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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jul 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

Jun 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

May 2020

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

Apr 2020

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

Apr 2020

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

Apr 2020

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

Apr 2020

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

Apr 2020

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

Apr 2020

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

Apr 2020

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

Apr 2020

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

Apr 2020

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

Apr 2020

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

Apr 2020

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

Apr 2020

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

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW LEADING SMALL GROUP SET UP TO OVERSEE SECURITY
Reflecting the Party's anxieties about domestic social unrest, the Party has established a new high-level coordination group called the 'Safe China Construction Coordinating Small Group'.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: VICE PREMIER & PB MEMBER HU CHUNHUA TRAVELS TO XINJIANG, HENAN AND SHANDONG
China's PB member and Vice Premier Hu Chunhua has recently travelled to Xinjiang from April 18-20 and Henan and Shandong on April 21-22. In Xinjiang, Hu Chunhua inspected poverty alleviation efforts while in Henan and Shandong the focus was on agriculture.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINA APPOINTS NEW MINISTER OF JUSTICE
Tang Yijun, former Governor of Liaoning, has been approved for appointment as China's new Minister of Justice, but he will formally take over after receiving the NPC Standing Committee's approval when it meets from April 25 - 29, 2020.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: WORLD BANK FORECASTS 4% DROP IN CHINA'S GROWTH RATE
BBC (April 17) quoted official Chinese data that say China's GDP shrank by 6.8% for the first three months of the year. The World Bank says in the base case scenario, China will see growth fall to 2% this year from 6% last year - and if things get worse, it would see growth fall to 0.1%.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE CENTRAL SOE'S GENERATE 58.8% LESS PROFITS IN FIRST QUARTER
China's State Council said at a press conference on April 20, that profits of central state-owned enterprises plunged by more than half in the first quarter as demand evaporated and supply chains were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: HUAWEI'S GROWTH SLOWS AS REVENUES DROP
Caixin (April 23) reported that Huawei Technologies Co.’s rapid growth had slowed to a crawl in the first quarter after Covid-19 depressed demand for smartphones and networking gear around the globe.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE UNIVERSITY SURVEYS HOUSEHOLD FINANCES IN FIRST 3 MONTHS OF 2020
The Daily Economic News reported ( released on April 21) that a survey of household finances done jointly by the China Family Finance Survey and Research Center of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics and the Research Institute of Ant Financial Services Group and released as a Report.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: BANK OF CHINA STOPS BETTING ON CRUDE OIL FUTURES
In a statement issued (April 22) the Bank of China Ltd. (BoC) said it had temporarily stopped taking bets from clients on oil futures via one of its financial products in the wake of the collapse in global crude prices this week that cost some investors millions of Yuan.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECNOMY: CHINESE OIL COMPANIES STORE CRUDE
On April 21, the Shanghai International Energy Exchange permitted a South China-based subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp. Ltd. to increase storage for crude oil by 20% to 500,000 cubic meters.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLAN: PLAN RELEASES VIDEO ON IT'S 71ST ANNIVERSARY
On the occasion of its 71st anniversary on April 21, the PLAN released a video showing PLAN activities.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER RETURNS TO CHINA AFTER 10-DAY EXERCISES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The aircraft carrier Liaoning and its escort ships are on the way back to their port in China after 10 days of exercises in the South China Sea. They passed through the Bashi Strait on April 22, 2020.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLAN MEDICAL UNIVERSITY SENDS PSYCHOLOGISTS TO FIERY CROSS REEF AND OTHER OCCUPIED ISLANDS AND REEFS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA (SCS)
China has set up mental health stations on its occupied islands and reefs in the SCS. A PLA website disclosed April 17, 2020 that a psychologist from the PLAN Medical University went to Fiery Cross Reef on April 7. PLA is devoting attention to the psychological well-being of soldiers/ sailors/ airmen posted in far-flung areas and remote outposts.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: NEW CIVIL SERVICE APPOINTMENTS
Erick Tsang, the former Head of Hongkong's Immigration Department was appointed new Head of the Constitutional Affairs Department on April 22, 2020.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: TRADE UNIONS AND PROTESTORS PLAN TO RESUME PROTESTS
The South China Morning Post reported (April 22) that organisers of a major Labour Day protest in Hong Kong have decided to go ahead with their march defying a police warning to cancel it because of the coronavirus epidemic.

Apr 2020

CHINA-DIPLOMACY: CHINESE DIPLOMATS FOLLOW AGGRESSIVE OR "WOLF" DIPLOMACY
Of late some Chinese diplomats have adopted an aggressive response to comments by senior officials of foreign Governments.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA REACTS TO US SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO'S REFERENCE TO 'WET MARKETS'
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) reacted to a remark on April 22, by US Secretary of State Pompeo in a speech on the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, where he said "wildlife wet markets create risks for the generation and spread of diseases, and may have played a critical role in the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic" and urged their closure.

Apr 2020

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: AUTRALIAN WARSHIP JOINS 3 US WARSHIPS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA IN 'SHOW OF FORCE'
UK's Daily Telegraph reported (April 23) that the Australian frigate HMAS Parramatta joined the USS America, an amphibious assault ship, and the USS Bunker Hill, a guided missile cruiser and the USS USS Barry this week close to where the Chinese government survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 is suspected to be exploring for oil.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS XI'AN, SHAANXI
During his visit to Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province on April 21, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasised ecological environment.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITBURO MEETING ENUNCIATES "SIX ENSURES"
Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a meeting of the Politburo on April 17, when they said that COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to the economy and forced the Party to change their policy priorities.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN HARBIN, HEILONGJIANG PROVINCE
The Financial times (April 19) reported that a new cluster of coronavirus cases in Harbin city has forced authorities to impose new lockdowns. By April 19, Heilongjiang said it had 61 active cases of Covid-19 from local transmission, including non-symptomatic cases, 54 of which were in Harbin.

Apr 2020

CHINA-SOVEREIGNTY: CHINA 'UPDATES' OFFICIAL 1989 DIGITAL MAP AND REDRAWS BOUNDARIES OF COUNTIES IN TIBET
The national geographic information public service platform "Tianditu", established and operated by the National Basic Geographic Information Center, a unit directly under the National Surveying and Mapping Geographic Information Bureau of China, is China's authority in the field of digital maps.

Apr 2020

CHINA-SOVEREIGNTY: CHINA REASSERTS SOVEREIGNTY OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLANDS
The Global Times (April 19) reported that China's State Council had announced the establishment of two new districts in the city of Sansha "to administer waters in the South China Sea" and "for better scientific management and to safeguard territorial sovereignty."

Apr 2020

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CHINESE BLOGGER COMMENTS ON COVID-19
Chinese blogger "Ms. V" said in an episode of "China View" that was published by CGTN Arabic TV (China) on March 17, 2020 that the presence of multiple coronavirus strains in the United States, the coincidence between the initial coronavirus outbreak and the 2019 Military World Games in Wuhan in which the U.S. participated, the possibility that the U.S. may have had many coronavirus deaths that have been documented as influenza deaths, and the CDC's shut down of former U.S. biological weapons research lab Fort Detrick, all suggest that COVID-19 originated in the United States, and not in China.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA ANNOUNCES FALL OF 14.3 PER CENT GENERAL PUBLIC REVENUES FOR JAN-MAR 2020
On April 20, 2020, China's Ministry of Finance held a press conference on fiscal revenue and expenditure in the first quarter of 2020, to introduce fiscal revenue and expenditure in the first quarter of 2020,January-March and release the figures. It said the total the national general public budget income was 4.5984 trillion yuan, down 14.3 percent year on year.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CALL FOR 10 PER CENT REDUCTION IN MINING OF ANTHRACITE COAL
A statement published (April 18) on the website of the China Coal Transport & Distribution Association said a dozen Chinese anthracite coal mining companies had called on the industry to slash production by 10% from current levels amid weak demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The statement said while anthracite coal output is now back at last year’s levels, demand recovery has lagged, leading to a “severe mismatch” in market fundamentals. It quoted the 12 companies as saying Coal producers should limit output, focus on reducing inventory and eliminate outdated capacity to resolve the supply-demand imbalance.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NPC MEETINGS
The well informed Hongkong newspaper Singtao reported (April 17) that the 'Two Sessions' (i.e. the CPPCC and NPC) will be held in late May.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI AUTHORS ESSAY FLATTERING CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING
China's State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on April 16, 2020, published a 3711-word essay flattering Chinese President Xi Jinping' s leadership which "has won high recognition from the international community".

Apr 2020

CHINA-COVID-19 PANDEMIC: CHINA REVISES DEATH RATE IN WUHAN UPWARD
'The Paper' (April 17) reported that China has revised its official count of deaths from the coronavirus, adding some 1,290 deaths in Wuhan, the city where the virus first emerged last December.

Apr 2020

CHINA-TIBET: TWO OLDER MONASTERIES IN SHANNAN CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19
In separate but similar notifications issued on April 14 and 15, the Samye and Yasang Monastery Management Committees respectively said that as “per circular from higher authorities, and in accordance with the need of work relating to the prevention of the infectious coronavirus” the monasteries will be closed from those dates including for "visitation and purification ritual and providing support".

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CSRC INCREASES NUMBER OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) issued a statement on April 15 that there will be 20 new appointees to the 21-member committee, who will join shortly.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: REVIVAL OF BUSINESS STILL SLOW
The All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce provided a detailed picture on the resumption of businesses.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: DESPITE RESUMING OPERATIONS PRODUCTION IN CHINESE COS. IS STALLED BECAUSE OF DISRUPTED SUPPLY CHAINS
Xu Kemin, Director of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Department of Industrial Policy and Regulations (MIIT) recently warned that "Due to the poor flow of international personnel and logistics, enterprises that have returned to work and resumed production are again faced with the risk of having to reduce production or shutting down.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: ANNUAL RECRUITMENT RESUMES
China Military Online reported on April 13 that the PLA has officially started the military recruitment registration for the second half of 2020 in April.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: COMPRESSOR OF NEW FL-62 WIND TUNNEL PROJECT SUCCESSFULLY TESTED
Global Times (April 14) reported that the Aerodynamics Research Institute, under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), announced (April 11) that it had successfully conducted a test run on the main compressor of the FL-62 wind tunnel at maximum speed on April 1.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: BEIJING ANNOUNCES CHINA IS NOT BOUND BY BASIC LAW
The official Radio Hongkong (RTHK) announced on April 17 that: "Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong declared on Friday that it is not subject to Basic Law restrictions that bar central government departments from interfering in local affairs – saying it has the responsibility and the right to comment as it wishes on Hong Kong matters."

Apr 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: PRO-DEMOCRACY FIGURES 'ARRESTED' IN HONGKONG ON APRIL 19 MORNING
The following pro-democracy figures including lawyers, former Legco members and democracy 'activists' have been arrested in Hongkong on April 19 morning.

Apr 2020

CHINA-WHO: W.H.O. IN DAMAGE CONTROL MODE WITH TAIWAN
Going into a damage control mode after its Director General Tedros’ irrational outburst against Taiwan last week, Dr. Van Kerkhove and another official called the Taiwan CECC / Ministry of Health and had an hour-long discussion with them, asking how Taiwan had handled the crisis.

Apr 2020

CHINA-WHO: W.H.O. IN DAMAGE CONTROL MODE WITH TAIWAN
Going into a damage control mode after its Director General Tedros’ irrational outburst against Taiwan last week, Dr. Van Kerkhove and another official called the Taiwan CECC / Ministry of Health and had an hour-long discussion with them, asking how Taiwan had handled the crisis.

Apr 2020

CHINA-NUCLEAR: WALL STREET JOURNAL SAYS CHINA HAS RESUMED NUCLEAR TESTING AT LOP NOR
The Wall Street Journal reported on April 15 that Beijing might secretly be conducting small nuclear tests at its Lop Nur site in Xinjiang.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 LIKELY IN WINTER
Zhang Wenhong, who heads Shanghai’s Covid-19 clinical expert team and directs the infectious disease department at one of the city’s top hospitals, said during an online livestream broadcast by popular short-video platform Kuaishou on April 11, that while countries may be able to bring the deadly pandemic under adequate control by autumn, the coming winter may bring a “second wave” of infections in China and elsewhere.

Apr 2020

CHINA-EDUCATION: COLLEGES TO REOPEN AFTER COVID-19
Xinhua reported (April 14) that China has issued a 'technical' guideline for universities and colleges nationwide to reopen in an orderly manner on the premise that local COVID-19 epidemic is "well tamed".

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE PREMIER ASKS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT MEASURES
At the State Council's weekly executive meeting on April 14, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said“The support measures we have rolled out since the start of this year are adequate and robust and what is crucial is to ensure their full delivery.”

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: MAJOR LEAK OF PRIVATE DATA COULD COMPROMISE CHINESE BANKS
China's financial news service magazine Caixin disclosed (April 15) that an online post openly offered to sell more than 1 million pieces of customer information allegedly belonging to several Chinese financial institutions fuelling fears of potentially massive leaks of private data.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S STATE GRID TO INSTALL NEW HI-TECH INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONSTRUCT BATTERY CHARGING PILES AT GOVERNMENT'S REQUEST
State Grid Co. of China pledged 2.7 billion yuan ($382 million) for the construction of electric vehicle (EV) battery charging piles this year, responding to a push from the central government to develop high-tech infrastructure.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: EUROPEAN BUSINESSES WILL FIND IT DIFFICULT TO LEAVE CHINA
European business people in China told Caixin (April 15) that they are generally not looking to move their operations outside of the world’s biggest manufacturing nation. In some countries the idea was raised that manufacturers should move factories back home after disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S DECIDES ON SUPPORT MEASURES TO HELP COLLEGE GRADUATES AND COMPANIES INCLUDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Xinhua stated (April 14) that an executive meeting of China's State Council had decided that China will take "solid steps" to implement supportive measures for enterprises to help them through challenges, and boost employment for college graduates.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S GROWTH LIKELY HIT 44 YEAR LOW
Reuters reported (April 14) that according to the median of 62 analysts surveyed by it, growth in the world’s second-biggest economy for 2020 was forecast at 2.5%, which would mark the weakest since 1976, the final year of the decade-long Cultural Revolution that wrecked the economy.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. ANNOUNCES SUSPENSION OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO WHO
On April 14, US President Trump announced that the U.S. would suspend funding for the World Health Organisation, pending a review. Rising scrutiny of the WHO, and especially the perception that China wields strong influence over it, has led GOP leaders to call for funding cuts.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE WRITINGS ASSERT THAT WEST'S EFFORTS TO BLAME CHINA ARE PART OF U.S. ORCHESTRATED PR CAMPAIGN
The tenor of US-China relations is reflected in the recent writings of some prominent Chinese. Zhou Xiaoming, former Deputy Head of China’s mission in Geneva, wrote that the West’s efforts to blame China for the global outbreak is “a carefully coordinated PR campaign” initiated by American government to contain China. It is a new battle ground carved out by the US in its war to contain China’s rise. We must not underestimate it.”

Apr 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE POST CLAIMS TEN THOUSAND CHINESE TROOPS GO TO PAKISTAN
A post captioned 'Ten thousand Chinese troops rushed to Pakistan, attracting local residents cheers' appeared on a Chinese website on April 9.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN TAKES CHARGE OF POVERTY ALLEVIATION
Wang Yang, Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) Member and Chairman of the CPPCC) chaired a meeting on poverty alleviation on April 14, 2020.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT SUN JINLONG
On April 13, Sun Jinlong was appointed Party Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Ecology (MEE).

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW DEPUTY HEAD OF CCP CC PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT
Fu Hua, of Han nationality born in August 1964, born in Rudong, Jiangsu, joined the party in December 1993, and joined the work in July 1985 was appointed the Deputy Minister of the CCP CC Propaganda Department on April 7, 2020.

Apr 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINESE CONTINUE TO MOURN DR LI WENLIANG OF WUHAN HOSPITAL
An article in the New York Times (April 13) reported that hundreds of Chinese ''netizens' continue to virtually mourn and post flowers the deceased Dr Li Wenliang of Wuhan Hospital who blew the whistle on the Coronavirus.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA COMMENTARY LAUDS CHINA'S MANAGEMENT OF CORONAVIRUS
The PLA Daily published (April 8) a front-page Xie Xinping (解辛平 --a pen name that stands for PLA news commentary -- about China’s “extraordinary journey” in the management of the coronavirus outbreak.

Apr 2020

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: CHINESE TECH COMPANY CLAIMS IT WILL CATCH UP WITH FOREIGN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURERS IN A YEAR
Caixin reported (April 15) that the up-and-coming Yangtze Memory Technologies Co. Ltd. unveiled its latest 3D NAND memory chip with cutting-edge 128-layer technology as it plays catch-up with global leaders like Samsung in China’s drive to become a semiconductor powerhouse.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: AUTO SALES SLUMP
Caixin reported (April 15) that the SAIC Motor Corp., the biggest automaker in China, reported a 28.9% drop in earnings for 2019 as an industrywide sales slump undermined manufacturers’ profitability in the world’s largest market.

Apr 2020

CHINA-EONOMY: UNEMPLOYMENT RISES IN CHINA
The South China Morning Post reported (April 13) that a recent monthly survey showed that the unemployment rate had already hit a record high last month.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: MANUFACTURERS RAISE COSTS OF PRODUCTS
The Chinese financial magazine reported (April 15) that as the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic moves outside China, multiple major construction equipment makers raised the prices of their excavators amid rebounding domestic demand and the rising cost of imported components.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA TO GIVE PAKISTAN RS 2.04 BILLION FOR SMART UNIVERSITY
China will provide Pakistan with an unrequited assistance of Rs 2.048 billion for completion of a smart university transformation project.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: REN ZHIQIANG BEING INVESTIGATED BY BEIJING DISCIPLINE INSPECTION COMMISSION
The Beijing Western District Supervision Commission/Party Disciplinary Commission announced (April 8) that it is 'investigating' Ren Zhiqiang, the 'princeling' real estate tycoon, for serious violations of Communist Party discipline and law.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW GOVERNOR OF SHANDONG TO BE APPOINTED
cpc.gov announced (April 9) that China's Minister of Ecology and Environment (MEE) Li Ganjie will be taking over as deputy Party secretary of Shandong. He would soon be appointed Governor. At age 55, Li Ganjie will become one of the youngest provincial Governors.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MEASURES TO REVIVE ECONOMY
CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) on April 8 when he told them that things in the rest of the world are really bad and that is bad for China.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: COUPONS/VOUCHERS ISSUED TO REVIVE ECONOMY
China Daily and Beijing News reported (April ) that more regions are releasing numbers on their voucher programs.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: STATE COUNCIL ISSUES RULES TO CONTAIN SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS
China's State Council at its meeting on April 8, instructed local governments to be “prudent” in allowing gatherings of people. It also issued its first set of rules to local governments on how to contain the spread of asymptomatic cases.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: SMALL TOWN OF SUIFENHE, HEILONGJIANG PROVINCE ON BORDER WITH RUSSIA CLOSED
Following China's National Health Commission (NHC) revealing that from March 21 to April 7, over 2,400 people passed through the Suifenhe border alone and that 45 new COVID-19 cases were detected among returning Chinese nationals on April 6 and 7, authorities of the small city of Suifenhe, Heilongjiang province, sealed off the city’s border with Russia.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: BUSINESS ACTIVITY IN CHINA PICKING UP
As of April 9 the Trivium National Business Activity Index indicates that China’s economy is operating at 81.2% of typical output, up from 80.6% on April 8; the Trivium National Large Enterprise Activity Index indicates that China’s large enterprises are operating at 81.8% of typical output, the same proportion as on April 8; and the Trivium National SME Activity Index indicates that China’s small businesses are operating at 80.7% of typical output, up from 79.7% on April 8.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: RESEARCH PAPERS REVEAL DEVELOPMENTS BY CHINA IN NUCLEAR SUBMARINES
The Jane''s Defence Weekly reported (April 9) that two Chinese research papers that emerged in early April through social media provide further evidence of significant technological developments in PLAN’s next generation of nuclear submarines.

Apr 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: TENSIONS IN THE RELATIONSHIP
The Diplomat reported (April 10) that Japan Air Self Defence Force’s (JASDF) fighter jets scrambled 675 times in 2019 to intercept PLA AF and PLAN’s aircraft.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE 'PRINCELING' REN ZHIQIANG OFFICIALLY ADMITTED TO BE UNDER INVESTIGATION
After his disappearance on March 12, it has been officially disclosed that 69-year old real estate tycoon and frequent CCP critic Ren Zhiqiang, is under investigation probably presaging his arrest and seizure of his assets.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA APPREHENDS FOOD IMPORTS COULD BE IMPACTED
'Beijing News' reported (April 1) that, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), food safety may become an issue in some countries and regions due to the lack of labor and to supply chain disruptions.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: EMPLOYMENT FORECAST FOR CHINA IS BLEAK
The independent Chinese financial magazine Caixin (March 31) assessed that China is facing a severe economic slowdown and massive unemployment because the coronavirus hit it so badly.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS STILL SLOW
A survey of business activity in China till April 8 showed that recovery of China's economy is slow.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: ECONOMIC RECOVERY IN CHINA POST COVID-19
HawkEye360 data recently showed that as China locked down for the coronavirus, activity at ports around the country slowed to a crawl. A strong recovery is, however, now underway in some places, including Shanghai. Wuhan's port activity remains suppressed, though it began to tick upward at the end of March.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CURBS IMPOSED DUE TO COVID-19 EASED IN WUHAN
Starting at 12 am on April 8, the Wuhan City government lifted the lockdown which had been in place since January 23.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA FEARS THAT US MAY IMPOSE MORE HI-TECH SANCTIONS ON CHINA
The Global Times on April 3, published a commentary written by Ni Guangnan, one of the founding members of the China Engineering Academy and the former Chief Engineer of the Legend Group.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: NATIONAL REVIEW CLAIMS PHOENIX TV OWNED BY CCP
The US publication National Review on April 7 stated that Phoenix TV is owned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The report said at the White House briefing on April 6, a Phoenix Television reporter asked President Trump whether he is “personally working directly with China” on securing medical supplies. “Only last week, there were multiple flights coming from China full of medical supplies,” the reporter said.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: THREAT TO US IMPORTS OF MEDICINES AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES
Globalization has resulted in the manufacturing of many medical products and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) moving to China.

Apr 2020

CHINA-INDIA: INDIAN LAWYER SUES CHINA FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY COVID-19
Radio France International reported (April 5), based on multiple sources, that the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in India and the All India Bar Association (AIBA) have filed a complaint in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) seeking $20 trillion as reparations from China over the global spread of the coronavirus.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINA TO TEST COVID-19 VACCINE ON PATIENTS ABROAD
The South China Morning Post reports (April 3) that China hopes to conduct a large-scale test of a possible Covid-19 vaccine abroad in the worst-hit countries.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINA'S NEIGHBOURHOOD COMMITTEES ARE HELPING CONTROL CORONAVIRUS
Global Times (March 31) reported that the neighbourhood committee, which began as urban grassroots civil organisations in the 1950s and are the lowest level of governance in charge of civil affairs, were helping in controlling the Coronavirus.

Apr 2020

CHINA-AVIATION: CHINA SAYS 'AIRSHOW CHINA' WILL BE HELD IN NOVEMBER ON SCHEDULE
Organisers of the Airshow China, which is scheduled in November this year, said it will not be cancelled More than 400 companies from China and the world have already confirmed their participation in the airshow.

Apr 2020

CHINA-SECURITY: NEW COMMUNICATIONS APP 'ZOOM' IS FOUND TO BE COMPROMISED BY CHINA
The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab published an interesting report on Nasdaq's teleconference app Zoom, a Silicon Valley based company.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: AGRICULTURE SHORTFALL IN GRAIN PRODUCTION WORRYING CHINA LEADERSHIP
Agricultural worries threaten to undermine China's plan to eliminate rural poverty in 2020. Chinese journalists warn that Chinese farmers need higher subsidies to prevent them from abandoning grain production, and rice and soybean supplies from abroad could be interrupted during the Covid-19 crisis.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE SoEs IMPORT HUGE QUANTUMS OF SOYBEANS
China's State-owned companies significantly increased their purchases of U.S. soybeans, while other Chinese companies bought mainly from South America last year.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: FORMER CHONGQING MAYOR SAYS CORONAVIRUS COULD BE "ONCE IN A CENTURY" OPPORTUNITY FOR CHINA
Writing in the Chinese publication 'First Financial Daily', (March 27) the former Mayor of Chongqing Huang Qifan wrote that, the global virus outbreak could be a “once in a century” opportunity for Chinese economy.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: DEBATE ON GOVERNMENT MENTIONING GROWTH RATE TARGET
In the wake of the unprecedented economic damage caused by the Coronavirus, debate has been intensifying in China as to whether China should set a growth target this year.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINA EXPORTS FRST BATCH OF THIRD GENERATION 'RED ARROW' ANTI-TANK MISSILE (HJ-12)
The Russian Satellite News Agency on April 3, stated that China's arms exporter Norinco Corp announced that the first batch of the third-generation anti-tank missile complex "Red Arrow-12 Anti-tank Missile" (HJ-12) was sold.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLAAF CONDUCTS 36 HOUR EXERCISE NEAR TAIWAN
The PLA Daily reported (April 1) that the PLAAF had conducted a 36-hour long-endurance early warning exercise simulating countering enemy planes during wartime and placing increasing emphasis on airborne early-warning and control aircraft.

Apr 2020

CHINA-XENOPHOBIA: WESTERN JOURNALISTS ARE REPORTING GROWING XENOPHOBIA IN CHINA
Vagabondjourney.com cited (April 4) western journalists reporting increasing instances of xenophobic behaviour by Chinese including in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai.

Apr 2020

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CHINA'S MASK DIPLOMACY
Radio France International (March 29, 2020) and Global News (March 31, 2020) published reports that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been conducting a “mask diplomacy.”

Apr 2020

CHINA-VIETNAM: CHINESE VESSELS SINK VIETNAMESE FISHING BOATS
Li Shiqu, spokesman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said (April 3) that two Chinese maritime police ships stopped and sank the Vietnamese fishing vessel QNg 90617 TS and 8 fishermen who were on board, during their normal fishing activities on Fulin Island.

Apr 2020

CHINA-INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE: REPARATIONS FROM CHINESE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY CORONAVIRUS
An Indian advocate in the has filed an appeal (April 3) for payment of damages by the Chinese government and agencies for the damage caused by the Coronavirus.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: STATE COUNCIL DECLARES 4TH APRIL DAY OF NATIONAL MOURNING FOR COVID-19 VICTIMS
China's State Council, declared Saturday the 4th April a national day of mourning for citizens who died in the fight against the coronavirus and patients who died from the disease.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: 'IMPORTANT COMMENTARY' IN PEOPLE'S DAILY PRAISES CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S LEADERSHIP
A People’s Daily commentary under the highly authoritative pen name Ren Zhongping (任仲平), standing for “important People’s Daily commentary”, while reflecting on the Chinese nation’s responses to the COVID-19 epidemic, specifically praised Xi Jinping’s leadership, listing his key meetings and inspection tours, as well as several of his “powerful and resonating” remarks on the epidemic.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SENIOR APPOINTMENTS
Li Yi, was appointed Deputy Head of the Central Party School in Beijing in March. Of Han nationality, he was born in 1963 in Tianjin and joined the Chinese Communist Party and work in July 1984.

Apr 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: WUHAN ACTIVIST FANG FANG CONCLUDES 60TH ENTRY IN HER DIARY
Fang Fang, an activist blogger resident in Wuhan, posted the final episode of her diary captioned 'Conscience of Wuhan' on March 25. Fang Fang who has been attacked by ultra-leftists daily said 'that the extreme left threatens Chinese society with a national calamity.

Apr 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: CHINESE STUDENT IN SHANDONG CALLS ON CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TO STEP DOWN
Radio Free Asia reported (March 31) that Zhang Wenbin, a university student in Shandong Province due to graduate this academic year and who described himself as "once a little pink" supporter of the CCP, posted a video to social media calling on President Xi Jinping to step down.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: COUNTY IN HENAN PROVINCE INSTRUCTS THAT RESIDENTIAL COMPOUNDS BE SEALED BECAUSE OF FRESH CASES OF CORONAVIRUS
Bloomberg reported (April 2) that Jia county, Henan province, whose population numbers around 640,000, issued a directive on April 1, asking all residential compounds to be sealed off and those visiting and leaving homes to produce identity cards, wear masks and submit to temperature checks. Car traffic will also be limited.

Apr 2020

CHINA-DIPLOMACY: VETERAN CHINESE DIPLOMAT ADVISES SOPHISTICATION IN DIPLOMACY
On April 2, the official 'The Paper' published an article by veteran diplomat and former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Fu Ying.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA ESTABLISHES NEW CENTRAL SoE
The State-owned Assets Administrator (SASAC) announced the formation on March 31, of a new central SoE called the 'China Rongtong Asset Management Group'.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA RELEASES LIQUIDITY INTO MARKET TO HELP ECONOMY
The Chinese financial magazine reported on April 3, that to help economic recovery China’s central bank cut the amount of cash that banks need to hold in reserve for the third time this year, releasing about 400 billion yuan ($56.4 billion) of liquidity into the financial system.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: INSTRUCTIONS TO SoEs OPERATING ABROAD ON GUARDING AGAINST COVID-19
The Department of Cooperation of China's Ministry of Commerce on April 1, issued "Guidelines on the Prevention and Control of New Coronary Pneumonia Epidemic in Overseas Enterprises and Projects" listing 16 specific measures under Six requirements. It said the Guideline represents "the motherland's deep concern for overseas enterprises and staff in the project".

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: INTERNAL DEBATE WHETHER GOVERNMENT SHOULD SET TARGET GROWTH RATE
The Chinese magazine Caixin reported (April 2) that a major debate is heating up among economists and Chinese government advisers over whether the country should abandon its annual growth target this year given the huge uncertainties facing both domestic and external demand as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS AND FINANCE WARNS CHINA WILL GET NO ORDERS TILL U.S. AND EUROPE RECOVER FROM CORONAVIRUS
The Chinese website Sina quoted (March 30) Xu Xiaonian, a Professor of Economics and Finance at the China Europe International Business School, said that as long as the pandemic in Europe and America is not over, Chinese export companies will have no orders, and a recession is inevitable.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: MINISTRY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS CLAIMS 55,000 EX-SERVICEMEN REHABILITATED
Xinhua (March 31) reported a claim by China's Ministry of Veterans Affairs that it has secured 55,000 jobs for ex-service personnel in four leading Chinese companies in the private sector, in accordance with agreements signed online between the ministry and the four job providers.

Apr 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINESE EMBASSY IN LONDON EVACUATING STUDENTS FROM UK BY AIR
Caixin reported (April 2) on the basis of reports from families that the Chinese Embassy in UK is chartering a plane to bring home Chinese students attempting to flee the country’s Covid-19 outbreak.

Apr 2020

CHINA-TIBET: MONASTERIES IN TAR REOPEN AFTER CORONAVIRUS
Xinhua quoted (March 31) the Buddhist Association of Lhasa as announcing (March 30) that a total of 214 religious venues in suburban areas of Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, which were temporarily closed due to the novel coronavirus epidemic, will reopen to the public starting from March 31.

Apr 2020

CHINA-COVID-19: WUHAN AUTHORITIES HELD EXERCISE ON HANDLING EPIDEMICS IN JULY 2019
New York Times on Match 29 reported that the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention held the country’s biggest infectious outbreak training exercise since the SARS epidemic in 2002 and 2003, in n July, to showcase the strides made since the virus killed hundreds and traumatised the nation.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE COUNCIL APPROVES INCREASED RELENDING BY BANKS AND LOANS AT CONCESSIONAL RATES TO MICRO, SMALL AND MIDSIZE COMPANIES
China’s State Council decided at a meeting on March 31 to enhance the country’s monetary response to Covid-19, including a further reduction in the amount of cash some banks must hold in reserve to provide further assistance to small and midsize businesses.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: RECOVERY IN MFG SECTOR
According to a Caixin sponsored survey of April 1, China’s manufacturing activity recovered in March as workers returned to businesses, despite the expanding coronavirus outbreak overseas denting foreign demand.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA MOBILE BOOSTS SALES OF HUAWEI AND ZTE AMID US RESTRICTIONS ON HUAWEI
Chinese telecom giant Huawei and hometown rival ZTE won China Mobile’s latest tender of 5G contracts to build 232,143 fifth-generation wireless network base stations in 28 provincial-level regions.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: EXPORT OF VENTILATORS
Xu Kemin, an official of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said at a news conference in Beijing on March 30 that in the 10 days starting March 19, China shipped around 1,700 mechanical ventilators to markets outside the country.

Apr 2020

CHINA-INDIA: XI JINPING SAYS CHINA-INDIA RELATIONS AT NEW STARTING POINT
Xinhua (April 2) reported Chinese President Xi Jinping as saying in his congratulatory message to India's President Ramnath Kovind on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties that China-India relations are standing at a new starting point and facing new opportunities.

Apr 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN DONATES 5.6 MILLION MASKS TO EU; MORE TO FOLOW TO OTHERS
i) EU President Ursula von der Leyen Tweeted on April 2, thanking Taiwan on behalf of the European Union for its donation of 5.6 million masks to help fight the Coronavirus, describing it as a gesture of solidarity.

Apr 2020

CHINA-MYANMAR: MYANMAR CARDINAL CRITICISES CHINA FOR COVID-19
UCA News reported (April 2) that Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, who heads the Federation of Asian Bishop's Conferences, launched a searing attack on the CCP over the COVID virus, branding it "moral culpable", demanding an apology and reparations. His statement also attacks Beijing's human rights record.

Apr 2020

CHINA-UN: UN DECIDES TO USE TENCENT FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
The United Nations has decided to partner with the Chinese technology giant Tencent to hold online meetings for its 75th anniversary celebrations, despite the company’s role in state surveillance and censorship within China.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE MEDICAL TEAM ARRIVES IN ISLAMABAD FOR 2 WEEKS
A team of Chinese health experts reached Islamabad on March 28 to assess the preventive measures taken by the government so far to fight the COVID-19.

Apr 2020

CHINA-PLA: NEW MILITARY DISCIPLINE INSPECTION REGULATIONS
China National Defence News reported (March 23) that with the CMC's approval the CMC Commission for Discipline Inspection and Supervision issued the "Code of Daily Conduct for Party Members and Cadres in the Army Discipline Inspection and Supervision System".

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: EXECUTIVE VICE PREMIER HAN ZHENG CHAIRS MEETING ON STABILISING INVESTMENT
Xinhua reported (March 27) that China’s Executive Vice Premier Han Zheng chaired a meeting on March 26 in Beijing on stabilising investment.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S INDUSTRIAL PROFITS DROPPED IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2020
China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosed that industrial profits for January and February had dropped.

Apr 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CONFUSION LEADS TO CLOSURE OF CINEMAS IN CHINA
Following government approval, China's 600 cinemas reopened for business early this week, but they were directed to be closed again on March 27.

Apr 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: CHINESE SCIENTIST GAO QUANXI SAYS GOVERNMENT FAILED TO STIMULATE SOCIAL SOCIETY
Prof. Gao, now Chair Professor Law at Koguan School of Law, Jiaotong University, was quoted by Xinjing bao on February 29, 2020 as saying ”Improve social mechanisms, let cons­ci­ence and rule of law prevail”.

Apr 2020

CHINA-EDUCATION: PROVINCES BEGIN REOPENING SCHOOLS
Caixin reported (March 27) that kindergartens in Jiangsu province will reopen on April 7, the third grades will start on March 30th, and the high school starts on April 13. Jiangsu said colleges and universities will start on April 13.

Apr 2020

CHINA-DISCONTENT: CLASHES ON HUBEI-JIANGXI BORDER
Late on March 27, reports and videos were publicised via Twitter by Hubei residents who were trying to leave the province after the authorities had eased travel restrictions and the Jiangxi provincial traffic police who tried to stop them at the check-post.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEETING ON MARCH 27
Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee n march 27 to discuss 'Dealing with the Coronavirus'. The meeting discussed keeping imported cases from entering the country and staying vigilant against the virus at home. It announced that the government will be rolling out a basket of supportive measures to help the economy.

Apr 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING VISITS NINGBO
On March 29, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Ningbo port in Zhejiang province – one of the world’s busiest ports and a trade hub for eastern China.

Apr 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE STUDENTS LEAVING U.S. TO RETURN TO CHINA
Chinese students based in the US are paying upto UK Pounds 22,000 to charter aircraft in a bid to escape the potential Coronavirus epidemic in the US and get to China. China has, in turn, prohibited all charter flights from the US.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: US DESTROYER PASSES THROUGH TAIWAN STRAIT
Anthony Junco, a spokesman for the U.S. Seventh Fleet, said the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell conducted “a routine Taiwan Strait transit” on March 25, in line with international law. He said “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S.

Mar 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES SAYS CHINESE COMPANIES IN INDIA CAN HELP BUILD HOSPITALS
Global Times (March 25) quoted Chinese experts as suggesting that Chinese companies already in India can offer help including aiding the locals to build makeshift hospitals like those in Wuhan if asked. It quoted an expert from the China Railway Construction Corp. as saying Chinese companies can help countries undergoing coronavirus lockdowns like India. "Chinese companies working on existing projects in India, with sufficient supply networks in place, can take over the construction of makeshift hospitals like those in Wuhan upon India's invitation."

Mar 2020

CHINA-GERMANY: XI JINPING CALLS GERMAN CHANCELLOR MERKEL
Chinese President Xi Jinping placed a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 25, to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. He expressed a desire for deeper Sino-German cooperation and said “China is willing to share prevention, control and treatment experience with Germany, strengthen cooperation in vaccine and drug research and development, and contribute to the health and well-being of the two peoples and global public health and safety.” Angela Merkel agreed and said “Germany thanks China for its timely and valuable help and hopes to carry out scientific research cooperation with China in the areas of vaccine and drug research and development and other fields, so as to set an example of solidarity.” (Comment: Over the last two weeks, Xi Jinping has called various foreign leaders each day to express support and offer medical aid and expertise.)

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA FILLS ALL ITS OIL STORAGE CAPACITY
With oil prices dropping to an 18-year low, demand in China’s oil storage sector has soared as companies hoard the fossil fuel. Data from energy information provider OilChem China showed that since March 7, the day after talks between oil-producers cartel OPEC and Russia collapsed and prices began to plummet, Chinese ports have added around 1.5 million tons of commercial crude oil to their stockpiles. A manager at a Chinese oil storage company said “All of China’s coastal storage tanks and those near rivers are all booked, wherever they are in the country”. The total quantum of oil in OilChem China's storage is now 29.45 million tonnes.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: WORKERS COMPETE FOR GETTING BENEFITS APPROVED BY CHINESE GOVERNMENT
Foreign Policy reported (March 25) that in most Chinese cities, offices and factories have reopened, but many workers have reported slashed salaries or the loss of benefits. To avoid catastrophic unemployment, the authorities have tightened already restrictive laws around layoffs, pushing the financial burden onto businesses. There is aid in place for many hard-hit enterprises, but a lot of political competition around who gets it. Chinese labor laws have always been excellent on paper: It’s hard to fire workers without cause or carry out mass layoffs. But they are highly difficult to enforce in practice.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: SURVEY SHOWS SHARP DECLINE IN JOB OPENINGS
Lu Hai, Professor at Peking University, who organised a recent survey under a joint project between Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management and Zhaopin, one of China’s largest hiring platforms, revealed (March 25) that job openings in China for the first two months of 2020 dropped by more than 30% as the coronavirus epidemic severely disrupted economic activity.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE ECONOMY CONTRACTS YIELDING LOWER REVENUES
Bloomberg financial services reported that “The income of central and local governments contracted 9.9% in the first two months of the year compared to a year ago”, describing it as the deepest fall since February 2009.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: BUSINESS INDEXES REGISTER VERY SLOW GROWTH
Xinhua reported (March 26) that according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology by March 24, only 71.7% of small and medium-sized enterprises had resumed operations. Another National Business Activity Index shows that as of March 25, the economy was operating at 73.9% of pre-crisis levels. These figures have prompted estimates that the economy is running at less than three-fourths normal levels and that if the economy doesn’t get rebooted quickly, the damage will be intense and long-lasting.

Mar 2020

CHINA-TIBET: TAR RELAXES QUARANTINE REGULATIONS
The Lhasa City Epidemic Prevention and Control Leading Committee issued an official notice dated March 23, saying that people from “low-risk” areas who are quarantined in hotels or elsewhere can move outside if they have already been in quarantine for a week. The notice, a copy of which was posted on Chinese social media, also says that while people arriving from “low-risk” places may not have to stay in quarantine, people arriving from medium- and high-risk places should be quarantined for seven and 14 days respectively. Tibetans quarantined for 14 days would be kept at their own expense.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: 27 CHINESE PROVINCES RELAX RESTRICTIONS
At a press conference in Beijing on March 26, China's Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Xu Nanping, said that it is not yet time to summarize China ’s experience in science and technology against epidemics.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: HUBEI PROVINCE BEGINS LOOSENING TRANSPORT CURBS
Caixin reported (March 25) that “Hubei provincial authorities issued a notice on March 24 announcing that they will end restrictions on outbound traffic" starting March 25, with the exception of its capital city of Wuhan, which will block departures for two more weeks.

Mar 2020

CHINA-CIVIL AVIATION: CHINA SUSPENDS MOST INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
The Civil Administration of China (CAAC) announced (March 26) that it will drastically cut back the number of international flights from March 29. It said all domestic airlines that fly internationally can keep only one international route in operation, with just one flight on that route per week. Meanwhile, foreign carriers flying to China can also keep only one route, which can also not fly more than once a week.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: FEARS OF A SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 PROMPTS CHINA TO STOP ENTRY OF ALMOST ALL FOREIGNERS
FT reported (March 27) that China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced (March 26) it would temporarily suspend visits from almost all foreign nationals amid mounting fears that those returning to China after the country eased its travel restrictions were sparking a second wave of cases.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG WARNS ABOUT RECURRENCE OF CORONAVIRUS
On March 24, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned officials “not to hide cases for the sake of reporting zero.” He told officials "Everywhere you want to be truthful and publicly and transparently release epidemic information."

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: PROPAGANDA WAR OVER CORONAVIRUS
Following the accusation on March 12, by Zhao Lijian, Spokesman & Deputy Director General of the Information Department, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that the United States is the origin of the novel Coronavirus, Chinese bots took to Twitter to spread the accusation.

Mar 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE DEFENCE MINISTRY REPORTS PLA NAVY FLEET SAILING BETWEEN OKINAWA'S MAIN ISLAND AND MIYAKOJIMA ON MARCH 19
Japan's Defence Ministry reported that on March 19 in an area about 80 kilometers southeast of Miyako Island a PLA Navy Type-052D guided missile destroyer, two Type-054A frigates and a Type-903A integrated supply ship were spotted by its PC-3 patrol aircraft sailing eastward. The Japanese Ministry of Defense said that afterwards, these Chinese warships sailed northward from the sea between Okinawa's main island and Miyakojima and headed for the East China Sea.

Mar 2020

CHINA-INTERNATIONAL AID: CHINA PROVIDES EMERGENCY HEALTH ASSISTANCE TO EUROPE
The Wall Street Journal reported (March 20) that a group of 300 Chinese intensive-care doctors began to arrive in Italy on March 18. China has also sent supplies to Serbia and Brussels at their request offering to provide more than two million medical masks and 50,000 coronavirus testing kits. The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have assured assistance to European countries. Pakistan says that China has provided it with “grant assistance of $4 million along with 300,000 medical face masks, 10 ventilators, and other equipment” to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 2020

CHINA-EMPLOYMENT: JOB LOSSES IN WAKE OF CORONAVIRUS
CNBC reported (March 16) that 5 million Chinese had lost jobs in the first two months of 2020, pushing the unemployment rate up to 6.2%. China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) also revealed that retail sales plunged 20.5% over the same period in 2019, industrial output was down 13.5%, fixed asset investment fell by nearly 25%, real estate construction slid 44.9%, home sales fell 34.7% and investment in the real-estate sector was off 16.3%. The NBS said the shock of all of this is likely to last for some time, a recovery won’t be rapid or easy.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: ONE HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE DIES IN WUHAN
The Chinese magazine Caixin reported (March 20) that 45 year-old Liu Li, an employee of the Central Hospital of Wuhan who worked on the hospital’s Ethics Committee and was a colleague of the late whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, died from the Coronavirus disease, becoming the fifth since the epidemic broke out. She was first diagnosed with viral pneumonia on January 28 after running a high temperature for nearly a week, and was later diagnosed as having Covid-19. More than 230 of the hospital’s 4,000 employees have been diagnosed with the disease.

Mar 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: PARTY TRIES TO RECTIFY WRONG DONE TO DR. LI WENLIANG TO ASSUAGE PUBLIC ANGER
More than a month after launching an investigation into local authorities’ handling of the case of Dr. Li Wenliang, a whistleblower doctor in Wuhan, the National Supervisory Commission (NSC) reported their findings on March 19.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW PARTY SECRETARY AT STATE-OWNED CITIC
The trillion dollar State-owned conglomerate Citic Group Corp. on March 20 announced the appointment of Zhu Hexin, a Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), as its new Communist Party secretary. The Citic Group said at a management meeting that Zhu became party chief, replacing Chang Zhenming. Caixin cited sources to say that Zhu Hexin will also succeed Chang Zhenming as Chairman shortly. A regulator told Caixin that it seems to be “an important task to have the deputy governor of the central bank lead Citic Group at the moment.”

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW SHANGHAI MAYOR IS GONG ZHENG
On March 19, it was announced that Shandong Governor Gong Zheng will be taking over as Deputy Party Secretary in Shanghai. Gong Zheng is likely to soon be appointed Mayor of Shanghai. Shanghai has been without a Mayor since Ying Yong was appointed Party Secretary of Hubei on February 13.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES PBSC MEETING ON COVID-19 ON MARCH 18
Addressing the PBSC meeting on March 18, Chinese President Xi Jinping said there has been a positive trend in preventing and controlling the epidemic and restoring normal production. Everyday life has quickened.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: US WHITE HOUSE TRADE ADVISOR PETER NAVARRO PUSHES DRAFT PLAN FOR DOMESTIC PRODUCTION OF MEDICAL GOODS AND EQUIPMENT
The Daily Beast reported (March 19) that White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro with President Trump's encouragement is pushing a slew of policies to ultimately curb the importing of foreign goods and create conditions that would allow for the increased production of American medicines, raw materials, and vaccines.

Mar 2020

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: CHINA DEVELOPS NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR FACIAL RECOGNITION WHEN MASKS ARE WORN
Xinhua (March 11) that the China Railway Science Research Institute just developed a new technology that can perform facial recognition even when the individual wears a regular mask and a helmet.

Mar 2020

CHINA-CZECH REPUBLIC: MEDICAL AID TO OVERSEAS CHINESE SEIZED BY AUTHORITIES IN USTI STATE, CZECH REPUBLIC
The WeChat public account "Lishui Qiaolian" of China's Guancha magazine on March 20, reported that according to Czech media reports on March 19, the Czech Usti State Customs on March 17 inspected the Lovosicích na Litomě icku Industrial Park and found that there were about 680,000 breathing masks and 28,000 masks in a warehouse.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: DEVELOPMENT OF VACCINES AND CONTROL MEASURES
i) Shao Yiming, a prominent virologist who is chief HIV/AIDS expert at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was reported by Caixin on March 20 as saying that Chinese health authorities initially failed to identify and control the threats posed by Covid-19 because of faulty assumptions and weaknesses in a carefully constructed direct reporting system.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: PROMINENT CHINESE VIROLOGIST SAYS AUTHORITIES FAILED TO IDENTIFY AND CONTROL CORONAVIRUS BECAUSE OF FAULTY ASSUMPTIONS
Shao Yiming, a prominent virologist who is chief HIV/AIDS expert at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was reported by Caixin on March 20 as saying that Chinese health authorities initially failed to identify and control the threats posed by Covid-19 because of faulty assumptions and weaknesses in a carefully constructed direct reporting system.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINA RECORDS NO NEW LOCALLY TRANSMITTED CASES
Official figures showed (March 18) that for the first day since the virus took hold late last year, China has recorded no locally transmitted cases.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT CHAIRS PBSC MEETING AND SAYS CRISIS MAY NOT BE OVER
Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) on March 18 when the agenda was preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Mar 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN PRESIDENT VISITS CHINA
Global times reported (March 17) that as the world is facing challenges brought about by COVID-19, Pakistani President Arif Alvi chose this special time to visit China to show solidarity between the two "iron brothers.

Mar 2020

US PRESIDENT'S REACTION TO CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ACCUSING US OF BEING THE ORIGIN OF THE CORONAVIRUS
The official website of the White House posted the following on March 13. It said on March 12, Zhao Lijian, Spokesman & Deputy Director General of the Information Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accused the United States of being the origin of the novel coronavirus, stating, “It might be the US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.

Mar 2020

VOICE OF AMERICA REPORTS STORY OF A RESIDENT OF WUHAN
The Voice of America (VOA) on March 12, claimed that a young man in Wuhan, in his twenties, with the pseudonym “Tulong,” had decided not to remain silent in front the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) propaganda and thought control, but to speak out for the people who died from the coronavirus.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA EXPELS US JOURNALISTS
China announced (March 18) the following measures, effective immediately:

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: US LEGAL FIRM FILES CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST CHINA FOR CORONAVIRUS
CBS and the Palm Beach Post both reported (March 13) that the Berman Law Group, a law firm in Boca Raton, Florida, filed a class-action lawsuit on March 12, to hold the Chinese government accountable for the deadly coronavirus now sweeping America.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA SENDS PEOPLE'S ARMED POLICE (PAP) OFFICERS TO HONGKONG
Reuters quoted (March 18) senior foreign diplomats as saying that officers from China’s People’s Armed Police (PAP) had joined Hong Kong police on the frontlines to observe anti-government protests that peaked last year.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE MEDIA COMMENTS ON US DOLLARS STRONG POSITION WHILE OTHER CURRENCIES SUFFER
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported on March 14, that the U.S. Dollar Index has frequently reached highs when the financial market saw free falls across the globe. Key non-U.S. currencies suffered most, including the Euro, the British Pound, the Canadian Dollar, and the Australian Dollar.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE MOBILE PHONE MARKET SHARPLY DECLINES AND APPPLE iPHONE SALES DROP 61 PER CENT
Shanghai-based Chinese financial news site East Money reported on March 9, that according to statistics released by the China Academy of Information and Communication Technologies, the Chinese smartphone market declined by 54.7 percent, year-over-year.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: POOR HOUSEHOLD CANNOT SURVIVE BEYOND 2.3 MONTHS WITHOUT INCOME
A survey of 120,000 people conducted last week by the Chengdu-based China Household Finance Survey and Research Centre said that a fifth of Chinese households can survive only 2.3 months without any income, while 40 per cent cannot last past three months.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S ECONOMY TO SHRINK BY 9%
Goldman Sachs said on March 17, that China’s economy will likely shrink 9% in the first quarter, underscoring how the coronavirus has disrupted normal business activities, while China reported an uptick in new cases of the disease, most of them imported.

Mar 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: CHINESE PROTEST AT XINHUA REPORTER BEING PRAISED FOR HER REPORTING ON CORONAVIRUS
The Wall Street Journal on March 19 reported that as China’s government promotes its successes in containing the coronavirus to audiences abroad, a heated backlash against a state-media reporter’s coverage of the pathogen shows that Beijing still faces a tough task selling its narrative at home.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINESE SCIENTISTS RACING TO DEVELOP VACCINE
Wang Junzhi, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said (March 18) that Chinese scientists have been racing to develop COVID-19 vaccines by five approaches, namely inactivated vaccines, genetic engineering subunit vaccines, adenovirus vector vaccines, nucleic acid vaccines, and vaccines using attenuated influenza virus as vectors.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINESE SCIENTISTS RACING TO DEVELOP VACCINE
Wang Junzhi, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said (March 18) that Chinese scientists have been racing to develop COVID-19 vaccines by five approaches, namely inactivated vaccines, genetic engineering subunit vaccines, adenovirus vector vaccines, nucleic acid vaccines, and vaccines using attenuated influenza virus as vectors.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINESE S & T OFFICIAL SAYS JAPANESE FLU DRUG "CLEARLY EFFECTIVE" IN TREATING CORONAVIRUS
The Guardian reported (March 18) that a Chinese official of the S&T Ministry said the Japanese flu drug called ' ' and developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm, was 'clearly effective' in treating coronavirus.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHONGQING IMPOSES 14-DAY QUARANTINE ON ALL OVERSEAS ARRIVALS
China’s Chongqing city announced (March 17) it will require all overseas arrivals to be quarantined in designated locations or residences for 14 days.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CHINA BEGINS WITHDRAWING MEDICAL PERSONNEL FROM HUBEI
The first batch of medical assistance teams started leaving Hubei Province early on March 17 as the epidemic outbreak in the hard-hit province has been subdued. The 3,675 medical staffers belonging to 41 medical teams from across China have assisted 14 temporary hospitals and seven designated hospitals in Wuhan.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: RELAXING OF ISOLATION MEASURES
An unconfirmed report (March 18) states that cinemas are being reopened in order to keep the economy humming. The film distributors have agreed to waive their fee to distribute some top domestic films. The revenue split is normally 49% to the distributor and 51% to the local cinema. One of the first regions to open the cinemas was reportedly Xinjiang.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: BEIJING SAYS NO PLANS TO REOPEN SCHOOLS AND KINDERGARTENS
Beijing has no plan for reopening schools and kindergartens at present, said (March 17) the Beijing Municipal Education Commission. It said it is still too early to consider any plans for reopening of schools and the timetable will be decided considering the situation of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTER AND US DEFENCE SECRETARY CONVERSE
The PLA Daily reported (March 4) that Chinese State Councillor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe held a phone talk with US Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper on March 3, 2020. Gen. Wei Fenghe said that the Chinese people are waging an arduous battle to prevent and control the epidemic.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS LAW BANNING US TELECOM CARRIERS FROM BUYING EQUIPMENT FROM HUAWEI
On March 13, US President Donald Trump signed legislation barring U.S. telecom carriers from using government subsidies to buy networking equipment from Huawei, just days after his administration said it would extend a license allowing Huawei’s U.S.

Mar 2020

CHINA-TOURISM: CHINA CANCELS PERMITS FOR MT. EVEREST
AFP reported that China has cancelled climbing permits for Mount Everest, as the spring climbing season for the world's highest peak approaches.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: COMPANIES BEGIN TO REOPEN
China's industry regulator said nearly all of China’s largest companies have reopened and the majority of the country’s labour force has returned to work, though they will have to contend with ongoing subdued demand as virus fears linger at home and bring other economies to a halt. Chinese auto manufacturers are, however, operating at less than 40% of capacity, even with most of their production facilities back online, Chinese shares opened sharply lower on the last day of the trading week after the worst U.S. sell-off in more than 30 years but later pared losses amid signs that markets in Europe and North America were stabilizing.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: COMPANIES RESUME OPERATIONS
On March 8, the Hubei Airport Group issued a notice to prepare for resuming operations.

Mar 2020

CHINA-FINANCIAL RELIEF: HEALTH EMERGENCY
Caixin reported (March 14) that China’s policymakers are trying to shore up the economy as the coronavirus pandemic continues to shake global markets. The central bank decided on March 13 to once again cut the amount of money banks must keep in reserve to cover 2 losses, unleashing 550 billion yuan ($78.5 billion) of long-term liquidity into the banking system.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CONTAINMENT MEASURES AGAINST 'IMPORTED' CASES
Chinese officials on March 15, drastically tightened restrictions on travellers arriving in Beijing as fears mounted that China could see a renewed uptick in imported cases from travellers bringing the disease back to China.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S NEW YORK-BASED CRITIC REN ZHIQIANG DISAPPEARS
New York Times reported (March 14) that friends of Chinese property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang, also known as 'The Canon', who has been a vociferous critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping and recently wrote a scathing essay calling him a power-hungry “clown”, said he had disappeared from his New York apartment on March 14. His whereabouts, it said, are unknown.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: US PROFESSOR ARRESTED FOR WORKING IN CHINA'S 'THOUSAND TALENTS' PROGRAMME
James Patrick Lewis, a former Physics Professor at West Virginia University was reported on March 11 to have pleaded guilty to fraud charges based on his work for a Chinese global talent program.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ITALY: CHINA DONATES MASKS TO ITALY TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reportedly told Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio on March 10, that Beijing was willing to donate 100,000 high-tech masks to Italy, 20,000 protective suits and 50,000 diagnostic tests.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: GOVERNMENT RUNS HNA
The Stock Times on February 29 reported that the HNA Group is a rapidly expanding airline and conglomerate in China. After the high-profile mysterious death of its Chairman, Wang Jian, in France in last year, the Hainan Provincial government has been leading its restructuring.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: HUAWEI NAMED FOR ILLEGAL TRADING WITH IRAN
Deutsche Welle Chinese Edition reported on March 3 that newly obtained Huawei internal documents showed that the company did supply Iran with banned goods such as computer equipment that the US company HP had made.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: HUAWEI LOSES TOP SPOT AMONG PHONES
Hong Kong Economic Times (HKET), the leading financial daily in Hong Kong, reported on March 2 that, according to market researcher Counterpoint, the Apple iPhone XR was ranked number one in the 2019 global top ten best seller of the smartphone market.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S FOREIGN TRADE DROPS
Foreign Policy's China Brief reported (March 11) that Chinese trade dropped 17.2 percent in January and February, according to official data. The government is hoping for a recovery in May, but that is dependent the rest of the world not being swept up by coronavirus panic and slowed production.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: AMERICAN BUSINESS INVESTMENT IN CHINA SLOWS
The annual China Business Climate Survey, conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in China late last year, found that 21% of member companies reported declines in revenue in 2019, compared with 7% in 2017.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: RHODIUM GROUP ASSES BLEAK FUTURE FOR CHINA'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY
A recent assessment by the Rhodium Group maintained that while the pace of new COVID-2019 transmissions is coming down in China, but the pathway to economic recovery remains deeply uncertain.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE COUNCIL EXECUTIVE MEETING CALLS FOR STABILISING FOREIGN INVESTMENT
A State Council Executive Meeting convened by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on March 10 called for more efforts to stabilise foreign investment.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC IN CHINA
Caixin reported (March 12) that Chinese officials are relaxing restrictions to allow business activities to recover in many places across Hubei province, the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak, amid signs that the domestic spread of the disease is under control. Officials in several other Hubei cities also confirmed that local businesses would be encouraged to resume production starting March 10 if they meet certain criteria.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: HEALTH EMERGENCY & INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
On March 12, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres by phone when he said China is prepared to help the world tackle COVID-19.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: UNCONFIRMED REPORTS STATE CORONAVIRUS INFECTS COUPLE OF HIGH RANKING CCP LEADERS' RELATIVES
i) An unconfirmed Internet posting (Rolia.net on February 21, 2020) stated that Cai Erjin, who is the son of Cai Qi (蔡奇), Beijing Communist Party Secretary is infected with the Coronavirus. It claimed that Cai Erjin’s lover was infected with the coronavirus and later transmitted it to Cai Erjin and his wife. Cai Qi and his wife have been put under 14 days of quarantine.

Mar 2020

CHINA-INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION: SINGAPORE'S CANDIDATE BEATS CHINESE RIVAL TO HEAD WIPO
Daren Tang of Singapore has won a hotly contested election to lead the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) defeating China’s Wang Binying. The WIPO General Assembly will now meet on May 7-8 to formally approve the nomination by its coordination committee.

Mar 2020

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES PUBLISHES ARTICLE CRITICAL OF INDIA
Writing in the official Global Times (March 8) Liu Zhongyi, Secretary General of the Research Center for China-South Asia Cooperation at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: MAJOR CHINESE COMPANIES RENEGE ON IMPORT COMMITMENTS CITING FORCE MAJEUR
Bloomberg financial services reported (March 6) that in a rare and major step, China National Offshore Oil Corp., China's biggest LNG buyer, invoked force majeure and told some suppliers it won’t take delivery of cargoes because of constraints caused by the coronavirus. French oil and gas giant Total SA have rejected the declaration. Hours later, the Chinese copper smelter Guangxi Nanguo also declared it would refuse to take delivery of raw materials. China’s biggest oil refiner, Sinopec Group, is similarly likely to ask Saudi Arabia to reduce crude supplies next month.

Mar 2020

CHINA-PLAAF: PLAAF CADETS TRAIN ON NEWLY COMMISSIONED JL-10 FALCON
The Global Times reported on March 9 that jet fighter pilot cadets at the PLAAF's Shijiazhuang Flight Academy have received intensified training with the newly commissioned JL-10 Falcon to familiarise cadets with the country's top combat planes like the J-16 and J-20. Weihutang, a columnist on military affairs affiliated with China Central Television, said (March 5) the Shijiazhuang Flight Academy was satisfied with the JL-10 and recognised its performance during the specialised training.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: FOURTH DOCTOR DIES FROM COVID-19; CHINA DONATES US$ 20 MILLION TO WHO
Zhu Heping, a colleague of whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, has become the fourth doctor at Wuhan Central Hospital to die from Covid-19. Separately, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Geng Shuang said on March 9, that China will donate US$ 20 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support international cooperation in the fight against Covid-19.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: TWO NEW MAJOR STRAINS OF CORONAVIRUS DETECTED IN CHINA
The Chinese financial magazine Caixin reported (March 8) that a new study by Chinese researchers published in the National Science Review, a peer reviewed journal affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences suggests not only that two major strains of the deadly new coronavirus exist but also that China’s intrusive lockdown measures at the center of the outbreak may have concentrated the more infectious strain in the disease-hit city of Wuhan.

Mar 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: ARREST OF XU ZHIYONG FOR CRITICISING XI JINPING
Prominent Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong, a former law lecturer and founder of the social campaign New Citizens Movement, has been detained on a state security charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail for criticising President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PUBLIC ANGER OVER WUHAN PARTY SECRETARY'S CALL TO "CARRY OUT GRATITUDE EDUCATION"
Wang Zhonglin (王忠林), a close associate of Chinese President Xi Jinping who was appointed Party Secretary of Wuhan in February, has evoked sharp and widespread anger for his remarks during a video conference on March 6, saying it was necessary to “carry out gratitude education among the citizens of the whole city, so that they thank the General Secretary [Xi Jinping], thank the Chinese Communist Party, heed the Party, walk with the Party, and create strong positive energy.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER PBSC MEETING IN BEIJING
Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) meeting on March 4, to 'study the current epidemic prevention and control work and economic and social stability'.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS ACADEMY OF MILITARY SCIENCES IN TIANJIN
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the PLA Academy of Military Medical Sciences and Tsinghua University Medicine School in Beijing on March 6, to inspect scientific research work related to the coronavirus. Xi Jinping called for treating the pursuit of scientific breakthroughs as a “major and urgent” task and stressed the importance of technology in increasing the cure rate and lowering the mortality rate. Xi Jinping held a meeting after his visit to listen to work briefings by the Ministry of Science and Technology and National Health Commission.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING VISITS WUHAN FOR FIRST TIME SINCE OUTBREAK OF EPIDEMIC
Chinese President Xi Jinping on March 10, made his first visit to Wuhan, the city that has been hit hardest by the new virus epidemic. State media reported Xi Jinping arrived in the morning in Wuhan, which is currently under lockdown along with several nearby cities. State media showed him inspecting the epidemic prevention and control work and visiting medical workers, community volunteers, patients and others on the 'front lines'.

Mar 2020

CHINA-JAPAN: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S VISIT TO JAPAN DEFERRED
The Japanese government announced (March 5) that Chinese President Xi Jinping has postponed his state visit to Japan in April. Xi Jinping would have been the first Chinese President received by Japan as a state guest in more than a decade and was due to have a meeting with Emperor Naruhito and hold a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: FREEDOM MOVEMENT SUPPORTERS DETAINED BY HONGKONG POLICE
BBC Chinese reported (February 28) that Hong Kong police had very recently detained Hong Kong Next Digital Group founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, former HK Legislative Council Member and former Democratic Party Chairman Yeung Sum

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: UK FIRM TESCO EXITS CHINA
Well-known new Chinese newspaper The Paper reported on February 26, that the British retail giant Tesco had recently announced the sale of a 20 percent stake in Gain Land to China Resources Group (also known as CRC). Gain Land is a joint venture between Tesco and CRC. This 275 million Pound deal marked the final exit for Tesco in leaving the Chinese market.

Mar 2020

CHINA-MONGOLIA: MONGOLIAN PRESIDENT AND HIS DELEGATION QUARANTINED AFTER RETURNING FROM VISIT TO BEIJING
Hongkong's Apple Daily reported (February 28) that the President of Mongolia, Khaltmaa Battulga, who visited Beijing and met Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on February 27

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: 'THE PAPER' SURVEYS REOPENING OF BUSINESSES
The official 'The Paper' observed (March. ) that while businesses are re-opening, the economy remains severely depressed.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MEASURES TO ALLEVIATE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP OF PEOPLE
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chaired a meeting of the Central Leading Small Group (CLSG) for the Work to Counter the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Epidemic on March 5, to alleviate the financial hardship of people because of the coronavirus.

Mar 2020

CHINA-PLA: PURCHASE OF US$ 1.92 MILLION WORTH BULLET PROOF VESTS BY PLA ARMY (PLAA)
The Hongkong-based Apple Daily reported on February 26, that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) opened a bid for suppliers to provide 1.4 million bullet proof vests, including 930,000 general vests and 467,000 vests with enhanced functions. The price may be up to 13.4 billion yuan (US $1.92 billion).

Mar 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA PERSONNEL ILLEGALLY IN PHILIPPINES
Filipino Senator Panfilo Lacson On March 4, 2020, expressed concerns about the 2000 to 3000 Chinese PLA personnel in the country. Lacson said the PLA members might be here for an 'immersion mission', of which the exact purpose remains unknown.

Mar 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLAAF AIRCRAFT OVERFLY TAIWAN AND US AIRCRAFT AND SHIP RESPOND
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said that on February 28, an unspecified number of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft flew over the sea southwest of Taiwan.

Mar 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA OFFCERS IN QUARANTINE IN BEIJING
The Epoch Times reported (March 5) that a large number of Chinese military officers have been forcibly isolated since the end of January to ensure that they won’t be infected with the novel coronavirus. It quoted a source who resides in an apartment complex reserved for ranking and retired senior PLA Air Force officers in the Haidian District of Beijing, who said family members can only visit them twice a week to deliver food and clothes.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS CASES
Caixin reported (March 6) that according to the count of Johns Hopkins University in the US, there are now 101,598 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 3,460 deaths around the world as of March 6 morning.

Mar 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PB MEMBER AND VICE PREMIER SUN CHUNLAN VISITS WUHAN
Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, one of the most senior government officials to visit the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, toured a residential community in Wuhan’s Qingshan district on March 5 when, according to state media, Sun Chunlan inspected the operations of the neighbourhood committee to supply residents each day with necessities like medicine, food and fresh vegetables.

Mar 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA REACTS TO LIMIT PLACED BY US ON NUMBER OF CHINESE JOURNALISTS
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on March 2, said that the US was conducting “political oppression” on Chinese media in the US, and the move would seriously harm ties between the two countries.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: US financial magazine's report on BRI
The US financial news service Bloomberg published (March 2) a report that there had been little progress on the BRI or the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Mar 2020

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
An employee of the State-owned CNPC Economics & Technology Research Institute (CNPC ETRI) recently said they were exploring the possibility of a Beijing-led global health organization that would rival the WHO.

Mar 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: AUTO SALES DROP IN CHINA IN FIRST HALF OF FEBRUARY
Beijing Daily reported (February 21) that the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) had released data showing that, in the first half of February, Chinese passenger car sales saw a landslide decline.

Mar 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS INFECTION CASES & CONTROL MEASURES
i) China's financial news magazine Caixin reported (March 4) that confirmed cases of coronavirus in China had climbed to 80,303 as of March 3, with the death toll reaching 2,947.

Mar 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE EXPERTS TO ASSIST PAKISTAN IN FIGHTING LOCUSTS
Global Times (February 20) quoted Chinese officials as saying China is sending a team of locust extermination experts to Pakistan this week to help the country end the ongoing locust outbreak there. It said China possesses world-leading technologies in locust control, and can provide pesticide and machines that are much needed in Pakistan.

Feb 2020

CHINA-RUSSIA: CHINESE REACTION TO RUSSIA CLOSING ITS BORDER WITH CHINA BECAUSE OF CORINAVIRUS
Global Times on February 19, observed that Russia's new precautionary move amid the coronavirus epidemic starting from February 18, 'is a bit of an overreaction' and it is regrettable, 'but due to Russia's basic medical conditions and shortage of medical resources, it is also understandable for Moscow to make the hard decision for the health of its own people'.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA SUSPECTS U.S. EAGERNESS TO SEND EXPERTS FOR CONTROLLING EPIDEMIC TO CHINA
China’s state-run media Global Times published an article (February 10) -- which was rrepeated by Wenxuecity the same day -- asking why the United States is very eager to send its experts to China (to help control the epidemic of Wuhan pneumonia.) The article listed three possible reasons that are being discussed:

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE THINK-TANK ANALYSES PRO AND ANTI-CHINA U.S. STATE GOVERNORS
Captioned 'The U.S. Governors Report', 'D&C Think', a think tank based in Beijing, in collaboration with Tsinghua University released a Report on June 22, 2019, which stated that while a hardline attitude toward China now prevails in Washington, the American federal system means that state-level governments may not be in lockstep.

Feb 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA PERSONNEL ISOLATED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC
The Liberty Times of Taiwan on February 19 reported that personnel at the Sanya Naval Base, Erya PLA Navy Base and the Northeast shipyard have been diagnosed and accepted for isolation.

Feb 2020


CHINA-CORONAVIRUS: CHINA'S NATIONAL HEALTH COMMISSION DISCLOSES INFECTION AND FATALITIES AMONG MEDICAL PERSONNEL
i) Caixin reported that by February 21, China's patient count had climbed to 75,567 and the death toll had reached 2,239. Outside China, 1,153 confirmed cases and eight deaths were reported in 26 countries.

Feb 2020


CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS IMPACTS BUSINESSES; CENTRAL GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS TO EASE RESTRICTIONS
The Foreign Policy China Brief (February 19) says the central government in Beijing is pushing for reopening businesses, but there is conflict emerging at the local level.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: WUHAN PLANS TO BUILD 19 HOSPITALS IN WUHAN
Hu Yabo, Deputy Mayor of Wuhan at a press briefing on epidemic prevention and control on February 21 said that another 19 makeshift hospitals to receive more infected patients are to built in Wuhan. Upon completion, all the makeshift hospitals in Wuhan are expected to offer 30,000 beds by February 25.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: STABILITY MEASURES IN HUBEI
Epoch Times reported (February 19) that Ying Yong, the newly appointed Hubei Province Party Secretary, directed the Hubei Provincial Department of Publicity and CCP to organise 1,600 people to monitor, delete posts, and find people, and used so-called positive publicity to hedge negative public opinion.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PREMIER LI KEQIANG CHAIRS CLSG MEETING FOR CORONAVIRUS
On February 21, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chaired another meeting of the Central Leading Small Group (CLSG) for the Work to Counter the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Epidemic.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: US DESIGNATES 5 CHINESE NEWS AGENCIES AS 'FOREIGN MISSIONS'
On February 18, 2020, the US State Department designated five Chinese state-run media organizations as foreign missions.These are the: Xinhua News Agency; China Global Television Network which falls under China Central Television, CCTV; China Radio International; China Daily Distribution Corporation; and Hai Tian Development USA, which is the distributor for the People’s Daily here in the United States.

Feb 2020

CHINA-INDIA: INDIAN CUSTOMS SEIZES CHINESE SHIP CARRYING MISSILE LAUNCH EQUIPMENT
Indian Custom officials on February 3, 2020, intercepted the ship named Da Cui Yun going to Karachi port in Kandla port Gujarat. The ship sailed from the Jiangyin port on the Yangtze river in China’s Jiangsu province to Qasim port in Karachi.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: SINGAPORE LOWERS GROWTH FORECAST DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on February 17, downgraded its economic growth forecast to between -0.5% and 1.5% — indicating a possible recession — reflecting a weakened outlook after the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PUNITIVE MEASURES TO CHECK MONEY LAUNDERING
China’s central bank has increased the punishment for financial institutions that fail to adequately guard against money laundering, imposing fines of more than 10 million yuan ($1.4 million) for the first time.

Feb 2020

CHINA-CORONAVIRUS: PROVINCES CONFISCATE EACH OTHERS' MEDICAL SUPPLIES BECAUSE OF SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIE
The shortage of medical supplies has created tension between local governments as everyone works on control and prevention of the novel coronavirus. Several places have been reported for confiscating other locality’s medical supplies.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS CASES INCREASE IN CHINA
The Chinese magazine Caixin reported that confirmed cases of the coronavirus had increased by February 18 to 70,643 with the official death toll at 1772.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: LOSSES CAUSED BY THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC
A broad survey of American companies in China released on February 18, showed that more than three-quarters also have insufficient staff to run a full production line. Global electronics giant Foxconn, which employs more than 400,000 on the Chinese mainland, is struggling to fill its factory floors after officially resuming operations February 17.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PEOPLES BANK OF CHINA IS SANITISING CURRENCY NOTES
The Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), Fan Yifei disclosed on February 15 that the PBoC was sanitizing bank notes as well as blocking their movement between cities in regions most affected by the outbreak to limit the transmission of the virus.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC CASES
The Chinese magazine Caixin quoting official reports released on February 18 night revealed that confirmed cases of coronavirus in China had climbed to 72,531 with the official death toll reaching 1,871. Outside China, 896 confirmed cases and three deaths were reported in 25 countries. Liu Zhiming, 51, the head of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, died of the virus at 10:54 a.m. on February 18 according to a statement released by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: REMARKS ON CORONAVIRUS
The Party's official mouthpiece People's Daily between February 8 and 14 each day published a commentary on the coronavirus drawing mainly on Chinese President Xi Jinping's remarks made on February 3 and 10.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: AUTOMOBILE SALES DOWN
Xinhua reported (February 13) that according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) data released for January, Chinese national automobile manufacturing volume declined 33.5 percent, month-over-month, and 24.6 percent, year-over-year. The sales volume declined 27 percent, month-over-month and 18 percent, year-over-year. Passenger car sales declined 27.1 percent month-over-month and 20.2 percent, year-over-year.

Feb 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: PLAN WARSHIPS EXERCISE IN PACIFIC OCEAN
The Global Times on February 18, reported that a fleet of PLA Navy warships recently conducted an air defense exercise in the far seas of the Pacific Ocean.

Feb 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: ANOTHER CHINESE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR CALLS FOR PRESS FREEDOM
The South China Morning Post reported (February 18) that He Weifang, Professor of law at Peking University, wrote a 2-page handwritten article which he shared with friends on WeChat on February 17, 2020, calling for press freedoms. He Weifang said “I hope the heavy price [of the outbreak] will make Chinese authorities come to realise that without press freedom, people will live in distress and the government in mendacity.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING MAKES PUBLIC APPEARANCE IN BEIJING ON FEBRUARY 10
Chinese President and CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping made a public appearance in Beijing on February 10, and called for “resolutely winning the people’s war, overall battle, and defensive battle for epidemic prevention and control.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: ECONOMIC COST OF CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC
Some of China’s major internet companies, including Tencent, ByteDance, Baidu and Didi, have further pushed back the date for their employees to return to their offices to February 17 or 24, though work has resumed remotely.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES
i) By February 13, China's Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) patient cases had reached 44,763 and the death toll to 1,115. A total of 24 other countries have confirmed a combined more than 398 cases of infections.

Feb 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: POST ON PUBLIC ACCOUNT BY SUPREME COURT JUDGE
A Judge of China's Supreme People's Procratorate, Duan Zhanjiang on February 13, unprecedentedly posted a lengthy article on his public social media account criticising the shortcomings in governance, not allowing civil society to have a larger role, suppression of free speech, prediction of a far serious fallout for Chinese economy etc. He referred also Tsinghua University Professor Xu Zhangrun's recent lengthy article.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW DIRECTOR OF HONGKONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE
Xia Baolong, an ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, was appointed Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council on February 13, replacing Zhang Xiaoming. Zhang Xiaoming has become the most senior Beijing-appointed official to lose his job in the wake of months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Xia Baolong was Xi Jinping’s deputy when he was the Party Secretary of Zhejiang Province from 2003 to 2007.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW PARTY BOSES FOR HUBEI PROVINCE
Following the Politburo Standing Committee meeting on February 12, the Party announced the dismissal of two top officials in Hubei:

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING REAPPEARS IN BEIJING
Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first public appearance for nearly a week February 10, as he touried Beijing wearing a mask.

Feb 2020


CHINA-ECONOMY: EFFORTS TO 'RATIONALISE' SHUTDOWN AND ISOLATION OF CITIES, FACTORIES ETC AND ESTIMATES OF GROWTH
Chinese President Xi Jinping told local officials during a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee on February 3, that some of the actions taken to contain the virus are harming the economy. He urged them to refrain from “more restrictive measures”, the two people said.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: TELECON BETWEEN TRUMP AND XI JINPING
China's official 'The Paper' reported there was a telephone conversation beteen US Prresident Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on February 7, 2020. No further details are available yet.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE AUTHORITIES ISSUE NEW LABOUR REGULATIONS
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported on January 27, that China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security had just released new regulations to relax certain labor laws for the period when the nation is combating the coronavirus.

Feb 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CORONAVIRUS PROMPTS CLOSURE OF NUMBER OF HIGH-PROFILE COMPANIES IN CHINA
Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao reported (January 31) that, with the spread of the coronavirus across China, several high profile international companies have suspended their Chinese operations.

Feb 2020

CHINA-CYBER ADMINISTRATION: CLOSER SUPERVISION OF CYBER
A notice issued on February 5, by the Cyberspace Administration of China, provides a glimpse not just of the actions being taken now by the authorities to control information about the coronavirus epidemic, but also of the platforms and activities that have threatened the Party’s dominance of information in recent days.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONA VIRUS CONTINUES TO SPREAD
Caixin reported on February 6, that the patient count for the coronavirus rose to 24,421, and the death toll reached 493. however, Ten Cent posted far higher numbers and reported cases with . deaths. The posts were quickly taken down but not before some people had taken photographs.

Feb 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINESE INTELLECTUALS CRITICESE XI JINPING
South China Morning Post reported (February 6) that prominent Chinese intellectual Xu Zhiyong published an article on social media on February 3, in which he urged Xi Jinping to step down for his “inability to handle major crises”.

Feb 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: GROWING DISSIDENCE IN CHINA
Well known Chinese Professor of Beijing's Tsinghua University, Xu Zhangrun, on February 5, posted a scathing criticism of Xi Jinping and the Chinese authorities in a 6246-character article captioned 'Angry People No Longer Fear', that has gone viral on China's social media.

Feb 2020


CHINA-GERMANY: FREE UNIVERSITY OF BERLIN CRITICISED BY GERMAN PARLIAMENTARIANS FOR ACCEPTING FUNDS WITH STRINGS ATTACHED
The Free University of Berlin (FU) has been criticised by German parliamentarians on the basis of a report by the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel for accepting terms stipulated by Hanban which runs the Confucius Institutes and which critics fear give the Chinese government leverage to prevent teaching about subjects such as the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and Tibet. On January 20, a group of FU alumni signed a joint letter expressing grave concerns about the university’s academic independence. Berlin’s Senate has said it will investigate the contract, which is worth almost €500,000 (£420,000) over five years, and is designed to train up to 20 Chinese teachers a year.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: TAIWAN'S VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT TO VISIT WASHINGTON ON FEBRUARY 5-6, 2020
Taiwan Vice President-elect Lai Ching-te is scheduled to attend the National Prayer Meeting Breakfast in Washington DC on February 5-6, 2020. It will be the first time in decades for such a high level visit to the U.S. by a Taiwan official. He will be accompanied by, Bikhim Hsiao, a close confidant of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

Feb 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN GIVES MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO CHINA
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said the Pakistani side firmly supports China's efforts to combat the epidemic and expresses gratitude to China for providing help to Pakistani citizens in China.

Feb 2020

CHINA-CCP: PARTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE ISSUES CIRCULAR ON COMBATTING EPIDEMIC
The Politburo Standing Committee under the chairmanship of Chinese President Xi Jinping held a closed-door meeting on January 27, on the epidemic of new coronary methamphetamine in Wuhan and measures to combat it. Xi Jinping warned that those failing to perform their duties will be severely punished.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: 2019-nCoV (CORONA) VIRUS EPIDEMIC
The corona virus continues to spread rapidly across China with 17,332 confirmed, another 21,558 suspected cases and 361 deaths in China by the 4th February. In a bid to tackle the epidemic, Chinese authorities have fast-tracked clinical trials by the pharmaceutical drug company Gilead.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: USAF B-52 H BOMBER ENTERED CHINA AND EAST CHINA SEA REGION
Aircraft Spots, an aircraft monitoring website, disclosed on January 31 that a U.S. military B-52H bomber flew into the Taipei Flight Information District and entered mainland China and the East China Sea region of Taiwan. The bomber flew back to the U.S. Guam Anderson Air Force Base .

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. SENATORS SEEK TAIWAN'S ADMISSION IN WHO
A number of U.S. Senators, including Cory Gardner, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific group of the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee,Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, John Cornyn, James Inhofe, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, etc signed a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) Secretary-General Tan Desai, urging WHO to invite Taiwan to become an observer, and asking WHO to provide Taiwan with the information and assistance needed to respond to the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: US LIFTS SANCTIONS ON ONE CHINESE SHIPPING COMPANY
The U.S. Treasury Departmen on January 31, deleted the COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) Co. from its sanctions list, but continues to blacklist the second unit - COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian) Seaman & Ship Management Co Ltd.of COSCO.

Feb 2020


CHINA-US: US SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO IN DISCUSSIONS WITH BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY DOMINIC RAAB POINTS TO CCP AS THREAT
US Secretary of State Pompeo, during discussions on the special relationship between the US and UK, stated that 'the Chinese Communist Party presents the central threat of our times. It is an enormous economy to which the American economy is deeply tied. There is huge opportunity for us to do really great, creative, innovative business work between our two countries. But the Chinese Communist Party, under President Xi, has made clear that they have an agenda that is not always consistent with the very values that Dominic and I have been speaking about this morning'.

Feb 2020

CHINA-US: U.S. COMMERCE SECRETARY'S COMMENT ON CORONAVIRUS CAUSING RELOCATION OF JOBS TO U.S.
On January 30, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said the coronavirus outbreak in China, which has killed more than 100 people and sickened thousands there, will help bring jobs back to the U.S. He said “The fact is, it does give businesses yet another thing to consider when they go through their review of their supply chain. On top of all the other things, because you had SARS, you had the African Swine virus there, now you have this.

Feb 2020

CHINA-PLA: INTERNATIONAL ARMS SALES
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reported (January 27) that, based on data from 2015 to 2017, China is the world’s second-biggest arms producer, behind the United States and ahead of Russia. It added that four Chinese companies had combined estimated arms sales of $54.1 billion for 2017, which would put them among the top 20 arms producers in the world. It said “Three of the companies would be ranked in the top 10”. Total U.S. arms sales in 2017 were $226.6 billion, and in Russia, $37.7 billion, according to the think tank’s Top 100 list for that year. Aircraft and avionics group Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) would rank as the sixth-largest arms producer, with estimated 2017 sales of $20.1 billion.

Feb 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POLITICAL FALL-OUT ON CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING
Xi Jinping has not figured on the front pages of the People's Daily since the 29th January and neither has he been seen on the state-owned CCTV telecasts.

Feb 2020

CHINA-HEALTH EMERGENCY: CORONA VIRUS
The WHO declared a global health emergency on January 31, while the US promptly issued a travel advisory advising against unnecessary travel to China and suspended entry of foreign nationals returning from the center of the outbreak in China to be quarantined for two weeks.

Feb 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: PLA DAILY CLAIMS SENTIMENTS FAVOURING FORCEFUL REUNIFICATION OF TAIWAN ARE RISING IN C
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council , was quoted by PLA Daily on January 16, as saying that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Taiwan secessionist forces have provoked a growing sentiment in the Chinese mainland of reunifying with the island of Taiwan by military force, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said on Wednesday.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: US ARRESTS LEADING U.S. ACADEMIC FOR CONCEALING DETAILS OF WORKING FOR CHINA
Dr. Charles M. Lieber, the chair of Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, was charged on January 28, with making false statements about money he had received from a Chinese government-run program ( the Ten Thousand Talents Programme), as part of a broad-ranging F.B.I. effort to root out theft of biomedical research from American laboratories.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: US CONGRESS RESOLUTION ON TIBET
The US House of Representatives on January 28, 2020, voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill bolstering Washington’s support for human rights and environmental protection in Tibet. The Bill introduced and voted upon as a stand-alone piece of legislation, passed 392 to 22 and serves as an amendment to the Tibet Policy Act of 2002.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HEALTH CRISIS: BEIJING CLOSES SCHOOLS
The State Council General Office has extended the holidays for schools and universities till February 2, because of the Coronavirus.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: NEW U.S.ENVOY TO COUNTER CHINA
The U.S. State Department on January 22, appointed Mark Lambert as a new special envoy with a mandate to stall China’s growing influence at the United Nations and other international organizations. His mandate includes countering the BRI.

Jan 2020

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA DEBUNKS INDIA'S ANTI-BALLISTIC MISSSILE SYSTEM
Fang Xiaozhi, a researcher at the BRI Institute of Strategy and International Security, Fudan University, wrote in the PLA Daily (January 21) that India 'has adopted the most conservative plan in all its anti- missile tests -- only intercepting a target whose launching spot, flying velocity and direction, altitude or ballistic parameters are all known and there is no actively maneuvering and changing trajectory. This testing approach of “hitting a fixed target” doesn’t comply with real combat situation, nor can it truly test the anti-missile system’s stability and reliability, so the testing results are hardly reliable. Besides, India heavily relies on developed countries for ballistic missile defense technology, and many parts of its homemade missile defense system use foreign technologies, which has seriously restricted the system’s combat capability.' He concluded that 'New Delhi has a long way to go before it can establish a truly effective ballistic missile defense system and fully exert its real combat force.'

Jan 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: TERRORISM AND FATF
An FATF meeting was held in Beijing this week. Indication is that Pakistan could be getting off the graylist. Pakistan's News International reports that the FATF was “showed satisfaction over

Jan 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CPEC
Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to travel to Pakistan around May or June this year. The NDRC has asked Pakistan to convene the 10th Joint Cooperation Committee meeting under

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINA DEVELOPS NEW 3--ENGINE DRONE
The Global Times reported (January 20) that China had indigenously developed the world's first large, three-engine utility drone which recently made its first flight and can be used in transport and attack missions.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: A PLARF COMMANDER SAYS PLA ENTERING NEW ESCALATED PHASE OF TRAINING
PLARF Major General Xue Jinfeng wrote in the PLA Daily (January 22) about the military training and sharpening of the battlefield in the background of Xi Jinping’s directive at the beginning of the year to train more and in harsh conditions.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: CMC RELEASES NEW OUTLINES TO STRENGTHEN MILITARY AT PRIMARY LEVEL
China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) released a new Outline to strengthen the military at the primary level. The Outline, approved by Chinese President Xi Jinping, will take effect from February 1.

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOODGRAIN RESERVES ARE SECRET
China's Administration of Food and Commodity Reserves announced (January 25, 2020) on its web site that the State Secrets bureau had awarded the Grain Reserve Bureau for its "secrecy work" in January 2019. The award given in January 2019 is a recognition of the bureau's work in maintaining secrecy that is given out only once every five years. The reserves administration is responsible for overseeing the procurement, storage and distribution of government grain and cotton reserves.

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PROVINCES REPORT LOWER GDP
Reuters reported (January 22) that about two-thirds of China’s provinces, regions and municipalities have cut their 2020 growth targets from last year, despite easing trade tensions with the United States.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HEALTH CRISIS: CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY
By midnight of January 25, Hubei Province had reported nearly 700 cases of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus infection; 31 patients have been discharged from the hospital; and 24 have died. At present, 494 patients are still being treated in the hospital.

Jan 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC SETS UP CENTRAL LEADING GROUP TO TACKLE HEALTH EMERGENCY
The CCP CC Politburo Standing Committee met on January 25, on the prevention and control of the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus. CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping chaired the meeting. The meeting decided to set up a CCP Central Committee Leading Group to oversee the work.

Jan 2020

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: CHINESE NATIONAL ARRESTED FOR POSTING OFFENSIVE TWEET WHILE IN U.S
A 20-year-old University of Minnesota student, Luo Daiqing, was arrested in in July 2019 in Wuhan, China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to an official Chinese court document dated November 5, 2019. Some of the tweets contained images deemed to be unflattering portrayals of a "national leader."

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S POPULATION IN AUGUST IS 1.4 BILLION
China News reported (January 17) that, according to newly released data of the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, Mainland China’s total population exceeded 1.4 billion in 2019.

Jan 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SoE APPOINTMENTS
Mao Weiming (毛伟明) was appointed Chairman of State Grid Corporation of China and Secretary of its Party group. Born in May 1961, Mao Weiming is Alternate Member of the 19th CCP CC.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLAAF: PLAAF PLANES FLY THROUGH BASHI STRAIT
Reuters reported quoting Taiwan's Ministry of Defence that People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force aircraft, including H-6 bombers and KJ-500 early warning and control aircraft, passed through the narrow Bashi Channel to the south of Taiwan on a long-range exercise on January 23.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: EDUCATION IN UNIVERSITIES TO PRODUCE TALENT FOR CRITICAL AREAS OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
On January 15, 2020, China’s Ministry of Education released the “Opinion on the Pilot Work of Basic Subject Enrollment Reform in Some Universities,”

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: CMC CDIC EMPHASISES ADVANCES IN PLA'S ARMY BUILDING
The Discipline Inspection Commission of the Central Military Commission (CMC) convened in Beijing to discuss “resolutely implementing the requirement of comprehensively governing the Party strictly” and “providing a strong guarantee for advancing the cause of a strong army in the new era.”

Jan 2020

CHINA-INTERNAL: FOURTH PLENUM OF 19TH CENTRAL DISCIPLINE INSPECTION COMMISSION (CDIC)
The 4th Plenary session of the 19th CCP CC was held in Beijing from January 13 - 15, 2020 and presided over by CCP CC General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HEALTH CRISIS: CORONAVIRUS
By 10.00pm on the 23rd January evening, China had confirmed 639 cases of coronavirus while the official death toll rose to 18. All recorded deaths were in Hubei, where there were 444 confirmed cases.

Jan 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING CHAIRS POLITBURO MEETING
The Xinhua News Agency reported on January 16, that Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Political Bureau to review the "Report on the Work of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central People's Congress Listening to and Studying the Work of the National People's Congress Standing Committee,

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBoC STATEMENT ON US-CHINA TRADE DEAL
China's central People's Bank of China (PBoC) in an official statement on January 16, on the section of the phase one trade deal covering financial services stated, inter alia, that “[We want to] broaden market access for financial services…which is consistent with many opening measures introduced in China in the past two years.”

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: US-CHINA TRADE DEAL
A firm of financial analysts assessed the US-China Trade Deal concluded on January 15 as follows: We are still in a trade war. Tariffs remain levied on hundreds of billions of USD worth of goods.

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: US-CHINA TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
The South China Morning Post on December 14, scooped the terms of the long-awaited phase one trade deal between the US and China. According to several US sources, China will agree to purchase an additional USD 200 billion of American goods per year, including: USD 75 billion of manufactured goods; USD 50 billion worth of energy; USD 40 billion of agricultural goods; and USD 35-40 billion worth of services.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA RECRUITMENT NOW TWICE A YEAR
Global Times reported (January 16) that starting 2020 onwards China will increase the frequency of its military recruitment and retirement to twice a year, to maintain a smooth flow of troops, the military's high vigilance and to better train new recruits.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: PLA ROCKET FORCES CONDUCT NUCLEAR EXERCISE
State-owned China Central Television (CCTV) disclosed (January 15) that the PLA Rocket Force conducted a nuclear attack survival exercise where troops in an underground missile facility had to endure extreme conditions and make sure they could still launch nuclear counterattacks.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: JOINT SEA EXERCISES 'SEA GUARDIAN'
China and Pakistan are holding their first nine-day (January 6-14) naval exercises featuring anti-submarine and submarine rescue training in the Arabian Sea titled “Sea Guardians 2020”. Chinese media reports state that PLA Southern Theater Command Navy troops are participating in the drills.

Jan 2020

CHINA-INDIA: VISIT BY INDIAN ARMY NORTHERN AREA COMMANDER TO CHINA
India's Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh travelled to China on a 5-day official (January 7-12) visit to China when he met the Commander of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) ground forces, General Han Weiguo.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: CHINA-US TRADE DEAL
The state-affiliated social media account Taoran Notes published (January 13) an op-ed commenting on the expected signing of phase one of the US-China Trade Deal by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on January 15.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: US DELEGATION IN UK ON JANUARY 13 TO CAUTION AGAINST ACCEPTING 5G
A 6-member American delegation including Matthew Pottinger, the Deputy National Security Advisor, Robert Blair, Special Representative on International Telecommunications Policy, and Dr Christopher Ford, Assistant Secretary of State met senior British ministers on January 13, with discussions focusing on 5G.

Jan 2020

CHINA-POPULATION: AGEING
China has 166 million seniors aged 65 and above, and 25% of the population is expected to be over 60 by 2030.

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: OIL EXPLORATION
China's Vice Minister of Natural Resources Yao Huajun, said at a press briefing in Beijing on January 9 that effective May 1, all companies registered in China with net assets of 300 million yuan ($43 million), no matter whether domestically or foreign funded, will be allowed to apply for licenses to conduct oil and gas exploration and production.

Jan 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINESE REACTION TO DPP'S TSAI ING-WEN'S WIN IN ELECTIONS
China's official news agency Xinhua on January 11 reported DPP leader Tsai Ing-wen's victory in Taiwan's national elections, results of which came in on January 11 night, where Taiwan President secured an unprecedented win of nearly a million votes over her next rival.

Jan 2020


CHINA-TAIWAN: FUDAN UNIVERSITY'S FORECAST POSTED ON OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF TSAI ING-WEN'S ELECTION VICTORY IN TAIWAN TAKEN DOWN
A study by China's Fudan University forecasting a decisive win for President Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan’s election on Saturday was been deleted from its website, hours after it was released.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: UPGRADATION OF PLA POLITICAL WARFARE
China’s 79th army started its wartime political drills with newer equipment and weapons from January 1. PLA Daily said the leaders realised that the existing wartime political work equipment was of a single and relatively old type incapable of matching the pace of information warfare and they took the initiative to upgrade some existing equipment and innovate tactics.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLAN: NEW TYPE-055 DESTROYER COMMISSIONED AT QINGDAO PORT
China Central Television (CCTV) reported (January 12) that a commissioning ceremony for the domestically developed Type-055 destroyer Nanchang, was held on January 12, at Qingdao naval port, Shandong Province.

Jan 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW VICE GOVERNOR FOR GUANGDONG PROVINCE
Rising financial star Zhang Xin has been appointed a new vice governor of Guangdong province. Zhang Xin has a PhD in Economics from Colombia Business School; in 1997-2001, Zhang Xin worked as a senior economist at the World Bank; in 2001, he returned to China to work at the China Securities Regulatory Commission; in 2004, he was promoted to People’s Bank of China (PBoC) where he worked until 2017; for the past three years, he was Vice Director of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE).

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: NEW YEAR RESOLVE
China Defence News Network publicised (January 1, 2020) that of national defense and the army will have been basically realised by 2020 and major progress will be made in informationization.

Jan 2020

CHINA-AIR DEFENCE: CHINA REACTS TO U.S. DRONE ATTACK ON IRANIAN OFFICIAL IN BAGHDAD
China's official Global Times reacted swiftly to the U.S. drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad and said (January 5) that it has raised concerns from Chinese netizens of drones being an increasingly dangerous instrument of war that could one day threaten China.

Jan 2020

TIBET MILITARY REGION BEGINS MAJOR HIGH ALTITUDE EXERCISES AND DISPLAYS NEW WEAPONS IN NEW YEAR
The official Global Times (January 6) reported that the PLA Tibet Military Command has begun major military exercises in the New Year in the high-altitude Tibet region bordering India.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA NAVY: CHINA'S SECOND AIRCRAFT CARRIER 'SHANDONG' JOINS SERVICE
South China Morning Post reported (December 25) that about 30 carrier-based fighter jet pilots were present on December 24 when Chinese President Xi Jinping commissioned the Shandong in Sanya, Hainan province, according to footage aired by state broadcaster CCTV.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA AIR FORCE: CHINA'S NEW UPGRADED JF-17 'THUNDERBIRD' COMPLETES MAIDEN FLIGHT
The Global Times (January 1, 2020) reported that the latest upgraded version of the JF-17 Thunderbird co-produced by China and Pakistan completed its maiden flight last week.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: PLA HONGKONG GARRISON EXERCISES
The South China Morning Post quoted (December 25, 2019) that China’s state-owned CCTV as releasing a video on Christmas Eve of Hong Kong’s PLA garrison conducting live-fire sea drills in the South China Sea.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF LIAISON OFFICE IN HONGKONG
On January 4, the Chinese government announced that Luo Huining, born in October 1954, will be taking over as head of the Liaison Office in Hong Kong replacing Wang Zhimin.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE VICE PREMIER LIU HE TO VISIT USA IN MID-JANUARY 2020
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He is scheduled to visit Washington, US from January 13-16, 2020. Separately, US President Trump tweeted on December 31, that the US-China trade deal would be signed in Washington on January 15 by “high level representatives of China”.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN NAVY AND PLA NAVY START JOINT 'SEA GUARDIANS-2020' EXERCISE
The Pakistan Navy (PN) and PLAN Bilateral Exercise, code-named Sea Guardians-2020, kicked off at the Pakistan Navy Dock Yard in Karachi, Pakistan on January 6 morning.

Jan 2020

CHINA-CZECH REPUBLIC: CHINA'S INFLUENCE BUYING OPERATIONS IN CZECH REPUBLIC
The Czech Republic’s richest man Petr Kellner, owner of a domestic loans company 'Home Credit' is reported to be at the centre of a suspected foreign influence campaign by the Chinese government after one of his businesses financed an attempt to boost China’s image in the central European country.

Jan 2020

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN ELECTIONS ON JANUARY 11, 2020
Taiwan will hold its national elections on January 11, 2020 at a time when public sentiment is anti-China resulting in a boost to incumbent Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's chances of victory.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: US IMPOSES REQUIREMENT OF LICENCE FOR AI-RELATED EXPORTS TO CHINA
Reuters reported (January 6, 2020) that the U.S. government imposed new restrictions on exports of American-made Artificial Intelligence software.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: XINHUA COMMENCES URDU SERVICE IN PAKISTAN
Nikkei asia reported (January 4, 2020) that China's authoritative, official news agency Xinhua launched its Urdu service in Pakistan to promote cooperation with local media, ostensibly to counter criticism against the major projects under the BRI in the country, known as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA-MADE J-7 FIGHTER JET CRASHES IN PAKISTAN
A China-built J-7P fighter jet in the Pakistan Air Force crashed in Mianwali on January 7, 2020 killing a Squadron Leader and Flying Officer.

Jan 2020

CHINA'S JIANGNAN SHIPYARD BUILDS 4 NEW GENERATION (VLGC) SUPERTANKERS FOR SINGAPORE
On January 7, 2020, Jiangnan Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, built 4 new generation utra-large 84000 cubic meters of (ultra-large liquefied petroleum gas ship) VLGC for Singapore-based LPG trader PETREDEC HOLDINGS (EASTERN) PTE. The series ship is officially named.

Jan 2020

CHINA-US: CHINESE APPLICANTS FOR U.S. VISAS DROPS
Xinhua (January 2, 2020) published a commentary on the visa issues Chinese students face in the U.S. The commentary disclosed statistics showing that the U.S. issued a total of 78,100 student visas in fiscal year 2018.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: CHINA SPEEDS UP DEVELOPMENT OF JL-3 MISSILES
The South China Morning Post quoted Chinese military sources (January 4, 2020) as saying that China has accelerated development of its most advanced submarine-launched nuclear missile, a weapon capable of striking the US mainland.

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE INVESTMENTS DROP TO 10-YEAR LOW
Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao reported (December 31) that China saw its lowest level of overseas acquisitions in 2019, with a total value of US$41 billion.

Jan 2020

SCHOOL CHILDREN PROHIBITED FROM PARTICIPATING IN RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES DURING WINTER VACATIONS
The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) said that a directive issued on December 31, 2019 by the Lhasa Chengguan Haicheng Elementary School contained 7-point guidelines on winter break school tasks and projects, healthcare and forbidden behaviour, including religious activities.

Jan 2020

CHINA-KENYA: CHINA COMPLETES AID PROJECT
People's Daily on December 22 quoted China’s official news agency Xinhua to report that the completion ceremony for Kenya’s “10,000 Villages Connected” project was held at the Kinyanjui Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, on December 20, 2019. The “10,000 Villages Connected” project is an African aid project that China launched in 2019. The plan was to install satellite receiving antennas, set-top boxes, digital televisions, projection televisions, solar systems, and other facilities in 800 villages in 47 counties in Kenya.

Jan 2020

TAIWAN-HELICOPTER CRASH: TAIWANESE MILITARY OFFICERS KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH ON JANUARY 2
A UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter purchased by Taiwan from the United States in 2010 and carrying 13 people crashed in a mountainous region in the northern part of the island on January 2 morning.

Jan 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S NEW YEAR MESSAGE
On the evening of December 31, 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a congratulatory message for the New Year 2020, where he referred to many topics such as poverty alleviation, the situation in Hong Kong, and the Sino-US trade war.

Jan 2020

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PLA GENERAL'S SON ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN ILLEGALLY TRANSFER OF FUNDS ABROAD
The Epoch Times reported (December 14, 2019) that "a person" has been instrumental in helping some top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials and their families move their money out of China. It said he remains low-key, rarely interacting with Chinese and hiding behind those transactions, so very few people know about him.

Jan 2020

CHINA-CPPCC: CPPCC'S ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS COMMITTEE DISCUSSES RELIGION
Xinhua (November 26) and Radio France Internationale (Dcember 23) reported that the Ethnic Group and Religion Committee of the Chinese National People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) recently had a discussion forum on religion.

Jan 2020

CHINA-GOVERNMENT: CITY LEADERS BEING RESHUFFLED
Bloomberg reported (December 31) that China’s bureaucracy is undergoing a rare large-scale regional reshuffle with new appointments and job swaps offering hints of potential future leaders being groomed by Beijing. It said at least 32 new mayoral-level officials have been appointed since December 21, with 29 of them being relocated to a new province for the first time. The other three are being moved for just the second time.

Jan 2020

CHINA-ECONOMY: NETIZEN POSTS DATA ONLINE
Sina.com on December 8 published economic data posted on the Internet by Tuozhanlaogou (拓展老狗, WeChat account name) which has been widely disseminated across the internet in China. Using data and charts, the author explained that China’s economy is at its most difficult time.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HEALTH: SUSPECTED OUTBREAK OF SARS IN MAINLAND CHINA
China's state-owned CCTV disclosed on December 31 that a group of medical experts had arrived in the city of Wuhan on December 31 morning to investigate a suspected outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Jan 2020

CHINA-HUAWEI: HUAWEI'S MANAGEMENT RESHUFFLE CLEARS DECKS FOR TAKING ON U.S. IN TECH WAR
The official newspaper Global Times (December 30) reported that Huawei founder and ex-PLA Engineer Ren Zhengfei and his daughter Meng Wanzhou, who is also Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, stepped down from their positions on the Board of Huawei. Meng Wanzhou has quit her position as a member of the board of directors of Hangzhou Huawei Enterprises Communications Technologies Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shenzhen-based Huawei Tech Investment Co, data from corporate information search platform Tianyancha showed.

Jan 2020

CHINA-HUAWEI: CHINA CLAIMS HUAWEI'S REVENUE RISE DESPITE US-CHINA TRADE WAR
Global Times claimed (December 31) that Huawei's rotating chairman Xu Zhijun had said the overall 2019 revenue of Huawei Technologies is expected to reach 850 billion yuan (US$ 121.72 billion), surging by 18 percent year-on-year, but lower than its earlier projection amid the US government's crackdown on China's largest smartphone and telecom manufacturer.

Jan 2020


CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN PRESSURES EL SALVADOR AGAINST ALLOWING CHINESE COMPANY TO GET OPERATING RIGHTS AT PORT
Japan Times reported (December 31) that the Japanese government prevented a Chinese corporation from getting operating rights at a port in El Salvador to be built with a concessional loan from Tokyo. Citing diplomatic sources it said Japan warned of withdrawing its plan to provide ¥11.2 billion (US$ 102 million) in official development assistance after Washington took issue with the Chinese company’s interest in the project and pressured the El Salvadoran government into suspending a tender. Japanese Prime Minister Abe cautioned El Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele over China’s intentions when he visited Tokyo last month, citing U.S. concerns about Beijing’s potential attempt to use ports in Latin America for military purposes.

Jan 2020

CHINA-PLA: PROMOTIONS OF PLA OFFICERS
Hongkong's South China Morning Post reported (December 15) that Chinese President Xi Jinping had the previous week promoted more than 170 senior military officers as part of an ongoing reform of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Dec 2019

CHINA-PAPF: PROMOTIONS IN PEOPLE'S ARMED POLICE FORCE (PAPF)
The South China Morning Post also reported (December 15) that large scale promotions have taken place in China's People's Armed Police Force (PAPF).

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLA: FIRST MILITARY TRAINING CONFERENCE AT SANYA
The first annual conference for optimising the PLA Military training bases and Simulated Blue Forces (mock enemy armies) was held in Sanya, Hainan Province. Over one hundred officers-in-charge and experts related to military training gathered in a Naval Joint Training Base to talk about the macro-design on the building of Chinese military training bases.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLAAF: ROADS TO BE USED AS BACK-UP RUNWAYS
Discussing that expressways could be used as back-up runways for China's latest four and half generation J-20 'stealth' fighter, China's military media (December 9) cited precedents and asserted that more than 10 such special runways have been built nationwide since the Ninth Five Year Plan. China's total highway mileage has exceeded 4 million kilometers, of which more than 150,000 kilometers are expressways. In the event of an attack on a military airfield making it impossible to operate, China's 100, 000 kilometers of highways would be another runway for fighter jets to take off.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: PLA DAILY HIGHLIGHTS "FIVE BREAKTHROUGHS" OF CHINA'S SECOND AIRCRAFT CARRIER
The PLA Daily said (December 18) that induction of the first China-made aircraft carrier Shandong (Hull 17) to the PLA Navy on December 17, 2019, marked 5 breakthroughs. It listed these as, briefly: (i) it was independently designed by China, which realizes the historic leap from renovation to self-development of aircraft carriers and is a major milestone in China's warship construction history.

Dec 2019

CHINA-BANGLADESH: PLA NAVY HANDS OVER TWO FRIGATES TO BANGLADESH NAVY
Senior Bangladeshi Navy officials received two second generation Chinese Type-053H3 frigates, Jiaxing (Hull 521) and Lianyungang (Hull 522), in Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard on December 18.

Dec 2019

CHINA-US: XI JINPING -TRUMP TALK ON TELEPHONE
The People's Daily front-paged (December 20) a report that Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Trump spoke on the telephone on December 20 after the first phase trade agreement negotiations concluded.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG POLICE CLOSES NGO AND ARRESTS 4 PERSONS
Bloomberg reported (December 20) that Hong Kong’s police arrested four people for suspected money laundering linked to ongoing pro- democracy protests and and froze money from a fund that’s raised millions to help support the demonstrations.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE GOVERNMENT OWNED PROPERTY IN HONGKONG
A Bloomberg (December 20) report said after examination of hundreds of Hong Kong Land Registry documents, it found that China's Liaison Office owns properties in more than 20 buildings across the city, with an estimated value of more than $1.5 billion. It described the figure as conservative.

Dec 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: RUSSIA COMPLAINS OF MILITARY TECHNOLOGY THEFT BY CHINA
Asia Nikkei reported on December 20 that Russian state defense conglomerate Rostec accused China of illegally copying a broad range of Russian weaponry and other military hardware.

Dec 2019

CHINA-SWEDEN: FORMER SWEDISH AMBASSADOR TO CHINA CHARGED
Sweden’s former Ambassador to China was on December 9, formally indicted with arbitrariness during negotiations with a foreign power.

Dec 2019

CHINA-U.S.: U.S. PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKS WORLD BANK TO STOP LENDING TO CHINA
Reuters reported (December 7) that U.S. President Donald Trump on December 6 called for the World Bank to stop loaning money to China.

Dec 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN U.S.DROP
Chinese investors invested U.S.$ 1.4 billion into U.S. commercial real estate in the 12 months through September, a 76% plunge from a year earlier, according to a report from Real Capital Analytics.

Dec 2019

CHINA-CZECH REPUBLIC: CZECH REPUBLIC'S CAPITAL TO SIGN SISTER-CITY AGREEMENT WITH TAIPEI
The Hongkong Free Press reported (December 5) that the capital of the Czech Republic will sign a sister city agreement with Taipei in January 2020 after previously breaking off its relationship with Beijing, its Mayor Zdenek Hrib said.

Dec 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: EFFECT OF HONGKONG PROTESTS IN TAIWAN
An article in the South China Morning Post by Wang Xiangwei, a former Editor-in-Chief and currently Beijing-based Adviser to the newspaper, reported that latest data from Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior revealed that approx. 4,352 Hongkongers received residency approvals in the first 10 months of 2019, up 20.6 per cent from the same period last year.

Dec 2019

CHINA-MACAU: AMCHAM CHAIRMAN AND PRESIDENT DENIED ENTRY TO MACAU
The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham) said that the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Robert Grieves, and the President, Tara Joseph, were denied entry to Macau.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: STATEMENT ISSUED BY HKSAR
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government at 9.15 pm on December 6 "expressed deep regret over the spreading of untrue claims overseas in recent days by several members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) and political figures who urged foreign governments or legislatures to interfere with the affairs of the HKSAR".

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HKSAR POLICE ARREST 11 PERSONS IN TERRITORY-WIDE RAIDS AND SEIZE WEAPONS
The South China Morning Post reported (December 8) that Hongkong police conducted city-wide raids in the early hours of the morning and seized weapons including a new Glock semi-automatic pistol ahead of a planned anti-government march that day. 11 persons between the ages of 16 and 63 were arrested.

Dec 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CHINESE STATE-OWNED TECH COMPANY SIGNS DEALS TO ACQUIRE CHIP TECHNOLOGIES
A 3-year-old state-backed memory-chip maker signed two deals with a Canadian patent-licensing company that will give China access to the technology it needs to produce the widely used chips domestically.

Dec 2019

CHINA-CYBER: BELGIUM ACCUSES CHINA OF CYBER HACKING
The Belgian media reported that the Belgian Trade Delegation, which visited Beijing and Shanghai from November 17 to 22, experienced severe cyberattacks that were as high as 135 times per hour, while visiting Beijing.

Dec 2019

CHINA-COMPUTERS: CHINA ORDERS REMOVAL OF ALL FOREIGN COMPUTERS IN 3 YEARS
The Financial Times reported (December 9) that an internal Party directive issued earlier this year ordered all Party-State institutions to remove all foreign computer equipment and software in the next three years.

Dec 2019

CHINA-S&T: CHINA IS UPGRADING ITS NATIONAL MEDIUM-TO LONG TERM S& T DEVELOPMENT PLAN
On December 5, China's official The Paper reported that the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) is ramping up its work on the National Medium- to Long-Term Science and Technology Development Plan (2021-2035) to specify China’s scientific and technological development priorities until 2035.

Dec 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO MEETING
Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a Politburo meeting in Beijing on December 6, to analyse and study the economic work for 2020 and make plans for improving conduct and building integrity as well as fighting corruption.

Dec 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA TOUGHENS STANCE TOWARDS U.S. AND THREATENS TAIWAN
People’s Daily reported on December 2 that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a ban on U.S. military vessels and aircraft.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG POLICE RECOVER 10KGS OF EXPLOSIVES FROM COLLEGE PREMISES
Hongkong Police on December 9 night said they recovered and defused two home-made bombs near the Wah Yan College, a Jesuit high school, in Wan Chai.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES 7-PART SERIES OF COMMENTATOR ARTICLES ON HONGKONG
The People’s Daily published a seven-part series of commentator articles condemning the United States for signing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (HKHRDA) into law on November 27.

Dec 2019

CHINA-XINJIANG: XINJIANG OFFICIALS SAY REGION'S ANTI-TERRORISM EFFORTS SUCCESSFUL AND 'RE-EDUCATION'
The PRC's State Council Information Office held a press conference on December 9, with senior officials from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region to discuss Xinjiang’s anti-terrorism re-education camps.

Dec 2019

CHINA-AI: EXPENDITURE ON AI R&D
In its Report of December 2019, the Centre for Security and Emerging Technologies estimated China's R&D spending on AI. Acknowledging that these were estimates based on 2018 data, it estimated China's spending on AI under civilian S&T as between approx. US$ 90 million and US$ 2 billion. It estimated military spending on AI-related R&D at US$ 2.7 billion.

Dec 2019

CHINA-AI: SURVEY INDICATES PEOPLE UNHAPPY WITH FACIAL RECOGNITION
BBC Chinese reported (December 6) that starting in December, whenever the Chinese people had to register their new mobile phone numbers, they also had to undergo facial scanning.

Dec 2019

CHINA-AI: TSINGHUA PROFESSOR OBJECTS TO USE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION AND AI FOR SCREENING PEOPLE
In an approx. 2900-word sharply worded article posted on her public Wechat account on October 31, 2019, Tsinghua University Professor Lao Dongyan (劳东燕) expressed her worries about facial recognition technology. She called for stricter regulations on facial recognition.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PARTY: UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT DEPUTY HEAD WRITES IN QIU SHI
State Ethnic Affairs Commission Director and United Front Department Deputy Head Bagatur, published an article in Qiushi (No. 2019/23 dated December 1, 2019) about Xi Jinping’s speech in late September at a national meeting that honoured national role models for ethnic unity and progress in Beijing.

Dec 2019

HEAD OF THE CCP'S PLAC ASKS PEOPLE TO 'STRENGTHEN DEFENCE LINE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY
On November 28, Guo Shengkun, head of the CCP's Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC), published an article in People’s Daily calling for the firm defense of “national political security,” which is “the lifeline of the Party’s and the nation’s security, and an unshakable bottom line.”

Dec 2019

CCP CC ORGANISATION DEPARTMENT CALLS FOR SETTING UP LEADING GROUPS TO PROPAGATE XI JINPING THOUGHT
The People’s Daily published (December 5) a commentary under the Zhong Zuwen (仲祖文) byline, which is used to convey the views of the Central Organization Department, to summarize the “Outline of the 2019-2023 National Party and Government Leadership Body Construction Plan”, which was recently published by the CCP Central Committee General Office.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLA: XI JINPING ISSUES INSTRUCTIONS ON ARRANGEMENTS FOR RETIRED MILITARY VETERANS
Xinhua (December 9) reported that Xi Jinping had made important comments on retired military cadre work at a teleconference on the subject.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLA: PLA DAILY SAYS NEW ROUND OF MILITARY DISCIPLINE INSPECTION HAS BEGUN IN THE PLA
The PLA Daily reported (December 12) that the second round of training for military discipline inspection and supervision cadres on two party regulations regarding discipline inspection and law enforcement work had begun.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CENTRAL ECONOMIC WORK CONFERENCE HELD in beijing ON DECEMBER 10-12
The Central Economic Work Conference was held from 10 to 12 December in Beijing. Xi Jinping attended the conference and offered a summary of the economic work in 2019 and an analysis of both the current economic situation and future economic activity in 2020. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang discussed the specifics of next year’s work on the economy.

Dec 2019

CHINA-EDUCATION: STUDENTS IN SHANGHAI'S FUDAN UNIVERSITY ANGRY
Students at the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai are outraged after “freedom of thought” was removed as a core value from its charter.

Dec 2019

CHINA-TIBET: THREE TIBETANS ARRESTED
Authorities in China’s Gansu province have, according to a report (December 10) issued by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), detained three Tibetans, including a painter of traditional religious art, apparently for sharing politically sensitive information on the social-media messaging platform WeChat.

Dec 2019

CHINA-EU: EU AWARDS JAILED UYGHUR DISSIDENT SCHOLAR
Jewher Ilham, daughter of jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti, received the European Parliament’s top Sakharov Prize prize on his behalf on December 18, saying she did not even know if he was still alive. She hoped the award of the Sakharov Prize would help her father, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 for “separatism”.

Dec 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN'S DEFENCE MINISTER CRTICISES CHINA AT DOHA FORUM
Speaking at the Doha Forum on December16, Japan's Defence Minister Taro Kono said Japan “is also concerned about China’s rapid enhancement of its military power without transparency, including its nuclear and missile capabilities.”

Dec 2019

CHINA-US: CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE CLOSED IN KANSAS UNIVERSITY
The Confucius Institute will close in January of 2020, according to an email distributed December 16 night to faculty and staff from University of Kansas interim Provost Carl Lejuez.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PARTY: CCP CC ORGANISATION DEPARTMENT CALLS FOR SETTING UP LEADING GROUPS TO PROPAGATE XI JINP
The People’s Daily published (December 5) a commentary under the Zhong Zuwen (仲祖文) byline, which is used to convey the views of the Central Organization Department, to summarize the “Outline of the 2019-2023 National Party and Government Leadership Body Construction Plan”, which was recently published by the CCP Central Committee General Office.

Dec 2019


CHINA-SECURITY: HEAD OF CHINA'S POLITICAL AND LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION ASKS PEOPLE TO 'STRENGTHEN DEFENCE LINE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY'
On November 28, Guo Shengkun, head of the CCP's Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC), published an article in People’s Daily calling for the firm defense of “national political security,” which is “the lifeline of the Party’s and the nation’s security, and an unshakable bottom line.”

Dec 2019

CHINA-PARTY: UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT DEPUTY HEAD WRITES IN QIU SHI
State Ethnic Affairs Commission Director and United Front Department Deputy Head Bagatur, published an article in Qiushi (No. 2019/23 dated December 1, 2019) about Xi Jinping’s speech in late September at a national meeting that honoured national role models for ethnic unity and progress in Beijing. The article generally reiterated the main talking points of the speech.

Dec 2019

CHINA-AI: TSINGHUA PROFESSOR OBJECTS TO USE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION AND AI FOR SCREENING PEOPLE
BBC Chinese reported (December 6) that starting in December, whenever the Chinese people had to register their new mobile phone numbers, they also had to undergo facial scanning. However, a survey showed that Chinese respondents were very concerned about the security of facial recognition.

Dec 2019

CHINA-AI: EXPENDITURE ON AI R&D
In its Report of December 2019, the Centre for Security and Emerging Technologies estimated China's R&D spending on AI. Acknowledging that these were estimates based on 2018 data, it estimated China's spending on AI under civilian S&T as between approx. US$ 90 million and US$ 2 billion. It estimated military spending on AI-related R&D at US$ 2.7 billion.

Dec 2019


CHINA-XINJIANG: XINJIANG OFFICIALS SAY REGION'S ANTI-TERRORISM EFFORTS SUCCESSFUL AND 'RE-EDUCATION' CAMPS WILL BE USED FOR OTHER PURPOSES
The PRC's State Council Information Office held a press conference on December 9, with senior officials from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region to discuss Xinjiang’s anti-terrorism re-education camps.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PEOPLE'S DAILY PUBLISHES 7-PART SERIES OF COMMENTATOR ARTICLES ON HONGKONG
The People’s Daily published a seven-part series of commentator articles condemning the United States for signing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (HKHRDA) into law on November 27.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG POLICE RECOVER 10KGS OF EXPLOSIVES FROM COLLEGE PREMISES
Hongkong Police on December 9 night said they recovered and defused two home-made bombs near the Wah Yan College, a Jesuit high school, in Wan Chai. Officers said the "bombs" were complete and ready to be used.

Dec 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA TOUGHENS STANCE TOWARDS U.S. AND THREATENS TAIWAN
People’s Daily reported on December 2 that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a ban on U.S. military vessels and aircraft.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PARTY BUILDING
Xinhua reported on December 4, that the General Office of the Party Central Committee has issued an outline of the 2019-2023 national plan for the construction of leadership groups in Party and state organs.

Dec 2019

CHINA-XINJIANG: DISCONTENT AMONG HAN CADRES
In an unusual report the South China Morning Post (December 4) quoted a source and publicised that the measures targeting Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang have triggered “widespread discontent among Han Chinese officials and citizens”.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CHINA OPENS NEW 'INSTITUTE FOR A COMMUNITY WITH SHARED FUTURE'
At a ceremony in Beijing on November 29, the Communication University of China formally announced the creation of the “Institute for a Community with Shared Future” — a new think tank paying homage to Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy concept.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: SPEECH OF CHIEF ECONOMIST FORECASTING LOW GROWTH FOR YEARS DELETED FROM INTERNET
Radio free Asia reported on December 4, that the Chief Economist of China’s Essence Securities, Gao Shanwen, delivered a speech at an internal annual strategy meeting on November 27, when he predicted that China’s economic slowdown will last several years and that the average annual economic growth between 2020 and 2030 will stay below five percent.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: PROFITS OF CHINA'S LARGE SCALE INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES DECLINED BY 9.9 PERCENT
Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao reported (November 27) that, based on the data that the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics just released, China’s large-scale (officially classified as “Above Designated Size”) industrial companies’ total profits declined by 9.9 percent, year-over-year.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NEW APPOINTMENT IN BANK OF CHINA
China's financial news service Caixin reported (December 3) that the Deputy Governor of Jiangsu Province is to be appointed President of the Bank of China Ltd. The post has been vacant for nearly 18 months.

Dec 2019

CHINA-LAW: CHINA GLOBAL LEGAL CONFERENCE
On November 21, the Guangzhou Lawyers Association convened a meeting of all law firm directors and disseminated the following orders issued “from higher authorities.”

Dec 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA IMPOSES DIPLOMATIC RESTRICTIONS ON U.S. DIPLOMATS
Guancha.cn said that, with immediate effect, U.S. diplomats based in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Wuhan should notify the foreign ministry five working days before any meetings with local government officials and educational and research institutes. The instructions were issued on December 5.

Dec 2019

PAKISTAN AUTHORITIES STOP INVESTIGATIONS INTO TRAFFICKING OF OVER 630 PAKISTANI GIRLS
The Associated Press (AP) reported (December 5) that an investigation into the trafficking of more than 600 Pakistani girls and women, who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China in the space of 18 months, was halted over fears it would harm ties with Beijing.

Dec 2019

CHINA--RUSSIA: NEW OIL PIPELINE OPENED ON DECEMBER 2
Xinhua reported (December 2) that the 8,000 km Power of Siberia gas pipeline linking Russia and China began operation.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: NUCLEAR COOPERATION
The China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) announced (June 19) that China has finished building the outer safety dome at its first overseas “Hualong One” nuclear reactor in Pakistan, with the project scheduled to be finished by the end of 2020.

Dec 2019

CHINESE COUNTER-TERRORISM HEAD CRITICISES PASSAGE OF "UYGHUR HUMAN RIGHTS" ACT BY U.S. CONGRESS
In a sharp criticism of the US "Uyghur human rights act" passed by the US House of Representatives on November 4, the Commissioner of Counter-Terrorism commissioner of China's Ministry of Public Security, Liu Yuejin "slammed it for wantonly smearing Chinese policies and counter-terrorism measures as well as misrepresenting the human rights situation in Xinjiang".

Dec 2019

CHINA ACCUSES INDIA OF ATTEMPTING TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM WORSENING INDIA-CHINA RELATIONS
Referring to an an article titled "India, China spar over legacy of Tibetan medicinal system" by the Press Trust of India (PTI) on November 24, the Global Times said (November 27) an anonymous Indian official said that "India has approached UNESCO, seeking the enlisting of the Sowa Rigpa as its intangible cultural heritage."

Dec 2019

CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY ANNOUNCES VISA BAN ON 5 U.S. NGOs, SUSPENSION OF PORT VISITS BY US NAVY
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on December 2, that China would suspend reviewing applications for US warships and aircraft to make port calls in Hong Kong and will impose sanctions on five NGOs, including the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Human Rights Watch.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE OFFICIAL MEDIA ACCUSE U.S. OF 'INTERFERENCE' IN HONGKONG
A November 26 editorial in the Huanqiu (Global Times) attributed the results of the November 24 Hong Kong District Council election to the influence of Western countries. It said “In the past week, some Western forces have worked at full steam to assist the Hong Kong opposition in the District Council elections.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE SPECIAL FORCES IN HONGKONG
Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily reported on November 16, 2019, that Special Forces of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have shown up in Hong Kong.

Dec 2019

CHINA-NATIONAL SECURITY: CHINA DEVISING NEW SYSTEM TO MINIMISE RISKS TO NATIONAL SECURITY
Xinhua (June 8) reported that the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has been tasked with setting up a list system which will “more effectively forestall and defuse national security risks.”

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBoC GOVERNOR PUBLISHED LENGTHY ARTICLE ON CHINA'S ECONOMY ON DECEMBER 1
China's Governor of the People's Bank of China Yi Gang published a lengthy 4365-word article on monetary policy in the Party’s most important theoretical journal on December 1.

Dec 2019

CHINA-DIPLOMACY: CHINESE DIPLOMATS OPENING TWITTER ACCOUNTS AND GETTING MORE ASSERTIVE
Reuters reported (December 4) that Chinese diplomats have been instructed to promote Beijing's view more aggressively in the backdrop of the trade war with the United States, anti-government protests in Hong Kong and other crises that could dent its image.

Dec 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PBSC MEMBER AND NPC CHAIRMAN LI ZHANSHU PRAISES MACAU
On December 3, National People's Congress (NPC) Chairman Li Zhanshu spoke at a symposium commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Basic Law of Macau where he said “National identity has a broad and deep foundation in Macau society” and, more importantly ,that“The chief executive and key government officials, as well as the principals of the legislature and the judiciary are all patriots.”

Dec 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW PARTY SECRETARY FOR SHANXI PROVINCE
Lou Yangsheng has taken over as Party Secretary of Shanxi Province from Luo Huining, who stepped down due to reaching retirement age.

Dec 2019

CHINA-GERMANY: 5G NOT TO BE ALLOWED IN DEUTSCHE TELECOM
The Chinese Edition of Deutsche Welle reported ton November 29, that Deutsche Telekom’s management had decided to discontinue the use of Huawei products.

Dec 2019

CHINA PROTESTS U.S. PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNING HONGKONG HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY ACT OF 2019
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng on November 28 summoned U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad to lodge 'stern representations and strong protest' against the United States signing of the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 into law.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ESPIONAGE: CHINA ARRESTS NATIONAL OF TAIWAN FOR ESPIONAGE
Separately, 'Southern Daily' confirmed that a Taiwanese man, Lee Meng-Chu, was also arrested by police in Shenzhen city on October 31, for allegedly stealing state secrets for foreign forces after he made a trip to Hong Kong in August to support "anti-China" activities.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ESPIONAGE: CHINA ARRESTS NATIONAL OF BELIZE FOR ESPIONAGE
The official Guangdong Communist Party newspaper 'Southern Daily' reported on November 30, that China has arrested Lee Henley Hu Xiang, a Belizean businessman who lives in China, for allegedly colluding with people in the United States to meddle in the affairs of Hong Kong.

Dec 2019

CHINA-XINJIANG: CONROLS IMPOSED FOLLOWING PLAGUE SCARE IN XINJIANG
China’s Caixin.com reported on November 22 that an emergency response group of the provincial government of Inner Mongolia in northern China issued a “Work Plan for a Firewall for Exiting Inner Mongolia and entering Beijing” to prevent the spread of the plague.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLAN: CHINA TO BUILD FOURTH AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Chinese military analysts were quoted by Global Times on November 28 as saying the development of four or more aircraft carriers is only natural in order to satisfy China's burgeoning national security needs.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PLAN: CHINA'S INDIGENOUS AIRCRAFT CARRIER SAILS THROUGH TAIWAN STRAIT IN MID-NOVEMBER
United Daily News (UDN), one of the primary Taiwanese news groups, reported on November 17, 2019 that China’s first fully domestically made aircraft carrier led a fleet to enter the Taiwan Strait.

Dec 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLICE FIRE TEARGAS AND BEAT PROTESTORS IN WENLOU VILLAGE, GUANGDONG
The Guardian reported (November 30) that hundreds of residents in Wenlou, a township in Guangdong province about 60 miles from Hong Kong, protested on November 29 against plans for a large crematorium in an area that officials had previously said would become an “ecological park”.

Dec 2019

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: PEOPLE'S DAILY CLAIMS CHINESE TV SERIES HAVE LARGE EXPORT MARKET
The Party mouthpiece People’s Daily on November 15, 2019 claimed that between November 11th and the 14th, the '25th Beijing TV Program Market & Exhibition', which was previously the Capital TV Program Promotion Fair, was held at the Beijing Convention Center.

Dec 2019

CHINA-IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN FOREIGN UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES IN CHINA
Radio France International disclosed on November 22, 2019, that New York University Shanghai has disclosed that since 2018, its students of Chinese citizenship have been forced to take a “civic education” course which covers the history of the Communist Party and China’s socialist path.

Dec 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW GUIDELINES FOR PATRIOTIC EDUCATION
Xinhua (November 12) publicised the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee and the State Council's new guidelines titled, “Outline for Promoting Patriotic Education for the New Era”.

Dec 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING ADDRESSES PLA
On Wednesday, the big man Delivering the opening address for a training session at the PLA National Defense University in Beijing on November 27, Chinese President and CMC Chairman Xi Jinping called for a new type of military talent, possessed of both unimpeachable moral rectitude and impeccable professional ability.

Dec 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE MAN ARRESTED IN CHANGSHA ON CHARGE OF ESPIONAGE
A Japanese government source said on November 27 that a Japanese man in his 50s has been detained since July in Changsha, Hunan province with access to consular services possibly for alleged spying.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: ELECTIONS IN HONGKONG
The elections over the weekend of November 23-24, 2019, saw a record voter turnout of over 71 per cent of eligible voters (2.94 million voted out of 4 million registered voters) who ensured that pro-Beijing candidates won just 58 seats compared to the 300 they previously held.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: DRAFTING OF 14TH FIVE YEAR PLAN BEGINS
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on November 25, chaired a meeting of the State Council to discuss China’s 14th Five Year Plan (FYP), which will run from 2021 to 2025.

Dec 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: MANY CHINESE BANKS ARE IN 'HIGH RISK' CATEGORY
The 2019 China Financial Stability Report published on November 25 by the People's Bank of China (PBoC) reported that China’s banking sector is showing signs of strain, with more than 13% of 4,379 lenders now considered “high risk”.

Dec 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SCARE OF BUBONIC PLAGUE
Reports indicate that Inner Mongolia's emergency management authority is trying to prevent the further spread of pneumonic plague, including by establishing a “firewall” for those leaving the region, after reports earlier this month of two pneumonic cases and a bubonic plague case originating in the region sparked panic.

Dec 2019

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETAN YOUTH COMMITS SELF-IMMOLATION
According to information given by Dharamshala-based Kirti Jhepa Monastery's monks Lobsang Yeshi and Kanyag Tsering, a Tibetan youth named Yonten died after committing self immolation in Ngaba town situated in Ngaba county in TAR’s Amdo region, Sichuan Province on November 27, 2019.

Dec 2019

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS DECLARE ONLY DALAI LAMA CAN CHOOSE HIS SUCCESSOR
The 3-day 14th Tibetan Religious Conference that commenced in Dharamsala on November 27, on its opening day declared "The authority of decision concerning the way and manner in which the next reincarnation of the 14th Dalai Lama should appear solely rests with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama himself."

Dec 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ZHU HAILUN, CADRES OF XINJIANG RESPONSIBLE FOR 'RE-EDUCATION' CAMPS IN XINJIANG
Newly revealed, confidential documents have revealed that 61-year old Zhu Hailun, as head of the CCP's powerful Political and Legal Affairs Commission in the Xinjiang region in 2017, played a key role in planning and executing a campaign that has incarcerated a million or more Uighurs into detention camps.

Dec 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HUGE VOTER TURNOUT OF HONGKONG RESIDENTS FOR DISTRICT COUNCIL VOTING
Hong Kong residents turned out in unprecedented numbers, with more than 1.5 million people at polling booths exceeding the total ballots cast in the 2015 elections, for local elections that many in the city are treating as a proxy referendum on months of anti-government protests.

Nov 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: UNHCR ISSUES STATEMENT OF CONCERN REGARDING SITUATION IN HONGKONG
In a statement issued on November 19, 2019, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed "deepening concern" at the situation in Hongkong and "increasing violence by groups of young people engaging in the protests who are clearly very angry, with deep-seated grievances".

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: AMERICAN FIRM PROSECUTED FOR SELLING CHINESE CAMERAS TO U.S. MILITARY FACILITIES
Federal prosecutors filed fraud charges against seven current and former employers of the New York-based Aventura Technologies in early November.

Nov 2019

HUAWEI FILES SUIT IN FRANCE AGAINST CRITICS ALLEGING IT HAS CONNECTIONS WITH STATE SECURITY
Bloomberg reported on November 22, that Huawei Technologies Co. is suing critics in France who alleged it has ties to the Chinese state.

Nov 2019

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY EXPORTS: HUAWEI HAS 'SAFE CITY' AGREEMENTS WITH 73 CITIES
A report released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in November states that more than 73 cities in 52 countries around the world have entered into “safe city” agreements with Huawei.

Nov 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CHAIRMAN ADDRESSES JAPANESE BUSINESSMEN
Addressing a gathering of executives and researchers from Japan's top companies and universities at a luxury hotel in Tokyo on November 21, Huawei Technologies Chairman Liang Hua spoke of technology and collaboration.

Nov 2019

CHINA-ARGENTINA: SHIPS PORK TO CHINA
The Argentine Agriculture Ministry in Buenos Aires stated on November 21 that it had sent its first shipment of 26 tons of chilled pork cuts to China.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROCESS FOR 4TH PLENUM DOCUMENT
Xinhua (November 5) publicised Xi Jinping’s explanation of the Fourth Plenum Decisions released by the Party. The 4th Plenum decisions went through an exhaustive process.

Nov 2019

CHINA--INTERNAL: CHONGQING DEPUTY PARTY SECRETARY COMMITS SUICIDE AT 4TH PLENUM MEETING IN BEIJING
54-year old Ren Xuefeng, Deputy Party Secretary of the centrally controlled Chongqing Municipality, died on October 31, the last day of at the 4th plenary meeting of the CCP CC, by jumping from Jingxi Hotel in Beijing.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: NEW CODE FOR BOOSTING PUBLIC MORALITY ISSUED BY CCP CC AND PRC STATE COUNCIL
Xinhua carried (October 27) the full text of the report by the CCP Central Committee and State Council aimed at enhancing China’s public morality and establishing guidelines specifying what constitutes good citizenship in the eyes of the Communist Party.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CPPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG INSPECTS ZHEJIANG PROVINCE
Xinhua reported (October 27) that CPPCC Chairman and PBSC member Wang Yang inspected Zhejiang province to meet local cadres on October 26 and 27.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: IMPORTANT CENTRAL APPOINTMENTS
Key central appointments were announced during the past week

Nov 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN SEEKS US$ 9 BILLION LOAN FROM CHINA
Pakistan's 'Dawn' reported on November 6, that Pakistan had on November 5, asked China to finance the US$ 9 billion Main Railway Line (ML-1) and other road and infrastructure projects to expand the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Nov 2019

CHINA-FRANCE: FRENCH PRESIDENT MACRON'S MEETING WITH CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING
Euronews-1 reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping has spent a lot of time with French President Emmanuel Macron over the past 24 hours.

Nov 2019

CHINA-U.S._ HUAWEI FOUNDER SAYS HE DOES NOT NEED THE U.S.
In wide-ranging interview with The Wall Street Journal (November 6), Huawei’s 75-year-old founder, Ren Zhengfei, struck a defiant tone on the Trump administration’s recent moves against the company, while also praising the U.S.’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Nov 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ASKS PLAAF TO BE COMBAT READY
Addressing PLAAF personnel on November 8, at the China Aviation Museum on the outskirts of Beijing on the occasion of the the Air Force’s 70th anniversary, Chinese President Xi Jinping was quoted by the state-owned CGTN saying"We must…strive to build the People's Air Force into a world-class air force."

Nov 2019

CHINA-PARTY: PATRIOTIC EDUCATION
Xinhua reported that the CCP Central Committee and the PRC State Council published an outline for implementing "patriotic education." It declared “The essence of patriotism is to adhere to the high unity of patriotism, love for the Party, and love for socialism.”

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG CONVENES HIGH LEVEL ECONOMIC CONFERENCE
On Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang, along with other top officials, sat down with economists and businessmen to discuss the economy.

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: SoE REFORM
Chairing the third meeting of the State Council Leading Group on State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) Reform on November 12, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He praised officials for the improvements made in recent years. Liu He tasked policymakers with drafting a three-year action plan for SOE reform with “clear targets, timelines, and road maps.”

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA RESERVES INCREASE BY 0.4% IN OCTOBER
China's financial news service Caixin reported (November 9) that China’s foreign exchange reserves rebounded to US$ 3.11 trillion in October, rising by 0.4% from US$ 3.09 trillion the previous month, according to official data.

Nov 2019

CHINA-GERMANY: HUAWEI'S 5G STILL BEING CONSIDERED BY GERMANY
Following her 12th visit to China in September 2019, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated that Germany would consider Huawei's 5G for its network.

Nov 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CRACKDOWN IMMINENT IN HONGKONG
Various signs indicate that the Hong Kong government could go ahead with a large-scale crackdown on the anti-extradition bill protests as early as this evening (November 13, 2019, Hong Kong time).

Nov 2019

CHINA-MARS EXPLORATION AND MARS LANDING BY 2021
Science and Technology Daily also quoted Zhang Yulin, former chief of the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO), as saying that Beijing plans to launch a Mars exploration mission in 2020 and a Mars landing in 2021.

Nov 2019

CHINA-S&T: CHINA PLANS TO ESTABLISH EARTH-MOON ECONOMIC ZONE BY 2050
The official newspaper of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Science and Technology Daily, quoted Bao Weimin, Director of the Science and Technology Commission of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), as saying China is considering the development of an economy outside of the Earth’s perimeter and is planning to establish an Earth-Moon economic zone by 2050.

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S RAILWAY BUREAUS SHOW LOSSES
According to a report (November 4) from mainland Chinese media China Business Network, China State Railway Group Company, Ltd. (China Railway, CR) for the first time announced the profitability of its subsidiaries.

Nov 2019

INDIVIDUAL MOVES PETITION FOR REVOCATION OF HONGKONG CE CARRIE LAM'S BRITISH CITIZENSHIP
Major Taiwanese news network Liberty Times Network (LTN) recently reported that an individual named Deeran Kumar submitted a petition on Change.org asking the government of the United Kingdom to revoke the citizenship of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s husband and her two sons.

Nov 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE OFFICIALS RECOMMENDS HONGKONG LEGISLATE ARTICLE 23 OF BASIC LAW
On November 9, 2019, Zhang Xiaoming, Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, the official agency coordinating Beijing’s ties with Hong Kong, published an article entitled, “Adhering to and improving the ‘one country, two systems,'” in a way to interpret the decision out of the recently concluded Fourth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.

Nov 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG'S CHINESE-LANGUAGE MEDIA RUN ADS 'OPPOSING RIOTING'
Six prominent Chinese-language newspapers in Hong Kong on November 13, ran the same ad on their front page calling for people to “oppose rioting,” a day after intense clashes between protesters and police at a university campus.

Nov 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: TAIWAN HELPING STUDENTS LEAVE HONGKONG
The Apple Daily reported (November 14) that Taiwanese students are being helped by their government to return to Taiwan.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: 19TH CC FOURTH PLENUM
Xinhua reported (October 28) that the CCP 19th Central Committee’s Fourth Plenum began on October 28 morning in Beijing.

Nov 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: OUYANG WEIMIN APPOINTED HEAD OF CHINA DEVELOPMENT BANK (CDB)
The CDB on October 24, announced the appointment of Ouyang Weimin, a Vice Governor of China's Guangdong province. Ouyang worked 20 years at the PBOC before he was transferred to local government positions in Guangdong in 2011.

Nov 2019

CHINA-MILITARY WORLD GAMES: MEMBERS OF CHINESE TEAM EXPELLED FOR CHEATING
The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) announced on October 25 that a Chinese team has been kicked out of its own Military World Games after other countries alerted judges to "extensive cheating" by the hosts.

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S STATE ASSETS TOTAL US$ 67 trillion
A report containing the second annual review of the condition of state assets submitted by China's State Council to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress stated that the total assets on the books of the Chinese government at the end of last year came to 474.7 trillion yuan ($67 trillion), equivalent to almost 80% of global GDP for 2018.

Nov 2019

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: NASDAQ SAYS CHINA'S PINDUODUO'S SHARES HAVE RISEN
Nasdaq-listed Pinduoduo's share price rose more than 12% on October 24, reaching a record high of $39.96.

Nov 2019

CHINA-THAILAND: CHINA AND JAPAN INVEST IN BUILDING HI-SPEED RAIL IN THAILAND
A Charoen Pokphand Group-led consortium signed a contract with the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) on Thursday to build the high-speed train route linking three major airports, which is expected to boost economic development and create more than 100,000 jobs.

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: DIFFERENCES IN USA REGARDING TECHNOLOGIES TO BE DENIED TO CHINA
The New York Times (October 23) reported that the Trump Administration is divided over which technologies can be shared with China.

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: US DENIES VISA TO HEAD OF CHINA NATIONAL SPACE ADMINISTRATION
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said (October 23) that a Chinese delegation had wanted to take part in the ongoing International Astronautical Congress being held in Washington.

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: US AIRCRAFT CARRIER IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
A South China Morning Post report (October 21) said the USS Ronald Reagan is carrying out drills above the South China Sea.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITBURO MEETING
Xinhua reported (October 24) that the Politburo met on October 24 and set the dates for the Central Committee’s long-awaited Fourth Plenum for 28 to 31 October in Beijing.

Nov 2019

CHINA-XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO STUDY SESSION
Xi Jinping presided over the 18th Politburo collective study session on October 25, on the topic of blockchain technology development.

Nov 2019

CHINA-UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT: POVERTY ALLEVIATION AND ETHNIC UNITY
CPPCC Chairman and PBSC member Wang Yang spoke on October 21 at the conference organised by the United Front Work Department (UFWD) to commemorate continuation of the “Guangcai Program”, which was “launched in 1994 by China's private enterprises in a bid to aid the country's poverty-relief efforts.”

Nov 2019

CHINA-ETHNIC UNITY: INSTRUCTIONS ON PROMOTING ETHNIC UNITY
The General Offices of the CCP CC and State Council jointly released opinions on “comprehensively, deeply, and enduringly implementing the work on pursuing ethnic unity and progress to consolidate a sense of community for the Chinese Nation” and issued a notice requesting each region and department conscientiously implement the opinions.

Nov 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA BACKS PAKISTAN AT FATF
Reiterating its support to Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) platform, the Daily Pakistan said on October 29 that China has 'categorically announced that it did not want the forum to be politicised as some countries are pursuing their political agenda in a bid to blacklist Pakistan'.

Nov 2019

CHINESE DIRECTOR OF CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE ACCUSED OF ESPIONAGE AND BARRED FROM VISITING SCHENGEN AREA
Song Xinning, former Director of the Confucius Institute at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), in Brussels has been barred from entering the Schengen Area for eight years after being accused of espionage.

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: NOTED CHINESE SCHOLAR PROF. JIN CANRONG SAYS CHINA CAN DEFEAT U.S. IN 'HOT WAR'
Speaking to Taiwan's Central News Agency on the siddelines of the annual Xiangshan Forum meeting in Beijing on October 21, Jin Canrong, a scholar at Renmin University of China, stated that China and the United States should show transparency to each other and that both countries ought to avoid a hot war.

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: CHINESE POLITBURO MEMBER CRITICISES U.S. FOR ADDING TENSION IN SPACE BUT WITHOUT NAMING IT
Singapore's Chinese-language Lianhe Zaobao newspaper reported (October 21) Huang Kunming, head of the CCP CC Propaganda Department and Politburo member, as saying in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 6th World Internet Conference, that “Some countries have used national security as an excuse and have restricted and attacked other countries and enterprises.

Nov 2019

CHINA-KAZAKHSTAN: TWO CHINESE NATIONALS SEEK POLITICAL ASYLUM IN KAZAKHSTAN
25-year-old Murager Alimuly and 30-year-old Qaster Musakhanuly, both ethnic Kazakhs from China, entered Kazakhstan on October 1 and on October 9 appeared in video testimonies posted to Facebook recounting their experiences in Xinjiang.

Nov 2019

CHINA-SPACE: CHINA TO CREATE ZONE IN SPACE
The Science and Technology Daily, a newspaper affiliated with the Ministry of Science and Technology, reported (November 1) that Bao Weimin, Chief of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.’s Science and Technology Commission, said at a forum in Beijing on October 30, that China plans to set up the economic zone in "cislunar space" — the area lying inside the moon’s orbit — within the next few decades.

Nov 2019

CHINA-EDUCATION: CHINA CALLS FOR UPGRADING QUALITY OF ONLINE AND LONG DISTANCE EDUCATION
China’s Ministry of Education has called for a three-year revamp of the higher education system, aiming to devote vast resources to undergraduate studies, including the expertise of those who are part of its controversial Thousand Talents Program.

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S MANUFACTURING INDEX SHOWS FASTEST INCREASE SINCE DECEMBER
The Caixin China General Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) said China’s manufacturing activity expanded at the fastest pace in nearly three years in October as output and new orders grew at a pace not seen in several years.

Nov 2019

CHINA-COAL: COAL IMPORTS SURGE
China’s coal imports are likely to exceed last year’s tally, negating predictions that the government would cap purchases at 2018’s levels. This year, a slowing economy and the attraction of cheaper overseas coal are likely to steer policymakers away from a repeat of 2018’s curbs.

Nov 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN USING CHINESE MISSILES IN KASHMIR
An official Chinese media report said that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is understood to be "using the 295 FN-16 portable air-defense missiles to strengthen its low-altitude air defense in Kashmir, where India has begun deploying advanced apache helicopters".

Nov 2019

CHINA-UK: BRITAIN PUTS DECISION ON HUAWEI'S 5G ON HOLD
In a letter dated November 1, written by Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the UK's decision on going in for Huawei's 5G was put on hold till installation of the next government due to "the market uncertainty caused by US action to place Huawei on its Entity List for restricted trading on national security grounds".

Nov 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA CRITICISES INDIA'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF UNION TERRITORIES OF KASHMIR, JAMMU AND LADAKH
Global Times on October 31, said 'China slammed India's unilateral move to change administrative status of Kashmir and Ladakh, saying the move challenges China's sovereignty and is illegal and invalid'.

Nov 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING IN SHANGHAI
Chinese President travelled to Shanghai for the Second China International Import Expo (CIIE) where French President Macron is the guest of honour. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness and Serbian Prime Minister Anna Brna Beach (Ana Brnabić) are also attending the opening ceremony of the second Expo.

Nov 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S NEW BOOK
The official Xinhua news agency reported (October 27) that the CCP CC's Institute of Party History and Literature published CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping’s new book 'Ensuring the Party’s Leadership over All Work' .

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGICAL CONTROLS ON EDUCATION
The official website of China’s Ministry of Education on October 21, 2019, published a “Notice on Launching a Special Campaign to Examine and Cleanse Books in Nationwide Elementary and Middle School Libraries.”

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: BUDDHIST MONKS ASKED TO DISPLAY PATRIOTISM ON CHINA'S NATIONAL DAY
Aboluowang reported (November 4) that, on October 1, China’s National Day, Buddhist temples were required to put on patriotic performances while monks and nuns had to participate in the ceremony to pledge allegiance to the communist party.

Nov 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: 400 REAL ESTATE COMPANIES BANKRUPT
The Central News Agency (October 30, 2019) quoting the mainland Chinese paper 'The 21st Century Business Herald' said China's real estate industry has been the first to bear the brunt of the Chinese government’s actions to tighten corporate finance and citing court data said that at least 408 real estate firms have declared bankruptcy.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INDIA: SALE OF CHINESE GOODS IN INDIA DROPS
The sale of Chinese goods has witnessed a major drop in the run-up to Diwali as about 60% less Chinese products were sold this year. However, Indians still purchased Chinese goods worth about Rs 3,200 crore while items worth Rs 8,000 crore were sold in the country during the Diwali last year, industry body CAIT said in a statement.

Nov 2019

CHINA-FRANCE: FRENCH PRESIDENT MACRON'S VISIT TO SHANGHAI
French President Emmanuel Macron travels to Beijing on November 4, as a guest of honour of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

Nov 2019

CHINA-US: US OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO CHINA-OWNED TIK-TOK
Reuters cited three unidentified sources as saying that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has started a national security review of Chinese-owned TikTok’s $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly. TikTok didn’t seek clearance from CFIUS when it acquired Musical.ly, which gives the U.S. security panel scope to investigate it now.

Nov 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: 4TH PARTY PLENUM TO BE HELD IN BEIJING FROM OCTOBER 28 - 31
The CCP CC Politburo decided at its meeting on October 24 that the Fourth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will be held from Oct. 28 to 31 in Beijing.

Oct 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE SoE CNOOC GETS NEW CHAIRMAN
China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), announced on October 24 afternoon that Wang Dongjin, a Vice Chairman at one of the petroleum SoEs is to replace Yang Hua, who resigned as CNOOC’s chairman in early September.

Oct 2019

NEW CHINESE AMBASSADOR PRAISES CONTRIBUTION OF CANADIAN ANTHROPOLOGIST TO COMMUNIST CAUSE
New Chinese Ambassador Cong Peiwu speaking at a reception in Ottawa to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China cited the case of 104-year old Isabel Crook, a Canadian anthropologist and teacher who has been a supporter of the communist cause for many decades, and continues to live in China.

Oct 2019

CHINA-USA: CHINA STEALS DATA FOR ITS C919 AIRCRAFT
U.S. cybersecurity research and consulting firm Crowdstrike on October 15 released a report that claimed officials from China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), underground hacking groups and personnel, cyber security researchers, and employees (moles) of multiple companies in many countries were involved in cyber theft operations to assist development of the C919 commercial aircraft by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (Comac).

Oct 2019

CHINA-KENYA: CHINA BUILDS ANOTHER RAILWAY
Voice of America (VoA) reported (October 16) that a new railway built by China at a cost of US$ 1.5 billion was put into operation in Kenya on October 16. It connects the capital city Nairobi with Naivasha, a small town in the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted the opening ceremony of the railway.

Oct 2019

CHINA-US: APPLE WITHDRAWS TRACKING APP
Hong Kong Economic Times (HKET), the leading financial daily in Hong Kong, on October 10 reported that Apple once again unlisted the popular app HKmap.live from its AppStore.

Oct 2019

CHINA-PACIFIC ISLANDS: COOPERATION FORUM
The 3rd China-Pacific Island Countries Development and Cooperation Forum opened in the Samoan capital of Apia on October 21, with Vice Premier Hu HUAWEI TO representing the PRC.

Oct 2019

CHINA-INDIA: VISA LIBERALISATION AND INDIAN FILMS
An article published in China's official Global Times (October 14) said that the "significant relaxations" announced in visa policy by the Indian embassy is sure to boost Chinese tourism to India.

Oct 2019

CHINA-GERMANY: GERMANY LIKELY TO OPT FOR HUAWEI'S 5G
The German government appears poised to put in place newly drafted security requirements that do not set clear limits on the Chinese telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE supplying technology for German fifth-generation cellular networks.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN HONGKONG
Reports said (October 20) a 19-year old boy was stabbed in the neck and stomach at Tai Po 'Lennon wall' by an assailant who shouted "Hongkong is part of China'?

Oct 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: SALES OF AUTOMOBILES ARE DOWN
According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, China’s auto sales in September were 2.271 million.

Oct 2019

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETANS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT ASKED TO DENOUNCE DALAI LAMA BEFORE RECRUITMENT
Quoting from recruitment notices recently issued in the Tibet Autonomous Region, the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) said (October 16) that Tibetan college graduates looking for work in Tibet’s public sector are being forced by Chinese authorities to denounce exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama before they are given jobs.

Oct 2019

CHINA-PLAAF: NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS
Chinese large transport aircraft Y-20 and stealth fighter J-20s gave demonstration flights on the opening of a five-day air show held to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force.

Oct 2019

CHINA-MILITARY GAMES AND XIANGSHAN FORUM
On October 19, the CISM World Military Games commenced in central China’s Wuhan. Chinese President Xi Jinping, attended the games where, according to Xinhua (October 19) he said:“Let the ‘sunshine of sports’ dispel the shadow of war, foster communications between different cultures, and bring together people's hearts for peace.”

Oct 2019

CHINA-SOLOMON ISLANDS: CHINA PURCHASES ISLAND OF TULAGI IN SOLOMON ISLANDS
China's Sam Enterprise Group, a State-owned Enterprise, set up in 1985 has singed a renewable 75-year lease agreement with the provincial government of Tulagi whose terms have not been publicly released.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA BANS EXPORT OF BLACK CLOTHING TO HONGKONG
The South China Morning Post (October 17) reported that according to a notice issued by Guangdong courier company PHXBUY on July 11, mainland Chinese customs required courier companies to halt delivery of a list of products.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: BEIJING MOVES TO QUELL TROUBLE
The Wall Street Journal (October 16) reports that Beijing has begun to selectively target pro-democracy activist. 35-year old Stanley Ho Wai-hong of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions was severely beaten on September 29 resulting in injuries including three broken fingers and a thumb.

Oct 2019

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES COMMENTS ON FATF MEETING REG PAKISTAN
An article critical of India published in the official Global Times (October 16) commented "How many shades of grey fits India's fantasy? It seems that India makes too much fuss about whether Pakistan will be moved to the "dark grey" list from the "grey" list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) while China is presiding over the Paris-based terrorist financing watchdog".

Oct 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISICS CITES POSITIVE SIGNS FOR SEPTEMBER
The Chinese financial news service Caixin on October 18 reported that China’s economy grew by 6% YOY in the third quarter, hitting the bottom of the government’s 2019 target range and the weakest pace in almost three decades, reflecting sluggish domestic and global demand exacerbated by the ongoing trade war with the U.S. It said for the first nine months, GDP rose 6.2% YOY, within this year’s target range of 6% to 6.5% announced by Premier Li Keqiang in March.

Oct 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: SHIPBUILDING COMPANY SEEKS CAPITAL INFUSION FROM ABROAD
China Merchants Industry Holdings Co. Ltd. (CMIH), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Merchants Group, initiated a mixed-ownership reform, a campaign promoted by Beijing to diversify shareholding structures of major state-owned enterprises.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HI-TECH: CHINA PLANS TO BECOME SELF-RELIANT IN HI-TECHNOLOGIES
Addressing the "2019 National Manufacturing Powerhouse Construction Expert Forum (Ningbo)" in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province on October 15, Zhou Ji, President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), said that the CAE had recently assessed the value chains of 26 manufacturing sub-sectors.

Oct 2019

CHINA-CCP: CCP BRANCHES PRESENT IN PRIVATE ENTERPRISES
The People's Daily reported (October 15) that efforts to get a CCP branch in every enterprise, including private enterprises, are succeeding. It observed that technology companies particularly have taken the lead in establishing Party branches in their companies.

Oct 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S DAUGHTER RETURNS TO U.S.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's daughter, Xi Mingze (習明澤) who previously completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard in 2014 has re-enrolled in Harvard University in 2019.

Oct 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: LATE CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY ZHAO ZIYANG'S ASHES LAID TO REST
The ashes of late CCP CC General Secretary Zhao Ziyang and his wife were buried in a cemetery north of Beijing on October 18.

Oct 2019

VIETNAM BANS CHINA-PRODUCED MOVIE BECAUSE OF MAP SHOWING INCORRECT MARITIME BOUNDARIES
Ta Quang Dong, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, was quoted as saying by Vietnam's Thanh Nien newspaper as saying “We will revoke (the film’s license).”

Oct 2019

CHINA-US: TRADE NEGOTIATIONS PROVIDE BREATHER FOR CHINA
China emerged with wins in this week’s trade talks, with the U.S. shelving new tariffs against Beijing while leaving many demands to be worked out later in return for an assurance of increased agriculture purchases.

Oct 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO NEPAL WAS FIRST IN 23 YEARS BY CHINESE PRESIDENT
Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a 20-hour visit to Kathmandu, becoming the first Chinese President to visit Nepal in 23 years.

Oct 2019

CHINA-INDIA: XI-MODI SECOND 'INFORMAL' SUMMIT
The second 'informal' summit meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping was held on October 11-12 at the ancient coastal town of Mammalapuram (Mahabalipuram).

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: POLICE CLAIMS SERIOUS ESCALATION IN VIOLENCE HINTING AT FOREIGN INVOLVEMENT
Radio HongKong quoted the HongKong Police as saying on October 14, that a remote-controlled improvised explosive device, similar to those used in terrorist attacks in foreign countries, was detonated at Nathan Road on October 13.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: FIRST PEOPLE'S DAILY ARTICLE ON TROUBLE IN HONGKONG IN FIVE WEEKS
People’s Daily (October 5) published its first Commentator's article on the Hong Kong protests in 5 weeks, expressing the central government’s support for the Hong Kong government’s 4 October decision to invoke the Emergency Regulations Ordinance to enact anti-mask regulation.

Oct 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: RISING COST OF LIVING AND CONSUMER INFLATION
Data released by China's National Bureau of Statistics on October 15, stated that surging pork prices had pushed China’s consumer inflation to a near six-year high in September, complicating Beijing’s effort to stimulate growth but also giving it an incentive to buy more agricultural goods from the U.S.

Oct 2019

CHINA-AGRICULTURE: CHINA'S WHITE PAPER ON FOOD SECURITY
The Chinese government on October 14, released a white paper on food security, which stressed it produces enough grain to feed its 1.4 billion people, but projected a rise in medium- to long-term grain demand.

Oct 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ACCUSATION OF CORRUPTION
In a hard hitting expose the New York Times on October 15 front-paged details of bribes and gifts given by the Deutsche Bank over the past 15 years to over a 100 past and present top ranking Chinese communist cadres.

Oct 2019

CHINA-IRAN: CHINA BACKS OUT OF MAJOR OIL DEAL WITH IRAN
The Wall Street Journal reported (October 6) that the China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) has pulled out of a $5 billion natural-gas project in Iran as escalating tensions threaten to sever Beijing’s trade with Tehran.

Oct 2019

CHINA-US: US ADDS TO BLACKLIST
The US Commerce Department on October 7, added 28 Chinese companies and government agencies to its Entity List over human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

Oct 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: IMRAN KHAN AND XI JINPING'S COMMENTS ON KASHMIR
Chinese President Xi Jinping met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing on October 9.

Oct 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN DEPORTS CHINESE CITIZEN FOR "ILLEGAL" ACTIVITIES
Taiwan on 8 October deported a Chinese tourist, Li Shaodong, for engaging in “criminal activities” for damaging a “Lennon Wall” that was put up in support of Hong Kong’s democracy movement.

Oct 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: TECHNOLOGY SECTOR BADLY HIT
A Bloomberg report of October 9 stated that China's broader economic slowdown and trade war with the US has ended the boom that saw the emergence of big IT/ CHINA BACKS giants like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Group Holdings Ltd.

Oct 2019

CHINA-UNITED FRONT WORK DEPARTMENT: OFFICIAL INTERVIEW WITH PANCHEN LAMA
On September 28, the United Front News published an exclusive interview with the Eleventh Panchen Lama.

Oct 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY PATRIOTIC CAMPAIGN EMPHASISED ON EVE OF CHINA'S 70TH NATIONAL DAY
The People's Daily (September 20) reported that the Central Leading Group for the “Remain True to Original Aspiration, Keep Mission Firmly in Mind” Education Campaign issued a notice on September 29 stressing the importance of strengthening patriotic education and promoting patriotic spirit through the education campaign.

Oct 2019

PEOPLE'S DAILY ON OCTOBER 1 EXHORTS PEOPLE TO RALLY MORE CLOSELY AROUND THE PARTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Publishing an article on China's 70th National Day on October 1, the People's Daily quoted Xi Jinping in describing China’s journey of the past 70 years as “a deeply moving saga of struggle both in the history of the Chinese nation and the history of the world.”

Oct 2019

CHINA-PERU: ENERGY SUPPLIES
Financial times (October 2) reported that the China Yangtze Power International has agreed to buy Peru’s largest electric company Luz del Sur from US-based Sempra Energy for $3.6bn.

Oct 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: NEPALESE STATEMENTS DURING CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI'S VISIT
Statements issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to Nepal from September 8-10, and meetings with the Prime Minister, Ministers and senior leaders of both the ruling and opposition parties, clarified that the U.S. strategy was discussed.

Oct 2019

CHINA-US: LEVEL OF U.S. OFFICIALS ATTENDING CHINA'S NATIONAL DAY EVENTS IN U.S.A. DROPS
Radio France Internationale reported (September 29) that the number of U.S. officials who attended the 70th National Anniversary cocktail reception that the Chinese Embassy held in Washington, DC significantly decreased this year. Fewer attendees appeared from the U.S. side.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PAP/PLA IN HONGKONG
Photographs of PAP/PLA personnel in trucks at various locations in Hong Kong and marching alongside hedges through lanes are being circulated by hong Kong residents on Twitter and social media since October 4 evening. Reports also claim that between 10,000 to 15,000 PAP personnel are already in Hong Kong.

Oct 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: PORK PRICES
China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs recently stated that wholesale pork price in the third week of September was up 81 percent from a year earlier.

Oct 2019

CHINA-PLA: BBC SAYS CHINA HAS POTENTIAL TO BUILD AIRCRAFT CARRIER-CENTERED NAVY
BBC Chinese published (September 25) an analysis on the growth of China’s Navy after the Cold War.

Oct 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION FELLS CHINA'S FORMER SECURITIES REGULATOR
The CDIC announced (October 4) that the former head of the China Securities Regulatory Commission Liu Shiyu, has been removed from his post of Deputy Party Chief at the All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives.

Oct 2019

CHINA-70TH ANIVERSARY: NATIONAL DAY PARADE AND INTERNAL DISSIDENCE
Police in Anshan City, Liaoning Province, announced on its official Weibo account on October 2 that a 37-year-old man surnamed Gao would be detained for 15 days, after commenting adversely about the October 1 parade on WeChat.

Oct 2019

CHINA-SRI LANKA: CHINA APPROVED EXTRADITION TREATY WITH SRI LANKA
Xinhua (Beijing - August 26) reported that the 12th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) decided on August 26 to approve the "Extradition Treaty between the People's Republic of China and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka".

Oct 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: PAKISTAN SENATE COMMITTEE EXAMINES CPEC
The Senate Special Committee on the Project of China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) discussed in detail SMEs and SEZs, uninterrupted power supply along CPEC routes, delaying of tariff determination by NEPRA for Coal based energy project in Gwadar and the Second Phase of Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Oct 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA'S OFFICIAL MEDIA CRITICAL OF INDIA
Commenting on the recent success of TCS, the official Global Times (September 26) observed that "Nevertheless, while China's stock market pales in comparison to India's, China's top tech companies are far ahead of their Indian counterparts.

Oct 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN RELEASES DEFENCE WHITE PAPER ON SEPTEMBER 29
Japan released its Defence White Paper on September 24, 2019. It is 415 pages in length and China figures prominently in it.

Oct 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: RALLIES IN TAIWAN IN FAVOUR OF HONGKONG PROTESTORS
Despite heavy rain on September 29, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in Taipei and other cities in Taiwan in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: U.S. ACADEMIC BANNED FROM ENTERING HONGKONG
US academic Dan Garrett was barred from entering Hong Kong on September 26, a week after he testified at the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) in Washington DC about the ongoing protests in the city.

Oct 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CANADIAN UNIVERSITY ORDERS DISBANDMENT OF CHINESE STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
The student union at Canada's McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, has revoked the club status of the school’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) after an appeal by students seeking to decertify the group over concerns about alleged links to the Chinese government.

Oct 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY TO PROMOTE 'NEW ERA OF PATRIOTIC EDUCATION
CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping presided over a meeting of the Politburo on September 24 to consider "a new era of patriotic education Implementation Outline" and the "Chinese Communist Party School (Administration Institute) Regulations."

Oct 2019

CHINA'S NEW WHITE PAPER STRESSES CHINA WILL NOT FOLLOW THE PATH "POWER LEADING TO HEGEMONY"!
The official Global Times (September 27) publicised the issue by the State Council Information Office on September 27 of a new White Paper entitled "China and the world in the New Era" which, it said, comprehensively reviews China's development in the past 70 years, its contribution to the world and the country's role in an evolving world.

Oct 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ADDRESSES CPPCC WORK CONFERENCE IN BEIJING
On September 20, CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping spoke at the CPPCC Central Work Conference in Beijing on promoting a greater exchange of ideas, broader consultation in decision-making, and the need of finding consensus.

Oct 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINA OPENS FIRST VISA CENTRE IN LAHORE, PAKISTAN
China openeD its first visa application service center in Lahore, Punjab to facilitate applicants wishing to visit China. Yao Jing, the Chinese Ambassador to Islamabad, inaugurated the centre on September 23. China’s Consul General in Lahore Long Dingbin, Deputy Consul General Peng Zhengwu and officials from the Punjab government also attended the ceremony.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: 12,000 CHINESE PLA/PAPF TROOPS QUIETLY INDUCTED INTO HONGKONG
A Reuters special report (October 1) citing unidentified Chinese military officers claimed that between 10,000 to 12,000 well trained PLA/PAPF personnel have been quietly inducted into Hong Kong.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PROTESTOR SHOT BY 'LIVE ROUND'
The South China Morning post (October 1) reported that a protester had been shot in the chest by a live round fired by police on Hoi Pa Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG PROTESTORS PUBLICISE A PARLIAMENT AND RADIO STATION FOR HONGKONG
Some unidentified persons have announced a "HK Provisional Parliament" with its own website where a "Draft Civil Charter of HK" in either Cantonese or English versions is available.

Oct 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PROTEST IN HONGKONG ON CHINA'S NATIONAL DAY
The MTR Corporation of Hongkong has announced the closure of 3 MTR stations, namely Wan Chai, Admiralty and Prince Edward on October 1. The airport express will not stop between Hong Kong station and the airport.

Oct 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINA HONOURS FOREIGN EXPERTS
At a meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 29, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the Chinese people will not forget foreign experts' support and assistance to China's development over the 70 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Oct 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CHINA HONOURS OUTSTANDING SCIENTISTS, DIPLOMATS ETC
China Daily announced on September 30, 2019 that National honorary titles had been given to individuals who have made great contributions and have achieved recognition in various fields, including national defense, diplomacy and education.

Oct 2019

CHINA-TIBET: 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN TIBET
Thousands of monks and laypeople across Tibet were made to participate in a series of major staged performances to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on October 1.

Oct 2019

CHINA: PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PRC)'S 70TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY AND PARADE
Amidst heavy security which allowed entry to Beijing's Tiananmen Square only to invitees, China's leaders held a massive parade -- China's largest ever till now -- on October 1, to showcase China's military might.

Oct 2019

CHINA-SERBIA: SERBIA TO PURCHASE UNMANNED AIRCRAFT FROM CHINA
Global Times (September 11) recently reported that, according to the Defense Ministry of Serbia, Serbia will purchase armed unmanned aircraft from China. This was announced after a Chinese military delegation visited Serbia.

Sep 2019

CHINA-IRAN: STRATEGIC OIL PURCHASE AGREEMENT
The Petroleum Economist disclosed (September 3) that Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif visited his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the end of August 2019 to present a road map for the China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership, which was signed in 2016.

Sep 2019

CHINA-US: FEDEX PILOT DETAINED IN GUANGZHOU FOR CARRYING AI-GUN PELLETS
A FedEx Corp. pilot, who is an American citizen, was temporarily detained in Guangzhou after authorities found hundreds of air-gun pellets in his luggage prior to boarding a commercial flight to Hong Kong, marking the delivery firm’s latest setback in the country.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S OVERSEAS ACQUISITIONS REGISTER DECLINE
Nikkei Chinese Edition reported (September 5) from Hong Kong that, according to statistics provided by a U.S. market research leader, Chinese overseas acquisitions saw a significant decline in the first half of this year.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA RELEASES 10,000 TONS OF PORK FROM STRATEGIC RESERVE
In a notice issued on September 17, the China Merchandise Reserve Management Center (CMRMC) announced it will release 10,000 metric tons of frozen pork from its national pork reserve through auction.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S PENSION FUND SHORT OF FUNDS
As China tries to fill a pension shortfall, the government ordered SOEs to stop dragging their feet on the mandated transfer of equity to the national social security fund.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: OBJECTIVES OF NEW TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM OUTLINED BY CHINA'S STATE COUNCIL
China's State Council and the CCP Central Committee released a new outline on September 19, stating that by 2035 China wants a transportation system that allows citizens to Commute within any metropolitan area in under one hour.

Sep 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: YE JIANYING'S SON AND XI JINPING SUPPORTER, YE XUANPING DIED ON SEPTEMBER 17
Ye Xuanping, elder son of Ye Jianying, one of the ten founding Marshals of communist China, died on September 17 at the age of 95. Ye Jianying and his family were very close to that of Xi Zhongxun.

Sep 2019

QIU SHI REPUBLISHES XI JINPING'S SPEECH THAT POLITICAL SYSTEM OF ANOTHER COUNTRY WILL NOT WORK
The Chinese Communist Party’s leading theoretical fortnightly Qiushi published (September 16) a speech that Chinese President Xi Jinping gave five years ago emphasising that copying the political system of another country will not work and will ruin China’s future.

Sep 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO HENAN
Xinhua (September 18) reported that during his tour of Henan province from September 16 to 18, Chinese President and CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping, accompanied by Secretary of the Henan Provincial Party Committee Wang Guosheng and Governor Chen Runer, visited Xinyang, Zhengzhou and other places to "deepen the revolutionary old areas, rural areas, enterprises, etc., on economic and social development" and “not forgetting the original heart.

Sep 2019

CHINA-IRAN: CHINA PROPOSES US$ 400 BILLION CREDIT LINE FOR IRAN
Iran.com reported (September 17) that Chairwoman of the Money and Capital Market Commission of Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce Farial Mostofi said on September 17 a US$ 400 billion credit line has been launched for trade between Iran and China. She added that the credit line has allowed Chinese investors to undertake projects in Iran without bidding.

Sep 2019

CHINA-TECHNOLOGY: ESTONIA BANS HUAWEI'S 5G
According to a September 13, article by Estonian news site Delfi, Paul Rikk, Estonia’s national cybersecurity policy director, said the country’s 5G network shouldn’t be equipped with Huawei equipment.

Sep 2019

CHINA-U.S: UN DROPS REFERENCE TO BRI IN RESOLUTION ON AFGHANISTAN
Associated Press (September 17) reported that the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a compromise resolution extending the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan, dropping a Chinese demand to include a reference to China’s $1 trillion “belt and road” initiative.

Sep 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG'S 3-DAY VISIT (Sept 16-18, 2019) TO RUSSIA
Xinhua reported (September 17) the arrival of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in St. Petersburg on September 16, for a three-day official visit to Russia. During the visit, Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will co-chair the 24th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA UNICOM ANNOUNCES 2 BILLION RMB CUMULATIVE INVESTMENT IN 200 BRI PROJECTS
A Hong Kong news report (September 9) said that China Unicom Global Limited (CUG), the subsidiary of China Unicom, announced that it has invested a cumulative RMB 2 billion along the Belt and Road countries in 200 projects.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA CONTEMPLATING PORK IMPORTS AS PRICES CONTINUE TO RISE
Caixin Daily reported (September 17) that China is contemplating increasing purchases of pork from overseas, including the U.S. and the EU, as the government grows increasingly concerned about soaring prices.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN CONTINUES
China’s Caixin Daily (September 17) said that China's major economic indicators posted a worse-than-expected performance for August as growth of fixed-asset investment and value-added industrial output further slowed to multi-month, even multi-year, lows.

Sep 2019

UNITED FRONT WORK: WANG YANG ADDRESSES SYMPOSIUM ON UNITED FRONT HELD IN BEIJING ON SEPTEMBER 11
PBSC member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang delivered a speech at a united front symposium celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Approximately 160 united front representatives and heads of relevant departments at party and state organizations attended.

Sep 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG INSPECTS RELIGIOUS WORK IN JIANGXI
Xinhua (September 10) reported that Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) member and CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang conducted an inspection and research tour on religious work in Jiangxi Province.

Sep 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: COOPERATION IN S&T
The South China Morning Post reported (August 28) that China and Russia are forging stronger ties in space technology.

Sep 2019

CHINA-BRI: DIGITAL SILK ROAD PROJECT
The database released by the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) shows that Chinese entities have provided more than US$ 17 billion for Digital Silk Road projects completed since 2013.

Sep 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PROTESTS CONTINUE AND PROTESTORS GET NEW ANTHEM
The stand-off between the Beijing and its HKSAR government has recently got accentuated with the official China-owned 'China Daily' posting a notice on Facebook on September 10 morning warning that protestors in Hong Kong have decided on secret plans to escalate protests from September 11 with "massive" terrorist attacks including blowing up gas pipelines in Hong Kong and attacks on non-Cantonese speaking people.

Sep 2019

CHINA-SPACE: SECOND LONG MARCH ROCKET LAUNCH NEXT YEAR
Space News reported (September 11) Xing He, Executive Vice President of the China Great Wall Industry Corp., a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. as saying at the World Satellite Business Week conference (September 10) that China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. is likely to resume flights of its heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket this year.

Sep 2019

CHINA-PLA: TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES AS CHINA'S NEW CHAMPIONS OF AI
According to the South China Morning Post (August 29) China has named Huawei Technologies and Hikvision Digital Technology as new national champions in artificial intelligence (AI).

Sep 2019

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY: CHINA NEDS TO REORIENT RELATIONS WITH OTHER NATIONS
Asian-Pacific Security and Maritime Affairs published in June 2019 an article titled 'Trade and Science and Technology Wars and the “Paradigm Shift” in Sino-U. S. Relations' by Prof Zhu Feng, Dean at the Institute of International Relations at Nanjing University and Executive Director of the China South China Sea Research Center of Nanjing University.

Sep 2019

CHINA-DIPLOMACY: YANG JIECHI'S ARTICLE IN QIU SHI
Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth) in its issue 17/2019 published an article by Politburo member and Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office dated September 1, on “thoroughly studying and implementing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, especially Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy."

Sep 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CHINA DECLINES TO WARM TO CANADA'S NEW AMBASSADORIAL APPOINTMENT
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Shuang said (September 5) that “Relations between China and Canada have encountered serious difficulties, and the responsibility lies entirely with the Canadian side.”

Sep 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: SOLOMON ISLANDS TO SWITCH RECOGNITION TO PRC
Reuters reported (September 5) that the Solomon Islands intends to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and align itself with Beijing. The switch still needs to be formalized.

Sep 2019

CHINA-US: TWO U.S. COMPANIES SUING TWO CHINESE COMPANIES FOR PATENT VIOLATIONS
China’s vision of profiting from the driverless economy is being clouded by intellectual property debates, as two Chinese suppliers of a key self-driving technology are accused of stealing IP from a Silicon Valley company.

Sep 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HKSAR CHIEF EXECUTIVE WITHDRAWS EXTRADITION BILL
The day Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of HKSAR, withdrew (September 4) the Extradition Bill in an attempt calm the situation in Hongkong, the home of pro-democracy media tycoon and publisher of Apple Daily, Jimmy Lai was firebombed in the early hours of September 5.

Sep 2019

CHINESE SCIENTISTS TEST SATELLITE POSITIONING TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN WORK INDEPENDENTLY IN SPACE
The South China Morning Post reported (August 23) that Chinese scientists have successfully tested a satellite positioning technology called pulsar navigation, catching up to the United States, which was the first to do so last year.

Sep 2019

CHINA-S&T: CHINA'S VERSION OF GPS HAS MORE SATELLITES THAN U.S. ORIGINAL
A Nikkei analysis (August 19) of satellite orbit data from leading U.S. receiver maker Trimble highlighted BeiDou's rapid growth. China launched 18 satellites for the system in 2018 alone.

Sep 2019

CHINA-PLAN: NEW Type 075 Helicopter Ship Nears Completion
The South China Morning Post (August 22) reported that pictures taken by Chinese military enthusiasts earlier this week appear to show that construction of China’s first Type 075 amphibious helicopter assault ship is moving quickly.

Sep 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY OF SCHOOL CHILDREN
The Chinese Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Security held an urgent teleconference and ordered all schools nationwide to enhance safety measures on September 4, two days after eight pupils died in an attack at a school in Enshi, Hubei Province.

Sep 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA'S LEADERSHIP REVIEWING DEPENDENCY ON U.S. HI-TECH
Mingpao (September 1) disclosed that the Chinese government is assessing the dependency level that Chinese domestic high-tech vendors have on U.S. technologies.

Sep 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered a speech (September 3) at the CCP CC's Central Party School in Beijing.

Sep 2019

CHINA-AFRICA: ENHANCED TRADE
The Africa China Research Initiative shows that Africa’s trade deficit with China was USD 27.91 billion in 2018, as trade between the two sides rose to USD 170 billion.

Sep 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN'S NATIONAL POLICE AGENCY SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN PRESENCE ON SENKAKU ISLANDS
Japan Times (September 6) reported that Japan’s National Police Agency has in the 2020 budget requested a new unit dedicated to protecting the Senkaku Islands.

Sep 2019

CHINA-CANADA: CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER ACCUSES CHINA OF USING ARBITRARY DETENTIONS FOR POLITICAL ENDS
Speaking (September 5) to the Editorial Board of the Toronto Star, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused Beijing of using “Using arbitrary detention as a tool to achieve political goals, international or domestic, is something that is of concern not just to Canada but to all our allies.”

Sep 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: AMERICAN COMPANY SUPPLYING TEAR GAS CANISTERS TO HONGKONG POLICE
BuzzFeed News reported (September 7) that Nonlethal Technologies has been supplying hundreds of canisters of tear gas to Hongkong police.

Sep 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINESE PROFESSOR SAYS HONGKONG PROTESTS INCLUDE ELEMENTS OF 'COLOUR REVOLUTION'
Zhang Dinghuai, a Professor of Hong Kong and Macao Studies at Shenzhen University and a member of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, told the Strait Times (September 6) that common elements of colour revolutions include strong specific political demands, interference by external forces, attempts to motivate the public, social standoff and turmoil, huge pressure upon the authorities, and pursuit of power transfer through purportedly "nonviolent" approaches.

Sep 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA-US TRADE TALKS TO BE HELD IN EARLY OCTOBER
Chinese and US negotiators agreed on September 5 to hold the 13th round of China-U.S. high-level economic and trade consultations in early October in Washington and maintain close communication before that.

Sep 2019

CHINA-RARE EARTHS: CHINA REDUCES RESOURCE TAX ON HEAVY RARE EARTHS FROM 27 PERCENT TO 20 PERCENT
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has formalized a new law that reduces the resource tax on heavy rare earths from 27 percent to 20 percent, which Chinese analysts say is a move that shows China's resolve to support the industry's development amid a heated trade war.

Sep 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA'S NEW SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION BOARD (STAR) REPORTED TO BE DOING WELL
Qian Han, a Professor at the Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics, Xiamen University, in an article published by East Asia Forum claimed that China's official Science and Technology Innovation Board (STAR) launched on June 13, 2019, as part of its capital market reform, has been quite active since its debut on 22 July 2019.

Sep 2019

CHINA-TIBET: TIBETAN MONK ARRESTED IN SEPTEMBER
The ICT reported on August 6, 2019 that 36-year old Lobsang Dorje, a Tibetan monk from the influential Kirti monastery was sentenced to three years in prison on September 3 this week after being arrested in his room in mid-July 2018.

Sep 2019

CHINA-PUBLIC SECURITY: SECURITY STEPPED UP IN SHANXI AND XINJIANG-UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION
The head of the Shanxi Public Security Bureau issued (September 5) a "wartime" order banning alcohol consumption by all provincial PSB employees from September 15 to October 4, to ensure nothing goes wrong during the 70th anniversary celebration period around October 1.

Sep 2019

XINHUA REPORTS XI JINPING USES TERM
Xinhua reported that in his speech to a training session for young leaders at the Central Party School on September 3, Chinese President and CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping spoke of the immense challenges facing the country and the Chinese Communist Party.

Sep 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: POST IMPLYNG CRITICISM OF ABOLITION OF TERM LIMITS BARRED
On August 22, as China marked the 115th birthday of Deng Xiaoping, the paramount leader who led China into the reform era, a post sent to “People’s Reading” (人民阅读) and “People’s Daily Press” (人民日报出版社), both official WeChat public accounts operated by the People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, dealt with the now very sensitive issue of term limits for national leaders and reproduced a front-page article of the People's Daily captioned “Deng Xiaoping Abolishes the Lifelong Tenure System for Leaders” (邓小平废除领导职务终身制).

Sep 2019

CHINA-VIETNAM: CHINA THREATENS VIETNAM FOR EXCLUDING CHINA FROM ITS 5G ROLLOUT
An article in China's official Global Times (August 28) said the Viettel Group, Vietnam's largest mobile telecom operator, has reportedly excluded China's Huawei from its 5G rollout.

Sep 2019

CHINA-US: US DESTROYER CROSSES 12 NAUTICAL MILE RANGE OF YONGSHU REEF IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The South China Morning Post (August 28) reported that the US Navy Burke-class guided missile destroyer, Wayne E. Meye, with the DDG-108 sailed into the South China Sea, Yongshu Reef and Meiji breaking the 12-mile range of China's South Island Reef on August 28.

Sep 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PLA TROOPS ENTER HONGKONG APPARENTLY FOR 'TROOP ROTATION'
Reports from Hongkong state that China rotated troops in its People’s Liberation Army garrison in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on August 28, days before protesters planned to hold a march calling for full democracy for the HKSAR.

Sep 2019

CHINA-PLA: NATIONAL DAY PARADE WILL DISPLAY J-20s, YUN-20s, AND 16 DONGFENG 41 ICBMs
Wang Xiaohui, Executive Deputy Director of the CCP CC Propaganda Department announced (August 29) that it will hold a conference to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, when CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping will deliver an "important" speech.

Sep 2019

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CMC VICE CHAIRMAN VISITING PAKISTAN
The China-owned US-based news outlet Duowei News reported with the caption 'The situation in India and Pakistan is escalating.

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: PROEST IN NEW YORK'S TIMES SQUARE IN SUPPORT OF HONGKONG
The China Democracy Party and Falungong jointly staged a protest on August 18 in New York's Times Square in support of the protesters in Hongkong.

Aug 2019

CHINA-NUCLEAR:CHINA BUILDING SMALL NUCLEAR REACTOR ON HAINAN ISLAND
The state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said on July 18, that it has started construction of China's first demonstration SMR at the Changjiang nuclear facility in Hainan as part of efforts to diversify the nuclear sector.

Aug 2019

CHINA-SOUTH KOREA: SOUTH KOREA SCRAPS INTELLIGENCE SHARING PACT WITH JAPAN
At a time when China is becoming increasingly assertive, South Korea said (August 23) it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, drawing a swift protest from Tokyo.

Aug 2019

CHINA-JAPAN: NEGOTIATIONS FOR A TRADE AGREEMENT
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Beijing on August 22 to discuss a potential trade agreement between their countries.

Aug 2019

CHINA-VIETNAM: CHINESE INVESTMENTS IN VIETNAM INCREASE
During the first seven months of this year, pledges of foreign direct investment(FDI) in Vietnam from China jumped 134% to $2.48 billion, moving China up to the third-biggest FDI source from fifth in 2018, data from the Foreign Investment Agency of Vietnam showed. The FDI total reflects only investment commitments.

Aug 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: INVESTMENTS INTO CHINA FROM HONGKONG
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of Hong Kong Edward Yau said (August 23) the number of people visiting the Hongkong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has dipped in the last two months, taking a toll on its tourism and retail sectors.

Aug 2019

CHINA--TECH: HUAWEI FOUNDER SAYS ITS "DO OR DIE" TIME
On August 20, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei put the company on a war footing in the face of mounting US pressure. On August 19, the US gave Huawei a 90-day reprieve to continue to do business with US clients, but also put 46 of the company’s affiliates on the Entity List.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLA: PLAAF Su-35s OF SOUTHERN THEATRE COMMAND AIR FORCE EXERCISE OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA
The official China Pictorial disclosed on July 22, that pilots of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) have tested the sea warfare capabilities of their advanced Su-35 fighter jets over the South China Sea.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINESE MILITARY ANALYST WARNS THAT NEW US MISSILE DEPLOYMENTS RENDER CHINA VULNERABLE
In an article posted on Sina.com and published in the Global Times on August 8, retired PLA Lt. Gen. Wang Hongguang, who was formerly Deputy Commander of the Nanjing Military Region, commented on the United States announcement (August 2) that it has officially withdrawn from the "Guidelines on the Treaty" signed in 1987 with the Soviet Union.

Aug 2019

CHINA-DEFENCE WHITE PAPER
China’s Ministry of National Defense issued a 27,000 word, 6 chapter White Paper on July 24, 2019 released a white paper titled "China’s National Defense in the New Era," disclosing that, before 2017, its military spending accounted for 1.28 percent of its GDP and that from 2012 to 2017, China’s defense expenditure increased from US$98 billion to $152 billion.

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING VISITS PLA MARTYRS CEMETERY WHILE INSPECTING GANSU PROVINCE
Apparently underscoring his exhortation to the people to prepare for another 'Long March', while touring Gansu province on August 19, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a visit to the martyrs' cemetery of the West Route Army of Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army in Zhangye.

Aug 2019

CHINESE AMBASSADOR ZHANG MING ASSERTS CHINA WAS "FIRST TO DISCOVER, NAME AND DEVELOP SOUTH CHINA"
China Daily (August 23) published a Xinhua report of August 23 reporting the remarks made by China's Ambassador to the EU on August 22. He said 'A major power outside the region is trying to turn the South China Sea into an arena for major-power wrestling, which is the source of tensions in the region'.

Aug 2019

CHINA-UK: UK EMBASSY STAFFER CHARGED BY BEIJING FOR SOLICITING PROSTITUTES
UK Embassy staffer Simon Cheng was released by the Chinese authorities on August 24 after 15 days of detention. China's official Global Times reported on August 22 that a staffer at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong, who has been detained by police in the Luohu district of Shenzhen City, is being held for solicitation of prostitution.

Aug 2019

CHINA-UK: UK EMBASSY STAFFER CHARGED BY BEIJING FOR SOLICITING PROSTITUTES
UK Embassy staffer Simon Cheng was released by the Chinese authorities on August 24 after 15 days of detention. China's official Global Times reported on August 22 that a staffer at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong, who has been detained by police in the Luohu district of Shenzhen City, is being held for solicitation of prostitution.

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: US NAVY SHIPS PASSES THROUGH TAIWAN STRAIT
Commander Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, told Reuters (August 23) that the United States sent the 'Green Bay', an amphibious transport dock ship of the US Navy through the 122-mile wide Taiwan Strait on August 23.

Aug 2019

US CONGRESSMEN EXPRESS CONCERN AT WORD BANK FUNDING TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL PROJECTS IN XINJIANG
On August 23, U.S. Representative James McGovern (D-MA) and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Chair and Cochair respectively of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), released a letter dated August 13 written by them to World Bank President David Malpass expressing concern and raising questions about a World Bank loan that funds technical and vocational training projects in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA IMPOSES NEW TARIFFS IN CHINA-US TRADE WAR
China’s State Council announced (August 23) that it will impose tariffs of 5% and 10% Chinese tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. goods.

Aug 2019

CHINA-UK: PROTEST AT VIOLENCE IN HONGKONG
The HSBC Bank, Standard Chartered and Bank of East Asia on August 23 placed full page advertisements in the Wen Wei Po, Ta Kung Pao and Sing Tao Daily condemning the violence in HongKong and calling for a peaceful resolution.

Aug 2019

THE CHINESE EDITION OF GLOBAL TIMES PUBLISHED A LIST OF LEADERS INVOLVED IN THE PROTESTS IN HONGKONG
Huanqiu (August 17) published an article that condemned a list of leaders of those in Hong Kong who have been involved in the protest against the proposed extradition bill and warned them not to use democracy as an excuse and not to portray students as victims.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: XI JINPING ORDERS 'STAND STILL' ON HONGKONG
According to The Epoch Times, after the anti-extradition movement had continued for more than two months in Hong Kong, the CCP’s media repeatedly released the film, “A Large Number of Armed Police Convoys in Shenzhen” to intimidate protesters.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: INDIGENOUS AIRCRAFT CARRIER RETURNS TO DALIAN AFTER SEVENTH SEA TRIAL TEST
On August 23, China’s first domestic aircraft carrier returned to Dalian shipyard after completing the seventh sea trial.

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING INSPECTS AIR FORCE BASE IN GANSU
Inspecting a PLAAF Base in Gansu on August 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping used a tele-conferencing facility at the combat command center, to inspect the troops including personnel at a radar station on a plateau over 3,600 meters above sea level and a transport and rescue regiment, and called on the air force to enhance its capability to win and greet the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) with great achievements.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HONGKONG PROTESTERS CLAIM THEY ARE RECEIVING DEATH THREATS
The Hongkong Free Press on August 16, reported that several Hongkong protesters had received death threats from anonymous persons.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: GLOBAL TIMES CRITICISES AMAZON FOR "CHALLENGING" CHINA'S SOVEREIGNTY
The nationalist official daily 'Global Times', on August 15, criticised Amazon for challenging China’s sovereignty by allowing the sale of T-shirts with slogans like “Free Hong Kong Democracy Now”, written in English, or “Go Hong Kong”, written in traditional Chinese characters.

Aug 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: US SECRETARY OF STATE APPROVES SALE OF 66 F-16 JETS TO TAIWAN
The State Department told Congress on August 15 night, right after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had signed a memo approving the $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan.

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: US PLACES 4 CHINESE NUCLEAR ENTITIES ON BLACKLIST
On August 14, the U.S. added four Chinese nuclear entities to a trade blacklist, accusing them of helping to acquire advanced U.S. technology for military use in China.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLAAF: CHINA'S H-6 STRATEGIC BOMBERS LIKELY TO BE ARMED WITH HYPERSONIC WEAPONS
Reporting an exercise in March by 12 H-6 strategic bombers, the official Global Times (August 6) disclosed that the main mission objective of China's H-6K bomber is to strike key strategic points deep within enemy territories.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLAAF: FIFTH GENERATION STEALTH J-20 FIGHTER JETS ALLOTTED TO FRONTLINE BRIGADES
The Diplomat (August 16) published an analysis that a recent officially released photo of China's 5th generation fighter J-20 with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) bore a serial number indicating it belonged to a frontline combat unit.

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION
Caixin (August 16) quoted state-owned China Central Television as reporting that Xing Yun, former Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the People's Congress of Inner Mongolia, was charged with corruption.

Aug 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA REACTION TO INDIA'S ABOLITION OF ARTICLE 370 FROM J&K
China's official news agency Xinhua on August 6, reported the abolition of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution "which guarantees a "special status" to Indian-controlled Kashmir" and claimed "as soon as the proposal was made, there was a pandemonium in the house."

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA REACTS TO US REMARK ABOUT DEPLOYING INTERMEDIATE RANGE MISSILES IN ASIA-PACIFIC
The Director of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Arms Control Department, Fu Cong, said on August 6, that China “will not stand idly by” and will take countermeasures if the U.S. deploys intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: US TREASURY DEPARTMENT DETERMINES CHINA IS A CURRENCY MANIPULATOR
A notification issued by the US Treasury Department on August 6, stated that "under Section 3004 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, US Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin, under the auspices of President Trump, has today determined that China is a Currency Manipulator."

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: RIOTING CONTINUES FOR NINTH STRAIGHT WEEK
Defying stern warnings from both the local government and Beijing, people in seven districts in Hong Kong—most notably teachers, airport workers, and civil servants—participated in a general strike on August 5, shutting down portions of the territory.

Aug 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NEW COAL MINES
A Reuters report ( August 6) said that approvals issued by the Chinese government for new coal mine construction in China have surged in 2019.

Aug 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
BBC's monitoring service on July 25, reported that former Chairman of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region and subsequently Director of the National Energy Administration, Nur Bekri was put on trial in Shenyang.

Aug 2019

XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO'S 16th COLLECTIVE STUDY MEETING ON REFORM OF THE MILITARY SYSTEM
China's official Xinhua news agency (July 31) reported on the 16th collective study on the reform of the military policy system held by the Politburo on July 30. In his remarks, Xi Jinping stressed that the military policy system "is an important guarantee for our party to govern the country".

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING PRESIDES OVER POLITBURO MEETING TO DISCUSS ANNUAL ECONOMIC PLAN
Xi Jinping presided over a Politburo meeting on analysing the current economic situation and making a plan for economic work in the second half of the year.

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANNUAL BEIDAIHE CONCLAVE
Confirmation that the annual Beidaihe 'informal' retreat of senior veteran CCP leaders is underway was visible in the issue of a traffic control ordinance on June 29 announcing special vehicle inspection from July 13 to August 18, by the Qinhuangdao City that administers the Beidaihe resort.

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA ACCUSES WASHINGTON OF USING "GANGSTER LOGIC"
China on August 9, accused Washington of applying “gangster logic” after US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus described Beijing as a “thuggish regime”.

Aug 2019

CHINA-GERMANY: CHINA BANS VISIT BY GERMAN PARLIAMENTARIAN MARGARET BAUSE
The Bundestag has appealed China's travel ban on a Green party politician, apparently over her criticism of its human rights record.

Aug 2019

CHINA-QATAR: QATAR DECLINES TO DEPORT UYGHUR WANTED BY CHINA
In an unexpected move on August 6, Qatar refused to bow down to requests from China by rejecting the deportation of Ablikim Yusuf, a Uighur man who had fled China. Ablikim Yusuf only days ago was stranded in Doha’s Hamad International Airport expecting the Qatari authorities to deport him back to China.

Aug 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY COMMENTS ON AMENDMENT OF ART. 370
Replying to a question at the routine Foreign Ministry briefing in Beijing on August 6, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said: China is always opposed to India's inclusion of the Chinese territory in the western sector of the China-India boundary into its administrative jurisdiction.

Aug 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINA THREATENS TO IMPOSE REVERSE SANCTIONS IN CASE INDIA DOES NOT ACCEPT HUAWEI'S 5G
Reuters (August 6) reported that two sources privy to internal discussions in New Delhi said India's Ambassador in Beijing, Vikram Misri, was called to the Chinese foreign ministry on July 10 to hear China's concerns about the U.S. campaign to keep Huawei out of 5G mobile infrastructure worldwide.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA ACTS AGAINST CATHAY AIRLINE STAFF WHO PARTICIPATED IN PROTESTS
The South China Morning Post (August 9) reported that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) told the Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific that from August 10, staff who had taken part in “illegal protests”, “violent actions” and “overly radical activities” in the city would not be allowed on services to or from the mainland.

Aug 2019

CHINA-TIBET RAILWAY: BUKAMU TUNNEL IN MANLING COUNTY IN NYINGCHI COMPLETED
China Daily (August 6) reported that the 9,240-meter Bukamu Tunnel, located in Manling county of the region's eastern Nyingchi city, has been completed.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLA NAVY: AIRCRAFT CARRIER BEING TESTED WITHIN TWO DAYS
Citing military observers the South China Morning Post (August 6) reported that the 65,000-tonne Type 001A, China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier, is undergoing another sea trial, straight after four days of testing, suggesting that the PLA Navy may have identified technical problems requiring immediate attention.

Aug 2019

GOVERNMENT PAPER SAYS CHINA WILL HENCEFORTH NOT ATTEMPT TO KEEP YUAN EXCHANGE RATE LOW
Separately, The Paper (August 5) published a commentary analyzing the meaning. It said “It reflects a big change in China’s currency policy. It will no longer attempt to keep the exchange rate below 7. From the short-term perspective, under the pressure of Trump’s new tariff on over $300 billion of Chinese goods and the downward pressure on China’s economy this year, devaluing the Renminbi will help the economy.”

Aug 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA ADJUSTS RMB(YUAN)'S DAILY TRADING RANGE
China’s central bank set the midpoint of the yuan’s daily trading range at 7.0039 to the U.S. dollar on August 8, the first time it has set the rate above the psychologically important 7-to-the-dollar mark since 2008.

Aug 2019

VOA CITES CHINESE INVESTMENT BANK REPORT AS SAYING CHINA LOST 1.8 TO 1.9 MILLION JOBS
Voice of America (VOA) Chinese edition recently published an article stating that, according to a report that a large Chinese investment bank CICC (China International Capital Corporation) just released, China’s manufacturing industry has lost around five million jobs.

Aug 2019

CHINA-FRANCE: CHINA SUSPENDS ALL POLICE COOPERATION WITH FRANCE
The French newspaper Le Monde reported (August 3) that Beijing has announced it would stop all cooperation between its police services and French counterparts.

Aug 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: SECOND BATCH OF PLA PERSONNEL COMPLETE TRAINING ON S-400 TRIUMF AIR DEFENCE SYSTEM
TASS news agency reported (July 31) that “About 100 military servicemen from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army who will maintain the second S-400 regiment set, completed a training course to use the S-400 systems in July and returned to their home country.”

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: HKSAR CHIEF EXECUTIVE WARNS OF "DANGEROUS SITUATION"
Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hongkong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on August 5 announced she would not be stepping down and warned that the city of Hong Kong, which is now "full of bullying and maltreatment," is on the verge of a "very dangerous situation."

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINA'S NUCLEAR ARSENAL
Vice Admiral David Kriete, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, at a press briefing reported in The Beacon (August 1, 2019), expressed concern at China's rapidly growing nuclear arsenal when combined with other alarming activities in the South China Sea and elsewhere.

Aug 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINA REVEALS COMPOSITION OF ITS FOREX HOLDINGS
China for the first time revealed the historical composition of its massive forex reserves and the return on investments it made with the money, as part of what regulators called efforts to improve transparency and confidence in the country’s economic and financial position.

Aug 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER REGULATIONS
The Cyberspace Administration of China released (July 22 ) a draft regulation released for public comment that proposes restricting the internet access of users and providers of online information services that “fabricate, publish, or spread information that violates public morality, business ethics, or good faith,” or deliberately provide technological assistance to those who do so.

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: BEIDAIHE MEETING
Xinhua on August 3 indicated that the secretive annual conclave of China's senior veteran leaders had commenced at the seaside resort.

Aug 2019

CHINA-CZECH REPUBLIC: DETERIORATING RELATIONS BETWEEN PRAGUE AND BEIJING CITIES
Deutsche Welle Chinese reported on July 19, that the friendly relationship between the City of Prague and the City of Beijing is changing.

Aug 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: CHINA SUSPENDS TRAVEL BY TOURISTS FROM 47 CHINESE CITIES TO TAIWAN
The China Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange Association on July 31, 2019 posted a notification on the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Government portal suspending travel to Taiwan by Mainland residents of 47 cities with effect from August 1, 2019 for an undetermined period.     

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: RIOTS AFFECT RETAIL SALES IN HONGKONG
BBC Chinese reported (July 19) that, over the past month or so, Hong Kong has had several major protests against the “Extradition Bill.” More protests are expected in the coming days.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PROTESTS BY HONGKONG RESIDENTS AGAINST EXTRADITION BILL
The Financial Times (July 28) reported that tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters besieged traditional villages in the territory’s northern district of Yuen Long in defiance of police on 27 July afternoon as the city’s worst political crisis in decades took a dangerous turn.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: FORMER HKSAR CHIEF EXECUTIVE TUNG CHEE-HWA BLAMES "FOREIGN FORCES" FOR THE TROUBLES
Radio Hongkong (RTHK) on July 31 reported that former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa on July 31, blamed “foreign forces” in Taiwan and the US for the ongoing social unrest in Hong Kong.

Aug 2019

CHINA-TIBET: SICHUAN AUTHORITIES CRACK-DOWN ON YACHEN GAR TIBETAN BUDDHIST CENTRE
Radio Free Asia (RFA - 27 July) quoting unnamed Tibetan sources reported that authorities in western China’s Sichuan province have begun a campaign of large-scale demolition at the Yachen Gar Tibetan Buddhist center, with Chinese work crews tearing down over a hundred dwellings of nuns evicted from the complex in recent weeks.

Aug 2019

CHINA-TIBET: CPPCC CHAIRMAN WANG YANG CONDUCTS INSPECTION TOUR OF QINGHAI
Xinhua July 18, reported that PBSC Member and Chairman of the CPPCC Wang Yang while on an inspection visit to Qinghai, praised recent achievements in Qinghai’s ethnic, religious and anti-poverty work, and stressed that doing a good job in ethnic and religious is important to maintaining social and long-term stability in Tibetan areas.

Aug 2019

CHINA-PLAN: PLAN BEGINS EXERCISES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA ON 28 JULY
Two large-scale military drills close to the Taiwan Strait commenced on July 28 in waters off the coast of eastern China’s Zhejiang province and another set of military exercises are being held from July 29 till August 2., 2019.

Aug 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's Economic Daily (July 16) published a commentary under the byline “Ping Yan” (平言), which is likely a pen name used by the Economic Daily Theoretical Commentary Department (经济日报理论评论部), arguing that China’s 6.3% GDP growth rate for the first half of this year fell within a "reasonable interval and actually showed China’s success in maintaining stability in the face of unstable and uncertain external conditions".

Aug 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: HUAWEI PAYS HIGHER SALARIES TO ATTRACT TALENT POST-U.S. TRADE SANCTIONS
Asia-Nikkei news reported (July 27) that top Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies is offering salaries of up to 2 million yuan ($291,000) per year to new graduates with advanced degrees, to bolster in-house research and development in the face of U.S. sanctions.

Aug 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: APPOINTMENTS
Liu Junchuan (刘军川) was appointed Deputy Director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office.

Aug 2019

FOUR PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTARIES WARN PARTY CADRES NOT TO BE 'MUDDLE-HEADED', LAZY OR CORRUPT
The Party's official mouthpiece 'People’s Daily' published (July 15-18, 2019) a series of articles under the byline “Ren Ping” (任平), which is likely a homophonous pen name standing for “People’s Daily Commentary” (人民日报评论), each of which warned party officials to not become a certain negative archetype of official, as identified by Xi Jinping.

Aug 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: PEOPLE'S DAILY COMMENTARY WARNS OF PUNISHMENT TO "CRIMINAL ELEMENTS"
People’s Daily on July 22, published a commentator article that strongly condemned “extremist protestors” for “surrounding the Hong Kong Liaison Office of the Central People's Government, damaging its facilities, defacing the National Emblem, and spray-painting expressions insulting the country and people” on 21 July.

Aug 2019

CHINA-US: U.S. COMPANY STOPS SUPPLY OF DRONE TECHNOLOGY TO CHINA
The Redwood City, California-based startup Cape Productions Inc., an American supplier of drone technology to dozens of state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies said it will stop working with Chinese drone manufacturers, citing security concerns.

Jul 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA'S U.S. TREASURY HOLDINGS DROP
China’s holdings of U.S. Treasuries dipped in May to the lowest in two years amid an escalation of the trade war, falling by $2.8 billion to $1.11 trillion, according to Treasury Department data released in Washington on July 16.

Jul 2019

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE SHOW OF FORCE AT DEMCHOK/KOYUL
Epoch Times (July 14) reported that a group of Chinese soldiers had "recently crossed the border into India and tried to prevent local Tibetan residents from hosting an annual birthday celebration for the Dalai Lama".

Jul 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: SOYBEAN PRODUCTION
China's National Bureau of Statistics said July 15, that China's agricultural planting area for the high-protein food crop increased in the first half of the year.

Jul 2019

CHINA-PLA: CHINA TEST FIRED DF-21(D) IN SOUTH CHINA SEA ON JULY 1
Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun disclosed (July 20) that China fired six DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles on July 1 from different points in southern China which landed almost simultaneously in the sea north of the Spratly Islands.

Jul 2019

CHINA-HONGKONG: CHINA WARNS IT COULD USE PLA TO QUELL RIOTING
The chief spokesman of China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) Senior Col. Wu Qian, warned on July 24 that “The behavior of some radical protesters challenges the central government’s authority, touching on the bottom line principle of ‘one country, two systems.’” He asserted “That absolutely cannot be tolerated.”

Jul 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROTEST BY DOCTORS IN HEILONGJIANG
More than 100 rural doctors have resigned in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province over unpaid public health subsidies and alleged unfair treatment, following a first wave of departures in the central Henan province over similar issues.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S MEETING NPC DEPUTIES AT NPC SYMPOSIUM
On July 18, the National People’s Congress held a symposium in Beijing to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of standing committees at local people’s congresses.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: OBITUARY FOR FORMER CHINESE PREMIER LI PENG
Former Chinese Premier Li Peng died on 22 July 2019 in Beijing at the age of 90.

Jul 2019

CHINA-UAE: UAE CROWN PRINCE AL-NAHYAN MEETS XI JINPING IN BEIJING
On July 22, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates met Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Jul 2019

CHINA-NEPAL: NEPAL PERMITS PPAY TO OPERATE IN NEPAL
The Nepal Rastra Bank granted a license on July 24 for the payment system operator to Chinese company--UnionPay International to provide its services in Nepal recently.

Jul 2019

CHINESE OFFICIAL MEDIA RESPONSE TO 'COUNTER LETTER' ADDRESSED TO US PRESIDENT
A compilation of Chinese language articles in PRC state and Party media that directly or indirectly attack the "Stay the Course" letter

Jul 2019

CHINA-US: TRADE TALKS SCHEDULED TO RESUME IN SHANGHAI ON JULY 30
Reuters reported (July . ) that US US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will be in Shanghai on July 30, to reopen trade negotiations with their Chinese counterparts Vice Premier Liu He and Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan.

Jul 2019

CHINA-US: CHINA-US TRADE WAR POISED TO INTENSIFY IF NEW BILL PASSES IN US SENATE
The Nikkei-Asia index reported (July 26) that US Senator Marco Rubio last month introduced legislation that would increase oversight of Chinese companies listed on American stock exchanges, delisting those that fail to comply with the new requirements. =

Jul 2019

CHINA-CAMBODIA: CHINA HAS SECRET AGREEMENT WIH CAMBODIA FOR USE OF REAM NAVAL BASE
The Asia-Nikkei news service reported July 23, quoted the Wall Street Journal report that China and Cambodia have signed a secret agreement that allows Beijing to use Ream for 30 years.

Jul 2019

CHINA-RUSSIA: JOINT AIR OPERATIONS OVER SEA OF JAPAN AND EAST CHINA SEA
On July 23, for the first time Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the Russian Air Force jointly conducted a long-range aerial patrol in the Indo-Pacific region to “strengthen global strategic stability.”

Jul 2019

CHINA-UK: CONSERVATIVE MP INTRODUCES BILL FOR RECIPROCAL ACCESS TO TIBET
Conservative Party MP Tim Loughton said as he submitted the Reciprocal Access Bill on July 23, 2019 in the House of Commons.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING DEPUTES PBSC MEMBERS WANG ZHEN AND HAN ZHENG TO XINJIANG AND HONGKONG
The state-owned CCTV reported (July 16) that PBSC Member and Chairman of the CPPCC Wang Zhen had attended a three-day conference in the Hetian district of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous where PB Member and Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo was among those present.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING ASKS LOCAL LEADERSHIP TO TAKE MORE INITIATIVE
The ninth meeting of the Central Committee for Comprehensively Deepening Reform (CCCDR), which was established in March 2018 as part of the massive restructuring of the CCP and chaired by Chinese President and CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping on July 24, stressed that grassroots officials need to be given more leeway to craft solutions to fit their own circumstances.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: BEIDAIHE CONCLAVE
The CCP leadership is due to travel to Beidaihe shortly for the usual summer conclave.

Jul 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN PRESIDENT OFFERS POLITICAL ASYLUM TO REFUGEES ESCAPING HONGKONG
Responding to Radio Free Asia reports on July 18, that about 10 Hong Kong protesters had arrived in Taiwan and of Apple Daily that about 30 had arrived on the island and 30 more were planning to follow.

Jul 2019

CHINA-BRI: INVESTMENTS IN SE ASIA
A 2018 study by Oxford Economics and the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute was quoted in mid-July to say that BRI projects in ASEAN countries amount to more than US$739 billion.

Jul 2019

CHINA-TAIWAN: LINKS BETWEEN CHINA AND TAIWAN MEDIA HOUSE
A Financial Times report of July 18 detailing the links between the Want Want China Times Group, a major Taiwanese media group, and various PRC entities was publicised recently.

Jul 2019

CHINA-US: US PRESIDENT TRUMP MEETS UYGHUR DISSIDENT ILHAM TOHTI'S DAUGHTER
President Trump met with a number of relatives of political prisoners in the White House including Ilham Tohti and Tenzin Delek's daughters.

Jul 2019

CHINA-INTERNAL: VILLAGE LEVEL 'DEMOCRATIC' ELECTIONS
The Party journal 'China Comment' (13/2019) recently stated that village-level elections are flawed with a large bottle of cooking oil being the going rate for securing a single vote in one specific village.

Jul 2019

CHINA-PLA: SENIOR OFFICER ARRESTED FOR ESPIONAGE
A report on July 17 disclosed that according to Hong Kong's "Ming Pao", the Deputy Director of the Equipment Development Department of the CCP Central Military Commission Qian Weiping, was arrested and investigated by the Chinese military for being involved in espionage in early July.

Jul 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: NIKKEI FINDS 50 GLOBAL COMPANIES QUITTING CHINA
Nikkei Research reported on July 18, that a year into the trade war with Washington, more than 50 global companies, including Apple and Nintendo, have announced or are considering plans to move production out of China.

Jul 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CPPCC CONVENES MEETING ON THE ECONOMY
China's top political advisory body, the CPPCC, held a symposium on the economy on July 15. Nine CPPCC members shared their views, including former top Party and state economic advisors Yang Weimin and Liu Shijin.

Jul 2019

CHINA-ECONOMY: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG DISCUSSES ECONOMY WITH ECONOMISTS AND BUSINESS LEADERS
On July 16, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang discussed the economy with top officials and invited economists and business leaders to give their thoughts on the current economic trajectory.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO INNER MONGOLIA
Xinhua reported the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Inner Mongolia on July 15 and 16, his third to the region since the 19th Party Congress, when he highlighted the need to carry out the theme education of “not forgetting the original heart and keeping in mind the mission”, which is a party internal rectification campaign.

Jul 2019

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING MEETS CHINA'S AMBASSADORS
On July 18, Chinese President Xi Jinping met Chinese ambassadors from all over the world at the 2019 Annual Overseas Diplomats Work Conference.

Jul 2019

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

Jul 2019

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

Jul 2019

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

Jul 2019

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

Jul 2019

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

Jul 2019

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

Jul 2019

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

Jul 2019

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

Jul 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

Jun 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

May 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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

Apr 2019

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-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-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 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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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

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-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

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-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-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

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'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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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

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-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

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-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: 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

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-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

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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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

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-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: 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-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: 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-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-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 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-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: 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-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-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-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-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: 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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-'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-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-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-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-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-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-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: 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-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-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-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-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

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

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

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

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-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-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-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- 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-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-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: 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- 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-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-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

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-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

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

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-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-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-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-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-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

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: 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-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: 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-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-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: '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-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: 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-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-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-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-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

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-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

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

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-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

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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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: 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: 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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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: 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-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: 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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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: 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

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: 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

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: 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: '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-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: 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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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: 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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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: 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

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-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

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-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

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

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-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-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-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-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-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: 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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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: 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

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-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

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

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-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-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-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-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-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

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-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

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-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-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-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-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-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-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: 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-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-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- 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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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: 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-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

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-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

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-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-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: 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: 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-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-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

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: 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

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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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: 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-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-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-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-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-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: 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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-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-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP XI JINPING
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