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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

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Oct 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Sep 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Aug 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: FORMER HEAD OF CSIC CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION
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