China: Daily Scan, September 22, 2021
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
Full text of Xi's statement at the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly: Global Times
September 22, 2021

The year 2021 is a truly remarkable one for the Chinese people. This year marks the centenary of the Communist Party of China. It is also the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the lawful seat of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations, a historic event which will be solemnly commemorated by China. We will continue our active efforts to take China's cooperation with the United Nations to a new level and make new and greater contributions to advancing the noble cause of the UN.
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Central SOEs to invest big in Tibet in 2021-2025 period: Xinhuanet
September 21, 2021

China's centrally administered state-owned enterprises (SOEs) will invest more than 260 billion yuan (about 40 billion U.S. dollars) in the southwestern Tibet Autonomous Region during the 2021-2025 period. They also plan to provide a combined aid of 2.2 billion yuan to Tibet, according to a conference on central SOEs supporting Tibet's development on Friday, during which many companies unveiled their investment plans in the region.
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Police strengthen fight to protect personal information online: China Daily
September 22, 2021

Chinese police pledged to strengthen the fight against those stealing people's personal information to keep public order in cyberspace and effectively protect internet security. "We've put a lot of attention into investigating and combating offenses and violations involving personal information in recent years, as the issue concerns every resident's interests and most complaints among the public," Wang Yingwei, head of the Ministry of Public Security's cybersecurity bureau, said at a news conference held by the State Council Information Office on Friday.

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PLA joins SCO anti-terrorism exercise in Russia: China Daily
September 22, 2021

Peace Mission 2021, a large multinational counterterrorism exercise involving member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, opened on Monday at a military training base in Orenburg, southwest Russia. About 4,000 officers and soldiers from eight SCO members, including China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and India, are taking part in the exercise at the Donguz firing range.

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China's investment in R&D up 10.2% in 2020: China Daily
September 22, 2021

China's investment in research and development hit 2.44 trillion yuan in 2020, surging 10.2 percent year-on-year, according to a latest report jointly released Wednesday by the National Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Finance.

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PLA holds Y-20 aircraft transport mission, landing drills in South China Sea: Global Times
September 21, 2021

In two recent, separate moves in the South China Sea, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) dispatched Y-20 large transport aircraft to reefs for troop transport missions, and conducted amphibious landing drills under complex conditions, showing the PLA's capabilities in safeguarding peace and stability in the region, analysts said on Tuesday.

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Evergrande chairman projects confidence amid debt crisis: Global Times
September 21, 2021

Xu Jiayin, chairman of embattled Chinese real estate giant Evergrande Group, on Tuesday sought to project confidence that the company will recovery from its debt crisis, as concerns are mounting over whether the over-stretched Chinese property giant will emerge from its debt-induced woes.
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US espionage prosecutions ‘discriminatory’ against Chinese and Asian defendants, says Committee of 100: South China Morning Post
September 22, 2021

Espionage prosecutions in the US have punished Chinese and Asian defendants more severely, and may have falsely accused them more often than Western defendants, according to a new report. Sponsored by the Committee of 100 (C100), a non-profit organisation promoting US-China relations, the study examined court filings of 190 Economic Espionage Act (EEA) cases involving 276 defendants between 1996 and 2020, and found disparities in the way that defendants with Asian or Chinese names versus more Western names have been arrested and sentenced.
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US-China technology FDI crashes but decoupling is ‘not imminent’: South China Morning Post
September 21, 2021

Technology-related foreign direct investment (FDI) between China and the US dropped by 96 per cent from 2016 to 2020, as the world’s two biggest economies decouple their supply chains as part of their increasingly bitter great power rivalry. And, if successful, the United States’ push to build up a supply chain coalition against China could pose a greater challenge to Beijing which has invested heavily in technology and supply chain independence, Boston-headquartered consultancy Bain & Company said in its latest technology report 2021, released on Monday.

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China’s curbs on steel production, pollution and energy consumption send iron ore prices tumbling: South China Morning Post
September 22, 2021

Investors are fire-selling mining stocks, iron ore traders are losing money, and smaller miners are pulling back shipments because of falling iron ore prices driven by tumbling Chinese demand. Even usual seasonal factors, such as lower Chinese steel demand ahead of winter, will have little impact on plunging prices that have sent the iron ore supply chain reeling, as the downward momentum caused by fundamental changes to China’s steel and iron ore demand gets under way, analysts say.

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Iron curtain falls on HK cinema as mainland-type censorship takes hold: Taipei Times
September 22, 2021

Once renowned for world-class cinema, Hong Kong’s film industry was already struggling before the latest hurdle — Chinese mainland-style censorship as authorities take their purge of dissent into the cultural sphere. Filmmaker Mok Kwan-ling’s heart sank when the e-mail from the government censors dropped.

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