China: Daily Scan, December 17, 2021
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
Xi meets with role models for building peaceful China
December 16, 2021

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday afternoon met with representatives of a meeting commending role models in implementing the country's Peaceful China initiative in Beijing. Click here to read...

Former vice mayor of Haikou expelled from CPC, office: Xinhuanet
December 17, 2021

Feng Honghao, former vice mayor of Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and dismissed from public office for grave legal and disciplinary violations, said a statement by the provincial anti-graft body Thursday. An investigation found that Feng violated political discipline, forged and concealed evidence, and confronted investigations. Click here to read...

China to crack down on illegal coal mining: Xinhuanet
December 16, 2021

Chinese authorities on Thursday launched a nationwide campaign to crack down on illegal mining. The high demand for coal has shored up prices, prompting the resurgence of illegal coal mining, according to the Office of the Work Safety Committee of the State Council and the Ministry of Emergency Management. Click here to read...

China adjusts tariffs on imported commodities: Quishi
December 16, 2021

China will implement provisional tariffs that are lower than the most-favored-nation rates on 954 imported commodities, according to a circular issued by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council on Wednesday. The adjustment, involving commodities including cancer drugs, aquatic products and baby clothing, will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022. Click here to read...

China rolls out websites to improve services for small businesses: People’s Daily
December 17, 2021

China has ramped up support for small businesses, especially individual ones, by launching new websites that extend better services, according to the State Administration for Market Regulation. The latest data from the administration showed that among China's over 150 million market entities, 102 million are individual or home businesses and 43.17 million are small and micro firms. They depend on accessible services and information to survive. Click here to read...

Hydrogen fuel cell core component put into production in central China: China Daily
December 16, 2021

A production line of proton-exchange membranes, a core component of the hydrogen fuel cell, has been put into operation in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei province.The production line at the Hydrogen Energy Co., Ltd. is expected to churn out about 300,000 square meters of the material annually, said a report by Science and Technology Daily. Click here to read...

China reveals upgraded J-15 fighter jet; key aircraft carrier roles expected: Global Times
December 16, 2021

China recently revealed an upgraded version of the J-15 ship-borne fighter jet that has just wrapped up test flights, with reports saying the new aircraft received enhancements in its missile pylons, the infrared search and track system, the radar and the wings. The upgraded J-15, potentially capable of operating with catapults, will play key roles on both China's old and new aircraft carriers, experts said on Thursday. Click here to read...

China-Nepal freight train service launched, links Qinghai, Kathmandu: Global Times
December 16, 2021

The China-South Asia freight train service linking Haidong, Northwest China's Qinghai Province and Nepal has been launched, beefing up the country's ever-expanding rail freight network, which has made the China-Europe freight train service a calling card of the country's logistics prowess despite the pandemic. Click here to read...

China to curb new ‘hidden debt’ in 2022 to fend off systemic financial risks: Global Times
December 16, 2021

China will firmly curb the increase of new "hidden debt" and stabilize the mechanism that settles existing "hidden debt" to guard against systemic financial risks, while speeding up preliminary work for special-purpose bond issues next year, Chinese authorities said on Thursday, after the tone-setting Central Economic Work Conference last week put a heavy emphasis on economic stability. Click here to read...

China envoy urges Japan not to join diplomatic boycott of Olympics: Kyodo
December 16, 2021

Chinese Ambassador to Japan Kong Xuanyou on Thursday urged Japan not to join U.S.-led diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights issues, likening it to a "political performance." "Unfortunately, some people in Japan have been attacking China's political system based on their biased views and spreading rumors and lies about the human rights situations in Xinjiang and Hong Kong to call for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Games," the envoy said in a meeting held at Kyodo News. Click here to read...

China will ‘exhaust all means’ to lure global talent, despite push for tech self-sufficiency, Xi Jinping says: South China Morning Post
December 16, 2021

China is calling for more global talent to bolster technological innovation and national power, amid growing concern from foreign investors that Beijing’s “dual-circulation” strategy might turn it further inward and hamper international collaboration. China will “exhaust all means” to recruit intelligent and innovative professionals from around the world, President Xi Jinping said in a speech to a key national talent work conference in September. Click here to read...

Beijing moves to slow rush for Afghanistan’s resources by Chinese miners: South China Morning Post
December 17, 2021

Chinese mining companies have been warned against “blindly” organising inspection trips to sites in Afghanistan, after reports that some of them are looking for opportunities in the Central Asian nation since the withdrawal of US troops in August. A statement issued by the Chinese embassy in Kabul said Afghanistan’s interim government had regulations regarding the examination of mineral resources, and a permit was needed. Click here to read...

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