IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in China

29th March - 05th April
  • Trade war kicks off as China fires back on April 02, 2018 by imposing tariffs on 128 US imports worth $3 billion, including fruit and pork, retaliating for US duties on steel and aluminium that Beijing said “seriously infringed” Chinese interests.
    (Dawn News, April 03, 2018)
  • China warned, "We resolutely oppose any countries, including the US, to have any official interactions with Taiwan," Ren said on 29 March. “Taiwan is an inseparable part of China, and the Chinese military has enough confidence and capability to protect its territorial integrity. All efforts to resist Taiwan's reunification are futile," said China Defense Ministry Spokesman Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang.
    (China Daily, March 30, 2018)
  • South China Sea exercise 'normal and routine'. China Defense Ministry Spokesman Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang made the remarks in response to media inquiries about recent satellite photos taken by the United States, which show aircraft and about 40 Chinese naval vessels, including the CNS Liaoning aircraft carrier, traveling in formation in the South China Sea.
    (China Daily, March 30, 2018)
  • Slapping tariffs on 128 US items, China poised for further retaliation. China is rolling out new tariffs on meat, fruit and other products from the United States as retaliation against taxes approved by U.S. President Donald Trump on imported steel and aluminum.
    (Global Times, April 03, 2018)
  • China should punish ‘US colony’ Canada over possible anti-dumping rules: Global Times The editorial in Global Times excoriated Ottawa for what it characterised as vacillation between the US and China, referring to recent comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about steel and aluminium dumping.
    (DAWN News, March 31, 2018)
  • China imposes tariff on 128 items of U.S. imports. The Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council has decided to impose a tariff of 15 percent on 120 items of products imported from the United States including fruits and related products, and a tariff of 25 percent on eight items of imports including pork and related products from the country, according to a statement posted on the ministry website.
    (Xinhua, April 02, 2018)
21st March - 28th March
  • Premier Li Keqiang called on the United States to work with China in solving trade friction through dialogue and negotiations, but China is fully prepared to respond to any possible trade war.
    (China Daily, March 28, 2018)
  • Kim Jong-un was in Beijing on first-known trip outside North Korea since 2011.
    (South China Morning Post, March 26, 2018)
  • At the invitation of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), paid an unofficial visit to China from Sunday to March 28. During the visit, Xi held talks with Kim at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan held a welcoming banquet for Kim and his wife Ri Sol Ju and watched an art performance together.
    (People’s Daily, March 28, 2018)
  • In response to the US imposition of tariffs and investment restrictions, China plans to impose tariffs on US imports to offset its loss: MOFCOM. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced on March 23, it will impose tariffs on US imports worth $3 billion in a bid to offset its loss incurred by the US' decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
    (Global Times, March 23, 2018)
  • President Donald Trump signed Presidential Memorandum imposing tariffs and investment restrictions on China, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, March 22, 2018, in Washington.
    (Global Times, March 23, 2018)
  • Experts in China urged the blacklisting of US officials who visit Taiwan. Beijing should implement punitive measures to counter government exchanges between Washington and Taipei, such as forbidding senior US officials who visit Taiwan from entering the Chinese mainland, and voting against US-supported resolutions at the UN, analysts said.
    (Global Times, March 22, 2018)
  • India-China hold talks on Brahmaputra for the first time after Doklam. India and China held expert-level talks for the first time after the Doklam crisis. Both the countries engaged in dialogue on the Brahmaputra river as experts from both sides on trans-border rivers convened their first sitting.
    (India Today, March 28, 2018)
14th March - 20th March
  • Xi Jinping warns China will crush ‘any attempt to separate an inch of territory of our great country’ in keynote speech. President sends out strong nationalist message in closing speech to National People’s Congress. This year’s NPC carried special meaning for Xi. His status as the most powerful Chinese leader in decades was cemented over the course of the 16-day event.
    (South China Morning Post, March 20, 2018)
  • Xi Jinping unanimously elected as Chinese president, CMC chairman. Xi Jinping is elected Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China at the fifth plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 17, 2018.
    (Xinhua, March 17, 2018)
  • Newly-elected President Xi is steering China toward prosperity. President Xi pledged his allegiance to the constitution and said, "[To] safeguard the Constitution's authority, fulfill my legal obligations, be loyal to the country and the people, be committed and honest in my duty, accept the people's supervision and work hard for a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful."
    (Xinhua, March 19, 2018)
  • Xi Jinping vowed to strengthen national identity and patriotism in Hong Kong and Macau. In closing speech at NPC’s annual congress, Chinese president pledged to support integration of both cities into national development strategies.
    (South China Morning Post, March 20, 2018)
7th March - 13th March
  • China's parliament puts Xi on course to rule for life. China’s Xi Jinping on March 11 secured a path to rule indefinitely as parliament abolished presidential term limits, handing him almost total authority to pursue a vision of transforming the nation into an economic and military superpower.
    (Express Tribune, March 11, 2018)
  • Constitutional amendment a key move to modernize governance system and capacity: President Xi Jinping.
    (People's Daily, March 13, 2018)
  • President Xi Jinping stressed practical efforts to further deepen military-civilian integration to provide impetus and support for realizing the Chinese dream and the goal to build a strong military.
    (Xinhua, March 13, 2018)
28th February - 06th March
  • Historic Parliament meeting favours lifetime power for Xi. Thousands of Chinese legislators erupted into enthusiastic applause on March 4 over plans to give President Xi Jinping a lifetime mandate to mould the Asian giant into a global superpower.
    (Dawn News, March 06, 2018)
  • The 13th National People's Congress, China's national legislature, opened its first session on March 4, 2018 in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Premier Li Keqiang is delivered a government work report.
    (Xinhua, March 05, 2018)
  • Whole new “two sessions” in China attracts global attention. As 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, the whole new “two sessions”, the country’s top legislature and advisory body to be convened this March, will not only give direction to China’s future development, but also become a window for the world to know more about the country.
    (People's Daily Online, February 27, 2018)
  • China will open doors wider to foreign investors this year by completely opening up its general manufacturing sector and expand access to a number of other sectors, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Monday.
    (Xinhua, March 05, 2018)
  • Premier Li Keqiang vowed no tolerance of any separatist scheme or activity for "Taiwan independence" in a government work report to the national legislature.
  • "We will remain firm in safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Li said when delivering the report to the opening meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) Monday morning.
    (Xinhua, March 05, 2018)
  • China will do more in implementing the innovation-driven development strategy, and keep on making the Chinese economy more innovative and competitive, Premier Li Keqiang said Monday when delivering a government work report at the annual parliamentary session.
    (Xinhua, March 05, 2018)
  • China growth rate to 'stay above 6.5 percent' mark. Economic deleveraging, curbing financial risks to be top priorities for government. China will likely maintain a steady growth rate of above 6.5 percent in two years, with economic deleveraging and preventing financial risks top priorities for the government, a report said on Tuesday.
    (China Daily, February 28, 2018)
  • Chinese herbal ‘secret remedy’ craved by people in the U.S. The Chinese herbal supplement, “Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa,” is in large demand by U.S. citizens due to remarkable effects it has in treating the common cold.
    (People's Daily Online, February 27, 2018)
  • The Communist Party of China (CPC) is at the core of China’s leadership, and it is the inevitable choice and result of the social revolution historically, theoretically and practically, the People’s Daily Online said in an editorial published on Feb. 26.
    (People's Daily Online, February 28, 2018)
  • China on track for "high-quality development" in 2018.
    (Xinhua, March 01, 2018)
  • China’s Long March 11 carrier rockets will be deployed for the country’s first sea launch mission later this year, their developer China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said on Feb. 27, Science and Technology Daily reported.
    (People's Daily Online, February 28, 2018)
  • China is 100x faster than the US in advanced infrastructure construction: Elon Musk. SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk on Wednesday gave his thumbs up for Chinese infrastructure construction, calling the nation 100 times faster than the US.
    (People's Daily Online, March 01, 2018)
  • UK continues to expand cooperation with China in math education.
    (People's Daily Online March 01, 2018)
  • Anti-corruption, social security and educational reform are the top concerns of Chinese citizens, an online survey conducted by People's Daily Online preceding the Two Sessions has revealed.
    (People's Daily Online, March 01, 2018)
  • Deepening reform of Party and State institutions needed for prosperity. Xi
    (China Daily, March 02, 2018)