China: Daily Scan, August 05, 2020
Dr Teshu Singh, Research Fellow, VIF
World Bank releases report, shares China’s experience in improving business environment: People’s Daily
August 5, 2020

The World Bank issued a special report entitled China’s Doing Business Success: Drivers of Reform and Opportunities for the Future on July 27. According to the report, China has made great achievements in advancing reforms to delegate power, streamline administration and optimize government services as well as in improving the business environment.The report has summarized the reforms China has carried out in recent years in fields such as “starting a business”, “getting electricity” and “dealing with construction permits”, in a bid to share lessons learned from China’s experience in improving the business environment with other economies and then improve the global business environment on the whole. Click here to read....

Experts say China key to global recovery: China Daily
August 5, 2020

China could emerge from the coronavirus pandemic with a more dominant economy, replacing the United States as the world's largest within the current decade, according to experts. The world's second-largest economy recorded 3.2 percent growth in the second quarter, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, and has the potential to lead the global economy out of recession in the months ahead. Click here to read....

TikTok fights plagiarism by Facebook, U.S. bullying: People’s Daily
August 5, 2020

Facing threats of a U.S. ban and smears by rival Facebook, popular video-sharing app TikTok is compelled to respond to what observers describe as an effort to rip up the Chinese-owned firm and reap their own commercial, political benefits, and monopolize the tech economy. In a statement issued Monday, ByteDance, owner of the video platform, said in the course of becoming a global firm, it has "faced all kinds of complex and unimaginable difficulties, including the tense international political environment, collision and conflict of different cultures and plagiarism and smears from competitor Facebook." Click here to read....

Beijing’s fury expected as US Health Secretary Alex Azar heads for Taiwan: South China Morning Post
August 5, 2020

The United States will send its health secretary to Taiwan in the highest level official visit to the island since 1979, in a move that is certain to infuriate the mainland. Click here to read....

What do India’s restrictions on Confucius Institutes show?: Global Times
August 4, 2020

After the Galwan Valley clash on June 15, the slide in China-India relations has not been eased despite rounds of talks and consultations through diplomatic and military channels. Instead, China-India relations are even deteriorating. During the Galwan Valley clash, it was India that violated the China-India bilateral agreement on the Line of Actual Control. However, China does not want the accidental clash to affect the stability and development of bilateral relations. Therefore, after the clash, China has kept a relatively low profile on a series of issues involving China-India relations, and Chinese media has not reported much on the clash. This is mainly because China wants to save some face for India, and to maintain the overall stability of bilateral relations. Click here to read....

India’s hard-line attempt to politicize Confucius Institutes will backfire: Global Times
August 4, 2020

According to a report by the Hindustan Times on Sunday, India's education ministry has decided to review in the coming week Confucius Institutes and "Confucius classrooms" in association with seven local colleges and universities. This course of actions comes after security agencies alerted it to the growing Chinese influence in higher education in India. How to interpret India's move? How will it influence educational and cultural exchanges between China and India? Two Chinese scholars shared their views with the Global Times. Click here to read....

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