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CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY BUILDING
Chinese President and General Secretary of the CCP convened a high-level meeting (July 9) to discuss Party-building in central Party and state institutions.

Jul 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING CONVENES MEETING OF LEADING PARTY, GOVERNMENT AND PLA CADRES
Xi Jinping convened a meeting of leading Party, Government and PLA cadres, excluding representatives of the other democratic parties and All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, who attended the opening ceremony of the January seminar on July 5, 2019. e.

Jul 2019

CHINA-TIBET: ARREST OF "BLACK" AND "EVIL FORCES' IN TIBET
The International Campaign for Tibet reported (Global Times - June 18, 2019) that a nationwide political campaign in China against “black” and “evil forces” has intensified in Chinese-occupied Tibet with a strong emphasis on cracking down on “separatism in the name of religion” and loyalty to the Dalai Lama.

Jul 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S SOE'S RESTRICT FOREIGN TRANSACTIONS
The American Enterprise Institute in a report in July 2019 stated that China’s investment and construction around the world plunged in the first half of 2019 and is unlikely to return to 2016–17 levels in the foreseeable future.

Jul 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: GRADUATE UNEMPLOYMENT
Caixin Daily (July 12) reported that China’s best and brightest are struggling to land prestigious jobs as the lowest level of economic growth in a decade and a prolonged trade war with the U.S. drive down job openings.

Jul 2019

CHINA-UNITED FRONT: ACTIVITIES ABROAD
In an article in the Atlantic (July 2019) Didi Kirsten Tatlow mentioned that there are at least 230 groups in Germany linked to China’s United Front in addition to 20 Confucius Institutes.

Jul 2019

CHINA-US: TAIWAN'S TSAI ING-WEN STOPPING OVER 4 DAYS IN USA
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in the US on July 11 while on a visit to four Caribbean allies. Tsai will go to New York on her way there, and then is expected to stop in Denver on the way back.

Jul 2019

CHINA-US: U.S. CONSUL GENERAL IN HONGKONG ASKED NOT TO GIVE CRITICAL FAREWELL SPEECH
Kurt Tong, the outgoing US Consul General in Hong Kong was barred by the U.S. State Department from giving a tough valedictory speech because of fears criticism of government actions could offend Beijing and derail a trade war truce agreed by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at last month’s G20 meeting in Japan.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TO ATTEND G-20 SUMMIT
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang announced on June 22 that Chinese President Xi Jinping would attend the 14th Group of 20 (G20) summit in Osaka, Japan from June 27 to 29, at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: DISSENT AMONG INTELLECTUALS
Qu Weiguo, Head of the English Department of the prestigious Tsinghua University in a speech to the Class of 2019 on June 19, praised the importance of fighting for individual liberty, talking with the world outside and thinking independently.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: STATE COUNCIL MEETING ON JUNE 19
Top Chinese leaders appear to be increasingly worried about the deteriorating economic picture.

Jun 2019

CHINA-TELECOMMUNICATIONS: PROCUREMENT OF EQUIPMENT FOR 5G
On June 6, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued 5G commercial licenses to four state-owned telecommunication companies. China Mobile is keen to get rolling with its 5G build out.

Jun 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S NEW AV500 UNMANNED HELICOPTER COMPLETES FIRST NIGHT OPERATION
The People's Daily reported on June 21, that China's unmanned helicopter, the AV500, has successfully conducted its first night operation under challenging conditions, demonstrating its any-time, all-terrain capabilities.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: APPLE ASKS MAJOR SUPPLIERS TO SHIFT 15-30% OF PRODUCTION CAPACITY OUT OF CHINA
The Nikkei Asian Review reported on June 19, that Apple has asked its major suppliers to weigh the costs of moving 15% to 30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it preps for a fundamental restructuring of its supply chain.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: US CEO'S TO MEET CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG IN BEIJING
Prior to the all-important Xi-Trump meeting next week, a group of five US CEOs including the heads of the chemical giant Dow Inc., United Parcel Service Inc., drugmaker Pfizer Inc. and Honeywell International Inc., are set to meet with Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing.

Jun 2019

ARTICLE ASSESSES INDIA WILL RETAIN STRATEGIC AUTONOMY IN USA'S INDO-PACIFIC STRATEGY
The official Global Times published (June 16) an article by Long Xingchun, Director of the Center for Indian Studies at China West Normal University, which argued that while the US is trying to sell more weaponry to India it has not been a reliable partner in the past and Russia is still India's main supplier.

Jun 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE COAST GUARD VESSELS OPERATES WITHIN 24 NAUTICAL MILES OF SENKAKUS
June 17, marked the 60th consecutive day that China Coast Guard vessels operated within 24 nautical miles (nm) of the Senkaku Islands. This is the longest stretch of continuous Chinese activity in those waters since Japan started tracking it.

Jun 2019

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TO VISIT DPRK ON 20-21 JUNE
Hu Zhaoming, spokesman for the Chinese Communist Party’s International Department, Xi Jinping would visit North Korea on June 20-21, 2019 , at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Jun 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE WITH-HOLDS PASSAGE OF NEW EXTRADITION LAW
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced at a press conference on June 15, that she has suspended indefinitely efforts to pass a controversial new extradition law, after a week of unprecedented mass protests and street violence.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE REACTION TO US TRADE WAR
The CCP CC's ideological theoretical journal Qiushi on June 17, asserted that China would not give way on major principles in its negotiations with the US on ending the dispute.

Jun 2019

CHINA-WORLD BANK: WORLD BANK DEBARS CHINESE SOE FOR FRAUD
Bloomberg business news reported (June 14) that the World Bank on June 12 announced a 15-month debarment of China-based Dongfang Electronics Co. Ltd. (Dongfang) in connection with fraudulent practices while bidding on a power project in Liberia.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: FORMER CENTRAL BANK CHIEF EXPRESSES CONCERN AT LUJIAZUI FORUM IN SHANGHAI
Former central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan, speaking on a panel at the Lujiazui Forum in Shanghai on June 14, expressed concern over the impact of a protracted trade war.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SENIOR CADRE SUSPECTED OF INVOLVEMENT IN MILITARY-CIVIL INTEGRATION ESPIONAGE
China Daily reported (June 17) that Peng Yuxing, a former Vice Governor of Sichuan Province and head of the Military Civil Integration Working Group, is under investigation by the CDIC.

Jun 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PANCHEN LAMA TRAVELS ABROAD FOR FIRST TIME
China News reported on June 10, that in mid-May, a Chinese Buddhist delegation headed by the Panchen Lama, Vice President of the Chinese Buddhist Association went to Thailand to attend the celebration of the closing ceremony of the United Nations Welcome Day and made a friendly visit to the Thai Buddhist community. This is the first time the Panchen has gone abroad.

Jun 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PARTY IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
The People’s Daily published a series of Commentator articles from June 2 to June 6 to stress the importance of “building the Party based on ideology” and implementing the goals set by the education campaign with “high standards” and for Party Committees (Party Leadership Groups) to take on the responsibilities to lead and supervise the implementation of the campaign.

Jun 2019

CHINA-NDRC ORGANISES MEET TO PROMOTE HIGH QUALITY DEVELOPMENT OF RARE EARTHS INDUSTRY
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) held a forum on 4 June, for experts of the rare earth industry to promote the “high-quality development of the industry.”

Jun 2019

CHINA-PLAN: TWO NEW TYPE 052 DESTROYERS JOIN PLA NAVY
The Global times reported (May 13) that China has launched two new Type 052D guided-missile destroyers at the Dalian shipyard. The report said “China now has 20 Type 052Ds either in active service or being fitted out for service soon.”

Jun 2019

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: NEW HIGH-TECH BOARD OPENS
Proposed by Chinese President in November 2018, China's new high-tech board called the SSE Star Market, opened in Shanghai on June 13.

Jun 2019

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: CHINESE IT GIANT RESTRUCTURES
Tencent Holdings' restructuring takes place as the company posted its first quarterly profit drop in 13 years in Q2 2018. The move will eventually affect the company’s 50,000 employees and at least 30 VP-level executives.

Jun 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: XI JINPING'S STATE VISIT TO RUSSIA
The People's Daily on June 6, publicised Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Russia this week and meting on June 5 with Russian President Vladimir Putin to commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Jun 2019

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: CHINESE VESSELS SINKS PHILIPPINES FISHING VESSEL AND DOESN'T RESCUE FISHERMEN
Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement on June 12, that a collision between a Chinese and a Philippine vessel, the FB Gimver 1, was reported by Filipino fishermen near the Recto Bank in the South China Sea on the evening of June 9, with the collision sinking the vessel.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: U.S. SENATE CONFIRMS NEW AMBASSADOR TO CHINA
The United States Senate on June 13, confirmed former Air Force Brig. General David Stilwell as the U.S. Ambassador to China.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: PEOPLE'S DAILY WARNS U.S. AGAINST PURSUING 'SELF-DESTRUCTIVE' POLICY
A front page People's Daily article on June 1, noted that the Chinese government had from that day begun to raise tariffs on US goods worth about 60 billion U.S. dollars "as a counterattack against the U.S.’s move to raise the tariff of 200 billion U.S. dollars to China’s exports to the United States".

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES SERIES OF 'ZHONG SHENG' ARTICLES ON CHINA-US TRADE WAR
The People’s Daily launched a new series of Zhong Sheng articles on the US-China trade war focusing on “clearly seeing the true colours of US politicians.”

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE RMB VALUE AGAINST U.S. DOLLAR COULD DROP
Amidst concerns about a weakening Chinese economy, the PBoC Governor Yi Gang said in an interview on June 7, that no hard limit existed for the dollar exchange rate, indicating that the tightly controlled onshore renminbi could drop further against the US Dollar.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: MANUFACTURING INDICES DOWN IN MAY
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported on May 31, that China’s National Bureau of Statics just released its May Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) number.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: FLIGHT OF CURRENCY
The South China Morning Post (May 14) reported that Regulators in Hong Kong are increasingly nervous about the accelerating pace of capital outflows from China after the collapse of trade talks, fearing a wave of financial turbulence that could jeopardize the hub's longstanding dollar peg.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: RISE IN COST OF LIVING
Official Chinese date quoted on June 5, by the business news journal Caixin revealed that average wholesale prices of several fruits climbed as much as 42% as of June 3 compared with the start of the year most likely because of cold snaps in several fruit-producing regions.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: INFLATION RISES IN CHINA
China inflation hit a 15-month high in May as swine fever pushed Pork prices nearly 20% over last year.

Jun 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S PLA TO TEST RUSSIAN S-400 MISSILES
The Russian News Agency TASS, on June 5, said that the experimental team of the Chinese People's Liberation Army will test the second batch of Russian-made S-400 missiles delivered to China in the first 10 days of June. This test will continue to test the anti-missile capability of this type of missile.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN U.S. START-UPS DECLINE
Since late last year, amid rising U.S-China tensions and unwelcome climate, venture firms with China ties have held back their U.S. investments. U.S. startups in the Silicon Valley also prefer to look for funding to U.S. Government entities and push their Chinese investors out to avoid scrutiny.

Jun 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S ARMS PURCHASES FROM USA
Taiwan confirmed on June 6 that it has asked to purchase more than 100 tanks from the United States, along with a letter of request for 108 cutting-edge M1A2 Abrams tanks, 1,240 TOW anti-armor missiles, 409 Javelin anti-tank missiles, and 250 Stinger man-portable air defense systems.

Jun 2019

CHINA-AIIB: AIIB LENDING INCREASES
The China-sponsored Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has ramped up the pace of its lending since late last year, approving eight new projects in countries ranging from Indonesia to Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka over the last six months, according to its website.

Jun 2019

CHINA-TAJIKISTAN: XI JINPING'S SIGNED ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY TAJIK MEDIA
Xi Jinping wrote a signed article titled "Working Together for a Brighter Future of China-Tajikistan Friendship" published on June 12, by the Tajik media on the eve of his state visit .

Jun 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NEW TYPE-055 DESTROYER JOINS PLAN AT INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW
The official Global Times (June 4) publicised that the new Type-055 Destroyer, the 'Nanchang' (Hull No: 101) took part in the recent International Fleet Review at Qingdao. It said the warship will join the PLAN's North Sea Fleet.

Jun 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: CHINA REACTS TO US ACTG. DY. SECRETARY OF STATE'S VISIT TO NEPAL
China's Global Times published (June 6) an article by Ding Gang, Senior Editor with the Party paper 'People's Daily' and currently also a Senior Fellow with the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China, asserting that Nepal's "strategic position" is the cause for increased US interest on Nepal in its Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Jun 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO RUSSIA
Chinese President Xi Jinping paid his eighth visit (and fourth state visit) to Russia from June 5 to 7, when he will attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. which is due to kick off Thursday.

Jun 2019

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: PERSONNEL DATA FROM AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY SUSPECTED TO BE HACKED BY CHINA
The Sydney Morning Herald reported (June 4) that Australian Intelligence officials believe China may have been behind a massive data breach which compromised the personal details of thousands of Australian National University students and staff.

Jun 2019

CHINA-SAUDI ARABIA: CNN REPORTED ON JUNE 5 THAT CHINA HELPED SAUDI ARABIA DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS
CNN citing three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said (June 5) that the US government has obtained intelligence that Saudi Arabia has significantly escalated its ballistic missile program with the help of China.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: DENIAL OF VISAS TO CHINESE STUDENTS
According to statistics from China's Education Ministry released on June 3, among the more than 10,000 Chinese whose studies in the US were sponsored by the Chinese government in 2018, 331 people were unable to do so because of a visa issue.

Jun 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: WANG YANG VISITS GARZE TIBETAN AUTONOMOUS PREFECTURE IN SICHUAN
Xinhua reported (may 27) that CPPCC Chairman and PBSC member Wang Yang (汪洋) conducted an inspection tour of Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province from May 25 to 27, 2019.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: LUO ZHAOHUI NEW CHINESE DY. FOREIGN MINISTER
China's State Council on May 29 announced the appointment of the former Chinese Ambassador to India, 62-year old Luo Zhaohui (罗照辉) as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA BUILDS PUBLIC OPINION AGAINST U.S. ON TRADE WAR
The official CCP newspaper People’s Daily launched a new Zhong Sheng series on the US-China trade war. Each article focused on a particular reason why US actions will result in “inevitable failure”.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW PARTY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY XI JINPING
On May 31, the CCP launched a new campaign with the theme "staying true to our founding mission" among all Party members, especially officials at or above the county and director level.

Jun 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE LEADERSHIP MOBILISES AGAINST U.S. TRADE WAR
Duowei, an official Chinese news outlet in North America, reported that, “China, in the face of the unreasonable demands that the United States has made on China in trade negotiations, emphasized its ‘core interests’ and showed that it has the will never to yield to the United States.

Jun 2019

CHINA-DEFENCE: CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTER ADDRESSES SHANGRI-LA ANNUAL MEETING
Speaking at the annual Shangri'la Dialogue in Singapore on June 1, Chinese Defence Minister Lt. General Wei Fenghe dressed in full military uniform asserted that “Building facilities on one’s own territories is not militarisation.”

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA RELEASES WHITE PAPER ON TRADE WAR
China declared on June 2, that the U.S. must withdraw its latest round of tariffs before a deal can be reached.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA'S EXPORTS TO U.S. DROP
Nikkei reported (June1) that China's exports to U.S. dropped by US$ 15.2 billion, or 12%, in the first quarter of Jan-March 2019.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: U.S. BANS SIX CHINESE TECHNOLOGY ENTITIES FROM EXPORTING SENSITIVE U.S. GOODS
The U.S. Commerce Department on May 13, banned six Chinese technology entities, one Pakistani firm and five based in the United Arab Emirates from exporting sensitive U.S. technologies and other goods.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY TO REGULATE PROMOTION OF CADRES
The CCP CC General Office in a circular issued on May 27, instructed that the Party collective should have absolute control over promotions, taking away decision-making power from individuals.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: GLOBAL TIMES ADVISES RESTRAINT IN NATIONAL DEBATE ON HUAWEI
The official Global Times on May 28 said that there had been wide spread and heated discussion following an interview with Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.

Jun 2019

CHINA-SINGAPORE: UPGRADING OF DEFENCE TIES
Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe arrived in Singapore earlier this week combining attendance at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue with meetings with Singapore Government officials.

Jun 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: XI JINPING TO VISIT RUSSIA ON JUNE 5-7, 2019
When Chinese President Xi Jinping pays a state visit to Russia from June 5 to 7, China and Russia are expected to sign joint communiqués that will propel bilateral ties to a higher level.

Jun 2019

CHINA-IRAN: SHARP RISE IN CHINA'S OIL IMPORTS FROM IRAN
China’s imports from Iran of Iranian crude oil surged to a five-year high in April as it gorged itself ahead of the return of U.S. sanctions.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA THREATENS STOPPAGE OF RARE EARTHS EXPORTS TO U.S.
The official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, the People's Daily, warned on May 30 that China might ban export of rare earths — which are crucial in much high-performance modern technology including Circuit boards, batteries, sensors and thrusters.

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA THREATENS TO RETALIATE AND BLACKLIST U.S. COMPANIES
Gao Feng, spokesman for China's Ministry of Commerce, stated during a briefing in Beijing on May 30, that “The U.S. keeps escalating the trade tensions, and makes various tricks, which has severely hurt the trade talks.” He also said “Whether the China-U.S. trade talks can make any progress largely hinges on the U.S. attitude and sincerity.”

Jun 2019

CHINA-US: LEADING PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY 'PFIZER UPJOHN' OPENS GLOBAL HQRS IN SHANGHAI
The leading Chinese business magazine Caixin quoting China's official news agency Xinhua reported that “Pfizer Upjohn, Pfizer's generic drug unit, opened its global headquarters in Shanghai on May 30, marking the first time any multinational drug company has placed its main office in China.

Jun 2019

CHINA-THE 'CHINA DREAM' EXPLAINED BY ITS AUTHOR PLA COLONEL LIU MINGFU
Excerpts from a recent interview by Asahi Shimbun with Retired PLA Colonel and Professor at China's National Defense University, Liu Mingfu, who wrote the 'China Dream' are reproduced below.

Jun 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: FIVE DAY IMMERSION IN CONFUCIAN CULTURE FOR RELIGIOUS LEADERS
South China Morning Post disclosed (May 28) that the CCP CC's United Front Work Department issued a news release on May 27, stating that China has begun five-day Confucian culture immersion courses for religious leaders in the sage’s hometown as part of a campaign to extend government control over faith communities through a process of Sinicisation.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: EX-PLA OFFICER SPEAKS OUT AGAINST TIANANMEN EVENT
The New York Times reported (May 28) that on the eve of the anniversary of the "Tiananmen incident" on June 3-4, 1998, 66-year old former PLA Lieutenant Ms. Jiang Lin called for a public reckoning because generations of Chinese Communist Party leaders, including President Xi Jinping, have expressed no remorse for the violence.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NEW SMALL LEADING GROUP TO TACKLE UNEMPLOYMENT
China's leading business news service reported that on May 22 a new high-level “small leading group” was set up to work on employment. This followed the surveyed urban unemployment rates for the first four months of this year showing that these were all higher than last year's rates.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: RISING COST OF LIVING DETERS CHINESE FROM FOREIGN TRAVEL
The South China Morning Post (May 27) reported that food prices in China jumped 6.1 per cent in April due to higher pork and fruit prices, with pork price increases accelerating to 14.4 per cent from 5.1 per cent in March.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: SMIC DELISTS IN NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Asia Nikkei reported on May 29, that China's largest chip foundry, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., will delist from the New York Stock Exchange.

May 2019

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: HIKVISION DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD. STOCKS DROP 12.2% BETWEEN MAY 17-27, 2019
In seven trading days through May 13, foreign investors sold a net 3.7 billion yuan ($530 million) of shares in Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. Ltd. through the stock connect program between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, according to data compiled by financial data provider iFind from Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd.

May 2019

CHINA-US: US AND TAIWAN OFFICIALS MEET TO DISCUSS SECURITY TIES
Taiwan’s official Central News Agency disclosed on May 25, that Taiwan National Security Chief David Lee met White House National Security Adviser John Bolton during David Lee’s visit to the U.S. from May 13 to 21.

May 2019

AUSTRALIAN HELICOPTER 'BLINDED' BY LASERS FROM CHINESE FISHING VESSELS WHILE EXERCISING IN SCS
Associated Press reported (May 28) that Australian Navy helicopter pilots were hit by lasers while exercising in the South China Sea, forcing them to land as a precaution. It quoted Euan Graham, who was onboard the Royal Australian Navy flagship HMAS Canberra on a voyage from Vietnam to Singapore.

May 2019

XI JINPING ASKS PEOPLE TO PREPARE FOR NEW 'LONG MARCH' TOWARD 'NATIONAL REJUVENATION
On May 20, CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping visited a 'revolutionary base' in Jiangxi province to commemorate the 12,500 kms 'Long March' that lasted from October 1934 to October 1936.

May 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP:XI JINPING'S INSTRUCTION TO MILITARY EDUCATION SYSTEMS
Inspecting the Infantry Academy of the PLA Ground Force in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province on May 21, Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered military schools to 'move forward in the correct political direction' and asserted that their training must be focussed on what the military needs to win wars and that they must provide capable human resources to support the effort of building a strong military.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINESE SECURITY CRACKS DOWN ON STUDENT MARXIST SOCIETIES
A Washington Post report on May 25, disclosed that 21-year Qiu Zhanxuan, leader of the Marxist student association at the elite Peking University, had released a scathing video in February of the inhuman treatment meted out to him by China's security authorities during his four days of detention.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: RESTRUCTURING OF BANKING AND ANTI-CORRUPTION
China's Banking regulators issued a statement (May 24) stating that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) have taken over the management of Baoshang Bank for two years.

May 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: CHINA MAY REDUCE SPENDING ON PLA NAVY
The South China Morning Post on May 26 reported, quoting an unnamed Chinese military source, that “The escalating tension between China and the United States has reminded Beijing’s leaders that they need to be careful how much they spend on new warships.”

May 2019

CHINA-PIG REARING: AFRICAN SWINE FEVER THREATENS CHINA'S PIG FARMERS
Threatened by African Swine Fever that is cutting across Asia, the Chinese government has banned the use of non heated swill and doesn't allow swill feeding at all in provinces with ongoing outbreaks.

May 2019

CHINA-US: EMORY UNIVERSITY TERMINATED SERVICES OF TENURED ETHNIC CHINESE FACULTY
Emory University fired two neuroscientists after they were accused of failing to disclose foreign research funding and connections with China.

May 2019

CHINA-TANZANIA: US$ 10 BILLION PORT PROJECT STALLED
Reuters reported (May 23) that a planned US$10 billion port project in Tanzania has hit an impasse, with China and Tanzania disagreeing on terms of the infrastructure investment. Deusdedit Kakoko.

May 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: X JINPING'S ARTICLE IN QIU SHI
An article by CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping entitled "Deepening Understanding of the New Vision of Development," was published on May 16 in the 10th issue of the Party theoretical journal Qiushi.

May 2019

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTARY REACTS TO IMPOSITION OF NEW U.S. TARIFFS
On May 17, the official Chinese Communist Party (CCP) newspaper 'People's Daily' published a commentary captioned 'No power can stop the Chinese people from realising their dreams'.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on May 17, that while the nationwide spread of the deadly African swine fever has sent live pig and pork prices soaring, it will not have a major impact on consumers due to the stable supply of other protein sources including poultry, aquaculture products and eggs.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: DIGITALISATION OF VILLAGES
On May 16, the General Offices of the State Council and Central Committee released new guidelines to promote "digital villages."

May 2019

CHINA-SSF ACCUSED OF HACKING INTO EU'S DIPLOMATIC CABLES
A report publicised by ZDNET. on May 14 and released by cybersecurity professionals from the BlackBerry Cylance Threat Intelligence team on recent Chinese hacking activity based on research was made public in December by Area 1 Security.

May 2019

CHINA-US: HUAWEI DEVELOPED "ALTERNATE CHIPS" FOR EVENTUALITY OF U.S. BANNING EXPORTS TO CHINA
According to a recently leaked letter from He Tingbo, President of Huawei's chip unit HiSilicon, the Chinese smartphone giant anticipated years ago that the U.S. government might “suppress” the company and cut channels for it to acquire chip-related technology from the U.S., and has developed “alternative chips” for just such a scenario — though it did not expect the situation to actually happen.

May 2019

CHINA-HUAWEI: HUAWEI COULD LOOSE SUPPLIERS FOR ONE-THIRD OF ITS COMPONENTS
The Trump administration on May 15, imposed an extreme penalty on Huawei that bars U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by Chinese company Huawei and its 70 subsidiaries.

May 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: SECURITY OF CPEC
Since 2016, Pakistan has allocated 1.3 billion rupees (US$9.1 million) for CPEC security, on top of the efforts of the Balochistan provincial government and created the 15,000-man SSD.

May 2019

NPC CHAIRMAN AND PBSC MEMBER LI ZHANSHU PRAISES XI JINPING'S LEADERSHIP AND HIS SPEECH AT BRI
The official Party newspaper People's Daily on May 6, publicised that NPC Chairman and PBSC member Li Zhanshu (栗战书) presided over a study seminar focusing on Xi Jinping’s diplomatic thought and Xi’s important speech at the second Belt and Road Forum (BRF).

May 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP XI JINPING LAUNCHES NEW EDUCATION CAMPAIGN AT POLITBURO MEETING ON 13 MAY
Xi Jinping chaired a Politburo meeting on May 13, where the Party decided to launch a “Stay true to the Party’s founding mission” education campaign from June 2019.

May 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: OPPOSITION TO GOVERNMENT POLICY SILENCED
Lou Jiwei, a former Chinese Minister of Finance and till recently Chairman of China’s Social Security Fund, told South China Morning Post in early March that the Made in China 2025 plan had “wasted taxpayers’ money.”

May 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE INTELLECTUALS CALL FOR COOLING DOWN TARIFF WAR WITH U.S
Prominent intellectuals including children of veteran leaders have called for review and change in Beijing's policies towards the US, while stopping short of directly criticising existing policies.

May 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA'S RESPONSE TO INCREASED US TARIFFS
In a statement on its website on May 13, the Chinese Ministry of Finance announced an escalation of the trade war on May 14 and said it would raise tariffs on US$60 billion of US goods from June 1, by “25, 20 and 10 per cent” respectively.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE COUNCIL TAKES MEASURES TO CONTAIN UNEMPLOYMENT
Two Chinese Vice Premiers, Sun Chunlan and Hu Chunhua, chaired a National Conference on Employment in Beijing on May 13, to which Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent instructions.

May 2019

CHINA-US: PUBLIC RHETORIC AGAINST US
The 90-second rhetoric tirade against the US by anchor Kang Hui on the 13th May evening edition of the Party's flagship news program, Xinwen Lianbo on the state-owned CCTV was strong and has become an internet sensation in China.

May 2019

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE DEFENDED CHINA'S RIGHT TO OPEN CONCENTRATION CAMPS FOR MUSLIMS
Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’’s crown prince, on May 10, defended China’s use of concentration camps for Muslims, saying it was Beijing’s “right”.

May 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: CHINA LAUNCHES TWO NEW DESTROYERS
By May 2019, China had launched two more new Type-052 Destroyers bringing the total in service to nine. The report said the 20th Type-052 Destroyer will be ready in three years.

May 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NAVY MODERNISATION PLANS
The US Economic and Security Review Commission (USESRC) has assessed that China's military spending will increase between 2015 - 2021 by 55 % from US$ 167.9 billion to US$ 260.87 bn. The PLAN's spending, it said, will increase by 82% from US$ 31.4 billion to US$ 57.1 billion.

May 2019

CHINA-CANADA: HUAWEI CFO'S LETTER TO COMPANY PERSONNEL
Huawei CFO and daughter of Huawei founder Ren , Ms. Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, who is presently in detention in Canada awaiting completion of extradition proceedings, wrote a letter on May 13, to all 188,000 personnel of Huawei which was published on the Xinsheng Community (Huawei's internal online forum).

May 2019

CHINA-US: TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
As Chinese Vice Premier and Xi Jinping's trade envoy Liu He arrived in Washington on May 10 to continue negotiations, US President Trump raised tariffs on Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent claiming that will garner around US$ 300 billion for the US.

May 2019

CHINA-POPULAR REACTIONS IN CHINA TO SINO-US TRADE WAR
POPULAR REACTIONS IN CHINA TO SINO-US TRADE WAR

May 2019

CHINA-US: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL EVICTED FROM NEW YORK BUILDING OWNED BY CHINESE SoE
Amnesty International, which had recently moved its headquarters to a building in New York, was asked on May 10 to vacate the building as it had been purchased by a Chinese SoE and they didn't want Amnesty International as a tenant.

May 2019

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: FOREIGN NAVIES EXERCISE
Between May 2 and May 8, 2019, warships from the United States Navy, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Philippines Navy, and the Indian Navy sailed together for the first time in a four-way event demonstrating presence and cooperation.

May 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINA'S MILITARY CAPABILITIES FOR AMPHIBUOUS ASSAULT ON TAIWAN
Asia Times (May 5) citing the Pentagon’s recently released 2019 China Military Power Report said the PLA Marine Corps is scheduled to expand from its current 20,000 to upwards of 30,000 Marines – and quite possibly a lot more.

May 2019

CHINA-UN: UN EXPERTS EXAMINING USE OF CHINESE MISSILES IN LIBYA
Agence France-Presse reported that a panel of experts reported to the UN Security Council that it examined photographs of the debris and identified a Chinese-made Blue Arrow air-to-surface missile.

May 2019

CHINA SHOULD NOT ASSUME IT WILL OVERTAKE USA TO BECOME WORLD'S TOP SUPERPOWER
South China Morning Post (April 15) reported that former Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming, speaking at a seminar organised by the Beijing-based Centre for China and Globalisation, cautioned that China would remain in the "primary stage of socialism for long" and said its economic size did not give it leeway to dictate global rules.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: BACKGROUND OF 'MADE IN CHINA 2025' PLAN
The South China Morning Post on April 22 said that the 'Made in China-2025' plan was authored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering in August 2013 and was to counter the reforms announced at the Third plenum in 2013.

May 2019

CHINA-PLA: AI FOR CHINA'S MILITARY
The South China Morning Post (May 4) quoted Adam Ni, China researcher from Macquarie University in Sydney, as saying that China has set up two major research organisations focused on AI unmanned systems and present trends suggest that the gap with the US will narrow as China is moving quickly to develop its military AI capability.

May 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE SCHOLAR CLAIMS U.S. SANCTIONS ON IRAN HIT INDIA'S TIES WITH U.S.
Zhang Jiadong, a Professor at the Center for American Studies, Fudan University, in an article published in Global Times on April 29, claimed that the U.S. announcement that it would not extend sanctions waivers for Iran oil importers "will highly likely affect US-India ties".

May 2019

CHINA-US: US NAVY DESTROYERS CONDUCT "ROUTINE TAIWAN STRAIT TRANSIT"
Two USN destroyers the USS Stethem and USS William P. Lawrence conducted a "routine Taiwan Strait transit" on April 28-29, 2019.

May 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: JASDF FIGHTERS SCRAMBLE TO INTERCEPT CHINESE AIRCRAFT
On April 15, Japanese Self Defence Force fighters scrambled to intercept Chinese H-6K bombers and a Y-8G ECM near Okinawa entering the East China Sea.

May 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE PAY TO GET CHILDREN INTO ELITE U.S. COLLEGES
Pharmaceutical billionaire Zhao Tao, owner of Shandong Buchang Pharmaceuticals Co., paid US$ 6.5 million to college counselor William “Rick” Singer for his daughter, Yusi's admission to Stanford University.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY MEASURES IN BEIJING
Possibly because of the sensitive May 4 anniversary, the subway stations at Tiananmen in Beijing were closed from May 1 to 4.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY EDUCATION
The Epoch Times reported (April 18) that Beijing made April 15 the “State Security Education Day for All People.”

May 2019

CHINA-PLA: MANNED SPACE FLIGHTS
The China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) said on April 21, that the Long March 5B carrier rocket is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of 2020.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR WIDENS IN CHINA
Voice of America reported (April 12) that in the past few decades, the fiscal income of the top groups has grown at an alarming rate and their proportion of the national income has almost doubled.

May 2019

CHINA-BRI: BELT AND ROAD FORUM
China’s largest trading partners, the U.S. and India, were absent from the summit. None of the leaders from the U.S. G7 industrial countries including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Britain, and Germany were present at the summit.

May 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE MILITARY EXPERT COMMENTS ON FIRE ON INDIAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER
The official Global Times (April 29) quoted Chinese military experts as saying on April 28 that 'India's military culture cannot keep up with its ambitious weapon and equipment development, which might be the reason behind its aircraft carrier's fatal fire' on April 26.

May 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: VISIT OF PAKISTAN NAVY CHIEF TO SHANGHAI
China Military Online, citing the Pakistan media, reported (April 29) that Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) of Pakistan, visited Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. in Shanghai and the Wuhan Shuangliu Base of Wuchang Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd., and met with heads of the relevant Chinese shipbuilding corporations.

May 2019

CHINA-NETHERLANDS: NETHERLANDS DOES NOT ALLOW HUAWEI'S 5G
Well-known Chinese news site Sina on April 26, reported that the Netherlands’ largest telecommunications company, Royal KPN NV, announced recently that it will select a European supplier for its core 5G mobile network.

May 2019

CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE DEVELOPING STRATEGY TO FIGHT A DIFFERENT CIVILISATION
The Washington Examiner (April 30) said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s team is developing a strategy for China based on the idea of “a fight with a really different civilization” for the first time in American history.

May 2019

CANADA ASKS U.S. NOT TO CONCLUDE TRADE DEAL TILL CANADIANS IN CHINESE JAILS ARE RELEASED
The Globe and Mail on April 28 reported that theTrudeau government through its Ambassador in Washington has delivered a message to the White House: Don’t sign a trade deal with China while Canadians are being held hostage in that country.

May 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ON MAY 4th MOVEMENT
One hundred years after thousands of Chinese students marched on Tiananmen Square on May 4, 1919, to protest against Western colonialism, President Xi Jinping on April 22, reiterated the Chinese Communist Party’s determination to control the legacy of the movement.

May 2019

XI JINPING ADDRESSES FOREIGN DELEGATES ATTENDING INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW AT QINDAO
Xinhua said that addressing heads of foreign delegations invited to participate in the events marking the 70th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on April 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for 'concerted efforts to safeguard maritime peace and build a maritime community with a shared future'.

May 2019

LEADERSHIP MAO'S SECRETARY'S WIFE FILES LAWSUIT TO PREVENT PUBLICATION OF LATE HUSBAND'S DIARIES
Zhang Yuzhen, widow of Mao Zedong’s personal secretary has filed a lawsuit IN Beijing’s Xicheng district court to prevent the publication of his diaries, which are held by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and could shed invaluable light on the inner workings of the Communist Party.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: 10 MILLION YOUTH BEING SENT TO THE COUNTRYSIDE
A Communist Party document revealed recently (April 11) that China's Communist Youth League (CYL) has promised to despatch more than 10 million students to 'rural zones' by 2022 in order to 'increase their skills, spread civilisation and promote science and technology'.

May 2019

CHINA-XI JINPING'S SPEECH AT BRI FORUM
Xi Jinping delivered the keynote address at the second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) on April 25, 2019. Compared with the inaugural 2017 event, Xi’ Jinping's speech was shorter and contained fewer concrete proposals.

May 2019

CHINA-BRI: RECENT REPORT CAUTIONS AGAINST HASTY BRI INITIATIVES
The reputed Chinese financial newspaper Caixin (April 23) said that a recent report from a research group said that many Belt and Road Initiative port projects have suffered from a “premature mentality,” in which investors jump in without adequate research, and could “stimulate regional political conflicts”.

May 2019

CHINA-PLA: STEALTH PAINT R&D
China's official Global Times (April 9, 2019) disclosed that Zhang Xuetong, leader of the research team from the Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, had said they will continue to research stealth and camouflage materials that can hide from a broad spectrum of electromagnetic waves, after they successfully fabricated a material that can hide a hot object from heat-sensing infrared cameras.

May 2019

CHINA-PLA: BEIDOU
Zhang Quande, Secretary General of China’s Association of Global Navigation System Applications and Location-based Services, said at a conference in Shenzhen on April 14, that China's home developed Beidou navigation system will generate a services market of over US$ 298 billion by 2020.

May 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: TELECOM & 5G
The reputed Chinese financial newspaper reported (April 25 ) that China Unicom will be the first Chinese carrier to offer 5G wireless telecom services to the public in selected cities this year, putting China among the global frontrunners in rolling out next-gen mobile internet networks.

May 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CANADIAN AND US CITIZENS SENTENCED TO DEATH BY CHINESE COURT FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
CNN reported (April 30) that China's Jiangmen Intermediate People's Court in Guangdong province on April 30, sentenced a Canadian, whose name is translated as Fan Wei and a US national Mark Swidan, to death in China for producing and trafficking a large amount of methamphetamine.

May 2019

FRENCH FRIGATE SAILS THROUGH TAIWAN STRAIT PROMPTING CHINA TO DISINVITE FRANCE FROM PLAN ANNIVERSARY
Reuters cited two U.S. military officials as saying that the French frigate ' BEIDOU ' (F734) navigated through the Taiwan Strait on April 6.

May 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CHINA EXPANDS LIST OF CANADIAN GOODS SUBJECT TO PUNITIVE TARIFFS
Reuters reported (April 29) that China has recently targeted other Canadian exporters. It has already blocked Canadian canola from Richardson International and Viterra, two of Canada’s biggest farm exporters, saying that shipments had pests.

May 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL ECONOMY: XI JINPING CHAIRS CCFEA MEETING
On April 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the the CCP’s most important economic policymaking body, the Central Commission for Financial and Economic Affairs (CCFEA). The agenda was to discuss ensuring that China achieves the goal of becoming a “moderately prosperous society” by 2021.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITBURO DISCUSSES PROPAGANDA WORK
Xinhua (April 19) reported that the CCP CC Politburo met on April 19 to discuss the Party’s propaganda work and deliberate new Party regulations that govern work of the propaganda system.

Apr 2019

CHINA-XINJIANG: CHINESE AND FOREIGN JOURNALISTS TAKEN TO 'RE-EDUCATION CENTRES' IN XINJIANG
China's State Council Information Office, last week took Singapore's "Lianhe Zaobao" and eight other Chinese and foreign media to visit two 'Education and Training Centers' in Xinjiang province for on-site interviews to counter western criticism.

Apr 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG'S 'OCCUPY CENTRAL' PROTESTORS SENTENCED
The Hongkong District Court on April 23, sentenced four 'pro-democracy' leaders for terms varying from eight to 16 months over the 2014 Occupy protests, while sparing another four custodial sentences.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: XI JINPING REPLIES TO LETTER WRITTEN BY 40 US STUDENTS
The South China Morning Post on April 22, reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping replied to a letter written by group of 40 US high school students from the Niles North High school in Illinois saying he is impressed by USA's "beautiful landscape, hospitable people and diverse culture" and has made many friends.

Apr 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINA DISCLOSES MILITARY SATELLITE PROGRAMME
The South China Morning Post (April 23) revealed that China has launched at least 10 experimental "scavenger" satellites into space in the last decade.

Apr 2019

CHINA-BRI: UAE ELECTED VICE CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF BRI TAX ADMINISTRATION ORGANISATION
The Emirates News Agency on April 22, reported that the UAE had been elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Administration Organisation..

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE STUDENTS ABROAD RETURNING TO CHINA IN LARGER NUMBERS
The official Global Times (April 22) said data shows there is an increasing number of overseas Chinese students coming back to China to work.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INDIA: INDIAN FOREIGN SECRETARY'S VISIT TO BEIJING
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing after a day's discussions with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou on April 22, 2019.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INDIA: POLICY TOWARDS CHINA TO CONTINUE REGARDLESS OF ELECTION OUTCOME
An article in the official Global Times on April 21, by Lu Yang, a research fellow with Institute of the Belt and Road Initiative, Tsinghua University, said "There is little doubt that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will emerge as the largest party in parliament.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INDIA: TWO INDIAN NAVY SHIPS TO PARTICIPATE IN CHINA'S INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW IN APRIL
China's official news agency Xinhua on April 19 reported that India's indigenous stealth destroyer INS Kolkata and fleet tanker INS Shakti will participate in the international fleet review in Qingdao, China, as part of the celebrations of the 70th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.

Apr 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: REGIONAL AID PROGRAMMES
International Monetary Fund data shows that collectively, Japan owned $1.667 trillion in foreign assets in the third quarter of 2018, while China owned $1.542 trillion in the second quarter, the most recent available data for each country.

Apr 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: QIU SHI REPRINTS XI JINPING'S SPEECH OF 2013 WITH PREVIOUSLY OMITTED PARAGRAPH
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s official theoretical fortnightly journal 'Qiushi' on April 1 2019, republished a speech that Xi Jinping delivered in 2013, in which he discussed 'socialism with Chinese characteristics'. Xi’s speech identified several problems or confusions in people’s understanding of the Chinese system.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: EFFICIENCY OF SOCIAL CREDIT MGT SYSTEM
Hongkong's South China Morning Post (April 18) reported that China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) had confirmed that the sale of 20.47 million plane tickets and 5.71 million train tickets were stopped by the social credit management system.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: GOVERNMENT & BUREAUCRACY
Bloomberg reported that ever since Xi Jinping came to power, the criteria for bureaucrats to continue in office and for promotion has become tougher with social conduct being emphasised over competence.

Apr 2019

CHINA: BELT AND ROAD FORUM (BRI)
China's Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi announced at a media briefing on April 19, that China will host the second Belt and Road Forum from April 25 to April 27 in Beijing. He said it will be the “most important” diplomatic event in China this year.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: PENSIONS FUND HAS RUN OUT
A report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on states that China’s pension funds will fall to zero in 2035 after peaking in 2027 at 6.99 trillion yuan ($1.04 trillion).

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA RAIL REDUCES COAL TRANSPORTATION PRICES
Caixin reported (April 18) that the state-owned China Railway Corp. (CRC) has slashed the price of transporting coal and ore along certain routes in northern China, as growth in its cargo business shows signs of slowing.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NDRC TRIES TO BOOST AUTO SALES
A document circulated on China’s social media showed that the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top industry policy-setting body, proposed relaxing controls on the issuance of car licenses in major cities, a move designed to expand auto consumption.

Apr 2019

CHINA-PLA: AI IN MODERN WARFARE
The Jamestown Foundation (Vol 19, Issue 7) reported that in early 2019, PLA Senior Colonel Li Minghai (李明海), Director of the National Security Studies Institute at NDU, and Deputy Secretary of NDU’s Communist Party Committee, published a pair of articles that offered a new set of terms and theoretical ideas related to the incorporation and operationalization of emerging technology by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Apr 2019

CHINA-PLA: LIGHTWEIGHT REMOTE SENSING PLATFORMS FOR SOUTH CHINA SEA
China displayed new lightweight, remote sensing platforms at the 2019 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition recently with China's Ministry of National Defence hinting that they may be deployed for military application in the South China Sea to aid protecting island construction and contested areas.

Apr 2019

CHINA-S&T: TIANLIAN 11-01, NEW SATELLITE LAUNCHED
Xinhua reported on April 1, that China had launched a new data relay satellite, the Tianlian II-01, into orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on March 31. It was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ARAB: COOPERATION IN CHINA'S BEIDOU NAVIGATION SYSTEM
The state-owned CGTN announced on April 3, that more than 200 Chinese and Arab officials, experts and business people attended the second China-Arab States BDS Cooperation Forum two-day forum in Tunis to discuss the wider application of China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) in the Middle East.

Apr 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: HIGH-LEVEL VISITS SUGGEST IMPROVING TIES
Asia nikkei news on April 18, 2019, reported that "Japan hand" Kong Xuanyou, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister is soon to arrive in Tokyo to serve as Ambassador.

Apr 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CHINA HIRES LOBBYING FIRM IN CANADA
The South China Morning Post, quoting the Toronto Star, on April 18, disclosed that the Chinese Consulate-General in Toronto had in August 2018 hired the services of a private lobbying firm, Solstice Public Affairs.

Apr 2019

US ASKS MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTRE TO TERMINATE APPOINTMENT OF THREE ETHNIC CHINESE RESEARCHERS
The MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, has ousted three senior researchers after the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, informed it that the scientists had committed potentially “serious” violations of agency rules involving confidentiality of peer review and the disclosure of foreign ties.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: MIT SEVERS TIES WITH HUAWEI AND ZTE
South China Morning Post on April 4, reported that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is ending its funding ties with Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE, citing the risks that such arrangements might cause in the light of US federal investigations of the two companies.

Apr 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING PLANTS TREES
Xinhua reported (April 8) that Chinese President Xi Jinping accompanied by the entire CCP CC Politburo Standing Committee went to Tongzhou, Beijing to participate in a tree-planting activity at a site formerly occupied by chemical plants, signaling their resolve to tackle China’s environmental problems.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: FORMER PEKING UNIVERSITY GUARD ARRESTED FOR CRITICISING XI JINPING
Radio Free Asia reported (April 10) that Zhang Pancheng, a former security guard at Peking University, was arrested because he posted a video on the Internet last November criticizing China’s human rights situation and Xi Jinping for giving out generous foreign aid to 3rd world countries.

Apr 2019

CHINA-EU: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG ATTENDS 21st CHINA-EU SUMMIT
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang co-chaired the 21st China-EU Summit in Brussels with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: ATTENDANCE DROPS AT CANTON TRADE FAIR
Caixin Daily reported (April 16) that the China Import and Export Fair, or Canton Fair, seen as a barometer of the vitality of China’s international trade, apparently has struggled to attract buyers to its spring session.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: PENSION FUND
A report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on April 15, predicted that the pension funds collected in 2019 will not cover expenses of the same year. The shortfall is appearing much earlier than expected.

Apr 2019

LARGEST VIETNAMESE TELECOM COMPANY VIETTEL TO ROLL OUT 5G HIGH SPEED WIRELESS SERVICE IN 2021
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported (April 11) that Viettel, Vietnam’s largest telecommunications company has developed a plan to provide its 5G high-speed wireless services in 2021.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: US CONGRESS ASKS WASHINGTON METRO NOT TO PURCHASE RAIL CARS FROM CHINA
The Washington Post reported (April 13) that U.S. Senators have proposed legislation that stipulates it would approve 10 more years of critical federal funding for Metro, but only if the transit agency agreed to not buy its next generation of rail cars from China.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: VISAS DENIED TO TWO FORMER US OFFICIALS
China on April 16 with held issue of visas to Michael Pillsbury, a former US Defence Department official and currently advisor on China to US President Trump and Ms Wendy Cutler, former USTR.

Apr 2019

CHINA-CANADA: VISA DENIED TO CHINESE MSS OFFICIAL
Canada was reported on April 16, to have rejected the visa and appeal of a People's Daily reporter who was an MSS officer, according to the court documents.

Apr 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: HIGH LEVEL DIALOGUE
China and Japan held the China-Japan High-level Dialogue in Beijing on April 14. The meeting was chaired by State Councilor Wang Yi on the Chinese side and Foreign Minister Taro Kono on the Japanese side.

Apr 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: INCREASE IN PLAAF INTRUSIONS IN JAPAN AIR SPACE
Japan’s National Institute of Defence Studies said on April 17, that Japan scrambled fighter jets 999 times as Chinese sorties increased last financial year. The number of interceptions is the second highest figure on record.

Apr 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN/JAPAN: PLAAF CONDUCTS LONG-RANGE MILITARY DRILL NEAR TAIWAN AND JAPAN ON APRIL 5
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) conducted a long-range military drill involving Xian H-6K bombers, a Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early warning and control (AWAC) aircraft, a Shaanxi Y-9JB (GX-8) electronic warfare and surveillance plane, as well as Su-30 and J-11 fighter jets near Taiwan and Japan on April 15.

Apr 2019

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: CHINESE PARAMILITARY FORCES SWARM AROUND THITU ISLAND OCCUPIED BY PHILIPPINES
Over the past three months, an armada of Chinese paramilitary vessels has swarmed around the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island, marking a dramatic escalation in the two countries' maritime disputes.

Apr 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: HU YAOBANG'S 30th DEATH ANNIVERSARY
April 15 is the popular CCP CC General Secretary Hu Yaobang's death anniversary.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP 'VOLUNTEERS' BEING SENT TO VILLAGES
A report on April 10, stated that the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Youth League (CYL), membership of which is for young people between the ages of fourteen and twenty-eight, recently announced that over the next three years it will send ten million college students to the countryside, in order to implement president Xi Jinping’s “important thoughts on youth work” and his Strategic Plan for the Vitalization of Rural Areas.

Apr 2019

CHINA-EDUCATION: 510,000 OVERSEAS CHINESE STUDENTS RETURN TO CHINA IN 2018
Asia Times reported (April 12) that more than 510,000 overseas educated Chinese students chose to return to their home country in 2018, representing a record high over three decades.

Apr 2019

CHINA-PLA: 'REMOVAL' OF TAIWAN MILITARY BASE
China's official Global Times (April 2) published a commentary after Chinese PLA warplanes flew over the “Taiwan Strait Line” recently, threatening that the mainland will not exclude the possibility of wiping out the targeted Taiwan military base.

Apr 2019

CHINA-CYBER: YUNNAN PROVINCE BUILDING DATA CENTRES FOR CHINESE POLICE
People’s Daily reported on April 10, that since 2018, Yunnan province has been vigorously promoting the construction of big data centers for the police force.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE OIL RIG COMMENCES OPERATIONS AND PLANS TO SUPPLY LNG TO GREATER BAY AREA
The Offshore Oil 981 drilling platform, a sixth-generation ultra-deepwater rig that was developed by state-owned shipbuilder China State Shipbuilding Corp for CNOOC, has started deepwater operations in the South China Sea, which officials said would supply liquefied natural gas to the “Greater Bay Area”.

Apr 2019

CHINA-BRI: SoEs participation in BRI
According to Baker McKenzie, Chinese government statements indicae that 50 state-owned firms have invested or participated in almost 1,700 projects in countries along Belt and Road’s path over the past three years.

Apr 2019

CHINA-MALAYSIA: BRI PROJECT REVIVED
Malaysia a signed a fresh deal to proceed with the stalled China-backed East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) on April 12, 2019.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INDONESIA: BRI BECOMES POLITICAL ISSUE IN ELECTIONS
Ex-General Prabowo Subianto who is challenging Indonesian leader Joko Widodo for the Presidency has demanded a review of all BRI projects.

Apr 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
Peng Chun (彭纯), former chairman of "Big Five" state-owned lender Bank of Communications Co. Ltd., is the new chair of China Investment Corp. (CIC), the world’s second-largest sovereign wealth fund.

Apr 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: FLEET REVIEW ON NAVY FOUNDING DAY
China is holding an international fleet review on April 23 at Qingdao to mark the 70th anniversary of founding the PLA Navy.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELAXATION OF HUKOU RESTRICTIONS IN SECOND AND THIRD TIER CITIES
Caixin reported (April 8) that China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) had instructed local governments to lift household registration restrictions for people who live and work in some second- and third-tier cities in an effort to advance reform of the residency system for migrants.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIGHTENING CONTROLS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
The South China Morning Post reported (April 9) that Sina, owner of the Twitter-style microblog Weibo and one of China’s leading social media platforms, announced on April 8, that it had suspended or shut down more than 50 accounts which published “politically harmful information”, including of Yu Jianrong, a popular outspoken liberal intellectual with more than seven million followers.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: REMITTANCES FROM ABROAD
A World Bank Report has said that China is at the second spot with remittances from abroad totalling US$ 67 billion.

Apr 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: IMF RAISES CHINA'S GROWTH FORECAST
Caixin Global reported (April 10) that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its 2019 China growth forecast to 6.3% from 6.2% on April 9, but warned of “more subdued” momentum next year.

Apr 2019

CHINA-U.S.: U.S. CONGRESSMAN SAYS U.S. WILL NEVER RECOGNISE CHINA-APPOINTED DALAI LAMA
US Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) on April 9, strongly rejected the Chinese government’s claim that it will decide the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet.

Apr 2019

CHINA-EUROPE: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG'S VISIT TO EUROPE
On April 3, Xinhua announced that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit Europe to "intensify cooperation between China and European countries and provide new impetus to the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership".

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA'S TECHNOLOGY THEFT
Asia Nikkei reported on April 7, how a mounting string of allegations from the US paint a damning portrait of how China's advanced technology sector has rapidly grown due to corporate espionage at a near-systemic level.

Apr 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLAAF AIRCRAFT VIOLATE MEDIAN LINE IN TAIWAN STRAITS
China's state-owned Global Times reported (April 1) that on March 31, two People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-11 fighter jets crossed the middle line on the Taiwan Straits forcing Taiwan to scramble its own fighters.

Apr 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: PLAAF AIR VIOLATIONS OF JAPANESE AIR SPACE
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) dispatched two Xian H-6G maritime strike bombers and one Shaanxi Y-9JB (GX-8) electronic warfare and surveillance aircraft through international airspace between the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Miyako in the East China Sea on April 1.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: U.S WARSHIP NEAR SCARBOROUGH REEF IN SOUTH CHINA SEA FOR FIRST TIME
Bloomberg News reported (April 10) that the U.S. sent the USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship outfitted last year with F-35B jets, to join the annual Exercise Balikatan with the Philippines this month.

Apr 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: RADIO FREE ASIA CLAIMS XI JINPING UNWELL
Radio Free Asia (RFA) on March 27 claimed that netizens after viewing foreign media films of Xi Jinping, during his European tour commencing March 22, reported that Xi Jinping was swinging on both sides while walking, his feet were not balanced, and his movements were a bit stiff.

Apr 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: XU ZHANGRUN RELIEVED OF ACADEMIC DUTIES AND UNDER INVESTIGATION
Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Beijing’s Tsinghua University who has penned a series of essays critical of policies of the Chinese Communist Party and of its current leader, Xi Jinping, was banned from teaching, relieved of his academic duties, and put under investigation.

Apr 2019

CHINA-KAZAKHSTAN: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI THANKS KAZAKHSTAN FOR SUPPORTING ITS RE-EDUCATION
A statement issued by the Chinese foreign ministry said that meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on March 28, his Kazakhstan counterpart Beibut Atamkulov said his country “understands and supports the measures taken by China’s Xinjiang region” to rein in terrorism, separatism and extremism.

Apr 2019

CHINA-US: US FONOPS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Wu Shicun, head of the government-affiliated National Institute for South China Sea Studies, said on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan on March 29, that the US would step up what it called freedom of navigation operations in the area with more frequent and wider-ranging manoeuvres this year.

Apr 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: NEPAL POLITICIAN CRITICISES TIBETAN PRACTICE OF OFFERING 'KHATAKS'
The International Campaign for Tibet reported (April 3) that a Member of Parliament from Nepal’s Communist Party, Khaga Raj Adhikari, asserted at a public event that the use of the khata in Nepal “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people,” connecting it to Tibet issue and giving political color to a fundamentally spiritual and cultural tradition.

Apr 2019

CHINA-VENEZUELA: EXERCISE WITH RUSSIAN TROOPS
AFP on April 4, reported that Beijing has dismissed reports that it sent 120 soldiers to Venezuela along with a shipment of humanitarian aid as reported in some sections of the media earlier.

Apr 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING FOREIGN TRAVELS
Chinese President Xi Jinping left Beijing on March 21, for state visits to Italy, Monaco and France.

Mar 2019

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS: ARREST OF EDITOR AND CO-OWNERS OF SHENZHEN ONLINE LABOUR PORTAL
31-year old Wei Zili, editor and co-owner of the Shenzhen-based online labour news portal Xinshengdai, was reported to have been taken from his parents’ home in Baiyun district in Guangzhou by police at about 1pm on March 20.

Mar 2019

CHINA-TIBET: AT NPC CHINA REASSERTS RIGHT TO APPOINT DALAI LAMA
On March 19, the 83-year old Dalai Lama told Reuters news agency that “In future, in case you see two Dalai Lamas come, one from here, in free country, one chosen by Chinese, then nobody will trust, nobody will respect [the one chosen by China].

Mar 2019

CHINA-HI-TECHNOLOGY: APPLE OPENS FIRST DATA CENTRE IN ULANQAB, INNER MONGOLIA
The Apple (Ulanqab) Data Center Project held a groundbreaking ceremony on March 15 in Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: DIVERSION OF CPEC FUNDS BY PAKISTAN
Writing in the Asia Nikkei Review on March 20, Adnan Amir stated that the Pakistani government has diverted around 24 billion Pakistani rupees ($171.6 million) in funds meant for joint infrastructure development projects with China into other construction plans, as Islamabad distances itself from Beijing.

Mar 2019

CHINA-ISRAEL: ISRAEL BEGINS REVIEW OF CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN ISRAEL
Foreign Policy reported on March 24, that this month, Israel’s National Security Council (NSC) will present the cabinet with its recommendations on foreign investments in Israel.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (IDB): CHINA CALLS OFF IDB GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
The Inter-American Development Bank is calling off its general assembly next week in China amid a dispute over the participation of a Venezuelan representative opposed by Beijing. The IDB did not say in its press release the reason for canceling the meeting, planned for March 28-31 in Chengdu.

Mar 2019

CHINA LINKS CANOLA IMPORTS TO CANADIAN ACTIONS RELATING TO HUAWEI CFO'S EXTRADITION TO USA
Associated Press reported on March 27, that China says Canada should make moves to "correct the mistakes it made earlier".

Mar 2019

CHINA-PARTY ORGANISATION: CRITERIA FOR PROMOTING CADRES
Over the weekend, the party released revised rules for selecting top officials. This is the second revision under Xi Jinping.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PARTY: CCP CC GENERAL OFFICE ISSUES NOTICE ON REDUCING FORMALISM
The General Office of the CCP CC released a “Notice on Resolving the Outstanding Problems of Formalism to Reduce the Grassroots Burden” and identified 2019 as the “Year of Reducing the Grassroots Burden.”

Mar 2019

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: XI JINPING ON MEDIA
Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a Politburo study session on propaganda in the age of the internet in January.

Mar 2019

CHINA-EDUCATION: XI JINPING CHAIRS SYMPOSIUM OF TEACHERS OF POLITICS AND IDEOLOGY
Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a symposium in Beijing on March 18, of teachers of politics and ideology from around the country where he delivered an "important" speech. Speaking at the symposium, the official news agency quoted Xi Jinping as saying education is all about training good Communists.

Mar 2019

CHINA-XINJIANG: PRC GOVERNMENT REPORT
China's approx 10,000-word White Paper released on March 18 noted that "some of the most notorious terrorist attacks" that have taken place in the world in the course of which it referred to "the Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008 that killed 195 and injured close to 300 people in India".

Mar 2019

CHINA-NPC: ECONOMY
At the conclusion of its annual session on March 15, the National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the Foreign Investment Law (FIL).

Mar 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY
The reputed Chinese financial magazine Caixin (March 15) reported that Beijing has announced big tax cuts for businesses. It calculated that half of the proposed RMB 2 trillion in tax cuts will be borne by local governments.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PLAAF AEROBATICS TEAM ARRIVES TO WARM WELCOME TO PERFORM ON PAKISTAN'S NATIONAL DAY
China Central Television reported (March 17) that PLAAF J-10 fighter jets of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)'s Bayi Aerobatic Team had arrived in Pakistan to a warm welcome as local children greeted them with bouquets.

Mar 2019

CHINA-EU: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO ITALY
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to finalise a BRI Memorandum of Understanding during his official visit to Italy on March 22-23. Beijing sees Italy as a priority for its Maritime Silk Road, considered vital to China’s ever-growing wealth maritime strategy, including greater access to Northern European markets.

Mar 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S ARTICLE ON MEDIA PUBLISHED IN QIU SHI
The official Party paper People’s Daily on March 16, 2019, reported that the CCP theoretical fortnightly journal Qiushi had published an article that Xi Jinping wrote, titled, “Accelerate the Development of Media Integration and Build a Communication Pattern for Omnimedia.”

Mar 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: DISMISSAL OF NUR BEKRI
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CDIC) said in a statement on March 17, that the former former Director of the National Energy Administration and former Governor of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Nur Bekri, who was placed under investigation last September and removed from his post a month later, has been expelled from the CCP because he engaged in “family-style corruption”, illegally accepting property directly or through his relatives.

Mar 2019

CHINA-TIBET: CRITICISM OF DALAI LAMA
In the run up to the anniversary of Tibet's 10th March uprising, China’s state-run media, The Tibet Daily, on March 8, began a series of articles on “Recognizing the Reactionary Essence of the 14th Dalai Lama,” directly attacking the Dalai Lama as the “head of the feudal serfdom system of the old Tibet’s joined politics and religion.”

Mar 2019

DISCREPANCY BETWEEN REGIONAL & NATIONAL FIGURES HAS AFFECTED GOVERNMENT'S CREDIBILITY
Yin Zhongqing, Deputy Director of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), was quoted by Beijing News as saying that the total amount of all local GDP added together is greater than the national GDP due to data fraud.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: GUANGDONG'S PUBLIC SECURITY BUDGET IS HIGHEST IN CHINA
The Hong Kong based newspaper Ming Pao published an article by Bruce Lui, a senior lecturer in the Department of Journalism at the Hong Kong Baptist University, claiming that the Chinese government’s “stability maintenance” expenditure last year was 1.37 trillion yuan (US$200 billion).

Mar 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PLAAF AEROBATICS TEAM TO PARTICIPATE IN PAKISTAN NATIONAL DAY AEROBATICS DISPLAY
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on March 16, that China's PLA Air Force Ba Yi Aerobatics Team was invited to participate in the Pakistan National Day aerobatics demonstration to be held on March 23 and flew to Pakistan on March 16, 2019.

Mar 2019

CHINA-US: BRI IN AFGHANISTAN
Associated Press reported on March 16, that the U.S. Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Cohen told the UN Security Council after the vote that "China held the resolution hostage and insisted on making it about Chinese national political priorities rather than the people of Afghanistan."

Mar 2019

CHINA-EU: EU HARDENS STAND ON CHINA
The Nikkei Asian Review (March 16) said the European Union will revise its official approach to China in summit meetings here next week, after its executive body named Beijing a "systemic rival" and outlined 10 suggested points of action on China, including ensuring security for the fifth generation of mobile networks and thoroughly screening foreign direct investment in the EU in a memo on March 12.

Mar 2019

CHINA-ARGENTINA: CHINA IN TALKS TO BUILD NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
Quoting Reuters, the Asahi Shimbun on March 16, disclosed that a "technical" delegation from China will visit Argentina this month to discuss construction of a nuclear power plant, reportedly worth up to $8 billion.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PLAN AVIATION: JH-7A FIGHTER BOMBER AIR CRASH ON MARCH 12 KILLS TWO PILOTS
The crash of a PLA Navy Aviation JH-7A fighter-bomber aircraft during training in Ledong, Hainan, was announced on March 12, by the Chinese Ministry of National Defense.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: VTOL DRONE DEPLOYED ON AIRCRAFT CARRIER LIAONING
The Global Times reported (February 27) that the PLA Navy deployed a new vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing drone on a guided missile destroyer during a three-day exercise in the South China Sea in late February.

Mar 2019

CHINA-SPACE: CASIC TO LAUNCH NEW SOLID PROPELLANT LAUNCH VEHICLE
The State-owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) is preparing to launch the Kuaizhou-11 (KZ-11) a new solid propellant launch vehicle in the first half of the year as part of a multiplatform commercial space strategy.

Mar 2019

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S PLANS TO HARNESS SOLAR ENERGY
China's official Science and Technology Daily says the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation hopes to be operating a commercially viable solar space station by 2050. It is working to develop a solar energy plant in space that could one day beam enough power back to Earth to light up an entire city.

Mar 2019

CHINA-NPC: CHINA CLAIMS TO HAVE MEDIATED TO DE-ESCALATE INDIA-PAKISTAN TENSION
The South China Morning Post reported (March 8) that at a press conference on the sidelines of the NPC on March 8, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi claimed Beijing had played a “constructive role” in defusing tensions between India and Pakistan over the terrorist attack on Indian security forces in Pulwama.

Mar 2019

CHINA-NPC: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI'S REMARKS ON INDIA ON SIDELINES OF NPC
Xinhua reported that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, at a press conference on March 8 on the sidelines of the NPC, said China and India should be each other's partner in pursuing their respective dreams and each other's important opportunity for growing respective economies.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLANS FOR DIVERTING WATER FROM LAKE BAIKAL TO N.W. CHINA
According to a report in the Guardian of March 7, 2019, urban planners in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, have drawn up proposals to pipe water into the chronically parched region from Russia’s Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake on earth.

Mar 2019

CHINA'S TAIWAN AFFAIRS OFFICE CRITICISES TSAI ING-WEN'S REMARKS AT NATIONAL SECURITY MEETING
In a statement issued on March 12, the spokesman for the PRC State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office An Fengshan accused Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen of harming relations between the sides and using the welfare of the Taiwanese people as a "poker chip" for the sake of electoral gains.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INDIA: NPC DEPUTY PROPOSES BORDER TRADE BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA
Global Times (March 13) said that An Ran, a professor at South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province, who is also a deputy to the National People's Congress, had proposed that the country allow residents in the border area with India to trade to improve China-India relations, reduce military confrontations and benefit the local inhabitants.

Mar 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: BRI & TRANS-HIMALAYAN REGIONAL CORRIDOR (THRC)
A report published by the China Institute of International Studies in April 2017, stated that since Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s Beijing visit in March 2016, China and Nepal have accelerated cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and have strengthened interconnection through trade, transportation, and telecommunications.

Mar 2019

XI JINPING TELLS CPPCC SOCIAL SCIENCE AND ART SHOULD FOCUS ON SOCIALISM WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS
China's authoritative Xinhua News Agency said (March 8) that during the ongoing sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Chinese President Xi Jinping told the conference delegates that social science and the works of art and culture relate to the theoretical foundation and propaganda vehicles of the Chinese Communist Party’s ideology.

Mar 2019

CHINA-BRI: XI JINPING TO ATTEND 2ND BRI FORUM IN APRIL
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced on March 8 on the sidelines of the NPC, that Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in late April in Beijing and deliver a keynote speech.

Mar 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: PREMIER LI KEQIANG ANNOUNCES TAX CUTS TO NPC ON MARCH 5
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in his report to the NPC on March 5, 2019, stated that "In pursuing development this year, we will face a graver and more complicated environment as well as risks and challenges... that are greater in number and size."

Mar 2019

CHINA-NPC: NPC CHAIRMAN STIPULATES PRIORITIES FOR 2019
NPC Chairman Li Zhanshu delivered the NPC’s annual work report, which laid out the body’s priorities for the coming year.

Mar 2019

CHINA-CPPCC: CPPCC INFORMED THAT S & T SPENDING IS TO INCREASE AND TOUCH 2.5% OF GDP
Biophysicist Rao Zihe, a CPPCC delegate, said on March 10, that research and development spending would hit 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product in 2019, citing Beijing’s medium and long-term plan for science and technology development for 2006 to 2020.

Mar 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ELEVATION OF HU JINTAO'S SON, HU HAIFENG
Hu Haifeng, the 46-year old only son of former President Hu Jintao is tipped to be elevated to Vice Ministerial rank and become the new Communist Party chief of Xian, China’s ancient capital and current capital of Shaanxi Province.

Mar 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NPC
People's Bank of China (PBoC) Governor Yi Gang said China has cut the ratio of cash that banks must hold as reserves five times in the past year, in the face of the weakest economic growth in 28 years amid slowing consumption and the trade conflict with Washington.

Mar 2019

CHINA-KAZAKHSTAN: CRACKDOWN ON ANTI-CHINA ACTIVISTS
Around 1am local time on March 9, Kazakh National Security Services (KNB) in Almaty raided the offices of human rights defender Serikjan Bilash, the founder of the Atajurt Kazakh Human Rights organization.

Mar 2019

CHINA-EU: CHINESE AID TO FIVE NON-EU STATES
Data compiled by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) reveals that more than half of the US$ 9.4bn invested in all 16 countries in 2016 and 2017 went to the five non-EU members namely, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

Mar 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE TELECOM COMPANIES DOUBLE IMPORT DEMANDS FROM JAPANESE TECH SUPPLIERS
Asia Nikkei reported on March 6, that Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies has asked Japanese companies including Murata Manufacturing and Toshiba Memory to increase supplies of smartphone components.

Mar 2019

CHINA-ITALY: ITALY TO SIGN BRI AGREEMENT DURING XI JINPING'S VISIT TO ROME ON MARCH 22
Britain's "Financial Times" published an exclusive interview on March 6, confirming that the Italian government is actively negotiating with Beijing to sign the "One Belt and One Road Project" agreement during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit on March 22, 2019.

Mar 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CHINA ADMINISTERS PUNITIVE ECONOMIC RETRIBUTION TO CANADA
A Chinese customs document dated March 1 revoked the registration of Winnipeg-based agricultural handler Richardson International to ship canola seeds to China.

Mar 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: 100 PLA PERSONNEL GO TO RUSSIA FOR TRAINING ON S-400 'TRIUMF' SYSTEM
TASS news agency on February 5, quoted a Russian government source as revealing that “About 100 military servicemen from the People’s Liberation Army of China will undergo instruction at a Russian training center in the operation and combat uses of the second regimental set of the S-400 system, to be provided to China in the second half of the year.”

Mar 2019

CHINA-INDIA: PLA EXERCISES ON HIMALAYAN PLATEAU ON FEBRUARY 18
Officers and men of the Daba border defense company "stationed in the hinterland of the Himalayas" at an average height of over 4,500 meters above sea level conducted tactical and physical training on February 18, 2019.

Mar 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA'S UNITED FRONTS CONNECTIONS IN US REPUBLICAN PARTY
A recent Miami Herald report has sparked a controversy about latest Trump political donor Li Yang, also known as Cindy Yang , a 45-year-old Florida entrepreneur from China who founded a chain of spas and massage parlors that included the one where New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft was busted for soliciting prostitution.

Mar 2019

CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER ENDORSES HUAWEI FILING LAWSUITS AGAINST DEPORTATION OF ITS CFO MENG WANZH
At a news conference on March 8, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi endorsed Huawei and its chief financial officer for filing lawsuits challenging a U.S. ban on purchases of its equipment and the Huawei CFO's arrest by Canada.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: S&T/R&D: HUAWEI'S EXPENDITURE ON R&D
China's expenditure on R&D is the world's second highest at 1.7 trillion Yuan.

Mar 2019

CHINA-MICROCHIP AND SOFTWARE INDUSTRIES
Wang Jiangping, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, while speaking o CPPCC delegates at the 'Two sessions' on March 7, disclosed that China has a secret program to support the microchip and software industries.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER TAKEN AWAY BY AUTHORITIES ON MARCH 2
The Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Group on March 8, 2019, said that Lu Tingge (卢廷阁) is a lawyer based in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province.

Mar 2019

CHINA-NPC: BRI
Commenting on debts incurred by nations participating in the BRI, China's Vice Minister of commerce, Qian Keming, said at a press conference in Beijing on the sidelines of the NPC on March 9, said the trade and infrastructure strategy was not a “one-way street”.

Mar 2019

TIBET'S DEPUTY PARTY SECRETARY INFORMS TIBETAN BUDDHIST RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES HAVE REDUCED BY 10%
Speaking at the NPC meetings on March 6, in Beijing, Go Khok, the Mayor and Deputy Party Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) stated that the TAR government had restricted religious activities in Tibet.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC GOVERNMENT WORK REPORT
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's nearly 100-minute speech to the NPC on March 5, very surprisingly omitted any reference to “Made in China 2025,” a government-led industrial program at the center of the contentious U.S.-China trade dispute.

Mar 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO USA
Fox Business News reported (March 8) that China has removed a planned trip to President Trump's Mar-a-Lago, Florida, property planned for late March from Xi Jinping's calendar.

Mar 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ADDRESSES MID-LEVEL OFFICIALS IN CENTRAL PARTY SCHOOL
Xinhua reported that on March 1, 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed 800 mid-level officials who will undergo training at the Central Party School in Beijing for the next four months.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CPPCC MEETING
CPPCC Chairman and Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) member Wang Yang delivered the CPPCC’s annual work report to the 2158 assembled delegates.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY FOR 'BIG TWO' SESSIONS
Beijing and other cities have initiated stability-maintenance mechanisms for China’s national “Two Conferences” (the National People’s Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference) that commenced in Beijing on March 5 and 3 respectively.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: FILMS TO PUSH CHINA'S 'SOFT POWER'
Speaking on March 3, at the first nationwide industry symposium since the Central Propaganda Department took jurisdiction over the National Film Bureau, Wang Xiaohui, Executive Deputy Director of the Central Propaganda Department and director of the National Film Bureau, exhorted filmmakers to turn the country into a “strong film power” like the U.S. by 2035 and called for the production of 100 movies a year that each earn more than RMB100 million ($15 million) as part of a push to increase China’s soft power.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CONTROL OF SOCIAL MEDIA
The Central News Agency reported (February 27) that, in the past two months, the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission has closed more than 490,000 illegal accounts and thousands of websites.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINA DEVELOPS NEW PLASMA WEAPONS
Chinese experts announced that they are beginning to develop new types of weapons and plasma guns. Russian experts commented that they are not "revolutionary breakthroughs".

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: LIST PURPORTEDLY OF CDIC OF CORRUPT CHINESE OFFICIALS
The Boxun site on November 7, 2018, posted a list of corrupt Chinese officials who have disappeared, fled overseas, or committed suicide.

Mar 2019

CHINA-TURKEY: CHINA TEMPORARILY CLOSES CONSULATE GENERAL IN IZMIR
The Chinese Embassy in Turkey announced on February 26 that the Chinese Consulate-General in Izmir, Turkey will be temporarily closed from the next day.

Mar 2019

CHINA-MYANMAR: CHINATOWN EMERGES ON MYANMAR-THAI BORDER
Shwe Kokko, an enclave on the Myanmar side of the Moei river that forms the border with Thailand some 500 kilometers northwest of Bangkok and 420 kilometers east of Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial capital, is fast becoming a Chinese town.

Mar 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA'S J-20 RECENTLY DISPLAYED TWO KEY TECHNOLOGIES UNIQUE TO US FIGHTER AIRCRAFT
A picture of a Chinese fighter jet was recently publicized on social media featuring key technology systems developed for the American F-35.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: AT LEAST FIVE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS WILL BE IN SERVICE BY 2030
An article in the Diplomat newspaper (February 15) said that recent pictures of Jiangnan shipyard have effectively confirmed that construction of China’s third aircraft carrier – 003, a conventionally powered carrier displacing about 80,000 tons full and equipped with electromagnetic catapults – is now underway.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: SOUTH CHINA SEA FLEET EXERCISES
According to a statement issued by the PLA Navy (PLAN) South Sea Fleet several of China’s newest warships including the guided missile destroyer the Hefei, guided missile frigate the Yuncheng, amphibious landing dock Changbaishan and the replenishment oiler Honghu took part in the 34-day long exercises that commenced on January 16, and included 20 drills by joint forces.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OF PLAN ON APRIL 23, 2019
Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, deputy head and spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense announced on Mach 1, 2019 that China will host a multinational naval activity on April 23 in Qingdao, Shandong province, to honor the 70th birthday of the People's Liberation Army Navy.

Mar 2019

CHINA-EDUCATION: MODERNISATION OF EDUCATION
China announced two development plans on China’s education on February 23, outlining blueprints for the sector’s modernization and development by 2035.

Mar 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO GROUP STUDY SESSION
China's official news agency Xinhua on February 23 reported that Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CCP CC underscored that China should deepen supply-side structural reform in the financial sector and strengthen the sector's ability to serve the real economy.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: GOVT WORK REPORTS TO NPC/CPPCC SESSIONS
Xinhua (February 22) reported that the CCP CC Politburo met on February 22, to discuss a draft report on the work of the government and deliberate several other documents.

Mar 2019

CHINA-DEFENCE: GLOBAL TIMES PITCHES FOR INCREASE IN DEFENCE BUDGET
The official Global Times published an article on March 3, a day prior to commencement of the annual plenum of the National People's Congress (NPC), pitching for an increase in the national defence budget.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CPPCC ANNUAL PLENUM OPENS IN BEIJING ON MARCH 3, 2019
The annual plenary meeting of the CPPCC, China's top advisory body, opened in Beijing on March 3 afternoon. The NPC session will commence on March 5. The CPPCC has approx 2200 delegates.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INDIA: RIC COMMUNIQUE ON FEBRUARY 27, REFERS TO TERRORIST ATTACK ON INDIA
The communique issued after the 16th Russia, India and China (RIC) Foreign Ministerial Meeting held in Wuzhen, East China's Zhejiang Province on February 27, 2019, was the first following its surgical airstrike inside Pakistan on the previous day. The official Global Times reported that the RIC Foreign Ministers had "strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations" and that "they also stressed that terrorist groups cannot be supported and used in political and geopolitical goals." The Global Times observed that the RIC meeting "gave New Delhi an apt platform to explain and engage China which is not only the closest friend of Pakistan but also seen as the world's second most important power." Another Global Times report of February 27, made no reference to the situation between India and Pakistan.

Mar 2019

CHINA-US: CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES IN USA
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in its report issued on February 27, 2019, said that China has spent nearly $200 million on the Confucius Institutes. These programs have been instated in U.S. schools across the country with the mission of indoctrinating students and painting a sympathetic portrait of the Chinese Communist government. It said there are more than 100 Confucius Institutes currently operating in America—the most of any country—and China has plans to open many more. The report said "As China opened over 100 additional Confucius Institutes in the United States over the last 15 years, the Department of Education remained silent." It aded that the Chinese government also has plans to expand into the kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum. The report disclosed "The Chinese government also funds and provides language instructors for Confucius Classrooms, which offer classes for kindergarten through 12th grade students. Confucius Classrooms are currently in 519 elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States. Continued expansion of the program is a priority for China."

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM
China'National Public Credit Information Centre reported that in 2018 China blocked 23 million “discredited” travellers from buying plane or train tickets last year as part of the country’s controversial “social credit” system aimed at improving the behaviour of citizens. It said 17.5 million people were banned from buying flights and 5.5 million barred from purchasing high-speed train tickets because of social credit offences.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PLA: MODERNISATION OF CHINA'S ARMED FORCES
Speaking at a seminar at the University of Hong Kong on February 23, Jin Canrong, Associate Dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University, said China had made great strides in expanding its military capability, but there was a lot more to come. He also said there would be "something new" at this years October parade, but did not clarify what it might be. Saying that China is gearing up for a possible conflict over Taiwan, he said over the next five or 10 years, Taiwan could provide the “biggest uncertainty” for Beijing, he said, especially if the US decided to “ignite” the situation.

Mar 2019

CHINA-WORLD ECONOMY: PEOPLE'S DAILY SAYS CHINA DETERMINED TO PLAY LARGER GLOBAL ROLE
The February 27 issue of the official Party newspaper People's Daily front-paged an article titled Participating in the transformation of the global economic governance system (参与全球经济治理体系变革).

Mar 2019

CHINA-OFFICIAL STATISTICS SHOW GROWTH OF CHINA'S INTERNET
A report released by the China Internet Network Information Center on February 28, revealed the following data of internet usage in China: (i) 829 million users at the end of December; (ii) 648 million short video users, 78.2% of China’s total Internet users; (iii) National Internet availability rate at 59.6%, with 26.7% of internet users or 222 million living in rural areas; (iv) Cumulative mobile internet traffic increased 189.1% to 71.1 billion GB (v) Average time people spent online of 27.6 hours per week; (vi) 610 million online shoppers, 592 million of whom used mobile phones to shop; and (vii) 600 million online payment users.

Mar 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY
In a communique issued on February 28, China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) provided data on the demographic challenges for the country. Caixin reported that China's employment population has shrunk for the first time ever.

Mar 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: APPOINTMENT IN XINJIANG
Xinjiang Daily reported on February 26, 2019, the appointment of Wang Junzheng, former Party Secretary of Changchun, as Party Secretary in charge of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission of Xinjiang. Official media reports state that Wang Junzheng would ensure the Party’s ‘absolute leadership’ in the autonomous region. He will be in charge of law and order and take responsibility for the security crackdown in which a reported 1 million Muslims have been interned.

Mar 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: US PLANS TO BUILD HOMELAND DEFENCE RADAR UNIT IN JAPAN
Hongkong's South China Morning Post reported (Jan 30) that Washington plans to ask Tokyo to host its Homeland Defence Radar unit, which is designed to give the US military an early warning of ICBM launches by China, Russia and North Korea.

Mar 2019

CHINA-US: TRADE TALKS IN WASHINGTON
Negotiations in Washington were extended on February 23, for another 48 hours as the US and China try to reach a deal to end the tariff war. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He said they have made ‘positive progress’ in areas including the trade imbalance, agriculture, forced technology transfers and financial services.

Mar 2019

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: KIM JONG UN LEAVES CHINA FOR VIETNAM BY TRAIN
The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reportedNorth Korean President Kim Jong Un left Beijing by train on February 23, for the Vietnamese capital Hanoi for the second DPRK-U.S. summit.

Mar 2019

CHINA-S&T: PLAAF -- CHINA LEADING IN HYPERSONIC TECHNOLOGY
An article in the US publication Politico on February 8, cited data from the Munich Security Conference stating that China is dominating research into technology that could allow missiles to travel five times the speed of sound and outmaneuver air defense systems.

Mar 2019

CHINA-S&T: REAL-TIME DEEP-SEA DATA TRANSMISSION
Xinhua reported (February 1) that China has achieved real-time transmission of deep-sea data at 6,000-meter depth through its self-developed BeiDou satellites for the first time. It described this as essential to more secure, independent, and reliable deep-sea data transmission.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: CHINA COAST GUARD (CCG)
A report in the Diplomat (January 30) claimed that the China Coast Guard (CCG) has shown a lot of initiative in the new year, partly due to its incorporation into the People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) last year and partly associated with its new commander, Wang Zhongcai.

Mar 2019

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE FELLS MORE GENERALS
Xinhua reported (February 22, 2019) that among the 300 PLA officers charged with corruption following investigations into Fang Fenghui, former Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the CMC, at least six "military tigers" are under investigation and warned that "the “tiger” in the army has not been cleaned up". Fang Fenghui was sentenced to life imprisonment, deprived of his political rights for life, all his personal property was confiscated and stolen goods recovered. The six senior military officials being investigated are: Xu Linping, He Qingcheng, Ding Guoxin, Wang Xixin, Zhao Yiliang and Pan Changjie. Of them Xu Linping, He Qingcheng, Diao Guoxin and Wang Xixin have been investigated and reduced in rank from a deputy theater level to a military position.

Mar 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE ENTREPRENEURS ARE LEAVING CHINA
The New York Times reported (February 24) that 53-year old Chen Tianyong, a former judge and lawyer and now a Chinese real estate developer in Shanghai, boarded a flight to Malta last month with no plans to return anytime soon.

Mar 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CRITICISM OF VICE PREMIER LIU HE BY CHINA'S 'LEFT'
An article in the Nikkei Asia Review on February 28, claimed that 'Leftists' in China are angry that China is making concessions to the US in the ongoing tariff negotiations. It said that since they cannot directly attack Xi Jinping, they are focussing criticism against Chinese Vice Premier Liu

Mar 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: NEPAL TO USE CHINESE GUAGE STANDARD FOR RAILWAY
Nikkei news quoted Nepal's Transport Minister as saying (February 22) that Nepal will use Chinese gauge standards for a planned nationwide rail network.

Feb 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: GLOBAL TIMES 'ADVISES' INDIA NOT TO ENGAGE IN TRADE WAR WITH PAKISTAN
An article in China's official Global Times (February 21) cautioned that "India and Pakistan need to avoid engaging in a trade war that will deal a blow to their own economies as well as that of China".

Feb 2019

CHINA-US: IN TRADE NEGOTIATIONS CHINA AGREES TO BUY US $ 1.2 TRILLION WORTH GOODS
In an attempt to bring an end to the ongoing trade war between the US and China, CNBC reported on February 22, that Beijing has agreed to buy up to $1.2 trillion in goods from the United States. US President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping could also meet in late March in Florida. Meanwhile, Trump was scheduled to talk with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on February 22 afternoon, in the hopes of coming closer to a trade deal before March 1, when U.S. tariffs on a variety of goods are set to rise to 25 percent from 10 percent.

Feb 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS TO COUNTER NEGATIVE REPORTS ON XINJIANG
Reuters reported (February 22) that China is stepping up its diplomatic outreach over controversial camps in its heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang by inviting foreign diplomats. It said since December, China has taken at least three groups of foreign diplomats to visit the re-education and training facilities. A fourth group is scheduled to visit this month. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said ( February 16) that Geneva-based diplomats from Pakistan, Venezuela, Cuba, Egypt, Cambodia, Russia, Senegal and Belarus were visiting Xinjiang on a trip that ended on February 19.

Feb 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: UYGHURS IMPRISONED IN CAMPS ACROSS CHINA
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on February 7, that ethnic Uyghurs held in political “re-education camps” in northwest China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been sent to prisons in Heilongjiang, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces and that officials in the XUAR and Heilongjiang had confirmed the reports came in the same month that XUAR chairman Shohrat Zakir confirmed to China’s official Xinhua news agency the existence of the camps, calling them an effective tool to protect the country from terrorism and provide vocational training for Uyghurs.

Feb 2019

CHINA-'ONE BELT, ONE ROAD': STRATEGIC MILITARY-CIVILIAN INTEGRATION
A Chinese scholar, Shen Yanxin, on April 25, 2017, disclosed that discussions were underway on 'how to ensure that both the strategic military-civilian integration and the “One Belt and One Road” work hand in hand to achieve coordinated progress and mutual reinforcement'.

Feb 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINA DEPLOYS DRILLING SHIP IN JAPAN-CLAIMED WATERS IN EAST CHINA SEA
Hongkong's South China Morning Post reported on February 7, that Japan has lodged another protest with China through diplomatic channels over its continued deployment of a drilling ship at a gas field in a contested area of the East China Sea. Tokyo said that the drilling ship had moved in January to a location a few kilometres northeast of where it was in mid-November.

Feb 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINA INCLUDES TAIWANESE IN 'BRAINSTORMING' SESSIONS
The Financial Times reported (February 7) that China has started inviting mainland-based Taiwanese businesspeople and students into “brainstorming” sessions on the future of the de facto independent nation.

Feb 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: XI JINPING TO VISIT NEPAL
During his visit to Kathmandu, Nepal in April 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to sign the Trade and Transit Protocol allowing Nepal the use of the four Chinese seaports of Tianjin, Shenzhen, Lianyungang and Zhanjiang as well as the dry ports of Lhanzin, Lhasa, Xigatsê for third-party trade.

Feb 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: BBC LISTS NINE RISKS FOR CCP IN 2019
BBC Chinese reported (January 31, 2019) that, entering the year 2019, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is steering into high political risk zones.

Feb 2019

CHINA-XINJIANG:RESTRICTIONS ON RELIGIOUS PRACTICES OF MUSLIMS IN XINJIANG
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on February 8, that residents of the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) had told RFA that officials had invited them to celebratory dinners marking the Lunar New Year at which pork was served, then threatening to send them to a "re-education" camp if they refused to take part.

Feb 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SPRING FESTIVAL GALA
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV released a report on the morning of February 6 summarising the viewership and audience response to the 2019 Spring Festival Gala.

Feb 2019

The ban on the monasteries for taking Tibetan classes, Qinghai
The Department of the United Front Work of the CPC Nangchen County Committee and the County Ethnic and Religious Bureau issued a two-page notice on 25th December of prohibiting any initiation of Tibetan language classes or tuition during the winter vacation in and around the monastery.

Feb 2019

CHINA- RUSSIA: OIL IMPORTS FROM RUSSIA
Quoting data from China’s General Administration of Customs the Chinese news site Sina reported (January 25), that Russia was China’s largest oil supplier in 2018, reaching 1.49 million barrels.

Feb 2019

CHINA-US: XI JINPING AND TRUMP TO MEET
Hongkong's South China Morning Post quoted Chinese sources as saying that Xi Jinping and Trump will meet in Danang, Vietnam on February 27 and 28.


Feb 2019

CHINA-US: SHENZHEN CITY DOCUMENT WARNS 'NEW COLD WAR' HAS STARTED BETWEN THE U.S. AND CHINA
The Epoch Times (October 17, 2018) reported that Wu Sikang, Director of the Policy Research Office of the Shenzhen Municipal government wrote an 'internal' document after a study visit to the U.S. in August 2018, and that Wang Weizhong, head of the Shenzhen Municipal Party Committee, and Ai Xuefeng, Deputy Mayor, reviewed the document and gave some instructions.

Feb 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE STUDENT ARRESTED IN KEY WEST, U.S. ON ESPIONAGE CHARGES
20-year old Zhao Qianli, who says he’s a musicology student from North University of China (Taiyuan, Shaanxi) and was visiting Key West as a tourist after completing a summer exchange program, got caught by Key West police for trespassing onto the high-security Naval Air Station. He later told federal authorities that he lost his way on the tourist trail and did not realise it was a military base.

Feb 2019

CHINA- CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORRUPTION UNDERWAY IN 2019
Data released by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and National Supervision Commission’s (NSC) on their website on the results of the 2018 'Operation Skynet' shows that 1,335 fugitives were arrested and 3.54 billion RMB was retrieved in 2018. Of the arrested fugitives, 307 were Party members and state functionaries, and 5 were on China’s Interpol Red Notice List.

Feb 2019

CHINA-HUAWEI: HUAWEI'S FOUNDER WARNS OF DIFFICULT TIMES AND POSSIBLY RETRENCHMENT
Ren Zhifei, the founder of Huawei, according to a Chinese media report (January 21) issued two letters to Huawei employees in which he warned them not to be too optimistic about the prospects for Huawei and that they should prepare for bitter days. Ren Zhifei stated that, if they assess that certain business units are not providing much value, they should be cut or the work reduced so as to focus on more valuable segments.

Feb 2019

CHINA-PLA: NEW INSTRUCTIONS ON 'COMPREHENSIVELY PREPARING FOR WAR'
The PLA Daily reported on January 30, that the Central Military Commission recently issued the "Opinions on Comprehensively Strengthening Force Management", which aimed to "thoroughly implement Xi Jinping's strong military thinking" and strengthen and improve the management of troops in the new era.

Feb 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE TO BOOST ECONOMY
China's top economic decision-making body, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) accelerated its review process and approved 27 infrastructure projects with a total expected investment of 1.48 trillion yuan (US$219.43 billion) since the start of 2018. Of these, 16 worth around 1.1 trillion yuan were approved since the start of November. Despite concerns over a return to the debt-fuelled infrastructure investment policy halted in 2017, the new infrastructure projects were necessitated by the need to stabilise the economy and took precedent. Each of the top 10 infrastructure projects costs over 50 billion yuan (US$7.41 billion).

Feb 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: HU JINTAO'S SON IS SECRETARY OF LISHUI COUNTY
While former Chinese President Hu Jintao has kept low-key, his son Hu Haifeng has appeared in public several times recently. On January 15, the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee’s “Zhejiang Daily” published Hu Haifeng’s “Working hard to build a clean and beautiful water of Haiyan River Qing”. The article said that it is necessary to continue the anti-corruption campaign and officials should live simply. On January 30, Hu Haifeng, who is Secretary of the Lishui Municipal Party Committee of Zhejiang Province, expressed his condolences to the provincial military region.

Feb 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XINHUA SAYS XI JINPING'S SPRING FESTIVAL ADDRESS WELL RECEIVED ABROAD
China's official news agency Xinhua on February 4, publicised that "Overseas Chinese were attentive to the speech of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the festival reception" held in Beijing on February 3, where he spokehighly of China's achievements in the past year and expecting a brighter future. Xi Jinping said "In the past year ... we have made efforts and achieved a lot." It noted that Xi Jinping had extended greetings to Chinese nationals of all ethnic groups, compatriots in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and overseas Chinese on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council.

Feb 2019

TAR Official inspects main monasteries ahead of the Tibetan New Year
Executive Vice-Chairman of TAR Party Committee, Party Secretary of TAR CPPCC and President of the TAR Party school, Ding Yexian (Ethnicity: Han) went on an inspection tour to Drepung and Gaden Monasteries in Lhasa.

Feb 2019

Jokhang Temple to be closed for Public during the Tibetan New Year
According to an announcement by the TAR Public Security Bureau, the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa will be opened only on 1st day of Tibetan New Year(Losar), Earth-Pig year (February 05-07) at 7am for a brief period of time for religious rituals and ‘tourists’. On other days of Losar, i.e on 6th -7th, the Jokhang will be closed.

Feb 2019

CHINA-US: FBI OFFICES PROBING CHINESE ESPIONAGE CASES
FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress on January 30, that FBI is investigating Chinese economic espionage in nearly all of its 56 field offices around the country.

Feb 2019

CHINA-US: MAP IN US PRESS ROOM SHOWS TAIWAN SEPARATE FROM CHINA
A White House map that excluded Taiwan from Chinese territory has caught the attention of internet users on the self-ruled island.

Feb 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CYBER ATTACK
National Post (February 1) quoted Yuval Shavitt, an electrical-engineering expert at Tel Aviv University, as saying that China Telecom, a state-owned internet service provider that has two legally operating “points of presence” on Canadian soil had in 2016 secretly diverted Canadian internet traffic to China, particularly from Rogers subscribers in the Ottawa area says an Israeli cybersecurity specialist.

Feb 2019

CHINA-DEFENCE SoE: SATELLITE LAUNCHES
The China Great Wall Industry Corp. signed an agreement with Satellogic, a company based in Argentina and backed by Chinese financing, to launch 90 commercial Earth observation nano-satellites or micro-satellites by the end of 2020, via 5 or 6 dedicated Long March rocket flights. Satellogic has launched 8 satellites till now.

Feb 2019

CHINA-XIONGAN NEW AREA: CHINA'S NEW CAPITAL?
The CCP CC and State Council jointly approved the 2018-2035 master plan for Xiongan New Area, stressing that its creation is significant to high-quality development and the building of the modern economic system.

Feb 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE CASH ILLEGALLY KEPT ABROAD
According to one official PRC estimate, Chinese citizens have US$ 21 trillion stashed overseas.

Feb 2019

CHINA-TIBET: BAN ON TIBETAN CHILDREN STUDYING IN MONASTERIES
Human Rights Watch reported on February 1, that Qinghai’s Nangchen county in December 2018, published a ban notice entitled “Urgent notice concerning stopping illegal study classes in monasteries”, which describes informal classes run by monks as “ideological infiltration among the young,” “dangerous,” and “harmful” and calls on local officials and Chinese Communist Party cadres responsible for managing monasteries to “understand the harmful nature of monasteries running open schools,” and to stop them from doing so.

Feb 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: LAW BOOK WITHDRAWN FOR BEING LIBERAL
A constitutional law textbook written by Zhang Qianfan, a professor at Peking University known for his advocacy of constitutionalism and judicial reform and one of China's best-known reform-minded legal scholars, has been pulled from book shops.

Feb 2019

PLA DAILY AND PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISH COMMENTARIES HIGHLIGHTING XI JINPING'S SPEECH ON MEDIA
The People’s Daily and the PLA Daily separately published commentaries praising Xi Jinping’s speech on January 25, on media integration and the Party’s news and public opinion work since the 18th Party Congress.

Feb 2019

CHINA-BRI
Han Zheng, PBSC member and Leader of the Leading Group for Promoting the Construction of the "Belt and Road", hosted a meeting of the "One Belt, One Road" Initiative in Beijing on January 31, when he claimed 'the principle of sharing has been highly recognised by countries along the route' and it is necessary to 'effectively respond to the challenges brought about by changes in the external environment'.

Feb 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ADDRESSES PB MEETING
Xi Jinping, CCP CC General Secretary, presided over the meeting of the Political Bureau on January 25 to review the Reports of the Standing Committees of the CCP CC Political Bureau and of the National People's Congress.

Feb 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CRACKDOWN ON CRIME
Xinhua reported (February 1) that China has punished 3,021 people in a crackdown on organised crime and the local “protective umbrellas” that allow it to operate. It said China ordered 10 regions to take action against organised crime following a three-month inspection campaign last year.

Feb 2019

CHINA-S&T: CHINA LAUNCHES ROCKET FROM UNMANNED SUBMARINE FOR FIRST TIME
The Hongkong based 'Mirror' reported on January 31, that Chinese scientists have launched a rocket from an unmanned submarine for the first time in history.

Feb 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CPPCC MEETING ON IPR PROTECTION
Wang Yang, PBSC member and Chairman of the CPPCC, chaired the 19th Bi-weekly Consultation Symposium of the 13th National Committee on January 28. Xinhua said the topic was IPR protection.

Feb 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP SECURITY: XI JINPING'S SECURITY ON VISIT TO MACAO
The South China Morning Post reported (January 29) that Li Chunsheng, head of the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department, disclosed that President Xi Jinping will visit Macau later this year for the 20th anniversary of the city’s reunification with China.

Feb 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP - XI JINPING MEETS NON-COMMUNIST PERSONAGES
Keeping up the annual tradition, on January 28, Chinese President Xi Jinping met and extended Spring Festival greetings to leaders from non-Communist parties, the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, and personages without party affiliation.

Feb 2019

INDIAN MINISTER'S REMARK RIGGERS BACKLASH IN CHINA'S SOCIAL MEDIA
South China Morning Post reported on January 22, that remarks by Giriraj Singh, India's Minister of State for Small Enterprises, at an investor summit in Gujarat that those countries did not have places where people were able to “gather to protest against the policies of the government” elicited a strong reaction in China after the media picked up on the story a few days later.

Jan 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE AIRCRAFT INTRUDE INTO JAPANESE AIRSPACE
The South China Morning Post reported (January 25) that between the start of April and the end of December, 758 foreign aircraft that flew close to Japanese airspace were intercepted, an increase from 736 incidents in the same period a year before and the second-highest total on record.

Jan 2019

AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN OF CHINESE DESCENT APPREHENDED BY SECURITY AUTHORITIES WHILE IN CHINA
Australian author Yang Hengjun, an Australian citizen and author, was reportedly seized on January 19 during a visit to China, as he attempted to board a flight from Guangzhuo to Shanghai.

Jan 2019

CHINA-US: TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
The US financial news news service, Bloomberg reported (January 25) that a Chinese delegation including Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen and Vice Finance Minister Liao Min will arrive in Washington on January 28 to prepare for high-level trade talks led by Vice Premier Liu He.

Jan 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: OIL & GAS
On January 26, the South China Morning Post publicised that Professor Zhang Yongming from the State Key Laboratory of Controlled Shock Waves at Xian Jiaotong University in Shaanxi province, had released details of a new “energy rod” that China is planning to use to access its massive shale gas reserves in Sichuan province.

Jan 2019

CHINA-HUAWEI: CHINA WANTS TO INCREASE SELF-RELIANCE IN SEMI-CONDUCTORS
Alarmed at the policies of the US and West restricting Chinese companies from purchasing microchips, switches and semi-conductors, the Nikkei Asian Review reported (January 25) that “To address this risk, President Xi Jinping aims to increase China's semiconductor self-sufficiency to 40% in 2020 and 70% in 2025 as part of his ‘Made in China 2025’ initiative to modernize domestic industry.”

Jan 2019

CHINA-CYBER: CHINA BLOCKS LAST FOREIGN SEARCH ENGINE
Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) Bing search engine has officially been blocked in China on January 23, making it the latest foreign technology service to be shut down behind the country’s Great Firewall.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW CAPITAL CITY?
A document to guide reforms in Xiong’an New Area was issued by central authorities on January 24. The proposed new city of Xiong’an is in Hebei, 100 km south of Beijing.

Jan 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN WORK CONFERENCE
PBSC member and Chairman of the CPPCC, Wang Yang, addressing the conference on Taiwan affairs on January 23, said the basic policy on Taiwan remains unchanged and called for efforts to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait ties and the process toward peaceful reunification of the motherland.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: 'STUDY TIMES' ON XI JINPING
An editorial in the Central Party School magazine 'Study Times' on January 23, by top Party theoretician Xin Ming elaborating on Xi Jinping's thinking said that the Party faces numerous risks to its rule on multiple fronts.

Jan 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S ARTICLE IN JANUARY 15 ISSUE OF 'QIU SHI' ON BUILDING PARTY CADRES
Xi Jinping wrote an article titled 'Strive to create a team of high-quality cadres who are loyal and clean', which was published in the January 15, 2019 issue of Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth).

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: HIGH LEVEL PARTY STUDY SESSION
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ended a four-day study session, attended by hundreds of top officials from across the country, on January 25.

Jan 2019

CHINA-CAMBODIA: XI JINPING PROMISES AID
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, who was on a three day visit to Beijing, said Chinese President pledged 4 billion Yuan (US$ 588 million) as aid to be spread over 2019-2021.

Jan 2019

CHINA-KYRGYZSTAN: ANTI-CHINA PROTESTS
Reuters reported that on January 17, Kyrgyz police detained more than a dozen people as they dispersed a hundreds-strong anti-Chinese rally in the capital, Bishkek, the biggest public protest to date in Central Asia against Beijing’s growing influence in the region.

Jan 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CASE OF HUAWEI FOUNDER'S DAUGHTER MENG WANZHOU
Reacting to Canada's confirmation on January 22, that the US plans to proceed with a formal request to extradite Huawei chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China will take action in response to measures taken by the US.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SUPREME COURT
The Party Secretary and President of the Supreme People's Court Zhou Qiang on January 17, attended a meeting of the Presidents of the National High Court and delivered a speech where he stressed that it is necessary to adhere to the spirit of Xi Jinping's socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.

Jan 2019

CHINA-PLA: MILITARY REFORMS DOWNSIZE GROUND FORCES
China’s official news agency Xinhua in a feature article reported on January 20, that the Chinese military has significantly boosted its navy, air force and new strategic units and downsized its land-based army as part of a strategic shift designed to transform the People’s Liberation Army into a comprehensive modern force.

Jan 2019

XI JINPING WARNS PBSC, PB AND SENIOR OFFICIALS TO BE ON HIGH ALERT FOR "BLACK SWAN" EVENTS
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned China's central and provincial leaders who had assembled in Beijing for a meeting on January 20, to be on high alert for “black swan” incidents amid a “complicated and sensitive external environment”.

Jan 2019

CHINA-US: LATEST US DEFENCE DEPARTMENT ASSESSMENT WARNS OF CHINA'S DEFENCE CAPABILITY
A new assessment of China’s military power published by the department’s Defense Intelligence Agency suggests that Beijing is building up its military capabilities so that it will have a range of options to attack Taiwan if it decides to—and potentially the United States if it intervenes militarily.

Jan 2019

CHINA-SRI LANKA: BRI AND TRANSFER OF 269 HECTARES IN COLOMBO PORT CITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT TO CHINA
With the completion of the US$ 1.9 billion Colombo Port City Development project, Sri Lanka handed over two-thirds of the new 269-hectare reclamation project, which is envisaged as the site of a new financial district, to China on a 99-year lease.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INDIA: GETTING TOGETHER
Mukesh Sharma, described as an editor with the People's Daily-owned Global Times on January 16, published an article recommending close India-China ties at a time when Sino-US ties are strained and "The US has almost declared China an enemy in its national defense strategy by calling it a strategic competitor."

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY FDI
Citing data released by China's Ministry of Commerce on January 14, the 21st Century Business Herald reported that China’s foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2018 hit a record high of US$134.97 billion, an increase of 3% from a year earlier.

Jan 2019

CHINA-PLA: PROMOTIONS OF OFFICERS
Local media and Chinese military analysts were quoted by Hong Kong's South China Morning Post (January 2) as saying that in December 2018, at least 38 Senior Colonels were promoted to the rank of Major General.

Jan 2019

CHINA-PLA: MILITARY-CIVIL FUSION - CHINA IN RACE WITH U.S. IN 5G TECHNOLOGY
A specialised US Defence publication on January 8 described the next-generation cell-network technology, popularly called 5G, promises high speed, low latency, and high throughput and is a new frontier of rivalry in U.S.-China relations.

Jan 2019

CHINA-PLA: RESTRUCTURING OF INSTITUTES IN PLA ACADEMY OF MILITARY SCIENCE (AMS)
The Jamestown Foundation brief (January 18, 2019) reported on a recent 'key' change in the PLA Academy of Military Science (AMS) as part of Xi Jinping urging (Xinhua, July 19 2017) AMS, and other PLA Institutes, to adapt to the “new requirements of military scientific work” and to build a “world-class military scientific research institution”.

Jan 2019

CHINA-PLA: INCREASED TRAINING PLANNED FOR 2019
The Chinese military is expected to ramp up training in 2019, a year of rising geopolitical challenges and several key anniversaries.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL LEADERSHIP: HU DEPING WARNS AGAINST 'PLANNED SOCIALIST ECONOMY'
76-year old Hu Deping, son of the late popular CCP CC General Secretary Hu Yaobang and former member of the CPPCC till 2013, spoke at a seminar in Beijing on January 16, hosted by the Hongfan Institute of Legal and Economic Studies mark the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up to and attended by former economic and policy advisers and academics.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: WARNING TO BE VIGILANT AGAINST 'COLOUR REVOLUTIONS'
The Asahi Shimbun on January 18, reported that the official website of China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) reported on January 15, that Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi had on January 15, cautioned China's police to "stress the prevention and resistance of 'color revolutions' and firmly fight to protect China's political security."

Jan 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORRUPTION FELLS FORMER PARTY SECRETARY OF SHAANXI PROVINCE
In a one-sentence statement on January 14, the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) announced the dismissal and arrest of Zhao Zhengyong, former Party Secretary of Shaanxi province, saying he is the biggest “tiger” to be caught this year.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP XI JINPING VISITS VETERAN'S OFFICE IN TIANJIN
Reporting Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Tianjin, Xinhua (January 18) reported that he visited a service and administration station for veterans in the community and stressed that setting up institutions for veteran affairs is to enhance the management of veterans and better protect their welfare in order to make military service a publicly respected occupation.

Jan 2019

CHINA-US: US GOVERNMENT BAN ON HUAWEI EXPORTING R&D FROM ITS U.S. ENTITY TO CHINA
Separately, on January 27, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government announced it is blocking some of Huawei's exports from its U.S. R&D operations.

Jan 2019

CHINA-CZECH REPUBLIC: CZECH WARNING ABOUT HUAWEI
The National Cyber and Information Security Agency (Národní úřad pro kybernetickou a informační bezpečnost, NÚKIB) of the Czech Republic on December 17, called the use of software and hardware products of Huawei, ZTE, and their subsidiaries a “threat against information security.”

Jan 2019

CHINA-POLAND: HUAWEI EXECUTIVE ARRESTED FOR ESPIONAGE
Polish public broadcaster reported (January 11) that Poland's counter-intelligence service has arrested Weijing Wang, @ Stanislaw Wang, a Chinese Sales Director of tech giant Huawei and a Polish former senior intelligence agent in Warsaw on suspicion of spying.

Jan 2019

CHINA-US: TRADE TALKS
The U.S. and China deputy-level trade talks that concluded in Beijing on January 27, lasted one day longer than planned with both sides issuing vague but mildly positive official statements about the discussions.

Jan 2019

CHINA-US: US CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS VISITS CHINA
Admiral John Richardson, US Chief of Naval Operations, was on a 3-day (January 13-15, 2019) visit to China.

Jan 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA TO SET LOWER GROWTH TARGET FOR 2019
Reuters, quoting 'policy sources', said China plans to set a lower economic growth target of 6-6.5 percent in 2019 compared with last year’s target of “around” 6.5 percent.”

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET
The official Global Times reported (January 11) that Qizhala, Chairman of the TAR Regional Government said in his government work report to the second session of the 11th People's Congress of the Tibet Autonomous Region on January 10, that TAR's GDP in 2018 was estimated to have exceeded 140 billion yuan (US$ 21 billion).

Jan 2019

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The CDIC announced on January 12, that Chen Gang, a former Vice Mayor of Beijing in 2006, has been arrested for corruption. He had headed the municipal urban planning committee, which approves and supervises construction projects, since 2002.

Jan 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ADDRESSES CDIC MEETING
Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee and Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, while addressing the third plenary session (January 11-12, 2019) of the 19th Central Discipline Inspection Commission Inspection (CDIC) called for consolidating and developing a "sweeping victory" in the fight against corruption.

Jan 2019

CHINA-KAZAKH: CHINA ALLOWS 2000 KAZAKHS TO LEAVE
The Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry press office, in an email response to the Wall Street Journal on January 9, confirmed Kazakh media reports in December that China has agreed to let 2,000-plus ethnic Kazakhs leave. It did not say who could leave or why. It said they will be allowed to apply for Kazakh citizenship or permanent residency after their arrival in Kazakhstan. The Chinese Foreign Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Jan 2019

CHINA-THAILAND: CHINA APPOINTS YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA CHAIRPERSON OF CHINA'S SHANTOU INTERNATIONAL CONT
The CCP's official newspaper People's Daily reported that former Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was named the Chairwoman of the Shantou International Container Terminal in Guangdong province. The brief article said she was also appointed the firm’s legal representative.

Jan 2019


CHINA-TAIWAN: RETIRED PLA GENERAL HE LEI WARNS TAIWAN 'INDEPENDENCE SEPARATISTS' WOULD BE CLASSIFIED AS 'WAR CRIMINALS' IF THEY DON'T PULL BACK
Former Vice President PLA Academy of Military Science and retired General He Lei said at a press conference of the State Council Information Office that "The very few "Taiwan-independence" separatists would be classified as war criminals that must be punished if the Chinese mainland is forced to deal with the Taiwan question by force.

Jan 2019

CHINA-MILITARY R&D: NEW OTH RADAR
70-year old Liu Yongtan, a Professor with the Department of Electric and Information Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology, received China’s top science award from President Xi Jinping at a national ceremony on January 8.

Jan 2019

CHINA-PLAN: CHINESE NAVY EXPERT SAYS CHINA NEEDS THREE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
Commodore Zhang Junshe, a member of the Naval Research Institute, was quoted by Japan's Jiji press on January 9 as saying that China needs “at least three aircraft carriers” to protect its extensive coastline and its interests abroad.

Jan 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINA DEPLOYS DF-26 MISSILE TO NORTHWEST PLATEAU
China's official Global Times quoted the state--broadcaster CCTV on January 9, as publicising that the 4500-kms range anti-ship ballistic missile the DF-26 has been deployed to Northwest China's plateau and desert areas.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CONTROLS ON INTERNET
Global Times reported on January 7, 2019 that a notice issued by the public security bureau in Shaoguan, Guangdong province, on December 28, stated that a man, surnamed Zhu, was fined 1,000 yuan ($150) for using a virtual private network — a tool for encrypting online data traffic.

Jan 2019


CHINA-INTERNAL: PEKING UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR CALLS FOR CCP TO FADE OUT OF POWER WHILE ANOTHER QUESTIONS XI JINPING'S SPEECH ON TAIWAN
Radio France International reported on January 8, 2019, that Peking University Professor Zheng Yefu, had in a recent article pointed out that the interests of the Communist Party of China are inconsistent with the fundamental interests of the Chinese people in most cases. He said he firmly believes that "the only hope that the leaders of the Communist Party of China can make in the future is to lead the party to decently fade out of the historical arena." Zheng Yefu said to his colleagues: "If we don't make a sound and don't exert pressure, we shouldn't, we don't deserve to see the end of the autocratic regime.

Jan 2019

CHINA-ASEAN: PUBLIC OPINION IN ASEAN ON BRI
The ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, affiliated with the Singapore government, recently polled 1,008 respondents from all ten nations of the ASEAN grouping across different sections of society to gauge attitudes towards the BRI.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INDIA: YOGA COLLEGE ENROLLS 12 STUDENTS
The China-India Yoga College was jointly created by China’s Yunnan Minzu University and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Jan 2019

CHINA-US: VICE MINISTER LEVEL TRADE TALKS
Vice Ministerial level talks between China and the US began today and are being led on the US side by Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish.

Jan 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA PROTESTS USN FONOPS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The official Global Times reported (January 7) that China lodged a protest against the US guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell conducting FONOPS near the Xisha Islands on January 7, 2019.

Jan 2019

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: KIM JONG-UN VISITS CHINA
China's authoritative official news agency Xinhua and official newspaper Global Times on January 8, reported that Kim Jong-un is visiting Beijing from January 7 until January 10, 2019 at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INDIA: PAK CLAIMS IT SHOT DOWN TWO CHINESE-MADE DRONES USED BY INDIAN ARMY
China Military News on January 4, reported Pakistani spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor announcing on January 2 & 3, that the Pakistan Army had shot down a UAV used by the Indian military for the second time in two days on the Pakistani side of the Satwal area.

Jan 2019

CHINA-PLA: HYPERSONIC ENGINE SUCCESSFULLY TESTED AND ENTERS AIRCRAFT-ENGINE INTEGRATION PHASE
The WeChat account of the Chengdu Aircraft Research and Design Institute, a design facility of the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co, announced on January 7, 2019 that China's home-grown turbine-based combined cycle (TBCC) engine system has completed its design and development stage and entered the aircraft-engine integration test phase.

Jan 2019

CHINA-PLA: CMC RELEASES "NEW OPINIONS"
The Central Military Commission (CMC) General Office released “Opinions on the Implementation of Further Encouraging Military Cadres to Take on New Responsibilities and take New Actions in a New Era” (关于进一步激励全军广大干部新时代新担当新作为的实施意见).

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CENTRAL RURAL WORK CONFERENCE
A People’s Daily editorial on December 30, 2018 on the Central Rural Work Conference said it had concluded that it is necessary to adhere to the development of agriculture and rural areas, deeply implement the rural revitalization strategy, resolutely win the battle against poverty, and earnestly do “three rural issues” (agriculture, rural areas, and farmers) work well.

Jan 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY
Following the annual Central Economic Work Conference last month, the government said it will “channel more energy into weak areas, including infrastructure.”

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PEOPLE'S DAILY NEW YEAR EDITORIAL
People’s Daily published an editorial on the first day of 2019 that reflected the achievements of 2018 and outlines the challenges of coming year.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CHIEF HUANG KUNMING WRITES IN QIUSHI
In an article in the January 1, 2019 issue of the Party theoretical journal Qiushi (Seeking Truth), Central Propaganda Department Head Huang Kunming (黄坤明) discussed strengthening propaganda and ideological work in the new year, specifically by strengthening the “four forces” (四力) of propaganda work: the foot, the eye, the brain, and the pen.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S SPEECH ON TAIWAN ON JANUARY 2, 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1979 “Open Letter to Taiwan Compatriots.”

Jan 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CHAIRS PBSC MEETING
Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) convened on January 7, 2019, to hear work reports from the Party’s Central Secretariat, as well as Party groups from the: State Council; National People’s Congress ; Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC); Supreme People's Court ; and Supreme People's Procuratorate.

Jan 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN
International Department Vice Minister Qian Hongshan on December 8, met a delegation of political parties of western Pakistan led by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Secretary General and Senate Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Chairman Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.

Jan 2019

CHINA-CANADA: ARREST OF HUAWEI CFO Ms MENG WANZHOU
The People’s Daily used its Zhong Sheng column, which authoritatively transmits the opinions of the People’s Daily on matters of international affairs, on December 9, to denounce Canada’s detention of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the behest of the United States.

Jan 2019

CHINA-AUSTRIA: TAR DELEGATION VISITS AUSTRIA
Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) Party Committee Executive Deputy Secretary Ding Yexian (丁业现) led a CCP delegation to Austria on December 8, 2018, to meet with Austria-China Friendly Association President and former President of Austria Heinz Fischer.

Jan 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINA INCREASES PRESSURE ON TAIWAN SAY THREE MAINLAND CHINESE SCHOLARS
The official Global Times on January 3, published an article by three Mainland Chinese scholars on the best way to realise reunification with Taiwan.

Jan 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S DPP APPOINTS NEW CHAIRMAN
Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) elected Mr Cho Jung-tai, a consensus candidate backed by major party figures, as its new Chairman on Jan 6, thereby choosing a moderate to fill up the post vacated by President Tsai Ing-wen after the party’s disappointing performance in recent polls.

Jan 2019

CHINA-PLA: VETERANS AFFAIRS
A People’s Daily commentator article on December 10, addressed protests by Chinese veterans this year against the lack of job prospects for retired soldiers and inadequate services.

Jan 2019

CHINA-PLA: FOURTH MEETING OF CMC ARMED FORCES REFORM LEADING GROUP
General Xu Qiliang, CMC Vice Chairman and Executive Deputy Head of the CMC Leading Group for Deepening Reform on National Defense and the Armed Forces, presided over the fourth meeting of the leading group on December 18.

Jan 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: RARE EARTH EXPORTS TO BE CHECKED
The official Global Times reported on January 6, that China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and 11 other government agencies, have said China will step up its supervision on the rare-earth sector and vows to impose severe penalties on those illegally mine, produce or export rare-earth materials and fully realize the "strategic support" from rare-earth materials.

Jan 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY
The annual Central Economic Work Conference was held in Beijing from December 19-21, 2018. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered important speeches at the conference.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING CONGRATULATES NEW ACADEMY OF HISTORY IN CASS
CCP CC General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated the opening of the Academy of Chinese History Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in a letter on January 3, 2019. Huang Kunming, PB member for Propaganda attended.

Jan 2019

CHINA-CANADA: 13 CANADIAN CITIZENS DETAINED IN CHINA
Global Affairs Canada spokesman Guillaume Bérubé said (January 4) in a statement to The Globe and Mail that the government is aware that 13 Canadians have been detained in China, excluding Hong Kong, since December 1, 2018.

Jan 2019

CHINA-US: TRADE TALKS
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeff Gerrish, who will be 50 years old this year, will next week lead a delegation that includes U.S. Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs David Malpass and other officials to China for the first round of face-to-face talks since President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on December 1, to a ceasefire in a trade war that has led to tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of U.S. and Chinese goods.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOUTH CHINA SEA
The People's Daily and Xinhua on January 2, 2019 publicised a statement issued by China's Ministry of Natural Resources announcing that China had set up ecological protection facilities on three reefs of the Nansha Islands, namely the Yongshu, Zhubi and Meiji reefs.

Jan 2019

CHINA-ASEAN: PLEA FOR COOPERATION
An article jointly authored by Dr Zha Daojiong, Professor of International Political Economy at the School of International Studies, Peking University and Dr Dong Ting, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the School of International Studies, Peking University, was published on January 3, 2019 by the South China Morning Post to mark the 15th anniversary of the Asean-China strategic partnership.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: 'PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE'
Radio Free Asia reported on December 31, 2018 that China has imprisoned 879 'prisoners of conscience' in its jails in 2018.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGIOUS CONTROLS AND CLOSURE OF MOSQUES
The South China Morning Post reported on December 31, that the closure of three mosques in the villages of Huihuideng, Sanjia and Mamichang in Weishan County was coordinated by the Weishan County Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee to “protect harmony and stability in the religious domain”.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: POPULATION
The South China Morning Post reported (January 2) that the number of children born in China in 2018 is expected to have dropped to the lowest level since 2000 after a year that “will be remembered as a historical turning point for Chinese population”, signalling a “demographic crisis” that threatens already struggling economic growth prospects.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: INTERNET CENSORSHIP COMPANY 'BEYONDSOFT'
Beyondsoft' is a Beijing-based tech services company that, among other businesses, takes on the censorship burden for other companies.

Jan 2019

PEOPLE'S BANK OF CHINA ANNOUNCES ONE PERCENTAGE REDUCTION IN RESERVES REQUIRED FOR COMMERCIAL BANKS
The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) on January 4, announced a 1-percentage-point reduction in the required reserves for commercial banks to stall flagging growth.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROTEST BY CHINESE INTELLECTUALS
Reuters reported that on December 29, 2018, the social network circulated that "China's 100 public intellectuals published "Reform and Open" for 40 years".

Jan 2019

CHINA-PLA: XI JINPING ISSUES NEW PLA MOBILISATION ORDER FOR 2019
The Global Times (January 4) reported that Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) Xi Jinping had on January 4, 2019, signed a mobilization order for the training of the armed forces, the CMC's first order in 2019, which demands all PLA units to welcome the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China with "excellent performance."

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING CONVENES PBSC MEETING TO REVIEW SECURITY REGULATIONS
China's official 'The Paper' on December 28, reported that Xi Jinping chaired a Political Bureau meeting on December 27, and reviewed the “Regulations on the Political and Legal Work of the Party.”

Jan 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: APPOINTMENTS
The PRC State Council announced (December 28, 2018) the appointment of 61-year old former Vice Commerce Minister Fu Ziying as Director of the central government’s Liaison Office in Macau.

Jan 2019

CHINA-US: US HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES CRITICISE CHINA'S CRACKDOWN ON UYGHURS AND CHRISTIANS
An article in the Washington Post on December 27, highlighted the efforts of Chris Smith, a Republican, representing New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives, to dissuade the Vatican from seeking a form of accommodation with Beijing despite its ongoing anti-religion campaign.

Jan 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE SCHOLAR WANG JISI SEES NO IMPROVEMENT IN SINO-US TIES
In an article published in the latest issue of World Affairs, a journal controlled by the Chinese foreign ministry, Wang Jisi, President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University, observed that a clash of civilisations was at the heart of the bitter geostrategic competition between the world’s top two economies.

Jan 2019

CHINA-US: PRESIDENTS EXCHANGE GREETINGS ON 4OTH ANNIVERSARY OF ESTABLISHMENT OF TIES
The official Global Times on January 1, 2019, reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump 'exchanged congratulations on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of China-US diplomatic relations' on January 1.

Jan 2019

CHINA-UN: CHINA IS SECOND HIGHEST CONTRIBUTOR TO UN
The BBC reported (December 31) that China is set to overtake Japan as the United Nations' second biggest funding country for the next three years and the development is fuelling nationalistic opinions in the media of both countries.

Jan 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: AGRICULTURE
Chinese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Han Changfu said at a work conference said on December 30, that China will produce at least 600 million tonnes of grain in 2019.

Jan 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP - XI JINPING
The South China Morning Post reported (December 31) that Chinese President Xi Jinping had on December 18, summoned a grand gathering to mark the 40th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping’s landmark reform and opening up, which was attended by the most important Communist Party cadres, entrepreneurs and Olympic champions.

Jan 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S NEW YEAR MESSAGE
Chinese President Xi Jinping's New Year message telecast (January 1, 2019) on the state-owned CGTN was devoted to listing China's achievements including the number of counties and people lifted out of poverty.

Jan 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: HUAWEI IN DISCUSSION WITH JAPANESE GOVERNMENT
Asahi Shimbun reported on December 27, that Wang Jianfeng, President of Huawei Technologies Japan KK, in an exclusive interview with The Asahi Shimbun on December 27, disclosed that Huawei Technologies Co. is holding talks with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and is cooperating with the Japanese government and bolstering purchases of parts in Japan to ease concerns that its products could be used in espionage or cyber-attacks by Beijing.

Dec 2018

CHINA-FRANCE: CHINA CRITICISES FRANCE FOR SUPPORTING CANADA
Chinese Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, at a press briefing on December 25, criticised France for siding with its “allies”, as the list of countries calling for the release of two Canadians detained in China continues to grow.

Dec 2018

CHINA-CANADA: CHINA RELEASES DETAINED CANADIAN NATIONAL
Global Affairs reported on December 29, that Sarah McIver of Alberta who was detained over a work permit issue related to her teaching job has been released and she has returned to Canada.

Dec 2018

CHINA-ROK: CHINESE SPY PLANE ENTERS SOUTH KOREAN AIRSPACE
Korea's JoongAng Daily said on December 29, that Seoul lodged a protest after a Chinese PLA Air Force (PLAAF) Shaanxi Y-9JB electronic warfare and surveillance aircraft flew through South Korea’s air defense identification zone (Kadiz) without notice three times over the course of five hours on December 27.

Dec 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY
The official newspaper 'The Paper' reported (December 27) that China has made major breakthroughs in important indicators for measuring overall national strength, namely the scale of social net wealth and GDP.

Dec 2018

CHINA-CHRISTIANITY: CCTV 9 MENTIONS JESUS CHRIST
On November 25, China's official CCTV Channel 9 released a 42-minute documentary captioned "Human, Our Story", publicly acknowledging "Jesus, the process that affects the entire history".

Dec 2018

CHINA-RELIGION: CRACKDOWN ON CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
BBC reported on December 25, that the Chinese authorities have issued a notice prohibiting traders from using Christmas decorations and students in many Chinese universities and primary and secondary schools from discussing Christmas-related content on social media.

Dec 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CRACKDOWN ON IDEOLOGY
Qiu Zhanxuan, head of the Peking University Marxist Society, was grabbed and forced into a black car outside the east gate of Peking University by a group of heavy-set men who identified themselves as police, according to students quoted by Reuters on December 28.

Dec 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITBURO MEMBERS INSTRUCTED TO DO CRITICISM AND SELF-CRITICISM
Xinhua on December 27, disclosed that China's 25 Politburo members "were asked to conduct criticism and self-criticism in light of work experience" during two sessions of the Politburo on December 25 and 26 both of which were chaired by Xi Jinping.

Dec 2018

CHINA-CANADA: THIRD CANADIAN CITIZEN ARRESTED AND PUT ON TRIAL FOR SMUGGLING DRUGS
The state-owned Global Times on December 27, quoted runsky.com, a website run by the Dalian Radio and Television Station which reported that Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a Canadian citizen, will be put on trial by Liaoning Provincial High People’s Court on drug smuggling charges.

Dec 2018

CHINA-DALA LAMA: DALAI LAMA IS AMONG THE MOST ADMIRED MEN IN THE WORLD
Gallup’s 2018 Most Admired Man list showed that Americans love the Dalai Lama and he ranks eighth on the list of the most admired men in the world.

Dec 2018

LUO YUAN ADVOCATED “ASYMMETRIC COUNTERATTACKS AS A RESPONSE TO US TRADE WAR
Taiwan's Central News Agency reported (December 23) that Retired PLA Navy Rear Admiral Luo Yuan, who is presently Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, while speaking at a meeting in Shenzhen on December 20 on the current Sino–U.S. relationship, claimed the US-China trade war “is definitely not a simple economic and trade friction” but an “important strategic issue.”

Dec 2018

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: GLOBAL TIMES' YEAR-END ROUNDUP
The official Global Times published (December 26, 2018) a year-end roundup of China's foreign policy. It claimed "China went through a warm year in 2018 as there was no crisis-level conflict between China and its neighbouring countries. Those who once had tense relations with China are now moving closer to Beijing."  

Dec 2018

CHINESE BILLIONAIRE AND MEMBER OF CPPCC WARNS OF "COLDER AND LONGER" WINTER FOR PRIVATE BUSINESSES
The South China Morning Post (December 28) reported that 59-year old Chen Hongtian, a self-made Chinese billionaire, Chairman of the Cheung Kei Group and member of the CPPCC, warned a group of about 150 tycoons mostly based in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, that a winter “colder and longer than expected” is arriving for China’s private business entrepreneurs and Beijing’s supportive rhetoric has yet to translate into concrete policies that will help the private economy.

Dec 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PROFESSOR CRITICISES STATE OF CHINA'S ECONOMY
On December 16, Prof. Xiang Songzuo (向松祚) of Renmin University School of Finance and former Chief Economist of China Agriculture Bank, gave a 25-minute speech during a CEO class at Renmin Business School , which was immediately censored over the Chinese internet.

Dec 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: DRAFT LAW ON FOREIGN INVESTMENT SUBMITTED TO NPC ON DECEMBER 23
Xinhua reported on December 23, that a draft law on foreign investment was submitted to a bimonthly session of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee on December 23.

Dec 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN FELLS VICE MINISTER OF MoSS
China officially announced (December 27) that after four years in detention, Ma Jian, former Vice Minister of China’s Ministry of State Security and head of China’s counter-espionage operations, was tried on December 27, at Dalian Intermediate Court where he was fined 50.5 million yuan.

Dec 2018

CHINA-SWEDEN: TRAVEL ADVISORY
China issued a second travel advisory in three months warning tourists against visiting Sweden because of “the security situation in Sweden”.

Dec 2018

CHINA-ROK: NEW CHINA BUREAU IN ROK FOREIGN MINISTRY
South China Morning Post reported (December 22) that RoK Foreign Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk had the previous week confirmed that Seoul plans to overhaul its diplomatic focus on China by establishing a separate bureau in its foreign ministry entirely dedicated to China affairs.

Dec 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE MINISTER OF STATE SECURITY ON MONTH-LONG VISIT TO JAPAN
Quoting sources the Yomiuri Shimbun on December 23, disclosed that China's Minister of State Security Chen Wenqing visited Japan in late October through early November to meet secretly with senior Japanese officials from the Public Security Intelligence Agency and intelligence authorities, as well as the Foreign Ministry.

Dec 2018

CHINA-INDIA: MESSAGE FROM XI JINPING
Xinhua reported on December 21, that Chinese President Xi Jinping had sent a congratulatory message on the holding of the first meeting of China-India high-level people-to-people exchanges mechanism in India's capital New Delhi.

Dec 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: CENTRAL ECONOMIC WORK CONFERENCE
China’s Central Economic Work Conference (CEWC) concluded on December 21, in Beijing.

Dec 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP-- MAO ON 'PROTRACTED WAR'
On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s speeches, the state-run People’s Publishing House decided to republish the collection of speeches that Mao Zedong gave in 1938.

Dec 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S SPEECH AT 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF REFORMS
President Xi Jinping’s speech at the grand gathering in Beijing on December 18, to mark China’s 40th anniversary of reform and opening up, belied expectations that he would announce substantive measures to defuse the trade war with the United States and outline plans to overhaul the economy.

Dec 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S SHARPE COMPANY CONSTRUCTING SEMI-CONDUCTER FACTORY IN ZHUHAI
The Japanese Nikkei newspaper (December 21) reported that Sharpe, a subsidiary of the Hon Hai Precision Industry and the Zhuhai Municipal Government of China's Guangdong Province are constructing a semi-conductor factory a a 1 trillion yen state-of-the-art semiconductor plant.

Dec 2018

CHINA-KENYA: BECAUSE OF BRI DEBT KENYA COULD RISK LOSING MOMBASA PORT TO CHINA
The Maritime Executive on December 20, disclosed that in a recent report Kenya's Auditor General had warned that Kenya runs the risk of losing control of the Port of Mombasa if it should default on loans from state financial institution China Exim Bank.

Dec 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: BRI
The Asahi Shimbun reported on December 21 that Nippon Express Co., a leading Japanese shipping firm conducted a trial run on December 20 on the exclusive China Railway Express freight train as a pilot program. The train cars used in the trial run are about 12 meters long.

Dec 2018

CHINA-PAKISTAN: COOPERATION FOR BEIDU AND IN AEROSPACE
Writing in the New York Times (December 19, 2018) Maria Abi-Habib said that according to the undisclosed proposal drawn up by the Pakistani Air Force and Chinese officials at the start of the year, a special economic zone under CPEC would be created in Pakistan to produce a new generation of fighter jets.

Dec 2018

CHINA-TIBET: GLOBAL TIMES CASTIGATES US RECIPROCAL ACCESS TO TIBET ACT OF 2018
The state-owned Global Times on December 20, castigated the 'Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018', signed into law by US President Trump on December 19.

Dec 2018

CHINA-US: US CHARGES AND NAMES TWO CHINESE HACKERS ON DECEMBER 20
The Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Director Christopher A. Wray of the FBI, Director Dermot F. O’Reilly of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) of the U.S. Department of Defense, and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers on December 20, unsealed an indictment charging Zhu Hua (朱华), aka Afwar, aka CVNX, aka Alayos, aka Godkiller; and Zhang Shilong (张士龙), aka Baobeilong, aka Zhang Jianguo, aka Atreexp, both PRC nationals with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Dec 2018

CHINA-RELIGION: CHRISTIANITY AND 'PATRIOTIC CHURCHES'
The Catholic News Service on December 17, reported that a group of Vatican officials led by Pope Francis' chief China negotiator, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli had recently visited Beijing for talks regarding joint recognition by the Vatican and CCP-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association of a group of Vatican-appointed bishops from the so-called underground church.

Dec 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: REGULATIONS EASED ON HOUSING SECTOR
The Chinese economic journal Caixin reported that the government of Heze , a fourth-tier city in Shandong province, announced on December 18, that that it will relax property controls from the following day.

Dec 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE STATE COUNCIL'S OFFICE OF THE FINANCIAL STABILITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE HOLDS
On December 20, Liu Guoqiang, Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China (PBoC) and Deputy Director of the Office of the Financial Stability Development Committee of the State Council, presided over symposiums of some commercial banks, securities companies, insurance institutions, trust companies and fund companies to listen to the views on the current capital market reform and development.

Dec 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: SLOWDOWN PROMPTS CHINA TO CEASE PUBLICATION OF PMI
China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has ordered authorities in Guangdong province to stop producing a regional Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector as it seeks to control the flow of sensitive economic data.

Dec 2018

CHINA-CANADA: ON MENG WAZHOU'S BAIL IN CANADA, GLOBAL TIMES EDITORIAL SAYS WHILE CHINA WILL NOT OVER
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's wife Qian Wei's application for a visa to Canada was reportedly not accepted by the authorities.

Dec 2018

CHINA-CANADA: ON MENG WAZHOU'S BAIL IN CANADA, GLOBAL TIMES EDITORIAL SAYS WHILE CHINA WILL NOT OVER
A Global Times editorial on December 16, said "By calling on its allies, the US has gradually formed a collective encirclement and suppression of Chinese high-tech enterprise Huawei" and described it as "a wicked precedent."

Dec 2018

DETENTION OF CANADIAN EX-DIPLOMAT AND BUSINESSMAN IN RETAILATION TO ARREST OF MENG WANZHOU, CFO, HUA
Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times, said in a video posted on December 12, that Canada can expect retaliation “far worse” than the detainment of a former diplomat if Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou isn’t released.

Dec 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION CHRISTIANITY
AsiaNews reported on December 13 that Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli went to Beijing as special envoy of Pope Francis to “accept” the resignations of the bishops of the Underground Catholic Church for the dioceses of Mindong, Mgr.

Dec 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA's ANTI CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
An unconfirmed report from Bowen news claimed (November 30) that the Fourth Plenum of the 19th CCP CC was postponed due to tension in the military. It said Wu Shengli, Cai Yingting and Wang Hongyu were arrested on the same day.

Dec 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITBURO STATEMENT ON CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORRUPTION
In a statement after its meeting on December 13, the party’s top 25-member decision-making body, the Politburo, said “the fight against corruption has achieved a crushing (overwhelming) victory” since the 19th party congress late last year. At the same time it warned that the situation ahead was still tough and the fight must go on.

Dec 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE-SOYBEAN PURCHASES
Reuters reported (December 12) that on December 12, China purchased Soybean worth at least US$ 180 million. This was the first purchase after US President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a trade war truce at the G-20 at Rio.

Dec 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: AUTO SALES DROP
Reuters quoted China's premier auto industry association as acknowledging on December 13, that China's automobile sales fell about 14 percent in November from a year earlier, marking the steepest such drop in nearly seven years in the world's largest auto market. The drop in sales to 2.55 million vehicles, a fifth straight decline in monthly numbers, comes against a backdrop of slowing economic growth and a crippling China-U.S. trade war. It was the steepest decline since January 2012, when the timing of the Lunar New Year holiday hurt auto sales.

Dec 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: FDI DROPS
According to figures released by the Ministry of Commerce on December 13, Foreign Investment in China fell sharply in November as concerns over the tariff battle between China and the United States hit investor confidence. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the month fell 27.6 per cent year on year to US$13.6 billion. The slide came despite Beijing making the stabilisation of foreign investment one of its top economic policy priorities. Although even before November, the FDI growth rate had being slowing for the past three months, hitting a four-month low of 7.3 per cent in October.

Dec 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: 'MADE IN CHINA 2025' BEING REWORKED
Indications are that the 'Made in China 2025' plan for upgrading China's technological capabilities is being reworked ahead of the Central Economic Work Conference scheduled for December 19. The US pressure appears to be responsible.

Dec 2018

CHINA-CANADA: FORMER CANADIAN DIPLOMAT DETAINED IN CHINA
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Hao said at the regular press briefing on December 13 that "two Canadian citizens have been subject to compulsory measures by the Chinese side because they are suspected of engaging in activities that endanger China's national security". She said Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor "are suspected of engaging in activities that endanger the national security of the People's Republic of China."

Dec 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: RESEARCH ON AI
Data released by AI Index on December 12, revealed that more than 87% of the world’s AI research comes from academia, and that new initiatives in China have dramatically increased the amount of research directly affiliated with the Chinese government.

Dec 2018

CHINA-PLA: ATTACK HELICOPTERS TRAIN FOR URBAN WARFARE
National Interest cited a recent PLA Daily report on November 24, 2018 as saying that Chinese pilots are training for urban warfare. It added this suggests that the People's Liberation Army is reorienting itself toward a different kind of warfare.

Dec 2018

CHINA-US: CHINESE OFFICIAL RECOMMENDS CHINESE NAVY RAMS US NAVY VESSELS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The official China Military Online quoted Dai Xu, President of China's Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation, as saying in a discussion on December 8, during a discussion on the topic 'What Lies ahead for the South China Sea Issue and the Taiwan Question' that, if a US warship illegally enters into Chinese territorial waters again, two Chinese warships should be sent, one to stop it and the other to bump against and sink it, adding, "In China's territorial waters, we won't allow US warships to run amok."

Dec 2018

CHINA-PLA: MAJOR GENERAL MENG XIANGQING SAYS NATIONALISM WILL NOT INFLUENCE CHINA'S PEACEFUL RISE
South China Morning Post reported (December 14) that PLA Major General Meng Xiangqing, who specialises in national security at the PLA’s National Defence University, said at at a rare media briefing organised by China's National Defence University (NDU) in Beijing on December 13, that China will not let nationalist sentiment hijack its policymaking as it continues its peaceful rise.

Dec 2018

CHINA-CANADA: DETENTION OF MENG WANZHOU OF HUAWEI
The Global Times (December 12) in another article said while Canada has freed Meng Wanzhou on bail, but the Huawei executive deserves to be given back her freedom by the courts, bringing closure to the fraught legal saga. It pointed out that the Canadian judge had observed that Meng Wanzhou has no criminal record in China and elsewhere adding that her release should depend also on Canada's obligations to China.

Dec 2018

CHINA-PLA VETERANS PUNISHED FOR PROTESTING
The authorities have taken severe action for committing a "serious violent crime" against 10 of the hundreds of People's Liberation Army (PLA) veterans who protested in Pingdu City, Shandong Province during the National Day holiday this year to fight for post-retirement treatment. The official identified the case as a “serious violent crime” and took criminal enforcement measures against ten of them. The official media condemned the veterans involved in affecting social stability.

Dec 2018

CHINA-PLA MODERNISATION: NEW ARMED DRONE FOR BORDER RECCEE
Li Wei, a professor at the National Defense University, in a report published in the China Youth Daily revealed on November 29, 2018 the first details of China's new armed reconnaissance drone, the GJ-2, following its debut at the Airshow China 2018 earlier this month. Made by the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, the GJ-2 is a medium-to-high altitude armed unmanned reconnaissance aerial vehicle intended to to enhance China's border patrol and counter-terrorism efforts. Installed with a turboprop engine, the aircraft can reach a top speed of 370 kilometers an hour at an altitude of 9,000 meters, and can stay in the air for 20 hours.

Dec 2018

CHINA-PLA MODERNISATION: ROCKET FORCE
An article in Epoch Times (December 6) claimed that much of China’s innovation is in areas that it can’t effectively steal or reverse engineer technology. Much of its own breakthroughs have been with rockets and missiles.

Dec 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CRACKDOWN ON RELIGION
The New York Times reported on December 10, that Chinese police on December 9, arrested Wang Yi, a prominent pastor and head of the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu along with 100 members of hIs congregation. (Comment: The Early Rain Covenant Church has about 500 followers. It attracts more than 800 church-goers on a weekly basis and also has about 100 seminary students and a primary school catering to about 40 children.)

Dec 2018

CHINA-TIBET: SELF IMMOLATION IN NGABA
A young man in his 20s named Drugkho was reported by Radio Free Asia on December 9, to have self-immolated on December 8 in Ngaba county. The self-immolator belonged to Soruma Village in the same county. (Comment: This is the third instance of self-immolation by a Tibetan in Tibet this year.)

Dec 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMIC REFORM
The Office of the Central Commission on Comprehensively Deepening Reform and the CCP CC Propaganda Department have produced a political documentary, the first episode of which ran on December 11 night. It is called 'The Only Path' (必由之路).

Dec 2018

CHINA-ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Xinhua on December 9, quoted the latest report by Bloomberg Intelligence (BI) saying that China's core AI industry could exceed US$ 145 bn by 2030 with that of AI-enabled industries more than 10 trillion yuan. Titled "China's great tech leap forward", the report said that China's push to commercialize AI technologies, supported by the rollout of the world's biggest 5G network, could position the country as a global leader for technology and innovation. The report said "Based on the growth trajectory in the past decade, China may overtake the U.S. in global technology-patents share by 2025". AI-related industries may exceed 6 percent of China's GDP by 2030. According to Tsinghua University, private funding for Chinese AI-related companies in 2017 totaled 27.7 billion dollars, equivalent to 70 percent of global investments in the industry. Data showed China's cumulative venture-capital investments in AI startups had already caught up with the United States by 2016.

Dec 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
General Wang Ruilin, former Deputy Head of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Political Department, passed away at the PLA’s General Hospital in Beijing on December 8, 2018 morning. He was a close aide of Deng Xiaoping.

Dec 2018

CHINA: CHINESE FUNDING TO US UNIVERSITIES
An article in the Journal of Higher Education highlighted that by 2016, Hanban, a propaganda arm of the Chinese government, had successfully established Confucius Institutes (CIs) at 15% of the largest institutions of higher education, including some of the most prestigious institutions, and in almost every state across the United States.

Dec 2018

CHINA-US: CRITICISM OF CANADA'S DETENTION OF HUAWEI'S CHEIF FINANCIAL OFFICER MENG WANZHOU
China's state-owned Global Times on December 9, observed that the bail hearing of 46-year old Ms Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of Huawei Technologies and daughter and possible successor of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei, had been deferred, but cited a source as saying "she has been subjected to rude and degrading treatment", was handcuffed and that the Canadian detention facility is not offering her the necessary health care.

Dec 2018

CHINA-TIBET: CRACKDOWN ON ARTICES ABOUT DALAI LAMA
The International Campaign for Tibet reported on December 3, that in a nationwide campaign in China against so-called “illegal content,” Chinese authorities are offering rewards to those who inform on others suspected of reading or speaking about, for instance, foreign newspaper articles or broadcasts about Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Dec 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: REMITTANCES FROM ABROAD
A World Bank report released (December 8) stated that India will retain its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances this year with its diaspora sending $80 billion back home and it is followed by China ($67 billion), Mexico and the Philippines ($34 billion each) and Egypt ($26 billion).

Dec 2018

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN: 'SKYNET OPERATION'
The People's Daily on December 6, publicised on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, the statement of the International Anti-Corruption Coordination Group's Office of International Pursuit and Recovery, which claimed that the “Skynet” operation, launched since March 2015, has netted more than 4,833 people from more than 120 countries and regions, including 995 national staff and more than 10.3 billion yuan of assets. It also said that China has signed 54 extradition treaties and 63 criminal justice assistance treaties with 71 countries.

Dec 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP LIN BIAO
According to Duowei News (December 5, 2018), in October 2018, the hometown of the Chinese Communist Marshal Lin Biao put up a statue in his honour in Baiyang Mountain, Huilong Town, Tuanfeng County, Huanggang City, Hubei Province.

Dec 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: REFERENDUM ON NAME-CHANGE IN TAIWAN
The South China Morning Post on November 11, said a referendum is to be held in Taiwan on November 24, asking whether Taiwan should compete in the next Summer Olympics -- 2020 Games in Tokyo -- and other international sporting events under that name, rather than “Chinese Taipei” – a title that has been used since 1981. The referendum is among 10 such votes being held alongside the island’s local government elections on November 24, but is the only one so far condemned by Beijing as a prelude of the island’s attempt to declare independence and change the cross-strait status quo – a move the mainland has said would lead to its attack.

Nov 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINA TRYING TO INFLUENCE ELECTIONS IN TAIWAN
Taiwan police recently arrested eight members of the pro-Beijing China Unification Promotion Party (CUPP). Reports suggest the PRC is channeling significant amounts of money through some fringe organizations such as the China Unification Promotion Party (CCUP), led by former Bamboo Union gagster Chang An-le.

Nov 2018

CHINA-ISRAEL: CHINA DEVELOPING HAIFA PORT ANNOYS USA
A Haaretz report of November 9, recalled it had reported two months ago that, at a conference with their Israeli counterparts, retired American Admirals warned that Washington was simply astonished at Israel’s decision to award major infrastructure projects, including the construction of a civilian port in Haifa, to Chinese companies. Somebody even suggested that the U.S. Sixth Fleet might steer clear of the Israel Navy base in Haifa because of the Chinese involvement in building a civilian port there.It said based on conversations with ministers and other top officials, it now turns out that the Israelis were amazed at the intensity of their American counterparts’ ire on the matter.

Nov 2018

CHINA-US: CHINA APPROVES 16 TRADEMARKS FOR IVANKA TRUMP
President Donald Trump's daughter and senior advisor, Ivanka Trump, last month won initial approval from the Chinese government for 16 new trademarks, covering a wide range of products that include "voting machines".

Nov 2018

CHINA-US: WANG QISHAN MEETS KISSINGER
Xinhua reported (November 11) that Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan met with former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger on November 10, calling on the two nations to properly solve differences and further promote bilateral ties in the future. During their meeting at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in downtown Beijing, Wang Qishan said the China-U.S. relationship has had its share of ups and downs since the two countries forged diplomatic ties nearly four decades ago, yet it has generally moved forward.

Nov 2018

CHINA-US: SECURITY DIALOGUE
The U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) is meeting in Washington, D.C. on November 11. U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis are hosting two key diplomats, Yang Jiechi and Wei Fenghe. Yang Jechi is the Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Central Commission of the Communist Party of China and Wei Fenghe is the Minister of National Defense.

Nov 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: TWELVE LABOUR ACTIVISTS ARRESTED IN CHINA
Reuters reported on November 12 that at least 12 Chinese labor activists have gone missing in recent days, in what sources close to them believe was a coordinated effort by authorities to silence the vocal group. Most of them are university students or recent graduates. Authorities took away at least nine activists in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen on November 9, and three more activists were taken away on November 11 in the city of Wuhan. At least five are graduates of Peking University.

Nov 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY APPOINTMENTS
Lin Rui has been appointed Vice Minister of Public Security. Lin Rui spent most of his career in Fujian, including as police chief and Deputy Mayor in Xiamen, and moved to Beijing in June as an Assistant Minister, a member of the ministry's Communist Party Committee, and head of the Cybersecurity Bureau. Lin Rui is regarded as one of Xi’ Jinpings trusted allies, having worked for many years in southeast China’s Fujian province, where the president spent 17 years during the earlier stages of his political career.

Nov 2018

CHINA-US: CHINESE SCHOLARS BANNED FROM ATTENDING SEMINAR AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
According to a statement issued on its website on November 5, the Fairbank Center of Harvard University said a visiting delegation of leading scholars from the Unirule Institute of Economics — China’s top independent think tank, based in Beijing — which it planned to host for a series of roundtable discussions this week had been prevented from coming.

Nov 2018

CHINA-RUSSIA: ARMS DEALS WITH ROSOBORONEXPORT
Alexander Mikheev, director general of Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state arms seller, said it signed three more weapons contracts with China during the Zhuhai Airshow in China’s Guangdong province. He said “Rosoboronexport expects that participation in the exhibition will give further impetus to the positive trend in Russian-Chinese relations in the field of military-technical cooperation".

Nov 2018

CHINA-HONGKONG: EXILED US-BASED CHINESE WRITER DEBARRED FROM GIVING TALKS AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL
Ma Jian, a US-based exiled Chinese writer was debarred from giving two lectures at the International Literary Festival in Hongkong on November 8.

Nov 2018

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINA DISQUALIFIES TAIWAN E-SPORTS TEAM
A Taiwanese e-sports team competing against a Japanese team in the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2019 was disqualified on November 8, 2018, because they declined to play under the nomenclature "China region".

Nov 2018

CHINA-TIBET: SELF-IMMOLATION
A 23-year old Tibetan man, Dorbe from Jakorma (Chinese: Xiakunma) village in the pastoral Choejema (Chinese: Qiujima) township of Ngaba county (Chinese: Aba) Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province, set himself on fire on November 4 in Amdo, saying “May the Dalai Lama live long! May we soon behold his golden countenance!” Images that emerged depicted the young Tibetan man beside a nomad tent in traditional Tibetan dress.

Nov 2018

CHINA-MILITARY-CIVIL FUSION: PLA AND BAIDU JOIN UP FOR AI
The Financial Times published a photograph of Mao Yongqing, Head of the 28th Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group, which develops electronic warfare technology for the People’s Liberation Army and Yin Shiming, Vice President of Cloud Computing at Baidu, one of China’s privately owned internet groups at a conference in Nanjing.

Nov 2018

CHINA-MILITARY-CIVIL FUSION: CHINA TRAINING AI WARRIORS
The South China Morning Post reported on November 8, that the Beijing Institute of Technology has recruited 31 ‘patriotic’ youngsters straight from high school to begin training as the world’s youngest AI weapons scientists in a new AI weapons development programme.

Nov 2018

CHINA-CYBER/INTERNET
The Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies, an institute affiliated with the Cyberspace Administration of China, said in its second annual World Internet Development Report released on November 8, that China’s comprehensive internet development ranked No 2 in a group of 45 countries. Yang Shuzhen, the head of the academy, said at a press conference on November 8, at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China, that China has become a big country in terms of internet development but its development is still imbalanced. the Chinese report said while the US leads the world in innovation, industry development and security, it took eighth place in internet governance, behind countries like the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.

Nov 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: 'GHOST' APARTMENTS
Professor Gan Li of Chengdu’s Southwestern University of Finance and Economics said a nationwide study on November 9, which is soon to be published, will show roughly 22 percent of China’s urban housing stock is unoccupied. He said that adds up to more than 50 million empty homes. He added “There’s no other single country with such a high vacancy rate.”

Nov 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: OIL IMPORTS
China’s Customs data showed (November 8) that crude oil imports rose to all-time high on a daily basis in October, supported by record demand from private refiners and healthy margins. Data from the General Administration of Customs showed that imports in October surged 32 percent from a year earlier to 40.80 million tonnes, or 9.61 million barrels per day (bpd), climbing from 9.05 million bpd in September.

Nov 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE COUNCIL ISSUES 55 MEASURES TO IMPROVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
Also on November 8, the State Council General Office released the "Notice on Implementing Policies to Improve the Operating Environment and Focus on the Concerns of Business."

Nov 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: TOP CHINESE OFFICIALS TRY TO REASSURE PRIVATE BUSINESSMEN
Guo Shuqing, Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, spoke to the media on November 8 after People's Bank of China (PBoC) Governor Yi Gang did the rounds of the media on November 6. Caixin reported that Guo Shuqing, well known as a firebrand who speaks his mind, outlined an ambitious plan which "suggested a goal that no less than 50% of new corporate loans go to private companies in the next three years"; and "at least a third of big banks’ new corporate loans and at least two-thirds of small and medium-sized banks’ new corporate loans should go to the private sector." Separately, Liu Shiyu, Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, is also trying to step up support and called the chief economists of China’s major brokerages to a meeting and told them to talk favourably about the economy.

Nov 2018

CHINA-INDIA: TRADE
With an eye on India's fast growing white goods market expected to grow at an annual rate of 6 percent to 7 percent and reach 700 billion Indian rupees by 2019, Fang Hongbo, the Chairman of China's Midea Group said India is "a key market for our global strategy" and the group will invest 13.5 billion Indian rupees ($185.1 million) in Supa Parner, Pune to set up a 270,000-square-meter technology park there. Once put into production, it will have an annual production capacity of 500,000 units of refrigerators, washing machines, water purifiers and water heaters.

Nov 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTARY ON SINO-JAPAN TIES
On October 27, 2018, the People's Daily's Zhong Sheng column said on the basis of "mutually partnering with each other and not posing a threat", China and Japan will further tap potential and strengthen cooperation, which will bring more benefits to the two countries and their peoples.

Nov 2018

CHINA-CHINA INTERNATIONAL EXPO CENTRE, SHANGHAI
At the first China International Import Expo, which opened in Shanghai on November 2, Sina.com reported that 10 companies affiliated to China Aerospace Science and Technology Group Co., Ltd. and 13 companies from 11 countries and regions around the world signed 16 projects worth nearly 5 billion RMB. The procurement contract or agreement covers a wide range of fields including aviation logistics, new materials, advanced sensing, new energy, and special equipment.

Nov 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: PREMIER LI KEQIANG MEETS HEADS ON INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
On November 6, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met leaders of six multilateral economic bodies namely, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim; International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde; World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo; OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria; Financial Stability Board Chairman Mark Carney; and International Labor Organization Deputy Director-General Deborah Greenfield.

Nov 2018

CHINA-FIFTH WORLD BUDDHIST FORUM
China convened its Fifth World Buddhist Forum Convened in Putian, Fujian on October 29, 2018. CPPCC Chairman and PBSC member Wang Yang sent a letter of congratulations.

Nov 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: GOVERNMENT RESTRUCTURING AND BIG DATA
People's Daily on November 5, announced that restructuring plans of 29 provinces had been approved by the central authorities. Almost all of China’s 31 provincial governments have announced re-organization plans.

Nov 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: MARXIST STUDENT PROTESTORS AT NANJING UNIVERSTY MANHANDLED
China Digital Times reported on November 7, that Yang Kai and Zhu Shunqing, both members of the unofficial student Marxist group at Nanjing University, were among the leaders of protests on campus which drew a crowd of more than 100 people, according to video footage. Yang Kai, a fourth-year software engineering major at Nanjing University, was shoved and dragged on the ground before being bundled away by unidentified men, according to a classmate and fellow member of Nanjing’s Marxist student society who requested anonymity.

Nov 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: EDUCATION OF PARTY CADRES
The People's Daily on November 2, reported that the CCP CC released its 2018-2022 plan for National Cadre Education and Training (2018-2022年全国干部教育培训规划). A People’s Daily commentator published an article praising the plan as “being of great and profound significance to thoroughly implementing the Party’s construction and organizational line in the new era, cultivating a team of high-quality and professionalized cadres who are loyal, clean, and responsible, and ensuring the Party has successors to carry on its undertaking.”

Nov 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PRINCELING CAUTIONS IT IS PRUDENT TO 'LIE LOW'
South China Morning Post reported on October 30, that 74-year Deng Pufang, the crippled son of Deng Xiaoping and Chairman of the China Disabled Persons Federation, had on September 16, delivered a speech in the presence of all 7 PBSC members where, after praising Xi Jinping, he said “The reform and opening-up policy brought about earth-shaking changes to China – comprehensive changes in politics, economy, society and culture.

Nov 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
The following appointments were announced between October 27 and November 2, 2018: Ma Yongsheng (马永生) was appointed President of Sinopec; Xu Qiang (徐强) was appointed a board member of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation and Deputy Secretary of its Party leadership group; Gong Bo (龚波) was appointed a Deputy General Manager of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation and a member of its Party leadership group; and Shen Yueyue (沈跃跃) was elected chairwoman of the All-China Women’s Federation.

Nov 2018

CHINA-US: CHINA STOPS ALL SOYABEAN IMPORTS FROM USA
The New York Times reported on November 5, that China, the largest market for Soyabeans, has all but stopped buying soyabean from the US. The Chinese government imposed a tariff on American soybeans in response to the Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese goods. The latest federal data, through mid-October, shows American soybean sales to China have declined by 94 percent from last year’s harvest.

Nov 2018

CHINA-US: ARTICLE IN SCMP SAYS US IS JJUST ANOTHER MEMBER OF INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
In an article published in Hongkong's South China Morning Post on October 27, Zhou Bo, an honorary fellow at the PLA Academy of Military Science, said "the US believes it is exceptional". He went on to say "If Brexit is costing Europe in no small way, then America’s withdrawal from the international system and its undisguised contempt for the United Nations are far more consequential. In terms of morale and credibility, the US has fallen off the hill. On Trump’s decision to end the Iran nuclear deal and impose trade tariffs on Europe, president of the European Council Donald Tusk put it this way: “With friends like that, who needs enemies?”He said in conclusion that "After all, the US is no more than a member of the international community, like the rest of us. When it admits that, it is the start of its walk down the hill towards the plain, where the weather is certainly less chilly there than on a hill".

Nov 2018

CHINA-US: CORNELL UNIVERSITY SEVERS TIES WITH RENMIN UNIVERSITY
America's Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, has on October 29, 2018 severed ties with its Chinese partner institution, Renmin University of China, on the ground that they had punished, surveilled or suppressed students who supported workers’ rights in a labor conflict that erupted this past summer involving workers trying to unionize at Jasic Technology in Shenzhen -- or who have otherwise been supportive of workers’ rights.

Nov 2018

CHINA-S&T
The state-run 'The Paper' on October 29, reported that the World's Leading Scientists Forum with the theme of “Science and Technology for the Common Destiny of Mankind”opened in Shanghai on the banks of the Shanghai Lingang Lake. 35 leading scientists of the world including 26 Nobel Prize winners, many world-renowned academic award winners, nearly 40 academics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and outstanding young scientists from China and abroad attended the forum. Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech.

Nov 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: VALUE OF IMPORTED GOODS AND SERVICES IN NEXT 15 YEARS
Xinhua reported on November 5, that Chinese President Xi Jinping said on November 5 in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai, that China's imported goods and services are estimated to exceed 30 trillion US dollars and 10 trillion US dollars, respectively, in the next 15 years. He said measures announced in April to relax market access have been so far implemented.

Nov 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: STUDY TIMES ARTICLE ON PARTY BUILDING
An article authored by Xu Lejiang, Executive Vice Minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD), on Party building in all enterprises was published in the Study Times on November 2, 2018. He said Party building work must be promoted with the goal of administering the party strictly.

Nov 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC STANDING COMMITTEE HAS STUDY SESSION ON AI
The NPC Standing Committee had a special 'study session' after its bi-monthly session on October 26, when they heard a presentation on artificial intelligence from Tan Tieniu, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Nov 2018

CHINA-US: US NAVY EXERCISES
Senior Colonel Wu Qian, the Director General of the Information Office of China’s Ministry of National Defense, said China expects the U.S. Navy to send warships through the Taiwan Strait in November, an action Chinese officials say infringes on their national sovereignty.

Nov 2018

CHINA-US: TRADE WAR
In an article published in Bloomberg News on October 30, former Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade and presently Chief Expert of the National Institute of International Strategy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and adjunct professor of the Tsinghua University, Ms Fu Ying, acknowledged that "China-U.S. relations have deteriorated faster than almost anyone could have expected" and asserted that "the U.S. is driving this process and should reflect carefully whether it’s in Americans’ best interests to continue down this path".

Nov 2018

CHINA-US: XI JINPING'S TELEPHONE CALL TO US PRESIDENT TRUMP
Xinhua reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump held a telephone conversation on November 2, 2018 when they spoke of bilateral trade and the Korean Peninsula issue while agreeing to meet bilaterally during the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina. It said that during the conversation Trump said he looks forward to meeting Xi Jinping during the G20 summit so that they can have an in-depth discussion about some major issues. The US president added that he hopes their two countries will make joint efforts to prepare for the meeting and that the United States attaches importance to US-China economic and trade cooperation and would like to continue to expand export to China. He said the economic teams from the two sides need to enhance exchanges and consultations.

Nov 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY
Figures of the purchasing managers’ index of the National Bureau of Statistics and the China of Logistics and Purchasing -- an industry group -- showed that China’s manufacturing activity fell to a two-year low in October as domestic demand weakened, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up economic growth amid a tariff war with Washington. The figures fell to 50.2 from September’s 50.8 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity expanding. Export orders weakened but the biggest impact was from cooling domestic demand.

Nov 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITBURO MEETING ON AI
The Politburo meeting on October 31, held a 'study session' on Artificial Intelligence. Observing that the external environment is experiencing "profound changes”, or that the United States is restricting China from buying technology or investing in high-tech companies abroad, Xi Jinping said AI is core to China’s future.

Nov 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITBURO MEETING
Xinhua reported that Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CCP CC presided over a meeting of the CCP CC Politburo in Beijing on October 31, to analyze and study the current economic situation and deploy current economic work.

Nov 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP - XI JINPING REASSURES PRIVATE ENTERPRISES
Xinhua reported (November 2) that Chinese President Xi Jinping convened an unprecedented “symposium” on November 1, to hear the views of dozens of representatives from the private sector – including Robin Li of Baidu and Pony Ma of Tencent.

Nov 2018

CHINA-ASEAN: FIRST JOINT CHINA-ASEAN MARITIME EXERCISE
On October 22, China and ASEAN held their first joint maritime naval exercise, the “Joint Maritime Exercise-2018” in Zhanjiang city, Guangdong.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: COMMENTS OF LT GENERAL HODGES FORMER US COMMANDER IN EUROPE: CHINA'S OVERSEAS PORTS
Speaking at the Warsaw Security Forum on October 24, Retired US Lt General Ben Hodges said "I think in 15 years --it’s not inevitable – but it is a very strong likelihood that we will be at war with China.” He also said that in Europe, China owns more than 10 per cent of the ports.

Oct 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: FINANCIAL TIE UP BETWEEN NOMURA AND CHINA INVESTMENT CORPN.
Japan's Nomura Holdings will jointly set up an investment fund with Chinese state-run investment fund China Investment Corp., Nikkei learned on October 23, 2018.

Oct 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE'S VISIT TO BEIJING
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, accompanied by approximately 500 Japanese businesspeople arrived in Beijing for a three-day official visit on the first formal bilateral visit by a Japanese leader to China in nearly seven years on October 25, 2018.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: BEIJING TO ISSUE 6000 HUKOUS ANNUALLY
Xinhua reported on October 17 that the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security on Monday announced a name list of 6,019 people who had the most points among over 124,000 applicants for a Beijing hukou. in the pilot period, Beijing's quota for new hukou holders is set at 6,000 each year based on the city's development planning and population capacity, according to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security. By the end of 2017, the number of people holding a Beijing hukou reached 13.59 million, while the city's permanent population totalled 21.7 million. Beijing plans to cap its population at 23 million by 2020 and also in the long term, as it seeks to address "big city diseases" such as traffic congestion and pollution.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: HOLDING OF STATE-OWNED ASSETS
Caixin Global reported on October 25, 2018 that two central financial committees on October 24 released the new “Comprehensive Report on the Management of State-Owned Assets in 2017.”

Oct 2018

CHINA-US REPORT ON CHINA'S 'INTERNET OF THINGS' (IoT)
The U.S.-China Commission released a contracted report written by SOS International on China’s Internet of Things on October 25, 2018. The Report says that since 2009, China has taken steps to catalyse domestic IoT research and development (R&D) and infrastructure development through robust planning initiatives and extensive financial support.

Oct 2018

CHINA-S&T FORUM
The 14th China Science and Technology Periodical Development Forum co-sponsored by the China Association for Science and Technology and the National Press and Publication Administration, was held on October 23-24, in Wuhan, Hubei Province. More than 600 experts, scholars and scientific journal workers from all over the country attended the forum.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENT OF NEW JIANGXI GOVERNOR
Yi Lianhong was appointed the new Governor of Jiangxi on October 23. He has been acting governor since August. Yi Lianhong was born in 1959 in Hunan.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: WANG HUNING ADDRESSES 17th CONGRESS OF ACFTU
Addressing the 17th Congress of the 300-million All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) on October 22, Politburo member Wang Huning said the "country’s worker class should….unswervingly follow the Party’s leadership.”

Oct 2018

CHINA-EIGHTH XIANGSHAN FORUM
Chinese President sent a congratulatory letter to China’s annual high-level security eighth 'Xiangshan Forum' being held in Beijing. According to Xinhua, in the letter he said “The global governance system and international order are changing at a faster pace.” Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe who read out the letter quoted Xi Jinping as expressing in the letter 'China's sincere willingness to increase strategic mutual trust and security cooperation with countries around the world and demonstrated China's resolve to stay on the path of peaceful development and cooperate with other countries to build a community with a shared future for mankind.'

Oct 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE'S VISIT TO BEIJING
The Washington Post reported (October 26) that meeting Shinzo Abe on October 26, during the first formal visit by a Japanese leader to Beijing in nearly seven years, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that the two countries are “sharing more common interests and concerns".

Oct 2018

CHINA-S&T: ROBOTICS
A report reveals that China is rapidly advancing efforts to acquire factory robots. In 2017, China bought 36% of all factory robots in the world last year, more than any other country including the U.S., and intends to ramp up its own production of them in its attempt to become the pre-eminent technological superpower.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: WEAKENING OF THE YUAN
The Vice President of the People's Bank of China (PBoC) and the Director of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), Pan Gongsheng, introduced the establishment of a private enterprise bond financing at a briefing on the policy of the State Council at the State Council Information Office held a briefing on the policy of the State Council on October 26, 2018.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: NEW DRAFT REGULATIONS FOR FOREIGN BANKS RELEASED ON OCTOBER 25
China’s banking regulator (CBIRC) released new draft regulations on October 25 inviting comments until November 25 and opening the financial sector wider.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE BILLIONAIRES YOUNGER THAN US COUNTERPARTS
The fourth edition of the UBS/PwC Billionaires Report reveals that China now has a total of 318 billionaires while the U.S. has 563 and Europe 637. It also claims the average age of a Chinese billionaire in 2016 is 55, compared to 66 in Europe and 67 in the U.S.)

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: NEW FORBES CHINA RICH LIST SHOWS RISE OF TECH SECTOR
A new 2018 Forbes China Rich List released on October 25, showed that some of China's richest entrepreneurs had their wealth shrink substantially over the past year, but also included new faces. According to the summary, more than 75 percent of the 400 richest Chinese people on last year's list saw their fortunes shrink, with 93 of them dropping out of the ranks this year. Of those who reappeared on this year's list, 229 saw their fortunes drop and nearly one third saw a decline of 20 percent or more.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY CONTROL ON EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
The Deputy Minister of the Organization Department Zhou Yi, Minister of Education Chen Baosheng and the head of the Beijing Municipal Organization Department Wei Xiaodong, announced the appointment of Qiu Shuiping, former Party Secretary of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of State Security, as the new Party secretary for BeiDa.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE CRITICISES BRI
While on a Latin America tour at the end of last week, US Secretary of State Pompeo told reporters during the trip on October 18, in Mexico City that “when China comes calling it’s not always to the good of your citizens.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: USN WARSHIPS TRANSIT TAIWAN STRAIT
Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning confirmed to reporters during a press briefing on October 22, that “in the Taiwan Strait, earlier today, USS Curtis Wilbur and USS Antietam conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit in accordance with international law”.

Oct 2018

CHINA-FOREIGN BANKS ASK EMPLOYEES TO RECONSIDER TRAVEL TO CHINA
Global banks including Citigroup, Standard Chartered, BNP Paribas and JPMorgan have asked their private banking staff to postpone or reconsider travel to China after authorities there prevented a UBS banker from leaving the country.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: FDI
According to the latest Investment Trends Monitor published on October 22, by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), China has become the largest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first half of 2018, attracting an estimated US$ 70 billion in inflows.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CLASH IN TAR
The International Campaign for Tibet reported (October 19) that on October 11 when Chinese work crews arrived in Choeje village in the Tsolho (Chinese: Hainan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s Chabcha (Chinese: Gonghe) county, according to a source and reported by Radio Free Asia (October 17), Tibetans were attacked for protesting the intrusion of a Chinese work team into a grassland area of Amdo (Qinghai) to set up a solar panel installation.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGICAL CONTROLS ON EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
South China Morning Post reported (October 20) that as the battle over political ideology intensifies on mainland Chinese campuses where students are being mobilised to monitor and report “radical” political views, in the past three months, several professors and schoolteachers have been sacked or disciplined for “out of line” opinions.

Oct 2018

CHINA-PLA: CHINA LIKELY TO DISPLAY NEW STEALTH BOMBER
The Chinese media announced on October 15, that the newest long-range strategic bomber will be unveiled during a parade as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in 2019.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: RELIEF TO INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX PAYEES
In an unprecedented move, China's Ministry of Finance (MoF) on October 20, announced unveiled draft revisions to the Individual Income Tax Law detailed tax deductions in six different areas.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: MEETING OF FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND STABILITY COMMITTEE (FSDC)
The State Council's Financial Development and Stability Committee (FSDC) held its 10th special meeting -- the 10th time in two months -- on October 20. The meeting said that financial risks are under control.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP XI JINPING'S LETTER TO PRIVATE BUSINESS OWNERS
Xinhua on October 21 published Chinese President Xi Jinping's 'open' letter to owners of China's private businesses saying Beijing will continue to value and protect them to ensure a "better tomorrow.’”

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP XI JINPING'S INSTRUCTION TO PARTY CHIEFS
CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping, has called on General Offices of Party committees at all levels to resolutely safeguard the authority of the CCP "Central Committee and its centralized, unified leadership".

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: A CHINESE SCHOLAR'S ASSESSMENT
In a recent (October 18) interview with FT, the Dean of the Institute of International Strategy, Peking University Wang Jisi commented that 'the trade war is an omen and a manifestation of the deterioration of Sino-US relations.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: MATTIS' MEETING WITH PRC DEFENCE MINISTER WEI FENGHE ON OCTOBER 18
The New York Times reported (October 19) that US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis tried to lower the temperature on the array of hostilities between Washington and Beijing, saying it is up to the militaries of the two competing global superpowers to act as a stabilizing force amid rising political tensions.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE STATISTICAL BUREAU RELEASES FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER
The State Statistical Bureau released monthly economic data for September which shows an economy that continued to decelerate.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: COMMENTS BY TOP CHINESE GOVERNMENT ECONOMIC OFFICIALS TO SHORE CONFIDENCE
There is obvious nervousness about the state of China's economy, indicated also by China's four top economic officials all releasing statements on October 19 apparently in a coordinated attempt to project confidence and calm.

Oct 2018

CHINA-MILITARY-CIVIL INTEGRATION
BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called for a stronger sense of mission for deeper military-civilian integration.

Oct 2018

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN PLA
A source close to the military revealed that more than 300 military personnel were implicated in the case involving former PLA General Fang Fenghui who, the CDIC said has been stripped of Party membership for corruption.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING TO TOUR GUANGDONG
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported (October 19) that Chinese President Xi Jinping is to soon embark on what he hopes will be a confidence-boosting tour of Guangdong province.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP XI JINPING'S THOUGHTS EXPLAINED
The party’s official mouthpiece 'People's daily' has made an attempt to visually project the Chinese President’s thoughts.

Oct 2018

CHINA-KAZAKHSTAN: CHINESE FEMALE ACTIVIST DENIED POLITICAL ASYLUM
AFP reported that Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic, refused asylum to 41-year old Sayragul Sauytbay, an escaped Chinese national whose court testimony helped expose a secretive network of re-education camps in China’s restive Xinjiang region.

Oct 2018

CHINA-PAKISTAN: REACTION TO DEVELOPMENTS IN XINJIANG
A former Pakistani Ambassador to the US shared a Times article suggesting that authorities "demand" muslims in Xinjiang to eat Pork.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA 'ADVISES' INDIA NOT TO OVER-REACT TO DRONES SALE TO PAKISTAN
The Global Times (October 10, 2018) 'advised' India not to over react to the sale of 48 Wing Loong-II drones by China to Pakistan and sought to justify it by saying "Combating terrorism is a priority for Pakistan, but it is also a big concern for India.

Oct 2018

CHINA-SOFT POWER: INTERNATIONAL PERCEPTIONS
According to data released on October 14 and compiled by the Pew Research Centre, 73 per cent of Asian respondents – represented by polls taken in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia – favoured the United States as the leading global power versus 12 per cent for China.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: CHINA'S REACTION TO US VICE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH OF OCTOBER 5
Xinhua published at least 8 responses attacking the speech. The Central Propaganda Department’s Theory Bureau, writing under the pen name "Zhongxuanli 钟轩理," published 2 commentaries attacking Pence's comments in People's Daily in the week ending October 13.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW 3-YEAR TRANSPORTATION PLAN
On October 9, China released a new three-year action plan to restructure the transport sector. Briefly, it provides for more investment in railway freight and shipping and less reliance on long-distance road freight.

Oct 2018

CHINA- ECONOMY: CHINA'S NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS ESTIMATES MIDDLE CLASS
China's National Statistical Bureau estimates the number of China's middle class at nearly 400 million, less than a third of the population. It defines a middle-class household as one making 25,000 yuan (US$3,640) to 250,000 (US$36,400) yuan a year – a fairly low threshold.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: R&D
China's National Statistical Bureau released national R&D spending data for 2017 on October 9.

Oct 2018

CHINA-'THOUSAND TALENTS PROGRAMME'
An article in the Taipei Times on October 14 disclosed that 33 Taiwanese are among the 8,000 experts and academics so far recruited under the Recruitment Program of Global Experts -- known as the 'Thousand Talents Programme' till China’s National Natural Science Foundation banned usage of the term -- launched in 2008 to attract overseas talent to boost development in China’s key technologies, the high-tech industry and emerging technologies.

Oct 2018

CHINA-PLA: PLA NAVY AIR FORCE REPLACING H-6G AIRCRAFT WITH XIAN H-6J VARIANT AIRCRAFT
An article in the Diplomat (October 12) reported that the People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) has acquired Xian-H-6J anti-ship cruise missile-carrying bombers, according to satellite imagery taken on September 7.

Oct 2018

CHINA-PLA: MILITARY-CIVIL FUSION
At the 4th Exhibition of High-tech Equipment Development of Military-Civilian Integration and Development held on October 13, in Beijing, 176 Military Units signed 154 High-Tech Product Cooperation Projects valued at an estimated 2 Billion RMBs.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP ANTI-CORRUPTION
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) said in a statement on its website on October 19, that Lai Xiaomin, former Chairman of China Huarong Asset Management, has been expelled from the Communist Party and will be prosecuted for suspected corruption.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
Xinhua (October 14) reported that You Quan, Member of the Secretariat of the CCP Central Committee and Head of the CCP CC United Front Work Department visited Urumqi and Hotan in Xinjiang from October 11 - 14, 2018.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INDIA: COMMENT ON QUALCOMM INVESTING IN INDIA
The state-run Global Times on October 9, 2018 claimed that India was learning from China's reform and opening-up. It noted that the US chipmaker Qualcomm has announced plans to build a US$ 400 million plant in Hyderabad, India, which will be its largest facility outside the US.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: US RESTRICTIONS ON TECHNOLOGY PURCHASES AND COOPERATION WITH CHINA
Responding to the letter addressed on August 31, by US Senators, and publicised on October 12, about Google collaborating with China on sensitive technologies and products like 'Dragonfly', Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote: “We hope to stay at the forefront of technology developments and believe that Google's tools could help to facilitate an exchange of information and learning that would have broad benefits inside and outside of China.

Oct 2018

MEETING BETWEEN US PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ON SIDELINES OF G-20 in NOVEMBER
The Wall Street Journal first reported that US President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are likely to hold bilateral meetings during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Oct 2018

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE'S VISIT TO CHINA
Japan's Prime minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to visit China from October 25-27, 2018.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: AUTO SALES DROP
According to data released by the company Friday, overall sales in China fell 43% in September compared with the same month last year and were down 30% through the first nine months of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met Harald Kruger, Chairman of the board of management of BMW Group, in Beijing on October 10.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: STRICTER PARTY CONTROLS IMPOSED ON XINJIANG PROCURATORATE
The government of Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), vowed on October 8, to launch a campaign against the pan-halal tendency, and require officials and Party members to firmly believe in Marxism and Leninism and speak Putonghua in public.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG LAUNCHES ANTI-HALAL CRACKDOWN
In an article posted on Urumqi city’s official WeChat social media account on October 8, party cadres were told to post the same oath on their social media accounts, which read: “My belief is Marxism-Leninism… I must fly the flag high and battle (the) ‘pan-halal trend’ to the end, resolute in my beliefs, even to death!”

Oct 2018

CHINA-SIERRA LEONE: CHINA'S BRI $ 400 MILLION AIRPORT PROJECT CANCELLED
One month after attending the China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing, Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio, who took office in April, has cancelled a loan agreement signed by his predecessor for China to build a new $400 million international airport at Mamamah on the ground that the project is “uneconomical” given that the only existing international airport is “grossly under-utilized.” The new airport was supposed to be completed by 2022.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: CHINESE INTELLIGENCE OFFICER EXTRADITED FROM BELGIUM AND ARRESTED BY US
The New York Times publicised on October 10, that Yanjun Xu, a Deputy Division Director in a regional office of China’s Ministry of State Security (MoSS) was arrested in Belgium and brought to the United States to face espionage charges.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: CECC REPORT OF 2018 PROPOSES NEW INITIATIVES AGAINST CHINA
The bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) on October 10, issued the Commission’s 2018 Annual Report which proposed several new joint initiatives to protect U.S. citizens and residents from intimidation and address possible crimes against humanity occurring in China.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: OIL IMPORTS FROM US DROP TO ZERO
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported (October 6) that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the level of U.S. oil exports to China dropped to zero in August. Also in August, U.S. oil exports dropped significantly overall.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE STOCKS DROP
Chinese stocks registered a major drop on October 8 as traders returned to work after a weeklong holiday. Losses on major indexes in mainland China were as high as 4.8% in a major market rout, with the China A50, which includes major companies from both the Shenzhen and Shanghai indexes, as the biggest loser.

Oct 2018

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CONTROLS ON MEDIA
The online news sites including Phoenix Satellite TV, one of the most influential Chinese-language media based in Hong Kong and the mainland, and 'i.feng' were issued notices on September 26, stating that networks must undergo a shake-up.

Oct 2018

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: PARTY'S VIEW ON ENHANCING EFFECTIVENESS OF INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION
On October 8, the CCP's official newspaper People’s Daily's online edition carried an article by two researchers from the Hunan University School of the Communication and Arts of Film and Television, about China’s propaganda practice in the world entitled “Precision Communication is the inevitable choice for International Communication.”

Oct 2018

CHINA-PLA: PROTESTS BY PLA VETERANS
Epoch Times between October 5-8, 2018 published three reports with embedded videos on the suppression of veterans in Pingdu City, Shandong Province. The veterans were protesting that they should receive a fair retirement settlement from the government.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ISLAM: RE-EDUCATION CAMPS FOR MUSLIMS IN XINJIANG GENERATING OPPOSITION
A report in China Digital Times on October 9, 2018 claimed that Muslims in India and Bangladesh have condemned China for its ill-treatment of Muslims and incarcerating almost a million Muslims in 're-education' camps.

Oct 2018

CHINA-CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: 3 CHINESE NATIONALS KILLED
Xinhua reported (October 5) that three Chinese nationals were killed on October 4, in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S PRIVATE ENTREPRENEURS FEELING UNCERTAIN
Wu Jinglian, the 88-year-old Dean of pro-market Chinese economists, at a forum last month said to Liu He, China’s economic czar, said that “unharmonious voices” were now condemning private enterprise. Wu Jinglian added “The phenomenon is worth noting.”

Oct 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBoC PUMPS EXTRA US$ 110 BILLION INTO ECONOMY
China on Sunday announced a big cut in the amount of cash commercial banks have to put aside at the central bank, a move that will make an extra US$110 billion available for lending as Beijing works to shore up confidence in its economy and markets.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CONTROLS ON TEACHERS
Radio Free Asia reported (October 1, 2018) that the Chinese government issued a notice before the October 1 National Day holiday requiring local schools to strengthen their control over elementary and middle school teachers’ travel abroad. The regulation also applies to kindergarten and retired teachers.

Oct 2018

CHINA- DEFENCE S & T: QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY
A Report released on September 12, 2018 by the Centre for a New American Security stated that China is positioning itself as a powerhouse in quantum science and in the past several years, Chinese researchers had achieved consistent advances in basic research and development of quantum technologies, including quantum cryptography, communications, and computing, as well as reports of progress in quantum radar, sensing, imaging, metrology, and navigation.

Oct 2018

CHINA-PLA: MILITARY-CIVIL FUSION
In accordance with the guidelines issued by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the PLA Daily disclosed (October 4) that the think-tank of the PLA Rocket Force recently recruited 13 Chinese technicians from private companies.

Oct 2018

CHINA-ITALY: BRI
Michele Geraci, Undersecretary at the Ministry for Economic Development, said in an interview at his Rome office, that Italy’s government is scrapping the previous administration’s efforts to limit Chinese investment in strategic sectors in favor of fostering relations with Beijing.

Oct 2018

CHINA-UK: CCTV REPORTER ARRESTED FOR DISRUPTING PUBLIC MEETING IN LONDON
One of CCTV's main reporters in London, Lin Lin Kong was arrested for assaulting a volunteer at a Conservative Party Conference Fringe event on human rights in Hong Kong on September 30. She was later released without charge on October 2.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: US-HONGKONG AND CHINA ENERGY FUND COMMITTEE (CEFC)
US prosecutors on October 3, filed a 32-page document in New York charging former Hong Kong Minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping with bribery and illegally selling weapons to Libya, Qatar and possibly South Sudan in 2015.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: US DoD REPORT ON US VULNERABILITIES IN CORE SECTORS
In a special 150-page Report prepared by the US DoD on weaknesses in core US industries vital to national security, China represents a “significant and growing risk” to the supply of materials vital to the US military.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: US VICE PRESIDENT PENCE'S SPEECH ON SEPTEMBER 4
US Vice President Mike Pence's speech at the Hudson Institute, Washington, scheduled for October 4, 2018 will had a far tougher line on China than till now.

Oct 2018

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG DENIES VISA TO FINANCIAL TIMES NEWS EDITOR
The Hong Kong authorities have rejected an application to renew the work visa of Victor Mallet, Asia News Editor at the Financial Times and Vice President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC), after he chaired a controversial talk by an independence activist in August.

Oct 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MPS VICE MINISTER AND INTERPOL CHIEF CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION
64-year Meng Hongwei, head of Interpol and a Vice Minister of China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS), has been reported missing from Paris and, according to Hongkong's South China Morning Post may be under investigation in China and was “taken away” for questioning by discipline authorities “as soon as he landed in China” last week.

Oct 2018

CHINA-PBSC MEMBER ZHAO LEJI VISITS BELARUS AND LAOS
Politburo Standing Committee Member and Central Commission for Discipline Inspection head Zhao Leji met Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on September 22 while on an official goodwill visit.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: US AND PLA NAVY SHIPS AVOID COLLISION
The Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG-73) was approached on September 30, morning in the South China Sea by a PLAN Luyang-class destroyer in what Navy officials are calling an "unsafe and unprofessional maneuver".

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: US-CANADA-MEXICO TRADE AGREEMENT COULD POTENTIALLY ISOLATE CHINA
A special clause in the new US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement gives Washington a near-veto over any attempt by Canada or Mexico to agree to a free-trade deal with a “non-market economy”.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: CMC REACTS TO US SANCTION AGAINST EQUIPMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
The Deputy Head of the CMC Office for International Military Cooperation Huang Xueping on September 22, 2018, “lodged solemn representations and expressed opposition” to the Acting US Defense Attache David Menser in China and said that the United States’ action is a “flagrant violation of the principles of international relations and a full demonstration of hegemonism which seriously damaged the relationships between the two countries and the two militaries.”

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: REACTION TO SANCTIONS AGAINST PLA EQUIPMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF CMC
The CCP's authoritative official newspaper 'People’s Daily' under its “Zhong Sheng” column criticised the US decision to impose sanctions on the military department.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: TOP ACTRESS FAN BINGBING TO PAY TAX
China's state media reported on October 3, that 37-year old Fan Bingbing, one of the world's highest paid actresses, has been ordered to pay nearly 892 million yuan (about $130 million) in fines and back taxes.

Oct 2018

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING CHAIRS EIGHTH PB COLLECTIVE STUDY SESSION
Xi Jinping presided over the Eighth Politburo Collective Study Session in Beijing on September 21, where he pointed out that “without modernization for agriculture and rural areas, there will be no modernization for the whole country.”

Oct 2018

XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO MEETING ON CCP BRANCH WORK AND NATIONAL CADRE EDUCATION
Xi Jinping presided over a Politburo meeting on September 21 on reviewing trial regulations for CCP branch work and a 2018-2022 plan for national cadre education and training.

Oct 2018

CHINA-MYANMAR: CHINA-MYANMAR ECONOMIC CORRIDOR (CMEC)
On September 9, 2018 Myanmar and China signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for establishing the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Oct 2018

CHINA: EU'S CONNECTIVITY PLAN
The European Commission, the executive body of the EU, in the last week of September set out the Europe-Asia Connectivity plan providing for the construction of transport links, as well as development of human, energy and digital networks. It needs to be approved by the EU Parliament and the European Council.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: CHINESE TOURISM TO US DROPS
The South China Morning Post reported that flight bookings from China to the U.S. for the upcoming golden week holiday are down by a dramatic 42 per cent compared with last year’s holiday week.

Oct 2018

CHINA-US: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI MEETS KISSINGER IN NEW YORK
Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi met Dr Henry Kissinger in New York on September 25, when he urged the US to stop viewing China with a cold war mentality to keep the Sino-US bilateral ties on a healthy track.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINESE STUDENTS FORM MAO-MARX STUDY GROUPS IN UNIVERSITIES
Chinese students are forming study groups to study Chinese communist ideology and discuss the progress of socialism.

Oct 2018

LEADERSHIP- XI JINPING STRESSES 'SELF RELIANCE' ON VISIT TO HEILONGJIANG AND JILIN PROVINCES
The state-run China Daily reported (September 27) that Chinese President Xi Jinping was on tour in Heilongjiang province since September 26, where he stressed the importance of self-reliance in food security, the real economy and manufacturing.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGY - RE-EVALUATION OF MAO ZEDONG
A new edition of eighth grade Chinese history textbooks printed by the Government-owned People's Education Press carries an amended version of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution.

Oct 2018

CHINA-INDIA: AGRICULTURAL COOPERATION
The official Global Times on September 25, 2018 quoted experts as saying the ongoing Sino-US trade dispute will provide a chance for China and India to strengthen their agricultural trade, which will help to address the trade imbalance between the two countries.

Sep 2018

CHINA-US: CHINESE NATIONAL CAUGHT IN US FOR ESPIONAGE
27-year old Ji Chaoqun, a Chinese citizen living in Chicago was arrested on September 25, 2018 for allegedly spying, including by helping with the recruitment of U.S. engineers, defense contractors and scientists for intelligence services in China.

Sep 2018

CHINA-US: CHINA CANCELS PORT VISIT BY US NAVY SHIP
The Chinese Consulate in Hong Kong in a statement on September 26, 2018 stated: “The Chinese government did not approve a request for a port visit to Hong Kong by the USS Wasp.

Sep 2018

CHINA-PLA: DEFENCE R&D - QUANTUM RADAR
People's Daily reported on September 25, 2018 that the Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology in Jiangsu province, a major State-owned defense contractor, has designed and built a cutting-edge quantum radar which will eventually be able to detect stealth aircraft from great distances.

Sep 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA INTRODUCES BUDGET PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
The CCP CC and and the State Council issued a top-level policy document on September 24,, called “Opinions on Comprehensive Implementation of Budget Performance Management.”

Sep 2018

CHINA-TIBET: PROTESTS IN TIBET
On September 5, 2018, Dorje Rabten, aged about 23 and a monk of Kirti Monastery in Tibet, was arrested by police for staging a public protest in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) county town, shouting pro-Tibet slogans, according to Kanyag Tsering and Lobsang Yeshe, from the Kirti Monastery in Dharamsala, India. Dorjee Rabten is from Me’uruma township.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY DISCIPLINE TIGHTENED ON ONLINE BEHAVIOUR
Newly revised regulations on Party disciplinary action that will take effect in October, stipulate that members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will be expelled from the Party if they openly adhere to bourgeois liberalization online.

Sep 2018

CHINA-RUSSIA: PBSC MEMBER HAN ZHENG MEETS PUTIN IN MOSCOW
Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) member and Vice Premier Han Zheng visited Russia and met Russian President Vladimir Putin. Han Zheng said that “China is willing to work with Russia on … implementing the important consensus reached by the two countries’ leaders in all respects and promoting bilateral investment and energy cooperation.”

Sep 2018

CHINA-RUSSIA: PEOPLE'S DAILY PRAISES CHINA-RUSSIA BILATERAL COOPERATION
The official Party newspaper 'People’s Daily' on September 15, 2018, under its “Zhong Sheng” column, which authoritatively transmits the official positions of the People’s Daily on matters of international affairs, praised Sino-Russian regional cooperation. It observed "in 2017, China’s trade with the Russian Far East Federal District exceeded US$7.7 billion.

Sep 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY US-CHINA TRADE WAR
South China Morning Post on September 22 reported that stocks of major surveillance equipment suppliers to the Chinese government have tumbled since the start of the trade war earlier this year.

Sep 2018

CHINA-US: PRC STATE COUNCIL ISSUES WHITE PAPER ON SINO-US TRADE
China's State Council Information Office issued a White Paper on China-US trade in September 2018, which was released on September 24. The 68-page White Paper criticised the US for flouting WTO provisions and instead of "free trade" advocating "fair trade".

Sep 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: GRAIN PRODUCTION
The China Economic Daily on September 16, quoted the State Grain and Reserves Administration in conjunction with eight other departments jointly issuing a notice on conducting well the acquisition of grains in autumn 2018 and requiring local governments to organize and guide market transition from policy-based purchases and storage to market-based acquisitions and purchases.

Sep 2018

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE COUNCIL SAYS NO 'STAGFLATION'
China Economic Daily reported on September 15, that the spokesman of the National Bureau of Statistics, Mao Shengyong said that throughout this year China’s macroeconomic indicators have remained “stable” and there is no danger of stagflation.

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: DIRECTIVE ON CARING FOR MILITARY VETERANS
The PLA Daily on September 18, 2018 reported that the Propaganda Department of the CCP CC, Retired Military Affairs Department of the CCP CC and Department of Veterans Affairs issued a "Notice on Carrying out the "The Most Beautiful Retired Soldiers" Learning and Publicity Activities" stressing study and propaganda activities to "fully implement the spirit of the Party's 19th and 19th Central Committees and the 3rd Plenary Session, and take the approach of Xi Jinping's new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics as the guide, implement the spirit of the National Propaganda and Ideological Work Conference" to fully demonstrate "the excellent quality and good spirit of retired military veterans".

Sep 2018

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING AND NATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE
The People’s Daily published four more commentaries between September 15 and 19, 2018, on Xi Jinping’s speech at the National Education Conference held in Beijing on September 10, 2018 where Xi Jinping stressed that “our education must treat cultivating the builders and successors of socialism as its fundamental mission” and “lead the students to love and support the CCP and to be determined in listening to and following the Party.”

Sep 2018

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