IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in China

23rd December - 30th December
  • China sets out a road map to lead in artificial intelligence by 2030. It is part of China’s strategy of World dominance in three steps.
  • China, already the world’s second-largest investor in artificial intelligence (AL), has set out an ambitious plan to leap frog ahead of the United States to be the global leader in the field by 2030.
  • Cooperation with Pakistan and Afghanistan is not a threat to any third party, clarified by China on December 27, 2017, saying that the project will be beneficial for the whole region. China is planning to include Afghanistan into the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) aimed at giving China access deep into Central Asia.
  • China will inevitably bring Taiwan under its control, says mainland Chinese official. Swift development and massive changes in the mainland are creating an increasingly strong attraction for the people of Taiwan, Beijing official claims.
  • President Xi Jinping called on China's diplomats to remain loyal to the Party and make contributions to the nation.
  • China tells foreign media on December 28 to stop it with the wild speculation that Chinese ships are illegally selling oil to DPRK vessels in violation of the UN Security Council without any solid evidence.
  • China unveils its first civil-military cybersecurity innovation center developed under the national strategy of civil-military integration, amid Beijing’s call to step up its national cyber defenses.
16th December - 22nd December
  • Trump plays up competition in national security while China lays out cooperation strategy. China consider the economic relations of both countries as complementary and mutually rewarding.
  • US President Donald Trump released his first national security strategy, labeling China and Russia as Washington’s “competitors” and “rival powers” seeking to undermine US national interests on all fronts.
  • China will build the world’s biggest commercial dron announced by a Chinese company Sichuan Tengdun Technology Co., Ltd on December 17. It will mark the country’s latest move to step up research in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies.
  • The new commercial drone will have a take-off weight of 45 tons and a maximum flying range of 7,500 kilometers, as well as a wingspan of 42 meters. It will also use carbon fiber composite materials to ensure its long-endurance. The new drone will be applied in air freight, forest fire control, and emergency relief. It is expected to make its maiden flight in 2020, China Youth Daily reported.
  • China’s consumption is expected to grow to $6 trillion from the current $4 trillion in the next three years thanks to the development of e-commerce, according to JPMorgan Chase, reported on Dec. 17, 2017.
  • Consumption and innovation will serve as two major driving forces promoting economic growth of the country, noted Jing Ulrich, managing director and vice chairman of Asia Pacific at JPMorgan Chase, who recently attended the 2017 Fortune Global Forum held in Guangzhou, China.
  • China will further open economy to clean up pollution. It will be done through promoting balanced trade by increasing imports and cutting import tariffs.
  • Beijing should move troops to its border with the war-mongering Stalinist nation to prepare for a conflict that could break out any time, Lieutenant General Wang Gongguang claims.
8th December - 15th December
  • India has ‘zero-sum’ mentality in the region, China says in response to the concerns raised by Indian media over growing Chinese influence in South Asia.
  • The formal handover of Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port to China on a 99-year lease, recently signed Maldives free trade agreement with China and the progress on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor have rung alarm bells in New Dehli.
  • The people in China commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre in East China’s Nanjing on December 13, 2017.
  • On December 13, 1937, Nanjing fell to Japanese invaders who went on a more than the month-long slaughter of civilians. About 300,000 Chinese were killed, and 20,000 women raped. In February 2014, China's top legislature designated December 13 as a national memorial day for the victims of the Nanjing Massacre. China wants to consistently remind its people of the massacre and its painful history with Japan.
  • China regards the Maldives as an important partner in the construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, said President Xi Jinping during Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom visit to China from December 6 to December 9, 2017. The visit was aimed to increase Belt and Road cooperation between the two countries.
  • Xi Jinping stresses the international community to respect and reflect the will of the people from developing countries as human rights are formulated because establishing human rights worldwide cannot be achieved without the joint efforts of developing countries.
  • China calls for caution on issues concerning the status of Jerusalem and it firmly supports the Middle East peace process and the just cause of the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate rights and interests.
1st December - 7th December
  • China is concerned over DPRK missile test and the denuclearization of Korean peninsula has become its unswerving goal.
  • China urged comprehensive measures against terror in recent UNSC meeting. China vows to join hands with other countries and international organizations to jointly address the threat of terrorism and maintain world peace and stability.
  • China proposed the international community to firmly block the use of social media for spreading extremist ideologies, strengthen internet supervision and stop terrorist groups from using the internet to expand and finance their activities.
  • India is wary over China’s One Belt One Road because it will exacerbate India’s strategic concerns for its land and maritime security. The competition between India and China in South Asia is creating new power dynamics and drifting the region to new geopolitical transformation.
  • As China makes deep inroads in South Asia through its soft power approach, it requires India to carefully design its policies towards its traditional sphere of influence.
  • India will face tough competition for its commercial and cultural relations with other South Asian state due to China’s economic and commercial initiatives in the region.