China: Daily Scan, October 7, 2021
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
Senior Chinese diplomat meets U.S. national security advisor: Xinhuanet
October 7, 2021

Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, met here Wednesday with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. The two sides, in a candid manner, had a comprehensive and in-depth exchange of views on China-U.S. relations as well as international and regional issues of common concern. The meeting was described as constructive, and conducive to enhancing mutual understanding. Click here to read...

China renovating 47,300 old urban residential communities: Xinhuanet
October 6, 2021

China has promoted the renovation of old residential communities this year as part of efforts to improve living conditions in old urban residential areas. In the first eight months of the year, the country initiated the rebuilding and renovation of 47,300 old urban residential communities, official data shows. Click here to read...

Hong Kong to actively push for local legislation on safeguarding national security, says Carrie Lam: China Military
October 6, 2021

Hong Kong will take forward proactively the enactment of local legislation on safeguarding national security to implement Article 23 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Wednesday. The Secretary for Security of the HKSAR government is drawing up effective and pragmatic proposals and provisions for the legislation, Lam said when delivering the annual policy address at a Legislative Council meeting. Click here to read...

Biden, Xi to meet virtually by year-end amid tense relations: Kyodo
October 7, 2021

The United States said Wednesday it agreed with China to hold a virtual meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping by the end of the year, as Washington seeks to manage the growing rivalry between the nations.The announcement was made following talks between U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Switzerland, which, according to a senior Biden administration official, lasted for six hours and touched on U.S. concerns over China's possible human rights abuses as well as its pressure on Taiwan. Click here to read...

HKSAR gov't plans to restructure policy bureaus: People’s Daily
October 6, 2021

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam proposed to restructure policy bureaus of the HKSAR government in the annual policy address delivered Wednesday. The government is expected to formulate a detailed re-organization report in the coming months, Lam said. Click here to read...

China's Tibet spends more on ecological protection: People’s Daily
October 6, 2021

Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region spent 20.23 billion yuan (about 3.1 billion U.S. dollars) on ecological protection from 2016 to 2020, according to the local environmental authority. The amount more than doubled the spending for the previous five-year period, the region's ecology and environment department said Wednesday in a statement. Click here to read...

China’s new J-16D fighter jet has been deployed to an eastern airbase near Taiwan: South China Morning Post
October 7, 2021

China’s military has deployed its new J-16D fighter jet designed for electronic warfare to an eastern airbase near Taiwan, according to satellite imagery and a People’s Liberation Army source. It comes amid heightened tensions across the Taiwan Strait, with a record number of PLA warplanes sent into the island’s air defence identification zone in recent days as Beijing ramps up its campaign of military intimidation. Beijing claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, to be brought under its control by force if necessary, and the PLA has sent planes into the island’s air defence zone nearly every day in the past year. Click here to read...

China welcomes ‘positive statements’ by US as talks hint at change of mood: South China Morning Post
October 7, 2021

The Chinese government has described this week’s talks with the US as constructive, with its top diplomat highlighting the importance of positive recent gestures by Washington in improving the atmosphere. The talks in Switzerland between Yang Jiechi and White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan ended without the confrontational tone that marred their previous meeting in March, in Anchorage, Alaska, with Beijing this time saying the discussion was “conducive to enhancing mutual understanding”. Click here to read...

Su stresses need to be alert over China: Taipei Times
October 6, 2021

Taiwan needs to be on alert for China’s “over the top” military activities, Premier Su Tseng-chang said yesterday, after a record 56 Chinese aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on Monday. Taiwan has reported 148 Chinese air force planes in the southern and southwestern part of its air defense zone over four days beginning on Friday, the same day China marked its National Day. Click here to read...

HK needs to tackle housing, says Carrie Lam: Taipei Times
October 7, 2021

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam yesterday said the territory was at a new starting point for development under the National Security Law imposed last year, and that her priority would be to focus on tackling a long-standing housing shortage. Hong Kong and Beijing authorities have long blamed unaffordable housing in the former British colony for deep-rooted social problems that they say helped fuel pro-democracy protests in 2019. Click here to read...

Evergrande backer Chinese Estates' stock soars on take-private offer: Reuters
October 7, 2021

Shares of Chinese Estates Holdings, a former major shareholder of embattled developer China Evergrande, jumped as much as 32% on Thursday after it announced an offer to be taken private for HK$1.91 billion. The Hong Kong developer said on Wednesday the family of Chinese Estates' biggest shareholder, Joseph Lau, had proposed to take it private by offering minority shareholders a 38% premium to its last traded price. Click here to read...

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