China: Daily Scan, December 23, 2021
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
Xi meets with HKSAR chief executive: Xinhuanet
December 22, 2021

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday met with Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam, who is on a duty visit to Beijing. During the meeting, Xi heard a report from Lam on Hong Kong's current situation and the HKSAR government's work. Click here to read...

Newly-elected HKSAR lawmakers set for long to-do list: Xinhuanet
December 23, 2021

For Lillian Kwok, the improved electoral system allows her to enter the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and voice for the next generation and frontline teachers. Kwok, a registered teacher, is a new LegCo member returned by the Election Committee constituency in the just-concluded seventh-term LegCo election of the HKSAR. Click here to read...

China Rare Earth Group founded in Jiangxi: Xinhuanet
December 23, 2021

China Rare Earth Group Co., Ltd, a state-owned enterprise, was established Thursday in east China's Jiangxi Province. The group was jointly founded by three companies -- Aluminum Corporation of China, China Minmetals Corporation, Ganzhou Rare Earth Group Co., Ltd -- and two research firms -- China Iron & Steel Research Institute Group and Grinm Group Corporation Ltd. Click here to read...

China steps up efforts to accelerate reform, opening-up: Quishi
December 23, 2021

China is on full throttle to becoming a new highland in reform and opening-up. The country's efforts in this regard are evident -- the southern city of Shenzhen is building a pilot demonstration area for socialism with Chinese characteristics, Hainan Province is building a free trade port (FTP), and Shanghai's Pudong is becoming a pioneer area for socialist modernization. Click here to read...

State Council appoints, removes officials: Xinhuanet

December 22, 2021

The State Council, China's cabinet, announced the appointment and removal of officials Wednesday. Li Meng was appointed head of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. Hao Junhui was appointed deputy head of the State Taxation Administration, replacing Ren Rongfa. Hu Wenhui became the deputy head of the National Intellectual Property Administration, replacing Zhou Huiguo. EnditemClick here to read...

Proposal for a constitutional review on ethnic education regulations submitted, no harm to freedom in using ethnic languages: Global Times
December 23, 2021

A proposal under discussion about local regulations on the use of ethnic languages at ethnic schools and their alignment with the Chinese Constitution on the promotion of Putonghua, the standard spoken and written Chinese language, was submitted to the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) on Tuesday. This is the first time that a proposal for a constitutional review has been submitted to the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee for five consecutive years since 2017. It is also the first case since the establishment of the recording and review system. Click here to read...

Xi'an locks down to combat growing outbreak, governance ability faces test: Global Times
December 22, 2021

The historic Chinese city of Xi'an, home to about 13 million people, tightened travel controls and locked down communities on Wednesday to combat a growing COVID-19 outbreak after the detection of more than 140 local cases within two weeks sparked great concerns of wider transmission. The city in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province also shut down 3,574 schools and organized online classes. Large indoor recreation venues were suspended and company employees were advised to work from home. Click here to read...

Silicon prices slide due to tightened regulation: Global Times
December 22, 2021

Prices of silicon materials are falling from historic highs amid a government clampdown on high bulk commodity prices, as a reasonable price level will accelerate the downstream expansion of solar power stations, helping China reach its carbon reduction targets. Silicon prices peaked in October and have remained elevated ever since. But the government efforts, combined with domestic companies' production expansion and technology advances, stabilized prices in the global market, where China has the biggest share in output and consumption. Click here to read...

China tells celebrities, livestreamers to correct tax-related offences before 2022: Reuters
December 22, 2021

Chinese provincial authorities have ordered celebrities and livestreamers to report tax-related crimes before 2022, just days after China's "queen of livestreaming" Viya was fined 1.34 billion yuan ($210 million) for tax evasion. Top e-commerce livestreamer Viya, whose real name is Huang Wei, was fined on Monday by the tax bureau in Hangzhou, a city in southern China, for hiding personal income and other offences in 2019 and 2020. Click here to read...

A year into China’s tech crackdown, the sky is no longer the limit for China’s Big Tech: South China Morning Post
December 23, 2021

This year will go down as a tough period for Chinese technology firms, as Beijing moved to exert control over the once-freewheeling sector. In the second of a four-part series, the South China Morning Post looks at how 2021 became the watershed moment in the development of China’s Big Tech companies. The first part is here. In early July, the head of ByteDance’s gaming studio outlined an ambitious plan to rival Nintendo and Activision Blizzard, after hiring 3,000 programmers and artists to work for his Nuverse unit, in a display of the company’s mantra to “take initiative and push boundaries”. Click here to read...

China’s latest crackdown on religion bans foreigners from spreading church and spiritual content online: South China Morning Post
December 22, 2021

All foreign organisations or individuals will be banned from spreading religious content online in China under new regulations released on Monday, in what Beijing says is another effort to safeguard its national security.No organisation or individual will be allowed to disseminate information about religious ceremonies on the internet unless they have a licence from China’s religious regulator, according to the new rules. Click here to read...

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