China: Daily Scan, 19 October, 2020
Dr Teshu Singh, Research Fellow, VIF
China's GDP expands 4.9 pct in Q3: Xinhuanet
October 19, 2020

China's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 4.9 percent year on year in the third quarter of 2020, faster than the 3.2-percent growth seen in Q2, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Monday. In the first three quarters, the country's GDP expanded 0.7 percent year on year, returning to growth after the 1.6 percent-contraction in the first half of the year and the 6.8-percent slump in Q1, the data showed. Click here to read...

Xi highlights crucial role of quantum tech: China Daily
October 19, 2020

President Xi Jinping has stressed that China will advance the development of quantum science and technology with more strategic planning, supportive policies and investment, with the aim of fostering a favorable environment for basic research, innovation, talent training and commercialization in this field.
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China's securities regulator pledges efforts to support Shenzhen reforms: People’s Daily
October 19, 2020

China's securities watchdog has vowed more efforts to optimize the service function of the ChiNext board and support deeper reforms of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
"Greater efforts will be made to support the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in deepening reforms and building a quality innovative capital center and a world-class exchange," Yan Qingmin, vice chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), said at a press briefing Sunday. Click here to read...

China faces coal shortage as import restrictions, tighter environmental checks begin to bite: South China Morning Post
October 18, 2020

China, the world’s largest producer and consumer of coal, is facing a supply shortage heading into winter amid tighter restrictions on imports, including a reported freeze on coal from Australia. Click here to read...

Politicizing Xinjiang won’t help stamp out extremism in the West: Global Times
October 18, 2020

A history teacher was beheaded on Friday in a street in a Paris suburb after he discussed caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad with his class, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Saturday. French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an "Islamist terrorist attack" and urged the nation to stand united against extremism, the AP reported. Some two weeks ago on October 2, Macron announced in a speech plans for tougher laws to tackle "Islamist separatism." Click here to read...

Results of Mass Virus Tests in China Questioned as Severity of Latest Outbreak Remains Unknown: The Epoch Times
October 18, 2020

China’s northern city of Qingdao tested nearly 11 million local citizens after a local outbreak of the CCP virus and claimed that there were no negative cases. But the authorities’ claim failed to assuage concerns about the true scale of the health crisis. Click here to read...

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