 12) that recently civil servants and school teachers in Henan, Jiangxi, and Guangdong provinces received orders to give the performance bonuses they received back to the government.

Jul 2021

CHINA-ENVIRONMENT: FLOODS IN HENAN
Incessant rains since July 16 have caused major flooding in large areas of Henan and are threatening its capital Zhengzhou. Chinese media reports that more than 35 people have been killed and the subway in a couple of cities is submerged.

Jul 2021

CHINA-INNER MONGOLIA: TWO DAMS BURST IN INNER MONGOLIA AUTONOMOUS REGION AFFECTING 16,660 PEOPLE
China's Ministry of Water Resources said that two dams in the Inner Mongolian city of Hulunbuir, collapsed on July 18 afternoon in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region after torrential rain. They had formed reservoirs with a combined water storage capacity of 46 million cubic metres.

Jul 2021

CHINA-TIBET: PLA XINJIANG MILITARY REGION COMMANDER ACCOMPANIES TAR GOVERNMENT CHAIRMAN ON INSPECTION TOUR OF NGARI (ALI) DISTRICT
Chairman of TAR People’s Government Chedak/Che Dalha (Ch: Qi Zhala) inspected the borders of Ngari (Ch: Ali) from June 20-21, 2021.

Jul 2021

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETANS ARRESTED FOR CELEBRATING DALAI LAMA'S BIRTHDAY
Radio Free Asia (RFA) on July 13 quoted Golog Jigme, an escaped Tibetan political prisoner who now lives in Switzerland, that Chinese police arrested two Tibetans in their 40s—a man named Kunchok Tashi and a woman named Dzapo—on “suspicion of being part of a group on social media that shared images and documents, and encouraged the reciting of Tibetan prayers on the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”

Jul 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE LEADERSHIP REACTS TO DEATH OF 9 CHINESE IN BUS EXPLOSION IN NORTHERN PAKISTAN AND DEMANDS QUICK STERN ACTION
China's media reported the bus explosion in Pakistan on July 14 that caused 9 deaths and 28 injuries to Chinese citizens and which attracted "high attention" from senior Chinese officials.

Jul 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI'S OBSERVATIONS TO HIS INDIAN COUNTERPART AT DUSHANBE CLEARLY INDICATE CHINA WILL NOT WITHDRAW TO APRIL 2020 POSITIONS ON LAC
During the meeting between India's External Affairs Minister Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yii on July 14 on the sidelines of the SCO Meeting at Dushanbe, Wang Yi said that "after the two foreign ministers' meeting in Moscow in September last year, the frontier troops of both countries disengaged in the Galwan Valley and the Pangong Lake areas, and the overall situation in the border area was de-escalated.

Jul 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE MARITIME POLICE BUREAU VESSELS ENTER JAPANESE TERRITORIAL WATERS DAY AFTER JAPAN RELEASES DEFENCE MINISTRY WHITE PAPER
The Central News Agency observed (July 14) that Japan’s annual defense whitepaper, released on July 13, has for the first time explicitly cited the importance of Taiwan’s stability.

Jul 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: TAIWANESE MINISTER CANCELS VISIT TO TOKYO OLYMPICS FOLLOWING IOC LIMITING OPENING CEREMONY TO HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT
The Taiwanese government on July 18 announced that the planned visit to Japan by Audrey Tang, Taiwan''s Digital Minister, for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games has been cancelled. Audrey Tang was scheduled to visit Japan from July 19.

Jul 2021

CHINA-MONGOLIA: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CALLS MONGOLIAN PRESIDENT ON EVE OF U.S. DEPUTY ASSTT. SECRETARY WENDY SHERMAN'S VISIT
Chinese President Xi Jinping called the President of Mongolia Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh on July 16, the eve of US Deputy Secretary of State Diplomat Wendy Sherman's visit to Mongolia.

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE NEWS PORTAL REPORTS THAT US PACIFIC AIR FORCE COMMAND DEPLOYED 25 F-22 RAPTOR FIGHTERS FOR 'PACIFIC IRON 2021' EXERCISE
Well-known Chinese news site Sina (NASDAQ: SINA) reported on July 17 that the Hawaii-based U.S. Pacific Air Force Command said that it will deploy approximately 25 F-22 Raptor fighter jets to Guam and Tinian to participate in an exercise named 'Pacific Iron 2021'.

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. PORTAL PUBLICISES BRAZEN OPERATIONS OF CHINESE POLICE OFFICERS INSIDE U.S.
In a detailed 4-part article the U.S. online publication ProPublica on July 22 said that in April, FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the FBI has over 2,000 active China-related investigations, with a 1,300% increase in economic espionage cases alone.

Jul 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG CONVENES MEETING OF ECONOMIC EXPERTS, BUSINESS LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT LEADERS TO DISCUSS THE ECONOMY
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang invited (July 12) economic experts, business leaders, and top government officials to share their thoughts on the economy.

Jul 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP CC AND STATE COUNCIL ISSUES INSTRUCTIONS ON STRENGTHENING AND IMPROVING IDEOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL WORK
CCTV News (July 12) disclosed that on the 100th anniversary of the CCP's founding, the CCP Central Committee and the State Council issued the "Opinions on Strengthening and Improving Ideological and Political Work in the New Era".

Jul 2021

CHINA-CCP: NEW BOOK ON 'XI JINPING'S NEW ERA' INTRODUCED IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES THROUGHOUT CHINA
A Chinese Ministry of Education notification on July 8, announced that the Ministry of Education had organised and compiled the "Xi Jinping New Era" for universities, middle schools and primary schools.

Jul 2021

CHINA-GOVERNANCE: CENTRAL AUTHORITIES TO TIGHTEN MONITORING OF COUNTY-LEVEL PARTY SECRETARIES
Xinhua (July 12) announced that China's central authorities have released a plan on modernizing the system and capacity for primary-level governance.

Jul 2021

CHINA-MINORITIES: CHINA'S STATE COUNCIL INFORMATION OFFICE RELEASED A WHITE PAPER ON XINJIANG ON JULY 14
Xinhua (July 14) reported the release by China's State Council Information Office of a Paper on 'Respecting and Protecting the Rights of All Ethnic Groups in Xinjiang'.

Jul 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ZHANG TAO, PARTY SECRETARY OF CHINA AEROSPACE INVESTMENT HOLDINGS BEATS TWO DISTINGUISHED CHINESE AEROSPACE SCIENTISTS WHEN THEY DECLINE TO RECOMMEND HIM TO A STOCKHOLM-BASED ORGANISATION
Reports emerging almost a month after two aerospace experts were violently attacked by an aerospace company executive on June 6 and hospitalized have created a sensation on China's social media — raising questions about corruption and cover-up within the prestigious industry.

Jul 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS RELEASES LATEST STATISTICS, BUT A CHINA RESEARCH FIRM EXPRESSES DOUBTS
Xinhua (July 15) publicised the statistics released by China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and quoted it as saying China's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 12.7 per cent year on year in the first half of 2021 as recovery continues to consolidate.

Jul 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA HAS INSUFFICIENT JOBS FOR UNIVERSITY GRADUATES
The South China Morning Post (July 16) reported that China’s universities produce millions of graduates each year, but many can’t get a decent job and end up unemployed or in factories.

Jul 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: EUROPEAN FIRM ASSESSES CHINA'S FOREIGN LAND HOLDINGS AT APPROX. 6.48 MILLION HECTARES
Land Matrix, a European land monitoring organization, has assessed that Chinese companies have in all gained control of 6.48 million hectares of land devoted to agriculture, forestry and mining around the world from 2011 to 2020.

Jul 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S 12TH ARCTIC SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION DEPARTED FROM SHANGHAI ON JULY 12
People's Daily (July 12) disclosed that China’s 12th Arctic Scientific Expedition organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources set sail on July 12, from Shanghai on the "Snow Dragon 2" ship to perform scientific expeditions in the Arctic.

Jul 2021

CHINA-CIVIC ISSUES: TENCENT-OWNED WECHAT HAS DELETED A DOZEN LGBT ACCOUNTS
CNN-Hong Kong Business (July 7) reported that WeChat has deleted more than a dozen LGBT accounts run by university students, sparking fears that safe spaces for China's sexual and gender minorities are going to shrink even further.

Jul 2021

CHINA-CYBERSECURITY: CHINA'S CYBERSPACE ADMINISTRATION RELEASED DRAFT MEASURES FOR CYBERSECURITY REVIEW ON JULY 9
As Beijing continues to tighten its grip over the country’s once-freewheeling tech sector, including measures to prevent risks arising from cross-border data transfers by foreign-listed companies, draft changes to the Measures for Cybersecurity Review were revealed on July 9 by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and are open for public comment until July 25.

Jul 2021

CHINA-INDIA: PLA TROOPS 'INTRUDE' INTO INDIAN TERRITORY AT DEMCHOK
Chinese troops reportedly ingressed at Demchok in Ladakh to protest against celebrations of Tibetan religious leader Dalai Lama’s birthday on July 6 in Indian villages.

Jul 2021

CHINA-INDIA: INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER ASSERTS THAT UNILATERAL CHANGE IN STATUS QUO BY CHINA IS UNACCEPTABLE
The Washington Post (July 14) reported that the foreign ministers of India and China met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization foreign ministers’ meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on July 14 where New Delhi stressed that a military standoff along a mountainous border area was profoundly disturbing their ties, and warning that any unilateral change in the status quo by Beijing was unacceptable.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: 9 CHINESE WORKING ON A CPEC DAM PROJECT KILLED IN BUS ACCIDENT IN NORTHERN PAKISTAN
A bus carrying 30 Chinese engineers to the site of the Dasu dam, a hydroelectric project being built as part of the BRI’s associated US$60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), were injured and nine died when the bus plunged down a high mountain ravine in northern Pakistan.

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: US STATE DEPARTMENT WITH FIVE OTHER DEPARTMENTS UPDATED THE XINJIANG SUPPLY CHAIN BUSINESS ADVISORY ON JULY 13
The U.S. Department of State, alongside the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Department of Labor on July 13 issued an updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory to highlight the heightened risks for businesses with supply chain and investment links to Xinjiang.

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: CHINA OBJECTS TO U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT LANDING IN TAIWAN
TVBS reported that a U.S. military C-146A Wolfhound arrived in Taipei on July 15 morning to deliver a package to the new American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director, Sandra Oudkirk.

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE VICE PRESIDENT WANG QISHAN CALLS FOR CHINA-US DIALOGUE TO AVOID MISGUIDANCE AND MISCALCULATION
Caixin (July 10) reported that Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan had called for dialogue between China and the U.S. on July 9.

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE OFFICIAL FORECASTS STEADY RISE FOR CHINA AND DECLINE OF THE U.S.
Prof. Huang Renwei, Executive President of the Fudan Institute of Belt and Road & Global Governance and former Vice President of SASS, recently spoke on "What does the decline of American hegemony mean to the world?".

Jul 2021

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHINESE INTELLIGENCE SHIP MONITORS AUSTRALIAN NAVY'S 'TALISMAN SABRE JOINT EXERCISE'
Australia’s military is monitoring the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's intelligence-gathering vessel Tianwangxing that is sailing towards the Australian coast, to monitor the country’s biannual Talisman Sabre joint exercise involving the United States and a number of US allies.

Jul 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER ZHAO LEJI INSPECTS JILIN PROVINCE
CCTV News (July 11) reported that PBSC member and Secretary of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission Zhao Leji visited Jilin from July 9 to 11.

Jul 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA'S STUDY TIMES PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE BY CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI ON JULY 9
China's Study Times published an article captioned ''Deeply implement Xi Jinping's diplomatic thinking and hold high the torch of true multilateralism' by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on July 9.

Jul 2021

CHINA-CCP: CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY HOLDS SUMMIT OF WORLD POLITICAL LEADERS THROUGH VIDEO ON JULY 6
China’s official Xinhua News Agency, on July 6, disclosed that CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping attended the summit of the Chinese Communist Party and world political party leaders through video conferencing and delivered a speech.

Jul 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SPEAKS TO GERMANY'S ANGELA MERKELL AND FRANCE'S MACRON
On July 5, Chinese President Xi Jinping called German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in a bid to improve the tense EU-China relationship.

Jul 2021

CHINA-CCP: LEADING CADRES OF STATE COUNCIL 'STUDY' XI JINPING'S JULY 1 SPEECH
Leading cadres of the State Council attended a study session presided by Premier Li Keqiang on July 2 to study Xi Jinping’s major speech from the July 1 celebration of the Party’s 100th founding anniversary.

Jul 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: CHINA PLANS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PRIVATE PRIMARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO UNDER 5 PERCENT IN 2-3 YEARS
Caixin (July 3) reported that over the past few weeks, provincial education departments have issued orders to reduce the presence of private players in primary and middle schools and cut the percentage of children enrolled in private school to just 5% within two to three years.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: FOUR PLA OFFICERS PROMOTED TO RANK OF FULL GENERAL
CCTV and Xinhua (July 5) announced the promotion of 4 PLA officers to the rank of full General.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: SOUTHERN THEATRE COMMAND ARMY GETS NEW POLITICAL COMMISSAR
The Beijing Daily (July 7) reported that Wang Donghai, Deputy Director of the National Defense Mobilization Department of the Central Military Commission, is appointed Political Commissar of the Army in the Southern Theater Command.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: 99 PARTY WORKERS IN PLA AWARDED ON JULY 1
99 Advanced and Grassroot Party organisation workers in the PA were awarded on the occasion of the CCP's hundredth founding anniversary on July 1, 2021.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: FOURTH TYPE 052 DESTROYER JOINS SERVICE IN PLA NAVY
The Kaifeng, China's fourth Type 052 Destroyer with Hull No: 124, was reported on July 2 to have been commissioned into service in the PLA Navy.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINESE MAGAZINE CLAIMS CHINA TESTED AN UNDERWATER DRONE THAT CAN LOCATE AND ATTACK AN ENEMY SUBMARINE WITHOUT HUMAN INSTRUCTION
The South China Morning Post (July 8) disclosed that a research team in China has unveiled an underwater drone that can recognise, follow and attack an enemy submarine without human instruction.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA PLANS WARTIME CONSCRIPTION POLICY WHICH GIVES PRIORITY FOR ENLISTING RETIRED SOLDIERS
The South China Morning Post (July 7) disclosed that according to draft regulatory changes released by the Ministry of Veterans Affairs on the weekend China had finalised wartime conscription plans.

Jul 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S CYBER ADMINISTRATION IS INVESTIGATING 4 CHINESE COMPANIES, ALL OF WHICH HAVE RECENTLY LISTED IN THE U.S.
On July 2, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced it will conduct a “cybersecurity review” of ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing. New account registrations were suspended. Later on July 4, the CAC announced that the investigation revealed “serious violations of laws and regulations in collecting and using personal information.”

Jul 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA ORDERS NATIONWIDE CUT IN STEEL PRODUCTION
On July 5, Caixin reported that Beijing has issued a national mandate instructing provinces to reduce crude steel output within their jurisdictions in 2021.

Jul 2021

CHINA-TIBET: DALAI LAMA THANKS PERSONS WHO WISHED HIM ON HIS 86TH BIRTHDAY AND SAYS HE WILL LIVE TILL HE IS 110 YEARS AND CHINA'S GLOBAL TIMES REACTS
On July 7, the Dalai Lama thanked all those who had wished him on his birthday and said "According to some of my dreams and predictions, I will live till 110 years and some say 113".

Jul 2021

CHINA-UK: BRITISH PRIME MINISTER ORDERS REVIEW OF TAKEOVER OF LARGEST BRITISH SEMICONDUCTORS MANUFACTURING COMPANY BY CHINESE-OWNED ENTITY
Asia Times (July 9) quoting the Guardian said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had ordered a review of the recent takeover of Newport Wafer Fab, the UK’s largest producer of semiconductors, byNexperia, a Dutch-based firm wholly owned by China’s Wingtech.

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER LE YUCHENG SAYS US HEGEMONY IS IN DECLINE THOUGH IT WILL BE HARD TO OVERTAKE IT FOR THE NUMBER ONE SPOT
In an interview with Guancha, the news outlet owned by the CCP CC Propaganda Department, China's Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said “The US decline is not a decline in strength but a decline of hegemony". “No matter a country’s strength, hegemonic power is bound to wither, hegemony is not popular.”

Jul 2021

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: WELCOMING CHINESE INVESTMENT TALIBAN SPOKESMAN SAYS TALIBAN WILL NO LONGER ALLOW UYGHUR SEPARATISTS TO ENTER CHINA FROM AFGHANISTAN
The South China Morning Post (July 9) reported that Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said on July 7 that the Taliban welcomes Chinese investment in Afghanistan’s reconstruction and promises to ensure the safety of Chinese personnel.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE FIRMS EXPRESS CONCERNS ABOUT CPEC
The Economic Times (July 7) reported that Chinese firms in Pakistan had raised concerns over the CPEC projects for the first time, and have also threatened to shift their headquarters in Pakistan to a safer place.

Jul 2021

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: XI JINPING AND KIM JONG-UN EXCHANGE CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES ON 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF TREATY OF FRIENDSHIP AND COOPERATION
China's state-owned CCTV News on July 11, reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages with Kim Jong-un, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the State Council, and Supreme Commander of the North Korean Armed Forces on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the China-North Korea Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance.

Jul 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CAMPAIGN BEGINS TO "STUDY AND IMPLEMENT" CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY XI JINPING'S "IMPORTANT" SPEECH OF JULY 1
The CCP CC General Office issued a notice on July 3, requesting all regions and departments to "earnestly study and implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech" at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

Jul 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY POLITBURO MEMBER YANG JIECHI PRAISING XI JINPING'S CONTRIBUTION TO CHINA'S DIPLOMACY
The People's Daily (July 3) published an article by Politburo member Yang Jiechi captioned "Continuing a hundred years of glory, creating a chapter of the times: Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy Guides the Party's Foreign Affairs Work to Achieve Brilliant Achievements".

Jul 2021

CHINA-CCP: 100TH ANNIVERSARY
The Chinese media publicised that 29 Chinese Communist Party members had been awarded the newly instituted 'July 1' medal this year. Only one was a Tibetan ethnic minority.

Jul 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING PUBLISHES ANOTHER BOOK GIVING HIS THOUGHTS ON PARTY BUILDING
China's Central Literature Publishing House released a new book on June 28 captioned 'Excerpts from Xi Jinping's Expositions on Comprehensive and Strict Party Building Work' for nationwide distribution. It contains Xi Jinping's thoughts on the full and strict governance of the Party.

Jul 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP CC'S ORGANISATION DEPARTMENT REVEAL CCP NOW HAS 95.148 MILLION MEMBERS
The CCP CC Organisation Department on June 30 issued a notice stating the total membership of the Party is: 95.148 million, a 3.5% increase from 2019.

Jul 2021

CHINA-GOVERNMENT: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE FOR DIPLOMACY
The Chinese government has launched (July 2) a new website for diplomacy: http://www.chinadiplomacy.org.cn The site consists of some news on China's diplomatic initiatives but mostly carries remarks or news about Xi Jinping.

Jul 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINESE SCIENTISTS ACHIEVE BREAKTHROUGH IN BUILDING MOST POWERFUL LASER ON THE PLANET
The South China Morning Post (July 2) disclosed that a research team in Shanghai has achieved a technological breakthrough that allows them to build the most powerful laser on the planet.

Jul 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: DIRECTOR OF CASS INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT DIVISION RECOMMENDS EDUCATION REFORM
Writing in Caixin, Zhang Ming, Director of the International Investment Research Division of the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said "Data on the family backgrounds of Peking University students from 1978 to 2005, compiled by Liu Yunshan, a professor in the university’s Graduate School of Education, show approximately 30% of fresh students there came from rural families between 1978 and 1998.

Jul 2021

CHINA-BORDER SECURITY: YUNNAN SOCIAL SCIENCES ARTICLE STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF BORDER SECURITY
An article in the 'Yunnan Social Sciences' issue (2/2021) said "China’s border security is challenged by both internal and imported risks". It said in the new era of promoting the formation of a new pattern of comprehensive opening up, border security has become more and more important in the overall national security structure.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: LT. GENERAL QIAO XIANJI APPOINTED NEW DEPUTY COMMANDER OF WESTERN THEATRE COMMAND
Lt General Qiao Xianji was identified on June 28 as the new Deputy Commander of the PLA Western Theatre Command. He was attending the inauguration ceremony of the new Terminal at Chengdu Tianfu International Airport.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA COLLEGES AND ACADEMIES RECRUIT 13,000 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES THIS YEAR
The People's Daily (June 24) reported that at the regular press conference of the Ministry of National Defense on June 24, its spokesman Ren Guoqiang disclosed that according to this year’s military college enrollment plan, a total of 27 colleges and universities recruited more than 13,000 ordinary high school graduates.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINESE MAGAZINE PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON 3-STAGE OPERATION FOR CAPTURING TAIWAN
The Chinese magazine Naval and Merchant Ships, published a detailed outline of a three-stage surprise attack which could pave the way for an assault landing on Taiwan.

Jul 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: GLOBAL TIMES CITES RESULTS OF TAIWAN POLLSTERS SHOWING INCREASE IN SUPPORT AMONG TAIWANESE FOR CCP
Coinciding with the centenary celebrations of the CCP and Xi Jinping's speech on July 1, the Global Times (July 2) cited the results of a poll released by the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation (TPOF) on July 1, apparently showing that among adult Taiwan residents, favourable views of the CCP have increased by 4 per cent and negative views decreased by 16 per cent as compared to October 2020.

Jul 2021

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF STATES SITUATION ON BORDER IS STABLE AND CHINA HAS "NO INTENTION OF LAUNCHING AN ATTACK ON INDIA"
Pointing to a report in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg about the movement of 50,000 troops by India to the LAC "and is implementing an "offensive defense" against China, which will give Indian forces "more options to attack and seize territory in China", Hu Xijin, Editor in Chief of the Global Times (July 3) dismissed these reports as " intended to set off the tension in the China-India border area and stir conflict".

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DOCUMENTS REVEAL HUGE SUMS PAID THROUGH CHINA DAILY TO MAJOR U.S. NEWS MEDIA
The US Justice Department confirmed (July 6) that China Daily’s disclosure submitted to the Justice Department for the time period between November 2016 and April 2020, had revealed that the CCP paid US$ 19 million to some major media houses like the New York Times and Washington Post.

Jul 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE ACADEMIC WANG JISI DISCUSSES SINO-US RELATIONS IN LATEST ISSUE OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Writing in Foreign Affairs (July/Aug 2021) Chinese academic and Americas expert Wang Jisi said "In the past decade, the consensus in Washington has shifted decisively in favour of a more confrontational posture toward Beijing" and that "The recent change in U.S. administration has produced a different tone, but not a dramatic shift in substance".

Jul 2021

CHINA-KAZAKHSTAN: ANTI-CHINA PROTESTS IN KAZAKHSTAN
Radio Free Europe (RFE) reported that police in Kazakhstan on July 1, detained a handful of activists long involved in protesting Chinese policies in Xinjiang.

Jul 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP GENERAL SECRETARY XI JINPING GIVES HOUR-LONG SPEECH AT CCP'S CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS AT TIANANMEN ON JULY 1; MENTIONS CCP HAS 95 MILLION MEMBERS
Dressed in a grey Mao-style suit Xi Jinping, BBC said, delivered a defiant speech at the event marking the centenary of the ruling Chinese Communist Party on July 1.

Jul 2021

CHINA-CCP: CHEN XI, HEAD OF CCP CC ORGANISATION DEPARTMENT ADMINISTERS OATH TO NEW PARTY MEMBERS
Xinhua (June 22) reported that the CCP CC Organization Department held a “grand oath-taking ceremony” in Beijing on June 22, for representatives of new party members, with Politburo Member and Head of the Central Organization Department Chen Xi presiding over the swearing-in ceremony and delivering a speech.

Jul 2021

CHINA-CPPCC: 17TH MEETING OF CPPCC NATIONAL COMMITTEE STANDING COMMITTEE HELD IN BEIJING ON JUNE 21
The People's Daily (June 22) reported that the CPPCC National Committee's Standing Committee held its 13th meeting in Beijing on June 21.

Jul 2021

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: FORMER CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL PROFESSOR CAI XIA AUTHORS 28-PAGE PAPER ON CHINA-US RELATIONS
Cai Xia, former senior Professor at Beijing’s Central Party School and sharp critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a 28 page paper for Stanford University's Hoover Institute and captioned an “Insider’s Perspective,” has said that four decades of U.S. bridge-building has merely entrenched a Chinese leadership inherently hostile to the U.S. And under President Xi Jinping, China no longer finds engagement useful.

Jul 2021

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: CHINESE EDITOR RECOMMENDS CHANGE IN CHINESE DIPLOMACY IN ORDER NOT TO LOSE MARKETS WHICH COULD LEAD TO DOMESTIC DISCONTENT
Cao Xin, Secretary-General of the International Public Opinion Research Center of the Chahar Institute; researcher at the Peninsula Peace Research Center and Deputy Director of Southern Newspaper Group Beijing Office, Deputy Chief Editor of Southern Weekend Newspaper Network and current Chief Correspondent in Beijing, published an article recently captioned “Does China’s Diplomacy Need a Big Adjustment?”.

Jul 2021

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION: CDIC DEPUTY SECRETARY XIAO PEI REVEALS NUMBER OF CADRES PUNISHED BETWEEN DECEMBER 2012 AND MAY 2021 AND SAYS CDIC WILL INSIST ON ARMING CADRES WITH XI JINPING'S THOUGHTS ON 'NEW ERA SOCIALIST THOUGHTS WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS'
At its second press conference on June 28, Xiao Pei, Deputy Secretary of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) and Deputy Director of the State Supervision Commission; Xu Yousheng, Deputy Director of the CCP CC United Front Work Department; Guo Yezhou, Deputy Minister of the CCP CC International Liaison Department (ILD); and Han Wenxiu, Deputy Director of the Central Finance Office in charge of daily work briefed the reporters and fielded their questions.

Jul 2021

CHINA-CCP: BEIJING DAILY COMMENTARY ABSOLVES MAO AND BLAMES "LIN BIAO AND JIANG QING COUNTER REVOLUTIONARY GROUPS" FOR CULTURAL REVOLUTION
A lengthy Beijing Daily (June 28) commentary said "In the 10 years of the "Cultural Revolution", the party has repeatedly corrected the "Left" and turned the tide, making Chinese socialism stand firm in the East of Asia.

Jul 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA INCREASES NUMBER OF MISSILE SILOS AND IS BUILDING NEW SILOS IN GANSU
In an article in the Washington Post on June 30, Jefffrey Lewis stated that China is building a huge nuclear launch site in Gansu, with more than 100 ICBM missile silos.

Jul 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: HONGKONG TO TEST CROSS-BORDER USE OF DIGITAL CHINESE CURRENCY
Hongkong's Sing Tao Daily reported June 28) that the cross-border use of digital Chinese currency will be fully rolled out for testing in Hong Kong.

Jul 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S NOMINEE GETS POST OF DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL OF WTO
According to the Economic Times (June 28), China has pipped India to bag the post of Deputy Director General (DDG) at the World Trade Organization, allegedly by using its good offices with director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Jul 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO'S 31ST 'COLLECTIVE STUDY' SESSION ON JUNE 25
The state-owned CCTV reported (June 27) that on the occasion of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, the Politburo "used red resources and continued red blood" for its 31st collective study on June 25.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SEVEN NEW RESEARCH CENTRES SET UP TO STUDY AND PROMOTE 'XI JINPING THOUGHT ON SOCIALISM WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS FOR A NEW ERA'
China Daily (June 26) reported that seven new research centres, approved by the CCP CC, have been established to further study, research and promote 'Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era'.

Jun 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: WANG XIAOHONG, VICE MINISTER AND DEPUTY PARTY SECRETARY OF MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY WRITES IN PEOPLE'S DAILY
On June 25, the People's Daily published an article by Wang Xiaohong, Vice Minister and Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of the Ministry of Public Security and member of the 19th CCP CC, titled ' Absorbing forge ahead from the history of the party and show new deeds on the new journey (a monograph celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China)'.

Jun 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: SECURITY HEIGHTENED IN BEIJING FOR CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY'S CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
Beijing has tightened security as the CCP celebrates its 100th anniversary on July 1.

Jun 2021

CHINA-CCP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE WARNING CADRES THAT PEOPLE ARE YEARNING FOR A BETTER LIFE AND COMPLACENCY OF CADRES COULD HAVE SERIOUS POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES
The People's Daily (June 21) published an interesting article by Bao Xinjian, Professor at the School of Marxism, Shandong University, captioned 'Demonstrate the most distinctive character and greatest advantage of self-revolution (a monograph celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China)'.

Jun 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP CC ORGANISATION DEPARTMENT DISCLOSES THAT BY END OF 2020 A TOTAL OF 537,000 COLLEGE STUDENT VILLAGE OFFICIALS HAD BEEN HIRED
The People's Daily (June 23) reported that since the 18th Party Congress when Xi Jinping had stressed the importance of young people going to the front line of the countryside to build their careers and that ‘talent is the key to rural revitalization, the CCP CC's Organisation Department has been working to guide “all localities to actively select college graduates to work in villages.”

Jun 2021

CHINA-AVIATION: CHINA OPERATIONALISES NEW AIRPORT 50 KMS FROM CHENGDU, CAPITAL OF SICHUAN
The People's Daily (June 27) announced that the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport was put into operation on June 27.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: CMC HOLDS SPECIAL STUDY SESSION ON PARTY HISTORY WHERE IT EMPHASISES PARTY'S ABSOLUTE LEADERSHIP OVER THE ARMY
CMC Vice Chairmen General Xu Qiliang and General Zhang Youxia attended a special study session on party history on June 24.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: GUANGMING DAILY ARTICLE EMPHASISES "PARTY'S ABSOLUTE LEADERSHIP OVER THE ARMY"
The Guangming Daily (June 27) published an article by Liu Zhengbin, Professor of the School of Political Science, National Defense University, and Researcher of Shanghai Xi Jinping Research Center for Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era, titled: 'The leadership of the party'.

Jun 2021

CHINA-UKRAINE: CHINA THREATENS TO WITHHOLD VACCINE SUPPLIES TO UKRAINE IF IT SUPPORTS STATEMENT TO UNHRC CALLING FOR ACCESS TO XINJIANG
The Associated Press (June 25) disclosed that China had pressured Ukraine into withdrawing its support for a call for more scrutiny of human rights in China’s western region of Xinjiang by threatening to withhold Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines destined for Ukraine unless it did so.

Jun 2021

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS: UNHRC CHIEF URGED TO DOCUMENT UNHHRC'S FINDINGS ON PLIGHT OF UYGHURS IN XINJIANG
Reuters (June 25) reported that activists and Western diplomats are asking Michelle Bachelet, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, to document her own findings on the plight of Uyghurs in Xinjiang even without China’s blessing for a visit.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING REPLIES TO LETTER FROM INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
The People's Daily (June 23) reported that on June 21, Chinese President Xi Jinping replied to the international students of Peking University, which aroused an enthusiastic response among the universities and foreign students in China.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TAKES PBSC MEMBERS TO VISIT NEW CCP MUSEUM ON JUNE 18
Chinese President Xi Jinping took a dozen Politburo members on June 18 to the new Museum of the Communist Party of China.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG PRESIDES OVER STATE COUNCIL'S LEADING SMALL GROUP MEETING ON 'WESTERN REGION DEVELOPMENT'
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chaired a meeting of the State Council’s Leading Small Group (LSG) for developing the western region on June 21. This is the first time this LSG has met in three years.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PB MEMBER SUN CHUNLAN ATTENDS EVENT FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS AND URGES THEM TO CELEBRATE CCP'S FOUNDING AND STUDY PARTY'S HISTORY
The People's Daily (June 18) reported that Politburo member Sun Chunlan attended the finale of the “Online Retrace of the Long March”, an event for college students.

Jun 2021

CHINA-CCP: CHINA'S STATE COUNCIL RELEASES NEW WHITE PAPER ON THE CCP
State Council Information Office released a 14,000-word, 9-chapter, White Paper on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) this (June 25) morning in Beijing.

Jun 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINESE NUCLEAR SCIENTIST AND VICE PRESIDENT OF HARBIN ENGINEERING UNIVERSITY ZHANG ZHIJIAN FALLS TO DEATH FROM BUILDING
The Business Standard of the U.S. reported (June 19) that Zhang Zhijian, who was one of China's top nuclear scientists and the Vice-President of Harbin Engineering University and Vice-President of the Chinese Nuclear Society died after falling from a building.

Jun 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TALKS TO THE THREE CHINESE ASTRONAUTS IN CHINA'S SPACE STATION
On June 23, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke to the three astronauts Nie Haisheng (56), Liu Boming (54) and Tang Hongbo (45) via video link, and congratulated them on their successfully entering the space station while thanking them for their work.

Jun 2021

CHINA-S&T: CPPCC CHAIRMAN ADDRESSES UNITED FRONT RESEARCH AND CONSULTATION SYMPOSIUM ON STRENGTHENING NATIONAL CAPACITY IN S&T
People’s Daily (June 16) reported on the United Front Work Department Research and Consultation Symposium held in Beijing on June 16. The symposium was held to review the research results on strengthening national strategic capacity in science and technology carried out by relevant party groups. PBSC Member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang delivered a speech when he described how Xi Jinping and the CCP had contributed to strengthening the national strategic capacity in science and technology.

Jun 2021

CHINA-DEFECTION: MYSTERY CONTINUES TO SURROUND CLAIMED DEFECTION TO U.S. OF CHINESE VICE MINISTER OF STATE SECURITY DONG JINGWEI
The WeChat Official Account of the Ministry of National Security at 1600 hrs on June 18, 2021 said, "It is necessary to catch spies as well as "traitors" and "behind the scenes" and this was repeated by the "Central Political and Legal Committee Chang An Jian" WeChat official account the same day.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: 4000 RECRUITS TO TIBET MILITARY REGION HAD THEIR SWEARING-IN CEREMONY ON COMPLETION OF TRAINING
Xinhua (June 18) disclosed that on June 15, more than 4000 Spring recruits to the recruits brigades of the Tibet Military Region in three camps lined up neatly for their swearing-in ceremony in front of the military flag, and completed the transition from local youth to qualified military personnel.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES COMMENTATOR'S ARTICLE ON RESPECTING STATUS AND RIGHTS OF SOLDIERS
People’s Daily (June 15) published a Commentator's article on the “Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Protection of the Status, Rights and Interests of Military Personnel,” passed by the National People’s Congress on June 10.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: VARIED TYPES OF PLAAF AIRCRAFT INTRUDED INTO TAIWAN'S ADIZ ON JUNE 15
A total of 28 PLAAF and PLAN aircraft intruded into Taiwan's ADIZ on June 15.

Jun 2021

CHINA-BRI: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI HOLDS 'VIRTUAL' BRI MEETING ON JUNE 23
On June 23, China held a virtual conference on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), formally titled the “Asia and Pacific High-level Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation.”

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE BANKS STRUGGLING TO COMPLY WITH NEW RULES FOR WEALTH ASSET MANAGEMENT
Caixin (June 22) reported that halfway through what’s supposed to be the final year of a transition to sweeping new rules covering asset management in China, the $3.9 trillion bank-based sector of the industry is deeply mired in a struggle to accomplish all it needs to by the end of 2021.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA MOVES AHEAD WITH PLANS TO LAUNCH YUAN-DENOMINATED CRUDE OIL OPTIONS CONTRACTS
Caixin (June 22) reported that China has moved ahead with its plans to open the country’s financial markets and increase its pricing power over globally traded commodities with the launch of yuan-denominated crude oil options contracts, the first in the energy sector available to foreign investors.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: GUANGZHOU FUTURES EXCHANGE TO LAUNCH A CARBON FUTURES MARKET
Gao Li, a spokesperson of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), was quoted by Caixin (June 22) as saying that the Guangzhou Futures Exchange will accelerate efforts to launch a carbon futures market.

Jun 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG'S INDEPENDENT 'APPLE DAILY' SHUTS DOWN ON JUNE 24
Hongkong's independent Apple Daily shut down on June 24 as the authorities refused to 'unfreeze' its assets.

Jun 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: US 7TH FLEET'S GUIDED MISSILE DESTROYER TRANSITS TAIWAN STRAIT ON JUNE 22
The US Seventh Fleet said that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit on June 22 through international waters in accordance with international law.

Jun 2021

CHINA-TIBET: TAR PARTY SECRETARY WU YINGJIE GIVES IMPORTANT SPEECH TO DISTRICT PARTY COMMITTEE MEETING ON IDEOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL WORK
The Tibet Daily (June 22) reported that the District Party Committee held an Ideological and Propaganda and Ideological Work Leadership Group Meeting on June 21, to thoroughly study and implement General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important expositions on ideological work, propaganda and ideological work, and Tibet work, as well as the party’s strategy for governing Tibet in the new era.

Jun 2021

CHINA-TIBET: TAR CHAIRMAN CHE DALHA AND XINJIANG MILITARY REGION COMMANDER LT, GENERAL WANG HAIJIANG INSPECT NGARI (ALI) BORDERS
TAR Chairman Che Dalha inspected the borders of Ngari (Ali) on June 20-21, 2021. After the inspection he convened a forum and discussed consolidation of borders, strengthening and the speeding up of border infrastructures.

Jun 2021

CHINA-INDIA: PLA PORTAL CLAIMS CHINA HAS BUILT DOZENS OF HANGARS AND NEW AMMO DEPOTS IN NGARI AREA
A PLA website on June 22 observed that "One year has passed since the Sino-Indian border conflict, but India is still not reconciled to the initial failure and has been making small moves. The Chinese Air Force dispatched more than 20 fighters to conduct large-scale exercises near Ladakh.

Jun 2021

CHINA-US: PEOPLE'S DAILY ZHONG SHENG ARTICLE ASKS TAIWAN'S DPP TO IMPORT VACCINES FROM CHINA
The People's Daily (June 15) published a 'Zhong Sheng' article calling on the United States to honour its commitments from the Three China-US Joint Communiqués, in which the United States officially maintains a one-China policy.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCTV GIVES INSIGHT INTO XI JINPING'S PERSONAL QUALITIES
The state-owned CCTV (June 19) telecast a report giving insights into Xi Jinping's personal qualities and emphasised that he had learnt a lot from his father, Xi Zhongxun.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SETS KEY POINTS FOR IDEOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL STUDY SESSIONS
The People's Daily (June 18) reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping has set the key points for running the ideological and political class well.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: QIU SHI PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING
The "Seeking Truth" magazine published on June 16, 2021, published an "important" article by General Secretary Xi Jinping captioned "Taking History as a Mirror, Taking History to Mingzhi, Knowing History and Loving the Party, Knowing History and Patriotism".

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG CHAIRS STATE COUNCIL MEETING WHICH EMPHASISES IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURE
CCTV (June 18) reported that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presided over an executive meeting of the State Council on June 18 and decided to provide one-off subsidies to actual grain farmers in response to the rapid increase in the price of agricultural materials this year; and decided to expand the full cost insurance and planting of food crops.

Jun 2021

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF FOODGRAIN PRODUCTION
A front-page article in the People's Daily (June 18) highlighted the need to 'Ensure food security is placed in a prominent position so that grains are basically self-sufficient and food rations are absolutely safe'.

Jun 2021

CHINA-CCP: GUANGMING DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE EULOGISING PARTY'S LEADERSHIP
The Guangming Daily (June 18) published an article by Liu Baodong, researcher of the Central Party School [National School of Administration] Xi Jinping Research Center for Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era, and Deputy Director of the Party Building Education and Research Department of the Central Party School.

Jun 2021

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: FORMER TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR CONTINUES TO SPEAK OUT TO FOREIGN MEDIA
Asia Times (June 21) reported its interview with former Tsinghua University lecturer Wu Qiang at his apartment in Beijing on June 10.

Jun 2021

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CHINA'S AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE ENDORSES 'WOLF DIPLOMACY' AS 'SELF DEFENCE' DIPLOMACY
Global Times (June 18) reported that outspoken Chinese ambassador to France, Lu Shaye, said he is proud to be endowed with the title of "wolf warrior" and is determined to stand in the way of "mad dogs" that attack China.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CGTN RECRUITING "INTERNET MEDIA INFLUENCERS" IN U.K.
The Times reported (June 16) that after the Chinese state-owned CGTN had its broadcasting licence revoked and was taken off the air in Britain in February, the network has launched a “media challengers” campaign to recruit internet influencers and vloggers globally, some of whom will promote China and counter western narratives that damage its image.

Jun 2021

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINESE SOCIAL PHENOMENON "LYING FLAT" RECEIVES HIGH-LEVEL ATTENTION
The current social issue called 'Lying Flat', which Chinese psychologists have said denotes the feeling of helplessness among China's youth of today has attracted notice in academic circles.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA CRACKS DOWN ON BITCOIN
The People's Daily (June 19) reported that the State Council’s Financial Committee meeting on May 21 called for cracking down on Bitcoin mining and trading.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: 13TH LUJIAZUI FORUM HELD IN SHANGHAI
The 13th Lujiazui Forum, co-hosted by the Shanghai Municipal People's Government, the People's Bank of China, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, and the China Securities Regulatory Commission, was held in Shanghai on June 10, 2021.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY & INDIA: AIIB PRESIDENT JIN LIQUN REFERS TO BORDER CLASHES WITH INDIA IN HIS SPEECH AT CHINA INTERNATIONAL FINANCE 30 FORUM ON MAY 16
Zichen Wang of Pekingology translated a speech by Jin Liqun, President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and once China’s Vice Finance Minister, at the 3rd symposium of the China International Finance 30 Forum, on May 16, 2021.

Jun 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINESE DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN AIMS TO DAMAGE DPP'S IMAGE AND POPULARITY
Since May this year, the Chinese seem to have mounted a disinformation campaign in Taiwan aimed at weakening the DPP. The DPP's image is being affected not only by the campaign but also by internal dissatisfaction with the DPP government in its handling of the Covid pandemic.

Jun 2021

CHINA-INDIA: FUDAN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR MAKES OBSERVATIONS ON INDIA
A speech by Zhang Weiwei, now heading Fudan's China Research Institute and a Senior Research Fellow at the Shanghai-based think tank Chunqiu Institute and Wu Xinwen, a Senior Research Fellow at the Chunqiu Institute, to Fudan University students delivered on June 13 was reported by the popular Chinese online portal Guanchazhe.

Jun 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE SITE SAYS INDIA HAS DEPLOYED ITS FOURTH BRAHMOS MISSILE REGIMENT IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
A post (June 14) on a popular Chinese social media site (June 14) reported that the BrahMos missile, which has Russian technology and is claimed to be fast, multi-ballistic, anti-jamming, and difficult to be intercepted, has been deployed with the fourth "BrahMos" missile regiment in the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh which is the southern part of Tibet".

Jun 2021

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: CHINA ACTIVELY WATCHING SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN
On June 20 morning the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy in Kabul have asked Chinese citizens in Afghanistan to leave because of the security situation.

Jun 2021

CHINA-US: THE TRIAL OF U.S. UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR AND CANADIAN CITIZEN ACCUSED OF CONCEALING LINKS WITH CHINA ENDED IN A MISTRIAL
The first jury trial of Anming Hu, a former Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, tried as part of the Department of Justice’s controversial China Initiative ended in a hung jury and a mistrial on June 16, prompting renewed calls for the department to suspend the initiative and investigate concerns about racial profiling and targeting of Asian American and Asian immigrant scientists.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG VISITS JILIN PROVINCE
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Jilin Province. on June 15. In Jilin he visited Panpan Foods, a leading food processing company and official sponsor of the 2022 Beijing Olympics and a China-South Korea International Cooperation Demonstration Zone.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHEN YIXIN CHAIRS PLAC MEETING
On June 15, the Secretary-General of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC) Chen Yixin, chaired a PLAC meeting on implementing the Party’s recent directive to improve supervision of top bosses at Party and state organisations.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: UNCONFIRMED REPORT OF DEFECTION OF MOSS VICE MINISTER TO CHINA
Unconfirmed reports have been in circulation since June 17 that Dong Jingwei (董经纬), former Vice Minister of China's Ministry of State Security (MoSS) defected in mid-February, flying from Hong Kong to the United States with his daughter, Dong Yang.

Jun 2021

CHINA-S&T: CPCC CHAIRMAN ATTENDS SEMINAR ON STRENGTHENING S&T
The United Front Work Department held a seminar on June 16, to discuss the results of the “Strengthening National Strategic Science and Technology Forces” research campaign.

Jun 2021

CHINA-NPC: NPC ADOPTS REVISED LAW ON PROTECTION OF STATUS, RIGHTS AND INTERESTS OF MILITARY PERSONNEL
On June 10, 2021, the NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) adopted the Revised new Law on the Protection of the Status, Rights, and Interests of Military Personnel [军人地位和权益保障法] to be effective from August 1, 2021).

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: 28 PLAAF FIGHTER AIRCRAFT OVERFLEW TAIWAN'S AIR DEFENCE IDENTIFICATION ZONE ON JUNE 15
On June 15, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) sent 28 warplanes on sorties into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

Jun 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG POLICE ARREST FIVE EDITORS AND MEDIA EXECUTIVES UNDER NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
On June 17 morning the Hong Kong police used the National Security Law for arresting five editors and executives on charges of collusion with foreign powers.

Jun 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE POST ON PLA PORTAL REASSERTS CHINA'S AIM TO "TAKE BACK" ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Citing media reports a PLA website on June 3 posted an article captioned "The Medog Expressway in Tibet is about to open, becoming an important guarantee for the recovery of southern Tibet'.

Jun 2021

CHINA-INDIA: PLA REGIMENTAL COMMANDER INJURED AT GALWAN VALLEY ASSERTS AT HIGH-LEVEL MILITARY MEETING THAT SACRIFICE IS BETTER THAN LOSING EVEN AN INCH OF TERRITORY
The PLA Daily (June 11) reported that Qi Fabao, the Regimental Commander of the PLA Xinjiang Military Command, who suffered a serious head injury while fighting bravely in the Galwan Valley border skirmish on June 15, 2020, spoke at a high-level military meeting organized by the CMC's Political Work Department in honour of heroic border troops on June 11.

Jun 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: DRAFT OF JAPAN'S DEFENCE WHITE PAPER MENTIONS STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OF TAIWAN FOR THE FIRST TIME
The draft Japan's Defence Ministry White Paper released on June 16, for the first time mentioned the strategic importance of Taiwan while heavily focusing on maritime moves by China’s military.

Jun 2021

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIA DECIDES TO TERMINATE FURTHER S&T COOPERATION WITH CHINA
Caixin (June 15) reported that Australia’s National Science Agency had decided to end its research partnership with a top Chinese lab next year following a warning that the tie-up could impact the country’s national security, according to Australian media.

Jun 2021

CHINA-G-7: CHINA CRITICISES G-7 STATEMENT AS "SLANDER"
The Chinese embassy in the U.K. on June 14, criticised a statement by the leaders of the Group of Seven (G-7) for the “deliberate slandering” of China, accusing the countries’ leaders of “gross interference” in its internal affairs.

Jun 2021

CHINA-'SOFT POWER': FORMER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF SCMP CALLS FOR LETTING BACK IN FOREIGN JOURNALISTS TO TELL THE CHINA STORY
Writing in the South China Morning Post (June 12) its former Editor-in-Chief Wang Xiangwei said "If China’s leaders want to engage the international media, learn from Mao, Deng and Jiang".

Jun 2021

CHINA-CCP: MILITARY FLYPAST TO BE HELD ON CCP'S CENTENARY ON JULY 1
The Global Times (June 13) reported that the PLAAF's new J-20 stealth fighters, the new Z-8L helicopters and the Z-19 gunship and the Z-10 gunship will perform a flypast at the CCP's centenary celebrations on July 1.

Jun 2021

CHINA-CCP: HUBEI UNIVERSITY RELEASES VIDEO SAYING WITHOUT CCP THERE WOULD BE NO NEW CHINA
The Foreign Languages School of Hubei University for Nationalities' released an English rendition of a music video titled "Without the Communist Party, There Would Be No New China" on Twitter on June 14.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: NEW ELECTRIFIED RAILWAY LINKING LHASA WITH NYINGCHI TO BECOME OPERATIONAL ON JUNE 30
Tibet's first electrified railway line 435 kms in length and a major part of China's second rail line with Tibet is to begin operation from June 30.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: URBAN-RURAL INCOME INEQUALITY HAS GROWN IN CHINA
Nikkei-Asia reported (June 13) that China's income inequality has grown despite village modernization.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE ACADEMIC EXPLAINS NATIONAL ECONOMIC SECURITY
In an article published on June 12, 2021, in "Marxist Studies" (Issue 3/2021) Prof. Yang Yunxia, Dean, Professor, and Doctoral Supervisor of the School of Marxism, Northwestern Polytechnical University, and a special researcher at the Center for Innovation and Development of Ideological and Political Work of the Ministry of Education of Northwestern Polytechnical University, described National economic security as an important content of national security.

Jun 2021

CHINA-TIBET: TIBET PLANS GLOBAL PROMOTIONAL EVENT ON TIBET AS PART OF CCP CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
Executive Vice Chairman of TAR People’s Government and Standing Member of TAR Party Committee, Jiang Jie convened a special meeting recently to evaluate the preparatory work for the “Global Promotional Event on Tibet by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.

Jun 2021

CHINA-G-7: OVERSEAS CHINESE NEWS OUTLET COMMENTS ON G-7 COMMUNIQUE
The Washington-based Duowei News reported on the G7 summit. Observing that it had concluded its three-day agenda on June 13, and issued a communiqué after the meeting.

Jun 2021

CHINA-HUNGARY: GERMANY CRITICISES HUNGARY FOR ITS VETO OF EU SANCTIONS ON CHINA
Radio Free Asia (June 9) reported that on June 7, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, in his annual speech to German diplomats, criticized Hungary without naming it.

Jun 2021

CHINA-US: CCTV CRITICAL OF US DEFENCE SECRETARY'S 'INTERNAL' DIRECTIVE TO US DEPTT OF DEFENCE DESCRIBING CHINA AS PRIMARY SECURITY THREAT
CCTV (June 12) reported that the US Department of Defense published a newsletter on June 9 that US Secretary of Defense Austin issued an "internal directive" requesting the Department of Defense to take a series of actions to better respond to so-called China as America’s primary challenge Security threats.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN GIFTS MANGOES TO CHINA AND 31 OTHER COUNTRIES
ANI reported (June 11) from Islamabad that Pakistan has gifted boxes of mangoes to 32 countries, including China.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT X JINPING POINTS TO QINGHAI PROVINCE AS 'MODEL OF NATIONAL UNITY'
During a three-day (June 7-9) tour of Qinghai province, Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted the importance of Qinghai by stressing its importance for maintaining order in neighbouring Xinjiang and Tibet.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CGTN TELECASTS XI JINPING'S WIFE, PENG LIYUAN, APPEALING FOR GLOBAL EFFORT TO ERADICATE AIDS AND TB
The state-owned CGTN telecast a report (June 8) showing Madame Peng Liyuan, wife of President Xi Jinping, calling for global efforts in AIDS and TB prevention and treatment in order to benefit all mankind and build a global community of health for all.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER ZHAO LEJI VISITS SHANDONG PROVINCE
PBSC member and Secretary of the CCP CC's Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) Zhao Leji visited Shandong from June 6 to 8.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO MEETING TO DISCUSS AGEING
On May 31, Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a Politburo meeting to listen to reports on major policy measures to actively respond to the ageing population in the “14th Five-Year Plan” period and to deliberate on the “Decision about Improving Birth Policies to Promote Long-Term Balanced Population Development”.

Jun 2021

CHINA-GOVERNMENT: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SIGNED ORDER NO: 90 ON "ANTI-FOREIGN SANCTIONS LAW"
CCTV reported (June 10) that Chinese President Xi Jinping had signed the Chairman's Order No: 90 approving the “Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law". Xinhua had reported that, on July 7, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China was deliberating the “Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law (Draft).”

Jun 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES 10TH CONFERENCE OF NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES OF CASE IN BEIJING
The People's Daily (May 29) reported that on May 28, Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed a large national conference for the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) solemnly convened at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

Jun 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA PLANS TO LAUNCH SINGLE-FUNCTION BIOLOGY EXPERIMENT PLATFORM 'SPARKLE-1' BY SEPTEMBER
The Global Times (March 14, 2021) had reported an NPC delegate saying on the sidelines of the NPC Plenum on March 11 that a single-function biology experiment platform payload, Sparkle-1, is expected to be launched via a Long March carrier rocket by September, while a multi-functional platform supporting biological experiments may be put into orbit by 2022.

Jun 2021

CHINA-HEALTH: OUTBREAK OF DELTA VARIANT OF COVID-19 REPORTED IN GUANGZHOU
Caixin (June 7) reported that China, which has largely recovered from the pandemic since last summer, reported a new wave of flare-ups in Guangzhou that is testing the city’s ability to contain a stronger version of the virus.

Jun 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: CHINA'S ANNUAL COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS BEGAN ON JUNE 7
10.78 million candidates appeared for China's annual college entrance exam, better known as the 'Gaokao', which began on Monday morning.

Jun 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: FUDAN UNIVERSITY MATHEMATICS PROFESSOR STABBED TO DEATH BY COLLEAGUE ON JUNE 7
Chinese social media revealed a stabbing incident in Shanghai's Fudan University on June 7 when 39-year Jiang Wenhua stabbed to death Wang Yongzhen, Party Secretary of the Fudan Mathematics Department. Jiang Wenhua is a colleague in the same department.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S MINISTRY OF FINANCE ISSUES NOTICE REVISING COLLECTION OF NON-TAX REVENUES
China's Ministry of Finance and several ministries on June 4, jointly issued a notice ordering four kinds of non-tax revenues to be collected by central tax authorities.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA UNIT OF TIBET MILITARY REGION "ON THE BATTLEFIELD IN EASTERN TIBET" CONDUCTS "OFFENSIVE" COMBAT TRAINING
A Chinese news portal reported (June 3) that officers and soldiers of a certain unit "on the battlefield in eastern Tibet" of the Tibet Military Region conducted offensive combat training to temper their handling methods and coordinated combat capabilities in complex battlefield conditions, and further improve their actual combat level.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA XINJIANG MILITARY REGION'S TACHENG MILITARY SUB-DISTRICT HOLDS LIVE-FIRE ARTILLERY EXERCISES IN JUNE
The US-based Duowei news portal reported (June 4) that the Xinjiang Military Region has recently launched live ammunition exercises. It said the latest news from military sources indicates that the heavy artillery squad of a certain regiment of the Xinjiang Military Region has launched live ammunition training.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA PORTAL DISCLOSES PRESENCE OF FEMALE SOLDIERS IN XINJIANG MILITARY REGION'S HIGH-ALTITUDE AREA
A PLA news portal revealed (May 30) that a brigade of the Xinjiang Military Region of China is stationed on a snow-covered plateau at an altitude of 4,500 meters in difficult combat conditions.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA SOUTHERN THEATRE COMMAND DISCLOSES ITS NAVY CONDUCTED A LONG EXERCISE PASSING THROUGH THE CELEBES SEA IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC
The South China Morning Post (June 7) reported that the PLA Southern Theatre Command disclosed on June 5 that a fleet under its command had travelled more than 6,700 nautical miles (12,400 km) over the past month, passing through the Celebes Sea — which separates Indonesia and the Philippines — and the western Pacific.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: LEAKED PHOTOS SHOW CHINA'S NEW '003' AIRCRAFT CARRIER MATCHES USA'S BIGGEST AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
Australia's Cairns Post revealed (June 8) photographs 'leaked' on Chinese social media on May 31 that provide a pretty good estimate of the flight deck layout for Type 003 CATOBAR CV once completed overlaid on the current stage of construction.

Jun 2021

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLES CLAIMS INDIA COULD CREATE NEW BORDER CONFLICT
The Global Times (June 9) published an article captioned 'India may create new border conflict to shift attention from worsening economic, pandemic conditions: expert'.

Jun 2021

CHINA-VACCINE DIPLOMACY: BAHRAIN, DUBAI AND SEYCHELLES HAVE OPTED FOR PFIZER VACCINES AS SINOPHARM VACCINES HAVE NOT PROVED EFFECTIVE
ARS Technica reported (June 6) that in Bahrain officials are now offering high-risk people who have already received two doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine a third vaccine dose—but one made by Pfizer-BioNTech.

Jun 2021

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI HOLDS CHINA-AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN TRIPARTITE MEETING ON JUNE 3
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the fourth session of the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue with his respective counterparts on June 3.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ASEAN: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI MEETS ASEAN COUNTERPARTS AT CHONGQING
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his ten ASEAN counterparts on June 8 at Chongqing when they discussed restoring tourism and other economic exchanges battered by COVID-19, to more coordinated efforts in fighting the pandemic and the feasibility of creating a vaccine passport to allow freer travel among them.

Jun 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. SENATE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES US$ 250 BILLION BILL TO BOLSTER U.S. MANUFACTURING AND TECHNOLOGY
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed an expansive 2,400-page 'US Innovation and Competition Act of 2021' to invest almost $250 billion in bolstering U.S. manufacturing and technology to meet the economic and strategic challenge from China on June 8 by 68-32 votes.

Jun 2021

CHINA-US: US SENATORS TRAVEL TO TAIWAN IN USAF AIRCRAFT
Three US Senators, Ladda Tammy Duckworth (D), Daniel Scott Sullivan (R) both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Christopher Andrew Coons (D) a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, travelled to Taiwan on a USAF C-17 Globemaster rather than an unmarked private jet.

Jun 2021

CHINA-US: US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BEGINS TRIAL AGAINST US PROFESSOR AT TENNESSEE UNIVERSITY FOR CONCEALING RECEIVING FUNDS FROM CHINA
The jury trial in the US against Hu Anming, an Associate Professor in the University of Tennessee’s department of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering in February 2020, on charges of defrauding NASA by hiding his relationship with a Chinese university began in the Knoxville federal court on June 7.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEMBER WANG CHEN'S ARTICLE IN PEOPLE'S DAILY INVOKES YAN'AN SPIRIT TO RALLY CADRES
In his article published in the People's Daily (May 31), Politburo member Wang Chen highlighted the significance of the Yan’an Spirit, and how “Yan’an has also become a red beacon that will always inspire the Chinese Communists to march forward courageously.”

Jun 2021

CHINA-HEALTH: NEW REPORTS REVEAL CHINESE MILITARY SCIENTIST HAD APPLIED FOR PATENT FOR COVID VACCINE IN FEBRUARY 2020
Recent reports (June 5) reveal that The Weekend Australian reported that according to documents obtained by it, Zhou Yusen, a respected military scientist for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) who collaborated with the controversial Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and American experts, submitted a patent for a Covid-19 vaccine on 24 February 2020.

Jun 2021

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: RENMIN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR SHI YINHONG RECENTLY ENUMERATED CHINA'S "EIGHT STRATEGIC GOALS" FOR NEXT 20 YEARS
The US-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) published an article (May 24) reporting that Shi Yinhong, Director of the Center for American Studies at the Renmin University's School of International Studies, enumerated "eight strategic goals of China" for the next 20 years.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: GUANGMING DAILY HIGHLIGHTS 'PARTY HISTORY STUDY AND EDUCATION' ACTIVITIES IN PLA
The Guangming Daily (June 6) published a lengthy article titled: 'The Experience and Enlightenment of the Innovation of Military Theory of the Big Party in the Past Hundred Years".

Jun 2021

CHINA-TIBET: TAR PARTY SECRETARY'S ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN PEOPLE'S DAILY ON JUNE 2
The People's Daily (June 2) published a signed article by TAR Party Secretary Wu Yingjie titled: "The Glory of the Party Illuminates the People of the Frontier and the People in the Frontier".

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: PRESIDENT OF BAD DEBT MANAGER CHINA GREAT WALL ASSET MGT. CO. LTD APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF HUARONG
Caixin (June 4) reported that Liang Qiang, the new president of bad-debt manager China Great Wall Asset Management Co. Ltd., was named deputy Communist Party chief of troubled China Huarong Asset Management Co. Ltd. on June 4.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE BILLIONAIRE OWNER OF MEITUAN TRANSFERS US$ 2.2 BILLION OF COMPANY'S HOLDING TO CHARITABLE FUND
Caixin reported (June 4) that Wang Xing, the billionaire founder of internet giant Meituan, will transfer $2.2 billion of his company holdings into a separate charitable fund, stock exchange filings showed, adding his name to a growing list of high-tech billionaires using their fortunes for philanthropy.

Jun 2021

CHINA-BRI: PEOPLE'S DAILY CLAIMS TWO MAJOR ENERGY PROJECTS IN HUNGARY AND POLAND HAVE BEEN SET UP UNDER BRI
The People’s Daily (June 3) reported the official launch of a 100 MW solar power plant in Kaposvár, Hungary last week.

Jun 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE AUTHORITIES START REVIEW OF ACTIVITIES OF CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES IN JAPAN
Nikkei Asia reported (June 6) that the Japanese authorities will conduct a review of the Beijing-funded educational organization known as the Confucius Institutes that operates on university campuses in light of concerns that the group is a propaganda tool of China.

Jun 2021

CHINA-MALAYSIA: 16 PLAAF AIRCRAFT IN TACTICAL FORMATION FLEW INTO MALAYSIA'S EEZ NEAR THE SOUTH LUCONIA SHOALS ON MAY 31
On the afternoon of May 31, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) flew 16 aircraft consisting of Ilyushin Il-76 and Xian Y-20 multi-role airlifters over Malaysian maritime zone airspace close to Sarawak.

Jun 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP CC ANNOUNCED AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN TO VETERAN PARTY MEMBERS EACH YEAR
The Global Times (June 2) reported that the office of the leading group of the CCP centennial celebrations had announced that the CCP Central Committee will for the first time award honorary medals to over 7.1 million veteran Party members, as the CCP marks the 100th anniversary of its founding.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES POLITBURO GROUP STUDY SESSION ON MAY 31
Addressing a Politburo group study session on May 31, Chinese President Xi Jinping was reported by Xinhua (May 31) as saying that China needs "to develop a voice in international discourse that matches China's comprehensive national strength and international status."

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG VISITS NINGBO PORT
The People's Daily (May 26) reported that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, accompanied by Zhejiang Provincial Party Secretary Yuan Jiajun and Governor Zheng Zhajie, inspected Ningbo from May 24 to 25.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY JIANGXI PARTY SECRETARY
The People's Daily (June 3) published an article Liu Qi, Party Secretary of Jiangxi Province, captioned 'Actively explore the path to realize the value of ecological products (in-depth study and implementation of Xi Jinping’s thoughts on socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era)'.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY GANSU PARTY SECRETARY
The People's Daily (June 3) published an article by Yin Hong, Party Secretary of Gansu Province captioned: 'Keep in mind the entrustment to write a new chapter and forge ahead on a new journey'.

Jun 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP CC ISSUES INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENSURING ACCOUNTABILITY OF SENIOR PARTY OFFICIALS
A lengthy article in the People's Daily (June 3) reported that on June 1, the Party Central Committee published a document on stepping up supervision of the "top boss" at various Party organizations and state agencies.

Jun 2021

CHINA-CCP: SHANGHAI DAILY STARTS PUBLISHING 100 Q&A's ON CCP TO MARK ITS CENTENARY
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China this year, the Shanghai Daily has decided, starting June 1, to publish daily 100 Q&As about the CPC and its members.

Jun 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: NEW REGULATIONS ISSUED BY STATE COUNCIL STIPULATE STRENGTHENING THE PARTY LEADERSHIP INCLUDING FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS
The China Education News (June 3) published an article on the newly revised "Regulations for the Implementation of the Private Education Promotion Law of the People's Republic of China" recently issued by the State Council and which will come into force from September 1 this year.

Jun 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: ARTICLE EMPHASISES IMPORTANCE OF PARTY HISTORY EDUCATION IN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
An article in the Guangming Daily (June 3) emphasised that "colleges and universities are important positions for carrying out party history education.

Jun 2021

CHINA-HEALTH: CHINESE INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST ESTIMATES CHINA MAY WAIT TILL FIRST HALF OF 2022 BEFORE RELAXING RESTRICTIONS ON FOREIGN TRAVEL
Caixin (June 3) reported that Chinese Infectious disease specialist Zhang Wenhong has estimated that China may wait until the first half of 2022 to begin relaxing restrictions on international travel.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA PERMITS MARRIED COUPLES TO HAVE UPTO THREE CHILDREN
On May 31, China announced that married couples would be allowed to have up to three children, raising the official two-child limit in a widely anticipated move.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE FASHION INDUSTRY IS CHALLENGING WORLD FASHION LEADING COMPANIES
Caixin (June 3) reported that the rapid rise of the $15 billion Chinese fast-fashion business, which now challenges industry titans like Zara and H&M, has prompted questions about who controls the company and the sustainability of its business model.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA REGIMENT IN 'HIGH PLATEAU AREA' INTRODUCES PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES FOR PERSONNEL
The PLA Daily (May 26) reported that some officers and soldiers of an unidentified Regiment posted in the harsh climate of the high altitude plateau experienced psychological discomfort and greater pressure.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: Z-10 HELICOPTERS CONDUCT HIGH-INTENSITY COMBAT EXERCISES IN HINTERLAND OF KARAKORAM PLATEAU
Z-10 Medium Attack Helicopters of an Army Aviation Brigade of the Xinjiang Military Region were reported on May 28 to have carried out high-intensity, multiple-type combat exercises in the hinterland of the Karakoram Plateau, which is nearly 5,000 meters above sea level.

Jun 2021

CHINA-INDIA: RETIRED CHINESE SENIOR COLONEL ZHOU BO COMMENTS ON PLA'S PEACEKEEPING AND BRI AND INDIA IN INTERVIEW PUBLISHED BY GUANCHA
China Forum Executive Committee member and Peking University Prof. Han Hua's interview of retired PLA Senior Colonel Zhou Bo and Senior Researcher, Center for Strategic and Security Studies, Tsinghua University; China Forum Contributing Expert, was published by China's high-circulation portal Guancha (Observer) on May 29.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CCP AND PAKISTAN'S T-E-I HOLD ONLINE MEETING TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF EXCHANGES BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES
The CCP and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party (PTI) held an online event on May 26 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan and the 10th anniversary of the exchanges between the two parties.

Jun 2021

CHINA-NEPAL: CCP ILD HOLDS MEETING WITH MAJOR NEPALESE POLITICAL PARTIES ON JOINTLY COMBATTING PANDEMIC AND PROTECTING PEOPLE'S SAFETY
The CCP held a video conference on May 26, with major Nepalese political parties on the theme of "Jointly Combating the Pandemic and Jointly Protecting People's Safety - China and Nepal Join Hands to Fight the Pandemic."

Jun 2021

CHINA-US: CHINA CLAIMS US WARSHIP USS CURTIS WILBUR "ILLEGALLY" ENTERED ITS TERRITORIAL WATERS NEAR PARACEL ISLANDS
On May 24, China's PLA Southern Theatre Command claimed that the U.S. warship USS Curtis Wilbur had illegally entered its territorial waters near the Paracel islands in the South China Sea without permission and was expelled by its forces.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING INAUGURATES 10TH NATIONAL CONGRESS OF CAST ON MAY 28
Xinhua (May 28, 29) reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurated the opening of the Tenth National Congress of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 28 when he delivered an "important speech".

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW 'LEADING SMALL GROUP' CONSTITUTED FOR ACHIEVING CLIMATE GOALS
Executive Vice Premier Han Zheng chaired the first plenary meeting of the newly-formed Leading Small Group (LSG) for Peak Carbon and Carbon Neutrality on May 26.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY SICHUAN PARTY SECRETARY
The People's Daily (May 29) published an article by Sichuan Party Secretary Peng Qinghua captioned 'Firmly implement the new development concept, Strive to draw a new picture of governing and rejuvenating Sichuan in the new era'.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY GUIZHOU PARTY SECRETARY
The People's Daily (May 30) published an article by Guizhou Party Secretary Chen Yiqin captioned 'Breaking new roads, opening new games, seizing new opportunities, creating new achievements, creating a colourful new future in Guizhou where the people are rich and ecologically beautiful'.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PLA: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST MENTIONS PROBLEMS IN PLA WITH TRAINING OF "NEW BREED OF SOLDIER"
The South China Morning Post (May 30) disclosed that the gathering pace of the PLA’s modernisation has given its instructors and recruiters the challenge of how to train a newer breed of soldier.

Jun 2021

CHINA-SPACE: CCTV REPORTS SUCCESSFUL DOCKING OF TIANZHOU-2 CARGO SPACECRAFT WITH CORE MODULE OF TIANHE
The state-owned CCTV reported (May 30) that at 20:55 on May 29th, the Long March 7 Yaosan carrier rocket carrying the Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft was successfully launched at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in China.

Jun 2021

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: HUAWEI COOPERATES WITH RUSSIAN UNIVERSITIES IN ATTEMPT TO OVERCOME U.S. SANCTIONS
Washington Post (May 29) reported that last month Zhou Hong, President of Huawei’s European and Russian research institutes, visited Novosibirsk State Technical University in Siberia and discussed how Russian universities could help the Chinese tech giant.

Jun 2021

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: LENOVO'S CEO SAYS GLOBAL SEMICONDUCTOR SHORTAGE WILL PERSIST AT LEAST FOR ANOTHER 18 MONTHS
Yang Yuanqing, CEO of Lenovo Group Ltd. said (May 27) that he expects the global semiconductor shortage to persist for as long as another 18 months as the unprecedented scarcity continues to squeeze production across a wide range of sectors.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE TECH COMPANIES WATCHING HOW ANT GROUP AND TENCENT RESPOND TO NEW REGULATIONS
Caixin (May 29) reported that China’s big tech companies, which made aggressive forays into financial services, all now have their eyes firmly fixed on the sector’s two dominant players — Ant Group Co. Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. — and how they are following regulators’ orders to overhaul their multibillion-dollar financial operations.

Jun 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE REGULATORS FINE ALIBABA GROUP-BACKED GROUP-BUYING PLATFORM 'NICE TUAN'
Caixin reported (May 29) that China’s market regulator, State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), slapped a 1.5 million yuan ($235,302) fine on Alibaba Group-backed community group-buying platform Nice Tuan, citing violations including product dumping and deceptive pricing.

Jun 2021

CHINA-TIBET: NYINGCHI PARTY SECRETARY VISITS METOK BORDER COUNTY AND ASKS VILLAGERS TO BE VIGILANT AND PROTECT THEIR HOMES AND COUNTRY FROM THE PANDEMIC IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES
Ma Shengchang, Party Secretary of Nyingchi went to the border villages and duty stations in Metok County (Metok also known as Pema Ko in Tibetan borders Arunachal Pradesh, India) on inspection on May 18 and 19.

Jun 2021

CHINA-TIBET: CHINA HOLDS INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON TIBET'S ACHIEVEMENTS IN PAST 70 YEARS SINCE ITS
The People's Daily (May 27) publicised that an 'International Symposium on "Progress and Development of Human Rights in the 70 Years of Peaceful Liberation of Tibet" was held in Chongqing on May 26, around the 70th anniversary of the "peaceful liberation" of Tibet.

Jun 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN CABINET AUTHORISES SPECIAL CPEC VISAS FOR CHINESE INVESTORS
ANI (May 27) reported that the Pakistan Federal Cabinet on May 25 approved a special China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) business visa to facilitate Chinese investors in the country.

Jun 2021

CHINA-EUROPE: 4 EUROPEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS VISIT CHINA
The Foreign Ministers of Ireland, Poland, Hungary and Serbia visited China from May 29 to 31 at the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said during the visit Wang Yi will separately meet the four ministers and discuss bilateral and China-Europe relations.

Jun 2021

CHINA-US: SOURCE CLOSE TO CHINESE VICE PREMIER LIU HE POSTS ACCOUNT OF LIU HE'S TALK WITH USTR KATHERINE TAI ON MAY 27
A source close to Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and his team posted a brief comment (Taoran Notes, May 27 & 28) on a WeChat account of the talks between USTR Katherine Tai and Liu He on May 27.

Jun 2021

CHINA-US: DUBAI RELEASES CHINESE STUDENT WHO IS A PERMANENT U.S. RESIDENT DETAINED AT CHINA'S REQUEST
The Dubai authorities, who had detained 19-year old student Wang Jingyu, a permanent resident of the United States at China's behest, was freed on May 27.

Jun 2021

CHINA-US: US BANS IMPORTS FROM CHINA'S DALIAN OCEAN FISHING CO. LTD
The Washington Post (May 30) reported that the U.S. has banned seafood imports from China's Dalian Ocean Fishing Co., Ltd. accusing it of using forced labour.

Jun 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY HAINAN PARTY SECRETARY SHEN XIAOMING
The People's Daily (May 27) published an article by Hainan Party Secretary Shen Xiaoming with the caption 'Those who have the country in mind are determined to reform and innovate: To steadily advance the construction of a free trade port with Chinese characteristics'.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: HUNAN PARTY SECRETARY XU DAZHE'S ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY PEOPLE'S DAILY
The People's Daily (May 24) published an article by Hunan Province Party Secretary Xu Dazhe captioned 'Keep in mind Yin Yin's entrustment to carry forward the revolutionary spirit and walk the Long March in the new era'.

May 2021

CHINA-CCP: PEOPLE'S DAILY EXTOLS CCP'S CHOICE FOR CHINA'S DEVELOPMENT
A People's Daily (May 27) commentary pointing to its major achievements extolled the CCP's choice of a development path for China. It stated "A hundred years of overcoming obstacles and thorns, a hundred years of great changes.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG EMPHASISES RELIGIOUS WORK AND ETHNIC UNITY DURING INSPECTION OF NINGXIA FROM MAY 17-19
The People's Daily (May 20) reported the inspection visit by a team led by PBSC member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang to Ningxia from May 17-19, 2021.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: HEAD OF CCP CC UFWD YOU QUAN INSPECTS HENAN PROVINCE FROM MAY 17-19
The People's Daily (May 20) reported the visit of the Head of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) to Henan province between May 17-19.

May 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP CC ISSUES NEW NOTICE LISTING ACTIVITIES TO BE CARRIED OUT ACROSS CHINA FOR PROPAGANDA ON THE REVISED 'HISTORY OF THE PARTY AND NEW CHINA'
The CCP CC General Office issued a Notice on May 25, on "Carrying out Propaganda and Education on the History of the Party, the History of New China, the History of Reform and Opening-up and the History of Socialist Development in the whole society", and said arrangements had been for carrying out publicity and education on the "Four Histories" on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

May 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: INNER MONGOLIA ISSUES 8-POINT DRAFT REGULATION AGAINST CRYPTOCURRENCY MINING
The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region's Regional Development and Reform Commission issued eight draft measures against mining activities in the region.

May 2021

CHINA-XINJIANG: RADIO FREE ASIA CONFIRMS DEATH IN CUSTODY OF MIHRAY ERKIN, AN UYGHUR GRADUATE OF SHANGHAI'S JIAO TONG UNIVERSITY
Radio Free Asia reported (May 25) the death in custody of Ms Mihray Erkin, a graduate of Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University with a degree in plant biotechnology who had gone on to complete a related master’s degree in Tokyo University before becoming a researcher at Japan’s Nara Institute of Science and Technology, returned to the XUAR in August 2019 after authorities in Kashgar put her parents under pressure to call her home.

May 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE EXPANDED TO ADD TWO NEW DEPARTMENTS
South China Morning Post (May 24) disclosed that Beijing’s top office overseeing Hong Kong affairs will be expanded to create two new departments covering national security and propaganda.

May 2021

CHINA-INDIA-BHUTAN: CGTN'S 'FIRST VOICE' REBUTS ROBBIE BARNETT'S REPORT IN FOREIGN POLICY OF CHINA BUILDING A VILLAGE INSIDE BHUTAN
The state-owned CGTN's 'First Voice' reacted to an article in Foreign Policy (May 7) by Robert Barnett saying that "News of the construction of the Chinese villages is neither stealthy nor secretive."

May 2021

CHINA-SRI LANKA: CHINA HARBOUR ENGINEERING COMPANY AWARDED CONTRACT TO BUILD 17KMS HIGHWAY IN COLOMBO
Asia Times reported (May 25) that the Sri Lankan cabinet on May 24, awarded the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) a contract to build a 17-kilometre (10.5-mile), four-lane highway in Colombo.

May 2021

CHINA-US: KURT CAMPBELL'S REMARKS AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY CLEARLY STATE THAT U.S. POLICY TOWARDS CHINA WILL BE DOMINATED BY COMPETITION
Speaking at the Stanford Shorenstein Center, Stanford University, Kurt Campbell, the US coordinator for Indo-Pacific affairs on the National Security Council, on May 26 said “The period that was broadly described as engagement has come to an end,” and US policy towards China will now operate under a “new set of strategic parameters”.

May 2021

CHINA-US: USTR KATHERINE TAI AND CHINESE VICE PREMIER LIU HE HAD THEIR FIRST CONVERSATION ON MAY 27
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and China’s Vice Premier Liu He had a “candid” first conversation as the two sides began to try to resolve some of their differences on trade.

May 2021

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT BIDEN ASKS US INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO INVESTIGATE ORIGINS OF COVID-19
A statement issued by the White House quoted US President Biden as saying on May 26 that he had asked for an additional follow-up to the Intelligence Community's report on the origins of COVID-19, including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident.

May 2021

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST STATES THAT MISUNDERSTANDINGS BETWEEN U.S. AND CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTRIES AFFECTED DIALOGUE
The South China Morning Post (May 25) citing analysts and sources said misunderstandings and protocol disagreements have affected dialogue between the Chinese and US militaries, but without causing an immediate crisis.

May 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. MEDIA OUTLET CLAIMS ERIC GARCETTI, TIPPED AS BIDEN'S CHOICE FOR U.S. AMBASSADOR TO INDIA HAS TIES WITH CCP CC'S UFWD
National Pulse on May 26 reported that current Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, US President Biden's reported choice for US Ambassador to India, has a "long history of collaboration with groups tied to the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Work Department (UFWD)".

May 2021

CHINA-US: US FEDERAL COURT LIFTS RESTRICTIONS ON US INVESTORS BUYING OR HOLDING SECURITIES OF XIAOMI CORP
A federal court in Washington issued a final order Tuesday vacating the designation by the U.S. Department of Defense of Smartphone-maker Xiaomi as subject to sanctions for alleged ties to China’s military, the Hong Kong-listed company said in a securities filing.

May 2021

CHINA-SAMOA: INCOMING SAMOAN PRIME MINISTER PLEDGES TO CANCEL US$ 100 MILLION CHINESE-BACKED PORT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Fiame Naomi Mataafa, Samoa's opposition leader who is set to take over as Samoa's new prime minister has pledged to cancel a $100 million Chinese-backed port development, calling it excessive for the small Pacific island that is already heavily indebted to China.

May 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE GOVERNMENT WARNS SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES FOR LEAKING BLUEPRINTS OF A PROTO-TYPE MACHINE GUN
Japan Times reported that Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry issued a warning last month to Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. and a subcontracted firm after the latter leaked blueprints for parts of a military-use prototype machine gun to a Chinese company.

May 2021

CHINA-US: CASS PROFESSORS LIST MOVES BY U.S. WHICH HAVE UNDERMINED TRAUST
Writing on May 20, 2021 in the publication of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Zhang Yuyan, Professor of the School of International Relations, examined Sino-US relations and observed that "Looking to the future, China and the United States must evade the terrorist balance based on mutual destruction between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and continue to lay a solid foundation for the healthy and stable development of Sino-US relations by ensuring mutual dependence (Mutually Assured Interdependence)".

May 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE PROFESSOR AND CHINA'S TOP AMERICA EXPERT WANG JISI REGRETS LACK OF EXPERTISE ON AMERICAN AFFAIRS
The South China Morning Post (May 23) reported that Wang Jisi, President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University and one of China's top America experts, while addressing a ceremony attended by former Chinese diplomats to launch the new American Studies Centre at Zhejiang International Studies University in Hangzhou on May 15, regretted that American studies in China are "too weak".

May 2021

CHINA-RUSSIA: CHINESE POLITBURO MEMBER YANG JIECHI TO ATTEND 16TH CHINA-RUSSIA STRATEGIC SECURITY CONSULTATION
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced on May 23 that Chinese Politburo member and Director of Office of Foreign Affairs Commission, Yang Jiechi will attend the 16th round of China-Russia strategic security consultation and visit Slovenia and Croatia on May 24-27, 2021.

May 2021

CHINA-INDIA: PLA WEBSITE INDICATES REVIVED CHINESE INTEREST IN "RECOVERING" ARUNACHAL PRADESH
A PLA-maintained website on May 21, indicated revived Chinese interest in Arunachal Pradesh, which it said were in India's "illegal" occupation.

May 2021

CHINA-TIBET: CHINA RELEASES WHITE PAPER ON TIBET ON MAY 21, 2021
China issued a White Paper on Tibet comprising ten chapters and captioned 'Tibet Since 1951: Liberation, Development and Prosperity' on May 21, 2021.

May 2021

CHINA-TIBET: CHINA COMPLETES STRATEGIC HIGHWAY OPPOSITE ARUNACHAL PRADESH LINKING NYINGCHI WITH MEDOG
China announced the completion of construction of a US$ 310 million strategically important highway connecting Pad Township in the Chinese city of Nyingchi with the Baibung Township in Medog County,through the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon, which is known as the world’s deepest gorge with a maximum depth of 6009 metres.

May 2021

CHINA-PLA: POST ON CHINESE MILITARY WEBSITE NOTES INDIA'S DECISION TO BUY LIGHT TANK FOR HIGH-ALTITUDE MOUNTAIN WARFARE
The popular Chinese social media chat site 'qq' on May 21 carried a post stating that India is currently looking for a light tank that can fight against China’s Type 15 light tank.

May 2021

CHINA-TECHNOLGY: CHINESE HACKERS ABLE TO ACCESS APPLE'S i-PHONE
Radio France International (May 15) reported that an article on the website of the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur described a hacking competition, secretly organized by the Chinese government, which offered a reward of $200,000 to anyone who could hack into an iPhone.

May 2021

CHINA-CCP: CASS REPORTS COMPLETION OF 'PARTY HISTORY LEARNING AND EDUCATION'
The People's Daily (May 21) reported that the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) has, since the launch of the Party History Study and Education campaign, "solidly carried out party history learning and education".

May 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP CC AND STATE COUNCIL ISSUE DOCUMENT URGING STRUGGLE AGAINST TRIADS AND "EVIL" FORCES
The People's Daily (May 21) reported that the CCP CC and State Council had jointly issued a document on the struggle against the triads and “evil” forces.

May 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: CHINA'S STATE COUNCIL EXTENDS PARTY CONTROL OVER PRIVATE SCHOOL EDUCATION
The Central News Agency reported (May 14) that China’s State Council had announced (May 14) new, revised regulations for private school education, which will be implemented in time for the new school year on September 1.

May 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCPP CC ORGANISATION DEPARTMENT EMPHASISES NEW NORMS FOR PROMOTING "LOYAL AND CLEAN" CADRES
The People's Daily (May 13) published an article by the CCP CC's Organisation Department under the pseudonym Zhong Zuwen captioned 'Vigorously select outstanding cadres who are loyal and clean'.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: HUBEI PARTY SECRETARY'S ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE PEOPLE'S DAILY
Hubei Party Secretary Ying Yong's article captioned 'Build a fulcrum and walk in the forefront to write a new chapter' was published by the People's Daily on May 23.

May 2021

CHINA-US: A NEW YORK TIMES INVESTIGATION REVEALS THAT APPLE INC HAS COMPROMISED SECURITY TO ACCESS THE CHINA MARKET
A New York Times investigative report (May 17), which includes accounts from former employees, states that Apple Inc. made compromises with the Chinese government which make it “virtually impossible” to prevent the authorities from accessing the data stored on Chinese servers—which, under 2016 laws, includes all of Apple’s Chinese users.

May 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN RAISES ISSUE OF U.S. MILITARY'S USE OF OVERSEAS BIOLOGICAL LABORATORIES
At the weekly press conference in Beijing on May 18, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian in reply to a question said China has repeatedly expressed its serious concerns about the US military’s use of overseas laboratories to engage in biological militarization activities.

May 2021

CHINA-US: GLOBAL TIMES ACCUSES U.S. EMBASSY IN CHINA OF OF "PEACEFUL EVOLUTION"
A lengthy article in the Global Times (May 16) titled 'US embassy increasingly offensive in pushing ‘peaceful evolution’ in China by roping in activists with money' pointed to the recently announced programme of the US Embassy in China.

May 2021

CHINA-RUSSIA: CHINA AND RUSSIA COLLABORATE ON CONSTRUCTION OF RUSSIAN-DESIGNED NUCLEAR REACTORS AT CHINESE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a videoconference on May 19, to initiate a series of nuclear energy projects and where they announced the start of construction of Russia-designed reactors at China’s Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant in Jiangsu Province and two at Xudapu Nuclear Plant in Liaoning province.

May 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN AND CHINESE PREMIERS HAVE A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION ON EVE OF 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held telephonic talks on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China on May 20 and reaffirmed their resolve to further diversify and deepen strategic cooperation between the all-weather allies.

May 2021

CHINA-NEPAL: CHINA REMOVES BORDER PILLARS IN NEPAL'S DAULKHA DISTRICT
ANI (May 19) reported that the Nepalese Home Ministry had reported the removal of border pillars in the Daulkha district in village-Vigu of District-Daulkha to Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

May 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: POPE FRANCIS NAMES STEPHEN CHOW, HEAD OF HONGKONG'S JESUIT ORDER, AS HONGKONG'S NEW BISHOP
Pope Francis named 61-year Stephen Chow, head of Hong Kong's Jesuit order, as the new bishop of Hong Kong on May 17.

May 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: TAIWAN "TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS" ITS OFFICE IN HONGKONG
The South China Morning Post (May 18) disclosed that Taiwan has "temporarily" suspended operations in Hongkong in what Taipei called a regrettable unilateral move that went against the established convention.

May 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA APPOINTS FORMER AMBASSADOR TO POLAND AS HEAD OF MoFA'S OFFICE IN HONGKONG
Liu Guangyan, former Ambassador to Poland, was named the new head of the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) office in Hongkong. Liu Guangyan's previous postings include San Francisco and Washington.

May 2021

CHINA-TIBET: ANOTHER MODEL DEFENCE BORDER VILLAGE CONSTRUCTED IN TIBET'S ZAYUL COUNTY
Xinhua (April 9) reported that with aid from Shenzhen City of Guangdong Province, construction of a new border defence village (Ch: Xiaokang) was completed in early April in Zayul County, southwest of Nyingtri.

May 2021

CHINA-TIBET: CHUSHUL COUNTY PUBLIC SECURITY PUBLICISED ITS EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE PEOPLE AND POLICE
The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) Public Security Bureau of Chushul County of Lhasa organised a play with the theme “Policing into villages and maintaining zero distance” on May 10 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party and the 70th anniversary of the “Peaceful Liberation of Tibet”, and demonstrate “maple-bridge style” policing system.

May 2021

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETAN'S LARUNG GAR BUDHIST ACADEMY CONDUCTS POLITICAL EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
The Serthar Buddhist College, the Larung Gar Temple Management Committee, the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau of Serthar County and the Serthar County Civil Affairs Bureau on April 27, 2021, issued a public notice explicitly dispelling the hype surrounding the well-known Larung Gar Buddhist Academy and the Nubzig (Ch: Luoruo) sky burial site, both in Serthar (Ch: Seda) County in eastern Tibet, as tourist attractions.

May 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: WASHINGTON THINK-TANK FINDS HUAWEI HAS A NUMBER OF AGREEMENTS FOR ITS CLOUD SERVICES
A report of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)' Reconnecting Asia Project released on May 17, disclosed that CSIS researchers found 70 agreements in 41 countries between governments (or state-owned enterprises) and Huawei for its Cloud services.

May 2021

CHINA-EMPLOYMENT: POLITBURO MEMBER AND VICE PREMIER SUN CHUNLAN ADVISES COLLEGE GRADUATES SEEKING JOBS TO GO TO CHINA'S CENTRAL AND WESTERN REGIONS
The Chinese leadership is grappling with creating jobs for the record 9.09 million students who will graduate from Chinese universities in 2021.

May 2021

CHINA-CCP CC INSPECTION TEAMS START 2-MONTH LONG 'INSPECTIONS' OF MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND 31 CHINESE UNIVERSITIES FOCUSSING ON "POLITICAL DEVIANCE"
The People’s Daily (May 12) reported that 15 inspection teams had deployed to 32 work units for the 19th CCP CC's seventh round of inspections by 10 May.

May 2021

CHINA-POVERTY ALLEVIATION: CCP PROMOTES POVERTY ALLEVIATION IN RURAL CHINA
The People's Daily (May 12) disclosed that the CCP CC General Office had published its “Suggestions on Continuing to Select and Send First Secretaries and Working Groups to Key Villages” to help “win the fight against poverty,” “comprehensively promote rural revitalization,” and “consolidate and expand the achievements of poverty alleviation.”

May 2021

CHINA-HEALTH: POLITBURO MEMBER SUN CHUNLAN CONVENES MEETING OF PROVINCIAL AND MINISTERIAL LEVEL CADRES TO PROMOTE A "HEALTHY CHINA"
Vice Premier and Politburo member Sun Chunlan held a discussion on May 10, with provincial- and ministerial-level cadres to promote the construction of a “healthy China.”

May 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP CC SENDS INSPECTION UNITS TO MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND 31 UNIVERSITIES TO IDENTIFY " POLITICAL DEVIANCE" ETC.
The People’s Daily (May 12) reported that 15 inspection teams had deployed to 32 work units for the 19th CCP CC's seventh round of inspections by 10 May.

May 2021

CHINA-PLA: LIBERATION ARMY DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON 'SENSE OF HONOUR' AMONG PARTY MEMBERS
The Liberation Army Daily on May 20 published an article by a member of PLA Unit 31006 captioned 'Party members must enhance their sense of honour'.

May 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA OFFICERS CAUTION ABOUT NEED TO RE-EMPHASISE PARTY'S ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY OVER PLA AND POSSIBILITY OF SPREAD OF IDEAS OF 'COLOUR REVOLUTION'
In an article in 'China Social Science News' (Issue 2169, May 20, 2021), Ren Long and Lin Wenjie of the Political College of National Defense University and Joint Logistics Support Force Longyan Comprehensive Warehouse Support Team respectively, disclosed that there are serious concerns about the PLA rank and file adhering to the policy of the Party's absolute leadership over the Army.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON PARTY HISTORY EDUCATION BY SHANDONG PARTY SECRETARY
The People's Daily (May 20) published an article by Liu Jiayi, Secretary of the Shandong Provincial Party Committee, captioned 'Open up a new situation in building a modern and powerful province in a new era', which recalled General Secretary Xi Jinping's remarks at the Party History Study and Education Mobilization Conference.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCTV.COM LAUNCHES SPECIAL SERIES OF ARTICLES ON XI JINPING
The state-owned CCTV.com's "People's Leader Xi Jinping" column launched a series of special articles called "Party of the Communist Party Xi Jinping".

May 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN POLICE CHIEF FOR FIRST TIME IDENTIFIES CHINA AS THE SOURCE OF CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST JAPAN
Nikkei Asia (May 16) reported that Japan's National Police Agency Commissioner-General Mitsuhiro Matsumoto at a meeting of senior police officers from across the nation on April 23 in Tokyo, for the first time identified China as responsible for a cyberattack on Japan.

May 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE EMBASSY PROTESTS TAIWANESE DPP OFFICIAL'S ARTICLE ADVOCATING TAIWAN'S ADMISSION TO W.H.O.
Sina.com (May 8) said that on May 8, Counselor Wang Xiaojian, spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in India, issued a "solemn statement" on the recent wrong practices of the Indian media on Taiwan- related issues, refuting the wrong arguments and reiterating China's principled position.

May 2021

CHINA-HEALTH: CHINA ESTABLISHES NEW NATIONAL ADMINISTRATION FOR DISEASE AND PREVENTION CONTROL
On May 13, China inaugurated a new National Administration for Disease Prevention & Control 国家疾病预防控制局, a Vice Ministerial-level agency within the National Health Commission.

May 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINESE-MADE FN6 AIR DEFENCE MISSILE SHOOTS DOWN A Mi35 HELICOPTER IN NORTHERN MYANMAR
A 'qq' chat post (May 10) claimed that the Chinese domestically-made FN6 air defence missile "won the first battle, which made the Pentagon pale" because in a battle in northern Myanmar it had shot down a Myanmar Mi35 heavy-armed helicopter.

May 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA 72ND GROUP ARMY CONDUCTS URBAN WARFARE EXERCISE USING AI EQUIPMENT
China's state-owned CCTV quoted a 'qq' chat report (May 5) as stating that a certain combined brigade in the PLA 72nd Group Army of the Eastern Theater Command launched an urban offensive and defensive exercise in cities and towns, with drones and unmanned vehicles playing a key role.

May 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S GUIZHOU PROVINCE HAS UNDERGROUND STATE-OF-THE-ART DATA CENTRES
Asia Times (May 14) reported that Guizhou province had established massive, underground online state-of-the-art data banks where racks of servers are leased to tech giants ranging from Alibaba to Apple.

May 2021

CHINA-SPACE: CHINA'S PROBE TO MARS TOUCHED DOWN ON THE 'RED PLANET' ON MAY 15 AND DEPLOYED ITS ZHURONG ROVER
Xinhua (May 15) reported that China’s probe to Mars touched down on Mars, the Red Planet, to deploy its Zhurong rover.

May 2021

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CHINESE DISSIDENT WANG DAN WARNS OF NEW AXIS POWER COMPRISING CHINA, RUSSIA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREA
Wang Dan, a Chinese dissident who was one of the student leaders during the Tiananmen protests and is now resident in Taiwan, wrote an Op-Ed in the Apple Daily on April 14, where he said that "Today a new “Axis Power” alliance is gradually taking shape" with China and Russia at its core and Iran, North Korea as other members.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: LATEST ISSUE OF QIU SHI PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY POLITBURO MEMBER YANG JIECHI
Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth - 2021/10 dt May 16, 2021) published a lengthy article by Politburo member and Director of the CCP Foreign Affairs Committee Yang Jiechi.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: QIU SHI PUBLISHES EXCERPTS FROM XI JINPING'S SPEECHES DELIVERED BETWEEN DECEMBER 2012 AND MARCH 2021
The latest issue of the Party theoretical journal Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth - 2021/10 dated May 15, 2021) published an editorial entitled 'The red country never changes colour' which contained excerpts of Chinese President Xi Jinping's speeches delivered during visits and inspections between December 2012 to March 2021.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS HENAN PROVINCE ON MAY 12-13
On May 12-13, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Henan province when he went to several sites related to the central route of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project. Reporting his meeting with resettled residents of Zouzhuang village, Xi Jinping thanked them for their contribution to the country.

May 2021

CHINA-UK: BRITISH NAVY SENDS AIRCRAFT CARRIER QUEEN ELIZABETH WITH A STRIKE GROUP TO THE INDO-PACIFIC ON 7-MONTH TOUR
The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, left Portsmouth on May 1, along with a strike group for the beginning of a seven-month deployment that will bring it to the Indo-Pacific.

May 2021

CHINA-INDIA: TAIWANESE NEWS AGENCY CLAIMS CHINESE WORKERS IN INDIA HAVE BEEN STOPPED BY CHINESE AUTHORITIES FROM RETURNING HOME
Taiwan's United Daily News (UDN) (May 6) reported from New Delhi that Chinese workers in India have complained about not being able to return home.

May 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: AMCHAM SURVEY REVEALS OVER 42 PER CENT OF HONGKONG RESIDENTS ARE CONSIDERING LEAVING HONGKONG
A recent AmCham survey released on May 12, revealed that 42% of the respondents are considering or planning on moving out of Hong Kong citing concerns over China’s imposition of harsh national security law and the local government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG SCHOOL CHILDREN LOOKING TO LEAVE FOR SCHOOLS IN U.K.
In early April, the Hongkong Education Bureau confirmed that four core subjects of the senior secondary curriculum – Chinese and English languages, mathematics and liberal studies – would be “optimised”, in order to address Beijing’s concerns.

May 2021

CHINA-TIBET: LHASA CITY BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION URGES TIBETANS NOT TO PERFORM RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES DURING MONTH OF 'SAGA DAWA' TO PREVENT PANDEMIC
The International Campaign for Tibet (May 12) reported that the Lhasa City Buddhist Association had issued a notice dated May 9, 2021, urging Tibetan Buddhists in Lhasa to restrict their traditional religious practice during the holy fourth month of the Tibetan calendar, which began on May 12.

May 2021

CHINA-PLA: UNIT AT HIGH ALTITUDE IN XINJIANG MILITARY REGION TRANSFORMS ROLE FOR CAMPAIGN-LEVEL PRECISION ATTACK AFTER GETTING NEW PHL-03 SELF-PROPELLED LONG-RANGE HEAVY ROCKET LAUNCHERS
The state-owned CCTV on May 8, reported that a unit affiliated with the PLA Xinjiang Military Command deployed in a high-altitude plateau recently replaced its outdated artillery with 10 new PHL-03 self-propelled digital long-range heavy rocket launchers, greatly enhancing its all-weather combat capability in the border region.

May 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S STATION OF EXTREME LIGHT ON BRINK OF MANUFACTURING LASERS THAT COULD BREAK THROUGH SPACE AND CREATE MATTER
Writing in Asia Times David Makichuk (May 12) cited a report by Explica.co, which said that China's 'Station of Extreme Light', which China has been developing in Shanghai since 2018, has made significant progress in its goal of manufacturing lasers so powerful by 2023 that they could break through empty space and create matter.

May 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S EFFORTS TO BECOME TOTALLY INDEPENDENT OF U.S. IN VARIOUS TYPES OF CHIP MANUFACTURING
An article captioned 'US-China tech war: Beijing’s secret chipmaking champions' in the Financial Times (May 12) on China's efforts to eliminate dependence on foreign components and sources for making chips highlighted the efforts of Yangtze Memory Technologies Co.

May 2021

CHINA-W.H.O.: GLOBAL TIMES HINTS THAT CHINA WILL SUPPORT IP WAIVER FOR VACCINES
Global Times on May 7, released a commentary on the U.S. Biden Administration’s position on waivers on the vaccine as intellectual property.

May 2021

CHINA-W.H.O.: W.H.O. AUTHORISES SINOPHARM'S COVID-19 VACCINE FOR EMERGENCY USE PAVING THE WAY FOR W.H.O. TO BUY IT FOR ITS COVAX INITIATIVE
The World Health Organization on May 7 authorised China’s Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, making it the sixth vaccine to receive clearance from the global health agency.

May 2021

CHINA-POPULATION: CHINA RELEASES DATA OF ITS SEVENTH NATIONAL POPULATION CENSUS
Ning Jizhe, Deputy Head of the Leading Group of the State Council for the Seventh National Population Census, Commissioner of the National Bureau of Statistics of China, released data on China's 7th National Population Census on May 11.

May 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: DESPITE ATTEMPTS AT REFORM CHINA'S SOES ARE EXPANDING
Brad Glosserman, Deputy Director of and Visiting Professor at the Center for Rule-Making Strategies at Tama University as well as Senior Advisor (nonresident) at Pacific Forum, commented on reform of China's State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) and said that rather than being pruned, they are expanding. Citing one report, he said the average size of the largest 100 conglomerates in China increased from 500 companies to more than 15,000 between 1995 and 20.

May 2021

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: AFTER US-BASED CHINESE PROPAGANDA OUTLETS REGISTER AS 'FOREIGN AGENTS' THEIR FILINGS SHOW EXPENDITURE OF US$ 64 MILLION IN 2020
With China's U.S.-based state-run media outlets finally registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), China's foreign agent spending has skyrocketed from just over $10 million in 2016 to nearly $64 million last year.

May 2021

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CHINA DAILY DESCRIBES CULTURAL REVOLUTION AS "THE MOST SEVERE SETBACK AND LOSSES SINCE FOUNDING OF THE PRC"
The China Daily (May 11) in a box captioned ''The Path to Glory" commented "Two-Party meetings in May and August 1966 mark the beginning of the "cultural revolution".

May 2021

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: PEOPLE'S DAILY REMEMBERS THE DEAD AND INJURED DURING THE WENCHUAN EARTHQUAKE IN 2008
The People's Daily (May 13) published a box item on its front page to remember the dead on the 13th anniversary of the Wenchuan Earthquake which occurred on May 12, 2008, and killed nearly 70,000 people, injured more than 370,000 with 18000 were missing.

May 2021

CHINA-PARTY: ANHUI UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS WRITE ARTICLE WARNING AGAINST WEST'S EFFORTS TO PROMOTE "UNIVERSAL VALUES" AMONG CHINA'S STUDENTS
The China Education Daily (May 13) published an article by Zhang Xiaojing and Qiao Kai, Associate Professor of Anhui University of Finance and Economics and Professor of Bengbu Medical College respectively who are both Special Researchers of the Anhui Research Center for Socialist Theory with Chinese Characteristics, captioned 'Study party history well and enhance ideological immunity'.

May 2021

CHINA-PARTY: CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY REPORTS ON ITS PARTY HISTORY EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
The People's Daily (May 11) publicised that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) carried out "in-depth study and education of party history" with the theme "Consolidate the forces of great country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics (Struggle for a hundred years and set sail on a new journey, learn from the party’s history, comprehend thoughts and do practical things to create a new situation)".

May 2021

CHINA-PARTY: CENTRAL POLITICAL AND LEGAL COMMISSION PROMOTES PARTY HISTORY EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
The state-owned CCTV reported (May 13) that In the study and education of Party history, the Central Political and Legal Commission regards party history as the best textbook for strengthening the party, governing, educating people, and casting the police.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: INNER MONGOLIA PARTY SECRETARY WRITES IN PEOPLE'S DAILY EMPHASISING ETHNIC UNITY
64-year Shi Taifeng, Party Secretary of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, wrote an article titled 'Strive to write a new chapter in the development of Inner Mongolia on a new journey' which was published by the People's Daily on May 10. In the article, Shi Taifeng said "The most fundamental reason why Inner Mongolia has achieved today’s historic achievements and changes lies in the leadership of the Communist Party of China

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG CONVENES HIGH-LEVEL MEETING
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presided (May 11)over a symposium on high-level and high-skilled talents under the special government allowance system, where he affirmed their contribution to the development of the country.

May 2021

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ISSUES BLUNT WARNING TO AUSTRALIA
Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of the Global Times wrote (May 7) in the paper: "Given that Australian hawks keep hyping or hinting that Australia will assist the US military and participate in war once a military conflict breaks out in the Taiwan Straits, and the Australian media outlets have been actively promoting the sentiment, I suggest China make a plan to impose retaliatory punishment against Australia once it militarily interferes in the cross-Straits situation.

May 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. SENATE IS CONSIDERING THE STRATEGIC COMPETITION ACT OF 2021 WHICH FOCUSES ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
The U.S. Senate is presently considering the exhaustive Strategic Competition Act of 2021 which, if it becomes law, will be a very important and comprehensive document guiding US-China relations.

May 2021

CHINA-US: MAY 7 MARKS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE "MISTAKEN" TARGETING OF THE CHINESE EMBASSY IN BELGRADE BY U.S. MISSILES
7 May marks the anniversary of the "mistaken" targeting of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade on May 7, 1999, the capital of erstwhile Yugoslavia when 3 Chinese journalists (2 of Guangming daily and 1 of Xinhua) were killed and 20 injured.

May 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE COMPANY ACQUIRES RARE EARTH RESOURCE IN MEXICO
Caixin (May 7) reported that Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd. has said it will buy out London-listed Mexican mining company Bacanora Lithium PLC for as much as 190 million GBP ($264 million), becoming China’s latest natural resource asset purchase to feed its booming demand for new-energy products.

May 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: XI JINPING SAYS CHINA'S INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER GOODS FAIR SHOWS CHINA WILL OPEN ITS DOORS WIDER
The first China International Consumer Goods Fair opened in Haikou City, Hainan Province on May 6, 2021.

May 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA ACCELERATES DEVELOPMENT OF S&T RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PLATFORMS APPROVED UNDER 14TH FIVE YEAR PLAN
The state-owned CCTV (May 9) reported that as per the "14th Five-Year Plan" and the 2035 long-term goal outline the construction of major scientific and technological innovation platforms such as the comprehensive national science centre is accelerating.

May 2021

CHINA-SPACE: LONG MARCH 5B ROCKET RE-ENTERS EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE AND CRASHES INTO WATERS NEAR MALDIVES ISLANDS
The China Manned Space Engineering Office announced (May 9) that the last stage of the Long March 5B Yao-2 carrier rocket had reentered the atmosphere at 10:24 and the landing area was at 72.47° east longitude and north latitude.

May 2021

CHINA-RELIGION: ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES FOR RELIGIOUS CLERGY IN CHINA CAME IN TO FORCE ON MAY 2
The “Administrative Measures of Religious Clergy” promulgated by China’s State Administration of Religious Affairs (SARA) on February 9, 2021, came into effect on May 1.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: LATEST ISSUE OF QIU SHI PUBLISHED CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S HITHERTO UNPUBLISHED SPEECH
The latest issue (2021/09; April 30, 2021) of the Party theoretical journal Qiu Shi published the full text of CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping's hitherto unpublished speech entitled 'Grasp the new development stage, implement the new development concept, and build a new development pattern'.

May 2021

CHINA-COVID PANDEMIC: CITING INDIA'S CASE, GUANGMING DAILY IMPLICITLY CRITICISES U.S. FOR "VACCINE NATIONALISM"
An article by Chou Zejing, a researcher at the Beijing Xi Jinping Research Center for Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and Lecturer in the Department of International Politics, School of International Relations in the Guangming Daily (May 3) warning that "experts generally predict that the epidemic in India has not yet reached its peak, and a larger storm is still to come" castigated "some countries" for "vaccine nationalism".

May 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. EMBASSY POST CREATES FURORE ON CHINESE SOCIAL MEDIA
Reuters (May 6) reported that a post of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing created a furore on Chinese social media.

May 2021

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHINA'S NDRC SUSPENDS ALL CONTACT AND ACTIVITIES WITH AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) issued a notice on May 5 suspending all contacts and activities with its Australian counterpart and the Australian Government.

May 2021

CHINA-G-7: G-7 MEETING FIGHTS SHY OF TAKING PUNITIVE MEASURES AGAINST CHINA
The Guadian (May 5) reported that Foreign Ministers from the G7 group of countries refrained from spelling out any concrete steps to confront China, amid concern among some members – especially Italy and Germany – over reprisals if their language was too threatening.

May 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE NEWS OUTLET SAYS JF-17 FIGHTER AIRCRAFT SUPPLIED TO PAKISTAN HAVE LATEST PL-10E AIR-TO-AIR MISSILES
A post on the Chinese media platform Ifeng.com on May 2, 2021, stated that Pakistan's JF-17 fighter jets are already equipped with the "most advanced" missiles of the same type as the J-20.

May 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE DIPLOMAT CRITICISES INDIA'S DECISION TO EXCLUDE HUAWEI FROM 5G TRIALS
India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on May 4 granted permission to mobile carriers including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio), Vodafone Idea and MTNL to conduct a six-month trial for the use and application of 5G technology.

May 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE SOCIAL MEDIA POST CLAIMS WITH ONSET OF SUMMER INDIAN ARMY IS IMPROVING INFRASTRUCTURE AND ITS CAPABILITIES IN LADAKH
A post on the Chinese site "qq" on May 5, captioned "100,000 Indian troops in Ladakh vaccinate collectively: things are going on again, infrastructure continues to advance" said that "India’s 100,000 troops stationed in Leh have given priority to vaccinations, and the injection rate has basically reached 100%. Now the time when the mountains are covered by heavy snow in winter has basically passed, and traffic will be reopened from May.

May 2021

CHINA-UN: CHINA'S AMBASSADOR TO U.N. OUTLINES CHINA'S PRIORITIES AS CHINA TAKES OVER AS PRESIDENT OF UNSC IN MAY
As China takes over the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for May, China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun told the press on May 3 that its “first priority” is upholding the multilateral system with the U.N. at the core.

May 2021

CHINA-ENVIRONMENT: CONSTRUCTION OF DAMS ON MEKONG RIVER RESULTS IN THE RIVER CHANGING ITS COURSE
An article in The Diplomat (May 5) reported that the construction by China particularly of 4 dams along a 200-kilometer stretch on the upper Mekong River between 2011 and 2019 had diverted the course of the river.

May 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE PHONE AND REAL ESTATE COMPANIES TRY AND ENTER ELECTRIC VEHICLE R&D
Taiwan's Central News Agency reported (May 2) that Baidu, Xiaomi, Huawei, OPPO, Evergrande and other Chinese companies recently announced their commitment to doing electric vehicle research and development.

May 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: HE XIN, ON-IN-LAW OF CONTROLLING SHAREHOLDER OF PHOENIX TV PLACED UNDER INVESTIGATION
Caixin (May 6) revealed that He Xin, son in law of the owner of the Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV network is under investigation on suspicion of illegally taking deposits from the public.

May 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S FINANCIAL REGULATORS SUMMON 13 CHINESE FINANCE COMPANIES ON APRIL 29
Xinhua reported that, on April 29, four financial regulatory agencies including the People’s Bank of China, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, the China Securities Regulatory Commission, and the Administration of Foreign Exchange summoned 13 top online financing companies including Tencent and Meituan Finance.

May 2021

CHINA-MARITIME LAW: TAIWAN SCHOLAR SAYS CHINA'S NEW MARITIME LAW ENLARGES 'GRAY AREA OF CONFLICT'
Taiwan's Central News Agency on April 29, reported that China passed a newly amended Maritime Traffic Safety Law, over which a Taiwanese scholar expressed the concerns that Beijing is using the law to expand the gray zone of potential conflicts.

May 2021

CHINA-PLA: AFTER UPGRADES CHINA CLAIMS J-16 FIGHTER AIRCRAFT IS A 4.5 GENERATION FIGHTER
The Chinese social media platform "qq" (May 5) claimed that the "current J-16 has been improved many times and has reached the top level of the fourth-generation semi-fighter ranks, greatly surpassing the J-15E and Su-30MKI.

May 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA PLANS SEND SPACECRAFT TO THE EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM BY THE CENTENARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE PRC IN 2049
China's state-owned CGTN TV quoted (May 6) Wu Weiren, Chief Designer of China's lunar exploration program as telling China Space News that Chinese scientists are evaluating the feasibility of a project to send spacecraft to the edge of the solar system He said the Chinese spacecraft will cover a distance about 100 times than that between the sun and the Earth by 2049, when China celebrates its 100th founding anniversary.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP CHANGES TAKE PLACE IN 5 PROVINCIAL CAPITALS IN APRIL
Caixin (May 7) reported that five provincial capitals announced the appointment or departure of top officials during the month, including Changchun in Jilin province, Nanjing in Jiangsu, Nanchang in Jiangxi, Shijiazhuang in Hebei and Lanzhou in Gansu.

May 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP COMMEMORATES 102ND ANNIVERSARY OF MAY 4TH MOVEMENT
On May 4 to mark the 102nd anniversary of the May 4th movement, the People's Daily printed a full-page article -- starting on page 1 and going on to the entire page 2 -- with mainly just quotes from Xi Jinping himself regarding Chinese youth.

May 2021

CHINA-CCP: QIU SHI PUBLISHES ARTICLE QUOTING CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ON MARX'S 203rd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
The CCP's theoretical fortnightly journal published an article on May 5, to mark Karl Marx's 203rd birth anniversary.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: STATE COUNCIL MEETING CHAIRED BY CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG DISCUSSES AGRICULTURE
CCT (May 6) reported that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chaired an executive meeting of the State Council on May 6 to discuss and promote the stable development of grain production and improve food security.

May 2021

CHINA-US: STRAITS TIMES GIVES BACKGROUND OF QIN GANG, TIPPED TO BE CHINA'S NEW AMBASSADOR TO U.S.
China's social media has been reporting that 55-year old Qin Gang will replace Ambassador Cui Tiankai, who at 68 years old is now headed for retirement, as China's Ambassador to the U.S. Interesting is that this is Qin Gang's first appointment as Ambassador.

May 2021

CHINA-US: CHINA'S STATE-OWNED CCTV SAYS DURING RECENT EXERCISE US NAVY DEMONSTRATED HOW TO FIGHT THE CHINESE NAVY
The CCTV (April 30) in a special programme commented on the US destroyer "Mustine" approaching the PLAN aircraft carrier Liaoning and quoted China's Ministry of National Defense as saying "it was bad in nature" and that it had warned it to leave and made protested.

May 2021

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: DOHA AGREEMENT BETWEEN U.S., RUSSIA, CHINA, PAKISTAN, AFGHAN PRESIDENT GHANI AND TALIBAN CALLS FOR NEUTRAL AND
Writing in the Asia Times (May 2) former Indian diplomat MK Bhadrakumar wrote on the roadmap reached on April 29, by the United States, Russia, China and Pakistan in consultation with President Ashraf Ghani’s government and the Taliban on the immediate terms for reaching a peace settlement for the way forward.

May 2021

CHINA-INDIA: POST ON OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF CHINA'S POWERFUL CENTRAL POLITICAL AND LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION EXPOSES CHINA'S DOUBLE-SPEAK
China Changan, the official website of the CCP CC's Political and Legal Affairs Commission, carried a photograph on May 2, depicting China's space launch on the left and crematorium sites in India.

May 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN HAS TOLD STAFFING COMPANIES NOT TO POST NOTICES FOR JOBS IN CHINA
Taiwan's Labor Ministry has told staffing companies to remove all listings for jobs in China, in a move to prevent the outflow of vital tech talent to the mainland amid rising tensions between Taipei and Beijing.

May 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: NEW SURVEY SHOWS 57.5 PER CENT OF HONGKONG YOUTH BETWEEN 15-35 WANT TO LEAVE HONGKONG
A new poll by the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies released on April 29, indicated that 60% of people under 30 want to leave the city.

May 2021

CHINA-SWIFT: GLOBAL TIMES (CHINESE) PUBLISHED ARTICLE THAT EU MIGHT CUT OFF RUSSIA FROM SWIFT SYSTEM
The Global Times (Chinese) published (April 30) an article titled "The EU threatens to cut off Russian SWIFT system" (in case of invading Ukraine).

May 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S FINANCIAL REGULATORS IMPOSE RESTRICTIONS ON FINTECH COMPANIES
Caixin (April 30) reported that China’s financial regulators had summoned 13 tech companies on April 29, including Tencent Holdings Ltd. and ByteDance Ltd., and imposed a raft of requirements on their financial businesses in an expanded effort to rein in the fast-growing fintech sector.

May 2021

CHINA-S&T: NDRC PROPOSED AND STATE-BACKED CHINA SATELLITE NETWORK GROUP CO. LTD. OPENS HEADQUARTERS IN XIONG'AN NEW AREA IN HEBEI PROVINCE
Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng attended the opening ceremony of China Satellite Network Group Co. Ltd. at its headquarters in Xiong’an New Area, 100 kms south of Beijing in Hebei Province on April 28.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NPC CHAIRMAN AND PBSC MEMBER LI ZHANSHU PRESIDES OVER A FORUM TO DISCUSS IMPROVING PEOPLE'S CONGRESSES
PBSC member and NPC Chairman Li Zhanshu presided over a meeting in Beijing on April 29, to exchange discussions and listen to the work of strengthening and improving the work of the People’s Congress in the new era.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ARTICLE BY HEAD OF CCP CC ILD PUBLISHED IN QIU SHI
The latest edition of Qiu Shi (2021/09 dt: May 1)) published an article by Song Tao, head of the CCP CC International Liaison Department captioned 'Continuing a hundred years of glorious foreign work and serving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation'.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: QIU SHI PUBLISHES CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S INTERNATIONAL LABOUR DAY MESSAGE
The Party theoretical fortnightly journal Qiu Shi (May 1) published a message sent on April 30, on the occasion of the "May 1st" International Labor Day, by General Secretary Xi Jinping, on behalf of the Party Central Committee.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO'S 29TH COLLECTIVE STUDY SESSION
The state-owned CCTV reported (April 30) that on April 30 afternoon, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over the 29th collective study of the Politburo on strengthening China's ecological civilization under the new situation.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO SESSION ON APRIL 30
Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a Politburo meeting on April 30.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SPECIAL XINHUA ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS STUDENTS PRAISES OF XI JINPING'S PERSONAL QUALITIES
A lengthy special Xinhua article (May 5) captioned: "Studying in progress|"He is really super kind"-Xi Jinping in the eyes of college students" listed students in different years at varying stages of Xi Jinping's career in different places and colleges praising different personal qualities of Xi Jinping.

May 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S TSMC CHAIRMAN RECENTLY SAID CHINA'S SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY STILL LAGS FAR BEHIND TAIWAN
Taiwan's China Times reported (April 22) that Morris Chang, Chairman of TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), at a speech at a think tank conference expressed the view that China’s semiconductor industry is still far behind Taiwan while South Korea’s Samsung is a strong competitor.

May 2021

CHINA-US: PLAAF AIRCRAFT INCREASE SORTIES INTO TAIWAN AIR SPACE
Sina.com disclosed that a PLA military aircraft entered the southwest airspace of Taiwan at 8:30, 8:55, and 9:47 on April 25, morning. The altitude was between 3000 and 7000 meters, but it was only low at 9:47 when it flew at a height of "30 meters" setting a new low altitude record.

May 2021

CHINA-US: CHINA-US AIR FARES SHOOT UP AFTER U.S. LIFTED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON STUDENTS FROM CHINA AND OTHER COUNTRIES
Ticket prices for flights from China to the U.S. increased sharply after the U.S.government lifted travel restrictions on April 26 for students from China and several other countries.

May 2021

CHINA-US: POLITBURO MEMBER YANG JIECHI WRITES OP-ED IN 'THE PAPER' URGING U.S. TO RECALL 'PING-PONG' DIPLOMACY AND MEND TIES
The Paper (April 29) published an Op-Ed by Politburo member Yang Jiechi on improving fraught Sino-American ties.

May 2021

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST ARTICLE SOUNDS CAUTIONARY NOTE TO CHINESE LEADERS FRAMING POLICY TOWARDS U.S.
An article in the South China Morning Post (April 30) by Alex Ho and captioned 'Beijing must prepare for a drastic reversal ahead of China’s rise and America’s fall' candidly warned China not to underestimate the US.

May 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS POPULATION DATA FOR 2020 SHOWS POPULATION CONTINUED TO INCREASE
China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported (April 29) that China's population continued to increase in 2020 amid wide expectations of a population decline in the last decade.

May 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA UPGRADES JF-17 FIGHTER AIRCRAFT WITH ITS MOST ADVANCED PL-10E AIR-TO-AIR COMBAT MISSILE FOR PAKISTAN
The Global Times (April 29) reported that the latest, upgraded version of the JF-17 fighter jet was recently spotted equipped with China's most advanced air-to-air combat missile that is also used by China's J-20 stealth aircraft.

May 2021

CHINA-PLA: LT. GENERAL WANG KAI APPOINTED NEW COMMANDER OF PLA TIBET MILITARY REGION
The South China Morning Post (April 29) disclosed that Lieutenant General Wang Kai has been appointed a new Commander of the Tibet Military Region.

May 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: REMOVAL OF OFFICIALS IN SHENZHEN COULD SIGNAL MORE REMOVALS IN CHINA'S SECURITY APPARATUS ELSEWHERE
On 24 April, the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Shenzhen announced the departure of eight senior officials and their replacement by cadres from other cities. The list included Shenzhen's Mayor, 59-year-old Chen Rugui.

May 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: THE CDIC WILL INSPECT 31 UNIVERSITIES AND THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) announced (April 28) that in its latest round of 'discipline inspections' the CDIC will 'inspect' 31 universities and the Ministry of Education.

May 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: NEW ANTI-ESPIONAGE REGULATIONS ISSUED ON APRIL 26
The People's Daily and Xinhua on April 26 publicised that China’s Ministry of State Security (MoSS) released a new anti-espionage regulation on April 26, 2021, which was to be effective immediately.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES VERY LENGTHY ARTICLE BY POLITBURO MEMBER WANG CHEN ON 'XI JINPING'S RULE OF LAW'
Wang Chen, Politburo member, Vice Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee and Chairman of the Chinese Law Society, wrote a very lengthy article in the People's Daily on April 20 which was published under the caption 'Xi Jinping’s thought on the rule of law is a new development and leap in the sinicization of Marxist theory of rule of law'.

May 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA'S LEADERS WATCH SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF CHINA SPACE STATION SKY AND CORE MODULE
The state-owned CCTV news on April 29, reported that the China Space Station Sky and Core Module was launched into space and accurately entered the scheduled orbit.

May 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: GLOBAL TIMES EDITORIAL WARNS JAPAN AGAINST INTERFERENCE ON TAIWAN ISSUE
In a sharply worded editorial in the Global Times (April 24) its Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin said "Japanese State Minister of Defense Yasuhide Nakayama has talked nonsense to provoke China from time to time, poisoning the Japanese society's understanding of China" and that the "Japanese media also openly predicted "three situations" under which the Japanese Self-Defense Forces can assist the US military, should a war occur in the Taiwan Straits".

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER CONVEYS FIVE POINTS FOR IMPROVING TIES TO US COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi communicated with the US Council on Foreign Relations via video link on April 23.

Apr 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: PRO-BEIJING BUSINESS-PERSONS IN HONGKONG TAKE OVER PHOENIX TV, SING TAO DAILY AND HONGKONG STANDARD
The Asia Sentinel (April 22) reported that Beijing is encouraging the take-over of the Hongkong media by pro-Beijing businessmen.

Apr 2021

CHINA-TIBET: CHAIRMAN OF TAR GOVERNMENT CHE DALHA (QI ZHALA) INSPECTS THREE BORDER COUNTIES IN NGARI (ALI) IN MID-APRIL
Chairman of TAR People’s Government and Deputy Secretary of TAR Party Committee, Chedak la aka Che Dalha (Ch: Qi Zhala) made an inspection tour to Ngari (Ch: Ali) from April 15-17, 2021.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA NAVY'S DJIBOUTI BASE ENLARGED BY ADDING A PIER TO ACCOMMODATE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
The 'Stars and Stripes' (April 22) quoted US AFRICOM’s Gen. Stephen Townsend as saying on April 21 that China’s naval base in the East African nation of Djibouti is now large enough to host aircraft carriers.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING COMMISSIONS THREE PLA NAVY VESSELS ON APRIL 23
Chinese President Xi Jinping, also General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, attended the commissioning ceremony of three naval vessels, the Changzheng-18, the Dalian, and the Hainan.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA SPENT US$ 21.4 BILLION OR 12 PER CENT OF DEFENCE BUDGET ON DEMOBILISED AND RETIRED VETERANS IN 2019
Economic compensation for demobilised and retired Chinese veterans in 2019 alone was estimated at 139.8 billion RMB (US$21.4 billion), almost 12 per cent of the official military budget that year.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CENTRE FOR GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT'S RECENT STUDY OF CHINA'S LENDING PRACTICES CONFIRMS SECRECY CLAUSES ON BORROWING GOVERNMENTS
The Washington-based think-tank Centre for Global Development Studies released in late March, in collaboration with AidData, a research lab at the College of William and Mary, a study of China's lending practices by offering a first-of-its-kind analysis of 100 contracts across 24 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, including Montenegro, Kyrgyzstan, and Serbia.

Apr 2021

CHINA-POPULATION: POPULATION DECLINES IN EIGHT CHINESE CITIES
Radio Free Asia on April 21 quoted the 21st Century Business Herald, a Chinese business news daily newspaper, to say at least 26 prefecture-level cities have disclosed their population data.

Apr 2021

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: SUN DAWU CHINESE ENTREPRENEUR AND CRITIC OF XI JINPING ARRESTED ON APRIL 21
The New York Times (April 24) reported that Sun Dawu, an outspoken rural businessman who has been a critic of Xi Jinping, was formally arrested on April 21 on a number of charges, months after being taken into detention.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CLIMATE CHANGE: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ANNOUNCES CHINA WILL PHASE DOWN COAL-FIRED PLANTS BETWEEN 2026-2030
At the Climate Summit hosted by US President Joe Biden on April 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that China, which has more than half of the world’s total coal-fired power plants, would start to phase down coal consumption from the 2026 to 2030 period.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA'S VICE PRESIDENT WANG QISHAN CALLS FOR CHINA AND U.S. TO COOPERATE AT AN EVENT TO MARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF "PING-PONG DIPLOMACY"
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan spoke via video at an event on April 24 in Beijing to mark the 50th anniversary of China-US "ping pong diplomacy".

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER AND VICE PREMIER HAN ZHENG INSPECTS GUANGDONG PROVINCE
The state-owned CCTV (April 25) reported that PBSC member and Vice Premier Han Zheng was on an inspection tour of Guangzhou, Shantou, and Chaozhou, Guangdong from April 23 to 25.

Apr 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN CLAIMS PLA-LINKED CHINESE HACKER GROUP ATTACKED OVER 200 JAPANESE COMPANIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTES
The Japan Times (April 20) reported that investigators had uncovered on April 19, that China’s military is thought to have instructed “Tick,” a Chinese cyberespionage group, to conduct cyberattacks on nearly 200 companies and research institutes in Japan, including the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: XINJIANG'S EXPORTS TO U.S. RISE DESPITE AMERICAN BANS AND SANCTIONS ON COMPANIES
The South China Morning Post (April 22) disclosed that despite American bans on key products and sanctions on major companies, Xinjiang’s direct exports to the United States more than doubled in the first quarter of 2021.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: XI JINPING ATTENDS CLIMATE SUMMIT HOSTED BY BIDEN ON APRIL 22
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on April 21, that Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was invited by US President Joe Biden to the leaders’ climate summit on the 22nd April, will attend and also deliver a speech.

Apr 2021

CHINA-RUSSIA: GLOBAL TIMES SAYS RUSSIA WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTED BY THE WEST AND WARNS AGAINST U.S.ATTEMPTS AT INSTIGATING 'COLOUR REVOLUTION' IN CHINA
In an article in Global Times (April 19), its Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin revived China's assessment that the disintegration of the Soviet Union came about because it thought that its "problems could be resolved through reforms".

Apr 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE AMBASSADOR AND 4-MEMBER CHINESE DELEGATION ESCAPE A BOMB BLAST AT LUXURY SERENA HOTEL IN QUETTA WHERE THEY WERE STAYING
China's Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong and a 4-member Chinese delegation escaped when a bomb blast took place in the car park of the luxury Serena Hotel in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, on April 22.

Apr 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE ACADEMIC WARNS THAT INDIAN POLITICIANS ARE HYPING TENSIONS WITH CHINA TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM MISHANDLING OF COVID PANDEMIC
A Global Times (April 21) article by Lan Jianxue, head of the Department for Asia-Pacific Studies at China Institute of International Studies, captioned 'Be wary of India’s provocation amid worsening pandemic' quoted "Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri, who said on April 15, that sweeping the border issue under the carpet and characterizing it as a "minor issue" is "tantamount to running away from the problem".

Apr 2021

CHINA-TIBET: TIBET DAILY IDENTIFIES THREE 'BORDER' AIRPORTS APPROVED BY CHINA
The Tibet Daily on April 10, 2021, identified three new airports namely, Lhuntse in Lhoka (Ch: Shannan), Dingri in Ngari (Ch: Ali) and Burang/Purang in Ngari as those among the 20 'border airports' to be built by 2025.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA DAILY PUBLICISES DEPLOYMENT OF NEW LONG-RANGE ROCKET LAUNCHERS ON TIBET PLATEAU
Quoting a PLA Daily report (April 18) the South China Morning Post (April 19) said that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed an advanced long-range rocket launcher to the Himalayas, in a move aimed at reinforcing China’s border defence and acting as a deterrent to India.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: GLOBAL TIMES REPORTS THAT CHINA'S MOST MODERN J-20 'STEALTH' FIGHTER AIRCRAFT WILL BE UPGRADED WITH 2D THRUST VECTORING NOZZLES
The Global Times (April 19) publicised the comments of Li Gang, the pilot of the J-20's first flight, to Phoenix TV on April 18.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: VESSELS OF CHINA'S PEOPLE'S ARMED FORCES MARITIME MILITIA CONFIRMED AS HAVING BEEN DEPLOYED AT WHITSUN REEF AGAINST PHILIPPINES
An article in Foreign Policy (April 19) by Ryan D. Martin and Andrew S. Erickson confirmed, on the basis of photographs released by the Philippines authorities, that the fishing fleet deployed at the Whitsun Reef against the Philippines comprised units of the People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM).

Apr 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA SUSPENDS RANGE OF DUTIES ON IMPORT OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT AND PUBLICATIONS TO PROMOTE INNOVATION AND SELF-RELIANCE
A notice issued on April 20, jointly by China's Ministry of Finance, the State Taxation Administration and the General Administration of Customs, announced the cancellation of import taxes on a range of scientific, technological, medical and analytical equipment and publications for the next five years as part of the government’s strategy to boost innovation and technology self-reliance.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CCP: CENTRAL PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT LEADS NATIONWIDE PARTY HISTORY EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
People’s Daily (April 16) issued a report on the activities of the Central Propaganda Group for Party History Study and Education, which has been travelling to various parts of China to spread the education campaign to the masses.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CCP: NEW GUIDELINES INTRODUCE MORE COMPREHENSIVE PARTY CONTROL ON CHINA'S SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Xinhua (April 22) disclosed that the CCP CC had on April 16 promulgated the revised "Regulations on the Work of Primary Organizations in Ordinary Higher Education Institutions of the Communist Party of China" (hereinafter referred to as the "Regulations"), and issued a notice requesting urgent compliance to all regions and departments to earnestly comply with them.

Apr 2021

CHINA-APPOINTMENTS: VICE FOREIGN MINISTER QIN GANG TIPPED AS CHINA'S NEXT AMBASSADOR TO U.S.
The Wall Street Journal (April. ) reported that Beijing plans to appoint Qin Gang, a diplomat who has acted as President Xi Jinping’s chief protocol officer, as the next ambassador to Washington.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG VISITS RURAL TOWN IN SICHUAN ON APRIL 18
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang travelled to Sichuan to visit Shahe, a small rural township near the borders with Shaanxi and Gansu.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING AND PREMIER LI KEQIANG ATTEND NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TELECOM FRAUD
The National Work Conference on Combating New Types of Telecom and Online Criminal Activity was held virtually in Beijing on April 9. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and the Deputy Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi spoke at the meeting.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS HIS ALMA MATER TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY ON APRIL 18
Xi Jinping visited his alma mater, Tsinghua University, on April 18 ahead of its 110th founding anniversary.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT BOAO FORUM
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered the keynote speech at the Boao Forum for Asia in Beijing on April 19. This year’s theme for the Boao Forum was 'Join hands to advance Belt and Road (BRI) cooperation'.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ARTICLE BY YUNNAN PARTY SECRETARY PUBLISHED BY PEOPLE'S DAILY ON APRIL 22
The People's Daily (April 22) published a 2712-word article by Ruan Chengfa, Party Secretary of Yunnan, captioned 'In-depth practice of the overall national security concept - Build a strong security barrier in the southwest of the motherland'.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: US LIKELY TO APPOINT FORMER STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL NICK BURNS AS NEXT AMBASSADOR TO CHINA
Former US State Department career official and spokesman, Nicholas Burns is tipped to take over as the new US Ambassador to the PRC. He is a China expert.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: US AND CHINA ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The US State Department issued a statement on April 16 stating that 'U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua met in Shanghai on April 15 and 16, 2021, to discuss aspects of the climate crisis'.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: GLOBAL TIMES EDITORIAL LISTS THREE MEASURES CHINA MUST TAKE TO COUNTER U.S.
An important Global Times editorial (April 15) listed three measures that China must take to counter the U.S.

Apr 2021

CHINA-HOLLAND: SECRET DUTCH GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT REVEALS HUAWEI EAVESDROPPED ON DUTCH PRIME MINISTER'S TELE-CONVERSATIONS
On April 17, the major left-of-center Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reported that it had obtained a 2009 internal report to the largest Dutch telecom provider KPN that indicated that at the time Huawei was able to listen in to all telephone conversations of the network.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PHILIPPINES:SO-CALLED CHINESE FISHING VESSELS AT WHITSUN REEF BEGIN TO LEAVE
The Diplomat (April 15) cited the Philippines’ Secretary of Foreign Affairs as saying that only a handful of Chinese militia vessels remained at Whitsun Reef -- called the Julian Felipe Reef by the Philippines and Niu’e Jiao by China -- as of April 13.

Apr 2021

CHINA-BHUTAN: 4-DAY MEETING OF CHINESE AND BHUTANESE EXPERTS AGREE TO NEXT ROUND OF BOUNDARY TALKS
The South China Morning Post (April 17) said that China and Bhutan have agreed to resume the long-delayed boundary.

Apr 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE MEDIA WARN INDIA OF POSSIBILITY OF CLASHES IN LADAKH IN SUMMER
A posting on Baijiahao on April 12, stated that the reason why the China-India border talks have been delayed and unable to reach a consensus is that the "Indian government is not sincere".

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: 4-DAY BOAO FORUM OPENED IN CHINA ON APRIL 18
The Global Times (April 18) reported that the 2021 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) opened in Boao, Hainan Province on April 18. The four-day annual conference is themed around "A World in Change: Join Hands to Strengthen Global Governance and Advance Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Cooperation."

Apr 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLA ACADEMIC SAYS LARGE-SCALE INTRUSIONS OF TAIWANESE AIR SPACE BY PLAAF AIRCRAFT DEMONSTRATES CHINA'S CAPABILITY
In a new video on April 13, Professor Colonel Chen Hong of the Department of Intelligence and Foreign Forces Teaching and Research Division of China's Air Force Command College discussed the intended "message" the incursions over Taiwan by PLAAF aircraft was supposed to send to the Taiwanese.

Apr 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA-OWNED TA KUNG PAO CALLS FOR CLOSURE OF APPLE DAILY
The China-owned and HongKong-based Ta Kung Pao on April 16 called for the closure of the Apple Daily.

Apr 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS IN HONG KONG SENTENCED TO VARYING JAIL TERMS
Nine leaders of the democratic opposition in Hongkong were sentenced on April 16, to varying jail terms after being convicted of illegal assembly.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA BRIGADE IN HIGH-ALTITUDE PLATEAU SUCCESSFULLY TESTS NEW TYPE OF ROCKET LAUNCHER
Sina.com (April 13) disclosed that a certain army brigade organised 'live ammunition fire drills' in the middle of spring in the plateau and alpine mountains to test the shooting efficiency of a certain type of rocket launcher.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA INTRODUCES MILITARY EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS FROM AUGUST 1
On April 13, China’s Ministry of Education and the CMC's Office of National Defense Mobilization announced they had released a “Syllabus for the Military Training of High School Students” on March 26.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: FORMER CHINESE PREMIER WEN JIABAO'S ARTICLE DELETED OVERNIGHT
The Macau Guide (March 25-April 15) serialised a letter by former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao where he recalled the difficult times of poverty of his childhood and his mother's lessons to him.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER GIVES INTERVIEW ON A RANGE OF ISSUES TO ASSOCIATED PRESS
China’s Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng spoke with The Associated Press on April 16, on a range of issues from U.S.-China relations to human rights.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE, FRENCH AND GERMAN LEADERS HOLD SUMMIT VIA VIDEO
On April 16, Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Macron and German Chancellor Merkel held a video summit of leaders from the perspective of building a community with a shared future for mankind and China's actions in response to global climate change.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CANADA: FOLLOWING CHINESE WARNINGS CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TELLS HALIFAX INTERNATIONAL SECURITY FORUM NOT TO GIVE AWARD TO TAIWAN PRESIDENT TSAI ING-WEN
Politico (April 11) reported that succumbing to Chinese warnings the Canadian government has told the Halifax International Security Forum (HSF), organisers of one of the world’s most prestigious defense gatherings, that if they go ahead with plans to present its 'John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service' to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, the Canadian government would withdraw support — and funding — from HFX.

Apr 2021

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: CHINA APPOINTS ITS FORMER AMBASSADOR TO U.K. LIU XIAOMING AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE ON KOREAN PENINSULA AFFAIRS
China’s former ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, has been appointed (April 12) as the new Special Representative on Korean peninsula affairs replacing Kong Xuanyou, China’s envoy to Japan.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. INTELLIGENCE FOCUSES ON CHINA'S EXPANDING ITS PUSH FOR INFLUENCE AND ITS ASPIRATIONS
US Intelligence Chiefs speaking at the first congressional hearing about global threats in more than two years on April 14, focussed on China’s push to expand its influence and Beijing’s aspirations.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: CLIMATE CZAR JOHN KERRY TO VISIT CHINA THIS WEEK TO DISCUS COOPERATION ON CLIMATE
The US State Department and China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment announced that US Climate Envoy John Kerry will travel to Shanghai and Seoul, from April 14 to 17.

Apr 2021

CHINA--TIBET: PENPA TSERING ELECTED NEW SIKYONG OF TIBETANS IN EXILE CENTRAL TIBETAN ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES ELECTION
Penpa Tsering is well ahead in the election for Sikyong by over 5400 votes in the more than 60,300 votes counted till April 16 morning. A total of 83,079 votes were cast worldwide.

Apr 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINESE AIRCRAFT CARRY OUT LARGEST INTRUSION OF TAIWAN'S ADIZ IN ONE YEAR
Twenty-five PLAAF aircraft breached Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone on April 14, in China’s largest incursion into Taiwanese airspace in a year.

Apr 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: AT LEAST 20 AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL LAWS ON THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM ARE EXPECTED TO BE UNVEILED ON APRIL 13
The South China Morning Post (April 13) reported that Hong Kong officials will release on April 13 a “watertight” set of at least 20 ordinance and subsidiary legislative amendments, running into hundreds of pages, to local laws to implement a Beijing-led overhaul of the city’s electoral system.

Apr 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG HOLDS ITS FIRST NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION DAY ON APRIL 15
Hong Kong held its first National Security Education Day. Hong Kong Education Secretary Kevin Yeung said schools across the Special Administrative Region (SAR) will hold activities on April 15, including raising the Chinese flag and singing the Chinese national anthem to foster a better understanding of national security.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S MARITIME EXPANSION IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
China has registered the names of hundreds of disputed islands and sea features as trademarks, as part of a programme it started in 2014 under the auspices of Sansha City.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER LIAONING ENTERS SOUTH CHINA SEA ON APRIL 10
After holding exercises in waters east of the island of Taiwan for about a week, the PLA Navy's Liaoning aircraft carrier task group sailed south on April 10 into the South China Sea, where a US carrier strike group and an amphibious ready group held provocative exercises one day earlier.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: PEOPLE'S BANK OF CHINA RESEARCHERS WARN OF THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF A DECLINING POPULATION
The South China Morning Post (April 15) reported that in an unusually direct and frank tone, four researchers from the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) in a working paper dated late March and posted on the bank’s website on April 14, said the country should not interfere with people’s ability to have children or it will be too late to reverse the economic impact of a declining population.

Apr 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: CHINA'S MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY LAUNCHES APP TO PREVENT FRAUD
Chinese authorities have developed a new App that has shot to the top of China's iOS App Store charts less than a month after its launch.

Apr 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: CICIR SETS UP RESEARCH CENTRE FOR OVERALL NATIONAL SECURITY CONCEPT
The Research Center for Overall National Security Concept was established in Beijing on April 14.

Apr 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: MINISTRY OF STATE SECURITY HIGHLIGHTS ITS SECURITY CONCERNS IN A PEOPLE'S DAILY EDITORIAL
An editorial in People's Daily (April 15) by the Ministry of State Security (MoSS) publicised China's security concerns. '

Apr 2021

CHINA-CCP: APPLE DAILY ANALYSES LATEST VOLUME OF PARTY HISTORY RELEASED BY CCP ON APRIL 13
Versions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) history are published every 10 years with the previous volumes published in 1991, 2001, 2011 and now the latest version titled “Brief History of the Chinese Communist Party,” on April 13, 2021.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN AND PBSC MEMBER WANG YANG VISITS INNER MONGOLIA FROM APRIL 12-14
During his visit to Inner Mongolia from April 12-14, PBSC member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang stressed the need to create a strong sense of community for the Chinese nation while upholding an accurate understanding of country, history, ethnicity, culture and religion, and maintaining ethnic unity, social stability and tranquillity in the border areas.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE ACADEMIC SHI YINHONG CALLS FOR DIALING BACK OF XI JINPING'S AGGRESSIVE POLICY TOWARDS U.S.
Shi Yinhong, a veteran scholar at Beijing's Renmin University who also advises the Chinese government, expressed concerns about China's "Wolf Warrior" diplomacy and rapid progress of US President Biden's China policy and of the Quad, in an interview published by the US-based Duowei News on April 8.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: NEW DRAFT BILL IN US SENATE PROPOSES ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON CHINESE ACTIVITIES
The South China Morning Post (April 9) reported that the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee will meet next week to consider legislation called 'The Strategic Competition Act of 2021'.

Apr 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINESE PROFESSOR AT LECTURE IN TAIWAN'S CHENGCHI UNIVERSITY STATES CHINA IS PROMOTING CHINA AS THE "NEW MOTHERLAND OF BUDDHISM"
Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) reported (April 1) that Liu Yuguang, a mainland China scholar on Buddhism, had said that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses Buddhism as a diplomacy tool in order to expand its influence over Southeast Asian governments.

Apr 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN LEGISLATURE APPROVES RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT TO INTERNATIONAL ACTIONS TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY IN MYANMAR
Taiwan`s state-run Central News Agency reported (April 9) that Taiwan's Legislative Yuan approved a resolution on April 9, expressing support for international actions to restore democracy in Myanmar and demanded that the Yanggon government cease attacking peaceful demonstrators.

Apr 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE JOURNALIST DESCRIBES CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY ISSUES STATEMENTS ON CONVERSATION BETWEEN CHINESE AND JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTERS
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) issued a statement on April 5 (in Chinese) on the conversation Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had with his Japanese counterpart.

Apr 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S GLOBAL TIMES PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON APRIL 11 SUGGESTING TENSION AT BORDER TALKS AND DIFFICULTIES IN DISENGAGEMENT
Commenting on the 11th round of military border talks, the CCP-owned Global Times (April 11) observed that "unlike the previous rounds of meetings, Chinese experts pointed out on Sunday, noting that no joint statements were issued, and the statement from China was issued by the PLA Western Theater Command instead of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, which are signs that solving the remaining issues will be challenging for both sides.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: INFLUENTIAL CHINESE BLOGGER ENDORSES CHINESE GOVERNMENT'S 'DIGITAL CONTROL METHODS'
Harvard alumni Ren Yi, aka Chairman Rabbit and grandson of CCP leader Ren Zhongyi whose blog has over a million followers on Weibo, on April 6 posted a blog arguing that the pandemic has made Chinese people more aware of digital control methods and their benefits, e.g., real-name registration, face recognition, and location monitoring.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CRACKDOWN ON JACK MA EXTENDS TO HIS OTHER BUSINESSES
The South China Morning Post (April 9) disclosed that Beijing has cracked down on Jack Ma's other businesses and suspended classes and enrollment at the elite Hupan University set up by Jack Ma.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA IMPOSES HEAVIEST YET FINE ON TECH GIANT ALIBABA
The Chinese authorities imposed a record $2.8 billion antitrust fine on e-commerce titan Alibaba on April 10.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: FINANCIAL STABILITY MEETING ON APRIL 8 DISCUSSES STABILISING COMMODITY PRICES
Vice Premier Liu He chaired a meeting of the important Financial Stability and Development Committee (FSDC) on April 8.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: AT MEETING OF ECONOMIC EXPERTS PREMIER LI KEQIANG EMPHASISES NEED FOR CONTINUING TAX CUTS ON ENTERPRISES TO ENSURE EMPLOYMENT AND SAFEGUARD PEOPLE'S LIVELIHOODS
On April 9, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presided over a symposium in Beijing with economic situation experts and entrepreneurs. PBSC member and Vice Premier Han Zheng, attended the meeting.

Apr 2021

CHINA-FOOD SECURITY: STATE COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS FOOD SECURITY
Guangming Daily (April 9) reported that the 121st executive meeting of the State Council reviewed and approved the newly revised "Regulations on Grain Circulation Management" (hereinafter referred to as the "Regulations").

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: FORMER EXEC VICE PRESIDENT OF CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL HE YITING'S ARTICLE IN LIBERATION ARMY DAILY SPEAKS OF "REAL POSSIBILITY OF WAR"
A lengthy article by He Yiting, a Special Researcher of the Central Party School (National School of Administration) Xi Jinping's Research Center for Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era, and the former Executive Vice President (Dean) of the Central Party School (National School of Administration) was published by the Liberation Army daily on April 9.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: LATE PREMIER ZHAO ZIYANG'S FAMILY LEAVES OFFICIAL RESIDENCE
After the CCP CC General Office notified the family of the late CCP CC General Secretary Zhao Ziyang in 2020, to vacate the former residence of Zhao Ziyang in Beijing's Fuqiang Hutong, Chinese dissident Gao Yu stated and posted photographs on April 4, 2021, that the Zhao family was packing house items that day and preparing to move.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP CC GENERAL OFFICE ISSUES NOTICE OUTLINING PLANS FOR CELEBRATING CCP'S 100TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
China's state-run CCTV announced on April 11 that the CCP CC General Office issued the "Notice on Organizing Publicity and Education Activities on the Mass Theme of "Follow the Party forever" in Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China", which outlined arrangements for thematic publicity and education activities.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: LEADERS PAY HOMAGE TO MAO ZEDONG ON QINGMING
According to reports Mao Zedong's grandson Mao Xinyu, his wife Liu Bin, son Mao Dongdong, and daughter Mao Tianyi went to Kaihui Town, Changsha County on April 3 to pay homage to his grandmother Yang Kaihui, and visited his parents Mao Anying, Shao Hua, and the cemetery of his uncle Mao Anying.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING AND HIS WIFE SEND CONDOLENCES ON DEATH OF PRINCE PHILIP OF UK
The state-run China CCTV News reported on April 10 that Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan had sent a telegram of condolences to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, on April 10, 2021, expressing their deep condolences on the death of Prince Philip, and sincere condolences to the Queen and her family.

Apr 2021

CHINA-NIGERIA: CHINESE WORKERS KIDNAPPED FROM GOLDMINE IN NIGERIA'S OSUN STATE
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) confirmed on April 8 that two Chinese citizens working at a gold mine in southwestern Nigeria were kidnapped on April 5.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: US AIRCRAFT CARRIER GROUP ENTERS SOUTH CHINA SEA ON APRIL 4
The U.S. 7th Fleet announced on April 6 that the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group had entered the South China Sea on April 4, to conduct “routine operations.”

Apr 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE AND JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTERS TALK OVER TELEPHONE
Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a 90-minute over the phone with his Japanese counterpart, Toshimitsu Motegi on April 5, during which Motegi raised Tokyo’s concerns over: China’s treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang; Beijing’s electoral crackdown in Hong Kong; and recent incursions of Chinese vessels near the disputed, Japanese-administered Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

Apr 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE ALLEGES TAIWAN'S TSMC SUPPLYING MICRO-PROCESSORS TO CHINESE COMPANY WITH TIES TO PLA
An article in the Washington Post (April 7) claimed that Phytium, a Chinese company with close links to the PLA, manufactures microprocessors produced at factories outside Taipei by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which now makes the world’s most advanced chips, having surpassed the United States.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: US COMMERCE DEPARTMENT PLACES 7 CHINESE SUPERCOMPUTING CENTRES/ COMPANIES ON ENTITIES LIST
The US Commerce Department placed seven top Chinese supercomputing centres/companies on its Entities List, saying that Beijing’s growing efforts in the field could have military uses that pose dangers.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE REPORT CLAIMS PAKISTAN NAVY'S CAPABILITIES ARE BEING GRADUALLY STRENGTHENED BY CHINA
A report on a Chinese portal on April 7, acknowledged that "Pakistan and China cooperate very closely working in the military industry. They have introduced warships from China many times before, such as the F22 frigate, and the 054A frigate is the latest frigate of the Chinese Navy."

Apr 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE COMPANY BYTEDANCE AWAITING INDIAN COURT'S DECISION WHICH WILL UNBLOCK ITS FUNDS
TikTok owner ByteDance Ltd. told Caixin (April 7) that an Indian court’s decision will “unblock” its money in the country as it awaits the outcome of a tax evasion probe following its argument that such a freeze was hurting its ability to operate locally.

Apr 2021

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE REACTS TO TOI EDITORIAL AND THREATENS INDIA WITH WITHDRAWING RECOGNITION OF SIKKIM AND SUPPORTING INSURGENCY IN NORTHEAST
The Global Times (April 6) reacted to an editorial in the Times of India (ToI) captioned "Taiwan message: New Delhi-Taipei cooperation is both mutually beneficial and a pointed signal to China", calling it "a senseless step to test China's bottom line on the Taiwan question".

Apr 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE TYCOON FROM SHENZHEN BUYS PROPERTIES AND NEWSPAPER IN HONGKONG
Bloomberg reported (April 9) that Shenzhen-based Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd.’s Kwok Ying Shing has become one of the most active Chinese tycoons in Hong Kong with numerous new purchases.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CORRUPTION: CDIC UNCOVERS RAMPANT CORRUPTION IN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN ANHUI PROVINCE
China's Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) disclosed on April 2 that a series of corruption cases involving the top brass at financial institutions in Anhui province underscores the poor oversight of its rural credit system.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: COSCO EXECTS HUGE PROFITS AS COMMERCIAL SHIPPING REBOUNDS AFTER ECONOMIC DOWNTURN CAUSED BY COVID
China Cosco Shipping Corp. Ltd., the world’s No. 3 shipper by capacity, said it expects to book a stunning jump in profits for the first quarter this year, buoyed by a continued rebound in the ocean freight market as the world economy emerges from the worst of a downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: PEOPLE TRAVEL OVER QINGMING BUT COVID CONCERNS DAMPEN EXPENDITURE OR LONG DISTANCE TRAVEL
China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s (MCT) estimated that there was a 144.6% year on year increase in the number of people who travelled over the Qingming holiday, representing a 94.5% resumption of pre-pandemic travel levels.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE COUNCIL ISSUES WHITE PAPER ON POVERTY ALLEVIATION
China's State Council Information Office issued a White Paper titled "Poverty Alleviation: China's Experience and Contribution" on April 5.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA LAUNCHES DIGITAL YUAN ON TRIAL BASIS
China has launched a digital yuan—the first for a major currency. The technology is currently only in trial stage among around 100,000 citizens, but it is envisaged as eventually replacing cash and debit cards, allowing the government to effectively monitor all domestic transactions.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S MINISTER OF FINANCE PUBLISHES ARTICLE IN PEOPLE'S DAILY
People's Daily (April 8) published an article by Liu Kun, China's Minister of Finance, captioned 'Strive to achieve high-quality financial development (in-depth study and implementation of Xi Jinping’s thoughts on socialism with Chinese characteristics in a new era) ——In-depth study of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important expositions on improving political judgment, political comprehension, and political execution.

Apr 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: CHINA TO RECRUIT 84,330 COLLEGE GRADUATES AS TEACHERS IN RURAL PRIMARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS
Quoting China's Ministry of Education, Xinhua (April 8) said China plans to recruit 84,330 college graduates as teachers in rural primary and middle schools in 2021 as part of efforts to promote rural vitalization.

Apr 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA IS BUILDING A NEW SATELLITE LAUNCH CENTRE AT NINGBO IN ZHEJIANG PROVINCE
The People's Daily (April 9) disclosed that Ningbo in Zhejiang province is building a 20 billion yuan ($3.05 bln) rocket launch site to meet surging demand for satellite launching and develop the industrial cluster of the commercial aerospace sector.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINESE COMPANY ZHONGTIAN FEILONG TESTS ITS NEWLY DEVELOPED AIRBORNE SWARM CARRIER
The test flight for its newly developed airborne swarm carrier, which is an unmanned aerial mother ship that can carry multiple smaller drones and release them in the air for missions like reconnaissance and attack, was conducted by the company which developed it namely Zhongtian Feilong.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: LT GENERAL WANG HAIJIANG TRANSFERRED FROM TIBET TO XINJIANG MILITARY REGION
Beijing Youth Daily (April 6) reported that Lt General Wang Haijiang, till recently Commander of the Tibet Military Region, has been transferred and taken over his new assignment in Xinjiang.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CCP: QIU SHI LISTED XI JINPING'S RECOMMENDATIONS MADE ON DIFFERENT OCCASIONS FOR STUDYING PARTY HISTORY
The CCP theoretical fortnightly Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth) published (April 6) an article on learning Party History where it summarised 'General Secretary Xi Jinping's 9 requirements for learning party history'.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP CC AND STATE COUNCIL JOINTLY RELEASE 'OPINIONS ON BUILDING SOCIALIST LEGAL CULTURE'
On April 5, the CCP Central Committee and the State Council jointly released Opinions on “Strengthening the construction of socialist legal culture.”

Apr 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
The authorities have ordered Chinese movie theatres to promote at least two screenings of propaganda films each week until the end of the year, in anticipation of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CONVEYS 'IMPORTANT' INSTRUCTIONS TO 'NATIONAL COOPERATION BETWEEN EAST AND WEST' MEETING
The 'National Cooperation between the East and the West and the Work Promotion Meeting of the Central Units for Fixed-point Assistance' was held in Yinchuan, Ningxia on April 8.

Apr 2021

CHINA-AFRICA: CHINA'S INFLUENCE IN AFRICA
An article in the Epoch Times (April 4) stated that since the CCP came to power, its military academy has trained six presidents, eight defense ministers, more than 100 commanders, and a large number of military personnel for Africa.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ARGENTINA: CHINA STEADILY ENLARGES FOOTPRINT IN SOUTH AMERICA AND DEEPENS RELATIONS WITH ARGENTINA
Argentina's LaNacion (March 23) reported that over the past decade, China has financed and built a major railroad and solar, wind and nuclear energy projects and has swapped $19 billion in currency to help Buenos Aires through a major financial crisis.

Apr 2021

CHINA-IRAN: CHINA'S IMPORTS OF IRANIAN CRUDE ARE RISING DESPITE U.S. SANCTIONS
Nikkei Asia reported (April 2) that Refinitiv Oil Research estimated this month's arrivals at 3.75 million ton (27 million barrels), topping the previous record in January of 3.37 million ton.

Apr 2021

CHINA-SRI LANKA: SRI LANKA CONGRATULATES CCP ON 100TH ANNIVERSARY
The People's Daily (April 4) publicised that congratulatory messages had been received from foreign governments on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: PEKING UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ARGUES FOR IMPROVED SINO-US TIES
Cha Daojiong, a Double-appointed professor at Peking University School of International Relations and School of South-South Cooperation and Development, in an article published by The Paper (March 30) captioned 'How do China and the United States manage their differences?' said it is difficult for the two countries to manage their differences but suggested steps for the next four years.

Apr 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: US AMBASSADOR TO PALAU BECOMES FIRST U.S. AMBASSADOR HOLDING OFFICE TO VISIT TAIWAN
U.S. Ambassador to Palau, John Hennesey-Niland became the first sitting envoy to travel to Taiwan in an official capacity since Washington cut formal ties with Taipei in favour of Beijing in 1979.

Apr 2021

CHINA-XINJIANG: CHINA LAUNCHES PROPAGANDA OFFENSIVE TO COUNTER U.S. AND WEST'S CHARGES OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OF UYGHURS
Reacting to growing international criticism of human rights violations of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region by the Chinese authorities, China has launched a major PR offensive, comprising Rap songs, photo exhibitions and the musical -- “The Wings of Songs” -- targetted at the United States and Europe.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER GROUP PASSES THROUGH MIYAKO STRAIT FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2020
The Joint Staff Office of the Japanese Defense Ministry said (April 4) that the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and five escort vessels passed through a key waterway off Japan on their way to the Pacific Ocean.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA TO REDUCE IRON ORE IMPORTS FROM AUSTRALIA AND PROCURE IT FROM OTHER OVERSEAS SOURCES
South China Morning Post (April 3) disclosed that in 2019, a China-backed consortium – SMB-Winning – won a US$15 billion contract to develop blocks 1 and 2 of the high-grade iron ore reserves in the Simandou mountains, a 110km (68-mile) range deep in the interior of southeastern Guinea.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CCP: CCP HAS COMMITTEES IN 1.585 MILLION OR MORE THAN 40 PER CENT OF CHINA'S PRIVATE ENTERPRISES
Voice of America (April 2) citing China's official media said Alibaba has recently established a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) committee at its headquarters in Beijing.

Apr 2021

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: AGRICULTURE OFFICIALS EMPHASISE THAT FOOD SUPPLIES ARE GUARANTEED BUT NEED ATTENTION IN THE MEDIUM-TO-LONG TERM
The People's Daily (April 3) reported that a press conference was held on April 2, under the aegis of the State Council Information Office where Liang Yan, Deputy Director of the State Bureau of Grain and Material Reserves, Qian Yi, Director of the Planning and Construction Department and spokesperson, and Qin Yuyun, Director of the Food Reserves briefed reporters on the grain and material reserves during the Five-Year Plan period.

Apr 2021

CHINA-APPOINTMENTS: LI BO TO JOIN AS DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF PBOC
Li Bo, Vice Mayor of Chongqing Municipality has stepped down from his post on March 31, to accept the appointment as a Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China (PBoC), although the central bank has yet to make an official announcement.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CORRUPTION: SENIOR CHINESE FINANCIAL OFFICIAL BEING INVESTIGATED FOR CORRUPTION
Xu Zhen, former chairman and Communist Party secretary of the Shanghai Clearing House (SCH) has been charged with corruption and bribery.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CORRUPTION: FORMER HEAD OF CHINA'S LARGEST WEAPONS MANUFACTURERS NORINCO HAS BEEN PLACED UNDER INVESTIGATION
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) announced on April 4, that 65-year old Yin Jiaxu, who was Communist Party chief and Chairman of China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco) -- one of China’s largest weapons manufacturers -- until his retirement in 2018, is being investigated for “serious violations of discipline and the law”.

Apr 2021

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: SIIS RESEARCHER SUGGESTS CHINA SHOULD HAVE FORWARD-LOOKING THINKING AND GET INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
Writing in "International Outlook" (Issue 2, 2020) Yu Xintian of the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, said China's diplomacy must explore ways to respond to new types of major powers, abandon the thinking and strategies of traditional major powers; re-recognize the importance of regions, and integrate them more deeply and comprehensively; and guard against traditional ideological disputes.

Apr 2021

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER URGES U.S. TO "TRULY RESPECT" CHINA'S CORE INTERESTS
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on April 4, urged the United States to truly respect China's core interests and take a correct view of China's development.

Apr 2021

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON CAUGHT OUT USING 1968 PHOTOS TO ACCUSE U.S. OF USING "BLACK SLAVES" FOR PICKING COTTON
Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying has drawn derision for using a fake photograph of “Black slaves” to accuse the United States of hypocrisy over alleged forced labour in Xinjiang, according to the Apple Daily (April 3).

Apr 2021

CHINA-POVERTY ALLEVIATION: STATE COUNCIL TO ISSUE WHITE PAPER ON POVERTY ALLEVIATION
China's State Council Information Office (SCIO) will release a white paper titled "Poverty Alleviation: China's Experience and Contribution" on April 6, and hold a press conference the same day at 10 a.m.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA'S OFFICIAL MEDIA FRONT-PAGE REPORTS ON APRIL 4, OF CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING PLANTING TREES ON QINGMING
China Daily (April 4) front-paged a report on the Qingming (Ching Ming) Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, when Chinese people honour nature and their ancestors, that this year was on April 4.

Apr 2021

CHINA-SOUTH EAST ASIA: CHINA TO RECEIVE SOUTH EAST ASIAN VISITORS THIS MONTH
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a press conference in Beijing on March 30, that the foreign ministers of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines had been invited to visit China from March 31 to April 2.

Apr 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINESE AIR FORCE CONDUCTS TWO LARGE DRILLS WITHIN A WEEK AND SURROUNDS TAIWAN
The Global Times (March 30) publicised that on March 26 and 29, PLAAF aircraft surrounded the island of Taiwan from both west and east in two exercises.

Apr 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S GLOBAL TIMES PUBLICISES INDIAN PRIME MINISTER MODI'S LETTER TO IMRAN KHAN AS SUGGESTING A THAW IN RELATIONS
The Global Times (March 24) reported, based on Indian media messages, that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi not long ago sent a mail to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Apr 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA MAKES MAJOR CHANGES TO HONGKONG'S LEGISLATURE REDUCING THE NUMBER OF DIRECTLY-ELECTED LEGISLATORS
On March 30, China’s government endorsed changes to Hong Kong’s legislature that reduce the proportion of directly elected representatives from 35 of 70 seats to just 20 of 90 seats.

Apr 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA CHANGES TAX LAWS TO DETRIMENT OF EXPATRIATES
The South China Morning Post (April 1) reported that a survey released on April 1, by the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) showed that more than a third of multinational firms in Shanghai are considering moving all or part of their operation out of China or to another Chinese city when tax exemptions on allowances for foreign employees expire next year.

Apr 2021

CHINA-AVIATION: CHENGDU'S SECOND AIRPORT TO BE OPERATIONAL BY END OF JUNE THIS YEAR
Chengdu is speeding up the construction of a new international airport that will make the southwestern Chinese city the third in the country with two international airports, following Beijing and Shanghai.

Apr 2021

CHINA-SOCIAL ORGANISATIONS: NEW RULES FOR ELIMINATING SPREAD OF ILLEGAL SOCIAL ORGANISATIONS
On March 20, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs and 22 other departments jointly issued the "Notice on Eliminating the Breeding Soil of Illegal Social Organizations and Purifying the Ecological Space of Social Organizations".

Apr 2021

CHINA-CORRUPTION: SEX SCANDAL IN GUANYUN COUNTY, JIANGSU PROVINCE ATTRACTS NATIONWIDE ATTENTION
According to the New York Times (March 29), a 19-year old girls involvement in a sex scandal involving senior Chinese officials has attracted nationwide notice.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CORRUPTION: POLITBURO MEMBER GUO SHENGKUN ANNOUNCES ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW CENTRAL SMALL LEADING GROUP TO FIGHT CORRUPTION
After Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted a ceremony to celebrate the end of a three-year campaign to take on organized crime, Politburo member and Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission Guo Shengkun, announced in Beijing on March 29 that he would head a central small leading group to spearhead the battle against organised crime.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CCP: WRITING IN THE APPLE DAILY CHINESE DISSIDENT WANG DAN SAID XI JINPING IS CARRYING OUT A "DE-DENG (XIAOPING)IZATION"
Writing in the Apple Daily (March 10), US-based Chinese dissident Wang Dan said that Chinese President Xi Jinping is carrying out a “de-Deng (Xiaoping)ization” to elevate himself among Chinese leaders and place himself next to Mao.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CCP: QIU SHI CALLS PARTY HISTORY EDUCATION CAMPAIGN A NEW "POLITICAL MOBILISATION"
Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth) in its 7th issue of 2021 released on March 31, published an article by the CCP CC Organisation Department titled: Do a good job in the study and education of party history for party members and cadres.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: QIU SHI PUBLISHED A NEW ARTICLE BY CCP GENERAL SECRETARY AND CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ON LEARNING THE CCP HISTORY
The Qiushi Journal, 7th issue of 2021, for the first time, published the full text of the speech by President Xi Jinping at the Mobilization Conference of Party History Study and Education on February 20, 2021.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO MEETING ON MARCH 30
The CCP CC Politburo met on March 30 to review the "Guiding Opinions on Promoting High-quality Development in the Central Region in the New Era".

Apr 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: PARAGUAY FOREIGN MINISTRY CLAIMS INTERMEDIARIES OFFERED CHINESE COVID-19 VACCINES IN EXCHANGE FOR IT SEVERING DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH TAIWAN
One of 15 countries that maintain formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, Paraguay’s foreign ministry was cited by Diplomat (March 27) as saying it had been approached earlier this week by brokers claiming to offer batches of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine in exchange for Paraguay cutting its diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

Apr 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN MASS PRODUCING LONG-RANGE GROUND-TO-AIR MISSILES
Taiwan’s Defense Minister and Deputy Director of Taiwan’s main defense research institute was quoted by Diplomat (March 26) as telling reporters this week that Taiwan had begun mass producing a new long-range ground-launched missile to bolster its defenses against mainland China.

Apr 2021

CHINA-LAOS: LAOS APPOINTS CLASSMATE OF XI JINPING AS ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT
Laos has appointed 64-year old Khemmani Pholsena, a former schoolmate of Chinese President Xi Jinping to serve as a top aide to the Southeast Asian nation's new leader.

Apr 2021

CHINA-UAE: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER SIGNS AGREEMENT ON JOINT COVID-19 VACCINE PRODUCTION DURING VISIT TO UAE
During Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE), an agreement on China-UAE cooperation on COVID-19 vaccine and epidemic control was reached.

Apr 2021

CHINA-IRAN: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN ON MARCH 27
Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported that during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's 2-day visit to Iran, the two foreign ministers Javad Zarif and Wang Yi, signed an agreement, which is expected to include Chinese investments in key sectors such as energy and infrastructure, that reflected China’s growing ambition to play a larger role in a region that has been a strategic preoccupation of the United States for decades.

Apr 2021

CHINA-KAZAKHSTAN: KAZAKHS PROTEST AGAINST GROWING CHINESE INFLUENCE
Radio Free Asia reported (March 27) that Kazakh authorities had detained at least 20 people for staging anti-China protests in towns and cities across Kazakhstan on March 27.

Apr 2021

CHINA-CANADA: CHINESE DIPLOMAT TWEETS IMPOLITE REFERENCE TO CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER
China’s Consul General to Rio de Janeiro, Li Yang in a tweet blaming Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau for the diplomatic crisis referred to him as a “boy”.

Apr 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON WARNS U.S. NOT TO MEDDLE WITH UYGHURS ISSUE AS TODAY'S CHINA IS NOT IRAQ, SYRIA OR OF THE QING DYNASTY
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported the statement by its spokesperson Hua Chunying on March 26 when the video of "Daniel Dunbrier's Speech at the "Xinjiang Truth Pursuit-Canadian Symposium" was played live.

Apr 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE ACADEMIC QUESTIONS BENEFITS OF INVESTING IN INDIA
Liu Zongyi, Secretary-General, China and South Asian Studies Centre, Shanghai Institute of International Studies, in an interview with the Chinese news-portal Guancha on March 24, claimed that the border standoff has lasted for so long.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA BUILD-UP ARMOUR AT RUDOG, NGARI (ALI) PREFECTURE, TIBET
Janes (March 23) reported a build-up of armour at Rudog (Rudok), Ngari (Ali) Prefecture (bordering the eastern Ladakh), TAR. The report states that at least 448 pieces of armour have been identified in positions near Rutog.

Apr 2021

CHINA-PLA: CMC COMMENDS TEN PLA UNITS AND TWENTY PERSONNEL IN THE PLA LOGISTICS DEPARTMENT
The People's Daily (March 22) reported that the Central Military Commission (CMC) issued an “Announcement on Commending Advanced Units and Individuals for Military Logistic Work” when it commended ten logistics 'danweis' and twenty individuals within the Logistics Department.

Apr 2021

CHINA-TIBET: NYINGCHI-LHASA SECTION OF CHENGDU-LHASA RAILWAY EXPECTED TO OPEN IN JUNE
China Daily (March 25), citing China's Ministry of Transport, reported that the railway linking Nyingchi and Lhasa in TAR is expected to open by the end of June.

Apr 2021

CHINA-XINJIANG: PEOPLE'S DAILY 'ZHONG SHENG' ARTICLE ON THE 'REAL SITUATION OF UYGHURS'
The People’s Daily (March 23) published a Zhong Sheng (钟声) commentary that stressed “Xinjiang-related issues” were not “human rights issues” at all but “issues of counterterrorism, deradicalization, and anti-splittism.” It said accusations of “so-called ‘genocide,’ ‘forced labour,’ and ‘religious oppression’” were “the biggest lies of this century” (本世纪最大的谎言).

Apr 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: CHINA'S GRID SYSTEM IS EXPANDING STEADILY
Writing in the China Leadership Monitor, Minxin Pei wrote (March 1, 2021) that "the Chinese government began to implement a new form of social control – grid management – about fifteen years ago.

Apr 2021

CHINA-MIDDLE EAST: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI VISITING SIX MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES FROM MARCH 24-30
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi started a six-country tour of the Middle East this week. According to a statement from the Foreign Ministry, Wang Yi “will pay official visits to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and a working visit to Oman from March 24 to 30.”

Mar 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: TOYOTA MOTOR TO PRODUCE KEY COMPONENTS OF FUEL CELL VEHICLES IN CHINA AT BEIJING'S REQUEST
Nikkei (March 23) disclosed that Toyota Motor is planning to produce the key components of fuel cell vehicles in China, starting as early as next year.

Mar 2021

CHINA-UK: CHINA SANCTIONS 9 BRITISH INDIVIDUALS AND 4 BRITISH ENTITIES IN RETALIATION FOR UK'S SANCTION ON XINJIANG
Following the sanctions imposed on March 22, by the UK for the first time on Chinese individuals and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 26 sanctioned 9 British personnel and 4 entities that maliciously spread lies and false information.

Mar 2021

CHINA-EU: CHINA SANCTIONS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, TWO SCHOLARS AND FOUR ORGANISATIONS OF EUROPE
The individuals sanctioned by Mainland China and their families are prohibited from entering the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao of China. They and companies and institutions associated with them are also restricted from doing business with China.

Mar 2021

CHINA-FRANCE: CHINESE EMBASSY INVOLVED IN VERBAL FEUD SPARKED BY FRENCH SENATOR'S PLAN TO VISIT TAIWAN
On March 22, Global Times published its version of the verbal feud that was going on for the past two days between the Chinese Embassy in France and French Senator Alain Richard. Occasioned by Alain Richard's planned visit to Taiwan, it said French media outlets and members of parliament launched a fierce attack against the Chinese Embassy in France and the Chinese Ambassador, Lu Shaye.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: US NOMINEE FOR COMMANDER OF INDO-US PACIFIC COMMAND ADMIRAL JOHN AQUILINO SAYS AT SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT CHINESE FORCES WILL BE READY FOR ASSAULT ON TAIWAN EARLIER THAN 2045
South China Morning Post (March 24) said that speaking at a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Admiral John Aquilino told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the point at which China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) would be equipped for a mission to take over Taiwan was “much closer than most think”.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: HU XIJIN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF GLOBAL TIMES, WARNS U.S. AGAINST COMMITTING "STRATEGIC SUICIDE" BY SIMULTANEOUSLY CONFRONTING CHINA AND RUSSIA
In a video released by Global Times on March 23, the Editor-in-Chief of Global Times Hu Xijin pointed to the apparent coincidence in the Russian Foreign Minister visiting China on the same day the strategic talks were underway between senior U.S. and Chinese officials.

Mar 2021

CHINA-SAUDI ARABIA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI VISITS SAUDI ARABIA
CGTN reported (March 25) that Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on March 24 and agreed to oppose any interference in the internal affairs of other countries and defend the interests of developing countries.

Mar 2021

CHINA-RUSSIA: RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV CALLS FOR USING NATIONAL OR GOLD CURRENCIES INSTEAD OF THE DOLLAR TO BOLSTER TECHNOLOGICAL INDEPENDENCE
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, talking to the Chinese media at the start of a two-day visit to China, said Moscow and Beijing were compelled to develop independently of Washington in order to thwart what he said were U.S. attempts to curb their technological development.

Mar 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: BEIJING-BASED THINK-TANK REVEALS U.S.A.F. ELECTRONIC INTELLIGENCE RECCE AIRCRAFT RC-135U FLEW NEARLY 25 NAUTICAL MILES OFF CHINA'S COAST
The Beijing-based SCS Probing Initiative claimed (March 22) that a U.S. Air Force RC-135U Combat Sent electronic intelligence aircraft flew a mission over the Strait of Taiwan on March 22 morning, approaching nearly 25 nautical miles from the coast of mainland China.

Mar 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG SAR PROHIBITS USE OF BNO PASSPORTS FROM JANUARY 31 AND MANDATES USE OF HKSAR PASSPORTS INSTEAD
The Hong Kong government on March 25, confirmed that it had told 14 countries to stop accepting a British travel document that many of its young people use to apply for working holiday visas in Europe, North America and parts of Asia.

Mar 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: 4-PAGE PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTARY WARNS COUNTRIES AGAINST MEDDLING IN HONGKONG
The People’s Daily (March 14) published a page-four Zhong Sheng (钟声) commentary condemning “a small number of Western countries” for having recently issued “so-called statements” on the NPC Decision, revealing their “sinister intention” to “treat Hong Kong as a chess piece to contain China’s development.”

Mar 2021

CHINA-XINJIANG: GLOBAL TIMES PUBLICISES INCREASE IN DOMESTIC TOURISM TO XINJIANG POST US AND EUROPEAN SANCTIONS
The Global Times publicised that following the imposition of sanction by the US and European countries, domestic travel to Xinjiang has registered a sharp increase.

Mar 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT SAYS CHINA WILL BUILD 30 NEW AIRPORTS BY 2025
Caixin (March 26) said China aims to boost its overall airport capacity by nearly half in the next five years, with an emphasis on regional facilities.

Mar 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: 3-DAY CHINA DEVELOPMENT FORUM HELD IN BEIJING FROM MARCH 20
The 2021 China Development Forum started online and on-site in Beijing on March 20.

Mar 2021

CHINA-ARCHAEOLOGY: NEW FIND AT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE SUGGESTS EXISTENCE OF PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN 3000 YEAR OLD CHINESE CIVILISATION
A report in the South China Morning Post (March 20) stated that during a massive dig at the Sanxingdui site in Guanghan, Sichuan, which started from 2019, almost 500 artefacts made from gold, bronze, jade and ivory more than 3,000 years ago were uncovered.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PLA: 77 PERCENT OF BATCH OF NEW RECRUITS ARRIVING IN TIBET MILITARY REGION ARE COLLEGE STUDENTS
The PLA Daily (March 18) disclosed that a comprehensive training base of the Tibet Military Region had received the first batch of spring recruits.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PLA: CMC ISSUES NEW REVISED WORK REGULATIONS FOR PLA DISCIPLINE INSPECTION COMMITTEE
Xinhua and the People's Daily (March 15) disclosed that the Central Military Commission recently issued the newly revised "Work Regulations of the Chinese Communist Party Army Disciplinary Inspection Committee", which will come into force on April 1, 2021.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA DECIDES NOT TO HAVE A MILITARY PARADE TO MARK THE CCP'S CENTENARY
Xinhua on March 23, quoted Li Jun, Assistant Director of the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission (CMC) to say that there will be no military parade during this year's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Li Jn made the statement at a press conference in Beijing on March 23.

Mar 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLE EMPHASISES PARTY 'S OVERALL LEADERSHIP OVER COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Writing in the People's Daily (March 25) He Xiuchao, Party Secretary of the Central University of Finance and Economics, recalled Xi Jinping's injunction that: "Party, government, military, and civilian studies, east, west, south, north, middle, and the party leads everything".

Mar 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: CHINA REVAMPS SYLLABUS OF VOCATIONAL COURSES TO UPGRADE SKILLS OF WORKFORCE TO TRANSFORM COUNTRY INTO A TECHNOLOGY SUPERPOWER
In accordance with the requirements for vocational education in the "14th Five-Year Plan" national economic and social development and the 2035 long-term goal, China’s Education Ministry updated a national list of vocational courses to include subjects like 5G, big data and cloud computing, as the government tries to equip the workforce with the necessary skills to transform the country into a technology superpower.

Mar 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: STATE COUNCIL ISSUES 28-PAGE ANNUAL REPORT ON CONDITION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN U.S.
China's State Council Information Office issued a 28-page report on March 24 on the condition of human rights in the United States in 2020.

Mar 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CMC CHAIRMAN AND CHINA'S PRESIDENT XI JINPING SIGNS MILITARY MOBILISATION ORDER
Reporting (March 18) that the Central Military Commission Chairman and China's President Xi Jinping had signed the 2021 training mobilization order, the PLA Daily (March 18) disclosed that the order emphasizes the need to strengthen simulation, networking, and confrontational means, explore training methods such as "technology + network" and greatly increase the content of training technology.

Mar 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS FUJIAN PROVINCE
Xinhua and the South China Morning Post separately reported (March 25) Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit on inspection to Fujian Province from March 22-25.

Mar 2021

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLE ON U.S. DEFENCE SECRETARY'S VISIT TO INDIA SAYS INDIA WILL NOT BECOME APPENDAGE TO U.S.
A Global Times (March 19) article sought to keep India appeased by saying that 'India will not downgrade as a US' appendage like Japan since New Delhi seeks major power autonomy.'

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE ACADEMIC REACTS TO FAILURE OF SINO-US DIALOGUE AT ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
Reuters (March 20) quoted Major General Yao Yunzhu, who retired from the PLA think-tank Academy of Military Sciences (AMS) and is presently Director Emeritus of the Centre on China-America Defence Relations under the AMS, as saying at the China Development Forum attended by an international audience of business and policy leaders forum in Beijing on March 20 that the failure of this week's United States-China meeting to build strategic trust has heightened the need for Beijing and Washington to improve their crisis management regime.

Mar 2021

CHINA-QUAD: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN--CHIEF CRITICISES US DEFENCE SECRETARY AUSTINS TRIP TO INDIA, ROK AND JAPAN AS A FAILURE
In an article in Global Times (March 20) it's Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin commented that after US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's visit to India, the joint statement between US and Indian defense chiefs did not mention China.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: 200 CHINA COAST GUARD VESSELS SEEN BY PHILIPPINES FORCES AT WHITSUN (JULIAN FELIPE) REEF
The Philippines coast guard reported that about 220 vessels manned by militia were seen moored at Whitsun Reef, which Manila calls Julian Felipe Reef, on March 7.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA NAVY'S TYPE-055 DESTROYER 'NANCHANG' SPOTTED PASSING THROUGH TSUSHIMA STRAIT AND SAILING TOWARD SEA OF JAPAN
Global Times (March 19), quoting a Japan Ministry of Defense Joint Staff press release of March 19, reported that China's new 10,000-ton Type-055 destroyer 'Nanchang' accompanied by the Type 052D guided missile destroyer Chengdu and the Type 054A guided missile frigate Daqing passed through the Tsushima Strait and sailed toward the Sea of Japan on March 18.

Mar 2021

CHINA-CCP: JIANGXI PPCC VICE CHAIRMAN URGES EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS TO USE POVERTY ALLEVIATION AS AN EXAMPLE TO DEMONSTRATE THE CCP'S 'NOBLE CHARACTER'
Xie Ru, Vice Chairman of the Jiangxi Provincial Political Consultative Conference, was quoted by People's Daily (March 19) as saying that colleges and universities in the country should use “examples of poverty alleviation to teach ideological and political lessons will help demonstrate the strong leadership, organization and execution of the Communist Party of China, and demonstrate the selfless dedication and noble character of party members and cadres in poverty alleviation, so that young students can deeply understand China.”

Mar 2021

CHINA-CCP: PARTY HISTORY STUDY AND EDUCATION MEETING HELD IN HEBEI PROVINCE
A meeting of the Party History Study and Education gave a Report to the Central Propaganda Group meeting on March 20 in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, where Zhang Shujun, a member of the Central Propaganda Group and former member of the Central Party History and Documentation Research Institute, spoke.

Mar 2021

CHINA-CCP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTING IMPORTANCE OF STUDYING PARTY HISTORY
The People's Daily (March 18) published an article by Xu Jianfei of the School of Marxism, Yangzhou University, who wrote about learning from Party history.

Mar 2021

CHINA-CCP: MEETING IN BEIJING SIGNALS LAUNCH OF NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN TO STUDY PARTY HISTORY
The Central Propaganda Department, the Central Organization Department, the Central Party History and Documentation Research Institute, the Central and State Organ Working Committee, the Ministry of Education, the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission, and the Beijing Municipal Committee jointly organised a meeting in Beijing on Party history.

Mar 2021

CHINA-CPPCC: CHINESE PANCHEN LAMA GYALTSEN NORBU ACCUSES "ANTI-CHINA FORCES" OF NOT CARING FOR TIBETAN PEOPLE
The Beijing-appointed Panchen Lama, Gyaltsen Norbu in a speech at the CPPCC on March 11 criticised foreign interference in Tibetan affairs saying that “anti-China forces” care nothing for the Tibetan people and only raise issues of religious freedom in order to hinder China’s development.

Mar 2021

CHINA-CANADA: TRIAL STARTS IN CHINA OF TWO CANADIAN CITIZENS
The trial of two Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who have been detained in China since December 2018, soon after Canada arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States, is to start in China on March 19. Court hearings are to be held on March 19 and 23.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY CALLS U.S. SELF--CLAIMED "BEACON OF HUMAN RIGHTS" DURING UNHRC MEETING
Reacting to the US 'human rights issue' discussed during the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, where multiple countries criticized its worsening human rights situation, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the self-claimed "beacon of human rights" should really shed light on itself sometimes.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: GUANGMING DAILY ARTICLE PLEADS FOR LIFTING RESTRICTIONS IN U.S. ON CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES
An article authored by Yuan Li of China'sMinistry of Education and Foreign Language Exchange and Cooperation Center, published in Guangming Daily (March 17) said "as two world powers, China and the United States" should not block people-to-people exchanges and urged that Confucius Institutes, which he claimed are "a purely language and cultural education project" and "were unreasonably suppressed in the United States" should be permitted to function.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE PROF. WANG JISI SAYS IT IS NECESSARY FOR CHINA AND U.S. TO "REBUILD POLITICAL TRUST"
Writing in Caixin (March 17), Professor Wang Jisi, President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University, in a speech at the Lanting Forum in February in Beijing addressed the issue of “rebuilding political trust” between China and the United States.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE AMBASSADOR CUI TIANKAI GIVES INTERVIEW JUST 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE US-CHINA MEETING IN ANCHORAGE RULING OUT ANY COMPROMISE BY CHINA
Chinese Ambassador to the US gave a joint interview with Xinhua News Agency, China International Television, and Phoenix Satellite TV just 24 hours before the Sino-US high-level strategic dialogue in Anchorage on March 17.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: OFFICIAL CHINESE MEDIA COMMENTS ON HIGH-LEVEL US-CHINA MEETING IN ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
Commenting on the high-level US-China meeting on March 18 and which the US insists is only a dialogue with no promise of future meetings, Xinhua (March 17) said "For China and the United States, whose relations have plunged to the lowest point since their establishment of diplomatic relations in the 1970s, the arrival of the long-awaited official dialogue between high-ranking diplomats undoubtedly sends a positive signal.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: HIGH LEVEL US-CHINA TALKS AT ANCHORAGE, ALASKA OPEN WITH SOME TENSION
The 2-day talks between the US and China opened in Anchorage, Alaska on March 18 with the US represented by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and NSA Jake Sullivan and China by Politburo member and Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Committee Yang Jiechi and State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Mar 2021

CHINA-MYANMAR: CHINA REACTS TO ATTACKS ON CHINESE-FINANCED FACTORIES IN MYANMAR
At least 39 people were reported killed in Myanmar as Chinese-financed factories were set ablaze in the poor, industrial Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone suburb of Yangon on March 14.

Mar 2021

CHINA-EU: EU AGREES TO BLACKLIST AND SANCTION FOUR CHINESE INDIVIDUALS
The European Union agreed on March 17, to blacklist Chinese officials for human rights abuses, the first sanctions against Beijing since an EU arms embargo in 1989 following the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Mar 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: US STATE DEPARTMENT SANCTIONS AN ADDITIONAL 24 CHINESE AND HONGKONG OFFICIALS AND CHINA REACTS
In a statement on March 17, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken disclosed that the US State Department has identified 24 PRC and Hong Kong officials, including 14 Vice-Chairmen of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee and officials in the Hong Kong Police Force’s National Security Division, the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, and the Office for Safeguarding National Security, whose actions have reduced Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy.

Mar 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S CYBERSPACE AUTHORITY AND MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY SUMMON CHINESE TECH COMPANIES
China Cyberspace Authority and the Ministry of Public Security summoned 11 tech companies including @BytedanceTalk @Xiaomi @AlibabaGroup and @TencentGlobal for talks on March 18, to discuss and assess voice-based social media and deep-fake tech.

Mar 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBOC ALLOWS FIRMS GREATER FREEDOM TO EXCHANGE CURRENCY TO HEDGE FOREIGN EXCHANGE RISK
China's Economic Daily reported on March 13 that the People’s Bank of China had announced (March 12) that it will launch a trial that will allow multinational corporations (MNCs) greater freedom to exchange currency to help companies reduce the cost of hedging foreign exchange risk.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINESE SURVEY SHIPS ARE MAPPING THE INDIAN OCEAN SEABED
A report in Naval News (January 2021) stated that the Chinese Survey ship, the Xiang Yang Hong 03, has been operating in a 500,000 square km area in the Indian Ocean.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA BUILDING MORE UNDERGROUND SILOS TO ACCOMMODATE DF-41 AND DF-31AG MISSILES
A report of the Washington-based think tank the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) disclosed in February that China is building at least 16 silos in the missile training area west of Wuhai in Inner Mongolia.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PLA: CMC VICE CHAIRMAN XU QILIANG SPEAKS TO PLA AND PAP DEPUTIES TO NPC
Politburo member and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) Xu Qiliang spoke at the delegates’ meeting of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and of the People’s Armed Police (PAP). He said that the past year has been extremely unprecedented.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CENTRAL PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT PUBLISHES OFFICIAL STUDY MATERIAL ON PARTY HISTORY FOR WHOLE PARTY
Writing in the People's Daily (March 17), Qu Qingshan, Dean of the Central Party History and Literature Research Institute, disclosed that the CCP CC Propaganda Department, in accordance with the instructions of the Party Central Committee, had "officially" published the 180,000-character "Questions and Answers on the Study of Xi Jinping Thoughts on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era".

Mar 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER AND VICE PREMIER HAN ZHENG ATTENDS SYMPOSIUM AT NDRC TO FORMALLY START IMPLEMENTATION OF 14TH FIVE YEAR PLAN AND 2035 LONG TERM OUTLINE
PBSC member and Vice Premier Han Zheng held a symposium at the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on March 16 to kick-off work related to the 14th Five-Year Plan and the 2035 Long-Term Goal Outline.

Mar 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEMBER AND CPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG WAS ON INSPECTION TOUR TO XINJIANG
Chinese Politburo member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang, while on an inspection tour (March 14-17, 2021) to the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region called for fully implementing the Party's policies on governing Xinjiang for the new era and consolidate the foundation for enduring peace and stability in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Mar 2021

CHINA-QUAD: QUAD LEADERS SUMMIT TAKES PLACE ON MARCH 12
The leaders of the Quad countries had a summit meeting on March 12, where they committed to hold an in-person leaders’ summit this year. The leaders' issued a joint statement after the meeting.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION DESIGNATES FIVE CHINESE COMPANIES AS THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY
The US Federal Communications Commission on March 12 designated five Chinese companies as posing a threat to national security.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE OFFICIALS ASSERT THEY ARE PROUD OF BEING SANCTIONED BY THE U.S.
Zhang Xiaoming, Executive Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council said at a press conference called by the State Council on March 12 after the NPC Plenum: "My colleagues in the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office and I were sanctioned by the US last year, and we are very proud of that".

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: CHINA AND U.S. DIFFER ON NATURE OF TALKS AT ANCHORAGE WITH CHINA TRYING TO DESCRIBE THEM AS "HIGH-LEVEL STRATEGIC DIALOGUE"
An article in Nikkei Asia (March 12) stated that U.S. and China are engaged in psychological warfare over how to define the upcoming meeting between the US and Chinese officials in Anchorage, Alaska on March 18.

Mar 2021

CHINA-INDIA: WMCC ON INDIA-CHINA BORDER AFFAIRS MEETING ON MARCH 12 AGREES TO ANOTHER MEETING OF ARMY COMMANDERS
According to the 21st Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on China-India Border Affairs held on March 12, China and India agreed to hold another round of commander-level talks as soon as possible to further ease the situation on the ground and jointly safeguard the hard-won peace and stability in the border areas.

Mar 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S CCTV REPORTS INDIA IS STRENGTHENING ITS UNDERWATER COMBAT POWER
State-owned CCTV telecast its Focus Today Programme (March 12) headlined 'India strengthens its underwater combat power, the United States is eager to tie India to the "Indo-Pacific tank"?' I

Mar 2021

CHINA-INDIA: SENIOR CHINESE ACADEMIC MAKES OFFENSIVE REMARK ABOUT INDIA
Well known Chinese Professor of International Relations at Renmin University and America expert Jin Canrong was interviewed by the popular news portal Guangcha.com on March 7.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S MILITARY INFLUENCE IN AFRICA
The US-based pro-Beijing Duowei News on March 9, 2021, published an article on China's expanding military influence in Africa. The Global Times had published a similar article on February 1, 2021.

Mar 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINESE STATE-OWNED AND STATE-SUPPORTED SPACE COMPANIES ARE PROLIFERATING
The report China’s Space Narrative, a collaboration between the China Aerospace Studies Institute and CNA’s China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division, disclosed on March 13 that by November 2020, China was home to over 160 commercial space companies, over half of which were founded in the last seven years.

Mar 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: SURVEILLANCE AND IDEOLOGICAL CONTROL IN UNIVERSITIES ENHANCED
Radio Free Asia reported (March 11) that Sichuan International Studies University had issued an internal notice on March 8, to recruit student information officers.

Mar 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: GUANGMING DAILY ARTICLE ADVOCATES PROMOTING MANDARIN AMONG ETHNIC MINORITIES
An article in the Guangming Daily (March 14), quoting Chinese President Xi Jinping's statement on replacing minority languages with Mandarin, said that the 'national common spoken and written language' has for decades played a major role in 'the development of politics, economy, culture, education, transportation, and information technology in ethnic areas.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: STATE-OWNED CCTV MENTIONS HIGHLIGHTS OF 'OUTLINE OF LONG TERM GOALS FOR 2035'
A CCTV programme on March 13 pointed out that the "Outline of Long-term Goals for 2035", or the "Planning Outline" mentioned 20 main indicators in five categories: economic development, innovation drive, people's livelihood and welfare, green ecology, and safety assurance. It is divided into three sections.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: XI JINPING CALLS SITUATION "HIGHLY UNSTABLE AND UNCERTAIN" AND ASKS PLA AND PAP DELEGATES TO NPC TO BE READY TO RESPOND TO COMPLEX AND DIFFICULT SITUATIONS
CCTV reported (March 9) that at the Plenary Session of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and People's Armed Police Forces (PAPF) at the Fourth Session of the 13th National People’s Congress meeting, six representatives including Xiang Xiang, Xin Yi, Qi Huguang, Xiao Dongsong, Wang Huiqing, and Wang Qifan spoke on accelerating national defense technological innovation, developing new territories and new quality combat forces, innovating the sergeant system, innovating the work of talents, and doing a good job in our military.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: CHINESE HUMAN RESOURCES AND SOCIAL SECURITY MINISTRY OFFICIAL EXPLAINS PROPOSED POLICY ON DELAYING RETIREMENT AGE TO XINHUA
A Xinhua report (March 13) clarified that the "14th Five-Year Plan" and the '2035 Long-Term Goal Outline' announced at the NPC had clearly stated that the legal retirement age should be gradually delayed in accordance with the principles of "small-step adjustment, flexible implementation, classified promotion, and overall planning."

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: CPPCC MEMBER EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT AFFEMINITY OF CHINESE YOUTH
Zhang Shuhua, a member of the CPPCC and Director of the Institute of Political Science at CASS, proposed (March 10) promoting "male masculinity" in literature, education and television.

Mar 2021

CHINA-CPPCC: PROPOSAL TO ABOLISH ENGLISH AS CORE SUBJECT IN SCHOOLS
A South China Morning Post (March 13) article disclosed that Xu Jin, a Delegate to the CPPCC, had last week suggested that the government remove English as a core subject in compulsory education and as a requirement for university entrance examinations, said learning English, or any other foreign language, was a waste of time and resources.

Mar 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: QINGHAI PROVINCE COUNTY PARTY SECRETARY SAYS XI JINPING HAD SEVERELY CRITICISED U.S. AS THE "BIGGEST THREAT" TO CHINA
The New Tang Dynasty TV (March 7) disclosed that the Propaganda Department of the Qilian County (of Qinghai Province) Party Committee had published a speech by County Party Committee Secretary He Bin on February 25, 2021, on its Qilian News website.

Mar 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP CC ORGANISATION DEPARTMENT'S SECRETARY GENERAL EXHORTS LEADING PARTY CADRES AT ALL LEVELS AND ESPECIALLY LEADING CADRES TO IMPROVE POLITICAL JUDGEMENT AND UNDERSTANDING
In an article in the People's Daily (March 12) where he mentioned Xi Jinping 17 times, Zhang Anmin, Secretary-General of the CCP CC's Organisation Department, pointed out that CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping had asked that: “Leading cadres at all levels, especially senior cadres, must base themselves on the overall strategy of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: US AGRICULTURE EXPORTS TO CHINA RISE
U.S. agricultural exports to China in 2020 rose to 55.5 million tons and comprised one-quarter of all farm shipments three years after the start of a bruising trade war, according to U.S.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: US STATE DEPARTMENT CALLS PASSAGE OF THE HONGKONG ELECTION REFORM BILL BY NPC AN ASSAULT ON DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS
The US State Department released a statement by US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on March 11, evening in apparent reaction to the passage of the Hongkong Reform Bill by China's NPC on March 11, and asserting that "the United States condemns the PRC’s continuing assault on democratic institutions in Hong Kong".

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE BLINKEN TO MEET CHINESE POLITBURO MEMBER YANG JIECHI AND FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI ON MARCH 18 IN ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken confirmed on Twitter on March 11, that "I will meet on March 18 with People’s Republic of China Director Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi in Alaska to engage on a range of issues, including those where we have deep disagreements."

Mar 2021

CHINA-RUSSIA: RUSSIA AND CHINA TO COOPERATE ON SPACE PROJECTS INCLUDING A JOINT LUNAR SPACE STATION
Russia and China have unveiled plans for a joint lunar space station. The Russian space agency Roscomos said in a statement on March 9, that it had signed an agreement with China’s National Space Administration (CNSA) to develop a “complex of experimental research facilities created on the surface and/or in the orbit of the Moon”.

Mar 2021

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES CALLS QUAD AN "EMPTY TALK CLUB"
The Global Times (March 8) cited Chinese experts saying the US attempts to gather allies "will end up in dismay, as other members in the club have an "all-for-itself" agenda, and won't tie themselves to the US' scheme".

Mar 2021

CHINA-TIBET: TAR CHAIRMAN CHE DALHA CALLS FOR ACCELERATING CONSTRUCTION OF DAMS ON BRAHMAPUTRA
An official TAR government website quoted Che Dalha, Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), as saying (March 6) that TAR authorities should “strive to begin construction [of the dams] this year”.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA NAVY RECEIVES ITS SECOND TYPE 055 10,000-TON DESTROYER
The Global Times (March 7) citing video footage released by 'Passion News', a news portal run by the Chinese Communist Youth League Central Committee, said the PLA Navy recently commissioned its second 10,000 ton-class Type 055 large destroyer with Hull No: 102 named after Lhasa.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PLA: CMC LAUNCHES NEW YAER-LONG "PARTY HISTORY STUDY AND EDUCATION" CAMPAIGN IN PLA AS A "MAJOR POLITICAL TASK"
The People's Daily (March 4) publicised the Xinhua (March 3) report that the Central Military Commission (CMC) had issued the "Notice on Carrying out Party History Study and Education in the Whole Army" and instructed that arrangements be made for "the whole army to carry out" the year-long "Party History Study and Education" campaign.

Mar 2021

CHINA-SPACE: CHINA TO LAUNCH SMART DRAGON-3 CARRIER ROCKET IN FIRST HALF OF NEXT YEAR
China Daily (March 9) said that Li Hong, Deputy General Manager of the State-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.(CAST) and Delegate to the CPPCC, disclosed on the sidelines of the ongoing CPPCC session that CAST plans to carry out the maiden flight of its Smart Dragon 3 carrier rocket in the first half of next year.

Mar 2021

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: HONGXIN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO. LTD. ENVISAGED AS A HOMEGROWN CHIP MANUFACTURER TO CHALLENGE THE WEST CLOSES DOWN
The Hongxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (HSMC), Located in an industrial park outside the city of Wuhan and which was meant to become a $19.8 billion showcase homegrown microchip industry producing cutting-edge chips using 14- and 7-nanometer technology capable of challenging the West, has quietly closed down.

Mar 2021

CHINA-RCEP: CHINA RATIFIES RCEP FREE-TRADE AGREEMENT
China's Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao said (March 8) on the sidelines of the NPC session that China has formally ratified the 15-country Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: HE YITING, FORMER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF CHINA'S CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL WARNS AGAINST RISE OF NATIONALISM
The South China Morning Post (March 10) reported that He Yiting, former Executive Vice President of the Central Party School and a close associate of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has warned against the rise of domestic nationalism while tensions between China and major powers were rising.

Mar 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA APPOINTS NEW MINISTER OF WATER RESOURCES
Li Guoying (李国英) was appointed minister of the Ministry of Water Resources.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI'S REMARKS AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON SIDELINES OF NPC
China's Foreign Ministry reported Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's remarks at the press conference (March 7) on the sidelines of the NPC

Mar 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: NPC APPROVES DECISION ON HONGKONG ELECTORAL REFORM
The NPC approved the 'Decision on Improving the Electoral System of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region' on March 11, 2021.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: ECONOMY - NPC SETS BROAD GUIDELINES FOR SOEs
Complying with Xi Jinping's instructions that SOEs should be "bigger, better, and stronger", the 14th Five-Year Plan has encouraged SOEs to focus on their core business.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: CHINA'S NPC TO ENDORSE CHINA'S AMBITIOUS ECONOMIC AGENDA FOR NEXT 15 YEARS
Premier Li Keqiang declared in his Government Work Report to the NPC (March 5): "We will give priority to domestic circulation, and work to build a strong domestic market and turn China into a trader of quality. We will leverage the flows of the domestic economy to make China a major magnet for global production factors and resources, thereby promoting positive interplay between domestic circulation and international circulation."

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: CHINA'S MIIT MINISTER SAYS CHINA WILL NEED ANOTHER 30 YEARS BEFORE IT CAN BECOME A TRUE MANUFACTURING POWERHOUSE
China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and Vice Chairman of the Economic Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Miao Wei was quoted by Caixin (March 8) as saying China will need another 30 years to become a true manufacturing powerhouse.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: CHINA'S DRAFT '14TH FIVE YEAR PLAN' AND 'LONG RANGE OBJECTIVES THROUGH 2035' STRESS SELF-RELIANCE IN HIGH-END S&T
The draft of China’s 14th Five-Year Plan outlines a drive for self-reliance in science and technology and reveals that over the next five years, China plans to invest substantially more in research on basic technology.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: US SENATE PASSES BILL TIGHTENING RESTRICTIONS ON CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES
Fox News reported (March 6) that the U.S. Senate had unanimously passed 'The Concerns Over Nations Funding University Campus Institutes in the United States (CONFUCIUS) Act' this week. The Act tightens restrictions on Confucius Institutes.

Mar 2021

CHINA-TIBET: WORK BEGINS ON NEW STRATEGIC CHENGDU-LHASA RAILWAY
Nikkei Asia reported (March 4) that China has begun construction of a 319.8 billion yuan ($49.4 billion)-rail line that would greatly improve access to Tibet.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: DRAFT BILL ON HONGKONG SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL BY NPC ON MARCH 5
A draft Bill for improving Hong Kong’s electoral system was submitted to the National People’s Congress (NPC) for review on March 5.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING PARTICIPATES IN DISCUSSIONS OF DELEGATION FROM INNER MONGOLIA
Xinhua (March 5) reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping took part in deliberation with his fellow deputies from the delegation of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on March 5, at the fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: INCOME TAX THRESHOLD PROPOSED TO BE RAISED AT NPC
China raised the IncomeTax exemption limit for individuals earning 5000 Yuan a month to 10,000 Yuan a month.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: SUGGESTIONS BY PLA DEPUTIES
Military deputies to the NPC and members of the CPPCC put forward opinions and suggestions on a number of issues about national defense and army building.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC/CPPCC: CPPCC DELEGATE PROPOSES EASING OF RESTRICTIONS ON CHINESE ACADEMICS INTERACTING WITH FOREIGNERS
Jia Qingguo, a CPPCC delegate and Professor of International Relations at Peking University, submitted a proposal to the CPPCC calling for the removal of “unnecessary” approval processes for academics engaging with think tanks and overseas exchange opportunities.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI STATES POSITION ON TAIWAN AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON SIDELINES OF NPC SESSION
Global Times (March 7) said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was invited to discuss "China’s foreign policy and foreign affairs relationship" related questions from Chinese and foreign reporters.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI'S COMMENTS ON JAPAN AND INDIA AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON SIDELINES OF NPC SESSION
Speaking at a 90-minute-long press conference on March 7, on the sidelines of the NPC session, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi appeared to put a positive spin on ties with Japan and India. In response to concerns from Japan about China’s new coastguard law, Wang Yi said the law was not targeted at any nation.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC/PLA: NATIONAL DEFENCE BUDGET RAISED BY 6.9 PERCENT
China has budgeted 1.36 trillion yuan (US$ 209 billion) for national defence, an increase of 6.8% over last year. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed PLA training in his Report.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: PSB BUDGET AGAIN EXCEEDS NATIONAL DEFENCE BUDGET
The Report allocated 185.092 billion yuan on public security, up 0.7% from last year.

Mar 2021

CHINA-'BIG TWO": CPPCC/NPC SESSIONS
In his Report on the Work of the Government, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang set a GDP growth rate target of 6%, lower than the expectation of many Chinese economists that either Beijing would forgo the numerical target altogether or set an ambitious 8% growth rate.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION HOLDS FIRST VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH U.S. STATE LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION AFTER BIDEN ASSUMES OFFICE
Xinhua (March 2) reported that the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the US State Legislative Leadership Foundation jointly held the 5th China-U.S. Provinces and States Video conference of the Legislature Cooperation Forum. it said this forum is the first China-U.S. exchange and cooperation mechanism activity resumed after the new U.S. government took office.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: GLOBAL TIMES REACTS TO U.S. PRESIDENT BIDEN'S ORDER TO REVIEW GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS OF 4 KEY PRODUCTS INCLUDING SEMI-CONDUCTORS
The Global Times (March 3) noted that US President Joe Biden signed an executive order on February 24 to review the global supply chains of four key products including semiconductors, in a bid to shake off dependence on overseas suppliers, especially Chinese ones.

Mar 2021

CHINA-INDIA: NDU FACULTY'S PLA MAJOR GENERAL JIN YINAN IN HIS TALK DESCRIBES INDIA AS "THREAT FROM THE WEST"
PLA Major General Jin Yinan, a Professor in China's National Defence University (NDU) and member of the Chinese Communist Party who teaches national security strategy, international conflict and crisis management and is a prolific writer, gave a talk on February 27, 2021.

Mar 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWANESE NEWSAGENCY QUOTES LITHUANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER AS SAYING LITHUANIA IS CONSIDERING OPTING OUT OF THE 17+1
Taiwan's CNC reported (March 3) that Lithuania is considering leaving the Beijing-initiated "17+1 forum" and building links with Taiwan.

Mar 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S LARGEST SOE ANNOUNCES 18 MEASURES AS PART OF ITS DECARBONISATION PLAN
The State-owned Enterprise (SoE) State Grid Corporation of China, which provides electrical grid services to 26 Chinese provinces together covering 88% of China’s total geographical area, disclosed its decarbonization plan on March 1.

Mar 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINESE AIRLINER PLACES ORDER WITH STATE-OWNED COMAC FOR FIVE C919 PASSENGER AIRCRAFT
Reuters (March 2) reported that China Eastern Airlines signed a firm order with the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) for five of China's home-built C919 jets, which will compete with Boeing Co's 737 and the Airbus SE A320.

Mar 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINESE GOVERNMENT-BACKED CHIP MAKER (HSMC) CLOSES
The US$20 billion semiconductor manufacturing project backed by the Chinese government has gone belly-up, Wuhan Hongxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (HSMC), on February 26 announced its decision to dismiss all employees.

Mar 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S EFFORTS AT MAKING CHIPS AND MICRO-CHIPS
An article in Bloomberg (March 2) stated that China just can’t produce what the world needs by way of chips and chipmaking machinery.

Mar 2021

CHINA-APPOINTMENTS: COSCO SHIPPING'S DEPUTY MANAGER APPOINTED VICE MAYOR OF SHANGHAI
47-year old Zhang Wei, who was till recently Deputy Manager of COSCO Shipping Lines, has been appointed a Vice Mayor of Shanghai.

Mar 2021

CHINA-XINJIANG: CHINA'S GETS TOUGHER ON ITS NARRATIVE ON MONGOLIA WITH NANTES MUSEUM OF FRANCE
Bertrand Guillet, Director of the Château des ducs de Bretagne (Musée d’histoire de Nantes) announced a few months ago that it had been forced to postpone its exhibition 'Son of the sky and steppes : Genghis Khan and the birth of an empire' to October 2024 due to last summer’s hardened stance by the Chinese government towards its Mongolian minority.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PARTY: CCP CC ILD AND XINJIANG-UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION JOINTLY HOLD ONLINE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
The CCP International Department (CCP/ID) disclosed (February 22) that it, along with the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) Party Committee, held an online “Stories of the CCP” thematic briefing on Xinjiang from Ürümqi.

Mar 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG AUTHORITIES MAKE 100TH ARREST UNDER NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
The Oriental Daily newspaper reported (March 3) that former Next Digital Executive Director Stephen Ting had been detained on fraud allegations. The Hongkong Police in a separate statement on March 2 evening confirmed the arrest of a 61-year-old man “after an in-depth investigation by the National Security Department.”

Mar 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SYMPOSIUM ON REFORMING ELECTION SYSTEM IN HONGKONG HISTORY
A symposium on “Improving the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ System, Implementing the Basic Principle of ‘Patriots Governing Hong Kong’” was held on February 22, in Beijing. Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council (HKMAO) Director Xia Baolong (夏宝龙) gave a lengthy speech on the subject of “patriots governing Hong Kong.”

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC/WEALTH: HURUN GLOBAL RICH LIST SHOWS THAT NUMBER OF BILLIONAIRES IN CHINA SURPASSES U.S.
The latest Hurun Global Rich List 2021 released last week showed that one in every two newly minted dollar-denominated billionaires last year were in China.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: IN RUN UP TO CPPCC AND NPC SESSIONS PEOPLE'S DAILY QUOTES NPC/CPPCC DEPUTIES
In the run-up to the NPC session, the People's Daily (March 3) published an article quoting comments by NPC Deputies on the 14th Five-Year Plan.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG'S GOVERNMENT WORK REPORT PRESENTED TO THE NPC SESSION ON MARCH 5
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presented a 36-page Report on the Work of the Government to the NPC session on March 5, 2021. Delegates to the CPPCC and others also attended and will discuss the Report but not vote on it.

Mar 2021

CHINA-LIANGHUI: CPPCCC/NPC PLENARY SESSIONS
The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) opened in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, Former TAR Party Secretary Zhang Qingli announced the opening of the conference. PBSC Member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang delivered a speech. More than 2106 CPPCC Delegates attended the session.

Mar 2021

CHINA-FRANCE: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS MACRON AND XI JINPING PUSHED FOR EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF CHINA-EU INVESTMENT AGREEMENT
Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron, According to Caixin (February 26) the Chinese Foreign Ministry released a statement on February 25 calling for joint efforts for an early entry into force of the China-EU investment agreement.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: DECLASSIFIED U.S. DOCUMENT CLARIFIES THAT IN EVENT OF EMERGENCY U.S. WILL PROTECT JAPAN AND TAIWAN AGAINST CHINA
Separately, a document dated February 15, 2018, which was declassified and released on January 20, in the final days of the Trump administration emphasised Washington's intent and resolve to defend Taiwan from Beijing in the event of an emergency.

Mar 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINESE RESEARCHER ARGUES THAT CHINA IS IN NO POSITION TO TAKE TAIWAN BY FORCE
Writing on the East Asia Forum (February 26) Cui Lei, Research Fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, a think tank affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, argued that Mainland China is in no position to take Taiwan by force.

Mar 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINA APPLIES ECONOMIC PRESSURE TO HURT TAIWAN
As relations between China and Taiwan sour further, the South China Morning Post (February 26) disclosed that officials in Beijing had said a ban had been imposed on the import of pineapples from Taiwan as a “normal biosafety measure”.

Mar 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: AUTHORITIES ARREST 47 HONGKONG PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS ON FEBRUARY 28
Reports on February 28 evening disclosed that the authorities had arrested 47 pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, adding to the lengthening list of people being punished under the National Security Law recently imposed by China.

Mar 2021

CHINA-ARCTIC: CHINESE RESEARCHER ADVOCATES ARCTIC COMMUNITY OF SHARED FUTURE
The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) February 26, published an article by Xu Guangmiao, a lecturer at the China Institute of Border and Oceanography, Wuhan University, which says China needs to reinforce its role in the Arctic order. He advocates building of the "Arctic Community of Shared Future".

Mar 2021

CHINA-PLA: GUANGMING DAILY ARTICLE REPORTS ON PSYCHOLOGICAL PREPARATION FOR STUDENTS JOINING PLA
A Guangming Daily (February 28) article on the start of recruitment of college students to the PLA, disclosed that military experts and grassroots chief officials had been invited to the Suzhou Jianxiong Vocational and Technical College in Jiangsu Province and other educational institutions to express their views on the mental and psychological preparation required for college students to join the army.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PLA: SHENZHEN-BASED DRONE MANUFACTURER PRAISES EMPLOYEES FOR COURAGE IN SUPPORTING PLA IN SURVEILLING "ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES BY THE FOREIGN FORCE"
The South China Morning Post (February 27) reported that the Shenzhen Keweitai Enterprise Development Corp, which sells drones under the brand All Tech, published an article on its official WeChat account on February 25, saying the company is very proud of its role in helping the Chinese army during the border clash.

Mar 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: SHANGHAI DECIDES THAT HALF OF NEW AUTOMOBILES SHOULD BE PURE ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO SLASH CARBON EMISSIONS
According to the latest new-energy vehicles (NEV) development plan released on February 25, pure electric vehicles should make up half of the new cars sold in Shanghai by 2025, according to an aggressive plan that comes as localities are looking for ways to slash carbon emissions to meet ambitious national pledges.

Mar 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: FORMER CHINESE FINANCE MINISTER SAYS CHINA'S FISCAL SITUATION FACES SEVERE RISKS AND CHALLENGES
Speaking at a conference in December, but the text of which was published by a magazine affiliated with China's Ministry of Finance only in February, China's former Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, who is presently Director of the CPPCC’s Foreign Affairs Committee, warned that China’s fiscal situation is “extremely severe with risks and challenges”.

Mar 2021

CHINA-ENVIRONMENT: CHINA TO LAUNCH ONLINE CARBON TRADING BY END JUNE
China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment announced (March 1) that the China national Carbon market will launch online Trading by end of June. The Minister of Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu visited both Hubei and Shanghai inspecting the national ETS Registry and Trading platform.

Mar 2021

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: CHINA ESTABLISHES NEW BUREAU FOR RURAL REVITALISATION
Xinhua (February 25) reported that China had officially established a National Rural Revitalization Bureau on February 25 on the former site of the defunct State Council Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development in Beijing.

Mar 2021

CHINA-NPC/CPPCC: CPPCC SESSION TO COMMENCE IN BEIJING ON MARCH 4
The Xinhua and CGTN announced (March 1) that the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, will hold its fourth session on March 4, in Beijing.

Mar 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO'S 28TH 'COLLECTIVE STUDY SESSION' ON FEBRUARY 27
Xi Jinping chaired the 28th collective study session of the Politburo which discussed improving the social security system covering all people.

Mar 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO MEETING WHICH REVIEWED THE 14TH FIVE YEAR PLAN,OUTLINE OF LONG-TERM GOALS, GOVERNMENT WORK REPORT AND REGULATIONS ON THE WORK OF THE PARTY IN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Chinese President and CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Politburo on February 26. The meeting discussed the Fourteenth Five-Year Plan for the National Economic and Social Development, which the State Council plans to submit to the Fourth Session of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress for review.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: CHINA EXPLORING HOW IT CAN USE RARE EARTH EXPORTS TO 'HURT' U.S.
The Financial Times (February 16) reported that China is exploring whether it can hurt U.S. defense contractors by limiting supplies of rare-earth minerals that are critical to the industry.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLES RECOUNT CONTACTS BETWEEN CHINESE AND U.S. LEADERS OVER THE YEARS
A People's Daily article (February 25) titled 'the 50th Anniversary of China-U.S. Reopening the Door of Exchange: Respect each other and seek common ground while reserving differences (prosperous years)' briefly recounted some of the contacts between the leaders of the two countries since 1972.

Mar 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER CALLS FOR DIALOGUE WITH U.S. TO "BUILD UP GOODWILL" AND REPAIR THEIR DAMAGED RELATIONSHIP
Speaking on February 22, 2021, at the opening ceremony of the Lanting Forum on "Dialogue and Cooperation, Controlling Differences-Promoting Sino-US Relations Back on Track", State Councilor Wang Yi said China and the United States should work together to reopen dialogue and “build up goodwill” to repair their damaged relationship.

Mar 2021

CHINA-UK: BRITISH SCHOOLS BEING PURCHASED BY CHINESE COMPANIES OWNED BY CCP MEMBERS RAISES ALARM IN U.K.
Radio Free Asia (February 22) and UK's Daily Mail (February 20 & 21) reported that “Hundreds of independent schools left in dire financial straits by the coronavirus pandemic are being targeted by Chinese investors.”

Mar 2021

CHINA-SRI LANKA: REPORTS ARE THAT SRI LANKA IS RENEGOTIATING THE HAMBANTOTA PORT LEASE DEAL WITH CHINA TO EXTEND IT TO 198 YEARS
The South China Morning Post (February 25) reported that Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told Ceylon Today on February 20 that “the previous government made a mistake on the Hambantota port deal when they cancelled the lease and gave it on a longer period of 99 years plus another 99 years once the first term ends”.

Mar 2021

CHINA-CANADA: CANADIAN PARLIAMENT VOTES UNANIMOUSLY TO DECLARE ATROCITIES IN XINJIANG AS "GENOCIDE"
The Canadian Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of declaring the atrocities in the Xinjiang genocide. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau abstained from voting on the motion, which passed 266-0.

Mar 2021

CHINA-MYANMAR: AIRCRAFT FERRIES ARE OPERATING SECRETIVELY BETWEEN KUNMING AND YANGON
The Strategist (February 25) published a report revealing that each night for more than a week, unregistered flights between Yangon and Kunming have been transporting unknown goods and personnel from China to Myanmar.

Mar 2021

CHINA-INDIA: INDIA RAISES DUTIES ON CHINESE IMPORTS
Nikkei Asia (February 25) stated that at the beginning of February, India raised import duties on roughly 30 products in a move that seeks to rebalance trade with China and develop local industry. The levies on solar lamps and cells are now between 15 and 20% from the previous 5%. Cellphone charging devices, which were tariff-free, were slapped with a 10% levy.

Mar 2021

CHINA-INDIA: ECONOMIC TIES GET ELEVATED DURING MILITARY TENSION BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA
Citing Bloomberg (February 22) the Chinese financial magazine Caixin (February 23) stated that China regained its position as India’s top trade partner in 2020, as New Delhi’s reliance on imported machines outweighed its efforts to curb commerce with Beijing after a bloody border conflict.

Mar 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: HUAWEI SALES OF SMARTPHONES DROP SHARPLY
China's business magazine reported (February 21) that Huawei expects that its smartphone shipments this year will drop by more than 60 per cent to about 70 million units. Huawei’s smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2020 fell by 40 per cent.

Mar 2021

CHINA-XINJIANG: POPULATION GROWTH RATE IN XINJIANG-UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION DROPS BY ALMOST HALF BETWEEN 2017 AND 2019
Population statistics published by the National Bureau of Statistics of China show a sharp decline in birth rates in Xinjiang amid reports of mass internment and population control of ethnic minorities in the region.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PARTY: CCTV PUBLICISES ANOTHER NEW 280,000-WORD BOOK TITLED "A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY"
CCTV (February 25) telecast a special report publicising that on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, "A Brief History of the Communist Party of China", compiled by the Central Propaganda Department and organized by the Central Party History and Literature Research Institute, has been published by the People Published jointly by China Press and CPC History Publishing House, for nationwide distribution.

Mar 2021

CHINA-PARTY: NEW BOOK ON CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY HISTORY ANNOUNCED
Xinhua (February 24) announced the release of a new book titled "Excerpts from Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao on the History of the Communist Party of China" edited by the CCP CC's Institute of Party History and Documentation and recently published by the Central Literature Publishing House for distribution nationwide.

Feb 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: EXPLOSION IN RESTAURANT NEAR ZHONGNANHAI
China News (February 24) reported that on February 23, an explosion was reported at a restaurant 650 meters (0.4 miles) away from the CCP headquarters in the Zhongnanhai district in Beijing possibly causing one death, while six people were injured.

Feb 2021

CHINA-NPC: CHINA PLANS NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION NETWORK FOR 2035 WHICH MENTIONS A NEPAL-INDIA-CHINA ROUTE AND BCIM
Xinhua (February 24) disclosed that the CCP CC and State Council had recently issued the "National Comprehensive Three-dimensional Transportation Network Planning Outline".

Feb 2021

CHINA-NPC: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE BY NPC DEPUTY ON AGRICULTURE
The People's Daily (February 25) published an article by Zhao Xiaoyan, a Deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC) and a researcher at the Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, on providing technical training and promotion for local farmers in rural areas.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES A FULL 3-PAGE ARTICLE EXTOLLING XI JINPING'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO POVERTY ALLEVIATION
The People's Daily (February 24) published an unusual article spread over 3 entire pages (page 1-3) portraying Chinese President Xi Jinping as a visionary leader and extolling him as personally responsible for eradicating poverty.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY FOR IRAN REACHES OUT TO CHINA ABOUT U.S. REJOINING IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT OF 2015
According to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the U.S. Special Envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, had a conversation with Chinese Communist Party officials about the Biden Administration’s rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: CASS RESEARCHER ATTRIBUTES US-CHINA TENSIONS TO TRUST DEFICIT
In a lengthy article published by the CASS on February 18, Hu Jian, a researcher at the Soft Power Research Center of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, contested US academic Allison’s theory of "Thucydides Trap" regarding the relationship between the rising power and the preserving power, calling it "inherently contradictory".

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF GLOBAL TIMES CRITICISES U.S. FOR ITS INABILITY TO MANAGE WINTER SNOW AND POWER BREAKDOWN
Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of Global Times, wrote an article critical of the US in the Global Times (February 18) and portrayed it as an incompetent country.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: US NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER ROOSEVELT CONDUCTS FONOPS NEAR NANSHA ISLANDS
CCTV (February 20) reported that the US aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt's battle group carried out a "comprehensive exercise" where "the SEALs provided forward target data, the Marine Corps at the expedition base provided missile strike options, and carried aircraft and surface ships of the aircraft carrier battle group"

Feb 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA FOR THE FIRST TIME ACKNOWLEDGES FATAL CASUALTIES DURING CLASH AT GALWAN VALLEY
China's state-run news agency Xinhua on February 19, published an article saying that “China’s military authorities have honored two officers and three soldiers, including four who received the awards posthumously, for defending the country’s western border.”

Feb 2021

CHINA-QUAD: JUST BEFORE THE THIRD QUAD MEETING CHINESE EXPERTS ASK CHINA TO LAY DOWN ITS RED LINES
Just before the third Quad meeting of the US, Japan, India and Australia since 2020 to be held on February 18, Chinese experts said China should keep a close watch on the Indo-Pacific region and mark its red lines.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PLA: CMC ISSUES 'DECISION ON BUILDING A NEW MILITARY TRAINING SYSTEM' WHICH INCLUDES REFERENCE TO OPPOSING
CCTV (February 20) reported that CMC Chairman Xi Jinping and the Central Military Commission had recently approved the issue of the "Decision on Building a New Military Training System."

Feb 2021

CHINA-CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES: US PAPER MENTIONS THERE ARE 541 CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES AND 2000 CONFUCIUS CLASSROOMS IN 162 COUNTRIES
An article in the Diplomat (February 20) reacting to a report in The National Pulse entitled “Biden Quietly Revokes Trump’s Ban On Chinese Communist Propaganda In Schools”, said the Confucius Institutes are a creature of China’s United Front Work Department (UFWD).

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ARTICLE EULOGISES ROLE OF HUA GUOFENG ON HIS 100TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
The state-run CCTV telecast (February 20) a report of a symposium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Comrade Hua Guofeng held on February 20 in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. PBSC member and Secretary of the CCP CC Secretariat Wang Huning attended and delivered a speech.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA ADVISES PROVINCES IN NORTH EAST TO FURTHER RELAX POPULATION POLICY
Caixin (February 19) reported that China’s National Health Commission had suggested to northeastern regional governments that they assess the impact of fully abolishing limits on the number of births and put forward a pilot program for implementing a comprehensive family planning policy in the region.

Feb 2021

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES PB MEMBER YANG JIECHI'S ARTICLE
The People's Daily published (February 21) a nearly 5000-character article by Politburo member Yang Jiechi highlighting China's contribution to multipolarity. Yang Jiechi said China 'holds high the banner of a community with a shared future for mankind and firmly safeguard the authority of the United Nations.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING REPLIES TO VETERAN SOLDIERS IN SHANGHAI
CCTV (February 19) publicised that Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Chairman of the State and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, had replied to the centenarian soldiers of the Shanghai New Fourth Army History Research Association on February 18, and extended sincere greetings and good wishes to them.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP STARTS NEW EDUCATION CAMPAIGN IN CCP TO STUDY PARTY HISTORY
The state-run CCTV (February 20) telecast a report on the Party History Study and Education Mobilization Conference held in Beijing on February 20, where Chinese President Xi Jinping gave an "important" speech.

Feb 2021

CHINA-CCP CC ISSUES DOCUMENT NO: 1 ON AGRICULTURE
China's state-owned CGTN announced (February 21) that the CCP CC had issued its Central Document No: 1 on Agriculture. This is the first Document of 2021.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND RHODIUM GROUP STUDY CLAIMS AMERICAN COMPANIES COULD LOSE US$ 500 BILLION IF THEY REDUCED INVESTMENT IN CHINA
Caixin (February 18) quoted a Bloomberg report which said that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had in a report, highlighting the cost of a full decoupling of the world’s two largest economies, claimed that American companies would lose hundreds of billions of dollars if they slashed investment in China or the nations increased tariffs.

Feb 2021

CHINA-CAMBODIA: CAMBODIA CANCELS GOLDEN DRAGON EXERCISE WITH CHINA CITING DOMESTIC PROBLEMS AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
On February 11, Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh told Radio Free Asia's Khmer Service that the fourth Golden Dragon exercise, which was due to take place from March 13 to 27, and involved around 3,000 Cambodian and Chinese troops engaging in live ammunition drills, including training on the use of tanks, armoured vehicles, and demining equipment, would be cancelled this year.

Feb 2021

CHINA-MYANMAR: ANTI-CHINA SENTIMENT IS BEING EXPRESSED IN THE PROTESTS IN YANGON AGAINST THE MILITARY COUP
Foreign Policy (February 17) assessed that the widespread protests against the February 1 military coup in Myanmar have taken on an increasingly anti-Chinese tone, with rallies held outside the Chinese Embassy in Yangon and calls growing for boycotts of Chinese goods and services.

Feb 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINA COAST GUARD VESSELS ENTER JAPAN'S TERRITORIAL WATERS ON TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS
The Japan Times (February 17) reported that according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters based in Naha, two China Coast Guard (CCG) ships entered Japanese territorial waters off the Senkakus and the Taishojima island at around 4:15 a.m. on February 16.

Feb 2021

CHINA-EUROPE: RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONAL ASSESSES A SHIFT IN EUROPEAN POSITION TOWARDS CHINA
Radio France Internationale (RFI) Chinese Edition reported (February 10) that the just-concluded 17+1 Summit between China and the Central and Eastern European countries is showing a changing relationship. There are now 15 European countries that are connected to China via railway for cargo transportation.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA PROPOSES JOINT PARLIAMENTARY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE FOR GREATER CONTROL ON CPEC
Li Zhanshu, Chairman of China's National People's Congress (NPC), proposed the formation of the joint committee for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, in a virtual meeting held with Asad Qaiser, the Speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly, toward the end of January. Both directed their secretaries to form the joint parliamentary oversight committee.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLAAF TO ACQUIRE 400 AIRCRAFT FROM UKRAINE
A US Defence Blog disclosed that China is to buy 400 aircraft from Ukraine to build hundreds of new military aircraft. It stated (January 17) that, Ukraine's Madasi company was awarded a $800 million contract to support the production of China's JL-10 trainer aircraft.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA'S RECRUITMENT FOR THIS YEAR TO COMMENCE ON FEBRUARY 20
This year's recruitment to the PLA will be held in two rounds with one starting on February 20 and ending on March 31, and the other scheduled between August 15 and September 30.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PLA: CCP CC AND CMC APPROVE NEW 'REGULATIONS ON POLITICAL WORK IN THE ARMY'
CCTV (February 18) reported that the Party Central Committee and the Central Military Commission had approved the newly revised "Regulations on Political Work in the Army" that were promulgated and implemented recently.

Feb 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: EUROPEAN CONSUMER RIGHTS ORGANISATION FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST TIKTOK
The European Consumer Organization filed a complaint with the European Commission on February 17, accusing the popular short-video app TikTok of violating the rights of users and exposing underage viewers to inappropriate material.

Feb 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: PEOPLE'S BANK OF CHINA OUTLINES ACTION PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT 'GREEN DEVELOPMENT'
Caixin (February 15) reported that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), is crafting a package of policies to support finance for green development as part of efforts to play a more active role in the nation’s fight against climate change.

Feb 2021

CHINA-HEALTH: NEW RESEARCH DISCLOSES 100,000 CHINESE DIED BECAUSE OF REDUNDANT TRIALS ON STATINS
A report published by Caixin (February 18) disclosed that new research suggests that "hundreds of Chinese heart disease patients died avoidable deaths, with more still suffering heart attacks and strokes, after 100,000 went untreated in unnecessary trials of widely used medication".

Feb 2021

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CCP CC AND STATE COUNCIL GENERAL OFFICE JOINTLY ISSUE NOTICE ON DEVELOPMENT OF CHINA'S "EXCELLENT TRADITIONAL CULTURE"
Radio Free Asia (February 16) reported that on February 14, the CCP CC General Office and the State Council's General Office jointly issued the “Opinions on the Implementation of the Inheritance and Development Project of China’s Excellent Traditional Culture,” highlighting the need to “rejuvenate China’s traditional culture comprehensively by 2025.”

Feb 2021

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: TIANJIN CITY PARTY COMMITTEE INSTRUCTS ALL CCP MEMBERS IN TIANJIN TO WATCH CCTV SERIES TELECAST ON FEBRUARY ON THE KOREAN WAR
The Municipal Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of Tianjin, on February 14, issued a “Notice on Attentively Watching the TV Series ‘Crossing the Yalu River,’” asking all CCP organizations in government agencies and civil groups to watch the TV program streamed by the state-owned China Central Television (CCTV).

Feb 2021

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CHINA'S VIEW THAT IT NOW HAS GREAT PROSPECTS FOR REJUVENATION
A lengthy article by Dong Zhenrui of the Central Party History and Literature Research Institute was published in the Chinese version of China Discipline Inspection Commission Daily on February 18, underlining that 2021 is the first year of "a new journey of comprehensively building a modern socialist country. Standing on such a new starting point, we need to establish a correct view of history".

Feb 2021

CHINA-SUPREME PEOPLE'S COURT: CHINA'S SUPREME COURT TO INTEGRATE SOCIALIST CORE VALUES INTO COURT JUDGEMENTS
China's Supreme People's Court issued a policy document on February 18, on integrating 'socialist core values' into court judgments/rulings and in the reasoning and explanation of the law.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER AT U.N. MEETING WARNS AGAINST 'VACCINE NATIONALISM'
Speaking at a UN meeting on February 17, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said nations must cooperate, respect science and reject misinformation, with the Security Council leading by example. Caixin (February 28) quoted him as urging the world to reject “vaccine nationalism” and promote fair and equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, saying that China has exported vaccines to 22 countries.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEMBER DING XUEXIANG EXHORTS PARTY HISTORY DEPARTMENT TO PREPARE FOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF CCP
The People's Daily (February 8) reported that while speaking at a meeting of the National Party History and Documentation Department's main leaders in Beijing on February 7, Ding Xuexiang, Politburo member and Director of the CCP CC General Office, emphasized the importance of deepening the study and propaganda of party history, especially Xi Jinping Thought.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG CHAIRS STATE COUNCIL EXECUTIVE MEETING ON FEBRUARY 18
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chaired an Executive Meeting of the State Council on February 18 to listen to a report on the implementation of the proposals of the 'Two Sessions' in 2020, and seek opinions on sustainable and healthy economic and social development.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: PEOPLE'S DAILY CALLS FOR IMPROVING TIES WITH U.S. SAYING IT WOULD COMPLY WITH PUBLIC OPINION
The People's Daily (February 14) published an article captioned 'Working together to open up a bright future for Sino-US relations is the right thing to comply with public opinion and the general trend, and both sides should act'.

Feb 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE POST SAYS DISENGAGEMENT AT PANGONG TSO BECAUSE INDIAN LOGISTICS UNABLE TO COPE AND IT IS ONLY FOR THE SHORT-TERM
The Chinese site 'qq' on February 10, published a short article captioned "India has withdrawn! China and India disengaged on the front line. Has China won? Will India come again?"

Feb 2021

CHINA-TIBET: TAR'S NYINGCHI PREFECTURE VILLAGE HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS IN CIVIL-MILITARY INTEGRATION
An article published by Nyingtri (Nyingchi)'s official website highlights the success of civil-military integration in Nanyi Town, Minling County, Nyingtri.

Feb 2021

CHINA-TRAVEL: RAIL TRAVEL DURING CHINA'S SPRING FESTIVAL FELL ALMOST 70% BETWEEN JANUARY 18 AND FEBRUARY 11
China’s railway passenger traffic plunged almost 70% during the 15 days before the Lunar New Year as authorities urged people to “celebrate in place” and avoid unnecessary travel to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCTV EMPHASISES THAT XI JINPING IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION
State-owned CCTV News (February 14) highlighted that Technological independence and self-reliance is the strategic support of national development" and that the Central Economic Work Conference held at the end of last year had prioritised that the first key task of this year was to strengthen the national strategic scientific and technological capabilities.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO REVIEW U.S. STRATEGY TOWARDS CHINA
Reuters (February 11) reported U.S. President Joe Biden's comment on February 10 that the Pentagon would review its strategy toward China, looking at pivotal areas including intelligence, technology and Washington’s military footprint in the region.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH XI JINPING
China's CCTV (February 11) reported the US President Biden's telephone call to Chinese President Xi Jinping in February on the eve of the Lunar New Year and said he had conveyed greetings on the occasion to the Chinese people.

Feb 2021

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHINESE-BORN AUSTRALIAN JOURNALIST IN BEIJING ARRESTED ON FEBRUARY 5 FOR "SUPPLYING STATE SECRETS OVERSEAS"
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payn disclosed (February 9) that China formally arrested a Chinese-born Australian journalist working for the state-owned CGTN, the English-language channel of China Central Television, on suspicion of illegally supplying state secrets overseas.

Feb 2021

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHINA'S EDUCATION MINISTRY CAUTIONS CHINESE STUDENTS IN AUSTRALIA AGAINST ATTACKS
The South China Morning Post (February 5) reported that China's Ministry of Education issued an alert on February 5, to “conduct proper safety risks assessments, and be cautious in choosing to go to or return to Australia for their studies”.

Feb 2021

CHINA-EUROPE: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING HOSTS CHINA-CEEC LEADERS SUMMIT VIA VIDEO LINK ON FEBRUARY 9
CCTV telecast a report highlighting the China-CEEC Leaders Summit held in video mode on February 9.

Feb 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE REPORT CLAIMS INDIA BACKED OFF FROM CONTINUING THE CONFRONTATION WITH CHINA BECAUSE OF ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES CAUSING DISAPPOINTMENT TO U.S.
A report critical of India and posted on the Chinese news portal .163.com on February 11, with the caption 'Biden made a call in vain: the frontline units of the Chinese and Indian armed forces disengaged in a planned way', claimed that the defusing of the more than half a year's crisis is "a huge bad news for the United States".

Feb 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE STATEMENTS ON DISENGAGEMENT AT PANGONG TSO FROM FEBRUARY 10
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on February 10, 2021, in Beijing on February 10: Q:It is reported that the Chinese and Indian militaries started disengagement in the Pangong Lake area on February 10. Can you confirm that?

Feb 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: PEOPLE'S DAILY CRITICISES ARRESTED HONGKONG MEDIA MAGNATE JIMMY LAI AS U.S. STOOGE AND ALSO CRITICISES U.S.
A People's Daily (February 6) article, while sharply criticising Jimmy Lai (aka - Li Zhiying) owner of Hongkong's Apple Daily as "leader of the Gang of Four" and sparing "no effort to mess up Hong Kong", also criticised the US.

Feb 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE REGULATORS PULL UP ELECTRIC AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURER TESLA OVER SAFETY ISSUES
Caixin reported (February 9) that Chinese regulators on February 8, summoned Tesla Inc. representatives over safety issues with its vehicles and told the electric-car maker to improve internal management and comply with Chinese law and regulations.

Feb 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: AUTOMOBILE SALES UP IN CHINA
According to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on February 9, China vehicle sales rose 29.5% in January, aided partly by the Lunar New Year, as the market continued to rebound from a period of weakness exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020. Some 2.5 million vehicles were sold in China in the first month of 2021.

Feb 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBoC ESTABLISHES JOINT VENTURE WITH SWIFT
The Chinese financial magazine Caixin reported (February 9) that the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) had set up a joint venture with SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), the global network that processes transactions between financial institutions in different countries.

Feb 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S FIRST INTERPLANETARY SPACECRAFT TO ENTER MARS ORBIT ON FEBRUARY 10
China's state-owned CCTV announced (February 11) that China's first Mars exploration mission, Tianwen-1, successfully entered the orbit of the ring fire, achieving the first step of "circumnavigation, patrol".

Feb 2021

CHINA-POPULATION: 15% DECLINE IN BIRTHS REGISTERED IN 2020 FORESHADOWS A SERIOUS CRISIS
China’s Ministry of Public Security disclosed on February 8, that around 10 million newborns were entered into Hukou, the Chinese household-registration system, in 2020.

Feb 2021

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: XU ZHANGRUN'S FRIEND GENG XIAONAN SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS IN PRISON
Ms. Geng Xiaonan, a publisher and friend of Xu Zhangrun, a former professor at Tsinghua University Law School, was charged with "illegal business operations."

Feb 2021

CHINA-CCP: ARTICLE SAYS PARTY RULES & REGULATIONS ARE NOT BEING FOLLOWED
An article by Li Xingang of the Department of Politics and Law Education and Research, Zibo Municipal Party School, Shandong Province and published in the "Chinese Cadres Tribune" on February 8, 2021, disclosed that the CCP Central Committee had begun examining ways to improve implementation of the Party's Rules and Regulations.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SHANGHAI POLICE CHIEF EXPELLED FROM CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY
The South China Morning Post (February 11) disclosed that the Chinese Communist Party had on February 10 expelled former Shanghai police chief Gong Daoan, setting the stage for him to stand trial.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG VISITS SHANXI PROVINCE PRIOR TO CHINESE NEW YEAR
CCTV on February 8, reported that on the eve of the Spring Festival Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, on February 7 inspected Yuncheng, Shanxi, where he emphasised that "under the strong leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core", things that benefit the people should be done practically and well, and people's livelihood should be continuously improved in the course of sustainable development.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CONVEYS GREETINGS FOR SPRING FESTIVAL
Xinhua (February 10) reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping conveyed Spring Festival greetings on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee and the State Council, to all "Chinese people of all ethnic groups" on February 10 at a reception in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Feb 2021

CHINA-CANADA: CHINA OFFERS HONGKONG GRADUATES NEW IMMIGRATION POLICY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY
Canada, citing “deep concerns” about the national security law, announced that Hongkongers who recently graduated from Canadian educational institutions will soon have a new pathway to permanent residency as Ottawa launches a three-year open work permit for them.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: TWO GLOBAL TIMES ARTICLES ASSERT CHINA'S STRONG POSITION AND CALL ON U.S. TO EASE TENSIONS
Two articles in China's state-owned Global Times (February 6) sought to project China's advantageous position vis-a-vis the US. One article stated, "China's down-to-earth diplomatic approach is gradually showing its effectiveness.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: USS DESTROYER CARRIES OUT FIRST FONOPS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA IN BIDEN ADMINISTRATION
The United States Navy conducted its first freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) under the new Biden administration on February 5.

Feb 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLA AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT CONDUCT EXERCISES NEAR TAIWAN STRAITS EVERY DAY IN JANUARY 2021
The Global Times (February 1) reported that the PLA sent warplanes for exercises near the Taiwan Straits almost every day in January 2021. A separate Liberty Times report claims that only on January 1, 8, 10 and 21, did the PLA not enter Taiwan’s ADIZ.

Feb 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG POSTS STEEPEST DECLINE IN RETAIL SALES SINCE 1981
Hong Kong’s Census and Statistics Department said on February 2, that Hong Kong posted its steepest decline in retail sales since records began in 1981 as the number of visitors to the city collapsed and local residents tightened their belts amid the coronavirus pandemic, dealing another blow to the city’s already struggling economy.

Feb 2021

CHINA-XINJIANG: CHINESE GOVERNMENT ORGANISES PROPAGANDA EVENT IN GENEVA TO PORTRAY XINJIANG IN A POSITIVE LIGHT
China’s Permanent Mission in Geneva and the Xinjiang government jointly held a video presentation titled ‘Xinjiang is a Good Place’ on February 3. Diplomats from more than 50 countries in Geneva including nearly 20 ambassadors, UN Human Rights Office officials, Human Rights Council Special Mechanism experts and other guests participated.

Feb 2021

CHINA-TIBET: CHINESE RESEARCHER SEEKS TO LEGITIMISE THE 'GOLDEN URN' AND CLAIMS THAT TWO RESIDENT MINISTERS IN TIBET WERE SENIOR TO THE DALAI AND PANCHEN LAMAS AND ALL 'LIVING BUDDHAS'
A lengthy article by Zhang Yun, a research fellow at the China Tibetology Research Center, was published by the Global Times (February 7) claiming that "the 29-Article Ordinance for the More Efficient Governance of Tibet promulgated in 1793 was an important law related to the governance of Tibet in the Qing Dynasty.

Feb 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA CONSIDERING JOINING CPTPP
China's Commerce Ministry spokesman disclosed (February 4) that China is readily considering joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to promote economic globalization and regional economic integration.

Feb 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: BEIJING ISSUES DIGITAL CURRENCY WORTH US$ 1,55 MILLION TO LOCAL RESIDENTS TO ENCOURAGE SPENDING DURING CHINESE NEW YEAR
Xinhua (February 6) announced that Beijing will issue digital currency worth 10 million yuan (US$ 1.55 million) to local residents via lottery in 'virtual red envelopes' on February 7, to boost consumption during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday.

Feb 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: HOME-BOUND PASSENGER TRAFFIC FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR DROPS DRASTICALLY
CCTV (February 4) reported that during this year's Spring Festival a total of 17.924 million passengers travelled home nationwide, a decrease of 77% year-on-year.

Feb 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: REVENUES AND PROFITS OF CHINA'S LARGEST CHIP MANUFACTURER DECLINE
Chinese chipmaking champion Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. reported declining revenue and profits during the final quarter of 2020, and its shares slid as much as 10% on February 5, after the company warned that U.S. sanctions were crimping its ability to buy equipment so it could expand to meet customer demand.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA NAVY BUILDS NEW SHIPYARD IN BOHAI BAY FOR BUILDING NUCLEAR SUBMARINES
Naval News reported on February 1, that China has built a massive new yard for building nuclear submarines.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA CONDUCTS LAND-BASED ANTI-MISSILE INTERCEPTION TEST
Xinhua (February 4) reported that China's Ministry of National Defense had announced on February 4, that China conducted a land-based mid-section anti-missile interception technology test within its territory, and the test achieved its expected goals.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS PLAAF DIVISION ON FEBRUARY 4 IN GUIZHOU
CCTV (February 6) reported that Xi Jinping had "inspected a certain aviation division of the air force" on February 4 morning and extended Chinese New Year greetings to officers and soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army, officers and soldiers of the Armed Police Force, civilian personnel of the military, and militia reserve personnel.

Feb 2021

CHINA-ETHNIC POLICY: CHINA PROHIBITS TEACHING OF LOCAL ETHNIC LANGUAGES
On January 20, the Director of the Legal Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress, Shen Chungyao, announced during a meeting of the NPC Standing Committee that schools in “minority areas” were no longer allowed to teach their own languages, declaring such education to be “unconstitutional”.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XINHUA PUBLICISES LIST OF SEVEN "NEW BUZZWORDS" OF PROVINCIAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESSES
Xinhua (February 3) published a list of seven “new buzzwords” that surfaced during recent sessions of the province-level people’s congresses.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS GUIZHOU PROVINCE
Xi Jinping travelled to Guizhou province on February 3-4, 2021, at the beginning of the annual Chinese New Year.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: CHINA SETS STAGE FOR COOPERATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
China has appointed 71-year-old Xie Zhenhua, a familiar name in Beijing’s climate bureaucracy and diplomacy, to serve as Special Climate Envoy.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: NEW BIDEN ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT WILL PROMOTE POLICIES SUPPORTING HUMAN RIGHTS FOR TIBETANS
Radio Free Asia (RFA) announced on February 3, that the U.S. State Department said President Joe Biden's Administration will continue to promote policies supporting human rights for Tibetans living under Chinese rule and work with allies to press Beijing to engage in dialogue with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: GLOBAL TIMES HIGHLIGHTS YANG JIECHI'S OFFER OF COMPARTMENTALISING POLITICAL FROM ECONOMIC TIES
Global Times (February 2) highlighted that in his recent speech to the National Committee on US-China Relations, Chinese Politburo member Yang Jiechi had signalled that trade issues could be compartmentalized from political disputes which, Global Times pointed out, is also in line with China's overall foreign policy stance of managing differences while seeking common ground.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT BIDEN TELLS STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS AMERICA WILL TAKE ON CHALLENGES POSED BY CHINA BUT WILL WORK WITH CHINA WHEN REQUIRED
In his speech on key foreign policy issues at the US State Department on February 4, 2021, US President Joe Biden said, while referring to China, "we’ll also take on directly the challenges posed by our prosperity, security and democratic values by our most serious competitor, China.

Feb 2021

CHINA-UK: UK REGULATOR DECLINES TO GRANT BROADCASTING LICENCE TO CHINA'S CGTN
The UK Regulator Ofcom on February 4, withdrew the licence for CGTN to broadcast in the UK, after its investigation concluded that the licence is wrongfully held by Star China Media Limited.

Feb 2021

CHINA-MYANMAR: GLOBAL TIMES COMMENTS ON COUP IN MYANMAR
An article published by Global Times (February 1) on the military take-over in Myanmar, reported Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin's comment on February 1, that "China is a friendly neighbour of Myanmar, and we hope all parties in Myanmar can properly handle differences under the constitutional and legal framework and safeguard political and social stability".

Feb 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE AMBASSADOR VISITS GWADAR
According to a Chinese Foreign Ministry release, China's Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong visited Gwadar from January 27 to 28, 2021.

Feb 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: BEIJING'S LIAISON OFFICE IN HONGKONG SAR TO BE REORGANISED
Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao (January 28) reported that a major reorganisation of The Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (LOCPG) is imminent.

Feb 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG'S EDUCATION BUREAU INTRODUCES MANDATORY TEACHING OF NATIONAL SECURITY LAW IN JUNIOR SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Hongkong's Education Bureau (EDB) issued a circular on February 4, instructing that "Safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests is the constitutional duty of the HKSAR. This is also the common responsibility of all Hong Kong residents (including school staff and students)."

Feb 2021

CHINA-TIBET: CHINESE AUTHORITIES IMPOSE RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL IN TIBET AHEAD OF LOSAR
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported (February 1) that Qinghai province authorities are restricting travel in Tibetan-populated areas ahead of the start of Lunar New Year, from later this month. Tibetan sources say.

Feb 2021

CHINA-XINJIANG: HUAWEI VICE PRESIDENT IN DENMARK RESIGNS DUE TO HUAWEI'S RELUCTANCE TO CATEGORICALLY DENY H.R. VIOLATIONS IN XINJIANG
The Washington Post (February 2) reported that Tommy Zwicky, Vice President of Communications for Huawei's Denmark office, resigned in December after a Washington Post report detailing Huawei’s test of face-scanning software that police could use to identify Uighurs.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PLA: CMC PLANS MILITARY MUSEUMS ACROSS CHINA TO EDUCATE SOLDIERS AND ACHIEVE THE PARTY'S GOAL OF BUILDING A STRONG MILITARY
Xinhua (January 27) reported that the Central Military Commission (CMC)'s General Office had publicised (January 26) plans for the construction of military history venues across China.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PLA: NEW RESEARCH REVEALS HIGH PERCENTAGE OF PLA NAVY SUBMARINES SUFFER FROM MENTAL HEALTH RISKS AND SERIOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS
Asia Times (February 2) quoted a CNN report on a recent research by China’s Second Military Medical University and Navy Military Medical University, published in the British journal Military Medicine, revealed that the PLA Navy's submariners reported severe psychological problems at much higher rates compared to People’s Liberation Army (PLA) forces as a whole.

Feb 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: BEIJING DAILY'S LIST OF ENTREPRENEURS OMITS JACK MA
The Beijing Daily published (February 2) a list of China's pioneering tech giants, but Jack Ma was missing.

Feb 2021

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: XU ZHANGRUN'S SUPPORTER PUT ON TRIAL
Ms Geng Xiaonan, a Beijing publisher who supported Xu Zhangrun, former Professor of the Law School of China's Tsinghua University, was formally charged along with others for "illegal business operations".

Feb 2021

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: NEW CONTROLS ON 'SELF-PUBLISHING' IN CHINA
The People's Daily (February 1) reported that the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) had on January 31, 2021, announced that online self-publishers (also called We Media) must first obtain a “permit” before posting news information. The CAC will implement “review before publishing” management for live streaming and interactive content.

Feb 2021

CHINA-MEDIA: LIMITED NUMBER OF JOURNALISTS TO COVER THE 'BIG TWO' SESSIONS
The People's Daily (February 2) reported that the number of journalists permitted to cover the Fourth Session of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Fourth Session of the Thirteenth CPPCC National Committee, which will open in Beijing on March 5 and March 4, 2021, respectively, will be restricted.

Feb 2021

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLE DETAILS EFFORT OF NEW THRUST TO PROMOTE 'YOUNG PIONEERS' ORGANISATION IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND AMONG YOUTH
The People's Daily on February 4, front-paged an important 6324-character article detailing the outlines of a serious effort to promote the role of the Young Pioneers in primary schools and among the youth.

Feb 2021

CHINA-UNITED FRONT: UFWD CONVENES ALL CHINA MEETING OF DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS
The CCP CC United Front Work Department (UFWD) convened a meeting in Beijing on January 18 of UFWD Directors from all across China. Politburo Standing Committee member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang spoke at a meeting.

Feb 2021

CHINA-CDIC: CENTRAL DISCIPLINE INSPECTION COMMISSION CONCLUDES ITS FIFTH PLENARY SESSION
The People's Daily (January 25) reported that the Fifth Plenary Session of the CCP's 19th Central Discipline Inspection Commission was held in Beijing from January 22 to 24, 2021.

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING HEARS REPORT ON HONGKONG & MACAU
The People's Daily (January 28) disclosed that Chinese President Xi Jinping heard Carrie Lam’s 2020 Work Report on Hong Kong via video conference on January 27.

Feb 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE VICE PRESIDENT WANG QISHAN AND OTHER SENIOR CHINESE OFFICIALS PROPOSE U.S. AND CHINA SHOULD FOCUS ON COOPERATION AND MANAGING DIFFERENCES
The South China Morning Post reported (January 29) that China's Vice President Wang Qishan while speaking to US business leaders and former officials at a videoconference on January 29, was quoted by China Radio International as saying “Upholding the spirit of non-conflict and non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, focusing on cooperation and managing differences are the keys to promoting the healthy and stable development of Sino-US relations.”

Feb 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA BEGINS LAYING FIBRE OPTIC CABLE BETWEEN RAWALPINDI AND PORTS CITIES OF KARACHI AND GWADAR
The Special Communications Organization (SCO) -- the telecommunications branch of the Pakistan Army -- is about to lay a fiber optic cable between Rawalpindi and the port cities of Karachi and Gwadar.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA DELIVERS SECOND TYPE 054A/P FRIGATE TO PAKISTAN
China's Global Times publicised (January 29) that it had launched the second Type 054A/P frigate for Pakistan at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai on January 29.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN PROPOSES TO BUILD NEW STRATEGIC ROAD LINKING WITH CHINA'S XINJIANG
The South China Morning Post reported (January 31) that Pakistan is looking to develop new overland border crossings with China to boost military interoperability with Chinese armed forces.

Feb 2021

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: CHINA ANNOUNCES MILITARY EXERCISES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
As the US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea on January 23, to promote the "freedom of the seas," China announced (January 29) that it will conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week.

Feb 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLAAF AIRCRAFT CARRY OUT SIMULATED ATTACKS AGAINST U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Recent reports disclose that on January 23 -- three days after Joe Biden's inauguration as the new US President -- Chinese military aircraft simulated missile attacks on a US aircraft carrier during an incursion into Taiwan’s air defence zone.

Feb 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: GLOBAL TIMES ISSUES ANOTHER WARNING TO THE DPP AND TAIWAN
The Global Times (January 29) reinforced the warning given on January 28, to Taiwan by Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson of China’s Ministry of National Defense, and asserted that "Taiwan and the US should be sent a message.

Feb 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA ANNOUNCES IT WILL NOT RECOGNISE BN(O) PASSPORTS FROM JANUARY 31
South China Morning Post (January 29) disclosed that Beijing will stop recognising British National (Overseas) passports as travel and identification documents from January 31, and may retaliate further against Britain’s offer of a pathway to citizenship for 5.4 million eligible Hongkongers.

Feb 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: GLOBAL TIMES SAYS CHINA'S ECONOMIC OUTPUT IS A STEP CLOSER TO BREAKING THE 70% MARK IN GDP IN 2020
A Global Times article (January 29) exulted that "the economic output of China, the world's second-largest economy, came a step closer to the size of the US' GDP, breaking through the 70 per cent mark in 2020 when the world economy took a heavy blow from the raging coronavirus" It quoted experts as saying the proportion is forecast to rise this year.

Feb 2021

CHINA-DIGITAL SILK ROAD: CHINESE COMPANY TO BEGIN LAYING SUBMARINE CABLE IN MARCH TO LINK WITH BRI AND EUROPE
China will begin laying the final stretch of a cross-border fiber optic cable in Pakistan that will create the Digital Silk Road, serving the geostrategic interests of both countries.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA INTENSIFIES TRAINING FOR JOINT INTEGRATED OPERATIONS
The South China Morning Post (January. ) reported that the PLA had increased joint operations and officer cross-training to boost war readiness.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA ANNOUNCES NEW RANK SYSTEM FOR PLA
China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced a new system of military ranks for PLA officers where the Military rank determines the officer's ranking, salary and emoluments, perquisites, etc.

Feb 2021

CHINA-UNITED FRONT: QIU SHI HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF RECENT NEW REGULATIONS FOR UNITED FRONT WORK
The latest (2021/02) issue of Qiu Shi, the Party theoretical fortnightly journal issued on January 16, published an article on the recent new Regulations on United Front Work.

Feb 2021

CHINA-SECURITY: PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLE CALLS FOR CONCEPT OF A 'BIG SECURITY LANDSCAPE'
The People's Daily (January 28) published an article titled 'Adhere to system thinking and build a big security pattern' by Professor Ma Zhenchao of the National Security College of People’s Public Security University of China.

Feb 2021

CHINA-PARTY HISTORY: IMPORTANT PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLE PLACES XI JINPING ON PAR WITH MAO AND DENG IN HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CCP AND STATE
In an article captioned 'Study the 100-year history of the Party' (a monograph celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China), the People's Daily (January 29) sought to emphasise the “correct” view on the Party’s history and outlined what it described as “the theme and the mainline of the party's history.”

Feb 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO MEETING ON JANUARY 28
Xinhua reported (January 28) that Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CCP Central Committee chaired a meeting of the Politburo on January 28 to review multiple reports.

Feb 2021

CHINA-SOUTH KOREA: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING HAS 40-MINUTE TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT MOON JAE-IN
Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed during a late night 40-minute discussion on January 26 to “promote high-level exchanges” between the two countries and to reschedule a visit by Xi Jinping to Seoul that was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and also work out a “blueprint for the development of bilateral ties over next three decades”.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: HONGKONG-BASED THINK TANK ADVISES BEIJING "TO KEEP ITS DISTANCE FROM US FOR QUITE SOME TIME"
In a front-page article in the South China Morning Post (January 29) Terry Su, President of Lulu Derivation Data Ltd, a Hong Kong-based online publishing house and think tank specialising in geopolitics, views the election of President Joe Biden as President of the US and the unprecedented, blatant liberal crackdown on the reactionary masses as an instance of the United States putting aside much of the prudence and moderation it has demanded from other countries, in the name of good fighting evil at a defining moment.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT BIDEN'S PRESS SECRETARY SAYS US ADMINISTRATION WILL APPROACH RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA WITH "PATIENCE"
Citing Bloomberg (January 26), Caixin quoted US President Biden's Press Secretary Jen Psaki as saying that U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is approaching its relationship with Beijing with “patience” and plans to review hard-line policies that were a hallmark of Donald Trump’s presidency. Psaki said, “We’re starting from an approach of patience as it relates to our relationship with China.” She added, “We’re starting from an approach of patience as it relates to our relationship with China.”

Jan 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN WARNS TAIWAN "SEPARATIST" FORCES THAT "SECESSION MEANS WAR"
Senior Colonel Wu Qian, the spokesman of China's Ministry of National Defense, said (January 28) that recent military drills by the People's Liberation Army in the Taiwan region were aimed at provocations by Taiwan separatist forces and foreign interference. He warned that "Taiwan secession means war."

Jan 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: PEOPLE'S DAILY CRITICISES NEW PRESIDENT OF HONGKONG BAR ASSOCIATION
The South China Morning Post (January 26) reported that a People's Daily commentary (January 25) had accused the new head of the Hong Kong Bar Association, for a second day in a row, of having “lost professionalism and rationality”.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: IMF PROJECTS 8.1% GDP GROWTH FOR CHINA IN 2021
IMF has projected GDP growth in 2021 for China at 8.1%.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S STATE-OWNED ICBC TO GET NEW PRESIDENT
Caixin reported (January 29) that the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. (ICBC), the world’s largest commercial lender by assets, is expected to soon get a new President.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE AIRLINES DEFER ORDERS FOR AIRCRAFT FROM BOEING AND AIRBUS BUT RETAIN ORDERS FROM CHINA'S COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT CO.
China’s three major state-owned airlines put off delivery of more than 100 aircraft from Boeing and Airbus last year — but kept every single order from Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China in a show of support for the domestic manufacturer during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jan 2021

CHINA-EDUCATION: GUANGDONG PROVINCE TO OPEN 11 NEW UNIVERSITIES THIS YEAR
The South China Morning Post (January 24) reported that Guangdong province, one of China's biggest manufacturing hubs and its up-and-coming hi-tech region with grand ambitions to rival Silicon Valley in the United States, will open 11 new universities this year, with more to come in the next few years.

Jan 2021

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: FOOD PRICES RISE BEFORE CHINA'S ANNUAL LUNAR FESTIVAL
The Straits Times reported (January 26) that the Chinese government was under pressure due to rising food prices just before the New Year Festival.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLE EMPHASISES ABSOLUTE LOYALTY OF PLA TO PARTY
A People's Daily article (January 28) captioned 'Enhance the appeal of ideological and political education in the army' stressed that "Political work is the greatest feature and advantage of our army, and an important guarantee for maintaining the nature, purpose, and true qualities of our army.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PARTY: NEW HEAD OF CCP CC BRAINS TRUST FOCUSES ON INNOVATION
Jiang Jinquan, the new director of the Central Policy Research Office – the Party’s in-house brain trust – published (January 25) his first article in the Study Times.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ETHNIC POLICY: CHINA STEPS UP EFFORTS TO ENFORCE MANDARIN CHINESE IN MONGOLIA
Radio Free Asia (January 18) reported that a Chinese official notice shows that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is stepping up its efforts to extinguish the ethnic language and culture of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PREMIER LI KEQIANG SEEKS INPUTS FROM INDUSTRY EXPERTS AND LEADERS FOR GOVT WORK REPORT AND 14TH FIVE YEAR PLAN
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chaired a symposium on January 22, with a few industry experts and business leaders to gather input on the drafts of the 2021 Government Work Report (GWR) and the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) outline.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S SPEECH AT DAVOS WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
Speaking at the World Economic Forum’s virtual “Davos Agenda” conference on January 25, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that a "new cold war" could turn hot, and must be avoided.

Jan 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA CONSTRUCTS BORDER DEFENCE VILLAGE IN DISPUTED TERRITORY IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
After reports surfaced in the Indian media about the construction of a new border defence village on the banks of the River Tsari Chu in the Upper Subansiri district, approximately 4.5 kms within Indian territory, the MEA issued a statement suggesting that the village was built “along” the border.

Jan 2021

CHINA-INDIA: PLA AND INDIAN TROOPS ENGAGE IN BRAWL AT NAKULA IN NORTH SIKKIM ON JANUARY 18
Over 20 Chinese PLA soldiers were injured during a clash on January 18, at Naku La in north Sikkim. 4 Indian Army personnel were injured. The brawl occurred when an Indian Army patrol challenged the Chinese patrol. India has taken up the matter militarily and diplomatically with Beijing.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE PLAAF AIRCRAFT ENTER TAIWAN'S ADIZ
Taiwan said four Chinese J-16 fighter jets, six H-6 bombers and one anti-submarine aircraft had entered its “air defence identification zone” on January 23.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S PROVINCES RELEASE ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE DATA FOR 2020
Chinese media CBN reported on January 22 that as of January 21, 18 Chinese provinces had released economic data for 2020. Among them, in terms of regional GDP growth, all provinces except Hubei have turned positive.

Jan 2021

CHINA-DISSIDENTS: PENALTY FOR XU ZHIYONG RAISED BY AUTHORITIES
Chinese authorities have reportedly upgraded the charges against detained Chinese writer and human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong to “subversion of state power,” a more serious charge than the previous charge of “inciting subversion.”

Jan 2021

CHINA-NPC: NPC PASSES COASTGUARD LAW
The Global Times reported (January 23) that China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which ended its 25th session on January 22, passed its coastguard legislation. Chinese experts said China will safeguard sovereignty regarding the dispute with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING HIGHLIGHTS THAT FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IS NOT YET OVER
Speaking at the annual conference of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) on January 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered an "important" speech where he 'pointed out that 2020 is an extraordinary year in the history of New China.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: RETD PLA SENIOR COLONEL ZHOU BO CALLS ON BIDEN TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL IN SINO-US TIES
Recalling that two years ago he had asked "that the greatest challenge we face in the 21st century is not China’s rise, but America’s decline. China’s rise so far has been peaceful, but can the United States’ decline be equally peaceful?", Retired PLA Senior Colonel Zhou Bo in the South China Morning Post (January 22) referred to competition with China.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: FORMER DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PARTY HISTORY OFFICE SAYS IT IS NECESSARY TO STOP SPIRAL OF DETERIORATING RELATIONS WITH U.S.
In an interview with China Newsweek on January 18, Zhang Baijia former Deputy Director of the Party History Research Office of the Central Committee under former General Secretary Hu Jintao, said this is an important year for China as "2020 is the year of a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and the launch of the "14th Five-Year Plan".

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: IN INTERVIEW WITH BEIJING NEWS CICIR PRESIDENT YUAN PENG SAYS "THE UNITED STATES IS SICK, CHINA STABILISES THE WORLD AND CHANGES"
In an important and lengthy interview with Beijing News (January 18), Yuan Peng, President of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) said: "The United States is sick, China stabilises the world and changes". Contrasting the differences between the US and China, he said when Biden came to power, the epidemic, the economy, and race faced difficult problems.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE EXPERTS BRIEF CAIXIN BUSINESS MAGAZINE THAT U.S. PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN'S RECENT APPOINTMENTS SIGNAL CONTINUANCE OF TRUMP'S TOUGH POLICIES ON CHINA
Caixin (January 19) said Chinese foreign policy experts had told Caixin that with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's appointment of two senior National Security Council (NSC) officials on Asia-Pacific and China affairs, including Kurt Campbell to a newly created post designed to coordinate Asia policies across the federal government, signalled that the incoming Biden administration may want to continue outgoing President Donald Trump’s “Indo-Pacific” strategy of countering and being tough on China in the region.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: CHINA SANCTIONS 28 FORMER OFFICIALS OF TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
In a statement issued minutes after Biden took over as US President on January 20, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "Over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interests of the Chinese and American people, have planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China's internal affairs, undermined China's interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-U.S. relations."

Jan 2021

CHINA-INDONESIA: INDONESIA DETECTS CHINESE UNDERWATER UNMANNED VESSEL IN ITS TERRITORIAL WATERS
Asia Sentinel (January 18) disclosed that an Indonesian fisherman found an underwater drone near the Selayar Islands in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, on December 26.

Jan 2021

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES PUBLISHES ARTICLE CRITICAL OF INDIA AUTHORED BY A TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR
Qian Feng, Director of the Research Department at the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University, wrote in the Global Times (January 19) that "India has lately engaged in quite some eye-catching actions.

Jan 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: BIDEN'S NOMINEE FOR U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE ANTHONY BLINKEN SAYS HE WOULD FOLLOW THROUGH ON TRUMP'S POLICY ON TAIWAN
Anthony Blinken, who has been nominated for the position of US Secretary of State, was quoted by Reuters as saying about Taiwan at his confirmation hearing at the US Senate on January 19, that the US would uphold its commitment to ensure that self-ruled Taiwan, which China sees as a renegade province, has the ability to defend itself.

Jan 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: INCOMING US ADMINISTRATION INVITES TAIWAN'S REPRESENTATIVE TO INAUGURATION OF JOE BIDEN
Taiwan’s representative to the United States, Hsiao Bi-khim, was invited to the inauguration ceremony of the new US President Joe Biden at the Capitol on January 20. Hsiao Bi-khim tweeted a video of herself standing in front of the U.S. Capitol building on January 20.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE AUTHORITIES EXPLORING WAYS TO TAX CHINA'S RAPIDLY GROWING DIGITAL ECONOMY
Caixin (January 19) said that with its digital commerce accounting for more than a third of its economy, China is looking for ways to more effectively tax domestic e-commerce titans like Alibaba, Tencent and Didi Chuxing.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S COMMERCE MINISTRY SAYS CHINA IS ATTRACTING A LOT OF FDI
China's Ministry of Commerce announced (January 20) that China is attracting a flood of foreign direct investment (FDI) as its economy continues its comeback from the fallout of its Covid-19 epidemic.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S ECONOMY GREW AT 2.3% IN 2020
Caixin reported (January 19) that as per official Chinese data, China’s GDP grew 2.3% in 2020 as the world’s second-largest economy managed a steady recovery from the fallout of its Covid-19 outbreak a year ago.

Jan 2021

CHINA-HUAWEI: HUAWEI FOUNDER REN ZHENGFEI'S SECOND DAUGHTER ANNOUNCES PLANS TO ENTER ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei's second daughter Annabel Yao, after graduating in computer science from Harvard University in the US recently announced her plans to enter the entertainment industry by launching a music video called 'Backfire' amid heavy publicity and a documentary about herself called Exceptional Princess.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ALIBABA: JACK MA RE-SURFACES IN VIDEO
The New Zealand Herald (January 20) reported that China's highest-profile entrepreneur, Jack Ma, appeared on January 20 in a 48-second online video, ending a 2 1/2-month absence from public view that prompted speculation about the future of the e-commerce billionaire and his Alibaba Group.

Jan 2021

CHINA-CYBER: JAMESTOWN FOUNDATION STUDY ESTIMATES CHINA'S EXPENDITURE ON CONTROLLING INTERNET IN 2020 AT US 6.6 BILLION
A Jamestown Foundation study of January 13, 2021, stated that the Chinese authorities were authorised in 2020 to spend more than US$ 6.6 billion for systematically collecting, analysing, and deleting web posts from the country’s 900 million internet users.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XINHUA EXPLAINS "CRITICAL MINORITY" FOR WHOM THE CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL ORGANISED A SPECIAL SEMINAR IN EARLY JANUARY
Xinhua (January 13) reporting on the seminar on the 'study and implementation of the spirit of the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China for major provincial and ministerial cadres' organised by the Central Party School and that started on January 11, said CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at the opening ceremony, teaching a key lesson for the "critical minority".

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA CONVENED THE NATIONAL PUBLIC SECURITY BUREAU DIRECTORS' MEETING IN BEIJING ON JANUARY 18-19
Addressing the National Public Security Bureau Directors' Meeting held in Beijing on January 18-199, 2021, State Councillor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi told the provincial police chiefs on January 19, to prioritise security and social stability in their work this year, making sure all the major events will go well to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the CCP.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA CONVENED '2021 WORK CONFERENCE ON TAIWAN' IN BEIJING ON JANUARY 17-18, 2021
Xinhua (January 18) reported that the '2021 Working Conference on Taiwan' was held in Beijing on January 17 and 18. PBSC member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang attended the meeting and delivered a speech.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING INSPECTS 2022 BEIJING OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES VENUES
The state-owned CGTN (January 20) reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping inspected (January 19) the preparation work for the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG CHAIRS STATE COUNCIL PLENARY MEETING
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chaired a State Council plenary meeting on January 20, where key documents for the upcoming 'Big Two' Sessions were reviewed. Specifically, the State Council reviewed drafts of The 2021 Government Work Report and The 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) Outline.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE POLITBURO MEMBER YANG JIECHI IS SCHEDULED TO VISIT WASHINGTON THIS WEEK
An article in the Wall Street Journal (January 9) revealed that Politburo member and former Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi is scheduled to visit Washington this week.

Jan 2021

CHINA-MIDDLE EAST: FORMER CHINESE DIPLOMAT'S ASSESSMENT OF SITUATION IN MIDDLE EAST IN 2021
Liu Baolai, former Ambassador to the UAE and Jordan, former Vice President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and presently a senior researcher at the China Foundation for International Studies (CFIS), wrote an article titled “The Middle East: inscrutable in 2021", in Guojiwang on January 6, 2021.

Jan 2021

CHINA-TIBET: TIBET TIMES REPORTS ARREST OF 18 TIBETANS FOR 'SEPARATIST' ACTIVITIES
A report in Tibet Times disclosed (January 7) that Tsona Dzong (County) arrested 18 Tibetans on the charges of separatism on January 2 from Shingyon village, Tsonga Dzong, Lhoka (in Chinese: Shannan). 11 of those arrested are females and 7 are males.

Jan 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S POPULATION SHRANK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2020
Taiwan government data showed that Taiwan’s population shrank for the first time ever in 2020, and it faces a burgeoning demographic crisis similar to those affecting South Korea and Japan. Births last year plunged to 165,000, down seven percent from 2019. Deaths also overtook births for the first time, pushing the island’s overall population down 0.2 percent to 23.56 million. Taiwan’s birth rate has been falling continuously since 2000, a period where wages have remained stubbornly stagnant.

Jan 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: US SECRETARY OF STATE ANNOUNCES LIFTING OF ALL RESTRICTIONS ON CONTACTS BY US GOVERNMENT WITH TAIWAN
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced (January 10) the lifting of all restrictions on contacts with Taiwan by any arm of the US Government. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and Taiwan foreign Minister both promptly welcomed the announcement.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: TAIWAN INSTITUTE SAYS CHINA HAS ADDED "BRAIN DOMINANCE" TO ITS "THREE WARFARES" STRATEGY
The Taipei Times said (January 6) that Taiwan's Institute for National Defense and Security Research said in its latest 200-page report titled '2020 Annual Assessment of the People’s Republic of China’s Political and Military Developments' on Chinese political and military developments that Chinese academics have added “brain dominance” to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s traditional “three warfares” strategy: public opinion warfare, psychological warfare and legal warfare.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S AIRCRAFT CARRIER RETURNS TO BASE
The PLA Navy aircraft carrier 'Shandong' returned to the Sanya Naval Base on January 7, 2021.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: XI JINPING ORDERS PLA TO 'FOCUS ON PREPARATIONS FOR WAR' AND BE 'READY TO FIGHT AT ANY TIME'
Xinhua (January 4) and Newsweek (January 4) separately reported that the recent military orders that Beijing issued appear to suggest that China might be preparing to launch a war in the South China Sea or Taiwan or against U.S. military targets.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S MINISTRY OF COMMERCE ISSUES ORDER TO COUNTERACT EFFECTS OF ANY UNJUSTIFIED FOREIGN LEGISLATION
China's Ministry of Commerce issued Order No. 1 of 2021 on January 9, 2021, for the purpose of counteracting the impact on China caused by unjustified extra-territorial application of foreign legislation and other measures, safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations of China.

Jan 2021

CHINA-FOREIGN ASSISTANCE: CHINA ISSUES WHITE PAPER ON FOREIGN AID
China's State Council Information Office issued a White Paper on January 10, titled "China's International Development Cooperation in the New Era". The 8-chapter 45-page White Paper outlined areas where China would provide aid including the BRI.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: GUANGMING DAILY PRAISES XI JINPING THOUGHT
A lengthy article by Dong Zhenhua, Deputy Director of the Department of Research and Philosophy Professor of the National School of Administration Department of the Central Party School in Guangming Daily (January 8) captioned: 'Persevere and cast your soul with great ideas' asserted that "A country and a nation cannot be without a soul.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO PRESIDENT FOR PRESIDENTIAL PERSONNEL THOMAS ZIMMERMAN CLAIMED TO HAVE LINKS WITH CHINA
A report of the Shanghai Academy of Sciences (SAAS) reveals that Thomas Zimmerman, appointed by President-elect Joe Biden as a Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel and as Deputy Lead for National Security Personnel on the Biden-Harris Transition team, has prior experience working in China as a visiting scholar at the Department of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS).

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: GUANGMING DAILY ARTICLE ASSERTS THAT AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IS NOT GOOD DEMOCRACY "LET ALONE A UNIVERSAL DEMOCRACY"
A lengthy article captioned 'the morbidity of American democracy' was published by Guangming Daily (January 16) which explained that "America’s democracy may only be as short as fifty. Years of history can only be traced back to the "Voting Rights Act" of 1965, which in its form stipulated that no one should be deprived of the right to vote because of race and color".

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE BUSINESSMAN POISED TO TAKE OVER U.S. AEROENGINE MANUFACTURER EPS
A Chinese businessman Hang Wei is poised to take over the recently bankrupted New Richmond, Wisconsin, U.S., aero engine manufacturer Engineered Propulsion System (EPS) through the Hongkong-based company, HyperMacher that he founded.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: US DEFENCE DEPARTMENT BLACKLISTS XIAOMI CORP. FOR LINKS WITH PLA
Shares of smartphone-maker Xiaomi Corp. closed down more than 10% in Hong Kong on January 15, as the U.S. Defense Department added it to its blacklist of enterprises with alleged links to the China's military on January 14, alongwith the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd. The surprise move means that Americans need to divest from the company, which benefited from U.S. sanctions against its rival Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and became the world’s No. 3 smartphone maker in the third quarter last year.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE REGULATORS ARE TIGHTENING CONTROLS ON CHINA'S FINTECH
At a regular press briefing on January 15, People’s Bank of China (PBoC) Deputy Governor Chen Yulu said the Ant Group Co. Ltd. is working on a timetable to overhaul its business while ensuring operations continue.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S NEW NATIONAL SECURITY REVIEWS FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIES BEGINS FROM JANUARY 18
Overseas investors will face tighter scrutiny from January 18, as the Chinese government's 'Measures for the Security Review of Foreign Investment' take effect requiring national security reviews for certain types of foreign investment activity.

Jan 2021

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: CHINA DEVELOPING NEARLY 67000 HECTARES OF SALINE-ALKALI LAND FOR GROWING SEAWATER RICE
A team of rice experts led by 90-year old Yuan Longping, a leading agricultural scientist, Chairman of the International Seawater Rice Forum and academician with Chinese Academy of Engineering, announced (January 15) at a 2-day international forum in Sanya, Hainan, on a saline-alkali tolerant type of rice called seawater rice that 400,000 hectares of saline-alkali lands have been obtained nationwide for producing and commercializing the rice this year.

Jan 2021

CHINA-HEALTH: TOP EXECUTIVES OF LEADING CHINESE PHARMA COMPANIES ABRUPTLY RESIGN
The Epoch Times and Radio Free Asia (January 14 & January 13 respectively) reported that on January 13, Zhong Shanshan, CEO of Chinese Wantai Biosciences and the richest man in China and Asia, abruptly resigned citing “personal reasons.”

Jan 2021

CHINA-RARE EARTHS: CHINA DRAFTING NEW 29-PART LAW TO REGULATE "ENTIRE RARE EARTH INDUSTRY CHAIN
Nikkei reported (January 16) that China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said (January 15) that it is drafting a 29-part Law to strengthen regulation over China's rare earth metals industry.

Jan 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S ECONOMIC DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE SAYING QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY IS A HISTORICAL OPPORTUNITY
China's Economic Daily (Jingji Ribao - January 17) published a lengthy interview with Xue Qikun (薛其坤院士) captioned “The quantum technology revolution is a major historical opportunity". Xue Qikun is with the Department of Physics of Tsinghua University and briefs the Politburo annually on Emerging Technologies.

Jan 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S CHIEF SCIENTIST RECOMMENDS THAT CHINA ESTABLISH A SPACE STATION IN LUNAR ORBIT
Ouyang Ziyuan, a Chinese Academy of Sciences academician and first chief scientist of China’s lunar probe project, suggested (January 13) that China should establish a space station in lunar orbit rather than one orbiting the earth. He said “It’s better to build the space station in moon orbit so the future moon landing would not be as difficult as the former Apollo program”.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA SPECIAL FORCES TROOPS OF TIBET MILITARY COMMAND WEAR SPECIAL UNIFORMS
The Global Times (January 17) disclosed that Plateau Special Forces of the PLA Tibet Military Command have been equipped with the latest combat uniforms with a camouflage pattern that can perfectly hide them in the surroundings.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA TO LAUNCH ITS THIRD AIRCRAFT IN 2021
Global Times (January 17) quoting the Chinese defense industry magazine Ordnance Industry Science Technology said China's Type 003 aircraft carrier, which is expected to be very different from the previous two with much larger displacement and featuring electromagnetic catapults, could be launched in 2021 and enter naval service around 2025.

Jan 2021

CHINA-CPPCC: PREPARATIONS BEGIN FOR 'BIG TWO' IN BEIJING
Wang Yang, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), presided over a meeting of CPPCC chairpersons to discuss preparations for the CPPCC’s annual session. The meeting decided that this year’s session will commence on March 4 and discuss in detail formulation of the 14th Five-Year Plan.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL COURSE FOR SENIOR PARTY OFFICIALS ENDED ON JANUARY 13
Ministerial-level officials concluded their four-day (January 11-14) workshop on Xi Jinping’s new development philosophy at the Central Party School.

Jan 2021

CHINA-APPOINTMENTS: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING-LOYALIST LI SHULEI APPOINTED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL
The Strait Times reported (January 18) that 57-year old Dr. Li Shulei, a member of President Xi Jinping's inner circle was last month appointed Executive Vice President of the Central Party School prior to next year's Party Congress suggesting to analysts that he is probably being positioned to take over as President of the Central Party School from Chen Xi.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ZHAO ZIYANG'S FAMILY MARKS HIS 16TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY ON JANUARY 18
January 18th marks the 16th death anniversary of the late former CCP CC General Secretary Zhao Ziyang. Zhao Ziyang's daughter Wang Yannan, son-in-law Wang Zhihua and others went from his former residence at No: 6, Fuqiang Hutong to the cemetery in Changping Tianshou Garden in Beijing. Nearly 10 plainclothes police officers were stationed outside Zhao Ziyang's former residence at Fuqiang Hutong.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE TRADE DELEGATION LIKELY TO VISIT U.S. SOON
Myron Brilliant, head of international affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was quoted by Reuters (January 13) as saying he sees “every indication” that a high-ranking delegation of Chinese officials will visit Washington early in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING WRITES LETTER URGING HONY. CHAIRMAN OF STARBUCKS TO HELP MEND SINO-US TIES
Xinhua (January 14) publicised Chinese President Xi Jinping's reply of January 6 to Howard Schultz, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of Starbucks Corporation of the United States, encouraging him and Starbucks to continue to play an active role in promoting Sino-US economic and trade cooperation and the development of bilateral relations.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: US IMPOSES RESTRICTIONS ON CHINESE INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES COMPLICIT IN LARGE-SCALE RECLAMATION OR USE OF COERCION ETC IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on January 14 issued a statement imposing visa restrictions on People’s Republic of China (PRC) individuals, including executives of state-owned enterprises and officials of the Chinese Communist Party and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, responsible for, or complicit in, either the large-scale reclamation, construction, or militarization of disputed outposts in the South China Sea, or the PRC’s use of coercion against Southeast Asian claimants to inhibit their access to offshore resources in the South China Sea.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: U.S. BANS ALL IMPORT OF XINJIANG COTTON AND TOMATO PRODUCTS
The U.S. announced (January 14) a full and total ban on Xinjiang cotton and tomato products, following a partial ban from September 2020. The total ban also applies to products processed or manufactured in third party countries and effectively bars 20 percent of the world’s cotton from entering the U.S. because it is tainted by forced labor.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: WANG HUNING'S BOOK WRITTEN IN 1999 FORECAST AMERICA'S DECLINE DUE TO DOMESTIC CONFLICTS
“America Against America”, a book authored during an academic visit to the U.S. in 1988 by the CCP's top theoretician and No: 5 top leader, Wang Huning predicted that America’s emphasis on “individualism, hedonism and democracy” would eventually cause rifts that sapped its competitive drive. It said countries like Japan -- built on “collectivism, selflessness and authoritarianism” -- had the upper hand and forecast the U.S.’s decline due to domestic conflicts.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: ASSISTANT PRESIDENT OF CICIR PUBLISHES ARTICLE TITLED 'THE DECLINE OF AMERICAN VALUES' AND CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL PROFESSOR PUBLISHES ANOTHER
An article critical of the US and authored by Dr. Zhang Jian, Assistant President of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) and concurrently Director of the CICIR Institute of European Studies, was published in the Guangming Daily (January 12) under the caption 'The decline of American values'.

Jan 2021

CHINA-SOUTHEAST ASIA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI TRAVELS TO SE ASIA
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on a four-nation tour of Southeast Asia.

Jan 2021

CHINA-AFRICA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI VISITS FIVE AFRICAN NATIONS
The South China Morning Post reported (January 10) that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Nigeria, Congo (DRC), Botswana, Tanzania and Seychelles between January 4 and 9.

Jan 2021

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: XI JINPING CONGRATULATES NORTH KOREA'S KIM JUNG-UN
The state-owned CCTV (January 11) telecast as its lead news item Chinese President Xi Jinping's congratulatory message to Kim Jung-Un on his re-election as General Secretary of the Korean Workers Party (KWP). parties and the two countries".

Jan 2021

CHINA-TIBET: CHINA'S SPECIAL SCHOOLS FOR TIBETAN CHILDREN
In 1984, the Chinese Communist Party decided to establish schools for Tibetan students in Chinese provinces and cities as part of the so-called “nationwide aid to Tibet.”

Jan 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: GLOBAL TIMES REACTS TO US SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO'S LIFTING RESTRICTIONS ON CONTACTS WITH TAIWAN WITH SHARP WARNING TO TAIWAN
A hard-hitting editorial in the Global Times (January 10), in response to the U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s announcement on January 9, 2021, entitled “Pompeo may have started the count-down of Taiwan’s final days,” stated that “Pompeo once again is frantically digging holes and placing mines for Sino-US relations and the Taiwan issue.

Jan 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: NPC CONTEMPLATING DENYING HONGKONGERS WITH BN(O) STATUS THE RIGHT TO VOTE
The South China Morning Post (January 13) reported that the NPC Standing Committee will consider denying Hongkongers with BN(O) status the right to vote in the city at its upcoming session from January 20-24.

Jan 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG AUTHORITIES OFFER EMPLOYERS CASH INCENTIVES TO EMPLOY HONGKONG GRADUATES
In a bid to rein in the soaring youth unemployment, the Hong Kong government is offering employers a monthly grant of HK$10,000 (US$1,290) for each recent college graduate they hire as part of efforts to encourage jobs for young people in the Greater Bay Area.

Jan 2021

CHINA-FOREIGN AID: CHINESE SCHOLARS COMMENT ON CHINA'S NEW WHITE PAPER ON ITS FOREIGN AID POLICY
Commenting on China’s new white paper on international development cooperation in an article in the Diplomat on January 13, Zhang Chao, an assistant researcher at the Institute of European Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Tang Yuxuan, a research associate in the International Development Cooperation Academy at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, observed that this is the third such white paper that China has published on its development efforts, and the first since 2014.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: ECONOMIC DAILY ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING SUPPLY CHAIN INTACT
In a lengthy article in the Economic Daily (January 12), Ma Baocheng, a Researcher at the Central Party School (National School of Administration) Xi Jinping Research Center for Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era, emphasised that "Safety is the prerequisite for development, and development is the guarantee of safety".

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: SEMICONDUCTOR CHIP SHORTAGE AFFECTS CHINA'S AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers stated (January 13) in a post that Semiconductor chip shortage issues will continue to disrupt China’s production of automobiles in the coming months.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING INTERNATIONAL CORP. ALLOWED TO TRADE SHARES ON OTCQX TILL FEBRUARY 1
Caixin (January 11) reported that China’s large maker of microchips, the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), has received a brief reprieve after being told last week that its shares would immediately be barred from the OTCQX Market, an over-the-counter Wall Street securities market.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA FINES STATE-OWNED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS US$ 31 MILLION IN CRACKDOWN
Caixin (January 9) reported that after tightening regulations the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, China's top banking regulator, fined several state-owned banks and financial institutions a total of nearly 200 million yuan ($31 million) for violations mostly in wealth management and small business loans.

Jan 2021

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: FRESH MILK AND CHICKEN SUPPLIES DISRUPTED IN HEBEI PROVINCE
China's Hebei Province issued an emergency order on January 6, to prevent disruption of fresh milk and chick deliveries during the region's Covid-19 lockdown this month. Hebei's capital city Shijiazhuang has been locked down, and authorities have limited transportation all over the province after 39 new cases prompted testing that turned up another 354 cases.

Jan 2021

CHINA-HEALTH: W.H.O. TEAM TO INVESTIGATE CORONAVIRUS ARRIVES IN CHINA
13 members of the 15-member W.H.O. team arrived in Wuhan, China on January 14.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: NEW EXOSKELETON SUITS TO BE ISSUED TO PLA PERSONNEL SERVING IN HIGH-ALTITUDE
The Global Times (January 13) and state-owned CCTV publicised that a new type of military-use exoskeleton suit that is powered and that can be used for carrying ammunition, and known as the portable ammunition support assist system for individual soldiers, is due to enter service with the PLA border defense troops. The new type of exoskeleton suit can provide 20 kilograms of assisted strength to its user and relieve more than 50 percent of the burden and greatly reduce risks of waist injury.

Jan 2021

CHINA-THE CCP: MEMORIAL SITE OF FIRST PARTY CONGRESS TO BE READY IN TIME FOR PARTY'S FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
China Daily (January 12) quoted a Shanghai official as saying that renovation of the Memorial for the site of the CCP's First National Congress in Shanghai will be completed by May for the upcoming centenary of the founding of the Party in July.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA'S POLITICS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION
On January 9, China's Political and Legal Affairs Commission met in Beijing system to discuss their priorities for the coming year. It emphasised that the number one priority for 2021 is having the right political orientation.

Jan 2021

CHINA-NPC: NPC STANDING COMMITTEE TO HOLD SPECIAL SESSION
The 25th session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) will be held from January 20 to 22. The NPCSC used to hold regular bimonthly sessions in even-numbered months, but seems to have abandoned that routine after the CCP’s recent Five-Year Plan on Building the Rule of Law in China directed the standing committees of people’s congresses to meet more frequently.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING RELEASES PLAN TO BUILD THE RULE OF LAW IN CHINA (2020-2025)
Xinhua (January 10) released the Plan to Build the Rule of Law in China (2020-2025).

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES SPECIAL SEMINAR TO STUDY IMPLEMENTATION OF
Xinhua (January 11) reported that a special seminar on the study and implementation of the spirit of the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th CCP CC "for major provincial and ministerial leaders was held in the Central Party School on January 11.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE POLITBURO MEMBER YANG JIECHI IS SCHEDULED TO VISIT WASHINGTON THIS WEEK
An article in the Wall Street Journal (January 9) revealed that Politburo member and former Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi is scheduled to visit Washington this week.

Jan 2021

CHINA-MIDDLE EAST: FORMER CHINESE DIPLOMAT'S ASSESSMENT OF SITUATION IN MIDDLE EAST IN 2021
Liu Baolai, former Ambassador to the UAE and Jordan, former Vice President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and presently a senior researcher at the China Foundation for International Studies (CFIS), wrote an article titled “The Middle East: inscrutable in 2021", in Guojiwang on January 6, 2021.

Jan 2021

CHINA-TIBET: TIBET TIMES REPORTS ARREST OF 18 TIBETANS FOR 'SEPARATIST' ACTIVITIES
A report in Tibet Times disclosed (January 7) that Tsona Dzong (County) arrested 18 Tibetans on the charges of separatism on January 2 from Shingyon village, Tsonga Dzong, Lhoka (in Chinese: Shannan). 11 of those arrested are females and 7 are males.

Jan 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S POPULATION SHRANK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2020
Taiwan government data showed that Taiwan’s population shrank for the first time ever in 2020, and it faces a burgeoning demographic crisis similar to those affecting South Korea and Japan.

Jan 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: US SECRETARY OF STATE ANNOUNCES LIFTING OF ALL RESTRICTIONS ON CONTACTS BY US GOVERNMENT WITH TAIWAN
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced (January 10) the lifting of all restrictions on contacts with Taiwan by any arm of the US Government. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and Taiwan foreign Minister both promptly welcomed the announcement.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: TAIWAN INSTITUTE SAYS CHINA HAS ADDED "BRAIN DOMINANCE" TO ITS "THREE WARFARES" STRATEGY
The Taipei Times said (January 6) that Taiwan's Institute for National Defense and Security Research said in its latest 200-page report titled '2020 Annual Assessment of the People’s Republic of China’s Political and Military Developments' on Chinese political and military developments that Chinese academics have added: “brain dominance” to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s traditional “three warfares” strategy: public opinion warfare, psychological warfare and legal warfare.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S AIRCRAFT CARRIER RETURNS TO BASE
The PLA Navy aircraft carrier 'Shandong' returned to the Sanya Naval Base on January 7, 2021.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: XI JINPING ORDERS PLA TO 'FOCUS ON PREPARATIONS FOR WAR' AND BE 'READY TO FIGHT AT ANY TIME'
Xinhua (January 4) and Newsweek (January 4) separately reported that the recent military orders that Beijing issued appear to suggest that China might be preparing to launch a war in the South China Sea or Taiwan or against U.S. military targets.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S MINISTRY OF COMMERCE ISSUES ORDER TO COUNTERACT EFFECTS OF ANY UNJUSTIFIED FOREIGN LEGISLATION
China's Ministry of Commerce issued Order No. 1 of 2021 on January 9, 2021, for the purpose of counteracting the impact on China caused by unjustified extra-territorial application of foreign legislation and other measures, safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations of China.

Jan 2021

CHINA-FOREIGN ASSISTANCE: CHINA ISSUES WHITE PAPER ON FOREIGN AID
China's State Council Information Office issued a White Paper on January 10, titled "China's International Development Cooperation in the New Era". The 8-chapter 45-page White Paper outlined areas where China would provide aid including the BRI.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: GUANGMING DAILY PRAISES XI JINPING THOUGHT
A lengthy article by Dong Zhenhua, Deputy Director of the Department of Research and Philosophy Professor of the National School of Administration Department of the Central Party School in Guangming Daily (January 8) captioned: 'Persevere and cast your soul with great ideas' asserted that "A country and a nation cannot be without a soul.

Jan 2021

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: AFGHANISTAN ALLOWS 10 CHINESE SPIES TO LEAVE BY CHARTERED CHINESE AIRCRAFT
The 10 Chinese nationals caught on December 10, for operating a terror cell in the capital city of Kabul have been allowed by the Afghan authorities to leave the country on January 3.

Jan 2021

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER IN LONDON CALLS FOR ENHANCED TIES
In an Op-Ed published by London’s Daily Telegraph, George Brandis, Australia’s High Commissioner in London and former senior Australian government minister, offered sharp observations on the significance of the dispute between Canberra and Beijing that intensified over the course of 2020 and saw China restrict a raft of Australian exports.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: NYSE BACKTRACKS ON PLAN TO DELIST SHARES OF CHINESE TELECOM GIANTS
Bloomberg reported (January 5) that, in a surprise move, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) said it will no longer delist China’s three biggest state-owned telecommunications companies, backtracking on its earlier decision.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE REPORT RIOTS IN WASHINGTON WITH GLEE
China's state-owned CCTV on January 5 telecast a programme on the rioting in Washington DC with the caption: "Pressure recording reveals that Trump still wants to "turnover" Will Washington become a "battlefield"?

Jan 2021

CHINA-INDIA: SENIOR CHINESE RESEARCHER WARNS INDIA OF CONSEQUENCES OF GETTING CLOSER TO U.S.
Zhao Gancheng, a senior researcher at the Shanghai Institute of International Studies posted an article on China's social media on January 3, where he said: "The downward trend in Sino-Indian relations does not seem to be over yet".

Jan 2021

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE NEWS PORTAL CLAIMS INDIAN GOVERNMENT HAS INFORMALLY ASKED FOREIGN AIRLINES NOT TO FLY IN CHINESE NATIONALS
Well-known Chinese news site NetEase reported on December 28, that, according to multiple Indian media sources, the Indian government has informally asked all airlines not to fly in any Chinese customers. It said this includes domestic airlines as well as foreign airlines.

Jan 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT REVEALS PLAN TO HOLD SECOND ROUND OF CLOSED-DOOR TALKS WITH TAIWAN ON JANUARY 7
The South China Morning Post (January 6) reported that in a rare move, the US State Department made public the schedule of the closed-door talks, to be held online at 6.30 pm on January 6, in Washington (7.30 am Thursday in Taipei) with Clarke Cooper, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, among those taking part.

Jan 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG POLICE ARREST 50 MORE HONGKONG OPPOSITION LEGISLATORS AND ACTIVISTS
Hongkong Police arrested dozens of Hong Kong’s opposition lawmakers and activists on January 6, morning under a major National Security Law operation, with local media reporting as many as 50 were being detained.

Jan 2021

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETANS-IN-EXILE VOTE FOR NEW TIBETAN PARLIAMENT
Several thousand Tibetans in exile voted on January 3, 2021, in the first round of the two-round elections for the President (Sikyong) and the parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration. This primary round was to elect candidates for the two offices, with the main elections to be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Jan 2021

CHINA-HEALTH: CHINA DENIES VISAS TO 10-MEMBER W.H.O. TEAM TO ENQUIRE INTO ORIGINS OF PANDEMIC
Asia Times reported (January 6) that China had denied visas to a 10-member WHO team leaving for China to enquire into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. W.H.O. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was quoted saying he was "shocked" by the visa ban.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA ROCKET FORCE (PLARF)'S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ON DECEMBER 31, 2020
On the fifth anniversary of the PLA Rocket Force (PLARF) on December 31, 2020, Bayi TV, a subsidiary of the Chinese military media "China Military Network," launched five short films, which showed conventional warheads, short-range, medium-range, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and long-range cruise missiles.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: NEW BOX-TYPE ROCKETS TO BE DEPLOYED IN TIBET
According to the Chinese Media Observer network, a new box-type rocket launcher has been inducted in the PLA.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: PLA'S HIGHEST POST ON SINO-INDIAN BORDER IS AT GAMBA OPPOSITE NORTH SIKKIM
Global Times (January 4) said the state-owned CCTV had revealed (January 3) that China's military post at the highest altitude in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) was the Gamba Post north of Sikkim at an altitude of 5,592 meters.

Jan 2021

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: CHINA'S BLOGGERS AND NETIZENS SEVERELY CRITICISE MAO'S "GO TO THE COUNTRYSIDE" MOVEMENT
On December 22, the Chinese Academy of History, a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), published a highly controversial 4,000-character article entitled "Being Down to Earth, Youth Without Regrets! Educated youth going to the countryside is a great feat to promote social progress!".

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ALL-CHINA WOMEN'S FEDERATION COMPLAINS AT LOW REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP POSTS
The All-China Women’s Federation, recently said that women comprise 37.5 per cent of the 4 million members of the Party’s neighbourhood and village committees, which enforce Party mandates and maintain social order. But, the higher women move up the rungs of government hierarchy, the fewer their female peers.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CDIC ANNOUNCES FOUR "TIGERS" EXPELLED FROM PARTY AND REMANDED FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
On January 4, the Central Discipline Inspection Commission/National Supervisory Commission official website announced that Deng Huilin, Deputy Mayor of Chongqing, had been expelled from the party, sacked, and remanded to the Procuratorate for a criminal investigation.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP CC UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT ISSUES NEW RULE BOOK
Xinhua (January 5) reported that the CCP CC had issued a circular confirming the revisions comprising 14 Chapters and 61 Articles approved at a meeting of the CCP CC Political Bureau in November 2020.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP ISSUES NEW RULES FOR CCP MEMBERS
Xinhua disclosed (January 5) that the CCP had issued a new rule book for CCP members on January 4, which said that cadres can make complaints about their superiors but are prohibited from airing them in public. China Daily (January 5) said the rules list 13 rights of CCP members.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NATIONAL PROPAGANDA MINISTERS MEETING HELD IN BEIJING ON JANUARY 6
The Global Times (Chinese version - January 7) reported that the state-owned CCTV (January 6) had covered the meeting of the National Propaganda Ministers held in Beijing on January 6.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SIGNS CMC ORDER NO:1 OF 2021 ORDERING TRAINING MOBILISATION OF ENTIRE PLA AND PAP
On January 4, Xi Jinping, Chairman of the Central Military Commission, signed the Central Military Commission’s Order No. 1 of 2021, issuing a training mobilization order to the entire army.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING
Xinhua reported (January 7) that the Politburo Standing Committee held a day-long meeting on January 7 to listen to the work reports of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, the State Council, the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the Supreme People’s Court, and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the work of the Central Secretariat report.

Jan 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN'S BEGINS DEVELOPMENT OF UNMANNED, AUTOMATED FIGHTER AIRCRAFT AND DRONES TO COUNTER CHINA
Nikkei reported (January 1) that Japan has begun to develop unmanned, remote-controlled fighter aircraft capable of breakneck manoeuvres that will be deployed as early as 2035, to counter advancements in China's military technologies and the rise of drone warfare.

Jan 2021

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE SHIPS INTRUDE JAPANESE WATERS OFF SENKAKU ISLANDS
The Yomiuri Shimbun reported (January 3) that 4 Chinese government ships were confirmed by the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha as sailing in the contiguous zone off the Senkaku Islands, which are part of Okinawa Prefecture, on January 1, night.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: CHINESE PROFESSOR CRITICISES U.S. FOR SLANDERING CHINA
Writing in the Guangming Daily (January 3), Su Xiaohui, Department of China Institute of International Studies, Deputy Director of the Institute of American Studies, stressed that China's foreign policy is based on the tradition of five thousand years of outstanding civilization and it has been recognized as a country of etiquette since ancient times.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: US NAVY SHIPS TRANSIT TAIWAN STRATIS PROVOKING CHINESE PROTEST
Two U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Curtis Wilbur sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on December 31 provoking a protest from Beijing. This is the 13th sailing through the strait by the U.S. Navy this year.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE COMPANIES INVEST HEAVILY IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERIES
China’s largest producer of electric vehicle batteries, The Fujian province-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL), is boosting its capacity with investments totalling 39 billion yuan ($6 billion) in three centres around the country.

Jan 2021

CHINA-TIBETAN EXILES AROUND THE WORLD GETTING READY TO VOTE
The Tibetan diaspora is getting ready to vote in its elections to be held later this year. Seven candidates, including one woman, from 26 countries are enrolled for the 2021 elections.

Jan 2021

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S MINISTER FOR S&T EMPHASISES IMPORTANCE OF S&T FOR CHINA
In a lengthy interview to the People's Daily (January 2), China's Minister for Science and Technology Wang Zhizhang emphasised, inter alia, the leading role envisaged for S & T. He said that "The influence and support of strategic scientific and technological forces are directly related to the improvement of China's comprehensive national strength and international competitiveness.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: CCTV PUBLICISES PLA EXERCISE IN TIBET
CCTV Channel 13 broadcast a military news item on December 27, 2020, about an information-based integrated combat drill held by a light and high-mobility Integrated brigade of the Tibet Military Command at an altitude of more than 4,500 meters.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: VETERANS PROTEST
38 PLA veteran soldiers staged a protest on New Year's Day in Shandong province.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: CMC ISSUES NEW REGULATIONS FOR PLA
Xinhua (January 2) reported that after Xi Jinping, Chairman of the Central Military Commission's approval the CMC had issued the "Interim Regulations on the Management of Active Duty Officers".

Jan 2021

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: PEOPLE'S DAILY HIGHLIGHTS XI JINPING'S REMARKS ON FOOD SECURITY
People's Daily (January 2) highlighted CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping's remarks at the Central Rural Work Conference where he said: "Food security is an important foundation for national security, and ensuring food security is always the top priority of the country's governance".

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: YEAR END REVIEW BY CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI
A Chinese Foreign Ministry press release reported Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi's speech on December 11, 2020, at the opening ceremony of the Symposium on the International Situation and China's Foreign Relations in 2020 in Beijing entitled "China's Diplomacy in the Midst of Once-in-a-Century Changes and Pandemic: Being Responsible to the Country and Doing its Part for the World".

Jan 2021

CHINA-TURKEY: BRI RAIL LINE TO CONNECT XINJIANG WITH TURKEY
Speaking on condition of strict anonymity, a Pakistani government official told Nikkei (December 29) that the ITI railroad will connect to China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region through Pakistan's ML-1 railway line.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: BALOCHISTAN GOVERNMENT STOPS FENCING OF GWADAR PORT
Dawn (December 30) quoted the Home Minister of Balochistan as saying (December 29) that the provincial government has stopped the fencing work in Gwadar and “The local people will not be kept away from decision-making about Gwadar and a decision about fencing would now be taken after taking the local people into confidence over the issue.”

Jan 2021

CHINA-RUSSIA: RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO CHINA SAYS RUSSIA-CHINA COOPERATION ALREADY BEYOND TRADITIONAL ALLIANCE
The South China Morning Post highlighted (December 30) the remarks of Russia's Ambassador to China, Andrey Denisov at the Russian Embassy in Beijing on December 29 that China and Russia do not need to establish a military alliance because their relationship is strong enough already.

Jan 2021

CHINA--UK: UK AMBASSADOR TO U.S. SAYS UK AND US MUST WORK TOGETHER TO PREVENT CHINA AND RUSSIA EMERGING AS WINNERS FROM THE COVID PANDEMIC
Bloomberg reported (January 1) that the British Ambassador to the U.S., Ms Karen Pierce had said in an interview that China and Russia must not emerge as the winners from the coronavirus pandemic.

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER PROHIBITING PURCHASE, SALE AND TRADING OF SHARES INVOLVING CHINESE MILITARY COMPANIES
In the last week of December, US President Trump issued an Executive Order "to protect American investors and pension holders from funding Communist Chinese military companies (CCMCs)".

Jan 2021

CHINA-US: GLOBAL TIMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CRITICISES WEST FOR ENCOURAGING CHINESE CITIZEN JOURNALIST ZHANG ZHAN
Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of the Global Times, in an article in the newspaper on December 29, criticised individuals in the West and the Western media for encouraging the Chinese citizen-journalist Zhang Zhan to break Chinese laws and post reports on the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan in February and the Hongkong protests on the social media.

Jan 2021

CHINA-EU: EU SIGNS EU-CHINA COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT ON INVESTMENT
The EU concluded the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment in Brussels on December 30, 2020. Justifying the controversial deal, a Press Release that day said the cumulative EU foreign direct investment (FDI) flows from the EU to China over the last 20 years have reached more than €140 billion.

Jan 2021

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER TRANSITS THROUGH TAIWAN STRAITS
The PLA Navy announced (December 28) that China's indigenous aircraft carrier Shandong has passed through the Taiwan Strait to conduct training in the South China Sea.

Jan 2021

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG YOUTH ATTEMPTING TO ESCAPE TO TAIWAN SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS IN PRISON
Ten Hong Kong fugitives, arrested at sea in August by mainland Chinese authorities while trying to flee to Taiwan, were sentenced to between seven months and three years’ jail by a Shenzhen court on December 29, 2020. The two younger persons were handed over to the local police.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA CLAIMS BRI, CPEC & ISRAEL-CPEC ARE BOTH PROGRESSING
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at the regular press conference on December 28, that Indian media reports that China seems to be gradually abandoning its initial funding commitments to Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor [CPEC] are groundless.

Jan 2021

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S EFFORT TO BOOST SALES OF SOES
Nikkei Asia reported on December 24, 2020, that Moutai (aka Maotai) Liquor, one of China’s most famous baijiu, a 100 proof distilled spirit made of wheat and sorghum, often appears on the gift list of wealthy individuals, and sometimes of corrupt officials.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: INSTANCES OF CIVIL MILITARY FUSION
Epoch Times (December 2) disclosed that an internal document it had obtained revealed that a delegation from Hebei province used official visits to foreign countries to help private companies gain access to advanced technologies overseas.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PLA: GLOBAL TIMES PUBLICISES PLA MODERNISATION AND NEW WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT FOR 2021
The Global Times (December 28) publicised that the PLA is making progress in modernizing and expanding its arsenal and this will continue over the upcoming year.

Jan 2021

CHINA-NPC STANDING COMMITTEE HAS SOUGHT COMMENTS ON DRAFT LAWS
The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) has sought comments from the public till January 29 on the following draft Laws among 4 others: draft amendment to the NPC Organic Law [全国人民代表大会组织法]; draft Anti–Food Waste Law [反食品浪费法]; draft Anti–Organized Crime Law [反有组织犯罪法]; draft revision to the Military Facilities Protection Law [军事设施保护法]; and draft Law on the Protection of the Status, Rights, and Interests of Military Personnel [军人地位和权益保障法].

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: REVIVAL OF POPULAR INTEREST IN MAO ZEDONG AMONG CHINA'S YOUTH
Global Times (December 28) publicised, to mark the 127th birth anniversary of Mao Zedong, that a discussion group comprising younger generations of post-1990s or 2000s has been formed mainly for reading the Selected Works of Mao Zedong together on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo. Some Sina Weibo posts displayed photos of young people reading the book.

Jan 2021

CHINA-CPPCC: CPPCC HOSTS NEW YEARS TEA PARTY
The National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held a New Year's tea party in the CPPCC Auditorium on December 31.

Jan 2021

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S NEW YEAR ADDRESS
Chinese President Xi Jinping's 1,106-word New Year Address delivered on the China Central Radio and Television Station and the Internet was reported by China's entire official media on December 31.

Jan 2021

CHINA-PAKISTAN: EXTREMISTS ATTACK CHINESE PERSONNEL ON OUTSKIRTS OF KARACHI
On December 22, a Chinese citizen and his interpreter survived a gun assault on a car showroom in the outskirts of Karachi.

Dec 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: GWADAR PORT BEING SEALED-OFF
Asia Times (December 25) said that citing security concerns in Balochistan, Pakistan authorities have planned to fence off the entire 24-square-kilometre area surrounding the Gwadar seaport to secure what they call the “crown jewel” of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Dec 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE PORTS DO NOT ALLOW INDIAN SHIPS CARRYING AUSTRALIAN COAL ACCESS
Japan's Kyodo news agency (December 25) asked at the regular Chinese Foreign Ministry press briefing (December 25) in Beijing for China's response to the Indian Foreign Ministry said the previous day that two Indian freighters arrived near ports in Hebei in June and September respectively, but China hasn't allowed them to harbour in the port and go through clearance citing pandemic regulations.

Dec 2020

CHINA-NEPAL: CCP CC INTERNATIONAL LIAISON DEPARTMENT VICE MINISTER IN KATHMANDU TO PATCH UP DIFFERENCES WITHIN NCP
An 11-member team of senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials led by Guo Yechau, Vice Minister of the CCP CC International Department, reached Kathmandu on December 7.

Dec 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR 30 PERSONS FOR VIOLATING NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
The South China Morning Post reported (December 27) that Hongkong Police is searching for nearly 30 people on suspicion of violating the national security law.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: ALIBABA'S US-LISTED STOCKS FALL IN US SHARE MARKET
Alibaba Group Holding’s U.S.-listed shares tumbled the most ever, according to Caixin (December 26) due to concern over China’s inquiry into alleged monopolistic practices at the e-commerce company. The stock fell 13% in its biggest one-day drop on record. The decline took Alibaba to its lowest level since July, and the stock is now down 30% from an October peak.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA EASES HITHERTO STRINGENT REGULATIONS ON CHARITABLE DONATIONS
Caixin (December 26)) reported that China’s NPC is expected to revise the Charity Law in an effort to loosen overly stringent regulations governing online donations that threaten to throttle the fast-growing practice.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: TURKEY SAYS EFFICACY OF CHINESE ANTI-COVID VACCINE IS 91.25 PER CENT
Officials in Ankara said (December 24) that Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate has shown an efficacy rate of 91.25% in Turkey, as per the latest results of clinical trials of the Chinese-developed shot outside China.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: TANG RENJIAN, VICE AGRICULTURE MINISTER APPOINTED SECRETARY OF MINISTRY'S PARTY COMMITTEE
The CCP CC decided on December 1, to appoint 58-year old Tang Renjian, Vice Minister of Agriculture, as Secretary of the Communist Party Committee in the Ministry.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: 6 PROVINCIAL PARTY SECRETARIES RETIRED AND MOVED TO APPOINTMENTS IN NPC
On December 26, the Party Secretaries of Jilin, Hunan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Fujian and Hainan on reaching the retirement age were appointed to new positions.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: HAN CADRE APPOINTED HEAD OF NATIONAL ETHNIC AFFAIRS COMMISSION
66-year-old Chen Xiaojiang, a Han majority cadre, was appointed head of the National Ethnic Affairs Commission, the body responsible for ethnic minority affairs on December 14, breaking a tradition followed since 1954 of having a member of the minority groups heading the body.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP CC UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT ISSUES STATEMENT ASSERTING IT DOES NOT EXPORT
A spokesperson of the CCP CC's United Front Work Department (UFWD) unusually issued an 873-character statement on December 25, responding to an announcement by US Secretary of State Pompeo imposing visa restrictions on United Front Work Department (UFWD) officials.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO 'DEMOCRATIC LIFE' MEETING ON MAO'S BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
The People's Daily and authoritative Xinhua news agency front-paged reports (December 26) that the Politburo held a 'Democratic Life' meeting (December 24-25) on the occasion of Mao Zedong's birth anniversary on December 26.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA STATES IT EXPELLED US NAVY DESTROYER AFTER IT "TRESPASSED" CHINESE TERRITORIAL WATERS
Senior Colonel Tian Junli, the spokesman for the PLA Southern Theatre Command, claimed on December 22 that its military had "expelled" a US destroyer after it "trespassed" into Chinese territorial waters close to the Spratly Islands.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE EMBASSY PUBLICISES THERE WERE 3,69,548 CHINESE STUDENTS IN US IN 2018-19
The Chinese Embassy in the USA publicised (December 23) that according to a report released by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State, China was the largest source of international students in the United States in 2018/19 with 369548 students, contributing $14.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2018.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: US SATELLITES BEGIN MONITORING MEKONG RIVER FLOWS AND DATA REVEALS CHINA DID NOT CONSIDER IMPACT OF DAMS ON LOWER RIPARIAN COUNTRIES
Kwongwah, the world’s oldest privately owned Chinese daily newspaper in Malaysia, reported (December 14) that the U.S. State Department sponsored the Mekong Dam Monitor Plan, which it just introduced.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: US SANCTIONS 58 CHINESE COMPANIES INCLUDING 7 SUBSIDIARIES OF AVIC
The U.S. Commerce Department on December 21, added more than 58 Chinese and 45 Russia companies to a new list of companies it said to have links to their nations’ militaries.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: US SENATE PASSED THE 'TIBETAN POLICY AND SUPPORT ACT OF 2020' WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT
the Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2020 (TPSA) was passed by the United States Senate on December 22, with bipartisan support. The TPSA makes it official United States policy that decisions regarding the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama are exclusively within the authority of the current Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist leaders and the Tibetan people.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: HUANQIU EDITORIAL ADVISES "DO YOUR OWN THING WELL AND NOT BE CONSTRAINED BY THE ATTITUDES OF THE U.S. AND THE WEST"
Huanqiu, the Chinese-language version of the Global Times, on December 20, published an editorial captioned "Do your own thing well and not be constrained by the U.S. and the West."

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA DAILY EDITORIAL CALLS FOR IMPROVING SINO-US TIES, REBUILDING MUTUAL TRUST AND U.S. TO REMEMBER "BOTTOM LINE" IS THAT CCP IS CHINA'S RULING PARTY
The English-language China Daily (December 24) in an editorial said China-U.S. relations have undergone the most difficult period since the establishment of diplomatic relations and whether bilateral relations can get back on track is the focus of the world.

Dec 2020

CHINA-GERMANY: ALTERCATION BETWEEN GERMANY'S PRESIDENT OF THE UNSC AND CHINA'S AMBASSADOR ON DECEMBER 23
Germany’s U.N. envoy Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, during his last scheduled U.N. Security Council meeting on December 23, appealed to China to free two detained Canadians for Christmas. Germany finishes a two-year term on the 15-member council at the end of this month and Ambassador Christoph Heusgen plans to retire after more than 40 years as a diplomat.

Dec 2020

CHINA-RUSSIA: CCTV CLAIMS PUTIN HAS ASKED RUSSIAN ARMY TO PROMPTLY RESPOND TO ANY THREATS BY NATO
The State-owned CCTV-4's International News Channel on December 22, telecast a news report that noted the United States had put 45 Russian companies on the sanctions list and will also close the last two consulates in Russia. It said US-Russian relations have 'once again fallen to a freezing point' and that 'Putin asked the Russian army to make military preparations for NATO threats and promptly respond if necessary'.

Dec 2020

CHINA-RUSSIA: CHINESE AND RUSSIAN AIR FORCES CARRY OUT SECOND JOINT AERIAL STRATEGIC PATROL IN ASIA-PACIFIC REGION
In an article published by the Global Times on December 23, Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of the Global Times, commented on the second joint aerial strategic patrol in the Asia-Pacific region by the air forces of China and Russia on December 22 over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.

Dec 2020

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: AFGHAN SECURITY SERVICES FOR THE FIRST TIME UNCOVER 10-MEMBER CHINESE ESPIONAGE MODULE
Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) recently arrested 10 Chinese citizens on charges of espionage and running a terror cell. They are believed to be linked to China’s Ministry of State Security. The crackdown by the NDS started on 10 December.

Dec 2020

CHINA-TIBET: HEAVY POLICE PRESENCE IN LHASA ON DECEMBER 10 AS TIBETANS CELEBRATE GADEN NGAMCHOE FESTIVAL
During the Gaden Ngamchoe annual festival in Lhasa on December 10, there was heavy police presence in front of Tsuglakhang and on Barkhor street to keep a close watch over a large group of Tibetans circumambulating the holy sites.

Dec 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S NEW LONG MARCH-8 CARRIER ROCKET SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES 5 SATELLITES
The China National Space Administration announced that China's new medium-lift carrier rocket Long March-8 made its maiden flight on December 22, sending five satellites into the planned orbit.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PEKING UNIVERSITY ECONOMIST ESTIMATES UNEMPLOYMENT IN CHINA AT TWENTY PERCENT
Radio Free Asia reported (December 18) that in a recent interview with Tencent Finance, a well-known Chinese economist Yao Yang, head of Peking University’s National School of Development, said that the epidemic has had a profound impact on the domestic economy.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S FINTECH COMPANIES REMOVE SAVINGS PRODUCTS FROM ONLINE PAYMENT PLATFORMS
Caixin reported (December 21) that China’s biggest fintech companies removed savings products linked to regional banks from their online platforms amid heightened scrutiny from regulators concerned that the funds are being raised by unstable smaller lenders and could fuel financial risks.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CENTRAL ECONOMIC WORK CONFERENCE PUT FORWARD 'FIVE FUNDAMENTALS'
The annual Central Economic Work Conference (December 16-18) put forward the “five fundamentals “五个根本”. They make up one of the key themes in the propaganda consequent to the Central Economic Work Conference.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA STRENGTHENS SECURITY OVERSIGHT ON FOREIGN INVESTMENTS
Caixin (December 21) quoted Bloomberg as reporting that China had introduced a new regulation that will allow government agencies to preview, deny and punish foreign investment activities in areas that are deemed as important to national security.

Dec 2020

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: CHINA RESUMES STATE CORN SALES
Caixin (December 23) reported that a rally in Chinese corn prices has spurred the government to take the unusual step of bolstering supply at a time when sales from farmers are poised to expand. The Chinese government disclosed a plan last week to resume state corn sales, the first time in years it is doing so during a seasonal peak period for farmers’ sales.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP:CPPCC OFFICIAL PROPOSES INCLUDING CLIMATE CHANGE TARGETS IN 14TH FIVE YEAR PLAN
Liu Shijin, Deputy Director of Economic Affairs at the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), suggested that targets for carbon emissions reduction should be included in the 14th Five Year plan with progress posted as the country seeks to achieve carbon neutrality.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XINHUA COMMENTARY HINTS AT CONTINUING INNER-PARTY DIFFERENCES ON XI JINPING'S STANCE TOWARDS U.S.
An 826-character sharply worded commentary by "Xin Zhiping" -- a pseudonym for a Xinhua media platform dedicated to promoting Xi Jinping thought -- published on December 16, 2020, appeared to be directed at people who have been critical of China's more assertive stance towards America.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NPC STANDING COMMITTEE HOLDS 24TH PLENARY MEETING
The 24th meeting of the 13th National People's Congress Standing Committee held its second plenary meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on the morning of December 23.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: MARITIME NAVAL COOPERATION
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) declined to participate in the virtual Military Maritime Consultative Agreement (MMCA) Work Group and Flag Officer Plenary session with U.S. Indo-Pacific Command scheduled for December 14-16, 2020.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: PROTESTS OUTSIDE HOUSE OF CHINESE DISSIDENT TENG BIAO
The Washington Post (December 18) reported that Mandarin-speaking protesters shouting profanities and carrying signs with a variety of false accusations have been arriving every day since December 1, outside the suburban home in New Jersey of widely respected Chinese dissident and scholar at Hunter College in New York, Teng Biao.

Dec 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLA CONDUCTS MOCK COMBAT EXERCISE FOR TAKE-OVER OF TAIWAN
The South China Morning Post (December 17) quoted a CCTV report which disclosed that the previous week the PLA had deployed Type 96A main battle tanks and Type 04 infantry fighting vehicles in a mock street combat exercise in a possible war against Taiwan.

Dec 2020

CHINA-EU: CHINA-EU TRADE ACT IN FINAL PHASE
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said during a press conference on December 18, that bilateral investment treaty talks between China and the EU had entered the “final phase.”

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA TO RELEASE NEW PAPER ON ENERGY
China's State Council Information Office will release a white paper on the country's Energy development on December 18 afternoon.

Dec 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINA WILLING TO SHARE ROCK SAMPLES FROM MOON WITH OTHER COUNTRIES
Wu Yanhua, a Vice Administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), told reporters at a press conference on December 17, that the Chinese government is willing to work with international institutions and scientists and share the lunar samples and relevant detection data collected by the Chang’e 5 moon probe, which returned to earth this week.

Dec 2020

CHINA--PLA: PLA ROCKET FORCES HAVE INCREASED BY 35 PER CENT IN THREE YEARS
A report titled, “Chinese nuclear forces, 2020” published by the Federation of American Scientists on December 10 examines China’s nuclear arsenal, which is estimated to have surpassed France’s as the world’s third largest.

Dec 2020

CHINA-PLA: THREE NEW BORDER DEFENCE VILLAGES NEAR BUMLA PASS
Earlier in December, China set up three new villages near the Bum La pass near the India-China-Tibet Tri-junction.

Dec 2020

CHINA-PLA: TIBET MILITARY REGION GETS LATEST Z-20 HELICOPTERS
Z-20 helicopters entered service this week with PLA’s Tibet Military District (TMD). First displayed in China’s 2019 military day parade, the TMD is only second army aviation unit to operate the Z-20 advanced helicopters.

Dec 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINA APPOINTS ZHANG XUDONG AS NEW COMMANDER OF THE PLA WESTERN THEATRE COMMAND
At a promotion ceremony at the PLA Hqrs in Beijing on December 18, Lt General Zhang Xudong was promoted to full General and appointed Commander of the Western Theatre Command replacing General Zhao Zongqi, who has retired on reaching 65 years of age.

Dec 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: NUMBER OF POLITICAL AND IDEOLOGICAL THEORY TEACHERS RISES AS CHINA LAYS STRESS ON IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION AND MARXIST THEORY
According to the Chinese Ministry of Education, as of November 2020, the total number of full-time and part-time registered teachers of ideological and political theory courses in higher education institutions in the country exceeded 100,000, an increase of nearly 60 per cent since 2015.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER CENTRAL ECONOMIC WORK CONFERENCE
The Central Economic Work Conference was held under Chinese President Xi Jinping's chairmanship from December 16-18, 2020. Chinese officials proposed tougher antitrust restrictions at the key economic planning meeting, as the Chinese government targets the growing power of the country's technology groups.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: US SANCTIONS CHINESE OFFICIAL FOR PERSECUTION OF FALUNGONG ACTIVISTS
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported (December 11) that on December 10, World Human Rights Day, the U.S. State Department had announced sanctions on 17 foreign government officials and their immediate family members for "serious human rights violations".

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: US SANCTIONS 14 CHINESE OFFICIALS FOR THEIR ACTIONS IN TIBET AND XINJIANG
The US Departments of State and Treasury announced (December 14) sanctions on 14 Chinese officials for their actions in Xinjiang province, Tibet, Taiwan and the South China Sea and the crackdown on pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong.

Dec 2020

CHINA-FRANCE: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING AND FRENCH PRESIDENT MACRON AGREE TO COOPERATE ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES
Xinhua reported (December 9) that Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron had reached important consensus on China-France cooperation in the next stage during their phone conversation on December 9 evening.

Dec 2020

CHINA-SWEDEN: SWEDEN PLANS TO DEPORT SOUTHERN MONGOLIA ACTIVIST TO CHINA
Baolige Wurina, an Inner Mongolian activist who escaped to Sweden from Inner Mongolia ten years ago due to persecution by the authorities for his activism on rights issues for ethnic Mongols, is now at risk of being deported following the Swedish Migration Court’s decision in late November, to turn down his appeal for a review of the Migration Board’s decision from January 2019 not to grant him a new residence permit.

Dec 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: 600,000 HONGKONG RESIDENTS EXPECT TO MIGRATE TO BRITAIN WITHIN 2 YEARS
A recent survey by 'The Hongkongers' found that over 600,000 Hongkong residents eligible for the earlier BN(O)C status now expect to migrate to the UK within two years. They are mainly educated and earn higher wages than the average in the UK, but have no friends or family in the UK.

Dec 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINA ESTABLISHES SPACECRAFT TO MONITOR ARCTIC SHIPPING ROUTES
On December 11, China announced plans to launch a new imaging satellite to monitor Arctic shipping routes. The satellite will employ Synthetic Aperture Radar technology able to observe the Earth’s surface even during night time and through cloud layers or smoke. The spacecraft will be placed into a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 720 kilometres and produce high-quality imagery.

Dec 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINA CLAIMS TO HAVE DEVELOPED A SODRAMJET ENGINE
At the end of November, the team of Professor Jiang Zonglin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Mechanics published a research paper in the Chinese Journal of Aeronautics, a peer-reviewed academic publication.

Dec 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S INVESTMENT IN SPACE FOR FIRST TIME SURPASSES THAT OF RUSSIA
China's investment in Space has this year for the first time surpassed that of Russia. A recent tabulation by the US-China Institute shows that while the US invests 58% of the world total or US$ 41 billion in Space exploration, this year China invested US$ 5.8 billion exceeding Russia's US$ 4.2 billion. The rest of the world together accounts for US$ 19.8 billion.

Dec 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHANG'E-5 RETURNS FROM SPACE EXPLORATION
The state-owned CCTV on December 17, announced the safe return of China's spacecraft Chang'e-5 carrying lunar samples. It said the landing was in accordance with the three-step plan of the Chinese lunar exploration project "circle, fall, and return".

Dec 2020

CHINA-PLA: XI JINPING SIGNS NEW REVISED 'ARMY MEASUREMENT REGULATIONS' TO BECOME EFFECTIVE FROM JANUARY 1, 2021
The People's Daily and CCTV (December 17) announced that Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping signed an order to issue the newly revised "Army Measurement Regulations"] The Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping signed an order a few days ago to issue the newly revised "Army Measurement Regulations", which will come into effect on January 1, 2021.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S AUTOMOBILE SALES PROJECTED TO INCREASE
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers projected on December 11, that sales of new-energy vehicles in China, which include electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles, will jump 40% in 2021 to 1.8 million units as Tesla’s expansion of local production and price cuts help to lift that market.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: NDRC TRYING TO REGULATE COAL PRICES
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), after summoning people from the country’s 10 top electricity utilities including Huaneng Group, Datang Group, Huadian Group, and State Power Investment Corporation to a meeting on December 12, stipulated that coal purchase prices for power companies should not exceed 640 yuan ($97.7) per ton.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA PREPARES TO RAISE RETIREMENT AGES
Xinhua (December 14) published an article addressing key public concerns about an upcoming rise in the retirement age. It recalled that raising the retirement age was explicitly mentioned in the Party's recommendations for the 14th Five-Year Plan.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S AGEING POPULATION HAS ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES
Having replaced its one-child policy with the two-child policy, China expects to abolish population control soon. Yi Fuxian, a senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, however, says the impact of the one-child policy on China’s economy, society, politics and national mentality will last for a long time.

Dec 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: TIANANMEN PROTESTOR ACCUSES XI JINPING OF PROMOTING PERSONALITY CULT
In an Opinion piece in Radio Free Asia (October 22), US-based 'Tiananmen democracy protestor' Wang Dan outlined how the CCP CC was flouting its own decision of October 20, 1980, which explicitly stated: “Portraits of the current Communist Party leader are forbidden to be displayed in public, no personality cult will be tolerated.”

Dec 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: JILIN IS PILOT PROVINCE FOR "RED GENES VILLAGES" PROJECT
The CCP CC's Organisation Department and the Ministry of Finance have named Jilin as a pilot province for the 3-year “red village” project, which aims to promote the core values of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Dec 2020

CHINA-SECURITY: CONTROL ON ACCESS TO INTERNET
Radio Free Asia reported (November 27) that China's Ministry of Public Security announced that China has launched a new pilot program on “Internet ID Cards” in Fujian and Guangdong provinces. Instead of using the personal ID to register for internet service, the new technology uses the applicants’ biometrics.

Dec 2020

CHINA-SECURITY: AFTER ITS 26TH STUDY SESSION POLITBURO DECIDES ON TEN MEASURES TO ENHANCE NATIONAL SECURITY
Xinhua (December 12) reported that after its 26th 'collective study session' on December 11, the Politburo meeting chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping decided on a series of ten measures to tighten security.

Dec 2020

CHINA-CCP: CCP EFFECTS LARGE SCALE PERSONNEL APPOINTMENTS IN 2020
2020 is likely to regarded as the "big year" of the local political reshuffle of the CCP.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S SPEECH ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The state-owned CCTV news (December 13) telecast Chinese President Xi Jinping's "important" speech entitled "Continuing the past and opening a new journey of the global response to climate change" at the Climate Ambition Summit on December 12.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CHAIRS CCP CC's NON-PARTY FORUM ON DECEMBER 8 IN ZHONGNANHAI
CCTV News (December 11) reported that on December 8, the CCP CC held a non-party symposium in Zhongnanhai to listen to the opinions of the central committees of the democratic parties, the heads of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and representatives of non-party personalities on the economic situation this year and the economic work next year.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO MEETING ON DECEMBER 11 & POLITBURO STUDY SESSION ON DECEMBER 11 AFTERNOON
Xinhua (December 11) reported that Chinese President and CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Politburo in Beijing on December 11 to analyze and study the economic work in 2021.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING ON DECEMBER 11
Xinhua reported (December 11) that CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping presided over a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee to listen to reports on the work of the CDIC's State Supervision Commission in 2020 and the preparations for the fifth plenary meeting of the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CDIC).

Dec 2020

CHINA-INDONESIA: CHINA'S COVID-19 VACCINE DIPLOMACY
Reuters and The Associated Press quoted Indonesian President Joko Widodo on December 6, said he was "very grateful" to China for supplying the first batch of 1.2 million doses of the new crown vaccine.

Dec 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE GOVERNMENT DECIDES TO REPLACE ALL FOREIGN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT
The Hong Kong online news media HK01 Network on November 30, reported that the Japanese government had decided to replace all unmanned aircraft that provincial governments operated with more secure Japanese products.

Dec 2020

CHINA-GERMANY: GERMANY STOPS ACQUISITION OF GERMAN SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY BY CHINESE ENTITY
Global Times (December 5) reported that, in the name of national security, the German government prohibited the Chinese acquisition of a German satellite technology company IMST. IMST developed the critical components of Germany’s TerraSAR-X observation satellite.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: JAPANESE INSTITUTE ANTICIPATES THAT CHINA WILL OVERTAKE U.S. BY 2030
The Japan-China Economic Research (JCER) institute in a recent study forecast that in 2020, only China, Vietnam and Taiwan are on track to maintain positive year-on-year growth rates.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: FORMER MAYOR BUTTIGUEG TIPPED AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO CHINA
Former Democratic presidential candidate and former Mayor of South Bend, Idaho, Pete Buttigieg may be headed for China as the incoming Biden Administration’s ambassador to Beijing. He is also tipped as in the running for a number of other leadership positions in the Biden Administration.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE ACADEMIC CLAIMS CHINA HAS INFLUENCE AT TOP OF "AMERICA'S CORE INNER CIRCLE OF POWER AND INFLUENCE"
Di Dongsheng, Professor of International Relations at Renmin University, asked during a speech attended by hundreds of people at an event on November 28, in Shanghai hosted by Guancha.cn, while discussing the trade war started by Trump: “So why can’t we fix the Trump administration? Why between 1992 and 2016 were China and the US able to settle all kinds of issues?”

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI URGES STABILISATION OF US-CHINA RELATIONS
Speaking via video-link to the US-China Business Council on December 7, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed the hope that US-China relations would stabilise with the Biden Administration. He said, “We expect and believe that the US’ China policy will return to objectivity and rationality sooner or later.”

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE MEDIA OFFICIAL URGES US TO STOP 'TARGETING' CHINESE STUDENTS
Ji Tao, Editor-in-Chief and President China Daily USA, on December 7, tweeted that "It's time to stop targeting Chinese students in the US. The damage has been done. In the first nine months this year, student visa visits from China to the US fell by almost 70%, as compared with that of 2019."

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHINA BY CHINESE ECONOMIST
Professor Mao Zhenhua, founder-Chairman of the China Chengxin Group, Chief Economist of China Chengxin International, and Co-Director of the Institute of Economics, Renmin University of China, delivered an interesting speech on how China can reduce US pressure at the 20th Yabuli Forum -2020 on November 18-20, 2020.

Dec 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: SHAHEEN-IX SINO-PAK AIR FORCE EXERCISES COMMENCE IN PAKISTAN
China and Pakistan started the Shaheen -- or Falcon -- IX joint air force exercises at the newly operational Bholari airbase in Sindh, less than 200 kilometres from the Indian border, on December 9.

Dec 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: MORE PRO-DEMOCRACY LEGISLATORS ARRESTED ON DECEMBER 8
On December 8, Hong Kong Island Regional Criminal Unit officers arrested Leung Kwok-hung, Figo Chan and Tang Sai-lai of the League of Social Democrats, and Eastern District Councillors Tsang Kin-sing, Andy Chui and Lancelot Chan bringing to eight the number of pro-democracy figures arrested so far on suspicion of the unauthorised assembly during a July 1 protest.

Dec 2020

CHINA-PLA: SIPRI REPORTS FOUR CHINA'S DEFENCE SALES COMPANIES AMONG 25 TOP SELLERS IN THE WORLD
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) issued a report on December 7, 2020, on the state of the global arms industry in 2019.

Dec 2020

CHINA--ECONOMY: HUAWEI MOBILE SALES IN EUROPE DROP SHARPLY
Major Taiwanese news network Liberty Times Network (LTN) reported on November 30, that, according to the latest numbers from IDC, Huawei sold 2.5 million smartphones in the Western Europe market, representing a year-over-year free fall of 58.7 per cent.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S STATE COUNCIL APPOINTS LIU GUIPING AS NEW VICE GOVERNOR OF PEOPLE'S BANK OF CHINA
China's State Council announced (December 7) that Liu Guiping had been appointed Vice Governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) replacing Zhu Hexin, who left the PBoC to become Party secretary of CITIC Group back in March.

Dec 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: BLOOMBERG JOURNALIST DETAINED IN BEIJING UNDER NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
Bloomberg reported (December 11) that Chinese authorities on December 7, detained Haze Fan, who works for the Bloomberg News bureau in Beijing, on suspicion of endangering national security.

Dec 2020

CHINA-DISSENT: CHINESE HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS ARRESTED BY PUBLIC SECURITY OFFICERS
Tang Jitian, a Human Rights lawyer in China was taken away by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security officers on December 8.

Dec 2020

CHINA-MEDIA: BEIJING DAILY PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON CONFUCIUS
An article by Renmin University Professor Han Xing was published by the Beijing Daily on December 7, with the caption 'What is the starting point of Confucianism for learning? This article makes it clear'.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PREMIER LI KEQIANG CHAIRS NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LEADING SMALL GROUP
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chaired a meeting of the National Science and Technology Leading Small Group (NS&TLG) on December 7.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEMBER WANG HUNING DELIVERS SPEECH AT MARXIST THEORETICAL CONFERENCE IN BEIJING
CCTV telecast the 'Marxist Theoretical Research and Construction Engineering Work Conference' held in Beijing on December 10. Politburo Standing Committee member and Secretary of the CCP CC Secretariat Wang Huning attended the meeting and delivered a speech.

Dec 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: 54 JAPANESE UNIVERSITIES HAVE ACADEMIC, RESEARCH AND STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES WITH SEVEN CHINESE DEFENCE-RELATED UNIVERSITIES
According to a Kyodo News report on November 29, seven defense-related Chinese universities that conduct military technological research have academic and student exchange agreements with a total of 45 public and private universities in Japan, among which nine Japanese universities have joint research programs.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA'S TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR LI DAOKUI CAUTIONS THAT BIDEN MAY CONTINUE TRUMP'S TOUGH POLICIES AGAINST CHINA
The Liberty Times reported on November 29, that while speaking at the China Macroeconomic Forum held at Renmin University in Beijing, Professor Li Daokui of Beijing’s Tsinghua University and a former advisor to the People’s Bank of China, said the recent memoirs published by former US President Obama showed that the Democrats are worried about the rise of China’s technological power.

Dec 2020

CHINA--US: CHINA DAILY EDITORIAL ANTICIPATES NO IMPROVEMENT IN US-CHINA BILATERAL TIES
An editorial in China's official English-language China Daily (December 3) observed that "Although everyone seems to be ready for China-US relations to worsen each passing day for the remainder of the current administration's term, such developments are worrisome signs that bilateral ties are being effectively shifted onto a dangerous path".

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: YAN XUETONG ANTICIPATES INTENSIFIED TENSION BETWEEN US AND CHINA UNDER BIDEN
Speaking at the Beijing Xiangshan Forum on December 2, Yan Xuetong, Dean of the Institute of International Relations at Beijing’s Tsinghua University cautioned against “wishful thinking” about the incoming Biden administration and anticipated that “Unpredictability, uncertainty will still be the basic characteristic of the coming years” and “The world will definitely become more chaotic.”

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE RESEARCHER REACTS TO US RESTRICTIONS ON VISAS FOR CCP MEMBERS
Writing in the Global Times (December 4) Zhang Tengjun, Assistant Research Fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, described the imposition of restrictions on members of the CCP and their family members "as yet another hysterical anti-China policy" and "part of the all-out China containment strategy advocated by the Trump administration since the beginning of this year".

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: US ENDS FIVE CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES
Reuters (December 4) reported that the US State Department announced on December 4 that it has ended five cultural exchange programs with China because they are "soft power propaganda tools."

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS DISCUSSING RELEASE OF MENG WANZHOU, CFO OF HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES, WITH HER REPRESENTATIVES
The Wall Street Journal reported (December 4) that the US Justice Department is talking to representatives of Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of Huawei Technologies Co. and daughter of its founder, that could see her freed to return home from Canada after her detention in December 2018, in exchange for signing a deferred prosecution agreement.

Dec 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG LEGCO'S DEMOCRAT LEGISLATOR FLEES TO U.K AND HAS BANK ACCOUNTS FROZEN
According to UK media reports former Democratic Party Legislative Council (Legco) member, Xu Zhifeng suddenly withdrew from the Democratic Party and went into exile .

Dec 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN EXPELS MAINLAND CHINESE REPORTER
Taiwan’s Central News Agency announced (December 3) that the ROC government had expelled a reporter from China’s Southeast Television who was stationed in Taiwan. He was expelled for violating relevant regulations that prohibit renting a studio in Taiwan in order to host a political program.

Dec 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: FORMER CHINESE OFFICIAL SUGGESTS USE OF FORCE FOR REUNIFYING TAIWAN WITH THE MAINLAND
Radio France International (November 9) reported that In an article published in the state media People’s Political Consultative Conference Newspaper, the former Deputy Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office under China’s State Council, Wang Zaixi said, “It may be difficult to achieve the purpose of reunification across the strait if we do not use military force and rely solely on political negotiations, non-governmental exchanges, and unconditionally making compromises.”

Dec 2020

CHINA-EU: CHINA REPLACES UNITED STATES AS EU'S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at the regular press briefing on December 4, that latest Eurostat data showed that China had edged past the US in the third quarter to become the EU's largest trade partner.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA DOMINATES WORLD SUPPLY OF COBALT
Nedal Nassar, chief of the Materials Flow Analysis Section at the National Minerals Information Center at the U.S. Geological Survey, told POLITICO (December 2) that a USGS review of 50 commodities identified cobalt as one of the materials at highest risk of supply disruptions.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: HURUN'S LIST OF WEALTHY REVEALS THERE ARE 878 BILLIONAIRES IN CHINA
The Hurun Rich List data compiled in October 2020 shows that the number of Chinese billionaires is growing at the fastest pace in the country's history. There are now 878 billionaires under 40 in China -- including 257 newly minted billionaires this year -- worth a total of $4 trillion, breaking their own previous records.

Dec 2020

CHINA-PLA: CONSTRUCTION PLANS OF PLA NAVY (PLAN)
China's military media disclosed (November 29) that according to reports, the Chinese Navy’s latest plan shows that by 2025, the Chinese Navy will have 16 Type 055 destroyers, 50 Type 054A frigates, and 40 Type 052C/D. In addition, construction of the improved version of the Type-054A and Type-054B frigates will start next year.

Dec 2020

CHINA-CONSTITUTION DAY: CONSTITUTION WEEK AND CONSTITUTION DAY CELEBRATED IN CHINA
The People's Daily (December 4) highlighted that various parts of the country had carried out "in-depth study and publicity of Xi Jinping's thoughts on the rule of law, and vigorously promote the spirit of the constitution" theme activities, creating a good atmosphere of respect for law, study and law-abiding in the whole society during the third national "Constitution Propaganda Week" from November 30 to December 6.

Dec 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: FORMER CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL FACULTY AND CRITIC OF XI JINPING PUBLISHES ARTICLE IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Foreign Affairs (December 4) published a lengthy article captioned 'The Party that Failed' by the presently US-based Professor Cai Xia, a former senior faculty member of the Central Party School who became a critic of Xi Jinping who had her pension and other financial benefits seized. Her article gives a vivid account of the policies of China's leaders and particularly her disappointment with Xi Jinping.

Dec 2020

CHINA-'WOLF DIPLOMACY: CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER LI YUCHENG EXPLAINS STAND ON 'WOLF DIPLOMACY' AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THINK-TANKS
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng delivered the keynote speech at the International Influence Forum of Think Tanks and the 6th Symposium on the Construction of New Think Tanks hosted by the Chongyang Institute of Finance of Renmin University of China and the Literature and Information Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on December 5.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG CHAIRS MEETING OF ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
The People's Daily on December 3, reported that CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang chaired a meeting of its Ethnic and Religious Committee on December 2 in Beijing. The meeting discussed "building a common spiritual home for all ethnic groups and forging a sense of community for the Chinese nation".

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ADDRESSES MILITARY IDEOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL EDUCATION WORK CONFERENCE
CCTV reported (December 4) that Chinese President Xi Jinping met representatives of the plenary session of the Military Ideological and Political Education Work Conference held in Beijing from December 3 to 4. Xi Jinping met and had a group photograph with them on December 4, at the Jingxi Hotel.

Dec 2020

CHINA-UK: UK TO SPEND 250 MILLION POUNDS TO REPLACE HUAWEI'S 5G EQUIPMENT
The Hongkong Economic Times (HKET) reported on November 26, that the British government just introduced the Communications Security Bill, which is designed to monitor the nation’s 5G mobile network and its fiber network.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT ELECT BIDEN COMMENTS ON HIS CHINA POLICY TO NEW YORK TIMES
In an interview (December 2) to New York Times' Tom Friedman, the US President-elect Joe Biden said on China that he would not act immediately to remove the 25 per cent tariffs that Trump imposed on about half of China’s exports to the United States — or the Phase 1 agreement Trump inked with China that requires Beijing to purchase some $200 billion in additional U.S. goods and services during the period 2020 and 2021 — which China has fallen significantly behind on.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: US BUSINESSES LOBBY AGAINST BILL TO PREVENT IMPORT OF GOODS MADE WITH FORCED LABOUR
The New York Times (November 29) cited US Congressmen as saying that Nike and Coca-Cola are among the major companies and business groups lobbying Congress to weaken a bill that would ban imported goods made with forced labour in China’s Xinjiang region as well as lobbying records that show vast spending on the legislation.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: US ADDS ANOTHER CHINESE SOE TO ITS ENTITIES LIST
The US has added the China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation, a midsize State-owned Enterprise specializing in civil and defense engineering with close ties with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), to the US entity list, freezing its assets in the United States and banning US firms from doing business with it.

Dec 2020

CHINA-US: US DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SAYS CHINA HAS INCREASED INFLUENCE OPERATIONS IN UNITED STATES
The US Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliff, in an article in the Wall Street Journal on December 3 identifying China as the No: 1 threat and a once-in-a-generation challenge, said he had shifted resources inside the $85 billion annual intelligence budget to increase the focus on China.

Dec 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN BACKS AUSTRALIA IN ONGOING TENSION WITH CHINA
Before chairing the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Central Standing Committee meeting in Taipei on December 2, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan would take action to back Australians at a time when they are “under tremendous pressure.”

Dec 2020

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: VITRIOLIC RHETORIC BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND CHINA HAS ESCALATED
Sparked by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian's remarks and release on November 30, of a photograph found objectionable by the Australian Government, angry rhetoric between the two escalated with calls in Australia for a boycott of Chinese goods.

Dec 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS PAKISTAN AND IS AWARDED THE 'NISHAN-E-IMTIAZ' (MILITARY)
Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe paid a 2-day (December 1-3) visit to Pakistan where he met the Pakistan Prime Minister, President and the Chief of Army Staff.

Dec 2020

CHINA-NEPAL: CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTER GENERAL WEI FENGHE'S VISIT TO NEPAL
Remarking on Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe's one-day visit to Kathmandu, Qian Feng, Director of the Research Department of the National Institute of Strategic Studies, Tsinghua University was quoted by Global Times (November 29) as saying that the visit fully demonstrated the importance of China Nepal relations and will greatly improve the trust between the two countries and twp militaries.

Dec 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S PLANS FOR BIG HYDEL PROJECT NEAR MEDOG ON BRAHMAPUTRA SUGGEST A DAM AT THE 'GREAT BEND'
On November 30, the CCP-owned Global Times disclosed that China is going ahead with construction of a major hydropower project on the Brahmaputra river.

Dec 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: OWNER OF APPLE DAILY, JIMMY LAI, ARRESTED
Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, the founder of the Apple Daily and media group Next Digital, was charged with fraud on December 2 night in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and was to appear in West Kowloon Court on December 3.

Dec 2020

CHINA-TIBET: RAILWAY LINKING LHASA WITH NYINGCHI
Xinhua (December 1) reported that workers are overcoming difficulties to build the first electric railway in Tibet, China. It said the 435-km railway linking Lhasa and Nyingchi is expected to open next year.

Dec 2020

CHINA-POVERTY ALLEVIATION: CHINA CLAIMS TO HAVE SHIFTED 10 MILLION POOR PEOPLE FROM INHOSPITABLE AREAS BETWEEN 2016-2020
CCTV reported (December 3) that the Politburo Standing Committee met on December 3 to listen to a summary and evaluation report on poverty alleviation.

Dec 2020

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: CHINA'S MUYUAN GROUP PLANS TO BUILD 84 PIG FARMS IN 13 COUNTIES IN HENAN PROVINCE
The state-owned 'Voice of China' reported that China's largest pig producer, the pig-farming giant Muyuan Group announced plans to build 84 industrialized pig farms in 13 counties surrounding its headquarters in Nanyang, a city in the hinterland of Henan Province to alleviate China's meat shortage.

Dec 2020

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: OWNER OF CHINA'S TUBER APP, ZHOU HONGYI, IS MEMBER OF CPPCC
Tuber, China's app for Android mobiles that bypasses China's Great Firewall and allows access to banned sites like Google, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Netflix was developed by the Shanghai Fengxuan Information Technology Co., Ltd., in which Qihoo 360, the Beijing-based cybersecurity firm founded by entrepreneur Zhou Hongyi, holds a 70 per cent stake.

Dec 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: CHINA'S "INK GIRL" PROTESTS AGAIN BUT ALLOWED TO MEET FATHER
31-year old Dong Yaoqiong, the girl who posted a video of her throwing ink on a poster and defacing the image of Xi Jinping in Shanghai in December 2018 in protest against his “authoritarian dictatorship”, once again on December 1, 2020, posted a two-minute video, which has been widely circulated on social media platforms including Twitter.

Dec 2020

CHINA-CDIC: FORMER VICE GOVERNOR OF XINJIANG REN HUA EXPELLED FROM PARTY FOR "SERIOUS VIOLATIONS" OF PARTY DISCIPLINE
The official website of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) recently reported that following an investigation by the CCP CC and the State Supervision Commission of the CDIC, Ren Hua, the former Party member and Vice Chairman of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Government, had been expelled from the Party.

Dec 2020

CHINA-PARTY DISCIPLINE: HU XIJIN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF GLOBAL TIMES ACCUSED OF FATHERING TWO CHILDREN WITH EMPLOYEES
Foreign Policy Magazine's China Brief (December 2) reported that Hu Xijin, Editor-in-Chief of the CCP-owned Global Times faces potential political trouble after an accusation by his Deputy Editor-in-Chief Duan Jingtao, that he has fathered two children with employees.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POSTERS CRITICISING XINJIANG PARTY SECRETARY CHEN QUANGUO APPEAR IN LONDON
ANI (November 28) reported that several Billboards have appeared in the streets of London on November 28 demanding the arrest of Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEMBER YANG JIECHI LAUDS FIFTH PLENUM IN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN PEOPLE'S DAILY ON NOVEMBER 30
A lengthy 4225-character article captioned 'Actively create a good external environment (study and implement the spirit of the 5th Plenum of the 19th Central Committee)', by Politburo Member and former Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi was published in the People's Daily on November 30.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEETING DISCUSSED 'REGULATIONS ON POLITICAL WORK IN THE ARMY'
The CCP CC Politburo met on November 30 to review the "Regulations on Political Work in the Army," "Regulations on the Work of the United Front of the Communist Party of China," and "Regulations on the Protection of the Rights of Party Members of the Communist Party of China."

Dec 2020

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN POSTS PHOTOGRAPH OF AUSTRALIAN SOLDIER IN AFGHANISTAN WITH KNIFE AT GIRL'S THROAT
Following the release of the Brereton report, which found Australian special forces committed at least 39 unlawful killings during the war in Afghanistan, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesman and Deputy Director of MoFA's Information Department, Zhao Lijian at last week's regular weekly press briefing said China "strongly condemned" the soldiers' actions, and said the report "fully exposed the hypocrisy of the human rights and freedom these Western countries are always chanting".

Dec 2020

CHINA-BHUTAN: CHINA CREATES NEW VILLAGE 2.5 KMS INSIDE BHUTAN
Shen Shiwei, a news producer of the State-owned CGTN, last week tweeted and later deleted four images establishing that China had formed Pangda village, a new residential area.

Dec 2020

CHINA-NEPAL: CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTER GENERAL WEI FENGHE VISITS NEPAL
Chinese State Councillor and Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe made a one-day visit to Kathmandu on November 29, when he met Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister K.P.S. Oli and Army Chief General Purna Chandra Thapa.

Dec 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN BEGINS BUILDING SUBMARINES
Taiwan's state-run shipbuilder China Shipbuilding Corporation (CSBC) and the arms developer Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, who were awarded the contract for building eight indigenous submarines in 2016, have started building the first of the submarines at the Kaohsiung shipyard.

Dec 2020

CHINA-JAPAN-ROK: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI TRAVELS TO TOKYO AND SEOUL
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Seoul on November 25, after a two-day visit to Japan.

Dec 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S MEDIA PUBLICISES PREPAREDNESS OF PLA TROOPS IN LADAKH
The South China Morning Post reported (November 28) that the PLA Daily had on November 23 said that all Chinese outposts at altitudes of more than 3,000 metres altitudes had been equipped with oxygen generators and troops stationed higher than 4,000 metres would receive mandatory oxygen therapy for an hour each day.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA FAILS TO MEET TARGETS OF PHASE ONE OF CHINA-U.S. TRADE DEAL
Bloomberg reported (November 28), based on China Customs Administration data, showed that China’s imports of U.S. goods under the phase one trade deal slowed last month after hitting a high in September, leaving the full-year target well out of reach.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: XIAOMI EDGES OUT HUAWEI IN MOBILE SMARTPHONE SALES AT COUNTY-LEVEL
Caixin (November 28) reported that Xiaomi Inc. is looking to seize a greater share of its home smartphone market as the market adjusts to the vacuum left by sanctions-struck Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. Xiaomi China's President Lu Weibing said (November 26) that every county-level city in China will have a Mi Home store — which sells the company’s smart home products as well as its handsets — in one year.

Dec 2020

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S DEEP-SEA MANNED SUBMERSIBLE VESSEL 'THE STRUGGLE' CONGRATULATED BY XI JINPING ON ITS RETURN
The state-owned CCTV on November 28 reported that China's all-sea deep manned submersible the "Struggle", successfully completed the 10,000-meter sea trial and returned successfully on November 28.

Dec 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S NATIONAL STATISTICS BUREAU REVEALS NEW INCOME FIGURES OF CHINA'S MIDDLE CLASS
Writing in the Asia Times (November 28), Frank Chen claimed that China's National Statistics Bureau was cited by China's State Council at a press conference marking China's 71st anniversary in October, that China now has no less than 400 million middle-class consumers.

Dec 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S FIFTH PLENUM INSTRUCTS PLA TO ENSURE ITS MODERNISATION GOALS ARE ACHIEVED BY 2027
The communique issued after the Fifth Plenum (October 26-29, 2020) of the CCP CC says that China is still in a period of important strategic opportunity as the world is “undergoing changes unseen in a century”. The last few paragraphs of the Communique focus on the PLA modernisation and China’s national security.

Dec 2020

CHINA-CCP CC'S FIFTH PLENUM: CCP CC'S PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT PUBLICISING FIFTH PLENUM DOCUMENTS THROUGHOUT CHINA
Stating that the CCP CC's Fifth Plenary Session drew a magnificent blueprint for China's future development, Xinhua (November 27) said it has overall and historical significance in the development of the party and the country.

Dec 2020

CHINA-CCP 19th CC'S FIFTH PLENUM: 13th FIVE YEAR PLAN FOR VERY FIRST TIME CONTAINS SPECIAL CHAPTER ON ALL-ROUND DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN
CCTV (November 27) telecast a report publicising that the development of women's cause was for the very first time included in the "13th Five-Year Plan" outline as a special chapter for the first time, said this was to promote the all-round development of women.

Dec 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA DAILY PUBLICISES XI JINPING'S SPEECH AT CMC'S MILITARY TRAINING CONFERENCE
The PLA Daily (November 27) published a report on Xi Jinping's "important" speech at the Military Training Conference of the Central Military Commission held in Beijing on November 25, 2020.

Dec 2020

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL CADRES TOLD BY XI JINPING THAT POLITICAL ABILITY IS FIRST AMONG ABILITIES REQUIRED BY PARTY CADRES
Qiu Shi (November 27) published an article which said that at the opening ceremony of the training class for young and middle-aged cadres at the Central Party School (National School of Administration) in the Fall semester of 2020, CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized that political ability is the first among the various abilities required for cadres to do their jobs well.

Dec 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY XI JINPING ADDRESSES 'MODEL AND ADVANCED WORKERS'
CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at the National Commendation Conference for Model Workers and Advanced Workers held in Beijing on November 24, where he was quoted by CCTV in its Focus Programme on November 28, as saying "Socialism is done, and the new era is a struggle. Model workers are national elites and people.

Dec 2020

CHINA-UK: CHINESE MILITARY WEBSITE CLAIMS BRITISH INTELLIGENCE IS NOW FOCUSSING ON CHINA
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported on October 30, that based on British media reports, UK intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) are establishing a new program that is currently hiring “mandarin linguists.”

Nov 2020

CHINA-US: US STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUES REPORT TITLED 'THE ELEMENTS OF THE CHINA CHALLENGE'
The Office of Policy Planning Staff of the United States Department of State (DOS) issued a 70-page research report on November 17, which summarized the behaviour of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), analysed the ideological roots behind the behaviour and the vulnerabilities that the Chinese Communist regime faces, and suggested how the United States should respond to China’s challenges.

Nov 2020

CHINA-US: US NAVY DESTROYER COMMENCES FOURTH ROUTINE TRANSIT THROUGH TAIWAN STRAITS
The National Interest (November 25) reported that the USS Barry (DDG-52), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, conducted its fourth routine transit through the Taiwan Strait and entered the South China Sea on November 20.

Nov 2020

CHINA-US: FORMER CHINESE VICE FOREIGN MINISTER FU YING WRITES OP-ED IN NEW YORK TIMES
Fu Ying, a former Chinese Ambassador and Vice Foreign Minister and presently the Director of the Center for International Security and Strategy and an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University and also a Vice Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress, published an Op-Ed in the New York Times (November 24).

Nov 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT CONGRATULATE US PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN AND VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT KAMALA HARRIS
Xinhua reported (November 25) that Chinese President Xi Jinping had sent a message on November 25, to congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on his election.

Nov 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: FORMER OFFICIAL OF CHINA'S TAIWAN AFFAIRS OFFICE SAYS MILITARY FORCE MAY BE ESSENTIAL TO EFFECT REUNIFICATION
Radio France International reported on November 9, that Wang Zaixi, former Deputy Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office under China’s State Council, had recently published an article in the official People’s Political Consultative Conference Newspaper.

Nov 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE CARRIE LAM'S POLICY SPEECH TO LEGCO MAKES LITTLE IMPACT
HK CE Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor delivered a 24,000-word speech with a number of Chinese Communist Party words over 2 hours 20 minutes to the Hongkong Legislative Council (Legco) on November 25 which was interrupted by pro-democracy legislators who forced her to complete her speech virtually. Her fourth policy speech was described by political observers and Legco members as "underwhelming".

Nov 2020

CHINA-TIBET: CCTV CLAIMS MAJOR STRIDES IN POVERTY ALLEVIATION IN TIBET
The official China Central Television (CCTV) on November 22, claimed major strides in poverty alleviation in Tibet.

Nov 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S PENSION FUND WILL BE INSUFFICIENT IN NEXT DECADE
Professor Zheng Gongcheng, a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), wrote in the Guangming Ribao (November 23) that it is expected that by 2035, China will be considered a “super-aged society.”

Nov 2020

CHINA-EDUCATION: CHINA'S MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ISSUES CODE OF CONDUCT TO TRY AND PREVENT SUICIDES BY GRADUATE SCHOOL STUDENTS
The Chinese Edition of Radio France Internationale (RFI) reported (November 11) that, after several incidents of graduate school students committing suicide this year, China's Ministry of Education issued 'The Code of Conduct for Graduate School Teachers'.

Nov 2020

CHINA-BRI: CHINA'S MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY IS TRAINING STUDENTS FROM BRI COUNTRIES AT YUNNAN POLICE ACADEMY
A document obtained by the Epoch Times and dated May 28, 2020, from the Yunnan Police Academy titled, “Activities on Promoting the Joint Development of the ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative” reveals that since 2015, the Academy has trained 56 foreign students from Afghanistan, Argentina, Angola, Pakistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, and Myanmar and has granted them Master’s degrees.

Nov 2020

CHINA-PLA: CMC ISSUES NEW JOINT OPERATIONS GUIDELINES FOR PLA
The People's Daily on November 14 reported that China's Central Military Commission (CMC) had on November 13, issued the “Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Joint Operations Guideline (Trial Version).” The “Guideline” aims to build the PLA into a world-class army force, with a focus on the establishment of a system of laws and regulations for joint operations.

Nov 2020

CHINA-CASS MEMBER EXPLAINS 'CORE MEANING OF XI JINPING'S RULE OF LAW'
The CCP CC's Comprehensive Rule of Law Work Conference was held on November 16 - 17, 2020 in Beijing where CCP CC General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered an "important" speech emphasising that China will unswervingly follow the path of socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics and promote the modernization of the national governance system and governance capabilities on the track of the rule of law, so as to provide a powerful force for building a modern socialist country and realizing the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Nov 2020

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CHINA'S NATIONAL PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED ON OCTOBER 30 THAT 205,000 CHINESE JOURNALISTS HAD PASSED THE 'XI THOUGHT' EXAM
Radio Free Asia reported on November 6, that China's National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA) had announced (October 30) that a total of 205,000 Chinese journalists had passed the “Xi Thought” exam and obtained a passport-sized Chinese journalist ID card with gold letters against a red background.

Nov 2020

CHINA-COMMISION FOR DISCIPLINE INSPECTION (CDIC) ISSUES STATEMENT EMPHASISING INCREASED SUPERVISION OVER "LEADING CADRES" AFTER FIFTH CC PLENUM
On November 23, the CDIC issued a statement on its official website emphasising that the 19th CCP CC's Fifth Plenary Session had "clearly forecast the long-term goal of basically achieving socialist modernization by 2035, and clearly put forward the guidelines, main goals, and key tasks for my country's economic and social development during the "14th Five-Year Plan" period".

Nov 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE VICE PREMIER LIU HE URGES CHINA TO QUICKLY BECOME TECHNOLOGICALLY SELF-RELIANT
The Chinese version of the flagship newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) 'People’s Daily', published (November 25) an article by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is calling for China to move faster toward becoming technologically self-reliant, a goal that he said will play a decisive role in the country’s economic development agenda for the next 15 years.

Nov 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEMBER AND CCP CC PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT CHIEF HUANG KUNMING PUBLISHES ARTICLE IN PEOPLE'S DAILY
The People's Daily published (November 23) an article by Politburo member and Head of China's Publicity (Propaganda) Department, Huang Kunming captioned 'Promote the building of a socialist cultural power (study and implement the spirit of the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Party)'.

Nov 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY XI JINPING EXHORTS WORKING CLASS TO STRIVE FOR NEW ACHIEVEMENTS IN BUILDING A MODERN SOCIALIST COUNTRY AND REJUVENATING CHINA
Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 24, addressed a gathering to honour model workers and exemplary individuals where he said China must closely rely on the working class to promote high-quality development and urged the country's working class and working people to strive for new and historic achievements in fully building a modern socialist country.

Nov 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ORDERS PLA TO STRENGTHEN TRAINING AND ENHANCE CAPABILITY TO WIN WARS
Attending a meeting on Military Training in Beijing on November 25, the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and Chinese President, Xi Jinping ordered the armed forces to strengthen training under real combat conditions and raise their capability of winning wars.

Nov 2020

CHINA-MALAYSIA: MALAYSIA CANCELS US$ 10.5 BILLION MEGA HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Caixin reported (November 21) that Malaysia’s state government of Melaka has terminated a $10.5 billion worth agreement with a local developer who partnered with three Chinese companies over a sea reclamation project involving the building of mixed harbour development, including three man-made islands, in the strategic Malacca Strait.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE MEDIA PAYMENTS TO AMERICAN MEDIA OUTLETS
The Epoch Times (November 23) revealed that the China Daily has spent millions for the past six months on U.S. publications, according to its statement filed last week with the US Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: US SENATOR BROWNBACK ASSERTS TIBETAN COMMUNITY HAS RIGHT TO PICK THEIR NEXT DALAI LAMA
Addressing the 2020 Ministerial to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief hosted by the Government of Poland on November 17, US Senator and Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback opposed China’s intervention in picking the next Dalai Lama saying, “The United States supports – that religious community has the right to pick their own leadership.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: US ADMINISTRATION HOSTS LOBSANG SANGAY, PRIME MINISTER OF TIBETAN GOVT-IN-EXILE, AT WHITE HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME
The newly appointed US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Robert Destro, hosted Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister (also called Sikyong) for an unprecedented meeting at the White House on November 20, 2020. This was the first time in six decades that the leader of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile was invited to the White House.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE ACADEMIC CAUTIONS THAT US-CHINA RELATIONS UNLIKELY TO RETURN TO PRE-TRUMP TIMES
Zheng Yongnian, Dean of the Shenzhen-based think tank 'Advanced Institute of Global and Contemporary China Studies', was quoted by South China Morning Post (November 22) as saying on the sidelines of the 'Understanding China Conference' in Guangzhou, that there was now a bipartisan consensus in the US on containing China.

Oct 2020

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN'S SUPPORTERS RESTART SEMI-OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS WITH BEIJING
According to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (November 13), after the US presidential election, China and the United States restarted their stalled behind-the-scenes diplomacy.

Oct 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI TO VISIT JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Tokyo (Japan) and Seoul (RoK) from November 24 - 27. This will be Wang Yi's first visit to Japan since Yoshihide Suga became Japan's new prime minister. He is expected to meet with Suga during his two-day trip and also meet his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi on November 24.

Oct 2020

CHINA-CANADA: CONFERENCE IN CANADA TO DEMAND THE RELEASE OF MENG WANZHOU OF HUAWEI
A Zoom conference with a scheduled six speakers is being held in Canada on November 24 evening to 'Free Meng Wanzhou', CFO of Huawei on the second anniversary of her house arrest.

Oct 2020

CHINA-ETHIOPIA: CHINESE WORKERS EVACUATED FROM TIGRAY IN ETHIOPIA
The South China Morning Post (November 24) reported that about 600 Chinese citizens have been evacuated from the conflict-ridden Tigray region of Ethiopia.

Oct 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE SOE INITIATES RESTRUCTURING PLAN TO RESOLVE NEARLY 150 BILLION YUAN (US$ 22 BILLION) DEBT
Creditors of Peking University Founder Group Corp. (PUFG) approved a plan (November 19) to restructure the state-owned industrial and investment conglomerate as part of its efforts to resolve its nearly 150 billion yuan ($22 billion) debt pile.

Oct 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: NEW TASK FORCE TO TIGHTEN SCRUTINY OF UNFAIR COMPETITION AND MARKET DOMINANCE BY TECH GIANTS LIKE ALIBABA AND TENCENT
Caixin reported (November 21) that China's State Council approved the establishment of a new committee led by the State Administration for Market Regulation and comprising 17 central government ministries and departments to combat unfair competition as regulators tighten scrutiny of market dominance built up by tech giants such as Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings.

Oct 2020

CHINA-HEALTH: CHINA VACCINATES 1 MILLION PEOPLE WITH COVID-19 VACCINES
On November 17, Sinopharm Chairman Liu Jingzhen revealed that nearly one million people had been given its COVID-19 vaccines, which are still under Phase III clinical trials.

Oct 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: DIRECTOR OF THE CCP CC GENERAL OFFICE SAYS IN PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLE THAT THE PARTY IS MONITORING PERFORMANCE OF OFFICIALS
The People’s Daily published (November 20) an editorial by Ding Xuexiang explaining the Party’s recommendations for the 14th Five-Year Plan. Ding Xuexiang reminded officials that they are meant to be implementing six big economic programs over the next 15 years.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PB MEMBER AND PARTY SECRETARY OF XINJIANG CHEN QUANGUO MISSES TWO MEETINGS IN BEIJING
Chen Quanguo, Party Secretary of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region and Politburo member did not attend the Chinese Communist Party's 2-day meeting to implement "Xi Jinping Thought on the Rule of Law" held earlier in the week beginning November 16. Normally, the 25 members of the Politburo, including all seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee, would attend.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER AND NPC CHAIRMAN LI ZHANSHU VISITS SHANXI TO PROPAGATE 'XI JINPING THOUGHT ON RULE OF LAW'
National People’s Congress Chairman and PBSC member Li Zhanshu concluded a three day inspection tour to Shanxi Province on November 18. Li Zhanshu stressed that policymakers everywhere need to get to work implementing Xi Jinping Thought on the Rule of Law.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER AND EXECUTIVE VICE PREMIER HAN ZHENG PUBLISHES ARTICLE IN PEOPLE'S DAILY
The People’s Daily on November 19, published an article by Executive Vice Premier Han Zheng, laying out his thoughts on the Party’s 2035 vision.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG MEETS FIVE PROVINCIAL GOVERNORS TO GET SUGGESTIONS ON ECONOMIC POLICY
On November 21, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang convened a meeting with five provincial governors to get their suggestions on economic policy in preparation for the Central Economic Work Conference (CEWC) to be held in December.

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING SAYS AT APEC SUMMIT THAT CHINA IS OPEN TO JOINING TPP
Addressing the 32nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit hosted virtually from Kuala Lumpur on November 20, Xinhua reported that Chinese President “highlighted promoting openness and inclusiveness, accelerating innovation-driven growth, enhancing regional connectivity, and pushing for mutually beneficial cooperation.”

Oct 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VIRTUALLY ADDRESSES G-20 SUMMIT
Chinese President Xi Jinping virtually sat down with other heads of state for the G20 Riyadh Summit on November 22 where he opened with some general comments.

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-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-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-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-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-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: 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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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: 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: 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: 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-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-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-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: 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-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-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 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-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-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-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-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-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-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 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-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-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