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CHINA-VATICAN
South China Morning Post reported on September 22, that China and the Vatican have reached a historic agreement on the appointment of Chinese bishops, with Pope Francis recognising seven clerics ordained by Beijing without the approval of the Holy See.

Sep 2018

CHINA-US: JACK MA OF ALIBABA RENEGS ON PROMISE TO CREATE 1 MILLION JOBS IN US
In an interview with China’s state news agency Xinhua published September 19, the Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Jack Ma backed out of his commitment to then President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017 to create 1 million jobs in the US.

Sep 2018

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN URGES CHINA TO STOP ILL-TREATMENT OF MUSLIMS
The Pakistani newspaper 'Nation' on September 20, reported that Pakistan Federal Minister Pir Noorul Haq Qadri while meeting Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing demanded that China soften restrictions on Chinese Muslims living in Xinjiang province.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY'S LEADERSHIP OVER LAWYERS
China’s Ministry of Justice recently held a National Party Development Work Conference in Kunming on September 17, to promote the Party’s development work among all lawyers across the nation.

Sep 2018

CHINA-CYBER: CHINA'S NEW CYBER SECURITY CHIEF WRITES IN QIUSHI
Zhuang Rongwen, the new Director of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) wrote an article in the latest issue of Qiushi on the need to deepen controls over the internet, following Xi jinping's directions at the Aug. 21–22 National Conference on Publicity and Ideological Work.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP XI JINPING CHAIRS CCP CC MEETING ON DEEPENING OVERALL REFORM
Xinhua reported on September 20, that Chinese President and General Secretary of the CCP Central Committee Xi Jinping chaired the fourth meeting of the Central Committee for Deepening Overall Reform, which he heads, on September 20.

Sep 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NUR BEKRI CAUGHT IN ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) said in a brief statement September 21, Nur Bekri, Deputy Chief of the National Economic Planning Agency, has been placed under investigation for “serious violations of discipline and law.”

Sep 2018

CHINA-NORTH KOREA
A signed People's Daily commentary, under the pen name “Zhong Sheng”, on September 9, 2018 stated that PBSC Member Li Zhanshu’s visit to North Korea as Xi Jinping’s special representative “fully demonstrated the great importance China attached to China-North Korean relationship under a new situation,” and that this arrangement “is helpful in safeguarding the region’s peace and stability.”

Sep 2018

CHINA-PLA: NEW DRONE BASE IN SHANGHAI
The state news outlet 'The Paper' reported (August 30, 2018) that an unmanned aerial vehicle base, the first compound in which the country officially allows drones to carry out multi-scenario testing and applications, officially opened in Shanghai's Jinshan Industrial Zone.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: DEFENCE S&T - CIVIL-MILITARY FUSION
In keeping with Chinese President Xi Jinping's directives, 4,038 patents were declassified in April to aid military-civilian integration.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINA WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
The annual China World Economic Forum meeting opened in Tianjin on September 18, 2018. Speaking at a session on 'China's financial opening', Liu Shijin, Vice Chairman of the China Development Research Foundation and Member of the Central Bank's Monetary Policy Committee, implied a loosening of monetary policy to further support economic growth by saying that the central bank will provide a reasonable and sufficient supply of funds for the economy.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: UNITED FRONT
PBSC Member and Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee Wang Yang attended the 3rd collective study session of the CPPCC Party leadership group in Beijing on September 10.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP XI JINPING
The People's Daily reported (September 11) that Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a National Education Conference on 10 September in Beijing.

Sep 2018

CHINA-ISRAEL: ACQUISITION OF HAIFA PORT
A report in an Israeli newspaper claimed The Shanghai International Port Group's management of the newly expanded Haifa port is due to be inaugurated in 2021.

Sep 2018

CHINA-SWEDEN: ALLEGED ILL TREATMENT OF CHINESE TOURIST
The latest diplomatic incident between China and Sweden that erupted in the media related to a Chinese tourist, Zeng, travelling with his parents and who were denied admission to a Generator Hotel in Stockholm.

Sep 2018

CHINA-US: CHINA CRITICISES APPLE FOR DISPLAYING FLAGS OF HONG KONG AND TAIWAN
At the launch of its new new model of iPhones in California on September 12, the background screen prepared for the event showed the individual flags of Hong Kong and Taiwan, and used the flag of the Republic of China for the latter.

Sep 2018

CHINA-US: US DEPT OF JUSTICE ASKS CGTN AND XINHUA TO REGISTER AS 'FOREIGN AGENTS'
The US Justice Department ordered Xinhua News Agency and China Global Television Network—known as CGTN now and earlier as CCTV -- to register as foreign agents.

Sep 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: ANTI-ESPIONAGE CAMPAIGN TARGETING TAIWAN
According to a report, a variety of sources reported that Chinese authorities sent out an urgent notice on September 14 to work units, companies, government departments, universities and more, across the country, demanding that they watch the September 15 nightly Network News Broadcast on CCTV, as well as CCTV’s September 15 and 16 “Focus Talk” programs, and also study the detailed reports due to be published on September 16 on Global Times online, as well as its the September 17 print edition.

Sep 2018

CHINA-PAKISTAN
Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa began a three-day visit to China on September 16, 2018, days after a Pakistani Minister stirred unease about Chinese Silk Road projects in the South Asian nation.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser, Vice Premier Liu He attended the 20th anniversary conference of the Chinese Economists 50 Forum, a club he helped co-found when he was a government adviser, on September 16, and met a group of pro-reform economists in a show of support for a liberal vision of the country’s economic future.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: 10th National Assembly OF OVERSEAS CHINESE HELD IN BEIJING
A major convocation of overseas Chinese, overseas Chinese returnees and their families, was held in Beijing from August 29 to September 1. All seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) attended the opening ceremony.

Sep 2018

CHINA-NEPAL: HYDRO PROJECT PART OF BRI CANCELLED
A high-level delegation from CWE Investment Corporation, a subsidiary of China Three Gorges Corporation which had in 2012 undertaken to execute the project in a memorandum of understanding (MOU), told the Nepalese authorities in the last week of August 2018 that the 750-megawatt West Seti hydropower project is financially unfeasible because of the steep resettlement and rehabilitation costs.

Sep 2018

CHINA-RUSSIA: MILITARY EXERCISES
Russia's Vostok-2018 military exercises in the Far East and Siberia is the largest military drill in post-Soviet history. Beijing has sent a contingent of 3,200 troops, 30 aircraft, 900 tanks and armored vehicles.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: RAIL TRANSPORTATION PLANS
Citing official figures Asia times reported on September 15, that the total length of China’s railway network reached 127,000km by the end of last year.

Sep 2018

CHINA-DOMESTIC POLICY IN FACE OF TRUMP'S TARIFFS
Writing in the Washington Post on August 23, 2018, China's Tsinghua University Professor Yan Xuetong observed that U.S.-China trade tensions this year have bolstered protectionist forces in both countries that support a tit-for-tat trade war, posing a serious threat to China’s development.

Sep 2018

CHINA-XINJIANG: 'RE-EDUCATION SCHOOLS FOR UYGHUR STUDENTS
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on September 13, that nearly 3,000 Uyghur children from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), whose parents have been taken to political re-education camps, are being held in so-called 'Little Angel Schools', where they take classes.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET POLICY
Chinese diplomat traveled to Lhasa on August 21 to attend a meeting on promoting the Party’s talking points on Tibet through China’s global influence operations.

Sep 2018

CHINA-AFRICA: XI JINPING'S SPEECH TO FORUM ON CHINA-AFRICAN COOPERATION (FOCAC)
In his keynote address at the opening of the Forum on China-African Cooperation (FOCAC) on September 3, 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping promised that China’s aid to Africa comes with no strings attached.

Sep 2018

CHINA-THAILAND: CSIC BUILDING TYPE S26T SUBMARINE FOR THAI NAVY
The state-owned Global Times on September 5, publicised that the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) announced on its WeChat account on September 4, that it has started building a Type S26T submarine for the Royal Thai Navy.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INDIA: ANOTHER BID TO GET INDIA TO JOIN BRI
Reacting to India's proposed US$ 60 billion plan to build 100 airports in the next 10-15 years, China's state-owned Global Times on September 5, again recommended that India "embrace the China-proposed Belt and Road (B&R) initiative as it would help the South Asian country's massive airport plan."

Sep 2018

CHINA-NPC CHAIRMAN LI ZHANSHU WILL VISIT NORTH KOREA FOR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
National People’s Congress (NPC) Chairman and PBSC Member Li Zhanshu will represent Chinese President Xi Jinping at the DPRK’s 70th anniversary celebrations on September 9, 2018.

Sep 2018

CHINA-US:TRADE WAR
Reacting to reports that the US is poised to impose previously announced tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as early as september 7, Gao Feng spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) warned on September 6 that China will take necessary countermeasures to protect its own economic interests if the US imposes new tariffs on Chinese goods.

Sep 2018

CHINA-TIBET: INDIGENOUSLY DEVELOPED OBSERVATION SYSTEM INSTALLED IN TIBET
The official news agency Xinhua reported on September 5, 2018, that China installed its first independently-developed atmosphere observation system known as APSOS in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CURBS ON TAX EVASION
The People's Daily reported on September 4, 2018 that China has now signed an information sharing agreement with 100 other countries to makes sure that Chinese citizens are paying their taxes abroad, as well. The agreement is called the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

Sep 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEBT
The Wall Street Journal (September 3) reported that 'Zhang Ming, an economist with state-run Institute of World Economics and Politics, estimates that “hidden debt” totaled 23.57 trillion yuan ($3.45 trillion) at the end of 2017, greater than the 18.58 trillion yuan of local government debt acknowledged in official data.

Sep 2018

CHINA-US: PLAN COMMANDER TO VISIT USA
People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Commander Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong plans to visit the US in the middle and end of September 2018.

Sep 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN'S DEFENCE CHIEF SAYS CHINESE MILITARY ACTIVITIES HAVE INCREASED
Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera on September 3, warned that Japan faces a tough security environment, with China and Russia stepping up military activity and North Korea posing "imminent threats".

Sep 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE PREMIER SHINZO ABE TO VISIT CHINA
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Sankei Shimbun in September that “Premier Li Keqiang visited Japan in May and the Japan-China relationship has completely returned to a normal track,”and he hoped to visit Beijing in October 2018.

Sep 2018

CHINA-PLAN: SUBMARINE RESCUE
Xinhua on September 2 publicised that the PLAN had successfully carried out a submarine rescue drill in the East China Sea the previous day. It added that Chinese military experts had described it a "worldwide challenge." The drill involved frigates, submarines, rescue vessels and anti-submarine aircraft from multiple PLA Navy forces.

Sep 2018

CHINA-PLA: NEW POLITICAL COMMISSAR OF TIBET MILITARY REGION
PLAA Major General Zhang Xuejie was recently promoted as Political Commissar of the Tibet Military Region. The appointment was revealed on August 3, 2018. He was earlier the Deputy Director of the Political Work Department of the PLA Eastern Theater Command.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW REVISED REGULATIONS FOR PARTY DISCIPLINE
On August 26, 2018 the CCP CC issued new revised 'Regulations on Disciplinary Actions of the Communist Party of China'.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PBSC MEMBER AND CPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG INSPECTS TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION (TAR)
Xinhua reported (August 26) that PBSC Member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang 'inspected' Tibet from August 24 to 26, 2018 and visited Changdu and Lhasa.

Sep 2018

XI JINPING ADDRESSES FIRST MEETING OF 'CENTRAL COMMITTEE FOR COMPREHENSIVE RULING BY LAW
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on August 24, that CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping, who is also the Director of the Central Committee for Comprehensive Ruling by Law, hosted its first meeting and delivered an important speech.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING ADDRESSES NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PROPAGANDA AND IDEOLOGICAL WORK
CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping addressed the National Conference on Propaganda and Ideological Work held in Beijing on August 21-22, 2018. Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) and Central Committee (CC) Secretariat member Wang Huning presided over the conference.

Sep 2018

CHINA-BRI: ETHIOPIA HAS DEBT REPAYMENT DIFFICULTIES
As Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrives in Beijing for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which starts on September 3, 2018, China’s mission to the African Union in Addis Ababa said on its website in July that “The intensifying repayment risks from the Ethiopian government’s debt reaching 59 percent of GDP is worrying investors.”

Sep 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE WAR: PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTARY BY DY HEAD OF NDRC
In a commentary in the People's Daily on August 26, Long Guoqiang, Vice President of the PRC State Council’s in-house think tank, the Development Research Center, voiced what is quickly becoming the consensus view on American motivations for a trade war.

Sep 2018

CHINA-OVERSEAS PLA BASE: AFGHANISTAN
The South China Morning Post on August 28, 2018 quoted the Afghan Embassy in Beijing as saying that China is helping Afghanistan to set up a mountain brigade in the country’s north to boost counterterrorism efforts.

Sep 2018

CHINA-HI-TECH DEFENCE SOEs
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) with 170,000 employees and annual revenue hovering around the US$34 billion-mark, is one of China's bigger SoEs and its core is the nation’s space program and missile development and an array of hi-tech defence projects from devastating ‘wave-riders’ to nuclear-powered space shuttles and micro rockets.

Sep 2018

CHINA-PLA RESTRUCTURING
As part of the downsizing of the PLA, the staff and circulation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily is also being reduced and restricted.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP- XI JINPING
Since the 2-week long Beidaihe meetings, Chinese President Xi Jinping has held at least 4 high-level Party meetings. He first convened a meeting on August 18 of China's top generals and demanded that the military show absolute loyalty to the party.

Sep 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: OPERATIONALISATION OF 'HOTLINE'
Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun on August 24, 2018 reported that an agreement on a Japan-China hotline aimed at averting military clashes between the Self-Defense Forces and the Chinese military in the East China Sea and other areas includes a provision that allows for a moratorium of up to 48 hours from the breakout of a volatile situation to the start of communications.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGIOUS CONTROLS
The Voice of America (VOA) Chinese-language service on August 24, cited a Chinese-American Christian minister Liu Yi as having tweeted online that in parts of Henan Province some Christians are required to renounce their Christian beliefs and to sign a document to that effect.

Aug 2018

XI JINPING CHAIRS FIRST MEETING OF CENTRAL COMMISSION FOR COMPREHENSIVELY RULING THE COUNTRY BY LAW
Chinese President Xi Jinping on August 24, chaired the first session of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Ruling the Country by Law, which was established in March 2018.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN PLA
Hongkong's South China Morning Post reported on August 24, 2018 that General Wei Liang, Political Commissar of the PLA Southern Theatre Command and General Xu Fenlin, a former deputy chief of the CMC’s Joint Staff Department and former Commander of the now defunct Guangzhou Military Area Command, which was absorbed into the Southern Theatre Command, were demoted to deputy regimental officer as a result of unspecified disciplinary action.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA
The PLA Daily published a series of commentator articles propagating Xi Jinping’s speech at the CMC Party construction conference. The first article emphasized that “the key to strengthening the military is the Party” and that “the Party leads everything.”

Aug 2018

CHINESE MAGAZINE SAYS NEW AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER HAS HISTORY OF BLOCKING CHINESE INVESTMENT
An article in the reputed Chinese financial magazine Caixin on August 24 said new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in 2016 rejected bids by two Chinese companies in the sale of Australia's largest power grid and as a Cabinet member took a "skeptical view" toward G5 network equipment vendors with ties to foreign governments.

Aug 2018

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: PLAN PARTICIPATING FOR FIRST TIME IN NAVY EXERCISE
China's PLA Navy’s guided missile corvette 'Huangshan' with a helicopter sailed from Guangdong on August 21 to participate in Australia’s premier multilateral naval war games, Exercise Kakadu.

Aug 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE WAR AND WTO COMPLAINT
On August 23, after the US announced tariffs on an additional $16 billion worth of Chinese goods, China's Ministry of commerce announced that China has filed a complaint with the WTO against the US levies.

Aug 2018

CHINA-MALAYSIA: MAHATHIR EXPRESSES DOUBTS ABOUT BRI AND 'SUSPENDS' US$ 20 BILLION PROJECT
At a press conference after meeting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 20, 2018 on his first visit to Beijing since his election in May, 93-year Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad said he supports free trade as long as it’s fair.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: VISA DENIED TO JOURNALIST FOR REPORTING ON XINJIANG
Buzzfeed’s China bureau chief, Megha Rajagopalan has been denied a visa by Chinese authorities.

Aug 2018

CHINA-XINHUA REPORT ON 5 YEARS OF BRI
China's official news agency Xinhua on August 22, 2018 published a report on the opportunities created by the Belt & road Initiative in the Five Years since 2013.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: INDICATORS OF ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN
Over the weekend of August 18-20, a post by Chinese blogger Ming Na and headlined “This Generation of Young Chinese, Brace for the Bitter Days Ahead,” by Ming Na, a blogger, received more than 300,000 views on the social media platform WeChat.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: THREE SENIOR CHINA SHIP BUILDING INDUSTRY CORPN (CSIC) PERSONNEL KILLED IN TYPHOON
51-year old Huang Qun, Deputy Director of CSIC’s No 760 Institute in Dalian, Song Yuecai, 61-year former submarine Captain and Chief Scientist of the Experimental Programme and Jiang Kaibin, its Chief Electromechanical Engineer were confirmed to have drowned off the coast of Dalian on August 20 after being swept out to sea by Typhoon Rumbia.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: STATE COUNCIL LEADING SMALL GROUP FOR DEVELOPING WESTERN REGIONS MEETS
PRC Premier Li Keqiang chaired a meeting of the State Council Leading Small Group on Development of Western Regions on August 20. Others who attended were: Vice-Premiers Han Zheng, Sun Chunlan and Liu He, State Councilor Wang Yong, Secretary General Xiao Jie, Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission He Lifeng, and Bater, Minister of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission.

Aug 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW APPOINTMENT
1963-born Xu Lin, head of China Cyberspace Administration from July 2016 to July 2018 has been appointed head of the State Council Information Office.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP PARTY BUILDING IN PLA
Speaking in Beijing on August 19, 2018 at a conference on Party building in the PLA (August 17-19,2018) Chinese President Xi Jinping called for efforts to 'comprehensively strengthen the leadership' of the CCP and Party building in the country's armed forces 'to ensure a solid political guarantee for the building of a strong military'.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING ADDRESSES NATIONAL PROPAGANDA AND IDEOLOGY WORK CONFERENCE
Addressing a 2-day National Propaganda and Ideology Work Conference in Beijing that ended on August 22, 2018 CCP CC General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping started by addressing criticism that propaganda has gotten out of control recently.

Aug 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: EL SALVADOR SWITCHES RECOGNITION TO PRC
El Salvador on August 7, 2018 officially established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China after severing ties with Taiwan.

Aug 2018

CHINA-PAKISTAN: BRI AND DEBT SERVICING
Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan in his first speech to the nation after his swearing-in as Prime Minister admitted that Pakistan's finances are in dire straits and it needs to take a loan to pay the interest on loans it had taken.

Aug 2018

CHINA-BRI: DEBTS IN OTHER COUNTRIES PILE UP
Recipients of BRI projects and loans are increasingly finding it difficult to repay their loans.

Aug 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: TELECOMMUNICATION
China's Economic Daily reported (August 22) ) that as of June 2018, the number of Internet users in China reached 802 million, with a penetration rate of 57.7%.

Aug 2018

CHINA-VATICAN: RELIGIOUS CONTROLS
“The separation of government and religion must be upheld.” Wang Zuoan made no direct reference to any religion or the talks with the Vatican.

Aug 2018

CHINA-PLA: NEW PROJECTS FOR NEXT 3 - 5 YEARS
Quoting a US media report, an official Chinese news outlet on August 15, 2018 listed the five big projects of the Chinese Navy in the next five years.

Aug 2018

CHINA- National People’s Congress Standing Committee
China's National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee announced on August 18, that it will hold its next session from August 27-31.

Aug 2018

CHINA-POVERTY ALLEVIATION
The CCP CC Politburo and China's State Council on June 1, released guidelines on winning the battle against poverty over the next three years.

Aug 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER PBSC MEETING TO DISCUSS DEFECTIVE VACCINE CASE
Xinhua reported (July 16) that Chinese President and CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping presided over and delivered an important speech at a Politburo Standing Committee meeting on July 16, 2018 on the Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology Company defective vaccine case.

Aug 2018

CHINA-ISLAM: ISLAMIC TERRORIST TRAINING OUTFIT 'MALHAMA TACTICAL' PLANS EXPANSION INTO CHINA
According to a Jamestown Foundation Brief, in early August 2017, 'Malhama Tactical', a militant group operating in Syria and sometimes labelled the “Blackwater of jihad,” issued a statement in which it hinted at a planned expansion into China and alluded to the experiences of China’s Uighur population in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

Aug 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: FRIENDLY CONTACTS
Exchanging congratulatory messages on August 12 to mark the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Beijing is willing to join hands with Tokyo to work for the long-term healthy and stable development of bilateral ties.

Aug 2018

CHINA-US: VOA JOURNALISTS DETAINED BY CHINESE POLICE
Chinese authorities detained a Voice of America Mandarin Service correspondent Yibing Feng and a multimedia journalist on contract with VoA, Allen Ai for at least six hours ON August 13 evening i n Jinan, Shandong province .

Aug 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN PRESIDENT'S STOP OVER IN US
Three pro-Taiwan U.S. House representatives in California including Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, the committee’s Asia and Pacific subcommittee ranking member Brad Sherman and Congresswoman Judy Chu, joined Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen during her stopover in Los Angeles.

Aug 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE WAR & CHINA'S DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN SEMI-CONDUCTORS
In the aftermath of the US ban initially and later punitive fines on China's telecom company ZTE, top Chinese leaders are concerned about their vulnerability to potentially “neck-choking” technologies. especially dependence on foreign semiconductors.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: US-CHINA TRADE WARS
On August 6, 2018, the People’s Daily Foreign Edition launched an attack against US President Donald Trump’s trade policy using a Wang Hailou (望海楼) column, an important column directed at members of the Chinese diaspora, written by a senior editor for the newspaper, Hu Jihong (胡继鸿).

Aug 2018

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES PUBLISHES NEGATIVE ARTICLE ON INDIA'S INDEPENDENCE DAY
A Global Times article published (August 15, 2018) on "the anniversary of the country's independence from the British Empire in 1947" said while in the subsequent decades India lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, "but it has long been beset by a failure to achieve its manufacturing ambitions".

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: HONGKONG TO BE FURTHER INTEGRATED WITH MAINLAND
China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that PBSC member and Vice Premier Han Zheng presided over the first meeting of the State Council Leading Small Group for Developing the Greater Bay Area in Beijing on August 15.

Aug 2018

CHINA- RE-EDUCATION CENTRES IN XINJIANG
At a meeting of a United Nations human rights panel in Geneva on August 13, a Chinese delegation categorically denied there was no such thing as 're-education centers' in Xinjiang or that there was any subjugation of religious freedom in the Muslim-majority region.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG PCC TAKES EMERGENCY LOAN
In an unprecedented development the Sixth Division of the Xinjiang Production & Construction Corps [XPCC] borrowed RMB 500 million as a 270-day loan at a punitive 5.89% rate of interest to make a bond payment that defaulted on August 13.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Ding Xuexiang, Director of the CCP CC General Office delivered a lecture to staff of the Party’s General Office on July 1, the anniversary of the founding of the CCP.

Aug 2018

CHINA-RUSSIA: LEADING RUSSIAN NEWSPAPER QUESTIONS BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE
The Global Times reacted on August 7 to an article in Russia's daily newspaper 'Nezavisimaya Gazeta' which said "the more Beijing invests in promoting BRI for Central Asia, the more local people oppose China".

Aug 2018

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL SOFTENS ATTITUDE TOWARDS CHINA
Speaking at the University of New South Wales on August 7, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a departure from his previous speeches said Australia and China had prospered by deepening collaboration.

Aug 2018

CHINA-CIVIL AVIATION: 'RECTIFICATION' OF DESTINATIONS
At a press conference on August 10, Gu Xiaohong, Deputy Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), said that as of July 25, among the 44 airlines, 40 completed the rectification (depiction of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) and the remaining four submitted a rectification report to the CAAC on July 25.

Aug 2018

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS: UYGHURS IN CAMPS IN XINJIANG
Asahi Shimbun on August 11 reported that Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates on August 10 at the start of a two-day regular review of China's record including Hong Kong and Macao, and said that 2 million Uyghurs and Muslim minorities were forced into "political camps for indoctrination" in the western Xinjiang autonomous region. A Chinese delegation of some 50 officials made no comment on her remarks at the Geneva session.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: S&T DAILY EDITOR CRITICISES "BOASTFULNESS" AND "EXAGGERATED NATIONALIST PRIDE"
A speech delivered by Liu Yadong (刘亚东), Editor-in-Chief of the Science and Technology Daily, has been circulating extensively on China's social media.

Aug 2018

PEOPLE'S DAILY DEFENDS CHINA'S POLICIES SAYING CHINA'S GROWTH HAS TRIGGERED US REACTIONS
A 2000-character article published in the People's Daily on August 10, 2018 acknowledged that "there are also some plausible views circulating on the Internet.

Aug 2018

CHINA-PLA: RESEARCHERS RECEIVE AWARDS
According to Xinhua, recently Chinese government awarded three PLA researchers. Professor Xiao Fei, Director of a research institute at the Naval Engineering University, was awarded the ‘First Class’.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
The State Council’s Leading Small Group for Migrant Workers has been reshuffled.

Aug 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: BEIDIAHE CONCLAVE
62 expert academicians arrived in Beidaihe from Beijing on August 3 for a vacation at the invitation of the Party Central Committee and the State Council.

Aug 2018

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP CHARACTERISES CHINESE STUDENTS IN US AS SPIES
At a dinner on August 7, 2018, US President Trump "expressed concern that some foreign students were acting as foreign agents, particularly from China".

Aug 2018

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP CHARACTERISES CHINESE STUDENTS IN US AS SPIES
At a dinner on August 7, 2018, US President Trump "expressed concern that some foreign students were acting as foreign agents, particularly from China".

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP AND US-CHINA TRADE WAR
Japan's Nikkei Asian Review on August 9, 2018 said that the ruling party's annual conclave in Beidaihe, a seaside resort in Hebei Province, has begun.

Aug 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOREIGN TRADE
The Customs Bureau released trade date for July on August 8, 2018.

Aug 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOREX RESERVES
The People's Bank of China (PBoC) released the official Foreign Exchange reserve data on August 7, 2018.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY CONTROLS ON TAX AUTHORITIES
Over the past month, bodies for collecting national and local taxes, which had thus far been separate, have been merged. Leading Party groups (党组) within tax authorities at all levels have been changed to Party committees (党委).

Aug 2018

CHINA-S & T: NEW NATIONAL S & T LEADING GROUP (NSTLG)
On August 8, 2018 the State Council has decided to change the name of the National Science, Technology and Education Leading Group to the National Science and Technology Leading Group [NSTLG].”

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: FAMILY PLANNING POLICY
Release of the new stamps on August 9 to mark the Year of the Pig sparked speculation of a loosening of the two-child policy as the stamps depicted a family of pigs with three little pigs.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP CONSULTATIONS AT BEIDAIHE
The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP CC) and State Council between August 3 and 8, 2018 invited outstanding experts from the scientific research and production departments across the country to Beidaihe for vacation.

Aug 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE WAR -- CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS CHINA WILLING TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES WITH USA
Reuters reported on August 3, 2018 that China's Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi, said on August 3 that cooperation between China and the US is the only right choice and "China is willing to resolve differences on a principle of equal footing".

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: INTELLECTUAL PROTESTS
In September 2017 just prior to the 19th Party Congress, Luo Jianbo, Head of the China Foreign Policy Center at the Central Party School, Beijing had cautioned against over-estimating China's strength and said the people need to guard against "arrogance" and "conceit".

Aug 2018

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NEW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) SUBMARINE UNDER DEVELOPMENT
A Chinese blog recently cited foreign media reports that China is developing an artificial intelligence (AI) submarine to attack enemy aircraft carrier battle groups.

Aug 2018

CHINA-PLA NAVY (PLAN): NEW TYPE 052 "AEGIS" DESTROYER INDUCTED INTO PLAN
The PLAN inducted its thirteenth Type 052 (Aegis) Destroyer, named 'Nanjing', into service on August 1, 2018. The destroyer was described as deployed with an unidentified “full shield” destroyer detachment of the PLA Eastern Theatre Command Navy.

Aug 2018

CHINA- PLA NAVY: PLAN FIGHTER JET TAKES OFF AND LANDS ON 'LIAONING' -- TIBET
On the eve of the PLA's 91st Founding anniversary a fighter jet of the PLA Navy conducted its maiden take-off, landing and firing drills from China's first aircraft carrier, Liaoning, at an unidentified distant sea, under simulated real-combat conditions.

Aug 2018

CHINA- PLA: MILITARY-CIVIL DEVELOPMENT
On August 1, Xinhua reported that a high-level meeting coordinated jointly by the office of the Central Commission for Integrated Military and Civilian Development, the Standardization Administration, the Equipment Development Department under the Central Military Commission, the State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense had been held in Beijing on July 31.

Aug 2018

CHINA-PLA: REFORM
On the occasion of the PLA's 90th Founding Anniversary on August 1, 2018 China's official news agency Xinhua published an article reviewing Xi Jinping’s military reforms over the past three years.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA 91st FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
The PLA organised a ceremony on August 1 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to celebrate the 91st Founding Anniversary of the PLA.

Aug 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PREMIER LI KEQIANG VISITS LHASA AND LINZHI IN TIBET
Premier Li Keqiang visited the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) from July 25-27, 2018 to inspect work on the Sichuan-Tibet Railway.

Aug 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: BEIDAIHE MEETING
Speculation in Beijing that the senior, veteran Party leaders and members of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) are at Beidaihe for the annual confabulations was confirmed on August 8 with China's official media reporting that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang received newly-elected President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces there on August 8, 2018.

Aug 2018

CHINA-GERMANY: TAKE-OVER BY CHINESE COMPANY BLOCKED
Bloomberg News reported on July 28, 2018 that at the instance of the German authorities the State-owned investment bank KfW will temporarily acquire a 20 percent holding in 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, one of Germany's largest power-grid operators.

Aug 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE WAR
The Wall Street Journal reported on August 1, that to ratchet up pressure on Beijing the US is considering more than doubling its proposed tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25%.

Aug 2018

CHINA-US: DEFENCE CONTACT
Chinese Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, disclosed on July 30 at an embassy event in Washington celebrating the anniversary of the PLA’s founding, that PLA Navy Commander Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong, will accompany Defence Minister Wei Fenghe on the latter's visit to the US later this year.

Aug 2018

CHINA-TIBET: DALAI LAMA'S RESIDENCE DEMOLISHED
The International Campaign for Tibet reported on July 30, that the former home of the parents of the Dalai Lama, 'one of the largest and most important of the few remaining historic buildings in Lhasa', has been demolished and a new concrete structure is being built in its place.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
57-year old Zhuang Rongwen was named on August 1, to head the Cyberspace Administration of China.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL PROTEST
On July 24, Unirule (天则), the liberal economic think tank in Beijing, published a 10,000-character essay by Tsinghua University legal scholar Xu Zhangrun (许章润) which has sparked wide interest inside China and among observers abroad.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMIC DAILY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF PROPAGATES XI JINPING THOUGHT ON MEDIA
The Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Economic Daily Zhang Lei (张磊) wrote an article in the PLA Daily stressing that the core of “Xi Jinping’s Thought on News” is to “reinforce and improve the Party’s leadership on the work of news and public opinion.”

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW PATRIOTIC CAMPAIGN
Xinhua on July 31 publicised a directive jointly issued by the CCP CC Organisation Department and CCP CC Propaganda (Publicity) Department on June 29, 2018 urging members of the Party, Military, Government, intellectuals and others to "carry forward the patriotic spirit of struggle, to make contributions to a new era" campaign.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
57-year old Zhuang Rongwen was named on August 1, to head the Cyberspace Administration of China. He had been a Deputy Director since 2015. Zhuang Rongwen succeeds Xu Lin, a propaganda official who had held the job since June 2016.

Aug 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S PERSONALITY CULT
On July 5, the People’s Daily reported a speech Xi Jinping made to a national work conference on Party appointments, known as “organization work,” or zuzhi gongzuo (组织工作), that was held in Beijing from July 3-4.

Aug 2018

CHINA-INDIA: PLAAF AIRBORNE TROOPS CARRY OUT 'LIVE-FIRE' EXERCISES IN HIGH-ALTITUDE PLATEAU IN WESTE
A Brigade of PLAAF Airborne troops were reported on July 11 to have carried out 'live-fire' exercises in the high-altitude plateau region in west Sichuan province.

Jul 2018

CHINA-INDIA: PLA EXERCISES IN TIBET
An Unidentified Reccee Regiment of the Tibet Military Region Frontier Defense conducted a Confrontation drill " at the southern Tibetan plateau" at an altitude of 4700 meters.

Jul 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: RESTRICTIONS IN SICHUAN ON TIBETANS DRIVING MOTORCYCLES
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on 26 July that the authorities in Sichuan’s Serthar county are refusing to issue drivers’ licenses to Tibetan nomads.

Jul 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA PROMOTIONS
A number of Officers from the PLA Army (PLAA), PLA Air Force (PLAAF), PLA Navy (PLAN) and PLA Rocket Force (PLARF) have been promoted to the rank of Major General and Lt General since June 19, 2018.

Jul 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PREMIER LI KEQIANG
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Lhasa's Gonggar airport on July 26 on an inspection of the Gala mountain tunnel, which is at an altitude of 3500 metres, on the Sichuan-Tibet Railway. PRC Premier Li Keqiang also visited Linzhi.

Jul 2018

China- Security companies ingress Africa
Foreign Policy (July 24) said Chinese security technology companies are present in many parts of Africa and that many countries in Africa are reliant on Chinese companies for their telecoms and digital services.

Jul 2018

China-Taiwan: 50 PLA Navy ships go through Taiwan Strait
Taiwan Defense Department sources reportedly disclosed that on June 20 and 21, 2018 a total of 50 PLA Navy ships including the "Chinese Shendun 中华神盾" destroyer passed through the Taiwan Strait.

Jul 2018

China-Chinese Communist Party's reaction to the US-China 'Trade War'
Since the US first decided to impose tarrifs on US$ 34 billion worth of Chinese exports on 6 July, the CCP's official newspaper published 7 commentaries on the 'Trade War'.

Jul 2018

China-Internal: Big Data and National Defence Mobilisation
The PLA Daily on June 20 published an article stressing that “the application of big data to national defense mobilization is a trend; only by following the trend, reinforcing big data infrastructure building, and enhancing the ability to utilize big data in national defense mobilization can one have the initiative in future warfare mobilization.”

Jul 2018

China-Internal: Ideological education
The official 'The Paper' on July 8, reported that eight students graduated from Shandong University with degrees in “United Front Studies.”

Jul 2018

China-Internal: Party discipline
A commentary titled 'Straighten Out The Communist Party’s Spiritual Backbone' was published by the CCP CC theoretical fortnightly journal on June 15 under the pen-name “Qiu Shi” (秋石).

Jul 2018

China-Internal: CPPCC Inspection Team visits Gansu Province
The CPPCC Daily on June 16, reported that the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee’s Ethnic and Religious Committee Director

Jul 2018

China-Internal: CCP Composition
The CPC News released several graphs in late June 2018 reviewing the demographic changes and other information on the development of the CCP in 2017.

Jul 2018

CHINA-DJIBOUTI: INAUGURATION OF LARGEST FREE TRADE ZONE IN AFRICA
240-hectares of a 4,800 hectare US$ 3.5 billion initiative Free Trade Zone, the largest in Africa, was inaugurated in Djibouti on July 5, 2018.

Jul 2018

CHINA-GERMANY: CHINESE ESPIONAGE
The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on July 6 that Chinese agents were using fake social media profiles — already networked with several members of the German parliament — to contact German MPs and offer them money in exchange for expertise and insider knowledge.

Jul 2018

CHINA-US: THE TRADE WAR
On July 6, 2018 China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said China’s tit-for-tat measures “had taken effect immediately after the implementation of the US tariffs.”

Jul 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION CHRISTIANITY
An open-church priest who serves in Luoyang Diocese of Sanmenxia City, Henan province claims that local officials visited his church on July 1 and handed him a circular titled "Special Office Emergency Notice", ordering clergy to follow the instructions laid out therein.

Jul 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP- ANTI XI JINPING PROTEST
On July 4th morning a young woman live-streamed herself splashing ink on an image of Xi Jinping in front of a Shanghai office building while speaking out against one-party rule in China.

Jul 2018

CHINA-US: CHINESE NATIONAL ARRESTED FOR ESPIONAGE
The US Department of Justice disclosed on June 21, 2018 that 41-year old Shuren Qin, a Chinese national residing in Wellesley, Mass., was arrested on June 21 and will appear in federal court in Boston on June 22, 2018.

Jul 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: WOMENS RIGHTS NEW REGULATION ON ABORTIONS
According to a report of June 22, Jiangxi province issued guidelines the previous week stipulating that women more than 14 weeks pregnant must have signed approval from three medical professionals confirming an abortion is medically necessary before any procedure.

Jul 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW REGULATIONS FOR COAST GUARD
The bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress on June 22 passed a resolution specifying the authority and responsibilities of the newly reshuffled China Coast Guard.

Jul 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: WORK ON NEW NUCLEAR ICE BREAKER SHIP COMMENCED
The PLA Daily on June 23 reported that China has opened the bid to construct its first nuclear-powered icebreaker support ship, which according to Chinese military observers is a move to prepare for the construction of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

Jul 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA NAVY AND CSIC
Separately, a photo of the meeting, held at CSIC’s China Ship and Vessel Research and Design Institute in the central city of Wuhan, has aroused interest.

Jul 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: NO: 2 RANKED CSIC OFFICIAL APPREHENDED FOR CORRUPTION AND POSSIBLE ESPIONAGE
57-year Sun Bo, General Manager and second-highest-ranking executive at the state-owned military-industry shipbuilding juggernaut China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC), has been arrested by the National Supervision Commission and the Communist Party’s Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) and is under investigation for “gross violation of laws and party discipline.”

Jul 2018

CHINA-US: US THINKING OF LIMITING VISAS TO CHINESE
To protect U.S. technological discoveries, the US State Department is beginning a new practice from this month which gives consular officers increased discretion to restrict visas for Chinese graduate students in certain important high-tech fields to one year.

Jun 2018

CHINA-US: FDI FROM CHINA PLUMMETS
The New York-based Rhodium Group reported last week that Chinese foreign direct investment in the U.S. plummeted 92% in the first half of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017.

Jun 2018

CHINA-US: US PILOTS BLINDED BY LASER IN PACIFIC
A report on CNN's website on June 22 stated that Lasers have been used to target US aerial operations in the Pacific and 20 incidents have been recorded since September 2017.

Jun 2018

CHINA-INDIA: CRITICAL ARTICLE ON BJP
The state-run Global Times on June 21 published an article citing a report in the Indian Express and asserted that "the "China threat" theory is once again being hyped up in India".

Jun 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: ADMINISTRATIVE REFORM ON MARKET REGULATION
A report of May 18 disclosed that China recently established the State Administration for Market Regulation ("SAMR"), which combines the antitrust enforcement responsibilities of the previous Price Supervision and Antimonopoly Bureau of the National Development and Reform Commission ("NDRC"), the Antimonopoly Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce ("MOFCOM"), and the Antimonopoly and Anti-unfair Competition Bureau of the State Administration of Industry and Commerce.

Jun 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: JACK MA WARNS GOOD DAYS FOR CHINA'S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY ARE NUMBERED
The well-known Chinese news site Tencent News reported on June 14 that Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma had recently delivered a speech at the Conference of the Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce.

Jun 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY
In an editorial on June 20, China's leading influential financial magazine Caixin commented on the recent emergence of cases of local government employees in China demanding overdue wages and said this has caused widespread concern.

Jun 2018

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHINA USING TRADE AS A WEAPON
Australia's wine industry which sells approx US$ 644 million worth of wines to China is facing an imminent crisis as wine shipments are now being delayed at major Chinese ports.

Jun 2018

CHINA-US: HOW BAN ON ZTE WAS LIFTED
The US website americanconservative.com reported that the Chinese Telecom company Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment (ZTE) Corporation opted for an aggressive, extremely well-paid Chinese influence operation in Washington.

Jun 2018

CHINA-US: 'TRADE WAR'
The US Administration on June 15 announced it would move ahead with imposing a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of Chinese products that are imported into the United States, escalating what had primarily been a war of words between the world’s two largest economies into a full-blown trade war.

Jun 2018

CHINA-NORTH KOREA'S KIM JUNG UN TO MEET SHINZO ABE?
China's state-run Global Times Chinese-language edition on June 14 quoted Japan’s Kyodo News as saying on June 14 that 'According to relevant sources of the Japanese government on the 14th, the North Korean Workers’ Party Chairman Kim Jong-un said at the U.S.-DPRK summit meeting that “it is possible to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Be open-minded.'

Jun 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DELAY PAYING WAGES
Civil servants in Leiyang were supposed to receive their wages on May 15, but their pay was only released on June 8.

Jun 2018

CHINA-CCP: CPPCC FUNDS NEWS OUTLET
A report of June 14, 2018 claimed that the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), a privately funded nonprofit organization based in Hong Kong that is dedicated to ‘facilitating open and constructive exchange among policy-makers, business leaders, academics, think-tanks, cultural figures, and educators from the United States and China,' has funded the online news outlet Vox.

Jun 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: MILITARY ACADEMIES TO ENROL 30,500 STUDENTS IN 2018
Xinhua (June 16, 2018) reported that China's 26 military colleges and academies plan to enroll 30,500 students this year.

Jun 2018

CHINA-PLAAF: NEW AIRPORTS IN TIBET
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on June 8, that is planning to build three new airports in Tibet.

Jun 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S VISITS PLAN BASE AT QINGDAO
Reporting Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the PLAN Base HQ under the PLA Northern Theatre Command at Qingdao, China Daily said he urged the PLAN to further strengthen its combat training and enhance its elite forces' capabilities.

Jun 2018

CHINA-US: US-NORTH KOREA SUMMIT TALKS ON JUNE 12
Writing in the Washington Post on June 10, 2018 former Chinese Vice Foreign Minister and former member of the Six Party Talks Ms Fu Ying said of the impending Summit talks of June 12 as "an unprecedented opportunity for peaceful resolution has emerged".

Jun 2018

CHINA-THAILAND: NEW REGIONAL FUND FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO LESSEN DEPENDENCE ON CHINA
The Nikkei Asia Review on June 4 revealed that Thailand is taking the lead in creating a regional fund with its neighbors, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, to back infrastructure and other development projects and to lessen reliance on Chinese investment.

Jun 2018

CHINA-MYANMAR: KYAUKPYU PORT
Major Singapore newspaper Sinchew recently reported that the Myanmar government is in the middle of re-evaluating a Chinese investment project to develop a deep-water port at the Port of Kyaukpyu.

Jun 2018

CHINA-VIETNAM: ANTI-CHINA PROTESTS
Anti-China protests erupted throughout Vietnam on June 11 and more than 100 people were arrested late on June 10 after demonstrators stormed a provincial government building east of Ho Chi Minh City, the local news media reported.

Jun 2018

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: SOFT POWER
The state-owned Chinese state broadcaster CGTN plans to hire more than 350 London-based journalists in less than 18 months.

Jun 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA - IN XINJIANG
As part of the nationwide "Ten million teachers and students having the same class to study new thoughts" campaign organised by the Ministry of Education and which began on June 8, universities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have begun a lecture series on the thoughts of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Jun 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: ALL CHINA TRUCK DRIVERS STRIKE
Taiwan News reported on June 11, 2018 that mass protests were staged by truck drivers across 9 provinces and municipalities in China to voice their anger over high costs, decreasing wages, excessive highway tolls, changing government policies and police harassment.

Jun 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S BIRTHDAY
Chinese President Xi Jinping will be 65 years old on June 15, 2018.

Jun 2018

CHINA-UK: HM NAVY SHIPS SAIL CONDUCT FONOPS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
British Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson revealed at the Shangri La Dialogue that two British naval ships have taken part in ‘freedom of navigation’ operations in the South China Sea during the past month.

Jun 2018

CHINA-FRANCE: FRENCH WARSHIP QUESTIONED BY PLA NAVY IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
A report in the Wall Street Journal on June 8, claimed that a French warship passing through the Spratly Islands was challenged by a PLA Navy warship According to the news report, the PLAN warship said:‘This is China warship calling.

Jun 2018

CHINA-US: US DEFENCE INTELLIGENCE OFFICER ARRESTED FOR ESPIONAGE
58-year old Ron Rockwell Hansen of Syracuse, Utah, a former US Defense Intelligence Agency officer, was arrested on June 2, by the FBI and charged with trying to sell U.S. government secrets to Chinese spies and taking at least $800,000 in suspicious funds flowing from China.

Jun 2018

CHINA-US: BILATERAL TRADE INCREASES
China's General Administration of Customs stated on June 8 that imports of US products were up 11.4 per cent to touch US$14.7 billion in May from a year earlier.

Jun 2018

CHINA-US: ZTE
The US is going to lift the ban on Chinese telecom company ZTE consequent to its agreeing to pay a fine of US$ 1 billion and agreeing to the deployment of US Enforcement officers inside the company to monitor its activities.

Jun 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: DEFENCE HOT LINE AND BILATERAL MARITIME AND AERIAL COMMUNICATION MECHANISM
The Japanese and Chinese governments on June 8 officially started operating a bilateral maritime and aerial communication mechanism designed to avert unintended clashes between the Self-Defense Forces and the Chinese military.

Jun 2018

CHINA-RUSSIA: FRIENDSHIP AWARD CONFERRED ON PUTIN
Chinese President Xi Jinping awarded the inaugural Friendship Medal of the People's Republic of China to Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 8, 2018 and praised his "contribution and efforts to building a peaceful world."

Jun 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL RELIGION: CURBS ON BUILDING OF LARGE STATUES BY BUDDHISTS AND DAOISTS
China's State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) under the UFWD posted a report on its official website of a meeting convened on May 23 to discuss curbs on the construction of large statues.

Jun 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL RELIGION: SINICIZATION OF CHRISTIANITY
Zongjiao Zhoukan (宗教周刊), a weekly publication associated with the China Ethnic News (中国民族报) reported that a Leading Small Group on pushing forward the sinicization of Chinese Christianity was established on May 22, during a meeting of the China Christian Council (CCC).

Jun 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: THE CCP AND CHINA'S IT COMPANIES
The Chinese government allows its corporate 'champions' nearly unfettered access to the country's 770 million internet users, but as China's tech giants get bigger and richer they realise that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gets more nervous.

Jun 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL CREDIT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
At an executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on May 6, the State Council decided that China will make strenuous efforts to build a more comprehensive and rigorous social credit system to improve the business environment and boost development.

Jun 2018

CHINA-PLA: SYMPOSIUM ON 'DEEPENING INSPECTION WORK' IN PLA
The official Party paper People's Daily on May 26, reported that Central Military Commission (CMC) Vice Chairman Zhang Youxia attended a symposium on inspection work for the armed services and the People’s Armed Police Forces, where he stressed the necessity of deeply comprehending and resolutely carrying out Xi Jinping’s instructions on inspection work.

Jun 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S SPEECH ON POVERTY ALLEVIATION
The CCP CC's United Front Work Department (UFWD) posted on its official website a lengthy Xinhua report dated June 1 that said the Politburo convened a meeting to deliberate the "Guidelines for Rural Revitalization Strategic Planning (2018-2022) (乡村振兴战略规划 (2018-2022年) " and "Guiding Opinions on Three-Year Action on Winning Poverty Alleviation Strategies" (关于打赢脱贫攻坚战三年行动的指导意) .

Jun 2018

CHINA-NEPAL: NEPAL SCRAPS HYDEL POWER PROJECT UNDER BRI
Nepal’s government on May 29, 2018 said it would build on its own a 750 megawatt hydroelectric plant that was earlier cleared to be developed by China’s state-owned Three Gorges International Corp.

Jun 2018

CHINA-US: US CONGRESS TO IMPOSE CURBS ON CHINESE INFLUENCE OPERATIONS IN USA
The US newspaper Washington Free Beacon on June 4, 2018 reported that members of the US Congress are moving ahead with legislation seeking curbs on Chinese government influence operations in the United States.

Jun 2018

CHINA-SOFT POWER: CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES
According to an official Chinese government website, since the Chinese government’s Ministry of Education -- the Office of Chinese Languages Council International, better known as the Hanban -- began establishing Confucious Institutes in 2004, there are now 500 "Confucius Institutes" around the world and the aim is to have 1,000 by 2020.

Jun 2018

CHINA-US: CHINESE PLA RESUMES HACKING
A US report of June 7, 2018 states that Chinese PLA entities have resumed hacking after a hiatus of several years.

Jun 2018

CHINA-ZTE: EXPOSE ON ZTE'S ESPIONAGE ACTIVITIES
The Sydney Morning Herald on May 31, 2018 published a front-page report stating that court documents filed in the US establish that the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, was established partly as a front for military intelligence and has been linked to corruption in 18 countries.

Jun 2018

CHINA-PLAN: MISSILES REMOVED FROM SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLANDS?
New analysis from Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat International (ISI) made public on June 6, 2018 indicates that the Chinese missile systems on Woody Island in the Paracel archipelago may have been removed or relocated.

Jun 2018

CHINA-SHIPBUILDING
The People's Daily reported on May 30, that Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (SWS) had delivered a 20,000 TEU container vessel to COSCO SHIPPING Lines Co., Ltd after a naming ceremony on May 29.

Jun 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP; XI JINPING ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
On May 28, 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech at the 19th Meeting of Academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the 14th Meeting of Academicians from the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Jun 2018

CHINA-PLA AIR FORCE (PLAAF): SOUTH CHINA SEA
On May 18, the PLAAF announced that the H-6K nuclear bomber, also known as 'God of War', had landed at Yongxing Island in the Xisha Island group in the South China Sea.

Jun 2018

CHINA-WARNING TO AIRLINES: CHINA'S SOVEREIGNTY OVER HONGKONG, MACAU AND TAIWAN
On May 26, the Civil Aviation Administration of China stated that 18 airlines out of 44 have made requisite corrections regarding mentioning Taiwan as part of China and the remaining 26 airlines have also promised to correct.

Jun 2018

CHINA-INDIA: MODI'S SPEECH AT SHANGRI LA DIALOGUE
Xinhua in May 23 reported that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his keynote speech at the 17th Asia Security Summit, or the Shangri-la Dialogue, on May 22 "hailed his country's relationship with China, saying that cooperation between New Delhi and Beijing will benefit Asia and the world".

Jun 2018

CHINA-US: RENAMING BY US OF PACIFIC COMMAND AS INDO-PACIFIC COMMAND
The Global Times reaction (June 1, 2018) to the US decision to rename the US Pacific Command as the US Indo-Pacific Command was short and swift.

Jun 2018

CHINA-DISSIDENTS: EXILED CHINESE DISSIDENTS SET UP NEW THINK-TANK IN US
Hongkong's South China Morning Post reported on June 2, that Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung will be a council member on a think tank led by Chinese dissident Wang Dan, to be launched on Monday in the United States.

Jun 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: US TECHNOLOGY AND TRADE
China's authoritative official news agency Xinhua published an article on its WeChat Official Account on May 26, on the lesson learned from the ZTE incident after the U.S. Department of Commerce issued the notice on May 25, 2018, regarding the lifting of the ban on ZTE’s sales.

Jun 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: TRADE WAR AND VICE PREMIER LIU HE'S NEGOTIATION POSITION
The major Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily on May 31 published an analysis by senior Chinese journalist Lu Yue on China’s Vice Premier Liu He and his position on trade.

Jun 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS FIGURES
The official People's Daily reported on June 1 that China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had reported on May 31 that China contributed more than 30 percent to world economic growth during 2017.

Jun 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S SPEECH ON ENVIRONMENT
Xi Jinping gave an 'important speech' at the National Conference on Eco-environmental Protection held in Beijing from May 18 to 19.

Jun 2018

CHINA-ISRAEL: CONCERNS AT CHINESE COMPANIES BUYING ISRAELI FIRMS
Over the last decade, dozens of Chinese companies have entered the Israeli market as sole or sub-contractors or suppliers in major transportation, infrastructure, agriculture and food projects.

May 2018

CHINA-FRANCE: CHINESE ESPIONAGE EFFORTS IN FRANCE
Two ex-DGSE officers are suspected of "extremely serious" treason on behalf of a foreign power according to a French media report of May 25, 2018 quoting the French Defence Ministry.

May 2018

CHINA-CANADA: CHINESE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY BLOCKED FROM BUYING CANADIAN FIRM
Canada has blocked a proposed C$1.51 billion (US$ 1.18 billion) takeover of construction company Aecon (ARE.TO) by the overseas investment and financing arm of a Chinese State owned Enterprise 'China Communications Construction Co Ltd' on national security grounds.

May 2018

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA AND RIMPAC EXERCISES
China's continued militarization of the South China Sea the US has "disinvited the PLA Navy from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise.

May 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: BURKINA FASO SWITCHES RECOGNITION
When Burkina Faso switched recognition to China on May 25, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen reacted angrily.

May 2018

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: SHANGRI-LA DIALOGUE-2018
PLA Lieutenant General He Lei, Vice President of the PLA Academy of Military Science (AMS) will lead the Chinese delegation for the upcoming 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

May 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: OIL IMPORTS
According to Russian statistics of China's oil imports in May published in the Global Times (military) in Chinese on May 26, figures showed an overall decrease of oil imports, but a steep rise in imports from Russia.

May 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: TECH -- CHIP MANUFACTURING
Pony Ma Huateng, Chairman and Chief Executive of Tencent, said China’s internet giant would consider investing into the research and development of computer chips, as the country must focus on research of core technologies.

May 2018

CHINA-PLAAF: RED SWORD 'CONFRONTATION' EXERCISE
Xinhua reported on May 23 that the Air Force “Hong Jian-2018” system large-scale confrontation exercise commenced on May 23 "in the Northwest Wilderness of China (Western Theatre Command)".

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CADRE DISSATISFACTION
An article published in Radio Free Asia (RFA) on May 21, claimed that Wang Xiaoming, the Deputy Secretary General of the Beijing municipal government, committed suicide by jumping off the building. Medical records indicate that Wang Xiaoming had been suffering from depression for a long period of time.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: MAOIST GROUP DEMONSTRATES IN HONGKONG
Chinese authorities disclosed that dozens of mainland Maoists headed across the border last week for a demonstration to mark the 52nd anniversary of the start of the Cultural Revolution.

May 2018

CHINA-ESPIONAGE AND COVER ORGANISATIONS
In the recent case of espionage in the US, the affidavit filed by the FBI revealed that Mallory told FBI agents in May that he had been contacted in February on a social media site by a recruiter for a Chinese think tank, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

May 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE TALKS
At the invitation of the US government, Xi Jinping’s special envoy, leader of the China-US Comprehensive Economic Dialogue (中美全面经济对话), and Vice Premier Liu He (刘鹤) led a delegation to Washington, DC.

May 2018

CHINA-US: CHINESE EFFORTS TO ACQUISITION
The US is beginning to feel that the gap in oversight over Chinese activities in buying up US tech firms has became a more urgent problem in 2015, when China unveiled its “Made in China 2025” strategy of working with private investors to buy overseas tech firms.

May 2018

CHINA-SOVEREIGNTY: CAAC INSISTS FOREIGN AIRLINES MUST DEPICT TAIWAN, HONGKONG, MACAU ETC AS PART OF
Following the directive issued on April 25 by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to 36 airlines to depict Taiwan, Hongkong and Macau as part of China within 30 days or face the consequences including legal sanctions, the Associated Press found on May 22, that 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa, now refer to Taiwan as a part of China on their global websites.

May 2018

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETAN SENTENCED FOR "INCITING SEPARATISM"
Tibetan language education activist Tashi Wangchuk was sentenced on May 21, to 5 years imprisonment for “inciting separatism” by the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai province.

May 2018

CHINA-PLA NAVY: SIX AIRCRAFT CARRIERS?
In an interview with the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper on May 22, Chinese military expert Liang Fang said China will certainly build more aircraft carriers.

May 2018

CHINA-PLA NAVY: SECOND AIRCRAFT CARRIER COMPLETES SEA TRIALS
China's second aircraft carrier returned to dock at the Dalian Shipyard in Liaoning Province on May 18 after its first sea trials.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CONTROLS ON ULTRA LEFT MEDIA
The ruling Chinese Communist Party has shut down the prominent Maoist website Utopia amid concerns it may boost extreme nationalist sentiment that could undermine Beijing's trade policy with the United States.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: BIRTH CONTROL POLICY
Bloomberg News reported on May 21, that China is planning to scrap all limits on the number of children a family can have.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: ALL SOCIAL ORGANISATIONS INSTRUCTED TO ADD PARTY BUILDING AND CORE SOCIALIST VALUES
China's Ministry of Civil Affairs published a notification of April 28, 2018 requiring social organizations to add content on Party building and core socialist values to their charters on its website.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL:CENTRAL FOREIGN AFFAIRS WORKING COMMITTEE
Xinhua reported (May 15) that CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping who is also Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Working Committee, chaired the first meeting of the Central Foreign Affairs Working Committee on May 15 and delivered an "important" speech.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP WANG QISHAN
Xinhua reported (May 21) Wang Qishan’s membership of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission, headed by President Xi Jinping.

May 2018

CHINA-US: ECONOMIC TRADE WAR
The main points in the U.S. briefing paper for the first round of US-China talks on Trade in Beijing recently, were at first leaked on the social-media site Weibo and was deleted by Chinese government censors.

May 2018

CHINA-VIETNAM: CARTOGRAPHIC AGGRESSION THROUGH TOURISM
Chinese tourists to Vietnam sporting T-shirts with a map of China showing the 9-dash line arrived in southern Cam Ranh airport on May 13 night and were stopped by security at the Immigration desk.

May 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: DENIAL OF ACCREDITION TO TAIWAN JOURNALISTS COVERING WHO AT GENEVA
The accreditation for two Taiwanese journalists to cover the upcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland has been denied.

May 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: THREAT OF DECAPITATION OF TAIWAN'S LEADERS
The South China Morning Post on May 16, 2018 published a report quoting PLAAF spokesman Senior Colonel Shen Jinke talking about the flights going around Taiwan and the missiles the aircraft were carrying.

May 2018

CHINA: SOVEREIGNTY: ASSERTING CARTOGRAPHIC CLAIMS
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) recently sent a letter to 36 international air carriers demanding that they remove from their websites references implying that Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau are not part of China. T

May 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY- UNRELIABLE STATISTICS
A Working Paper by Luis R. Martinez of the University of Chicago, and published recently claims that authoritarian regimes are especially likely to artificially boost their gross domestic product numbers in the years before elections.

May 2018

CHINA-SPACE EXPLORATION: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
On May 21, China plans to launch a satellite with a vital but unglamorous mission. From a vantage point beyond the moon, Queqiao, as the satellite is called, will relay data from Chang'e 4, a lander and rover that is supposed to touch down on the lunar far side before the end of the year.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA LEADERSHIP
South China Morning Post (SCMP) May 13.reported on May 16, 2018 that 64-year old PLA General Cai Yingting, a former Nanjing Military Region Commander and rising star who retired prematurely after his appointment as President of the Academy of Military Sciences (AMS) when the five Theater Commands were formed, has been demoted by eight grades to become a battalion commander. )

May 2018

CHINA-PLA NAVY: SENIOR APPOINTMENTS
The official CCTV reported on May 13, 2018 on China’s first domestically made aircraft carrier and mentioned that its Commander was PLAN Senior Captain Lai Yijun.

May 2018

CHINA-US: ARREST OF CHINESE SPY
The FBI Press Release of May 8 provided additional details on the arrest of 53-year old Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a resident of Hong Kong and U.S. citizen who speaks fluent Chinese.

May 2018

CHINA-US: TRUMP ASSURES HE WILL HELP ZTE
The Washington Post on May 13, 2018 quoted US President Trump as tweeting “President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast.

May 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: HONGKONG AS NEW S&T HUB
There are reports to indicate that in the wake of US-China trade tension and Washington’s efforts to scuttle the 'Made in China 2025' initiative, Beijing is using Hong Kong to counter US efforts.

May 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE (BRI)
China's state-owned Economic Times reported (May 7, 2018) the release of a Blue Book focusing on the current situation of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) investment security, assessment of investment risks, and impact of cultural differences and climate change on investment.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER PARTY CONTROL ON PRIVATE INTERNET COMPANIES
In a ceremony in Beijing earlier this week, Xu Lin, Director of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), presided over the inauguration of the China Federation of Internet Societies (CFIS), an internet industry grouping whose stated purpose is to “promote the development of Party organizations in the industry.”

May 2018

CHINA-RELIGION: CCP CC UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT PUBLICISES USE BY ADVANCED BUDDHIST SCHOOL OF SP
The website of the Chinese Tibetan Department of Advanced Buddhist College on May 11, 2018 reported on a conference of Party members held by the College the previous day to convey and study the “Notice on Conducting the Special Work on the Party’s Style and Incorruptible Politics” focusing on the use of the “first form” by the Central United Front Work Department.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGY
In an article in the Party theoretical journal 'Qiu Shi' on May 7, 2018, Zhu Jidong, Deputy Director of the Chinese Academy of Social Security and the National Center for Cultural Studies and Secretary General of the Ideological Construction of Marxism Research, argued against the interpretation that Marxism is a foreign culture.

May 2018

CHINA-PLAN TO INTEGRATE CORE SOCIALIST VALUES INTO LEGISLATION
Xinhua reported on May 7, 2018 that the CCP CC had printed and issued the "Law of the Socialist Core Values ​​into the Legislative Construction of Laws and Regulations" (hereinafter referred to as the "Planning"), and issued a notice requesting all regions and departments to implement the plan in accordance with actual conditions.

May 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
Few senior appointments were publicised by the CCP CC Organisation Department in early May.

May 2018

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: TAIWAN FLAG COVERED IN LINCOLN CITY
ABC reported on May 9, 2018 that Lincoln City in Australia's central Queensland region of Rockhampton removed the Taiwanese flag from a children’s art project ahead of a major international beef expo.

May 2018

CHINA-US: BAN ON ZTE
The US Commerce Department last month blocked American firms from selling parts or providing services to ZTE until 2025.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: REGULATIONS ON RELIGIOUS PRACTICE
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on May 9, 2018 that China intends to further tighten the regulation of public religious worship in a bid to prevent "hostile foreign forces" from infiltrating the country.

May 2018

CHINA-PLA: SOLOMON ISLANDS
China is currently discussing the construction of airport and airplane maintenance facilities at Guadalcanal Island (Solomon Islands) in the western Pacific Ocean.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: DRAFT AMENDMENT TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE LAW
China's official Xinhua News Agency reported on May 10, that a draft amendment to the Criminal Procedure Law was announced on the Chinese People's Congress website to solicit opinions from the public.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER
The Paper, an official newspaper of China, reported on May 9, 2018 that Han Kun, founder CEO of Yixia Technology had announced at his acceptance speech in Guangzhou on May 8 that he would whole heartedly support the Party and actively cooperate with the authorities to ensure a "clean" internet.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER
The Cyberspace Administration of China announced on May 9, 2018 that 53-year old Ma Yun (Jack Ma) founder Chairman of Alibaba and 46-year old Ma Huateng, also known as 'Pony' Ma, and founder Chairman of TenCent, are Chairmen of the China Federation of Internet Societies consisting of 300 groups to study and implement Xi Jinping thought and promote “correct political direction”.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: YOUTH SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM
Xinhua reported (May 10, 2018) that China is developing a "youth credit system" to encourage young people to take an active part in building a high-trust society.

May 2018

CHINA-US: FORMER CIA OFFICER INDICTED FOR SPYING FOR CHINA
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, a former C.I.A. officer suspected of helping China unravel the agency’s spy network in China was indicted on May 8 on a charge of conspiring to commit espionage.

May 2018

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: HIGH LEVEL VISITOR TO CHINA
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Dalian on May 7, when he met Chinese President Xi Jinping. Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported that the official had arrived by North Korea's Air Koryo.

May 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S FOREIGN AID RECEPIENTS
The top ten recipients of China's Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) are strategically or resource rich countries looking for aid.

May 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: INCOME GAP BETWEEN PROVINCES IN CHINA WIDENS
The National Bureau of Statistics reported on May 9, 2018 that Shanghai retained the top spot on the list of 31 province-level jurisdictions, with residents of the financial hub earning an average of 17,277 yuan (US$2,700) over the January-March period.

May 2018

CHINA-PROTEST BY MILITARY VETERANS
More than 200 ex-PLA personnel who had been employed by 4 banks after demobilisation and then ""illegally" laid off without commensurate medical or pensionary benefits, wrote letters on May 8, 2018 to China's newly established Ministry of Veterans Affairs requesting intervention.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CALL FOR NATIONWIDE STRIKE BY CRANE OPERATORS
China Change reported on May 7, 2018 that a WeChat group named “Changsha tower crane operator federation” posted an "open letter' om April 25 asking construction, crane, and mechanical equipment operators and engineers in China to trigger a wave of simultaneous strikes among crane operators around the country.

May 2018

CHINA-PLA: MILITARY DIPLOMACY
Senior military officers from 19 countries in Asia and the Pacific have gathered in Shanghai for a regional workshop on the law of armed conflict at sea to be held from May 8 to11, 2018.

May 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION SUN ZHENGCAI
54-year old dismissed Politburo member and former Party Secretary of Chongqing, was found guilty of taking over 170 million yuan ($26.7 million) in bribes, the First Intermediate People’s Court of Tianjin said in a statement on its website.

May 2018

CHINA-AFRICA: PROPAGANDA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Chinese media and telecommunication companies in Africa who are there as part of Beijing’s “going out policy”, have increased and diversified their operations.

May 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
Tensions between the US and China increased on May 4 as it emerged that US officials had handed Beijing a list of demands including a $200bn cut in its trade deficit and an end to state subsidies on strategic industries.

May 2018

CHINA-PLA: SOUTH CHINA SEA
CNBC reported on May 4, 2018 that China had quietly deployed HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles and YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missiles onto its outposts in the South China Sea in the past month.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINA TO BUILD WORLD CLASS UNIVERSITIES WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS
While inpecting Peking University (PKU) on May 2, 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for building world-class universities with Chinese characteristics to nurture people well-prepared to join the socialist cause.

May 2018

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA IS BIGGEST ARMS SUPPLIER TO PAKISTAN
FT on April 18, 2018 reported that since 2010, US weapons exports to Pakistan have plummeted from $1bn to just $21m last year, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

May 2018

CHINA-US: US AIRMEN INJURED BY CHINESE LASER IN DJIBOUTI
Defence News quoted Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White as saying on May 3, 2018 that two U.S. airmen suffered “minor” injuries as a result of the use of Chinese-deployed lasers in Djibouti.

May 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE WAR
Writing in the FT of May 6, Keyu Jin, daughter of the Director General of AIIB Jin Liqun and an Associate Professor at LSE, argued that , paradoxically, it may be better for China to lose a trade conflict with the US than to win it as China would be the winner in the long run. She said reformers within China are likely to seize on it as an opportunity to hasten domestic reforms which will strengthen the country.

May 2018

CHINA-US: US DEMANDS FROM CHINA ON TRADE
In a document entitled “Balancing the Trade Relationship” that was 'leaked' to Bloomberg News on May 4, the U.S. government made a series of demands from China at the outset of meetings in Beijing on May 4-5, 2018 to resolve a simmering trade dispute.

May 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE TALKS
The New York Times on May 3 reported from Beijing that members of the Trump administration delegation who arrived in Beijing on May 3 for two days of high-level talks found that their Chinese official counterparts had limited experience in trade matters.

May 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ADVISES STUDENTS
Earlier the same week, Xi Jinping visited Peking University (PKU), China’s most prestigious school, and according to Xinhua told students about his "enlightenment" at age 15 when he grasped the truth that is Marxism.

May 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ON MARX
Xinhua reported that at an event in Beijing on May 4, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, Xi Jinping praised Marx as: "[A]Teacher of revolution for the proletariat and working people all over the world, the main founder of Marxism, creator of Marxist parties, pathfinder for international communism and the greatest thinker of modern times…".

May 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SWITCHES RECOGNITION TO PRC
On May 1, 2018 the Dominican Republic switched formal diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China.CCTV on May 1, 2018 showed PRC Vice President Wang Qishan meeting the visiting Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic.

May 2018

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TO MEET KIM JONG UN IN DMZ
US President Trump on April 30, raised expectations for his meeting with DPRK President Kim Jong-un, saying he would like to hold the at the Peace House in the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas because “there’s a great celebration to be had on the site” if the negotiations are successful.

May 2018

CHINA-US: US CONSIDERING RESTRICTIONS ON CHINESE RESEARCHERS
After China tested an "invisibility cloak" that would allow ordinary fighter jets to suddenly vanish from radar screens in April, American officials fear China may have gained the technology in part from a Chinese researcher who roused suspicions while working on a similar technology at a Duke University laboratory in 2008.

May 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE WAR
Sina.com reported on April 22, 2018 that Huanqiu, a subsidiary under People’s Daily, published an article asking the Chinese people not to boycott U.S. goods.

May 2018

CHINA-LABOUR UNREST
Reports reveal that the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) was active in breaking up what was probably the largest strike in China in the past 2 years.

May 2018

CHINA-DUAL USE R&D: DEEP WATER RESEARCH
Xinhua quoted a statement released by the China Geological Survey's Guangzhou branch on May 2, 2018 which disclosed that China has carried out deep-sea scientific research with two domestically-made deep-sea submersibles, the unmanned submersible Haima (Seahorse) and manned submersible Shenhai Yongshi (Deep Sea Warrior), to explore a cold seep in the South China Sea.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PUBLIC SECURITY PERSONNEL HONOURED
The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) disclosed on April 27, 2018 that MPS personnel had been honoured for "loyalty to the Party' in a ceremony on April 27.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA AND CYBER CENSORSHIP
The China Cyberspace Administration disclosed on April 27, 2018 that the Guangdong Internet and Informatization Office had mobilised 5000 police officers and censored 6 million pieces of “harmful information,” shut down 580,000 Internet accounts and had taken down 700 apps in 2018.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/MAO ZEDONG'S STATUES DESTROYED
Radio Free Asia reported on April 27, 2018 that an unofficial shrine to late supreme leader Mao Zedong and other heroes of the ruling Chinese Communist Party's mythology has been destroyed in Henan province.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP-PREMIER LI KEQIANG'S SPEECH CENSORED
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's speech at the State Council’s first meeting on clean administration on April 27, 2018 had emphasized that the people should use the Internet and big data to “ oversee the government’s behavior throughout the process. ”

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: NATIONAL LAW TO PROTECT HONOUR OF HEROES AND MARTYRS
A law to protect the reputation and honor of heroes and martyrs has been passed and will take effect on May 1, 2018.

May 2018

CHINA-DAR-ES-SALAAM: CHINA GETS APPROVAL FOR BAGAMOYO PORT
Tanzania has officially submitted its letter of approval on April 24, 2018 for the Bagamoyo Special Economic Zone venture to China Merchants Port, agreeing and accepting the investor’s comprehensive project proposal.

May 2018

CHINA-US: US NAVAL BUILD UP IN ASIA PACIFIC
US Admiral Philip Davidson, tipped to take over the US Pacific Command, said in testimony to a US Senate Committee on April 24, 2014 that he will restructure the 375,000 military and civilian personnel, 200 ships and nearly 1,100 aircraft in the region and “recalibrate” the command in line with the Pentagon’s new national defense strategy.

May 2018

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA OFFERS SECURITY GUARANTEES FOR CPEC
Meeting the Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi in Beijing on April 20, 2018, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe has said that China is willing to work with Pakistan to focus on building a community of human destiny, consolidate the all-weather friendship and deepen pragmatic cooperation between the two armed forces.

May 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY
An article posted on April 18, 2018 on the Council on Foreign Relations website showed that even though the RMB is the 7th most widely used in global payments, settling 1.6 percent of transactions, it is only the 20th most “globalized” among major currencies—as measured by adjusting for how much trade each country does.

May 2018

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: KIM JUNG UN CONDOLES DEATH OF MAOIST PAPER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Diao Weiming, Editor-in-Chief of the prominent Maoist website 'Utopia' died in a crash with 36 other people during a tour to North Korea.

May 2018

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: CHINESE ART TROUPE PERFORMS 'THE RED DETACHMENT OF WOMEN' IN PYONGYANG
On April 17, 2018, Xinhua reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, his wife Ri Sol Ju and the head of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee's International Department Song Tao watched a performance of the ballet "The Red Detachment of Women" at the East Pyongyang Grand Theater, Pyongyang on April 16. Kim Jong Un "highly praised the Chinese artists' performance" and took a group photo with them on stage along with his wife Ri Sol Ju.

May 2018

CHINA-INDIA: INDIAN PRIME MINISTER MODI MEETS CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING (APRIL 27-28, 2018)
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi travbelled to Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, for an "informal" meting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 27-28, 2018.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL EDUCATION IN XINJIANG
Global Times reported on April 25, 2018 that hundreds of primary school students in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region recently recited classic texts from Chinese ancient philosophical works to promote traditional culture.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: STUDENTS AGITATION
Students of Beijing University circulated a letter via email on April 25, 2018 protesting against the "anti-sexual harrassment" of a Peking University student and Yue Yue college students in Shenyang for disclosure of information.

May 2018

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: MERGER OF NEWS OUTLETS INTO SINGLE 'VOICE OF CHINA'
China is creating a giant media outlet called Voice of China, which combines the three state television and radio broadcasters namely China Global Television Network, China Radio International, and China National Radio.

May 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER SECURITY
The National Cyber Security and Informationization Conference was held in Beijing on April 20-21, 2018. CCP CC General Secretary, Chairman of the State Council, Chairman of the Central Military Commission, and Director of the Central Cyber ​​Security and Information Technology Committee Xi Jinping attended and delivered an "important" speech.

May 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA SPENDS 15 - 17% OF GDP ON INTEREST PAYMENTS
According to an article the Jing Rong Jie (Financial World) website published on April 14, 2018, during the Tenth Chinese Mulan (Women) Entrepreneur Annual Conference held on April 14 in Beijing, Mao Zhenhua, the Founder and Chairman of China Chengxin Credit Management Company gave a speech in which he stated that, each year, China spends 15 to 17 percent of its GDP to make its interest payments.

Apr 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: BELT & ROAD INITIATIVE (BRI) SHORT OF FUNDS
South China Morning Post reported (April 14, 2018) that while speaking at a forum in Guangzhou on April 13, 2018, Li Ruogu, the former president of Export-Import Bank of China, said that most of the countries along the route of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, as the plan is known, did not have the money to pay for the projects with which they were involved.

Apr 2018

CHINA-PLAAF: J-10C FIGHTER JET INDUCTED IN PLAAF
The ossicial Global Times on April 16, 2018 publicised that China's new J-10C fighter jets have been put into service improving the combat capabilities of the PLA Air Force.

Apr 2018

CHINA-PLA NAVY: LARGEST EXERCISE ACROSS TAIWAN IN 20 YEARS
45 warships, including two Jin-class nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), along with at least two new Shang-class nuclear attack submarines, participated in the recent PLAN parade.

Apr 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP, CULTURE AND PROPAGANDA
On April 8, 2018, PB Member and Director of the CCP CC Central Propaganda Department Huang Kunming attended the unveiling ceremony of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism where he emphasised 'the need to adhere to the guidance of socialist ideas with Chinese characteristics in the new era of Xi Jinping'.

Apr 2018

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES COMMENT ON 'INDIA'S ADJUSTMENT OF POLICY' TOWARDS CHINA
An article in the state-run Global Times on April 12, 2018 by Wu Zhenglong, senior research fellow at the China Foundation for International Studies, claimed "Sino-Indian relations have presented a rosy development scenario recently" and "It seems that a new day has dawned for the two countries which were once at odds."

Apr 2018

CHINA-INDIA: CPEC
The official Global Times on April 12, 2018 published an article titled 'CPEC can build bridges between India, Pakistan through economic cooperation' in which it claimed "those most qualified to evaluate the impact and realities of the cooperation in the South Asian country are the people of Pakistan" and that "the project is considered by some Indian observers as a strategic tool of China to contain India's rise".

Apr 2018

CHINA-PLA MARINES TRAIN IN PLATEAU AREA
On April 7, 2018 an unidentified Brigade of the PLA Marine Corps participated in the driving training of armored units in accordance with 'real combat requirements', to fully test the combat driving skills of the driver and improve the maneuverability of the troops in environment of a complex terrain.

Apr 2018

CHINA-PLA NAVY: SECOND AIRCRAFT CARRIER TRIALS
Chinese media reports indicate that China's second aircraft carrier might undergo its first sea trial on 23rd April, which is China’s Navy Day.

Apr 2018

CHINA-RUSSIA: MISSILE SUPPLIES
Russia delivered the first regimental set of S-400 Triumf advanced interceptor-based Air Defense Systems (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) to China under a 2014 government-to-government contract, an unnamed Russian official told TASS news agency on April 3.

Apr 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOOD SUPPLIES
The Global Times on April 4, 2018 reported that, according to Russian news media, voices from the Moscow Economic Forum expressed the expectation that China’s tariff hikes on American food would be very helpful in turning Russia into China’s primary foreign food supplier.

Apr 2018

CHINA-IMF: BRI
FT reported (April 8, 2018) that IMF Chief Ms Christine Lagarde has warned China on Belt and Road to the risks of burdening recipients of its infrastructure finance with heavy debts.

Apr 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: XI JINPING'S SPEECH AT BOAO ASIA FORUM
The Japan Times on April 12, 2018 claimed Xi Jinping "has emerged as one of the protectors of the global trade order."

Apr 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION-COMMENTS ON VATICAN'S RELATIONS WITH CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN CHINA
Chen Zongrong, a senior Chinese religious-affairs official described at a press conference in Beijing on April 3, 2018 as a “former vice administrator” of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, said the Chinese government is making concerted efforts to conclude an agreement with the Pope, which would end a decades long rift.

Apr 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT (UFWD)
Writing in the US newspaper 'The Beacon' on April 2, 2018, Bill Gertz claimed that a secret program authorized by the CCP CC's General Office approved a "working plan on strengthening the intensity of United Front Work in the area of science and technology of the United States in 2017."

Apr 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT (UFWD)
Wang Zuoan has been promoted as Deputy Director of the CCP CC's powerful United Front Work Department (UFWD) as it takes control of all religious.

Apr 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: WORKERS STRIKE IN ZHUHAI
Almost 6,000 workers in Zhuhai have been on strike since March 29, 2018 after learning that their employer Flex, a NASDAQ-listed technology company, plans to sell Multek, its Chinese subsidiary, to MFLEX, a subsidiary of Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing (DSBJ).

Apr 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: STRIKE IN SHANGHAI
In late March 2018, 3000 Sanitary workers went on a six-day strike in Shanghai's Changning District caused by a $110 pay cut.

Apr 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL STABILITY: PROTESTS AT SHUTTING DOWN OF VIDEO APP
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on April 12, 2018 that fans of a humorous video app shut down by the ruling Chinese Communist Party for "vulgar content" staged traffic-stopping and horn-honking protests around the country on April 12.

Apr 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION
China Daily reported on April 12, 2018 that 54-year old Sun Zhengcai, former secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, went on trial in Tianjin on April 12, 2018 on bribery charges.

Apr 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING REVIEWS "SPECTACULAR" PLA NAVY PARADE
Chinese state media reported that two days after the Boao Forum (April 11, 2018), Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) Xi Jinping reviewed a "spectacular parade" involving 10,000 Naval personnel, China's only operational aircraft carrier, 48 ships and submarines and 76 aircraft.

Apr 2018

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: CHINA'S ECONOMIC PRESSURE ON NORTH KOREA
The Financial Times on April reported that China virtually halted exports of petroleum products, coal and other key materials to North Korea in the months leading to this week’s unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Apr 2018

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JUNG UN'S VISIT
Japan Times on April 2, 2018 disclosed that in a phone call on March 9 with U.S. President Donald Trump last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for setting up a new four-way security framework involving China, North Korea, South Korea and the United States to ensure peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Apr 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINESE GENERAL WARNS FORCIBLE REUNIFICATION FEASIBLE WITHIN THREE DAYS
The state-run Global Times, published an article on March 27, 2018 citing former Deputy Commander of the Nanjing Military Region, General Wang Hongguang, as declaring that China could take over Taiwan in three days with “six fighting means.”

Apr 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CDIC'S ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Duowei News reported on March 31, 2018 that the CCP CC's Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) issued a notice that Feng Xinzhu, Deputy Governor of Shaanxi Province, was “expelled from party membership and stripped of his public office title” for violation of political discipline and rules.

Apr 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: TARIFFS AGAINST USA
As threatened, China's official news agency on April 2, 2018 confirmed that China with the approval of the State Council and the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council decided, starting April 2, 2018, to suspend tariff concession obligations on the seven categories of 128 imported commodities originating in the United States.

Apr 2018

CHINA-EDUCATION: XINJIANG-UYGHUR AR
China Education Daily reported on April 2, 2018 that the Xinjiang government will pay special attention to preschool education this year, which includes building more public kindergartens and improving kindergarten students' mandarin in preparation for primary school.

Apr 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: EDUCATION
On March 25, 2018 China's Ministry of Education notified that commencing this year's gaokao, sports, math and science competition winners nationwide will no longer get bonus points added to their gaokao results.

Apr 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO REPORTS TO XI JINPING
Xinhua on March 21, 2018 reported that acting in accordance with the new regulation on enhancing and safeguarding the centralized and unified leadership of the Central Committee, for the first time Politburo members submitted annual reports on their work to Xi Jinping and the Central Committee.

Apr 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: PLAAF FLIES OVER OKINAWA AND MIYAKO IN EAST CHINA SEA AND EXERCISES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) issued a statement that China's PLAAF sent four Xian H-6K long-range bombers, one Shaanxi Y-8 electronic countermeasures aircraft, one Tupolev Tu-154MD electronic intelligence plane, and at least two Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jets through international airspace between the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Miyako in the East China Sea on March 23 as part of a military exercise.

Mar 2018

CHINA-THAILAND: LOCAL GROUPS RESIST CHINESE COMPANIES
Nikkei Asian Review reported on March 26, 2018 that grassroots activists in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai province have successfully lobbied the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), a state power utility, to suspend its decision to purchase electricity from a controversial hydropower dam proposed by China's Datong Corporation on the Lao side of the Mekong river.

Mar 2018

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: KIM JONG UN'S VISIT TO BEIJING
Xinhua and Global Times on March 28, 2018 confirmed that North Korean President Kim Jong Un had visited Beijing from March 25-28 and been "warmly received" by Xi Jinping.

Mar 2018

CHINA-TIBET: LARGE SCALE RAIN SEEDING ACROSS TIBETAN PLATEAU
Interesting Engineering reported on March 27, 2018 that China is planning to implement a large-scale weather changing project to ensure a consistent rain supply in the Tibetan Plateau.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINESE TELECOM COMPANY'S FOCUS ON AI HAS SECURITY IMPLICATIONS
China's Xiaomi Corp founder Lei Jun disclosed on March 28, 2018 that it has formed an artificial intelligence team with about 500 employees.

Mar 2018

CHINA-US: TAIWAN TRADE
Taiwan`s Ministry of Economic Affairs expressed regret March 23 that the US did not give Taiwan immunity from the Trump tariffs (the ``DTs``?) and therefore will face additional levies of 25 percent on steel imported into the US and 10 percent on aluminum.

Mar 2018

CHINA-NEPAL: TRADE
According to the Nepal Rashtra Bank, Nepal's exports to China rose by 72% to US$ 17 million in the first 7 months of 2018.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INDIA: INDIAN AMBASSADOR'S INTERVIEW TO SCMP
The SCMP published an interview with India's Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale on March 24, 2018 when he said “Political level communication has come back, but more importantly, I think we need to have discussions between the two militaries.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE PERCEPTION ON INDIAN THINKING ON THE BORDER ISSUE
The state-run Global Times on March 21, 2018 published a lengthy article entitled 'Sino-Indian border row a wound from history' the concluding paragraphs offered an insight to China's perception of India's stand on the border issue.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INDIA: INDIAN AID TO NEIGHBOURS
An article in the state-run Global Times on March 22, 2018 captioned 'India shouldn’t make aid to needy neighbors a bargaining chip against China' said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government's generosity "to its neighbors, notably Nepal, is worthy of applause" adding that "Increased Indian pledges of aid can support growth in the recipient countries, thus contributing to the shared prosperity that China, the initiator of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, has long advocated".

Mar 2018

CHINA-IRAN: IRAN INVITES CHINA TO PARTICIPATE IN CHABAHAR PORT
The state-run Global Times on March 20, 2018 front-paged Iran's invitation to China and Pakistan to participate in construction of the Chabahar Sea Port.

Mar 2018

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: CREATION OF MILITIAS
Wang Shumao, a Deputy to the Thirteenth NPC and Deputy Head of the militia at Tanmen, the port township nearest to Nansha in the South China Sea, said to Global Times on the sidelines of the NPC session that China should send more militia missions to safeguard national sovereignty.

Mar 2018

CHINA-UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (UNHRC) RESOLUTION ADOPTS CHINESE-WORDED RESOLUTION
On March 23, 2018 the UNHRC passed a resolution that without specifying any immediate action called for “a community of shared future for human beings” and “mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of human rights.”

Mar 2018

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: KIM JONG-UN'S VISIT
Bloomberg News cited "numerous sources" as stating on March 26, 2018 that Kim Jong-un is visiting China in what is his first trip outside North Korea since 2011.

Mar 2018

CHINA-TIBET: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Qizhala, Chairman of TAR, said at the NPC that TAR plan to build a modern high altitude economic system. It will focus on supporting key industries that are unique and suitable for its high altitude environment such as tourism, border trade and clean energy.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINA CONFIDENTLY SAYS CHINESE SYSTEM SUPERIOR TO US DEMOCRACY
A People's Daily commentary of March 14. under the pen name “Zhong Sheng” (钟声), which stands for “Voice of China” and authoritatively transmits the official positions of People’s Daily on matters of international affairs, compared China’s Two Sessions with the current political situation in the West.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC SPECIAL COMMITTEES
The People's Daily reported that the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) established 10 Special Committees.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PBoC
Less than a week after Yi Gang was appointed Governor of PBoC, Beijing unexpectedly placed Guo Shuqing, former head of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, as the Communist Party secretary at the central bank.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW STATE COUNCIL CABINET
The new Cabinet announced by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on March 19 at the NPC, included Wang Yi as Foreign Minister, 1954-born former Commander of the PLA Rocket Force Wei Fenghe as Defence Minister, Han Zheng, Sun Chunlan, Hu Chunhua and Liu He as Vice Premiers, Zhao Kezhi as Minister of Public Security, and US-educated former Vice Governor of the People's Bank of China (PBoC) Yu Gang as Governor of PBoC.

Mar 2018

CHINA-NPC: SUPERVISION COMMITTEE
A People's Daily commentary on March 14, 2018 under the byline “Zhong Jiyan” (钟纪言) noted that there are 21 amendments to the constitution, 11 of which are related to reforming the country’s supervision system, including those related to the new National Supervision Commission which has been added to Chapter 3, “National Institutions” (国家机构).

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLE BY PRC FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI
On March 15, 2018 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in an article captioned Unswervingly taking the path of peaceful development and promoting the establishment of a community of human destiny said China "will surely maintain and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics for the new era and realize "the goal of struggle and the Chinese dream of a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation" which provide a strong constitutional guarantee of "great practical significance and far-reaching historical significance".

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL:3 PB MEMBERS PRAISE CCP CC DECISION ON DEEPENING STRUCTURAL REFORMS OF PARTY & STATE
Three CCP CC Politburo members published articles in People’s Daily indicating their support for the “CCP Central Committee Decision on deepening structural reforms of Party and state institutions” (中共中央关于深化党和国家机构改革的决定), after Wang Yong introduced plans for institutional reform at the NPC meeting.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP XI JINPING
Writing in Hongkong's South China Morning Post on March 24, 2018, its former Editor-in-Chief Wang Xiangwei pointed out that the Party's official newspaper 'People’s Daily' in a front page editorial last week described Xi Jinping as “the helmsman of the nation” and the “guide of the people”, both terms very close to how Mao used to be referred to. It is the first time that Xi Jinping has been publicly referred to as "the helmsman".

Mar 2018

CHINA-INDIA: MODI GREETINGS TO XI JINPING
Publishing the list of congratulatory messages sent to Chinese President Xi Jinping on his re-election as President, the state-run English-language China Daily mentioned the message from Indian Prime Minister Modi at the end.

Mar 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: AIRCRAFT CARRIER SAILS IN TAIWAN STRAIT
Taiwan's Defence Ministry reported that the Chinese aircraft carrier 'Liaoning' entered and sailed through the Taiwan Strait on March 20, 2018.

Mar 2018

CHINA-US: FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR TIBET
The United States Congress continued its steady support for Tibet through the provision of approximately $20 million for Tibet programs in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 1625).

Mar 2018

CHINA-US: CONTRIBUTION OF CHINESE STUDENTS IN US COLLEGES
During the 2016-17 academic year, the number of Chinese students studying in the US climbed to 350,755, accounting for one-third of the 1.1 million foreign students in U.S. universities, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Mar 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE AND IMPORT TARIFFS
The US announced on March 22, 2018 that it will propose import tariffs amounting to US$50 billion on products from China as part of President Donald Trump’s effort to fight Beijing’s industrial policy that is meant to strengthen the country’s tech sector and long-standing imbalances in the bilateral trade and investment relationship.

Mar 2018

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: US, INDIA AND NORTH KOREA
Jin Canrong, Professor and Associate Dean with School of International Studies at Renmin University of China and an influential Chinese commentator on China-US relations, on March 12, 2018 wrote that China should be aware of challenges while advancing its diplomatic agenda and advised that China needs new metrics to evaluate diplomatic risks and needs caution and increased emphasis on regional security.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: SHANGHAI ORDERS NO HUKOU FOR FOREIGN GREEN CARD HOLDERS
Hongkong's South China Morning Post reported on March 22, 2018 that Shanghai has become the first mainland city to enforce a ban on its registered citizens from holding permanent residency in other countries – for example the US green card.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL CREDIT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN PLA
The Beijing News reported on March 20, 2018 that 17 PLA personnel who decided they were fed up with their daily duties were blacklisted in China’s social credit system, restricting them from traveling by air and rail and from seeking civil service employment.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL CREDIT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The official Chinese newspaper 'The Paper' reported on March 19, 2018 that China's Supreme People's Court and the Ministry of Civil Affairs had signed an agreement to implement sharing of parties' marriage registration information, minimum guarantee information (including household income information), registration information of social organizations, case information concerning marriage and income-related assets of social assistance recipients, and untrustworthy persons Social organizations) list information, etc.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC - NORTH KOREA
Following Xi Jinping's re-election as President of China, the CCP official newspaper People’s Daily published a number of greeting letters from foreign leaders.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC BOOSTS STATUS OF MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
In an article on March 20, 2018 the US-based Chinese online news outlet Duowei News stated that Xi Jinping has changed his focus on China’s foreign affairs effort, thereby elevating it to an important position and that there will be a major reshaping of China’s foreign affairs work to enable it to play a more important role in the party’s governing body.

Mar 2018

CHINA-US: CHINESE COMPANIES PURCHASING AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES
Bloomberg News service reported that Chinese companies are purchasing cash-strapped US universities and that four universities have already been purchased.

Mar 2018

CHINA-US: TAIWAN
Alex Wong, US Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, arrived in Taipei on March 20, 2018 a 3-day visit.

Mar 2018

CHINA-PLA: J-20 STEALTH AIRCRAFT
Yang Wei, Deputy to the Thirteenth National People's Congress (NPC), Vice President of China Aeronautical Academy and Chief Engineer of J-20 Fighter Jets, said in an interview before the closing session of the 13th NPC that the J-20 has made many "breakthroughs" in many aspects such as situational awareness, information confrontation, airborne weapons, and coordinated operations.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Ye Jiangming, Chairman of the Shanghai-based CEFC China Energy Co. is reported to be under investigation and likely to step down as Chairman soon.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL POLICING IN COLLEGE PROMPTS OUTRAGE
Squads of students dressed in camouflage and helmets performed night time drills recently and clamped down on a range of "inappropriate behaviour", including smoking and dropping litter in the Binzhou Vocational College, in eastern Shandong province, according to videos shared on Chinese social media.

Mar 2018

CHINA-XINJIANG: DEATH OF UYGHUR BOY
RFA’s Uyghur Service on March reported the death of 17-year-old Yaqupjan Naman of Yekshenbe Bazar township, in Kashgar’s Yopurgha (Yuepuhu) county.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINA BUILDING FIRST ETHNIC DNA DATA BASE IN YUNNAN
According to a statement sent by Shunxi to the Global Times, China is to build its first DNA database from ethnic minorities of Yunnan Province to assist research into diseases and biological traits.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL SECURITY: SECURITY SPENDING EXCEEDS NATIONAL DEFENCE
Over the last few years, China has actually been pouring even more resources into domestic security than external security.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP-PROTEST AGAINST LIFE-LONG TENURE BY STUDENTS IN SHANXI UNIVERSITY
On March 13, 2018, a poster captioned “Protest China’s Pseudo-Constitution and Xi Jinping” appeared in the building of the Student Union of the Shanxi University of China, on the campus billboards and other public places in the University.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
CMC -The Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping nominated Xu Qiliang and Zhang Hexia as candidates for the Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: FIRST SESSION OF 13TH NPC (March 5-20, 2018)
On March 11, 2018, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang proposed broad changes to the existing government structure. The number of ministries under the State Council, China’s cabinet, will be reduced by eight to 26, while seven non-ministerial agencies will also be cut.

Mar 2018

CHINA-GERMANY: CHINA'S AUTO MANUFACTURER GEELY ACQUIRES TEN PERCENT SHARE IN DIAMLER
On March 2, Daimler made a surprise announcement that Geely's founder and Chairman, Li Shufu, had acquired almost 10 percent of the automaker.

Mar 2018

CHINA-VIETNAM: US AIRCRAFT CARRIER VISITS VIETNAM
For the first time since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, a United States aircraft carrier, the Carl Vinson, will make a port call in Danang, Vietnam on March 5, 2018.

Mar 2018

CHINA-PAKISTAN: INTER-MARRIAGE CAUSES TENSION AND COULD IMPACT BRI
Voice of America (VoA) reported on March 5, 2018 that China has allegedly detained dozens of Muslim women in its restive Xinjiang province for marrying men of the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) region.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA JUSTIFIES CONSTRUCTION OF BORDER DEFENCE INFRASTRUCTURE
A Global Times article of March 6, 2018 quoted a Chinese expert as saying China has the right to build military facilities within its own territory and complaints from New Delhi made "no sense".

Mar 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: BRI
The Wall Street Journal on March 6 reported that data from a study by the Center for Global Development, an international think tank, reveals that China is financing as much as $8 trillion in deals as part of its “Belt and Road Initiative” in 68 countries winding through Asia, Africa and Europe.

Mar 2018

CHINA-DEFENCE BUDGET FOR 2018
There is an 8.1% increase in China's defence budget this year bringing the total amount to US$ 175 billion.

Mar 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: BUDGET FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROPOSED AT 13TH NPC ON MARCH 5, 2018
The budget proposed by the Ministry of Finance on March 5, 2018 to the first session of the 13th NPC said the Central government will allocate 106.095 billion yuan to subsidize local poverty reduction, an increase of 20 billion yuan, or 23.2 percent over last year.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: FIRST SESSION OF 13TH NPC
The constitutional changes including removal of the term limits on the posts of China's President and Vice President were passed by China's National People's Congress on March 11, 2018.

Mar 2018

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: BEIJING PUTS FREEZE ON TIES WITH AUSTRALIA
The Australian media reports that China is putting Australia into a diplomatic deep freeze, stalling on ministerial visits, deferring a trip by its top diplomat and putting off a broad range of lower-level ­exchanges to pressure Malcolm Turnbull over the new foreign ­interference laws and naval challenges to disputed Chinese claims in the South China Sea.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INDIA: NEW METEOROLOGICAL STATION ON BORDER
The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) Shannan City government announced on March 3 that a new meteorological observation station has been established in the Yumei Township 'frontier well-off model village'.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE
Unconfirmed reports sourced to Taiwan claim that Ms Hua Chunying, Deputy Director and spokesman for the Information Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MFA), who has been well known for her style and eloquence has reportedly been found with US$ 5 million in her possession by police prosecutors at her residence.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE AND LEADERSHIP
Domestic media outlet Caixin reported on February 28, 2018 that Ye Jianming, founder and Chairman of the Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co., has been investigated by government authorities.

Mar 2018

CHINA-PLAN: AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Speaking to China Daily on March 3, 2018 Liu Zheng, Chairman of Dalian Shipbuilding Industry in Liaoning province, said his company and its parent, China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, the world's largest shipbuilder, have acquired the ability to design and build aircraft carriers-the most technologically sophisticated of all surface vessels.

Mar 2018

CHINA-XINJIANG: COLLECTION OF DATA ON UYGHURS ABROAD
An article in Foreign Policy on March 2, 2018 claimed that as part of the campaign to monitor and control the Uighur diaspora, Chinese police are demanding that Uighurs living in France hand over personal information, photos, and identity documents — and in some cases, the personal information of their French spouses.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: RESTRUCTURING OF PARTY AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS
The PRC State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office is being 'readjusted' according to the latest restructuring plan to be approved by the NPC that opens on March 5, 2018. Former PRC Ambassador to the UN, Liu Jieyi is expected to play a key role.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CPPCC SESSION TO OPEN ON MARCH 3, 2018
It was announced in Beijing on March 2, that the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country's top political advisory body, will open its annual session on Saturday afternoon in Beijing.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: 3RD PLENUM OF 19TH CCP CC (Feb 26-28)
The Third Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party was held in Beijing from February 26 to February 28, 2018 where CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping made an important speech.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP AND AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION
A commentary in the authoritative official Party newspaper 'People's Daily' on March 1, 2018 defended the constitutional change as an "important move."

Mar 2018

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA OBJECTS TO INDIA'S 'MILAN' NAVAL EXERCISES
China's official Global Times on February 26, 2018 reacted sharply to India's 'Milan' Navy Exercises in which 16 nations are participating saying they will "inflame tensions with China, expand potential conflict from land to sea" and has prompted "Chinese observers to warn that Sino-Indian tensions are spreading from the land to the sea and that China should prepare a military response".

Mar 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: WATER SCARCITY
China’s overall resources of water are roughly 2,000 cubic meters, but 80 per cent of water resources are in the south. In the north, eight provinces suffer from acute water scarcity, a further four from scarcity.

Mar 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE AND ECONOMY
Liu He, Politburo member, Director of the General Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs and Harvard trained economist fluent in English, arrived in the US for 5 days (February 28 - March 5, 2018) to exchange views on China-US ties and economic and trade cooperation.

Mar 2018

CHINA-ENVIRONMENT
China's Ministry of Environmental Protection notified on February 27, 2018 that more than 1,100 people have been held accountable of which 60 are departmental level cadres and more than 240 are division level cadres.

Mar 2018

CHINA-LAW: SEARCH AND SEIZURE OF MOBILE TELEPHONES
Zhu Zhengfu suggested that mobile telephones be seqized only in cases of criminal investigation and that since they contain a lot of private personal information there should be strict checks and procedures for seizing mobile phones.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC
Of the 2980 Deputies elected to the 13th NPC more than 2,200, or nearly 75% , of those elected are new deputies.

Mar 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: DISMISSALS FOR VIOLATIONS OF PARTY DISCIPLINE
Xinhua and South China Morning Post both reported on February 25, 2018 that 65-year Yang Jing, Secretary General of China’s State Council, has been removed from his administrative posts, which decide his perks, and demoted from deputy state to ministerial level, partly because of links to troubled businessman Xiao Jianhua.

Mar 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP WARNING TO JIANG ZEMIN FACTION
According to a commentary published in the huaglad.com on February 25, 2018, Ding Xuexiang, Director of the CCP CC General Office and close aide to Xi Jinping, recently spoke at a meeting attended by departments under the Party Central Committee.

Mar 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: OPPOSITION TO ABOLITION OF TWO TERM RESTRICTION ON POSTS OF PRC PRESIDENT AND VICE
In a statement on WeChat on February 25, 2018 addressed to Beijing’s Deputies to China’s National People's Congress (NPC), Li Datong, a former editor for the state-run China Youth Daily, wrote that lifting term limits would “sow the seeds of chaos.

Mar 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ABOLISHES 2-TERM RESTRICTION ON INCUMBENTS OF PRC PRESIDENT AND VICE PR
After news emerged on Feburary 25, 2018 that the Chinese Communist Party had proposed abolishing term limits for China’s President and Vice President from the State Constitution, a long-standing meme comparing President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh quickly resurfaced on Sina Weibo and Tencent’s WeChat, including this image showing the bear dressed as a king.

Mar 2018

CHINA-ARGENTINE: ARGENTINE COAST GUARD FIRES ON PLAN VESSEL
Argentina's Coast Guard said on February 25, 2018 that it opened fire on a Chinese vessel illegally fishing in its waters. Nobody was reportedly injured and the Chinese fishermen were not detained.

Feb 2018

CHINA-MACAU: ONLY CHINESE JUDGES TO TRY NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES
South China Morning Post reported on February 21, 2018 that a move is underway in Macau to amend a law which came into force when Macau returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1999 and bar non-Chinese judges in Macau from presiding at court hearings involving national security issues.

Feb 2018

CHINA-RELIGION: RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED ON ISLAMIC HUI ETHNIC MINORITY IN GANSU
The ethnic Hui minority in Gansu which is Muslim apprehend that the latest restrictions on education are the beginning of more severe measures. In January 2018, education officials from the local government in Guanghe county, which is a heavily Muslim area, banned children from attending religious education during the Lunar New Year break.

Feb 2018

CHINA-XINJIANG: NON-ADHERENCE TO PARTY DISCIPLINE PUNISHED IN XINJIANG UNIVERSITY
Taxpolat Tiyip , Prominent scholar, Geographer and President of Xinjiang University in northwestern China was removed from his post and detained after a meeting of Communist Party cadres on March 31, 2017.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS ON MEDIA OUTLETS
The Hongkong Free Press Journal reported on February 20, 2018 that a Chinese Weibo user ZhuoLawyera6j_ – a former lawyer in Shandong province -- had been fined and detained for 10 days.

Feb 2018

CHINA-PLA: GENERAL WEI FENGHE TIPPED TO BECOME CHINA'S DEFENCE MINISTER
63-year General Wei Fenghe, a reputed 'quiet achiever' and the last Commander of the PLA Second Artillery Corps, is tipped to be appointed the next Defence Minister at the upcoming NPC session in March 2018. Wei Fenghe was named as one of the members of the Communist Party’s powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) on October 25.

Feb 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S NEW YEAR MESSAGE
The Party's official paper, People's Daily on February 15, 2018 front-paged a report highlighting that 'Chinese President Xi Jinping's Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese people with references to hard work and family values on Wednesday have struck a chord with overseas Chinese'.

Feb 2018

CHINA-NEW ZEALAND: CHINESE SECURITY HARASSES NEW ZEALAND ACADEMIC
University of Canterbury Professor Anne-Marie Brady told t he Australian Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee in Canberra of three recent break-ins to her office in December 2017 and at her Upper Riccarton home.

Feb 2018

CHINA-US: FRACAS DURING US PRESIDENT TRUMP'S VISIT
On November 9, 2017 when US President Trump and his team visited Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Chief of Staff John Kelly and a U.S. Secret Service agent skirmished with Chinese security officials over the nuclear football.

Feb 2018

CHINA-ANTARCTICA: CHINESE VISITORS
The number of Chinese tourists to Antarctica and the Arctic has spiked. Antarctica attracted 5,289 Chinese visitors last year - making up 12 per cent of visitors - overtaking Australians as the second-largest group of travellers there.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA REACTS TO PRIME MINISTER MODI'S VISIT TO ARUNACHAL PRADESH
China's official Global Times on February 15, 2018 reported that China had "expressed firm opposition" to the visit by Prime Minister Modi "to a disputed area, urging the Indian side not to take action that could complicate the boundary issue". It quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang as saying "China's position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut.

Feb 2018

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA ENGAGES BALOCH REBELS
UK's Financial Times reported on February 19, 2018 that China has been quietly holding talks with Pakistani tribal separatists for more than five years in an effort to protect the $60bn worth of infrastructure projects in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Feb 2018

CHINA-'SOFT POWER: UNITED FRONT AND CSSA IN US
There is a lot of focus on the activities of the Chinese Students and Scholars Associations (CSSA) set up by Chinese diplomatic missions in the US and elsewhere including the funding received by them from the Chinese Embassy/Consulates.

Feb 2018

CHINA-'SOFT POWER' : CONFUCIOUS INSTITUTES
A commentary written on January 31, 2018 in the People’s Daily Foreign Edition’s Wang Hailou (望海楼) column, an important column that targets foreign Chinese speakers, discusses the “guiding opinion on pushing forward the reform and development of the Confucius Institute” (关于推进孔子学院改革发展的指导意见) recently passed by the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reform.

Feb 2018

CHINA-PLA EXERCISES
PLAAF: J-11 FIGHTER JETS IN MILITARY EXERCISES

Feb 2018

CHINA-TIBET: FIRE IN JOKHANG TEMPLE IN LHASA
There was a fire in Lhasa's famous Tibetan Buddhist Jokhang Temple on February 17, 2018 night but reports say that it did not destroy the whole temple.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY DISCIPLINE
Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) Member and CDIC Chairman Zhao Leji (赵乐际) addressed the Central Inspection Work Mobilization and Deployment Conference held in Beijing on February 2, 2018.

Feb 2018

CHINA-PLA: LEADERSHIP
1958-born PLAAF General Yi Xiaoguang was on February 1, 2018 been appointed Commander of the PLA Central Theater Command, becoming the first-ever PLAAF officer to be appointed as head of a Theater Command.

Feb 2018

CHINA-US: ECONOMY - APPLE TO BUY CHIPS FROM CHINA
Nikkei reported that Apple is in talks with Yangtze Memory Technologies over a potential deal for purchase of storage chips from the Chinese state-backed semiconductor manufacturer.

Feb 2018

CHINA-US: CHINESE EMBASSY FUNDING CHINESE STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS IN US
Foreign Policy on February 14, 2018 published an article revealing that the Georgetown University Chinese Students and Scholars Association disclosed in September 2011 that the group received $800 each semester that school year from the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Feb 2018

CHINA-US: CHINA'S TAKE-OVER OF CHICAGO STOCK EXCHANGE BLOCKED
In a notice issued on February 15, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission of the US highlighted various concerns, including whether the deal would allow it to supervise the exchange properly.

Feb 2018

CHINA-TIBET: CRACKDOWN ON PRO-DALAI LAMA FORCES INSIDE TAR
Mong Pao reported on February 13, 2018 that the CCP Central Committee and PRC State Council issued a circular in January month urging the entire nation to launch a "special campaign to eliminate the evil in black" and move rapidly around the country.

Feb 2018

CHINA-TIBET: PROTEST BY TIBETAN INTELLECTUALS
117 Tibetan intellectuals published a letter on Trimleng, an important forum for discussion particularly on legal and policy issues affecting Tibetans in Tibet, on January 11, 2018.

Feb 2018

CHINA-PLA AND AI
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) on February 4, 2018, quoted a “senior scientist involved with the programme” as saying there is a project underway to update the computer systems on PLAN nuclear submarines with an AI​ ​decision-support system with “its own thoughts” that would reduce commanding officers’ workload and mental burden.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY IN PLA
A Chinese source has been quoted as saying that a new government directive requires the PLA personnel to stop using their phones and buy a new kind. The name of the phone is nt clear but it could be the 'OPPO'.

Feb 2018

CHINA-PLA: ELECTION OF DEPUTIES TO NPC
23 election units, including the Theater Commands, all armed forces, Departments and Commissions of the military authority, the Academy of Military Sciences, the National Defense University, and the National University of Defense Technology, convened a conference of military representatives to elect Deputies to the 13th NPC session by secret ballot.

Feb 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING VISITS PLA BASE
On February 10, 2018, CCP CC General Secretary and Chairman of the CMC, Xi Jinping visited a base in Sichuan and met the officers and soldiers and extended sincere New Year greetings on behalf of the Central Committee and CMC.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Lu Wei, former Deputy Head of the CCP CC Publicity Department and former Head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, has been expelled from the Party.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Former PBSC member Wang Qishan has been elected on January 29, 2018 as one of 118 Deputies from Hunan Province to the National People's Congress (NPC).

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP RELEASE OF MICRO-VIDEO EULOGISING XI JINPING
On February 12, 2018 on the eve of Spring Festival -- that commences on February 15 -- the 'People's Daily' and CCTV co-produced the online micro-video "People's Leader."

Feb 2018

CHINA-US: APPLE OPENS DATA CENTRE IN GUIZHOU
According to a report dated February 3, 2018, construction of a Chinese data centre for Apple Inc, the U.S. tech giant, is scheduled to begin later this year and the centre is expected to open in 2020.

Feb 2018

CHINA-GERMANY: PEOPLE'S DAILY REACTS TO DAIMLER-BENZ QUOTING THE DALAI LAMA
The official CCP newspaper People's Daily on February 9, 2018, observed that Daimler’s Chairman Dieter Zetsche and Daimler Greater China’s Chairman Hubertus Troika sent a joint letter of apology to the Chinese ambassador in Germany on Wednesday, sincerely apologizing to China for quoting the Dalai Lama in a social media post.

Feb 2018

CHINA-HOLLAND: DUTCH KING RAISES HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES WITH XI JINPING
Dutch newspapers on February 7, 2018 reported that during his brief visit to Beijing – on his way to the Winter Olympics – Dutch King Willem-Alexander had dinner with Xi Jinping and raised the issues of human rights in China.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PRIVATE TEACHERS IN HUBEI PETITION PREMIER LI KEQIANG
3258 private teachers in Hubei province jointly wrote a letter to PRC Premier Li Keqiang which they posted on a blog on February 9.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: EDUCATION
Beijing Review on February 9 said that the PRC Ministry of Education had instructed that supervisors of postgraduate students should have ethics and maintain socialist ways of teaching and that offenders will be punished.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: JUDICIAL REFORM
The Vice Minister of Justice Xiong Xuanguo released the document on judicial reforms entitled 'Interpretations for Administrative Procedure Law', which is based on the "Opinions on Accelerating the Reform of Judicial Administration" which began being drafted in Match 2017.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLICE HAS NEW FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY
The Wall Street Journal on February 7, 2018 reported that Beijing police are using a new addition to their crowd-surveillance toolbox: mobile facial-recognition units mounted on eyeglasses.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: OVERHAUL OF MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Bloomberg News on February 7, 2018 reported that China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) was being overhauled with more authority being given to Ambassadors on matters regarding personnel deployment and budgets.

Feb 2018

CHINA-PLA AIR FORCE (PLAAF): PLANE CRASH
On January 29, 2018 afternoon a PLAAF aircraft crashed during flight training in Guizhou killing all the crew.

Feb 2018

CHINA-PLA: ELECTRIFICATION OF BORDER DEFENCE POSTS ON LAND AND SEA
By the beginning of February 2018, the Military Energy Bureau of the Military Logistics Department under the CMC disclosed that 144 border posts of the entire army have been connected to the national power grid, and electric power has been made widely available for application in such fields as combat readiness, equipment support, medical communication in the work and life of the frontier defense units.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN PLA
In recent months, 12 experts and leaders of PLA Universities and Military Units divided into six groups and went to various units to explain the 'spirit' of the 19th Party Congress and 'Xi Jinping's Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era'.

Feb 2018

CHINA-VATICAN: RELATIONS LIKELY TO BE NORMALISED IN FEW MONTHS
The pope has decided to recognize seven government-appointed Chinese bishops, according to a person familiar with the matter, in a major concession to Beijing in pursuit of warmer relations and—in the very long term—possible re-establishment of diplomatic ties broken in 1951.

Feb 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: MUJI STORE ORDERED TO WITHDRAW CATALOGUES
The Washington Post reported on January 30, 2018 that Japanese retailer Muji has been ordered by Chinese authorities to destroy a catalog with a map that Beijing says mislabels Taiwan and omits disputed islands, joining a string of companies rebuked for commercial materials that fail to reflect China’s territorial claims.

Feb 2018

CHINA-US: WTO SANCTIONS
China’s Commerce Ministry said on February 4, 2018 that it had initiated an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation after preliminarily finding that heavy volumes and low prices of American exports of sorghum, bolstered by U.S. government subsidies, hurt Chinese growers.

Feb 2018

CHINA-UK: OFFICIAL CHINESE MEDIA PRAISES THERESA MAY FOR NOT RAISING HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES DURING VISI
The Chinese-language Global Times on February 2, 2018 in an editorial praised British Prime Minister Theresa May f or "wisely" resisting calls to publicly challenge Beijing over Hong Kong and human rights during her three-day visit.

Feb 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: SUSPENSION OF FLIGHTS BY TAIWAN
Spokesman for the Chinese Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office Ma Xiaoguang said Taiwan's move to cancel 176 flights over the holiday beginning February 16 is creating inconveniences and is “foolish and unpopular.”

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINA TO BLOCK VPNS FROM MARCH 2018
RFA on January 31, 2018 cited official Chinese media reports saying that China will begin blocking overseas providers of virtual private networks (VPN) used to circumvent its Great Firewall of government censorship from March 31, 2018.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: INTERNET USERS
The Cyberspace Administration of China on January 31, 2018 announced that as of December 2017, the number of netizens in China reached 772 million with a penetration rate of 55.8%, surpassing the global average of 51.7% by 4.1% and surpassing the Asian average of 46.7% by 9.1%.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: MICRO-BLOGGING SERVICE REGULATIONS
The Cyberspace Administration of China on February 2, 2018 published new regulations entitled 'Microblogging Information Service Management Regulations' to come into force from March 20, 2018.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: INTERNET SURVEILLANCE
China's Ministry of Culture (MOF) on February 2, 2018 publicised that as of January 30, all major internet culture units had 'cleaned up' 3898 videos of spoofs of classic revolutionary songs and of spoofed 165 songs.

Feb 2018

CHINA-TIBET: RELIGION
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on January 31, 2018 that Ngawang Tsomo, 51 , a Tibetan nun and former political prisoner jailed for seven years after calling for an end to Chinese rule in Tibet, has died of complications arising from a chronic ailment.

Feb 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: HEADS OF SUPERVISION COMMISSIONS IN 31 PROVINCES APPOINTED
Following the issue by the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CMBPA) at end October last year, of the "Proposal on Pilot Project of Reforming the National Surveillance System across the Country", all 31 provinces and Autonomous Regions have appointed heads of the Supervisory Commissions.

Feb 2018

CHINA-HOLLAND: EDUCATION COOPERATION CALLED OFF
The Dutch media reported that the University of Groningen has cancelled plans to establish an education center in Yantai University because of concerns about academic freedom and independence.

Jan 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: RESUMPTION OF MILITARY TRAINING EXCHANGES
The Yomiuri Shimbun on January 29, 2018 reported that Japan and China are likely to restart their education and training exchanges for defense officials in September, after a six-year hiatus. It said both governments are making arrangements to resume the exchanges.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PAKISTAN: ECONOMY-USE OF YUAN FOR IMPORTS
The China Reform Monitor" on January 8, 2018 reported that Pakistan will now pay for imports from China in yuan rather than in U.S. dollars.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INDIA: MILITARY PREPAREDNESS AT SHIGATSE AIRFIELD
Chinese websites kept a post of the US-based Stratfor, reporting that upgrading work had been carried out at Shigatse military airfield in Tibet between September 2017 and January 2018.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: TEACHING ARABIC IN MOSQUES CRITICISED
The official Global Times on January 29, 2018 cited Sina Weibo microblog posts, which were subsequently deleted, as saying a mosque in the city of Baoshan opened classes during winter vacation for "left-behind" Muslim children to learn Arabic, study the Koran, Islamic culture and customs.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
The Uyghur Human Rights Project reported (January 29, 2018) ) that prominent 82-year old Uyghur scholar Muhammad Salih Hajim died in Chinese police custody 40 days after he was detained in Urumqi. His daughter and other relatives were also detained.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PLA: IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
From January 23 to January 27, 2018 the PLA Army organized a collective group study of military cadres on news and public opinion.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The eople's Daily on January 25, 2018 cited a Legal Daily report to say that 60 days after the 19th Party Congress, seven centrally managed cadres (中管干部), including National Energy Administration Deputy Head Wang Xiaolin and former Propaganda Department Deputy Head Lu Wei (鲁炜), had been put under investigation.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
Wang Yajun (王亚军) was appointed Deputy Minister of the CCP International Department and Wang Xiaohui (王晓晖) was appointed Executive Deputy Head of the Propaganda Department.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
The Cyberspace Administration of China on January 27, 2018 ordered Sina Weibo, one of the country's largest social media platforms, to temporarily shut down several portals for spreading content that allegedly contradicts Chinese values.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PLAN: EXERCISES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA WARNING TO TAIWAN
Website navy.81.cn, affiliated to PLA Daily, reported on January 25, 2018, that six landing ships were taking part in an exercise in the South China Sea on January 22, 2018.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PLAAF: NEW ELECTRONIC WARFARE AIRCRAFT AND SOUTH CHINA SEA
Peole's Daily on January 24, 2018 reported that China deployed its new electronic-warfare aircraft in its recent combat maneuvers in a move which, it said, many military experts believe will help boost Chinese naval power in the disputed South China Sea.

Jan 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: INNER MONGOLIA AND TIANJIN MUNICIPALITY REVISE THEIR 2016 GDP FIGURES DOWNWARDS
Xinhua reported on January 28, 2018 that the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and centrally administered Tianjin Municipality revised down their 2016 GDP numbers. Inner Mongolia adjusted down its public budget revenue by 26.3 percent, or 53 billion yuan (US$8.5 billion) and industrial added value down by 40 percent, or 290 billion yuan (US$46 billion).

Jan 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: DROP IN CHINESE SMARTPHONE EXPORTS
BBC on January 26, 2018 reported that China's smartphone market has fallen for the first time since 2009, with annual shipments down by 4% in 2017, according to data from research firm Canalys.

Jan 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: POVERTY ALLEVIATION FOR RETURNING OVERSEAS CHINESE
China News Agency on January 26, 2018 reported that since 2016, in accordance with the overall plan of the Central Government's precise poverty alleviation strategy, the Office of the Overseas Chinese Affairs of the State Council has taken advantage of its resources and solidly promoted poverty alleviation work for overseas Chinese.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: POPULATION
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, there were 17.23 million babies born in China in 2017, a drop of 630,000 from a year earlier.

Jan 2018

CHINA-TIBET: MONKS IN TAR'S CPPCC REDUCED
The first session of the Eleventh Tibet Committee of the CPPCC (hereinafter referred to as the CPPCC National Committee) was held in Lhasa on January 23, 2018.

Jan 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, DAVOS
An article in the New York Times on January 28, 2018 said China was using the WEF meeting to further extend its influence. President Michel Temer of Brazil received an unexpected offer from Beijing for Latin American nations to work closely with a Chinese initiative, known as the Belt and Road.

Jan 2018

CHINA-US: RIMPAC 2018
On January 25, 2018, Beijing confirmed it will participate in the summer’s Rim of the Pacific Exercise off Hawaii June 27 to August 2, 2018.

Jan 2018

CHINA-APPLE: IT DATA AND SECURITY CONCERNS
The official Party paper People's Daily reported on January 10, 2018 that the US company Apple had announced that, starting on February 28, it will hand over its iCloud service for Chinese customers to the Guizhou Provincial government-owned 'Guizhou Cloud Big Data (GCBD)'. GCBD will be responsible for the iCloud operations serving customers in China and also responsible for legal and financial relations with those customers.

Jan 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWANESE ESPIONAGE RING BUSTED IN JIANGSU PROVINCE
The official WeChat account of the Jiangsu Provincial People's Procuratorate said on January 28, 2018 that Liu Hua, People's Procurator the People's Procuratorate of Jiangsu Province, informed a People's Congressional meeting that the Suzhou Municipal Procuratorate had initiated prosecution of Ma Liangliang and Liang Xin for providing major espionage cases for military intelligence to overseas organizations.

Jan 2018

CHINA-CAMBODIA: CAMBODIAN GOVERNOR WARNS OF INFLUX OF CHINESE MAFIA
In a three-page letter to the Interior Minister, Governor Yun Min warned that the Chinese influx had "created opportunities for Chinese mafia to come in and commit various crimes and kidnap Chinese investors, causing insecurity in the province".

Jan 2018

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES INTERVIEW OF INDIA'S AMBASSADOR TO CHINA, GAUTAM BAMBAWALE, ON JANUARY 25,
Zhang Xin Source:Global Times Published: 2018/1/25 21:18:39

Jan 2018

CHINA-VATICAN: VATICAN ORDAINED BISHOP IN CHINA REFUSES TO RETIRE
The Catholic News Agency on January 23, 2018, reported that 88-year-old Bishop Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou in southern Guangdong province refused a request made by the Holy See in December to retire.

Jan 2018

CHINA-CATCHING UP WITH US IN INVESTMENT IN AI
The Wall Street Journal reported on January 23, 2018 that last Fall a U.S. intelligence-community contest sought algorithms that could identify surveillance images of people out of a database of millions of photos.

Jan 2018

CHINA-HONGKONG: FORMER HONGKONG OFFICIALS APPOINTED CPPCC MEMBERS
Ex-World Health Organisation head 70-year old Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, Hongkong's first Chief Executive 80-year old Tung Chee-hwa, previous Food and Health Minister Dr Ko Wing-man; ex-Security Chief Lai Tung-kwok; and former Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung are among those recommended for membership to CPPCC.

Jan 2018

CHINA-ARCTIC POLICY WHITE PAPER
The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China published a white paper titled "China's Arctic Policy" which it released on January 26, 2018. With this China joins other non-Arctic states including Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan in presenting an Arctic policy document.

Jan 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: LIBERALISATION POLICY AND WEF, DAVOS
Liu He, Politburo member and Director of the General Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs, told Global Times on January -- that China is prepared to "further open up in four aspects," including the financial, manufacturing and services sectors as well as strengthen intellectual property protection and expand imports.

Jan 2018

CHINA-TIBET: RECRUITMENT OF PARTY MEMBERS IN RURAL AREAS OF TAR
To promote its effort to recruit Tibetans in the CCP and expand Party surveillance in the Tibet Autonomous Region, the Chamdo City Party organisation in December 2017 began utilising 'unemployed' Party members in the pastoral areas to play the role of propagandist and 'participate in the Party’s internal work.

Jan 2018

CHINA-TIBET: IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
The Tibet Daily publicised on December 23, 2017 that in order to enhance the overall capacity of volunteers in TAR and upgrade the management and systematization of volunteer service, the Tibet Autonomous Region Culture Bureau held a training class for volunteers in Lhasa that day.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: RISE IN NUMBER OF ONLINE PETITIONS
A meeting on January 23, 2018 of the National Bureau of Letters and Visits disclosed that the number of online petitions in China increased in 2017 by 79.4%.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CENTRAL POLITICAL AND LEGAL WORK CONFERENCE
The Central Political and Legal Work Conference held its meeting in Beijing on January 22, which was addressed over by Politburo member Guo Shengkun.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
59-year old Ms Tsui yi Ying, a woman of Tibetan origin, was appointed Party Secretary of Fujian province on Janary 21, 2018.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: BEIDA ESTABLISHES INSTITUTE TO STUDY XI JINPING THOUGHT
Beijing University (Beida), also known as Peking University (PKU), announced on January 23, 2018, the opening of a new department to study "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era".

Jan 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING
China's official newsagency Xinhua reported that on January 23, 2018 Xi Jinping General Secretary and chairman of the CCP CC, Chairman of the Central Military Commission and Chairman of the Leading Group for Deepening the Reform of the Central Government, presided over the second meeting of the leading group and delivered an important speech.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PLA NAVY: UNDERSEA SENSORS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Hongkong's South China Morning Post reported on January 22, 2018 that the Chinese Academy of Sciences had this month disclosed that it has planted two powerful cutting-edge acoustic sensors – some of which have a listening range of more than 1,000km – for scientific research such as studying earthquakes, typhoons and whales near Guam, America’s biggest military base in the Western Pacific.

Jan 2018

CHINA-HONGKONG
The New York Times reported on January 22, 2018 that 53-year old Gui Minhai, a Hongkong bookseller who was one of five Hong Kong booksellers who disappeared in 2015, 'disappeared' yet again when in dramatic fashion when he was snatched from a train bound for Beijing by ten plainclothes police officers under the eyes of two Swedish diplomats.

Jan 2018

CHINA-OVERSEAS STUDENTS
Almost 800,000 Chinese students studying in overseas universities are not yet under the Party’s control.

Jan 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: SoEs
According to an article published by Xinhua on January 15, 2018, only 11 Chinese companies made the Fortune Global 500 list in 2002, but, in 2017, 115 Chinese companies made the list compared to 132 U.S. companies.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION EMPHASISES IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
On January 16, 2018, China's Ministry of Education issued directions for the further study and implementation of the spirit of the 19th Party Congress and to "further promote Xi Jinping's new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics into the classroom into the brain, and constantly improve the quality and level of ideological and political course construction."

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGIOUS RESTRICTIONS IN XINJIANG
Al Jazeera reported on January 17, 2018 that Chinese government authorities have banned Muslim children from attending religious events during winter break in Linxia county in Gansu province where there are many members of the Muslim Hui ethnic minority.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: MEETING OF HEADS OF UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENTS
A meeting for the heads of the united front work departments nationwide was held in Beijing on January 1, 2018. United Front Work Department head and CCP Secretariat member You Quan presided over the meeting and emphasiSed the reinforcement of Party building, especially political construction, in the united front work system.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY DISCIPLINE
At least three article in the CDIC magazine “China Disciplinary Inspection and Supervision” made specific critical mention of the now incarcerated former Politburo member Sun Zhengcai.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY DISCIPLINE
The official China Daily on January 11, 2018 quoted the official news agency Xinhua as saying at the second plenary session of the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection that on January 5, 2018 General Secretary of the CCP Xi Jinping asked Chinese Communist Party officials to remain loyal to the Party "at any time, and under any circumstance."

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY EXPRESSES LOYALTY TO XI JINPING
Xinhua on January 8, 2018 reported that Full and Alternate members of the 19th CCP CC as well as provincial and ministerial-level officials attended a 4-day workshop at the CCP's Central Party School where they were urged to "resolutely defend General Secretary Xi Jinping's core status in the CPC Central Committee and the whole Party."

Jan 2018

CHINA-INDIA: ACTIVITIES OF CHINESE EMBASSY IN INDIA
The Chinese Embassy website announced that on January 18, PRC Ambassador Luo Zhaohui met and hosted a banquet for Professor Anita Sharma, Chairperson of the Department of East Asian Studies at Delhi University, her husband and Professor Ye Shujun, to exchange views on academic exchange and cooperation.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE COMMENTS ON SITUATION AT DOKLAM
Responding to recent observations by Indian Army Chief General Rawat and satellite photographs published by the Indian newspaper The Print, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang at the routine weekly press briefing in Beijing on January 18, 2018 asserted "China's position on the Donglang (Doklam) area is quite clear.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PLA: REF TO INDIA
The state-owned Global Times on January 11, 2018, said the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been fully executing military training instructions issued by President Xi Jinping on January 3 by conducting drills at home and abroad involving its ground forces, navy, air force, rocket force and armed police, as the PLA's news media cautioned the troops on January 11 of imminent threats and to avoid complacency.

Jan 2018

CHINA-US: DETENTION OF US CITIZEN
Associated Press on January 17, 2018 reported Chen Xiaoping, a New York-based editor at Chinese-language Mirror Media Group, as saying that his wife has been kidnapped and held for months by Chinese security forces after he extensively interviewed New York-based exiled businessman Guo Wengui.

Jan 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE RESTRICTIONS ON HUAWEI
Reuters reported on January 18, 2018 that US Congressmen are urging AT&T Inc., the No. 2 wireless carrier in the US, to cut all commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. They are also opposing plans by China Mobile Ltd to enter the US market because of national security concerns.

Jan 2018

CHINA-US: CONGRESS SEEKS REGISTRATION BY CHINESE MEDIA OUTLETS OPERATING IN US
A bipartisan group of US Senators is urging the US Justice Department to examine why Chinese state media outlets operating in the United States have not registered as foreign agents. In a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on January 16, seven senators led by Sens.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY CRACKDOWN ON PEOPLE DISCUSSING 'JUNE 4' EVENT
Mingpao on January 18, 2018 reported that at least two young Maoists had been detained for organising reading groups and talking about 'June Fourth'.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: UNITED FRONT WORK MINISTERIAL MEETING ON JANUARY 16, 2018
The official newspaper 'The Paper' on January 16, 2018 reported the decisions taken at the Ministerial Meeting of the CCP CC's United Front Work Department (UFWD) the same day.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY DISCIPLINE
Xinhua announced that in the communique issued after its second plenary session on January 13, 2018, the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) listed its priorities for this year.

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP CC POLITBURO MEETING
China's official news agency Xinhua reported that at a meeting of the Politburo in Beijing on January 12 it was agreed that the proposal to amend the country's Constitution should only include "changes to part of it, not revision on a large scale."

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CC PLENUM-XI JINPING THOUGHT WILL NOW BE IN CHINA'S CONSTITUTION
The CCP CC held its second plenary session on January 18-19, 2018 when, according to China's official news agency Xinhua, it passed a resolution approving amendment of China's constitution to incorporate 'Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era' in view of it having generated "national fervour".

Jan 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP - ZHAO ZIYANG
People were not permitted to commemorate former ousted CCP CC General Secretary Zhao Ziyang on his thirteenth death anniversary at his former home in Beijing on January 18, 2018.

Jan 2018

CHINA-CCP: PARTY ORGANISATION IN SoEs
Southern Weekend, a Chinese media headquartered in Guangzhou of Guang Dong Province, published an article on December 7, 2017 detailing how China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) carry out the (Communist) Party’s activities in their overseas operations.

Jan 2018

CHINA-XINJIANG: FOUR WEALTHIEST UYGHUR BUSINESSMEN ARRESTED FOR RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM
Radio Free Asia reported on January 5, 2018 that the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region authorities had after seven months disclosed the arrest in Kashi city, Kashgar of Xinjiang's four wealthiest men for acts of “religious extremism”.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PLA: NEW REMOTE SENSING SATELLITES LAUNCHED
According to Xinhua, China on January 9, 2018 launched a pair of 0.5-meter high-resolution remote sensing satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PLAN: NEW DESTROYER
Quoting the official news agency Xinhua, the state-owned China Daily on January 6, 2018 reported that a new 10,000- metric ton Chinese-built naval destroyer entered the water in June and is now being outfitted.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PLAN: AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Citing Taiwan military experts, a report in China's social media said China's latest aircraft carrier 002 will conduct its first maritime navigation trial in the near future around the Spring Festival and will be delivered to the Navy in 2020.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PLA: FORMER GENERAL FANG FENGHUI BEING PROSECUTED
According to Xinhua on January 9, 2018 former General Fang Fenghui, member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and former chief of staff of the CMC Joint Staff Department, has been transferred to the military prosecution authority on suspicion of offering and accepting bribery.

Jan 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ADDRESSES PLA
On January 3, 2018 Xi Jinping addressed via video 7000 PLA personnel at the Baoding Training Centre in Hebei Province and PLA troops at another 4000 bases across the country. Wearing camouflage battle fatigues, Xi Jinping In his 3 minute speech, asked the PLA to prepare for war and not fear fighting.

Jan 2018

CHINA-US: CHINESE ACQUISITION OF MONEYGRAM FAILS
Reuters reported on January 3, 2018 that Chinese company Ant Financial’s plan to acquire U.S. money transfer company MoneyGram was denied by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Jan 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: XI JINPING PLANS TO REUNIFY TAIWAN WITH MAINLAND BY 2020
Deng Yuwen, a researcher at China's Charhar Institute think-tank and who formerly worked in the Study Times, a newspaper of the Central Party School when Xi Jinping was its President but was removed and penalised after advocating a rethink of China’s policy towards N Korea as Xi Jinping became General Secretary, wrote in Hongkong's South China Morning Post on January 3, 2018.

Jan 2018

CHINA-FILM REVENUES
Data published on January 1, 2018 by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television showed gross box office in China expanding from RMB45.7 billion in 2016 to RMB55.9 billion in 2017.

Jan 2018

CHINA-TIBET: 'SPIRIT' OF 19TH PARTY CONGRESS TO PROMOTE HERITAGE OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM
In an article published in Tibet Daily on December 20, 2017, Dawa Tsering, member of the Shannan Municipal CPPCC Standing, Vice Chairman of the Tibet Branch of the Buddhist Association of China and President of the Buddhist Association of Nan Shan, Samye Monastery monks, disclosed that 'guided by the Spirit' of the 19th Party Congress religious circles in Shannan City "organized propaganda groups to conduct propaganda activities in various temples and monasteries and monasteries, setting off a wave of studying the spirit of the Third Plenary Session of the Ninth National Committee of the CPC Central Committee and the CPC Central Committee".

Jan 2018

CHINA-TIBET: TRIAL OF A TIBETAN FOR GIVING INTERVIEW TO A FOREIGN NEWSPAPER
The International Campaign for Tibet on January 3 2018 reported that Tibetan shopkeeper Tashi Wangchuk, who has been in prison since January 2016 after giving an interview to New York Times in 2015 that was critical of Chinese cultural and educational policies on Tibetans, is due to be tried.

Jan 2018

CHINA-TIBET: DETENTION OF TIBETAN FOR A REPORT BY TCHRD ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER
40-year old Shonu Palden, a former Tibetan political prisoner, was summoned by police in Gansu province’s Machu (in Chinese, Maqu) county on December 27 and was questioned for hours about a report published by the Dharamsala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) earlier in the month.

Jan 2018

CHINA-SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: MOON LANDINGS
China is plans for lunar exploration are proceeding rapidly and in 2018, China will launch a pair of missions known collectively as Chang’e 4. These are the fourth mission in a series named after the Chinese moon goddess.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CYBER POLICING
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on January 4, 2018 that online Chinese news platform Toutiao is recruiting some 2,000 editors to oversee content delivered to its smartphone app, after being admonished last week for alleged breaches of regulations and for spreading "pornographic and vulgar content."

Jan 2018

CHINA-DEEP OCEAN RESEARCH
The state-owned Global Times quoted China's official news agency Xinhua as reporting on January 4, 2018 that China's underwater glider Haiyi, which means "sea wings" in Chinese, successfully ended its mission to the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PLAAF: NEW PLAAF PARTY APPOINTMENTS
Pengpai News reported on January 1, 2018, that it had learned from authoritative sources that Lt General Xu Anxiang, former Deputy Commander of the Southern Theatre Command and Commander of the Theater Command Air Force, and Major General Yu Qingjiang, former Chief of the Air Command Academy, have become members of the PLA Air Force Party Standing Committee.

Jan 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ADDRESSES PLA ON JANUARY 3
Addresssing 7000 PLA personnel during a parade in Hebei, Xi Jinping asked them to fear “neither hardship nor death” as they implemented the Communist party’s orders.

Jan 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S NEW YEAR MESSAGE
China's official newsagency Xinhua on December 31, 2017 front-paged CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping's 1161-word New Year message, which was also repeated by China Radio International, China National Radio, China Central Television, China International Television (China Globo) and the Internet published Er 〇 Yi Ba New Year address.

Jan 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: TAX HOLIDAY FOR FOREIGN ENTERPRISES
The New York Times reported on December 28, 2017 that China's Finance Ministry had decided that from January 1, 2018 it would temporarily exempt foreign companies from paying tax on their earnings in a bid to keep American businesses from taking their profits out of China following Washington’s overhaul of the United States tax code.

Jan 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: COOPERATION IN AFRICA
Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun on December 31, 2017, said that Shinzo Abe's government in Japan is trying to improve relations with China by cooperating on development assistance to African countries with a view to gaining African support for becoming a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Jan 2018

CHINA-NEW ZEALAND: SUSPICIONS ABOUT ESPIONAGE BY OVERSEAS CHINESE
Controversy about a China-born member of New Zealand's parliament has prompted Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters on December 20, 2017, to call for an investigation of Jian Yang, a National Party MP who previously worked 10 years for Chinese Military Intelligence.

Jan 2018

CHINA-TAR: DEVELOPMENT OF BORDER VILLAGES
On December 21, 2017, the official Tibet Daily publicised that Jiang Jie,member of the Standing Committee of District Party Committee and Standing Vice Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), led a team to Yumai Township, Longzi County, Shannan City to conduct field research to "guide the construction of a well-off and well-to-do demonstration township at Yumei Township".

Jan 2018

CHINA-RELIGION
China issued a number of documents demanding that the Party, the government organs, the schools, and other organizations prohibit any participation in activities related to Western religious festivals.

Jan 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SICHUAN UFWD
Ms Tian Xiangli has been appointed as the Head of the Sichuan Provincial United Front Works Department.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PLA: HOT LINE FOR PUBLIC
The state-owned Global Times announced on December 29, 2017 that effective January 1, 2018, China will launch a website that allows members of the public to make tip-offs on information suspected of undermining national security and rumors about the military.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PLA TO REPLACE PAP AND GUARD FLAG AND FIRE CANNONS AT TAM
Xinhua reported on December 30, 2017, that responsibility for guarding China's national flag and firing salute cannons will be transferred to the PLA starting January 1, 2018.

Jan 2018

CHINA-PEOPLE'S ARMED POLICE FORCE (PAPF) NOW UNDER CMC
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on December 27, 2017 that the 1.5 million strong People’s Armed Police Force (PAPF) will be brought under the direct control of the Central Military Commission with effect from January 1, 2018.

Jan 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ADDRESSES CHINESE DIPLOMATS ATTENDING ANNUAL FOREIGN AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Chinese President Xi Jinping on December 28, called on China's diplomats attending the Foreign Ministry's annual meeting at the Great Hall of the People, to remain loyal to the Party and make contributions to the nation.

Jan 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN REACTS TO CHINESE THREAT
Addressing a press conference for foreign journalists on December 5, 2017, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Minister Chang Hsiao-Yueh declared that China would “pay a very very high price” if it invaded Taiwan.

Dec 2017

CHINA-PLAAF EXERCISES: OVER TSUSHIMA STRAIT AND OKINAWA AND MIYAKO ISLANDS IN EAST CHINA SEA
Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that on December 18, 2017, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) flew two Xian H-6K long-range heavy bombers, two Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter jets, and one Tupolev Tu-154MD electronic intelligence aircraft through the Tsushima Strait, a waterway between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

Dec 2017

CHINA-PLA: DEFENCE R & D
China State Television was quoted by Hongkong's South China Morning Post as showing live images of the AG600 lifting off from Zhuhai airport in Guangdong province. The official news agency Xinhua described the aircraft as the “protector spirit of the sea, islands and reefs”.

Dec 2017

CHINA-PLA REFORM
China.com on December 18, 2017 reported that Chinese lawmakers had recently passed The Regulations of The People’s Liberation Army Civilian Personnel.

Dec 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: EDUCATION DRIVE IN TIBET AND XINJIANG
The official Global Times on December 25, 2017 reported that China's Education Ministry plans to send more than 10,000 experienced teachers to the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to improve education in the regions.

Dec 2017

CHINA-MONGOLIA: ETHNIC ISSUES OVER LANGUAGE
The Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Centre (SMHRIC) on December 22, 2017, reported that the Bayangol No.3 High School, the last school to provide instruction in the Mongolian language in the Bayangol Prefecture of China’s “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region” was banned from using Mongolian earlier this week.

Dec 2017

CHINA-TIBET: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
An article in the state-owned Global Times on December 25, 2017 said that a high priority item for 2018 on the agenda of China's annual central conference on rural work, which will set the tone for next year's agricultural and rural development and is expected to convene in Beijing soon, is revitalising the countryside.

Dec 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Reuters quoted China's official news agency Xinhua as reporting on December 24, 2017 that China has closed more than 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015 for breaking the law or other rules and that the vast majority of people support government efforts to clean up cyberspace.

Dec 2017

CHINA-SPAIN: TAIWANESE DEPORTED TO CHINA
A Spanish court on December 15, 2017, granted China's extradition request for 121 Taiwanese accused of belonging to Spain-based gangs that swindled people in China out of millions of euros by telephone. Interpol told Spain about the scam a year ago, and Spanish and Chinese authorities cooperated in an operation that nabbed a total of 269 people. The National Court ruled there was no impediment to the extradition. Spain has an extradition treaty with China and no diplomatic relations with Taipei.

Dec 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: CHINESE OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR WAR
South China Morning Post reported on December 16, 2017, that at a conference on the crisis in the Korean Peninsula in Beijing recently Shi Yinhong, Professor of International Relations at Renmin University who also advises the State Council, warned “Conditions on the peninsula now make for the biggest risk of a war in decades.”

Dec 2017

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: PLA NAVY COMMANDER'S COMMENTS
During a meeting between PLA Navy Commander Shen Jinlong and the Australian Navy Chief Tim Barrett on December 14, 2017, the PLAN Commander is reported to have said “The situation in the South China Sea is positive, but a series of moves by the Australian army this year have compromised the overall trend of peace and stability in the area.

Dec 2017

CHINA-DALAI LAMA'S NEW APP
The Dalai Lama, who already has a Twitter account with more than 16 million followers, has launched a mobile app for followers to stay up to date with his travels and teachings.

Dec 2017

CHINA- BUDDHISM AND THE CCP
On December 11, 2017, Yin Shun, a Buddhist monk and Vice President of the Buddhist Association of China and President of the Hainan Buddhist Association, said that "the Communist Party is the living Buddha of the world."

Dec 2017

CHINA-TIBET: SECURITY AT LARUNG GAR TIBETAN BUDDHIST MONASTERY
Quoting sources Radio Free Asia (RFA) on December 14, 2017, reported that authorities in Sichuan province have further tightened controls at the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, setting up checkpoints at which monks, nuns, and visitors must now show permits allowing them to enter.

Dec 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: JUDICIAL SYSTEM
A new White Paper titled "New Progress in the Legal Protection of Human Rights in China" issued by China's State Council Information Office on December 15, 2017, claimed China has put people first in its judicial system, integrated criminal punishment with human rights protection and pressed ahead with judicial system reform effectively enhancing judicial protection of human rights over the last five years.

Dec 2017

CHINA-PLA: NEW HIGH-ALTITUDE DRONE
On December 15, 2017, Eugene K Chow wrote that in a major breakthrough, China recently unveiled a formidable new high-altitude drone that could give its military a significant advantage.

Dec 2017

CHINA-PLA: XI JINPING INSPECTS 71st GROUP ARMY
Chinese President Xi Jinping inspected the PLA's 71st Group Army in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province on December 13, 2017. He urged the army to restructure and enhance its combat capability and asked officers of the Group Army to grasp the spirit of the 19th Party Congress and incorporate the principles into military practice.

Dec 2017

CHINA-RUSSIA: PUTIN'S ANNUAL PRESS CONFERENCE
Xinhua on December 15, 2017, quoted Russian President Putin as saying at his annual press conference: "I am fully convinced that the development of relations with China enjoys a national consensus in Russia, and irrespectively of the outcome of the (Russian presidential) election campaign, Russia and China will remain strategic partners for an extensive historic perspective."

Dec 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR TESTS
PLA Major General Jin Yinan was a guest at the military forum “National Defense Space” on The Voice of China {a radio station} on December 7, 2017, talking about the recent North Korean intercontinental missile launch and the US-Korea joint military exercises.

Dec 2017

CHINA-SOUTH KOREA: CHINESE SECURITY PERSONNEL BEAT SOUTH KOREAN JOURNALISTS
Chinese security guards on December 14, 2017, attacked South Korean reporters travelling with South Korea President Moon Jae-in at a trade fair in Beijing.

Dec 2017

CHINA-PLA: SOUTH CHINA SEA
An official document jointly issued on December 12, 2017, by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and State Oceanic Administration said China will advance construction of seawater desalination projects on about 100 islands in coastal provinces including Liaoning, Shandong, Zhejiang, Fujian, and Hainan in the next 3 to 5 years.

Dec 2017

CHINA-PLA: PLAAF EXERCISES OFF JAPAN
Shen Jinke, spokesman for the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, said at a meeting of senior air force officers that a PLAAF fighter plane took part in a regular patrol exercise on Decemer 11, 2017.

Dec 2017

CHINA-INDIA: PLA TROOP REINFORCEMENTS AT DOKLAM
The South China Morning Post reported on December 14, 2017, that in a bid to tighten control of its borders and prepare for any future problems in the region, China is improving its military infrastructure, including new mortar and gun positions, at a site between five and 10km from the site of this summer’s stand-off on the Doklam Plateau.

Dec 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: AIIB LOAN TO CHINA
The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on December 11 approved its first corporate lending — a US$ 250 million loan that will allow state-owned Beijing Gas Group to extend gas pipeline infrastructure to roughly 217,000 households around Beijing by 2021.

Dec 2017

CHINA-BRI: CALL FOR ENHANCED SECURITY
The Global Times on December 11, 2017, asserted that an increase in security input by Chinese enterprises is more important.

Dec 2017

CHINA-PLA: REORGANISATION
The state-owned Global Times on December 11, 2017, quoted experts as saying the PLA's ground force's top priority is actual combat readiness and that it had been selecting and deploying officers based on battle requirements.

Dec 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW EDUCATION NORMS IN XINJIANG
The state-owned Global Times on December 13, 2017, reported that in a a move "to inherit traditional Chinese culture and explore core socialist values", the 7th Primary School, located in Kuqa county, Aksu prefecture invited calligraphy expert Wang Zufeng to teach students, and displayed the students' calligraphy works on campus.

Dec 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP - XI JINPING
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on December 14, 2017, that the CCP Central Committee on December 14, approved the founding of 10 research institutes on “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”.

Dec 2017

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHINESE ESPIONAGE ACTIVITIES
The Australian Intelligence organisation ASIO has identified about 10 ­political candidates at state and local government elections whom it believes have close ties to Chinese intelligence services.

Dec 2017

CHINA-RUSSIA: JOINT AIR DEFENCE EXERCISES 'AEROSPACE SECURITY-2017'
A statement by the Russian Ministry of Defence said that Russia and China have kicked-off a series of joint air defense exercises called Aerospace Security-2017, highlighting the growing strategic partnership between the two great powers.

Dec 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN: PRC DIPLOMAT THREATENS WAR
A report in Taipei Times on December 10, 2017, quoted a senior US-based PRC diplomat as saying "Cross-strait ties are none of the US’ business and do not need to rely on the mediation of any other nation".

Dec 2017

CHINA-INDIA: ECONOMY-XIAOMI'S INVESTMENT PLANS
Xiaomi Founder and CEO Lei Jun said in November 2017 that India, the world’s second most populous market, is Xiaomi’s top priority and that the company plans to invest US$1 billion in 100 Indian start-ups over the next five years to create an ecosystem of apps for Xiaomi phones.

Dec 2017

CHINA-PAKISTAN: TERROR THREAT
On December 8, 2017, the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad took the unusual step of posting on its official website a warning to Chinese nationals of plans for a series of imminent “terrorist attacks” on Chinese targets there.

Dec 2017

CHINA-INDIA: SRI LANKA-HAMBANTOTA PORT
An article in the state-owned Global Times on December 12, 2017, confirmed that the Sri Lanka government had last week handed over the Hambantota Port to China on a 99-year lease, which had "stirred alarm in New Delhi".

Dec 2017

CHINA-BRI (OBOR): ESTIMTATE OF INVESTMENTS
The American Enterprise Institute this summer estimated approx US$1.6 trillion of contracts in OBOR countries since 2005. However, actual investment is a mere $98 billion.

Dec 2017

CHINA-UNITED FRONT:LIAISON WITH FOREIGN POLITICAL PARTIES
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on December 4, 2017, that a recent 4-day high-level political party conference in Beijing called 'Dialogue with World Political Parties High-level Meeting' had representatives of nearly 300 political parties and organizations from more than 120 countries.

Dec 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: INNER MONGOLIA
The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center's (SMHRIC) intervention at the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues 10th Session held in Geneva from November 29 to December 1, 2017, as well as the transcripts of responses from a Chinese GONGO (government operated non-governmental organization) and the Chinese Government delegation, were publicised by SMHRIC on December 8, 2017.

Dec 2017

CHINA-SECURITY: COLLECTION OF DNA SAMPLES IN XINJIANG
In February 2017, the Xinjiang government authorised an official document called “The [Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous] Region Working Guidelines on the Accurate Registration and Verification of Population” (全区人口精准登记核实工作指南, “The Population Registration Program”) specifying that it would be carried out in stages.

Dec 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
China's Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) announced on its website on November 21, 2017, that Lu Wei, the former head of the Chinese Internet regulator, has been placed under corruption investigation.

Dec 2017

CHINA-XI JINPING OUTLINES BIG DATA STRATEGY AT POLITBURO MEETING ON DECEMBER 8, 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the Politburo's second 'collective study session' on December 8, 2017 when he outlined a strategy for the implementation of national big data.

Dec 2017

CHINA-CANADA: TIBET- REQUEST TO MEET GEDHUN CHOEKYI NYIMA
Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland called on China to allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief to visit Gedhun Choekyi Nyima.

Dec 2017

CHINA-SYRIA: CHINA TO SEND SPECIAL FORCES TO SYRIA TO FIGHT ETIM
The Saudi-founded, London-based media company Asharq Al-Awsat reported from Beirut on November 29, 2017, that China will soon its Special Forces to Syria to participate in countering terrorism of the Islamic East Turkestan Movement in the Damascus countryside.

Dec 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY
Derek M Scissors, a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote in National Interest on November 27, 2017, that estimates of China's GDP as compared to that of the US are over rated as are those of its wealth.

Dec 2017

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NEW CORVETTES COMMMISSIONED
The PLA Navy (PLAN) inducted two Type 056/056A Jiangdao-class corvettes into service in November 2017.

Dec 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: REMOVAL OF HOMELESS MIGRANT WORKERS FROM BEIJING
A 40-day campaign to evict and remove homeless migrant workers from Beijing got seriously underway from November 18, 2017. Reports on blog sites claim that some hanged themselves on receiving the 'removal' notices. Rumours say that Beijing has a population of over 7 million and the aim is to bring it down to around 5 million.

Dec 2017

CHINA-TIBET: AUTHORITIES DISALLOW FESTIVAL IN LARUNG GAR
Radio Free Asia reported that authorities of Sichuan province on October 29, 2017, disallowed a major prayer gathering called Dechen Shedrub at the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy reversing an earlier decision to allow the festival.

Dec 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SELF-IMMOLATION IN TIBET
A 63-year old Tibetan monk, Tenga, self-immolated on November 26, 2017, in Kardze county, Sichuan province.

Dec 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: A CHINA MODEL FOR THE WORLD
An article by Chen Meidong in the Renmin Wang of November 27, 2017, expanded on Xi Jinping's remarks in his Work Report to the 19th Party Congress and advanced the proposition that "socialism with Chinese characteristics has broadened the path to modernisation for developing countries".

Dec 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: WANG QISHAN AND CYBER CONTROL
62-year Wang Huning, PBSC member in charge of ideology and the propaganda apparatus and head of the CCP CC Secretariat, made his first major speech since joining the Politburo Standing Committee on December 3, 2017, at a conference in Wuzhen staged to show China's technological strengths.

Dec 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECOND VOLUME OF 'XI JINPING: THE GOVERNANCE OF CHINA'
Xinhua on November 27, 2017, publicised that major publishing houses from 16 countries have signed memorandums with the Foreign Languages Press (FLP) to translate and publish the second volume of Chinese President Xi Jinping's book on governance.

Dec 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN
On November 28, 2017, the Yueyang Intermediate People's Court of Hunan Province sentenced Li Mingzhe, a citizen of Taiwan, and Peng Yuhua, a Chinese citizen, to "Subversion of State Power".

Nov 2017

CHINA-US: BRIBERY CHARGES AGAINST CHINESE FRONT ORGANISATION HEAD
The United States has charged 61-year old Cheikh Gadio, a former Senegalese foreign minister and Chi Ping Patrick Ho, 68 years, of Hong Kong with bribing high-level officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for contracts for a Chinese oil and gas company.

Nov 2017

CHINA-US: CHINESE NATIONALS ARRESTED FOR HACKING
Wu Yingzhuo, Dong Hao and Xia Lei, all Chinese nationals and residents of China, were indicted on November 28, 2017 by a grand jury for computer hacking, theft of trade secrets, conspiracy and identity theft directed at U.S. and foreign employees and computers of three corporate victims in the financial, engineering and technology industries between 2011 and May 2017.

Nov 2017

CHINA-MYANMAR: BEIJING'S PROPOSAL ON ROHINGYA REFUGEE ISSUE
On November 19, 2017, the South China Morning Post reported that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had travelled to Myanmar's capital on November 19 and Naypitaw and said the international community must help Myanmar and Bangladesh tackle the problem caused by the 600,000 Rohingya muslim refugees who had fled to Bangladesh following military operations since August.

Nov 2017

CHINA-GERMANY: TIBETAN PROTEST DISRUPTS FOOTBALL
A round of friendly matches in Germany with China’s Under 20 national team was cancelled on November 24, 2017, after a group of protesters unfurled Tibetan flags at a game last week in Mainz, causing the Chinese team to walk off the pitch.

Nov 2017

CHINA-TIBET: LHASA-KATHMANDU RAILWAY
The Nepalese press recently reported that China and Nepal had completed a study on the cross-border, 100-km railway that they say will connect Kathmandu with the border town of Kyirong (Chinese: Gyirong) in the TAR.

Nov 2017

CHINA-TIBET: LHASA-NYINGTRI RAILWAY LINE
Construction has begun on a new line to Nyingtri (Chinese: Linzhi) in the TAR, in the sensitive border area with Arunachal Pradesh, which the Chinese government flagged as “a new era in railway construction”. The Nyingtri line will be part of a new railway route linking the TAR to the capital of Sichuan, Chengdu, and beyond, running east from Lhasa.

Nov 2017

CHINA-TIBET: SAFETY ISSUES IN LHASA-TIBET RAILWAY
A blog is circulating in China's social media expressing fears on safety of the Lhasa-Shigatse railway route. The author of the blog, who appears to have detailed knowledge of the railway's construction, details six problematic issues of the line which endanger its safety.

Nov 2017

CHINA-CYBER CONTROLS
In his keynote speech on November 25, 2017,at the Centenary of Peking University Lecture Hall titled "solidly promoting the building of a network powerhouse under the guidance of the 19th CCP National Congress", Ren Xianliang, Deputy Director of the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cybersecurity and Informatization (Netsub Network) Office and Deputy Director of the State Internet Information Office, justified the new cyber regulations.

Nov 2017

CHINA-CCP: IDEOLOGICAL CONTROLS
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has ordered foreign-funded universities to establish Party units and grant decision-making powers to a Party official. This reverses an earlier promise to guarantee academic freedom.

Nov 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SUICIDE BY FORMER PLA GENERAL ZHANG YANG
General Zhang Yang, a former head of the powerful Central Military Commission’s (CMC) Political Work Department who was arrested on charges of corruption in May 2017, committed suicide last week.

Nov 2017

CHINA-ZIMBABWE: A ROLE IN THE COUP?
Zimbabwe Army Chief, General Constantine Chiwenga's visit to Beijing just days before the military coup on November 15, 2017, that overthrew 93-year old Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, has sparked speculation that Beijing either had advance warning of the coup or had a hand in it.

Nov 2017

CHINA-CPEC AND BRI: NEPAL AND PAKISTAN EXPRESS DOUBTS ABOUT PROJECTS
Pakistan’s Express Tribune quoted Water and Power Development Authority Chairman Muzammil Hussain as saying on November 15, 2017, that the exclusion of the Diamer-Bhasha dam from the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework, a key element to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, was because China’s hyper strict conditions for funding the project were “not doable and against our interests”.

Nov 2017

CHINA-INDIA: MEETING ON WORKING MECHANISM FOR CONSULTATION AND COORDINATION ON INDIA-CHINA BORDER AF
The 10th round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs was held in Beijing on November 17, 2017.

Nov 2017

CHINA-DPRK: ILD MINISTER SONG TAO'S VISIT
CCP CC ILD Minister Song Tao left Beijing for Pyongyang on November 17, 2017, on what was described as a routine briefing trip for fraternal socialist countries on the 19th Party Congress.

Nov 2017

CHINA-US: MILITARY EXERCISE
The China and the United States military humanitarian relief disaster reduction command postulation and military exercise started on November 16 morning.

Nov 2017

CHINA-US: RESOLUTION ON TIBET
A bipartisan Concurrent Resolution (S. Con. Res. 30) was introduced to the Senate on November 16, 2017 asking the Trump Administration to make Tibet an important factor in US-China relations.

Nov 2017

CHINA-PLA: MODERNISATION IN NEW ERA UNDER XI JINPING
The state-owned Global Times on November 17, 2017, reproduced a 10,000-character Xinhua report entitled: 'Xi Jinping and His Era: Top Commander Reshaping the Military'.

Nov 2017

CHINA-THAILAND: PLAN PARTICIPATES IN FLEET REVIEW
China's indigenously built guided-missile destroyer Zhengzhou (Hull 151) left from the naval port in Zhoushan in Zhejiang Province on November 9, 2017, to participate in the International Fleet Review 2017, to be held in Pattaya Bay, Thailand, to mark the ASEAN's 50th founding anniversary.

Nov 2017

CHINA-PLA: SENIOR APPOINTMENTS
General Wei Fenghe, Commander of the PLA Rocket Forces was replaced in September 2017, by Zhou Yaning (周亚宁). Wei Fenghe continues as member of the CMC and member of the 19th CCP's CC.

Nov 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES
In the week prior to November10, 2017, there were a few major deals.

Nov 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY AND STATE OWNED ENTERPRISES (SoEs)
The prominence of the party-state authorities in enterprises is illustrated by the unprecedented number of SoE chiefs who have been appointed to the policy-setting Central Committee. At least twenty such state entrepreneurs have attained this rare honor of joining the policy-setting Central Committee, albeit as alternate or non-voting members (Ta Kung Pao [Hong Kong], October 25; Finance.sina.com, October 24).

Nov 2017

CHINA-SOCIAL CREDIT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
China's Legal Daily reported on November 15, 2017, that China's Supreme Court had since 2013 prepared a 'black list' of 8.7 million "dishonest" persons as part of the social credit management system.

Nov 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP CC'S PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT
Initium, recently published an article detailing the structure and functions of China's central propaganda department which was re-published by Advox, the international organisation for media rights, on November 12, 2017.

Nov 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PUBLICITY OF XI JINPING POST 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Xinhua reported that soon after the Party Congress, the CCP CC constituted a 36-member "Central Publicity team" comprising 3 Politburo members which includes Xi Jinping's protege Chen Min'er.

Nov 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
Chen Xi, a close confidante of Xi Jinping and member of the CCP CC's Politburo, has been appointed head of the Central Party School in Beijing.

Nov 2017

CHINA-SOUTH KOREA: XI JINPING'S MEETING WITH ROK PRESIDENT MOON JAE-IN
In their second Summit Meeting on November 11, in Da Nang in Vietnam on the sidelines of the APEC leaders' meeting, President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to “normalize exchanges and cooperation in all areas”, signalling a thaw in bilateral relations following the row over the deployment of the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) battery in Korea.

Nov 2017

CHINA-INDIA: KASHMIR
At the regular press conference of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on September 22, 2017, the Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang replied to a question on Kashmir.

Nov 2017

CHINA-CAMBODIA: XI JINPING THOUGHT
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on November 8, 2017, that Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Xiong Bo delivered a 2-hour lecture on 'Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era' to about 120 students at the University of Cambodia that day.

Nov 2017

CHINA-CYBER OPS/THEFT
US security researchers recently found a hacking group with suspected ties to the Chinese government engaged in what appears to be corporate espionage against multiple U.S. companies.

Nov 2017

CHINA-UNITED FRONT WORK IN BEIJING MUNICIPALITY
At a meeting of the Beijing Communist Party's United Front Work department on October 27, 2017, Qi Jing, Standing Committee Member and Minister of the United Front Work Department of Beijing City, said that 'the 19th Party Congress is a political declaration that our Party has entered a new era, opened the scientific guide for the new journey and continued writing new chapters for programme of action'.

Nov 2017

CHINA-OVERSEAS FUGITIVES
The Chinese government reported in October 2017, that its multi-year Operation Sky Net has recovered 9.36 billion renminbi in allegedly stolen funds and returned 48 fugitives that China placed on Interpol’s red notice list.

Nov 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced on November 10, 2017, that with effect from June 2017 foreign new-energy carmakers like Tesla Inc. will be able to set up their own factories in free trade zones in China without a local partner.

Nov 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY
China on November 10, 2017, took a major step and said it will remove foreign ownership limits on banks while allowing overseas firms to take majority stakes in local securities ventures, fund managers and insurers.

Nov 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY DISCIPLINE
China Discipline Inspection, a newspaper run by the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) Oon November 8, 2017, reported that two members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) were held accountable for bringing books with serious political issues from overseas.

Nov 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHONGQING DEPUTY MAYOR MU HUAPING REMOVED
Caixin reported on November 10, 2017, that Mu Huaping, Deputy Mayor in charge of the science and technology sectors of the centrally administered Chongqing Municipality had been removed for alleged financial ties with the local financial technology firm IZP Group November 9.

Nov 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: 'GREAT LEADER' XI JINPING
A Guizhou newspaper, the Qian Xi Nan Ri Bao, on November 7, 2017, referred to Xi Jinping as "Great Leader" (伟大领袖).

Nov 2017

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP'S VISIT (NOV 8-10, 2017) TO BEIJING
China's official news agency Xinhua on November 9, reported that Chinese and U.S. companies had signed trade and investment deals worth more than 250 billion U.S. dollars on November 9 in Beijing.

Nov 2017

CHINA-INTELLIGENCE APPARATUS: US PRESIDENT TRUMP'S VISIT
Well known US journalist Bill Gertz on November 8, 2017, wrote that hundreds of Chinese government analysts worked nonstop for months studying every detail on President Trump in preparation for his state visit to China this week.

Nov 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY
On November 8, 2017, China released fresh details about a new financial regulatory body intended to calm a financial system that in recent years has endured a stock market crash, a huge exodus of money outside the country and the rapid accumulation of debt.

Nov 2017

CHINA-TERRORISM: XINJIANG
The Xinjiang United Front website (新疆统一战线) had a post on their website on June 19, 2017 of a list circulated earlier this year by the UFWD of “75 Signs of Religious Extremism”.

Nov 2017

CHINA-TIBET AND 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Soon after the 19th Party Congress (October 18 - 24, 2017) held in Beijing, the Chinese-appointed 11th Panchen Lama said that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) could benefit Buddhism and called on all Buddhists to be grateful to the homeland.

Nov 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING AND 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
At the 19th Party Congress in October 2017, Xi Jinping instead of continuing with the straw poll, dismissed it as a gimmick which could elect the wrong people.

Nov 2017

Panchen Lama inaugurates the Seventh Annual Seminar on Tibetan Buddhist Doctrine Interpretation
The Chinese appointed Panchen Lama Gyaltsen Norbu, inaugurated the seventh Annual Seminar on Tibetan Buddhist Doctrine Interpretation at Tibetan Buddhism College of China in Beijing on November 06, 2017.

Nov 2017

CHINA-NEPAL: OFFICIALS LEARNING CHINESE
Xinhua reported on October 31, that Government officials from Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs have started to learn Chinese language from October 31, 2017, 'to enhance their understanding about China'.

Nov 2017

CHINA-INDIA: JAPAN AND INDIA HEDGING AGAINST CHINA
Chinese observers note that India is a main target of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wider outreach efforts.

Nov 2017

CHINA-US: REMARKS OF CHINESE AMBASSADOR CUI TIANKAI
China's Ambassador to Washington said on October 30, in Washington, that US President Donald Trump's state visit to Beijing from November 8 was a "historic opportunity" to boost cooperation, but warned against attempts to "contain" Beijing.

Nov 2017

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP'S VISIT (NOV 8-10, 2017) TO BEIJING
China accorded US President Trump a high-profile ceremonial welcome on November 8, 2017, with a red carpet, full military band, children waving flags and dinner at Zhongnanhai.

Nov 2017

CHINA-PLA NAVY : ISLAND CONSTRUCTION AND SOUTH CHINA SEA
China launched its ‘magical’ island-building ship on the eve of US President Trump visit to Asia, namely the dredger The Tiankun, presently tied up in Qidong.

Nov 2017

CHINA-XINJIANG: SECURITY PERSONNEL ALSO BEING ARRESTED
Family members of ethnic Uyghur security personnel in the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region, who authorities had previously considered “off limits,” are among those now being detained as part of “stability” measures the officers have been tasked with enforcing.

Nov 2017

CHINA-LABOUR: PROBLEMS WITH OVERSEAS CHINESE LABOUR
A Hongkong media report said on November 1, 2017, that numerous problems involving Chinese labour overseas have surfaced in countries where Chinese-funded enterprises in the field of infrastructure projects are engaged in OBOR projects.

Nov 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY
Xinhua reported on November 5, 2017 that "As of the end of June, there were 13,554 projects nationwide with investment of 16.3 trillion yuan ($2.4 trillion), according to data from the China Public Private Partnerships Center".

Nov 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION
In a speech on November 1, 2017, Chinese Presodent Xi Jinping vowed to fulfill the Communists’ original intent and staked his legacy on an ambitious plan to complete the eradication of rural poverty by 2020.

Nov 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINA LAWYERS INDUSTRY COMMITTEE
According to a report in the Legal Daily on October 31, after the CCP CC's Organisation Department approved the PRC Ministry of Justice proposal the Communist Party of China Lawyers Industry Committee was established on October 26, 2017.

Nov 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING STYLE
In his first public appearance since the 19th Party Congress, Xi Jinping accompanied by the entire 7-member Politburo Standing Committee on October 31, 2017,Xi Jinping travelled to the Party’s roots to a brick house in Shanghai’s French Concession that hosted the Party’s founding congress almost a century ago.

Nov 2017

CHINA-XI JINPING SELECTS LEADERS SETTING ASIDE VOTING
An important development at the 19th Party Congress in October 2017 has been the dismissal by Xi Jinping of the system of the straw poll.

Nov 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: 'XI JINPING THOUGHT' TO BE TAUGHT IN UNIVERSITIES IN CHINA
Immediately following the 19th Party Congress unanimously adopting 'Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for the New Era' in the Party Constitution, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has begun introducing "Xi Jinping Thought" into every aspect of public life, including as a research topic in universities.

Nov 2017

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP'S VISIT (NOV 8 - 10, 2017) TO CHINA
Representatives from about 40 US companies are expected to accompany President Donald Trump on the first presidential trade mission to China from November 8-10, 2017, and sign deals for billions of dollars in U.S. investments.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP'S INNER PARTY ELECTIONS
An interesting Xinhua article on October 26, 2017, stated that Xi Jinping was re-elected General Secretary of the CCP Central Committee by a unanimous vote at the first plenum of the new Central Committee that was elected at the party's twice-a-decade national congress.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH CCP CC-SoEs
This is the first time in at least 15 years that SOEs have not had a representative on the Party’s Central Committee.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITBURO'S FIRST MEETING ON OCTOBER 27
At its first meeting on October 27, 2017, the new CCCP CC Political Bureau reviewed two documents to safeguard the centralized, unified leadership of the CCP Central Committee and fully implement frugality rules. The meeting was presided over by Xi Jinping.

Oct 2017

CHINA INTERNAL_LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING
At its first meeting after the 19th Party Congress, the new Politburo formally recognised Xi Jinping as the ruling Communist Party’s lingxiu – a reverential term for “leader”.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES CRITICISES HOME MINISTER RAJNATH SINGH'S REMARKS ON CULTURE
In an article headlined '‘India culture controls China’ remarks a trick to boost national pride: experts', China's state-owned Global Times on October 25, 2017, said Chinese experts had on October 25, "slammed an Indian official's remarks that China has been culturally controlled by India, saying the official is trying to boost the country's national pride".

Oct 2017

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP'S 2-DAY VISIT TO CHINA FROM NOVEMBER 7
US Administration officials expected to travel with US President Trump during his 12-day Asia tour tat includes 2 days in China, include National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Oct 2017

CHINA-UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT
The CCP CC's United Front Work Department (UFWD) located at 135, Fuyou Street, next to the Communist Party leadership's compound, has increased its activities since xi Jinping took over. The UFWD's operations in several countries is directed towards charming, co-opting or attacking well-defined groups and individuals in order to win support for China’s political agenda, accumulate influence overseas and gather key information.

Oct 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: BIO INFORMATION ON PBSC MEMBER WANG HUNING
Wang Huning's ancestry is traced back to Shandong Province.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS: PLA REPRESENTATION IN NEW 19TH CC
The 19th CCP CC has 39 officers representing the PLA and 2 representing the PAPF in the new 19th CC.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS: NEW 19TH CCP CC
There are 14 CC Members in the new 19th Central Committee (CC) who have a background in academics and universities especially in aeronautical sciences indicating a focus on R&D and scientific research.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: 19TH CCP CC POLITBURO'S FIRST MEETING
The new Politburo held its first meeting on October 27, 2017. At the meeting, the Politburo passed two regulations: one concerns the strengthening and preserving the centralized unified leading role of the central party, and the other regarding a revised and further operationalised eight-items regulations. The first regulation is most interesting.

Oct 2017

CHINA-PLA: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS AND THE NEW CENTRAL MILITARY COMMISSION (CMC)
The list of members of the new CMC of the CCP was released also on October 25 morning.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS: CHINA'S NEW LEADERSHIP LINE-UP (IN RANK ORDER)
Clearly confirming Xi Jinping's loaded assurance in his Work Report to the 19th Party Congress on October 18 -- and repeated in the Communique and explanatory documents released later -- that the campaign against corruption would continue with equal vigour, the first announcement of a portfolio for a PBSC Member was that of 60-year old Zhao Leji, as head of the Central Discipline Inspection commission (CDIC).

Oct 2017

CHINA-SECURITY: STATE SURVEILLANCE
Human Rights Watch said on October 22, 2017, that the Chinese government's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) is collaborating with iFlytek, a Chinese company that produces 80 percent of all speech recognition technology in the country, to develop a pilot surveillance system that can automatically identify targeted voices in phone conversations and has begun collecting “voice pattern” samples of individuals to establish a national voice biometric database.

Oct 2017

CHINA-XI JINPING'S WORK REPORT AND RULE OF LAW
China's Legal Daily on October 20, 2017, said the 'Rule of Law is the Essential Requirement and Important Guarantee of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics'.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS- NEW 19TH CCP CENTRAL COMMITTEE
The name list of the CCP's new 19th Central Committee comprising 204 Full Members and 172 Alternate Members was released on October 24, 2017.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS INCLUDES XI JINPING THOUGHT ON SOCIALISM ETC IN PARTY CONSTITUTION
The new 19th Central Committee of the CCP unanimously approved an amendment to the Party Constitution placing 'Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era' in the charter's preamble as part of the guiding ideology of the Party.

Oct 2017

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: AFGHANISTAN JOINS AIIB
Jin Liqun, President of the Beijing-based AIIB, formally presented a certificate confirming the country’s new status to Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on October 13, 2017, on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings in Washington.

Oct 2017

CHINA-US: PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FIRST VISIT TO CHINA AS US PRESIDENT
US President Donald Trump will pay a 2-day visit to China from November 7, 2017.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY & JUDICIARY
The Supreme people's Procurator General and Party Secretary Cao Jianming at a Party Group meeting held on October 16, 2017, in Beijing exhorted procuratorate organs to adhere to the "four musts", strengthen the "four consciousness" and firmly uphold the authority and concentration of the Party Central Committee Unified leadership.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS: AUSTERITY CAMPAIGN
The official news agency Xinhua and the official Party mouthpiece People's Daily on October 18, 2017 -- the opening day of the 19th Party Congress in Beijing -- publicised that the austerity campaign initiated by Xi Jinping had resulted in 140 central and state organisations disposing off 3868 official vehicles and that in 2016 expenditure on official entertainment had dropped by 61.8%.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The Deputy Secretary of the CDIC Yang Xiaodu said on October 19, 2017, that a large number of Party cadres and members had been "severely" punished for corruption.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INDIA: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS AND DALAI LAMA/TIBET
China's authoritative oficial news agency Xinhua reported on October 21, 2017, that at a press conference on the sidelines of the ongoing 19th Party Congress on October 21, the Vice Minister of the CCP CC's United Front Work Department and its Executive Deputy Head Zhang Yijiong had reaffirmed China's opposition to the Dalai Lama's visits to foreign countries.

Oct 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS AND PROPAGANDA FOR XI JINPING
The Chinese IT firm Tencent came out with a new online game during the 19th Party Congress in Beijing in which Chinese netizens can compete in applauding for Xi Jinping.

Oct 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: LEADERSHIP/19TH PARTY CONGRESS
There is considerable speculation in Beijing that 61-YEAR OLD Guo Shuqing, current chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, is likely to replace Zhou Xiaochuan as Governor of the People's Bank of China (PBoC).

Oct 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
66-year old former Finance Minister and current head of the National Council for Social Security Fund, on October 20, 2017, changed his earlier opinion and said on the sidelines of the ongoing Party congress in Beijing that the introduction of government reforms in recent years meant China would now avoid problem of the middle-income trap.

Oct 2017

CHINA-LEADING CADRES PRAISE XI JINPING'S WORK REPORT TO 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
During the first two days of the Party Congress, various delegations have held discussions about Xi Jinping’s work report. Leading cadres utilised these forums to publicly show their loyalty and praise General Secretary Xi Jinping.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS: SPECULATED PBSC LEADERSHIP LINE-UP
The South China Morning Post claimed on October 22, 2017, that Li Zhanshu, Han Zheng, Zhao Leji, Wang Yang, Wang Huning will be appointed to the new PBSC and Premier Li Keqiang will continue.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping took three hours and thirty two minutes to read out his 32,000-character Work Report to 2870 delegates to the 19th Party Congress on October 18, 2017.

Oct 2017

NORTH KOREA: PERSONNEL CHANGES
Tsutomu Nishioka, a member of the Planning Committee at the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and Visiting Professor at Reitaku University, recently wrote that on October 7, 2017, just before the anniversary of the Korea Workers’ Party (KWP), a KWP Central Committee meeting made some senior official appointments.

Oct 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING & 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
An article in Foreign Policy on October 16, 2017, said that to strengthen his base, Xi Jinping had turned his attention to the lower levels where he has overseen a massive shake-up in the provincial leadership, with 23 of the 31 party secretaries being reassigned since 2016 alone.

Oct 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG: 'MAINLANDISATION'
An article in the Hongkong Free Press on October 15, 2017, claimed that the Chinese Communist Party is trying to 'mainlandise' Hong Kong by exerting greater control over Hong Kong politically, economically, socially and culturally, to integrate it into the mainland before the end of the 50-year “one country, two systems” period in 2047.

Oct 2017

CHINA-UK: PLA NAVY FRIENDSHIP PORT CALLS
Chinese warships, loaded with air defence missiles, anti-submarine rockets, banks of radar as well as ship-borne helicopters, sailed along the Thames and docked in Canary Wharf on October 14, 2017, at the start of a 5-day goodwill visit.

Oct 2017

CHINA-NEPAL: TRADE AND PROHIBITION ON IMPORT OF INDIAN GOODS TO TIBET
Radio Free Asia on October 16, 2017, quoted a source as reporting that Tibetan businessmen traveling to Nepal from southern Tibet’s Kyirong county are being stopped at the border for lengthy document checks, while Chinese tourists and traders are allowed to pass through without scrutiny.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INDIA: ACCUSATION THAT INDIA IS ALWAYS WHINING
An article in the state-owned Global Times on October 12, 2017, alleged that "India seems to view whatever China does as suspicious and deem it a threat, like a victim of persecutory delusion".

Oct 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: LOCAL SoEs
An official of the State Council's National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) recently disclosed that there are a total of 144,700 local government SoEs.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIETAL PROBLEMS
According to an article published by the state-owned Guangming Daily on October 13, 2017, 30 million people in China who are between the ages of 20 and 60 suffer from depression.

Oct 2017

CHINA-EDUCATION: RED ARMY SCHOOLS AND IDEOLOGY/POLITICAL EDUCATION
Chinese President Xi Jinping is reshaping political education across China’s more than 283,000 primary and secondary schools for a new era.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL SECURITY: MEDIA AT 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has criticised China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) for not granting accreditation to several Hong Kong journalists and media outlets.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS: SECURITY
The Hongkong Free Press Journal reported on October 16, 2017, that Liu Xia, wife of the Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo whio has been under house arrest since 2008, was "forced" to travel and taken away from Beijing.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL-19TH PARTY CONGRESS: SECURITY
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that, as part of China’s increased security measures, Chinese authorities have installed facial recognition video cameras on street corners or in stores to monitor public activities.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: REVISION OF MINIMUM WAGES BEFORE 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
The China Labour Bulletin announced on October 16, 2017, that shortly before the 19th Party Congress just over half of China's 31 provinces and municipalities have announced increases in the minimum wage this year, and four major cities now have a monthly minimum wage of 2,000 yuan or above, the highest being Shanghai at 2,300 yuan per month.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS: LEADERSHIP
The Chinese Communist Party expelled the country’s former long-serving Justice Minister, 65-year Wu Aiying, for unspecified corruption charges just days before the 19th Party Congress opens in Beijing on October 18.

Oct 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING AND 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Qiu Shi ("Seeking Truth") wrote that the since the 18th Party Congress with Xi Jinping "as the core of the Party" and "standing at a strategic and overall height" had comprehensively and accurately implemented the principle of "one country, two systems" in dealing with "new situations, new problems and new challenges encountered in Hong Kong and Macao work" and maintained stability in Hong Kong and Macao "in the wind and waves to achieve new success"!

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: 7TH PLENUM OF 18TH CCP CC PRIOR TO 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
On October 14, 2017, China's authoritative official news agency Xinhua issued the text of the 7th CCP CC Plenum held from October 11 to 14, 2017, in Beijing. It was attended by 191 full members of the CC and 141 Alternate Members.

Oct 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: US NAVY EXERCISES WITH JAPAN'S NAVY NEAR OKINAWA
Japan's Maritime Self Defence Force headquarters announced on October 11, 2017, that the 100,000-ton US Navy aircraft carrier, the Ronald Reagan, is conducting drills with the Japanese destroyer Shimkaze in waters around Okinawa south-west of the Korean peninsula.

Oct 2017

CHINA-US: CHINA PROTESTS AT US NAVY DESTROYER CHAFEE SAILING IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The US Navy guided missile destroyer USS Chafeee sailed near the Paracel, islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on October 10, 2017 provoking, a Chinese response.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE EMBASSY IN INDIA ON CHARM OFFENSIVE
On October 12, 2017, the Chinese Embassy in Delhi invited 70 "young politicians, businessmen, journalists and government officials" including Tarun Gogoi to a party in the Embassy premises attended by Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaogui and the Embassy's two senior diplomats Liu Jinsong and Li Bijian.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE CRITICISM OF INDIA ACCUSING PAKISTAN OF TERRORISM AND ASSERTION ON KASHMIR
Writing in the Global Times on October 10, 2017, Long Xingchun, a senior research fellow at The Charhar Institute and Director of the Center for Indian Studies at China West Normal University, referred to EAM Sushma Swaraj's comment at the 72nd UN General Assembly, saying that Islamabad had given the world "terrorists" while New Delhi was producing top-notch doctors and engineers, and said "Swaraj's speech will only lead to deterioration in India-Pakistan relations, and is not conducive to improving the security situation in Kashmir".

Oct 2017

CHINA-TIBET: CONFERENCE ON STRENGTHENING PARTY BUILDING
A conference on strengthening Party building work in Tibet was held in ---- on May 19, 2017.

Oct 2017

CHINA-TIBET: BORDER STABILITY AND GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE AND REFERENCE TO DOKLAM
On September 14-15, 2017, the China Borderland Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences held an academic seminar on "Border issues and Political Boundary stability of Tibet" in Beijing.

Oct 2017

CHINA-TIBET: CHINESE PROPAGANDA
Weeks before commencement of the 19th Party Congress in Beijing on October 18, 2017, China sought to publicise the progress acheived in Tibet over the past five years. Penpa Lhamo, Deputy Head of the Contemporary Studies Institute of the Tibet Academy of Social Sciences, told Global Times on October 10, 2017, that the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) had seen great development and stability in the past five years and is expected to progress even further thanks to its development path with Chinese characteristics.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW REGULATIONS ON JUDICIARY
The CCP CC's Organization Department, China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, State Administration for Industry and Commerce and the State Administration of Civil Service jointly issued a notification on "Opinions on Regulating the Professional Conduct of Civil Servants After Leaving Public Office". Effective from April 28, 2017.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW ENVIRONMENT REGULATIONS BEFORE 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Radio Free Asia reported on October 12, 2017, that the CCP CC and China's State Council had jointly issued a document on September 20, that devised an “environmental and resource capacity” alert system to measure “overloading” in at-risk regions. Xinhua said the colour-coded alert scheme divides regional environments into three categories, those with “overloading, near overloading and not overloading.”

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PEOPLE'S DAILY WARNS PARTY MEMBERS AGAINST PRACTICE OF RELIGION
A People's Daily commentary on October 12, 2017, warned Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials not to “pray to God and worship Buddha”, because communism is about atheism and superstition is at the root of many corrupt officials who fall from grace.

Oct 2017

CHINA-SECURITY: FACIAL RECOGNITION SYSTEM
Isvision, a security company based in Shanghai, is developing a facial recognition system to cover 1.3 billion people.The system developed by Isvision will use an algorithm developed by SeetaTech, a start-up established by several researchers from the Institute of Computing Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY CLAMPDOWN BEFORE 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Authorities in Beijing have shut down the well-known Qingzhen Bookstore in Beijing's Haidian district.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL CREDIT MANAGEMENT
A notice jointly issued by the CCP CC Publicity Department, the Supreme People’s Court, and the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), instructed authorities across the country to establish online platforms to expose debtors who fail to honor their credit obligations within two years. Municipal- and county-level authorities are encouraged to set up their own online platforms.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS AND CHINA'S WEALTHY
The Hurun Rich List on September 14 revealed that at least 74 individuals had joined the group with fortunes of at least US$300 million in this year’s list, adding to the 2,056 who made last year’s list, and bringing their combined assets to US$2.6 trillion, roughly the same size as the GDP of the UK, the world’s fifth largest economy.

Oct 2017

CHINA-PLA: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
In an article published in the Study Times, a journal of the CCP CC Central Party School, on October 11, 2017, PAPF commander Gen. Wang Ning said China's armed forces should stick to the leadership and show absolute loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC) to better accomplish its mission of safeguarding national security and stability ahead of the national Party congress.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Cheng Li of the US-based Brookings Institution, in a recent article on China's 19th Party Congress said an extraordinary 90% of the 300 military delegates will be first-time attendees.

Oct 2017

CHINA-CDIC PLENUM AND 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Xinhua reported that the CCP's 18th Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) held its Eighth Plenary Session in Beijing on October 10, 2017. The meeting discussed and approved a work report to be submitted by the CDIC to the 19th Party Congress, scheduled to open on October 18.

Oct 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
In 2015. He Yiting, a vice-chairman of the CCP CC Central Party School, was tasked to research and define Xi Jinping’s approach to governing the country and put it in a digestible form for 90 million members of the party’s rank and file to absorb and apply.

Oct 2017

CHINA-US: CYBER ATTACKS
China's Ministry of Public Security issued a press release on September 23, 2017, stating that China had provided evidence to the US government that documents, presented by US-based Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui to support some of his allegations against China, were forged.

Oct 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: SOVEREIGN FUND
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on October 7, 2017, that the total assets of the China Investment Corporation (CIC), China's sovereign wealth fund, had surpassed US$ 900 billion by August 2017.

Oct 2017

CHINA-CYBER SECURITY/SURVEILLANCE
On September 27, 2017, the Chinese social media mega-platform Weibo, which has more than 340 million monthly users, posted on its verified “Weibo Manager” account that it sought to recruit 1,000 new “Weibo Supervisors”.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY CONTROLS ON UYGHURS AND TIBETANS PRIOR TO 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on October 9, 2017, that authorities in Guangdong province had fined the manager of a hotel in Shenzhen's Lo Wu district for violating a ban on ethnic minority Uyghur guests imposed prior to the 19th Party Congress later this month.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY BEFORE 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Radio Free Asia reported on October 9, 2017, that Yao Lijuan, a resident of the northern port city of Tianjin was detained by security authorities after she openly challenged a group of men watching her movements and posted a video of the conversation to social media.

Oct 2017

CHINA-NATIONAL DEFENCE
On October 7, 2017, Xinhua and the Liberation Army Daily jointly published an article captioned "Write a new chapter in the construction of National Defense Mobilization" quoting Xi Jinping's speeches on national defence mobilisation work.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
The Beijing Daily on October 10, 2017, published the car registration numbers of vehicles of government work units that were being used for personal use.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS: ADVOCATING XI JINPING THOUGHT
A second article published on October 7, 2017, by 'Study Times' and authored by Han Qingxiang, Committee member,Vice President and Director of the Department of Education and Research in the Central Party School, once again highlighted salient aspects of Xi Jinping's important speeches in an apparent push for their inclusion in the Party Constitution as Xi jinping Thought at the 19th Party Congress.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS: PROPAGANDA EXTOLLING XI JINPING
China's Ministry of Propaganda, The Central Party Literature Research Office, The Central Party History Research Office, The National Development and Reform Commission, The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, The Central Military Commission Political Work Department and the state-owned CCTV have produced a new 7-episode propaganda documentary officially translated as "Be Faithful to Our Original Aspiration and Continue Marching Forward".

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/POLITICAL MEETINGS PRIOR TO 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
The 8th Plenum of the 18th CCP Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) met in Beijing on October 10, 2017. A communique and follow up notification were issued on October 11 and 12 respectively.

Oct 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN: BOOK CLAIMS BATTLE PLANS READY
American journalist Bill Gertz wrote that China has drawn up secret military plans to take over the island of Taiwan by 2020, according to newly-disclosed internal Chinese military documents.

Oct 2017

CHINA-US: CONSERVATIVE US THINK-TANK CANCELS TALK BY CHINESE BUSINESSMAN
The conservative Washington-based US think-tank 'The Hudson Institute' cancelled a talk scheduled to be given by Chinese businessman Guo Wengui.

Oct 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: ABE BECOMES FIRST JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER TO ATTEND CHINA NATIONAL DAY RECEPTION ON SEP
The Asahi Shimbun reported on September 29, 2017, that Japan's prime Minister Shinzo Abe started a new diplomatic offensive towards China by attending China's national Day reception at a hotel in Tokyo on September 28, hotel to celebrate China's National Day on October 1 and the 45th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-China relations on Sept. 29, 1972.

Oct 2017

CHINA: CYBER SECURITY CONTROLS
In the past two weeks, the Cyberspace Administration of China released four overlapping regulations that apply to all online interactions. They cover all internet forums, message boards, group chats, and news comment threats.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: CRACKDOWN ON HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS
In early September, the Justice Department of Shandong province notified Zhu Shengwu, a 36-year-old lawyer in Jinan, the provincial capital, that his “anti-Communist Party, anti-socialism” expressions online had “threatened national security.”

Oct 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S OIL DEMAND
The growth in oil demand next year is expected to be driven by OECD Europe and China. China’s oil demand rose by 690,000 BPD in July, marking a 6 percent year-over-year (YOY) increase. China’s total oil demand reached 11.67 million BPD in July. Year-to-date data indicates an average growth of 550,000 BPD, more than double the 210,000 BPD growth recorded during the same period in 2016.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: COMPOSITION OF DELEGATES TO 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
The Chinese magazine Caixin on September 30, 2017, gave a breakup of the 2287 Delegates to the 19th Party Congress. It clarified that the number of Delegates had reduced to 2287 from 2300 because the Party had not approved 13 delegates from the centrally administered Chongqing municipality though they had been elected.

Oct 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS: SUN ZHENGCAI EXPELLED
Xinhua reported on September 29, 2017, that 54-year old former rising political star Sun Zhengcai has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party and will face prosecution.

Oct 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ON MARXISM
Gu Liping, an editor in Xinhua, wrote in his despatch of September 30, that CCP CC General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed a group study session of the Politburo on September 29, when he called for "a profound understanding of Marxism and vigorous promotion of the sinicization of Marxism".

Oct 2017

CHINA-INDIA: US DEFENCE SECRETARY MATTIS' VISIT
An article in Global Times on September 28, 2017, reacting to the visit to India of US Defence Secretary Mattis said "Washington is attempting to tie New Delhi to its chariot" but "India will have to rely on itself rather than a few weapons the US sells to it, for its ambitions".

Oct 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: FOOD EXPORTS
Beijing’s General Administration of Customs disclosed on September 29, 2017, that Chinese corn exports to North Korea jumped about 100 times in July and August to 34,964 tonnes from year-earlier levels.

Oct 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN: ECONOMIC TIES
Despite Beijing terminating official communications with Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen government in June last year and political relations plunging to their coolest in nearly a decade, China remains Taiwan’s number-one trading partner, and the trade volumes continue to rise.

Oct 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG: PRO-INDEPENDENCE PROTEST
Mingpao reported on September 27, 2017, that political groups in Hongkong SAR on September 26, 2017, distributed moon-cakes with notes inside that read “say no to authoritarianism”.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: RE-EDUCATION CAMPS IN XINJIANG
Quoting official sources, RFA said there are re-education camps, called "career development centres", in Ghulja (in Chinese, Yining) county, in Ili Kazakh (Yili Hasake) Autonomous Prefecture, and Korla (Kuerle) city, in neighboring Bayin’gholin Mongol (Bayinguoleng Menggu) Autonomous Prefecture which hold at least 3,600 inmates.

Oct 2017

CHINA-TIBET: AIR AMBULANCE RESCUE SERVICE
An emergency rescue center has been established in Tsechokling airport in the regional capital of Lhasa. These will be the first two air ambulances for civil use in the region.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET AND 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Radio Free Asia reported on September 25, 2017, that authorities in Tsolho (in Chinese, Hainan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s Trika (Guide) county, in Qinghai province, summoned the heads of local Buddhist monasteries the previous week to warn against the use of social media to view or spread “illegal content” while top-level Party meetings are held in Beijing in October.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET AND 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Authorities have banned travel to Tibet from outside the politically sensitive region while the top-level meetings of the CCP are held. Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on September 29, 2017, that authorities in Sichuan province are tightening controls on undocumented driving by Tibetans ahead of major meetings of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing in October.

Oct 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS DELEGATES
The Chinese magazine Caixin published the name list of all the 2287 delegates to the 19th Party Congress scheduled to be held in Beijing from October 18-28, 2017.

Oct 2017

CHINA-XI JINPING ADDRESSES FIRST INTERPOL MEETING IN CHINA
Addressing the first meeting of Interpol's General Assembly in Beijing on September 26, 2017, and flanked by China's top law enforcement leadership including Party security chief Meng Jianzhu and Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun, Chinese President Xi Jinping said all nations have a right to be involved in regional and global security issues.

Oct 2017

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION
Xinhua stated on September 27, 2017, that the Discipline Inspection Commission of the Central Military Commission will conduct discipline inspection and supervision of misconduct during the eight-day holidays for celebrating the National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival starting on October 1.

Oct 2017

CHINA-PLA RESTRUCTURING
The old 121st Jungle-Mountain Infantry Brigade has been disbanded and merged with the old 12th LH (Army Aviation) Regiment to form the new 121st Air-Assault Brigade (空中突击第121旅).

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLAAF J-20 AIRCRAFT
Xinhua on September 28, 2017, quoted Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, as saying that China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been officially commissioned into military service.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ELECTED CHONGQING DELEGATES EXCLUDED FROM LIST OF DELEGATES TO 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
In a rare move, five senior Chinese Communist Party officials in Chongqing who were earlier elected to represent the centrally administered Municipality at the upcoming 19th National Party Congress have been excluded from the final list of attendees of 2,287 delegates.

Oct 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Xinhua reported on September 30, 2017, that according to the CCP CC's Organisation Department a total of 771 delegates, or 33.7 percent of the total, are from frontline production and manufacturing.

Oct 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING
At a group study session of the CCP CC Politburo on September 29, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a profound understanding of Marxism and vigorous promotion of the sinicization of Marxism.

Oct 2017

CHINA-RUSSIA: ENERGY COOPERATION
The Asia Times quoted China's official '21st Century Business Herald' as reporting on September 25, 2017, that Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Arkady Dvorkovich formally agreed to expand energy cooperation between the two nations at the 14th annual China-Russia Energy Cooperation Committee summit.

Sep 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN
Addressing the DPP's National Congress on September 22, 2017, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan must find a new way of talking about China and the issues it poses.

Sep 2017

CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE TO VISIT CHINA (SEPT 28 TO OCTOBER 1)
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Beijing September 28 – October 1 to meet with senior Chinese leaders.

Sep 2017

CHINA-US: US COMMERCE SECRETARY WARNS AGAINST CHINA'S FAST GROWING ROBOTICS INDUSTRY
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was reported on September 27 as warning that the big subsidies China is giving to its approximately 400 robotics companies poses an emerging threat to the US economy.

Sep 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: LIBERAL POLICY TO ENCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURS
The PRC State Council and CCP CC jointly issued guidelines on September 25, 2017, on encouraging entrepreneurial spirit and creating a favorable environment for entrepreneurship in a bid to spur market vitality.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY IN INNER MONGOLIA FOR 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Chinese authorities in Inner Mongolia have placed 63-year old Hada, a prominent ethnic Mongolian dissident, under closer surveillance ahead of the 19th Party Congress in Beijing.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY IN INNER MONGOLIA FOR 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Chinese authorities in Inner Mongolia have placed 63-year old Hada, a prominent ethnic Mongolian dissident, under closer surveillance ahead of the 19th Party Congress in Beijing.

Sep 2017

CHINA-SECURITY IN BEIJING FOR 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Beijing's Party Secretary Cai Qi, who was handpicked by Chinese President Xi Jinping for the position, was quoted by Hongkong's South China Morning Post on September 27, 2017, as promising to eradicate online political rumours ahead of the Party Congress in October. Speaking to Party authorities in charge of preparations on September 26, Cai Qi asked local officials to ensure security and stability in the capital.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP AND 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Moves to have Xi Jinping's writings and speeches incorporated in an amended Party Constitution at the upcoming 19th Party Congress continue.

Sep 2017

CHINA-CYBERSPACE AT 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Cyber policy and security were publicised in China in September in advance of the 19th Party Congress with the authoritative Party journal Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth) publishing an important article by the previously unknown Theoretical Studies Centre Group under the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC).

Sep 2017

CHINA-MALDIVES:FTA
After five rounds of talks, with the last in Beijing on September 15 - 16, 2017, China and Maldives signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on September 19.

Sep 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: TREMORS DETECTED
On September 23, 2017, China's earthquake administration at 0830 GMT detected possible earthquake tremors of 3.4 magnitude sparking suspicion that North Korea has conducted another "explosion". 

Sep 2017

CHINA-INDIA: THE DOKLAM FACE-OFF
Following the withdrawal of Indian and Chinese troops from the face-off on the Doklam Plateau, interesting are two articles published on September 12, 2017, in China's official state-owned Global Times.

Sep 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: PYRAMIDS FINANCIAL SCAM
Over the past couple of months Pyramids schemes have attracted the adverse notice of China's official media and security authorities. At the end of July 2017, hundreds of members of one such scheme took to the streets to protest against the arrest of their leader.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: APPOINTMENTS
On September 20, 2017, the PRC State Council announced some appointments.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA SENIOR APPOINTMENTS
The top leaders of 10 organs under the Central Military commission (CMC) have been changed recently. The two most recent appointments are Qin Shengxiang (秦生祥), former Director of the General Office of the CMC, who was appointed as the Political Commissar of the Navy and Song Puxuan (宋普选) the former Commander of the Northern Theater, who replaced Zhao Keshi (赵克石) as the head of the CMC Logistic Support Department.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Reuters reported on September 22, 2017, that the official website of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) had posted a report that 64-year old Wang Sanyun, who was appointed Gansu Province Party Secretary in late 2011.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PUBLIC SECURITY ANTI-CULT DRIVE
The PRC State Council on September 22, 2017, announced that official website and micro-blogging sites had been established by China's Anti-Cult Office to prevent and deal with the principles and policies of cults.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PUBLIC SECURITY/19TH PARTY CONGRESS
The official newspaper 'The Paper' reported on September 21, 2017, that the Fujian Province Public Security Bureau had arrested an individual on September 21 for inciting taxi drivers in Xiamen to create trouble and stage protests.

Sep 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: COMPLIANCE WITH UNSC SANCTIONS
Reuters on September 22, 2017, reported that China’s central bank instructed Chinese banks on September 18, to strictly implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

Sep 2017

CHINA-US: FORMER WHITE HOUSE STRATEGIST STEVE BANNON'S 'SECRET' MEETING WITH WANG QISHAN
The Financial Times reported on September 22, 2017, that the previous week former US White House Strategist Steve Bannon had flown to Beijing from Hong Kong, where he had gone to give a closed-door speech at a big investor conference hosted by CLSA, a Chinese state-owned investment bank.

Sep 2017

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: OBOR
Following the spike in global grain prices a decade ago, Chinese officials urged agribusinesses to secure farmland overseas to fill the country's growing food deficit. China's Agriculture Ministry claims China now has 1,300 companies which have made $11.7 billion in total investments in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries in 85 countries and regions.

Sep 2017

CHINA-XINJIANG: SECURITY
Huang Yunmin, a 58-year old former judge in the quasi-military Xinjiang Production and Construction Corp (XPCC) ) Brigade (bingtuan)'s Third Brigade People's Court in Kashgar prefecture, who was initially briefly held on administrative detention in March in the bingtuan city of Tumxuk for helping local workers protest at their treatment by the authorities, was tried on September 19, 2017, on suspicion of "incitement to racial hatred."

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
The South China Morning Post reported on September 22, 2017, that China’s top universities are encouraging academics and students to write online articles promoting socialist values, with some offering authors the same academic credits they would get for papers published in journals.

Sep 2017

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NEW NUCLEAR SUBMARINE
The People's Daily reported on September 21, 2017, that the PLA Navy had received a new nuclear submarine from the State-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), which also manufactures China's aircraft carrier. The submarine was built in the Dalian shipyard. Chinese military experts speculate that it is the type 093 or 094 Type submarine.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA AND 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Cheng Li, a well known China analyst in America's Brookings Institution, published an assessment on September 18, 2017, where he stated that of the 303 Delegates selected to represent the PLA and People’s Armed Police (PAP), as many as 90 percent are first-time delegates and that most, or all, of the military members on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) new Central Committee will be selected from among these names.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS/IDEOLOGY
The state-owned Global Times reported on September 21, 2017, that CCP committees in many cities and provinces like Fujian, Hainan, Guangdong, Sichuan and Tianjin Municipality, are studying the books of Chairman Mao Zedong,"a move hailed by experts as part of the momentum leading up to the 19th National Congress of the CCP that will help implement future Party policies".

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY MEASURES IN XINJIANG
Meanwhile, during a 5-day inspection of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region in August 2017, Meng Jianzhu asserted that 'large-scale use of cloud computing and AI, as well as analysis of “big data”, should be used to fight terrorism'.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL STABILITY/19TH PARTY CONGRESS
The People's Daily reported on September 21, 2017 that while addressing a press conference in Beijing on September 20, Meng Jianzhu, head of China's top Party body overseeing security, the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, said "The homicide rate in China in 2016 was 0.62 per 100,000 residents, better than most countries in the world."

Sep 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA AND THE US
An interesting article published in the New Yorker on September 19, 2017, analysed China's interests in the developments concerning North Korea and the US. Relevant highlights are extracted: "At the center of the North Korean nuclear crisis is a pivotal question: How much is China really willing to pressure and punish its longtime ally in Pyongyang?"

Sep 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: ARREST OF JAPANESE NATIONAL
The Dalian Daily reported on September 18, 2017, that Ken Higuchi, a Japanese national had been arrested in the port city of Dalian, Liaoning province, which borders North Korea, on suspicion of spying against China.

Sep 2017

CHINA-SINGAPORE: SINGAPORE PRIME MINISTER'S VISIT TO CHINA
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong began an official three-day visit to China from September 19, 2017, at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. He was accorded a formal welcome with guard of honour at the Great Hall of the People and had a meeting with Li Keqiang later that afternoon.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INDIA: ECONOMIC DISPARITY
In an article published in the Global times on September 18, 2017, Song Guoyou, Director of the Center for Economic Diplomacy, Fudan University, Shanghai, commented on reports that India's economy is likely to catch up with China's soon. He said that measuring FDI is not only about the amount of money absorbed from foreign direct investment, but the amount of outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) is also important.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES ASSERTS COMMITTMENT TO CPEC HYDEL PROJECT IN PoK
An article published in Global Times on September 20, 2017, quoted Bloomberg News as reporting that "China is racing to complete the Karot Hydropower Project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK) ahead of schedule" and nine months ahead of its December 2021 completion date.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: WATER DIVERSION TO BEIJING
Xinhua on September 18, 2017, claimed that the south-to-north water diversion project had benefited more than 11 million people. It recalled that the project was conceived by Mao Zedong in 1952 and approved by the PRC State Council in December 2002.

Sep 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: URBANISATION
Zhou Tianyong, a well-known professor at the Central Party School in Beijing, recently said in an article that "there is now a large group of people who have been prevented from urbanizing by hukou restrictions, and who realistically will never be able to urbanize in the future–thereby resulting in a permanent loss of income: because cities do not provide education and other public services, or because they do not have any income from rural land while urban housing prices are too high." He argued that the existence of a large group of people who have missed out on urbanization creates economic losses in three ways.

Sep 2017

CHINA-DALAI LAMA: US COLLEGE PENALISED FOR INVITING DALAI LAMA
The China Scholarship Council (CSC), a branch of the PRC government that funds overseas study for Chinese citizens, has informed the University of California San Diego (UCSD) that it would no longer process applications to study at UCSD for scholars who had not already received a visa appointment from the US embassy.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET
Passports held by Tibetans which were confiscated by authorities earlier this year in a bid to tighten control over travel outside China are still being held in spite of police promises that they would be quickly returned.

Sep 2017

CHINA-PLA: NEW LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS BEFORE 19TH CONGRESS
PLA Lieutenant General Zhou Yaning, 59, has taken over as chief of the Rocket Force, replacing General Wei Fenghe, who has retired.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY IN BEIJING FOR 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
A Tibetan traveling to Beijing this week was refused a room at a hotel after showing identification, and was taken by police to a special facility set up to accommodate Tibetans under supervision.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Xinhua reported that the CCP CC Politburo on September 18, 2017, deliberated a draft amendment to the constitution at a meeting which was presided over by Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CCP Central Committee.

Sep 2017

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP'S VISIT
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on September 13, 2017, that the visit of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to China may have been cancelled because some officials in the White House decided the couple were not suitable to make preparations for US President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S COMPLAINT OF INDIA'S GRUDGE AGAINST NEIGHBOUR
A Global Times article of September 11, 2017, headline 'India sends mixed signal by denying official's China trip' said India's denial of permission to Kerala's Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran to visit China to attend the 22nd session of the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization held in Chengdu, China, shows that "New Delhi still holds a grudge against its neighbor."

Sep 2017

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA WILLING TO REOPEN NATHULA
An article published in Global Times on September 13, 2017, said China is willing to discuss the reopening of the Nathu La Pass with India, "a mountain pass in the Himalayas which connects India's Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region, which has been closed due to the standoff in Doklam".

Sep 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: INTERNATIONALISATION OF YUAN (RMB)
Li Yang, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences who had served as an adviser to China’s central bank, was quoted by South China Morning Post on September 13, 2017, as saying at a forum in Beijing that China made a mistake in promoting the use of the currency in trade and investment, but not in financial transactions.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SHAANXI PROVINCE SECURITY AUTHORITIES DETAIN PRIVATE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
On September 8, 2017, the public security authorities of Shanxi Province detained Chen Yanhua, a private kindergarten teacher for organising protests about their poor working conditions.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL RE-EDUCATION CENTRES IN XINJIANG
The Human Rights Watch in a report released on September 10, 2017, claimed that since April 2017, the authorities in the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region have forcibly detained thousands of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities at 'political re-education centres' and ben subjecting them to propaganda promoting Chinese identity. Human Rights Watch said these political re-education centres were located around Kashgar City and Bortala Prefecture in 2017.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW REGULATIONS ON RELIGION
The PRC State Council promulgated the 77-article, 2017 Religious Affairs Regulation (RAR) on August 28, 2017, which will come into force on February 1, 2018. According to a Reuters report of September 7, 2017, the new regulations “use strong and specific language about the need to protect China’s national security against threats from religious groups.”

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGIOUS INFILTRATION
In an article in the CCP mouthpiece People's Daily on September 12, 2017, Wang Zuoan, Head of China’s religious affairs bureau, commented on the new rules regarding religion and said “the foreign use of religion to infiltrate (China) intensifies by the day and religious extremist thought is spreading in some areas.”

Sep 2017

CHINA-PLA: APPOINTMENTS
Global Times on September 13, 2017, quoting the PLA Daily, said General Song Puxuan, Commander of the PLA Northern Theatre Command has been appointed the new Head of the CMC Logistical Support Department.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER SECURITY CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 16 - 24, 2017
At a press conference in Shanghai on September 8, 2017, Zhao Xueliang, Director of the Network Security Coordination Bureau of the Central Network Administration and Jiang Xun, Director of the Shanghai Municipal Committee, said the Central Network Security and Information Leading Group had approved that this year's "National Network Security Promotion Week Program" will be held nationwide from September 16 to 24, 2017.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA RESTRICTIONS FOR 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
In the run up to the 19th Party Congress, due to open in Beijing on October 18, 2017,China's central Propaganda Department and media regulatory authorities have instructed all media work units and personnel not to spread or give credence to rumors.

Sep 2017

CHINA-US: ECONOMY & TRADE
The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai very recently released its 2017 Business Report.

Sep 2017

CHINA-UK: NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY AWARDS CHINESE AMBASSADOR
China's Ambassador to UK since 2009, Liu Xiaoming, received a Doctor of Laws on September 6, 2017, in recognition of his contribution to Sino-UK relations and his support for the university's endeavors to contribute to education in China.

Sep 2017

CHINA-PAKISTAN: 'SHAHEEEN - VI' AIR FORCE EXERCISES
China's official news agency publicised on September 8, 2017, that the joint China-Pakistan Shaheen -VI Air Force joint training exercises had begun on September 7 and will last till September 27.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBETANS IN QINGHAI
On August 8, 2017, in some areas of Darlag county in Golog, officials began implementation of a new policy to move nomads off their summer grazing land. August 23 was set as the deadline, by which most nomads were able to leave but some did not meet the deadline.

Sep 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS-PLA/PAP DELEGATES
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) and People's Armed Police Force (PAPF) on September 6, 2017, announced that they had elected a total of 303 Delegates to the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP-WANG QISHAN 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
PBSC Member and CDIC Chairman Wang Qishan appeared on the CCTV Evening News on September 5 & 6, 2017.

Sep 2017

CHINA: TIBET-VIETNAM HUMAN RIGHTS
Lobsang Sangay, the Sikyong of the Tibetan government in exile, alongwith Hoi Trinh, a Vietnamese and Australian lawyer lauded as an expert in international refugee law and policies, attended an unprecedented gathering in Westminster, California, USA to highlight human rights abuses.

Sep 2017

TAIWAN-US: DONATION TO U.S. FOR RELIEF EFFORTS FOR HURRICANE HARVEY
Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)said on September 2, 2017, that Taiwan had donated US$ 800,000 to the US Government for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Sep 2017

CHINA-VIETNAM: CHINA HARASSING VIETNAMESE FISHING BOATS
The Vietnamese news outlet Zing.vn reported on August 24, 2017, that from the beginning of June until now, 21 fishing boats of Quang Ngai and their fishermen have been attacked and chased in the maritime area of the Paracels [in the South China Sea].

Sep 2017

CHINA-SWITZERLAND: TIBETAN REFUGEES TO BE DEPORTED
The Dharamsala-based online newsoutlet Phayul reported on August 31, 2017, that Swiss immigration authorities have asked close to 300 Tibetans to leave the country as their documents are inadmissible for asylum application. Sporadic reports also suggested that the Swiss government is willing to bear expenses of travel as well as give monetary assistance of 5000 Swiss Franc to each Tibetan to leave the country.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The official website of the National People’s Congress on September 1, 2017, reported that Li Gang, former Deputy Director of the central government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, has been removed from his post and is under investigation for “severe violations of party discipline.”

Sep 2017

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NEW SUPPLY SHIP JOINS NAVY
The PLA Daily reported that an advanced comprehensive supply ship 'Hulun Nur' (Hull 965) joined the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in Guangzhou city on September 1, 2017.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: APPOINTMENT OF NEW PLA NAVY DEPUTY COMMANDER
Feng Danyu, the grandson of the famous Chinese General Feng Yuxiang, has been appointed Deputy Commander of the PLA Navy.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW TOP PLA APPOINTMENTS IN PLAA, PLAAF AND PLAN
On September 1, 2017, China's Ministry of National Defence announced the appointments of Han Weiguo as PLA Army (PLAA) Commander and 60-year old Ding Laihang as PLA Air Force (PLAAF) Commander. Shen Jinlong was appointed PLA Navy Commander early this year.

Sep 2017

CHINA-JUDICIAL SYSTEM
Addressing a symposium, attended by more than 70 lawyers with a history of defending vulnerable groups in cases considered politically sensitive by the government, in Beijing from August 28-31, 2017, China's Minister for Justice Zhang Jun told the assembled lawyers that a "Western-style" separation of powers and judicial independence is not suited to China.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY CONTROLS ON STUDENTS
Beijing News reported on September 4, 2017, that this year’s incoming class of 2,626 freshmen are required to have their faces scanned as part of the university’s induction procedure. The new technology was first tested in 13 of the university’s student halls earlier in May, before being installed in all dormitories in mid-August.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS-NORTH KOREA
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on September 4, 2017 that the State Council press office, the powerful Cyberspace Administration, the State Administration of Press and Publications, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) and Culture Ministry, were designated the authorised agencies to comment on developments regarding North Korea in the wake of the hydrogen test.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
The South China Morning Post reported on September 4, 2017, that just weeks before the 19th Party Congress the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television issued more than a dozen guidelines on TV content on September 4, 2017.

Sep 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP AND 19TH PARTY CONGRESS - WANG QISHAN
PBSC Member and Chairman of the CDIC Wang Qishan has been reported visiting Hunan on an inspection tour on September 4, 2017. Earlier on August 24, 2017, he was seen along with other PBSC members at Babaoshan, Beijing, attending the funeral of an old Chinese Communist Party cadre, An Zhiwen.

Sep 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S 'DIPLOMATIC THOUGHT'
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in Study Times, the official newspaper of the Central Party School, on September 1, 2017, wrote that Xi Jinping’s “diplomatic thought” “innovates upon and transcends the past 300 years of traditional Western international relations theory.”

Sep 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
Xinhua on August 31, 2017, reported that the Politburo had announced that the the 7th Plenum of the 18th Party Congress would be held on October 17 and the 19th Party Congress would open on the 18th October 2017.

Sep 2017

CHINA-INDIA: ECONOMIC COOPERATION
China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said at its regular press conference that economic and trade relations between China and India have maintained a steady growth momentum and have a large room for cooperation.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: BRICS SUMMIT
In an article published by the state-owned Global Times on August 30, 2017, Li Zhiqin, senior fellow with the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University, said "there are still voices of discontent in some BRICS countries". He said for the future of BRICS, Sino-Indian relations is a topic that cannot be ignored. Saying that China and India share many similarities, he pointed out that recently, however, "India's attitude toward China has changed a lot.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TOURISM IN TIBET
The Hilton Nyingchi Resort in the city of Nyingchi in Tibet is the first international brand resort in Nyingchi and the Hilton Group's first hotel in Tibet.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA & EDUCATION
New liberal arts textbooks written by the Ministry of Education will appear in all first-year primary and middle schools across China effective this September.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
As yet unconfirmed reports state that the date for the 19th Party Congress has been set for October 18, 2017.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: COMPOSITION OF NEW CENTRAL MILITARY COMMISSION
Rumours circulating on Wechat this (August 31, 2017) morning mention the composition of the new Central Military Commission (CMC). It says the new CMC will have one Chairman (Xi Jinping) and four Vice Chairmen: Xu Qiliang, Zhang Youxia, Wei Fenghe and Li Zuocheng. There will be no CMC members.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PAKISTAN: ON AFGHANISTAN
In an article in the Dawn on August 26, 2017, Ashraf Jahangir Qazi, former Pakistan Ambassador to the US, Iran, India and China, commented on US President Donald Trump accusing Pakistan of giving “safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror” and said Trump's new Afghan strategy will “change the approach in how to deal with Pakistan”.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PAKISTAN: DISCUSSIONS ON TRUMP'S STATEMENT ON AFGHANISTAN
Reuters on August 30, 2017, that Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua met China’s special envoy Deng Xijun on Afghan affairs Deng Xijun on August 28, a day after Islamabad canceled a scheduled visit by Alice Wells, US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE REACTIONS TO DISENGAGEMENT AT DOKLUM
The South China Morning Post on August 30, 2017, quoted Wang Dehua, Head of South Asia Studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, as saying “China understands the importance of creating a favourable atmosphere for the success of the summit and the all-important party congress.”

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: DOKLUM DISENGAGEMENT
A carefully worded editorial in the official Global Times on August 30, 2017, sought to clearly suggest that India had backed down at Doklum and 'India withdrew its troops to its own territory along the China-India border on Monday. The next day, it announced that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China in early September'.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORRUPTION
The Guangzhou City Intermediate People's Court on August 28, 2017, sentenced the former Secretary of the Shenzhen Municipality Politics and Law Committee and member of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee Standing Committee, Jiang Zunyu for taking bribes totalling nearly HK$ 85.22 million.

Aug 2017

CHINA-XINJIANG:TERRORISM
On August 28, 2017, China's official news agency Xinhua quoted Meng Jianzhu, Political Bureau member and head of the CCP CC's Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, as saying after a 5-day inspection in Xinjiang that new technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence must be used to fight terrorism in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
USA's Princeton University Press announced the opening of its China office in Beijing on August 15, 2017, describing it as the first such presence for a U.S. university press.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHONGQING UNIVERSITY ERADICATION OF BO XILAI'S INFLUENCE
According to a statement issued by the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) on August 28, 2017, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) committee of Chongqing University required all its members to be profoundly aware that the cases of Bo and Wang have caused bad influence on the CPC and the country, and the degrading impact of the two has greatly jeopardized the Party's cause as well as Chongqing's reform and development efforts.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
China’s top universities have set up Communist Party departments to oversee the political thinking of their teaching staff after the colleges were criticised as part of the government’s tightening of ideological control on campuses.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PLA: APPOINTMENTS
General Fang Fenghui, till last week the Head of the Joint Staff Department of the CMC before he was replaced by General Li Zuocheng, was reported on August 30, 2017, by the online Boxun site to be 'under investigation'.

Aug 2017

CHINA-ISRAEL: STUDENT ENROLLMENT
There has been a huge increase in the number of Chinese students studying in Universities in Israel. The University of Haifa has 200 Chinese students with the majority coming from the University of East China Normal University in Shanghai, which is a sister city of Haifa.

Aug 2017

CHINA-US: AMERICA'S NEW PAK-AFGHANISTAN POLICY
The People's Daily, offficial mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), on August 24, 2017, quoted Li Yan, Assistant Director of the Institute of American Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), and Wang Shida, Assistant Director of CICIR's Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies, as listing three main impacts of 'the new Afghanistan strategy introduced by US President Donald Trump' and said this might mean changes to its global strategy'.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE REACTION TO INDIA BUILDING A ROAD IN LADAKH
On August 25, 2017, China's official news agency reiterated that it is three months "since Indian military trespassed into Chinese territory, to which China has shown the utmost tolerance.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: DOKLUM STAND-OFF DEFUSED
In a surprise, but welcome, development India's Ministry of External Affairs and China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on August 28, 2017, announced the simultaneous disengagement of troops involved in the face-off on the Doklum Plateau. Later that afternoon India confirmed that bulldozers and other road building equipment had been removed by the Chinese.

Aug 2017

CHINA-SOUTH KOREA
Ceremonies were held in Beijing and Seoul on Thursday to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and South Korea, but neither of the Foreign Ministers attended the ceremonies.Presidents Xi Jinping and Moon Jae-in also sent each other polite messages, but without mentioning the current political stand-off.

Aug 2017

CHINA-ENVIRONMENT
In a 143 page report outlining a "battleplan" to fight winter smog released on August 24, 2017, and available on its website, China's Ministry of Environmental Protection said China has pledged to cut average concentrations of airborne particles known as PM2.5 by more than 15 percent year-on-year in the winter months in 28 northern cities to meet key smog targets.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA & INTERNET CONTROLS
The Global Times on August 25, 2017, reported that the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) had on August 25, announced that Chinese Internet users must register using their real names and information before they can be allowed to post online comments.

Aug 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS: NEXT GENERATION MILITARY LEADERS: ASSESSMENT BY CHENG LI
Cheng Li also identified that none of the 41 military leaders with full membership on the 18th Central Committee belong to the sixth generation.

Aug 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS: NEXT GENERATION PARTY LEADERS: ASSESSMENT BY CHENG LI
China analyst Cheng Li recently wrote that as of August 2017, an impressive 298 of the 369 members of China’s 31 province-level party standing committees were born in the 1960s, or 80.7% of the total. By contrast, in August 2015, only 40% (158 out of 395) of these standing committee members had been born in the 1960s. In other words, the proportion of sixth-generation representation in this important leadership group has doubled in only two years.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
A lengthy front page report in the People’s Liberation Army Daily on August 25, 2017, military warns against return to bad old ways of graft and said the “illusions of the corrupt elements had been smashed” and that the “evil begotten” by Xu and Guo had been cleared away like smog dispersed by the wind, but that the corruption fight needed to continue, not stop, with perseverance and tenacity.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PLA: REFORM & DOWNSIZING
The official Chinese newspaper, The Paper, stated on August 16, 2017, that “During this round of military reform, the PLA cut over 1,000 units at the Regimental level or above. It cut nearly half of the non-combat staff and 30 percent of officers.

Aug 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: APPOINTMENTS
China's Ministry of National Defence Ministry announced on August 26, 2017, that General Li Zuocheng, Commander of the PLAA (Ground Forces) has been appointed Head of the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission (CMC), replacing General Fang Fenghui.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS, BEIDAIHE - PBSC
Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun reported on August 24, 2017, that in a short list of candidates for the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) prepared after the meeting at Beidaihe, the 69-year old Chairman of the CDIC Wang Qishan did not figure.

Aug 2017

CHINA-US: INTERNET MALWARE & DATA THEFT
The FBI on August 23, 2017, arrested Chinese national Yu Pingan @ 'Gold Sun', who is facing charges related to the malware used in the 2015 data theft from the Office of Personnel Management computer systems -- a breach that compromised the personal information of more than 21 million current and former US government employees or their spouses -- according to US officials briefed on the investigation.

Aug 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: SoE REFORM
China Daily on August 23, 2017, quoted Li Jin, Chief Researcher at the China Enterprise Research Institute, as describing the merger of Real estate developer China Poly Group Corp with Sinolight Corp and China National Arts and Crafts Group as part of China's ongoing efforts to improve its State sector adding that it is more like a "big fish eating smaller fish", and could further reduce the resistance of State-owned companies to reform and raise competitiveness.

Aug 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY
Hong Kong’s Mainland-backed Phoenix New Media on August 14, 2017, reported that, based on an analysis by Morgan Stanley Chase, the commercial real estate markets in New York, Sydney, and London may face serious challenges in the next two years. The primary cause of this warning is that Chinese investors have started withdrawing from overseas real estate markets.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
On August 21, 2017, the official website of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) released data showing that in July 2017 the CDIC investigated and punished more than 4342 senior cadres.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS, INTERNET & IDEOLOGY
The June 23, 2017, issue of the Party theoretical journal Qiushi (Seeking Truth) published an article entitled “The U.S.’s Strategy of Exporting Ideology over the Internet will not change” by Li Yanyan, a Deputy Professor at the Marxism Institute, Beijing Technology Institute and a Postdoctoral candidate at the Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The Qiushi article discussed how the US exports ideology over the Internet and that this had become a core part of the US ’strategy of “public diplomacy.”

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: WORKER AND TEACHER PROTESTS
The official website of the Heilongjiang Province this month reported that nearly 6000 private, substitute and kindergarten teachers and in-service substitute kindergarten teacher had been dismissed.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PETITIONS
Just months prior to the 19th Party Congress, Xinhua reported that the State Office of Letters and Calls, the highest office for dealing with petitions, had announced that Petitions lodged against the government had dropped across China by a quarter last year compared with 2013.

Aug 2017

CHINA-TIBET: RELIGIOUS CONTROLS/ NEW MONASTERY MGT COMMITTEE AT LARUNG GAR
Chinese authorities, on August 20, 2017, announced the appointment of Chinese Communist Party members to key positions at Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist Institute to exercise direct control over the management and day to day operations of the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in Larung valley in Tibet’s Serthar (Ch: Seda) County in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY CONTROLS IN XINJIANG
On August 21, 2017, the authorities in Urumqi issued a notice mandating that Uyghurs and Kazakh citizens residing in the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region must undergo a security procedure before they can register a new car.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PLA: FALLING QUALITY OF RECRUITS
According to an article posted on the WeChat account of the People's Liberation Army Daily, 56.9% of the candidates at one unnamed town were rejected for failing to meet physical fitness standards.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PLA: NEW ANTICIPATED APPOINTMENTS
The South China Morning Post reported on August 23, 2017, that 60-year old Lt General Ding Laihang is expected to be appointed the next Commander of the PLA Air Force (PLAAF).

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP & 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
In its September 2017 issue, Hongkong's Mingjing magazine published an 80-plus page interview of Guo Wengui with journalist Chen Xiaoping. In the interview, Guo Wengui praises Xi Jinping but targets PBSC member and CDIC Chairman Wang Qishan.

Aug 2017

CHINA-BEIDIAHE MEETING: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
A recent article published in Duowei on August 19, 2017, claimed that the outcome from the recent Beidaihe meeting or “summer summit” indicated that Beijing has finished the final stretch of the preparation that has been planned for the upcoming 19th People’s Congress.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA DEFENDS PAKISTAN AFTER TRUMP'S CRITICISM
China defended its ally Pakistan on August 22, 2017, after US President Donald Trump said the United States could no longer be silent about Pakistan's "safe havens" for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to "harbor terrorists".

Aug 2017

CHINA-US: US AIRCRAFT CARRIER TO VISIT VIETNAM
In a move sure to upset China, a US aircraft carrier will visit Vietnam in 2018, the first time an American carrier will be in the country since the end of the Vietnam War.

Aug 2017

CHINA-US: US SANCTIONS CHINESE COMPANIES FOR TRADING WITH NORTH KOREA
The United States on August 22, 2017, imposed new North Korea-related sanctions, targeting Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for supporting Pyongyang’s weapons programs, but stopped short of an anticipated focus on Chinese banks.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: ANALYSIS OF WEIBO TRENDS
There are many people who feel that there are other countries, mainly India, deserving more punishment than North Korea. As China-Indian relations are worsening over the Doklam border dispute, many netizens seem to think that a possible conflict with India is currently a more relevant topic to discuss than the heightening tensions between the US and North Korea.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE PROPAGANDA ON DOKLUM
On August 17, 2017, China's state-owned Global Times published an unsubstantiated report claiming that the PLA is in the process of transferring large quantums of blood stock to Tibet to tackle the eventuality of conflict with India.

Aug 2017

CHINA-WEIBO TRENDS: NORTH KOREA
In the backdrop of rising tensions in the US standoff with North Korea, the question of China’s position in the conflict is growing more important. Although China's state media earlier said China would help North Korea if the US would attempt to overthrow its government, some renowned Chinese experts hold a different view.

Aug 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG: CRACKDOWN ON PRO-DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets in Hongkong on August 20, 2017.

Aug 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: OBOR
Reuters reported on August 23, 2017, that four of China's largest state-owned commercial banks are raising billions to fund investment under Beijing's "Belt and Road" drive, bolstering ambitions to to revive Silk Road trade routes and internationalize the yuan.

Aug 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's GreatWall Motor Company said on August 21, 2017, that it is interested in buying the Jeep brand, which has a strong resonance in China, and which is valued at US$ 19 billion.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: 19th PARTY CONGRESS AND CONTROLS ON MEDIA
The Apple Daily reported on August 20, 2017, that in the run up to the 19th Party Congress, the authorities suspended incoming and outgoing WhatsApp messages on August 19 evening and August 20. The newspaper said this could be a prelude to blocking WhatsApp entirely.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PEASANT PROTESTS
The Chinese blogsite Weiquanwang reported on August 19, 2017, that 49 representatives of farmers who lost their lands protested outside the Shanghai Social Security Authority for the 35th time on August 19, 2017. The authorities declined to receive them or their petition.

Aug 2017

CHINA-SCIENCE & TECHNOLOY: QUANTUM SATELLITE
Reuters quoted China's authoritative Xinhua newsagency as disclosing that China has sent an "unbreakable" code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PLA: ORGANISATIONAL REFORM
With the deepening of the national defense and military reforms, the Military Region leadership which earlier handled the provincial military system will now transfer this function to the leadership of the CMC's National Defense Mobilization Department.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PLA: REFORMS & NEW APPOINTMENTS/PROMOTIONS
Some appointments at senior echelons of the PLA have been reported recently which include the new unit designations for the 13 Group Armies, numbering from 71 to 84. The move has been interpreted as indicating Xi Jinping’s desire to tear down existing loyalty networks and entirely rebuild the army.

Aug 2017

CHINA-US: HI-TECH MILITARY EQUIPMENT SALES
A report mentions that the American compny, Teledyne, which makes all kinds of specialized equipment for deep-sea exploration, including some very powerful sonar systems that offer high resolution imagery (among others purposes, for tracking deep sea cables) has been selling equipment to China's PLA Navy (PLAN).

Aug 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLAAF FLIGHTS AROUND TAIWAN
China has increased training runs by PLAAF aircraft around Taiwan and indicated that such flights are the new normal. Each day from August 12 to 14, 2017, PLAAF aircraft flew in routes that circled Taiwan.

Aug 2017

CHINA-RUSSIA: MILITARY EXERCISES WITH INDIA
On August 18, 2017, China's official news agency Xinhua quoted the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying on August 16, that the upcoming Russia-India military drills do not target China and expressing confidence that China and India can resolve their border tensions.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: DOKLAM FACE-OFF AND PROPAGANDA RHETORIC
The People's Daily, the CCP's official newspaper, on August 14, 2017 stated that "as of press time, China has laid out its position 67 times, with the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterating its firm stance on the issue for 54 times, while the Ministry of National Defense has issued 4 announcements regarding the incident".

Aug 2017

CHINA-PLA: NEW YJ-12 ANTI-SHIP MISSILE
The Pentagon's latest annual report includes a brief reference to the YJ-12 anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM). According to a 2011 study that appeared in Naval War College Review, the YJ-12 ASCM has a range of 400 kilometers, making it one of the longest-ranged ASCMs ever fielded.

Aug 2017

CHINA-MASSIVE GOVERNMENT RECRUITMENT DRIVE IN XINJIANG
Radio Free Asia reported on August 18, 2017, that Chinese authorities in the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region have launched a nationwide drive to recruit more than 12,000 staff out of the 30,000 or more jobs now on offer and including new police officers, civil servants, teachers, academics, and airline staff.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER CONTROLS AND SECURITY
Writing in the Diplomat on August 17, 2017, Charlotte Gao reported that on August 15, China’s top internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China, and China’s Education Ministry in a joint notification announced that China is planning to “build four to six world-famous cyber-security schools in ten years (from 2017 to 2027)”.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: 19TH PARTY CONGRESS-PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Early in August 2017, the Beijing security authorities placed Zhu Delong, a Deputy Professor at the Capital Normal University in Beijing under five days' administrative detention for posts that he had made online criticizing the growing "cult of personality" around Xi Jinping.

Aug 2017

CHINA-RUSSIA: CHINA ENERGY IN TALKS TO BUY RUSSIA'S ROSNEFT
According to a Reuters report of August 17, 2017, CEFC China Energy, China's sprawling energy conglomerate, is in talks to acquire a stake in Russian state oil giant Rosneft (ROSN.MM).

Aug 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: FIRST BILATERAL MEETING OF FOREIGN MINISTERS
In their first bilateral meeting on August 7, 2017, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meetings, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi criticized his new Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, for not being like his father, a former political heavyweight who placed importance on improving relations with Asian countries. After meeting Taro Kono he said “I was disappointed.

Aug 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: FOOD EXPORTS
Chinese customs data showed a surge in exports of nearly 30 items, with corn increasing 32-fold from 400 tonnes to nearly 12,724 tonnes, bananas from just over 63.4 tonnes to 1,156 tonnes and wheat powder from less than 0.6 tonnes to 7.6 tonnes.

Aug 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: NEW ENVOY FOR TALKS
58-year old career diplomat Kong Xuanyou, took over from the 71-year-old Wu Dawei as China's special envoy on North Korea at the start of August.

Aug 2017

CHINA-US: MILITARY EXCHANGE
China's authoritative official news agency Xinhua reported on August 17, 2017, that Chinese President Xi Jinping met visiting Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford on August 17, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: ECONOMY & TRADE
An article in China's state-owned Global Times on August 10, 2017, expressed concern that India, which it described as "a rising star in the world's manufacturing arena ... but still 10 years behind China" "has grown increasingly attractive to overseas investors in the manufacturing sector. ... " could impose restrictions on Chinese companies.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: PROPAGANDA WARFARE
On August 16, 2017, evening China's authoritative official news agency Xinhua released a 3-minute video clip on the face-off at Doklum entitled "The Spark: India’s Seven Sins.”

Aug 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG: RAIL LINK TO GUANGZHOU
The South China Morning Post reported on August 9, 2017, that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on August 9, 2017, rejected suggestions to limit the power of mainland officers operating under the controversial joint checkpoint plans for the cross-border express rail link terminus.

Aug 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG: INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT
The Hongkong Department of Justice (DOJ), dissatisfied with the original sentence to “community service” for the pro-Independence protesters, has appealed for a much harsher, immediate prison sentence.

Aug 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG: PENALTIES FOR PRO-INDEPENDENCE LEGISLATORS
Prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy student leaders, Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang, were jailed for six to eight months on August 17, 2017, for storming the government ­headquarters compound at ­Tamar during an illegal protest that triggered the 79-day Occupy sit-ins of 2014.

Aug 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBoC
Bloomberg News service reported on August 9, 2017, that Ma Jun, Chief Economist of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC)’s research bureau, left his position after his contract expired on August 8.

Aug 2017

CHINA-TIBET: DEMOLITION OF HOUSES AT YACHEN GAR, KARDZE, PALYUL (BAIYU) COUNTY
Radio Free Asia reported on August 15, 2017, that authorities in Yachen Gar, located in Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) prefecture’s Palyul (Baiyu) county in China’s Sichuan province, began demolishing 2,000 residences of Tibetan clergy at the Yachen Gar Buddhist Center from August 8.

Aug 2017

CHINA-APPLE: CCP PARTY COMMITTEE TO MONITOR APPLE DATA CENTRE IN GUIZHOU
The Guizhou government said on its website (www.gzgov.gov.cn) on August 14, 2017, that a CCP Comittee would oversee the Apple iCloud Data Centre to be set up in Guizhou.

Aug 2017

CHINA-CULTURE: FIRST CHINESE ACTION WAR FILM BOX OFFICE HIT
Xinhua on August 16, 2017, publicised that 'Wolf Warrior II', directed by and staring Chinese actor Wu Jing, has become the first non-Hollywood movie ever to crack the list of 100 global box office champions.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: MEDIA CONTROLS
The Hongkong media quoted the Cyberspace Administration of China as saying on August 11, 2017, that Chinese regulators are investigating the three internet giants Tencent, Baidu and Sina Weibo for potential violations.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PLA: APPOINTMENTS - CMC VICE CHAIRMAN
Hongkong's South China Morning Post, quoting two unidentified sources, reported on August 16, 2017, that General Li Zuocheng, the 64-year-old commanding officer of the ground force of the People’s Liberation Army, will fill the vacancy left by CMC Vice Chairman Xu Qiliang who is likely to take over as CMC First Vice Chairman next month from Fan Changlong.

Aug 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: 19th PARTY CONGRESS - BEIDIAHE MEETING
The annual meeting of top Chinese leaders at the seaside resort of Beidiahe where senior CCP appointments are decided, ended after 15 days on August 17, 2017.

Aug 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: NUCLEAR & MISSILE TESTS
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on August 6, 2017, urged North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho to abide by U.N. resolutions and stop provoking “the international community’s goodwill” with missile launches and nuclear tests.

Aug 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: NORTH KOREA
Yomiuri Shimbun on August 6, 2017 reported that Kenji Kanasugi, Director General of Japan's Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, met Wu Dawei, then China’s special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, in Japan on April 26, 2017 and asked him to take action toward restricting China’s acceptance of North Korean workers.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: ECONOMY
The investment exposure of Chinese companies in India over the last 17 years remains limited to a cumulative FDI inflow of US$ 1.63 billion as on July 31, 2017.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: TRANSCRIPT OF CONVERSATION BETWEEN MAO ZEDONG AND KHRUSCHEV
The South China Morning Post on August 5, 2017, excerpted from documents compiled by the Wilson Centre in Washington and published a transcript of a meeting attended by Khrushchev, Mao Zedong (毛澤東), M.A. Suslov, A.A. Gromyko, Liu Shaoqi (劉少奇), Zhou Enlai (周恩來), Lin Biao (林彪), Peng Zhen (彭真), Chen Yi and Wan Xia Sang.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: FACE-OFF AT DOKA LA
On August 4, 2017, Global Times published an article by You Dongxiao, Associate Professor with the International College of Defense at the National Defense University of the People's Liberation Army, which was publicised by China's official news agency Xinhua.

Aug 2017

CHINA-SRI LANKA: CHINA'S DONATION TO SRI LANKA'S PARLIAMENT
China has donated equipment, including office materials and laptops, estimated at 293,000 U.S. dollars to the Sri Lankan Parliament in order to further strengthen parliament to parliament ties between the two countries.

Aug 2017

CHINA-SRI LANKA: PLA NAVY
In the week before June 11, 2017, a three-ship task force of the PLA Navy (PLAN), consisting of the Luyang II-class destroyer Changchun , the Jiangkai II-class frigate Jingzhou and the Fuchi-class oiler Chaohu, had been on the Indian Ocean phase of a six-month deployment. Scheduled to visit Sri Lanka, their planned goodwill stop quickly became a disaster relief effort and left well before a US Navy task force could arrive.

Aug 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: SoE REFORM
China's centrally administered State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) are steadily promoting the merger process this year as required by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), with a new merged company about to be born in the coal and power sector.

Aug 2017

CHINA-DEFENCE: CHINA'S DECLINING DEFENCE STOCKS
A report in Asia Times on August 1, 2017, by Zi Yang claimed that while Chinese President Xi Jinping has championed defense industry mixed-ownership reform in the past, he made no mention of it in his Army Day speech.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
Media reports claim that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may induct its first indigenously designed and developed Type 001A aircraft carrier Shandong ahead of schedule and as early as 2018, two Chinese military sources revealed to the South China Morning Post last week.

Aug 2017

CHINA-TIBET: PANCHEN LAMA
China said on July 26, 2017, that Gyaltsen Norbu, the China-appointed 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet, had taken part in a series of religious and social activities during a visit to Qinghai Province from July 18 to 24.

Aug 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN-US: TAIWAN'S FOXCONN INVESTS IN USA
Apple supplier and Taiwan's leading IT company, Foxconn Technology Group has announced it will build a massive plant in Wisconsin that would employ thousands.

Aug 2017

CHINA-PAKISTAN: MOUNTING ECONOMIC DEBT AND CPEC
Data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reveals that imports reached a historic level of US$ 53 billion, while the trade deficit was US$32.58 billion for the fiscal year 2016/2017.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INDIA: THE DOKA LA FACE-OFF AND CHINA'S THREATS
On July 30, 2017 a retired PLA Major General Yao Yunzhu, presently Director Emeritus at the PLA’s prestigious Academy of Military Science (AMS) Centre on China-America Defence Relations and whose remarks usually reflect the official Chinese ‘line’, described the face-off as of “unprecedented nature” that could make Beijing look for a strong resolution. She claimed the CCP and the PLA are under “huge pressure” to take strong action against the “invasion”.

Aug 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: E-COMMERCE
The market research firm YouGov earlier this month reported that over 30% of mainland internet users believe China will be a completely cashless society within the next 10 years.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: MEDIA CONTROLS
An online essay titled “Beijing Has 20 Million People Pretending to Have a Life Here” by Chinese writer and blogger Zhang Wumao became a viral hit on WeChat and Weibo after it was published on the author’s WeChat account on July 23.

Aug 2017

CHINA-TIBET: SELF-IMMOLATION IN INDIA
A young Tibetan boy aged between 25 and 35 years self-immolated around 3 pm (local time) in Dharamsala, India, on  August 1, 2017 on the roadside not far from the Dalai Lama's temple.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION - POLICE DETAIN 18 MEMBERS OF CHRISTIAN CULT QUANNENGSHEN (EASTERN LIGHTENI
Police in China's Changxing County, Zhejiang Province have, following a 6-month investigation, detained 18 members and destroyed two “lairs” of the Quannengshen (Eastern Lightning) sect, notorious for its followers’ murder of a woman in a McDonald’s in 2014.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION - POLICE DETAIN 18 MEMBERS OF CHRISTIAN CULT QUANNENGSHEN (EASTERN LIGHTENI
Police in China's Changxing County, Zhejiang Province have, following a 6-month investigation, detained 18 members and destroyed two “lairs” of the Quannengshen (Eastern Lightning) sect, notorious for its followers’ murder of a woman in a McDonald’s in 2014.

Aug 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION - POLICE DETAIN 18 MEMBERS OF CHRISTIAN CULT QUANNENGSHEN (EASTERN LIGHTENI
Police in China's Changxing County, Zhejiang Province have, following a 6-month investigation, detained 18 members and destroyed two “lairs” of the Quannengshen (Eastern Lightning) sect, notorious for its followers’ murder of a woman in a McDonald’s in 2014.

Aug 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: BO XILAI'S LINGERING INFLUENCE
The official Chongqing Daily reported on July 25, 2017, that the city had called a special meeting of senior cadres the previous day following Beijing’s decision to investigate Sun Zhengcai, once seen as a candidate for the next generation of Chinese leadership.

Aug 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW MILITARY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH BODY
A documentary on state-owned CCTV on July 24, 2017, revealed for the first time that 'The Scientific Research Steering Committee' was set up early this year.

Aug 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MILITARY REFORM
At a group study meeting of Politburo members on July 24, 2017, in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all-out efforts to push forward military reform.

Aug 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
Xinhua on July 27, 2017, reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping had delivered a 'keynote' speech to a specially convened meeting of high-level central and provincial Party and military officials in Beijing on July 26, 2017, Xinhua described the meeting as routine and held prior to the Party Congresses.

Aug 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING TAKES SALUTE AT PLA'S 90TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE
On August 1, 2017, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) celebrated its 90th anniversary at the Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Base in Inner Mongolia with a parade for the first time ever ­featuring 12,000 troops in battle gear rather than the traditional dress ­uniform. Xi Jinping took the salute dressed in combat fatigues and a military forage cap in a military jeep.

Aug 2017

CHINA-SRI LANKA: CHINA WANTS TO BUY HAMBANTOTA OUTRIGHT
On July 24, 2017, China's Ambassador told Colombo's Sunday Times that China was not interested in any debt for equity swaps proposed by Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for infrastructure projects, including Mattala International Airport and portions of the Hambantota deep sea port.

Jul 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN: XINHUA LIST FOR CHINESE MEDIA OF BANNED TERMS
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus secretary-general Lin Wei-chou on July 22, 2017, described Beijing’s guidelines banning Chinese media from using the name “Republic of China (ROC)” — Taiwan’s official title — as “overkill.

Jul 2017

CHINA-US:ECONOMY: Committee on Foreign Investment in Committee on Foreign Investment in the United
The US Government's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has objected to at least nine acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign buyers so far this year, indicating that it is becoming more risk-averse under U.S. President Donald Trump. 

Jul 2017

CHINA-US: ECONOMY
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on July 19, 2017, reportedly dispensed with any pretense that the first meeting of the new U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue had yielded anything close to a breakthrough.

Jul 2017

CHINA-US: CONFRONTATION OF FIGHTER JETS
US Officials told Fox News that on July 23, 2017, a pair of armed Chinese fighter jets flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane flying in the East China Sea.

Jul 2017

CHINA-CANADA: ARREST OF CANADIAN CITIZENS
According to Radio-Canada, Chinese police officials entered a hotel room where members of the travelling equestrian show Cavalia were staying on July 14, 2017, and made a number of arrests and two Canadians remain in prison allegedly for using marijuana.

Jul 2017

CHINA-VIETNAM: CHINA THREATENS MILITARY ACTION OVER OIL EXPLORATION IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
A source in the south-east Asian oil industry has told the BBC that Repsol of Spain, was ordered by Vietnam to terminate a gas-drilling expedition only days after it had confirmed the existence of a major gas field in a disputed area of the South China Sea, following strong threats from China. 

Jul 2017

CHINA-INDIA: FACE-OFF AT DOKA LA
Xiao Bin, Deputy Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Research Center affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), wrote in the state-owned Global times on July 23, 2017, that "Since Indian troops illegally crossed the border with China in the Doklam area, China and India, both of which are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), have been locked in a standoff, and as a result bilateral ties have plunged to a record low".

Jul 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: PEW SURVEY OF GLOBAL PERCEPTIONS
Pew Global released a report on July 13, 2017, which said that a median of 47% across the 38 countries surveyed have a favorable opinion of China, while 37% express an unfavorable view. Majorities or pluralities in 24 countries give China a positive rating.

Jul 2017

CHINA - INTERNAL:WEB COMMENTS ON 'HALAL' FOOD
Discussions on the Chinese web on the  so-called ‘halal-ification’ of China have flared up after delivery app Meituan introduced separate boxes for its halal food deliveries this week. Many netizens see the growing prevalence of halal food in China as a threat to a unified society and say that featuring special services for Muslims is discriminatory against non-Muslims.

Jul 2017

CHINA-TIBET: ARREST OF TIBETAN MONK TULKU LOBSANG
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on July 24, 2017, that Chinese authorities had detained Tulku Lobsang, a monk of Boroe monastery in Sichuan’s Sershul (in Chinese, Shiqu) county in the Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture on July 21, without explanation.

Jul 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: BEIJING RECRUITING SECURITY PERSONNEL
The Chaoyang District Police Bureau in Beijing said on July 17, 2017, that it was “hiring 2,464 administrators” to assist officers to check whether residents from outside Beijing had the proper registration documents.

Jul 2017

CHINA-INSTRUCTIONS TO PARTY MEMBERS NOT TO PRACTICE RELIGION
Wang Zuoan, Director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) wrote in an article published in the Qiushi Journal on July 15, 2017, and reported by the Global Times, that "Party members should not have religious beliefs, which is a red line for all members. ... Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey Party rules and stick to the Party's faith ... they are not allowed to seek value and belief in religion." He warned that officials who have religious faith will be persuaded to give it up, and those who resist will be punished by the Party.

Jul 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
On July 19, 2017, China's authoritative official news agency Xinhua published an article by Chinese State Councilor and Director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Leading Group Yang Jiechi titled "Study and Implement General Secretary Xi Jinping's Thought on Diplomacy in a Deep-going Way and Keep Writing New Chapters of Major-Country Diplomacy with Distinctive Chinese Features.

Jul 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLA AIR FORCE FLIGHTS OVER JAPAN
Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on July 21, 2017, that the flight path of 10 Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft flying over international waters off Taiwan’s east coast and through the Miyako Strait between Japan’s Miyako and Okinawa islands on Thursday was fully monitored.

Jul 2017

CHINA-US: ARREST OF US STUDENT
Guthrie McLean, a student of the University of Montana was detained on July 16, 2017, in China for what his mother and a family friend are calling "a shakedown."

Jul 2017

CHINA-US: STEEL TALKS
A meeting on jULY 18, 2017, between US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and China’s Vice Premier, Wang Yang, on steel yielded what people close to the situation said were productive discussions.

Jul 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY
Quoting the state-owned asset management company (AMC) that absorbs toxic assets from banks, China's financial magazine Caixin reported on July 20, 2017, that more businesses in China may be unable to repay their bank loans in coming years as the economy slows while the government steps up its deleveraging campaign.

Jul 2017

CHINA-PLA: XI JINPING ISSUES NEW INSTRUCTIONS TO PLA RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES
The lead news item on the state-owned CCTV on July 19, 2017, showed Chinese President Xi Jinping presenting new flags to the Academy of Military Science (AMS), National Defence University (NDU) and the National University of Defense Technology.

Jul 2017

CHINA-PLA NAVY: OVERSEAS BASES
Financial Times on July 16, 2017 reported that China has been doubling its investments in acquiring bases over the past year to $20bn and is pushing ahead with plans to open new shipping routes through the Arctic circle.

Jul 2017

CHINA-INDIA: PLA CONDUCTS MILITARY EXERCISES ALONG THE BORDER AT TIME OF TENSION
During the fifth week of continuing tension between India and China at Doka La, China released footage on July 16, 2017, of a major military live-fire assault exercise in the Tibet Autonomous Region where, it said, soldiers used flame-throwers, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns to strike bunkers and various types of heavy weapons, including mortars, self-propelled howitzers, multiple rocket launchers and anti-tank missiles in the display of fire-power, which also trialled a new type of tank.

Jul 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW APPOINTMENTS IN NDU
On 19th July 2017, at the Central Military Commission (CMC) Headquarters in Beijing, an inaugural session of the newly restructured PLA Academy of Military Science (AMS), PLA National Defense University (NDU) and the PLA National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) was held. Leaders of Military academies, scientific research institutions, and training institutions were present.

Jul 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: MEDICAL EDUCATION
On July 11, 2017, China's State Council introduced bold plans to immediately revolutionise medical education to achieve the Healthy China 2030 targets. Medical schools are asked to admit more, higher calibre students, and provide better quality teaching that is accredited by the Chinese Medical Doctor Association.

Jul 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
The state-owned China Telecom in a letter to corporate customers seen by The Associated Press, said virtual private networks (VPN), which create encrypted links between computers and can be used to see sites blocked by Beijing’s web filters, will be permitted only to connect to a company’s headquarters abroad.

Jul 2017

CHINA-NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE LAW
China’s National Intelligence Law was enacted on June 27 with unusual speed and limited public discussion. Like the more widely reported Cybersecurity Law (which went into effect on June 1) and a raft of other recent statutes, the Intelligence Law places open-ended new security obligations and risks not only on U.S. and other foreign citizens doing business or studying in China, but in particular on their Chinese partners and co-workers.

Jul 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: HU CHUNHUA
A Reuters report of July 20, 2017, quoted an unidentified Beijing-based Asian diplomat who, claiming conversations with Chinese officials, said they had told him that the publicity-shy 54-year old Hu Chunhua could be sent to take over the high-profile but largely ceremonial advisory Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Jul 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI ZHONGXUN
The Central Party School Publishing issued new book of Xi Zhongxun, covering 1913-1952, with a foreward by his widow Qi Xin.

Jul 2017

CHINA-US: AMCHAM REPORT ON US COMPANIES IN CHINA
AmCham Shanghai released its annual business climate survey on July 12, 2017. The survey, which gives a mid-year snapshot of how U.S. companies are doing in China, was conducted from April 11 – May 7 and had responses from 426 companies.

Jul 2017

CHINA-INDONESIA: INDONESIA RENAMES EEZ IN SCS AS 'NORTH NATUNA SEA' SOUTH CHINA SEA
Global Times reported on July 15, 2017, that Indonesia had reportedly renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea.

Jul 2017

CHINA-MONGOLIA: CHINA BLAMES MONGOLIA FOR NOT BEING ACTIVE ON OBOR/BRI
An article in the Global Times on July 13, 2017, by its reporter said "The lingering nationalist sentiment in Mongolia is not a cure for the country's economic woes" and saying "Mongolia cannot sit on the sidelines" urged it to "be more active in promoting China's Belt and Road (B&R) initiative to revive its economy".

Jul 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: PLAAF BOMBERS FLY OVER MIYAKO STRAIT
Japan's Defense Ministry issued a statement late on July 13, 2017, describing the flyover over the Miyako Strait by the formation of Xian H-6 bombers earlier that day as "unusual", while noting that there had been no violation of Japanese airspace.

Jul 2017

CHINA-DALAI LAMA: BOTSWANA
On July 14, 2017, Xinhua quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang as saying China firmly opposes the Dalai Lama's anti-China separatist activities and opposes him meeting with officials of any country.

Jul 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG
The removal of four opposition lawmakers i.e. “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, Lau Siu-lai and Edward Yiu Chung-yim on July 14, 2017, for "improper oath-taking" has further crippled the democratic bloc in terms of its already limited veto power in Hong Kong’s divided legislature.

Jul 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: RACIAL PROFILING IN XINJIANG
A local official has claimed, according to RFA on July that authorities in China’s Xinjiang region have launched a racial profiling campaign to assess the security threat posed by non-Han Chinese majority residents of the capital Urumqi, with points automatically docked for members of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority

Jul 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY CONTROLS IN XINJIANG
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on July 14, 2017, that all local residents in northern Xinjiang have been ordered to install an app called CleanWebGuard, on their cell phones that will monitor their activity for "terrorist" content.

Jul 2017

CHINA-PROBLEMS IN AEROSPACE INDUSTRY
Sina on July 2 and July 7, 2017, noted that on July 2, 2017, China’s second Long March 5 rocket, carrying an experimental communications satellite, failed after it took off.

Jul 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: FORMER CHINESE PREMIER ZHU RONGJI'S SON COMMENTS ON HOUSING MARKET
Sina on June 25, 2017, quoted Zhu Yunlai (Levin Zhu), son of former Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and an outspoken banker in China, as recently commenting on China’s housing market. It quoted him as saying: “Actually according to the Statistics Bureau, if you add each year’s numbers together, China’s current total housing capacity can supply 1 billion people, at an average rate of 30 square meters per person.

Jul 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PARTY PUBLICATION REFERS TO 'XI JINPING'S THOUGHT'
The CCP CC's Organisation Department's publication "Party Building Research" in the editorial its seventh issue of 2017 on June 16, 2017, entitled "under the banner of the great banner of innovation in the party's progress," said "Since the 18th Party Congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping took the baton of history, in the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new journey, with extraordinary theoretical courage, superb political wisdom, perseverance History to play the spirit of the great struggle, great works, great cause, around the reform and development and stability, internal and external political defense, rule the party and state administration issued a series of important speeches, the formation of a series of interrelated, mutual governance of the new concept of governance new Thinking new strategies to further enrich and develop the party's scientific theory. "

Jul 2017

CHINA-19TH PARTY CONGRESS AND PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT GUIDELINES
China.com reported on July 7, 2017, that the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) had very recently sent out notifications on guidelines for TV contents suitable for the upcoming 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and the Ninetieth Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Jul 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW PARTY SECRETARIES FOR CHONGQING AND GUIZHOU
Xinhua on July 15, 2017, announced that Guizhou Party Secretary Chen Min'er had taken over as Party Secretary of Chongqing from Sun Zhengcai at a "hastily arranged ceremony on July 15, 2017.

Jul 2017

CHINA-US: US ARMS SALES TO TAIWAN
On July 4, 2017, the South China Morning Post published the list released by the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency of the weapons to be supplied to Taiwan

Jul 2017

CHINA-US: G-20 MEETING
Ahead of this year’s annual G-20 meeting to be held in Germany’s Hamburg port, Chinese President wrote an op-ed article that was published on July 4, 2017, by the German newspaper Die Welt.

Jul 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: REPATRIATION OF NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES
Human Rights Watch reported on July 6, 2017, that a group of eight North Koreans have been detained in Shenyang city in Liaoning province since mid-March 2017 and are at imminent risk of being returned to North Korea.

Jul 2017

CHINA-EGYPT: FORCIBLE REPATRIATION OF UYGHURS TO CHINA
Citing reports Amnest International reported on July 7, 2017, that around 150 Uighurs have been detained in Egypt and have either already been, or are currently at imminent risk of, being forcibly returned to China.

Jul 2017

CHINA-INDIA: FACE OFF AT SIKKIM
An article published in the Global Times on July 3, 2017, quoted Wang Dehua, a Professor at the Shanghai Municipal Center for International Studies, as saying -- in response to the Indian Defence Minister's obsevation that India today is not the India of 1962 -- that "China is also different from what it was in 1962" and India has been treating China as its biggest competitor since 1962, as both countries share many similarities.

Jul 2017

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETANS CELEBRATE DALAI LAMA'S BIRTHDAY
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on July 10, 2017, that Tibetans living in Lhasa and in western China’s Qinghai and Sichuan provinces celebrated the Dalai Lama’s birthday last week with prayer gatherings and public picnics in open defiance of Chinese bans.

Jul 2017

CHINA-TIBET COMMUNICATIONS: SICHUAN-TIBET RAILWAY
On July 5, 2017, China's official news agency Xinhua publicised that construction of the Sichuan-Tibet railway had begun at the two ends of the railway. The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway into southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region after the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The line will go through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the world's most geologically active areas.

Jul 2017

CHINA-JUDICIARY: "HIDDEN RULES" OF CHINA'S CRIMINAL SYSTEM
The Dui Hua Foundation's Human Rights Journal on July 7, 2017, in a post said that Professor Chen Ruihua, an expert on criminal procedure law at Peking University Law School, in a recent blog online, observed that there are 17 “hidden rules” that govern how the Chinese criminal justice system “really” operates.

Jul 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: CRACKDOWN ON HR ACTIVISM
Chinese labour activist and former factory worker, Liu Shaoming was sentenced to four and a half years in jail for publishing his story of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown.

Jul 2017

CHINA-PLA NAVY: DJIBOUTI BASE
Reuters quoting Xinhua reported on July 12, 2017, that ships carrying Chinese military personnel had departed from Zhanjiang in southern China "to set up a support base in Djibouti", Beijing's first overseas military base.

Jul 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: DISSIDENCE
The People's Republic of China’s solitary Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who epitomized the dissident tradition and joined other intellectuals in publishing Charter 08, died of liver cancer on July 13, 2017 at age 61.

Jul 2017

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: MILITARISATION OF REEFS
The Washington-based think-tank 'Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative' recently reported that major construction on the Subi, Mischief and Fiery Cross reefs in the Spratly Islands are readying them for deployment of military assets.

Jul 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: MARITIME MEETING
According to Japan Times of July 1, 2017, the meeting of high-level officials from the Japanese and Chinese Defence and Foreign Affairs Ministries as well as Maritime Security authorities held in Fukuoka on June 29 and 30, 2017, failed to make progress toward resuming negotiations on joint gas field development in the East China Sea.

Jul 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: CHINA STOPS OIL SALES
Business News quoted Reuters as reporting on June 28, 2017, that the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has suspended sales of fuel to North Korea over concerns that it might not get paid, as pressure mounts on Pyongyang to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes.

Jul 2017

CHINA-US: FILMS
The Wall Street Journal reported on June 27, 2017, that Hollywood studios are conducting an audit of box-office receipts from Chinese movie theaters suspecting that their box-office receipts in China are underreported since 2016.

Jul 2017

CHINA-US: S&D DIALOGUE
The Japan Institute for National Fundamentals (JINF), a Japanese think-tank, has assessed that the US and China confronted each other on June 21, 2017, during the diplomatic security dialogue, which was part of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

Jul 2017

CHINA-US: US STATE DEPARTMENT HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT CRITICISES CHINA
The US State Department's Annual Report on Global efforts to end Modern Slavery, which was released on June 27, 2017, named China as among the world’s worst offenders for allowing modern slavery to thrive within its borders.

Jul 2017

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S ADVANCES IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
An article by Elsa Kanla published in Lawfare on June 20, 2017, assessed that the US might be overtaken by China in cutting edge technologies and Artificial Intelligence unless the US took active measures to prevent it acquiring technology companies in the US and stealing hi-tech. is unlikely recent.

Jul 2017

CHINA-CYBERSECURITY: CONTROLS ON INTERNET
After the popular VPN service provider Green announced that the company would cease operations by 1 July, 2017, reports are circulating widely on Twitter and Weibo that a state ban on unauthorized VPNs is imminent.

Jul 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG: ANTI-CHINA PROTESTS
Anti-China political activists in Hongkong including Joshua Wong, Long Hair, Nathan Law, etc. were arrested by police on June 28, 2017, after they staged a protest at Golden Bahunia Square and shouted slogans like "overthrow the Communist Party".

Jul 2017

CHINA-PLA: NEW TANK TESTED IN TIBET
People's Liberation Army (PLA) spokesman Col Wu Qian said at a media briefing on June 27, 2017, that has conducted trials of a new light weight 35-tonne battle tank in Tibet near the Indian border.

Jul 2017

CHINA-XINJIANG: SECURITY CONTROLS HEIGHTENED
Radio Free Asia reported on June 29, 2017, that a new notice issued on June 27, 2017, orders all residents of Xinjiang to hand in all digital devices for “checking” at local police stations by Aug. 1, as part of an operation targeting “terrorist videos.”

Jul 2017

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: POLITICAL EDUCATION IN COLLEGES
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) on June 16, 2017, issued a report critical of at least 12 main universities as "lacking in 'four awarenesses'."

Jul 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING
Xinhua publicised on June 26, 2017, that a book on governance written by Chinese President Xi Jinping marked the 1,000-day anniversary of its debut over the weekend.

Jul 2017

CHINA - EU
The European Union also did not mark the 28th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4.

Jun 2017

CHINA-GREECE: GREECE BLOCKS EU CRITICISM OF CHINA ON HUMAN RIGHTS AT UN
Greece, a significant recipient of Chinese investment, blocked an E.U. statement at the United Nations last week criticizing China’s human rights record.

Jun 2017

CHINA: INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM
A new alliance of Islamist militant groups linked to al Qaeda on jUNE 19, 2017, claimed responsibility for an attack that killed at least five people at a Mali luxury resort popular with Western expatriates just outside the capital Bamako.

Jun 2017

CHINA-US: S&D DIALOGUE
US Secretary of State Tillerson and US Secretary of Defense Mattis hosted China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi and the PLA Chief of the General Staff General Fang Fenghui on June 21, 2017, for the first meeting of the Diplomatic and Security Dialogue with the Chinese and the Trump Administration. "

Jun 2017

CHINA- THREE NEW "BLUE ECONOMIC PASSAGES"
On June 20, 2017, Xinhua publicised that China has put forward plans for three ocean-based "blue economic passages" that will connect Asia with Africa, Oceania, Europe and beyond, in a bid to advance maritime cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Jun 2017

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN
The state-run Global Times on June 25, 2017, reported that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Afghanistan's National Security Advisor Haneef Atmar in Beijing on June 24, when he said China hopes Afghanistan could achieve peace and national reconciliation as soon as possible.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INDIA: BORDER INCURSIONS
Chinese PLA troops and Indian Army personnel have faced-off in the sensitive and tactically important Dhoka La area at the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction in Sikkim for the past ten days after PLA personnel destroyed two Indian bunkers in the Lalten area and stopped a batch of pilgrims from proceeding on the holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Jun 2017

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NEW DESTROYER
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on June 28, 2017, that China had the same day launched a new type of domestically-built destroyer.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO HONGKONG
Hong Kong police have launched a crackdown on political banners and images ahead of a visit to the city by Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to avoid “embarrassing” the country’s leaders.

Jun 2017

CHINA-CHINESE DISSIDENT AND NOBEL LAUREATTE LIU XIAOBO RELEASED FROM JAIL
Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident who received the Nobel Peace Prize for his writings promoting democracy and was imprisoned in northeast China, has been moved from prison to be treated for late-stage liver cancer, according to his lawyer Shang Baojun on June 26, 2017.

Jun 2017

CHINA-TIBET: TWO TIBETAN MONKS SENTENCED
Two Tibetan monks, Gendun Drakpa, 40, and Lobsang Sherab, 36, missing since last year after being detained by police in Sichuan have been sentenced to prison terms of from four to five years for engaging in “separatist activities,” according to Tibetan sources quoted by Radio Free Asia (RFA) on June 21, 2017.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ENHANCED SECURITY IN XINJIANG
The Wall Street Journal on June 21, 2017, reported that Chen Quanguo, Party Secretary of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Automous Region, had recently launched a new campaign in Xinjiang called "Together in Five Things Campain" under which cadres are living in the homes of the Uyghur minority in the Autonomous Region.

Jun 2017

CHINA-NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE LAW
The 28th Meeting of China's 12th NPC Standing Committee on June 27, 2017, passed the National Intelligence Law of the PRC.

Jun 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
Radio Free Asia reported on June 27, 2017, that former Politburo member Bo Xilai, who has been incarcerated since 2012, has sought and obtained medical release for liver cancer.

Jun 2017

CHINA-US: REACTION TO THREAT BY GLOBAL TIMES
Ms Dianne Feinstein, the influential US Senator from California, asked the Global Times to retract its editorial of June 20, 2017, which threatened the University of California San Diego and Chancellor Pradeep Khosla.

Jun 2017

CHINA-US: PACOM CHIEF ADMIRAL HARRIS TO RETIRE NEXT YEAR 
US PACOM Chief Admiral Harry Harris is to retire next year. Last year China's Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai had requested the removal of Harris for describing China's island building in the South China Sea as building a "great wall of sand".

Jun 2017

CHINA-US: VISIT BY IVANKA AND JARED KUSHNER TO BEIJING
Bloomberg News has said that China has invited President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, to visit later this year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING'S PROPOSED VISIT TO HONGKONG
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to be in Hong Kong for three days between June 29 and July 1 for the handover celebrations. On June 30, he is likely to review the local garrison of the People’s Liberation Army.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA GARRISON IN HONGKONG
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Chinese military presence in Hongkong since the takeover, the PLA Commander of the Southern Theatre Command Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai and Political Commissar of the Southern Theatre Command Wei Liang wrote an article in the Party theoretical journal 'Qiu Shi' on June 15, 2017.

Jun 2017

CHINA-DRAFT LAW ON REFORM OF DETENTION HOUSES
Xinhua announced on June 20, 2017, that China's Ministry of Public Security is soliciting public opinion on a draft law on detention houses, which will consider better human rights protection for those in custody. Opinions from the public will be accepted till July 15, 2017. 

Jun 2017

CHINA-SoEs ARE A RELIABLE FORCE OF THE CCP
Xiao Yaqing, Director of the State Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, was quoted by the Central Party School's journal 'Study Times' on June 16, 2017, as saying that of the 40 million people who work for State owned Enterprises (SoEs) more than 10 million are CCP members.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TEACHERS FOR TIBET AND XINJIANG
On June 19, 2017, the official Global Times disclosed China's decision to dispatch 10,000 teachers to the Xinjiang and Tibet Autonomous Regions to support local education and help solve the educational problems and improve local education in the regions. 

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: CENTRAL COMMISSION FOR INTEGRATED MILITARY AND CIVILIAN DEVELOPMENT
China's official news agency Xinhua reported that Xi Jinping held the first plenary meeting of the 'Central Commission for Integrated Military and Civilian Development', on June 20, 2017.

Jun 2017

CHINA-US: DALAI LAMA
China's official state-run Global Times on June 20, 2017, reacted stridently to the invitation to the 14th Dalai Lama to address the graduating students at the commencement at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) recently.

Jun 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN: PANAMA SEVERS TIES WITH TAIWAN
On June 12, 2017, Panama severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favor of recognizing China. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed “indignation and regret” at the decision.

Jun 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: MARITIME TALKS
Quoting government sources Japan's Asahi Shumbun reported on June 13, 2017, that Japan and China will discuss joint resource development in the East China Sea and setting up a hotline to avoid unintended clashes at the senior-level maritime talks to be held as early as late June.

Jun 2017

CHINA-VIETNAM BORDER TALKS POSTPONED
The New York Times on June 21, 2017 reported that State-run newspapers in Vietnam and China had recently reported that senior military officials from the two countries would hold a fence-mending gathering along a border, but on June 20, 2017, disclosed that the scheduled meeting was not held. The Chinese Defense Ministry later said in a terse statement that it had canceled the event “for reasons related to working arrangements.”

Jun 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: AIIB
Xinhua reported on June 13, 2017, that the previous day the government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) had become a new member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Jun 2017

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CCP'S ESPIONAGE AND EXPANDING INFLUENCE
A joint investigation by a team of journalists from 4 Corners and Fairfax Media on June 6, 2017, claimed to have exposed a concerted campaign by the Chinese government and its proxies to infiltrate the Australian political process to promote its own interests.

Jun 2017

CHINA-IRELAND: HU CHUNHUA
Guangdong Party Secretary Hu Chunhua arrived in Ireland at the head of a delegation of more than 150 Chinese companies presumably looking for alternative English-speaking destinations to locate post-Brexit.

Jun 2017

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CPEC, CHINESE WORKERS IN BALOCHISTAN
The Islamic State's Amaq news agency said on June 8, 2017 that the ISIS has killed the two Chinese teachers that it kidnapped from Baluchistan province on May 24. 

Jun 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: FINANCE AND SECURITY
Speaking at a Politburo group session on April 25, 2017, Xi Jinping described financial regulation as a matter of national security, with existential relevance for the Party.

Jun 2017

CHINA-RIGHTS LAWYERS LIST OF THOSE CHARGED
The Human Rights in China' have on June 7, 2017, released the following list of Chinese rights lawyers charged by the Chinese authorities. 

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY CONTROLS/TAM
The Hongkong Free Press reported on June 6, 2017, that Chinese authorities only allowed two family members and prevented other mourners from visiting the grave of mainland Tiananmen activist Li Wangyang, who died five years ago under mysterious circumstances after being interviewed by Hong Kong media. 

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
China's Jing Daily reported on June 8, 2017, that in the latest instance in a series of crackdowns on the media, China’s internet regulators have called for the closing of 60 social media accounts.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Wan Zhe, Chief Economist at the NDRC International Cooperation Centre (ICC) since 2016 has come to prominence as interpreter of Xi Jinping's  'new financial doctrine' that elevates ‘financial security’ to an existential concern.

Jun 2017

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CCP'S EXPANDING INFLUENCE 
On June 6, 2017, conversation.com published an article by Associate Professor Chongyi Feng of the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.  Chongyi Feng, of Chinese descent, was held and interrogated by Chinese officials for ten days before being allowed to return to Australia.

Jun 2017

CHINA-US: US GOVERNOR BROWN'S VISIT
US California Governor Jerry Brown arrived in Chengdu, China on June 3, 2017, for a five night visit to reaffirm a global obligation to green growth as America’s de facto envoy on climate change. On June 4, he will travel to Nanjing, Jiangsu province, which shares a sister relationship with California.

Jun 2017

CHINA-QATAR: OBOR
The worsening rift between Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates which cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017, citing Doha’s alleged links to terrorism will complicate the realisation of OBOR. 

Jun 2017

CHINA-INDIA: ECONOMIC COOPERATION IN RAILWAYS
An article in the Global Times on June 4, 2016, picked up on remarks by India's Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and suggested that "India could accelerate its rail upgrading process and shorten the investment time if it were to cooperate with China".

Jun 2017

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: SHANGRI-LA DIALOGUE
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying on June 4, 2017, expressed strong dissatisfaction with and firm opposition to "irresponsible remarks" made by the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on the South China Sea and Taiwan issues during the Shangri-La Dialogue.

Jun 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA
On June 1, 2017, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that since May 2017, North Korea has been imposing different types of tax and fees on merchants who come from China to enter the Rason Special Economic Zone.

Jun 2017

CHINA-ZAMBIA
Lin Songtian, Director General for African Affairs in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was reported by Japan's Asahi Shimbun as saying on June 5 that Zambia has detained 31 Chinese nationals for illegal mining in the African country's copper belt but has failed to provide strong proof of their crimes.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY
China's state-owned CCTV reported on May 29, 2017, that China plans to build a network of submarine detectors at a cost of 2 billion yuan (US$290 million) and that these seabed observation systems will provide real-time information about the environmental conditions and seabed activities at a time when China is expanding its presence in both the East and South China seas.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: RESTRICTIONS ON CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYERS
Jiang Tianyong, a lawyer who was disbarred in 2009 for defending high-profile dissidents and practitioners of Falun Gong and continued to speak out against government crackdowns on rights lawyers, has after six months of detention been chargedon suspicion of subverting state power.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: REGULATIONS IMPOSING CONTROLS ON FOREIGN STUDENTS
China's Ministries of Education, Foreign Affairs and Public Security jointly issued new regulations for foreign students on June 5, 2017.

Jun 2017

CHINA-PLA: GRADUATE RECRUITMENT
Xinhua reported that on May 26, 2017, China's Ministry of National Defence announced new regulations that the PLA will no longer recruit senior high school graduates and college students for reserve officers. Instead, the PLA will select and recruit college graduates, with new policies to be put in place to support the change.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW REGULATIONS FOR SENIOR CADRES
Xinhua reported on May 28, 2017, that new regulations had been promulgated prohibiting those in leadership positions or at the county level and above from taking up work in businesses or for-profit organizations related to their previous administration for three years after resignation.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The South China Morning Post reported on June 3, 2017, that a source with the Chongqing Municipality who declined to be named said He Ting, the Municipal Police Bureau Chief and the Executive Deputy Mayor, “was taken away by discipline inspection personnel for investigation on March 31”. 

Jun 2017

CHINA-MYANMAR: CHINA BROKERS MEETING BETWEEN MYANMAR ARMY AND MYANMAR'S ETHNIC ARMED GROUPS
In the last week of May 2017, China organised the second in a planned series of meetings between the Myanmar military, the government and various ethnic armed groups aimed at ending the decades-long civil war in Myanmar.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA REORGANISATION/PLA'S NEW GROUP ARMY ORBAT
On May 18, 2017, China disclosed the PLA'S NEW GROUP ARMY ORBAT

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA REORGANISATION
Xinhua on May 31, 2017, reported that the Central Military Commission (CMC) will terminate all paid services provided by the military by the end of June 2018.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY CONTROLS ON UYGHURS
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on June 1, 2017, that according to a recent posting on WeChat by the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s Public Security Bureau, Order No. 4425 requires all Uyghur parents to change the names of children under 16 years of age, if they are among those listed in a region-wide ban.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY CONTROLS ON TIBETAN OFFICIALS
Reports from the Kardze region of Sichuan Province said officials in the Tibetan areas of of the province have been instructed to take a lie detector test. Since April 2017, 168 cadres have undergone the test.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL SECURITY: JUNE 4
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on May 30, 2017, that before the 28th anniversary of the 'Tiananmen Incident' on June 4, security measures in China had been enhanced.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Lin Duo, born in 1956, was appointed Party Secretary of Gansu on April 11, 2017. 

Jun 2017

CHINA-US: RIMPAC EXERCISES
The US Navy confirmed on May 29, 2017, that China has been invited to attend next year’s U.S.-hosted Rim of the Pacific exercises. 

May 2017

CHINA-US: NORTH KOREA MISSILE TESTS
Two analysts, Tal Inbar in Israel and Bruce Bechtol in Texas, have noted the similarity between China’s submarine-launched Jl-1 missile and the sub-launched missile North Korea tested on August 24, 2016.

May 2017

CHINA-JAPAN RELATIONS
In an article published by the Global Times on May 30, 2017,  Li Chen, a PhD candidate of the Department of History at Fudan University,  said that Japan had sent its delegation to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and expressed its willingness to become a member of the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) earlier in May, not to mend diplomatic ties with China but in an attempt to influence the program from within.

Jun 2017

CHINA-OBOR: KENYA
In its Talking Points for May 29, 2017, the China-Africa Project said President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on his visit to Beijing for the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Forum, secured Sh362 billion from China for extension of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Naivasha to Kisumu. Uhuru is also reported to have requested for another Sh16 billion for the construction of the Western Bypass.

May 2017

CHINA-PROPAGANDA
A new World Association of Chinese Studies was founded in Beijing in September 2016. Its inaugural ceremony, led by Gong Pengcheng, the Taipei-born scholar of classical Chinese literature based at Beida, was broadcast live to 36 countries. Former CCP CC General Secretary Hu Yaobang's son, Hu Deping is its Honorary Chairman. 

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET
Radio Free Asia (RFA) quoted Tibetan sources on May 30, 2017, as reporting that following the rise in self-immolations by Tibetans in Tibetan areas in the first five months of 2017 alone, the authorities have intensified monitoring of internet communications, with police regularly monitoring social media sites for evidence of news-sharing outside the area.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP-OBOR
Xi Jinping planned to use the Belt and Road Forum, held in Beijing on May 14-15, 2017, to send two main messages.

May 2017

CHINA-G-7: SOUTH CHINA SEA 
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on May 28, 2017, stated that China is "strongly dissatisfied" with the mention of the East and South China Sea issues in a Group of Seven (G7) statement, and the G7 allies should stop making irresponsible remarks, refrain from taking positions and fully respect the efforts of countries in the region in handling the disputes.

May 2017

CHINA-US: US FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE DALAI LAMA
The US State Department has sent a detailed proposal to the US Congress proposing 'zero' aid to the Tibetans in the fiscal year 2018 that commences on October 1, 2017.

May 2017

CHINA-TIBET: TALKS WITH DALAI LAMA
The Tibet Support Group of Arunachal Pradesh (TSGAP) has urged China to start a dialogue with the Tibetan government in exile for a final solution.

May 2017

CHINA-TIBET: DALAI LAMA
On May 26, 2017, China reacted to the Dalai Lama's remark that his incarnation cannot be born in a place where "there is no freedom".

May 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG: NPC CHAIRMAN ZHANG DEJIANG'S OBSERVATIONS
PBSC Member and Chairman of China's NPC, Zhang Dejiang in a talk at a Symposium Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong Basic Law held by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee in Beijing on May 27, 2017, cautioned Hongkongers not to confront the central government over its promised “high degree of autonomy”, and called on the city to enact controversial national security laws.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: INVESTMENT IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)
The New York Times on May 27, 2017, reported that China is making massive investments to develop AI.  China has plans to use it to predict crimes, lend money, track people on the country’s ubiquitous closed-circuit cameras, alleviate traffic jams, create self-guided missiles and censor the internet.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION
Authorities in China's Zhejiang province have recently launched a province-wide operation to install surveillance cameras in the majority of Protestant Christian churches.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY IN XINJIANG FOR RAMADAN 
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on May 26, 2017, that Xinjiang-Uyghur Province authorities are implementing a set of “stability maintenance” measures during Ramadan, but sources say restaurants have been ordered to stay open throughout the Islamic holy month as part of the directive.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP INFIGHTING 
Ling Wancheng, the Sacramento-based brother of former Director of the powerful CCP CC General Office Ling Jihua had promised to release his own 'explosive' expose on May 29, 2017.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP INFIGHTING
Guo Wengui released his latest video on May 29, 2017, in which he has launched a direct attack on Wang Qishan. Guo Wengui describes Wang Qiohan as the real power now and as incredibly corrupt from his many years of involvement in China's financial sector. 

May 2017

CHINA-US: ESPIONAGE 
The state-run Global Times on May 22, 2017, reacted to a New York Times article that said the Chinese authorities had apprehended a number of spies working for the US and killed ten CIA officers between 2010-2012.

May 2017

CHINA-AUSTRALIA
Australia's Monash University confirmed on May 15, 2017, that it had suspended a lecturer after Chinese students complained about a quiz that suggested Chinese officials were truthful only when drunk.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TOURISM
According to the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) direct investment in the tourism industry is predicted to reach 1.5 trillion yuan ($218 billion) this year, representing a more than 20% jump compared to 2016.

May 2017

CHINA-RUSSIA: JET AIRCRAFT CO-PRODUCTION
Bloomberg news announced on May 22 that China and Russia have teamed up to develop twin-aisle  280-seat jet aircraft that that can fly about 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) and will compete with Airbus SE and Boeing Co. UAC Chairman Yury Slyusar said at a briefing in Shanghai Monday that on May 22, that the State-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd. and Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. plan to hand over the plane to customers by 2025-2027.

May 2017

CHINA-PAKISTAN: KIDNAPPING OF TWO CHINESE TEACHERS IN QUETTA
On May 24, 2017, armed men pretending to be policemen kidnapped two Chinese language teachers in the Pakistani city of Quetta. Anwar ul Haq Kakar, a Baluchistan government spokesman, said "A Chinese couple has been kidnapped," adding that officials had earlier mistaken the wounded passerby for a security guard.

May 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG: DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS
More than 482 scholars from overseas academic institutions and 280 scholars from local Hongkong universities have signed a document expressing concern that the prosecution of the 'Occupy' leaders marked only the beginning of “more political prosecutions” against academics, students and citizens in Hong Kong.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG-UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION'S CONTROLS ON MUSLIMS
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on May 25, 2017, that village chiefs from Barin township, in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture’s Peyziwat (Jiashi) county had recently said that hundreds of the Islamic holy books printed before 2012 had been seized since authorities issued an order recalling them on January 15, 2017.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: POPULATION
Yi Fuxian, a scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of the book, Big Country with an Empty Nest, published in 2007, recently said that India may be more populous than China and that the number of Chinese born since 1990 might have been overestimated by 90 million.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMIC REFORM
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on May 21, 2017, that the CCP CC and State Council had on May 21, announced a reform plan for the country's oil and gas industry, eyeing better efficiency and competitiveness by giving market a decisive role in the sector.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY
Moody's Investors Service downgraded China's credit ratings in long-term local and foreign currency issuer ratings, to A1 from Aa3, on May 24, 2017, for the first time in nearly 30 years, saying it expects the financial strength of the economy will erode in coming years as growth slows and debt continues to rise.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
South China Morning Post reported on May 23, 2017, that with just a few months to go before the 19th Party Congress, Guangdong Province Party Secretary Hu Chunhua made a high-profile declaration of his political loyalty in front of the Provincial Party Congress on May 22.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW BEIJING PARTY SECRETARY
60 year old Cai Qi, a long-time protégé of President Xi Jinping who spent a decade at his side in Fujian and then Zhejiang province, was appointed Party Secretary of Beijing on May 27, 2017.

May 2017

CHINA-INDIA: ECONOMY - HOUSING SECTOR
A Global Times article of May 18, 2017, citing recent data of China's National Bureau of Statistics said that there had been a moderate growth in home prices across major Chinese cities in April, indicating that tougher measures to rein in the red hot housing market have taken effect and that China's property sector might have passed its peak growth period.

May 2017

CHINA-US: SET BACK TO US ESPIONAGE EFFORTS IN CHINA
The New York Times on May 20, 2017, front-paged a report highlighting that China's government had since 2010 systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations inside China, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.

May 2017

CHINA-US: CLOSE AIRCRAFT ENCOUNTER 
US officials have claimed that on May 17, 2017, two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 jets conducted an "unprofessional" intercept of a US WC-135 Constant Phoenix.

May 2017

CHINA-SOUTH KOREA: RAPPROCHEMENT?
State Councilor Yang Jiechi stressed the importance of relations with South Korea on May 19, 20`17, while meeting South Korean Special Envoy and former South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan.

May 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: ESPIONAGE
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed at a regular press briefing in Tokyo on May 22, 2017, that Chinese authorities have incarcerated six Japanese men since March on charges of espionage.

May 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: VIOLATION OF AIRSPACE
Japan's Kyodo news agency reported on May 19, 2017, that China had claimed on May 19, that a drone that flew near a group of Japan-controlled islands belonged to a media outlet, not to its coast guard.

May 2017

CHINA-ANTARCTIC
China is, for the first time since it signed the Antarctic Treaty in 1983, hosting the 40th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting which opened in Beijing on May 22, 2017.  

May 2017

CHINA-PLA NAVY (PLAN): AIRCRAFT CARRIER
A report by Minnie Chan on May 21, 2017, analysing China's aircraft carrier power quoted retired PLAN Senior Captain and Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie as saying that China carrier strike group air crews are still far below international standard.

May 2017

CHINA-TIBET
Radio Free Asia reported on May 19, 2017, that 22-year old Jamyang Losal, a Tibetan monk belonging to Gyerteng monastery in Kangtsa’s Nangra town located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of the Kangtsa county seat in China’s Qinghai province, set himself on fire and died on May 19. 

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS ON CHINESE STUDENTS ABROAD
Yang Shuping, a Chinese student who just graduated from the University of Maryland was criticised for her commencement speech on May 21, 2017, by People's Daily in an article on May 22. In her speech, Yang Shuping explained that it was “fresh air” that made her come to the university in the first place.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP INFIGHTING
Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, who has suspected ties to China’s intelligence apparatus and is currently living in New York, began releasing allegations of corruption and division among top levels of the CCP in March.

May 2017

CHINA-OBOR: EU DECLINES TO BACK OBOR 
The Guardian on May 15, 2017, reported that the EU has refused to endorse the multibillion-dollar OBOR project plan because it did not include commitments to social and environmental sustainability and transparency anfd the EU’s 28 member states decided not to support a statement about trade prepared by Beijing to mark the end of the summit.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: DNA TESTING IN XINJIANG
South China Morning Post revealed on May 16, 2017, that the Police in Xinjiang had confirmed they are in the process of purchasing at least US$8.7 million in equipment to analyse DNA samples.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: DRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE LAW
On May 16, 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) released a draft version of the National Intelligence Law on its Web site, inviting responses from the public until June 14.

May 2017

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: OBOR PROJECTS
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s dilapidated hometown of Davao into a Southeast Asian springboard for Beijing’s grand “Belt and Road Initiative”. 

May 2017

CHINA-US: ECONOMIC/OBOR
Reuters confirmed on May 13, 2017, that USA's Trump Administration will be sending a delegation led by Matt Pottinger, special assistant to thePresident and the National Security Council's senior director for East Asia to the OBOR Forum being held in Beijing on May 14-15, 2017.

May 2017

CHINA-PAKISTAN: OPPOSITION TO CPEC
Reuters reported on  May 13, 2017 that ten laborers were gunned down in southwestern Pakistan on May 13, 2017, while working on link roads to connect outlying towns to the country's $57-billion Chinese "Belt and Road" initiative.

May 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: NORTH KOREA INVITED TO OBOR FORUM
South Korea's Korea Herald reported on May 9, 2017, that China's Foreign Ministry spokesman  Geng Shuang had said at the regular press briefing on May 9 that  "North Korea will send its delegation to the forum and will do relevant activities."

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY FOR OBOR FORUM
The South China Morning Post reported on May 13, 2017, that a two-day academic seminar at China’s largest non-official think tank, the Unirule Institute of Economics, did not take place on May 13, 2017, because the doors and lifts at its office building were locked and disabled amid upgraded security for Beijing’s two-day OBOR Forum that began on May 14.

May 2017

CHINA-TIBET: GLOBAL TIMES REACTS TO US CONGRESSWOMAN PELOSI MEETING DALAI LAMA
The Global Times on May 13, 2017, published an article reacting to US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's recent meeting with the Dalai Lama.

May 2017

CHINA-US: US CONGRESSMEN MEET DALAI LAMA
Reacting to the meeting between a 7-member US Congress delegation and the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala on May 9, 2017, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told a news conference on May 10, that 'the Dalai Lama is a political exile who has long engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the guise of religion.

May 2017

CHINA-TIBET 
Wu Yingjie, TAR Party Secretary, early this month (May 2017) visited Konggar County and Chanang County, Lhoka, for on-site inspection of the farmland water conservancy project.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL ECONOMY: ANBANG
Caixin, China's most respected business publication, on April 29, 2017, published an explosive investigative report by its special correspondent, Guo Tinbing, about Anbang Insurance.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL ECONOMY: REDUCED AUTO SALES 
China’s passenger-car sales in April saw their biggest decline in nearly two years as the world’s largest car market continued to feel the effect of a higher sales tax, though several foreign auto makers bucked the trend by logging sales increases.

May 2017

CHINA-OBOR
China's financial magazine Caixing on May 10, 2017, quoted the Chinese government as saying that almost 50 Chinese SoEs have invested or participated in nearly 1,700 projects in countries along the new Silk Road routes over the past three years.

May 2017

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
According to Defence News datelined Tel Aviv, new Imagery captured on May 8, 2017, from an ImageSat International (ISI) Eros B satellite indicates Chinese preparations for new land-based missile installations on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)'s Yulin Naval Base at the tip of Hainan Island.

May 2017

CHINA-US: CHINA DEMONSTRATES NEW MISSILE TO COUNTER THAAD
A Global Times article of May 10, 2017, cited a statement by China's Ministry of National Defense confirming that the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force had conducted an operational test for a new missile recently in the Bohai Sea, which had achieved the expected results.

May 2017

CHINA-USA: NORTH KOREA
Writing in USA Today on May 8, 2017, China's Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai said "China is deeply concerned about the current tension on the Korean Peninsula, which poses a grave threat to our national security.

May 2017

CHINA-PLA NAVY: WARSHIP CONSTRUCTION
The 'Strategist' on May 8, 2017, assessed that since 2000, China has built 19 large surface combatants (destroyers and aircraft carriers) and 63 small surface combatants (frigates and corvettes). Of the 124 surface vessels currently in service, 53% have been built since 2010, at an average of almost nine surface vessels commissioned per year.

May 2017

CHINA-PLAAF:PURCHASES FROM UKRAINE
A report on China's Soho blog claimed that because of Russia's reluctance to sell it advanced aircraft, China has concluded a US$ 4 billion agreement with Ukraine for the world's largest cargo plane.

May 2017

CHINA-MACAU: PBSC MEMBER ZHANG DEJIANG'S VISIT
The Chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, Zhang Dejiang, said in Macau on May 10, 2017, at the end of a 3-day visit that Macau is the role model when it comes to the "One Country, Two Systems" principle, and its success is down to the territory's education policies.

May 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG
Hongkong's 'Civil Human Rights Front' (which organises the annual 1 July protest marches) has been told that it will not be allowed to use Victoria Park for this year's march. 

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
According to a Radio Free Asia report of May 9, 2017,  Uyghur students enrolled in schools outside China have been ordered by the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region Government to return to their home towns by May 20.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP CREATES NEW BUREAU FOR XINJIANG
Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported on May 5, 2017, that the CC CC's United Front Work Department (UFWD) has created a new bureau to improve intelligence and policy coordination in Xinjiang.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
A Chinese game development firm, Zuo BuLai Game Studio, has created a computer game called, The Wall, which alludes to China’s Great Firewall and encourages players to destroy it.

May 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
Former Chinese Vice Premier and Security Czar Qian Qichen died at the age of 90 in Beijing on the morning of May 9, 2017.

May 2017

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: PROTEST AT TAIWAN ATTENDING KIMBERLEY PROCESS
In the weekly press briefing on May 3, 2017, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuan, while replying to a question asking why Chinese delegates had shouted down the Chairman of the Kimberley Process Working Group Joint Meeting in Australia and disrupted proceedings, said "Our position on the participation of Taiwan in the activities of international organizations is clear and consistent, that is, we must follow the one-China principle.

May 2017

CHINA-INDIA: CPEC
An article by Xiao Xin, a reporter with Global Times on May 3, 2017, criticised a recent article in the Economic Times which claimed that "the "One Belt and One Road" initiative, which aims to facilitate joint prosperity across the countries and regions along the route, was presented as offering benefits only to China while setting a trap for countries in South Asia.

May 2017

CHINA-THAILAND: POPULAR OPPOSITION TO CHINESE PLANS TO BROADEN MEKONG RIVER
China's plan to dynamite the Pi Long rapids and other sections of the Mekong between Thailand and Laos to allow bigger cargo ships has met with opposition from Thai protesters who say this will harm the environment and bring trade advantages only to China.

May 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN: CROSS-STRAIT RELATIONS
Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported on May 7, 2017, that a low-key civilian group headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s former deputy, Wang Yifu, may take a more prominent role in driving Beijing’s new strategy to engage the Taiwanese public, as mainland China continues to shake up senior members of its Taiwan policy team.

May 2017

CHINA-ASEAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Reuters reported on April 30, 2017, that Southeast Asian leaders took a softer stance on disputes in the South China Sea during the summit that ended on April 29, 2017, and avoided tacit references to China’s building and arming of its manmade islands.

May 2017

CHINA-US: US ASSISTS DISSIDENTS ESCAPE FROM THAILAND
Chen Guiqiu , the wife of Chinese rights lawyer Xie Yang, revealed earlier this March to AP that she and her two daughters were rescued by US Embassy officials just minutes before Chinese security personnel were to escort them back to China.

May 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: US-JAPAN WAR GAMES
The scenario for a war game organised in the US in March 2017 envisaged that "an armed group has come ashore on one of the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, and while the Japan Coast Guard and police forces struggle to bring the incident under control, China indicates it will intervene and dispatches a military vessel to waters around the island."

May 2017

CHINA-PLA AIR FORCE: NEW JET MULTI-ROLE FIGHTER
China's state-owned CCTV 1 recently publicised the debut last week of the L-15B prototype attack jet.

May 2017

CHINA-US: ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS
A report in the Overseas Chinese Daily Qiaobao, datelined Los Angeles May 1, 2017, claimed that China's anti corruption "fox hunting" squad has been using the services of at least one Chinese-origin US Los Angeles-based detective for several years to track down corrupt Chinese officials now living in Southern California.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBETAN YOUTH SELF IMMOLATES
VOA Tibetan confirmed on May 4, 2017, that a 16-year-old student Chagdor Kyab from Bora Township, in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the Amdo region of Gansu province, staged a self-immolation protest on May 2 against Chinese rule.

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG-UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION
Four senior Uighur officials, writing in a front-page article in the official Xinjiang Daily newspaper on April 27, 2017, said young members of China's Uighur Muslim minority should "love the motherland" and learn Mandarin."

May 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: INTENSIFIED MEDIA CONTROLS
The Chinese government issued new rules on May 2, 2017, further tightening controls over the already heavily censored online news services.

May 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES
According to data released by the People’s Bank of China on May 7, 2017, China’s foreign-exchange reserves rose for the third straight month in April, edging up on the back of a less bullish U.S. dollar and Chinese government controls on money moving offshore.

May 2017

CHINA-OBOR: CONNECTIVITY
The first freight train linking China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu on April 29, 2017, after a 12,000-kilometre (7,500-mile) trip, becoming the world's second-longest rail route.

Apr 2017

CHINA-EDUCATION: ASIAN UNIVERSITIES ALLIANCE
The Asian Universities Alliance, consisting of 15 Asian universities, was established on April 29, 2017, at an inaugural meeting attended by Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong in Beijing.

Apr 2017

CHINA-PAKISTAN: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The Financial Times reported on April 26, 2017, that rising imports and falling exports as well as a drop in remittances from Pakistanis abroad had brought Pakistan to the brink of a currency crisis, but Beijing banks came to the rescue.

May 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG: BASIC LAW
The Hong Kong media reported that speaking at a seminar on April 29, 2017, Wang Zhemin, legal chief of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, said that the “one country, two systems” policy under which Hong Kong is guaranteed a high degree of autonomy for half a century may be scrapped if it becomes a tool to confront Beijing.

Apr 2017

CHINA-US: TAIWAN
During an interview with Reuters on April 28, 2017, US President Trump turned down Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's suggestion that another call could take place, saying he did not want to risk his newfound "personal relationship" with China's president Xi Jinping.

Apr 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: ECONOMIC TIES
As tension mounts in the Korean Peninsula on whether Pyongyang decides to launch an ICBM or not, there is increasing attention on China’s substantial economic ties to North Korea. Nearly 90% of North Korea’s legal trade is with China, with the South Korean government estimating that China bought US$2.8 billion in North Korean exports in 2016.

Apr 2017

CHINA- INTERNAL: ALERT FOR RADIOACTIVITY ON KOREAN PENINSULA
Taiwan's news agency CNA (The Central News Agency) on April 17, 2017, reported that China's Ministry of Environmental Protection sent internal orders to environment monitoring stations in Northeast China to establish 24-hour on-duty monitoring schedules for radioactive pollution signs.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TELECOMMUNICATIONS BROADBAND PENETRATION
Wen Ku, Director of China's Information and Communication Development Department, said during a recent press briefing that China’s fixed-line broadband and mobile broadband penetration rate is expected to reach 63% and 75% respectively by the end of this year.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECOND AIRCRAFT CARRIER
A special editorial report on April 26, 2017, by Global Times reporter Liu Jianxi based on an interview with Zhang Xiaojun, a military expert based in Beijing, described the second aircraft carrier designed and built exclusively by China as a milestone in China's naval and national defense construction.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA REFORM
The spokesman of China's Ministry of National Defense Yang Yujun, said on April 27, that the Central Military Commission has decided to reorganize the army groups of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army.

Jun 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP XIA BAOLONG MOVED TO NPC
According to Xinhua News Agency, the Twelfth Meeting of the Twelfth National People's Congress Standing Committee on April 27 afternoon voted to appoint former Zhejiang Province Party Secretary, 64-year old Xia Baolong as Vice Chairman of the the National People's Congress (NPC) Environmental and Resources Protection Committee. Xinhua News Agency also reported on April 26, that Che Jun has been appointed as Secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-NEW ZEALAND: OBOR
New Zealand's Northland Regional Council agreed this week to provide China Railway with information on possible investments, such as high-end hotels and roads, and advise the firm on the New Zealand government procurement process and making introductions to national government officials. Reuters April 14 report did not specify how much China Railway is planning to invest in Northland. In particular the regional authority plans to help China Railway bid for the construction of a 22 km (13.6 miles) stretch of national highway from the Northland city of Whangarei to a commercial port at Marsden Point to the south. The move is the latest on New Zealand's part to cooperate on Chinese President Xi Jinping's OBOR global infrastructure spend to link China to Asia and beyond.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA- NORTH KOREA MISSILE LAUNCH
North Korea launched a missile on April 16, 2017, morning from its Sinpo Launch base. US Sources say the missile launch was a failure with the missile exploding very soon after launch. They also said it was not an ICBM.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: TRADE INCREASES
The New York Times on April 13, 2017, reported that amid sharply rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear arms program, China's General Administration of Customs said at a news conference in Beijing on April 13, that its trade with North Korea had expanded by 37.4% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the previous year, even though it had complied with United Nations sanctions and stopped buying North Korean coal. Chinese exports surged 54.5 % and imports increased 18.4 %. China released the first-quarter trade data just days after President Trump urged Xi Jinping to clamp down on trade with North Korea.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-PLA EXERCISES: TENSION IN NORTH KOREA
China Central Television (CCTV-7) 30-minute programme, 'Military Reports', yesterday revealed footage of the country's various missiles in a daily military programme. 0ne of the weapons featured in the programme was the anti-ship DF-21 missile, which has a firing distance of up to 1,926 miles (3,100km) and has been dubbed 'the killer of aircraft carrier'. It showed Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles drive past the Tiananmen Gate during a military parade on September 3, 2015 in Beijing.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLAN THIRD AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Chinese Military expert Xu Guangyu forecast during an interview with BTVAthat China's second aircraft carrier, and the country's first domestically built carrier, will see dramaticbreakthroughs, such as the use of nuclear power and the capability for an electromagnetic launch. He said "The first domestically built carrier is likely to be like the Liaoning [China's first aircraftcarrier]. It will be conventionally powered and use a ski-jump take-off, whereas the second one is likely to use a catapult take-off..
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: SELECTION OF DELEGATES FOR 19TH PARTY CONGRESS
There is an increased focus on grassroots delegates representing a change in Party membership. Party authorities approved 1.965 million new candidates in 2015, of whom 977,000 were frontline workers, such as industrial employees, farmers, herders and migrants.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION
Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), chaired the biweekly meeting of the CPPCC on April 13, when it was decided that the country lacks high-caliber and influential personages among various religious groups and it is an important duty for all religious groups to train more believers that "are politically reliable, accomplished in religious study, moral and can play a role in critical moments." Some members suggested government authorities encourage the establishment of more religious education institutions and give them more support in capital and land use. They also called on religious groups to improve curriculums and training of faculty.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGICAL CONTROLS ON LAWYERS
China's Ministry of Justice last month issued a notice stipulating new standards that tighten its grip on the legal sector. Shanghai, Inner Mongolia, Anhui and Shaanxi provinces will pilot the scheme, which classifies lawyers into nine specialist areas, ranging from criminal law to intellectual property law.., with plans for a ¬professional standard based to a great extent on each lawyer’s “political performance”. Lawyers would have to meet four criteria to be listed, the top one being political correctness, followed by record of “integrity”, length of experience and professional skills. The political performance assessment includes supporting the Communist Party’s leadership and “socialist rule by law”, abiding by the constitution and law, and observing the legal profession’s ethics and discipline.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-EDUCATION: OBOR
According to the China Daily of April 21, the Beijing Foreign Studies University has started a recruitment programme to find candidates for 22 language majors relating to OBOR countries in the next academic year. Only 270 students are to be admitted to keep standards high.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-RUSSIA
China Daily reported on April 21, 2017, that Li Zhanshu, CCP CC Politburo member and Head of the CCP CC General Office, will visit Russia from April 25-27, 2017. He will meet the Chief of Staff of Russia's Presidential Executive Office, Anton Vaino.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-TIBET: ENVIRONMENT
The South China Morning Post reported on April 22, 2017, that China is considering turning the entire Tibetan plateau and surrounding mountains into a huge 2.5 million sq km park national park to protect “the last piece of pure land”. Dubbed the Third Pole National Park because the plateau and mountains, including the Himalayas, have a natural environment that in many ways resembles polar regions, it would be the world’s biggest national park.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY: THE WEALTH GAP
A recent Chinese Academy of Science report says that though the wealth gap between different regions is narrowing, inequality between different income groups is growing. Xi Jinping has pledged to wipe out poverty, or annual incomes less than Yuan 2300, by 2020. Xi Jinping has also made himself a delegate to the 19th Party Congress from Guizhou where much of the population lives below the poverty line.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: NUCLEAR TENSION IN THE KOREAN PENINSULA
On April 22, 2017, the state-run Global Times published an Op-Ed outlining China’s limited options for preventing war on the Korean peninsula. The Chinese communist party mouthpiece, known for its harsh criticism of the US, surprisingly argued that China: 1) should drastically limit oil supply to their northeastern ally if they conduct another nuclear test, and 2) should not respond militarily in the event that the US carries out a surgical strike on North Korean nuclear facilities.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: OBOR SUMMIT AND JAPAN
LDP Secretary General Nikai said on April 25, 2017, that he will attend China's New Silk Road summit in May. This is being interpreted as an indicator that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to improve ties with Beijing amid tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY-HNA GROUP
The Hainan-based closely held HNA Group, which started as a local airline operator is now becoming one of the world's biggest conglomerates with interests in hotels, tourism, logistics, real estate and finance. Its total assets, at around US$ 146 billion in 2016, grew more than four times since 2010, Some of HNA’s most high- profile outbound acquisitions have been U.S.-based companies—a US$ 6.5 billion purchase of a 25% stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., a US$ 6 billion deal to buy technology distributor Ingram Micro Inc. and a US 4 billion purchase of CIT Group ’s leasing business. The HNA Group and its subsidiaries hold around US$ 9.7 billion in bonds, putting it among China’s top 30 most indebted companies, according to Dealogic.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION IN XINJIANG-UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION
Radio Free Asia reported on April 26, 2017, that Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned dozens of baby names with religious meanings that are widely used by Muslims elsewhere in the world. It said sources in Hotan, in the southern part of the AR, had previously detailed a list of banned names in 2015 and the ban now appears to have been rolled out throughout the XUAR.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA NAVY'S 68TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
South China Morning Post reported on April 25, 2017, that China's Ministry of National Defence erred in the official poster used to commemorate the anniversary.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-PLA NAVY: SECOND AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Xinhua reported that China’s first indigenously-produced aircraft carrier, was officially launched on April 26, 2017, at China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s Dalian shipyard two days after the PLA Navy's 68th anniversary.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA REFORM
The South China Morning Post reported on April 24, 2017, that PLA army corps are likely to have their unit numbers changed for the first time in their history. It quoted Chinese military sources as saying “Serial numbers for the 13 army corps are likely restart from 71 and end at 83.”
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING INSPECTS SOUTHERN THEATRE COMMAND
Chinese President Xi Jinping inspected the PLA's Southern Theater Command in Nanning on April 22, 2017, when he stressed building a strong army and exhorted all military personnel to resolutely safeguard the authority of CPC Central Committee and unswervingly follow the Party's leadership. He asked all military personnel to greet the 19th CPC National Congress scheduled for later this year with outstanding achievements.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
South China Morning Post on April 26, 2017, quoted two independent sources as saying that Xia Baolong, Party Secretary of Zhejiang province, will likely become the new head of the Central Politics and Legal Affairs Committee. Separately, the state-run authoritative Xinhua news agency reported on April 26, 2017, that Xia Baolong had left his Zhejiang party secretary position.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-HONGKONG: ELECTIONS
59-year Ms Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was elected Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive on March 26, 2017. She was Beijing's preferred candidate and won 777 votes from the 1,194-member Election Committee, composed mostly of Beijing loyalists. The former Chief Secretary beat former Finance chief John Tsang Chun-wah and retired judge Woo Kwok-hing Lam. Soon after Carrie Lam's election, the central leader in charge of Hongkong organized a 'leak' to the press revealing that the next Chief Executive had been selected in a December 25th Politburo meeting.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET
Pema Gyaltsen, a 24-year-old Tibetan man from Nyagrong (in Chinese, Xinlong) in Kardze (Ganzi) county Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture,on March 19, 2017, in a protest against Chinese rule in the first reported self-immolation of 2017. A one-minute video clip depicting the incident was circulating on Tibetan social media.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA/MILITARY
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on March 26, 2017 that while speaking to PLA Delegates on March 12, 2017, at the recent NPC session Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasised that the military needs to promote technological innovation as the "key" to its upgrading and modernization.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY
Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), said at the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan on March 26, 2017, that China will substantially cut the number of sectors closed to foreign investment and as China opens wider, “we want China to get fair treatment overseas.” Among financial sectors targeted for further opening in China are banking, insurance, investment banking, securities firms, and payments.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG'S VISIT
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's week-long visit to Australia and New Zealand was decided after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to Australia soon after US President-elect Trump's telephone conversation with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-US: XI-TRUMP SUMMIT IN APRIL
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not participate in the NATO meeting in Brussels on April 5-6 in order to attend US President Trump's meeting with Xi Jinping on April 6-7. Tillerson plans to visit Moscow on April 12, 2017.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-US: US SECY OF STATE TILLERSON'S VISIT TO BEIJING
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Beijing on March 19, 2017, for talks with Chinese officials and to prepare for the Summit Meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Trump on April 6-7, 2017. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted by Xinhua as saying on March 18, that China and the United States are now in close communication on arrangements for the meeting and exchanges at other levels.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-VIETNAM: VIETNAM NAVY CHIEF MEETS PLAN COMMANDER
Meeting his Vietnamese counterpart Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam this (March 13-18, 2017) week in Beijing, PLAN Chief Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong noted that relations are improving and that the two navies and their countries should “together play a positive role in maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-PLA: DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS SRI LANKA AND NEPAL
Chinese Defence Minister 68-year old Chang Wanquan arrived in Sri Lanka on March 20 accompanied by the Deputy Commander of the PLA Navy Si Zhiquan. The problem centering on the Hambantota Port, where the Sri Lankan government is unwilling to accept China having a 80% share and two Sri Lankan individuals have approached the court, is top of the agenda for discussion. He will also visit a military facility. Chang Wanquan is to arrive in Nepal on March 23 for a 3-day visit where he will witness the first ever military exercise between the PLA and Nepal Army.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INDIA: DALAI LAMA
An article in Global Times on March 20, 2017, by Liu Caiyu reported the Chinese Foreign Ministry's strong opposition to the Dalai Lama's participation in a Buddhism conference in India last week. It quoted the Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying as saying on March 20, that "We urge the Indian side to clearly recognize the anti-China separatist nature of the Dalai clique, abide by its promises on the Tibet question,
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
Sansha Communist Party Secretary Xiao Jie was quoted by the official Hainan Daily newspaper as saying on March 17, 2017, that a couple of environmental monitoring stations are being built on six islands and reefs, including Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG OFFERS REWARDS FOR IDENTIFYING 'TERRORISTS'
On March 17, 2017, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that authorities in the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region are offering hefty sums of cash to would-be tipsters on terrorist activities. A statement dated February 23, but obtained recently by RFA disclosed that the Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture government had said 100 million yuan (U.S. $14.5 million) had been set aside to reward residents reporting “suspicious” acts following the knife attack a week earlier in Guma (Pishan) county.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-PLA: REFORM

Sheng Bin, Chief of the National Defense Mobilization Department of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), said on the closing day of the NPC session on March 15, 2017, that China will reduce its army reserve while increasing reserves for other services.He said the army reserve will be reduced, while the reserves of other military services including the navy, air force and the rocket force will be increased in a bid to keep up with China's military buildup, as the military reform has made headway.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-PLA AND THE DEFENCE BUDGET
At the press conference of China's State Council Information Office on March 4, 2017, Maj. Gen. Chen Zhou, military deputy to China's National People's Congress (NPC) and researcher with the Military Strategy Department of the PLA Academy of Military Science, said the 7% military budget increase in 2017 will be used to support the national defense and military reform, update equipment, improve the training and living environment of grassroot-level troops, in-depth development of military-civilian integration and so on.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-US: THE TECHNOLOGY ECONOMY
A report released by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China in March 2017 said that China is marshaling massive resources to march into high-tech industries, from robotics to medical devices. In the case of semiconductors alone, the Chinese state has amassed US$ 150 billion to build a homegrown industry. It said China is employing a wide range of tools to pursue these ambitions, from lavishing subsidies on favored sectors to squeezing technology out of foreign firms.
CCAS
Apr 2017

CHINA-US: NORTH KOREA/THAAD
Retired PLA General Wang Hongguang, former Deputy Commander of the Nanjing Military Region, disclosed on March 13, 2017, that China was preparing to counter the US deployment of THAAD with its own anti-radar equipment.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-US: SUMMIT MEETING
Chinese President Xi Jinping will have his first Summit Meeting with US President Donald Trump probably on April 6-7, 2017, at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will prepare for the summit during his stop at Beijing next week. Trade and North Korea are expected to top the agenda.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-INDIA: PEW SURVEY OF INTERNET USAGE
The latest Pew survey showed that 71% of Chinese say they use the internet at least occasionally or own a smartphone while, in contrast, only 21% of Indians say they use the internet or own a smartphone. The gap between China and India is similarly large when it comes to smartphone ownership.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-INDIA: MODI POST VICTORY IN U.P.
An important article in the state-owned Global Times on March 16, 2017, commented that following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent electoral victory in Uttar Pradesh "as well as vigorous support in several other major state elections, which have increased Modi's chance to win India's 2019 general elections", "Beijing-New Delhi ties have recently entered a subtle and delicate phase". Observers have begun to "pay close attention to how the bilateral relationship will develop after Modi tightens his grip on power". It said "Modi's hard-line attitude is embodied in both his domestic policies, such as the ban on high-value currency notes, and in his diplomatic logic. In the international arena, he changed India's previous attitude of trying never to offend anyone and started to take a clear stance in controversies among other nations to maximize its own interests. He enhanced New Delhi's ties with China and Moscow and applied to be a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Yet he also upgraded defense collaboration with the US and Japan, articulated his support for the US rebalance to the Asia-Pacific strategy and Washington's stance on the South China Sea issue. If Modi wins the next election, India's current firm and tough manner is bound to continue.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LONG-TERM RESIDENCY
A new pilot program unveiled by the Ministry of Public Security on March 13, 2017, allows anyone who has been employed in China for at least two consecutive years to apply for a five-year work permit. Earlier, most foreign employees had to apply for a new work permit every year, even when hired on multiyear contracts. The trial program is expected to be rolled out in coming months in “demonstration zones for innovative reform” in a total of nine cities and province-level governments, including Beijing, Wuhan and Hebei province, and 11 free-trade zones, including those in Tianjin, Chongqing and Henan province.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: INCREASING SECURITY PRESENCE IN XINJIANG
A recent study by Adrian Zenz and James Leibold and issued on March 14, 2017, by the Jamestown Foundation stated that data collected from job postings reveals four stages in the Party-state’s incremental securitization strategy in Xinjiang. It detailed these as::
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-CPPCC: PANCHEN LAMA
In his first speech to the CPPCC plenary session on March 12, 2017, the Chinese appointed 11th Panchen Lama Gyaincain Norbu denounced fake monks and called for the stricter regulation of religious personnel. He said "With the development of the market economy, Buddhism has suffered the effects of commercialization.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-NPC: PLA NAVY
Wang Weiming, Deputy Chief of Staff of the PLA Navy who is also a Deputy to the NPC, told Xinhua on March 10, 2017, on the sidelines of the NPC's plenary session that building of the second aircraft carrier is in good shape as the hull blocks have been joined in the dock.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-PLA: GRAND EVENT FOR 90TH ANNIVERSARY IN AUGUST
PLA Lieutenant General Rong Guiqing, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Western Theatre Command, said on March 15, 2017, that there would be massive celebrations for PLA Day. He said President Xi Jinping, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, was expected to inspect troops on PLA Day on August 1.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: DEATH OF HU YAOBANG'S WIFE
Li Zhao, the wife of former CCP CC General Secretary Hu Yaobang, died on Saturday afternoon aged 96, according to her son.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-US: OPINION POLLS
50% of the Americans surveyed in a Gallup Poll recently said they have a favorable opinion of China -- up from 44% in 2016 and 41% in 2012.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA
An unusually candid article in the state-run Global Times on March 3, 2017, reported the meeting on March 1, between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and visiting North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Ri Kil Song and said both expressed the hope for improved Beijing-Pyongyang ties and that Ri Kil Song had claimed that North Korea is willing to have in-depth talks with China on the situation of the Korean Peninsula.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-RUSSIA: WATER SUPPLY TO XINJIANG AND GANSU
The Guardian newspaper on March 7, 2017,reported that China is considering plans to build a 1,000km (620 mile) pipeline to pump water from Siberia to its drought-stricken northwest.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-CUBA: ECONOMIC TIES
Cuban imports from China reached a record US$ 1.9 billion in 2015, nearly 60 percent above the annual average of the previous decade, and were at US$ 1.8 billion in 2016 as the flow of oil and cash slowed from Venezuela due to economic and political turmoil in the South American country.

Mar 2017

CHINA-US: SHANGHAI COMMUNIQUE
February 28, 2017 was the 45th anniversary of the Shanghai Communique.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: EEZ
The Japan Times on February 28, 2017, quoted the Japan Coast Guard as stating that China had conducted a total of 63 seabed surveys inside Japan’s EEZ in the East China Sea and elsewhere without consent over the five years from 2012 to 2016.

Mar 2017

CHINA-US: TIBET WOMENS FOOTBALL TEAM DENIED VISAS
Fifteen players between the ages of 18 and 20 of the Tibetan Women’s Soccer were all refused US visas to go as guests to participate in this spring’s Dallas Cup tournament for young players.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: DPRK VICE FM VISITS (FEB 28-MAR 4, 2017)
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Ri Kil Song arrived in Beijing on February 28, at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for talks.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA: PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANIES
DeWe Security, a Chinese private security firm was founded in 2011 by a number of former military and police officers who had first worked together during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN:LEADERSHIP
The Shanxi Provincial Higher People's Court on February 28, 2017, sentenced Zhao Liping, a former senior political advisor in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, to death on charges of murder, taking bribes and possession of firearms.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-TIBET: TAX BREAK
Because of a package of tax breaks, companies registered in Tibet are subject to a corporate tax rate of 15 per cent, well below the national standard rate of 25 per cent.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-TIBET: PANCHEN LAMA'S (LOSAR) NEW YEAR MESSAGE
The China selected Gyaltsen Norbu, appointed the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995 by China, issued a message to mark the Tibetan lunar new year which was publicised on February 27, 2017, by the CCP CC's United Front Work Department which helps oversee religious groups.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: FIFTEENTH MEETING OF THE CENTRAL FINANCIAL WORK LEADING GROUP
Xinhua reported (Feb 28, 2017) that the Central Financial Work Leading Group held its fifteenth meeting in Beijing on Febrary 28, 2017 which was attended by Li Keqiang, Premier and Deputy Head of the Central Financial Work Leading Group, Liu Yunshan, PBSC member and member of the Central Financial Work Leading Group, and Zhang Gaoli, Vice Premier of the State Council and member of the Central Financial Work Leading Group.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-EDUCATION
The Xinhua News Agency reported on February 27, 2017, that the CCP CC and State Council had jointly issued a circular "on strengthening and improving ideological and political work under the new situation of opinions" (hereinafter referred to as "Opinion").
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-MYANMAR: LABOUR UNREST
The official China News Service reported on February 24, 2017 that hundreds of workers in Myanmar attacked a Chinese garment factory run by Hangzhou Hundred-Tex Garment (Myanmar) Co, in Yangon on February 23, destroying equipment and briefly detaining seven Chinese workers.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-VATICAN: IMPROVING RELATIONS
On February 27, 2017, at 1.30 hrs the programme 'Dialogue', of the English language Chinese Central Television, CGTN, screened a show on the possibility of normalising relations between China and the Vatican.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: PLA MILITARY OPERATIONS INSIDE AFGHANISTAN
Mystery over recent reported sightings of Chinese military vehicles patrolling inside Afghanistan deepened last week as Beijing denied its troops were in Afghanistan but confirmed it was undertaking “joint counter-terrorism operations” with Kabul.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-INDIAN : ATTRACTING INDIAN HI-TECH TALENT
An interesting article in the state-run Global Times on February 24, 2017, suggested that "China has perhaps not been working hard enough to attract science and technology talent from India to work in the country".
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-INDIA: CPEC
The state-run Global Times on February 23, 2017, claimed that "many observers consider the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) an important opportunity, not only for the potential economic benefits it brings to China and Pakistan, but also because it allows greater cooperation among nations in the region.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-PLA: PROTESTS BY DEMOBILISED SOLDIERS
HongKong's South China Morning Post reported on February 23, 2017, that Chinese military veterans demonstrated in central Beijing for two days, demanding unpaid retirement benefits.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: UNDERSEA CLAIMS
Japan's Yomiuri newsagency reports that last year the State Oceanic Administration of China filed 50 applications to name undersea features in Chinese last year. This is more than double the number of applications filed the previous year with the Monaco-based International Hydrographic Organization (IHO).
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-TURKEY: UYGHUR TERRORISM
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said on January 5, 2017, that dozens of people of Uyghur origin had been arrested in connection with the deadly nightclub attack in Istanbul on New Year's eve that killed 39 people. He said the main suspect is on the run and that the arrested suspect, who was probably Uyghur, had acted alone but may have had help. He also described the suspect as "specially trained". The Turkish Foreign Minister separately said the authorities have identified the attacker, but gave no further details. Turkish media have run images of a suspect, saying the pictures were handed out by the police.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-BILATERAL TRADE
China is Vietnam’s biggest trading partner, providing 29 percent of its imports and buying more than 10 percent of its exports. Approvals for Chinese investment into Thailand (including informal trade) have jumped from $50 million a two years ago to close to $1 billion currently. China and the Philippines have bilateral trade of $17 billion and growing quickly.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-SRI LANKA: CLASHES OVER HAMBANTOTA
The New York Times on January 8, 2017, reported that at least 21 people had been injured in violent clashes on January 7, 2017, between Sri Lankan government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake. Police used tear gas and water cannons to try to break up the clashes, which took place as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was attending an opening ceremony for the industrial zone, located near the port city of Hambantota, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) southeast of the capital, Colombo.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INDIA: TEST OF AGNI-V
On January 5, 2017, China's state-owned official Global Times once again reacted to India's test of the Agni-V strategic missile which, it claimed, "is widely regarded as a strategic missile targeted at China as it can reach almost all parts of the Chinese mainland". It accused India of having "broken" UN limits on nuclear arms and long-range missiles and said Pakistan should also be accorded the same "privilege".
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: WANG DAN
Chinese dissident Wang Dan who was active during the TAM protests in 1989, has announced his decision to leave Taiwan after residing there for 7 years and move to Washington DC.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ARREST OF HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER
The Changsha City Public Security Bureau on December 23, 2016, notified Beijing-based human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong's father-in-law that Jiang Tianyong had been placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location” on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power”. On 16 December, mainland Chinese media reported that Jiang Tianyong had been placed under police custody for allegedly having “illegally possessed multiple secret state documents, colluded with overseas institutions, organizations and individuals, and is suspected of illegally providing state secrets abroad”. Jiang Tianyong's activism resulted in him being disbarred in 2009.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-WATER: TIBET
China for the first time on December 28, 2016, transported 1,890 tonnes of bottled water in 35 carriages from Tibet to Ningbo in China’s Zhejiang Province. Xinhua described it as the first of a regular set of cargo trains to bring bottled drinking water from Tibet to China’s inland areas. It said there are plans to run trains between Lhasa and other cities such as Beijing, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Lanzhou.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-ENVIRONMENT
The New York Times reported on January 5, 2017, that China's National Energy Administration had that same day announced plans to spend more than US$ 360 billion till 2020 on renewable power sources like solar and wind. The agency said China would create more than 13 million jobs in the renewable energy sector by 2020.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY
The People's Bank of China reported on January 7, 2017, that China’s foreign exchange reserves fell by US$41 billion to US$3.011 trillion in December. The December figure is the sixth straight monthly fall in the country’s foreign exchange reserves. The reserves declined by US$69.06 billion in November. (Comment: The decline was less than expected but still edged the reserves closer to a drop below the US$3 trillion mark that could rattle confidence in the currency.)
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL SECURITY-XINJIANG: FACE RECOGNITION
"Since 2014, Xinjiang has introduced face recognition technology at all major passenger terminals including for purchase of train tickets. It has implemented the real-name system into the station tickets. Passengers entering the station need to produce ID cards and tickets and are subjected to face recognition in case they are waiting to enter the waiting hall. A person with someone else's ID card or buying a ticket for someone else cannot do so. Authorities say other potential applications are University student attendance, retrieving QQ passwords, looking for missing children, etc.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG ID CARDS
Radio Free Asia reported on January 5, 2017, that ethnic Uyghur government workers in Xinjiang region are being ordered to remove the word “Islam” from a box indicating religious affiliation on their household registration forms.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL SECURITY: ALIBABA, TENCENT AND FACE RECOGNITION
Face recognition software has already been introduced and is in use at border controls in Beijing and Kunming. All border guards and major passenger terminals in Xinjiang have already deployed "face recognition" equipment.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
The state-owned Global Times on January 8, 2017, reported that 62-year old Deng Xiangchao, Deputy Head of the School of Art at Shangdong Jianzhu University, had been made to retire for posting controversial comments about Mao Zedong online. He has simultaneously been instructed to stop any teaching-related activities both on and off campus.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN: JAPAN
Japan's informal office in Taipei called the 'Interchange Association, Japan' has from December 31, 2016, been renamed 'The Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association'. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted quickly to the change of name saying it was “extremely dissatisfied” by the Japanese government's implicit nod to Taiwan's Taiwaneseness.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: MILITARY BUILD-UP
Dr Ross Babbage, Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Forum Pty Ltd and Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) in Washington DC who has also formerly held the position of Head of Strategic Analysis in Australia's Office of National Assessments and Assistant Secretary for ANZUS and then Force Development in the Department of Defence, on December 28, 2016 wrote that Beijing’s footprint has expanded markedly in the South China Sea during the last five years.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-US: TOURISM AND CHILDBIRTH
In 2015, the US State Department issued 2.27 million visas to Chinese tourists. It does not track what proportion of visas are issued to tourists wanting to give birth to children in the US, which is reportedly a thriving industry. For example, Chinese listings show several hundred maternity clinics in southern California. Jessica Vaughan, Executive Director of The Center for Immigration Studies, a conservative-leaning think tank, estimates that nearly 36,000 Chinese nationals give birth in the U.S. each year. Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said “There is nothing in the law that makes it illegal for pregnant women to enter the United States.”
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-US: A CHINESE ACADEMIC'S ASSESSMENT OF REX TILLERSON AS US SECRETARY OF STATE
Shen Dingli, a Professor and Associate Dean at Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies, on December 26, 2016, assessed that the US President-elect’s choice of Tillerson indicates that "Trump will tap Tillerson’s rich experience in conducting international business and negotiation" He added that the nomination conforms with Trump’s style of bringing successful business people into his cabinet, to “make America great again.”
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
A tough article in the official state-owned Global Times on December 29, 2016, Li Kaisheng, Associate Research Fellow of the Institute of International Relations, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said "It is possible that Washington will continue instigating antagonism by the agency of countries that have conflicts with China".He suggested that "the US is most likely to provoke China by intensifying warship cruises and surveillance activities in the SCS, because the Pentagon is able to make these moves without support from its allies".
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INDIA: AGNI-V AND UNSC
On December 26, 2016, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying reacting to the successful test by India of its 5000-kms range Agni-V missile, issued a sharp statement asserting “We have noted reports on India’s test fire of [the] Agni-V ballistic missile. The UN Security Council has explicit regulations on whether India can develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.” The reference to the UNSC resolution 1172 has been noticed for the first time in 18 years.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INDIA: TERRORISM
China on December 30, 2016, retained its 'hold' on India's request to the UN Sanctions Committee against internationally recognised terrorists residing in Pakistan. In doing so it became the only one of 15 members of the UNSC Sanctions Committee to exercise its veto. (Comment: China's action comes despite its claimed efforts to join the international community in their fight to combat terrorism. It also exhibits continued insensitivity to India's interests.)
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ENVIRONMENT/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
On December 30, 2016, China's State Council announced that the commercial processing and sale of ivory will stop by March 31, 2017, and all registered traders will then be phased out, bringing a full halt to the market by the end of the year. Ivory can presently reach US$ 1,100 (£850) per kilogram in China. (Comment: The announcement has been praised by international wildlife conservationists.)
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-TIBET: RELIGIOUS CONTROLS
Reuters on December 29, 2016, reported the TAR Party Secretary Wu Yingjie, who was appointed in August 2016, as saying that the CCP control over religion in Tibet can only increase and efforts would be intensified to expose the "sinister intentions" of the Dalai Lama. Tibet Daily, which publicised excerpts of the speech, quoted Wu Yingjie as saying that 'Tibetan Buddhism had a fine tradition of patriotism and had made important contributions to maintaining national unity. But Tibetan Buddhism needs to march with the times.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-XINJIANG: UNREST
The official news portal of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region on December 28, 2016, announced that a car carrying several terrorists had crashed into the yard of the Moyu County Committee of the CCP office building in Karakax county at 4.50 pm that day. Quoting the Ministry of Public Security, Xinhua reported that police shot and killed the three attackers, who were wielding knives and managed to detonate a home-made explosive. It said there were four attackers and an official and a security worker were also killed and three others injured. It added that "social order" had been restored.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The CCP CC's Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) announced on December 30, 2016, that an investigation launched into former Vice Minister of State Security (MoSS) Ma Jian's "serious disciplinary violations" had concluded and he had been expelled from the CCP. The CDIC statement said he had "seriously violated political discipline and the code of conduct, confronted an organizational probe, as well as transferred and hid money and property related to his case. He also failed to give a report on his personal information, including real estate properties, in accordance with regulations, and illicitly handled exit permits for his family."
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
63-year old General Wang Jianping, named as Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Department under the powerful Central Military Commission in January 2016, was officially reported by China’s Ministry of National Defence spokesman Yang Yujun on December 29, 2016, to have been placed under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
Hongkong's South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on December 29, 2016, that 57-year old Ying Yong, presently Vice Mayor of Shanghai, will soon take over as Mayor of Shanghai from Yang Xiong who was appointed Shanghai Mayor in Fbruary 2013.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CPEC
Criticism about the CPEC has been rising in Pakistan with provincial politicians being especially critical. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took the issue to the court, which was not appreciated by China. Consequently, a high level delegation from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, comprising Ministers and senior bureaucrats who were scheduled to visit China to study the mass transit transport system, were refused visas by the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad in November, 2016. Chinese ambassador in Pakistan Sun Weidong specially met (October 18, 2016) PTI chief Imran Khan and sought assurances that projects under CPEC would not be harmed or sabotaged in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Reports suggest concern at the highest levels of the Chinese leadership about the criticism of the CPEC.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-US: CHINESE DONATIONS TO EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES
The US-based University World News reported on December 22, 2016, that a number of wealthy Chinese are giving donations to US educational Institutes. Chen, chairman of China’s Shanda Group, and his wife Luo who are now gave large donations to Caltech and say they will be donating US$ 1 billion on brain discovery, research and development.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-US: NEW CABINET APPOINTMENTS
China has expressed concern about the appointment of Peter Navarro as head of the newly created National Trade Council. China's state-owned Global Times and the CCP's official authoritative newspaper 'People's Daily' on December 22, 2016, quoted China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi as anticipating that Sino-US ties would face some “complexity” in the future. They quoted Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying as saying that Beijing was concerned by Trump’s policy direction and “I hope the United States and China can work together to maintain Sino-US relations, including the healthy and stable development of economic and trade ties.”as expressing concern about the appointment of Peter Navarro as head of the newly created National Trade Council. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted as anticipating "some complexity" ahead.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-MONGOLIA: DALAI LAMA
Mongolia's Foreign MinisterTsend Munkh-Orgil expressed regret, during an interview on December 21, 2016, to the local newspaper 'Unuudur', that the Dalai Lama’s visit last month had hurt ties with Beijing and said “You can understand that during the full term of this government, the Dalai Lama will not be allowed to visit Mongolia even for religious purposes.” China’s Foreign Ministry responded the same day that Beijing “attached importance” to the remarks by Mongolia’s top diplomat and hoped the country would “honor the commitment” it has made on the issue.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN: FOREIGN RELATIONS
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is due to lead a 90-member delegation to visit four of Taiwan's allies in Central America viz Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador in January 2017. Her itinerary calls for a stop-over in the US. There is a possibility she will meet members of the US Congress during her stop-over.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET
Radio Free Asia reported that Chinese police in Sichuan’s Ngaba county detained and beat Tenpa, a young 18 year old former monk of Kirti Monastery on December 16, 2016, after he launched a solo protest calling for freedom for Tibet. This is the eighth such protest reported in the county so far this year. Tenpa was carrying a photo of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANALYSIS OF PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Freedom House has analyzed hundreds of leaked directives of the CCP CC's Propaganda Department, including all of those from 2016 that were available in China Digital Times collection as of December 1. A total of 86 were found in 2016 to have ordered “negative” actions, such as deleting an article, declining to send reporters to cover a news event, or closing the relevant comment sections on websites. Another eight directives ordered strictly “positive” actions to promote the party line, such as covering specific topics or using only copy from the official Xinhua news agency on a given story.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
A seven-and-a-half minute video issued by the CCP CC Propaganda Department a week ago (third week of December) focuses on the dangers of a 'Colour Revolution', of which it said "Embassies in China are the forward command, combining forces to promote street politics". The video, which has no title, is being promoted online under the head "Who most wants to overthrow China". The theme was highlighted in a high-level conference in December 2016 to discuss strengthening of ideological controls in Universities.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INDIA RELATIONS
In an article published in National Interest on December 1, 2016, assessing China's neighbourhood environment, Liu Xuejun and Liu Jun, both Associate Professors at the Institute of International Studies of Yunnan University based in Kunming, Yunnan, in brief wrote: the DPRK, once China’s closest ally, is quickly becoming a “negative asset” for China, with new faces in the top brass believed to be less China-friendly.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-US: LIKELY NEW US AMBASSADOR TO CHINA
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who is the longest-serving governor in US history and a long-time friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is reported to be the frontrunner for the crucial post of US ambassador to China.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: ECONOMY
Tourist arrivals from mainland China plunged more than 40% in October from a year earlier. The cheaper hotels popular with Chinese tour groups are half empty; bus fleets are idle.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN
China's official Global Times reported on December 6, 2016, that Taiwan defense officials confirmed on December 5, that several fighter jets of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) flew over the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait last month during a drill in the Western Pacific Ocean. This is the first time PLAAF fighter jets have done so.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S LOBBYISTS IN USA
Reports in the Politico and New York Times on December 7, 2016, disclosed that former US Senator Bob Dole, acting as a foreign agent for the government of Taiwan, worked behind the scenes over the past six months to establish high-level contact between Taiwanese officials and President-elect Donald J. Trump’s staff, an outreach effort that culminated last week in an unorthodox telephone call between Mr. Trump and Taiwan’s president.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-US: TRUMP'S CONVERSATION WITH TAIWAN PRESIDENT
On December 2, 2016, US President-elect Donald J. Trump spoke over telephone to Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, “who offered her congratulations.” Trump is believed to be the first US President or President-elect who has spoken to a Taiwanese leader since 1979, when the United States severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan after its recognition of the People’s Republic of China. The statement issued by Trump’s office said the two leaders noted that “close economic, political, and security ties” exist between Taiwan and the United States and that Trump “congratulated President Tsai on becoming president of Taiwan earlier this year.”
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CIVIL AVIATION
The Beijing Times on December 2, 2016, reported that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) had on December 1, instructed all airplanes to send their location reports more frequently. It said all airliners need to send their longitude, latitude and height every 15 minutes or even less to the ground. The move is aimed at improving civil aviation safety by monitoring the location of planes.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: COMPARISON WITH U.S. WEALTH
Derek Scissors wrote on November 29, 2016, that new estimates by Credit Suisse of private wealth through the middle of 2016, show American private wealth at $84.8 trillion and Chinese private wealth at $23.4 trillion and the gap is widening.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:CONTROLS ON OUTBOUND INVESTMENTS
The Financial Times on December 2, 2016, said China intends to scrutinise acquisitions of overseas companies costing more than $1bn if they are outside the investors’ core business scope. Meanwhile, SoEs will not be allowed to invest more than $1bn on a single real estate transaction abroad. Gold purchases are also being curbed.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-SPACE LAUNCHES
In 2016, China became the world's no:2 leading launcher of space rockets with 19 launches just behind the United States which has 20 launches. Russia fell to number 3 position with 18 launches.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
A ROC government press release of November 30, 2016, announced that the ROC Coast Guard Administration under the Executive Yuan conducted a humanitarian rescue exercise in the Nansha (Spratly) Islands Nov. 29 in accordance with President Tsai Ing-wen’s policy concerning the South China Sea.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-VATICAN: RELIGION
At a ceremony at Pinganqiao Cathedral in Chengdu, Sichuan province during the feast of St ­Andrew on November 30, 2016, two Chinese bishops recognised by the Holy See were consecrated.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG
Speaking in Beijing on November 30, 2016, morning, Chen Zuoer, President of Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies and former Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, quoted the old Chinese saying to describe the Hongkong 'independence' supporters as “running rat across the streets”.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-PLA NAVY: OVERSEAS BASES-DJIBOUTI
China's Ministry of National Defence announced on December 1, 2016, that a Chinese logistics base in Djibouti is not part of an overseas military expansion.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MONGOLIA-HAN ETHNIC TENSION
The official Weixin news release of the Tongliao Municipality Public Security Bureau of Southern Mongolia’s Left Uzumchin Banner reported on November 25, 2016, that Unench, a Mongolian herder from the Ulgai area of Southern Mongolia’s Left Uzumchin Banner, had killed four Chinese named Wei Jianguo, Wei Jianqi (cousin of Wei Jianguo), Wei Jianchen (brother of Wei Jianqi) and An Xiaoping after being beaten by three of the four in a dispute over grazing land and payment of sheep tending. Unench was arrested nine hours later in his home place of eastern Southern Mongolia’s Horchin Left Wing Middle Banner.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: NATIONAL DEBT AND COST OVERRUNS IN INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION
A recent study by Atif Ansar, Fellow of Keble College and Programme Director of the MSc in Major Programme Management (MMPM) at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Bent Flyvbjerg, the first BT Professor and inaugural Chair of Major Programme Management at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and a Professorial Fellow of St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, claimed that in 2014, China spent US$4.6 trillion on fixed assets, accounting for 24.8 per cent of total worldwide investments and more than double the entire GDP of India.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY
Hongkong's South China Morning Post reported on November 29, that the People's Bank of China had decided on a policy shift to stop capital outflows and that payments of more than US$ 5 million will require the approval of central authorities.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Bai Enpei and Wei Pengyuan, two former high-ranking Chinese officials were sentenced on October 9, 2016, by the the Anyang City Intermediate People’s Court in Henan province and Baoding City Intermediate Court in Hebei province respectively, to life in prison without the possibility of a sentence reduction or parole (“life without parole,” or LWOP). Bai Enpei was previously Party Secretary in Yunnan and Qinghai provinces and most recently a Vice Chairman of the National People’s Congress Environment and Resources Protection Committee.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING ON LITERATURE AND ART
Xinhua reported on November 30 that President Xi Jinping addressed the 10th Congress of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (CFLAC) and the ninth Congress of the Chinese Writers Association (CWA) in Beijing on November 30, 2016.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-SECURITY: SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM
Hangzhou and more than three dozen local governments throughout China are piloting a "social credit system" to track individual behavior and assign ratings to citizens.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP-PREMIER
Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, paid his third visit to Shanghai’s free-trade zone last week. Hours after his inspection, the local branch of the PBoC held a rare press conference to announce a new risk-control system to monitor currency flows through the zone to ensure they are balanced by supporting inflows—an oblique indication that cash had been leaking out.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Xinhua reported that the CCP CC Politburo issued a decision on November 30 pledging to streamline and tighten the benefits for serving and retired party and state leaders, including housing, offices, holidays, vehicles and staff.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-SINGAPORE: MILITARY SHIPMENTS VIA HONGKONG
The South China Morning Post reported on November 25, 2016 that on November 23, 2016 Hongkong Customs officers at Kwai Chung Terminal seized nine advanced combat vehicles tat were on the way back from Taiwan to Singapore.
CCAS
Dec 2016

NEPAL-CHINA: XI JINPING'S VISIT
In an interview with Mikel Dunham on November 16, 2016, Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, @ Prachanda, disclosed that Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to visit Nepal in January or February 2017.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: MEETING AT APEC SUMMIT
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s special envoy to the APEC Summit (Nov 17-19, 2016) People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong, had a ten minute meeting on the sideline of the Informal Economic Leaders’ Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Peru.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-US: TRUMP'S TIES WITH CHINESE COMPANY
Bloomberg reported on November 28, 2016, that the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., a state-controlled enterprise and the world’s biggest lender by assets, is due to renegotiate its lease at Trump Tower in Manhattan during Donald Trump’s presidency.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-US: ECONOMY
According to a study by the private US-based Rhodium Group, Chinese investment in the United States already accounts for over 100,000 jobs and the number is growing. It estimates nearly 6,700 American investments in China with a combined value of US$ 228 billion.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: DEBT
According to estimates released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China’s total debt – including housing, financial and government sector debt – hit 168.48 trillion yuan ($25 trillion) at the end of last year, equivalent to 249% of national GDP. China's household debt has also written appreciably in the past few years with the debt owed by households having increased now from 28% of GDP to more than 40% in the past five years.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
China in 2015 ran a US$ 334.1 billion trade surplus against the United States. China’s two-way trade also fell 8.0% last year and imports were down 7.5% and exports off by 7.7% in the first ten months of 2016.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: POPULATION
China's National Health and Family Planning Commission announced on November 26, 2016, that this year’s number of newborns would exceed 17.5 million – similar to the total number in 2000. The Commission's Deputy Director, Wang Peian,said the new population total this year had met its expectations after it permitted all Chinese parents to have a second child from January 1 this year.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: HAN-TIBETAN TENSION
The Tibetan news service Phayul reported on November 22, 2016, that an ethnic Han-Chinese woman from Shanghai broadcast a live post through the Chinese social media site menpai earlier last week, hurling offensive racial slur against Tibetans calling them an uncivilized race, unaccustomed to any culture and likened them to “garbage” and “low class villagers”. In her minute-long post that went viral, according to a translation done by a Tibetan, the Chinese woman asked, “Do you know what culture is?
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: INNER MONGOLIA
Since November 5, 2016, Mongolian parents from eastern Southern (Inner) Mongolia’s Ulaanhad Municipality have launched a series of protests against the educational authorities for appointing Chinese principals to the only two Mongolian kindergartens allowed to teach in Mongolian. These are the former Ulaanhad Municipality 6.1 Kindergarten and the Ulaanhad Municipality Xincheng District Mongolian Kindergarten. Outraged by the newly appointed Chinese principals’ ban of the Mongolian language in the kindergartens, Mongolian parents collected signatures and published open letters via Chinese social media.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
The official Global Times reported on November 24, 2016, that a “passport-management policy” is being implemented across the entire Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region, which requires all citizens to turn in the documents and apply for permission if they wish to leave the country. Officials quoted by Global Times, on condition of anonymity, insisted the move is meant to maintain public order amid a rising threat of terrorism in the region. that borders Central Asia. Xinjiang is home to some 10 million Uighur Muslims, many of whom have agitated against what they say is decades of discrimination such as controls on their religion and culture. It said the new passport policy “will not affect ordinary people’s travel plans,” and would only serve to keep criminals or people with “suspicious records” from going abroad.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XIXTH PARTY CONGRESS
Commencing preparations for the 19th Party Congress due to be held around October/November 2017, China held its once-every-five-year grassroots elections for county-district level People’s Representatives on November 15.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-PLA: MARITIME AMBITIONS
Captain Li Jie of the PLA’s Naval Research Institute (NRI) in Beijing and known to be an influential voice in Chinese naval strategy development, wrote an interesting article in the Fall Special issue of Military Digest. In the second paragraph of the essay, he asserts: “Externally, [the strategy] responds to the imperative to break the American blockade chokehold” He adds “The United States is continuously compressing China’s strategic space on the maritime flank, so that the East Sea passages are at great risk.” Likewise, Li Jie points to India as a potential threat to China’s maritime trading routes.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: NEW MILITARY FACILITY
Radio Free Asia (RFA) quoted sources as saying that since August 2016, China has been constructing a large-scale military facility in the Chinese city of Longjing, in Jilin Province facing the Sambong workers' zone in the North Korean county of Onsong. The source said "Heavy equipment and material are being brought in order for building to take place." North Korea is responding to the new measures by deploying about 20 soldiers to monitor the situation from the Sambong workers' zone. A Korean-Chinese source in Longjing described the government's measures as "unprecedented" in the area close to the border, adding that "The Chinese leadership seems to preparing for the collapse of the North Korean regime." Barbed wire fencing along the border in Yanbian prefecture have been reinforced as well.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-UK RELATIONS: CHINESE VICE PREMIER MA KAI'S VISIT
Meeting China’s Vice Premier Ma Kai on November 9, 2016, in Downing Street, British Prime Minister Theresa May described Britain’s relationship with China as still “golden”. The reference was to welcomed a Chinese developer’s plans to build a £1.7bn business district in east London. Several China-backed projects under way in London with four Chinese banks providing £1.2bn of funding for a 35-acre scheme close to London City Airport and the new Crossrail line. Others include The Spire, a 67-storey residential tower in east London, the Ram Brewery project in Wandsworth to be built by Shanghai’s Greenland Group, and the Wanda One hotel and residential project south of the Thames by Dalian Wanda.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-US: NEW BOOK BY CENTER FOR SECURITY POLICY
A new book entitled: 'Warning Order: China Prepares for Conflict and Why We Must Do the Same' has recently been issued by the Center for Security Policy. Contributers to the book include former U.S. Senator Jim Talent, former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, China and national security experts Dr. Peter Navarro, Gordon Chang, Dean Cheng, Kevin Freeman and Lindsey Neas and journalist Bill Gertz.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-MONGOLIA: DALAI LAMA'S VISIT
81-year old Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived in Mongolia on November 18, 2016, to begin a four-day visit despite strong objections by Beijing. He was received at the airport by government representatives, senior monks of Mongolian monasteries, and the Indian ambassador. Mongolian officials described it as a religious visit to a predominantly Buddhist country. China had earlier demanded that Mongolia not allow the Dalai Lama to enter the country, saying that relations with China—on which Mongolia heavily depends for trade and investment—would be harmed if the visit goes ahead.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-US: CHINESE REACTIONS TO DONALD TRUMP'S VICTORY IN US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Many Chinese netizens in Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Beihai responded to the U.S. election with happiness. The users of Chinese social media platform Weibo viewed Trump’s isolationist “America First” proclamations from the campaign trail as an opportunity for Beijing to advance its foreign policy interests around the globe. Weibo user “Big Hero” from Shenzhen, wrote that Trump’s proposed retreat from Asia meant that China could exert greater influence over Japan and other nations in the Asia-Pacific.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-USA: US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Yuan Peng, Vice President of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) which is a think-tank closely affiliated to the Ministry of State Security -- China's External Intelligence outfit -- and Director of its Institute of American Studies, in a commentary in the Party's official newspaper People's Daily on November 8, 2016, observed that "it has become evident that – no matter who wins -- history will deem this election the most dark, chaotic and negative one in the past two centuries.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG: PRO-DEMOCRACY LEGISLATORS
Almost 100 of the top Chinese business leaders have put their names to the cover of the Sing Tao Daily newspaper in protest against two Hong Kong Legislative Council members' advocacy of democracy. These include: Tencent founder and President, Pony Ma; SF Express founder Wang Wei; and Skyworth TV founder Huang Hongsheng. They were calling for the removal of Liang Songheng (Sixtus “Baggio” Leung) and You Huizhen (Yau Wai-ching).
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ROBOTICS
Recent data released by the International Federation of Robotics observed that recent deployments of industrial robots in developing countries have been concentrated in China, and the country is expected to maintain its front-runner status.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY-CAPITAL FLIGHT
China's hina's official foreign exchange reserves fell more than half a trillion dollars last year and are still falling, with a loss of nearly $46 billion in October alone.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-TIBET: CONTROLS ON TIBETAN ESCAPEES TO NEPAL
41 Tibetans who arrived in Nepal from eastern Tibet were detained this week and released on November 16, 2016.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PASSPORT CONTROLS ON TIBETANS
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on November 14, 2016, that Chinese government officials in Qinghai, Sichuan and Gansu are visiting the homes of Tibetan passport holders to collect their documents saying that new seals must be affixed. Sources were quoted as saying “the passports will be returned once the newly required seals of township and village authorities are in place.” The source said “Many Tibetans fear that this is an attempt by [Chinese] authorities to stop Tibetans who intend to travel to attend the Kalachakra (“Wheel of Time") teachings in India in January.”
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP
The CCP this month ordered members to greet each other as “comrade” and eliminate the growing importance attached to rank and titles. A document entitled “Norms of political life within the party under current conditions” was issued early this month after a meeting at which Xi Jinping was designated the “core” of the party.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: SCHOOL EDUCATION
According to the Wall Street Journal of November 11, 2016, China's Education Ministry this week announced a legal change that prohibits for-profit schools for younger students and seeks to ensure schools are run “in a way supportive of socialism”. The revised law calls for more activities focused on the Communist Party and stronger party “infrastructure” in private schools, the better to “ensure private schools are run from start to finish in a way supportive of socialism.” Peking University Education Professor Yan Fengqiao said the law may be motivated in part by a central-government desire for more influence in education.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL-CDIC: REPATRIATION OF CHINESE CORRUPTION SUSPECTS
Xinhua reported on November 16, 2016, that the US had agreed to the repatriation of 70-year old Yang Xiuzhu. A former Deputy Director of the Construction Bureau of China's Zhejiang Province and Vice Mayor of Wenzhou City, she fled China in April 2003 after being accused of 'stealing' US$ 39 million. She fled to the US in May 2014.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The Chairman of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), 68-year old Wang Qishan wrote an article in the People's Daily of November 8, 2016, warning senior Party cadres to stay vigilant against those who harbour plots to seize the power of the party and the state. He said “The higher one’s position is, the more trust [the Party] bestows on him, so the higher the risk. Absolute power leads to absolute corruption, and thus unsupervised power is extremely dangerous.” He also urged party officials, especially senior ones, to “raise their political awareness” and “stay clean”.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-US: TRADE AND BANKING
Agricultural Bank of China, one of the country’s largest banks, agreed to pay a $215 million penalty Friday to resolve allegations by New York’s banking regulator that the lender violated anti-money-laundering laws.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INDIA: BORDER INTRUSION
Chinese PAPF troops entered Indian territory in the Demchok area in Ladakh to stop construction of a water pipeline for a developmental project on the ground that it was being constructed in Chinese territory. Indian troops and border defence personnel reached the spot where a stand-off has been underway since November 2, 2016. The Deputy Commissioner of Ladakh (J&K) in Leh confirmed that a stand-off was underway in a Twitter posted on November 5.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY-PENSIONS
Pension payments is becoming a problem for the Chinese authorities as lay-offs of workers increases. Presently the burden of supporting each person over 65 is now shared by more than seven workers. But, according to UN data that will drop to just two people in 35 years or, according to the World Bank even fewer than that.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG: NPC & THE BASIC LAW
On November 4, 2016, the Chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, Zhang Dejiang, announced that the Committee will issue an interpretation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law. The Basic Law sets parameters for NPCSC interpretations of its provisions. This interpretation, which has not been requested by Hong Kong authorities, is expected to dictate the ruling of Hong Kong courts in an ongoing case involving two pro-independence members of the Legislative Council. There is anticipation that the ruling could disqualify them from office.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: HONGKONG
Protests mushroomed across Hongkong on November 7, 2016, as thousands of Hongkong residents objected to the NPC's ruling on the Basic Law. The tense stand-off between police and protesters outside the central government’s liaison office in Sai Wan ended late on November 6 night with calls from Demosisto, Student Fight for Democracy, the League of Social Democrats and the Labour Party for protesters to leave the site.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET-RELIGION
Authorities overseeing the destruction of Sichuan’s Larung Gar Buddhist Academy have on November 7, 2016, canceled the eight-day festival called Dechen Shingdrup, or Accomplishing the Pure Land of Great Bliss, and forbidden public gatherings, leaving the center’s remaining monks and nuns to pray privately in their rooms. The Dechen Shingdrup is an annual religious assembly, that begins each year on the 18th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. That date falls this year on Nov. 17.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG CYBER SECURITY CONTROLS
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on October 28, 2016, that public security authorities in Changji city in Xinjiang have detained a man for using circumvention software to scale the complex system of blocks, filters, and human censorship known as the Great Firewall. Police said he had been detained this month for allegedly "downloading violent and terrorist circumvention software" on October 13.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: COAL MINE EXPLOSION IN SHAANXI
72 hours after the explosion that blasted a section of the coal mine at Dajingta village in Shaanxi and claimed 14 lives and injured more than one-hundred people,reports of the tragedy have been blacked out of the official media.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XIXTH PEOPLE'S CONGRESS
Yao Lifa, an advocate of grassroots elections in Qianjing County, Hubei Province, along with 57 others have signed a petition on November 1, 2016, demanding the right to elect the electorate group leader and deputy group leader in their constituency. They have said that they have the right to jointly nominate preliminary candidates for People’s Representative elections and the right to be nominated as preliminary candidates for People’s Representative elections,
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: FORMER PREMIER ZHU RONGJI'S SON
Levin Zhu Yunlai, the son of former premier Zhu Rongji, spoke as a “financial expert” at the Global Innovator Conference, in Beijing on November 4, 2016. In his keynote speech he praised the state of new technology in China. Just a week earlier he had expressed pessimism about China's property market.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
According to Xinhua, China's Minister of State Security, 65-year old Geng Huichang was on November 1, 2016, named as the Deputy Director of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee’s panel on Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Overseas Chinese affairs. He is likely to step down soon. An announcement on November 7, 2016, said that Geng Huichang will be succeeded by Chen Wenqing, the Party Secretary of Ministry of State Security’s Communist Party committee. A key ally of CDIC Chairman Wang Qishan, Chen Wenqing started his career as a policeman in Sichuan province and was Wang’ Qishan's deputy at the CDIC from 2012-2015.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Hongkong's South China Morning Post on October 31, 2016, quoted Deng Maosheng, who has helped draft the communiques for all the plenums of the 18th Central Committee including the recent Sixth plenum, as hinting that the Chinese Communist Party could be willing to bend unofficial age limits for the country’s most powerful political body.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-MALAYSIA: NAVAL SHIP PURCHASES
According to a Facebook posting by Malaysia's Ministry of Defense of the text of a speech to be delivered by Malaysian defense minister Hishammuddin Hussein, mentioned that Malaysia will sign a contract to purchase Littoral Mission Ships from China when Prime Minister Najib Razak visits Beijing on October 30.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Reuters on October 28, 2016, reported the Philippine's Defence Minister as saying that Chinese ships are no longer at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea and that Philippine boats can resume fishing, and describing the departure a "welcome development". Philippine's Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said fishermen can now access the shoal unimpeded for the first time in four years.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: TRADE
RFA on October 21, 2016, quoted sources as saying that China's offshore trade with North Korea is not recorded in Chinese customs data. It said trade between China and North Korea officially amounted to US$5.5 billion last year, but an intelligence source said the illicit trade is estimated at another $2.2 billion.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: GOVERNMENT REORGANISATION
The Mingbao newspaper reported on October 29, 2016, that China's National Audit Office and Anti Corruption Bureau of the Supreme Peoples Procuratorate may be merged into the Central Disciplinary Inspection Commission (CDIC). The report was subsequently removed from the Wechat site.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG RELIGION
RFA’s Uyghur Service reported on October 24, 2016 that China has sent more than 350 officials to Hotan (Hetian, in Chinese) prefecture in Xinjiang for a three-year term to monitor mosques.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CULTURE
A Global Times article on October 30, 2016 commented on what it described as a growing trend among Chinese students in schools in China and observed that "celebrating Western festivals like Halloween and Christmas has become a tradition in many kindergartens".
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW BEIJING MAYOR
Hongkong's SCMP reported on October 30, 2016 that 61-year old Cai Qi, Deputy Director of the Central National Security Commission (CNSC), which was created and chaired by Xi, would replace current Mayor Wang Anshun, who is rumoured to be moving to the Development Research Centre of the State Council, later this year. The report says he could be promoted as Party Secretary of Beijing early next year.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING DESIGNATED 'CORE' OF LEADERSHIP
On October 27, 2016, after 4 day-long deliberations the Sixth Plenum of the 18th CCP CC agreed to designated Xi Jinping as the 'core' (he xin) of the Party centre, or fifth generation leadership. The Plenum was attended by 197 full members and 151 alternate members of the CCP CC who met under the chairmanship of Xi Jinping. In addition, while endorsing the tough policies implemented by Xi Jinping so far, the 6000-word Plenum document also seemed to clearly hold back from granting Xi Jinping unfettered authority by equally carefully emphasising 'collective leadership' and asserting that 'no party organisation or individual should suppress or undermine intra-party democracy.'
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-AFRICA: ETHIOPIA RAILWAY
Xinhua reported that the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway, built at a cost of US$ 40 billion started operations on October 5, 2016. It was described as Africa’s first electric railway and spanning almost 750 km and is China Railway’s first whole-industry chain built to Chinese standards outside China. Meng Fengchao, Chairman of the China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) said "This is a landmark achievement for Belt and Road and China-Africa collaboration".
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-NORTH KOREA
Analysts point out that the DPRK media has not reported on the 67th anniversary of DPRK-PRC diplomatic ties, mentioned the usual congratulations for October 1, sent by Kim Joung-Un, or remarked on thereceptions held by the PRC embassy in Pyongyang in honor of the national day.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS: ILHAM TOHTI
A jury of 10 human rights organisations has given the incarcerated Uyghur dissident activist, Ilham Tohti, the 2016 Martin Ennals Award. The award is to be presented in Geneva on October 11, 2016.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-US: CAPITAL FLIGHT AND MIGRATION
The US programme which allows individuals bringing in US$ 500,000 in a project which generates at least 10 jobs and get EB-5 permanent residence visas was fully subscribed for the first time in 2014. EB-5 visas are capped at 10,000 annually. Chinese investors are the biggest users, accounting for 86 per cent of the visas issued last year. The programme presently has a backlog of 18 months comprising almost entirely of Chinese applicants. The latest place to benefit from Chinese cash after New York and California is Miami.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-PLA: UPGRADED J-15 AIRCRAFT
New imagery shows that China's carrier borne fighter, the J-15, will receive major upgrades, which point to gains in not just Chna's engine-making but overall carrier fleet. Derived from the Russian SU-33, the J-15 is crrently in limited production by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. It is used by the PLA Navy on its sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS: ILHAM TOHTI
UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein attended the awards ceremony in Geneva for incarcerated Uyghur activist, Ilham Tohti, on October 12, 2016, where he also spoke. Responding to a question at the weekly press briefing about the UN High Commissioner's attendance, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said ZeidRa'ad al Hussein had ignored the facts, confused right with wrong and "boosted the arrogance of separatists".
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: EX-PLA SOLDIERS PROTEST
Over 1000 retired or demobilised ex-PLA soldiers protested on October 11, 2016, outside the Bayi building in central Beijing, where China's Ministry of National Defence is housed, demanding jobs.Many wore green fatigues bearing the hammer-and-sickle logo of China’s ruling Communist party.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-PUBLIC SECURITY REGULATIONS: JUDICIAL SYSTEM
China introduced a new set of rules called “Provisions Concerning the Collection, Extraction, Review, and Judgment of Electronic Data in the Handling of Criminal Cases” on October 1, 2016. The rules were issued jointly by the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, and the Ministry of Public Security.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-CANADA: ANTI-CORRUPTION
Canada's The Globe and Mail reported on September 21, 2016, that China’s security services have been sending undercover agents into Canada on tourist visas to strong-arm expatriates to return home, including some suspected of corruption and other criminal activities.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
In a study of the anti-corruption campaign launched by Xi Jinping four years ago, Ni Xing and Li Zhen at the Institute of Governance and Public Affairs of Guangzhou’s Sun Yat-sen University, state that “If local government is overflowing with corruption, people will gradually shift responsibility for that to the centre as they perceive the centre’s failure of management to have led to such a state of affairs.”
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
The Chinese magazine Caixin reported on October 9, 2016, that a court in Anyang, Henan province had sentenced 70-year old Bai Enpei, a former Party Secretary of Yunnan and Qinghai provinces between 2000 and 2013 and a former member and Deputy Director of the Environment and Resources Protection Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), to death with a two-year reprieve for bribery. The court also said Bai Enpei will be ineligible for parole or a reduced sentence if his death sentence is commuted to life in prison.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: JUDICIAL REFORM
On September 27, 2016, Zhou Qiang, the Chief Justice of China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and head of the country’s judiciary, announced the debut of an impressive new website, the Chinese Open Trial Network.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: RISE IN BILLIONAIRES IN CHINA
On October 18, 2016, a sharply-worded article in the Global Times cited a new report published by UBS and Pricewaterhouse Coopers on October 11, that claimed that due to China's surging economy, Asia is able to create a billionaire every three days. It said of the 113 Asian billionaires, 80 are from China and joined the billionaire ranks in 2015.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: CONSUMER SALES
According to a recent Bain-Kantar China Shopper Report, consumer goods companies in China saw sales plummet to about 3.5% in 2015 from nearly 12% in 2012. Mainly affected were sales of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) like beer and cigarettes, diapers and dish soap. The sharp drop is attributed to China's slowing economy and shifting consumer behavior. China is now described as "a two-speed market", with some categories continuing to prosper while others, such as instant noodles, are getting whacked with sales declines of more than 5%.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: SOE's DEBT
Latest figures from the Bank for International Settlements state that Chinese companies sit on US$ 18 trillion in debt, equivalent to about 169 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Most of it is held by State-owned Enterprises (SoEs).
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: HU JINTAO
The Party Literature Editing Committee of the CCP CentralCommittee on September 20, 2016, published the selected works of Hu Jintao, former Chinese President and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee. It has been published by the People's Publishing House and comprises three volumes and 242 selected works from June 1988 to November 2012.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: SOUTH CHINA SEA
After Philippines President Duterte said he would lead a business delegation to Beijing this month after having proposed removing American military advisers from the troubled southern region of Mindanao. and declaring that he was shopping in China and Russia for military supplies readily available in the US, China's Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua, said at China's National Day Reception that “The clouds are fading away, the sun is rising over the horizon, and will shine beautifully on the new chapter of bilateral relations.”
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-JAPAN: 12TH BEIJING-TOKYO FORUM
On the occasion of the 12th Beijing-Tokyo Forum, the official Chinese daily 'Global Times' on September 29, 2016, observed that while "officials and experts from both sides are seeking to deepen communication and revamp bilateral ties", "Beijing-Tokyo ties have lingered at a low ebb and could still worsen.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-VATICAN: DALAI LAMA
The BBC reported at 0730 on September 19, 2016, that the Dalai Lama had been excluded from the big inter-faith event in Assisi because of the Vatican wanting better relations with China.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG
Joshua Wong, the student activist who has became a global symbol of the fight for democracy in Hong Kong, is reported to have been detained in Thailand following a request from China.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: VILLAGERS' PROTEST IN WUKAN VILLAGE
The protest by villagers in Wukan village, Guangdong, that had been continuing since June 19, 2016, escalated on September 14 when the police of the Lufeng city removed five journalists from Hong Kong media outlets – Mingpao, the South China Morning Post and HK01 - who tried to report on the on-going protests. Three of the journalists were beaten and taken away while in Wukan village and two were taken away outside of Wukan while they were trying to get into the village. The police held the journalists in custody for five to six hours. The police finally escorted the journalists to Shenzhen.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-EDUCATION: US UNIVERSITIES IN CHINA
In a US Congressional survey of US Universities in China, conducted at the behest of US Rep. Chris Smith, (New Jersey Republican) and released in August 2016, universities reported receiving financial support from Chinese government entities ranging from $1.5 million to over $15 million. Several described the support provided as including classroom space, campus facilities, and student scholarships.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: STRATEGIC OIL RESERVES
A US satellite-imaging firm called Orbital Insight claims that Chinese inventories in May 2016, stood at 600 million barrels. James Crawford, said that for its Chinese analysis the firm went back to images taken from 2010 to 2014 and counted the number of oil storage tanks built and destroyed and came up with a figure of 2,100 storage tanks, far more than the 500 tanks in the industry standard database in TankTerminals.com.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
International property consultant Knight Frank said mainland companies paid a total of US$2.9 billion for Grade-A offices from January to June, representing 64 per cent of the total office sales transactions value in the city.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL CONTROLS AND STABILITY
The CCP CC's General Office and the General Office of the State Council on September 25, 2016 jointly issued the 'Opinions Concerning Acceleration of the Advancement of the Construction of the Institution of the Social Credit Supervision, Warning and Punishment System Against Persons Disciplined for Loss of Credit' (the “Social Credit Opinions”).
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
As of September 2016, 127 civilian tigers (defined as state officials, party cadres, and state-owned enterprise managers holding bureaucratic ranks equal to or above that vice minister) and 86 military tigers (officers holding ranks of major general or above) had been implicated in corruption and are either under investigation or under arrest. These include one former member of the Politburo Standing Committee (Zhou Yongkang); three former members of the Politburo (Bo Xilai (former Party Secretary Chongqing), General Xu Caihou (former Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission), and General Guo Boxiong (former Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission); and the former Director of the CCP Central Committee General Office (Ling Jihua).
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SING TAO HINTS AT INFIGHTING IN BEIJING
On October 3, 2016, the Pro-Beijing Hongkong-based Sing Pao newspaper front-paged a commentary denouncing the political syndicate associated with China’s former President Jiang Zemin for allowing the China Liaison Office to 'expand its network of cronies in Hong Kong'.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN LIAONING
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on September 13, 2016, that forty-five of the 94 current National People's congress (NPC) delegates from Liaoning have been expelled from the congress and 523 of the 613 delegates to the Liaoning Provincial People’s Congress have been sacked, including 38 of the 62 members of the Congress’s Standing Committee and Vice Chair Zheng Yuzhou, have been expelled from that body. Xinhua described it as an “unprecedented” scandal involving vote buying and electoral fraud.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP:ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN-TIANJIN
According to an announcement on September 9, 2016, Huang Xingguo, Acting Mayor of Tianjin Municipality has been placed under investigation on 'serious' charges of corruption.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN- GUANGZHOU
A Chinese court jailed Wan Qingliang, former CCP Party Secretarys of Guangzhou for life on September 30, 2016, after finding him guilty of corruption. The latest official to fall in the anti-corruption campaign launched by President Xi Jinping, Wan Qingliang was placed under party investigation in 2014, before being handed over to legal authorities for prosecution.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW TIANJIN PARTY SECRETARY
60-year old Li Hongzhong, the former party chief of Shenzhen, has been appointed the new Municipal Party Secretary in Tianjin, succeeding Huang Xingguo, who was the acting party head for almost two years and also mayor of the northern municipality, Xinhua reported on Tuesday.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL/LEADERSHIP
To commemorate Mao Zedong's 40th death anniversary on September 9, 2016, tens of thousands of people flocked to the hometown of China's late leader in Shao­shan in Hunan province.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA’S NEW APPOINTMENTS AND THE NEW TIBET PARTY SECRETARY
Weeks after the annual conclave of senior leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at the Beidaihe seaside resort, China’s official news agency Xinhua on August 28, 2016, announced the appointments of six new Party Secretaries. Priority appears to have been given to the Autonomous Regions with three of them getting new leaders. Of interest to India are the appointments of Wu Yingjie as the new Party Secretary for the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Chen Quanguo as the Party Secretary of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and 62-year old Chen Hao as the Party Secretary of Yunnan.
Jayadeva Ranade
Sep 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's highest-ranking officer, Gen. Fan Changlong, is making an inspection visit to the Southern Theater Command, which includes the South China Sea. On July 20, 2016, Fan Changlong ordered officers and others to "profoundly understand the complexity of the grim situation facing our nation's security, step up all preparations for military struggle, ensure that orders are followed, and that we can get there and fight to win."
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INDIA: NON-RENEWAL OF XINHUA JOURNALISTS VISAS
India on July 24, 2016, declined to renew the visas of three Chinese journalists working for China's official Xinhua news agency. The three journalists are: Wu Qiang and Lu Tang, heads of Xinhua’s bureaus in Delhi and Mumbai respectively and She Yonggang, a reporter with Xinhua’s Mumbai bureau. A Ministry of Home Affairs source was quoted as saying that the journalists had travelled to Bengaluru recently for an event where they met Tibetan activists which became an issue. China's official media reaction to this news was sharp and threatening with reports and editorials in the Chinese and English versions of the state-run Global Times declaring on July 25, 2016, that 'If New Delhi is really taking revenge due to the NSG membership issue, there will be serious consequences'.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INDIA: PLA JOINT PATROLS WITH PAK ARMY IN XINJIANG
The People's Daily published a 12-photograph pictorial report on July 21, 2016, which depicted soldiers from Pakistan and China ostentatiously posing for photographs at various locations along the shared border. The caption with the photos read: “A frontier defense regiment of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) in Xinjiang, along with a border police force from Pakistan, carries out a joint patrol along the China-Pakistan border.”
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-PLA: SPACE
According to the the official PLA Daily and Space Daily of June 25, 2016, China will send its second orbiting space lab, Tiangong-2, into space in mid-September then send two astronauts aboard the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft to dock with Tiangong-2 in mid-October. The Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou-11 will be carried by the Long March-2F carrier rocket. In April 2017, the country's first cargo spaceship, Tianzhou-1, will be launched by the Long March-7. The latter was successfully tested this month and is expected to become the main carrier for space launches. The Long March-7, which is over a hundred meters in length and nearly 10 meters in diameter, will carry manned lunar missions until 2031.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-CLEAN ENERGY
A study in the journal Nature Energy of June 20, 2016, states that China is on track to generate more than a quarter of its electricity from wind power by 2030. As of 2015, China's 145GW of installed wind capacity eclipsed both Europe and the U.S. and within 14 years more new generating capacity – mostly clean energy – will come online in China than currently exists in the entire U.S. The Guardian quoted the co-author of the Nature Energy 's study as saying "China is now the world's wind energy leader by a fairly large margin. With more extensive reforms leading China to transition to spot markets and allowing electricity providers to reflect the marginal costs of wind generation, China's clean energy potential could be further increased."
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-XINJIANG'S UYGHURS: ISIS AND TERRORISM
China's state media has claimed that 300 Chinese Muslims are fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and authorities have blamed the violence emanating from Xinjiang on radical Islamist ideology and residents’ ties to foreign terrorist networks. New documents leaked by an Islamic State defector in early 2016, suggest that Beijing is correct about the scale of UYghur involvement with the militant movement.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: FLOODS
The Hebei government reported that flooding in northern Hebei province has killed 114 people and led to direct losses of 16.4 billion yuan ($2.5 billion) to the economy. In a statement released on July 24, 2016, it said at least 308,900 people have been evacuated and 111 are missing. About 53,000 houses have collapsed from the floods and 30,000 hectares of crop have been destroyed.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Chinese President paid a 3-day (July 18-20, 2016) inspection visit to the Ningxia-Hui Autonomous Region when he specially travelled to Guyuan City and Yinchuan City, home to many Chinese Muslims and people from the Hui ethnic minority group.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CURBS ON CHRISTIANITY
The Christianity Daily reported on July 6, 2016, that China's Zhejiang provincial government has implemented a new law for some of the churches to hand over all their income and donations to the authorities.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The South China Morning Post reported on July 8, 2016, that General Tian Xiusi, 66, former Political Commissar in the PLA Air Force and member of the CCP's 18th Central Committee, has been placed under “shuanggui". A book published earlier this year by Chen Xi, a former official in a department affiliated with the former Lanzhou Military Command, alleges that Tian Xiusi paid 50 million yuan (HK$58 million) to the disgraced former military chief Guo Boxiong to secure the position of Political Commissar in 2012.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PUBLIC SECURITY
The Nanning Evening News and Nanning Radio on July 1, 2016, announced that new rules had been promulgated requiring that overseas chinese who do not stay at regular hotels must report to the police within 24 hours or risk being detained and fined upto US$ 10,000.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY ORGANISATION
The CCP CC's United Front Work Department (UFWD) has very recently established a new, 8th Bureau to target work on the "new social class".
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-GERMANY: CYBER ATTACKS/HACKING
A report released by the German Intelligence Service 'Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz' on June 28, 2016, claimed to have ddetected Chinese attacks targetted at Germany. It described the Chinese attacks as a little bit broader than that of the Russians.They focused on industrial espionage and a broad range of political interests, including German support for ethnic, religious and pro-democratic groups in China such as the Uighurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong and proponents of an 'independent' Taiwan.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-RUSSIA: ECONOMY
China is Russia's single largest source of foreign capital with US$ 18 billion in loans.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-RUSSIA: BILATERAL RELATIONS
While, according to a report in USA's Jamestown Foundation, Russian President Putin is eager to confirm that Russia’s positions on key international issues are close to the Chinese, and he promises to fully support Beijing in organizing the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, this September (RIA Novosti, June 25), this warmth in bilateral relations is not borne out by a survey of Russian public opinion.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-US: ECONOMY AND TRADE
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee (CC)'s United Front Work Department (UFWD) has warned the San Francisco-based Cloudflare company that cooperates with dominant Chinese search engine company Baidu that it should stop providing internet service to some websites run by Tibetans and Uigurs that the Chinese government considers to be separatist.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-US: ECONOMY
A recent Report by the National Committee on US-China Relations and the New York-based Rhodium Group said Chinese firms are generating jobs in the US and addied about 13,000 employees to their payrolls in 2015, up 12 percent from 2014. It stated that approx 90,000 Americans are now employed by Chinese affiliated U.S. companies, a threefold increase in three years.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/IDEOLOGY
The July 2016 issue of the Chinese Communist Party ideological journal Qiushi [Seeking Truth] published an Interview with Zhang Shunhong, Chairman of the World History Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP AND THE PARTY
At a rally on June 1, 2016, to mark the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s 95th founding anniversary, Chinese President and Party General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasised that the CCP must adhere to its Marxist roots and strictly prevent its members from becoming corrupt, otherwise it will lose power. Stating that China should maintain the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, he said that we should firmly believe that socialism with Chinese characteristics is the system that will guarantee China's social development, and it has advantages and self-improvement ability. He addressed the need for Marxism and to update the theoretical work of the Party.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION TRIBUNAL DECISION
The tribunal hearing the Philippines v. China case on the South China Sea has announced that it will issue its award on July 12, 2016.
CCAS
Jul 2016

BREXIT: OTHER CHINESE REACTIONS
A Chinese working in a business association helping investment overseas, recently said that she thought Chinese investment to the UK would fall because the UK had always been seen as the gateway to Europe. She then added that Chinese would be selling their houses in London and buying in Berlin. Elsewhere, ordinary Chinese (even ordinary Chinese, and not only the rich elite, seem to have foreign exchange savings) are selling Pounds and the Euro.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-REACTION TO BREXIT
The Party-owned Global Times on June 24, 2016, adopted a tone of qualified triumphalism and questioned the wisdom of using a democracy to settle the question. It said: 'The center of the world was once in the Atlantic, with its most developed components, the U.S. and the U.K, located on either side. Today, as East Asia has developed and flourished rapidly over recent decades the center of gravity has moved to the Pacific. Europe has not progressed; it has become the world’s museum and tourist destination, and it has a few decent school districts.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-DALAI LAMA: MEETING WITH POP STAR LADY GAGA
A sharply worded article in the Global Times on June 29, 2016, criticised the US pop star Lady Gaga for publicising via video her recent 19-minute meeting with the Dalai Lama and hinted that she would not be allowed access to the huge Chinese market. The article said the "Dalai Lama is both a religious and political figure. His role as a "dissident leader" and a saboteur of socialist China is the fundamental reason for his popularity in the West. The Dalai Lama skillfully bonds religion with politics, always presenting himself as a spiritual leader, but in the meantime selling his political schemes and damaging the unity of Chinese society." It added "The Dalai Lama is the most politicized religious figure in the world. Western leaders' meetings with him have long been defined as a highly sensitive political behavior. This will inevitably affect how the public feels, including how 1.3 billion Chinese feel, if celebrities from each part of the world have contact with the Dalai Lama, or publicly show their worship of him. Although Lady Gaga did not discuss politics with the Dalai Lama, still, ordinary people in China find it hard to accept her showering high praise on him in this way." (Comments: Some months ago China had reacted sharply to some popular Chinese artistes attending a religious ceremony organised by the Karma Kagyu sect in Bodh Gaya, India where representatives of the Dalai Lama were present.)
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA-DETENTION OF JOURNALISTS
The Committee to Protect Journalists reported on June 28, 2016, that Lu Yuyu and Li Tingyu, two journalists who systematically document protests on social media websites, were detained on June 16, 2016 by police in Dali, Yunnan province, on suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble." Xu Hui, a writer and friend of Lu, told CPJ that the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Detention Center confirmed to him that Lu and Li were being held in the center when he visited on June 25.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA--INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA-PUNISHMENT OF JOURNALIST
The Beijing Xicheng District People’s Court on June 27, 2016, ordered Hong Zhenkuai, the former Chief Editor of the influential political magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu to apologise for challenging an official account of history. Hong Zhenkuai cast doubt on the story of the “Five Warriors of Mount Langyashan”, who allegedly jumped off a cliff while fighting the Japanese during World War II rather than surrender. He said two had not. Their two sons who were the plaintiffs, Ge Changsheng and Song Fubao, 'along with those of the Chinese people as a whole ' said that he had “tarnished their reputation and honour” and hurt their feelings.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA-QIUSHI EDITOR'S SUICIDE
The online edition of the Party's official newspaper People's Daily, reported that 56-year old Zhu Tiezhi, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Party theoretical journal Qiushi died on the morning of June 26, 2016. Wile it did not state the cause of death, other reports claimed that he apparently committed suicide after becoming depressed over growing infighting between government reformists and conservatives nostalgic about less corrupt times under the rule of the late Chairman Mao Zedong. Zhu Tiezhi was discovered to have hanged himself in the office's garage around 1 am the next day, according to Caixin.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL; LEADERSHIP
China's official newsagency Xinhua on June 30, 2016, announced the appointment of Xu Lin, Deputy Director at the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) since June last year and formerly propaganda chief of Shanghai, as Director of the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs. He will take over from 56-year old Lu Wei,  the high-profile cyber chief who famously met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a visit to the US in 2014, who will retain his position as a Deputy Director in the CCP CC's Propaganda Department.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: SOUTH CHINA SEA
A People's Daily commentary on June 27, 2016, warned that 'China is fully capable of removing a Philippine naval vessel set up as a permanent base in a disputed atoll in the South China Sea, but has so far shown restraint.'
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Capital flight and a weakening currency remain great concerns for the Chinese government, but halting them will not be easy because they are rooted in some fundamental flaws in the country. Chinese investment in foreign countries surged 62% on the year to $73.5 billion in the January-May period, surpassing foreign investment inside China. This development has prompted the Ministry of Commerce to evaluate the possible impact. "We are studying whether this will create certain short-term risks," Shen Danyang, a spokesperson at the ministry, said during a news conference in Beijing on June 17.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
AFP news agency quoting a Chinese official reported on June 23, 2016, that Chinese banks have written off more than $300 billion of bad loans in the past three years as Beijing seeks to reassure investors that the country can cope with its mounting debt problem. Wang Shengbang, a high-ranking official with the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), said the country's banks had seen their non-performing loan ratios rise consistently for four and a half years, reaching 1.75 percent at the end of March. But they were well-prepared to handle the losses and domestic lenders had written off two trillion yuan ($304 billion) of bad loans over the past three years.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-VENEZUELA: RENEGOTIATION OF LOAN
China is renegotiating loans worth US$ 25 billion given to Venezuela, which it once viewed as a US counterweight in the Americas. Beijing, which has already extended the repayment schedules for debts, has also sent unofficial envoys to hold talks with Venezuela’s opposition.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-US: CYBER HACKING
The New York Times reported on june 20, 2016 that the iSight intelligence unit of FireEye, a company that manages large network breaches, concluded recently that there has been a sharp drop in the almost daily raids on Silicon Valley firms, military contractors and other commercial targets. Kevin Mandia, the founder of Mandiant and now part of FireEye, which first detailed the activities of a People’s Liberation Army cyber-arm, called Unit 61398, that had been responsible for some of the most highly publicized thefts of American technology said “We still see semiconductor companies and aerospace firms attacked” but the daily barrage of attacks has diminished.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
There is renewed uncertainty about the international tribunal’s ruling over territorial claims in the South China Sea after the Hong Kong-based Asia-Pacific Institute of International Law challenged the case that the Philippines has brought against China. The Asia-Pacific Institute of International, headed by Daniel R. Fung filed a 41-page legal document.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-SERBIA: XI JINPING'S VISIT
On June 17, 2016, Xinhua reported the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan -- first by a top Chinese leader in 32 years -- to the memorial for the 3 Chinese killed in the May 1999 US bombing of the PRC embassy in Belgrade. This was Xi Jinping's first public engagement during the visit and was given prominent coverage on CCTV. The last 60 seconds of the CCTV report makes it clear the US was behind the bombing.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: OBOR
Xinhua reported Chinese President Xi Jinping as saying in an address to the Uzbek Parliament on June 22, 2016, that China’s trade with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative surpassed 1 trillion U.S. dollars in 2015, accounting for a quarter of its total foreign trade.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
On June 19, 2016, the People's Daily published on page 5 a lengthy article entitled “Grasping the Important Position of News and Public Opinion Work”  by Tian Jin, Deputy Director of China’s State Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT), as part of a series on the “study and implementation” of Xi Jinping’s February 19 speech on the media. The article gives a noticeably harder edge to Xi jinping’s already hard language on the media .The main points in Tian Jin's article are:
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN
Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported on June 15, 2016, that Chinese organizers have cancelled an invitation to a children's choir who performed Taiwan's national anthem at last month's inauguration of the island's new president. It said the Puzangalan Choir made up of children from Taiwan's native Paiwan aboriginal tribe were due to perform at a festival in southern China's Guangdong province on July 20. It quoted the choir's musical director Wu Sheng-ying as saying the Chinese organizers informed the choir one week after they appeared at the May 20 inauguration of Tsai Ing-wen.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-JAPAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Also on June 15, 2016, the Japanese government separately said that a separate Chinese navy observation ship entered its territorial waters south of its southern Kyushu island. China said it was acting within the law and following the principle of freedom of navigation. Meanwhile, Captain Gregory C. Huffman, commander of the Stennis, told reporters aboard the carrier after it recovered its F-18 jet fighters taking part in the exercise that "There is a Chinese vessel about seven to 10 miles away". The Chinese ship had followed the U.S. vessel from the South China Sea, he added.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
On June 15, 2016, Rear Adm. Marcus Hitchcock, commander of the US Navy's Stennis strike group, said Chinese warships closely followed the powerful USS John C. Stennis carrier strike group from nearly the minute it entered the disputed South China Sea on a regular patrol in early March. He said “We did see PLAN ships quite routinely throughout the South China Sea. In fact, we were in constant visual contact with at least one PLAN ship at any one time, 24/7.” He described it as a major departure from recent years.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-US: TIBET/DALAI LAMA
Reacting promptly to US President Obama's closed-door meeting in the White House with the Dalai Lama on June 15, 2016, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a daily news briefing on June 16, 2016, that "Tibet affairs are China's domestic affairs and no foreign country has the right to interfere."
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-INDIA:ECONOMY
Global Times on June 16, 2016 reported that China's official data showed that its trade with India totaled $71.64 billion in 2015, well below the ambitious $100 billion mark the two countries had envisioned for last year. It said "worryingly for India, its trade deficit with China rose to a whopping $45 billion last year, as its exports to China plunged by more than 18 percent".
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
As part of the effort to streamline the government and simplify procedures for business, Xinhua reported that a State Council's executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on June 15, 2016, announced it would invalidate hundreds of outdated documents to tackle conflicts between policy and regulations or between previous and present policy documents.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION/ZHOU YONGKANG
China’s Central Television reported that the Yichang City People’s Intermediate Court of Hubei Province, handed down a nine-year term to Jia Xiaoye, whose husband, Zhou Yongkang, former PBSC Member and until 2012 one of China’s most powerful officials. His son by a previous marriage, Zhou Bin, received an 18-year prison sentence from the same court. The court’s official social media site announced Ms. Jia’s sentence on June 8, but it was reported by China’s state news media only on June 15.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-CANADA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER'S REBUKE TO CANADIAN JOURNALIST
At the jpint press conference of the Chinese and Canadian Foreign Ministers in Ottawa on June 1, 2016, a Canadian journalist who asked the Canadian Foreign Minister a question about a Canadian couple, Kevin Garratt and Julia Dawn Garratt, who were detained in China in 2014.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: PUBLICITY COOPERATION
Xinhua reported on May 28, 2016 that at least six media cooperation agreements and memorandums of understanding were signed between Chinese and Australian media outlets on May 27 in Sydney. The agreements involve Xinhua News Agency, China Daily, China Radio International, People's Daily Website, and Qingdao Publishing Group on the Chinese side, and University of Technology Sydney, Fairfax Media, Sky News Australia, Global CAMG, and Weldon International on the Australian side.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA: TAIWAN-JAPAN RELATIONS
Soon after taking over as President on May 20, 2016, there are indications that Ms Tsai Ing-wen appears to be reorienting Taiwan towards Japan. She has appointed DPP heavyweights Frank Hsieh Chang-ting as Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to Tokyo and Chiou Yi-jen has been appointed to direct Taiwan-Japan relations from Taipei.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-US: TRADE INVESTIGATIONS OF HUAWEI
The United States Commerce Department is demanding that the company, based in the south China city of Shenzhen, turn over all information regarding the export or re-export of American technology to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria, according to a subpoena sent to Huawei and viewed by The New York Times. The subpoena is part of an investigation into whether Huawei broke United States export controls.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
According to a Xinhua report of May 31, 2016, The People's Bank of China (PBOC) injected 55 billion yuan (US$8.3 billion) into the money market on May 31, 2016, to ease a liquidity strain. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) conducted 120 billion yuan of seven-day reverse repurchase agreements (repo), a process in which central banks purchase securities from banks with an agreement to resell them in the future.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-RELIGION: XINJIANG
China's State Council issued a White Paper on June 3, 2016, that said religious freedom in China's Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region was unparalleled. It disclosed that there are now 24,000 mosques, 59 Buddhist temples and 277 Christian churches in the region.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-PLA: ADIZ IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The South China Morning Post reported on June 1, 2016, that China is preparing an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, two years after it announced a similar one in the East China Sea, according to sources close to the People’s Liberation Army and a defence report. But one source said the timing of any declaration would ­depend on security conditions in the region, particularly the United States’ military presence and diplomatic ties with neighbouring countries.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
Some key promotions of cadres close to Chinese President Xi Jinping were effected recently. Lin Duo, considered a protege of Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) Chairman Wang Qishan, was appointed Governor of Gansu province in April.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
The state-run Global Times on May 23, 2016, rejected the view voiced in certain US and Chinese media that Russia's position in its declaration with ASEAN is close to that of the US, thus adding pressure on China.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-EUROPE: ECONOMIC INVESTMENT
According to the Rhodium Group, between 2000–14 Chinese companies spent $52 billion on direct investments in the 28 member states of the EU. Investments increased after the sovereign debt crisis when European assets could be bought at reduced prices. The largest beneficiaries of Chinese FDI were Europe’s ‘Big 3’ countries: $13.8 billion was invested in the UK; $7.8 billion in Germany; and $6.7 billion in France. In 2015 Italy became the largest recipient of Chinese FDI with the sale of Pirelli to ChemChina. Competition between EU member states to attract Chinese FDI may give Beijing increased influence and leverage.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN
Reacting to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's speech at her inaugration on May 20, 2016, the spokesman of the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), Ma Xiaoguang said on May 21 that “Only by confirming adherence to the common political foundation of the 1992 consensus that embodies the one-China principle can cross-strait affairs authorities continue regular communication.”
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOE REFORM
The official news agency Xinhua reported on May 19, 2016, that at an executive meeting of the State Council chaired by Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on May 19, it was decided that 345 "zombie companies," which are all subsidiaries of the 106 centrally-administered SOEs, will be reorganized or left to the market within three years.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-PLA
A lengthy PLA Daily article on May 23, 2016, summarising Chinese President Xi Jinping's vision for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said he had ordered the military to boost its battlefield capabilities and address its weaknesses to cope with the more complicated security challenges caused by the nation’s growing stature in the world. Xi Jinping said if nothing was done to improve the force’s capabilities it would not be able to deal with the growing national security risks associated with the country’s ­rising economic might.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PUBLIC SECURITY
Xinhua reported on May 22, 2016 that after a meeting chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on May 22, 2016, Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun urged police bureaus around the country to understand the “significance and urgency” to standardise law enforcement practice.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-KENYA: POLICE COOPERATION
Kenya's The Standard reported on May 3, 2016, that the police in Nairobi, Kenya have paid an undisclosed amount to acquire riot gear from China. The items include special protective gear, clubs, and 20 anti-riot water cannons. the shipment was unloaded from Port Mombasa and driven aboard trailers under an armed escort. In February, China supplied Kenya 30 armored personnel carriers and 25 mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles at an unknown cost.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ZIMBABWE: ECONOMY c
Zimbabwe's Financial Gazette on April 21, 2016, quoted An official of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) as saying that "We have seen Chinese from Zimbabwe with suitcases depositing cash with a Chinese bank in Johannesburg. It's not just the currency, it's also ivory and precious stones". He said in 2015, US$ 684 million was “externalized” from Zimbabwe "for various dubious and unwarranted purposes.” Last year the Chinese diamond mining firm Jinan Mining took some $546 million offshore. George Guvamatanga at Barclays Bank Zimbabwe said: "[Chinese] are taking the cash outside the country and depositing it with their banks in South Africa,” which are said to offer more services.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
The Pentagon disclosed on May 18, 2016, that two Chinese fighter jets carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea on May 17, 2016, as the U.S. maritime patrol aircraft carried out "a routine U.S. patrol." The incident, which is a further escalation of tensions in the area, comes a week after China scrambled fighter jets as a U.S. Navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea. The intercept is also days before President Barack Obama travels to parts of Asia from May 21-28, which will include a Group of Seven summit in Japan and his first trip to Vietnam.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-TIBET: CHENGDU-LHASA RAILWAY
The 1600-kms (1000-mile) Sichuan-Tibet Railway that has been included in the Thirteenth Five Year Plan will cross 14 mountains -- two of them higher than Mont Blanc western Europe’s highest mountain -- to climb 14,000 metres up to Lhasa (about 3,200 metres) which is 10,500 feet higher than Chengdu.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-EDUCATION: INNOVATION
In the past 15 years, China has more than doubled the percentage of its gross domestic product that it spends on research and development (R&D). National, provincial and local governments offer generous funding for almost anything related to innovation and entrepreneurship, and education reforms mean that schools are encouraged to foster the next generation of innovators.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA/SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Gary King, Margaret Roberts and Jennifer Pan of Harvard University in a study released this month (May 2016) and titled 'How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument', estimated that the Chinese government fabricates and posts about 488 million social media comments a year, indicating a high level of coordination on the part of the government. Their sample finds that more than 99% of the fifty-cent party comments analysed originate from government offices, rather than freelance fifty-centers.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA/ABOLISHING OF COMMERCIAL VENTURES
The Phoenix Weekly, state-run Global Times and official Xinhua on May 5, 2016, reported that China's Central Military Commission is planning to gradually terminate all the military's commercial activities. Seen as the toughest move against military commercialization in China's history, they said this new step will put an end to a practice that has existed for three decades, has long been a hotbed for corruption and has led to many top generals falling in disgrace due to dodgy real estate deals in recent years.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL/CULTURAL REVOLUTION
The official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) the ' People's Daily' on May 17, 2016, categorically stated that Mao Zedong had made a "mistake" in launching the Cultural Revolution and that it had been as a "grave mistake" in launching the 'Cultural Revolution' which had then been misused by 'counter-revolutionary' groups bringing "civil strife and serious disaster" and that the damage it had caused had been "comprehensive and serious".
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Wenxuecity and Duowei reported on May 18 and 19, 2016 respectively that Hong Kong's "Trends" magazine reported in its May issue that the Chairman of the CDIC and PBSC Member Wang Qishan, has started another round of anti-corruption activity.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: US INVESTMENT IN CHINESE TAXI COMPANY
Didi Chuxing, the Beijing-based ride-hailing firm that rivals Uber in China (also referred to as Didi Kuaidi), announced it has received a strategic investment of US$ 1 billion from Apple. “We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told Reuters. “Of course, we believe it will deliver a strong return for our invested capital over time as well.” In a conference call, Didi president Jean Liu said that Apple’s investment comes as part of an ongoing funding round for Didi that has yet to close. The deal was finalized at “lightning speed,” she says. Liu met Cook for the first time less than a month ago, in Cupertino, California.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-US: ECONOMIC TIES
According to a study released in October 2015 by the National Committee on United States-China Relations and Rhodium Group, between 2000 to 2014, Chinese firms spent nearly US$ 46 billion on new establishments and acquisitions in the U.S., most of it in the past five years. Chinese-affiliated companies now directly employ more than 80,000 Americans. If the U.S. continues to be a major recipient of China’s booming outward investment, it could receive between $100-200 billion of investment by 2020.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN
On March 19, 2016, the Holy See announced that Monsignor Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, a 57-year old US citizen from Greenfield, Mass., had been appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Turkey and Turkmenistan. Monsignor Paul Fitzpatrick Russell was a charge d'affairs in Taipei.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-PLA: TIBET MILITARY COMMAND-INDIA
A report in the state-run Global Times on May 13, 2016, said that the Tibet Military Command had been placed under direct command of the PLA --- and that its political status had been raised. It quoted a Chinese military analyst as saying: "After the [recent] military reform, most of the provincial military commands are now under the control of the newly established National Defense Mobilization Department of the Central Military Commission, and their priority is to the region's militia reserves and conscription
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: IMPACT OF SLOWDOWN ON PROVINCES
China's economic slowdown has particularly adversely affected China's industrial northeastern provinces namely Jilin, Heilongjiang, Liaoning and Shanxi. All four reported the lowest economic growth of all Chinese provinces for the first quarter of 2016. Liaoning, was badly hit with the economy shrinking by 1.3 per cent compared to the first quarter of the previous year, placing the province at the bottom of the ladder.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: CAPITAL FLIGHT
Writing in the New York Times on May 10, 2016, Murong Xuecun said "In the last year, as the stock markets have tumbled and the renminbi has slowly lost value, many Chinese people have been trying to find ways to move money abroad.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: XI JINPING'S EXPLANATION OF 'SUPPLY-SIDE ECONOMICS'
People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the CCP, published the official explanation of President Xi Jinping’s hallmark economic policy on May 11, 2016. Thes explanation – a 20,000-character transcript of Xi Jinping's speech made in January to principal ministerial and provincial officials, occupied two pages in the newspaper – and is the most comprehensive elaboration of Xi Jinping's thinking on the Chinese economy’s past, present and future and its role in the global economy since he became the country’s leader more than three years ago.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROTESTS IN JIANGSU
Reports and videos of several thousand parents outraged at sudden cuts in quotas for admission to top tier universities for students passing the the 'gaokao' (centralised school admission examinations) are circulating on WeChat. 38,000 students of Jiangsu province are affected with their chances of admission to top tier universities diminishing.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LAW AND ORDER
The death in police custody of a young father Lei Yang, has sparked outrage online. Lei Yang's family say that he left to pick up a relative from the airport between 8:30 and 9 p.m. on Saturday evening. At 10:09 p.m. he was admitted to the hospital.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: FOREIGN CONSULTANT
47-year-old, Cairo-born and British educated El-Shahat has been advising the Chinese Propaganda authorities since 2007 on how to better communicate with foreign audiences. He was contracted from 2008-2010 to provide communications training to government officials and state-industry executives. El-Shahat is a British national as is his sister, Samah,who joined him full-time in 2012. Shewas earlier a TV presenter in Al Jazeera. El-Shahat's company, with 19 staff, operates from offices in Beijing and London.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-PROPAGANDA
The CCP CC's Propaganda Department recently reprimanded the state-run Global Times for exaggerating its reports covering Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, South China Sea, and US issues. The official criticism was prompted by an opinion poll recently published by Global Times which said 85% of the respondents support the military invasion of Taiwan. The paper was ordered to readjust within a month.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
A Global Times article on May 12, 2016, publicised details of the functioning of the the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), the Party's anti-corruption outfit.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP CC's PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT LIFTS BAN ON TV SERIALS ON FIGHTING CORRUPTION
China’s media regulators have lifted a long-standing ban on the production and prime-time broadcast of television dramas featuring high-level corruption, clearing the way for harder-hitting content not seen since 2004.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-POLITICAL: COMMUNIST YOUTH LEAGUE (CYL)
Xinhua online (Xinmin.cn) and the Cyl website (CCYL.org) reported on May 2, 2016, and April 15, 2016 respectively that the CYL’s budget for 2016 had been brought down to 306.27 million yuan, representing a cut of almost 50 percent compared to that of last year. They also disclosed that the China Youth University of Political Studies (CYUPS)—which is responsible for training cadres within the CYL system—is expected to curtail its student enrollment from September this year.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ANTI-CORRUPTION
The China News Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) website reported on May that 56-year old Zhang Kunsheng, an Assistant Foreign Minister originally from Shanxi province and who has been posted at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, has been dismissed and put under investigation on suspicion "of violating discipline".
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
A rumour circulating in Beijing claims the pro-Xi faction is proposing a strategy for further centralisation of power by Xi Jinping, namely: abolishing the institution of the Politburo Standing Committee at the 19th Party Congress, thus making Xi into an overall dictator, and also pledging to lift the restrictions on political parties and the press, completing a political transition within 15 years.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-SOUTH AFRICA
Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co, one of China's largest automakers in terms of sales, plans to produce up to 100,000 vehicles at its new manufacturing base in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2018. The $773 million project is said to be one of the largest Chinese corporate investments in Africa up to now.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-EGYPT
The China State Construction Engineering Corp. has signed an agreement with Egyptian authorities to build a US$ 45 billion administrative and business capital outside Cairo. While the details of the deal are still unclear, construction has apparently already begun.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ALGERIA
Ahmed Madani, an adviser to Algeria's Minister of Housing, disclosed on May 6, 2016 that a Chinese firm is constructing the Djamaa El Djazair mosque is being built facing the picturesque bay of Algiers. The complex will include a one-million book library, a Qu’ranic school and a museum of Islamic art and history. The mosque will have a 265-metre high minaret - the world's tallest - and a prayer hall capable of accommodating up to 120 000 worshippers and be completed by 2017. The cost of the mosque complex is estimated at 1.2 billion euros (US$1.4 billion).
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE STATE COUNCILLOR DAI BINGGUO'S BOOK 'STRATEGIC DIALOGUES'
Dai Bingguo, China's Special Representative (SR) in the over 15 rounds of boundary talks with four Indian Special Representatives (SR) between 2003 and his retirement in 2013, published his book 'Strategic Dialogues' in Beijing in late April (in Mandarin). The book reveals:
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION-ISLAM
In the run-up to the G20 meeting in Hangzhou, Chinese public security authorities have stepped up surveillance on Muslim minorities and Muslims residing in China. According to reports, in the past month the PSB has for visited some Iranians residing for many years in Hangzhou on at least four occasions
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: HONGKONG'S 'LEFTISTS'
Hundreds of 'Leftists' reportedly gathered on April 30-May 2, 2016, at the Regal Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong Oriental Hotel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution. Organised by the Mao Zedong Thought Society of Hong Kong, they issued a resolution praising Mao's contributions and declaring that "Our cause is just, just cause any enemy unassailable! Our aim must be to achieve! Our aim will be achieved!"
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on May 5, 2016 that China's military has for the first time sent dedicated teams of 'corruption inspectors' into its units. Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, which controls the military, told the inspectors they were fulfilling an important role in cleaning up and strengthening the armed forces, Xinhua quoted Xu Qiliang as saying "Keep firmly in mind the expectations and great trust of Chairman Xi."
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
On May 9, 2016, the People's Daily published a lengthy 11, 360-character article quoting an “authoritative person’s” opinions on China’s macroeconomic development and policies. It was promptly reproduced in Caixing online.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
China named Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao to a senior position in the Communist Party’s elite financial and economic panel led by President Xi Jinping, giving him a bigger role in shaping policies to help support growth. 62-year old Zhu Guangyao, is also a Deputy Director of the General Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs, according to an April 28 article published by the Chinese Academy of Governance.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-GERMANY
Writing prior to German Chancellor Merkel's visit to China in June and later for the G-20 Summit this September, an assessment in Foreign Affairs issue of May 3, 2016, by Klaus Larres, the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin, (Germany’s leading think tank on security and international affairs) revealed that, based on 2013 figures, roughly 45 percent of the EU’s exports to China come from Germany and that Germany accounts for 28 percent of EU imports from China.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-US: PUBLIC OPINION POLL BY PEW
Public opinion poll results released by the Pew Research Centre on May 5, 2016, showed little change in the US in concerns over China and Russia. Only about a quarter of Americans (23%) viewed China as an “adversary” of the United States, while an identical percentage (23%) said the same about Russia. Pluralities describe both countries as serious problems but not adversaries (44% each). These opinions have changed little in recent years.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: US-CHINA TRADE
U.S. goods trade deficit with China fell 5.4 percent year-on-year In the first quarter of 2016,due to weaker imports.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY-PORK PRICES
In April 2016, Chinese wholesale pork prices climbed to over RMB 26 per kilogram, an increase of over 43 percent year-on-year and around 8 percent higher than in March 2016.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION
From this April, the Chinese authorities have cracked down on overt Jewish ceremonies. The Jewish Passover seder, led in Hebrew by Barnaby Yeh, a Jewish Chinese American, was not allowed in Kaifeng.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: RESTIVENESS AMONG TIBETANS
RFA’s Tibetan Service reported on May 6, 2016, that Sonam Tso, believed to have been in her 50s, self-immolated on March 23 near a monastery in Dzoege (in Chinese, Ruo’ergai) county in the Ngaba (Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: DEMOCRACY DEBATE
On April 20, 2016, Yu Keping, Chair of Politics and Professor and Dean at the School of Government at Peking University, wrote in 'The Conversation' that "Everyone fears that advancing democracy will cause a loss of order and will bring social unrest.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on April 28, 2016, CDIC inspectors between November-December 2015 found that more than 300 cadres of China's National Bureau of Statistics profited by charging fees for providing data, research and other services. Party authorities have asked the cadres to return 3.23 million yuan ($496,865) for providing unauthorized data services.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CULTURAL REVOLUTION
Following an outcry against a concert staged by the Fifty-Six Flowers troupe and the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre, which is directly under the Ministry of Culture, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 2, 2016, the performers are refusing to take responsibility for the event.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
The People's Daily on April 22, 2016, published a toughly worded article on US military activities in the South China Sea by retired PLA Rear Admiral Luo Yuan, presently Executive Vice President and Secretary General of the Chinese Strategic Culture Association. In the article, Luo Yuan said: “The Military’s core function is to focus on how to fight; it is to be able to fight and to win the war. There is no such thing as 'hawks' or 'doves' [in the military].
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-JAPAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
The Yomiuri Shimbun reported on May 2, 2016, that in what was supposed to be a friendly lunch in Tokyo on April 12, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua complained to Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki about a statement on maritime security issued the day before by the Foreign Ministers of the G-7 countries.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER KISHIDA'S VISIT TO BEIJING
During the meeting between Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on April 30, 2016, China firmly informed Japan that for improved ties there could be "no ambiguity or vacillation" in meeting Beijing's demands over historical interpretation, relations with Taiwan and other key matters.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-PLA
Xinhua reported ON aPRIL 25, 2016, that a People’s Liberation Army Senior Officials Military Reform Seminar was held for the first time from April 18 to 22, 2016, in Beijing.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LAW ON NGOs
On April 28, 2016, the 20th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Twelfth National People's Congress adopted a law to regulate the activities of foreign NGOs in China. The law will become effective in January 2017.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY DISCIPLINE
Outspoken Chinese tycoon and CPPCC member Ren Zhiqiang has been placed on a year's probation for remarks that ran counter to major Communist Party policies. In a notice issued on May 2, 2016, the Party Committee of Beijing’s Xicheng district said that Ren Zhiqiang, the former head of Hua Yuan Property, had been placed on probation for seriously violating political discipline. (Comment: Ren Zhiqiang is a friend of PBSC Member Wang Qishang and reportedly of Xi Jinping.)
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS ON ACADEMIC RESEARCH
Qiushi, the authoritative Party theoretical journal, on May 1, 2016, published the full transcript of a high-level meeting held in December 2015 to improve the Central Party School's work.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING'S COMMENTS ON PARTY DISCIPLINE
On May 3, 2016, the CCP's mouthpiece 'People's Daily' and China's official news agency Xinhua published the full text of Xi Jinping's speech at a plenary session of the CCP CC's Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), which mapped out the anti-graft work for 2016, and was held in January in Beijing.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-JAPAN: YASUKUNI SHRINE
China criticized Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's offering at the Yasukuni Shrine during the shrine's Spring Festival on April 22, 2016.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
As China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi tries to minimise weakening of China's claims over the South China Sea and extent of diplomatic isolation following any adverse judgement by the International Tribunal, there are reports of construction of military facilities by China in South China Sea islands.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ASEAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Vientiane on April 24, 2016, that China had reached “an important consensus” with Brunei, Cambodia and Laos.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-CONFERENCE ON INTERACTION AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING MEASURES IN ASIA(CICA)
Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the Fifth regular Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) scheduled for April 28, 2016 in Beijing. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang also said that Xi Jinping will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-MILITARY: HYPERSONIC GLIDE VEHICLE
Writing in the Washington Free Beacon on April 27, 2016, US journalist Bill Gertz reported that "China successfully flight tested its new high-speed maneuvering warhead last week, days after Russia carried out its own hypersonic glider test, according to Pentagon officials.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CENTRAL PARTY WORK CONFERENCE
Addressing the 2-day Central Party Work Conference that concluded in Beijing on April 23, 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping said religious affairs carry "special importance" in the work of the CCP and the central government, and that the CCP's religious policies and theories had been proven right through past practices.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: NATIONAL SECURITY STUDY CAMPAIGN
The CCP CC's Organization and Publicity Departments jointly issued a circular urging relevant authorities to hold forums, lectures, discussions and other activities among CCP members to promote their understanding of the core tenet of the overall national security outlook.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
A statement posted on the website of Wenling City’s Commission for Discipline Inspection disclosed that Mu Yifei, who was a Deputy Propaganda Department Chief and Section Head of the Party school in Wenling, Zhejiang province, has been issued a severe warning.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ASEAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Xinhua quoted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as saying at a press conference in Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei on April 21, 2016, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted by Xinhua as saying said on Thursday that the "dual-track" approach is a practical and feasible way to solve the South China Sea issue.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INDIA: SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE TALKS
Xinhua reported that Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had an "extensive, deep and candid" discussion on boundary issues in the 19th round of talks on April 20, 2016 in Beijing.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: NATIONAL RELIGIOUS WORK CONFERENCE
Xinhua reported that China held its National Religious Work Conference on April 22-23, 2016. CPPCC Chairman Yu Zhengsheng presided over the Conference which was attended by Xi jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan. Yu Zhengsheng stressed the development of socialist theory with Chinese characteristics and the need to comprehensively improve the religious level religious work under the new situation.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-MILITARY: DF-41 MISSILE TESTc
The US-based website Washington Free Beacon, quoting unnamed Pentagon officials, reported that a DF-41 – which has a range of at least 12,000km – was launched on April 12, 2016.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNET: MILITARY TIE-UP
China's oficial news agency Xinhua reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of his Internet Brain trust in Beijing on April 20, 2016, which was attended among others by Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and Huawei Chairman Ren Zhengfei.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MILITARY
China's official media on April 20, 2016, for the first time referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping by his new military title of "Commander-in-Chief of the PLA’s Joint Battle Command".
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
Tao Siju, a former Minister for Public Security (MPS), from 1990 to 1997, died in Beijing on Monday. He was 81.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ARCTIC SHIPPING ROUTE
China Daily on April 21, 2016, said China's Maritime Safety Administration released a 356-page guide in Chinese earlier this month offering detailed route guidance from the northern coast of North America to the northern Pacific.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG: PRESS FREEDOM
Keung Kwok-yuen, the No. 2 editor in the newsroom of the independent Hongkong newspaper Ming Pao was fired on April 20, 2016, after the publication of a front page devoted to the offshore holdings uncovered by the Panama Papers of some of the city’s tycoons, celebrities and politicians.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PHILANTHROPHY
Pony Ma, the founder of China's Tencent Holdings Ltd, has announced plans to donate 100 million company shares, worth more than $2 billion, to a new charity fund in one of China's biggest philanthropic pledges ever.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-HEALTH
The WHO issued a notification on April 6, 2016, stating that China had informed it of 8 additional imported cases of yellow fever between March 18 and April 1, 2016. The cases had recently returned to China from Angola. They are originally from 3 provinces in China: Fujian (6), Jiangsu (1), and Sichuan (1).
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-LABOUR REGULATIONS
On March 30, 2016, China issued new regulations improving protection for 'whistle-blowers' who report work-related crimes. Among the provisions are several articles that not only prohibit retaliation, but also, for the first time, describe the many forms it can take and provide greater detail on how the government should prevent and address reprisals. Some experts expect that China may amend the Labour Contract Law in the near future
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Bloomberg financial services reports that the "unprecedented boom in China’s $3 trillion corporate bond market is starting to unravel" and that investors in China’s yuan-denominated company notes have driven up yields for nine of the past 10 days and triggered the biggest selloff in onshore junk debt since 2014.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNATIONAL PROPAGANDA
According to a Reuters investigation, China Radio International owned by the CCP CC's Propaganda Department, has bought “at least thirty-three radio stations in fourteen countries.”
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-TWITTER AND PLA
Kathy Chen, a Chinese citizen was appointed Twitter's new Managing Director for Greater China on April 14, 2016.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-REFORMS
Xinhua reported on April 18, 2016, that at the meeting that day of China's Leading Group for Overall Reform,
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA- 'MODEL' COUNTER-ESPIONAGE OFFICER
The People's Daily on April 16, 2016, publicised the achievements of Beijing State Security Bureau Deputy Director Wang Zheng and portrayed him as "an excellent representative" of the counter-espionage department. It credited him with apprehending 10 'spies' in three years.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ESPIONAGE
Chinese state television on April 19, 2016, reported that Huang Yu, a Chinese computer technician from Sichuan has been sentenced to death for leaking more than 150,000 classified documents to an unidentified foreign power.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Xinhua reported that 56-year old Zhang Yue, an ex-senior Hebei security official accused of colluding with former Vice Minister of State Security, Ma Jian, has been placed under investigation for suspected disciplinary violations. Zhang Yue is the fourth Hebei official at the vice-ministerial level or higher to fall amid the national anti-corruption campaign.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INDIA: FDI
A report in the Economic Times on April 14, 2016, quoted officials as acknowledging that investment from China to India witnessed a decline in the first half of 2015, but the Chinese officials claimed that rapid growth came back in the second half.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INDIA: FDI
A report in the Economic Times on April 14, 2016, quoted officials as acknowledging that investment from China to India witnessed a decline in the first half of 2015, but the Chinese officials claimed that rapid growth came back in the second half.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: PROPAGANDA OUTREACH
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) does have a propaganda presence in Australia. There is one free-to-air 6 to 6.30am Mandarin TV News bulletin syndicated from the state-run CCTV. An Australian-Chinese advertising firm lists 6 papers as having the widest circulation (between 25,000-35,000, though its website hasn't been updated for a few years).
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: US/PHILIPPINES
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on April 14, 2016, that U.S. troops and military equipment would be sent on regular rotations in the Philippines and that the two countries had started joint patrols in the South China Sea.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA- SOUTH CHINA SEA: US
China's Defence Ministry reported on April 15, 2016, that General Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, had inspected "soldiers and building work" on islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea that day. In a statement on its website earlier on April 14, 2016, China said it would “resolutely defend” its interests and said “The joint patrols between the United States and the Philippines in the South China Sea are militarising the region and are non-beneficial to regional peace and stability.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-UK: ERIC X. LI AND THE WHITTINGDALE CASE
Byline.com, the website that on April 1, 2016, revealed the story of the alleged “blackmail from [the] criminal underworld” and a “year-long relationship between a senior figure (Culture Minister Whittingdale) in David Cameron’s government and a dominatrix (Ms Olivia King) which potentially jeopardised government security” has among its three major investors Eric Li, a Shanghai businessman. He invested £160,000.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: COUNTER ESPIONAGE
April 15 was China’s first annual National Security Education Day, observed with speeches and distribution of materials to raise awareness of security problems. The images below come from a two poster campaign called “Dangerous Love” (危险的爱情)that appeared in residential communities all over Xicheng in Beijing. The posters warned younger Chinese to be on guard against information collection activities by foreigners.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP-TIBET
Jambey Gyatso, a veteran Tibetan scholar in China working within the CCP system published two articles to criticize two Chinese officials, Ye Xiaowen, the former Director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), and Zhu Weiqun, Director of the Ethnic and Religious Commission of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee. In the article Jambey Gyatso observed that, over the past decade, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) religious management group, of which both Ye Xiaowen and Zhu Weiqun are key members, adopted the wrong policies to govern Tibet.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: AIIB/WORLD BANK
The new China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the World Bank on April 13, 2016, signed an agreement to co-finance projects.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-KENYA: FORCIBLE EXTRADITION OF TAIWAN NATIONALS
Eight Taiwanese nationals were forcibly extradited to China on April 8, 2016, along with a group of PRC nationals.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: KMT/DPP
In their first closed-door meeting on March 31, 2016, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou told President-elect Tsai Ing-wen about "the stance of the Philippines and Vietnam on Taiping Island and how the United States interprets the issue."
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-NORTH KOREA
The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on March 21, 2016, that China has instructed local governments along the North Korean border to implement the new UN Security Council sanctions adopted earlier this month, which restricts countries from importing North Korean coal, iron ore and other mineral resources if the proceeds go to the North's nuclear and missile programs
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS/HEALTH
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee (CC)'s Propaganda Department on March 23, 2016, instructed all government-controlled media outlets to "play down" the recent scandal about the sale and distribution of improperly stored vaccines by unlicensed vendors in Shandong. Media outlets are forbidden from publishing feature stories or to send reporters to cover the story in Shandong. Instead, they are required to "reprint government press releases and news reports by central media outlets only."
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: TERRORISM
A security official of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region told Radio Free Asia's Uyghur Service that the government is offering a cash bounty of up to 5 million yuan (U.S. $774,000) for tips about suspicious activity linked to terrorism or religious extremism.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: STABILITY
The official English-language China Daily on April 13, 2016, published an article by Peng Chun, a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Law, Peking University, titled 'China demise theory wrong and unhelpful' which criticised the 'fad' of predicting "the end of China." It said that David Shambaug, a veteran China watcher and prominent Sinologist known for his moderate views, had joined Gordon Chang and sparked an international debate on "China's future".
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-PLA: NEW ROCKET FORCE APPOINTMENTS
Wang Dajun, an official with the Rocket Force's Political Work Department, told China National Radio (CNR) that the Rocket Force has assigned almost 100 military officers to five newly-established military theater commands to support joint operations.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA "CORE INTEREST"
Days before Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull makes his first official visit to Beijing, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported that Australia's Chinese community held a forum in Sydney on April 10, 2016, to "clarify facts and standardise understanding" about the South China Sea dispute.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: VIETNAM
Rebuffing Vietnam's second demand this year to move the controversial US$1 billion oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 and drop plans to drill in South China Sea waters where jurisdiction is unclear, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told the daily news briefing that "The relevant work is in undisputed Chinese waters, and it is normal commercial exploration. We hope the relevant party takes an objective and reasonable view on this."
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-US: ESPIONAGE
The New York Times on April 11, 2016, disclosed that the US Navy is contemplating charges against Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, who was born in Taiwan and is a naturalized American citizen, on suspicion of providing secret information to China and Taiwan.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: RIVER WATER POLLUTION
The report of a survey conducted by China's Ministry of Water Resources states that about 80 per cent of groundwater in the mainland’s major river basins is unsafe for human contact.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: URBANISATION
A study issued by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on April 6, 2016, stated that only about 33 percent of the farmers from rural areas were positive about the idea of relocating to cities, while 17 percent expressed neither negative nor positive view.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PANAMA PAPERS
When contacted by the South China Morning Post on April 8, 2016, Hu Dehua, the businessman son of the former Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang who was ousted in 1987, said that he had nothing to hide.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: MOSSACK FONSECA
Mossack Fonseca is known in Beijing and has seven offices in China -- the largest number it has in any country.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: DEFLATION CRISIS?
Yu Yongding, of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and currently a member of the National Planning Committee, has warned that Beijing risks a currency blow-up akin to Britain's traumatic ordeal in 1992, if it continues trying to defend its exchange rate peg amid a deepening deflation crisis.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: WORLD SOCCER POWER
A document released on April 11, 2016, by China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Chinese Football Association, Sports Bureau and Ministry of Education announced that China aims to become one of Asia’s best soccer teams by 2030 and have almost 50 million soccer players by 2020.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-MILITARY: PLAAF
The US Air Force chief-of-staff General Mark Welsh told the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee on March 2, 2016, that the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will be poised to overtake the US Air Force by 2030.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: MILITARY AID
The Afghan Defence Ministry confirmed on March 9, 2016, that during his visit to Kabul in late February 2016, General Fang Fenghui, Chief of the Joint Staff Department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), offered the Afghanistan army expanded military aid to combat the Taliban. Mohammad Radmanish, Deputy Spokesman of the Afghan Defence Minister, said a commission has been assigned to make the wish list, which could include light weapons, aircraft parts and uniforms.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE PURCHASE OF SYGENTA
A 92-year old former Minister of the PRC's Ministry of Chemical Industry, Qin Zhong-da and over 400 individuals in a letter dated March 31, 2016 raised 4 pointed questions regarding ChinaChem Group's announcement of February 2016 that they will acquire Syngenta for US$ 43 billion (about RMB300 billion).
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
A recent workshop organised by the US-based Council on Foreign Relations discussed China's likely economic trajectory.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-PLA MARTYR
The state-owned Global Times on April 4, 2016 published an article commemorating the anniversary of the death of PLA Air Force fighter pilot Wang Wei, who died when his fighter jet collided with a US military reconnaissance aircraft on April 1, 2011. It noted that every year on April 1, many Chinese online users commemorate the passing of Chinese air force pilot Wang Wei. It added that as tensions in the South China Sea are running high, this year's online commemoration has attracted more people's attention with mixed feelings of pride in the PLA's improved capabilities and indignation over what they see as incessant provocations.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CORRUPTION-PANAMA PAPERS
Among the senior CCP leaders and 'princelings named in the so-called Panama Papers are:Deng Jiagui-- brother in law of China’s present President Xi Jinping; Li Xiaolin-- daughter of Li Peng, China’s premier from 1987 to 1998; Jasmine Li Zidan--granddaughter of Jia Qinglin, who served as member of the Politburo Standing Committee until 2012;Lee Shing Put-- son-in-law of Zhang Gaoli current Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) member; Jia Liqing-- daughter-in-law of Liu Yunshan, current PBSC member; Zeng Qinghuai-- brother of Zeng Qinghong, who was Vice President of China from 2002 to 2007;Hu Dehua -- son of late Hu Yaobang who was head of the Chinese Communist Party from 1982 to 1987; Chen Dongsheng-- grandson-in-law of Mao Zedong, who led Communist China from 1949 to his death in 1976; Tian Chenggang-- son of former Vice Premier and Politburo member Tian Jiyun;and Gu Kailai-- former Politburo member Bo Xilai's wife and herself the daughter of a PLA General.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-PLA NAVY: OVERSEAS BASE-DJIBOUTI
Katrina Manson of the Financial Times, recently interviewed the 50-year old Foreign Minister of Djibouti Mahmoud Ali Youssouf and President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, a former head of the secret police who has run the country since 1999.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-TIBET MINORITY PROTEST
A letter written from prison on February 24, 2016, and addressed to the Qinghai Higher People's Court by the well-known and popular Tibetan blogger Druklo, more widely known by his pen name Shokjang, is being circulated among members of the Tibetan community, including in exile. Druklo is being held in detention in Rebkong (Chinese: Tongren), Qinghai after his arrest on March 19, 2015.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: WORKER UNREST
Over a thousand policemen broke up a workers strike on April 4, 2016, in Tuopai Township, Shehong County, Sichuan province. Many workers were injured and at least 100 arrested.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CULTURAL REVOLUTION
Retired Chinese Supreme Cout Judge Cai Xiaoxue wrote an article on April 3, 2016, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution and which was posted on Wechat. He reminisced about the ill treatment meted out to his parents, their deaths and the humiliation heaped on his sister and him that forced them to move to another province.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: INTERNATIONAL DISCLOSURE OF CORRUPTION/SECRET BANK ACCOUNTS
News of the Panama Papers and their disclosures triggered a prompt reaction from the stare-owned Global Times, which on April 5, 2016, said that very powerful entities are behind these manipulations and " For ordinary people, it is useless to wrestle with the power behind the leak, which can wield such a huge amount of documents".News reports about the disclosures claim that Xi Jinping's brother-in-law, Deng Jiagui, former Chinese Premier Li Peng's daughter Li Xiaoli and family members of two Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) members viz. Zhang Gaoli and Liu Yunshun are involved.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ZIMBABWE
Xinhua news agency reported on March 28, 2016, that Chinese companies and experts expressed concerns over renewed efforts in Zimbabwe to enforce a controversial law that requires foreign firms to sell stakes of at least 51 percent to locals in Zimbabwe.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-EU: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO CZECH REPUBLIC
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Prague on his first state visit to the Czech Republic on March 27, 2016. He will stay there till March 30, 2016.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
In a rare and revealing interview to The Asahi Shimbun, which was published on March 31, 2016, retired PLA Major General Qian Lihua, who once served as director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the National Defense Ministry and is now Vice Chairman of the China Committee within the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), provided some insight into Chinese defense spending. Qian Lihua said that construct of artificial islands in the South China Sea for military installations "will continue in the future".
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG: POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY
The newly-formed Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) has attracted a lot of notice from the media in Hongkong as well as critical comment from the Mainland Chinese authorities. The PRC State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office issued a statement through the official Xinhua news agency on March 29, 2016, following the announcement of the formation of Hong Kong National Party on March 26, 2016.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's official news agency, Xinhua quoted Xu Liang, Deputy Secretary General of the China Coal Industry Association as saying demand for coal will slide 2 percent this year and prices will remain at a low level. Output by the world’s largest producer will also fall by 2 percent. Xinhua said China’s coal use is forecast to fall a third year as industrial output slows.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL POLITICAL SITUATION
As the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution nears (on May 16), an editorial in the state-owned Global Times warned that reflections on the Cultural Revolution must not go beyond the Communist Party’s official verdict.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-GERMANY: HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY
Addressing students in Shanghai University on March 23, 2016,German President Joachim Gauck condemned the "illegitimacy of Communist rule" in East Germany and lauded the benefits of human rights. He said “Most people were neither happy nor liberated, and the entire system lacked proper legitimacy. Free, equal and secret public elections were not held.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-SRI LANKA: MILITARY BASES
Just days after the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe-led government gave the green light to resume construction on the $1.5 billion China-funded Colombo Port City project which was suspended a year back over environmental issues and on grounds that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had not followed proper procedure while signing the deal with China, the Asia Times reported on March 18, 2016,
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INDONESIA: MARITIME DISPUTE
The Associated Press reported that on March 21, 2016, Indonesia officially protested to China against its Coast Guard retrieving a ship while it was detained for fishing illegally in Indonesian waters. An Indonesian Fisheries Ministry patrol ship had intercepted the Chinese vessel 'Kway Fey' on March 19, 2016, within Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone that overlaps with the southernmost reaches of the South China Sea, and detained eight crewmen.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-US: ESPIONAGE
On March 23, 2016, Su Bin, a Chinese national and China-based businessman who worked in aviation and aerospace, pleaded guilty to participating in a years-long conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of major U.S. defense contractors, steal sensitive military information and send the stolen data to China.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-US: OBAMA-XI JINPING SUMMIT IN MARCH
China’s President Xi Jinping is scheduled to once again meet US President Obama at the end of March on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: CROSS-STRAIT RELATIONS
An article in the Hongkong-based well-informed newspaper Ming Pao said that Shanghai's delegates to the 'Big Two' that recently concluded in Beijing, asked Xi Jinping to talk to the Shanghai delegation about cross-strait relations since the Shanghai people were deeply concerned about the issue as there were 10,000 Taiwan businesses in the city and 300,000 Taiwanese lived there. Addressing the Shanghai delegation,
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-EDUCATION
A recent paper from America’s National Bureau of Economic Research by Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato and Xiao Yu Wang of Duke University and Shuang Zhang of University of Colorado, Boulder, found a relationship between GDP growth in an official’s administrative jurisdiction and subsequent promotion.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
According to a BBC report of March 25, 2016, a total of 20 people have been detained in China following the publication of a letter calling on President Xi Jinping to resign. The letter was posted earlier this month on a state-backed website Wujie News. Although quickly deleted by the authorities, a cached version can still be found online.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-LAOS: ATTACKS ON CHINESE WORKERS
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on March 2, 2016, that one Chinese national was killed and three wounded in a "militant" attack in Laos.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: RAIL TUNNEL FOR PLA
The well-informed Hong Kong Economic Journal reported on March 14, 2016, that a giant tunnel across the Taiwan Strait for an express rail link between Beijing and Taipei is listed as a key project under China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020).
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NPC: RAILWAYS
During the ongoing NPC session the Chinese government confirmed plans to accelerate construction of a new railway line to Lhasa in Tibet from Chengdu and that of an extension of the railway to Kyirong on the border with Nepal.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NPC: MARITIME JUDICIAL CENTRES
China's Chief Justice Zhou Qiang in his work report to the NPC said on March 13, 2016, that courts across China were working to implement the national strategy of building China into a "maritime power".
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NPC:SUPREME COURT WAGE LITIGATIONS
The Chief Justice of China's Supreme Court Zhou Qiang, presenting the latest work report of the Supreme People's Procuratorate revealed the following statistics: 300,000 civil cases of migrant worker wage arrears (and other cases involving the interests of rural residents) and that criminal cases involving refusal to pay wages were up 58%. Last year’s report revealed that 753 persons were convicted in 2014, which means that 2015 convictions were close to 1200.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-JAPAN: ANTI-CHINA SENTIMENT
A Japanese government survey issued on March 11, 2016, revealed an increase in the percentage of Japanese who do not feel friendly toward China, which has reached a record high of 83.2 percent.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-US: ECONOMY
A US$ 1.3 billion contract to replace almost half the fleet of rail cars of the Chicago Transit Authority with 846 new generation rail cars was approved on March 9, 2016. The new generation rail cars will be built at a new manufacturing facility on the Southeast Side of Chicago.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-TIBET: ANTI DALAI LAMA OUTFIT TO CEASE PROTESTS
In a statement on its website on March 10, 2016, the Directors of the International Shugden Community (ISC) announced they had decided to “completely stop organizing demonstrations against the Dalai Lama.”
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-CPPCC/NPC: ECONOMY
Speaking on March 12, 2016, on the sidelines of the NPC session, the Governor of the People's Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan said "There is no need at all to rush to buy U.S. dollars. There is no basis for continued weakness of the Renminbi and China will not seek to boost exports through competitive devaluation.” Attributing the previous depreciation to concerns on a slowing Chinese economy and market jitters caused by easing policies from Europe and Japan, he added that the Renminbi has started to return to its normal and reasonable level after volatility, and the trend will continue.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CPPCC/NPC- EDUCATION REFORM
The newspaper Beijing News reported on March 11, 2016, that China's Vice Minister of Education had announced that education officials are working with the All-China Women's Federation to prepare a draft law on home schooling.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: DISSENT IN MEDIA AT PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Coinciding with the CPPCC and NPC sessions underway in Beijing and obviously for maximum impact, Zhou Fang, a Xinhua employee who gave his work address as Xinhua News Agency headquarters in Beijing and included his cellphone number and identity card number, on March 11, 2016, published an online denunciation of China's formidable propaganda apparatus.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-CPPCC/NPC: JUDICIAL REFORM
During the ongoing annual meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the China People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Zhu Zhengfu, a delegate to the CPPCC and Deputy Director of the All-China Lawyers Association, criticized the common practice of using televised confessions, which are used “to humiliate human rights advocates, lawyers” and others as part of the current crackdown launched by President Xi Jinping.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
Yet another song praising Xi Jinping @ 'Xi Dada' is circulating on Youtube, this time saying that one should marry someone brave and heroic just like him.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-US: HUMAN RIGHTS
China's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Fu Cong reacted forcefully at the United States, saying “The US is notorious for prison abuse at Guantanamo prison, its gun violence is rampant, racism is its deep-rooted malaise.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: US ASSESSMENT
In an unclassified letter dated February 23, 2016, USA's Director of National Intelligence James Clapper informed US Senator John McCain that China has the capability to provide basic self-defense at its Spratly Islands outposts.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: WOMEN'S RIGHTS
New legislation on family violence came into effect in China on March 1, prohibiting the causing of physical harm, as well as verbal and emotional abuse. The legislation also applies to unmarried cohabiting couples, although currently only in male–female cohabitation.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NPC:JUDICIARY
Ambrose Lau Hon-chen, a Standing Committee member of the CPPCC, told journalists on March 9, 2016, in Beijing on the sidelines of the ongoing CPPCC session that the Chief Justice of China's Supreme Court Zhou Qiang had told him that they were now able to monitor any hearing in the country.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN
Following Chinese President Xi Jinping's first public remarks on cross-strait relations since Tsai’s victory last week when he said that Beijing would “resolutely contain Taiwan secessionist activities in any form”, Li Yihu, a Deputy to the NPC and key advisor on Beijing’s Taiwan policies, recommended on March 10, 2016, that Beijing should set up a “reward and penalty scheme” for all Taiwanese entrepreneurs doing business on the mainland to single out those with pro-independence tendencies.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-TIBET
In a letter dated March 8, 2016, China's diplomatic mission in Geneva raised objections about the presence of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader on the panel of Nobel laureates, being held at the Geneva Graduate Institute.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PEOPLE'S ARMED POLICE
The PLA Daily reported that Sun Sijing, Political Commissar of the People's Armed Police Force (PAPF) and a Deputy to the National People’s Congress, proposed a legal amendment on March that would clear the way for the changes and ensure that the PAPF's highest power of command was “firmly in the hands of the Communist Party’s central leadership, the CMC and [CMC] Chairman Xi”.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
19-year old Jasmine Yin, a first-year student at Columbia University in US and granddaughter of the late Marshal Ye Jianying, wrote a startlingly revealing letter published on March 9, 2016, where she said 'Xi sent his only child to study at Harvard.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Coinciding with the 4th plenum of the 12th NPC session, the USS John S. Stennis, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier; two guided-missile destroyers, the USS Chung-Hoon and USS Stockdale; the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay; and the supply ship USNS Rainier have been operating in the eastern part of the South China Sea since March 1, 2016.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-US: HR LAWYER'S RELEASE
45-year old Chen Taihe, a Chinese lawyer and Professor who was detained in Guilin along with over 200 lawyers and human rights activists in the Guangxi-Zhuang Autonomous Region last July, fled to the US on March 1, 2016, after being released from surveillance.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NPC/ECONOMY
Li Chao, Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, informed the CPPCC on March 8, 2016, that China is still “researching and discussing” the registration-based initial public offering system.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NPC/CPPCC:SOUTH CHINA SEA
Speaking at the ongoing NPC session in Beijing, Luo Baoming, the Party Secretary of Hainan province, said“China is encouraging its fishermen to venture into the South China Sea by offering subsidies and security training"
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINORITIES/MONGOLS
The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) reported that as part of the effort to maintain social stability during China’s “Two Sessions” --- annual meetings of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the National People’s Congress --- presently underway in Beijing, the local Public Security Bureau of Urad Middle Banner in western Southern (Inner) Mongolia has arrested and detained more than twenty Mongolian herders since two weeks ago. In a message posted in Mongolian herders’ WeChat groups by Zou Xinchao, head of the State Security Squad of Urad Middle Banner, the herders were accused of “giving interviews to foreign news media and assisting those who have ulterior motives to frame and denounce the socialist regime”.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: JUDICIAL REFORM
Just two days before the 12th NPC session convened in Beijing, the Supreme People's Court on March 3, 2016, issued a bilingual White Paper on Judicial Reform which was posted on the website of the Supreme People's Court.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL:NPC/LAW
52 lawyers including 27 Defence Counseld and 8 family members of those detained by the authorities, submitted a petition to the Deputies attending the 4th plenary meeting of the 12th Session of the National People’s Congress on March 4, 2016.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
The Beijing Times reported last week that new guidelines have been issued by the CCP CC Propaganda Department prohibiting a wide range of subjects including depictions of gay relationships, underage romance, extramarital affairs, smoking, witchcraft and reincarnation.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS (NPC)
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presented a 38-page 'REPORT ON THE WORK OF THE GOVERNMENT' to the fourth plenary meeting of the 12th session of the NPC,on March 5, 2016. Interestingly, the references to Xi Jinping in the report referred to him as heading the CCP CC and not, as "core of the leadership".
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-VIETNAM
Xinhua reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping met Hoang Binh Quan, the special envoy of Vietnam's communist party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, on February 29, 2016, when they pledging to boost party-to-party relationship and bilateral ties. Hoang Binh Quan conveyed a message from Nguyen Phu Trong to Xi Jinping.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: WORKER UNREST
In the wake of reports of lay-offs of coal miners, about 150 miners from the Anyuan Coal Mines of the Pingxiang Mining Group gathering at a crossroads and temporarily blocked traffic on February 29, 2016 to complain to the company.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: AGRICULTURE/NPC
Chen Xiwen, Vice Director of the Leadership Group on Rural Work, said at a meeting on rural affairs sponsored by Farmers Daily on February 27, 2016, that soon after the 'Big Two' (CPPCC and NPC) meetings in March there would be a reform of the corn pricing mechanism soon. He added that the reform should be announced ahead of spring planting.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LAW/NPC
Zhu Zhengfu, Deputy Chairman of the All China Lawyers Association,said in an interview with Beijing News that was widely disseminated in China on mARCH 3, 2016, that China should not drag people in front of the cameras to plead guilty and that such confessions are of little legal value and may rely on coercion.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-PLA: APPOINTMENTS
Caixin reported that 1957-born Maj. Gen. Chi Xingbei, son of former Chinese Defence Minister Chi Haotian and a Signal Corps officer, has been appointed Political Commissar of the General Armaments Department.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-DEFENCE BUDGET
National People's Congress (NPC) spokeswoman Fu Ying announced at a press conference on March 4, 2016, that China's defence budget this year will rise by about seven to eight percent compared with 2015. She said that the actual figure would be released on March 5, 2016, when the annual session of China's version of parliament opens. Last year, defense spending was budgeted to rise 10.1 percent to 886.9 billion yuan ($135.39 billion).
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: LEADERSHIP
The State Council announced on February 26, 2016, that 59-year old Ning Jizhe, who has advised Premier Li Keqiang on economic policy, will lead the National Bureau of Statistics and be its top Communist Party official.He will continue in his current position as Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY/LAY-OFFS
Quoting two independent sources Reuters reported on March 3, 2016, that China plans to lay off 5-6 million workers employed in State-owned Enterprises (SoE) over the next two to three years as part of efforts to curb industrial overcapacity and pollution.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC/ECONOMY
Chinese President Xi Jinping will reportedly unveil a new set of economic reforms to be called "supply-side structural reform,” at the NPC session scheduled to open in Beijing on March 5, 2016. The supply side that Xi Jinping is referring to would include lowering taxes and reducing the government burden on investors. Yet its main goal appears to be shutting or paring down mines and factories that produce far more coal, steel, cement and other industrial products than the market demands and reining in the credit and subsidies that feed that glut.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The NPC Standing Committee in charge of legislature affairs between the full meetings said that over the past year six of its members were ousted because they were the subject of corruption probes and 19 other resigned because they had come under suspicion.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA: CPPCC & NPC
China's top political advisory body the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and China's version of aa parliament the National People's Congress (NPC) opened in Beijing amidst heightened security on March 3 and March 5, 2016 respectively.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INDIA
Long Xingchun, a research fellow at the Charhar Institute, Director of the Center for Indian Studies at China West Normal University, and a visiting scholar at the Department of International Relations at the University of Colombo, wrote an article captioned 'S. China Sea patrols bring no benefit to India', which was published by the state-owned Global Times on February 25, 2016.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: MARITIME COURTS
According to a report , China's maritime courts, established 30 years ago, are said to be the busiest in the Asia Pacific region and hear cases arising in Chinese waters, coastal and inland. In 2015, the maritime courts heard about 31,000 cases, a 43% increase year on year, with cases involving foreign parties accounting for about 15%.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
The People's Daily on February quoted the PLA's new South Theatre Commander, General Wang Jiaocheng as saying “The military will be capable of dealing with any security threat. No country will be allowed to use any excuse or action to threaten China’s sovereignty and safety.” General Wang Jiaocheng, who previously commanded the Shenyang ­region, said his aim was to “ensure security in border controls and maritime defence, but the foremost mission is to safeguard rights and interests in the South China Sea.”
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-RESTRICTIONS ON ASSOCIATION WITH 'TIBETAN-INDEPENDENCE CLIQUE' LEADERS
An article on China Tibet Online this week that was widely carried by other state media criticized celebrities for attending an event in northeastern India with members of the Tibetan government-in-exile, adding to Chinese authorities' warnings that actors and singers must "serve the people and socialism."
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION/VATICAN
The state-owned Global Times published a very unusual article on February 25, 2016, speculating that the Pope may visit China for a meeting with Xi Jinping.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
Cai Xia, a Professor at the Central Party School in Beijing posted an article on the media criticism of real estate tycoon Ren Zhiqiang, where she said that the former property tycoon’s criticism of President Xi Jinping’s address to state media last week underscores the lack of internal channels for Communist Party members to discuss policy. The article penned by Cai Xia vanished from cyberspace soon after it was posted.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY
China's official news agency Xinhua on February 28, 2016, reported that the General Office of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has ordered the launch of another year-long campaign to instill the values it wants in its 88 million members. The campaign will focus on the study of the Party Constitution and rules, as well as remarks made by CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping. It will particularly target Party members with wavering confidence in communism and socialism with Chinese characteristics, those who are advocating the Western value, violating Party rules, working inefficiently or behaving unethically. The CCP central authority asked Party committees to regard the campaign as "a major political task."
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The well-informed Hongkong newspaper South China Morning Post reported that Rear Admiral Wang Yu, who from March till September 2015 was in charge of the Armour and Equipment Department of the PLAN's South China Sea Fleet, is being investigated for alleged corruption. 52-year old Rear Admiral Wang Yu, considered a rising star, had offered to resign from the National People’s Congress in September because of “severe violations of party discipline” -- euphemism for corruption or bribery -- according to a communique posed on the website of the top legislative body’s standing committee.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
China's Central Television (CCTV) reported on February 26, 2016, that 64-year old General Liu Yuan, former Political Commissar of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Logistics Department, who stepped down a year prior to his official retirement, had been sworn in as a Vice Chairman of the National People's Congress and Vice Chairman of its Economic and Finance Committee.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US: MINORITY RIGHTS
The Chinese social media platform WeChat, a.k.a. Weixin, was allowed by the Chinese authorities to post comments by tens of thousands of people, spanning more than 40 cities on the same day, protesting the sentence awarded to Peter Liang, a Chinese American rookie cop who fatally shot an unarmed African American man, Akai Gurley, in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 2014. China's state-run CCTV, which often avoids showing demonstrations, on February 21, 2016, devoted numerous segments throughout the day to the U.S. gatherings.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US: MILITARY COOPERATION
Wu Qian, a spokesman of China’s Ministry of Defense, said at the regular press briefing in Beijing on February 25, 2016, that China will send warships to participate in the the world’s largest international maritime exercise known as 'The Rim of the Pacific Exercise', or RIMPAC, which is held every two years in Hawaii in June and July. Wu Qian said “Joining these military exercises will be beneficial to improving the Chinese navy’s ability to contend with non-traditional security threats. Needless to say, military relations between China and the U.S. have some difficulties and obstacles.”
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US: ECONOMIC/TECHNOLOGY TIES
The annual report of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), which reviews foreign acquisitions for national security threats, noted that there had been rather a sharp uptick in Chinese deal-making activity in the US, and a shift of that interest towards technology.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:GINI COEFFICIENT
A Peking University report says China's Gini coefficient has increased from 0.3 in the early 1980s to 0.45 last year, but it is down from 0.49 in 2012. The Report also said one-third of China’s wealth is owned by the top 1% of households, while the bottom 25% account for only 1% of the wealth. The China Family Panel Studies, launched in 2010, covers 14,960 households in 160 regions of 25 provinces nationwide, and focuses on the “well-being of the Chinese population.”
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY/WEALTH
According to the Hurun Report issued on February 24, 2016, China minted 90 new billionaires last year giving it for the first time more billionaires than the US, 568 to 535. The Hurun Report said that with 32 new billionaires, Beijing topped 100, replacing New York — with only 95 — as the billionaire capital of the world.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: HONGKONG
There is growing resentment, called 'Localism', at Beijing apparently ignoring the interests of Honkong and focussing on integration of the territory with the Mainland. Localism is a new thinking among Hong Kong youth.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINORITY NATIONALITIES/MONGOLS
The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) reported on February 23, 2016, that Mongolian herders from western Southern (Inner) Mongolia’s Urad Middle Banner (“wu la te zhong qi” in Chinese) gathered in front of the local government building in Haliut Township (“hai liu tu zhen” in Chinese).
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET
Authorities of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have instructed all foreigners to leave the Region by February 25, 2016. No foreigners will be allowed to visit Tibet till the end of March. These are part of precautions being taken in connection with the 57th anniversary of the March 10 Uprising after which the Dalai Lama fled into exile in 1959 and the 8th anniversary of the 2008 riots in Tibet.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MEDIA CONTROLS
Responding to a critical article by retired Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang aka as “Cannon Ren,” on Chinese President Xi Jinping's tour of China Central Television (CCTV) on February 19, 2016, where he announced new regulations for the media, Ren Zhiqiang has been subjected to strident criticism.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: REFORMS
Presiding over the 21st meeting of the Central Leading Group for Overall Reform in Beijing on February 23, 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered officials at all levels to implement reform measures and address lingering problems to ensure the reform drive is successful.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-MILITARY: SOUTH CHINA SEA
USA's Fox News reported on February 16, 2016, that by February 14, China had deployed two batteries of eight HQ-9 Surface-to-Air Missiles launchers as well as a radar system on Woody Island. Fox News obtained the satellite imagery from ImageSat International (ISI). (Comment: The HQ-9 has a range of 125 kms.)
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister had a 5-hour meeting in Washington to discuss a range of issues between, what Kerry described as "one of the most consequential relationships in the world".
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPERTY RIGHTS
On February 21, 2016, China's State Council and CCP Central Committee jointly issued an "opinion" on urbanization stating that authorities will "in principle" no longer approve gated communities. It added that existing communities will gradually have to open their premises to the outside.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-DISSIDENTS: INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR LIU XIAOBO
On February 15, 2016, 134 Nobel laureates asked Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping to release Liu Xiaobo, who has been jailed since 2009. By the 17th February over 300 persons had signed the appeal.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MEDIA CONTROLS
Hu Xijin, Editor in Chief of the state-owned Global Times, in a post on his Weibo microblog on February 21, 2016 said “China should open up more channels for criticism and suggestions and encourage constructive criticism.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
The usually well-informed magazine Caixin reported on February 15, 2016, that Xiao Qing has been appointed Director of State Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) of the State Council.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ETHNIC MINORITIES
Adem Karadag, also known as Bilal Mohammed, an ethic Uyghur, along with a second suspect, Yusufu Mieraili, arrested in Thailand over a bombing that killed 20 people in Bangkok August 17, 2015, on February 15, 2016, denied charges of murder or involvement in the attack, retracting an earlier confession that his lawyer said he was tortured into making. The lawyer for Karadag, said his client was coerced into confessing that he took part in the attack. Most of the victims were foreign tourists, raising concerns that the country's lucrative tourist industry could suffer.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop arrived in Beijing late on February 17, 2016, to a frosty reception in Beijing after being rapped over Australia's stance on the South China Sea ahead of a series of high-level meetings in the Chinese capital. She had made clear during her preceding trip to Tokyo that she intended to push her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi for clarification on how China intended to use its man-made islands in the disputed waters. Beijing has repeatedly said it will not recognise the case filed by the Philippines at the Hague and defended its right to build on what it considers to be its sovereign territory. Stating that Australia took no sides on the competing territorial claims but awaited the outcome of the arbitration, Julie Bishop said "We recognise the Philippines' right to seek to resolve the matter through arbitration, but we urge all claimants to settle their disputes peacefully without coercion, without intimidation." Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China would "never" accept the Philippines' "unilateral" initiation of international arbitration which it contends as a contravention of international law, adding that "Australia should not selectively evade that objective fact. Australia should adopt an objective and unbiased attitude and refrain from doing anything that undermines regional peace and stability."
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ASEAN:US
A Joint Statement was issued on February 16, 2016, after the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America gathered in Sunnylands, California, on February 15-16, 2016, for a Special Leaders Summit. This Special U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Summit was the first ever to be held in the United States and the very first Summit following the establishment of the ASEAN Community. Paragraphs i, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the 17 paragraph statement referred to the safeguarding of territorial integrity of ASEAN members and the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US
As the US Senate passed a Bill on February 12, 2016 to name 3503 International Place, which is presently the official address of the Chinese Embassy, as “1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza” to honour the Nobel Prize winning Chinese dissident on the seventh anniversary of his arrest, the state-controlled Global Times on February 14, 2016, called the move provocative and said it was intended to outrage Beijing, although China would not consider it a big deal. It said “The US has been at its wits’ end in dealing with China as it is reluctant to employ military threats or economic sanctions that may backfire,” adding that “The only option for Washington seems to be petty actions that disturb China.”
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Feb 2016

CHINA-OBOR
Xinhua on February 14, 2016, stated that the State Administration of Taxation had said that tax treaties that China had signed with countries participating in the OBOR will save financial institutions in China 9.6 billion yuan (about $1.5 billion) in taxes, according to the State Administration of Taxation.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG: NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
Rao Geping, a law professor at Peking University and member of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee on February 16, 2016, called for urgent enactment of the national security legislation in the wake of last week’s riot in Mong Kok, backing Beijing’s move to label the rioters “separatists” in a similar category as those in Tibet and Xinjiang.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
The Bloomberg news service reported on February 11, 2016, that China’s exports fell 1.8 percent in 2015, while its imports tumbled 13.2 percent. It also quoted China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology as saying that new orders for Chinese shipbuilders fell by nearly half last year. In December, Zhoushan Wuzhou Ship Repairing & Building became the first state-owned shipbuilder to go bankrupt in a decade.Sales at Shanghai International Port were 7.5 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) in the third quarter, down from 7.6 billion yuan the year before, and net profit was 1.4 billion yuan, a decline of 18 percent.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: DECLINE IN WORKING POPULATION
China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosed that working-age population fell by 4.87 million last year, sharper than the 3.71 million decline recorded in 2014. Also, approx 16.55 million babies were born last year, down from 16.87 million in 2014. The workforce of China, which has 1.37 billion people, now stands at 911 million.China's migrant population also dropped by 5.68 million to 247 million, meaning that fewer were going to the cities to look for workCHINA-ECONOMY: DECLINE IN WORKING POPULATION
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Feb 2016

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The China Discipline Inspection Paper , a paper owned by the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), on February 16, 2016, said “[We] must constantly be alert of, discover and punish in time those who form their own circles within the party.” It added that “The Petroleum Gang and the Secretary Gang have already been eradicated. They are lessons to be learned and others should watch their steps. If you don’t toe the line, get out.”
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-KOREAN PENINSULA:THAAD DEPLOYMENT
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin summoned South Korean Ambassador Kim Jang-soo on February 6, 2016, to protest against Seoul and Washington's agreement to begin talks on deploying a U.S.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Qiming Venture Partners, just raised $648 million from investors including Princeton University and Duke University.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL ORDER
Since President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign began in December 2012, at least 146 fallen “tigers” (officials holding the rank of minister or provincial governor) have often being detained without warning.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-TERRORISM MEASURES
As an estimated 6,000,000 Chinese head home by rail for Chinese New Year, security has been tightened at railway stations and transport hubs in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai,Hangzhou and other cities across China.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: LONG-RANGE MISSILE LAUNCH
North Korea on February 7, 2016 defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket from its Dongchang-ri missile base in the country's northwest at around 9:30 am, which was tracked separately by the United States, Japan and South Korea. North Korea, which calls its launches part of a peaceful space program, announced through its state media that it had successfully put a new Earth observation satellite into orbit.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:AIIB
The authoritative, official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on February 5, 2016, that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has appointed five Vice Presidents with experience helping both developed and emerging economies, as well as multilateral institutions.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOREX RESERVES
China's foreign reserves fell for a third straight month in January, as the central bank dumped dollars to defend the yuan and prevent an increase in capital outflows. The size of the drop was second only to the $107.9 billion fall in December, the largest monthly decline on record. China's foreign reserves fell $99.5 billion to $3.23 trillion in January, the lowest level since May 2012, central bank data showed, but higher than the median forecast of $3.20 trillion from economists surveyed in a Reuters poll.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
A one-line statement on the CDIC website announced on February 6, 2016, that Cai Xiyou, President of Sinochem Group, the Chinese energy and chemicals conglomerates, has been put under investigation for serious discipline violations. Cai Xiyou, a 30-year oil industry veteran who has been with Sinochem at least since 1995, was named to lead Sinochem in 2014, after a long career at China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) where he was previously a Communist Party committee member, Senior Vice President, and Sinopec Corp's General Consul.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) announced on its official website on February 5, 2016, that Sichuan Governor Wei Hong was removed from his post for "seriously violating political and organizational discipline" and subverting the investigation, refusing to confess and interfering with judicial activities. There was no mention of graft or any other crime in the notice.The CDIC also announced an investigation into Liu Zhigeng, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province on the same charge.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG: MISSING PUBLISHERS
On February 5, 2016, the Guangdong police confirmed for the first time that Lui Por, Cheung Chi-ping and Lam Wing-kee, the three Hong Kong booksellers who were missing since last October were being investigated in mainland China. Gui Minhai, another bookseller missing since October, earlier said on state TV that he had turned himself in over a fatal ­accident he was involved in 12 years ago.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-MINORITIES: TIBET
Authorities in the Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province ordered shopkeepers in the Tibetan-populated county to hand over all stocks of photos of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, with “severe punishment” threatened for those who fail to comply by Feb. 2. The order, which was issued on Jan. 31 by three government departments in Draggo (in Chinese, Luhuo) county in the Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, adds that the photos can also no longer be sold or displayed in shops or stores serving the public.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-PROPAGANDA
The two pro-Beijing newspapers in Hongkong, Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao announced on February 2, 2016, that they will pool their editorial and technical resources.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-XINJIANG: REDUCTION OF JAIL TERMS FOR UYGURS
In a rare act of mass clemency, the Xinjiang High People’s Court reduced the sentences of 11 Uyghurs convicted of endangering state security and terrorism. The reductions were announced at a rally held at Xinjiang Number One Prison on February 1, 2016.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ESPIONAGE/LEADERSHIP
American intelligence officials have confirmed that Ling Wancheng, brother of former Chinese President Hu Jintao's powerful aide Ling Jihua, had revealed some of the innermost secrets of the Chinese government and military, including details of its nuclear command and control system.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US: PEW OPINION SURVEY
According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey almost half of Americans say that China's emergence as a world power is a major threat to their well-being and 46% think China will or already has replaced the U.S. as the world's leading superpower.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
The US warned Australia of plans for the US navy guided-missile destroyer the 'Curtis Wilbur' to sail within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island (Zhongjian Dao) – part of the Paracel Island chain -- on January 30, 2016. Zhongjian Dao has been under China's control since 1974 after a naval conflict with Vietnam.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-DJIBOUTI: PLAN'S IOR NAVY 'BASE'
U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) Commander General David Rodriguez, U.S. Army, confirmed on January 21, 2016, that China has signed a 10-year contract for a military logistics hub in Djibouti. General David Rodriguez said “They are going to build a base in Djibouti, so that will be their first military location in Africa.”
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
Liu Siyang was appointed Xinhua's vice president and Zhou Zongmin was appointed vice editor-in-chief of Xinhua.
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Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY ORGANISATION
Li Zhanshu, PB member and Director of the CCP CC's powerful General Office, while addressing a meeting on the work of authorities affiliated to the CCP on January 27, 2016, said "All CPC organizations and Party members should take absolute loyalty to the Party as their fundamental political requirement and foremost political discipline." He called for a "high degree of conformity" with the Party Central Committee.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PATRIOTISM AND SOCIALIST CORE VALUES
Liu Yunshan, PBSC member and Director of the Central Commission for Guiding Ethic and Cultural Progress, called on the 4th plenary meeting of the Commission in Beijing on January 27, 2016,to bolster patriotism and shared values.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ESPIONAGE: CANADA
On Januarty 28, 2016, China's official newsagency Xinhua reported that Kevin Garratt, a Canadian Christian activist who helped provide humanitarian aid to North Koreans, has been indicted of spying and stealing China’s state secrets. He has been indicted by prosecutors in Dandong city, China’s main border town with North Korea in northeast Liaoning province.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: PRO-INDEPENDENCE STICKERS
A Taiwanese woman was refused entry to Macau on January 25, 2016, because her passport was decorated with “Republic of Taiwan” stickers which advocate Taiwanese independence. Three Taiwanese were denied entry to Singapore in December 2015 on similar grounds.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINORITIES EDUCATION
Parents and students of Tibetan and Muslim origin belonging to a local school called the Gangjong School in the Qinghai province's capital Xining, protested on January 24, 2016, outside government offices. They were demanding an investigation into the activities of Ma Trinlung, head of the Education Department of the Bayan Khar (in Chinese, Hualong) Hui Autonomous County in Qinghai’s Tsoshar (Haidong) prefecture
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: RESTRICTIONS ON CIVIL SOCIETY
Guo Jianmei, a lawyer who heads the Beijing Zhongze Women’s Legal Counseling and Service Center announced on January 29, 2016, that the Center had been closed by the authorities.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-PLA REFORMS:CLOSURE OF MILITARY NEWSPAPERS
It was announced on January 21, 2016, that as part of the reform process the newspapers published by China's seven Military Regions, including War Flag, Vanguard, People’s Armed Forces and the oldest, Soldiers News, established in 1930, were shut down last week. The closures leave the PLA Daily, and its affiliated China Defence Newspaper as the military’s two remaining daily publications.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-NUCLEAR SAFETY
In its first White Paper on Nuclear Emergency Response, published on January 28, 2016, Beijing said “Facing the new situation and new challenges of the nuclear sector, China’s nuclear emergency response [system] still has certain inadequacies in terms of technology, equipment, human resources, capacity and standards." Xu Dazhe, Chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority, told a press conference on January 28 that construction of the two European Pressurised Reactors in Taishan, in Guangdong, had been delayed owing to safety concerns.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: CAPITAL OUTFLOWS
China’s capital outflows jumped in December increased by almost $50 billion from a month earlier, with the estimated 2015 total reaching $1 trillion. Outflows increased to $158.7 billion in December, the second-highest monthly outflow of the year after September’s $194.3 billion, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
On January 29, 2016 morning, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) made a highly unusual injection in addition to injecting a net Rmb 690bn ($105bn) into the banking system this week through open market operations — the largest single-week injection on record. Normally the PBoC conducts such operations only on Tuesday and Thursday, but the central bank said on January 28, that it would increase the frequency of its cash injections uptill February 19.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORRUPTION
China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has set up a new agency, called the Department of Overseas Fugitives Affairs, to handle fugitives who have fled overseas.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-IRAN
During his visit to Iran in the course of his tour of three Middle Eastern countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced US$ 55 billion in aid and gave a speech to the Arab League in which he vowed not to seek proxies, a thinly veiled jab at U.S. history in the region. In Iran, Xi Jinping signed a strategic partnership that covers military and security cooperation. The main acheivements during the visit were:
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou announced that he and 20 members of his staff and law of the sea experts would fly 1600 km on January 28, 2016, without media on board, to wish Republic of China personnel on Taiping (Itu Aba) island a Happy Year of the Monkey. The US Government representative in Taiwan, has expressed its “disappointment” over Ma’s travel plan and denounced it as an action that “is extremely unhelpful and (that) does not contribute to the peaceful resolution of disputes.”
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN
China issued a statement on January 27, 2016, which said "Chinese officials are urging the government of Afghanistan to restart peace talks with the Taliban after the last round of discussions collapsed." Meanwhile on January 27, 2016, evening Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Salahuddin Rabbani, the Afghan Foreign Minister in Beijing. Afterward, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced: "Wang Yi said that as a peaceful mediator of the Afghan issue, China supports the 'Afghan-led and Afghan-owned' reconciliation process.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: STATE-SPONSORED CYBER ATTACKS ON TIBETAN AND UYGHUR MINORITIES
Palo Alto Networks, Unit 42, a security research organisation disclosed on January 25, 2016, that an apparently Chinese government-sponsored hacking group has progressed from targeting activists to setting its sights on foreign government organisations gathering intelligence on the same targets. It said the so-called "Scarlet Mimic" organisation has been active for at least four years and initially focused on minority rights activists,primarily Uyghur and Tibetan groups. Both groups have been targets of multiple sophisticated attacks in the past decade.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Chinese scholar Wu Zuolai revealed on January 25, 2016, that Gao Hua's collection The Realm of History, which includes the late historian's essays, lecture notes, book reviews and observations, was halted just ahead of publication by Party censors, who ruled it "forbidden".
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL AND LEGAL WORK
Beijing Times reported on January 23, 2016, that the two-day Central Political and Legal Work Conference held in Beijing concluded on January 22, 2016.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBoC'S ECONOMIC SURVEY
The People's Bank of China (PBoC) surveyed the overcapacity situation in 696 industrial enterprises in Jiangsu province and published the results in a Working Paper on December 11, 2015.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: CAPITAL OUTFLOWS
The Institute of International Finance recently estimated that the capital outflow from China last year amounted to $676 billion, much of that in Q4. Separately, the financial reporting service Bloomberg stated that capital outflow amounted to $843 billion between February and November. There was probably little or no outflow in January, but December outflow was well over $150 billion.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MILITARY REFORMS
On December 31, 2015, the PLA launched a significant reorganization which included re-naming of its missile forces as the Rocket Forces and creating the Strategic Support Force that is designed for high-technology warfare, including space, cyber and electronic warfare.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-DJIBOUTI: INDIAN OCEAN
Following reports last year that China is in talks to build logistics facilities in Djibouti, Djibouti's President has signed agreements with China on January 20, 2016, to set up a trade zone and establish a legal framework to let Chinese banks operate in the tiny Horn of Africa nation.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Reuters reported on January 21, 2016, that the US military has stepped up discussions on converting its Aegis missile defense test site in Hawaii into a combat-ready facility that would bolster American defenses against ballistic missile attacks.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-VIETNAM: SOUTH CHINA SEA
On January 19, 2016, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry stated that Haiyang Shiyou 981, the same rig that caused the 2014 dispute, had entered disputed waters in the South China Sea on January 16, 2016. The statement said the rig was still 25 miles from an “assumed median line” between the two countries, but it was in “an overlapping area between the two continental shelves” of Vietnam and Hainan Island, China, which “has not yet been delimited.”
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-RUSSIA: SUPPLY OF SU-35 FIGHTERS
China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will start receiving its first Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighters from Russia later this year. A Russian military source told TASS that "Supplies of fighter jets will start in the 4th quarter of this year. For now, everything goes according to plan."
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-XINJIANG: HUMAN RIGHTS
On January 15, 2016, rights activist and Han Chinese, Zhang Haitao, was sentenced to 19 years in prison by the Urumqi Intermediate Court of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region. 44-year-old Zhang Haitao was convicted of “inciting subversion of state power” and “probing and illegally supplying intelligence abroad”.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ONE CHILD POLICY
China Business News reported on January 22, 2016, that an unnamed researcher said the National Health and Family Planning Commission could roll out a revised policy by the end of the year at the earliest to help the country cope with its greying population.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on January 21, 2016, that since Beijing issued an ethical code for officials banning the use of public funds for lavish private ceremonies and celebrations, the CCP CC's Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) has investigated 11,445 people and punished 7,558 of them.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: LAX BANK CONTROLS
The reputed Chinese magazine Caixin stated on January 22, 2016, that Police and regulators are investigating two junior employees at the Agricultural Bank of China, China’s third-largest bank, who allegedly embezzled Rmb 3.8bn (US$ 578 million) to invest in the once-booming stock market.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
On January 22, 2016, the People's Bank of China (PBoC) announced that China intended to issue a digital currency as soon as possible. The move could help the yuan offset the global dominance of the US dollar and limit capital outflows. The bank said the currency could reduce the costs involved in circulating banknotes, facilitate economic activities and help combat money-laundering. A virtual currency would also help the bank improve control of the money supply and payment efficiency, it added.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Official statistics recently released state that total employment in China rose by 1.98 million in 2015. The total number of employed persons was 774.51 million in 2015, compared with 772.53 million in 2014 The number of rural migrant workers in 2015 totaled 277.47 million, which was 3.52 million more than that in last year, or up by 1.3 percent.The average monthly income of migrant workers was 3,072 yuan, up by 7.2 percent."
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-DPRK: POLITICAL-ECONOMIC RELATIONS
Statistics show that North Korea’s decision to begin nuclear testing in 2006 has exerted only a limited impact on bilateral trade relationships. Trade, with a few exceptions, has steadily surged since the DPRK exploded its first small nuclear device on October 9, 2006.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-USA: ECONOMY
The US-based Rhodium Group's China Investment Monitor reported on January 19, 2016, that a strong fourth quarter has pushed Chinese FDI in the US to a new record level of $15.7 billion in 2015, up 30% from last year. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity was particularly strong with 103 deals worth $14 billion. Greenfield investment also reached an all-time high of $1.8 billion in 2015, as several projects with large capex broke ground or made significant progress.Venture capitalists also poured a record $37 billion into China startups last year.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-US:NORTH KOREAN N-TEST
On January 15, 2016, the US State Department officially announced US Secretary of State John Kerry’s plans to visit China on January 27, 2016. This was just one day after the announcement that US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken would be visiting China from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21 to discuss the North Korean nuclear issue with Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Yesui. (Comment: It is unusual for the US Secretary of State and Deputy Secretary of State to visit a particular country just one week apart.)
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS
The Swedish co-founder of the Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, 35-year old Peter Dahlin, was reported by the official newsagency Xinhua as confessing to Chinese officials that he had “undertaken activities in China in violation of Chinese law, and harmed the government and the people of China, for which I offer deep apologies.” Soon after Xinhua published its report, Chinese news websites posted a video produced by the state television network showing Dahlin making the confession while in detention.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS
Xu Qin, acting Secretary General of Rose China, a human rights organization based in Hubei Province, was taken away by Beijing police on January 8, 2016. Rose Group’s Deputy Secretary General Pan Lu said that Xu Qin’s family later received a notice from the police informing them that he had been arrested on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL ORDER-NINGXIA-HUI AR
On January 16, 2016, seventeen people were killed in an arson attack on a public bus in Yingchuan, Ningxia. Police arrested 33-year-old Ma Yongping, who according to state media was involved in a debt dispute with a contractor, which led him to commit the “extreme act.”
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION: LIVING BUDDHAS
On January 18, 2016, China published its first list of 'verified' Living Buddhas on the official website of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, www.sara.gov.cn, and www.tibet.cn. ostensibly to prevent swindling by imposters in the name of religion. Jian Jianyong, deputy head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said the online database should help reduce the ability of fake Buddhas to take advantage of people.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: TAIWAN AFFAIRS OFFICE
The official website of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) on January 20, 2016, posted a notice that Gong Qinggai, a Deputy Head of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, has been placed under investigation on suspicion of "serious violations of discipline," which is an euphemism for corruption.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Data released by China's National Bureau of Statistics on January 19, 2016, assessed that "generally speaking, China’s economy has maintained within a proper range".
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
On the 11th anniversary of former Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang's death, the former State Press and Publications Administration Director Du Daozheng said a few words in public. Accompanied by his daughter, Du Daozheng said: "Comrade Ziyang: Today is the 11th anniversary of your death. Comrade Li Rui called this morning, he's ill and cannot visit himself. He asked me to sign your memorial on his behalf.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN:PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
On January 17, 2016, DPP leader 59-year old Ms Tsai Ing-wen won Taiwan's Presidential elections by 56% or 113 votes to 68, to become the first woman President of Taiwan. A former lawyer, Ms Tsai Ing-wen is known for her strong will and ability to bring together fractious party elements. She has been educated at Taiwan National University, Cornell University in the US and the London School of Economics.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:CHINA SECURITIES REGULATORY COMMISSION (CSRC)
Xiao Gang, 57, Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), tendered his resignation last week after the "circuit breaker" mechanism to limit stock market losses, was blamed for exacerbating a sharp selloff and was deactivated on Jan. 7, just three days after its introduction. The "circuit breaker" mechanism was developed by Xiao Gang. It is unclear whether Xiao's resignation offer has been accepted by the central government. (Comment: Xiao Gang's term does not formally expire until end-2018.)
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:CHINA SECURITIES REGULATORY COMMISSION (CSRC)
Xiao Gang, 57, Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), tendered his resignation last week after the "circuit breaker" mechanism to limit stock market losses, was blamed for exacerbating a sharp selloff and was deactivated on Jan. 7, just three days after its introduction. The "circuit breaker" mechanism was developed by Xiao Gang. It is unclear whether Xiao's resignation offer has been accepted by the central government. (Comment: Xiao Gang's term does not formally expire until end-2018.)
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY
The People's Bank of China (PBOC) will impose required reserve ratios on yuan deposits of offshore participant banks in the mainland in a bid to stabilize the currency. The move will take effect from January 25, 2016.The reserve ratio was previously at zero percent on offshore banks’ yuan deposits in the mainland. The deposits will now attract the same ratio as applicable to Chinese banks.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PLA: CYBERSPACE DETERRENCE
The People's Daily on January 6, 2016, published an article by Yuan Yi, a military expert from the Chinese PLA Military Academy of Sciences (AMS), discussing the strategy of cyberspace deterrence. Yuan Yi said “As human society's dependence on cyberspace is deepening, cyberspace is becoming the ‘second living space’ of human beings and the ‘fifth-dimensional battle space’ of military confrontation.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PLA: MILITARY REFORM
China's official news-agency reported on January 11, 2016, that Chinese President Xi Jinping had met the new leaders of the Central Military Commission's (CMC's) 15 administrative organs that day. It said that after the adjustment, the former four headquarters/departments of the CMC, namely the General Staff Department (GSD), the General Political Department (GPD), the General Logistics Department (GLD), and the General Armaments Department (GAD), were replaced by 15 functional sections including seven departments (offices), three commissions, and five directly affiliated bodies.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The sixth plenary session of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was held from January 12 to 14, 2016. Xi Jinping spoke at the meeting. Other senior Party leaders including all members of the Politburo Standing Committee nmely, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, and Zhang Gaoli, attended the session.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-US: ANTI-CORRUPTION
China for the first time acknowledged on January 15, 2016, that Ling Wancheng, the brother of a disgraced former Communist Party officialLing Jihua was living in the United States. Liu Jianchao, the Head of International Cooperation for the Party’s Anti-Corruption Commission.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-MIDDLE EAST: XI JINPING'S VISIT
Chinese President Xi Jinping's begins his first tour of the Middle East on January 19, 2013. The 5-day tour will include Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: HUMAN RIGHTS
Reports on January 13, 2016, stated that mainland human rights lawyer Wang Yu and her husband Bao Longjun have been formally arrested on subversion charges, after being detained in isolation for six months. The news came after the confirmation this week of the formal arrests of another six rights advocates on related charges. All eight advocates were detained in a sweeping crackdown on human rights lawyers that started in July.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-TIBET: LANGUAGE
RFA reported on January 13, 2016, that authorities of Rebgong (in Chinese, Tongren) county in Qinghai’s Malho (Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture issued a notice written in Chinese on January 11, 2016, directing government offices, schools, and state-owned businesses to use both Tibetan and Chinese on official seals, signboards, letterhead, and other forms of communication. According to the notice, the Tibetan language will also be given prominence in some cases, for example when used on a signboard or official letter. The notice also instructs people to print Tibetan and Chinese characters in the same size.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-TERRORISM: XINJIANG
Nayim Yassen, Director of the Standing Committee of the Xinjiang Regional People's Congress, said on the sidelines of the annual session of the local people's congress in Urumqi, that lawmakers in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region will begin to draft a regulation against religious extremism this year. It will be China's first legislation targeting religious extremism.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: LABOUR UNREST
Reports indicate that with increasing layoffs of workers, unrest in factories and on construction sites is growing. Worker protests and demonstrations doubled last year, to 2,774, with December’s total of more than 400 such incidents, setting a monthly record. Geoffrey Crothall, Communications Director at the Hong Kong-based workers’ advocacy organization China Labour Bulletin, said “The increase in strikes and protests began last August around the time of the yuan devaluation and subsequent stock market crash and continued to build during the final quarter of the year, as the economy has showed little sign of improvement.”
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Caixin reported on January 13, 2016, that the General Office of the State Council has created a Secretariat to coordinate the administrative affairs of China's major financial regulators. It will focus on facilitating communication and cooperation between the central bank and the regulators for the securities, banking and insurances industries on administrative issues. Li Zhenjiang, a former vice president of the Agricultural Bank of China, has been appointed the deputy chief of the new unit in charge of its daily operations.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY
A recent Peking University's Institute of Social Science survey has found that the poorest 25 per cent of Chinese households own just 1 per cent of the country’s total wealth. China’s Gini coefficient for income, a widely used measure of inequality, was 0.49 in 2012, according to the report.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-VIETNAM: SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's official media on January 6, 2016, reported that two civilian aircraft had landed on one of the islands in the Fiery Cross reef in the disputed Spratly Islands, which are claimed by Hanoi but controlled by Beijing. The following day, Vietnam's Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said the landings are "a serious violation of Vietnam's sovereignty and threaten peace and stability in the region".
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL:ARREST OF HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE
35-year old Peter Jesper Dahlin, a Swedish national who worked for the Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, was detained in Beijing on January 3, 2016, on charges of endangering state security. Peter Dahlin reportedly suffers from Addison’s disease, a hormonal disorder that requires daily medication.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Established in 2015, China's National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ),or 'New Third Board' as it is called, is being described as a dumping ground for Chinese garbage companies, or "zombie companies".
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP & PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Shanghai media sources were cited by Hongkong's South China Morning Post (SCMP) as saying that Shanghai Municipality Party Secretary Han Zheng had directed authorities to further tightened their grip on the city’s media, with specific orders given about speculating on politically sensitive topics like personnel shuffles. SCMP said several journalists said Han Zheng was upset over an article about Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan published by Thepaper.cn, an online subsidiary of Oriental Morning Post. The article detailed how Huang orchestrated economic growth in Chongqing and provided background information about his experience in Shanghai.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PAKISTAN: POK.
Pakistan is considering upgrading the constitutional status of its northern Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is also claimed by India, in a bid to provide legal cover to a multi-billion-dollar Chinese investment plan, officials said on January 7, 2016.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-MILITARY REFORMS: ABOLITION OF PLA CULTURE WORK UNITS
Washington Times reported on January 7, 2016, that as part of downsizing the PLA and structural reforms, the PLA Culture Work Units under the PLA's General Political Department (GPD) has been dismantled after 63 years.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PLA: MILITARY REFORMS AND XI JINPING
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Chongqing when he also inspected the Headquarters of the 13th Group Army and urged the strengthening of the armed forces through reforms. Xi Jinping was quoted by Xinhua as saying the military must be guided by the objective of building a strong army, carry out military strategies under the new circumstances and advance army building through the enhancement of political awareness.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-CLIMATE CHANGE: US-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY COMMISSION
Commenting on commitments made by China in Paris on December 12, 2015, at the conference on climate change, the US-China Economic and Security Commission's Economic and Trade Bulletin issued on January 7, 2016, observed that "Since Chinese public concerns over pollution undermine the government's legitimacy, the government has every incentive to take seriously its commitments to address pollution and climate change".
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:LEADERSHIP
1958-born Xiao Gang, Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is rumoured to have resigned on January 8, 2016 morning at an emergency meeting of the State Council.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:STOCK MARKET
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 400 points on January 7, 2016 as steep falls in Chinese equities spilled over to global markets. The sell-off came after the People’s Bank of China made its largest downward adjustment to the yuan since August. China's stock market fell more than 7% amid concerns about capital flight and China’s stock markets stopped trading after only 30 minutes, ending the shortest trading day in their history after the newly installed mechanism to limit volatility was triggered for the second time this week.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MAO ZEDONG
Local officials of the Tongxu County Land Resources Bureau staff confirmed to a People's Daily reporter confirmed that a gold-plated statue of Mao Zedong erected in Sun Yingxiang Zhu Village, Tongxu County in Henan province was dismantled and removed on January 8, 2016. The grounds cited was reportedly lack of approval from the village Sculpture Department for constructing the statue.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Days prior to the sixth plenary session of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), which is to meet from January 12 to 14, 2016, CDIC Chairman and Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) member Wang Qishan said “Punishment works better than words.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PAKISTAN:NAVY COOPERATION
The Pakistani Navy and Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) conducted their first-ever exercise in the East China Sea from December 31, 2015 to January 1, 2016.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INDONESIA: UYGHUR/TERRORISM
Saud Usman Nasution, head of Indonesia's National Counter-Terrorism Agency told Reuters in an interview on January 6, 2016, that several Uighurs had responded to a call last year by Santoso, Indonesia's most high-profile backer of Islamic State, to join his band of fighters and that Islamic State and human trafficking networks helped them travel via Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia to Santoso's hideout in an equatorial jungle of eastern Indonesia.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LAW
China's Southern Weekly on December 5, 2015, published an article stating that 'over the past couple of weeks, opinions have suddenly started to form regarding a ranking system that would limit the ability of certain lawyers to appear in court'.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: NUCLEAR TEST
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a seismic event that had a magnitude of 5.1 on January 5, 2016, in an area 19 kilometers (12 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam at about 9:30 a.m. local time. In South Korea, the meteorological agency said the "man-made" event registered magnitude 4.3. China Earthquake Networks Center in Beijing is describing the event as a "suspected explosion."
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Bloomberg reported on January 6, 2016,that net capital outflow from China in Q4 2015 amounted to US$ 367 billion.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The state-run Global Times, quoting the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), announced on January 6, 2016, that Lu Xiwen, a former Beijing Deputy Party chief had been dismissed her from public office for multiple offenses, including making groundless statements against the Party line.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INDIA
Global Times published an article on China-India relations on January 5, 2015, by Fu Xiaoqiang, Research Fellow and Director, Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) which is affiliated with China's Ministry of State Security.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
The China Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for December stated that Chinese manufacturers saw their operating conditions deteriorate for the 10th straight month with the PMI figure at 48.2. It shrank from 48.6 in November.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG
Commenting on the the alleged "missing person's" case of Lee Bo, a shareholder in Hong Kong's Causeway Bay Books, the state-run Global Times on January 5,2016, sought to clarify that Lee Bo is actually "assisting an investigation" in the Chinese mainland and that he was not taken away by Chinese mainland police officers as alleged in the Hongkong media. Asserting that reports in the Hongkong media were "ideologically biased", it said that "Causeway Bay Books almost only publishes and sells mainland-related political books, many of which contain maliciously fabricated content.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MAO ZEDONG
Local villagers have built a 36.6 meters high gold statue of Mao Zedong at a cost of Yuan 300 million at the northwest corner of Zhu Village, Tongxu County in Henan province. (Comment: Report of construction of this statue comes amidst other reports of resurfacing of Mao nostalgia.)
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
51-year od Li Shulei, a close aide of Chinese President Xi Jinping has been appointed secretary of Beijing’s Commission for Disciplinary Inspection on January 3, 2016. His predecessor Ye Qingchun, 64, has reached retirement age.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/MILITARY REFORM
On December 31, 2015, on the occasion of conferring flags on the newly created organisations, Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined the direction of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in an official speech known as a “precept”, becoming only the second person to do so since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Xuexi Zhongguo, a smartphone app managed by the Central Party School said Xi Jinping delivered a 'precept' speech, or Xun Ci, which literally translates as “admonishing words”, on December 31, 2015.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-VIETNAM: PLA AIR FORCE FLIGHTS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Following a test-flight late last week by China's PLA Air Force (PLAAF) on the airstrip completed by China in November 2015,Vietnam formally accused China on January 2, 2016, 'of violating its sovereignty' and a recent confidence-building pact.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-STRATEGY:OBJECTIVES OF MILITARY REFORM
The state-run Global Times on January 2, 2016, publicised that China's Central Military Commission (CMC) had released a guideline on deepening national defense and military reform on New Years Day. It noted that a day earlier, the CMC had announced establishment of the General Command of Army, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force and the PLA Strategic Support Force.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL; PROPAGANDA/CULTURE
Following the Chinese Culture Ministry's publication of a list of 120 songs banned from the internet, Beijing's top rapper group IN3 was detained by local police and is likely to be prohibited from performing on stage in China.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
A group of academics fro m the People's Republic of China plan to recommend grant of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan's Ma Ying jeou.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PLA NAVY: SECOND AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Col. Yang Yujun, spokesman for China's Ministry of National Defence, confirmed at the monthly news briefing in Beijing on December 31, 2015, that China is building a second aircraft carrier and that, unlike the first, this will be produced entirely using China’s own designs and technology.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PLA
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Col Yang Yujun confirmed at the monthly briefing of the Ministry of National Defence (MND) on December 31, 2015 that Zhang Yan, who was the head of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) 26th Group Army and one of its youngest commanders, went drinking with two subordinates currently serving in the PLA's 39th Group Army, one of whom drank himself to death.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL STABILITY
The official Xinhua news agency almost 1,000 local people protested outside the Huadong Supermarket in Yongchang's county town, overturning police cars and beating up Jinchang's mayor Zhang Yinghua, after a 13-year-old girl and resident of Yongchang county in Gansu province, jumped from the top of a tall building on Monday after being accused of shoplifting. Armed police were dispatched to disperse the crowd provoking clashes with local people.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ROK: MARITIME DISPUTES
The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on December 9, 2015, that the South Korean Navy fired warning shots at a Chinese patrol boat that crossed the Yellow Sea border between Seoul and Pyongyang and sailed 2 kms into South Korean waters. South Korea's Navy fired after broadcasting six warnings through radio communications.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY:IMF
In the biggest shake-up since the IMF and the World Bank were set up to manage the post-World War II economy, the US Senate voted on December 29, 2015, to increase China’s voting rights in the International Monetary Fund by nearly 60%.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOREX BUSINESS
Reuters reported on December 30, 2015, that the People's Bank of China (PBoC) has temporarily suspended some foreign exchange businesses of several foreign banks until the end of March.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA PERSONNEL CHANGES
PLA General and Political Commissar of the General Logistics Department Liu Yuan, retired on December 23, 2015. Attending a farewell ceremony with colleagues from the General Logistics Department, he delivered a speech. Liu Yuan is 64 years old, one year below the mandatory retirement age for officers of his rank who are not members of the decision-making Central Military Commission.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA REFORM
The Hongkong-based South China Morning Post on December 20, 2015, reported that by the end of January 2016, five new "strategic zones" will replace the PLA's seven military commands and that the General Political Department, General Logistics Department, and General Armaments Department will be closed.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: RESHUFFLE IN ECONOMIC ENTITIES
The China Power New Energy Development announced that 54-year old Li Xiaolin, daughter of former Chinese Premier Li Peng, had resigned on December 30, 2015, as Chairwoman of the company. Li Xiaolin was also Chairwoman of China Power International Development, a sister firm of China Power New Energy Development.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PARTY AND CHINA DREAM
Xinhua reported that speaking on December 30, 2015, during the CCP CC Politburo's group study session on the history of the Chinese nation's patriotism, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for promoting patriotism to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Xinhua on December 29, 2015, disclosed that the 25-member Politburo of the CCP CC had held a “democratic life meeting” on December 28, 2015, when China’s President Xi Jinping called on top Communist Party leaders to strictly manage the people close to them to prevent corruption – and to learn from the fall of their former colleagues Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai and others.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: SOUTH CHINA SEA
47 young Filipinos calling themselves 'Kalayaan Atin Ito' (Kalayaan This Is Ours) camped on a remote Philippine-held island of Pag-asa, also known as Thitu, in the Spratlys chain in the South China Sea in a symbolic stand against China’s claim to most of the waterway. “Kalayaan”, the Filipino word for freedom, is also the name of the township established by the Philippines in the Spratlys to assert its claim to part of the island chain. While the government opposed the move, President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Herminio Coloma said on December 27, 2015, that “We recognise the patriotism of these youths that made them venture out.”
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-RELIGION: CHRISTIANITY
The Vatican's official news service ucanews, reported sources in Sichuan province as saying the Holy See had approved the appointment of Bishop-designate Tang Yuange of Chengdu in October, shortly after a six-member Vatican delegation visited Beijing to meet with Chinese officials. The ordination will take place in 2016.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed on December 26, 2015, that it denied Mme Gauthier’s application to renew her press card, effectively resulting in her expulsion from China since her journalist visa – set to expire on December 31 – cannot be renewed without a valid press card. MOFA found Gauthier “no longer suitable to continue working in China” because her November 18, 2015 article in the French newsmagazine, L’Obs, “championed acts of terrorism and the slaughter of innocent civilians . . .”
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: COUNTER-TERRORISM LAW
On December 27, 2015, China's National People's Congress, -- its version of a parliament -- passed a new 38 Article anti-terrorism law that requires technology firms to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government and allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations. Speaking after China passed the law, Li Shouwei, Deputy Head of the NPC's Criminal Law Division under the Legislative Affairs Committee, said China was simply doing what other Western nations already do in asking technology firms to help fight terror.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-PLA: ECONOMY
Xinhua reported on December 29, 2015, that the State-owned Enterprises (SOE)s have been instructed to reserve 5 per cent of their total recruitment for those who have left the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). (Comments: There have been reports, including in China's official media, of PLA officers being concerned that the impending demobilisation of 300,000 personnel would adversely impact them and could provoke social instability.)
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: URBAN PLANNING
Xinhua reported on December 22, 2015, that China held its Central Urban Work Conference in Beijing on December 20 - 21, 2015, when Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made speeches mapping out blueprints for urban development.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
Speaking at a meeting on China's economy for the 2015-2016 period, which was attended by government officials, think tanks, and entrepreneurs, Yang Weimin, Deputy Director of the Office of the Central Leading Group on Finance and Economic Affairs said: "Structural reform, especially cutting overcapacity, will inevitabl