IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in China

14th April - 19th April
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping called for efforts to fully implement a holistic approach to national security and break new ground in national security in the new era. The CNS Liaoning aircraft carrier and a new-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine participate in the sea parade. (Xinhua, April 18, 2018)
  • China refuted a U.S. research report on Belt and Road Initiative by reiterating that the initiative aims to achieve win-win economic cooperation. According to the Associated Press, after analyzing 15 Chinese-funded port projects, a research institute called C4ADS concluded that the projects were not driven by win-win economic development, but intended to expand China's "political influence and military presence. "China has no geopolitical calculations, seeks no exclusionary blocs and imposes no business deals on others," China responded. (Xinhua, April 19, 2018)
  • China urged US to treat Chinese companies lawfully, fairly. The statement is in response to a US ban on leading Chinese smartphone maker ZTE. (Xinhua, April 17, 2018)
  • China and Russia are developing their own precision air strike capabilities as the US, UK and France attacked Syria over the weekend, military experts said on Monday. "Precision strike capacity is a key of modern war, Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Monday. "It controls the scale of battles and avoids secondary victimization." (Global Times, April 17, 2018)
  • China is closing the gap on US in technology IP race China’s rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property and the struggle to be the No.1 global technology power, according to patent experts. (Dawn News, April 16, 2018)
  • President Xi stressed on domestic innovation in core technology, “core technology depends on one's own efforts”, he said. In a panel discussion with deputies from Guangdong Province at this year's National People's Congress, President Xi Jinping said that human capital is China's primary resource and the development of innovation is its driving force. Since 2012, President Xi has highlighted the importance of scientific innovation and mastering core technology. His message has been that there are hidden risks that come with core technologies not being mastered domestically. (People’s Daily, April 19, 2018)
6th April - 12th April
  • China stands ready to fight for its interests and the future of globalization. The looming trade war between America and China, the world’s two largest economies, is the front-line of the battle between an emerging China-led order of multilateralism and free trade, and US unilateralism and protectionism. It is a battle between “bridges and walls,” and China is ready to fight till the bitter end.
    (People's Daily Online, April 08, 2018)
  • Xi vows to further open China's economy as US trade spat simmers. Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged in his keynote address at the annual conference of the Boao Forum to take steps to further open the world's number two economy, indirectly addressing major complaints by the United States in a simmering trade row.
    (Dawn News, April 10, 2018)
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping said during the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), that the Belt and Road Initiative is not an intrigue of China, as alleged by someone overseas, but aimed at benefiting more countries and people.
    (Xinhua, April 12, 2018)