China: Daily Scan, May 31, 2022
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
China's top legislature schedules standing committee session: Xinhuanet
May 30, 2022

The Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) will convene its 35th session from June 21 to 24 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...

Political advisors discuss revising arbitration law: Xinhuanet
May 30, 2022

Chinese national political advisors convened a bi-weekly seminar on Monday to discuss revising the country's law on arbitration. The seminar, held by the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, was presided over by Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the CPPCC National Committee. Click here to read...

State Council appoints, removes officials: Xinhuanet
May 30, 2022

The State Council, China's cabinet, announced the appointment and removal of officials Monday. Zheng Xincong replaced Fu Ziying as head of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), and national security affairs adviser of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Macao SAR, and no longer serves as the national security technical adviser of the committee. Click here to read...

Xi meets new HKSAR chief executive John Lee: Xinhuanet
May 30, 2022

President Xi Jinping met with John Lee, the newly appointed sixth-term chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), on Monday in Beijing. Lee, who won the chief executive election on May 8, will assume office on July 1, 2022. Click here to read...

China's first solar-tidal photovoltaic power plant connected to grid: Xinhuanet
May 30, 2022

China's first intelligent power plant utilizing solar and tidal power to generate electricity was connected to the power grid on Monday. The full operation of the power plant in east China's Zhejiang Province marks the country's new achievements in the utilization of marine energy resources and the development and construction of its new-energy network. Click here to read...

China leverages fiscal policies to spur decarbonization: Xinhuanet
May 30, 2022

China's Finance Ministry unveiled a guideline on Monday further leveraging the role of fiscal policies to achieve the country's carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals. By 2030, a fiscal and taxation system that is conducive to green and low-carbon development will be basically established to achieve the goal of peaking carbon emissions, according to the guideline released on the website of the Ministry of Finance. Click here to read...

China to boost wind, solar power capacity for cleaner energy mix: Xinhuanet
May 30, 2022

China has rolled out a raft of measures to significantly increase its installed wind and solar power capacity in the latest step toward a low-carbon, secure and efficient energy mix. From more suitable power grids to technological breakthroughs and financial support, an official action plan issued on Monday specifies a total of 21 policies to bring the country's combined wind and solar power capacity to 1.2 billion kilowatts by 2030. Click here to read...

China to raise fuel retail prices: Xinhuanet
May 30, 2022

China will raise the retail prices of gasoline and diesel from Tuesday, the country's top economic planner said on Monday. Based on recent changes in international oil prices, the retail prices of gasoline and diesel will rise by 400 yuan (about 59.66 U.S. dollars) and 390 yuan per tonne, respectively, according to the National Development and Reform Commission. Click here to read...

Record 11.93 mln students to take China's college entrance exam: Xinhuanet
May 30, 2022

A new high of 11.93 million students will take China's national college entrance exam for 2022, also known as "gaokao." Aside from a postponement in Shanghai due to COVID-19, the exam will be held on June 7 and 8 nationwide. Gaokao is deemed critical for social mobility and national talent selection in China. More than 10 million students took the exam across the country in 2021. Click here to read...

Former Ningxia senior political advisor punished for serious violation of discipline, law: Xinhuanet
May 30, 2022

Li Zefeng, a former senior political advisor of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, has been punished and demoted for serious violations of the Communist Party of China (CPC) discipline and laws. Click here to read...

Maternal, infant mortality rates in China drop to historic low: Xinhuanet
May 30, 2022

China's maternal and infant mortality rates have both dropped to a historic low, the National Health Commission said Monday. In 2021, China recorded a maternal mortality rate of 16.1 per 100,000, said Song Li, head of the commission's department of maternal and child health. At the same time, the mortality rates of infants and children under five have decreased to 5 per thousand and 7.1 per thousand, respectively, both dropping to a record low. Click here to read...

China celebrates science workers: China Daily
May 30, 2022

The Chinese scientific and engineering community will continue to help promote the nation's socioeconomic development efforts and improve self-sufficiency in science and technology, Wan Gang, president of the China Association for Science and Technology, said on Monday. Click here to read...

Xi praises new HK chief John Lee for his patriotism, conveys central govt's trust in meeting in Beijing: Global Times
May 30, 2022

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with John Lee Ka-chiu on Monday afternoon and congratulated him on his election as the new Hong Kong Special Administrative Region chief executive. Click here to read...

China donates 10m doses of COVID-19 vaccine, 13m syringes, 2 mobile laboratory vehicles to Myanmar: Global Times
May 30, 2022

China has donated 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines along with 13 million COVID-19 vaccine syringes and two mobile laboratory vehicles to Myanmar, according to a statement from the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar on Sunday. Click here to read...

China accuses US of being destroyer of international order: Global Times
May 30, 2022

The international order pursued by the US based on "American rules" is the "most serious long-term challenge" to the world, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Monday in response to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's China policy speech. Zhao said that the US is the biggest destroyer of the international order. Click here to read...

China uses digital yuan to stimulate virus-hit consumption: Reuters
May 30, 2022

China is using the digital yuan to stimulate consumption in its pandemic-hit economy, with more e-CNY applications expected in future to boost transparency and effectiveness of government policies. Click here to read...

China fails to persuade Pacific island nations to sign security pact: Kyodo
May 30, 2022

China has failed to persuade Pacific island countries to sign an agreement covering a wide spectrum of issues from trade, security and police cooperation to fisheries, Australian media reported Monday, while Beijing has been stepping up efforts to boost its influence in the region. Click here to read...

Xi delivers written remarks at China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers' Meeting: Quishi
May 31, 2022

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday delivered a written speech at the second China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers' Meeting. Xi said that China and Pacific island countries have enjoyed a time-honored friendship that crosses mountains and oceans. Click here to read...

China makes all-out efforts to prop up foreign trade: Quishi
May 31, 2022

Against the headwinds from COVID-19 resurgences and external complexity, China's efforts are underway to stabilize and upgrade foreign trade, a key underpinning for the economy. The latest data showed a feeble April growth of only 0.1 percent in the total exports and imports, indicating that the country's foreign trade firms are under strain. Click here to read...

Political advisors discuss revising arbitration law: China Daily
May 31, 2022

Chinese national political advisors convened a bi-weekly seminar on Monday to discuss revising the country's law on arbitration. The seminar, held by the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, China's top political advisory body, was presided over by Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the CPPCC National Committee. Click here to read...

Shanghai to fully restore normal production and life order of the entire city starting from June 1: Global Times
May 31, 2022

Shanghai will fully resume normal production and daily operations starting from June 1, as the epidemic has been curbed effectively, authorities said on Tuesday. The number of residents under lockdown has been reduced to less than 200,000. Click here to read...

Guangzhou Nansha Port railway launches first China-Europe freight train: Global Times
May 31, 2022

The Guangzhou Nansha Port railway has launched its first freight train to Europe on Monday, one of the latest international rail routes to boost China's foreign trade with countries under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), contributing to regional economic recovery and improving the global industrial supply chain. Click here to read...

Chinese Red Cross donates $40,000 dry ration packs to Sri Lanka: Global Times
May 31, 2022

The Red Cross Society of China has donated 2,100 dry ration packs worth $40,000 to Sri Lanka. Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka-Qi Zhenhong and his wife attended the donation ceremony on Monday, according to the Chinese Embassy to Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Click here to read...

China to appoint special envoy, deepen practical cooperation with Pacific island countries: People’s Daily
May 31, 2022

China will appoint a Chinese government special envoy for Pacific island countries affairs, and strengthen win-win cooperation on infrastructure, economy, climate change and other areas, according to a position paper issued here Monday after the second China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers' Meeting. Click here to read...

China's foreign minister visits Tonga after Pacific islands delay regional pact: Reuters
May 31, 2022

Samoa says it didn't have enough time to consider a sweeping proposal from China for a regional trade and security pact, and has urged fellow Pacific islands to stay united as big powers seek more sway in the region. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday arrived in Tonga on a tour through the region where Beijing's ambitions for wider security ties has caused concern among U.S. allies. Click here to read...

Japan launches new strategy team for longer-term China diplomacy: Kyodo
May 31, 2022

Japan's Foreign Ministry has established a new strategy team to coordinate diplomatic policies on China and analyze Beijing's movements from a mid- to long-term perspective as Chinese President Xi Jinping seeks a controversial third term as leader, according to ministry sources. The creation of the new team within the First China and Mongolia Division of the ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau in April comes as Xi is believed to maintain his helm of the ruling Communist Party, and tensions between the United States and China continue to intensify. Click here to read...

Man sends 5,000 people into quarantine: Taipei Times
May 31, 2022

A Beijing man is under criminal investigation after he skipped out on mandated home isolation, prompting authorities to send his more than 5,000 neighbors into home or government quarantine. The actions by the man, who later tested positive, come as the Chinese capital and Shanghai begin to ease restrictions. Click here to read...

China’s third aircraft carrier ‘to be launched on Dragon Boat Festival’: South China Morning Post
May 31, 2022

A shipyard in Shanghai appears to be preparing to launch China’s third aircraft carrier, the Type 003, and according to a military source it will take place this Friday – coinciding with the Dragon Boat Festival. The Maritime Safety Administration last Friday issued a notice calling for berths to be cleared for an operation at the No 3 and No 4 docks at the Jiangnan shipyard on Changxing Island, where the warship is under construction. It said the operation would be under way from 5.30am to 4pm on Monday and would involve five platforms, three tugboats and two salvage ships. Click here to read...

China continues to dismantle missing tycoon Xiao Jianhua’s financial empire: South China Morning Post
May 31, 2022

Rongtong Fund Management, which was once part of Xiao Jianhua’s Tomorrow Group, has unveiled a management reshuffle, marking its official exit from the missing Chinese magnate’s embattled financial empire. Zhang Wei was named Rongtong’s chairman on Friday, taking over from Gao Feng who resigned citing personal reasons after seven years in the position, according to a statement issued by the asset management firm. Click here to read...

China hopes to expand win-win cooperation with Pacific island countries for common development: Xinhuanet
May 31, 2022

China has put forward a series of proposals to deepen its comprehensive strategic partnership featuring mutual respect and common development with Pacific island countries, according to a position paper issued here Monday after the second China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers' Meeting. Click here to read...

Chinese mainland reports 28 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases, 16 in Beijing: Xinhuanet
May 31, 2022

The Chinese mainland Monday reported 28 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 16 in Beijing and nine in Shanghai, according to the National Health Commission's report Tuesday. Click here to read...

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