China: Daily Scan, January 17, 2022
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
Senior official of south China's Guangxi under probe: Xinhuanet
January 15, 2022

Liu Hongwu, vice chairman of the people's government of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is under probe by the country's top anti-graft body for suspected severe violations of discipline and the law. The investigation is being conducted by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China and the National Supervisory Commission, according to a statement released on Friday. Click here to read...

Xi stresses safeguarding national security, social stability, peaceful lives: Xinhuanet
January 15, 2022

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, has called for efforts to safeguard national political security, social stability and the peaceful life of the people. Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the call in a recent instruction to the political and legal work. Click here to read...

First comprehensive bonded zone on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau starts operation: Xinhuanet
January 16, 2022

The first comprehensive bonded zone on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau was put into use on Sunday in Xining, capital of northwest China's Qinghai Province. Two container trucks carrying precision equipment imported from Canada entered the Xining comprehensive bonded zone Sunday morning under the supervision of Xining Customs, marking the zone's launch of operations. Click here to read...

China rolls out preferential policies on academic and vocational education of ex-soldiers: China Military
January 13, 2022

Recently, China's Ministry of Veterans Affairs issued a new policy document on the education and training of demobilized soldiers, which is to be promoted and implemented in the departments of veteran affairs at all levels across China. The policy document has 23 articles covering policies of ex-soldiers’ academic education, skill training and adaptive training, all of which are closely relevant to their individual rights and interests. Click here to read...

Documentary revealing former vice security minister’s bribery sparks discussion: Global Times
January 16, 2022

A documentary that reveals details of Sun Lijun, former vice minister of public security, taking bribes from an interest group member who gave him "seafood boxes" with $300,000 hidden inside, sparked discussion among Chinese netizens after the show was broadcast on Saturday. Click here to read...

China develops world's largest quadruped bionic robot for delivery, reconnaissance tasks: Global Times
January 16, 2022

China has developed the world's largest electric-powered quadruped bionic robot, which is expected to join logistics delivery and reconnaissance missions in complex environments that have proven too challenging for human soldiers, including remote border regions and highly risky combat zones, analysts said on Sunday. Click here to read...

J-20 fighters conduct nocturnal battle drill to hone stealth advantages: Global Times
January 16, 2022

J-20 stealth fighter jets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force recently conducted a nocturnal battle exercise against other types of warplanes with experts saying on Sunday that the stealthy J-20 demonstrated its all-time and all-weather combat readiness. Click here to read...

China's central bank lowers MLF rate first time in 21 months: Global Times
January 17, 2022

China lowered the medium-term lending facility (MLF) interest rate by 10 basis pointson Monday, the first time since April 2020 and about one month after it cut the reserve requirement ratio (RRR), a move which experts interpreted as aiming to direct domestic banks to lower market interest rates amid downward economic pressure. Click here to read...

Green philosophy urged in BRI projects: Quishi
January 14, 2022

In a move to advance green Belt and Road Initiative development, China has updated a guideline on environmental protection in overseas operations, with Chinese companies sticking to environmentally friendly approaches through the entire life cycle of their projects. The guideline, unveiled on Tuesday, was jointly issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the Ministry of Commerce as a guide for enterprises to "implement the philosophy of ecological civilization", as well as to "promote green and high-quality development".Click here to read...

CPC sends clear signal for seeing Party conduct-improving campaign through: China Daily
January 14, 2022

The top disciplinary watchdog of the Communist Party of China (CPC), China's governing party, has recently published 10 cases of violations of the eight-point decision on improving Party conduct. Five of the 10 identified violators were officials registered at and supervised by the CPC Central Committee and were mostly found to have either accepted gifts of money, played golf, or accepted dinner or tour invitations that may interfere with the performance of their official duties impartially, in breach of regulations. Click here to read...

China's birth rate drops to record low in 2021: Reuters
January 17, 2022

Mainland China's birth rate dropped to a record low in 2021, data showed on Monday, extending a downward trend that led Beijing last year to begin allowing couples to have up to three children. China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it with a two-child limit to try to avoid the economic risks from a rapidly aging population, but the high cost of urban living has deterred couples from having more children. Click here to read...

China agrees with U.S. to release oil reserves near Lunar New Year: Reuters
January 14, 2022

China will release crude oil from its national strategic stockpiles around the Lunar New Year holidays that start on Feb. 1 as part of a plan coordinated by the United States with other major consumers to reduce global prices, sources told Reuters. Click here to read...

China's economy may slow in 2022 on zero corona policy, Xi's ambition: Kyodo
January 17, 2022

China's economy is expected to slow down ahead of the ruling Communist Party's twice-a-decade congress in fall 2022 as President Xi Jinping's radical "zero corona" policy and socialist ambition are set to choke private spending in the country. Even after the end of the Beijing Winter Olympics, slated to start Feb. 4, the Communist-led government is likely to continue implementing strong anti-epidemic measures including locking down major cities and suspending all public transportation services. Click here to read...

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