News Updates

22 January - 31 January
  • Chinese VP calls for shaping global architecture for better future of mankind
    Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan called on countries during annual meeting of 2019 World Economic Forum in Switzerland to work together to shape the global architecture in the age of the fourth industrial revolution with the vision to create a better future for all mankind. (Xinhua, January 24, 2019)
  • US, Canada 'abusing' pact on extradition
    Beijing pledges response if Washington asks Ottawa to turn over Huawei CFO
    China said that Canada and the United States have abused their bilateral extradition treaty with regard to the arrest of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, urging the US not to issue a formal extradition request to Canada. (China Daily, January 23, 2019)
  • Third Chinese medical team arrives in Pakistan’s Gwadar to provide medical assistance
    The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) and the Chinese Red Cross Foundation established the Belt & Road Fraternity Fund in February 2017 to carry out Belt and Road international humanitarian assistance.
    The fund launched its first public welfare project, the China-Pakistan Fraternity Emergency Care Center, in Gwadar in 2017. Enterprises in China donated the center's steel structure boardroom and medical equipment, and the RCSC selected medical personnel from its cooperative hospitals. (People's Daily, January 23, 2019)
  • China reacts after American warships sail through Taiwan Strait
    Chinese authorities are calling on the United States to abide by the one-China policy, while at the same time, carefully handle any Taiwan-related questions. (CRI Online, January 26, 2019)
  • China eyes further opening-up in updated draft foreign investment law
    The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) started reviewing a new draft of the foreign investment law, the latest move to promote the country's opening-up initiative. (Xinhua, January 30, 2019)
  • Washington, Beijing kick off new round of trade talks
    China and the United States started a fresh round of trade talks in Washington to address their differences on outstanding economic and trade issues. (China daily, January 31, 2019)
15 January - 21 January
  • China's economy expands 6.6 pct in 2018
    In the midst of a complex external environment, China's economy has ended in 2018 on firm footing, with better quality and improved structure.
    The world's second-largest economy grew 6.6 percent year on year in 2018, above the official target of around 6.5 percent, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Monday. The reading was lower than the 6.8-percent growth registered in 2017.
    Growth in the fourth quarter came in at 6.4 percent, down from 6.5 percent seen in the third quarter, NBS data showed. (Xinhua, January 21, 2019)
  • China's economic growth will remain within reasonable scope in 2019
    Experts believe that China is able to maintain a stable economic growth in 2019 based on their evaluation of opportunities and challenges the country will face throughout this year. The actual economic growth and potential growth of the country are generally consistent with each other, and the relationship between the core economic indicators is healthy, said Li Wei, head of the Development Research Center of the State Council. (People's Daily, January 21, 2019)
  • China is setting up a new model for world human rights
    For peoples of the world, human rights, including the rights of the person, and the political, economic, social, and cultural rights, represent the common aspiration and pursuit for all. Accordingly, governments around the world are duty-bound to guarantee people’s rights to subsistence and development, and to secure people’s fundamental rights to food, to shelter, to work, to school and to hospital, and to ensure people’s happiness as the most achievement of human rights. (People's Daily, January 17, 2019)
  • China, Germany to deepen financial cooperation
    China and Germany held their second-High Level Financial Dialogue in Beijing on topics including the global macroeconomic situation, economic governance, China-Germany strategic cooperation, financial cooperation and financial supervision.
    The dialogue, co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and German Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, has achieved 34 mutually beneficial results, according to a press release after the dialogue. The two sides pledged to jointly uphold multilateralism and free trade rules, and firmly support the rule-based and multilateral trading system with the World Trade. (Xinhua, January 19, 2019)
  • Public welfare a priority for justice system
    Xi urges law enforcement and judicial agencies to better fulfill their obligations
    Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, has urged law enforcement and judicial agencies to better fulfill their obligations in safeguarding the country’s political security and social stability and make all-around efforts to promote justice and guarantee a safe living environment for the people. (China Daily, January 17, 2019)
  • China’s birth rate falls again, with 2018 producing the fewest babies since 1961, official data shows
    New births in China fell to 15.23 million last year, the lowest since China relaxed its one-child policy in 2014. The dwindling birth rate is adding pressure to a shrinking labour pool and ageing population, casting a shadow over the country’s future economic outlook. It also marks the lowest official birth rate in China since 1961 (11.87 million), the last year of China’s great famine, during which millions of people starved to death and the birth rate plummeted. (South China Morning Post, January 21, 2019)
08 January - 14 January
  • Cooperation only right option for China U.S. ties: Chinese ambassador The China-U.S. relationship has been a shared success story over the past four decades, while cooperation is the only right option for the future development of bilateral ties, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said here.
    "China remains committed to expanding cooperation with the United States on the basis of mutual benefit, managing our differences on the basis of mutual respect, and developing a relationship with the United States based on r coordination, cooperation and greater stability," Cui said while addressing the annual New Year gala of the China General Chamber of Commerce -- USA (CGCC-USA).
    Cui told the 450-strong gala guests that China-U.S. ties have to evolve with time in light of the profound changes that have taken place in both countries and in the world over the past decades. (Xinhua, January 09, 2019)
  • Key consensuses lift DPRK ties
    Kim’s visit helps to reach solutions for peninsula issue
    Xi Jinping held talks with Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), who arrived in Beijing on the same day for a visit to China.
    In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the two leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on China-DPRK relations and issues of common concern, and reached important consensus. (China Daily, January 11, 2019)
  • Talks calm trade climate for Beijing, Washington
    The latest round of vice-ministerial level trade talks between China and the United States, which concluded have laid a foundation for addressing each other's concerns, the Ministry of Commerce said. Both sides have actively implemented the significant consensus reached by their heads of state and conducted extensive, in-depth and detailed exchanges on trade and structural issues of common concern, Gao Feng, the ministry's spokesman, said at a news briefing. (China Daily, January 12, 2019)
01 January - 07 January
  • Taiwan question allows no interference from outside: Xi
    President Xi Jinping on Wednesday said the Taiwan question is China's internal affairs and allows no external interference. The Chinese people's affairs should be decided by the Chinese people, Xi said, stressing that the Taiwan question concerns China's core interests and the national bond of the Chinese people. (Xinhua, January 02, 2019)
  • China tests its own ‘Mother of all Bombs’
    China has tested the “Mother of all Bombs,” its most powerful non-nuclear weapon and a rival to America’s most powerful conventional bomb. In a short video published on the website of state arms manufacturer Norinco, the massive bomb drops onto a plain and produces a gigantic ball of fire and black smoke. On social networks Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency described the bomb for the first time, calling it the “Chinese version of the ‘Mother of all Bombs’”. (The Australian, January 7, 2019)
  • Xi orders armed forces to enhance combat readiness
    President Xi Jinping Friday ordered the Chinese armed forces to enhance their combat readiness from a new starting point and open new ground for developing a strong military. "The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development," he said, warning that various risks and challenges were on the rise. (Xinhua, January 05, 2019)