IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in China

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)