China: Daily Scan, May 23, 2022
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
China FM applauds "BRICS Plus" cooperation model: Xinhuanet
May 20, 2022

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Thursday said that all parties should use the "BRICS Plus" cooperation model to jointly create bright prospects and a bright future. Wang's remarks came after he chaired a video dialogue of foreign ministers between BRICS and emerging markets and developing countries. Click here to read...

Corrupt bank head caught and repatriated: China Daily
May 20, 2022

Sun Feng, the former head of a bank in Jiangsu province suspected of contract fraud, who fled overseas, was detained and returned to China on Thursday, anti-corruption authorities said on Friday. Born in 1978, Sun was director of the Yaosai branch of the Agricultural Bank of China in Jiangyin. He was suspected of using his position to defraud large amounts of money, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China and the National Commission of Supervision said. Click here to read...

China cuts benchmark mortgage lending rate amid "zero-COVID" policy: Kyodo
May 20, 2022

China's central bank cut its benchmark lending rate for mortgages on Friday, its second reduction this year, as the Communist-led government's radical "zero-COVID" policy weighs on the housing and real estate sectors. Click here to read...

Zhang Yupu elected chairman of Ningxia: Xinhuanet
May 21, 2022

Zhang Yupu was elected chairman of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region on Saturday. The election took place during the sixth session of the 12th Ningxia Hui Autonomous Regional People's Congress. Click here to read...

China's Xiaomi joins world smartphone 'elite club' with sales topping 500 mln: Xinhuanet
May 21, 2022

Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has joined Samsung and Apple in the global smartphone 'elite club' with its total sales topping 500 million, according to an industry report. The brand has crossed the 500-million smartphone installed base mark early in the first quarter of 2022, said the global industry analysis firm Counterpoint Research. Click here to read...

Southwest China's Guizhou builds 56,000 5G base stations: Xinhuanet
May 21, 2022

Southwest China's Guizhou Province, the country's major big data hub, has built 56,000 5G base stations, the Guizhou Communications Administration said Saturday. All cities, counties and townships in the province now have access to the 5G network. Click here to read...

Huawei to continue support for digitalization in Asia-Pacific region: Xinhuanet
May 21, 2022

China's telecom giant Huawei will continue to support the digital innovation and digital economy in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, said Ken Hu, Huawei's rotating chairman, at the Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress concluded here on Friday. Click here to read...

Chinese mainland reports 181 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases: Xinhuanet
May 21, 2022

The Chinese mainland on Friday reported 181 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 84 were in Shanghai and 58 in Beijing, according to the National Health Commission Saturday. Click here to read...

Li pledges support for global firms: China Daily
May 21, 2022

Premier Li Keqiang has pledged to extend stronger support to foreign businesses in China to solve disruptions in their operations caused by COVID-19 outbreaks, saying that the nation remains committed to making itself a top destination for foreign investment. Click here to read...

Beijing takes action against six lab employees: China Daily
May 21, 2022

Beijing police have taken criminal coercive measures against six people related to the Beijing Pushi Medical Laboratory Co whose business licenses got revoked due to the action of its employees related to its nucleic acid tests service during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the capital, senior official said at a news conference on Saturday. Click here to read...

Chinese mainland reports 157 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases: Xinhuanet
May 22, 2022

The Chinese mainland on Saturday reported 157 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which Shanghai and Beijing both reported 52, according to the National Health Commission Sunday. Click here to read...

CMC calls for long-term normalized study and education of Party history: China Military
May 22, 2022

With the approval of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the General Office of CMC issued a guideline to promote a long-term normalized study and education of the history of the Communist Party of China (CPC) within the military. The guideline points out that the Party's history should be taken as a compulsory and regular courseClick here to read...

China reports first case of 'more contagious' Omicron BA.4 variant infection: Global Times
May 22, 2022

China reported the first case of a COVID-19 infection caused by the "more contagious" Omicron BA.4 variant, which was imported, according to an epidemiological survey by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. On May 4, a case of Omicron BA.4 infection was confirmed in China, the first reported in the country. The patient arrived in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province from the Netherlands on April 29 and was admitted to an isolation hotel. The next day, she tested positive for novel coronavirus. Click here to read...

Nearly 5,000 residents in Beijing’s Chaoyang district transferred for 7-day centralized quarantine: Global Times
May 22, 2022

Some 5,000 residents in a community in Beijing's Chaoyang district were being transferred for seven-day centralized quarantine on Saturday after 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases were detected in eight buildings since the compound has been locked down On May 12. According to the Beijing Daily, the transfer of the Nanxinyuan community started on Friday and a number of residents have been settled down in 57 hotels so far. Groups with special needs were accompanied with their family. Click here to read...

Chinese cities exercise caution in relaxing house purchase restrictions: Global Times
May 22, 2022

The Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone in Central China’s Hubei Province has deleted a post on social platform Sina Weibo stating that the zone has completely removed restrictions on home purchases, one week after the country’s central bank lowered interest rate on mortgages for first-time homebuyers. Click here to read...

China to electrify section of Qinghai-Xizang railway: Global Times
May 22, 2022

China will electrify the Golmud-Lhasa section of the Qinghai-Xizang Railway, the world's highest, longest and fastest plateau railway, starting in June with a total investment of 14.84 billion yuan ($2.22 billion), in a major step to improve the crucial railway's efficiencyClick here to read...

Chinese, Pakistani FMs agree to launch ‘enhanced plan’ to safeguard security of Chinese in Pakistan: Global Times
May 23, 2022

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and visiting Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday reached consensus on enhancing counter-terrorism cooperation, including formulating "enhanced plan" to safeguard the security of Chinese personnel and projects in Pakistan and further exploring the potential of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), during their meeting in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province. Click here to read...

China to encourage qualified digital cultural companies go public: Global Times
May 23, 2022

China will encourage qualified digital cultural companies to go public in a bit to promote the digitalization in the culture sector. The nation is to support scientific and innovative digital cultural firms to list on the STAR Market of Shanghai Stock Exchange to widen their financial channels, according to guidelines issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council. Click here to read...

Shanghai partially reopens giant subway system: Taipei Times
May 23, 2022

Shanghai yesterday reopened a small part of the world’s longest subway system after some lines had been closed for almost two months, as the city paves the way for a more complete lifting of its painful COVID-19 lockdown next week. Click here to read...

Beijing mulls reducing hotel quarantine to one week for international travellers with 7+7 policy: South China Morning Post
May 23, 2022

Beijing is considering relaxing its quarantine requirements for international arrivals to a 7+7 policy, which would consist of seven days in a hotel and then seven days of health monitoring at home, reducing the hotel stay from 10 days, in response to appeals from investors, according to two sources briefed on the discussions. If it becomes official policy this month, it would mark the second reduction in May from the Chinese capital’s initial 14+7 quarantine rule for people arriving from overseas, including Hong Kong. Click here to read...

China says Washington’s ‘divisive’ Indo-Pacific strategy doomed to fail: South China Morning Post
May 23, 2022

Beijing has rejected Washington’s Indo-Pacific initiatives as tools to contain China that are “doomed to fail”, as US President Joe Biden prepares to unveil the latest strategy to step up regional engagement. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s withering assessment that the US is creating division in the region came one day ahead of Biden’s launch of a raft of Indo-Pacific economic initiatives in Tokyo. The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) revolves around four pillars – supply chain resilience, infrastructure and clean energy, tax and anti-corruption, and trade – aimed at boosting US cooperation with Japan, Australia and India as part of the informal security alliance known as the Quad. Click here to read...

China-Pakistan Joint Statement: Xinhuanet
May 23, 2022

The following is the full text of a joint statement released by China and Pakistan on Sunday:

China-Pakistan Joint Statement

At the invitation of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister H.E. Wang Yi, H.E. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari visited Guangzhou, China, on 21-22 May 2022 for his first official bilateral visit after taking office as Foreign Minister of Pakistan. The visit coincided with the 71st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan. Click here to read...

Chinese foreign minister holds talks with Pakistani counterpart: Xinhuanet
May 23, 2022

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Pakistan's new foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday in Guangzhou. Bilawal paid an official visit to China from May 21 to 22, marking his first bilateral visit abroad since assuming office last month. Click here to read...

Chinese mainland reports 174 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases: Xinhuanet
May 23, 2022

The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 174 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 83 were in Beijing, 55 in Shanghai and 32 in Tianjin, the National Health Commission said Monday. Click here to read...

Lower energy consumption intensity reflects China's commitment to green shift: Quishi
May 23, 2022

As part of its efforts to foster a greener and more sustainable economy, China, the world's largest energy producer and consumer, is rapidly reducing the intensity of its energy consumption. In 2021, the country's energy intensity -- energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) -- decreased by 2.7 percent from the previous year, and the decline came as the energy intensity fell by 28.7 percent from 2011 to 2020, one of the fastest reductions in the world. Click here to read...

China stays committed to path of human rights development: Quishi
May 23, 2022

China, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), adheres to a people-centered approach and puts people's interests in the first place when pursuing human rights. Advancing human rights through development and promoting whole-process people's democracy, the country has facilitated the full and free development of every individual. Click here to read...

China blazes its own path of human rights development: Quishi
May 23, 2022

Respecting and protecting human rights are basic principles of modern civilization, and they are the unwavering goals of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The Party leadership considers human rights protection an important task in state governance and has led China to blaze a path of human rights development suited to the country's conditions. Click here to read...

Tibet put on path toward prosperity: China Daily
May 23, 2022

When Pasang Tsering became Party chief of Midikha township, Tibet autonomous region, in 2015, he knew that lifting the locals out of poverty would be his biggest challenge. At that time, the township, which sits at an average altitude of more than 5,100 meters, was home to 380 impoverished households that totaled 1,900 people and accounted for 37 percent of its population. Local herdsmen made a living by grazing livestock such as yak, and most of them didn't have other sources of income, Pasang Tsering recalled. Click here to read...

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