China: Daily Scan, December 10, 2021
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
Futuristic tech used to shield Xinjiang's power grid: Xinhuanet
December 9, 2021

Advanced technologies like drones, 5G and the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) have been widely used in the power grid of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Thanks to over 1,000 sets of 5G-backed BeiDou terminals launched in October, a converter station in Xinjiang's Changji City has turned to drones with high-precision equipment for "physical checks."Click here to read...

Over 70,000 prosecuted for work-related crimes in China since 2018: Xinhuanet
December 9, 2021

Procuratorates across China brought more than 58,000 prosecutions against 73,488 people suspected of work-related crimes from January 2018 to November 2021, according to a statement by China's Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) on Thursday. Of those prosecuted, 82 were former provincial-level officials, said the SPP statement.Click here to read...

China to improve service for retired military officers: China Military
December 9, 2021

China's Ministry of Veterans Affairs (MVA) recently announced the newly revised measures for providing services to and administration of retired military officers. In line with relevant policies on social security system, medical and health care system, and elderly care service reform, the Measures make arrangements in an all-round manner to fully regulate and upgrade the service to and the administration of the retired military officers.Click here to read...

Top court guidelines aid biodiversity preservation: China Daily
December 9, 2021

China's top court will formulate guidelines and speed up the issuance of judicial interpretations on protecting biodiversity to ensure related cases can be solved more effectively and efficiently. Yang Linping, vice-president of the Supreme People's Court, released the plan last week, saying that the judicial interpretations will focus on using bans and punitive compensation to stop pollution and reduce damage to the environment as well as on helping solve civil disputes involving forest ownership.
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Illegal assets of fugitives confiscated: China Daily
December 10, 2021

More than 1,100 people suspected of duty-related crimes returned this year. China brought back 1,114 fugitives wanted for duty-related crimes from January to November and recovered about 16 billion yuan ($2.5 billion) in illegal gains, according to the country's top anti-graft watchdogs.Click here to read...

Chinese scientists develop precise gene-editing delivery tool: China Daily
December 9, 2021

Chinese scientists have developed a targeted delivery system that can bring gene-editing tools to colon cells, offering a precise cure for inflammatory bowel disease. The study, published on Thursday in the journal Science Advances, reported a CRISPR-Cas9 prodrug nanosystem that can transport a gene-editing protein exclusively to inflammatory lesions in mice colons and then "switch on" the protein.Click here to read...

PBC to raise forex reserve requirements to 9% amid strengthening yuan: Global Times
December 9, 2021

China's central bank announced on Thursday that it would raise foreign exchange reserve requirements for financial institutions in mid-December, in an apparent move intended to offset the yuan's sustained strength. The People's Bank of China (PBC) said that the forex reserve requirement ratio will be lifted to 9 percent from the current 7 percent, effective December 15.Click here to read...

106 mobile apps shut down due to continued violations: Global Times
December 10, 2021

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and some local regulators have announced the shutdown of 106 mobile apps including the popular media review platform Douban and electronic product recycling service provider Aihuishou, as part of a clampdown targeting mobile apps involved in illegal activities.Click here to read...

G-7 split over diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics: Kyodo
December 9, 2021

France broke with other Group of Seven industrialized nations Thursday, saying it will send high-level officials to this winter's Beijing Olympics after the United States, Britain and Canada announced they would diplomatically boycott the event. The split came when France's education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said France "will not do it," a day after Australia, Britain and Canada said they would engage in a diplomatic boycott following the United States' lead, citing China's human rights record.Click here to read...

China population: article demanding Communist Party members have three children goes viral: South China Morning Post
December 9, 2021

Members of China’s Communist Party (CCP) have a personal obligation to help tackle the country’s plunging fertility rate by having three children, according to a commentary that has since been scrubbed from the internet.“No party member should use any excuse, objective or personal, to not marry or have children, nor can they use any excuse to have only one or two children,” said the article published by China Reports Network, which was published last month but started gaining traction on Wednesday.Click here to read...

Xi Jinping wants lawyers in China to ‘follow and embrace’ the Communist Party’s leadership: South China Morning Post
December 9, 2021

Lawyers in China should consciously “follow and embrace” the leadership of the Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a Politburo study session.
He also said the party should strengthen its “political guidance” of lawyers. “[We should] educate and guide lawyers to consciously abide by the basic requirements of supporting the leadership of the Communist Party and the socialist rule of law in China, and strive to be good lawyers satisfied by the party and the people,” Xi told the meeting in Beijing on Monday, according to official news agency Xinhua.Click here to read...

Bhutan battles to protect territory: Taipei Times
December 9, 2021

With tensions still high along the India-China border, landlocked Bhutan is struggling to maintain its territory and keep both Asian powerhouses happy. As Bhutan prepares for border talks with Beijing, the Himalayan kingdom has told India that it would not recognize China’s claims to the Doklam plateau in the discussions, people familiar with the situation said. In 2017, India’s military intervened on Bhutan’s behalf to stop China from building a road in the disputed area overlooking a narrow strip of land that connects India’s northeastern states with the rest of the country.

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