China: Daily Scan, March 21, 2022
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
Xi signs order to promulgate rules on regulating military equipment procurement contracts: Xinhuanet
March 19, 2022

Xi Jinping, chairman of the Central Military Commission, has signed an order to promulgate a set of interim rules on regulating military equipment procurement contracts. The regulations stipulate the basic tasks, contentssa and management system for the supervision and management of equipment procurement contracts under new circumstances to advance the quality and efficiency of equipment procurement. Click here to read...

Former senior Beijing political advisor jailed for 9 years for graft: Xinhuanet
March 19, 2022

Li Wei, the former vice chairperson of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday for taking bribes. Click here to read...

Standing Committee of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee convenes meeting on COVID-19 situation and better and more stringent epidemic prevention and control: Xinhuanet
March 18, 2022

The Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee convened a meeting on March 17 to analyze the new development of COVID-19 and arrange for better and more stringent epidemic control. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, presided over the meeting and delivered an important speech. Click here to read...

Xi requires swift containment of latest COVID-19 outbreaks: Xinhuanet
March 17, 2022

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Thursday urged swift containment of the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. Xi made the remarks while presiding over a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee to analyze the COVID-19 epidemic situation. Click here to read...

Former supreme court official indicted for graft: Xinhuanet
March 17, 2022

Meng Xiang, former chief of the enforcement bureau of the Supreme People's Court, has been indicted on charges of taking bribes, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) said Thursday. Meng's case has been filed by the People's Procuratorate of Zhengzhou, Henan Province, to the city's intermediate people's court. Click here to read...

Chinese vice FM calls for cherishing peace, pursuing win-win future for Asia-Pacific: Xinhuanet
March 19, 2022

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng on Saturday called on countries in the Asia-Pacific to cherish peace, work together in unity and pursue a win-win future for the region.

"The Ukraine crisis keeps the world on edge. It also provides a mirror for us to observe the situation in the Asia-Pacific," Le said at the Fourth International Forum on Security and Strategy. Click here to read...

China ups investment in road, waterway infrastructure: Xinhuanet
March 19, 2022

China increased investment in road and waterway infrastructure in the first two months of the year, according to data from the Ministry of Transport. Fixed-asset investment in road and waterway infrastructure jumped 14.8 percent year on year to 273.1 billion yuan (about 43.1 billion U.S. dollars) from January to February. Click here to read...

New material designed to cool smartphones: Xinhuanet
March 18, 2022

China's Wuhan University has cooperated with the smartphone manufacturer OPPO to develop a new type of cooling material for the phone case. The heat control mechanism of the material Glacier Mat is similar to the evaporative cooling of spacecraft and the human body dissipating heat through sweat. The material can realize self-circulating evaporative cooling. Click here to read...

China releases guidelines to strengthen governance over ethics in science, technology: Xinhuanet
March 20, 2022

China has released a set of guidelines to strengthen the governance over ethics in science and technology, given the rapid progress of the country's sci-tech innovation and the growing challenges facing ethics in the field. Click here to read...

New canal project in south China approved: Xinhuanet
March 20, 2022

Development of a new canal project in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has been approved, local authorities said. The Pinglu Canal, stretching 140 km with an estimated investment of 68 billion yuan (about 10.69 billion U.S. dollars), aims to link Xijiang River, a major waterway in southwest China, with ports in the Beibu Gulf. Click here to read...

Xi has candid, in-depth exchange of views with Biden: Quishi
March 21, 2022

Chinese President Xi Jinping had a video call with U.S. President Joe Biden at the request of the latter on Friday. The two Presidents had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on China-U.S. relations, the situation in Ukraine, and other issues of mutual interest. Click here to read...

Guideline to boost tourism industry: Quishi
March 18, 2022

A series of measures were included in a recently released guideline to shore up the confidence of China's tourism market operators and workers who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 epidemic. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism said that although the domestic industry is in recovery thanks to unremitting efforts to contain the epidemic and earlier support measures, the tourism industry has not yet emerged from the predicament. This is because services for tourists who want to leave or enter the mainland remain suspended as sporadic outbreaks continue to have an impact on recovery. Click here to read...

China to strengthen policy support for industrial economy: Quishi
March 18, 2022

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Thursday pledged to strengthen policy support to promote stable growth of the industrial economy as challenges remained amid increasing uncertainties. Click here to read...

Legislators call for law to protect Red culture: China Daily
March 21, 2022

Some national lawmakers want legislation introduced to preserve China's Red cultural resources, which showcase a rich revolutionary spirit and tell profound stories about revolution and construction in the country in the century since the founding of the Communist Party of China. Click here to read...

Civil service hiring focuses on grassroots positions: China Daily
March 19, 2022

The provincial-level civil servant recruitment campaign is focusing on grassroots posts this year, and some provinces have also explored ways to vie for professional talent to optimize the structure of the civil service. Click here to read...

China outlines major tasks on urbanization, urban-rural development: China Daily
March 18, 2022

China's top economic planner has unveiled major tasks in promoting new urbanization and integrated urban-rural development in 2022, vowing to deepen reform of the household registration system and help migrant workers better integrate into cities. Click here to read...

China's top procuratorate orders arrest of ex-senior provincial political advisor: China Daily
March 18, 2022

China's Supreme People's Procuratorate has ordered the arrest of Xue Heng, a former senior political advisor of Northeast China's Liaoning province, for suspected bribe-taking. Xue's case was transferred to procuratorial authorities for review and prosecution following the conclusion of an investigation by the National Supervisory Commission, the SPP said in a statement on Friday. Click here to read...

China's COVID spike caused by imported cases: China Daily
March 18, 2022

The recent COVID-19 outbreaks in China were the result of imported cases arriving via multiple transmission chains and complex sources, posing a huge challenge to prevention and control work, a health official said. Click here to read...

11 Guangxi officials and personnel punished following investigation on unmarried couple parenting 15 children: Global Times
March 21, 2022

A total of 11 officials and personnel were punished after an investigation into a couple with an age difference of 30 years, from South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, who gave birth to 15 children in 21 years according to a statement from the local authorities released on Sunday. Click here to read...

China's new rules on military equipment procurement contracts 'vital to modernization': Global Times
March 20, 2022

China put into effect new interim rules to regulate military equipment procurement contracts on Sunday that aim to advance the quality and efficiency of equipment procurement, with analysts saying that the new regulations, together with several others that have taken effect since last year related to military equipment, will serve as vital steps to China's pursuit of national defense modernization. Click here to read...

Chinese military says U.S. destroyer's passage through Taiwan Strait 'provocative': Reuters
March 19, 2022

The U.S. destroyer Ralph Johnson's sail-through of the Taiwan Strait on March 17 was a "provocative" act by the United States and sent the wrong signals to pro-Taiwan independence forces, the Chinese military said on Saturday. Click here to read...

China reports 1st COVID-19 deaths since January 2021: Kyodo
March 19, 2022

China on Saturday reported two COVID-19 deaths, the first since January last year, as the number of citizens newly infected with the novel coronavirus has been sharply increasing in the country. The two elderly people, who had serious underlying diseases, were in the northeastern province of Jilin, where about 2,200 citizens were confirmed to be infected with the virus on Friday, the Chinese government said. One person was not vaccinated. Click here to read...

Poorest nations to pay China US$14 billion to service debts in 2022: South China Morning Post
March 21, 2022

The world’s poorest nations will pay China and its lenders almost US$14 billion this year in debt servicing costs, according to new research that urges Beijing to do more to support restructuring for those who need it. In total, 68 such countries will pay US$52.8 billion this year in debt costs, according to a report by the Green Finance & Development Centre at Fudan University in Shanghai. More than a quarter of that will go to China, the report estimates, as Beijing is one of the largest lenders to developing nations.
At the end of 2020, the 68 nations collectively owed about US$110 billion to various Click here to read...

China population: ‘entirely possible’ will peak this year as provinces report more declines: South China Morning Post
March 21, 2022

China’s population is likely to peak this year, a central bank adviser said, with several provinces already reporting declines in the population growth rate. Cai Fang, a member of the People’s Bank of China’s monetary policy committee, said it is “entirely possible” that the world’s largest population will peak in 2022, according to a report in the 21st Century Business Herald. Click here to read...

Evergrande halts trading of its stock and subsidiaries, raising expectations of an overhaul in the world’s most indebted developer: South China Morning Post
March 21, 2022

Trading was halted for the shares of China Evergrande Group and two of its units on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Monday, raising expectations of an impending announcement in the restructuring of the world’s most indebted property developer. Click here to read...

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