IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in China

21st - 27th February
  • CPC proposes change on Chinese president's term in Constitution. The Communist Party of China Central Committee proposed to remove the expression that the President and Vice-President of the People's Republic of China "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" from the country's Constitution.
    (Xinhua, February 25, 2018)
  • China’s first super high-speed road set to open in 2022. China’s first 120 kph superhighway is currently under construction in eastern China and will open in 2022.
    (People's Daily Online, February 24, 2018)
  • Xi Jinping thought proposed to be included in Constitution. The Communist Party of China Central Committee proposed writing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era into the country's Constitution. The Scientific Outlook on Development was also proposed to be included in the Constitution.
    (Xinhua, February 25, 2018)
  • China to make upcoming SCO summit success through joint efforts: FM Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Wednesday that China is intensifying communication with Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members on preparations for the SCO summit to be held in Qingdao in June.
    (Xinhua, February 15, 2018)
  • Liu's US visit designed to ease tensions. Liu He, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and director of the General Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs, will visit the US. The two sides will exchange views on China-US ties and economic and trade cooperation.
    (China Daily, February 27, 2018)
  • Chinese sailors allowed landing at Indian port in a decade. Some 10 Chinese sailors from cargo vessel "Houston" received a warm welcome on Sunday afternoon at the Port of Mumbai. Due to terrorism and other issues, sailors of the vessels from several countries, including China and Pakistan, were excluded from landing at any Indian port in the last 10 years.
    (People's Daily, February 27, 2018)
14th - 20th February
  • China expressed firm opposition to the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a disputed area Arunachal Pradesh, urging the Indian side not to take action that could complicate the boundary issue. "China's position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut. The Chinese government has never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the disputed area," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang.
    (Xinhua, February 16, 2018)
  • Xi's Spring Festival greetings touch, inspire overseas Chinese. In his speech, Xi encouraged the Chinese people to continue their hard work in a "new era" following the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held in October 2017. He also praised the multiple achievements made by the Chinese people in the past year, and called on them to uphold traditional family values at this time of the year in which family reunion carries great significance.
    (Xinhua, February 16, 2018)
  • 40 years on, the rising power of Chinese consumers. The reform and opening up initiated in 1978 has dramatically changed the country's economic landscape, bringing in a wealth of overseas goods and services, not to mention creating one of the largest drivers of global economic growth -- Chinese consumers. As one of the top markets for automobiles, clothes and video games, China keeps marching forward in a dash to purchase consumer products, services and culture.
    (Xinhua, February 16, 2018)
  • Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival celebrated on February 16, 2018. The Spring Festival is a special time for China, a dynamic country that is both ancient and modern, as well as for people worldwide who are interested in Chinese culture.
  • This year, the majority of Chinese rushed home like the wind on high-speed trains. China registered 25,000 km of high-speed rail tracks by the end of 2017 that’s over 15,500 miles, more than double the distance from New York to Beijing. More amazing, China plans to register 38,000 km of high-speed rail tracks by 2025, which is nearly equal to the equatorial circumference of Earth.
  • The growing trend in digital versions of traditional red envelopes stuffed with cash – to family and friends via Chinese mobile social platforms such as WeChat and Alipay is an amazing example of how modern technology is being used to enhance traditional Chinese culture. Last year, users of WeChat sent about 46 billion electronic red envelopes over the holiday period. These are just some examples of how China has transformed and advanced in recent years.
    (People's Daily Online, February 14, 2018)
  • Australia, US, India and Japan in talks to establish ‘alternative’ to China’s Belt and Road (just don’t call it a rival). The Belt and Road plan is a vehicle for China to take a greater role on the international stage by funding and building global transport and trade links in more than 60 countries.
    (South China Morning Post, February 19, 2018)
  • Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s spreading influence, the Australian Financial Review reported on
  • Japan concerned by China’s plan to build ‘polar Silk Road’ in Arctic. Beijing intends to pursue shipping routes, to drill for natural resources and develop a tourism industry in the northernmost region.
    (South China Morning Post, February 14, 2018)
5th - 13th February
  • China is ushering the world into cashless payment era. Leading without even noticing, Chinese people living in Tang Dynasty roughly a thousand years ago were among the first in the world to use banknotes. A millennium later, the country has once again taken the lead in a global transaction trend, but this time, China may become the first country to phase out cash.
    (People's Daily Online, February 06, 2018)
  • China conducted a successful test of its ground-based midcourse defense system on February 5, the Ministry of National Defense announced Tuesday, Feb. 6. The missile interception test was defensive in nature and is not targeted at any country, the ministry added.
    (People's Daily Online, February 06, 2018)
  • Premier Li Keqiang praised foreigners for help in opening-up. "With our country's door to the world opening even wider, we will produce more appealing policies to attract foreign talents to work in China and provide more convenience for your lives here," Li told a gathering of outstanding foreign experts working in China.
    (China Daily, February 06, 2018)
  • Arctic cooperation brings new era for Sino-Icelandic cooperation: Icelandic ambassador. Both countries will increase mutual cooperation in green energy. “We welcome the interest China is showing [to the Arctic] because we feel that the resources and intelligence China have will be helpful for us, which could also develop future cooperation possibilities for shipping, logistics,” Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson, the Icelandic ambassador who just started his second tenure in China, told People’s Daily Online.
    (People's Daily Online, February 06, 2018)
  • Nobel Peace Prize has become a political tool to promote the Western agenda. Recently, a group of U.S. lawmakers nominated three leaders of the illegal "Occupy Central" movement for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. The Foreign Ministry in Beijing in a statement on Friday urged the U.S. lawmakers to “stop meddling” in China’s domestic affairs, saying the 2014 protests were "downright illegal."
    (People's Daily Online, February 05, 2018)
  • Chinese warship reportedly equipped with electromagnetic railgun. In the sci-fi box office smash “Transformers,” the human race defeats the Decepticons in an epic battle by using high-tech electromagnetic weapons – a scenario which is likely to be realized by Chinese military forces, experts noted.
  • “Though the U.S. has been openly developing electromagnetic guns for years, it doesn’t mean that China is far behind in this field, as the latter [usually] keeps quiet about its progress due to secrecy concerns,” Chen Shuoren, a military commentator, told the Science and Technology Daily on Monday.
    (People's Daily Online, February 05, 2018)
30th Jan - 4th February
  • China firmly opposes the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) published by the United States Department of Defense, a spokesman from China's National Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said on Feb 4.
    (Xinhua, February 05, 2018)
  • China’s white paper on Arctic policy enhances trust and refutes “China threat”. The paper on its Arctic policy issued on Jan. 26 will enhance trust between China and international community and promote global Arctic governance, said People’s Daily Overseas Edition in a report on January 29, 2018.
    (People's Daily Online, January 30, 2018)
  • Xi Jinping unanimously elected deputy to 13th National People's Congress (NPC) by a unanimous vote at the first session of the 13th regional people's congress of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Tuesday.
    (Xinhua, January 31, 2018)
  • Chinese culture beginning to make mark on global markets. More forms of Chinese culture are resonating with people from around the world. Chinese culture is being acknowledged by more and more people worldwide, who are eager to know more about the country than just the Great Wall or Jackie Chan.
    (Xinhua, January 31, 2018)