China: Daily Scan, December 15, 2021
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
Int'l political parties praise CPC's contribution to global democracy: Xinhuanet
December 15, 2021

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee has expanded the paths leading to the diversification of democracy and made major contributions to new developments in global democracy, a number of political parties and personages from around the world have said. The views were expressed at a briefing on the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee held by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee. Click here to read...

China releases report on global engineering frontiers: Xinhuanet
December 14, 2021

The Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) released on Tuesday a report examining the global frontiers of engineering science and technology. The annual report, titled Engineering Fronts in 2021, deals with nine engineering fields, including mechanical and vehicle engineering, information and electronic engineering, energy and mining engineering, agriculture, and medicine and health. Click here to read...

Beijing bans fireworks throughout city: Xinhuanet
December 14, 2021

Beijing's municipal authorities will ban the use of fireworks throughout the city from January next year. With the ban, fireworks will not be available to purchase at retail outlets in the city during the Spring Festival holiday of 2022, the office of the Beijing municipal fireworks safety management coordination group announced on Tuesday. Click here to read...

China unveils plan to enhance water conservation in Yellow River basin: People’s Daily
December 15, 2021

Chinese authorities have issued a plan to improve the conservation and utilization of water resources in the Yellow River basin, as part of the country's efforts to advance ecological protection and the high-quality development of the region. Click here to read...

Myanmar to include yuan in settlement currency for border trade with China: Global Times
December 15, 2021

Myanmar will include yuan in its official settlement currency for border trade with China starting from January 1, 2022, and the targeted settlement scale in the pilot phase is set at around 2 billion yuan ($314 million), equivalent to about one fifth of the value of cargo border trade between the two countries via inland routes, sources close to the matter told the Global TimesClick here to read...

OPPO launches its first self-developed chip, striving for chip supply autonomy: Global Times
December 14, 2021

Chinese phone maker OPPO launched its first self-developed chip on Tuesday, a key breakthrough in core technology, as more Chinese companies strive to achieve chip supply autonomy. The name of OPPO's chip, MariSilicon X, is inspired in the Mariana Trench, the deepest place in the sea in the world, reflecting the difficulties of developing a chip, OPPO founder and CEO, Chen Mingyong, said on Tuesday adding that the company will continue increasing investment on the self-developed chip with a team of thousands in a down-to-earth manner. Click here to read...

China population: without adequate pensions, more elderly say goodbye to their golden years: South China Morning Post
December 15, 2021

Six days a week for 13 hours a day, 56-year-old Chen Qingling and her husband clean the corridors and bathrooms of an office building in Beijing to feed themselves and their son’s family. While their wealthier peers spend retirement travelling, taking dance lessons and classes in Chinese tea culture and painting, Chen – who hails from the countryside in Henan province – does not have savings or a pension to live out her golden years in comfort. Click here to read...

Xi Jinping tells China’s writers and artists to ‘practise morality and decency’: South China Morning Post
December 15, 2021

Morality and decency should be the first and foremost values for artists and writers, Chinese President Xi Jinping told a national conference on Tuesday in Beijing. “The people and times will say no to any artists and writers who fail in morality and decency,” Xi said in his address to the Federation of Chinese Literary and Art Circles and its subordinate organisation, the Chinese Writers Association. Artists and writers “who don’t respect themselves will not be respected”, the state broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as saying. Click here to read...

China’s retail sales growth slows in latest blow to economic recovery: South China Morning Post
December 15, 2021

Retail sales growth in China slowed in November and fell short of expectations, data released on Wednesday showed, underscoring concerns raised by top decision-makers last week. Retail sales, a key measurement of consumer spending in the world’s most populous nation, grew by 3.9 per cent in last month compared with a year earlier, down from the 4.9 per cent increase in October. This was below the estimate for a rise of 4.6 per cent, made in a Bloomberg survey of analysts. Click here to read...

U.S. to blacklist 8 more Chinese companies, including DJI over Uyghur surveillance: Reuters
December 15, 2021

The United States Treasury will place eight Chinese companies including DJI, the world’s largest commercial drone manufacturer, on an investment blacklist for alleged involvement in surveillance of the Uyghur Muslim minority, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. The Treasury will put DJI and the other firms on its “Chinese military-industrial complex companies” blacklist on Thursday, the FT report said, citing two people briefed on the move. Click here to read...

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