China: Daily Scan, December 13, 2021
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
China holds key economic meeting to plan for 2022: Xinhuanet
December 10, 2021

The annual Central Economic Work Conference was held in Beijing from Wednesday to Friday as Chinese leaders mapped out priorities for the economic work in 2022. In a speech at the conference, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, reviewed the country's economic work in 2021, analyzed the current economic situation and arranged next year's economic work. Click here to read...

China issues 10 application challenges for new generation supercomputer: Xinhuanet
December 10, 2021

China has issued a list of 10 application challenges for its new generation supercomputer, with an aim to build a quintillion-scale supercomputing application ecology, Science and Technology Daily reported on Friday. The list includes the fusion simulation of a magnetic confinement fusion reactor, fluid mechanics simulation of a full-size aerospace vehicle, dynamic simulation of a digital cell atomic system, as well as refined numerical weather forecasting. Click here to read...

China ramps up J-20 stealth fighter production after domestic engine switch: Global Times
December 12, 2021

The maker of the J-20, China's most advanced stealth fighter jet, revealed that it recently broke records in terms of aircraft delivery due to high demand, with experts saying on Sunday that the J-20 has entered a mass production phase after it solved the last missing piece of the puzzle, the domestically developed WS-10 engine. Click here to read...

China issues new plan to bolster cold chain logistics against COVID-19 risks: Global Times
December 12, 2021

China's State Council, the cabinet, on Sunday issued a development plan for the cold-chain logistics sector as part of the country's 14th Five-Year-Plan (2021-25), elevating the logistics network into a pillar position in supporting economic and social development, while highlighting timely urgent issues such as imported COVID-19 risks amid the ongoing global pandemic. Click here to read...

Huawei’s cloud integration making progress: Global Times
December 11, 2021

The test satellite carrying the “Tiansuan constellation” computing platform was operating stably in orbit on Friday, marking the first validation of Huawei Cloud’s integration in space. Chinese private satellite company Spacety and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) have inked a deal to jointly launch the Tiansuan constellation in November, aiming to launch a series of satellites to build an open-source platform that could support the development of a 6G network, satellite internet and other technologies.

Huawei Cloud, as one of the first cooperative co-construction units, has integrated edge computing with a satellite computing platform, allowing the satellite to have artificial intelligence (AI) capability and multitasking ability, people.cn reported on Friday. Click here to read...

Chinese vice premier stresses continuous development of Hainan free trade port:
People’s Daily
December 12, 2021

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng has urged efforts to comprehensively implement major national strategies and promote new development at the Hainan free trade port. Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and head of the leading group on deepening all-around reform and opening-up in Hainan, made the remarks while chairing a meeting of the group on Friday.
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China’s investment in diplomacy falls, as its global ambitions rise: South China Morning Post
December 12, 2021

China’s diplomatic corps stands at the front line of the country’s expanding ambitions on the world stage, but while its main rival the US is increasing overseas spending, Beijing has been doing the reverse. President Xi Jinping has said China’s diplomacy must serve his vision for the “new era” marked by his leadership – to achieve “a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”.Key to his vision is the belief that China will ultimately survive an unprecedented time of upheaval brought on by the widening ideological and geopolitical divide with Washington. Click here to read...

Show us the numbers on China’s economic risks, former finance minister says: South China Morning Post
December 12, 2021

China’s economic data should reflect more of the country’s major problems rather than just presenting a rosy picture, according to outspoken former finance minister Lou Jiwei.
At a forum held by the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges in Beijing on Saturday, Lou said China’s main indicators failed to fully show the economic problems the country was facing, including the challenges and risks raised by the leadership in an annual tone-setting meeting last week. Click here to read...

G-7 concerned about China's "coercive" economic policies: Kyodo
December 12, 2021

The Group of Seven foreign ministers expressed concern Sunday about China's "coercive" economic policies in what critics call "debt-trap" diplomacy toward developing countries, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said. The ministers also discussed "the situations in Hong Kong and Xinjiang," where Beijing has been accused of human rights abuses, and the "importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait," according to a statement issued by Britain, the G-7 chair, after their two-day talks in Liverpool, England. Click here to read...

U.N. says to publish findings soon on abuses in Xinjiang: Reuters
December 11, 2021

The United Nations' human rights office is finalising its assessment of the situation in China's Xinjiang region, where Uyghurs are alleged to have been unlawfully detained, mistreated and forced to work, a spokesperson said on Friday. Rupert Colville said the office of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet hoped to publish its report in the coming weeks and that there had been "no concrete progress" in long-running talks with Chinese officials on a proposed visit. Click here to read...

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