China: Daily Scan, April 12, 2022
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
Chinese premier calls for stabilization of employment, prices to shore up economy: Xinhuanet
April 11, 2022

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday called for the stabilization of employment and price levels to keep the country's economy running within an appropriate range. Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks while presiding over a symposium on the economic situation in east China's Jiangxi Province, which government officials from Jiangxi, Liaoning, Zhejiang, Guangdong and Sichuan provinces attended online or offline. Click here to read...

China's top legislature schedules standing committee session: Xinhuanet
April 11, 2022

The Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) will convene its 34th session from April 18 to 20 in Beijing. The decision was made on Monday at a meeting of the Council of Chairpersons of the NPC Standing Committee, which was presided over by Li Zhanshu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee. Click here to read...

Xi stresses role of "Chinese seeds" in ensuring food security: Xinhuanet
April 11, 2022

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Sunday stressed the crucial role of "Chinese seeds" in ensuring the country's food security. China's food security can only be safeguarded when seed resources are firmly held in our own hands, Xi said while inspecting a seed laboratory in the city of Sanya, south China's Hainan Province. Click here to read...

NATO urged to stop spreading provocative remarks against China: Xinhuanet
April 11, 2022

NATO should immediately stop spreading disinformation and provocative remarks targeting China, and abandon the confrontational approach of drawing ideological lines, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday, adding that China has lodged solemn representations with NATO for many times. Click here to read...

Multinational corporations support Shanghai's fight against COVID-19: Xinhuanet
April 11, 2022

Many multinational corporations have aided Shanghai in the megacity's fight against its latest COVID-19 resurgence by making donations and offering other forms of support, local authorities have said. Click here to read...

Projects worth billions signed in Hainan Free Trade Port: Xinhuanet
April 11, 2022

Thirty-six projects with total investment of 13 billion yuan (about 2 billion U.S. dollars) were signed Monday in the Hainan Free Trade Port (FTP), said local authorities. The projects cover fields including modern logistics, biomedicine, high-end manufacturing, the digital economy, offshore trade, business aviation, modern finance, and high-tech agriculture. A signing ceremony took place in Haikou, capital of south China's island province Hainan. Click here to read...

1,676 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals on Chinese mainland: Xinhuanet
April 12, 2022

A total of 1,676 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals on the Chinese mainland on Monday, the National Health Commission said in its Tuesday report. According to the commission, 29,818 close contacts were released from medical observation on the mainland on Monday. Click here to read...

China's Guangzhou reports 27 confirmed COVID-19 cases: Xinhuanet
April 11, 2022

The southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou registered 27 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases and 11 local asymptomatic carriers from 2 p.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday, the municipal government said in a press conference on Monday. Click here to read...

China to step up preservation, publication of ancient books: Xinhuanet
April 11, 2022

Chinese central authorities have issued a set of guidelines on stepping up the preservation and publication of ancient books. Ancient books are vital to China's efforts to carry on its cultural tradition, foster a Chinese ethos and enhance its cultural strength, said the document jointly issued by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council. Click here to read...

Shanghai launches classified management of city areas to contain COVID-19 spread: Xinhuanet
April 11, 2022

Shanghai has divided the whole city into areas belonging to three categories as part of targeted efforts to overcome a local COVID-19 resurgence. It has designated 7,624 closed-off management areas, 2,460 restrictive control areas and 7,565 prevention areas, according to a press conference held on Monday. Click here to read...

Action plan puts measures in place to ensure national food security: China Daily
April 12, 2022

China released an action plan recently on expanding the planting of soybean and oil crops at State-owned farms to ensure national food security and the supply of important agricultural products, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Click here to read...

Priority on transportation, logistics urged: China Daily
April 12, 2022

Premier says nation must stay highly alert to changes that have exceeded expectations Authorities must give high priority to ensuring the orderly operation of key transportation networks and ports and ensure the unimpeded operation of domestic and international logistics, Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday, warning of mounting downward pressure facing the economy. Click here to read...

Campaign to curb excessive overtime work: China Daily
April 11, 2022

The nation is tightening up supervision on overtime work to protect workers' rights to adequate rest and to create a more harmonious working environment. The Beijing government released a notice last month saying that from March 15 to May 15, it will regulate illegal work-related behavior, such as requiring employees to work overtimeClick here to read...

Multiple regions learn from Shanghai’s experience, take proactive measures for Omicron spread: Global Times

April 11, 2022

Considering the lessons from Shanghai's response to the Omicron resurgence, a number of provinces and cities across China are taking more decisive preventive measures to screen out possible COVID-19 infections through massive nucleic acid testing. Some cities are accelerating the construction of Fangcang makeshift hospitals to be well prepared for potential new outbreaks, echoing the country's dynamic-zero strategy. Click here to read...

Chinese envoy calls for end to Ukraine conflict to spare women, children from violence: Global Times
April 12, 2022

A Chinese envoy on Monday called for an early end to the conflict in Ukraine in order to fundamentally solve the humanitarian crisis and spare women and children from violence. Women and children are the most vulnerable to violence, and should be given priority protection in armed conflicts, said Dai Bing, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations. Click here to read...

China resumes licensing for new games after 8-month halt: Global Times
April 11, 2022

The National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA) announced on Monday the approval of licenses for 45 new game titles after more than eight months since game licensing was halted. Click here to read...

China’s BeiDou system provides global users with high-precision positioning, timing services: People’s Daily
April 12, 20222

The high-precision positioning and timing services of China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), a global navigation system independently designed and developed by China as well as one of the four major global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), had been used over 100 billion times per month as of March 2022. Click here to read...

How do Chinese brands gain popularity overseas? : People’s Daily
April 11, 2022

Chinese companies have quickened their pace to go global in recent years and many of their brands have already become household names in the international market. Transsion Holdings, a China-based smartphone manufacturer, topped the African smartphone market in terms of shipments in 2021 and captured 12.4 percent of the overall smartphone market globally, ranking it third in the global smartphone market. Click here to read...

Some in Shanghai leave home for 1st time in two weeks as COVID curbs ease: Reuters
April 12, 2022

Some residents of Shanghai stepped out of their homes for the first time in more than two weeks on Tuesday, as the city took tentative steps towards easing a COVID-19 lockdown amid mounting worries over the economic impact of the strict curbs. Click here to read...

Shanghai residents question human cost of China's COVID quarantines: Reuters
April 11, 2022

Lu, 99, was a long-time resident at Shanghai's Donghai Elderly Care hospital, her loved ones secure that she was getting round-the-clock care at the city's largest such centre. That was before COVID-19 struck China's biggest city last month, the country's worst outbreak since the virus emerged in Wuhan in late 2019, infecting multiple patients, doctors and care workers at the 1,800-bed facility. Click here to read...

Guangzhou bars most arrivals: Taipei Times
April 12, 2022

The manufacturing hub of Guangzhou yesterday closed itself to most arrivals as China battles a major COVID-19 surge in its big eastern cities. Shanghai has taken the brunt of the surge, with another 26,087 cases announced yesterday, only 914 of whom showed symptoms. The city of 26 million is under a tight lockdown, with many residents confined to their homes for up to three weeks. Click here to read...

China accelerates inward economic pivot with plan to create a ‘unified domestic market’: South China Morning Post
April 11, 2022

China has doubled down on its strategy to make the economy less dependent on the outside world by releasing plans for a “unified domestic market”, as geopolitical tensions and domestic coronavirus outbreaks add to supply chain disruptions. The strategy aims to promote more efficient production, distribution, circulation and consumption, while making China an even bigger magnet for global companies and investment, according to guidelines released on Sunday by the Central Committee of the Communist Party and the State Council. Click here to read...

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